What does "making it" mean? 

What holds you back? What keeps you going?

This lighthearted yet revealing podcast focuses on these three basic questions. Artists and creative professionals from theater, television, film, and music share stories of success and setback in the arts, opening up about what keeps them going and why they wouldn't wanna be anywhere else.

Hosted by Patrick Oliver Jones


At the ripe old age of 4, Kelly stepped on stage for the first time during a Kindergarten musical. From that moment on, she was hooked. Most of us have a story similar to that, right? She performed throughout my childhood but focused on choir and singing during high school and college.

Fellow actor and podcaster, Clayton Howe, riffs on the business of auditioning as well as creating new work and making a difference in the world...whether that world is our own theater community or a larger presence influencing millions.

From musical theater to opera, from Disney Cruise Line to New York's famed Town Hall venue,Amy Marie Stewart has seen first hand the struggles that singers and actors face. Most of it coming from our own preconceived notions or those expectations heaped on us by others.

Today, I'm joined by the wonderfully charming and talented Ilana Levine. She takes a break from her own podcast, LITTLE KNOWN FACTS, to talk with me about her career on Broadway and in TV/film as well as share stories of auditions and her obsession with British royalty.

Caitlin Kinnunen may go to THE PROM eight times a week on Broadway as Emma, a high schooler who wants to bring her girlfriend to the big dance. But when she was a teenager herself, she never actually attended prom.

Today I'm are honored to chat with Josie Whittlesey of Drama Club, which provides theater education and programming to incarcerated and paroled youth in New York City. This vastly underserved population is engaged with improv and positive mentorship, giving them rehabilitation and support.

How would you like to learn 13 different roles for one show, and be ready at a moment's notice to perform anyone of them...or even combine two or three of them in one show? That's exactly what Heather Botts is prepared to do 8 times a week in MY FAIR LADY, currently on Broadway.

The man who has been in more EVITA productions than Mandy Patinkin joins the podcast to talk about his coming and going from show business and the finding balance between "making it" and making a living.

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The main thrust of WINMI is conversations with those in entertainment. Patrick and his guests discuss the ups and downs we all navigate in order to "make it" in this business, emphasizing the dreams and goals that keeps us going.

The life of any non-profit is not an easy one. This bonus series spotlights the organizations and individuals making a difference in the arts and beyond. Patrick highlights the work they do, how they handle setbacks, and their impact in people's lives.

Every Spring WINMI takes an inside look at nominated shows on Broadway, featuring artists from nominated shows as well as the Managing News Editor at PLAYBILL. They take us behind the scenes of what it takes to make it on Broadway.