Month: February 2013

An Interview With “The Runner” Editor Tyler Arnold

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Tyler Arnold is the editor and chief of The Runner blog; here is a link to it’s website:

www.therunnersports.com

Q: What inspired you to start your blog?

A: I’ve always had a passion for writing and sports. So I started off

making a blog that was just a place to rant about sports. After a while

I got a lot of people telling me I could go far with my writing. So with

some family and friends encouragement we bought a legitimate domain and

launched our new site. Got serious about the writing and content and

went to work, got some staff and we have been working hard ever since.

Q:  What makes The Runner unique?

A: We are young driven fans who have a passion for sports. We want to

bring other fans in depth coverage of the sports they love too. Our most

unique feature is the staff we have. They’re one of a kind, and some of

the best writers I could ask for.

Q:  What is your strangest sports story?

A: I was once at a football game. Utah vs TCU back in roughly 2008. We

were sitting fairly close to the student section, but far enough that we

had the drunk kids who showed up late from pre gaming too long. Anyway

there was this guy who was stomping on the bleacher seats and screaming

his mighty lungs out, very drunk mind you. A guy in a couple a row below

them at one point asks the guy to stop being so crazy, to which he

responds “I’m sorry I’m just trying to make some f****** noise!”. He at

one point later picks up this guy’s girlfriend in celebration, at which

point he slips and drops this poor girl 2 or 3 rows down. Strangest and

possibly most entertaining thing I’ve ever seen as a fan.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how did it help you in

creating your blog?

A: Currently my only job is to work for the website. I lost my position

when I moved to Boston. Beforehand though I was working retail at Best

Buy. I suppose the only thing that job did for me in regards to this

website was inspire me to want to work towards something else. You know

when you work in a job that’s not necessarily bad, but it’s just not

want you want to do in life. Well Best Buy was that job for me.

Q: Do you feel the press has been fair to Lance Armstrong,( why or why

not?)

 

A: Yes, I think Lance has done was he’s done and has deserved everything

that’s come his way. Especially the fact that he lied when questioned

about it for so long and denied it. When you finally get caught in that

lie you look even worse. He does great charitable work, but as far as

his name is sports, it’s tarnished. I don’t have any pity for the guy.

Q:  What are some of the regular features we can expect to see on your site?

A: We are currently working on an article from each columnist that will

appear once a week. Provide the readers something to look forward to

consistently. Other than that it really depends on what the sports world

provides us to write with. Planning on doing weekly power rankings for

different sports, and of course season previews.

Q:  One thing I have never been able to understand is people being so

loyal to a team that they actually get into fist fights over it. What

do you believe causes such passionate loyalty?

A: I can’t say I’ve ever been in a fist fight over sports, but I can vouch

for that passion. Being a Boston sports fan we are notorious to the

sports world as the most annoying fans. That’s because no matter how

crappy our team is we love them, and are rooting for them. I get the

passion of rooting for your team and having a problem with somebody who

has something bad to say about them. Not to the point of fighting

though, that’s never needed.  I don’t know what causes this passion, but

I understand it.

Q:  What do you think the next sports craze will be?

A: Have you ever seen Role Models? LARPING! Live action role playing. It’s

an intense display of dexterity and endurance. With fights lasting all

day sometimes. Rivals the gladiators of old. Totally on the rise!

Q:  What sport do you think has not gotten enough press and why?

A: Rugby. I wish with all my heart that Rugby could get the national

attention it deserves. It is one of the most technical sports in the

world. With a position that can suite all kinds of people. There are

positions for the big heavy hitters and positions for the small speedy

guys. I can’t wait for the day rugby is on the scale we see football,

baseball, basketball, and hockey. It deserves it.

Q:  Do you think baseball or football is the great American sport?

A: I think I have to say baseball. It’s just slightly older by 30ish

years. Depending on when you decide the claim the official start of

either. I love both of them very equally though, but in terms of the

“great American sport” baseball is edging it out. The teams and the

history of baseball if fascinating.

 

lease 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 Alton Michael Mills

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Alton Michael Mills is an aspiring actor; here is a link to his Model Mayhem page:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/2415124

Q:  What made you interested in becoming an actor?
A: I changed high schools a lot, so I joined the drama club in an attempt to meet people. Ended up getting a role (lead) in a play that I had no idea I was even being considered for. The rest was destiny.

