Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey

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Conversations with fellow creatives about the realities of a career in the performing arts, all while challenging the notion of what in means to “make it” in this industry.


Charlotte Canning, PhD - The History of Pandemics and Theater Closings
Oct 21 • 52 min
British historian and philosopher R.G. Collingwood said, “History is for human self knowledge, the only clue to what men can do is what man has done. So with an ongoing pandemic and theaters shut down for the foreseeable future, what can history teach us…
Historias Hispanas en Español - Bianca Marroquín, Luis Salgado, Jaime Lozano y Mas
Oct 15 • 37 min
Bienvenidos y gracias por acompañarnos en esta edición especial de Why I’ll Never Make It! En esta segunda parte de mi serie sobre historias hispanas, escucharán a mis invitados anteriores compartir sus propias historias y experiencias en español. Roberto…
Hispanic Stories in English - Matt Zambrano and Dan Domingues
Oct 14 • 37 min
This is part one in a series of former Hispanic guests coming back to share their stories in their own words. The second part - la segunda parte - comes out tomorrow and will be en espanol. My original idea was to bring back all Hispanic guests for a…
FINAL FIVE: Tadeo Martinez, DFW Theater Critics Outstanding Actor
Oct 9 • 14 min
Welcome back to more conversation with Tadeo Martinez as he answers the Final Five. Tadeo shares two of his favorites pieces of advice and his dream to be on YouTube. He also talks about his award-winning performance in Noises Off in Dallas, Texas. Would…
Hispanic Heritage Month - Tadeo Martinez, BFA in Theater from SMU
Oct 7 • 55 min
When it comes to the guests on this podcast most of them are fairly well established. This allows me to the Google them, find pictures and stories about them, and get to know their body of work. But for Tadeo Martinez, there wasn’t much to go on. I found…
FINAL FIVE: Bianca Marroquín, who played Chita Rivera in FOSSE
Oct 2 • 13 min
Well, I hope you listened to our previous conversation because Bianca is back to answer the Final Five questions. She shares her disappointment in not getting to play Evita but also her joy to portray Chita Rivera in the hit TV show Fosse. She also goes…
Hispanic Heritage Month - Bianca Marroquín, CHICAGO’s Roxie Hart
Sep 30 • 63 min
In today’s wide-ranging conversation with Bianca Marroquin, one of the issues she addresses is that of language and accent. Growing up near the Texas border, she had the opportunity to learn both languages. So in addition to being the first Mexican woman…
WINMI Recommends: The Industry with Dan Delgado
Sep 28 • 4 min
Well, it’s the last Monday of the month, so that means it’s time for this month’s podcast recommendation: THE INDUSTRY, hosted by Dan Delgado. Every week Why I’ll Never Make It likes to highlight and dive into the areas that hold us back as artists, the…
Hispanic Heritage Month - Luis Salgado, Reaching New HEIGHTS Through Dance
Sep 23 • 59 min
Luis Salgado was born and raised in Puerto Rico and studied theater there at the University of Puerto Rico. He moved to New York City in 2012 and it was slow going at first for him to book work. But eventually things started to click for him and his…
FINAL FIVE: Jaime Lozano, Voting Member of the Grammys and Latin Grammys
Sep 18 • 16 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Jaime talks about the process of voting on songs and albums for the Grammys, and then he answers the Final Five. He shares his love of Law & Order and his dream to work with Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as…
Hispanic Heritage Month - Jaime Lozano, Musical Theater Composer
Sep 16 • 54 min
For the next few weeks WINMI is going to be highlighting some amazing Hispanic artists, ranging from composers and dancers to actors and singers. And it’s all in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to these interviews I’ll be showcasing…
You Too Can Be an #ArtsHero with Carson Elrod and Brooke Ishibashi
Sep 9 • 35 min
Mid-March of this year was a uniquely devastating time for theater and the arts industry as a whole. Broadway and Off-Broadway here in New York as well as theaters all around the country began to close for what they thought would be a possible one-month…
FINAL FIVE: Alex Pires
Sep 4 • 16 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Alex answers the Final Five. He shares his love of Christopher Nolan movies and his dream to be on Law & Order: SVU as well as what he learned from Will Smith and Michelle Obama. Check out Alex’s web series:…
Alex Pires - Actor and Writer of the Comedy Web Series P’s in a Pod
Sep 2 • 46 min
The process of getting an idea, a story from conception to production to finally being onstage or onscreen can be a rather lengthy process. Hamilton took seven years and La La Land was almost nine. Alex Pires is another one of those with plenty of ideas.…
WINMI Recommends: The Tony Howell Podcast
Aug 31 • 3 min
This month’s podcast recommendation from WINMI is…The Tony Howell Podcast.
