Why I'll Never Make It

Why I'll Never Make It

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Open and honest stories about success and setbacks with those in the entertainment industry.


Ben Davis - Broadway Actor and Singer, Tony Award Honoree
Jun 24 • 54 min
For the final episode of Season 2, Ben Davis joins me in St. Louis to talk about the life of an actor on the road and in New York. His accomplishments on Broadway and elsewhere are many and magnificent, from his award-winning turn in La Boheme to the epic…
Ethan Paisley - Filmmaker, Director, Producer and Speaker
Jun 17 • 45 min
Ethan discusses his rapid rise to success and the setbacks he’s faced in getting there. He has definite points of view on filmmaking and auditions and directing. It’s a fascinating interview with a talented, young, and upcoming artist.
Thoughts on the Tony Awards (Bite-Size Edition)
Jun 10 • 19 min
The Tony acceptance speeches hit me down to my core and gave plenty to think on and realize about my own journey as an actor and artist.
Sherryl-Lee Secomb - Actor, Director, Marketer, and An Idiot On Stage
Jun 3 • 51 min
As you would rightly guess most of the WINMI listeners are here in America. However, it is so wonderful to have listeners from all over the world including the U.K., Canada, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia just to name a few. With that in mind, I…
BEETLEJUICE with Kelvin Moon Loh
Jun 1 • 63 min
It’s wonderful and far-reaching chat about this fun show about death as well as the Great White Way that keeps us all striving and hoping for our chance to one day be under the big lights.
Ariel Estrada - Actor, Producer, Founder of Leviathan Lab
May 27 • 55 min
Today’s conversation is so much more than just shop talk about auditioning and producing and running a non-profit. Our conversation really digs into some weighty topics of race and opportunity for people of color and the struggles that go with that. Ariel…
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (IN YIDDISH) with James Monroe Stevko
May 25 • 47 min
James shares stories of auditioning for FIDDLER, learning Yiddish, becoming a dancer in college, and working with theater icon Joel Grey.
Matthew Stern - Stage Manager, BROADWAY SYMPOSIUM
May 20 • 60 min
Broadway stage manager, Matthew Aaron Stern, has stage managed over 20 Broadway productions. In addition to this long line of credits, Matthew spent three seasons stage managing The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and has worked numerous corporate events…
AIN’T TOO PROUD with Joshua Morgan
May 18 • 68 min
The first Award Season Bonus episode of 2019! And it’s a musical that’s tied for the most Tony nominations with 12, including Best Musical.
Preview: NY Award Season and the WINMI Blog
May 17 • 2 min
A short talk about upcoming bonus episodes focusing on this NY Theater Award Season. Also, check out the WINMI Blog with guest blogger Maggie Bera. Find it all on winmipodcast.com!
Lothair Eaton - Actor, Singer, U.K. and Germany STARLIGHT EXPRESS
May 13 • 59 min
You’re not likely to hear a more infectious laugh than on today’s episode with Lothair Eaton. His joy of life and performing shine through in this engaging conversation about life on tour with STARLIGHT EXPRESS, the struggles of finding work here in NYC,…
Musical Theater Trivia Challenge with Dr. Broadway
May 8 • 12 min
Some of these were not easy questions, but Kristin was a good sport and actually got most of them right. Test your own knowledge in today’s Trivia Challenge!
DR. BROADWAY - Kristin Stultz Pressley PhD, Musical Theatre Historian
May 6 • 72 min
Dr. Broadway herself joins the podcast to discuss the current health of Broadway and give us some historical perspective on the American musical and the upcoming awards season.
WINMI Host Patrick Oliver Jones on ENTERTAINMENT(X) with Clayton Howe
May 2 • 64 min
Fellow podcaster Clayton Howe invited me to come on his podcast where we chatted about my own journey as an actor and what led to the creation of WHY I’LL NEVER MAKE IT. I share my own fears and battles with not “making it” but also what keeps me going…
John Ort - Casting Director, Board Member of Artist’s Patron Fund
Apr 29 • 39 min
As a casting director in TV, film, new media and theatre, John Ort gives insights on the audition process that are informative and useful as we continue to navigate this sometimes rough and mysterious process. He sheds light on on-camera vs theater…
“Audition Stories” with Caitlin Kinnunen, Lothair Eaton, Tovi Wayne, Ilana Levine, and more!
