The Acting Podcast

Risa Bramon Garcia and Steve Braun

The Acting Podcast with Risa Bramon Garcia (director, casting director, producer) & Steve Braun (acting coach, communications consultant), founders of The BGB Studio, takes you inside the craft, the casting room, and the business- and bringing other Industry experts into the conversation- we dig into the work, pull back the curtain of the Industry, and show you how much power you really have as an artist.

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BGB Master Teacher Sydney Walsh teaches Risa how she makes steak, shares insight on mushrooms as she cooks them LIVE, and connects it all to your audition + self-tape practice. “You can follow the recipe and still be deeply creative.”Just like cooking… as an actor, you must create space and time to prepare a meal and allow it to simmer and grow into something delicious. This goes for your self-tape or audition as well- being fully present in order to allow your imagination to inform what you create and be in the process of making something new each time. You must allow each “take”- each dish- to unveil itself in the moment, accepting and inviting that it will be different and fresh every time, trusting the process of cooking it, and thus enabling a more profound, pure, and inventive creation.

Jun 29

56 min 3 sec

We're sharing a special conversation Risa + Steve had on a recent IG LIVE that has become a fantastic podcast episode about Practice! Here we go deep into what kind of practice you need to cultivate in order to book jobs, to rekindle the joy your work, and to have the confidence you’re looking for to meet this amazing and challenging career path you've chosen for yourself. Listen in and see what aligns with you as well as what mindset shifts you might start to make to solidify a practice for your career, for your art, for your life. 

Jun 21

1 hr 2 min

Risa and Steve sit down with an incredible group of successful multi-hyphenates- Milena Govich, Will McCormack, Grasie Mercedes, and Brea Grant- all of whom started their journeys as actors and have since grown into other roles in the Industry, making names for themselves as writers, directors, producers, and showrunners. Together they discuss their unique paths, and how they’ve found empowerment and fulfillment by stretching themselves in multiple areas of their careers, acquiring agency to expand their artistic lives in the process.P.S. And it’s made them stronger, freer actors.OUR GUESTS:Milena Govich:  IMDb, Instagram, TwitterWill McCormack:  IMDb, InstagramGrasie Mercedes:  IMDb, Instagram, Official SiteBrea Grant:  IMDb, Official Site, InstagramMORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEExplore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!CHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.Have you heard the previous episodes in Seasons 1 + 2? Make sure to listen NOW!

Oct 2020

1 hr 16 min

Risa and Steve sit down with a dynamic group of actor-parents- Heather Brooker, Eddie Cahill, Anna Silk, and Cate Cohen- all with extensive and varied careers – to talk about what it means to be a parent while navigating their artistic careers & the Industry. They discuss their journeys, their challenges, and their joys- and how parenting has not only informed their acting, but acting has made them better parents.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE PDF: 5 Self-Care Practices That Lead to Career SuccessHeather Brooker:  Official Site, Motherhood in Hollywood Podcast,  IMDb, Instagram, TwitterEddie Cahill:  IMDb, Instagram, TwitterAnna Silk:  IMDb, InstagramCate Cohen:  BGB Teacher Page, Official Site, Instagram, Twitter, FacebookMORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVECHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.Have you heard the previous episodes in Seasons 1 + 2? Make sure to listen NOW!