FINAL FIVE: Bart Shatto
Aug 28 • 16 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Bart Shatto answers the Final Five. He shares his broadcasting aspirations and his dream to do all the roles I’ve done as well as what he learned from Albert Einstein and Booker T. Washington. Also, check…
Bart Shatto - Broadway Veteran on Maintaining Creativity and Artistic Power
Aug 26 • 61 min
Broadway is no cure against challenges or setbacks. Bart Shatto has experienced the joys and the hardships of a life in theater, both personally and professionally. He gives an open and vulnerable look at how this business can create wonderful moments and…
FINAL FIVE: Jason Odell Williams
Aug 21 • 12 min
Thanks for coming back to join me and Jason Odell Williams for the final five! This is a bonus episode to the conversation we had previously, covering topics and five specific questions we didn’t address on the last episode. Today, Jason talks about how…
Jason Odell Williams - Playwright and Producer Walking the Line Between Stage and Screen
Aug 19 • 59 min
Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated television producer. But his first love was acting…until it wasn’t. In this episode he shares that journey from saying the words to writing them. We specifically talk about his plays…
FINAL FIVE: Eric Jordan Young
Aug 14 • 9 min
Well, here we are at the Final Five questions, a bonus episode to our previous conversation. Eric is back and shares his passion for branding and being a stylist. He also mentions what distinguishes Gayle King and why he’d love to pick her brain as well…
Eric Jordan Young - Broadway Actor and Singer on the Importance of Letting the Work Inspire You
Aug 12 • 48 min
During his years in New York City, Eric Jordan Young bounced around from Broadway productions and national tours to regional shows and concerts. But eventually Vegas became the testing ground and base of operations for his own production company, and he…
FINAL FIVE: David Ruttura
Aug 7 • 14 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, David answers the Final Five. He shares his political aspirations, what he’s learned from Broadway directors as well as where the best ideas come from. Do you have other questions you’d like to ask? Let me…
David Ruttura - Broadway’s Associate Director of Plays and Musicals Cuts Loose
Aug 5 • 54 min
Associate Director of such Broadway shows as BEAUTIFUL, SCHOOL OF ROCK, and SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK talks about his humble beginnings at a regional theater in Long Island. He then talks about his directorial debut on Norwegian Cruise Line with…
FINAL FIVE: Mo Brady
Jul 31 • 5 min
Mo Brady answers the final five questions.
Mo Brady - Broadway Actor/Podcaster Advocating and Supporting the Ensemblist Community
Jul 29 • 52 min
Mo Brady of The Ensemblist joins the podcast to talk about his transition from working onstage to advocating for it.
