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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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REPLAY: Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa was the FIRST one to audition for GAME OF THRONES and the LAST one cast a year later. His cousins impact on his life helped him make a strong choice that ultimately landed him the role. But it took him a few years and a couple of classes to trust his instinctive strong choices and learn how to “audition”. BAYWATCH discovered him in his native home of Hawaii among a 1300 person cattle call. Jason responded to a radio call announcing the audition that would pay him more than the daily rate of folding T-shirts at the family owned surf shop. Jason’s unique look has always made him a different choice but also made opportunities few and far between. So Jason, with many of his close friends, formed the production company Pride of Gypsies which has made Jason into an all around film maker, writing, producing, directing and acting.

Jason will always be remembered for his unforgettable role as Drogo in season one of GAME OF THRONES. Currently, Jason is Aquaman in the DC Comics JUSTICE LEAGUE and AQUAMAN in 2018. Check out Pride of Gypsies’ BROWN BAG DIARIES, ROAD TO PALOMA and BRAVEN.

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Brittany Hall Interview on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Brittany S. Hall is an actress best known for her work in HBO’s Ballers in her portrayal of Amber, starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and John David Washington. She has been featured in many television and film projects, including Satisfaction, Being Mary Jane, Survivor’s Remorse, Quarry, and Drumline: A New Beat. She will join Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, and Ricky Whittle in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Nappily Ever After,” a Netflix original romantic comedy. Brittany Hall takes us through her experience with reality television, alter egos, her time as an urban model, a music video girl, into a talented, powerful actress.

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Brittany Hall Interview on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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“That’s the beauty in our art, that we get that opportunity to be infinite in many ways.”
“I love that I see my growth. I feel my growth. It’s like I’m able to appreciate my growth so much because I was so dark before that I can recognize the light.”
“I’m always interested in what I can be capable of. It’s not for anyone else, it’s for me. I want to know what I can do.”
“Let it come. Don’t force it because you’re going to be hit with resistance. Breathe.”
“I’m unafraid to shine.”

“I use my body to manipulate my mind into what I want to be feeling.”

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021: Jodi Balfour

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Jodi Balfour is a talent that excites the industry and audiences alike. Her internationally diverse background paired with her raw and expansive talent has made her an actor in constant demand. Born and raised in South Africa, Jodi spent her formative years working in Cape Town’s burgeoning theatre and television industry. From the age of eight, she was on the professional stage performing in an array of ballets and musicals, and in the years that followed, her talents found their way to the small screen, where she starred and had supporting roles in both domestic and international television shows.

Upon graduating with honors in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town, Jodi landed a supporting role in the BAFTA-Nominated BBC mini-series “The Sinking of the Laconia”, playing the daughter of one of Britain’s most celebrated actors, Lindsay Duncan. Since her arrival in North America, Jodi has worked across platforms in Canada and the US. She played the lead in Canada’s hit series BOMB GIRLS which earned a Gracie Award for best Drama and won Jodi a Canadian Screen Award for “Best Actress” in it’s film BOMB GIRLS: FACING THE ENEMY.

Jodi plays the lead female role in Cinemax’s critically acclaimed new drama series QUARRY, an HBO Entertainment production in association with Anonymous Content. “Quarry” is currently on air on Cinemax. She also stars in the BBC series RELLIK soon to be Cinemax.

Currently, Jodi portrays Jackie Kennedy on season 2 of THE CROWN on Netflix.

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“I seem to operate in the extremes. Work becomes all consuming and then when its finished there is this emptiness. And that’s when the “I’m never going to work again” creeps in.”

“When I haven’t worked for awhile I think I have acting PTSD that creeps in and makes me think I’m never going to work again.”

“Impulse for acting grew out of a need to perform.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I remember the first experience of watching a live performance and the rest of the world disappearing.”

“The authority in my drama community gave me the responsibility of being a lead and therefore I felt like I could own that responsibility.”

“I didn’t know what acting was, but my teacher recognized my hunger to perform.”

“That marked a massive transition in my adult life where I started to push against any validity that people offered me based on how I look.”

“The visa is called Alien of Extraordinary Ability, you have to prove that you are extraordinary.”

“Coming out of school, auditions were exciting. Stakes were not high. I was never nervous.”

“I strive for admiration instead of comparisons with my those that I admire.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I like being the underdog because it helps me get in touch with my own sense of confidence.” | CLICK TO TWEET

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013: Alysia Reiner

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Alysia is best known for her role as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, the tough as nails assistant warden everyone loves to hate on NETFLIX’s hit series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Alysia won a SAG award as part of the amazing ensemble cast, and you can see her in all 5 binge-worthy seasons. She is currently in production on Season 6 of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and recently launched her very own eco-friendly fashion label, Livari. Alysia recently wrapped production as both a producer and star of motherhood dark comedy EGG, starring with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp.

You can also catch her as Sunny in F/X’s critical hit and Peadbody Award winning BETTER THINGS, brought to you by the inimitable Louie CK and Pamela Adlon. And don’t forget to look for her in recent/upcoming episodes of YOUNGER, BROAD CITY and ODD MOM OUT.

Alysia may be all over your streaming shows and on your TV, but she couldn’t get an agent for years and self-submitted and taped for the break role in the Oscar nominated film SIDEWAYS. Listen in to hear her daily practice for being a creative person and how she is mentoring the next generation of female storytellers.

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“Don’t wait, create” CLICK TO TWEET

“Daily practice for a creative person; Do something for the business, something for the artist in the business and something for artist.”

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Jason Momoa on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

008: Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa was the FIRST one to audition for GAME OF THRONES and the LAST one cast a year later. His cousins impact on his life helped him make a strong choice that ultimately landed him the role. But it took him a few years and a couple of classes to trust his instinctive strong choices and learn how to “audition”. BAYWATCH discovered him in his native home of Hawaii among a 1300 person cattle call. Jason responded to a radio call announcing the audition that would pay him more than the daily rate of folding T-shirts at the family owned surf shop. Jason’s unique look has always made him a different choice but also made opportunities few and far between. So Jason, with many of his close friends, formed the production company Pride of Gypsies which has made Jason into an all around film maker, writing, producing, directing and acting.

Jason will always be remembered for his unforgettable role as Drogo in season one of GAME OF THRONES. Currently, Jason is Aquaman in the DC Comics JUSTICE LEAGUE and AQUAMAN in 2018. Check out Pride of Gypsies’ BROWN BAG DIARIES, ROAD TO PALOMA and BRAVEN.

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