43 episodes

Entertainment people telling bad-day-at-work stories.
Hosted by Justin Sorvillo
(IG: @JustinSorvillo, Website: www.JustinSorvillo.com)
Artwork by Devon Rubin
(IG: @devonrubinart, Website: devonrubinart.com)

Rough Day In Showbiz Justin Sorvillo

    • Comedy
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Entertainment people telling bad-day-at-work stories.
Hosted by Justin Sorvillo
(IG: @JustinSorvillo, Website: www.JustinSorvillo.com)
Artwork by Devon Rubin
(IG: @devonrubinart, Website: devonrubinart.com)

    Play Pressure, with Thea Rodgers (Actress, Producer)

    Play Pressure, with Thea Rodgers (Actress, Producer)

    Thea Rodgers is astounding! She tells a Rough Day In Showbiz about having to learn an entire play just 4 days before the show started. Plus, other Rough Day In Showbiz stories about a tyrannical, toxically-masculine boss, and a Romeo and Juliet death-scene mishap. Justin also recants a Rough Day In Showbiz about a commercial audition that felt more like being a third-wheel on a date. 

    Follow Thea on IG: @ItsTheaRodgers

    Host: @JustinSorvillo 

    • 40 min
    Audiobook Antihero, with Corrie Legge (Actor, Creative Coach, Voiceover Artist, Mom)

    Audiobook Antihero, with Corrie Legge (Actor, Creative Coach, Voiceover Artist, Mom)

    Corrie is in the building! Armed with many talents and seasoned with much experience Corrie is ready to crack into some Rough Day In Showbiz stories! Her first story involves a theater production doomed by two emotionally volatile baby boomers who wreaked havoc, and nearly cost the entire show. She also tells another theater story about a play destined for greatness with a perfect cast, only to be taken over by a tyrant director who mercilessly fired and recast all of the actors. Her final story takes place in world of audio books where she encountered a client who rejected her from a job after putting her on hold for many, many months. They then proceeded to gaslight her, threaten legal action, and blame Corrie's pregnancy for the whole situation...all because Corrie simply asked to be paid what she was owed. As far as this podcast knows, what's fair, is fair. Corrie inspires!

    Follow Corrie on IG: @CreatingWithCorrie
    Host: @JustinSorvillo 

    • 41 min
    Cabaret Crook, with Katie Harden (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Journalist)

    Cabaret Crook, with Katie Harden (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Journalist)

    Get your Dunkin' Donuts ready because Katies' got some wicked crazy Rough Day In Showbiz stories to tell. In her first story, she learns she got a callback for an audition via a napkin, written by an eccentric director, who didn't even bother to write what time to show up. Her second story is about signing with a seemingly good talent agent who appeared to have his ducks in a row, but then a mere week later dropped her as a client for reasons that were beyond psychotic. Thirdly, she tells the episode title story, "Cabaret Crook" about a pay-to-play performance run by a man who was more of a bully than a director, and more of a scumbag than a show producer. Also, Justin tells a story about attending an industry workshop that abruptly became marred by right-wing politics. Katie is a wicked cool guest, and this episode definitely gets a standing ovation! 

    Follow Katie on IG: @KatieHardenOfficial

    Follow Katie's Magazine: @MagazineLorette

    Follow Katie on Twitter: @KHardenOfficial

    Host: @JustinSorvillo

    • 30 min
    Cutaway Karen, with Rosie Grace (Producer, Writer, Director)

    Cutaway Karen, with Rosie Grace (Producer, Writer, Director)

    This episode came up roses with producer, director, writer, Rosie Grace! The Rough Day In Showbiz stories start with her humble beginnings moving to LA and working at a cupcake shop. Then travel all the way to the present, where she produces directs, and writes her own projects, and owns own production company. And of course, there are a bunch of Rough Days In Showbiz in between! Including, working early production jobs in Beverly Hills...where they fancily towed her car. Also getting laid off from an animation studio the second she stepped on a plane to go visit family. She also told stories about producing! Including the time her business partner, Nate Hapke, got stuck and stranded...with all of their film equipment...on the side of a cliff. Plus, the brave feats of dealing with an unhinged neighborhood Karen while trying to finish an indie film shoot. Buckle up, this episode bumps!

    Follow Rosie on IG: @Rosemare_Mary
    Follow Rosie’s Production Company on IG: @SmallTallProd
    Host: @JustinSorvillo 

    • 42 min
    Time Card Trek, with Nate Hapke (Director, Writer, Producer)

    Time Card Trek, with Nate Hapke (Director, Writer, Producer)

    Nate is the man behind the Hollywood magic! With years of experience on the set of General Hospital and steering his own production company, Nate is certainly akin to the Rough Days In Showbiz. He tells a story about a lengthy trek from a leisurely weekend trip back to Los Angeles full of missed flights, cancelled boats and rent-a-cars running on lots of gas station grub. All for one thing: to get back to his production job by Monday on time. He tells another story about shooting a feature film in a small town in the mountains having organized and planned the whole shoot to a “T” with the exception of one unforeseen diva…the heat. Then for the finale, he recounts an early job working on Zack Snyder’s set as a PA where a studious coffee run turned into a tiny car crash resulting in the whole set’s coffee exploding everywhere. This episode is certainly one for the Rough Day In Showbiz books!

    Follow Nate on IG: @N8hapke
    Follow Nate on Twitter: YourFaveN8Hapke
    Follow Small/Tall Productions on IG: @Smalltallprod
    Nate's Website: https://www.natehapke.com/
    Host: @JustinSorvillo 

    • 41 min
    Producer Impostor, with Jake Iorio (Actor, Writer)

    Producer Impostor, with Jake Iorio (Actor, Writer)

    Happy 2022 from Rough Day In Showbiz! We are kicking this year off with some hot gossip from Jake Iorio. He tells us a Rough Day In Showbiz story about a stern talent agent who wanted abnormally high percentages without delivering any auditions. Then another about a casual date with a so-called “producer” that turned into a twisted harassment nightmare.

    Follow Jake on IG: @JakeIorio 

    Host: @JustinSorvillo 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Ganfon ,

Nate Halle - great intro guest to the show

First time listening and I have to say: this is a great inside-industry show. Justin is a great listener and really let’s the guest tel their story. Nate told some really great stories and, I have to say, as an actor is the kind of director and producer that we dream of working with. Very thoughtful, professional, and insightful. Can’t wait for who’s next!

Colonel Timmy ,

Absolutely amazing!!

What a great look into the real life of show business!! If you are in the industry this podcast will resonate with you on a very personal level and if you’re not it will give you a peek of what REALLY happens behind the scenes! Amazing stories, amazing guests and an absolutely amazing host!!

BrendaKate ,

All the hot goss!

What are actors if not great storytellers? “Rough Day in Showbiz” is a platform for actors to tell their most horrifying showbiz tales, off the cuff. If you’re in “the biz” you’ll identify with tale after tale. At the end of each episode you’ll be left with the feeling that you’re not alone. You may have a similar story, or one that can top what you just heard. But ultimately you’ll take comfort in the feeling that we are all together in this unpredictable business.