Month: November 2012

An Interview With Mrs. Los Angeles Loriann Overlin

 

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Loriann Overlin is Mrs. Los Angeles and the Arts Ambassador for the County of Los Angeles. She and her husband also run a photography studio. Here is a link to her website:

www.mrslosangeles.com

 

 

 

 Q: What exactly does an “arts ambassador” do?

 A:   My role is to connect resources and artists together to foster mutually beneficial relationships.

 Q: What made you interested in art?

 A: Envy– Selfishly I am interested in art because of envy.  I wish I could take those images in my mind and create something out of nothing like I see artists do.  I wish I could see beauty and life where only artists can see it.  Additionally, I have been involved with theatre, film and music practically since birth.  I love the process of performance art and that moment when all is ready and everyone is rehearsed, and the stage is set and the music is ready, and you stand in the middle of the stage and it is quite and the world is waiting for a moment that will never come again is like a drug.  I admire all those people who can take nothing in the process and shift, mold and create an expression of self and share that with our community.

Q: What makes for an interesting photograph?

A:  An interesting photography is something that shows ones honest self.  We wear so many masks and I love to see into people and have it reciprocated through them showing me what they see through their eyes.  Mike, my husband, talks about the photographer’s ability to have you to look at something other than what you would normally see.  I love a photo that shows me something I would never observe because of my near sightedness, and it ties into my envy issue.

Q: What trends in photography do you dislike?  I like and dislike photojournalism style wedding photography.

A:  I love seeing cool photos of wedding parties swimming in a pool of eels or something cool.  (As an extreme example.)  However, let’s face it, your wedding day is something you and your family look at in years to come and I think it is more important to remember how lovely it was to get married rather than what a hipster you were”.  I hate to hear about people looking at such important photos saying “what was I thinking or what is up with my husband’s pants!”  I think it’s more important to remember how much in love you are rather than how cool you are—cool fades, love doesn’t.

Q: Who are some of your influences in photography?

A:  That would be Mike Overlin – I took photo classes in high school and college, but it was all very formula based.  Mike shows me his precious soul in his work.  I watch Mike go into his head and leave earth to go to his creative world where he can create a vision out of light and space.  He amazes me and every time I see him in his work, I fall in love with him again.  He makes my heart hurt with love.

Q: Diane Arbus or Ansel Adams?  Yes, and yes!

A: Diana Arbus, is cool, Ansel Adams is cool.   I love the fact that they both found themselves in their art; so the answer is yes.  Mike wrote a book on photography, and in it discusses the concept of style. He makes a comparison between our personality and our style, mainly in the way that we don’t have to do anything for either of them to develop.  Both will develop on their own naturally.  “We are all unique, and we all naturally make different statements in life. The same will be true of your art. Your style will be evident as long as you are not copying someone else’s style. Don’t try to be someone else.”

Q: What made you interested in running for Mrs. Los Angeles?  I participated in a play at the Long Beach Playhouse years ago called Mrs. California, it planted the seed.  I became a Mrs. not too long ago and figured if I’m going to do  – go!  Why not, I’m a Mrs. and I live in Los Angeles.  I’m qualified.

Q: Did you find it challenging to be a Christian in the entertainment industry.

A:  Nope; no challenge.  I have worked in entertainment for a zillion years and it is just like any other industry creating a product and distributing it.  Just because a person is a Christian doesn’t make them automatically a flag waving, capital punishment, anti-abortion Republican.  God is huge – he made water- so I consider him pretty powerful.  I also consider him pretty compassionate in the fact that he sent his kid to take on your and my sins.  If you don’t believe in God that’s ok because I know he believes in you and me.  So if you don’t want the cool stuff he has for you, bummer.   I’ll take the left overs, I’m pretty grateful for the grace and gifts he gives us.  God is pretty cool from what I’ve seen.

Q: What is your wildest pageant story?

A:  Duct tape on the boobs….I don’t understand why people would put tape on their boobs to keep them “perky”.  I realize that duct tape is the answer to the world’s problems, but to put them on your private parts is way beyond anything I understand….oh there’s a piece there.

Q: What is the most common misconception about beauty pageants?

A: They are pretty much what people think–it’s vanity, its superficial.  However, for me it made me look at myself and ask if I like what I see?  There are some things that just aren’t ok, and now I get to attend to those things.

