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Rob Melrose on the Joys and Challenges of Directing and Producing Regional Theater

Rob Melrose on the Joys and Challenges of Directing and Producing Regional Theater

In a recent opinion piece for The Daily Iowan, a vital point was made about the importance of regional theater. It said “not every production is ultra famous, boasting popular actors in leading rules.

48 mins
Jul 15
FINAL FIVE with Aaron Ronnie Almani, Actor and Producer

FINAL FIVE with Aaron Ronnie Almani, Actor and Producer

Last week you heard from actor and producer Aaron Ronnie Almani as he shared his creative journey from New York to Isreal and back again. We discussed audition challenges and even personal tragedies he witnessed in Isreal.

15 mins
Jul 8
Aaron Ronnie Almani Discovers Life Lessons from Being an Actor and Growing Up in Isreal

Aaron Ronnie Almani Discovers Life Lessons from Being an Actor and Growing Up in Isreal

The art of theater and acting is a cornerstone of cultures globally, serving as a powerful medium for storytelling, expression, and communal reflection. It allows societies to explore and challenge social norms, convey historical and contemporary narratives, and foster a shared cultural identity through performances that resonate with audiences.

36 mins
Jul 2
FINAL FIVE with Schele Williams, Director of The Wiz and The Notebook Musicals

FINAL FIVE with Schele Williams, Director of The Wiz and The Notebook Musicals

In the previous episode you heard from theater director Schele Williams as she shared her journey from actress to director. We discussed her work in two of this season’s most highly anticipated Broadway shows: The Wiz and The Notebook.

12 mins
Jun 24
Schele Williams Is the First Black Woman to Direct a Broadway Musical in 40+ Years

Schele Williams Is the First Black Woman to Direct a Broadway Musical in 40+ Years

The 2024 Tony Awards were certainly a night to remember, celebrating a very full Broadway season filled with remarkable performances and groundbreaking productions. Yet amidst the accolades and celebrations, some highly anticipated shows were left without a single nomination.

50 mins
Jun 17
Kelvin Moon Loh Brings Otho to Life in Beetlejuice on Broadway (REWIND)

Kelvin Moon Loh Brings Otho to Life in Beetlejuice on Broadway (REWIND)

As I leave New York City to join the North American Tour of Beetlejuice (to play the role of Otho and understudy Charles and Maxie) I wanted to share a special rewind episode of my memorable conversation with Kelvin Moon Loh from 2019, the original Otho on Broadway and a wonderful friend, who was an invaluable resource during my auditions for the show.

1 h 3 mins
Jun 3
FINAL FIVE with Conor Tague from How to Dance in Ohio

FINAL FIVE with Conor Tague from How to Dance in Ohio

In the previous episode you heard from Conor Tague, one of the stars from the Broadway musical How to Dance in Ohio. He shared his experiences in that history-making production as well as the struggles he faced early on as an actor, both at school and in the audition room.

9 mins
May 27
Conor Tague Is an EPIC Performer Who Learns How to Dance in Ohio

Conor Tague Is an EPIC Performer Who Learns How to Dance in Ohio

Every Broadway season, one of the most heated discussions about the Tony Awards centers the snubs—those notable shows that didn’t get any nominations. This year they include musicals like The Wiz, Harmony, and The Heart of Rock and Roll.

45 mins
May 20
FINAL FIVE with Des McAnuff, Broadway Theater Director

FINAL FIVE with Des McAnuff, Broadway Theater Director

Last week you heard from theater director Des McAnuff as he shared his experiences with three of his biggest shows, Tommy, Jersey Boys, and Big River. We discussed his approach to each of these unique musicals.

17 mins
May 13
Des McAnuff Offers a Candid Discussion on the First Revival of TOMMY and Other Musicals

Des McAnuff Offers a Candid Discussion on the First Revival of TOMMY and Other Musicals

The Who's Tommy is back on Broadway for its first revival, 30 years after the original production. And directing this revival is the original director from that first Broadway run, Des McAnuff.

49 mins
May 6
FINAL FIVE with Jack Viertel, Theater Producer and Historian

FINAL FIVE with Jack Viertel, Theater Producer and Historian

In the previous episode, you heard theater producer and historian Jack Viertel share stories of how his talents and interests weren’t in acting, his interactions with playwrights like Lanford Wilson, and the process of adapting a novel into a musical.

18 mins
Apr 29
Jack Viertel and the Secret Life of the American Musical

Jack Viertel and the Secret Life of the American Musical

Jack Viertel has the kind of knowledge I wish I had about Broadway history, having studied the various journeys of great shows for his book The Secret Life of the American Musical, but he’s also worked with playwrights like August Wilson and Tony Kushner.

41 mins
Apr 22
Kerry Sandell & Marci Duncan Explore the Dissonance in Race Relations

Kerry Sandell & Marci Duncan Explore the Dissonance in Race Relations

Theater can serve as a powerful platform for difficult discussions, especially offering a space for nuanced exploration of racial dynamics. It allows audiences to empathize with characters from diverse backgrounds, challenging preconceptions and fostering dialogue.

1 h 2 mins
Apr 8
Sara Gettelfinger Shares Her Long and Struggling Journey Back to Broadway

Sara Gettelfinger Shares Her Long and Struggling Journey Back to Broadway

Sara Gettelfinger's Broadway debut came in 2000 with the musical Seussical. And she worked steadily on Broadway through the years until she and I met and worked together on The Addams Family national tour in 2011.

55 mins
Mar 25
Gabrielle Ruiz Discusses THE ADDAMS FAMILY National Tour and Female Representation in the Arts (REWIND)

Gabrielle Ruiz Discusses THE ADDAMS FAMILY National Tour and Female Representation in the Arts (REWIND)

As we talked about in Part One, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is what put Gabrielle Ruiz on the map. However, it was her theater training and performance abilities that made it possible for her to be cast in the show.

40 mins
Mar 18
FINAL FIVE with Ann Harada, Broadway Actress and Singer

FINAL FIVE with Ann Harada, Broadway Actress and Singer

In the previous episode, you heard actress and singer Ann Harada share her stories of grinding it out as an Asian actress trying to fit in with what she thought casting directors wanted but then discovered her superpower as an artist, being herself.

23 mins
Mar 11
Ann Harada Learns That Her Greatest Asset as an Actor Is Being Herself

Ann Harada Learns That Her Greatest Asset as an Actor Is Being Herself

Ann Harada will be the first to tell you that finding happiness and satisfaction in the acting business didn’t come quickly or easily for her. In fact, her first Broadway credit came as a production assistant, not as an actor. She followed that up with ensemble roles in M.

33 mins
Mar 4
FINAL FIVE with Lydia-Renee Darling, Actress and Producer

FINAL FIVE with Lydia-Renee Darling, Actress and Producer

Last week you heard actress, writer, and entrepreneur Lydia-Renee Darling share her stories of growing up in an immigrant household and then her own experiences of living and working in other countries as an artist.

13 mins
Feb 26
Lydia-Renee Darling Embraces Change and Learns to Become a Better Artist

Lydia-Renee Darling Embraces Change and Learns to Become a Better Artist

Lydia-Renee Darling is the very definition of a well rounded, multi hyphenate artist. She got her BFA in musical theater from Webster University in St. Louis and a Masters in writing for stage and broadcast media from the Royal Central School in London.

39 mins
Feb 19
Steve Cuden (Part 2) Discovers His Talent for Animation Writing & The Art of StoryBeats

Steve Cuden (Part 2) Discovers His Talent for Animation Writing & The Art of StoryBeats

As an actor I fully appreciate and recognize that I couldn’t do what I do without a writer doing what they do. Their words and characters are the basis for any work I’ve had in theater, television, or film.

51 mins
Feb 12
Steve Cuden (Part 1) Leaving the Jekyll & Hyde He Helped Create

Steve Cuden (Part 1) Leaving the Jekyll & Hyde He Helped Create

For the first guest of this season, I’m talking with writer Steve Cuden, who was a part of a musical and its beginning stages, but was eventually replaced right before it began to take off and become the hugely iconic Jekyll & Hyde musical we all know.

56 mins
Feb 5
Season 8 Preview

Season 8 Preview

For Season 8, we're diving deep into the world of theater once agin with guests from Broadway, West End, and regional theaters near and far. From seasoned veterans to fresh faces on the scene, each episode is packed with candid conversations and inspiring stories about life in the performing arts industry.

14 mins
Jan 29
A Moment to Revisit "The Band's Visit" on Broadway (REWIND)

A Moment to Revisit "The Band's Visit" on Broadway (REWIND)

Five years ago, "The Band's Visit," a musical defying convention, closed on Broadway after a year and a half of acclaim. Composed by David Yazbek and written by Itamar Moses, it emerged as a masterpiece, transcending Broadway norms.

23 mins
Jan 16
Clifton Duncan (Part 2) Addressing Groupthink in the Theater Community

Clifton Duncan (Part 2) Addressing Groupthink in the Theater Community

With politics becoming more and more a part of our daily lives, the theater and acting profession are certainly no strangers to it influence and impact. While it can be a force for change and understanding, my guest today talks about the ways in which it can further divide as well.

51 mins
12/30/23
Clifton Duncan (Part 1) Embracing Authenticity and Its Consequences

Clifton Duncan (Part 1) Embracing Authenticity and Its Consequences

Meryl Streep once said that "acting is not about being someone different. It is about finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” She is in essence urging us to discover the common threads in our seemingly diverse experiences.

54 mins
12/18/23
Emily Grace on Directing Ourselves and Our Own Careers

Emily Grace on Directing Ourselves and Our Own Careers

We read and hear a lot these days about how actors need to be their own producers and creating their own work. In my own career about the only thing I’m creating are self-tapes, which are truly productions in and of themselves for sure--based on all the requirements and props and lines and technical aspects that are required to just put together a one-minute audition.

35 mins
12/4/23
Luke Yankee Highlights the Mishaps and Misadventures We All Endure as Actors

Luke Yankee Highlights the Mishaps and Misadventures We All Endure as Actors

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of the acting world with today's guest, Luke Yankee, who is no stranger to the trials and triumphs of the industry.

34 mins
11/20/23
Sharon Catherine Brown Live at BroadwayCon 2023!

Sharon Catherine Brown Live at BroadwayCon 2023!

In an enjoyable BroadwayCon encounter this past summer, I found myself in the heart of all things Broadway, rubbing shoulders with the stars and hosting live interviews for the Broadway Podcast Network.

31 mins
11/6/23
Tjasa Ferme Engages Audiences by Blending Science and Theater

Tjasa Ferme Engages Audiences by Blending Science and Theater

Tjasa Ferme is more than an actress; she's a dynamic creator who writes, produces, and stars in her own work. Her artistic vision revolves around transformation, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and challenging traditional relationships between actors and audiences.

40 mins
10/23/23
John Rubinstein, a Man of Many Talents

John Rubinstein, a Man of Many Talents

John Rubinstein was born the son of renowned pianist Arthur Rubinstein, and his early exposure to theater in the 8th grade ignited a passion that would shape the trajectory of extraordinary career.

1 h 5 mins
10/9/23
Richard Maltby Jr. and the Curious Case of Nick & Nora's Failure on Broadway

Richard Maltby Jr. and the Curious Case of Nick & Nora's Failure on Broadway

This summer marked the beginning of my new podcast venture, Closing Night, where I delve deep into the captivating world of Broadway history. Our journey takes us through the tales of shows that have graced the Marquis Theater in the heart of Times Square.

42 mins
9/25/23
Jocelyn Panton Finds Freedom After Failure in the Pageant World and Being $50K in Debt

Jocelyn Panton Finds Freedom After Failure in the Pageant World and Being $50K in Debt

As a child, Jocelyn Panton attended a musical theater production that came to her hometown in Canada, and she just knew that’s what she wanted to do one day. Well, she stuck to that dream and has gone on to do television and film, including Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and the CW’s DC‘s Legends of Tomorrow, among others.

49 mins
9/11/23
Dan Knechtges Goes from Broadway Director to Artistic Director

Dan Knechtges Goes from Broadway Director to Artistic Director

Regional theater is really the lifeblood of the performing arts in America. It’s the place where we get that first spark and inspiration to become lifelong theatergoers or decide to become actors ourselves.

58 mins
8/28/23
Jelani Alladin Live at BroadwayCon!

Jelani Alladin Live at BroadwayCon!

In July of this summer, I did my very first BroadwayCon, which is an annual conference here in New York City about all things Broadway and theater, and while I was there, I got to be a part of events hosted by the Broadway Podcast Network.

29 mins
8/14/23
Noah Crandell Finds a Silver Lining in the Struggles of Being an Actor

Noah Crandell Finds a Silver Lining in the Struggles of Being an Actor

In the midst of the devastating impact of the pandemic on the arts, there's a unique perspective rarely explored--that of artists just entering the performing arts world when Covid struck.

