An Interview With Actor Bobby Anderson

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Bobby Anderson is an aspiring actor and co-company manager of RWS& Associates; here is a link to his website:

http://andersor.wix.com/robertmichaela

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: Acting is the only thing I ever saw myself doing with my life. there is something euphoric about allowing oneself to completely become immersed in another character, and it’s both spiritually and creatively stimulating.

Q: What is RWS and Associates?

A: RWS and Associates is a full in house entertainment and production company based out of NYC, headed by Ryan W Stana and a powerhouse team of entertainment professionals. Their client list is remarkable and the company is highly respected amongst the industry

Q: What role do you play in the company?

A: I am currently a co-company manager and different leading characters in their new productions at Idlewild in Pennsylvania, and occasionally am called to do behind the scenes work such as scouting at the model and talent expo in Dallas, TX

Q: Who are some of your acting influences?

A: Early on, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were big influences, as my “type” tends to be more golden age musical theatre and vintage/period American (such as WW2, 20′s, 30′s, etc). More contemporary, on the other hand, my influences range from Rachel McAdams in “To the Wonder” and Eric Mccormack in “Perception.” Although I am viewed as an upbeat and funny guy, the roles I succeed best at are more dramatic/serious in nature.

Q: .What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?

A: I have the most amazing day job! I work at a dog daycare, Posh Pet Care, and they offer amazingly flexible hours to allow for auditions during the day and I work the night shifts. I bathe, feed, and take care of tons of dogs on a daily basis.

Q: What’s your cutest dog story?

A: There’s one dog, Bruno, and he’s a mixed breed Mini-pin and just about every day I am able to rock him to sleep in my arms. Q: What famous role could you have nailed A: The role of Jack in Titanic. Honestly, I’m just about as young at heart with love and romantic in nature as that role could ever ask for. I’m also great with vintage and period roles, so I totally could rock that role.

Q: What role did you play in The Drowsy Chaperone?

A: I played the male lead, Robert Martin

Q: What did you do to prepare for the role?

A: The biggest challenge in the role for me was rollerskating blind folded toward a 13 foot stage drop, having never rollerskated before on vintage 1920′s skates. I had to take weekly skating lessons on top of an intense vocal and dance rehearsal daily. It was an intense process but it paid off when I was nominated bu the Kennedy Center for an Irene/Ryan actor award for outstanding leading performance.

Q: If you could change one thing about show business what would it be?

A: Image and the pressure to fit into a “leading” stereotype. I know models with Ford Models and Wilhelmia who eat cotton balls and water for lunch to stay thin. I am who I am, and I am fit and stay active not just for my roles but also because it’s who I am, and I’m not going to let anyone, especially the “industry” tell me otherwise. I spent a year listening to professionals and stylists and image consultants and didn’t book a thing. I did what I felt would work for me and I’ve been booking like crazy. Just sayin’.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Jaybird St. Productions Director Jason Walker

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Jason Walker is the executive director of Jaybird St. Productions; here is a link to it’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/JaybirdStProd 

 

Q: What inspired you to start Jaybird Productions?

A: For literally as long as I can remember, I’ve only wanted to be an artist & entertainer.  My experiences growing up from childhood into my mid-20s have led me to a love & appreciation for all arts, but I’ve primarily focused on acting, poetry, & music.  In my late 20s, I attended the New England Institute of Technology for Video & Radio Production; I felt that knowing what happened behind the camera/microphone would give me a better understanding of what was required of me in front.  During my mid-30s, I entered the RI film & TV community; I helped groups like the RIFC & SENE, & I watched some of the best operate behind the camera.  After being lead producer for the Providence 48 Hour Film Project for 3 years, I felt like I could start directing & producing film; after my first production, “Who’s Cafe”, received great reviews, I decided to continue in this vein.

Q: What kind of services do you offer?

A:JSP takes the work I’ve either written myself or found elsewhere & produces quality projects for distribution.  We also plan events to promote these projects & search for other artists to promote, without altering said artists’ processes.

Q: What can you offer that other production companies can’t?

A:Every production company can do what the others do.  Some people think that they have a special knack & don’t want to give away trade secrets, but I disagree with that philosophy.  We can’t be in all places at all times, but if someone we turn down then asks us for a recommendation to others, we need to be sure that those we recommend would do a job of sufficient quality.  What makes JSP different from the other companies is what makes every company different: the people.  No one else will bring my ideas, my open & creative mind, my sharp eye & ear, or my process to the table, so nothing will look, sound, or otherwise be like what I do.

