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Nicola Salter on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

WEDNESDAY WISDOM with Nicola Salter

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Any Exit Out of Anxiety

Yes, we made it through 2020. Barely. And this Wednesday is the last #WednesdayWisdom of the so-called dumpster fire year. I wanted to end with soothing and practical wisdom from one of my great healers Nicola Salter. Anxiety is a jumbled mess of saying that your body is looking for “any exit” to not feel the cortisol dump that is happening. So here are some recommendations to immediately give the healthy exit for anxiety – whether you are trying to avoid a family catastrophe this holiday season or stepping back into the audition room.

Nicola Salter is an international Mentor, Quantum Field Practitioner, Heart Math Coach, Educator, Author.

To manage your anxiety (during this holiday season) and build more coherence prior to and during an audition, I recommend you practice some breath-work called Heart Focused Breathing. This is a quick and easy technique to reset your emotions, and rewire your brain. It is used widely to calm anxiety on the spot and help you become centered.

  • Simply inhale through your nose and exhale out through your mouth for a count of 4-6.
  • Focus on the center of your chest and imagine your breath flowing in and out of your heart
  • Activate a feeling of gratitude for someone, or a place , or animal in your life that fills you up with thankfulness, or a time that you can feel proud of
  • Anchor this gratitude into your heart

Practice this for at least 3-4 minutes and notice how your mood changes and how you calm down.

You can also add the use of lavender essential oil, simply by adding a couple of drops to your temples and the back of your neck. When you smell Lavender it releases serotonin and dopamine from the brain to calm you down.

You can find a video and more details of these calming techniques in How to Calm and Decode Your Emotions, Your Self Care Toolkit to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Overwhelm.


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  • WRITER: Lizzy Dalla Betta
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

033 Aaron Lazar on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

S2 033: Aaron Lazar

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Climbing the Ladder & Coming Full Circle

Aaron Lazar has built a multifaceted career working across all mediums of film, television and theatre. Aaron is starring as Reverend Paul Luke Thomas opposite Kim Catrall on FOX’s new show FILTHY RICH. His previous television credits include QUANTICO, THE STRAIN, GIRL MEETS WORLD, THE ONION NEWS NETWORK, THE BLACKLIST, BLUE BLOODS, THE GOOD WIFE, BULL, THE GOOD FIGHT, UNFORGETTABLE and THE FOLLOWING.

On film, he has worked with acclaimed directors such as Clint Eastwood in J. EDGAR, Martin Scorsese in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Shawn Levy in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Mary Harron in THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE, and the Russo Brothers in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and AVENGERS: ENDGAME.

On stage Aaron has starred in 11 Broadway productions with a debut in “The Phantom of the Opera.” He originated roles in the world premieres of “A Tale of Two Cities” “Impressionism” and “The Last Ship.” He starred in the revivals of “A Little Night Music,” and “Les Miserables.” His other theatre credits include “The Light in the Piazza” at Lincoln Center and Larry Murphy in the first national tour of the Tony Award winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Aaron has also been a guest artist with some of the world’s finest symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, The Boston Pops, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at Masada, The English National Opera Orchestra and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His voice can be heard on dozens of cast albums and recordings.

He is a graduate of Duke University (Magna Cum Laude) and holds an MFA from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.


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“I believe the Universe helps lay your path for you and people come into your life for a reason.”

“Whether in this business or in life, sometimes you just get thrown into it and you learn as you go.”

“Anything that takes away from your belief in yourself… could end your career. If you don’t believe in you, show business doesn’t give a shit.”

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  • WRITER: Lizzy Dalla Betta
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

BONUS: David Jolliffe, Sean Astin & Shaan Sharma

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Get Out the No Campaign: A SAG-AFTRA Panel Discussion

David Jolliffe is an actor, 52 year SAG-AFTRA member, National Board Member, and 2nd Vice President of the Los Angeles Local Board. Sean Astin is an actor and 35 year SAG-AFTRA member. Shaan Sharma is an actor and 13 year SAG-AFTRA member. Today, our guests discuss the proposed 2020 TV/Theatrical Contract which union members will be voting on this week. In an effort to educate voters, they developed the “Get Out the No” campaign which urges members to vote “NO” by exploring key areas of concern for performers including: Residual payments, On Set Safety, Syndication, Pension & Health, Foreign travel, Stunts, New Media negotiations and much more. Further information can be found on their website at DissentingOpinion2020.com.


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“At what point do you finally say no?”