Erin Cronican (Part 2) - Taking Theater Online and Streaming
Jul 24 • 12 min
Instead of answering the Final Five questions, Erin Cronican continues our conversation on producing theater for the online world as well as some insight into her cooking habits (or lack thereof). For now, COVID has ended live theater as we know it, and…
Erin Cronican (Part 1) - Producing Theater in the Midst of COVID and Cancer
Jul 22 • 51 min
Erin Cronican first came on the podcast back in Season One, sharing the ups and downs of making theater while still being an actor. Today, she faces new challenges of producing theater in the middle of a pandemic while also battling cancer once again. She…
FINAL FIVE: Chaz Wolcott
Jul 17 • 14 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Chaz answers the Final Five. But first, he shares a hilarious audition story, then goes into his dream to work in physical therapy as well as how he learned the importance of preparation. ————— Jazz with…
Chaz Wolcott - Choreographer and Dancer Goes from NEWSIES to a New Normal
Jul 15 • 57 min
Chaz started dancing at the age of 2in Gahanna, Ohio, and several years later he won the Gold Medal at the US Tap Championships and then won Bronze for the United States at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany at the age of 14. From his BFA in…
FINAL FIVE: Brian Lowdermilk
Jul 10 • 8 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Brian answers the Final Five, talking about software engineering and his dream to fix CHESS as well as lessons learned from Elizabeth Gilbert. Do you have other ideas for Final Five questions? Let me know at…
Brian Lowdermilk - LGBTQ Composer and Songwriter from Kerrigan & Lowdermilk
Jul 8 • 50 min
Featuring the third composer of the season, Brian Lowdermilk is a fantastic contemporary songwriter who’s found a great deal of success from the internet. And in this day and age where not much theater is happening onstage, that bodes well for both…
FINAL FIVE: Roberto Araujo
Jul 3 • 15 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Roberto answers the Final Five. He shares his love of CBS Sunday Morning and his dream of playing the Baker in INTO THE WOODS as well as that the time he forgot to press the record button. Do you have other…
Roberto Araujo - Actor, Photographer, and PLAYBILL’s Director of Video Production
Jul 1 • 52 min
Season 4 Survey: https://winmipodcast.typeform.com/to/SdODaMU7 I first got to know Roberto when putting together the Season Three opener with Caroline Bowman. He had taken beautiful photos of her as she was preparing for the National Tour of Disney’s…
FINAL FIVE: Cris Eli Blak
Jun 26 • 12 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Cris answers the Final Five. He shares why he’d love to teach and his dream to be in CATS as well as what he learned from Tyler Perry. Do you have other ideas for Final Five questions? Let me know at…
Cris Eli Blak - African-American Actor, Playwright, Producer, and Poet Shares His Story
Jun 24 • 74 min
In this longer episode than normal, I am honored and grateful to have this enormously gifted artist on the show. Cris Eli Blak may only be a senior in college, but he has wisdom far beyond his years to share with all of us. From thoughts on the current…
Michael Francis McBride - Dancer Who Found Love and Passion at Alvin Ailey
Jun 17 • 46 min
The third and final look at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with Michael McBride, a 10-year veteran with the company. Through this organization he not only gained skills and experience in collaborating with some of the best dancers and…
Samantha Figgins - Dancer and Ballerina Finds a Home at Alvin Ailey
Jun 10 • 50 min
Samantha Figgins is currently in her sixth season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. But what many people don’t know is that this gorgeous dancer suffers from single-sided deafness. As a baby, Figgins contracted spinal meningitis, which caused…
Tribute to Alvin Ailey - Dancer & Choreographer Preserving the African-American Cultural Experience
Jun 3 • 15 min
Today, the podcast shines a spotlight on a true artist and his work that defined a generation. Alvin Ailey’s unique and singular gift was confronting and celebrating the African-American experience through dance, and it continues to impact not only the…
FINAL FIVE: Douglas Sills
May 29 • 12 min
At the end of our previous insightful conversation, Douglas Sills gave his answers to the Final Five questions. He shares a story of his mentor who recently passed away as well as his interests finance and veterinarian medicine. After his answer to best…
Douglas Sills - Broadway’s Leading Man Almost Led Another Life
May 27 • 52 min
His iconic Broadway debut in SCARLET PIMPERNEL may have made Douglas Sills a Broadway star, but his head has never been in the clouds. In today’s episode, he has his feet firmly on the ground and shares how he left the business (twice) and what brought…
FINAL FIVE: Mykal Kilgore and Hannah Elless
May 22 • 16 min
After our conversation on the previous episode, Mykal and Hannah answer the Final Five questions. They share stories of the individuals who have inspired them as artists as well as their interests in education and geology. They finish with why it’s so…
Hannah Elless & Mykal Kilgore - Broadway Performers Who Crave New Works and Musicals
May 20 • 61 min
Hannah Elless (BRIGHT STAR) and Mykal Kilgore (MOTOWN) join the podcast to day to share insights into what inspires them to create and perform as well as what “making it” means to them and how they’re still striving to get there.
