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Simone Missick on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

S2 004: Simone Missick

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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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Anthony Meindl on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

WW: Anthony Meindl

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Stop Waiting: Allow Yourself A World Beyond Acting

Anthony Meindl is an LA-based multi-hyphenate talent. He is a director, screenwriter, teacher, actor, coach, entrepreneur, author, and inspirational speaker. He is also the founder of AMAW studios worldwide, with studios in LA, London, NY, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney and Atlanta.

Anthony is known for revolutionizing a more modern understanding of acting training. He has guest lectured at the Gaiety School/The National Theatre School of Ireland, the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, the Actors Centre London, and is the guest acting teacher at David Lynch’s Masters of Filmmaking Program. He has taught internationally in Sofia, Bulgaria, Rome, Capetown, South Africa, Melbourne, and Paris.

As a filmmaker, Anthony has received a number of awards and acclaim. His latest feature film, WHERE WE GO FROM HERE premiered at Outfest in Los Angeles, won the Jury Award at NYC’s East Village Queer Film Festival, and is available to view on HULU.

As an inspirational speaker he’s shared the stage with such luminaries as Jim Carey, Jack Cornfield and Tom Shadyac. He is also the author of three books: At Left Brain Turn Right, Book The F*cking Job and Alphabet Soup for Grown-ups. His latest book, You Knew When You Were Two, is soon to be published.

You can check out Anthony’s podcast In The Moment on iTunes.


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“Acting is just ONE vehicle of expression of who we are.”

“You don’t need more confidence to act, you just need more courage.”

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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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011: Carlos PenaVega

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Carlos PenaVega is known for his singing and acting on the hit Nickelodeon show BIG TIME RUSH but now his fans get to experience him on a daily basis through his hit show Lex Loves Los on YouTube. With a growing desire to make his own content, Carlos began documenting behind the scenes footage while traveling the world to sold out concerts. This skill came in handy and made him think outside the box for developing his brand. Carlos shares the long road to booking the job that changed his life, to the survival skills of staying afloat in this business to single handedly changing the course of his life when he moved to Hawaii.

Carlos is currently plays Diego on the new CW show Life Sentence and is producing to two new shows with his wife Alexa PenaVega for IM Global.

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