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21 Monica Raymund on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Monica Raymund

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You Can Shape A Choice, You Can’t Shape Nothing

A graduate of The Juilliard School, actress, director and producer Monica Raymund continues to expand her repertoire and pave the way for new female voices in Hollywood. Her creative choices and strong points of view break the mold of how women of color are perceived in front of and behind the camera as she brings to life stories from a fresh and timely perspective.

Currently, Raymund stars in the second season of the Starz hit crime-drama series, HIGHTOWN, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The series follows Jackie Quiñones (Raymund), a hard- partying federal Fishery Service agent who has her free-wheeling life thrown into disarray as she finds herself at the center of Cape Cod’s gruesome heroin epidemic. In Season 2, Jackie joins forces with Leslie, the only other female cop on the force, to bring down major dealer Frankie Cuevas, the man Jackie holds responsible for the death of her best friend, Junior. Through it all, Jackie continues to walk the tightrope of sobriety that she struggled through in Season 1.

Behind the camera, Raymund was part of the inaugural class of Female Forward, NBC’s initiative aimed at increasing female representation in the director’s chair. On television, she directed an episode of HIGHTOWN for the new season and recently wrapped production on directing the Season 4 finale episode of USA’s THE SINNER as well as an episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME. Last year, Raymund directed episodes of CBS’s FBI, and in 2018, she directed an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU. Lastly, in 2016, she directed the short film TANYA for the Hidden Tears Project, a non-profit media company developing content to bring awareness to sex trafficking.

Raymund is perhaps best known for her role as ‘Gabriela Dawson’ spanning eight seasons on NBC’s hit series CHICAGO FIRE. As part of Dick Wolf’s popular “Chicago” franchise, the series follows the personal and professional lives of the firefighters, paramedics and first responders working at the Chicago Fire Department. Raymund received an Imagen Award for “Best Actress, Television” in 2013 for her performance, and was subsequently nominated an additional three times. Her additional television credits include Michelle and Robert King’s THE GOOD WIFE, Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green’s BLUE BLOODS, David Pasquesi’s SPECIAL SKILLS, and a 3-season arc on Fox’s LIE TO ME opposite Tim Roth and Mekhi Phifer.

On the big screen, Raymund has starred in Nicholas Jarecki’s thriller ARBITRAGE opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, as the lead of Stephen Elliott’s drama HAPPY BABY opposite Bill Heck, and in Mahesh Pailoor’s BRAHMIN BULLS.


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“I believe that the power of ‘no’ is just as important as the power of ‘yes.”

“You can shape a choice, you can’t shape nothing.”

“There’s no right way to become a professional actor.”

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

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Leaving a Footprint: No One Can Tell You It’s “Not For You”

Selenis Leyva is an award-winning actress known for her roles as Gloria Mendoza in the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black and as Gabi Cañero in the Disney+ original Diary of a Future President. In addition to her film and television credits, Selenis is an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights, and often is invited to college campuses to speak on diversity and inclusion. Selenis is currently promoting the release of her memoir, “MY SISTER, How One Sibling’s Transition Changes Us Both” which was published through Bold Type Books. Written with her sister Marizol, a transgender woman and advocate, the book is told from both women’s perspectives…about growing up in the Bronx, Marizol’s transition and more broadly….family, love, and the path to self-realization. Prior to this, Selenis was awarded the Anti-Violence Project’s 2016 Courage Award and the Stonewall Community Foundation’s 2016 Vision Award for inspiring visibility, advocacy and outspoken support for the transgender community. She has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Time magazine’s Motto, People magazine’s Latina Love Project Series, and Splinter.


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“I believe in all stories being able to be told. I have a problem when you tell me that because of what I look like, because of what I sound like, because of where I come from, that I can only play certain characters.”

“One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned in the last decade is sometimes you want something so badly and for whatever reason you don’t get it, trust that it’s because it just wasn’t for you. Something else came that was going to be bigger, better for you.”

“There is nothing more powerful than loving yourself and respecting yourself because then you’re going to want the best for you and you’re not going to settle for anything less.”