FINAL FIVE: Andrew Lippa
May 15 • 8 min
Welcome back to my talk with Andrew Lippa as he answers the Final Five questions. This is a bonus episode to the conversation we had previously, covering topics we didn’t get to last time. From political aspirations to advice he gives to aspiring artists,…
Andrew Lippa - Composer and Lyricist on Being a Big Fish in a Little Broadway Pond
May 13 • 48 min
From his first intimate musical, john and jen, to his bigger productions on and off Broadway, Andrew Lippa has been a prolific and award-winning writer. He joins the podcast to talk about his growth along that sometimes bumpy path and what it means to…
FINAL FIVE: Hal Luftig
May 8 • 10 min
The Final Five questions with Broadway Producer Hal Luftig.
Hal Luftig - Broadway Producer Finds Value in the Hit Musicals As Well As the Flops
May 6 • 50 min
Broadway Producer Hal Luftig has reached such success in theater, having won Best Musical Tony Awards for two different productions. But he remains grounded and knows that success in never a sure thing nor guaranteed when it comes to the Great White Way.
FINAL FIVE: Alina Alcántara
May 1 • 8 min
The final five questions with Alina Alcántara, who has a long bucket list of roles she wants to do and a specific piece of advice that keeps her going. She also mentioned mutual friend and fellow artist Juan Cantu as someone who inspires her both…
Alina Alcántara - Actress and Singer Found Passion and Purpose in Theater
Apr 29 • 42 min
Alina Alcántara shares her journey from flight attendant to actress on stage and screen.
FINAL FIVE: Seán Cullen
Apr 24 • 11 min
Final Five questions with comedian Seán Cullen.
Seán Cullen - Stand-up Comedian and Actor on the Serious Business of Being Funny
Apr 22 • 59 min
Seán Cullen is a Canadian actor, voice artist and stand-up comedian, known for combining improvisation with mimicry and music. He joins me today to share his love of comedy and writing books for his children. But we also dive into the worries and…
Financial Wellness (Part 2) Rebecca Selkowe from The Actors Fund, COVID Edition
Apr 17 • 33 min
Actionable steps and insights on how artists can manage their money during these uncertain times with Rebecca Selkowe, Financial Wellness counselor at The Actors Fund.
Financial Wellness (Part 1) Rebecca Selkowe from The Actors Fund REWIND
Apr 15 • 52 min
A look back at my conversation with Financial Wellness counselor and author, Rebecca Selkowe on how to manage money in both our wallets and our minds.
Laziness - How Doing Less Can Bring More Success (Bite-Size Edition)
Apr 8 • 17 min
We were taught from an early age that we need to stay busy and keep moving. And while the intent behind those ideals was good, putting them into practice is neither easy nor always helpful. So how does the old adage of “less is more” apply to our…
Social Distancing - A Special Coronavirus Conversation with Clayton Howe
Apr 1 • 44 min
Well, coronavirus all people can talk about as it has completely changed our daily lives and interactions with others. So I wanted to address it head-on with friend of the podcast Clayton Howe. Also, learn five ways we as artists can regain control during…
FINAL FIVE: Tiffany Coyne
Mar 27 • 13 min
After our last conversation Tiffany answers five final questions not covered in the previous episode. She talks about how she still hopes to do musical theater one day and opens up about her late father and the lessons he taught her. Also in this episode,…
Tiffany Coyne - TV Co-Host on LET’S MAKE A DEAL & Former Vegas Dancer (Women’s History Month)
Mar 25 • 42 min
Whether as sidekick or the lady in charge, Tiffany Coyne has made her mark on the popular game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL. She can keep up with Wayne Brady and holds her own in the chaotic fun of each episode.
