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Chats on Lifelong Careers In The Working Actor's Journey, hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers. Learn from those who have been acting professionally for decades—to see exactly how they approach the work, what decisions and resources have made the biggest impacts on their artistic lives, and to hear their struggles and successes in the business. How do great actors work? What do they actually do? Let’s find out. These conversations are a virtual toolbox for actors, full of techniques, advice, and styles.

Chats on Lifelong Careers In The Working Actor's Journey, hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers. Learn from those who have been acting professionally for decades—to see exactly how they approach the work, what decisions and resources have made the biggest impacts on their artistic lives, and to hear their struggles and successes in the business. How do great actors work? What do they actually do? Let’s find out. These conversations are a virtual toolbox for actors, full of techniques, advice, and styles.
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Chats on Lifelong Careers In The Working Actor's Journey, hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers. Learn from those who have been acting professionally for decades—to see exactly how they approach the work, what decisions and resources have made the biggest impacts on their artistic lives, and to hear their struggles and successes in the business. How do great actors work? What do they actually do? Let’s find out. These conversations are a virtual toolbox for actors, full of techniques, advice, and styles.

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Episodes

Ep #20: Arye Gross on Deep Curiosity, Inspiring Empathy, and Bringing Your Life into the Scene

5/14/2019
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Arye Gross (@thataryegross) is an actor with 40+ years in the business who always gives a memorable performance, wherever he pops up. He was absolutely one of the inspirations for this podcast. It's a personal episode too—as Arye has been a friend, mentor, and teacher to me over the years. Don't miss our actor marketing advice » Click here for full show notes and links. Arye has had a pretty amazing career. He’s got over 120 credits on IMDb and that doesn’t even account for the MULTIPLE...

Duration:01:42:48

Ep #19: Alan Mandell on Samuel Beckett, Theatre Artists, and Always Working

4/9/2019
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Alan Mandell (in his 90s and still working!) is an actor and director, and he's also been a general manager of multiple theatres. He’s considered one of the leading interpreters of Samuel Beckett’s work, and he even collaborated directly with the playwright several times! It was really fascinating to hear all about Alan’s career—his story is a combination of being in the right place at the right time, and being willing to do whatever it took to make theatre happen, which is such a great...

Duration:01:24:36

Text Work: Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 with Tony Amendola

3/26/2019
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In this excerpt, Tony Amendola (@tmamendola) from Ep #18 discusses Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare. As Tony shares, it’s almost like an "anti-love" sonnet, that it makes fun of sonnets that are too flowery, as it has a very different tone and style with its message. You’ll hear Tony discuss: It's a great session, and Tony also shares at length the balance you want to find between ideas and behavior when working on texts like this! Click here for full show notes and links. Get your...

Duration:00:16:24

Ep #18: Tony Amendola on Stamping Your Own Passport and Following the Work

3/12/2019
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Tony Amendola (@tmamendola) was an associate artist, actor and director at the Berkeley Rep Theater for ten years. Regional theatre work includes the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, ACT, the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theater, CenterStage and the Oregon, California and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. He has 120+ credits on film/TV, including as a series regular on Continuum, and recurring work on Stargate SG-1 and Once Upon a Time as Pinocchio’s father Geppetto. He’s...

Duration:01:37:08

Cashflow for Creatives with Kristine Oller, Actor and Strategic Planner

2/26/2019
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Kristine Oller guides successful creative professionals through the process of designing and aligning the next chapter of their lives and careers – always with an eye towards helping them expand their brilliance and increase their resilience. She is here to discuss a rather tricky topic for creatives: having enough money to really pursue your career. Sure you can get that stereotypical job waiting tables, but is that really going to fuel you, or stress you out more? What would it look like...

Duration:00:57:16

Ep #17: Director Robert Goldsby on the Aliveness of Molière, Clear Transitions, and Being Blissfully Happy

2/12/2019
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Robert Goldsby started out acting during World War II, in a touring production for the troops in the Philippines. He earned a B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Columbia and, along with directing studies, an M.F.A. in Acting from Yale. He was an actor, resident stage director and conservatory director of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, running the first Training Congress. For 30 years, he was professor of acting, dramatic literature and directing at the...

Duration:01:27:27

Behind the Podcast: Paden Fallis of In and [Out of] the Arena

1/29/2019
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Paden Fallis hosts the podcast In and [Out of] the Arena (available on Apple, Stitcher, etc), and it’s an atypical interview show: he creates a very cool roundtable discussion with working actors out there, people from all over the country. Actors with credits on Broadway, network TV, indie films, voiceover, and everything in-between. It’s a weekly, topic-driven show, so each episode focuses on a different issue actors face. Paden is an actor, director, writer and producer, currently based...

Duration:00:36:25

Text Work: Webster's The White Devil with Ray Porter

1/15/2019
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Ray Porter from Ep. #16 talks text work in John Webster's The White Devil. This is a Jacobean play and comes in the period right after Shakespeare. As Ray shared, plays in this period were much darker and a definite departure from many of the themes you’d see in Shakespeare’s work. It’s not a play I was familiar with and really glad these guests are introducing us to other classical works. As I mentioned in the complete episode with Ray, this may be a great play for you to find a...

