Fearlessly Failing with Lola Berry

7/5/2022

235. Sam & Lola in LA LA LAND - THE PRODUCERS; A day in the life of a Hollywood producer

So you’ve won the pitch, what’s next? Production! In this episode we deep dive all kinds of production from podcasts, to morning shows, commercials and music vids. We share a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together a shoot in your hometown and abroad. From the Universal back lot, to shooting in the Ukraine, London and Los Angeles to what a second Unit does, unusual film terminology, what actually is a gaffer ? to the joys of shooting on water and loads moreWe also share with you our top tips for making a great podcast as well as tips and tricks we’ve learnt along the way through being on sets of TV shows and commercials.We hope you love this ep, and as always please share it with your mates, like, subscribe and comment with questions you’d like us to answer in our bonus “Ask us anything” episode!Our top tips producing a podcast: 1. Work out what you want to say - have a point of difference 2. Plan, Plan, Plan 3. Have good equipment = make sure its audible. If you can’t hear what you’re recording properly your listener’s wont be able to either.4. Be real5. Stay present and connected to your guest6. Do all the prep, then let it go!LINKS:Sam’s ep on Fearlessly Failing:The water tanks used for filming; we have some pretty impressive Hollywood water tanks on the Gold Coast, the largest holding 7.2 million liters of water. Village Roadshow has 3 mega water tanks that have been used for Pirates of the Caribbean; Dead man tells no tales as well as Thor: Ragnorök. You can see them all here: https://villageroadshowstudios.com.au/stages-and-tanks/main-tankSam’s Orbit chewing gum ad: https://vimeo.com/79483361Augusts Punch’s Website: www.augustuspunch.comEllie Goulding – Goodness Gracious Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPBOVgGRSA The Horrors – Still Life Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJQk0jDZx8oLola’s vlog of going behind the scenes on Morning TV in Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3BnQP--TZ4Lola’s vlog of going behind the scenes of an American TV show filmed on the Universal Lot: https://youtu.be/u52D7b2fuCoSam insta: https://www.instagram.com/samrken/https://www.instagram.com/samrken/Lola insta: https://www.instagram.com/yummololaberry/Big love!
7/3/2022

234. Fearlessly Failing: True Crime LA with David the Medium

Strap yourselves in for this true crime LA episode. We visit 4 iconic murder locations here in Los Angeles, we share the story of each location, and as you’ll hear things come up for David relating to the murders. Some places felt really eerie and gave you the heebeegeebees, whilst others felt calm, like the energy had shifted a pinch. Here's a list of the places wevisited in order:Location 1:El Coyote on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, whist this wasn’t an actual murder location, it’s where Sharon Tate and her friends came for their last meal before they were brutally murdered by the Charles Manson cult clan on the evening of August 9th1969. You’ll hear David straight away pick up on the way she had been murdered without knowing her story. So fascinating.Location 2:The Hillside Strangers. This story is really creepy. And as youll hear, it still feels creepyFrom 1977-1978 two cousins kidnapped, raped, tortured and strangled girls. Then would load them into their car and dump their nude bodies long the LA hillsides. Super creepy. Both David and I dint like the vibes of this place, we went to the auto mobile service centre (which it still is today) which is where they took and tortured their victims.Location 3:The LaBianco residence. This husband and wife were victims of another Manson murder. This time Charles Manson was actually involved and on sight. He entered the house first; tied his victims up and told them nobody would hurt them, only that they were being robbed. He then exited the house and sent his Mason family clan upon them. The couple were brutally murdered just like the evening before at Sharon Tate’s house. Theses murderers were only kids, literally in their teens.Location 4:You’ve heard me talk about this please before, this is the Los Feliz murder mansion. When cardiologist Harold came home one night and went for his wife with a ball pin hammer, then then moved onto his 18-year-old daughter who escaped, along with his two other kids (just 11 and 13 years old). He then went to his bathroom and took a concoction of meds and died 15 minuets later. The really spooky part of this story is that someone bought the house and left it untouched for 6 decades, rumours say you could still see Christmas presents wrapped through the windows from that December night in 1959.This episode is like nothing we’ve done before on Fearlessly Failing, but I must say it was so fascinating and David was wonderful, he shared so much and I felt very safe and protected with him there. If you want to learn more about David and his medium and psychic readings then check out him out:David’s website here:https://www.davidthemedium.com/Insta here:https://www.instagram.com/davidthemedium/Big love from Los Angeles,Lola(and David today)Follow Lola Berry on Instagram: @yummololaberrywww.lolaberry.comwww.lolacoffee.co
6/28/2022

