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S2 025: Selenis Leyva

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Leaving a Footprint: No One Can Tell You It’s “Not For You”

Selenis Leyva is an award-winning actress known for her roles as Gloria Mendoza in the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black and as Gabi Cañero in the Disney+ original Diary of a Future President. In addition to her film and television credits, Selenis is an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights, and often is invited to college campuses to speak on diversity and inclusion. Selenis is currently promoting the release of her memoir, “MY SISTER, How One Sibling’s Transition Changes Us Both” which was published through Bold Type Books. Written with her sister Marizol, a transgender woman and advocate, the book is told from both women’s perspectives…about growing up in the Bronx, Marizol’s transition and more broadly….family, love, and the path to self-realization. Prior to this, Selenis was awarded the Anti-Violence Project’s 2016 Courage Award and the Stonewall Community Foundation’s 2016 Vision Award for inspiring visibility, advocacy and outspoken support for the transgender community. She has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Time magazine’s Motto, People magazine’s Latina Love Project Series, and Splinter.



“I believe in all stories being able to be told. I have a problem when you tell me that because of what I look like, because of what I sound like, because of where I come from, that I can only play certain characters.”

“One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned in the last decade is sometimes you want something so badly and for whatever reason you don’t get it, trust that it’s because it just wasn’t for you. Something else came that was going to be bigger, better for you.”

“There is nothing more powerful than loving yourself and respecting yourself because then you’re going to want the best for you and you’re not going to settle for anything less.”



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027: Constance Shulman

027: Constance Shulman 1500 1000 Alyshia Ochse

Constance Shulman was in the original cast of Steel Magnolias, Lortel Theater. She continued to work in dynamic films Fried Green Tomatoes and Sweet and Lowdown. On the fast track to stardom, Constance did something many women in this industry would love to do. She took a break and raised her children. She took a 15 year break from acting and focused her creativity on writing, painting and producing documentaries. This interview gives the full spectrum look of a woman who has lived by her own set of creative rules and how it was making a comeback as an actress in the business.

Currently, Constance is working on her 6th season of Orange is the New Black (three time SAG award winner for Best Ensemble in a Comedy), The Blacklist and Broad City. She voices the Nickelodeon/ABC-Disney’s Doug. And is the co-producer of NY Times top 10 docs of 2015, Looks like Laury, Sounds like Laury documentary.

Tune into our Interview on iTunes HERE




“When you are younger you runaway from your roots, when you are older you embrace your roots.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“I knew enough to not know anything.”
“Be the best you instead of being a mediocre version of someone else.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“One of my day jobs was at Penthouse Magazine.”
“A gift every actor needs to have is to a time period that is not about you. Having children was that time for me.”
“Orange is the New Black brought about a whole new way of being on TV and how you watched TV.”
“One of the beauties of getting older is to not care. I don’t care if I don’t get parts now.”
“Carol Burnett was the person I wanted to be when I was in high school.”
“Being an artist you are already sensitive, you’ve got a very deep soul. Putting it out there is really hard. You are vulnerable to whatever comes your way.”
“One regret would be to have bypassed college and go straight to NY.”
“Above all else you want to be a full person. Acting comes after being a human being.” | CLICK TO TWEET



013: Alysia Reiner

013: Alysia Reiner 1500 1000 Alyshia Ochse

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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