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The Actors Lounge

By Melanie Victor
Welcome to The Actors Lounge Podcast, where actors share their stories including the challenges, successes and lessons learned along the way!
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Katt Arcos- Talent Manager Talks Best Ways Actors Can Position Themselves for Representation & Growth Within Their Careers
Katt Arcos is an Ecuadorian & Peruvian Talent Manager/Casting Director/Executive Producer born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. She has worked as a business analyst for Showtime and that's when she realized her love for the entertainment industry. In 2015 she opened Arcos Management, a full service talent management company started in Jersey City and has been a passionate Latina talent manager ever since then. Her mission has and will always be to represent the most diverse actors and provide them with the support, development and guidance they need in each step of their acting career. She pushes her clients to reach their goals and is dedicated to helping them push their career forward. Katt has helped her clients land huge bookings that they never believed they could. She also works as a Executive Producer and/or Casting Director for independent short films with production company, Witness Entertainment, and has been able to secure roles for her clients on films that are currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. She's all for actors creating their own content and building their own opportunities as well!
01:22:45
April 30, 2021
Taylor Lambert- Talks Aura Casting & How Actors Can Stand Out Virtually
In January of 2021, Taylor founded a virtual talent casting company called Aura Casting. Where once auditions were held in a studio, Taylor realized the enormous efficiency and convenience of auditioning from home due to the pandemic. When actors sign up on the website, they become eligible for Aura auditions as well as gain access to the growing community of talent, filmmakers, and local artists. Originally from Washington DC, Taylor took a spontaneous road trip out west to California in the summer of 2011, and never looked back! He began his career as a working actor in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. He was heavily involved in the community, co-founding a very popular actor meetup group called Coffee and Catchup in 2014.
38:20
April 26, 2021
Crystel Patterson- Talks Finding Her Passion Through Writing & Creating Her First Children’s Book
"Inspired To Be" children's book series  @inspiredtobe_cp  Crystel is a hardworking mother of two boys, a wife, an active member of her community, and a self-published children's book author. Her long lost love for writing re-emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, following the murder of George Floyd. in January 2021, She published her first children’s book titled, One Flip, Two Flip, Three Flip, Four, which is  part of her book series entitled "Inspired to Be". this book series is a direct outcome of a question her then 8-year old son asked her following the murder of George Floyd: “Why does the police keep killing black people?”. In that moment she wanted her son to know a different and better narrative. Her vision for the “Inspired to Be” book series came to her a few nights later while  reading a bedtime story to her two sons. They were so into the story, that she started to wonder how the story in that very moment was shaping their young minds. She started to think about how books help children to develop their own narratives and how important it is for children to see themselves in the characters, especially when the character is a positive one. So she decided to write stories inspired by the culture, experience, and dreams of Black people with the goal of using these stories to help change the narrative of black people in the minds of all children. She decided to write stories filled with inspiration from real people so that young readers can say, “if they did can do it, then so can I”.
01:03:26
April 19, 2021
Janette R. Smith- Talks the Power of Mindset & Operating In Purpose
Janette R. Smith is a compassionate and fiery personal coach, speaker, author, and changeagent, most sought after for being able to help clients "push past stuck." Janette has been honored to travel the world to interview, work with, and for some of the great change agents and thought leaders of our time, including Oprah, Zig Ziglar, TD Jakes, Iyanla Vanzant, Laurie Beth Jones, and John Maxwell. Janette' holds a Strategic Intervention Life Coaching Certification through Robbins - Madanes Training. She holds a second coaching certification through Harvard's EdX program, "The Immunity to Change." One of Janette's most powerful tools is her action journal, "From Dream to Reality: Navigating the Path to Your Life Purpose". Through this book and the eCourse by the same name, hundreds of people have been able to focus on their purpose, while creating a strategic plan to succeed. "The 21-Day Release Action Journal" is her other must-have book that walks women through the journey of healing and empowerment. This cancer ‘slayer’ as she calls herself, fervently supports messages of early detection. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. —rocking the Chucks and Pearls, and is the proud Fur Mama to Misa & Nahla her Shih Tzu and Bichon mixed babies.
46:43
March 29, 2021
Angelo Maldonado Jr- Talks Mental Health & Being The Change He Wants To See
Angelo Maldonado Jr. is a Brooklyn born Latino-American actor, rapper, singer & comedian. His multifaceted talents have been showcased in principal roles on platforms such as Viceland (Danny's House), MTV (Revenge Prank), NBC (Last Call with Carson Daly), & Caroline's to name a few. Angelo is also an improvisator, impersonator & his vocal ranges are Soprano, Alto & Bari-tenor. Angelo's ability to adapt to any creative environment whether on screen or on stage makes his versatility & talent hard to ignore.
49:48
March 26, 2021
Amy Lyndon- Celebrity Booking Coach Talks the Philosophy of Booking & the Lyndon Technique
Amy Lyndon has been entertaining the public since the age of 10. Having grown up in New Rochelle, New York, formal training was as easy as jumping on a train. At 16, Lyndon studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse (NYC) and went on to England to tackle the prestigious London Academy of Performing Arts. After earning her BFA from Syracuse University, she experienced intense drama training with Stella Adler and Harry Mastrogeorge and extensive comedy training with The Groundlings, CBS Comedy on The Lot, Int’l Blend Comedy Troupe with Rick Overton and The Comedy Store. Lyndon has over 100 IMDB Credits. She has 45+ films to her credit, some including: "The UnMiracle" with Stephen Baldwin, "And They're Off" with Sean Astin, "The Poughkeepsie Tapes" for MGM, "The House That Jack Built” with Joe Mantegna and 4 LionsGate Feature Films: "B.T.K,"  “Dracula's Guest," "Ed Gein: The Butcher Of Plainfield” and "Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck."  Lyndon also Starred in Chris Pratt's first film "Cursed Part 3," written & directed by Rae Dawn Chong. On Television, Lyndon Guest Starred in over 30+ television shows, some including: "NCIS," "Adopting Terror" for Lifetime, "Law and Order: Los Angeles," "Eagleheart," "Ugly Betty," "Entourage," "NYPD Blue" and "JAG." She was also Recurring in "Days of Our Lives," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "General Hospital," "Young and The Restless" and a Recurring Guest Lead in "Freddy's Nightmares." On stage, Lyndon's wacky performance as “Bobbi Michelle” in "Last of The Red Hot Lovers" at The Tiffany Theatre earned her a “Marquee Comedy Award” and critical acclaim starring as “Roberta” in “Danny And The Deep Blue Sea.” Additionally, Amy Lyndon is a Multi-Award Winning director, writer, producer. Her film "Odessa" starring the late Yolanda King (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Eldest Daughter) won “The Gold Plaque Jury’s Choice Award” at the TV/FEST Chicago International Television Competition, “The Diamond Halo Award” at the Angelciti International Film Festival, “Jury’s Choice Award” at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival and was honored to be chosen 15 times for Official Selections. She won the “Spirit of Moondance Award” for the Best Family Screenplay "Unleash My Heart" at the Moondance International Film Festival and she directed her first World Premiere Play "The Parasites," which was produced by The Met Theatre to sold out audiences. Lyndon also directed and produced "Award-Winning," which won “Best Comedy” at the G.I.A.A. Film Festival in NYC, “Audience Choice Award” at the Washougal International Film Festival and then received a “Directing Award” and an “Audience Choice Award” for the film "The Whiskey Girls" from The New York International Film Festival. Lyndon also wrote, directed and produced the Pilot sitcom "I Wanna Marry Larry," directed the films “Chloe’s Song,” “Dice,” “#Unfiltered” and “Faking Death.” “Love is a Tickle in the Heart” just won “Best Documentary Short” from Studio City International Film Festival and her award winning short “Odessa” is now being shopped to studios by a big time production company.
58:03
March 22, 2021
J Nycole Ralph- Talks Artist Entrepreneurship & Helping Actors Transition From Their 9 to 5
Meet J Nycole Ralph J Nycole Ralph IG As one of the top 2% of actors in the industry, J Nycole Ralph loves helping other artists and entrepreneurs make an impact in the world and get paid well to do it!  She was a full time teacher in the poorest district in the United States and was burnt out and started resenting going to work because it was not her actual dream.  She decided to change that, and she proudly boasts that she’s now a Broadway actor, an award-winning film producer, and a bad bitch entrepreneurial coach.  She loves to help boss divas do what she did and transition from their office job to making 6 figures or more as an artist-entrepreneur within 12 months, in an eye opening way without having to put in tons of hours of work. J Nycole has been living her dream of performing on Broadway and touring around the world for the past several years, telling the heartwarmingly impactful yet hilarious story, The Book of Mormon (written by Matt Stone & Trey Parker, writers of South Park), while also working on several star-studded, award-winning films alongside Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosario Dawson, and Yara Shahidi, just to name a few.  She has also created her own comedic series called Working Out the Kinks, streaming on Black Oak TV, that not only makes you laugh, but also uses hair as a vehicle to explore and educate on the differences between black and white culture.  Additionally, J Nycole is an executive producer on the American Black Film Festival feature film selection, Lola, the first African-American female boxing movie, starring Taja V. Simpson of The Bold and the Beautiful and Tyler Perry’s Boo 2. J Nycole is also a certified life coach and entrepreneurial coach with the world-renowned organization, Inner Access, as well as a contributing coach with the Forbes celebrated organization for actors, The Actor's Green Room. J Nycole's mission is to carry out the legacy of entertaining while empowering and educating- a legacy left to her by her mother and grandparents to whom she gives thanks and honor, for without them, she would not be the woman she is today.
52:17
March 19, 2021
Brian Confer- Founder of The Headshot Truck Talks Actor Headshots
EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE FOR THE ACTORS LOUNGE LISTENERS:  $100 unlimited looks package- ACTORSLOUNGE100 First month free off of the 'WORKING ACTOR' subscription package- ACTORSLOUNGEFIRST Click HERE to visit their website and book your session today!  Brian Confer, has been an actor for over 25 years, living in NYC and Chicago before moving to LA 16 years ago. In the last 6 years he has transitioned from being in front of the screen to behind it, by producing digital series and films. Most actors have day jobs, and Brian did sales and marketing for 10+ years before deciding to start his own company.  In 2014 he became a Co-Founder of The Headshot Truck, which is the first mobile photography studio in the country. The Headshot Truck was designed by actors, for actors and delivers high quality headshots at affordable prices. Over the years The Headshot Truck has developed relationships with amazing actors, agents, casting directors, and studios. Recently they started the first ever actor headshot subscription, which allows actors to shoot 6 looks per year for only $49 per month.
