Month: December 2015

An Interview With Actor Ran Levy

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Ran Levy is an actor who appears in Mysteries at the Castle; here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.Ranlevy.wix.com/Ranlevy

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: I was always infatuated with the medium. Being able to express yourself artistically, creating and being involved with projects that mean something and perhaps even elevating a single person, if even for a few moments, is a huge contribution to the world in my humble opinion. The opportunity to use the sensitive sides of yourself in the work. I have a B.A. in psychology and in my past have also worked in the filed and i feel both derive from the same source and essence: In psychology you use yourself to feel the person in front of you. In acting you use yourself to make the person in front of you feel. I also love the lifestyle of constantly moving from project to project and meeting new people all the time. I guess after working several years at a desk job you appreciate such dynamic environment.

Q: To what method if acting do you ascribe?

A: In July I completed the two year conservatory program at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and Strasberg is of course synonyms with “The Method”. Personally, I believe in the Strasberg way of acting, where you use your own private experiences to create life in the words. That said, I do not believe there is “one ring to rule them all”. You take what you take and what works for you and you make it your own. Different strokes for different folks. Every technic is useful in its own way for tackling on blockage.

Q:  What is Mysteries at the Castle about?

A: Mysteries at the Castle is a series that takes you behind the gates of the world’s most impressive castles, manor houses and mansions are secrets waiting to be revealed. Each episodes follows and reveals some incredible stories that are contained within them.

Q:  What role do you play?

A: I play Adolf Holfricheter an officer who was involved in a scandal in the beginning of the 1900 century which involved selling hoaxed enhancement pills (What we nowadays refer to as Viagra…). However the pills were in fact poisonous and deadly.

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

A: At the moment I’m actually lucky enough to be making a living off acting. I mostly work on Commercials. However from time to time I still need to chew up my savings from my days working at a law firm.

Q:  You volunteered on a suicide hotline, how do you use the conversations that you had when developing characters?

A: Volunteering at a suicide call center…you get to speak with a lot of people. On average, 8 every shift. And you’re speaking with them at their most vulnerable hour. Since the interaction is made over the phone, plus the fact that i’m a stranger they will never interact with in their day to day lives, they are more open. There is a higher likelihood that a person will show himself as truly who he is with no masks.

It’s interesting how people react in times of despair. Oftentimes it isn’t dramatic or hysterical. It helps me to better understand people who are struggling on a daily basis. Whenever I read similar situations in the scripts I receive, I have a deeper empathy and understanding of how people react in these situations and hopefully have the opportunity to portray the character or scenarios with a better sense of truthfulness. You also ad a lot of characters to your arsenal I must say… (specially neurotic ones…)

The hard part of being a volunteer is that… there is no happy ending. On a “good” day, you help the caller get through that day or a bad moment. But you don’t cure them and make their life better. More bearable yes. But not better.

Q:  You grew up in Israel and served in the army there. What do most people not understand about Israel?

A: I guess that Israel is very advanced culturally and technologically. Yes you can get an iPhone and satellite television in Israel and No i did not ride a camel to school.

Q: Who are some of your acting influences?

A: Every great piece of work I’ve seen is scratched on my soul and keeps inspiring me, and hopefully it is reflected in my own work. To name a few: John Hawkes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Kline, Margo Martindale, Michelle Williams, Paul Rudd, Gabby Hoffman,, Denis O’Hare, and the list goes on and on. All great craftsmen which you can learn a lot from.

Q:  What is your strangest New York story?

A: Not the strangest, but I once ate actual canned dog food during a play I performed in… Prop designer accidentally misplaced the real dog food cans with the mock ones. I should’ve suspected when I saw my costar avoid eating the food, and yes it tasted awful (with compression to previous nights). But I kept on devouring it since that was what the scene called for… only later did I realize what I was eating so vigorously. Needless to say I felt horrible all night, couldn’t sleep and had that awful taste in my mouth. Thinking about it now I still get nauseous.

Q:  If you could play any famous film role, which one would it be and why?

