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031 Kathleen Rose Perkins on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Longevity: Learning to Pivot as Storytellers

Kathleen Rose Perkins grew up in New Baltimore, Michigan, a small town 40 miles north of Detroit. The sister of four older brothers, she enjoyed her alone time making up plays and putting them on for people in the neighborhood. This inevitably led to a high school career in which she was very involved with the school’s drama and choir program. Kathleen attended Western Michigan University, and in just over three years she acquired a BFA in Musical Theatre.

After traveling parts of the Midwest performing in various regional theaters, Kathleen made her way to Los Angeles. She spent a few years in odd jobs and acting classes, then started working with a management company she could trust.

Since then, Kathleen has worked solely as an actress in film and television. She’s collaborated with such performers as Chris O’Donnell, Courteney Cox, Christina Applegate, as well as many other fine actors. Credits include Without a Trace: Coming Home (2003), “How I Met Your

Mother”, “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”, a recurring role on HBO’s “Tell Me You Love Me” and Michael Bay’s “The Island”. She has also devoted time to projects personally important to her, such as an award-winning short film she wrote and starred in, a documentary about her family, and achieving a black belt in Taekwondo.


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“The stuff that feeds your inner personal life, when you are vulnerable enough to bring that into your work, that’s the best stuff that you can do.”

“I believe in what I do. It might not be for some, or a lot of people, but I like what I do.”

“Every actor should try to write something from beginning to middle to end because that will give you true empathy for what a writer goes through and you will respect their work.”

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Rebekka Johnson on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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The Improv Dream: ‘Yes, And-ing’ Yourself.

This week’s guest caught the improv bug in college and hasn’t looked back since. Rebekka Johnson began her on-screen career putting her comedy skills to good use in an MTV prank show called Boiling Point. Since then she’s been a writer, producer, director, and actress—all in the name of making an audience laugh.

She shares with us how creating the work she loves with her best friends and collaborators has lead her to countless opportunities to shine. From an audition opposite Kristen Wiig, to finally booking her series regular role in GLOW, her story is an example of an artist who puts in the work and doesn’t give up, even when success feels impossible. From negotiating her own contract for a pilot, to how her years of grinding and preparation has empowered her to step into her strength and be fearless in her comedy.

Best known for her work in the musical comedy trio The Apple Sisters and on Netflix’s wrestling comedy GLOW, Rebekka Johnson has performed in various sketch and improv shows across the country for over 10 years, including The Neutrino Video Projects which was an official selection at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. She is a co creator of the award winning Apple Sisters which performed in the 2008 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Rebekka voiced many characters in the upcoming Comedy Central animated series, Ugly Americans. She currently performs with Bandit, a Mainstage Harold Team at IO West and recently directed her comedy film, CONSENT.

 

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“Even if you’re a good improviser, don’t leave it up to improv. Look at your script, write your jokes before, and then if something else comes up, great! The whole thing with improve is, no matter how good you are, how often can you nail it?”

“The way you’re going to get better at writing is writing.”

Alanna Ubach on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Alanna Ubach has cultivated a career marked by the kind of range that many actors dream of. A bonified character actress,with equal parts grit and grace, she is unequivocally honest about her experience in Hollywood, generously sharing what she’s learned along the way.

Hardly recognizable from one character to the next, Alanna Ubach has starred in nearly 150 theater, film, and TV projects. Born in Downey, California to a Mexican-born mother and Puerto Rican father, Ubach has been a working actress since childhood. Following her television debut on “Romper Room,” she joined the Lee Strasberg Institute’s Children’s Program. At 15, she fearlessly travelled to New York to star in WPA’s Off-Broadway production of “Club Soda.”

She made her mark in the industry playing the family housekeeper-turned wedding caterer and Gaylord’s first lover in “Meet the Fockers,” the sorority sister/best friend to Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” and the sex-starved Israeli neighbor on “Hung.” In addition to her role as Jo on Bravo’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” She can also be heard lending her voice to Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning animated film “Coco,” featuring an all-Latino cast, where she plays great-great-grandmother Mama Imelda.

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“Every time you get some kind of offer or opportunity, just be the lights. I’ve been trying to be the lights forever.”

“When the ego comes into play, that is the beginning of cancer for the artist”

“Rejection is God’s protection.”

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