53 mins
7/31/23
Welcome to Closing Night at the Marquis Theatre!

Welcome to Closing Night at the Marquis Theatre!

Last year, the idea for a new theater history podcast came up as Dan Delgado and I were working on The Little Prince episodes. Well, it took me awhile to get the ball rolling, but the first season of Closing Night is finally here with a focus on Broadway's Marquis Theater.

36 mins
7/17/23
Lisa Lampanelli, The Queen of Mean Makes Nice and Gets Personal About Life on the Stage

Lisa Lampanelli, The Queen of Mean Makes Nice and Gets Personal About Life on the Stage

I was in college when I first discovered Lisa Lampanelli, a stand-up comedian, insult comic, actress, and writer who is known for her sharp wit, fearless humor, and ability to push the boundaries of comedy.

51 mins
7/3/23
E. Clayton Cornelious on Persistence and Opportunity as a Broadway Actor and Producer

E. Clayton Cornelious on Persistence and Opportunity as a Broadway Actor and Producer

E Clayton Cornelious has been a part of 10 Broadway shows: in the ensemble, as an understudy and swing, as well as in starring roles, and even as a producer. And in one of those he made an appearance in voiceover. And it is this diversity of work that we will be talking about today.

42 mins
6/19/23
Tony Award Nominees Talk About RAGTIME and XANADU on Broadway

Tony Award Nominees Talk About RAGTIME and XANADU on Broadway

My first conversation is with Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who I am so grateful to have met for the first time in this interview. We had a wonderful discussion about her 2009 production of Ragtime that started at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

42 mins
6/7/23
Sidney Myer Found a Home and Family in New York Cabarets

Sidney Myer Found a Home and Family in New York Cabarets

Cabarets have been an integral part of New York City's cultural fabric for over a century, offering a unique blend of entertainment, social commentary, and artistic expression. From the early 1900s to the present day, cabarets have served as a hub for artistic experimentation and innovation.

57 mins
5/22/23
Why I’ll Never Make It Joins the Broadway Podcast Network!

Why I’ll Never Make It Joins the Broadway Podcast Network!

Well, after more than five years, Why I’ll Never Make It is taking a big leap forward as a Podcast, joining the highly respected and expansive Broadway Podcast Network. So over the coming weeks, you’ll notice some changes to the podcast format.

2 mins
5/8/23
Corrie Legge Shares How Choices Have Shaped Her Acting Career

Corrie Legge Shares How Choices Have Shaped Her Acting Career

Previous guest Michael Kushner loves to use the term multi-hyphenate to illustrate the many ways we can express our creative selves. Well, Corrie Legge describes herself as a multi-passionate actor, having performed in television, film, theater, commercials, video games, audiobooks, and more.

50 mins
5/8/23
Jack Canfora Continues to Learn as a Playwright, Even From His Critics

Jack Canfora Continues to Learn as a Playwright, Even From His Critics

Writing is by its very nature, a solitary practice. Whether with pen and paper or in front of a computer screen, it is generally time spent alone, creating a world of characters and stories.

42 mins
4/24/23
Remembering Phantom of the Opera with Cast Member Jeremy Stolle (REWIND)

Remembering Phantom of the Opera with Cast Member Jeremy Stolle (REWIND)

It took 35 years, but Phantom of the Opera has finally left Broadway. It was a show that I first discovered in high school, and I went on to perform “Music of the Night” several times in high school and college.

35 mins
4/17/23
Michael Kushner Embraces and Defends the Multi-Hyphenate Performing Artist

Michael Kushner Embraces and Defends the Multi-Hyphenate Performing Artist

There was a study that came out the year before the pandemic called “Quantifying and Predicting Success in Show Business.” It starts off by saying that the unemployment rate for actors hovers around 90% —now, this was before Covid, when unemployment shot up to 100% for all actors.

1 h 2 mins
4/10/23
Jocelyn Jones Helps Actors and Individuals Awaken Their Artistry and Creativity

Jocelyn Jones Helps Actors and Individuals Awaken Their Artistry and Creativity

Recently, I went googling for articles about downsizing and simplifying my life, and I found this one called Simple Living Manifesto, which sounded great. But then the title of the blog post was “72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life“ — who has time for 72 ideas??

57 mins
3/27/23
Maestra and Their Efforts to AMPLIFY Women & Non-binary People in the Musical Theater

Maestra and Their Efforts to AMPLIFY Women & Non-binary People in the Musical Theater

Music director Julianne Merrill and broadcast technology director Jessica Ryan join the podcast for Women's History Month, to talk about Maestra and their annual Amplify concert.

52 mins
3/20/23
Lisa Howard on Originating Roles on Broadway and the Unjust Stigma Associated with Plus-Sized Actors

Lisa Howard on Originating Roles on Broadway and the Unjust Stigma Associated with Plus-Sized Actors

As collaborative as theater can be, there are sometimes when the creative process can be more like herding cats—with no clear direction as everyone tries to get on the same page…hopefully. And that’s Broadway or community theater, a web series or major motion picture.

49 mins
3/13/23
Sharon Catherine Brown (Part 2) - Performing in Milestone TV Shows & Knowing Our Worth as Actors

Sharon Catherine Brown (Part 2) - Performing in Milestone TV Shows & Knowing Our Worth as Actors

One of the important aspects of Black History Month is that it’s not just about what happened 50, 100, 200 years ago. It’s also about the present, the world around us and what’s happening now to bring greater representation and celebration of African-American accomplishments and contributions.

53 mins
2/27/23
Sharon Catherine Brown (Part 1) - Born to Be a Drama Queen in Her Broadway Family

Sharon Catherine Brown (Part 1) - Born to Be a Drama Queen in Her Broadway Family

One essential ingredient to any actors career is experience. It allows us to develop our craft and hone our skills over time. With each performance, we refine techniques, learn from mistakes, and develop greater emotional and psychological depth in our performances.

55 mins
2/13/23
Blake Stadnik from ”This Is Us” Doesn’t Let His Disability Stop Him Onstage or in Life

Blake Stadnik from ”This Is Us” Doesn’t Let His Disability Stop Him Onstage or in Life

One of the joys that can come from being an actor, besides getting to perform on stage and feeling the energy of a live audience, is that of working and collaborating with other wonderful actors onstage as well as building friendships off stage.

58 mins
1/30/23
Welcome to Season Seven!

Welcome to Season Seven!

Welcome to Season Seven of Why I’ll Never Make It, an award-winning theater podcast. After a few weeks off, I’m so excited to be back for another year of great guests and wonderful discussions.

3 mins
1/23/23
Bettering Our Mindset with ”Dr. Drama” Alisa Hurwtiz, PsyD (REWIND)

Bettering Our Mindset with ”Dr. Drama” Alisa Hurwtiz, PsyD (REWIND)

As we start off this new year, I’m continuing where we left off last week with Brooke McNamara by talking with another psychologist, Alisa Hurwitz. In this episode from 2020, we dive into why mindset is so important and how we as actors can better handle rejection and the challenges we face in this business.

43 mins
1/16/23
Bettering our Acting Training and Practice with Brooke Macnamara (REWIND)

Bettering our Acting Training and Practice with Brooke Macnamara (REWIND)

Happy New Year! Thank you for listening to Why I’ll Never Make It! The next season is just a few weeks away and I wanted to start off the year by going back to conversations I had to with two psychologists in 2020.

55 mins
1/10/23
A Look Back at 2022

A Look Back at 2022

Happy birthday and thank you for joining me as Why I’ll Never Make It turns 5 years old today! It was on December 28, 2017 that this theater podcast began from very humble beginnings and has slowly gained attention and even some accolades in the past five years of talking with actors and creative professionals.

31 mins
12/28/22
Angela Lansbury and Her Bumpy Road to MAME on Broadway

Angela Lansbury and Her Bumpy Road to MAME on Broadway

Back in October of this year we lost a beloved star of the stage and screen, Angela Lansbury. Her performing career spanned 80 years in which she received six Tony Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, and one Laurence Olivier Award.

18 mins
12/21/22
Jeremy Stolle Shares 15 Years at Phantom of the Opera and the Struggles He Faced Getting There

Jeremy Stolle Shares 15 Years at Phantom of the Opera and the Struggles He Faced Getting There

Back in September of this year, news came out that both shook and shocked the Broadway theater world: Phantom of the Opera will be closing and have its final performance in February 2023.

58 mins
12/12/22
Simon Tam and The Slants Battle Asian Stereotypes and the Supreme Court

Simon Tam and The Slants Battle Asian Stereotypes and the Supreme Court

During the past 30 years there’s been a growing list of pop and rock musicians trying their hand at musical theater. And they range in style and scope from artists like Cindy Lauper, Dolly Parton, and Elton John to rock bands like The Who, Green Day, and The Go-Go’s.

52 mins
12/5/22
Ben Curtis Found Fame as the Dell Dude But Found Himself as the Wellness Dude

Ben Curtis Found Fame as the Dell Dude But Found Himself as the Wellness Dude

Do you want to be famous or do you want to be an actor? Very few truly achieve both. For most of us it’s a choice, and the direction we choose impacts the roles and opportunities that we pursue going forward.

49 mins
11/28/22
Elaine Romanelli Battles Criticism and Self-Doubt as a Singer and Songwriter

Elaine Romanelli Battles Criticism and Self-Doubt as a Singer and Songwriter

One of the greatest obstacles to becoming a better performer is thinking you aren’t good enough, that the dreams and aspirations you have for yourself are just too far out of reach and beyond your capability.

59 mins
11/21/22
Jules Helm Explores Personal Growth and Self-Discovery On Stage and Off

Jules Helm Explores Personal Growth and Self-Discovery On Stage and Off

Jules Helm chats about how to focus on self-care and personal growth by using movement and acting techniques to bring both our mind and body into alignment.

55 mins
11/14/22
Dena Hammerstein, from Actress & Writer to Producer & Founder of Only Make Believe (REWIND)

Dena Hammerstein, from Actress & Writer to Producer & Founder of Only Make Believe (REWIND)

Back in 2008, I made the move to New York City to finally pursue my acting career here. And after a couple of years of doing regional work, though, I was looking for more opportunities that could keep me in the city.

45 mins
11/7/22
Joe DiPietro and How Theater Has Made a Difference in His Own Life

Joe DiPietro and How Theater Has Made a Difference in His Own Life

Joe DiPietro is certainly no stranger to theater and has been writing for the stage since 1991. His musicals and plays have received multiple awards and nominations on and off-Broadway, including Memphis starring Montego Glover and All Shook Up with Cheyenne Jackson.

52 mins
10/31/22
Muriel Miguel and the Art of Story Weaving Her Native American Experiences

Muriel Miguel and the Art of Story Weaving Her Native American Experiences

The art of theater is really just storytelling, and the stories that are told from region to region often come from within those communities and offer a shared experience on the stage.

49 mins
10/24/22
Ricky Schroeder and Why Booking a Show Doesn’t Always Mean You’ve Booked the Show

Ricky Schroeder and Why Booking a Show Doesn’t Always Mean You’ve Booked the Show

The life of an actor is often a cross between a seesaw and a rollercoaster. Sometimes it’s as simple as an up or down choice between opportunities and trying to find the balance between life and work. Other times we are just along for the ride, going in directions we can’t control.

47 mins
10/17/22
Kate Baldwin Looks for Deeper Creative Purpose When Performing 8 Times a Week

Kate Baldwin Looks for Deeper Creative Purpose When Performing 8 Times a Week

For only the second time in my career, I’m doing back to back shows at the same theater. First there was Anne of Green Gables this past summer and now there’s 42nd Street here at the Goodspeed Opera House.

48 mins
10/10/22
Marc Acito and the Steep Learning Curve from Theater Writer to Filmmaker

Marc Acito and the Steep Learning Curve from Theater Writer to Filmmaker

Sometime before the pandemic, I auditioned for a small off-Broadway production of the Lerner and Loewe musical The Day Before Spring. It was at the York Theater, which is known for refreshing older musicals that have had a shorter shelf-life.

55 mins
9/26/22
Steve Harper Talks About Non-Traditional Casting & Writing for Superheroes Like Stargirl

Steve Harper Talks About Non-Traditional Casting & Writing for Superheroes Like Stargirl

Steve Harper is an actor, writer, and producer of the stage and screen. He shares his actor’s nightmare in a Shakespeare production in Cincinnati, but we also discuss the pivotal time when he found himself lacking a plentiful array of shows and roles he could connect with, so he began writing and producing theater, which in turn led him into television and writing for superheroes like Stargirl.

