Kevin Bright on how his father, a former Vaudeville comedian, brought comedy into their home when Bright was a child
Kevin Bright on his love of television as a child, and how that sowed the seeds for his career
Kevin Bright on attending Emerson College
Kevin Bright on Bright/Kauffman/Crane developing shows for Warner Bros., and the challenge of networks wanting Dream On for network (which was impossible)
Kevin Bright on his first job after graduating from Emerson College
Tony Roberts on the comedic actor Hiram Sherman, and on what he learned from him as well as Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and others
Tony Roberts on learning comedic technique from Milton Berle, and on farce
Jeff Fager on his first job out of college, at the NBC affiliate WBZ in Boston
Jeff Fager on what he learned from his first job at CBS News, on the overnight news show, Nightwatch
Jeff Fager on his father as his role model
Edie Falco on seeing her mother perform in amateur theater when she was a kid
Edie Falco on doing theater in high school and overcoming her shyness in order to audition
Edie Falco on how she got her first agent
Edie Falco on being diagnosed with breast cancer during the run of The Sopranos
Edie Falco on a high school music teacher who inspired her artistically
Ellen Holly on being discovered as an actress by Charlotte Perry
Ellen Holly on appearing as "Stephanie" in the Broadway production of "Too Late the Phalarope"
Ellen Holly on mentors Michael Kahn and Joseph Papp (Ed. note: Ms. Holly would like to note that Charlotte Perry was also an important mentor, in addition to Michael Kahn and Joseph Papp)
Felicity Huffman on her early interest in acting and theater
Felicity Huffman on appearing on an ABC Afterschool Special called "Home Run for Love" when she was fifteen
Felicity Huffman on studying with David Mamet and William H. Macy at the Practical Esthetics Workshop (now the Atlantic Acting School) and co-founding the Atlantic Theater Company
Felicity Huffman on appearing on the Stephen King miniseries Golden Years, which she considers her first big break
Felicity Huffman on two stories of being fired: one, in a Neil Simon play (by Simon himself) and again on a TV show which was recast after they had shot the pilot
Felicity Huffman on her work in the film "Transamerica"
Felicity Huffman on winning a Golden Globe and being nominated for an Academy Award for her work on "Transamerica"
Felicity Huffman on her proudest career achievement
Felicity Huffman on mentors she's had throughout her life
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on the first production in which they performed together: David Mamet's play "Bobby Gould in Hell" at Lincoln Center
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on the film "Rudderless," directed by Macy and starring Huffman, and Macy's directing style
Frank Inn on meeting Hollywood animal trainer Henry East
Frank Inn on meeting celebrity animal trainer Henry East
Frank Inn on his animal training mentor Henry East
Frank Inn on his duties working for Hollywood animal trainer Henry East
Geri Jewell on how a college friend inspired her to try stand-up comedy at the Comedy Store, which led to her breaking into television
Geri Jewell on the first time she did stand-up comedy, and how she talked about cerebral palsy in her routine
Geri Jewell on how she does not see herself as being "courageous" for doing stand-up comedy, but instead attributes it to "the theory of the bumblebee"
Geri Jewell on having to perform a dance number on the first The Facts of Life episode on which she appeared ("Cousin Geri")
Geri Jewell on being made a recurring character on The Facts of Life, then her role being downsized, and her challenges navigating the entertainment industry and her own sexuality and identity
Geri Jewell on the difficulty she faced while filming a scene with Peter DeLuise on 21 Jump Street
Geri Jewell on filming a particularly challenging scene on Deadwood where she had to dance
Barry Levinson on radio and television classes he took in college, and a training program in television he took part in
Barry Levinson on signing up for an acting class when he first moved to Los Angeles
Barry Levinson on writing and performing with Craig T. Nelson on Lohman and Barkley
Barry Levinson on directing "Rain Man" and winning an Academy Award for it
Barry Levinson on his professor at American University who opened his eyes to opportunities in the entertainment industry
William H. Macy on studying acting with David Mamet at Goddard College
William H. Macy on being cast in the film "Fargo"
