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The Acting Podcast
Ep. 5: Wisdom of Women
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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.
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“If you’re about the craft and if you’re about storytelling, it’s a career of immersion and exploration. And that is terrifying, liberating, exciting, passionate, all of it. It’s what makes our community ageless and colorless, and unfortunately the ‘business of’ gets in the way of that. Don’t let the business aspect of the creative medium get in the way of you telling your stories.”
– Mindy Cohn
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Guests & Resources:
Cate Cohen: BGB Teacher Page, Official Site, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Dionne Audain: IMDb, Instagram, Twitter
Harley Kozak: BGB Teacher Page, Official Site
Mindy Cohn: Instagram
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