Month: December 2012

An Interview With Conservative Blogger Stephen Beadencup

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Stephen Beadencup is Co-Founder and Editor of 1-800-Politics. Here is a link to his website:

http://www.1800politics.com

Q: What inspired you to start a political blog?

A: I have always been one to discuss and debate politics with friends, family and co-workers. Leading up to the election the political debates at work were getting pretty intense. I consider myself a Reagan conservative and I was really the only vocal supporter of Mitt Romney in the office and I was outnumbered by Obama supporters on a daily basis. Somewhere along the line during the heated exchanges my co-worker/friend/committed liberal Antonio Tizol and I came up with the idea to launch a political website/blog where we would present all sides of the argument. Our vision was to provide an equal amount of conservative and liberal content. Tizol and I figured if we are going to debate so much we might as well do something positive with it and that is how we came up with 1-800-Politics.

Q: What makes your blog different from other political blogs?

A: What makes our blog different is that 1-800-Politics is providing both sides of the argument. We’re not just preaching to choir like many political sites do, we are trying to challenge our audience by presenting arguments from both the conservative and liberal perspective. At 1-800-Politics all political perspectives are welcomed.

Q: Who are the bloggers that you believe had the biggest influence on this presidential election? (why)

A: I’m not sure exactly which individual bloggers had the biggest influence, but as a whole there were many left-wing websites like Media Matters, Moveon.org, DailyKos and Huffington Post that controlled the narrative and drove the daily news cycle. They basically funneled their liberal agenda through the mainstream media and provided people like Rachel Maddow, Soledad O’Brien and Martin Bashir with their talking points. Day after day you had commentators from the “Big Three”, MSNBC, CNN, PBS and NPR working as Obama’s press secretaries. You also had Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in the tank for Obama and influencing voters. People, especially young people think they are getting their hard news from Jon Stewart, sad…

Q: What philosophical beliefs make someone a conservative?

A: Personally I believe Conservatives see life in black and white and little grey area. There is right and wrong and most of the time it’s pretty obvious, just use common sense. Conservatives put more emphasis on rule of law, religion, God, the traditional structure of the family and traditional values. I think the conservative philosophy is simple: if you play by the rules, get an education and work hard for the most part things will go your way.

Q: How well do you think the Republican Party represents those beliefs?

A: I think the Republican Party is slipping a bit. The Republican Party is what the Democrats were 25 years ago. The Tea Party does a better job representing conservative philosophy.

Q: What philosophical beliefs make someone a liberal?

A: I’m sure I’ll take a lot of heat for this, but I think liberals have a lot less conviction than conservatives and it’s basically an anything goes mentality. Liberals have erased the line between right and wrong in the name of fairness and tolerance.

Q: How well do you think the Democratic Party represents those beliefs?

A: The Democrats do a great job of representing what I believe their philosophy is. The Democratic Party panders to the lowest common denominator in society. They believe the only way one group can get ahead is by taking from another group. Winston Churchill had a great quote about Socialism and I think it applies to modern Liberalism just as well and Mr. Churchill said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Q: Do you think the mainstream media or the internet media has more influence on politics overall?

A: I think the internet media has more influence now because like I said earlier the mainstream media outlets are getting their talking points from the internet media. Sites like Drudge and Huffington Post are driving the news cycle and control the narrative.

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

A: Name one country in history that taxed them selves into prosperity?

Q: What was the most surprising thing that happened in this year’s election?

A: That the majority of voters decided that four more years of 8% unemployment, record deficits, job killing taxes and record number of people on food stamps was good enough.

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

An Interview With Actor Richy B. Jacobs

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Richy B. Jacobs is an actor and personal trainer who appears in the film Sober Here is a link to his IMDB page:

www.imdb.com/name/nm4672494

Q: What made you want to become an actor?

A: After playing football in college I was cast in Starship Troopers as a Jumpball player, which was like Football, only in the future. The sets were so huge and I was able to work directly with the Stunt coordinator, The Director and the other Actors starting from the rehearsal process all the way through the rap of the movie. I was able to see the whole process early in my career. I was amazed. I caught the bug and have been an actor ever since.

Q: What is Sober about?