Duration:00:17:06

Ep #16: Ray Porter on Delivering the Mail, Being Your Advocate, and Good-Natured Arrogance

1/8/2019
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Ray Porter (Tw: @Ray__Porter; IG: @rayporter_narr8s) spent 18 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival playing all sorts of roles, including many leads, and has since narrated more than 300 audiobooks (including the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry), all while still appearing on film, tv, and onstage. He has multiple Earphones Awards, has been nominated for Audie awards for his narration, and was named Audible's Narrator of the Year. Just a bit of what we cover in this...

Duration:01:27:29

A Tribute to Philip Bosco, with Armin Shimerman and Peter Van Norden

12/18/2018
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We have a special episode today. It’s a tribute to the actor Philip Bosco. In this, you’ll hear the voices of Armin Shimerman, Peter Van Norden, and Phil himself as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Phil was quite a legend in the theatre scene, and he recently passed away, so I decided to finally sit down and put this together. Yes, it is sad, and at first, I thought this episode needed to be really somber, but it’s also a celebration of Phil’s life, what he did, and the many people he...

Duration:00:19:51

Ep #15: Dawn Didawick on Being a Sponge, No Credentials, and Daring to Fail

12/11/2018
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Dawn Didawick is an LA-based actor who has worked at numerous regional theatres, has lived and worked in both DC and New York, and also has a number of film and TV credits. She appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, with the production winning a Tony Award for Best Revival. She's also a founding member of the Antaeus Theatre in Glendale, CA. In today's episode, Dawn and I cover: Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season...

Duration:01:47:32

Text Work: Dickey's The Rembrandt with Francis Guinan

11/20/2018
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Francis Guinan from Ep. #14 talks text work in Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2017 with Francis in the cast, alongside John Mahoney, who many people know as the dad on Frasier (one of my personal favorites), but who was also a longtime Steppenwolf ensemble member. You'll hear how Francis found his way through the text, and the deeper connections between art and the relationship his character has with John's. I was lucky enough to see...

Duration:00:14:40

Ep #14: Steppenwolf's Francis Guinan on Being Blue Collar and Slightly Undisciplined

11/6/2018
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Francis Guinan grew up in Iowa and went to college pre-med, but then changed directions and ended up meeting the actors who would go on to create the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. He has been a member for 30 years and appeared in over 40 productions, and also has 80+ film/tv credits including Boss, The Last Airbender, and Eerie, Indiana. Just a bit of what we cover: Plus, he works on a piece from THE REMBRANDT, which had its world premiere at Steppenwolf! Check out the show...

Duration:01:22:28

Ep #13: Tony-Winner Reed Birney on Actor Despair and Roles That Scare You

10/9/2018
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Reed Birney thought he was just going to be a schmuck actor after decades of struggle. Then he takes on a part that terrifies him and it leads to a number of great projects and successes, including a Tony Award. Just a bit of what we cover: Casa ValentinaThe Humans Check out the show notes for additional info and items mentioned in this episode. Become a PREMIUM member and part of the Working Actors Community, starting at just $2/month! Get your free copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from...

Duration:01:28:59

Updates: Premium Membership and Monthly Schedule

10/2/2018
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There is now a PREMIUM experience for listeners, and you can join for just $2/month. By signing up as a premium member, you'll get exclusive access to additional episodes, bonus content, discounts, and items that are available NOWHERE else. The premium membership is also a way for YOU to have a direct hand in shaping the show and any related content. I'll be going to premium members first to ask questions, get feedback and ideas, and find out exactly what you want to see and hear! Plus, the...

Duration:00:03:47

Season 2 Trailer

9/25/2018
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We're back for another season with great chats ahead! Hear excerpts from upcoming interviews with actors that have worked for 30-50+ years, hearing how they got started, what challenges they faced, how they deal with auditions, actually work on material, and more. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" Follow the show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Duration:00:02:37

Text Work: Pinter's The Hothouse with Peter Van Norden

9/11/2018
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Peter Van Norden from Ep. #7 talks text work on performing platitudes and pauses in Harold Pinter's The Hothouse. As he was in rehearsals when we spoke, you'll hear how Peter is still figuring things out, still asking questions, and not really sure exactly where he'll ultimately arrive with this piece, and we're along for that journey. Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, and...

Duration:00:13:36

Text Work: Bartlett's King Charles III with Nike Doukas

9/4/2018
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Nike Doukas from Ep. #6 talks text work on performing contemporary iambic pentameter and verse from Mike Bartlett's King Charles III. You'll hear that Nike brings the same tools that she would to any verse text, classical or modern. There are some wonderful insights she brings to the language of this piece and what you need to be thinking about. Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, and...

Duration:00:17:52

Text Work: Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Geoffrey Wade

8/21/2018
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Geoffrey Wade from Ep. #5 talks text work on performing The Player from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Geoffrey played this part at Weston Playhouse in Vermont and he even shares some of his script notes from rehearsals. Click here for full show notes and links. See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Geoffrey’s monologue from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard THE PLAYER: We’re actors…. We pledged our identities, secure in...

Duration:00:15:05

Text Work: Singing Coward and Shakespeare's King Lear with Harry Groener

8/14/2018
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Harry Groener from Ep. #4 talks text work on singing a Noel Coward song ("Mrs. Worthington") and performing King Lear's "Reason not the need" speech from Shakespeare's play. If you're following along, this speech is at the end of Act 2, Scene 4. He also shares ideas on how to make the most of your rehearsal time. Click here for full show notes and links. See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Harry’s Monologue from King Lear (Act 2, Scene 4) by Shakespeare KING...

Duration:00:11:35