An Interview with Former Home Builder and Aspiring Actor Bruce Kade

Bruce Kade is a former home builder who has come to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Here is a link to his Facebook page:

Q:  How did you get into the home building business?

 

A: My Uncle built beautiful expensive custom homes. I remember going to his model homes and just being in awe of them and I would tell my parents I wanted to build homes like my Uncles when I grew up. Sure enough when I finished college I went to my father for help and we started building custom spec homes. We started out with just building two homes in the first year, by year four we were building 25 homes a year.

Q: What is the biggest difference between running a business in Canada and running a business in the United States?

A: It’s pretty much the same. There are a few differences between the tax system and the way you set up companies, but for the most part it’s very similar.

Q:  Do you think working conditions are better for American laborers or Canadian Labors?

A: H’mmm, great question. I would have to say I give the edge to Canada for a few reasons. The first being free health care. A lot of employers in USA can’t afford to offer health care or if you’re a small business owner you may not be able to afford a health care plan for your family. I think it’s a huge advantage to not have worry about paying $500-$1000/month to insure your family for health care. Another nice thing in the Canadian labor laws is women get close to a year off paid maternity leave, here in the States I think its 12 weeks. Pretty crazy that Moms are expected to put there 3 month old baby in daycare and head back to work so fast!

Q: What is your weirdest work story?

A: Well, I have a few, but of my HVAC tradesman was actually a high-ranking member of a powerful criminal motorbike gang in Canada. He actually did great work and I could not believe it when I found out! We found out he used the HVAC company to clean his gang money.

Q: What makes someone a good boss?

A: I think a good boss is open-minded and listens to his employees. Employees are doing their tasks every day and they usually come up with better or more innovative ways to do them.

 Q: What makes someone a good employee?

A: A good employee needs to be reliable and trust worthy. Shows up every day ready to work hard and ready to contribute to whatever the task is at hand. Obviously a positive attitude and outlook on life goes a long way too.

Q: What was the most challenging home building job you ever had?

A: One job we were hired to do, the house ended up being on a lot with a very high water table. When we excavated the basement water kept coming in from everywhere. We ended up having to dig down deeper, do lots of pilings and add tons of crushed rock, and several sump pumps to pump out the water whenever it rose to much. It was a very painful, expensive and stressful build.

Q: What made you get out of the business?

 

A: I moved to Phoenix AZ in 2008 seeking better weather. I was sick of building homes in -20 degree weather and snow. It’s not very fun building a home during the winter. Some days you’d be shoveling 2 feet of snow off the floor of a house you where framing, or on the roof trying do the roofing in a snowstorm. When I moved to Phoenix I was ready to build homes but that’s when the market took a huge crash. So we shifted our game plan and went into foreclosures and flips. That’s what I’ve been doing in Phoenix for the past four years.

 

Q: What made you want to become an actor?

A: I met an author that approached me to be in her movie, she just liked my look for the role. I thought it sounded cool, but I didn’t know how to act. So I went to take a few acting classes and caught the bug!! Since then I’ve had three small roles in feature films, landed a manager and an agent.

Q: What kind of training have you had (or are you taking) in acting?

A: I’ve taken classes at Margie Haber’s Acting Studio, as well as with Amy Lyndon. Both awesome classes that taught me so much. I still have tons to learn and I think I’ll be taking acting classes for the rest of my life, always developing and growing in the craft.

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 Marketing Specialist John Swanson

John Swanson is the Owner of MANVIL, a creative services firm located in Portland, Oregon. Here is a link to his website:

John Swanson is the Owner of MANVIL, a creative services firm located in Portland, Oregon. Here is a link to his website:

 

http://manvil.com

 

Q:  What is a creative services firm?

A: For lack of a better description, a creative services firm provides marketing, communications and advertising services to businesses that either don’t have the inclination, skill-set or time to create their own.

 

Q: How did you get into the business?

A: It was built off a design brief I put together while studying for my second BA. The graphic I submitted was strong enough for me to realize I had to do something with it. An “M” with the heart of an anvil worked for a variety of reasons, and friends and family liked the concept. I knew I had a company to present, but I wasn’t sure I had a viable product to sell other than my skill-set. Graphics products and services were where the company really began. (More on this later.)

Q: What does client branding entail?

A: Client branding entails providing a mark or image that represents the client’s business, product or public persona. For some of my clients like LinkWall, atomic auto, or Down Force Motoring, branding is a display of their business mindset. LinkWall is broad ranging, stout, simple and accepting, atomic auto is green minded and based on a lot of Saab’s iconography, and Down Force Motoring is motor-journalism minded, opinionated, but illuminating.

