Legendary acting coach, Margie Haber, teaches actors to connect to their personal power and become creators. Author of F*CK YOUR COMFORT ZONE and the renowned audition book, HOW TO GET THE PART…WITHOUT FALLING APART, Margie has a charismatic ability to lead listeners down a journey to be open, embrace their imperfections and live in the unknown. Irreverent, authentic and unafraid to dig deep, Margie engages with her successful students, industry pros and people of all walks of life in this podcast about getting out of your comfort zone, letting go of control and transforming your life. Among her acting students are Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Tiffany Haddish, Kyle Chandler, Mariska Hargitay and many more. Each podcast is filled with humor and personal stories, giving a glimpse into the everyday struggles of being human.
EP. 52 Kim Krejus
Artistic Director, 16th St Actors Studio
Kim is the founder and artistic director of 16th St Actors Studio in Melbourne Australia. It is a prestigious creative space for actors to train in all levels of their creative development and has a not-for-profit foundation that is opening up opportunities for emerging writers and directors. Kim started out as a film actor receiving an Australian Film Institute best actress nomination for the film, "Mouth to Mouth." She was so young! Just 19.
Kim shares her challenges growing up as a Catholic with an abusive alcoholic stepfather and how this shaped her life to become a kind person who cares about people. Margie and Kim discuss alcoholism and Alanon and how Margie's book, "F*ck Your Comfort Zone" can help those who get caught in the triangle of rescuer, victim and persecutor. Kim got out of her comfort zone with Buddhism, which helped her deal with the tragedy of losing her sister to cancer when she was in her 50's. Margie and Kim have so much in common as they share what it is like to own an acting studio and their passion for teaching. In the end, they give actors some insight on how they create characters.
FABRIZIO TRAVERSA, ITALIAN ACTOR
EP 51. FABRIZIO TRAVERSA, ITALIAN ACTOR
In this podcast, Margie talks to her student and friend, Fabrizio, from Italy, about the challenges of being so handsome that people often don’t see past your looks. In Hollywood, beauty is so important. Margie and Fabrizio discuss how this phenomenon has affected his life and how therapy has helped him see who he is underneath the exterior, appreciate it and grow from the inside. Fabrizio talks about his critical parent, a term from Margie's book, F*ck your Comfort Zone, “Am I smart enough, vulnerable enough?” They discuss Hollywood’s handsome leading men such as Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and what they brought to their characters from their core, even in comedy. Margie and Fabrizio talk about his career, the International Studies Program, Fabrizio's growth as an actor and what he is taking with him as he returns to Rome after visiting for 3 weeks.
EP. 50 MARK MEASURES
Talent Agent, President of KMR Talent
Mark is president of Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates and has represented such stars as Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Chris Pratt, Jane Lynch, Terrance Howard and Margie's wonderful student, Melanie Nicholls-King. Mark shares some intimate childhood memories of losing his parents at a young age and dropping out of high school. He began his career as a commercial agent in 1988. (Ironically working for the same agencies that Margie worked with at the start of her commercial career - TGI and Harry Abrams.) Both Mark and Margie also worked with Brad Pitt and Halle Berry. And they discovered another thing in common - their favorite musical, “Ragtime!” (which is Margie's son, Michael's favorite as well!) Mark discusses what makes an actor successful in commercials, theater and film/tv. He goes over his checklist for success, what makes a good self-tape, cover letter, head shots and gives his viewpoint on managers vs agents. They also discuss the question of authenticity in casting – for instance, whether one should hire a gay actor for a gay role, and the company’s championing of actors with disabilities. Margie and Mark end the conversation with questions from her students and a wise suggestion from Mark - "Do one thing for your career each day and you will have done 365 of them at the end of the year!”
EP. 49 Jackson Kelly
For a young guy, Jackson has been very busy as a series regular in “Lucky Hank” with well-known actor Bob Odenkirk from “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” and his new series for Disney, “Witch Mountain” starring Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as the Oscar-nominated short, “My Year of Dicks,” streaming on Hulu and many other productions soon to be released. Margie and Jackson talk about what it was like working with Bob Odenkirk and how he got the part, as well as his first feature film and WItch Mountain.
