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Willie Lee Page Smith is an actor who appears in the series Judge Karen; here is a link to his Backstage page:

 https://www.backstage.com/williesmith/

 


Q:
 When did you know you were an actor?

A: The moment I knew I was an actor/entertainer was when my family use to have talent shows and I would get a thrill from doing it. Knowing that I can transform myself into another person/ character gives me so much excitement that I can’t explain into words

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Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your ability to pursue acting?

A: The type of day job I work for is lyft and deliv, which does not affect my career due to making my own schedule. I can come and go as I please.

Q: What is Judge Karen about?

A: Judge Karen Mills‑Francis, a former Miami‑Dade County judge, rules on small claims court cases in this  syndicated series

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Q:  What role do you play?

A:  The role on Judge Karen I played the character of Julius Sanders who was the plaintiff in the episode of Stiletto Kicked. Julius was more outspoken than his brother and also didn’t like his brother girlfriend. My character sued his brother girlfriend for kicking his car with a stiletto that caused damages..

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?

A:  The acting method I say that i use I called the Stanislavski’s system, also known as Stanislavski’s method. Basically I like to draw my own feelings and experiences to connect with the character they are portraying. It’s much easier for me to put my mindset of the character finding things in common in order to give a more genuine portrayal of the character I’m playing.

Q:  What makes you fameworthy?

A: What makes me fame worthy is that i put in the time and work to achieve 6 greatness. Also learning new styles and methods to perfect the craft. Also keeping my faith alive.

Q:  What is your oddest Hollywood story?

A:  As of right now I don’t have a weird Hollywood story yet. Lol

Q:  What famous role could you have nailed and why?

A:  The role I can nail is Curtis Taylor Jr from Dreamgirls and The Black Panther from the comic books.. Curtis Taylor Jr from Dreamgirls because I love musicals for one and he was the bad. For some strange reason I’m always casted as he bad guy. Playing a bad guy so much fun to play especially when you don’t act like that in real life. Also the The Black Panther because I love action movies and I’m an athletic person. With this role I will be able to put athletic skills to the test.

Q:  What do you do to fight nerves during an audition?

A:  When at an audition I’m actually doing breathing exercises and praying.. I breathe to calm because I’m actually big ball of energy and energy can easily shoot down your audition.. One thing you don’t want to do is read to fast that casting director don’t know what your saying..

Q:  What is next for you?

A: I have a few projects coming up. I will be back in stage play, also have a few web series I will be staring in, and working on my music as well.

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Desiree Mandelbaum is a supervising casting director at NBC Peacock Productions; here is a link to her Linkedin page:

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/desiree-mandelbaum/9/993/3b3

 

Q: How did you become a casting director?

A:  I answered a craigslist add 10 years ago. MTV was looking for casting recruiters in the LA area, as someone who grew up in LA they hired me on the spot..  I loved it, stuck with it, and worked every day so I hit double my quota..

Q: What kind of educational background do you have?

A: High School. I am a beauty school dropout..

Q:  What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen anyone do during an audition?

A: A 21 year old male one shit his pants in the middle of his slate. (a slate is when someone  introduces  them self)

Q:  What are some common mistakes people make when auditioning?

A: Not talking.. I hate when i watch raw footage, and I hear my voice more then theirs.

Q:  What makes for a compelling reality show participant?

A: Someone who is not afraid to be 100% themselves on and off camera. I love when potential cast members have high energy

Q:  Is reality TV a good idea for an aspiring actor?

A:  Every situation is different.. Look at Jennifer Hudson.

Q:  How has reality television changed over the course of the last five years?

A: I think reality tv has gotten smarter, and little less intrusive. Docu-reality is more accepted..

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

A: I am a fan of the awkward underdog.. I would love to see more movies with no name actors.

Q:  Have Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer changed things for average looking women from a casting director’s perspective?

A:  I cant answer for other CD’s, but I have always loved a funny girl, Both of those two are beautiful to me..

Q:  The two of us end up taking a road trip as an unexpected result of this interview! Who plays us in the movie?

A: I would be Ira Glass and you would be Sara Koenig.

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Jr Rodriguez is an aspiring actor who appears in the film Lloyd the Ugly Kid; here is a link to his Twitter account:

Https://twitter.com/jrdagodson68

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A:  I have been interested in acting since I was a kid Ive always been drawn to performing when I was little I  was always good at reciting lines from movies an doing the different voices

Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A:  my acting influences definitely Leonardo DiCaprio they way he takes on a character he really studies them an takes them on an also Matt Damon two of my favorite movies good will hunting an Rounders

Q: What kind of training have you had?

A:  I have done acting classes at John Robert Powers John Casablanca’s ipop growing up I went to the academy of arts San Francisco for on screen acting also improv an theater acting

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?
A:   i can play any role really I feel I dont wanna ever be type cast lol I feel I can do comedy, drama an action I would love to be a action hero I don’t take on different roles an challenges in my career

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how do you use it in your acting?
A:  I am a personal fitness trainer I feel that meeting different people an personalities helps  a great deal in acting helps with not being shy an being able to talk to people opens up your personality.

Q: What is Lloyd the Ugly Kid about?
A:  Lloyd the Ugly Kid is about a middle school kid having trouble fitting in because he doesn’t know who he is so he tries to be all kinds of different personalities to fit in but it doesn’t work its a fun kids movies

Q: What is your weirdest auditioning story?
A:  my weirdest audition I would say was for a movie I didn’t get I was running late the casting director was running late when I got in the room they were all screwed up they were suppose to be have lines for me they couldn’t find the script so they kinda just improved something an it was the worst they were so  un organized

Q: We are going to see you in some upcoming commercials; what products will they advertise?
A:  Yes sometime this summer i have a commercial being released Wizards of Waverly place I’m also gonna start filming my first lead role feature film called 100 blocks about a massacre that happened in Oakland California in 1999 were two cops died can’t wait for that

Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?
A:  LA is great I love the atmisfear I love the beaches I love to go walk around the beach

Q: What would you change about it?
A:  I wouldn’t change nothing about la its great the way it is its own little world different than anywhere else its great I love it maybe just hate the traffic lol I would change that less cars if I could lol
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michael

Michael Pang is the author of In The Eyes Of Madness; here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.intheeyesofmadness.com/

 

Q: What is In The Eyes Of Madness about?

