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Welcome to The Actors Lounge Podcast, where actors share their stories including the challenges, successes and lessons learned along the way! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support

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Welcome to The Actors Lounge Podcast, where actors share their stories including the challenges, successes and lessons learned along the way! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theactorslounge/support

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Great Podcast!!!

By TrillYoungins - May 25 2019
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Dope content and Melanie is a great host definitely will continue to tune in 🙏🏾

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By drummer.Jayla - May 13 2019
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This podcast is one of the best podcast I’ve ever heard!! Keep up the great work !!🙌🏾🏁

iTunes Ratings

37 Ratings
Average Ratings
37
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Great Podcast!!!

By TrillYoungins - May 25 2019
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Dope content and Melanie is a great host definitely will continue to tune in 🙏🏾

Realness

By drummer.Jayla - May 13 2019
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This podcast is one of the best podcast I’ve ever heard!! Keep up the great work !!🙌🏾🏁

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Rank #1: Anjelika Washington- Booked Her First Series Regular Role With Zero Credits

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Anjelika was previously a series regular on the Amazon  pilot The Legend of Master Legend playing John Hawkes’ daughter. She is  currently a series regular on DC Universes ‘Stargirl’, and co-starring  in the upcoming Netflix film ‘Tall Girl’ releasing late 2019.  She has  guest starred on Showtime’s ‘Shameless’, CBS’s ‘Young Sheldon’, Marvel’s  ‘Runaways’ on Hulu, and others.

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Aug 12 2019

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Rank #2: Brely Evans

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Brély Evans is a beautiful multi-talented native from Oakland,  California.  She is an Actress, Vocalist, Comedienne, and Voice Over  Talent.  Whether Brély is making you cry in a drama, laugh in a comedy,  or challenging you intellectually through her thought provoking  discussions as a talk show host and radio personality she finds time to  Key Note speak and serve as ambassador for several national brands.
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In  the stage play, Two Can Play That Game, Brély quickly became a fan  favorite.  Recognized for her ability to captivate an audience she was  cast opposite Queen Latifah in 20th Century FOX, Just Wright.  Her  comedic timing resulted in the expansion of her role as Sabrina.  It was  this same power packed persona that afforded her an opportunity to work  with the late Whitney Houston in the SONY Feature, Sparkle.
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Brély  extended into television and is recognized for her recurring role as  Nichelle Nichols on BET’s Being Mary Jane as Gabrielle Union’s best  friend.  Her reach continued to expand with projects such as Regina  King’s directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen.  She was also cast in a  lead opposite Lamman Rucker in the film, The Man In 3B.  Brély stared  in the short film, Black Rose with Tyrese and Jennifer Hudson and as  leading lady in TV One’s You Can’t Fight Christmas. -
Brély recently  wrapped on a comedy series, The Last Call, starring opposite Carl  Anthony Payne.  She is looking forward to creating her newest character,  Rondell Lancaster, in the upcoming series titled, Ambition, for the OWN  NETWORK. She will also be recurring in BET’s the hot new series The  Family Business.
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Brély says it is her faith, drive, positive  outlook, and commitment to excellence that continues to reward her with  career opportunities.  She coaches people in her series Get Your Act  Together and Start Living Your Dreams both national and internationally  through her company Water Walkers Worldwide, Inc. that has recently  opened a Talent Management division.

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May 01 2019

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Rank #3: Taja V. Simpson- How Her Hard Work & Faith Helped Her To Manifest Her Role On Tyler Perry's The Oval

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Taja V. Simpson is a Louisiana native of West African and European decent and her colorful background allows her to constantly bring new characters to life. She fell in love with acting when she was seven years old when she and her cousins would ‘play pretend’. They would watch movies, learn all the lines and then act them out for fun. Her favorite movie at that time was Berry Gordy’s "The Last Dragon” and to this day she can still recite all the lines in the movie. “Who’s The Master? Sho-Nuff!”

Although she loved acting at a young age, there weren’t any programs or schools in Lake Charles, LA that would help cultivate that skill set. She went on to graduate from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication and an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. From there, she was on the path of being a News Reporter/Anchor.

After College, she moved to Houston, TX but there was a still small voice in her that kept saying, ‘you should try acting,’ so she did. She enrolled in acting workshops and ended up winning three awards for her performances. (Best Actress, Best Overall Performance and People’s Choice) Now, she was bit by the acting bug and there was no turning back. She would have never thought that 'playing pretend’ with her family as a young child would also be what she ultimately would do for a living.