A: Sober is about a Young Woman who owns a bar and allows two Underage Girls to Drink and Drive. The results are Devastating causing the Young Woman to change her life. The message is for Teenagers and their Parents to understand the dangers of being too laxed when it comes to Drinking and Driving and to take responsibility for your actions.

Q: What role do you play in the film?

A: I play Guy who is a friend of the Young Woman.

Q: What method of acting to you use most often?

A: Hmmm, I use many methods, but I would say I use Uta Hagen’s methods the most. I am very intended when I act.

Q: You have done both live theater and film acting what is the main difference between writing for the stage and writing for the theater?

A: In my opinion, the main difference is the repetition. You may have to do many takes on film. There is only one take on stage.

Q: What is your wildest show biz story?

A: My wildest showbiz story is when I was having a drink in the VIP room in the House of Blues. A large man walked up next to me and ordered a drink. He looked at me and I said ”what up”. It was Forrest Whitaker and I couldn’t believe he was alone, huge, and nobody noticed him but me. I said I liked his work and wanted to be like him. He looked at me funny, waited for his drink and then He walked away. He did say thank you though.

Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?

A: I LOVE L.A. !! I am a native of L.A. I was born and raised in the South Bay near LAX. What I like most about Los Angeles is that it is very multicultural here with lots of different types of places to go hang out or go sight see.

Q: What don’t you like about?

A: The Traffic!

Q: How has your job as a personal trainer help with your pursuit of an acting career?

A: Personal Training helps because it allows me to make my own schedule so I can be available for auditions and meetings. I am also very fit, so that helps. I also feel that I am a good Communicator which comes from having to Communicate with my Personal Training clients. I don’t think you can be a good actor if you don’t know how to communicate.

Q: If you could play any character in any classic play what would it be and why?

A: I would like to play Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. I like Shakespeare and I would want the experience of having to show my deep, true passion for someone on stage. There is no faking that .

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

An Interview With Actor Ken Waters

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Ken Waters is a former private investigator who is now a Hollywood actor. He has appeared on NCIS Los Angeles and can be seen in the film The Curator. Here is a link to his IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0893501/

Q: What made you want to become an actor?

A: I think being an entertainer is something you are almost born with. For me it’s always been something I felt. A certain feeling. I just really love to perform and it’s fun for me. I really like being the center of attention. LOL — They say if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life. It took me 20 years to escape from a small New England town and move to South Florida where I learned as much as I could about Hollywood and the business then finally took the next grand slam step. I landed in Los Angeles World aka the City of Angels at the age of 28 – exactly 1 month before my 29th birthday.

Q: What is the Curator about?

A The Curator is another 48 hour film project that I got cast to work on. It’s about a pair of bumbling brothers who decide to rob an art gallery at the exact same time another thief is robbing the place. Our genre was Film de Femme so without a spoiler — if you haven’t seen it on YouTube — you can most likely guess the outcome.

Q: How did you prepare for the role?

A: This wasn’t one of those projects where you can actually spend weeks or even months with your director to create this character then spend even more time rehearsing and preparing. The whole short film was written, cast, filmed, edited and scored in 48 hours. Thus the name, 48 hour film project. One of the few things you can do in advance is have some locations lined up and a list of actors to call once the genre is picked and the script is penned.

Q: What do you like about Hollywood?

A: I like everything. The whole bail of hay. Hollywood is all about being all that you can be and bringing all of you to the table. In one way it is all smoke and mirrors but in reality it really isn’t. 9 times out of 10 what an actor brings in front of the camera is as real as it gets. That’s if the actor is any good. It’s all about being real in front of that lens. Being able to be you in different situations. Being able to show the audience your every emotion and feeling — if that’s what is called for at that moment or maybe the director wants you to mask those emotions and not wear your heart on your sleeve. The act of acting — for me, is being in total touch and control with who I am and what choices I would make in real life. That’s what I bring to the scene. That’s what I like about Hollywood. The process of learning exactly who I am and how to control and call upon my emotions at will. How to tap into the depths of who I am.

Q: What don’t you like about Hollywood?

A: Hmmm. I would have to say that there are too many actors and not enough jobs so you better be good at what you do or get better real fast if you want to survive.

Q: How did you get your first big break?

