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Author: Michael J. Arbouet

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The most captivating, informative and revealing stories from professionals in the arts and beyond.
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Robert Kugler is the award-winning author of the Avery & Angela series, the Aloha Kugs series, and AN ALMOST TOLERABLE PERSON. He retired from education in order to focus on both writing and parenting. A graduate of The College of Wooster and Seton Hall University, Robert is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, enjoys mixology, and does the occasional sprint triathlon. (slowly)He currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, children and a Labrador named Maggie. He spends as much time as possible in Wildwood New Jersey, as it’s simply the best beach on the East Coast or anywhere else. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Sarah has been surrounded by music throughout her entire life, but it wasn't until she started street performing on the streets of Los Angeles, CA in 2016 that she decided to pursue her career as a singer/songwriter. She has since released an EP, two singles, & a music video which is played in rotation at Universal City Walk, LA; has established residencies with several venues, been endorsed by Luna Guitars, Empire Ears, & Cleartone strings, and performed on The NAMM Show MAIN STAGE in 2019. Her music video, Noteworthy, shares the spotlight in rotation with work from legendary artists such as Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Shawn Mendes, Diplo, and more! Sarah persists through focus and hard work to inspire and support others. Above all, she strives to create music that will emotionally connect individuals on a higher caliber of being. These values have been adopted from her late-father, Aaron Lightman, who was an outspoken advocate for improving mental health through the arts and the following of one’s passion. Known for her uniquely soulful voice and smooth, clear tone that cuts like a knife, she aims to provide a refreshing outlet for pop listeners.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Kimberly Graham has been the Associate Casting Director for Judy Henderson Casting since 2003. She casts for film, television, commercials and theater. Kimberly Graham is known for her work on Homeland, Avatar and Before Midnight. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Pamela Lewis is an American singer-songwriter and actor Lewis has released a couple solo studio albums. She is currently a part of the band Code Bleu a band the has provided its clients with first class music and entertainment. This exceptionally talented, well-rehearsed bands and ensembles reproduces the musical styles from every era. They include today’s current hits, Classic Rock-n-Roll, Rap, R&B, Club, Hip-Hop, Motown, Alternative, 70’s Disco, Top 40, Country, Swing, Big Band, 50’s, 60’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, Latin, Jazz, Jewish, Italian and much, much more. Having performed at thousands of weddings, corporate dinner dances, fundraisers, and holiday events, Code Bleu has built an unprecedented reputation.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Rachael Sage is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and visual artist  She is the founder of indie label MPress Records. Sage has released fourteen solo studio albums. Her performances combine music with between-song banter. Sage was named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years by Performing Songwriter magazine.  She joins host Michael J.  Arbouet once again to talk about her new album Poetica.Sage said the album “was an opportunity to create new work with a fantastic group of musicians, with no creative boundaries. The language itself and imagery therein has led us to places musically that traditional songwriting never would have. There are pieces that fall into a more classical vein, and others that skew more blues, and if you believe it, Americana and even jazz.”Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Pamela Jorgensen is an extremely versatile singer-actor. Age range: 30-50. Vocal range: E3-C6. She is very affable, is always willing to take risks and prides herself on her consummate professionalism. Musical theatre, comedy/drama, cabaret, voice over. After years of drudging through a sea of vocational diversity, Pam is finally living the life she has always dreamed of since she was 5 years old! A proud member of Actors Equity, Pam enjoys the success of being a working actor and that makes her feel accomplished and complete.   Let me sing you a song, introduce you to a new character, tell you a silly story or break your heart with a single expression. It has been a long road to get here and she wants to share her passion with you all.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Ramfis Myrthil is an award-winning independent filmmaker, producer and avid story-teller from New York City. His tremendous success as an indie filmmaker has won him several awards including Star’s 40 under 40 list. His extensive experience has earned him speaking invitations at the most prestigious film festivals and film schools, including the Cannes Film Festival and SXSW, New York University and others. He has had tremendous success as a New York producer and Los Angeles producer. His films have not only premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW and 40+ other festivals, but have also won a number of awards, nationally and internationally. Ramfis has established himself as one of the leading independent producers with over twenty critically acclaimed films. He has produced a variety of films on all budget levels, developed a huge national and international network. He has navigated the filmmaking space and knows the ins and outs of film production with excellent knowledge of all aspects of filmmaking. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Bryan Norton has an M.F.A. degree in Film Production from New York University's Tisch School of The Arts Graduate Film Program, and a B.A. in Cinema Studies from Sarah Lawrence College. He wrote and directed the award winning horror film Penny Dreadful with a generous grant from Warner Bros, starring Friday the 13th's Betsy Palmer and has won over one hundred film festival awards worldwide. As a professor and lecturer of film, Bryan has taught film directing and screenwriting throughout the United States since 2001 and served as the chairperson of The New York Film Academy. He also has consulted on several documentaries, books and articles relating to the history and analysis of the horror genre, including Butcher Knives and Body Counts: Essays of the Formula, Frights and Fun of the Shalsher Film, Going To Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film , Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel and Fangoria Magazine. The youngest of nine children, Bryan grew up in New England.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Marc Jacobson has significant experience in the entertainment and Internet industries. He currently advises many clients on the business and intellectual property issues faced by entertainment businesses in the digital age. This includes matters relating to the creation, development and exploitation of intellectual property rights in internet-based content as well as film, television, video, music and theatrical properties. Marc also advises companies on business and financing strategies in connection with such properties.As a result of Marc’s broad business and legal background, he is an advisor to a diverse group of individuals and companies in connection with production, licensing, financing, recording, distributing, publishing, joint venture, personal service and related contracts. He handles the purchase and sale of music publishing catalogs and the financing, production, and distribution of filmed entertainment.Marc is also well known for his experience with regard to the approval and disaffirmance of minors’ contracts. Additionally, as the former General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Public Policy for a major online service, Marc was a principal draftsman of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He is also the founding Chairman of the New York State Bar Association Section on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
James Mount is an actor and voiceover artist who is best known for his role as Agent Thoms, part of the core recurring cast of Season 6 of Showtime’s ‘Homeland’. His Guest Star appearances include character turns on Fox’s ‘Gotham’, NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’, HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ as well as supporting roles in films, most recently the indie-thriller “What We Found”. As a voice actor, James recently played gangster Frank Nitti in the series ‘Jack and Lou: A Gangster Loves Story’ with Lisa Kudrow, and has voiced national commercials, cartoons, and video games like Rockstar Games’ ‘Red Dead Redemption’. James has been married to digital artist Tracy LaGrua since 2007. They have two young girls. His favorite role is ‘Dad’. "Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Abigail Hawk is best known for playing  detective Abigail Baker in the hit television show Blue Bloods  She also appeared in, Body of Proof as well as in the  holiday TV movie, A Christmas in Vermont .Hawk also had a starring role in Domenica Cameron Scorsese's directorial debut, Almost Paris for which she won the "Best Actress" award at the 2017 Golden Door Film Festival.She has been married to Bryan Spies since 2009. They have two children.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Spat Oktan is well known for his work on the sci-fi/comic book convention circuit, and in his roles as costume, prop-maker, and practical special effects man on low-budget films such as Bad Kids Go to Hell and its sequel, as well as videos and TV shows in the New York and Atlanta area, where he now resides.  Oktan has made costumes and props for video games, movies, and major companies to use to promote their products at the big Comic Cons, as well Mad Prodigy Productions and Universal Studios.