51 mins
9/19/22
Daryl Eisenberg and the Evolving Role of the Casting Director for the Stage and Screen

Daryl Eisenberg and the Evolving Role of the Casting Director for the Stage and Screen

As noted in the previous episode, auditions are the backbone of this industry, but there is an important gatekeeper when it comes to submitting our self tapes or actually getting in the audition room: The Casting Director.

1 h 4 mins
9/12/22
Audition Stories 2022 with Jerry Mitchell, Carmen Cusack, Barton Cowperthwaite, Kathryn Allison & More

Audition Stories 2022 with Jerry Mitchell, Carmen Cusack, Barton Cowperthwaite, Kathryn Allison & More

As much as we actors wish it wasn’t so, auditioning really is our job. Performing it’s just an added perk, if we do that job really well. That being said though, there are times when we mail an audition and simply couldn’t have done any better, yet we still don’t book the part.

46 mins
9/5/22
Barton Cowperthwaite from Tiny Pretty Things Discovers He’s More Than Just a Dancer

Barton Cowperthwaite from Tiny Pretty Things Discovers He’s More Than Just a Dancer

Barton Cowperthwaite is a dancer first and foremost, with performances ranging from the opera La Traviata to Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound dance tour. The esteemed choreographer Lar Lubovitch describes Barton as a “movement poet” and credits him with having what he calls musical visualization.

57 mins
8/29/22
Andrew Lippa Shares Disappointments and Lessons Learned as a Broadway Composer & Lyricist (REWIND)

Andrew Lippa Shares Disappointments and Lessons Learned as a Broadway Composer & Lyricist (REWIND)

Back in the summer of 2020, there was a new Netflix docuseries everyone was talking about, a little show called Tiger King. Well, in the midst of all that I sat down with composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa.

50 mins
8/22/22
Gina Harris Finds Magic in the Ordinary Things of Life and Theater

Gina Harris Finds Magic in the Ordinary Things of Life and Theater

In the previous episode, I spoke with a musical writing team about their process of writing a full show for the stage with a cast and creative team bringing their story to life, but in today’s episode I’m speaking with a singular artist about her one-woman show and the long journey it took to go from thoughts and ideas in her head to an actual production and a dramatic podcast as well.

49 mins
8/15/22
FINAL FIVE: Composer Matt Vinson & Book Writer and Lyricist Matte O’Brien

FINAL FIVE: Composer Matt Vinson & Book Writer and Lyricist Matte O’Brien

In the last episode, I spoke with composer Matt Vinson and writer Matte O'Brien about their new musical Anne of Green Gables. It was the first time I’ve spoken with a musical writing team here on Why I’ll Never Make It, and so for the two of them I thought I would bring back a bonus episode I haven’t done in a while: The Final Five.

22 mins
8/8/22
Matt Vinson & Matte O’Brien on the Joys and Challenges of Bringing a Musical to the Stage

Matt Vinson & Matte O’Brien on the Joys and Challenges of Bringing a Musical to the Stage

Writing a musical is a long process, and once the writers are have finished that last page…that’s really only the beginning of their journey. By the time an actor comes along to audition for it, there’s usually been years of drafts, workshops, and revisions.

50 mins
8/1/22
Adam Stocker and the Theater Interview That Went All Wrong

Adam Stocker and the Theater Interview That Went All Wrong

Just like actors show off their skills in the audition room, other artists and creatives have their own ways of showcasing talents to prospective theaters, directors, or employers, and these interviews can be just as anxious and nerve-racking as what we actors face, especially if you aren’t as prepared as you could be.

8 mins
7/25/22
Adam Stocker Shows How Broadway Costumers Are Like Engineers & Should be Paid Accordingly

Adam Stocker Shows How Broadway Costumers Are Like Engineers & Should be Paid Accordingly

This past week as Anne of Green Gables went into tech rehearsal and we finally had our first public performance, I was reminded that there is a very particular important step that happens as you leave the rehearsal studio and finally start working on stage and that is the introduction of costumes.

57 mins
7/18/22
Playwright Cris Eli Blak Proves That Persistence Can Overcome the Most Challenging Hurdles (REWIND)

Playwright Cris Eli Blak Proves That Persistence Can Overcome the Most Challenging Hurdles (REWIND)

For the past four weeks I’ve been in rehearsals for a new musical adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. During that time I even got Covid for the second time and had to miss several days of rehearsal while I was recovering.

1 h 6 mins
7/11/22
Brian Patacca Lets Go of Expectations and Finds Artistic Freedom

Brian Patacca Lets Go of Expectations and Finds Artistic Freedom

Among the many repercussions of the Covid pandemic, it caused actors, including myself, to question our purpose, our abilities, and our own belief in what it means to be an artist. Well, today’s guest had many of these same doubts and questions well before there was any pandemic affecting our industry.

51 mins
7/4/22
Ashley Victoria Robinson Never Settles, Constantly Pushing Herself as an Actor and Creative

Ashley Victoria Robinson Never Settles, Constantly Pushing Herself as an Actor and Creative

This past week I started rehearsals up in Connecticut at the Goodspeed Opera House doing a new musical version of the beloved Anne of Green Gables. It’s a well-known story around the world but especially in its home country of Canada.

54 mins
6/20/22
Jerry Mitchell Knows His Worth as Director & Choreographer Despite 6 Losses at the Tony Awards

Jerry Mitchell Knows His Worth as Director & Choreographer Despite 6 Losses at the Tony Awards

June is always a busy time for New York City with two major events taking place: one is of course the month-long Gay Pride celebration and the other is the biggest day of the Broadway season -- the Tony Awards. And today’s guest ticks off both of those boxes.

1 h 1 min
6/6/22
Turning Artistry Into Activism with Playwright Jason Odell Williams and Producer Charlotte Cohn

Turning Artistry Into Activism with Playwright Jason Odell Williams and Producer Charlotte Cohn

Four years ago this spring, a new play opened off Broadway called Church & State. It dealt with the contentious intersection of God, guns, and politics and featured four actors on a single set.

34 mins
5/30/22
Brian Keith Graziani Illustrates How Talent Agents Impact an Actor’s Career

Brian Keith Graziani Illustrates How Talent Agents Impact an Actor’s Career

My on-camera agent Brian Keith Graziani and I have been working together since late 2020 for a range of projects--from commercials and industrials to TV dramas and docu-series. Brian himself started out as an actor and singer, and just sort of fell into casting, which then led to talent management and representation.

54 mins
5/23/22
Ethan Steimel Lights the Way to Talking About Money and Finances

Ethan Steimel Lights the Way to Talking About Money and Finances

“There are few things that can cause joy, shame, contentment, anxiety and stress the way that money does,” says Korrena Bailie, Consumer Finance Editor at Forbes.

59 mins
5/16/22
Treating Yourself as a Business with Jonathan Cerullo and Artistic Finance

Treating Yourself as a Business with Jonathan Cerullo and Artistic Finance

Ethan Steimel talks with Jonathan Cerullo about seeing ourselves and our careers as more than an artistic craft in this special collaboration and presentation with Artistic Finance.

1 h 1 min
5/9/22
David Dean Bottrell Faces His Fears and Unlocks a Greater Love for Acting and Performing

David Dean Bottrell Faces His Fears and Unlocks a Greater Love for Acting and Performing

No matter how many conversations I have with artists, no matter how many episodes this podcast releases, I’m amazed at the variety of insights and lessons that each person brings to these discussions.

57 mins
5/2/22
Carmen Cusack and the Journey to Finding Her Bright Star

Carmen Cusack and the Journey to Finding Her Bright Star

One of the main themes and messages of this podcast has always been that success can mean different things to different people and the path of how someone gets there, if they get there, is always unique to the person.

1 h 1 min
4/25/22
Anthony Rapp Becomes The Little Prince and Later Finds Seasons of Love

Anthony Rapp Becomes The Little Prince and Later Finds Seasons of Love

Years after the failed Lerner & Loewe movie musical of The Little Prince, producer Joseph Tandet tried again with composer John Barry and a full Broadway production, which brought with it a whole new set of problems.

57 mins
4/18/22
Steven Warner (Part 2) - The Little Prince Grows Up and Finds a New Path

Steven Warner (Part 2) - The Little Prince Grows Up and Finds a New Path

As an actor it is rare to have long stretches of employment, especially in theater. Television actors can certainly be a part of a successful show for years on end and same goes for movie franchises where roles can come back film after film.

38 mins
4/11/22
Steven Warner (Part 1) - Becoming The Little Prince

Steven Warner (Part 1) - Becoming The Little Prince

Today’s episode is going to be slightly different from most episodes of Why I’ll Never Make It, because it was born out of a collaboration between myself and another podcast called The Industry hosted by Dan Delgado.

47 mins
4/4/22
Kevin Spirtas Takes the Stage and Shares from the Heart

Kevin Spirtas Takes the Stage and Shares from the Heart

Back in January 2022, this podcast held its first ever live event: a night of conversation with Emmy-winner Kevin Spirtas. He not only shared stories and struggles from his time on Broadway and television, but he also sang five songs that evening that highlighted the work he has done and moments that have meant the most to him throughout his career.

29 mins
3/28/22
Judy Tenuta Shares Her Journey from Stage to Standup and Her Battle with Cancer

Judy Tenuta Shares Her Journey from Stage to Standup and Her Battle with Cancer

In 1987, HBO had a comedy special called Women of the Night. It featured four women who were known regionally and at certain comedy clubs, but had yet to really reach a national audience. They were Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner, and today’s guest Judy Tenuta.

32 mins
3/21/22
Elizabeth Swain Leads a New Generation of Theater Artists

Elizabeth Swain Leads a New Generation of Theater Artists

In the final episode of Season Five, I spoke with a talented and passionate actress and producer Debra Ann Byrd. In our conversation, she mentioned Elizabeth Swain as one of the professors who had a significant impact on her own training and understanding theater.

56 mins
3/14/22
Mental Talk About Performance Anxiety with Mostafa Ashraf and Yara

Mental Talk About Performance Anxiety with Mostafa Ashraf and Yara

The art of performing is certainly filled with joy and passion and can offer a creative fulfillment not found another professions, but as this podcast highlights with each episode, there are also underlying bouts of stress, anxiety, and frustration that come with being an artist and the choice to offer our creativity to the world.

49 mins
3/7/22
Terron Brooks Discovers There’s More to Success Than Fame

Terron Brooks Discovers There’s More to Success Than Fame

Back in 2014, I met Terron Brooks as we were both working on a workshop of a new musical based on the hit movie FIRST WIVES CLUB. We both continued on with the show as it traveled to Chicago for its out of town pre-Broadway tryout.

1 h 3 mins
2/28/22
Black History Month - Vinnette Justine Carroll and Alvin Ailey (Encore)

Black History Month - Vinnette Justine Carroll and Alvin Ailey (Encore)

In honor of Black History Month, this episode is an encore presentation of two pioneering Black artists and the legacy they left in the performing arts. Vinnette Justine Carroll, PhD - Actress, Playwright, Director, Teacher.

20 mins
2/21/22
Gina Morgano Learned That Self-Awareness Is Key to the Performer’s Journey

Gina Morgano Learned That Self-Awareness Is Key to the Performer’s Journey

No matter what profession you’re in, setting goals is an important part of finding the best path to get you there, but just because you know your goals, does that mean you also have a clear picture of your mission as an artist or the purpose of your life?

44 mins
2/14/22
Kathryn Allison Shares How She Found Her True Authentic Self Outside of Broadway

Kathryn Allison Shares How She Found Her True Authentic Self Outside of Broadway

With live theater happening once again here in New York, one of the joys has been seeing friends back on stage doing what they do best. I certainly hope to be joining them soon, but in the meantime, it’s wonderful to reconnect with today’s guest.

1 h 4 mins
2/7/22
Al Blackstone On Knowing Yourself as an Artist & Not Waiting for Permission to Create

Al Blackstone On Knowing Yourself as an Artist & Not Waiting for Permission to Create

The act of creating is both a testament to and a full embodiment of its creator. An actor gives so much of themselves to the role that they’re playing; a dancer utilizes every muscle to express an emotion; a writer pulls from their own life and experiences to create other worlds and powerful stories.

44 mins
1/31/22
Briana Packen on Finding Balance and Stability in our Lives and Acting Careers

Briana Packen on Finding Balance and Stability in our Lives and Acting Careers

Sometimes the biggest obstacle standing in our way as actors is ourselves. Whether it’s self-doubt and a disbelief in our own abilities or maybe it’s giving too much weight to the criticism or expectations of others, or maybe a shift in priorities comes along and we have to make life decisions that go against our creative ambitions.

60 mins
1/24/22
A Look Back at 2021 and What’s Next for Theater and This Podcast

A Look Back at 2021 and What’s Next for Theater and This Podcast

Normally at the end of each season I take a chance to look back at the guests and conversations we’ve had throughout the year, but for this special episode you aren’t gonna be getting some "best-of" retrospective (although I will be counting down the Top 5 guests of 2021).

