The Gunnison Group Podcast

Gunnison Group Podcast #33- Jill-Michele Meleán

Jill-Michele Meleán and Desmond talk dating, aliens, sociopaths, AI, film acting and comedy.

From IMDb: 

Jill-Michele Meleán, "Jilly" was born and raised in Miami, Florida (aka Cuba). She declared at a young age that she wanted to be like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Benny Hill. Jilly started in Theatre and toured with The Coconut Grove Playhouse (which is the Broadway of Miami). In 2000, she moved Los Angeles and needed to be on stage. She took her natural comedic timing to the Standup Stage, headlining across the country while continuing her Acting career. After many years of hard work, she's made a name for herself in the Comedy Television world with memorable performances on FOX's "MadTV" and Comedy Central's "Reno 911". However, her first love is her dramatic acting career. As she continues her theatrical Film and Television career, she'll never stop making people laugh.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lisa Chesser

Gunnison Group Podcast #31- Bjørn Johnson

Bjørn discusses one of his most recent projects, "Parallel Chords" and goes into fine detail on the inner workings of a wonderful actor's mind.

From IMDb:

Bjørn Johnson has accrued over 30 years professional experience as a working actor of stage and screen since receiving his BA in Dramatic Literature from George Williams College, Ill. Starring in countless theater productions, highlights include: the critically acclaimed US Premiere of Trio in Los Angeles, Cyrano: The Musical w/ Robert Guillaume on Broadway, and being cast in the 1st national tour of Les Misérables - which had Bjørn on the road for a colossal 22 months!

Bjørn has been a guest star on such hit TV shows as Dexter, Madmen, ER, Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, Law and Order, Criminal Minds, and CHUCK, among others. His principle film credits range in tone from the psychologically twisted horror/thriller The Hunger, to the cult-comedy favorite Beerfest, for which Bjørn immortalized the role of Herr Schniedelwichsen. He has also appeared in countless memorable national TV commercials for GEICO, Castrol, Nature Made, and Budweiser, just to mention a few.

A singer with a tenor voice, Bjørn trained with V. William Reed, and was now-and-again employed as a stage combat/fight choreographer for the Metropolitan Opera and The Boston Opera, singing and slugging his way to fame!

Bjørn learned stage fighting as a 6-year apprentice to B.H. Barry, the preeminent fight choreographer in the country. During his time under B.H. Barry's wing, Bjørn attended a master class with Coleen Dewhurst, a huge Broadway actress at the time. Dewhurst made a lasting impression on the actor when she said, "Do something for your craft every day. Do something for your business, your show business, every single day."

Bjørn spent 15 years in NYC, furthering his study at Circle-In-The-Square Conservatory, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Juilliard School of Drama and Opera Programs.

Opening Bjørn Johnson Acting Studio in Los Angeles in 2001, Bjørn continues to push himself and his students to tackle the projects that are challenging and scary - the projects that force self-discovery and growth. As his friends, colleagues, students, and those who've worked with him can attest, Bjørn approaches every role, and his life, with an unmistakable joie de vivre!

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Hijinx PR


Gunnison Group Podcast #30- Wilson Ramirez

Wilson Ramirez gets into the gristle of reaching into the basin to retrieve your life line and how to hold your sword up high.

Wilson was born in Dover, N.J. and lived there the first 15 years of his life. He later moved to McAllen,Tx. and graduated high school in Phoenixville,Pa. When he turned 19 he touched down in Southern California. His dream was to become a rap artist, which he pursued for many years, making music with groups such as Latin Bomb Squad, N.T.S and The Suspects. While being in the streets of L.A. he also veered towards the Gang life, but it didn't stop him from following his dreams and realizing he had choices.

Wilson also had a passion for acting looking up to Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino as his favorite Thespians. he started acting classes and did a few background jobs, one being Sons of Anarchy (season 4 episode 9). In 2006, Wilson booked his first feature film called The Blue Hour. As he began to gain ground in his new found profession, Wilson realized before it was too late, that Gang life wasn't for him. His family and his career is all he focuses on now. Recently, Wilson booked a CoStar role on the new show "Scorpion". He loves what he does and appreciates the opportunities given to him.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Wilson A Ramirez


Gunnison Group Podcast #29- Cecil Gentry

Cecil and Desmond catch up on fitness, food, film, fashion, and racism in America.

Fimography from IMDb:

Production designer (36 credits)

  •  2016 Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story 
  •  2015 The Leisure Class (TV Movie) 
  •  2015 Raven's Touch 
  •  2015 Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (Video) 
  •  2014 Seasons of Love (TV Movie) 
  •  2014 Imperial Dreams 
  •  2013 The Hot Flashes 
  •  2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 
  •  2010 May Mercy Lie (Short) 
  •  2010 Gigantic (TV Series) 
  •  2009 Only One Can Play (Short) 
  •  2009 Serious Moonlight 
  •  2009 Not Easily Broken 
  •  2008 Man Maid 
  •  2008 Spy School 
  •  2007 I Hate My 30's (TV Series) 
  •  2007 See Jayne Run (TV Series) (1 episode) 
    • - Pilot (2007)
  •  2006 All You've Got 
  •  2006 Boy Culture 
  •  2005 Nadine in Date Land (TV Movie) 
  •  2005 Adam & Steve 
  •  2005 Ghosts Never Sleep 
  •  2005 Confessions of an Action Star 
  •  2005 Raw (Short) 
  •  2003 Death of a Dynasty 
  •  2002 Anything But Love 
  •  2002 State Property 
  •  2000 Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel 
  •  2000 Father Gaudio's Confession 
  •  1999 Harlem Aria 
  •  1998 Suicide, the Comedy 
  •  1998 Rituals (Short) 
  •  1997 Trojan War 
  •  1997 The Shadow Men 
  •  1997 Below Utopia 
  •  1994 Swimming with Sharks 


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