“I’m not doing this for me. I’m doing this for you and I’m doing this for everyone coming behind me. Why? Because there were people before me who did it for me and that’s the reason why I’m here.” – David Jolliffe


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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

Simone Missick on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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The Spiritual Path of Acting

Simone leads CBS’ ALL RISE which is currently the most popular new network show of 2019! She is the first African American woman to lead a series on CBS, and it’s been a huge huge hit for the network. The show is sort of a “Grey’s Anatomy” type of format and follows the lives of judges in Los Angeles.

She will also soon be seen opposite Anthony Mackie in the second season of Netflix’s hit sci-fi anthology drama ALTERED CARBON. As an anthology series, this second season will follow the huuuuugely successful first with all new characters and storylines. Taking place 300 years in the future where society has been transformed by new technology, this season will also set out to solve a mystery. Simone plays Trepp, an expert bounty hunter who is known for her ability to track down anyone… for the right price. She has several layers to her storyline which are revealed along the way (she and her wife have a child, which is crazy expensive to do in the world she lives in, which explains why she is so driven at work). She also has this awesome technology of coils built into her hair which help her see what people are doing (yeah, I know… will have to see it to believe it lol). There isn’t a lot we’re allowed to talk about yet, but… you get the picture.

Simone was most recently be seen as the iconic Marvel character, and television’s history-making first African-American female superhero, Misty Knight on Netflix’s LUKE CAGE. Prior to that, she appeared in ABC’s SCANDAL and in Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN. Additionally, for the role of “Sweet Tea” in The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry at the LA Theatre Center; Simone was nominated for the NAACP Best Supporting Actress Theater Award in 2014. Simone studied acting at Howard University and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, taking master classes with legends like Ben Kingsley, Alan Rickman, and Jane Lapotaire.

The woman is a FORCE. She’s truly impressive and is just blowing people away.


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“The reliance is not on self, it’s on trust”

“We keep a spirit of positivity and love by giving grace”

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S2 001: Maz Jobrani

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The Entrepreneurial Actor/Comedian: What Separates You From Everyone Else?

Maz Jobrani was born in Iran, and relocated to Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay area after his family was forced to flee during the revolution.  He went on to receive a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley, and chose to further his education by enrolling in UCLA’s PH.D. program, when he decided to change course to pursue his calling in “showbiz.”

Most recently Jobrani was seen opposite Rita Wilson in the indie feature “A Simple Wedding,” (from the producers of My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding), and portrayed the loveable “Fawz” on the CBS comedy SUPERIOR DONUTS as a series regular.  He has additionally frequented on television’s most popular shows such as GREY’S ANATOMY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THE DETOUR, LAST MAN STANDING, and SHAMELESS.

His original standup special IMMIGRANT, was filmed at the prestigious Kennedy Center and is currently streaming on NETFLIX.  He’s also released 3 additional solo specials on SHOWTIME including: BROWN AND FRIENDLY, I COME IN PEACE, and I’M NOT A TERRORIST, BUT I’VE PLAYED ONE ON TV. No stranger to the comedy circuit, Jobrani was a founding member of THE AXIS OF EVIL comedy tour, which aired on Comedy Central.  He is a regular panelist on NPR’s WAIT WAIT DONT TELL ME and has given 2 TED Talks. His LA Times Best Selling Book, I’M NOT A TERRORIST BUT I’VE PLAYED ONE ON TV, was published by Simon & Schuster.  He’s also given two TED Talks:

Jobrani currently hosts his own podcast Back to School with Maz Jobrani and is currently on tour with his Peaceful Warrior Tour (tickets and tour dates available at MazJobrani.com).


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“You live once and you gotta live for you.”

“More specific you get the more others can relate.”

“Write as much as you can. Get up as much as you can and write about things that are specific to you”

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Laurence Fishburne on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

100: Laurence Fishburne

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Discipline. Desire. Dedication. A Forty-Year Career Retrospective

One of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer.

His mother transplanted her family to Brooklyn after his parents divorced. At the age of 10, he appeared in his first play, “In My Many Names and Days,” at a cramped little theater space in Manhattan. He continued on but managed to avoid the trappings of a child star per se, considering himself more a working child actor at the time. Billing himself as Larry Fishburne during this early phase, he never studied or was trained in the technique of acting. In 1973, at the age of 12, Laurence won a recurring role on the daytime soap One Life to Live (1968) that lasted three seasons and subsequently made his film debut in the ghetto-themed Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975). At 14 Francis Ford Coppola cast him in Apocalypse Now (1979), which filmed for two years in the Philippines. Laurence didn’t work for another year and a half after that long episode. A graduate of Lincoln Square Academy, Coppola was impressed enough with Laurence to hire him again down the line with featured roles in Rumble Fish (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), and Gardens of Stone (1987).

