Monday, May 22, 2017

Hollywood Casting Director Dea Vise Kicked Out of Casting Society of America (CSA)

2:39 PM
My video about Dea Vise and the revocation of her CSA membership.

Hey Everyone,

I know this post isn't typical for the type of content I post on Mangotology. However, I want to eventually branch out and discuss other topics and items I am passionate about besides just exposing the Church of Scientology.

 Today's post is about casting director Dea Vise:

Dea Vise

If you haven't already heard, Dea Vise had her membership revoked in the CSA 👎



Excerpt From THR: "Outspoken casting director Dea Vise, a vocal critic of her field’s alleged epidemic of pay-to-play auditioning, the predatory labor practice that in February resulted in misdemeanor charges against more than two dozen practitioners, has had her membership in the Casting Society of America revoked by its executive board. She claims the expulsion is baseless and comes as retaliation for her whistleblowing efforts, while the professional organization has asserted to her that she’s engaged in conduct unbecoming of a member on multiple occasions."

Many actor friends have told me to stay out of it. I have been advised not to discuss or call out the unethical acts of the Casting Society of America, popular TV/Film casting directors, and pay-to-play workshops. Understandably, I'm an actor. It could be detrimental if I call out the behavior of a greedy casting director and they blacklist me from their office. However, I was told the exact same thing would happen to me about speaking out against Scientology. I am an activist, I am a whistleblower, and I don't keep my mouth shut. If that gets me in trouble with others, or makes me not liked with industry professionals (for example), then so be it. I don't want to work for those casting directors then if they are ripping off and taking advantage of others, selling them the dream and lining their own wallets with cash! It's sickening and it's enraged me enough to go public and tell my story about casting director workshops.

Here are two other videos I made about the subject:


and...

Please note I get absolutely nothing out of making these videos. I am not sponsored by Dea Vise. I do not get paid to make videos exposing pay-to-play. I do it because I have been scammed a number of times and have been to numerous workshops in the past. 

As I discuss in my videos above, these workshops are paid audition scenarios and are used by casting directors as a paid pre-read for roles they are currently casting. Many of these casting directors hold dozens of workshops a week and make thousands of dollars off of actors that they should be meeting and networking with for free.

So what happened with Dea Vise and her membership revocation in CSA? 

She did absolutely nothing wrong (in my opinion)!

I take you along the timeline of what happened leading up to the situation. However, if you don't want to watch my video, I will give you all a quick outline of what happened:

Dea made 3 posts that the CSA was unhappy with. They say these post suggest that Dea “acted in an unprofessional or unethical manner” and that she failed to “meet the standards of conduct generally acceptable within the profession.”

1) The first post was Dea asking a question on the CSA closed Facebook group. She had seen a Facebook thread on a luxury auction site called IF ONLY where casting director Sheila Jaffe was selling an audition for a role on one of her projects for a minimum bid of $5,000.


The Facebook thread was slamming Sheila calling her a scam artist and worse, and Dea wanted to see what CSA members thought - in a private group. So she asked “Are we OK with this?” She didn’t accuse Sheila of anything and she even mentioned that she had no idea where the money was going - but the CSA accused Dea of saying Sheila was “pocketing the money” - stealing! - but she never said that. She got slammed for even bringing up the fact that this might make casting directors look bad.

Here’s the IF ONLY thread that made Dea concerned enough to as the question in the first place. Dea was basically trying to warn the CSA of possible bad PR.

https://www.facebook.com/IfOnlycom/posts/1154302254684953

2) The second post was on the Casting Directors for Actors Facebook page (where Dea used to be an admin). The CSA accused Dea of encouraging actors to sue casting directors. But all she did was put up a link to a class-action suit that a lawfirm was considering. She posed text from the law firm class action page, but didn’t say or suggest anything. The title of her post was “FYI." While Dea did not ask any actors to sign up, she still believes that actors should have the right to seek some sort of financial relief if they’re the victims of a scam. And the lawsuit was about suing the workshops, not the casting directors charged.

http://www.slfla.com/712-2/

3) On her own Facebook page, Dea posted that she had suggested that her actor friend - who LOVED casting director Carmen Cuba’s shows - call the office and ask a simple question: “What’s your policy on meeting actors for free in general interviews?” The friend, who called, was hung up on by the assistant who took the call, so Dea said, “I guess Carmen doesn’t do free general interviews.” The CSA said that this was wrong.

