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Kurt Caceres brings on celebrity Actors, Directors, Athletes, Casting Directors, Writers, Surgeons, Psychologists, Musicians and more............. to take us down a raw and truthful journey into the dark hallways of the Hollywood machine. As an actor, Kurt worked many years to get to the top of the game, leading major network television shows and finding great success. Then because of inexperience and the power of ego, he lost it all and hit rock bottom. Now after a decade of fighting to make a return from the ashes, he feels it's his time to give back and teach others through his mistakes. From casting couches to backdoor deals, he reveals stories few have ever experienced. It's about overcoming life's obstacles and transcending to one's true potential

What's Your Name Again? - with Kurt Caceres Kurt Caceres

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Kurt Caceres brings on celebrity Actors, Directors, Athletes, Casting Directors, Writers, Surgeons, Psychologists, Musicians and more............. to take us down a raw and truthful journey into the dark hallways of the Hollywood machine. As an actor, Kurt worked many years to get to the top of the game, leading major network television shows and finding great success. Then because of inexperience and the power of ego, he lost it all and hit rock bottom. Now after a decade of fighting to make a return from the ashes, he feels it's his time to give back and teach others through his mistakes. From casting couches to backdoor deals, he reveals stories few have ever experienced. It's about overcoming life's obstacles and transcending to one's true potential

    A Role that Changed the World - with Brett Claywell - Part I

    A Role that Changed the World - with Brett Claywell - Part I

    Most actors deep down hope they can play roles that have an impact on society, move people with emotion, and in the rare case, become part of something much bigger than all of us. Brett Claywell sits with America's Podcaster, Kurt Caceres, to share his experience as a heterosexual young man from the south, playing one of the first gay characters on television, performing the first gay love scene in history and winning a Daytime Emmy all for this portrayal. This came at a time when gay marriage was only legal in a few states, and most of his family didn't understand nor could accept him choosing to play this role. This is the same kid who was put on hold for one of the leads opposite Natalie Portman, in the film Black Swan. After he auditioned for hours in a dark intimidating room for the legendary director Darren Aronofsky himself. Eventually the role went to Sebastian Stan, but this is the journey of an actor. Unknown to most, Brett played basketball on one of the most high profile national high school teams in the nation, and this is the reason he got the part of Tim Smith in the CW hit show, One Tree Hill. His father used to make him throw 100 pitches and shoot 100 free throws everyday after school. It's all about the work ethic, and he says that all his successful friends in Hollywood didn't make it to the top on a whim, they hustled and grinded day and night behind the scenes for years, unseen to most. Winning Emmy Awards. Playing on a hit show. Being groomed for one of the leads in a classic American film. And now he has all but retired from the business and has moved on to new ventures. This is the life of an actor in Hollywood.

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    • 48 min
    The Zeitgeist in Hollywood - with Rob Adetuyi - Part II

    The Zeitgeist in Hollywood - with Rob Adetuyi - Part II

    Writers not only take us away from our reality and into imagination, but they educate, commentate and often prophesize the future. Directors like Steven Spielberg have been doing it in Hollywood for decades, forecasting a possible future world not to far off, that we all believe is inevitable. Rob Adetuyi is no different, sitting with America's Podcaster, Kurt Caceres, he describes in detail, the journey as a writer/director who's foundation is based off his passion for the human condition. There is a misconception and so many misinformed about the zeitgeist in society today. He is trailblazing a new era of storytelling, from truth, history and imagination. He shares his process on casting his films, saying that "finding the right actor is like shopping for shoes, you just know when you see them". "You can feel when the right one walks in the room, it's an energy they have", says Rob. However, he admits that no human is immune to subconscious bias, especially in an industry such as Hollywood. And finally, with so many leaders and celebrities being accused of professional or sexual misconduct, he gives his advice for staying safe, walking the straight line and avoiding any future transgressions.

