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This episode is with the DELIGHTFUL Julia Bianco Schoeffling! We talk about her recent trip to Costa Rica, her growing up in New York City, moving to LA for college, starting out at Treyarch, learning on the job, how she got into casting, venturing out with her own company The Halp Network, not being afraid of failure, the process of writing her bo…
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This episode is the 3RD APPEARANCE of the LEGENDARY Randall Duk Kim! We talk about what’s happened since his last appearance, reflecting on his past, dealing with AI, why art is so important, his feelings on his latest production of Tartuffe, things he’s proud of from his life and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Brian! Twitter/Instagram: @JediBrianwww.brianbal…
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This episode is with the fantastic Hawk Walts! We talk about him watching the solar eclipse with his family in Texas, moving around as a kid, working for a news station, doing stunt shows at Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studio AND Disneyland ALL AT THE SAME TIME, Moving to Georgia from LA, booking The Hulk on Marvel’s Avengers without knowing what…
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This episode is with Sifu Tracy Fleming! We talk about him training in martial arts from the time he was 6, being inspired by Bruce Lee, Learning different styles of Kung Fu, competing and winning gold in China, how he got into fight choreography, the spiritual side of martial arts and SO MUCH MORE! Follow Tracy!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/t…
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This episode is with the FIRST friend I ever made IN MY LIFE, JD Raub! We talk about how we met, how he became a Manchester United fan, what it’s like working in a marina, starting his own woodworking business, the process behind the different things he makes and SO MUCH MORE! Go to cedarbaywoodworks.com and let him know I sent you for a 10% discou…
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This episode is with the wonderful and hilarious Sara Cravens! We talk about her growing up playing basketball, her musical comedy duo Sara and Andrew, working on The Young and the Restless, booking her first game, singing in a Slaughter cover band, her love of Lionel Ritchie and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Sara! Instagram/Twitter: @ThatsSoCravenswww.sarac…
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This episode is with the delightful Myrna Velasco!We talk about her recent trip to India, her deep love of Yoga, how she got into acting, working on Elena of Avalor, Star Wars Resistance, DC Super Hero Girls, the importance of cultural representation and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Myrna!Instagram: @myrnzillaFollow Brian!Twitter/Instagram: @JediBrianwww.br…
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This episode is with the super-talented artist behind Pugnacious Pins, Peter Ngaou! We talk about how he got into art, balancing art and commerce, what goes into making his enamel pins, working with Pug Nation Rescue of LA and Pug Rescue of Korea, how he recently started fostering, coming into your own as an artist and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Peter!Ins…
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Happy 8 years of The Interesting Podcast! Today's guest is the WONDERFUL Max Randolph. We talk about him growing up on a cattle ranch, how he got started working with metal, the importance of passion, the piece he’s more proud of, creating his character Biri for The Unpredicted Party and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Max! Instagram/TikTok: @max_randolph_stud…
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Today's guest is the incredible Darragh O’Farrell! We talk about him originally being from Ireland, moving to LA, starting as a runner at an animation company, his first time directing, bluffing his way into a job at Lucasarts, working on Knights of the Old Republic, advice for upcoming directors and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Darragh!LinkedIn: https://ww…
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This episode is with my friend Kevin Yost! We talk about working through the pandemic, originally wanting to be a herpetologist, how he got into editing, working at a trailer house, how technology has changed over the years, getting his job at Lucasfilm and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Kevin!Instagram: @trailer__dudeFollow Brian!Instagram/Twitter: @JediBria…
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This episode is with the AWESOME Seth Allyn Austin! We talk about him living in Hawaii as a kid, getting into martial arts at 9 years old, juggling being an actor and a stunt performer, training with Arthur Mendoza, creating his own stuff with his wife and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Seth!Instagram @SethAllynAustinhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUNDqcV48…
