Your 2017 Oscars Nominees

I don’t know about you, but I am super excited that it’s Oscars time again! I’m so happy to be back in LA for it, and thrilled to have been a part of CTV’s ETalk Oscars week! There are so many Canadian actors and talent nominated this year and they truly have some amazing content to share.

Their coverage of the red carpet tonight will be epic. Ben Mulroney is the most gracious, knowledgable person in the business and may I add, he’ll be looking quite sharp out there! I am already missing my new Canadian family but looking forward to my next CTV adventure. 

I figured I’d compile a list of our nominees so in case you haven’t seen them already or you just want to use it to follow along tonight, we have it! Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions. Also, you can follow me on twitter @teeco71 and also follow @etalkCTV for all the red carpet fun! 


BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

 

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Now Presenting Our 2017 SAGawards Nominees

I can’t believe it’s already SAG Awards time! The Oscars are just around the corner and I can’t wait to get to LA to celebrate all week. Tonight, I’ll be watching from home but I look forward to tweeting with all of you! Who are your favorites? What are your predictions? Do we think the speeches will be as controversial as they were at the Globes?

Here is a cheat sheet of nominees for us to follow. I’d love to hear your thoughts on here and of course later on Twitter!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, “Arrival”

Emily Blunt, “The Girl on the Train”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Captain Fantastic”

“Fences”

“Hidden Figures”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”

Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

John Turturro, “The Night Of”

Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Bryce Dallas Howard, “Black Mirror”

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

John Lithgow, “The Crown”

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”

Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Crown”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”

“Stranger Things”

“Westworld”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Black-ish”

“Modern Family”

“Orange is the New Black”

“Veep”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

“Game of Thrones”

“Marvel’s Daredevil”

“Marvel’s Luke Cage”

“The Walking Dead”

“Westworld”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Captain America: Civil War”

“Doctor Strange”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Jason Bourne”

“Nocturnal Animals”

Your 2017 Golden Globes Nominees

It’s that time again! Golden Globes and awards season. There are so many talented people nominated this year and I feel like we are really stepping up the game with the addition of competition from cable networks and online streaming but I don’t think we can count network TV out, ever. Just look at the amazing shows we enjoy. I’m hoping the trent of improvement continues and the trend of Social TV strengthens. I enjoy live tweeting with all of you during our favorite shows and especially throughout awards season.

I will be tweeting the Golden Globes tonight from red carpet and throughout the show using #etalkGLOBES from home but I will be headed to LA for Oscars and lots of other fun stuff this year. I hope you all continue to follow along and participate in the events and festivities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our nominees for tonight. See you online!!

FILM:

Best Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joe Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

 Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams – Arrival

Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical

20th Century Women

Florence Foster Jenkins

Deadpool

Sing Street

La La Land

Best Actor, Comedy/Musical

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill – War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld – Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone – La La Land

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel – Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

Original Score, Motion Picture

Moonlight

La La Land

Arrival

Lion

Hidden Figures

Best Foreign Language Film

Divines

Elle

Neruda

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

Best Animated Film

Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

Sing

Zootopia

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls

“City of Stars” – La La Land

“Faith” – Sing

“Gold” – Gold

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

TELEVISION:

Best Comedy/Musical

Atlanta

Black-ish

Mozart in the Jungle

Transparent

Veep

Best Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This is Us

Westworld

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

The People vs. OJ Simpson

Best Actor, Drama

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath

Rami Malek – Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress, Drama

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander

Claire Foy – The Crown

Keri Russell – The Americans

Winona Ryder – Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Actor, Comedy

Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Nick Nolte – Graves

Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce

Issa Rae – Insecure

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Best Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of

Bryan Cranston – All the Way

John Turturro – The Night Of

Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager

Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Felicity Huffman – American Crime

Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling – London Spy

Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager

John Lithgow – The Crown

Christian Slater – Mr. Robot

John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Colman – The Night Manager

Lena Headey – Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz – The Is Us

Mandy Moore – This Is Us

Thandie Newton – Westworld

‘Troy’s Big Break’ speaks volumes for a community that is often under-represented

Joseph Ausanio is an actor, screenwriter, and creator of the webseries ‘Troy’s Big Break’. Joseph also happens to be deaf but he does NOT allow that to keep him from doing all the things he dreams of and he encourages us all to follow suit. Another thing you should know about Joseph is that he is a gay man who is representing in such a positive way.

