ActorCEO 98: From Musicals to Film with Bret Shuford

ActorCEO 98: From Musicals to Film with Bret Shuford

Bret Shuford has dedicated his life to creating theatre and helping others do the same. He made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, followed by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Amazing Grace. Most recently, he was seen on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil Paramour, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film The Wolf Of Wall Street.  

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Actor CEO 97: Ruby Mercado Actor, Mom and Vlogger

Actor CEO 97: Ruby Mercado Actor, Mom and Vlogger

Ruby Mercado has appeared on shows like Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans, Jane the Virgin and Scorpion.
Since moving to Los Angeles Ruby has become one of the go to “Latina Moms” and has been building a career with a solid understanding of her brand, her network, and her patience. Ruby vlogs about her life as a Hollywood mom and also hosts a podcast called Awakenings in Real Life. 

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ActorCEO 96 Heidi Dean Social Media Strategy for Actors

ActorCEO 96 Heidi Dean Social Media Strategy for Actors

Heidi Dean is the industry’s top social media expert for actors. She has helped Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, recording artists, directors, producers, filmmakers and actors just like you go from social media rookies into ROCKSTARS at Marketing4Actors.com where you’ll find over 100 free articles and trainings to help you rock your social media.

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ActorCEO 94: Bridget McKevitt Just Graduated – Now What?

ActorCEO 94: Bridget McKevitt Just Graduated – Now What?

Bridget McKevitt is no stranger to the transition phase after graduating from acting school. She studied at the 2 year Maggie Flanigan conservatory in New York, before going to MFA school, and began building a career as a working actor. She’s been on Person Of Interest, All My Children, the film Days And Nights, and the HBO EMMY nominated, Casting By.

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Actor CEO 90: Elizabeth Inghram Listen to Your Own Advice

Actor CEO 90: Elizabeth Inghram Listen to Your Own Advice

Elizabeth has been seen opposite Kristen Wiig in the film Girl Most Likely, the Netflix show Gypsy, Person of Interest, The Black List, Royal Pains, I Love You But I Lied, Gossip Girl. Up next, you might catch her on the upcoming AMC show Dietland and the new Ocean’s 8 film. Elizabeth is a voice actor and has done several national commercials both on-camera and behind the mic. She is also proud to be a teacher at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio!

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ActorCEO 86 Kari Nissena Actor Transformation

ActorCEO 86 Kari Nissena Actor Transformation

In this episode Kari Nissena of Actor Transformation discusses the importance of spending time on the actor’s digital and social foot print. How can you make sure your spending your money and time in the right places and not opening yourself up to social media faux pas.  As we have discussed on the show before, now is the best time to take charge of your career because you as an individual have more reach than ever.

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ActorCEO 82 Lauren Sowa Don’t Wait to Create

ActorCEO 82 Lauren Sowa Don’t Wait to Create

In 2016, she and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. Well before the “inclusion rider” statement, Lauren and her company were working hard to ensure everyone with the skill was adequately represented above and below the line.

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Episode 81: Alveraz Ricardez An Actor’s Journey Starting Later

Episode 81: Alveraz Ricardez An Actor’s Journey Starting Later

Alveraz Ricardez always had a passion for acting, but life tends to take many artists on detours. Having spent some time away from that passion and coming to the end of his work to obtain a law degree, Alveraz had just to take the bar exam to begin pursuing a career as an attorney at 43 years old. There was just this little voice inside that asked him to give his dream of acting one last chance before moving on. He listened.

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Episode 80 A Whole New World

Episode 80 A Whole New World

The Actor CEO Podcast is now on Patreon.com. You can support the show you love made by actors for actors. Learn all about treating your career like a business with weekly interviews with industry pros.

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Episode 79: Actors Fast Track with Valorie Hubbard

Episode 79: Actors Fast Track with Valorie Hubbard

Ep. 79 brings Actor’s Fast Track’s Vallorie Hubbard shared some amazing tips and actionable advice for any actor looking to commit full force. She’s got 30 years as an actress under her belt and has helped hundreds of actors refine their audition technique, business savvy, and creative planning to start BOOKING! http://actorceo.com/79

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Episode 78: Jamie H Jung Acting Tips and Lessons from Across the Country

Episode 78: Jamie H Jung Acting Tips and Lessons from Across the Country

Jamie H Jung is an English-American actor. He pursued Performance Studies at Queen Mary College of the University of London and continued to train for 3 years at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. Don’t miss his feature film “Monday” which is part of the Rebel Without A Crew project screening at the SXSW Film Festival next month.

