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Sarah Carter on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Sarah Carter

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Sarah Carter is a writer, director, actor, filmmaker, and CEO of Cheshire Moon Productions. Her success as an actor inspired a quiet pursuit of the director’s chair beginning with Judd Apatow and Seth Rogan inviting her into the writer’s room to develop her character on their comedy series ‘Undeclared’. Since then, she has shadowed and worked with several top directors, including Spike Lee, Martin Donovan, and Miguel Sapochnik most notably over the course of her 5-year run on Steven Spielberg’s “Falling Skies”. Her debut feature, “In Her Name”, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in June 2022, winning an Audience Award. Along with “A Pity”, a film she starred in and produced with her husband, writer/director/editor Kevin Barth, “In Her Name” continues to collect accolades and recognition from international audiences.

Her mission is to exemplify the simple truths that offer hope and freedom amidst the insanity that is our human condition. With equal reverence for innocence and shadow, her work is infused with compassion, forgiveness, and wisdom and is an example of what can come through within the madness of life when the feminine is empowered to lead.


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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
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  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Neil Sandilands on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Neil Sandilands

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In 2021, award-winning actor Neil Sandilands can be seen starring in Netflix’s highly anticipated, sci-fi/fantasy drama series “Sweet Tooth.” Based on the beloved DC Vertigo comics by Jeff Lemire and executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., the show follows a boy who is half human and half deer, and is searching for a new beginning in a post-apocalyptic world. Sandilands shines as General Abbot, (opposite Dania Ramirez, Christian Convery, and Nonso Anozie) a self-appointed general who leads through wit, intimidation, and quirkiness. “Sweet Tooth” is slated to premiere on June 4, 2021.

In film, Sandilands was most recently seen starring as Wilhelm Leonberger opposite Tom Hanks in Universal Pictures’ Academy Award nominated feature “News of the World” (2020) directed by Paul Greengrass. A master of disguise, Sandilands recently starred as super villain “Big Bad” Clifford Devoe/The Thinker on The CW’s hit show “The Flash.” Additional television credits include starring as the contentious, mythological character Titus in “The 100” for The CW, AMC/Sundance TV’s “Hap and Leonard” opposite James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams, Christina Hendricks, Jimmi Simpson and Bill Sage, “House MD,” “The Americans” and “NCIS: LA.” In 2018, Sandilands starred opposite Eric Roberts in an indie biopic about Frank Sinatra entitled “Frank and Ava” as famed Hollywood director, Fred Zinneman. 2019 featured his portrayal as The Violator in Lionsgate’s “The Drone” – a contemporary homage to the film “Child’s Play.” Also in 2019, “Coyote Lake” introduced Sandilands to the Latin market, as he starred alongside Oscar nominee Adriana Barrazza, as well as Manny Perez and Camilla Mendez.

Born in the mining town of Randfontein, South Africa, Sandilands is arguably one of the country’s most versatile actors, bringing characters to life in film and television for over three decades, having started his professional acting career at just fourteen years old. Sandilands is the eldest of three children, his father having been a mining professional and his mother a teacher. He attended boarding school in neighboring town Krugersdorp and with the help of an encouraging teacher, booked his first television acting gig in “Meester” (The Master) in 1989. Sandilands received his bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Rand Afrikaans University. He received an honorary award for his contribution to Arts & Culture from the University, having won its Theatre Festival three years consecutively with plays that he had written and starred in, as well as initiating an International Film Festival.

Sandilands crossed the international divide in 2003 with the arthouse film “Proteus” by Canadian director John Greyson, and by 2007 he was a household name in South Africa. He is well known for his portrayal of Bart Kruger in the South African soap opera “7de Laan.” However, Sandilands had his sights on an international career, and has made the transition seamlessly. While Sandilands can currently be seen appearing in projects with a global reach, he still works often in South Africa where he performs in his native tongue, Afrikaans (English is his second language).

In May of 2021, Sandilands released his debut album “Sangoma Sandilands & Jou Pa se Posse – Maanskyn”, in his native tongue, Afrikaans. The album leaped to Number 1 on iTunes South Africa’s charts in 24 hours. Sandilands considers this album an artistic and literary contribution to his country of birth. He collaborated with the cream of South African musicians to produce this 10 track album, writing and composing 7 of the tracks, performing lead vocals and playing the ukulele. He had two previous #1 hits with renowned South African performer Karen Zoid.

