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A View From The Middle

Larkin Campbell

Actor/Author Larkin Campbell

How To Maintain A Career As A Working Actor In Film And Television

Do anything you can to perfect the art of performing so when you get your chance you are ready.”

— Larkin Campbell

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — From young dreamers to late in lifers looking to reach for their dreams, people of all ages and backgrounds are often looking to break into the film and television.

While many are hoping to achieve an often out of touch dream of Hollywood superstardom, many are just excited to enter a business they have long admired and make a career out of it, and for those people look no further than the sage words of veteran film and television actor Larkin Campbell.

Larkin has maintained a successful career in Hollywood as a consistently working actor, in shows like The Office alongside Steve Carrell and Ed Helms, plus feature films with Leonardo DiCaprio, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller, Betty White, Tom Hanks, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise, Chris Rock and more.

He shares many stories of his 30+ year career in Tinseltown, in his book A VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE: HOW AN UNKNOWN ACTOR MANAGED TO STAY THAT WAY, and offers up such tips for maintaining a career in film and television like:

– Shoot stuff on your own and with your friends. Every single scene that you film on your phone, etc., will help you.

-Try out filming dramatic scenes and comedic scenes of varying lengths. Practicing this regularly will help you improve and prepare you for the self-tape auditions you will be asked to do.

– Do regional theatre, make YouTube videos, make Tik-Tok videos, and do anything you can to perfect the art of performing so that you are ready when you get your chance.

”Becoming an actor is about having your craft ready when an opportunity arises. It’s hard to get an agent, it’s hard to get a manager, and you have to put in the effort to find work. But you don’t have a chance if you’re not ready when your opportunity arrives.”

About Larkin Campbell

Larkin Campbell is a small-town kid at heart and always will be. He was raised in the tiny, but spectacular mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado. He grew up playing stick-ball in the street, performing in high school plays and working on the school newspaper. Him and his band of lunatic friends started a comedic dance group aptly named, “Campbell’s Crazy Crew”. They performed at high school basketball games, pep rallies and cheerleader camps until they realized nobody was still watching.

He moved to Washington to attend Tacoma Community College and lived with his father in a gorgeous little harbor town named Gig Harbor. He studied acting and journalism before transferring east across the state to attend Washington State University.

While there, he perfected the art of procrastination and tomfoolery, where he studied Broadcast Journalism and Theatre. While visiting Los Angeles on spring break of his senior year at WSU, he put in a request for an internship at the hit TV show Entertainment Tonight. His request was granted and upon graduation, he headed for the bright lights of the big city.

Interning and then being employed at Entertainment Tonight opened his eyes to the big business of show business. He worked the red carpets at the Golden Globes Award shows and he was hooked. He moved on to work for other productions as a Production Assistant and personal assistant for Tom and Rosanne Arnold.

He spent many years working as a stand-in and photo double on dozens of big budget movies such as ARMEGEDDON, LETHAL WEAPON 4, MYSTERY MEN, ESCAPE FROM LA, HARD RAIN and dozens more. All the while hustling down agents and casting directors and anyone who would give him a look. He joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1995, and has never stopped chasing down the next role or opportunity. His hard work has paid off in dozens of roles in film and TV. Highlights include guest starring roles on CSI: NY, LAS VEGAS, CRIMINAL MINDS and a bucket list supporting role playing COACH SHANE, opposite Steve Carell and Ed Helms in THE OFFICE.

His multiple film career highlights include playing HR HALDEMAN, in the highly acclaimed Clint Eastwood film, J EDGAR.

He has written, produced and starred in over 25 short films and video projects which have gone on to win many awards at film festivals all over the country. His work has been published in multiple parenting magazines, describing the life of a stay-at-home-parent, trying to juggle the rigorous life of an actor. He recently chronicled his 30-year career in a hilarious and heartfelt memoir titled, A VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE: HOW AN UNKNOWN ACTOR MANAGED TO STAY THAT WAY, currently available on AMAZON.

