Episode 17-Michael Cohen

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 Cohen-Actor

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

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-Stylist

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

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

Episode 14-Christy Lamb

Episode 14-Christy Lamb

This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson, sits down with Moms-in-Film co-founder Christy Lamb. This is a woman who has worn many hats in this world of show business but has found a home in producing. She shares some great stories about her journey in the business and the creation of Moms-in-Film. Since then she has been working tirelessly to spread the word of a family friendly set and what it would look like to #BudgetTheBaby. A project that is near and dear to her heart, the Wee Wagaon has been written up in several spaces including Variety and has had a run at Sundance and SXSW. And as if that weren’t enough, she is currently working on her own project, Birth Life Black White, a documentary that gets into the inequality that comes up during birth and post partum for women of color. If you are trying to navigate having a family and a career in this industry, this is an episode you can’t miss. Please enjoy!

Christy Lamb-Co-Founder of Moms-in-Film

Christy is an accomplished producer of films, festivals, and nonprofit programs currently producing narrative and documentary content through her company VENN INDUSTRIES. Christy’s film credits include: THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS (dir. Dan Taberski, SXSW Jury Award 2016), 1st BORN (dir. Sam Khoze), BAD AT DANCING (dir. Joanna Arnow, Berlinale, NYFF), AMERICAN DRESSER (dir. Carmine Cangialosi), HOV (dir. Kamala Seals), LAST NIGHT (dir. Whitney Meers), ALWAYS & 4EVER (dir. Christopher Stokes), WHEN THE NIGHT FALLS (dir. Ed Bergtold), WINDOW DRESSING (dir. Stephen Girouard), ALL OF US and TOE TO TOE (dir. Emily Abt, Sundance 2009).

Previously, Christy served as Executive Director of Dance Films Association, co-producing the Dance on Camera series with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and as Development Director for the NYC Screenwriters Collective. During her 9 years in NYC, Christy developed CUNNINGHAM 3D (dir. Alla Kovgan), LIMINAL SPACES (dir. Lucas Smith) and ANOTHER TELEPATHIC THING (dir. Jonathan Demme) and worked on film/tv/commercial content for Scripps Network, Rain Media, and National Headquarters. She served on screening committees for Rooftop Films and Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival and is an AmeriCorps alum.

Christy lives in LA with her husband, 2 kitties and toddler, Parker Jean.

Episode 13-Bob Garrett

Episode 13-Bob Garrett

This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson sits down with the incomparable Bob Garrett. He’s a singer, a songwriter, a veteran of the Broadway stage, when we say this man has done it all, we aren’t joking. He is currently a vocal coach to some of the best in the biz including Jessica Lange, Drew Barrymore and Channing Tatum . Bob’s drive and his passion and his belief in what he does will inspire, and reinvigorate you and your career. However you want to be involved in this business, Bob Garrett has got the advice for you. Sit back and grab a notebook, you aren’t going to want to miss a word.


Bob Garrett-Vocal Coach

BOB GARRETT began studying voice at age 13 with world famous teachers Rose Allen and Sue Seaton, whose students included Pavarotti, Audrey Hepburn, Donna Summer, Dick Van Dyke, Bernadette Peters and many, many others. As a result of his studies, Bob starred on Broadway in GREASE (as Teen Angel), GODSPELL (playing seven of the ten roles), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (as Motel The Tailor), BEAUTY and the BEAST, THE PRODUCERS, PLATINUM (as Buddy), BENT (Rudy) et al. As a singer-songwriter, Bob has recorded for A&M Records, was a song staff writer for the legendary Motown Records, as well as staffing for Columbia Pictures Music and for the television series FAME. His chart topping songs have been recorded by HEART, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and many others. In 1978, Rose Allen and Sue Seaton deemed Bob, the only person ever so designated, to carry on their legacy and teach their vocal technique.

For the past thirty years, Bob has vocal coached countless clients in all phases of show business. His client list includes Katy Perry, Big Time Rush, Cast of “GLEE”, Vanessa Hudgens, Rebel Wilson, Elle Fanning, Jane Fonda, Janet Jackson, Channing Tatum (“The Vow”), Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange (“Grey Gardens” and “American Horror Story”), Evan Peters and Kathy Bates (“American Horror Story”), Cameron Diaz, Gerard Butler (“Phantom of the Opera” film), Wilson-Philips and for “ME AND MY SHADOWS: LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND” Emmy winners, Judy Davis and Tammy Blanchard. Bob has been the on-camera vocal coach for Fox’s “AMERICAN IDOL”, “So You Think You Can Dance,”, and “THE VOICE.” Mr. Garrett teaches private classes and his highly acclaimed Musical Theatre And Film Master Classes. His students grace the Billboard charts and the stages of every musical currently on Broadway.

Mr. Garrett has also written lyrics for the Mark Taper Forum production of “STARS IN YOUR EYES”, Access Theatre’s “FLAVIA AND THE DREAMMAKER”, and countless songs for many films, including “THE FIGHT CLUB”, and many television themes including NBC’s “GIMME A BREAK.” Bob has also written teleplays including: for NBC, “REUNION”, for CBS, “Tim Conway’s Funny America” and “Seinfeld”, for Fox TV, “Power Rangers”, for Lifetime, “ORDEAL” and the syndicated “All New Captain Kangaroo.” Bob also starred in an ABC pilot, SCRUPLES for director, Michael Suczy (“Grey Gardens” and “the Vow.”)

In addition, Bob has also directed many Los Angeles theatrical productions including the highly acclaimed “FRIED CHICKEN and LATKES” starring Rain Pryor (Best Director winner for both the Ovation Awards and NAACP Awards) and the Young Playwright’s Festival smash, DARK HORSE. Mr. Garrett was a consultant to the composers of Broadway’s, “THE COLOR PURPLE”, and is currently writing the book and lyrics for ”LIMELIGH!” a new Broadway musical composed by ten of the music industry’s best Top 40 composers including Brenda Russell, One Republic, Stephen Bray et al . In addition, he is producing and vocal coaching a series of global charity concerts for HBO, his original concept, starring many of the world’s biggest film stars.

You can sign up for classes by emailing: bobgarrett5@gmail.com

Episode 12-Patrika Darbo

Episode 12-Patrika Darbo

This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson sits down with the Emmy award winning Patrika Darbo. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say she is one of the Divas of daytime. She talks about her ups and downs in the business and what she tells herself and anyone else walking out of an audition feeling a little down, “If you weren’t talented, you wouldn’t be in the room.” She also goes down memory lane and shares about the amazing people she has had the pleasure to work with. This is a woman who has put her stamp on this business in the best way. Please Enjoy!

Patrika Darbo-Actress

Patrika Darbo is a 2016 Primetime Emmy winner for Best Actress Short Format for the inter-net series Acting Dead, is currently nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the internet series The Bay and she is also nominated for three 2018 Independent Series Awards and will host this year’s awards show on April 4th. She recently had a starring role in the Lifetime film Cradle Swapping, completed a guest voice role on American Dad and she has joined the cast of CBS’s The Bold & The Beautiful. She has appeared on countless other series including The Big Bang Theory, The Middle, Devious Maids, Desperate Housewives, Dexter and she was a series regular on the sit-com, Step By Step and the NBC daytime drama, Days of Our Lives for which she received a Daytime Emmy nomination.  She is a veteran of dozens of films including Leaving Normal, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?), Speed 2, Rango, Babe and she is often remembered for her stand-out role in Clint Eastwood’s In The Line of Fire where John Malkovich infamously proclaimed to her character, “You shouldn’t have been from Minneapolis.” Patrika is currently the Co-Governor for the Performers Group at the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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