Don't Be So Dramatic With Rachel Baker & The HubStudio The podcast that talks to different people in the entertainment industry and discovers what their job involves and how they got there.  

 

“Don’t Be So Dramatic” Episode List

Hosted by Rachel Baker in association with The HubStudio

The HubStudio is very excited to offer a new podcast in association with Rachel Baker. Each month we will be providing you interviews and insights from the The HubStudio community and beyond. Full episode list below. 

  • 54. Matt Rudduck
    Matt Rudduck On Blue Water High And The Power Of Saying No
    Matt Rudduck is an actor and composer currently based in Sydney, Australia. One of Matt's earliest acting roles was on the hit TV series Blue Water High where he played Joe Sanderson. Matt has some fantastic advice when it comes to auditioning, specifically in regards to owning your choices and worrying less (something we all need reminding of sometimes). Matt is also a composer and has worked on countless productions such as 'Rough Stuff and 'Spirit Of The Game'. Instagram: @mattrudduck
  • 53. Miranda Harcourt
    Finding The Purpose Of Your Work And Working On Renowned Productions
    Miranda Harcourt has such an amazing body of work to show for her creative career. As an acting coach, actress and director, Miranda has worked on such films as 'Lion', 'Aquaman', 'The Lovely Bones' and worked with directors such a Peter Jackson, Taika Waititi and Jane Campion to only name a few. Miranda's career started out on the NZ soap opera 'Gloss' before she became one of the first practitioners to bring Verbatim theatre to the industry. www.mirandaharcourt.com/
  • 52. Short Rambles with Rachel Baker
    Hope Vs Belief: Do You Truly Believe You Can Have The Career You Desire?
    Do you truly believe you can have the career you desire? Or do you just hope that one day you'll get a "lucky break" and things might fall into place for you? In this episode I talk about why it's important to first and foremost believe that you can have what you want and how that is different to being ego driven.
  • 51. Nick Kozakis and Tim Whiting
    Working With Tones And I And Creating Visible Studios w/ Nick Kozakis and Tim Whiting
    Visible Studios is a production company based in Melbourne, run by Nick Kozakis and Timothy Whiting. One of their most recent achievements is creating the ‘Dance Monkey’ music video by Tones and I which has now reached over a billion YouTube views. Previous to starting the studio, Nick co-directed the feature film 'Plague' which played at Marché du Film at Cannes. The studio has gone on to make notable work in commercial, creative and narrative forms. For information on their current feature film, please email tim@visiblestudios.com.au
  • 50. Jake Ryan
    Working On Home And Away And Playing 'Bad Guy' Characters w/ Jake Ryan
    Jake Ryan is an Australian actor who originally started out as an athlete. From a young age, Jake's goal was to make it to the Olympics for Taekwondo but when an injury saw an end to his sporting career, he found he was being led into the acting industry with the help of Bill Hunter. Since then Jake has worked on many great Australian productions such as Underbelly, Wentworth and Home and Away.
  • 49. Megan Riakos
    Creating Independent Films Within A Budget And WIFT Australia w/ Megan Riakos
    Megan is a Director/ Writer/ Filmmaker with 18 years experience in the screen industry. Her debut feature film 'Crushed' screened at festivals around the world including Montreal World Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and Napa Valley Film Festival before completing a successful limited theatrical release in Australia and acquisitions by Channel 10 and Qantas. Megan is also the Co-founder and NSW board member for WIFT Australia (Women In Film and Television), a not-for-profit organisation aimed at bringing gender equality and diversity to our industry. https://wiftaustralia.org.au/
  • 48. Angela Ford
    The 'When I, Then I' Effect And The Simplicity Of Mindset Training w/ Angie Ford
    Angie Ford is a high-performance mindset coach driven by a love of working with people. Her client list includes world no.1 athletes, CEOs, entrepreneurs of the year, national best selling real estate agents, actors and performing artists. Angie's work allows her to assist people in discovering where their mental blocks lie and how to overcome them in a healthy manner to achieve their highest goals. http://angieford.com.au/
  • 47. Grace Rouvray
    Creating '600 Bottles Of Wine' And The Pros And Cons Of The Drama School Model w/ Grace Rouvray
    Grace Rouvray is an Australian actor, writer and producer best known for her series '600 Bottles Of Wine'. The series is based on true stories from Grace's dating life with a cast and crew primarily featuring female creatives. After a successful run at LA Webfest, the series has since aired on Channel 10, BBC, Virgin In-Flight Entertainment and TVNZ On Demand. Grace studied a Bachelor Of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong, where I first met her. She has also worked in casting alongside one of our industry's top casting directors, Danny Long.
