Category Archives: Dream Jobs

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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Audio Recording with Casting Director Mary Clay Boland as Susan Dansby Asks: How Did You Get That Job?

Casting director, Mary Clay Boland, talks with author Susan Dansby about how she got started in the entertainment industry, and progressed through career changes from an internship in casting for theatre, to working on casting for films and television, to soaps – specifically daytime drama, As the World Turns, and beyond. Continue reading

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Audio Recording with Actor-Director-Playwright Anita Hollander as Susan Dansby Asks: How Did You Get That Job?

Listen as Actor-Director-Playwright Anita Hollander talks with writer Susan Dansby about how she got started as a child actor; how she dealt with a cancer diagnosis during college; losing her leg in her early 20′s; continuing her musical-comedy career; and how she wrote a play (performed at the White House) about how she’s Still Standing. Continue reading

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