The unique thing about ‘Troy’s Big Break’ is there are no spoken lines. Almost all of the dialogue is signed and there are captions for those of us who do not speak sign language. You really have to check it out for yourself! Here is a little about the show and Joseph as only he can tell you:

Q: Can you talk a little about Troy’s Big Break?

Joseph Ausanio: Absolutely! It’s a unique show because it showcases Deaf talent. It’s about a Deaf director who faces different types of life challenges while looking for the perfect actress for his production. Things start to unfold to show what’s going on in his life.

Q: What has the response to the show been so far from the deaf community as well as the hearing community?

Joseph Ausanio: It’s pretty popular with the Rochester, NY folks, because that is where we filmed the show. And the people know us there. Rochester also has a large D/deaf community there and it’s truly a nice thing. The people who watched the show always approach the cast members and let them know that they are fans of the show.  That really means a lot.  I had hearing people messaging me saying that it was so different from the other things they watched because they’re so used to seeing shows with a full hearing cast, but the reception from them has been really positive.

Q: What guest stars would you like to have on the show?

Joseph Ausanio: Ooh, this is a tough one. I’d love to have Marlee Matlin on the show. She’s one of my inspirations. I would LOVE to get Amber Zion on the show. She’s an incredibly gifted Deaf actress and I love her work. I would also love to get Rikki Poynter, who’s a super awesome YouTube vlogger and I love her videos. She’s not afraid to speak out and I have tremendous respect for her for doing that.

I’d also love to see Kelsey Lindhorst’s character faint when she sees Nyle DiMarco show up in an episode. That’d be hilarious. Or even Troy’s mom to go out on a date with him! (Think Sophia Petrillo going on a date with Burt Reynolds in an episode of “The Golden Girls”)

I’m all about showcasing more Deaf talent out there.

Q: Who were some of your idols/role models growing up?

Joseph Ausanio: First, Marlee Matlin, because she inspired me to become an actor growing up. Also, Lucille Ball is one of the greatest comediennes I’ve ever watched. When I first saw her on TV, I couldn’t walk away from the television. She never fails to make me laugh every time I watch “I Love Lucy”. I admire her so much.

Q: Do you think we will see more shows that involve hearing impaired characters like Switched at Birth and your show? 

Joseph Ausanio: I REALLY hope so. I would love to write a TV series for any network that features characters that are D/deaf because I want to support diversity. We have millions of Deaf people in the world and it would be great to do more shows for them.

Q: What would you say to others who are trying hard to make their dreams come true and trying to overcome some obstacle they have no control over?  

Joseph Ausanio: I would say this:

“If you want to make it happen, do it. If you want to travel all over the world, go for it. If you want to make movies, do it.  Don’t wait for things to simply fall in your lap. I learned this life lesson the hard way. Just listen to your heart. If you want to follow your dreams, now is the time.”

Q: What made you decide to create a character who is also gay?

Joseph Ausanio: The reason why I decided to create a gay character was because the LGBT #DeafTalent felt that they weren’t always showcased, so I wanted to showcase them more.

Q: What would you say to those out there who are dealing with issues around coming out? Both in the deaf community and in the hearing community?

Joseph Ausanio: I remember when I came out, it was very scary. I was 19 and in college. I broke up with my ex-girlfriend and I was slowly coming out to a few close friends and then my family members. My family and friends are incredibly supportive and I feel fortunate for that. For the others, I want them to know that they are not alone in this. I can’t speak for other people, because we all have different experiences. I can say that no matter what, you will always get support from the LGBT community and their allies. If they’re scared, I’m here to talk. I want to lend a hand to provide support. We have a big support system. We have a lot of LGBT people and the allies in our Deaf community and we are so incredibly supportive of each other, and the same goes for the hearing community.

Q: What is the best advice you have ever received? Who was it from?

Joseph Ausanio: I had a great pep talk with a dear friend two weeks before he unexpectedly passed away; he was incredibly supportive of my dreams of moving to Los Angeles.  He said, “Seize the day.” He was right.

Q: What is the best advice you have ever given? Are you normally good at taking your own advice?

Joseph Ausanio: I’m bad at taking my own advice, but I try to give great advice to people. I would tell them, “Life is way too short to be unhappy.  Never give up your dreams even through the tough times, when you realize how strong you truly are.  Nothing….nothing is impossible.”

Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?

Joseph Ausanio: I can’t live without my family, who have been my rock.  I wish we could all live without hate and violence;  there is way too much of that in the world right now.

