An Interview With Actor Steve Dez

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Steve Dez is an aspiring actor who lives in Los Angeles. Here is a link to his website:

 

 

http://SteveDez.Tumblr.com

Q:  What made you want to become an actor?

A: This one is quite the story, it started when I was about 5 years old, I was afraid of the dark and sleeping alone so I slept every night with my parents. My dad used to watch HBO late at night and I couldn’t sleep because of the TV, then when my dad passed out I just took the remote and started watching a lot of stand up comedy and HBO series and I said; “Hey, I want to do that”. That’s my first reason. My second reason was when my mom was running errands in the morning, she always checked on me to see if I was asleep. I started to “pretend” that I was sleeping and my mom believed it, and I said WOW! I can’t believe it actually works. And the last reason that made me want to become an actor was the fact that everybody in my school was superb at sports, I always wanted to be amazing in sports but I sucked at everything, in basketball I was too short, in track I lacked speed, in bowling I lacked money (we had to pay crazy fees by those times) , even on Ping Pong I lacked coordination, but every time I did acting I exceled and got lots of awards and recognition for it so it was pretty obvious.

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

A: Hollywood is the place where the movies are made. It’s like a candy store to a small child. A beauty salon for the ladies, a gym for the fellas and my special sanctuary for dreams. Here is where stars are made, literally because there is a star at every corner of the Boulevard.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: I think sometimes Hollywood could be extremely overrated. It’s not really what you expect (Coming from a guy that lived for months there). I’m currently a resident of Downtown LA and I love it. Hollywood gets wayyy to crazy sometimes, because ALL the clubs are there so, expect a lot of people, Crazy amounts of TRAFFIC and it makes me so sad to say but there’s like tons of homeless people all around hollywood. I go to Hollywood all of the time I just don’t live there anymore because of these things.

Q:  What famous role could you have nailed?

A: Mostly commercials. There are tons and tons of commercials I would’ve nailed but I haven’t due to the fact that I haven’t signed with an agent yet. I been up for KFC commercials, Sprite Commercials, Chevy commercials and tons more brands, but the key to booking them is definitely having a good agent because they look up to that rather than auditions itself.

Q:  What method of acting do you ascribe to?

A: I’m all about Viola Spolin Technique and Groundlings. Improv is taking over the acting world. Taking names and kicking butt one day at a time. Almost 88% of the auditions I’ve been it’s all about improv, because just doing a cold read of the sides is not enough. I would say to all my fellow actors to take improv classes because is going to help you in the long run.

 

Q: What kind of day jobs have you had and how do they influence your work?

 A: This one made me smile. I feel like Kristen Wiig all of a sudden. She said one time on an interview similar to this one that she had numerous of ODD jobs. I’m the same guy. I worked cleaning boats, server at a  Mongolian stir fry restaurant, bartender, concession stand, ticket ripper and box office at a movie theater, receptionist for a electronic store, I was a Spanish teacher assistant for first graders, a Stand Up Comedian, I been even one of those guys that dresses up like Dora the explorer, Barney, Spongebob and all those characters for little kids birthday parties, and more and more jobs.

They’ve all helped me in any way, shape and form to make me the actor that I am today. I had to deal with an immense variety of people, so that helped me relate to each and every different type of audience/customer I get. Everything in this life is a learning experience.

Q: What is your wildest work story?

I’m not sure if this question means work as in regular work or now my acting work but let me give you an example of both.

Regular Work:

I’ve worked as a school mascot before so getting in a suit wasn’t a problem for me. When I got hired with the company Party Group for Kids back in Puerto Rico I had to dress up as many cartoonish characters. My first show I thought it was going to be a High School Musical show which didn’t require me to wear a suit, but it got cancelled. So, my first show I had to put on a suit to portray one of the characters from “The Backyardigans”. As soon as I came out, all of the kids came and hugged me and I could barely walk. This was in Puerto Rico and almost summer time so it was like 90 degrees plus I was in that suit. There was one of my co-workers that literally passed out because she couldn’t handle it. I was in the brink of passing out, but thankfully I didn’t.

