-Michael Caine

 “First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.”

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Jen Ponton is an actor, writer, and creator who seeks to make others laugh while also remaining true to her values as a queer fat activist. You may have seen her work on AMC’s Dietland, The Unbreakable Jimmy Schmidt, Orange is the New Black, Love on the Run, or her new highly anticipated recurring role […]

Jen Ponton on Fatphobia and Content Creation for Social Media

April 20, 2023

2022 was a great year for me financially, but more of a rebuilding year for my acting career. I got new managers, I signed with a print agency, I booked some voiceover work, and I booked a commercial. But looking back, I wanted to see if I was able to change anything that I did […]

Reacting to What I Did Well and Poorly in 2021

January 24, 2023

Some people thrive in rest mode. But most of the actors who find my page are not those people. We love to achieve. We love to get a leg-up on the work. We love the work!!! And while it is socially acceptable to power down around holidays, the Christmas-to-New Year’s time is exceptionally weird because […]

December 22, 2022

Are you a friend or a family member of an actor? My god, you lucky duck! I know, actors can be a little unreliable due to our wild schedules and sometimes we are just a tiny tiny bit dramatic (but you probably like that a little too). However, as emotionally driven folks, actors tend to […]

December 2, 2022

You may know Ian Weinreich from Honest Trailers like my husband, or from his writing work on The Flight Attendant, Zac and Mia, Skylanders Academy, Mighty Med, and the American Patriot. In this episode, I sit down with Ian to talk about what it’s been like to write for two seasons on The Flight Attendant […]

October 20, 2022

So I signed with new managers recently and I am thrilled to have them aboard my team. Anytime you get representation as an actor, it’s almost a guarantee that they will ask you to get new headshots. It doesn’t happen every time, but it does happen a lot of the time. When I signed with […]

October 19, 2022

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