25:46
March 16, 2021
Steven St. Pierre- Talks Bringing Vulnerability To His Work, Filmmaking & Being A Resourceful Actor
Steven St. Pierre is a New York native; born to Haitian immigrant parents and raised in Queens. He began acting professionally in 2016 and has since appeared in over 20 film and TV productions, including Emmy Nominated web series Tough Love, HBO’s High Maintenance, and Discovery ID's The Perfect Murder. St. Pierre's upcoming projects are in the feature films The Pill as the lead and Serial Killerin Harlem in a supporting role.  His filmography also include credits as both a writer and director, most notably for his award winning short film Corey, now streaming on Amazon Prime. Corey written, directed, produced and starring St. Pierre, was screened in 20+ film festivals across the country and Canada. The film won 7 awards including 2 best short film wins.  Steven is an avid creative constantly producing new ways to tell stories and entertain an audience both with original drama and comedy content. St. Pierre created the mini-series Room for Rent, a 1 minute character based comedy series that premeired on BronxNet TV in September 2020. He is also a contributing writer at Monologuestogo.com where original monologues can be purchased by performers. Steven also wrote and performed on the inaugural season of the People's Improv Theatre house sketch team "Victory Cereal" for 2 seasons. He's directed the theatre's signature Saturday night show "Old School Sketch Show" held monthly at the PIT on several occasions. St. Pierre honed his comedic ability at the PIT and UCB.  Fun fact: He and Spike Lee share the same birthday and are die hard, suffering Knicks fan. 
01:24:59
March 9, 2021
Sean Perez- Talks The Power Of Branding & Helping Actors Get To Their Next Level
Sean Perez has been a Talent Agent since 2015. He has been a Talent Booker since 2013 starting in experiential marketing booking talent for corporate businesses & well known brands for events, activations & campaigns. ​Sean Perez has a wealth of experience being on both sides of the table as he is a performer as well as an agent. Sean has a BA Music (Music Theatre) from The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mackay - CQUniversity, Cert IV Music Theatre from The Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, NSW & a Cert II & III in Live Technical Theatre & Production. He is known for empowering his clients & other actors in the business that is Show Business which allows them to confidently pursue their dreams with the tools he has given them. He is also an acting coach where his actors have booked, been flown to LA for Pilot Season & callbacks for Networks TV Shows.
51:04
March 2, 2021
Kinnik Sky- Talks Creating Her Own Opportunities & Saying Yes To Yourself
Kinnik is a veteran of stage, television, and film. Originally from Columbia, SC, she spent 14 years honing her craft in Atlanta, GA working professionally in musical theater. She has performed in more than 30 stage plays over the past 20 years with major theatre credits including, “Dreamgirls,” “For Colored Girls,” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea's Class Reunion.” Finishing as a Top 13 Finalist in the hit show American Idol (Season 5), Kinnik then went on to win the Dreamgirls competition sponsored by the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and Blackweekly.com and was flown to Italy to perform. She also executive-produced, wrote, and hosted the celebrity and entertainment news web series, “Straight From the Sky” that can be seen on KinnikSky.com. Powerhouse directors and producers Tyler Perry, Robert Townsend, Will Packer, and Kenny Leon have cast Kinnik in their projects to utilize her vocal range and acting abilities, but Kinnik’s greatest theatrical achievement to date is writing, producing, and starring in the stage production, “Sunday Mourning” under her Dazzal Mi Entertainment production company (pronounced Dazzle Me), which won three NAACP Theater Awards. The play received a total of seven NAACP Theatre Award nominations, including her nomination for “Best Playwright” and her win for “Best Leading Female.” To date, her production company has received a total of 11 NAACP Theatre Award nominations and seven wins for its stage productions. In 2017, Kinnik launched Dazzal Mi Entertainment’s 501c3, Athletes and Entertainers For Change. AEFC’s first program offering is The Sky Academy designed to expose underserved youth in Los Angeles to jobs in theater and filmmaking, as well as arts and culture. In 2019, Kinnik Sky Films released its first short film, “PAWN,” which was written, directed, and produced by Kinnik, who also starred in the production. “PAWN” world premiered at the prestigious, Oscar-qualifying 2019 BronzeLens Film Festival where it was the official selection. The film has received multiple accolades, including being named the official winner of the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2019, the official selection of the Las Vegas Premiere Film Festival 2019, and the Top Shorts Film Festival 2019 Honorable Mention for Best Story. Kinnik continues to climb in notoriety, expanding into directing and coaching. In 2019, she was hired as the Dialogue Coach for the ABC hit comedy Mixed-ish. She is consistently referred to by writers and directors on the set of Mixed-ish as the “Youth Whisperer” due to her innate and invaluable talent for nurturing young actors in a way that empowers and excites them to give their best performances. In 2020 after watching her work, the show’s staff and crew began requesting that Kinnik privately coach their kids, which inspired her to launch Stars and Sky Private Coaching for actors. Kinnik is also the second Black female instructor ever to join the team at the highly prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in Los Angeles by personal invitation from founder Lee Strasberg’s son. The institute boasts A-list alumni including, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Shandra Wilson, Lady Gaga, and Matt Dillon. Currently, Kinnik Sky Films is in pre-production to turn her award-winning stage play Sunday Mourning into a feature film. Kinnik continues to break new ground and push barriers as an artist, and her motto guides her work: “Not even the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
44:10
February 22, 2021
Joseph Pearlman- Celebrity Acting Coach and Founder of Pearlman Acting Academy
Joseph Pearlman helps actors launch their careers faster, win series leads before they go to casting, and reach Oscar level performances on set. Pearlman Acting Academy (PAA), is based in Los Angeles with affiliates around the world, including New York City, London, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Tokyo. Voted “Best Acting Studio & Coach In L.A." PAA is Hollywood's most respected film and TV training studio offering the industry's most advanced private coaching and classes for beginners to celebrities. From Hollywood via Zoom to anywhere in the world. Some of Joseph's clients include: Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Reynolds, HBO, Amazon Studios, AMC, TED Talks, Iliza Shlesinger (NETFLIX, comedian), Sian Clifford (Emmy nominated for Fleabag), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones), Julian Sands, Alex MacNicoll (Transparent), Skylar Grey (5-time Grammy nominee), Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock), and many others. Joseph also coaches presenters for all the major award ceremonies, including the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, and Independent Spirit Awards. Joseph has been featured on: The Oscars, Coca-Cola.com, Emmys, AMC, Grammy Awards, Inc. Magazine, Backstage Magazine, SAG-AFTRA, among many others (see website below). You can also check out Joseph's Today Show Oscars feature video here: “Coaching Celebrities To Present At The Oscars.” Joseph is also a regular guest speaker and presenter at: TED Talks, SAG-AFTRA, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, McGill University’s International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) executive program, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), and many others. Sign up here to get Joseph’s FREE "Acting & Career Tips" delivered to your inbox. Email info@JosephPearlman.com to launch your career now from anywhere in the world and schedule a FREE audit via Zoom and meet our celebrity clients. SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE LINKS Website: http://www.josephpearlman.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josephpearlman/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephpearlman Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PearlmanActingAcademy/
55:36
February 15, 2021
William Jefferson, Jr- Talks Being Unapologetic And Fearless On This Creative Journey
William Jefferson Jr is an American Actor, Entrepreneur, and Creative Artist from the Southside of Chicago. Growing up in the Bronzeville area, His first gig was in the hit series "Juke A Chicago Story" as Albert on YouTube that has over 1million views. He attended a small Historical Black College in Fairfield, Alabama Thee Prestigious " Miles College " graduating with a BA in Communications studying Radio/TV/Film. After college He then continued his acting career moving back to his hometown in another web series titled "Tracey Story" as Matthew. Which hit over 200k views on YouTube He has collaborated with other Indie Filmmakers and has since directed and produced his own projects. He is set to star in several upcoming films, and projects under New Black Cinema Productions. He launched his business "The Actor Advisor" January 1st 2021 helping actors get signed with agencies and working on their careers.
48:27
February 10, 2021
Mike Dolphy- Talks The Actor Blueprint & Helping Other Actors Find Success In The Business
Mike Dolphy has been seen in numerous commercials worldwide. His commercial success opened new doors for him in television (Scandal, All-American, The Upshaws), film, hosting, and entrepreneurship.
01:21:60
February 7, 2021
Autumn Bailey Ford- Talks Filmmaking & Being A Producer For The People
An 11-year native of Atlanta with York, Pennsylvania origins, Autumn Bailey has been deemed as a results-driven and highly qualified entertainment executive specializing in independent film production and distribution. She completed her undergraduate studies in Mass Communication with a minor in Philosophy at Shaw University. Mrs. Bailey-Ford is the founder of Autumn Bailey Entertainment whose mission is to produce high quality feature films and television shows. She has worked on over three dozen independent film projects as a producer and has assisted numerous filmmakers secure film distribution for their projects. Autumn is also a member of the Producer Guild of America, Women in film Atlanta & Los Angels, Black Women in Film, SouthEast Emmys Member and one of the charter founding members of Real Divas Atlanta organization. When asked about her passions, she states “to help others, give back and connect individuals from various backgrounds and cultures to achieve a common goal in furthering their entertainment careers.” Mrs. Bailey has played a pivotal role in expanding awareness of the indie film community in Georgia. She founded the Georgia Entertainment Gala in 2013 attracting over 1800 people to the City of Atlanta annually to celebrate Georgia’s talent rise in film, television and film. Through this gala, Mrs. Bailey has garnered the support of numerous community leaders, brands and organizations. Currently, Mrs. Bailey is producing several film and television projects. She is a highly sought after indie producer with over 30 films under her belt both on the small and big screens. Of those films, she has received multiple accolades and won numerous awards. She has expanded her brand on the East and West Coast of the United States to further her reach in assisting indie film communities. Through hard work, faith, dedication and doing good business, Mrs. Bailey is certain to continue breaking through barriers within indie film communities across the U.S. Most recently, Mrs. Bailey has started a co-production company with Cameron Burnett (Son of acclaimed Hollywood Producer Mark Burnett) called Prominent Productions. Aside from being a producer, Mrs. Bailey’s commitment to community enrichment and charitable organizations is never ending. Through her Get Connected Atlanta monthly industry mixer established in 2011 created for the people by the people, Mrs. Bailey utilizes this established platform to donate proceeds to various social organizations across Georgia while providing a networking opportunity platform for novice and seasoned industry professionals. Her advice to young aspiring producers and professionals “Work hard, do business that uplifts others and show people that if they believe they can achieve anything they set their minds to accomplish.”