Acting Work:

I thought that my acting career was always going to be glamourous like everybody dreams about. I wanted the leads, and the supporting roles all of the time. So my first “official” big thing I booked (besides plays) was a feature film. They booked me off my youtube videos because they liked me. My audition sucked, but thankfully they did a background check on me and found that I just got a little nervous on the audition and I’m an awesome guy. They cast me as the supporting role of Skippy. The only thing I knew about the character was that he was a male stripper and he had a lisp. So I started working out since I was going to be shirtless and practicing my daffy duck skills. They later told me that I need to get ready to wear short type of underwear, like a speedo, so I said cool. The day we finally started shooting, they gave me thongs to wear and I was like “WTF” , but then after an hour or so I decided to do it even though that wasn’t the way I wanted to start in the business, but hey everybody starts from something right? .

Q:  Who is your biggest acting hero and why?

 A: So many and I only get to pick one. I would say that my biggest acting hero and the only person I been starstruck when I met him was Robert Downey JR. He has great acting techniques and he comes from a theater background just like me. He’s exceptional in movies like Chaplin, IronMan and Sherlock Holmes and he always tries to reinvent himself in some type of way. He’s also a really nice guy and down to earth. He hangs out a lot in Hollywood and he’s truly a great actor. I hope I could have the opportunity to work with him someday.

Q: What director would you most like to work with.

There are so many directors to choose from. But, I’m a guy that loves the classics so I would have to say Steven Spielberg . He’s a genius, with movies like Jaws, E.T, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and more. He’s truly an amazing director and his creations are just marvelous. I go to the Universal Studios here in Hollywood and every time I see the set for War of the Worlds I just think is crazy what type of mind this guy has. I would love to work with him it would be a dream come true. I would also love to work with James Cameron, Christopher Nolan and others.

Q:  What makes you fameworthy?

A: I’m just unique in every way I am. I’m different and I’m trying to do it all. I may come at first glance as just a funny guy that has a very unique look, but extremely gifted at comedy. I’m also quite gifted in drama too, I just don’t do them too much because comedy is my passion, but a well-respected actor can swing through both like Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Shia Labeouf, Robert Downey J.R, and Bradley Cooper just to name a few. I’m willing, determined and young. Came here with a bag of dreams and just making them come true one step at a time.

 

 

 

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 Southern California Bartender Bianca

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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Bianca is a Bartender who works at The Bull Bar located at: 3316 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 and My Place located at: 5452 Commercial Drive Huntington Beach, CA 92649

 

Q. How did you get into bartending?

A: I went to bartending school, but that was by no means how I got a job. I have

7 years of customer service experience on my resume and a degree in

communication studies. I went to the bar that I wanted to work, demonstrated

that although I did not have in bar experience, all of my other experience made

me qualified to do the job. I offered to work for free for two weeks and he took

me up on it. I did the job well and he hired me to bartend for him. After that I

built my resume and jobs came easily after that.

Q: What is the biggest difference between working in Orange County and working

in Long Beach?

A: The clientele in Long Beach is a bit more rough around the edges and those in

Orange County are more white collar, business people.

I have felt nervous walking to my car in Long Beach, but feel more safe in

Huntington Beach… Even though I live around the corner from the Long Beach

bar. Something about carrying cash there feels less secure than in Orange

County.

Q: What is  the best thing about your job?

A: I am a people person, so talking to and getting to know people from all walks

of life is great.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: When people drink, they tend to change, some for the better but most for the

worst. As one of my regulars says “alcohol does not actually make people more

attractive or charming… But they act as if it does.” Two minutes to a drunk

person seems like two hours, so impatience with a busy bartender is common.

Q What is your wildest bar story?

A: a schizophrenic man came into the bar once and ordered himself a pitcher of

beer. He told me his entire life story about how he was a “law enforcement

affiliate” with “international diplomatic immunity”. I played along. He then

showed me his “ID” to prove it. He took out a laminated, home-made card with a

paragraph long dissertation on the back about his affiliation with the royal

house of David, the English monarchy, the FBI, the Canadian Royal Mounted

Police, and so on. I was relieved by a coworker who told him to leave. He called

the police ON HER. They spoke with my coworker, got the story and took him to

jail.

Q: What is the saddest story you have ever heard from a customer?

