Month: November 2014

An Interview With Rapper Five X

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Five X is a rapper from Queens who has just released the album Five X Genesis; here is a link to his YouTube page:

 

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC6ZWEeQnO7Dg1jKPpQ5DYSQ

 

Q: How did you know you were a rapper?

 A: I wrote my first poem at the age of 8, if I’m not wrong. I used to go with my older cousin to attend his guitar lessons when I was around that age. I always felt connected with music but never realized till my freshmen year in high school, where I met AMC in the back of Ms. Toskos Classroom we used to write rhymes making fun and cracking jokes. I was trying to be rapper back then but I was wack at it lol kids used to make fun of my rhymes I wish they can hear my EP now, It was all just for fun back then I never took it this serious, till I lost my grandmom in 2007. It took a big part of my life away from me, it took me years to recover. In 2012 I felt like a real musician no rapper/MC I just felt like straight up musician and I was ready to put out my EP but I couldn’t put it out because of some personal issues and I’m happy that I didn’t put out because what I have now is much better than what I had back then. I recently lost 2 of my good friends in the beginning of this year, R.I.P Matz, R.I.P Barry. I had to put my EP this year to show my people some respect. If I had to decide for myself, I would definitely say that i am a musician / rapper / beat maker / ghost writer.

 

Q: What is the overall theme of Five X Genesis?

A: The theme behind my name 5x hmmm so many lol ok so 5 is always been my lucky #, X hmmm I always loved DMXs music and his album covers were dope so I think I got my X from D to da mof***ing X. Theme behind the EP Genesis Chapter 1 New Breed, it’s pretty dope so the album starts a little negative but if you mind listening to the full EP I’m pretty sure that you will agree with me that it ends positively.

Q: What inspired the song Blizzard ft  AMC ?

A: Me and AMC we go back I mean way back, we started this rap stuff together and we did probably 40 to 60 songs together throughout the years. I always have a problem everytime I watch a movie or TV show they always show that Russia don’t like US and US always make Russia look like bad guys lol so I did this song to Unite 2 of the world’s biggest nations, which in pretty sure won’t happen with 1 song lol.

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: I was always inspired by Nas

My top 5 rappers of all time

#5 Jay z #4 Eminem #3 Biggie #2 Tupac #1 Nas

 

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

 

A: I have a crazy job and a crazy schedule I work 44hrs in 3 days lol I have a Sunday shift that starts at 6am and ends on Monday 6am supervising a valet garage.

 

Q: What life experiences do you draw from when you write?

 

A: Real life struggle everyday hustle i represent my city my block my people. We work like slaves but we eat like kings. We been through hard times but we also do know how to party, u feel me?

Q: What makes New York worth rapping about?

A: If I wasn’t living in New York I probably wouldn’t be rapping, everything started here in queens NY.

Q: What is your strangest New York Story?

A: Amityville horror house is for real.

Q: What do you like about the music industry?

A: I love watching URL battles and battle leagues, I don’t listen to radio music.

Q: What would you change about it?

A: music will change by itself because everything has its course.

 

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 Actress Alycia Dean

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Alycia Dean is an aspiring actress who appears in the short film Vintage Vehicle and in the pilot of Super Zeros ; here is a link to her website:

http://www.alyciadean.com/

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: When I was in middle school, my mom took me to see a local production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. I remember being enamored by the entire thing and thinking ‘I want to be up there’. I ended up joining that same local theatre group, and the rest is history. I fell in love with acting and the art of performing.

Q: What is Vintage Vehicle about?

A: Vintage Vehicle is a short, 6 minute flick about an action movie-star that buys his old car back to impress a girl. I think the cuteness and quirkiness of it is great.

Q: How did you become involved with the project?

A: I applied on Backstage, and Josh contacted me shortly after. He said he watched my reel and thought I could bring a great energy to the role of Cindy. Josh and I met several times after that to go through the script and throw out ideas for the film. Josh is a great guy and has been a joy to work with.