A: LOU REED. And of course as an avid Star Wars fan I would love to be in one of the many planned spin-offs.
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 Sillk D’vinchii

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Sillk D’vinchii is a rapper; here is a link to his Band Camp page:

https://sillkdvinchii.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Q: When did you start rapping?

 

A:.1999

Q: What sets you apart from other rappers?

 

A: ability to create and critique music to multiple demographics.

 

Q: What inspired you to write the song Rid of Me?
A: wanting to bounce back after knowing people wanting to see u at your failing point.

 

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

 

A: 4.Future,2pac,T.I.,Ice cube and So So def,Def Jam artists

Q: What kinds of things do you like to rap about?

 

A: party driven song’s, life related topics,love and precious queen.
Q: What is your strangest show business story?

 

A: pulling up at the gas station, on Tara Blvd. meeting Waka Flocka,my lil sister was scared to take pictures with him.

 

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

 

A: Handling oil help me finance my necessities and help with the music needs

 

Q:  What have you done to get your name out there?

 

A: online advertising and promo,hand to hand in the streets

 

Q:  What is the theme song of your life?

 

A: Cell therapy by Goodie Mobb

 

 
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 Barbara G.Tarn

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Barbara G.Tarn is a blogger and the author of Rajveer the Vampire; here is a  link to her blog:

https://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/

Q:  What is Rajveer the Vampire about?

A: It’s about a proud Rajput warrior in 14th century India who is turned into a bloodsucker by a western druid… making him immortal, but also extremely conflicted! His religion doesn’t really approve of drinking people’s blood. Fortunately he doesn’t have to kill anyone to survive and thrive, but it still takes stamina to live through the centuries, watching mortal lives wither and die.

Q: What inspired you to write it?

A: My love for India and Bollywood! I noticed a few Bollywood actors have rather pointed canines… it actually started as a joke, with my body-switching witch wanting a Desi Vampire as a pet (you can read “Samantha’s Day” in “Strange Portals”, the Inkslingers free anthology that came out last year), and it became a full historical fantasy novel, combining my love for history and India. I came up with my own vampire mythology after reading Dracula, re-reading “Interview with the Vampire” and following the vampire series Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor…

Q:  What makes Rajveer worth reading about?

A: The unusual setting (India during the Muslim invasions), the lack of actual romance, the exploration of another culture and its history – with a lot of action and dialog! *grin*

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?

A: I admit I’m influenced more by comic books, movies and TV. I didn’t read that much when I started writing in my long forgotten teens, and that’s why – when I switched to English in my 30s – I wrote screenplays first, then I went back to my first love, prose.

Q: I work as a customer service representative, what kind of work do you do?

A: I’m a part-time bank teller going on 28 years working for the same financial institution (with mergings and acquisitions in the 21st century that messed up everything, not to mention the coming of the Euro…) and looking forward to quitting and living off royalties! *grin* I spent barely ten years full-time – shows how much I love that job…

Q:  How does your day job influence your writing?

A: I write fantasy to escape that awful reality. I stopped writing contemporary stories (except the few years I wrote screenplays for Hollywood) more or less when I started working… I’d rather make up stuff or relive past eras than writing about this screwed up world. I have a bank manager in one of the body switches stories, but usually my characters have much more interesting jobs than me! *grin*

Q:  What was the most challenging thing about writing your book?

A: The research. Finding English texts on Indian history written before the British Raj (that had it’s own view of the Commonwealth and the countries it “owned”) – although I did use a couple of 19th century translations of “diaries”: in this book the Baburnama (biography of Babur), in another book I’ll have to check the Akbarnama (biography of Akbar). And “Vikram and the Vampire”, an abridged translation of old Sanskrit tales.

Q:  Why are vampires so popular?

A: Good question! I hadn’t thought about vampires since the 20th century! I was stuck with “Queen of Darkness” (book 3 of Ann Rice’s vampires) and had really enough until I stumbled into Amaranthine… and then the Bollywood canines… so I read Dracula and a couple more stories and set off to write my own. I’m afraid I haven’t read the most popular titles, although I did download some samples on Kindle, but none of them made me want to continue reading.

