Kahnversations Podcast (Arts and Entertainment)

New "Kahnversations" Podcast with Actor Benjamin Schrader!

 

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Benjamin Schrader.

A Seattle native, Benjamin attended Cornish College of the Arts and began his professional acting career at The Village Theatre and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. In New York, he was part of the original 2007 workshopping team for Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway mega-hit THE BOOK OF MORMON, and went on to be a member of the original TONY winning Broadway cast. Benjamin received a Grammy nod for THE BOOK OF MORMON Grammy Award-winning cast album.

Schrader also starred on Broadway in AVENUE Q, the 2009 revival of RAGTIME, the 2004 Broadway revival of Deaf West’s BIG RIVER, and was instrumental in the development of the character Gabe in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL. In 2013, Benjamin toured the country with the TONY Award-winning Broadway production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, directed by the legendary actor/director Roger Rees. In Los Angeles, Benjamin recently won the Stage Scene LA award for the role of Freddy in Musical Theatre West’s DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.

Other recent highlights include the Walt Disney Academy Award-winning animated feature FROZEN, where he can be heard as Brother Troll, and appearances on television in HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE and ABC’s REVENGE, among many others. 

For three years, Benjamin served as the Executive Producer and Host of THE STAGE DOOR SUPPER CLUB, a nationally broadcast in-depth Broadway educational series for the “On Broadway” channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 

Benjamin is a prolific director having helmed PETER AND THE STARCATCHER for Raw Sills Productions at the Whitmore-Lindley, and the SiriusXM concert series at Rockwell Table and Stage. He is also a headlining magician at the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, where he recently completed his one man magic play LESSONS IN DISHONESTY by magic legend Jim Steinmeyer. He also freelances as a director for other professional magicians.

Outside of performing, for the past few years Benjamin has been a creative consultant for various high end bars and speakeasies in California. He designed the tiki cocktail program for Clifton’s Pacific Seas Room in downtown LA, Encino’s famed Sushi|Bar for celeb chef Philip Frankland Lee, and most recently he designed Magic|Bar, San Fernando Valley’s only magic and cocktail saloon. 

Benjamin lives in Los Angeles.

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There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: Benjamin_Schrader.mp3
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

New "Kahnversations" Podcast with Actor Jolie Jenkins!

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Jolie Jenkins. Jolie currently stars in the new Netflix multi-camera comedy ALEXA & KATIE, premiering in early 2018. Her most recent credits also include a recurring role on Netflix’s ONE DAY AT A TIME, and as many commercials as she is lucky enough to book. Jenkins grew up singing and dancing in Boulder, Colorado and San Diego, California before attending Occidental College. She then headed to New York, performing on Broadway in THE WHO’S TOMMY, and in numerous Off-Broadway and Regional theatre productions, including THE FANTASTICKS at the original Sullivan Street Playhouse, and at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. She made the move to Los Angeles, and has been busy working in television ever since. Her 20 years of credits include 2 BROKE GIRLS, LIV AND MADDIE, HOUSE OF LIES, DEVIOUS MAIDS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, PSYCH, SHASTA MCNASTY, THE WEST WING, THE X-FILES, CSI:MIAMI, GOOD MORNING MIAMI, and a bunch of other shows that do not feature ‘Miami' in the title. She wishes she could name all the shows and roles she *almost* got because that should count for something, right? When not acting, Jolie writes a blog called Joeycake, a chronicle of her adventures in food, motherhood, and being an actor in the ridiculous city of Los Angeles. Many of her (mostly) comedic essays have also been published in The Huffington Post. Jolie has been a proud senior faculty member of Lesly Kahn & Company for more than a decade. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 3-year-old son. You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: jolie_jenkins.mp3
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

 

 

 

 

New "Kahnversations" Podcast with Actor Alanna Ubach!

 

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Alanna Ubach.

Alanna Noël Ubach was born in Downey, California, USA and is of Puerto Rican and Mexican decent. A chameleon-like actress and voice over talent, she is best known for her roles in MEET THE FOCKERS, RANGO, the Peabody Award- winning MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, HUNG, LEGALLY BLONDE, WAITING, and her portrayal of Jo Frumpkis in Bravo's first scripted series,  GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE. She was recently seen in the Netflix film TO THE BONE, alongside Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves, and has a voiceover role in Pixar's upcoming COCO. She has voiced several cartoon roles on series such as EL TIGRE, WELCOME TO THE WAYNE, TEAMO SUPREMO and HANDY MANDY!  