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Episode 76: Voice Over Mastery with Tawny Platis

Episode 76: Voice Over Mastery with Tawny Platis

Tawny is a full time professional voice over talent/coach (with her editor and husband George), podcaster on The Dirty Bits Podcast on the Orbital Jigsaw Network, and marketing/business consultant in San Diego, California. During her senior year in high school, Tawny began the process of purchasing her first brick and mortar retail store. After selling the store to her management team in 2016, Tawny began her career as a voice over talent, having been a child actor in San Diego.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Episode 23: Class is in session with Dr. Baron Kelly

Episode 23: Class is in session with Dr. Baron Kelly

Baron Kelly has held a commanding presence as a theatrical scholar and acting professor for two decades. With a PhD in Theater History, Criticism and Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison he is A four-time Fulbright scholar, working as a professor of acting and a lecturer across the globe in places like Russia, Finland, Taiwan, China, and Italy. Here in the states he has taught at CSU Long Beach, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Harvard University, to name a few, with his current professorship at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. As an actor he has played on Broadway alongside Al Pacino, starred in the world premier of Angels in America, was directed by Clint Eastwood in his film Bird starring alongside Forest Whitaker, and has played on stages all over America including Yale Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Diego’s Old Globe, and The Guthrie Theater. His writing has been published across the country and internationally in the Oxford University Press, The Los Angeles Times, and American Theater Magazine and now in his latest book on acting entitled An Actor’s Task: Engaging the Senses is available through Hackett Publishing.

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Yvonne Cone on building your network Episode 22

Yvonne Cone on building your network Episode 22

Yvonne Cone is one of those versatile artists who as a fiery drive and works hard to find a way to get her goals accomplished. Sometimes that’s through helping others build their dreams and sometimes that’s through calling in favors to build hers. She is an NYC-based actor, producer, writer, dancer and yoga teacher. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Shrunken Shakespeare Company and is soon to be taking on the new position of Executive Director. Her work in the theater includes Shrunken Shakespeare Company: King Lear, Ira, What We Know: An American Retelling of ‘Three Sisters,’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Kill Shakespeare; Off Broadway: The Pearl Theatre Company: The Sneeze; La Mama: Firebird; HERE Arts: Gymnos (NYIT Award Winner); The Barrow Group Theatre Company: People on Fire, The Tarantino Variations, Below and Process; Regional: Shakespeare & Co.: Pericles and The Hound of the Baskervilles(American Premiere); Maryland Shakespeare Festival: Midsummer, Love’s Labour’s Lost andShakespeare Alive (Educational Tour); Shakespeare Orange County: Henry V, The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice; Colonial Theatre: The Tempest; American Shakespeare Center: The General of Hot Desire; TV: The Mysteries of Laura; Film: Falling, Take Me With You, Sweet Thing, Bad Blood. Yvonne is also an acting coach and in the past has taught regionally, privately and with Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. Yvonne has a BFA from Chapman University and is an alumnus of Shakespeare & Co. Listen to her talk about building a committed community of artists and how she has leveraged high-value connections to create terrific artistic relationships.

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Episode 20: Playwright & Author Pete Malicki on writing for stage and monologues

Episode 20: Playwright & Author Pete Malicki on writing for stage and monologues

Pete Malicki has been writing for close to 20 years now, with 5 novels, 80 or so plays and a plethora of other bits and pieces under his belt. Trying to mix up his style, he tends to gravitate towards story-based contemporary fiction, with characters who have strong, distinctive voices, seeking ideas everywhere and anywhere. He has taught various classes for about 6-7 years, with a passion for teaching business skills to artists and doing one-on-one career coaching.

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Episode 19: Actor Talia Thiesfield on Growing in the Industry

Episode 19: Actor Talia Thiesfield on Growing in the Industry

Talia Thiesfield graduated from UC Irvine’s MFA program and spent time in Los Angeles working with the Center Theater Group, touring with musicians and auditioning. She then took her career to New York to give it a boost. You’ve seen her on Veep, Limitless, and The Following.