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This episode is with the incredible America Young! We talk about her moving around a bunch as a kid, starting out in stunts, directing her first feature, taking on the role of Barbie, playing Batgirl in Gotham Knights and SO MUCH MORE!Follow America!Instagram/Twitter: @America_Youngamericayoung.comFollow Brian!Twitter/Instagram: @JediBrianbrianball…
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This episode is with the RADIANT gem-of-a-human-being, Judy Alice Lee! We talk about her growing up in LA, moving to Colorado, starting out at a music recording studio, how she got into VO, almost drowning while filming a music video and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Judy!Instagram/Twitter: @JudyAliceLeejudyalicelee.comFollow Brian!Instagram/Twitter: @JediBr…
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This episode is with the DELIGHTFUL Sandra Saad! We talk about her celebrating New Years in Italy, spending her summers in Egypt growing up, getting to play at the Greek Theatre with her band, the differences between performing music and acting, her love of Brendan Fraser and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Sandra!Instagram/Twitter: @sandraramzysaadFollow her …
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This episode's guest is Loretta Bell… my mom! We talk about her being the youngest of 9, always wanting to have kids, surviving a house fire, meeting my dad, living on a farm, moving to Florida, not letting your past define you and SO MUCH MORE!She doesn't have any social media, so...Follow Brian!Twitter/Instagram: @JediBrianwww.brianballance.comFo…
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This episode is with the fantastic Todd Stashwick! We talk about him growing up in Chicago, the Stashwick gaming table, auditioning for SNL, reigniting his love of D&D, playing a Starfleet captain on Picard and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Todd!Instagram: @tstashwickTwitter: @ToddStashwickCheck out his nerdy wares at wwwthenerdcircus.com !Follow Brian! Twit…
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This episode is the FOURTH appearance of Tom Wilton! We talk about working after quarantine, the novels he’s been writing, getting the role of Sarris in Willow, sword fighting Christian Slater, the importance of never giving up and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Tom!Twitter: @TomKWiltonFollow Brian!Instagram/Twitter: @JediBrianbrianballance.comFollow The Inte…
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This episode is with the delightful and talented Andrew Duhon! We talk about Mardi Gras King Cakes, growing up playing baseball, learning to play guitar right handed, his writing process, becoming a trio, the upcoming Tourin' Tour and SO MUCH MORE!Check out andrewduhon.com for tour dates!Follow Andrew!Instagram/Twitter: @AndrewDuhonwww.andrewduhon.…
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This episode is with the DELIGHTFUL Chip Beaman! We talk about his time as a nightclub promoter, getting into game testing, building a VO department from the ground up, the process of creating The Halp Network and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Chip! Instagram/Twitter: @purechipbeamanCheck out The Halp Network!Instagram/Twitter: @TheHalpNetworkhalpnet.comFoll…
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This episode is a rare Two-For-One special with Ryan M. James and Kathryn Farren! We talk about how they met, Kathryn’s band, how Ryan learned to edit videos, the different plays and musicals Kathryn has written, Ryan’s machinima series A Clone Apart, their new movie ALL OF IT (which they’ve been working on for 15 years) and so much more!Contribute…
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This episode is with the FABULOUS Derek Basco! We talk about his mom putting him into various activities growing up, starting out breakdancing, working as a DJ, injecting his culture into his work, the process of making The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, being a saloon owner in Obi-wan Kenobi and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Derek! Instagram: @derek_bascoTwitt…
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This episode is with one of my new favorite people, Eliah Mountjoy! We talk about him moving a lot as a kid, ancestry surprises, playing in a band, training with the VO Doctor, the importance of surrounding yourself with good people and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Eliah!Instagram/Twitter: @EliahMountjoy Follow Brian!Instagram/Twitter: @JediBrian www.brianb…
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This episode is with the delightful Morla Gorrondona! We talk about her playing cello as a kid, the intricacies of modeling, getting the role of Eris Morn, being super involved in the making of Moss, her love of performance capture and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Morla! Instagram: @morlavoxTwitter: @actor_morlaFollow Brian! Instagram/Twitter: @JediBrianwww…
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Merry Christmas, friends! I have a gift for you!This episode is with the incredible Tom O’Connell! We talk about him being from Kentucky, growing up playing sports, how he got into acting, the importance of being present, fighting through tough days on set, getting the call to double Darth Vader in Obi-wan Kenobi and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Tom!Instagr…
