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Latest Episode9/8/2020

The Reality Check of Actors During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Another Conversation with Actress Maeve Quinlan

Season 1, Ep. 11
How do actors cope when all productions are put on hold? When loved ones are being kept at a distance, in this episode, the Hollywood veil gets lifted to give us a glimpse of the real and raw emotion of an artist.Maeve Quinlan was in my premiere episode but there was so much more to share about how we all cope when our natural desire to be close is being put to the test and how to keep creating and working on our dreams even when all appears to be hopeless.In this episode, I have a freestyle conversation with Maeve Quinlan that will bring a smile to your face. She is a critically acclaimed Irish American actress, starring in over 40 features films, television series, and movies. She works with actors on all levels, both alongside them in front of the camera and from the producer’s point of view.Right here, Maeve talks about the reality of working as an actress: what “Hollywood types” are really like, why she nearly gave up on acting, and how she decided to stick with it. Going deeper, we continue on to have a really moving conversation about what Maeve ’s experience is like amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when it comes to visiting her mother in a nursing home.In This Episode You Will Learn:Why the myth of the “fake” Hollywood types just isn’t true. (4:05)Why Maeve nearly gave up acting and how Jon Lovitz inspired her to keep going. (8:59)How The Bold and the Beautiful started production again after pausing during the pandemic. (20:29)What it was like for Maeve to see her mom, who lives in a nursing home, for the first time in months and why it caught the attention of the press. (23:16)The story of how Maeve rescued a dog for her mother. (33:37)Connect with Maeve:FacebookTwitterInstagramLet’s Connect!WebsiteFacebookInstagramLinkedInResources:Bichons and Buddies
8/25/2020

The Integrity of Production Design with Carlos Barbosa

Season 1, Ep. 10
Ever wonder what the job of a production designer looks like?Production design is one of the most important elements in film and TV. It sets the tone, creating an immersive world for the actors and viewers alike.In this episode, I talk with Carolos Barbosa, an extremely talented production designer who has worked on the pilot of 24 – which nominated him for an Emmy – Lost, CSI Miami, Studio 60, among many others. Carlos was born in Colombia and moved to Los Angeles to work on an architecture project, but this is also where the world of designing for the silver screen became a real possibility for his career.Throughout our conversation, Carlos shares his story of how he transitioned to architecture to production design, what it’s like to collaborate with directors and showrunners, and how he sees the future of design in the TV and film industries.Tune in to hear more about the life and career of a production designer!Some Questions I Ask:How did you go from architecture to production design? (5:41)How does it feel when your production designs get torn down after wrap? (8:35)How does the production design process start? (12:50)Have you ever been tempted to leave a project after butting heads with the director or showrunner? (18:58)What directors are you dreaming to work with right now? (24:55)What is your life and career’s mantra? (31:08)In This Episode You Will Learn:What it was like on set for the television show Aquarius. (3:38)How Carlos got his first job in production design. (5:56)How Carlos evaluates his projects and picks what to work on. (13:17)How Carlos protects the integrity of his work. (19:24)What the future of production design and augmented reality looks like. (27:18)Connect with Carlos Barbosa:WebsiteLet’s Connect!WebsiteLittle Studio FilmsTwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedIn
8/11/2020

