Episode 11-Steven Tylor O’Connor

Episode 11-Steven Tylor O’Connor

This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson sits down with casting associate Steven Tylor O’Connor. He’s worked on several hit shows including Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and Disney’s Andi Mack. He also worked on Facebook’s first scripted series Five Points. You’re going to learn that he wants you to make a choice when you come into the room, if you didn’t get a call back, you didn’t do anything wrong and finally, he doesn’t want you to bring a character into the room, bring you. Sit back and enjoy this round of Super Happy Fun Ball.

 

Steven Tylor O’Connor-Casting Associate

Steven Tylor O’Connor is a CSA casting associate and an independent writer/producer . Steven currently resides in Los Angeles after spending six years living and working in New York City.  He started his casting career interning at CBS-NY then working at NBC-NY. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he worked on series such as “Shake It Up,” “Liv & Maddie” and “KC Undercover.” As a producer, Steven has two shorts available on Amazon, all of his shorts are available on either Dekkoo or Revry, and he has a feature about to finish with post-production. Steven’s website is www.stoc.biz and he can be found on Twitter @STOConnor

 

Episode 10-Bri Dellinger

Episode 10-Bri Dellinger

This week on Hold the Drama, host Alison Robertson sits down with two-time Emmy nominated editor, Bri Dellinger. Bri has had an interesting career that started at Magical Elves and has found a home at Bravo. She has worked on several hit shows including Top Chef, Project Runway and most recently, Vanderpump Rules. She gets in to what it takes to make Reality TV work and the art in creating the story. We also get into how she takes a break from the Drama and what’s next on her list of challenges to conquer. You don’t want to miss this one, so sit back and enjoy.

Bri Dellinger-Editor

Bri Dellinger is a freelance editor who works in reality television. She has worked in many sub-genres of reality tv, but specializes in competition shows and docu-dramas. She was nominated for two primetime Emmys. She’s lived in Los Angeles for 17 years and has a backyard farm complete with fruit trees, vegetables
​and a flock of chickens. She’s an outspoken feminist and activist. 

Episode 9-Jeffrey Marcus

Episode 9-Jeffrey Marcus

This week we sit down with Jeffrey Marcus, a successful actor who, some might say by divine interference, ended up becoming a highly successful acting teacher. With a Masters in Spiritual Psychology, Jeffrey adds a deeper level to his work and is known for helping actors find what is powerful about themselves. Jeffrey shares with us his views and tips on how and why actors have the power to “enlighten the human condition.” We hope you sit back and really dig in to this fascinating conversation that is sure to inspire you to “be authentically, creatively you.”

Jeffrey Marcus-Acting Coach

Jeffrey Marcus has been teaching and coaching actors in Los Angeles, since arriving from New York almost 30 years ago to do the TV series “Alien Nation”. Before that he starred on Broadway, feature films and on television. Mr. Marcus has directed numerous award-winning plays and has worked with some of the most popular actors on stage, screen and television.

Jeffrey is well versed in the teachings of Stanislavsky, Strasberg, Meisner, Hagen and Adler. His most powerful influence was Mira Rostova – mentor to Montgomery Clift and Geraldine Page. He completed a Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing to further enhance his teaching. His desire is to have actors actually heal their own issues through the imaginary circumstances of the dramatic material. In addition to his acting classes, Jeffrey coaches privately and work with actors on and off sets, has hired by the Presidents of Fortune 500 companies to assist them with their public speaking, and prepares celebrities for media appearances. He has coached executives at ABC, Disney, Fox, MTV and Dreamworks.

His coaching has been profiled on E! Entertainment as ‘Actors Who Teach’, CBS “Big Brother”, Oxygen’s “All the Right Moves” and the cover of Backstage West.

Most recently he has coached actors on “American Horror Story”, “True Blood”, “90210”, “Glee”, “Shadow Hunters”, “Chicago Fire”,”Pretty Little Liars”, and “Supergirl” to name a few.

Episode 8-Laurie Records

Episode 8-Laurie Records

LA Based Casting Director Laurie Records is our guest this week on Hold the Drama. Laurie talks about her trek from actor to casting and how the tools of the stage have prepared her for the casting room. This strong advocate for actors shares invaluable information on “how to work,” talks about the importance of “staying current” to stay in the game and the value of a great headshot. Please tune in and enjoy!

Laurie Recrords-Casting Director

A former professional stage actor (including musical theatre/international touring), Laurie started working in the commercial realm in 2004 for Casting Networks, Inc. From there she moved into a three year position as a full time casting associate where she thrived in casting hundreds of commercials.
Late 2009, Laurie opened “Laurie Records Casting” and STILL laments the humdrum name. While she continues casting all types of commercials (recents: Nestle Toll House, Milk, SoFi, Crown Royal, LiftMaster and Dannon Light & Fit) she also takes on hosting jobs (Disney’s Movie Surfers & DC All Access being the most notable), the crazy world of new media (… sometimes for The Muppets!), print, industrials, voice over and dabbles in film.
Laurie teaches her very own 4-week commercial audition class (most months)… and she loves it. You guessed it: “Commercial Classes by Laurie Records”, yet another humdrum name.
When time allows you might find Laurie as a guest speaker for numerous top-notch actor organizations (SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Universal and Casting Networks, Inc. to name a few) in Los Angeles. She continues in her tenth year of advising commercial actors of the do’s and don’ts of the industry in her monthly column, “Commercial Actors Should Never…” for Casting Networks, Inc. and currently holds the position of VP of the CCDA.

 

 

Episode 7-Jeff Dix

Episode 7-Jeff Dix

This week we sit down with Jeff Dix, writer for the record-breaking Starz drama, Power. Tune in to listen to this impassioned storyteller as he talks about his journey into the business and shares the importance of dedication to your craft.

Jeff Dix-Writer

Jeff is a writer for the record-breaking Starz drama, Power. He has worked on such hit TV series as The Big Bang Theory, Beauty and The Beast, and The Pete Holmes Show.

Episode 6-Jennica Schwartzman

Episode 6-Jennica Schwartzman

This week we sit down with Jennica Schwartzman a talented actress/producer/writer who shares with us just what it takes and what it means to be working multi-hyphenate in the crazy world of show business. Her amazing, “I can do anything” attitude is one to me admired and we think it will inspire you to get up, get going and to make your art happen.

Jennica Schwartzman-Actress/Producer/Writer

Jennica leads the sex-trafficking crime drama RIDGE RUNNERS, winning top awards at its first 3 festivals, the social justice film is releasing in 2017. She follows and closely represents her films in the festival circuit. Jennica represented BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME UP, a dark music centered indie drama, as its romantic lead at its premiere festivals (winning the Best Narrative Film Award and Best of Fest Award) also releasing in 2017. 

Her most recent release, GORDON FAMILY TREE, won 8 top awards at Film Fest Twain Harte, Big Bear Int’l Film Fest, & The Int’l Family Film Fest…. Jennica’s quirky scene stealing work led to her hilarious stint as the insatiable & flirty con-artist in the mockumentary BRICK MADNESS slated for 2018. 

You can catch Jennica in a range of releases & characters including the party-focused LGBT+ supporting lead in HIDING IN THE OPEN (2012) and a budget-focused mother of 9 in the 1950’s period piece THE MEASURE OF A MAN (2011). after a few TV characters on ALL MY CHILDREN and THE REAL ROB, Jennica is excited to get back into the film festival circuit on PARKER’S ANCHOR- the leading role that is most close to her heart. Working on explorative character pieces is where her she wants to be- after, of course, raising her 2 kids with her loving and supportive husband in Hollywood.

Jennica@JennicaSchwartzman.com

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