Q: Where can we find you and your show online?

Joseph Ausanio: You can find me on Twitter via @JosephAusanio and you can find Troy’s Big Break’s Twitter page via @TroysBigBreak. We also have a Facebook page of the show. You can also find the full episodes on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/troysbigbreak. All of the episodes are captioned for the D/deaf and hearing audiences.

Q: What’s up next for Joseph Ausanio and Troy’s Big Break?

Joseph Ausanio: I am hoping to do a third season of “Troy’s Big Break”. I have the season premiere’s script written already. I’m planning to chat with my cast & crew to see if they’re game.  I work with the most amazing people – both cast and crew.  They have all taught me a lot.   I wrote a few pilot scripts here and there. I’m always writing new stuff.

I recently wrote a feature screenplay that focuses on a Deaf woman and her struggles with life and love. I’m hoping that it might catch someone’s attention because the story is so powerful. I gave it to an actress I want for that role and she loved the script.  Maybe something will come of it soon.

Julie Caitlin Brown: Actor, Life Coach, and Musician

Last month I wanted to introduce you to Julie Caitlin Brown because I had heard so much about her, which caused me to research her further. Once I read her story and heard her music, I knew I wanted to interview her but I didn’t want to wait to share her with you. You can read that short piece here.
In that post, I mentioned my desire to talk with Julie further and as luck would have it, she graciously agreed to it! I am so thrilled to bring this to you. I hope many of you will check her out further. I think you will find her music and life coaching skills to be superb!
Q: I have to ask the obvious question, what was your experience like working on Babylon 5?
Julie Caitlin Brown: As a sci-fi fan I loved working on B5!  Great writing and a great cast, the makeup was just too much for my skin and eyes, however, so even though I was offered the series for another 4 years I had to turn it down.
Q: Was it your work on Babylon that led you to be interested in the convention world?
JCB: I was invited to attend some conventions after my work on Babylon 5, and yes, I found the convention world very intriguing.  I had been a booking agent for rock bands and some very well-known stand-up comics in San Francisco, so the process of booking talent was not new to me.  I felt that this young industry was in need of some organization on the part of the talent and I quickly realized that I had a better grasp of the commerce of conventions than the people who were currently representing me in that market.  At the time, the theatrical agents and managers didn’t really want their clients to attend conventions, so they were not interested in booking the events.  But I enjoyed the travel, meeting the fans, and quite frankly, as a Broadway performer, I missed the stage!  It was fun to entertain again and by bringing my original music to the conventions, I was able to record my first CD in 1997.
Q: What sets you apart from other talent managers who do similar work?
JCB: I have a ridiculous work ethic.  Installed from my salesman father, literally I am fanatical about returning emails and calls.  Communication is paramount to me, so even on vacation, I am always checking in.  Working with an international clientele of talent and promoters there is always a show somewhere in the world on any given weekend!  And I have done the job I am asking my actors to do, I understand viscerally the challenges they face, so I have a lot of compassion for how they feel at events.
Q: What is your best memory so far from your time working with conventions?
JCB: I would have to say it’s an ongoing connection to humanity.  There have been crazy, outrageous, and sometimes frustrating moments in the 19 years I have been managing appearances, but overall, the love of the fans for the talent and each other, inspires me as a businesswoman and artist.  That’s where Love First, the Beginning was born. Conventions.
Q: How did you become interested in being a life coach?
JCB: See above!!!!  Being able to interact with people across all socio-economic strata, cultures, environments, led me to understand that we all want to FEEL Love, not BE Loved, FEEL it, because in the ability to feel love for someone else, you have to love yourself, first, and then flow that love to the other person.  The fans made it clear to me that no matter where you are in the world, we all come from the same Source and we all want connection!
Q: I normally ask the next two questions to people I’ve interviewed but they seem even more fitting for you. What is the best advice you have ever received and who was it from?
JCB: Ah, well, can I give two answers?  On the business level it was from Adam Malin of Creation Entertainment.  He reminded me when I first started that his company was my customer, too.  Not just my actors or the fans.  By recognizing the  relationship between all three dynamics, Adam helped me to forge a new perspective, one that encouraged ALL parties to thrive, not just my actor clients, and not just providing the fans a great event.  The promoter has to feel that their investment in the convention makes financial sense, or why do it?  By making it my business to understand the promoters’ perspective, I could create better agreements between my talent and the promoters, resulting in long-term beneficial relationships where all of us feel respected and I have seen that philosophy bring abundance to all of us.  Happy actors, happy fans, happy promoter.

