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Join actress and host Michelle Simone Miller and hear from the most interesting people in Entertainment, as well as the inside scoop on all of your favorite films and TV shows. Each week Michelle talks to Directors, Producers, Network Execs, Actors and more, to learn how they started, how they moved up, and any tips they've learned along the way. Mentors on the Mic is the place to find Mentorship without having to ask for it. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support

Mentors on the Mic: Your guide to pursuing a career in the Entertainment industry Michelle Simone Miller

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    • 4.9 • 171 Ratings

Join actress and host Michelle Simone Miller and hear from the most interesting people in Entertainment, as well as the inside scoop on all of your favorite films and TV shows. Each week Michelle talks to Directors, Producers, Network Execs, Actors and more, to learn how they started, how they moved up, and any tips they've learned along the way. Mentors on the Mic is the place to find Mentorship without having to ask for it. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/michelle-miller4/support

    How I Got my Press Badge for Tribeca Festival - 4th Anniversary Solo Episode

    How I Got my Press Badge for Tribeca Festival - 4th Anniversary Solo Episode

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    This year, I achieved one of my goals of covering a Film Festival for my podcast.

    I interviewed big actors, incredible filmmakers, Tribeca programmers, and enjoyed myself immensely.

    In this special 4th Anniversary episode of Mentors on the Mic, I share:

    • What made me feel more confident and relaxed at this Film Festival in comparison to others

    • How I booked red carpets and big interviews with Lisa Edelstein, Margaret Cho, Gina Torres, Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, Tim Blake Nelson, and more

    • How I just missed interviewing Michael Cera and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

    • My tips for anyone planning to attend a Film Festival



    Host:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

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    If you like this episode, check out TRIBECA: Lisa Edelstein and Gina Torres discuss "THE EVERYTHING POT"



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    • 42 min
    Becoming... Casting Director Susanne Scheel ("Past Lives," "The Wife")

    Becoming... Casting Director Susanne Scheel ("Past Lives," "The Wife")

    Susanne Scheel is a New York-based casting director with a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television from Boston University. Susanne has won three Casting Society of America Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting and has been nominated for nine more. Susanne has had the honor of collaborating with several visionary creatives including Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Frances McDormand, Barry Levinson, George Clooney, Kasi Lemmons, Ryan Murphy, Jim Mickle, Cherien Dabis, John Lee Hancock, Peter Chelsom, Celine Song, Dean Craig, Bjorn Runge, Xavier Manrique, Danya Taymor, Patrick Wilson, and Whitney White. She has worked for and with some of the industry’s top casting directors including spending the last ten years and counting working with Ellen Chenoweth.

    As a casting director, Susanne’s debut feature film “The Wife”, starred Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Annie Starke, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, and Elizabeth McGovern. More recently, Susanne co-cast Celine Song’s “Past Lives” with Ellen Chenoweth. “Past Lives” premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    • Her first casting internships in Boston and her first assistant role in LA

    • Vivid memory of working with the Coen brothers and asking her “What do you think?”

    • Going to LA for periods of time for a project and what coast she prefers

    • Why there are more female CDs then male CDs

    • Casting the Oscar-nominated film Past Lives and the challenges COVID and the time difference to Korea posed

    • How many actors get called in for an average day player role

    • Tips for actors for auditions


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    SAG-AFTRA Foundation panel - Casting Directors for Oscar Best Picture Nominees Barbie, American Fiction, & Past Lives


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    If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Becoming... Emmy winning Casting Director Julie Schubert "Luke Cage," "Manifest," "House of Cards," "The Departed," "The Devil Wears Prada"


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    • 52 min
    TRIBECA: LIVE on the Red Carpet with Mark Duplass ("The Morning Show"), Ora Duplass, & Director/Actress Katie Aselton

    TRIBECA: LIVE on the Red Carpet with Mark Duplass ("The Morning Show"), Ora Duplass, & Director/Actress Katie Aselton

    I had the opportunity to go LIVE on the RED CARPET at Tribeca for three movies. The first was interview the Duplass family for their film "Oh, Christmas Tree."

