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Hometown to Hollywood

The Hometown to Hollywood podcast features intimate interviews with industry insiders—actors, casting directors, acting coaches, producers, agents, managers, and more. It’s like sitting down over coffee with a generous expert every week. Join us!

Melanie Paxson, Actress

By Bonnie Wallace | September 26, 2017

How does a girl from a small town in the Midwest who falls in love with acting grow up to become a successful working L.A. actor with 40 film and TV roles, and almost countless commercial credits?

Join me and my guest Melanie Paxson on this episode of Hometown to Hollywood, and find out!

Melanie is best known for her role as the Fairy Godmother on Disney Descendants and Descendants 2, as well as Dolly, Walt Disney’s secretary on Saving Mr. Banks. Her guest star appearances include roles on series including The Drew Carey Show, Rules of Engagement, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Joey, Medium and Last Man Standing. She is also the former Red Robin Burger Mama!

Melanie has a BA in theatre from the University of Missouri, then trained at Second City in Chicago, and performed with the renowned theatre troupe Steppenwolf Theatre before coming to Los Angeles at 26.

We cover some great topics in this conversation, including the benefits of training at a university vs. just going straight to professional work at 18 (or younger), what it’s like to land in LA as a young adult, what keeps her going as a successful working actor, and much more. She even gives a little shout-out to SAG-AFTRA for being a great union with terrific healthcare—which it is!!

Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:

  • “It unfolded effortlessly.”
  • “I was nice and delusional.”
  • “If you are unstoppable, no one’s going to stop you but yourself.”
  • “Doors will open, you go through that door, then another door opens.”
  • “Family is important… it keeps me grounded.”
  • “You need to show up early, and be focused.”
  • “This business is definitely about perseverance.”
  • “If you know it in your heart, then you just keep taking the next step.”
  • “When you’re really lucky, you get to tell amazing stories.”
  • “That’s my job: I audition.” Click To Tweet

 

Follow Melanie HERE:

Twitter: @MellyPaxson

Instagram: @MellyPaxson

Facebook: @MellyPaxson

 

Melanie’s story illustrates one of the many paths into a career in Hollywood: you start where you are, study with the best resources available, including university training, then eventually make your way to Los Angeles.

Everyone’s journey is different, but there are common threads that run through the stories of all successful actors: perseverance, faith, hard work, and a great attitude. Staying grounded and maintaining perspective.

I offer consulting services for parents of young actors, or for young adult actors. A single hour with me can answer your questions, including questions you didn’t know you had, and provide an action plan to get you moving toward that dream. WHILE keeping a sense of perspective!

If you’d like some help figuring out your next move, schedule a Skype consultation with me HERE. I look forward to talking with you!

xo

Bonnie

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Cameron Boyce, Part 2 of 2

By Bonnie Wallace | September 13, 2017

 

Cameron Boyce Part 2 of 2

Today my guest on Hometown to Hollywood is Cameron Boyce. Cameron has done MANY film and TV projects, but he is best known for his roles in Mirrors, Eagle Eye, Grownups and Grownups 2, Jessie, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Descendants and Descendants 2.

This is part two of my two-part conversation with Cameron. In this second half of our interview, Cameron covers auditions, dealing with fame, surprises along his journey, and much more! 

Be sure to catch part one if you haven’t yet, where he shares about how he got started, who inspires him, training, school, and much more. We get into a lively conversation about the CHSPE that is relevant for any young actor considering taking that test so they can work as a “legal 18” in California.

Cameron’s thoughtful take on the entertainment industry reflects that fact that at the age of 18 he has already spent more than half his life working in it, and has worked with legends. Join us!

Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:

  • “Dancers are some of the best people to be around.”
  • “If you beat yourself up, you’ll get sick of it really quickly.”
  • “My ‘Butterfly Effect’ is really broad.”
  • “I’ve never gotten used to the impact I have on people.”
  • “If you’re passionate about becoming famous? Not a good deal.”
  • “Stay persistent. Because it doesn’t come overnight.”
  • “Give the script the respect that it deserves.”
  • “When you are right for a character and role, it’ll happen.”
  • “Trust the process.”
  • “When you lose your self, you lose everything, so be yourself.”

 

Follow Cameron HERE:

Twitter: @TheCameronBoyce

Instagram: @TheCameronBoyce

 

Cameron’s experience in the entertainment industry first as a true child actor, and now transitioning to a young adult actor, yields invaluable insights into what faces young actors at different stages of their journey. Everybody’s path is unique. The point, I think, is to feel happy and fulfilled no matter where your path takes you. And that has a lot to do with keeping a sense of perspective on your adventure.

I offer consulting services for parents of young actors, or for young adult actors. A single hour with me can answer your questions, including questions you didn’t know you had, and provide an action plan to get you moving toward that dream. WHILE keeping a sense of perspective!

If you’d like some help figuring out your next move, schedule a Skype consultation with me HERE. I look forward to talking with you!

xo

Bonnie

 

 

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Cameron Boyce, Actor: PART ONE

By Bonnie Wallace | September 7, 2017

 

Today my guest on Hometown to Hollywood is Cameron Boyce. Cameron has done MANY film and TV projects, but he is best known for his roles in Mirrors, Eagle Eye, Grownups and Grownups 2, Jessie, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Descendants and Descendants 2.

This is part one of my two-part conversation with Cameron. Come back next week for part two, where he shares about auditions, dealing with fame, surprises along his journey, and much more!

In this first half of our interview, Cameron covers how he got started, who inspires him, training, school, and much more. We get into a lively conversation about the CHSPE that is relevant for any young actor considering taking that test so they can work as a “legal 18” in California. His thoughtful take on the entertainment industry reflects that fact that at the age of 18 he has already spent more than half his life working in it, and has worked with legends. Join us!

Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:

  • “The kid really has to want to be there.”
  • “Parents really are everything.”
  • “Every single thing on the page is there for a reason.”
  • “An actor is in a prime position to learn about ANYTHING.”
  • On agents: “Find somebody who’s passionate about you.”
  • “To get those 6 projects, you have to do 600 auditions.”
  • “It’s rare for a casting director to be looking for a breakout star.”
  • “When all the stars align, it’s really special.”
  • “Throw in a little bit of personality. Sprinkle it on.”
  • “You should always go with your gut.” Click To Tweet

 

Follow Cameron HERE:

Twitter: @TheCameronBoyce 

Instagram: @TheCameronBoyce

 

Cameron’s experience in the entertainment industry first as a true child actor, and now transitioning to a young adult actor, yields invaluable insights into what faces young actors at different stages of their journey. Everybody’s path is unique. The point, I think, is to feel happy and fulfilled no matter where your path takes you. And that has a lot to do with keeping a sense of perspective on your adventure.

I offer consulting services for parents of young actors, or for young adult actors. A single hour with me can answer your questions, including questions you didn’t know you had, and provide an action plan to get you moving toward that dream. WHILE keeping a sense of perspective!

If you’d like some help figuring out your next move, schedule a Skype consultation with me HERE. I look forward to talking with you!

xo

Bonnie

 

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