#029: Debbie Nishimoto

#029: Debbie Nishimoto

Debbie Nishimoto is a freelance makeup, hair & wardrobe stylist, and one of our favorite people. We talk about how she ended up in an unconventional career, dealing with the insecurities that come with freelancing, and tips for actors new to production.

Deb’s family
2014 Pele Awards (pc: Ashley Smith)
2014 Pele Awards (pc: Ashley Smith)

On set with Marcus Mariota
#succulentjunkie
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#028: Michael Ng

#028: Michael Ng

Michael Ng is an actor, director and high school drama teacher. We talk about his approach to writing and directing, how he recognizes and encourages talent in his students, how self-doubt affected his career, and getting his dream role in The King & I.

The HIFF screening of Michael’s short film, “Peace by Piece,” with Colleen Fujioka (actress), Mike, Kerri Chai (editor), and Ian Hirokawa (co-writer).
At a performance of KHSPAC’s “Once on This Island”. Front is Jodie Kiyokawa (actress), Dwayne Sakaguchi (choreographer), Nanilisa Pascua (musical director), and Mike.
Michael as the King of Siam in “The King & I” by I’m a Bright Kid Foundation.
Some of Michael’s students attending a performance of “The King and I”. It was their first time seeing him perform on stage.
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#024: Kevin Yamada

#024: Kevin Yamada

Kevin Yamada is an actor. We talk about how he got thru 100+ auditions in NYC before he got cast as host of a children’s show on PBS, what it was like to act with the late great Robin Williams, and he shares some tips for up-and-coming actors.

“Nut Job” scene from Old Dogs

“Last Airbender”
On the red carpet at the premiere of “Old Dogs”
“Old Dogs”
“Sprout”

“Flower Drum Song”
Ohia Productions’ “Raymond Rainforest”
“The King and I”
“Master of None” with Aziz Ansari
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#005: Andy (Pang) Kamoku

#005: Andy (Pang) Kamoku

Andy (Pang) Kamoku is a drummer who performed in Las Vegas and toured the world with the worldwide phenomenon, STOMP. He takes us behind-the-scenes and we talk about the time the entire New York New York casino chanted his name.

Here’s a clip we found of Andy with the Las Vegas cast of STOMP.

Andy performing at New Hope:

 

A couple clips of our band, Andy Loves TO Clap…?

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#004: Lopaka Kapanui

#004: Lopaka Kapanui

Lopaka Kapanui is a master storyteller, actor and former professional wrestler. He shares some bone-chilling stories from his ghost tours, and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his life as a professional wrestler.

Feeling brave? Take a tour with Lopaka and let us know how it is (we’re waaaay too chicken to go).

One of the stories from Lopaka’s YouTube. We didn’t watch it cuz we’re chicken, but we’re sure it’s awesome.

The night Lopaka got double-booked and took his ghost tour to his pro-wrestling match:

Johnny Allblack attacks Kaimana then steamrolls Ground Zero! Robert Lopaka Kapanui Edwin C. Flores Daniel Schuster Kris Underwood Ben Robertson

Posted by George Malvecino on Thursday, January 5, 2017

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#003: Steph Sanchez

#003: Steph Sanchez

Steph Sanchez is a performer, recognized for her roles in film and TV on the local and national level. We talk about moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting, coming out to her parents, and moving back to Hawaii.

Steph with her awesome parents
On the Paramount backlot with Noelle Poole and Natalie McKinney
With the cast of “Mental Tilapia,” created by Ray Bumatai

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#002: TJay Thompson

#002: TJay Thompson

TJay Thompson is one of the founding fathers of MMA in Hawaii. We talk about the early days of MMA at Gussie L’amour’s, but first we get into his crazy new career as a stunt performer for Hawaii Five-O and Kong.

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