    This 11 minute short film was shot in their cabin in upstate NY. It truly was a family affair, written by Mark Duplass to star in with his daughter Ora Duplass, and directed by Katie Aselton, Mark's wife and Ora's mom.

    I asked them a couple of questions about shooting this short film and working together. It was Ora's first time in a film, so I asked her about her preparation for this role and whether it felt performative to ask with her Dad.

    I also asked about advice for filmmakers. I truly found this particular short very inspiring. They shot this as a family, with only one extra person to record sound.

    I was able to tie in a fun question at the end!

    Synopsis: It’s been a bit of a year for 16 year-old Claire and her father Ben. All they really want to do is put it behind them. But Christmas is here and their silly holiday traditions are staring them dead in the face, practically taunting these
    two to give them a try after all they’ve been through. This short film by the Duplass family is as much an examination of mental health as it is an attempt to explore the emotional minefield of ever-shifting family dynamics.


    Mark Duplass - Mark is a filmmaker, actor, writer and musician. His credits include Bombshell, Safety Not Guaranteed, Tammy, The Mindy Project, and Charlie "Chip" Black on The Morning Show. Wikipedia IMDb

    Katie Aselton - Katie is an actress, director and filmmaker. Her acting credits include Bombshell, The Morning Show, Old Dads, Veep, Book Club, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.



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    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

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    • 7 min
    Becoming... Senior Editor at Skyhorse Publishing Nicole Frail

    Becoming... Senior Editor at Skyhorse Publishing Nicole Frail

    Nicole Frail is a senior editor at Skyhorse Publishing, a traditional publishing company based in New York City. She has been with the company more than a decade and currently works on both adult and children's titles in both fiction and nonfiction categories. She has worked with debut authors and illustrators, as well as New York Times bestsellers, James Beard Award winners, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    • Getting a full time publishing internship in NY from outside the city

    • What goes into the role of an editorial assistant and getting that promotion only a couple of weeks into her internship

    • Whether it's important to have challenging words in books for that age range

    • What makes Skyhorse different from other publishing houses

    • How long it will take an author to see their book printed through traditional publishing (often 12-18 months) but that Skyhorse can get it out faster in certain instances

    • Advice to promote your book and whether they look for a high social media following and engagement

    • If it’s worth getting illustrations for your book when submitting

    • Self publishing vs traditional publishing

    • Advice to authors for querying including synopsis, log line, and bio (why are you coming to me in first paragraph) and comparative title advice

    *Note: We recorded this episode a few months ago. As of July 3rd, 2024, Nicole is no longer at Skyhorse. She is devoting her time to her small business, Nicole Frail Edits.

    Guest:

    Website

    Contact Nicole Frail

    Linkedin

    Host:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠

    Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    If you like this episode, check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Mini-Series: Creating Atomic Habits with guest host Kate Bone (part 1)⁠

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Becoming... Senior Literary Agent at Transatlantic Agency Timothy Travaglini

    Becoming... Senior Literary Agent at Transatlantic Agency Timothy Travaglini

    Since 1994, Timothy Travaglini has worked in trade marketing for Scholastic, Inc.; been a bookseller for Books of Wonder, an all-children’s bookstore in New York City; and has edited for Henry Holt and Company, Walker & Company, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, and Open Road Integrated Media where he was the director of children’s acquisitions. Tim is now a Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency. He primarily represents authors and illustrators of book for young readers of all ages, and select fiction and nonfiction for adults.

    Books he has acquired and edited have been, among other things, #1 New York Times bestsellers, a Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner, Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner, have been made into an award-winning musical, made into an award-winning animated television show (currently on Netflix), and traveled on board the International Space Station. He has edited, published, and now represents artists and authors who either previously won, or have gone on to win, nearly every award and honor under the sun. He has edited an American Library Association’s 10 Most Frequently Challenged book as well as a Christianity Today Book Award for Fiction winner.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    • Trade Marketing at Scholastic after 9 months of temp work and being Clifford the Big Red Dog for his boss’s kid’s birthday party

    • What are the responsibilities of an editor

    • Unpaid intern at Henry Holt agency while being a bookseller at Books of Wonder

    • All the ways to grow the success of the book including selling the translations and film rights

