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Barry Katz is Hollywood’s premier talent manager, with a client list that reads like The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In this intimate conversation, you’ll hear how Elvis Presley was a factor in developing Barry’s amazing work ethic…and how, even as a child, his creative instincts and empathetic nature made him the “everything’s gonna be okay guy”.

 

 

As you listen to Barry talk, you’ll come to know firsthand and intimately the remarkable character of Barry Katz, a thought leader and entertainment industry icon like no other.

This is a compelling conversation with a unique, gifted guy and a talent manager like none other in Hollywood.

If you're an actor, a comic, a writer, a director, a producer...or just have those "Hollywood Dreams," you don’t want to miss this one.

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Category:Show Business -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

Lisa London joins Bob & Suzanne and delivers a message every actor needs to hear!

Lisa is the daughter of Jerry London, one of Hollywood’s legendary television directors.  She grew up on her dad’s sets surrounded by major Hollywood stars. It was there that she found her show business inspiration.

In her teens, Lisa realized she had a unique instinct for spotting talent.  After working as a production assistant, she landed an apprenticeship with Lynn Stalmaster and Toni Howard, two of Hollywood's most legendary casting directors.  In classic work-your-way-up-from-the-bottom Hollywood fashion, Lisa ultimately joined with Catherine Stroud to build London-Stroud Casting, now a respected resource for studios, directors, and producers who are looking for the “special someone.”

After more than two decades casting for major studios like Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, as well as for every major broadcast network, London-Stroud has been consistently responsible for discovering young acting talent and putting them on the road to stardom.  It was Lisa’s keen eye for talent that tapped Myley Cyrus for her showbiz debut as Hanna Montana, cast Jennifer Aniston in her first feature film, and brought superstars like Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Jonah Hill, and Selena Gomez to the public’s attention.

In this interview, you’ll hear how Lisa came to write From Start to Stardom – The Casting Director’s Guide for Aspiring Actors, a serious step-by-step roadmap to breaking into and thriving in the Hollywood acting scene.  She also talks about the realities of casting sessions and the necessity to “make a choice” as an actor, and shares her tips for a successful professional audition.

If you’ve ever dreamed of an acting career…if you truly want that starring role…you’ll want to hear Lisa London as she shares her passion.  

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Category:Show Business -- posted at: 10:22pm PDT

#47 - Actress Charlotte Rae

Actress Charlotte Rae joins Bob & Suzanne for an intimate conversation about her long career on stage, screen, and television, during which she gives some very sage advice for any actor dreaming of show business success.

In this interview, you’ll hear Charlotte talk about studying acting at Northwestern University alongside future stars like Cloris Leachman, Patricia Neal, and Paul Lynde, and how she broke into the “golden age” of early television on shows like Armstrong Circle Theatre and The Phil Silvers Show. She shares her delight at becoming a series regular on the classic comedy Car 54, Where Are Car 54, Where Are You? which led to a long and impressive career in which she appeared on practically every major TV series over the next fifty years.

Of course, Charlotte Rae is best known for playing “Edna Garrett” in nearly 200 episodes of Diff’rent Strokes and its spinoff series The Facts of Life, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. Twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress in Pickwick and in Morning, Noon and Night, this is a multi-faceted star of historic renown.

During the interview, Charlotte generously gives some excellent advice for anyone hoping to follow in her footsteps and proudly describes writing her new very revealing autobiography The Facts of My Life, now available on Amazon.com and in bookstores everywhere. If you want to know the truth about how a lasting show business career is built, this is a conversation you’ll want to hear...and The Facts of My Life is required reading.

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Category:Show Business -- posted at: 7:39pm PDT

#35 - Hollywood Icon Actress Diane McBain

One of Hollywood’s iconic screen beauties, Diane McBain was headed for major stardom before she had even finished high school.  In this revealing interview, she provides a candid look into her life before, during, and after her years of major film and television stardom.

Raised as a child within sight of Hollywood Boulevard’s klieg lights, Diane quickly went from winning teen beauty contests, acting in neighborhood theater productions, working through high school as a magazine cover girl, her first day on the set of Father Knows Best, and being cast in Ice Palace, a major motion picture starring Richard Burton...all before she was 18 years old!

Diane pulls no punches as she describes life as a Warner Brothers contract player, how she handled the allure of stardom while still finishing high school, and the sacrifices she made for a career that “fell into her lap”.  She talks about her first on-screen kiss and the hectic life of an actress working non-stop on TV series like Maverick, Sugarfoot, Bourbon Street Beat, Surfside 6, 77 Sunset Strip, Batman, and The Man from Uncle (to name only a few of her dozens of shows).

Diane openly discusses the challenges and realities of working as a contract player for a studio that didn’t capitalize on her star power when she had it.  She reflects upon changing audience tastes, the fact that “people move on”, and how she found herself becoming “just a working actress” struggling to succeed in “a very difficult business”.

