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David T. Dunn (Americana, Country Singer/Songwriter) - Website: DavidTDunnMusic.com
Christa Deana (Christian, R&B Singer/Songwriter) - Website: ChristaDeana.com
Heather Whitney (Country Music Singer/Songwriter) - Website: HeatherWhitneyMusic.com
Traci Campbell (Social Media Entrepreneur, Author) - Website: BiboAwards.com
Gary Zuckerbrod (Casting Director), Allen Hooper (Casting Director), Ajarae Coleman (Actress, Author), David H. Lawrence XVII (Actor)
Rahn Anthoni (Christian/Gospel, Hip-Hop Recording Artist) - Website: RahnAnthoni.com
Catherine Natale and Eden Young (Writer, Executive Producer, Actress) - Website: AllAboutManosTV.com
Peter Papageorgiou (Web Series Podcast Producer) - Website: WebSeriesOnFire.Weebly.com
Mason R. Glenn (Professional Matchmaker, Author) - Website: MasonRGlenn.com
Richard Lynch (Grammy Nominated Country Singer, Songwriter) - Website: RichardLynchBand.com
Hicks (Multiple Gold and Platinum Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter) - Website: HicksCountry.com
Tina Batten (Award-Winning Playwright, Filmmaker, Actress) - Website: SisterBatten.com
Lorens Chuno (Vocalist, Pianist, Percussionist, Dancer) - Website: LorensChuno.com
Slavik IA (VFX Supervisor, Animator, Director, Producer) - Website: SlavMonster.com
Kimberley Zulkowski (Producer, Director, Screenwriter) - Website: MzKimProductions.com
Tasha Henderson (Writer, Producer) and Ebony Gilbert (Writer, Director) - Website: HollywoodFringe.org
VOICE-OVER ACTRESS, COMEDIENNE, WRITER, PRODUCER - Jorjeana Marie - Website: JorjeanaMarie.com
CELEBRITY ACTOR - Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors) - Website: CarbonDatingSeries.com
CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCER, PRODUCER - Christy Curtis Buss - Website: TheStudioArtOfDance.com
JAZZ SINGER/SONGWRITER - Cathy Segal-Garcia - Website: CathySegalGarcia.com
COMEDIENNE - Alycia Cooper (Last Comic Standing) - Website: AlyciaCooper.com
FILM, TV, MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR - Brad Hasse (Texting Hat) - Website: BradHasse.com
AUTHOR - Clint Adams is the Author of "Evangeline: The Seer of Wall Street," "The Seventh Ritual," "My Watch Doesn't Tell Time," "Don't Be Afraid of Heaven," "Fear Ain't All That" and "Just Say Mikey." "Evangeline: The Seer of Wall Street" marks his first historical fiction novel. This is a story about one of America’s first female entrepreneurs and famed astrologist, Evangeline Adams. Clint Adams weaves in Evangeline's association with various famous people from the early 1900s such as: J.P. Morgan, King Edward VII, Enrico Caruso, Rudolph Valentino, Charles Schwab, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and others and immerses readers in a New York populated with the Wall Street wealthy and the downtrodden, all of whom visited Evangeline's Carnegie Hall office. Mr. Adams has also authored numerous academic publications while at The Washington Post’s Kaplan, Inc., and McGraw-Hill. Clint has been a member of the Authors Guild for over twenty years, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of California, Berkeley, studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, received his master's degree in marketing from San Francisco's Golden Gate University and is a 2010 recipient of Britain’s Millennium Trust Award.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What's the difference between the title of writer, author and novelist? What do you feel are the biggest obstacles being a writer? What should your main focus be as a beginning writer? What are the steps to getting a book published and paving the way to its success? What are some helpful websites for aspiring writers and authors? What jobs can you get to supplement your writing career?
AWARD WINNING CASTING DIRECTOR - Christine Sheaks has been a Casting Director for over 20 years. She began her film career as an associate to John Lyons working on the Coen Bros films, “Barton Fink”, “Hudsucker Proxy” and “Fargo”. Christine’s first feature film as a Casting Director was “A Walk In the Clouds” with Keanu Reeves, followed by “Boogie Nights” for which she won the Casting Society Award. Other casting credits include: “H20,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “The Mod Squad,” “Scary Movie 2,” “Thirteen Ghosts,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Underclassmen” with Nick Cannon.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are a person's chances starting an acting career if you're over 40 years old? What can an actor do to make their audition memorable? What should an actor look for when doing research choosing a Casting Director workshop?
CELEBRITY ACTOR - Carmen Argenziano - One of Carmen Argenziano's best-known roles was the recurring characters "Jacob Carter" and "Selmak" on the mega-hit television series "Stargate SG-1." Other credits include: CSI: NY, House M.D., Criminal Minds, Swordfish, Angels and Demons, The Godfather II, The Young and the Restless. You can view more of Mr. Argenziano's film and televisions credits on IMDB.com.
ACTRESS - Eileen Grubba - Eileen is a lifetime member of the world renowned Actor's Studio. Eileen's credits include: Criminal Minds, Benched, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, ER, Monk and The Young and the Restless. Eileen has just completed the film "Wild Oats" with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine. You can view more of Eileen Grubba's film and televisions credits on IMDB.com.
DIRECTOR - Robert Kouba - Robert Kouba began his career in his home country Switzerland. His science-fiction short film "Xenopia" was won awards in film festivals when he was only just 12 years old. He received major filmmaker recognition in 2010 when he directed the science-fiction short film "Translucent Unicorn" for the international campaign Parallel Lines by Philips. Mr. Kouba founded the film production company Vantis Pictures which produces: commercials, music videos, short and feature films. Recently, he has gained worldwide recognition for his science-fiction thriller "The Rift" and his first feature film entitled "Aurora" starring Carmen Argenziano and Eileen Grubba. You can view more of Robert Kouba's film and televisions credits on IMDB.com.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you tell us the differences in acting styles such as: Method, English Mask, Viola Spoilin, Meisner Techniques and how do you know which one is the right one for you? What do you need to know before they move to LA to pursue a career as an actor? What should be your main focus in handling the business side of your career? What does an agent expect from an actor?
GRAMMY/EMMY AWARD WINNING RECORD PRODUCER - Narada Michael Walden is a multi-award winning Grammy and Emmy award-winning Artist and Producer. He has produced hit songs for: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin (including the platinum "Freeway of Love."), George Michael, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, The Temptations and the list continues. Narada has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades. His music flows freely from pop, rock and soul, to the realms of jazz, fusion and world music. Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits that first brought these divas to the spotlight. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the "Top Ten Producers" of all time.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the biggest changes you've seen in the music industry as an artist and on the corporate level with the record labels? What would be some of the major reasons an artist should go into a professional studio over a home-recording set-up? Is it enough in today's market to have a great-sounding recording? What are the key elements you need in the music industry today that will propel your music career into the upper echelon?
AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITERS - Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor are award-winning New York-based songwriters. They're best known for writing the music for the sexy and dark 2014 indie musical short film, "Grind" which won a number of awards and featured Broadway favorite, Anthony Rapp (Rent, If/Then), Claire Coffee ("Grimm"), and Pasha Pellosie ("The Carrie Diaries"). The duo has brought their intricately crafted and captivating style of music to life through spectacular and intimately preserved live performances from some of Broadway's most distinguished vocal performers including: Eric Michael Krop, best known for starring in Broadway's Godspell, American Idol alums; Natalie Weiss (Les Miserables, Everyday Rapture), Devyn Rush and boyishly handsome pop singer, Brian Justin Crum (We Will Rock You, Next To Normal). The duo was just named a finalist in the 16th Annual Great American Song Contest for their pop anthem, "The Storm."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you explain how important it is for a new musical artist to self-promote themselves via social media? What are some of your best tips on networking and marketing a duo band? What is the secret to writing great lyrics as well as the instrumentation? What cities are a must to book to build your fan base?
CHILD ACTRESS - Olivia "Livvy" Stubenrauch is best known for her adorable and mischievous voice-over role of "Young Anna" in Disney's animated film "Frozen" which won 2 Oscars, 76 wins other wins and 53 nominations. Olivia is definitely a child actress that you want to keep your eye on in the world of entertainment because she is a rising star!! Not only is she a little beauty, she is so multi-talented, vivacious, intelligent, energetic and so mature and professional for her age. Industry professionals are just buzzing about her talent and she’s just skipping her way down the yellow brick road and will land on the red Oscar carpet for sure in our opinion.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some fears that child actors have about auditions in general? What steps should a parent take to start building their child’s successful acting career? What do you have to do as a parent to discover and build your child’s branding? What’s the best way for parents to help their child network and market their acting skills in the industry?
EMMY AWARD WINNER | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - Multi-Emmy-Award Winning Director, Mary Lou Belli has earned multiple honors for her work in television and theatre. After receiving a BA in theatre from Penn State, Mary Lou acted in musical theatre and daytime dramas in New York. A Los Angeles career producing and directing theatre followed with over 75 play productions and countless episodes on television to her credit. She is the co-author of "The Sitcom Career Book," "Acting for Young Actors" and "Directors Tell The Story." Director Credits Include: Hart of Dixie, The Game, Monk, Girlfriends, Living with Fran, Eve, The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club and the list goes on and on... Mary Lou also lectures at Universities and Film Schools all over the country and continues to teach acting classes privately.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you describe a typical work week for TV sitcom director? What is the hiring process like for a sitcom director? How do you typically prepare to direct a sitcom? What's the secret when directing stereotyped characters to make them as original as possible? What are the best ways an an actor can prepare for a successful acting career?
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | EDITOR | SCREENWRITER - "Captain Kirk" fans obviously know that Robert Meyer Burnett directed William Shatner in the film "Free Enterprise" and is currently directing the film "Star Trek: Axanar" starring some of your favorite Sci-Fi celebrities. Robert Meyer Burnett has also worked on a ton of award-winning film, television and other types of projects in the entertainment industry which include: "X-MEN 1.5" and "X-MEN 2," "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III," "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "Free Willy," "Sleepwalkers," "Super Mario Brothers," "Army of Darkness," "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London," "The Fantasia Anthology," "Snow White," "Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" and "Lord The Rings: The Two Towers," "The Making of Tron" and so many more. In 2002, Burnett founded his own production company, Ludovico Technique and teamed up with MGM and Director Bryan Singer to create a special edition DVD of his Oscar-winning film, "The Usual Suspects" as well as many others.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: In your opinion, are we headed for a Dystopic or Utopian future? What is the best and worst advice you received about pursuing a career in the entertainment industry? As a genre, where is Sci-Fi films heading? Will the more general population start to take it serious eventually?
CASTING DIRECTOR - Ty Harman is a Casting Director who has worked in various positions of the entertainment industry his entire career. Ty started in the business as an actor, but found that he was more interested in working behind-the-scenes. This discovery lead to a position as a Development Executive for Kim Basinger's Mighty Wind Productions. Under the tutelage of the legendary Talent Agent Ed Limato, Ty was offered and accepted the job of Talent Agent at ICM. However, after several years, Ty sought a more creative endeavor and took the position offered to him of Casting Executive for the Fox Network. While there, he helped cast shows for: 90210, MELROSE PLACE, ALLY MCBEAL and The X FILES. Ty has also been a Casting Executive at Universal Television and TNT. As an Independent Casting Director, Ty has worked on the: AMERICAN PIE franchise, HBO's GENERATION KILL and the television series' WAREHOUSE 13, ALPHAS, THE GAME, GIRLFRIENDS and too many pilots to mention.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are a person's chances making as a working actor if they're just starting their career and they're over 40 years old? What is the best advice you can give to a young aspiring actor? Middle-Aged Actor? Senior Actor? What can an actor do that would make their audition memorable? What should an Actor look for before choosing a Casting Director workshop? For those Actors who've never been to a Casting Director workshop before, can you explain the process? What path do you recommend for a young Actor in terms of what type of acting classes they should take? Headshots? Casting Workshops? Same question for older aspiring Actors?
SINGER | SONGWRITER | DANCER | ACTRESS - R&B/Pop Artist Alexa Ferr at the young age of 20 has already been coined by media outlets globally as the "Rugged Popstar!" Alexa is a triple threat! Hot, sexy young Singer/Songwriter, Actress (most recent project was in Disney’s "Camp Rock 2" alongside The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato) and as a Dancer in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary. Some of her recent single songs include: "Fell", which she released under Universal Music Group/Dauman Music and featured Disney star Matthew "Mdot" Finley. Her EP entitled "Lipstick On The Glass" and EP entitled "No Good" were produced with musical production duo "The Invaders." Alexa's latest single "Saved A Boyfriend" is available for download on SoundCloud. Alexa is currently working with a variety of music producers and will release more music this year. When Alexa's not in the recording studio, you can find her performing around Los Angeles in such venues as: The Viper Room, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, Tiki Bar and the House of Blues in Hollywood.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What advice can you give a young musical artist on how to supplement their income while pursuing a career? Can you explain how important it is for a musical artist to self-promote themselves via social media? What are some of your best tips on networking and marketing a music career in person or at an event? What advice can you give a young musical artist to balance their personal and professional career pursuits?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Billy Grima is a silky smooth, soulful Singer/Songwriter and his sound has earned him comparisons to contemporary musical artists such as: Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson and even Bruno Mars. Billy has 3 albums to date: "I'm Just Standing," "A Little Piece Of Heaven" and his latest album entitled "Sugar & Cream" which features a tasty blend of pop, rock, soul and Americana.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Do you think a Country singer has to move to Nashville to get their work noticed by the important record labels? If not, why? What is the biggest piece of advice that you would give to an aspiring singer who dreams of moving to Nashville? In your opinion, what is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation?
ACTOR | SCREENWRITER - Andrew Manardo is pursuing a career in the entertainment industry as a PWD or Person With Disabilities. His particular "disability" is that his forearms and hands were effected genetically. However, that doesn't stop the persistent and driven young man from staking his claim as a legitimate, equal opportunity performer in this so-called beauty-obsessed and narcissistic profession. Andrew has spent the last year studying at the Playhouse West repertory acting school and his recent published articles can be read in the Act Now Magazine. Andrew is so thrilled to have just finished his first screenplay and it is currently being shopped around town for production.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How can we encourage Screenwriters to write more realistic parts for physically challenged actors? What career advice can you give physically challenged people who want to pursue a career as an actor, but haven't because they don't feel they have a chance of being cast or hired in the entertainment industry? What Talent Agency or Management company do you know of that has booked manages physically challenged actors?
EMMY and CLIO AWARD WINNING CASTING DIRECTOR | AUTHOR - Stuart Stone is an Emmy and Clio Award-Winning Casting Director. He's been working in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years. Currently, Stuart Stone casts children and adults for union and non-union projects in: Commercials, Film, Television, Print, Reality Television, etc.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some questions an actor should ask a manager before considering accepting them as their representative? What can an actor expect from a legitimate talent manager? What does a talent manager do for an actor? What are some things and actor shouldn't think or expect from a talent manager? How can you guarantee a happy, profitable relationship between you and an actor? What is the criteria for taking on a new client?
CELEBRITY TALENT MANAGER - Ryan Glasgow is the Senior Vice President of Talent at International Talent Management Company Bohemia Group. Ryan is also a former child actor and recording artist turned Hollywood Agent in the 90's. Ryan Glasgow was part of the talent management team that signed celebrities: Zac Effron, James Franco, Corbin Bleu, Chad Michael Murray, Donald Faison, Thomas Dekker, The Sprouse Twins and many, many other celebrity actors.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are most of the things an actor should have done in their career pursuit in show business before they seek out a talent manager? In your opinion, what are 3 of the absolute best and worst things you can do as an actor? What is the biggest challenge most actors face pursuing a career in the entertainment industry? For a new actor moving to Los Angeles, what's the best advice they should be given prior to relocating?
FILM DIRECTOR | DISABILITY ACTIVIST - Dominick Evans is a Film Director and Activist in the disability and LGBT communities. A trans-man with a neuro-muscular disability known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy, he was the first person with a severe physical disability to make it through the award winning BFA Film program at Wright State University. Dominick's latest film project "Inamorata" is a period piece set in the 1960's that explores the relationship of a same-sex female couple and the trials and tribulations they endure. Mr. Evans often explores topics and features characters with voices not otherwise heard in mainstream Hollywood. For his activism work, Dominick was invited to the White House for the first forum on LGBT issues. He also started a regular Twitter chat, known as #FilmDis, which discusses both representation of people with disabilities in media (film/TV predominantly) and depictions of disability in media.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is there a Talent Agency or Talent Management company that specializes in representing or managing physically challenged Actors, Directors, Producers, etc? If an Actor, Producer, Director is physically challenged, what can they do to increase their chances of getting hired for projects? How can we encourage people in the entertainment industry to speak up and improve diversity in media?
VOICE-OVER ACTOR | NOVELIST - Bill Ratner is one of Hollywood's most popular voice-over artists on movie trailers, computer games, commercials, documentaries on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, Smithsonian Channel, the voice of "Flint" in the G.I. Joe TV cartoon, Robot Chicken, Community, and Family Guy, "Ambassador Donnell Udina" in Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3. His spoken word stories air on National Public Radio's Good Food, The Business, and KCRW's Strangers. Mr. Bill Ratner is a 9-Time Winner of The Moth Story Slams and 2-Time "Best of Hollywood Fringe Festival Extension Winner for Solo Performance." Familus Press just published his latest book about the business, "Parenting for the Digital Age" and they did a rave review about it in TIME Magazine.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Why are so many A-List celebrities doing voice-over work now when they used to avoid it like the plague? If you're not financially surviving as a voice-over union actor and accept non-union work, what will happen? Explain the royalty system of union voice-over actors? What are the pros and cons of a union voice-over actor and a non-union voice-over actor?
PRODUCER | ACTRESS - As an actress, Pat Patterson just filmed the season opening of the NBC hit drama "The Blacklist" starring James Spader. Pat is also an Award-Winning Producer. In 1992, along with two Broadway veterans, she formed Fleetwood Stage, an Equity Regional Theatre in Westchester County, New York. Fleetwood Stage had an 11 season run producing 4 main stage productions per year, along with children’s theatre andShakespeare in the Park. She's now turned her skills and passion for the art of producing to Pâté Productions, Ltd. As a member of the Board of T. Schreiber Studios, she recently helped in the creation of the studio’s first year long conservatory; a comprehensive professional training program designed to prepare dedicated actors for thriving careers in theater, film and television. She has also served on the Board of The Blank Theatre, "Hollywood's Resident Theatre."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What kinds of film projects doPâté Productions, Ltd produce? Do you accept script submissions? If so, what's the best way screenwriters can submit their projects for consideration? Your films are released onDVD/VOD, RedBox, Amazon and Netflix. Can you explain this process? What do you need to do to get distribution?
MODEL | ACTRESS - Jessica Lindsey Gilbert is an International Model and Actress. Jessica's modeling career highlights include: Home Depot, David's Bridal, Noscacharon. Jessica's recent film project include: "Prospectors," "Spoken", "Winter's End," "Notice of Default" and her latest project "Jake's Journey."
ACTOR - Lauran de Winter is an actor originally from The Netherlands. He has studied at: The Actors Studio, The Actors Centre and The Actors Pulse leading to his appearance in a variety of television shows and film projects. Most recently, his television roles included: "The Chosen Ones" and "Complications" also in the films: "Spoken" and "Prospectors." Lauran is so excited about his film roles in 2016 entitled: "Jake's Journey" and "Golden Medicine."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: On-The-Set Etiquette. As an actor, what are some do's and don’ts when you're on the set? Besides working on the art of being an actor via classes, etc., what do actors need to also be aware of on the business side such as investing, saving, etc.? What do you feel are 3 characteristic traits needed to reach your goal as a continuous working actor?
ACTRESS | PRODUCER | WRITER - Eileen Grubba is a lifetime member of the world renowned Actor's Studio and trains with: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain and famed acting coach Allan Miller, who also coached Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, to name a few. Eileen has performed in Theatre, Independent films and Television. Eileen's credits include: Criminal Minds, Benched, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, ER, Monk, The Young and the Restless and so many more. Recently, Eileen just booked a role on the new NBC drama "Game of Silence" as the character Alice Ann. Eileen was so thrilled to work on the film "Wild Oats" with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine as well as shooting a few episodes of "The Red Road" for The Sundance Channel.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you tell us the differences in acting styles such as: Method, English Mask, Viola Spoilin, Meisner Techniques and how do you know which one is the right one for you? At what point in your career should you start your search for representation? How do you know when you’re ready? What should a new actor expect from an agent if they're asked to be a client?
WRITER | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER - Cevin Soling, President of Spectacle Films, is involved in the entertainment industry as: Writer, Director, Producer and Artist. Soling directed and produced, "The War On Kids," winner of the Best Educational Documentary award at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. The film demonstrates how American public schools have become modeled after prisons in response to fear and a burgeoning intolerance of youth. It is currently airing on the Documentary Channel. It has received accolades from: The New York Times, Variety and The Huffington Post. In addition, the film was featured on national television along with an interview on The Dr. Nancy Show on MSNBC and Soling was the featured guest on The Colbert Report. Soling was Executive Producer of the independent feature "Relax, It's Just Sex" starring Jennifer Tilly and Lori Petty, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was seen on HBO and Showtime. Cevin Soling also has a ton of other projects that have been produced, are in production and development.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is crowdfunding the best way to raise money for a film? If not, is there a better way? Who should use Crowd Funding campaigns? What's the hardest thing about being a documentary producer, director? What things should you absolutely avoid doing if you’re pursuing a career as an documentary producer?
VOICE OVER ACTOR | EDITOR - Have you seen the hit television show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and possibly remember that episode with the video game everyone got addicted to called "Kwazy Cupcakes?" Well, they actually MADE the game and Trevor Jones is the whacky voice on the game! In case that doesn't ring a bell, chances are you've definitely heard his voice on national TV spots for HUGE movies such as: Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cars 2, Captain America, SpiderMan 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Wreck It Ralph and many, many others. He's also the voice of a Muppet's campaign featuring 50 spots currently airing on Disney Jr. His additional work includes commercials for: Coke, SAP, Sylvan Learning Centers, Rogaine and Pepsi.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is a scratch voice over? Who do you recommend for the best VO training? Can you ever make millions of dollars being a voiceover actor? Is it true that most of the jobs that VO actors get are by word-of-mouth? If so, how do you get into the fold or clique, so to speak? Can you tell us about any websites that offer work for VO actors?
ACTRESS | SINGER | WRITER - Shanaya Fastje is an actress, singer and writer. A victim of bullying, Shanaya decided to write a book entitled "Bully in the Mirror" to give children, parents and educators the tools to deal effectively with bullying. Thanks to her ongoing tour to schools and community centers, Shanaya has created a movement that has brought anti-bullying efforts to the forefront. Her efforts have led her to speak out about bullying on the television shows: "Good Day LA" "KCBS News" and CBS's "The Jeff Probst Show." Recently, Shanaya started recording an album with two songs under consideration for films and television shows. She is writing her first novel, a science fiction story and will be starring in her own Web Series called "M.D. Squared," about the current teen problems.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can you do as a student to report bullying without the reprecussions of the attacker knowing it was you and risk the repeat rage? What can kids do to protect themselves? How will your book help others who are being bullied? Do you provide technicques to prevent bullying before it begins? What are some things you can do to avoid being bullied?
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - Drawing from a rich pool of established talent in both the film and music industry, American music icon Willie Nelson put together a creative team to form independent film production company Luck Films who includes: Willie Nelson, Kerry Wallum, Norman Macera, Scott McCauley and David Von Roehm. Luck Films produces 3 to 5 feature films a year and has also branched out into producing musical specials, documentary films for television and subscription internet streaming.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is crowdfunding the best way to raise money for a film? Who should use Crowd Funding campaigns? What are some things should you absolutely avoid if you're pursuing a career as a Producer?
CELEBRITY MARTIAL ARTS MASTER | ACTOR | PRODUCER - Shuny Bee moved to the USA from Nepal twenty years ago to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Today, he is a highly sought after Martial Artist/Fight Fight/Stunt Coordinator/Actor with a 7th Degree Black belt in Taekwondo. Mr. Bee is also an International referee in Olympic Taekwondo, a national coach for Taekwondo and has a Jeet Kune Do Masters Degree. He has trained with the direct students of Bruce Lee, which include: Ted Wong, Dan Inosanto and Leo Fong. Shuny Bee is very well known, loved and respected in the film, television and commercial industry of Bollywood as a Martial Artist and Actor. Recently, Mr Bee produced and starred the movie entitled "Gorkha Protector" which was filmed in Nepal and premiered in Los Angeles. The goal of the movie is the help eliminate human trafficking. Because the film has received enormous amounts of positive feedback, Mr. Bee has begun working on "Gorkha Protector 2." Currently, Shuny Bee is working on another film by Leo Fong, called "Runaway Killer."
INTERVIEW TOPICS INCLUDE: Why should Actors add Martial Arts to their skill set? If you're on a low budget for your skills training, how do you decide which classes to take? When do you know you've had enough training that will get you through an audition and where you would feel comfortable enough to put the skill on your resume? How can we encourage more females to add martial arts training to their resume?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Pete Kennedy is an award winning singer-songwriter from Ireland, now based in Nashville, Tennessee. He was recently on the hit show "Nashville" which airs on ABC. Since his debut in 2010, Pete has won International music awards, toured extensively across the US and Europe and built an established, dedicated fan base. His career gained momentum in 2010 with the release of his debut single "This Time." The song was brought to the attention of CMA Nashville's president Lee Williams. Mr. Williams was putting together a series of live shows in Nashville for the city's annual CMA Music Festival and invited Pete to be a part of his International Artist Showcase. The success of his Nashville debut and subsequent album release increased Pete's profile and acclaim. He gained International recognition when he was nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the BCMA Awards in 2012, winning the album category for "The Nashville Session Vol.1" at a ceremony in London later that year. Since that time, Pete has continued to receive nominations from BCMA. Pete is currently touring in Ireland promoting his "I Am The One" tour and will be releasing a new album this year.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can a singer, songwriter, musician do to separate themselves from the competition? How important is it for a Country music artist to be based in Nashville? What advice can you give to Foreign singer/songwriters who want to come to America to pursue a career in music? In your opinion, what's the overall feeling among natives of Nashville of Foreigner's coming there to pursue a career in Country music?
COMEDIAN | ACTOR | PRODUCER - As a comedian, Jay Cramer has opened up for celebrity comics: Adam Sandler, Martin Lawrence, Drew Carey, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Amy Schumer, Whitney Cummings. As an Actor, Jay has appeared on: Desperate Housewives, NCIS: Los Angeles and was submitted for an Emmy for Grey's Anatomy.
