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Season 02 – Episode 05 – Steve Harper

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Steve Harper is a television writer, playwright, and creativity coach. Credits include the ABC series, “American Crime”, and USA Networks, “Covert Affairs”. His web series, “Send Me,” has won multiple awards and garnered an Emmy nom for its lead actress.

On this week’s episode of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast Steve discusses…

  1. Trading in my electric typewriter for a Mac: During college (and then after) I drank the Apple Computer kool-aid and eventually spent 10 years teaching computer skills to people of all ages.
  2. Discovering The Actors Work Program: As a broke actor, I stumbled into the Actors Fund and found this social-services division that taught me how to expand my skill-set and my resume to get “meaningful sideline employment”. Today I do all kind of work even as I pursue by art in many abundant ways.
  3. Hosting a Baltimore Kids Show: I was hired in the early ‘90s to co-star in, co-produce and co-write a wacky kids show on the Fox affiliate in Baltimore and used more of my creative juices that I had previously used on one project.
  4. Creating a web series: After writing on a TV show for a few years, I decided to create my own series for the web with a crazy premise (about time travel to the days of slavery) – without really having a game plan before I started. We ultimately got nominated for an Emmy.
  5. Doing the ManKind Project Weekend: I took the leap to follow a friend’s advice and participated in this weekend workshop around emotional literacy for men and my life took a turn for the better.

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5 Things That Changed Your Life is a 12-episode multi-season podcast where guests share 5 stories, events, or experiences that had an impact on their lives. Hosted by Loren Kling.



Season 02 – Episode 01 – Sam Christensen

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On the season 2 premiere of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast, my guest, SAM CHRISTENSEN discusses:

  1. Being told he might make a great VP if he tried hard
  2. Getting a unique gift from his grandpa
  3. Learning the most valuable lesson from violinist Isaac Stern
  4. The end of the TV series M*A*S*H
  5. 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!



Episode 12 – Kristine Oller

Kristine discusses 5 things that changed her life:

  1. Being asked to lead mastermind “Power Groups” for The Actor’s Network.
  2. 5th grade: deciding that everyone could go eff themselves, cause, if she had to, she would be her own best friend
  3. 8th grade: purposefully throwing her class (and their grades) under a bus by refusing to do an assignment in history class
  4. 9th grade: becoming a professional actor by missing the 9th grade trip to Yosemite.
  5. 11th grade: failing trigonometry and discovering that the world didn’t end. (And some good things actually came out of that.)

About Kristine:

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 videos.
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.


Episode 11 – Dimithri Perera

Dimithri discusses 5 things that changed his life:

  1. 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.
  2. When you’re no longer wearing blue body paint and holding a lamp nobody knows who the heck you are.
  3. Getting glasses at age 6 made him cool until he moved to a new school. Then, he was just a geek.
  4. Beast Boy and Raven. Nick Fury and Black Widow. Matching ugly Christmas sweaters. It’s been 4 years and still going strong.
  5. Starting an improv troupe is starting a business. Where’s the fun in that?

About Dimithri:

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.

Follow Dimithri on Facebook and twitter.

Episode 10 – Tiwana Floyd

Tiwana discusses 5 things that changed her life:

  1. Joining The Agape International Choir… Where Tiwana found her voice and challenged herself to use it powerfully.
  2. Getting fired from a job she no longer enjoyed.
  3. Recognizing how people view her.
  4. Second City… Learning how to improvise taught her a higher standard of listening and to respond truthfully.
  5. Being taught to rely on herself and she’d never be disappointed.

About Tiwana:

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.