PODCAST: Special Guest, Jeff Weatherford, Director and Acting Coach
Jeff is a member of The Actors Studio, Los Angeles Directors Unit and a graduate of the Julliard School of Drama. He is an acting coach and director with over twenty years of experience. He is based in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff began his professional career at the New City Theatre in Seattle. He performed at Intiman Theatre, ACT, Market Theatre and the Seattle Shakespeare Festival. Television roles include, ANOTHER WORLD, DR QUINN MEDICINE WOMAN, ELLEN and ALMOST LIVE. Film roles include, Penny Marshal’s RENAISSANCE MAN and Greg Latchow’s MONEY BUYS HAPPINESS.
As a director Jeff has been a frequent collaborator with award winning, solo performer, Lauren Weedman. He directed Lauren in NO…YOU SHUT UP, which broke several box office records while touring the USA. Jeff has taught acting at schools and programs including California Conservatory of the Arts, Performance Plus New Hampshire and ARTSHARE LA.
Today’s podcast Jeff sheds light on how to stay mentally tough in the grueling industry of acting and directing. Show business is an ever increasing, competitive industry. Actors and directors are entrepreneurs, and need to strengthen their minds to succeed.
Valuable lessons in today’s podcast include:
- Strategies to overcome stage fright
- The best way to rehearse for an audition
- Why the skills of a good director are the same skills as a great leader
- How to overcome rejection, and tap into the power of purpose!
- How to identify your core inspiration, the source of your power!
- The unexpected success of a classmate at Julliard. Never underestimate anyone’s potential.
- How to rise above hardship, and win.
- How to identify goals that keep you motivated, through good times and bad.
- How to overcome fear and embrace mistakes, even during live performances.