Q: What is your strangest work story?
A: Probably, the time I unknowingly submitted myself to a pornographic production. The guy calls me to thank me for my interest and to ask every uncomfortable question that he could think of. Yeah, that didn’t work out quite so well.

Q:  What personality characteristics make someone want to become an actor?
A: Great question, hm… I personally don’t think it’s anything particular. I think it chooses you, to be honest.


Q:
 Who was the best acting teacher you ever had?

A: My best acting teacher thus far has been life. You pull so many emotions from different experiences you’ve had, or people you’ve met, etc. Studying is always great, but If you’ve gone through enough in life, you’ll have enough to pull from for a truthful performance.

Q:  What kind of day jobs have you had?

A: I’ve worked as a food runner, a few retail jobs, etc. Spent most of my time at Panera Bread and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?
A: I’m from Michigan, so around this time of year I’m really enjoying the weather. I like the diversity, the restaurants, and there are a lot of opportunities to take advantage of.
Q:  What don’t you like about it?


A:
The fact that it’s 2,000+ miles away from my family, It’s gets a little crowded, and just the cost of things. I could go to the movie theater in Michigan and pay $5-$9.50 to see a movie. Recently, I went to see a movie that was about $16. (Not including popcorn or anything)
Q:  How did you become SAG eligible?
A: I earned three background Taft-Hartley‘s working as an extra on SAG productions.
Q:  Who are some of your acting influences?
A: I’m a huge fan of James Dean. I also tend to gravitate towards movies starring Ryan Reynolds, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and Tom Hardy.
Q:  Where can we see you in action?
A: I have a couple of web series in the works that will be shooting soon, and just signed with an agent so I’ll be around. 😉 Check me out on all social media under “altonmchl.”

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 Composer Dan O’Connor

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Dan O’Connor is a composer and the owner of the website Dano Songs, here is a link to his website:

http://www.danosongs.com

Q: What is Dano Songs?

A: It’s my royalty free music site where I allow producers of films, videos, games and other media to use my original music for free if they credit me. Sometimes media producers are doing commercial work and cannot credit me so I offer paid options for that too.

Q: What gave you the idea for the site?

A: The site started with just one page because I wanted to promote a pop rock vocal CD I made in 2008. I began by giving away a few tracks for free. At that time I started playing around with making instrumental music using software on the computer and I added a few mp3s to the page. The instrumental music I made was just for fun, I never wanted to be a composer, just a singer/songwriter. So I let people know they could use it in their videos, games, films or whatever using the creative commons license.

The page started to get many visitors and I got more and more requests for music. So I kept expanding danosongs with a blog, community and now over 100 instrumental tracks. My composing, mixing, arranging and production skills have improved dramatically too, mostly through trial and error. After over 4 years I make a good part of my income from DanoSongs which is amazing to me.

Q: What makes your music unique?

A: Because I use virtual instruments and MIDI I can make music quickly and the production quality is mostly very high. That is mainly why I am able to offer the “free with credit” option. I also have the need to create with fresh sounds and experiment with new styles for every track. So this has made the library of music pretty diverse now that I look at it.

Most of all, with every track I create, I have the intention of inserting a certain vibe I feel in myself – into the music. So each track carries a piece of me in it. It’s hard to explain, but it’s really much more than just music to me. It’s like a meditation.

Q: What are some of the projects that have used your music?

A: Well much to my surprise, if you go to YouTube and search “danosongs” you can see about 160,000 videos that use my music. Also, you can go to my page on the Internet Movie Database at imdb.me/dano to see the film projects that include the songs on the soundtrack. Plus I have some corporate customers like Disney, IBM, and 3M that use the music in training videos and other content.

Q: What inspires you?

A: Finding, listening to and composing in new styles – DubStep, Dirty South, UK Funky House, Tribal House are a few if the recent genres I have been experimenting with. I also get excited about making really useful music that I know will work well in videos to set a mood. That type of music has to be subtle as not to overpower the dialog – usually light piano, guitar and strings. It’s really inspiring to see my music being used by schools, churches and charities all over the world. I’m really thankful to see danosongs being used as an actual community resource.