The irony is that Dea was doing exactly what the CSA bylaws suggest in their first articles:

Establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the industry;

Enhancing the stature of the profession in the industry;

The other irony is that the CSA had promoted a Casting Community Defense Fund set up to raise funds to defend the 16 CDs who were charged with a crime.



And the same CSA bylaws that they were quoting to justify Dea’s removal also say this:

"Any member accused of violating any provision of law, acting in an unprofessional or unethical manner, or otherwise failing to meet standards of conduct generally acceptable within the profession, may have their membership revoked.”

I’m not sure how many of these casting directors who were “accused of violating” the law have even had their memberships revoked or even reviews, but the Defense Fund makes it hard to believe that they’re reprimanding the same people they’re raising money for.

Like one guy on Dea’s Facebook page said:

"Here's my opinion. The CSA revoked the membership of Dea Vise because she’s getting closer to the truth about the CSA's institutionalized corruption. It's up to actors to stop this cover-up—which means serious, ongoing grassroots pressure for an investigation into the CSA's denial and obfuscation of the facts. Actors must launch a powerful campaign, not just for Dea's benefit, but to get the truth out. This whole "kill the messenger" tactic smells criminal. Will you speak out to help stop the CSA cover-up?"

I really think they’re trying to cover up their behavior by getting rid of the whistleblowers.

What do you guys think? Have you attended pay-to-play workshops?

Do you think it's fair what they did to Dea Vise? If not, please share this blog post and my video. Make noise and don't be afraid to speak up. The only way to make change is to cause one!

Love,

Steve

My Suicide Attempt After Leaving Scientology

2:16 PM
My YouTube video about my suicide attempt.

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to share with you how grateful I am that I have all of you in my life. I am so happy to I have my YouTube subscribers and other Scientology watchers who support me and show me so much love. I don't know many friends or other "wogs" who understand the after effects of leaving Scientology and what you go through once you start reclaiming your life again on the outside. So many people write to me everyday and I feel so much love from you all. Thank you! I appreciate every single one of you.

The video speaks for itself. I wanted to share my story with you about losing myself and my identity after leaving Scientology. It wasn't easy to leave and have to re-establish my life. I identified 100% as a Scientologist who was going up The Bridge to Total Freedom. That was a stable thing I had in my life. I always knew if I had a problem that I could always turn to Scientology. Once I left, I didn't know where to turn. I had no faith and I had nowhere to turn.

What if I took my life? What if I ended it all in Las Vegas? If you are suicidal or feeling that way, I know it doesn't seem like it now, but life will get better for you. I'm not in a much better place now than I was then, but I have experienced so much in my life that I wouldn't change it for a world. It shaped me into the person I am today. Only recently have I started to find some joy and zest in life. It's not an overnight process. Find someone you trust to talk to and enlist in a great therapist to give you tools to cope with life. I promise it will help you!

I was going to fully type out my suicide story, but I don't want to dwell on the past. I want to look forward to the future. It's triggering and hard for me to get back into that mindset over and over again. I hope you all understand!

Love,

Steve

How Scientology Rips Off Actors in Hollywood

2:05 PM
YouTube video discussing Scientology & Hollywood

Hey Guys!

After a five year hiatus, I am excited to announce that I am getting back into the entertainment industry as an actor. 

Once I met Jeff back in 2012, I got distracted in love. I fell head over heels, I moved in with him, and we got married a few months later. Then, my business tanked and I went to hairdressing school to obtain a skill. From there, I had to focus on breaking into the hairdressing industry, which is a whole other ballgame and it isn't quite an easy task in Beverly Hills. Lately, I have had some time to myself and I have been really trying to think about what makes me happy. Sure, hairdressing is creative and fun. It just doesn't ignite a fire inside of me like performing does. I need to follow my dream and be able to say one day that at least I tried... but hopefully I will be successful and it'll all work out. It's time that I make 2017 my year and that I work towards becoming a social media star and TV actor.