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

RE-RELEASE: T.R. Knight

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GENIUS Character from GREY’S ANATOMY

Among his long career in theater and television, T.R Knight is best known for his incredibly dynamic portrayal as Dr. George O’Malley in Grey’s Anatomy, earning him both a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and an Emmy Nomination. He performed and starred in The Guthrie Theater’s Amadeus and Ah, Wilderness! Knight guest starred in The Good Wife, portraying Jordan Karahalios, in the CBS drama starring Julianna Margulies as she navigates her career after a political scandal involving her husband. In 11.22.63, the Hulu produced miniseries and adaptation of Stephen King’s science fiction novel, Knight is Johnny Clayton, starring with James Franco and Sarah Gadon, and following one teacher’s journey after he slips through a time portal and desperately attempts to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Knight joined The Catch in its second season, a cat and mouse thriller starring Mireille Enos and produced by Shonda Rhimes, playing the self serving and down on his luck Tommy Vaughan. Most recently, you can find T.R Knight in Genius, National Geographic’s first scripted television show, transforming himself into J. Edgar Hoover.

In this interview we discover how T.R Knight navigates the bouts of unemployment, the nature of creativity, his love of prosthetics and his hobby as a writer.

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“I think the goal always was to just work, and work with people I admire.”

“Don’t work with everybody. Don’t take any job. Go for the people that you like their work and try to work with them, especially when you’re young and impressionable.”

“You act twice. Act to be confident, and then act for the audition.”

“The gratitude is everything.”

“So much of it is luck, and I know some people hate using that word when it comes to acting and jobs, but there are so many of us that I just don’t see how being at the right place, at the right time, how that does not come into play.”


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Find Your WHY

Today we’re sitting down with actor Chris Chalk as he shares how he’s made a career working on Broadway, on TV, and in Film—with some of the industry’s most notable names and memorable projects—like Denzel Washington in FENCES on Broadway, in 12 Years a Slave, on Fox’s Gotham, The Newsroom, and the Netflix mini-series When they See Us. From auditioning across from Denzel, to curating a team of supportive reps who have his back and helped him fight for his goals in this business, he has lots to share about setting an intention in his work and staying excited about the process of telling stories on stage and screen.

In addition to his lengthy list of credits, you can also see him in the upcoming and anticipated HBO series Perry Mason.

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“What is the intention of your life? What is the intention of every relationship? If you just make it a habit everywhere, it will just exist everywhere.”

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Among his long career in theater and television, T.R Knight is best known for his incredibly dynamic portrayal as Dr. George O’Malley in Grey’s Anatomy, earning him both a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and an Emmy Nomination. He performed and starred in The Guthrie Theater’s Amadeus and Ah, Wilderness! Knight guest starred in The Good Wife, portraying Jordan Karahalios, in the CBS drama starring Julianna Margulies as she navigates her career after a political scandal involving her husband. In 11.22.63, the Hulu produced miniseries and adaptation of Stephen King’s science fiction novel, Knight is Johnny Clayton, starring with James Franco and Sarah Gadon, and following one teacher’s journey after he slips through a time portal and desperately attempts to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Knight joined The Catch in its second season, a cat and mouse thriller starring Mireille Enos and produced by Shonda Rhimes, playing the self serving and down on his luck Tommy Vaughan. Most recently, you can find T.R Knight in Genius, National Geographic’s first scripted television show, transforming himself into J. Edgar Hoover.

In this interview we discover how T.R Knight navigates the bouts of unemployment, the nature of creativity, his love of prosthetics and his hobby as a writer. IG: @T.R.Knight

Tune into our Interview on iTunes HERE

 

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“I think the goal always was to just work, and work with people I admire.”

“Don’t work with everybody. Don’t take any job. Go for the people that you like their work and try to work with them, especially when you’re young and impressionable.”

“You act twice. Act to be confident, and then act for the audition.”

“The gratitude is everything.”

“So much of it is luck, and I know some people hate using that word when it comes to acting and jobs, but there are so many of us that I just don’t see how being at the right place, at the right time, how that does not come into play.”

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Alexa PenaVega on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Alexa PenaVega has been paid as a professional actor since the tender age of 4 years old when she shared the screen with the infamous Burt Reynolds in the television series EVENING SHADE.  Alexa went on to steadily work in amazing films like TWISTER, NINE MONTHS, MACHETE KILLS, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR and several other noteworthy cinematic masterpieces.  Her work in SPY KIDS made her a worldwide success and secured her role as CARMEN CORTEZ in the sequels Spy Kids 2, 3 and 4.  But it’s her insatiable likability and respectful work ethic that makes her a constant hire and on the list of many studios.  Here she gives insight to the best ways to approach auditioning and being on set that enhances your chances for success.

Alexa currently can be seen on her YouTube Channel Lex Loves Los and Hallmark Channel’s ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS.  Alexa is producing two new projects with her husband, Carlos PenaVega and IM Global.

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“Remember the caterpillar, find the caterpillar in every scene.” CLICK TO TWEET

“Look forward to the NO’s so you can get to the YES.” CLICK TO TWEET

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