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Isha Blaaker on That One Audition Podacst with Alyshia Ochse

Isha Blaaker

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Born in South America in Paramaribo, Suriname, and raised by a single mother in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Isha proudly speaks Dutch, English, German, and Surinamese Creole. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration (IBA) and his master’s degree in consultancy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and has practiced full-contact karate competitively until he was 23 years old, having earned the title of National Champion a few times before going semi-pro as a kickboxer.  It wasn’t long after he obtained his master’s degree that he was scouted by an American modeling agency to come work in New York City, and throughout the past few years Isha has starred in major international luxury brand campaigns.

Isha made his big screen debut opposite Aunjanue Ellis, Niecy Nash, Jon Bernthal, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Finn Wittrock, and more in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated film feature “Origin.” On the television front, Isha most recently starred in debut roles for season two of “Run The World” on STARZ and opposite Colman Dolmingo in the eighth and final season of AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead.” Isha is also well-known for his role in the 12th film in Tyler Perry’s iconic Madea franchise, “A Madea Homecoming.” He has also made a handful of recurring appearances in television, appearing on the Emmy-nominated HBO Max series, “The Flight Attendant,” opposite Kaley Cuoco, as well as Violet Hour Media’s horror-thriller series, “Red Riding Hoods,” and a SBS6 action series, “DNA” in the Netherlands.


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Arturo Del Puerto on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Actor, writer, and producer Arturo Del Puerto got his first headshots at 14 years old by stealing his mother’s credit card. Creating opportunities for himself and being paid to learn has been his mission to landing him in Los Angeles. Arturo gives insight about being rejected twice from a prestigious acting conservatory in Spain, making his way to America, and finding his mentor/teacher, casting director Felicia Fasano. Stepping into assist Fasano in the casting room, Arturo shares the tips and tricks of watching actors coming in to audition and how he landed his first series regular job on the hit HBO series CAMPING.

Arturo Del Puerto is a television, film and voice actor best known for his performances as Luis Flores in AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead,” as well as his work in “The Last Ship” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Puerto has guest starred and featured in numerous television series, most recently including “Claws,” “Glow,” “The Flash,” “Better Things,” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” Puerto lended his voice in two Disney animated series, a reimagined “DuckTales” as Panchito Pistoles and as Rico in “Elena of Avalor.” Puerto recently appeared in Dax Shepard’s Highway Patrol officer comedy “CHIPS” and worked alongside Joey King and Luke Pasqualino in “Smartass.” You can currently catch Puerto in Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s newest HBO series “Camping,” following a group of old friends on a camping trip as it spirals out of control. Puerto is also in production for Ronald D. Moore’s “For All Mankind,” a sci-fi series due in 2019.

 

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“One of the things I told myself when I first moved to America, or to Los Angeles, was I might not be the best actor in that waiting room but I’m going to be the most prepared.”

“I treat every audition the same, with the same respect.”

“I think as actors we’re always learning. We’re always getting paid to learn about ourselves, to learn about other human beings.”

“As an actor I think the minute you stop learning is the minute you die as an artist.”

“Perseverance, patience, and work your fucking ass off. And be prepared.”

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Jenna Elfman on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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This is the perfect episode for anyone trying to find a shift in their career, or in their artistry, for the actors who are wanting to make brave decisions in their life and in their approach of character. Our guest today is the incomparable Jenna Elfman, an effervescent performer and person. This is an inspiring listen about how she navigated life after DHARMA & GREG, the fumbles, the touchstones, and the vulnerabilities in learning a new character on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.

Jenna Elfman is a film and television actress who started her career as a dancer and appeared in music videos by various artists, including Depeche Mode and Anthrax. She is best known for her role as Dharma in “Dharma & Greg,” the hit series that led her to earn three Emmy Awards nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Elfman is also known for her work in the ABC comedy series “Imaginary Mary,” “Growing Up Fisher,” “1600 Penn,” “Damages,” and an appearance on “Shameless.” She’s also had guest appearances in “Two and a Half Men,” Royal Pain,” “My Name is Earl,” and “The Mindy Project.” In film she’s best known for “Keeping the Faith,” which she starred in with Ben Stiller and directed by Edward Norton, “Can’t Hardly Wait,” Ron Howard’s “Edtv,” with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and “Big Stone Gap,” with Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg. Currently she’s starring in the hit AMC series “Fear the Walking Dead.”

 

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“I approached the comedy through character, not just aimed straight for comedy.”

“I’m a performer. I’m an artist. I like becoming other people. I like playing characters. I’m not Famous Person on a Famous Journey.”

“I need to challenge myself, and grow as an artist, and it just…something shifted in the matrix, literally.”

“You are never going to fail if you stay true to your own goals and purposes.”

“Be the most rebellious version of yourself, which is to not listen to what anybody else thinks you should be doing, or thinks they know who you are, because the only person who truly knows who you are, and knows what your goals, and your purpose in this world is YOU. And you have to stay true in that.”

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A wonderful, hilarious “Looking Back” episode with the KICKING & SCREAMING PODCAST duo and married couple Jenna and Bodhi Elfman as they describe the audition where they first met and Bodhi’s successful pick-up line. Jenna Elfman then shares her most memorable audition where she took the opportunity to kiss George Clooney even though the scene didn’t call for it. Bodhi reminisces about his unforgettable meeting with the Coen brothers and the audition that will haunt him forever.

Currently, Jenna and Bodhi Elfman have a hilarious R-rated podcast called Kicking and Screaming where they candidly discuss love, marriage, and annoyance. Jenna is working on the upcoming season of FEAR OF THE WALKING DEAD.

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“Kicking and Screaming by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman is filmed, R-rated podcast all about love, marriage and annoyance…not in that order.”

“My motto is that I enjoy life. I think there’s kind of a simplicity to that way of thinking.” Jenna Elfman

“I like the way you make me laugh.” Jenna Elfman

“This is the girl I’m going to marry.” Bodhi Elfman

“I knew I wasn’t going to get the movie, so I thought a kiss would be appropriate to kiss George Clooney.” Jenna Elfman

“I will probably never have an opportunity to be in bed with George Clooney, so I wonder if I can weave a kissing moment into this scene.” Jenna Elfman

“Jenna and I met at a callback for a Sprite commercial audition and I knew this is the girl I am going to marry.” Bodhi Elfman

“I gave her the best line I could think, ‘You look exactly like my girlfriend, can I have your headshot?’…” Bodhi Elfman

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