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Director Carrie Carnevale’s debut short film, “Beside Her” is a love story and fictional portrayal of the true human condition. An amazing piece of film work that’s been screened to audiences world wide. Now, here’s your chance to see the film for yourself.
Join Carnevale and members of the cast and crew of Beside Her for a screening at this year’s Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival on Saturday, March 15th .
Along with the amazing talents of actors Ashley Watkins, Erika Flores and Owen Conway, Carnevale delivers a film containing all the elements that make for a great story: love, tension, drama, suspense and even a twist in the end for good measure!
While watching “Beside Her” you quickly become oblivious to the fact that the lovers you see on-screen are female, and become more enthralled with the deep sense of love and connection they both share with each other. But Beside Her is much more than just a love story. It’s a beautiful film about the human condition and the connection we all share.
The Alliance of Women Filmmakers Inc. is a non-profit 501c(3) organization established to empower women filmmakers to create diverse roles for women as well as increase exposure for women made movies. Each March, they produce the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival which showcases narratives, documentaries, animation and student short films made by women of diverse backgrounds from around the world.
Beside Her will be screening as part of the LA Women’s Fest Shorts Program Four. For more information and to purchase tickets Click Here
Be sure to type in the code “AWF” to get a discounted ticket price of $6.00.
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Actress Amber Bollinger is no stranger to the world of horror, having already accumulated a number of them on her film resume. But it was her role in the 2010 scream filled “Pelt” that caught the attention of director Paul Morrell, who asked her to audition for a role in “Big Bad Wolf” (releasing on DVD March 4th). Working together alongside other talented cast and crew, this twisted version soon came to life; exceeding expectation and delivering a thrill ride of scares, screams and sexiness.
A dark, allegorical adaptation of the story of “The Three Little Pigs”, Big Bad Wolf stars former “Bachelor” Charlie O’Connell as Huff, an abusive stepfather living in poverty in California along with his battered wife, Lorelei (Elina Madison) and three teenage girls. On the verge of making a lucrative drug deal that will finally give him the money he needs to escape his misery and retire to Mexico with his mistress, Huff’s plans begin to unravel when his wife secretly gives the drug money to her daughters and encourages them to run away to seek better lives. This series of events triggers a chain of rage-induced asthma attacks, complete with ‘huffs and puffs’ as Huff attempts to locate the three runaways and recover his money. “Big Bad Wolf” also stars Clint Howard, Natasha Alam, Jenna Stone and Elly Stefanko.
I spoke with Bollinger about “Big Bad Wolf” as well as her upcoming film, “Listening” which deals with the power of telepathy.
How did you become involved in Big Bad Wolf?
I actually landed the role based upon a movie I had done called “Pelt”. A mutual friend had introduced me to Paul Morrell, who had seen it and liked my performance. He contacted me through Facebook and asked me to come in and audition.
What attracted you to the story?
I liked the fact that it was a different kind of horror film. It literally is a dark twisted ‘Three Little Pigs’ story.
Tell me a little about your character, Brixi.
Brixi is the oldest of the children and becomes the real mother figure her little sisters never had. She’s the God-fearing, tough one who understands that she may have to take on the role of martyr in order to protect her sisters and get out alive.
What was the chemistry like on the set?
It was great and we all got along really well. Charlie [O'Connell] is such a funny guy and not anything at all like his character on-screen. When “action” was called, he became someone completely different. He can turn it on and off at will. Elina [Madison] was great too. She works a lot to get into her character and I really trust her as an actress. You knew that everyday she was going to come in fully prepared and ready to give her all.
What do you think makes for a great horror movie?
I love all kinds of horror films but I think the best are the ones that aren’t apologetic. They’re just brutal, bloody and go for the jugular. That’s what this film does.
Tell me a little about your other upcoming film “Listening”.
It’s a Sci-Fi drama about grad students who are trying to invent mind-reading technology. My character, Jordan helps them along by giving them elements they haven’t seen before. There’s also a government organization involved that’s trying to get the discovery in order to use it on a much larger scale. In a lot of ways, the story is not that far-fetched. There’s a lot of reality to it.
