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What do you look for in a Mentor? Every Monday, NYC Native actress Michelle Miller talks to some of the most interesting Mentors in Entertainment, including Directors, Producers, Network executives, Actors, and more. Her guests share how they started, how they moved up and any advice they have for us today. Every path is different. A career in Entertainment is anything but linear. Let’s learn and be inspired together listening to Mentors on the Mic.
What do you look for in a Mentor? Every Monday, NYC Native actress Michelle Miller talks to some of the most interesting Mentors in Entertainment, including Directors, Producers, Network executives, Actors, and more. Her guests share how they started, how they moved up and any advice they have for us today. Every path is different. A career in Entertainment is anything but linear. Let’s learn and be inspired together listening to Mentors on the Mic. << Show Less
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Definitions of Success from Top Mentors - Part 4 (with two Season 3 Sneak Peeks) What is your Definition of Success?⁠
⁠I chose some of my favorite answers to this question from our Season 2 Mentors for a quick (&gt;10) min episode. Some answers may inspire you, some may make you laugh, and others may force you to rethink your own definition.
This episode features answers from:⁠
📺 President of Production and Development at Wayfarer Studios
Full Episode - Season 2; Episode 16
📺 Emmy winning Casting Director Julie Tucker (Sneak Peek of Season 3)
📺 Actor/Director Tony Goldwyn (Sneak Peek of Season 3)
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
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Women in Entertainment Listen to these Top Female Mentors in the Entertainment industry discuss how they started and how they moved up. From Showrunners to Network Executives to Directors to Writers. Mentors on the Mic
Top Entertainment Mentors define Success The definition of Success evolves over time. Especially in the Entertainment industry. Hear how these top Mentors in the Entertainment define success. From Showrunner and Co-Creator of Friends and Grace & Frankie Marta Kauffman to 5x Emmy winning Executive Producer and Writer Rob Burnett, we listen to these Mentors define what success means to them right now. Mentors on the Mic
Advice from Top Mentors in Entertainment Listen to the journey of top Executive Producers, Directors, Agents, Managers in Hollywood. How did they start? How did they move up? Featuring interviews with Creator and Showrunner Marta Kauffman (Friends, Grace & Frankie), President of Production and Development at Wayfarer Studios Andrew Calof, TV Directors Jason Ensler ('Love, Victor,' The Passage), and more. Mentors on the Mic
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Becoming... The Celebrity Memoir Book Club podcast (with 239k Tik Tok followers, Merch, Patreon, and live shows) Celebrity Memoir Book Club is a podcast hosted by NYC based comedians Claire Parker and Ashley Hamilton. Every week they read a celebrity memoir so that you don't have to. Come for the gossip and stay for the banter between two best friends!
In this episode, we talk about:
• The birth of the ‘Celebrity Memoir Book Club’ podcast
• Their Tik Tok marketing strategy and how they grow to 237k followers• Why We Are the best thing she’s ever worked on and how she didn’t hold back at all
• Incorporating a patreon, live shows, and merch
• Our thoughts on Josh Peck’s “Happy People are Annoying”
• How they split responsibilities as co-hosts of their podcast
• What Celebrity Memoirs they recommend to look up to as Mentors
• Whether the podcast has been increasing their audience in stand up shows, as well as live shows
• Celebrity Memoirs discussed:

Will Smith - Will
Mindy Kaling - Is Everyone Hanging out without me
Elvira or Cassandra Peterson - Yours Cruelly, Elvira
Janice Dickinson - No Lifeguard on Duty
Busy Phillips - This Will Only Hurt A Little
Tiffany Haddish - The Last Black Unicorn
Rob Lowe - Stories I Only tell my Friends
Gabrielle Union - We’re going to need more Wine
Nikki and Brie Bella - Incomparable

Guest:
Apple Podcasts Podcast Instagram
Ashley’s Instagram
Claire’s Instagram
Tik Tok
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle

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10 Tips to Achieve "On Camera Presence" or How to Look and Feel Your Best On Camera (BONUS) On Camera Presence - 10 Tips for How to Look and Feel your Best On Camera
"Before anything else, preparation is the key to SUCCESS." - Alexander Graham Bell
A. Be Technically Prepared
1. Well Lit Space
2. Eyes Leveled With Camera
3. Distraction-Free Background