Q: What was the most challenging thing you ever had to produce?

A:Being lead producer for the RIFC’s Providence 48 Hour Film Project was a challenge, because I had to take point on everything.  Coordinating the schedules of venues, judges, & volunteers isn’t an easy thing, but I had some great help & managed to pull off some great events for those three years.

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it effect running your production company?

A:I don’t have a day job.  Right now I have other funds that assist me in managing day-to-day life, so that I can focus on making this endeavor fruitful, but I would be homeless, if I had to be, just to make sure nothing distracted me from working in this capacity.

Q: You contributed writing to Shallow Graves magazine, what is the theme?

A:SG is a magazine devoted to all things sci-fi/fantasy.  This ranges from medieval & magical fare, like Game of Thrones & Lord of the Rings, to supernatural & horror, like the Nightmare on Elm St. & Friday the 13th franchises.

Q: What made you interested in writing for it?

A:I was personal friends, as well as colleagues in theater, with the owners & editors, & they needed assistance in not just getting articles but also promotional events.  I did some research for them & provided reviews.

Q: What do you like about LA?

A:LA is a warm & vibrant city, & its communities are diverse.  There’s a place for every type of artist/entertainer/media person.  Also, it’s large enough so that, if you don’t feel successful in one area, you can just go into another.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A:Due to the immense size of the city & county, & to the fast-paced nature of today’s society, travel requires independent transportation; if you’re not in LA proper, the Metro system doesn’t work well for those who do more than just perform.

Q: If you could meet a famous producer who would it be and why?

A:I have ideas for bettering the industry & society as a whole, so I would want to meet a producer who has not only the ability to make this happen but the interest interest in doing so.  People like Oprah Winfrey & Ellen DeGeneres are well-known for their giving natures, plus they understand what it means to be on either/both sides of the camera; I would like to meet one of those ladies.

 

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

 

An Interview With Writer/Producer Matthew Clark

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Matthew Clark hosts and produces the monthly video sketch show Show Your Shortz at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. His screenplay Rodeo Driver, was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival. He produces the web-series The Watering Hole: here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.kingmanproductions.com/

 

Q: What made you interested in sketch comedy?

A:For me, it’s always been a natural feeling so it really came to me organically.

Q: What inspired you to start Show Your Shortz?

A:I didn’t create Show Your Shortz but I took over the show for someone.  The show’

s format is right up my alley and I was able to bring something new to it and give it the respect it deserves.

Q: What do you think are the ingredients for a good comedy sketch?

A:Hard work, original content. Creative writing.

Q: Who are some of your comedic influences?

A:Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Mike Myers

Q: Why do you think The Watering Hole is so popular?

A: I think initially it became very popular because it was a subject (racism) a lot of people didn’t want to touch but was done in such an hilarious way double meanings and non-sequitars that the brilliant writing of  The Watering Hole really spoke to people in a way they could relate to.

Q: What kind of day job (or income source) do you have and how does it influence your creative work?

A:I have a 9-5 job and it basically kills all creativity I have so it’s up to me to work on my craft under the radar at work and keep it alive by igniting it when I am not at work.

Q: What is Rodeo Driver about?

A:A comedy; classified, and will be hilarious.

Q: What is your oddest work story?

A: I wrote one two weeks ago about an old time filler station, some weird accents and a desert.  I must have been on the drink.

Q: What do you like about Burbank?

A:Clean town overall and lots to do.

Q: What would you change about it?

A: I don’t actually live in Burbank so I can’t answer that honestly.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Actor Danny Pardo

 

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Danny Pardo is an actor who is featured in the upcoming film Angel of Death. He starred in the film Counterpunch and is a series regular on The Shield; here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.dannypardo.com/

 

