More Than You See 2.04 – Michael Kostroff: Childhood Trauma & a Career in Hollywood 

 May 24, 2021

By  Deborah Lee Smith

More Than You See 2.04 Michael Kostroff: Childhood Trauma & a Career in Hollywood

So excited to have actor, Michael Kostroff, on the show today for episode 4! (3rd interview episode of the season). Michael Kostroff is an established TV and stage actor best known for his work on HBO’s The Wire, and for a long list of credits that includes Billions, The Good Wife, Law & Order:SVU, The Deuce, The Blacklist, The Plot Against America, The Wizard of Lies, Molly’s Game, and many more. He’s toured inThe Producers andLes Miserablesand played leading roles at regionaltheatres across the country.

Michael is the creator of Audition Psych 101, a workshop that focuses specifically on the psychological side of the audition process (auditionpsych101.com). He’s the author of several books including Letters from Backstage, Audition Psych 101, and the soon-to-be-published Stage Actor’s Handbook.

Michael and I have a very open and honest conversation about the abuse he suffered as a child, how that has impacted his mental health, what it is like to be a working actor in Hollywood, and what to do if you feel like giving up on your dreams. Whether you are in the entertainment industry or not, this episode will stay with you for a long time.

Every week join me, Deborah Lee Smith actor, filmmaker, mental health advocate for a conversation on mental health like you’ve never heard before. My platform, More Than You See is dedicated to exploring nontraditional mental health resources to help you build your own emotional wellness toolkit. I absolutely discuss therapy, the importance of medication, and highlight organizations around the world devoted to destigmatizing mental health, but I also focus on books, personal practices, podcasts, TED Talks etc, because here’s the thing… I’m not a licensed practitioner or therapist. I’m just a woman exploring my own journey with mental health and sharing my experiences and the experiences of the community with you, the listener. Join me for a weekly conversation every Monday that will be sure to bring a smile to your face and help you feel a little less alone. Because we’re all More Than You See.

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Read the transcript of today’s episode with Michael Kostroff HERE.

Deborah Lee Smith

Hi there! I'm an actor, producer, and writer who is devoted to storytelling and mental health awareness. After struggling through my own mental health, I found that non-traditional resources, like the ones we explore on More Than You See, helped me immensely get through my dark times. Thus, this website and podcast were born! I look forward to helping you gain agency over your mental health journey as you build your own toolkit of resources, tips, and ideas. Because you never know what might help pull you out of the darkness, and we are all More Than You See.   

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