Ubach is hardly recognizable from one character to the next, leveraging her broad width of versatility on stage, screen, and animation. She began acting professionally at the age of five. Quoted as "an exceptionally talented and protean actress" by The New York Times and Variety, Ubach made her Off-Broadway debut at the age of fifteen in CLUB SODA. She later starred in KINDERTRANSPORT at the Manhattan Theater Club and PATRIOTIC BITCH, a one woman show at New York's Harold Clurman Theater.

Alanna resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Thomas Russo.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!  

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: Alanna_Ubach.m4a
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

 

New "Kahnversations" Podcast with Writer/Comedian Dani Fernandez!

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Dani Fernandez.

Dani is a writer, comedian, and host whose work can be seen on Fullscreen, New Form, HyperRPG, Valiant Digital Comics, Epic Meal Time, Geek & Sundry, Funimation, Sourcefed, Screen Junkies, Cracked.com, and VH1. She has written and performed at Tournament of Nerds at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Cracked.com LIVE, The Comedy Store’s ROAST BATTLE and THE HISTORICAL ROAST at Meltdown. Dani has also been a panelist and moderator discussing the importance of diversity in television & film at San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon, and Stan Lee's LA Comic Con. She is currently in a serious relationship with her dog. Wait, that sounds weird. 

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!  

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: Dani_Fernandez.mp3
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Jessica Lu.

Jessica Lu grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago, IL and started in the business with commercials and print work. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a Musical Theatre degree, she moved to Los Angeles to not do musicals. 

Lu is currently filming the first season of NBC’s Reverie, starring alongside Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Kathryn Morris, which will premiere early 2018. She is supes excited.

Past notable credits include Ming Huang on MTV’s Awkward, Mae on FOX’s Red Band Society, and that annoying hipster chick who had it coming on FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel.

Lu talks fast without breathing properly, loves Taco Bell, and is living her best life in Los Angeles with her partner and their two fur babies, Oprah and Lucky Beyonce.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!  

 

 

 

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: Jessica_Lu.mp3
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

 

 

New "Kahnversations" Podcast with Actor/Writer/Producer Katy Colloton!

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Katy Colloton.

Katy stars as the narcissistic Ms. Chelsea Snap on TV Land's hit comedy series, TEACHERS. Katy. along with "The Katydids," writes, acts and executive produces TEACHERS alongside Alison Brie (COMMUNITY) and showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (KEY AND PEELE). Katy received her B.A. in Theater and Psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  After college, she moved to Chicago, where she performed improv and sketch with the Second City House Ensemble, iO Chicago, The Playground Theater and The Annoyance Theatre. She was selected to perform her solo material at Just For Laughs Chicago, appeared in the award-winning Vimeo series, BREAK-UPS, and TimeOut Chicago called her the "breakout" performer at the 2013 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Additionally Katy has developed TV for NBC Universal and a feature with Bluegrass Films and Scott Stuber.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!  

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: Katy_Colloton1.m4a
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

 

New Podcast with Actor Angelique Cabral!

 

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Angelique Cabral.

Angelique currently stars as Colleen on CBS’ hit comedy, LIFE IN PIECES, which will return for its third season this fall. Most recently, Cabral was seen in BAND AID, directed by her LIFE IN PIECES co-star, Zoe Lister-Jones.

Cabral graduated from high school as valedictorian, summa cum laude and was recruited to Indiana University with a prestigious academic Wells Scholarship. While there, she double majored in French and Musical Theater, studied abroad for a semester in London, attending the British American Dramatic Academy, and then lived in Paris for a summer where she attended the Institute of European Studies. After graduation she moved to New York City, where she taught Montessori preschool & worked as a nanny, while she pursued her dream of becoming an actress.

On television, she starred as the female lead in the FOX comedy series ENLISTED and had a recurring role on DON'T TRUST THE B IN APARTMENT 23. Some additional television credits include GREY'S ANATOMY, TRANSPARENT, THE ODD COUPLE, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, TWO & A HALF MEN, CRIMINAL MINDS, CHICAGO P.D., BACKSTROM, STATE OF AFFAIRS, and BAD JUDGE. 