Apr 22 • 57 min
Sharing stories from those in the audition room as well as some tidbits of wisdom along the way.
Kelly Gabel - Actress, Singer, Coach, Founder of TRIPLE THREAT THERAPY
Apr 8 • 79 min
Kelly and I talk about the mindset needed to get through the ups and downs of this business, and as founder of Triple Threat Therapy she even gives me a bit of therapy, asking questions and giving insights into my own thinking when it comes to auditions…
Clayton Howe - Actor, Singer, Host of ENTERTAINMENT(X)
Apr 1 • 64 min
Fellow actor and podcaster, Clayton Howe, riffs on the business of auditioning as well as creating new work and making a difference in the world…whether that world is our own theater community or a larger presence influencing millions. In the coming weeks…
Amy Marie Stewart - Actor, Singer, Vocal Teacher, Founder of THEORY WORKS
Mar 25 • 48 min
Amy Marie Stewart shares her insights on auditioning and performing your best.
Ilana Levine - Actress, Singer, Host of LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
Mar 18 • 57 min
From Broadway to the big screen, Ilana Levine has hit the highs and lows of this business with talent, grace, and strength. She shares her own story of perseverance that kept her going and the joy of performing she found.
Caitlin Kinnunen - Actress and Singer, THE PROM on Broadway
Mar 11 • 55 min
The star of Broadway’s latest hit musical joins Patrick on the show to celebrate National Prom Day and share what it’s like to go the prom 8 times a week.
Heather Botts - Actress, Singer, Swing in MY FAIR LADY on Broadway
Feb 25 • 45 min
How would you like to learn 13 different roles for one show, and be ready at a moment’s notice to perform anyone of them…or even combine two or three of them in one show?
Ryan K. Bailer - Actor, Singer, CEO of Ryan Bailer Tech Support
Feb 18 • 71 min
Finding joy is two different fields, acting and tech support, and balancing them both.
Tony Howell - Digital Strategist for Creative Artists, Social Media Branding & Marketing
Feb 11 • 67 min
Actor and dancer Tony Howell, now performs on a different stage…the digital one. And shows us how we can all put our best foot forward.
Broadway Chat with Ryan McPhee, Managing News Editor at PLAYBILL
Feb 4 • 53 min
The best and worst from the season so far, and what has yet to open in time for Tony Award season.
Maggie Bera - Musical Theater Actress, Singer, and ACTOR AESTHETIC Blogger
Jan 28 • 58 min
Recent graduate and utter delight, Maggie Bera opens up about her own struggles since moving to NYC and what keeps her going and happily standing in those long audition lines.
Tovi Wayne - Musical Theater Actor, Joffrey Ballet Dancer, Dance Teacher
Jan 21 • 51 min
Even though he started dancing well into his musical theater career, Tovi persisted and kept learning and growing…a lesson to us all.
Bite-Size Edition - Cupcakes & Kudisch
Jan 14 • 18 min
Patrick shares his utter failure in the kitchen and how it relates to the audition room. He also reminisces on a recent impromptu conversation with Broadway icon Marc Kudisch.
A Look Back at the Podcast’s First Year
Dec 31, 2018 • 51 min
Some of the best moments from the past year of episodes. These capture the true essence and reason for this podcast.