I would have to say on the set of charmed when the Writers and Producers gave me a name. I had shown up as a non-union background actor and before I knew it I was in scenes with all the leads and my name was Malek. I worked on the show for almost 2 seasons as Malek the bartender whenever they would film at P3. I was a little beside myself considering I had only landed in LA about 8 months earlier. At that time in my life I still needed to work a real job at nearly 55 hours a week. Taking time off from a job you needed all the time was stressful. If I would have lost that survival job I would have been sunk. At that same time in my life I really hadn’t grasped what it actually meant to be an actor and what it meant to be a star. It’s taken me a lot of little breaks to get where I’m at and finally be completely ready for that one complete break-through role. You have to be ready for the next level. It’s a good feeling to go on interviews now and see that other people can see that I’m ready.

Q: What kind of day jobs have you held and how do you draw from them with your acting?

A: There isn’t too much that I can’t do. I made a living as a bartender for over 12 years. That helped when I played a bartender on Wiseguy and Angel and Charmed. Angel was actually another little break. I was in the trailer for the first 2 seasons so it was like commercial type exposure for me. I also worked as a PI for almost 9 years. I seem to play law enforcement a lot or on the flipside as a mafia/thug type. I’ve also worked almost every aspect of construction and have even built sets. I’ve worked nearly every department on set from underwater scuba 1st and 2nd AC to scuba safety to scuba grip. On land I’ve been a 1st and 2nd AD, grip, craft service, producer, boom operator, and writer — it’s kind of an endless list.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an actor?

A: Trying to find that balance when I was working 45 to 60 hours a week. Trying to juggle my real job. A social life. A girlfriend and time for me — for things like getting my butt to the gym. It really is a slippery slope finding a day to day balance in your life when every second of everyday you are hunting down that dream. Searching for that one role that will get you noticed so maybe the phone rings and you don’t have to keep knocking on doors. It can get frustrating so I’ve learned to make that contact and move on — don’t dwell on the jobs I didn’t book because they will surely trump the ones you do book.

Q: What is your wildest showbiz story?

I have a ton of stories but one that I like to tell is working on the set of Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide Division. I had played Agent Harland and performed my own stunts then to top a great day off I had a late dinner date with a playmate. I feel it’s not appropriate to mention her name. I had met her on an undercover case I was working. I had followed the target to a bar in Hollywood and sat down next to this Playmate. I think the reason I was able to get her number was because everyone was falling all over her and I was more concerned on keeping an eye on my target. The more she tried to get my attention the less she received. It’s kinda funny now that I think about it.

Q: What makes you fame worthy?

A: Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. Fame has nothing to do with acting. Fame is simply a perk of the business like if you work at Sam Adams your going to get to drink some really fresh beer. It’s like this, if you’re one of the lucky ones you will turn your acting into something bigger. Something much larger than you could ever imagine. I had to learn the hard way and I see someone make the same mistake almost every time I’m on set. The second you walk around and act like you’re a star you’re going to get laughed out of town. Not every actor is lucky enough to become famous. If that happens for you make sure you surround yourself with people that keep your head out of the clouds and your feet planted on the ground. I tell myself that if that ever happens for me – always remember that I still put my pants on one leg at a time.

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 Storyteller Slash Coleman

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Slash Coleman is a storyteller who hosts the show Slash Wednesday He is  author of the “The Bohemian Love Diaries”  and has a blog with the same title on http://www.psychologytoday.com/ . Here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.slashcoleman.com

Q: How did you become a professional storyteller?

A: I began as a musician (a pianist and keyboardist) in middle school. First in rock bands, then in alternative bands and finally in jazz bands. In all the bands, I was always the one nominated to introduce the songs. What started with introductions that included unusual facts turned into long fictitious stories and me wearing costumes. Finally, in college my bandmates were like “You need to get your own show dude.”

 

Eventually, I began to perform and tour with my own solo shows and began making my living on stage telling stories long before I knew what storytelling was. Eventually, I got recruited to perform at the National Storytelling Festival and my career path found a place to call home.

 

 

Q: Every time I go to a gathering of writers I feel like I’m a kid at temple again. Why is writing so important to Jewish people?

A: I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer any questions for the Jewish people. In terms of my Jewish work most people think I’m a dude version of Sarah Silverman. With that in mind, I think Jewish people (at least the tribal members that I know) are, as a whole, super cerebral and writing and reading are good outlets for cerebral people.