Q:  What have you done to promote your writing?

A: I write the next book. I have two series (adult unconventional fantasy and science fantasy) and now these vampire historicals… Next year I’ll write Kaylyn’s story! She’s Rajveer’s sister-in-darkness and you can read how she was turned in “When The Lights Go Out”, Inkslingers free anthology 2015.

Q: If you could meet any famous vampire, who would you pick and why?

A: Louis de Pointe du Lac – Brad Pitt’s incarnation! I absolutely love that movie (did I mention that I’m more interested in movies than books?*grin*)! And I’d tell him to stop bothering – there is no heaven and no hell and since he can choose to kill or not to kill, he should stop worrying. Now, the movie ends differently from the book, so… I’m not sure what I’d tell him next!

 

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 Peter Jacob Streitz

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Peter Jacob Streitz is the author of,  Hellfires Shake the Blues and Past Oz; here is a link to his Amazon page:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Jacob- streitz/e/B004DJNM5E/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

 

Q:  What is, Hellfires Shake the Blues about?

 

A: With the exception of a few poems I wrote long long ago in a land far far away . . . HELLFIRES is about the cannonballs of the street trying to kill the desiccated flies of poetic poppycock; that overly masturbatory verse that’s been systematically hijacked by those still trying to get gold stars from the late Mrs. Titmouse or laid by the former king or queen of their high school prom. In a world where everything is becoming increasingly whiteified—scrubbed and sanitized to the point that “whatever” is the definitive answer to every question—HELLFIRES subsumes Franz Kafka’s rephrased belief that “. . . poetry ought to be an ice pick to crack the frozen sea within our psyche.” Thus my work first freezes our social sense with a blast of cold reality before conjoining hands in a communal effort to swim ashore of islands uncharted and unexplored; thereby, opening new worlds of reciprocal repute and personalized empathy.

 

Q:  What life experiences inspired you to write it?

 

A: Like a majority of us, my being born into this ever evolving world of false fronts and trap doors where truth, love and hate is stirred into societal cauldrons like sacred verities—only to be doled out by the collective’s most narcissistic twit—started my idiosyncratic journey of seeking languages uncorrupted by any socially consecrated Tower of Babble. That along with the fact I was cursed to be a gifted athlete—pressuring me towards the performance training of dumb-ass coaches and blue-eyed cheerleaders—instead of a more soulful sharing of a sick bed with the artistic likes of Madame Bovary and others of her novelistic ilk. With that as a foundation it was off to college on a full basketball scholarship that lasted two weeks before I fled back home to flip donuts at our local bakery from 2 A.M. to 6 A.M. then from 6 to noon hand-cart quarter ton pallets of stainless steel grips to the ladies doing piece work at the Quackenbush Nutcracker Factory . . . which eventually propelled me to Boston University where one of my smoke-toked Profs emphatically proclaimed that I graduated with the only degree ever given in Alternative Education . . .  making me supremely suited for my next role as heavy-handed repo man retrieving the “sticks” (used as collateral) by deadbeats in Mattapan and Roxbury, Massachusetts.

 

Soon after escaping with my life, I donned the corporate mask of a computer executive in the vast industrial complex before losing my marbles and moving with my wife as mentor to Ol’ Frisco . . . and there recapturing all the childhood disillusionment that makes me the writer I am today.

 

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

 

A: I’m a full-time HouseHusband employed by a female executive. This influences my writing by making my emotional skin as hard as nails. How else could I survive the unmanliness of no paycheck and goldbricking off the back of a woman, patron or not? No, whether the sound of applause is only crickets or the standing ovation of my own delusiveness—both the verse and prose unceasingly flows from a heartily uncompromised source of my inborn being . . . to the only sea I’m free to imagine.

 

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences and how is this evidenced in Hellfires Shake the Blues?

