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016 Rosalind Chao on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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The Consummate Actor

Rosalind Chao is best known for The Joy Luck Club (1993), Star Trek, What Dreams May Come, and most recently The Laundromat (2019), and Plus One (2019). She was born and raised in Orange County, California where her parents ran a Chinese restaurant and pancake house. Rosalind first began appearing in commercials and television after having been spotted as a small child at her family restaurant. She had also trained and appeared on stage from an early age in the Peking Opera and Chinese dance. She continues to act in the theater, most recently starring in 2018 the National Theatre of Great Britain in a new play The Great Wave. She has been married to Simon Templeman since 1989. They have two children.


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“Having a child gives you a loaf of bread but it doesn’t all come at once.”

“I’ve made quite a few fear-based decisions in the past and I’m not going to do that anymore.”

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

Oge Ebouno on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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(In)Visible Portraits: Love Letter to Black Women, and a Re-Education to Everyone Else

Oge Egbuonu (pronounced E-boo-noh) is a first generation American born to Nigerian parents. She is a filmmaker focused on disruptive and inspirational storytelling. By creating compelling content that entertains, educates, and inspires, she aims to support the healing of the individual and the collective.

Her directorial debut, (In)Visible Portraits, is a Think Piece that shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and illuminates the history of how we got here. The film is a self-described “love letter to Black women, and a re-education to everyone else.”

Prior to becoming an independent filmmaker, Oge was a producer with Raindog Films alongside co-founders Ged Doherty and Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth. She produced Loving (a critically acclaimed historical film starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton) and Eye in the Sky (a thriller starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Aaron Paul). Oge also previously held a seat on the board of the Diversity Committee for the BRIT Awards, where she collaborated on revamping the voting academy and tackling diversity within the music and film industries.


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“I don’t label depression as a bad thing for me. For me, those are all moments of redirection.”

“…we’re all storytellers whether we know that or not. Whether we’re telling stories consciously or unconsciously, we’re all storytellers.”

“For me, creating this documentary serves as an offering. It’s a Think Piece to get people to start questioning rather than accepting what they’ve just been taught to believe as true.”

“…I grew up feeling that the only way I could receive love or validation was if I was perfect. If I wasn’t perfect in the eyes of [my mother] or anybody else, then I was deemed invisible. I didn’t really stop feeling that way until I started making this.”

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

Anthony Meindl on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Stop Waiting: Allow Yourself A World Beyond Acting

Anthony Meindl is an LA-based multi-hyphenate talent. He is a director, screenwriter, teacher, actor, coach, entrepreneur, author, and inspirational speaker. He is also the founder of AMAW studios worldwide, with studios in LA, London, NY, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney and Atlanta.

Anthony is known for revolutionizing a more modern understanding of acting training. He has guest lectured at the Gaiety School/The National Theatre School of Ireland, the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, the Actors Centre London, and is the guest acting teacher at David Lynch’s Masters of Filmmaking Program. He has taught internationally in Sofia, Bulgaria, Rome, Capetown, South Africa, Melbourne, and Paris.

As a filmmaker, Anthony has received a number of awards and acclaim. His latest feature film, WHERE WE GO FROM HERE premiered at Outfest in Los Angeles, won the Jury Award at NYC’s East Village Queer Film Festival, and is available to view on HULU.

As an inspirational speaker he’s shared the stage with such luminaries as Jim Carey, Jack Cornfield and Tom Shadyac. He is also the author of three books: At Left Brain Turn Right, Book The F*cking Job and Alphabet Soup for Grown-ups. His latest book, You Knew When You Were Two, is soon to be published.

You can check out Anthony’s podcast In The Moment on iTunes.


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“Acting is just ONE vehicle of expression of who we are.”

“You don’t need more confidence to act, you just need more courage.”