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Donna McKenna, CSA is an award winning, international casting director, producer and educator. She has cast numerous independent films, TV show, episodic radio shows, pilots and web-series during her more than 20 years in the business. These projects have received theatrical distribution and can be seen on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Apple as well as Direct TV and other streaming platforms.Producers and Directors love working with Donna as she listens carefully and comes to understand the vision for their project, providing them with an ensemble cast, utilizing both critically acclaimed actors from film, TV, and Broadway as well as new and upcoming talent.Donna has been recognized by the industry for her efforts. Among some of her kudos are a Voice Arts Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance Audio Show, the IndieFest Casting Award, Best Ensemble Casting from Blast Off FIlm Festival for Alter Ego and most recently received Runner Up 2020 Mandy.com Casting Director Award, nominated and chosen from casting directors around the world.Donna can be found at industry events and film festivals worldwide, speaking to actors and filmmakers, sharing her passion and knowledge, offering guidance and encouragement, inspiring artist to follow their dreams.As an educator Donna works with actors of all ages. She focuses on the craft of acting, improvisation, audition technique as well as a course called "Producing Your Career". In her McKenna Method Workshops (www.mckennamethod.com) she works with actors to free their instrument, get out of their head and make bold choices using some theatre games she has developed during her career.Donna is a proud member of the Casting Society of America and the Suffolk County FilmSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Laila Samuels is an artist and songwriter from Oslo, Norway. She was the lead singer of The Tuesdays, and has since 1998 written more than 300 songs for other artists, taken part in Melodi Grand Prix as a solo artist and done collaborations with other artists, such as Ravi, Vinni and the Vagabonds, Curse and We Kings  and songwriter Jonas Shandel launched the duo Shandel & Samuels in 2019.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Grammy-nominated Seth Glier is a singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. NPR describes his voice as “otherworldly” while praising him as “an engaging performer and storyteller.” His critically acclaimed, emotionally dense catalog of work often draws upon traditional roots music, experimental instrumentation, and moody atmospheres that result in soulfully intelligent stories that can alternatively fight the power or break your heart.“The music of Seth Glier veers towards being indefinable.” – Paste MagazineWith five albums, five Independent Music Awards, and even a U.S. State Department-sponsored international tour under his belt, Glier has also played with a diverse list of artists such as Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, and Marc Cohn. He’s currently on tour and is debuting new music, including his two latest songs “If It Wasn’t For You” and “Stages”, both releasing in 2020. Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, “If It Wasn’t For You” echoes the young activist’s own concepts about the transformative power of turning one’s trauma into gratitude and awareness. “Stages” captures the magic and secret joy that’s shared when close relationships evolve using the universal art of ritual. Both singles are available on exclusive, collectible 7″ vinyl in a very limited run offered only at his live shows. Glier plans to put out more music throughout the year while continuing to connect with audiences using his eclectic, often humorous, and always insightful artistry.“Also a producer and multi-instrumentalist, Glier is recognized for his intelligent storytelling, moody atmospheres and emotive soulful vocals that tug at the listener’s heart.” – Earmilk“‘Stages’ rides a steady, low-key beat with vibrant tones escalating by degrees until you’re hit with the song’s potent emotions.” – Popdust“The singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has been garnering worldwide acclaim for his “otherworldly” vocals and ability to craft a sound which is entirely his own.” – Gigslutz Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Sitting in the back of his middle school classroom, a young Steven Cogle would recollect his favorite childhood super heroes and remix them into his own hip hop versions through his sketches.Cogle's route was by no means direct and straightforward however. Throughout the years, Steven Cogle worked a wide range of occupations before finally settling on his lifelong calling. One of these occupations included serving in the military, an experience that surely shaped his outspoken political perspective. This social commentary is visible in a number of his paintings such as "Detainee" and "Detainees," which document the story of America's War on Terror.Very often, when observing a Cogle piece, people are compelled to draw the connection to the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, the well-renowned Brooklyn native who came out of the neo-expressionism movement in the 80s. While it is certainly a compliment to be held in this regard, Cogle wants the people to know that he should not be perceived as the second coming of the late painter, but rather the next one up in a long, rich tradition of Black artists who's work goes far overlooked by the mainstream - painters like Bob Thompson who originally paved the way for artists like Basquiat. It is for this reason why compromising will never be an option for Steven Cogle, who has been critiqued by museums for his unorthodox, abstract approach.Cogle is a multi-dimensional Artist that is building a world that will serve as a bridge for other artists as well. TV, Film, Fashion and comic books – Cogle plans to infuse his perspective in a myriad of artistic mediums in addition to all of his celebrity commissions such as the one he did for Michael B. Jordan, Chris Rock and Andie MacDowell.