Oct 2020

1 hr 9 min

In the midst of this time of great uncertainty and upheaval for actors across the globe, and as the Industry slowly reopens, it is paramount for actors to be aware of new on-set protocols, how to advocate for yourselves in every area of your work and careers- including having a voice in your union- and how to keep your creative spirit alive. In that pursuit, we are thrilled to offer our conversation with Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA, and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA’s chief operating officer as well as the union’s Safety & Reopening Lead, currently working with specialists in the science and medical fields to advocate for a safe reopening for actors and everyone in the Industry.OUR GUESTS:Gabrielle CarterisIG: @gabriellecarterisGabrielle Carteris was re-elected SAG-AFTRA president on August 29, 2019. Carteris became president April 9, 2016, after serving two terms as executive vice president. Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and recently starred in BH90210, a revival of the iconic show. Her extensive resume includes work in television, film and the stage, with recent credits including a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on CRIMINAL MINDS, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, THE EVENT, LONGMIRE and THE MIDDLE. As a producer, Carteris created LIFESTORIES, a series of specials, and GABRIELLE, a talk show that she also hosted. In her role as SAG-AFTRA president, Carteris chairs the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Negotiating Committee and leads the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement. Carteris is a vice president of the AFL-CIO and serves on the executive council and represents SAG-AFTRA with the International Federation of Actors (FIA).Duncan Crabtree-IrelandIG: @duncanciDuncan Crabtree-Ireland is chief operating officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA. Crabtree-Ireland oversees the legal aspects of collective bargaining and contract enforcement for all SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements, as well as SAG-AFTRA’s legal, government affairs, professional representatives, international affairs, governance and diversity operations.He is a co-chair of the board of trustees of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, a member of the boards of SoundExchange and the SAG-AFTRA & Industry Sound Recordings Distribution Fund, a delegate to the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and teaches international law as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School. He is a past treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a past Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, and serves by appointment as a judge pro tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court.SAG-AFTRA Covid resources: 1-844-SAFERSETwww.sagaftra.org/backtoworkExplore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!CHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A Free virtual session with Risa & Steve.* FIND THIS PODCAST AS A ZOOM VIDEO: RE-OPENING THE INDUSTRY: WE’RE DOING THIS TOGETHERHave you heard the previous episodes in Seasons 1 + 2? Make sure to listen NOW!

Oct 2020

1 hr 11 min

In this episode, Risa and Steve talk with Mia Schachter- one of Hollywood’s top intimacy coordinators- about their role in the Industry + how actors can advocate for themselves in any situation with regards to intimacy, sex, nudity, and consent of all kinds. Whether choreographing sex scenes, negotiating nudity riders, or simply having the backs of actors on set, Mia discusses what they actually do (and you’ll find this as fascinating and necessary as we did), along with their background, the challenges around creating safe sets, what they do to help actors feel safe and empowered, and how they see the future of film and television- and acting- in regards to intimacy, boundaries, and facilitating the kind of freedom necessary for artists to dive into creating their deepest, most vulnerable work. This is a vital conversation for all actors and Industry professionals, and we want to hear from you on what speaks to you from this discussion! Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE PDF: 5 Self-Care Practices That Lead to Career SuccessThe Acting Podcast Ep 9: An Actor’s Consent: Navigating Vulnerable SpacesCHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.MIA SCHACHTER:Broadway World: Mia Schachter Keeping It Safe at THE WILD PARTYMia: IMDb + IG + WebsiteMia Schachter was born and raised in Los Angeles and returned in 2018 after working in theater in New York City for nearly ten years. Their background in theater, dance, casting, gender studies, and neuroscience informs their work. Their educational background includes a BA in Philosophy from Columbia with an emphasis on ethics and identity. Working for networks like HBO, Netflix, and Freeform, Mia’s job is to attune to the needs of actors and directors with scenes that include simulated sex, nudity, and sexual content, in order to make sure that everyone is emotionally and mentally safe on set, while helping showrunners and directors achieve their creative vision. They work with actors, directors, writers, producers, legal teams at studios and networks, costume and make up designers, and production crews, negotiating everything from sex simulation choreography to nudity riders, to providing emotional support to actors in intimate situations. Just like a stunt coordinator, they help make scenes look real and stay safe.

Oct 2020

1 hr 22 min

Casting titan Mary Vernieu, whose company Betty Mae Casting is known for working with prestige directors and indie talent alike, joins Risa and Steve in this episode for an in-depth discussion of the casting process, the importance of preparation, championing and nurturing actors and filmmakers, and always approaching the work of acting, auditioning, and casting with creativity, joy, flexibility, and play. Mary’s journey has been incredible so far; she’s created a meaningful, creative family at Betty Mae, and is deeply grateful for it all. We are thrilled to share this insightful and moving conversation with you.Fun fact: Mary started in Risa’s office in 1990 and says she “learned everything she knows from Risa.” She built her casting empire soon thereafter… Betty Mae is now 25 years old!Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE PDF: Risa Bramon Garcia’s “Never + Always” Practices for the Audition RoomThe Acting Podcast Ep 6: The Secret to Successful PreparationCHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEJOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.MARY VERNIEU:Betty Mae Casting: IG, Facebook + Official siteMary’s IMDbMary Vernieu started her casting career working with Risa (a few) decades ago (first on The Doors with Oliver Stone), and since then she’s built a casting empire with her company Betty Mae Casting, in which she honors and supports filmmakers, new and established. Mary has cast over 300 features and several TV shows during her career, including recently Dolemite is My Name, Knives Out, I, Tonya, Black Swan, and the HBO series Euphoria. With an eye for talent in both actors and filmmakers, she has developed and enjoys long-standing working relationships with many acclaimed directors such as Darren Aronofsky, David Ayer, David O. Russell, Robert Rodriguez, and Rian Johnson. In 2013, Mary won an Artios Award for the casting of Silver Linings Playbook and was nominated for two more Artios Awards last year for A Star is Born and Deadpool II. In addition to her casting work, Mary has also recently ventured into producing for such films as Trust Me, Come Simi, and Spare Room.Have you heard the previous episodes in Seasons 1 + 2? Make sure to listen NOW!