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

A: Well, I am your classic cliché! I’m working evening shifts as a waitress at the moment. I keep my days open for auditioning and filming. It’s hard to find the right balance, but I think I’m finally getting it down.

Q:  What is Super Zeros about?

A: Super Zeros is a comedy pilot about ex superheroes who are looking for a new roommate (that’s me!). It’s very much ‘X-men’ meets Zooey Deschanel’s ‘New Girl’. When my character, Jen shows up, she figures out pretty quickly that her roomies are the infamous ‘Triple Threat Trio’ and gets star-struck in her quirky, Jen-ish way. Jen was a great character to play, and I had a lot of fun shooting the pilot.

Q: What role do you play?

A: I tend to go out for the ‘girl-next-door’ roles a lot. Although, I have also noticed a trend in getting called in for the ‘mean girl’ type too. Both are fun to play in their own way!

Q: What is your strangest Los Angeles story?

A: Hmm, I don’t know that I have one that sticks out in particular. Los Angeles is just a weird place in general! I have to say that it’s always weird running into or meeting celebrities. Sometimes I forget I’m in LA until I see a Kardashian or one of the ‘Big Bang Theory’ actors out and about. Oh, and earthquakes are weird too! I hate them!

Q: What character from literature would you most like to play?

A: That’s such a great question, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not much of a book-worm. I remember reading ‘The Hunger Games’ before there was ever the idea of a movie coming out about them. I wanted to be Katniss so badly! But, let’s be real, Jennifer Lawrence was definitely born to be Ms. Everdeen!

Q: What makes you fameworthy?

A: I don’t really know what makes me “Fameworthy” per-say. To be honest, I think ‘fame’ is kind of an ugly word. But I do know what’s going to make me successful in this industry, and that’s my persistence and positive attitude. From my experiences on set so far, every person I’ve worked with has told me what a great energy I have when I’m working. I’ve been told that goes a long way in this town. I also know that I am never going to give this dream up. When people ask me ‘What are you going to do if acting doesn’t work out?’, I don’t have an answer for them. It’s a silly question to me.

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

A: I wish Hollywood was located in West Virginia! Okay, okay, there’s definitely more things that I would change, but I miss my family every single day! I love acting, and I know this is where I have to be to make my dreams a reality. But, living without my family around has been the hardest part out of everything. I hope that one day I can afford to move them all out here with me. Then I would really be living the dream.

 

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 Housekeeper And Aspiring Writer Megan Dorei

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Megan Dorei is an aspiring writer who works as a housekeeper; here is a link to her blog:

 

https://plus.google.com/107300966219078564836/posts

 

Q: When did you know you were a writer?

A: I guess about the same time I learned how to draw. When I was three or four I started sketching these really crude images of what I guess were supposed to be people (they more or less looked like potatoes with eyes) and stapling the pages together to make a book. After writing became a more convenient and discernible way of conveying my stories, I started writing as much as  I could, and it became even more prevalent once I entered junior high and high school. My teachers probably thought I was a deeply committed note-taker, but while the rest of the class was learning about polynomials and linear equations, I was sending soldiers out to battle and making animals talk. Probably why I could never get the hang of algebra.

Q: What kind of themes do you like to write about?

 

A: Although romance and love play a big part in nearly every story I write, I don’t enjoy writing strictly romance stories as much as I do action, sci-fi or fantasy. It feels as though a lot of romance novels today are either trying to be the next Hallmark Valentine’s Day special or the next “Fifty Shades”. I enjoy love stories, but if there’s no alien invasion or government takeover going on in the meantime, it’s just not as much fun to write. That being said, I can’t usually commit to a story that has absolutely no romantic element, either. So for me it’s just about finding that healthy balance.

 

 

Q: Who are some of your creative influences?

 

A: As far as authors go, Stephen King and Ally Condie are my heroes, although from COMPLETELY different ends of the spectrum. I enjoy King’s raw, unfiltered and often darkly humorous way of storytelling, but at the same time I’m in love with Condie’s moving poetic prose. I also have a special literary soft spot for lyricists John McCrea and Pete Wentz, and their affinity for unusual description. The poet Lisel Mueller is another fantastic influence, for her beautiful imagery and masterful truth-telling.