 

Jewish audiences are often my least favorite to perform in front of. I’ll often look out to a sea of blank, unemotional faces. For a storyteller who feeds off that essential and reciprocal interaction that typically goes on between the listener and the teller, it’s been the kiss of death. I’m like “Wow guys, why did you come out tonight? You could have stayed at home and had more fun caulking your bathtub.”

 

 

Q: .What are the key ingredients to a good spoken word story?

 

A: On the edge of comedy there is often tragedy. A good story goes to a deep, true place that embraces the dark places while still honoring the light. It’s a delicate balance. Go too deep, too fast and despite the truth it comes off as therapy where the listener feels victimized. Stay too shallow and it comes off as a wispy anecdote.

 

Q: Why do you think blogging is so popular?

A: Storytelling is experiencing a rebirth which is reflected in our cultural obsession with personal true, unscripted stories. Reality television, The Moth events that consist of regular everyday people telling personal stories on stage, and blogging are all versions of this unscripted “writing-reality” phenomena.

 

When I was a kid I had a little green journal that had a lock on it. I wouldn’t have dreamed of showing anyone what I’d written. Today, we’re all hungry to see what’s inside that journal.

 

After living for so long in an industrialized, modern and materialistic culture, we now want things that are real. Fiction just won’t do anymore. Blogging is like opening up that locked journal for all the world to see.

 

 

Q: What made you interested in blogging for Psychology Today?

A; My blog is called “The Bohemian Love Diaries,” which is also the name of my book (a memoir) which is being published in June 2013 by Lyons Press. As a personal perspectives blogger, I felt Psychology Today would give the most appropriate platform to tell my stories about love and relationships (which are often way left of center) and develop an audience. It’s really cool when I create a post and see that within hours 3,000 people have read it.

 

Q: Why do you think romantic love written about and discussed so much more then other types of love?

A: Because Hallmark has cornered the market on it… and because sex sells. Really. My upcoming book deals with romantic love, but also other types of love including: the love between a father and a son and love between male friends. My award-winning solo show “The Neon Man and Me,” which became a PBS Special concentrated specifically on the platonic love between two guys after one of them dies. It’s not something our culture is used to acknowledging, but I think an awareness around it is long overdue.

 

Q: What is your strangest performance story?

Most people would say I’m a little strange and so all my stories are a little strange. Two things come to mind though. First, hecklers have made some of my performances a little strange. I’ll get a full blown heckler about once every 30 shows, the kind that requires a police escort out.

 

But I suppose it’s been the stalkers that have made my life more than a little strange. I’ve had three since I started. The strangest was a thirteen year old boy from Appalachia who started stalking me after I performed at his school. He started writing me letters posing as the pastor of his own church and then started sending me really strange text messages at all hours – things like “I’m in my Batman underwear,” and “I wish you was my Daddy.” I got pretty creeped out because I kept thinking about what happened to John Lennon and I didn’t want to send the kid over the edge, but I also felt like I needed to protect myself. The police were finally called and everything finally stopped.

 

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite storytellers?

A: My Dad and my Uncle are my two favorite storytellers. Although they’d never consider getting paid to tell stories, they are the absolute best storytellers I know. They both have the ability to keep the attention of everyone in a room, no matter what their age, for hours with their stories.

 

Whether it’s around the dinner table, which is where I often heard them tell their stories, or in line at the grocery store, while pumping gas, during a wedding toast or officially speaking at a family event, both of them have the uncanny ability to captivate others with their energy in profound ways.

 

Q: You’ve been featured on NPR and PBS, what would you like to say to Mitt Romney about public broadcasting?

A: Mitt, you come from a big family. Any single Romney’s you’d care to set me up with?

 

Q: . What experience in your life has influenced your stories the most?

 

A: My love life. As a free spirit and a romantic I take a lot of risks when it comes to love. I tend to chase shooting stars that burn out too fast or wild broncos that can’t be tamed. These sorts of mistakes have provided me with the material for my best stories.

Slash’s photo was taken by Chris Moore

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 Model Mahya James

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Mahya James is a model, dancer and an actress who can hula a mean hoop. Here is a link to her Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/mahyaornitjames

 

 

Q:  Where did you learn to hula hoop?

 

A: I think I had my first hula hoop when I was like 5 or 6! I would only hoop around my waist and knees though. When I started going to music festivals to see my favorite bands I got reintroduced to it through seeing girls dancing in them! They are so much fun!

