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The Ash Taba Show

Ashley Tabatabai is an actor and filmmaker who has also spent over a decade working in the digital marketing industry. This podcast is focused on the role of storytelling and how that permeates our lives through entertainment, business and marketing and within self development and growth.In each episode Ashley chats to people from various disciplines about their life journeys, with a view to uncovering insights that can be both inspiring and entertaining to the listener.

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Make Sure Your Voice Is Yours | Entrepreneur Sam Goyal

On this episode I welcome back solar entrepreneur Sam Goyal to the show. Sam has built & led rooftop Solar projects across SE Asia for over a decade. He is the Founder & CEO of Solar Horizon, a boutique Solar Developer focused on the Commercial & Industrial (C&I) sector, based out of Singapore since 2013.  He was recognised amongst the 50 Future Global Green Leaders of 2020, by the World CSR Congress, for his contribution to the growth of rooftop Solar in the SE Asia. Sam holds a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of London and is a Clean Energy Ventures Program Alumni from MIT Boston. We talk about:Balancing ambition and capability.Sam's views of work life integration rather than work life balance.The journey he has undertaken professionally and personally over the last 18 months that led him to have a total 180 on his lifestyle.The parallels between artists and entrepreneurs. How to manage the gap between our desires and where we currently are at.The importance of generating a positive feedback loop.Why daily, deliberate and focused action is important.The importance of self-awareness and self-acceptance.You can follow Sam at https://www.instagram.com/samgoyal21/Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 15mins

18 Aug 2021

Rank #1

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Don't Feel Like You Need Money To Start Making Films | Michael Gamarano Singleton

On this episode I chat with filmmaker Michael Gamarano Singleton. Michael is half Brazilian, half English and studied at London Met Film where he graduated in 2009. His work often revolves around social issues designed to make audiences think. His latest short ‘Denzel’ has a buzz around it as it starts its festival run, having recently screened at the LA International Short Film Festival.We talk about:Advice for anyone who has just come out of film school.The benefit of learning by doing and creating on the job.Why filmmakers should just start making their own work and not worry about money.Why actors should learn how to edit and empower themselves.His experience of running Mixing networks and how that transitioned during Covid. Including how he felt he had lost the business.Why it's important for actors to have other passions outside of acting.The experience of filming Denzel during lockdown and the considerations required of shooting during Covid.His casting documentary "‘In the Room’ which he is producing and is being back by Spotlight.His background in sport and how the mindset of that world can translate into performing arts.You can follow Michael on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/micksing8/And check out his company Mixing Networks here: https://www.mixingnetworks.com/Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 7mins

22 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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We Are Completely On Your Side | Casting Director Sydney Aldridge

On this episode I chat with Casting Director Sydney Aldridge. Sydney has been working in casting since 2015. Starting her journey as a casting assistant at Beach Casting and later moving on to work with Rose Wicksteed, Anna McAuley, Kate & Lou and most recently, Sasha Robertson. Sydney comes from an acting background and that underpins the way she works as a Casting Director.We spoke about:He work on "The Show Must Go Online" for 20 weeks during lockdown.What attracted her to a career in casting when she was a successful working actress.Why she loves online showcases.Advice in commercial auditions and how to best approach them.The notebook exercise she used as an actress they helped keep her in a great mental space.Her hopes for the casting industry moving forward.You can find out more about Sydney here: https://sydneyaldridgecasting.co.uk/And you can follow her on:https://www.instagram.com/sydneyameehttps://twitter.com/sydneyameeEnjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 9mins

6 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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You Have To Understand Both Sides of The Argument to Start a Discussion | Matthew & Barnaby O'Connor

On this episode I chat with filmmakers Matthew O'Connor & Barnaby O'Connor of Ivy Film.  They have directed several music videos, numerous commercials and one previous feature documentary California High.  Their latest documentary feature "The Pickup Game"  is an inside look at the emergence of the ‘pickup’ business - an industry where self-styled seduction coaches travel the world, charging a small fortune to teach men skills they claim will guarantee success with women.  Four years in the making and the result of a global, coordinated shoot across multiple countries, The Pickup Game cracks open a worldwide, underground subculture that many people know in passing but few understand. The film has screened at Toronto HotDocs, New York DocNYC and Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. It can be seen on Starz in the US and iWonder in Oceana. And it is now available to purchase on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Apple TV and more.On the show, we talk about:The making of their first ever feature film which was a fictional narrative that took them on a road trip across America.Their ethos of wanting to start open discussions through the subject matter of their documentaries.Advice for up and coming filmmakers in the early stages of their careers.Some of the challenges of making The Pick Up Game.The initial feedback they received for the film on the festival circuit.How interviewing Ross Jeffries opened doors to having other peoplein the industry to speak with the team.Why after 4 years of making the film they believe these pickup companies need to be managed and overseen by a governing body of some sort.For more on the film, go to https://www.thepickupgamefilm.com/Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 31mins

17 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Love is honor and service of self and others | Wellness Therapist Lauran Ware

