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Financially, mentally, physically or otherwise...most actors are at least a little broke. Host/actress Sam Valentine brings you advice, tips, and real stories (of success AND failure) from people in and around the acting industry right now. So you feel a little more “whole” and a little less alone in Hollywood. From auditions and the day-to-day life of working actors to getting agents/managers, we cover it all.

One Broke Actress Podcast Sam Valentine

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    • 5.0 • 327 Ratings

Financially, mentally, physically or otherwise...most actors are at least a little broke. Host/actress Sam Valentine brings you advice, tips, and real stories (of success AND failure) from people in and around the acting industry right now. So you feel a little more “whole” and a little less alone in Hollywood. From auditions and the day-to-day life of working actors to getting agents/managers, we cover it all.

    10.8 - The Reality of "Making It" with Ciera Payton

    10.8 - The Reality of "Making It" with Ciera Payton

    Ciera Payton first joined us back in 2017 on Season 1, Episode 6, "Biracial Casting, Hollywood Diversity, and Envisioning Your Future" where she spoke to us about her Shameless audition and her day-to-day after moving to LA. Now, 5 years later, Ciera is accomplished actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Recently, Ciera portrayed Wendy Williams in the Lifetime biopic and stars as Lilly Winthrop in BET’s The Oval. Ciera takes us through her experience with stardom and "making it", how this career always involves ebbs and flows, and the value of knowing that what's meant for you will come to you. Off-camera, she manages The Michael’s Daughter Foundation; her non-profit that serves communities affected by incarceration.

    02:12 — Who Ciera Is, Where She Comes From, and Where She's At
    05:01 — Auditioning For & Working with Tyler Perry
    09:40 — Fantasy vs. Reality of Booking the Role of Your Dreams
    17:51 — The Work of an Actor & Pressure of Expectations
    20:44 — How to Support Actors During Their Peaks & Valleys
    26:09 — The Wendy Williams Movie
    29:56 — Acting Process Evolution
    32:15 — The Aftermath of a Big Premiere: Self Tapes, Rejection, and Burnout
    44:57 — A Message from 2017 Ciera to 2022 Ciera
    47:43 — What's in the Works for Ciera

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:


    Ciera's online magazine, The In Trive
    Ciera's IG
    Ciera's IMDb
    Ciera's website
    "Ciera Payton" YouTube Channel 

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    And if you're needing some personalized help from Sam, you can schedule a chat with her right here.
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    • 50 min
    BONUS: Catching Up with Helenna Santos on Life, Family, and Our Careers

    BONUS: Catching Up with Helenna Santos on Life, Family, and Our Careers

    Actor, Writer, Producer, and Photographer Helenna Santos is back after nearly a year away from the podcast. Join us as we catch up on our lives and careers, showing up for family, and doing more with less. Tune in to hear all about where we've been on this bonus podcast episode — and be sure to let yourself log off and spend time with your loved ones going into the holiday weekend too!

    — Sam's New Management Team & Fast Forward Production
    — How Helenna Handled Her Mom's Cancer Diagnosis
    — Helenna's Photography Business & Finding Different Creative Outlets
    — Acting & Taking Time Off
    — Living Life & Finding Purpose

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:


    Helenna's IMDb
    Helenna's Instagram 
    Helenna Santos Photography 
    Helenna's Professional Website

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    And don’t miss all the content on IG and as always at, OneBrokeActress.com

    And if you're needing some personalized help from Sam, you can schedule a chat with her right here.

    Don't forget to join the mailing list here! 


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    • 46 min
    10.7 - Creating Your Own Work with Filmmaker Sean Crampton

    10.7 - Creating Your Own Work with Filmmaker Sean Crampton

    Sean Crampton was one of the first guests on the One Broke Actress podcast, joining us all the way back in Season 1 Episode 2. Now, 5 years later, Sean has continued his work as a filmmaker in all areas of the business — working as an actor, writer, director, and producer. As if that wasn't enough, Sean has also created the Rebel Filmmaking Community to te ach other artists the A-Z of making a movie.

    For all One Broke Actress listeners, Sean is offering a 75% discount on the course to make it accessible to working actors. Use Code "OBA" at the Rebel Filmmaking website to learn all about filmmaking!

    03:18 — Sean's Morning Routine & Life Update
    05:24 — How Losing His Dad Influenced Sean's Work
    09:02 — Therapy, Self-Work, and Finding a Support Group
    14:49 — Accepting & Letting Go of Control in this Industry
    21:18 — Making Filmmaking Your Job
    26:02 — Auditions & Constantly Improving
    29:11 — AD: New OBA Workshop: What To Do When You're Not Working  ⭐️
    30:55 — The Rebel Filmmaking Community
    35:26 — What We Thought This Work Would Be vs. What It Is
    38:42 — Sean's Recent Projects: "Helmet" & "Good Bad Things"
    41:50 — How Sean Has Grown Since "The Stalking Fields"
    45:38 — Relinquishing Judgement of Other Creators
    48:06 — Advice to Actors
    50:23 — Clip from Season 1 Episode 2 + Sean's Reaction
    52:48 — Where to find Sean

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:


    Sean's IMDb
    Sean's Instagram
    Sean's YouTube
    Bloomfield Boys Production Instagram
    The Rebel Filmmaking Community  
    RFC TikTok

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    And don’t miss all the content on IG and as always at, OneBrokeActress.com
    And if you're needing some personalized help from Sam, you can schedule a chat with her right here.
    Don't forget to join the mailing list here! 


