Episode 000: About Me with Mike Moreno

Episode 000: About Me with Mike Moreno

I decided to start this podcast because I was seeking out this information from my network and the connections I would make in the business. I’ve earned a BFA and an MFA, but I almost never heard any practical actionable advice on how to place myself in the industry and what to do to make sure I was not wasting my time or resources. The common understanding was “just hustle till you make it.” Man, that’s exhausting and not really practical. I would see good actors around me burn out and move on to other lives, because they did not feel like their efforts meant anything. They had no idea why things weren’t working. I have felt this way countless times. But when talking to others who are a few steps ahead of me I heard a consistent theme coming from successful professionals, You are an actor AND a business and you need to treat your career like a business so you can control the things you can, and forget about the things you can’t. Once you look at your acting in that light, you begin to have sharper focus, more commitment, and feel more professional about what you do. No one, not your agent or manager are going to do that for you. They are part of the business but it starts with you. You’re the CEO.

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The 7 best acting self tape tools under 20
Acting Class for the Modern Actor Why Masterclass is Great

Your $2/month support could

win you a Masterclass for free!

Acting Class for the Modern Actor: Why Masterclass is Great

  You can do a Google search for “the best acting class in Los Angeles” or “the best acting class in New York.” In fact, you could do that same search for any city in the country and you will probably get 100’s of results with 100’s of different answers. That’s to be...

read more

The 7 best acting self tape tools under $20!

Here is my list of the 7 best acting self tape tools for under $20 to help you capture a great audition from wherever you happen to be. You can use just a couple to have a professional on-the-go set up, or you can add them together to build out a streamlined kit in your apartment that makes your last minute audition look and sound spectacular.

read more

Episode 67: Jeff Seymour The real Life Actor

Jeff Seymour started work as an actor in Television in 1979. In 1980 he began teaching acting. As a teacher, he’s travelled all over north America and Australia, teaching and lecturing. He wrote the highly acclaimed book on acting, The Real Life Actor. He currently has a podcast on iTunes about acting and the business.

read more

Episode 66: Alexandra Boylan Producer

Alexandra also owns Mustard Seed Entertainment whose film “Catching Faith” had a two year run on Netflix and can be found on the shelves of Wal-Mart. Her most recent film “Wish For Christmas” sold to Pure Flix Entertainment and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

read more

Episode 64: Julian Silver TV Writer and Actor

Julian Silver grew up in Boston to a mother from a large Korean family and a father from a tiny Jewish family. He went to Wesleyan University to study film and psychology. After graduating, he moved to LA to pursue a career in film and television. He is currently writing for CBS’ SEAL TEAM, and will appear as a guest star on ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY in November.

read more

Episode 63: Victoria Negri

Victoria Negri is an award-winning multi-hyphenate filmmaker. Her feature directorial debut, Gold Star, which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, alongside Oscar nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last on-screen performance will see a November 2017 theatrical release and on video on demand.

read more

Kimberly Leemans from The Walking Dead talks finding balance

Kimberly Leemans spent time doing photo shoots and working the runways as a model in NYC. Then she had the opportunity to really commit to her life as an actor and packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Since then, she’s worked on shows like Nashville and The Walking Dead, moving to different living locations while being able to submit for auditions thanks in large part do to the opportunities provided by self submissions and the shift in the industry that is now taking those tapes much more seriously. It has become a lifestyle for many who consider themselves “digital nomads.”

read more

Episode 61: Rish Mitra

Rish comes from an engineering background but has decided to follow his passion of acting. He is taking somewhat of a non-traditional path with workshop classes and studying filmmaking through an online course.

read more

Episode 60: Mary Dallas

Mary Dallas is a Greek actress from Chicago who decided to move out to Southern California and pursue her dream of creating an acting career for herself at the age of 48. This is certainly not your typical story of starting out in Hollywood, but Mary has put in the work to courageously learn all she can about her craft, and take no prisoners when it comes to hustling auditions.

