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Mentors on the Mic: Your guide to pursuing a career in the Entertainment industry

Author: Michelle Simone Miller

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Join actress and host Michelle Simone Miller and hear from the most interesting people in Entertainment, as well as the inside scoop on all of your favorite films and TV shows. Each week Michelle talks to Directors, Producers, Network Execs, Actors and more, to learn how they started, how they moved up, and any tips they've learned along the way. Mentors on the Mic is the place to find Mentorship without having to ask for it. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
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Bonus Episode LIVE from the RED CARPET of the New York Women in Film and Television Muse Awards. First ever red carpet interviews with: - Tantoo Cardinal (04:41) - Michele Stephenson (05:31) - Raney Aronson-Rath (07:40) - Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago (09:32) - Alex Borstein (11:00) - Pat Swinney Kaufman (14:31) - Kyra Sedgwick (16:55) - Latasha Gillespie (18:30) Bios: Tantoo Cardinal is an award-winning actress of Indigenous descent, who was most recently on screen with Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s newest feature, Killers of the Flower Moon, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023 and hit theatres worldwide in October 2023. Filmmaker, artist and author, Michèle Stephenson. Her feature documentary, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys and won the Jury Prize at Sundance. Her work, Stateless, was nominated for a Canadian Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Raney Aronson-Rath is the editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series, produced at GBH in Boston. Under her leadership, FRONTLINE has evolved into a multi-platform organization, expanded its reporting capacity, and won every major award in broadcast journalism. She won the Erin Roth Award for Excellence in Journalism at the Muse Awards. Sybil Reymundo-Santiago is a Board Member at NYWIFT and the Executive Director of the SoHo International Film Festival. Alex Borstein most recently completed the fifth and final season of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL where she can be seen starring as ‘Susie Myerson’ for which she has won two Emmy Awards and was nominated again this year for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress’. Alex is well-known for her role as ‘Lois’ on FAMILY GUY for which she won an Emmy Award and was previously nominated for her writing/producing work on the series. She won the "Made in NY" Award. Kyra Sedgwick is an award-winning actress, producer and director, whose role in the critically acclaimed series The Closer earned her both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She was last seen in season two of the smash hit Amazon series The Summer I Turned Pretty. Sedgwick recently directed the feature film Space Oddity, starring Kyle Allen and Alexandra Shipp, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Sedgwick also directed an episode of HBO’s upcoming The Girls on the Bus. Latasha Gillespie is the Head of Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) for Amazon MGM Studios, Prime Video and Freevee. Under her leadership, Amazon MGM Studios created the entertainment industry’s first Inclusion Policy and Playbook, and standardized DEIA into its greenlight process. Special thanks to Annika Horne for helping me on the red carpet, Rob Peter Paul of the Art of Kindness podcast for resources and tips, NYWIFT, and the team at Falco Ink. Photo Credit: Starpix Caption: NAME at New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT) 44th Annual Muse Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street. Resources: Check out my earlier episode with NYWIFT called: ⁠What is NYWIFT and how can it be a resource for you?⁠ ⁠"Made in NY" of the Office of Media and Entertainment⁠ More info on ⁠New York Women in Film and Television⁠ Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Susanne Scheel is a New York-based casting director with a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television from Boston University. Susanne has won three Casting Society of America Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting and has been nominated for nine more. Susanne has had the honor of collaborating with several visionary creatives including Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Frances McDormand, Barry Levinson, George Clooney, Kasi Lemmons, Ryan Murphy, Jim Mickle, Cherien Dabis, John Lee Hancock, Peter Chelsom, Celine Song, Dean Craig, Bjorn Runge, Xavier Manrique, Danya Taymor, Patrick Wilson, and Whitney White. She has worked for and with some of the industry’s top casting directors including spending the last ten years and counting working with Ellen Chenoweth. As a casting director, Susanne’s debut feature film “The Wife”, starred Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Annie Starke, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, and Elizabeth McGovern. More recently, Susanne co-cast Celine Song’s “Past Lives” with Ellen Chenoweth. “Past Lives” premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. In this episode, we talk about: • Her first casting internships in Boston and her first assistant role in LA • Vivid memory of working with the Coen brothers and asking her “What do you think?” • Going to LA for periods of time for a project and what coast she prefers • Why there are more female CDs then male CDs • Casting the Oscar-nominated film Past Lives and the challenges COVID and the time difference to Korea posed • How many actors get called in for an average day player role • Tips for actors for auditions Guest: IMDb LinkedIn SAG-AFTRA Foundation panel - Casting Directors for Oscar Best Picture Nominees Barbie, American Fiction, & Past Lives Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Becoming... Emmy winning Casting Director Julie Schubert "Luke Cage," "Manifest," "House of Cards," "The Departed," "The Devil Wears Prada" --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
