010 Cassidy Freeman on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Cassidy Freeman

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A Sweet Kind of “Fuck It”

Today’s guest grew up the daughter of two prominent Chicago attorneys and the youngest of three siblings immersed in the arts. Everyone welcome: Cassidy Freeman. Her poise, work ethic and determination to constantly challenge herself quickly paid off. She embraced her old soul and let go of her aspirations of being an ingénue which immediately led to her first big break. Not knowing what a “stand in” or a “#2 on a call sheet” might deter other folks, but not Cassidy. She used that experience on her first big show as her TV Acting grad school.

You’ve definitely seen her in the star turning role as “Tess Luthor” on SMALLVILLE and she continued to THE PLAYBOY CLUB, VAMPIRE DIARIES, LONGMIRE and THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES. But before blazing the small screen with these credits, she had to learn some hard lessons along the way that led her to have fun when acting…especially for auditions.

We go from 7 year old Cassidy gracing the stage of The Chicago Lyric Opera to performing at The Atlantic Theater in New York City at 22 years old, with some sound advice from a close Broadway novice that completely shifted her dreams to Broadway by way of TV. She shares her appalling experience of auditioning for a prominent Casting Director who gave her advice that she still thinks about to this day. You will hear why acting is the one art form you can’t do in a vacuum since we have to listen in order to be present which is why she still takes classes at Playhouse West to this day. This is why she continues to redefine success to this day by loving life by living it.



“You have to keep redefining your idea of success. We are changing all the time.”

“You gotta live your life and love it.”

“Would you rather get a part where you are ‘not being you’ and have to ‘not be you’ for the entire job or would you rather NOT get the part and ‘be you’?”


  • WRITER: Juan Francisco Villa
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
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  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

024: Brianna Brown

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Minnesota-born Brianna Brown began acting in elementary school and local community productions. After high school she journeyed to Hollywood to pursue an acting career full-time. She snagged a part in the pilot show for Judd Apatow’s quirky, fondly remembered series Freaks and Geeks. From there she got parts in several theatrical features, mostly comedies, and in 2004 secured a part in Spider-Man 2. She worked steadily over the next few years, playing everything from a farmer’s wife to a killer of zombies (Night of the Living Dead 3D), and worked again for Apatow in two more of his comedies, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

She also kept busy with guest-starring roles on some of the top series on TV, such as CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Smallville and had a memorable turn as a serial-killing call girl in Criminal Minds. She had a long-running part on the soap General Hospital as Dr. Lisa Miles.

Outside the film industry, she has been involved in giving women the opportunity to empower themselves financially, co-founding the “Green Goddess Investment Club” and starting the organization empowering accountable, goal setting women called THE NEW HOLLYWOOD to “Rise up, Shine Brighter and Give Back”.

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“You couldn’t google how to be an actor when I was teenager.”
“Ignorance is bliss and I had nothing to lose.”
“Having a theater background helped me to not worry about what I looked like. It was about the acting, not looking pretty.”
“How I saw myself and how other people saw me was really different.”
“I felt like my sexuality was a dance.”
“I was coined the best villain on General Hospital.”
“I’m very empathetic and I could feel the pressure of is she going to deliver.”
“I was the network dummy and I wasn’t suppose to get the role.”
“Actors need to wrap their heads around the business of acting monetarily.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“Actors are like stock share, but it’s not personal when you get traded or cashed in.”
“The New Hollywood changes the way women help and support each other.”
“The guide book “Manifesting YOUR Mission” reframes how we see obstacles.”
“Actors need to be smart with their money, making your funds last for a long time.”
“Many actors have limiting beliefs around money and that limits their growth in the business.”
“Get really clear on your WHY. Create on your WHY.” | CLICK TO TWEET



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