Sep 2020

1 hr 17 min

Booking work starts with a booking mindset. In this episode, Risa and Steve break down the ways in which to shift your approach to booking work and cultivate a consistent practice in order to do amazing work all the time, whether in a high-pressure audition setting, self-tape, on set, in rehearsal, or in your approach to your career. Listen in and learn how to change your norm from nervousness, self-consciousness, even self-defeat, to believing in yourself, being self-aware, proactive, and deeply knowing your power as an actor and your value as an artist. Go ahead and do some journaling on your “why,” on your purpose, when you’re done listening. We want to hear from you!MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEExplore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE: The 10-Day Actor’s Challenge 3-in-1 Bundle – to get you in the best mindset for your craft, your career, your life!BLOG: How To Be Present in the Casting RoomBLOG: Audition Like You Don’t Give A F*ckCHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.Have you heard the previous episodes in Seasons 1 + 2? Make sure to listen NOW!

Sep 2020

44 min 48 sec

Risa and Steve sat down with Audrey Moore, a passionate artist, popular podcast host, and actor’s advocate. She has an incredible focus and discipline in how she engages in the business of acting, as well as her craft, and she’s here to share her journey. Listen in to this juicy talk about what it means to be a story ninja, how to normalize the audition experience, the importance of developing a consistent and practical practice, and the origin story behind her hugely renowned podcast AUDREY HELPS ACTORS! Our question to you after listening: What is your devoted and passionate practice? Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE PDF: 5 Self-Care Practices That Lead To Career SuccessCHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEJOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A Free virtual session with Risa & Steve.AUDREY MOORE:Audrey Helps Actors PodcastIG: @audreyscoresmoore + the @audreyhelpsactorsAudrey Moore is a working actor with credits that include her series regular role in the Netflix show GODLESS as well as many recurring and guest appearances on BETTER CALL SAUL, LUCIFER, THE OA, CASTLE ROCK, and many, many more. Audrey also hosts a hugely popular podcast, AUDREY HELPS ACTORS in which she talks with other working actors and Industry experts about the struggles and opportunities of being a working professional. 

Sep 2020

1 hr 13 min

Sarah Finn is the award-winning casting director of Oscar winners and blockbusters alike. Best known for her work casting the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, she has also cast a huge range of films and TV shows [full bio below]. In this episode Sarah talks with Risa and Steve about her casting journey- its joys and challenges, about her unique process, and about how to approach the work from a place of creative collaboration, curiosity, and a deep love for acting.Fun fact: Sarah started her epic casting adventure as Risa’s assistant a couple of decades ago.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE PDF: 21 Ways to Make Casting Directors HappyThe Acting Podcast Ep 6: The Secret to Successful PreparationCHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A Free virtual session with Risa & Steve.MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVESARAH FINN: IMDb + InstagramSarah Finn is an award-winning Casting Director who has cast over 100 feature films. Known for casting the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, just a few of those films include Captain America, Thor, Guardians of The Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Captain Marvel. She has also earned recognition for the groundbreaking cultural sensations and multiple Oscar-winners Black Panther, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and 2006’s Best Picture, Crash.  Those three films also all won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and earned her the Casting Society of America’s highest honor, the Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.  To date, 43 of her films have opened at #1 in the Domestic Box- Office.  In 2019 alone Sarah cast 4 out of the top 5 grossing films in the world – Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Spider-Man: Far from Home and Captain Marvel. For Disney+, she cast the breakout Star Wars hit series The Mandalorian and is currently in charge of casting Marvel’s entire new slate of streaming projects.  A graduate of Yale University and member of AMPAS (Executive Committee, Casting Branch), Sarah has served on the Executive Board of Women in Film and is on the Board of Advisors for the highly acclaimed Master Class educational series.  She is also a founding participant in the Time’s Up Movement. Have you heard the previous episodes in Seasons 1 + 2? Make sure to listen NOW!

