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That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Jan 26, 2021

Today’s guest started out as a dancer at just 2 years old and grew up studying ballet. She continued her dance practice all through college before deciding she wanted to pursue a career as a theater actor. Before she was cast in the role of fan favorite, Dr. Luisa Alver on Jane the Virgin, Yara Martinez spent the early years of her career in New York where the auditions felt few and far between.

Today, she shares her journey with us, taking us through her 15+ year career in television and film starting from doing as many as 7 pilots that never made it to series, to battling nerves in the audition room, to receiving her very first...and second...straight offer both in one day!

Since her early days in New York, Yara Martinez has earned credits on major television series such as True Detective, Alpha House, Jane the Virgin, Deputy, Hollywood Heights, The Lying Game, and many more. She gives us some practical insight into the business side of the industry including how she structured a series of short but effective emails that landed her representation in Los Angeles, and emphasizes the importance of finding an agent that is just as excited about you as you are about them. For Yara, it’s all about maintaining a delicate balance between gratitude and worth when it comes to your career and the belief that no one will advocate harder for our love of what we do than ourselves.

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