A: IN THE EYES OF MADNESS is a Young Adult Paranormal Urban Fantasy by Michael Pang. It tells the story of a 17 year old boy who struggles between accepting the possiblity that extraordinary things can happen in the world we live in or the possiblity of impending insanity inherited through his mother. It is a journey of self discovery and embracing who you are.

Q: What gave you the idea for the story?

A: The idea for the novel came to me in a dream one night. I was surprised to be able to get into a deep enough sleep to dream. We (my wife and I) were new parents and our newborn was only a couple months old. What that meant was that we barely slept! So, it was kind of a miracle for me to even have such a vivid and amazing dream (or nightmare, I couldn’t really decide). When I woke from it, I tried going back to sleep, but it was no use. I couldn’t get the dream to continue. In the morning, I told my wife all about the dream and we decided that it made a good book idea. I was desperate to find out what happens in the end, but since I couldn’t get the dream to continue, I decided that I’d just have to write the rest of it myself.

Q: Why is Declan Peters a character worth reading about?

A: Declan goes through a transformation in the book that frees him from all the baggage that he’s been carrying around for 10 years.    I’m sure that there is always something about yourself that you are self conscious of or you don’t like (whether it is something that has happened in your past or something about yourself physically).   And sometimes, you can get obsessed about it so much that it consumes you. But learning to like yourself for who you are and how you got there is probably one of the most freeing experiences of your life.

Q: What personal experiences did you draw from in writing the book?

A: Some of the insecurities that Declan has throughout the book were derived from some of the insecurities that I had myself as a teenager.  And also the way that Declan’s heart glows whenever the love of his life is around, is a pretty close portrayal of how I feel about my wife.

Q: Who are some of your literary influences?

A: I’m a big paranormal fiction fan. A few of my favorite writers are Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Cassandra Clare, and Rick Riordan. Jim Butcher has definitely influenced some of the ways I write my fight scenes in the book as his books are always so packed with supernatural action.  And Simon R. Green always has such witty characters that are very unique.  And Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan simply have a way of creating a world that draws you in.  These are all amazing writers and I really hope that one day I can attain their level of excellence

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

A: Well, my career actually went through quite a bit of changes during the timeframe when I was writing the book.  I was a Senior Mechanical Engineer managing R&D projects in the Gas Turbine industry when I started writing the book, and  had a job change to Project Engineer managing service projects in the Wind Turbine industry.  Finally, when I had finished the book, I became an IT Project Manager.  I guess these transitions helped me develop a lot the of the characters in my book.  When I working in the Turbine industries, I had a chance to travel a lot and it allowed me to meet all kinds of people with different backgrounds.  This inspired me to create a good set of unique and diverse characters.

Q: Does having a background in IT help you in promoting your book?

A: I feel that in today’s society, practically everything is moving into the virtual world.  A majority of book promotions nowadays are done through Social Media. Although, I’m currently in the IT industry, I actually only got a Twitter account a couple weeks ago and I’m still wondering “what…how do I do…?”  And I’m realizing what hard work it really is to keep up with Social Media.  People who are posting all the time, amazes me.  I tried to keep up with Facebook and twitter one day, and I was like “this needs to be a full time job…”

A: What is your weirdest San Francisco story?

Actually, I can’t really remember too much about San Francisco because I was so young; however, the weirdest story my family told was about the house we were living in.  They were all convinced that the house was haunted and whatever lived there was set on breaking up our family.  We only lived there for a couple months; thank God!  But I don’t really remember any of it.

A: Do you think you have to write books in series to be successful nowadays?

No, I don’t think that is necessary.  However, I enjoy a book series because you get a better chance of seeing how the characters grow and become very dynamic.  Also, I love and hate the anticipation of finding out more of the plot while waiting for the next book to come out.
Q: Why do you think stories about paranormal activities are so popular?

A: I think that people are always going to be interested in things that they don’t really understand.  We are a very curious specie.  Whatever we can’t see and touch daily, makes us ponder and sparks our imagination.

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justin

Justin Carbonari is an aspiring songwriter, here is a link to his Soundcloud page:

https://soundcloud.com/therothrocks

Q: When did you know you wanted to write music?

A: Well it’s just something you have to know and accept for yourself. I would always have a song stuck in my head, I loved singing and making up my own words and melodies for songs I’d hear. Since I can remember. I’ve always assumed it’s what I was supposed to do. Now I’m learning how.

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: I try to rip off people who move me. Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash started me out. Ray Charles especially; “Night Time is the Right Time,” That’s rocknroll. Their voices, the instruments, they all fit the feeling so well. That’s what I’m looking for. Of course, ze Beatles. I could talk for days about them. A few years ago I took two days and listened to every album starting with Please Please Me, and I began my junkie-like journey into their world. The Stones and The Animals definitely feed the raw and heavier sensibilities. I think the stones were the best live band. And I love Motown and Stevie Wonder and James Brown. Both just brought so much rhythm and soul to the each instrument. I’m influenced by those who paint a landscape using each part to fill out the space in the best way. I’m inspired by these fleeting perfect moments that these amazing people somehow came up with. Pink Floyd was really good with that, ELO as well! I love tracing the influences through the decades. I should have just made a list.

Q:  What inspired you to write the song Miss Behave?

A: Originally I was trying to write a few songs like Stevie Wonder. I was living in San Francisco and I was getting off a bus to wait for another  and the call and response melody came into my head, “Oh baby I’m tired,” I thought it could go so many places from there.

Vocally I was really into Queen and Freddy  M. at the moment, so it stared out very grand. Eventually it morphed into it’s own groove, but it’s still a work in progress, you know. They all are.

Q:  What kinds of themes do you write about?

A: I try to relay some sort of truth, or some honest feeling. Otherwise what’s the point? I’m fascinated with our brains and how we interpret the thoughts of those around us. It’s all in our head and we can get mixed up.

So I try to write thoughts that we all feel sometimes but can’t talk about. I think if art is to redeem man then artists must be an honest reflection of the human condition. But ultimately it’s about me. So I try to translate a real feeling that I connect to whether it’s about a girl or about our place in the universe. It’s all related anyway.