Katy Sullivan set a record at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she set the American record in the 100 meters which still holds today. As an Actress, she's appeared on: My Name Is Earl, Last Man Standing, Legit and NCIS: New Orleans.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is there a Talent Agency or Management company that specializes in booking or managing physically challenged actors? If an actor is physically challenged, what can they do to increase their chances of getting cast in projects? How can we encourage people in the entertainment industry to speak up and improve diversity in media?
FILM CRITIC | EDITOR | AUTHOR - Betty Jo Tucker serves as Editor, Lead Film Critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews, writes film commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon, is the award-winning author of "Confessions of a Movie Addict and Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick" and hosts a weekly radio show, "Movie Addict Headquarters," on BlogTalkRadio. Using the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, Betty Jo and her husband Larry co-wrote "It Had To Be Us," an award-winning romantic memoir now in the early stages of film adaptation.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is there really such a thing as objective film criticism? Why aren't there more female movie reviewers? How do you collect information while you're watching a film? Do you take notes? If so, doesn't that affect your experience of the film? If not, how do you recollect factual details when you sit down to write your review?
NOVELIST | TRAVEL WRITER- Dennis D. Feeheley is the author of the top selling travel book "Travelin' Man: Across the Sahara and Beyond" which is the story of his 3,000 mile journey as a teenager hitchhiking 1,000 miles across the Sahara Desert, being one of the few Americans to travel unrestricted behind the "Iron Curtain" during the Cold War; as well his other exciting adventures to 50 other countries. Dennis is an in-demand public speaker with speaking engagements, seminars, radio and television appearances in the US and abroad. Prior to being a Novelist, Travel Writer and Public Speaker, Mr. Feeheley graduated from Oxford University, worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative correspondent and was the Founder and CEO of Primex International Trade Corp.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How would you describe the daily process of a Travel Writer? What education or skills are needed to be a travel writer? What is a common misconception people have about Travel Writers? Why is important for young people, especially college students, to see the world? What education and/or experience do you recommend before starting to write a Travel book? What are some of your top tips or travel advice for travelers who are looking to travel alone?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - Ally Iseman (Producer, Co-Creator), Christine Moore (Producer, Co-Creator) and Puppett (Director) are the power team behind the controversial, thought-provoking and sure-to-be award winning short film entitled "Wedlocked" that is currently in development. This is a dark comedy short that deals with marriage equality through the lens of divorce inequality. Inspired by true stories, it follows the character "Sydney" as she is forced to make the decision between remaining in a state of a "loveless marriage" or to move away from her son and a great job to another state that recognizes "marriage equality" in order to fulfill residency requirements for a divorce. The guests will also provide a lot of must have career tips and advice about how to pursue your dream job in show business as an: Actor, Producer, Director.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can I do as an actor to be more memorable to a Producer, Director, Agent? What steps can I take to begin building a successful career as an: Actor, Director, Producer? Why do I have to focus so much on the business side of being an Actor?
TALENT MANAGER - Michael Nicklin is the Founder of Los Angeles based, Vortexian Talent Management. Vortexian is a boutique talent management company providing strategic career management and development to entertainment artists at varying stages of their careers. Mr. Nicklin, a former Actor,Talent Agent and Talent Agency owner who brings decades of experience from both inside and outside the industry for the best development of an artist's brand, business and well-being.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What type of clients do you currently represent? Do you represent Union and Non-Union Actors? What are the daily duties of a Talent Manager? What are the daily duties of an Agent? Explain why you can't be an Agent, Talent Manager and Actor at the same time?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | SCREENWRITER - Jennifer B. White is a Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Novelist and a former Tagline Writer for Universal Pictures. Her latest feature film project is a supernatural-themed film entitled "Mary Loss of Soul" which also marks her directorial debut. The stars include: Jose Zuniga (Twilight), Kaylee Bryant and Nick Mancuso (Under Siege). "Mary Loss of Soul" will premiere in theaters March 2015 from Shoreline Entertainment and OakIvy Productions.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are the duties of a Tagline Writer? As a Screenwriter and a Director, which should take precedence when creating a movie script? We hear all kinds of crazy stories about personality struggles on the set, what's the tug-of-war like between the Producer, Director, Actor while shooting a film? How can disputes best be handled to create the most harmonious set possible?
CELEBRITY THREADING PRACTITIONER - Ruby Nuno is the Owner and Founder of Prime Brows. Prime Brows was named one of LA's Best Eyebrow Threading Salons by CBS in Los Angeles. Known as an ancient Eastern beauty treatment, eyebrow threading has become a trendy phenomenon in the Western world. As a popular alternative to waxing, threading uses a cotton string, or thread, to twist and remove hair from the root, resulting in baby-bottom smooth skin for up to six weeks. This beauty treatment is quick, virtually painless and ideal for people with sensitive skin. In addition to eyebrow threading, Prime Brows offers affordable threading classes, which makes Ruby's brand very distinct as it is only taught on site by a few people. Prime Brows also offers facials and waxing. Ruby has worked in the makeup and skincare industry for 15 years and is an expert in the ancient art of Threading. NOTE: This is a profession to have if you want to be able to supplement your income and have a flexible schedule if you're pursuing a career as an: actor, singer, dancer, model, musician artist, etc.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Do you recommend being a Threading Practitioner to people who are pursuing professions such as: Actors, Musicians, Artists... to supplement their income? What other jobs can you branch off to from the initial position as a Threading Practitioner? What type of education do you need to become a Threading Practitioner? How much money can you make in a year part-time? What are the differences between getting your eyebrows plucked, waxed or threaded?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Miqael Persson AKA "Hicks" Hicks is an Independent Country Music Association Award Winner, a Nashville Universe Award nominee and the British Country Music Association's European Country Act of the Year. He is also an Award-Winning Songwriter from the south of Sweden, with multiple Gold and Platinum records to his credit. His rock-edged songs have been recorded by artists like: Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Giant (Dann Huff), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Little River Band, W.E.T. (Featuring Jeff Scott Soto), Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock and Grammy winner, Barbados. He has written with Nashville heavy-hitters like: Anthony Smith, Dallas Rogers, Dennis Morgan and Sharon Vaughn. His recent song ";Hayride," written by Hicks and Lasse Andersson, became Hicks' first official US radio single release on MTS Records. It reached #77 Music Row chart and #3 on New Music Weekly.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you tell us a bit about your journey from being a Swedish Country singer to being a Country music singer in the USA? In your opinion, what is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation? What are some things to be aware of before you sign with a record label? Do you think a Country singer has to move to Nashville to get their work noticed by the important record labels? If not, why?
PRODUCER | SCREENWRITER | ACTOR - Carl Petersen has a B.F.A in theatre and studied contemporary and Shakespearean theatre in London, England. Carl's written and produced eight short films and is currently writing two feature films. As an actor, he's appeared in television, film, commercials, web series, shorts and on stage and is a proud Upright Citizen's Brigade alumni.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Being a member of various improv groups such as: Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, Groundlings, Second City, what are the advantages as an actor to take these classes? What are some tips to memorization of heavy dialogue? What do agents and talent managers look for when deciding whether to represent you as an actor? On a scale of 1-10, how stressful is this career? How do you handle the stress?
ACTRESS | PRODUCER | WRITER - Eileen Grubba is a lifetime member of the world renowned Actor's Studio and trains with Martin Landau, Barbara Bain and famed acting coach Allan Miller, who also coached Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep, to name a few. Eileen has performed in Theatre, Independent films and Television. Eileen's credits include: Criminal Minds, Benched, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, ER, Monk, The Young and the Restless and so many more. Eileen has just completed the film, Wild Oats, with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine, and shot a few episodes of The Red Road for The Sundance Channel.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some things a person should know before they move to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actor? What education and/or experience do you recommend before you go on auditions? At what point in your career should you start your search for representation? What should a new actor expect from an agent? What does an agent expect from an actor client? It's not enough to just take acting classes; you must know about the business side such as: managing your money, marketing yourself via social media, networking at events, etc., from your perspective, why this is so important?
STAR TREK EXPERT | AUTHOR - Larry ";Dr. Trek" Nemecek is considered by most a "Star Trek" expert. He is also an: Author, Editor, Interviewer, Archivist, Host, Producer and Actor. Larry has a background in news and theatre, but it is ";Trekland" where he's worked for over 20 years. He wrote the classic ";Next Generation Companion" and the new ";Stellar Cartography" map and book set; worked on the storied ";Star Trek: The Experience" in Las Vegas and world tours, long edited "Communicator Magazine," writes in "Star Trek Mag Today" and played "Dr. McCoy" in two episodes of Geekie Award-winning ";Star Trek Continues" online. His ";Trekland" blog of vidchats and ";Trekland On Speaker" re-mastered interview CD's, bridge "Star Trek" (old and new) as does his documentary project, the 1982 meltdown-turned-miracle ";Con of Wrath." A convention guest worldwide, Larry now helps back other projects too, like the new ";Enterprise in Space" student science/sci-fi homage space orbiter.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: In 1994 both you pitched and sold a script ("Reflections") for the yet to air ";Star Trek Voyager" which ended up later being updated and renamed "Prophecy" and used in the last season of ";Voyager." For all our writers listening, can you please tell us about your pitch and sell process of that script? What sets "Star Trek" apart from other sci-fi and fantasy series out there? For the longest time it was accepted that "Star Trek" never did well -- ratings-wise. But recently, it's surfaced that ratings weren't the real reason. What do you think the most likely reason was at that time? Was it political?
CHILD ACTRESS - Olivia "Livvy" Stubenrauch is best known for her adorable and mischievous voiceover role as "Young Anna" in Disney's animated feature film "Frozen" which Won 2 Oscars, Won 54 Other Awards and had 42 Nominations. Livvy began modeling at age of 5 and caught the acting bug at age 6. She's had a very successful first pilot season landing the roles of: "Jenna" in the viral video; "Get The Guy: Kids Talk Dating Problems" "Little Girl" and "The Labyrinth." This interview provides excellent career advice for both parents and children who are considering a career for their child professionally in show business.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you think are some concerns that child actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? What are some pet peeves about auditions or the casting process from a child's perspective? What do you think a child actor should be doing to start building a successful career? What do you have to do as a parent to discover and build your child's branding? What's the way for parents to help their child actor network and market their skills?
CASTING DIRECTORS - Successful actors have agents, managers and publicists to help guide their careers. Until now, no classes, workshops or programs have provided that guidance to actors who are just launching their careers. College To Career Acting was formed by two successful casting directors, Wendy Kurtzman and Caroline Liem who have 35 years of collective experience in theatre, film and television. Their focus is to fill the void of the two areas and time periods of an young actor's career that is being under served: From High School To College - From College To Show Business.
Their objective of College To Career Acting is to get young actors to start thinking about crafting their careers - to help them get into the college of their choice, stay pro-active during college and then help with the transition into the entertainment business.
As casting directors and coaches, with personal knowledge from both sides of the acting process, CTCA will help you identify and create a personalized game plan geared to get you from where you are to where you want to be, from College To Career.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do your classes on college to career acting cover and why should students take your classes over going to just plain old casting director workshops, acting classes, etc? What are some of the mandatory things an actor needs to know that they don't get from their acting classes at college? On your website you state that successful actors have agents, managers and publicists to help guide their careers. How did they achieve their success without having the guidance and knowledge that you both now offer?
COUNTRY, POP, FOLK, ROCK DUO - "Connecting Stars" is a South African Country/Pop/Folk/Rock Duo featuring Cheryl and Martin Engel. They have been performing together over 10 years. Hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies form the backbone of the "Connecting Stars" experience. You will hear guitar and piano intertwined with strains of the glockenspiel, ukulele, harmonica and mandolin. Cheryl Engel draws on both painful and joyful life experience to craft poetry that forms the lyrical basis of their memorable songs. Martin and Cheryl's years of musical experience and intuitive interaction make for unforgettable live performances.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the reasons one should and shouldn't pursue a career as a musician/vocalist? If you are at the point where you just aren't making money no matter how hard you try, owe a lot of debt, sleeping on your friends couches, floors, etc., what can you do to change your situation? When you're performing, what can you do you keep an audience engaged and excited?
STAR TREK CONTINUES | PRODUCER | SCREENWRITER | ACTOR - What happens when you throw a rag-tag team of entertainment professionals, who also happen to be HUGE Star Trek fans, together? One of the most acclaimed fan-produced Star Trek (TOS) web series ever created entitled "Star Trek Continues" starring Vic Mignogna, Michele Specht and a whole cast of super talented actors and crew. This fan production is aimed at completing the final two years of the original 5-year mission. Vic plans to continue to raise the bar in the quality of the stories and overall production of this new fan-based series and it will feature some of the original actors on Star Trek as well as various celebrity guest stars.
VIC MIGNOGNA - Vic has been in countless professional stage and film productions, but perhaps is best known as a prolific voice actor for over two hundred animated series and video games including: Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragonball Z, Pokemon and many more. As a young boy, Vic fell in love with Star Trek and is realizing his boyhood dream to play the role of Captain Kirk..
MICHELE SPECHT - In addition to her role as the Enterprise's first ship's counselor, Dr. Elise McKennah, Michele is known to Sci-Fi fans as bounty hunter Red in Fallout: Nuka Break, and as Betty the Manipulation Core in the Portal-based Aperture R&D. Although she started her career with classical training - earning degrees in both Theater and Classical Music - she began her Los Angeles career in sketch comedy. While currently making a living in TV and film appearances, voice acting, and commercials, she first spent 10 years creating and performing original characters, sketches, musicals, and short films all over LA and beyond - including the HBO Comedy Workspace and multiple comedy festivals.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: I've heard that your sets are the most accurate of several replicas out there. How did you manage to recreate the sets with such precision? For an independent series production, you guys have a really short turnaround time from production to release -- how do you post produce your episodes so quickly? Where is STC filmed? Do you send out a casting notice for new characters?
CELEBRITY REALITY STAR - Kelly Hyland is arguably the favorite celebrity mom on the hit reality television show "Dance Moms" which airs on the LifeTime Channel. Kelly is mother to Brooke Hyland, Paige Hyland who also starred on the show as well as mother to Josh Hyland who was on the show for one episode. "Dance Moms" is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company. The show follows the early careers of children in dance and show business, as well as the participation of their mothers. The show highlights the trials and tribulations of the children's careers, but also the personal drama of the mothers; who are often in fights with each other and their teacher, Abby Lee Miller because of the high anxiety and pressure that takes it toll as they each struggle to make sure their daughter and student is the very best in the dance world.
CELEBRITY AWARD-WINNING HOST - Scott Nevins is an award-winning host, TV & Radio Personality, Celebrity Interviewer, Lifestyle Expert and Comedian. Currently, Scott can be seen starring in Bravo's popular new series, ";The People's Couch." This show enters the living rooms of households and films real people, including some "Bravolebrities" watching and commenting on popular shows and news from the past week. Scott formally appeared on the hit show, "truTV Presents: World's Dumbest…" He has hosted hundreds of live events, has performed his acclaimed solo shows to sold-out audiences across the country, and has worked on stage with some of the biggest stars, including opening for: Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft (Liza Minelli's Sister) and more. Scott has won an Out There Award, and was most recently honored as the recipient of the 2014 Silver ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation for his appearance in a PSA for Desert AIDS Project; has been nominated for an HX Award, Glammy Award and MAC Award. He was also chosen by New York Magazine in their ";Best of New York" issue, and has been featured on the cover of Instinct Magazine in recent years.
ACTRESS | WRITER | PRODUCER | AUTHOR - Mara Purl played the character Darla Cook on soap opera Days of Our Lives. This led to her to create her own soap opera for radio called "Milford-Haven USA" which became the first American radio serial broadcast by the BBC with an audience of millions. Mara Purl was a journalist for: Associated Press, Financial Times of London and Rolling Stone Magazine among others. She is co-author of the book "Act Right" with television icon Erin Gray. Marla Purl is a best-selling author with 23 literary awards to her credit. Marla Purl is the sister of multi-talented actress, Linda Purl.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some pros and cons of being a soap opera actor? It seems like once an actor gets cast on a soap opera, if they're not written off, they can stay on the show for 30 years or longer. What's the continued interest in playing a role for that long? What's the appeal in general being on a soap opera rather than pursuing jobs in film, theatre, sitcoms night-time drama?
"STAR WARS" R2-D2 CREATOR | ROBOTIC SFX ENGINEER - Anthony Dyson is the robotic designer behind the beloved, iconic character "R2-D2" in "Star Wars." The versatile Emmy nominated film SFX supervisor is also the creative genius at the helm of many of the biggest SCI-FI movies to date such as: Superman 2, Moon Raker, Dragon Slayer, and of course, The Empire Strikes Back. When it comes to robot technicians, Tony is quite unique.
Not only is he responsible for building one of the most famous robots ever, R2-D2, he has also designed and built robots for some of the largest electronic companies in the world, including: Sony, Philips and Toshiba. You can find examples of Tony's creations on permanent display in one of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution. R2-D2 was one of the very first robots to be honored in the Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame. Anthony Dyson was also nominated for an Emmy for a Sony television commercial.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: JJ Abrams is using physical models, sets and props for Episode VII, and model shots have seen something of a revival in recent years with films like "Moon" and the recent tenth season of "Red Dwarf" -- where do you stand on the CG versus model debate? What were some of your R2-D2 design decisions that you're most proud of and which, if any, do you feel could have been better?
DIRECTOR | SCREENWRITER | PRODUCER | PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Linda Palmer has been making films for over fifteen years. She is the founder of Runaway Productions, a commercial and feature film production company in Los Angeles. Linda's latest film, a heartbreaking, provocative, gripping story entitled "Our Father" stars Michael Gross (Star of Family Ties) and Michael Worth. This fall, Linda is set to direct and produce, "Last Call At Murray's" written by Brian Beatty and Betsy Morris. Linda was was brought on board for a documentary entitled "Food Heals" by Allison Biggar where she will be taking the film into post-production and distribution in 2015. Linda is in development on another script she wrote and is set to direct, the coming of age feature, "Turnover" which she is co-producing with Eileen Grubba, Colleen Keane and Florence Regina.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: KickStarter and IndieGoGo are the two main crowd-funding websites that filmmakers use to raise funds for their film projects. What are the pros and cons of each? Some filmmakers ask for their whole film budget and some break it up into various campaigns for example: pre-production, production, post-production. What are the pros and cons for each particular way? What does a production designer do? What type of education do you need? What's the best way to get your first job as a production designer?
ACTRESS | SINGER | DANCER - Genevieve Mariko Wilson co-stars with Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) in the highly acclaimed short film entitled "Turning Japanese" which has so far won 16 film festival awards, including: Best Picture at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase in Cannes. Genevieve began her career at 12 years old studying ballet with her father who was an English Ballet Choreographer. Genevieve performed with the Shiki Musical Theatre Company in their nationwide opening Broadway production of "The Lion King" in Japan, as Velma in "Chicago" among others. Genevieve has performed more than 4,000 shows with Universal Studios in Japan.
SCREENWRITER | DIRECTOR - Paul Bickel's first short film was entitled "Marigold: Portrait of a Hooker" followed by "Hollow" which was shown at over 40 film festivals around the world and has won 3 awards. Paul's latest film, "Turning Japanese" starring Brian Austin Green, Zibby Allen and Genevieve Mariko Wilson has won 16 awards, including Best Picture at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase in Cannes. Paul has recently directed a few commercial spots for Fox Sports that aired during the Super Bowl pre-game show, and a Beats by Dre spot that has been nominated for a Promax BDA Award.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of your pet peeves about actors at auditions or after you cast them? What can I do as an actor that would make me memorable to you and you would want to work with me again? What steps do I take to begin building a successful directing career?
ACTRESS | SINGER | SONGWRITER - Robin Spangler is an award-winning Actress, Singer, Songwriter. Robyn has worked in over 50 feature films which include: The Color Of Money, 3 Men And A Baby, Good Morning Vietnam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beaches, Dead Poets Society, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, Pretty Woman, When Harry Met Sally and so many more. Currently, Robyn can be seen the Warner Bros. feature film The Fortune Theory, the web series, The Prodigal Daughter and on the new pilot, Hungry, produced by Russell Simmons All Def Digital Network. Robyn is also known as one of the darlings of cabaret, performing at international venues and extensively across the US.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What advice do you have for people who want to follow their dream of being a actress/singer? What do you think the secret is to maintaining your focus when your pursuing a career as a actress/singer? When does a actress/singer know when they're ready to seek out an agent or manager for representation?
CHILD ACTOR - Kyle Red Silvestein is co-starring with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in Warner Brothers latest comedy feature film, ";Blended" coming out Memorial Day weekend of 2014. Kyle portrays the character of Tyler Reynolds, Drew Barrymore's son. Kyle began his career at age two, when he landed a job with Baby Style Magazine. Kyle has appeared in more than twenty commercials: Apple Computer, Eggo Waffles, McDonald's, Volkswagen and numerous others. Kyle is best known for his portrayal of Ethan Dawson in Grey's Anatomy. Kyle's many other credits include: Happy Endings, Cold Case and his breakthrough role as Jona on the mega hit television show, House.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some concerns child actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? What are some pet peeves about auditions or the casting process in general from a child's perspective? What do you think a child actor should start doing to build a successful career? What can I do to protect my children psychologically, emotionally, physically and especially on a business level?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Marshall Dane is known for his infectious blend of country and rock. His music is Country by definition, but fueled by rock and roll and infected with a watermelon-sized helping of hope, love and salvation. Marshall's new album, "One Of These Days" is driven by a swirling blast of fabulous melodies that gives you a real country rush. The album was nominated at the CMAO Awards in several categories including: "Album Of The Year" and "Male Artist" for the title track ";One Of These Days." Another song off of the same album entitled ";Alcohol Abuse" is blowing up the airwaves and has tongues wagging and toes tapping, it's a real feel-good song.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some things you need to know if you decide to pursue a career in the country music business? What is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation? How does one approach writing a country love song versus a pop love song?
EXECUTIVE CAREER & LIFE COACH - theperformancegroup.us is the Owner/Founder of The Performance Group. Mr. Landi has excelled at careers that combined both science and personal growth for over twenty-five years. The Performance Group uses the "SPARTAN" Paradigm, their signature system for personal development; distilled into seven key elements: "S" - SIGNIFICANCE - brings about our greatest contribution in life: it is when we are living out our true self and we are experiencing prosperity and are significantly helping others. "P" - PASSION - is the fire that drives action. It's risky, adventurous, and at times – unpredictable. When passion is free from ego, it can be unleashed completely to make its mark in the world. "A" - AUTHENTICITY - is putting your true self forward consistently, opening the door to rewarding and high performing relationships. "R" - RELEVANCE - is when our passionate and authentic self has found a place to be nurtured and to thrive. It often is accompanied by compensation and reward. "T" - TRUST - is the life-blood of high performing relationships, built through transparency and mutual respect. "A" - ASSESSMENT - is where the science in personal transformation happens. Its where we mix in objective, quantifiable data to measure performance for progress. As the truth ";sets us free", so then will the numbers give us a reliable benchmark to quantify results. "N" - NO REGRETS - is our mindset at The Performance Group. It's about moving away from regret and moving toward fulfillment by creating and completing these high value experiences and expeditions.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: At what point in my life should I consider hiring a life or executive career coach? How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values? How does one find the most compatible life or career coach for their needs?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Amy Rose is an award winning singer, songwriter and producer from Ontario, Canada. She is the 2014 International Music and Entertainment Association's "Country Entertainer of the Year," as well as winning an Independent Country Music Association Award and a Nashville Universe Award. Her first three single releases in the US have all earned Top 10 status on the LA-based New Music Weekly Magazine country chart, with one single reaching #1. Her new single, "Country Crazy" has just been released and is blowing up the radio airwaves with glowing reviews. Amy Rose will be a performing at the CMA (Country Music Awards) in Nashville on June 5 - June 8.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What important career advice do you specifically have for aspiring female Country singer/songwriters? What is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation? Do you think a Country singer/songwriter has to move to Nashville to get their work noticed by the important record labels?
HORROR FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER | ACTRESS - Denise Gossett has been in the entertainment business over twenty years. Fourteen years ago, Denise started the film festival "ShriekFest" and it has had incredible success. Recently, she was voted number 5 out of 13 "Most Influential Women In Horror History." "ShreikFest's" media credits include: 2013 Movie Maker Magazine - "Coolest Horror/SciFi Film Festivals in the World," LA Weekly - "LA's Most Successful & Entertaining Horror Film Festival," 2011 Movie Maker Magazine - "Top 13 Film Festivals To Die For" and 2010 Movie Maker Magazine - "Top 25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee." As an actress, Denise has had many lead roles in feature films including the Mel Gibson movie, "Get the Gringo" and "The Last Ride" with Dennis Hopper. Denise's television credits include: "The Office," "The New Adventures of Old ChristineChristine," "Samantha Who?," "Veronica Mars," recurring role on "Zoey 101," "Drake & Josh" and so many more.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: The concept of the "Final Girl" (the girl who is usually the last living character in a horror film, especially a slasher film) has become so prevalent that it is considered a staple in the genre. Why do audiences empathize more with a strong surviving female character more then a male counterpart? How have the roles of women changed in horror over the past 20 years? Do you see a horror films veering away from the current Horror/Love Stories such as movies like "Twilight" anytime soon?
CELEBRITY RED CARPET HOST | AUTHOR - Sheila O has been called "Queen Of The Red Carpet" by many people, but most recently, it was put into print in an article for the "Shine On Hollywood" Magazine. Sheila has interviewed many film and television celebrities as well as major Grammy Award-Winners which include: George Clinton, The Supremes, Thelma Houston, Mike Epps, Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Paul Jackson Jr., Cuba Gooding Sr., Evelyn Champagne King and the list goes on and on. Sheila O is the most requested red carpet interviewer for award shows such as the: BET Awards, Black Music Awards, Stevie Wonders House of Toys, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Touching Lives Award TV Show, etc. Sheila is the sole owner of She-La-La Productions, The Sheila "O" Show, She-La-La Domestic Distribution and "O" Records.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are the do's and don'ts when pursuing a career as an entertainment host? What's an interview question that should be banned from all red carpet events? What's the most important thing you should remember when interviewing a celebrity? What 3 characteristic traits you feel it takes to make it as a celebrity host?
BROADWAY ACTRESS | COMEDIENNE - J.Elaine Marcos is a professional actress, comedienne, singer and dancer. Recently, she was in the Broadway revival of "Annie" as Lily St. Regis. She has performed in eight Broadway shows with her favorite roles being: Connie Wong in the revival of "A Chorus Line" and Cynthia (the ping pong lady) in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." J.Elaine's favorite appearance was in the film "Morning Glory" opposite Rachel McAdams and she will star in two upcoming films: "Before I Disappear" by Oscar winner Shawn Christensen and "St. Vincent de Van Nuys" by Theodore Melfi. Her TV credits include: Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock, Rescue Me, Royal Pains and I Just Want My Pants Back. J. Elaine also performs stand-up comedy around town and is in a musical improv group called "The Benettones."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How do you survive as a working actor in New York? Where's the best place to live? Get a part-time job? What do you feel are 3 characteristic traits needed to be a successful working actor on the stage in New York?