After starring in classic films like Parrish and Claudelle Inglish (her favorite role), after working with Elvis Presley in Spinout, after three decades of appearances in every TV show from Eight Is Enough to Dallas and General Hospital , Diane has now recently authored Famous Enough in which she tells the complete story of her life and career.  As her longtime friend Tippi Hedren describes it, “This is a book about the real Hollywood...told with truth, humility and lots of humor.”

We agree.  It’s a great book (packed with pictures) and if you’ve got “Hollywood dreams”, you need to listen to this interview...and then read it!

 

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Category:Show Business -- posted at: 10:50am PDT

#33 Bruce Sallan: Television Producer, Network Executive, Author, Entrepreneur

This high-energy conversation tells the story of an ambitious kid with zero show business “connections” who became one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful television movie producers: Bruce Sallan.

 

 

Bruce’s inspiring story takes us from a film class at UCLA and into pitch meetings at the major television networks...then into casting sessions at Hollywood’s biggest studios...and on to film locations around the world with some of the biggest celebrity stars of our time. 

 

 

With more than 24 major television movies to his credit—all inspired by his personal commitment to telling the best stories with a redeeming social value—Bruce enjoyed a remarkable 25-year career on the highest rungs of the Hollywood ladder.  He’s one of those rare talents who moved easily between high-level jobs at production companies, movie studios, and television networks. 

 

 

In this rapid-fire, free-wheeling conversation, Bruce doesn’t pull any punches as he recalls his work with stars like Bruce Dern, Barbara Hershey, Alan Arkin, Don Johnson, John Forsythe, Dick Van Patten, Betty White, Ron Howard, Mickey Rourke, Lindsay Wagner...and the list goes on!

 

 

Bruce Sallan delivers more than just anecdotes here; he talks about the actual “how to” of a Hollywood career, what it takes to really pitch and sell a hot TV project, and how to navigate the treacherous politics of any show business career.

 

 

The conversation then turns to Bruce’s dynamic career as an author (The Empty-Nest Road Trip Blues and A Dad’s Point-of-View: We ARE Half the Equation), a nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist, the recognized and outspoken advocate for fatherhood, a leading social media icon, the creator of one of Twitter’s  #DadChat where his weekly “all about dad” Tweet Chat draws thousands of weekly followers.

 

 

As the father of two sons, a seasoned and expert skier and unmatched raconteur, Bruce Sallan is uniquely gifted communicator with a great message to share...and he shares it with unmatched intelligence and energy.  This is a conversation NOT to be missed!

 

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Bob & Suzanne have a candid and free-wheeling conversation with

Paul Petersen, once a child actor and pop music teen idol,

now a prominent social activist and prolific novelist, and the

driving force behind "A Minor Consideration" working on

behalf of young performers everywhere.

 

Breaking into show business as one of the original

Mousketeers on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, Petersen went on to

a co-starring role on one of the most iconic television series of all time,

The Donna Reed Show, playing what he describes as

“the classic gap-toothed wisecracking younger brother”.

 

Paul recalls the professional acting lessons he learned performing

opposite movie greats Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in Houseboat,

and then from Emmy-winner Carl Betz and Oscar-winner Donna Reed

on The Donna Reed Show. 

He then shares the gritty real-world of Hollywood studio casting

when The Donna Reed Show went off the air after eight years,

and he suddenly went from young star to struggling actor. 

 

Articulate and painfully honest, Paul pulls no punches,

telling his story with compelling intelligence and honesty. 

You won’t forget hearing about the day that Hollywood legend

Mickey Rooney literally showed up unannounced at his doorstep

to give him the keys to a successful and fulfilling life.

 

What follows is a story of strength, stamina, and

personal transformation.  The lessons Paul Petersen shares

on this podcast should be heard by every “stage mother”

and by all talented kids with dreams of

making “the bigtime” in Hollywood.

 

This is the story of a "kid with talent" who became

an iconic television star and international teen idol...

and then walked into the halls of academe and a career as

a novelist and social activist.  It's a tale as dramatic and compelling as

any of Paul's TV and movie roles...and it’s rooted in

the bottom-line reality of show business.

 

If you’ve ever worked in the entertainment industry...or if

you have dreams of someday breaking into television,

movies, or music at the professional level, this interview with

Paul Petersen is no to be missed! 

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#27 Producing "by the numbers" with Dennis Brown

Suzanne and Bob reveal the latest news about their new book, Where Hollywood Hides: Santa Barbara Celebrities in Paradise,

and then talk to award-winning Hollywood producer Dennis Brown.

Dennis tells a uniquely personal story that saw him go from “small town boy” to a studio accounting department,

and then to the pinnacle of Hollywood success...with career highlights along the way that include

getting hired by Grant Tinker (who would later build MTM Productions with his wife Mary Tyler Moore),

surviving the destruction of United Artists Studio by  Michael Cimino's Heaven’s Gate,

and eventually being nominated for an Emmy.

