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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.

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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.

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    Maggie Bera on Theatre in NYC & Making it on Broadway

    Maggie Bera on Theatre in NYC & Making it on Broadway

    Waiting in line since 5am. Spending 8+ hour days for an audition you may never get. Having to find the best audition material to match the tone of the show you want. These are the realities of theatre actors, and I’m bringing on the one and only Maggie Bera to take us through the current state of theatre in New York City. This one is for all of the stage actors out there, and for every on camera actor wondering what it’s like on the other side. Maggie shares her personal journey from moving to NYC, adjusting to the hustle of open calls, union benefits, and balancing acting with other jobs. She offers advice on navigating the city's theater scene, audition strategies, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. We are also going to touch on the importance of financial stability, the benefits of Equity membership, and the impact of social media and online presence on modern actors' careers. If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to pursue a career on the stage or hoping to hear from a theater actor because you are one yourself, Maggie’s story will leave you feeling inspired to do what you love.



    Watch the Full Video Podcast Here!



    00:00 — Welcoming Maggie Bera
    02:53 — The Realities of Moving to NYC for Theater
    12:19 — Navigating the World of Auditions in New York
    22:05 — The Journey to Equity Membership and Beyond
    24:00 — Deciding When to Join the Union
    25:45 — The Freelance Agent Experience
    27:35 — Understanding Theatrical Agents
    28:27 — Balancing Acting Career and Personal Life
    31:34 — Maintaining Health and Wellness
    35:32 — Navigating Relationships and Sacrifices
    38:12 — Actor Aesthetic
    43:21 — Learning and Growing Through Actor Aesthetic
    45:37 — The Ever-Changing Industry and Online Presence



    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    ★ Actors Encouraged Podcast

    ★ Actor Aesthetic

    ★ Actor Aesthetic IG @actoraesthetic

    ★ Maggie’s IG @maggiebera

    ★ Maggie’s Website

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    Want more? Join The Membership & Check out Patreon for bonus episodes!

    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!

    • 47 min
    all my Commercial Class notes from the weekend workshop with a major casting CD + the productivity tools i use in business and acting

    all my Commercial Class notes from the weekend workshop with a major casting CD + the productivity tools i use in business and acting

    Let’s talk about my most recent commercial workshop with casting director Danielle Eskinazi. I’m giving you all my takeaways from the workshop, including the importance of taking up space during introductions, the value of working with eyelines, and the significance of knowing when to use improv and buttons in commercial auditions.

    And for our Q&A section I am answering a question about the productivity tools I use in my business and acting workflow!

    Don’t forget to add you Q’s for a future ep here: https://forms.gle/HgLDAewkEqw9M2xC6

    217. Working Actor Life: Learning to Pivot, Local Hires, and How the Industry Has Changed

    217. Working Actor Life: Learning to Pivot, Local Hires, and How the Industry Has Changed

    Gabrielle is now my roommate and you can be sure to let Caleb and Corey know. No, but really, we have spent a LOT of time together recently and we wanted to sit down together and really get into how living with each other has given us brand new perspectives on the industry. We have each gained a better appreciation for truly how different actor’s lives can be. We are going into how we view each other’s individual journeys, our varying audition experiences, and the realization that smaller acting roles can still significantly contribute to an actor's career. That’s right: we are in a market that now values career expansion over leveling up, and if you don’t know what we’re talking about, then listen through all the way to the end and you’ll know exactly what we are probably going to be seeing in 2024 and beyond. Let’s navigate the evolving landscape of the industry together!

    Watch the Full Video Podcast Here!

    00:00 — Welcome to the One Broke Actress Podcast
    00:21 — The Actor's Life: Roommates, Conversations, and Realizations
    01:35 — Navigating Actor Life and Business Together
    02:54 — The Reality of Auditions and Actor Expectations
    07:40 — The Challenges and Insights of Seeking Representation
    10:52 — Pivoting in an Actor's Career: From LA to Chicago
    15:14 — The Financial Realities of Acting Across Markets
    21:09 — Navigating Career Strategies and Setting Boundaries
    21:40 — The Realities of Auditioning, Career Highs, and Industry Changes
    23:23 — A Deep Dive into a Unique Audition Experience
    24:20 — Expanding Career Horizons Beyond Traditional Paths
    25:51 — Embracing the Shifts in the Acting Industry
    26:37 — The Impact of Social Media and Influencers on Acting Careers
    27:41 — How the Industry is Evolving
    33:45 — Concluding Thoughts on Career Adaptability and Future Plans

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    ★ Listen to One Broke Actress “Working Actor Life: VO Dub, Auditions Post-Strike, the 2024 Pilot Season, and the Actor Rat Race”
    ★ The Online Actor
    ★ Gabrielle’s IG @gabriellebyndloss
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    Want more? Join The Membership & Check out Patreon for bonus episodes!
    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!

