This week we chat with badass business woman Rachel Berger! After living the hustle life as an actress, she decided to act on her dream of creating a shared working space for artists. She founded and runs The Artist Co-op whose missions is to unite New York City’s actors directors, dancers, playwrights, and more, with programs and services to support the performing arts community. We talk about her journey and learn more about the perks of joining The Artist Co-op!
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.
Matt works in music licensing for NBC Sports. For starters, he tells us what the hell that is. Matt comes from a business background with a passion for music, and his internship turned into a long career. This could be a route for those with a mind for law who want to work in music and television.
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!
Julia is a puppeteer! She talks about puppet wrangling, children’s theater, discovering comedy, and living the life of an artist working for the Parks Department of NYC. She’s also a Macy elf! Lots of laughs and getting misty about theater in this episode.
Max shares his journey from dabbling in New Orleans theater to NYC to Williamstown. He was an assistant for a Broadway actor, went through Stella Adler intensive, survived an apprenticeship at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and struggles to stay motivated just like the rest of us.
Pound the Pavement with Literary Supervisor, Ben! He went from a musical theater major, to working in casting and talent agencies to going to Grad School to now working at Samuel French! He gives practical advice on how to get your foot in the door and stand out among competition in the artistic job force. We chat reading scripts, the science behind publishing, regional work, and more! Also included is a very impressive Jack McBreyer impression!
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.