 

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 Political Blogger Deborah Corey

Deborah Corey is a conservative political blogger. Here is a link to her website:

www.deborahcorey.com

 

 

Q: What made you want to start a political blog?
A: Ha! Oh such a simple question with such a complex and long answer! Back in 2004, a small scandal rocked Washington, DC. A young woman named Jessica Cutler became famous for writing up a blog (intended for her friends) called The Washingtonnienne which was about of all things – her sex life with several influential, rich or powerful men in town.  And yes, she was paid for sex at times. Some of the men were coworkers, some were in the Bush Administration, some were married, some were single, some were Democrats and some of them were Republicans. She worked for Sen. Mike Dewine (R) from Ohio at the time the scandal broke (was fired soon afterwards) and I happened to have a friend that worked in that office at the time. So, the whole scandal was very in my face and something that I paid attention to in town.
Ms. Cutler was a self described Independent, not a Republican, she had worked for Sen. Joe Lieberman before going to Dewine’s office where she worked in the most basic position – the mail room. And in fact, the sex scandal/blog affair never would have become public if Ana Marie Cox who was working for The Wonkette at the time hadn’t decoded Ms. Cutler’s blog. (All the names of her partners were coded to protect their identity.) After Ms. Cox blew up the names of the men on the blog – that was when some lives fell apart in grand old Washington, DC.

Ironically, Ana Marie Cox probably benefited more from the whole debacle than anyone. I’m pretty sure none of the men involved were very thrilled, except for maybe an intern, ha! But I digress. The point is Ms. Cutler became famous for writing a blog about her sex life, there was nothing clever or funny about any of it. And I had always wanted to be a writer – my whole life from the time I was a child – I loved stories. I’m a very creative person, passionate, thoughtful and involved in the world around me. I’ve got a whole collection of poetry, a few books and oodles of ideas that I have produced. And politics is a favorite topic of mine.

I thought if this Cutler woman can write a blog about sex of all things in Washington, DC – I will do one better. I will write – I will blog about politics, culture and my life experiences. I will be witty and smart – I will show the world that a female can produce a political blog with class. My first blog was Confessions of a Red Head in 2004, next Iran apolitical team blog aimed at the 2008 election called The Polireport and finallyI settled intorunning my own blog at  www.deborahcorey.com back in 2010. Each blog has gained more traffic; my audience has grown and followed me to each new site. The current blog has received up to 376,000 hits a month and it’s changed my life for better or worse.

Q:  Why are you opposed to Obamacare?

A: I am opposed to Obamacare because it interferes with the rights of the states and individuals to choose their own health care plans. Right now many states are involved in a fight to maintain their distinct rights and privileges apart from the Federal government. The independent nature of the states is important to maintaining the democracy of the U.S and a republic.

Obamacare means a lot of new taxes and regulations that will limit economic opportunities (jobs). And it’s always women and minority groups that feel these losses the most. Many employers will stop offering insurance as a result. Doctors are going to get to chose between living in states that take part in Obamacare and living in states that are more free market oriented with less frightening regulation. Guess where all the good doctors will go as a result of this legislation?

Of course health care is expensive in the U.S. and that is actually a result of the fact that health insurance has superficially inflated the market costs of everything from basic care to major procedures. Make no mistake, I realize health care is important in people’s lives and it’s extremely important to me personally which is why the idea of the government being involved upsets me.

Liberty is the most important gift the American people have and it really worries me that so many women, especially, are happy to trade their freedom away on this issue. American women talk a big game about being independent from men and taking care of themselves, but they seem all too happy to look for someone else (the government) to take the lead.

A quick look at socialized health care in other countries shows that the treatment and care is poor in comparison to what we have had in the U.S. Furthermore, I think Americans have a fantasy that they can get the same great health care system that we have now with the government in charge and that is just not how life works.

I’ve been up and I’ve been down in this life and I can attest to the fact that no one will take care of you on this earth in the same way that YOU can take care of yourself.

Q:  Why do you think President Obama won?

A: President Obama used a great microstrategy for targeting voter districts that the GOP failed to recognize. In the end, a candidate can be the most stable, kind, gracious and intelligent manager – but if that person fails to get out the vote – to mobilize voters on the ground – the rest doesn’t matter.

Additionally, I met Mitt Romney back in 2007 as a volunteer at CPAC and found him to be an intelligent, gracious and kind just from a short meeting.  Other people that I know personally have testified that he has great management skills which, is why I was a supporter. He is someone who has relied on empirical data and strong management skills to get jobs accomplished – this is very different from our typical presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle. That mindset and those skills were lost on the American people when it came to the macro side of the election issues.

