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027 Bonnie Somerville on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Finding Her Second Act

Bonnie was raised by her mother, and her mother’s large Irish Catholic family in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She started acting and singing at a young age and moved to LA at the age of 22 where she quickly assembled a band and got an agent. She sang backup on Joshua Radin’s first album, We Were Here. Her song “Winding Road” was included on the Garden State soundtrack.

Bonnie’s first major acting role incorporated her love of singing when she was cast as the lead in CBS’s musical miniseries Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story. She then starred in the TV series Grosse Pointe and achieved international recognition when she was cast in a recurring role as Ross Geller’s girlfriend, Mona, on Friends. She was a lead in the final season of NYPD Blue, Kitchen Confidential opposite Bradley Cooper, and ABC’s dramedy Cashmere Mafia.

She also had roles in Spider-Man 2, Without a Paddle, Bedazzled, Shades of Ray, The Ugly Truth, Labor Pains, and the lead in The Best and the Brightest.

Bonnie is currently creating her own pilot and is in the final stages of launching her own podcast called SECOND ACTS.


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ON REJECTION: “It just made me stronger, and harder, and better.”

ON LUCK: “Some people don’t want to admit that they are lucky, like when you screen test and you go up against three amazing actresses that are all beautiful and talented and smart and funny: you’re all great. So yeah, somebody’s getting lucky that day.”

ON CREATIVITY: “That raw creative thing: it can get beaten out of you in this business. It gotten beaten out of me and now I’m finding it again.” “I’m one of those actresses who work best in a pinch.”

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Credits:

  • WRITER: Nicole Steinwedell
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

Michael Urie on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Why You Should Ask For What You Want

Michael Urie is a native Texan who was active in Speech & Drama all through high school. He trained in theatre studies at Collin County Community College before being accepted at the Julliard School where he was the recipient of the John Houseman prize for excellence in classical theater. In 2006, Urie joined the cast of ABC’s dramedy UGLY BETTY, appearing as Marc St. James, the assistant of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams). Twice he and the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Urie has also appeared regularly on other hit shows such as YOUNGER, PARTNERS, and THE GOOD WIFE, and THE GOOD FIGHT.

He’s returned often to his theater roots, making a Broadway debut in the second revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. His performance in the one-man show BUYER & CELLER won him a Clarence Derwent Award and Drama Desk Award. Additional theater credits include TORCH SONG on Broadway, THE TEMPERAMENTALS, and HAMLET with the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Urie will soon be teaming up with his UGLY BETTY co-star Becki Newton on FUN, a sitcom for CBS and WARNER BROS TV. And most recently Urie participated in a live stream reading of NORA HIGHLAND by Ryan Spahn, which benefited Broadway Cares COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund and Covenant House New York.


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“It’s not gonna happen if you’re not having fun.”

“Follow the green lights.” – Michael Patrick King

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Credits:

  • WRITER: Lizzy Dalla Betta
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

S2 005: Sarah Wayne Callies

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From Tarzan to Zombies: a Survival Guide For Living in Truth

Sarah Wayne Callies is an actor, writer, director, and producer. She’s made an inedible impression on audiences worldwide by bringing complex and powerful female characters to life on screen.

After her breakout TV role as Jane Porter on The WB’s Tarzan, Sarah may be best known from her starring role as Lori Grimes on AMC’s record-breaking series The Walking Dead. Sarah made a huge impression on audiences as one of the original cast members, hand-picked by Frank Darabont. Additional credits for Sarah include a recent starring role in the critically acclaimed Sundance TV/CBC mini-series Unspeakable, National Geographic’s The Long Road Home, USA Network’s Colony, and FOX’s Prison Break. In Spring 2020, Sarah can be seen starring in the upcoming NBC drama series Council of Dads alongside Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott and Michele Weaver.

For almost 20 years Sarah has been affiliated with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to raise awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees worldwide. Her passion and dedication to this organization has led to working in their camps in Iran, Jordan, Serbia, Macedonia, and Thailand. You can learn more about these communities by exploring her contributions to the Huffington Post.


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“Any career is a miracle and a series of accidents.”

“If you don’t pivot, then you’re stuck.”

“Choosing a television show is a little bit like getting married, like you sign a 7year prenup. It’s a real commitment.”

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Credits:

  • WRITER: Lizzy Dalla Betta
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

Joshua Bitton on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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This week we dive deep into the journey of finding your spotlight by saying yes, hustling and doing the work. Work can come in the form of sitting around a campfire expressing your art to your fellow actor, coaching others to their potential, or holding the space for other actors opportunities as the best damn reader in town. Getting to work with Josh as an actor, coach or reader will highly improve your level of artistry. With over 20 years experience, Josh Bitton is hitting his stride in the light of highly complex characters and understanding that the gratitude for what you have will land you the happiness of being right where you are.

