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Author: Michael Petrone with guests Megan Foley and Chuck Marra plus special guests. PRODUCER: Priscela Izquierdo

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A no B.S. give and take from proven industry professionals about what it takes to build a career in Hollywood. Get the "need to know" info that most actors DON'T know but NEED to know. Created by Michael Petrone, an actor who has booked over 80 Nationals, guest starred on shows such as 24, and CSI:New York, and was also "Sy Miller" on Days of Our Lives. He has also directed commercials here in the states as well as Europe, documentary films, pilots, and reality shows. He is the founder and instructor of Actors Ave, a premier acting studio in Los Angeles. For season 1, Mike is joined by seasoned casting directors Megan Foley and Chuck Marra who have cast over 3500 commercial spots. They now have a production company. They produce and direct award winning short films and are still active in the commercial world. They also teach a full scope acting class that encompasses every aspect of the industry. Megan and Chuck are hands on with every thing they do, from directing and producing, to teaching actors their craft!For season 2, Mike will chat with different industry guests each episode. From casting directors to talent agencies and talent management companies. Tune in to hear exactly what you need to be doing to succeed as a working actor.
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For our season finale, we welcome the Head of the Agency & Theatrical Department at 90210 Talent, Theo Caesar.  This episode is all about attitude, strength of spirit & mind, and helping others. Being in the industry since age ten, Theo is filled with knowledge, stories, and advice for actors. Tune in to hear how acting is an inside job, and to learn about the real anchors that keep an artist thriving and growing. 
Quadrupling Down.

Quadrupling Down.

2021-03-2253:02

In this episode, we get a unique perspective from an industry veteran who started as a talent manager at the age of 13! Nick Roses of Pantheon shares his story.  It is a real and inspirational account of how to navigate not only the ups and downs of a career, but of life. We also chat about how he finds talent as well as his best piece of advice for actors. Highly personal and amazingly insightful, this episode holds nothing back. 
This week we welcome Michael Sanford, an Award Winning Casting Director with over 20+ years in the industry.  It’s safe to say he’s seen just about everything. Tune in to hear about his top advice for actors, the business side of acting, and how the industry has changed not just through the pandemic, but over the years. 
Casting Down South.

Casting Down South.

2021-02-2254:26

We get down with one of the busiest casting directors in the South. Ryan Glorioso is a veteran of casting not only big budget features,  but also commercials and amazing TV shows like Preacher, The Purge, and 13 Reasons Why.  He shares his experience from his many years in the industry, highlighting the changes he’s seen as well as sheds light on actors most common mistakes.
The Commercial World.

The Commercial World.

2021-02-0801:13:40

In this episode, we focus on the commercial world of acting. Our guest today is Jamie Hernandez, the Head of the Adult Commercial Division at KMR Talent. She gives the lowdown on what every actor should know when it comes to the fast paced commercial industry.  Listen in to up your commercial IQ.
Mike  welcomes Cara Rosenbaum to the show! She is an Award Winning Casting Director who has worked on many great projects like Jumanji: The Next Level, The Mindy Project, and The People vs. OJ Simpson. They talk about casting network tv, co-stars, guest, stars, becoming a part of SAG, self tapes and more. It's definitely an informative good time!
Mike has a heart to heart with one of the most recognized commercial agents in Los Angeles, Julie Gudz. She has worked at DDO Artists Agency for 8 years and through that time has acquired so much insight and experience about the industry. Need representation? Looking to switch representations?  Feeling stuck? Then this episode is exactly what you need. Blunt facts that will help you move forward with your career.
Management 101

Management 101

2020-12-2848:07

Mike welcomes Chris Giovanni, the founder and CEO of one of the most prestigious talent management companies in the industry,  CGEM Talent. In this episode, Chris gives an in depth breakdown of successful career management. His insight and ability to impart knowledge on actors and guide their career in the right way, is what makes CGEM Talent one of the most sought after management companies in Los Angeles.
Straight from Casting.

Straight from Casting.