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This episode is with my friend, Libby Letlow-Gray! We talk about her recent wedding, starting acting at a young age, working on Masked Rider, how she got into puppetry, her love of theatre, surviving a house fire and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Libby!Twitter: @libby_gets_lowInstagram: @ribbyretrowIMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0504706/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0…
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This episode is with the hilarious Craig Lee Thomas! We talk about how he was a child actor, what being in an action figure commercial is really like, studying the Stella Adler technique of acting, his sketch comedy group Pursued by Bear, why he loves working on video games and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Craig! Twitter/Instagram: @ItsMeCraigLeewww.craigle…
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This episode is with the DELIGHTFUL Claire Roi Harvey! We talk about how she got into puppetry, making her own puppets, the inspiration behind her show Lilly Through the Dark, working on Star Wars, Dark Crystal AND Jurassic World Dominion, the importance of being open to new things and MUCH MORE!Follow Claire! Instagram: @claireroiharveyTwitter: @h…
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This episode is the return appearance of the fantastic Tara Platt! We talk about her recent trip around Europe, becoming a Lady of Scotland, the process of making her interactive book Zartana, her debut novel Prep School for Serial Killers and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Tara!Instagram/Twitter: @TaraPlattTikTok: @TheTaraPlattwww.taraplatt.comwww.monkeymayh…
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This episode is the 4TH APPEARANCE of the great Derek Arnold! We talk about him being a captain of the puppeteer team for Jurassic World: Dominion, what it was like working through the pandemic, getting to work with practical dinosaurs, what it takes to puppeteer a dilophosaurus and a Dimetrodon, big lessons he learned on set, the process of shooti…
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This episode is with the FANTASTIC Jim Pirri! We talk about him learning multiple languages as a kid, performing Shakespeare with Val Kilmer, doing set construction before working on Beverly Hills 90210, working on FRIENDS, memorizing 3 pages of Italian for his Red Dead Redemption 2 audition, how much he enjoys Performance Capture and SO MUCH MORE!…
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This episode is with actor/director/coach Walt Gray IV. In this episode we talk about working on Shakespeare, getting a lead role in high school by accident, Going to UCLA, working on The Newsroom, taking a class from the legendary Gordon Hunt, working as a PA at the Sony MoCap stages, how important communication is and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Walt!Ins…
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This episode is with the incredible Stephen Oyoung! We talk about him wanting to be a comic book artist growing up, fight coordinating on 47 Ronin, getting blown up while doubling Baze in Rogue One, his LEGENDARY audition for Mr. Negative, getting to be Jason Todd in the upcoming Gotham Knights game and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Stephen!Twitter: @MrSteph…
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This episode is with the incredibly talented JB Blanc! We talk about him going to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, teaching in a maximum security prison, misconceptions on what actors and directors actually do, getting the call for The Count of Monte Cristo after quitting acting, moving to the states, blacking out screaming as the Hulk, his INCR…
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This episode is with the LEGEND, Kiran Shah! We talk about getting his start at the Red Buddha Theatre Company, learning mask and mime technique, getting into stunts, being Superman’s scale double, working on Dark Crystal, being an Ewok, getting hanged in Braveheart, his amazing work on Lord of the Rings, having 2 WORLD RECORDS and MUCH MORE!Follow…
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This episode is with the fantastic Charissa Barton! In this episode, we talk about her starting in tap dancing at 3 years old, moving from Canada to New York, going to Juilliard, traveling the world with the Parson’s Dance Company, the importance of finding your people, creating Axis Connect with her sister, her choreography process and SO MUCH MOR…
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This episode is with Don Marshall AKA The Obscure Lord of the Rings Facts guy on TikTok! In this episode, we talk about how he used to be an investigative journalist, the crazy hours he worked and wild situations he got into as a reporter, the special way he was introduced to Lord of the Rings, how he got started on TikTok, his new TTRPG series and…