read more

Episode 59: Reynaldo Piniella

Reynaldo Piniella is an actor who was born and raised in NYC. He knew he wanted to be an actor early on and auditioned for BFA school. Twice. Sadly, both times he was not given the opportunity to join a degree program, but that did not stop him. If there is one thing that inspired me out of our interview it was Reynaldo’s unwavering commitment and focus on becoming an actor.

read more

ActorCEO 57 Audrey Walters

Audrey is an actress and entrepreneur. As a self-proclaimed “gypsy actress” not bound by a physical location she has representation in multiple markets and travels coast to coast.

read more

Episode 56: Brian McCulley Casting Director

Brian McCulley has been working in this industry as a director, producer, writer and casting director for over 20 years. He’s seen projects from every side and knows how actors fit into that mix on a deep level.

read more

Episode 55: Paten Hughes Tomato farmer and Creator of Heirloom The Series

Paten Hughes lives an ambitious creative life. She is committed to working and auditioning in both New York and Los Angeles. Now add on top of that that she has also taken on the responsibility of growing her own tomatoes at a professional level that she sells to local restaurants and grocers. A passion for plants that has now grown into one of the most delicious side hustles I’ve ever heard of has also become the subject of her web series Heirloom on Vimeo.

read more

Episode 54: Molly Mahoney The Prepared Performer

Molly Mahoney and myself both went to Chapman University and earned our BFAs in performance. As most actors know, once you start working on making your living as an actor you realize that having other sources of income help level out the times when you’re not making money being the amazing artist you are. Many of us end up working flexible jobs like waiting tables, temp jobs, or babysitting.

Molly aimed to change that paradigm for herself. She found that when she shared her skills on social media, so many people outside of the industry loved her confidence in front of the camera and an audience and wanted to capture that same confidence for themselves. Any good performer knows to say yes to opportunities, so she did – and she’s built a thriving business from there.

read more

ActorCEO 52: A Year of an Acting Business Podcast with Mike Moreno

I’ve decided to take it up a notch and create a space for not only the listeners of the podcast, but the acting community as a whole. As of this broadcast I’m launching the Acting Business Mastery Facebook Group. This will be a closed group where listeners to the show, actor friends that you invite and more of our peers can come together and work as a community build the
acting business that best suits your and become the entrepreneur that you can be. There’s gunna be lots of resources, interviews with some of my guests, exclusive Q & A’s, I’ll be going live in the group a lot to talk about some of the latest developments in the entertainment marketplace and also really to help motivate you guys to stay committed to making this career your own and being in control of your own work.

read more

Episode 51: Dewey Moss Producing Theater

Producer Dewey Moss jumped on the podcast in the middle of his Off Broadway run of the critically acclaimed and award winning The Crusade of Connor Stephens​ to talk about what it takes to be a professional theater producer. His experience as a writer and director of both film and theater gave him the creative experience of knowing how to create projects, but there is a whole other side to getting the funding in place to build these projects out to their full potential and ensure they get the exposure and life they deserve.

read more

Episode 50: Alex Spieth and Blank My Life

It’s one thing to create your own work to give yourself opportunities you’re currently not getting in the casting offices. It is a whole other thing to be devoting yourself to creating work and telling stories because you feel those voices need to be heard, and you want to see those underrepresented stories become part of the mainstream conversation.

read more

Episode 49: Miriam Hyman AKA Robyn Hood

Miriam Hyman is a force to be reckoned with. Her determination and passion for acting and music is infectious. Her poetry is clever and inspiring. Her ability to run with two different careers at the same time seems impossible, yet she’s killing it. So take a moment to get to know the woman behind such creative commitment.

read more

Episode 48: Edward Hong The Cinnabon Monster

Networking always feels like a four letter word to actors but the group Casting Directors for Actors has made this necessary part of the business so much more painless and actually truly engaging. You get people new to the industry asking for advice from those who are well heeled in the ins and outs of making a career out of your craft. If it’s not the first stop you come to with a question, to get feedback or share your newest work it should be. Casting is in the group all the time and although they may not speak out on every post, they see your work and know you’re there.

