WEST LIANG

EPISODE 17

Great Songs, Horrible People

Welcome back to the 2nd season of CCP.  You're like, "Podcasts have seasons?" I'm like, Mine does, and I'm back to talk about all this controversy about domestic violence in the NFL & Floyd Mayweather's money cult.  But more so, my guest- West Liang and I, talk about artists and if they can just be good at singing and performing without needing to be a perfect human being.  Should we separate people's personal lives from their craft or is do they need to be the whole package? Also is an elevator conspiracy happening in America? 

ABOUT WEST

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, WEST LIANG is a Los Angeles-based professional actor, writer, and director, working in theatre, commercials, television, and film.

As a performer, he has appeared on regional and intimate stages all over Southern California, including: East West Players, Rogue Machine Theatre, Echo Theater Co., Celebration Theatre, Artists at Play, Sacred Fools Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, Circle X, Company of Angels, Shakespeare Orange County, Odyssey, Playwrights' Arena, Wicked Lit, Pasadena Playhouse, and more.

 

His work in TV/Film has been featured in Mistresses (ABC), Stitchers(ABC), Nash Bridges (CBS), False Witness (Sony), Hollywood Heights(Nickelodeon), Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), The Bold & The Beautiful (CBS), Return to Grace (PBS), Crossing Over(Weinstein Co.), Ninja Apocalypse (Comic-Con), Love, Gloria, Book of Rules, SF, Turnaround Jake, Invinciple Scripture, Ng, and more.

 

In 2012/13, he was honored with a prestigious L. A. WEEKLY Theater Award nomination for 'Best Actor' (Drama) in CoA's premiere production of Their Eyes Saw Rain, which he also wrote.

 

Of his writing, VARIETY says, "Liang displays infectious wit and a talent for communicating intriguing character interaction."

 

His award-nominated feature film, Someone I Used to Know (as writer, producer, and star), was produced by 408 Films (Linsanity) in 2011/12 and enjoyed an 18-month international circuit of festivals in SF, LA, NYC, DC, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Houston, Vancouver, Berlin, Yakutsk (Russia), and is now available on Amazon.

 

In 2015, he wrote, produced, and directed All I Want, a feature film starring actress and producing partner, Melissa Center, and explores the journey of a woman on the brink of change. The film is expected to begin its domestic and international festival circuit in 2017.

West Liang currently resides in Los Angeles, happily and luckily surrounded by loving family and loyal friends.

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West Liang Interview: Invisible Scripture, Hollywood Heights & Turnaround Jake

West Liang's new film SOMEONE THAT I USED TO KNOW is a film that he not only stars in, but a screenplay he wrote. In our earlier segment we talked to West and Co-star Eddie Mui about the film. In Part 2 of our interview, we discuss some of his other projects including the upcoming film TURNAROUND JAKE.

Actor West Liang tells us his artistic process in the creation of the upcoming feature film NIGHTDREAMDBLUES. 

00:00 - CHAPTER 1 - Introduction
04:19 - CHAPTER 2 - Playing A Stereotype
18:35 - CHAPTER 3 - The Portrayal Of People Of Color In Hollywood
26:07 - CHAPTER 4 - Changing The System
34:27 - CHAPTER 5 - The Last 6 Months Of Auditions
37:22 - CHAPTER 6 - Ethnic Ambiguity
46:07 - CHAPTER 7 - Name 5 Television Shows Where The Show’s Star Is Your Gender & Ethnicity
49:34 - CHAPTER 8 - Auditioning For A Lead Role Or Hero
55:30 - CHAPTER 9 - Competition
1:01:52 - CHAPTER 10 - Booking Acting Work
1:06:25 - CHAPTER 11 - The Inspiration
1:13:39 - CHAPTER 12 - Insulting Or Offensive Moments
1:22:37 - CHAPTER 13 - Positive Moments That Make It Worth It
1:27:27 - CHAPTER 14 - Parting Advice

CHAPTER 1 - Introduction
00:00 - West Liang
00:14 - Sia Foryoh
00:25 - Carola de la Rocha
00:35 - Ashley Wilkerson
00:53 - Bea Reyes
01:04 - Beau Spinks
01:16 - Trey Carswell
01:43 - Tierney Dale
02:02 - Mark Winn
02:16 - Arturo Valentino
02:29 - John A. Nicholson
02:44 - Juan Carlos Zapata
02:59 - Gina Lee
03:14 - Sina Lewis
03:28 - Joshua Walker
03:41 - Stefanie Bodkin
03:54 - Josephine von Oswald

