Makin’ It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts

Makin’ It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts podcast gives you inside information on how to break into the professional performance arts industry; on stage including Broadway, in film, on television, commercials, print, voice over and more. Host, Leesa Csolak features a line-up of professional performers, directors, musical directors, choreographers, casting directors, agents and managers as well as parents of minors; all here to help you understand their world, their journey and how you, too can be a part of it all. For more information on how to create, curate and navigate a career in the performing arts, visit https://www.lbctalent.com

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Sunday May 28, 2023

The magical photographer & make-up artist team of David & Lena Kaptein have created top of the industry headshots for hundreds of new faces entering the performance arts and modeling industry. Many of whom became well known in their chosen areas of performance. A List film and television actors, world renowned music artists, and top models have all sat in Lena's chair and stood in front of David's camera. And these star performers continue to work with David and Lena year after year. 
Listen to this insanely informative interview where David and Lena speak from their own experience as career models and commercial actors.  They both traveled the world and worked for the very top of the modeling and commercial print industry having worked in London, Paris, Milan and New York City.  
They know the business inside and out and give amazing advise to those seeking similar opportunities.
Visit David at https://www.davidkaptein.com
Visit Lena at https://www.lenakapteinmakeup.com
For more information on how to create, curate and navigate a career in the performing arts, visit https://www.lbctalent.thinkific.com or https://www.lbctalent.com
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Contact me thru email leesa@lbctalent.com
Schedule a strategy session consultation. https://calendly.com/leesacsolak/one-on-one-consultation
Follow on Instagram and Facebook @leesacsolak_lbctalent and @leesacsolak respectively.
 
 

Sunday May 21, 2023

Let’s go! Is it time to jump into the world of hiring a publicist? Or do you wait? This is a question that comes up quite often for performers navigating their performing arts careers.
LA based entertainment publicist, Melissa Berger explains it all and shares her personal journey to working in one of the fastest paced jobs in the industry.
Listen and learn what it takes to be successful in this space, do great things for your clients’ careers and the share the of their success are discussed. Love the entertainment industry but being in front of the camera isn’t for you? Consider this fabulous career.
Follow and contact Melissa @mbergerpr
Listen wherever you get your podcasts or watch and subscribe on YouTube @makinithappenwithleesacsolak Please Like and Subscribe!
For more information on how to create, curate and navigate a career in the performing arts, visit https://www.lbctalent.thinkific.com or https://www.lbctalent.com
 

Sunday May 14, 2023

Cameron Richardson is one of the most sought after voice teachers literally in the world. He instructs vocalists of varied experience levels from all over the world.
Cameron Richardson-Eames is a pianist and tenor based in London and New York. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Cambridge University, he has performed in many of the world's most prestigious venues, on major radio stations and extensively on commercial recordings. His students currently appear in Broadway shows and in Hollywood movies. 
Listen as Cameron shares his personal story and offers insight and knowledge to understanding the professional performance industry.  Cameron gives tips and tools you can use to help you child, teen or young adult or yourself understand and navigate the professional space as a singer, songwriter or musician.
Follow Cameron @cameronorichardson
Visit his online school TheVocalCoaches.com
 

Sunday Apr 23, 2023

Jake Vincent shares his journey to becoming a professional concert dancer in the world famous Paul Taylor Dance Company. One of only sixteen dancers that make up the company, Jake was the last new member added to the company by Paul Taylor himself (prior to his passing).
Listen as Jake explains what it takes, physically and mentally, to continue to impress audiences across the globe with the technique, form, strength and fitness so well-known by this amazing concert dance organization. 
Follow Jake @sliceofjake. 
Paul Taylor Dance Company @paultaylordance
Jake's episode will be on YouTube beginning Sunday, April 30th at 8pm EST.
Subscribe; YouTube Channel, MakinItHappenwithLeesaCsolak Follow; @leesacsolak_lbctalent Happy listening!
For more info visit... Makin' It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts  
 

Sunday Feb 26, 2023

Listen as guest, Amanda LaCount shares her story, her journey, and her perspective to becoming a sought after professional commercial hip hop dancer, choreographer and model.
Her credits speak for her talent, grit and fortitude. She shares details of her challenges along the way and her mission to break the stereotype and seek equality for performers of all sizes.
Amanda is a huge social media influencer. Here are some of her notable performances; Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Rihanna, Ozuna, The Emmy's, The Ellen Show, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry, DWTS, The Voice, and her National Dance Tour "Amanda LaCount Live," The Real Daytime. And she has over 2.4M subscribers.
Find her on YouTube -  @AmandaLaCountOfficial  
Website - https://www.amandalacount.com
Instagram - @amandalacount
Bookings - @cleartalentgroup
Merch - Amanda-lacount-myshopify.com
Makin' It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts Podcast gives you inside information on how to break into the professional performance arts industry; on stage including Broadway, in film, on television, commercials, print, voice over and more.
Host, Leesa Csolak features a line-up of professional performers, directors, musical directors, dancers, choreographers, casting directors, agents and managers; all here to help you understand their world, their journey and how you, too can be a part of it all. 
Subscribe to the YouTube Channel; @Makinithappenwithleescsolak
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Makin' It Happen Online Courses

