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Welcome to The Actors Lounge Podcast, where actors share their stories including the challenges, successes and lessons learned along the way! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
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Mere  words can only capture the refrain of her awesome talent. She is the  ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite  vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she  mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms.AS AN ACTOR, she has appeared in hit TV shows such as Lifetime's, “Army Wives”, and Marc Cherry's, "Devious Maids". Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams' apocalyptic, “Revolution”, and “Aquarius", starring X-Files' David Duchuvny, both on NBC, and “Criminal Minds”, alongside Joe Mantegna. Theatrical credits include, “The Blind Side”, “Addicted”, starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”,  as Seeder, and "Christmas Wedding Baby”, by Award-Winning Writer/Director Kiara C. Jones. She also stars in Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore's "The Next Day."  In addition, she recurs in Bounce TV's, "Saints & Sinners" as Lt. Hawkins, and as Ms. Sumner is the Oscar nominated film, “Hidden Figures”.A SONG STYLIST in  her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary  artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh, and  Ronnie Laws. After a very successful 6 year stint in Asia, Maria  relocated back to the U.S. and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for 9  consecutive years. She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz  pianist Teddy Wilson), held the distinction of being the longest running  act at the Atlanta, GA location. As of 2017, Maria hosts her live  Hollywood music series called #DUETS, featuring “songs to soothe your  soul.”Maria is not only a song stylist and actor, but a very devoted supporter of her charity of choice, Students Without Mothers, where she has served as a board member for over 8 years.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Sara Mornell  has shared her 23+ years of extensive knowledge  coaching actors, athletes, and entertainers to live in their truths and  train like Olympians to meet the demands of Hollywood. Recognizing that  the current training and methodology based in theater techniques is  failing actors. After years of coaching actors with an  unprecedented booking rate, combined with coaching athletes on their  game - The Mornell Method was born.  A new and more effective approach  for actors who want to work in Film and TV. Cultivating an athletic  frame of mind while supporting the creative spirit. Sara’s method  teaches actors how to be fearless versions of themselves instead of  teaching how to be a character. -Most recently Sara starred opposite  Jeremy Sisto in the ABC crime drama Wicked City and guest starred as  Renee on the hit Freeform comedy Alone Together.  Sara has also appeared  opposite Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine in the film People Like Us,  with Kevin Bacon in The Darkness, and as Jean, the tough-loving  expedition guide in the horror thriller Quarries. Other film credits  include: Python, Paranormal Activity 4, Starting From Scratch, Knife  Fight and Plan B. In addition to working in front of the camera, Sara has also written, directed and produced three seasons of comedy series #TheAssignment through her production company, Mornell Studios.In  2017, Mornell Studios  relocated from Los Angeles to Atlanta where she  currently resides. Sara came to Atlanta to bring her method to the  working class actor, and raise the bar for training in the southeast  market. The goal being to put Atlanta on the map for trained reliable  talent for roles beyond that of the co-star.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Mara Hall is best known for her recent co-star roles  in Scandal (ABC) and The Quad(BET), supporting role in A Question of  Faith (Silver Lining Entertainment), lead role in the comedic  film Loqueesa, and her role as Nurse Kathleen on the award-winning ABC  series Grey’s Anatomy (ABC). In 2017 & 2016, Mara guest starred in  many episodes of Bounce TV’s popular series Saints & Sinners. Mara  joined the cast of the new Oprah Winfrey Network, Will Packer  Productions series Ambitions in 2019 as a series regular. Mara made her  national TV debut on the hit show Dance Your Ass Off as one of the  contestants on Oxygen's reality dance/weight loss competition series. In  2015, Mara launched her social media movement and lifestyle show, I Got  Something To Say #IGSTS, that  empowers audiences through laughter. Mara is also passionate about  health, fashion, and beauty and loves to connect with fellow beauty  queens across the U.S. and globally.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Dinora Walcott is originally from Boston,  Massachusetts.  She is an actress known for shows such as The Big Bang  Theory, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, a recurring  character on all seven seasons of ABC’s Scandal, and a recurring  character on TNT’s The Last Ship.  She has her Masters Degree from  Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater and The Moscow Art  Theater, in Russia.  Dinora works regularly in national commercials,  voice over, and as a writer.  She is also an acting and audition coach.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Jerrel  O’Neal is a native of Detroit MI. He is an NAACP Award winning actor that  attended Alabama State University were he received his B.A in Theater under The Direction of Brian Martin, and Tonea Stewart. He went on to sign an professional acting contract to B Street Theater in Sacramento, Ca. Jerrel is The "Marvin Sims" award recipient for the 2010 KCACTF National acting competition.   Some of his work  includes August Wilsons "Jitney" (Booster), Loraine Hansberry's "A Raisin In The Sun" (George Murchison) , and Shaka Senghor’s "The Cell" (Trey). Since moving to California,  He has starred along some of Hollywood's biggest names such has Loretta Divine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Harry J Lennix and Grammy Nominated R&B Singer Ledisi. He is currently starring and producing his hit YouTube show “Jones” as the lovable Ali. He Also Directed several projects one of his most recent being “Sunset Baby” by Dominique Morisseau. Also being  former track & field athlete with many accomplishments, He became a coach at Burbank High School in California, where he brought the team back to the top of there league winning the title in 2016. Several of his athletes went on to continue their dreams in college. Being from the Motown he also has the biggest love  for music and dance. Since college he has been teaching Detroit/ Chicago style ballroom. Now teaching in La. As well as recording and writing his music. He is a man that truly knows us in gods gifts for the right reasons, will allow you to receive  everything that suppose to come from it!! Be inspired!!!  