 

A: I’m sure the BOOK OF THE DEAD had some influence . . . if I could only be certain I read it in this lifetime. Then there were all the bastard philosophers I’d been reading since junior high, especially (my favorite) Wilhelm Reich, whose THE FUNCTION OF THE ORGASM was openly carried around in my back pocket like a bible—while misreading the title, thinking it was something I actually experienced, meaning, THE FUNCTION OF THE ORGANISM—until I was unfairly sentenced to detention for the crime of trying to educate myself on subjects the teachers had little success with or firsthand knowledge of. But to be sure—due to my style and drinking habits—Bukowski certainly barfed his way into my subconscious . . . yet our themes are as different as sex for sex sake or sex for the sake of sex. This language thing was passed from Buk’s God, John Fante, to Buk, freeing him, in this most sophisticated of modernities, to use the C-word instead of the P-word not to be confused with the N-word that can only be written or said by those deemed sufficiently disenfranchised in the eyes of an intelligentsia that hates human nature as much as their own soullessness . . .

 

Now there’s a prime “example” and\or “evidence” of being influenced and not a detailed analysis of the influences themselves . . . my deepest apologies . . . for I didn’t even remark on Harry Crews and his fine works like A FEAST OF SNAKES or ALL WE NEED OF HELL where his literary “voice” tweaks the vibe of serial killers from cultures that live just beneath the skin deep surface of polite society.

 

Q: When did you start writing?

 

A: According to “the me” that I didn’t really know (but the one that survived the death match with the corporate man I knew implicitly) I’d been penning fiction—at least in my most catholic of minds—since the Sunday of my first confession. I mean, anyone can have a plain white sheet of paper, but it’s the writer that blackens the blank with the handwoven scripts in his head. So I’d say I actually started writing, for public consumption, the year I became sexually desirous of others, you know, trying to reach out and touch someone in any way I could. Heck, even pubescent verse is an aphrodisiac to yourself, if not the publishing world, during your sprouting years.

 

Q: What have you done to publicize your books?

 

A: Besides the insane bullshit of Twittering and Facebooking to the billions Twittering and Facebooking me like madams manically pimping “around the worlds,” I haven’t done diddly.  For as an iconoclastic non-connector who aberrantly believes that divine intervention is the ultimate promotional tool, I’ve been patiently waiting for The Man Almighty to plop HELLFIRES and PAST OZ into Oprah’s brainpan like gluttonous thoughts of shakes and fries. At least that was true until I recently hired a publicist who’s desperately (with great kindness and understanding) trying to get me to equate exposing myself and my work to the public as indispensable to my paradoxical proclivities . . . and not something that means completely abolishing my blasphemous ways.

 

So with that as a possibility, I conjured-up the image of George Zimmer and stumbled into a Men’s Warehouse to buy a Sunday-go-to-meeting-Suit for any (potential) public appearances; thereby exhibiting my complete commitment to “publicizing” my newly minted ass . . . plus, keeping my heartfelt pledge to my now adored propagandist. Thus, without a hint of evangelical fervor, church, or pew this new apparel will also, at least visually, eradicate my diverse array of inks and piercings . . . all highlighting my brotherhood with progressive outrage, social activism, and the righteousness of law and order.

 

Q:  What trends in literature annoy you?

 

A:  Memoirs . . . like I give a shit about another loser’s life. Now INTERVIEWS—that’s a whole other kettle of corn.

 

Q:  What is Past Oz about?

 

A: My novel PAST OZ is about—where we all end up in our lives—when we’ve had enough life experience to actually decide the direction we have always wanted (consciously or subconsciously) to go regardless of our inherited race, creed, color, economic status, coincidences and\or circumstances . . . both fortunate or unfortunate. PAST OZ is one man’s break from what he and those in his sphere, most solemnly, believed to be his lot in life. And going PAST OZ is that second—utterly self-determined—shot at life regardless of all the prevailing wisdom, and past realities, in one’s current world.

 

Q:  What is your process when you write?

