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Riley Smith on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Riley Smith

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Riley Smith is an immensely talented actor whose body of work comes to life in diverse roles across television and film. With a promising new series, Riley’s star is quickly on the rise.

Riley Smith has most recently been cast to co-star in the CW’s up and coming hit Nancy Drew. The series is set the summer following Nancy Drew’s high school graduation, where she and several teens throughout the town are suspects of murder. The victim? Smith’s characters, Ryan Hudson’s, socialite wife. Nancy Drew can be seen following Riverdale on the CW starting in October of 2019.

Before landing the role of Ryan Hudson, Smith had wrapped up his role of Levi Scott in Fox series Proven Innocent, and prior to that was Dr. Will Grant on the CW series Life Sentence.

Smith was the lead in the CW series Frequency, which premiered October 2016. In this re imagining of the 2000 New Line film, Peyton List plays a female police detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (Smith), also a detective, but who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case. However, unintended consequences of the butterfly effect wreak havoc in the present day.

In 2015, Smith was seen in a strong arc in Season 4 of the popular ABC musical series Nashville. Playing Markus Keen, an artist signed to Rayna’s Highway 65 label, Smith merged his love for music and acting, recording singles, such as “In the Name of Your Love” and “I Want To (Do Everything For You,” for the Nashville soundtrack. Also in 2015, Smith scored a recurring role as Rachel McAdam’s boyfriend, Sheriff’s deputy Steve Mercier, on HBO’s True Detective, the second installment in the crime franchise. This role followed his previous stint on the pay cable network as a vampire on the seventh and final season of HBO’s True Blood. Smith played Keith, a rugged, rock ‘n’ roll vampire with a romantic side and story line opposite Arlene, played by Carrie Preston.

Previously, Smith had recurring roles in the Emmy-nominated CBS series Joan of Arcadia, the highly acclaimed Fox show 24, the WB series Summerland, and Judd Apatow’s master creation for NBC Freaks and Geeks. He was a main character in the Fox show Drive and appeared in seven episodes of the fifth season of CW’s 90210 as Riley Wallace, a paraplegic opposite Shenae Grimes, and Tristan Wilds. He can also be seen in television movies including Disney Channel’s Motocrossed and Nicholas Sparks’ Deliverance Creek.

Smith’s other credits were in films as diverse as Radio (Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr.), Eight-Legged Freaks, Not Another Teen Movie, New York Minute, as well as Gallowwalkers (Wesley Snipes), Weapons, the Sundance Grand Jury Nominee, and Christmas in Conway (Andy Garcia, Mary-Louis Parker). Over the past twenty years since Smith has called Los Angeles home, he has managed to complete more than seventy-five projects: fourteen pilots, nine series, and dozens of guest star roles.


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040 Yara Martinez on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Gratitude and Knowing Your Worth

Yara Martinez was last seen on Fox’s police drama pilot, DEPUTY, from David Ayer, Aquaman writer Will Beall, and eOne. She co-starred opposite Stephen Dorff as his wife, ‘Dr. Paula Reyes’.

Martinez can currently be seen starring as ‘Miss Lint’ in Amazon’s highly reviewed reboot of the popular superhero franchise, THE TICK. Based on creator Ben Endlund’s favorite comic, the series follows Arthur Everest, an obsessive ex-accountant who suspects his city is controlled by an evil supervillain. The pilot episode quickly became the most watched in the network’s history.

Martinez can also be seen starring as ‘Dr. Luisa Alver’ in the CW’s Golden Globe nominated comedy series, JANE THE VIRGIN opposite Gina Rodriguez. The series solidifies Martinez as a fan favorite for her portrayal of the recovering alcoholic who accidentally inseminated the titular ‘Jane’ in the pilot episode. Martinez is currently shooting the last and final season. Yara also recurs on CBS’s BULL playing Michael Weatherly’s lead character, Bull’s, ex wife.

Previously, Martinez starred in the second season of HBO’s critically acclaimed TRUE DETECTIVE opposite Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn and in Amazon’s ALPHA HOUSE about four Republican senators sharing the same DC house rental. Additional television credits include THE LYING GAME, NASHVILLE, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, FACELESS, VANISHED, THE APOSTLES, SOUTHLAND, BREAKOUT KINGS, and SPACED.

Born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, Martinez grew up in Miami and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She studied acting at the New World School of the Arts, and spent a summer with Anne Bogart’s SITI company in Saratoga before receiving her BFA and eventually moving to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for television.