    • Difference between working at a mid size company like Henry Holt vs a big company like Penguin and how that affects the writer

    • Advice he gives authors to market their books in this industry and the mindset a writer needs to have right now

    • Having a book at a bigger publishing house vs a smaller publishing house

    • How many books get sold at a typical school visit and tips for making them successful

    • Other recommendations for authors to market a book and who are the gatekeepers

    • Whether he recommends authors hiring PR teams and when that would be helpful

    • Books turning into animated series such as “Oddball” on Netflix and “Fangbone!” available on Prime Video and other work on Nickelodeon

    • What he hopes to see in a query letter, including bio, synopsis, page count, word count


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    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    TRIBECA: Tim Blake Nelson, Andrew Liner and Vincent Grashaw for "BANG BANG"

    TRIBECA: Tim Blake Nelson, Andrew Liner and Vincent Grashaw for "BANG BANG"

    TIM BLAKE NELSON - Actor, writer, director, and producer Tim Blake Nelson has appeared in over ninety feature films, including Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynne’s Long Halftime Walk, Louis Letterier’s The Incredible Hulk, Jay Roach’s Meet the Fockers, Steven Gaghan’s Syriana, Miguel Arteta’s The Good Girl, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line, Andrew Davis’ Holes, and the Coen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou? Nelson also starred as the title character in Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written and directed by the Coen Brothers. He next appears in Marvel’s Captain America: New World Order, reprising his role as “Samuel Sterns” from The Incredible Hulk.

    Andrew Liner - Andrew Liner can most recently be seen starring in Peacock’s VAMPIRE ACADEMY from Executive
    Producer Julie Plec and can currently be seen in HBO Max’s original film, GRAY MATTER. Next up, he will be shooting a lead role in Destry Spielberg’s directorial debut, PLEASE DON’T FEED THE CHILDREN opposite Michelle Dockery.

    Vincent Grashaw - Director/Editor And Then I Go with Melanie Lynskey, Justin Long, and newcomers Arman Darbo and Sawyer Barth. Also, What Josaiah Saw and Coldwater.
    Synopsis: Retired pugilist Bernard “Bang Bang” Rozyski (Tim Blake Nelson) is inspired to try his hand at training once he reconnects with his estranged grandson. While their training brings Bang Bang out of the hole he’s been living in, everyone questions his motivations, including an ex-girlfriend from decades ago, who was privy to Bang Bang’s meteoric rise in the sport in the 80s as well as the rivalry with his former opponent, her cousin and Detroit's Mayoral candidate Darnell Washington. Is Bang Bang merely passing down inherited rage, or is there true altruism behind his tutelage?

    Questions:
    Vincent Grashaw: How did he come across this script from Will Janowitz?
    Why he chose to edit the entire film and taking a month?
    How did editing inform your directing?
    How did his background inform what he wanted to say about boxing?
    Tim Blake Nelson: How did this script come to you? What went into the preparation for this film?
    Andrew Liner: What was the audition like?
    How did you guys do his signature droopy eye and why was that important to include?


    Host:
    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneMiller⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MentorsontheMic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@MichelleSimoneM⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Facebook page:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.michellesimonemiller.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠www.mentorsonthemic.com⁠⁠⁠

    Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠


    For more like this, try TRIBECA: Lisa Edelstein and Gina Torres discuss "THE EVERYTHING POT"

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

CorrieL16 ,

An absolute must listen for entertainment professionals!

Mentors is my favorite podcast for professionals in the entertainment industry. Not only are the guests knowledgeable and insightful (and often high profile too!) but Michelle is a natural host. Her easy conversational way of speaking masks how truly informed and thoughtful her questions and additions are. This is an absolute must listen for actors, directors, writers, producers, you name it!

Kristin A G ,

Must listen for artists!

Love this podcast so much! Always effortless, uplifting conversations that keep me feeling connected to the industry. I finish every episode feeling elevated, inspired and informed! Michelle is a wonderful host and moderator. Highly recommend to all artists!

MP - TAWE ,

Great podcast!

Michelle does a great job with an exceptionally curated group of guests. This is a blast to listen to, and I always pick up something to push my career forward.

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