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In this special solo episode kicking off 2024, Alyshia expresses excitement about bringing new episodes this year and announces that the podcast is now available on YouTube for a visual experience. Reflecting on the past year, Alyshia shares insights on goal-setting, encourages actors to know their type, and suggests actionable steps to take control of their careers. Let’s jump start the year with measurable intentions!




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074: Katie O’Brien & Katy Colloton

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Today we’re chatting with TWO extraordinary women who took the advice we’ve all heard, “Create your own content,” to the extreme and landed themselves with Series Regular, Writing, and Producing roles on their own comedy show on TV Land. These ladies began performing together in sketch groups in Chicago, where they created their own short-form webseries that ultimately lead them to Los Angeles, where they sold their show TEACHERS to TV Land. 50 episodes later, and they’re here to share what they’ve learned about acting, producing, auditioning, and being a boss!

Katie O’Brien hails from Omaha, Nebraska, but is now an actress and comedienne living and working in Los Angeles. Katie has appeared in Nora Ephron’s, Love, Lost and What I Wore, Key and Peele, and is currently one of the creators, writers, executive producers and stars in TV Land’s hit, underground comedy, Teachers. Katie has also appeared on the Today Show, Comedy Central’s @ Midnight and Kocktails with Khloe.

Katy Colloton is one of the creators, executive producers, writers and actors on the TV Land show Teachers.  This year she has developed TV for NBC Universal and a feature with Bluegrass Films and Scott Stuber.  Katy received her B.A. in theater and psychology from Vanderbilt University.  Before moving to LA, Katy performed comedy in Chicago at Second City, iO, and The Annoyance Theater.


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“There was so much we learned. It taught me to trust my instincts…I don’t really believe people buy a show, I think they buy your voice…Trust your instincts. They’re buying what you love.”

“So much of this experience for me was that everybody knows more than I do. Because I’ve never done this before. But then I realized, no, nobody knows what they’re doing. Everybody is faking it till they make it.”

“The only thing you have to offer, that’s different than everyone else, is You. I formed a million sketch groups to get attention and be seen. Do a webseries to get noticed, yes. But create something that you want to create, who cares if everyone says no one’s going to watch that.”


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.”


BONUS: Hillary Tuck and Joe Towne

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Joe Towne and Hillary Tuck are the partners and creators behind The Actors Mindset, a unique audition technique program that creates a safe and nurturing environment while challenging the actor to work beyond their comfort zone. The program is designed to implement performance routines, to encourage mindfulness, and to take a whole mind and body approach to getting the best out of your performance opportunities. Joe Towne is an award winning writer, director and actor best known for his performances in “Significant Mother”, “Friends in Therapy”, and “Fringe”. You can see him in Rebel Wilson’s newest film “Isn’t It Romantic” next February. He has a long history of coaching businesses, performers, and professional athletes, and he is currently coaching actors at Warner Loughlin’s studio in Hollywood.

Hillary Tuck has been a working actor since the age of 14, and she is best known for her roles in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”, “Grimm”, “Family Guy”, and “House”. Hillary has been an acting teacher and an on-set coach at Warner Loughlin Studios since 2014, where she has coached various actors on shows like ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and Fox’s “The Exorcist.” She was recently the keynote speaker at Eagle U, a leadership conference in Houston, Texas. Joe and Hillary were recently asked by the Elite 11 to speak to the top 24 high school quarterbacks in the country, which you’ll be able to catch on the NFL network next month. The next session of The Actor’s Mindset is Monday, August 6th, running through October 1st in Los Angeles.

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We work to identify what is OUTDATED, STALE and working AGAINST your self.
We then offer insight on how to reintegrate new EFFECTIVE habits to train instead.
Our program is designed to help bring AWARENESS, PERSPECTIVE and TOOLS to your own personal mindset to help you MAXIMIZE (get your best out of) your performance opportunities. Additionally, help you establish and implement PERFORMANCE ROUTINES that help you address issues such as nerves and confidence and MAXIMIZE (get the best out of) your performance opportunities.

The start date for the next session of The Actor’s Mindset is Monday, August 6th.
It will run through October 1st (no class for Labor Day Weekend) In the Hollywood area

For more information, contact: theactorsmindset@gmail.com



“True confidence comes from the way that we talk to ourselves.”

“We can orient our life around growth.”

041: Judd Lormand

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Judd Lormand is a Southeast based actor with a dense filmography, spanning over 50 projects of film and television. You can currently catch him as Lt. Commander Eric Blackburn in CBS’s SEAL Team, a series following a team of elite Navy Seals, starring alongside David Boreanaz and Jessica Pare. Most recently, he guest starred in Amazon’s Lore, a horror anthology, as Dr. William Nolan, and before that as Officer Hooper in Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto, a drama following a woman just out of prison, trying to survive a series of reckless decisions and terrible luck. Additionally, Lormand has appeared in The Hunger Games, American Heist, The Vampire Diaries and HBO’s Treme.

Find out how Judd takes control of the audition room, his journey to becoming a series regular on a hit show, and how he learned how to invest in himself. IG: @juddlormand

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“Focus on the denominator, not the numerator.”

“If it makes your character, to heck with the rules.”


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