I had the opportunity to go LIVE on the RED CARPET at Tribeca for three movies. The first was interview the Duplass family for their film "Oh, Christmas Tree." This 11 minute short film was shot in their cabin in upstate NY. It truly was a family affair, written by Mark Duplass to star in with his daughter Ora Duplass, and directed by Katie Aselton, Mark's wife and Ora's mom. I asked them a couple of questions about shooting this short film and working together. It was Ora's first time in a film, so I asked her about her preparation for this role and whether it felt performative to ask with her Dad. I also asked about advice for filmmakers. I truly found this particular short very inspiring. They shot this as a family, with only one extra person to record sound. I was able to tie in a fun question at the end! Synopsis: It’s been a bit of a year for 16 year-old Claire and her father Ben. All they really want to do is put it behind them. But Christmas is here and their silly holiday traditions are staring them dead in the face, practically taunting these two to give them a try after all they’ve been through. This short film by the Duplass family is as much an examination of mental health as it is an attempt to explore the emotional minefield of ever-shifting family dynamics. Mark Duplass - Mark is a filmmaker, actor, writer and musician. His credits include Bombshell, Safety Not Guaranteed, Tammy, The Mindy Project, and Charlie "Chip" Black on The Morning Show. Wikipedia IMDb Katie Aselton - Katie is an actress, director and filmmaker. Her acting credits include Bombshell, The Morning Show, Old Dads, Veep, Book Club, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ For more like this, try ⁠TRIBECA: Lisa Edelstein and Gina Torres discuss "THE EVERYTHING POT"⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Nicole Frail is a senior editor at Skyhorse Publishing, a traditional publishing company based in New York City. She has been with the company more than a decade and currently works on both adult and children's titles in both fiction and nonfiction categories. She has worked with debut authors and illustrators, as well as New York Times bestsellers, James Beard Award winners, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians. In this episode, we talk about: • Getting a full time publishing internship in NY from outside the city • What goes into the role of an editorial assistant and getting that promotion only a couple of weeks into her internship • Whether it's important to have challenging words in books for that age range • What makes Skyhorse different from other publishing houses • How long it will take an author to see their book printed through traditional publishing (often 12-18 months) but that Skyhorse can get it out faster in certain instances • Advice to promote your book and whether they look for a high social media following and engagement • If it’s worth getting illustrations for your book when submitting • Self publishing vs traditional publishing • Advice to authors for querying including synopsis, log line, and bio (why are you coming to me in first paragraph) and comparative title advice *Note: We recorded this episode a few months ago. As of July 3rd, 2024, Nicole is no longer at Skyhorse. She is devoting her time to her small business, Nicole Frail Edits. Guest: Website Contact Nicole Frail Linkedin Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Mini-Series: Creating Atomic Habits with guest host Kate Bone (part 1)⁠ ⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Since 1994, Timothy Travaglini has worked in trade marketing for Scholastic, Inc.; been a bookseller for Books of Wonder, an all-children’s bookstore in New York City; and has edited for Henry Holt and Company, Walker & Company, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, and Open Road Integrated Media where he was the director of children’s acquisitions. Tim is now a Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency. He primarily represents authors and illustrators of book for young readers of all ages, and select fiction and nonfiction for adults. Books he has acquired and edited have been, among other things, #1 New York Times bestsellers, a Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner, Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner, have been made into an award-winning musical, made into an award-winning animated television show (currently on Netflix), and traveled on board the International Space Station. He has edited, published, and now represents artists and authors who either previously won, or have gone on to win, nearly every award and honor under the sun. He has edited an American Library Association’s 10 Most Frequently Challenged book as well as a Christianity Today Book Award for Fiction winner. In this episode, we talk about: • Trade Marketing at Scholastic after 9 months of temp work and being Clifford the Big Red Dog for his boss’s kid’s birthday party • What are the responsibilities of an editor • Unpaid intern at Henry Holt agency while being a bookseller at Books of Wonder • All the ways to grow the success of the book including selling the translations and film rights • Difference between working at a mid size company like Henry Holt vs a big company like Penguin and how that affects the writer • Advice he gives authors to market their books in this industry and the mindset a writer needs to have right now • Having a book at a bigger publishing house vs a smaller publishing house • How many books get sold at a typical school visit and tips for making them successful • Other recommendations for authors to market a book and who are the gatekeepers • Whether he recommends authors hiring PR teams and when that would be helpful • Books turning into animated series such as “Oddball” on Netflix and “Fangbone!” available on Prime Video and other work on Nickelodeon • What he hopes to see in a query letter, including bio, synopsis, page count, word count Guest: Website LinkedIn Twitter Instagram Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Mini-Series: Creating Atomic Habits with guest host Kate Bone (part 1) ⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