read more

Episode 47: Zachary Fine Confessions of a Theater Actor

Being “perfect” is uninteresting, so forget about being right. Take yourself seriously enough that you are willing to listen when you’re uncomfortable, explore when you’re vulnerable, and choose to deepen your understanding of skills or practices that you want but don’t have yet. You are in control and no one but you can improve upon that spiritual and creative part of you that shines though most brightly when you are confident enough to let go of all the “what ifs” and outside expectations. Deliver you. That’s what you should be most proud to do.

read more

Episode 45: Sonja O’Hara Actor/Producer/Filmmaker

Sonja O’Hara, creator of Doomsday The Series, has become a driven force of nature as a creative actor, writer, producer and content creator. She has taken charge in a marketplace where there are so many opportunities available to those who decide to go out and make something rather than wait around for others to bring them on to projects.

read more

Episode 44: Entrepreneur Advice with Akbar Sheikh

I say it all the time on this podcast. You’re an entrepreneur. You’re running your own business and you are the CEO of that business. No one is going to be looking out for your future but you. So get all the info you can from those in this industry, but also from those who run their own businesses in a completely different field. You’ll be surprised what you can learn.

read more

Episode 43: Christian Webb Photography

The Christian Webb has been shooting actor headshots for a long time and has created a look, but more importantly, a reputation for stunning headshots that capture the attention of the casting community and get people work! Don’t sell yourself short by getting your friend to shoot or thinking that you can skimp on the headshot. This is a major part of your business and is worth the time, money and care you put into it. Your headshot speaks for you when you are not in the room to speak for yourself. 

read more

Episode 40: David Fierro #1 tip – Get Locked in the Bathroom

The brilliant character actor David Fierro shares some very funny moments from his audition war stories. This episode is great not only thanks to David’s anecdotes, but also because he shares how his perspective on success and judging his own accomplishments changed as he booked work. He found new ways to look at the opportunities in front of him.

read more

Episode 39: Whitney Claire Kaufman

Whitney is a triple threat! A singer, dancer and actor extraordinaire and she has created a whole other set of career options for herself as a concert singer. She took advantage of certain opportunities and allowed her self to have a separate stream of income and exposure. Be clever, be open, and use your skills to create the career and lifestyle you want!

read more

Episode 38: Jennifer Allcott Acting, Producing and Living Fancy Free

Jennifer Allcott is a California girl who has bounced back and forth from New York City to Los Angels grabbing opportunities left and right, and never loosing her free wheeling spirit. At least, that’s been my impression. In this episode Jennifer does lay out some of the challenges of writing, producing, and acting in her first full feature she’s created with her best beau Josh Helman. The original goal was to create a short, but then the concept and ambition grew to the point where this four hander film became a 90 min down-to-earth story that has won some notable praise on the festival circuit.

Never a stranger to pointing out the absurd or exciting, Jennifer gives us a glimpse into her triumphs and struggles as a working actress looking for opportunities, but also as a creative artists insisting on creating her own opportunities to tell stories that truly inspire her. It turns out, they resonate with so many others too.

read more

Episode 37: Marathon Not a Race with Mike Moreno

This industry has a tendency to highlight the most recent successes and enjoys the ol’ “rags to riches” story. The problem is that 99% of the time this is not accurate. There are plenty of actors who have spent years hustling, grinding, learning and working to get to the point where they are prepared enough to leverage a great opportunity that ends up landing them a project that gets them known by the public at large. It can take 20 years (or longer) to become an overnight success.

read more

Episode 35: Leah Mckendrick

Don’t take your eyes of Leah McKendrick. She has been working non-stop in L.A since 2011 when everyone she knew was asking, “why don’t you just go get on Glee?” Right, like it’s that easy…Well, she made her own path regardless with record releases as a recording artist, creating her own web series, booking network TV, shooting films in New Orleans and now creating her own feature which had its premiere at SXSW.