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This episode is with the delightful, gem-of-a-human-being known as Ciaran Byrne. We talk about him working as a plasterer for over 20 years, moving from Northern Ireland to Nantucket, being inspired by the play Doubt to become an actor, How Catherine Zeta-Jones helped him propose to his wife, shaving his head to play Angus is Diery, how he got invo…
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This episode is with the fantastic Elias Toufexis! We talk about him growing up in Montréal, taking a chair to the head while wrestling, his love of theatre, combatting imposter syndrome, signing the Golden Book with William Shatner, how to make a living as an actor and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Elias!Twitter: @EliasToufexisInstagram: @RealEliasToufexisF…
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This episode is with world-renowned acting coach, Bernard Hiller! We talk about why traveling is so good for you, his training at Summer Stock, moving from New York to LA, Developing his teaching technique, how he started working with Emilio Rivera, the importance of asking for help and SO MUCH MORE!Be sure to check out his classes at bernardhiller…
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This episode is with award-winning producer, Caroline Kermel. We talk about her moving a lot as a kid, working her way from executive assistant to producer, what it means to work in production, winning a Saturn award for Star Wars Rebels, what it was like attending the Emmys, what makes a good producer and MUCH MORE!Follow Caroline!LinkedIn: https:…
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This episode is with the fantastic Brant Russell! We talk about him growing up singing in Texas, touring the western US in college with an a-cappella group, traveling to South Africa, going to grad school in Boston, the process of writing his capstone, why the words we use are so important and so much more!Follow Brant!Instagram/Twitter: @BrantRuss…
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This episode is with tv writer, short story author and one of my favorite novelists, Jordan! We talk about him being from the Ozarks, how Midnight Rider came to be, trying to balance art and commerce, how the pandemic may have changed the entertainment industry, his take on writer’s block, the importance of cultivating the artist, getting inspirati…
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Happy 2022! This episode is with my good friend Alexandra Pica! We talk about our first movie together, moving to Atlanta, getting into Yoga, traveling by herself, the importance of being present, playing multiple characters in her new movie and MUCH MORE! Follow Alex onInstagram: @alexpica/@healthybeingwpicawww.alexandrapica.comFollow Brian onTwit…
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This episode is with martial artist/stunt performer Ross Kohnstam! We talk about starting martial arts at 7 years old, teaching himself tricking, being the 7th person EVER to land a Triple Corkscrew, doubling Spider-man for the Insomniac game, playing multiple characters on The Mandalorian and MUCH MORE! Follow Ross!Instagram: @rosskohnstamFollow B…
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This episode is with the fantastic Kola Bokinni! We talk about creating his character in his first play, learning different accents, having emergency dental surgery AND handling a hawk on Black Mirror, auditioning for Ted Lasso, learning the NSYNC dance, what it was like shooting the Isaac-central episode and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Kola!Twitter: @Kola…
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This episode is with the multi-talented B. Dave Walters! We talk about always doing multiple things at once, being a black belt in more than one martial art, touring with Evanescence as a bodyguard, being inspired by Shakespeare to become a writer, why he moved to LA, the process of writing D&D: A Darkened Wish, his upcoming documentary Dear Americ…
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This episode is with animator Lindsay Thompson! We talk about her growing up in LA, randomly getting into animation, moving to New Zealand on a whim for work, the differences between animating for movies and games, the joys of creative freedom and MUCH MORE!Follow Lindsay on Twitter: @BinzimationFollow Brian on Twitter/Instagram: @JediBrianand at w…
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This episode with writer/director Benjamin Lancaster! We talk about him putting on Christmas pageants with his family, directing a live audio drama for IPR, the intricacies of getting your eyebrow pierced, behind the scenes of Walt’s Frozen Head, his inspiration for World of Tomorrow SO MUCH MORE!Follow Ben!Twitter: @WaltsFrzenHeadwww.waltsfrozenhe…
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This episode is with the fantastic, award-winning costume designer Ann Closs-Farley! We talk about her being one of 14 kids, her greatest talent show performance, switching from acting to costume designing, working on Toy Story: The Musical, being ok with failure and SO MUCH MORE!Follow Ann!Instagram: @clossfarleywww.annclossfarley.comFollow Brian!…
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