Month: June 2013

An Interview With Actor Shaun Grant

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Shaun Grant is an actor who appears in the film No Floodwall Here; here is a link to his IMBD page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3174851/

Q: Why acting?

A: As far back as I can remember,I’ve always loved to perform. The reason that I chose acting is because it allows me to elucidate the truth of the human experience while trafficking in the mental& emotional makeup as well. As an actor you develop insight as well as compassion into who people are and how they feel. This not only makes you a greater actor, but a greater individual as well 🙂

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

A: My day job consists of personal training and group fitness. It inspires my acting because it gives me strength,motivation, as well as the ability to empower people through my performance. I also create a character that rivals that of Anthony Robbins when I’m training people lol; and that definitely helps in giving me the allowance to play an enhanced version of myself as I would also do on screen. It’s a lot of fun!

Q: What is No Floodwall Here about?

A: No Floodwall Here is a film about the exploitation of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It highlights fouR of the most prevalent things that so many people dealt with during that time-CORRUPTION,STRUGGLE,DEPRESSION, and HOPE for better days in a desolate situation. It really hit home because I went through the storm and lost everything being a New Orleans Native.

Q: What role did you play?

A: I played Mr. Green, a wealthy publicist who offers one of the characters a book deal as an opportunity to better his situation.

Q: What is your strangest celebrity encounter story?

A: Lol, I was home in New Orleans down in the French Quarter with my friends. So I turned around for a second to acknowledge my friend, and when I turned back I bumped into Wayne Brady. Right after I bumped into him I said to him “WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY” Lol, he laughed we shook hands; I told him I was a fan and it was all good.

Q: Ok, everyone will want to know this; what kind of abdominal exercises have you been doing?

A: 🙂 I really enjoy planks, (TRX) suspended exercises,paddle boarding the most; making sure that I mix it up with a lot of variety. VARIETY is key. I preach it to everyone! I also created a series called “FAST TRACK ABS” and I’m in developments to do a fitness video called the “AB KING” These will consist of a lot of the exercises I’ve had success with that I’ve created. BE ON THE LOOKOUT 🙂

Q: What kind of training have you had?

A: Scene study,script analysis,improv,sense/emotional memory. But ironically, the most important training I’ve had has been in psychology,english literature,creative writing, and public speaking. These are really great for actors in building a stable foundation.

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

A: If I could change anything in Hollywood; I would take the time to let everyone know that there is enough for everyone to go around and they should focus more on spreading love, not hate. The more you give the more you get; the more you help,the more you help yourself…Simple is that! 🙂

Q: What has your greatest triumph been so far?

A: My greatest triumph has been the ability to know that I can always be better; because the moment you become content, you lose your edge to be great. Taking the time to approach my life and my craft as a student; has helped me triumph greatly everyday. But if you need to know professionally, Blood Out would be. I landed a lead role in a film filled with some of Hollywood’s most notable stars. I was pretty stoked about that :-))

Q: What was your greatest disappointment?

A: Well I used to get disappointed at the fact that I felt like I should be further along than I was at several times in my life; but after becoming a more spiritual person, it became clear to me that whenever I got stuck or failed it was because there was something else I had to learn in order to move forward. And with a perspective like that, there really hadn’t been any disappointments. When you have the mindset that every failure is only a beginning stage to success, you approach it with enthusiasm.

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

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An Interview with Blogger Jemayel Khawaja

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Jemayel Khawajais an anthropologist who runs the blog DTLA Street People which is about homelessness in LA; here is a link to his site:

http://dtlastreetpeople.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

Q:  What inspired you to start your website?

A: I recently completed a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and was looking for an avenue to put my studies to use. I moved to downtown Los Angeles and was taken aback at firstly the amount of street people and the attitude that most maintain towards them. The homeless in Los Angeles are a unique mix of highly visible and invisible and in that liminal space they are able to see a side of humanity that most prefer to ignore. I just felt compelled to learn more.

Q:  What is the most misunderstood thing about homelessness?