TIM BLAKE NELSON - Actor, writer, director, and producer Tim Blake Nelson has appeared in over ninety feature films, including Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynne’s Long Halftime Walk, Louis Letterier’s The Incredible Hulk, Jay Roach’s Meet the Fockers, Steven Gaghan’s Syriana, Miguel Arteta’s The Good Girl, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line, Andrew Davis’ Holes, and the Coen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou? Nelson also starred as the title character in Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written and directed by the Coen Brothers. He next appears in Marvel’s Captain America: New World Order, reprising his role as “Samuel Sterns” from The Incredible Hulk. Andrew Liner - Andrew Liner can most recently be seen starring in Peacock’s VAMPIRE ACADEMY from Executive Producer Julie Plec and can currently be seen in HBO Max’s original film, GRAY MATTER. Next up, he will be shooting a lead role in Destry Spielberg’s directorial debut, PLEASE DON’T FEED THE CHILDREN opposite Michelle Dockery. Vincent Grashaw - Director/Editor And Then I Go with Melanie Lynskey, Justin Long, and newcomers Arman Darbo and Sawyer Barth. Also, What Josaiah Saw and Coldwater. Synopsis: Retired pugilist Bernard “Bang Bang” Rozyski (Tim Blake Nelson) is inspired to try his hand at training once he reconnects with his estranged grandson. While their training brings Bang Bang out of the hole he’s been living in, everyone questions his motivations, including an ex-girlfriend from decades ago, who was privy to Bang Bang’s meteoric rise in the sport in the 80s as well as the rivalry with his former opponent, her cousin and Detroit's Mayoral candidate Darnell Washington. Is Bang Bang merely passing down inherited rage, or is there true altruism behind his tutelage? Questions: Vincent Grashaw: How did he come across this script from Will Janowitz? Why he chose to edit the entire film and taking a month? How did editing inform your directing? How did his background inform what he wanted to say about boxing? Tim Blake Nelson: How did this script come to you? What went into the preparation for this film? Andrew Liner: What was the audition like? How did you guys do his signature droopy eye and why was that important to include? Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ For more like this, try TRIBECA: Lisa Edelstein and Gina Torres discuss "THE EVERYTHING POT" ⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
LISA EDELSTEIN - From her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit Fox series “House” to her star turn as Abby McCarthy in Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” Lisa Edelstein’s range of roles are as diverse as her talent. “Girlfriends’ Guide” is a dramedy following a best-selling author of a self-help series who separates from her husband and must navigate big career changes and the dating world as a newly single mother. Edelstein also starred in the Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and AFI Award-winning Netflix series “The Kominsky Method,” starring Michael Douglas and created by Chuck Lorre. Edelstein plays Phoebe, the drug-addled hot mess daughter of Alan Arkin’s character. In addition, she juggled an arc on Ryan Murphy’s “911: Lonestar” which reunites her with her “West Wing” paramour, Rob Lowe. She portrayed his call-girl girlfriend on the show. GINA TORRES - Gina Torres has spent the past thirty years establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the screen. With her fan-favorite character of Jessica Pearson on USA Network’s hit original series “Suits,” Torres broke boundaries when, in 2019, she became the first Afro-Latina to create, star in and produce a TV series, “Pearson,” which saw Jessica take on the world of Chicago politics. The role was a life changing one, earning Torres an ALMA Award, an Imagen Award (as well as multiple additional Imagen nominations), and the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series and the Visionary Award from the LA Femme Film Festival. Currently, Torres can be seen on FOX’s “9-1-1: Lone Star,” portraying paramedic captain Tommy Vega, who answered a call to action and returned to work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. THE EVERYTHING POT2024 Tribeca Film Festival | Spotlight Narrative | World Premiere SYNOPSIS A comedy of errors ensues when empty nester Rachel (Lisa Edelstein) hastily sends a gift to Charlie (James Wolk), a former colleague, upon receiving his wedding invitation. The young couple’s wedding gets Rachel out of her perpetual state of ennui in her own marriage and brings unexpected excitement, which inadvertently causes chaos in both unions. As one domino falls after another, cracks begin to show in their respective relationships especially while Rachel’s husband Adam (Erik Griffin) becomes obsessed with getting back their wedding gift: The Everything Pot. Guests: Lisa: Wikipedia IMDb Instagram Gina: Wikipedia IMDb Instagram Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ For more like this, try Becoming... Series Regular Melissa Navia (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+) Season Finale --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Ready to elevate your social media game? Join us for an enlightening session with Heidi Dean, a master of social media strategy, as we uncover the secrets to crafting an irresistible online persona. In this engaging episode, we're diving into your most pressing questions: How can you build a compelling brand on Instagram? Heidi shares practical steps to showcase your unique identity. What is Heidi's process? How did she start her social media profile without a team? Mastering the art of a captivating first impression: bio optimization, highlight bubbles, and hashtag strategies. What's the ideal posting strategy? Heidi reveals tips for keeping your audience engaged and coming back for more. Achieve networking excellence: Explore collaboration, engagement, and strategic growth while nurturing valuable connections. But wait, there's more! Heidi Dean opens her digital playbook: Behind the scenes: Heidi's content creation journey from a one-person operation to a well-coordinated team. Repurposing magic: Discover her step-by-step process for tailoring content across different channels, from blogs to TikTok. Decoding analytics: Gain insights into Instagram analytics, watch time, audience retention, and more. Essential tools of the trade: Heidi reveals her favorite apps