William H. Macy on the effects of being nominated for an Academy Award for "Fargo"
William H. Macy on being cast in the film "Boogie Nights"
William H. Macy on his first taste of show business: performing in his seventh grade talent contest after his brother taught him to play guitar
William H. Macy on his proudest career achievements and being "visited by the muse" on stage
David Pollock on meeting writing partner Elias Davis
Elias Davis and David Pollock on their first big break as writers for Pat Buttram on the radio
Elias Davis and David Pollock on their mentors
Elias Davis and David Pollock on the legacy of M*A*S*H and its creator Larry Gelbart
Marian Rees on getting into television as a secretary at NBC in Hollywood
Marian Rees on joining Tandem Productions with Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear
Marian Rees on her mentor Fay Kanin and her advice to create her own company
Marian Rees on starting her own production company
John Singleton on how seeing "Star Wars" when he was nine made him understand what a director does
John Singleton on the importance of movies to him when he was growing up
John Singleton on changing junior high schools of his own volition (without moving or permission), and how this led him to meeting children of people in the film business who also aspired to be filmmakers
John Singleton on attending USC Film School: "It was a revelation for me"
John Singleton on seeing the film "She's Gotta Have It," meeting Spike Lee and telling him, "I'm going to USC Film School in two weeks. Watch out for me. I'm coming"
John Singleton on seeing a screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and how it made him determined to find his own voice and tell his own stories
John Singleton on getting his first agent based on the strength of the screenplay to "Boyz n the Hood"
John Singleton on how he uses music and sound in his work, and how this was influenced by classes he took at USC
John Singleton on the opening sequence of his film "Baby Boy" and using the theories of psychiatrist Frances Cress Welsing
Yeardley Smith on how she got her first New York agent
Yeardley Smith on her Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" directed by Mike Nichols
Yeardley Smith on the challenges of show business: "It made me care about things that don't matter"
Yeardley Smith on creating balance in her life, starting her shoe line, and creating her development company
Darren Star on how his first industry job, as an assistant at the public relations firm Guttman & Pam, led to his first break: selling a film script to Warner Bros.
Darren Star on the serendipitous events early on his career that led to his first big break, including working at Showtime for Peter Chernin, who later became the decision maker on Beverly Hills, 90210 at Fox
J. Michael Straczynski on being a teaching assistant to Norman Corwin
J. Michael Straczynski on being a big believer in failure
J. Michael Straczynski on the differences between the original Twilight Zone and the revival, and meeting Rod Serling
J. Michael Straczynski on Harlan Ellison
Richard Thomas on appearing on the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Christmas Tree" at age 6, and on learning from Margaret Hamilton and Jessica Tandy on that show
Richard Thomas on mentors in his career including Will Geer, Geraldine Page, Michael Learned, and Ralph Waite
Leslie Uggams on the importance of music in her childhood
Leslie Uggams on how she began performing at the Apollo Theater when she was nine years-old
Leslie Uggams on getting her start in television as a child on The Milton Berle Show and other variety shows
Leslie Uggams on winning a Tony Award and performing at the Tonys
Keenen Ivory Wayans on auditioning for The Improv in New York and how the experience changed his life and his comedy
Keenen Ivory Wayans on his movie "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and how it changed his career
Keenen Ivory Wayans on his proudest achievement: "Scary Movie," which he made with his brothers, and his biggest regret
Alan Zweibel on the influence of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and on his friendship with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
Alan Zweibel on learning to write jokes by watching shows like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Dick Cavett Show
Alan Zweibel on Larry David's early stand-up act, and on his comedy mentors like Garry Shandling
Alan Zweibel on meeting Lorne Michaels and being hired to write for Saturday Night Live
Alan Zweibel on his mentors and on being a mentor