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In The Working Actor's Journey, hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers. Learn from those who have been acting professionally for decades—to see exactly how they approach the work, what decisions and resources have made the biggest impacts on their artistic lives, and to hear their struggles and successes in the business. How do great actors work? What do they actually do? Let’s find out. These conversations are a virtual toolbox for actors, full of techniques, advice, and lessons learned.

The Working Actor's Journey Nathan Agin

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

In The Working Actor's Journey, hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers. Learn from those who have been acting professionally for decades—to see exactly how they approach the work, what decisions and resources have made the biggest impacts on their artistic lives, and to hear their struggles and successes in the business. How do great actors work? What do they actually do? Let’s find out. These conversations are a virtual toolbox for actors, full of techniques, advice, and lessons learned.

    James Newcomb on Being Authentic, Career Hang Times, and Readiness

    James Newcomb on Being Authentic, Career Hang Times, and Readiness

    Today's guest started in the theatre at a very young age, felt adrift and wasn’t exactly sure what he’d do as a young man, and ended up working for years at some of the best theatres in the country.
    Jamie Newcomb has performed in over 60 Shakespeare plays and 75 other productions. He worked for 14 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is a founding company member of Shakespeare & Company, and was an inaugural company member of The Denver Center Theatre, where he remained for 7 seasons.
     
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    The WAJ podcast is designed to show you HOW the work is done, WHAT the realities of the working actor life are like, and to share all the different ways actors have come to this career. There is no one path and no single answer. We want to learn from all of those further down the road, to shorten the learning curve and to discover what helps and what doesn’t when it comes to having a lifelong career as an actor.

    • 2 hr 8 min
    Text Work: Video game voiceover with Marcelo Tubert

    Text Work: Video game voiceover with Marcelo Tubert

    Marcelo shares how he approaches a voiceover audition for a video game. We look at what direction and description is initially provided and then how to use your instincts to create your own performance rather than going for an impersonation. You’ll hear the actual audition Marcelo sent in and we also get into dealing with rejection and booking jobs.
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    • 11 min
    Marcelo Tubert on Trusting Instincts, Living Simply, and Remaining Grateful

    Marcelo Tubert on Trusting Instincts, Living Simply, and Remaining Grateful

    Marcelo was born in Argentina, moved to LA at a young age, felt very lost with his career, almost quit after his first TV role, and eventually booked a job that changed his life. Plus, we get a quick look at Marcelo’s process with a voiceover audition for a video game, and you’ll hear what he sent in! It was fascinating to hear about the many ups and downs, and all the relationships, mentors, and teachers who helped him along the way. We covered a LOT of ground, so get ready for a very full ride. A lot of laughs too.
     
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    The WAJ podcast is designed to show you HOW the work is done, WHAT the realities of the working actor life are like, and to share all the different ways actors have come to this career. There is no one path and no single answer. We want to learn from all of those further down the road, to shorten the learning curve and to discover what helps and what doesn’t when it comes to having a lifelong career as an actor.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Text Work: Shakespeare's Macbeth with Elizabeth Dennehy

    Text Work: Shakespeare's Macbeth with Elizabeth Dennehy

    Elizabeth shares her approach to working on Shakespeare, which includes what the number of syllables can tell you, the thought igniter exercise, the first question to ask, and more. Plus we chat about the difference in performing a monologue in an audition vs a show.
    Learn more about our April Shakespeare workshop with Randall Duk Kim and Annie Occhiogrosso
    Macbeth's dagger speech (Act 2, Sc 1)
    Is this a dagger which I see before me,
    The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
    I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
    Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
    To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
    A dagger of the mind, a false creation
    Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?
    I see thee yet, in form as palpable
    As this which now I draw. [He draws his dagger.]
    Thou marshal’st me the way that I was going,
    And such an instrument I was to use.
    Mine eyes are made the fools o’ th’ other senses
    Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still,
    And, on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood,
    Which was not so before. There’s no such thing.
    It is the bloody business which informs
    Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the one-half world
    Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
    The curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebrates
    Pale Hecate’s off’rings, and withered murder,
    Alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf,
    Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,
    With Tarquin’s ravishing strides, towards his design
    Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
    Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
    Thy very stones prate of my whereabouts
    And take the present horror from the time,
    Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives.
    Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives. [A bell rings.]
    I go, and it is done. The bell invites me.
    Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
    That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
     
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    • 15 min
    Ep #26: Elizabeth Dennehy on Being Natural vs. Casual, Propelling the Story Forward, and Saving Your Money

    Ep #26: Elizabeth Dennehy on Being Natural vs. Casual, Propelling the Story Forward, and Saving Your Money

    We discuss her very humble beginnings, her dad Brian Dennehy and his career struggles, deciding her family was a priority, working even more when she was pregnant, and helping other actors. Plus, we get another mini-Shakespeare class where Elizabeth dives into a piece from Macbeth! She’s been an audition coach for years, and has also helped many students with their college auditions, so you’ll definitely want to check this out!
     
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    The WAJ podcast is designed to show you HOW the work is done, WHAT the realities of the working actor life are like, and to share all the different ways actors have come to this career. There is no one path and no single answer. We want to learn from all of those further down the road, to shorten the learning curve and to discover what helps and what doesn’t when it comes to having a lifelong career as an actor.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Season 5 Trailer

    Season 5 Trailer

    We're back for Season 5 of The Working Actor's Journey! We've got five more amazing interviews headed your way over the coming months; you'll hear:
    coming to America stories the realities and hardships of working in New York and LA and what it's like with parents who were in the biz. Professional actors speak about feeling adrift, lack of confidence, and full blown-panic attacks. These guests have had the chance to look back and to see what's worked, what hasn't, and what to embrace about their path.
    Be sure to subscribe to find out who are guests are and to hear so much more. Regular listeners may be able to identify the voices, as all of these guests have been part of our workshop series and almost all of them were totally new to me, so it was very exciting to learn all about them!
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    The WAJ podcast is designed to show you HOW the work is done, WHAT the realities of the working actor life are like, and to share all the different ways actors have come to this career. There is no one path and no single answer. We want to learn from all of those further down the road, to shorten the learning curve and to discover what helps and what doesn’t when it comes to having a lifelong career as an actor.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

chocolatecityusa ,

Wonderful!

Terrific interview with L. Scott Caldwell. So much history, such a career! Brava!

James M. J. ,

Gave me so much confidence

This is the best podcast on acting that I've been able to find. It has given me so much more confidence. As an actor, I've had a bit of a rough time, because I'm on the autism spectrum. It took me much longer than some of my friends to get down the basic techniques of acting, so I've had to work almost twice as hard as everyone else, but now I'm one of the best in my class. This podcast has shown me that I'm not the only one with obstacles, but if I put in the work I can overcome them and be even greater than I was before. So thank you for making an amazing podcast!

Brettowens1212 ,

Something g I’ve looked for for a while

I could never find a podcast for actors. This was so helpful for me as an actor to give me something to listen to, to keep me inspired

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