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Jason George

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Jason George is an actor with over fifty guest star and ten series regular television roles to his credit in primetime television. Currently a series regular on GREY’S ANATOMY as Bailey’s husband, Dr. Ben Warren, Jason was also a regular on MISTRESSES with Alyssa Milano. George is also known for his work on EVE and ELI STONE with Victor Garber and Jonny Lee Miller or films such as PLAYING THE FIELD with Gerard Butler. Other projects include WITH THIS RING with Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall, WITCHES OF EAST END, THE CLIMB or BARBERSHOP with Anthony Anderson and Ice Cube.

After receiving a BA from the University of Virginia, Jason went on to get his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Temple University and served on the Board for Temple’s School of Communications and Theater. When not on stage or in front of the camera, George’s passion turns to educating and engaging with other artists and young people. He is currently the chair of the national union’s Diversity Advisory committee, has been Chair or Co-Chair of the legacy unions’ National or Hollywood EEO Committees and has been part of the unions’ negotiating teams for the last several prime-time television and film contracts where he has been instrumental in helping protect performers and championing diversity.


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  • Station 19
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Sunset Beach
  • Barbershop
  • Indivisible
  • Breaking In
  • Eve
  • Witches of East End
  • Off the Map
  • Eastwick
  • Eli Stone
  • What About Brian

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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

14 Josh Close on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Josh Close

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Multi-hyphenate JOSH CLOSE balances his career between acting as well as writing and directing. Josh last wrapped a lead role on PLAN B, a limited series opposite Patrick J. Adams and Francois Arnaud. He can next be seen in the independent feature MONICA opposite Patricia Clarkson and Emily Browning, which had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival to rave reviews. He also plays DiCaprio’s youngest brother in the upcoming Scorsese feature KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON. He was recently seen in the MGM TV miniseries THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR for director Jean-Jacques Annaud. Prior to that he had a major recurring role on the CBS series PERSON OF INTEREST. Other past credits include the feature, SOLACE, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, as well as KILL THE MESSENGER with Jeremy Renner. Previously, Josh garnered attention from his recurring role on FX’s FARGO playing “Chazz Nygard”, the calculating and arrogant younger brother to Martin Freeman.

Behind the camera, Josh has directed multiple festival touring shorts and a documentary starring Jeremy Renner. He has three scripts in development including STOPWATCH, which chronicles the famous Canadian bank robbers. Josh won the best narrative film at the Tribeca Film Festival for his feature IN THEIR SKIN with Selma Blair and James D’Arcy. Josh was also nominated for a Leo award for his work on ANTHEM OF A TEENAGE PROPHET and looks to direct his first feature in mid-2023.


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

13 Alex Feldman on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Alex Feldman

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Alex Feldman is a Ukrainian born American Actor/Director. He is a graduate of The New York Conservatory For The Dramatic Arts. As an actor, Feldman has been a presence in Film, Theater and Television for over two decades. He has appeared on such hit shows as The Americans, Law & Order, Cold Case, Without A Trace, Law & Order: SVU, Law& Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami, In Plain Sight, Shooter, NCIS,  and Code Black.  Film credits include Chernobyl Diaries, Repo Chick, The Bling Ring. Alex can soon be seen in the Dark Horse Comics produced series Grendel, and the upcoming feature film Exposure.

Alex has voiced numerous popular video game characters in franchises such as Call Of Duty and SPIDER-MAN.

In 2006 Feldman began his writing/directing career with  “SENT”, a film based on the music of Tom Waits. Since then he has directed numerous short films, the hit web-series Floored and Lifted, and the Science Fiction series Eternity Hill in which he also stars.

Alex Feldman is the CEO and founder of For Actors By Actors, a successful acting network based in Los Angeles, CA.  He serves as the On-Camera Chair at Theatre Of Arts Hollywood. Alex is a husband and a father.