Q:  What are “flash cards”?

A: Simply put, flash cards are double sided prints made for educating people about items such as tools. On one side of the card is the image of an item, on the other side of the card is a description of what that image is. The concept behind the MANVIL Flashcards is that they are for folks who either don’t know tools, folks who don’t know the names of tools in English, or for those who needed Traumatic Brain Rehabilitation aids.

The use of cards for TBI Rehabilitation came from the experience of Bob Woodruff in his recovery from TBI after an insurgent IED blew some of his skull open. When he said that his buddies had to draw pictures of simple items in order for him to retrain his brain function, I knew I was onto something that might be helpful.

Curiously, the cards make great coasters as well, which I suppose is nice when you need to keep water-stains from your work shop sounter.

Q:  What do you like about working in Portland?

 A: There are a lot of brilliant, wildly creative people in Portland. The food is great, and the weather is not too unlike my native home of Honolulu. (Wear another layer or two and they’re almost the same!) In 90 minutes I can be skiing, or surfing, depending on my mood. Not that I do those things all that often, but still, it’s a nice option.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A:  As I mentioned, there are a lot of great creatives here in Portland, and there are not as many positions available as there are creatives. Competition is tight. Thankfully, my clients like what I do, and the word is getting out.

Q:  What was the most challenging job you ever had?

A: I agreed to cover the graphics for an event called The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby. (http://www.soapboxracer.com/) The real challenges came to light as the principles who ran the event found they needed advertising, marketing, swag, tees and posters on a very tight timeline. Eventually the scope expanded as far as signage that had to be reviewed and accepted by the municipality, which only added to the punch. It was a long few weeks, but the event looked great, the theme was cohesive and I think everybody had a great time. I know I did.

Q:  Why should my readers hire your company?

 If your readers are looking for a small, intimate design firm to provide sound, well-developed, vector based graphics and production, then they would be well served to check out MANVIL and its work. I have had the opportunity to work on some great projects, which worked out really well for both my clients and myself. I’d like to continue the progress.

A:  What sort of marketing strategy would you use to promote my blog?

Q:  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but MANVIL is a big fan of word-of-mouth. If your tweeting and whatnbot are working with you, stick with it. We’re not a big firm, and although we don’t have the capital needed to really blow sunshine up people’s butts, we do work hard to get the word out. I think the efforts you’ve put forth to promote your own blog are beginning to pay off, but it might take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Perhaps if you had some sort of recognizable brand graphics that displayed your intent… BTW we do that.

Q:  What was the greatest Internet marketing campaign ever?

A: I think the sleeper campaign for the 2009 South African thriller “District 9” blew anything that I’ve seen from Hollywood lately off the map. They covered a huge number of bases. District 9 had an off the radar website presence, was supported by great videography and content, and was melded into “straight to You-Tube”, “this isn’t a trailer” faux news stories. I’d rate a film that makes 7 times its production cost a success.

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 Webcomic Factory Writer Tony DiGerolamo

Tony DiGerolamo runs the website The Web Comic Factory. He also writes for The Simpsons Comic book Series. Here is a link to his website:

http://www.thewebcomicfactory.com/

Q:  What motivate you to start an online comic website?

A:
I had been working in print comics a long time with titles like Jersey Devil, The Travelers, The Fix and Everknights. I had some success, but it always seem like the overhead was such a huge burden. I’d go to comic book convention and struggle trying to sell just a $3 comic. Plus it was so hard to get all my ideas out there. I have so many and it seemed like I spent more time promoting than creating.

Then one day, I was at a comic book show doing my usual shtick when I see these guys across from me selling T-shirts like crazy. $20 a pop all day! I was like, shit, maybe I have to do more shirts. Then the show ended and I was packing up and I saw these guys leaving and I said, “Hey guys, you had a nice convention.” They turned and said, “This is the worst convention we’ve ever done. We’re never coming back.” I was floored. Who were these guys? I asked around. They did a webcomic called Penny Arcade. I turned to my artist, Chris and said, “Chris, we’re doing a webcomic.” So I started with Super Frat. Eventually, I started The Webcomic Factory to do the webcomics I couldn’t do with the Super Frat characters. Now I’m making money and the creative challenges are everywhere!

Q:  What has been the biggest change in the comic book industry in the last ten years?

A: Nothing and that’s the problem. Print comics have been creatively stagnant for decades and the business side has only made things worse. The pricing has been out of control since comics passed the $2 mark. The movies do little to increase comic book sales. In fact, I would argue it actually further hurts them. What would you rather buy? $20 worth of Spiderman comics or the new director’s cut DVD of Spiderman 2 with extras, that probably won’t even cost you $20? There’s just no contest.