read more

episode 33: Kate Hamil on Writing, Acting, and Bedlam Theater Company

Kate Hamil is a theater firebrand! She’s a long time member Bedlam Theater here in New York which has become a critical darling earning high praise from the New York times for multiple shows, including adaptations of classic literature like Vanity Fair, Pride & Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility which is now performing regionally.

read more

Episode 32: Tyler Hollinger Actor/Writer/Director

The industry has expanded in such a way that actors have many avenues in. It may not always seem like it, but if you can start creating your own content, you’ll find a host of outlets looking to fill their lineups. Tyler Hollinger has created a career for himself out of hustling the independent film market like a pro. He works hard to create content on his own while still working as an actor on network TV, feature films and the independent scene.

read more

Episode 31: Audition Psych 101 with Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff bring a wealth of audition experience to his Audition Psych 101 workshops and purposefully keeps them at VERY affordable rates. He wants actors to have the ability to practice the skills necessary for improving auditions and more importantly wants to bust many of th myths surrounding the process. He breaks down some of the highlights from his workshops in this episode Plus, Michael has provided a Audition Psych 1010 discount exclusive to ActorCEO’s!

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Episode 29: Austin Pendleton playing King Lear

Austin Pendleton is the “never-stopped-working, been-there-done-that, hard working, longtime character actor” you never hear of. This is his third time laying King Lear and one of the many times he has graced the stage off broadway. HIs career spans films (My Cousin Vinny, A Beautiful Mind, Finding Nemo), Broadway, Off Broadway and even Tony Nominations and Obie Awards for directing plays.

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Episode 28: Stunt Acting with Tim Losee

The industry has an extraordinary number of fields for an actor. Stunts is one that deserves more attention as actors who are physically capable and inclined towards learning the different skills can build an exciting career. Tim Losee has been working as a stunt performer and coordinator for the past 5 years and he shares what it takes to get involved in this side of this business and how actors can be safe when presented with stunts themselves or stunts happening around them. At the end of the day you want to make sure you are well enough to come to work tomorrow! Tim also agrees with many stunt performers that stunts should be recognized at the Oscars. This episode gives you a glimpse into this impressive but sometimes elusive action packed side of this business.

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Episode 27: Actor Taxes with Dominic Comperatore

Taxes for actors can seem like a tough thing to figure out. Most artists stress out when this time of year arrives. I get it. We are contract employees that work many different jobs and many of those may put the burden on us of setting aside the money to pay taxes on those paychecks. It can all be overwhelming.

That’s why I reached out to Dominic Comperatore to help. He’s been preparing taxes for actors for years now and as an actor himself he knows exactly what it’s like to deal with multiple employers, not always have the most efficient paperwork, and struggling to ensure you’ve saved enough. Luckily he has the experience to set up a system that ANYONE can follow to create a stress free tax time for the hard working artist. Take a listen, take notes, and take control!

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Episode 26: Master Your MFA auditions with Carly Zien

If you choose to take the MFA route you have to know the process of auditions and prepare yourself with the best material possible. This is where Carly Zien can share her expertise and coach you to choose a piece that glorifies your strengths, stands out, and creates a dynamic audition to remember you by.

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Acting Class for the Modern Actor: Why Masterclass is Great

Acting Class for the Modern Actor: Why Masterclass is Great

  You can do a Google search for “the best acting class in Los Angeles” or “the best acting class in New York.” In fact, you could do that same search for any city in the country and you will probably get 100’s of results with 100’s of different answers. That’s to be...

The 7 best acting self tape tools under $20!

The 7 best acting self tape tools under $20!

Here is my list of the 7 best acting self tape tools for under $20 to help you capture a great audition from wherever you happen to be. You can use just a couple to have a professional on-the-go set up, or you can add them together to build out a streamlined kit in your apartment that makes your last minute audition look and sound spectacular.