He is married to his wife of 25 years, Maria Battle Campbell, who is a hard charging Assistant Director, currently working on the AVATAR sequels. They are the proud parents of twin teenage boys, Colin and Casey. And are trying to survive raising their maniacal youngest daughter, Shea.

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Sima Azadegan Makes Red Carpet Appearance to Celebrate Law of Attraction Book Launch

Fashion Designer to the Stars Sima Azadegan on the Red Carpet for Natasha Graziano's Book Premiere

Fashion Designer to the Stars Sima Azadegan on the Red Carpet for Natasha Graziano’s Book Premiere

Fashion Designer to the Stars Sima Azadegan

Fashion Designer and CEO Sima Azadegan

Beverly Hills philanthropist / Sima Collezione founder Sima Azadegan made a special red carpet appearance for Natasha Graziano’s “Be It Until You Become It.”

Sima Collezione is a clothing line of heart and soul. I hope that my truth and my story can trickle down and help other ladies and other people who are going through this journey.”

— Sima Azadegan

MALIBU, CA, US, August 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sima Collezione makes custom, six-figure evening dresses for an elite handful of clients. Mrs. Azadegan sketched out her “All Bright” collection while stuck at home, at the start of Covid in 2020. By September of 2021, she had embarked on an international whirlwind of runway shows, starting in Soho, New York. Then in February of 2022, she did shows at Palazzo Visconte, Milan, and Galerie La Bourbon, Paris. In March, she was on to the Forbes 30/50 Women International Summit, Abu Dhabi. Sima Collezione received positive coverage in Vogue, Bazar, Elle, Forbes, and Marie Claire among many more. The designer says that with her dresses, “ladies can tap in to understanding the deeper meaning of life. It’s not just about looking good and trying to make a statement. It’s about really being in touch with your authentic self and your inner light.”

Mrs. Graziano’s book launch was a great place for the philanthropist-turned designer to meet and mingle with other high-powered guests dedicated to personal transformation and the light of consciousness. Mrs. Graziano’s book describes the author’s MBS personal growth system, which pairs breathwork and meditation with purpose to achieve what her fans call life-changing results. “Be It Until You Become It” contains quotes from some early “New Thought” leaders, who strongly influenced today’s Law of Attraction coaches, motivational speakers, and authors.

Mrs. Graziano tells how in the space of about a year she went from rock bottom, hiding a drug addiction and living in her mom’s basement, to sharing a stage with some of today’s highest paid speakers. She has 10 million Instagram followers, who she calls her community. “I realized that every single day, no matter what you’re going through, you will always see a glimmer of light like a candle. And if you focus on that light, you can follow it out of the darkness. This is the light that can guide you to long-lasting happiness,” says Natasha.

Sima Azadegan’s “journey of inner consciousness” took “15 or 16” years of her life. Both women in telling their stories talk not only of abundance, but of being service-oriented, and using wealth as a tool to help others. Sima’s giving activity has included charitable board work and fundraising millions for Hadassah Hospital Neuromuscular Disease Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Children’s International, Beyond Vision and more. Natasha Graziano works with a charity to help the homeless which Sima also supported this night. Mrs. Graziano aims to one day open an orphanage in Africa.

Sima says, “There is a reason that I’m here. It’s to have my story heard. To allow this fashion project to stand for truthfulness. To stand for authenticity… This is not an ordinary clothing line. And I don’t see it as an ordinary clothing line. It’s a clothing line of heart and soul… I hope that my truth and my story can trickle down and help other ladies or other people who are going through this journey. So they know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can make it. It is possible to manifest your dreams and live the life you want to live.”

Some of the many notable guests at the event included Natasha’s husband, Michael Graziano, motivational speaker and friend of Oprah, Tim Storey, high stakes performance coach Thomas McCarthy, actor Michael-Leon Wooley (voice of Louis the Alligator in Disney’s Oscar-nominated animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog), and Caroline D’Amore, of the D’Amore pizza family.