for crafting standout content. Engaging your audience: Should you speak directly to your followers or ride the trend wave? Heidi shares her winning approach. Networking like a pro: From casting directors to writers, learn Heidi's tips for building authentic connections online. Uncover a wealth of social media insights and supercharge your online presence. Tune in to this episode and embrace the digital spotlight with confidence! Heidi Dean is known as the industry’s top social media strategist for actors and the creator of Marketing4actors.com. She’s a social media writer for Backstage Magazine and a frequent speaker at film festivals, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, conferences, podcasts and universities across the country. Her clients include Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, series regulars, directors, producers, casting directors and voice actors. Heidi turns social media rookies into ROCKSTARS! Guest: 30 Days of Post Ideas for Actors (for free): ⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠https://www.marketing4actors.com/30posts⁠⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠@Marketing4actors⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@heididean⁠⁠⁠ Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out: ⁠⁠⁠3 Tips for Building your Audience and Creating your Content Strategy with PR Expert Aliza Licht (BONUS)⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠3 Actionable tips to starting your PR strategy before getting a publicist⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠Mini-Series: Creating Atomic Habits with Guest host Kate Bone (part 1)⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
If you're wondering, "How can we use Instagram highlights to network effectively and even book jobs?" – you're in for a treat. Join us as Heidi Dean, the renowned social media strategist, unravels her secret playbook to harness Instagram Highlights for networking and job opportunities. Get ready to revamp your approach and master the art of strategic storytelling. Heidi's tips will empower you to turn your Instagram profile into a networking powerhouse, boosting your chances of landing those coveted gigs. 🌐 Network like a pro using Instagram Highlights 🎬 Craft compelling stories that resonate 📚 Showcase your versatile talent and skills 🌟 Elevate your online presence and visibility Tune in now to embark on a journey of enhancing your networking prowess through Instagram Highlights. With Heidi Dean's expert guidance, you'll be primed to conquer the digital realm, connect with industry insiders, and pave the way for remarkable career opportunities. Heidi Dean is known as the industry’s top social media strategist for actors and the creator of Marketing4actors.com. She’s a social media writer for Backstage Magazine and a frequent speaker at film festivals, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, conferences, podcasts and universities across the country. Her clients include Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, series regulars, directors, producers, casting directors and voice actors. Heidi turns social media rookies into ROCKSTARS! Guest: 30 Days of Post Ideas for Actors (for free): ⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠https://www.marketing4actors.com/30posts⁠⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠@Marketing4actors⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@heididean⁠⁠⁠ Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out: ⁠⁠⁠3 Tips for Building your Audience and Creating your Content Strategy with PR Expert Aliza Licht (BONUS)⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠3 Actionable tips to starting your PR strategy before getting a publicist⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠Mini-Series: Creating Atomic Habits with Guest host Kate Bone (part 1)⁠⁠⁠⁠ As mentioned on the podcast: The Actors Rise Newsletter - Sign up here! The Actor's Work Ethic podcast - Listen here --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Dreaming of making your social media posts go viral? Join us in this dynamic episode as we team up with social media strategist for actors, Heidi Dean, to unveil the secrets of going viral. Discover three powerful strategies to transform your online presence and create a buzz that resonates. From engaging content to trending techniques, we're here to elevate your actor journey to new heights. Tune in to explore the uncharted territory of social media during the strike and learn how to captivate your audience like never before. Lights, camera, viral success! Heidi Dean is known as the industry’s top social media strategist for actors and the creator of Marketing4actors.com. She’s a social media writer for Backstage Magazine and a frequent speaker at film festivals, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, conferences, podcasts and universities across the country. Her clients include Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, series regulars, directors, producers, casting directors and voice actors. Heidi turns social media rookies into ROCKSTARS! Guest: Website: ⁠⁠www.Marketing4actors.com⁠⁠ 30 Days of Post Ideas for Actors (for free): ⁠⁠ https://www.marketing4actors.com/30posts⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠@Marketing4actors⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@heididean⁠⁠ Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out: ⁠⁠3 Tips for Building your Audience and Creating your Content Strategy with PR Expert Aliza Licht (BONUS)⁠⁠ ⁠⁠3 Actionable tips to starting your PR strategy before getting a publicist⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Mini-Series: Creating Atomic Habits with Guest host Kate Bone (part 1)⁠⁠⁠ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Now before you go crazy and DM me that there's a SAG-AFTRA strike and I can't talk about a CBS production, listen to the episode intro, I address it all! KELTIE KNIGHT is a three-time Emmy award-winning television host whose credits include CBS's ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS, THE GRAMMYS RED CARPET LIVE and currently is the Chief Correspondent for E! NEWS. She is a NYT bestselling author, and her podcast LADYGANG has reached an impressive 180 million downloads worldwide. Knight is the creator, executive producer and host of the new CBS Primetime Series SUPERFAN. In this episode, we talk about: • First jobs and living in a shoe box in NYC • BTS on the Taylor Swift MTV VMA performance in 2009 after Kanye took her mic from her • What made her, Becca Tobin and Jac Vanek start the LADYGANG podcast and what strengths they each brought to the table • Co-creating her new show SUPERFAN with LL Cool J, Shania Twain, Little Big Town, and Gloria Estefan, plus the crazy prizes for fans • 3 tips for pitching a show (and one bonus tip) • Giveaways from legendary musical artists to twitter or X @superfancbs Guest: Wikipedia Website LADYGANG podcast SUPERFAN on CBS Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Becoming... Showrunner of Friends and Grace & Frankie Marta Kauffman --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