Versatility is Taja's greatest accomplishments which is what lead her to guest star in multiple roles on some of the most popular television shows of our time. She received her first breakout role in The Bold & The Beautiful as Adele which she recurred on the show for over two years. Since then some of the shows she has appeared in are; Grey’s Anatomy, NCIA, The Thundermans, NCIS:LA, The Soul Man, KC Undercover, and Lethal Weapon. Taja was widely known for her role as the fun and sassy wife opposite legendary Actor and Director Tyler Perry; in Lionsgate’s  “Tyler Perry’s Boo2! A Madea Halloween,“ and can now be seen weekly as Priscilla Owen in BET's newest drama,

Tyler Perry's "THE OVAL."

Taja is also a film director with over 40 plus productions under her belt from stage plays to music videos and short films. Next up is directing television and her first feature.

She can currently be seen in Christopher Nolan’s “My Online Valentine” on Amazon where she leads this film down the dating woes in this hilarious Romantic Comedy. She can next be seen in the Christmas film, "London Mitchell’s Christmas" slated for December 2019 along with 3 additional films in the pipeline. You can also see her in other films on Netflix and Amazon.

In her new book,"Cracking The Acting Code: A Practical Step By Step Guide To Becoming A Professional Actor", Taja shares her unique story and expertise from moving from a small town in Louisiana, making it on the big screen in Hollywood, and becoming one of the most trusted names in the entertainment business.

Taja’s hobbies include: writing, watching and studying films, learning new words and cooking. Her personal interests involve, spending time with her two dogs, working out, boxing, traveling and always being open to learn new things.

In order to succeed in the entertainment industry its important to be multi-talented both on and off screen. From behind the scenes to being in front and center, Actor, Author, Director and Keynote Speaker Taja V. Simpson has proven just that.

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Jan 07 2020

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Rank #4: Danielle Pinnock- Actor, Playwright, Coach and Co-creator or Hashtag Booked

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Danielle Pinnock currently stars in the hit CBS  Comedy, Young Sheldon, the spinoff to the popular, multi-Emmy award  winning television series The Big Bang Theory. The single camera,  half-hour comedy was created by Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro who  executive produce with Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons and was recently  renewed for a third and fourth season.

Pinnock, a newcomer  to Los Angeles from Chicago, has already shown her star power in  television and in animation. Pinnock has worked alongside Viola Davis  and Kerry Washington in Scandal as
well as Ray Romano and Peter  Bogdanovich on Epix’s Get Shorty. Her other television appearances  include: NBC’s critically acclaimed, This Is Us, TV Land’s Teachers,  Comedy Central’s Workaholics. Pinnock is working with DreamWorks and  Cartoon Network on multiple animation projects. .

In addition to  her incredible acting ability, Pinnock is also an accomplished  playwright. Her one woman show, Body/Courage, premiered at Rivendell  Theatre Ensemble in Chicago in 2016 and is a tour de force. Through  multiple characters, Pinnock gives voice to the complexity of living and  loving one’s body. Body/Courage was awarded a 2016 TimeOut Theatre  Award and Pinnock received rave reviews with Chicago Reader calling her  performance a “tremendous feat in acting.”

Pinnock is a  vocal activist in the body positivity movement. Her written work on body  awareness has been featured on Buzzfeed, Shondaland, National Eating  Disorder Association and other publications. .

Pinnock is a  graduate of Temple University and received her MA in Acting with First  Distinction Honors from the Birmingham School of Acting (United  Kingdom). She has studied with famed solo performer and documentary  theater playwright Anna Deavere Smith and is a Bob Curry Fellow with The  Second City. Pinnock is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey and is of  Jamaican-American heritage. She lives in Los Angeles and continues to  write and support diverse artists voices through her company IronPrint  Artists.

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Jul 17 2019

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Rank #5: Anthony Meindl- The Art Of Being You; Teaching Actors To Be Vulnerable, Removing Facades & Taking Risk

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Anthony Meindl is an LA-based Writer/Director/Teacher/Founder of AMAW studios worldwide, with studios in LA, London, NY, Santa Fe, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney and Atlanta. He has also taught internationally in Sofia, Rome, Capetown, Melbourne, and Paris.  He has guest lectured at the Gaiety School/The National Theatre School of Ireland, the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, the Actors Centre London, and is the guest acting teacher at David Lynch's Masters of Filmmaking Program in Fairfield, Iowa.   He is the author of three books: The best-selling At Left Brain Turn Right, Book The Fucking Job and Alphabet Soup for Grown-ups.

