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An Interview With Massage Therapist/Model and Aspiring Actress Samantha Barnes


Samantha Barnes is a massage therapist, actress and model who writes books in her head; here is a link to her website:

Q:  What do you think makes the job of acting so appealing to so many people?

A: People want to be seen but they put a lot of energy into hiding. For a lot of people I would say that acting holds the appeal of becoming famous (aka. the most seen) and also getting to be somebody else. People are rewarded for hiding and acting appears at first to be the ultimate cave; a series of masks and different identities. Maybe that’s what first drew me too. But in a figure modeling session a while back I was asked to smile for an artist that was sketching my face, and he drew it out for an intense hour. A facial expression is so much more challenging to hold than a body position because it is exquisitely interconnected with the feelings behind the expression. Without feeling like smiling, one can’t genuinely smile for long or it quickly slips and reveals the fake. I would say that most people walking about are trying to act, trying to wear a mask to avoid being seen. However, the true actors out there are continually exposing their actual feelings-whether they have to convince themselves to feel a certain way or not, it’s real in that moment and it takes vulnerability to display. In any scene we can pick up quickly who we believe and who we don’t believe. Do they really feel that way or are they faking? The best is, of course, when the actor feels their role so deeply that it’s real for them and they share that vulnerability with viewers to the point that viewers can forget someone is “acting.”

Q:  Why do you think people get so excited when they see famous people in person?

A: This was a more challenging question for me. Why do we get so thrilled to be near someone who is a celebrity? Do we love them? Is it that we feel like we know them, having followed their lives? Or is it boosting our own self worth to be near someone esteemed ‘highly valued’ by ‘everyone?’ Man, if I got to hang out with Meryl Streep for 5 minutes, wouldn’t that be something? Or if Jim Carry looked in my eyes? I’d be so blissed out, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Why is that? Of course, those are both actors I respect, but it would probably stir me up to see anyone well known. Then perhaps I’d feel more connected. Having seen someone that’s known globally, I might feel like more of a member of that community.

Q:  What is the strangest thing you have ever done for money?

A: Oh boy. Well, there was this guy and guess what he wanted me to massage? Just kidding.

I’ve done some strange things for money. Some of which I should probably not say on this platform, though you can be sure I’m putting that stuff in a book. But some of the various strange jobs I’ve held, under the table, over and sideways, span from my first job of sorting Slime Eels in a seafoods processing plant, leading tours from 2-50 people in SE Alaska, being a living exhibit in a cannery museum, Sea Urchin processor, a go-kart tour guide, working in a 19th century B&B tea house, dead-heading flowers in an exceptional garden, working the slime line in a cannery, being my pop’s deckhand for 3 years, corn-row braiding in booths at festivals, selling loads of crocheted things I’ve made, selling soaps I’d handmade and jams from berries I’d handpicked, selling handpicked Chanterelles, I was apprenticed to a Scrimshander, worked in a freezer stocking ice cream in Alaska, was a special ed preschool attendant, and pulled many an all-nighter on the event staff of a convention center. Not to mention all the nude figure modeling and random photo shoots that have been part of developing a portfolio and starting a career in performance art.

Q:  Who was the worst boss you’ve ever had and why?

A: This is such a challenging question because I’ve had to work for such difficult people in really tense, awkward, and even dangerous situations. I took the verbal abuse of a captain to his deckhand from my father on his boat 3 years in a row, I took the swindling gypsy ways of an artistic NYSicilian pizza maker who insisted I was volunteering, or hanging out as a friend whenever I worked. He withheld payment time and again, not to mention how he refused to have a working schedule. But most recently I found myself answering yet another craigslist ad, (oh craigslist how you tease me!) this time an ad for a personal assistant to help with organization in a home business. 2 others worked for him and I quickly found that he had made a habit of verbally abusing his employees, meanwhile being a kiss-ass smuck with everyone else. He’s the world’s biggest sucker, getting sent endless brochures about the new monthly miracle drug and other garbage. I took it upon myself to weed through stuff he wouldn’t see as a scam- the man is already a hoarder and compulsive spender who tries to write off every expense. He doesn’t sleep more than an hour or two at a time and he subsists on pills, shakes, and air. His taxes are a void of darkness that have repelled multiple accountant groups even while he bullied them about their services. But when he started messing with my hours, telling me late at night to not come in the next day, etc, I’d had about enough of being patient. Needless to say, I don’t work for the mess anymore.