What CAN actors do during the SAG-AFTRA strike? The SAG-AFTRA strike (not to mention the WGA strike) is causing ripples in the Entertainment industry. I've been consistently getting asked: - What are we allowed to talk about on social media? - How do we still stay pro-active? - What can we post about? - How do we further our careers when we can't even audition? - How do we network right now? That's why my first episode of this 4 part mini series is all about social media strategy during the SAG-AFTRA strike, now that we can't talk about TV/Film. Heidi Dean is known as the industry’s top social media strategist for actors and the creator of Marketing4actors.com. She’s a social media writer for Backstage Magazine and a frequent speaker at film festivals, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, conferences, podcasts and universities across the country. Her clients include Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, series regulars, directors, producers, casting directors and voice actors. Heidi turns social media rookies into ROCKSTARS! Guest: Website: www.Marketing4actors.com 30 Days of Post Ideas for Actors (for free): https://www.marketing4actors.com/30posts Instagram: @Marketing4actors Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@heididean Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out: Mini-Series: Creating Atomic Habits with Guest host Kate Bone (part 1) 3 Tips for Building your Audience and Creating your Content Strategy with PR Expert Aliza Licht (BONUS) 3 Actionable tips to starting your PR strategy before getting a publicist --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Let's end Season 4 with another interview with a Series Regular, shall we? I'm so happy to have Melissa Navia on the podcast. I've known her for years as a working actor in NY, booking co-stars and guest stars in some of our favorite NY shows. During the pandemic, Melissa booked the dream gig, a Series Regular role of Lieutenant Erica Ortegas on the incredible Paramount+ show: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The second season debuted on June 15th and has already been renewed for a third season.  On the television side, Navia’s most recent credits include recurring on CBS’s Bull and AMC’s Dietland. She also recently guest starred on NBC’s New Amsterdam and Showtime’s Billions and Homeland.  On the big screen, Navia has appeared in a variety of indie films and shorts. In 2013, she won the award for Best Actress at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival for her leading role as ‘Dawn’ in “The Paragon Cortex.” Navia has also appeared in films like “Sleeping with the Fishes,” “Bel Canto,” “The Chosen,” “Hymns,” and “What It Was,” among others. In March 2020, she made her Off-Broadway debut in the world premiere of the highly praised “Bundle of Sticks” from J. Julian Christopher at INTAR Theatre. Navia is Colombian-American. She plays the banjo and is also the creator of the upcoming essay collection and stand-up show, Girl With Short Hair. In this episode, we talk about: • First audition she booked with her agent was Girl Most Likely with Kristin Wiig and first co-star on The Affair • Joining SAG-AFTRA with advice to actors on when they should join • The story of how she booked her first guest star on Billions, which included losing out to another role • The crazy story of choosing between a second episode of Billions and a role on Homeland • If she change how she approached self tapes that helped with booking her series regular role on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds • How the callback for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds went and how she felt when she found out she booked the role • Tips and encouragement for actors who want to book a Series Regular • Working with the co-Showrunners and crew, including Akiva Goldsman (who I have worked with on the feature film Winter’s Tale, but who also did films like A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend, Cinderella Man, and more) • Great story: How wardrobe gave her a heads up about a sword fight scene • How her creative ventures like writing and stand up help her as a creative/actor Guest: IMDb Wikipedia Instagram Twitter Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠Becoming... Actress and Series Regular Madison Shamoun ("The Lake," "Blackish," "#blackAF")⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Cave Day⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ right now. Only $40 for the first 3 months! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Michael Indjeian is a Daytime Emmy® winning Producer & Daytime Emmy® nominated Director with 5 total Daytime Emmy® nominations (2019-2022), and 26 years in film & television.  Michael is known for producing the feature film, Follow Her (2022), and producing (57 episodes) & directing (7 episodes) the 2-time Daytime Emmy® winning PBS travel show, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love (Seasons 1-6).  His work also includes serving as the UPM (USA Unit) for the Harvey Keitel film, Chosen (2016), Line Producer/UPM for the pilot, Laying Low (2017), and Director/Producer/Writer for the LIFE winning short film, Lucky Day (2007). In the commercial & non-broadcast arena, Michael has achieved 70+ industry awards and produced & directed 800+ projects for clients that include HBO, AMC, Fox, USA, Discovery, Sony, Hertz, Gap, Pepsi, Avon & Super Bowl XLVIII.  