A: A man came in and was a complete jerk to me one night. After being

ridiculously particular about his drink, he began to cry. I told him it was okay

and he said “no it’s not okay. Nothing is okay. I buried my wife today.” Then

the people in the bar, people who he had never met all began to support him,

buying him drinks, offering comforting sentiments, and anything they could. It

was touching, but tragic.

Q:  Why should my readers come to The Bull Bar?

A: It is a very laid back, no-filter type of place. The drinks are poured STIFF

and the bartenders are all friendly, outgoing girls. Live karaoke, live bands,

pool tables, and games.  

Q: Why should my readers come to My Place?

A: It reminds me of cheers! Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your

name and they’re always glad you came. The bartenders know their regulars and

their drinks. GREAT food.

Q: What is the best pick up line you have ever heard?

A: I think all pick up lines are pretty obnoxious… But a guy left me a $2 tip

on a $70 tab and wrote his number and a love note ended with call me and his

number on a napkin. First of all, your thank you and love note will not pay my

bills, and second… a love note? Really?

Q: If you were a mixed drink which one would you be?

A: royal peach. Peach schnapps and crown royal chilled (sweet but tough) with

Rockstar energy drink (energetic and ambitious).

 
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 Judy Cerda

Judy Cerda is a California based actress who appears in the film Tibet in Flames. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.imdb.me/judytheactress

Q. What made you interested in becoming an actress?

A. Watching TV as a little girl and gaining an interest in acting so I could pretend to be somebody else with a different family and a more exciting life. I used to watch commercials and tv shows and think to myself “I could do that!” and I would imitate the actors and create my own commercials to perform for my parents and neighbors. Then I started taking tap, ballet and jazz dance lessons which got me into performing. I knew then that I really wanted to be an actress more than anything else.

Q. What is Tibet in Flames about?

A. It’s a very dramatic and political movie about the situation in Tibet where Tibetans are committing suicide via burning themselves (hence the name) in rebellion to those opposing their religion. The movie shows how strongly the Tibetans feel about their religion and their right to practice it. It is currently making the rounds in different film festivals.

Q. What role do you play in the film?

A. I play the role of Matty, a doctor and the best friend of a Tibetan man on the verge of suicide. The role was a really emotional role and showed how sad it is to lose a best friend. I also had some beautiful scenes outside in a gorgeous garden in front of a lovely house so it was an enjoyable experience. The director and crew were wonderful to work with.

Q. What has been your greatest professional triumph?

A.  I think there have been several. One that comes to mind is being able to cry on cue in movies. My most emotional role was “Lola” in the movie “To You For You”. Lola is a woman on death row who is pleading with her lawyer/brother to save her from execution. This role required hours of filming and crying over and over again for the retakes and I think I did really well with that. I had to really ready myself for the role and the emotions it entailed during the rehearsal before we began filming. I also felt that a personal goal had been achieved when I had a lead role on the national tv show “I Almost Got Away With It” as Debra Mason, which was another emotional role that required crying, yelling and showing lots of emotion. This show has aired several times on the Discovery ID channel, the Discovery channel and On Demand TV.

Q. What has been your greatest disappointment?

A.  Projects that get cancelled. I have been cast in a few feature films and web series that got put on hold or cancelled due to lack of funds. This is a real disappointment when an actor goes to the trouble of auditioning and competing hard for the role, getting cast and then being informed later on that they are still working on obtaining funds, crew, etc. and that the project may not happen after all. That is such a waste of time and very discouraging.

Q. What method of acting do you employ in your work?

A. No particular method. I believe acting is about putting yourself in a character’s place, feeling empathy for this character and developing a style for that particular type of person. You have to really feel it and believe you are that person for it to work. I get irritated when I see so many bad actors out there who study under bad so-called acting teachers. I can usually spot them right away. They don’t show any emotions, they whisper and can hardly be heard, and are so afraid of overacting or projecting that they don’t act at all. It’s always easier for a director to tell an actor to tone it down than it is for them to try to get the actor to show emotions or act as a real person would. It’s better for actors to overact than underact in other words because doing something with a character is better than doing nothing, and being heard on camera is so important. Whispering can get an actor’s scene cut because they can’t be understood and therefore are a waste of time on the screen. When I play a character, I attempt to understand their feelings and their words, what they are going through in the scene, and then let it all out as I imagine the character would.