Q:  What made you want to be an actor?
A: At age 17 and after graduating form High School and while studying through University of Belgrano my Business Degree and afterwards my Marketing Degree, I started working in the corporate world at one of my father’s company, a Mattress Manufacturing Company in Argentina. For 15 years straight I have been in the business world developing and creating the demand of non-existent products for existent markets and introducing and creating new markets with completely new products. At 32 years of age, life found me at a crucial moment where I had realized that “I wasn’t having fun in my life”, and that businesses per-se where killing me slowly from the inside. Upon realizing that, I remembered then and there when I was nine I was watching a black and white TV show and saw this kid acting in it, and my immediate thought back then was “wow, that looks fun”. And after thinking that, it was as if a thunderbolt hit me right in my forehead opening me up to a new world that before was concealed to me and unavailable. And in August 17 of 2003, I declared that “Who I am is An Actor and I want to have fun in my life”. Such was the impact of this declaration and this new life, that on the 16 of September 2003, four weeks later, I filmed my first commercial for the Florida Lottery in Miami.
Q:  What is Angel of Death about?
A: Unfortunately I can’t disclose too much info about Angel of Death but it is a Crime/Drama movie, where good people are wronged by bad people, the good people want revenge and it’s a mix of you don’t know who really is the bad guy and who is the good guy. But one thing I can tell you is that I had a lot of fun!


Q:
 What role do you play?
A: I played the principal role of DON LUCIANO, the heir of the Los Angeles Italian Mafia, whose father was very good friends with the Russian Mafia boss (Armand Assante) and is taking the business according to his own view.
Q:  How did you prepare for the role?
A: I didn’t want to use the stereotype American-Italian Mafia bosses that have been seen on so many movies to create my character. So I started by going authentic Italian (which I am in part). I created him as a complicated character who was never acknowledge by his father as being good at anything since he was a kid back in Trieste. Lacking the father son relationship, made him resentful towards his father and promised himself to be more and better than his father. And then I kept on building from there… LOL

Q:  What makes films about organized crime so popular?
A: I guess that since organized crime is real BUT very few people are involved in it (comparing to the 7.1 billion people in this planet) that this genre enables us to have a peek into that scary and intricate underground world and this way we get to live it vicariously… that’s what I believe…
Q:  What is your oddest on set story?
A: Probably the oddest one is that I can’t think of the oddest one. But if I have to pick one was while filming Prison Break in Dallas, they drove me to a Jungle just south of the city that would represent Panama. After filming on that location for the length of the shooting, the last day when we wrapped and after about one hour of changing myself back to my clothes and prepping to leave set, when I got out to the “Jungle” it was gone. The whole entire Jungle was a fake Jungle (the plants were real) and a line of trucks where loading them and taking them somewhere else. It’s odd that I didn’t realize it and I believed it was a real jungle.

Q:  You Play a Mexican Commando on “The Shield”; how did you get the role?
A: I auditioned for it. I came in the room certain of who the guy was and I manned the audition telling the Casting Director what was going on in the scene and how I wanted to put the chair and I even told her something I wanted her to do. I guess it worked ☺


Q:
 Who are your acting influences?
A: Contrary to many actors, I don’t have one, two or three actors that I look up to. Who and what has influenced me and more precisely what has inspired me and keeps inspiring me, is the truth with which the role has been portrayed and in that, the willingness of the actor’s identity to disappear and allow the role to come alive via his instrument. If I get touched, moved and inspired by what I see on screen, I have been influenced.

Q:  You played a boxing promoter in Counterpunch; what did you do to research the role?
A: I went back to basics for this role. I asked myself all the questions about him, did some on-line research, pulled from some life experiences that I wanted to use, invented many others, etc. But most importantly, I constantly checked with the Director if what I believed and I had created for myself was going to move the film forward. Because ultimately, like in the corporate world the company’s goals give a frame for your personal goals within that company, in films it’s about the movie.


Q:
 What would you change about Hollywood?


A:
Hmmmm… interesting question. This can be a very long answer because it has so many different aspects to it. But to pick one thing I would change, is to make Hollywood and Los Angeles competitive again so jobs can come back.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Writer/Producer Joel Eisenberg

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Joel Eisenberg is a writer and producer who co-founded All Cities Media Group. He wrote The Chronicles of Ara and produced the film April Showers: here is a link to the all cities website:

http://www.allcities.org/

 

Q: What is The Chronicles of Ara about?

 

A: What happens when we discover that all of the world’s creation has been inspired by a corrupted muse? When a mysterious code is deciphered deep within the texts of some of history’s darker masterworks, warning of an imminent return to dragon-scorched earth, one man must convince a skeptical world of this tragic “endgame” before it’s too late. Only he is assured, and correctly so, of thefind’s validity …Supporting characters in this 8-volume epic fantasy series include Mary Shelley,Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Jules Verne, William Shakespeare and many more.