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

A: Well I’ve mostly worked in restaurants to pay the bills but for the past few months I’ve been acting and organizing rock shows for a venue down in Orange. I’m hoping to use work I can get acting to support myself. The industry has a bit more structure than with music.

Q:  what have you done to pursue your acting career?

A: Well I’m starting out. At this point I’m taking whatever I can get my hands on and working hard once I’m on set. I understand its a business so I have to find my form, how to market myself at first. I love improv and comedy so I’m trying to push towards that. I’m starting to meet with some agents. Little by little. You just gotta show people you can do the job. I’m also writing a script like the old spaghetti-westerns which I’d really like to get made. I think it could be great So I’ll be pursuing that as well as other writings.

Q:  What kinds of things have you done to promote your music?

A: I wanted to focus on writing it rather than promoting. For a few years now I’ve developed that part of me, knowing it’s all that really mattered. To write great songs, instant classics. That’s the goal.  Slowly getting there, but I’m still learning.

I’ve put some songs up on websites, soundcloud and bandcamp, but I feel now that I’ve recorded a few decent demos I can start to peddle them around town and show everyone who I am and what I can do. In many ways I feel like I’m just now starting.

Q:  What do you like about the music industry?

A: For a long time I was very against record labels and the industry at large. But for distribution and marketing purposes it’s still hard to beat. The internet and the technological advances it has brought will continue to change the landscape and maybe soon eliminate the need for middle men between artists and fans.

But If you want to reach a great deal of people now you must make your work great and easily available. I believe people don’t have the time for anything that isn’t great. I want to be great. If it’s good enough people with want to spread the word. So I’m just starting to spread the word.

Q:  What about it would you change?

A: It’s hard to be definitive because as of yet I’ve had very little experience with the “machine.” But I suppose my main issue is that they’re not cutting edge anymore and music and the industry used to be sought out by the best and brightest. It’s always been about money, and that’s fine. But Napster and the 21st century scared the labels and it became about making safe bets. So the rich and diverse culture of music went underground to find those who understand. We’re all just looking to connect with someone who understands. Thus the industry further shriveled trying to live in the past where they could charge $20 for a CD and sell two million.

But a change is go’n come.

  1. What is your theme song?

So hard. My gut instinct was, Good Vibrations or, Tomorrow Never Knows.. But, Like a Rolling Stone also shines through..reminds me of my journey and how hard it is to get along in this world. Ol’ Rob Zimmerman. You should listen to all of them.

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glen

Glen Lorenzana is the author of Angels of War: And the Last Priest; here is a link to his Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Glen%20Lorenzana&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank
Q:  What is Angels of War: And the Last Priest about?

A: Angels of War: And the Last Priest is a trilogy based on the brotherhood of fallen angels. They bond with the archangels in order to repent for their sins and be forgiven, in hopes to prevent their doom from a war that is destined for them.

Q:  What inspired you to write it?

A: As a teenager I began involving myself with the wrong crowd. As years passed, I saw many of my friends die from different circumstances. In that time, I started having religious doubts and not knowing where my beliefs stood. I began to write about the friends I lost during those years (some are still alive); how they lived their lives and how they became who they were. I infused their stories with related stories of angels to make it into a fantasy story.

Q:  What makes Jake Dubois a character worth reading about?

A: Although Jake Dubois is only one of the main characters, he is placed as an ordinary man in a world of demons, angels and the unknown phenomenon transpiring in his city. Jake is a man of courage, who is not afraid of getting involved with the danger and powers of the unknown that can easily kill him.

Q:  Who are some of your literary influences?

A: My literary influences are “It” and “Pet Cemetery” by Stephen King because they are great horror stories; “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S.Lewis because they are amazing fantasy novels. They prove that, with imagination and involving religious beliefs, you can make any audience curious about what lies after death. They influenced me greatly to express my imagination into stories.

Q:  Why do you think religious fiction is so popular?

A: The same way vampires, zombies and superheroes have been depicted in different ways and are popular with all ages, I thought it was time to introduce a new version of characters (like angels) that have been known through centuries, and also portray them through a new storyline. Angels can do what monsters and heroes do even more than you expect.

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

I have a 9-5 job in Manhattan, where I have plenty of time to write at my desk. I have a part time job on the weekends as a bartender, where I enjoy meeting many inspiring people. They tell me their experiences in life and influenced me to write even more.

Q:  What other kinds of writing do you do?

A: I like to write horror and fiction mythology, which is already in the works.

Q:  What have you done to publicize your book?

A: I promote it through Facebook, to my customers at both jobs and am handing out cards with the link to Amazon.com, where the book is currently available. We have a book launch party in the works that will align with the release of the paperback edition, as well as ramping up the social media activity on other social media sites.

Q:  What are you working on now?

A: I am currently proofreading the third and final book of Angels of War. I have also started writing a new trilogy based on Greek mythology centered around a boy who learns the ways of the mythical Gods while in search for his mother.

Q:  If you could meet any character from literature, who would it be and why?

A: I would have to say the fallen angel Samyaza from Angels of War: And the Last Priest. His character reminds me so much of a childhood friend and, though he is not the greatest character to get along with, he does not give up on his friends and family. He is always there to protect them no matter how much hate is directed toward him.

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carry on

Harry Johal hosts the radio show Carry on Harry; here is a link to his website:

CarryOnHarry.Com

Q:  What inspired you to start your show?

A: Several reasons to that where should i begin from. And its a passion first to talk to people and get to know more about them. Especially what excites me is to

understand what is story behind them being so successful in field.  Right information coming from people who have dedicated their life in one particular field . All these year they had been doing research to get to the core of the solutions for problems that people face. I also choose to be a talk show host because we always love talking and knowing people. Its my LOVE to do talk Shows and to fall in love has no reasons. My mission is to help people succeed in life though learning from others. I make sure all my shows has something for my audience to feel inspired about and learn something.

Q:  What kind of professional background do you have?
A: I founded in year 2003 Indian brand of Online Radio Station BalleBalleRadio which is now 13 Years running in operations and has been serving cinema and entertainment industry.