Sep 2020

1 hr 11 min

No matter how bad things get, art brings hope. In this first episode of Season 2, Risa and Steve speak to being an artist in 2020 in the face of a worldwide pandemic, systemic racism, and an election; where the Industry is headed, and whatever uncertainty and distress result from it all. And how keeping hope- and your art- alive is both a soul-serving necessity and a revolutionary declaration that we are still here, we are still feeling, we are still human. All you have to do is show up!Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!CHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A Free virtual session with Risa & Steve.WATCH our BGB short films made over Zoom!MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVELISTEN to our quarantine conversations:Talking Shop w/ Our BGB Casting FamilyChampioning Actors: A CD ZoomfestCreating a Path to Mind-blowing Work During Quarantine: A Conversation w/ Our BGB TeachersHave you heard the other episodes of The Acting Podcast? Make sure to catch up NOW!

Sep 2020

51 min 31 sec

Risa, Billy, and Leah (whose history together runs deep) sat down together (over Zoom) to talk about how actors and CDs are breaking down barriers and connecting in this “new normal” via social media challenges, IG LIVES, and open calls, including the massively popular monologue challenge that Leah ran and took boldly into a daily Instagram LIVE.They spoke about how they’re each making the new virtual space work, what they want from actors during these challenging months (and actually, always), + what the future of casting will bring. It’s a dynamic and honest conversation, giving you a peek into the minds and hearts of these veteran, award-winning, actor-loving Casting Directors.OUR GUESTS:Leah Daniels-ButlerIG: @ldbcastingLeah Daniels-Butler is a casting director and producer responsible for launching the careers of talented actors like Gabourey Sidibe, star of the Academy Award winning film PRECIOUS, and other notables. She served as Casting Director for television’s #1 show EMPIRE on Fox. Leah began her career as a casting assistant in 1991. In 1994, Leah landed a coveted casting position as the assistant to Leslie Litt, Senior VP of Casting at Warner Brothers. Within two years, she earned a promotion to casting executive and began working on award-winning projects like FRIENDS and SUDDENLY SUSAN. Both shows earned Primetime Emmy Awards for acting roles. In 2001, Leah left WBTV to start LDB Casting, the company she owns and operates today. Leah works across genres securing talent for films like 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS and THE PAPERBOY. She is the recipient of the Hamilton Award for Outstanding Casting for her work on THE BUTLER and the Casting Society of America’s “Outstanding Achievement in Casting for a Television Drama” award for her work on EMPIRE. The Casting Society of America recently appointed her to its board of directors, where she serves as the only African-American member of the board.Billy HopkinsIG: @williamphopkinsBilly Hopkins casts film, television, and theatre. His credits include FATAL ATTRACTION, JFK, GOOD WILL HUNTING, PRECIOUS, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, and MUDBOUND, among many many others. He cast the pilots for ROSEANNE and SEX AND THE CITY. Billy and Risa were casting partners throughout the 80s and into the 90s, and together cast so many iconic films. Billy was also responsible for the casting of the 1992 Broadway production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, the 1990 Broadway production of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, and the 1988 Broadway production of SPEED THE PLOW, to name a few.  He has also directed numerous stage productions. Billy received the Emmy Award for casting WHEN THEY SEE US.~~~~~~~CHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A Free virtual session with Risa & Steve.* FIND THIS PODCAST AS A VIDEO: Talking Shop w/ Our BGB Casting FamilyMAKE ART: The #BGBWorldMonologue Challenge!— Shoot a Monologue, Post on social, Share + Raise $!Have you heard the other episodes in Season 1? Make sure to listen NOW!