FINAL FIVE: Charlotte Cohn
Mar 20 • 16 min
Final Five bonus questions with Charlotte Cohn, and this week’s theater pioneer is Vinnette Justine Carroll, the first black female to direct on Broadway.
Charlotte Cohn - Former Tank Commander & Opera Singer Finds Her Voice in Theater (Women’s History Month)
Mar 18 • 58 min
Broadway actress Charlotte Cohn talks about her early years as an Israeli Tank Commander and how she went from an singing opera to producing theater.
MAESTRA MUSIC with Georgia Stitt, Advocating Women Musicians in Theater (Women’s History Month)
Mar 13 • 40 min
MAESTRA MUSIC was founded by composer/lyricist and music director Georgia Stitt to give support, visibility, and community to the women who make the music in the musical theater industry. Their membership is made up of female-identifying, non-binary, and…
Georgia Stitt - Composer, Lyricist, and Music Director (Women’s History Month)
Mar 11 • 41 min
Georgia Stitt is a musical theater composer and lyricist who shares her process of writing, balancing work life and family, how she met her husband Jason Robert Brown, and how important it is to foster and promote women musicians.
FINAL FIVE: Abigail Rose Solomon
Mar 6 • 8 min
After our in-depth discussion on producing in NYC and balancing that with an acting career, Abigail now shares bucket lists and who she looks up to. These final five questions get into topics and insights not covered in our previous conversation. If you…
Abigail Rose Solomon - Actress and Broadway Producer of Musicals and Plays (Women’s History Month)
Mar 4 • 57 min
For the first episode of Women’s History Month, I’m talking to New York-Los Angeles actress and producer Abigail Rose Solomon, who founded Rosalind Productions in 2005. We talk about the differences between acting and producing NYC and LA as well as her…
More AUDITION STORIES with Lauren Kennedy, Justin Guarini and others!
Feb 26 • 43 min
On the second half of AUDITION STORIES we dive into the comparison game with Justin Guarini. This kind of jealousy is so common to actors and affects us in the audition room more than we know. Former guests share their experiences from onstage to…
AUDITION STORIES with Caroline Bowman, Kelvin Moon Loh and more!
Feb 19 • 49 min
The 2nd Annual Auditions Stories is here! And this is only part one…focusing on the Audition Book and debunking 5 myths about what this book is supposed to be. The typical audition book has at least 20 songs (or monologues). It must contain material from…
SING FOR YOUR SENIORS with Founder & Producing Artistic Director Jackie Vanderbeck (Spotlight)
Feb 12 • 58 min
Throughout history artists have known that music provides benefits for both the creator and the listener. It can affect individuals in positive ways by inducing both psychological and physiological healing. This is especially true in the senior community.…
Getting OVER … Social Media Content (Special Offer)
Feb 6 • 1 min
So much of how we connect with the world and share our lives and interests is centered around social media. From promoting this podcast to my own acting career, creating social media posts is a must. But often it’s time-consuming and frustrating…that was…
American Sign Language for Theater - Providing Access to Deaf Audiences with ASL Interpreters
Feb 5 • 31 min
This podcast mainly focuses on the artist and the creative, the actor or composer or director, etc. But in today’s episode I’m turning the tables and focusing on the audience, specifically those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Their access to what we do…
Dave Jackson - Hall of Fame Podcaster on How and Why Actors Should Start a Podcast
Jan 29 • 52 min
This is a special episode where someone I consider to be one of the best in podcasting joins the show to discuss what he’s learned about this growing medium and how we as artists can use this as another outlet for our creativity. Dave Jackson has been…
FINAL FIVE: Megan Carver
Jan 24 • 8 min
Welcome to the FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode with Megan Carver! After our in-depth discussion on finding our artistic niche and creating work for ourselves, we then chatted about others job and where inspiration comes from. These final five questions are posed…
Megan Carver - Actress, Producer, Writer, and Filmmaker
Jan 22 • 46 min
Whether in life or her profession, Megan lives by three simple mottos… Work Hard • Be Kind • Stay Classy • And it is these ideals that led her to turn a punch to the gut into another creative outlet for finding work and fulfilling her passion. She opens…