The behind-the-scenes editorial situation of the big two, in my view, is an utter nightmare. It’s a mix of the most cynical kind of corporate decision making, mixed with fanboys that haven’t read much of anything outside of comics and guys that just hire their own friends. Imagine Hollywood with no money and you pretty much have the comic book industry. The medium had a great opportunity in the 90’s to change to things and they blew it. They just decided to grab as much money as possible from the fans. Now, they’re paying for that mistake and webcomics are eating away at the fan base faster than they can make up for it. I predict that within the next ten years one of the major comic book companies will simply close shop and their corporate owners will farm out the characters to smaller publishers. (Probably the remaining publisher of the two.) And once Hollywood discovers webcomics, forget it. Print comic books are about as relevant, stable and profitable as print newspapers.

Within ten years, you’ll either be on the web or you’ll be nothing.

Q:  What is the secret to good comedy writing?

A: Surprise.

Q: What was the greatest comic book series ever (and why)?

A: Hmm. Tough call. I would say Grimjack. It was designed to be a comic book where literally anything can happen at any place with anyone. It ran the gamut from action, adventure, supernatural, science fiction, noir, comedy—- I really enjoyed it.

Q:  What was one of The Simpsons episodes you wrote for?

A: I write for the Simpsons comic books published for Bongo. My most recent story was Locked in Brewery, where Homer and Barney get trapped in the Duff Brewery during a tour and then have to save Duff from some corporate spies trying to steal their new secret beer recipe. It was in the most recent Simpsons Summer Shindig #6. Two of my favorite stories I wrote were when Lisa runs a games of Dungeons and Dragons (in the Bart Simpson comic #65) and a couple of stories I wrote called The Maggie and Moe Mysteries, where Moe babysits for Maggie and together they must solve a mystery.

Q:  How does one get their work on your site?

A: Well, everything on the site is either written by me or co-written by myself and the site’s co-founder, Christian Beranek. We work with artists from around the world, so if you’re an artist, feel free to shoot me a link with your portfolio. If you’re a writer, you’ll have to make your own site.

Q:  What is your wildest work story?

A: I work at home via computer, so other than the occasional website snafu, nothing happens here. But on the road at comic book conventions, plenty of stuff happens. I guess the wildest moment was when I was promoting The Travelers at Dragon Con. I would frequently offer a free comic to any woman that would go topless. Finally, someone took me up on that offer. She said she was broke and would flash the fans for $20. I said, sure. So I bought her top for $20 and she whipped it off in front of the fans to cheering. Later, one of my publishers asks, “Hey, did you ever card that girl and make sure she was 18?” I had not. I immediately threw away the top. No wait, that never happened, I just made that up.

Actually, once I dated a comic book groupie. She was actually there to meet my friend, another creator, but I ended up dating her for a year.

I was on a plane about a week before 9/11 and a storm hit. The cockpit door was swinging wide open and making noise keeping everyone awake. I thought, “That looks unsafe. What if the stewardess trips and falls across the controls? They should really secure that door for safety reasons.” Is that considered a wild story or does it have to be sex-related?

I saw two comic book dealers get into a fight on the floor of a convention once. They were arguing over some trade they had made and things go out of hand. A lot of those types of experiences I tried to put in Dealers, one of the webcomics we do on the Webcomic Factory. It’s about toy collectors in the late 90’s and is very similar to what happened in comics a few years prior.

Q: How accurate a stereotype is The Comic Book store Guy” from The Simpsons?

A: Scarily accurate. Dead on.

Q: If you were a superhero which one would you be?

A: Oh, who cares? Does anyone really give a shit about that? I create new characters every day and the vast majority of them are NOT superheroes. Who the Hell would be fighting crime if they had superpowers anyway? How about stopping wars? Helping the sick and homeless? How are you supposed to punch your way through those kinds of problems?

Q: If Batman and Superman got in a fight, who would win?

A: What are you six? Writers can make that story happen either way. They’re just characters. Please, read some webcomics. The creators there have moved pretty far beyond that.

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 Fashion Designer Rachel Anson

 Rachel Anson is a local fashion designer who owns RM Fashion Design. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.rmfashiondesign.com

Q: What made you want to be a fashion designer?

A: When I was 17 I entered a nationwide fashion contest on a whim and won! I won a tour of the Tommy Hilfiger studios, and I met Tommy himself. I was encouraged so much by the Hilfiger staff to go into fashion; I decided to start a small fashion company called Retro Modern. Soon after, I won a half tuition scholarship to the Art Institute of Orange County.

