26 episodes

A series of conversations with industry professionals about the craft of acting for film and television.

Actors Group: Conversations on Craft Danielle Tarmey

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

A series of conversations with industry professionals about the craft of acting for film and television.

    Episode 26: Don't Be Hotel Lobby Art: A conversation with Burgess Jenkins about allowing yourself to explore the possibilities in the script

    Episode 26: Don't Be Hotel Lobby Art: A conversation with Burgess Jenkins about allowing yourself to explore the possibilities in the script

    Not letting the script push you around is something that Burgess Jenkins says in class a lot. But, as actors, we are also told to honor the writing. So, what exactly does Burgess mean? Do we not stick to the writing and the stage directions? For him it’s more about opening up the possibilities that are inherently in the script.
    He says, too often, beginners typically box themselves in with one single idea based on what the script says. That will make it difficult for actors to be more fluid or flexible and they won’t be able to internalize notes given by casting directors or directors. We have to remember that If it says, “he/she slaps the table in anger”, each of us displays our anger differently.
    Burgess says the writer is simply trying to convey the emotions of the scene to the reader. You have to bring your version of what the writer is saying. For him it goes back to the difference between executing ideas and “finding the greatness in the work that is underneath.”
    So do you want to be like everyone else, slapping the table? Or do you want to be the actor that has internalized the emotional context of the scene and taken ownership? Hopefully this episode will guide you towards being an original.
    Burgess has been in a myriad of projects ranging from arthouse independents to blockbuster films. He is best known for his role as Ray Budds, in Remember the Titans, opposite Denzel Washington. He was Hilary Swank’s husband in The Reaping and most recently worked with Shirley McClean and Mira Sorvino. He’s had several recurring roles on such shows as the Young and the Restless, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill.
    When he is not acting, he is an instructor at the Actors Group studio in Winston-Salem, which is a training ground for film and television actors.

    If you want to chat or ask questions about the episode go to FB: https://www.facebook.com/tarmeydanielle/ and visit the group site.
    Follow me on IG @tarmeydanielle
    on Twitter @TarmeyDanielle

    Find out more about Actors Group: https://www.actorsgroup.net/
    Find out more about Burgess Jenkins: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0420792/

    • 31 min
    Episode 25: The Power of Community: A Conversation with the Atlanta Actors Collective

    Episode 25: The Power of Community: A Conversation with the Atlanta Actors Collective

    When I asked the founders of the Atlanta Actors Collective what they hoped the future of their organization would be, Kevon Pryce didn’t hesitate, “I want to take over the world. I want us to be THE Actors Collective.” It is clear throughout our conversation that it isn’t for any kind of self-aggrandizement purposes that he says this. He, along with Sarah Toran and Rashal James, started the AAC to create a community for actors and creatives based in the Atlanta market. Their goal was, and still is, to strengthen the sense of community and to provide the resources and help that they didn’t have when they moved to Atlanta. It is clear when talking to these young people, they believe that in helping each other we all succeed. As they say, “There’s power in collaboration. There’s power in community.”

    Sarah Toran is a model, actor and voiceover artist from Chicago, IL; where she trained at Second City. She moved to Atlanta to continue to pursue her acting career in a warmer climate. She has met so many other talented creatives in the tv & film industry through classes, intensives, workshops, events and of course on-set. She has been in numerous short films and television shows and is excited about the new projects she is working on.

    Kevon Pryce is a writer and filmmaker based in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes film news, short stories, poems, and screenplays. His films have screened at festivals across the southeast such as Atlanta Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, and Sidewalk Film Festival.

    Rashal James is a trained Actor/Voice Actor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally starting out in the music industry as a rapper he then decided to pursue a career in film. He trained with a few instructors and soon found like-minded individuals who shared his enthusiasm for acting and helping other actors find resources to hone their skills. Catch Rashal’s work on Disney +, The CW, and Lifetime Movie Network.

    Together they co-founded the Atlanta Actors Collective. A group focused on building relationships between tv & film industry creatives and is an informational resource for the acting community in Atlanta.

    If you want to find out more about the Atlanta Actors Collective:
    Follow them on IG @atlantaactorscollective
    https://www.facebook.com/atlantaactorscollective


    If you want to chat or ask questions about the episode go to FB: https://www.facebook.com/tarmeydanielle/ and visit the group site.

    Follow me on IG @tarmeydanielle
    on Twitter @TarmeyDanielle

    • 35 min
    Episode 24 Don't Wait For Me: A Conversation With Rhavynn Drummer

    Episode 24 Don't Wait For Me: A Conversation With Rhavynn Drummer

    Passionate is one of the first descriptors that comes to mind when talking about casting director, Rhavynn Drummer. She is passionate about her job and about working with actors.
    Our conversation covered topics ranging from auditioning, taking risks, to advice she has for actors of color. To actors and creatives of color she says, “Don’t wait for me.”

    She wants all actors to trust their gift because she relies on our artistry. She tells us, “Take risks…show me your artistry.”

    Rhavynn Drummer is an award-winning producer, director, and casting director who has always had a love for actors and great performances. She began her career in casting at Tyler Perry Studios in 2007 and continues to cast all of his films, plays, and TV shows.
    She has directed and produced such projects as Good Girls and Brooklyn.Blue.Sky and was recently hired as an adjunct professor in the theatre and communication studies department at Clark Atlanta University.
    (bio extracted in part from her website)

    You can connect with Rhayvnn on most social media platforms.
    Website: rhayvnndrummer.com
    IG @rhavynn
    Twitter @RhavynnDrummer

    If you want to chat or ask questions about the episode go to FB: https://www.facebook.com/tarmeydanielle/ and visit the group site.
    Follow me on IG @tarmeydanielle
    on Twitter @TarmeyDanielle

    NOTE: There were a few technical glitches in this episode that I did my best to clean up. I apologize for the small echoes heard occasionally and the clothing hitting the mic sounds.