IG: oscar_oneal --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Khalimah hails from Jamaica, Queens in The Big Apple but currently resides in the  film making heaven in the city of Angels, Los Angeles, CA. She has been  driven by her passion for the performing arts from a young age. She  does it all from hosting events, Writing, Voice Overs, Directing, and of  course Acting. She honed her natural gifts with formal training in film  and theater at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA)  right after graduating High School. Since then, she's done a variety of  work such as numerous Off Broadway plays, commercials, voice overs, web  series, and films. She has also created and hosts her own Bi- weekly  networking event that has become a staple for the film community. Actors  and film makers of all caliber work amongst their peers!  Be sure to check out The Screening Room Atl every  other Wednesday Night at Gallery 992 | 992 ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, Ga 30310.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Sheila  Tejada was born and raised in Southern California. Her parents came to  America from the Philippines with one suitcase to their name. From her  parents, Sheila grew up learning how to take risks, work hard and follow  her dreams.She  recently filmed a comedic spot on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" opposite  Guillermo, Jimmy Kimmel's sidekick. Also, she is shooting another  comedic role in the Urbanflix series, "Casting the Net."Sheila  was a principal character in multi-award winning indie comedy feature  (32 festival wins) "Driving While Black" and acted opposite of Denise  Crosby ("The Walking Dead") in Showtime's acclaimed series, "Ray  Donovan."She  is a stage trained actress and has a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine and  was awarded with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts award. She  continues to study the craft with master acting coaches, Risa Bramon  Garcia, Stan Kirsch, Billy O'Leary, and at the Margie Haber Studio.  Sheila was Miss Cerritos 2008 and is also a professional singer. She was  a finalist in MTV's Little Talent Show when she was 19 years old. In  addition to acting and singing, she enjoys performing stand-up comedy at  Flappers, Burbank.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Naomi Mack is a ball of fiery energy with a love for the arts, health, and athletics. She’s a magnetic actress, fitness instructor, model, and host with an adventurous, down to earth spirit. Though her vibrant commercial look is as undeniable as her smile, she is drawn to the raw and unpolished parts of life that she hopes her acting roles will reflect.Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her mother started her early in dance and Karate. It was when her family relocated to Atlanta in middle school that she joined the track & field team and started performing in school plays. She continued with both through high school until she was recruited by Kennesaw State University on a full ride track scholarship where she studied film production. As soon as she graduated with multiple conference championships rings in the Heptathlon ( consisting of the 100 hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump, javelin, 200 and 800 meter run), she hopped back into acting classes and never looked back.With experience in front and behind the camera, she works as both talent and crew in as many films as she can get her hands on. Although her focus lies on artistic independent work, some of her most recent acting credits include co-starring roles in HBO’s upcoming series Lovecraft Country from Jordan Peele, BET’s American Soul,  and OWN’s Queen Sugar.Naomi's natural curiosity, work ethic, wide array of talents and “do it yourself” attitude has always been a winning combo for her. Stay tuned for this rising star.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Born in Thomasville, Georgia and raised in Hampton, Virginia,  Khalilah Joi is a bonafide Southern girl–freshwater fishing, debutante  balls and all. With aspirations of being a broadcast journalist, she  attended The University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s  degree in English. After graduation, though, she chose The Studio  Theater Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C. over her acceptance to  NYU’s Graduate School of Journalism and hasn’t looked back.After a  year on the east coast theater circuit, Khalilah drove across country to  Los Angeles, where she has worked consistently in television, film,  animation and theater. Some of her most notable roles include starring  in three seasons of the hit digital series “Sexless,” a recurring role  on BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” and appearances on “S.W.A.T.,” “Rosewood,”  “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “The Good Doctor.”Khalilah’s recent  guest role as assault victim Abby in the “Grey’s Anatomy” episode  “Silent All These Years,” which deals with consent and was specifically  inspired by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony regarding Supreme Court  nominee Brett Kavanaugh, received critical-acclaim and generated immense  online conversations around the #MeToo movement. The episode showcased Khalilah’s most nuanced, impactful  on-screen performance to date and garnered considerable Emmy buzz,  landing her a feature in Variety’s contenders issue.On the heels of  Grey’s Anatomy, Joi had a recurring guest role on the second season of  HBO’s Emmy-winning hit “Big Little Lies” and is currently filming a new  project to be announced in the fall.During her career, Khalilah has  been fortunate to receive a number of awards and acknowledgments for her  work. These include winning Best Actress at the American Black Film  Festival, winning the Best Supporting Actress SOFIE, (short film award,)  for her performance in the critically acclaimed “Jonestown,” winning  the Grand Prize in ABC Entertainment Group’s Digital Casting  Competition, and winning Best Female Newcomer for her work in “Sexless”.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
Brittany Inge is a multi-hyphenate artist and activist from  Laurel, MD. She is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in  Washington, DC and Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. After graduating cum  laude from Spelman, with a degree in music, Brittany began studying and,  eventually, working as a professional actor. She performed in  productions at several of Atlanta’s premiere theater houses before  transitioning into television and film. Brittany credits theater work as  her “grad school experience” and continues to move proudly between  stage and screen projects. Her recent TV/Film work includes roles on  “Atlanta” (FX), “The Passage” (FOX), “Dynasty” (CW), “The Resident”  (FOX), “Survivor’s Remorse” (STARZ), “Love Is __” (OWN), and the feature  film: “The Hate U Give”. Brittany is grateful to have landed her first  series regular role portraying Crystal Garrett in “Boomerang” on BET,  which will return for its second season in 2020. Brittany currently  resides in New York City and is repped by Buchwald.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support
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