FINAL FIVE: Remy Germinario
Jan 17 • 8 min
Thanks for joining me and Remy for this week’s FINAL FIVE! After our discussion of the rigors and challenges of stand-up comedy, we got down to the serious business of bucket lists and sage advice. (I even throw in a new Final Five questions just for…
Remy Germinario - Theater Actor Finding Another Stage with Improv and Stand-Up Comedy
Jan 15 • 51 min
I first met Remy Germinario while taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. He’s an actor as well as a comedian, and he shares how he got into stand-up and how we as creatives wear many hats and have to showcase many talents. It was a few…
FINAL FIVE: Miata Edoga
Jan 10 • 9 min
Welcome to the first FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode of 2020! These are five questions I ask each guest on topics and insights not covered in our main conversation on Wednesday. The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing another side to Miata Edoga……
Miata Edoga - TV/Film Actress & Financial Coach with Abundance Bound
Jan 8 • 59 min
Miata Edoga is the President and Founder of Abundance Bound, the premiere financial education company for actors, artists, and creative entrepreneurs. She created The Artist’s Prosperity System, which has provided thousands of creatives with a specific,…
Season Four Preview
Jan 6 • 2 min
Hello and welcome to Season 4 of Why I’ll Never Make It! This is now a year-round podcast…more work for me and more conversations for you. The central theme of Why I’ll Never Make It remains in tact of course: to feature meaningful conversations with…
A Look Back at 2019
Dec 28, 2019 • 36 min
Welcome to the 2nd Anniversary episode of the podcast! And what a year it has been! We’ve had wonderful guests from actors and singers to stage managers and artistic directors. And this episode is a look back at some of the best moments from the past year…
Artists Striving to End Poverty / ASTEP with Samantha Manfred (Spotlight)
Dec 18, 2019 • 42 min
ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students. It’s goal was to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with youth…
FINAL FIVE: Mike Isaacson
Dec 13, 2019 • 9 min
Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions I’ll be asking each guest all season long, as they give concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing,…
Mike Isaacson - Artistic Director of the Muny on the Challenges of Producing Broadway Musicals
Dec 11, 2019 • 45 min
Mike Isaacson has led the Muny for almost ten years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In this episode he shares not only the challenges of producing 7 musicals in 10 weeks each summer, but he also opens up about his Tony Award winning…
FINAL FIVE: Jenny Stafford
Dec 6, 2019 • 10 min
Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions I’ll be asking each guest all season long, as they give concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing,…
Jenny Stafford - Lyricist on Writing, Collaboration, and the Day Broadway Called
Dec 4, 2019 • 54 min
In the entertainment industry, we are all essentially storytellers. But there is one among us who is the spark and drive of those stories…the writer. Jenny Stafford is a prolific lyricist and book writer with her work featured on and off Broadway as well…
Five Reasons Artists Have to Be Thankful (Bite Size Episode)
Nov 27, 2019 • 15 min
Happy Thanksgiving! We’ve all been with our families and gone around the proverbial table to say what we are grateful for. Well, it’s my turn and this episode is dedicated to YOU, who listen and follow and support this podcast. I mention a few listeners…
FINAL FIVE: Misha Osherovich
Nov 22, 2019 • 7 min
Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions I’ll be asking each guest all season long, as they give concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing,…
Misha Osherovich - Actor and Filmmaker on Body Image and His Own Battle with an Eating Disorder
Nov 20, 2019 • 55 min
Misha Osherovich is a Russian-American actor, filmmaker, and mental health/LGBTQ+ activist. Misha’s latest short film E.VERY D.AY is currently screening at festivals internationally. The film is autobiographical - written and produced by Misha - that…
FINAL FIVE: Janine DiVita
Nov 15, 2019 • 7 min
Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions I’ll be asking each guest all season long, as they give concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing,…