Q:  You are pursuing acting; why Portland and not LA?

A: Cause I’m not a total sellout? Eh, just kidding. Maybe I like having clean lungs and less traffic. Or because I like it when people give individuality a chance. Maybe it’s all the trees in Portland, or the intersecting rivers, or all the bike-commuting that I get to do, or that it’s so easy to recycle and reuse items here, or the fact that it can be in to look different. That’s cool.

No, actually I moved to Portland to study massage therapy a little over a year ago. Previously I’d been living in Ketchikan, Alaska, a very small island community in the Tongass National Rainforest. I was already an actress at this point, though I wasn’t pursuing it on a professional level yet, and my only thought was to find a convenient, portable career that could pay my way through the rest of whatever else I decided to do. What’s more portable than your own loving hands? I can do massage anywhere, anytime, which I frequently do; it’s wonderful. But in the process of learning how to understand my therapeutic boundaries and be an excellent giver, I began to melt. The armor I’d been wearing fell away and my heart was as ready as ever to follow a dream that had been there all along. Not, ‘I want to be an actress.’ I am an actress.

Q:  What was the most interesting thing you’ve ever modeled?

A: Years ago, when I was traveling around Peru, I took on this task of crocheting a Salsa dress. It was something I’d dreamed up. It was supposed to be a super sexy, red, salsa dress. At this time I was beginning to unfold like a flower into womanhood. There were so many questions about sexuality- where does that confidence come from? Is it boldness? How bold is too bold? It’s a fine line in the search for sexual balance. I settled with the contradictions: a bold black flower over the genitals, and a flower-painted mask to hide behind, over the sexiest red dress I could think up with cascading flower petals as the skirt. I finished it and came back to Ketchikan, a sexual dynamo at 19, just in time for the annual Wearable Arts Show, where I wooed my town on the catwalk, salsa dancing to WEEN’s Voodoo Lady.

Q:  Why do you think so many people hate their jobs?

A: It’s an interesting thing how people make such big compromises in their lives around different jobs they hold. “Well I hate it, but it pays well.” What does that mean? Is the money worth it then or is it an excuse not to change? “Well I hate it, but I get great benefits.” What benefits? Who are you trying to convince that you’re not wasting your life? It’s your life. Live it. Reach, choose ‘yes.’ I think a lot of people are scared to admit what they really want to have, because the moment it’s exposed it can be taken away or judged. People hate the jobs that keep them prisoners to an unsatisfying existence and they see the job as the prison, but really, the keys are on their belts the whole time. Who’s really the jailer?

Q:  You say you are writing several books in your head, what are they about?

A: One is going to be a collaboration with other women, and I’m feeling strongly about the title-to-be, Becoming Beautiful. It’s a look at what it takes to be a beautiful person amidst our western society of judgment and conformity and sameness. I’d like to follow the trail of what we find beautiful and how to get there. Is ‘Beautiful’ truly a person that hits everything on the media’s checklist, or is it someone that just makes you feel good to be near? We can all be that unique beauty that inspires others, it just takes the vulnerability to accept self and let it be seen. I came from a place of feeling immeasurably ugly for a long time. Only recently as I’ve begun to heal and love myself, have I been able to let the private out. And I’m finding that as I reveal more of the sacred, I actually become more beautiful. Truly, photos of me as a teen show someone who was holding on to a lot of anger. Bitterness is ugly. Our postures say a lot about what we’re holding onto, and insecurity speaks as plainly as words. Confidence=self-love and it’s beautiful. Ego is another thing entirely, and it’s not so pretty.