Episode 67: Jeff Seymour The real Life Actor

Episode 67: Jeff Seymour The real Life Actor

Jeff Seymour started work as an actor in Television in 1979. In 1980 he began teaching acting. As a teacher, he’s travelled all over north America and Australia, teaching and lecturing. He wrote the highly acclaimed book on acting, The Real Life Actor. He currently has a podcast on iTunes about acting and the business.

Episode 66: Alexandra Boylan Producer

Episode 66: Alexandra Boylan Producer

Alexandra also owns Mustard Seed Entertainment whose film “Catching Faith” had a two year run on Netflix and can be found on the shelves of Wal-Mart. Her most recent film “Wish For Christmas” sold to Pure Flix Entertainment and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Episode 64: Julian Silver TV Writer and Actor

Episode 64: Julian Silver TV Writer and Actor

Julian Silver grew up in Boston to a mother from a large Korean family and a father from a tiny Jewish family. He went to Wesleyan University to study film and psychology. After graduating, he moved to LA to pursue a career in film and television. He is currently writing for CBS’ SEAL TEAM, and will appear as a guest star on ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY in November.

Episode 63: Victoria Negri

Episode 63: Victoria Negri

Victoria Negri is an award-winning multi-hyphenate filmmaker. Her feature directorial debut, Gold Star, which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, alongside Oscar nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last on-screen performance will see a November 2017 theatrical release and on video on demand.

Kimberly Leemans from The Walking Dead talks finding balance

Kimberly Leemans from The Walking Dead talks finding balance

Kimberly Leemans spent time doing photo shoots and working the runways as a model in NYC. Then she had the opportunity to really commit to her life as an actor and packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Since then, she’s worked on shows like Nashville and The Walking Dead, moving to different living locations while being able to submit for auditions thanks in large part do to the opportunities provided by self submissions and the shift in the industry that is now taking those tapes much more seriously. It has become a lifestyle for many who consider themselves “digital nomads.”

Episode 61: Rish Mitra

Episode 61: Rish Mitra

Rish comes from an engineering background but has decided to follow his passion of acting. He is taking somewhat of a non-traditional path with workshop classes and studying filmmaking through an online course.

Episode 60: Mary Dallas

Episode 60: Mary Dallas

Mary Dallas is a Greek actress from Chicago who decided to move out to Southern California and pursue her dream of creating an acting career for herself at the age of 48. This is certainly not your typical story of starting out in Hollywood, but Mary has put in the work to courageously learn all she can about her craft, and take no prisoners when it comes to hustling auditions.

Episode 59: Reynaldo Piniella

Episode 59: Reynaldo Piniella

Reynaldo Piniella is an actor who was born and raised in NYC. He knew he wanted to be an actor early on and auditioned for BFA school. Twice. Sadly, both times he was not given the opportunity to join a degree program, but that did not stop him. If there is one thing that inspired me out of our interview it was Reynaldo’s unwavering commitment and focus on becoming an actor.

ActorCEO 57 Audrey Walters

ActorCEO 57 Audrey Walters

Audrey is an actress and entrepreneur. As a self-proclaimed “gypsy actress” not bound by a physical location she has representation in multiple markets and travels coast to coast.

Episode 56: Brian McCulley Casting Director

Episode 56: Brian McCulley Casting Director

Brian McCulley has been working in this industry as a director, producer, writer and casting director for over 20 years. He’s seen projects from every side and knows how actors fit into that mix on a deep level.

Episode 55: Paten Hughes Tomato farmer and Creator of Heirloom The Series

Episode 55: Paten Hughes Tomato farmer and Creator of Heirloom The Series

Paten Hughes lives an ambitious creative life. She is committed to working and auditioning in both New York and Los Angeles. Now add on top of that that she has also taken on the responsibility of growing her own tomatoes at a professional level that she sells to local restaurants and grocers. A passion for plants that has now grown into one of the most delicious side hustles I’ve ever heard of has also become the subject of her web series Heirloom on Vimeo.