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Sep 10 2019

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Rank #6: Nakia Burrise

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Actor, producer and director Nakia Burrise checks in with the Actors Lounge to talk about her early start in the business.

Nakia booked her first series regular role as Tanya Sloan the yellow ranger on Power Rangers while still a junior in UCLA's theater program. She talks about how she balanced an acting career while being a full time student and all the many things she learned along the way.

Nakia discusses her love for producing and creating her own family friendly content, maintaining work life balance and the importance of having a solid support team. She also gives tips to up and coming actors looking to get started in the acting business.

Keep up with Nakia through the links below:

website: www.nakiaburrise.com
Instagram: @nakiaburrise
Twitter: nakiaburrise
Facebook: nakia.burrise

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Jun 16 2018

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Rank #7: Rhavynn Drummer

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Rhavynn Drummer is an Atlanta based Director, Producer, and Casting Director who has always had a love for actors and great performances. She began her career in casting at Tyler Perry Studios. While working at the studio she has participated in the casting of fifteen feature films, seven television series, and seven theatrical productions. . She has had the privilege of working on projects like “The Family that Preys,” “Why did I Get Married Too?” “The Marriage Counselor” and the most recent television series’ “The Haves and The Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong” currently on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Rhavynn graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Theater and American Studies. During her time at UVA she re-started the Paul Robeson Players, a theater company focused on producing African-American stories and experiences.

Rhavynn is the creator of two digital series “Good Girls” and “Brooklyn Blue Sky.” Brooklyn Blue Sky was acquired by BET in 2017 and can be seen on bet.com and the BET App. For more information go to www.rhavynndrummer.com.
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Mar 08 2019

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Rank #8: Elise Neal- Talks About Her Successful Career Spanning Over Three Decades

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Neal is a theater, television and film entertainer known for her many  roles in television series as well as the films Rosewood,  Scream  2 and Logan. 

Elise began her career as a dancer from an early  age, first in ballet and later musical theater. After she graduated from  Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Elise  received a full scholarship to attend The University of the Arts in  Philadelphia and then moved to New York. She quickly landed roles in  musical theater and found herself traveling the world with various  touring companies, including a stint on Broadway in Maurice Hines'  production of Oh, Kay!, eventually finding her way to Los Angeles. 

With  many television credits to her name, Elise had regular series roles  in The Hughleys, SeaQuest 2032, All of Us, and Belle's. Other TV credits  include K-Ville, Scandal, and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. She made her  film debut in the 1997 film Rosewood, followed by roles in How to be a  Player, Scream 2,  and Mission to Mars. She portrayed Gladys Knight  in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, and in 2017 she played Kathryn  Munson in the Marvel blockbuster film Logan. She has also performed in  many music videos as well, including Chubb Rock's music video for Just  the Two of Us, Black Sheep's 1992 video for Strobe Light Honey, Father  MC's 1991 video for Lisa Baby, Aretha Franklin's 1998 video A Rose Is  Still a Rose and Vanessa Williams' video Work to Do.

Nominated  for an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture  for the film Hustle & Flow, Elise received an additional three  NAACP nominations, two of which were for Best Actress in a Comedy  for The Hughleys. As a producer, Elise has created and developed several  multimedia projects, including a reality show based on her R&B  group, "Assorted Flavors," a fitness and lifestyle brand, and multiple  feature projects and development deals.

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Jun 07 2019

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Rank #9: Khalilah Joi- Talks Winning ABC's Talent Competition & Her Powerful Role On 'Grey's Anatomy' As A Rape Victim

