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An Interview With Actor Scott Vinci

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(Originally published on Act.Land)

Scott Vinci is an actor who appears in the film, High and Outside; here is a link to his IMDB page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1328866/

 

 

Q: When did you know you wanted to be an actor?

 

A: When I was a kid, I remember I dressed up as Groucho Marx for Halloween one year. Most kids didn’t even know who he was. I just wanted to make people laugh.

 

Q: What is High and Outside about?

 

A: High and Outside is a Baseball film. I had a small part and was never handed the whole script. So, I’m not totally sure.

 

Q: What role do you play?

 

A:  I played the part of a salesman at a used car lot.

 

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how did you draw from it when playing a salesman?

 

 

 

A: At the time I was working in the coffee biz (Starbucks) so I drew from that by talking to everyone. That’s what salesmen do. They don’t know who their next sale will be! My current day job is managing an apartment complex. Dealing with all types of tenants has helped with every role actually.

 

Q: What is your most memorable audition story?

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A:  I remember in college, I was auditioning for a play, and I forgot part of my monologue. I tried again and was a little too nervous. I still couldn’t remember. I felt terrible and my audition wasn’t that great, BUT I got the part anyway. The director and producer, at the time, had seen my previous work. They knew I could deliver, and I did.

 

Q: What is the best and worst advice anyone has ever given you about the pursuit of acting?

 

A: The best advice was, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” The worst advice was to crash auditions.

 

Q:  How would you approach playing a character that you did not like?

 

A: I would realize the thing I didn’t like about the character and find out why they were that way. Then I would remind myself, that’s not me and it’s ok to be this guy for a moment.

Q: What famous role would you like to attempt?

 

A:  In theater, I think Felix in the Odd Couple.

 

Q: What one thing would you like to change about the film industry?

A: When we go to the movies– free popcorn!

Q: What makes you castable?

 

A:  The fact that I work well, respect everyone’s time, and know how to build a character make me castable.

 

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

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An Interview With Actor Brian Harrington

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

 

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

http://www.brianharrington.org/

Q: What made you interested in acting?

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

 

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

 

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

 

Q: What is Crowning Jules about?

 

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

 

Q: What role do you play?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Q: What is your strangest audition story?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Q: What famous role could you have nailed?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Q: Who is in your motorcycle gang?

 

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

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

An Interview With Actress Tenesha Lang

 

 

 

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Tenesha Lang is an actress who appears in the film Wrong Package; here is a link to her reel:

 

 

 Q: What made you interested in acting?

 

A: Watching ANTM tv show .. The episode of them acting out scenes with Taye Diggs Lol a funny episode by the way.. also watching Eva Pigford .How she went from becoming a model to an Actor , she was seen on many TV shows such as House of Paynes, her own modelling show, and films . And after seeing that I knew that’s what I wanted to do.. oh and YaYA Dacosta she also is another actor and model whose career changed justs from being on that show .. so they both inspired me to go on out there and try , you can only get a yes or no . And when I stepped my foot out there, I booked a stage play being the leading Actress a film called OverPass being the leading Actress. A tv show Windy City live dancing with DLOW, modelling opportunites . And so much more To greatful and blessed.

 

Q: What Famous role would you most like to attempt and why?

 

A: The famous role would be is speaking role on Chicago PD, Or Empire, And Tyler perry shows .. it seems to get you on your way in life .. after booking a role . I feel that you made it .. your in the system and justs wait by your phone to get more calls for shows

 

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

 

A: I am currently working for homecare and betweentimes I might be on set working as a police officer in chicago PD. And I also might be doing hair , or resumes and also demo Reels it influence me more .. because I get more opportunities to see when and where there’s a downfall .. and if you stay with a hustle there’s no need to look back

 

Q: What is Wrong Package about?

 

A: a guy name Ethan who orders a package on a late night tv show and he thinks that it is going to change is life .. But he learns that when life sends you the wrong package you have to make the bests of it

Q: How did you get involved with the project?

 

A:  I saw an ad in Craigslist looking for Actors . And submitted my information and got booked .. and added friends on Facebook ..

 

Q: What role did you play?