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Actors Launchpad with Tom Lapke

Actors Launchpad with Tom Lapke

Tom Lapke is the is COO and a founder of Actors Launchpad, the premier actor resource to meet and take classes with some of the industry’s top casting directors, agents, and managers. He is also a partner in their parent company, 6th Legions Media
Lapke founded and ran the Education and Events division for Backstage, after being hired by them during their purchase of his website, AuditionUpdate.com
To date, Lapke has organized over 500 classes, events, and workshops with some of the industry’s leading professionals. He is considered an expert in the field of actor marketing and business development and loves teaching actors how to apply business management techniques to their careers.
Lapke has taught classes in business, performance and public speaking for The Actors Studio, BMCC, and The University of Florida, from which he holds an MFA in performance.

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Episode 16: Onstage with Director Timothy Douglas

Episode 16: Onstage with Director Timothy Douglas

Timothy Douglas is an extraordinarily accomplished director working across the country mounting plays for The Guthrie, Arena Stage, Folger Shakespeare Theater, The Mark Taper Forum, Pittsburgh Public Rep, Yale Rep, and Actors Theater of Louisville and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Also an associate artist at Cincinnati Rep and Milwaukee Rep, he still finds time to teach Linklater voice work in college acting programs all over.

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Episode 15: Casting Director Jessi Blue Gormezano

Episode 15: Casting Director Jessi Blue Gormezano

Jessi Blue Gormenzano has served as Casting Director for the Pearl Theater Company in NYC for several years casting productions that received NY Times and Time Out critics picks awards and Drama League Noms for featured performer. She now works with the Abingdon Theater Company leading their Theater, Education & Artistic Outreach programs, continues her casting work, and recently toured her documentary play Remarkably Normal. She is the creator and lead producer of OUR BAR, a monthly night of site-specific theater and an Artistic Associate with American Records Theater Company and Blessed Unrest.

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Episode 14: Ricardo Birnbaum Photography on Headshots

Episode 14: Ricardo Birnbaum Photography on Headshots

Headshots are the actor’s business card. It can be easy to obsess over the perfect look, the best photographer, inside, outside, ahhhhh! Well guess what. It does not have to be that complicated. Your headshot should represent an honest version of you. The person you are naturally when you walk into that casting office. It’s too much work to get a shot of something that you have to work at or reach for when auditioning. Acting is hard enough and it works best when you come from a place of authenticity, and that is what your headshot should represent. An authentic you. http://www.ricardobirnbaumphotography.com/

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Episode 13: Maria Aparo and The Slash Generation

Episode 13: Maria Aparo and The Slash Generation

Maria Aparo is very familiar with that type of management. As a producer/Actress/Entrepreneur she is very familiar with the Slash Life. She even started a movement focused on helping out others. It’s called The Slash Generation and you can find it on Facebook. There she helps artists of all types build a supportive community, manage their social media and communications, and learn more about taking their careers to the next level. She has also been coaching clients in business management and social media marketing. As an actress you’ve seen her in Amazon’s Red Oaks, on stage at the Venetian Theater, and in multiple film and new media projects.

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Episode: 12 Playing the Boards with Jenni Puntey

Episode: 12 Playing the Boards with Jenni Puntey

Jenni Putney has been all over the country acting in theater since graduating from UC San Diego’s MFA program. She has worked with the Kennedy Center, The Gulf Shore Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, George Street Playhouse in Philadelphia, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Portland Center Stage and has just finished a massive undertaking, performing in The Norman Conquest Trilogy By Alan Ackborn at three theaters in Vermont in the same season.

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Episode: 11 The Athletic Mind with Alex Breaux

Episode: 11 The Athletic Mind with Alex Breaux

Often we can reach a plateau as artists. We achieve some level of comfort and choose to stay there rather than push ourselves towards the next goal or the next achievement. Athletes have to stay at their peak performance level or next time they’re out on the field, it will be obvious that they are not up to par. They see challenges as an opportunity to prove themselves and reach the next goal. Nothing is a set back, only an opportunity to learn and improve.

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Special Episode: Fair Wage Onstage and Actors Equity Push for Pay

Special Episode: Fair Wage Onstage and Actors Equity Push for Pay

Perhaps you’ve seen their videos on Facebook with actors like Lupita Nyong’o and Pedro Pascal, and writers like Tony Kushner voicing their support for a living wage for Off Broadway actors. They know that these contracts are a huge part of the life blood of the New York Theater environment and if actor’s wages stay stagnant, as they have, then this integral part of the theater ecosystem will no longer be able to find quality performers and the whole Off Broadway community will suffer.