The Brave Heart of a Scott with Craig McGinlay

Season 1, Ep. 9
Today I’m joined by a very special guest, Craig McGinlay! Some of you may know Craig from his coveted and renowned role as Percival in ‘King Arthur: Legend of The Sword’, or from his appearances in the critically acclaimed series ‘Outlander’ and ‘Knightfall’. Having come from a background as a rugby professional player, Craig has definitely worn many hats across many different industries and has pursued his passion for acting with an amazing perspective and outlook on the craft.In this episode, we discuss the ways in which Craig has honed his skills as a performer and actively learned from the practical experience he’s gained on set, why our ego needs to be put aside in order to be successful as performers, as well as how he made his childhood dream a reality. We also get into Craig’s experience working alongside ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star, Charlie Hunnam, as well as what he’s learned from being directed by a prolific and renowned figure in the entertainment industry, Guy Ritchie.To hear more, tune in to Episode 9 of The Heart of Show Business!Some Questions I Ask:When was the moment you realised you wanted to pursue acting and transition out of coaching sports? (2:54)Had you ever travelled outside of Scotland before you became an Actor? (14:12)Have you ever had the desire to pack up and move to Hollywood, or do you prefer living in Europe? (15:55)Could you expand on the connection you have with your roots as a Scotsman & How that has tied into your acting roles? (18:41)Has there ever been a low point in your career or personal life that you’ve had to dig yourself out of? (21:18)Where do you see yourself ten years from now? (29:55)What is the number one thing that you use to get yourself into a strong headspace? (31:25)In This Episode You Will Learn:Working with Guy Ritchie and soccer legend David Beckham and the trajectory towards pursuing acting full time (3:26)Craig’s experience filming in Bollywood & why he fell in love with the culture on set (8:40)The opportunities Craig has been offered during lockdown as a Producer & How the pandemic has affected his most recent projects (9:56)How having practical experience on film and TV sets has taught Craig so much about the industry and enriched his knowledge in other aspects of the creative process (11:08)The effect that the film ‘Braveheart’ had on me personally and my involvement in the upcoming Television Series (17:49)How Craig has actively worked to hone his skills as an Actor (23:12)Why our ego needs to be put aside in order to be successful in this industry & Craig’s advice for aspiring performers (26:31)Let’s Connect!Alexia Melocchi - WebsiteLittle Studio Films - WebsiteTwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedInConnect With Craig McGinlay:InstagramTwitterCraig McGinlay - IMDbResources:Website - ‘National Trust for Scotland’
7/28/2020

How to Find Your Inner Idol with Jonathan George

Season 1, Ep. 8
What does it mean to be a true Rockstar?It might be different than you think. It’s not about being able to perform like Christina Aguilera or Michael Jackson, but rather it’s about your presence, confidence, and personal branding. Essentially, it’s a mix of supreme confidence in who you are in totality and knowing what your brand is all about.In this episode, I talk with Jonathan George, also known as The Human Hitmaker. As the CEO of JG Entertainment, he has spent the past 20 years developing, branding, and launching Rockstar personal brands for celebrities, entrepreneurs, and influencers. He is an exceptional individual who shows up powerfully and authentically as himself.Throughout our conversation, Jonathan shares his journey thus far: from performing in church to getting his first recording contract, and what happened when he was “outed” as gay twenty years ago. He shares the story behind the evolution of his mindset and his strategies for becoming a true star.Tune in to hear more about Jonathan’s career and how embracing yourself leads to true, lasting confidence.Some Questions I Ask:Tell me about your life and how you evolved from singing to creating an impact. (3:59)When you take on a new client, how do you zone in on what they need to become rock stars in their own lives? (10:01)Did you ever feel like everything was lost? (27:03)What new ventures are you embarking on? (34:45)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How being gay affected Jonathan’s early career as a singer. (5:31)Why getting clear on what you want and your values are key to achieving success. (10:29)How Jonathan helps his clients conquer impostor syndrome. (16:57)How embracing your authenticity leads to confidence. (24:17)How Jonathan broke through his fear of judgment and stepped into his power. (27:46)Connect with Jonathan George:WebsiteFacebookInstagramLinkedinYouTube
7/14/2020

