Why I'll Never Make It

Why I'll Never Make It

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A look at life in the performing arts.
26: TONY HOWELL - Digital Strategist for Creative Artists, Social Media Branding & Marketing
Feb 11 • 67 min
Tony Howell is a digital strategist for Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Olivier award-winning artists. His work has been featured by Google, Squarespace, SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, and more. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was an actor for…
TONY AWARDS #6 - Broadway Chat with Ryan McPhee, Managing News Editor at PLAYBILL
Feb 4 • 53 min
As we’re now about halfway through the 2018-19 Broadway season, and several shows have closed and some still have yet to open. Ryan McPhee, Managing News Editor at PLAYBILL, joins the podcast once again to talk about the notable shows of the 2018-19…
25: Maggie Bera - Musical Theater Actress, Singer, and ACTOR AESTHETIC Blogger
Jan 28 • 58 min
Maggie graduated from Texas State with a BFA in Musical Theatre just two years ago and has been pounding the NYC pavement ever since. In today’s episode she talks about how she holds herself back sometimes from being her best in the audition room and in…
24: Tovi Wayne - Musical Theater Actor, Joffrey Ballet Dancer, Dance Teacher
Jan 21 • 51 min
A good friend of mine and the podcast joins me for the first interview of 2019! Tovi Wayne opens up about starting dance late in his performing career and how that put him behind other dancers but also motivated him to get better, to learn as much as he…
23: Bite-Size Edition - Cupcakes & Kudisch
Jan 14 • 18 min
The first episode of the year has me chatting about my failed attempt to make Red Velvet Cupcakes…and I mean utter failure. I hurried through the prep and ended up with inedible red mushy hockey pucks. Such wasted time and effort and ingredients. What…
22: A Look Back at the Podcast’s First Year
Dec 31, 2018 • 51 min
It’s been a wonderful ride despite some growing pains and losses along the way. My first year of podcasting has nonetheless taught me a great deal, and I hope you’ve learned a thing or two as well. I honestly do this for you and try my best to give you…
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…
Spotlight: NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Andy Clausen - Artistic Director, Jazz Conductor, Trombonist
Dec 10, 2018 • 42 min
Andy Clausen is a New York-based composer, trombonist, bandleader, and graduate of The Juilliard School. Hailing from Seattle, Clausen relocated to NYC in 2010 where he enjoys a diverse schedule collaborating with filmmakers, folk and blues artists,…
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,…
Spotlight: NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Anna Jacobs - Composer/Lyricist, Artist in Residence, Music Educator
Nov 26, 2018 • 44 min
Today’s episode focuses on the Musical Theater Composition program of the New York Youth Symphony, directed by Anna Jacobs. Her musicals include: POP! (book & lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman) HARMONY, KANSAS (book & lyrics by Bill Nelson) ANYTOWN (book by…
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…
Spotlight: NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Michael Repper - Music Director, Orchestra Conductor, Educator
Nov 12, 2018 • 49 min
For the next couple of weeks will be talking to directors of the New York Youth Symphony. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in…
17: 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…
16: 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 also talks about the wonderful camaraderie within the theater with a loving tribute to Marin Mazzie, who passed away last month from…
Spotlight: ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Artistic Director Jackie Miller & Actors Dan Domingues and Jeanette Bonner
Oct 15, 2018 • 58 min
In Part Two of our look at Only Make Believe, Patrick talks to Jackie Miller, Artistic Director of the acting company, and two of the actors, Dan Domingues and Jeanette Bonner. They share the process of bringing interactive theater to children in…
15: 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…
Spotlight: ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Dena Hammerstein - Actress, Playwright, Theater Producer, Founder of OMB
Oct 1, 2018 • 50 min
Geraldine Sherman was born in Middlesex, England and became a busy actress on BBC and in film when she met and later married James Hammerstein. She is now known as theater producer Dena Hammerstein, President/CEO of James Hammerstein Productions and…
14: 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 20, 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
Apr 20, 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
Apr 20, 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
Apr 20, 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
Apr 20, 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!
3: Mara Davi & Aaron Gaines - Musical Theater Actors & Married Couple
Apr 20, 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).
2: Jeff Thomson - Musical Theater Composer
Apr 20, 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
Apr 20, 2018 • 52 min
OUR PREMIERE EPISODE!! Get to know your hosts Dewey Caddell and Patrick Oliver Jones as they share their own ups and downs in the performing world. They then interview the supremely talented Matt Zambrano (actor, writer, and mime) who can be found at…