Her feature film credits include FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, the newly released FAT CAMP on BET, and a leading role opposite Emily Deschanel in the independent feature THE PERFECT FAMILY. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened as the main attraction at Outfest in 2011.

Angelique came to Lesly Kahn & Co. in 2010 and never left. She currently teaches 2 classes when she's not shooting, and eats all the goldfish crackers.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!  

 

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: Angelique_Cabral2.m4a
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

 

New Podcast with Actor Matt Czuchry!

 

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Matt Czuchry.

After graduating college in May of 1999 with B.A. degrees in History and Political Science from College of Charleston, Matt was set on law school as his next life path.  But when thinking of his true passion, he was brought back to the indelible memories of his childhood.  Moments etched on his heart such as exiting a dilapidated movie theatre crying inconsolably after experiencing E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, or running around in his purple dyed underwear smashing couches while watching THE INCREDIBLE HULK on TV.  When thinking of his adult life, Czuchry could not ignore the magical moments captured through story, imagination, and character that had impacted his youth with such pure happiness.

This childlike love of movies and television, combined with his horrible Law School Admission Test scores, pushed Matt’s gut towards an unexpected career choice.  In September of 1999, Czuchry took one of the most important risks of his life and decided to pursue a profession in acting.  On a perfectly nondescript Wednesday morning, Matt filled his car with everything he owned and left his hometown in Tennessee for a new life in California.  Since completing that life changing drive from Johnson City to Los Angeles, Czuchry has worked with Oscar® winners, Emmy® winners, and Tony Award® winners, while establishing himself as a leading man through credits spanning theatre, television, and film.

Just one month after arriving on the West Coast, Matt found himself working with actor James Franco and writers Paul Feig, Mike White, and Judd Apatow in a small role on the critical darling FREAKS AND GEEKS.  Czuchry’s work on the classic fan favorite would turn into a major guest starring arc in the DAWSON'S CREEK spinoff series titled YOUNG AMERICANS, starring actress Kate Bosworth.  Although this show itself was short lived, Matt’s work on the project would garner the necessary attention to further his early career with the best creative minds in the business on television shows such as David E. Kelley’s THE PRACTICE and films like EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, starring Scarlett Johansson.

Two key television series, HACK and GILMORE GIRLS, would propel Czuchry’s early career towards leading man status.  While playing swindling thief Jamie Farrel on the series HACK from 2003-2004, Matt was able to hone his craft by learning from the show’s stars, Drama Desk Award winner David Morse and Emmy® winner Andre Braugher.  His work on HACK readied Czuchry for his breakout performance on the critically acclaimed hit GILMORE GIRLS.  From 2005-2007 Matt embodied the role of billionaire newspaper heir Logan Huntzberger.  For his work on the beloved series, Czuchry would go on to be nominated for three Teen Choice awards while gaining press in countless magazines and popularity on television sets across the globe.

After completing his three year run on GILMORE GIRLS in 2007, Czuchry matured in his craft by choosing work in different genres spanning theatre, television, and film.  In September of 2007, Czuchry was on stage in the title role of Third, alongside Oscar® winner Christine Lahti, in Wendy Wasserstein’s West Coast premier of the play by the same name.  He followed this performance at the Geffen Theatre with a recurring arc on the Emmy® winning series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.  In 2008, Matt took on the controversial lead character of Tucker Max in the movie adaptation of the New York Times best selling book, I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL.  Although the public’s response to the comedy was divisive, Czuchry’s performance was lauded by critics such as Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly who wrote, “Matt Czuchry, in a star performance, plays Tucker like a Ferris Bueller who bloomed into a charming sociopath.” Czuchry’s varied performances and choices across all genres in different mediums from 2007-2008 led to an offer to play the role of a manipulative lawyer in the two-time Emmy® nominated THE GOOD WIFE.