Q:  How did you get into modeling?

A: Well… it’s hard to say.. I did some stuff I hardly remember when I was pretty young. A pageant or two, and loved runway modeling! I’ve always been entranced by runway shows and fashion. I was pretty much just rocking out at a music festival with my hoop and I met one of my good friends, A.J… he suggested I move out to California and we were friends for a while after the festival and he was completely serious and encouraged me that I had talent to share. Around the same time I met one of the writers of Scrubs through posting youtube videos online and he really wanted to meet me and take some head shots, so that helped me book some jobs for sure! I’ve met lots of really talented and creative people.

 

Q:  Is anorexia as rampant in the modeling industry as the media would suggest, or are the exaggerating?

A: Hmm… I’ve been seeing a LOT on youtube about anorexia.. and I’m sorry, but I’m like WTF? I’ve worked with so many beautiful and healthy girls. I remember noticing one girl that seemed really thin, but she said something about relationship troubles and being upset and not able to eat. I honestly thought she looked pretty muscular and strong though. Personally, I have been classified as underweight for quite some time and I do eat when I’m hungry, but sometimes have a hard time finding my appetite. Anorexia is really serious though, it sends girls to the hospital and can send them to their graves. I don’t think you’d be fit to work really. We shouldn’t be so quick to slap such a serious label on someone thin. Ultimately, I try my best to focus on health and not weight or size.

Q:  What is your wildest work story?

A: Probably whenever people start taking out their cameras and the crowd effect of that happens.. Like getting out of the limo at the playboy party and just being kinda tipsy or in a daze and having people take photos of you walking from the limo to the club is wild for me. I was like.. omg.. is my boob out or something? Why are they taking pictures and why me out of all these playboy bunnies?

Q:  What kinds of day jobs have you had?

A: A few.. I scooped ice-cream, babysat, and worked as a hostess for a restaurant. I also did retail for a summer when I moved to Saint Simons Island.

Q: . Do you feel being multi ethnic has helped you or hurt you?

A: I think it could help me stand out in a lot of ways, so that’s a plus. Sometimes it hurts in acting. Like, roles can be so specific and whoever’s in charge has one thing in mind to find for it. That’s just with anything though. Overall I think it helps because I can connect with more people through having been raised multi-culturally.

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

A: The shopping, pretty people, lots of creative people too and just characters sometimes. There’s always something going on somewhere. It also feels smaller once you live there, which I like.

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: There are quite a few scammers. It’s a bit harder to trust people out here at times. I feel like I have to be more on guard. It’s so light polluted that you can hardly see the stars out at night and it’s kinda not cool to walk around barefoot there. Island life spoils you though.

Q:  What is the most common misconceptions about models?

A: The biggest misconception is probably that we’re catty with each other. Sometimes we’re almost pitted against each other, but I cherish the time I get to spend and connect with other models and share our experiences. We often share really similar experiences.. good and bad!

 

Q:  Is there any product you would refuse to advertise on principal?

A: I do believe in freedom of speech & expression.. I kind of take it on a play by play basis. If I’m not comfortable with something, I pass on it. Sometimes there are good messages to be taken from controversial subjects though.

 

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 Musician Paul Waters

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Paul Waters is a musician whose song “Two Shades of Grey” won “best pop rock song from listenersstation.com. Here is a link to his website:

http://www.paulwatersmusic.com/home.cfm

Q:  What made you want to become a professional musician?
A: I have always LOVED music and I started off in Choir at school. I enjoyed singing but never really truly found out how amazing it was until I began to perform. It started in grade school, there was a
statewide competition for solo singers and all the schools in the state would participate, well, i never thought I was a great singer by any means, however, of the three years I competed I won every state Solo Ensemble that there was, and that’s when I REALLY started to enjoy it knowing that others enjoyed my singing. However, I decided to stop in High School as I was pretty sure the
ladies wouldn’t think it was cool “Not sure if i was right or wrong!” But, when I discovered how to play guitar and started playing in Rock Bands, well, my life pretty much changed. There was something about the reaction from a crowd that isn’t something that anyone can explain unless they have been there, it’s sort of a high I guess one could say.

