The Hollywood Fishbowl
By Jesse Koester
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Dreaming of Hollywood? Curious how talent get their foot in the door? The Hollywood Fishbowl is the must-listen podcast for anyone hoping to make a splash (and earn a living) in Los Angeles.
||CleanLittle Tokyo: James Choi Succeeded A Bit Later Than Planned||As the owner and operator of Cafe Dulce, James Choi is the perfect guest to talk about business building in Little Tokyo. More interesting than the successes, though, are the challenges faced along the way and the businesses that didn’t make it.||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLittle Tokyo: Kayoko Suzuki-Lange Has All The Breathing Room She Needs||With one foot in the past, one in the present and one in the future, Kayoko has a lot of feet. In this episode, we learn about the journey that led her to creating The DTLA Book, a multi-volume collection of interviews, profiles and photographs of the p||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLittle Tokyo: Carol Tanita Was Involved In A Classic Sci-Fi Film||Week 1 - The Historical Perspective with Carol Tanita||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLittle Tokyo: Mike Murase Is An Active Activist||Week 1 - The Historical Perspective with Mike Murase||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLittle Tokyo: Mariko Lochridge Invests Daily And Dollarly||Kicking off our maxi-series on Little Tokyo is community organizer, journalist and all-around-terrific person, Mariko Lochridge.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPotpourri: Kate Faust Is Having An In-Body Experience||We were lucky enough to catch Kate about two and a half decades into her most recent in-body experience. Join us as we discuss art, music, landing in LA, love, being corporeal and comfort foods.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitImprov Comedy: Jacquie Waldman Harmonizes||From performance to production, Jacquie feels at home in the theatre. On this episode, she shares her journey into the world of Improv Comedy and insight into how she keeps the passion alive.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitImprov Comedy: Mano Agapion Has Outgrown Disaster Videos||Mano Agapion has made the journey from North Carolina outcast to UCB Chaos Conductor. What does that kind of journey feel like? Listen and find out!||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImprov Comedy: Carl Tart Follows The Golden Rule||A respected name in comedy, television and the world of podcasting, Carl Tart seems to have cracked the code without losing any of the hunger. In this interview, Carl talks about his journey and philosophies regarding comedy.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImprov Comedy: Ify Nwadiwe Appreciates Serendipity Too||Ify’s path to a comedy career started in the least likely of places, the office that issues death certificates. How did he get from Point Z to Point A? Listen and find out!||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPotpourri: Checking In With Kimberly Liermann and Naomi Beaty||It’s a Fabulous First! The days of never having a previous guest back on are over and we have two: Kimberly Leirmann and Naomi Beaty.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaith-Based Film: Paul Long Seeks Direction, Not Perfection||Paul Long, founder and president of Kappa Studios, shares his thoughts on not just post production but also faith-based filmmaking and even faith.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaith-Based Film: Dallas Jenkins Knows The Danger Of Exceeding Expectations||Faith-Based Film Director Dallas Jenkins shares his ups, his downs and his all-arounds as a filmmaker with an uncommon openness of what he’s getting right and what he’s gotten wrong.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaith-Based Film: Sonja Piper Dosti Heard The Best Pitch At Age 8||Sonja Piper Dosti found her faith at 8 years old and never turned her back on it, even through a long and successful career in filmmaking. How does that work? Listen and find out!||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaith-Based Film: Jennifer Dornbush Believes In Hope, Healing & Dissecting Depravity||Kicking off our miniseries on Faith-Based Film, writer Jennifer Dornbush opens the case file on her life, her writing techniques and thoughts on how we can improve movies about The Bible.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPotpourri: Jody Clark Knows A Bit About Self Defense||Jody Clark is from Lancaster, which is not a bad place to be from if you enjoy background work. Between shorts and features, background, bit and lead, Jody has seen and done it all on screen and shares those stories with us (and YOU!).||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndie Musicians: Lin Gothoni Contends With Contending With Jealousy||Lin Gothoni is a walking, talking international perspective. Not only does she share her singing (both originals and covers) with us on this episode, she also shares that perspective. Enjoy, please do!||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndie Musicians: Ashley Lowry Mini Concert||Music! Music! Our first all-music upload!!!