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The actor’s journey is one of occasional joyous highs and frequent devastating lows. It is a path riddled with self-doubt and frustration, questioning our career choices and wondering if we’ll ever really ”make it.” Even still, those few moments of glory onstage or onscreen sustain us through all the setbacks and challenges. New York actor Patrick Oliver Jones invites fellow creatives to join him on this award-winning theater podcast to share stories of failure and persistence in the performing arts. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creative life rarely seen in the glitz and glam of this industry and reminds us we’re not alone in this long and winding journey.

Why I‘ll Never Make It Patrick Oliver Jones

    • Arts
    • 4.1 • 23 Ratings

The actor’s journey is one of occasional joyous highs and frequent devastating lows. It is a path riddled with self-doubt and frustration, questioning our career choices and wondering if we’ll ever really ”make it.” Even still, those few moments of glory onstage or onscreen sustain us through all the setbacks and challenges. New York actor Patrick Oliver Jones invites fellow creatives to join him on this award-winning theater podcast to share stories of failure and persistence in the performing arts. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creative life rarely seen in the glitz and glam of this industry and reminds us we’re not alone in this long and winding journey.

    Blake Stadnik from ”This Is Us” Doesn’t Let His Disability Stop Him Onstage or in Life

    Blake Stadnik from ”This Is Us” Doesn’t Let His Disability Stop Him Onstage or in Life

    Season 7 premiere with Blake Stadnik from NBC’s This Is Us. He opens up about being a visually-impaired performer as well as the jobs it has cost him. He also shares the difficult events surrounding his father’s passing and how he carries on his dad’s legacy.

    • 57 min
    Welcome to Season Seven!

    Welcome to Season Seven!

    Join me for another season here on Why I’ll Never Make It with great guests from theater, television, film, and dance as they discuss personal stories and professional challenges.

    • 2 min
    Bettering Our Mindset with ”Dr. Drama” Alisa Hurwtiz, PsyD (REWIND)

    Bettering Our Mindset with ”Dr. Drama” Alisa Hurwtiz, PsyD (REWIND)

    An encore presentation of my conversation with Alisa Hurwitz, also known as Dr. Drama for her blending of psychology and musical theater. She gives us all tips and strategies on improving our mindset for the challenges of the performing arts as host Patrick Oliver Jones goes on the virtual couch.

    • 42 min
    Bettering our Acting Training and Practice with Brooke Macnamara (REWIND)

    Bettering our Acting Training and Practice with Brooke Macnamara (REWIND)

    An encore presentation of a conversation with psychologist Brooke Macnamara, focusing on the 10,000 Hours Rule and its implications for us as artists.

    • 55 min
    A Look Back at 2022

    A Look Back at 2022

    A look back at the ups and downs of the past season as Why I’ll Never Make It turns 5 years old.

    • 31 min
    Angela Lansbury and Her Bumpy Road to MAME on Broadway

    Angela Lansbury and Her Bumpy Road to MAME on Broadway

    Special Episode - The unlikely audition story of how Angela Lansbury was cast in MAME, the show that would give her the first of six Tony Awards.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

JayTrotter2 ,

Thoughtful and Insightful

Patrick is one of the best podcast hosts out there. Insight and empathetic, he always brings the best out of his guests. Having an actor interview other working actors, rather than stars interviewing other stars, you get an idea of the struggles of going into this craft. It’s the best!

CarolinaGirl0508 ,

Love this!

I love this podcast. Patrick is a top-notch interviewer who never gets in the way of his guests. Rather, he lets them talk. Further, he does his research, and the podcast’s production quality is second to none! Highly recommend this podcast. Patrick is the best of the best.

rrrrr6262 ,

WINMI rocks!!

Always look forward to another WINMI interview. This week is truly inspiring. I like the 3 story format. It gives the guest the time to be thoughtful and give details of his experience. Patrick has a way of encouraging his guests and shows empathy and love through and through. Kudos!!

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