49:42
January 20, 2021
Numa Perrier- Talks Being A Powerhouse & Undeniable In Her Lane
NUMA PERRIER DIRECTOR, ACTOR,WRITER, PRODUCER Born in Haiti and raised in small town USA, Numa Perrier has emerged as an exciting multi hyphenate in the film/TV landscape.  Her early work includes starring in and writing the hit web series, The Couple, which scored a deal at HBO.  She co-founded the pioneering streaming platform Black&Sexy TV serving as a creator, director, and showrunner on over a dozen series including Roomieloverfriends (produced by Issa Rae) and Hello Cupid (co-created by Lena Waithe) She then moved on to her feature film directorial debut, Jezebel, which premiered at SXSW 2019 and is distributed on Netflix via Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing. Numa is the recipient of the Best Feature and Best Director Awards at the American Black Film Festival, is a Root100 alumni and is also counted as one of the all women directing team on Queen Sugar, helming an episode that trended nationally. In front of the camera Numa recurred as  guest star on Showtime's irreverent comedy SMILF in an critically acclaimed story arc about immigrants.  Numa is currently starring in the surreal thriller Fuzzyhead alongside Rain Phoenix, and is in development on numerous projects including TOXIC, an erotic thriller series, and her follow up feature, Blood Mother, via her boutique production arm House of Numa.
46:24
January 5, 2021
Denim Richards- Talks Mastering Your Mind & Unplugging From Distractions
Denim Richards has been performing for over two decades with 20+ musical theater productions as well as numerous TV and film credits under his belt. He can currently be seen in the series regular role of ‘Colby’ opposite Kevin Costner in the hit Paramount Network series "Yellowstone," currently airing Season Three. On the feature film front, Denim will next appear as ‘Jack Brown’ in “The Chickasaw Rancher,” which tells the remarkable story inspired by the life of renowned Chickasaw cattleman Montford T. Johnson. Denim also directed and co-wrote a short film called “The Zoo” – a dark, gritty WWII psychological thriller highlighting the black experience during the Holocaust, currently in post-production. Also on the writing front, Denim has released an inspirational self-help and wellness book called Mastering The Mind, currently available for purchase as an e-book. All proceeds from the book are going to Operation Underground Railroad, whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking, specifically child trafficking. In 2006, Denim took first place in acting and singing in the Los Angeles NAACP competition. He went on to take fourth in nationals.  For those who knew him well, the accolades came as no surprise.  Denim found his passion for the arts when he was just six years old while performing as a guest soloist at the world-renowned Crystal Cathedral.  Since then, he has never looked back.  Through his acting, Denim loves to guide audiences through a range of emotions that leave them feeling uplifted and inspired. He is often attracted to roles that require extreme character development and vocal ability. Denim has always had a burning desire to own and create, so in 2010, he established his own production company, Lazer Focus Productions, LLC (LFP).  LFP is a multi-ethnic company that takes pride in telling original stories of quality while providing opportunities for professionals in the entertainment industry.  Denim believes that there is amazing talent everywhere, and LFP is the platform that is needed to showcase that talent. Denim's brand is Love.  He believes that everyone should receive it, especially children.  Denim strongly believes that, "in this day in age where everyone is so busy, we have to remember that the youth are our future."  With this in mind, he launched Youth Empowering Success (YES).  YES is a nonprofit organization that focuses on giving youth a positive voice through the arts: singing, acting, dancing, public speaking and/or filmmaking.  In conjunction with his nonprofit, Denim also mentors third, fourth and fifth-grade children at MLK Elementary. Denim is also very active in many different charities such as United Steps, which addresses homelessness; RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network); Rowell's Foster Children's Positive Plan and the Innocent Justice Foundation. Denim hopes to continue being a positive role model and an inspiration of hope.
01:06:50
December 31, 2020
Asante Deshon- Talks Pursuing His Dream While Allowing His Faith To Lead Him
Asanté (which means "thank you" in the African language of Swahili) was born Asanté Deshon Parker, in the south side of Chicago, to Wendy and Derrick Parker, both former creatives. Asanté first showcased his acting capabilities at the age of five when his parents placed him in his school's Christmas production. Playing a minute role as one of the twelve mice, he believed he indeed caught his love for acting at that very moment. Growing up in the south of South of Chicago wasn't ideally the safest part of town, however, his parents made sure he was not stirred by his environments during his upbringing. Asanté’s parents tossed both him and his little sister Shanté into every extra curricular activity they could think of but nothing stood like his passion to bring joy to others. Starring in the hit television show “Chicago Fire” as Mikey on NBC, playing Dwayne in the feature film “Teacher” and so much more, he eventually went off to pursue what he knows is his purpose.
01:02:02
December 28, 2020
Jessica Obilom- Talks Her Powerful Film, "Trafficked" & Working On Projects That Challenge Her As An Artist
Jessica Obilom is a magnetic Nigerian-American actress and writer, and her star is quickly rising. She was born and raised in Austin, TX, but her love for her Nigerian culture is identifiable in some of her work as an actress, writer and philanthropist. Jessica has been acting since childhood, and one of her goals as an artist is to work on projects that make a difference not only in people, but in the world. She accomplishes that in her breakout lead role in the gripping feature film 'Trafficked', and the feature 'Beautifully Broken'. Jessica had transformational roles in these projects, and they both received theatrical releases. She can currently be seen playing Katrina in the UMC series 'Stuck With You'. Other recent credits include the Lifetime movie 'Christmas Harmony' and the spicy webseries 'Stepford Sidechix', which was Pre-Nominated for the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards.
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December 27, 2020
Lenny Thomas- Talks Booking Ruthless From A Self Tape, The Grind & Hustle Of The Journey & Paying It Forward
Born and raised in New York City, Lenny attended Midtown West School, a performance and art based elementary school in Manhattan however, acting didn’t become an interest of his until a few years later when he took an improv class as a high school elective. Eventually, Lenny began taking liberal arts classes and joined Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater which he says, “shot him out of the cannon”. In 2016, after spending many years studying his craft under James Brill and performing in local theater, Lenny signed with an agent and landed his television role as a Costar in USA’s Falling Water just a month later. Lenny has since gone on to book several television and film projects including: The Breaks (VH1), I Am Homicide (Investigation Discovery), The Blacklist (NBC), The Things In Between, and The Dark Room (shorts), to name a few. To date, booking Ruthless is one of Lenny’s most rewarding moments as an actor as it was done entirely through self-tape. The whole experience was a whirlwind and adrenaline rush as he booked the role on a Thursday, had his bags packed and headed to Atlanta on Sunday and was shooting by the following Wednesday. Lenny’s favorite part of playing the menacing character is having the opportunity to tell the story of someone who had the opportunity to redeem themselves, but instead chose not to and is now paying the price. Lenny also stars in the comedy short, Puppet Seizure, as well as the independent thriller, Blood Conscious, both set to be released this year. In his free time, Lenny enjoys sharpening his cinematography skills and creating fun, engaging content with fellow actors and friends. He leans to video games and yoga to clear his mind and is in the process of developing and recording his first motivational podcast. Lenny currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
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December 26, 2020
Erica Hubbard- Talks Longevity, Not Slowing Down & Taking Full Control Of Her Career
Erica Hubbard started her career in 1988 doing voice-overs and starring in commercials such as: McDonald's, MCI, Reebok and Sears. She has worked in many markets, including Chicago, New York and California. Ms. Hubbard has performed in feature films distributed by Paramount, 20th Century Fox and TSIBILI Pictures. She has starred in television shows on various networks such as: CBS, NBC, MTV and the WB. In addition, she has graced the pages of many popular magazines, including Seventeen, Honey, Ebony and YM (as the Noxzema Girl). Erica attended Columbia College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in three years. After graduating, Erica already had her own television show on WPWR, a UPN affiliate in Chicago. Before Erica's third season was aired, she received a Regional Emmy and earned a Service To America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. This was a result of hosting the children/teen show: Up'N Running (1997). Erica's dynamic resume includes credits such as Save the Last Dance (2001), A Cinderella Story (2004), Light It Up (1999) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) (a New York Times Best Selling Novel). Erica just wrapped Akeelah and the Bee (2006) for Lions Gate Films. Erica is working as a Regular on the series, Lincoln Heights (2006), on ABC Family Channel and Erica's animated series, The Replacements (2006), is airing now on Disney. As a unionized actress, she knows how important it is to be affiliated with organizations in her profession. Furthermore, she is a proud member of NATAS, IFP/West, AFI and WIF, and successfully continues her career, coast to coast.
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December 24, 2020
Brett Dismuke- Talks The New Normal of Production & Being Flexible In This Business
Before returning to UMC to helm the subscription service of UMC, , Brett Dismuke maintained his own entertainment outfit, So Chi Entertainment as well as served as President/COO of The Swirl Group, President of Moguldom Entertainment, and previously as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Urban Programming for RLJ Entertainment's One Village studio. Brett has over 25 years of marketing, production, sales and branding experience. Through partnership with Swirl Films in 2014, Dismuke formed The Swirl Group. Through the power of their collaboration, the company established itself as the leading urban independent production company in North America, with over 80 productions in their catalog. This multi- hyphenate outfit was devoted to offering high-quality production value at lower costs, including production of independent features and multi-camera content, casting, budget creation, scheduling, post-production, talent relations and distribution. With the solid foundation, So Chi Entertainment continued the legacy, priding itself on developing the highest quality productions, developing the most interesting content and acquiring the best product available within its genre. In addition to locating and securing new content, Dismuke oversaw strategic planning, financial management, brand-building and product lines for So Chi Entertainment. Over the last few years, he has acquired and/or produced several films; including notables such as 35 & Ticking, a theatrical comedy starring Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Nicole Ari Parker; What My Husband Doesn't Know, a musical stage play written and directed by David E. Talbert and starring Morris Chestnut, Michelle Williams and Tiffany Haddish; and Back to the Goode Life, a critically-acclaimed, comedy, starring Kyla Pratt, London Brown, Lahmard Tate and Kelly Jenrette. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Brett Dismuke worked for Motown, PolyGram Group Distribution, Universal Music and Video Distribution, Hollywood Records, UrbanWorks Entertainment, First Look Studios and Image Entertainment. His list of projects supervised includes Jay-Z, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige, Mike Epps, The Cosby Show and Ultimate Fighting Championship; as well as numerous award-winning independent films. Brett is a Chicago native and currently lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys time as an empty- nester, while his son is attending college on the East Coast.