 

A: I write a million little notes to myself. Then like flood waters behind a beaver dam I wait for the pressure to build and the obstruction breached . . . then write in a white heat as the thoughts flush by. It’s exhausting but invigorating.

 

Q:  Your biography says you only took one lit class, why only one?

 

A: Forget writing classes, as they might lessen one’s lonesomeness, they’ll do nothing for one’s writing—not like living the life of a writer.

 

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 Dancin’ It’s On Producers Jennifer George and Christina Marie Austin

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Jennifer George and Christina Marie Austin are line producers on the film Dancin’ It’s On ; here is a link to the website:

 

www.dancinitson.com

 

Q:  What is Dancin’ It’s On about?

 

A: This coming of age dance film, in the spirit of “Dirty Dancing” and “High School Musical” – is about two young lovers from different worlds who find a common bond in their love of dance, and who ultimately work together to win a major dance competition.

 

Jennifer, a high school junior from Beverly Hills, falls in love with the handsome young Ken, who works at her father’s Panama City Florida beach-front hotel. While preparing for the competition, they must overcome scheming dance partners, a meddling father and their own doubts in order for their love – and their chances at winning – to prevail.

 

Q:  How did you become involved with the project?

 

A: Funny enough, about 4 years ago, we came across a craigslist ad for a low-budget dance movie seeking crew. We’ve seen hundreds of these types of ads before but we thought, why not? So we replied to the ad explaining who we are and what we do, and the next thing we know, we get a response from David Winters, himself! He sent us his bio and though we had both seen west side story and some of his other various works, we were just blown away to read about all of the amazing things he as achieved. We knew we had to get that job! The next few months were what we like to think of as an audition, where he would send us work and test our skills and it seems we passed because he flew out to Florida from Thailand to location scout with his 2 new Line Producers. The rest is history.

 

Q:  What does a line producer do?

 

A: Technically speaking, a line producer manages the budget, mostly and serves as the full-time on set producer. Often line producers work like unit production managers in that they are in charge of all things production. What generally separates line producers from the “Above-the-line” staff is that they usually stay out of all things creative like writing, directing, casting etc. Line producers usually hire the crew etc. In the case of independent films like Dancin’ – It’s On!, we were fortunate to be able to do all the jobs of normal line producers AND we were able to contribute creatively. David Winters really gave us a chance to be truly mentored by him and we served collectively as his second in command, and in doing so kept us close to him during all processes, both creative and productive. He really showed not only faith in us but also trust in our work as well as our judgment; he knew we understood his creative vision.

 

Q:  What were some of the challenges of providing production services for this film?

 

A: First of all…. THE WEATHER!!! Holy cow, that was a record-breaking year in North Florida and the weather was as unpredictable as lotto numbers. We were trying to shoot a summertime movie in the Winter and instead of the mild, cool but not too cold winters we had heard about in Panama City Beach, we were met with 50-60 mph wind gusts, record low temps in the 20’s (Fahrenheit), ice cold sideways rain, and of course some hail. You name it; the weather gods threw it at us. We were constantly rescheduling the film the weather alone made it near impossible to create a solid shooting schedule.

 

Q:  How is it different from other teen dance movies?

 

A:  THE MUSIC! We feel like most teen dance movies tend to be on the edgy side, and while we are huge fans of the genre, this one is far more clean-cut and wholesome. Dancin’ – It’s on! Is truly made with the whole family in mind. This is a film made by dancers for dancers.

 

Q:  What kind of professional background do you have?

 

Jennifer:  I was a dancer for about 18 years, and performed all over Florida including Disney, Universal, MGM.

 

Christina: My main background is in acting, mostly, but I did do some modeling early in my career. I was featured in catalogues and on the Home Shopping Network.

 

Q:  What made you interested in film production?

 

This may be one we have to answer individually….