Episode 54: Molly Mahoney The Prepared Performer

Episode 54: Molly Mahoney The Prepared Performer

Molly Mahoney and myself both went to Chapman University and earned our BFAs in performance. As most actors know, once you start working on making your living as an actor you realize that having other sources of income help level out the times when you’re not making money being the amazing artist you are. Many of us end up working flexible jobs like waiting tables, temp jobs, or babysitting.

Molly aimed to change that paradigm for herself. She found that when she shared her skills on social media, so many people outside of the industry loved her confidence in front of the camera and an audience and wanted to capture that same confidence for themselves. Any good performer knows to say yes to opportunities, so she did – and she’s built a thriving business from there.

ActorCEO 52: A Year of an Acting Business Podcast with Mike Moreno

ActorCEO 52: A Year of an Acting Business Podcast with Mike Moreno

I’ve decided to take it up a notch and create a space for not only the listeners of the podcast, but the acting community as a whole. As of this broadcast I’m launching the Acting Business Mastery Facebook Group. This will be a closed group where listeners to the show, actor friends that you invite and more of our peers can come together and work as a community build the
acting business that best suits your and become the entrepreneur that you can be. There’s gunna be lots of resources, interviews with some of my guests, exclusive Q & A’s, I’ll be going live in the group a lot to talk about some of the latest developments in the entertainment marketplace and also really to help motivate you guys to stay committed to making this career your own and being in control of your own work.

Episode 51: Dewey Moss Producing Theater

Episode 51: Dewey Moss Producing Theater

Producer Dewey Moss jumped on the podcast in the middle of his Off Broadway run of the critically acclaimed and award winning The Crusade of Connor Stephens​ to talk about what it takes to be a professional theater producer. His experience as a writer and director of both film and theater gave him the creative experience of knowing how to create projects, but there is a whole other side to getting the funding in place to build these projects out to their full potential and ensure they get the exposure and life they deserve.

Episode 50: Alex Spieth and Blank My Life

Episode 50: Alex Spieth and Blank My Life

It’s one thing to create your own work to give yourself opportunities you’re currently not getting in the casting offices. It is a whole other thing to be devoting yourself to creating work and telling stories because you feel those voices need to be heard, and you want to see those underrepresented stories become part of the mainstream conversation.

Episode 49: Miriam Hyman AKA Robyn Hood

Episode 49: Miriam Hyman AKA Robyn Hood

Miriam Hyman is a force to be reckoned with. Her determination and passion for acting and music is infectious. Her poetry is clever and inspiring. Her ability to run with two different careers at the same time seems impossible, yet she’s killing it. So take a moment to get to know the woman behind such creative commitment.

Episode 48: Edward Hong The Cinnabon Monster

Episode 48: Edward Hong The Cinnabon Monster

Networking always feels like a four letter word to actors but the group Casting Directors for Actors has made this necessary part of the business so much more painless and actually truly engaging. You get people new to the industry asking for advice from those who are well heeled in the ins and outs of making a career out of your craft. If it’s not the first stop you come to with a question, to get feedback or share your newest work it should be. Casting is in the group all the time and although they may not speak out on every post, they see your work and know you’re there.

Episode 47: Zachary Fine Confessions of a Theater Actor

Episode 47: Zachary Fine Confessions of a Theater Actor

Being “perfect” is uninteresting, so forget about being right. Take yourself seriously enough that you are willing to listen when you’re uncomfortable, explore when you’re vulnerable, and choose to deepen your understanding of skills or practices that you want but don’t have yet. You are in control and no one but you can improve upon that spiritual and creative part of you that shines though most brightly when you are confident enough to let go of all the “what ifs” and outside expectations. Deliver you. That’s what you should be most proud to do.

