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Episode 119: Jonathan Mangum

Episode 119: Jonathan Mangum

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Jonathan Mangum. Jonathan is an actor and improv comedian currently appearing on Let’s Make a Deal. Jonathan and I discussed how he broke in, his worst audition experience, and his many collaborations with Wayne Brady. He also spoke about some of his writing projects. He talked about his original pilots, his pitching process, and the pr...

Episode 118: Stephen Falk

Episode 118: Stephen Falk

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Stephen Falk. Stephen is a writer and the creator of the FX show You’re the Worst. Stephen talked about the show, running a writer’s room, and how the cast was assembled. He also spoke about how he broke in, transitioning from acting to writing, and his past job writing for Showtime’s Weeds. I hope you listen to and enjoy our conver...

Q&A with Celeste Thorson

Q&A with Celeste Thorson

Tweet Celeste Thorson is an actress and filmmaker. She answered some of my questions about her life and career. What initially attracted you to acting in the first place? When I was a child, I saw my mother play Mae West and it blew me away. She was so spot on and such a different person than the woman I knew, it was ridiculously cool. She enrolled me in community theater and I played Peter in ...

Episode 117: Shahin Sean Solimon

Episode 117: Shahin Sean Solimon

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Shahin Sean Solimon. Shahin is the writer, director, and star of Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage. Shahin spoke about breaking in, his worst audition experience, and the “three paths” actors can take. He also discussed his new movie Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage. He detailed his writing process, how he found investors, and what it was like to ...

Episode 116: Jimmy Dore

Episode 116: Jimmy Dore

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Jimmy Dore. Jimmy is comedian, radio host, and author of the book Your Country is Just Not that Into You. Jimmy spoke about breaking in as a comic, his worst moment on stage, and compared writing for radio, stand-up, and print. I hope you listen to and enjoy our conversation.  This interview is also available to download for free on iTunes a...

Q&A with Ana Isabelle

Q&A with Ana Isabelle

Tweet Ana Isabelle is an actress and singer. Her latest project is the Lifetime movie Seasons of Love. She answered some of my questions about her life and career. - Ana, what initially attracted you to singing and acting in the first place? Ana Isabelle Well I think I have that in my veins. My parents are musicians so I grew up with music as part of my life. Since I was 5 years old I was telling ...

2014 NYTVF: Jenni Konner Keynote

2014 NYTVF: Jenni Konner Keynote

Tweet This week is the 10th annual New York Television Festival. I’ve had the opportunity to cover the festival the past few years and was invited to do the same this year. Last night I attended the Jenni Konner creative keynote.  The event was moderated by Willa Paskin who is a TV critic for Slate. Konner is a writer and the co-showrunner of Girls. Below are some highlights from the interview....

2014 NYTVF: Carlton Cuse Keynote

2014 NYTVF: Carlton Cuse Keynote

Tweet This week is the 10th annual New York Television Festival. I’ve had the opportunity to cover the festival the past few years and was invited to do the same this year. The first event I attended was the Carlton Cuse keynote.  The event was moderated by Andy Borowitz. Cuse is a longtime TV writer and producer best known for his work on Lost. He is currently working on The Strain, and Bates ...

Episode 115: Jeremy Bobb

Episode 115: Jeremy Bobb

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Jeremy Bobb. Jeremy is an actor currently starring on The Knick. Jeremy and I discussed how he broke in, his worst audition experience, and if being a working actor is what he expected it to be. He also spoke about his role as Herman Barrow on The Knick. He detailed how the show came together, how Steven Soderbergh runs his set and interacts ...

Episode 114: Sam Shaw

Episode 114: Sam Shaw

Tweet This episode of Conversations with Ross features Sam Shaw. Sam is a writer and the creator of the WGN America show Manhattan. Sam talked about the show, running a writer’s room, and how the cast was assembled. He also spoke about how he broke in, his experience at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his past job writing for Showtime’s Masters of Sex. I hope you listen to and e...