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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

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

Text Work: Shakespeare's Henry VI with Armin Shimerman

8/7/2018
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You wanted these text work sessions as separate episodes and I'm happy to accommodate! First up: @ShimermanArmin from Ep #2 takes us into Shakespeare's Henry VI, part 3 with Richard of Gloucester, a soliloquy Armin used for auditions. He also talks about his general approach to Shakespeare and some of the overall principles he teaches in classes. If you're following along, this speech is at the end of Act 3, Scene 2. Click here for show notes and more. See additional content on Facebook,...

Duration:00:13:17

What's next for The WAJ? You decide!

6/21/2018
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Happy Solstice! Where are we headed in season two? It's time to add your voice to the conversation by letting me know what you thought of season one! The first 20 people to respond will receive a code for a free item on Audible, no trial required: redeem it for a book, a premium podcast, a talk, whatever you like. Share your ideas right here » http://workingactorsjourney.com/feedback - and thanks! Plus: which unlikely Asian country ranked second for most WAJ downloads? Find out in today's...

Duration:00:05:15

Text Work: Mini-Shakespeare Master Class with Dakin Matthews

3/27/2018
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Dakin Matthews is an actor, teacher, and scholar. In this bonus episode you'll hear the mini-Shakespeare master class he gives in episode #12 on one of the speeches from Romeo and Juliet. You'll learn the logic that Juliet uses and how it unravels, where you need to be at the end of the speech if you're performing it, how both male and female actors tend to shy away from emotion, and more. Plus: what do you think of these "classes"? Tell us on Twitter @working_actors or on...

Duration:00:19:29

Ep #12: Dakin Matthews on Acting the Classics and Your Artistic Family

3/13/2018
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Dakin Matthews is an actor, playwright, dramaturg, director, teacher, and scholar. He has 150+ credits on IMDb, has taught Shakespeare around the world, worked on Broadway and won awards, and was artistic director of several theatres—and he started out to be a priest! We talk about feeling confident and intimidated, why the classics are important, what being a professional means, and more. This episode is sponsored by Audible: get a free audiobook and a 30-day trial at...

Duration:01:43:43

Ep #11: Ben Whitehair on Building Relationships and Intelligent Rule-Breaking

3/6/2018
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@benwhitehair is an unusual guest here, but you'll soon discover why he's a great addition! He already has 50+ credits on IMDb, is the co-founder of LA Actors Tweetup, is on the LA Local Board of SAG-AFTRA, and is the chair of its NextGen Performers committee. We talk about being a homeschooled cowboy and hating sheep, "grad school for the working actor", leveraging social media, and much more. This episode is sponsored by Audible: get a free audiobook and a 30-day trial at...

Duration:01:34:23

Ep #10: Gigi Bermingham on Being a Misfit and Living Her Dream

2/27/2018
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Gigi Bermingham gets honest and vulnerable about the journey—it's a special episode! She's an actress and singer with 30+ credits on IMDb, two LA Ovation Awards, and an LADCC Award for her solo comedy show Non-Vital Organs. We talk about her rural Northern California upbringing, her French mother, exhaustion and a food addiction, her career in real estate, playing Maria Callas, and much more! This episode is sponsored by Audible: get a free audiobook and a 30-day trial at...

Duration:01:29:50

Ep #9: Clyde Kusatsu [Part 2] on Recovery, Preparation, and Serving the Project

2/20/2018
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In Part 2 of our chat, veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu (@judgeito1948) shares how he approaches playing different Asian ethnicities, what he's learned from casting directors, his challenge with alcohol and being sober for nearly 24 years, and why he got involved with SAG-AFTRA politics, where he currently serves as the National Vice President for Los Angeles. Check out Ep #8 for Part 1! This episode is sponsored by Audible: get a free audiobook and a 30-day trial at...

Duration:01:18:08