21: Jury Duty (One Actor’s Journey Into the Justice System)
Dec 31, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode, Patrick shares one thing that has kept him from auditioning and finding work…jury duty. That civic obligation that many try to get out of has become yet another obstacle to making it. But Patrick diligently fulfilled his duty and rendered…
20: John McNally PhD - Award-Winning Author, Screenwriter, Lecturer, English Professor
Dec 17, 2018 • 47 min
As the school year winds down, a Ph.D joins the podcast once again, this time to talk about fiction writing and The Promise of Failure. His most recent book is a collection of lectures and essays he’s given to writing students about the certainty of…
19: Glasgow Lyman & Jeff Rosick - Writers, Actors, Producers from Hollywood Fringe, WE NEED THIS MUSICAL…
Nov 28, 2018 • 46 min
These two writers and actors join the podcast to talk about their new show…WE NEED THIS MUSICAL TO KEEP US FROM KILLING OURSELVES: THE MUSICAL. (Oh yes, it’s a mouthful.) But Glasgow is more than just a writer, by day he works as a licensed therapist,…
18: Michael Wartella - Singer, Songwriter, Broadway Actor in the National Tour of WICKED
Nov 19, 2018 • 54 min
Mike spent ten years in the city before landing his dream role and first major New York production, RENT at the Off-Broadway venue New World Stages. Since then he’s reached even greater heights on Broadway with WICKED, TUCK EVERLASTING, and CHARLIE AND…
John McGinty - Broadway Actor (Children of a Lesser God), Deaf Advocate and Sign Language Teacher
Oct 29, 2018 • 58 min
John McGinty lost his hearing at a young age and for years headed toward a career in Finance. But theater kept calling him, and he finally answered by moving to New York to see if he could make it. On this episode he shares the twists and turns of that…
Bite-Size Edition - Tribute to Marin Mazzie
Oct 22, 2018 • 16 min
The first ever mini-episode with Patrick, focusing on why he’ll never make it as well as why he’s still here. Patrick talks about the wonderful camaraderie within theater and gives a loving tribute to Marin Mazzie, who passed away last month from ovarian…
Chris Coyne - Actor, Singer, Foley Mixer, Emmy-Nominated Sound Editor
Oct 8, 2018 • 57 min
Chris Coyne’s career in the entertainment industry spans more than 30 years, and in this episode he talks about his work onstage and in television commercials from Los Angeles to Europe as well as Las Vegas. where he has the distinction of playing leading…
Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay - Casting Directors for Regional Theater, National Tours, and Off-Broadway
Sep 30, 2018 • 51 min
When Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay entered the entertainment industry, headshots were black and white and fax machines and beepers were high tech ways to communicate. The mode of casting has changed dramatically from when they began their careers. What has…
13: Joey Fatone - Singer with *NSYNC, TV Host, Broadway Star
Jun 25, 2018 • 69 min
Before he became a part of the worldwide phenom *NSYNC, Joey was a theater kid in Orlando, Florida. And since his days of touring around the world, he has been on Broadway, appeared in films and television, and has hosted more shows than he can count.…
12: Martine Kei Green-Rogers, PhD - Dramaturg and Theater Professor
Jun 11, 2018 • 65 min
We have really stepped up our game this episode with the first PhD on WINMI! Martine is a theater professor at SUNY New Paltz and freelance dramaturg, with work at Oregon Shakepeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Court Theatre to name a few. Her…
Tony Awards #5 - Predictions with PLAYBILL Managing News Editor Ryan McPhee
Jun 4, 2018 • 48 min
With just a week to go before the Tony winners are announced, Patrick joins Ryan McPhee at the Playbill headquarters in midtown Manhattan to chat about the whole Broadway season and this year’s nominees: the surprises, the snubs, the favorites, and the…
Tony Awards #4 - CAROUSEL with Actor/Singer Nicholas Belton (understudy for Billy Bigelow)
Jun 1, 2018 • 29 min
For the fourth Bonus Episode of our Tony Award series, Patrick catches up with Nicholas Belton, who understudies the lead role of Billy Bigelow in the current Broadway revival of CAROUSEL, which received 11 nominations. Nick talks about the joy of working…
Tony Awards #3 - THE BAND’S VISIT with Associate Conductor Jeff Theiss
May 29, 2018 • 26 min
From the longest running Best Musical nominee this year comes Jeff Theiss, who joins Patrick on the third installment of the Tony Awards bonus series. This associate conductor shares how THE BAND’S VISIT has grown since its off-Broadway run at the…
11: Jelani Alladin - Broadway Actor, Kristoff in Disney’s FROZEN
May 21, 2018 • 64 min
Mega-watt Broadway star and Drama Desk Award nominee, Jelani Alladin, talks about what it’s like to be on that theatre mountain top!