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“A lot of my series regular parts or my bigger parts on shows all started with characters that were either supposed to just be in one episode or recurring.”

“No one is going to advocate for your love of what you do like you do EXCEPT you!”

“It’s a constant balance of gratitude and worth. Be grateful for something but also, what’s my worth right now?”

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039 Alain Uy on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Amplifying Voice & Leaning Into Failure

From bringing diverse and dynamic characters to life on screen, to flexing his entrepreneurial spirit through his production company Them Too, multi hyphenate actor, director, producer, and writer Alain Uy has become “one to watch” in the entertainment industry, and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

This year, Alain can be seen starring in Hulu/Marvel’s upcoming thriller-drama series “Helstrom” opposite Sydney Lemmon, and Tom Austen. The show follows Daimon (Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Lemmon), the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity. Alain is a scene stealer as Chris Yen, Ana Helstrom’s confidant, business partner, and right hand man. “Helstrom” is the first series in Marvel Television’s Adventure into Fear franchise, and is slated for premiere on October 16, 2020.

On the film front Alain can next be seen starring in the indie action/comedy feature “Paper Tigers.” Written, directed, and produced by filmmaker on the rise Bao Tran, “Paper Tigers” tells the story of three Kung Fu prodigies: Danny (Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan), and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) who have grown up into washed up, middle aged men who are just one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. When their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death. “Paper Tigers” is currently on the national and international festival circuit.

Born in Dagupan City, Philippines and originally from Chinese-Filipino descent, Alain moved to Los Angeles at six years old with his parents and four siblings. Growing up, he had an innate love for the arts. Alain trained to be a professional dancer in high school until his dance career was halted when he fractured his hips in a car accident, and could not walk for over six months. While in recovery he began to explore other facets of the entertainment business, which led him to the study abroad program at Oxford University in the UK. There, Alain immersed himself in theatre, and when he returned to the states he began his professional career as an actor.

Additional television credits for Alain include: HBO’s “True Detective,” FOX’s “The Passage,” “Grimm,” “Pure Genius,” “The Last Ship,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” and Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” to name a few.

Aside from his acting career, Alain is the Founder and creative force behind Los Angeles based production company, Them Too. Birthed during the financial crisis of 2008, Alain harnessed his desire to expand his entrepreneurial side while producing and directing, through the company. Since its inception Them Too has produced content for A list musical acts including: The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Avicii, DeadMau5, and Calvin Harris. Alain has directed new media profiles, live events, and short docs for Pharell Williams, Questlove, Jay Z, Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott, Rev Run and comedian Jo Koy for Comedy Central. Them Too has also created short form commercial narratives for established brands such as Perrier Jouet, Adidas, Levi’s, Stussy, MGM, and Aria. In 2017 Them Too launched into fictional narrative content with the award winning comedy short “Companion,” which won Best Director (Matt Ferrucci) and Best Comedy TV Series at ITVFest. Alain and Them Too currently have a handful of projects in development, in the scripted film/television space.


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“The reason why we fail it’s just an indication that we’re trying.”

“Failure is going to hurt, but it’s only going to bruise your ego.”

“I don’t look for lessons within the results, the lessons are in the journey.”

 


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Michelle Monaghan Featured

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How to Bring Forth Your Best Creative Self

Today’s guest fits the perfect + poignant mold for our 50th episode -With thick-skin, an optimist’s heart and a realist’s mind, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan will tell us how being championed by her parents in a town of 700, mentored by Frances McDormand in the North Country and ending up on Constantine’s cutting room floor gave her the courage, confidence and opportunity to make every mission…possible.

Michelle Monaghan is an Golden Globe nominated actress with nearly 20 years of experience in this industry. Her roles in television and film are as diverse as they are challenging and powerful to watch. She is best known for her work as Harmony Faith Lane in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which she starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. She is known for her recurring role as Julia Meade-Hunt in J. J. Abrams massive hit the Mission: Impossible series, starring Tom Cruise. She is known for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award Nominated Gone Baby Gone in her role as Angie Gennaro, featuring two Boston detectives investigating the kidnapping of a little girl. Michelle is additionally known for her film performances in Source Code, Trucker, North Country, The HeartBreak Kid, and The Bourne Supremacy. She’s starred in the Hulu series The Path as Sarah Lane with Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy, and the critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe Nominated True Detective as Maggie Hart. She’s guest starred in numerous television shows including Boston Public, Young Americans, and American Dad. You can catch her in Mission: Impossible Fallout in theatres today.