Q. What is your wildest backstage story?

A. When I was in the movie “The Final Duel” playing Coach Charlie, a fencing coach, there was another actress in the film who got really sick. We had been filming all day for a few days which included fencing lessons as the actors playing fencers in the movie and me as the fencing coach, needed to be able to play the sport for real somewhat. So we were pretty busy with our fencing in between our takes. Well this one girl seemed to have some kind of seizure which resulted in someone on the crew calling an ambulance. As it turned out, they were able to help her on the spot and did not take her to the hospital but she did need to lie down and rest the rest of the day. This changed the whole schedule that day as she was in several scenes, two of them with me. I suggested that we just do my close ups in the scene while she was down and let her do her other scenes the next day if she was better, but the crew seemed to be agitated and had a big meeting among themselves, and decided they all wanted to wrap for the day. They wanted me to come back a third day to complete my scenes with this girl, but I was unable to due to my filming in the movie “Albatross” as a TV reporter the next day. It turned out they ended up cutting those scenes between the girl and me since I couldn’t make it the next day. It was too bad because it shortened my role in the movie but this whole incident was unexpected and I did have my other filming commitment the next day.

Q. What do you like most about film acting?

A. Being able to portray so many different characters. It’s really exciting to play so many different roles the way I have. I have played prostitutes, TV reporters, school teachers, real estate agents, flirty girlfriends, cheating wives, nice wives, best friends, villainess women, queens, witches, victims and so many more types and it’s nice to challenge myself to be different people for each role. Watching yourself on the screen in a movie theatre or seeing yourself on tv is pretty thrilling too. It makes it all worth it.

Q. What do you like least about it?

A. Seeing others who are not as talented get roles because they know directors personally and have the time to follow them around in the business.

It’s hard if you know you have the right talent and look for a role but hear that a relative or long time friend got the role. I know one director who puts his neighbor/good friend in the lead in every movie he does without realizing that she really can’t act and incapable of showing emotion on screen, crying on screen or even showing the fear that some of the roles have required of her. When things like that happen, it’s easy to dislike this business and wish I had become a psychologist instead. There is some unfairness in this business whether we like to admit it or not.

Q. What film role could you have nailed?

A.  I could have played the role that Sandra Bullock played in The Blind Side movie. Not only did she have blonde hair like me in it, but she dressed just like me. I tend to wear a lot of short dresses/skirts and high heels. I dress up a lot for any occasion and she reminded me of myself the movie. Plus, she was very determined and organized in the way she played the role which is definitely my style. She was firm yet feminine and I know I could have played the role just as well.

An Interview With Filmmaker Warren Pereira

Warren Pereira is a filmmaker whose film The Hinglish Project garnered the Gold Lion prize at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Here is a link to  his website:

http://vimeo.com/warrenpereira

 

Q.    What is The Hinglish Project?

 

A.    The Hinglish Project is a project initiated by DDB Mudra Group Ad Agency with the support of Incredible India. The Project introduces the new typeface “Hinglish” that blends Hindi and English in turn demystifying the Hindi language for tourists. Most recently they premiered a film I directed for the “Hinglish” project at Cannes Lions and they ended up winning the Gold Lion.

Q. What made you interested in the project?

A. I liked the challenge of making a film to explain this novel and ambitious “Hinglish” linguistic hybrid and its applicable use. Also originally being from India, and having to do an international shoot added some attraction to the project.

Q. What’s wrong with traditional phonetic spelling?

A. Nothing to me. It has certain limitations, like language specificity, but nothing wrong about it.

Q. What is the most common misconception about India?

A. I have a heard a few misconceptions, not sure what the most common is by consensus. But sexism, against women, seems to be one misconception! I mean this is the country that elected Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister for four terms!

Q. Why should Americans visit India?

A. Culture, Color, Cuisine, Taj Mahal, Wild Tigers, Business opportunities, an Indian Wedding, and many other reasons.

Q. What is the biggest change you have seen in Indian culture in the last ten years?

A. I think all cultures are influenced by economic upward movement and the influx of western media. You see this in India too where a lot of traditional customs are now less believed in but done for traditional reasons only.

                                                                                                     

Q. What was the most challenging thing about your project?

A. There were a few challenges from getting tourists to be natural on camera to selecting the best locations and shooting hand held in hot, humid, crowded environments. But I think a lot of these added to the cinema verite style of the piece.