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August 10, 2020
Cara Chute Rosenbaum- Casting Director Gives Insight Into The Casting Process & Gives Advice To Actors In Regards To COVID-19
CARA CHUTE ROSENBAUM, CSA is a Casting Director based in Los Angeles, CA. Notable feature credits include JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL and STUBER, and television credits include THE MINDY PROJECT, THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, and THE LEAGUE. She and Erica Bream are the Casting Directors for the main stage productions at THE BLANK THEATRE in Hollywood, including The Blank’s prestigious Annual Young Playwrights Festival for which they were awarded the 2018 Artios Award for Outstanding Casting for Los Angeles Theatre. Cara is a proud member of the Casting Society of America, a mama, and an aquarium lover. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ccrcasting Website: ccrcasting.com
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August 3, 2020
Kron Moore- Talks Her Lead Role On Tyler Perry's, The Oval and Growth & Patience As An Actor
KRON MOORE is known for bringing dynamic female characters to life, showcasing her ability to illuminate their strong inner compass, unshakeable drive and sheer determination.  She has proven to be a juggernaut performer who dominates any stage and captures the hearts of her audiences. It is this dedication that makes Kron one the industry's newest well respected and revered actors by fans and peers alike. Each Wednesday night, she brings to life the First Lady of the United States Victoria Franklin (one of primetime most talked about villains who trends social media for days) in the hit Tyler Perry/BET’s #1 rated series THE OVAL. The dramatic series captures the volatile relationship between the President, First lady, and First children, as they navigate their new life in the White House. Touted as the show’s “breakout star,” the unapologetic FLOTUS continues gaining national prominence for her devilish ways and being a strong-willed ambitious woman with a master plan. Her character has been compared to Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope, and Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating and others.   The Oval returns on BET May 6th. Next, Moore will recur as Dr. Chapel in STARGIRL based on the DC Comics superhero Stargirl created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, that is set to premiere in May 2020 on DC Universe and The CW. No stranger to performing, Moore has been entertaining since her youth.  As a vocalist, her voice can be heard on several albums and has been part of various singing groups.  The Detroit native boasts a host of television credits including  OWN’s David Makes Man as Grace, Amazon Prime’s THEM as Nadine Sims, as well as OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots,  TLC’s Too Close to Home, ID TV’s Swamp Murders, Detroit 1-8-7, among others. Film credits include starring as Linney in the Sundance Film Festival official selection and Alec Baldwin executive produced BEAST BEAST, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Into the Storm, Mosquito-Man to name a few.  Moore also boasts a storied career in theatre with credits including "Ain't Misbehavin', "Triumph and Tragedy- The Life of Sam," "Little Shop of Horrors" and has a number of television commercials, industrial projects and voice-overs under her belt. Committed to using her visibility and influence in positive ways, Moore remains an advocate for wellness, mental health, anti-bullying, women empowerment and education. Moore is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in Psychology. She also studied Film, Television and Radio Broadcasting at Specs Howard School of Media Arts ranking second in her graduating class. Kron currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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July 24, 2020
David Alan Madrick- Talks Manifesting HIs Life & Career Through The Power Of Belief & Active Faith
David Alan Madrick is an award winning American actor, model and writer from Queens, New York City. He attended SUNY Oneonta to pursue a career in Social work, but fell in love with the many facets of the creative world. While professionally modeling, he studied under Geoffrey Owens and James Franco. David later on work with Franco on two projects; Pretenders and High School Lovers. He is best known for his role as Dr. Collins on Blackish (2019). David currently plays Jay in Tyler Perry's new show Ruthless on BET+ and has recently signed with  NEXT Models LA.
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July 21, 2020
Brandee Evans- Star of P-Valley on Starz Talks About The New Show & Her Exciting Role
Memphis native Brandee Evans is a former high-school English teacher who wrote her resignation letter to the school board while on vacation in Los Angeles. Determined to live her dream, she has graced the stage all over the world as a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2010, Evans created a series of dance classes for women focusing on improving confidence, building strength, finding "sexy" and having fun. She encouraged dancers of all experience and ability levels to take the class in a fierce pair of pumps. Her classes grew quickly in popularity, and she has gone on to teach sessions in Los Angeles, Memphis, Georgia, Vegas, Japan and the U.K. She was featured in the Oprah Winfrey Network television special "Dance Crash," which focuses on bringing together a group of girls through tough love and sisterhood.
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July 13, 2020
Kristian Diaz- Talks Writing, Directing & Starring In His New Film, Retrocausality
Kristian Diaz, released his debut feature film, Retrocausality, on June 26th on Amazon Prime. Retrocausality by definition is the idea that the future can influence the present and the present can influence the past. The quirky and cleverly narrated indie takes place at the beginning of a global pandemic and follows Scott, a 22-year-old blockbuster actor as he navigates dealing with his mom who is infected with a strange new virus, and finding a mystery woman, Max, who he has a strange, powerful connection with-- before it's too late. Diaz wrote, directed and stars in the film, which has been a passion project of his for many years as it was the first screenplay he wrote, many years ago. The story was inspired by a real life event, when the Canadian native was walking around Toronto with his headphones on and stopped dead in his tracks to listen to a young woman perform on the street. He felt so drawn to her, almost like he had known her before, and that was the first spark of an idea that lead to the film. Retrocausality will premiere and be available for streaming on Amazon June 26th. 
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July 10, 2020
Carl Seaton- Talks Directing & His Love For Filmmaking
Carl Seaton, born in Chicago, grew up with a strong affinity for movies and television shows. The meteoric rise of the VCR turned his affinity for movies in to a full-blown addiction. Carl’s addiction led him to Columbia College Film School where he studied the crafts of Directing and Screenwriting. The creative environment at Columbia allowed Carl to flourish where he graduated with Honors. Carl’s first feature film, One Week, was a drama about a heterosexual man that has to wait a week for the results of an HIV test as he prepares for his wedding. The ultra-low budget filmscreened all over the world in prestigious festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival, and Fespaco. One Week also garnered awards at several film festivals including the American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld, and the Chicago International Film Festival. Following the success of One Week, Carl co-wrote a screenplay, Step In The Name Of Love, that was acquired by MGM. In 2016, Carl premiered his latest film, a Movie of the Week for the TvOne Network, Bad Dad Rehab, starring Malik Yoba, the film is about four men that go to a rehab program that helps them become better fathers. The film garnered Carl a NAACP Image Award nomination. Carl’s career in episodic directing began when he was hired by John Singleton to direct two episodes of the TV show Rebel. Since then, Carl has gone on to direct a wide range of shows like The CW’s, The Originals, Batowman, Dynasty, and Supergirl, Dick Wolf’s Chicago PD, Fire, Med, and FBI, the CBS drama Bull, and Showtime’s The Chi. In February, Carl was nominated for a NAACP Image award for his work on directing the show , Snowfall, created by his mentor, the late John Singleton. Carl is currently gearing up to direct more shows  in this next era of filmmaking - post pandemic, while developing a miniseries that will be based in Chicago.
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July 8, 2020
Todd Anthony- Talks Knowing Yourself & Allowing Gods Light To Shine Through You
Todd Anthony is an artist with purpose. This actor, writer, producer and singer is one of the brightest rising artists in entertainment. The light that shines within him transcends into his art on screen and stage. He truly believes the Nelson Mandela quote that “when you let your light shine, you unconsciously give others the right to do so” in life as well as his work.
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July 6, 2020
Carrie Bernans- Actor, Professional Stunt Woman, Pro-Athlete & Producer; Successfully Wearing Multiple Hats & Being A Jack Of All Trades
Carrie Bernans was born in Richmond, VA with the magical enthusiasm and talents she is known for. Change became an early yet conquerable constant for her as a little girl. She grew up with a single-parent mother and an early nomadic lifestyle. From her birthplace to Panama, Central America, back to Richmond to Memphis, TN, and to the townships along the Eastern and Southern U.S. coast. These childhood experiences reflexively prepared Carrie for extensive independent traveling and coaching abroad in Shanghai, China, Paris, France, London, England, and Berlin, Germany. Carrie always loved performing from plays at church and school to dance competitions to putting on a living room show for her family to impersonating people she watched on, entertaining was her thing. Maximizing the ABCs of Life at Full Flame, Carrie Bernans is “D” EFG. To clarify, Defining Emmy-Excellence as a Futuristic-Global force, a captivating role model, and philanthropist! Having thought of herself as the black girl, James Bond, and after years of studying Theater, Economics, and International dealings in college, Carrie performed in plays, dance recitals, Fortune 500 internships, and competed in track and field. Even as a high school student, Carrie networked and trained with real investment bankers and accountants. Her mentors do Merger & Acquisition simulations on the Vanderbilt, Emory, and Columbia University campuses. She went on to run track at her Alma Mater, the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Home away from home for her. She is the featured alumnae in the May 2018 University of Memphis Magazine. However, once facing a serious running injury, Carrie decided to leave the plans for the Olympics behind. She left the track and took off studying and coaching around the world for about one and a half years. Her focus was/is the passion for solving youth homelessness, reading and financial literacy, and communication/self-esteem building among youth. Carrie’s works including her as a model have been published in magazines. In over 40+ publications, including FastCompany, and Marvel Universe, featured her in their articles.
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June 24, 2020
Trey Haley- President of Tri Destined Studios Talks Changing The Perception Of The World Through Film & TV
Trey Haley is President and Partner at Tri Destined Studios where he is responsible for the implementation of productions and events. He is also tasked with overseeing the company’s in-house production service division, Tri Destined VIP, as well as developing diverse venture collaborations and strategic alliances based on shared vision, values and goals. With its motto of “Destined to Change the Perception of the World,” Tri Destined Studios continues to create a successful blueprint for independent studios in realizing its mission to be the number one brand in urban entertainment, production and distribution. Trey was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He attended the University of North Texas and majored in Radio, Television and Film. After relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television, Trey was mentored by some of the top music video directors in the industry. He was also fortunate to have further honed his production skills at several leading television and film production companies including Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment. A passionate filmmaker with a diverse breadth and sensibility, Trey has directed a variety of genres and has multiple projects scheduled for release. He is a Producer of the compelling documentary “Black Gold,” which examines the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide gold, precious stone market and its effects on Sierra Leone. The “Preacher’s Son,” starring Christian Keyes, Drew Sidora, Valarie Pettiford, Clifton Powell, Kellita Smith and Vanessa Bell Calloway, premiered on Netflix and made its television world debut on BET in 2017. Other projects released in the fall of 2018 included the mystery/thriller “Woman on the Edge,” starring Rumer Willis and “A Mother’s Sacrifice,” starring Kristy Swanson which has already aired on the top networks in France, Spain, and South America and Mexico. His drama/thriller “The Man in 3B,” starring Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, DB Woodside, Robert Ri’chard, Brely Evans, and Billy Dee Williams, had a limited theatrical release in 2015 and is still experiencing a successful run on BET and Netflix. It ranked as one of the top films aired on BET in 2016. Trey was also behind the lens for the indie action/thriller “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” starring and “The Choir Director,” (sequel to “The Preacher’s Son). “The Man in 3B,” “The Preacher’s Son,” “The Choir Director,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” are also based on novels by New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and produced by Tri Destined Studios.