TONY AWARD WINNER | ACTRESS | SINGER - Daisy Eagan began her career at the age of two, playing a Bag of Wool in a preschool production of "Baa Baa Black Sheep." Eventually, she became the youngest female ever to win a TONY AWARD for her performance as Mary Lennox in ";The Secret Garden."
Recently, Daisy performed in NYC on the first national tour of "Love, Loss, And What I Wore" and as Snooki in "Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera!" ";Les Miserables" (Broadway), James Joyce's "The Dead" (Original Broadway production) and a whole bunch of other plays and musicals. Some film and TV credits include: "The Mentalist," ";Without a Trace," ";Ghost Whisperer," ";Numb3rs," ";The Unit," ";Losing Isaiah," ";Ripe," and ";Tony n' Tina's Wedding" among others. Daisy co-created, co-wrote and starred in ";Krystal Park", a soap opera set in a trailer park, pieces of which can be found on YouTube. Her two one-woman shows, "Still Daisy After All These Years" and "Daisy Eagan: Fuck Off. I Love You" have played to packed houses in New York City and Los Angeles.
Currently, Daisy is expecting more sold-out performances for her upcoming self-written one woman show entitled "One For My Baby" that premieres in San Francisco at Society Cabaret: Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th, Los Angeles at Rockwell Table & Stage: Monday, April 21st, New York at 54 Below: Sunday, May 4th with more dates to follow. You can help support Daisy's tour by donating whatever you can give on her IndieGoGo page.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can I do to protect my children psychologically, emotionally, physically and on a business level while they are pursuing a career in show business? Does a website exist that provides casting notices for just theatre actors?
ACTRESS | SINGER | DANCER - Joan Ryan is currently receiving both critical and audience praise in hit indie film ";Hot Guys With Guns." She has been called ";a mesmerizing performer who moves smoothly from larger-than-life drama to small, captivating emotional moments," by the Los Angeles Times. Rex Reed, of the NY Observer, said ";she can explore the nuances of a piercing ballad with the investigative talent of a forensic expert, then ignite a show stopping Broadway melody with the combustion of a freight locomotive on the Philadelphia Railroad." Her stage credits include: the original LA cast of the musical ";Ruthless!," the West Coast premiere of ";Anyone Can Whistle," ";Footloose," ";Triumph of Love," ";Little Shop of Horrors" among others. Joan is known for her recurring role as Tina Pallodrino, the crazy music and arts teacher on the long-running series, ";Saved By the Bell," and has appeared on-screen in numerous television shows and movies including two years as Kathleen Houghton, everyone's favorite psychiatrist on ";The Young and the Restless."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What advice do you have for people who want to follow their dream of being a actress/singer? What has been your biggest challenge as a actress/singer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
COMPOSER | LYRICIST - Curtis Rhodes began playing the piano by ear when he was five years old. After years of participating in choirs, bands and theatre ventures, he began seriously writing music while studying acting at the Professional Actors Conservatory. Ironically, his first foray into composition was incidental music for JM Barrie's play "The Admirable Crichton," which is the source material for "A Proper Place." Since then, he has written other works for the stage, including specialty numbers for various productions and the 1930's screwball musical "A Holiday in Hollywood" in which he wrote libretto, score and lyrics. He has also written many piano solos, choral works and pieces for chamber ensembles, most notably, ";The Amherst Cycle," a song-cycle using the poetry of Emily Dickenson. Based in Los Angeles, he has worked as an actor and/or music director with: Grove Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theatrefest, West Coast Ensemble, Western Stage, Cabrillo Music Theatre and Open at the Top. He has also been a member of the Academy Rep Company, part of the Academy of New Musical Theatre (ANMT), dedicated to work-shopping and developing new musicals.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the secret is to maintaining your focus when your pursuing a career as a composer? What is the difference between the job of a musical director and a composer? What are some jobs in the music industry for composers/writers? How is music chosen for television and film?
POP SINGER | DANCER | ACTOR | MODEL - Sean Van Der Wilt was the last artist signed to Lou Pearlman, the boy band impresario who discovered the bands "NSYNC" and "The Backstreet Boys." Sean has been dubbed ";the most underrated triple threat of the decade" by VIBE Magazine. Sean was a dancer for "Michael Jackson," "Whitney Houston," "Beyonce" "Usher" and so many more celebrity performers." He has starred in movies like "Burlesque" and most recently, made television appearances on: NBC's "Parks and Recreation," "The Voice" and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Sean is set on the path to stardom in the pop world with the release of his single "SWC" featuring Mark Cole, which includes the controversial music video and his soon to be released second single "Doctor."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What was it like working with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Usher? What tips can you give people on how to manage their time if they're pursuing a career in the entertainment industry that entails using multiple talents? When you're at the point of hiring a team to support your career goals, what do you look for in each person?
CELEBRITY BOOKING COACH | MULTI-AWARD WINNING ACTRESS | AUTHOR - Amy Lyndon is one of Hollywood's top celebrity booking coaches. Amy believes it's not just about coaching students how to act, but also teaching them how to be business people and get booked. She has over forty films to her credit, has starred in over thirty TV shows, has appeared on stage, both doing stand-up comedy and theater. Amy was also a Personal Manager for nine years and has been an International Booking Coach for close to twenty years. She created The Lyndon Technique and wrote the book "A 15 Guideline Map to Booking." Some of her success stories include: Adam Brody (The O.C.), Denise Vasi (Single Ladies), Nadine Velazqez (Major Crimes) and Daytime Emmy Winner, Christel Khalil (The Young and The Restless). Amy has also worked with Taylor Armstrong from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some tips that guarantee booking an acting job? What characteristic traits do think it takes to become an award-winning actor? What are some great business habits to get yourself on the right financial track? How do you get actors to realize that they are entrepreneurs and need to focus on the business aspect of their career as well as the acting portion?
MODEL | ACTOR | POP SINGER | SONGWRITER - Nik Miles is a American-Swedish pop singer, songwriter, actor, model and a former member of the incredibly talented pop group 4U, formed by vocal producer/writer Mary Brown, who has worked with Destiny's Child and Danity Kane. Nik taught himself to play five instruments, but considers his strongest to be the piano. He has been creating and performing music as well as acting on various TV shows, film and Theatre in New York. Recently, Nick released two singles, "I Lost A Friend" and "Beautiful People."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some differences in the music industry between USA and Sweden? What's it like pursuing a musical career in Sweden? What did you love most about being a musical artist? What do you like least about being a musical artist?
GAME SHOW CASTING DIRECTOR - Beverly Pomerantz has been a Game Show Casting Director for over 20 years. Some of her credits include: "Wild Animal Games, Ryan Seacrest (Host), "Family Feud," Ray Combs and Richard Dawson (Hosts); "Classic Concentration, Alex Trebek (Host); "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" Jeff Foxworthy (Host), "Don't Forget the Lyrics," Wayne Brady (Host); "Lingo," Bill Engvall (Host); "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host," D.L Hughley & Michael Ian Black (Hosts).
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the duties and responsibilities of being a Game Show Casting Director? I know each show is different and that requires different types of personalities, but are there core things that you look for in people when you're casting for a game show? What is the best way to guarantee that you will be chosen as a contestant? Why are the contracts that you have to sign to be on game shows as thick as phone books?
ACTRESS | SINGER - Irina Maleeva was born in Bulgaria. Her mother was a famous European stage actress who was directed in numerous plays by Constantin Stanislavski and her father was a General, now known in history as a hero who led the anti-Nazi movement in his country. Irina established herself as a child actor in Bulgaria and as a teen actor in Italy. At age 15, she was discovered by famous Italian film director, Federico Fellini and starred in three of his films. Irina also worked with Orson Welles and has starred in more than thirty European and American films. Her co-stars have included: James Mason, Valentina Cortese, Terence Stamp, Anthony Franciosa and Charles Grodin, Deborah Harry and Pat Benatar. Irina has also played recurring and guest starring roles on such TV hits as: "Days Of Our Lives," "Gilmore Girls," "The Bold And The Beautiful," "Pensacola," "Just Shoot Me," "Angel," "Heroes" and "Six Feet Under." Irina has a one woman show called ";Illusions" which is a live theatrical portrait of her extraordinary life. Interspersed between the songs in the show, she performs songs from her new CD ";Illusions" in which she recounts with humor and emotion, stories of her life that began in Bulgaria.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How were you discovered by Federico Fellini? What was it like working with Orson Welles? What did you mother think about being directed by Constantin Stanislavski?
COUNTRY POP BAND - "Western Avenue" is one of the hottest Canadian Country Pop bands to hit the circuit. The members include: Matt Williams, Nikki English and Keith Robertson. Their singles have been steadily climbing the music billboards and charts since 2007. The 2013 Ontario Country Music Association nominated them for an award as (Best Duo or Group) trio. Their first single, ";Highway Headin' Out of Town" was picked up by Canadian country radio in the summer of 2012. The release of their new single, ";Wherever You Are" from their February 2013 self-titled debut EP, is poised to take "Western Avenue" to new heights by introducing them to a worldwide audience of country music fans.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What characteristic traits do you feel it takes to be a successful country music artist? What are your methods to get sponsors or advertisers?
DANCER | CHOREOGRAPHER | ACTRESS - Sheri Godfrey is the CEO and Creative Director of "The Diamond Betty's" which is one of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented bunch of pin-up female entertainment groups. Sheri has always had a fascination with the timeless allure, culture, style and music associated around the classic pin-up girls of the 1940's and 1950's. This passion led her to create this mesmerizing female dance group which pays tribute to the women from those era's; from Betty Grable to the infamous Bettie Page. The Diamond Betty's remind us to continue to be proud of our beauty and strength and that being sexy is empowering. They perform for private and corporate events, birthdays, holiday parties, film and television, concerts and clubs. They specialize in everything pin-up as well as tap dancing, burlesque and stylized jazz.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are you most favorite and least favorite things about a dance career? What characteristic traits do you feel it takes to be a successful dancer? Can you give us some tips on how to maintain your stamina night after night as a professional dancer? As the CEO and creative Director, what are some of your duties and responsibilities?
PRODUCER | RADIO HOST | WRITER - Simon Applebaum has been covering the world of television for more than three decades. Simon used to hold the position as Senior Editor at: Cable World, MultiChannel News and CableVision Magazine. Currently, he is the Producer and Host of the hit radio show entitled "Tomorrow Will Be Televised" on Blog Talk Radio which attracts more than 40 million listeners worldwide. This radio show is all about television and airs "live" Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 PM Eastern Time and Noon Pacific Time. Simon Applebaum also writes "Tomorrow Will Be Televised" columns for: MediaBizBloggers.com and ShellyPalmer.com and the most exciting news is that a video version of "Tomorrow Will Be Televised" is under development.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What characteristic traits do you feel it takes to be a successful editor? What are the daily duties of an Internet radio producer in order to prepare for a show? What advice would you give other talk show hosts who want to have the upper echelon of talent in the entertainment industry that you have on your show? With the various ways to watch programs: Web Series, YouTube, Netflix, etc., what is the current and future state of television? What are the trends to watch out for such as: Smart TVs, Ultra HD, Multicast Channels, Video-On-Demand?
PRODUCER | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Laila Petrone was born in London and is of Italian and Dominican decent. She is the daughter of actress Iris Peynado. Laila began acting at the age of five and some of her notable performances have been in: Luigi Magno's historical masterpiece ";State Buoni, Se Potete," the role of Pina for Spike Lee's ";Miracle at St' Anna" and A damsel in distress for the popular Italian music video ";Guantanamera" by Banda Bassotti. Currently, Laila Petrone is working professionally as an assistant director and producer as well as working on her own Short Film which she will be directing this winter.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you consider the best, and the worst parts of the job as an Assistant Director? What's your process in deciding if you want to work on a particular project? What are some things to consider before accepting or declining a job as an Assistant Director? What would you consider to be the most important skills to have or learn in order to be a 1st, 2nd Assistant Director and Production Assistant?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - Armando Saldanamora and Nicole Wright are the dynamic duo behind a breakout hit web series "Progress" which is being called one of the most exciting projects to hit the Internet since "The Guild" starring Felicia Day. The web series "Progress" takes place in a parallel timeline in Victorian England which has an Internet, Sherlock Holmes is a hacker and Jack the Ripper posts his crimes on WikiLeaks. It's a A "Sherlockian" cyber-thriller with a game of riddles in which you the viewer can get clues to decipher the identity of the killer.
Armando Saldanamora is a screenwriter and a story developer who has worked on projects for: DreamWorks, Fox, The SyFy Channel and many others. He specializes in mathematical theories to find the perfect structure for a story. He has teamed up with Producer, Nicole Wright, to open a Digital Content production company that specializes in high production value web series projects.
Nicole Wright is an accomplished Producer who has put together quite a sizable variety of short and feature films. Her productions include: comedy, drama, documentaries, bilingual operettas and unscripted TV serials.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the best pitch to get sponsors for a web series? What do you feel is the basic foundation to a successful web series? What's the most you can hope for professionally creating a web series? What are the pros and cons of creating a web series rather than a short film? If you created a short film, say 20-30 minutes long, could you use that same short film and break it down into a web series? How can you monetize a web series? What are some of the basic steps in making a web series? In making a web series, what advice would you give to someone to same them from a potential disaster or unforeseen pitfalls?
COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST - Doug Briney was voted the 2013 Award Winner Of The Independent Country Music Association. Recently, his songs have spent eight months on the Roots Music Report chart; he's had International airplay and a ton of "Live" performances. He's now climbing the musical ladder in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, Doug signed with Tate Music Group; home to country legends such as: Lee Greenwood and Neal McCoy. In November 2013, Tate will release Doug Briney's latest CD entitled "Super Country Cowboy" which is a brilliant and heartfelt collection of compositions from some of today's best country songwriters.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: On a scale of 1-10, how stressful is a career as a Country music artist? What advice would you give to young kids who want to pursue a career as a Country music artist? What is the hardest part about being a Country music artist? What characteristic traits does a person have to have to become successful in the Country music business today? What do you feel are the pros and cons of the life of Country music musician?
ACTRESS - Mara Marini is best known for her recurring role as "Brandi Maxxxx" on the hit NBC comedy series, "Parks and Recreation." She will soon be starring on Disney's "Kickin' It" and shooting a politically-incorrect feature comedy this Fall. Mara has also appeared in a number of Indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called "Inside Dating" on Break.com
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What has it been like working on the set of Parks & Recreation? What has been the biggest lesson you've learned as an actress and being in the entertainment industry? What are the challenges of working as an actress today in Hollywood?
SENIOR MINISTER | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR - Dr. R. Scott Colglazier is Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles which is a progressive, arts-oriented church. He is also the author of the popular blog entitled: "Take A Breath". He is the author of several books, including his most recent work "A Dictionary of Faith." His work as a religious leader has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and The CBS Morning Show, as well as in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The New York Times.
Dr. Joseph Nadeau is the Artistic Director and Conductor of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Joe holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and a Master's and Doctoral degree in choral conducting. He regularly serves as guest speaker, presenter, clinician, and conductor for regional, state, and national conferences and music festivals. Joe has commissioned over one hundred new works and arrangements, produced eight commercial CD's, two DVD's and performed with Heartland Men's Chorus for over five thousand elementary, middle school, and high school students in special outreach concerts. He has taught at every educational level from pre-K through college. As an active member of GALA Choruses for over twenty years, Joe believes in the power of the LGBT choral movement to make this world a better place for everyone. He is also the Artistic Director of gmcla.org
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What kind of programs do you provide for low income members of your local community such as: help with housing, health care, education, free food, free clothes? How easy or difficult is it to raise funds to support First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and GMCLA? What inspires and excites you about your faith-based profession?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER | GUITARIST - Jiggley Jones is an Americana, Alternative Country singer, songwriter from Pennsylvania. His debut EP entitled "No Spring Chicken" is currently at #4 on the Roots Music Report chart and the two singles, ";Baby Blue" and ";Ain't That Alright" have received international airplay. The video for ";Baby Blue" has received more than 100,000 YouTube views, while the video for ";Ain't That Alright" has been seen more than 20,000 times in just a couple of days. Both videos have topped the OnlyLyrics.com video chart. ";Ain't That Alright" is also charting on the International Broadcasters Association chart at #80. Jiggley's music has been included on MTV network shows like the Dennis Rodman show and he has performed at CMA Fest, CBGB's and the legendary Bitter End in New York City.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: When do you know you are ready to get out of the garage and start playing in front of people? What's the best way to get gigs as a new band? What is the greatest strength and weakness of a band? When do you know when you should start looking for a band manager?
ROCK & METAL SINGER | SONGWRITER | GUITARIST - Xander Demos is signed to Rock N Growl Records for digital distribution and Dynasty Records for physical distribution. His debut album "Guitarcadia" was named one of the Best of 2012 by Hair Metal Mansion. In addition to fronting his own solo band, XDB (Xander Demos Band) Xander plays guitar for metal legend James Rivera of Helstar, Malice. Xander also plays with James in the east coast version of Sabbath Judas Sabbath, an internationally recognized tribute act. Xander is endorsed with top manufacturers such as: Suhr and McNaught Guitars who make the Xander Demos Signature model guitar (XD727.) He also has endorsements with Calfornia-based Rock N Roll Gangstar Clothing, as well as Intex Cables, Fractal Audio Systems, JH Audio in-ear monitors, Matrix Amps and many others. Xander has performed on albums by Liberty N Justice, Ged Rylands' Rage of Angels. Modern Superstar and others. He will appear in the upcoming metal documentary ";Hair I Go Again."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What's the best way to deal with the naysayers or negative critics who think being in a band as a chosen career is an unwise choice? What's the difference between a Rock and Metal musician? How do you get paying gigs in this genre of music if you're just starting out as a band?
PRODUCER | ACTOR - Hallie Jordan is a producer and actress with an extensive background in theatre. Hallie has a self-developed BA degree titled "The Ontology of a Performer" from Johnston College at the University of Redlands. She has studied abroad in Paris at the Sorbonne as well as in Arezzo, Italy, Salzburg, Austria and Nepal. Hallie has an alumni status at the comedy studies conservatory from The Second City, Chicago. Currently, she is starring in and producing several films. Hallie is part of an all-female inprov team called ";Ladies Like Tea" and has started a website called Womentertain.com that features stories about successful women in the entertainment industry.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: On a scale of 1-10, how stressful is an acting career? What advice would you give to young kids who want to act? What is the hardest part about acting? What characteristic traits does a person have to have to be a great actor?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | ACTOR - Leonardo Foti was born in Italy, but made Los Angeles his home five years ago. He is recognized as an international, unconventional and fearless artist who moves effortlessly between acting, film-making, musical theater, improvisation and writing. Leo directed his first film last year called ";Tipping Point" which was a major success at Cannes Film Festival. Leo is founder of Seven Waves Entertainment, a new film company Leo created in collaboration with his mentor, Marco Gomez. Currently, Leo is developing a project called "Extravaganza" which is a behind-the-scenes look at an LA cabaret club. It's a live show about a reality show within an episodic show! The buzz is that it's expected to be a break-out hit.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: In your opinion, as a new filmmaker, how can one earn a living and sustain their career? How do you get a distribution company interested in your film? What is the best way to approach a representative of a distribution company at the screening of your film? What do you consider money that is well spent and what isn't on a film?
FILMMAKER - Mark Bessenger is the co-founder of a film production company called Blakk Flamingo Pictures. Some of his most notable films are: "Bite Marks," "Candy," "The Last Straight Man," "Rhapsody" and "Quiver" due to be released in 2014. Mark has been featured in "Fangoria" and various other horror magazines.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How do you make sure you have all of the shots you need if you only have one day to shoot? How will I know when I should even attempt to do a feature? I'm so worn out from asking people for money to fund my films. How do I not grow jaded? What's up with the film festivals?
CHILD ACTORS - Bianca Buck and Tayler Buck are sisters blazing a trail towards the red carpet. They have only recently relocated to California, but have already been signed with a top agency and have a manager. These two talented child actor and models have appeared hit shows such as: "Private Practice," "CSI: NY," Comedy Central's "Key & Peele Show," "Tasty Time with ZeFronk" (Disney Channel) and various projects for BET. They have both done lots of national commercials for clients such as: Claritin, Kmart and Ameritrade. Bianca Buck's modeling career began at the age of three for Disney, H&M, Target and various magazines. Bianca also does voice-over work for Video games and Disney. Tayler Buck started acting at age of four doing commercial work for clients such as: Nike, Nissan and State Farm. Tayler's modeling career consists of clients such as: The GAP and Speedo. Currently, she is a recurring actress on a popular webisode on Black Box TV called "Kidnapped."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you think are some concerns that child actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? What are some of your pet peeves about auditions or the casting process? What do you think a child actor should start doing to build a successful career? How does a child actor know how to find and build their branding?
SINGER | ACTRESS | DANCER - Stefanie Selai is from a small southern town of Savannah Georgia where she grew up in the dressing rooms of her parents who were a part of the reputable City Lights Theatre Company. She was bitten by the acting bug after playing the role of Molly in a community theatre production of ";Annie" and continued to be an active participant in her hometown's theatre scene throughout childhood. At the age of 10, Stefanie spent the whole year doing radio jingles, public appearances and commercials. Upon graduating, she attended Savannah College of Art and Design. During her time at SCAD, Stefanie collaborated with London playwright, Tony Troy, on a musical entitled ";The Flute Player's Song" and she can be heard as the principal character ";Mary" for the American recording. Stefanie also attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, transferred to Los Angeles and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Theatre. Currently, Stefanie is pursuing a professional career as a Singer, Actress, Dancer. She is a member of a local acapella group called WestBeat.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the worst and best advice you've received while pursuing your career as a singer, actress, dancer? What are some jobs that you've had that helped you supplement your income?
DIRECTOR | SCREENWRITER | ACTOR - "After driving a cab in his hometown of New York City for eight years in his twenties, Eric Schaeffer exploded on the film scene with his debut film "My Life’s In Turnaround" which garnered rave reviews. His next film was a hit romantic comedy for Tristar called "If Lucy Fell" (Writer, Director, Producer, Actor) which starred: Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Stiller, Elle Macpherson and it is followed by a string of hit other films. Eric ‘s current film entitled "Boy Meets Girl" is a transgender romantic comedy starring transgender lead, Michelle Hendley and Michael Welch from "Twilight." It has generated much pre-production buzz from top sites like TMZ's sister site, TooFab.com. It's expected to be available for release in 2014.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What three characteristic traits does it take to be a successful producer? What is the worst and best advice you've received while pursuing your career? What are the basic steps to get a film made on a budget? How do you feel about using a crowd funding website such as Kickstarter or IndieGoGo?
SCREENWRITER | NOVELIST | ACTOR - Frank Ferruccio has enjoyed a prolific and extensive career within many sectors of the entertainment industry. He is a film archivist, screenwriter, actor and novelist. He has written two books on the the blonde bombshell screen siren, Jane Mansfield. His most recent biography entitled "Diamonds to Dust: The Life and Death of Jayne Mansfield" has been made into a film starring Hailey Heisick as Jayne Mansfield and will be released in 2014. Jayne Mansfield was the mother of Mariska Hargitay, star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Frank worked at Lagunatic Filmworks and had the great opportunity to work with rock musician "Joan Jett" of "Joan Jett & The Blackhearts" utilizing his skills to assist in the development and production of the albums "Naked" and "Sinner." Frank is the owner of Frank Ferruccio Enterprises which works within the motion picture industry to provide significant services to clients which include: film archiving, film preservation, entertainment management and freelance consulting with regard to client projects. Frank is also an actor and has appeared on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," TV Land's "TV Land: Myths and Legends," "Blue Bloods," as well as many programs for the BBC, such as "Living Famously" and "Arena Blondes."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What was it like working for Joan Jett of "Joan Jett & The Blackhearts?" What was it like meeting Mariska Hargitay? What were some of the responsibilities you had while working with Joan Jett?
PRODUCER | WRITER | ACTRESS - Some of Catherine Natale's career highlight's include working as an actress in "Burlesque" starring Cher and Christina Aguilera and the sitcom "Hope and Faith" opposite Kelly Ripa. Catherine Natale can be seen in the in the upcoming movie "Wheels" which is a gritty comedy about two handicapped vets. Recently, Catherine opened her own productions company called Maxpetals Productions and developed a web series called "Redneck Weddings" in which the stories are taken from her own experiences working in a wedding chapel.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: You said that your Kickstarter film funding campaign was a total flop and now you know what you would have done things differently. What do you feel you did incorrectly and what advice do you have for our audience on what you now think makes a successful Crowd Funding Campaign?
MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCERS - Benjamin Viele and Alexander Rodriguez are the co-owners of a multi-media production company called Sa Sa Productions. Ben and Alex are a couple of fun, feisty, very professional guys who love to bring together all of the elements necessary to produce top quality, very buzzed about events around town. By ";redefining the defined," Sa Sa Productions strives to provide a unique voice and style to each of their professional endeavors – changing the conception of the industry's standards. If you want your next event or personal social campaign to be the talk of the town, call Ben and Alex at Sa Sa Productions.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the pros and cons of owning and operating a multi-media production company? Is this a profitable business? What are some things you can do to keep a business such as yours relevant and thriving? What are the main focus areas of a multi-media business and what do you need to devote of yourself to each one? What would be some reasons to open a multi-media production company? What are the perks? What is the deep, dark side of the business? Is this an expensive start-up venture? What is the most you could ever expect to achieve having this type of business? What characteristic traits do you feel a person needs for this line of work?
INDIE SINGER | SONGWRITER - Brittany McDonald is making an impressive debut with her hot single "Notice Me." With over 100,000 views on YouTube, over 36,000 followers on Twitter & Facebook, it's no surprise that her music has been featured on Golden Globe and Emmy winning shows such as: "Modern Family" and "Guiding Light." Her song "Another Wanna Be" was featured on 8 million Sony MP3 players worldwide. With notable mentions from Arianna Huffington, who personally gave Brittany her own blog on the Huffington Post, and taste makers like Perez Hilton, it's evident that Brittany McDonald's music is speaking volumes.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the WORST piece of advice you've been given while pursuing your music career? How do you balance a music career with other obligations such as your mate, children, social life? How do you handle mistakes during a performance? When you're performing, how do you keep an audience engaged and excited?
COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER | SONGWRITER - Amy Rose is a 2013 Country Music Association of Ontario and 2013 Independent Country Music Association Award Nominee. Amy grew up in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where she began her singing career at the age of five. Her first public performance was in a singing contest at a local fair, followed by a series of singing competitions and has mastered the art of yodeling. Amy's first album entitled "One Special Girl" was released independently when she was only thirteen years old. Her 2nd album "The Last of the True Believers" was released in 2001 receiving lots of airplay and earning her the reputation as one of Canada's best young female artists. Amy continues to successfully inspire live audiences and Nashville has begun to whisper in this northern girl's ear. Her latest song entitled "Party Like A Redneck" has garnered rave reviews and will be one of the tracks on her 3rd album entitled "The Beginning" dropping October 2013. Another notable track on the album is called ";I Just Want You To Know" which is a pop-country cover of a song which was originally supposed to be recorded by the Backstreet Boys.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is your biggest piece of advice to aspiring singers who dream of moving to Nashville? Do you really have to move to Nashville to get noticed by the important record labels? What are some things you need to know if you decide to pursue a career in the country music business? What can you do to separate yourself from the competition?
WEBSITE: AmyRoseMusic.com | iTunes
ACTOR - This week our focus is on career advice from the perspective of the beginning actor. Our guest today is Jamian J. Blackmon. Jamian is a talented new actor whom I recently discovered from his YouTube video. In watching his demo reel, I felt he had a great amount of natural talent. I think that with his continued training, there is no doubt he could go on to become a superb actor known to us all. Jamian began his acting career pursuit in 2005. His first job was as a background actor on "Bring It On 4: In it to Win it." In 2008, he was cast in his first lead role in the film "Up In The Attic." In 2010, he was cast in "The Yard," directed by Nathan Zen-Sapien that was featured in the 2011 Garden State Film Festival. In 2011, he was cast in "Booley" directed by Christain Grillo which was signed to a distribution deal in the UK. In 2012, Jamian was cast in the film "Deer Crossing," that was distributed throughout the country being sold at different Red Box and Blockbuster locations. Jamian made the big move to California at the end of 2012 and landed a role in entitled "Color Blind," which is currently still in production. Jamian continues to attend acting and casting director classes. He is so honored to have been taught by celebrity acting coach, Tracey Moore.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: As a fairly new actor in Hollywood, what do you find to be your greatest challenge? What do you find harder to do out here, career-wise, than on the East coast? What types of jobs do you recommend to supplement your income? What are some things a person should know before they move to Hollywood? What three characteristic traits do you feel are mandatory to become a successful actor? What are some tips on how to handle your nerves before an audition?
YouTube.com | IMDB.com | Facebook | Twitter
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION - Kelly Gonzales is the Executive Director of The Mulligan Project. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities in Central Vietnam by providing special education, physical therapy and healthcare services to an under served and overlooked generation of vulnerable children.
On April 11, 2012, The Mulligan Project joyfully celebrated the opening ceremony of The Dien Ban Day Center. This is a school for children with disabilities. It is a full-service special education facility that not only provides sorely needed programs to children but also benefits their families. The Dien Ban Day Center is the first of its kind in the region and addresses a critical gap. Most of the children at the Center have either never been in school or were rejected after failing their first year. The Mulligan Project offers children with disabilities a tailored program where they can maximize their mental and physical potential. Please consider helping these poor children today by giving a one-time, small donation or sponsoring a child for $60.00 a month. Please visit their website for more information on how you can help.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What would be some clues that you may be a good fit for a career in a non-profit organization? What characteristic traits do you definitely need to possess to work successfully in a non-profit organization? What can one do to follow their dream career of working in a non-profit, but at the same time, working on being financially secure for retirement?
WEBSITE: The MulliganProject.org
INDIE BAND - "Val And Her Lovers" are a Los Angeles based band whose unique blend of Indie Pop-Rock, Dance and Soul has been compared to the likes of Florence & the Machine, Alabama Shakes and Tegan & Sara. The band consists of Val Macias (songwriter/vocalist), Patrick Simon (keyboardist), Steve Crane (guitarist), Henry Muehlhausen (bassist) and Matt Lesser (drummer). Recently, they released their first CD entitled ";Goodbye LA" which was mixed & mastered by the multi-talented Bryan Morton. Their next CD is scheduled for release in the Winter of 2013.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What Are Some Unique Guerrilla Music Marketing Suggestions? What's a Record Label Deal All About? How Do I Plan A Radio Promotion Campaign? What Are The Top 10 Reasons Demos Are Rejected By A Label? How Do I Get A Solid Fan Base?
REALITY TELEVISION CASTING DIRECTOR - James Karhu is reality television casting director known for discovering talent for television's most fascinating shows, including: ABC's ";Secret Millionaire" and the Emmy Nominated game show ";Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" An avid skateboarder and surfer, he began his television career travelling across the country in a green RV for the PBS and Fuel TV series ";Roadtrip Nation." Throughout that process, he spent 30 days interviewing leaders in the action sports industry, and discovered his true passion for people and their unique stories. His work can be seen on: ABC, NBC, Bravo, MTV, CMT, GSN, The HUB, OWN and online at Yahoo.com. To receive exclusive James Karhu Casting opportunities, sign up for our newsletter: JamesKarhu.com/newsletter.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Why have reality television shows become so popular? Is this a recommended path for exposure in the entertainment industry as an actor? What makes a great reality television star? Do you get paid a lot of money to be on reality television or anything at all? When you audition for people, what are looking for really? How about things that you don't want to see?
CASTING DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | WRITER - Stacey Tenenbaum is a casting director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. She has spent her career working in both casting and development. She began casting at 17 years old and then attended film school, followed by the MFA Producers Program at UCLA. She's worked with some of the top casting directors and producers in the entertainment industry on dozens of series and pilots. Some of her casting department credits include: "Frasier," "According to Jim," "Reno 911," "Parenthood," "Covert Affairs" and "Perfect Couples." Feature film credits include: "Marley & Me" and "Wanderlust." As a freelance casting executive at Nickelodeon, she covered their large slate of projects which included: "Marvin Marvin," "See Dad Run," "Hollywood Heights," "iCarly," "Victorious," "Big Time Rush" and "How to Rock." Stacey has just completed the independent feature "The Wilderness" and some recent casting credits include: "Egg Baby," "Tomorrow Maybe," "Possum Death Spree" and "Patrol," "Funny or Die" and "Prayer Hour" starring Jason Priestley, Megan Hilty, Gary Busey and Maureen McCormick.
Recently, she launched a production and casting company called Gib A Kick Productions in which she is focused on casting, consulting and developing film, television, and Internet projects. Stacey is also available for remote script consulting and private actor audition coaching over Skype.
WEBSITES: IMDB.com Facebook Twitter
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER | ACTOR - Leo Foti is the founder of a premiere Hollywood film production company, Seven Waves Entertainment. With several projects underway, including the recent release of the short film ";Tipping Point," Seven Waves Entertainment is earning recognition in International film festivals for its unconventional and fearless storytelling. ";Tipping Point" was the first film directed by Leo Foti and recently premiered at Universal Studios Launch Party for Seven Waves Entertainment. One of his upcoming projects is entitled ";Extravaganza." It is a TV and Live Stage show. Leo is currently accepting script submissions for future projects.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some unique ways to get funding for your indie films? What three characteristic traits are mandatory to survive in the entertainment industry? What are the secrets to working as a team on a production and keeping everyone happy and enthusiastic about the project? What are some unique ways to get funding for your indie films?
COUNTRY MUSIC PRODUCER | SONGWRITER | SINGER - Tom MacClear has written for or played with such music legends as: Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox and the band Concrete Blonde. He has written screenplays and has produced music for such television shows as "Californication" and "Caveman." His latest hit single called "Sweet Summer Days" sung by the multi-talented vocalist Rachel Quinn, is now available on all music websites.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: When you're touring, what is the best way to deal with stress? Do you have any advice on how to conquer stage fright? Do I have to move to Nashville to get my work noticed by the important record labels?
TOM MACLEAR WEBSITE: MacLear.net
CASTING DIRECTOR | This week our guest is Caroline Liem. Caroline is a casting director, audition coach and teacher based in Los Angeles. She has worked with some of the top directors and producers on over 50 feature films, television shows and pilots throughout her 15 years in casting. Her credits include: Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Anomaly, Assassin's Creed III, X2,The Perfect Sleep, Devour, Blade Trinity, When Do We Eat?, Boogeyman, Auto Focus, Silent Witness, Life With Bonnie, Two Guys and a Girl, Popular and VIP. At Disney Studios, she enjoyed working in both their feature and television casting departments overseeing such projects as: Gone In Sixty Seconds, Pearl Harbor, 102 Dalmatians, Gangs of New York, Annie, and Geppetto. Her highly acclaimed film/TV audition and text analysis classes have been taught throughout the U.S. both privately and at universities. She has cast indie films, studio features and television pilot/series for Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, WB, and Fox. You can see her latest casting on Nickelodeon's "Parental Discretion" with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: If an actor moves here from another state, what is the category delegation of money for his/her acting tools? What are some of the signs to look for to avoid getting scammed? What should an actor be doing to make the most of their day in their pursuit of a successful acting career? How can actors improve their chances of being seen by a casting director without an agent? How can actors get in front of you for an audition?
EMMY AWARD WINNER | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest is Mary Lou Belli. Mary Lou is an Emmy Award winner producer, writer and director. Her directing credits include: ";Monk," "Reed Between the Lines," "Second Generation Wayans," "The Game," ";The Wizards of Waverly Place," ";Sister, Sister," ";Girlfriends" and "One on One." The last two shows earned her BET nominations for directing. She is the co-author of three books: ";The Sitcom Career Book," "Acting for Young Actors" and most recently,";Directors Tell the Story." She also teaches part time at USC.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Do you have an advantage if you go to film school as a path to being a director? What does it takes to be a successful director? From a directors viewpoint, what makes a great actor? What would an actor have to do to make you remember them fondly? What are directors biggest pet peeves?
MUSIC COMPOSER | SINGER - This week our guest is Adonis Tsilimparis. After graduating from College, Adonis played in several pop and rock bands around New York City as a lead guitarist and singer. In the mid 1990's he became a staff writer for several years at a commercial jingle house called "Fearless Music" where he wrote and performed countless commercial ads. Many of his compositions could still be heard in advertisements for: Burger King, AT&T, Sprite and Pepsi. He decided to expand his career and began to compose music for other film and TV Projects such as: ‘Guiding Light,' ‘All My Children,' ‘CSI:NY,' ‘NCIS' and a numerous amount of reality shows on the E Network and A&E Network. He also writes music for cable shows and indie films.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are key tasks for Music composer? What are the top three skills that you need to be a successful Music composer? What is your process for writing a score to a feature film? How do you get your first job?
BRITISH PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest's are Matthew Hick and Chris Lumb. They have been writing and directing partners since 2007. They started out performing at a monthly comedy night. They soon realized they shared a love of the "Monty Python" style of films and began writing sketches and short films together. Recently, they wrote, produced, directed and acted in a follow-up short film to their feature last year called "Tuck Bushman and the Legend of Piddledown Dale" with "Tuck Bushman and the Demon Bitch Bags" and it has received rave reviews and won several awards. Their films are available to view on YouTube.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the ways you can get funding for your film projects? As Foreign filmmakers, how do you get Hollywood to notice your films?
WEBSITES: lumbfilm.co.uk and comedycheckout.com
TEENAGE ACTRESS - This week our guest is Lana Giacose. Lana is definitely a teen actress heading towards the red carpet path to an Oscar. Lana has booked jobs in film and television. Lana made her film debut in the upcoming comedy "She Is Not My Sister" opposite Kel Mitchell and Tristan Mays. She can also be seen in "Trust Me" opposite Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Clark Gregg, the writer and director. Lana was reunited with Rockwell and Macy, as well as Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Jason Isaacs in the feature entitled "A Single Shot." Lana will attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this January in support of another film she is in called "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" starring Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some fears teen actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? How does a teen actor know how to find and build their brand? What are some of your pet peeves about auditions or the casting process? What do you think a teen actor should start doing to build a successful career?
CELEBRITY CASTING DIRECTOR | PRODUCER - This week our guest is Valerie McCaffrey. Valerie has held the titles of Casting Executive at Universal Studios and Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line | Fine Line Films. She has cast over 80 films and has overseen several hundreds in her studio career. Some films she cast include: "Babe" earning James Cromwell an Oscar Nomination. She also cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema's "American History X" earning Edward Norton an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and the critically acclaimed film "Hard Candy" which put Ellen Page in her first American film. Recently, Valerie produced a film called "Lost And Found In Armenia" with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan; an award-winning cancer documentary ";Tumor, It's in the System" in which she co-directed and co-produced; as well as producing an award-winning film directed entitled "Neo Ned" starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. She continues to cast scores of films and is also producing many films. Her current film is "Pure Life" starring Vera Farmiga and Elle Fanning which is in the process of shooting in Los Angeles. Valerie has an upcoming film called "TAD"about Abraham Lincoln's younger son who had a learning disability.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the common misconceptions actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? How can an actor get an audition with a top casting director if they don't have agent representation? When a casting director asks ";what have you been up to lately" and I haven't booked anything in awhile, what do you say?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - This week our guest is Rob Williams. Rob is the co-founder of Guest House Films, an LA-based film company that is a leader in the niche of gay independent cinema. But, Guest House Films is not just a film production company, but also a distributor. Some of Rob's films include: "The Men Next Door," starring Bernjamin Lutz, "Make the Yuletide Gay," "Long-Term Relationship," "Back Soon," "3-Day Weekend" and all of his "Brief's Series" including "Black Briefs" which is the first compilation of dark-themed gay short films and it debuted at #1 on the website TLAGay.com Bestseller list! Rob was recently honored with an invitation to come to India's Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, where he was presented with a career retrospective of his work. You can find all of Rob Williams' movies on: Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon.
CELEBRITY CASTING DIRECTOR | ACTING COACH - This week our guest is Amy Jo Berman. She was the former Vice President of Casting at HBO for 14 years and has overseen the casting of over 150 films, mini-series, and series. She is associated with the production of of more than 150 Emmy and Golden Globe winning projects. Recently, she founded "Audition Polish" which is a membership-based audition coaching program. Using her 18 plus years of technical audition experience in the casting room, Amy has helped thousands of actors with her tele-classes, private coaching, workshops and seminars nail their auditions on the first take. Amy loves staying in touch with actors on social media. Watch her video acting tips on YouTube, join her Tips On Acting via Facebook and get her VIP event updates by signing up directly from her website: amyjoberman.com/vip
LIFE COACH | ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY - This week our guest is Life Coach, William Constantine. Dubbed ";a living luminary" by his clients, fans, and peers, Mr. Constantine is a growing force in the personal development and self-help movements. Because of William, scores of people across the globe have learned how to create what they desire in their lives; more happiness, love, health, and wealth. He is an empowering new thought leader helping people transform their lives by realizing that everything they could ever want, they already have; to get out of their own way; to release fears, doubts, and anxieties; to break free of the human conditioning, thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve them; and to surrender to the Infinite Intelligence within them.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How does one find the most compatible life coach for their needs? How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values? What is keeping people from living their best life?
INDIE ROCK BAND - This week our guest is Virago. They are an International Award-Winning, original, high-energy, female indie-rock duet band consisting Amy Schindler and Maire Tashjian. They're similar to the "Indigo Girls." Their new album, "Love Over Fear" is a follow-up to their debut album, "Here Be Dragons." The new 10-track album showcases a fabulous collection of eclectic, stunning tracks ranging from rock and reggae to blues.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you think the secret is to keeping a band together for a long period of time? How do you produce a CD of songs on a budget without sacrificing quality? What's the best recording software?
VIRAGO WEBSITE: viragomusic.com
AWARD-WINNING INTEGRATED MEDIA PROFESSIONAL - This week our guest is Jill Demby Guest. Jill is an Award-Winning Integrated Media Professional. She has interviewed entertainment icons including: George Lucas, Martin Sheen, Yoko Ono, George Carlin, film directors, producers, writers, cryptologists, astronauts of the International Space Station and many others. As a writer, producer, blogger, studio executive consultant and celebrity interviewer, she has extensive expertise in video biographies and behind the scenes documentaries for television and DVD releases for major studios. In addition, she has written and produced trailers, national TV campaigns and promotions for: Warner Brothers, Disney, CBS, NBC, ABC and Lifetime. For her work in public television, she was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How do you get a job as: Audio Book Producer, Post Production Supervisor, Editor, Celebrity Interviewer?
JILL DEMBY GUEST WEBSITE: jilldembyguest.com
NOVELIST | SCREENWRITER - This week our guest is David Reddish. David Reddish is the award-winning author of "Sex, Drugs & Superheroes: A Savage Journey into a Wretched Hive of Scum & Supervillainy." David has also written: Sycophant, Embellishment, Algonquin Hills and Leopard Messiah. David has won awards for his political activism with the Stonewall Young Democrats, as well as pop culture acclaim for his fashion design work ranging from grunge rock to Cyberpunk chic.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you feel are the biggest obstacles being a writer? What should your main focus be as a beginning writer? What jobs should you get to supplement your writing career?
DAVID REDDISH WEBSITE: sexdrugssuperheroes.wordpress.com
PRODUCER - This week our guests are: Nancy Criss, Nicole Criss and Jewel Brown. Nancy is Co-Founder/President of Nandar Entertainment and Founder/President of Stone Cold Pictures. Some films under Nandar Entertainment include: "True Legends of the West" starring Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon), Mickey Jones (Home Improvement, Sling Blade) and Bill McKinney (Deliverance, The Green Mile). Nancy's new production company, Stone Cold Pictures has recently produced the popular web series "Best Friends."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some do's and don'ts of being a young actor on the set? How important is it to get representation when you're starting out in the business as a young actor? What do you think your biggest selling points should be as a young actor?
NANCY CRISS WEBSITES: stonecoldpictures.com and youtube.com
ACTOR - This week our guest is Chance Harlem, Jr. Mostly self taught, Chance used prominent African-American actors such as: Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Will Smith as his role models. He read every book he could find on the principals of acting. By studying these great actors, practicing daily and dedication, he tailored a program for himself which he feels showcases his unique, distinguishable style. Chance has booked several commercials, music videos, shorts, independent films and was cast in some very exciting upcoming feature films.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you feel are the biggest obstacles of being an actor? What should your main focus be as a beginning actor? What jobs should you get to help supplement your acting career?
CHANCE HARLEM, JR WEBSITES:
vimeo.com and facebook.com
EMMY AWARD WINNING COMEDY WRITER - This week our guest is Brian Kiley. He has been a staff writer for Conan O'Brien since 1994. He has been nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and is the WINNER of the 2007 Emmy Award for Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series. Brian performed several times on ";The Late Show with David Letterman," ";The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," ";Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and so many more. He also performs stand-up comedy regularly at clubs in Los Angeles.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What does a typical day consist of as a staff comedy writer? What are the steps required to secure a job on a sitcom or late-night television talk show? Do you think being "Funny" is something that can be learned or is it a natural talent?
BRIAN KILEY WEBSITE: imdb.com
CELEBRITY ACTOR - This week our guest is Jay Huguley. Jay has appeared in some of our favorite television shows such as: "The Young and the Restless," "Brothers & Sisters," "Army Wives," "Drop Dead Diva," "Breaking In," "Medium" and "Alias." He has been cast as Will Branson, a real estate developer, in the 3rd season of HBO's hit series "Treme." Jay just finished shooting Steve McQueen's new film "Twelve Years a Slave" with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Paul Giamatti and is so excited to have been cast in a new film called "Joe's Mountain" which will be released in 2013.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you give us 3 characteristic traits that are necessary to make it as a successful actor? What is the formula for a successful working actor? What is the secret to getting along with other cast members?
JAY HUGULEY WEBSITE: imdb.com
DANCER | SINGER | ACTOR - This week our guest is Sean V. Sean was the last artist signed to Lou Pearlman, a boy band impresario who discovered the bands "NSYNC" and "The Backstreet Boys." Sean was a dancer for "Michael Jackson," "Whitney Houston," "The Pussycat Dolls" as well as in many blockbuster films like "My Week With Marilyn" and "Burlesque." His original songs can be found on soundtracks for films, such as "Bring It On Again: All Or Nothing." SeanV is about to release his new album entitled "The Doctor" in October, 2012. SeanV's first single "Shoulda" is taking the music world by storm. The music video has become extremely controversial because of its ending. It is part 1 of a "To Be Continued" video which will be out in October, 2012.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What was it like working with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and "The Pussycat Dolls?" What advice can you give a musical artist on a tight budget about how to make a quality CD?
SEAN V's WEBSITE: seanvmusic.com
CELEBRITY ACTRESS | VOCALIST | COMEDIENNE - This week our guest is Brély Evans. Brély is an actress, vocalist, comedienne and voice-over artist. She is currently the newest face of Jenny Craig and is a co-star in the new feature film ";Sparkle" alongside Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in her final screen performance. Brély is best known for appearances in the film ";Just Wright" starring Queen Latifah and the Internet sketch comedy series on YouTube, ";The Brély Show." Currently, Brély can be seen in the BET film ";He's Mine Not Yours" and ";The Cookout 2″ produced by Queen Latifah. Brély is very excited about her upcoming role in the series ";Tracks" being developed for HBO.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What are some of the difficulties of the acting business? Is it true that you have to change yourself in order to be accepted into the entertainment business? What is some advice that you would give to someone aspiring to become and actor? How do you determine your best and worst qualities as an actor?
BRELY EVANS WEBSITE: brelyevans.com
AMERICAN IDOL VOCAL COACH & MUSICAL DIRECTOR - This week our guest's are Peisha McPhee and Michael Orland. They are know as the "Dream Team" behind the scenes on American Idol. Peisha McPhee is an internationally renowned singer, vocal coach and mother of the multi-talented Katharine McPhee. As a vocal coach for Fox's hit TV series American Idol, Peisha is responsible for helping contestants deliver their optimum singing performance onstage and in front of a national TV audience. Peisha's students have gone on to perform on Broadway, star in blockbuster films and on hit television shows, and WIN American Idol.
Michael Orland is a Vocal Coach, Songwriter, & Arranger. He has become one of the nation's most acclaimed concert and theatre musical directors and holds the prestigious position of Associate Musical Director for the hit TV show, American Idol. A world-class performance and singing coach, Michael has worked on every season of American Idol, as well as multiple seasons of: America's Got Talent, and hundreds of Broadway Shows. He has trained and accompanied thousands of artists from: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert as well as very American Idol winner.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: How do you get superior vocal technique? How do you find your unique voice? How do you choose the perfect accompanist and material for auditions? What is the formula on auditioning like a star? How do you handle your mistakes during an audition?
CASTING DIRECTOR WORKSHOP OWNERS - Today our guest's are: Ayumi Iizuka and Doug Morency. They are the co-owners of Connect Studios LA, previously known as the popular, Signature Studios LA, started by Lynn Milano in 2004. Connect Studios LA continues the legacy by providing one of the best actor-run casting director workshops and agent showcases in Los Angeles. Connect Studios LA is a welcoming space of quality actors learning and networking with casting professionals in a clean, respectful and supportive environment. All of the actors are auditioned to ensure a consistent quality of performer. The new location, less than a mile away from the old Signature Studios, not only recreates the same warm, supportive environment as the original, but also has lots of free parking and free drinks and snacks for everyone. You can find photographs of the original actor's signatures that were signed on the walls on the new walls as an homage to the spirit of what Lynn Milano created in 2004. Check the website for the schedule of top casting director workshops available and come on down.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What are casting director workshops and why are they so very important to an actor's career? What are casting directors pet peeves about actors? How much money should you have before the move to LA? What kind of job do you take that fits your audition schedule? How do you pick the right headshot photographer?
CONNECT STUDIOS LA WEBSITE: connectstudiosla.com
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - Today our guest is Michael Akers. Michael started out with the usual on-set jobs of Set Dresser, Production Assistant, Assistant Director, Production Manager. Shifted his focus to development and spent nearly three years with Turner Feature Animation (";Cats Don't Dance") helping to research and develop animated features. The Warner Brothers buyout of Turner moved Michael onto the staff of Grand Productions, an independent movie development company headquartered at the HBO offices in Century City. He helped land the Ripley's ";Believe It or Not" franchise and worked in developing features for the likes of: David Bowie, Nicolas Cage and the estate of Andy Warhol. He also helped produce the Lifetime series show ";Intimate Portraits" of Heather Locklear and Jane Seymour. Thereafter, Michael moved into television production as the Executive Assistant to Martin Short on ";The Martin Short Show." This high profile position enabled him to take positions as Story/Research Assistant to Ryan Seacrest's ";NBC's Saturday Night at the Movies" and Anne Robinson's ";The Weakest Link."
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What are the 1-2-3 steps you should take when producing a movie? What is the best way to raise money to fund your film project? How do you select the film festivals to enter that are best for your film? What is the best way to get distribution? How long do you continue to extract notoriety out of your individual projects?
MICHAEL AKERS WEBSITE: michaelakers.info
CELEBRITY SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week our guest is the pop music icon, CeCe Peniston. CeCe remains one of the biggest pop music icons in the music industry. Known as one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play; scoring five major number one hits in the chart within three years. Her signature song ";Finally" (#5 in the Hot 100 and #2 in UK Top 75) became one of the biggest dance singles, selling three million copies worldwide.
Among those who have requested CeCe Peniston at private engagements are: Aretha Franklin, the Pope John Paul II in Rome at the Vatican (as a member of the gospel band, "Sisters of Glory") and the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, during both of his inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. She was the first foreign female entertainer to perform in post-apartheid South Africa.
CeCe's latest album ";Celebrate" remixes, includes music from notable DJ/Producers: Robert Vadney, Dmitry KO, Zaire and Bobby Drake. On Monday, July 9, 2012, CeCe released the first single from her latest official album and the song is entitled, "Dance With Me." CeCe is set to release her next single "Like You've Never Seen" featuring EC Twins via Spinnin Records, tomorrow, July 23, 2012. Her latest songs are now available on iTunes and Amazon.com
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What characteristics does it take to stand the test of time in the music business? What can you do to get the best exposure as a musical artist in front of the right people? What is the best approach to the business aspect of your career as a singer/songwriter? How do you know if you got what it takes to make it in the music business? What should you DO and NOT do when you are trying to get your work noticed by the right people? Who are the right people to network and market your music to these days?
CeCe PENISTON WEBSITE: cecepeniston.com
REALITY TV STAR | COMEDIENNE | AUTHOR - This week our guest is Fran Capo. Fran is a 15 time Author, Comedienne, TV Show Host, Reality TV Star, Spokesperson, Keynote Motivational Speaker, and Five-Time World Record Holder, most known as the Guinness Book of World Records "Fastest Talking Female." She has appeared on over 350 television and 4,500 radio shows worldwide including: Entertainment Tonight, Fox & Friends, The Late Show, Martha Stewart, Larry King Live, The Talk, The Doctors and the Discovery Channel. She has been a keynote speaker to Fortune 500 companies on every continent.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What are some creative marketing tools that will help us to use our creativity, imagination and energy to help our business sour to new levels in terms of marketing efforts both in traditional and online media? How do you get yourself motivated and stay focused while pursuing your career? What do you think is the best way to motivate our mind, body and soul to reach our peak performance? What do you think it takes to overcome self-imposed limitations and self-defeating behaviors?