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    • 52 min
    Mining Town Kid to Hollywood Director - with Rob Adetuyi - Part I

    Mining Town Kid to Hollywood Director - with Rob Adetuyi - Part I

    Rob Adetuyi grew up in a small mining town in Canada. His view of the country was much different than the rest of the world envisions, but that is what has made him a successful writer, director and storyteller in Hollywood. He sits with America's Podcaster, Kurt Caceres, to share his incredible journey from a small town blue collar labor union upbringing, to the big budget sets and walking the lots of the biggest film studios in the world. His climb took decades, living in obscurity for many years, writing and pitching scripts to studios and executives. He received his college degree in Sociology, which has helped catapult him into writing and telling poignant stories about the human condition. He says that when writing a screenplay, story is more important than anything else. It can have the explosions and special effects, but without story, it has no depth, no longevity. He shares many behind the scenes experiences that the rest of the world never will experience. From studio executives, agents, writers and even actors bringing in their own personal scribes to rewrite their dialogue. This is a true behind the scenes expose into how the Hollywood machine works.

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    • 44 min
    From the Swiss National Team, to Hollywood - with Maya Stojan - Part II

    From the Swiss National Team, to Hollywood - with Maya Stojan - Part II

    Maya Stojan once was a member of the Swiss National Golf team before playing for her college in the United States. Her transition from athlete to actor is a recipe to learn from. She sits to share with America's Podcaster, Kurt Caceres, what she feels are the three things that are necessary to make it in Hollywood. She talks about the resurgence of older actors in TV and Film, because they bring substance as opposed to youth and beauty. She worked with legends William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd in the film, Senior Moment. She divulges the key to shooting sex scenes in the business and truth behind the stigma. And finally, she shares her journey as a bi-sexual human being, living life in the shadows and secrets, until she finally revealed her truth at the time she married American Rugby legend, Todd Clever. The human spirit has no picture, and Maya Stojan is the epitome of transcendence.

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    • 48 min
    Love the Audition - with Maya Stojan - Part I

    Love the Audition - with Maya Stojan - Part I

    It usually takes an actor 4 to 5 years to scratch the surface and make a mark in Hollywood. Maya Stojan was told she had literally one year to make it as an actor, or get deported. As an immigrant without the proper credentials, she tells America's Podcaster, Kurt Caceres, how she kept losing jobs she was chosen for, because she didn't yet have the proper work papers. But she hustled, found creative and bold ways to get seen, crashed auditions, and was downright relentless. She is the perfect example of a child who was extremely shy and introverted, who used the craft of acting to break free from those constraints and find confidence in herself. As a recurring character on shows like CASTLE and AGENTS of SHIELD, she tells us that it's integral to love the audition process. It must be seen as a chance to perform, have fun, explore and create. Those who look at the audition process as a chore or a nuisance, most often will never find success in the business.

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    • 48 min
    Movie Trailer - with Chris St. Pierre

    Movie Trailer - with Chris St. Pierre

    This man has cut the biggest budget film trailers for many of our favorite movies. Names such as 300. Watchmen. Man of Steel. Justice League. Birds of Prey. Wonder Woman. A Star is Born. Joker. Sweeney Todd. X Men. The Great Gatsby. Aquaman. Harry Potter. His name is Chris St. Pierre, and he sits with America's Podcaster, Kurt Caceres, to teach us what goes on behind the scenes creating the trailers that are meant to grab our attention and get us into the theater. These are the unseen men and women who captivate our minds, hearts and life with cinematic brilliance and top level music. Trailers have become such a big marketing tool that millions of fans will wait in anticipation for a release as if it was the films actual opening day. They get millions of views on YouTube as well as massive play on television and many streaming services. But how does one encapsulate an entire two hour movie into an average time of 1 minute and 50 seconds for modern day trailers? What is the strategy behind this? It is a highly competitive business and the big studios call the shots. Get Ready.

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    • 47 min

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