42 mins
12/28/21
Debra Ann Byrd (Part 2) - A Black Girl‘s Journey to Becoming Othello

Debra Ann Byrd (Part 2) - A Black Girl‘s Journey to Becoming Othello

The experiences of our lives influence the paths we choose and shape who we are. In Part One of my conversation with Debra Ann Byrd, she revealed the ups and downs of her own life that eventually ignited a desire to perform and pursue a life on the stage.

37 mins
12/20/21
Debra Ann Byrd (Part 1) - Classically-Trained Actress Shares Her Bumpy Road to Theater

Debra Ann Byrd (Part 1) - Classically-Trained Actress Shares Her Bumpy Road to Theater

I first found out about Debra Ann Byrd through an article in the Guardian titled “Black Shakespeare champion working to change views on color blind casting.” She was just starting a residency at Stratford upon Avon, and this article talked about one of Debra's college professors who discouraged her from getting into classical theater.

37 mins
12/13/21
Michael Learned Bravely Shares Her Struggles and Secrets to Longevity in the Arts

Michael Learned Bravely Shares Her Struggles and Secrets to Longevity in the Arts

In this day and age of everything going digital, and especially with zoom becoming an important part of both personal and professional connections, it’s a very rare moment to have a phone interview.

41 mins
11/29/21
Matt Sav Shares His Process of Storytelling Through Musical Composition

Matt Sav Shares His Process of Storytelling Through Musical Composition

The main focus and message of this series has been on storytelling. From Kate who talked about how to use our voices and acting skills to connect with casting directors as well audiences, to Max who broke down the elements of a good story and how to craft that for print, stage, or screen.

47 mins
11/22/21
Max Stossel Shows Us How to Improve Our Storytelling with Words That Move

Max Stossel Shows Us How to Improve Our Storytelling with Words That Move

Though the theater is my main focus as both an actor and a podcaster, it is often interesting and educating to talk with those outside the theater world. Today’s guest has performed on many stages, but he is the last person who would consider himself to be an actor of any sorts.

50 mins
11/15/21
"Standby for Places" Uses Podcasts to Exercise and Explore an Actor‘s Creativity

"Standby for Places" Uses Podcasts to Exercise and Explore an Actor‘s Creativity

This is a continuation of part one’s look at voiceover work and acting behind the mic. You will hear from a group of actors, directors, and producers applying voiceover and acting techniques into their radio play podcast called Standby for Places.

35 mins
11/8/21
Kate McClanaghan Helps Actors Find Their Voice

Kate McClanaghan Helps Actors Find Their Voice

Today begins the second annual presentation of this month-long series with actress and voiceover coach Kate McClanaghan. We will be touching on the various aspects of voice work and technique but also addressing some fundamental struggles every actor faces.

44 mins
11/1/21
Patrick Millsaps Goes from Political Theater to Talent Management and Production

Patrick Millsaps Goes from Political Theater to Talent Management and Production

One of the themes of this podcast is how we as actors are constantly changing, adjusting, tweaking our careers as we transition between to stage, screen, commercials, and voiceovers. That same kind of transition happens for those behind the table as well.

51 mins
10/25/21
Peter Allen Vogt - Actor and Comedian on Weight Loss, Jealousy, and the Need to Reinvent Ourselves as Artists

Peter Allen Vogt - Actor and Comedian on Weight Loss, Jealousy, and the Need to Reinvent Ourselves as Artists

As an actor, one of the more difficult attitudes for me to manage is that of jealousy and an elevated sense of competition for roles and status in this industry. I’ve particularly noticed this since theater has opened up again after the long pandemic shutdown and other actors, not me, are back onstage again.

57 mins
10/18/21
Alessandra Mai Vinh Navigates American Immigration as She Pursues Her Dreams

Alessandra Mai Vinh Navigates American Immigration as She Pursues Her Dreams

Every year more and more artists come to this country and face the challenges of the language and the culture while facing the nuances of auditioning and performing in America. Born in Italy with a Vietnamese background, Alessandra Mai Vinh began dancing at the age of 13.

32 mins
10/11/21
Brad Oscar & Diego Prieto - Theater Husbands on Balancing Marriage and Careers

Brad Oscar & Diego Prieto - Theater Husbands on Balancing Marriage and Careers

Balancing work and life is a tough juggling act for most any actor or artist. Adding a relationship to the equation can be even more difficult to maintain and actors as a whole aren’t known for the longevity of their relationships.

57 mins
10/4/21
Misty Rosas (Part 2) - Saying ”Yes” to Ourselves Is the First Step Toward Realizing Our Full Potential

Misty Rosas (Part 2) - Saying ”Yes” to Ourselves Is the First Step Toward Realizing Our Full Potential

In part one of our conversation, Misty Rosas talked having the opportunity to pursue one of her first passions as an artist -- singing -- and the thrill of opening for her favorite band Air Supply.

44 mins
9/29/21
Misty Rosas (Part 1) - Performance Artist from Star Wars‘ The Mandalorian Opens Up About Her Hearing Loss

Misty Rosas (Part 1) - Performance Artist from Star Wars‘ The Mandalorian Opens Up About Her Hearing Loss

I’ve been a fan of The Mandalorian since it debuted in 2019, and when I found out that one actor had played two wonderful characters on the show (Kuiil and Frog Lady) I was really impressed with her work.

40 mins
9/27/21
Nate Patten on the Strange and Wonderful 2020 Tony Award Nominations (REWIND)

Nate Patten on the Strange and Wonderful 2020 Tony Award Nominations (REWIND)

We're less than a week away from the 2020 Tony Awards ceremony (finally!) so I wanted to bring back this special episode all about those surprising Tony Award Nominations and the fallout that came from the announcement.

46 mins
9/20/21
Rodney Hicks (Part 2) - Broadway Actor Shares His Difficult Journey of Self-Discovery

Rodney Hicks (Part 2) - Broadway Actor Shares His Difficult Journey of Self-Discovery

When it comes to work as an actor, there’s that old adage of "feast or famine." For myself that has meant going 11 months without any work…all while still auditioning of course, but there have been other times when three shows come up at once, and I had to decide which ONE of them I’m going to do.

27 mins
9/15/21
Rodney Hicks (Part 1) - Musical Theater Actor Opens Up About What Caused Him to Leave Broadway

Rodney Hicks (Part 1) - Musical Theater Actor Opens Up About What Caused Him to Leave Broadway

Here in America, we just marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and on the eve of that anniversary a live recording of the Broadway production of Come From Away was released. It featured many past and present members of the cast, but one of the original cast members, Rodney Hicks, was absent from the filming.

40 mins
9/13/21
Will Swenson (Part 2) - Actor/Singer on the Changes He Hopes to See in Theater, Especially Broadway

Will Swenson (Part 2) - Actor/Singer on the Changes He Hopes to See in Theater, Especially Broadway

As we came to the end of Part One of our conversation, Will Swenson and I were talking about the deeper questions of who we are as artists and the absolute importance of bringing our full selves to the stage.

28 mins
9/8/21
Will Swenson (Part 1) - Broadway Actor Talks About Failed Shows and Leaving the Mormon Church

Will Swenson (Part 1) - Broadway Actor Talks About Failed Shows and Leaving the Mormon Church

For the next three weeks I’ll be talking with two Broadway actors and a music director about their careers in New York and their own thoughts on the the theatre world and the Tony Awards.

37 mins
9/6/21
Darren Darnborough - British Actor and Producer & CEO of WeAudition

Darren Darnborough - British Actor and Producer & CEO of WeAudition

Whether from personal experience or hearing stories from the past two episodes on this podcast, you know that almost anything can happen in an audition room. Sometimes it’s defined by magical moments, while other times it is filled with frustration.

53 mins
8/30/21
More Audition Stories 2021 with Will Swenson, Mykal Kilgore, Gabrielle Ruiz, Justin Guarini and more!

More Audition Stories 2021 with Will Swenson, Mykal Kilgore, Gabrielle Ruiz, Justin Guarini and more!

For most theater actors, Broadway is the ultimate status to attain in this industry. It’s the highest level any of us can reach and is the utmost definition of making it, but just because an actor has been on a Broadway stage, it doesn’t mean they don’t go through the same frustrations and doubts that we go through.

48 mins
8/23/21
Audition Stories 2021 with Chaz Wolcott, Megan Carver, Damian Thompson and more!

Audition Stories 2021 with Chaz Wolcott, Megan Carver, Damian Thompson and more!

Actors have been returning to the stage this summer as some regional theaters have returned to normal with live audiences. That, of course, has brought in a fresh wind of auditions. So, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to the third annual Audition Stories here on the podcast.

47 mins
8/16/21
Eff Your Fears with Actress and Model Ashley Monique Menard

Eff Your Fears with Actress and Model Ashley Monique Menard

For the past week I have been doing a deep dive into podcasting at a yearly conference called Podcast Movement. It's a place where podcasters like me can learn how to make better episodes, conduct riveting interviews, sincerely engage with listeners, and figure out ways to make my podcast both sustainable and profitable.

60 mins
8/9/21
Kristen Hetzel and Keep the Flame Alive Talk Team USA Duathlon & Maintaining Her Acting Career

Kristen Hetzel and Keep the Flame Alive Talk Team USA Duathlon & Maintaining Her Acting Career

Last year I started releasing bonus episodes to those who supported this podcast on a monthly basis. Well, this is one of those special episodes with Kristen Hetzel. I brought along the co-hosts of Olympic podcast Keep the Flame Alive.

14 mins
8/6/21
Kristen Hetzel - Actress and Team USA Duathlete Reveals What Artists Can Learn from Sports (REWIND)

Kristen Hetzel - Actress and Team USA Duathlete Reveals What Artists Can Learn from Sports (REWIND)

As the Olympics head into their second week, it’s been a great reminder of the lessons we as artists can learn from these Olympians. Remember the episode with Sally Wilfert? She reminded us singers how we are small muscle athletes.

42 mins
8/2/21
Sydney Irving - Young Singer/Songwriter Shares How Hard Work Defines Her as an Artist

Sydney Irving - Young Singer/Songwriter Shares How Hard Work Defines Her as an Artist

When it comes to theater we all know Broadway and the big lights of New York City. There’s also organizations like the public or playwrights horizons that present notable off Broadway productions as well.

38 mins
7/26/21
Sabine Kvenberg - German Actress Who Discovered Musical Theater and a Love for Teaching

Sabine Kvenberg - German Actress Who Discovered Musical Theater and a Love for Teaching

During this past year as Covid wrecked the theater scene, ending so many shows and seasons, Andrew Lloyd Webber was doing his best to bring musicals back to the West End.

48 mins
7/19/21
Damian Thompson - A Jamaican-Born Actor Who Shares How Stuttering Led Him Into Acting

Damian Thompson - A Jamaican-Born Actor Who Shares How Stuttering Led Him Into Acting

Communication and interacting with each other through words is really at the heart of what it means to connect and relate to other people. This is even more clear as actors and writers in the way that we tell stories and share experiences.

1 h 7 mins
7/12/21
Ashley Danyew - Musician and Educator Shares the Importance of Being a Portfolio Artist

Ashley Danyew - Musician and Educator Shares the Importance of Being a Portfolio Artist

in many ways today’s episode is almost a masterclass from beginning to end in how to bridge the gap between being artist and an entrepreneur. Ashley Danyew is a musician and educator who shares how she has had to branch out in many different directions to build both an enjoyable and sustainable career.

53 mins
7/5/21
Joshua Turchin - Actor, Composer, and Musical Theater Wunderkind

Joshua Turchin - Actor, Composer, and Musical Theater Wunderkind

Well, here we are at the third and final installment of my young artist series. And it could be argued that I’ve saved the most prolific artist for last. As both a performer and writer, Joshua Turchin has crammed a lot of experience into his very young career.

40 mins
6/28/21
Chloe Noelle - Young Actress from TRUE BLOOD Continues to Learn and Grow in Her Career

Chloe Noelle - Young Actress from TRUE BLOOD Continues to Learn and Grow in Her Career

When it comes to actors, we really are part of a family and community with one another, and no matter how long or how short a time we’ve been in this business, there’s always something we can learn from each other.

45 mins
6/21/21
Alex J. Dean - Young Actor and Director Graduates from Film School During a Pandemic

Alex J. Dean - Young Actor and Director Graduates from Film School During a Pandemic

Being a coach and leading master classes has been something I truly enjoyed doing. Imparting my experience and insights to students and watching them have those a-ha moments and discovering something new about themselves or their own skills and talents.