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Born in Thomasville, Georgia and raised in Hampton, Virginia,  Khalilah Joi is a bonafide Southern girl–freshwater fishing, debutante  balls and all. With aspirations of being a broadcast journalist, she  attended The University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s  degree in English. After graduation, though, she chose The Studio  Theater Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C. over her acceptance to  NYU’s Graduate School of Journalism and hasn’t looked back.
After a  year on the east coast theater circuit, Khalilah drove across country to  Los Angeles, where she has worked consistently in television, film,  animation and theater. Some of her most notable roles include starring  in three seasons of the hit digital series “Sexless,” a recurring role  on BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” and appearances on “S.W.A.T.,” “Rosewood,”  “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “The Good Doctor.”
Khalilah’s recent  guest role as assault victim Abby in the “Grey’s Anatomy” episode  “Silent All These Years,” which deals with consent and was specifically  inspired by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony regarding Supreme Court  nominee Brett Kavanaugh, received critical-acclaim and generated immense  online conversations around the #MeToo movement. The episode showcased Khalilah’s most nuanced, impactful  on-screen performance to date and garnered considerable Emmy buzz,  landing her a feature in Variety’s contenders issue.
On the heels of  Grey’s Anatomy, Joi had a recurring guest role on the second season of  HBO’s Emmy-winning hit “Big Little Lies” and is currently filming a new  project to be announced in the fall.
During her career, Khalilah has  been fortunate to receive a number of awards and acknowledgments for her  work. These include winning Best Actress at the American Black Film  Festival, winning the Best Supporting Actress SOFIE, (short film award,)  for her performance in the critically acclaimed “Jonestown,” winning  the Grand Prize in ABC Entertainment Group’s Digital Casting  Competition, and winning Best Female Newcomer for her work in “Sexless”.

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Sep 25 2019

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Rank #10: Angela White- Film Producer Gives Advice To Actors Who Feel Stuck & The Importance Of Having A Presence In LA, NYC and ATL

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As a new evolution in the  movie industry emerges, one of the people breaking down barriers and  leading the way is Angela White, a film producer and member of the  Producer’s Guild of America, who specializes in creating compelling  commercial stories with a distinct multi-cultural perspective. Angela  White is the founder of Silver Lining Entertainment, LLC, a family owned  Multimedia Entertainment Company based in Los Angeles, California.
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As  an executive, filmmaker, entrepreneur, producer and talent manager,  Angela has not only worked shoulder to shoulder with the Hollywood  elite, she has opened the velvet rope for newcomers by guiding their  careers and giving several stars of today their big break. Angela's  films have been highlighted on ABC News, CBS, Good Morning America, Fox  News, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Washington Post, NY Times, USA  Today, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood,  Huffington Post, The Real, and Dish Nation, just to name a few.

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May 07 2019

25mins

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Rank #11: George Pierre- Top Atlanta Casting Director Shares His Knowledge Of The Casting Process

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GEORGE PIERRE, CSA – CASTING DIRECTOR

Since opening its  doors in 2007, Pierre Casting has had the pleasure of casting for CNN,  TBS, BET, DISNEY, TV ONE, FOX, NBC UNIVERSAL and most recently OWN.  Pierre Casting has worked on feature films like: NO GOOD DEED, which was  number one in the box office for 2 weeks straight.  Other features  include Ride Along 1, Ride Along 2, A Meyers Christmas, Night School,  Little to TV shows such as Being Mary Jane, The Quad, Superstition and  most recently Lee Daniels STAR, along with Ambitions, American Soul and  TALES.  Most recently Pierre Casting has been accepted into the CSA.   Pierre Casting looks forward to casting new projects and meeting new  talent

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Oct 29 2019

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Rank #12: Kelcy Griffin- Shares The Key Factors That Have Helped Her Book More Work

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Kelcy is a proud Chicago Native! She started training in ballet at a  young age where she quickly discovered her passion for performing. In  middle school she joined the famous Chicago Children Choir, which  allowed her to find her voice. Throughout her years she became an artist  finding passion in all forms, studying acting, singing, and dancing.  This would land her studying acting and musical theatre at the  University of Michigan. After graduation she moved to NYC to hit the  pavement and make her dreams a reality. Since moving to the city she has  performed in numerous national tours, major regional theaters, and  finished a run in her 2nd Broadway show Chicago the Musical where she  played Annie. She is also known for playing Dominique in Starz Hit TV  Show POWER. Kelcy was named NBC’s rising star (‘16) and appeared in the  ABC Diversity showcase. She currently can be seen on FOX in the hit show  GOTHAM where she plays Detective  Vanessa Jamie Harper. In spring of  2018 she appeared as Jacintha in AMC summer hit DIETLAND Most recently  she played the role of Debbie Allen in FX’s hit mini series  Fosse/Verdon! In  2019 her first Netflix feature will premier and her  next major role will be announced. Stay Tuned!