Q:  Your song “Two Shades of Grey” has gotten you a lot of recognition; what or who inspired the song?
A: Yes, the song has gotten a lot, and… well… my girlfriends over the years have always assumed it was about a girl I new, and some of them, well… most actually all pretty much asked me who it was about, and to be honest, it’s not really about any girl I have ever known, she is fictional, whoever she is I have not met her prior to writing that song! Its my mothers favorite of all my songs, so, I always say on stage “This Ones for you Mom”

Q:  What is your favorite subject to sing about?
A: I tend to lean a bit more to melancholy dramatic pieces, I find it nearly impossible to write works
that are happy and upbeat, although I have a few of them, I tend to feel more comfortable with the darker characters in stories, and I must ad that many of these songs are not about me, I often use other characters in these songs, people I don’t know, maybe there ghosts, spirits, or just a combination of people I have run into along the way, a mixed palate of thoughts, feelings, and people I have met, some, to be honest with you, I have no idea where they come from!!!

Q:  Who are some of your musical influences?
A: Well, I started out playing the blues, I still to this day love the blues, however, not as I used to.
And I mean OLD blues, you know… Those guys who went down to the crossroads and made a deal with the devil kind of old blues; Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Lightnin’ Hopkins. I also listened to a lot of Classic Rock, Classical, East Indian Music, etc, so, it was a wide array I have to say.

Q:  What makes someone an artist?
A: What makes an Artist? Well, I suppose that would be a matter of opinion. Now, some may or may not agree with me on this statement, but that’s just fine, I am sticking to it. In order to be an artist you have to CREATE something that is uniquely your own. I do not consider classically trained
musicians as artists who solely perform the works of others, I would consider them “performers” The term “Artist” should be someone that is a creator, although… that’s just MY opinion, as it seems… The English Dictionary has it’s own answer in regards to that question!

Q:  What trends in the music industry annoy you?
A: What Trends annoy me??! A LOT OF THEM!!! When people just continue to “Copy” each other or are not original. Which is hard to do! Since we are young our minds are saturated with music we hear on the radio or wherever that may be, and molded to believe what is right and wrong, so, it is hard to sound “Original” I have even started some songs and went… Geese this song has to be a hit one day, and then I later realize that my melody mimics an actual well known song, I scrap those as much as possible!!! I am also annoyed that some of the greatest artists that are alive today do not get the chance to even be heard, its not like it used to be, it has changed, and if you ask me… Not in a good way. I am pretty sure if Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley wouldn’t make it to the second round of an American Idol show, if chosen at all, things have changed and we as artists must adapt to stay alive..

Q: What is your theme song?
A: I don’t have a theme song, things change to drastically and as we all know… We feel different from one moment to the next, so, I suppose like a film, I would have a soundtrack.

Q:  What would you do if you couldn’t be a musician?
A: If I couldn’t be a musician… I would be… hmmm… Probably an actor… Or maybe a Super Hero… Or… I would like to be invisible, but not all the time, just when I wanted to be.

Q:   What is the biggest difference between the music industry in America and the music industry in Europe?
A: Well, when I was doing a record in Europe and lived there for some time I noticed many differences in the music industry. In regards to Classical music it was WAY more appreciated there
then in the US. Most of there music on the radio I heard that was top 40 was actually American Music. I do feel “and this is just my experience” That my music was a bit more liked there than in the US and I have had a lot of sales from Europe, England, and Japan. Music has been around in Europe much longer than in the US “Obviously”. I did notice that when walking down the streets of France or Switzerland holding a guitar was something “Not often seen” If I had my choice to live there or in the US and write an live, ha ha… I would pick Europe.

Q: Why are love songs so popular?

A: Love songs are and always will be one of the greatest forms of musical expression. But WHY are they so popular? Well, I think that most people will identify with a love song not so much from the experience of the artist but to that of there own. We all like to identify ourselves in the music of others, some sort of connection with our own experiences. When we hear a love song “Or any song” we want to apply that music to our own lives as if it were our own soundtrack that brings us back to a seen in our lives. If a song is great, and we truly feel it, it will conjure up inside of us a feeling that we once had, want, or are currently living. A love song can be painfully sad, or gloriously happy and amazing, and of course, as we all know, there are, and will always be, those two things, both extreme sides of love. One cannot fake a great love song, it is one of the hardest and easiest things to write about.

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