Month: June 2017

An Interview With Artist Natalie Krystine

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Natalie Krystine is an artist; here is a link to her website:

www.nataliekrystine.com

 

Q:  When did you know you were an artist?

 

A: I honestly think that it wasn’t until about two years ago that I started thinking of myself as an artist.

But I’ve probably always been an artist. When I look back, art has always been a constant in my life. My mom used to do finger painting projects with me when I was a baby. And I began wanting to do my own artwork at about two years old. I wasn’t a child prodigy, so none of it was any good. My dad is actually really talented at drawing and would give me short art lessons as a child. My mom was more into crafts. She was always crafting or making something. Their interests in arts and crafts, paired with their constant encouragement, really helped me to pursue many different artistic endeavors over the years. I appreciate so many things because of them, and want to try so many different avenues of art. This is probably why it’s taken so long for me to adopt the label of “artist”.

 

Q: Who are some of your artistic influences?

 

A: I would have to say that I’ve been inspired by Diane Arbus, Frida Kahlo, Wayne Thiebaud, Ray Johnson, and David Hockney. I also really love Marcel Duchamp because he put a urinal in a museum. In general, I’m really inspired by artists that don’t sell out and just do the art they want to do. I think that there is a lot of bravery in expressing a part of you that may come off as weird to someone looking in.

 

Q: What do you hope to communicate through your art work?

 

A: If I’m doing commissioned artwork, I just try my best to communicate what I’ve been asked to do.

But when I get to do my own artwork, I find myself trying to express the nostalgia I feel about things, that are honestly, extremely normal and boring. In my general life, I tend to become interested in things that were small footnotes of an experience. The tiny details help me remember a bigger memory or emotion. It’s like a bookmark for me. I also feel color is extremely important to how I express my work. I find myself trying to mix colors until it matches the subject matter on an emotional and visually appealing level. I hope that other people enjoy my work and are able to project their own life experiences onto my pieces.

I also really want people to find humor in my projects. Most of my projects start off with me thinking something would be funny or ridiculous to make. If an idea doesn’t make me laugh or smile, I generally don’t pursue it further.

 

Q:  What made you choose acrylics?

A: I’ve only been painting with acrylics for about three years now. I was kind of bored one summer day, and remembered I had a box of acrylics at home. I’ve never taken painting lessons. But I knew acrylic paint is generally pretty easy to work with. I wanted to paint a very large portrait of my dog to the best of my abilities. I thought it would be funny to give it to my parents as a present. A month later, it was finished. My parents loved it. My mom put a gold, ornate frame around it and hung it up in the hallway. Other people saw it and started hiring me to paint their pets. Because of all this, I realized I really liked using acrylics. And I got a lot of practice from the commissions.

 

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

 

A: I work in an office as an inside salesperson. It’s a really normal Monday through Friday job. It allows me evenings and weekends to work on projects.

 

Q: What happens at one of your painting parties?

 

A: I come to your house with painting supplies and a project for all of us to do together. I stand in front of everyone and demonstrate the steps that we need to do in order to complete the project. Everyone gets to wear an apron. I also wear an apron. But mine is green with strawberry pockets, which indicates that I am the instructor. I walk around and help anyone that needs assistance. Sometimes people eat snacks and play music. I’ve mostly been hired to instruct children.

Being an art teacher was one of my first art-related dreams! I’m really happy that I get to experience that dream from time to time.

 

Q: One of the services you offer is “Bad Portraits,” how do you go about making them intentionally bad?

 

A: It has to be bad, but not so bad that you can’t recognize the subject of the portrait. I actually pay attention to what the person looks like. But I leave out most of the details. I think what helps this project is that I hate pencils. I only draw with pens.

I do want to add, that in addition to my dad giving me basic drawing lessons while growing up, I actually did take drawing classes in college. But… My drawing abilities have always been really mediocre. The “Bad Portraits” project is my way of poking fun at that and embracing my subpar abilities.

Q: What do you like about the San Francisco art scene?

A: It’s nice that it feels very open and welcoming. I’m actually really shy about sharing my art with other people, especially face-to-face. But any time I’ve done an art event in San Francisco, my nerves have been eased by how nice everyone is!

Q: What about it would you change?

 

A: I wish I was more involved in it. I’m trying to change that!

Q:  If you could do an acrylic painting of a famous person’s soul, who would you pick and what would it look like?

A: When I really think about it, I’m not incredibly creative nor inventive, so I’d probably just paint a portrait of an obscure Bay Area celebrity, like Jan Wahl, or someone from a commercial that I think is funny. I feel like I wouldn’t know much about them either… So I’d just paint the background with a really vibrant color that I like and be done with it.

 

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

 

An Interview With Actress Katherine Roberts

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Originally posted on Act.Land.

