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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!

Wendy Japhet, Movie Producer

By Bonnie Wallace | July 7, 2017

What exactly does an executive producer do on a movie? How much input do they have on casting, locations, and all the creative choices that make a movie what it is?

To answer some of these questions and much more, my guest on this episode of Hometown to Hollywood is Wendy Japhet. Wendy is a producer of films, for both the big screen and TV. She is best known for producing The Italian Job, An Education, The Brothers Bloom, I’m Not There, Disney Descendants, and Descendants 2.

Wendy shares her story—which begins with her passion for dance, and a degree in English Literature– and she provides great insight into the challenging, creative world of production, including some great stories from Descendants and Descendants 2. Join us!

Some of my favorite quotes:

  • “Movies are stories… and I loved storytelling.”
  • “I’m a big believer in working toward your own strengths.”
  • “I see the EP role as being the person on set who has the heart of the movie in mind.”
  • “Part of the joy for me in doing Descendants and Descendants 2 is I love the kids.”
  • “I always wanted to work with Kenny Ortega. It took me 30 years, but I got there!”
  • “Each movie has it’s own life, it’s own reality, it’s own vibe.”
  • “All our dancers in Descendants 2 are Canadian. And we had 40 dancers.”
  • “You have to not be intimidated by how many things are happening at the same time.”
  • “It gives me a lot of satisfaction to make a good movie that I’m proud of.”
  • “Usually, creative people find each other.”
  • “I think some of the discipline of being a ballet student translates to me through my whole life.”

Wendy is not on social media but you can see some of her amazing projects on IMDb HERE.

Look for Descendants 2 on multiple platforms July 21st!

Wendy started her career path as a dancer, and that path eventually led her to producing. But the discipline and lessons she learned through dance stayed with her and helped her be a better producer. I think acting training is similar– no matter where your life takes you, that confidence and discipline will serve you!

Pursuing the career of a professional actor is never easy, but it can be easier if you understand how it all works.

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.

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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Vincent Spano, Actor, Episode 2 of 2

By Bonnie Wallace | June 21, 2017

 

How does an actor successfully transition from young star to adult star, and build a career that spans decades? This week’s guest is one of the rare artists who has managed to achieve this.

THIS IS PART 2 OF OUR 2-PART CONVERSATION.

If you missed part 1, I encourage you to catch it!

My guest on this podcast episode is Vincent Spano. Vincent is a film, stage and television actor; he is also a film director and producer.

Vincent has many, many film and TV credits, but he is best known for his roles in Baby It’s You, Rumble Fish, The Black Stallion Returns, Alive, Oscar, City of Hope, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He currently has 5 films in post-production, including Wonderwell, which was Carrie Fisher’s final film.

Vincent is a born storyteller and dropped a lot of wisdom in our conversation—so much that I had to divide our interview into 2 parts!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from our time together:

“The day I was supposed to show up for college was the day I flew to Italy to begin the adventure of a lifetime, playing Raj in The Black Stallion Returns.”

“Baby It’s You and The Outsiders started on the same day, and I had to decide what to do.”

“I put The Black Stallion Returns, Baby It’s You, and Rumblefish in the can in less than 1 calendar year.”

“Find ways to appreciate everything, and see the blessings in everything.”

“My training was like going to the gym: it was always scene study class.”

“When it comes to auditions, it’s all about mentality.”

On auditions: “It’s an opportunity to create. It’s a chance to say to God: thank you for this gift.”

“Tell the story, and make it real.”

“I want someone who comes in and it’s so real, I’m not even aware it’s acting.”

“I think true success is being the best person you can be.”

“Whoever’s meant to get the role is going to get the role, no matter what.”

 

Join us!

Follow Vincent here:

Twitter: @iAmVincentSpano
Instagram: @vincent.spano
Facebook: @VincentSpanoOfficial

 

Are you a young actor, or the parent of one? Are you looking for help figuring out how to break into the business?

I can help you! For about the price of an hour with an acting coach, I can answer your questions and help you make an action plan that gets you moving toward that dream.

Schedule a Skype session with me HERE. I look forward to talking with you!

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Vincent Spano, Actor

By Bonnie Wallace | June 12, 2017

Vincent Spano, Part 1 of 2

 

How does an actor successfully transition from young star to adult star, and build a career that spans decades? This week’s guest is one of the rare artists who has managed to achieve this.

My guest on this podcast episode is Vincent Spano. Vincent is a film, stage and television actor; he is also a film director and producer.

Vincent has many, many film and TV credits, but he is best known for his roles in Baby It’s You, Rumble Fish, The Black Stallion Returns, Alive, Oscar, City of Hope, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He currently has 5 films in post-production, including Wonderwell, which was Carrie Fisher’s final film.

Vincent is a born storyteller and dropped a lot of wisdom in our conversation—so much that I had to divide our interview into 2 parts!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from our time together:

 

“The day I was supposed to show up for college was the day I flew to Italy to begin the adventure of a lifetime, playing Raj in The Black Stallion Returns.”

“Baby It’s You and The Outsiders started on the same day, and I had to decide what to do.”

“I put The Black Stallion Returns, Baby It’s You, and Rumblefish in the can in less than 1 calendar year.”

“Find ways to appreciate everything, and see the blessings in everything.”

“My training was like going to the gym: it was always scene study class.”

“When it comes to auditions, it’s all about mentality.”

On auditions: “It’s an opportunity to create. It’s a chance to say to God: thank you for this gift.”

“Tell the story, and make it real.”

“I want someone who comes in and it’s so real, I’m not even aware it’s acting.”

“I think true success is being the best person you can be.”

“Whoever’s meant to get the role is going to get the role, no matter what.”

 

In next week’s episode, Vincent shares his thoughts on training, auditions, staying inspired, and much more.

Join us!

 

Follow Vincent here:

Twitter: @iAmVincentSpano
Instagram @vincent.spano
Facebook: @VincentSpanoOfficial

 

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Steven Tylor O’Connor, Associate Casting Director– Part 2

By Bonnie Wallace | June 3, 2017
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Brandon Belieu, Stunt Man

By Bonnie Wallace | June 1, 2017
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Shelby Wulfert, Actor

By Bonnie Wallace | May 25, 2017
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Max Chucker, Stage Actor

By Bonnie Wallace | May 25, 2017
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Steven Tylor O’Connor, Associate Casting Director– 1 of 2

By Bonnie Wallace | May 10, 2017
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Josann McGibbon, Screenwriter

By Bonnie Wallace | April 26, 2017
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