Tony Awards #2 - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS with Actor/Singer Kelvin Moon Loh
May 18, 2018 • 47 min
Tying for the most Tony nominations this Broadway season, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS The Musical is as energetic and colorful as they come. In this bonus episode Patrick sits down with Kelvn Moon Loh, who plays Perch Perkins in the show, and chats about the 10…
Tony Awards #1 - ONCE ON THIS ISLAND with Musical Director Alvin Hough, Jr.
May 15, 2018 • 31 min
We chose to make our first Bonus Episode in honor of the Tony Awards! To celebrate those truly making it on Broadway we invited Alvin Hough, music director and conductor for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, to chat about the glorious music and amazing cast that make…
10: Jessica Holt - Theater Director (MFA from Yale School of Drama)
May 7, 2018 • 67 min
The Jessica Holt joins us for today’s discussion about all things theater. With her Ivy League roots and a love for new, contemporary and classical plays, this director delights in adventurous theatricality and believes theater has the power to transform.…
9: Michael Kostroff - Actor, Director, Writer, Blogger, Audition Coach
Apr 23, 2018 • 56 min
We have a doozy for you this week. We solve what’s wrong with kids today (it’s emojis) and we talk with the actor/teacher/audition coach/director/writer Michael Kostroff. You can find out more about this amazing man by following any of the links below!…
8: Grace McLean - Actress, Singer from GREAT COMET & Them Apples
Apr 9, 2018 • 58 min
The “electrifying” (Huffington Post) and “phenomenal” (NY Times) Grace McLean joins us “in-studio” to tell a couple of jokes and give insight on how we might make it. You might recognize her from Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 or her career…
7: Marella Martin Koch - Theater Writer, Director, Producer
Mar 26, 2018 • 47 min
This podcast would never have happened if today’s guest had not written the show where that brought Dewey and Patrick together. We’ll get into that and much more with writer/director/producer and all-around talented lady Marella Martin Koch! Learn more…
6: Casey Erin Clark - Actor, Singer, Dancer, Public Speaking Coach
Mar 12, 2018 • 55 min
Today on our program we have an actor, a singer, a dancer, a voice/public speaking coach and a singing/audition coach. And…it’s all one person, Casey Erin Clark! Learn all about her 15 minutes of terrifying fame and how she manages to be all of those…
5: Erin Cronican - Theater Actress, Producer, Director, Coach
Feb 26, 2018 • 55 min
The actor and all-around fun gal, Erin Cronican joins us “in studio” to discuss her own formula for making it in the entertainment industry. From coaching to her theater company, Erin keeps a lot of irons in the fire. Learn more about those irons at…
4: Stephen Wallem - Stage and TV Actor from NURSE JACKIE
Feb 12, 2018 • 46 min
Dewey and Patrick get real about winter and its affect on us actors. Then, Stephen joins in to talk about how Nures Jackie fame has both helped his career and brought its own challenges. Follow Stephen at StephenWallem.com! ——- Listen to every episode and…
3: Mara Davi & Aaron Gaines - Musical Theater Actors & Married Couple
Jan 29, 2018 • 62 min
An interview on how to live and garden in this business with the dynamic duo of Mara Davi (Instagram: @MaraDavi or @Vintage.Green) and Aaron Gaines (Aaron-Gaines.com). ——- Listen to every episode and help support WINMI! Follow on Instagram and Twitter.
2: Jeff Thomson - Musical Theater Composer
Jan 15, 2018 • 54 min
An interview with musical theater composer extraordinaire, Jeff Thomson. He shares his thoughts on “making it” as well as samples of some of his latest work. You can find out more about Jeff and his music (even download some sheet music as well) at…
1: Matt Zambrano - Theater Actor, Writer, Mime, Improv
Dec 28, 2017 • 52 min
Get to know your hosts Dewey Caddell and Patrick Oliver Jones as they share their own ups and downs in the performing world as well as the very first podcast guest Matt Zambrano!