Big Bad Wolf is available on DVD March 4th
In the world of network television, it’s a blessing for a series to get seven seasons. A long lifespan by any measure of the entertainment business. But for actor and writer Barry Floyd, it’s all just part of The Game. Floyd and the rest of the cast from the successful BET show will return for a seventh season beginning March 4th.
Last season, fans of the show saw Floyd’s character “Tee Tee” Carter transition from being a sidekick to Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez) to becoming more involved in his own Cluck Truck business. This season, fans will get to see Tee Tee in an even more dramatic light as things take a turn for the worse. As an actor, Floyd was originally only set to appear in a few episodes of the show, but his character was so well received that he was added on as a series regular.
In addition to acting, Floyd is also a lead-writer and director of the online sketch comedy series, “Purple-Stuff TV” along with having several other projects in various stages of development. I spoke with him about the new season of The Game as well as some of his other passions.
What can fans expect out of this new season of The Game?
Without giving too much away, I will say that my character gets into some trouble with his Cluck Truck business and takes a big financial hit. Fans are going to see Tee Tee at a really low point in his life as he tries to recover and get back to where he was. For me, it was a great opportunity to do some dramatic acting and be able to flex that muscle.
How would you describe your character?
Tee Tee is probably the most relatable character on the show. Everyone else has sort of a larger than life personality. They’re all either professional football players or agents or people associated with the world of pro athleticism. Tee Tee just happens to be a guy who’s along for the ride. Over the course of the show people have seen his transition; starting out as a sidekick to creating his own business and building it from the ground up. His path mirrors someone in real life. Someone who’s just starting out and builds something from nothing. I think Tee Tee is an inspiration for people like that.
What’s the chemistry like on the set?
After seven seasons it’s become a well-oiled machine. When Hosea, Wendy (Raquel Robinson) and I are together, its rapid fire. We just know each others tendencies and styles of acting.
How did the role of Tee Tee come about?
I was working as a production assistant on the show ‘Girlfriends’. One day, they were doing a rehearsal in front of network executives and one of the actors wasn’t there for some reason. So they asked me to just stand in and say his lines. I took it very seriously and when I did it, I got a lot of laughs. The casting director also happened to be there and asked me if I’d be interested in reading for the role of Tee Tee in ‘The Game’. I went in and read for it, not really knowing what to expect. But I ended up booking it and became an actor.
What are some of the other projects you’re currently working on?
In addition to working with Brandon Broussard on our sketch comedy show Purple Stuff TV, we’re also working on a new project that’s a male version of a show similar to ‘Sex in The City’ and ‘Girls’. One where it’s the men who can be brutally honest about dating and sex. I’m also working with Sebastian Burton on a pilot with a working title of ‘Show Up or Shut Up’. Sebastian was on the show ‘Ultimate Gamer’ and is big in pro gaming circles. He’s won a lot of tournaments and actually makes a living playing video games. The pilot is based on his life as a pro gamer.
Was becoming an actor something you always aspired to?
I went to college at Temple and got a film and media arts degree with an original goal of moving to LA to become a screenwriter and write movies. Acting was an opportunity that fell into my lap and I quickly discovered a passion for it I never knew that I had.
What did you enjoy most about the transition of Tee Tee over the course of The Game?
It kind of mirrors my acting career. I started out as a production assistant who had the opportunity to act on a show. The first few seasons I remember just being happy to be there, surrounded by these veteran actors and trying to soak up everything I could. But as time went on, I came into my own and instead of seeing myself as someone who was lucky to be there, I saw myself as someone who deserved to be there and earn a spot to grow as an actor. I still continue to grow every day.
“A divided young man must fight for life and love in his estranged, nightmare-like reality.”
Writer Ian Brightman has put much of his own life experience into “Shattered”, a short film/passion project with a script that’s taken him nearly three years to complete. Starring Hunter Garner and Jenna Stone, “Shattered” is a film that will make you rethink your entire life and realize that sometimes no one can help you, except you.