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: For electronic music production my main influence is Will.i.am. I admire his fresh sound and ability to mix pop, rock, jazz and other styles. As a singer/songwriter I grew up with the Police/Sting, U2, Bily Joel – 70s and 80s classic songwriters. Now I’m crazy about Coldplay and Adele. My favorite singer is Nat King Cole. I don’t sound like him, but I strive for the warm, full clarity of his vocals.

David Bowie, Sting and David Byrne are my biggest influences overall as they are successful as musicians, actors and fine artists. That is always what I wanted to do so those guys have made a big impression on me.

Q: What is your strangest work story?

A: When some guy downloaded all my songs, released 5 entire CDs of my music, did not credit me and sold them on Amazon and iTunes. Then he added all my songs into the YouTube Content ID system under his name and started collecting ad revenue. It was a nightmare. I think the guy thought the music was public domain, which it is not. Thankfully the digital distribution company took it all down!

Q: What do you like about show business?

A: It’s really fun! Making the music, meeting new friends online and seeing my tracks used everywhere on the planet is a blast. But mostly I enjoy the creative process of experimentation, exploration, learning and making something that feels true to me.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: Well since I run my own business online I need to deal with server issues, taxes, making invoices, technical support, reading contracts and lots of other tasks that are boring but necessary! I’m still a beginner when it comes to running a business and it can be daunting at times.

Q: If you couldn’t work as a professional musician what other job do you think you could do and how would it incorporate the skills you have?

A: Well that is easy because I have been an actor my whole life. Acting in film and video is even more fun, dynamic and engaging for me than music. I really enjoy the combination of story, performance, visuals and audio. My acting resume, reel and latest videos are at http://www.danobuzz.com

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 Hallie Jordan

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Hallie Jordan is an actress and writer who is starting an online magazine called Womentertain.com. Here is a link to her website:

 

 

http://www.halliejordan.com/

 

Q:  What inspired you to start Womentertain.com?

A: There are a couple of reasons for starting Womentertain. First and foremost, I’m a woman and I work as an actress in Hollywood. While I love everything about the industry I’ve come to realize – through different projects and experiences- that many women just aren’t taken seriously. I find this extremely upsetting because a high percentage of people who work in the industry are in fact, women.

After completing my senior project at my University- interviewing any entertainment professional that would speak to me and then moving to LA to start my career- I realized that I had learned much more from the people I interviewed than I did in many of my college courses. These interviews, mixed with my crazy Hollywood experiences and my eagerness to help other performers, have all fallen into place as “womentertain” – A safe place for female performers and entrepreneurs to get advice and news from the people they admire.

Q: You are in an improvisational group called Ladies Like Tea. What was the most  challenging improv scene you were ever in?

A: My team and I have become very close and we all know that we have each other’s backs no matter what happens on stage. This takes a lot of the fear and challenges away. That said, there are always challenges of different contexts and the most challenging scene I did was during a practice, not a show.

After a night of goofing off, one of our coaches called for a serious exercise. We were to react realistically to a dramatic situation- like one would do on a daytime drama only using improv. My scenario was “my sister confessing that she had just been diagnosed with cancer”. At first, I was terrified “go there” and it took some time to get it out of me. After biting the bullet and finally trusting my coach, I did. When the scene ended we were told to go again- reenacting the scene using the same reactions- only this time my sister was to confess that she would need glasses instead of cancer. We found the the comedy in our reactions and continue to use the exercise to this day.

Q:  What do you think the biggest challenge women in the entertainment industry face?

A: Like I stated in my inspiration for Womentertain, I firmly believe that women are not taken seriously. We are harmfully judged for everything we do and in most cases have to work twice as hard as our male counterparts to be considered at the same level. I work a lot with comedy and I see it every day with the stigma that “Women aren’t funny”. There are casting couches that still “take new clients”, and I can’t count the number of times men have promised me the world at parties in order to get me to sleep with them. I think that if women stopped putting up with it, it would end.

Q:  What changes would you like to see in the industry?

A: I would like to see a more equal balance of power. I would like everyone who works hard in the industry to make it because they work hard, not because of their age, sex, marital status, sexual preference, weight, etc. It’s a hard industry to work in, but I do believe that with the correct mind frame, the cream will rise to the top.