But honestly, this is just the beginning. I have so much more to learn. If you think my designs are great now, just wait. You haven’t seen the best of me yet!

Q: What is unique about your designs?

A: My style is retro with a twist. My inspiration comes from the past, but still sticks to today’s trends.

Everyone knows me for my prints. I hand screen-print and custom order all of them. I love to add new and creative elements to every design. Such as lip pockets, contrasting piping, or buttons. I want whoever wears my designs to feel one-of-a kind.

Q: What’s up with all the food jewelry?

A: I love to eat, so why not show my love for food in fashion. I came across sushi miniatures online, and they’re used as décor or to be played with. Honestly, what a waste! I’d rather wear a sushi set on a ring then have it displayed in my house. At least it has some use.

The cupcake rings were made to compliment my cupcake collection. It’s been a popular seller ever since! Besides, I love cupcakes. They are yummy and stylish.

Q: Do you plan to incorporate any mature fashions into your line?

A: My target market is age 16-25. It’s very young and fun and that’s what my clientele is. However, that’s my Retro Modern line. My private clients generally see my more “mature” side. Example, I just started on my wedding line which is completely different than my Retro Modern line that you see on my website. The collection is inspired by 1920s Chanel. It’s elegant, sleek, and romantic. It is exclusive only to private clients, and I’m not planning on opening it to the public until maybe next year.

As for creating a line for, let’s say age 25-30, I do have collections already designed and ready to go, but I prefer offering these to my private clients and custom orders. In the future I am planning on releasing these lines to the public, but I don’t want to rush it.

Q: Who are some of your design influences?

A: Betsey Johnson, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Dior. Those are just a few! I check out the new collections every season.

Q: What trends in fashion do you dislike?

A: Dark, black, and dramatic fashion. I’ve designed it in the past and it’s not me. I love elegance, bright, and fun. To me it’s a little depressing wearing all black.

Q: What sort of training have you had?

A: I’m self-taught mostly, but I took sewing courses in high school, and I’m currently in classes at the Art Institute of Orange County.

Q: What is your wildest work story?

A: Too many! I had to go over this question with my assistant. We couldn’t come up with just one. We were recently stuck in Hollywood due to a crazy sushi guy locking my car in his parking lot. I’ve been stuck in a room that was 90 degrees for 6 hours with fifteen models, trying to get them ready for a show.

“The humidity was awful,” my assistant recalls.

We had to spray the models with hairspray to keep their make-up from melting. I even worked with a photographer that insisted that red and green don’t complement each other. “It’s too green!” he told me. I’ve been through it all!

Q: What type of figure presents the most challenge for a fashion designer and why?

A: Every figure has its challenges. I’m willing to work with all shapes, it doesn’t bother me. So far I haven’t had a client that has presented a major trial with their size.

Q:  What was the greatest Oscar dress ever?

A: Audrey Hepburn in 1954 wearing a white Givenchy dress. Simple but glamorous.

 

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 Bria Lynn Massie

Bria Lynn Massie is an actress who stars in the film Alone Together. She has been told that she is not pretty enough to be an actress. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.brialynnmassie.com/resume.html

Q: What made you want to become an actor?

A: It definitely seeded itself as a young girl, making home videos with my younger brother and spending hours on hours sitting in my house watching movies. It wasn’t until middle school though that I realized this was what i wanted to do.

I was a typical angry, insecure and lonely preteen, often being told I shouldn’t be feeling what i’m feeling, i’m just being dramatic, there are worst things that could happen, that’s not a big deal. Even if the person knew nothing about me, what was going on in my life, or how someone’s actions affected me. It was between acting in the school plays and going home to watch movies that I found my escape where it WAS okay to cry, be disappointed, angry, it WAS okay to even be ecstatically happy, it WAS okay feel these emotions, if only for a few hours someone was validating my human experience. Not shrugging it off and moving on. I knew I wanted to carry on that acceptance, and as an actress, even if for just a few hours, or even just a few minutes, let our public feel that it IS okay to cry, it IS okay to feel and experience these human emotions. It IS okay to care about another person. I think that acting is the only thing in this world anymore enforcing the right to a human connection. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like they are alone.

Q: You have been told you are not pretty enough to be an actress what did they say was wrong with the way you look?