 

Q. What other subjects have you made films about?

A. Narratively I have focused on aesthetic obsession and relationship comedies. I am also in the research phase on a documentary on the Indian Tiger. My new feature script “Bathing in Honey” has me researching sexual empowerment, Saabs and drummers.

Q.  What is your wildest work story?

A. I can’t tell you, at least not in this interview, sorry.

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

A. I would change the way films are selected for the major theaters; I would like to see a more interesting selection.

 

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

An Inteview with Actor/Director/Writer Shane Ryan

Shane Ryan is the director, writer and star of the video “Amateur Porn Star Killer 3D: Inside the Head and appears in the film “Darling Nikki”.

Here is a link to his IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1546474/

1. What made you want to become an actor?

Jean-Claude Van Damme. I was introduced to Bloodsport when I was about 8, and instantly wanted to be an action star, so I started making my own films and doing stunts (when parents weren’t looking – like jumping off buildings and stuff) in hopes to work side by side with him. Though I had already been in love with films since I was about 5 due to my Dad being an editor, and taking me to and teaching me about films. I started learning to edit when I was 5. All of that helped as acting in my own films has been some of my own real work.

2. What makes you so attracted to the horror genre?

Nothing, actually. I was making arthouse movies, drama, noir types (actually in black and white) when I realized, that if you have no money to make a film, or are an indie/underground filmmaker, the only real place for support is the horror community. You have about 100 times as many places willing to cover your film, it’s insane. Not that I don’t like a good horror film, I like good films regardless of what category they fall under, but most good films fall under drama, for me. So, I basically tried to disguise my arthouse films as horror and erotic, to gain attention and support, while trying to tell stories about characters and events I thought were interesting. I’m very much into true crime, but for the mystery, the psychology, etc., not the blood, at all.

3. What is ” Amateur Porn Star Killer”?

Amateur Porn Star Killer was sort of a fluke. A film I shot in one night, which actually jump-started my career. It’s a fake snuff film, about the last hour in a 13 year old girl’s life, before she is raped and murdered. I thought it was important to portray rape in a realistic fashion, to show how vile it really is, and how rape, many times, is about manipulation and power, not by using force. While I felt the idea was important, the only reason I shot it was because I had failed multiple times at making a feature due to people not showing up, technical problems, no budgets/money, learning experiences, etc., so finally I said “Fuck it, what can I shoot in one night with no money/crew?” Therefore there’s no way I won’t finish this film. And that was Amateur Porn Star Killer. An arthouse talky drama, disguised as a rape-murder-fantasy type flick to get its foot in the door. It received so much attention, I decided to turn it into a trilogy. Now I’m trying as hard as I can to get away from it and do films I really want to, lol.

4. What do you like about Hollywood?

I liked Tower Records, the Sunset 5 Laemmle, and Virgin Records, but they all shut down. That was my only reason for really going down there. I live a couple hours north of Hollywood, most of the time. Unless we’re shooting something in Hollywood. I guess I like the parts with character. There’s this really seedy area I’m hoping to shoot at in a couple of weeks. Always has runaways, prostitute, druggies, gang bangers, cops, and that’s it. So dirty, you don’t want to touch anything, but it’s sad, with character, and that makes it very interesting. I like some of the people down there I guess, the ones who don’t act like Hollywood. I like the diversity, that’s the big thing, I suppose.

5. What don’t you like about it?

It’s like high school, yet somehow way worse. “He said, that she said, that this star said, about this extra, from her momma’s bachelor,” holy shit, it just goes on and on. I think that’s why I don’t want to move there, I can’t stand that drama shit. I’ve seen enough real drama in my life, this petty shit that never ends is ridiculously annoying. I also don’t like men telling women to get fake boobs, it’s retarded. More men like real women than you would think. We want real boobs, I don’t care if they’re small, big, whatever, let yourself be real. Women, don’t waste your money and esteem on fake shit you don’t need and probably look way better without. And I hate the smog. It’s crystal clear where I live, you can breath, see the stars (the real stars, in the sky). Hell, some actors know what I mean, I see Clint Howard up here all of the time.