Jun 2020

1 hr 3 min

In this special bonus episode of The Acting Podcast, Risa and Steve spoke with an incredible group of Casting Directors who are sharing challenges, open calls, and calls for reels on social media, and doing Instagram Lives, all with the intention of being in collaboration with actors and to keep their own artistry alive during these challenging time.Erica Bream, Jason Kennedy, Ramani Leah, Seth Caskey, Cara Chute Rosenbaum, Andrea Bunker, Becky Silverman, and Ryan Glorioso are all offering generously to artists all over the world in ways to bring actors' unique voices to our collective work right now. We were so moved by what they had to say about the gorgeous, brave work they’re seeing from thousands of artists around the globe, and we hope this episode will bring inspiration and encouragement to you and artists everywhere!OUR GUESTS: (w/ a few of their fave credits)Andrea Bunker (BIG LITTLE LIES,  SHARP OBJECTS,  A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS) IG: @andreabunkerlaErica Bream (ALTERED CARBON,  11.22.63,  STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS) IG: @ericasbreamcastSeth Caskey (GLOW,  SIREN,  DON’T LOOK DEEPER) IG: @sethcaskeyJason Kennedy (NCIS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES,  ELIZABETHTOWN) IG: @kennedycastingRamani Leah (BATES MOTEL,  11.22.63) IG: @topramaniBecky Silverman (CRIMINAL MINDS, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, DAY ONE) IG: @bsvogue99Ryan Glorioso (Location Casting for LOOKING FOR ALASKA,  ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA,  13 REASONS WHY) IG: @rygloCara Chute Rosenbaum (THE MINDY PROJECT,  JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL,  AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON) IG: @ccrcastingMORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVE~~~~~~~Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!CHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.FIND THE PODCAST AS A ZOOMCAST VIDEO:  Championing Actors: A CD ZoomfestMAKE ART: The #BGBWorldMonologue Challenge!— Shoot a Monologue, Post on social, Share + Raise $!Have you heard the other episodes in Season 1? Make sure to listen NOW!

May 2020

1 hr 16 min

For today’s special bonus episode of THE ACTING PODCAST, we gathered our BGB Master Teachers together for an important, frank discussion about coping during the time of the coronavirus, the necessity of creating space for community and artistry to happen, and how the Industry is already starting to shift throughout this as a result — and in many ways, for the better.Listen in! We hope this offers hope and heart, as it did for us, and as we connect on our shared experience as artists everywhere.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!CHECK OUT our Audition, Scene-Study, and Creator Classes! Currently on Zoom.MAKE ART: The #BGBWorldMonologue Challenge!— Shoot a Monologue, Post on social, Share + Raise $!JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEOUR TEACHERSMeet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel, especially in this time of self-isolating + sheltering-in-place.@BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.And… If you’re loving the Podcast, screenshot, post + tag @bgbstudio on IG!

Apr 2020

1 hr 14 min

Risa and Steve sat down together via Zoom for a special bonus episode of The Acting Podcast to speak to our community of artists all over the world about life, art, and healing in the time of Corona. Listen in to what they’ve been discovering about our collective need for artistic expression as we all move through this challenging time. In this, they suggest ways in which we can each maintain- and even cultivate- open hearts and artistry in the face of a global pandemic. The message through all of this is clear: We believe in the power of creating in our collective community. We’re here for you. And we’re all in this together.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!JOIN US for The BGB Actors Summit: A FREE virtual workshop with Risa & Steve.MAKE ART: The #BGBWorldMonologue Challenge!— Shoot a Monologue, Post on social, Share + Raise $!Find out more about our Online Virtual Classroom in progress – check in on our Social platforms for updates and HERE for more that we are offering!MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEHave you heard the other episodes in Season 1? Make sure to listen NOW!

Mar 2020

23 min 19 sec

Pilot Season. Whether you’re going out for series regulars non-stop or dreaming of your first co-star, this time of year is fraught. In this episode, Risa, Steve, and a special guest- Casting Director Becky Silverman- break down the idea of Pilot Season (what it means + what’s really going on behind the scenes) and what you can do to have an active Pilot Season of your own- with or without the Industry’s permission. Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE GIFT:  The Pilot Season Playbook – The Pilot Season Playbook is a comprehensive digital course with Risa + Steve that shows you the path to a successful Pilot Season AND gives you the tools to be a whole and happy actor this time of year! Ep 3 of The Acting Podcast:  Getting Right With Self-TapesBlog:  Pilot Season Revisited: You Got the Power!Blog:  This Ain’t No Party. This Ain’t No Disco. It’s Pilot Season!Blog:  The Pilot Season ChecklistBecky Silverman:  IMDbDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVESUBSCRIBE! And…If you’re loving the Podcast, leave a review and rating.Your words will help connect us all and bring these valuable conversations to even more actors- and other artists- around the world.AND… Screenshot, post + tag us @bgbstudio on IG!Have you heard the other episodes in Season 1? Make sure to listen NOW!