FRAN CAPO WEBSITE: francapo.com
CELEBRITY BOUNTY HUNTERS - This week our guest's are: Art Torres, Anthony Dalton and Monica Aguery who are Bounty Hunters from a show premiering tonight at 7:00 PM (PST) and 10:00 PM (EST) called "Bounty Wars" which will air on The Discovery Channel. When a fugitive skips court and goes on the run, bail bonds companies are on the hook for the money. Hundreds of thousands of dollars could be on the line, so bondsmen like Jeff Stanley of Bad Boys Bail Bonds, hire bail recovery teams to track down their fugitives. The team that returns fugitives with the highest bail amounts will earn a $10,000 bonus. Three teams have five days to recover a long list of fugitives. But before they break down any doors, each team selects their targets.
The stories of the defendants are compelling and the crimes wide ranging, including felony hit and run, concealed weapons charges, meth possession, prostitution, forgery, identity theft, robbery, child endangerment, driving violations, and possession of tear gas. Each bounty hunting team – Team Chris, Team Adrian, and Team Art – have their own approach, one more strategic and outrageous than the next. Some of the defendants are pathological in their behavior while others just made poor choices, and each capture is an opportunity for the accused to face the charges and put the crime behind them. Which team strategy brings in the highest bounties? Will the women team members outsmart and outperform the men on their team? Should they go after easy cases with low rewards, or take a high-risk fugitive with the huge pay-off? It's an amazing and exciting race each week.
Discussion Topics: How do you become a licensed Bounty Hunter? What weapons or instruments are you legally allowed to use? Do female Bounty Hunters have to approach cases differently because of the obvious physical differences?
BOUNTY WARS WEBSITE: dsc.discovery.com/show-news/bounty-wars.html
SINGER | SONGWRITER | MUSIC PRODUCER - This week our guest is Tom MacLear. Tom is a world-class country musician, songwriter, producer and music consultant. His seasoned creative chops, ability to blend many musical genres together, extreme professionalism and great personality have led him to write for such celebrity greats like Brad Paisley and Annie Lennox as well as being hired to perform on tour with such great country artist's like "The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" and "Emmy Lou Harris." Tom MacLear & Ellers Green have a new single out called "Better Than You" which is due to be released in summer 2012 from their album titled "Ellers Green." Also, look for Tom's latest book of Poetry entitled "Inside a String" to be released late 2012.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: Where is the best city to get your start in Country music beside Nashville? Is there a difference between pursuing a career in country music rather than pop, rock, jazz or any other kind of music?
TOM MACLEAR WEBSITE: maclear.net
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest's are Matthew Hick and Chris Lumb. They are writing and directing partners who have been working together since 2007. They started out performing at a monthly comedy night and soon started writing sketches and short films together. Recently, they wrote, produced, directed and acted in their first feature length collaboration, a low budget movie called "Tuck Bushman & the Legend of Piddledown Dale." Their first dramatic short entitled "Our Only Defence" was accepted by IndieFlix. They are currently working on a follow up to "Tuck Bushman" and a short horror entitled "The Long Distance Relationship."
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What critical steps should be taken scripting your film? How do you make the most out of your money producing a low budget film? What are some tricks and tweaks in post-production of a low budget film? Film festival tips and more...
MATT HICK AND CHRIS LUMB WEBSITES:
SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week our guest is Vassy Karagiorgo. Vassy is a native Australian who was a successful songwriter for artists all over the globe under the Warner Brother's label in Australia. Her songs were chosen for several hit American television shows which prompted her move to America. Her latest album entitled "Beautiful Day" gave her an opportunity to work with some of the top music producers such as: Tim Meyers (OneRepublic), Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff), Richard Vission ((Madona, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga). The song ";Desire"; is currently featured on the Victoria's Secret‘s "Beauty and The Beach" commercial and in the hit movie "Cabin in the Woods."
DISCUSSION TOPICS: How did you make the successful jump in your career from singer/songwriter in Australia to a one of the hottest and in demand musical artist's in America? What do you need to focus on as a singer/songwriter to make sure you are on the path to success? How do you get funding for your musical projects? How do you balance your career between business and performing?
VASSY KARAGIORGO WEBSITES:
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER, ACTOR - As a filmmaker, Paul's films cross genres and combine quirky satire with action adventure, science fiction with heartfelt drama, and political thriller's with comedy. Paul mentors independent filmmakers around the country, helping them produce their own feature films. His latest feature film "Goliad Uprising" is a sci-fi movie which will soon be released on DVD.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What are the biggest problems facing independent filmmakers today? How do you constantly get funding for independent films? How do you maintain focus being a filmmaker when you are also an actor?
PAUL BRIGHT WEBSITES:
COMEDIAN | HOST | ACTOR - This week our guest is Josh Spear. Josh is a Comedian and Host at the famous "Caroline's Comedy Club" on Broadway in New York. In the past six months he's opened for comedic stars such as: Gilbert Godfrey and Richard Lewis. Josh has also been featured on: Last Comic Standing, TLC's Little Couple, The Early Show on CBS, in sketches on the ";Chris Rock" and the ";Conan O'Brien" shows. He is managed by Joel Richardson of Soul Joel Productions.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: Do you have what it takes to become a comedian? Types of job you can get to supplement your income until you book the big gig.
JOSH SPEAR WEBSITE: facebook.com/spearjosh
SINGER | SONGWRITER | ACTOR | DANCER - This week our guest is Ryan Adames. Ryan is a Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Dancer. He was a dancer on the national tour of "Oz, The Musical" which starred Aundrea Fimbres from Danity Kane and Thayne Jasperson from the hit television network show, "So You Think You Can Dance." Ryan starred in the feature film "Vampire Boys" which featured three songs from his debut album. Ryan Adames first single "OUT OF MY MIND" was released on iTunes and garned heavy rotation with online radio stations. His current song "BANG" is sweeping the nation with rave reviews. Ryan Adames is a music icon on the rise.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: How does a production company self-distribute their films? How can you get gay films into the mainstream commercial venues? How does a gay actor not get stereo-typed?
RYAN ADAMES WEBSITE: artistecard.com/RyanAdames
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest is Rob Williams. Rob is the co-founder of Guest House Films, an LA-based film company that is a leader in the niche of gay independent cinema. But, Guest House Films is not just a film production company, but also a distributor. Rob has produced an astounding four films in just under three years, including: "Make the Yuletide Gay," "Long-Term Relationship," "Back Soon" and "3-Day Weekend." You can find all of these movies on: Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon. Their latest film project, "Black Briefs," is the first compilation of dark-themed gay short films and it debuted at #1 on the TLAGay.com Gay DVD Bestseller list!
DISCUSSION TOPICS: How does a production company self-distribute their films? How can you get gay films into the mainstream commercial venues? How does a gay actor not get stereo-typed?
ROB WILLIAMS WEBSITE: guesthousefilms.com
NOVELIST | POLITICAL BLOGGER - This week our guest is Justin Samuels. Justin graduated from Cornell University and worked in financial services. Recently, he's written articles on the Occupy Wall Street movement that were published on the website: opednews.com and are also available to view on his blog. He has written and published two books: "Mother of Witches" and "Macchu Picchu."
DISCUSSION TOPICS: How to get your first book published? How do you go about selling your book online?
JUSTIN SAMUELS WEBSITE: justinsamuels-ny.blogspot.com
ACTOR - This week our guest is Benjamin Lutz. Benjamin can be seen in the heartwarming comedy film "The Love Patient" which is a madcap comedy directed by Michael Simon. Benjamin's character plays a roguish advertising executive that comes up with a crazy "I Love Lucy" idea in order to win back his ex. He is also in "Bite Marks" which is a vampire horror comedy directed by Mark Bessenger. Benjamin's character "Brewster," a truck driver, discovers he is transporting a truck of coffin-filled vampires! "Bite Marks" is a genre-bending horror comedy.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What should you do to prepare for a move to Los Angeles to be an actor? What does an actor new to LA need to know? What kind of jobs can I get to supplement my income?
BENJAMIN R. LUTZ WEBSITE: facebook.com/benjaminrlutz
OPERA SINGER | ACTRESS - This week our guest is Christina Linhardt. Christina has enjoyed an eclectic and versatile career as a concert singer, cross-over artist, actress and dancer, working steadily throughout Southern California and Germany. She is most known for her "Classics to Cabaret" act which was the headliner for the opening of the Grand Concert Hall Parksalle in Saxony, Germany and her independently produced solo CD's; "Circus Sanctuary" and "Voodoo Princess." She studied acting and movement at Oxford University in England, French at the Eurocentre in Paris, German at the Goethe Institute in Berlin and received a bachelors of music in vocal arts from USC, with a minor in theatre arts. As an actress, Ms. Linhardt appeared opposite Oscar-Winner Maximilian Schell in "Faust Comes to Grand Avenue" with the Los Angeles Opera.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What city or country should I live to get steady work in the world of professional Opera? Is this a lucrative career? What is the Opera world really like?
CHRISTINA LINHARDT WEBSITE: circussanctuary.com
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - This week, our guest is Nancy Criss. Nancy is Co-Founder and President of Nandar Entertainment and also Founder and President of Stone Cold Pictures. Some films under Nandar Entertainment include: "Finding Mr. Wright" (Romantic Comedy) and "Crimson Creek" (Thriller). Her new production company, Stone Cold Pictures, will soon be producing the following films: "Dude Ranch," "Spring" and "iRobe."
NANCY CRISS WEBSITE: stonecoldpictures.com
COMEDIENNE | ACTRESS - This week, our guest is Brenda Colonna. Brenda is a New York native who you may recognize from Comedy Central's "The Showbiz Show with David Spade" and appeared as the voice of Steve Schirripa's "Mother" in FOX's talk show pilot "The Steve Schirripa Show." She has been performing stand-up comedy for years in Los Angeles and New York. Brenda resides in Los Angeles where she performs nightly in clubs around southern California. Currently, Brenda is producing and starring in an upcoming Web Series called "Creepy Caress."
BRENDA COLONNA WEBSITE: facebook.com/CreepyCaress
CELEBRITY IMPRESSIONIST | COMEDIAN - This week our guest is Jim Ross Meskimen. Jim has been a professional actor for over 25 years. He has appeared in three "Best Picture" nominated films, Apollo 13, There Will Be Blood and Frost/Nixon. His impressions of: President George W. Bush, John Kerry, Arnold Schwartzeneggar, Bill Clinton and others for Jibjab.com is a global sensation and one of the biggest viral hits, "This Land" have been heard by over 80 million people. He was Will Smith's Western Philosophy teacher on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", where he also did impressions of: Jack Nicholson, William Shatner, and The Fly. His improvised performances on the British show "Whose Line is it, Anyway?" with partner Christopher Smith are legendary. At 17 years old, Jim appeared on his mother's (Marion Ross) famous hit television series "Happy Days." He was the guy who ran up the beach to inform the world that there was a shark penned up offshore, that Fonzie would later have to jump over on waterskis, inspiring the term "jumping the shark."
Jim Meskimen stars in "JIMPRESSIONS" which is his hilarious one-man show that features him performing an infinity of celebrity voices such as: George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Paul Giamatti, Orson Welles, Colin Firth, Jack Nicholson and many more! He will even perform a live version of his viral hit, "Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices!" "JIMPRESSIONS" runs Fridays and Saturdays from March 3, 2012 to March 24, 2012 at The Acting Center Theatre in Hollywood.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What does it take to survive as a comedian? How do you know if being a comedian is right for you?
JIM MESKIMEN WEBSITES:
CELEBRITY GUITARIST | SONGWRITER - This week our guest is Monte Pittman. Monte left Texas at 24 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a professional musician. He made ends meet by working at a local Guitar Center, but, realizing he was better at teaching than selling, he left to start providing guitar lessons. His third student was British filmmaker, Guy Ritchie, who had just received a guitar from his girlfriend, Madonna. Monte was introduced to the iconic performer and became her guitar teacher as well. A month later, Monte was invited to join Madonna on stage at the David Letterman Show to promote her album, Music and has been her guitarist ever since. Recently, he was honored to play with Madonna at the Superbowl. Monte was also Adam Lambert's live guitarist and music director.
MONTE PITTMAN WEBSITE: montepittman.com
CELEBRITY VOCAL COACH - This week our guest is Jeannie Deva. Jeannie is an international performer, celebrity master vocal coach, clinician, and trainer of voice teachers. She is the originator of The Deva MethodВ®, A Non-Classical Approach for Singers. As a recording studio vocal specialist, she has been endorsed by engineers and producers of, amongst others: Aerosmith, Elton John, Bette Midler, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. She has been seen on E! Entertainment and TV Guide Channels. Her client list ranges from Grammy Award Winners and American Idol Finalists to backup singers for: Christina Aguilera, Elton John, Celine Dion, and Stevie Wonder. Her clients are also leads in Broadway shows such as: "Wicked," "Grease," "Color Purple" and "Lion King."
DISCUSSION TOPICS: Do Audiences Like Fast or Slow Songs More? Vocal and Breathing tips. Jeannie's Latest Book: Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances
JEANNIE DEVA WEBSITE: jeanniedeva.com
CAREER PSYCHOLOGIST - This week our guest is Charity Parrish. Charity Parrish is a Clinical Psychologist and holds professional registration with the Psychological Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society in recognition of her academic achievements. Charity has been employed as a Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Education and Children's Services, consulted privately as a speech therapist with autistic children and worked as a care worker for the Intellectual Disabilities Service Council. Charity Parrish offers "Live" counseling from the comfort of your own home. Her modern counseling services allow you to opt for face to face counseling through Skype or you can elect to speak to Charity personally by telephone. This is a totally private and confidential service.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: How to get in the right frame of mind to pursue your dream career. How to unblock the negative thinking and handle rejection. How to "argue" with mate productively.
CHARITY PARRISH WEBSITE: newpsychology.com.au
STAND-UP COMEDIENNE | COMEDY WRITER - This week our guest is Jen Remauro. Jen Remauro aka вЂњThe VonвЂќ is full of zest, wit and inappropriate statements. She has performed stand-up comedy at an array of comedy clubs such as: Eastville Comedy Club in NYC, Club Tabu in Philly, The Looney Bin S.I., NY and Willie McBride's in Hoboken, NJ. Jen also books talent and writes for The Comedy Point radio show. Her hilarious sense of humor, quick wit and unique writing skills has gained her plenty of recognition among veteran comedians on Twitter which has led to her booking some top notch guests such as: Jesse James, Sandra Bernhard and Jim Norton. Jen has been featured on TLC's вЂњA Baby Story (2005),вЂќ MTV's вЂњBeach House (1997),вЂќ PerezHilton.com (2011) and the dating show вЂњChange of Heart (2002).вЂќ
FRAGRANCE DESIGNER - This week our guest is Geir Ness. Mr. Ness is CEO and Founder of The Laila Perfume Company. Their products are featured in gift baskets for events such as: The Tony Awards, The Grammy's, MTV Awards, Miss Universe, etc. Mr. Ness has made his mark on the world as a Fragrance Designer, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker. His personal success story earned the attention of Hollywood and he is currently in discussions to have his story turned into a feature film.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: How to stay motivated and focused on your dream career in show business. How to pursue a career on a tight budget.
GEIR NESS WEBSITE: laila.com
FILM CRITIC | EDITOR | NOVELIST - This week our guest is Betty Jo Tucker. Betty Jo Tucker serves as editor/lead film critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews, a website with over 3500 film reviews and more than 500 featured articles. She also writes movie commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon and is the author of three film-related books: Confessions of a Movie Addict, Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick, and The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies as well as co-author of It Had To Be Us, an award-winning romantic memoir. Her radio show, вЂњMovie Addict Headquarters,вЂќ can be heard via the Internet on BlogTalkRadio. We will be discussing the best and not-so-good movies of 2011. We hear stories from Betty about some of the stars that she has interviewed like Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan and more.
BETTY JO TUCKER WEBSITE: bettyjotucker.com
CELEBRITY PSYCHIC | SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR - This week our guest is William Constantine. Mr. Constantine is an Ordained Minister of Metaphysics and currently holds both a Bachelors Degree in Metaphysical Sciences and a Metaphysical Practitioners Diploma. He has appeared on CNN, HLN, NANCY GRACE, ABC News and more. William teaches about the power of Affirmations and Meditation and how to use utilize them to create a more healthy, peaceful, abundant life. For over 10 years, Mr. Constantine has counseled scores of people across the globe by helping them create a renewed faith in themselves and their potential. He helps people understand that it is their conditioned beliefs, beliefs that are often impressed upon us by other people and not of our own creation вЂ“ that are causing them to think, act, and be a person they don't want to be. Mr. Constantine offers a way out and a process through which people can change their conditioned belief system.
WILLIAM CONSTANTINE WEBSITE: drwilliamconstantine.com
NOVELIST - This week our guest is Sarah Richard. "Victoria Cannon" is the pen name of author Sarah Richard. She holds a Master of Arts degree. She writes all types of novels, but most of her success comes from her hot, steamy love stories that are quite explicit and some at an X-Rated level. Sarah's stories have been published through various print and on-line publishers such as Amazon. They include: "Child of the Fallen Angels," "Tania," "So So So Good" and "Locked" to be released soon.
SARAH RICHARD WEBSITE: victoriacannon.webs.com
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest is Susie Graf. Susi Graf is a filmmaker, originally fromVienna, Austria. Attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and studied Theater and Journalism at the University of Vienna, Austria. Received two Fulbright Scholarships and numerous grants for her artistic projects and academic work. She has also worked as a television producer interviewing numerous film directors such as: Quentin Tarantino, John Waters, Terry Gilliam and many more as well as actors like: Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, and Mel Gibson. Susie is presently working on a novel and eventual screenplay about "Hansel and Gretel" a Hunger Fantasy, which is a new interpretation of the old fairytale.
SUSIE GRAF WEBSITE: lostinthecrowd.net
PSYCHOLOGIST | RELATIONSHIP EXPERT - This week our guest is Dr. Frankie Bashan. She completed her undergraduate work at Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a dual degree in Business and Communications. She ventured west and attended the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA and received her Masters and Doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology. Professional Areas of Expertise: Depression, Anxiety, Post-Partum Depression, Parenting Multiples, Relationship Issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Career Issues
DR. FRANKIE BASHAN WEBSITE:
FILMMAKER - This week our guest is Mark Bessenger. Mark is the Co-founder of a film production company called "Blakk Flamingo Pictures." He is about to release his first film, "Bite Marks" which is a vampire horror movie. He has been featured in "Fangoria" and some other horror magazines. He's also busy working on his next horror film.
MARK BESSENGER WEBSITE: blakkflamingopictures.com
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - This week, out guest is Nancy Criss. Nancy Criss is Nandar Entertainment's Co-Founder and President. She is a woman of many talents; all emanating from entrepreneurial spirit that energizes her ability to create opportunities from success in everything that she does. By the age of thirteen, Nancy begun her career in show business, with a role in the TV series, "Petrocelli," followed by a recurring roles in the Paramount series, "Webster." Before long she was appearing in variety of TV and feature films, commercials and stage plays. Nancy just released her new film, "Finding Mr. Wright," a romantic comedy starring: Matthew Montgomery, David Moretti and Jason Stuart and it is receiving rave reviews. She is also working on a new project, a thriller called "Crimson Creek."
NANCY CRISS WEBSITE:
CELEBRITY PERSONAL TRAINER - This week, out guest is Jeremy Manning. Jeremy is the founder of Elevation Fitness LA, a popular personal training fitness center. He also just launched "Project UpLift." Their mission is to provide affordable, attainable, and sustainable fitness to survivors of abuse, those living with HIV, or anyone fighting for their life. We believe that strength is a state of mind, not just a physical presence. When you train the body, the mind must follow. This trans-formative power of fitness starts with the communication between our bodies, our minds and our environment. As we adapt to a training program, our physical language changes and our relationship with the space surrounding us changes too. We become more eloquent in our movement, more efficient in our activity, and ultimately more comfortable in our skin, and in the world. Through regular exercise, we develop acute awareness of our entire body and a heightened sense of confidence. This changes our perception from being a passenger to being the vehicle and ultimately realizes the control we DO have over our life. No one should have to suffer like those who have survived abuse. Anyone living with illness or fighting addiction should never have to do it alone. We are here to provide a system of support and a strategy to stand up and FIGHT!
JEREMY MANNING WEBSITE: facebook.com/ElevationFitnessLA
COMEDIENNE | RADIO & TV HOST - This week, out guest is Mara Marek. Mara Marek has formal education in economics and engineering, but has had a marketing and fitness career since graduation. She started entertaining the masses while on a fitness show in San Diego where she would take a client in real time through their weight loss journey. Her secret weapon was her humor, if she kept it fun, they would want to be there! She then fully realized her dreams and made the big move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams as a stand up comic! She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is a regular in the LA Comedy Scene!
MARA MAREK WEBSITE: www.maralive.com
WRITER | FILMMAKER | ARTIST - This week our guest is Dan Rhema. Dan Rhema, Artist, Writer and Filmmaker lives in historic Old Louisville, Kentucky. His art has been exhibited nationally, in solo and group shows, for the past fifteen years. Dan's picture books include: "The Day the Animals Lost Their True Colors" (a 2002 IPPY Awards Finalist), "One Tiny Twig" and "Bluegrass Breeze." His most recent book, "I Close My Eyes to See: The Dan Rhema Story As Told to Kevin Wilson," documents Dan's transformation into an artist after surviving a deadly combination of three different strains of dengue fever. A documentary about Dan's story is scheduled for completion in 2012. Dan's short films include: "The Little Sex Shop of Horrors" and "On the Other Hand." His first graphic novel, based on his original zombie story, "Le Mystère," will be available in spring of 2012 and he is also shopping it around as a screenplay.
DAN RHEMA WEBSITE: danrhema.com
CASTING DIRECTOR | TALENT CONSULTANT - This week our guest is Elisha Choice. Elisha has been in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years, both in front of and behind the camera. Having appeared in hundreds of films, TV shows, commercials, beauty pageants, fashion shows and music videos. As co-writer and editor of "Back To One, The Movie Extra's Guidebook", she brings cutting edge information to thousands of entertainment industry beginners and veterans. The ";business" of acting is where Elisha's passion is now. She wants to spread the news to as many people who will listen, including industry professionals, that people really do need to concern themselves with life after their peak earning years. Elisha is sounding the alarm that entertainment people need to be educated about money matters and be properly prepared for their future. She is a casting director, talent consultant and assists many actors and other entertainers in meeting their career and financial goals. As a SAG and AFTRA member, she is available to speak and bring energy to your broadcasts, conferences, workshops, events and other projects. Please email her directly for help with your financial future: email@example.com
ELISHA CHOICE WEBSITE: youtube.com/user/myphpdream
COMEDIAN | PRODUCER | RADIO HOST - This week, our guest is JOEL RICHARDSON. Joel has been in the comedy business for awhile now. His career began as a frat boy urged to do stand-up in front of a large Wagner College crowd. It was such a success he tried his hand in front of family and friends. The sucess kept coming, so he decided to open his own production company, "Soul Joel Productions" performing high energy shows all over the Northeast. "Soul Joel Productions" is New York's latest comedy craze. Joel has been producing monthly comedy shows in: Staten Island, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Each "Soul Joel Production" features award-winning headliners from comedy's best media including: Comedy Central, Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Radio,Cringe Humor, and Opie & Anthony. Check out one of "Soul Joel Productions" to witness high energy comedy shows that are guaranteed to make you laugh. His troupe of Comedians are just what you need for your next private or corporate event.
JOEL RICHARDSON WEBSITES:
CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER - Carrie Cavalier has specialized in photographing people professionally for over 27 years. Her chameleon-like ability to create works of art including photographs for National Geographic to headshots of celebrities such as David Hasselhoff and Ellen DeGeneres attest to her superb skill in getting the shot that both flatters and reveals. Carrie's clients have appeared not only in major motions pictures, but in commercials for: Gatorade, Budweiser, Miller, Mattel, Federal Express, Citibank, AT&T, Toyota, Ford, Honey Nut Cheerios, McDonald's and Toys R Us.
Her artistic goal is to create a portrait that "dances off the page" whether it is bringing out an actor's branded look, a formal portrait of your child or an intimate moment at your wedding. "The way I get these shots is by taking the time to plan the portrait session with my clients. Excellence in photography is the result of a careful collaboration between photographer and subjects. Your beautiful portrait will be a treasure as unique and authentic as you and your loved ones." Whether photographing infants, children, families, weddings or Bar/Bat mitzvahs, Carrie's artistic sensitivity shines through in every picture she takes.
CARRIE CAVALIER WEBSITE: cavalierphotography.com
SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week, our guest is Princess Fortier . Princess Fortier has been sharing her angelic and dynamic voice with audiences since the age of four. After receiving her degree in Neuroscience and French from the University of California, Los Angeles, she continued to pursue her passion inspiring with her vocal abilities performing with several local bands in Los Angeles. Among these bands was a noteworthy group, Klymaxx, the pop 80's group famous for such hit singles as: "Meeting in the Ladies Room," "I Miss You," and "Men All Pause."
Princess continues to wow crowds with her inspirational words, energetic performance, and humanitarian spirit. The artist "50 Cent" loves a song she did with an artist on his label. Jermaine Jackson loves her look. Mathew Knowles loves her personality. Gary Catona loves her voice! Currently Princess is touring with Sonic Band from El Live Productions all over Asia where audiences are enjoying her performances every night from now until next July.
PRINCESS FORTIER WEBSITE: myspace.com/princessshandarahfortier
CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE EXPERT | This week our guest is HERMAN CHAN. Nominated on Inman News as "Real Estate's Most Influential," Herman Chan has been featured on HGTV's "House Hunters" and "My House is Worth What?," CBS, KOFY-TV, KRON-TV, and the real estate documentary "Moving Up, Moving Out." As the resident Real Estate Expert for LogoOnline (MTV's sister station), Herman answers viewers' questions via video & written responses. Herman is also the writer for: Agent Genius Magazine, Realtor Magazine, Frontiers Magazine, Echelon Magazine & Asian Real Estate Magazine. Herman Chan has a new show called "Habitat for Hermanity" and people say it is "Real Estate with a Punchline." On this show, he skewers the real estate business, pokes fun at his fellow agents, all the while empowering buyers and sellers with behind-the-scene tips and secrets of the industry! Most recently, Kodak handpicked Herman to be their brand's Real Estate Influencer.
