Actor Hack Podcast

The Business of Being an Artist

39: A Mark a Yen a (Hack) or a Pound

That clinking, clanking sound, which makes the world go round! A special new year edition in which Caralie and Daniel discuss the financial realities of performing in NYC. They cover union-mandated minimums for performers, personal money advice, current rents, and #fairwageonstage.


38: Changing Seasons on the Road (Matt)

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+ 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! 

37: Spinning Plates and Crafting Puppets with (Julia)

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.

36: (Cathy De La) Grad Schoolz

We sit down with Cathy de la Cruz: filmmaker, performer and writer born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. We chat two MFAs, teaching creative writing and film making to kids, and how she stumbled into being a queer poet. We also chat working with your heroes, being naked in hot springs, internships, tarot cards, and mono! 

35: Chill to the (Max)

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.

34: Anger Into Art with (Actor Hack)

Join your old pals Daniel and Caralie while they reflect on the election results and rally together resources and ideas on how to make a difference. They introduce a new website focused on fueling anger into action. They chat finding comfort, current media, utilizing empty spaces, and how making art is more important than ever. 

Resources in this episode:

She Should Run / Emily’s List / Ballotpedia / Women’s March on Washington / Foster Campbell / Courage Campaign / Where To Go From Here / This American Life / Siti Blog


33: Let’s Get Lit with (Ben!)

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!


Here are some resources in this episode:

Syracuse University
Brooklyn College
New Dramatists
Signature Theater
Samuel French
Sarah Ruhl
Will Eno
New Play Exchange
Sweet Soubrette

32: You Could Hear It For (Miles!)

We chat with Sound Designer Miles Polaski who guides us through his journey from actor to all hands on deck to finding his niche as a sound designer. He’s done it all from freelance in Chicago to in house in Virginia and now is a successful Drama Desk Nominee living in NYC!


Here are some resources we talk about this episode:

Miles Polaski /

Flagler College /
Barter Theater /
Howard Brown Clinic /
The Brown Elephant /
Chicago Shakespeare /
The Goodman /
Steppenwolf /
The Hypocrites /
2nd Story /
3-Legged Dog /
The Flea/
Drama Desk /
The Salem Bitch Trials /
Sweet Soubrette

31: Finding Your Folks with (Rachel!)

Actor Rachel Casparian opens up about body image, mental health, and how she found her NYC network of artists. She’s Co-Creative Director of Naked Angels’s Tuesdays @ 9 and Co-Artistic Director of Core Artist Ensemble. She addresses how she initially approached the industry and what she would have done differently. Rachel gives practical advice on finding your footing and advancing a theater company as well as your career. We also chat living in Italy, plays about podcasts, and social consciousness in Ohio!


Here are some resources mentioned in the episode:

Rachel Casparian /
Antioch College /
Alice Liddell /
Sesame Street /
Cosby Show /
Drama Book Shop /
Backstage / /
The Barrow Group /
Core Artists Ensemble /
Naked Angels / /
EST First Brew /
Shelter Theater /
Shakespeare Forum

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