  • 46. Short Rambles with Rachel Baker
    The Fear Of Losing Your Creative Identity While Exploring Other Paths
    A common fear that I often feel is that if I pursue other career opportunities, I will lose my identity as an actor. The reason I sometimes feel this way is that a few years ago I started dipping my toe into the world of producing. I enjoyed producing projects, I enjoyed producing my own work so that I could also act in it. What ended up happening is that people started to approach me for producing jobs but rarely acting work. I felt like I was becoming known as a producer and that everyone was forgetting that acting is what I truly wanted to do. So I stopped producing. This fear is incredibly limiting because it shut me off to a world of opportunities that could have led me to my purpose. I have seen it in other creatives, the hesitation to pursue other creative projects because they feel it might interfere with their identity as an actor or director or writer etc. This episode is here to tell you why this fear is unhelpful and to show you that when I let go of it, I started to rapidly move forward in every area of my career.
  • 45. Claire van der Boom
    Debunking The Myths Around "Success" And Working Overseas As An Aussie w/ Claire van der Boom
    Claire van der Boom has been blessed with a career that is abundant in amazing opportunities and projects. Claire's upbringing in Broome played an enormous part in shaping the person she is today and has heavily influenced the ideas she brings to her work. Since graduating from NIDA, she has worked on such productions as 'Rush', 'Underbelly', 'The Pacific' and 'Hawaii Five-O'. Claire worked with both Joel and Nash Edgerton on the film 'The Square' and in 2011 won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress for her performance in the telemovie 'Sisters of War', directed by Brendan Maher. She has also performed in 2 Off-Broadway productions.
  • 44. Eamon Flack
    Artistic Director at Belvoir St Theatre
    Throughout his childhood, Eamon felt like there was something "different" about him, something that he felt couldn't fully be explored or talked about. But once Eamon witnessed Bille Brown's rendition of Oscar Wilde in 'The Judas Kiss', his interest in the creative industry opened up a realm of possibility for him. Eamon has since worked as a director, actor, writer and dramaturg for Belvoir, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye, Perth International Arts Festival, Darwin Festival, Playwriting Australia and various other companies. His production of 'Counting & Cracking' won seven Helpmann Awards in 2019, including Best New Australian Work, Best Production of a Play and Best Direction of a Play.
  • 43. Mark Morrissey
    Founding Morrissey Management And Acting On Impulses
    Mark Morrissey is one of the most successful Agents in our Entertainment Industry, representing talent such as the Hemsworth brothers, Kate Richie, Jai Courtney and Elsa Pataky. Mark's interest in the industry all started when he unintentionally auditioned for drama school whilst accompanying a friend to the audition. Since then Mark has followed his instinct and interests to attract some amazing opportunities to become the Theatrical Manager and Producer he is today. www.morrissey.com.au/
  • 42. Kelly Robinson
    Clinical Hypnotherapy And The Power Of The Mind
    Kelly Robinson is a Master Practitioner Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer and Life Coach. Kelly is also an actress, writer, producer and has worked in the Entertainment Industry for over 10 years. As a hypnotherapist, her work has allowed her to help a vast number of clients with issues such as stress, anxiety, pain control, public speaking, insomnia or sleep disorders as well as many other concerns. https://creativemindshypnotherapy.com.au/
  • 41. Creatives In Isolation
    Feat. Pip Edwards, Oliver Wenn & Dave Beamish
    A special episode outlining the ways in which leading Australian creatives are adapting their work whilst in self isolation through the Covid-19 pandemic. Pip, Oli and Dave share their advice on how we can all develop and modify our creative careers to thrive in a time when we can't physically meet to collaborate. Watch on youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3slF3NRU7-8&t=3s
  • 40. Ben Chapple
    'Playing For Keeps' Actor and WAAPA Graduate
    Ben Chapple is a Sydney based actor and a recent graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Ben didn't always want to be an actor but his early love of film led him to join a small sketch comedy group whilst studying law at University. A few years later, whilst in his 3rd year at WAAPA, Ben landed the role of Liam Flynn in Channel 10's 'Playing For Keeps' Season 2 where he was privileged to work with some of Australia's most prominent actors.