I had been doing Indian celebrity shows with Indian film fraternity and Asian Artists in UK music Industry. To know me more do pay a visit to  www.CarryonHarry.Com and www.BalleBalleRadio.Com www.BalleBalleRadio.Co.Uk

Q:  What was the most challenging interview you have ever done?

A: Every Interview is a Challenge because every interview has a chance to fail, if it does not meet expectation of Audience, Guest and host. The biggest challenge on CarryOnHarry Talk show I face is to meet these expectations. I depend a lot on my Guests Communication skills and storytelling. I majority of time do not keep set questions for myself. I keep a few facts about guest in mind, his work before i go on the show in my studio. I depend on my listening
skills. I am the first Audience member on my show. I listen to my guest as a curious audience member who is given a license to ask with excitement and  Curiosity in mind. Dealing with celebrity mood , Availability time to connect , Last minute issues , Developing a rapport / Chemistry right from the first Question are some of the challenges that  are part and parcel. Sometimes some guests take time to open up as the talk shows are done via Phone Call and you are connecting to guest for first time so  it really becomes challenge in that way. I had some great experiences and had been able to solve the issues right on the spot with 99% success i would say
:-)

Q:  What do you look for in an interview subject?

A: Personality Introduction, Content Introduction, What benefit will it give to my audience ? What will my audience learn from guest talks ? These are basic things I keep in mind at planning the format of talk show. I have done shows with cinema, music , writing celebrities to successful business men , Experts  of fields and those aspects i keep in mind without sounding that we are selling something to audience. Maximum effort is to not sound as an interview but  talks by two individuals aboutsubject matter as viewpoints.

Q:  You hosted a 2015 New Year’s Party, how did you go about putting it together?
A: Touch of Personalized attention to make the attendees feel they are wanted for the occasion. Material Management and other things can be taken care of byprofessionals.
Q:  What do most American’s not understand about Singapore?
A: Its more than a Tourist hub of Asia. Its a community of people who work together in unity. They live with a sentiment of support for a fellow citizen. They
hold love for country through constructive efforts in building the nation as dreamt by Father of Nation Mr Lee Kuan Yew , who passed away recently.

Critics may have a different view but these are the facts that makes and will make Singapore shine always as First World Country with a progressive mindset.
Q:  What kind of research do you do to prepare for an interview?

A: It depends on guest to guest. However basically collate the authentic facts of work in mind before i go on the show. i try to discover the personality on the show.

Q:  Who are some of your journalistic heroes?
A: I have special regards for every individual in media industry. But i hold special regards for Mr Dale Bhagwagar , for being the man who helped me to do my first talk

show episode with his client from US , who visited India to promote her film in Bollywood. Apart from that every Agency that had shown faith and Interest in bringingover guest on CarryonHarry Talk Show are my heroes.

Q:  What kinds of questions do you feel uncomfortable asking?

A: My questions to Talk Show guest are based on my listening as i said. If my guests needs a scope to further express and expects me to ask him , I will ask no matter I subscribe to his/her thoughts or not. However on editing stage i take in consideration that it does not hurt the audience sentiment and over all image of my brand #CarryOnHarry , as i have an audience from different parts of world and some of them may be conservative in mindset to accept a mentality of a far off society. My audience should not feel uncomfortable in listening.
Q:  If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?
A:I have a mindset like a funnel who thrives on seeing all POSSIBILITIES. I have Plans to feature Top most personalities of every field on my show. If you ever
visit personal files of mine you will find that Posters have already been made for personalities who i want to put on Air. I see dreams with Open Eyes
without any doubts and whoever you think is your Idol You will Have him on #CarryOnHarry Talk Show , its matter of time to show you, make you listen but i Already see them , I already communicate to them in mind talks ,i already listen to talks with them in my mind ears.
if you ask me Why ? My Answer is Why not. Let the world know what makes them great minds. I want my listeners to know them from personality side and not just what they do. I call my media platform an inspired media that inspires people to be an Idol and be a performer. I want young minds to feel motivated to be
Someone in life by learning and listening to them. I want my listeners to follow the Blue Print of Success that previous generation has walked over. CarryonHarry means

….. CARRY ON in life , move ahead , go get it.  I invite you into your future on my wall CarryOnHarry.Com  International Talk Show from Singapore.

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nate

Nathan Austin is an actor who appears in the film The Middle Ground; here is a link to his IMDB Page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4543922/

Q:  What made you interested in acting?

A: Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in acting or being someone or something else in an existing world outside of my own reality.

I was born in the 1980’s; some of my earliest memories are from being in my parent’s living room acting like the characters I would watch in cartoons.  He-Man, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Thundercats were all characters that I would play like I was for hours.  I have a sister who is two years younger than me. When she was born even My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, and Barbie became part of my imaginative world.  All of the cartoons that I watched during my childhood always seemed more exciting and enticing than the actual world I lived in.  When I started kindergarten, I remember that I could not wait for recess just so my friends and I could go outside and enter into the imaginative worlds that we loved.

Throughout my life I have never lost the initial love for portraying a character.  As I became older and was allowed to watch television shows and movies outside of cartoons, I became more and more intrigued with characters and storytelling and bringing ideas to life on screen for others to watch.

All of that being said; what interests me more than anything about acting is bringing a character to life that others want to watch.  I love giving others the gift of seeing a character that would otherwise be kept secret inside their own imagination.

Q:  What kind of training have you had?

A: Life.

My training did not follow the traditional “actor” training.

I grew up in a very strict religious home where there were a lot of expectations put upon a person at a very young age.  Not only did I come from a strict religious background, but I also grew up in a financially struggling family.  I was homeschooled, my mother made my clothes or I wore hand me downs, eating out was a rarity, and toys were bought only for birthdays and Christmas.  As I became older and wanted to know more about the world I lived in and what mysteries there were, I was reminded time and again not only by parents but by church leaders that a wandering mind is wrong.  Questions were wrong and learning different methods of expressing ones self was wrong.  In everything that I was told was wrong I felt that there had to be a reason, a reason why everyone around me warned against trying new and radical things.  There was a point in my life where I wanted to “experience” what I was told was wrong but also appease my parents and religious leaders.  I began living different lives.  I was a saint when I had to be and a sinner when I could be.  I was the most respectable and honest person when I needed to be and the most dishonest disrespectful person when I could be.  I was playing to whoever was the audience.  I feel that a lot of people do this at some point in their life, but for me I felt like it could be used for far more than just making the people around me happy.  I realized that I could change my personality and demeanor to convince people of anything.  This realization did not make me want to use that ability for anything other than performing.

