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Neil Sandilands on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Neil Sandilands

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The 6 Pillars for A.C.T.O.R.S.

In 2021, award-winning actor Neil Sandilands can be seen starring in Netflix’s highly anticipated, sci-fi/fantasy drama series “Sweet Tooth.” Based on the beloved DC Vertigo comics by Jeff Lemire and executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., the show follows a boy who is half human and half deer, and is searching for a new beginning in a post-apocalyptic world. Sandilands shines as General Abbot, (opposite Dania Ramirez, Christian Convery, and Nonso Anozie) a self-appointed general who leads through wit, intimidation, and quirkiness. “Sweet Tooth” is slated to premiere on June 4, 2021.

In film, Sandilands was most recently seen starring as Wilhelm Leonberger opposite Tom Hanks in Universal Pictures’ Academy Award nominated feature “News of the World” (2020) directed by Paul Greengrass. A master of disguise, Sandilands recently starred as super villain “Big Bad” Clifford Devoe/The Thinker on The CW’s hit show “The Flash.” Additional television credits include starring as the contentious, mythological character Titus in “The 100” for The CW, AMC/Sundance TV’s “Hap and Leonard” opposite James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams, Christina Hendricks, Jimmi Simpson and Bill Sage, “House MD,” “The Americans” and “NCIS: LA.” In 2018, Sandilands starred opposite Eric Roberts in an indie biopic about Frank Sinatra entitled “Frank and Ava” as famed Hollywood director, Fred Zinneman. 2019 featured his portrayal as The Violator in Lionsgate’s “The Drone” – a contemporary homage to the film “Child’s Play.” Also in 2019, “Coyote Lake” introduced Sandilands to the Latin market, as he starred alongside Oscar nominee Adriana Barrazza, as well as Manny Perez and Camilla Mendez.

Born in the mining town of Randfontein, South Africa, Sandilands is arguably one of the country’s most versatile actors, bringing characters to life in film and television for over three decades, having started his professional acting career at just fourteen years old. Sandilands is the eldest of three children, his father having been a mining professional and his mother a teacher. He attended boarding school in neighboring town Krugersdorp and with the help of an encouraging teacher, booked his first television acting gig in “Meester” (The Master) in 1989. Sandilands received his bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Rand Afrikaans University. He received an honorary award for his contribution to Arts & Culture from the University, having won its Theatre Festival three years consecutively with plays that he had written and starred in, as well as initiating an International Film Festival.

Sandilands crossed the international divide in 2003 with the arthouse film “Proteus” by Canadian director John Greyson, and by 2007 he was a household name in South Africa. He is well known for his portrayal of Bart Kruger in the South African soap opera “7de Laan.” However, Sandilands had his sights on an international career, and has made the transition seamlessly. While Sandilands can currently be seen appearing in projects with a global reach, he still works often in South Africa where he performs in his native tongue, Afrikaans (English is his second language).

In May of 2021, Sandilands released his debut album “Sangoma Sandilands & Jou Pa se Posse – Maanskyn”, in his native tongue, Afrikaans. The album leaped to Number 1 on iTunes South Africa’s charts in 24 hours. Sandilands considers this album an artistic and literary contribution to his country of birth. He collaborated with the cream of South African musicians to produce this 10 track album, writing and composing 7 of the tracks, performing lead vocals and playing the ukulele. He had two previous #1 hits with renowned South African performer Karen Zoid.

Accolades for Sandilands include being a recipient of the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences award for his directorial work on “Impresario” – a 21-episode documentary. In 2014 he received a Clio, also as a documentary director. Sandilands is most proud of the fact that he played rugby in South Africa, America, England, Wales and Ireland, and regards the South African Rugby World Cup victory in 2019, for the 3rd time, a miraculous anomaly. He enjoys fishing and cites his philosophical development as being most influenced by Camus, Wittgenstein, Deleuze and Nietzsche, in reverse order. He would love to portray Nietzsche or the character Meursault from Camus’ “L’Étranger” in the future.

Sandilands currently splits his time between South Africa, and Los Angeles, California.


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“I am first a human being and then I’m an actor.”

“I think your most valuable auditions are probably the ones that you don’t book.”

“Make every breath [in life] count.”

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

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David Dastmalchian

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No Agent, No problem

Award winning actor, writer, producer, and filmmaker David Dastmalchian is known for bringing complex characters to life on screen in film and television, and penning raw, harrowing tales of flawed individuals from all walks of life. David has become one of the most in-demand talents in the entertainment industry today.

This year David will be heading to the DC Universe starring as the iconic Polka-Dot Man opposite Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, and Idris Elba in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros Pictures). The film follows super villains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man, and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison who join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. “The Suicide Squad” will debut in theaters on August 6, 2021. Next, David will star in Legendary Studio/Warner Bros’ upcoming blockbuster adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestselling sci-fi novel “Dune,” playing Piter De Vries opposite Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, and Josh Brolin. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this visually stunning, sci-fi masterpiece is slated for release on October 1, 2021.

