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So many inspiring podcasts out there allow us to hear all about how well-established stars got to where they are today. But those actors are so faaaaaaar away from where so many of us are today! Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in the hills?
We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.
In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” feel free to leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!

Kahnversations Podcast Ryan Bailey

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    • 4.7 • 106 Ratings

So many inspiring podcasts out there allow us to hear all about how well-established stars got to where they are today. But those actors are so faaaaaaar away from where so many of us are today! Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in the hills?
We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.
In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” feel free to leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!

    Kevin Pasdon from Showtime's Dexter: New Blood and Fox's 9-1-1!!!!

    Kevin Pasdon from Showtime's Dexter: New Blood and Fox's 9-1-1!!!!

    Kevin is a Boston native and began his career in New York City and the New England region while working as a fulltime firefighter and paramedic. Drawn to film and TV, Kevin began working as a set medic for a slew of studio features. Gradually, he shifted his focus to be in front of the camera which eventually led him to Los Angeles. KEVIN recently wrapped a supporting role in the Netflix feature ABOUT FATE starring Emma Roberts and Thomas Mann and just filmed a role in DEXTER: NEW BLOOD, the limited series set at Showtime. He will next be seen in Director Steve Pink’s feature THE WHEEL, making its world premiere as an official selection for competition at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Earlier this year Kevin wrapped a recur on LACE, a new legal drama for AMC’s streaming platform, allblk, as entertainment reporter ‘Duke Salters’ and kicked off 2021 with an episode of FOX’s 9-1-1: LONE STAR. 
    You can download or subscribe to our podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!   Click Here To Listen! There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in Brentwood? We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.

    In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Emmy/Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer, podcast host of Industry Standard and talent manager Barry Katz!! Part 2 of 2

    Emmy/Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer, podcast host of Industry Standard and talent manager Barry Katz!! Part 2 of 2

    Barry Katz is an Emmy and Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer, podcast  host, and talent manager who is universally known for helping launch the careers of  some of the most extraordinary comedy artists in the business— including  Dave Chappelle, Nick Swardson, Louie CK, Felipe Esparza, Bill Burr, Frank Caliendo,  Whitney Cummings, Bert Kreischer, Bill Bellamy, Anthony Clark, Jim Gaffigan,  Patrice O’Neal, Neal Brennan, Jim Norton, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Ross, Wanda Sykes, Gary Gulman, Marc Maron, Dane Cook, and “SNL" stars  Darrell Hammond, Jay Mohr, Melissa Villasenor, Jim Breuer, and Tracy Morgan. 
    Throughout his career, Katz has sold 37 out of 38 stand-up comedy specials he  produced and has brokered an unprecedented 100 tv development deals, created 3  television shows, and executive produced over 50 different specials, documentaries,  reality shows, and scripted series including the YouTube TV produced “Telethon for  America” (with Natalie Portman, Pete Davidson, Charlize Theron, Jim Jefferies, Jane  Fonda, and Chelsea Handler), NBC’s “Whitney,” Netflix’s “The Road Trick,” FOX’s  “Action,” HBO’s “Tourgasm,” Showtime’s “Jay Mohr: Happy. And A Lot,” History  Channel’s “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” TBS’s “Frank TV,” Comedy Central’s  “Whitney Cummings: Money Shot,” the syndicated Bellamy/Tim Meadows/ Jon Lovitz/Vivica Fox sitcom “Mr. Box Office,” and 7 seasons of the  Emmy-nominated NBC series “Last Comic Standing.” 
    Katz started his involvement in the film business when he helped Chappelle  and Neal Brennan (who eventually went on to create “Chappelle’s Show”) sell  the cult classic “Half Baked” to Universal Studios and went on to produce several  films after that, including “Employee of the Month” (starring Jessica Simpson  and Cook), “Good Luck Chuck” (starring Jessica Alba), “My Best Friend’s Girl”  (starring Kate Hudson and Alec Baldwin), I Killed JFK (about the only living person  in history to admit to killing Kennedy), and “Misery Loves Comedy”  (starring Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, and Larry David). In the recording world,  he has produced multiple gold, platinum, and double platinum albums, while  becoming the only manager/producer to debut a comedy album in the  top 5 of Billboards national charts–twice. 
    Additionally, Katz is the co-founder of Comedy Dynamics, which is presently  one of the largest independent comedy production
and distribution companies  in the world…and was one of the driving forces behind the sale of  the Emmy nominated Roasts to Comedy Central, which has become  the biggest franchise in the network’s history.
    You can download or subscribe to our podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!   Click Here To Listen! There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in Brentwood? We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.

    In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollyw

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Emmy/Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer, podcast host of Industry Standard and talent manager Barry Katz!! Part 1 of 2

    Emmy/Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer, podcast host of Industry Standard and talent manager Barry Katz!! Part 1 of 2