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Aug 19 2019

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Rank #13: Tasia Grant- Talks Transitioning From Her Corporate Career To Becoming An Actress in Film & TV

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Tasia (pronounced  “Tasha”) is a professional actress who has been cast in over 20 films,  30 TV episodes and numerous national commercials. With over 20 years  acting, she has extensive experience working in many genres: print,  television, commercials and feature film.  She is also an Acting Coach,  Motivational Speaker and Career Consultant.  Tasia is currently on the  hit television series Saints and Sinners.

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Sep 02 2019

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Rank #14: LaNisa Frederick- Actress, Content Creator, Voice Actor and Co-creator of Hashtag Booked

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Midwest native LaNisa Frederick is an actor, voiceover artist, and educator. She arrived in LA in 2017 and honed her craft in Chicago performing at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, the acclaimed Second City Chicago and performed worldwide including London and Singapore.

No stranger to the camera Frederick has exploded on the screen on Chicago Code, Young Sheldon, Chicago PD, Teachers, and the Emmy-nominated Brown Girls. As an accomplished voiceover artist, she has been behind the mic for clients like Teach for America, Comcast, McDonald’s, ComEd, and AT&T. A recipient of Edge Studio’s Voiceover Competition, LaNisa is also the voice in several major video games. Understanding this niche market, LaNisa trains and coaches actors on the business of voiceover with a specialty focus on artist of color who are new to the field.

LaNisa has worked with all ages in both traditional and non traditional education settings. Quitting her full time non-profit career in 2013 LaNisa worked a teaching artist, grant writer, program director, and curated arts based programming for incarcerated/recently released youth, those with severe cognitive disabilities, and those most at risk. Still passionate about education and access, she continues to provide consul to youth based organizations on effective, impactful programming and teaching styles. She is also currently an acting lecturer at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy College. LaNisa is a graduate of Loyola University (Chicago,BA), University of Essex (UK, MA), and the School at Steppenwolf. 

And most importantly, she is a new, first time Auntie to a perfect little niece named Elle.

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Jul 15 2019

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Rank #15: Keena Ferguson

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Classically trained in both drama and dance, Keena Ferguson has  performed in a vast array of TV guest roles on many hit TV shows  including those such as, Two in a Half Men - (CBS), Gortimer Gibbon's  Life on Normal Street - (Amazon), and in last year's breakout hit for  FX, Atlanta. Keena's television work experience also includes co-hosting  The Way We Do It on BET with comedian Ricky Smiley.

Keena's  filmography includes a star billed role in the theatrically released  action-packed thriller, Red Line, a supporting lead opposite Stephen  Dorff in the screwball dramedy feature , American Hero,, indie drama,  Daughter of Fortune, and stylized digital action feature, Forever No  More.

Keena Ferguson's achievements in legitimate stage  productions include clinching the prestigious 2016 NAACP Award for Best  One Person Show. In addition to her acting and dancing passions, Keena  is an accomplished writer and producer. Her current project, the  docuseries From the Fly gives viewers a chance to take a bird's eye view  of regular people actively pursuing their dreams. Previous films  produced by Keena have screened at 35 international film festivals and  been picked up for television distribution and garnered multiple awards  including the HBO Shorts Series at the Martha's Vineyard African  American Film Festival.

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Feb 06 2019

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Rank #16: Jasmine Wright

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Jasmine Wright is an actress and dancer known for her work on TNT, SyFy, and Pure Flix, where she has graced the screen with stars such as Donna Mills, Rebecca Romijn, and Kellita Smith. She has also toured nationally and internationally with Disney Live! stage shows. When not working, Jasmine takes time to volunteer with foundations for the homeless, as well as animal shelters
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Aug 24 2018

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Rank #17: DaVida Chanel- Talent Manager Of Etcetera and Company Talks About What Makes Actors Marketable & Best Ways To Seek Representation

