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096: Travis Van Winkle

096: Travis Van Winkle 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

An Ascending Loop of Frustration and Mastery

Travis Van Winkle was born in California, however his mom and dad’s Air Force responsibilities would have him living in Michigan and Georgia, before he eventually made his way to Hollywood at the age of twenty.

He would kick off his career and seamlessly transition between both television and film, with leading roles in features including Paramount’s Friday the 13th, Transformers, Fox’s Meet the Spartans, and the Universal comedy Accepted. In 2014, he began a starring run on TNT’s high-concept drama, The Last Ship, which lasted 5 seasons, and most recently alongside Alan Cumming in the CBS summer drama Instinct. Some of his memorable television recurring and guest appearances include; CW’s Hart of Dixie, ABC’S Happy Endings, 90210, Scorpion, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, Veronica Mars, The O.C., and his personal favorite That’s So Raven.

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“We all have this unlimited potential and we’re the only ones that block it.”

“It’s a really beautiful journey, becoming an actor. It’s always asking me to get to know, not only myself more, but to get to know humanity more.”

“Life is an ascending loop of frustration and mastery.”

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Ian Verdun on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

083: Ian Verdun

083: Ian Verdun 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Today we are chatting with Ian Verdun, an actor and playwright, seen most recently on Freeform’s hit show SIREN. Ian was born and raised right here in Los Angeles, and graduated from Cal Arts where he studied acting, and also used much his time away from the stage writing his own plays. Today, he candidly shares his journey, from struggling to pay for school, to grinding in New York with multiple side jobs, all the way to booking his big break on SIREN.

He generously shares his insight on the expanding diversity dialogue within the industry, how things have changed since he was stuck playing bit parts throughout school, and how, as a storyteller, he feels characters can and should be depicted by artists from every background.

Verdun’s past performances have been described as “brimming with grit and honesty” by Backstage, “quirkily charming” by Variety, and “finely nuanced” by LA Weekly. He has also been hailed by Stage Scene LA as the “brightest stage discovery of 2011”.
Ian continues to cut his teeth on the stages of New York and Los Angeles, along with writing and producing several plays himself. After appearing on ABC’s Last Resort, TNT’s Hawthorne and FOX’s Lucifer, Ian threw his energy into his own television creation, Life’s A Drag. Following years of experiencing the lackluster opportunities for diverse entertainers, Life’s A Drag went on to win a number of awards in the burgeoning web festival circuit, including a special award for recognition in diversity.

 

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“All the things we perceive as anger and we perceive as aggression actually come from a place of pain and actually come from a place of vulnerability.”

“You need to take responsibility for your talent. Don’t put that responsibility on other people to recognize that you’re talented…”

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003: Damon Dayoub

003: Damon Dayoub 1500 1000 Alyshia Ochse
Damon Dayoub didn’t dream of being an actor, he was working 90 hour weeks in El Paso, TX managing bars and decided he needed a hobby.  That hobby landed him in Los Angeles at the mercy of some of the best casting directors looking out for him.  Damon worked hard on his new found love of acting and started crafting a career by learning some tough lessons, taking chances and being humble.  Many of Damon’s job have been from a few casting elites who have an eye for greatness and trust his instincts.  Damon landed his first TV guest star role on the show, The Whole Truth (2010) casted by Michael Testa.  Damon has also appeared on shows such as, Brothers & SistersSingle Ladies, Dallas, NCIS, and The Last Ship.
Damon currently plays Detective Quincy Fisher on the third season of Freeform’s Stitchers (also cast by Michael Testa) and will be seen on the big screen later this year in Danger One.

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“If you don’t care, it frees you up to fail. It allows you to do some really shitty stuff. But in that really bad, messy work, some of the best work you’ve ever done will emerge.”

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ALYSHIA OCHSE

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

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