Michael began his production career during the New York City Hip Hop scene in 1996 contributing to iconic music videos for Diddy, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans and 112.  Michael grew up in Cliffside Park, NJ and graduated with a BA from Virginia Tech. In this episode, we talk about: • His first job working on P Diddy's Music Video and what stayed with him all of these years since • Starting at 30fps productions and being Involved in over 800+ projects there for clients including Sony, Pepsi, Avon, Hertz, Gap, Motorola, HBO, AMC, USA, Discovery, TV Guide, MTV, TD Waterhouse, Black & Decker, Lane Bryant, Marchon, Doubleday and IRS • Writing, directing and producing the short films Scores to Settle and Lucky Day for film competitions, while working a full time job • Working as a producer on the 2-time Daytime Emmy® winning PBS travel show Samantha Brown’s Places to Love • How he came upon the film Follow Her, which was written by actress Dani Barker • Working on the feature film The Good Half starring David Arquette, Brittany Snow, and Nick Jonas wrapping in January, with the world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival • His experience on set in front of the camera and why he finds it important to do all roles • What’s something he wishes a filmmaker would know before connecting with him • The ideal amount of time he would want for preproduction on a feature film and how he would go about recommending how to determine your budget Guest: IMDb LinkedIn Company Website - Giddy Productions Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and www.mentorsonthemic.com Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ We mention the episode Becoming... Legendary Acting Coach Bob Krakower If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Becoming... Film Producer Gaylyn Fraiche and former VP of Film & TV of Hello Sunshine ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," "Cheetah Girls 2") ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Cave Day⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ right now. Only $40 for the first 3 months! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Fiona and Sophia Robert are Producers, Writers, and Actors who have written roles for themselves in two feature films: The Country Club and A View of the World from Fifth Avenue. While The Country Club is available to stream right now, A View of the World from Fifth Avenue was cast by Mentor Julie Schubert and just premiered at Bentonville Film Festival. Robert Sisters Pictures is an award-winning film production company founded in 2018. Created by sisters Fiona and Sophia Robert, the team writes, produces, directs, and stars in their films. TAll Robert Sisters productions aim to have an inclusive and gender-balanced crew behind the scenes, earning their second feature film, A VIEW OF THE WORLD FROM FIFTH AVENUE, the ReFrame stamp of approval. The Robert Sisters’ first feature, THE COUNTRY CLUB played five festivals taking home “Best Feature Comedy” upon its premiere at the Manhattan Film Festival and the “Marlyn Mason First Prize“ at Flicker’s Rhode Island Film Festival. The film was sold to Good Deed Entertainment for domestic distribution, and Archstone for International Sales. It will be released worldwide June 2023. The Robert Sisters’ second feature, A VIEW OF THE WORLD FROM FIFTH AVENUE will world premiere as one of twelve films in Narrative Competition at Bentonville Film Festival June 2023 founded by Geena Davis. In this episode, we talk about: • When they decided to make your own production company and was it before or after they wrote The Country Club? • The story behind writing their first feature film The Country Club • Their process for writing a film together and their steps towards pre-production of a feature film • Lessons that they took to their second feature film from first film • Made A View of the World from Fifth Avenue in just over a year with recent premiere at Bentonville Film Festival • Sophia being directed by her sister Fiona and Fiona’s directing tips she’s learned along the way • Tips for actors on their self tapes • What the ReFrame Stamp of Approval is and why it’s important for them to promote equity • Working with Casting Directors Julie Schubert and Kate Gifford to cast their films Guest: ⁠Website⁠ ⁠Fiona's IG⁠ ⁠Sophia's IG⁠⁠ ⁠The Country Club IG⁠ ⁠A View from Fifth Avenue IG⁠ Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Episodes we talk about: Becoming... Emmy winning Casting Director Julie Schubert and Becoming... Legendary Acting Coach Bob Krakower and Becoming... Executive Vice President at Maven Screen Media Jenny Halper ("The Kindergarten Teacher," "A Mouthful of Air") If you like this episode, check out: ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out The Actor's Retreat by the Casting Director's Cut for schedule and ticket information. The Actor's Retreat (Comedy) is a 2 days of virtual Acting Masterclasses. Classes include Improv Master Class with Ian Roberts (Co-Founder of UCB), Ace Your Self Tape: Comedy with Erica S. Bream, CSA & Cara Chute Rosenbaum, CSA, and Comedy Master Class with Larry Moss. There will also be various workshops perfect for actors like Morning Pages from The Artist’s Way and Hypnosis for Actors: Using Hypnotherapy to Reach an Optimal Mindset. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