  • 39. Donald Woodburn
    Accessing the truthful and passionate voice
    Donald Woodburn is a renowned voice coach who is celebrated for his vast knowledge of cultural practice and targeting that has helped so many performers, presenters and public figures to harness the power and truth from within their individual voice. Donald is the former head of voice at both the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA)
  • 37. Ben Mathews
    Mindset and Gratitude Are Fundamental To Success w/ Ben Mathews
    Ben Mathews is an actor, writer and director based in Sydney who is also highly regarded as an acting coach. Ben currently teaches at AMAW, Screenwise, The Hub Studio and Acting Mastery as well as previously at NIDA. Ben has seen much success as a filmmaker and director, having won multiple prestigious awards for his short film 'Emily', web series 'BedHead', pilot 'Deadbeat Dads' and documentary 'Chrysalis'.
  • 35. Kevin Jackson
    Kevin Jackson Explains The One Similarity Of All The Famous Actors He Has Worked With
    Kevin Jackson is one of the country’s most experienced acting teachers and theatre directors. In 2011 he retired from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) after more than twenty years service to the school, and in the process trained some of the most prominent and emerging actors in the industry today. For more than fourteen years Kevin also taught at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, and more recently at The Actors Center in Sydney and now at The HubStudio. Graduates Kevin has taught during his time at NIDA include, Baz Luhrmann, Richard Roxburgh, Jacqueline McKenzie, Miranda Otto, Cate Blanchett, Essie Davis, Nicholas Bishop & Sam Worthington.
  • 38. Stevie Ray
    Casting Director at McGregor Casting
    Stevie Ray is a Sydney based Casting Director at the renowned McGregor Casting. Stevie has cast some amazing projects in his time including shows such as 'The Letdown', 'Diary of an Uber Driver' and 'The Moodys' and films such as 'Babyteeth', 'Lion' and 'Danger Close'. In this episode Stevie talks about how he discovered what a casting director actually does and the ways in which he navigates a job which requires a constant serving of other people's needs.
  • 36. Marnya Rothe
    Marnya Rothe Shares Why Her Photography Is 90% Talking and 10% Shooting
    Marnya Rothe is a Sydney based Photographer who has photographed some of Australia’s most talented performing artists and many stage and film productions. Marnya has a Masters of Photography from Edith Cowan University and has had national success with her own exhibitions, being invited to exhibit in both FotoFreo and Head On Photography Festivals. Her work has also been published in various national and international magazines. She has produced promotion images and production stills for many notable companies such as Goalpost Pictures, Sport for Jove and Bell Shakespeare. www.marnyarothe.com/
  • 34. 2019 Ensemble Actors Discuss Learning From Renowned Coaches
    Featuring Laneikka Denne, Josh Mehmet & Emily Engerman
    Josh, Laneikka and Emily are 3 actors attending the 2019 Ensemble course at The HubStudio. In this episode we discussed what it's like to learn from the industry's best coaches and how repertoire training has effected them all differently in accordance with their past experiences. We also discussed how finding your "tribe" is imperative to your future success and how this course has guided them to doing just that. The Ensemble Course is a 1 year acting degree at The HubStudio and is currently auditioning for the 2020 class. Link below for details. https://www.thehubstudio.com.au/sydney-ensemble-course-page/
  • 33. Kriv Stenders
    Kriv Stenders Explains How Filmmaking Is Like A Piece Of Music
    Kriv Stenders is one of the most renowned and accomplished Australian Directors. He has numerous critically acclaimed and award winning shorts, documentaries, music videos, television commercials, television series and feature films to his credit. These include 'Red Dog', 'Danger Close', 'Boxing Day' and 'Kill Me Three Times' to only name a few. Kriv approaches film as if he is creating a piece of music and in this episode he explains how that process works for him and his team
  • 32. The Long Haul
    Rowan Chapman
    'The Long Haul' is the first Australian online resource geared towards taking new and seasoned actors through a step by step guide of 'what to's' after leaving drama school. Rowan Chapman, the creator of the website has spent 4 years interviewing the best Australia has to offer in the entertainment industry in order to develop key points to help actors navigate the industry as well as the mental health and wellbeing aspects that go hand in hand with the job. 'The Long Haul' will be launched on the 30th October 2019 with a launch party being held at The HubStudio in Chippendale, Sydney. All welcome to come along and say hi to myself and Rowan!