Hollywood Sentinel, who was also in attendance stated that “It was really an outstanding event. Numerous guests walked up to fashion designer Sima Azadegan and commended her on what they said was her beautiful and perfectly tailored attire. One young woman, an aspiring fashion designer, was eager to get advice from the A-list designer. Sima was as kind and gracious as ever, even offering to give free coaching to the young artist.” Sima will be sharing more of her fashion advice with the public at the end of this month of August on a podcast which will be found at Hollywood Sentinel dot com. Both influencers will also appear in the online magazine later this summer.

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Bestselling author and coach Claudia Chan on doing what you love—and loving yourself

Claudia Chan
Asian Women Trailblazers

Claudia helps women let go of guilt and limiting beliefs in order to find fulfilling lives as entrepreneurs, moms, or wherever their dreams take them

Loving myself is the biggest thing. I just get to do what I lo…

Daphne Kwok: From quiet student to national advocate

Daphne Kwok

Asian Women Trailblazers

Using her voice to empower the Asian American Pacific Islander community

Never burn your bridges because you never know who you’re gonna be working with.”

— Daphne Kwok

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — As a second generation Chinese American, Daphne Kwok was taught to listen to and respect elders and teachers. “‘Listen to’ governed my method of learning,” she says.
In college, she continued doing the “listen to” component of learning, struggling through courses where class participation was critical. Outside the classroom, though, as part of the Asian/Asian American student organization, Daphne started to find her voice. What she thought of as merely socializing turned out to be organizing! And she turned out to be quite a skilled leader—a student leader of color working with others to advance the needs of students of color.

After college, she sought out the AAPI community in Washington, D.C., resulting in an 11-year tenure as one of only two AAPI national civil rights leaders in the nation’s capital. Daphne became a de facto national leader, thrown into the national media spotlight with no public speaking training. But, she thought, if she didn’t speak up, who would speak up for the AAPI community? Rising to the challenge, she testified before federal agencies, addressed the national media, rallied the crowds, and appeared before the President of the United States.

Based on her experience, Daphne shares a key piece of advice: Focus on communication skills at an early age. “You really do need communication skills—written as well as verbal,” she says. “For people who are like me, shy and reserved, find your local Toastmasters group, take rhetoric classes, take debate classes. I didn’t do any of that growing up, but if I could do it all over again I would.”

One thing she would do the same way is cultivate a network of friends and mentors. “In times when you really need support, when the work is extremely challenging or perhaps it’s your personal life or family life, open up and talk to your friends,” she says. “During some of my most difficult times, my friends really were a tremendous support system, and to this day I’m so extremely grateful.”

And when you rise to a leadership role, be a mentor for others. Check in with them. “Especially during this very difficult COVID time, during the current atmosphere of this nation right now, especially for people of color, we have to stick together,” Daphne says. “We need to collaborate with African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indian/Alaskan Natives and the LGBTQ community. We all have to stick together.”

Another reason to keep your network close and maintain your relationships is that you never know when people will resurface in your life. When Daphne was nominated to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the person processing her paperwork was her former intern! “That appointment truly was the pinnacle of my career,” Daphne says. “It was a tremendous opportunity for me to bring the challenges of our community to the president, and to have the federal government respond to the needs of our community.”
Connect with Daphne Kwok on LinkedIn and read more of her story in the upcoming book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp, a collection of inspiring interviews with Asian American women who have broken the mold, overcome obstacles, and have a wealth of advice to share.

About the Women Who Boss Up Book Series
Whether you’ve been bossing up for a while or you’re looking for support on your boss-up journey, the Women Who Boss Up book series is your chance to take inspiration and advice from women just like you. These women come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, and all disciplines—STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching, nonprofits, and much more. You’ll read about women who left Corporate America to pursue their dreams of business ownership, women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges but learned how to move forward, women who followed their intuition to create lives of fulfillment and financial success, and much more. Learn more at bossupbestseller.com.