 

Q: What inspired you to write it?

 

A: I have long been fascinated by the concepts of artistic inspiration and influence. Art can change lives. I reverse-engineered the concept of “artistic creation” to attempt a study of its origins – within a fantasy framework. Also, to me, regarding the artists as listed above: As authors, they tended to troll their own “primality” a bit more than most. In other words, as many of these specific writers were inspired by the “dark,” they peeked into man’sbleaker nature and often confronted uncomfortable truths – about themselves and humanity, in general.

We study this idea in our series …

 

Q:  You wrote a book called “Aunt Bessie’s How To Survive A Day Job While Pursuing The Creative Life. which contains interviews with successful people including Tom Cruise and Clive Barker. What inspired you to put the anthology together?

 

A: I worked over 100 day jobs (teacher, telemarketer, insurance salesman, etc.) some for days – before I was able to make my living as a writer. I was frustrated, and needed a mentor. I reached out to celebrities through book signings and emails, and was shocked at the response. Most of the people I reached out to agreed to be interviewed.

 

Q: What do you think is the most inspiring story in the book?

 

A: Personally, I’ve always been partial to author Clive Barker in this book. He was on the dole in England, put writer (poet) on his papers so he could collect, knowing he wouldn’t get a job. Ultimately, he made it. Why is this inspiring to me? Because he knew he was an artist from the beginning and never waivered. In fact, when I approached him, he said, “I’ll do it under one proviso. That you understand from the beginning I’ve never worked a day job.” He was the only one in the book who had not. I found his extreme sense of identity from early on very inspiring.

 

Q: My day job as a customer service rep for a company that gives high interest loans to students at colleges with low standards make me want to take a leap off the Vista; how can I use it to advance my creative work?

 

A: You very simply need to do it. There is no magic bullet. John Grisham worked full-time as an attorney yet still made time to write. Everyone has excuses -the kids, work – but those people that work their passions (as opposed toworking “on” their passions) in their spare time are frequently the ones who succeed.

 

Q: What is April Showers about?

 

A: A film about the Columbine school shooting tragedy, written and directed by a survivor of the event.

 

Q: How is it different from other films that have been inspired by Columbine?

 

A: Mainly, it was written and directed by a survivor – who lost one of his close friends in the shooting. The writer/director’s name is Andrew Robinson. I am very proud of that film.

 

Q: What is All Cities Media Group?

 

A: A group I co-founded about ten years ago to level the playing field between artists and finance. We have been hosted by Paramount Studios and Warner Brothers for a few years, Sunset Gower Studios, various law firms, and so on.The All Cities Media Group is a subgroup of The All Cities Network, anorganization founded by my friend Eric Shaw over 20 years ago, a professional networking organization for finance and real estate professionals.

 

Q: What qualifies someone to join ACMG?

 

A: You would need to have one published work, one film in distribution, a song published, etc. The group is primarily for established professionals. What I do outside of this group in networking terms, for those who are not yetestablished, is speak around the country about networking. Remember, I used tobe a teacher so this comes naturally to me and I’m happy to do it.

 

Q: What would you change about Hollywood?

 

A: Here’s my thoughts on Hollywood which says it all: “Everything in this business is bullshit until the check clears.”

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Financial Healer Mary Jane Allen

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Mary Jane Allen is a financial healer and radio host; here is a link to her website:

http://manifestyourlifedream.com/

 

 

Q: What exactly is a financial healer?

 

A: The title Financial Healer is my Life Purpose in this lifetime. My work involves healing fears, misbeliefs, illusions and other forms of negative energy we take on from past experiences and our negative perceptions of those experiences that keep us from living a prosperous, fulfilling life. I accomplish this work by using the Akashic Records, which are an enormous energetic data base that contains all of the history of every Soul that has ever existed. The Akashic Records are referred as “the Records” in the Christian bible and are also called the Hall of Records or the Mind of God. This is healing at the Soul level and is the deepest form of healing we have available to us while in a human body.

Q: What are your qualifications for the job?

 

A: I have been trained in reading and healing in the Akashic Records as well I have been mentored by several amazing spiritual teachers to develop my clairaudience, clairvoyance, claircognizance and clairsentience and in the development of intuitive coaching skills to allow me to be of the highest service to my clients. The Akashic Records allow me to heal Soul level wounds for my clients, and this is the deepest form of healing available to us while in a human body. As well, when we heal in the Akashic Records the healing is permanent.