The other book is one that I started after a totally psychedelic epiphany when I realized that we’re not separate at all. I looked at my hand and could see that although my thumb and forefinger seemed separate at the distal ends, they clearly are of the same hand. In the same way, a mushroom may appear to be singular in one place, but the same fungus could be producing similar mushrooms states away, you know mycelia mats can be enormous. Yet they’re all expressions of the same life force, as we are, though we’ve forgotten because we don’t have physical roots and we no longer have the same reverence for the Earth so the connections are harder to see. Epithelial cells die continuously, but do I die? Someday it might seem like I die, but those are just my cells completing their cycle. Life force is cyclical oneness. The title is simply, God Is Love: A Collection of Expressions.

Q: What makes you watchable?

A: People want to watch me because it stuns them that I’m real. How many people expose their hearts to the world? Brave artists one and all, that’s who, though my art is in my pores, in my tall spine, in my Qi flow as I move through a room. Every movement is a dance and a meditation. My art is in the smiling eyes that make contact with strangers on the street that are ready to connect. It’s a message of love and it’s for everybody. Of course they want to watch me. I remember too when I was hiding and wished to be seen. By letting myself be seen now, I’m hoping to incite a great rebellion against concealment.

Q: If the world is a stage, what is the greatest performance you have ever seen by a proletarian?

A: Oh the world is a stage. Sometimes I think everyone around me is here for my viewing pleasure. In Portland, this town of weirdness and exploration, I seem to pass performers every day, but they’re regular people. People practicing their hula-hooping, or Capoeira, or fire-spinning in the streets and parks as clowns on double-decker bikes zoom past. But once, my first week living here, I walked into an Ecstatic-Blues Dance Party in a home off of Hawthorne. People were swirling and flinging each other, holding each other close and intimately jirating to the beats. Everything was a prop for this incredible dance! Couples would dip their partners over railings, lift each other through doorways, twirl around posts on the porch, and this was only what I could see from outside! I wandered in, so curious, and fell in love with 2 couples on the dance floor simultaneously. A man danced with another man, and a woman danced with a woman. They traded following, respectfully submitting to each other’s lead. They felt the music and moved tumultuously around the house until the last beat when they graciously thanked each other and switched back to man-woman couples, in which case even the women would take a turn in leading. It was magnificent.

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An Interview With Figure Model Andy Gates


Andy Gates is a figure model and aspiring actor, here is a link to his IMDB page:



Q: How did you become a figure model?


A:   I have always been very comfortable being naked, never thought much more about it. As an actor there are a lot of parallels to “exposing” yourself emotionally and physically. I thought of it as a good way to make a little money between acting jobs.

Q: What is your most awkward figure modeling story?

A:  My first job in LA as a figure model (I’ve also work in London and San Francisco in that field) was at a sculpture studio in Santa Monica, it was just a big open room. I did not have a robe to slip in and out of so on breaks I would find a corner to stand in completely naked, since the breaks weren’t that long it wasn’t a big deal but apparently the only place you are supposed to be nude is on the stage, off the stage is the regular world so it’s not kosher to do that. Nobody cared but…still, awkward.

Q: How did your acting training help you in your work as a model?

A:  I would say they are tied closely with the emotional and physical exposing of yourself, they really go well together.

Q: You’ve taken classes in acting for commercials; what’s the difference between acting in commercials and regular on camera acting?

A: Acting in commercials is all about your personality and slice of life real stuff. They don’t want to see a professional actor really, it’s kind of frustrating…so much is a look, or more often something that you can’t necessarily teach in a class, that leads to a commercial booking. There is a lot more work that goes into acting on camera.

Q: What made you want to become an actor?

A:  Horror movies like the Exorcist and the Shining as well as Star Wars and Herbie the love bug made me want to become an actor.

Q: What do you like about Hollywood?

A: I like some of the history of the city, I’m a huge architectural buff. I like the history of the business too, Hollywood has an energy about it that is very fast and odd. It’s not boring. There is always something going on. LA is such a fractured city it is very dependent on where you are. I live in West LA and spend moms of my time here. I take a class in Hollywood once a week but rarely hang out there.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A:  Sometimes it is just a stupid vapid place. Noisy, crowded and smelly…kind of sums up most large cities.

Q: What are some of the advantages of attending a college like Emerson?

A:  Emerson has a strong network of graduates in the film industry as they have a campus here in Burbank. There is a pretty good pedigree of “industry” authority at Emerson.