During the course of his amazing career, Dennis has supervised multiple Academy Award and

Emmy Award-winning projects, has shot film on every continent on the planet. 

The major stars he’s worked with include Jerry Seinfeld, Lindsay Wagner, Farrah Fawcett,

Liza Minelli, Tom Selleck, Burt Lancaster, Peter Fonda, Leonard Nimoy...

and  in this interview, you’ll learn which actor holds a special place in his heart.

 

While sharing the one-work "key" to becoming a successful independent movie producer,

in a candid and emotional moment Dennis reveals what has truly mattered most to him

in building his career.  Throughout the interview, you’ll hear what it takes to plan a Hollywood career and

how “the Hollywood dream” can become a reality.

 

It’s an easy-going intimate conversation about an incredible life working

behind the scenes in Hollywood...and one you won’t forget!

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Suzanne and Bob talk about their new book, Where Hollywood Hides: Santa Barbara,

and are then joined by Lloyd Schwartz, one of TV’s most prolific writer-producers for

stories of his long and successful career in Hollywood.

Starting as a standup comic (with a member of The Black Panthers as his working partner),

Lloyd recalls selling his first network script while still in college and describes the confidence

and writing skills that made him Hollywood’s youngest television producer.

With TV writing credits ranging from Harper Valley PTA and Baywatch to movies like

The Invisible Woman and A Very Brady Christmas, Lloyd was well prepared when he

became the producer of one of television’s most iconic series of all time, The Brady Bunch.

Lloyd doesn’t pull any punches as he describes his notion of “happy projects” and reveals

his secret to building a lasting writing career and delivers a realistic and practical step-by-step

strategy for breaking into the studio system. 

“If you do exactly what I’m saying, you’ll get into the business”.

Throughout the conversation, Lloyd shares stories of his favorite actors, talks about

what it was like moving up through the ranks from dialogue coach to producer—eventually

becoming a network executive—and then to writing America’s first live dinner theatre plays.

It’s a high-energy inspirational interview peppered with rock-solid tips for surviving in Hollywood,

including Lloyd’s personal mantra “The phone will never ring.  You have to make it happen.”

Lloyd Schwartz has a unique and inspiring story, and if you want

“the keys to making it in Hollywood”, you’ll want to hear this podcast.

 

 

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After his childhood appearance as "Tommy Bailey" in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life 

and an incredible 500 acting credits alongside stars like Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn,

Sally Field, Shelly Fabares, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Rick Nelson, and Elvis Presley,

Hawkins grew restless co-starring as "America's favorite boyfriend and sidekick". 

He wanted more out of his Hollywood career...and he went out and got it.

Turning away from acting, Jimmy Hawkins set out to “remake” himself and soon became

one of Hollywood’s most entrepreneurial and commercially successful independent film and television producers.

You’ll hear how Jimmy navigated the shark-infested waters of Hollywood power-brokers and

deal-makers to help finance and produce Evel Knievel with George Hamilton, and the thrill of

the movie’s star-studded premier at Grauman’s Chiinese Theater that turned

a small independent film into a 25-million dollar hit.

Not resting on his laurels, Jimmy went on to create and produce hit films like  Scout’s Honor starring

the young Gary Coleman, Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy “Satchel” Page with Lou Gossett Jr.,

and Love Leads the Way, starring Timothy Bottoms. 

He reveals why each of his movie or television projects has projected positive values, the best in

human nature, and personal redemption...

and the keys to his ongoing personal and critical success.

With unmatched creative instincts, Jimmy has the uncanny ability to transcend genres,

formats, and media.  After creating and producing Motown Returns to the Apollo, he soon jumped into

the publishing world to author no less than five best selling books targeting

the everlasting appeal of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

This is a conversation you won't forget as Jimmy Hawkins shares the genuine secrets to

producing both movies and television projects in Hollywood.

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Category:Show Business -- posted at: 10:59am PDT

#20 Acting & Singing with Ross Borden

It’s a free-wheeling interview as Ross Borden discusses Detroit origins

that led to an onstage vaudeville childhood of singing, dancing, and

making false eyelashes for nightclub strippers...and how

he became (of all things) a professional dentist.

 

How Ross stepped away from a prosperous 20-year dental career to

follow his true creative passions right into the major Hollywood studios

as a “go to” guest actor is truly the stuff of Hollywood Dreams.  

With credits on shows like Kung Fu, Simon & Simon, Falcon Crest,Hawaii 5-0,

and T.J. Hooker, Ross knows what he’s talking about as he shares candid personal

memories of David Carradine, Robert Wagner, Jacqueline Bisset,

and the Hollywood “casting couch”.

 

With three beautifully-produced CDs proving his singing and performing

prowess, Ross generously shares advice for those with ambitions to enter the

highly-charged world of professional music and film acting. 

 

This is the episode anyone who wants to become a working actor

should hear as Ross Borden tells us what it really takes to succeed in “the biz”.

should hear as Ross Borden tells us what it really takes to succeed in “the biz”.

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