6. What separates a good horror movie from a bad one?

Well, as saying, not much for horror, but it’d be character. If you care about a character, or are at least interested in the character, you will be more involved with what’s happening, therefore it’s more suspenseful. I saw that piece of shit The Cabin in the Woods (which everyone played up for some reason) and couldn’t give one damn about any of those people, most just annoyed me, so I was totally bored. Then I watched Retreat with Thandie Newton (I really wish she would get a divorce so I could marry her, wow! anyway) and it was freakin’ awesome, I was so devastated at the end, but enjoyed and was thrilled and engaged every second. There were only 3 actors in a house for most of the film, but I cared about two characters, and was totally interested in the 3rd. I think suspense and horror is in looks, moments, emotion, feeling, not in blood and guts.

7. Who are some of your influences?

On my last film, My Name is A by anonymous, I kept telling everyone (when they needed security about where we were going) to think of a David Lynch film, though I definitely wouldn’t say I ever try to copy any of these people – Gus Van Sant, Harmony Korine, Terrence Malick, David Fincher, Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavetes, Lars von Trier, Alex Payne, Sofia Coppola, Edward Burns – I do love that they all have their own style, and do their own thing, and that’s what influences me. Sometimes I love their work, sometimes hate it, always admire it. Otherwise, as far as filmmaking, there’s plenty of things in life that gives me ideas and motivation.

As far as acting, I’ve been so sidetracked filmmaking, I’ve been trying to find myself, where and if I belong acting. Recently, since I found myself to be method, I’ve been going back and really studying Dustin Hoffman in the 70’s when he was closer to my age, especially since I’m also his height, similar look, it’s been helping mold ideas of how to do things. And looking at the recent work of older actors, like Michael Caine, who never turned down a role really (or took every job he could get) and just kept learning. So, I really studied him in Harry Browne a few times. Subtle genius.

8. What is your wildest Hollywood story?

Hmm, I’m actually not that wild in real life, though when I have been don’t believe it was in Hollywood. Only thing I can think of, can’t name names, I met up with some friends (well, people I didn’t really know at the time) and there was a famous former child star with us (whom I didn’t recognize since I never watched the insanely famous show she was on forever). She’d been drinking all day, and as it lead into the night, she started getting very feisty, and was not getting along at all with this guy who was there. They started fighting all night long, everywhere we went, cussing up a storm, really yelling bad causing a scene, thought it would get physical. Eventually he passed out at the Roosevelt, but then got kicked out by security. It got bad when he came back in, nearly fell in the pool, then we were told to leave (I was the only sober one, unlucky me). So, everybody who’s drinking (everyone else) starts throwing a fight with security, eventually after awhile the entire staff is down there forcing us out. The girl child star, being tiny and under 5 feet tall, nearly gets us arrested, starts trying to fight security, the manager (I didn’t realize how well known she was at the time, so I was surprised later when I realized paparazzi would have been on this if they were around). She’s literally going off on these people, I have to drag her out, and try and get every one else to shut the fuck up, don’t start a fight, let’s just leave. This could go on forever, this story, so, quickly, wrapping it up, we get to the parking lot, she psychically starts beating her boyfriend up (not the guy she was arguing with all night, that was a different guy), gashes him up, verbally and psychically, in front of all these rich guests waiting for their cars. Then he tries to drive her home, he’s plastered, I have to fight for the keys, then convince the valet I’m not stealing the car, drive them home in this expensive fancy ass car I can’t figure out, while they’re all screaming nearly making me crash. We get to their place, but it doesn’t end, they keep fighting, meanwhile, I can’t get back to my car now. Now the guy she was fighting with all day, he gets out of the car and just disappears, leaving his phone behind. We look for an hour, never see him again, hope he lived (find out next day he did). Then, the girl star, hears a party across the street, feels the need to go over and crash it, so me and her boyfriend go with (as she brings more booze to drink), it’s tons of old rich folks, they’re staring at us like, what the fuck, who are you, etc. After that, didn’t get too bad, same shit, but it was fun. That’s about the peak of my excitement.