    • 36 min
    I got an in-person Netflix callback across the country and here is what happened + what it cost + if you should do it

    I got an in-person Netflix callback across the country and here is what happened + what it cost + if you should do it

    I flew to Atlanta for an in-person callback, as a local hire, so Gabrielle Byndloss and I are going to share the experience and the importance of having a support system and the financial considerations of pursuing opportunities in different markets...

    216. Embracing Change: How to Transform the Rest of Your 2024 (Part 4)

    216. Embracing Change: How to Transform the Rest of Your 2024 (Part 4)

    In the final episode of the April series on the One Broke Actress podcast, we are focusing on looking back at all of our past goals and what we want to change going forward to get us closer to our ideal more. I’m going to introduce an equation to help you set up the next three months of your life, focusing on accomplishing and enjoying what's been done, the current vibe of 2024, and desires from an ideal morning exercise. This is going to involve selecting one area (health, finances, career, mindset, relationships, spirituality) to focus on for improvement. Choose something that actually works for you, that you will work towards, because we need to actually execute plans rather than merely discuss them. Put your plan into action!! And trust me, I know it’s hard. We get really honest about what I’ve been struggling with and want to change for the future: improving my mindset. I’m revealing vulnerabilities about trusting in my career and my struggles with self-doubt. But we are also going to take those feelings and outline specific goals to support my mindset, including limiting my daily tasks, spending time alone daily, and ensuring all other goals support my main focus. Hold me to it, and I’ll hold you to yours! What goal are you focusing on for the next three months of 2024?

    Watch the Full Video Podcast Here!

    00:00 — Introduction to the Final Episode of the April Series
    00:19 — Recap and Context of the April Series
    01:10 — Setting Goals and Making Plans
    02:10 — Choosing a Focus Area: A Deep Dive
    03:51 — Sam's Personal Equation for Success
    06:49 — Implementing Mindset Goals: A Practical Approach
    11:14 — AD: Use APRIL50 for What to do When You’re Not Working: https://onebrokeactress.thrivecart.co...
    14:38 — Supporting Goals in Other Life Areas: Health
    15:34 — Supporting Goals in Other Life Areas: Relationships
    16:23 — Supporting Goals in Other Life Areas: Finances
    17:00 — Supporting Goals in Other Life Areas: Career
    18:54 — Your Turn!

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    ★ Listen to Part 1: How to Readjust Your Acting Career
    ★ Listen to Part 2: Reflecting and Resetting Goals
    ★ Listen to Part 3: How to Plan Your Perfect Morning
    ★ Beth Stein Agency
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    Want more? Join The Membership & Check out Patreon for bonus episodes!
    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!

    • 20 min
    215. Dreaming Big: How to Plan Your Perfect Morning (Part 3)

    215. Dreaming Big: How to Plan Your Perfect Morning (Part 3)

    We are onto Part 3 of our April series on resetting and evaluating our goals. This week, I invite you to do something: figure out what your perfect morning looks like. In your dream life, what do your days start with? I’m going to challenge you audience to outline your ideal morning because, trust me, this exercise will help us all tie our current efforts to our broader goals. We need to see our current achievements while we aim for our future goals, and allow ourselves a bit of a daydream because, seriously, we can make it all come true. This introspective episode is designed to help inspire you to clearly envision your wildest hopes and understand the steps you can take toward achieving them. We got this!
    Watch the Full Video Podcast Here!

    00:00 — Reflecting on Parts 1 & 2
    01:08 — The Perfect Morning Exercise: Goal Setting & Mindset Alignment
    04:20 — Sharing a Personal Perfect Morning
    08:52 — AD: Use APRIL50 for What to do When You’re Not Working: https://onebrokeactress.thrivecart.com/what-to-do-when-youre-not-working/
    11:12 — Looking Ahead: Manifesting my Future
    13:10 — Reflections and Encouragement for Goal Setting
    14:56 — Getting Real

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    ★ Listen to Part 1: How to Readjust Your Acting Career
    ★ Listen to Part 2: Reflecting and Resetting Goals
    ★ What to do When You’re Not Working
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    Want more? Join The Membership & Check out Patreon for bonus episodes!
    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!

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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408 Ratings

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Relatable podcast

I enjoy listening to Sam Valentine as a working actor myself , I can relate to her actors work life and natural storytelling on her podcast .

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Love this podcast!

This is my favorite podcast! I am new to the industry and Sam and her guest have taught me much. This podcast is valuable to anyone who desire to understand how to live a productive, acting industry life style.

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Sam, thank you so much for your down to earth conversation. Your experiences and genuine suggestions are truly invaluable to a beginner in this industry. In addition, I have found the episodes so helpful that for the first time ever I have purchased a paid subscription to a podcast. Much gratitude. 🦋

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