A: People tend to paint ‘the homeless’ with a single brush and project their own ideas onto who these people in the street actually are. Every individual is different and is in the situation that they are for different reasons. Some of those you see on the street aren’t even homeless. Some have never taken drugs in their lives. Our assumptions are often misleading.

Q:  What is the most common mistake people make that leads to homelessness?

A: All of us make mistakes and poor choices. Many of the homeless just live without a safety net to catch them when they do. A lot of us have family and friends to fall back on if we run upon hard times. Many of the homeless don’t. I don’t think most people who are successfully participating in society stop to realize how fragile their lives actually are.

Q: Do you think The LAPD are fair to the homeless? (why ore why not.)

A: Yes and no. Some cops are nice guys. Some cops aren’t. In terms of policy, though, no. It isn’t just the LAPD, though, it is law enforcement in general, cultural attitudes and city ordinances that can negatively affect the lives of people who live their lives on the street. The way that things are now, public sleeping laws and police harassment are commonplace in most parts of town, but all bets are off on Skid Row. Anything goes. That’s become the way to deal with the homeless population — squeeze them all into as small of a place as possible, let them do their thing and hope that the problem fixes itself before the developers inevitably come calling to turn Skid Row into apartment buildings and cupcake bakeries.

Q:  Who do you think has been your most compelling interview subject? (why)

A: I had known Andre for a long while at the time of interviewing him. I think he was the most compelling mostly because he breaks type with conceptions most have of the homeless. He’s intelligent, engaging and there by choice. He’s so talkative that he pretty much interviewed himself.

Q:  What can Angelenos do to help fight homelessness?

A: That’s a difficult question because there are many types of homelessness. I think the most important things are housing, jobs, and addiction treatment programs. What we have to understand is that if somebody is not mentally prepared to drag themselves out of the mire, then all the houses and jobs in the world won’t do anything for them. A lot of people on Skid Row have given up and the atmosphere there allows them to live the shell of a life that they’ve grown accustomed to. What the homeless need aren’t handouts but opportunities.

Myself included, I think a lot of us doing a little more to help any sort of charitable organization would go a really long way. That is a notion that I would like people to take away from this writing project.

Q: . What is the most realistic film or television show you have ever seen about homelessness?

A: I thought Hobo With a Shotgun was really bad.

Q:  What sort of professional background do you have and how does it effect your perception of homelessness?

A: I have an academic background in social anthropology and I just have an itch to write. To be frank, i’m not on a crusade to end homelessness or judge anybody’s attitudes. I’m more interested in chronicling life histories and learning about the social politics of life at that rung of society.

 

Q:  What is the most critical thing a person can have for surviving life on the streets?

A: Either hope or the lack thereof. If you have hope, determination and desire, you can get off the streets by making your own opportunities. The smarter guys around the neighborhood are always doing odd jobs here and there for local businesses. On the other hand, if someone’s lost hope or never had it, they probably don’t care so much about attaining the ideal middle class life or whatever reality that they refused to buy into the first time around. There is a dull apathy to the ‘career homeless’. A lot of these people are stuck somewhere in between hope and hopelessness. They enjoy some aspects of homelessness, what they refer to as a ‘freedom’ and know that they’ll be held from the brink by Mission beds and free meals. Unfortunately, there are strings attached to both lifestyles.

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 Rapper/Actor Billynaire Cruz

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Billynaire Cruz is an actor and rapper who appears in the film Poker; here is a link to his website:

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Q: What makes you watchable?

A: I keep it real and because I am the Don King of s.w.a.g Billynaire and my fans love everything about me from being an actor to becoming a business man.

Q: What is Poker about?

A: Poker is about the Chinese mafia who wants to control the game. but to do that they need to stop the main gang called poker that has taken over the money and power.

Q: What role do you play?

A: Hit man

Q: What inspired you to become a rapper?

A: GOD

Q: What is unique about your music?

A: It’s positive music and my daily life with family,friends,business,happiness and pain.

Q: What were you incarcerated for?

A: Murder.

Q: How have your experiences with the justice system helped you in your career?