 

Christina: 2 answers… I always wanted to be an actress and then once I got my first paid acting gig that was union work, I realized that I spent most of my day in a chair watching other people work and I hated that feeling so I looked around the set for the busiest person I could find, who turned out to be the Producer, and I knew that is what I wanted to be. Also, the first time I saw the T-1000 melt into metal, change shapes, become another person, etc. My mind was blown and I would never be the same.

 

Jennifer:  Being a stage performer for half of my life I love entertaining people, I get that natural high being on a stage and making people smile.  When I got to college it was very important to me to graduate, so I turned to studies, and focused on that.  After graduation I moved to LA and started as an actor, taking classes and going to auditions.  All the while, I really wanted to own my own business and have a bit more control of where I was going.  As an actor you can sometimes be blowing in the wind with no real direction, but behind the camera, there is A LOT of work that needs t be done, always.

 

Q: Why do you think dance films are so popular?

 

 

Christina: I think it has a lot to do with the music. High-energy music gets people excited and happy, when you combine that with exciting visuals of talented people really enjoying their dance, you have a recipe for entertainment.

 

Jennifer:  It’s a different form of expression.  For instance, when a character feels sad or angry, they express that emotion through dance instead of yelling for crying.

 

Q:  What is your strangest on set story?

 

A:  Jennifer: I was on set for a VERY LOW budget movie, and we had to blow up a truck. Long story short, after receiving all necessary clearances and driving 5 hours for the items needed, I found myself mixing tannorite (an explosive) with my bare hands and by the end of the day, we could not use the explosives.  Obviously I’m leaving out most of the details, but you get the point.

 

Christina: I was there for that story… definitely on the top of my list for strange stories.

 

Q: What is the secret to providing efficient production services?

 

A: Christina: Having enough money!!! Usually you don’t have enough money so the answer then becomes resourcefulness, positivity, creativity, and a die hard dedication to getting the job done…. Period.

 

Jennifer:  Money is definitely an important factor, but I feel that on any level of production, high or low budget, the same issues arise, so problem solving, and leadership I feel are extremely important.  As a producer, I want my crew to be motivated and excited about what is going on and work as hard as they can.   So it is important for me to be on my A game, and problem solve efficiently.

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 Gary D Lopez

 

 

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Gary D Lopez is an actor who appears in the film Desert Drive; here is a link to his IMDB page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5640333/?ref_=rvi_nm

 

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

 

A:  Cartoons. “The Flintstones” in particular. That Barney Rubble! What a pro!

 

OK, maybe it was my tendency to mimic what I heard growing up, you know, impressions and such. Character voices, then foreign accents, and music… Always music, and singing with the radio. My Dad listened to the Top Forty stations, KHJ, KRLA, and KFWB before they changed to an all-news format. Shame.
Flash forward to 2013 when I executive produced a crowd-funded movie with director Frankie Latina that has had multiple titles—“SnapShot”, “Colombia” and now “China Test Girls”—and had Danny “Machete” Trejo starring in it. Spent three days in Milwaukee filming, the result of which, I was “killed” by Danny. They told me I “died” great and that gave me the bug.

 

Q:  What is Desert Drive about?

 

A:  A great little ditty chronicling the road trip of a foursome of twenty-somethings on their way to Coachella. Like Life, it’s about the journey and not the destination. I really liked the fact that Coachella never appears on screen!

 

Q:  What role do you play?

 

A:  A hapless restaurant patron who gets robbed by the funniest criminals since Congress.

 

Q:  How did you become involved with Wickid Pissa Films?

 

A:  Josh Mitchell, Director Extraordinaire, and I went to different schools together! It was fate apparently.

 

I met a producer in Palm Springs who knew an actor who knew a massage therapist moonlighting as a production manager who knew Josh. And it’s been a fast and fun ride ever since, let me tell you!

 

We’ve done “Desert Drive”, “Hemorrhage”, “The Convicted” and “My Father’s Teeth” since we met in April 2015. Josh is very talented and prolific! Our optimism levels feed on themselves.
So actually it was networking, something I’ve learned that actors do even more than acting. I’ve been schooled in networking by being a member of the international organization Business Network International, BNI, and I now teach business owners better ways to network as a Director Consultant. This has helped me immensely in this industry. It’s really all part of a plan…

 

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

 

A: I’m a self-employed freelance graphic artist, and have been since 2001. When I decided to pursue acting I stopped and thought, “Guess I’ll have to quit graphics and get a job waiting tables!” Fortunately, this was not the case.