  • 31. 'Water' at the New Blood Theatre
    Mark Langham and Tristan Black
    This week I speak to writer/director Mark Langham and producer/performer Tristan Black about their upcoming play, 'Water'. As part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, they will be at the New Blood Theatre from the 5th November till the 16th November
  • 30. Daisy Hicks
    Casting Director at i4 Casting
    Daisy Hicks is an Australian Casting Director at i4 Casting in Sydney. Daisy is one of the youngest members of the Casting Guild of Australia and is a CGA nominee for best casting in a short film and best casting in a TVC. Since joining casting, she has worked on many notable theatre and musical shows, films and TVCs.
  • 29. Anthony Kidd
    Acting Agent Benchmark Creative Managment
    Anthony Kidd is a casting agent based in Sydney. His agency, Benchmark Creative, is renowned nationally and internationally for representing experienced and professional actors. Anthony has recently worked with AIME Mentoring and seeks to use his position of power to aid those in need and those he believes in
  • 27. Linda Nicholls-Gidley
    Accent and Dialect Coach
    Linda Nicholls-Gidley is a renowned voice coach in Australia. She has worked across a broad range of media, including film, television, radio, voice over and theatre productions and has a strong corporate training profile, including presentation skills for Australia’s Channel 9, 10, the ABC, SBS and Fairfax Digital. Linda was a lecturer in voice at NIDA for many years as well as numerous other acting institution around the Sydney area. She is currently a coach at The Hub Studio, running frequent voice and accent workshops.
  • 28. Kate Wadey
    Jazz Singer - Kate Wadey
    Kate Wadey is a singer based in Sydney. Originally from Adelaide, Kate has become a prominent figure in the Sydney jazz scene after finding her love for the genre and it's freedom for individuality in more recent years. Kate's new album 'Moon Songs' is available on Spotify and you can check her out at www.katewadey.com
  • 26. Darren Gilshenan
    An experienced Australian actor with an extensive list of screen and theatre credits to his name
    Darren Gilshenan is an experienced Australian actor with an extensive list of screen and theatre credits to his name. He has been involved in such productions as Full Frontal, No Activity (for which he received an AACTA nomination for best performance in a TV comedy), The Moodys and Harrow as well as having toured with the Bell Shakespeare company for multiple shows. He has also worked with Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Ensemble Theatre (for which he received a Best Actor nomination for his role in 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?')
  • 25. Shaz and Tina
    Internet Duo Shaz and Tina AKA Lisa Robinson and Nisrine Amine
    Meet Shaz and Tina: Two besties from the west(ies) and Australia's next powerhouse female duo. Here to give women the world over advice on life, love and how not to be single even though it’s hard. Also meet the wonderful ladies behind Shaz and Tina, Lisa and Niz. Creating your own work is so important in today's industry and that's exactly what these two are doing! If you're into improvisation and sketch comedy or even if you're not, go and check them out at www.facebook.com/shazandtina/
  • 24. Oliver Wenn
    Founder of The HubStudio
    Oliver Wenn is an actor and entrepreneur based in Sydney who founded The Hub Studio in 2011. After graduating NIDA in 2005, Oli went on to create this space for himself and other actors to have access to some of the best coaches in Australia.