Jan 2020

1 hr 4 min

Welcome to 2020. It’s a New Year. A new decade. Now is the time to take stock, to refocus, and to move forward from this moment on with a clarity of vision and purposeful, practical action. What does that look like for you? How do you start? In this special bonus episode, listen in as Risa and Steve guide and encourage you to step into this new beginning from a place of artistic power and creative certainty.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE GIFT: The Pilot Season PlaybookFREE GIFT: 2020 Intention MeditationVideo: 2020 Starts NowDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVESUBSCRIBE! And…If you’re loving the Podcast, leave a review and rating.Your words will help connect us all and bring these valuable conversations to even more actors- and other artists- around the world.AND… Screenshot, post + tag us @bgbstudio on IG!Have you heard the other episodes in Season 1? Make sure to listen NOW!

Jan 2020

31 min 36 sec

Bernie Telsey started his casting career back in the day alongside Risa, and popped into BGB to sit down with Risa + Steve to talk about it all.As head of the massive- and massively successful- Telsey + Company in New York (and LA), Bernie Telsey is a true titan in the casting industry. In this episode, listen in as he talks to Risa and Steve about his passion for collaboration, what he hopes to see from actors in the audition room, and how his unique approach to casting- stemming from a deep love of the theater and the experience of connecting to a performance on a profound, emotional level- has made him one of the most sought-after (not to mention beloved) casting directors in the world.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!Free PDF:  21 Ways To Make A Casting Director HappyTelsey + Company siteMCC Theater siteEp 2:  Choose Your Own Adventure: An Artistic RoadmapEp 6:  The Secret To Successful PreparationDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVESUBSCRIBE! And…If you’re loving the Podcast, leave a review and rating.Your words will help connect us all and bring these valuable conversations to even more actors- and other artists- around the world.AND… Screenshot, post + tag us @bgbstudio on IG!Have you heard the other episodes in Season 1? Make sure to listen NOW!

Dec 2019

1 hr 12 min

Knowing how to talk to your family about your career can be a landmine filled with all kinds of emotional pitfalls: shame, insecurity, trying to impress them, a need for validation, and a lack of transparency about where you’re actually at and why you keep doing what you’re doing.In this episode, Risa and Steve break down how you can approach and communicate with your loved ones from a place of compassion, setting healthy boundaries, releasing expectations, and claiming artistic empowerment by taking full ownership- without apology- of what you do and why. Before you go home for the holidays, or engage with your family in any way that may feel loaded, have a listen! Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!Free PDF: 5 Self-Care Practices That Lead To Career SuccessBlog: 10 Ways for Actors (and Other Artists) to Survive the HolidaysBlog: How to Be a Happy ActorBlog: Bring Your VulnerabilityMORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----Meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel.@BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.SUBSCRIBE! And…If you’re loving the Podcast, leave a review and rating. Then, screenshot, post + tag @bgbstudio on IG!Your words will help connect us all and bring these valuable conversations to even more actors- and other artists- around the world.

Nov 2019

58 min 5 sec

Rejection is a huge part of every actor’s journey. It is part of everyone’s experience in this Industry, and it can be brutal. Can you imagine going into an audition, getting rejected, and allowing yourself to be okay with it? How about making it a meaningful part of your journey?Listen in as Risa and Steve explore every angle of rejection – from the feelings triggered when it happens – to the perspective from the creative team (behind the camera) – and, most importantly, what you can do to take care of yourself, stay focused, and even thrive on your artistic journey in the face of rejection. Learn how you can bounce back as you cultivate your passion and your creativity, and continuing to bring yourself fully into any audition room and any meeting, time and time again. Be ready to collaborate, to offer your talent freely and with generosity, and do your best work, no matter the outcome.  Say YES to the NO!Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE CHALLENGE: The 10 Day Actor’s Challenge: Finding Your PowerFREE CHALLENGE: The 10 Day Actor’s Challenge: Letting GoFREE PDF: 5 Self-Care Practices That Lead To Career SuccessBlog: Embracing RejectionBlog: How to Fail Your Way to SuccessBlog: Audition Like You Don’t Give a FuckDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVESUBSCRIBE! And…If you’re loving the Podcast, leave a review and rating.Your words will help connect us all and bring these valuable conversations to even more actors- and other artists- around the world.AND… Screenshot, post + tag us @bgbstudio on IG!