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June 18, 2020
Erica S. Bream- Talks The Casting Process, How To Stand Out During An Audition & What Makes A Great Self-Tape
Over the course of her career, Casting Director Erica S. Bream (CSA) has had the opportunity to work on a myriad of projects across all platforms. A few of these titles include TV series such as ALTERED CARBON, COLONY, WORKAHOLICS, HOUSE OF LIES, CRIMINAL MINDS, and the upcoming TELL ME YOUR SECRETS, PANDORA as well as numerous TV pilots and miniseries, including Hulu’s 11.22.63, and FULL CIRCLE from DirecTV. She has worked on several feature films including STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS and many indie films, such as the John Legend-produced BREAKING THROUGH. Bream has also worked extensively in the internet and short film worlds, most recently casting award-winning AFI short, RITA MAHTOUBIAN IS NOT A TERRORIST as well as PINKY for Refinery29. She has also ventured back to her first love, theatre, working closely with THE BLANK THEATRE COMPANY and IAMA THEATRE COMPANY in Los Angeles on many main-stage plays, as well as eleven years casting The Blank's prestigious YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL Bream is an Artios Award winner (Casting Society of America) and nine-time nominee for her work in theatre, television and short films.
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June 17, 2020
Valeka Jessica- Talks Booking The Room And Being Unapologetic In The Audition Room
Emerging Actress Valeka Jessica is creating her own content and building a lane of her own. From her one woman show I'm A Motherfucking Superstar: So Where Are My Babies? that hilariously tackles infertility in the black community, being an acting professor and teaching the next generation of actors how to soar and create their own content, to her starring in plays and movies at the top theatres and film festivals across the world. Valeka is redefining what being a self-producing actress in the 21 century entails.
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June 16, 2020
Kelsey Scott- Talks Being A Working Actor And Maintaining Career Longevity
Two-time Emmy-nominated actress and screenwriter Kelsey Scott began her career in the theatre scene of her hometown of Atlanta. Best known for her role as Anne Northup in the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and her two-season arc as Wes Gibbins’ mother, Rose, on How to Get Away With Murder, her credits also include: Insecure, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, True Detective, and Army Wives. She is a 2019 Daytime Emmy nominee for her Guest Star role on Giants. And in 2017, she received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for her leading role on Fear the Walking Dead: Passage. On stage, Kelsey originated the role of Ann Madison in Pearl Cleage's political romance, "What I Learned in Paris". Additional stage credits showcase her work as a vocalist - with productions like "Once On This Island", "Little Shop of Horrors", "The Wiz" and a touring company of "Dreamgirls". Kelsey penned the Sony Pictures thrillers Motives and Motives 2: Retribution. She consults for studio and private clients, and continues to write commissioned scripts - in addition to shepherding her slate of original projects. Her popular screenwriting seminars are offered to the public and to educational communities. And she sits on the Dean's Alumni Council of the Florida State U. 
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June 12, 2020
Ashleigh Morghan- Talks Shifting Her Mentality To Operate Her Acting Career As A Business & Becoming More Marketable
Ashleigh Morghan is an Akron, Ohio native. She is an award-winning Actress, a Writer, a TV Personality, and Host on a mission to not only entertain, but to create a positive change within her community. Throughout her creative career, she has had the opportunity to act in lead roles in various films like the Netflix horror “Head Count”, which she won an award from the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Since then you can also has see her in HBO’s “Native Son”, CBS’s The Neighborhood, Hulu's Veronica Mars FX’s Snowfall and on an upcoming episode of “Kidding” where she plays opposite Jim Carrey. She is looking forward to her recurring role on Tyler Perry’s new show Ruthless. In addition to acting, Ashleigh enjoys giving back to the cancer society, inspiring others, playing music, writing and nerding out on video games.
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May 29, 2020
Carole Jefferson- Talks Balancing Her Career As A Prosecutor While Also Pursuing Her Acting Career
Carole is a former television news reporter turned prosecutor and now a SAG-AFTRA professional actress who recently relocated to Los Angeles from Northern California. As a television news reporter, Carole covered crime, politics, breaking new stories and entertainment.  Over the years, Carole was fortunate to interview many inspiring individuals including former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, gymnast Bart Conner, country singer Leann Rimes and R&B legend Patti LaBelle. Carole also covered the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards show as a news reporter for KTNV-TV, ABC in Las Vegas. Of course, Carole covered a lot snowstorms as a rookie reporter at WOWT-NBC in the midwest as well.  As an actress, Carole played the lead role of "Pecola" in the highly successful production of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" at Celebration Arts Theatre. The Bluest Eye was named one of the best stage productions of the year. Since that time, Carole played roles in several films and commercials, including a featured role in a national commercial. In addition to journalism, her legal career and acting, Carole has been active in a number of civic organizations over the years, including the Nebraska AIDS Project, Omaha Girls Club, The Clark County Stay In School Program and the San Francisco Black Coalition on HIV & AIDS. While attending law school Carole served as a student teacher and a mock trial coach. Carole is also deeply committed to transforming the lives of children in the foster care system and her faith. And did Carole mention she loves to travel? Carole has never traveled to a country she didn't enjoy. Approximately 15 and counting...... :)
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May 26, 2020
Rachael Grace- Talks How She Went From A Featured Background Role To Eventually Booking A Recurring Role On Black-ish
Rachael Grace, began her journey a little out of order, but in Hollywood there are no rules. Though still a new face, the Los Angeles native describes her journey thus far as being quite seamless and has the strong attitude of “what’s for me will be for me”; so there is no failure, only feedback. She got her SAG eligibility just a month and a half after stepping foot on a set, and was offered her first co-star role on a big hit show, without ever dipping her toe into an acting class nor with any representation at the time. The re-discovery of her deep love for acting that she first noticed at age 14, finally catapulted her into making the big switch from continuing a career path in the oncology or veterinary field that supplemented her Bachelor’s degree in Health-Sciences. From that moment, Rachael feverishly dedicated all of her time attending acting classes in LA, including flying to New York and London for short courses, got herself inducted into drama school, and simultaneously getting her Masters Degree in Business, all while observing and learning the industry by working crew jobs on set. Rachael landed her manager in October whom she views as a force to be reckoned with, and despite the COVID-19 epidemic, describes her first pilot season as a great experience. Additionally, currently certifying as a life coach specializing in conscious relationship and mind power, Rachael is a huge believer in moving smart and meticulous rather than fast and sporadic; quality over quantity. It’s important to know who you are and where you’re headed in your career, and to do so consciously.
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May 22, 2020
Wendy Alane Wright- Talks Hollywood Winners Circle Academy & Helping Actors Succeed In The Industry
Wendy is a former Hollywood Talent Manager and the Founder of Hollywood Winners Circle Academy, the #1 online Business training for Actors. She coaches tens of thousands of actors around the world through her popular You Tube Channel “Secrets of A Hollywood Talent Manager” (80,000 subscribers and 4 Million views) as well as her Facebook group Talent Managers For Actors. (62,000 subscribers) Wendy is the author of 7 books, a writer for Backstage.com, is regularly a guest on Industry podcasts, Magazines and has appeared with Oprah Winfrey talking about the Law Of Attraction. As a Talent Manager Wendy’s clients have worked on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Sharp Objects” “My Haunted House,” and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Universal Studios, Hot Wheels, and many more. Wendy has created a proven strategy that can be replicated by actors. She tours the world teaching her process at private acting studios and Universities. Today her successful strategy has converted her Coaching Clients into Network Series Regulars, Guest Stars, Co-Stars, Supporting and Lead Actors in Feature Films. “An actor can build a successful acting career if they have the right information, talent, belief in themselves and the support and guidance of an experienced professional. I am extremely passionate about helping new actors get started in show business. So if you have the dream to be on the big screen… I am devoted to providing you the information necessary to make it happen!”
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May 20, 2020
Presilah Nunez- Talks The Evolution Of Her Auditioning Process & The Importance Of Being A Well Rounded Person In Order To Bring Depth To Your Characters
Born in Salem, Massachusetts to Dominican parents, Presilah Nunez is an actress/ singer by day and pseudo Instastory chef by night. Presilah started performing at a very young age and at 18 years old she deferred her college plans of studying forensic psychology to take a leap of faith in becoming a “real life” performer in NYC. Within a year she was cast in an in- ternational production of "Fame: The Musical" that toured mainland China for a few months and a production of "Grease" that played in Istanbul, Turkey. Upon her return to the states, Presilah was cast in the national tour of "In The Heights”, the Tony Award winning musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, in which she was blessed to play her dream role, “Vanessa”. After completing that tour, she moved to LA where she’s now resided for nearly a decade (but she’ll always be an east-coaster at heart). /a few of her TV credits include: NCIS, MacGyver, Hawaii 5-O, Designated Survivor, Dear White People and she also played the role of “Erica” in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” for several sea- sons. Aside from being a professional storyteller, Presilah enjoys learning Italian, binge watch- ing British crime dramas, and promoting her passion for childhood literacy by being a faithful volunteer at Reading to Kids- a grassroots organization that is dedicated to inspiring under- served children in the LA community with a love of reading.
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May 18, 2020
Yvonne Senat Jones- How She Went From A Recurring Guest Star To A Series Regular Role In Tyler Perry's New Spinoff Show, "Ruthless"
YVONNE SENAT JONES left a great impression on Director Tyler Perry with her performance as recurring guest star Tally in The Oval.  So much so, that when he created a spinoff series, he made her  a series regular.  Yvonne is currently appearing as Tally in Tyler Perry’s Ruthless on BET Plus. Her last project, The Bobby Brown Story won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding TV Movie this April. Yvonne played the Supporting Role of "Robyn Crawford", best friend to Whitney Houston.  Emmy-Winning Casting Director Robi Reed stated, "Yvonne embodied the role of Robyn!"  ​Yvonne also appeared on FOX this Spring as "Osaia", an Amazonian Alien, in "THE ORVILLE" opposite Seth MacFarlane.  She has also appeared in Code Black opposite Boris Kodjoe and S.W.A.T. opposite Shemar Moore. ​ Yvonne has been directed by Academy Award Winning Director Dianne Houston in the Lifetime film "Searching for Neverland: The Michael Jackson Story" and her short film "Iman & The Light Warriors" was a selection in the HollyShorts Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina. Yvonne Senat Jones is Bolivian-Haitian and speaks Spanish fluently. When she's not acting, she teaches Theatre Arts at Discovery Charter Prep Highschool. She does this through the nonprofit group City Hearts; an organization which brings the arts to schools that wouldn't normally be able to fund an arts program.