  • 23. Neel Koolhatk
    Stand-up Comedian, Actor and Youtuber
    Neel Kolhatkar is a Sydney based performer who is best known for his stand up comedy and online social media content. Neel decided to pursue acting at a young age and has used his success in many different avenues to push his creative career forward. You can follow Neel at: www.youtube.com/user/neel30394 www.facebook.com/Neel.Kolhatkar94/
  • 21 . Dave Beamish
    Founder of Moving Tale Productions and Vancouver based Aussie Actor
    Dave Beamish is an Australian actor who is making his mark on the Canadian film industry in Vancouver. Dave is the founder of the production company 'Moving Tale' which creates projects both in Australia and overseas. He also recently started the company 'Screen Speak Live' to help educate those in the film industry through classes and online content. Dave's extensive experience as an actor includes 'Neighbours', 'We Were Tomorrow' and 'Limetown', to name a few.
  • 16. Beardo Bearington
    Host of 'Beardo's True Stories from Australian History' podcast
    Beardo Bearington (surprisingly not his real name)is the host of the podcast 'Beardo's True Stories from Australian History'. Beardo started out in the industry by following the podcast 'Sweet Feathery Jesus!' and when he decided to troll a fake Italian gangster from Boston, he soon became a regular segment host on their podcast.
  • 22. Matthew Vella
    Indie Filmmaker and Co-founder of Western Sydney Filmmakers Hangout
    Matthew Vella is a Western Sydney based filmmaker under his own company Vella Matt Films. By accident, he is also the co-founder of the Western Sydney Filmmakers Hangout which has become a 700 member group of industry people that meet quarterly to have a drink and chat about filmmaking. Matt is also one of the co-hosts on the podcast 'Midnight Double Feature' where he reviews and chats about films both old and new.
  • 20. Rachel Baker
    Host of the 'Don't Be So Dramatic'
    Rachel Baker is the host of this podcast as well as an actor and producer based in Sydney. If you've be wondering who the hell the voice and brain behind this podcast is, then you're about to find out!
  • 19. Lauren Lofberg
    Sydney based Actor/Dancer and Women's Support Advocate
    Lauren Lofberg is an actor, model, singer, dancer based in Sydney. She is a big advocate for women supporting other women and hopes to inspire and educate young girls about being their best self. Lauren is also a believer in the power of visualisation in order to manifest your goals, a method that has evidently worked for her career so far. You can catch Lauren in the upcoming episode of Channel 9's 'Murder, Lies and Alibis' as well as the feature film 'Sunkesari'.
  • 15. Rachel Baker - Short Rambles
    Making Time For Life Whilst Pursuing A Creative Career
    This is something I struggle with often. I find myself feeling guilty if I go through a period of time without having done something towards my career in the industry. Whether that be recording a podcast episode or filming a scene or taking an acting class. I feel like if I'm not taking steps towards my goals all the time then my success might vanish. But the reality is that we have to find time to live our life and do the things that life requires in order to be able to move forward.
  • 14. Alex Reynolds
    Stand-up Comedian
    Alex Reynolds is a stand-up comedian based in Sydney. She has performed sold out shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Sydney Fringe Festival.
  • 17. Ross Langill
    Third Assistant Director for Hallmark
    Ross Langill is based in Vancouver, Canada and works as a third assistant director in the industry. Ross is currently working on projects for production house 'Hallmark' and is looking to become a director in the future. Ross first started in the industry working under Zach Lipovsky, a major up and coming director, and so his story highlights the importance of networking.
  • 18. Catherine Londsdale
    Vancouver Based Australian Actor
    Catherine Lonsdale is an Australian actor currently based in Vancouver. Cat moved to Canada to pursue work in film, TV and theatre and so is a wealth of knowledge on all the things to know when thinking about moving internationally for your career. She is currently working on 'Last Stand To Nowhere, A Female Western', a very exciting project making waves in the Canadian industry.