Janine DiVita - Broadway Actress on Maintaining the Voice and Surviving Under Pressure
Nov 13, 2019 • 44 min
This is part two of my conversation with Janine DiVita. Last time was a Spotlight episode on her work with the USO Show Troupe. In this episode she and I dig into what drives her as an actor and singer, the choices she’s made in her career, and how she…
USO SHOW TROUPE with Janine DiVita for National Military Families Month (Spotlight)
Nov 6, 2019 • 28 min
November is National Military Families Month, and in honor of that I have Janine DiVita joining me today to talk about her work with the USO Show Troupe in New York City. Now when most people think of the USO, the first thing that comes to mind,…
Megan Hoxie - Actress in Norwegian Cruise Line’s FOOTLOOSE on Scene Work and Taking Notes
Oct 30, 2019 • 49 min
As I’ve mentioned since the beginning of the season, I’m currently in a production of FOOTLOOSE on Norwegian Cruise lines. And so on today’s episode I’m talk about the show and the process of putting it together now that we’ve opened here on the ship,…
KU Talent Agency and Artsplosure with Terri Dollar (Bite Size)
Oct 25, 2019 • 25 min
Welcome back to part two of my conversation with Terri Dollar. In the previous episode we focused on STAR, her program working with special needs theater artists in Raleigh. Normally this would be another Final Five episode. However, after our initial…
Terri Dollar - Arts Director Working with Special Needs Actors in Raleigh
Oct 23, 2019 • 56 min
If you ever feel like you can’t do something or or get down about hard this business is, then this episode it for you (and me). Terri Dollar shares her own story of working with special needs actors in Raleigh, NC. She talks about the commitment and…
FINAL FIVE: Lauren Kennedy
Oct 18, 2019 • 6 min
Welcome to another FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions each guest will be asked all season long, giving concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing…
Lauren Kennedy - Broadway Actress and Theatre Raleigh Artistic Director on Auditioning and Being Your Authentic Self
Oct 16, 2019 • 42 min
Having worked with Lauren at Theatre Raleigh on BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, she joins the podcast today to talk about her transition from Broadway back to doing theater in her hometown of Raleigh. From her time growing up and studying theater in college to…
FINAL FIVE: Bret Shuford
Oct 11, 2019 • 4 min
These are the five questions I’ll be asking each guest all season long, giving concise and focused insights not covered in our conversations on Wednesday. If you could have any other job outside of the arts what would it be? What is a bucket list role or…
Bret Shuford - Broadway Actor and Life Coach on Being Sober and Dealing with Our Inner Critic
Oct 9, 2019 • 47 min
Bret Shuford has dedicated his life to creating theatre. Most recently, he played Robbie in Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour. Other credits include Broadway shows, national tours, and principal roles in feature films; including Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of…
FINAL FIVE: Caroline Bowman & J. Harrison Ghee
Oct 4, 2019 • 11 min
The very first FINAL FIVE Bonus Episode! These are the five questions each guest will be asked all season long, giving concise and and focused insights not covered in our main conversation. The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing another…
Caroline Bowman & J. Harrison Ghee (Part 2) How to Handle Criticism and the Importance of Recognizing Your Gifts
Oct 2, 2019 • 29 min
Welcome to Season Three and part two of my interview with J. and Caroline! These two Broadway performers join me to share their own journey to the Great White Way. We also discuss how to deal with detractors, handling disappointment in auditions, and…
Caroline Bowman & J. Harrison Ghee (Part 1) Their Broadway Debuts in KINKY BOOTS and Leadership in a Cast
Sep 30, 2019 • 41 min
Welcome to Season Three! These two Broadway performers join me for three episodes to share their own journey to the Great White Way. We also discuss the pressure of playing a leading role, handling criticism, and knowing who you are. Caroline Bowman has…
Season Three Preview
Sep 22, 2019 • 1 min
Welcome to Season 3 of Why I’ll Never Make It, a weekly show, featuring insightful conversations with actors and fellow creatives on the realities of a career in the arts. In each episode we explore the setbacks and stumbles each of us face and how we…