Brightman has recently started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project and bring the film to the big screen. Backers of the film will have the option of several “rewards” to choose from as a way of saying thanks for their generous support. From a private link to screen the film to producer credit and even the opportunity to appear in the film itself, everyone that takes part in the project will be recognized for their contribution.
In typical film projects, everything is panned out and you go in and do your job, but the cool thing about Kickstarter is that everyone becomes more personally involved in the film’s success by actually making it happen and getting the word out.
Shattered tells the story of Asher (Garner), a young man who finds out that no matter how hard he pushes, he can’t seem to help himself. He finds this out every time he sleeps when his dreams emotionally scar him with images of his ex, Aria (Stone). His nightmares also mentally torture him with the vision of dying at the hands of Gabriel, a physically identical young man. In reality, Asher attempts to solve his issues with Aria along with what may be causing his nightmares.
Actress Jenna Stone is no stranger to the suspense thriller, having played the lead role of Ali in the horror film “A Haunting In Salem” as well as a strong supporting role alongside Charlie O’Connell and Marie Bollinger in “Huff”. For Stone, it’s not only about creating an experience for the audience, but also about releasing emotion and that moment of truth.
I spoke with Stone about her role in Shattered and more in this exclusive interview.
How did you get involved in this project?
It was a passion project that was written by a friend of a friend. When they started talking about it, they asked me if I’d be interested in one of the roles and after I read the script was immediately on board. It’s a short film about two guys battling inner demons and given the choice of love or fighting for yourself. It’s going to be very visually appealing. You really get to see the extreme sides of the characters on many different levels.
How would describe the story of Shattered?
It’s about twins and takes place in dreams, which is another one of the reasons I really liked it. I’ve always been interested in how people dream and how the subconscious works. The story itself takes place in the mind and becomes an inner battle between life and death. There’s a blurred reality and at times you’re not really sure what’s real and what’s not. That’s what makes it scary. It fits into the psychological suspense thriller category in that it makes you think a lot.
Tell me a little about your character, Aria.
Aria has good intentions. She’s a sweet girl who’s going through life confused and not knowing what she wants in a relationship. She knows that it would be logical to not be together, but it’s too hard emotionally.
Are there any other projects your working on?
I’m working on another film called “Jack & Cocaine”. I play “Cocaine”, a LA prostitute who meets a guy named Jack in the same field of business. Her mother died when she was a teenager and was also a prostitute and drug addict. She didn’t set a very good example and that’s why Cocaine got involved in the work that she did. She ends up seeing a psychic who helps her talk to he mom and the journey ends up being about trying to find her father. It’s a self growth, love conquers all type of film and I’m very excited about that one too!
For more information on “Shattered” and the Kickstarter Campaign, Click Here!
Versatile actor Armando Riesco, whose already achieved critical acclaim for his work in both film and television recently took on one of his most challenging roles yet in the Scott Coffey directed film “Adult World.”
Adult World stars Emma Roberts as a recent college graduate who believes she’s destined for greatness but instead winds up working in an adult book store. While there, she meets one of her favorite poets and becomes his assistant at Syracuse University. Riesco plays the role of Rubia, a transgender who takes Robert’s character under his wing and helps her transition to life in the real world. Originally premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2013, Adult World also stars John Cusack and Cloris Leachman.
Riesco’s acting prowess is not limited to just film, but also to the theater world as well. He’ll soon be reprising his role as troubled Iraq war veteran Elliot Ortiz in “The Happiest Songs Play Last”, the final installment in a trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes at Second Stage in New York City. Riesco has previously portrayed the real life veteran twice before in “A Soldier’s Fugue” and “Water by the Spoonful.”
I had the pleasure of speaking with Riesco about Adult World and his other upcoming project.
Tell me how your role in Adult World came about?
It was a bit strange because I generally don’t get auditions for transgender characters [laughs]. In fact, when I first got the call about it, I passed on it immediately. At the time, I figured “This is crazy! There’s no way I’m right for this!” I remember I went home that night and told my wife about it and then later to my very conservative, Cuban, republican father and they both told me that I should should go for it! It was a huge challenge and something that I wanted to get right. I didn’t want it to come off as a caricature. It had to be real.
