Whether you’re listening at the gym or on the way to auditions, podcasts are a wonderful way to learn about your craft and be inspired on the go. If you’re not sure where to start, here are 26 podcasts I love and that come highly recommended by other actors. Some of these are still releasing new episodes while others are not but are still worth a listen!
Let’s start with the podcasts you should subscribe to so you can receive their latest episodes:
Speak L.A. Podcast
Speak L.A. is an exciting podcast hosted by Jen Jostyn and Camille Thornton-Alson that interviews the top players in the film and TV industries. This podcast regularly features celebrities like Connie Briton, Ron Livingston, George Wendt (“Cheers”), and top Hollywood agents and casting directors. They also host live podcast interviews with a studio audience in the L.A. area.
In the Envelope
Backstage’s own podcast features intimate, inspirational interviews with top acting awards contenders of stage and screen. Guests have included Allison Janney, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, and many, many more. It’s truly a must-listen for anyone looking for advice, inspiration, and a feeling of camaraderie that even today’s big names didn’t always have it easy.
The Parsnip Ship
The Parsnip Ship hosted by Iyvon Edebiri has been showcasing bold new plays by emerging and established playwrights since 2016. Now in its fifth season, this play podcast is revolutionizing the way you hear theater.
Hometown to Hollywood
“Hometown to Hollywood” is an uplifting and educational podcast hosted by Bonnie J. Wallace. I love this one because Bonnie is the real deal. As the author of “The Hollywood Parents Guide” and the mother of Emmy-winning actress Dove Cameron, she knows first-hand what it takes to be a successful child actor
If you’re a voice actor or want to be one, check out “Sound Advice,” hosted by Backstage Expert Kate McClanaghan and veteran voice actor Jeff Finney. You’ll get the scoop on current trends and techniques to help you break into today’s voiceover market.
Audition Secrets with Justin Guarini
Need help with the audition process? Then check out Broadway veteran Justin Guarini’s Audition Secrets Podcast. The podcast will show you what it takes to stand out from the competition! Learn how to avoid common mistakes and make it to the next level of your musical theater career through interviews with industry stars, directors, creatives, and actors.
Mike “Box” Elder hosts interviews with casting directors, agents, comedians, and working actors about how and why they got started in the business.
Host Mike Moreno interviews actors, casting directors, and other industry professionals in theater, film, and television. Tune in to learn tips, tricks, and best practices that help actors focus on what they can control and be the boss of their career.
The Think Bigger Podcast
This podcast is hosted by veteran actor and certified life coach DaJuan Johnson (Amazon’s “Bosch,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and features fellow artists and industry professionals having honest conversations about their path to success.
This podcast is dedicated to the voices you don’t always hear from: the chorus of dancers, singers, and actors who are the backbone of every Broadway musical. Each episode interviews a Broadway veteran about their career, life, and dreams.
Actor Matthew Del Negro describes his career as being told “no” for a living. Here, he gets up close and personal with top-shelf folks from all walks of life about the “10,000 no’s” they’ve endured and the struggles they’ve overcome on the journey to where they are today.
Audrey Helps Actors
Here Audrey Moore speaks with someone from the business to offer advice for actors on everything from auditions to how to better utilize your union.=
The “VOHeroes Podcast” is hosted by voice actor David H. Lawrence XVII who every episode gives listeners a look into the art, commerce, and other aspects of voiceover.
“Hollywood Hustle” shares the stories and struggles of those attempting to climb the ladder of success and how they survive in L.A., City of Dreams. It’s a great balance of interviews about the craft and business side of the #Actorslife.
That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse
Film and television actor and producer Alyshia Ochse hosts an honest, humorous, inspirational podcast with your favorite on-screen storytellers and Hollywood influencers who reveal their most life-changing audition tales and the survival skills they’ve collected along the way.
The Young Actor’s Guide
This new podcast is dedicated to helping young actors and their parents find their way through this confusing, exciting business. It’s hosted by Hollywood veteran Dana Bowling. (casting director, audition coach, and mom). Bowling brings a CD’s insider view, which is invaluable to both child and adult actors.
Every actor needs a motivation boost from time to time.“The Moment,” with host Brian Koppelman, co-creator and executive producer Showtime’s “Billions,” delivers it. He interviews creatives about the pivotal moments that fueled their fascinating careers.
“Off Camera” is a website, magazine, television show, and podcast hosted by director and photographer Sam Jones. Guests have included William H. Macy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tim Robbins, Connie Britton, Jack Black, Olivia Wilde, Jake Gyllenhaal, and more.
Then there are those podcasts not updating regularly anymore, but still worth a listen for their great advice:
“Theater People” interviews Broadway legends, Tony winners, and today’s hottest theater stars. If you love Broadway, this podcast is not to be missed. Past guests have included Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laura Osnes, Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, Laura Benanti, Beth Malone, and many others!
Trevor Algatt and AJ Meijer bring you tips from casting directors, agents, producers, writers, actors, and filmmakers to help you market yourself better, create your own work, and book more jobs.
Living the Dream
This podcast, hosted by actor Rory O’Malley, (King George III in “Hamilton” and known for his Tony-nominated turn in “The Book of Mormon”) is one of my favorites. Every episode is a humorous discussion between Rory and his show business friends about what it takes to stay sane in this crazy industry.
Cinema After Dark
“Cinema After Dark” is a weekly show hosted and produced by filmmaker Max Cole featuring stories from working actors and members of the independent film community.
A Balancing Act
“A Balancing Act” is a podcast for anyone in the arts desiring more. The focus is on sharing conscious, uplifting, inspiring conversation about navigating the ups and downs of this beautiful, crazy business.
Indie Film Tribe
Hosted by Angela Matemotja, this is perfect for any actor who wants to create their own content. It’s a wonderful collection of interviews with filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters to help you successfully create, market, and distribute your own projects.
How is This Movie?
If you’re a fan of movies, TV shows, and all things film, you’ll love this podcast. Host Dana Buckler tells the stories behind some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time.
Hosted by actors Natalie Lipka and Wayne Frazier, this podcast focuses on how to create the career you want in the entertainment industry. Each episode features a close-up interview with working actors, directors, producers, and writers.
Actor Tommy G. Kendrick explores acting, casting, audition tips, starting and maintaining your acting career, and more through in-depth interviews with working professionals from in front of and behind the camera.
The Evolving Artist
“The Evolving Artist” is hosted by Backstage Expert Teri Wade, a mindset repatterning coach for actors and other storytelling artists. Her goal is to amplify and direct true creative power toward its greatest potential impact. It features interviews, guided visualizations, and sessions with clients designed to uplift, inspire, and create real and immediate shifts in your mindset.
*This post was originally published on Aug. 21, 2018. It has since been updated.
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