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Bestselling author Irene Nakamura makes a name for herself in a hidden industry

Irene Nakamura
Asian Women Trailblazers

Court reporters are a critical part of the legal process
"Don’t wait until you feel you are ready because you know what, nobody is ever ready."
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Publisher Janan Sarwar on the power of embracing unique strengths

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The publisher/pharmacist found success by taking advantage of opportunities, being open to things she never planned to do, and asking for help
I love helping and connecting because when you light another person’s …

Bestselling author Jeanie Chang sees “healthy emotionality” as a path to mental wellness

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Having made a huge impact in private practice and in corporate settings, the speaker, therapist, and coach now shares her own story in a new book
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Bestselling author and celebrity chef Katie Chin took a leap and changed her life

Chef Katie Chin

Chef Katie Chin

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Asian Women Trailblazers

“Leap and a net will appear” is her favorite piece of advice—as long as it’s paired with this one: “Don’t ever dream harder than you work.”

When one door closes, climb through the window because there’s always another way to get things done.”

— Katie Chin

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Katie Chin grew up working in her family’s basement, making food for her mom’s catering business, gritting her teeth, and wishing she was hanging out with her friends. She vowed she’d never go into the food industry, and instead headed for Hollywood, where she became a successful marketing executive. Her mom, meanwhile, was building a restaurant empire that she eventually sold; she was catering events for celebrities; she was throwing a fundraising concert with Prince. All this after immigrating to Minneapolis from China in 1956, starting work as a seamstress making 50 cents an hour, and having six kids in an arranged marriage. And what she really loved to do was cook.

After making an authentic Chinese lunch for her sewing clients, Katie’s mom, Leeann Chin, started getting requests for cooking lessons, then a local socialite asked her to partner with her in launching a restaurant. Katie Chin, meanwhile, was enjoying success in her own right, during her 14 years in the entertainment industry. However, one evening when she wanted to plan a dinner party, she realized she had lost her cooking skills and wanted them back. Her mom taught her to cook again, through a series of dinner parties with Katie’s friends and colleagues. When one of them said, “You guys make this look so easy, you should do a book together,” Katie had a revelation. “I saw an opportunity to create a mother-daughter culinary brand and to change my life,” she recalls. “So I quit my job as a senior VP at Fox, I left my then-husband, and I changed my life completely. Then she and I did all these wonderful things together, so that’s how I got into this business again.”

When her mom passed away 13 years ago, Katie discovered how much of their success was based on her mom’s reputation. “I tried to get a book deal on my own and it became very clear that I had just been riding on my mother’s coattails. This was before social media so it was harder back then to create a presence as a brand in the traditional route,” she explains. “But I realized I’ve got to do the work. And so I opened up her first cookbook, I cooked all the recipes on my own, and that was really, really humbling. With that, I was eventually able to get my own book deal. I always also like to say, ‘Don’t ever dream harder than you work.’”

Read much more of Katie Chin’s story—including how She ended up being a featured celebrity chef at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House under the Obama administration, in the compelling new book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp, a collection of intimate, inspiring interviews with Asian women who have broken the mold, overcome obstacles, and have a wealth of advice to share. Katie’s fifth cookbook, Katie Chin’s Global Family Cookbook, is available wherever books are sold or at chefkatiechin.com. Follow her on social media @chefKatiechin.

About the Women Who Boss Up Book Series

Whether you’ve been bossing up for a while or you’re looking for support on your boss-up journey, the Women Who Boss Up book series is your chance to take inspiration and advice from women just like you. These women come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, and all disciplines—STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching, nonprofits, and much more. You’ll read about women who left Corporate America to pursue their dreams of business ownership, women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges but learned how to move forward, women who followed their intuition to create lives of fulfillment and financial success, and much more. Learn more at bossupbestseller.com.

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