Did you have to do a lot of research prior to filming?
Absolutely. That’s my favorite part about acting. Immersing myself in whatever world the character is in. It takes me outside of my cocoon and lets me switch into overdrive. It was fun to think about what it would be like being a transgender living alone in an apartment in Syracuse and making a living through “nefarious” means [laughs]. It was a fun character to work with.
What’s the story of Adult World and how does your character fits into it?
Emma Roberts’ character (Amy) is a recent graduate who can’t find work and takes a job at a porn shop. She then ends up moving in with my character Rubia, who also works in the porn shop as well. I function as sort of a fairy godmother to Amy and lead her into becoming an adult.
What was the filming process like?
I’ve never had so much fun. Scott Coffey (Director) trusted me with the character and it was a responsibility that I gladly took on. It was so playful and there was a lot of improvisation involved. It really gave me the opportunity to take chances and see what would happen. As a result, we got a lot of great stuff that made it into the movie.
What was it like working with a cast that included Emma Roberts and Cloris Leachman?
Emma is lovely and was super-fun to be around. I think the relationship we got to develop together both on and off-screen really shows up in the film. And I loved working with a veteran actress like Cloris Leachman. You can tell that she really understands that life is bigger than just a movie. Her performance is so uninhibited and loose. It’s exactly what you want to see on camera.
What made you decide to be an actor?
There were several things, but one of them was seeing the movie “Shadowlands”, a story about the life of C.S Lewis. I saw that movie and then I saw it again, and again, and again. I thought the entire project was connected to a higher power in a way that made me want to be a part of. It was almost like a religious experience. It really inspired me to pursue the feeling of making people connect with life in a way that’s a little bit deeper than what they’re normally accustomed to.
What other projects are you working on?
I’m working on the last part of a trilogy of plays in New York. It’s been an amazing ride. The second play won the Pulitzer prize; the first one was nominated for one and now we’re on to the last one. I play an marine veteran who comes back from Iraq and has to deal with PTSD and getting back into the civilian world.
What advice can you pass along to other aspiring actors?
Acting is an endless process. There are always new things to learn and the moment you stop learning is the moment you should quit. In a way, it’s almost like the way muscle confusion is when you work out. You constantly have to be on your toes and try new things. Remain excited about acting and life in general. You have to be curious and if you are, you’ll have that spark that hopefully you can pass on.
Adult World comes to theaters and VOD February 14th.
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Model and actress Denise Bidot is turning heads and making statements, not only for her beauty but also for her radiant charm. The international Plus Sized Model and mom has traveled the world, working with many of the industry’s top clients such as Macys, Old Navy, Lane Bryant and Forever 21.
Bidot also stars on Nuvo Tv’s hit show “Curvy Girls”, which provides an all-access pass inside the glamorous world of professional modeling. The show has garnered a huge following of fans since its debut, receiving praise for highlighting a different side of the modeling world and for encouraging women to embrace their bodies no matter what shape or size.
Much like the show, Bidot’s own story is one of inspiration and letting nothing stand in the way of success. I spoke with her about how she got her start, what a typical day is like in the life of a model and how true beauty really does come from within.
How did you get your start in modeling?
I was one of those kids growing up who was always enamored by the whole aspect of entertainment and all of the glitz and glamor associated with it. I knew what I wanted to do early on so I started taking acting classes. When I was 18, I decided to move to LA and started going to auditions. I remember everyone I met kept telling me that I had a lot of charisma and that I was so much of a “leading lady” person, but my body type was something that wasn’t quite what they were looking for.
Seeing that it was an industry that I wanted to be in, my mom convinced me to go back to school for makeup and I eventually started doing freelance work for a plus sized model for a photo shoot. That was when a photographer asked me if I’d be interested in modeling for her as well. I had never done anything like that before but the next thing you know, I’m shooting pictures with her and before long started getting calls for work. It was really one of those right place at the right time type of stories. It’s been an amazing journey of self discovery and a dream come true.