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May 15, 2020
Andrea Myles- Talks Booking Her First Recurring Role On "Queen Sugar" After 7 Years Of Consistently Pursuing Her Dream
Andrea J. Myles was born on November 23rd in Jackson, Mississippi. As a child, Andrea was always the fun one, dressing up in costumes, playing different characters and making up accents and changing her voice. Andrea knew at a young age that she wanted to be an entertainer. Whenever there was a talent show at school or a chance to audition for a play, she was there. Her very first play she was in was “Amelia Bedilia” at her elementary school. The first time she stepped foot on that stage and saw all those eyes fixated on her, she knew at that moment, this is where she was supposed to be. Being born and raised in Mississippi where there weren't many opportunities for entertainment, Andrea knew that she would have to move to a bigger city because she had big dreams. Andrea moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2013 to pursue her acting career seriously. In 2014 she began learning her craft and taking beginners acting classes at Premiere Actor’s Network. From there she started to book and star in some local plays, independent films and webseries. Andrea continued to further her education and continued dedicating countless hours and tears to her craft over the next few years. In 2018, Andrea landed her first ever role on network television recurring on OWN’s “Queen Sugar” playing Rhonda Richards, the sweet and sometimes sassy employee at Vi’s Prized Pies ; and she can currently be seen on Seasons 3 and 4 of the award winning show. Andrea’s huge personality, sense of humor and infectious smile has won over many people and will continue to take her far in this industry. She is so tenacious and works very hard for what she loves and believes in and she’s the type of person that never stops learning. Andrea is working towards longevity in her acting career and she plans to be around for a very long time.
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May 11, 2020
Brely Evans- Stops By To Talk About Her New Class, "Acting Class: What They Didn't Tell You"
Are you bored in the house or are you in the house bored?❗️ • Well you don’t have to be anymore because..... if you’re an actor you should be preparing to be on the TV screen, the movie screen or in a stage play on Broadway to get you ready we’ve created the acting class that tells you everything you wouldnt learn in a traditional acting class❗️ • *SPECIAL QUARANTINE PRICE OF ONLY $47* (Limited Seating) • You’re going to experience insider information from actors who are doing what you love. We will be revealing secrets to prepare you for the first day you walk on set, to things you never realized when you've already booked the job. This virtual class is for the beginner, for the seasoned actor and the parent of a young actor who needs to know more.  • Hosted by @BrelyEvans• A New Special Guest will be joining her each week while they take you on their journeys behind the scenes. • MASTER CLASS COMING SOON‼️ There will be a range of actors you love,  acting coaches,  casting directors, producers and directors who will pour into you so your are MORE THAN READY to SHINE!!! Sign up now! Your Dreams are waiting on you!
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May 8, 2020
Christina Elmore- Talks The Casting Process For Her Role As Condola On HBO's Insecure & Never Feeling A Sense Of Rejection When She Doesn't Book A Role
Christina Elmore is a film, televison and theater performer living and working in Los Angeles. With an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater, Christina has performed roles across all genres. After five seasons as a series regular on TNT's hit series, The Last Ship, she now stars as Marie in Lena Waithe's newest scripted series, Twenties, on BET. She has a recurring role as Condola on HBO's Insecure and can be seen in Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station, Lady Bouncer on HBO and the CBS pilot, Under the Bridge. Her favorite roles in the theater include Juliet at Los Angeles Shakespeare Company and Monique in the world premiere of Adam Rapp's "The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois" at South Coast Rep. She is repped by SDB Partners.
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May 6, 2020
Fernlea Crump-Murchison- Playwright & Founder of A Sound Vision, Inc, Talks About Her Journey Along With Years Of Writing & Producing Faith Based Stage Plays
A Sound Vision, Inc. (ASV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Sacramento, CA, servicing the greater Sacramento area. Founded in 2008, its mission is to provide hope and motivation through inspirational based stage plays, in a family friendly environment. The organizational goals are to provide theatrical training, and exposure to under privileged children and at risk youth. Every year, ASV holds auditions for its upcoming plays. Those chosen are given an opportunity to participate in the art of theater in all its parts. For example, participants may act, direct, sing, dance, design, manage, build, and provide crew support on our productions as part of their training. It is important for a participant to learn what is involved in creating a role, working in an ensemble, making the space of the theater come alive with a design, and learning how to communicate, and be clear about ideas and the basic needs for a production. With a solid grounding in fundamental theater practices, participants begin their journey to find their unique voice while building their confidence, public speaking and reading skills. The opportunity to perform and understudy in ASV’s professional productions is invaluable, although these opportunities will vary widely from season to season. Participants may also perform in staged readings or workshops of new scripts being developed by playwright Fernlea Murchison's unique perspective on theater. The impact theater can have on the community is important; hence, ASV's unwavering dedication is to provide high quality - low cost entertainment for Sacramento working families
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May 4, 2020
Paula Bryant-Ellis- Talks About Her New Powerful Series, Behind Her Faith & Staying True To Her Vision
Paula Bryant-Ellis is a Los Angeles-based film director and producer. Prior to returning to the entertainment industry, where she started her career as an accountant in television, she held multiple leadership roles in banking and finance; including Chief Operating Officer. She’s studied filmmaking and producing at the New York Film Academy in New York and Los Angeles. She’s a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, she holds MBA from University of Phoenix and a BA in Accounting from Concordia University. She’s a wife (married 37 years), mother and entrepreneur and she understands the challenges women face today with relationships, families and careers. Through her blog “Mary Esther Ruth” she shares inspirational and motivational tools and resources, and life stories about her relationship with Christ. Although the purpose walk she faces today may be different from what Mary, Esther and Ruth faced in their time, she understands that the responsibility to God’s calling and purpose for her life is still the same. Her vision is to empower Christian women as they make choices that will impact generations to come; just like Mary, Esther and Ruth.
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April 29, 2020
Audrey Harris- Talks Her Plans To Merge Faith And Hollywood & Gives Some Real Advice To Actors Looking To Make That Move To L.A.
I am a working actress, singer and motivational speaker whose blessed to be doing what I love and changing lives in the process. I was raised as an only child on the South Side of Chicago and learned at an early age that I had a knack for the performing arts and helping my community.      My first television appearance was as a solo vocalist on the nationally syndicated competition show "Showtime at the Apollo". I was a junior at Hampton Univeristy and was majoring in 'Theatre Arts'. Shortly after graduation, I garnered a small role on HBO's hit series "Six Feet Under". However, my first break came in 2007 when I landed the lead role of Renee Devereaux in the hit stage play "The Bachelorette Party" written by Don B. Welch and in association with Will Smith. The play was nominated for a NAACP theatre award and toured nationally for over 2 years. The show was reprised this past year by the fans with most of the original cast in tow. A plan for a "Bachelorette Party" movie is in talks. I have also been blessed to book roles that I am proud of and that hopefully incite change in our community. Several critically acclaimed films and television roles include "Courage", the "Whitney Houston miniseries" for the Reelz channel where I star as Whitney Houston, Netflix "Drug Lords", "Dear Vivian", and "Just a Phase".      My big break, however, came when I booked the official role of Billie Holiday. Booking the role of 'Lady Day' for Hologram USA was a dream come true! That whole year changed my life. A year before I booked the role, God also decided to send me back to school where I enrolled fulltime in Loyola Marymount Universities 'Pastoral Theology' program. I have been busy, booked and blessed ever since!      Playing the role of Billie Holiday has been the role of a lifetime. Paying homage to one of my vocal idols was an amazing experience. I perform all the icons greatest hits with a full live band and dancers. Produced by the estate of Billie Holiday and Hologram USA, this one of a kind 3D concert has received amazing reviews and  become one of Hollywood's "must see" tourist attractions on the Walk of Fame.       I have always been very active in my church and community. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but my one constant has been my relationship with God. This industry can be difficult to navigate if one is not centered and vertically aligned. I have delt with depression, rejection, and loss. I try and teach when I speak on the importance of prayer, following your dreams, and giving back to ones community. I look forward to every opportunity God gives me to share my giftings, shine my light, and to make the world an even better place.
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April 27, 2020
Samah Damanhoori- Talks Her Animated Short Film, Madina Paper (Paper City) & Being A Saudi Women's Rights Activist Fighting Against Her Country's Male Guardianship Rules
Hi, my name is Samah Damanhoori. I came to the U.S in 2014 from Saudi Arabia on a Saudi scholarship to study at Notre Dame de Namur, Belmont, CA. I was doing great at school when, in 2016, without warning Mahram (male-guardian) decided to cancel my scholarship and ordered me under threats of violence, to return home.  My new friends, the Bay Area provided me with housing, food, a car, boxing classes, and paid off my university tuition. They also hired a lawyer, and I was granted asylum in 2018. With much gratitude, I was able to complete my Master's in creative writing in 2017. Now, I am working on this beautiful animated short film, as well as a VR project "Souvenir," about my experience. These days I also work as a producer at Apple. I produced an HBO documentary highlighting two Saudi women escaping from Turkey in 2019. I was part of the Freedom Drive campaign that won the right to travel for Saudi women. I am actively speaking at public events, educating young students about women’s lives in the Middle East, where male guardians make life decisions over women.
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April 26, 2020
Allyse Gibson- Talks Transitioning From Her 9 to 5, Creating Her Own Content & Taking Her Career Into Her Own Hands
Allyse is a singer and actor from South Florida. With many years of professional cheer and dance experience, Allyse is a high-energy performer and enjoys connecting with fans live on stage. She is known for her petite stature, animated performance and multi-talents. Her style ranges from flowy R&B, to up-tempo Pop and catchy Hip Hop. Allyse released two pop singles (on all major music apps) with accompanying music videos in 2019. Her first official EP is in post production and the first single from the project is set for release in early 2020. After creating her own web series The Ally Show, Allyse fell in love with tv production and on camera process and began pursing acting seriously. She studied Meisner technique at Playhouse West, commercial acting at Carolyne Barry and scene study at Keep It Real acting studios. Allyse has co-stared in the web series The Office Bully (set to reboot in 2020), recently completed a supporting role in the short film The Move On and booked roles in two upcoming films. Allyse's type is college co-ed, cheerleader, vixen and best friend. She also aims to play characters that allow her to utilize her singing and dance talent. Allyse's multi-talents, professionalism and determination aid in her journey to become a successful recording artist and TV/Film actor.