49 mins
6/14/21
The Flame Podcast Musical with Creators Ellie Brigida and Leigh Holmes Foster

The Flame Podcast Musical with Creators Ellie Brigida and Leigh Holmes Foster

In this past year, as most actors and artists were forced to stay at home, we found new ways to keep creating. The most obvious is the explosion of zoom readings and productions of both new and existing works.

39 mins
6/7/21
Blatantly Honest with Makaila Nichols

Blatantly Honest with Makaila Nichols

This week I'm sharing a conversation I had on another podcast called Blatantly Honest. At the end of this episode I also talk about the recent survey and the need for a reassessment of WINMI Podcast. Makaila Nichols is the founder of the Blatantly Honest Foundation.

35 mins
6/2/21
Diane Foy - PR & Marketing Coach Shares Her Roadmap for Actors and Musicians

Diane Foy - PR & Marketing Coach Shares Her Roadmap for Actors and Musicians

Last week on the podcast I spoke with an acting teacher (Terry Knickerbocker) about techniques and the creative process for us actors. Well, this week a publicist will guide us through the business side of our profession, and how best to promote and grow our careers, not letting others and especially ourselves stand in our way.

45 mins
5/26/21
Evelyn LeBel & Chris Stepanek - Broadway Dresser and Off-Broadway Technician Share Their Work and Love of Theater

Evelyn LeBel & Chris Stepanek - Broadway Dresser and Off-Broadway Technician Share Their Work and Love of Theater

The last time a couple came on the podcast was way back in Season 1. And on today's episode Evelyn LeBel and her fiancé Chris Stepanek join me to discuss their different roles backstage, why unions are so important, and how networking is the name of the game in finding work.

43 mins
5/19/21
Terry Knickerbocker - New York Acting Teacher and Theater Director Helps Actors Become Their Best

Terry Knickerbocker - New York Acting Teacher and Theater Director Helps Actors Become Their Best

Give your feedback in the 2021 Listener Survey. Ever since I became WINMI's sole host and producer, I have wanted to have an acting teacher on this podcast. Well, it certainly took long enough, but that time has finally come.

1 h 14 mins
5/12/21
Kimberly Faye Greenberg - An Actress and Singer Making It as a Broadway Dresser

Kimberly Faye Greenberg - An Actress and Singer Making It as a Broadway Dresser

As you and I certainly know there is so much more to Theater then just what happens on stage. There are those behind the scenes and backstage, contributing just as much to the production of any show.

60 mins
5/5/21
MoonAmie Productions - Training Children and Young Adults in the Performing Arts

MoonAmie Productions - Training Children and Young Adults in the Performing Arts

It’s really no big secret that having children involved in the performing arts can have a major impact on them in school and out of school. Well, today’s guests are training some of these young artists in a fine arts conservatory down in Miami, Florida called MoonAmie Productions.

51 mins
4/28/21
Joel B. New - Musical Theater Composer Learning to Craft Music and Marketing

Joel B. New - Musical Theater Composer Learning to Craft Music and Marketing

In the last episode we learned the importance of producing our own work as actors. Well today's guest, Joel B. New, will show us that just because you build it doesn't mean people will come.

51 mins
4/21/21
Ashley Kate Adams - Broadway Actress Who Learned How to Be Her Own Producer

Ashley Kate Adams - Broadway Actress Who Learned How to Be Her Own Producer

At one point or another there is a lesson that all actors have to learn, and this past year has driven home that lesson even more so, and that is the need to create our own work.

54 mins
4/14/21
Marcus Scott - Theater Playwright and Journalist Who Embraces His Inner Black Geek

Marcus Scott - Theater Playwright and Journalist Who Embraces His Inner Black Geek

On today’s podcast journalist Marcus Scott shares his love of telling stories and how he suddenly found himself writing musicals. Sign up for the WINMI Newsletter. Real life writing, that’s really the best way to describe the kind of work Marcus does.

43 mins
4/7/21
Joyce Hshieh (Part 2) - Line Memorization Techniques to Help Actors OFF BOOK IT

Joyce Hshieh (Part 2) - Line Memorization Techniques to Help Actors OFF BOOK IT

While natural talent certainly plays a part in the capabilities of any actor to perform, there’s one skill that has to be learned and nurtured for any actor to really make it in this business, and in part two of my conversation with Joyce Hshieh, she talks about this all important ability to learn and memorize lines.

27 mins
4/2/21
Joyce Hshieh (Part 1) - BFA Trained Actress Becomes Jeopardy Champion

Joyce Hshieh (Part 1) - BFA Trained Actress Becomes Jeopardy Champion

Almost every actor would seize upon the opportunity to be in a big TV show. But even with a BFA in acting and conservatory theater training, none of it had really prepared Joyce Hshieh for one of the biggest roles of her life, Becoming a three day champion on the game show jeopardy.

34 mins
3/31/21
Sally Wilfert (Part 2) - ALL THE GIRLS and a Tribute to Broadway’s Leading Lady, Rebecca Luker

Sally Wilfert (Part 2) - ALL THE GIRLS and a Tribute to Broadway’s Leading Lady, Rebecca Luker

On December 23, 2020, Broadway and musical theater lost one of its most beautifully talented leading ladies, Rebecca Luker. In the second half of my conversation with Sally Wilfert, we talk about their close friendship and the last project of Rebecca’s life, a duo album called All the Girls.

31 mins
3/26/21
Sally Wilfert (Part 1) - A Singer’s Journey from the Piano to Broadway

Sally Wilfert (Part 1) - A Singer’s Journey from the Piano to Broadway

Sally Wilfert is a Broadway actress and an amazing vocalist who understands the rigors and demands of performing at the top of her game. In part one of my conversation with Sally, she and I discuss the difficulties, injuries, and self-doubts she’s endured.

36 mins
3/24/21
Gabrielle Ruiz (Part 2) - EVITA National Tour and Female Representation in the Arts

Gabrielle Ruiz (Part 2) - EVITA National Tour and Female Representation in the Arts

As we talked about in Part One, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is what put Gabrielle Ruiz on the map. However, it was her theater training and performance abilities that made it possible for her to be cast in the show.

40 mins
3/19/21
Gabrielle Ruiz (Part 1) - From Broadway Actress to TV Star on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Gabrielle Ruiz (Part 1) - From Broadway Actress to TV Star on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

My good friend and amazing performer Gabrielle Ruiz joins me for Women's History Month to chat about her journey from ensemble member on Broadway to a principal role on primetime television. It's a path many of us actors wish to have, but hers has not been without personal and professional setbacks.

42 mins
3/17/21
Dorothy Fields and Broadway Collaborations Over Five Decades (Part 2) with Kristin Stultz Pressley

Dorothy Fields and Broadway Collaborations Over Five Decades (Part 2) with Kristin Stultz Pressley

Fifty years ago this month 10 people were inducted into the songwriters Hall of Fame. Included on that list are well-known names like duke Ellington, Ira Gershwin, and Alan J Lerner. The only woman in that group was Dorothy Fields.

40 mins
3/12/21
Dorothy Fields and Her Impact on Broadway Musical Theater (Part 1) with Kristin Stultz Pressley

Dorothy Fields and Her Impact on Broadway Musical Theater (Part 1) with Kristin Stultz Pressley

This week for Women’s History Month, I’m sharing a special conversation with Dr. Broadway about prolific lyricist and librettist Dorothy Fields, who collaborated with some of the most iconic and legendary composers in Broadway history.

26 mins
3/10/21
Carrie Bernans (Part 2) - Connecting with Other Actors and Confronting Stereotypes of Black Women

Carrie Bernans (Part 2) - Connecting with Other Actors and Confronting Stereotypes of Black Women

The church plays and school musicals of Carrie's childhood eventually gave way to on-camera acting and her desire to become a "black girl James Bond." So she was introduced to stunt work and martial arts classes, giving her a whole new set of skills that she also created careers of themselves.

26 mins
3/5/21
Carrie Bernans (Part 1) - From Actress on Stage to Stuntwoman in Black Panther

Carrie Bernans (Part 1) - From Actress on Stage to Stuntwoman in Black Panther

Carrie Bernans is the perfect person to kick off Women's History Month. She is a strong individual who knows who she is, what she wants, and usually how to get there. That’s not to say it’s been all smooth sailing for her, either personally or professionally, but she never lost her faith or belief in what’s possible.

32 mins
3/3/21
Brie Eley (Part 2) - Using Her Force for Good in Star Wars and with Fellow Black Actresses

Brie Eley (Part 2) - Using Her Force for Good in Star Wars and with Fellow Black Actresses

In part two of my conversation with Brie Eley, she talked about her latest project that has been such a mountaintop experience for her and we get into her organization that promotes and supports black actresses, providing them with opportunity and community but also showcasing the vast diversity among these black actresses.

44 mins
2/26/21
Brie Eley (Part 1) - Classically Trained Theater Actress Chooses TV/Film Career

Brie Eley (Part 1) - Classically Trained Theater Actress Chooses TV/Film Career

When it comes to being an artist, Brie Eley is the very definition of a multi-hyphenate. She is a classically trained actress and improviser, spent more than 10 years in marketing and small business development, and she creates, produces, and directs independent productions.

26 mins
2/24/21
Adrienne Walker (Part 2) - Offering Audition and Theater Advice to Fellow Actors with 32 Bar Cut

Adrienne Walker (Part 2) - Offering Audition and Theater Advice to Fellow Actors with 32 Bar Cut

One of the hardest lessons for any actor to learn is to not take constant rejection personally. Adrienne Walker and I continue in part two of our conversation with stories from our own struggles and failures in the audition room and on stage.

27 mins
2/19/21
Adrienne Walker (Part 1) - Broadway Actress and Singer Found a Home in The Lion King

Adrienne Walker (Part 1) - Broadway Actress and Singer Found a Home in The Lion King

While the goal of every actor is to perform, our day-to-day job is actually auditioning. As we continue Black History Month here on the podcast, Adrienne Walker from The Lion King on Broadway joins me for a very open and candid conversation about being in such an iconic show.

38 mins
2/17/21
Erin Cherry (Part 2) - An Actress Producing and Creating Her Own Work

Erin Cherry (Part 2) - An Actress Producing and Creating Her Own Work

In the second half of our conversation, Erin Cherry focuses on her weekly show Sundays with a Cherry on Top, a health and lifestyle show that showcases Black Culture in all its forms. She also joined playwright Mfoniso Udofia, Ngozi Anyanwu, and Chinyere Anyanwu as a founder producer of NOW Africa.

32 mins
2/12/21
Erin Cherry (Part 1) - This Emmy Winning Actress Can Teach Us a Thing or Two

Erin Cherry (Part 1) - This Emmy Winning Actress Can Teach Us a Thing or Two

For almost a year now Actors have had very little in the way of exercising and using our creative muscles, so in this episode I wanted to remind us of the craft and joy of acting.

28 mins
2/10/21
Geoffrey Owens (Part 2) - The Trader Joe’s Photo and Shift Happens

Geoffrey Owens (Part 2) - The Trader Joe’s Photo and Shift Happens

The life of any actor is one of going in and out of employment. But for Geoffrey Owens back in 2018, his side job was captured in a photo and spread across the Internet. In part two of our conversation for Black History Month, Geoffrey opens up about what led to his job at Trader Joe’s.

35 mins
2/5/21
Geoffrey Owens (Part 1) - So Much More Than Just Elvin on The Cosby Show

Geoffrey Owens (Part 1) - So Much More Than Just Elvin on The Cosby Show

Throughout his career Geoffrey Owens has been an actor, director, and teacher. But for more than 35 years he has been known as Elvin from The Cosby Show.

35 mins
2/3/21
Ashley Monique Menard (Part 2) - Writer and Comedian Who Knows What She’s Capable Of

Ashley Monique Menard (Part 2) - Writer and Comedian Who Knows What She’s Capable Of

I think it’s fair to say that artist are an emotional bunch in general. We feel things deeply and react with conviction. And that goes for the wonderful and exciting emotions but also goes for the heavy and worrisome emotions as well.

27 mins
1/29/21
Ashley Monique Menard (Part 1) - Actress and Plus Size Model Who Just Wants to Make You Laugh

Ashley Monique Menard (Part 1) - Actress and Plus Size Model Who Just Wants to Make You Laugh

In theater or really in any performing art, we have certain genres or types of characters and stories that fit us better than others. And today’s guest Ashley Monique Menard found her niche in comedy.

26 mins
1/27/21
Lauren Ober (Part 2) - How Podcasting Makes a Great Home for Performers

Lauren Ober (Part 2) - How Podcasting Makes a Great Home for Performers

As the host of NPR‘s the big listen, Lauren Ober was basically podcasting about podcasts and through that became a bona fide podcast expert. Maybe you’ve thought of starting your own podcast.