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

Allison Tolman on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Allison Tolman

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Allison Tolman is a Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress who successfully avoided actually making a living in the field until she was in her early thirties. Before then, Tolman played a veterinary receptionist, personal assistant, children’s theatre teacher, vocal coach, phone sales associate, client services representative, and dog walker – never on film, but in her actual life in order to pay her rent. However, in the fall of 2013 she landed a seminal role in FX’s Fargo and quit her last day job. Her performance as Molly Solverson put her on the map and garnered her a Critic’s Choice Award.

Born in Houston, Texas- Allison holds a BFA in theatrical performance from Baylor University. After graduation, she moved to Dallas where she helped found and foster the independent ensemble-based non-profit Second Thought Theatre, while also learning that being an adult is super hard. In 2009, she relocated to Chicago and was accepted into Second City’s Conservatory Training Program. She went on to write and perform comedy in some of Chicago’s finest dive bars before relocating to California in 2014. There she continues to act, write, and lie to herself about one day doing the nine mile hike in her area where you supposedly get to see a waterfall. Other notable roles include Natalie in The Facts of Life, Live!, Mary Pat in Good Girls, Alma in Why Women Kill, and Seemingly Normal Woman that time she met Katey Sagal at a party. She currently lives in Hollywood with a toothless cat named Bud who enjoys lying on wrapping paper and sneezing directly into her face.


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

21 Monica Raymund on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Monica Raymund

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You Can Shape A Choice, You Can’t Shape Nothing

A graduate of The Juilliard School, actress, director and producer Monica Raymund continues to expand her repertoire and pave the way for new female voices in Hollywood. Her creative choices and strong points of view break the mold of how women of color are perceived in front of and behind the camera as she brings to life stories from a fresh and timely perspective.

Currently, Raymund stars in the second season of the Starz hit crime-drama series, HIGHTOWN, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The series follows Jackie Quiñones (Raymund), a hard- partying federal Fishery Service agent who has her free-wheeling life thrown into disarray as she finds herself at the center of Cape Cod’s gruesome heroin epidemic. In Season 2, Jackie joins forces with Leslie, the only other female cop on the force, to bring down major dealer Frankie Cuevas, the man Jackie holds responsible for the death of her best friend, Junior. Through it all, Jackie continues to walk the tightrope of sobriety that she struggled through in Season 1.

Behind the camera, Raymund was part of the inaugural class of Female Forward, NBC’s initiative aimed at increasing female representation in the director’s chair. On television, she directed an episode of HIGHTOWN for the new season and recently wrapped production on directing the Season 4 finale episode of USA’s THE SINNER as well as an episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME. Last year, Raymund directed episodes of CBS’s FBI, and in 2018, she directed an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU. Lastly, in 2016, she directed the short film TANYA for the Hidden Tears Project, a non-profit media company developing content to bring awareness to sex trafficking.

Raymund is perhaps best known for her role as ‘Gabriela Dawson’ spanning eight seasons on NBC’s hit series CHICAGO FIRE. As part of Dick Wolf’s popular “Chicago” franchise, the series follows the personal and professional lives of the firefighters, paramedics and first responders working at the Chicago Fire Department. Raymund received an Imagen Award for “Best Actress, Television” in 2013 for her performance, and was subsequently nominated an additional three times. Her additional television credits include Michelle and Robert King’s THE GOOD WIFE, Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green’s BLUE BLOODS, David Pasquesi’s SPECIAL SKILLS, and a 3-season arc on Fox’s LIE TO ME opposite Tim Roth and Mekhi Phifer.

On the big screen, Raymund has starred in Nicholas Jarecki’s thriller ARBITRAGE opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, as the lead of Stephen Elliott’s drama HAPPY BABY opposite Bill Heck, and in Mahesh Pailoor’s BRAHMIN BULLS.


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“I believe that the power of ‘no’ is just as important as the power of ‘yes.”

“You can shape a choice, you can’t shape nothing.”

“There’s no right way to become a professional actor.”