Originally from Kansas, David was discovered by Christopher Nolan nearly a decade ago, making his silver screen debut in the iconic, award winning feature “The Dark Knight,” which launched his career from the stage, to film and television. Since then, David has been hand-picked for dynamic roles by critically acclaimed directors including: David Lynch, Denis Villeneuve, James Gunn, two-time Cannes winner Michel Franco, Sam Taylor Johnson, and Susanne Bier (to name a few). Previous film credits include: Sam Taylor-Johnson’s directed film adaptation of “A Million Little Pieces,” Academy Award nominated feature “Prisoners,” (Warner Bros.) Disney/Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Birdbox” opposite Sandra Bullock for Netflix, “The Domestics” for MGM, “Blade Runner 2049” for Warner Bros. opposite Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, indie horror-thriller “The Belko Experiment” opposite Michael Rooker and John C. McGinley, and “Relaxer,” written and directed by Joel Potrykus.

While working in film and television keeps David busy, he recently collaborated with Dark Horse Comics to turn his childhood passion of creating a comic book series into a reality, with the launch of “Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter.” Written by David and illustrated by Lukas Ketner, the comic follows Jerri Bartman, a once rising TV journalist who has returned to her small Midwest hometown TV station. Demoted to hosting the nightly Creature Feature, Jerri’s professional humiliation is eclipsed by the discovery that her new job comes with a secret, supernatural duty. Her missing predecessor, Count Crowley, was one of the last “appointed” hunters of monsters. Monsters are real, and they’re hell-bent on controlling the news and information consumed by humans. All issues of “Count Crowley” are available online and at comic stores nationwide.


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“I love when actors and directors have those special relationships.”

“You have to get to know yourself and care about yourself so deeply and in such an authentic way that it’s enough. The journey is enough. The process is enough. The work is enough.”

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

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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

BONUS: David Jolliffe, Sean Astin & Shaan Sharma

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Get Out the No Campaign: A SAG-AFTRA Panel Discussion

David Jolliffe is an actor, 52 year SAG-AFTRA member, National Board Member, and 2nd Vice President of the Los Angeles Local Board. Sean Astin is an actor and 35 year SAG-AFTRA member. Shaan Sharma is an actor and 13 year SAG-AFTRA member. Today, our guests discuss the proposed 2020 TV/Theatrical Contract which union members will be voting on this week. In an effort to educate voters, they developed the “Get Out the No” campaign which urges members to vote “NO” by exploring key areas of concern for performers including: Residual payments, On Set Safety, Syndication, Pension & Health, Foreign travel, Stunts, New Media negotiations and much more. Further information can be found on their website at DissentingOpinion2020.com.


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“At what point do you finally say no?”

“I’m not doing this for me. I’m doing this for you and I’m doing this for everyone coming behind me. Why? Because there were people before me who did it for me and that’s the reason why I’m here.” – David Jolliffe


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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • 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: Merle Dandridge

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GREENLEAF Made Oprah Find the Star

Merle was born in Okinawa, Japan to a mother of Korean and Japanese descent and an African-American father serving in the U.S Force. Growing up in Nebraska,but not into football, Merle didn’t know where she fit. A friend encouraged Merle to choose drama as a study because she was told it was “easy”. Little did Merle know that the drama department would be the community she had been longing for and that expression would give her the platform to explore social conditions and and the emotions that must be exposed to understand and accept each other. Merle graduated college and had a wild inclination that New York was where she needed to be to fulfill her purpose. With $107 in her pock, a packed Uhaul and an ailing kitten, she drove to New York and landed in the sea of many hopeful artist. Merle was still figuring out what was cool and learning everything on the fly. At the time a non-equity actor, she heard that everyone in town was going to audition for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, so she decided to learn a song and stand in line at 4am to hopefully be given the opportunity to audition. At 1pm the casting director not only called her in to the room, but gave her the space and the light to shine. Even though most things came to Merle very easily, she was still doing what she considers “on the job” training and chasing after an idea or feeling of what it is to be an actress. After a job replaced her, a blessing in disguise, Merle accredits her acting coach Warner Loughlin for giving her the strength and confidence to approach every role with ease and unwavering sense of responsibility to the intention and message of the role. After working three jobs to support her theater career, Merle Dandridge landed herself in the company of Oprah and now holds the honor of portraying Grace on OWN’s hit show, GREENLEAF. This woman’s 25 year journey is nothing short of resilient, spiritual, and guided.

Merle Dandridge currently can be seen critically acclaimed show “Greenleaf” on OWN network and will be on Broadway for the rest of 2017 in the play “Once on this Island”.