34 mins
1/22/21
Lauren Ober (Part 1) - Podcaster, Journalist, and Voice Coach Shares Her Spectacular Failures

Lauren Ober (Part 1) - Podcaster, Journalist, and Voice Coach Shares Her Spectacular Failures

Here on Why I’ll Never Make It, we focus on the challenges and setbacks that artists face, but there is one podcast out there focusing on the Spectacular Failures of companies and organizations.

36 mins
1/20/21
Justin Guarini (Part 2) - Lessons Learned from His Broadway Career after American Idol

Justin Guarini (Part 2) - Lessons Learned from His Broadway Career after American Idol

Welcome back to part two of my conversation with Justin Guarini! He’s already shared pivotal moments from his childhood and given us a cautionary tale of his college experience. So we pick up with his decision to stick with American Idol instead of making his Broadway debut with The Lion King.

44 mins
1/15/21
Justin Guarini (Part 1) - His Bumpy Musical Journey Leading Up to American Idol

Justin Guarini (Part 1) - His Bumpy Musical Journey Leading Up to American Idol

Happy New Year to you! And welcome to the premiere episode of Season Five. Today’s guest is Justin Guarini, who you probably know from American Idol but has done so much more and has a lot to teach us about becoming an artist, finding our own path, and realizing that fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

38 mins
1/13/21
Look Back at 2020 & the Last Final Five

Look Back at 2020 & the Last Final Five

A look back at the year that was unlike anything we hoped for or would ever imagine. Still, this podcast had its good moments and a plethora of fantastic guests. Here's just some of what you'll get in this end-of-the-year episode: Broadway Makers Alliance & Helium Radio Networks.

38 mins
12/28/20
THE PROM Special Episode with Caitlin Kinnunen and Abigail Rose Solomon (REWIND)

THE PROM Special Episode with Caitlin Kinnunen and Abigail Rose Solomon (REWIND)

Merry Christmas! :) In honor of the recent release of THE PROM movie on Netflix, here is a special combo episode of my conversations with star of the Broadway production, Caitlin Kinnunen (starts at 1:58), and one of the co-producers, Abigail Rose Solomon (starts at 35:18).

58 mins
12/25/20
Sammi Cannold (Part 2) - Don’t Keep Your Distance from This Innovative Theater Director

Sammi Cannold (Part 2) - Don’t Keep Your Distance from This Innovative Theater Director

Today’s episode is part two of my conversation with the final guest of Season 4. Sammi Cannold is a remarkable artist and director. She was even named to the 2019 Forbes List of 30 under 30 in entertainment for her innovative and unique approach to directing for the stage.

36 mins
12/18/20
Sammi Cannold (Part 1) - Director Who Shows How Theater Can Be COVID-Safe

Sammi Cannold (Part 1) - Director Who Shows How Theater Can Be COVID-Safe

Here we are at the final guest of Season Four... In part one of my conversation with New York director, Sammi Cannold shares the details of an article she wrote for The Stage, detailing how South Korean producers have made theater safe and possible for both creatives and audiences.

39 mins
12/16/20
Christophe Zajac-Denek (Part 2) - Twin Peaks Actor and Podcaster on Dwarfism

Christophe Zajac-Denek (Part 2) - Twin Peaks Actor and Podcaster on Dwarfism

In part one of my conversation with Christophe Zajac-Denek, he talked about growing up with dwarfism, his love of music and drumming, and how he just kind of fell into the world of acting on camera.

40 mins
12/11/20
Christophe Zajac-Denek (Part 1) - Little Person Actor and Musician on Finding Acceptance

Christophe Zajac-Denek (Part 1) - Little Person Actor and Musician on Finding Acceptance

If I’m being honest, I have never really met a little person. Maybe in passing, but never actually sat down and had a conversation with one. But once we got on Zoom, Christophe Zajac-Denek and I chatted for more than two hours and even then we still could’ve kept on talking.

49 mins
12/9/20
Cecy Treviño (Part 2) - Her BroadwayMania Actors and Christmas Creative Team

Cecy Treviño (Part 2) - Her BroadwayMania Actors and Christmas Creative Team

It's been one heck of a year, yet one arts group wanted to come together and make something to celebrate this season. They asked me to be a part of the event by hosting their Virtual Red Carpet.

39 mins
12/4/20
Cecy Treviño (Part 1) - Founder and Artistic Director of BroadwayMania

Cecy Treviño (Part 1) - Founder and Artistic Director of BroadwayMania

This past summer, as we were in the midst of massive theater shutdowns and summer season cancellations, I found BroadwayMania on Instagram. It was mostly videos of singers belting out show tunes, well-produced performances that were earnest and passionate.

23 mins
12/2/20
WINMI Recommends: ”The Politics of Culture” on Left, Right & Center

WINMI Recommends: ”The Politics of Culture” on Left, Right & Center

When it comes to the arts, I aim to give as wide a field of experience and opinion as possible here on the podcast. Yet for the most part I steer clear of politics.

3 mins
11/30/20
FINAL FIVE: Kristen Hetzel, Team USA

FINAL FIVE: Kristen Hetzel, Team USA

Thanks for coming back to join me and Kristen Hetzel again! This is a bonus episode to the previous conversation, where we cover topics and five specific questions that we didn’t address on the last episode.

11 mins
11/27/20
Kristen Hetzel - Team USA Duathlete on Bettering Our Attitudes with Persistence and Gratitude

Kristen Hetzel - Team USA Duathlete on Bettering Our Attitudes with Persistence and Gratitude

In this podcast’s continuing series, Bettering Ourselves, Bettering Our Careers we’re finding ways to improve how we work and create, how to push through challenges we face.

38 mins
11/25/20
After the Interview with Tony Howell

After the Interview with Tony Howell

Become a WINMI Producer today: donate.winmipodcast.com. This interview was conducted back in August 2020, hence the reference to my air conditioner. Tony also mentions his episode with Lea Salonga, which has since been released.

20 mins
11/20/20
Tony Howell - Bettering Our Online Presence and Social Media Strategy

Tony Howell - Bettering Our Online Presence and Social Media Strategy

When it comes to our lives and our careers, perhaps no shift has been more dramatic or significant as our increase in time online and on our phones. The biggest driver of this is social media.

55 mins
11/18/20
Alisa Hurwitz (Dr. Drama) - Bettering Our Mindset for Auditions and Performance

Alisa Hurwitz (Dr. Drama) - Bettering Our Mindset for Auditions and Performance

In part three of the month-long series bettering ourselves bettering our careers, this episode is a continuation from the previous conversation about deliberate practice and the 10,000 hours rule.

44 mins
11/13/20
Brooke Macnamara, PhD - Bettering Our Practice and Applying the 10,000 Hours Rule to Actors

Brooke Macnamara, PhD - Bettering Our Practice and Applying the 10,000 Hours Rule to Actors

When it comes to bettering ourselves as artists, it involves a lot of training, coaching, and practice. One popular strategy is called the 10,000 Hours Rule, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell. But today’s guest, psychologist Brooke Macnamara, has done research showing the importance of quality over quantity.

55 mins
11/11/20
Lisa Goldberg - Bettering Our Acting Careers through Public Relations

Lisa Goldberg - Bettering Our Acting Careers through Public Relations

Follow Lisa: Instagram / Twitter. Follow WINMI: Instagram / Twitter / Website. Don't forget to check out all the helpful offers available to you through WINMI guests and partners: resources.winmipodcast.com. WINMI is a Top 20 Theater Podcast thanks to you!

47 mins
11/4/20
2020 Tony Award Nominees with Broadway’s Nate Patten

2020 Tony Award Nominees with Broadway’s Nate Patten

On this special bonus episode all about the recent Tony Award Nominations, I’m so happy to introduce music director, conductor, and fellow podcaster Nate Patton. Nate and I first met when he was associate conducting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway.

45 mins
11/2/20
FINAL FIVE: Meredith Aleigha Wells

FINAL FIVE: Meredith Aleigha Wells

Meredith and I continue our conversation from the previous episode as she answers the Final Five questions. She shares her national tour ambitions and her love of interior design as well as what she learned from Ali Stroker.

8 mins
10/30/20
Meredith Aleigha Wells - Actor/Singer Who Is Dysfunctioning Just Fine in Her Wheelchair

Meredith Aleigha Wells - Actor/Singer Who Is Dysfunctioning Just Fine in Her Wheelchair

In honor of Dysautonomia Awareness Month, Meredith Aleigha Wells joins the podcast to share her struggles and challenges onstage and in life all from the vantage point of a wheelchair.

47 mins
10/28/20
WINMI Recommends: Keep the Flame Alive

WINMI Recommends: Keep the Flame Alive

This month’s Recommendation comes from co-hosts Jill Jaracz and Allison Brown and their podcast: Keep the Flame Alive, the podcast for fans of the greatest sporting event in the world. Each week, hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown explore the stories of the Olympics, which is basically the Broadway of sports.

4 mins
10/26/20
Charlotte Canning, PhD - The History of Pandemics and Theater Closings

Charlotte Canning, PhD - The History of Pandemics and Theater Closings

British historian and philosopher R.G. Collingwood said, "History is for human self knowledge, the only clue to what men can do is what man has done. So with an ongoing pandemic and theaters shut down for the foreseeable future, what can history teach us about dealing with such hardships and what to expect going forward?

52 mins
10/21/20
Historias Hispanas en Español - Bianca Marroquín, Luis Salgado, Jaime Lozano y Mas

Historias Hispanas en Español - Bianca Marroquín, Luis Salgado, Jaime Lozano y Mas

Bienvenidos y gracias por acompañarnos en esta edición especial de Why I’ll Never Make It! En esta segunda parte de mi serie sobre historias hispanas, escucharán a mis invitados anteriores compartir sus propias historias y experiencias en español.

38 mins
10/15/20
Hispanic Stories in English - Matt Zambrano and Dan Domingues

Hispanic Stories in English - Matt Zambrano and Dan Domingues

This is part one in a series of former Hispanic guests coming back to share their stories in their own words. The second part - la segunda parte - comes out tomorrow and will be en espanol. My original idea was to bring back all Hispanic guests for a single Spanish episode.

38 mins
10/14/20
FINAL FIVE: Tadeo Martinez, DFW Theater Critics Outstanding Actor

FINAL FIVE: Tadeo Martinez, DFW Theater Critics Outstanding Actor

Welcome back to more conversation with Tadeo Martinez as he answers the Final Five. Tadeo shares two of his favorites pieces of advice and his dream to be on YouTube. He also talks about his award-winning performance in Noises Off in Dallas, Texas.

14 mins
10/9/20
Hispanic Heritage Month - Tadeo Martinez, BFA in Theater from SMU

Hispanic Heritage Month - Tadeo Martinez, BFA in Theater from SMU

When it comes to the guests on this podcast most of them are fairly well established. This allows me to the Google them, find pictures and stories about them, and get to know their body of work. But for Tadeo Martinez, there wasn’t much to go on.

56 mins
10/7/20
FINAL FIVE: Bianca Marroquín, who played Chita Rivera in FOSSE

FINAL FIVE: Bianca Marroquín, who played Chita Rivera in FOSSE

Well, I hope you listened to our previous conversation because Bianca is back to answer the Final Five questions. She shares her disappointment in not getting to play Evita but also her joy to portray Chita Rivera in the hit TV show Fosse.

14 mins
10/2/20
Hispanic Heritage Month - Bianca Marroquín, CHICAGO’s Roxie Hart

Hispanic Heritage Month - Bianca Marroquín, CHICAGO’s Roxie Hart

In today's wide-ranging conversation with Bianca Marroquin, one of the issues she addresses is that of language and accent. Growing up near the Texas border, she had the opportunity to learn both languages.

1 h 4 mins
9/30/20
WINMI Recommends: The Industry with Dan Delgado

WINMI Recommends: The Industry with Dan Delgado

Well, it's the last Monday of the month, so that means it's time for this month's podcast recommendation: THE INDUSTRY, hosted by Dan Delgado. Every week Why I’ll Never Make It likes to highlight and dive into the areas that hold us back as artists, the realities of this business with all of its ups and downs.

4 mins
9/28/20
Hispanic Heritage Month - Luis Salgado, Reaching New HEIGHTS Through Dance

Hispanic Heritage Month - Luis Salgado, Reaching New HEIGHTS Through Dance

Follow Luis: Website / Facebook / Twitter. Follow WINMI: Instagram / Twitter / Website. Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/winmipodcast. Don't forget to check out all the helpful offers available to you through WINMI guests and partners: resources.winmipodcast.com.

60 mins
9/23/20
FINAL FIVE: Jaime Lozano, Voting Member of the Grammys and Latin Grammys

FINAL FIVE: Jaime Lozano, Voting Member of the Grammys and Latin Grammys

After our conversation on the previous episode, Jaime talks about the process of voting on songs and albums for the Grammys, and then he answers the Final Five. He shares his love of Law & Order and his dream to work with Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as what he learns from those who are humble.