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

011 Karen Gillan on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Karen Gillan

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Fear-Less vs Fear-Ful

At age 16, Karen decided she wanted to pursue her acting career further and studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland. She later attended the prestigious Italia Conti Academy in London. During her first year, she landed a role on Rebus(2000) and soon appeared in a variety of programs including Channel 4’s Stacked (2008) and The Kevin Bishop Show (2008), as well as a two-year stint on the long-running series Doctor Who (2005). Karen also starred in the film Outcast (2010), starring James Nesbitt. She also starred as Eliza Dooley on the situation comedy Selfie(2014).

She can currently be seen in Netflix’s big summer action movie, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE. Karen plays a badass female assassin who, when a job goes wrong, must choose between serving the ruthless crime syndicate she works for and saving the life of an 8-year old girl. Angela Bassett, Lena Headey and Michelle Yeoh co-star as a cohort of assassins she teams up with to take down the army of men coming to take everything from them.

Upcoming she will reprise her role as ‘Nebula’ in Taika Waititi’s THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, which is slated for release on May 6, 2022, as well as James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 opposite Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper, which will be released in 2023. She recently wrapped production on Judd Apatow’s THE BUBBLE for Netflix opposite Pedro Pascal, Fred Armisen and Maria Bakalova. Karen is also set to star opposite Awkwafina in Amazon’s action-comedy SHELLY as well as opposite Aaron Paul in the sci-fi thriller DUAL.


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“I kept writing to an agent when I was 15, I pestered him, he said he took me on because of my sheer perseverance.”

“I wish I could learn something from the younger me, more so than the other way around. “Younger me was fear-LESS, and now I am fear-FUL”

“If I can’t take the normal router, how do I take a weird angle, just get crazy”


Credits:

  • WRITER: Juan Francisco Villa
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

Sheldon Candis on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

BONUS: Sheldon Candis

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Use the King’s Money, Serve the People

Today we’re sitting down with an imaginative and perceptive artist, writer and director, Sheldon Candis. He is a force for passionate storytelling, and is unbelievably candid and generous as he shares his personal pursuit to see his stories live on the big screen. He graduated from USC film school where he raised all his own money to produce his thesis project, he shares how he’s continued to fund the production of his art, and how he managed to stay focused and inspired, even when the people writing the checks weren’t quite convinced of his writing and directorial abilities. He continued to press through, never giving up, as he fought for the opportunity to share his stories.

From his 10 years on set as a production assistant to the 56 different drafts of his directorial debut, LUV, he’s stayed committed to developing his authentic voice and staying in the game, in the highest of highs—his film premiering at Sundance, to the lowest of lows, and in every moment in between. He shares how he was able to manage the pressure of directing artists like Common and Dennis Haysbert as a first-time director, and how he found and continues to re-discover the power to define himself and pursue his passion—to tell stories that unite humanity and empower and inspire people from every background.

Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis recently created and directed the docu-narrative series ‘I WILL WHAT I WANT’, a cinematic portrait of ballet phenom Misty Copeland for Under Armour. Candis’ documentary THE DWELLING, chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo’s Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine.

Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV (which he also co-wrote) was an official selection in the Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. He assembled an incredible cast including Common, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Michael K. Williams and a wonderful 11-year-old breakout talent named Michael Rainey Jr.

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“The minute you encounter someone, think about planting a seed as oppose to plucking the flower.”

“Everyone prepares you for how hard it is to break in, but nobody really gives you a heads-up on how hard it is to stick and stay.”

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Marianna Palka on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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We were so lucky to sit down for a second conversation with Marianna Palka. She’s a triple threat artist (writer/director/actor) with such a singular vision and voice to bring us closer together, change humanity and give the world a deeper understanding of the human condition. This is a conversation about creating the kind of work that is so needed in our landscape today. Her first film “Good Dick” came from a desire to explore how a sexual assault victims find intimacy and birthed from her frustrations about the lack of good, interesting/complex/ real characters for women. As Maya Angelou inspired her to write her scripts isolated in a hotel for a long weekend, she shares her writing ethic and her confidence to take ownership of her creativity and our shared responsibility to change the world. This is a MUST listen for all creative types!. These are the fearless, moving, authentic, compelling, owning your own space stories that have all led Marianna Palka right here.