B. Be Mentally Prepared
4. Ground and Activate
5. Define Audience
6. Mind your Audience
7. Get there Early and Fully Prepared

C. Be Physically Prepared
8. Be Mindful of Hand Gestures
9. Vary Pitch and Tone
10. Maintain Eye Contact

Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle

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Becoming... Executive Vice President at Maven Screen Media Jenny Halper ("The Kindergarten Teacher," "A Mouthful of Air") Jenny Halper is EVP of Film at Maven Screen Media, where her credits include THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, DRIVEWAYS, AMERICAN HONEY, SKIN, and A MOUTHFUL OF AIR. As a screenwriter her scripts have placed three times on the Black List, on the Athena List, received grants from Film Independent and the Tribeca Film Institute, and been selected for New York Stage and Film’s Workshop (in association with Powerhouse Theater). She is currently developing an anthology series with Freida Pinto and Emily Verellen Strom's Freebird Films and Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi's Significant Productions, a limited series with Michael Dinner's Rooney McP Productions, and adapting a non-fiction book for Social Construct Films (THE MAURITANIAN). As a fiction writer, she is an Our Stories Emerging Writer Award winner and Pushcart Prize nominee, with stories appearing in places including The Chicago Tribune, PANK, Joyland, and the Southeast Review, and her story collection has been a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Prize and the Hudson Prize. A graduate of Northwestern University and Emerson College, and a founding member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, she is represented by Untitled Entertainment and CAA.
In this episode, we talk about:

Her first “real” job at Plum Pictures led her directly to where she is now developing at Mandalay Vision
How working at a small indie production company allowed for her a lot of responsibilities very quickly
Why she only looked at companies that made movies that she loved
Working on The Kindergarden Teacher with Maggie Gyllenhaal
How often do you need the actors attached
Why you can’t have everything in one basket in development because some things never cross the finish line
Maven finds financing for some projects and for some, they provide financing
What advice she would give people to who are attached to making only projects
Taking on A Mouthful of Air with Amanda Seyfried, Paul Giamatti, and Finn Wittrock. Written and directed by Mentor Amy Koppelman and produced by Michael Harrop (Showtime’s Billions)
Would you rather have a big director or big actor attached?
Advice for actors: 1. Number of excellent self tapes are high 2. get on casting directors radar 3. keep working on craft 4. doesn’t help to cold call production companies
which cds you love working with
Some things she looks for in deciding to develop projects

Guest:
IMDb Linkedin Instagram Maven Screen Media
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Favorite Quotes from the Episode:
“To get a movie made, there’s a lot of different stumbling blocks along the way. And a lot of it is who you know and who you can get into the hands of that is going to help you reach the next hurdle.”
“That’s the thing that I think is great about creating is… you can do it and no one has to give you permission.”

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COMMUNICATION TIPS - How To Deepen your Relationships with Active Listening using RASA Did you know we are only using 25% of our mental capacity when we listen? What do we do with our other 75%?
As a Communications Coach, I love teaching tips to improve Active Listening. One of my favorite strategies to teach is RASA ("juice" or "essence" in Sanskrit).
R - Receive (Pay Attention)
A - Appreciate (Respond instinctively)
S - Summarize (respond with a summary of what the other person is saying)
A - Ask (Ask questions)
Check out the episode for more information on each. For more help, write to me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Links below.
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Becoming... Grammy winning Songwriter Autumn Rowe (Jon Batiste, Diana Ross, Dua Lipa, Fifth Harmony) Autumn Rowe won a Grammy yesterday for Jon Batiste’s WE ARE—Autumn co-wrote five of the album’s 13 tracks—she has received nominations for “Record of the Year” for “Freedom” (a track she also produced); “Album of The Year” for WE ARE; “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “I Need You” and “Best R&B Album” for WE ARE. Additionally, her Diana Ross single “I Still Believe” has recently been remixed by Purple Disco and is burning up the charts! See original and remixed versions in the links below.
The legendary songwriter and woman of color has collaborated with some of music’s biggest name such as Dua Lipa, Pitbull, Zendaya, Nicole Scherzinger, The Knocks, Leona Lewis and Avicii! Autumn also wrote the dance anthem behind the 2011 FIFA World Cup “Happiness” featuring Alexis Jordan! Rowe isn’t just a talent songwriter, but also a celebrated vocal coach. She has appeared on season 2 of The X Factor, and as the only vocal coach on America’s Got Talent for five years, between the show’s eight and twelfth seasons. As if all of this wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Rowe is a talented DJ who is self-taught on turntables.
In this episode, we talk about:
•  Starting out in choirs and bands, playing on the subway
• Writing for Estelle post-American Boy before signing her first publishing deal with EMI Music and Stellar Songs
•  The hardest time of her life: working jobs, in multiple bands, and writing a catalog of music
•  Working on the X Factor and arranging songs for contestants, including Britney’s team in 2012. Contestants including Carly Rose Sonenclar and Bea Miller
•  Process of identifying a song and arranging it for the X Factor
•  Simon chose Autumn to work with Fifth Harmony and coached artists on songs like “Anything can Happen”
•  Why she preferred working on AGT to X Factor
•  Co-writing with Grace Vanderwald on AGT
•  Advice for people who don’t know what to write about