Q:  How did you become a member of the Open Fist Theater Company?

A: I was in an acting class last summer and my voice and movement teacher was a board member in the company. I bugged her all summer about becoming a member of any of the theaters on theater row on Santa Monica Blvd, and she invited me to come and help out on one of the shows at Open Fist. I had a great time getting to know the ensemble and a couple of months later was invited to audition.

Q:  What are the advantages of being in a theater company?

A: My first love is and always will be theater. It seems that even when I’m out pushing for film or working on my magazine, I can always return to the Fist, even if it’s just to help out in the box office. There are always shows going on, so I feel like I always have something to do or work on, and conniptions to build.

Q:  What are some of the disadvantages of it?

A: It is a dues paying company. I don’t mind this because everything goes into the theater, but it can be hard to keep track if working on other projects. I also feel a sense of guilt if I have to turn down a show for another project or can’t cover a shift at the box office.

Q: What has been your greatest professional triumph thus far?

A: I got a callback for the first pilot I ever auditioned for – and am still waiting for the results.

Q:  What is your strangest LA story?

A: In my final semester of school, I interned for a production company that I – and everyone else who was working with me- thought was 100% sure was legitimate. The head of the company claimed to have been a photographer for Guess and Vogue and giving Megan Fox her start, etc, so naturally, as green as I was, ate it all up. As a couple of months in I started to notice that something was off about the studio in it’s entirety and weird things were happening (people breaking into the studio, people living at the studio, not being able to find contracts, computers not working) When I confronted the head about it, I was yelled at about my career as an actor and how I wouldn’t make it, so I left. I kept in touch with the other employees that had also worked there and three months after the ordeal found out that everything in the studio was fake. The equipment was all stolen material, none of the vogue or guess ads were actually photographed by this person, the studio was under investigation, and the head of it was in hiding. Needless to say, I never ignore the signs anymore, but the whole thing was just so strange.

Q: Lena Durham: Fad or game changer?

A: I am a huge fan of Judd Apatow and would almost kill to be in one of his movies or television shows! I commend Lena Durham for getting the green light for Girls and making it happen. It’s women like her who change the game for other women trying to make it.

 

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

 

An Interview With Writer David Andrew Lloyd

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David Andrew Lloyd is a comedy writer who has optioned several screenplays. He is the author if the book “Brain Like Twain”. Here is a link to the website:

www.brainliketwain.com

 

 

Q: What is ‘Brain Like Twain” about?

A: “Brain Like Twain” reveals some of Mark Twain’s amazing work habits, so students and aspiring writers can improve their own writing by modeling after a true genius. Although he was a comic freak, “a great and sublime fool” as he called himself, he was extremely disciplined. Twain would start work at 7:30 everyday, skip lunch and write into the early afternoon. When writing “Huckleberry Finn,” he was so engrossed in his work that he would write into the night “six days in the week; & once or twice I smooched a Sunday when the boss [his wife] wasn’t looking.”

Q:   What inspired you to write the book?

A:  friend gave me the initial spark, and then everything unfolded from there. I thought I knew Twain pretty well from college. I always loved his ability to expose our human flaws through humor. However, when I became reacquainted with him, I realized he’s a greater mentor than I ever imagined. The knowledge I’ve acquired doing the research has really helped my own writing, and friend constantly tell me how specific lessons have inspired them.

Q:  What made you interested in comedy writing?

A: Comedy is the only thing anybody should ever take seriously. Human nature is absurd, totally absurd, and I don’t think you can write honestly about society without writing comedy. Besides, it makes me laugh, and that’s a good thing.

Q:  What are some of the screenplays you have sold or optioned and who did you sell them or option them to?

A: My partner and I presently have a script set up with the producers of “TED”, and we’ve sold and optioned scripts to Fox/Searchlight, Franchise Pictures and Paramount, plus a few other production companies.

Q:  Who are some of your influences?

A: I’ve always loved humor, the Marx Brothers, George Carlin, Monty Python. They get to the heart of the joke in a big way, but they also have a subtle touch of insight that makes you think. In college, I instantly became addicted to good satire, obviously Twain; but also Voltaire, Swift, Wilde and the Seven Romans Satirists, who invented the art (and were all killed, banished or forced to commit suicide when they upset the emperor…oops). They could all say more in one witty line than most people could write in an entire book.