It's not going to be easy. I've already dealt with rejection and a ton of no's this year already! It was a bit of a let down when you get rejected 100 times and feel that no one is interested in you. I may not be the best actor in the world, the most handsome, or the most in shape. I am, however, very unique, quirky, and I am different. That is what will set me aside from all of the other white 20 males in Hollywood and hopefully land me a few roles. I hope that there are comedic roles that can help me get discovered! I love doing comedy. Luckily, I signed with both a new talent manager and TV/Film agent and they are submitting me on the Breakdowns. I am also, in preparation, going to get in a diet and lose 10-15lbs in the next couple weeks before I shoot my new acting headshots and demo reel scenes. I want to give myself the best chance possible to market myself in the entertainment world. I spent a few years of full-time pursuit when I was around 18 years old. However, I am a different person than I was then, I am more talented, and I think now I have a much better shot than I did when I first moved to Hollywood. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

As I have recently signed back up for casting websites, I've noticed Scientology is back up to their same bait-and-switch tactics in recruiting actors. Not many people have experience with regard to insider knowledge on this and also with regard to the Celebrity Centre. 

Here is what Scientology does:

They take out big glossy ads in actor trade papers such as Backstage or on the casting sites such as Actors Access. They advertise things such as "Breaking Into The Industry" or "How To Book Television Commercials" to lure in the new, unsuspecting actors. These workshops may be free or cost a small amount, usually $20-30. They will be hosted by a Scientologist in the entertainment industry, such as a working actor or a casting director. It's a total bait-and-switch.



When you show up to the workshop, they will spend a few minutes discussing basic Google-able ways to break into Hollywood, such as mailing headshots to agents and trying to make connections with casting directors. From there, they will go around the room and find out what is "ruining" you and what is holding you back in life. Scientology is always presented as the answer to this problem. Scientology registrars appear in the room and you are sold a $50 book course. This is your first introduction into Scientology and you will spend years fighting to get off of their mailing lists and to get them to leave you alone. Is that worth hearing you need to mail your headshot to an agent to get discovered?

Scientology will also try to cast you on their projects!

Scientology will also post casting notices for their internal films and videos. These will be non-union projects that typically pay anywhere from $200-400. These castings will take place at the Church of Scientology.


From here, you will go to an audition at the Celebrity Centre. You will be offered a tour to learn more about Scientology. You may be taken to a registrars office to sign up for a course. It all depends on if they feel you are someone they can take advantage of and someone they can get to join their organization. It's always a hard-sell tactic to get you to cave in to sign up.

Also...

Why doesn't Scientology use Union actors? Why are they using Non-Union actors for a few hundred dollars? Union actors get paid around $800-1,200 a day plus mileage, food, and overtime. There are certain rules the production has to follow for hiring Union talent. Scientology can get away with using actors as slave labor on these productions and pay them a flat $200 rate. It's ridiculous!

Feel free to check out my video and my YouTube channel if you'd like to learn more about what Scientology is doing to others.

Until Next Time...

Steve

Monday, April 10, 2017

CNN's Believer Got It Wrong About Scientology

6:41 PM
My YouTube video about CNN's Believer & Reza Aslan 

Hey Guys!

I'm sorry for the delay on my blog and posting regular content for you. I've been really focusing my energy on my several YouTube channels, as well as writing my memoir about Scientology. As my blog is relatively new, I know it isn't getting a lot of views and I'd much rather spend time on my channel for my subscribers who watch my channel religiously. I promise I am going to do my best to continue this blog and make posts. I would really love to have a thriving blog and commentators in the comment section. Please help me by sharing my posts and informing others about Mangotology.com. 

A few weeks ago, the CNN show Believer, hosted by religious scholar Reza Aslan, debuted a controversial episode of their show devoted to Scientology. Specifically, it was aimed at Independent Scientology. 


About Reza Aslan: Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American author, public intellectual, religious studies scholar, producer, and television host. He has written three books on religion: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization, and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the International Qur'anic Studies Association. He is also a professor of creative writing at University of California, Riverside. 