Joshua Bitton is a stage, film and television actor best known for his work in HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Night Of” as Maldonado and for his portrayal of Sgt. J.P. Morgan in Steven Spielberg’s award-winning World War II mini series “The Pacific.” Bitton’s been featured in numerous hit television projects, including “Castle,” “The Mentalist,” “Bosch,” and “Justified.” Additionally he’s guest starred in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Last Tycoon,” “American Vandal,” “Reverie,” “Lucifer,” and “Daredevil,” to name a few. His film credits include “National Treasure,” “Larry Crowne,” “For Love of Money,” and “The Tangle.” He’s currently teaching acting classes in Los Angeles.

From drama to comedy, Joshua Bitton has appeared in dozens of award-winning projects in film and television over the years and is positioned for his most exciting year yet. In 2018, he can be seen starring on CBS All Access’ new mystery drama series, “One Dollar,” opposite John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr., Aleksa Palladino, and Hamilton Clancy.

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“I say to my students all the time is that you have to believe ‘I’m enough.” That you simply, presently in the moment are enough, but also, I think, in life.”

“What the business does or does not do with you does not reflect on whether you’re good enough to be in the business.”

“Any chance you get a chance to act in a room you didn’t pay for is a great day.”

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BONUS: Jennifer Cooper

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BONUS EPISODE with Casting Director Jennifer Cooper. A true peak into one of the biggest television casting directors. Currently casting over five major network television series. Casting over 500 episodic shows, Jen knows a two or thing about a good audition or a bad audition. Acting is what got her in the game, casting is what won her heart over. Jen casts for talent and truly spends the time building a partnership with the actor, producer and director.

This is the unforgettable journey into Jennifer Cooper’s rise in shaping and pushing the boundaries on the revolutionary medium of Television.

Tune into our Interview on iTunes HERE

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“Three weeks after interning at a casting office, I knew I didn’t want to be an actress.”

“I was always more passionate about giving direction or being a part of the process.”

“I realize now what it takes to be an actress, you have to wake up and be dying to do this or you have to do something else.”

“Giovanni Ribisi left the casting office and I fell to the floor and said that it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.”

“Just being in the casting sessions with the producers, directors and Mali Finn and the actors, the creative process, I was immediately in love.”

“The thing with acting is you’re always one step away from winning the lottery.”

“But most people it is this slow and steady climb to building a body of work; it can take 20, 30, 40 years to get there.”

“Audition process gives you a opportunity to work through it and be readjusted and find the path out before you are put in front of the people that make the decisions.”

“Ultimately, my job is to work with the actor as a partner to put their best foot forward.”

“Casting directors are people, remember they are on your team, they want to

“Every minute that I didn’t find the right person, I have to keep looking. Every single person that walks into the room, I am crossing my fingers that THIS is the person.”

“With casting directors, you are trying to earn the relationship not get the job. Build a family of people that support your work.”

“Number one bad audition comes from trying to ‘stand out’ versus being in the character or story.”

“Actors do the most insane things when they are focused on being remembered or booking a job.”

“If I put out a one line co-star, I usually get 2000 submissions.”

“There is some element of climbing in this business. Showing up on the first day doesn’t mean that you are ready to be a series regular.”

“If I put out a guest star, I will usually get 1000 submission and I pick about 12 people to come in and read.”

“If you spend your energy developing who you are then make that so incredibly unique to you and what you bring, then all of a sudden they (networks) come knocking on your door.”

“There is no path. There is no answer. Moments that you take a chance, if that doesn’t work, you try something else.”

“How ever you envisioned this (acting) happening to you, it is never the case.”

“If you are talented, if you work hard and you focus on the right things eventually it will happen. You just have to wait, be patient.”

“The casting process has so little to do with the actor. Usually if you are in the room, you are good.”

“That’s also the real fun in the job for me is to begin to push the boundaries to what we are seeing on TV or who they typically cast. That’s where casting is fun.”

“If you are having a shaky day, I don’t send that tape. They never see anything but your best work.”

“The proof is always in your work. And your work is constantly evolving. You need to know what you are capable of if you want them to believe you.”

“Best way into casting is to intern. Jump in and see if you even like it.”

“I’m a huge advocate of lying your way into the business.”

“There is nothing that is going to get you the job more than talent. Talent always rises to the top.”

“What gets you into the business is a moving, sliding scale. What keeps you in the business is talent.”

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ALYSHIA OCHSE

Los Angeles-based actress, bestselling author, host of That One Audition podcast, entrepreneur, & mother.

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