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On the season 2 premiere of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast, my guest, SAM CHRISTENSEN discusses:
- Being told he might make a great VP if he tried hard
- Getting a unique gift from his grandpa
- Learning the most valuable lesson from violinist Isaac Stern
- The end of the TV series M*A*S*H
- The Actors’ Center of Los Angeles and developing “The Sam Christensen Process”.
Sam is a former casting director for Broadway theatre, feature films, and television, including one of the most popular TV series of all-time, MASH.
Today, at “Sam Christensen Studios
” in North Hollywood, California, and in classes around the World, he teaches “The Sam Christensen Process
” to thousands of actors, artists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and CEOs.
As a graduate of… “The Process”, I like to describe it as this…
Imagine you’re at a job interview or a casting audition and the person behind the table says, “Describe yourself”. What would you say?
Since taking the class in 2011, I’ve been able to easily and confidently say, “I’m an onion ring in a bag of fries.”
Can’t get more clearer than that!
Kristine discusses 5 things that changed her life:
- Being asked to lead mastermind “Power Groups” for The Actor’s Network.
- 5th grade: deciding that everyone could go eff themselves, cause, if she had to, she would be her own best friend
- 8th grade: purposefully throwing her class (and their grades) under a bus by refusing to do an assignment in history class
- 9th grade: becoming a professional actor by missing the 9th grade trip to Yosemite.
- 11th grade: failing trigonometry and discovering that the world didn’t end. (And some good things actually came out of that.)
Kristine Oller is an award-winning Change Strategist and author of the book, Feeding Your Focus. Leading by example, she is dedicated to empowering others to bet on themselves – and to help them win that bet. Her clients include Oscar nominees, professional athletes, business owners, executives, published authors, performers (including 5 Things host, Loren Kling), voice over artists (and a wide variety of up-and-comers), ranging in age from their 20’s to 70’s.
You can find her over at her website KristineOller.com
where you can sign up for her free weekly ninety second Golden Nugget
And, if you are a performer, definitely check out her other website TheActorsLibrary.com
where she’s collected ALL of her very best career guidance and resources for you to access – for free.
Dimithri discusses 5 things that changed his life:
- Putting your heart and soul into a scripted web series that’s fully written, produced, and shot but now sits on a shelf, only partially completed.
- When you’re no longer wearing blue body paint and holding a lamp nobody knows who the heck you are.
- Getting glasses at age 6 made him cool until he moved to a new school. Then, he was just a geek.
- Beast Boy and Raven. Nick Fury and Black Widow. Matching ugly Christmas sweaters. It’s been 4 years and still going strong.
- Starting an improv troupe is starting a business. Where’s the fun in that?
Dimithri is a lifelong performer and writer and all-around geek.
He is the founder of Laugh Chance, an improv team from Fullerton CA that performs twice a month at STAGEStheatre in Fullerton, California. Get tickets and more info at Laugh Chance. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Dimithri is your source for geek news and commentary at facebook.com/thekeeg.
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Tiwana discusses 5 things that changed her life:
- Joining The Agape International Choir… Where Tiwana found her voice and challenged herself to use it powerfully.
- Getting fired from a job she no longer enjoyed.
- Recognizing how people view her.
- Second City… Learning how to improvise taught her a higher standard of listening and to respond truthfully.
- Being taught to rely on herself and she’d never be disappointed.
Tiwana is a Los Angeles based commercial and television actor, a graduate of The Second City Hollywood, and soon-to-be graduate of the Second City Directing Program. Tiwana makes her directorial debut with four shows in November of 2016.
Tiwana is also the owner of YourVisualAide.com a design firm focused on print media for actors and entertainers.
You can subscribe to her blog ActingLessonsLearned.com, follow her on Twitter at @TiwanaFloyd and on Instagram at Quirkyful. Visit her website TiwanaFloyd.com.
Liz discusses 5 things that changed her life:
- Self-inflicted near-sightedness. How she faked vision problems when she was a kid just to get glasses
- Becoming a teacher instead of a doctor and becoming an actor instead of a teacher
- Visa lottery. How her family won a green card lottery to come live in the United States
- Meeting her husband. Sometimes you just need to eat a sandwich before taking over the world
- A restless artist. Unsure of how to move her career forward yet itching to perform. How a writing assignment in class became a one-person play.
Liz Femi is a Los Angeles based actor who recently appeared in Judd Apatow’s Netflix series “Love” and guest starred opposite David Duchovney in NBC’s Aquarius. She is the writer and performer of the award-winning comedic solo show, “Take Me To The Poorhouse,” and is currently in production on the Netflix feature, A Futile And Stupid Gesture, which comes out in 2017.
You can follow Liz on Twitter and Instagram at @LizFemi and on her website at LizFemi.com.