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Not only is Patrick Oliver Jones the host of Why I’ll Never Make It, but he's also a contributor to Backstage. These articles offer advice and insights on the business of acting and performing. You can get the audio version of these articles as well as Audition Stories and other bonus episodes by becoming a WINMI Artist. It's just $10/month through Supercast and comes with one free coaching session with Patrick as well as reduced rates on any further coachings.
Rebecca Selkowe, head of the Financial Wellness Program at The Actors Fund, came on in Season 2 to discuss some of the challenges performing artists and entertainment creatives face when trying to balance variable income and expenses, and she also briefly touched on important tax issues. See how the Financial Wellness Program can engage, educate, and empower you about building financial stability.
Terry Knickerbocker (Season 5) has spent more than 30 years training and teaching with William Esper, one of the most respected protegés of Sanford Meisner. He was an alumnus and core faculty member of the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and since 2015 has had his own acting studio. By providing a conservatory setting, TK Studio faculty rigorously trains the actor to succeed in a highly competitive industry.
Bret Shuford (Season 2) is a Broadway actor and dancer who has now using his knowledge and experience to help others achieve their goals. Whether you're an actor, content creator, online business owner, or otherwise, it's possible to create a successful online brand without feeling like a 'sell-out'. It all comes down to whether you have the RIGHT tools to make it happen. And Bret is there to helps artists easily craft an authentic Personal Brand to increase impact and income.
What started as a simple blog about theatre auditions transformed into a weekly series, where Adrienne Walker (Season 5) shares candidly about her experiences as a stage performer, offers advice that she's learned as a reader, and encourages fellow artists to keep pursuing their dreams. Friends and colleagues sit down with Adrienne each week and share personal experiences as well.
Miata Edoga (Season 4) is an actress and financial coach who founded Abundance Bound, a financial education company for actors and creative professionals. For over two decades, she has been helping individuals of all backgrounds establish a healthier, more compassionate relationship with their money – whether they are just starting out, or starting over, or starting to wonder how they should handle their growing wealth.
If there's one good thing that came from COVID, it's that online courses have become a viable way to continue training and learning new skills as well as hone your current talents. You can even find performing arts courses: dance, music, drama. These courses will not only teach you the theoretical (and fascinating) side of the art, but will also get you all geared up for your future auditions and live performances. The episode with Max Stossel was actually featured on their website.
In the performing arts failure is a given. Rejection is common. And making it big rarely happens. But within this reality comes great lessons, inspirations, and some funny stories along the way. And it is these experiences that are celebrated on the podcast and in this e-book, a collection of insights from previous podcast guests covers topics like mindset and auditioning. It features artists like Douglas Sills, Caitlin Kinnunen, Mykal Kilgore, Justin Guarini, Bianca Marroquín, J. Harrison Ghee, and more. To receive your free copy, sign up HERE.
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Dorothy Fields and Her Life in the American Musical Theater
Dorothy Fields was a prolific lyricist and contemporary of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and others. In this biography, you'll get to know this songwriter as well as the stories behind the such classics musicals as Annie Get Your Gun, Redhead, Sweet Charity, and Seesaw. Kristin Stultz Pressley (Season 2 and 5) has written an in-depth biography I Can't Give You Anything, But Love about America’s most brilliant and successful female lyricist, who for five decades wrote more than 400 songs for stage and screen.
Millions of performers audition, but only a select few know the secrets to consistent success in the audition room. Well, now it's time to overcome the anxiety and rise above the competition with Audition Secrets. Thispodcast and book by Justin Guarini (Season 5) can be your secret weapon in creating auditions that stand out from the crowd and have a better chance of achieving the success you've sought after and deserve.
Now you can work one-on-one with Jason Odell Williams (Season 4), an Emmy-nominated TV producer and award-winning playwright. Send Jason a current draft of your script, and he will provide feedback via email -- detailed breakdown of notes and suggestions. Or upgrade to a 90-minute Zoom call to to discuss the notes and have a back and forth Q&A / brainstorming session. Mention "WINMI podcast" and get 20% off.
As a guest on the podcast, Roberto Araujo shared not only his personal journey as an actor and singer, but also gave advice and insight into creating a great headshot. He knows how important it is to find affordable photography that shows who we truly are. By working with Roberto, you'll capture the full spectrum of your emotion and personality in the perfect shot. With the promo code WINMI you get 2 Hours, 2 Looks, and 2 Retouches for $200.
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Maestra Music was founded by composer/lyricist and music director Georgia Stitt to give support, visibility, and community to the women who make the music in the musical theater industry. The organization’s initiatives include monthly educational seminars, mentorship programs, technical skills workshops, networking events, and online resources and partnerships that aim to promote equality of opportunity and to address the many historical disadvantages and practices that have limited women composers and musicians in the musical theater.
They seek to empower the hidden potential within every individual. Through rehabilitation programs and simulation workshops, the foundation promotes financial and reading literacy education in an effort to overcome social presumptions. They call themselves "impatient optimists" making the impossible possible through faith and perseverance, so that every person can have an opportunity to succeed. One of their most rewarding events each year is the Christmas Surprise Shopping Spree.LEARN MORE
The Seeing Place
The Seeing Place Theater is a non-profit indie ensemble based in NYC, led by Erin Cronican. Throughout the pandemic, this ensemble remained active via Zoom to strengthen their craft, develop their knowledge, read and discuss plays, and serve their community through online Education and Outreach programs. And they are so excited to be back onstage again. Share their excitement and support these brave, independent artists.
In the past four years, listeners have generously donated $679 to this podcast. During that same time, however, production has totaled more than $2500 and counting. While passion and dedication to this podcast may be endless, production funds are not. This is why has remained a one-man operation to keep expenses down. However, this is unsustainable in the long run, so that's where you can help continue the work of Why I’ll Never Make It through your generous support.