A: Well not really nothing lol but it might work for others lol

Q: How have those same experiences hindered you?

A: It scary me to death that I don’t want to go back. it thought me to change my life around not go back there.

Q: Who are some of your musical influences (why)?

A: 50 cent, because he come from nothing to something but not only that he keeps hustling to get to the next level.

Q: What is the most realistic film, TV sow or play that you have seen about the prison system?

A: Jail; the realityTV show

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 Film Composer Sergio Pena

 

 

 

Sergio Pena is a composer who scored the film Barmy; here is a link to his website:

http://www.sergiopena.net/

 

Q: What is Barmy about?

A:  Since long ago, it’s all too common that a lot of people get caught up in the ideal of being self-reliant By trying to live at this standard as productive “individuals,” most people live very isolated lives, unaware of the good things they can find around them) That’s what this story is about – Charlie Atwood (Napoleon Ryan), a man who lives an absolute self-reliant lifestyle until he suffers a traffic accident, and he’s forced to face his worst fear: the complete loss of independence. Confined to be virtually immobile and without one leg, Charlie must reevaluate his thinking way, while struggling against a growing attraction for Amy Murray (Sherill Turner), his home health nurse.

Q: What effects were you going for when writing the score?

A: As film composer I tried to show in the main theme the personality of the main character even the mood of the story, getting to communicate the audience what the story is about trying to reinforce  the visual message. I had to know deeply the argument, the characters psychology and the movie concept to attempt my goal, and I got it!!

Q: What kind of themes do you like to examine in your work?

A: My work is always subdued to the movie story. Usually, to translate feelings seems the most important function of the score, but it isn’t just that. Among all the music functions, I’d assert that the most important is to describe characters, and, at the same time, reflect the story’s atmosphere, reinforcing so the narration in a parallel way,) or telling what isn’t seen in the images nor told in the dialogues.)

When I meet a director, I always ask him about his concept of the story, and it’s after this conversation when the ideas come to my mind, and I begin to consider the style or sonorities for the score.)

Film music is like real life, you can find sadness, joy, action, love… everything is possible inside a score.. As composers we must write for different feelings and actions with the same skills that filmmakers do, and sometimes even more!!

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: Many composers have influenced my musical writing  from classical composers like Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky , Debussy to film composers so essentials as John Williams, Bernard (Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Thomas Newman. When I study scores from others composers, some influence is added to my musical background, and it’s amazing to discover later how it appears suddenly in my compositions.

Q: What was your big break and how did you get it?

A: My big break was the HMMA nomination in 2012 for best music in documentary category. Being nominated for so prestigious awards from Hollywood is like a dream I never expected that it could be possible. I’m aware there’s a big of the amount of talented film composers in the world, so knowing I’m considered as one of them makes me trust in my own skills. In the same way, I can’t help certain proud for being the first Galician composer nominated to HMMA.

Q: What do you think was the best film score you’ve ever heard and what makes it so?

A: I wouldn’t say just one, I think there are as many great scores as master composers and great movies. I’d prefer to talk specifically about the best film score of every  composer.) I think generalizing with this question could be unfair. What I can assure is that a good score is better in a good film, obviously, because we’re making music for films, we shouldn’t forget it.

Q: What film scores annoy you?

A: Sometimes, I have been asked for a score with a kind of musical conditions I’d like to refuse, but, as a professional, I must accomplish. Some directors are very insecure and usually propose ideas that don’t work or try to get a “beautiful” melody but without a dramatic function.

I really annoy the overuse of music score, I can’t stand endless backgrounds of music in TV series, where music is turned into “ambience” like traffic, wind or any noise. The key is Less is More. I also find annoying the redundant use of music to highlight what is evident in the screen and is already explained by the images.

Q: What are some of your musical influences?

A: My musical influences start in my teens listening and playing rock, funk, pop. As my interest in a professional career was increasing, I approached to Jazz, Celtic and classical music. In the last fifteen years my main influence has come from film scores.

Q: What kind of training have you had?