Episode 45: Sonja O’Hara Actor/Producer/Filmmaker

Episode 45: Sonja O’Hara Actor/Producer/Filmmaker

Sonja O’Hara, creator of Doomsday The Series, has become a driven force of nature as a creative actor, writer, producer and content creator. She has taken charge in a marketplace where there are so many opportunities available to those who decide to go out and make something rather than wait around for others to bring them on to projects.

Episode 44: Entrepreneur Advice with Akbar Sheikh

Episode 44: Entrepreneur Advice with Akbar Sheikh

I say it all the time on this podcast. You’re an entrepreneur. You’re running your own business and you are the CEO of that business. No one is going to be looking out for your future but you. So get all the info you can from those in this industry, but also from those who run their own businesses in a completely different field. You’ll be surprised what you can learn.

Episode 43: Christian Webb Photography

Episode 43: Christian Webb Photography

The Christian Webb has been shooting actor headshots for a long time and has created a look, but more importantly, a reputation for stunning headshots that capture the attention of the casting community and get people work! Don’t sell yourself short by getting your friend to shoot or thinking that you can skimp on the headshot. This is a major part of your business and is worth the time, money and care you put into it. Your headshot speaks for you when you are not in the room to speak for yourself. 

Episode 42: Chris Myers Inc.

Episode 42: Chris Myers Inc.

Chris Myers has been an actor living and working in New York City since graduating Juilliard, but he has devoted himself to keeping a focused mind and always looking to find fulfillment in his life and his craft. Learning to avoid distractions, draining people, and unproductive endeavors has led him to a truly positive creative life. 

Episode 40: David Fierro #1 tip – Get Locked in the Bathroom

Episode 40: David Fierro #1 tip – Get Locked in the Bathroom

The brilliant character actor David Fierro shares some very funny moments from his audition war stories. This episode is great not only thanks to David’s anecdotes, but also because he shares how his perspective on success and judging his own accomplishments changed as he booked work. He found new ways to look at the opportunities in front of him.

Episode 39: Whitney Claire Kaufman

Episode 39: Whitney Claire Kaufman

Whitney is a triple threat! A singer, dancer and actor extraordinaire and she has created a whole other set of career options for herself as a concert singer. She took advantage of certain opportunities and allowed her self to have a separate stream of income and exposure. Be clever, be open, and use your skills to create the career and lifestyle you want!

Episode 38: Jennifer Allcott Acting, Producing and Living Fancy Free

Episode 38: Jennifer Allcott Acting, Producing and Living Fancy Free

Jennifer Allcott is a California girl who has bounced back and forth from New York City to Los Angels grabbing opportunities left and right, and never loosing her free wheeling spirit. At least, that’s been my impression. In this episode Jennifer does lay out some of the challenges of writing, producing, and acting in her first full feature she’s created with her best beau Josh Helman. The original goal was to create a short, but then the concept and ambition grew to the point where this four hander film became a 90 min down-to-earth story that has won some notable praise on the festival circuit.

Never a stranger to pointing out the absurd or exciting, Jennifer gives us a glimpse into her triumphs and struggles as a working actress looking for opportunities, but also as a creative artists insisting on creating her own opportunities to tell stories that truly inspire her. It turns out, they resonate with so many others too.

Episode 37: Marathon Not a Race with Mike Moreno

Episode 37: Marathon Not a Race with Mike Moreno

This industry has a tendency to highlight the most recent successes and enjoys the ol’ “rags to riches” story. The problem is that 99% of the time this is not accurate. There are plenty of actors who have spent years hustling, grinding, learning and working to get to the point where they are prepared enough to leverage a great opportunity that ends up landing them a project that gets them known by the public at large. It can take 20 years (or longer) to become an overnight success.

Episode 36 Jeremy Kruse

Episode 36 Jeremy Kruse

Jeremey trained as an actor at The Lee Strasberg Film and Television Institute and now teaches acting for the camera to both adults and young acting students. He has seen how effective Strasberg’s exercises and training are at bringing real moments into scenes that actors can repeat and rely on.