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April 20, 2020
Shana Solomon- Talks Her New Book, "The Actor's Hustle" & Teaching Actors How To Take Their Careers To The Next Level
Shana Solomon is one of the industries leading career coaches for actors. She uses a culturally responsive approach in coaching beginning, intermediate and experienced actors on how to become working actors on television and in film. Shana is an award winning actor with almost 15 years of experience on network television, major streaming platforms and films such as STARZ' 'POWER', NBC's 'Law & Order', 'New Amsterdam' and 'Shades of Blue' where shana had a recurring role for 2 seasons, BET +'s, 'First Wives Club', HBO's 'Divorce' and the 'The Deuce' and oscar nominated comedic film 'The Big Sick' as well as many more. Shana Solomon has established herself as a thought leader, producer and trusted voice in the Sag-Aftra, acting and NYC Theater communities. Shana also created, wrote, produced and starred in her one-woman show, 'The Closet B.I.T.C.H.' (Bold Individual who Thinks Confidently of Herself) where she plays 19 characters and has performed the show 52 times off broadway and 46 of those shows were sold out. Shana along with director, William Alexander Runnels, created The Closet B.I.T.C.H. web series, which can be found on YouTube. Shana is not only best known for her character acting but she's also known for helping actors maximize their full potential by giving them the inspiration, tools, steps and resources needed to accomplish their goals and show them how to become consistently working actors. Her new book “The Actor’s Hustle: A step by step guide to getting your foot in the door in TV & Film and how to make money with your craft”, is currently an amazon best seller and is helping actors not only start their joinery in the industry but it literally takes them by the hand and shows actors at just about every level how they can take their careers to the next level by booking supporting, leading, co-star, guest starring, recurring and series regular roles.
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April 17, 2020
Charmin Lee- Talks Maintaining Success In The Business For Over 30 Years & Her Online Masterclass, Book IT- Audition Technique- The Secrets
CHARMIN LEE, Creator/Executive Producer "Bread and buttered" in Denver Colorado, Charmin Lee is most known for her role as "Maya’s mom, Jeanette," on ABC’s Girlfriends. Since then her career has continued to soar with big screen credits like Just Mercy, What Men Want, Alvin and the Chipmunks (road trip), Honey, Rise Up & Dance... Ms. Lee’s television credits include, Westworld, The Resident, Homeland, Doom Patrol, Paradise Lost, The Inspectors, Outcast, Tales, Being Mary Jane, Greenleaf, Vampire Diaries, The Quad, Sleepy Hollow, Bones, Nashville & The Game to name a few. When Charmin is not on camera she is eagerly helping others realize their dreams. As a result, she is a sought after acting coach with clients around the world. Her favorite quote is, “great people make other people great!” What started as instruction has blossomed also into production. Thus, the birth of Total Package Entertainment (TPE), where Ms. Lee leads a team of amazing people who make it possible for TPE to produce everything from demo reels, music videos, commercials & feature films to 30 minute or one hour television pilots. More than anything Ms. Lee loves her family and inner circle, who keep her grounded and encouraged! She says, "My family is a major source of my joy!" To Quote Billy Dee (from the movie Mahogany), “Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with!" Online Masterclass- Book IT- Audition Technique- The Secrets  https://www.udemy.com/course/book-it-audition-technique-the-secrets/
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April 13, 2020
Angela White- Talks Her Powerful Film, A Question Of Faith, New Book & Online School For Actors
Whereas many influencers and icons in Hollywood seek to gain a greater following nationwide, her purpose is so much bigger. For film producer, author and motivational speaker, Angela White, it’s not about the lights and cameras. It’s about the legacy she will leave to her heirs and those who will come behind her in the entertainment industry. Featured on Fox News, Sirius XM Radio, TBN, and ABC News, to name a few, Angela has served as a trailblazer and mentor for thousands in the media and entertainment world—positioning them to better understand show business and, ultimately, earn more income. Although Angela holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, she chose the road less traveled. Even after obtaining a Juris Doctorate degree from the New York Law School, instead of becoming the go-to lawyer, she became the go-to manager for comedians and comedic actors, such as JB Smoove, in Hollywood. However, it’s her professional and educational background that positions her to translate the entertainment industry in a practical, sensible way—benefitting her clientele firsthand. Her jumpstart to producing and managing comedy shows led her to become the series creator and executive producer of The Comedy Underground Series, which was one of the first original comedy stand-up shows from RLJ Entertainment (the company owned by BET founder Bob Johnson and AMC Networks), now known as the Urban Movie Channel. In addition to founding Silver Lining Entertainment, a family-owned multimedia entertainment company based in Los Angeles, California, Angela also founded Backstage Pass to the Movie Industry, an educational platform for those who wish to gain more knowledge in arts, entertainment, and media. Most recently, she launched Dreamers with Purpose, a non-profit organization that assists people of color, women, and those who are financially disadvantaged with dream and purpose fulfillment. Having been poured into professionally and personally by industry professionals and leaders, Angela is intentional about paying it forward in her day-to-day work. As the first African American woman to produce and own a production company that released a theatrically faith-based film, entitled A Question of Faith, featuring Kim Fields and Richard T. Jones, Angela continues to open doors of opportunity for people of all backgrounds and walks of life through her work. Transitioning from talent management to production, Angela serves as a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and her films have showcased some of today’s top Hollywood talent, including 4Play, featuring Tiffany Haddish; The Last Letter, starring Omari Hardwick; The Sin Seer, starring Isaiah Washington and Salli Richardson; and My Favorite Five, starring Brian White and Jay Ellis, among others. Her work can also be seen on the TV series, Pump, which features Ray J and Michael Jai White and the TV series, Laugh Tonight with Damon Williams that will premiere on UrbanFlix TV in 2020—further positioning Angela as a force to be reckoned with onscreen and offscreen. On the heels of making other’s dreams come true, Angela has now taken a leap of faith by entering the world of screenplay writing and directing with her directorial debut Transgress, and Hands Up.  As she further explores the world of writing and directing, Angela is ecstatic about crafting new multi-cultural stories and leaving an impact on this nation that cannot be erased.
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April 10, 2020
Damien D. Smith- Talks Creating Opportunities, Making A Name For Himself & Making An Impact Through His Art
Actor and filmmaker Damien D. Smith is a lifelong storyteller. With more than 15 years of experience in theatre, television, and film, Smith is driven by both a responsibility to shed light on injustice and oppression and a deep-rooted passion for community, faith, and social activism. This empathy was sparked and fostered by his grandmother, who raised him in St. Louis, Missouri. Because of her influence, a message of acceptance and love to humanity is central to his work. Damien uses art as a tool to address sexism, racism, and bigotry and to shed light on the issues that affect communities that are historically underserved and undervalued. He explores themes such as mental illness, sexual abuse, and environmental racism in his work with the goal of engaging audiences in meaningful discussions on the subject matter. In addition to pursuing these themes in his work in theatre, film, and television, Damien lives these values through volunteer work and activism with a host of nonprofits across the country. His work in the community focuses on exposing young people and people of color to the arts, including work with Boys and Men of Color, teaching Film and Social Activism at California You Think. Smith’s stage and television credits include the NAACP Theater Award-winning production of “12x9,” and most recently the television series “Snowfall” on Fx Networks and “The Purge”on USA networks. His directorial debut short narrative film entitled ABOUT THAT..., a powerful look at love through the eyes of a mentally disturbed young man won the Arts with Impact film Award. Smith’s last short film Daddy’s Big Girl won the Gentleman Jack Daniel’s Reel to Real Filmmaker of the Year Awards. Smith resides in Los Angeles, where he is currently working on pre-production for his film feature film “The V (Victory High) ” and in pre-launch of his feature documentary film “Target: St. Louis, Vol. 1.” That focuses on Post WW2 the government conducting secret chemical test on poor of St. Louis Mo.
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April 9, 2020
Louis Stancil- Talks Coaching Actors & Cultivating The Artist Gifts
Acting Coach, Louis Stancil, saw the need to help talent better understand the entertainment industry. Through his talkback platform and with the help of top industry professionals, he has helped elevate the careers of  countless talent across the country. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Louis Stancil is creating a buzz for himself in the entertainment industry! In 2013, Louis opened his Talent Training Service Center in 5 major markets across the country, including NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Chicago. In 2016, Louis was named one of the top 5 training service providers by the Hollywood Reporter. He began his career as an actor, then worked as a talent scout for a well-known talent agency before transitioning to casting, directing, and producing on various projects. Most recently, Louis coached Meek Mill in Overbrook & Sony's highly anticipated film Charm City Kings, a Netflix adaptation film. Louis was the Casting Director for a Pilot Presentation executively produced by Lil Rel Howery (Get Out). Louis Stancil is the CEO of LS Studios Atlanta, LS Studios Los Angeles and is a Celebrity Acting Coach.
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April 7, 2020
Linara Washington- Talks Taking Her MCAT Money To Buy Headshots & Eventually Pursuing Her Dreams Of Becoming An Actor
Linara Washington was born in the little town of Beaufort, SC to a beautiful Brazilian woman and an American son of a preacher man. Her mother spoke no English at the time, which has given Linara the added benefit of being fluent in Portuguese. She attended the prestigious University of Chicago where she started her courses as a Pre-med Biology major. But, as with all things that are meant to be, she soon found herself participating in the campus’s theater productions and eventually took her MCAT money and purchased headshots, and did not tell her parents until graduation day that she was going to pursue acting. Linara’s gutsy move proved to be the right one; she has had the pleasure of working at a number of Chicago’s most acclaimed theaters including The Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Northlight, and the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens. She has appeared in over 50 commercials nationally and internationally. A supporting role as Keisha, the cute and sassy receptionist in Barbershop 2 motivated her move to Los Angeles where she immediately landed recurring roles on American Dreams and E.R. Linara has since guest starred on hit shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Madame Secretary, NCIS, Station 19, Code Black, CSI, The Defenders, Touch, Ghost Whisperer, and many others. Feature film credits include working with Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and acclaimed director Marc Forster on Stranger Than Fiction, and performing opposite Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in Killing Them Softly. She also starred in the award winning, Kings of the Evening with Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, and Tyson Beckford. Linara is currently working on Casting The Net, an original series for a new streaming service due to debut in November. When she’s not on set, Linara enjoys spending time with her 5 year old daughter, director/writer/producer husband Andrew P. Jones, and their two crazy cats.