A: I’ve studied classical guitar, electric guitar and piano besides classical composition, orchestration and jazz arranging, so my skill spreads on a wide range of styles and musical techniques. Film music is quite demanding and you must be ready to compose all kind of music from a simple song for piano to a symphonic piece for a big orchestra. What I learnt so far in my career, is to face on new challenges with different projects, studying every genre or style, and, finally, create a score with my own style.

Q: What composer (other than yourself) would write the score to your life?

A: I’d like my daughter were that composer, actually she plays electric guitar quite well but she isn’t interested in composition yet. I hope she will feel soon the wish of creating music in the future and we all will enjoy her works.

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 Brett Leigh

Brett Leigh is an actor who plays Jack Lemmon in Near Myth: The Oskar Night Story; here is a link to his IMDB page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3229020/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 

 

 

Q:  What was your role in The Social Network?

A: I played the President of the Phoenix Fraternity opposite Andrew Garfield.

Q:  You play jack Lemmon in Near Myth: The Oskar Night Story. How did you prepare for the role?

A: Well, luckily, I can watch all of his films.  There are numerous scenes on the internet to look at.  He did a wide variety            of characters so there is a lot to pick and choose from.  Also I’m not carrying the film.  It’s about Oskar Knight, so I don’t have the worry of being Jack Lemmon about Jack Lemmon.  That would be hard.

Q:  What kind of training have you had?

A: I started as a dancer.  I trained with Alumni of the Royal Ballet and danced some iconic pieces for a bit including Robbins, DeMille, Balanchine, Fosse, and Ashton.  I then joined The world tour of West Side Story playing Action and Riff for a number of years.  During long breaks I started studying Diction and Voice as   well as diving into acting.  I got lucky in the fact that I was learning on set.  I was cast in a number indies and worked on studio sets as well.

Q:  What kinds of day jobs have you had?

A: Oh Jeez.  Anything and everything really.  You have to be a jack of all trades to get work where you can-when you can between gigs.  I’ve walked Dogs and I’ve

built houses.  Need I say more.

Q:  What is your strangest on set story?

A: I was working on an indie film called “27 Down”.  I played a young troubled guy and in this particular scene I had to “rob” a gas station.  During a take, real police

officers stormed the set and arrested me thinking I was really robbing the store.  Even though there were tons of cameras and equipment, I guess it’s nice to know

the officers were just doing their job.

Q:  Why is live theater experience helpful?

A: Live theater really gives an actor a chance to rehearse.  In film, you show up, you usually rehearse the scene in the morning, break for make-up, and then come

back and shoot the scene.  Some indies have more of a rehearsal, but most of the time you meet, greet, rehearse, make-up, shoot!  It’s all very fast and requires

the actor to rehearse themselves.  Theater gives you this amazing rehearsal process where you explore your character and the piece along with the other

actors and Director.  You feel like you all are creating this world together and the Director is the captain of this amazing creative process.

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

A: To never give advice.  Everything in the so-called business changes everyday.

Q:  To which method of acting do you ascribe?

A: I do a mish-mash of a bunch of different acting styles.  Some of my go to books are Respect for Acting (Hagen), An Actor Prepares (Stanislavski), To the Actors (Checkhov), and Building a Character (Stanislavsky).  Whatever works, works.   Sometimes it’s just good ol’ inspiration.

Q:  Which of Jack Lemmon’s roles could you have nailed?

A: Well I don’t really want to put myself on the same shelf as Lemmon.  He was pretty amazing and an inspiration.  I do like The Odd Couple though.  Neil Simon

writes so well that it’s very hard for the actor to screw that up.
Q: If you could change one thing about the film industry what would it be?

A: I probably wouldn’t change the film Industry.  I would look at education in schools.  Whatever the public wants to buy, Producers are going to make that and sell it.

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

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An Interview With Matchmaker Genevieve West

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Genevieve West is a professional  matchmaker in Portland; here is a link to her website:

http://genevievewestmatchmaker.blogspot.com/

Q: What made you want to become a matchmaker?