2020-12-1401:01:26

A candid conversation with the founder of Good Faith Casting, Bella Hibbs, covering all the information that actors need to know and want to know about casting today. Bella has been casting for over 9 years, with experience casting studio and indie films, network television, commercials, and new media. Any actor that has ever thought to themselves, "I wish I knew what casting was thinking," this is your chance to find out.
Mike welcomes the first guest of Season 2, Katie Griffin! She's backed by over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry and has a very compassionate approach to the casting process. This is the first in a series of conversations with industry professionals. This episode covers specific and to the point info about commercial casting.
The New Normal.

The New Normal.

2020-10-2626:52

Mike, Chuck, and Megan talk about the new standard of auditioning and how it will and has affected the industry. Self-tapes and virtual auditions are the new normal. Even though self-tapes are not new to the industry, they have become the standard for the time being.  Actors need to know the information that will get them moving forward in the pursuit of their career. Tune in for need to know info that is sure to help every actor in this ever changing industry.  
The COVID Session.

The COVID Session.

2020-08-2437:15

This episode is dedicated to how COVID-19 is affecting everyone and everything in the industry. Mike and the crew go over the ins and outs of what we are now dealing with from auditioning to being on set in this trying time. It is MUST hear info for actors that are active now. Times are changing and the changes must be addressed. Below are the union safety links for performers, wardrobe, and makeup:http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/www.local706.org
Mike, Chuck and Megan dive into the attitude and perspective an actor needs to be successful in the industry. If you can change your perspective, then you can change your reality. The real measure of a person is not how they react in good times, it is how they react in rough times. 
It's a Lifestyle.

It's a Lifestyle.

2020-07-2826:28

Mike, Chuck and Megan discuss the mentality that actors need to have to succeed in the business. Most actors do not see acting professionally as a complete lifestyle. It is more of a part time thing, like a diet done to get quick results. Nothing could be further from the truth. Actors have to be all in every day. Therefore the work many do towards their career does not promote advancement nor does it put them in position to make the gains they need to have a successful career on film. This episode is all about the MENTAL aspect of a professional actor. Acting is an inside job, what you feel inside will show on the outside. 
Mike and the crew hash it out. Being able to keep your focus on the work, no deviation, is an essential skill for any professional. Everyone wants results(bookings), but our ability to stay on program with or without them is the real key. Often, it is hard for actors to really stay on track when dealing with real life situations. From relationships to any and all sorts of problems we may encounter on a day to day basis, actors have to keep their sh*t wired tight!
Mike, Chuck, and Megan discuss how auditioning has changed for actors. They give their own personal account of what used to be and what is now, and, more importantly, what actors are facing in an ever changing landscape that is "The Industry." The advent of self tapes and how that has changed the business is covered as well as more mechanics of dealing with auditions in this day and age!
Tough Love.

Tough Love.

2020-06-0836:14

Mike, Chuck and Megan tackle some tough scenarios for actors. Acting is an inside job. How an actor thinks and operates on the inside is just as important on the outside. Many artists are derailed by self doubt, insecurity, and just plain wrong info! The crew is here to help actors get back on track and work on a career!
Understanding Energy!

Understanding Energy!

2020-05-1839:45

Mike, Chuck and Megan discuss one of the most important aspects of acting! Energy is a force all around us all the time. An actor's ability to harness and focus it is a skill that will drive one to their highest aspirations. Conversely, used wrong or being unaware of it can negate everything. Energy is a secret weapon that ALL successful people(not just actors) have learned how to use!
An Actor’s Day.

An Actor’s Day.

2020-05-0629:53

Mike and the team break down what actors should be doing to build their career in Hollywood on a day to day basis. As usual, they also debunk some popular myths and misconceptions floating around the acting world!
Mike and the team offer hard knowledge about the Film industry that runs the gamut. They go over what actors need to know whether they are already in Los Angeles or are planning on coming. They offer a a structured look at the industry that all actors need to understand. The "Ins and Outs" of building a career in Hollywood starts here with hard earned knowledge from real experience.  This ongoing podcast tells actors what they need to know and sometimes its not always pretty! Their goal is to educate actors on the business. Knowledge is power. With this knowledge actors can train better and harder, thus preparing themselves for what the industry really is!
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