CHAPTER 2 - PLAYING A STEREOTYPE
04:19 - John A. Nicholson 
05:44 - West Liang
07:20 - Stefanie Bodkin
08:48 - Beau Spinks
09:55 - Tierney Dale
10:16 - Sina Lewis
11:22 - Bea Reyes
11:57 - Sia Foryoh
13:21 - Arturo Valentino
14:33 - Josephine von Oswald
15:02 - Trey Carswell
16:25 - Joshua Walker
17:22 - John A. Nicholson
18:06 - West Liang

CHAPTER 3 - THE PORTRAYAL OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN HOLLYWOOD
18:35 - John A. Nicholson
20:38 - Tierney Dale
21:27 - Joshua Walker
22:19 - Bea Reyes
23:56 - Sia Foryoh
25:02 - Trey Carswell

CHAPTER 4 - CHANGING THE SYSTEM
26:07 - Josephine von Oswald
26:30 - John A. Nicholson
27:31 - West Liang
28:26 - Joshua Walker
29:03 - Arturo Valentino
29:22 - Trey Carswell
30:199 - Josephine von Oswald
30:56 - Sia Foryoh
31:50 - Arturo Valentino
32:57 - West Liang

CHAPTER 5 - THE LAST 6 MONTHS OF AUDITIONS
34:27 - Tierney Dale
34:54 - Ashley Wilkerson
35:37 - Bea Reyes
35:54 - Sina Lewis
35:59 - Arturo Valentino
36:12 - Josephine von Oswald
36:26 - Gina Lee

CHAPTER 6 - ETHNIC AMBIGUITY
37:22 - Gina Lee
38:04 - Stefanie Bodkin
38:42 - Ashley Wilkerson
40:42 - Carola de la Rocha
44:14 - Sina Lewis
45:04 - Bea Reyes
45:43 - Josephine von Oswald

CHAPTER 7 - NAME 5 TELEVISION SHOWS WHERE THE SHOW’S STAR IS YOUR GENDER & ETHNICITY
46:07 - Bea Reyes
46:34 - Mark Winn
46:39 - Josephine von Oswald
47:13 - Mark Winn
47:27 - Bea Reyes
47:44 - West Liang

CHAPTER 8 - AUDITIONING FOR A LEAD ROLE OR HERO
49:34 - Sina Lewis
50:46 - Trey Carswell
51:23 - Tierney Dale
51:36 - Mark Winn
52:49 - John A. Nicholson
53:40 - Gina Lee
54:36 - Arturo Valentino

CHAPTER 9 - COMPETITION
55:30 - Joshua Walker
56:03 - Tierney Dale
56:23 - Ashley Wilkerson
57:47 - Carola de la Rocha
58:51 - Sina Lewis
59:16 - Bea Reyes
1:00:24 - Josephine von Oswald

CHAPTER 10 - BOOKING ACTING WORK
1:01:52 - Bea Reyes
1:02:46 - West Liang
1:05:04 - Josephine von Oswald
1:05:40 - Tierney Dale

CHAPTER 11 - THE INSPIRATION
1:06:25 - Sia Foryoh
1:07:49 - Joshua Walker
1:08:36 - Tierney Dale
1:09:19 - Bea Reyes
1:09:55 - West Liang
1:11:59 - Josephine von Oswald

CHAPTER 12 - INSULTING OR OFFENSIVE MOMENTS
1:13:39 - Stefanie Bodkin
1:15:50 - Bea Reyes
1:16:22 - West Liang
1:18:29 - Sia Foryoh
1:19:22 - Juan Carlos Zapata
1:19:46 - Josephine von Oswald
1:20:23 - Trey Carswell

CHAPTER 13 - POSITIVE MOMENTS THAT MAKE IT WORTH IT
1:22:37 - John A. Nicholson
1:23:23 - Joshua Walker
1:23:43 - Bea Reyes
1:24:17 - Trey Carswell
1:24:31 - Sia Foryoh
1:24:53 - Josephine von Oswald
1:25:17 - West Liang
1:26:12 - Arturo Valentino

CHAPTER 14 - PARTING ADVICE
1:27:27 - Joshua Walker
1:29:16 - Stefanie Bodkin
1:32:18 - Sia Foryoh
1:32:38 - Beau Spinks
1:33:52 - Mark Winn
1:35:00 - Sina Lewis
1:36:03 - West Liang
1:38:29 - Beau Spinks
1:40:13 - Arturo Valentino
1:40:49 - Josephine von Oswald
1:41:26 - Trey Carswell
1:42:35 - Ashley Wilkerson

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