Q:  What advice would you give to someone getting into comedy writing?

A: Hmmm. Be funny. If you can’t be funny, at least be persistent. One of my favorite writing quotes is attributed to several authors, Mark Twain, Robert Benchley, and that silly Greek Anonymous. “It took me 15 years to discover I had no talent for writing,” one (or all of them) said, ”but I couldn’t give it up because I was too famous.”

Q:  What makes someone funny?

A: I think your childhood environment has a huge influence. For example, the Marx Brothers grew up in a very funny atmosphere. Minnie pushed them to perform at a young age, and, if you ask any mom, it’s not easy corralling five boys, which must have created greater humor – at least for the boys. However, the way we each react to our environment differs. Some people deal with problems through anger, others through humor. Both can be dangerous. Mark Twain’s humor almost got him shot – twice! So be careful who you ridicule.

Q: What do you like about Hollywood?

A: The decadence! There’s always something to make fun of. Plus, you’re also around a lot of creative people. Sure, some can be total flakes and freaks, but enough about me. You can feed off the creative energy of others, and the weather’s not bad.

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: The frustration can be brutal. It’s all peaches & cream, until the studio executive in charge of your project gets fired, and their replacement scraps everything on the production slate, including your screenplay. Ouch! Or the actor ruins his own career doing a crappy film, and never makes yours. I’ve been there, done that. I tell my friends my tombstone will read, “Here lies David Andrew Lloyd; who wrote the screenplay that came in second to [Insert Title].” I’d never call out the actor, not while I’m still alive, but Roger Ebert called it was the worst movie of that year. If he had done our story first, he might have had the best film. LOL.

Q:  Tell me a writing joke.

A: writing joke? Hmmm…Okay, I heard this one from Fred Willard, “How many writers does it take to change a lightbulb?”…”Changes! It doesn’t need any changes!” Yeah, we writers are a stubborn breed. If you want to end on a Twain-ism, this humorous tip on writing seems to be popular with political correspondents these days, “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

 

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 Swag Twin Matthew Harris

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Matthew Harris and Mark Harris are known as The Swag Twins. They own Wow Creations Media which is a company that hosts gifting suites; here is a link to the website:

wowcreationsmedia@gmail.com

Q: What is a gifting suite?

A: A marketing and promotional opportunity to provide a clients brand and product line to invited celebrity guests.

Q: How do you go about procuring items for a gift bag?

A: Many companies contact us, or its up for grabs, where it’s a marketing opportunity that any company, product line and brand can participate in, so we are always looking and searching for new brands.

Q: What is the most unusual item you have ever put in a gift bag

A: A piece of the Empire state building from a company called Empire rocks.

Q: What is your greatest PR success story?

A: HMM, Tough question, pr success for ourselves or our clients, as our clients have received many success stories over the years, and as far as we are concerned its tough to say as well. Pr and public relations I would say us being seen on Storage Wars, as once our first episode aired with us on for about 3-4 minutes, the next day the phone started ringing, the emails starting coming in then 2-3 different opportunities, so we would have to say our three minutes of fame on Storage wars has been our biggest PR Story.

Q: What was your greatest PR disappointment?

A: NONE

Q: Once you give a celebrity free stuff how do you make sure they keep it and use it in public?

A: We don’t, and we can’t~ Once the celebrity gets gifted, we only hope that he or she uses, it, as they are not obligated to do so, however they do spend the time to attend our events and get gifted so we hope they use it.

Q: How did you get on storage wars?

A: Last year while Mark was judging the Miss California USA Pageant in Palm Springs, he met the Vice president of Development for Storage wars, liked the two of us together and bam!

Q: Without mentioning any names what is your most difficult diva story?

A: At our last Emmys gifting suite, we had an invited actress enter the lounge and as soon as she stepped off the elevator she was asking if we had photographers there? Then she asked for not one gift bag, but two, and asked to be chaperoned by two to hold both her gift bags.

Q: How did you two get into the gifting business?

A: Years ago when we saw how the gifting industry was growing and expanding, about the same time that the OSCARS stopped their official gift bags to all the nominees, we gave it some thought and said, hey, its not rocket science, and we could probably do the same thing, so after two years of struggling, we finally got it going and bam, boom, WOW creations was on track to be one of the five families of gifting.