Margie and Kelly recall the first time they met when he was just 18 starring in the movie, “Hard Miles” with her student, Richard Gunn. Ironically, the film was about an anorexic boy, while Kelly was keeping his own secret that he, too, was suffering from the same disease.
Most rewarding is that Jackson decided to use this podcast as a way to “out“ himself and share his eating disorder. Margie remembers the time that she kindly asked if he had an eating disorder and Jackson bravely outed himself about his challenges and setbacks over the past four years.
If anyone has an eating disorder or knows someone suffering from it, please share this podcast with them. It is inspiring, as Kelly truly "F*cked his comfort zone!"
Rabbi Denise Eger
EP. 48 Rabbi Denise Eger
Spiritual Leader | Social Activist | Author
In celebration of Pride Month, Margie talks with her longtime friend and rabbi, renowned activist and leader, Rabbi Denise L. Eger, who has been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ equality for decades. Rabbi Eger is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood's Reform Synagogue and was the first openly LGBTQ person to be President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She was a founding President of the Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Interfaith Clergy Association and the first woman to be elected President of the Southern California Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Eger officiated the first legal wedding for a lesbian couple in California. Among her many honors, in October 2011, Rabbi Eger was named a GLBT Icon for her long history of activism and service for Gay and Lesbian History Month by the Equality Forum.
Margie and Rabbi Eger talk about how we have a choice in life to submit or rise up. Denise recalls her childhood, growing up with older parents in the South where many places excluded Jews, and shares a haunting memory of the Klu Klux Klan walking down Memphis streets.
Rabbi Eger was ordained in 1988 during the AIDS crisis. She and Margie discuss the challenges of being a Rabbi during that time with so many young gay boys dying and how she and others dealt with all the loss. They cover “The 7 Principles for Living Bravely,” Rabbi Eger’s new book which she co-wrote with her colleague, Reverend Neil Thomas - Mourning, Truth, Rest, Love, Prayer, Joy and Hope. The podcast is filled with hope on how to live fully with empathy during this stressful time of divisive politics where there are threats to marriage equality, attacks on reproduction healthcare and the dehumanization of transgender people, ending with the ever present question - How we can all help to make this a better world a better place? One relationship at a time.
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Rabbi Eger is a 3-time author whose latest book is co-authored with Rev. Dr. Neil G. Thomas, "7 Priniciples for Living Bravely" a book of of interfaith spiritual principles that helps us weather the storms of adversity. Look for it on Amazon or your local bookstore.
Sterling Hawkins: Keynote Speaker, Author, Investor
Sterling Hawkins is an entrepreneur, an investor, a keynote speaker and the author of a wonderful book called, “Hunting Discomfort.” Margie talks to Sterling about their first encounter, ‘Strangers on a plane,’ where 12 years ago they spent 6 hours as strangers getting to know each other on a flight and formed an intimate friendship that has lasted all these years.
Sterling shares his journey through his doubts, loss and enormous successes in the business world and his personal life. Margie asks some difficult questions about his personal relationships and his amazing success in the world of motivational speaking. He shares the ‘5 steps of discomfort’ from his book, giving our listeners tools for grow both as people as well as navigating the business world.
Margie and Kimberly, DYNAMITE!
Please please please do your self a favor and listen to the latest episode, Kimberly Huie and Margie had me stopping and rewinding and repeating to write down in my Notes all the golden nuggets. Thanks for interrupting my routine this morning ya’ll, needed it.
Pass the yummy for another slice please!
Margie delivers relevant information which is inspiring, helpful and useful! The conversations have ignited curiosity and have left me with an empowered tank full of “YES”!
I am grateful for the opportunities to listen and absorb these vibrant nuggets shared… Thank you Margie!
True words from a true creator
She leads with honesty an rawness.
If you listen to just one episode, your mindset will shift to the playful child that just loves to play. Definitely recommend for all actors an creators. Appreciate the honesty