17 mins
9/18/20
Hispanic Heritage Month - Jaime Lozano, Musical Theater Composer

Hispanic Heritage Month - Jaime Lozano, Musical Theater Composer

For the next few weeks WINMI is going to be highlighting some amazing Hispanic artists, ranging from composers and dancers to actors and singers. And it's all in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to these interviews I’ll be showcasing important creatives in Hispanic history.

55 mins
9/16/20
You Too Can Be an #ArtsHero with Carson Elrod and Brooke Ishibashi

You Too Can Be an #ArtsHero with Carson Elrod and Brooke Ishibashi

Mid-March of this year was a uniquely devastating time for theater and the arts industry as a whole. Broadway and Off-Broadway here in New York as well as theaters all around the country began to close for what they thought would be a possible one-month shut down.

36 mins
9/9/20
FINAL FIVE: Alex Pires

FINAL FIVE: Alex Pires

After our conversation on the previous episode, Alex answers the Final Five. He shares his love of Christopher Nolan movies and his dream to be on Law & Order: SVU as well as what he learned from Will Smith and Michelle Obama. Check out Alex's web series: P's in a Pod.

17 mins
9/4/20
Alex Pires - Actor and Writer of the Comedy Web Series P’s in a Pod

Alex Pires - Actor and Writer of the Comedy Web Series P’s in a Pod

Follow Alex: Website / Instagram / Twitter. Follow WINMI: Instagram / Twitter. Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/winmipodcast. Don't forget to check out all the helpful offers available to you through WINMI guests and partners: resources.winmipodcast.com.

47 mins
9/2/20
WINMI Recommends: The Tony Howell Podcast

WINMI Recommends: The Tony Howell Podcast

For the second month in a row Why I’ll Never Make It goes outside its own podcast walls to recommend another podcaster doing great work in the arts or beyond. The first one was The Ensemblist as part of the episode with Mo Brady.

3 mins
8/31/20
FINAL FIVE: Bart Shatto

FINAL FIVE: Bart Shatto

After our conversation on the previous episode, Bart Shatto answers the Final Five. He shares his broadcasting aspirations and his dream to do all the roles I've done as well as what he learned from Albert Einstein and Booker T. Washington.

16 mins
8/28/20
Bart Shatto - Broadway Veteran on Maintaining Creativity and Artistic Power

Bart Shatto - Broadway Veteran on Maintaining Creativity and Artistic Power

Broadway is no cure against challenges or setbacks. Bart Shatto has experienced the joys and the hardships of a life in theater, both personally and professionally. He gives an open and vulnerable look at how this business can create wonderful moments and powerful lessons.

1 h 2 mins
8/26/20
FINAL FIVE: Jason Odell Williams

FINAL FIVE: Jason Odell Williams

Thanks for coming back to join me and Jason Odell Williams for the final five! This is a bonus episode to the conversation we had previously, covering topics and five specific questions we didn’t address on the last episode.

13 mins
8/21/20
Jason Odell Williams - Playwright and Producer Walking the Line Between Stage and Screen

Jason Odell Williams - Playwright and Producer Walking the Line Between Stage and Screen

Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated television producer. But his first love was acting...until it wasn't. In this episode he shares that journey from saying the words to writing them.

1 h 1 min
8/19/20
FINAL FIVE: Eric Jordan Young

FINAL FIVE: Eric Jordan Young

Well, here we are at the Final Five questions, a bonus episode to our previous conversation. Eric is back and shares his passion for branding and being a stylist. He also mentions what distinguishes Gayle King and why he'd love to pick her brain as well as the two distinct life lessons he learned from his parents.

10 mins
8/14/20
Eric Jordan Young - Broadway Actor and Singer on the Importance of Letting the Work Inspire You

Eric Jordan Young - Broadway Actor and Singer on the Importance of Letting the Work Inspire You

During his years in New York City, Eric Jordan Young bounced around from Broadway productions and national tours to regional shows and concerts. According to most performers, he was living the dream. But he wanted something else, we wanted something more.

48 mins
8/12/20
FINAL FIVE: David Ruttura

FINAL FIVE: David Ruttura

After our conversation on the previous episode, David answers the Final Five. He shares his political aspirations, what he's learned from Broadway directors as well as where the best ideas come from. Do you have other questions you'd like to ask?

14 mins
8/7/20
David Ruttura - Broadway’s Associate Director of Plays and Musicals Cuts Loose

David Ruttura - Broadway’s Associate Director of Plays and Musicals Cuts Loose

David and I first met last year as he directed the 90-minute version of FOOTLOOSE on Norwegian Cruise Line. But In New York, he spends his time working with some of the best directors on Broadway from SCHOOL OF ROCK and BEAUTIFUL to LOMBARDI and NETWORK (starring Bryan Cranston).

54 mins
8/5/20
FINAL FIVE: Mo Brady

FINAL FIVE: Mo Brady

Thanks for coming back to join me and Mo for the final five! This is a bonus conversation covering topics and five specific questions we didn’t address on the last episode. Today, Mo talks about his love of NEXT TO NORMAL and how Susan Blackwell from TITLE OF SHOW inspires him.

6 mins
7/31/20
Mo Brady - Broadway Actor/Podcaster Advocating and Supporting the Ensemblist Community

Mo Brady - Broadway Actor/Podcaster Advocating and Supporting the Ensemblist Community

Co-creator of The Ensemblist podcast and blog shares his love of theater, especially for those out of the spotlight and in the ensemble. Mo Brady grew up building sets and imagining a life on the stage.

53 mins
7/29/20
Erin Cronican (Part 2) - Taking Theater Online and Streaming

Erin Cronican (Part 2) - Taking Theater Online and Streaming

Instead of answering the Final Five questions, Erin Cronican continues our conversation on producing theater for the online world as well as some insight into her cooking habits (or lack thereof).

12 mins
7/24/20
Erin Cronican (Part 1) - Producing Theater in the Midst of COVID and Cancer

Erin Cronican (Part 1) - Producing Theater in the Midst of COVID and Cancer

Erin Cronican first came on the podcast back in Season One, sharing the ups and downs of making theater while still being an actor. Today, she faces new challenges of producing theater in the middle of a pandemic while also battling cancer once again.

52 mins
7/22/20
FINAL FIVE: Chaz Wolcott Shares an Audition Story

FINAL FIVE: Chaz Wolcott Shares an Audition Story

After our conversation on the previous episode, Chaz answers the Final Five. But first, he shares a hilarious audition story, then goes into his dream to work in physical therapy as well as how he learned the importance of preparation.

14 mins
7/17/20
Chaz Wolcott - Choreographer and Dancer Goes from NEWSIES to a New Normal

Chaz Wolcott - Choreographer and Dancer Goes from NEWSIES to a New Normal

Chaz started dancing at the age of 2in Gahanna, Ohio, and several years later he won the Gold Medal at the US Tap Championships and then won Bronze for the United States at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany at the age of 14.

57 mins
7/15/20
FINAL FIVE: Brian Lowdermilk

FINAL FIVE: Brian Lowdermilk

After our conversation on the previous episode, Brian answers the Final Five, talking about software engineering and his dream to fix CHESS as well as lessons learned from Elizabeth Gilbert. Do you have other ideas for Final Five questions?

9 mins
7/10/20
Brian Lowdermilk - LGBTQ Composer and Songwriter from Kerrigan & Lowdermilk

Brian Lowdermilk - LGBTQ Composer and Songwriter from Kerrigan & Lowdermilk

Featuring the third composer of the season, Brian Lowdermilk is a fantastic contemporary songwriter who's found a great deal of success from the internet. And in this day and age where not much theater is happening onstage, that bodes well for both Kerrigan & Lowdermilk.

50 mins
7/8/20
FINAL FIVE: Roberto Araujo

FINAL FIVE: Roberto Araujo

After our conversation on the previous episode, Roberto answers the Final Five. He shares his love of CBS Sunday Morning and his dream of playing the Baker in INTO THE WOODS as well as that the time he forgot to press the record button.

16 mins
7/3/20
Roberto Araujo - Actor, Photographer, and PLAYBILL’s Director of Video Production

Roberto Araujo - Actor, Photographer, and PLAYBILL’s Director of Video Production

Season 4 Survey: https://winmipodcast.typeform.com/to/SdODaMU7. I first got to know Roberto when putting together the Season Three opener with Caroline Bowman. He had taken beautiful photos of her as she was preparing for the National Tour of Disney's FROZEN.

52 mins
7/1/20
FINAL FIVE: Cris Eli Blak

FINAL FIVE: Cris Eli Blak

After our conversation on the previous episode, Cris answers the Final Five. He shares why he'd love to teach and his dream to be in CATS as well as what he learned from Tyler Perry. Do you have other ideas for Final Five questions?

13 mins
6/26/20
Cris Eli Blak - African-American Actor, Playwright, Producer, and Poet Shares His Story

Cris Eli Blak - African-American Actor, Playwright, Producer, and Poet Shares His Story

In this longer episode than normal, I am honored and grateful to have this enormously gifted artist on the show. Cris Eli Blak may only be a senior in college, but he has wisdom far beyond his years to share with all of us.

1 h 15 mins
6/24/20
Michael Francis McBride - Dancer Who Found Love and Passion at Alvin Ailey

Michael Francis McBride - Dancer Who Found Love and Passion at Alvin Ailey

The third and final look at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with Michael McBride, a 10-year veteran with the company. Through this organization he not only gained skills and experience in collaborating with some of the best dancers and choreographers on the planet, but he also found the love of his life, Samuel Lee Roberts, a fellow dancer in the company.

47 mins
6/17/20
Samantha Figgins - Dancer and Ballerina Finds a Home at Alvin Ailey

Samantha Figgins - Dancer and Ballerina Finds a Home at Alvin Ailey

Samantha Figgins is currently in her sixth season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. But what many people don't know is that this gorgeous dancer suffers from single-sided deafness. As a baby, Figgins contracted spinal meningitis, which caused her to lose all hearing in her right ear.

51 mins
6/10/20
Tribute to Alvin Ailey - Dancer & Choreographer Preserving the African-American Cultural Experience

Tribute to Alvin Ailey - Dancer & Choreographer Preserving the African-American Cultural Experience

When it comes to the performing arts and certainly to dance, there are few people more worthy of admiration, of inspiration and imitation than Alvin Ailey. He was both uniquely gifted and qualified to tell the African-American experience which he lived and saw and reacted to through the art of dance.

15 mins
6/3/20
FINAL FIVE: Douglas Sills

FINAL FIVE: Douglas Sills

At the end of our previous insightful conversation, Douglas Sills gave his answers to the Final Five questions. He shares a story of his mentor who recently passed away as well as his interests finance and veterinarian medicine.

13 mins
5/29/20
Douglas Sills - Broadway’s Leading Man Almost Led Another Life

Douglas Sills - Broadway’s Leading Man Almost Led Another Life

His iconic Broadway debut in SCARLET PIMPERNEL may have made Douglas Sills a Broadway star, but his head has never been in the clouds. In today's episode, he has his feet firmly on the ground and shares how he left the business (twice) and what brought him back.

53 mins
5/27/20
FINAL FIVE: Mykal Kilgore and Hannah Elless

FINAL FIVE: Mykal Kilgore and Hannah Elless

After our conversation on the previous episode, Mykal and Hannah answer the Final Five questions. They share stories of the individuals who have inspired them as artists as well as their interests in education and geology.

16 mins
5/22/20
Hannah Elless & Mykal Kilgore - Broadway Performers Who Crave New Works and Musicals

Hannah Elless & Mykal Kilgore - Broadway Performers Who Crave New Works and Musicals

Hannah Elless and Mykal Kilgore (and myself) first met doing a reading of a new musical called THE STAR CHILD. They have each gone on to do three Broadway shows, but they still love that new-car smell of a fresh, unknown piece of theater.

59 mins
5/20/20
FINAL FIVE: Andrew Lippa

FINAL FIVE: Andrew Lippa

Welcome back to my talk with Andrew Lippa as he answers the Final Five questions. This is a bonus episode to the conversation we had previously, covering topics we didn't get to last time.

8 mins
5/15/20
Andrew Lippa - Composer and Lyricist on Being a Big Fish in a Little Broadway Pond

Andrew Lippa - Composer and Lyricist on Being a Big Fish in a Little Broadway Pond

From his first intimate musical, john and jen, to his bigger productions on and off Broadway, Andrew Lippa has been a prolific and award-winning writer. He joins the podcast to talk about his growth along that sometimes bumpy path and what it means to bring a bit of himself into his compositions and lyrics.

