Filmmaker Jesse Shapiro chats with successful actors, directors, producers, writers, managers and everyone in between about the ins-and-outs and ups and downs of a life in show business. The podcast provides inspirational stories of perseverance and success as well as expert advice for anyone who wants to have a successful career in entertainment.
EP010 - Nobody Walks in LA Panel, feat. Jeremy Elliot and Sarah Satow
Learn how Jesse's film "Nobody Walks in LA" came to be with this panel interview with Jesse and his producers, Jeremy Elliot and Sarah Satow. Originally recorded November 1, 2016. Moderated by Dennis Baker, Business Program Director for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
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EP 009 - Carole Kirschner
Carole Kirschner is on the podcast! She started out as a young stand up comic in LA, but found her calling working on the other side of the desk. She began as an assistant and quickly worked her way up to become a senior executive at CBS, and then to a job with Steven Spielberg as Vice-President at Amblin Entertainment. She is now one of the most sought after entertainment career coaches in the industry.
EP 008 - Gregori Viens and Henry Phillips
Gregori Viens and Henry Phillips of "Punching The Clown" and "Punching Henry" recall their turbulent journey into filmmaking. After finding success on the indy scene winning the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, Gregori and Henry found themselves seeking and failing to secure a distributer for wide release. They took a chance at a small independent theater in New York, which led to their film being one of the first films bought by Netflix then a new mover in the online media market.
EP 007 - Matt Schuler
Matt Schuler started as a manager assistant and worked his way to managing some of the biggest names in comedy, but he quit that job to follow his passion of being a producer. Matt has produced comedy specials for Michael Che, Erik Griffin, Steve Byrne, Godfrey, Brian Posehn, Bert Kreischer, and countless others. He is currently working on a documentary entitled "Psychonautics: A Comic's Exploration of Psychedelics."
EP 006- Nick Castle
Before Nick Castle directed classic films like ‘The Last Starfighter’ or ‘The Boy Who Could Fly’ or ‘Tap’, he had already won an Oscar while still a student at USC. Surprisingly, it was Nick’s desire to direct that ironically led him to claim the iconic role of Michael Myers, as Nick was the first man to wear the mask in the original ‘Halloween.’ In this podcast, Nick recounts his start in Hollywood and what it’s like to put back on his Michael Myers mask for ‘Halloween 2018.’
EP 005- Josh Spector
This is a great episode to learn how to promote and build yourself as a brand. Josh has a very varied background in entertainment. He was a reporter for the Hollywood Reporter, the Director of digital media and marketing for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (i.e. the organization responsible for the Oscars among other things). Recently, he has found major success working as a marketing consultant, writing for Medium, and for compiling the well-regarded newsletter "For The Interested."
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Great podcast for creatives
Fun and easy listen for those folks interested in the creative process.
I LOVE Jesse!!! The pod is super loose and fun, but never strays far from the topic. I love a less than privileged, come up story from people in Hollywood that have found success! The stories truly inspire my grind.
I just started listening and I already love the episode with Adam Shapiro. I also loved hearing about how he worked as an assistant to understand the business. Every gem offers more insight. Jesse asks good questions, has a great voice, and is enjoyable to listen to but is NOT white man self indulgent w/ his own time. Go. Listen. Now.
Informative, inspiring and entertaining
The Subplot offers an unvarnished, but still very positive, look at careers in the entertainment business. The show’s host, Jesse Shapiro, brings humor and a great industry perspective given his broad experience. Lots of great career/life tips for young people considering a path in Hollywood (but insights that stretch into all industries).