Sunday Feb 19, 2023

Anthony Abeson is the most sought after Acting Teacher, Coach and Mentor in the NYC area. His methods for developing great actors for stage, television and film go unsurpassed.
Listen as he shares what inspired him and drew him to a career in the arts. You will be surprised and intrigued by his experience working in the room as a young adult actor with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, who together with Sanford Meisner, became the trinity of major American acting teachers of the twentieth century.
This episode is a must for any serious actor.
Connect with Anthony at https://www.anthonyabeson.com
Follow him on Instagram @anthonyabeson
Makin' It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts Podcast gives you inside information on how to break into the professional performance arts industry; on stage including Broadway, in film, on television, commercials, print, voice over and more.
Host, Leesa Csolak features a line-up of professional performers, directors, musical directors, choreographers, teachers & coaches, casting directors, agents and managers; all here to help you understand their world, their journey and how you, too can be a part of it all.
Follow on Instagram; @leesacsolak_lbctalent

Sunday Feb 12, 2023

Listen as Broadway & film actor, singer, dancer, director and filmmaker Kurt Csolak shares his journey and insight on breaking into the professional performance space.  His focus and philosophy of creating balance and assessing one's career desires with a healthy perspective cleared an atypical path to booking the original cast of Funny Girl on Broadway and much more. He offers members of the artistic community and parents of kids and teens considering the field, tools and tips and his take on perspective. A must listen for anyone in the game, struggling or not, who is looking for a clearer understanding and clues to how to 'play' and win. Follow Kurt @kurtcsolak @solarcproductions or visit https://www.kurtcsolak.com
Find out how you can follow the steps Kurt and I took to build his career by visiting; Makin' It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts  Subscribing; YouTube Channel, MakinItHappenwithLeesaCsolak Follow; @leesacsolak_lbctalent Happy listening!

Sunday Feb 05, 2023

Listen to sixteen year old actor, AJ Landy share the intimate details of his first booking on NBC's Law & Order.
We discuss how he got connected, how he was signed to professional representation, and began auditioning for film and television opportunities at the highest level of the industry.  
His story gives you a bird's eye view of what it was like to go to his first wardrobe fitting, his first time walking on a set, his first time working with professional team, actors, and crew. Share in his excitement when he shares what it was like to see himself for the first time on national television.
Listen and learn from AJ's story, details of what got him there, and tips you can use today to make it happen for you, too!
Find out how you can follow the steps AJ and I took to build his career by visiting;
Makin' It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts 
Subscribing;
YouTube Channel, MakinItHappenwithLeesaCsolak
Follow;
@leesacsolak_lbctalent
Happy listening!
 

Sunday Jan 29, 2023

Professional actor, singer, dancer, and musical theater performer extraordinaire, Jake Urban shares his journey and details about how he recently gained professional representation and was given huge audition opportunities that put him in three consecutive musical theater shows back to back.
This detailed account of his experiences will most definitely help those navigating the space between University programs and the real world of professional performance.
Listen and learn from Jake’s story, details of what got him there, and tips you can use today to make it happen for you, too!
Find out how you can follow the steps Jake and I took to build his career by visiting Makin' It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts at https//www.lbctalent.thinkific.com, Subscribing to my YouTube Channel @makinithappenwithleesacsolak, and follow me on socials @leesacsolak_lbctalent
Happy listening!
 

Sunday Jan 22, 2023

Listen as international inspiration speaker, Fabio Marques talks perspective, mindset, and more discussing the tools and guidelines to be your best confident self in every situation.  Learn how to sense and read a room, whether that be for interviews, auditions, or in rehearsals.  How you can be the artist they seek to hire over and over again. Learn how you can believe and make a difference in your trajectory in the performing arts industry.
Fabio has trained and enlightened hundreds of thousands of people. He will change your perspective, give you tools to use in multiple situations, give you confidence and motivation to take charge of your career.
Check out his one-day virtual event coming soon. 
To learn more about Makin' It Happen; A Career in the Performing Arts, and how my online courses, free newsletters, free guides and videos can ensure your success as a professional artist, click here, subscribe to my YouTube Channel, or follow me on socials @leesacsolak_lbctalent.

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Leesa Csolak

In Her Own Words...

"I have been obsessed over the course of the past forty years about why the performance industry is such a closed-door industry with no real information available to the average person. The idea of trying to ‘break into’ the business is thwarted by most parents and adults throughout the United States and abroad, honestly due to the lack of available honest and true information.

Of those who are in the business whether just starting or successfully navigating a career, many remain confused and travel blindly. Much of which breeds a sense of fear and subsequent ownership of what knowledge and understanding they have, creating the need to keep information close to the chest.

As a professional in the industry, an entrepreneur, and a parent of three children, one of whom dabbled at a young age and the other two who successfully worked in many aspects of the child, teen and now are in the adult professional performance industry working on Broadway, in Film and Television, Commercials and Voice Over successfully. (Thank you, Claire, at Gilla Roos, NYC and Shirley, Dave, and Laura of Shirley Grant Management for the early years) I have vowed to change that mantra." 

My ground-breaking Online Courses, 'Professional Kids & Teens 101; A Primer for Parents' and 'Professional Biz 201; Young Adults, College Students & Grads' teach everything you need to know to create, curate and navigate this elusive industry. I share inside information that no one else will to not only get your career or your child or teen's career started but I give you all the tools you need to secure professional representation (getting a manger or agent). 

If you are looking to do this right the first time and not get lost trying to navigate this business by trial and error, I am your best resource. My track record speaks for itself as I have helped 100's of clients bridge from being talented in Acting, Dance and or Voice into the professional career they always dreamed of... If you are a parent of a talented child or are considering a life in the arts yourself, this is  THE door into succeeding in this industry. 

My podcast gives you inside info featuring a line-up of professional performers, directors, musical directors, choreographers, casting directors, agents and managers; all here to help you understand their world, their journey and how you, too can be a part of it all.

You, too can have the career of your dreams.  

Don't let anyone tell you, you can't.

 

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