A: I love marriage! I want to see people falling in love and marriages flourishing. I believe that singles who want love can find it and that broken relationships can be avoided. My heart is for helping to equip singles so that when they do find themselves in a relationship with a wonderful person they won’t get in their own way and sabotage themselves. I believe that couples will find happiness when they are functioning within the role they were created for and fulfilling God’s design for marriage.

Q:  What other kind of jobs and training have you had and how does it help you in your work?

A: I’ve always worked in customer service of some sort because I love working with people. In fact, my husband Eric and I met while working at Starbucks together. He was my supervisor. Scandalous, right? My husband and I still get to work together, running Mix ‘N’ Match Creamery, the food cart that makes Ice Cream right in front of you with Liquid Nitrogen.

Actually, the biggest influence on my Matchmaking business is that we didn’t always have a healthy marriage. Nobody taught me about being a wife and I always just thought it either came naturally or you were with the wrong person. I am very thankful that a dear friend gave me a book that explained what marriage is, what to do, what not to do, and how to communicate with my husband. This book not only helped transform our relationship, but it also ignited a passion in me for seeing other marriages saved! And ever since then I’ve been elbow-deep in independent study to further my education on dating and relationships!

Q:  You have a seminar called “Finding Love in Portland.” Is there a specific way one would find love in Portland that wouldn’t apply to other places?

A: Well, if you want to know, you’ll have to attend the event! Anyone who watches Portlandia or sports a “Keep Portland Weird” bumper sticker (most likely upside down) would agree that everything about Portland is unique! Between the uber independent culture and gender roles being so fluid here, people forget that men and women really do think and communicate differently, setting themselves up for failure in a relationship. My desire is to give singles resources and coaching in these areas before they fall in love to give their future relationship the best chance for success.

 

Q:  What makes for a long lasting match?

A: A match where their foundational values align, where they’re both people of integrity, and they both are actively loving, respecting, and trusting each other, even when the other doesn’t deserve it, will be a long lasting match. Contrary to the popular “soul mate” belief, and what I believed to be true even after I’d been married for a time, is that a long lasting match does not depend so much on who you’re with, but on what you do.

Q:  With all the matchmakers out there why should my readers hire you?

A: Actually, I was surprised by how few professional matchmakers there are in Portland! I offer personal introduction services, and I’m very selective about who I work with. I have to believe in the product I’m selling, so to speak! My clients have to be marriage-minded and emotionally ready to begin a long term relationship with the right person. I will always tell my clients the truth because I sincerely care about their personal and spiritual growth in this process of finding a match, and about their future happiness. Because I take the time to get to know my clients, I’ve actually become friends with many of them!

Q:  What is the biggest dating mistake couples make?

A: Sex. And I don’t mean just on a first date. When people who are not in a 100% committed relationship do the hippidy-dippidy, it artificially ties them together without any real steadfast devotion to each other. Setting the boundary early on that a physical relationship will not happen until after a commitment is made helps weed out people who’s intentions are not honorable. A person of integrity can handle waiting for sex because they care more about the person than their body or their own instant gratification. Sex is a level of intimacy and vulnerability that was designed to be shared by a husband and wife. When it’s shared in this way, it is a beautiful, mysterious, and crazy fun way to build up a relationship!

Q:  What was the strangest thing anyone ever told you they wanted in a mate?

A: What I find strange is how so many people think they need to marry up. They’re drowning in debt, but they don’t want anyone who’s in debt. They’re uneducated, but they want a college grad. They’ve been divorced, but don’t want a divorcee. Basically, they wouldn’t choose themselves. It’s strange and heart breaking that they don’t think they’re situation is worthy of being loved. In these cases, my goal is to gently burst their bubble and help them see themselves as loveable.

Q:  Do you think relationships that begin on line have a better chance of lasting?