||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndie Musicians: Ashley Lowry Knows The Truth About Pawns||Singer/Songwriter Ashley Lowry doesn’t just know the truth about pawns, she shares it with us, but not before opening up about her life, which goes from LA to Nashville and back, her music and how she contends with the vulnerability inherent to being||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndie Musicians: Mimi Page Is Quiet In A Loud Way||Mimi Page’s story doesn’t start with dreamy, ambient mood music. It starts with Broadway. And lots of travel. Always an open book, Mimi shares her wisdom and insight into the independent music scene with us as she tells the story of how she went fro||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndie Musicians: Katie Anne Mitchell Has Built-In Protection From Hubris||Katie Anne Mitchell writes songs and she writes them well. She also writes stories and tells them well. But, the alchemy happens when she’s mixing the two, which is exactly what happens in this episode.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorytelling: Kathie Fong Yoneda Has Had Her Feet On Every Rung Of The Ladder||Kathie Fong Yoneda has climbed from typist to executive but didn’t do so in a straight line (because there is no such thing as a straight line when it comes to life). Exactly how does an early interest in journalism and art lead to top-level employmen||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStorytelling: Hilliard Guess Has Game, Shares Game||Hilliard Guess can pinpoint the exact moment he became a writer. It was when he started writing. Of course, no story is so simple and few are this well told. As always, thank you for listening.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorytelling: Naomi Beaty Also Has A Very Specific Set Of Skills||Stories need structure too, ya know! And, who better to talk structure with than a teacher, writer and podcaster? On a normal day, we’d have to find 3 people to meet all that criteria. But no day is normal when Naomi Beaty is around. Enjoy the wisdom!||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorytelling: John Bucher Firmly Believes That We Can Improve Our Narrative||Debate amongst yourselves all you like, John Bucher is confident we can all craft better narratives for ourselves, both on a micro and a macro scale. What thoughts have spawned from this passion? Listen and find out, friend.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurlesque: Nikita Bitch Project’s Life Was Saved By A Kitten||Nikita Bitch Project loves dance. And parody. And nudity. Those three ingredients collide perfectly in her stage performances but she wasn’t always a Burlesquer. Her story starts in Japan, hops globally and is fascinating throughout.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurlesque: Lili VonSchtupp Is An Empathetic Encyclopedia||Lili VonSchtupp has a lifetime of knowledge on Burlesque and she is only happy to share it. From how Burlesque evolved over the last century straight through the basics of tassel twirling, Lili reveals herself to be something of an empathetic encycloped||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurlesque: Kirby LaBrea Was In Bye Bye Birdie||Kirby LaBrea is a bit of a rarity - a boylesquer making his mark on the LA scene. While the biggest LaBrea fireworks are his dance moves, there’s massive fun to be had in this audio-only experience. Also, we sing. Twice.||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurlesque: Vixen DeVille Kills The Geordie Accent||Fire eating. Glass walking. Stage magic. Burlesque. Vixen DeVille does all these things and talks about them on this episode. To be clear, she is a fire eating, glass walking, stage magicking burlesque performer. So, you know. Listen.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBackground Actors: Kimberly Liermann Is An Entire Blues Outfit||Humble beginnings! Who would have guessed when we recorded this pilot episode withKimberly Liermann that Hollywood Fishbowl would grow into the mighty oak that it is today?||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBackground Actors: Anna Jensen Taylor Is An Open Book||You don’t know where this episode is headed. Trust me. Just when you think you’ve got Anna pegged, she hits you with another sucker punch.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBackground Actors: Morgan Hill Needs No Safety Net||What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by recording an episode of The Hollywood Fishbowl with Morgan Hill, a bonafide mother, daughter, actor and human!||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBackground Actors: Ryan Shukis Is Not Scary||From Upstate New York all the way to LA and the boy still has a glimmer in his eye! How does he do it? Find out in the premiere episode of Hollywood Fishbowl!||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
New favorite find
Host/Producer Jesse Koester asks great questions and his voice and personality makes you feel like a welcomed friend sitting in on the conversation. I am so glad to find this one! Adding to the regular rotation. Can't wait to hear more!
Save the Fish!
All of the conversations I've heard here are engaging, but I especially appreciate the storytelling series! The chat with Naomi Beaty (episode 4) is especially sharp. Both the guest and the host are sharp, funny, and insighful. If you have a story that you've always thoguht about writing (who doesn't, really?) - this episode is a very good place to start! Plenty of techniques and additional resources are listed. 5/5
new favorite podcast
The Hollywood Fishbowl is engaging and insightful, and host Jesse has a way of inviting his guests to be honest and vulnerable. Every episode makes me laugh and I love hearing more about the entertainment industry through Jesse and his guests.
Also, his little sister sounds pretty cool and smart.