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aRisa Barom Garcia on That One Audition Podcast

BONUS: Risa Bramon Garcia

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Risa Bramon Garcia has a career spanning over 35 years, working as a writer, director, producer, and casting director. She’s worked in theatre, television, and film and has directed two feature films, 200 cigarettes, and The Con Artist. Garcia’s directed for HBO, Lifetime, The Twilight Zone, and Comedy Central. Theartically she’s directed numerous shows in Los Angeles and New York and has been an integral member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre for 30 years. She began her casting career with her partner Billy Hopkins with the incredibly success feature film Desperately Seeking Susan, and since then her casting career includes more than 65 feature films, including The Doors, The Joy Luck Club, Speed, JFK, Wall Street, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, Twister, and True Romance. In television she’s cast beloved shows such as Roseanne, Masters of Sex, The Cape, and A Gifted Man. Risa is a teacher and coach at The BGB Studio (BramonGarciaBraun) with her partner Steve Braun in Los Angeles, California.

 

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“Be vulnerable, but fight like hell out of that vulnerability.”

“I was frustrated with actors in the room, and I thought, I have to be able to help them through this, and that’s what inspired my teaching.”

“You are populating the landscape of the film with actors, with humanity, and you’re doing it from your knowledge and your instincts and your experience and your talent.”

“Your job as an actor is to affect people on some emotional level.”

“I don’t want to have the opinion, but I want to collaborate. I want my point of view to matter. You hired me for a reason.”

“Live the life of an actor so that an audition doesn’t define you, or wreck you.”

“There is no right and I just wish actors would really know that.”

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033: Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Looking Back episode with the ever lovely Mary Elizabeth Winstead as she divulges the eccentric ways of Oliver Stone in an audition to making her mark in the independent film cinema.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well as genre fare like Final Destination 3 and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.

 

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“I felt very prepared for whatever was going to be thrown my way in the room.”

“The fact that you can say something to a woman and don’t know her emotional state, you shouldn’t be able to get away with it.”

“I was prepared for the moment of Oliver Stone to be eccentric and I knew that his comment was more of a reflection of him and not about me.”

“I didn’t feel like I was getting to explore a further depth of me as an actress. I told my agents I wanted to explore the indie film.”

“I was never really considered for those real acting jobs. I was doing whatever I could to just be considered.”

“I was told time and time again that I was too nice to play the edgy roles.”

“The director showed my tape to his wife. His wife told him if he didn’t hire me for the part that she was going to divorce him.”

“Big turning point for me was learning that there is more time to collaborate and discover who the character is beyond the audition.”

“Quentin likes discovery new actors.”

 

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