The actor’s journey is one of occasional joyous highs and frequent devastating lows. It is a path riddled with self-doubt and frustration, questioning our career choices and wondering if we’ll ever really ”make it.” Even still, those few moments of glory onstage or onscreen sustain us through all the setbacks and challenges. So each week New York actor Patrick Oliver Jones invites fellow creatives to join him in a conversation about this journey and share stories of failure and persistence to find out what keeps them going. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creative life rarely seen in the glitz and glam of this industry and reminds us we’re not alone in this long and winding journey.
FINAL FIVE: Composer Matt Vinson & Book Writer and Lyricist Matte O’Brien
Musical writing team Matt Vinson and Matte O’Brien are back to answer five final questions about their writing process, lessons they’ve learned along the way and what success looks like to them.
Matt Vinson & Matte O’Brien on the Joys and Challenges of Bringing a Musical to the Stage
Behind-the-scenes look at the new musical Anne of Green Gables with composer Matt Vinson and writer Matte O’Brien.
Adam Stocker and the Theater Interview That Went All Wrong
Adam Stocker is a Broadway costumer and returns for this bonus episode to shares a story from his junior year in college. He recounts an interview he had for what would’ve been his first internship.
Adam Stocker Shows How Broadway Costumers Are Like Engineers & Should be Paid Accordingly
Conversation with Broadway costumer Adam Stocker on the artistry that goes into making costumes and how this industry is often underpaid and without union benefits or protections.
Playwright Cris Eli Blak Proves That Persistence Can Overcome the Most Challenging Hurdles (REWIND)
Revisting a conversation with playwright, actor, and producer Cris Eli Blak. We talk about the writing process of bringing a show from the page to the stage as well as what it means to him to be a black writer in theater today. He was only 21 when we sat down for this interview but his insights and life experiences show maturity and wisdom far beyond his years.
Brian Patacca Lets Go of Expectations and Finds Artistic Freedom
An in-depth conversation with life coach and actor Brian Patacca, who shows how letting go of expectations can bring us more joy and fulfillment as actors and artists.
Always look forward to another WINMI interview. This week is truly inspiring. I like the 3 story format. It gives the guest the time to be thoughtful and give details of his experience. Patrick has a way of encouraging his guests and shows empathy and love through and through. Kudos!!
Why I just might make it...
I’m truly proud of the guests that agree to come on the show and grateful for their candor and insights. They are the true stars on this podcast and keep me going and inspired with every conversation.
Excellent host and riveting stories
Patrick Oliver Jones’ vocals remind me of Casey Kasem. He creates the most riveting episodes about each performer and I always learn so much. This is the perfect podcast for the performer at any stage in the industry seeking growth and development through stories by professionals.