What are some of the things you’ve learned about being a Plus Sized Model?
I think there’s something to be said about what’s lacking in fashion and for me, it’s great to be a part of something that’s at the forefront of change. It’s really all about embracing every woman and the diversity of her shape, ethnicity and age. Of course, I would prefer to just be called “model”, but it’s the technicality of it right now with fashion. Hopefully it will eventually be dropped but right now it’s cool to be involved with fashion in a way that people don’t necessarily expect.
What’s a typical photo shoot like?
A lot of people think it’s all glitz and glamor but there’s really a lot of work and travel involved as well. We’ll usually get up in the morning and have our hair and makeup done (the fun part), but over the course of the day there may be as many as 20 or 30 different changes. It’s a definite workout for ten hours, but as a woman it’s the best job in the world. You get to play dress-up and feel amazingly empowered.
Who are some of the people who inspire you?
There are a lot of women who inspire me. I’m a big fan of Jennifer Lopez. As a Latino woman, it’s remarkable what she’s achieved. I admire her for her production work, music and film. She’s been able to grasp the whole realm of the industry. I also love Penelope Cruz, Jessica Alba and Sophia Vergara. Women who’ve learned not only to love themselves but have also inspired others to love themselves as well.
What does your daughter think about your career?
My daughter is a princess and thinks that what I do is so cool. But she also sees first hand that you have to really work hard for what you want. That nothing is impossible and real beauty can come in many different ways. It’s a great journey and I’m so thankful to be able to share it with her.
What advice can you give to women who are self conscious about themselves or think they’re never “good enough”?
First, you need to stop thinking that you’re not perfect. Sometimes the media tries to make people believe that there is that “perfect” woman but the truth is, there isn’t. You need to be happy with who you are; with none of the make-up, hair extensions or fancy clothes. It’s about the woman inside. Every woman has her own specialness and nothing is impossible. I like to say, “There’s no wrong way to be a woman.” But don’t just say it. Believe it!
Do you have other interests outside of modeling?
I love art, movies, painting and playing in the park with my daughter. There’s so much beauty and things that can be done in the world. I’m still growing as a woman and learning about who I am.
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Actor Tyler Alvarez is stealing tween hearts on the new Nickelodeon series, Every Witch Way.
Based on a successful, award-winning Latin American series, Every Witch Way tells the story of a girl named Emma who moves to a new town and discovers she’s a witch with magical powers. Tyler stars as Diego Rueda, a mysterious teenager on his own journey of self-discovery, complete with his own set of special super powers.
Diego is a “Churi Kanay” or “The Son of Fire”, which means he has the power to control the elements. Figuring out how to make use of his new-found abilities while trying to fit in is what makes Tyler’s character so interesting and compelling. Every Witch Way may be a show about witches, rivalry and magic, but it’s also one about the true power of friendship and love.
In real life, Tyler is a normal everyday sixteen year old who enjoys hanging with friends, going to concerts and tearing it up on Xbox One. I spoke to him about his role on Every Witch Way as well as what a typical day is like on the set and why he decided to make a career out of acting.
How would you describe Every Witch Way to someone who may not know about it?
It’s a show about friendship, love and a lot of magic gone wrong. That’s where a lot of the comedy comes from. It’s completely different from anything anyone has ever seen before in a kid’s television show.
What attracted you to the role of Diego Rueda?
I thought it would be fun to play a role where magic’s involved. Growing up, I always wanted to be one of those kids who could fly or have super powers and in this show, I have them.
Was there something “magical” about how you landed the role?
I actually wound up booking the show on the same day the Mayans said the world was supposed to end [December 21st, 2012]. So there was a time where I was like, “Oh great, I’m going to book this job and then I’m going to die!” [laughs].
What can you tell me about Diego?