Nov 2019

1 hr 12 min

In the wake of the ongoing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, conversations surrounding consent as an actor in this Industry are more vital than ever. In this panel, Risa talks with powerhouse advocates in our Industry: television director and actor Laura Innes, TV producer Laurie Zaks, actor and advocate Esmé Bianco, actor and journalist Margaret Judson, and actor Nick Ballard. This is an honest and provocative conversation that covers everything from nudity on set and intimacy coordinators to redefining what it means to request and offer consent with agency, while doing deep, creative work in storytelling, in business dealings, and in everyday life.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!Esmé Bianco: Instagram, Twitter, IMDb, The Huffington Post: What It’s Like To Film ‘Game Of Thrones’ Sex Scenes As A Survivor Of AbuseMargaret Judson: Official Site, NY Times Op-Ed: How Do You Play a Porn Star in the #MeToo Era?Laurie Zaks: Mandeville Films, Twitter, InstagramLaura Innes: IMDbNick Ballard: Instagram, Twitter, IMDbAudio Blog: An Actor’s ConsentMORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----SUBSCRIBE! Leave a review and rating if you like what you hear. Your words will help connect us all and bring these valuable conversations to even more actors- and other artists- around the world.And… If you’re loving the Podcast, screenshot, post + tag @bgbstudio on IG!

Nov 2019

1 hr 6 min

In our recent BGB class, “The Business of Acting,” Risa had the opportunity to sit down with Josiah Akinyele, an agent at Innovative Artists. Listen in as they discuss the agent/client relationship, how to “make it,”along with Josiah’s unique journey from a challenging upbringing in Africa and the U.S.- to working at Banana Republic- to discovering his path and passion as a Hollywood agent. Josiah talks about what he needs from his clients (and potential clients), why the Industry is more competitive than ever right now, and what it takes for actors to be seen and find real success in our business.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!Episode 7: How To Get An AgentEpisode 3: Getting Right With Self-TapesBlog: In Defense Of Your AgentBlog: Your Agent Isn’t Your MotherDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Nov 2019

54 min 19 sec

In this episode of The Acting Podcast, Risa and Steve tackle the most frequently asked question of all: “How do I get an agent?” They break it all down, covering everything from cultivating industry relationships and the practical, business side of communicating to advocating for yourself in your work and in the Industry so that you’re ready to engage with agents and managers. Listen in as they champion you to reclaim your power, create connection, bring your value to every aspect of you career, and understand what’s ultimately important in finding real success- with or without an agent.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!Download: 6 Unusual Tips for Taking Outstanding HeadshotsBlog: In Defense Of Your AgentBlog: Your Agent Isn’t Your MotherBlog: How Can I Get Seen by Casting Directors Without an Agent?Blog: 4 Excuses That Are Killing Your CareerDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Oct 2019

1 hr 12 min

What do you do to prepare for an audition? How can you can bring your full, authentic self to the work- while remaining flexible and relaxed in the room? In this episode, Risa and Steve break down audition preparation in the simplest, clearest terms, in order for you to start to transform your audition process… and book more work!Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!Download: 6 Audition Practices (you don’t know) for Booking WorkBlog: To Hold the Script or Not Hold the Script… Is That the Question?Blog: 4 Ways to Silence Audition NervesBlog: Show Us Your Humanity and We Will Cast YouDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Oct 2019

46 min 35 sec

In this episode of The Acting Podcast, Risa Bramon Garcia sits down with a group of brilliant women- Mindy Cohn, Harley Kozak, Dionne Audain, and Cate Cohen- all with extensive and varied careers as actors, writers, filmmakers and BGB Studio members – to talk about what it means to be a woman in this business. They discuss their journeys, their challenges, being seen over 40, glass ceilings, ageism, plastic surgery, and what it means to be attractive, sensual, and powerful as they get older and wiser in Hollywood and beyond.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!The BGB Women’s Photo Project: Being Seen – We recently set out to facilitate a creative project that is near and dear to our mission: a photo shoot where women in our BGB community could take the reins and showcase their unique identity — on their terms. Have a look!Cate Cohen:  BGB Teacher Page, Official Site, Instagram, Twitter, FacebookDionne Audain:  IMDb, Instagram, TwitterHarley Kozak:  BGB Teacher Page, Official SiteMindy Cohn:  InstagramDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Oct 2019