HERMAN CHAN WEBSITE: HabitatForHermanity.com
PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENT - This week our guest is KRISTINA LYNN. KLPR's (Kristina Lynn Public Relations) founder Kristina Lynn, has over twenty years experience in the television and radio industries affording her close relationships with key producers and talent coordinators of major national talk shows. This enables her to successfully place her clients on these shows. Ms. Lynn provides strategic consulting to each client and believes in the personal touch. Her goal is to establish solid partnerships with her clients and strong relationships for her clients. Working together the end result is maximum exposure and successful PR campaigns. Some of her past celebrity clients have been Shirley MacLaine and Chubby Checker.
KRISTINA LYNN WEBSITE: kristinalynnpr.com
AUTHOR - This week our guest is DENNIS SHIELDS. Dennis has enjoyed a storied career in business and finance. He founded a bank, created an industry, represented his country in sport, acted in a major motion picture directed by an Academy Award winning director. His latest book entitled, "God Went Fishing" is a commentary on the vices of 21st century society. Many times the grim aspects of society need to be portrayed in ways that are at once palatable for the reader and aesthetically appealing. Indeed, the author of this new work entertains as he exposes one societal ill after the other. His aim is to bring about self-examination and a desire to improve life in an imperfect world. Although "God Went Fishing" has elements that can spark controversy and debate, the purpose of this book is to ignite thought and dialogue among 21st century readers. While the ever-present battle between good and evil is at the forefront of this book, the author purposefully concludes with the notion that redemption is possible. A definite must read for anyone who loves an intriguing tale with challenges on many levels.
REGGAE SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week our guest is Jawara S. Joe, also known as Ku-J. Ku-J joined a band at the age of ten and made his first appearance on stage when he was just twelve years old. Growing up listening to the music of: Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur, Funk Master Flex, Wyclef Jean, etc. He developed a passion for different genres of music and blended those with reggae to create his own unique sound. Ku-J has opened for various artists like: Luciano, Sanjay, I-Wayne, Fantan Mojah, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Gyptian, Sean Paul, Jah Cure, Elephant Man, Israel Vibration and Lloyd Banks. He released his first CD called вЂњWhat It IsвЂќ including his hit single вЂњPretty LadyвЂќ with a follow-up CD вЂњIn My TownвЂќ with two more hit singles вЂњAre You Okay?вЂќ and вЂњIn My Town.вЂќ While in Jamaica he worked with Shabba from Needle Point Records and produced some sure to be hits such as: "Mr. Customs Officer" which will be on the soon-to-be-released CD вЂњNubian Girl Riddim.вЂќ The single has received positive radio air play, rave reviews and legions of fans around the world. His release of вЂњPut It On YouвЂќ which features Tatiana Gibs is blowing up the airwaves on the islands. His fans can also look forward to Ku-J's music video for his new single in the summer of 2011.
CELEBRITY ACTOR | WRITER - This week, our guest is JIM BEAVER. Jim is a character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series "Deadwood" and "Supernatural." He obtained a degree in theatre and worked for five seasons with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival. He began to make appearances in bit roles in films and television shows shot in the Dallas area which included the hit TV show, "Dallas." He worked in stock and dinner theatre tours, and also maintained a side career as a critic, columnist, and feature writer for "Films in Review," the magazine of the National Board of Review. He eventually moved to Los Angeles and began a successful period as a television writer; one of which was nominated for a Cable Ace Award.
After two seasons on "3rd Rock from the Sun," he landed his most prominent and critically acclaimed role, that of "Ellsworth," the gruff, but decent and beloved prospector in the landmark Western series "Deadwood." Nominated along with other cast members for a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award, he found his career in high gear following that series. Currently, he stars as the popular father-figure role of demon hunter "Bobby Singer" on the hit TV show "Supernatural" on The CW Network. This role has brought him a worldwide fan base and a secondary career making personal appearances. His latest book is a best-selling memoir, "Life's That Way" is available at Amazon.com and most bookstores.
JIM BEAVER WEBSITE: IMDB.COM
CELEBRITY FITNESS INSTRUCTOR - Our guest this week is CHRISTOPHER SLEVIN. He has been working in the health and fitness industry for 10 years. He is the owner of the wildly popular gym, "Sweat Garage" located near West Hollywood, CA. This is a boutique-style gym that offers amazing one hour workout classes. In 60 minutes, their certified personal trainer will guide you through various exercises mixing cardio and weight training. The focus and structure of each class changes daily, working different muscle groups. No two classes are the same. All this at a fraction of the cost of a personal trainer. They make working out easy and accessible by stripping down the obstacles of going to the gym. No membership fees, hassles or hard sells to get you to join! Simply pay by the class. Their certified trainers plan every minute of your workout so you don't have to think about it. No struggle self-motivating! The energy is always up in this class. Not an intimidating atmosphere whatsoever! Also, there is NO waiting for weights or equipment! Everyone has their own equipment, specific to their needs. Sweat Garage instructors are all certified personal trainers. You will turn fat into muscle, tighten and tone your body, strengthen your heart and lungs, lose weight and walk away feeling great. Their philosophy is simple: A healthy body is a happy body!
CHRISTOPHER SLEVIN WEBSITE: sweatgarage.com
SINGER | ACTRESS - This week, our guest is MONICA PETERSON. Monica has a fine European and American background in music, theatre, television and film. She was trained at the prestigious "Neighborhood Playhouse" Drama Academy in New York, the London School of Music and Dance in Covent Gardens, London, England and 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California. She received the ABC Star of Tomorrow Award, 2000 Women of Achievement Award, Women in Film Award and a Poetry Award. She is listed in "Who's Who" in Entertainment and "Who's Who" of American Women. She is member of SAG, AFTRA various Equity Unions. She is a graduate of University of Southern California (USC).
Musically, Monica is a singer of jazz, popular and standard music. As a singer, she has performed concerts in the famous Olympia Concert Hall in Milan, Italy as well as other cabaret and concert venues in: Italy, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and the U.S.A. She has opened for Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey and the list of stars goes continues. Interesting Facts include: Monica made the Grammy Award list in 2009, was a former Playboy Bunny and she sings in ten languages. Her latest single "The Thrill is Gone" is now available for download as a single or purchase album at: CDBaby.com and iTunes
MONICA PETERSON WEBSITE: monicapeterson.com
PLAYWRIGHT | WRITER | PEACE ACTIVIST - This week, our guest is KAREN MALPEDE. Karen Malpede, Co-founder of Theater Three Collaborative, is author of 16 plays produced in the United States, Europe and Australia, as well as short fiction, and essays and articles on theater and human rights. Her newest play вЂњAnother LifeвЂќ will be staged at John Jay College and the Irondale Theater Center in New York this fall under her direction. Her play, вЂњProphecyвЂќ premiered in London in 2008 and Malpede directed the New York premiere in 2010. It is scheduled for production in Los Angels in 2012. вЂњProphecyвЂќ has been published, along with six other anti-war plays by prominent playwrights, in the anthology "Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays" which is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com and most book stores. It was published by Northwestern University Press.
Karen Malpede was a co-founder of the Woman's Salon for Literature. After September 11, 2001, she worked as an oral historian taking testimonies from witnesses and survivors for the Columbia University Oral History Archives. She co-produced two annual events in Honor of Survivors of Torture and co-created the public ritual event вЂњIraq: Naming the DeadвЂќ at St. Marks Church on the Bowery, during the Republican National Convention, 2004, and created the docu-drama: вЂњIraq: Speaking of War,вЂќ produced at CUNY-Graduate Center and the Culture Project. Her edited books about the theater include: "People's Theater in America; Three Works by the Open Theater," and "Women in Theater: Compassion & Hope." She holds a certificate from the International Institute for Trauma Studies and an MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She has taught writing and dramatic literature at Smith, NYU and CUNY Graduate Department Continuing Education Program and currently teaches memoir and fiction writing privately.
KAREN MALPEDE WEBSITES:
COMEDIENNE | WRITER | ACTRESS - This week, our guest is KENDRA CUNNINGHAM. Kendra is a very funny Stand-Up Comic. She has appeared in sketches on shows such as: Jimmy Fallon, Tyra Banks, and Saturday Night Live. Kendra was the 1st Runner-Up in the "Ladies of Laughter" competition and Boston Comedy Festival. She headlined for Dick Doherty in his various comedy clubs and toured with "5 Funny Females" performing up and down the East coast. Kendra has utilized her Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology by participating in a round table discussion on "Fox News Online - Cops and Crimes Hour." Recently, she completed a mock self-help book tentatively titled "This Round's on Me - a Non-Drinkers Guide to Social Acceptance" and her blog "Blonde LogicвЂќ was featured in the New York Times. Kendra filmed her first lead role in a feature film in Rio de Janiero in March 2010. Kendra wrote and starred in a comedic short entitled "Lonelygirl48" which won at the Boston Comedy Festival in 2010 and will be viewed at the Palm Beach Women's International Film Festival in April 2011.
KENDRA CUNNINGHAM WEBSITE: kendracunningham.com
COMEDIAN | WRITER | PRODUCER - This week, our guest is YANNIS PAPPAS. Yannis is a Comedian and Writer. Yannis is becoming widely known as one of the most exciting comedians working today. He has been featured on shows such as: VH1's Best Week Ever, BET's 106th and Park, MTV, National Lampoon Live, Chappelle Show and Comedy Central's, ATOM TV. His beloved, controversial character вЂњMr. PanosвЂќ has been featured on the popular "Lakis Lazopoulos Show" on Greek and Cypriot television. Yannis has become an Internet sensation and has amassed a substantial fan base. He recently starred in his first feature film, вЂњKing of B.вЂќ Yannis, along with Director Jesse Scaturro, founded Ditch Films and currently have films in festivals around the world.
YANNIS PAPPAS WEBSITE: ditchfilms.com
CELEBRITY PSYCHIC - This week our guest is WILLIAM CONSTANTINE. William is a highly sought after internationally acclaimed Psychic Medium, Spiritual and Psychic Counselor. A top executive of the "Rachel Ray Show" dubbed William, вЂњGreatest Psychic Medium The World Has Ever Known!вЂќ
вЂњThanks so much for the incredible read William. Within the public eye there are believers in the psychic realm and skeptics... you could make a believer out of anyone. I was very impressed with your reading. Your clarity on many of my life issues and advance warnings in some cases. You will definitely be my preferred psychic advice provider. You don't just tell people what they want to hear, you speak truth. For that I thank you.вЂќ Julie Krystina, Actress, Model CW's "One Tree Hill"
WILLIAM CONSTANTINE WEBSITE:
ACTRESS | DANCER - This week our guest is Georgia Reed. Georgia knew she wanted to make the move from Dancer to Actor when she was rehearsing the technically-challenging role of вЂњGiselleвЂќ for the Alexandra Ballet. Rather than being concerned with the physicality of the performance, Georgia was preoccupied with the internal life of her character. She has performed in off-Broadway theater, and independent film roles in New York City.
Since moving to the West Coast, she had also landed roles in TV and film. Recent credits include: "Aaron Loves Kendra," "Everything Unspoken." "Absolute Trust," "First Person Singular" and "Santorini Blue" opposite Richard Belzer and Dann Florek from вЂњLaw & Order: SVUвЂќ Television credits include: вЂњMurder By the BookвЂќ (TRU TV), вЂњ1000 Ways to DieвЂќ (Spike TV), and вЂњCSI: New YorkвЂќ (CBS). Georgia is in two webisode series: "Monday Morning" and "End Of The Line."
Georgia Reed is currently represented by Alexis Itkin of No Limits Management.
GEORGIA REED WEBSITE: georgiareed.com
ACTOR | MODEL - This week our guest is Mason Glenn. Mason Glenn iecently moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of working in the entertainment industry. Since he arrived, he has worked as a model, actor, production coordinator, photographer's assistant, casting assistant, production assistant, extra and is open to anything else that keeps bread and butter on the table, as long as it is legal and respectable, of course.
Currently, Mason can be seen in numerous music videos, independent features, and is working on a pilot for CBS. He is a proud member of "The Straitjacket Society," a local sketch comedy group located in the heart of Hollywood. Mason firmly believes that one can gather valuable information by being consumed in all aspects of the entertainment industry.
AWARD-WINNING CASTING DIRECTOR | This week our guest is award-winning casting director, Megan Foley. Megan started her casting company, "Megan Foley Casting" in 1987 and the rest is history. Her company books commercial, film, industrial, television, music videos, etc. There is no job too big or too small for Megan to handle. Your experience with Megan Foley will always be fun, professional and satisfied. She is one of the most upbeat, kind and professional people in the casting industry.
MEGAN FOLEY WEBSITE: meganfoleycasting.com
CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST | STYLIST - This week our guest is Missy Garland. Missy is an award-winning celebrity make-up artist and fashion stylist.
CELEBRITY CLIENTS: Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Sharon Stone, Elle MacPhearson, Farrah Fawcett, Racquel Welsh, Donna Mills, Suzanne Sommers, Whitney Houston, Kelly Lynch, Melissa Gilbert, Dione Warwick, Carol Burnett, Florence Henderson, Denzel Washington, Mathew Broderick, Kirk Douglas, Carol O'Connor, Michael Bolton
COMMERCIAL CLIENTS: Mountain Dew, Orville Redenbacher, Wesson Oil, Kentucky Fried Chicken, LA Gear, Nike, Hawaiian Tropic, McDonald's, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Clothes time, Ross Dress For Less, Mervyn's, Miller's Outpost, Nordstroms, May Co., Broadway, Chevrolet, Budweiser, Mattel, Toys, Toys-R-us, Toyota
MAGAZINE CLIENTS: Playboy, Italian Max, Shape, Oprah Magazine, Maxim, International Male, Teen, LA Style, Italian Amica, International Passion
MUSIC VIDEO | TV | GAMES: Motley Crue, Garth Brooks, Whitney Houston, CBS, Larry Kind Show, CNN, Tomb Raider Eidos Interactive London
MAKEUP AWARD: Garth Brooks Music Video вЂњWhen Thunder RollsвЂќ
LATEST PROJECT: Makeup Artist on The Learning Channel's new show, "Wedding Day Makeover."
AUTHOR | MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER - This week our guest is Aubry Padmore. Aubry is also the owner of Caribbean Voice Radio an online radio station promoting change and education. He holds a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Human Services and a Masters in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York.
As a motivational speaker, the ultimate question he asks of anyone is: "When all is said and done in your lifetime, in the midst of chaos are you still standing?" He also states, "It is important to navigate crisis and chaos in your life and earn the right to be called a 'Champion.'"
Aubry Padmore is currently touring various venues speaking on "The Five Fundamentals of Change" as part of his 2011 consulting series: "Rekindle Your Dream & Promote Your Passion - Accomplishment"
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | PLAYWRIGHT | SCREENWRITER - This week our guest's are Brad Mays and Lorenda Starfelt. Brad and Lorenda both just won the California Film Awards "Diamond Award" for their collaborated effort on the 2009 film release, "The Watermelon."
Brad is an award-winning veteran of dozens of stage, television and independent film productions spanning thirty years. His films include: the award-winning "A Way Back In," "The Bacchae," and "Stage Fright."
Mr. Mays notable stage productions include: "The Water Hen," by Stanlislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, "Dragon Slayers," by Stanley Keyes, a multi-media adaptation of "A Clockwork Orange," Euripides' "The Bacchae," Peter Weiss' "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade," "Equus," and many others.
BRAD MAYS WEBSITE: bradmays.com
ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER - This week our guest is Will Loschiavo (AKA Will Love). Will has been front seat on a roller coaster ride that has taken him to some of the darkest places, as well as to some of the brightest. Never able to fit the "status quo," Will was a victim of long-term bullying. However, he learned to turn a negative into a positive and used his past to push him to greater heights.
Will Love works as a Entertainment Reporter, Writer and Editor for "Out in Jersey" Magazine. Recently, he landed his first magazine cover as a model, been featured in an independent film, feature film, and music video. Will is working on a major celebrity charity event to benefit homeless LGBT teens. The event will feature radio and television personalities such as the "Real Housewives of New Jersey."
PRODUCER | ACTRESS | DANCER - This week our guest is LaQuita Cleare. LaQuita has been in many stage productions ranging from Shakespeare's вЂњMuch Ado about NothingвЂќ to an all female version of "Glengarry Glen Ross." She has appeared in TV, film, and commercials.
Currently, she appears in the film вЂњSister's KeeperвЂќ with Eric Roberts and the film вЂњSuicide DollsвЂќ with Anne-Marie Johnson, Heather Tom, Christy Carlson Romano, and Steven Bauer. The film has played several film festivals including: The St. Louis Film Festival, where it won the New Filmmakers Forum, American Black Film Festival, and South Africa Int. Film Festival. The film will have an upcoming screening in Los Angeles at the Pan African Film Festival.
LaQuita formed the production company, "Salsera Productions, LLC" to bring character driven stories to the screen. Her company has produced several projects including a web series called вЂњSecret Fridays,вЂќ which is available for purchase on Amazon. Most recently, LaQuita was featured in a the popular Chicago paper, The Daily Herald.
CELEBRITY VOCAL COACH - This week our guest is JEANNIE DEVA. Jeannie is an international performer, celebrity master vocal coach, clinician, and trainer of voice teachers. She is the originator of The Deva MethodВ®, A Non-Classical Approach for Singers. As a recording studio vocal specialist, she has been endorsed by engineers and producers of, amongst others: Aerosmith, Elton John, Bette Midler, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac.
Seen on E! Entertainment and TV Guide Channels, Jeannie has been a celebrity guest interviewed on talk shows in both the US and Venezuela. Her client list ranges from Grammy Award Winners and American Idol Finalists, to singers for: Christina Aguilera, Elton John, Celine Dion, and Stevie Wonder, members of the J. Geils Band, Foghat, Patty Griffin, leads in Broadway's "Wicked" and "Grease" and members of the touring cast of "Color Purple" and "Lion King."
Among the thousands of singers who own her вЂњContemporary VocalistвЂќ book and CD's are: Patti LaBelle and Robert Plant. There is a growing network of certified Deva Method teachers on East and West coasts of the United States as well as one in Sydney, Australia. Jeannie's private voice studio is located in Los Angeles.
JEANNIE DEVA WEBSITE: jeanniedeva.com
FILM CRITIC | EDITOR | WRITER - This week our guest is BETTY JO TUCKER. Betty Jo currently serves as editor/lead critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews and writes film commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon, News First Online, Real Movie News, The Romance Club and the Omaha Family newspapers. During her career as an entertainment journalist, Betty Jo has interviewed such movie/television stars and filmmakers as: Susan Sarandon, Ian McKellen, Angelina Jolie, Aidan Quinn, Barry Bostwick, Tony Shalhoub, Fred Willard, Aaron Eckhart, M. Night Shyamalan, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Griffiths, Hector Elizondo, and Annette Bening.
She belongs to the Online Film Critics Society and is a founding member of the San Diego Film Critics' Society, is a published author of two books: "CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT" and "SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK" both of which received rave reviews from film fans and critics alike. These books are available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING EXPERT - This week our guest is MATTHEW SKALLERUD. Matthew is President of Pink Banana Media. They help companies build their businesses by reaching the LGBT Community using SEO, Web 2.0, Social Network Marketing and Strategic Online Media Placement. Matthew has become a trailblazer and a true trend-setter in this field. He has been featured in many articles and websites such as "Gay.com," "PlanetOut.com" and in the Marketplace section of the Wall Street Journal.
MATTHEW SKALLERUD WEBSITE: pinkbananamedia
CELEBRITY PSYCHIC - This week our guest is WILLIAM CONSTANTINE. William is a highly sought after internationally acclaimed Psychic Medium, Spiritual and Psychic Counselor. A top executive of the "Rachel Ray Show" dubbed William, вЂњGreatest Psychic Medium The World Has Ever Known!вЂќ
вЂњThanks so much for the incredible read William. Within the public eye there are believers in the psychic realm and skeptics... you could make a believer out of anyone. I was very impressed with your reading. Your clarity on many of my life issues and advance warnings in some cases. You will definitely be my preferred psychic advice provider. You don't just tell people what they want to hear, you speak truth. For that I thank you.вЂќ Julie Krystina, Actress/Model CW's "One Tree Hill"
WILLIAM CONSTANTINE WEBSITE:psychicwilliamconstantine.com
SCREENWRITER | NOVELIST - This week our guest is Gary Delfino. Mr. Delfino was a Deputy Sheriff in Sonoma County for 27 years. He has written and published several online short-stories and is the author of the book "Conscience of a Dead Killer." He is the co-author of the screenplay, by the same name with Robert Baird. Mr. Delfino has also worked as a scene consultant, actor and stunt driver.
On our show, you will learn about one type of Hollywood agent, the corrupt, con-artist kind. This type of agent gives all of the legitimate agent's a bad name. Gary Delfino will be telling the TRUE and hilarious story about his experience with an insane Hollywood agent whom we will call "Mr. Wonderful." You will not believe what you hear, but every word is true, according to Mr. Delfino. It is like an episode from "Gilligan's Island." Every time the agent, "Mister Wonderful" is about to make the big deal, with Jay Leno, Rob Reiner and others, a ball of string rolls by and he's distracted. That's probably because he is so high and craving "Pink's" hot dogs. Listen to this show because it is an office water cooler topic.
GARY DELFINO WEBSITE: bairddelfinoproductions.com
AWARD-WINNING FILM PRODUCER & CONSULTANT - This week our guest is Kerry David. New Film Consulting & Mentoring Site | Multiple Award winning producer, Kerry David recently realized a long time dream of mentoring filmmakers on a one-to-one basis by launching her new consulting website. No Matter where you are in the process of your film or your career, Kerry can offer sage advice from her vast experience working in budgets as low as $1,100 for "My Date with Drew "and as high as the $35 million + budgets on the "Agent Cody Banks" franchise.
Whether you're considering film making as an option or you're well into the film making process already, having an expert at your fingertips is always a plus! Whatever the obstacles and challenges you encounter from fund raising, casting and production to marketing and distribution, consulting with an expert can lighten the weight of production. Let Kerry guide you in your choices and decision making. Visit Kerry's website for more information about services, testimonials and prices.
AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER - This week our guest is EILEEN CAREY. Eileen Carey is an award-winning country music singer/songwriter. Recently, Eileen Carey won "Dance Single Of The Year" entitled "Out With The Girls" from the LA Music Awards. Website: myspace.com/lamusicawards
Eileen's most recent album, "Movin' On," has won "Americana Album of the Year" at the 2009 Los Angeles Music Awards and "Song of the Year" at the 2009 South Bay Music Awards for the single, вЂњThat Was Her, This Is Now.вЂќ The dance remix of her latest single release, "Out With the Girls" is currently being promoted at 150 country music dance clubs around the country and has been nominated for вЂњDance Song of the YearвЂќ at the "20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards" on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.
EILEEN CAREY WEBSITE: eileencarey.com
ENTERTAINMENT CONSULTANT - This week our guest is QUINN COLEMAN. Mr. Coleman is an accomplished entertainment professional with a proven record of achievement. He is an expert in negotiating and strategically guiding the acquisition & development of over 200 live action and animated feature & television films, generating gross revenues in excess of $400 million. Through the years he has worked at such companies as: 20th Century Fox, Turner Broadcasting, Disney, NBC, Regent Media, and Warner Bros.
Recently, Mr. Coleman has found success as the co-writer/producer/re-mixer with DJ's the Perry Twins on several #1 Billboard dance hits, for singers such artists as: Jennifer Lopez, Kristine W, Niki Haris, and Erin Hamilton.
QUINN COLEMAN WEBSITE: myspace.com/quinncolemanproductions
INTERNATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION WHISTLER - This week our guest is Steve "The Whistler" Herbst. Steve is an International Grand Champion Whistler, the only man named International Whistling Entertainer of the Year three times and a member of the Whistlers Hall of Fame (along with Bing Crosby). He has demonstrated his 3-octave range while performing in Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls as well as The Kennedy Center plus venues around the globe including Japan.
He was featured in and narrated an award-winning feature-length documentary film, "Pucker-Up -- The Fine Art of Whistling" and regularly performs at various nightclubs in New York City. You may have seen or heard him on TV in commercials or shows like: "Today," "Good Morning America," "The CBS Early Show," "CBS Sunday Morning" and "Malcolm In The Middle."
Steve lives in NYC with his wife, Melinda and teaches and coaches whistling for all levels from beginners to professional musicians. A talented baritone, Steve also sings and has been a soloist with the University Glee Club of New York City for 32 years.
STEVE HERBST WEBSITE: stevethewhistler
"SURVIVOR" REALITY TV STAR - This week our guest is RANDY BAILEY of the reality television show "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" and "Survivor: Gabon" on the CBS Network. Randy will be sharing his viewpoint on the "Survivor" experience, answering fan questions and has a personal request of which he needs our help.
If you wish to contact Randy Bailey directly, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAND LEADER | DRUMMER | VOCALIST - This week our guest is TONY JONES. Tony was raised in a musical family. His father (Rick) was a drummer and songwriter and his grandfather (Leon Rene) was a prominent songwriter and record label creator in Los Angeles and was responsible for discovering Nat King Cole. His grandfather penned such songs as: "Rock-in' Robin," "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" and "When It's Sleepytime Down South." Tony Jones has performed with: Milton Berle, Fred Travalena, Danny Gans, The Drifters, The Coasters, Billy Preston, Patty Andrews and others. He is well known for his vocal impersonations of: Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles.
Tony is the creator of an extremely successful and well-known party band in Los Angeles called "The Hodads." The Hodads have been together since 1989 and have appeared with: Kool & The Gang, The Beach Boys, The Smothers Brothers, Tony Danza, The Surfaris, Jim Belushi, Steve Vai, Steven Bishop, Bob Saget, Louie Anderson, Jerry Lewis, Casey Kasem, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Lily Tomlin, and played in the movie, "The Replacement's."
With so many looks and musical styles, they have delivered their unique range of party music to almost every type of party and are known as "the ultimate party band.вЂќ Next time you think of booking a band, The Hodads Band are really the smart choice to give your event that extra glam.
THE HODADS WEBSITE: hodads.com
ACTOR | MUSICIAN - This week our guest is ROBERT STEFFEN. Nominated for Best Male Vocalist in the 2008 Orange County Music Awards, Robert Steffen's music is intimate, poly-rhythmic and melodically dynamic. A native of Orange, CA. For the past ten years he was part of several award-winning avante garde music and theatre productions in New York. His acting credits include: The Public Theatres' Othello with Liev Schreiber and Keith David, Jim Henson's Obie award winning production of the Kabuki spoof "Benten Kozo"and several NYTW just add water developments. He has also appeared in Independent films including: "Suicide Doors" and Spike Lees' "Bamboozled." Recent film credits include: Commercial "Wine Picks" for the new i-phone app and Nicholas Tolkiens' (grandson of author) feature directorial debut "Anacapa" where he played "Frank" a mystic, sage and healer who masterminds the fate of the islands visitors.
