The Acting Podcast

Ep. 30: How to Have a Post-Covid Acting Career

Show Notes: Season 1!

Show Notes: Season 2!

Show Notes: Season 3!

In this first episode of Season 3, Risa and Steve talk about how to navigate this new and challenging time in order to find your way in an Industry that’s also redefining itself. We’ve all changed in the past 2 years, and now, Risa and Steve invite you to start with the following: Stop, look inside, create space, and figure out who you are right now so that your acting can be current, an expression of this very moment. From there, you can offer your art with presence, vulnerability, listening, self-awareness, kindness, empathy, human connection, artistic leadership, and generosity.

These are values that we practice and celebrate here at BGB, values and practices that will affect your audience on an emotional level and fill a great need in the Industry. Which is now- more than ever- a direct path to success. And yet success isn’t measured in jobs booked; it’s measured in the ups and downs of a career that happens over decades. So, your health (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual) is essential in order to take care of both you and your community and to become a whole, happy artist, your tank full, offering your voice, your talent, your art!

Have a listen! We know this will resonate. Let us know what speaks to you. Email us and find us on social to continue the conversation.

"Our goal here is to offer some ways to find joy and freedom and success in your work. We’re gonna assume this premise- that when you are artistically free, and when you approach your work, including self-tapes, with joy, excitement, deep curiosity, and an understanding that your art matters, you start finding true success. When you lean into art, you start to lose the self-consciousness and the pain of the rejection of the past. You show up for the work with leadership, generosity, and collaboration. And that's when the Industry takes notice."

-Risa Bramon Garcia & Steve Braun

“I just grew up at a time where I couldn’t name one female director…or not a single woman would get on stage to accept a producer award at the Oscars…representation matters because if you don’t see it, you don’t know that you can do it. Being a woman on the other side of the camera was not something that I ever saw.”
-Ellyn Jameson

“Then the desperation went away and I had an ease in audition rooms that I’d never had before because I had a life outside of wanting someone to pick me.”
-Dominic Burgess

“It happened entirely because I was following the path that was put in front of me without a tremendous amount of judgment around it. And I’m a judgy motherfucker…if I can do this, anyone can.”
-Johnathan McClain

“Walk into every room, and everything you ever write, and everything you create, and just make it you, just authentically you. And most of the time, the people who’ll respond to it will love it because you’re being yourself and there’s only one of you in the world. And it feels amazing when you put yourself forward and people reward you for it.”
-Caroline Lindy

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Steven Kovacs
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Steven Kovacs
Sam Dewees + Andy Abelow
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