 

Katherine Roberts is an actress who appears in the film Assassin’s Apprentice; here is a link to her IMDB Page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6199153/

 

 

Q:  What is the Assassin’s Apprentice about?

 

A: The Assassin’s Apprentice is about an assassin Pete, played by Robert Picardo who trains his apprentice Kaylee, played by Tarah Page. The film follows her training and ultimately one last test which she decides to do her own way.

 

Q: What role do you play?

 

A: I play Tiffany, a woman on a date with a mob boss who witnesses a surprising scene while at the bar with Pete and Kaylee. (I don’t want to give too much away!)

 

Q: What did you do to prepare for the role?

 

A:  I watched Scarface and studied Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance. I also talked with the director and producers on what they expected from Tiffany’s character, then rehearsed with my scene partners.

 

Q: What is the biggest difference between you and the character of Tiffany?

 

A: Well, I am definitely not as forward. I am a very friendly person, but Tiffany is a man eater!

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

 

A:  I have always been intersted in acting, ever since I was young girl. I guess my affinity started when my parents would take me to the local theatre and I was amazed by the beauty and sadness storytelling could convey. I knew I wanted to be a story teller too.

 

Q: What is your strangest audition story?

 

A: I audition a lot for Latin American parts, which is great since I am mostly of Peruvian and Spanish decent, however I am not a native Spanish speaker, only conversational. I had to say a few lines in Spanish, which I did fine, but then was thrown a curve ball and had to talk in English with a Spanish accent, a la Sofia Vergara-let’s just say whatever what was coming out of my mouth sounded a mix between Italian and an accent you have never heard of. I was horriffied, as I’m sure the casting director was too. Let’s just say I didn’t book the job!

 

Q: What kind of day job or income source do you have and how does it affect your pursuit of acting?

 

A:  I make most of my money from commercials and print modeling. I have wonderful agents and work pretty consistantly. Keep an eye out for me in Wells Fargo’s nationwide. Also, on the side I like to dog sit and dog walk my neighbor’s dogs. I am a huge animal lover. I also am developing an app, and freelance write. I try to stay on top of everything and I like to think of myself as a go getter, so whatever I set my sights to I commit myself 100%

 

Q:  Have you ever had a disagreement with a director about how a role should be played? How did you deal with it?

 

A: No never. I value the director’s vision on every and all projects I have ever worked on. Even if I saw my character in another way, I always listen and take in whatever the director sees. Ultimately, I trust the director to guide the actors to their best performances

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Q: What famous role could you have nailed and why?

 

A:  I am currently watching Girlboss on Netflix, and I know I could have killed the main role of Sophia. I was living in San Francisco during the time NastyGal took off and was born and raised in the Bay Area. I love playing characters with quirky relatability and I definitely could have brought that. However, I love Britt Robertson’s take on the character and am a big fan of the show.

 

Q: What is the most realistic movie you have ever seen about Los Angeles?

 

A: I’m not sure about movie, but the episode of Sex in The City where the girls visit Los Angeles is pretty spot on! The healthy eating, meetings, premiere’s, and just overall LA vibe is pretty realistic; and hilarious.

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 Hiiigh Quality

Hiiighquality is a rapper who recently released the EP, PSA’s and Heartbreak; here is a link to his Soundcloud page:

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Q: What made you interested in music?

 

A: What made me interested in music was basically the surroundings growing up, hearing it, experiencing & relating to it then I also saw some of my older friends tapping into it.

 

Q:  What kinds of things inspire you to rap?

 

A: The kinds of things that inspire me to rap are original, amazing lyricists, & looking at all the things Ive been through & overcame because of the most highs within me.

 

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

 

A:  I actually have errand running and home cleaning gigs I participate in weekly, & it effects my music in a pretty positive way, as far as motivation.

 

Q: What kind of formal training have you had?

 

A: I haven’t had any formal training.

 

 

Q: Who are some of your influences?

 

 

A: Some of my influences are John Lennon, Bob Marley, Damien Marley,Steve Jobs, Ice Cube, Snoop dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Vince Staples, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky etc.

 

Q: Where do you record your music?

 

A: . I record my music inside of my home at the moment.

 

Q: What is Hydro about?

 

A: Hydro is basically kind of an alter ego, or nickname because lots of people call me that.

 

Q: What is the one thing you would change about the music industry?

 

A: The one thing I would change about the music industry is the evil actions.

 

Q: What have you done to promote your music?

 

A:  Ive strictly promoted online on social media, & also outside on the streets as well.

 

 

Q: If you could write a rap musical, what would the plot be?

 

 

A: If I could write a rap musical the plot would probably be A Kid trapped in his city with a vision, battling everyday obstacles who soon finds that life is much more bigger than his vision, which leads him to his purpose after all.

 

 

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