 

Since I set my own schedule and I’ve achieved my goal of a few great clients as opposed to a bunch of good ones, I can get away when I need to be somewhere else for my career building.

 

Q: What has been the most challenging role you have ever played?

 

A: Probably being that hapless restaurant patron being robbed in “Desert Drive”. No lines, had to look scared with just my expressions while trying not to laugh aloud at the hilarious ad-libbing of the female robber played by the excellent Libby West! I was terrified of losing every background restaurant patron role for the rest of my career!

 

Q: Who are some of your acting influences?

 

A: I enjoy actors who can be diversified in their choice of characters. Some just play the same role repeatedly while others just play their marketed and publicity-crafted personas.

 

One actor in particular has impressed me with his submersion into his roles, and that’s Paul Giamatti. Not the most famous, but when I see him, my attention is undivided! Watch him in “Sideways” which is good, then see “The Illusionist” and watch and listen to his performance. Genius!

 

Brad Pitt has played a great variety of characters from the range of his roles in “Se7en” as the hot-headed, inexperienced rookie cop to his portrayal of an Irish terrorist in “The Devil’s Own” and then out to the left field of comedy in “Burn After Reading”. Throw in his Achilles in “Troy” and you’ve still only scratched the surface of his career.

 

And while I wouldn’t want to compete for a role with her, Julia Roberts’ facial acting in the opera scene in “Pretty Woman” is inspirational to watch. It used to be intimidating to me as a would-be actor, but I’ve channeled it differently.

 

Q:  What is your strangest audition story?

 

A:  I contacted a production company to get a foot in the door to get this acting thing going and I was invited to a casting call for that weekend. I thought “Great! Here we go!”

 

I get to the casting call—turns out to be a vampire story and it was being held on the patio of a local restaurant… there’s a few red flags that went unheeded— and as the day wears on, I realize they’re looking for 20–40 year olds! Well, with my 20 year surplus in Life I’m thinking “I’m really gonna have to do some great acting to get anything going on here!”

 

Then I read the script and realized the writer was from Brazil and did not have a great command of “the English” and “how she is spoke”. But I happen to be in love with words and semantics and I’m doing my part to keep English alive by correcting everyone on Facebook in my role as RGN, Resident Grammar Nazi. So I ended up being a script editor on that project.

 

Ask me that question again in 5 years…

 

Q:  What famous film role would you most like to attempt?

 

A: Charles Kane of “Citizen Kane” comes to mind because of the epic proportions of the role, but the “why” factor, which is, again, diversification, also brings to mind the role of George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Orson Welles and Jimmy Stewart are stellar in those roles, respectively.

 

Both of these roles run the gamut of our deepest and most intense emotions. To be able to convey that and do it so well is the true measure of an actor.

 

But let’s go with the happy ending today and say George Bailey! And that’s my final answer… today at least.

 

Q: What would you like to change about the film industry?

 

A:  The monopoly of power that exists in certain arenas of the industry, and I cite that solely because of the multitude of great movies that never were seen and ended up in oblivion due to personal differences, special interests or someone’s pocket not being lined with enough green for their greedy needs.

 

But on a poz note, as I’ve a tendency to accentuate, I really like the resurgence and level of quality that the sci-fi genre is experiencing. This and the Horror genre being some of my favorite pastimes in movies, it’s great to see some excellence in this area. Of course, there’s always been “StarWars“, “Star Trek” and the like, but movies like “District Nine”, “Gravity”, “Elysium”, and others have kept the standard high and rewarding.

 

So to ALL the directors that are considering sci-fi for your next movie, I once played the Klingon Commander at Universal Studios Screen Test! Crushed it!

 

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