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Episode: 10 Perseverance with Ty Jones of Classical Theater of Harlem

Episode: 10 Perseverance with Ty Jones of Classical Theater of Harlem

Ty Jones has been an artistic beast for the last ten years. Knowing his truth and keeping his challenges in perspective has powered this Obie Award winning actor into an artistic force. He raises 3 kids, has spent as the last 5 years as Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem bringing it from your more common New York theater company to performing shows in the 1500 seat amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, and also creating a Christmas show called The First Noel performing their second season in the historic Apollo Theater. Links: Notes On Directing http://amzn.to/2dEvlI4

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Episode: 08 How to work in Voice Over with Elizabeth Maxwell

Episode: 08 How to work in Voice Over with Elizabeth Maxwell

Some people do modeling, work as brand ambassadors, stunt performers, stand up comedians, and voice overs. The voice over market is quite competitive so if you choose to get involved you should know that it takes some training, management, and drive just like your acting career. The benefit is that it generally takes less time (depending on the scale of the project), you can record from home (if you invest in some good equipment), and there are a number of services out there to find and submit for auditions. If you think voice overs might be right for you, listen up!

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Episode: 05 Managing Your Marketing with Mark St. Cyr

Episode: 05 Managing Your Marketing with Mark St. Cyr

You want to use the best tools out there to share your success in a way that is consistent with your image and abilities. That way whenever someone thinks of you as an actor they immediately know what tone you can bring to a role, what skills you have, and how they can best use you. Making the choice easy for an agent, casting, or a director helps them and YOU. The choice is always yours to make and change when it feels right. It’s your business and you are the ACTOR CEO.

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Episode 03: Executing Your Plan with Eric Satterberg

Episode 03: Executing Your Plan with Eric Satterberg

Eric has served as an inspiration to me and many other actors thanks to his example of where hard work can get you. He has carved out a successful career working in commercials and television by laying out a roadmap of what he wants to accomplish and pushing towards those waypoints. The struggle is real for all of us working actors, but having detailed goals has given him the clarity to remain in control and focused on taking his career to the next level.

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Episode 01: Casting Insights with Ryan Jay Slater

Episode 01: Casting Insights with Ryan Jay Slater

Ryan has grown up in and around the industry, and has put in serious work in both acting and casting. His mother, Mary Jo Slater, is a cornerstone in the casting community in Los Angeles and brought both him and his brother Christian into the business early on. Seeing the mechanics of networking, pitching, writing sessions, auditions, final decisions, and working on set he brings a truly unique and valuable perspective to the conversation.

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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

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Patreon.com/actorceo

ActorCEO 105: What is ActorsGuru?

ActorsGuru.com helps actors keep track of networking names, emails, addresses of casting and producers, organize audition notes and sides, and coordinate every last piece of data together so you always know exactly how your connected to someone or what details are most relevant

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7 Lights for Self Tape Auditions

Actors. Use these self tape lighting tools to improve your self tape auditions. Look great and deliver better remote auditions with your cell phone or video camera. Casting directors use self tapes more than ever. Make yours stand out.

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Erika Cohn – Emmy Winning Creator of The Judge and In Football We Trust on Fundamental Filmmaking for Our Times

Emmy Award winning filmmaker Erika Cohn is a powerful example of the incredible possibilities of women creatives telling stories that are critical, stunning, fresh, profound, and riveting. She is building the creative world she wants to operate in and her latest film, The Judge, had it’s network premiere on PBS Independent Lens and can be streamed on Amazon Video along with her Emmy Award winning film In Football We Trust. 

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Black Friday Check List for Actors

I’ve put together a The Black Friday Checklist for Actors which greatly expands on The 7 Best Pieces of Self Tape Gear Under $20 that I’ve shared before. You may find some of the same products but this list has so much more to get you ready for the new year with professional gear, real opportunities, and cash in your pocket.

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Amazon Prime for Actors

Amazon Prime is an incredible resource for ACTORS! Order self tape gear that arrives in 24 hours with free shipping. Watch incredible videos to for research on Emmy award winning shows that you may audition for. Get a discount if your a student. What’s not to love?