Marianna Palka is Glasgow born and Los Angeles based filmmaker, actress and writer. She studied at the acclaimed New York Atlantic Theater Company before beginning her career in theater, film and television. Palka wrote, directed and starred in “Good Dick,” a 2008 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize nominee, joining Jason Ritter, Martin Starr, Mark Webber and Tom Arnold in an exploration of intimacy and connection after sexual trauma. Palka’s critically acclaimed feature film “Bitch” premiered at Sundance last year and tells the story of a woman who transforms under the enormous pressure of motherhood, leaving her absent husband, Jason Ritter, to discover what it means to be a parent. Additionally Palka directed “Always Worthy,” “Heirloom,” “I’m the Same,” and “Egg,” starring Christina Hendricks, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche. Her recent work include “Mississippi Requiem,” a series of four short films written by William Faulkner and developed by James Franco, “We Are Boats,” “Spoonful,” “The Adventures of Thomasina Sawyer,” and “The Lion’s Mouth Opens,” Lucy Walker’s short documentary following Palka’s own relationship to Huntington’s Disease and her risk of inheriting. Palka is currently starring in Netflix’s Golden Globe nominated “GLOW” as Reggie Walsh.

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“I just feel like there’s something about human frailty and connection that I’m really fascinated by and I really want to make films that make the world a better place on an intimacy level.”

“I think it’s really cool to always know what you want and what your north star is because if you know what that is no one can take that away from you. You always know where you’re going.”

“Being huge is absolutely fine and take up that space and fill your life with stuff that you’re excited about because God knows we need it.”

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BONUS: Richie Adams

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Richie Adams is an award-winning filmmaker who cut his teeth as a title designer (’Babel,’ ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ ‘Water for Elephants’) first under the mentorship of legendary title designer, Richard Greenberg (’Alien,’ ‘Untouchables,’ ‘The Matrix’), and for the past 12 years, under his own company banner, Louisiana-based River Road Creative.

As a title designer, Adams has worked with many of the great players in the motion picture industry, including Alejandro González Iñárritu and Doug Liman, as well as newcomers like Ryan Coogler, for whom Adams designed/produced the titles and special graphic sequences (cell phone sequences) for Coogler’s Sundance Grand Dramatic winning ‘Fruitvale,” and later Coogler’s follow up hit, ‘Creed.’

After several years in Los Angeles, Richie returned to hometown, Baton Rouge, LA, to form River Road Creative, a boutique live-action studio where he continues to deliver design and related services for film and television as well as directing/producing commercials, which have garnered awards and accolades at most major award competitions, including an EMMY® nomination.

As a film director, Richie’s recent narrative feature ‘Of Mind and Music,’ starring Joaquim De Almeida, Aunjanue Ellis and 2017 Oscar-Nominated Ruth Negga, played the 2014/2015 film festival circuit earning numerous audience and juried awards, as well as a nomination for the Best New Director Award for Adams at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

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“I knew someone had to make these glorious sequences at the head of movies.”

“These wonderful openings at the beginning of movies told a story within a story.”

“Some people consider title design to be the pinnacle of graphic design.”

“I try to let the design inform why I’m doing it.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I went from no one returning my phone calls to the biggest film of the year.”

“Title designers are filmmakers.”

“It’s not why do I do this, it’s I’m blessed to do this.”

“When people invest in a product, they are investing in you as a human.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“If you go in trying to anticipate what someone wants, you’ll never win.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“The only way to learn is to make the mistakes.”

“The more you are confronted with discouragement, the more you can challenge yourself to learn more.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I connect to films that are matter of the heart.”

“I’m a student of movies.”

 

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