    Barry Katz is an Emmy and Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer, podcast  host, and talent manager who is universally known for helping launch the careers of  some of the most extraordinary comedy artists in the business— including  Dave Chappelle, Nick Swardson, Louie CK, Felipe Esparza, Bill Burr, Frank Caliendo,  Whitney Cummings, Bert Kreischer, Bill Bellamy, Anthony Clark, Jim Gaffigan,  Patrice O’Neal, Neal Brennan, Jim Norton, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Ross, Wanda Sykes, Gary Gulman, Marc Maron, Dane Cook, and “SNL" stars  Darrell Hammond, Jay Mohr, Melissa Villasenor, Jim Breuer, and Tracy Morgan. 
    Throughout his career, Katz has sold 37 out of 38 stand-up comedy specials he  produced and has brokered an unprecedented 100 tv development deals, created 3  television shows, and executive produced over 50 different specials, documentaries,  reality shows, and scripted series including the YouTube TV produced “Telethon for  America” (with Natalie Portman, Pete Davidson, Charlize Theron, Jim Jefferies, Jane  Fonda, and Chelsea Handler), NBC’s “Whitney,” Netflix’s “The Road Trick,” FOX’s  “Action,” HBO’s “Tourgasm,” Showtime’s “Jay Mohr: Happy. And A Lot,” History  Channel’s “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” TBS’s “Frank TV,” Comedy Central’s  “Whitney Cummings: Money Shot,” the syndicated Bellamy/Tim Meadows/ Jon Lovitz/Vivica Fox sitcom “Mr. Box Office,” and 7 seasons of the  Emmy-nominated NBC series “Last Comic Standing.” 
    Katz started his involvement in the film business when he helped Chappelle  and Neal Brennan (who eventually went on to create “Chappelle’s Show”) sell  the cult classic “Half Baked” to Universal Studios and went on to produce several  films after that, including “Employee of the Month” (starring Jessica Simpson  and Cook), “Good Luck Chuck” (starring Jessica Alba), “My Best Friend’s Girl”  (starring Kate Hudson and Alec Baldwin), I Killed JFK (about the only living person  in history to admit to killing Kennedy), and “Misery Loves Comedy”  (starring Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, and Larry David). In the recording world,  he has produced multiple gold, platinum, and double platinum albums, while  becoming the only manager/producer to debut a comedy album in the  top 5 of Billboards national charts–twice. 
    Additionally, Katz is the co-founder of Comedy Dynamics, which is presently  one of the largest independent comedy production
and distribution companies  in the world…and was one of the driving forces behind the sale of  the Emmy nominated Roasts to Comedy Central, which has become  the biggest franchise in the network’s history.
    You can download or subscribe to our podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!   Click Here To Listen! There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in Brentwood? We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.

    In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollyw

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Actor Tristen J. Winger from BET's BIGGER and HBO's INSECURE!!!

    Actor Tristen J. Winger from BET's BIGGER and HBO's INSECURE!!!

    New "Kahnversations" Podcast with
    Actor 
    Tristen J. Winger! Tristen J. Winger made his television acting debut in Issa Rae's HBO Original Series, "Insecure." Winger portrays the character of "Thug Yoda," an intimidating, yet comedic and loving father who also happens to be a local gang member. As Issa's neighbor in the series, Winger's character provides both "Yoda-like" wisdom as well as the occasional comedic relief throughout the show.

    Born and raised in South Los Angeles, Winger became immersed in the arts at an early age. In 2000, he was enrolled in The Colburn School of Performing Arts and later joined the Amazing Grace Conservatory where he was inspired to develop his skills in acting, voice, and dance. Years later, Tristen landed a role on the critically acclaimed web series, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" as the unknowingly soft-spoken character, baby-voiced "Darius".

    He enjoys spending his off screen time writing, traveling, producing music, and impersonating characters and people from everyday life. Winger recognizes and credits his passion and growing success to his mother, a retired touring ballroom dancer who consistently sought out activities to foster his creative development.

    You can download or subscribe to our podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!   Click Here To Listen! There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in Brentwood? We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.

    In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.

    • 49 min
    Casting Director Sara Isaacson from NBC's LAW AND ORDER, MTV's SCREAM, and NBC's CONNECTING!!!

    Casting Director Sara Isaacson from NBC's LAW AND ORDER, MTV's SCREAM, and NBC's CONNECTING!!!

    New "Kahnversations" Podcast with Casting Director Sara Isaacson! Sara Isaacson was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Law & Order True Crime (2017), Bates Motel (2013) and Manifest (2018).
    Click Here To Listen! There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in Brentwood? We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.

    In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Actor Ashton Holmes from ABC's REVENGE, Steven Speilberg's THE PACIFIC and David Cronenberg's A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE!!!

    Actor Ashton Holmes from ABC's REVENGE, Steven Speilberg's THE PACIFIC and David Cronenberg's A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE!!!

    New "Kahnversations" Podcast with
    Actor 
    Ashton Holmes! Ashton just finished an arc on Amazon’s 6th season of Bosch which, as of April 17th, is now streaming. He recently shot the independent feature, ACTS OF VIOLENCE opposite Bruce Willis, Mike Epps & Sophia Bush. He can also be seen on BET’s BEING MARY JANE, opposite Gabrielle Union. Previously, Ashton was seen in IMPERFECTIONS opposite Zach McGowan as well as independent feature PASADENA opposite Peter Bogdanovich, Cheryl Hines and Alicia Witt. Prior to this, he starred in the CBS pilot ONLY HUMAN opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, and the ABC pilot RECKLESS for executive producer / director Martin Campbell. One of Ashton’s most critically acclaimed TV performances was playing the villainous Tyler Barroll on the first season of ABC’s hit show REVENGE. Also, on the small screen was his memorable performance as Sydney Phillips in the Emmy winning HBO miniseries THE PACIFIC, executively produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. His other credits include the CW’s NIKITA, the CW's ARROW, ABC’s BOSTON LEGAL, the independent feature PEACEFUL WARRIOR starring Nick Nolte, SMART PEOPLE opposite Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Page for Miramax, and WINDCHILL starring alongside Emily Blunt and produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney. Ashton is probably best known for his breakout performance opposite Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello and Ed Harris in David Cronenberg's A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE for Newline.

    You can download or subscribe to our podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!   Click Here To Listen! There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in Brentwood? We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.

    In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.

    • 1 hr 45 min

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