Episode 35: Leah Mckendrick

Episode 35: Leah Mckendrick

Don’t take your eyes of Leah McKendrick. She has been working non-stop in L.A since 2011 when everyone she knew was asking, “why don’t you just go get on Glee?” Right, like it’s that easy…Well, she made her own path regardless with record releases as a recording artist, creating her own web series, booking network TV, shooting films in New Orleans and now creating her own feature which had its premiere at SXSW.

episode 33: Kate Hamil on Writing, Acting, and Bedlam Theater Company

episode 33: Kate Hamil on Writing, Acting, and Bedlam Theater Company

Kate Hamil is a theater firebrand! She’s a long time member Bedlam Theater here in New York which has become a critical darling earning high praise from the New York times for multiple shows, including adaptations of classic literature like Vanity Fair, Pride & Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility which is now performing regionally.

Episode 32: Tyler Hollinger Actor/Writer/Director

Episode 32: Tyler Hollinger Actor/Writer/Director

The industry has expanded in such a way that actors have many avenues in. It may not always seem like it, but if you can start creating your own content, you’ll find a host of outlets looking to fill their lineups. Tyler Hollinger has created a career for himself out of hustling the independent film market like a pro. He works hard to create content on his own while still working as an actor on network TV, feature films and the independent scene.

Episode 31: Audition Psych 101 with Michael Kostroff

Episode 31: Audition Psych 101 with Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff bring a wealth of audition experience to his Audition Psych 101 workshops and purposefully keeps them at VERY affordable rates. He wants actors to have the ability to practice the skills necessary for improving auditions and more importantly wants to bust many of th myths surrounding the process. He breaks down some of the highlights from his workshops in this episode Plus, Michael has provided a Audition Psych 1010 discount exclusive to ActorCEO’s!

Episode 29: Austin Pendleton playing King Lear

Episode 29: Austin Pendleton playing King Lear

Austin Pendleton is the “never-stopped-working, been-there-done-that, hard working, longtime character actor” you never hear of. This is his third time laying King Lear and one of the many times he has graced the stage off broadway. HIs career spans films (My Cousin Vinny, A Beautiful Mind, Finding Nemo), Broadway, Off Broadway and even Tony Nominations and Obie Awards for directing plays.

Episode 28: Stunt Acting with Tim Losee

Episode 28: Stunt Acting with Tim Losee

The industry has an extraordinary number of fields for an actor. Stunts is one that deserves more attention as actors who are physically capable and inclined towards learning the different skills can build an exciting career. Tim Losee has been working as a stunt performer and coordinator for the past 5 years and he shares what it takes to get involved in this side of this business and how actors can be safe when presented with stunts themselves or stunts happening around them. At the end of the day you want to make sure you are well enough to come to work tomorrow! Tim also agrees with many stunt performers that stunts should be recognized at the Oscars. This episode gives you a glimpse into this impressive but sometimes elusive action packed side of this business.

Episode 27: Actor Taxes with Dominic Comperatore

Episode 27: Actor Taxes with Dominic Comperatore

Taxes for actors can seem like a tough thing to figure out. Most artists stress out when this time of year arrives. I get it. We are contract employees that work many different jobs and many of those may put the burden on us of setting aside the money to pay taxes on those paychecks. It can all be overwhelming.

That’s why I reached out to Dominic Comperatore to help. He’s been preparing taxes for actors for years now and as an actor himself he knows exactly what it’s like to deal with multiple employers, not always have the most efficient paperwork, and struggling to ensure you’ve saved enough. Luckily he has the experience to set up a system that ANYONE can follow to create a stress free tax time for the hard working artist. Take a listen, take notes, and take control!

Episode 26:  Master Your MFA auditions with Carly Zien

Episode 26: Master Your MFA auditions with Carly Zien

If you choose to take the MFA route you have to know the process of auditions and prepare yourself with the best material possible. This is where Carly Zien can share her expertise and coach you to choose a piece that glorifies your strengths, stands out, and creates a dynamic audition to remember you by.