As for the results of this election, Mitt Romney came close, 3 million votes close to Obama, closer than McCain in 2008. And Mitt Romney had the popular vote in most of the country on election night up until the votes for the far western part of the country were counted. The president also lost young voters by 11 points – they swung away from him in the election. It’s pretty clear that Obama won the Electoral College and he should be congratulated on that fact. But, Obama doesn’t have a mandate this time around.

 

Q:  Many conservatives say they are Christian in what ways are the teachings of Christ consistent with capitalism?

A: Touche! I often find the immediate jump to the topic of Christianity by the media and liberals on the issue of conservatism to be interesting – in fact there are a lot of conservatives who are not Christian, but practice other faiths or don’t believe in God at all. However since you asked, the bible has many examples of times where the government – through tax collectors, tax collection or big government impeded on the lives of Christians as well as people in the old and new testaments.

Personally, this writer always enjoyed the story of Lydia, a seller of purple cloth who was baptized by Paul. She was clearly a small businesswoman and an early example of a capitalist.

Q:  What kind of jobs have you had in your life and how have they influenced your political views?

A: I think every job I have had from working in retail; to writing for publications to doing public relations work has reminded me of the importance of a hard earned dollar. Private sector work revolves around and is affected by regulations from the government. Higher taxes, more regulations all affect the amount of work available, the number of jobs and even how much employees get paid.

As someone who has struggled in a metropolitan area, I know the meaning of a dollar and how much even $50 counts for families and individuals.

Q:  What is the most common misconception about Washington, DC?

A: The most common misconception, due to Hollywood, is that the Senators and Representatives have these fabulous LARGE grandiose offices. Fact of the matter is that most of the time the Chief of Staff is sharing a cubicle with the Office Manager and the rest of the staff are working in tiny cubicles sometimes – most often in the one large room.

Q:   If you could ask President Obama one question what would it be?

A: When are you going to fully explain what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012?

Q:  What is your strangest work story?

A: I think my strangest work story is actually the weird letters I get from fans. I have a greenie following from a paper I wrote several years ago criticizing Al Gore. Apparently, a lot of environmentalists don’t like him either. The greenies send me some weird letters, even now all these years later.

Q:  Who are your political heroes and why?

A: I’ve always admired politicians like Sen. Chuck Grassley from Iowa. He has stuck to his principles of fiscal conservatism no matter who the president was at the time. He never changes whether the President Clinton, President Bush or President Obama is in office. And I’m really excited about having Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) as head of the Republican House Conference.

Q:  What is your dream ticket for 2016?

A: That’s a tough question to answer because the field is so wide open right now as Republicans try to figure out how to move forward. I think Gov. Bobby Jindal from Louisiana would be excellent, Sen. Marco Rubio could certainly rev up strong support and Sen. Rand Paul has Ron Paul’s supporters behind him. Don’t discount Rep. Paul Ryan either for the position of president or vice president. Finally, this writer has always liked Condoleezza Rice, if she would WANT to take on either position – she would have a lot of support as well.

One can’t really name who should have what position or whether some new bright star will burst out of this challenging time for the party. We’ve got a long ways to go before things are clear enough to name those positions and much of who rises out of this time will have to do with the things to come.

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 Music Producer Flaco Da Great

Flaco Da Great is a music producer who owns Fiya House Productions. Here is a link to his blog:

http://www.fiyahouseproductions.com/

 

Q:  What made you want to start your own production company?

A: Hearing what was out there. I kind of wanted to make a one stop shop and give people good quality music and video.

Q:  What has been the most difficult thing about starting a production company?

A: Since I move a lot. I have to get clients from different cities and states to trust my work. What person wants to spent thousands on some one they don’t know well. My resume speaks for itsself and that’s what gets me in the door.

Q:  Who are some of the artist you represent and why should my readers listen to them?

A: Some of the artist I work with are Chris Brown, Tyga, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne and Fabolous to name a few. There names are already out there. Sometimes you may not hear the song we did cause its not spinning on radio but might be on a mixtape, album or on the net to hear.

Q:  What is your wildest show biz story?

A: Just getting a big record on the radio and getting to tour. A lot of things I can’t really release out there but you can imagine.

Q:  What song inspires you the most and why?

A: There’s not just one. Good music really gets me. So how ever I’m feeling at that moment I go for what I like, I am a real fan of R&B.

Q: . What do you like about the music industry?

A: I like how you can start out with nothing and change your life and your family just by working hard and getting your music out there.

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: This industry is not meant for everyone. Some people want to get in by being the next gimmick. It became about politics more and not about raw talent.

 

Q:  How did you get your first job in the music industry?

