Category Archives: Interviews

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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Casting Director Mary Clay Boland on Saying Goodbye to As the World Turns

The daytime drama, As the World Turns, was cancelled after being broadcast for 54 years. The last episode of the soap opera aired on 9/17/10. Here, casting director Mary Clay Boland shares what she appreciates most about her eight-year tenure in soaps. Continue reading

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How Casting Directors Promote, Protect and Defend Actors During the Audition Process

Casting director, Mary Clay Boland (formerly of As the World Turns) discusses the audition process in soaps. She explains why it might be a good idea to go over your audition material with the casting director before you’re seen by producers. Continue reading

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Where Casting Directors Search for Actors and the Two Worst Audition Mistakes

In this interview, casting director, Mary Clay Boland (formerly of As the World Turns) reveals where casting directors look for fresh talent. She also warns against two huge mistakes actors can make when auditioning. Continue reading

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Casting Director Mary Clay Boland Reveals How Theatre Actors Get Hired, Part 2

In Part 2 of this two-part interview, casting director Mary Clay Boland goes into more detail about how theatre actors are hired. She discusses how and where casting calls are posted, and how producer-director sessions determine who gets the jobs. Continue reading

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