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RE-RELEASE: Abby Miller

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MAD MEN Star JUSTIFIED on THE SINNER

Abby recently starred on the Golden Globe nominated USA thriller, THE SINNER as detective in training, Caitlin Sullivan. Before that she was best known for her work in the FX original series, JUSTIFIED where she played the sweet but dim, Ellen May. She can also be seen as Manson follower Mary Brunner on AQUARIUS, as well as guesting on such shows as THE REAL O’NEALS, THE CATCH, LAW AND ORDER SVU, and MAD MEN.

Most recently she recurred as Emily Greenstreet on THE MAGICIANS and can be seen in the second season of IMPOSTERS out this spring. She has appeared in numerous feature films such as the 2010 Sundance Selection ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS and the indie feature CONGRATULATIONS (co-written by Miller).

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“You find the stuff in between the words.”

“Whatever you are doing in your work flows into your life.”

“I definitely choose my career over paying my bills on time.”

“This is it. This is the magic. The art of surprise.”

“I have become more of unapologetic, defiant actor in that all I need to do is carve out a beautiful character and honor them.”


096: Travis Van Winkle

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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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  • WRITER: Andrew Christofer
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE/GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • OUTREACH: Maya Butler
  • PRODUCTION SERVICES: Paige Patterson & Elle Powell

 


BONUS: Neil LaBute

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The Best Idea Wins—Process Over Product

Today we’re taking a journey into the minds of one of the most prolific American playwrights of contemporary theater. If you’ve ever read any of his plays, had the privilege to work on any of his scripts, or sit in the audience of one of his shows, then you know the power of Neil Labute and his extraordinary body of work.

His imaginative use of language, his complicated and deeply human characters, and his provocative and sometimes shocking themes are widely celebrated, sometimes criticized, but always ignite a visceral reaction from audiences world-wide. His endless body of work includes plays like Reasons to be Pretty, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), and The Shape of Things.

Neil N. LaBute is an American playwright, film director, and screenwriter. He is best-known for a play that he wrote and later adapted for film, In the Company of Men, which won awards from the Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the New York Film Critics Circle. He has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human nature. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City. LaBute’s plays include: BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE MERCY SEAT, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, AUTOBAHN, FAT PIG (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), SOME GIRL(S), THIS IS HOW IT GOES, WRECKS, FILTHY TALK FOR TROUBLED TIMES, IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, REASONS TO BE PRETTY (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and THE BREAK OF NOON. In 2011 his play IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP premiered in London’s West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic. His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

Currently, Neil Labute’s show The I-land is streaming on Netflix.

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“I’m much bigger on the process than the product.”

“What I didn’t do was entertain the idea of it not happening…the best thing I can give you, the best advice, is to take “if” out of your vocabulary.”

“The key is there is no key.”

086: Oliver Trevena

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Brit host and actor, Oliver Trevena, has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and musicians at the likes of The Hollywood Reporter, Young Hollywood, GQ.com, Sirius XM’s “Dirty Pop” alongside N-Syncs Lance Bass, as well as Esquire Network’s “Joyride” alongside T- Pain & Mischa Barton.  As an actor, he’s just wrapped “The Rising Hawk,” “Embattled,”and “Grand Isle” (with Nicolas Cage and Kelsey Grammer) feature films.

Oliver Trevena began his performing career as a child across the pond in the UK, singing and dancing and acting. His journey lead him to London where he continued to pursue his love of performing but after not one, but TWO near death experiences, his path lead him to Los Angeles to continue his pursuit of music. He’s seen much of what the entertainment industry in LA has to offer, and after many ups and down, he reconnecting with his passion for storytelling and hasn’t looked back since.

From his countless hosting gigs, to acting, and now producing, He generously shares how he’s managed to build a career that not only honors his artistry but also allows him to leverage his perspective as a producer—how he’s built so many relationships over the years and how he’s continued to evolve in the face of fear and uncertainty.

He has since starred in movies, like The Long Road (2008), Ready? OK! (2008) and TV appearances in The Good Guys (2010), Leverage (2008), The Forgotten (2009) and How to Rock (2012). He now lives in LA but spends his time between the US and UK.