Q: What kind of training have you had?

 

A: My high school English teachers and reading. Lots and lots of reading. After I started writing with the God-honest intention of publication- when it was no longer just some fancy, far off dream- I began reading books like a writer instead of a reader. I began to recognize intention behind metaphors and to discern bad writing from good, and good from great. And I like to think that my writing has improved quite a bit since that first hopeful submission. I’m a better writer than my past self was, and that’s a victory.

 

Q: How does your job as a housekeeper influence your writing?

 

A: Quite a bit, actually. Experiencing the world from a blue collar perspective instead of from a generic office setting is a real eye opener. That’s not to say that I have it bad- I actually really enjoy my job. I don’t have to deal with people much and I can usually just listen to my music while I vacuum and play around with whatever plot bunnies have been multiplying shamelessly in my head. It may sound cheesy, but I’ve learned quite a few things about “real life”, and maybe that’s just a “first real job” kind of thing but it’s definitely been an experience.

 

Q: What is the oddest thing you ever come across while cleaning?

 

A: Well I can tell you right now that one of the best things I’ve found has been a pair of Gorillaz Chuck Taylors. And once a tenant who skipped town left his Mustang behind. As far as strangeness, however, I’d have to say the stuffed broccoli toy with its blue kilt and vacant, demonic expression probably takes the cake.

 

Q: How great is the temptation to snoop?

 

A: I think, as a writer, the temptation to snoop is as ingrained as the instinct to narrate the world around you, whether you realize it consciously or not. The stories in our heads are always demanding to be fleshed out and clothed in experience. Writers snoop for knowledge, snoop for wisdom, snoop for anything that the stories hunger for. Of course as you grow up you learn to curb those cravings, and a writer’s curiosity is never intended to be rude or offend, it’s merely an essential way for the voices in your head to flourish. As a cleaner, however, I don’t really think I could care less about snooping…although occasionally I do partake in a bit of dumpster diving.

 

 Q: Do you work independently or for a company?

 

A: For a company. Eventually I would love to work independently- I mean, it is the American dream, to be your own boss and set your own hours and be successful at it- but all great things take time, effort, bravery and luck. That’s what makes them worthwhile, and I’m willing to pay my dues for that white picket fence.

 

Q: What is the biggest misconception about people in your profession?

 

A: About housekeepers? That they’re a lesser breed of people, firstly. College degrees are admirable, of course, but I’ve always held a special place in my heart for the people who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Secondly, that all our job consists of is a little bit of dusting here or there. That is very much not true; it’s hard work, and I’ve toned my physique because of it (not that I’m complaining!) The biggest misconception about writers? That it’s easy. I mean, sure, the writing itself is almost always enjoyable because it’s something I truly love to do. But that doesn’t always guarantee that it’s easy. It’s really terrifying putting your heart out there with the intention of letting other people in, and if you aren’t blessed with a thick skin you’re just asking for a bunch of well-aimed arrows. But every creative endeavor is a vulnerability, and worth every bull’s eye.

Q: What are you working on right now?

 

 A: A scattering of unfinished short stories and the first novel in what I think may become a series. The novel is most likely going to contain demons, unicorns, dystopian societies, vigilantes, Great Gatsby-esque parties and vampire warfare- you know, your basic fiction essentials. Also, stockpiling songs on my iPod for the apocalypse. Always 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 Screenwriter David W. Cooper

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David W. Cooper is the writer and producer of the television show Professional Development:

 

http://www.davidcooper.info/davidcooper.info/Home.html

 

Q: What is Professional Development about?

 

A: Professional Development is a television show about life in a high school environment. Essentially it’s about a new vice principal who is super enthused about doing his job and ready to make positive changes and revolutionize his world of teaching. Unfortunately, the staff is stuck in their ways and is less than enthused about making these changes. I took the term from the standard teacher phraseology of the days when the students stay at home and the teachers get to go to school.

