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The year is 2024 and after a string of events that took place in 2014, comedians are no longer getting paid. Saul Barley interviews people who have championed not paying comedians including the producer of the show LaughZ, the head of business affairs at the comedy theater The Uptight Citizen's Corporation, a comic turned booker at some shitty comedy club, a casting agent from Saturday Night Live Streaming, a showbizness social internet guru and a starving broke poor comedian who has been unable to pay their bills with "great exposure".?
Host, Trena Bolden Fields interviews Blair Bowers about her acting career.
Blair Bowers is an LA-based actor, who started her career in Washington, D.C. She most recently produced and starred in the short film, The Drive, which is currently being submitted for festivals. She can also be seen in Geographically Desirable, which will be shown at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival, as well as the DC Reel Independent Film Extravaganza.
Paid Actor welcomes Shelli Place to the show!
Shelli Place returned to acting after a decade of producing/directing Business Theater, corporate awards/fashion shows and red carpet events. She made her Minnesota debut in the 2013 Fringe Festival encore show A Certain Age. A long time member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA, her theater credits include King Lear (Regan), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Mae), Mary Stuart (Mary), Twelfth Night (Viola), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn) and musicals How to Succeed… (Rosemary) Fiorello (Dora) Company (Kathy) and Gerogette in Golddiggers of 1633 (a musical of Moliere’s School for Wives.) Tours include Closer than Ever, A My Name is Alice (Asia Tours), Man of La Mancha, Play it again Sam, George M, and Room Service.
TV and film credits include 3rd Rock from the Sun, Miyasaki’s Animated Classic – The Crimson Pig (English Version) and the cult horror film Party Line. Shelli has just completed the MN produced film Carrot Cake, now playing in various film festivals in the US.
Paid Actor Radio host, Trena Bolden Fields, talks with Zach Curtis about his career and working within two mediums.
Zach Curtis is a professional actor and director in the Twin Cities, with close to 200 productions to his credit. He is currently entering his ninth season as Artistic Director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse (Bemidji, MN), Minnesota's longest running summer stock theater. He has performed with the Guthrie Theater, Park Square, Mixed Blood, Illusion, Ten Thousand Things, Theatre Latte Da, Torch, Theatre Pro Rata, and numerous other companies. He is currently appearing as Charlie in the Walking Shadow area premiere of The Whale. He is a proud 14-year member of Actors Equity Association.
Trena Bolden Fields interviews, film actor, producer and director, Manny Hernandez on his journey and his upcoming film Pure Love.
Manny Hernandez was born in Tijuana Mexico and came to the US at four and didn't start acting until about thirteen years ago." He has four major films due for release in 2014, including Pure Love with Charlene Amoia, The Vanished (which he also produced), and Students Like Us.
Paid Actor and host, Trena Bolden Fields, welcomes Kristoffer Diaz to the show.
Kristoffer Diaz is a playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. Full-length titles include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Welcome to Arroyo’s, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. Awards: 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play; winner, 2011 OBIE Award, Best New American Play; and the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater (2011). His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory, among many others.
He has written short work for the 24 Hour Musicals and the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. Kristoffer was one of the creators of Brink!, the apprentice anthology show at the 2009 Humana Festival of New American Plays. He is a playwright-in-residence at Teatro Vista; a resident playwright at New Dramatists; a co-founder of the Unit Collective (Minneapolis); the creator of the #freescenes project; and a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant and the Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists). Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program.
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