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“Never let them see you sweat.”

“The most powerful moments are the moments unsaid, and it’s all those moments in between.”

“You learn the most about yourself in your independent filmmaking style. You learn the most about film, but also about acting.”

 


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Broaden Your Community and Keep the Faith

Beau Garrett is an American actress and model born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in Topanga Canyon where she rode horses and was a competitive equestrian. She began her career appearing in GUESS advertisements in the late 1990s after being discovered by an Elite modeling agent at age fourteen. She first appeared on TV in the hit show Entourage in 2004 and made her feature film debut in the horror film Turistas (2006). She later portrayed Captain Raye in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and Gem in Tron: Legacy (2010).

Garrett would later appear as a regular on the television series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) with Forest Whitaker. She played Phoebe in the hit Bravo series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and In 2017 she signed onto the ABC series The Good Doctor.

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“If you have expectation, it’s gonna burn you. The thing you think is gonna be the thing isn’t the thing.”

“There really is no small role…you feel like you’re small all the time, but you’re not. These roles matter.”

Carmen Ejogo on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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A Masterclass in Longevity, Range, & Perseverance:

In today’s episode, I got to sit down with an extraordinary actress who has crafted a diligently curated body of work defined by her remarkable range. Carmen Ejogo has played major roles in Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Sparkle with Whitney Houston, It Comes at Night, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Alien: Covenant, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and most recently opposite Mahershala Ali in the new season of True Detective.

Characteristically tight-lipped about her personal life, Carmen generously pulls back the curtain to reveal how she’s made it this far and how her commitment to her vision has afforded her a career that has captivated audiences and critics alike. She shares how she says no more often than she says yes, and how this discernment has empowered her to keep a clear vision for the stories she wants to give voice to. We also get to chat about how she prepares for an audition, how she balances her art with the business of the industry, and how she decided from the very beginning of her career that her body of work would be defined, not by her appearance, but by her talent, determination, and humanity.

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“I’m a big believer in the power of ‘No’ and I’ve been saying no most of my career and very seldomly do I say yes.”

“When I was starting out, to be an actress you really were made to feel your ingenue years were going to be your best years and you had to make those work for you…I just realized early enough on that there was going to be a shelf life if I took that attitude on board. I really had to prove that I could act.”

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Leven Rambin on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Our episode today is a must listen for actors who want to learn how to orchestrate a career. This is an conversation about empowering yourself as an artist, about staying power, about the necessity to invest in yourself, and the importance of having a vision of where you want to go in your career and how to align everything in your life around that vision. Our guest today has fully arrived as an artist and is here to stay!

Leven Rambin is an award winning actress and director originally from Houston, Texas who trained and taught at Playhouse West in New York City. Leven began her career at just thirteen years old on the set of “All My Children” as Lily Montgomery. Since then she’s worked on dozens of films, including “The Hunger Games,” “Chasing Mavericks,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” and “Two Night Stand.” Most recently she starred in Ramaa Mosley’s independent film “Lost Child” as an army veteran who has returned to her home in the Ozarks to find a young, mysterious boy in the woods. She is currently working on the film “London Calling” with Ron Perlman and Malcolm McDowell and “The Dirt,” which follows the origin story of Mötley Crüe. Her television credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “One Tree Hill,” “Scoundrels,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “The Tomorrow People,” and “Private Practice.” Leven joined the cast of “True Detective” in the shows second season before portrating Chloe Jones on Hulu’s “The Path,” starring alongside Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan. She is currently leading WGN’s crime drama “Gone” with Chris Noth and Danny Pino. “Gone” follows Leven Rambin’s character Kick Lannigan, a survivor of a famous child-abduction case, after joining a special task force dedicated to solving missing person and abduction cases.

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“Invest in yourself, have a vision of where you want to go, operate from that vision. I’m constantly evolving and becoming what it is that I still want to become.”

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050: Michelle Monaghan

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50th episode with Alyshia’s role model, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan.

Today’s guest fits the perfect + poignant mold for our 50th episode -With thick-skin, an optimist’s heart and a realist’s mind, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan will tell us how being championed by her parents in a town of 700, mentored by Frances McDormand in the North Country and ending up on Constantine’s cutting room floor gave her the courage, confidence and opportunity to make every mission…possible.