On this episode I welcome emotional and mental wellness therapist Lauran Ware back to the show. She delivers an eclectic holistic approach to wellbeing and mental health and therapy. Facilitating sessions and programmes using tools from her studies in western psychology, psychotherapy & counselling.We talk about:The ways in which Covid challenged people at their most fundamental levels.Why everything begins and ends in self-awareness and curiosity.This idea that romantic love has taken on god like status.The importance of radical honesty.Practical tips on how to navigate our emotions and what they are trying to tell us.Advice on how to navigate a breakdown from someone who has had one in her life.The concept of receptivity around the things we desire.How can we desire without expectations?The fallacy of worshipping false idols.Why intimacy and intensity are not the same thing when it comes to romantic relationships.For more on Lauran go to www.comehealing.co.ukEnjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 40mins

25 May 2021

Rank #5

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Interview With The Head of Casting at Disney Animation Studios | Jamie Sparer Roberts

On this episode I chat with the Head of Casting at Disney Animation Studios, Jamie Sparer Roberts. Jamie has cast projects like Frozen, Moana, Zootopia, Winnie The Pooh and Raya and the Last Dragon.We talk about:What it has been like to work on animation projects during Covid.What Jamie looks for in actors.How Jamie goes about finding people for roles in her projects.What it was like for Jamie to move from Live Action casting to Animation casting.The biggest thing to do when auditioning.Key things Jamie recommends actors focus on.Nature or Nurture when it comes to improv.How Jamie first came across Josh Gad. What Jason Bateman said when he was in talks about doing Zootopia.The casting process on a Disney animated film.Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 13mins

13 May 2021

Rank #6

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Make It Your Own | Casting Director Caitlin Well

On this episode I talk with Casting Director Caitlin Well. Caitlin worked as a Casting Associate at Warner Brothers on projects like Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman. She then went on to work in casting in Australia for a year before returning to LA to freelance with Casting Director John Papsidera. Caitlin set up as a Casting Director in her own right in 2019, largely focusing on independent feature films.We talk about:How being freelance during Covid gave her more control over her career.Some of the ways scripts and films were impacted by Covid.How important is a slate and ident really?The beauty of being able to give real time re-directs to actors in auditions.Why actors don't always get feedback on auditions.How Caitlin approaches casting for a role from the script stage.The difference between casting on the studio side compared to on indie films.The experience of casting in Australia.What it was like to work in Casting at Warner Brothers.The casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.How actors can best approach auditions when everything is NDA'd and you have no real sides or context on the project.You can connect with Caitlin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cwellcasting/Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 20mins

5 May 2021

Rank #7

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Why Self-Awareness Is Key | Casting Director Meg Morman

On this episode I chat with Casting Director Meg Morman who is one half of Morman Boling Casting. We talk about:The impact of Covid on indie film budgets.How she navigated the inherent uncertainty that came up during the Lockdown. Her preference for virtual auditions and key tips for how to approach them.What it was like when she and Sunny started out with Morman Boling.The experience of making the transition into managing people.Her ideal type of projects.Why it is essential to have other interests outside of acting.To find out more about Morman Boling go to: https://www.mormanbolingcasting.com/You can also follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mormanboling/Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)


19 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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You Want To Be The Actor Who's Not Acting | Clare Harlow

On this episode I chat with Casting Director Clare Harlow. Clare was Casting Associate at Kate Dowd Casting for 8 years where she worked on projects like "Treadstone", "Jack Ryan", "Official Secrets" and "Automata". We talk about:How it's a common misconception that the end decision is always Casting's.Natural ability Vs TechniqueAdvice for in person auditions and why they are Clare's preference.How she has been using Zoom for casting sessions over the last year.Tips on how to approach one liner roles, including examples of how not to do them.Accents and having footage of other languages on your reel.How Clare gets work as a Casting Director.You can connect with Clare on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/clare_harlowEnjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 37mins

30 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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Trust Being In That Authentic, Vulnerable Space | Casting Director Michelle Lewitt

On this episode I speak with Casting Director Michelle Lewitt. She has been casting since 1999. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she grew up exposed to the film/TV industry, but originally pursued other avenues in the arena of sports. An avid basketball fan and player, she began her profession as a basketball coach. After a few years of coaching she felt her talents being called in a different direction and left the coaching field to enter the feature film industry. Mentored by casting legends Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson, working along side them for almost 10 years, Michelle smoothly transitioned her love of assessing athletic ability and assembling successful basketball teams into assessing acting talent and assembling successful casts. She was named one of Backstage Magazine's "Tommorrow's Power Casting Directors" in 2012. Her knack for casting potential movie stars before they become "stars" became one of her signature talents and has filmmakers implicitly trusting her casting instincts and taste.We speak about:The role of self-care as part of a creatives ongoing practice.Leveraging the trials and tribulations from your life in your art.The desire for a balance between great acting technique and your humanity and authenticity.The intuition that goes into casting.The first time Michelle auditioned Channing Tatum for Friday Night Lights.Her first encounters with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.What the "IT Factor" is.Working with and learning from the legendary Jane Jenkins.What the self-tape process looks like from Casting's perspective.The overlap between Basketball coaching and sports with a career as an actor.Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AshleyTabatabai)

1hr 37mins

15 Mar 2021

Rank #10