Q: What are some of the disadvantages?


A:  I don’t know of one. At worst it would be a neutral thing, not a disadvantage.

Q: What makes you fame worthy?

A:  I’m a nice down to earth guy who specializes in playing everyman characters. We need to see more of those, or at least there is a constant demand for new everyman types. I’ve never wanted fame though, just steady work.

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 Hair and Make-Up Artist Michelle Brione


Michelle Brione is a hair and make-up artist in Los Angeles, here is a link to her website:

Q: What made you want to become a hair and make-up artist?

A: my mother is a hair stylist she’s owned several salons I originally was a
fashion stylist my mother decided to open her 3rd salon in woodland hills she
had a makeup station put in so I can do makeup not realizing I had a natural
talent for it but I still decided that I wanted to go to a makeup school and
take a full course for TV Film Print & beauty F/x makeup.

Q: What is your strangest work story?

A: well I have a few strange work stories lol I was assisting for a magazine shoot with a well known actress and she was not happy with the head stylist she made a big scene about it in the middle of the shoot and told me that she wanted me to style her other wise she will walk out the editor walked in and calm her down and told her she must continue weather she likes the head stylist or not on one hand I felt complimented but in the other I didn’t want to make waves with the editor she was like the Meryl Streep character in the devil wears prada & I was just starting my career so this was the last thing I was expecting to have happen all in all the shoot was a success.

Q: What is the biggest make up mistake women make?

A: The biggest mistake women tend to make is wearing a oily foundation
you always want to keep your base Matt not to oily by using a Matt foundation
you keep it soft & natural looking.

Q: What well known person would you most like to work your magic on and why?

A: I would luv to work with Angelina Jolie she’s beautiful of course but I like her confidence
& how she carries herself she exudes strength & she pretty “fearless ” I admire those qualities also she
doesn’t seem shallow she is a meaningful beauty in other words beauty with a meaning a little play on words
she has purpose & she is what the modern women is about.

Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?

A: I enjoy the diversity LA has to offer we have so much culture here
you can find pretty much what ever you want specially food whether its Mexican
Italian Chinese soul food it’s all here and authentic the weather is great too.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: The traffic, The Earthquakes, & The Rent it can be a bit costly here and
very competitive.

Q: What do you think was the best hairstyle trend in the last ten years?

A: In my opinion the best hair trend in the past ten years is
the long loose layers its sexy and flattering on thick or fine hair alike.

Q: What was the worst hairstyle trend in the last ten years and why?

A: The ” Mullet” has to be the worst hair trend.

Q: What brand of make-up is the best in your opinion?

A: I like MAC it’s great for TV Film & Print work it stays on very well and the colors don’t dull
so it works well when you have a long day under lights or on location it’s durable I also luv the
colors they are Rich & vibrant and it shows through on film and on Camera.

Q: What film had the best make-up job ever?

A: Its Between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & The Dark Knight
but there are so many films that I really luv the makeup work the beginning process
and the creativity that goes into it and the final transformation is what really
makes being a makeup artist enjoyable for me it really transcends me to a higher
level as an artist and it truly gives me a sense of fulfillment.

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 Model Mahya James


Mahya James is a model, dancer and an actress who can hula a mean hoop. Here is a link to her Facebook page:



Q:  Where did you learn to hula hoop?


A: I think I had my first hula hoop when I was like 5 or 6! I would only hoop around my waist and knees though. When I started going to music festivals to see my favorite bands I got reintroduced to it through seeing girls dancing in them! They are so much fun!

Q:  How did you get into modeling?

A: Well… it’s hard to say.. I did some stuff I hardly remember when I was pretty young. A pageant or two, and loved runway modeling! I’ve always been entranced by runway shows and fashion. I was pretty much just rocking out at a music festival with my hoop and I met one of my good friends, A.J… he suggested I move out to California and we were friends for a while after the festival and he was completely serious and encouraged me that I had talent to share. Around the same time I met one of the writers of Scrubs through posting youtube videos online and he really wanted to meet me and take some head shots, so that helped me book some jobs for sure! I’ve met lots of really talented and creative people.


Q:  Is anorexia as rampant in the modeling industry as the media would suggest, or are the exaggerating?

