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Nathan Agin

Host, Producer & Editor of The Working Actor's Journey
Creative, traveler, home chef, Shakespeare nerd, goofball.


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Text Work: Threat Matrix with Jeanne Sakata
In this episode, Jeanne discusses a monologue she worked on from the TV show Threat Matrix. She plays a Cambodian woman who recounts her experiences of escaping the Khmer Rouge. I’ve visited Cambodia and seen first-hand some of the atrocities that happened there—just horrific, as we talk about. You’ll hear Jeanne discuss: how a book she had read two years earlier helped her initially with the audition and then again, once she booked the part how she ended up finding a sense of ease with the text the challenges of learning a Cambodian dialect, and how she felt insecure about it   Plus, we talk about working on monologues that are stories set in the past vs. things that are happening right now! It's a great session, and it was really wonderful to hear Jeanne’s process of connecting to this material.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Jeanne's monologue (as Dara) from Threat Matrix  DARA The stream bed, it was dry season But the rocks still slippery Uncle Sam help me, carry my baby He say he have baby boy long time ago in the States [AGENT FRANKIE: Did he talk about his boy, did he say his name?] No, but he say worse pain in world is losing family [AGENT FRANKIE: How long did you walk?] At least three hours, then no more But Uncle Sam, he move quickly like he see in dark Then he stop us at pool of water near big boulder Uncle Sam say, many mines in jungle on side Only way through water Water deep, cold Sam carry my baby high On other side, we see small house He had name for it.  
Ep #22: Jeanne Sakata on the Joy of Discovery, Eagerness, and Redemptive Writing
Jeanne Sakata has had a 30+ year career spanning theater, film, television, and voiceover. She was in two different stage productions this past year, both with notable companies, jumping from Shakespeare to new plays: appearing in Othello at A Noise Within in Pasadena, CA and in Do You Feel Anger? at the Vineyard Theatre in NY. For her first play, Jeanne wrote the celebrated and award-winning solo show Hold These Truths, based on the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student at the University of Washington who challenged the American Government during World War II. Just a bit of what we cover in this episode with Jeanne: Growing up on a lettuce farm right near the railroad tracks Thinking she would be a journalist and majoring in English at UCLA How acting and therapy both came into her life at the same time How the Spanish language opened her eyes to working on Shakespeare Her deep need to tell Gordon’s story based on her own family’s history How her marriage and relationship has lasted over 40 years—and so much more!   Jeanne even shares how she worked on a monologue with a Cambodian accent for a TV show, so don’t miss that! She has such a great attitude toward celebrating your successes, allowing for flow, and being open to multiple approaches!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  
Behind the Podcast: Audrey Moore of Audrey Helps Actors
Audrey Moore hosts the wonderfully-named podcast Audrey Helps Actors (available on Apple, Stitcher, Google Play, etc), and it's exactly what it sounds like! Every episode Audrey invites someone from the business to chat about everything from advice for auditions and getting a new agent, to the nitty gritty of exploring different theatrical markets and information about how you can better use your union. The show is regularly in the Top 100 of ALL Performing Arts podcasts in several countries; it's often been in the Top 25 and as of publishing, the show is in the Top 50 for Performing Arts in the US—pretty amazing! And she's not even releasing episodes right now—that's how popular the show is! Many of you may already be listeners and fans, but if not—get on that! Just a bit of what we cover: Where the idea for the podcast started and looking at what had existed Why Audrey was doing so well in auditions, but wasn't booking How to find the problem you *actually* need to solve in your career Audrey's own journey with horrible self-tapes How to manage your time and energy with various opportunities   I hope you enjoy this conversation—I’d love to hear what you think about this kind of episode, if it’s helpful, and if you’d like to hear more like it. Reach out to me on Twitter @wajpodcast, or if you prefer, you can send an email here.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  
Text Work: Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale with Richard Riehle
In this excerpt, Richard discusses one of Leontes’ speeches in The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare—it’s in the first act where he has his suspicions about his wife and his best friend having an affair. Leontes is speaking with his trusted advisor Camillo, who cannot bear to hear these accusations and Leontes responds “Is whispering nothing?” and goes from there. You’ll hear Richard discuss: how Shakespeare drops you into this without any backstory the questions you want to ask yourself with words that repeat and that if you even explore the sounds of the speeches, they can give you clues too! It's a great session, and it was a lot of fun to hear Richard’s insights on the character and all the possibilities that lay before you with a text like this!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare LEONTES, KING OF SICILIA [finishes the shared line with Camillo]  Is whispering nothing? Is leaning cheek to cheek? Is meeting noses? Kissing with inside lip? Stopping the career Of laughter with a sigh (a note infallible Of breaking honesty)? Horsing foot on foot? Skulking in corners? Wishing clocks more swift? Hours, minutes? Noon, midnight? And all eyes Blind with the pin and web but theirs, theirs only, That would unseen be wicked? Is this nothing? Why then the world and all that’s in’t is nothing, The covering sky is nothing, Bohemia nothing, My wife is nothing, nor nothing have these nothings, If this be nothing.  
Ep #21: Richard Riehle on Being Open, Dependable, and Watching Everything
Richard Riehle (pronounced "Really!"), has had a nearly 50-year career, he’s still going! With 400+ onscreen credits to his name, plus years and years of regional theatre, he is truly a working actor! You’ve probably seen Richard in dozens of things, with very memorable parts in the films Glory, The Fugitive, Office Space, and Casino, as well as appearances on Modern Family, Grounded for Life, and Black-ish. And of course, that doesn’t even touch on the decades of regional theatre Richard did before he even started working on-camera! Just a bit of what we cover in this episode: How he was open to whatever possibilities came along, literally saying things like “Yeah, I guess I can do that” How he saw being an actor as a job—it was what he did to put money on the table How people can really depend and rely on him How he does the audition and then walks away Why it sometimes feels like he's starting all over Why certain projects (that he was excited about) didn’t end up working out   Richard even shares how he works on Shakespeare, with a speech from The Winter’s Tale, so don’t miss that!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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