INGRID FRENCH is a personal manager and owner of Ingrid French Management, a dynamic talent management company.  IFM represents actors and models for commercial print, commercials, television, film, theatre and voice overs.  IFM has recently booked clients for several commercial print campaigns including Verizon, GAP, Johnson and Johnson, and Target; for commercials such as T-Mobile, Graco, Amazon Fire Phone, Kraft, Bacardi, Olive Garden, Fed-Ex, Nike, Toyota and Heineken; and voice- overs for Yuengling, Smirnoff, Blue Buffalo, Philips and Yellow Tail. IFM has booked actors on Law and Order SVU,  Crime, Person of Interest, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Blacklist, KC Undercover, Boardwalk Empire, Happyish, The Knick and Orange is the New Black to name a few.  Recent feature film and independent project bookings include The Wolf of Wall Street, Daughter of God, Brooklyn. In this episode, we talk about: • Starting off as an agent's assistant and how similar/different it is to now • Difference between agent and manager • Freelance vs signing actors and the benefits of both • Is she looking for talent during the strike • How she hears about new actors and does she look at website submissions from actors that aren’t referred • Suggestions for actors that they can do right now to be a better actor, including habits she can recommend • What makes her interested in an actor and what does she look for. Does location matter? Does she like a cover letter? • What her happy/satisfied clients seem to have in common • When she think its appropriate to push for an actor and what she needs from an actor right now to help with pushes • Who should actors be connecting with aside from Casting Directors Guest: Website IMDb Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and www.mentorsonthemic.com Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ We discussed: Becoming Actor and Tony-nominated Broadway Producer Lamar Richardson ("DEATH OF A SALESMAN," "NEW YORK, NEW YORK") If you like this episode, check out: Erika Karnell - From PR Temp to Legit Agent at BRS/GAGE Talent Agency or Jonathan Mason - From News Assistant to Legit Agent at Don Buchwald & Associates ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Cave Day⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ right now. Only $40 for the first 3 months! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
"I don’t think an actors private life is entertainment for other people. So I never ask anybody any personal questions of any kind." BOB KRAKOWER is recognized as one of the top acting teachers and coaches in the business. His clients have been nominated for the Academy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. He is currently creating inaugural on-camera acting programs at UNCSA and Juilliard. He has been on guest faculties at Yale, Harvard, & NYU. Sought after by studios, networks, producers, and actors, he works from his home base in New York, while maintaining a schedule of coaching on set for film and television around the country. In this episode, we talk about: • Having two offers on the same day: he could be a franchised agent or interview to teach at the Actors Theater in Louisville • Worked in casting with Alexa Fogel and almost got booted off casting NYPD Blue • Tips for actors on how to approach a scene • How he got reruns of My So Called Life on MTV after it was cancelled • Tips for actors that they can do right now to become a better actor • Why he chooses not to delve into the personal life of actors when coaching them and what he does instead Guest: Website IMDb Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out: Becoming... Showrunner/Writer Marshall Herskovitz "Blood Diamond" "The Last Samurai""My So Called Life" ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Cave Day⁠⁠⁠⁠ right now. Only $40 for the first 3 months! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Want to make your own film and have no idea where to start? This episode answers so many questions with Mentor Izzy Stevens. IZZY STEVENS is an acclaimed Aussie-American Actress, widely regarded for her lead role in Netflix’s ‘Occupation’ Franchise among other lead roles in films such as ‘Rainfall’, ‘Underbelly’, ‘Puberty Blues’, and ‘Another Mother’. On top of her successful acting career, Izzy has created a name for herself as a powerhouse filmmaker and producer. Izzy’s award winning films have been screened on ABC National Network, as well as at Cannes Diversity, Hollyshorts, Cinema Australia, Tropfest, Redline Int. Film Fest, (Winner: Best Experimental Film), LA Shorts, and more! Izzy is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. As the CEO and business owner of her consulting and mentorship company, Indie Spunk, Izzy is passionate about helping fellow filmmakers, producers, actors, directors etc. find success in this cutthroat industry. Now, Izzy’s dedication to championing independent filmmakers has inspired her to launch her own film focused podcast ‘indie spunk’ which highlights emerging industry creatives, giving them a platform to share their knowledge, advice, and experience! Izzy intends to inspire listeners through sharing her own personal anecdotes, alongside other film professionals and special guests. With her infectious personality, Izzy is determined to revamp the film sector of the podcast world, as she feels there aren’t many film focused podcasts left standing.  In this episode, we talk about: • Izzy's start as a series regular role in a TV show in Australia at 17 years old, turning her into a "quiet, conservative people pleaser" • The similarities and differences between shooting Australian shows and American shows • How close she was to quitting before booking a huge Netflix film • How to navigate the film festival circuit and focusing on that during pre-production • 3 reasons to crowdfund your project: 1. make your money 2. marketing tool to talk about your project 3. helps you focus on your niche which is important in the film festival circuit • The three tiers of festivals 1. community festivals 2. industry festivals (Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Hollyshorts) 3. Niche festivals Sales and distributors go to niche festivals, too. Always ask for a waiver. • Her Indie Spunk podcast to help encourage filmmakers to create work from idea to script to screen • Finding your zone of genius in filmmaking so you don’t have to do everything Guest: Website Instagram IMDb Facebook page Indie Spunk podcast Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out ⁠Becoming... Film Producer Gaylyn Fraiche and former VP of Film & TV of Hello Sunshine ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," "Cheetah Girls 2")⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠Cave Day⁠⁠⁠ right now. Only $40 for the first 3 months! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