  • 10. Jon Vontolken
    Mental Health Advocate and Creator of 'The Curation of Man'
    Jon Vontolken is an actor and model currently based in Sydney. Jon has struggled with mental health for a large part of his life and is now devoted to helping people who may be going through similar situations. He has recently launched the website 'The Curation of Man' where he posts articles and videos discussing his journey and thoughts in order to inspire improvement, change and growth in others. www.thecurationofman.com Please be advised in this episode we discuss sensitive and possibly triggering topics surrounding mental health.
  • 13. Brendan Byrne
    Founder of Shadow Wolves Productions and Actor/Writer
    Brendan Byrne is a filmmaker and actor based in Western Sydney and is the founder of Shadow Wolves Productions. His short film 'I'm Here Too' has won multiple awards in the festival circuit for it's thought provoking content on teen suicide. He is currently in pre-production for his feature film 'Paid In Blood' which you can watch the teaser for and support at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/horror-feature-film-paid-in-blood#/
  • 11. Stacey Petersen
    Thrive & Survive Podcast Host
    Stacey Petersen is the host of the podcast 'Thrive and Survive', a podcast that explores Australian creatives who are in the midst of building their dreams. Like myself, Stacey is also an actor that decided to create a podcast around the industry that she loves in order to find out what motivates a creative and how is it that they do what they do. https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/thrive-and-survive/id1472118710
  • 12. Oliver Boston
    Fungus Monk AKA Oliver Boston
    Fungus Monk is the drag queen persona of Oliver Boston. Oliver has a background in design in areas such as millinery, cordwaining, curtain making and dress making. He is currently based in Melbourne and Fungus performs regularly at Drag Roulette and Honcho Disco.
  • 8. Ben Mathews
    Acting Coach and Award Winning Director
    Ben Mathews is an acting coach with classes at NIDA, Screenwise, The Hub Studio, AMAW and his own program Acting Mastery. Ben is also an actor and a writer as well as an award winning director for his short film 'Emily', for his series, 'BedHead' and pilot episode, 'Deadbeat Dads'.
  • 9. Hareth Tayum
    Founder of Plus One Management and Model Scout
    Hareth Tayem is the founder and scout of Plus One Management who started his career in the industry as an international model. He is also currently a photographer and actor whilst running his own designer label, Sand The Brand.
  • 7. Ryan Sobolski
    Sydney Based Actor
    Ryan Sobolski is an actor currently based in Sydney, Australia. He is one of the main cast in the new feature film 'Dead Squad' which is set to be released in LA in October 2018.
  • 6. Chelsea Deeley
    East Side Radio Host and Onto It Media Project Manager
    Chelsea Deeley is the Monday morning radio host for East Side Radio as well as the Operations Manager for the station's music festival, Global Rhythms. Chelsea has also created a company with a group of colleagues called Onto It Media, aimed at helping Sydney venues accomodate and promote live music.
  • 4. James Lopes
    Director of Photography
    James Lopes is a director of photography (DOP) who also pitches, directs and edits for his company Arc Shot Media. James is also currently in the process of starting an advertising and marketing company as well as a collaboration company with DOPs around the world.
  • 3. Madi Lee
    National Choreographer
    Madi Lee is an Australian choreographer known for her work on 'Bare' the musical at the Brisbane Powerhouse in early 2018 as well as Chemist Warehouse's recent ad with Kerry Anne Kennerley.
  • 5. Emily-Rose Braithwaite
    International Makeup Artist
    Emily-Rose Braithwaite is a makeup and hair stylist from the UK. She currently lives in Sydney working professionally on film and photography productions. She also has her own youtube channel with a range of tutorials outlining her own style of makeup artistry.
  • 1. James Lundie
    Channel 9 Online Content Producer and Director
    James Lundie is an Online Content Producer for Channel 9 and is also the Executive Producer and Director for his own company, Undisputed Films.
  • 2. Nisrine Amine
    Co-founder of Parramatta Actors Centre.
    Nisrine Amine is one of the co-founders of Parramatta Actors Centre, an acting school based in Western Sydney. She is also a writer and creator and her film 'Apricot' is available to watch on ABC iview.