1 hr 11 min

Creating your own work empowers you to take control of your own career. Natalie Britton and Kate Hamilton both started their careers as actors and are now well-versed in the fundamental shift that happens when you start making opportunities for yourself. They have combined experience producing over 17 award-winning short films in a 2 year time period, most recently under the umbrella of their production company “Queen’s Gambit Films.”Listen in as Risa and Steve sit down and talk with these two powerhouse producer-actors, discussing everything from making the move from acting to producing, balancing creativity and parenthood, advice for first-time filmmakers, and the importance of giving yourself permission to take the next step into your own artistic and career success. This is a must-hear conversation!BGB RELATED RESOURCESExplore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!The Producer’s Lab: Making Your Short (a BGB Class with Natalie and Kate starting in October 2019 – sign up now!)Queen’s Gambit Films + Queen’s Gambit PresentsShort of the Week – a resource we discussed on the Podcast – where a ton of Shorts can be viewed.BGB Films – BGB Actor-Filmmakers made a series of Shorts – just locked and ready to view!Blog: How To Be A Working ActorDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Sep 2019

1 hr 13 min

The landscape is changing. Self-tapes are the new audition room. But how can you show up fully and do your best work when it’s just you, a camera, and an empty room? Listen as Risa and Steve debunk every myth about self-taping (the blue background, finding a reader, recreating the casting room, etc) and answer your burning questions about how to approach your self-tapes with power, with presence, with freedom, and as an opportunity to truly be in command of your artistry and your career. It’s time to get right with self-tapes!BGB RELATED RESOURCESExplore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!FREE BUNDLE: The Self-Tape Power BundleBLOG: Self-Taping From AnywhereBLOG: The Self-Tape EssentialsDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Sep 2019

1 hr 7 min

Creating your own path as an artist in this industry – on your own terms – is a vital part of any actor’s journey. In this episode, Risa and Steve talk about their own personal journeys and career challenges, including the story of how they came together, creating The BGB Studio, and how their artistic struggles – both individually and as a team – have defined a path of unique and surprising fulfillment.Their stories serve as a vital reminder that growth and transformation are not only necessary components to any artistic pathway, they are the very things that expand each of us.Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!Video: Risa’s StoryVideo: Steve’s StoryBLOG: We Almost QuitBLOG: How To Find Your Artistic PowerDo the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Sep 2019

1 hr 6 min

How to make it in Hollywood is about so much more than figuring out the mythic 1-2-3 steps to becoming a star. It lies in a holistic approach to being a whole and happy actor- on your own terms. In this episode, Risa Bramon Garcia and Steve Braun explore the deeper meaning of success and discuss how to approach your career from a place of artistry, collaboration, creativity, and discipline. Listen in and find out how you can expand your artistic journey and book more work because of it!Explore these related BGB resources and take your craft and career to the next level!PDF DOWNLOAD: 5 Self-Care Practices That Lead to Career SuccessBLOG: 12 Powerful Decisions To Get You To SuccessBLOG: A Surefire Way To Get DiscoveredVideo: What is Your Practice?Do the work necessary to move your career and craft to the next level. Jump into one of our career-changing CLASSES!----We are offering CAREER + LIFE DESIGN COACHING (find out more + add promo code PODCAST in your APPLICATION for a 10% discount!)----MORE ON RISA        MORE ON STEVEFor more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And meet us on Instagram and other social spaces where we hang out — with tons more great advice, inspiration, and Industry intel. @BGBStudio on IG + Twitter. @theBGBStudio on FB.

Sep 2019

51 min 26 sec

Check out a sneak preview of The Acting Podcast (with Risa and Steve) from The BGB Studio. First episode drops Monday, September 9th, 2019. Subscribe now to get new episodes as they become available!For more episodes and info, visit us online at bramongarciabraun.com/the-acting-podcast. And follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at BGBStudio, where you’ll find lots more we’re dying to share.

Aug 2019

3 min 7 sec