Wed, 25 May 2016
New "Kahnversations" Podcast with Producer
In 2008 Ross packed his bags and moved to New York City to learn the ins and outs of high-level finance. Starting as a runner on the floor of the American Stock Exchange, Ross quickly worked his way up to become a licensed Institutional Sales Trader. Working on Wall Street by day, he was moonlighting as a film producer, raising capital for his first feature film Duke staring Carmine Giovinazzi and Vanessa Ferlito. It was on this project that he met his now business partner Nancy Leopardi.
On Wall Street, Ross transitioned to the buy side when he joined Balcony Partners, a $125,000,000 hedge fund, serving as their Trader and helping to raise capital.
In 2013, Nancy convinced Ross it was time to return to Hollywood to make movies full time.
Since joining Indy Entertainment, Ross and Nancy have produced 9 feature films together.
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So many inspiring podcasts out there allow us to hear all about how well-established stars got to where they are today. But those actors are so faaaaaaar away from where so many of us are today! Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in the hills?
We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.
In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.