Matt's seven seasons as Cary Agos on CBS Television’s THE GOOD WIFE (2009-2016) firmly established him as a leading man and a rising star while also earning him prestigious recognition from both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety’s annual Emmy® Contenders lists in 2015. Prior to these honors Czuchry won the Entertainment Weekly Best Supporting Actor EWwy Award (2011), received nominations for three consecutive SAG Ensemble Awards (2009-2011), and also garnered the highest praises from numerous critics such as David Hiltbrand of The Philadelphia Inquirer who wrote “Czuchry may be the best young actor on TV.”  Matt Richenthal of TV Fanatic further affirmed those sentiments by stating, “Cary is played brilliantly by Czuchry with the right combination of swagger, confidence, and vulnerability.”  Matt’s tireless dedication to his craft on THE GOOD WIFE, and over the course of his career, led to a defining performance on one of TV’s best shows while working alongside multiple-award winners Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Julianna Margulies, Chis Noth, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Michael J. Fox, Matthew Perry, and F. Murray Abraham.

In 1999, Matt Czuchry took a life changing risk by following his passion and gut to pursue his love of story, imagination, and character.  Today, Czuchry surrounds himself with the great talents of stage, television, and film on some of the most desirable projects in the entertainment industry, in an effort to make his own indelible mark on the hearts of others.  As Matt continues to tirelessly study his craft, he sets his sights on even greater career heights.  Knowing that his past work has laid the groundwork for future success, but each new performance and project choice demands an even better excellence.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!  

 

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: MattCzuchry.m4a
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

 

 

New Podcast with Actor Beth Dover!

 

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Beth Dover.  

Beth can currently be seen as “Linda from Purchasing” on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK for Netflix, “Blanche” the long suffering maid on Comedy Central's ANOTHER PERIOD, “Shari” on the WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER series for Netflix, and the upcoming sitcom LA TO VEGAS for FOX. 

Some other credits include CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, BURNING LOVE, NEWSREADERS, DIFFICULT PEOPLE, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, CHASING LIFE, BOB'S BURGERS, SON OF ZORN, COMEDY BANG BANG, BROOKLYN NINE NINE, DADS, NEW GIRL, DICE, GARFUNKLE AND OATES, PARTY DOWN, the movie LIFE PARTNERS, and some other stuff.

Beth currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Joe Lo Truglio, their son Eli, and their dog Floyd.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast for FREE by clicking below. If you like “Kahnversations,” please leave a rating or review on our iTunes page!  

 

There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

Direct download: Beth_Dover.m4a
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

 

 

 

 

New Podcast with Actor Angel Parker!

 

 

 

 

 

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Angel Parker.  

Sophisticated, hard-working, and an undeniable talent, Angel has brought to life some of the most dynamic and diverse characters on screen today.  She was most recently seen starring on FX’s critically acclaimed Emmy Award winning series THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. Angel was a scene stealer as famed celebrity attorney Shawn Chapman, one of Simpson’s “Dream Team” lawyers. 

Angel can be seen recurring on NBC’s highly anticipated series TRIAL & ERROR, opposite John Lithgow.  TRIAL & ERROR takes a comedic turn on a murder trial similar to the recent documentary, MAKING A MURDERER.  Angel joins the cast as Heidi Baker, a perky Carolina newscaster who is following the Larry Henderson [Lithgow] murder case and reports on the case’s many unexpected twists and turns. The series premiered on March 14, 2017. 

Angel can also be seen recurring on BET’s REBEL, which follows Rebecca “Rebel” Cole (Danielle Moné Truitt), a diligent African-American police officer turned rogue private investigator after her brother is slain by the police. Angel plays Stella Parker, Rebel’s union-appointed attorney who tries to do her best “lawyering” when Internal Affairs is tasked with investigating Rebel’s shooting of a fellow officer. In addition, Angel will recur as Alex Green on the final season of FX’s horror series, THE STRAIN, airing later in 2017.

Angel has already been cast as Catherine Wilder in Marvel’s RUNAWAYS, which will air on HULU in 2018. 

Angel’s first acting gig was on Joss Whedon’s television show ANGEL. Since then, she has appeared on some of the most buzzed about series including: ER, CASTLE, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE CLOSER, THE SOUL MAN, and SEAN SAVES THE WORLD.  Angel is also well known for her role as the intrepid and vivacious Tasha Davenport on five seasons of Disney XD’s live-action comedy series LAB RATS.    

At only 16 years old, Angel was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. There, she immersed herself in performing, and went on to study Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy; work with the Independent Shakespeare Company, Will & Company; and perform with The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival for more than 10 years. She continues to hone her craft at Lesly Kahn & Co., where she is a proud member of the professional class and serves on the faculty. 

Angel currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.    

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There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? 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 Brentwood? 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.

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