I did not attend college after high school.  Instead, I formed my first punk band called 2Weaktonotice.  I had the privilege of recording two cd’s and playing numerous shows from the age of 20 to 25.  The band was the first setting that I was able to put my acting skills to practical use.  I was punk on and off stage until the band ended.  I dove into my role of portraying a punk rocker to the point of getting numerous piercings and a few tattoos.  To me if I was going to sell an image, then I was going to be that image.  Afterwards, it was time to find a new character.

Before college I studied the techniques taught by Konstantin Stanislavski, Lee Stasberg, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Michael Chekhov, and Tadashi Suzuki.  This was through my own intrigue and research.

I did attend Murray State University in Kentucky at the age of 29 where I received a degree in theater; this is not where I consider that I received my training.

Acting is not the only artistic endeavor that I have pursued. As I said before I was in a band for several years, and I continue to play music now.  I also write and direct when the opportunity arises.  I have knowledge both on and off stage, in front and behind the camera.  Everything that I have done artistically has come from learning on my own in some fashion or another.  With music, I had friends that would show me a few things but for the most part, as with film and acting, when I had an interest in something, I sought out the knowledge of how to do it on my own.  I attribute that to being homeschooled.  I don’t remember exactly when but during my years homeschooling there came a point where my mother would give me my assignments, and I would basically teach myself.  In my mind it was simple, read the directions then do what they said.  It is basically the same way with anything.  What I have not been able to read instructions for in life, I have watched others do.  Paying attention to detail is one of the biggest things with art; the small things make up the big picture.

 

Q: What is The Middle Ground about?

A: The Middle Ground is a film about two brothers during the civil war era, Charles (the older brother) and Nathaniel (the younger brother), that grew up in Kentucky.  They had the same father but different mothers.  At about the age of 12 their mothers moving separated the brothers. Charles’s mother moved him South and Nathaniel’s mother moved him North.  They both joined the war, their designated sides.  They found each other on the battlefield.  Charles was injured when Nathaniel found him.  Instead of killing his own brother, Nathaniel chose to rescue him.  They became war deserters and returned to Kentucky where they had grown up.  Charles had a cousin named Lassalle that had stayed in Kentucky because she had inherited her family’s land.  Charles and Nathaniel hid out on Lassalle’s land where trouble found them.  I would say more about the film, but I much rather people watch it for themselves.

What I will say about The Middle Ground is that it was filmed entirely in the beautiful countryside of Kentucky.  All of the actors are from Kentucky, and the music is even by Kentucky musicians. It is a film that was made by the hard work and participation of none other than people who love art and believe in a beautiful idea that should be brought to life.

The Middle Ground is the end result of a group of people who put all of their time, money, and passion into completing a vision.

The Middle Ground is a work by unknown artists who were able to create a piece of art that can now be remembered for years to come.  It is about the history of a state that many know nothing about.  It is a piece of my life that will always be there for others to view.

Q:  What role do you play?

A: I played many roles in The Middle Ground.

As an actor I was Nathaniel, the younger of the two brothers, and I also played Michael, Nathaniel’s son who shows up at the end of the film.

Since this was my first independent film I also worked as a producer, crew, promoter, caterer, casting director, assistant director, gaffer, sound engineer, set designer, and any other job that you can think of that is associated with a film.

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

A: Since I grew up in Kentucky, and I was from a poor family most of my preparation had been done throughout my childhood and teenage years.  My character was the type that did not read too much into a situation but just went with things.  He made the best of his circumstances.  The director Dallas Lee Blanton did a very good job of using my own personal journey through life as the cornerstone of my character’s life.

I did add more of a southern accent to my speech for the role of Nathaniel, and I quit wearing shoes of any type during the whole filming of The Middle Ground.  There were days that we would be working for 16 hours and when I finally had a chance to sit down I would look at my feet and see nothing but crimson and black form the dirt and blood.

In the film, there is a journal that a doctor is keeping of old Charles’s stories while Charles is on his death bed.  I spent quite a bit of time writing actual stories from the perspective of both characters.  There is also a whole segment about the necklaces that Nathaniel and Charles have.  I came up with the idea one day while laying on the beach in Long Beach, California.  As soon as I thought of the brothers having necklaces in the film, I made one for myself and one for Dallas. I put mine on and did not take it off until The Middle Ground was finished being filmed.  I still have both of the necklaces.

Q:  What are the elements of a good war film?

A: This depends on what a filmmaker wants their audience to feel.  If it is sympathy, then the director has to create a reason why the viewer would be sympathetic to the winning or losing side.  If the director wants someone to feel excited about a war film there needs to be lots of action shots, explosions, blood, and constant high intense scenes.  If the director wants to persuade an audience to believe that a cause is worth fighting for, then the director has to give the audience a reason to back the cause.  Basically, a good war film is like anything else. It is in the presentation and who your target audience is. Not everyone is going to consider the same things as good.  That is the beauty of independent filmmaking; films can be made for a smaller target audience.  It’s like making films for your friends instead of having to please the entire world.

My own personal opinion of a good war film is one that makes me relate to the characters and makes me feel like I am there.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your work?

A: I am basically a freelance actor/entertainer/writer/musician/stand-up comedian.  I am fortunate enough to get principal roles in independent films and the occasional background work on bigger budget television shows and movies to not only pay my bills but also make my own films.  At this point in my career, I do not have an agent or manager, every gig that I get is from my own perseverance and hard work.

To be successful in the entertainment industry is no different than being successful in any other industry.  You have to work 24/7 or someone else will.

Q:  What is your oddest Los Angeles Story?