A: I can see the argument for why they would! Ideally, they’ve read about each other’s values and have gotten to know each other’s personalities before chemistry and hormones have had a chance to interfere. However, I find it interesting that half of the singles in the US are going online to find dates, yet almost half of the people in the US are still single! Something isn’t working. So many people misrepresent themselves online, even if it’s not on purpose. And it’s just exhausting work! Online dating can be a full time job of sifting through profile after profile, then going on date after date, all the while seriously considering writing a book about dates from hell based on your own personal experiences. It’s also nearly impossible to avoid making a list of “deal breakers” that are really just preferences which the couple could usually navigate through. It’s easier to be judgmental online, scrolling past photos of quality people because they don’t fit the picture you have in your head. Hiring a professional Matchmaker who offers personal introduction services is more efficient, letting them do all the leg work of vetting values and seeing any blatant character flaws, and gives the client an opportunity to learn about relationships and grow personally.

Q:  Why is romantic love so confusing to people?

A: You know that rush of excitement you feel when the caller ID says it’s them? Or the butterflies in your stomach when they’re close to you? Yeah, that’s not love. I think many people mistakenly believe that love is an emotion, so when that emotion fades or changes, they think the love is gone and they move on to someone who gives them that feeling again. But real love is more durable than feelings and emotions. It’s building a life together based on trust, loyalty, sacrifice, commitment, serving, and submitting to each other. Love is a decision that’s made several times a day. Like when I get annoyed with my husband but instead of snapping at him I choose to do or say something that will build my marriage instead of tearing him down. Like when my husband is invited out with the guys but he knows I’ve been looking forward to seeing him so he comes home instead. Love is the opposite of selfish, and in this narcissistic culture it’s easy to see how love could be confusing to some people.

Q:  What can people expect to learn in a matchmaking seminar?

A: To get the juicy details, you’ll have to come see for yourself! It’s pretty much everything we would go over during a personal consultation, but for a really great deal. I want singles to become empowered to find healing from past breakups and learn how to be content in their singleness. We’ll also look at why they might be single. This part might sting a little, but I hope it acts as a mirror, helping singles see parts of themselves that might be keeping eligible singles away. I mean, if you have spinach in your teeth wouldn’t you want someone to tell you? Singles will also get some equipping on how to communicate with the opposite sex in order to enjoy fulfilling relationships when they do meet their future honey! To stay in the loop for future workshops around Portland, follow me in Facebook and Twitter!

 

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 Blogger Tara Jones

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Tara Jones is a writer who runs My So Called Blog; here is a link to her site:

 

http://jonesn4indie.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

Q: What inspired you to start your blog?

A: My sister encouraged me to start writing my blog. She’d always be

like, “You have the most random stories, you should start a blog.”

Some of the stories were pretty entertaining and so after a while of

hearing her saying it,  I sort of started to keep record of my life,

in a way, through my blog.

Q: What makes you funny?

A: From what I’ve seen of good comedy, it’s a lot about observing. When

you’re watching,  most things are a little funny and a little sad.

Observing anything and speaking about it can be funny, but I think

observing the tough stuff and having the guts to speak it becomes

great comedy.  It’s a change in conversation from ,“Ya we can talk

about your lovely curtains but why not talk about the  elephant

blocking the new window treatment .“ Being filter-less can be funny to

other people and sometimes it’s not so funny to them, and then I’m

just alone, slowly uninviting myself to future  events and pool

parties.

Q: Why do you think so many people write blogs?

A: When you are a writer, it’s a bug that follows you wherever you go,and

comes out wherever it can. It’s just part of other things, a poem on

the back of a dirty menu, a thought while driving,  maybe note a

conversation between pedestrians or  wake up to write something down.

So for me it’s a love of writing, sprinkled with a degree of

exhibitionism, and the internet is just another place to put that. But

for others I don’t think it’s about the writing process as much as it

is about the public conversation.   We all have a need to connect, to

be validated, to be heard- so I think it’s about community, and

connection, and probably some degree of privilege and ego . Life can

be lonesome, it’s nice to feel like an authority in something ,it’s a

way to bring the party to you -which is good because for a lot of

bloggers don’t get invited to a lot of parties.

 

Q: What is the overall theme of your blog?