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“The only thing that was getting in my way, when I look back, was my own ego.”

“You are the only you. No one’s got what you have.”

Carmen Ejogo on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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A Masterclass in Longevity, Range, & Perseverance:

In today’s episode, I got to sit down with an extraordinary actress who has crafted a diligently curated body of work defined by her remarkable range. Carmen Ejogo has played major roles in Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Sparkle with Whitney Houston, It Comes at Night, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Alien: Covenant, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and most recently opposite Mahershala Ali in the new season of True Detective.

Characteristically tight-lipped about her personal life, Carmen generously pulls back the curtain to reveal how she’s made it this far and how her commitment to her vision has afforded her a career that has captivated audiences and critics alike. She shares how she says no more often than she says yes, and how this discernment has empowered her to keep a clear vision for the stories she wants to give voice to. We also get to chat about how she prepares for an audition, how she balances her art with the business of the industry, and how she decided from the very beginning of her career that her body of work would be defined, not by her appearance, but by her talent, determination, and humanity.

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“I’m a big believer in the power of ‘No’ and I’ve been saying no most of my career and very seldomly do I say yes.”

“When I was starting out, to be an actress you really were made to feel your ingenue years were going to be your best years and you had to make those work for you…I just realized early enough on that there was going to be a shelf life if I took that attitude on board. I really had to prove that I could act.”

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073: Chris Geere

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Todays conversation is an open, candid, and humorous dialogue with Chris Geere who’s on-screen career began with a Coke Zero commercial in the UK, and ultimately lead him to a series regular role. He talks about getting cut from the final edit of Band of Brothers, how a clever self-tape landed him with an offer to work with M. Night Shyamalan, and honestly shares how even after booking the ever-coveted “series regular role,” he’s finding new depths to what is required of an actor and artist when a life and career changing opportunity comes to an end.

He’s most known for his hilarious and honest portrayal on the hit FXX show, You’re the Worst, as well as his work on Modern Family, After Earth, and in the soon-to-be-released film Detective Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds.

Chris Geere is a British actor born in Cambridge in 1981 and brought up in the Winchester area of Hampshire where his family still lives. He was initially interested in pursuing a career as an artist until a drama teacher encouraged him to play in his school’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, whereupon he admits that he was truly bitten by the acting bug. He gained a place at the Guildford School of Acting, winning out over nearly three thousand other applicants. Some time after graduation he had a spell as a bit part player with the Royal Shakespeare Company and since then has become familiar on British television, notably in the school series ‘Waterloo Road.’ In 2017 he moved to the States, appearing in Modern Family and taking the lead in the eccentric comedy drama ‘You’re the Worst.’

 

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“I thought of every single audition as “grin and bank it.” If you get the job, you need to think of it in terms of how many months rent is this.”

“I just decided that I’m going to stop trying to be what I think everyone wanted me to be, and just try and be a nice affable person that people would want to work with.”

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038: Abby Miller

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Abby recently starred on the Golden Globe nominated USA thriller, THE SINNER as detective in training, Caitlin Sullivan. Before that she was best known for her work in the FX original series, JUSTIFIED where she played the sweet but dim, Ellen May. She can also be seen as Manson follower Mary Brunner on AQUARIUS, as well as guesting on such shows as THE REAL O’NEALS, THE CATCH, LAW AND ORDER SVU, and MAD MEN.

Most recently she recurred as Emily Greenstreet on THE MAGICIANS and can be seen in the second season of IMPOSTERS out this spring. She has appeared in numerous feature films such as the 2010 Sundance Selection ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS and the indie feature CONGRATULATIONS (co-written by Miller). IG: @miller_abs23

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“You find the stuff in between the words.”

“Whatever you are doing in your work flows into your life.”

“This is it. This is the magic. The art of surprise.”

“I definitely choose my career over paying my bills on time.”

“I have become more of unapologetic, defiant actor in that all I need to do is carve out a beautiful character and honor them.”

“My word for the year as an artist is UNAPOLOGETIC.”

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