Ben is a literary agent whose dabbled in many different realms of the theater world. From legit agency to artistic internship, from assisting a set designer to apprenticing at Williamstown, from Roundabout to New York Theater Workshop, Ben has seen a lot. He teaches us how to get coffee, how to ask for what you want, and how to walk into tech.
This week we chat with Agent Assistant, Claire! She walks us through her days of interning in general management and casting offices, as well as her crazy days of stage managing for Sleep No More. Claire now assists at an NYC Talent Agency that represents actors in theater, film, and television. She chats about how being a perfectionist didn't suit her in the acting world, but how it's perfect for her current line of work. We also laugh about Millionaire Matchmaker and other ways to relieve stress if you work in the entertainment biz.
We chat with working actor and dad Matt Bailey! He hails from Palo Alto, CA and chats with us about his first survival job as a stage door guard at Studio 54, to understudying, to working on the Jersey Boys tour for 3.5+ years, to recurring on Hulu's The Path! We talk getting better at auditions, how to walk onto your first tv set, taking classes with Bob Krakower, and performing Batboy in a barn!
Sean Kleier comes from a background unlike most our guests. Not convinced arts could be a job – it wasn’t until later he started to pursue. After moving to NY, nabbing a restaurant job, doing open mics, getting looped into the commercial world, his viral video got the attention of an agent. Now Sean is a series regular on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out and chats about all his mistakes as well as his socially conscious side projects.
Celebrate the slings and arrows of pursuing an artistic life in NYC with The Artistic Pursuit Podcast. Join your new friends and mentors Caralie and Daniel for fun conversation with pros & amateurs alike as they break down barriers, demystify the theatrical industry, and more!
DANIEL is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and holds a degree in Theater Performance from Louisiana State University. In New York he has performed at Here, The Bridge Theater and Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios, the McKibbin Lofts in Bushwick, and an apartment on 145th street in a site specific production of The Glass Menagerie. He has directed works for FringeNYC, the Duct Tape and A Dream festival produced by Roots and Wings Theatrical, and The Barrow Street Theater's reading series. He has served as artistic director for Renegade Shakespeare Co. in Baton Rouge and Royal Jelly Entertainment in Brooklyn.
CARALIE is a technical recruiter at Flatiron School (a WeWork Company). Before entering into tech, she was a Talent Manager at Davis/Spylios Management in New York City representing actors in theater, film, and television. She has freelanced as a casting assistant and associate and served as Casting and Programs Director of the Off-Off Broadway Company Roots and Wings Theatrical. As a writer her plays have been produced in Tongue and Cheek’s Plus 1 Fall Festival, LSU’s Outworks Festival, Duct Tape and Dream Festival, Going to Tahiti Reading Series, and Artistic New Directions’ Go Solo Festival. As a performer she’s worked on multiple Off-Off Broadway shows as well as Swine Palace in Louisiana. She has a B.A. in Theatre Performance from LSU.