Actor Hack Podcast

The Business of Being an Artist


April 2016

17: Creating a Tangible Purpose with (Emily & Andy P2)

In Part Two we chat accountability coaches, writing your own opportunities, the journey of a short film, and combining your passions with giving back to the world. We also tackle having the courage to follow your dreams and being okay when those dreams change.


Emily and Andy are delightful young couple who is attacking entrepreneurship and film in NYC. We discuss grad school, personal coaches, and indie films.

UPDATE: Andy just showed his film Words at the Louisiana International Film Festival.

Here are some resources mentioned in the episodes:
Lee Strasberg Institute
The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University
Broadway Dance Center
Bob Cline
EmPowered NYC
The New School
Susan Aston
Elite Team – Creating Opps
NYC Fit Week
Y’all Media
The Fhitting Room
She’s The First

And we thank Sweet Soubrette for the tunes.


16: You Get Out What You Put In (Emily & Andy P1)

Husband and Wife, Emily and Andy moved to NYC 7 years ago, landed corporate jobs, and from there had their own artistic journeys. In P1 we talk about the early days and pinpoint which experiences truly launched them into success as artists. We cover tour life, the actor’s studio, being a dancer with an injury, and how being in a couple doesn’t make you immune to the loneliness and challenges.

15: Ah-ha! Moments with (Lyssa)

Lyssa knows many worlds and shares it all! We chat Maggie Flanagan Studios, the publishing world, social media, server skills, open mic nights, the magic of asking, and self producing her comedic and vulnerable hit live talk show “The Bitch Seat.”


Lyssa is a badass stand up comic and actress who talks about creating and growing her show The Bitch Seat and how to get started in stand-up.

Here are some resources mentioned in the episode:
Lyssa Mandel
Northwestern University
Maggie Flanigan
Columbia Publishing Course
Labyrinth Theater Company
Mason Gross School at Rutgers University
Heidi Griffiths at The Public Theater
The Pit
The Magnet Theater
The Annoyance
Time Out New York
The Village Voice
Awkward Sex and the City
Brunch Night
America’s Got Talent
Union Hall
Meltdown Comics
Cake Batter
The Broadway Comedy Club
IO West
Lloyd Williamson
The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

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