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036 Robert Baker on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Find the Humor in the Drama and Kill the Table Read

Born in Memphis, TN to a guitar player father and an English teacher mother, Robert grew up on a lakeside farm in Eastern Arkansas. Starting out in professional regional theater at age 15, he went on to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting theater program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. While performing in numerous school of theater, student, and independent produced plays he began working in television and film during his junior year and continued on through to graduation while producing and performing theater of his own . Robert Baker currently recurs on SUPERGIRL as the comic villain Otis Graves. And recently wrapped recurring arcs on WRECKED, THE SANTA CLARITA DIET and RIVERDALE. He can be seen as legendary Texas ranger “Big Foot” Wallace in the A+E Miniseries TEXAS RISING as well as tragic real-life detective Bryan Ridge in THE DEVIL’S KNOT opposite Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. His film VIRTUALLY HEROES premiered at Sundance. Other big screen hits include INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL opposite Harrison Ford, LEATHERHEADS opposite George Clooney and OUT OF TIME opposite Denzel Washington as well THE LONE RANGER. On the small screen he is best known for his long recurring arc on GREY’S ANATOMY as ‘Dr. Charles Percy’ and ‘Randal Kusik’ on JUSTIFIED as well as countless roles on shows like Blindspot, The Magicians, Six Feet Under, and Mad Men..


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“Nobody wants to see what you’ve planned. They want to see you exist.”

“Denzel Washington is never going to say the same thing twice.”

“I really try to make it a little different going in everytime, for your own sake. That’s a real trap, trying to replicate what worked.”

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

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S2 028: Eric Ladin

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The Power of Letting Go & Rolling the Dice

Eric Ladin will be seen next in a series regular role on Nat Geo’s THE RIGHT STUFF, based on Tom Wolfe’s bestselling nonfiction book which explores the early days of the NASA space program. He plays Chris Kraft, one of the engineers who designed the Space Program. Ladin previously starred as a series regular on History Channel’s military drama SIX. He most recently recurred on Apple+’s series FOR ALL MANKIND from Ronald D. Moore and in the second season of Doug Liman’s IMPULSE on YouTube Red. Other notable recurring roles include Amazon’s BOSCH, Netflix’s LONGMIRE and USA Network’s third season of SHOOTER opposite Ryan Philippe.

Previously, he was a series regular alongside Jack Black and Tim Robbins in HBO’s political comedy THE BRINK, which followed his critically acclaimed recurring role as the iconic J. Edgar Hoover on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, again for HBO. Ladin was also lauded for his series regular turn as campaign manager “Jamie Wright” on the hit AMC original series THE KILLING, a crime drama in which everyone was a suspect. In the end he was revealed as the killer. Eric has received notice for many other roles early in his career, including his arc as January Jones’ brother in MADMEN, his arc portraying Chloe Sevigny’s diabolical doctor/brother in BIG LOVE, and as a series regular in the hard-hitting HBO mini-series GENERATION KILL. His is also known to audiences for his multitude of guest starring roles on shows like STUMPTOWN, GREY’S ANATOMY, and SUITS, to name a few.

In feature films, Ladin played a long time member of Bradley Cooper’s platoon in Clint Eastwood’s Navy SEAL drama AMERICAN SNIPER. Ladin starred as Detective Clark in New Line’s horror hit ANNABELLE, a spin-off of THE CONJURING. He next reprises the role in New Lin’s upcoming horror thriller WOLVES AT THE DOOR.

In addition to his on-screen performances, Eric is blessed with an extraordinary speaking voice, as evidenced by his many roles in hit video games including leads in the hugely popular CALL OF DUTY, INFAMOUS 2, and LEFT $ DEAD 2. He also narrated the History Channel’s MUD CATS and has voiced characters in many cartoons such as FISH HOOKS, PICKLE AND PEANUT and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE.


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“There’s no secret sauce other than the fact that I think Hollywood starts to see you as something.”

“Don’t try and go in and do what I’m going to do cause I’m going to do it better than you.”

“At the end of the day when you come home from work, what are you going to be happy with?”

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Credits:

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

Sheldon Candis on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Use the King’s Money, Serve the People

Today we’re sitting down with an imaginative and perceptive artist, writer and director, Sheldon Candis. He is a force for passionate storytelling, and is unbelievably candid and generous as he shares his personal pursuit to see his stories live on the big screen. He graduated from USC film school where he raised all his own money to produce his thesis project, he shares how he’s continued to fund the production of his art, and how he managed to stay focused and inspired, even when the people writing the checks weren’t quite convinced of his writing and directorial abilities. He continued to press through, never giving up, as he fought for the opportunity to share his stories.

From his 10 years on set as a production assistant to the 56 different drafts of his directorial debut, LUV, he’s stayed committed to developing his authentic voice and staying in the game, in the highest of highs—his film premiering at Sundance, to the lowest of lows, and in every moment in between. He shares how he was able to manage the pressure of directing artists like Common and Dennis Haysbert as a first-time director, and how he found and continues to re-discover the power to define himself and pursue his passion—to tell stories that unite humanity and empower and inspire people from every background.

Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis recently created and directed the docu-narrative series ‘I WILL WHAT I WANT’, a cinematic portrait of ballet phenom Misty Copeland for Under Armour. Candis’ documentary THE DWELLING, chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo’s Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine.

Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV (which he also co-wrote) was an official selection in the Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. He assembled an incredible cast including Common, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Michael K. Williams and a wonderful 11-year-old breakout talent named Michael Rainey Jr.

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“The minute you encounter someone, think about planting a seed as oppose to plucking the flower.”

“Everyone prepares you for how hard it is to break in, but nobody really gives you a heads-up on how hard it is to stick and stay.”

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Los Angeles-based actress, bestselling author, host of That One Audition podcast, entrepreneur, & mother.

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