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Trena Bolden Fields interviews casting director Lynn Steele about the auditioning process.
Even after 29 years in the business, Lynn still gets excited about every new casting job. She is an outside the box thinker who gets a kick out of visiting small town festivals to find unique faces. She approaches every job - large or small - with the same enthusiasm, commitment and attention to detail.
Lynne began here career as a talent agent at the Eleanor Moore Agency (now Moore Creative) in Minneapolis and went on to explore different aspects of the business, doing everything from producing and location scouting to becoming the talent coordinator for the Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Macy’s).
In 1988 Lynn founded Akerlind Steele Casting in Minneapolis, a full service company serving national, regional and local clients. She cast talent for feature films, industrial films, made-for-television movies, commercials, talent searches and print advertising.
After ten wonderful years, including countless 80-hour weeks and two babies within 12 months, Lynn decided to sell the casting business. She continued to work for a small exclusive group of clients.
Lynn returned to the casting business ten years ago, providing casting services for commercials and print advertising.
Roper was introduced to Salt-n-Pepa producer Herbie "LuvBug" Azor just before the group were due to appear at the Westchester Music Festival in 1986. Salt-n-Pepa's original DJ, Latoya Hanson, had missed several rehearsals and group appearances, and the group was actively looking for a replacement. Before auditioning Roper, Salt-n-Pepa had offered the spot to then-unknown radio and TV personality Wendy Williams. Roper was selected as the group's DJ, taking the name Spinderella, around the time the group's first album was being released. Since she was sixteen at the time of joining, Ropers' parents had to give permission for Roper to travel around the country. The trio would go on to become one of the most successful female hip-hop acts of all time. They released five studio albums and saw several platinum and gold singles. Spinderella has also produced several songs on the group's albums. The group disbanded in 2002, before reforming in 2007
Countless TV fans fells in love with Jackée Harry as the hilariously sassy Sandra Clark on NBC’s 227 and Lisa Landry on The WB’s Sister, Sister. But having fun is just half of where it’s at for the comic icon. “I didn’t aim to be on TV. It happened by me studying and auditioning,” she tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host—and fellow Sister, Sister cast member—Rolonda Watts. “I was a history teacher and I wanted to be a great educator. My goal was to impart information to young kids—particularly young girls—to give them self-esteem and awareness when they go out into the world. I went to Long Island University, Brooklyn Center—right across from Junior’s,” adds Jackée, who works closely with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and United Negro College Fund, while currently appearing in two sitcoms, Byron Allen’s The First Family and Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World. “I had a four-year Martin Luther King scholarship. I was a straight-A student. I was a brainiac! And after school I worked for the National Association of Black Social Workers. Then I did plays at night.”
Tonight is your nigh if you are a performing artist. Everyone gets 3 minutes to talk about upcoming projects. So if you are releasing a movie or cd, have a show coming up or auditioning for talent, here's your chance to share it with the world. Plus birthday shout outs , comedy corner and of course our own version of the Quiet Storm:For Lovers Only.
Candice Glover is a self taught singer who hails from Beaufort, South Carolina. After auditioning for American Idol 3 times and twice getting cut before making it to the live rounds, Glover scored a spot on the show’s 12th season—then used her pure and powerful vocals to emerge as the season winner. With her coronation song “I Am Beautiful” entering the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart at number 5, the 23-year-old now offers up a debut album that brings her rich voice and stirring delivery to a bold fusion of soul, pop, and R&B.
Released by 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, Music Speaks serves up a sophisticated yet supremely soulful blend of love songs & self-empowerment anthems. In creating the album Glover partnered w/an A-list lineup of producers including The Underdogs (Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake), Mike WiLL Made-It (Rihanna, Miley Cyrus), The Jackie Boyz (Madonna, Sean Kingston), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga), and Paul “Hotsauce” Dawson (Robin Thicke, Usher). Endlessly moving & deeply intimate, Music Speaks finds Glover channeling the emotional dynamism of legendary vocalists who’ve long inspired her.
“My biggest influences have always been singers like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye &Whitney Houston—the kind of people who are so heartfelt in their performance, you can just immediately feel what they’re singing,” notes Glover. The lead single from Music Speaks, “Cried” is an epic heartbreaker powered by choir-like harmonies, sweeping string-laced arrangements —most strikingly—a breathtaking mix of vocal mastery and raw emotion that Glover infuses into her entire album and tonight she graces us w/her presence on Fancalls.
Since Mary Desmond was 3 yrs old, she always knew she wanted to act and sing. She enjoyed music and started practicing at home every chance she could get. At age 3, she joined a music group, landed her first solo, and she has never stopped. Her first big opportunity, at age 4 was singing "Love Letters in the Sand" with Pat Boone and his grandson Ryan; she also made an appearance on Larry King Live at the same age singing "God Bless America." At age 5, she appeared in a commercial for Disney Fantasy Princess and played extras for several films including "Yours, Mine, and Ours." She then began auditioning for local theatre and got her first big role as Annie at 7 years old. At age 9, she was in the ensemble for Evita and Brigadoon at the Regional Theatre, and then landed the role of Susan in Irving Berlin's White Christmas. She was also a part of The National Broadway Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When Mary turned 10, she auditioned at Legoland California for the part of Emily in their holiday show, Let It Snow and immediately got the part. She has been performing as a part of seven different shows at Legoland, most recently as the lead in a new show called Lego Friends Live. Three years ago Mary also started playing with her band Fusion Beat, winners of the OC People's Choice for the best youth band. Fusion Beat have now played at over 85 live performances including House of Blues, Disney California Adventure Resort, & the Del Mar Fair. She also continued to work at Legoland, and is currently working her 8th show playing Olivia in Lego Friends Live Holidays. Mary has released over 31 videos as a part of Fusion Beat and 15 videos of her own on youtube. Want to talk to Mary? Call in tonight to ask her YOUR questions
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My special guest is the actor ED GALE!