 

Q: What inspired you to write it?

 

A: I had the opportunity one year to work in as a high school teacher. In many ways I thought it would be exciting, motivating and interesting. But in reality there were many obstacles to my work and when I discussed them when friends from private enterprise they simply couldn’t believe it. I left that school board and moved away. Names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.

 

Q: You have been a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl twice; what were your winning scripts about?

 

A: Now that I think about it, they are both about animals. One is about a sign language speaking gorilla and the whole concept of animal rights of sentient beings. It’s a tear jerker drama. The other one is a cartoon about a bunch of crazy geese trying to escape from a wildlife centre. More of a Pixar type cartoon.

 

Q: What are some common elements that scripts that place in the Nicholl?

 

A: I have the opportunity to read many scripts in my work and my writers groups. Hopefully by the time you place in the Nicholl’s you are able to remove a lot of the common elements that are hallmarks of bad writing. Hopefully by this time there is a solid act structure, active protagonists, visual elements to the writing. If you pick up a Nicholl placing script it should be an interesting page turner.

 

Q: You teach Media Literacy; what exactly is that and how does one teach it?

 

A: Part of the Language curriculum in Ontario schools is Media Literacy. It involves exposing students to various types of media other than ‘the novel.’ I play advertisements to the students to see how the world of advertising tries to convince them to buy products. We create ads. We also create lots of visual media like videos and comics. So having a job where you get to shoot video during the day and write comics is quite enjoyable.

 

Q: What is the major difference between the American film industry and the Canadian film industry?

 

A: Money. Budgets are lower, audiences are smaller. However, due to our similar culture Canada makes a great place to film and have it look American. And perhaps it’s that I am Canadian, but I think that Canadian movies aren’t as – what’s the term I’m looking for – “Americentric” as some films can be. There isn’t usually a film where the world is almost destroyed, but Canada comes in and saves the planet. But hey, maybe there’s a good script idea in here?

 

Q: Why do you think so many films that win contest never get produced?

 

A: Money. There are lots of great ideas and great stories, but I’ve discovered in my quest to get my own work produced that nobody is ever in a hurry to spend 50 million dollars.

 

Q: Who are some of your influences?

 

A: I always admire people who are multi-talented. Anyone who can do something like write and direct impresses me. Mind you, I feel that would be closer to the original vision. So Tarantino would fall under this category. But I’m also impressed with someone like Louis CK and his show. He writes, directs, stars, and edits. That has to be tough! Anyone that can also pull off a coherent story with a non-linear timeline also impresses me.

 

Q: What, in your opinion is the greatest screenplay ever written?

A: That is one tough question – I’m a sucker for Tarantino’s work. Pulp Fiction is great. There is something to be said for simply reading a script and being motivated by it. Shawshank Redemption is a also a great one. There’s also something about “It’s A Wonderful Life” that gets me every time.

 

Q: If you could rewrite the screenplay for any film, what would it be?

A: I might have to make a change or two to “It’s a Wonderful Life.” If George Bailey never born, sure the town wasn’t as good and everyone’s life wasn’t as great as it could have been. When it comes to his wife, if George had never been born, what fate befalls her? Well, she ends up being – shock and horror – a librarian. Oh no! What a horrible ending for her. Mind you, I am a little biased since my wife is a librarian.

 

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 Author Monty Schwarzenberg

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Monty Schwarzenberg is a former high fashion photographer and the author of the novels The Me Nobody Knows and Cuckoo Heart; here is a link to his website:

 

 

http://redmoonbiz.com/

 

Q: What is The Me Nobody Knows about?

 

A: It’s a love story between two loners that, in their reciprocal passion, find a safe haven to heal their spirits from the deep scars carved by horrifying childhoods.

She is a beautiful teenager in the run trying to leave behind years of physical and mental abuse. He is forty-year-old part-time fashion photographer and adventurer taking ingenious advantage of his good fortune and temporary success.