A: I was a Extra playing in two scenes

I did the phone operator in a business officer and the club goer scene

 

Q: What does Chicago have to offer aspiring actors that other cities do not?

 

A: Opportunities to find ways of getting better at it , and also to pursue your dreams

 

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?

 

A: Acting classes and to learn as much as possible on making justs a piece a paper with lines coming to life . Justs on becoming that character and making it believeable

 

Q: What is the oldest role for which you have auditioned?

 

 

A: The oddest role was the character Pamela from the stage play “When love Exists” I was a loving Wife he loves her husband . Had her own furniture company businesss and strayed away from God and dislikes her mother .. I played a scene when I was called out my name .. and I also got choked lol it was a very hard scene to do .. and I had to think twice on that role before I accepted it

 

Q: What makes you watchable?

 

A: I’m funny, outgoing , spontaneous , sexy , cute , diva , model and actor, in fun and I give people that energy to live a little it’s okay. I also influence others to see that it’s not that hard to go after your dreams and become your dream

 

 

 

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 Juston Graber

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Juston Graber is an actor who stars in the film Beyond the Call of Duty; here is a link to his IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5211249/

Q: What is Beyond the Call of Duty about?

A: Duty versus desire seems to be a common theme found within this zombie film.  The main characters are military special operations personnel whose mission is involuntarily extended due to reasons that are not laid plainly on the table. The characters are torn between their duties of service and their desire to return home to their families.

 

Q: What role do you play?

A: I play the role of David. David and Beverly, played by actress Angel Izard, are out on a camping trip as a couple trying to rekindle their love.  Both characters are vital in setting up the exposition of the undead for the audience because they experience the first, and unfortunate, encounter with a zombie and the deranged Doctor Bergman – who may or may not be responsible for the entire mess, I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone.  Haha.

 

Q: How did you hear about the project in the first place?

A: I worked with Aleksander Ivicic on a mini-web series called “By the Book,” and he asked me if I’d be interested in playing a role in a film that he was working on.  He said he wanted an actor that he could trust to do a good job and thought of me.  I was happy to work with him again because I found him to be a gifted Actor/Director/Writer.

 

Q: What sets it apart from other zombie films?

A: I would say that the story is pretty original.  I believe Aleks has a goal to bring something fresh to the table by connecting the audience to the relatable characters, which can often be difficult in zombie films especially.  Supernatural elements tend to drive a particular disconnection within suspending disbelief.

 

Q: You were in the military. What is the most realistic film you have seen about the military?

A: I tend to stay away from military movies because of how inaccurate they can be.  My fellow service members who do watch them have told me that there have been a lot of improvements and recommend I watch American Sniper and 13 Hours, but I am wary.  I am extremely critical when it comes to even the smallest aspects – like how to wear a uniform correctly (which can be Googled by the way, some of these costume designers are skipping their homework!).

I did enjoy a lot of what was captured in Black Hawk Down.  The firefights, the tinnitus, the camaraderie between the troops (especially Eric Bana’s portrayal of Hoot and his speech on “why we do it”).  It would have been nice to see more reloading of weapons, however, which is the issue with most action movies in general.

 

Q: What has been your most awkward celebrity encounter?

A: I don’t think I’ve had one yet.  I did see Nick Nolte walking on Hollywood Boulevard last summer and really wanted to say something to him – because I had just crashed an audition forGraves, an upcoming TV series he is supposed to appear in.  I was asked to leave the audition because it was actually a call-back with the director Robert B. Weide, and the casting assistant said he did not know who sent me.  I told the assistant the truth – that I was crashing.  Unfortunately he said that he could not allow me to go in.  He did however ask for my head-shot and resume…so, who knows, maybe I’ll be in season 2, or maybe I’ve been blacklisted for trying to kick in doors Hollywood style.  Haha.  Better than doing it 11 Bravo style.  I never said anything to Nick on the street.  I believe that was awkward for me because I’m usually not afraid to break the ice and introduce myself.