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Julie Schubert is a New York based, Emmy-Award winning Casting Director. She has casted numerous projects including the hit Netflix shows House of Cards and Daredevil. Other casting credits include Confessions of a Shopaholic, Footloose, Devil Wears Prada, and The Departed. Schubert, comes from a very special casting legacy - she was trained by Juliet Taylor and Ellen Lewis, proteges of the famed matriarch of casting, (and subject of the 2012 documentary Casting By), Marion Dougherty.  After an extensive apprenticeship with Juliet and Ellen, Julie began her career as a Casting Director.  Julie is a sought after on-camera audition teachers, and has taught around the USA as well as internationally.  She has a keen eye for authenticity and a vital sense of how to shape an audition based on what's on the page and the actor's energy.  She is far less interested in the elusive idea of talent, and focuses on what makes each actor and audition interesting.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
After twenty five years in the music business as a singer, songwriter, bassist, guitarist and front man of the band Crystal Eyes, Sal Sirchia began his acting career in 2001.Sirchia first television role was on HBO's Oz as a featured extra and regular during seasons 4, 5 and 6. Sal also appeared on the  VH-1 Showa "Feedback" and "Newlyweds and Rock and Roll"Sal has also been featured in a number of films Nikos the Impaler, The Tenement, Sins of the Father, Coalition,  Knock Knock and How to Grow a Fig Tree.Sirchia also composed music on the soundtracks of Fear of the Dark, Coalition and How to Grow a Fig Tree.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Michael J. Arbouet talks with Stacey Prussman.  Prussman landed her first starring role in the  Off-Broadway show Grandma Sylvia's Funeral as Dori Grossman in the mid-to-late 1990s. In 2000, she appeared in the award-winning Greg Scarnici  film Glam-Trash. She also had roles in Everything's Jake and The Girl in the Park. Aside from her performing career, Prussman is a national keynote speaker on Eating Disorders and Body Image at colleges, universities, treatment centers, and military academies across the country.In 2014, Prussman co-hosted a radio show, Ears Wide Open, with comedian Boy Levy in Boston and Washington, D.C. Later, she decided to start her own show, The Stacey Prussman Hour.Prussman's jokes have been published in Judy Brown's books Squeaky Clean and Love’s Funny that Way, and in Jeffrey Gurian's book Filthy Funny and Totally Offensive. She was also quoted in Rosemarie Jarski's book Words From The Wise, 6000 of the Smartest Things Ever Said. She currently hosts a weekly podcast called, The Stacey Prussman Hour.On April 6, 2021, Stacey Prussman received the official nomination from the Libertarian Party for Mayor of New York City.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
Michael J. Arbouet talks with Michelle Amor who  co-wrote PLAYIN’ FOR LOVE, directed by and starring Robert Townsend (FIVE HEARTBEATS, HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE) and Jenifer Lewis (BLACK-ISH), wrote OF BOYS & MEN starring Academy® Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett (BLACK PANTHER) and Robert Townsend, and co-produced and co-wrote the documentary film TUPAC SHAKUR: BEFORE I WAKE. In November 2019 she and collaborator Ali LeRoi (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS) sold her one-hour drama THE HONORABLE to CBS, a project inspired by her childhood in Chicago.Amor is serving her third elected term as co-chair of the WGAW Committee of Black Writers (CBW), whose mission is to create career and networking opportunities for Black writers in Hollywood. She was the lead author of the committee’s ”Dear Hollywood” letter released on June 12, 2020, which demanded sweeping changes in the business to end systemic racism in media and entertainment.Her projects have garnered numerous accolades. PLAYIN' FOR LOVE debuted on the UP Cable Network in July 2015; on the Urban Movie channel in November 2015; was released on video and Amazon Prime in February 2016; played on Magic Johnson’s Aspire TV in November 2016; and aired on Bounce TV in January 2017. Her film OF BOYS & MEN won Best of the Fest at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival and was the 2008 Pan-African Film Festival’s Centerpiece Selection. It was released on Warner Bros Home Video in 2011. TUPAC SHAKUR: BEFORE I WAKE sold 4 million copies worldwide.  Michelle has developed stories, written scripts for, and has had original work optioned by veteran producer Todd Garner, Academy® Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, and international film company Atlas Entertainment, R&B singer Michel’le, and Academy® Award-winning producer Al Ruddy (The Godfather & Million Dollar Baby). She is currently shopping a TV drama series with New York Times bestselling author Shaka Senghor (Writing My Wrongs). She's also developing numerous other film and TV projects. A proud native Chicagoan, she resides in Los Angeles with her family.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/quidditasfactor)
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