From the first moment they met, he felled irremediably in love. And, by means of good luck and powerful influences, he helped her to become a superstar. Achieving fame and making a small fortune out of their professional collaboration.

Soon after a rickety start, crammed with infidelity and frustration, she falls in love as well, and together they find a fulfilling path to make sense out of their lives, staying together happily ever after. Unfortunately, like in all love stories, there is no happy end because one of them would die before the other.​

 

Q: What inspired you to write it?

 

A: Love at first sight. I was compelled by that mysterious spark that drew people into unexplainable relationships every time a reciprocal passion was shared in return. I fell in love with six women along sixty years and every time, I was convinced of finding the real one; until the magical spark reappeared and love happened again.

To be alive has been the greatest experience and the way love affected my aging process found a new way out in the form of written words.

 

 

Q: You say in you bio on your web page that the supermodels you work with are “the last creatures on earth that fully understand their basic function as human being,” why do you think that?

 

A: Models are one of the few human creatures that truly understand that our most basic elemental mission is replicating ourselves in small copies. Descendants that we must feed and care for until they are ready to initiate their own new cycle and we can survive as living specie. By randomness in ours, females have the duty of attracting the healthier male partners to produce the better possible progeny.

Supermodels are the epitome of perfection and they exercise like none others the duty of seducing males for mating purposes. Even though 99% of that seduction process is just theoretical and should never be grounds for abuse, it is a constant reminder in a world where women are hated and degraded by fearful pathetic men.

 

Q: What are some of the projects you worked on as a high fashion photographer?

 

A: Galliano, Lacroix, Kenzo, Ferre, among my favorite and…etc., etc., etc​

 

Q: Were eating disorders as common as most people think?

 

A: Not at all. People tend to denigrate from anyone that achieves success, always with baseless assumptions. Fashion models are so thin because it is a job requirement and beauty is their priority. And aside from amazingly fast metabolisms, they eat less and better than the common and live healthier lifestyles with an emphasis in intensive physical activities, sex and pampering.

Q: What was your most memorable work story?

 

A: Once, I was filming a television spot with a supermodel that grew extremely impatient with a technician from my crew that needed to hook her up with a wireless microphone. She demanded that I would perform that task because the man was hurting her. I went to her dressing room not knowing that the wireless box was on and the sound mixer decided to record our conversation for unknown reasons…The results of that recording taught me that things are never as they seem to be nor as people perceive them. “Oh, you’re finally here,” she said. “We are kind of late,” I uttered. “Where do you want me to put it?” “I don’t care,” she responded. “Put it anywhere you want.” “Would you be okay if I put it behind?” I continued “I told you that I don’t care as far as you do it right.” She said. Moments later, “Ouch, it hurts.” “Sorry.” “Let me look at that thing… Oh my gosh, it’s so small.” “It is what it is and you need to deal with it…I won’t take long.” Therefore, don’t believe what you hear out there. The story went around the city and created an amazing false impression out of nothing.​

 

Q: Who are some of your literary influences?

 

A: I was deeply influenced by every single author whose stories I enjoyed to the end. I learned that people only read whatever is compelling to their lives and fantasies. ​

 

Q: When and how did you find out your father was a spy?

 

A: He told me on a winter night in 1964. He was under his usual alcoholic intoxication and he confessed the unbearable regret of having betrayed people that he cared for in the name of duty and love for the country. Amid drunken sobs, he told me that he spied for the allied forces during WWII and he carried the guilt sending some of his pretended friends to death or punishment. Like all human beings, he grew fond of the people he shared his life with and duty forced him to kill them. ​

 

Q: What is Cuckoo Heart about?

A: is farce about human integration between people with two different upbringings, education and lifestyles that are imprisoned and obligated to share their lives in a place that they can’t physically leave. At the end of the day, they were all equal…always ready to fuck, always ready to kill.​

 

 

Q: What life experiences did you draw from to write it?

 

A: From residing in South Florida for the last fourteen years and still being unable to determine if, Latinos will ever become Americanized or vice versa, a new breed of American Latinos.​

 

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