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: Ever since I was a kid I knew this was something that I was going to pursue.  Every movie that I saw I would get this feeling of, “Why am I not in this?”  When I separated from the Army in 2012, I moved back to Buffalo, NY and sought out the independent film community there.  I began acting and loved every single thing about it.  I knew that I did not have any training, and believe that it is important to any craft someone is trying to hone, so I moved to Savannah, GA and began the BFA program in Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  I eventually moved to Los Angeles to continue to pursue acting and transferred to University of Southern California.  Acting is the one thing I am most passionate about.

 

Q: How did the military prepare you for a career in acting?

A: A lot of people wouldn’t think there is cross-over from a military career to an acting one.  I feel that the discipline instilled in me from serving the country has been the most beneficial preparation anyone can have in any career.  You also need to remain focused and flexible, which the military does a fantastic job training their troops in their “hurry up and wait” structure.

 

Q: How do you feel about actors becoming involved in politics?

A: Personally, I don’t follow politics too much, but to answer the question, to each their own.  If somebody feels strongly about a situation, they have the right to get involved in change regardless of their profession.  It can be a double edge sword however because if an actor has a particular fan-base, then s/he is able to influence her or his fans.

 

Q: What is scarier combat or an audition?

A: I think what it comes down to is preparation.  Both combat and auditioning require a certain level of preparation.  Either or is capable of throwing random situations at you that can startle you or stop you in your tracks.  There is more of a life/death aspect that plays a role in combat though.  If you mess up at an audition, there will always be another audition.  If you mess up in combat, you’re either dead or you’re gonna get somebody else dead.

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 Sriram Parthasarathy

 

 

 

sirpSriram Parthasarathy is a Chicago based actor who has appeared in many short films and in the series Outta Air; here is a link to his Vimeo page:

 

 

 

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: From the moment I first saw Terminator 2, I knew that my only dream in life was to become an actor. From 1992 onwards, this has been my conscious and subconscious thought pattern, to somehow find a way to live it.

Q:  You’ve been in a lot of short films. What do you look for in a role?

A: Typically, I will take on short/independent films or series that have a principal role that will actually teach me something about acting. Whether it’s an antihero, villain, or protagonist, I am constantly able to absorb depth,

Q: What is Outta Air about?

A: It’s definitely a redemptive story about not wasting time in righting your wrongs.  I have never in my heart believed in letting things go, especially if I am responsible for royally screwing something or someone up. The only way the heart can truly rest is if the truth is told, consequences are understood and embraced, and life is lived better as a result.  If one waits around for self-created problems to hopefully go away and just be moved past from, they are damning themselves to a life of dishonor. This film shortens said life 🙂

Q:   What role do you play?

A: I play two roles actually: the first is a fellow named Reggie who’s told by some magical voice in his brain that his life will expire in 24 hours.  I also play said voice and its corresponding silhouetted figure 😉

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

A: The main thing was to NOT memorize dialogue, which is my normal m.o. I have no idea if it’s actually effective or not, but it allows me to absorb the story and environment, and not be self-conscious of my lines, which of course shows on screen J. For 99% of the films I’ve been a part of, if the director was not a theater director, they have been ok with not hearing dialogue verbatim.

Q: You have a real job as an IT manager. How does your job affect your ability to pursue acting?

A: God bless my employer, Carevoyant software, that knows very well what I do outside of the day job, in between fashion and film on evenings and weekends. They have been angels in knowing that if I ever miss any time, as long as I am reachable during the time for emergencies, they will get my undivided attention and loyalty and overcompensated hours in return 😉

Q:  What is your strangest onset story?

A: It actually took place in my own condo. An independent feature, The Great Chicago Filmmaker, had required a few scenes to be shot in my place. My character was actually a film producer that allowed the “director” in the film to shoot scenes in my condo. Unfortunately, as we were shooting scenes that day, the crew decided to wire up and use very extensive lighting out in the public hallways of my building. The building management started banging on my door (as I was actually in my bedroom taking a nap, as the scenes being shot didn’t need me yet), and told me (in the midst of 25 cast+crew in my place) that the building was going to fine me 500 dollars for all of this. Luckily, the gentleman was a sweetheart, and mentioned that if I could donate to the Christmas fund for the maintenance and regular building staff, he would not write it up, and would not document any more complaints from other residents. 100 dollars later, we continued shooting everything inside my place, and wound up reshooting the scenes, where my character actually goes through the same exact problem, and casted another actor to play by building management staff J A grand total of 3 people laughed when they saw the reshot scene at the premiere. I was one of them 😦

Q: Why Chicago and not LA or New York?