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April 6, 2020
Sheila Jaye- Talks Transitioning From The Atlanta Market To Los Angeles & How Actors Can Best Prepare
Sheila Jaye is a trained actress for film and television, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Originally being born in Flint, MI, she spent a great deal of her childhood being raised in Atlanta, GA. It was there where she discovered, and honed her craft, by performing plays at the Southside Theatre Guild. It was there where she also discovered her knack for writing and producing, by co-producing her first stage play. Eventually Sheila became a graduate of Georgia State University, receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Film and Video Production, with a concentration in Theatre. In addition, she studied with notable acting coaches throughout the Atlanta area: Kristen Shaw( B4H, Kristen Shaw Acting Studio),  Lalanya Masters(Alchemy of Acting), BJ Winfrey(Creative Studios of Atlanta), and etc. Sheila has a intriguing and intense personality, and can attribute growing up in Atlanta, for her southern charm. She has gone on to be apart of various film, and theatre projects, having supporting and lead roles. Most notably, she can thank her training techniques she pocketed, from the well know Robey Theatre Company, in DTLA. It helped her get casted, and film for the supporting role of Aya, in the afro-futuristic film, Mino. Mino was written and directed by Ashunda Norris. This film is currently screening at film festivals. In the southeast, (Afrikana Independent Film Festival) and the midwest (Gary International Black Film Festival). Sheila is also super excited to have written and produced her Sag-Aftra indie project called, Jane and Marlow. The pilot is due to be released before the end of the year, and is also currently working with her writing team, to write the full episodes for the first season.
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April 4, 2020
Terrence Terrell- Emmy Award Winning Actor Talks His Journey Of Faith, Focus & Freedom And How It Led To His Ultimate Success
Daytime Emmy Winning Actor, Terrence Terrell was raised in the small town of Cleveland, Mississippi. He displayed an affinity for entertainment at a young age. As a child, he would entertain anyone who would watch and listen. The 80's hit "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown was one of the first songs he sang, danced and even performed to. "I don't know what it was but there was something about it that made me just want to move" recalls Terrell. Throughout his teenage years, he was bullied, but coped by turning the negativity into humor. As an adult, Terrell moved out of Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a dream of acting and writing. Terrence Terrell is a well established actor known for his roles in shows like "Criminal Minds", "Modern Family" and "Giants" to name a few. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed books "BLACKY" and "THE SHES"...and the empire keeps growing!
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March 30, 2020
Lena Anthony- A Soul Inspired Conversation With The Creator & Host Of Soulful Sundaze
Drive, passion and beauty is personified within Lena Anthony. This Philadelphia Native has taken the Los Angeles acting scene by storm since her emergence a few years ago. As a young girl, Anthony knew she would be successful. She’s a Penn State graduate, communications and theatre major. Anthony has starred in several Independent films and TV shows. Her latest film project ”All In” will be in theatres late 2019. Anthony has spent the last two years building as a writer/producer. With much new content in her portfolio, Anthony presents SOULFUL SUNDAZE and 3SOME as her entrance into modern television as a triple threat actress, writer and producer. Lena Anthony studies at Identity School of Acting. According to deadline the #1 school in LA that emerge from the UK. She will be making history as the first class to graduate this year. John Boyega, Letitia Wright & Damson Idris among patrons of the new LA drama school. IG: @lenaanthony_
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March 27, 2020
Tray Chaney- Talks About His Start From HBO's The Wire To Saints & Sinners And How Content Creation Has Been The Key To His Continued Success
Tray Chaney (Saints And Sinners, The Wire) , a multitalented artist/entertainer who first began performing at the age of 8 as a rapper/dancer, is best known for his role as “Poot” on HBO’s original hit series The Wire. He made his first film appearance in 2003’s Head of Statewith Chris Rock and Bernie Mac, followed by roles in The Salon(co-starring Vivica A. Fox) and Streets(co-starring rapper/actor Meek Mill). Tray later had the opportunity to star in rap artist Bow Wow's chart-topping video “My Baby,”featuring the multi-platinum R&B group Jagged Edge. In 2006, Tray debuted as an author with the release of aninspirational autobiography entitled The Truth You Can’t beTray. And in 2017, he starred in and produced the movie love story 6 Hearts 1 Beat which landed a distribution deal with PUREFLIX . Tray's latest creative venture entails stepping into the world of music as a writer, producer, and rapper. His original song “Self Made Star” is featured in the film Jamesy Boy,which he also stars in alongside Ving Rhames, James Woods, and Mary-Louise Parker. Most recently in 2016-current Tray landed a series regular role on Bounce TV original series Saints & Sinners as the character "KENDRICK" filming in atlanta ga. Tray, a Maryland native, uses every minute to hone his talents as he continues to innovate and entertain.
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March 23, 2020
Nadia Flamenco- Talks Commitment, Balance & Stopping At Nothing To Acheive Success
Nadia Flamenco is an actress, producer and filmmaker known for Good For One Free Hug (2018), Millennial Dating and K.C. (2018). She talks about how she got her start at 4 years old in El Salvador to eventually moving to the United States and reinventing herself and career. Check out her story.  
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March 16, 2020
Judi Johnson- Co-Host Of Soulful Sundaze Talks Faith, Confidence & Passion vs Purpose
Judi Johnson discovered her love for entertainment as a young girl in Jamaica. Watching her eldest sister compete in the “Miss Jamaica” pageant ignited in her a passion for the runway, inspiring her to emulate the glamour models she saw onscreen and in magazines. At the age of 14, the still-shy Judi received the opportunity to become what she revered with her first modeling job. Gaining confidence with each gig, Judi’s modeling career reached a new peak when she was featured as a “Rising Jamaican Model” in The Caribbean Magazine. Shyness all but vanished; Judi turned her attention to acting, beginning lessons to immerse herself in developing her craft. Since then, she has worked in several Film and Television productions. Landing role on BET’s T'he Game', CW’s 'Vampire Diaries', MTV’s 'Single Ladies' and supporting roles in original TV Movies such as 'Hear No Evil', 'My Other Mother', 'Lyfe’s Journey' and 'My First Love', all airing on various Networks. By her persistence and determination to be successful, Judi landed her first and second Feature Film as the leading lady in 'What Love Will Make You Do' alongside Darrin Henson and 'Last Night' alongside Danny Gavigan. Johnson worked hand-in-hand with Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett-Smith in Magic Mike XXL and later as Faun in Tyler Perry's 'If Loving You is Wrong' on OWN. In addition to a thriving acting career, with her husband, Pierre Johnson, they own OakTree Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based multifaceted production company dedicated to developing creative content, producing independent and studio films. They strive to create thoughtful, intelligent and unique entertainment. Of all of her accomplishments, Judi insist that motivating others to live their dreams is the most rewarding element of her journey. She believes we are all connected and continues to live her dreams as she reminds others to “Live Alive”.
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March 13, 2020
Kiah Alexandria Clingman- How She Booked Her First SAG Role On Undercover Brother 2 From A Table Read
Kiah Alexandria Clingman is an actress and producer from Cincinnati, OH. A 2015 summa cum laude graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., she received a degree in Communications with emphasis on Advertising and a minor in Theatre Arts and History. During her time in undergrad, she had the opportunity to study theatre in London, England and was selected to play Laura in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Her love for acting took her to New York where she studied at the Maggie Flannigan Conservatory Studio. She has also studied with Sara Mornell, Matt Stanton from Dad’s Garage, and Catherine Dyer from Drama Inc. Kiah is well-known for her supporting role in Black Lightning and will be seen in Undercover Brother 2 premiering later this year. She played the lead role, Chanel, in Black & Sexy TV’s series, Doing It Wrong, which premiered on Black & Sexy TV’s paid subscription service as a part of their HBCU initiative. Not only does Kiah thrive in front of the camera and stage, she loves working behind-the-scenes.  Her production company, KiahCan Productions LLC, was founded in 2018 and with it, she has produced and cast for 7 short films, 1 pilot, 2 webseries and 1 music video. She is currently producing and has a lead role, CAMI, in the newest web series Outlandish. She also is the lead, OLIVIA, in the web series, Thick Skin. The series she is producing now, Outlandish, has over 250k views on YouTube and is steadily growing. She is currently working hard to prepare for a successful Season 2. Having worked at FOX Sports, HBO, Viacom (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike & Logo), and Weber Shandwick, she has acquired a vast array of skills that have prepared her to take on the entertainment industry. She is working hard to combine her writing, performing, and speaking abilities in preparation for a successful career in film and television.
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January 29, 2020
Erman Baradi- Top Networker In Hollywood Talks Creating His Own Lane & The Power Of Networking
Erman Baradi is a blossoming filmmaker and screenwriter from Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 2012, he received a Bachelor of Communication & Arts in Cinema-Television at Regent University. His first gig in the entertainment industry was working with No Malice of Grammy-nominated rap duo The Clipse. He would then intern at Jimmy Miller's Mosaic Media Group. In 2016 at just 26, he was featured in The Huffington Post as "a top networker in Hollywood" due to his extensive background in producing film, television, and music panel and Q&A events which has taken place in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, and Virginia Beach, with more major cities to be announced soon. Erman would produce events under different incarnations such as MixKnowledgy, but would eventually co-found The Film Empire, that, in addition to events, offers a series of film and screenwriting mentorship initiatives featuring notable names in film and television production, writing, and representation. Erman's passions as a storyteller include bridging entertainment and humanitarian efforts, in addition to being a voice for Asian Americans in cinema. In 2018, Erman launched Ermantourage for film, television, and music events and initiatives that spotlight and give back to special causes, such as mental health/suicide prevention endeavors, cancer prevention, and children's art programs, all the while connecting people. Erman is managed by Emagine Content and strives to write, produce, and direct original content.
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January 14, 2020
Maria Tornberg- Headshot Photographer Talks About What It Takes To Get A Great Headshot
Maria Tornberg is a former international fashion model and actress. Born and raised in Sweden, she has lived and worked in Paris, Milan, Barcelona and New York. Most well known for her roles in the comedies “Super Troopers” and “Two and a Half Men”, Maria has now become one of the most successful photographers in Los Angeles. She has been sought out by actors such as Danny Trejo (Sons of Anarchy), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing), Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan) as well as other celebrities such as Matt Barnes (Memphis Grizzlies) and international author Salman Rushdie. Beyond her passion for photography, Maria’s industry knowledge and experience as talent give her unique perspective on how actors and models can prepare for shoots, distinguish their own individual brand within a competitive industry and take their careers to the next level.
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January 9, 2020