Broadway Closings and Listener Questions (Bite-Size Edition)
Aug 7, 2019 • 15 min
Broadway shows are closing, Patrick still isn’t making it, and a listener is needing some theater advice. Share your own thoughts and feedback in the first-ever WINMI survey.
Ben Davis - Broadway Actor and Singer, Tony Award Honoree
Jun 24, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Tony Awards - BEETLEJUICE with Kelvin Moon Loh
Jun 1, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Drama Desk Awards - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (IN YIDDISH) with James Monroe Stevko
May 25, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Tony Awards - AIN’T TOO PROUD with Joshua Morgan
May 18, 2019 • 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.
2019 NY Award Season and the WINMI Blog
May 17, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 (Bite-Size Edition)
May 8, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 2019 with Caitlin Kinnunen, Lothair Eaton, Tovi Wayne, Ilana Levine, and more!
Apr 22, 2019 • 57 min
Sharing stories from those in the audition room as well as some tidbits of wisdom and insight into the audition process.
THE ACTORS FUND Financial Wellness Program with Rebecca Selkowe (Spotlight)
Apr 15, 2019 • 71 min
It’s not only our careers that go up and down, so does out bank account. Today, Rebecca Selkowe and I talk about ways to stay on top of finances and control them rather than having them control you.
Kelly Gabel - Actress, Singer, Coach, Founder of TRIPLE THREAT THERAPY
Apr 8, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.
DRAMA CLUB with Founder & Executive Director Josie Whittlesey (Spotlight)
Mar 4, 2019 • 64 min
Josie started Drama Club as a way to reach and support those most vulnerable and affected by the criminal justice system…children.
Heather Botts - Actress, Singer, Swing in MY FAIR LADY on Broadway
Feb 25, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.
2019 Broadway Chat with Ryan McPhee, Managing News Editor at PLAYBILL
Feb 4, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.
Cupcakes & Kudisch (Bite-Size Edition)
Jan 14, 2019 • 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 2018
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.
Jury Duty, One Actor’s Journey Into the Justice System (Bite-Size Edition)
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…
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…
NY YOUTH SYMPHONY Jazz Program with Andy Clausen (Spotlight)
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,…
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,…
NY YOUTH SYMPHONY Musical Theater Composition Program with Anna Jacobs (Spotlight)
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) ANYTOWN (book by Jim Jack) TEETH (co-book & lyrics by Michael R.…
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…
NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Conductor Michael Repper (Spotlight)
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…
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…
Tribute to Marin Mazzie (Bite-Size Edition)
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…
ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Artistic Director Jackie Miller, Actors Dan Domingues & Jeanette Bonner (Spotlight)
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…
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…
ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Founder Dena Hammerstein (Spotlight)
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…
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…
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.…
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…
2018 Tony Awards 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 - 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 - 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…
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 - 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 - 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…
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.…
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!…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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! ——- The time and expense needed…
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). ——- The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each…
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…
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!