A: I always was in music. I went to a performing arts school and played in bands. I just took a liking to the production side of more.

Q:  What is the biggest change you have seen in the industry?

A: The independent side of it. If you have your own fans you can call your own shots. Interested to see where it will go from here.

Q:  Are looks or talent more important in the music industry?

A: I wish it was talent that was more important but you do have to have a look that works for the audience. People are always looking for something different.

 

 

 

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 Actress Catherine Anne Hayes

 

 

Catherine Anne Hayes is an actress who has appeared in the film Celebrity and on the television show My Name is Earl. She currently writes for the website Weightloss.org. Here is a link to her blog:

http://www.weightloss.org/author/CatherineH/

 

Q: What made you want to become an actor?

A: First of all I am starting this off by stating that I am an Actress. I am Very Proud and Comfortable in my Strength, Power and Femininity in being a Woman. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t want to be an actress. It must have started when I came out of my mother’s womb kicking and screaming my head off at the top of my lungs. When I quieted down my cheeks were rosy and I had formed my cupid’s bow lips into an inviting kissable moue. I also had a head full of fiery curls. The nurses were so smitten with me they placed me front row center in the nursery. There is where it began. Me…the center of attention. I loved it. I loved to perform. I loved and craved people watching me. I loved creating and bringing to life all different sorts of characters.

Q: You did a lot of guest star roles on TV, how does one go about getting a guest star role?

A: Most of my guest star roles I have gotten with the assistance of my management and/or my agent over the years. I have also booked a few directly myself. I heard about the projects through other actors, actor resources such as Actor’s Access, LA Casting, Now Casting and surprisingly Craig’s List. I have had re-markedly good luck on Craigslist because I am very cautious and responsible and use good sense. CL is a good source but you must sift through a lot of garbage to find the good projects that are there. I know it has gotten a bit dicey of late and they need to do something about it like create a place for that category of work.

Q:  What inspired you to start your blog?

 

A: About Three months ago I was asked to be a weekly blog contributor to this relatively new website called www.weightloss.org. The editor was looking for a few bloggers who were on journeys of not only taking off weight but changing their lives. He wanted people who would be willing to share what they are doing and write about everything….the highs and lows. I thought about it and discussed it with my husband Walter Ulasinski who happens to be in the business too…he’s a Set Designer/Technical Director also an Actor. Walter is very involved in my taking off weight journey. We have approached it as a team effort. True it is MY responsibility but what affects me affects him also so we work on it together. That is marriage. Anyway…I decided to write the blog even though I had never written one before and didn’t know the first thing about writing one. I did warn the editor though that if I was going to do this I was going to be blatantly honest and open. I felt and still feel that is the only way I can write about my journey. I do not do it to be “sensational”. I do it to face my truths. That is the only way I can continue to grow. To continue to keep on letting go weight. I do not say losing weight because when you lose something you find it again and I do not want to find the weight again. I am FINALLY letting it go. Anyone wants to read my blogs which have become very popular I am very pleased to say can find them at www.weightloss.org It is also a wonderful and informative website. It is very different from most of them that are out there. It is worth taking a look at. I am very proud to be part of it and also very humbled by all the support I have gotten because of it. By the way….a week ago I reached my first goal of letting go 100 pounds….:-) You can read about it at my blog.

Q:  Have you ever gotten a role because of your weight?

A: I would say about 20% of the roles I have done over the years was because of my weight. The rest is because I off my talent and I am a very good actress.

Q:  Why do you think Hollywood is so obsessed with looks (please don’t say it’s Hollywood)?

A: In the beginning Hollywood had always been about talent and interesting & diversified looks. It has only been recently that corporate Hollywood has been producing interchangeable “talent” and features. Everyone looks and acts the same. It all seems so bland. Unoriginal. You only really get to see real & creative talent and interesting people in the independent productions. Why do I think Hollywood is so obsessed with looks particularly now? I think it is fear. Insecurity. People are not trusting themselves. Listening to their inner voices. Accepting their own beauty and trying to promote an unrealistic ideal.
Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

A: I am smiling as I type this. Hollywood like my beloved hometown New York City is a place where you can make your dreams no matter how big or small come true. I love the history. I love the wonderful people that I have met and made friends with. I have been here since 2004 and even though I have been to them many times for meetings, auditions and jobs I get excited like a little girl at Christmas each time I go on a Studio Lot. I can feel the spirits of the thousands who had been there before me….hear “Action” being called down the cavern of the various sound stages…

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: The Liars. The Flakes. The Phonies. The Meanness. The Cruelty.

Q:  What is your dream role?