A: When my girlfriend, Angela Yonts, and I moved to California, we had no idea where we were going.  We both knew that we wanted to be close to Hollywood but that was about the extent of what we knew about California.  On July 1st 2013 we rented a Penske truck, loaded it up, and headed west.  That may not seem like a big thing but there is more.  First off when we went to the Penske rental place in Hanson, Kentucky, they did not have the size truck that we had reserved.  Instead, they only had the biggest truck that they rented out.  We also had to have a trailer hooked to the back of it to move Angela’s car.  It was not just Angela and myself that moved to California.  Angela’s mother also moved with us.  This may not seem like a big deal but her mother suffers from early onset dementia.  So we not only moved 2,000 miles from where we grew up, but we also had to move everything we owned and a mentally and physically disabled person.  The trip took us 4 days.  Every night we stayed in a hotel that did not have a parking space big enough for the truck and trailer.  Entering and exiting the truck was also a bit of a conundrum for Angela’s mother due to her disabilities.  Even though we were able to make it all the way across the country without any major mishaps we had yet to get to LA.  Our first night in downtown LA was less than amusing.  We arrived on July 4th.  The hotel that we had reservations with had told us that there would be room for the truck and trailer.  That was less that the case to say the least.  We were told by the hotel clerk to park in a parking lot across from the hotel.  Against our better judgment, we did as we were advised.  The next day when we went to the parking lot, there was a towing company there trying to tow the moving truck.  The lot attendant was furious that such a large truck and trailer was parked in the lot. We eventually got everything straightened out with the lot attendant.  We arranged for the truck to be left at a Penske rental lot for three days while we looked for a place to rent.  Luckily, I had a cousin that had grown up in California, and he suggested we look for a place in Long Beach.  That was the most helpful advice that anyone had given us since our arrival.  We were able to find a place and get moved in before we had to start paying extra for the truck rental.  The craziest part of the story is that while we spent our time in downtown LA we noticed a lot of people everywhere.  The later it got in the day, the more people, it seemed, occupied the streets.  I thought that this was due to the holiday season.  Not the case.  Once we got settled into our place in Long Beach, Angela and I were watching a documentary one night that showed the section of downtown LA that is considered Skid Row.  We had booked a hotel that was one block outside of the Skid Row radius.  Welcome to LA.

  

Q:  Who are some of your acting influences?

A: I have a big list of acting influences and I have different reasons for each of them.

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lucille Ball, Bruce Lee, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Christian Bale, Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Heath Ledger, Carroll O’Connor, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Silverman, Pauley Shore, River Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone, and Jackie Chan to name a few.

Brad Pitt: he is basically the first “hot” guy that I ever came to know through movies.  He was always what women wanted but for me he also was not afraid to put time into his character.  He has played roles that have made him dedicate time.  He is not afraid to transform himself for his role, both mentally and physically.  I love his performances in Fight Club, A River Runs Through It, Meet Joe Black, Troy, Kalifornia, and one role that I will never forget him in is The Dark Side of the Sun.

Edward Norton:  He is another actor that goes the distance to bring a character to life.  His work in Fight Club, American History X, and Primal Fear are unforgettable.

Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Leonardo DiCaprio:  I just love how they dedicated their time to a role and how they will spend time becoming the character.

Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig, Pauley Shore, Carroll O’Connor, and Lucille Ball: they knew what comedy was and they were not afraid to take the jokes to a new level.  Or a level that others were not comfortable with.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Arnold is honestly one of the biggest influences on my whole life.  Not just because of film but also because of bodybuilding.  He applied the discipline of bodybuilding to his acting career.  Arnold has been some of the most remembered action characters ever.

Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Jackie Chan: I can talk about them all at once because they basically taught me the same thing.  Use your props to the fullest.  There are things and objects that we co-exist with.  Objects are useful.  They can make a scene so much more enjoyable.

Bill Murray and Robin Williams:  They have/had a diversity that shines.  Funny or serious, they did it all.

Bruce Lee:  To me, Bruce Lee was not just an influence on me as an actor.  Bruce Lee had an affect on my entire life and who I am today.  Bruce Lee was such a great man; he had a passion, and he showed everyone that when a person dedicates his or her life to something it can be accomplished.  Bruce Lee was as much a motivator as anything.  He had a very positive outlook and a drive to accomplish.  He accomplished whatever he set his mind to.  I saved talking about him until last because according to old sayings that is where he should be.  I can never express the appreciation that I have for Bruce Lee and the knowledge that he has bestowed on my life and me.

Q:  What is the best advice anyone has ever given you about acting?

A: I have never had any good advice given to me about acting.

I have only found this path because of the people that I have watched and read about.  Acting is not a practical application as a life long endeavor where I am from.

The best advice is what I have given myself.  If I can think it then I can do it, no matter what happens be true to myself, and I will be able to accomplish anything.  Nothing and no one can control my destiny.  Only I can.

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

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EN McNamara is the author of The Jamie Keller Mystery Series; here is a link to the Amazon page

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Q:  What inspired you to start the Jamie Keller Mystery Series?

A: Reading the book, A Course in Miracles, radically shifted my way of thinking. Change your mind and you’ll change your world. I found it to be true and wished I’d learned the lessons earlier in life. This new way of thinking brought me from the clamorous San Francisco Bay Area to the forests of western Oregon, where I purchased ten acres of property, off-grid, with plans of starting my own lavender farm and business.

In 2004, when we first arrived in Oregon, we got turned on to mushroom hunting. The forest was just outside our door and it was an enjoyable way to make extra money. (Chanterelles can go for as much as eight bucks a pound.)

One afternoon, our new kittens, Schwartz and Isaiah, insisted on accompanying us on the hunt. They were like mini-mountain lions.

As we marveled over their prowess, later that evening, over a glass of vin (perhaps inspired by the wine), I decided to write a story calledThe Chanty Cat Mystery. I excitedly began jotting down my cast of characters (never mind I could hardly spell, and knew nothing about grammar), starting with a fourteen year old protagonist named Jamie Keller, who’s father has just been killed by a roadside bomb. From there the story wrote itself. I later changed the title to Off the Grid, but the cats remain in the story, playing an important role. The first draft took only thirty days to write, but forever to refine and edit.