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    • 55 min
    10.6 - What to Do When You're Not Working

    10.6 - What to Do When You're Not Working

    The class I have been working for a year and a half just released — the What to Do When You're Not Working Class. It is an evergreen, buy-it-for-life, class all about what we can do in the quiet time of our career. I know actor finances can be tough so I wanted to share the first module of the course for free with all of you in this episode. (Psst: Listen to the full episode for an exclusive 2022 Black Friday deal!)

    00:11 — "What to Do When You're Not Working" LAUNCH!
    01:15 — Why I Made This Class
    02:12 — The Quiet Time Guarantee & The Hope of the Next Gig
    03:45 — Acceptance Mindset ♻️
    05:30 — The Mindset Cycle of an Actor
    07:03 — Remembering You Are Not Alone
    09:18 — My Own Journey with Perfectionism, Comparison, & Mindset
    11:29 — "What to Do When You're Not Working" Class Breakdown

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:


    Get the class here!

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    Want more? Check out Patreon for bonus episodes, IG Close Friends content, and so much more.
    And don’t miss all the content on IG and as always at, OneBrokeActress.com
    And if you're needing some personalized help from Sam, you can schedule a chat with her right here.
    Don't forget to join the mailing list here! 


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    • 14 min
    10.5 - Actor, Comedian, and Improv Queen Dana Powell on How the Pandemic Changed the Game

    10.5 - Actor, Comedian, and Improv Queen Dana Powell on How the Pandemic Changed the Game

    Dana was last on the One Broke Actress podcast for the Season 4 premiere in 2019. Known best for her role as Cam's sister, Pameron Tucker, on ABC's Modern Family, Dana found her voice and began comedy improv training in Los Angeles at iO West, UCB, and The Groundlings. You may have seen her in other things such as Bridesmaids, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Good Place, and more. In this episode, Dana talks about all that has changed since the pandemic — where she cleaned house and moved on from her reps after things weren't working out. She gets candid about where she is at in her career now and what keeps her going despite her come-to-Jesus moments.

    01:25 — Industry Changes Since 2019
    02:52 — Self-Tapes Post-Pandemic
    05:06 — Dealing with Twice the Effort for Auditions with Half the Results
    09:00 — Managing the Need to Improve + Self-Confidence
    11:38 — Getting Older + How The Work-A-Day Actor Is Disappearing
    15:40 — Your Representation + Advocating for Yourself
    20:50 — How to Know When You're Doing Enough, Content Creation, and Improv
    28:52 — AD: Olive & June ⭐︎Visit oliveandjune.com/broke20 for 20% off your first full system⭐︎
    31:45 — What to Do When This Career Gets Lonely
    34:57 — Having Hard Talks with Your Reps
    41:35 — Dana's Message to Actors without Representation
    44:30 — The Mindset Needed to Stay In the Industry for 15+ Years
    50:09 — Clip from Season 4, Episode 1 + Dana's Reaction to Her Past Self
    55:02 — What's next for Dana + Where to Find Her

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:


    Dana's IMDb
    Dana's IG
    Check out Dana as the voice of Mato in Season 1, Episode 9 of Cars on the Road, "Getting Hitched"
    Dana's Podcast with Jessica Young "The Rants and Raves Podcast"
    Camp Improv Utopia

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    And don’t miss all the content on IG and as always at, OneBrokeActress.com

    And if you're needing some personalized help from Sam, you can schedule a chat with her right here.

    Don't forget to join the mailing list here! 


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    • 58 min
    10.4 - What I am learning about the Long Game of the Acting Business + My 'Teaspoon of Hope' Theory

    10.4 - What I am learning about the Long Game of the Acting Business + My 'Teaspoon of Hope' Theory

    In this episode, I want to get real with you about what the long game actually means in this business. Even after 11 years, I still feel like I’m just getting started. But how do we stay in love with a career that just doesn’t care about all we put into it? My answer: a teaspoon of hope. Listen in for what that means to me, and the three elements that have helped me cultivate and maintain a career as a working actor in the entertainment industry.

    00:12 — My Thoughts & Feelings About Season 10
    01:55 — What I Mean By “Long Game”
    05:03 — Element #1
    10:55 — AD: MOVO iVlog Kit & WMX-2 ⭐︎ Use “OBA15” to save 15% off ANY purchase! ⭐︎
    12:44 — Element #2
    19:43 — Element #3
    25:45 — My Secret Career Weapon: A Teaspoon of Hope

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:


    Movo iVlog Kit!
    Listen to Season 10, Episode 2 with Audrey Moore
    Season 8 Episode 1, "What I Thought This Would Look Like..."

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    And don’t miss all the content on IG and as always at, OneBrokeActress.com
    And if you're needing some personalized help from Sam, you can schedule a chat with her right here.
    Don't forget to join the mailing list here! 


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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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327 Ratings

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Love the New we Episodes

I’m new to LA and acting, and this is so valuable. Sam is so easy to listen to and very helpful. Listening to the earlier seasons, some of the guests are a bit fatphobic and ableist. That’s a bit off putting, but I understand that this world is quickly evolving and we’re all learning positive language to talk about each other. The newer ones are much better! Keeping it five stars because I want to support and recognize her growth.

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It keeps getting better…

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Thank you, Sam. Your generosity and openness is such a gift. This is the real work, in every way and you’re democratizing it. What could be more kind?

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