Throughout the 1980s, he continued to build up his film and TV credit list with featured roles despite little fanfare. A recurring role as Cowboy Curtis on the kiddie show Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986) helped him through whatever lean patches there were at the time. With the new decade (1990s) came out-and-out stardom for Laurence. A choice lead in John Singleton‘s urban tale Boyz n the Hood (1991) catapulted him immediately into the front of the film ranks. Set in LA’s turbulent South Central area, his potent role as a morally minded divorced father who strives to rise above the ignorance and violence of his surroundings, Laurence showed true command and the ability to hold up any film. On stage, he would become invariably linked to playwright August Wilson and his 20th Century epic African-American experience after starring for two years as the eruptive ex-con in “Two Training Running.” For this powerful, mesmerizing performance, Laurence won nearly every prestigious theater award in the books (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Theatre World). It was around the time of this career hallmark that he began billing himself as “Laurence” instead of “Larry.” More awards and accolades came his way. In addition to an Emmy for the pilot episode of the series “Tribeca,” he was nominated for his fine work in the quality mini-movies The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) and Miss Evers’ Boys (1997).

On the larger screen, both Laurence and Angela Bassett were given Oscar nominations for their raw, seething portrayals of rock stars Ike and Tina Turner in the film What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993). To his credit, he managed to take an extremely repellent character and make it a sobering and captivating experience. A pulp box-office favorite as well, he originated the role of Morpheus, Keanu Reeves‘ mentor, in the exceedingly popular futuristic sci-fi The Matrix (1999), best known for its ground-breaking special effects. He wisely returned for its back-to-back sequels. Into the millennium, Laurence extended his talents by making his screenwriting and directorial debut in Once in the Life (2000), in which he also starred. The film is based on his own critically acclaimed play “Riff Raff,” which he staged five years earlier. In 1999, he scored a major theater triumph with a multi-racial version of “The Lion in Winter” as Henry II opposite Stockard Channing‘s Eleanor of Acquitaine. On film, Fishburne has appeared in a variety of interesting roles in not-always-successful films. Never less than compelling, a few of his more notable parts include an urban speed chess player in Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993); a military prisoner in Cadence (1990); a college professor in Singleton’s Higher Learning (1995); a CIA operative in Bad Company (1995); the title role in Othello (1995) (he was the first black actor to play the part on film); a spaceship rescue team leader in the sci-fi horror Event Horizon (1997); a Depression-era gangster in Hoodlum (1997); a dogged police sergeant in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River (2003); a spelling bee coach in Akeelah and the Bee (2006); and prominent roles in the mainstream films Predators (2010) and Contagion (2011). He returned occasionally to the theatre. In April 2008, he played Thurgood Marshall in the one-man show “Thurgood” and won a Drama Desk Award. It was later transferred to the screen.

In the fall of 2008, Fishburne replaced William Petersen as the male lead investigator on the popular CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), but left the show in 2011 to refocus on films and was in turn replaced by Ted Danson. Since then Fishburne has appeared in the Superman film Man of Steel (2013) as Daily Planet chief Perry White.

Currently, Laurence is starring on Black-ish and the Quibi show #FreeRayshawn.

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“It takes at least twenty years to make an actor. The good news is…if you start late, you can always play old people.”

“You can’t do it all well at the same time.”

“We learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes.”

“Discipline. Desire. Dedication. If you have those three things and you keep at it, it may not turn out the way you want it to, but it might just turn out better than you expected.”

 


Bridget Regan

099: Bridget Regan

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The Gift of Our Craft: Always Learning, Always Growing

Bridget Regan stars as the villain Rose AKA Sin Rostro on the Golden Globe nominated series, “Jane the Virgin.” This, as well as portraying the original Black Widow, Dottie, in Marvel’s Agent Carter (2015), and the multiple personality spy opposite Matt Bomer on USA’s “White Collar” made E! Online declare her “The Ultimate Kick-Butt TV Villain.”

From 2015-2018 Regan starred opposite Eric Dane as the bad ass, multi-lingual Navy Intel Officer, Sasha Cooper, on the TNT hit action drama series The Last Ship (2014) produced by Michael Bay.

A native of Carlsbad, California, Regan relocated to New York City to pursue her acting career upon graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Gerald Freedman. Regan fulfilled a life long dream to work on Broadway, originating the role of Cecile Leroux in the comedy ‘Is He Dead?’ written by Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives and directed by Michael Blackmore.