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ActorCEO 99: Our Future

The Actor CEO Podcast is now featured in Backstage, has grown to just under 8,000 followers and has listeners all over the world. This is an incredible resource for actors that has been built and supported by actors. Thank you. Now here’s what’s next.

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ActorCEO 98: From Musicals to Film with Bret Shuford

Bret Shuford has dedicated his life to creating theatre and helping others do the same. He made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, followed by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Amazing Grace. Most recently, he was seen on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil Paramour, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film The Wolf Of Wall Street.  

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Actor CEO 97: Ruby Mercado Actor, Mom and Vlogger

Ruby Mercado has appeared on shows like Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans, Jane the Virgin and Scorpion.
Since moving to Los Angeles Ruby has become one of the go to “Latina Moms” and has been building a career with a solid understanding of her brand, her network, and her patience. Ruby vlogs about her life as a Hollywood mom and also hosts a podcast called Awakenings in Real Life. 

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ActorCEO 96 Heidi Dean Social Media Strategy for Actors

Heidi Dean is the industry’s top social media expert for actors. She has helped Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, recording artists, directors, producers, filmmakers and actors just like you go from social media rookies into ROCKSTARS at Marketing4Actors.com where you’ll find over 100 free articles and trainings to help you rock your social media.

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ActorCEO 94: Bridget McKevitt Just Graduated – Now What?

Bridget McKevitt is no stranger to the transition phase after graduating from acting school. She studied at the 2 year Maggie Flanigan conservatory in New York, before going to MFA school, and began building a career as a working actor. She’s been on Person Of Interest, All My Children, the film Days And Nights, and the HBO EMMY nominated, Casting By.

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Actor CEO 90: Elizabeth Inghram Listen to Your Own Advice

Elizabeth has been seen opposite Kristen Wiig in the film Girl Most Likely, the Netflix show Gypsy, Person of Interest, The Black List, Royal Pains, I Love You But I Lied, Gossip Girl. Up next, you might catch her on the upcoming AMC show Dietland and the new Ocean’s 8 film. Elizabeth is a voice actor and has done several national commercials both on-camera and behind the mic. She is also proud to be a teacher at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio!

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ActorCEO 88: Anchor

The Podcast will be available on Anchor.com Lot's of good things going on in the back ground! Hey actors, Mike Moreno here. And I'm a bit under the...

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ActorCEO 86 Kari Nissena Actor Transformation

In this episode Kari Nissena of Actor Transformation discusses the importance of spending time on the actor’s digital and social foot print. How can you make sure your spending your money and time in the right places and not opening yourself up to social media faux pas.  As we have discussed on the show before, now is the best time to take charge of your career because you as an individual have more reach than ever.

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ActorCEO 82 Lauren Sowa Don’t Wait to Create

In 2016, she and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. Well before the “inclusion rider” statement, Lauren and her company were working hard to ensure everyone with the skill was adequately represented above and below the line.

read more

Episode 81: Alveraz Ricardez An Actor’s Journey Starting Later

Alveraz Ricardez always had a passion for acting, but life tends to take many artists on detours. Having spent some time away from that passion and coming to the end of his work to obtain a law degree, Alveraz had just to take the bar exam to begin pursuing a career as an attorney at 43 years old. There was just this little voice inside that asked him to give his dream of acting one last chance before moving on. He listened.

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Episode 80 A Whole New World

The Actor CEO Podcast is now on Patreon.com. You can support the show you love made by actors for actors. Learn all about treating your career like a business with weekly interviews with industry pros.

read more

Episode 79: Actors Fast Track with Valorie Hubbard

Ep. 79 brings Actor’s Fast Track’s Vallorie Hubbard shared some amazing tips and actionable advice for any actor looking to commit full force. She’s got 30 years as an actress under her belt and has helped hundreds of actors refine their audition technique, business savvy, and creative planning to start BOOKING! http://actorceo.com/79

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Episode 78: Jamie H Jung Acting Tips and Lessons from Across the Country

Jamie H Jung is an English-American actor. He pursued Performance Studies at Queen Mary College of the University of London and continued to train for 3 years at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. Don’t miss his feature film “Monday” which is part of the Rebel Without A Crew project screening at the SXSW Film Festival next month.