9. What separates you from other aspiring actors?

I can’t stand actors, lol. Unless I’m directing them, then I love them. But as a co-star, as a producer or anything else, they seem to really annoy me, or not get along with me, or not like me, or something. Not all of them, but many. Hopefully it changes.
That and getting my first two big jumps between being on Disney’s That’s So Raven, and raping a girl in my own fake snuff movie. My SAG work and my first starring role, pretty diverse. I also rarely get a part through auditioning, and don’t audition much, because it usually never works out. I get everything through making my own films and starring in them, and then getting recommended off of those films. And I’ve never really even liked acting until recently, when I did this film American Girls. It was only one day, but I think I finally found myself as an actor, did the method thing, loved it. So, from now on, hopefully I’ll be an actor who likes or loves, to act.

10. What would you say to someone who says Hollywood is racist, sexist and looksist?

Shut up and do something about it if that’s how you feel. When I make my films I do them the way I think I should, against whatever problems I have with Hollywood. As an actor, if I don’t like a role I’m submitting for then I don’t submit to it, or don’t take the part, or if I do take it out of desperation, then I try to learn from it. If you don’t like how things work then do it yourself, and hope others follow.

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 A Shot Above Owner Lea Hatch

Lea Hatch is the owner of the bartending service A Shot Above. Here is a link to her website:

www.weareashotabove.com

1. How did you get into bartending?

I began as a server at a fast paced restaurant and knew the basics about beer and wine. One day every bartender on staff either was off and couldn’t come in, or called in sick, and the bar was left unmanned on a busy night. I volunteered to take over, thinking it was easy and ended up panicking and downloading a mixology app onto my phone just to be able to keep up with the weird drink requests. I decided that night I would attend a bartending school to become certified. The rest is history.

2. Why should my readers hire A Shot Above?

Because we are the whole package. You not only get an extremely qualified bartender (or several), you get hand picked attractive people that are trained for your type of party. We have everything from elegant wedding bartenders to the sexy lingerie clad pole dancing bartender for your party. All of our bartenders are certified mixologists, ServSafe Alcohol Certified, and has a current Food Handlers card. They are also schooled in alcohol laws, so there won’t be any criminal liability if ABC shows up.

3. What are some of your signature drinks?

I’m a shooter specialist, and I make the BEST shooter combinations. My personal favorites are a Peanut Butter and Jelly shot and a Dirty Girl Scout.

4. What do you like about working in Los Angeles?

The night life! People are so amazing here, and the range of parties I have bartended is incredible. I really enjoy the celebrity parties, as those seem to get the craziest.

5. What don’t you like about it?

My only complaint is when I get a beach party gig it ALWAYS seems to be cloudy. I am a sun loving girl, and live inland for a reason. I don’t like the cold and fog next to the beach.

6. What is the strangest story a customer has ever told you?

Oh! I don’t know if I can put it here, but I’ll clean it up and try. I had a “gentlemen” tell me in graphic detail about his sex dungeon he had downstairs in his basement, and that he currently had a bunch of girls tied up in sexual positions. As a surprise for his guests, he was going to bring the party downstairs so his guests could admire his “furniture” for the night. I got a little freaked out, but he assured me they had all signed contracts to show they were there voluntarily and not against their will. It was very weird, but the guests didn’t seem to mind, and the girls seemed to enjoy the attention.

7. What is your wildest work story?

I did a super fun New Years Eve Mansion party 2 years ago. It was hosted in the Hollywood Hills. It was celebrity studded, had a red carpet, photographers, and was even sponsored by Rock Star energy drink. There were 3 bars placed through out the house, and we were slammed all night long. Every one loves an open bar!

8. How do you tell when someone has had too much to drink?

I am trained in ABC laws and ServSafe certified. I not only use common sense and visual clues to determine, but I also keep a mental count of how many drinks a person has had. Bigger parties make it harder to do that, but we haven’t had any issues.

9. Has anyone ever stumped you with a drink order?

Of course! There are so many new drinks being made up constantly. I make it a point to go to the Bar Convention in Las Vegas every year. Granted, it’s rare these days to stump me, but that is why I STILL keep a mixology app on my phone.

10. If you were a mixed drink, what would you be and why?

Probably a Voddy 28, because it’s tall, skinny, sexy, and goes down easy…here’s the recipe:

5 cts Vodka
5 cts Violet syrup
2 Lime wedges, 1 Orange wedge
1 can of 28 black

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