ROBERT STEFFEN WEBSITE: myspace
REIKI MASTER | TEACHER | COUNSELOR - This week our guest is CANDY HOUGH. Known for her extraordinary ability to channel messages from the angelic realm, this straight-shooting and grounded healing practitioner is loved and admired by her international clientele for the trans-formative effect that she has on their lives. Through her healing practice Angel Healing House, Candy is a published author, of the inspirational book, "Angels of Faith" and has recorded a beautiful, guided, angel meditation CD, "Letting Go of Concerns and Living in the Now."
In her appearances on radio talk shows and TV, her candor, enthusiasm, and passion for life is infectious. By weaving her Diploma of Education with her uncanny ability to channel spiritual knowledge, clients walk away from private sessions and workshops with practical tools and divine insights on how to maximize their potential in all areas of their lives. Having had two near death experiences, Candy helps others to see their lives from a higher perspective and gain clarity, direction, peace and passion.
Candy provides private sessions as well as motivational workshops for organizations, groups and businesses and her book and CD are available through her website. Website: angelhealinghouse.com
CANDY HOUGH WEBSITE: angelhealinghouse
FILM/TV PRODUCTION COORDINATOR - This week our guest is ASHLEY HALL. Ashley is a production coordinator, currently working in Los Angeles, California. She is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and has both domestic and international film credits. Her previous projects include: "Sympathetic Details" directed by Benjamin Busch and starring cast members of HBO's "The Wire" with Ryan Sands, Clarke Peters, John Doman, and Domenick Lomardozzi, and "Kerosene Cowboys" directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Cam Gigandet, Bill Pullman and Rachael Leigh Cook. In addition to her film projects, she has done production work for "The Golf Channel" and "The John Wooden Pyramid of Success Awards." Ashley is a member of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, and is also a certified Reiki Master. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, cooking, and volunteering with local animal shelters. She is currently employed by NBC/Universal.
ASHLEY HALL: linkedin
GRAMMY WINNER | SINGER | SONGWRITER - Our guest this week is MATT ALBER. Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, Matt Alber, grew up singing in choirs. Matt learned how to make something beautiful with his friends on stages around the world. Like an athlete, he watched himself get better at something his body and mind were making together and eventually got his degree in music. He moved to California to join the classical men's ensemble "Chanticleer" with whom he recorded two GrammyВ® Award-winning albums. "Hide Nothing" is Matt's first album of original songs. The record was co-produced with a trusted visionary, Jeff Crerie at "Utmosis" in San Francisco. When he's not touring or recording, Matt also directs a choir of his own in Los Angeles called "Forever Young." The audition is fairly simple -- if you're 60 years or older, sing with heart, and can bring something to the potluck, you're in. Most of the members are gay or lesbian and lead incredible lives which prompted his current project which is a reality-based television show about his experiences.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: You can have a very successful career in music after choir. Characteristics you have to have to become a great singer and performer. Do you really need a music education background to be successful? Tune in now for more entertainment career advice.
MATT ALBER: mattalber
STAGE | FILM | CABARET PERFORMER | Our guest this week is ALEXANDRA BILLINGS. She has won multiple awards for her work such as: "After Dark Award for Best Actress in a Comedy," in Charles Busch's вЂњVampire Lesbians of Sodom.вЂќ "After Dark Award for Best Actress" playing Margot Channing in вЂњApplauseвЂќ for Healthworks Theatre at The Apollo, "New York MAC Hanson Award, for New Cabaret Artist," "After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist of the Year," Her character "Shante" at the Baton Show Lounge won her the titles of: "Miss Wisconsin," "Miss New York," "Miss Chicago," "Miss Illinois," and she was the first Chicago performer in the history of the pageants' to win the coveted "Miss Florida"contest.
In 2003, Alexandra filmed her first Television Movie for ABC- TV: вЂњRomy and Michelle - In The Beginning.вЂќ She then made Television history by being the first Transgendered Female to play a Transgendered Female character on Television. Soon after, she was cast as the "Nasty Transsexual with a heart of gold" on the now defunct show вЂњKaren Sisco.вЂќ In 2004, she filmed an episode of вЂњGrey's AnatomyвЂќ which won a "GLAAD Award for Outstanding Episode." She's also appeared on вЂњE.R.вЂќ and filmed the pilot вЂњNursesвЂќ for ABC playing opposite one of her childhood idols, Lynn Redgrave. In 2007 she completed her first film вЂњSocketвЂќ directed by her old Chicago pal Sean Abley and completed a pilot for F/X directed by gorgeous Ryan Murphy and co-starring Joseph Fiennes and Blythe Danner called вЂњPretty/Handsome.вЂќ
As an interesting side note, it is thought that almost every role played by her on stage, has been the only time they've ever been recreated by a Transgendered actress in the history of theatre.
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS WEBSITE: alexandrabillings
FILM PRODUCTION MANAGER - Our guest this week is DAVID JAPKA. David has been delivering outstanding production management services for 20 years. From legal and marketing insight, to scheduling and production execution, David has continuously worked to provide excellence for established and emerging filmmakers. Well versed in all elements of film production, David provides script breakdowns and budgeting for business plans and then follows through in building integrated and motivated production teams. If you need a project to run smoothly from the start to delivery... talk to David.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: What You Need For Your First Film, Legal, Organizational and Fiduciary Responsibilities of the Filmmaker
DAVID JAPKA WEBSITE: linkedin
HIP HOP ARTIST | RAPPER - This week our guest is KELDAMUZIK aka Diva. She is a hip hop artist, rapper from the Bay Area. She has just returned from her latest tour on the Barbados Islands to promote her new album entitled "Diva TV Album" which was met with great praise, critical acclaim and enthusiasm.
Keldamuzik is a sassy, classy, edgy, spitzress, prima donna, and rap goddess of "Hip Hop" music. She possesses a vibrant, regal energy. Her vocals and performance will compel you onto the dance floor. She spits fire with powerful lyrics and a vocal delivery that has tonality and colorful expressiveness. With Keldamuzik, you will never experience the typical screaming into a microphone over a distorted bass beat that overpowers the Hip Hop lyrics and the Hip Hop artist.
KELDAMUZIK WEBSITE: keldamuzik.net
DIRECTOR | WRITER | EDITOR - This week our guest is BRAD MAYS. He is an award-winning veteran of dozens of stage, television and independent film productions spanning some thirty years. Brad Mays is now, with the completion & release of "The Watermelon" and "Singularity," as well as the production of his new web series "Featherweight," finally coming into his own as a filmmaker.
His films include: the award-winning "A Way Back In," "The Bacchae," and "Stage Fright." Notable stage productions include: "The Water Hen," by Stanlislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, "Dragon Slayers," by Stanley Keyes, a multi-media adaptation of "A Clockwork Orange," Euripides' "The Bacchae," Peter Weiss' : "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the "Marquis de Sade," "Equus," and many others.
BRAD MAYS WEBSITE: bradmays
ENTREPRENEUR - This week our guest is EYAL FELDMAN. In 2002, Eyal Feldman took his $5,000 investment and set out to create a great personal lubricant. He found his answer in a product he termed "Boy Butter." It became an instant nationwide hit and has steadily gained mainstream appeal, earning the brand coverage in places such as: "Saturday Night Live," "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, "MadTV," Comedy Central's "Daily Show" and "Talk Soup" on E!
Eyal Feldman is not just the creator. He is also the face of the product, gracing most of "Boy Butter's" advertisements, commercials and various radio outlets around the globe. Today, "Boy Butter" is still a one-man show and is now sold in retail stores and online retail stores including: "Walgreen's" and "Amazon.com."
EYAL FELDMAN | BOY BUTTER WEBSITE: boybutter
DIRECTOR | WRITER | ACTOR - This week our guest is JOSHUA WEIGEL. Joshua moved to Los Angeles in 1998 with the goal of creating films that would have a positive impact on the world. He worked as an assistant at the WBTV network, which led to an Art Director position on US network promos and national commercials, including several Super Bowl spots.
In 2007, Josh began making shorts and co-wrote and directed four award winning films such as вЂњThe Butterfly CircusвЂќ that went on to win much critical acclaim. Joshua is also an actor. He has booked roles in National commercials, short films and recently appeared in the Samuel Goldwyn theatrical release, вЂњTo Save A Life.вЂќ
Joshua continues to pursue a multi-faceted career as an actor and filmmaker and is currently working on the script for the feature length version of вЂњThe Butterfly CircusвЂќ with his wife and writing partner, Rebekah.
JOSH WEIGEL WEBSITE: joshweigel
AUTHOR | KEYNOTE SPEAKER - This week our guest is JIM DREAVER. Jim teaches a path to psychological and physical freedom through learning to be authentically present. He states that "As we become more free, everything in our lives: health, creativity, relationships, finances, begin to work much more harmoniously."
His other books: "End Your Story. Begin Your Life." Mastering the Practice of Freedom," offers a simple practice for coming back to presence whenever you are experiencing conflict, upset, or suffering. "The Way of Harmony" A practical guide to integrating awakened consciousness into work, relationships, and daily life." and "The Ultimate Cure: The Healing Energy Within You," focuses on accessing the deep spiritual energy that is the source of all healing. His latest book is entitled: "Falling into Light."
All of his books can be found on Amazon or his personal website. He also provides workshops and private sessions. You will receive a FREE initial consultation for private sessions.
JIM DREAVER WEBSITE: jimdreaver
PLAYWRIGHT | FICTION WRITER -James Magruder is a playwright, translator, and fiction writer. His stories have appeared or will appear in The Gettysburg Review, The Harrington Quarterly, Bloom, Subtropics, The Normal School, Mary, and the anthologies Boy Crazy and New Stories from the Midwest. He teaches translation and adaptation at the Yale School of Drama, where he received his doctorate. His produced translations and adaptations of works by Marivaux, Moliere, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, and Dickens have been produced on and off Broadway, across the country, and in Japan and Germany. He also teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College.
His plays have been staged in Baltimore, Atlanta, and New York and published in The Art of the One-Act, Arts & Letters, and Third Coast. His writing has been supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the New Harmony Project, the MacDowell Colony, where he was named a Thornton Wilder Fellow, the Ucross Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Jerome Foundation.
The University of Wisconsin Press published his debut novel, Sugarless, last October. It was named one of вЂњTwenty Indies to WatchвЂќ by Publishers Weekly. It is one of five nominees for a Lambda Literary Award and a semi-finalist for the Cabell First Novelist Award.
JAMES MAGRUGER WEBSITE : jamesmagruder
PR CONSULTANT | AUTHOR | FOUNDER - This week our guest is SYLVIA ALLEN. In 2003, Sylvia Allen founded Sylvia's Children. This is a non-profit organization with the mission of feeding, clothing, educating and providing shelter for children in a small village in the African country of Uganda. These children were left orphaned due to losing one or both parents in the AIDS pandemic. Sylvia has constructed a fresh well, dedicated a library stocked with books, built four classroom blocks and a dormitory for house the students and teachers, and installed computers w/ Internet access. She's also brought a nurse and is providing a dentist to cure ailments such as umbilical hernias and syphilis. So far she's been able to sponsor over 200 of the school's orphans, which equates to one-third of the 1,000 students at the school.
Sylvia is an accomplished author, speaker, and business owner (for 30+ years), and has won over 50 awards. She's known globally as a sales guru, and her company, Allen Consulting, is recognized as a cornerstone in the reinvention of many of New Jersey's downtown businesses.
SYLVIA ALLEN WEBSITE: sylviaschildren
FILM DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest is DAMION DIETZ. Damion is an award-winning writer and film director, and a graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. Dietz's most recent film, "Going Maverick! The Sarah Palin Movie," is a satirical, feature-length film starring an array of puppets impersonating such notables as: President Obama, Senator John McCain, and of course Palin, voiced by American comedian, writer and radio talk show host Sara Benincasa, whose Sarah Palin вЂњvlogsвЂќ became a viral sensation on YouTube and The Huffington Post last year. It was notably featured on Comedy Central and Daily Kos.
DAMION DIETZ WEBSITE: damiondietz
RADIO & TV HOST | WRITER - This week our guest is MOTHER LOVE. You may remember her from the extremely popular daytime show called, "Forgive or Forget." She is a published author, veteran of television sitcoms, radio talk and music shows, film actress, advice columnist, motivational speaker and humorist. These days, the multi-talented and вЂњeven more fabulousвЂќ "Mother Love" is on a mission to inform, educate and enlighten people everywhere on the importance of better managed diabetes.
An accomplished author, Mother Love has written her third book вЂњHalf the MOTHER Twice the LOVE," published by Atria Books (a div. of Simon & Schuster) 2006, penned two advice-based books: "Forgive or Forget: Never Underestimate the Power of Forgiveness" (HarperCollins 1999) and "Listen Up Girlfriends" (St. Martin's Press 1995).
MODEL | WRITER | ACTIVIST - This week our guest is WILL LOSCHIAVO (AKA Will Love). Will is a model, activist, and writer for one of the largest LGBT publications in country, all at the ripe age of twenty-one. Will is a former victim of physical, verbal, and mental abuse from students and teachers alike. However, he has become a living testament that with enough drive, dedication, and determination, anything is possible in overcoming obstacles and carving out a great life for yourself.
Will Love can be seen on the cover of the April-May 2010 issue of вЂњOut in JerseyвЂќ magazine. In this issue, he co-directed the photo shoot and wrote the cover story featuring some of today's hottest entertainment acts. No longer allowing his past to control him, Will Love is a regional coordinator for the вЂњDay of SilenceвЂќ project and has been handpicked as one of the faces to represent the avante garde clothing line вЂњUnique DefinitionвЂќ due to launch in 2011.
CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER - This week our guest is JUSTIN MONROE. Justin works in LA and NY with a group of known stylists and art directors, and is also known in the international fashion industry. His vision is what captivated noted celebrity clients such as: Janice Dickinson, Perez Hilton, Amanda Lepore, as well as a diverse array of editorial clients like: "Flaunt Magazine," "Zink Magazine," "Cru Magazine," "Dayzed and Confused Magazine," "London Gay Times," "DNA" and many more.
Justin has shot hundred's of covers for magazines across the globe and has been featured on Season 2 and 4 of the show entitled, "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency." He works notably for many advertising clients that include: Magic Castle, Ruffskin, Giovanni, Sebastian International, Romanoff, The Diamond Company, Glaza, Gasoline Glamour, Skin Graft, and Sterone Underwear. Through his conceptual work he is considered the "Bad Boy of Photography."
JUSTIN MONROE WEBSITE: justinmonroe
BUSINESS MARKETING EXPERT - This week our guest is MATTHEW SKALLERUD. Matthew is President of Pink Banana Media. This company helps businesses reach gays & lesbians on the Internet, using traditional means such as: banner ads, e-mail, blogs, YouTube, Facebook and more. Matthew began his career in the GLBT marketplace in the mid-90s when there weren't too many companies that catered to the GLBT community. Matthew has become a trailblazer and a true trend-setter in this field. He has been featured in many articles and websites such as "Gay.com," "PlanetOut.com" and in the Marketplace section of the Wall Street Journal.
MATTHEW SKALLERUD WEBSITE: pinkbananamedia
SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week our guest is ARI GOLD. Award-Winning Independent Recording Artist Ari Gold has been seen and heard on: VH-1, MTV Europe, Radio 1, IFC, HBO Zone, Here! TV, BBC, FOX News, WOR, Sirius, XM, NPR and was the first independent artist to debut at #1 on MTV Network's LOGO. He has received critical acclaim from "People" magazine, "Billboard" and "HITS" as well as appeared as a style icon in "VIBE," "W" and "V."
Ari has performed with Cyndi Lauper, RuPaul, Martha Wash and Chaka Khan. In his native NYC, Ari has sold out shows and headlined at Lincoln Center. With 3 critically acclaimed albums, coffee table book and remix CD released in over 25 countries, the press has coined Ari an international sex symbol.
ARI GOLD WEBSITE: arigold
COMEDIENNE | VOICE-OVER ARTIST | PROFESSIONAL FIGURE SKATER - This week our guest is DEVEN GREEN. Deven is the creator/voice of the "Welcome To My..Comedy Parodies" series and is "America's Best Christian" as character "Betty Bowers." Deven started out as a professional figure skater whose triple-gold medal status is memorialized in her hometown located in the remote, isolated, boreal tundra of Northern Canada. She was called in by Disney to recreate the figure skating portions in the feature films "Blades of Glory" and "Ice Princess." Her sizable comic talents landed her in Toronto where she perfected her comedic sensibilities at "Second City" which helped her land national commercials and movie roles. Deven has performed over 3,000 live comedy shows in Canada, U.S., Europe and the Middle East. She performs regularly at top clubs and theatres in Los Angeles. Some of her awards include:
Most Popular Female Personality 2009 NOMINEE- WeHo Awards
Most Humorous YouTube Video 2009 - San Francisco Film Fest
Comedy Performer of the Decade 2008 - Los Angeles
Funniest Online Video 2007 - New York Magazine
Regular Top 10 Video Podcast - iTunes
DEVEN GREEN WEBSITE: devengreen
R&B SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week our guest is UNE. Une is a self-taught Singer/Songwriter from Detroit. He began his career writing and singing in local clubs and churches. His latest book entitled, "I Won't Complain" book tells the tale of his trials and tribulations growing up in the ghetto, keeping focus and having faith in his talent enough to be able to rise above it all. Une's musical style is reminiscent of Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross with a hint of a neo-soul vibe such as John Legend and Anthony Hamilton. Une's latest CD, entitled, "UNE" delivers a serious R&B sound that is smooth, sensual with a jazz feel. You will really experience his heartfelt words which are strong and at the same time, gentle. They are rooted in R&B but transcend to a more universal feeling. One of his fans commented, вЂњYou're the only singer I've seen who sounds better than his CD!вЂќ
UNE WEBSITE: unesongs
VINTAGE VOCALIST | UKULELE MUSICIAN - This week our guest is JANET KLEIN. Bearing an ever-expanding repertoire of obscure, lovely and naughty songs from the 1910's, 20's and 30's," Janet Klein is a musical archeologist hiding in the body of an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine. With her sleek bob haircut, vintage fashion sense, strikingly beautiful looks and artfully customized ukulele, Janet Klein might seem at first to be a simple novelty act. Possibly a 21st-century hipster "ironically" recreating the subtly naughty looks of a fin-de-siecle French postcard. Once Janet opens her mouth to sing...there's no Betty Boop hiccups or Mae West-style brassiness in her charmingly original voice. And when she starts to play her ukulele, it's clear that this oft-ridiculed cousin of the guitar is neither prop nor gimmick, but a delightful and under-utilized musical instrument.
JANET KLEIN WEBSITE: janetklein
FILM CRITIC | EDITOR | WRITER - This week our guest is BETTY JO TUCKER. Betty Jo currently serves as editor/lead critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews and writes film commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon, News First Online, Real Movie News, The Romance Club and the Omaha Family newspapers.
During her career as an entertainment journalist, Betty Jo has interviewed such movie/television stars and filmmakers as: Susan Sarandon, Ian McKellen, Angelina Jolie, Aidan Quinn, Barry Bostwick, Tony Shalhoub, Fred Willard, Aaron Eckhart, M. Night Shyamalan, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Griffiths, Hector Elizondo, and Annette Bening.
She belongs to the Online Film Critics Society and is a founding member of the San Diego Film Critics' Society, is a published author of two books: "CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT" and "SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK" both of which received rave reviews from film fans and critics alike.
BROADWAY PERFORMER | RECORDING ARTIST - This week our guest is CORTES ALEXANDER. Cortes recently came off a sold-out, Tony Award-winning Broadway run with Liza Minnelli, starring as one of her four intricate harmonists (The Williams Brothers) during her second act of "Liza's at the Palace." He has known Liza for 17 years, and has performed with her on two tours for seven years. Cortes was also a part of "The Tonics" and his own "Cortes Alexander Trio." He just released his debut album "Swell" which received rave reviews from the Miami Herald and Instinct Magazine, as well as garnering 5 out of 5 stars from Broadway World. The album is an eclectic blend of jazz, pop-rock and euro-lounge music, and features a mix of original songs and covers.
CORTES ALEXANDER WEBSITE: cortesalexander
CELEBRITY ESTHETICIAN - This week our guest is ENRIQUE RAMIREZ. Enrique Ramirez is the founder and owner of New York's very trendy day spa, "Face to Face NYC." This is one of only a handful of spas in the world that specializes in men's skin. The spa has had many celebrity clients, including actor and comedian Neil Patrick Harris and news and weather anchor Sam Champion. Enrique has been featured on the NBC "Today" Show, "Howard Stern" Show and is a recurring skincare expert on "SiriusXM Radio." In addition, he has been featured in close to 100 major beauty, skincare and fashion publications for his expert knowledge. Some of Enrique's Signature Treatments are: Betty Ford Treatment, Forget Me Knots, Y-Chromosome Facial, Boot Camp Facial, The Dirty Hairy Cut, The George Hamilton, Mommy Dearest Massage, Rubbing Express, South of the Border, Crackdown, Smooth Operator and last but not least, Anal Bleaching, for those of you with a "dark side" no pun intended.
ENRIQUE RAMIREZ WEBSITE: facetofacenyc
STUNT WOMAN | ACTRESS | PRODUCER | WRITER - This week our guest's are APRIL WADE and AMERICA YOUNG. April Wade and America Young both star on the hit Internet sensation, "Damsels and Dragons." This is a fun look at LARPing which means "Live Action Role Play." Check out April Wades's movie, "Junction" which is now available on DVD at Amazon and Netflix and on the TVN website. Early in 2010, April will be shooting an untitled heist dramedy pilot from creator Chris Osbrink. In March 2010, she will be in production "B4" a sci-fi, horror, psychological drama feature film from the director of "Thing in the Corner" by Matt Steadman.
AMERICA YOUNG - America has really been stinking her teeth into the webseries world having worked on not only her show "Groupidity" but also the animated "Orlando's Joint," "The Romantic Foibles of Esteban," "Nurse's Who Kill," "General Elevator" (directed by Jerry Zucker) and Felicia Day and Kim Evey's "The Guild." She has done mocap in the video games Conan 2009 (A'kana the warrior queen), Marvel Ultimate Aliiance 2, Uncharted 2, Quantum of Solace (Vesper and M) and Guitar Hero III to name a few. Some of the characters she has voiced has voiced are Wendy Darling in "TinkerBell" and Betty Cooper in "Archies Weird Mysteries." When she's not seducing the Barbarian King, kicking the crap out of Super-Heroes that support the Superhuman Registration Act, talking to fairies or head banging to Nirvana, she enjoys sipping herbal tea and sharpening her pair of Sai.
APRIL WADE WEBSITE: aprilwade
AMERICA YOUNG WEBSITE: americayoung
PRODUCTION MANAGER | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | - This week our guest is DAVID JAPKA. David has been delivering outstanding production management services for 20 years. From legal and marketing insight, to scheduling and production execution, David has continuously worked to provide back-office excellence for established and emerging filmmakers. Well versed in all elements of film production, David provides script breakdowns and budgeting for business plans and then follows through in building integrated and motivated production teams. Currently, David works with independent filmmakers as a Line Producer, Production Manager on features, shorts and documentaries. He is also a member of "Film Independent" and a regular volunteer for Jewish Family Services. He is an avid photographer, whose work has been published in the Los Angeles Times and other local publications.
DAVID JAPKA WEBSITE:
PRODUCER | COMPOSER | PERFORMER - This week our guest is CHARLIE DEMOS. Charlie is a sizzling-hot, Brooklyn-based indie pop artist. He is a vocalist, lyricist, pianist, composer, producer and live performer. With a purely astounding vocal range, the ambitious and prolific musician is able to fuse his natural affinity for soul music with punchy electro-pop, creating a musical style that is clearly his own. Charlie's debut album in 2006 had three chart-topping radio hits. "Don't Ever Stop," the album's first single, appeared in the highly-acclaimed film, "A Four Letter Word" which premiered in May 2007 at the Miami GLBT Film Festival. It was written and arranged by Charlie with co-production from Grammy Award-winning producer, Tommy Faragher. It has been described as "a smooth ride of jazzy R&B with catchy hooks and bluesy ballads."
CHARLIE DEMOS WEBSITE:
SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week our guest is DANIEL GRAY. Daniel is a singer/songwriter. As a former New Orleans resident, Daniel had to relocate during the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. He watched as everything was destroyed. But not even the harsh winds or pouring rain could take away his love and talent for music.
Daniel used this event in his life as a source of inspiration to begin working on his first album titled "Invictus," which in Latin means "Unconquerable." His new album is categorized in the genre of Dance/Pop and it was produced by multi-platinum producer and engineer, Mark Berry. It is a combination of high energy and thought-provoking ballads. His song "Cast Away," is a reflection of the emotion and sorrow New Orleans residents experienced with Hurricane Katrina.
DANIEL GRAY WEBSITE:
PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY | CO-OWNER'S - This week our guest's are Steven Levine and Stephen Lucin of "Grapevine Public Relations" one of the first boutique PR agencies dedicated to the $759 billion dollar per year LGBT market. Their specific focus is representing popular entertainment artists, thriving new businesses and non-profit organizations. Following its launch in 2007, the Los Angeles based agency instantly generated incredible enthusiasm and has come to develop a remarkable roster of very respected clientele.
They both provided answers to question's relating to "How do I break into the PR business?" They also shared the latest technique's and strategies on how to get a client maximum PR exposure. If you are at a serious point in your career or business and are ready to take a leap to the next step, hire a PR agency.
GRAPEVINE PUBLIC RELATIONS WEBSITE:
FASHION DESIGNER | FASHION CORRESPONDENT - This week our guest is JACK MACKENROTH. Jack is most notably known as a New York based, award-winning fashion designer and a leading contestant of "Project Runway: Season 4."
Jack is a competitive swimmer, having won eight medals at the World Outgames and breaking records at the Masters World Championships in Stanford, CA. Jack recently finished shooting a pilot for a new fashion-themed TV show, is the East coast correspondent for "Fashion News Live" and the founder of "Living Positive By Design," his HIV/AIDS education campaign.
PR CONSULTANT | SPEAKER | AUTHOR | FOUNDER - This week our guest is SYLVIA ALLEN. In 2003, Sylvia Allen founded Sylvia's Children. This is a non-profit organization with the mission of feeding, clothing, educating and providing shelter for children in a small village in the African country of Uganda. These children were left orphaned due to losing one or both parents in the AIDS pandemic.
Sylvia has constructed a fresh well, dedicated a library stocked with books, built four classroom blocks and a dormitory for house the students and teachers, and installed computers w/ Internet access. She's also brought a nurse and is providing a dentist to cure ailments such as umbilical hernias and syphilis. So far she's been able to sponsor over 200 of the school's orphans, which equates to one-third of the 1,000 students at the school.