A: Hmm… I’ve been seeing a LOT on youtube about anorexia.. and I’m sorry, but I’m like WTF? I’ve worked with so many beautiful and healthy girls. I remember noticing one girl that seemed really thin, but she said something about relationship troubles and being upset and not able to eat. I honestly thought she looked pretty muscular and strong though. Personally, I have been classified as underweight for quite some time and I do eat when I’m hungry, but sometimes have a hard time finding my appetite. Anorexia is really serious though, it sends girls to the hospital and can send them to their graves. I don’t think you’d be fit to work really. We shouldn’t be so quick to slap such a serious label on someone thin. Ultimately, I try my best to focus on health and not weight or size.

Q:  What is your wildest work story?

A: Probably whenever people start taking out their cameras and the crowd effect of that happens.. Like getting out of the limo at the playboy party and just being kinda tipsy or in a daze and having people take photos of you walking from the limo to the club is wild for me. I was like.. omg.. is my boob out or something? Why are they taking pictures and why me out of all these playboy bunnies?

Q:  What kinds of day jobs have you had?

A: A few.. I scooped ice-cream, babysat, and worked as a hostess for a restaurant. I also did retail for a summer when I moved to Saint Simons Island.

Q: . Do you feel being multi ethnic has helped you or hurt you?

A: I think it could help me stand out in a lot of ways, so that’s a plus. Sometimes it hurts in acting. Like, roles can be so specific and whoever’s in charge has one thing in mind to find for it. That’s just with anything though. Overall I think it helps because I can connect with more people through having been raised multi-culturally.

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

A: The shopping, pretty people, lots of creative people too and just characters sometimes. There’s always something going on somewhere. It also feels smaller once you live there, which I like.

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: There are quite a few scammers. It’s a bit harder to trust people out here at times. I feel like I have to be more on guard. It’s so light polluted that you can hardly see the stars out at night and it’s kinda not cool to walk around barefoot there. Island life spoils you though.

Q:  What is the most common misconceptions about models?

A: The biggest misconception is probably that we’re catty with each other. Sometimes we’re almost pitted against each other, but I cherish the time I get to spend and connect with other models and share our experiences. We often share really similar experiences.. good and bad!


Q:  Is there any product you would refuse to advertise on principal?

A: I do believe in freedom of speech & expression.. I kind of take it on a play by play basis. If I’m not comfortable with something, I pass on it. Sometimes there are good messages to be taken from controversial subjects though.


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 Adriane Hernandez

Adriane  Hernandez Is an aspiring actor who has appeared on The Dude Show. Here is a link to her IMDB page:

Q:  What made you interested in acting?


A: When I was a kid, going to the movies became infectious. I was constantly intrigued by the way visions, stories and books came to life on the big screen. I liked being able to escape into these stories; the same way people find themselves lost in a great book.

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

A: I like that everyone is constantly trying to “Hone their craft”, always trying to make it better. Everyone uses their creative compass to develop their unique set of skills. If you strip all the glitz and glamour of “Hollywood” away you are left with a group of extremely talented individuals; who work incredibly hard.

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: You sacrifice a lot here; it’s hard to stay grounded when you are around people who are so out of touch with reality; you go out to a bar and everyone looks perfect. There are a lot of surface level friendships; it’s hard to make solid foundations when everyone climbs over each other to get to the top. You see kids who go to set everyday who have never known what it was like to have a true friend “outside” of the business. It’s sad. I’ve been blessed to have cultivated most of my friendships over years with people who are “outside” of the business. I have really strong bonds with these people and their families; they are normal people who know and love me just for being me. My parents always kept me very grounded; they always knew I had big plans for my five year old self; but it was always kind of like “In due time kid, right now.. go play, have a life, so I did.”

Q:  What was your most challenging role?

A: Being myself! I think that’s why I like to entertain so much. I fancy characters that have bolder personalities — I like to play people who do and say more amazing things than my true self would. It’s easy to get lost in them and harder to find myself. Sometimes I’ll get frustrated for not being as “exuberant” as some of these characters; it’s an extremely hard balance for me to find.