What Story Will You Tell? With Pitof Comar

Season 1, Ep. 7
What did you dream about doing with your life as a child?For Pitof Comar, his dream was to tell a story and provide an immersive experience for others. He started his career as a photographer, assistant director, and editor for films back in 1976, before branching out into musical scoring and graphic design for TV, music videos, and commercials. Then, in 2003, Pitof made his studio movie debut: Catwoman, a Warner Bros film starring Halle Berry and Sharon Stone. Now, he’s pivoted his idea of what “immersive storytelling” really looks like: multi-media virtual reality content.Throughout our conversation, Pitof shares with me the rollercoaster ride of directing his studio movie, what challenges he overcame, and how the story of that film developed over time. He also shares insights into how the filmmaking business has changed over time as audiences change their viewing habits, and why virtual reality is the future of storytelling.Tune in to hear more about Pitof’s journey and how the film industry has changed over time.Some Questions I Ask:What was it like to get the call to direct Catwoman? (4:12)What challenges does working on a studio movie present versus an independent film? (12:14)Tell me about your pivot to virtual reality. (24:11)What advice would you give to an aspiring film director? (40:41)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How Pitof used martial arts to depict a feline in a human body when working on Catwoman. (4:32)How Halle Berry was cast in Catwoman. (10:48)How the story behind Catwoman evolved over time.(12:28)How the nature of film entertainment has changed. (24:56)How virtual reality affects the brain’s perceptions. (38:04)Connect with Pitof:FacebookInstagramLet’s Connect!WebsiteFacebookInstagramLinkedIn
6/30/2020

The Voice Within with Athena Andreadis

Season 1, Ep. 6
When was the last time you called home?No, I don’t mean calling your parents’ house or checking in with loved ones. When was the last time you give yourself space to check in with yourself?For Grammy voter Athena Andreadis, checking in with herself is an essential daily practice. Athena, born in London to Greek parents, is a rare diamond with a blessed voice and songs filled with emotion, stories, and heart. Personally, I think she could very well be the next Janis Joplin with a country and faith vibe.Throughout my conversation with Athena, she shares her story to becoming a songwriter and what is the theme behind her new just released album, OUTSIDE OF TIME,how she made it onto the radio, and what meditation practices she uses to express herself in her writing. She also tells the story of how she received her calling to move to Los Angeles, how she builds her confidence, and why she strives to experience true authenticity in her work.Tune in to hear more about Athena’s path to success within the music industry!Some Questions I Ask:How did you get inspired to become an artist? (4:07)What was your journey to getting signed to a record label like? (5:29)How have your lyrics changed through your life changes? (14:23)What’s the meaning behind the lyrics of the song “I Am Waiting?” (18:45)What keeps you grounded and motivated? (22:04)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How Athena’s first demo got noticed. (5:53)How Athena uses her spiritual practices to build her confidence and skills. (12:50)How Athena’s songwriting process has transformed over time. (15:20)What pushed Athena to move across the world to LA. (17:04)How Athena uses mindfulness meditation to get to know herself. (22:19)Resources:WebsiteFacebookInstagramYouTubeSpotifyiTunes
6/16/2020

We’re All Hungry for Good Content with Jay Hix Jones

Season 1, Ep. 5
Are you hungry for some quality content?The entertainment world is full of content that provides space for consumers to zone out and forget about their own world as they dive into their television. But these times are changing, and more and more people are seeking out content that will educate and inspire them to make the world a better place.On this episode, I talk with Jay Hix Jones, an accomplished producer and writer of unscripted television who has experience working on shows such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Hoarders, just to name a couple. Now, he’s preparing to embark on the journey of moving from behind the camera to center stage.Throughout our conversation, Jay vulnerably shares his experiences working on shows that are simultaneously heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and how his relationship with Christ has inspired him to keep pursuing this meaningful work. He also shares his experience of helping his daughter through cancer treatments, how that has affected his work, and what the future holds for him.Tune in to hear more about Jay’s incredible journey and how his spiritual journey has supported his life and career thus far.Some Questions I Ask:How did your dream to work in Hollywood begin? (3:25)How did you hold yourself together while your daughter was going through cancer treatments? (11:55)What does Hungry Fish stand for? (16:56)How do you use the power of prayer to influence your mindset? (18:20)What’s next for you as a content creator? (20:36)In This Episode, You Will Learn:What the story producer role for reality TV shows looks like. (5:57)How Jay connected so deeply with those featured on his TV shows. (12:53)Why Jay is so passionate about creating good content to inspire the world. (17:07)Why Jay’s daily prayer practice is so important to him. (18:38)How Jay is connected to the pirate Jean Lafitte. (23:10)Connect with Jay:Hungry Fish MediaFacebookTwitterLet’s Connect!WebsiteFacebookInstagramLinkedIn