Michelle Monaghan is an Golden Globe nominated actress with nearly 20 years of experience in this industry. Her roles in television and film are as diverse as they are challenging and powerful to watch. She is best known for her work as Harmony Faith Lane in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which she starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. She is known for her recurring role as Julia Meade-Hunt in J. J. Abrams massive hit the Mission: Impossible series, starring Tom Cruise. She is known for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award Nominated Gone Baby Gone in her role as Angie Gennaro, featuring two Boston detectives investigating the kidnapping of a little girl. Michelle is additionally known for her film performances in Source Code, Trucker, North Country, The HeartBreak Kid, and The Bourne Supremacy. She’s starred in the Hulu series The Path as Sarah Lane with Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy, and the critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe Nominated True Detective as Maggie Hart. She’s guest starred in numerous television shows including Boston Public, Young Americans, and American Dad. You can catch her in Mission: Impossible Fallout in theatres today.

 

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“Never let them see you sweat.”

“The most powerful moments are the moments unsaid, and it’s all those moments in between.”

“I’m also a really firm believer in quality versus quantity.”

“You learn the most about yourself in your independent filmmaking style. You learn the most about film, but also about acting.”

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An in depth look with the host of THAT ONE AUDITION, Alyshia Ochse, and how she has battled the audition process, scored a few great jobs and what she has learned on her journey into her artistry. These days, Alyshia is best known as “Lucy” opposite Academy Award Winner, Matthew McConaughey, from the critically-acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated TRUE DETECTIVE, as well as her roles in SATISFACTION, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, HART OF DIXIE, GENERAL HOSPITAL and CW show LIFE SENTENCE. Alyshia’s other credits include roles in such movies as THE OTHER WOMAN, PARKER, MARAUDERS, and the highly anticipated indie films, SHE’S IN PORTLAND and OUT OF BLUE.

When she’s not acting, Alyshia spends her time hosting this podcast and championing female driven content.

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“I always felt a little different and very isolated.”
“I was such loner as a child, but outwardly extroverted.”
“I would sit at the large window in my living room and make up stories about the kids hanging out on the corner.”
“The study of human behavior was happening before I could really intellectualize it.”
“I don’t think I was able to express how I was feeling as a child and I felt like people on TV could emote in ways that I couldn’t.”
“When I grow up I want to be in the TV.”
“I was such an empath and I wanted to alleviate the pain I could feel in others.”
“I felt shame in wanting to be an actor as a child, so I didn’t outwardly express it.”
“I am enough and there is enough for all of us.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“A big part of my journey was fighting for what I wanted to do and now I am fighting for the experience as my characters.”
“I needed to drop my 15lbs of my Kentucky love and wear a lot less makeup and be confident in me.”
“A big part of acting is being confident in your person so you can exude different parts of your person.”
“I’ve done years of therapy to work with the tension between wanting to be seen and hiding from being seen.”
“It took me six years to say I am actor without shame flushing my face.”
“I prayed if I’m not suppose to do this, then make something else show up.”
“I’m riding the wave of confidence and lack of confidence, skill and lack of skill.”
“I found my playfulness when I sank into myself and learned how to like my strengths and weaknesses.”
“I love to learn from people and the human experience.”
“There is this wall between being completely vulnerable and open as the character and not taking on the outside influence.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“As an actor sometimes you don’t give yourself the grace to be heartbroken when you don’t get the part.”
“The industry has made it harder to make a living as an actor. But I think you can embrace living as an working actor if you can embrace the opportunity in the audition.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“I like to bring forward the imprint of my characters.
“I try to go against my first impressions of my character and understand what might make them misunderstood.”
“My imaginative work allows me to be constantly be free and in the moment.”
“The ah-ha moment sometimes happens four hours after the audition.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“I think that we are mostly operating out of our own lack.”
“Acting has really taught me how to see the world outside of myself.”
“I’m really grateful for everyone that has told me NO.”
“The ‘no’ is a redirect.”
“There is never a fullness with creativity.”
“I was so desperate to get my creativity back, but I didn’t realize that I had just created…I created a human being.”
“In order to be creative you have to have what I call winter. A time to let yourself reboot.”
“Surround yourself with those that are positive and working hard.”
“Creativity takes time. And time is on your side.”
“Stay in your purpose and enjoy it.”
“Breath and connect. When you get quiet and breath, your intention will rise within you.”
“Be still and know. Trust that knowing.”
“One word that describes artistry: instinct.”
“The instinct that is inside you is your artistry. That is who you are, so trust your instincts.” | CLICK TO TWEET

 

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