Q: You’re twins; have you ever switched identities and if so, what happened?

A: People tend to ask us that all the time, however I’m sorry to say, never switched and never even thought about it.

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 The Selectrics Vocalist Gina Marie Camp

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Gina Marie Camp is the lead vocalist for the band The Selectrics which features her husband, Greg Camp on guitar. She also stars in the film The Old Brown Shoe. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.ginamariecamp.com/

 

Q: Who is in The Selectrics?

A: The Selectrics are a band comprised of Greg Camp guitarist/vocals, co-founder of Smash Mouth, and Gina Marie vocals, singer and actor. We’re from California, but currently reside in New York City. As for some of the other players in the band; In NY, the bass player we love is Angelina Moysov. She’s the singer and keyboardist from Persephonee’s Bees. And on drums we love Tom Ayres the guitarist from Persephonees Bee’s. We also like Jacob Cohen to come hit things with us when he’s not working the Broadway scene.

Q:  Who are some of the bands influences?

A: We’re influenced by wine. Oh, you said WHO, not what. Well, Nancy Sinatra, April March, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bordot, The Ronettes, The Cramps, and James Bond. Greg likes Rollergirl.

Q:  What do you like about the 60’s?

A: The mod fashion, the music, the films, the television programs, the iconic people of that time. Not to mention the cars. We just watched Bullitt last night, and those cars were built so tough, and so beautifully. It’s a shame we don’t make them like that anymore.

 

Q:  What is The Old Brown Shoe about?

A: It’s about a shoe that comes to life, what else? 🙂 The dark comedy has a sort of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog vibe. There is an contraption that brings a shoe to life and it’s terrorizing them. I’m excited to see the Stop Motion effects.

Q:  What role do you play in the film?

A: I play Joan. I’m married to the man who purchased the invention from the crazy Doc Labrynth. The shoe is running around loose in my home.

Q:  What is your weirdest show biz story?

A:  I’d have to say the time one of Greg’s fans walked up to me at the airport… I think it was Buffalo and we were coming in from Canada. Anyway, she asked me if I was his girlfriend. When I told her that I was she said “You know a lot of girls have crushes on him; they probably wanna stab you.” Then she did that psycho knife stabbing motion thing up in the air. I typically rush thru airports but that day we rushed with a whole new purpose. Greg has way better stories then I do. He’s the one that lived on the road for a few years.

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

A: Talent is so beautiful. You can see a pretty face in a music video and still think, “this song stinks”. But you can’t deny the beauty of a talented human being. I’m lucky because Greg happens to be pleasing to the human eye all on his own. However, when he’s putting pen to paper and writing a song, or strumming that acoustic guitar, he is, by far, the sexiest man alive. My heart still skips a beat. He played a show in Brooklyn this last weekend; I was excited to see him up there sharing the stage with Nora Jones – but honestly I watched him like a groupie in heat. Yes, I said that.

Q:  What is the best thing about the music industry these days?

A: I like how diverse the industry is. A smaller artist can still be able to put out their music and be heard with the work of social media. That didn’t exist 10 years ago.

Q:  What is the most frustrating thing about the industry?

A: I wish that people still purchased entire albums. People put out singles and EP’s and albums are history. It’s also kinda sad to turn on the radio these days. I’m not impressed with much i hear. Electronic music is something that’s fun, but more and more we hear less real instruments. I had a conversation with a guy at Sundance; he was 23 years old. He argued that real instruments were not needed anymore. He didn’t even bat an eye about what that meant for art & music. His version of art is all computerized. Not that The Selectrics doesn’t use ProTools, or Logic to produce but to think that this guy thinks that fake instruments is better then the real thing… that was so sad to me. It’s cheaper, but I can definitely tell the difference.

Q:  You are a bi costal actor. If you could only live and work in Los Angeles or New York, which city would you pick and why?

A: Ooo, that’s a hard one. I love each place for such different reasons. The creative atmosphere of the streets of New York are so stimulating and charged. Simple things like taking the subway inspires me. But then being able to enjoy the beach year round in California can also help de-compress and relax. Honestly, I don’t think I ever want to have to pick just one. I’d pick California from November to February and New York from March to October.

 

 

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