Diego is a Kanay and the Son of Fire. He’s the only boy on the show that can control the elements like fire, wind and ice. He just recently discovered that he has powers and is still learning how to use and control them. A lot of the time, it spirals out of control and actually endangers his friends and things go wrong. He’s funny and sarcastic. Unlike me, he’s also a clean freak. If he had a room, it would be completely neat and tidy, whereas my room right now looks like a war zone! [laughs].
What’s a typical day like on the set?
It depends on the day’s schedule. Usually, I’ll get there and we’ll have school for a few hours and then go straight to hair and makeup. Then we’ll run the lines a few times and finally, we’ll shoot. It’s very fast. On other sets you might have rehearsals and table reads, but we have none of that. It’s more soap-opera format.
Are there any differences between set school and regular school?
Absolutely. Number one is that there’s access to Kraft Services 24/7. So I’m usually eating my face off whenever I’m in school [laughs]. Another thing is that I’m allowed to have my phone, which I’m not allowed to have in regular school. But the thing I really love about set school is that I’m able to learn so much better because of the private one on one.
What’s the chemistry like with your cast mates?
The chemistry is great. We’re all really close and are like one big family. We all see each other six days a week and hang out together.
What do you like to do when you’re not acting?
I love going to comedy clubs, concerts and movies. Just doing random things with friends and being a regular teenager. Sometimes I love to get away from the entertainment industry and acting because I like to be grounded and remember just who I am.
What sparked your desire to make a career out of acting?
I’ve always liked to entertain people and make them laugh. When I was younger, my mom signed me up for an acting class and I remember it was so much fun that I knew right then that I had to continue on and make a career out of it. I really believe that if you love what you do, you’ll never have to actually “work” a day in your life.
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Singer, model and actress Amy Weber’s new single, “Dance of Life” is more than just a passionately inspired track. The duet with Sean Kingston is a selfless escape from the worries of the world. Weber’s infectious vocal prowess combined with Kingston’s inventive effects produces a hypnotic sound and groove that’s refreshingly honest.
“Dance of Life” isn’t the beautiful brunette’s first foray into the musical arena. Weber’s previous single, “Let it Rain” [released in 2012] shot up to #6 on the U.K Music Week Chart as well as landing her on the Billboard Top 40.
Country music fans may also remember Weber as the “Whiskey Girl” from singer Toby Keith’s video of the same name from 2004. A video where she not only got to showcase her beauty, but also her real life welding ability.
Weber’s own story is one of true inspiration. Overcoming a troubled childhood as well as bouts with cancer; she’s become one of the most sought after entertainers in the industry today. With plans well underway for more music as well as a national tour this year, her star will only continue to shine.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Weber about the new single as well as her inspirational life and her Whiskey Girl days.
How did this single and collaboration with Sean Kingston come about?
I had a few tracks that hadn’t been released and a wish list of people who I wanted to work with. Sean, of course was one of them. I remember I was working on a different shoot and mentioned my short list to a few of the people who were there. That’s when they said “Oh, we know Sean!” and wound up introducing us. It’s crazy the way things work out. I thought we already had a great song, but when Sean came on he gave it a new vibe and took it to a whole new level.
What was the writing process like?
I co-wrote it with the Jackie Boyz, who won a Grammy with Madonna’s song, “Revolver”. We have this great synergy whenever we write together. First, they’ll come up with a line, then I’ll come back with the next two lines. We’ll go back and forth bouncing ideas off of each other and literally within two hours we’ll have an entire track written. Then after a few more hours, one that’s recorded and ready to be mixed.
Is there a meaning behind your songs?
For me, everything that I do is really purposeful in my life. Whether it’s as an actress, recording or producing a movie, there always has to be something that I leave with someone. As far as music goes, I’m really big with escapism. We’re all so buried underneath the issues and drama of life that I’m always looking for ways to help people escape. Even if it’s just for those three or four minutes of a song. You can really get lost in the moment and forget where your troubles are.
What was it like filming the video for the song?
I remember it was one of those really cold, blustery nights and we were on top of this super tall skyscraper downtown on a stage. It was amazing.
Do you have plans to tour this year?