Ed left his hometown two years after graduating from Plainwell High School (Plainwell, Michigan) at the age of 20 with $41 in his pocket and hitched a ride California to pursue his dream of being not a "star", but a steady working Hollywood "actor". His very first experience in the "biz" was auditioning for and subsequently winning the lead role of Howard The Duck. Initially he was told "you are too tall" (he keeps that letter readily available in his living-room and often refers to it with a humble smile).
Early in his career, Ed had performed many of his own stunts such as being run over by a big rig, flying on wires, fight scenes, being tossed, thrown & dropped great distances, and crashing through the windshield of a moving vehicle. However, his most impressive stunts just might be his Full Body Burns in the first Child's Play movie and his Full Body Burn while "flying" on wires in Leprechaun 3.
Ed Gale has appeared in over 130 Television Shows, Films, and Commercials to date; playing some of Hollywood's most famous (and infamous) characters such as "Howard" in the movie Howard The Duck; "Chucky" in Child's Play, Child's Play 2, and the Bride of Chucky; "Birdie the Early Bird" in one of the very few McDonland's commercials in which "Birdie" actually flew; "Tasha" (the baby dinosaur in the ABC Saturday morning kids show The New Land of the Lost; and the "The Mole" in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Other popular films to Ed Gale's credit include; Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Mom & Dad Save the World, and the Christmas Holiday Hit: the Polar Express.
Top Hollywood casting director Lisa London talks about her book From Start to Stardom. Lisa has discovered and/or cast such famous actors and actresses as Jennifer Aniston, Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Miley Cyrus, Giovanni Ribisi, Victoria Justice, Selena Gomez, Megan Hilty, Ryan Phillippe, Mark Ruffalo, Mariska Hargitay and many others. Although discovering new talent for over 20 years, Lisa began experiencing Hollywood earlier during her childhood years when she accompanied her famous father, television director Jerry London, to the sets. Even then, she had an eye for talent as she watched well-known actors work.
Rochell Goodrich, who worked with Lisa on From Start to Stardom, joins in the conversation about this helpuful book that explains what one needs to know to have the best shot at stardom. Some of the questions answered in From Start to Stardom: The Casting Director’s Guide for Aspiring Actors are:
How do you get started as an actor?
How do you make the most of your headshots and resume?
When and how do you get an agent or manager?
Which is more important, charisma or credits?
What are the steps involved in auditioning?
How do you find resources regardless of where you live?
What does a casting director look for?
Why do some actors get call backs and most do not?
McKinley Freeman stars as the handsome, sexy, and mischievous LA Devils professional basketball player Derek Roman on VH1’s Hit The Floor series. Hit the floor airs Monday nights at 9pm ET on VH1. http://www.vh1.com/shows/hit_the_floor
Freeman was born David Freeman in Champaign, Illinois. He played NCAA Division I basketball for the University of Illinois. After graduation Freeman decided to trade his NBA dreams for an MBA in Marketing and MIS from his alma mater. IBM recruited Freeman out of the Masters program to become part of their international marketing and business development team.
While In Atlanta a friend coaxed Freeman into auditioning for All My Children’s Sexiest Man in America. Freeman made the final five. From there Freeman moved to LA and landed roles in All of My Children, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Samantha Who. He also guest starred on television in CSI, NCIS, ER, In Justice. Freeman co-starred in the feature film End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal, Delta Force, and Green Card Warriors.
Cynthia White is an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Acting Coach. She has coached hundreds of professional actors and acting students all over the country and world through IndependentActor, a talent development and career coaching consultancy for Actors and Performing Artists. Her book on acting technique and creative career development, Your Castable Types®: Understanding How The Industry Perceives Your Talent Will Maximize Your Acting Success, is published by Smith & Kraus and available at bookstores in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, Israel and India as well as online retailers such as Amazon.com. Your Castable Types® has been added to the permanent performing arts collection at thirty-nine college and university libraries including NYU, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Emerson and UNC. IndependentActor has been profiled by WomenArts for an amazing 99% success rate with clients auditioning for graduate and undergraduate acting programs and is a past recipient of grant funding from The Women’s Venture Fund, Empire State Development Corp. and Seedco. Ms. White is often sought after for her creative and career makeovers of professional actors working on Broadway, feature films and network television. Cynthia is a frequent speaker on panels discussing acting, directing and careers in the arts at colleges and high schools including NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, St. John’s University, Moravian College in Pennsylvania, Pace University, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute program at NYU and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School in New York City. She is the commercial and on-camera acting coach for Modeling Camp NYC and has taught monologues and scene study at the New York Film Academy and acting for film and television, commercials and improvisation at the Academy of Cinema and Television in five cities.
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