Author Archives: Susan Dansby

About Susan Dansby

Susan Dansby has received four Emmy® Awards and two Writers Guild Awards for her work on the soap opera, AS THE WORLD TURNS. She is the author of HOW DID YOU GET THAT JOB? MY DREAM JOBS AND HOW THEY CAME TRUE.

No Small Parts: The Importance of Background Players in Soap Opera

In this interview, Kate Martineau Adams compares the potential for moving up in acting ranks from background (extra) player to principal roles in soaps and features. She explains why you might want to be an extra in one form, and definitely not in another. Continue reading

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When Screen Tests Impress: How Two Soap Actors Got Parts They Weren’t Auditioning For

Assistant Casting Director, Kate Martineau Adams (formerly of As the World Turns) reinforces the view that a great audition can lead to getting cast for a great role – even a role you didn’t audition for. She gives two examples of actors who didn’t get the job they came in for, but still got hired. Continue reading

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Kate Martineau Adams: Why You Need to be More than ‘Natural’ in Your Acting Audition

Casting directors often have actual sit-down, read the scenes, auditions with nearly a hundred actors in one day. Assistant Casting Director Kate Martineau Adams gives us an insiders view of what the casting directors look for and how an actor can stand out in the crowd. Continue reading

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Assistant Casting Director Kate Martineau Adams Advises Actors: Training and Preparation

In her position as Assistant Casting Director at As the World Turns, Kate Martineau Adams often gave seminars in various acting schools. Here, she offers advice to actors on where they should place their focus when pursuing an acting career — especially in the audition process. Continue reading

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Kate Martineau Adams, Bio

After earning a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kate Martineau Adams went on to produce the top-rated weekend newscast in the Raleigh-Durham television market. A move to New York led to work as Assistant Casting Director on As the World Turns Continue reading

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Audio Recording with Assistant to the Executive Producer, Michele DeVito

Assistant to the Executive Producer, Michele DeVito, talks with author Susan Dansby about how her daughter’s crush on soap opera star, Jack Wagner, led her to the Daytime Emmys and the opportunity to apply for her first job in TV. Michele talks about being overwhelmed during those first days, and how she came to anticipate the needs of the seven executive producers she assisted over the course of 24 years. And, you’ll be surprised by the dream job acquired by her General Hospital-fan daughter. Continue reading

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Michele DeVito’s Career Change to TV Nurtured Her Daughters’ Artisitic Ambitions

Michele DeVito started her soap opera career because her daughter had a crush on Jack Wagner (General Hospital). Both of her daughters, grown now, have artistic leanings. And one has a dream job that keeps her busy on Saturday nights. Continue reading

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How Assistant to the Executive Producer, Michele DeVito, Survived 7 Soap Opera Bosses

Michele DeVito loved the excitement of working in the world of soaps. However, the job of Assistant to the Executive Producer had been created at the request of Michele’s boss, John Whitesell. When Whitesell left the daytime drama, Another World, Michele worried justifiably that she’d be out of a job. Continue reading

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Why Michele DeVito Almost Quit her Dream Job in Soaps

Michele DeVito had worked for six years as a legal secretary before the career change that led her to the world of soap operas as the Assistant to the Executive Producer on the daytime drama, Another World. Looking back (after 24 years in daytime) she remembers, it wasn’t an easy transition. Continue reading

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A Daughter’s Soap Star Crush Lands Her Mom a Dream Job

Michele DeVito worked as the Assistant to Executive Producer, Christopher Goutman, on As the World Turns. But it wasn’t her first turn in that position. Michele assisted no less than seven soap producers during her career. During this interview in the waning days of As the World Turns (ATWT went off the air 9/17/10), Michele DeVito answers the question: How Did You Get That Job? Continue reading

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