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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

The Actors Lounge Melanie Victor

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 43 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

    EPISODE 208: Graham Shiels- Founder of Graham Shiels Studios Talks Acting School & 20 Year Plus Acting Career

    EPISODE 208: Graham Shiels- Founder of Graham Shiels Studios Talks Acting School & 20 Year Plus Acting Career

    Graham Shiels Studios 

    A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and currently a Recurring top-of-show Guest Star on AppleTV+'s TRUTH BE TOLD with Oscar award-winner Octavia Spencer and Ryan Murphy's "9-1-1: Lone Star" on FOX. Graham is a working actor with experience and knowledge spanning over 20 years. A celebrity acting coach in Los Angeles, Graham coaches Series Regulars and up-and-coming actors alike. Graham himself was a Series Regular on Syfy's fantasy psychological thriller OLYMPUS, a Recurring top-of-show Guest Star on HBO's TRUE BLOOD, The CW's ARROW, and Disney XD's comedy LAB RATS, and has booked over 30 network Guest Stars including most recently CBS All Access' STAR TREK: PICARD opposite Sir Patrick Stewart. Graham has also appeared in major Hollywood blockbusters: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and YES MAN opposite Jim Carrey. His theatre roots are reflected in his regional theatre credits: The Mark Taper Forum (directed by Tony award-winner Brian Bedford), South Coast Repertory (world premiere by Howard Korder, creator of HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE), California Shakespeare Theatre, and the Yale Repertory Theatre. Graham has shared the screen and stage with Oscar award winners Holly Hunter, Marrcia Gay Harden, and Anna Paquin, and numerable Tony and Emmy award-winners.


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    • 43 min
    EPISODE 207: Carnetta Jones- Celebrity Acting Coach Talks 20 Plus Years Of Being In The Business

    EPISODE 207: Carnetta Jones- Celebrity Acting Coach Talks 20 Plus Years Of Being In The Business

    Experience the journey to an Oscar with celebrity acting coach Carnetta Jones. Her unique approach is borne out of 20 years in the entertainment industry. Carnetta was bitten by the acting bug at the age of 12 after sneaking into her father's rehearsal of the musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Recognizing her excitement, he arranged for the director to give her a part. This started a journey that took her from the stage to the big screen. Along the way she worked with great directors like Oliver Stone and Tyler Perry, and with great actors like Meagan Good, Taryn Manning, Kim Whitley, Guy Torry, Bill Bellamy, Faune Chambers, Tasha Smith, Malika & Khadijah, Kirk Franklin, and Macy Gray (pictured below). She also transitions comedians, singers, and musicians into professional actors.

    Carnetta succeeds with her own “natural” technique: a powerful blend of Susan Batson, Meisner and Stanislavski. She tailors an individual plan that strengthens weaknesses and builds ones strengths. In addition to private and set coaching, she conducts seminars, workshops and webinars.

    Carnetta's success didn’t happen over night!  She received her baccalaureate from the Claremont Colleges and her Master's from UCLA. In college she honed her craft through performance and education which led her to writing, directing and acting in plays and film. This led to teaching acting to everyone who asked for her expertise- college students, children, adults and seniors. These experiences prepared her to coach celebrities on studio lots and many unique locations! Carnetta's evolution of impartation continues to expand as she prepares to use her unique approach to introduce Hollywood-style acting to Japan.

    Carnetta resides with her husband and three daughters in Southern California.


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    EPISODE 206: Barry Brewer- Talks "Bruh" & How Creating His Own Projects Have Led To Some Of His Biggest Opportunities

    EPISODE 206: Barry Brewer- Talks "Bruh" & How Creating His Own Projects Have Led To Some Of His Biggest Opportunities

    Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Barry Brewer began his career as a stand-up comedian in 2002 when he was just a teenager. Originally getting his start performing at local churches, Brewer perfected his craft performing in comedy clubs throughout Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2004. Brewer's early success came from televised comedy competitions such as Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes on TV One alongside his peers, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery and Comedy Dynamics' comedian showcase, Coming to the Stage.

    Brewer is best known for his stand-up comedy special, Chicago I'm Home, streaming on Amazon Prime. He currently stars in Tyler Perry's Bruh and recently had a recurring role on the BET series, Games People Play. He appeared in Kevin Hart's Netflix show, Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History, as well as Tru TV's Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks and Comedy Central's Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution.