A: My family was fairly poor, both my mom and my dad were working full-time because they were very driven to keep me and my brother in a nice neighborhood with a nice school and with nice things. Even if that meant cutting back on activities or routine that every wealthy child in our area had. Such as Braces. I was blessed with crooked teeth, one of my baby teeth didn’t have an adult tooth behind it so it never fell it, and in turn the other teeth became misarranged to accommodate this, and the infamous “snaggle tooth” smile that Kirsten Dunst has been hounded about. You know, I’ve actually been told that I would need to fix my teeth if I wanted to be taken seriously. I’ve even had a casting director ask me over the phone after seeing my reel, “Do you still have those teeth?”. The most frustrating thing was spending tons and tons of my own money to learn and become better, to have nice clothing, to know how to do my hair and makeup, be the best I could be, but it always came down to something that I just couldn’t work at. No critique could make them better, I would just need to save up thousands upon thousands of dollars to “fix”. Sometimes I’d be called, the girl with the teeth. I have though, been very lucky to encounter individuals who support their look as well.

Q:  Why do you think looks are so much more important for actresses then actors?

A: Typical girls like to aspire to be like a celebrity. It seems more and more about the looks and the fame rather than how they became famous or talent anymore. People want beautiful doppelgänger or to be told they look like a beautiful and revered celebrity. Take celebrity icons that made their big break with a leaked sex tape, or known for their party life on top of coming from billionaire families. Women more than less nowadays get their power from being beautiful and wealthy. In turn, women will aspire to be like these icons, learn their tricks, shop in their clothing line, replicate their make up, if it works for them it must work for everyone. Beauty and the appearance of wealth. The “best”. The actresses they see becoming famous or who are famous unfortunately are found following suit, otherwise most women wouldn’t deem them worthy of being so high up in the hierarchy. Jealousy is a terrible monster, and if the actress can’t hold her own for “why” she is up there, being the best of the best, then she is more than likely kicked to the bottom. They can’t show any weakness or it is blown much more out of proportion than someone who isn’t a celebrity. It’s a very sad and barbaric thing that society is doing. I think Southpark  even did an episode on that haha. Its easier to gain popularity from being beautiful than being talented.

Q:  There have been leading roles for woman playing con artist, bank robbers and serial killers; why is Hollywood so reluctant to make a movie about someone who doesn’t look perfect?

A: Well, hollywood has actually made a great amount of movies consisting of someone who doesn’t look perfect, of which the character is typically played by a beautiful actress who is hidden behind messy hair, glasses, braces etc. and undergoes a transformation pertaining of makeup, hair does, nice clothing etc. Its considered “empowering” for women to gain confidence after getting done up, and even men. We are taught to fix whatever isn’t working and our drive to be the best is so prominent that it blinds everything along the way. The confidence, the attraction from the sexes, being the best. This beautiful actress is what we aspire to be like and hope we can feel like after we undergo our own transformation.

Q: What do you like about Hollywood?

A: The vast amount of opportunities and people here. It amazes me the talent and the array of difference that you can see, even just walking block to block!

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: It is a very unforgiving and judgemental town. There are just so many people here that it is hard to prove you are the best just by being yourself. But it’s when somebody sees that you are that it is the most rewarding experience I’ve found. And Hollywood seems to be full of a bounty of rewards to those that find them.

Q:  Who are some of your acting influences?

A: Helena Bonham Carter, Jodie Foster, Felicity Hoffman, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci and Kirsten Dunst.

Q:  What is your wildest acting story?

A: This was back when I was doing theatre during high school, it was opening night of “Footloose” which is mostly music, I mean…its Footloose! Singing and Dancing in every scene! Well, it was during winter where in WA we get amazing thunderstorms, it’s just taken for granted that every year the power WILL go out. We were all waiting backstage after being called for places waiting for our cue to go, the audience was already informed that the show was beginning and we were moments from the curtain being drawn. Then the power went out and the emergency lights came on in the auditorium. We were lucky enough to have a live band, even if that meant the music wouldn’t be transferred to the sound stage, and after a moment of collaboration from the director, went on in the emergency lights. We were also very lucky to have amazing vocals that could belt louder than the band. We truly brought live stage back to its raw roots. It was an amazing performance and the power came back on after intermission.

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

A: That’s a hard call, there are so many incredibly talented directors out there. Probably between Martin Scorsese and Sam Mendes.

Q:  What film role could you have nailed?

A: I couldn’t say as the movies that come to mind, the actress also did a phenomenal job at as well haha! For certain though, if anyone is one day brave enough to write and produce a feature film of the Hunchback of Notre Dame (and sticking to the book), I could nail the role of Esmeralda.

 

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

An Interview With Actor 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:)