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The Actors Lounge Melanie Victor

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Welcome to The Actors Lounge Podcast, where actors share their stories including the challenges, successes and lessons learned along the way! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support

    Brett Dismuke- Talks The New Normal of Production & Being Flexible In This Business

    Brett Dismuke- Talks The New Normal of Production & Being Flexible In This Business

    Before returning to UMC to helm the subscription service of UMC, , Brett Dismuke maintained his own entertainment outfit, So Chi Entertainment as well as served as President/COO of The Swirl Group, President of Moguldom Entertainment, and previously as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Urban Programming for RLJ Entertainment's One Village studio. Brett has over 25 years of marketing, production, sales and branding experience.

    Through partnership with Swirl Films in 2014, Dismuke formed The Swirl Group. Through the power of their collaboration, the company established itself as the leading urban independent production company in North America, with over 80 productions in their catalog. This multi- hyphenate outfit was devoted to offering high-quality production value at lower costs, including production of independent features and multi-camera content, casting, budget creation, scheduling, post-production, talent relations and distribution. With the solid foundation, So Chi Entertainment continued the legacy, priding itself on developing the highest quality productions, developing the most interesting content and acquiring the best product available within its genre.

    In addition to locating and securing new content, Dismuke oversaw strategic planning, financial management, brand-building and product lines for So Chi Entertainment. Over the last few years, he has acquired and/or produced several films; including notables such as 35 & Ticking, a theatrical comedy starring Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Nicole Ari Parker; What My Husband Doesn't Know, a musical stage play written and directed by David E. Talbert and starring Morris Chestnut, Michelle Williams and Tiffany Haddish; and Back to the Goode Life, a critically-acclaimed, comedy, starring Kyla Pratt, London Brown, Lahmard Tate and Kelly Jenrette.

    After graduating from the University of Southern California, Brett Dismuke worked for Motown, PolyGram Group Distribution, Universal Music and Video Distribution, Hollywood Records, UrbanWorks Entertainment, First Look Studios and Image Entertainment. His list of projects supervised includes Jay-Z, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige, Mike Epps, The Cosby Show and Ultimate Fighting Championship; as well as numerous award-winning independent films.

    Brett is a Chicago native and currently lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys time as an empty- nester, while his son is attending college on the East Coast.


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Cara Chute Rosenbaum- Casting Director Gives Insight Into The Casting Process & Gives Advice To Actors In Regards To COVID-19

    Cara Chute Rosenbaum- Casting Director Gives Insight Into The Casting Process & Gives Advice To Actors In Regards To COVID-19

    CARA CHUTE ROSENBAUM, CSA is a Casting Director based in Los Angeles, CA. Notable feature credits include JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL and STUBER, and television credits include THE MINDY PROJECT, THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, and THE LEAGUE. She and Erica Bream are the Casting Directors for the main stage productions at THE BLANK THEATRE in Hollywood, including The Blank’s prestigious Annual Young Playwrights Festival for which they were awarded the 2018 Artios Award for Outstanding Casting for Los Angeles Theatre. Cara is a proud member of the Casting Society of America, a mama, and an aquarium lover.

    Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ccrcasting

    Website: ccrcasting.com


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    • 40 min
    Kron Moore- Talks Her Lead Role On Tyler Perry's, The Oval and Growth & Patience As An Actor

    Kron Moore- Talks Her Lead Role On Tyler Perry's, The Oval and Growth & Patience As An Actor

    KRON MOORE is known for bringing dynamic female characters to life, showcasing her ability to illuminate their strong inner compass, unshakeable drive and sheer determination.  She has proven to be a juggernaut performer who dominates any stage and captures the hearts of her audiences. It is this dedication that makes Kron one the industry's newest well respected and revered actors by fans and peers alike.

    Each Wednesday night, she brings to life the First Lady of the United States Victoria Franklin (one of primetime most talked about villains who trends social media for days) in the hit Tyler Perry/BET’s #1 rated series THE OVAL. The dramatic series captures the volatile relationship between the President, First lady, and First children, as they navigate their new life in the White House.

    Touted as the show’s “breakout star,” the unapologetic FLOTUS continues gaining national prominence for her devilish ways and being a strong-willed ambitious woman with a master plan. Her character has been compared to Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope, and Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating and others.   The Oval returns on BET May 6th.

    Next, Moore will recur as Dr. Chapel in STARGIRL based on the DC Comics superhero Stargirl created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, that is set to premiere in May 2020 on DC Universe and The CW.

    No stranger to performing, Moore has been entertaining since her youth.  As a vocalist, her voice can be heard on several albums and has been part of various singing groups.  The Detroit native boasts a host of television credits including  OWN’s David Makes Man as Grace, Amazon Prime’s THEM as Nadine Sims, as well as OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots,  TLC’s Too Close to Home, ID TV’s Swamp Murders, Detroit 1-8-7, among others.