Accolades for Sandilands include being a recipient of the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences award for his directorial work on “Impresario” – a 21-episode documentary. In 2014 he received a Clio, also as a documentary director. Sandilands is most proud of the fact that he played rugby in South Africa, America, England, Wales and Ireland, and regards the South African Rugby World Cup victory in 2019, for the 3rd time, a miraculous anomaly. He enjoys fishing and cites his philosophical development as being most influenced by Camus, Wittgenstein, Deleuze and Nietzsche, in reverse order. He would love to portray Nietzsche or the character Meursault from Camus’ “L’Étranger” in the future.

Sandilands currently splits his time between South Africa, and Los Angeles, California.


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“I am first a human being and then I’m an actor.”

“I think your most valuable auditions are probably the ones that you don’t book.”

“Make every breath [in life] count.”

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

003 Zibby Allen on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Zibby Allen

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As I Am, So is My Art

Zibby Allen is an actor, writer, producer and singer/songwriter who has appeared in television, film, and on stage. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles for her film/tv career.

Zibby has recurred on several hit shows including GREYS ANATOMY, THE EXORCIST, ROGUE, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, NANCY DREW, GABBY DURAN AND THE UNSITTABLES. Other recent credits include THE FLASH, FOR THE PEOPLE, AND THE STORY OF US (Hallmark).

She produced and co-hosted the first 4 seasons of a true crime podcast, “Small Town Dicks.”
And alongside an all-female cast and crew, she co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the indie feature THE LIVING WORST. In 2018, Zibby focused on making an album and touring with her singer/songwriting partner, Ian Merrigan. The band was called “Socks and Chimes” and their album “I Love You Overall” is available on iTunes.

Zibby’s currently filming a series regular role on season 3 of VIRGIN RIVER.


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“I had given assigned authority to someone else. I had been giving jurisdiction to everybody else to tell me who I should be in order to have what I want, against what my own authentic creative impulses and notions were.”

“Affixing ourselves to how it’s going to go or how it has to happen is a set up, and it’s limiting.”

“So much of our success is born from our projected failures.”


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

020: Johnathon Schaech

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Johnathon Schaech started his career some twenty five years ago saddling up and slinging a gun in THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR. Since then he’s starred in over 90 productions. Finding himself starring opposite some of Hollywood’s greatest talents like Jessica Lange and Gwenyth Paltrow in HUSH, Winona Ryder in HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, Idris Elba in PROM NIGHT and most notably Tom Hanks in Hank’s directorial debut, THAT THING YOU DO! (Too name just a few.) In the last several years; Johnathon has been reinventing himself as a leading man to watch.

Starring in the thriller PHANTOM opposite Ed Harris and David Duchovny. Making a movie star turn on the first season of Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN opposite Liev Shrieber and Jon Voight. He recurred as a heroic cop in CBS’s BLUE BLOODS along side Donnie Wahlberg and played a haunted eyed detective opposite Bruce Willis and Christopher Meloni in the Lionsgate’s feature MARAUDERS. Most recently Schaech saddled up for the History Channel’s TEXAS RISING going toe to toe with Bill Paxton’s Sam Houston as the fiery Colonel Sherman. Now you can find him riding high again for Warner Bros as the famous comic antihero Jonah Hex in DC’S LEGEND’S OF TOMORROW. Jonah sometimes makes appearances on THE FLASH and ARROW.

Tune into our Interview on iTunes HERE

 

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“You have to follow your heart. Your body will catch up.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Shame is something that you are that you can’t change. Guilt is something that you’ve done.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Being Dyslexia is not something I did, it’s something I am.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Dyslexia is a mark of genius.”

“You can’t take the arts out of the schools because that is the only way I got to the other side of understanding my disability. The arts brought it all to me.”

“Actions in between matter. The lines don’t matter. Get what you want.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Dyslexics find the meaning in the word-Dyslexia Advantage.”

“Don’t force anything. If you don’t force anything you’ll win.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I had the fire in me. I was so determined to find my voice.”

“Every actor needs to take their moment. You need to take your power. You need to take your moment to shine.” | CLICK TO TWEET

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