It’s long been known that creating a career in show business is often not an easy path. There is no one specific blueprint to follow that can guarantee an artists’ success. However, one thing is certain, when you make the decision to pursue your craft in this crazy industry, you’re not just selecting an occupation, you’re choosing a lifestyle.
Join us every Tuesday as we meet brave and talented people who have embraced that choice. Listen in as they share their stories, their successes, their paths and maybe even a few failures. Working in this business doesn’t just take determination and sacrifice; it takes tenacity to hold on through unexpected twists and turns that often come with sharp angles. But even through the highs and lows, what we learn is that most would not choose to do it any other way. So come hear how rewarding it can be to take a leap of faith and follow your dreams!
Episode 17-Michael Cohen
This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson, sits down with down with Michael Cohen. Please do not mistake him with the other Michael Cohen who’s been making the news, we do get in to that in the interview. This is the fantastic actor who can currently be seen on Nickelodeon’s hit sit-com Henry Danger as Schwoz. Michael has appeared on other hit shows like Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls and way more then I have time to mention in this intro. This is a man who is the definition of working actor. He loves his job and fully understands how this business works. So much so that he teaches a class on it at the University of Texas at Austin in Los Angeles. If you’ve ever wondered how you make a living acting, this is the episode you can’t miss. Make sure you’re settled in and ready, because this is going to be a ride.
Michael D. Cohen is an actor and acting teacher. He can be seen regularly as the character Schwoz on Nickelodeon’s hit sit-com Henry Danger and has appeared on shows such as Modern Family, The Real O’Neals, 2 Broke Girls, The Mindy Project, Powerless, Angie Tribeca, Backstrom, Eagleheart, Austin & Ally and many others. Recent film credits include the upcoming Coen Brothers comedy Suburbicon directed by George Clooney, the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash, as well as the Canadian Screen Award-nominated film It Was You Charlie, for which he was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Lead Performance. Michael has dozens of commercial credits including Mini Starburst, FedEx, Capital One, Boston Market, Honda with Patrick Warburton, and the Super Bowl Hulu Plus campaign with Will Arnett. Michael served as Co-Chair of the SAG-AFTRA Hollywood Conservatory at the American Film Institute and is a member of the National SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Committee . He has a Masters degree in Adult Education focusing on transformative education for performers. He offers acting workshops and private audition coaching for actors in L.A., Toronto and around the world.
Michael is also on faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in Los Angeles. He teaches advanced on camera technique, business of acting and also directed their senior year industry showcase at the Matrix theatre.
Episode 16-Art Conn
This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson, sits down with stylist, Art Conn. Art has styled on several hit shows including American Idol, Top Chef, Shark Tank and X Factor USA. He is currently styling Rebecca Romijn on the hit show Skin Wars as well as for her television, press and red carpet appearances. Hearing what Art had to say about styling people based on personality and how he can be creative in pulling in looks that will lend to a theme only made it more clear just how much goes in to creating anything that we see on our television or on the big screen. So if you’re wondering how celebrities always look so fabulous, stay tuned, this is the episode to listen too.
Art Conn is a freelance fashion stylist in Los Angeles, CA. He has styled seven seasons of the hit Fox TV series American Idol, and continues to work with many of its past contestants, including Adam Lambert, and winners Jordin Sparks and David Cook.
The Emmy-nominated shows Top Chef, Shark Tank and X Factor USA are just a few of Art’s TV styling credits. He has helped style world tours and videos for some of music’s top artists, including Madonna, Pink, Maroon 5, George Michael, and Lenny Kravitz.
While styling Tyra Banks for her talk show, Art also appeared as a guest, styling on camera makeovers. He has since appeared as a fashion and style expert on such programs as the Today show, MTV News, Good Day NY, the Ricki Lake Show, and Home & Family. He was seen onscreen alongside client Carnie Wilson on her hit GSN reality show Unstapled. He was also a weekly fashion critic for Life & Style Magazine and red carpet commentator for Celebuzz.com.
Art was the national spokesperson for TJ Maxx and Marshalls’ Back to School campaign, and fashion retailer Torrid honored him with their 2009 House of Dreams Dream Maker Award, recognizing his work in plus-sized fashion.
A career highlight was dressing actor Forest Whitaker for the 2007 Academy Awards, where he won Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland.
Art is currently styling actress and model Rebecca Romijn for her television, press, and red carpet appearances, and as the host of GSN’s hit show Skin Wars.
Episode 15-April Laird
This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson, sits down with April Laird. April has been working in the prop department on various productions since 2007. Talking with her only drove home what a collaborative effort it is to create film and TV. She has such pride in what she does and it really comes through when she talks about some of the other amazing prop masters she has had the pleasure to work with. This is an often-overlooked job in this industry, but what they provide to a production is so important. We feel lucky to get to sit down and talk with an experienced on set art department worker and even luckier that we get to share the conversation with you. Enjoy!
April Laird-Assistant Prop Master & Art Dept Professional
April is an experienced on set art department worker, specializing in property arts. Working with varied scales of productions for over 8 years in Los Angeles, she has developed extensive skills in prop mastery, set dressing, prop making, food styling, & weaponry. In her spare time, she also owns and operates an independent handmade jewelry company based in Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles: www.smithyjewelry.com