Without laying it on too thick, I try to incorporate some of life’s lessons, while giving people something fun to read. Many of my fans are not young adults. The dedication to On the Brink is for my hundred year old aunt who’s always asking for the next story.

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Q:  What happens in On the Brink?

A: The story starts off on a high note, when Jamie, Jenny and Catherine get their first real paying gig. Excitement wanes as certain realities creep into the picture. All of the Keller siblings are curious about the mysterious someone, Mrs. Keller spends hours on the phone with, and are none too impressed when they meet him. Also, sweet little Jana has fallen in with a bad crowd and finds herself in trouble deep.

Q:  What makes Jamie a character worth reading about?

A: Jamie is a dichotomy, like most of us, which makes her relatable.

She can jump from generous to jealous at the drop of a hat. She’s a thinker and a stinker and a victim of instant karma who’s selfish tendencies tend to smack her in the butt. At times she is master at cloaking her emotions, while other times over-reacting to the point of ridiculousness. She’s curious and mostly honest. Being only fourteen she is creative, expressive, and oft’ times excessive.

Q:  What life experiences do you draw from in your work?

A: Write about what you know they said. So I did. Sibling dynamics we’re easy, being the fifth out of six kids, and the action takes place on a one-horse, off grid, farm in rural Oregon, which is – let’s say – all familiar. I made Jamie a musician because I know how it feels. And animals, always animals, because I am surrounded by them myself.

I turn to current events for fodder. The Iraq War was raging when I started Off the GridOver the Edge, explores the generational effects of meth. Gay Rights were foremost in the news when I wrote In the Groove, and I used the Drought in the West as an issue in On the Brink.

Under the Weather (expect summer release) revolves around issues of Medical rights/Right to Die and much, much more.

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?

A: They’ve changed along the way. In high school my sisters and I adored Lenora Mattingly Weber’s WW2 era Beany Malone Series. Currently? Let’s see. . . Ursula Hedgy, Joyce Maynard, and Anne Lamott come to mind, but I admire anyone who dares artistic expression.

I heard a writer interviewed on NPR, who suggested if you find your writing below your standards perhaps you should lower your standards. That statement gave me courage and I wish I could recall the source.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how do you use it in your writing?

A: I’m a lavender farmer with an online product store, Lord and Lady Lavender, so I work from home in the day, out in the yard (weeding, planting, scooping poop) or inside on my website.

A few nights out of the month we play gigs. My partner and I have an acoustic duet, called Moonglow. We play mostly the beautiful old songs from the Hit Parade era, but also Country, Bluegrass, and Rock&Roll. You can find us (moonglow the duet) on YouTube, singingScotch and Soda and a few other hits.

As mentioned, my farm is the backdrop for The Jamie Keller Mystery Series. Jamie is a passionate musician, who experiences all of the highs and lows of the profession. Ouch!

Q:  Why do you think series books are so popular with young people?

A: I think for the same reasons they watch the same movie over and over. Familiarity is comforting.
Q:  What are you working on now?

A: I’m just wrapping up Under the Weather, book five. The story is figured and very close to done. I still have to draw the cover art and deal with the ever tedious task of editing, but I think it will be ready by July.

Q:  What are Lord and Lady Lavender Products?

A: Thanks for asking!

We specialize in lavender gift boxes for men and women; offering soaps, sprays, salts, lip balm, beeswax candles (we have three hives), and love potions. All are hand-crafted on our farm. We’re a small company so it’s more manageable than it sounds. We established in 2004 and grow a bit every year.
Q:  If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you pick and why?

A: I’d choose The Cat in the Hat, because he’s such an artful trouble maker. I received a set of Dr. Seuss books for my fifth birthday and remember loving them so.

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

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Vic Clinco is a hot sauce enthusiast who writes for Chile Pepper Magazine; here is a link to his Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/pepperboy143

Q: What started your obsession with hot sauce?

A: I’m glad you used the word obsession because truly, that is what it is. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved spicy food. When I was a kid I can remember my family being in awe on the amount of red pepper flakes I would douse on my meals. Then like so many of us I moved upend cut my teeth on Tabasco. From there I sought out different types of sauces, again based on the wide availability, the Frank’s Red Hot, Crystal, Louisiana, but somewhere in my late high school years it was like a switch went off. I craved hotter and hotter, couldn’t find sauces hot enough and it’s been a quest ever since. This obsession has me scouring the internet for new sauces/company’s, treasure hunting every where I go, and carrying super hot chile powders and hot sauces with me every day.

Q:  What do you think of the Sriracha Sauce craze?

A: It’s crazy right, I think it’s absolutely phenomenal. I am a fan of Sriracha as a whole, now you do know that Sriracha is a style, a type of hot sauce right? So the one brand we almost automatically think of is from Huy Fong. It’s the bright red sauce, signature green lid, and the rooster on the label. But that is just one brand, there are hundreds of Sriracha’s out there, heck even Tabasco, Frank’s and other mainstream and typically Louisiana styled specific company’s have thrown their hat in the Sriracha Ring. It’s awesome! We have major fast food company’s with a huge array of Sriracha menu items, the snack food options have absolutely exploded, clothing items… I can’t be more excited. Anything that adds to and helps bring attention to the hot sauce industry as a whole, I’m all for. Because “I put that @%#& on everything”.

Q:  What are some of your favorite sauces and why?

A: Hands down I am partial to the Caribbean style sauces, I love that they tend to be thicker, pulpier with more pepper solids in them, and are bright with heat and almost explode with flavor. Some great and easy to locate examples are from Marie Sharp’s, Melinda’s and the Tropical Pepper Company. Though I am also a purest, I read the labels and the ingredients. My opinion is the simpler the better, if there a just a ton of ingredients a can’t pronounce, I typically pass, but I’ll collect it and put it on my shelves. I urge people who ask me “what should I get?” or “What’s good?”, get out and try sauces. Most people’s view into the hot sauce world is through their big box major grocery stores, man is that a small window of what is truly out there and available. In 2012 hot sauce production was the 8th fastest growing industry in the U.S. with thousands of small batch, artisan makers all over the country. There is so much incredible sauce made by incredible people its staggering. I tell people to hit the Farmers Markets, the Fresh Markets, the Produce Stands these are the places many of the producers go to sell their products. This way you can try before you buy, talk to the maker and ask questions. Another great outlet is the Hot Shop, the hot sauce and spicy food specific brick and mortar stores, yes a little harder to come by but growing in popularity and typically offer samples/tastings of sauces, you’ll just have to do some research to track one down around you.