     In addition to his comedy, Brewer is an accomplished musician, songwriter and music producer. He has worked with numerous artists including Brandy, Ray J and Tank and has recorded two studio albums.


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    • 38 min
    EPISODE 205: Liz Lafontant- Talks Manifesting The Life & Career Of Her Dreams

    EPISODE 205: Liz Lafontant- Talks Manifesting The Life & Career Of Her Dreams

    Liz LaFontant is a Haitian-American Actress native to Orlando, FL. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL to receive her Bachelors in Public Health in the midst of pursuing a career as a Model and soon after an Actress. Liz has worked on projects such as Killroy Was Here, Tyler Perry’s The Oval, and Tyler Perry’s Bruh as a recurring Guest Star which will be premiering on May 27th.   She studied at Performer’s Studio Workshop, Andi Matheny Acting Studio, Russ Blackwell, and The American Stage. She recently relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time but continues to work in other markets.


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    EPISODE 204: Tyla Abercrumbie- Talks "The Chi," Being An Actor Advocate & Staying Empowered In Your Career

    EPISODE 204: Tyla Abercrumbie- Talks "The Chi," Being An Actor Advocate & Staying Empowered In Your Career

    Abercrumbie, a stalwart of the Chicago stage, is known more widely for her television roles on “The Chi” created by awarding wining, Chicago native,  Lena Waithe. The Chi entering it’s forth season. Set to begin May 23, 2021. Abercrumbie plays Nina Williams, mother of two teenagers played by Birgundi Baker (Kiesha) and Alex Hibert (Kevin), together they face more than their fair share of challenges as residents of Chicago’s south side. Abercrumbie has regularly appeared in programs over the past several years including, Proven Innocent, Easy, ChicagoPD, ChicagoMed, Girlfriend Experience, Shrink, Unexpected, The Animator - to name a few.She has acted at Court, Goodman, Northlight, Victory Gardens and Chicago Shakespeare, among other regional theaters.  A talented writer, Director,  she is the inaugural  recipient  of The North Side’s Raven Theater $25,000 new-play initiative. Her  play “Relentless” formally scheduled to open at Timeline Theatre last May before the pandemic shutdown is currently in negotiations for a winter date this season. She is also slated to direct a postponed world premiere “The Last Pair of Earlies” at Raven, this fall. Her favorite quote to live by -

    “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” -  Frederick  Douglass


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    EPISODE 203: Nirine S. Brown- "Ruthless" Actor Talks Being Bold & Unapologetically Black and Talented

    EPISODE 203: Nirine S. Brown- "Ruthless" Actor Talks Being Bold & Unapologetically Black and Talented

    NIRINE S. BROWN is a native New Yorker born and raised in Queens, New York. She first explored the world of dance at the age of 5 under the direction of Bernice Johnson at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center. Nirine continued to train at local dance studios & joined companies such as KECEDE Company, Devore Dance Studio, The Alvin Alley School, Ballet Hispanico School, Balance Dance Company, and Broadway Theater Project in which she received full scholarships. Nirine attended the Performing Arts Talent Unlimited High School as a Dance/ Musical Theater Major. She began her first professional dance career with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a Rockette upon graduating High School. Inorder to take part of the opportunity she deferred her full dance scholarship offered by SUNY Purchase Conservatory College to spring semester. Her dancing talents allowed her to go on tour and/or perform notable Artists such as Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Jidenna, and Black Eye Pea.

    Nirine’s training maturity in Musical Theater was honed through the program Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, Fl where she received a full Scholarship. Some of her credits exist in performing with the First National tour of Wicked the Musical, Fringe NYC Festival musical production of "Scandalous People" at the Minetta Lane Theater, "Dinner at Grandma’s" at The Black Spectrum Theatre, and the production of "Hattie... What I Need You to Know" playing as the young Hattie McDaniel staring actress Vickilyn Reynolds at The National Black Theatre located in Harlem, NY. Vocal Training: LaVoix Studio

    Nirine has vigorously pursued an acting career as well. Her most recent television appearance is with Tyler Perry new hit Drama series RUTHLESS for her role as Lynn Rollins (Series Regular).

    She has also appeared in media ranging from commercial, print work, special events to independent films. As Nirine continues to pursue her career & dreams in the Arts she will continue to be humble & generous to her family, friends & community.


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Customer Reviews

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43 Ratings

Brianna P B ,

Looove this Podcast!

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.

Mia.MMM ,

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!✨

Danielle Tarmey ,

Great content

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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