Sylvia is an accomplished author, speaker, and business owner (for 30+ years), and has won over 50 awards. She's known globally as a sales guru, and her company, Allen Consulting, is recognized as a cornerstone in the reinvention of many of New Jersey's downtown businesses.
SINGER | SONGWRITER - This week's guest is SACHA SACKET. Sacha is a Los Angeles based, pop/rock, singer/songwriter, who has written and released three CD's entitled: "Alabaster Flesh," "Shadowed," "Lovers & Leaders" and a live album, since 2001. Sacha is about to release his fourth album, "Hermitage" on November 17, 2009 which can be purchased directly on his website, CDBaby.com or iTunes. Sacha has performed at hundreds of live music venues. His music has been in rotation on 150+ independent, college and NPR stations. He style of music has been compared to similar artist's such as: Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake, Sarah McLachlan, Radiohead and Chris De Burgh.
SACHA SACKET WEBSITE:
CELEBRITY ESTHETICIAN | FOUNDER | OWNER - This week our guest is ENRIQUE RAMIREZ. Enrique Ramirez is the founder and owner of New York's very trendy day spa, "Face to Face NYC." This is one of only a handful of spas in the world that specializes in men's skin. The spa has had many celebrity clients, including actor and comedian, Neil Patrick Harris and news and weather anchor Sam Champion. Enrique has been featured on the NBC "Today" Show, "Howard Stern" Show and is a recurring skincare expert on "Sirius XM Radio." In addition, he has been featured in close to 100 major beauty, skincare and fashion publications for his expert knowledge.
ENRIQUE'S SIGNATURE TREATMENT'S - Betty Ford Treatment, Forget Me Knots
PRISCILLA'S PERSONAL PICKS - Y-Chromosome Facial, Boot Camp Facial, The Dirty Hairy Cut, The George Hamilton, Mommy Dearest Massage, Rubbing Express, South of the Border, Crackdown, Smooth Operator and last but not least, Anal Bleaching (for those of you with a "dark side")
ENRIQUE RAMIREZ WEBSITE
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest is ROB WILLIAMS. Rob Williams is the co-founder of Guest House Films, an LA-based film company that is a leader in the niche of gay independent cinema. Rob has produced an astounding four films in just under three years, including: "Long-Term Relationship," "Back Soon" and "3-Day Weekend." You can find all of these movies on Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon.
Rob's newest film, "Make the Yuletide Gay," is a gay-themed family Christmas comedy starring: Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie), Gates McFadden (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Daytime Emmy Award-winner, Ian Buchanan and more. The film has sold out many film festivals, garnered much praise from critics and has won four Audience Awards from FilmOut San Diego and the Seoul LGBT Film Festival.
Rob is currently getting ready to work on some new films, including the screen adaptation of the popular book, Van Allen's "Ecstasy," and "Sticke Figures," a joint project with actor/producer Matthew Montgomery of Proteus Pictures.
ROB WILLIAMS WEBSITE: guesthousefilms
CEO / WRITER / ACTOR - This week our guest is COREY BLAKE. "You might be a musician, writer, actor, singer, painter, filmmaker, dancer, fashion designer or you might express your artistic side in other ways. Ultimately, you are a "TALENT" and "Talent" needs to be supported with strategic thinking to have an impact." -- Corey Blake
Corey Blake, CEO and Founder of "Round Table Companies" and "Writer's of The Round Table" which helps artists' (all types of talent) communicate their entertainment and business career goals with precision and strength to the target audience. Corey Blake's writing and visionary work has been published in Writer and Script magazines, and has been featured on Fox News, NBC5, Sacramento and CO, WGN (2x's), Chicago Public Radio and in print such as Young Money, Hoy, La Raza, Hispanic Executive Quarterly, MovieMaker magazine, Dance Spirit magazine, Backstage West (3x's) and Hollywood Scriptwriter magazine.
Prior to writing, Corey worked in Hollywood as a commercial and voice-over actor starring in campaigns for McDonalds, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Wrigley's, Hasbro, Miller, Mitsubishi and the infamous Yard Fitness, where Corey plays basketball naked. Corey also appeared on shows such as The Shield, Fastlane, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Diagnosis Murder, Joan of Arcadia, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch before he produced The Boy Scout and Redirect and directed and produced Gretchen Brettschneider Skirts Thirty and Unsuitable, all for Elevation 9000 Films.
RECORDING ARTIST & LIVE PERFORMER - This week our guest is CORTES ALEXANDER. Cortes recently came off a sold-out, Tony Award-winning Broadway run with Liza Minnelli, starring as one of her four intricate harmonists (The Williams Brothers) during her second act of "Liza's at the Palace." He has known Liza for 17 years, and has performed with her on two tours for seven years. He will share some funny and insightful stories with our audience.
Prior to that, he was a part of "The Tonics" and his own "Cortes Alexander Trio." He just released his debut album "Swell." This CD has received rave reviews from outlets such as the Miami Herald and Instinct Magazine, as well as garnering 5 out of 5 stars from Broadway World. The album is an eclectic blend of jazz, pop-rock and euro-lounge music, and features a mix of original songs and covers, totaling 16 tracks.
CORTES ALEXANDER WEBSITE: cortesalexander
WRITER - This week our guest is GWEN CANNON. She is the author of four books: вЂњEverything That Looks Good, Ain't Good For You,вЂќ вЂњStuck in the Dark,вЂќ вЂњScandalous,вЂќ and her latest release, вЂњStuck in the Dark II.вЂќ They are all currently on sale at Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.com. In 2010, she will release "I Won't Complain" a true life story of Burrell Bailey aka UNE' a rising celebrity R&B recording artist from Detroit, based in LA.
Gwen says, вЂњGrowing up in the ghetto, I didn't want to become a product of my environment. I continued my education, obtained my Bachelors degree, and MBA from Cornerstone University.вЂќ
GWEN CANNON WEBSITE: gwencannon
WRITER - This week our guest is LINDA J. ALEXANDER. Linda's most recent of 5 published books is "Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism."
Robert Taylor's most defining moment was a 1947 subpoenaed appearance with the House Un-American Activities Committee, in response to a fear of Communism in the United States. Today, he is incorrectly recalled as the one who "named names." Linda's book tells the truth of Taylor's life and that political "circus," his words.
LINDA J. ALEXANDER WEBSITE: lindajalexander
COMEDIAN/SELF-PROCLAIMED GURU - This week our guest is MAT ZO. Mat describes himself as a holistic comedian, rascal, absurdity guru, shameless self-promoter, dedicated financier and author. He says he develops lousy holistic products, but presents entertaining workshops across the United States, Internationally, Universally and Inter-dimensionally assisting others in his quest to make people laugh.
MAT ZO WEBSITE: gurumatzo
AUTHOR вЂ“ This week our guest is BLAKE SYLVIA.В Blake is the author of the latest book sweeping America called вЂњBefore, During & After.вЂќ This book has helped thousands of people lose weight.В It is a very simple 3-step method that will help you lose weight fast and in a healthy manner.
I have personally lost twelve pounds since I started the program.В I know that you will want to order this book. You won't believe how simple the idea is and how easy it is to follow-thru with the plan.
BLAKE SYLVIA WEBSITE:В beforeduringandafter
ACTOR/COMEDIAN вЂ“ This week our guest is ANDY BRUSO.В Andy has a degree in Theatre and Engineering. He has been a working actor and comedian in various venues for over 20 years.В On the show, he shares his experience on how he makes a good living entirely off of being a background actor.В This is an alternative way to supplement your income while pursuing your career in the entertainment business other than the typical job of waiter/waitress/bartender.В He has lots of tips on how to avoid scams, being ripped off on headshots and how to live happily on a low budget until your land your big break.
ANDY BRUSO WEBSITE:В andybrosseau
CASTING DIRECTOR вЂ“ This week our guest is MEGAN FOLEY.
She started her casting company, Megan Foley Casting, in 1987 and the rest is history. Her company books for commercial, film, industrial, television, music videos, etc. There is no job too big or too small for Megan to handle.
Your experience with Megan Foley will always be fun, professional and inspirational. She is one of the nicest, upbeat, perky and professional people in the casting business. In my opinion, she is one of the most loved people in the casting world.
MEGAN FOLEY WEBSITE:В meganfoleycasting
VIDEO EMAIL EXPERT- This week our guest is Janet Bryant.В Janet is an affiliate of HelloWorld. This company provides the latest technology in video/email marketing, networking and promoting yourself and/or your product directly to your target audience.В Perfect for actors, models, singers, dancers, comedians, muscians, etc!!!
This is smart way to practice and/or record a monologue/scene with a partner and send it directly to an agent or casting director. Rehearse scenes from the privacy of your home with your partner and avoid the hassle of traffic, parking and gas money.В If you are a comedian or musician, it's perfect to send your demo to book the gig.
VIDEO EMAIL is the wave of the future for you emails.В It's easy because you don't have to set-up of all kinds of equipment and it provides instant access to the targeted person for your visual promotion or demonstration.В
TAKE VIDEO EMAIL TOUR:
EMMY AND CLIO AWARD WINNING CASTING DIRECTOR, AUTHOR & ACTING COACH - This week our guest is STUART STONE.В "Stuart Stone Casting" is responsible for casting hundreds of domestic and worldwide television commercials as well as numerous other media projects such as:В В television, print, scripted, non-scripted, industrial, promo and music video communities worldwide.
Some of his clients include:В Gillette, Chrysler, Honda, Heineken, Doritos, Fruit of the Loom, Arco, Sony Playstation, Pringles, Macy's, Lysol, KFC, Visa, Kodak, Nike, etc.В Visit his website for a complete list of projects.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITERвЂ“ This week our guest is NATASA PROSENC.В Natasa is a Slovenian-born filmmaker and artist.В She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and had the honor of working for Slovenian State TV as a Writer & Director of different cultural programs and for the Slovenian CNN branch.
She came to Los Angeles on a Fulbright Scholarship to study at CalArts where she earned her MFA in film and video.В Currently, she directs feature films, short films, documentaries and video art installations which have won various awards and grants.
ACTRESS/SINGER - This week's guest is PAMELA CLAY MAGATHAN.
Pamela trained under the late, great Sanford Meisner who told her: "You may very well be a true character actress, and can hold your own with anyone." She is currently studying in Gene Bua's Master Acting Class.
Pamela Clay won вЂњBest Actress AwardвЂќ for "Eliza" in вЂњMy Fair LadyвЂќ her Senior year, starred in BMI-Award winning all-original musical вЂњSun, SonвЂќ and played "Chava" opposite Mandy Patinkin in вЂњFiddler On The RoofвЂќ at KU. She won GWU's "Paul Parady Memorial Award" for "Outstanding Contributions to the University Theatre", and also played "Jenny" in вЂњThree Penny Opera.вЂќ
Pamela starred opposite MASH's William Christopher in Marilyn Monroe's role вЂњThe Girl" in вЂњThe Seven Year ItchвЂќ in Manassas, Virginia at the Hayloft Dinner Theatre and as вЂњTansyвЂќ in вЂњThe NerdвЂќ at the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. She has also played opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Currently, Pamela Clay performs Edith Piaf (& more!) in Hollywood legend Skip E. Lowe's вЂњCelebrity ShowcaseвЂќ on Monday nights at Trilussa Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. She also appears regularly in Hollywood with her all-original New Orleans rock band, Catahoula
SINGER/SONGWRITER вЂ“ This week, we are proud to present KAY WILDER.В If you really like Country music, you must have heard Kay Wilder on your local country radio stations.В For those who have never heard of her, Kay Wilder is a country artist best known for her albums "Blue Ridge Dream" and the recently released "Caffeine and Country Music."
Songs like "Dime Box TX" and "Come Out and Dance" from each of these albums have reached the top five on the U.S. country music charts, surpassing artists such as Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire.
Each of Wilder's albums displays the words "Warning: This CD contains Real Country Music." Wilder's albums have a more rustic and traditional sound that has not been heard in years. Her inspiration stemmed from the early music of Willy Nelson, Jimmy Buffet and Dwight Yoakam.
While everyone has their own musical preferences, anyone can appreciate the initiative Wilder clearly possesses. Not only does she write her own storytelling lyrics and music, but she also designs the graphics for her albums and produces the music from her production company "She Cooks Too Records."
ACTOR STUDIO OWNER/TALENT MANAGER - This week, we focus on our guest's from "IN THE MOMENT ACTING STUDIO" owned and operated by TOMMY YBARRA.В The studio was created to help actors within the Inland Empire area. They provide a place for acting students to train, work on their craft as well as network with other actors. Many of their actors have appeared on major commercials, television shows, and feature films.
Their classes teach the following:В Performance for Television, Film, & Commercials, Audition Skills, Cold Reading, Camera Technique, Commercial Workshop, Scene Study, Script Analysis, Q&A's with Actors, Directors and Casting Directors.В They offer classes for Kids, Teens, & Adults.В Their monthly cost is $75.00 and classes are offered on Tuesday, Saturday, & Sunday.В
They are proud to announce their new internet radio show called вЂњFRONT ROW."В They feature Skits, interview Actors, Directors, Producers, & Casting Directors.
PRODUCER/WRITER - This week's guest is MARCUS WINTERS.В Marcus currently attends the American Film Institute (AFI), where he is in the MFA Producing program. As an undergraduate, Marcus attended North Carolina A&T State University, Texas A & M University-Commerce and holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, where he studied screenwriting, directing, and documentary film.
He most recently traveled to Kenya, Africa to direct and produce an independent short documentary about Kibera, Africa's largest slum, directed and produced the short documentary, вЂњNative Americans At DartmouthвЂќ and worked on Helen Hood Scheer's documentary feature, вЂњJumpвЂќ which explores the world of competitive jump rope.
CELEBRITY VOCAL COACH - This week's guest is JEANNIE DEVA. She is an international performer, celebrity Master vocal coach, clinician, and trainer of voice teachers. She is the originator of The Deva MethodВ® вЂ“ A Non-Classical Approach for Singers. Some celebrities among the thousands of singers who own her вЂњContemporary VocalistвЂќ book and CD's are Patti LaBelle and Robert Plant.
As a Recording Studio Vocal Specialist, she has been endorsed by engineers and producers such as: Aerosmith, Elton John, Bette Midler, the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. She has been interviewed on E! Entertainment and the TV Guide Channels.
Her client list ranges from Grammy Award winners and American Idol Finalists, to back-up singers for Christina Aguilera, Elton John, Celine Dion, and Stevie Wonder, members of the J. Geils Band, Foghat, Patty Griffin, lead singers in Broadway's вЂњWicked,вЂќ вЂњGrease,вЂќ вЂњColor PurpleвЂќ and вЂњLion King.вЂќ
There is a growing network of certified Deva Method teachers on East and West coasts of the United States as well as one in Sydney, Australia. Jeannie's private voice studio is located here in Los Angeles.
ACTRESS/MODEL/SINGER - This week"s guest is CHRISTINA DeROSA. Christina is a series regular on HBO/CineMax"s new groundbreaking series "Zane's Sex Chronicles." She has also appeared in smash-hit shows such as: "Worst Week", "Dollhouse", "Everybody Hates Chris", "Reno 911!", "General Hospital", and "Entourage". Christina is slated to appear in several films in the Fall of 2008, including: "Extreme Movie", "The Grind", "Marco Polo", "Palo Alto" "The Group" and "Run! Bitch Run!"
Christina is also the spokes model for "Shoes For The Stars", "A Unique Shoe Design for a Unique Woman" and "Timmy Woods", "The handcrafted wooden handbags, which are a fresh statement in fashion, and sculptured pieces of art".
Christina was featured in the July 2007 issue of Playboy as "The After Hours Babe of the Month". Aside from acting and modeling, this multi-talented firecracker is busy rehearsing with Music Director and renowned concert pianist, Cody Gillette to debut in December with their Cabaret Piano Bar Show.
WRITER/DIRECTOR - This week's guest is DOUG CONANT. Doug Conant is the founder of Group Six Films. This is a motion picture production company which will revolutionize independent filmmaking by implementing a cutting-edge low budget production model in the creation of studio quality pictures. The focus is on stories and characters that immerse the audience in an honest, inspiring human experience. They are dedicated to producing engaging cinema, both live action and animation that entertains and enlightens.
One of Doug Conant's films was featured on the Fox Searchlight website. His film вЂњSleepingвЂќ was one of only four films chosen for the New Filmmakers Festival and currently, Doug is hard at work on the script for their first feature-length drama entitled, "The center of the Sun." This film will expand on the theme of spiritual and emotional recovery from rape and assault. Group Six Films is teaming with industry veteran Frank Metayer and Lief Productions for this project. "The center of the Sun" is supported by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the USA, and Peace Over Violence, the largest rape crisis agency in Los Angeles.
ACTOR/COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT/POET - This week's guest is Joher Coleman. He was an actor on the popular sitcom, "Head of the Class" and had recurring roles on programs like "UnderCover," "Way to Go" and most recently, playing Mr. Singh on "Handy Manny." As a communications consultant for LA Casting, his goal is to insure the needs and desires of his fellow actors are actively addressed. In his spare time, Joher writes poetry.
SINGER/SONGWRITER - This week's guest is UNE, pronounced "you nay" who sings about life's journeys. When you hear him sing, you know that he has experienced a myriad of peaks and valleys in his lifetime. You will be carried on a vocal journey filled with passion, various emotions and a peaceful calm of understanding. UNE's style is reminiscent of Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross and evokes the neo-soul vibe of John Legend and Anthony Hamilton.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER/ACTOR вЂ“ This week's guest is Richard Ryan.В In my opinion, I think he is an up and coming force in the вЂњYoung Hollywood.вЂќВ He is a very talented young man.В He has an understanding and appreciation not only the вЂњartist aspectвЂќ but a keen understanding of the necessity of knowing the вЂњbusiness aspectвЂќ as well.
FILMMAKER/MUSICIAN вЂ“ This week's guest is Jason Juez Steck. Jason is a singer/songwriter/producer/screenwriter/director. He has a number of music and film projects completed and also in progress. He is a prominent member of the West Side Renaissance Art Collective. Notable projects include the feature film "The Curse of Hemet", and his self-titled debut album "The Universal Subjective".
WE WILL DISCUSS... What it is like pursuing a career as a musician and filmmaker. How to survive on a small budget and still finance your music and film projects. His work with West Side Renaissance art collective.
SINGER/SONGWRITER - This week's guest is Kelley Foster. This is a very light, funny and upbeat show. Due to a cancellation of a guest, Miss Kelley Foster joins Priscilla as a co-host. They discuss many interesting things such as a former guest, Asian pop star, Chelsea Emata, of the group вЂњ3 DAZEвЂќ on MTV's вЂњTop Pop Group.вЂќ
You will find out the scoop on the hit musical вЂњWickedвЂќ playing at вЂњThe Pantage'sвЂќ theatre and more.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER вЂ“ This week's guest is ARUN VIR. She is an award-winning writer/director/producer whose experience reaches both sides of the Atlantic. Arun began her career in England, stage-managing productions for British FRINGE theater companies. She moved on to coordinating documentaries and news magazine programs for British television networks. HBO featured Arun on its 'Women to Watch' website - a site which tracks exciting, new emerging female artists. Arun was a recipient of the Directing Workshop for Women Award, a prestigious program for nascent women directors sponsored by the American Film Institute and The Sony Corporation. She is also Co-Chair of the Alliance of Women. Arun just completed her DVD trailer for her latest feature titled вЂњSuburban TurbanвЂќ -- a coming of age urban, comedy/drama about a young Indian man's struggle with his identity after his parents plan an elaborate вЂњTURBAN TYINGвЂќ ceremony for him post 9-11.
WE WILL DISCUSS... "How To Make A Viral Video"
ARUN VIR WEBSITE: reddirtentertainment
WRITER/EDITOR/COPYWRITER/WORDSMITH вЂ“ This week's guest is SUE PUBLICOVER. Sue is officially noted as "Chief Executive Wordsmith" for вЂњWriters of the Round Table.вЂќ This is an online company that provides development and marketing of written content, such as novels, how to books, screenplays, plays, etc., for a diverse array of clients. Sue's background in advertising and marketing helps her clients explore innovative methods for promoting their written work. Her experience as a professional writer/editor/copywriter helps them find the right words. Sue has taught strategic marketing and writing seminars, authored and co-authored countless articles, on more than a dozen e-books on topics ranging from credit building to potty training.
WE WILL DISCUSS... вЂњHow do you market your book? What do you do once you've written your manuscript? The author platform: What is it and how do I get one? The value of mentoring for a writer. Remember your audience.вЂќ
SUE PUBLICOVER WEBSITE: writersoftheroundtable
SINGER/SONGWRITER/PULITZER PRIZE NOMINEE - This week's guest is TYANA PARR (Ty Parr). She is a singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, engineer and producer. She plays the flute, piano, blues harp, keyboard and all Latin percussion instruments, not to mention that she was blessed with an extraordinarily rich voice. She was a lead vocalist with Englebert Humperdinck, Smokey Robinson, Ramsey Lewis, Reo Speedwagon, Great White, which brought forth the Platinum Block-Buster album, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy."
Most notably, Ty Parr received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her work on the 1996 church-burnings story published in USA TODAY of which she is very proud.
WE WILL DISCUSS... "Writing For The Right Singer"
As a Singer/Songwriter, you have to know when another singer may be the best 'singer' for your song, you have to put your own personal singing aspirations aside to bring truth to the song. Tips on how to find your musical style as a singer.
ACTRESS, FORMER FASHION DESIGNER - This week's guest is NAVAH RAPHAEL. Nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" in "Grappling With Your Demons" by the 2008 Action on Film International Film Festival. Navah is also a self-proclaimed animal communicator and healer. We discuss Navah's soon to be released movie, вЂњHeartwood." Her return to acting after a career as a fashion designer. What are some scenarios that would prompt a career change and return? How does she communicate and heal animals?
FIRE MANIPULATOR/STUNTMAN/ESCAPE ARTIST/EVENT PRODUCER - This week's guest is TED SHRED. Performing a вЂњHoudini-esqueвЂќ straight jacket and chain escape as an opener, Ted Shred. He talks about his amazing and dangerous world of fire, featuring numerous forms of fire retention, multiple torch fire-eating and mega blast fire breathing.
He also tells us of his various businesses which include: BAT PACK TALENT - Talent agency which specializes in questionable actors and his wildly popular corporate and private celebrity events. These events can be so elaborate, magical and awesome, that he is booked years in advance by celebrities and moguls in the corporate world to have the "TED SHRED" experience. He has worked with and is friends with most of the A-list people in the entertainment business, but you wouldn't know it by his down-to-earth style and generous spirit.
PSYCHOLOGIST/CAREER COACH/AUTHOR - вЂњDr. DebbieвЂќ is a Clinical Psychologist as well as a Certified Career Coach. Dr. Debbie Campbell has been in practice for over 17 years. As a Coach, Dr. Campbell assists individuals and organizations to achieve their goals and increase their career success. Dr. Debbie has a Masters Degree in Counseling, a Masters Degree in Education, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
We will be discussing the tools you need to obtain complete focus and drive which will help you to navigate towards success in the entertainment business.
ACTRESS/PRODUCER/WRITER - This week's guest is Laquita Cleare. Laquita founded Salsera Productions to create work not only for herself as an actor, but for other writers, directors, and actors. She is currently producing a web series, вЂњSecret FridaysвЂќ which has been reviewed and is quickly gaining popularity among viewers. She is also in development on the feature film вЂњDear Shaylee.вЂќ
We will be discussing how you can create a name and successful career as an actor, writer, producer or director by starting your own productions company. Don't wait around to be discovered by someone! Discover yourself and your abilities and carve out a path for yourself.
VOICEOVER PRODUCER - This week's guest is Marc Cashman. Marc is one of the best voiceover producers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry. Over the past fifteen years his company, "Cashman Commercials" has received over 150 advertising awards in local, regional, national and international competitions, including the esteemed ADDY and CLIO Awards. We will be discussing: how to get started, importance of your first demo reel and where to find the best classes to get started.
ACTOR вЂ“ This week's guest is celebrity actor, Ernest Thomas. Ernest is best known as вЂњRajвЂќ the star of a sitcom called "What's Happening!!" Currently, he is the recurring character, Mr. Omar, on the hit series, "Everybody Hates Chris." We will be discussing what it was like being the star of your own sitcom. How to reinvent yourself for new projects. What it takes to make it in show business. How to stay in the mix of the biz.
WRITER вЂ“ This week's guest is author, Sophie Mokhtari. Discussion of her latest book; вЂњChina GirlвЂ¦A Daughter's Journey.вЂќ This is the first novel in the вЂњLemonade Series.вЂќ The goal of this series is to provide a voice for women who have suffered and to bring hope to all those who want to survive and succeed with strength and courage. Advice is provided on how you can write your first prize-winning script and get it published.
SINGER/SONGWRITER - This week's guests are actors, Alyssa Carter and Lyn Mahler. We discuss the obstacles, challenges, trials and tribulations that each have encountered and prevailed as a young, beautiful actor at the beginning of her career and an older, beautiful actor in the middle of her career.
SINGER/SONGWRITER - The guest this week is singer, songwriter, Andrea Miller. Andrea shares her story of what it was like to have worked recently with Celine Dion, David Foster and Alan & Marilyn Bergman on a vocal demo. She tells of a plug-in feature called Antaris, which will give you perfect pitch on your musical recordings. She tells of one of the ways that a celebrity singer learns original songs to record. She gives advice and tips on how to make it as an Independent recording artist.
COMEDIENNE - This week's guest is Comedienne, Professional Whistler, Carole Anne Kaufman. They discuss how to get started in stand-up comedy, how to find your comic style, what tools and classes you need to get started and market yourself as a professional comedian.
SINGER/SONGWRITER - This week's guest is singer, songwriter, actress, Chelsea E. They discuss how to make it as an Independent recording artist. How to find the right market for your vocal style. What tools you need to gain traction in the music business and market yourself ultimately as a business.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER - This week's guest is Emmy Award winner, Mary Lou Belli. She educates us on the sitcom process from start to finish, professionalism on the set, differences between shooting a sitcom from single and multi-camera perspectives.В She provides resource information on how to advance your sitcom career. You can find more information on how to become a sitcom actor from her book entitled, "The Sitcom Career Book."
ACTOR - This weeks' guest is celebrity actress, singer, Geri Reischl. She is most famous for her role as Jan Brady on вЂњThe Brady Bunch HourвЂќ and K.T. in the horror film cult favorite, вЂњThe Brotherhood of SatanвЂќ along with singing with Sammy Davis Jr. They discuss the importance of having a great headshot and how to make sure you choose the right photographer.
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - This week's guest is blogger/actor/podcaster Daniel Krause. Dan expresses his distaste of reality shows, latest scoops in showbiz news, the level of difficulty to break into the voiceover business and finally the congressional battle going on between the incandescent versus fluorescent light bulb.