Tips for songwriters
Working on We Are with Jon Batiste and how she slid into his DMs
Why it’s the best thing she’s ever worked on and how she didn’t hold back at all
Where she was when she heard she was nominated for We Are
How she gets partnered with artists and how does she make her own opportunities

Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Becoming... 2022 Grammy winning Songwriter Autumn Rowe (Jon Batiste, Diana Ross, Dua Lipa, Fifth Harmony) Autumn Rowe won a Grammy yesterday for Jon Batiste’s WE ARE—Autumn co-wrote five of the album’s 13 tracks—she has received nominations for “Record of the Year” for “Freedom” (a track she also produced); “Album of The Year” for WE ARE; “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “I Need You” and “Best R&B Album” for WE ARE. Additionally, her Diana Ross single “I Still Believe” has recently been remixed by Purple Disco and is burning up the charts! See original and remixed versions in the links below.
The legendary songwriter and woman of color has collaborated with some of music’s biggest name such as Dua Lipa, Pitbull, Zendaya, Nicole Scherzinger, The Knocks, Leona Lewis and Avicii! Autumn also wrote the dance anthem behind the 2011 FIFA World Cup “Happiness” featuring Alexis Jordan! Rowe isn’t just a talent songwriter, but also a celebrated vocal coach. She has appeared on season 2 of The X Factor, and as the only vocal coach on America’s Got Talent for five years, between the show’s eight and twelfth seasons. As if all of this wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Rowe is a talented DJ who is self-taught on turntables.
In this episode, we talk about:
•  Starting out in choirs and bands, playing on the subway
• Writing for Estelle post-American Boy before signing her first publishing deal with EMI Music and Stellar Songs
•  The hardest time of her life: working jobs, in multiple bands, and writing a catalog of music
•  Working on the X Factor and arranging songs for contestants, including Britney’s team in 2012. Contestants including Carly Rose Sonenclar and Bea Miller
•  Process of identifying a song and arranging it for the X Factor
•  Simon chose Autumn to work with Fifth Harmony and coached artists on songs like “Anything can Happen”
•  Why she preferred working on AGT to X Factor
•  Co-writing with Grace Vanderwald on AGT
•  Advice for people who don’t know what to write about

Tips for songwriters
Working on We Are with Jon Batiste and how she slid into his DMs
Why it’s the best thing she’s ever worked on and how she didn’t hold back at all
Where she was when she heard she was nominated for We Are
How she gets partnered with artists and how does she make her own opportunities

Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
'Stories from the Vault' with Mentors Marta Kauffman ("Friends") and Brian Volk-Weiss ("Movies That Made Us") BONUS Here are two incredible stories from Showrunner and Co-Creator of Friends and Grace & Frankie Marta Kauffman and Executive Producer of Movies that Made Us Brian Volk Weiss. These are the stories that haven't been made yet. Brian hopes to develop his story this in the next few years and Marta has pitched her story around Hollywood to no avail.
These are the stories that were never made.
From Season 2; Episode 15 - Marta Kauffman is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer, and showrunner behind the hit series Friends and Grace & Frankie. After graduating from Brandeis University, Kauffman got her big break alongside David Crane when their pilots Dream On (1990) and The Powers That Be (1992) were green-lit. The pair then launched Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions with Kevin Bright and became the trio that created the iconic sitcom Friends. In 2015, Kauffman started her production company, Okay Goodnight, with industry veterans Robbie Tollin and Hannah KS Canter. Their first series, Grace & Frankie, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston premiered on Netflix in 2015 and is Netflix’s longest-running original ever. The series has received multiple Emmy and SAG nominations and is beginning production on the seventh and final season. In 2018, the company produced the documentary Seeing Allred, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is currently available on Netflix. Kauffman has received a number of honors and awards including the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in television writing from the Writers Guild of America, the 2016 Outstanding Television Writer award at the 23rd annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference, The Kieser Award at the 44th Annual Humanitas Awards, and Variety’s TV Producers Impact Report for consecutive years in 2019 and 2020.
From Season 3; Episode 10 - Brian Volk-Weiss is the founder and CEO of the Nacelle Company, a leading Comedy producing and distribution house. Nacelle has produced and distributed scripted and unscripted content and established podcasting, development, distribution, records, publishing, marketing and management divisions.
Volk-Weiss has created, directed and produced hits such as Netflix’s docu-series, Down To Earth with Zac Efron, The Movies That Made Us, and The Toys That Made Us, and Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History, as well as Behind The Attraction for Disney +, A Toy Store Near You, CW’s Discontinued, All The Way Black for BET+, and History’s Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek. He served as EP on the revival of the 1992 series Mad About You.
He has been nominated 19 times for Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album and won 4 for production on performances by Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle.
Through his years managing, producing, directing and writing in the entertainment industry, Volk-Weiss has negotiated deals with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, HBO, Discovery, BET+, A&E Networks, Hulu, Viacom, History, and many more. He’s grown Nacelle’s comedy house, Comedy Dynamics, into the nation’s largest independent producer and distributor of stand up comedy.He served as EP on the revival of the 1992 series Mad About You.

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Becoming... Actress, Filmmaker, and Coach Chantal Maurice ("Greys Anatomy," "Queen Sugar," "The Blacklist," "Blue Bloods") Chantal Maurice is an award-winning actress & filmmaker. She has booked roles on over 15 Television shows including P-Valley, Queen Sugar, Blue Bloods, Quantico, The Blacklist, & more. She most recently guest starred as Rashida Flowers, a lively social media influencer suffering from Kidney Failure on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Some of her film credits include: “Christmas DejaVu” Starring Loretta Devine and “Holiday Heartbreak'' featuring LisaRaye McCoy.
With 2 short films under her belt, Chantal is also an award-winning screenwriter & filmmaker. Her first short film, "Edge of Harmony" follows the journey of Harmony Bessler, a troubled Jazz singer in the 1930s. Edge of Harmony was accepted into 8 film festivals around the U.S. and won the award of Best Musical Drama at the 2018 Cutting Room International Short Film Festival in NYC.
Chantal is also the Founder & CEO of CoStar Coaching - Atlanta's premiere Empowerment & Resource Hub for Actors. CoStar Coaching provides virtual & in-person audition coaching, career consultations, self-tape services, and acting classes.
CoStar Coaching was designed to empower actors of all levels to unleash and strengthen their talents and skills to Slay their Auditions and BOOK the job.
In this episode, we talk about:
• The pros and cons of the Atlanta market that may surprise you (definitely surprised me)
• Defining what is uniquely her, all the way from how she booked her first job
• How her corporate job in NY made her really unhappy and how she couldn’t audition
• How infuriating it is that schools don’t cover the business of acting
• How she started being called the Co Star Queen
• Her reluctance to teach because ‘does someone like Angela Bassett coach actors?’ and how she helped define her purpose
• The difficult decision to move to Atlanta after an accident
• Three bookings in Atlanta propelled her career and confirmed her move
• The story behind booking a recurring Guest Star on Grey’s Anatomy
• Tips for people wanting to book Co-Stars and those wanting to book Guest Stars
• Tips for validating yourself and doing things in fear
Guest:
IMDB Instagram Twitter Website
LinkedIn
Host:
IG: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Actors: How to Write your Dream Role with Emily Grace (BONUS) Emily Grace is a career coach and Sundance award winning actress who helps actors finally write their damn script already and know what to do with it.
Do you have an interest in writing a script but just don't know where to start? I loved Emily's technique of creating a Character Square. In her free video, she breaks down everything you need to know to start writing right now. She even breaks down the first scene in The Devil Wears Prada so we could understand the wants and needs and conflicts of the protagonist and antagonist.
After listening to her episode, check out the video we discuss here.
Guest:
IMDB Twitter Website
Write your Dream Role video
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
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