About CNN's Believer: In this new spiritual adventure series, renowned author and religious scholar Reza Aslan immerses himself in the world's most fascinating faith-based groups to experience life as a true believer.

The episode of his show was very controversial regarding his viewpoint on the Church of Scientology. He wanted to show a different side of Scientology versus the typical controversy that the media portrays and wanted to see what people actually get out of Scientology. It's an idealistic viewpoint that many have tried to do, and attempt for, TV or Film purposes and ultimately fail. My Scientology Movie initially intended to set out on the allure of Scientology and didn't gain any access to the Church, and neither did CNN's Believer or Reza Aslan. 

I totally understand wanting to see another perspective about Scientology for what the appeal is. But, you can't make a one-sided report and only talk to Independent Scientologists who still glorify and worship L Ron Hubbard. That's going to be bias. I believe Reza would have seen Scientology for what it was if he went undercover into an Org and took a couple courses and see what the average parishoner experiences. Of course, if you say you are a member of the press, they aren't going to give you any access and they won't let you see Scientology for what it really is. In addition, if he talked to multiple Scientology critics to see why we all aren't still praising Scientology and LRH, he would see why it's unfair to just take the comments of a couple of Indies and make a whole one hour television special about it. There is so much harm, so much abuse, and so many atrocious activities that happen within Scientology that you can't just make a report and praise it without informing others about the other side with the dangers of Scientology. 

Let's be honest. If you go on any Freezone website, there are maybe 1-2 dozen Scientology auditors with listings for their services across the world. In comparison, you can find two dozen people in your neighborhood book club or knitting circle. You wouldn't make a national one hour special about those few people and exaggerate it as being the fastest and largest growing movement. That would be lying. Anyone researching Indie Scientology can see it isn't hustling and bustling. It's a small activity from a few die hard individuals. Reza is acting like how Scientology does by inflating numbers and using public relations to make the activity something that it is not to try to deceive the public.

Reza also wants to believe that all religions basically lead to spiritual freedom. Yes, in the early stages of Scientology there are some beneficial teachings. It 100% doesn't lead to spiritual immortality. Is it worth going all the way down the rabbit hole to learn some communication drills? Of course not. People always ask me if they should just take a few courses, take the good, and then leave the corporate organization since it's toxic. No. Firstly, all of the Scientology courses are online for free if you really wanted to check them out. Plus, why would you give money to an organization that you know is a criminal organization that uses money in a controlling way? But anyways, here it is straight: Scientology was created in the mind of a science fiction writer and became a religion to avoid paying taxes. You aren't going to find spiritual freedom in Scientology when you are being beaten, mentally abused, financially extorted, have your identity (social security number and banking information) stolen from you, family & friends torn apart, etc. Those aren't spiritually enlightening activities, if I do say so. And yes, that has all happened to me and thousands of others who have left and speak out about the harm Scientology causes.

Reza, if you are reading this, I challenge you to respond to me. Watch my YouTube video and shoot me an email: mangoman7591@gmail.com with your thoughts. I feel we would have an interesting conversation regarding Scientology. 

For everyone else, I would love to hear your opinions on this specific program and episode about Scientology. Was Reza leaving out blatant facts about Scientology so he can make a program to get in good graces with the cult?

Have a great night everyone 💗
























Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ex-Scientologist Reveals Scientology Secrets

8:46 PM
Lauren Wagner interviews Steven Mango regarding Scientology

Hey Guys!

My friend Lauren interviewed me before we went to a private screening of My Scientology Movie a few weeks ago to learn more about the abuses I endured when I was a devoted parishioner. Yes, I have told my story within the Church of Scientology multiple times. However, many others have wanted me to tell my story in a more condensed version. 

I initially posted this 2.5 hour video on YouTube, which has received almost 3/4 of a million views:


Ever since I posted this video, I have gotten inundated with emails, calls, letters, and inquiries from others regarding my experiences inside Scientology. I was the first public member of Celebrity Centre to speak out. I was a first generation Scientologist who got roped in through acting workshops. I decided I couldn't put up with holding in the abuses I endured and witnessed and wanted to expose Scientology to the world on YouTube. Little did I know how big and how far & wide the video would spread. But, I know it's a long watch and I wanted to do a 2017 video explaining my story with my friend Lauren.