We are so fortunate to have another Showrunner on the podcast. This time, Hank Steinberg. In 1997, Steinberg successfully sold the cable network HBO on 61*, a biographical drama about the legendary home-run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of the 1961 Yankees. The following year, Billy Crystal came aboard as a producer on the project and subsequently directed the film, starring Thomas Jane and Barry Pepper. 61* garnered 12 Emmy nominations, including Best Motion Picture for Television and Best Writing. Steinberg was also nominated for a WGA Award for the film. Steinberg then created the CBS show Without a Trace, which aired from September 26, 2002, to May 19, 2009. Without a Trace follows the cases of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City. During his tenure as executive producer and show-runner, the show won several Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for lead actor Anthony LaPaglia, as well as earning a SAG and Humanitas nomination. Steinberg was executive producer and show-runner of Without a Trace for the first four seasons. Afterward, Steinberg created and was showrunner/executive producer of the ABC series The Nine, which he wrote with his sister, KJ Steinberg. The show ran for one season. Steinberg co-created and was executive producer of TNT's The Last Ship ,in 2014, which ran for five seasons. The Last Ship follows a naval destroyer crew, after a pandemic kills most of Earth's population. Steinberg went on to create and serve as an executive producer of the ABC American legal drama For Life, which premiered February 11, 2020.The series is a fictional legal and family drama inspired by the life of convict turned attorney Isaac Wright, Jr. The success of the show led his Channel Road Productions company to an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Most recently, Steinberg landed a straight to series order with Fox for DOC, an adaptation of the Italian series of the same name.  Steinberg will executive produce under his Channel Road Productions. In this episode, we talk about: • His straight to series FOX show called Doc based on an Italian series • The story behind getting the pitch for For Life and why he had to come back to it months later • His advice on to get started writing for a TV show • His writing process and to just get through the first draft • Working with his sister KJ Steinberg on Nine (she is now working on This is Us) • Advice for actors approaching pilot auditions and why there are no small roles • The gentle balance between a strong pilot to hook in executives and having some discipline in holding back to have an engaging season • The genesis of Without a Trace and how they came up with the idea (question from Mentor David Grae) and why the pilot is the worst episode of a show • How he got the idea for 61* which focused on Roger Marris and Mickey Mantle’s home run which was directed by Billy Crystal and garnered 12 Emmy nominations • Spec script on The Duel (Burr vs Hamilton) and his particular appreciation for Hamilton the Musical Guest: IMDb Wikipedia Variety article on new show DOC Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out ⁠David Grae - From Spec Scripts to Executive Producer of Madam Secretary ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠Cave Day⁠⁠⁠ right now. Only $40 for the first 3 months! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
Did you know what it takes to be a post production supervisor? Or that it's a possible way to climb up the track to Executive Producer? LESLIE CONVERSE is both a producer and a post-Production Supervisor. She tells us about her start in the industry, assisting Director Frank Oz on movies such as  The Indian in the Cupboard, In & Out starring Kevin Kline, and Bowfinger starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, she goes into how she started as a post-production supervisor and what that usually entails, and working closely with directors such as Ron Howard, Steven Soderbergh, Frank Oz, Noah Baumbach, and more. She has worked on incredible films such as Marriage Story with Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta and Alan Alda, The Laundromat with Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, David Schwimmer, The Stepford Wives starring Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, and Matthew Broderick, and more, Hillbilly Elgy starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close, just to name a few. She also discusses getting into producing and how much of a commitment that means, especially as a mother. One of her latest projects was Noah Baumbach’s White Noise starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, which she was both a post-production supervisor and executive producer. In this episode, we talk about: • The awesome story about going out to LA to interview to be Director Frank Oz's assistant and working on THE INDIAN AND THE CUPBOARD • What goes into being Post-production Supervisor on a film and her responsibilities • Organizing ADR and finding actors for looping and loop groups • Being bumped up to co-producer, in addition to post production, for STEPFORD WIVES • Why someone should hire a post-production supervisor for in pre-production • Missed the jump from 35mm to digital because she took off working to parent • Finished reshoots for Hillbilly Elegy when the pandemic hit, so post production looked very different • Bumped to EP for White Noise, also directed by Noah Baumbach for 2.5 years Guest: IMDb LinkedIn Host: Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠ Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠ Website:⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠ Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠ If you like this episode, check out Becoming... Film Producer Gaylyn Fraiche and former VP of Film & TV of Hello Sunshine ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," "Cheetah Girls 2") ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Click here to join our Mailing list.⁠⁠⁠ Ads: Check out ⁠⁠⁠Cave Day⁠⁠ right now. Only $40 for the first 3 months! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support
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Christina Lin

Mentors on the Mic is amazing! This is a very useful podcast for anyone who wants to know more about the entertainment industry, I do learn a lot of things, every guest share their experiences. And by the way, Michelle is a wonderful hostess! She is fun, articulate, and well prepared. Can't wait for the next episode.

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