49 mins
5/13/20
FINAL FIVE: Hal Luftig

FINAL FIVE: Hal Luftig

After our conversation on the previous episode, Hal Luftig answers the Final Five. He shares his love of teaching and his dream to work with Audra McDonald as well as what he learned from famed Broadway producer Emanuel "Manny" Azenberg.

10 mins
5/8/20
Hal Luftig - Broadway Producer Finds Value in the Hit Musicals As Well As the Flops

Hal Luftig - Broadway Producer Finds Value in the Hit Musicals As Well As the Flops

Welcome to a month-long look at previous Broadway seasons...the nominations, the wins, and the losses. With four Tony Awards to his name, including two as lead producer, and two Olivier Awards, also as lead producer, Hal Luftig knows and thing or two about theatrical success.

51 mins
5/6/20
FINAL FIVE: Alina Alcántara

FINAL FIVE: Alina Alcántara

Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode with Alina Alcántara! After our last conversation about staying motivated and the joy she found in performing, Alina sat down to answer five questions on topics and insights not covered in the previous episode.

9 mins
5/1/20
Alina Alcántara - Actress and Singer Found Passion and Purpose in Theater

Alina Alcántara - Actress and Singer Found Passion and Purpose in Theater

Former flight attendant Alina Alcántara is a New York native of Dominican heritage, who has lived in Florida for most of her life. And in this episode she shares the rocky road to finding her true calling in life as an actor and singer.

43 mins
4/29/20
FINAL FIVE: Seán Cullen

FINAL FIVE: Seán Cullen

It's been a month-long break, so welcome back to the FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! After our last conversation, Seán answers five final questions not covered in the previous episode. He talks about his bucket list Sondheim musical and reveals his comedic idol...

11 mins
4/24/20
Seán Cullen - Stand-up Comedian and Actor on the Serious Business of Being Funny

Seán Cullen - Stand-up Comedian and Actor on the Serious Business of Being Funny

Seán Cullen is a Canadian actor, voice artist and stand-up comedian, known for combining improvisation with mimicry and music. He joins me today to share his love of comedy and writing books for his children.

59 mins
4/22/20
Financial Wellness (Part 2) Rebecca Selkowe from The Actors Fund, COVID Edition

Financial Wellness (Part 2) Rebecca Selkowe from The Actors Fund, COVID Edition

In the last episode, Rebecca Selkowe reminded us of the groundwork needed to organize and manage our money. Today, she brings it to the present with useful tips and insights we can use during times of crisis like COVID-19.

33 mins
4/17/20
Financial Wellness (Part 1) Rebecca Selkowe from The Actors Fund (REWIND)

Financial Wellness (Part 1) Rebecca Selkowe from The Actors Fund (REWIND)

Since 1955, April 15th has been Tax Day, until this year...the year of COVID-19 and economic uncertainty. With so many unemployed, especially those of us in the arts, what are we to do. How can we manage our money? What money!?

52 mins
4/15/20
Laziness - How Doing Less Can Bring More Success (Bite-Size Edition)

Laziness - How Doing Less Can Bring More Success (Bite-Size Edition)

Overcome with laziness and procrastination, feeling unmotivated, stuck, and just can’t get started? Believe me, you are not alone. But there is hope when mired in such complacency. However, it may not be the solution you think it is.

17 mins
4/8/20
Social Distancing - A Special Coronavirus Conversation with Clayton Howe

Social Distancing - A Special Coronavirus Conversation with Clayton Howe

Well, coronavirus is all people can talk about. It has completely changed our daily lives and interactions with others, especially in the world of theater. So I wanted to address it head on with friend-of-the-podcast Clayton Howe.

45 mins
4/1/20
FINAL FIVE: Tiffany Coyne

FINAL FIVE: Tiffany Coyne

Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! After our last conversation Tiffany answers five final questions not covered in the previous episode. She talks about how she still hopes to do musical theater one day and opens up about her late father and the lessons he taught her...

14 mins
3/27/20
Tiffany Coyne - LET’S MAKE A DEAL Co-Host  & Former Vegas Dancer (Women’s History Month)

Tiffany Coyne - LET’S MAKE A DEAL Co-Host & Former Vegas Dancer (Women’s History Month)

Whether as sidekick or the lady in charge, Tiffany Coyne has made her mark on the popular game show LET'S MAKE A DEAL. She can keep up with Wayne Brady and holds her own in the chaotic fun of each episode. Starting out as a dancer, she had no thoughts or goals toward television.

39 mins
3/25/20
FINAL FIVE: Charlotte Cohn

FINAL FIVE: Charlotte Cohn

Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! After our conversation on Wednesday about opera and directing, Charlotte gave her answers to five questions and topics not covered in the main interview. Also, in honor of Women's History Month, this week's Broadway pioneer is Vinnette Justine Carroll, PhD.

16 mins
3/20/20
Charlotte Cohn - Former Tank Commander & Opera Singer Finds Her Voice in Theater (Women’s History Month)

Charlotte Cohn - Former Tank Commander & Opera Singer Finds Her Voice in Theater (Women’s History Month)

Charlotte Cohn was born in Denmark and raised in Israel where she served in the Israeli Army as a commanding officer. She was a founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF) and MainStreet Musicals.

59 mins
3/18/20
MAESTRA MUSIC with Georgia Stitt, Advocating Women Musicians in Theater (Women’s History Month)

MAESTRA MUSIC with Georgia Stitt, Advocating Women Musicians in Theater (Women’s History Month)

MAESTRA MUSIC was founded by composer/lyricist and music director Georgia Stitt to give support, visibility, and community to the women who make the music in the musical theater industry.

41 mins
3/13/20
Georgia Stitt - Composer, Lyricist, and Music Director (Women’s History Month)

Georgia Stitt - Composer, Lyricist, and Music Director (Women’s History Month)

May this podcast be a resource for you as you discover more ways to pursue a career in this industry and sustain it through the many ups and downs that follow. You can always reach out to me on the website: contact.winmipodcast.com.

41 mins
3/11/20
FINAL FIVE: Abigail Rose Solomon

FINAL FIVE: Abigail Rose Solomon

After our in-depth discussion on producing in NYC and balancing that with an acting career, Abigail now shares bucket lists and who she looks up to. These final five questions get into topics and insights not covered in our previous conversation.

8 mins
3/6/20
Abigail Rose Solomon - Actress and Broadway Producer of Musicals and Plays (Women’s History Month)

Abigail Rose Solomon - Actress and Broadway Producer of Musicals and Plays (Women’s History Month)

For the first episode of Women's History Month, I'm talking to New York-Los Angeles actress and producer Abigail Rose Solomon, who founded Rosalind Productions in 2005.

57 mins
3/4/20
More AUDITION STORIES 2020 with Lauren Kennedy, Justin Guarini and others!

More AUDITION STORIES 2020 with Lauren Kennedy, Justin Guarini and others!

On the second half of AUDITION STORIES we dive into the comparison game with Justin Guarini. This kind of jealousy is so common to actors and affects us in the audition room more than we know.

43 mins
2/26/20
AUDITION STORIES 2020 with Caroline Bowman, Kelvin Moon Loh and more!

AUDITION STORIES 2020 with Caroline Bowman, Kelvin Moon Loh and more!

The 2nd Annual Auditions Stories is here! And this is only part one...focusing on the Audition Book and debunking 5 myths about what this book is supposed to be. The typical audition book has at least 20 songs (or monologues).

49 mins
2/19/20
SING FOR YOUR SENIORS with Founder & Producing Artistic Director Jackie Vanderbeck (Spotlight)

SING FOR YOUR SENIORS with Founder & Producing Artistic Director Jackie Vanderbeck (Spotlight)

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (Tom Viola) Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Broadway for the Blind. The PROM's Broadway Session. Donating Pianos. Follow Sing For Your Seniors: Website | Instagram | Twitter.

59 mins
2/12/20
American Sign Language for Theater - Providing Access to Deaf Audiences with ASL Interpreters

American Sign Language for Theater - Providing Access to Deaf Audiences with ASL Interpreters

This podcast mainly focuses on the artist and the creative, the actor or composer or director, etc. But in today’s episode I’m turning the tables and focusing on the audience, specifically those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

32 mins
2/5/20
Dave Jackson - Hall of Fame Podcaster on How and Why Actors Should Start a Podcast

Dave Jackson - Hall of Fame Podcaster on How and Why Actors Should Start a Podcast

This is a special episode where someone I consider to be one of the best in podcasting joins the show to discuss what he's learned about this growing medium and how we as artists can use this as another outlet for our creativity.

53 mins
1/29/20
FINAL FIVE: Megan Carver

FINAL FIVE: Megan Carver

Welcome to the FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode with Megan Carver! After our in-depth discussion on finding our artistic niche and creating work for ourselves, we then chatted about others job and where inspiration comes from.

9 mins
1/24/20
Megan Carver - Actress, Producer, Writer, and Filmmaker

Megan Carver - Actress, Producer, Writer, and Filmmaker

Whether in life or her profession, Megan lives by three simple mottos... Work Hard • Be Kind • Stay Classy • And it is these ideals that led her to turn a punch to the gut into another creative outlet for finding work and fulfilling her passion.

46 mins
1/22/20
FINAL FIVE: Remy Germinario

FINAL FIVE: Remy Germinario

Thanks for joining me and Remy for this week's FINAL FIVE! After our discussion of the rigors and challenges of stand-up comedy, we got down to the serious business of bucket lists and sage advice.

9 mins
1/17/20
Remy Germinario - Theater Actor Finding Another Stage with Improv and Stand-Up Comedy

Remy Germinario - Theater Actor Finding Another Stage with Improv and Stand-Up Comedy

Freemics - a comprehensive listing of comedy open mics across the East and West Coast. Stand Up NY - opened its doors in 1986 and has since become one of New York City’s premiere comedy clubs.

51 mins
1/15/20
FINAL FIVE: Miata Edoga

FINAL FIVE: Miata Edoga

Welcome to the first FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode of 2020! These are five questions I ask each guest on topics and insights not covered in our main conversation on Wednesday. The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing another side to Miata Edoga...

9 mins
1/10/20
Miata Edoga - TV/Film Actress & Financial Coach with Abundance Bound

Miata Edoga - TV/Film Actress & Financial Coach with Abundance Bound

Miata Edoga is the President and Founder of Abundance Bound, the premiere financial education company for actors, artists, and creative entrepreneurs.

59 mins
1/8/20
A Look Back at 2019

A Look Back at 2019

Welcome to the 2nd Anniversary episode of the podcast! And what a year it has been! We’ve had wonderful guests from actors and singers to stage managers and artistic directors. And this episode is a look back at some of the best moments from the past year as well as a look ahead to what’s in store for 2020.

37 mins
12/28/19
Artists Striving to End Poverty / ASTEP with Samantha Manfred (Spotlight)

Artists Striving to End Poverty / ASTEP with Samantha Manfred (Spotlight)

ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students. It’s goal was to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with youth from underserved communities in the U.S.

43 mins
12/18/19
FINAL FIVE: Mike Isaacson

FINAL FIVE: Mike Isaacson

Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions I'll be asking each guest all season long, as they give concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing another side to Jenny Stafford...

10 mins
12/13/19
Mike Isaacson - Artistic Director of the Muny on the Challenges of Producing Broadway Musicals

Mike Isaacson - Artistic Director of the Muny on the Challenges of Producing Broadway Musicals

Mike Isaacson has led the Muny for almost ten years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In this episode he shares not only the challenges of producing 7 musicals in 10 weeks each summer, but he also opens up about his Tony Award winning Broadway ventures, Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

46 mins
12/11/19
FINAL FIVE: Jenny Stafford

FINAL FIVE: Jenny Stafford

Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions I'll be asking each guest all season long, as they give concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing another side to Jenny Stafford...

10 mins
12/6/19
Jenny Stafford - Lyricist on Writing, Collaboration, and the Day Broadway Called

Jenny Stafford - Lyricist on Writing, Collaboration, and the Day Broadway Called

In the entertainment industry, we are all essentially storytellers. But there is one among us who is the spark and drive of those stories...the writer. Jenny Stafford is a prolific lyricist and book writer with her work featured on and off Broadway as well as regional and children's theaters across the country.

54 mins
12/4/19
Five Reasons Artists Have to Be Thankful (Bite Size Episode)

Five Reasons Artists Have to Be Thankful (Bite Size Episode)

Happy Thanksgiving! We’ve all been with our families and gone around the proverbial table to say what we are grateful for. Well, it’s my turn and this episode is dedicated to YOU, who listen and follow and support this podcast.

16 mins
11/27/19
FINAL FIVE: Misha Osherovich

FINAL FIVE: Misha Osherovich

Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions I'll be asking each guest all season long, as they give concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing another side to Misha Osherovich...