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My name is Leigh Foster and I’m an actor living and working in Chicago. My career is going well but I know I have a long way to go. I’m determined to become a great actor, if you are too, I hope you’ll follow me as I search for the advice and experiences that will help accomplish that goal.

Action: The Pursuit Of Acting Excellence Leigh Foster

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 334 Ratings

My name is Leigh Foster and I’m an actor living and working in Chicago. My career is going well but I know I have a long way to go. I’m determined to become a great actor, if you are too, I hope you’ll follow me as I search for the advice and experiences that will help accomplish that goal.

    "For All Mankind" actor Chris Agos

    "For All Mankind" actor Chris Agos

    Chris has done a TON of commercial, TV and VO work. TV appearances include recurring roles on For All Mankind, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Boss, as well as roles on House Of Cards, Grey's Anatomy, Sirens , Betrayal, Mob Doctor, and many more. His book "Acting In Chicago" taught me everything I needed to know when I moved here seven years ago. He also has a new book out called The Voice Over Startup Guide.

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    www.chrisagos.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Audience Questions Answered

    Audience Questions Answered

    Michael Kostroff has been in approximately every TV show ever made. In this episode he answers a number of listener questions with topics like rejection, auditioning, starting a career at 40, etc.

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    To sign up for Michael's classes go to:
    http://www.auditionpsych101.com
    &
    http://www.theworkingactorgroup.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Welker White & Damian Young

    Welker White & Damian Young

    Welker White is an actor with deep roots in theatre, film, and television. Most recently Welker completed shooting her third film with Martin Scorsese, The Irishman, opposite Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. On stage Welker has performed on and off-Broadway as well as regionally, originating roles by playwrights Lisa Kron, John Patrick Shanley, Craig Lucas, Mac Wellman, David Ives, Keith Reddin, and many others. Welker holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College, where she teaches in the MFA Acting program.
    Damian Young is a career actor with over 100 credited film and television appearances. His work spans the films of Hal Hartley and cult favorite Nickelodeon's Pete and Pete, to roles in films such as Birdman, Catfight, Wonderstruck, and Ocean's 8. His recent work includes a series regular on HBO’s The Comeback, and recurring roles on House of Cards, Ozark, Homeland, and The Good Wife. Damian has worked extensively in theatre, both on and off-Broadway, as well as regionally.

    Together, through a unique, process-oriented approach to the form, they provide actors with concrete tools to unlock authentic behavior that reads onscreen.

    To learn more visit their website https://www.themovingframe.com

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    • 57 min
    My Thoughts on Acting and Life

    My Thoughts on Acting and Life

    You want my advice? Here you go. I give my thoughts on building a career in acting in this interview from The Tony Rossi Show. Enjoy.

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    Join the conversation at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2010870055857893/

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    https://www.instagram.com/tony.rossi/

    • 48 min
    Audition Secrets with Justin Guarini

    Audition Secrets with Justin Guarini

    Join Leigh as he visits with actor/performer Justin Guarini. Justin was a finalist in the first season of American Idol in 2002, which served to jump start his performance career. He has since appeared on screen and stage, including in Broadway productions of ‘American Idiot,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and ‘Wicked.’ He’s also hosted many shows like ‘Idol Wrap’ and has had some fun playing the hilarious Lil’ Sweet in commercials for Diet Dr. Pepper.
    Justin talks about the importance of having the right mindset and how it can affect every part of your experience in the industry. He also breaks down some external and internal challenges of auditioning and why you should never lie (ever), no matter the kind of day you’re having. In addition, Justin and Leigh discuss the necessity of approaching an audition as the opportunity to bring your own unique perspectives and experiences to a role, rather than thinking it’s some kind of competition. Finally, Justin shares his views on how proper self-care can keep you motivated and sane while navigating the industry and offers one incredible piece of advice for actors who are just starting out.

    Get access to more performing arts jobs than any other platform by going to www.backstage.com/action to get 30 days free. Become a member like Leigh.

    http://www.justinguarini.com

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    • 38 min
    "Arrow" Actress Elysia Rotaru

    "Arrow" Actress Elysia Rotaru

    In this episode Leigh visits with actress/producer Elysia Rotaru. Elysia is a Vancouver native who recently relocated to Los Angeles. She has many credits under her belt, including ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural,’ a recurring role on ‘Arrow,’ and many others. She’s also a highly sought-after voiceover talent, having used her talents on hundreds of projects, including commercials, animation, and video games.
    Elysia discusses the challenges (and joys) of auditioning, along with the transition from theatre school to film. She also talks about how she launched her acting career, her experiences with different sets and casting rooms, and how much she enjoys voiceover and motion capture work. In addition, she gives a dynamite piece of advice for anyone who wants to become a full-time actor.

    Elysia Rotaru links:

    IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3011272/

    TWITTER: https://twitter.com/elysiarotaru?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/elysiarotaru/?hl=en

    WEBSITE: http://elysiarotaru.com

    YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheElysia09

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
334 Ratings

334 Ratings

Xeones ,

Insightful, rich, worth your time

Thank you for the honest interviews, raw thoughts, and insightful tips and insider knowledge. I’ve been able to apply something from every episode to my life as an aspiring actor and in my normal day to day life as well - to become aware of life’s spontaneity, jewels, and just things to consider - that I hadn’t previously thought about. Thanks again!

Wonderboyi ,

Chris Agos

Thank you Leigh and Chris for the amazing information and for the interview with Chris. I learned so much about the industry, self tape, auditioning, dies, prep work and the list goes on. This interview is definitely worth 100 million stars. On a differnet note, interesting how you both compared the how tight the community is in this profession in Chicago and LA. Your apple podcast rock big time Leigh.

Nate San Francisco ,

Best Podcast for aspiring actors

I’ve recently returned to acting after a long hiatus and career in another field and Leigh’s podcast has been tremendous!! I’m through episode 50 and I’ve taken something tangible and workable from every episode and guest. Incredibly insight and great in depth questions for actors at every stage of their career to consider and apply. Thanks for creating the podcast Leigh, greatly appreciate you and wishing you all the best and continued success in your life and career.

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