232. Sam & Lola in LA LA LAND - BACKSTAGE AT THE BAFTAS; Hosting & producing an Academy Award Show

Welcome back to Sam and Lola in La La Land!We’re here to share with you our experiences (as two home grown Aussies) of working in Hollywood. Now this episode actually has nothing to do with tinsel town or even America. It’s all about Sam’s epic gig of host producing the 75th BAFTAs in 2022. I mean talk about once in a lifetime dream job!In this ep we talk about literally the biggest awards nights in the UK. The BAFTAs (as Sam teaches us, stands for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) is held at the start of the year and there’s over 5000 people live in the audience but it’s being broadcasted to millions of people all over the world. You’ll hear Sam talk about all the behind the scenes madness, how scary the autocue is when you forget your glasses or contact lenses, how to get a bit (or joke) across the line and what a host producer’s role is. To be honest it sounds to me like Sam’s the worlds best problem solver.As you’ll hear in this ep, you’ll not only get a taste of what goes on backstage but you’ll soon come to realise that an awards night is a beast of it’s own. It’s different from a stand up comedy show, very different from sit down talk show and it’s not really acting either. There’s a talent to keeping the live audience happy as well as remembering most of your audience is at home watching this through the telly. So it takes a very skilled person (spoiler alert… Rebel Wilson) with a great host producer (that’s our Sam) to host an Awards night as respected and prestigious as this!We hope you love this ep; if you do, please share it with your mates, subscribe, like, comment. You know the drill, that’s how we can keep this pod alive and keep recording.Big love from La La LandSam & LolaHere’s a little taste of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLgCv4I6BpkCheck out Rebel’s glam team on instagram:Rebels Stylist @elizabethstewart1Rebels Stylist Assistant @jennyrodriguezstyleRebels Make up artist @karindarnellRebels hair stylist @itsdashHere’s the highlight reel of Sam’s experience too: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17921163365133244/Sam’s insta: https://www.instagram.com/samrken/Lola’s insta: https://www.instagram.com/yummololaberry/
6/21/2022

229. Sam & Lola in LA LA LAND - Inside the Hollywood casting room

Welcome to all that is the beast of casting. Sam’s spent a huge chunk of his career working in casting and Lola’s spent enough time in casting rooms to know what it feels like to bomb and fall flat on your face. This is an honest chat about casting, what it involves, we break down the difference between a chemistry test and a screen test. We’ll explore what stands out, what works and what doesn’t, and most importantly how to make the most of your 5 minutes in a casting room.Director Alex Hardcastle’s 3 tips for actors walking into a casting:1. Think about what the producers, directors or writers want and what they were trying to say. Know your audience2. Take a stab, go bold. It doesn’t matter if its wrong. It’s better to go in bold and not get the part, than be wishy washy and be like everyone else. Go big or go home3. Always turn up prepared, and know your linesHere’s a trailer to the Wolverine: Logan movie Sam auditioned for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Div0iP65aZoHere’s a little BTS of the chemistry test for Twilight of Robert Patterson and Kristen Stewart. He had to take a quarter of a vallium before the audition, was about to give up on acting to focus on his music career and didn’t have enough money to fly to Los Angeles for the for the chemistry test but his agents convinced him to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwPCvGVYZ-IWe hope you loved this ep; please leave us a comment of question and follow along on insta:Big love from,Sam & Lola in LA- Sam insta: https://www.instagram.com/samrken/ - Lola insta: https://www.instagram.com/yummololaberry/