36 episodes

Demystifying the commercial acting world by sharing valuable tips, exclusive industry insights, and captivating stories.

Slate It Till You Make It Catherine Donnelly

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Demystifying the commercial acting world by sharing valuable tips, exclusive industry insights, and captivating stories.

    Dream Big, Book Bigger: Eddie Blackwell’s Journey from Post-Production to Full-Time Acting

    Dream Big, Book Bigger: Eddie Blackwell’s Journey from Post-Production to Full-Time Acting

    In this episode of 'Slate It It Till You Make It," host Catherine Donnelly interviews distinguished guest, Eddie Blackwell. An accomplished African American actor hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eddie made the bold move to Los Angeles where he initially carved a niche for himself in television post-production. His work spanned across various daytime talk shows and HGTV programming. However, seeking a path that resonated more deeply with his passion, Eddie transitioned to acting.

    Over the past eight years, Eddie's remarkable talents have been showcased in an array of commercials for notable brands such as Healthcare.gov, Valspar, TD Insurance, State Farm, and Trust & Will. His dynamic presence has also graced the small screen with co-starring roles in popular TV series including "Lucifer," "S.W.A.T.," "Danger Force," "Bel-Air," and most recently, "9-1-1."

    To connect with Eddie and keep up with his latest projects, follow him on Instagram at @ReadyEddieBlackwell, and on Twitter at @ReadyEddieBwell. Join us as we dive into his journey through the entertainment industry, the lessons learned, and the insights gained along the way.

    • 1 hr
    Cracking the Commercial Code with Nicole Ghastin: Motherhood, Conspiracies, and Keeping It Real

    Cracking the Commercial Code with Nicole Ghastin: Motherhood, Conspiracies, and Keeping It Real

    In this episode of "Slate It Till You Make It," host Catherine Donnelly sits down with the multitalented Nicole Ghastin, whose journey from Northern Michigan to Hollywood is nothing short of cinematic. Nicole shares tales from her early days, including her memorable role in *Coyote Ugly* and appearances on *Brooklyn 99* and *General Hospital*. Beyond the screen, Nicole opens up about her life’s unexpected turns, from finding love at an audition to balancing motherhood with a thriving acting career. Through stories of working with acclaimed directors and alongside stars like Jason Bateman and Simone Biles, Nicole offers a raw, inspiring look at making it in showbiz while staying true to oneself. Join us for a deep dive into Nicole Ghastin's remarkable journey, filled with insights, laughter, and a touch of Hollywood magic.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    From Fears to Fierce: Pooja Shah on Crafting an Abundant Life

    From Fears to Fierce: Pooja Shah on Crafting an Abundant Life

    In this episode of "Slate It Till You Make It," Catherine Donnelly interviews Pooja Shah, a first-generation Indian-American, full-time actress, wife, and mother. Her credits include How to Get Away with Murder, New Girl, The L Word: Gen Q, and 9-1-1 opposite Angela Bassett. You can see her on the highly-anticipated Peacock series, Apples Never Fall, which premiered March 14, starring Annette Benning. About a decade ago, Pooja pivoted from a promising career in marriage and family therapy to taking a chance as a commercial actor. She’s gone on to represent every friggin’ brand you can think of. Name it, she’s probably been in a commercial for it.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    From 9 to 5 to Center Stage: The Journey of Quitting, Starting Over and Creating New Life Metrics with Comedian Stephen Cha

    From 9 to 5 to Center Stage: The Journey of Quitting, Starting Over and Creating New Life Metrics with Comedian Stephen Cha

    In this special episode of "Slate It Till You Make It," the tables turn as our host Catherine Donnelly gets interviewed by standup comedian Stephen Cha! Cha is a Korean-American who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He is the oldest son of two Korean immigrant entrepreneurs with one younger sister. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration. He worked in finance for 8 years until he finally left to try his hand at stand-up because he’s overly confident and nothing fucking matters. He’s performed at clubs across Los Angeles including The Comedy Store and The Ice House.

    We begin by unraveling valuable advice for newcomers stepping into the dynamic commercial industry, exploring essential strategies for building a sustainable career path. From essential advice for newcomers to navigating auditions and agent relationships, join us as we explore the multifaceted journey of building a successful career in the entertainment industry.

    • 37 min
    Best of the Best Episode: Uplifting Commercial Acting Advice

    Best of the Best Episode: Uplifting Commercial Acting Advice

    In this episode, Catherine curates the most valuable insights gleaned from the initial ten interviews, meticulously tailored to cater to emerging actors.

    • 28 min
    The Official Voiceover Episode + On Camera Spokesperson Tips + Self Care with the Extraordinary Leah McCormick

    The Official Voiceover Episode + On Camera Spokesperson Tips + Self Care with the Extraordinary Leah McCormick

    In this episode of Slate it Till You Make it, join host Catherine Donnelly as she sits down with Leah McCormick, a multifaceted performer and entrepreneur. Leah shares insights from her dynamic career journey, including her success as a voiceover artist, her memorable roles in film and television, and her entrepreneurial ventures with McCormick Entertainment and Story-Centric Voice Casting. Discover Leah's passion for empowering aspiring actors through creative coaching and her commitment to helping them shine in the industry. Tune in for an inspiring conversation filled with valuable lessons and anecdotes from Leah's rich and diverse experiences in entertainment.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Mellie22jc ,

The best!

I loooove this pod!! It’s so helpful & encouraging. So blessed to have found it. I look forward to each new episode!

Saf27 ,

Always learn something

Catherine does a great job of bringing helpful guests that always share interesting details about the acting world. She herself is full of knowledge industry and I love connecting the anecdotes to my own experience.

hiyadb ,

Five stars!

As the SAG strike marches on, I have found great pleasure in listening to this awesome podcast which solely focuses on commercials. Her guests are able to give the inside scoop because Catherine is so warm, honest and endearing and her questions dig deep. I have learned a lot and I have been doing commercials aka micro movies for many years. I can’t wait to listen to more.

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