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After assisting her employers manage the careers Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Mariah Carey, Usher, David E. Talbert, and others at some of the most notable talent management companies in the entertainment industry, DaVida Chanel Smith decided to follow her heart. “I’ve been fortunate to always work for people with strong entrepreneurial energy and that was not lost on me because I’ve always wanted to be my own boss,” Smith explains. “In this powerful time of women taking risks in the name of their career, I felt it was time to bet on myself. I took the efforts that I had been pouring into others’ businesses and focused on my vision for talent representation.” Launched in April 2018, Smith’s Etcetera and Company already boasts a robust and diverse roster of working actors, including Annie Ilonzeh, James Lesure, and John Kassir. Her clients have booked a number of high profile jobs, including a series regular on a hit Dick Wolf show on NBC, a recurring role on an established HBO dramedy, a film starring a two-time Oscar winner, and guest stars on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, and Starz! Smith attributes her early success with Etcetera and Company to the personal connection she forms with her clients. “Talent managers and clients must work together as partners,” Smith says. “It’s about connecting with someone on a deeper level, being able to figure out what their goals are, what it is they’re trying to do, and help them reach those goals. I’ve always been a dream chaser. Now I get to connect talented people to their dreams.” Growing up in Louisiana, Smith gained confidence in her abilities as a performer and public speaker through her humble beginnings in church plays and school programs. While attending Southern University (Baton Rouge), she held office in student government and with the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Smith won several pageants and hosted campus shows and events, opportunities that showcased her talents as a performer, storyteller, and talent scout. Smith earned her Juris Doctorate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in talent representation and production, landing jobs at some of Hollywood’s renowned firms, including Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Handprint, and VCA. On the production side, she worked on such blockbuster films as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2 and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, as well as the hit television shows Guy’s Grocery Games and Queen Sugar. Smith also wrote, directed, and produced a series of short films, as well as wrote and produced a stage play that toured New Orleans, Atlanta and Chicago. Now, with her own Etcetera and Company thriving, Smith seeks to work with her mix of established and emerging clients to fulfill their creative dreams. “It’s about the client,” Smith explains. “My focus is finding and creating projects that help my clients reach their goals time and time again.”

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May 15 2019

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Rank #18: Tiffany Daniels- After Booking Her First Speaking Role She Booked 12 More Back To Back.

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Tiffany Daniels was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, and received a bachelor of science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University . Upon graduation Tiffany received a year long dance scholarship to Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood where she trained intensely in different areas of dance, voice, and improv. Tiffany has had the pleasure of dancing for the Los Angeles Chargers, the Los Angeles Lakers as well as hosting the live pre-game Lakers Television show. She has also worked commercially for Dell, Wal Mart, Cox Communications, KSwiss, Toyota, Diet Pepsi, Greyhound, LA Pride, Lifetime TV and Mike and Ikes. Tiffany has danced on CBS's "Coldcase", Nickelodeon's "The Fresh Beat Band", Fox's "Mobbed", Disney's "Shake it Up", Comedy Central's "Broad City", ABC's The Goldbergs and The American Music Awards, VH1's Divas Live & Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. Tiffany's stage credits include a national tour of the musical Aida, "Squeak" in the 1st National Tour of Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple, "Lorraine" in Jerry Mitchell's production of Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl and she originated the role of "Liz" in SURF the musical at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas. Tiffany danced her way to the big screen in the feature films: "‪LA LA Land‬", "‪Gangster Squad‬" and "Make your Move". Tiffany has since then been training at the Master Level with Anthony Meindl's Acting Workshop & recently booked roles on Anger Management, American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, Hart of Dixie, Scorpion, CSI:Cyber, Dice, The Mindy Project, Timeless, Major Crimes, Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. She is a proud member of Actors Equity, & SAG-AFTRA. Along with continual acting, voice, & dance training, Tiffany is extremely excited to continue on a path of love, light, and success.

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Aug 08 2019

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Rank #19: Sasha Compere

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Sasha Compere is a native of Detroit, Michigan and is of  Haitian parentage. Her mother and father are both from Haiti. Sasha  moved to a small town right outside of Detroit at a young age and  attended schools in the metro Detroit area where she began acting and  learning about production. She performed in theater productions  throughout high school, during which she continued to pursue working in  television, film, and on stage in New York and Los Angeles.

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Dec 21 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #20: William H. Bryant Jr.

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Actor William H. Bryant Jr, talks about how he got his start in acting, his love for theater and how he took a leap of faith and made the move to Los Angeles.

William talked about his very first audition in Los Angeles for OWN's Greenleaf and how he ended up booking the role of Aaron Jefferies on the hit show.

He also discusses some of the challenges he's faced along the way, what motivates him to keep going and some key tips that all actors should know about the business.

Follow William on Instagram at @thewilljr and be sure to catch the two night premiere of Greenleaf on August 28th and 29th on OWN.

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Jul 13 2018

35mins

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