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Episode 76: Voice Over Mastery with Tawny Platis

Tawny is a full time professional voice over talent/coach (with her editor and husband George), podcaster on The Dirty Bits Podcast on the Orbital Jigsaw Network, and marketing/business consultant in San Diego, California. During her senior year in high school, Tawny began the process of purchasing her first brick and mortar retail store. After selling the store to her management team in 2016, Tawny began her career as a voice over talent, having been a child actor in San Diego.

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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...

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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
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!

Patreon.com/actorceo
ActorCEO 105: What is ActorsGuru?

ActorCEO 105: What is ActorsGuru?

ActorsGuru.com helps actors keep track of networking names, emails, addresses of casting and producers, organize audition notes and sides, and coordinate every last piece of data together so you always know exactly how your connected to someone or what details are most relevant

7 Lights for Self Tape Auditions

7 Lights for Self Tape Auditions

Actors. Use these self tape lighting tools to improve your self tape auditions. Look great and deliver better remote auditions with your cell phone or video camera. Casting directors use self tapes more than ever. Make yours stand out.

How Actors Can Grow Their Instagram Followers and Why It’s Important

How Actors Can Grow Their Instagram Followers and Why It’s Important

Grow your Instagram followers by the thousands with REAL PEOPLE, not bots or fake accounts. Actor Influencer is a one of a kind service that drives real traffic to the Instagram accounts of actors, artists, musicians, and more. Plus use the discount code to save $20/month for LIFE!

Erika Cohn – Emmy Winning Creator of The Judge and In Football We Trust on Fundamental Filmmaking for Our Times

Erika Cohn – Emmy Winning Creator of The Judge and In Football We Trust on Fundamental Filmmaking for Our Times

Emmy Award winning filmmaker Erika Cohn is a powerful example of the incredible possibilities of women creatives telling stories that are critical, stunning, fresh, profound, and riveting. She is building the creative world she wants to operate in and her latest film, The Judge, had it’s network premiere on PBS Independent Lens and can be streamed on Amazon Video along with her Emmy Award winning film In Football We Trust. 

Black Friday Check List for Actors

Black Friday Check List for Actors

I’ve put together a The Black Friday Checklist for Actors which greatly expands on The 7 Best Pieces of Self Tape Gear Under $20 that I’ve shared before. You may find some of the same products but this list has so much more to get you ready for the new year with professional gear, real opportunities, and cash in your pocket.

Amazon Prime for Actors

Amazon Prime for Actors

Amazon Prime is an incredible resource for ACTORS! Order self tape gear that arrives in 24 hours with free shipping. Watch incredible videos to for research on Emmy award winning shows that you may audition for. Get a discount if your a student. What’s not to love?

7 Unique Actor Day Jobs

7 Unique Actor Day Jobs

Here are 7 unique and surprising actor day (other than waiting tables) jobs you may not have heard of.

ActorCEO 99: Our Future

ActorCEO 99: Our Future

The Actor CEO Podcast is now featured in Backstage, has grown to just under 8,000 followers and has listeners all over the world. This is an incredible resource for actors that has been built and supported by actors. Thank you. Now here’s what’s next.

ActorCEO 98: From Musicals to Film with Bret Shuford

ActorCEO 98: From Musicals to Film with Bret Shuford

Bret Shuford has dedicated his life to creating theatre and helping others do the same. He made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, followed by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Amazing Grace. Most recently, he was seen on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil Paramour, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film The Wolf Of Wall Street.  

Actor CEO 97: Ruby Mercado Actor, Mom and Vlogger

Actor CEO 97: Ruby Mercado Actor, Mom and Vlogger

Ruby Mercado has appeared on shows like Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans, Jane the Virgin and Scorpion.
Since moving to Los Angeles Ruby has become one of the go to “Latina Moms” and has been building a career with a solid understanding of her brand, her network, and her patience. Ruby vlogs about her life as a Hollywood mom and also hosts a podcast called Awakenings in Real Life. 

ActorCEO 96 Heidi Dean Social Media Strategy for Actors

ActorCEO 96 Heidi Dean Social Media Strategy for Actors

Heidi Dean is the industry’s top social media expert for actors. She has helped Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, recording artists, directors, producers, filmmakers and actors just like you go from social media rookies into ROCKSTARS at Marketing4Actors.com where you’ll find over 100 free articles and trainings to help you rock your social media.

ActorCEO 94: Bridget McKevitt Just Graduated – Now What?

