A Balancing Act is a podcast created by School of Rock’s Analisa Leaming and is designed to uplift and inspire through conscious conversations all about the “Biz” and how to create balance and happiness as an artist. From owning the audition room, navigating the wins and challenges, and learning to claim that inner star power (at every step of the process), listeners will uncover how to create a big, rich life independent of agent, union status, or résumé.
You’ve learned how to break down a script, do a time step, and prepare the perfect 16-bar cut. But what happens when you’re down to the wire after four grueling callbacks and don’t get the part? Or when you’ve got eight open calls to attend in one week as well as balancing your “survival” job? Or what about when you finally book that Broadway show and it’s cancelled the night before rehearsals start? (Analisa’s debut was supposed to be the ill-fated Rebecca.) These are some of the questions the podcast explores and are essential to an artist’s sustainability.
If Season One’s theme was vulnerability, Season Two is all about becoming an empowered artist. So often actors give their power away to casting directors, agents, directors, but throughout season two actors, teachers, and more share how we can drop the victim mentality and step into our creative power.
Sierra Boggess shares how she’s gotten through a year of several disappointments, Erica Gellerman (a finance writer) gives great advice for actors, Mark Price talks about the invaluable tool of meditation and how it can be a game changer, Jen Waldman (director and acting teacher) gives insight from the other side of the audition table, and Analisa’s very own mother makes an appearance to discuss the parent’s perspective. These are just a few highlights of the upcoming season.