In 2010, she completed her run bringing to life the heroine, Kahlan Amnell, in ABC Studio’s cult hit “Legend of the Seeker,” produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, shot in New Zealand. Her other television credits include recurring roles on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “MacGyver,” “The Good Wife”, “Person of Interest,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Beauty & The Beast,” “Perception,” “The Black Donnelly’s,” Lisa Gardner’s bestselling mystery thriller, “Hide” alongside Carla Gugino, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Six Degrees” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Regan’s film credits include “Devil’s Gate” opposite Milo Ventimigllia, “John Wick” with Keanu Reeves, HBO’s “The Leisure Class,” “The Best and the Brightest” alongside Neal Patrick Harris, “Sex and the City,” “The Babysitters” and “Binders.”

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“My only real ritual is preparation.”

“You have to let yourself off the hook, the truth is that an audition is just a sketch.”

“We have to accept that we’re always gonna be growing, we’re always gonna be learning. That is the gift of our craft.”

 


098: Lesley-Ann Brandt

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Punch Above Your Weight

Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Brandt immigrated with her family to Auckland, New Zealand in her late teens. Discovered by local casting directors, Brandt took on the role of “Naevia” in the Starz hits, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.” Working with producers Steven S. D Knight, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert, she captivated audiences with her performance and became one of the show’s breakout stars.

Brandt’s other credits include the feature film Drift opposite Sam Worthington, Fox’s “Gotham” and the dark comedy, Killing Winston Jones starring opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover and Jon Heder for director Joel David Moore. In 2015, she won the role of Maze in the FOX television series Lucifer and has since played the role in all 5 seasons of the show’s run.

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“I always like to work with people where I feel like I’m punching above my weight.”

“Your managers, your agents, your publicists are extension of you. When they speak, they speak for me… it’s as if it’s me speaking. Be tough, but be respectful.”

“It’s our jobs to inspire the people who work for us…”

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097: Aleks Paunovic

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Be Seen, Experience Everything

Ruggedly handsome, and standing at a mere 6’5” it’s no surprise that VAN HELSING star Aleks Paunovic is breaking hearts across screens both big and small.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to a Croatian mother and Serbian father, Aleks knew from an early age that he was destined to tell stories. A skilled athlete with a championship amateur boxing title under his belt, his thirst for living on the edge led him to a career as a stunt actor. In addition to his strength and athletic accolades, Aleks is a musician at heart and was part of a rock band in his youth. In fact, it was during a performance when he was asked to audition for the HBO movie “Heads,” and as fate would have it he landed his first acting role and set forth to take Hollywood by storm.

Aleks’ recent credits include WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, SIBERIA with Keanu Reeves, COLD PURSUIT with Liam Neeson, and indie feature NUMB. Additional credits include “Battlestar Gallactica,” “This Means War” opposite Tom Hardy, “Motive,” “Supernatural,” “Continuum,” “iZombie,” “The 100,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Smallville,” among many others. Next up for Aleks is the feature FREAKS which opposite Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern which made its debut at TIFF.

Aleks is currently starring in Apple TV+ SEE and SYFY’s Van Helsing.

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“When you realize you have something to offer as opposed to something to receive, that’s where it becomes really beautiful…”

“90 percent of the work on set is relationships and troubleshooting, 10 percent is when we’re actually shooting…”

“It’s patience, just sit tight and experience everything.”

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BONUS: Randall Slavin

BONUS: Randall Slavin 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

We All Want Something Beautiful

Randall Slavin was born in Hollywood, CA. While working a dead-end job in a gas station, Slavin wandered into a local photography studio & struck up a friendship with the owner. He took the young Slavin under his wing & taught him a few photography basics, then promptly fired him a few months later. Faced with nowhere else to turn, he put one foot in front of the other & never looked back. Slavin had his photography debut in the prestigious New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone & many others. Slavin had his first exhibit in Paris in 2008 & a solo show at Annenberg Space For Photography in 2011. He received the 2011 Hollywood Style Award for “Photographer of the Year” and is releasing his first book of his photography, WE ALL WANT SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

Slavin has captured most of the iconic faces of Hollywood from Charlize Theron to Dennis Hopper, Zoe Saldana, Terrance Howard, Ethan Hawke, Eva Longoria, Emma Roberts and so many more.

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“I spent a lot of money failing and learning and that took years and years before I ever did anything that I look back now and like.”

“In the last year, I’ve really tried to go in a different direction and shoot things that are more interesting to my soul as opposed to just my eyes.”

 


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