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Vondell Richmond is an arts educator, actor, visionary leader, life coach, writer, and founder of Writer's Academy and Open Mind Productions, LLC. As an artist and educator, he creates and shares tested information with his students while helping them to build a solid understanding of acting and writing. He continues to educate students and college students on how to act and create success in their careers.
Join us on April 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. central for our LIVE conversation with Vondell Richmond.
Welcome to Paid Actor's radio talk show. I am Trena Bolden Fields, actress, writer, life coach and your host. I am excited to share ways on how to get into acting and build a successful career with you. During the show, I will share my experience as a child model and actress and my knowledge and experience as an adult performer in the field and I will conduct interviews with experts. This season we will talk about child acting and how to get your child started in acting. Next season, we will
Trena Bolden Fields interviews the talented Barbara Kingsley on her passion for acting.
Barbara Kingsley is a multi-tasking theater artist. Stage credits include over two hundred productions, at theaters across the country, including Broadway. She has appeared locally at the Guthrie, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Jungle Theater and Park Square Theatre. Barbara won a Kudos award for her performance as Dorine, in Tartuffe and has enjoyed creating a broad spectrum of characters: Hedda Gabler, Bananas, in House of Blue Leaves, Ariel in The Tempest, Alice B. Toklas in Gertrude Stein and a Companion, and most recently, Violet in August: Osage County. She has been a member of the Dept. of Theatre & Dance adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, since 1998 and is a Teaching Artist in the Guthrie Theater Education dept. Writing credits include a screenplay and three stage plays. Barbara is a recipient of a 2011 – 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board/ National Endowment for the Arts Artist Initiative Grant for her play, Under This Roof and the 2013 MRAC Next Step Grant for her play, I am Proof Of Me.
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A lifelong character actor, Geoffrey Gould was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the northern New Jersey suburb of Pompton Plains. A graduate of Ramapo State College, he studied theatre and wrote film reviews for the college's newspaper Horizons. Since January 2011 Geoffrey has been a co-host of the weekly Para-X live online radio show The Paranormal View. Having acquired the beginnings of an actual strong Fan Base, Geoffrey has a joinable Open Facebook Group to keep his fri
If the idea of getting up on stage, or in front of a camera, without a script makes you feel like you want to pee yourself, don't worry. We've got two of the hottest actors on the Improv scene, Grasie Mercedes and Josh Covitt, to help work your Improv kegel.
Grasie Mercedes is that elusive mix of hilarous & hot. She keeps the masses entertained as a host, actor/comedian, and celebrity fashion consultant. You can currently catch this savvy stylist helping those less fashionable on the MTV series, "Girl, Get Your Mind Right!" You can also find her making some funny with her Improv team, Triggerfinger at IO West in Hollywood.
Josh Covitt is proof that you can be a comedian without being a basketcase. This guy could quite possibly be one of the most Talented and nicest people in Hollywood. Oxymoron? Nope. Covitt is deeply entrenched in the Improv scene doing sketch shows at Upright Citizens Brigade and M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater, as well as starring in a slew of tv commercials. The guy works harder than Seacrest. And I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Josh Covitt on SNL sometime soon.
What is Improv? And why is it important for actors to take Improv classes? Who are the best teachers? Grasie and Josh will answer all these questions and more on the next "Lights, Camera...ACTOR!"
Wendy Mckenzie began her career in the entertainment industry as a fashion model. At a booked video shoot, the casting director realized that she needed additional models to complete the job. Wendy offered her services to assist the casting director with coordinating a last minute casting. Realizing that she had a knack for recognizing talent, she began to freelance on numerous casting projects. Early in her career she worked with prominent casting director, Tracy Moore, to cast for “New Jersey Drive”. Wendy was part of the team that welcomed newcomer, Christopher Wallace, aka “Notorious B.I.G.” to the project. She partnered with mentor, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd to cast memorable music videos for artists, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and numerous others. Branching off on her own, Wendy became a regular casting facilitator for MTV On Air Promos such as “Yo Mama”, “Sucker Free Sunday”; and product launches and ad campaigns for G-Unit Clothing, 7th on 6th Fashion week, “Fusha Designs” and numerous others. She has also worked as lead New York Casting Director for Fox Searchlight Pictures, “Notorious”, the biopic story of rapper, Christopher Wallace and provided casting services for “Secret Life of Bees” and the 2010 Academy Award Nominated, “The Blindside”.
For information on Wendy or classes for kids and adults visit www.inthewinkofaneye.biz
Jonathan Leigh Solomon has worked in every comic medium. He began his career as a New York based comic, making regular appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, and over two dozen other talk and variety programs. Writing for televsion he was on staff with the Emmy Award winning sit-com, Mad About You, Michael Moore’sTVNation, Payne, Saturday Night Special and Conspiracy Zone, among other programs and authored the syndicated advice column, Dear Mr. GuyMan. Jonathan writes humorous
Trena Bolden Fields interviews actor award winning actor Christopher (Chiz) Chisholm about his energy and career as an actor.
Christopher Chisholm is an award winning actor who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a BFA in Theatre. Mr. Chisholm’s scores of Theatre Credits range from Broadway to Hollywood including regional and repertory theatres across the country and around the globe. Christopher was also a host for E! Entertainment Television where he covered Hollywood News and Events, conducted hundreds of celebrity interviews and hosted E!’s television coverage of the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards and The Golden Globes.
Christopher is thrilled to be doing the 30th Anniversary Production of Greater Tuna at The Pelican Playhouse in Miami this fall.
Trena Bolden Fields interviews Child Actor Darius Kaleb and his manager mother, Denise Harris on how to build, manage and sustain a child's acting career.
Darius Kaleb is an accomplished singer, actor, model, orator and drummer. His group, The Brothers Harris, for which he is the drummer, is requested all over the world. Darius Kaleb’s credits include: Thriller Live/ World Tour Japan, A Lions Tale. Print Work – Baby Gap, Hecht’s, Strawbridges, PSA’s, commercials, Carnegie Hall, touring (international) and performing. Darius Kaleb would like to thank God for his gifts, his parents and brothers, for all their support. Visit www.dariusharris.weebly.com, www.facebook.com/dkonstage to learn more about Darius’ work.
This show we are talking with Lise Friedman, author of Break a Leg! The Kids Guide to Acting and Stagecraft and Letters to Juliet, the inspiration behind the idea for the 2010 film Letters to Juliet. Lise has been involved in the arts for many years and is a former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She will talk more about her book, Break a Leg! The Kids Guide to Acting and Stagecraft as well as the inspiration behind writing her book.
A Little Potato and Hard to Peel is a one man show written and performed by New York City actor David Harrell. It is the hilarious and personal account of growing up with one hand. With Shakespeare, 80's pop culture, and the spiritual guidance of Mr. T, this show reveals that the differences keeping us apart may ultimentely connect us.
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