Q: What are the most common things that hold people back from financial success?

 

A: Fear of judgment is a big one and this is based on the fact that in many areas of the world, people judge those who are wealthy or prosperous. The judgment comes from feeling like you can’t be prosperous and therefore not feeling like it is “fair” that the wealthy person has prosperity. Oftentimes people want what the wealthy person has but don’t see that they can achieve it, if they work at their goals and get the help they need.

 

Another big one is not feeling deserving or worthy of prosperity and wealth. This often comes from incidents we’ve had as children. It can even be small incidents that happen over time, and our perception of the criticism from our parents or relatives or in the community that makes us feel we are not worthy of having good things in life.

 

Fear of success and wealth and fear of Life Purpose is another common one.

This comes as a result of seeing and feeling as a child that society criticizes and doesn’t approve of wealth and success when others have it and we feel we can’t. It’s often related to the first example.

 

Many people often have the perception that it’s too much work to become prosperous and this can stem from societal and familial beliefs like “money doesn’t grown on trees” or “you have to work hard for money”. These are both illusions.

 

 

Q: What can you offer to your clients that other financial advisors can’t?

 

A: I’m really not like a financial advisor. In my practice I heal the deep Soul level wounds that prevent people from achieving their goals, paying off their credit cards, allowing them to experience more prosperity in life because when we heal your Soul level wounds you experience new awarenesses and realizations. It’s much like having had dark glasses on so that you couldn’t see the truth of your life and the opportunities available to you and the healing is like taking off those dark glasses so that you can see the truth about yourself and are then able to accept and act on the better opportunities that show up for you.

Q: What are some of the things you do to control your clients compulsive financial behavior?

A: We heal the root causes of whatever unwanted situation or behavior the client is experiencing and I am also given “homework” or physical action steps for my clients from the Akashic Records Guides. After we heal in the client’s record they are able to move forward and actually create new habits, more healthy behaviors around money and finances whereas before the healing they were virtually powerless against their compulsions, such as excessive shopping, excessive debt, not feeling that they could charge enough for their services if they’re in business.

 

Basically with this work, we stop people playing “games” with their money such as fear of spending on anything to improve their life or business because they’re afraid of never seeing the money again. Others over spend and have too much debt, others don’t open their bills because they don’t want to know the truth about their finances. Some people transfer money from one account to another so it looks like they have more. These are all issues that I see regularly and heal at the root cause for my clients.

Q: What is an example of a very difficult client that you helped?

 

A: One of my most challenging, but very rewarding clients is a Chartered Accountant and he knew that there was more in life he was meant to do, but didn’t know what it was. He is very good at his profession and works with high profile and very wealthy people. I had met him at a networking event near where I live and although he was very interested in my work and I could see he really wanted to work with me, he was VERY nervous because he had significant Soul wounding around trusting other people. He sent me several e-mails asking questions about my programs and he even asked to speak with me on the phone a couple of times before he could decide what to do. He ended up enrolling in my Life Purpose Revealed program and I found all of the information for him about his purpose and as is true with many people, he already had some of the skills he needs to do his life purpose because of his previous training as an accountant.

 

Anyway, I quickly saw that his HUGE fears around trusting others surrounded some very painful childhood events where his mother became distressed with the noise her children were making and actually left them for periods of up to an hour. The children, including my client didn’t know if she was coming back so this created a deep and painful Soul level wound for him. He literally felt that if he couldn’t trust his mother, he couldn’t trust anyone. There was also some past life energy around some painful lifetimes and how they had caused him to have many of his fears in this lifetime.

 

Each week he made incredible process with the Program and within a week he was amazed at how much better, more relaxed and at ease he felt, he just continued to feel better and had the confidence to enroll himself in a public speaking event and take many other steps toward fully stepping into his purpose. He told me that without the Akashic Records work we had done there was no way he would have been able feel so confident and able to begin the public speaking to get his message out to the world.

 

Q: You are involved with animal welfare organizations. What is your opinion of ethics based 401K’s?

 

A: As a Financial Healer my work is about helping others and healing for the highest good of all beings, so I don’t want to support any organization that does not have these same values.

Q: What is an example of a personal financial triumph you have had?

 

A: When I began working with my first mentor I was being trained to heal in my own Akashic Record. At the time I had some credit card debt and I wanted it gone.