It's funny because many others, who came after me, have copied my video format when telling their story. It's OK. I'm happy to have inspired others to speak out and feel brave enough to speak out. It's just funny to me because one prominent ex-member in particular, who started speaking out after I did, posted pictures on the side of their video as I did in my documentary, and copied my format overall doing a lecture based video. I was the original, though! Let's just remember that 😋 

After I put out my video, I went silent and didn't speak out further. I did do some media appearances and talked in private ex-Scientology groups online, but I didn't make any videos for years. I felt like I said everything I needed to say in one video. But so many of you asked me to continue speaking out and telling my story. Once I saw Scientology continue to abuse others, via reports from others, and breaking apart family members of dear friends of mine, I realized I couldn't stop until something is done about this. 

Anyway, I digress...

We talk about not only what I went through in years past but where I am in 2017 and what the future holds. I also explain how I got approached to be in My Scientology Movie with the BBC and more fun stories I haven’t told before about Scientology.

I hope you guys enjoy my video! If there is anything you would like to hear me discuss on video, please leave a comment below and let me know.

Goodnight 😊

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Proof Marty Rathbun Lied About My Scientology Movie

10:14 PM

Proof Marty Rathbun Lied About My Scientology Movie

Steven Mango shows proof of Marty Rathbun lying about My Scientology Movie, above.


Hey Everyone!

Although I've had many other videos and exposes in the works that I've been editing for my channel, I was compelled to make this video about Marty Rathbun. On my channel I have a video entitled, "Exposing the Lies of Marty Rathbun" which has around 50,000 views.


Many of you have wondered where the proof was to my claims. There was a part of me that was ready to "show the receipts" and continue to expose Marty Rathbun. However, I didn't want my channel to be targeted towards Marty Rathbun. I didn't want to deflect from the serious issues and abuses that are at hand within the corporate cult of Scientology. Scientology OSA (Office of Special Affairs) wants the SP's to fight among each other and take away from what's actually going on inside the organization. I know that so I decided to take a bit of a back seat from Marty Rathbun and wait until a later time to address Marty.

Then My Scientology Movie came out in America and was screened at Arclight Hollywood. I saw it for the third (and the fourth time 3 nights later) in the theater. I got more pieces and clues to my story.

I went to my Gmail account to gather the emails from BBC, John Dower (director), Louis Theroux, and other production coordinators to demonstrate Marty's involvement in the picture. Marty has stated on his blog and elsewhere that he is unhappy with the film and the BBC completely used him as a puppet. He wanted to state he wasn't directing or involved in the making of My Scientology Movie.

An email from director John Dower showing that Marty is directing The Hole.

An email from director John Dower showing Marty will be helping with the casting of David Miscavige.


Marty giving the actors direction during shooting of The Hole Scene. You can see me in the middle between the guy and the red headed girl.

If you watch the video I posted, I show you all the emails, screen shots, pictures, and everything else that will help to piece the Marty Rathbun & My Scientology Movie picture together. I wanted to keep confidentiality and not have to release private information. However, once Marty trashed My Scientology Movie, I had to stand up and speak out against him and use the information I have to showcase the type of person Mr. Rathbun is.

After all that is breaking regarding Marty and getting back into good graces with Scientology, Marty no longer is a "Scientology Warrior" and is a traitor to the ex-Scientologists who trusted him. Did Marty take a secret settlement deal from the cult? Well, his hate website is down and his critical posts about David Miscavige are no longer there. Something is going on with Marty and the cult of Scientology. 

My Scientology Movie is currently On Demand, on iTunes, and Amazon Video! Go check it out!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Steven Mango on IMRU Radio

9:53 AM


Exposing Scientology Secrets on IMRU Radio



(Vlog about my experience on IMRU Radio)

I wanted to give you guys a "behind the scenes" experience for when I recorded IMRU Radio. I made the short vlog, as seen above, as I went to the studio and after I finished recording the show. But, I wanted to write a blog post for you guys about what happened and how I was approached to be on the show.