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“You’re never walled in for no reason, you are walled in to deflect you to where you are suppose to go.” CLICK TO TWEET


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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Dylan Kenin on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Our guest today is a multi talented, New Mexican born and raised actor with a penchant for carpentry, and an exceptional ear for accents. He is a chameleon, whether he’s playing the villain or the anti hero, from the countless 99 seat theatres he performed in after he graduated USC, building sets out of school, to acting alongside heavy hitters like Emily Blunt, Miles Teller, Josh Brolin and Chris Pine.

Dylan Kenin is a theatrically trained actor best known for his work in television and film. Recently he was featured in Joseph Kosinski’s Only the Brave, acting alongside Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges, based on the true story of a group of elite firefighters in the Granite Mountain Hotshots. He is best known for his work on Sicario as a Delta Leader in the drama following an FBI agent in a government task force. He is also known for Hell or High Water, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and Shot Caller. Kenin has guest starred and featured in many television shows, including being a recurring guest on Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville as Captain Haros, Yellowstone, NCIS: New Orleans, Rebel, Westworld, Roots, and Rebel.

 

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“Act as if you’ve already got what you want.”

“I’d rather be typecast than not cast.”

“As an actor, I get to have every career instead of one.”

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Trevor Long on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Ever wondered how you are going to land a career changing role without a manager or agent? This episode is all about the craft and keeping your head down and doing good work. Good work is the best branding for an actor and creates angels in the industry (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jason Bateman). Trevor Long has had some remarkable angels shed light on his 20 year artistry and he lays it all out here.

Trevor Long is a film, stage and television actor with twenty years of experience to his name. He is best known for his stand out, recurring role as Cade Langmore, in Netflix’s highly acclaimed series “Ozark,” acting alongside Laura Linney and Jason Bateman. He is also known for his work in “Low Winter Sun,” the AMC series following the murder of a police officer by a fellow detective in Detroit. Long starred in Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” as Steve Caprio, along with Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins. He stars in and co-produces the upcoming horror thriller “Seeds,” directed by Owen Long. The film follows Long’s troubled character Marcus after he retreats to the New England Coast. Long has guest starred in numerous television shows throughout his career, including “Blacklist,” “Unforgettable,” and “Blindspot.” He is a longtime member of acclaimed NY LAByrinth Theater Company.

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“I was going to do whatever it takes. I spent three years in a conservatory. Spent a lot of money, did a lot of training. I knew that this was not like, oh, what’s plan B?”

“I left the room feeling very exhilarated, because Hoffman took the time to really work with me, and pushed me and knew that I had the talent, but he was trying to push me through my little tricks.”

“It may take you ten to fifteen years before you start working…and he was pretty much right.”

“I don’t doubt the way I approach the work. I don’t second guess it like I did all those years, trying to figure it out, and please the teacher.”

“I think actors really want to be validated and seen for who they are, and when we don’t get that in life we try to put it into our art, our craft.”

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Becki Newton on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse 1

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Live at the MNActing Studio, That One Audition hears the real deal from Becki Newton about her Ugly Betty audition, how she started in the business and what luck and circumstance has made her a household name. We talk about motherhood, family, and how her world split open all at once, and how she found the kind of balance she wanted in her career. These are the laugh out loud, divine timing, confident, brave and open stories that led Becki Newton to where she is today.

Becki Newton is an television, film and voice actor best known for her exacting and hilarious role as Amanda Tanen in Ugly Betty, the hit ABC comedy following a New York fashion magazine and a young woman’s journey to self acceptance and success. She is also known for her recurring role as Quinn in How I Met Your Mother, acting opposite of Neil Patrick Harris. Newton starred in Fox’s The Goodwin Games, a comedy following the lives of three estranged siblings and the circumstances that brought them back together after their father’s death. She’s also starred in Love Bites as Annie Matopoulos, an anthology series about relationships, surrogacy, and modern romance. She guest starred in Weird Loners, American Dad!, American Dreams, and Charmed. Most recently Newton joined HBO’s Divorce as series regular Jackie, starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Shannon, and Thomas Haden Church.

IG: @itsbeckinewton

 

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“If you got an appointment, that’s an opportunity.”

“I really believe luck and circumstance have to coincide to have a really big opportunity.”

“The confidence is that no matter what information I’m given about myself, I have to be the one to decide. You can’t tell me anything about me, I have to tell you.”

“My struggle after Ugly Betty ended was how do I act like myself and still feel interesting?”

“It’s so important to live honestly and with great respect, and to also have faith that the people around you know that about you.”

“The gratitude for the situation, didn’t matter what the outcome was going to be, I just couldn’t believe I was there.”

“You have to go through all of it to be able look back and understand it.”

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