I was doing a lot of work with my mentor’s help to heal me of the beliefs that were holding me back from financial success. I decided that I wanted to manifest $10,000 and within a week I had been given that money as a gift. :) Then the next month I decided to do the same, this time the money came as an unexpected increase in my line of credit. I didn’t plan to use that additional credit but it was once again the manifestation of $10,000 and it was fun! When we ask for a manifestation we need to really be open to how it could appear! :)

Q: Do you think capitalism is a fair system for everyone?

 

A: Interesting question… I have to say yes to this because we are ALL conscious creators through the Universal Law of Attraction. Meaning, whatever we are experiencing in life is happening because it is what we have been thinking about. People in the most challenging of life circumstances can change their lives if they truly WANT to and take the steps to do so. It’s about empowering yourself to create the life you truly want and getting the help to do so.

Q: What is your oddest radio show story?

 

A: I’d have to say my last show with Dr. Pat Bacilli. I always take callers and answer questions for them in their Akashic Records. One of the callers either had a really bad connection or was speaking very softly. Anyway, I’m not in the studio, I do the show from my home and I really had trouble hearing this lady. I did finally hear her question and get the answers for her but when I listened to the interview on replay I realized that she had continued to speak after her reading and I hadn’t heard her at all, so I had said several statements while she was still talking! Embarrassing! :)
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Insurance Agent and Voice Over Artist Brett M Chittum

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Brett M Chittum is an aspiring voice over artist and insurance agent who owns The Chittum Agency; here is a link to his website:

 

http://agents.allstate.com/brett-chittum-bothell-wa.html

 

Q: What made you interested in being in the insurance business?

 

 

A: My passion has always been to help and educate people. If someone would have told me I would be selling insurance in my adult life, I would have called them crazy. But in 1994 while working for an ambulance company, I was approached by my auto insurance agent with a job opportunity. We had conversed over the phone and in person many times before and he wanted me to come and work part-time in his agency and learn more about insurance. Since my schedule was open most days of the week, I took him up on the offer. In 1997 I began to work full time in insurance because I realized that I was helping people to protect their stuff and in that process, educating them on their coverage, which in turn gave me pride in a job well done. I have never consider myself a sales person, I feel that I am helping people protect what matters and educating them on their options to be a better informed consumer.

Q: What is the most challenging thing about selling auto insurance in Washington?

 
A: The most challenging thing about selling insurance in any part of our country is technology. I totally embrace technology when it comes to most things but not when purchasing something as important as insurance. So here is my reasoning; there are multiple companies out there that state you can “save money” by going online and purchasing your insurance. Although this can be true I go with the adage that you get what you pay for. I also say, you should never make a decision without talking with a trusted advisor. Insurance agents are trusted advisors and we take many courses and have to abide by many rules so the customer is protected. As a long time insurance agent, I talk with many potential and existing clients who have made an attempt to purchase an insurance policy online to find out that they are not fully covered in the case of a loss. There are so many nuances to an insurance policy and for an uninformed or even a moderately informed person; it is still a hard thing to understand. If you have ever truly read an insurance contract from any company you will see that the policy verbage is very confusing and most of the policy contracts will talk about “what is not covered” more so than “what is covered”. In the past few years I have seen many people turn to the internet to get their insurance taken care of and are making the insurance agent (trusted advisor) obsolete. This is a sad thing to have happen, especially in the litigious society we live in today. More and more I find that customers who purchase their insurance online pay a lower price but do not have the coverage they really need. With a trusted advisor you can get the coverage you need with a price that you can afford. In the long run, saving money can cost you more money when purchasing insurance online.

 

Q: Insurance companies offer lower insurance rates to married people because they are “more stable”, how was this determined?

 
A: As an insurance agent, I am not privy to rates nor do I even get the chance to offer my opinion; so I am glad you asked this question. Realistically, I am not sure how this was determined. Through the years I have had many clients file claims, married and unmarried, and I do not see how marriage actually makes a person “more stable” when it comes to accidents. Accidents are just that, “ACCIDENTS”, and I do not see how being married can help when you are driving down the road and you hit a sheet of ice, or traffic suddenly stops in front of you, and the list can go on. Thank you for asking this question.

 

Q: If you could change one insurance law what would it be?