    Film credits include starring as Linney in the Sundance Film Festival official selection and Alec Baldwin executive produced BEAST BEAST, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Into the Storm, Mosquito-Man to name a few.  Moore also boasts a storied career in theatre with credits including "Ain't Misbehavin', "Triumph and Tragedy- The Life of Sam," "Little Shop of Horrors" and has a number of television commercials, industrial projects and voice-overs under her belt.

    Committed to using her visibility and influence in positive ways, Moore remains an advocate for wellness, mental health, anti-bullying, women empowerment and education.

    Moore is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in Psychology. She also studied Film, Television and Radio Broadcasting at Specs Howard School of Media Arts ranking second in her graduating class.

    Kron currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


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    • 20 min
    David Alan Madrick- Talks Manifesting HIs Life & Career Through The Power Of Belief & Active Faith

    David Alan Madrick- Talks Manifesting HIs Life & Career Through The Power Of Belief & Active Faith

    David Alan Madrick is an award winning American actor, model and writer from Queens, New York City. He attended SUNY Oneonta to pursue a career in Social work, but fell in love with the many facets of the creative world. While professionally modeling, he studied under Geoffrey Owens and James Franco. David later on work with Franco on two projects; Pretenders and High School Lovers. He is best known for his role as Dr. Collins on Blackish (2019). David currently plays Jay in Tyler Perry's new show Ruthless on BET+ and has recently signed with  NEXT Models LA.


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    Brandee Evans- Star of P-Valley on Starz Talks About The New Show & Her Exciting Role

    Brandee Evans- Star of P-Valley on Starz Talks About The New Show & Her Exciting Role

    Memphis native Brandee Evans is a former high-school English teacher who wrote her resignation letter to the school board while on vacation in Los Angeles. Determined to live her dream, she has graced the stage all over the world as a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2010, Evans created a series of dance classes for women focusing on improving confidence, building strength, finding "sexy" and having fun. She encouraged dancers of all experience and ability levels to take the class in a fierce pair of pumps. Her classes grew quickly in popularity, and she has gone on to teach sessions in Los Angeles, Memphis, Georgia, Vegas, Japan and the U.K. She was featured in the Oprah Winfrey Network television special "Dance Crash," which focuses on bringing together a group of girls through tough love and sisterhood.


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    • 23 min
    Kristian Diaz- Talks Writing, Directing & Starring In His New Film, Retrocausality

    Kristian Diaz- Talks Writing, Directing & Starring In His New Film, Retrocausality

    Kristian Diaz, released his debut feature film, Retrocausality, on June 26th on Amazon Prime. Retrocausality by definition is the idea that the future can influence the present and the present can influence the past. The quirky and cleverly narrated indie takes place at the beginning of a global pandemic and follows Scott, a 22-year-old blockbuster actor as he navigates dealing with his mom who is infected with a strange new virus, and finding a mystery woman, Max, who he has a strange, powerful connection with-- before it's too late.

    Diaz wrote, directed and stars in the film, which has been a passion project of his for many years as it was the first screenplay he wrote, many years ago. The story was inspired by a real life event, when the Canadian native was walking around Toronto with his headphones on and stopped dead in his tracks to listen to a young woman perform on the street. He felt so drawn to her, almost like he had known her before, and that was the first spark of an idea that lead to the film.

    Retrocausality will premiere and be available for streaming on Amazon June 26th. 


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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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Brianna P B ,

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This is my GO TO actor podcast! The fact that Mel speaks with actors that are working, booking series regulars, or even co-star roles is amazing. The questions, the conversations, and the advice has truly helped me have a better understanding of this industry. No interview is the same. I’m amazed at how after each listen, there is always a new piece of information that I haven’t received from anywhere else. She gets the actors to open up and be REAL! And they share how they finally had their breakthrough. Highly recommend for anyone struggling in the industry and need perspectives from others actors who have been in your shoes.

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Awesome Transparency

I loved listening to this podcast! The show host Mel really opened up on a personal level and let us in on her 100th episode. We often times see a finished polished product but we have no idea what it really takes starting from the ground up. From production down to her personal struggles she had to overcome to continue the podcast, Mel broke it all down. I have nothing but respect for the podcast and look forward to more episodes! I definitely recommend this podcast for up and coming artists of any kind. You can definitely draw inspiration from the transparency given on the podcast. Thank you Melanie! Continue to shine and inspire!✨

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I have recently discovered this podcast and love the way Melanie Victor focuses in on her guests and the interview starts immediately. She gets straight to the point and lets her guests talk, which leads to great information being shared. She asks great questions and it's refreshing to listen to.

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