ActorCEO 94: Bridget McKevitt Just Graduated – Now What?

Bridget McKevitt is no stranger to the transition phase after graduating from acting school. She studied at the 2 year Maggie Flanigan conservatory in New York, before going to MFA school, and began building a career as a working actor. She’s been on Person Of Interest, All My Children, the film Days And Nights, and the HBO EMMY nominated, Casting By.

Actor CEO 90: Elizabeth Inghram Listen to Your Own Advice

Actor CEO 90: Elizabeth Inghram Listen to Your Own Advice

Elizabeth has been seen opposite Kristen Wiig in the film Girl Most Likely, the Netflix show Gypsy, Person of Interest, The Black List, Royal Pains, I Love You But I Lied, Gossip Girl. Up next, you might catch her on the upcoming AMC show Dietland and the new Ocean’s 8 film. Elizabeth is a voice actor and has done several national commercials both on-camera and behind the mic. She is also proud to be a teacher at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio!

ActorCEO 88: Anchor

ActorCEO 88: Anchor

The Podcast will be available on Anchor.com Lot's of good things going on in the back ground! Hey actors, Mike Moreno here. And I'm a bit under the...

ActorCEO 86 Kari Nissena Actor Transformation

ActorCEO 86 Kari Nissena Actor Transformation

In this episode Kari Nissena of Actor Transformation discusses the importance of spending time on the actor’s digital and social foot print. How can you make sure your spending your money and time in the right places and not opening yourself up to social media faux pas.  As we have discussed on the show before, now is the best time to take charge of your career because you as an individual have more reach than ever.

Episode 83 Ryan McCurdy Actor Musician

Episode 83 Ryan McCurdy Actor Musician

Ryan McCurdy is a New-York based Actor/Musician, Music Director, and Music Supervisor who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally at Rattlestick Playwrights, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and HERE amongst others. He is a twelve-instrument singer/songwriter and co-founder of the rock band Bonfire Falls.

ActorCEO 82 Lauren Sowa Don’t Wait to Create

ActorCEO 82 Lauren Sowa Don’t Wait to Create

In 2016, she and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. Well before the “inclusion rider” statement, Lauren and her company were working hard to ensure everyone with the skill was adequately represented above and below the line.

Episode 81: Alveraz Ricardez An Actor’s Journey Starting Later

Episode 81: Alveraz Ricardez An Actor’s Journey Starting Later

Alveraz Ricardez always had a passion for acting, but life tends to take many artists on detours. Having spent some time away from that passion and coming to the end of his work to obtain a law degree, Alveraz had just to take the bar exam to begin pursuing a career as an attorney at 43 years old. There was just this little voice inside that asked him to give his dream of acting one last chance before moving on. He listened.

Episode 80 A Whole New World

Episode 80 A Whole New World

The Actor CEO Podcast is now on Patreon.com. You can support the show you love made by actors for actors. Learn all about treating your career like a business with weekly interviews with industry pros.

Episode 79: Actors Fast Track with Valorie Hubbard

Episode 79: Actors Fast Track with Valorie Hubbard

Ep. 79 brings Actor’s Fast Track’s Vallorie Hubbard shared some amazing tips and actionable advice for any actor looking to commit full force. She’s got 30 years as an actress under her belt and has helped hundreds of actors refine their audition technique, business savvy, and creative planning to start BOOKING! http://actorceo.com/79

Episode 78: Jamie H Jung Acting Tips and Lessons from Across the Country

Episode 78: Jamie H Jung Acting Tips and Lessons from Across the Country

Jamie H Jung is an English-American actor. He pursued Performance Studies at Queen Mary College of the University of London and continued to train for 3 years at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. Don’t miss his feature film “Monday” which is part of the Rebel Without A Crew project screening at the SXSW Film Festival next month.

Episode 76: Voice Over Mastery with Tawny Platis

Episode 76: Voice Over Mastery with Tawny Platis

Tawny is a full time professional voice over talent/coach (with her editor and husband George), podcaster on The Dirty Bits Podcast on the Orbital Jigsaw Network, and marketing/business consultant in San Diego, California. During her senior year in high school, Tawny began the process of purchasing her first brick and mortar retail store. After selling the store to her management team in 2016, Tawny began her career as a voice over talent, having been a child actor in San Diego.

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.