On my YouTube videos, I do have a "for press inquiries, contact me at..." in the description box of my video. I do get flooded with messages and inquiries on a daily basis. The media is fascinated with Scientology and I get many shows asking me to do an appearance. However, I am very selective on what opportunities I pursue. I do read every email and seriously consider every opportunity. I do get fan mail on this account, as well. I don't get a chance to write back to everyone who sends me letters. There is just not enough time in the day to personally answer everyone. I do love reading my messages and they do brighten my day when I get to hear from you, so thank you! 

One day, I received an email from Abby Dees, the host of IMRU Radio...

I never heard of IMRU Radio before Abby approached me to be on the show. It is the longest running LGBT station on the airwaves! How cool is that? I don't actually listen to talk radio myself. I listen to the same Britney Spears CD in my car on repeat wherever I go. But, I digress. It was easy for me to say yes to being on the show, as I was honored that an LGBT focused show wanted me to represent the voice of a gay man with regard to the Church of Scientology and exposing their LGBT stance. I quickly said yes and asked for more details.

I went to their studio off of Cahuenga Blvd. in Studio City, CA. I was slightly nervous, just because it always makes me a little nervous to discuss anything related to Scientology. I still have a lot of feelings around the subject. Also, I never did a radio interview. I used to not like the sound of my voice, since others always used to make fun of me about it, but now I don't care. I do love to talk, and I do have a tendency to ramble on, so I wanted to make sure I was more concise in the program. 

Abby found me sitting in the hallway and brought me into the recording studio. We only had the studio booked for one hour, maybe one hour and fifteen minutes tops, so we had to do the majority of the interview in that time. Abby asked me, if time permits for me, if I'd like to record in another part of their studio past the hour mark since there is undoubtedly a lot of things to cover about Scientology that one hour would barely scrape. I happily said yes!


Here is a photo of me with Abby Dees, host of IMRU Radio:



I put on the headphones and Abby began my introduction. "Actor Steven Mango..." and we were off! I was very happy because Abby was prepared for my interview. Many people who do interviews with ex-members don't do their homework and are thoroughly unprepared to interview someone on the subject. It's frustrating because when you have to explain things that are so elementary, you don't get a chance to tackle the big topics of debate, the abuses, etc. I was happy to hear that before the interview Abby saw My Scientology Movie and she also saw Going Clear. That's an excellent start for the basic understanding of what's going on in Scientology. 

Then Abby made a revelation: She is the second cousin of Tommy Davis, former & infamous Scientology spokesman.


Abby was recently at a gathering with her second cousin, Tommy Davis, who is now no longer in the Sea Organization. As he is related to her in some form, Abby wanted to check with me to make sure she disclosed that to me and that I was OK with being on the show. She didn't want me to think she was a Scientologist, or that she had a hidden agenda due to her relative, or that I would feel ambushed about it if she revealed it to me first while we were on the air. I assured her it was OK and that I knew she wasn't an OSA spy.

We covered so many different areas of my life within the Church of Scientology. Primarily, as it's an LGBT oriented show, I focused a lot of attention on their LGBT stance. I was in the closet while I was in Scientology, so I got to explain why and my rationale for being in the closet as an active Scientologist.

You guys know me. I have a 2.5 hour video on YouTube. I like to talk and I can tell stories to infinity until someone cuts me off. I really was enjoying this radio gig! It was a lot of fun! Normally, I like being in front of the camera so I can express myself via my emotions, hand gestures, and reactions. Radio is a whole different medium when you are telling a story, you have to solely use your voice to convey emotion and reaction. It made me want to start my Mangotology Podcast! My podcast will be available here in the next coming weeks... so stay tuned!

I really hope, if you didn't get the chance, that you will tune into the vault where my interview will be online.There will hopefully be an Archived copy of my appearance on the show! Their website where they host past radio shows is http://archive.kpfk.org/  so check their website out if you are interested in listening.


Until Next Time,

Steve


HOW TO LISTEN:

IMRU Radio - Mondays from 7-8PM

* KPFK FM 90.7 Los Angeles
* 98.7 Santa Barbara
* 99.5 Ridecrest + China Lake
* 93.7 San Diego 
*** Streaming Online @ KPFK.org ***