    • 41 min
    Episode 23: It's Not All About You. A conversation with Burgess Jenkins about the importance of investing in your scene partner.

    Episode 23: It's Not All About You. A conversation with Burgess Jenkins about the importance of investing in your scene partner.

    In this episode I talk to Burgess Jenkins about the importance of investing in the other person in your scene. Even if you have good ideas that you want to put on "display", you can never leave the other person out because that is when “the ride begins.”
    Actors have to overcome the fear or anxiety of not knowing what is coming next. Burgess says that you can book and be a good actor “executing” the work, but you will never be great if you don’t take the other person in and react to what they are giving you.
    He says, “you should not be working when the camera comes on. You should be free to experience it with the other person and go dance.”

    Burgess has been in a myriad of projects ranging from arthouse independents to blockbuster films. He is best known for his role as Ray Budds, in Remember the Titans, opposite Denzel Washington. He was Hilary Swank’s husband in The Reaping and most recently worked with Shirley McClean and Mira Sorvino. He’s had several recurring roles on such shows as the Young and the Restless, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill.
    When he is not acting, he is an instructor at the Actors Group studio in Winston-Salem, which is a training ground for film and television actors.

    If you want to chat or ask questions about the episode go to FB: https://www.facebook.com/tarmeydanielle/ and visit the group site.
    Follow me on IG @tarmeydanielle, on Twitter @TarmeyDanielle

    Find out more about Actors Group: https://www.actorsgroup.net/

    Find out more about Burgess Jenkins: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0420792/

    • 32 min
    Episode 22: The Power of Preparation

    Episode 22: The Power of Preparation

    For Burgess Jenkins, the work of an actor is mostly in the preparation. Your prep is what launches you into any scene and enables you to live the experience. He says once you’ve done the work in your preparation and created your “bridge” to the character fully, then it’s time to play.” All too often Burgess says he sees actors try to control the scene while they are in it. If you do that, then it’s impossible to be artistic and creative “in a big way” and where is the fun in that?

    Burgess has been in a myriad of projects ranging from arthouse independents to blockbuster films. He is best known for his role as Ray Budds, in Remember the Titans, opposite Denzel Washington. He was Hilary Swank’s husband in The Reaping and most recently worked with Shirley McClean and Mira Sorvino. He’s had several recurring roles on such shows as the Young and the Restless, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill.
    When he is not acting, he is an instructor at the Actors Group studio in Winston-Salem, which is a training ground for film and television actors.

    If you want to chat or ask questions about the episode go to FB: https://www.facebook.com/tarmeydanielle/ and visit the group site.
    Follow me on IG @tarmeydanielle, on Twitter @TarmeyDanielle

    Find out more about Actors Group: https://www.actorsgroup.net/

    Find out more about Burgess Jenkins: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0420792/

    • 35 min
    Episode 21: Creativity in the time of COVID, Part III

    Episode 21: Creativity in the time of COVID, Part III

    In the final installment of my conversations on how people stayed creative during the time of COVID, I spoke to Dr. Joseph Mills, Charis Jeffers, and Noelle Mills-Tarmey.

    Joe Mills stated creativity looks a lot like wandering, but what he’s really doing is collecting material. He says the creative person has to, “be willing to let yourself have leisure to collect the material to be able to work with it.” For him there is a distinct difference between creativity and productivity. It is important to separate the two as the pressure to be productive can stifle the creativity.

    For Charis, my second guest, it was important to keep working. As she says, “I need to be in that creative space so that I don’t lose that mindset.” The many monologue challenges offered by casting directors gave her an emotional outlet. It helped that there were deadlines attached, otherwise she claims she would never have completed any of the challenges and writng opportunities that were offered.

    Noelle
    When Noelle responded to my question, I thought it would be interesting to get the perspective of a teenager going through this. According to her, writing letters, making lists, creating a YouTube channel were activities that helped keep her mind of the fact that she was stuck at home on her own (well, with her parents).


    If you want to chat or ask questions about the episode go to FB: https://www.facebook.com/tarmeydanielle/ and visit the group page.
    Follow me on IG @tarmeydanielle, on Twitter @TarmeyDanielle

    Find out more about writer and poet Dr. Joseph Mills
    https://www.josephrobertmills.com
    Follow on IG @josephrmills
    On FB https://www.facebook.com/joe.mills.334

    Find out more about Charis:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4949626/
    Follow her on IG @carrots_jeffers
    Website https://www.charisjeffers.com/


    Noelle
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHjDO_C0xIo

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

thecoffeeguy ,

my favorite podcast!!

this podcast is so insightful and helpful to actors of all kind. from beginner to advanced, there’s something in every episode that each and every actor can take away from this. i love hearing from all of the different professionals danielle interviews, plus i could listen to her voice all day! this podcast is such an easy listen, yet it makes you feel like your improving yourself & being productive. one of my favorite quotes from the podcast is “don’t be hotel lobby art” (Burgess Jenkins). it gets under my skin in all the right ways, and motivates me to truly create real art! 10/10 would recommend.

PatMcGall ,

Amazing tool for any actor

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Each episode is easily consumable and filled to the brim with applicable information for actors at every level of the craft.

10/10 would recommend to anyone currently practicing or considering taking the plunge into the craft.

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