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S2 007: Atkins Estimond

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This year, Atkins is set to star in Jerry Bruckheimer’s upcoming drama series, “Hightown” (STARZ) alongside Monica Raymund and James Badge Dale. Set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the series follows a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent, Jackie Quiñones (Raymund), whose life is thrown into disarray when she discovers a body on the beach – another casualty of the opioid epidemic. She is convinced it is up to her to solve the murder, putting her at odds with Cape Cod Interagency Narcotics Unit sergeant, Ray Abruzzo (Dale). The two of them, along with everyone else connected to the murder, circle each other, and as their lives crash together. Atkins shines as Osito, a hardened gangster, who is of Haitian and Dominican decent, and has a soft spot for his solider-in-training, Junior (Shane Harper). “Hightown” will premiere on STARZ on May 17, 2020 and was also a SXSW Festival selection.

Atkins is also known for his role as the eternal optimist, Gerson, in AMC’s and Paul Giamatti’s critically acclaimed dramedy series, “Lodge 49” opposite Wyatt Russell. Additional television credits include FOX’s “The Resident,” Crackle’s “StartUp,” Playstation Network’s “Powers” and ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.” On the film side, his credits include Roadside Attractions’ “Trial by Fire,” Samuel Goldwyn Films’ “Lila & Eve” and his film debut in “Dumb and Dumber To” opposite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and raised in Atlanta to Haitian immigrant parents, Atkins originally pursued a career in music, playing guitar in a band, while simultaneously booking roles in “Dumb and Dumber To” and Lifetime’s hit series’ “Devious Maids.” He returned to school, enrolling at University of North Georgia majoring in Theatre, while continuing to book roles in film and television. He eventually decided to pursue acting full time and has been working ever since. Atkins hopes that by increasing his visibility that he can inspire more Haitians to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and ultimately be able to tell stories about Haiti and its rich culture.

While we are all currently practicing social distancing, Atkins has taken to his Instagram stories to perform (singing and playing guitar) and is accepting song requests.


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077: Amanda Warren

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Today we’re chatting with actress, Amanda Warren, whose incredible artistry is matched by her wisdom, insight, and extraordinarily grounded and compassionate energy. She has established herself with a resume that is not only lengthy, but loaded with some of TV and Film’s most respected projects in recent years. From her work with Martin McDonagh and Darren Aronofsky to Denzel Washington, Francis McDormand, and beyond, her work ethic and craftsmanship has earned her the respect of her peers and gained the attention of artists across the industry.

She shares how she works on set, what she’s learned from working with world-class artists, and how she stays focused on her own journey—putting in the work, one step at a time.

Most recently her on screen work includes THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, THE PURGE for USA, MOTHER, HOUSE OF CARDS, BLACK MIRROR, THIS IS US, HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, and Apple TV’s new series DICKINSON.

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“We do not need to adhere to this ‘stuggling artist’ theory anymore. This is your craft, this is your talent, you are giving of yourself and your tools. I’m going to give you my energy and pay you to see it…”

“You do the work at home so you can play on the day. If you do the work at home, you can do everything 7000 different ways to Sunday.”

“There’s a lot of money that goes into telling stories, expecially with the screen work, and time is money. It is so valuable, expecially these days. People need to know that they are trusting you with not only the story, but the money that they’re going to put into this.”

“There are quality rejections–quality ‘no’s.’ Just because it doesn’t work out for you then, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work out later.”

“What makes those great people so great at what they do…what makes them great craftspeople is that they work with their scene partners, they are never above their scene partner.”

“We’re in the business of saving lives…it’s an escape for people. Don’t think about the business, just bring them with you. Help them escape, help them stop thinking about business.”

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