My heart and soul is into making music and performing live so touring is definitely on my list. I already have a few shows coming up and The Jackie Boyz and I are looking into putting a mini-tour together.
Back in 2004 you were the “Whiskey Girl” in Toby Keith’s video. What can you tell me about that experience?
We filmed that in Nashville and it was an awesome experience. Toby actually wrote that entire video because he wanted more of a story instead of it just being him on camera the entire time. One of the cool things about it was that I already knew how to weld for real. I remember standing there watching the crew struggle, trying to figure out how to get the welding machine going. Finally I said, “Here, just give it me!” [laughs].
Did you always want to be involved in music?
I knew early on. I had an incredibly tough upbringing and was able to escape through music. I like to say that music literally saved my life.
As a child, just being able to escape into a different world really helped me. Then later on in life, I ended up getting cancer. With being that sick and having to go through chemotherapy treatments by myself, I don’t know what I would have done without music. It was my savior.
Do you have any advice you can offer to those who may want to pursue a career in entertainment?
Be passionate. If you have passion inside of you, the drive to succeed is naturally going to come. Also, make sure you’re pursuing it for the right reasons. Otherwise, you’re going to burn out quickly. That really goes for anything you do in life.
What other projects are you working on?
I have a TV show that I created called “Good Samaritans”. It’s a feel-good, hidden camera show. There’s a company that I’ve partnered up with and we’re hoping to find a home in 2014. The show puts people in circumstances to see if they’re going to help others. Unlike other shows, it’s not so much about morality, but more about humanity. In this show, you really have to go out of your way to help somebody, and it’s all captured on hidden camera.
Your story is so inspirational. Have you ever given thought to writing a book about your life?
I’ve been thinking about it. I recently opened up for the first time about my cancer on The Doctors. I wanted it to be in a forum where I can help people by opening up about the struggles that I’ve faced in my life. We’re all here for a reason, and I certainly can’t imagine going through everything that I’ve been through and not sharing it. I’m still on my feet, and hope that my experiences can guide others and let them know that if I can get through it, they can get through it too.
For more on Amy Weber be sure to check out her official website by Clicking Here!
He’s sold more than 14 million albums (both solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour) with all four of them charting at #1 on Billboard. He’s one of the top grossing stand-up comedians in America today and has already earned himself two Grammy nominations.
Make that three.
Comedian Ron White has recently received a third Grammy nomination for his RIAA Platinum-certified Comedy Special, “A Little Unprofessional”.
Filmed in Austin, TX at the legendary Paramount Theatre, ‘A Little Unprofessional’ shows White’s comedic nature on full display. He takes us on a journey from the airport at LAX to a vacation retreat in the French Riviera and along the way, discusses adventures from his youth, sports, music and of course, his own sexual prowess. Whether he’s casually taking a sip of his scotch or lighting up a cigar be warned: no one is immune to White’s hilarious anecdotes.
In addition to the full “A Little Unprofessional” special, the DVD also contains the entire first season of White’s popular “Rontourage” fan program, which features behind the scenes footage of White and his troops traveling across America. Through these shorts, we’re able to get a first-hand glimpse of what it’s like for the entertainer backstage, on the tour bus and interacting with his fans at meet and greet events.
One of the biggest hidden treasures of “A Little Unprofessional” has got to be the bonus feature live performances of White’s amazing wife, Margo Rey. Although Rey herself is not spared from White’s stand-up material, she showcases her awe-inspiring vocals in a hybrid mixture of pop, jazz and R&B that can only be described as Organica.
The thing that sets Ron White apart from all other stand-up performers today is his unique ability to impose empathy on his audience. Sure, you laugh hysterically at his stories and facial expressions, and may even at times feel a little bit sorry for him. But deep down, the real reason we enjoy him so much is because there’s a little bit of Ron White in each of us. Somehow, we can all relate to everything he talks about during his routine.
White’s performances don’t just make us laugh with him, they make us laugh at ourselves. And in times like these, that’s certainly a good thing.