The second piece of advice was from my father.  Don Andrich.  My dad is a salesman and he’s a damn good one.  I have watched him charm, connect, and create a relationship with complete strangers and here’s what he told me, “Do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. Not because anyone will notice, not because you get brownie points for it, because at the end of the day, your integrity is the one thing they can’t take from you, that one you have to sell.”  And he’s right. I have had some pretty hard times in the last 35 years, but I have never given up my integrity, that’s just not for sale.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever given? Are you good and taking your own advice? 
JCB: Many times people come to me and feel they are not enough, that they are broken in some way, and I have found that what works for me is really, really, simple, “I’m a nice girl, I try hard, and that’s good enough today.”  Love yourself, FIRST, be gentle with yourself because you can’t be anyone else.

And I do take that advice most of the time…..
Q: For some reason, even though we have SO many ways to be and stay connected today, many people are having trouble finding and keeping love and even friendships. Why do you think that is? Does most of your coaching deal with love and relationships in general?
JCB: All of my coaching, even Love First and Business, begins and ends with connection to ALL THAT IS, whatever you choose to call the Source.  For me, there is no separateness, only Oneness.  And from that place of connection, we can truly choose to Love those who we meet, not because of what they might do for us, but because we are all in this together and last time I checked, none of us are getting out of here alive!  We don’t have to like everyone, we have the right and the ability to discern what pleases us, but the Love of the essence of who we all are is the principle of Love First.  There are only two emotions, love and fear, and most of us are coming from the latter.  Afraid to look up from the cell phone because we might “miss” something, when what we are missing is NOW.  NOW is Life, NOW is fleeting, there it goes again, and again, and again, so take a chance and LOOK UP!!!

Friendships take commitment, making the time, making the effort to give and receive.  I think I am a good friend, but I recently let go of some long-term, (over 20 years) friends because I realized that the relationships had not grown, and that is also part of being human, the friend you had at 25 might not be the right friend at 50, it doesn’t mean the friendship didn’t have value, it was perfect for the time it lasted, but we do grow and change, and it is foolish to think that every relationship we have should survive our entire lives.
This is true romantically as well.  Love is not based on proximity or duration, it is the Love of Source recognizing Itself and the connection to each other is Love. But to be IN LOVE with someone? This is based on assessment, the ability to spend time with the other person and choose them, who they really are.  I think many of us get lonely and move too quickly into relationships, hoping it will be “The One”. For me, I am enjoying my relationship with myself these days and I think it’s a great place to start!
Q: I consider myself pretty busy normally since I have many interests but after researching you, I feel I may need to pick up a few new ones. How do you find time to balance everything you have going on?
JCB: I have wonderful people in my personal and work life who help immensely, but it’s my personality.  I am the oldest of 5 girls and 1 boy, and I had a lot of responsibility even as a young child.  I think I was holding and feeding my newborn sister  at 5 and cooking breakfast for my Dad by 7!  I have derived a lot of my self-esteem from being helpful to first my mother, then my siblings, and now my family and clients.  I am also happier when I am working on multiple projects not just one, as I do tend to get bored easily.  Workouts, my garden, singing, traveling with my sons,  playing with my dogs, these ground me in what is important and give me strength to keep it all going.  Did I mention SLEEP? The elixir of life, well that and coffee….
Q: You are also a very talented musician. Do you have plans to release more CDs and perform anytime soon?
JCB: Thank you! I have a recording session in August to do at least 5 new songs, very excited that they will be available on my new website for download as individual tracks this fall.
Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?
JCB: I can’t live without art.  In all it’s forms.  I wish we could all live without fear, it is the basis of all our struggles.
Q: How can your fans and people who want to know more about you keep up with all you are doing and stay connected to you?
JCB: Please visit the new website www.juliecaitlinbrown.com or follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Q: What’s up next for Julie Caitlin Brown? Acting roles? Writing?
JCB: The new Love First and the Artist audio book will be available July 8th on the website and I hope to be booking some singing gigs soon.
Q: Since I have friends in the industry, I have to ask, are you currently taking on new clients? How does one go about becoming part of the Illumina Productions family? 
JCB: I am blessed to have so many wonderful clients and am grateful for them all, so for now, it’s basically referral, only, what I do is very specific, not theatrical, just personal appearances for actors who are currently well-known for their work in genre TV and Film.