Q:  What famous role could you have nailed?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A: If I had been just a bit older I think I would have done well with Dania Ramirez’s role in Entourage.

Q:  What is your strangest work story?            


 A: Two years ago, I was just starting out and I got booked as a featured extra. I stepped on some lighting and sound equipment during a take of a couple being reunited on live t.v.! There was a 5 second lapse when the sound and lighting went out. I walked away and pretended it wasn’t me. They were livid.

Q:  Why do you think so many people want to be actors?

A:  I don’t think tons of people want to be actors! Instead, I think the media idealizes what it’s like to be “famous”– the return effects are that you get people who “try” to become entertainers; not because they honestly connect with what it’s like to want to be a true actor. So many people feel they need to prove something. They think that if they become “famous” all the sudden their self-worth will be validated by everyone who once did them wrong. That’s not the case. True entertainers have had it in themselves for as long as they can remember and it aches at them the more they let their true aspirations fade.

Q:  Who are some of your acting influences?

A: I’m very fond of the late Lucille Ball, she has always been a favorite. I think she has incredible comedic timing.

Q:  What method of acting do you use?

 A: Emotional recall also known as Meisner Technique is my best tool for dramatic roles.Sometimes it’s hard to go back to those emotional places, but they are raw and very real. I also use a lot of movement tricks. As a comedic actor you must learn how to control your body, you don’t want your unconscious movement to ruin your scene. Successful comedy isn’t just about saying something funny, its about saying it at the right time then controlling your body in a way that appears out of control yet natural.

Q:  Why do you think looks are so important in Hollywood?

A:  Think of Hollywood as the mecca of cultural art, fashion, music and entertainment. Any time you get a mix of overly creative people judgment follows and trends emerge. Everyone is always on their “A” game as most feel the need to be better than their competition.

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 Casting Director Angela M. Hutchinson

Angela M. Hutchinson is a casting director who founded the non-profit organization,  Breaking Into Hollywood. Here is a link to the website:


Q:  How did you become a casting director?

A: I had worked as an agent for a few years and it wasn’t really gratifying because I wanted to be closer to the creative process. So, after meeting with a mentor of mine who also happen to be a casting director that I was pitching an actor client to for a role, she was telling me about all of her casting experiences. It sounded interested so I looked further into the career path. I landed my first feature film casting job with producer/actress Tangi Miller.

Q:  Why do you think looks are so important in Hollywood?

A: I don’t think people would enjoy watching television or films if the talent on the screen was unattractive. We live in a very superficial society where looks matter. It’s the same reason why having good looks as a presidential candidate came more into play once the television was invented. I do believe beauty (internal/external) is a gift and should be shared.

Q:  What do you like about your job?

A: I love reading actors for a role. I love working with directors and producers on deciding which star names are best for the project. I also LOVE being able to give new TALENTED actors/actresses a chance that they might not usually have in a prominent speaking role or lead.

Q:  What is the most frustrating thing about your job?

A: Sometimes the best actor/actress doesn’t get the job. At the end of the day, filmmakers want to make sure they make quality content that sells. And generally, we are all driven to want to see movies with star names.

Q:  What gives someone star quality?

A: When someone walks into a room, you can tell if they have star quality based on their presence. A star glows in a room, and their mannerisms and speech patterns just make you want to be around them for an unexplainable reason—star power.

Q:  What is your strangest work story?

A: A guy once brought a McDonald’s meal into an audition and asked if he could eat during his audition (even though his character was not at all eating during the scene). He hadn’t eaten dinner and said he couldn’t wait…that was so rude especially cause I was hungry too. Another funny story is that I asked an actor to stand up for the scene since that’s how it will be acted out, and he told me that he had rehearsed it sitting down and that he couldn’t change that. To me that meant he was an actor who could not be directed so needless to say, his headshot quickly made it to the “No” pile.

Q:  What is the most perfectly cast movie you have ever seen?

A: Too many to name. I liked the cast of actors in the movies Clueless, Lean on Me and the Last Dragon. The Oceans movies are well cast as well.

Q:  What is the most miscast role you have ever seen in any film and who would you have put in the role instead?

A: No comment. Lol….