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I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many different actors, authors and artists about their current and upcoming projects, but perhaps none of them has been cooler or more unique than actress Michal Sinnott. Let’s face it; it’s not every day you get the opportunity to talk to someone who’s played a role in what’s poised to become the best-selling video game of all time.
It was recently revealed that Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 5 broke seven Guinness world records, including the highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours.
Michal’s role of Tracey De Santa in GTA 5 is truly one of a kind. It’s acting, but not something you’d see in a typical film or theatrical role. Michal actually describes the experience as a hybrid combination of the two. Working exactly like the actors in Avatar, each was rigged up to get their performances captured in 3-D and then have those recorded images digitally transferred into the game world.
In my interview with Michal, we discuss her role in GTA 5 as well as how she got her start and the projects she’s currently working on.
What attracted you to such a unique project?
It was Rockstar so I knew that it would be a quality project. It was a cool opportunity that turned out to be an amazing experience. Way more that I had anticipated.
Were you presented with an actual storyline or script – like one you’d get for a film?
Not exactly. They really tried to tell you as little about it as possible [laughs]. I knew it was a character, but I was only getting my material and not the whole picture. They really wanted to have everyone focus on their own part. There are thousands of pages of dialogue in this game and it takes hundreds of hours to complete, not to mention that there were so many people involved in working on the project. If you watch the credits, it takes about twenty minutes to go through them. It’s a massive amount of information. But once you know the character and know the world, you can focus on doing the best job possible. Then it all magically comes together.
How do you prepare for a project like this?
The research I had done on Grand Theft Auto couldn’t really prepare me for it. The cool thing about the series is that it’s always different with new characters and new worlds. My character, Tracey may not be the most complicated person in the world, but there’s a larger than life quality to her. She wants to be a celebrity but doesn’t have any talent. She’s one of those people who’s really focused on having everyone look at her. She’s got really big needs and thinks everything is so tragic. Tragic in a sense that she can’t find the right color nail polish [laughs]. The fun of it was being able to take it on fully and have those extreme emotions over something so petty and small. In reality, that kind of behavior could lead to an awful life, or at least alienate you from your friends. It was cool to go and explore and then still be able to walk away unscathed.
What was the filming process like?
We would usually shoot for a three-week period and then take a few months off. Then we’d start up again. The entire process took somewhere in the realm of three years to complete. Along the way, I would always be given clues about who Tracey is. I remember that every time I would come back for another shoot I’d get the script of new material and say “Oh cool! This is who this person is!”
How would you describe performance capture as it relates to typical acting mediums?
I think it lies somewhere in between the realms of film and theater. You wear the balls [the same technology that was used in Avatar] and you have a camera recording your facial gestures. The balls help process the movement so that they can be transformed into a 3D image of you. Your movements also have to be larger than life, so there has to be a sense of theatricality to it. When you’re angry, you really have to stomp! It’s almost like you’re a cartoon character. You also film on a sound stage and don’t really have a backdrop when you’re shooting. It’s acting without any stimulus. So you have to learn to fill that void with your imagination. To see that world and realize what all the technical people did to fill that world is amazing.
When did you realize you really wanted to pursue acting?
I went to a performing arts high school and had written a play that ended up winning a festival and I got to go to a playwright conference. Just being on the other side and having my work not be so personal really opened me up to how magical it is to really live out your dreams and pursue what you want. I remember being out in the audience watching this play and realized in that moment that I couldn’t deny myself this life. After that, I never looked back. I majored in theater in college, moved to New York and went full throttle. I’ve been at it ever since.
What other projects are you working on?
I’m an associate producer on a biopic about Rick James that I’ll also have a role in as well. Right now, we’re in talks with a production company and it’s coming along really well. It’s been exciting to get the opportunity to wear a lot of different hats and work the other side. It feeds your understanding of the business.
I also like to blog. It’s something that I started doing as a way to share with my friends, family and other actors the inner workings of what it’s like to be an actor growing on her path. It’s funny, quirky and a little bit spiritual.
For more info on Michal Sinnott be sure to check out her website by Clicking Here!