Q:  What foods should people use hot sauce on that they don’t?

A: Um, everything! Have you tried a nice fruit based (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry) hot sauce on ice cream yet? I’m telling you, you are so missing out. Add a few drops of those same fruit based sauces to your pancake or waffle mix. Stir a good Chipotle sauce into your chocolate chip cookie dough before baking, it will give them a cool smokiness and hint of spice. For drink applications try CaJohn’s Frostbite, cajohns.com, it is a clear hot sauce that excels in drinks because it is colorless and flavorless, it just adds heat to whatever you put it in. Seriously it awesome in margaritas, rum punch, manhattans you name. Even protein shakes and energy drinks and awesome spicy addition when you’re juicing. It also adds a zing to pickles, olives and any pickled veggies. Hers a simple recipe you can use as a dip for practically anything from sliced fruit to fried foods and so much more; 1 cup Sriracha, 1cup mayo and 1/2 cup honey… Mix well serve chilled. Garnish with a little ground ginger and maybe some thinly sliced green onion.

Q:  What ingredients are key to a good hot sauce?

A: Just like in any cooking application; good, high quality products in will make the end product good and high quality, any Chef will concur. Your base ingredients can be as simple as chile peppers and vinegar, a little salt and pepper for seasoning and viola! Everything else is up to your tastes and/or your imagination. We are all different right, we all have different tastes, different likes and dislikes, and different heat tolerances. It’s a great time in hot sauce production right now because the popularity, the demand for flavor. Typically garlic, onion, and fruit are the most popular base ingredients, but again, sky’s the limit. I’ve had chocolate, coffee, beer, grapes, bacon, rum, and vodka just to name a few off the top of my head.

Q:  What sort of work do you do?

A: My day job is for US Foods, I am a manager for their Cash and Carry division called CHEF’STORE, it’s a restaurant supply store. But by night I’m a Hot Sauce Rock Star! I write for Chile Pepper Magazine, it’s the largest nationally distributed publication on everything spicy. My article is titled “Sauce & Tell” and it touches base on the history and origins of hot sauce, my travels in the hot sauce trade show circuit, the evolution of my collection, and provides recipes for sauces, dips, condiments and spicy yumminess. I also have the pleasure to work with CaJohn’s Fiery Foods, a spicy food manufacturer out of Columbus, Ohio. My wife and I travel with CaJohn’s to the major hot sauce shows around the country and help in the booth. I actually run a hot sauce challenge, it’s called CaJohn’s Execution Station. What I do is challenge willing victim’s heat tolerance, I start them off the a Ghost Pepper based hot sauce and then walk them up the line through seven more sauces, each one getting progressively hotter and hotter. Yes, I did say I START with the Ghost Pepper! Simple, if the willing victims can endure the pain/heat, not pass out on me, and not throw up on my table, it’s happens, then they win cool swag and my undying admiration.

Q:  What is the rarest bottle of hot sauce you have in your collection?

A: Not to brag, well maybe a little, but I’m fortunate enough to have some really cool and rare pieces in The Collection, I’ve been collecting for 20 years now and have some really exquisite pieces. I have one called Extreme Heat from Hell Fire Hot Sauce, there are only 5 of them in existence now. I have a very valued to me #1 of 10 signed Christmas Adam & Eve set from CaJohn’s, also a #1 of 10 10 oz. signed, wax topped Death from Blair’s & Extreme Foods. I could keep going, there are a lot of rare and hard to find bottles, many low numbered reserves and collectables throughout the room and I’m always looking to add more. I actually adopted a friends collection not to long ago and made a home for some really old bottles, some cool prototypes and unique pieces. Global hot sauce world domination is my goal and I will not deviate from my plan until I see it through.

Q:  How did you get your job at Chile Pepper Magazine?

A: We were introduced at a hot sauce show in Louisiana, some of our friends who are hot sauce makers told them about our collection. Like the proud pappa I am, I whipped out my iPad and showed them pictures of The Collection. Also back in the day I was a hot sauce reviewer for a couple of blogs, with that experience and like any time I get talking about hot sauce, my passion floods through. I also have a trained culinary background, a few years ago I decided I needed a change, I had been in retail with a company for 21 years. I made the decision to attend Culinary School, part of the academic requirements was to do an internship. I did mine with the Four Seasons in Scottsdale Arizona and ended up staying on with them and running the employee dining program, I cooked for the troops. Putting all of this together, joining the Chile Pepper Team seemed to be the perfect fit.

 

Q:  Are your friends hot sauce fans as well; are there parties?

A: Yes, a lot of them are and whenever anyone comes over the the house, the first discussion or topic is always hot sauce. The room is right when you come in, hard not to pass up. We entertain in there and yes I do host parties and get togethers in it as well… There’s an open invite by the way, just sayin’. I typically make spicy margaritas, put out some chips and cover the table with different sauces from all over the world so we can get our sauce on. I generally have over hundred or so in my pantry and between 30 to 40 in the fridge at all times.  I guess I could also consider my house as a tasting room serving hot sauce flights.

Q:  What is the best hot sauce for a Bloody Mary?

A: In my humble opinion a good Caribbean style Scotch Bonnet or Habanero sauce, I find that there thicker style tends to hold up better in the heavy tomato and spice recipe. Also the natural fruitiness of the Habs give the Bloody Mary a pop. I have found that the thinner heavy vinegar Louisiana style sauce dont hold up as well in making good Bloody’s, they seem to do much better in wing sauce applications. Though with the multitude of sauce options out there, you can take your Bloody Mary in different directions. Say you want to garnish one with bacon, well then I would suggest bacon hot sauce, baconhotsauce.com. What if you were looking do to one with a Southwestern flair, then go withHeartbreaking Dawns 1542 a Chocolate Habanero (Referring to the brown/chocolate color of the chile pepper), heartbreakingdawns.com.

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