Q:  What makes someone a good casting director?

A: They have an eye for talent and can get the actor to perform on camera in a way that the directors and producers can see their vision come to life. A good casting director respects actors and the process in which they go through to prepare for a character.

Q: What is the biggest mistake an actor can make during an audition?

A: I don’t know if there’s a biggest mistake… I’m a pretty forgiving casting director especially if the actor delivers a good performance during their audition. I do however not like it when actors tell me they were late due to traffic. I think it’s rude when an actor is chewing gum; I don’t like glasses on the head (reflects in the camera when playing it back), and I don’t like when actors change the lines, especially not dramatically. I think that’s the writer in me… I discuss more information on casting and breaking into Hollywood inside my comedic memoir, “BReaKiNG iNTo HoLLyWooD,” which is available on Amazon.

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 Sabrina Machado

Sabrina Machado is an LA based actress and aspiring spokes model who appears in the play Simpatico at the Pan Andreas Theatre at 5125 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. Here is a link to her  IMDB page:


Q: What made you want to get into show business?

A: I started in show business through the back door, with no real intention of making it a career. I was a very shy young girl, and while at college, easily acing exams ,I decided to challenge myself by going on national tv and potentially making a big fool out of myself. I joined the cast of all the dating shows on major American and Spanish networks and thus got my first start in entertainment. I immediately became enamored with show business and continually booked appearances on different tv and film spots, such as music videos, tv series, films and commercials.

Q: What special qualities does a spokes model possess?

A:  spokes model must be a lover of life, a lover of all the things that the world has to offer, material or otherwise. She must exude confidence in self, and be able to express that to others. She is giddy, fun, authentic, and with great charisma. She will make your brand seem like a company of great values.


Q:  Have you ever done live theater before?

 A: I am currently in pre-production of my first live theatre run in Los Angeles. It is a very smart and witty play by Sam Shepard, entitled Simpatico. I play Cecilia, the lead female ingénue that gets swindled by the other main characters within a racehorse scam deal. Our run goes from August 17th through October 6th, 2012, at the Pan Andreas Theatre at 5125 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. $15 at the door.

Q:  Why is doing live theater important to an actors career?

A: Theatre transforms an actor completely. When you are performing the same dialogue over and over for several weeks, you being to understand acting from a whole different and deeper perspective. You finally really do become the character. There is no escaping it. The script is so ingrained within you, that you can finally be free and spill words how you do in real life. Also, industry professionals respect theatre actors more, because they know they work it takes to put on a play. It takes a true love for the craft.


 Q:  What makes you fameworthy?

 A: Number one, I love what I do. I cannot be happier than when I am acting. So, when you see me at work, performing, it is pure love and joy that I am emanating form the framework of the project.

I also believe I have a very unique background, coming from a very mystic suburban Brazilian family, and living my adult life in the dichotomy of the L.A. life. I am very worldly, and have a very innocent, yet intelligent constitution that makes my characters interesting yet mysterious and alluring.


Q:  Who are some of your acting influences?

  A: I love Al Pacino. I think I got that from my dad, who was a movie fanatic as I was growing up. De Niro, Jack Nicholson. The French young actresses like Audrey Tatou, Juliette Binoche. I would love to do French films at some point, and yes, definitely some mob flicks as well.

 Q:  what famous film role could you have nailed?

  A: I think I could have a been a great Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as well as Cinderella. I love the fairy tale stories. But I can also see myself as a great villainous attorney on a Law and Order type of show.

Q:  What is your strangest Hollywood story?

A: Strangest…. Hollywood to me is the strangest place in the world. I mean, anything goes here. Every single story in the book I am sure has happened here. I will say the strangest I have heard will probably be one that involved a billionaire producer and his thing for bestiality… But that’s old news anyway. They say Hollywood is the new Babylon, that might be stranger.

Q:  What do you like about Los Angeles?

  A: I love everything about L.A. except that because of the amount of activity going on, traffic is bad, streets are crowded and it is much dirties than other cities. But overall I am grateful for all the opportunities available here.

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


  A: I would make it cleaner! Cleaner air, wider streets, not so much traffic! More parking spots! And no meter maids!!!

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