A: My dream role is one that allow everyone to see the widely diverse aspects of my talent. One that does not pigeon hole me. Put me in a box. I am a highly creative, imaginative, curious, instinctive actress and woman. I am the happiest when I do parts when I get to use all my gifts to their fullest extent.

Q:  What has been your greatest triumph as an actor?

 

A: My greatest triumph is yet to be seen…:-) I can not say what I am doing because I am under a NDA ( Non Disclosure Agreement ) but I am doing a film right now where I have the female lead. It is an amazingly wonderful film and I am playing opposite the most talented gorgeous actor named Adam Marcinowski who will be a major star when this comes out. My work is very good too. We both light up the screen together!! 🙂

Q:  What qualities make someone a good actor?

 

A: While yes we are in this because we like to be the center of attention, the best and most creative and talented actors and actresses ALWAYS remember and know that they are part of an ENSEMBLE and are GIVING to their fellow actors and actresses. You are only as good as the people you perform with. If you do not give to them something to “play” with, how can you expect them to give YOU something “play” with? Also while you must be extremely focused and dedicated to your art as an actress/ actor and constantly develop it, you MUST remember you are NOT ONE 24/7. You have a life beyond. You have family and friends beyond. If you forget that you will BURN OUT. Worse, you will lose your passion and love for your art and just become a shadow who performs. Take a break sometimes from the business and recharge. You will be a better actress/actor and person for it. Have a life.

 

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 Actress Coco Samantha Konski

Coco Samantha Konski is an actress who has appeared in the films Swing and Cattle Call. Here is a link to her Twitter page:

www.twitter.com/samanthakonski

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: I think what made me interested in acting is that it runs is my family and it

just seemed so natural to me, to get involved in that business.

Q:  What kind of training have you had?

Aside from my training in high school, I study at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

A:  What is you strangest work story?

I think my strangest work story would have to be when I did this movie called

swing , I was paired with a 40 something as my date, I was 15.

Q:  What do you like about Beverly Hills?

A: Well I obviously love the shopping here.

And I love going out to eat here, the best food in all of LA.

 

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: I don’t really think there’s nothing to not like about Beverly Hills, but I do

prefer living in a small town if I weren’t living in Beverly Hills.

Q: What famous film role could you have nailed?

A: I think I really could have nailed the part of Mia Wallace played by Uma

Thurman in pulp fiction.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge as an actor?

A: I think my biggest challenge as an actress is learning how to get into

character and to actually be the character not just “act”.

Q: What has been your biggest triumph as an actor?

 

A: I think my biggest triumph as an actress Is getting  up on the stage and

performing in front of a crowd is a triumph for any up and coming actor or

actress.

Q: If acting doesn’t work out for you what other professions interest you?

 

A: I really don’t think I would be doing anything but acting to me it’s a stress

reliever outlet of therapy. But if I have to choose any other career I think it

be a veterinarian.

Q: What makes you fameworthy?

A:  I actually don’t believe I am fameworthy.

I just wanted to make a living where I am comfortable, Where I can afford to

pay my rent and feed my dogs .  I am not looking for the whole fame thing I

just want to entertain people and make them happy.

 

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 Aspiring Actor Ryan Glover

Ryan Glover, is an actor who has appeared on the show Find Our Missing and in such independent films as Prison Boat.

Q: Why do you think so many people want to be actors?

A: The rewards that come with being successful in this craft are so tempting and its a profession that allows you to express yourself creatively. The opportunity to become someone else is also a factor.

Q: What do you hope to express though your craft?

A divine truth.

Q: . How does one go about getting a part on a crime reenactment show?

A: Good headshots, resume, and an excellent reel.

Q: What is your strangest Hollywood story?

A: Catching an armed robbery case [over an ipad] in South Central while going too school in Burbank.

Q: . Why do you think so many actors have a hard time handling fame?

A: A lot of people have low self esteem and think they don’t deserve blessings, not practicing moderation, believing their own hype, and poor choices in regard to friendships.

Q: What do you like about Hollywood?

A: Being around people I idolized when I was younger on a daily basis.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: The nepotism.

Q: Who are some of your acting influences?

A: Denzel Washington, Danny Glover, Andre Braugher, Vince Vaughn, Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Matt Damon, and Jeremy Renner.

Q: What is the greatest performance you have ever seen by an actor? (why do you think this) Denzel Washington in Malcom X…really incredible performance!!

A: Why do you think looks are so important in Hollywood? People want to see beauty. I don’t know about you but I’ve never youtube’d Susan Boyle.

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