Month: May 2017

An Interview With Actress Cheyenne Hernandez

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(This interview was originally posted on Act.Land.com)

 

 

Cheyenne Hernandez is a Seattle based actress who appears in the film, The Cleaner and the Deadman and on the show Hawaii Five-0; here is a link to her IMDB page:

 

Q: What made you want to be an actor?

A: When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always a pirate. To this day! My brother and I watched “The Pirates of the Caribbean” when it first came out and I remember thinking, “Wow. Actors get to be Pirates. They get to be whatever they want! I want to be an actress!” My brother agreed with me and together we recreated our favorite movies around the house. We were assassins, pirates, cowboys… anything we could imagine. Life happened you know? I joined the Army and my brother was two weeks away from leaving for basic training when him and my other brother were killed by a drunk driver. At his funeral I made him a promise that I will die keeping. I will go on for all of us and I will live out our dreams. I auditioned for an agent and never looked back. With my Guardian Angels I feel as though I can do anything.

Q:  What is, The Cleaner and the Deadman about?

A: The Cleaner and the Deadman is about Two paid killers who are hired by the cartel to find a psycho drug scientist. The scientist escapes and the killers are faced with the all kinds of mayhem. There’s lots of action and what’s cool is that everyone involved truly has a passion for the arts!

Q: What role do you play?

 A: I play Liza Garrot. Liza is an undercover British spy affiliated with the two killers and she is a total warrior!

Q: How did you become involved with the project?

A: I made that promise to my brother Isaiah and  the agency still hadn’t sent me on any auditions. I felt as though I was letting Isaiah down and then a friend of mine told me about an ad requesting strongwilled women for a film. I had to be there THAT DAY and with only an hour left I almost didn’t make the audition. I didn’t have time to memorize the script so I did a cold read where I made myself cry and scream. I’ll never forget the directors face when he smiled and said I was exactly what they were looking for!

Q: Why do you think gangster movies are so popular?

A: I think gangster movies are popular because most people’s everyday lives don’t consist of scandal, shooting people, and deadly rivalry. I did say most! Watching movies that have that kind of plot gets people’s blood going. The more action-packed, the more adrenaline and it can be quite addicting.

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

A: I just finished up with my Army contract and am now focusing on school. I was a combat medic and I absolutely loved it! Being in the Army has influenced my acting a lot because I know what it’s like to feel like you would die for a complete stranger. I know what it feels like to lose a family member that does not share your blood. My work made sure that on a daily basis I was subjected to emotions ranging from ecstatic to petrified to enraged and because those emotions have touched my soul so regularly, I’ve learned to portray them through body language and facial expressions.

Q: Why Seattle and not LA or New York?

A: I’m actually going to school to be a dentist. I’d heard that Seattle had a great dental program along with an outstanding talent agency. I was living in Hawaii and once I fulfilled my dream of being in Hawaii 5-0 I decided I needed to try for Grey’s Anatomy too! As you can see, I’m a little impulsive.

Q: What role do you play on Hawaii Five-0?

A: I played Stacey Holden. At the beginning of the episode I’m this heartbroken girl who just lost her boyfriend but as the show goes on my real character comes out!

Q: What makes the new show different from the original?

A: The personalities! Each character has a purpose and you can’t even compare the characters from the original to the new one because they are completely different! FUN FACT: Dennis Chun (Sgt Duke Lukea) is in the new Hawaii 5-0 and his father was in the original! I had the privilege of getting to know uncle Dennis on set and I have to say he is an amazing person. In the military you can tell a good leader by the way he is with his troops. The great leaders eat with their men. They get to know them and they help them out whenever possible. Dennis could have ate with all the other famous actors but he sat right next to another new actress and I. He got to know us and he answered all of our questions without a hint of annoyance. Little did he know that he had just became my role model!

Q: What makes you fameworthy?

A: I’m not! Every day is a blessing. Every breath is a gift from God and the fact that he’s not only let me live this long, but gone the extra mile and helped me get roles in movies, shows, and modeling is more than I could ever ask for! All I can do is continue being the best person I can and spreading his love. I will work my butt off to make my dreams come true and if it is his will, it will happen. I know I’m on the right path though and once I get to an elevated level in acting I plan on using that position to spread awareness about drunk driving. The loss of my brothers is a heartbreak that I hope to prevent other families from experiencing. I am the change I want to see in this world and I’m here to do good.

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 Actor Brian Harrington

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(This interview was originally posted on Act.Land.com)

 

Brian Harrington is an actor who appears in the film Crowning Jules; here is a link to his website:

http://www.brianharrington.org/

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: I actually entered the entertainment world through the producing side of it. I was hired to help market my first film Rodeo Girl with Kevin Sorbo and the co-producer asked me to help do some digital marketing for their Kickstarter campaign. From there I just kept getting more and more roped in, helped them find some additional investors, and before long they were calling me an associate producer. So then after doing the casting on Crowning Jules, my second film, I knew I wanted to give it a shot on the other side of the camera.