 
A: Another good question; I think that the ability to offer lower or higher rates based on some ones credit history should be taken off the law books effective immediately. Again, through the years I have had many clients file claims, some with great credit, some with ok credit, and some with not so good credit. The only common denominator I see is that they either had and accident or something bad has happened to them, not that their credit is better or worse than the others filing claims.

 

Q: What is the most common kind of mayhem Washington drivers face?

 
A: I have heard it stated that only 1 in 5 people driving on the road in Washington State have insurance or enough insurance to cover an accident. This is why there is a need for every person who drives in Washington or the entire country to purchase Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage. For a nominal fee, with any company, you can get protection to cover you, your family, and your car in case you are involved in an accident (or any mayhem) with one of those 4 other drivers on the road.

 

Q: What is your oddest work story?

 
A: Back in 1999 when I opened my first agency, a client called in to remove her vehicle from her auto insurance. The client had stated that her and her husband sold this vehicle a few days prior and it no longer needed to be on the policy. Two weeks later I get a call from my clients husband, who is very shaken up, letting me know that his wife was just killed in an auto accident. In asking the claims questions he states that she was driving the car that was removed from the policy two weeks earlier (the one I was told got sold). This was the hardest phone call I have ever been on, especially when I had to let him know that his wife had called to remove the vehicle prior to the accident. He was very upset about this information and I assured him I would do everything I could to get this resolved. I talked with our claims department and was able to get the car added back onto the policy so there would be coverage for the accident, since it would be my word against a person who had just died. A few months go by and come to find out, the wife was leaving her husband and was removing the car from his policy so that they would not have any ties together and she had purchased insurance elsewhere with another company for the car. The lesson I learned from this was to get every policy change in writing so that it would never be a “he said, she said” type of situation. Hard lesson learned.

 

Q: What is/are some common things people fake to get insurance?

 
A: If you are asking prior to the inception of the policy, it is usually not being truthful in regards to accidents or tickets as it would pertain to auto insurance. On the property side it is usually not letting us know about a prior claim. With life insurance, it is not giving us the entire medical history. People think that if they answer a certain question in a certain way, we are not going to check. EVERY insurance company will check your previous history and 99% of the time will find something if there is something to be found. One way I combat these issues is by the way I ask the question. Most agents will just ask if you have tickets, accidents, or a claim on your home. Like most people, we are all geared to say NO to any adverse questions that we are asked. If you ask a “yes” or “no” question, you will get a short response. Like I have said, I believe in the aspect of education. But how can I educate someone with just asking a “yes” or “no” question? The answer is, I can’t! To be able to get to educate someone you need to know who they are. You need to ask open ended questions so that you get a better picture of your clientele. The way I ask a question if I want to know if they have anything on their record is simple; I ask them if in the past 3-5 years, is there anything on your record that the insurance company will find. This provokes some thought into the question and can spear up a good conversation. But all in all the best answer is to be truthful so that you can get a proper and accurate quote, if not you will not be pleased with the result and please do not blame me.

 

Q: Do double indemnity situations really happen?

 

 

A: In the case of Life or Accident insurance, yes it can happen. In 2006, 5.01% of all deaths in the US were declared an accident. “Double Indemnity” is a clause in these policies where a company will agree to pay a multiple, usually stated and could be double a face amount, in a case where a death was caused by an accident or even wrongful death. Does this mean that someone should pay more to have this coverage? Well the odds are against you and there are so many exclusions it may not be in your best interest to purchase this coverage. But if you do purchase the coverage, the payout could be plentiful.

 

Q: Who are your voice over hero’s?

 

 

A: First and foremost, Don LaFontaine! Need I say more! He was the best in the business and all of us male voice talents strive to be as good as he was. His death created a big hole in the industry and he has been sorely missed since September 1st, 2008. My other heroes are Lisa Foster, a local radio personality in Seattle, and Deb Munro, a voice coach and talent in the industry. Lisa helped me get into the business long ago and helped me create my fist “demo”. I was introduced to Deb from a friend of mine in the industry when I was looking to get to the next level. Deb helped me to see the VO industry in a whole new light and how to make the best of my auditions.

 

Q: What voice over characters can you do?

 
A: I am not really known for my character voices. My voice is a real deep and full voice, and in the right setting, could really knock the socks off someone, or other things. I can do a great Southern accent and I am getting better at my British accent. I also can talk like “Donald Duck’”, but mostly with my children and friends. All my voice work has been about the deep booming voice and not characters. I hope to delve in that area soon though.

 


Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)