 

A: I don’t know that my blog has an intentional theme- but probably would

be best described as dark comedy. Always, it’ s about what’s going on

in my life-just in different forms, whether it’s a” How to Tell the

Difference between a Zombie or a Drunken coed” or “How to be a Gold

digger” -The sexy kind, not the pioneer kind- just to clarify.

Q: What kind of day job do you have?

A: Hmm, well I do a bit of everything and have worked a ridiculous amount

of random gigs. My most recent project involved a Wing Girl company

that I helped start and run, which turned into a TV show I am helping

to pitch. I do random Craigslist work…seriously random gigs, from

modeling-to acting- to teaching men pick up, and hypnotherapy. And I

just started bar tending again recently to support my attempt at doing

Stand Up, ideally I’d like to get paid for the stuff I want to do,

writing, comedy and acting….taking offers now, by the way…my

contact info should be on this page.

Q: who are your favorite writers?

A: It’s almost sacrilege to say as a writer, but I’m not much of a

reader. But of the people I do read I’d say  Hesse,  Rhys, Heinlein,

Palahniuk, Salinger, Rilke and most recently, Bukowski. -but I don’tcommit to reading things too often. And why I liked them is all for

different reasons, but commonly because they had something to say and

really knew how to say it.

Q: What makes for an interesting blog?

A: I don’t read  a lot of blogs so I don’t know, but I’d guess finding

creative ways to restate things you already agree with or talking a

lot about a subject a lot without getting boring…Sorry if that’s

vague.

 Q: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

A:  No , I don’t think I could fully understand the ramifications of that

claim. I can see why people, looking at my life might assign me that

title though. If most people are honest with themselves they just want

to be sexy and free, but are too afraid- a lot of “mature” acts of

life, like marriage, are anything but and lead to a lot of resentment

about not being able to be more selfish,-so I usually tend not to have

a whole lot of respect for certain things that fall into the

“feminine” world, though really, to me, that has little to do with

gender.  I have a deep respect for the feminine spirit, and I  feel

that the world has way less because of the way in which it’s

undervalued and underutilized it. Men have been mostly running the

show for a long time, so our history has been a couple million years

of dong measuring ceremonies, which is exactly why Obama should just

start walking into Congress naked. Looking at any  “bro’s pad.” is

evidence to what men do in a place with no women around.  It’s a

pissing contest that drowns a lot of people. So there needs to be a

balance.  I’m sure women in charge would look stupid too, so don’t get

your feelings hurt boys, everyone is stupid in their special and

unique way. But at the end of the day, we are all just animals, we

want what we want, and have what we have, we should all allow each

other to own that, without playing too much gender bullshit.

Q: What other kinds of writing do you do?

A: I write a lot of stuff, depending on my mood. Personal narrative,

comedy,  fiction,  I’m working on two novels, in the process of

writing a play, some stand up , even country songs if I’m feeling

down. I’ m actually working on writing material for

www.superserialz.com – which is the comedy website  I’m working on

building. I’m also a journalist, for the art and lifestyle magazine.

I currently write for SonicEclectic.com .

 

Q: Do you think the internet is making people more narcissistic?

A: The internet can be a very egoic place if we want to use it like that.

Social media basically makes their living catering to the fact, that

to some extent, people create a relationship with their online

identity. Any attachment to that is probably a sign of needing to feel

connected and/or get an ego boost, but I don’t blame all of the

internet for narcissism ,narcissism breeds narcissism, the internet is

just the mic. From my understanding from years of  misusing the

internet- it’s  a giant  place to hold cat videos, a shit ton of

misleading information,  a public soapbox where you get to find out

how shitty and racist a lot of people are , a place to download stuff,

watch stuff, Facebook, porn and then a layer of some really helpful

stuff. So there’s that, but also I think spending too much time on the

internet creates alienation, which creates more of a need for

narcissism.  And that’s maybe a connection. A lot of people are

feeling pretty vulnerable to the future and unimportant because of how

things are going, the internet can act like an amplifier to feeling

scared. But no, I wouldn’t blame the internet, it’ like anything else,

you use it how you want to.

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