 

Q: You have a unique look; do you think it helps you or hurts you in the long run?

 

A: Thank you! It definitely helps! The beard is the money maker all the way. People love the story about how I quit my job working at a bank to become a film producer and started to grow the beard and haven’t looked back since.

 

Q: What is Crowning Jules about?

 

A: Crowning Jules is about twin sisters, one is a nerd and one is a beauty queen, who take a cross country road trip to get to a beauty pageant. Along the way they come into possession of a stolen jewel and are pursued by some bumbling thieves. It’s a good all around kids and family movie starring Kristy Swanson, Kevin Farley, and Kenton Duty. Look for a release in summer of 2017.

 

Q: What role do you play?

 

A: I’m a producer on the film and appear briefly as a guy working at a carnival.

 

Q: Of all the roles you have played, which one is the least like you?

 

A: I played a homeless guy on a TV pilot once, this girl was using me as a prop during show and tell for her class and it was pretty funny. But obviously not like me because I do have a home. haha

 

Q: What is your strangest audition story?

 

A: Probably when I made it onto Sacred Steel Bikes on Discovery Channel because the audition ended up being the part that made it on the show.

 

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

 

A: I’m a freelance marketing consultant and I’ve worked for businesses, non-profits, political campaigns, movies, and musicians. I like doing digital marketing and helping people with their PR. It ties in nicely with acting since I’m able to work from home and on my own schedule and the networking aspect is great for getting work done in both areas. Check out www.brianharrington.org/consulting to learn more.

 

Q: What famous role could you have nailed?

 

A: Hmm I don’t know how famous they are on the spectrum but I love how the shows Workaholics and Silicon Valley just portray normal looking funny guys. They don’t feel like actors to me when I’m watching the show and I think that’s definitely the kind of character acting I bring to my gigs.

 

Q: Your website says you are a  “political operative.” For whom do you operate?

 

A: Yeah so that’s part of my day job like you were asking about. I work for conservative Republicans.

 

Q: Who is in your motorcycle gang?

 

A: Haha I think you’re talking about the Discovery show Sacred Steel Bikes where I showed up on one episode as a biker model to portray a live painting done by famous motorcycle artist David Mann. That was a blast and so funny because I haven’t ridden a motorcycle since I road dirt bikes back in middle school.

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 Talk Show Host Cuddy D

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Cuddy D is the host of The Cuddy D Show; here is a link to the show’s website:

http://www.thecuddydshow.com/

 

Q: What made you want to be a talk show host?

 

A: As a fan of television talk shows, I had grown tired of the same old format of one host monologue, one perspective.  This is why I created a show that offers multiple points

of view where our audience can perhaps relate to us better than other shows, where we say the things that people at home are thinking in their minds but don’t say, we

become their voice.  This is where my passion and desire to become a talk show host began.

 

Q: What is your background in entertainment?

 

A:  I am a fan of television, movies, sports, pop culture and music.

 

Q: What sort of topics do you discuss on your show?

 

A: Pop culture, news, politics, studies, and sports.

 

Q: How did you go about choosing your co-hosts?

 

A: My brother Jim “J-Dawg”.  The wit and genius of J-Dawg in the house, the master of hilarious one line quips, love and peace.  Vicki Lee- she might be the quietest one on the panel, but loves to throw in some witty zingers showing us her unique perspective on the topics, she packs a real punch.  Courtney- she is a singer songwriter, she also has years of public speaking under her belt, in the topic of sexual assault.  Courtney believes most anything can be overcome by humor!

 

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it effect the production of the show?

 

A: I work in the Utilities industry, and my other co-hosts all have day jobs as well, therefore, production of the show takes place in the evenings and weekends.

 

Q: Your website says you originally started filming the show in a basement and you now film it in a TC studio.  At what studio is the show filmed and what made you decide to

switch from the basement to the studio?

 

A: Currently, we film the show at a local cable Public Access television studio.  As our fan base continued to increase while filming the show in my basement studio, I felt it was time to move out of the basement and into an actual studio with larger space and upgraded equipment to increase the overall production of the show.

 

Q: I did not notice any advertising on the show, how are you able to pay for the production?

 

 A: Fortunately, the studio at the local Public Access cable network was free.  As far as other production costs of the show such as green screen, construction of our panel table on the set, lighting, microphones, website building, and graphics, have come out of my own pocket.

 

Q: What talk shows do you watch and what do you like about those shows?

 

A: I was inspired by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, The “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, and “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  I like the way they infuse their views on politics and pop culture, while inputting their humorous slants on the topics being discussed.

 

Q: What is the most successful thing you have done to promote your show?

 

 A: I have incorporated social media into the publicity for the show.  Also, Josh Mitchell at Wickid Pissa Publicity has been working tirelessly in assisting me bringing “The Cuddy D Show” to the forefront.

 

Q: If you could host any show for a night, which one would it be and why?

 

 A: If I could host any show for a night, it would be “The Daily Show”.  I would choose that show because their show and “The Cuddy D Show” follow similar formats.
 

 

 

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