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

Season 3 starts at the end of September! And you can contribute input and impact the future of this podcast...

Your feedback is crucial to the podcast and I'm so appreciative of your time and being a part of the WINMI Community!


For the final episode of Season 2, Ben Davis joins me in St. Louis to talk about the life of an actor on the road as well as in New York.

Audition season is winding up here in New York City as we prepare for the summer months. I hope you have some fun plans for the summer. For myself, I will be doing a couple of shows: one in St. Louis the other in Raleigh.

The Tonys have all been handed out and another Broadway Season comes to a close. While the trophies themselves are the main attraction, it was really the speeches and heart of the awards ceremony this year that captivated my attention and truly moved me.

Welcome to WINMI's first international episode! With over thirty-five years on stage, creating roles in musical theatre, farce and dramatic works, Sherryl-Lee Secomb began working as a freelance theatre director, creating large scale musical theatre productions in her home town of Brisbane, Australia.

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.

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There are a few ways you can support this podcast...

Donate to the podcast by "buying me a coffee." Each conversation featured on this podcast is like sitting down with a friend over coffee or tea and sharing from the heart. So that's why I chose Ko-Fi as way for you to show your support. Even a small amount truly goes a long way toward continuing these weekly episodes and reaching more listeners like you.

• Contribute your own "why I'll never make it" story through the contact form or by sending a voicemail message to me, both of which would be featured on an upcoming episode of the podcast.

• You could also write an article for the WINMI Blog (on Medium). Share your thoughts and experiences with a wider audience, helping us all grow and learn together in a community of artists. 

• And what about being a guest on the show!? I'm always looking for passionate artists with unique perspectives willing to open up about their own personal and professional setbacks and successes. Email me through the contact form below.

Lastly and most importantly, you can share this podcast with those you think would benefit from our stories and conversations. I thoroughly enjoy each and every guest and am so grateful for the time and insights they give freely to each of us on these episodes. Whether in person or on social media, your help in spreading the word about these amazing guests is greatly appreciated!