A: Mainly because I have no background whatsoever as an actor, and also due to my age. Since I never took acting classes/workshops and had no stage background whatsoever, I could not throw caution to the wind and head out east or west; also, thanks to my lovely mortgage payment and my parents who stay in the suburbs of Chicago, my heart will always be here. If either NYC or LA do call me, it would be based on the results of the works that I’ve been a part of, that the world would ALLOW me to head out to those places, and not as a result of my taking six months out there and hoping that something works out. Although, I may change my stupidly idealistic tune in 1 year 🙂

Q: What would you change about the film industry?

A: I would completely eliminate gofundme.com etc as forms of investment for films. From all of the legendary stories I’ve read from productions like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Superman I, even the battles between producers/directors/investors/cast based on actual budgets, battles in the background were part of the mystique and aura of a true film, and not just simply collaboration, showing up and doing your job etc. Unfortunately, mystique is a long-lost concept in the entertainment industry in general, where our heroes and idols are destroyed the moment they become public figures. I would rather know them and admire them as talents rather than TMZ-related fodder for all 😦

 

Q:  If you could spend a year in the world of any short film you have been in which one would you pick and why?

A: It would be in a film called Corvus, where I played death in human form. Everything I touched would turn to fire, except for humans, and any human I came in contact with would take me on a journey through their life that took them to the moment they met me.  I would have no control of whether their time was up or not, but it would allow me to understand the human soul in ways I could never fathom. And the next day, I would hopefully treat the world better as a result of knowing that it does not revolve around me and any ego I may have 🙂

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 Marcus Alexander

 

 
Marcus Alexander (3).jpg Marcus Alexander is an actor who appears in the film, Jerry; here is a link to his Facebook page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMarcusAlexander


Q:
 What made you interested in acting?

 

A: Honestly, as a child I loved watching the end credits of movies that showed bloopers. I saw how much fun the actors and crew had when they messed up and I wanted to be a part of that fun.

 

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?

 

A: I would say that I ascribe to Stanislavski’s system of acting in which I pull from my own memory of emotions to portray a character genuinely from experience.

 

Q:  What is Jerry about?

 

A: Jerry is about a guy who’s fed up with life and sees suicide as the only way out. He tries cutting his wrist but is unable to follow through with it and then gets mad that he can’t do it. He finally settles on taking a ton of pills. He ends up in a hospital and saved from his failed suicide attempt. His older brother picks him up from the hospital and takes him home. His brother is shocked that Jerry would try to take his life and stays at Jerry’s house for a while to make sure his little brother is okay and in good spirits.

 

Q:  What role do you play?

 

A: I play the main character Jerry.

 

Q:  What life experiences did you draw from when preparing for the role?

 

A: I was actually suicidal before, so I put myself back in that mindset to properly portray Jerry. I remembered the times where I wanted to quit and wanted an escape from the pain. Jerry was supposed to be in pain after he came out of the hospital and I actually had a migraine that day. I didn’t take any medicine so I could use the pain of the migraine for the film.

 

Q:  How is it different from other films about suicide?

 

A: It just shows that anyone can be affected by thoughts of suicide. People who have watched the film told me that they were able to feel Jerry’s pain and that’s exactly what I wanted. When you can feel the film, it stays with you forever.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence you as an artist?

 

A: I’m an Account Manager for a Real Estate Lending company in downtown Chicago. Every experience in life is an opportunity to use those scenarios in potential future films. If I’m ever in a film where I have to play an office worker, I have a lot of experience to glean from. My job keeps me motivated to pursue my art because I do not want a normal day job for the rest of my life. I want my art to be my main means of income. Being at my job every day pushes me to pursue my acting more and more so I can escape the dream killer known as the 9 to 5.

 

Q: How did you go about deciding what to leave in and out of your reel?

 

A: I wanted to choose the scenes which best portray the many sides of my acting. I tried to include scenes that portrayed me as urban, intellectual, sarcastic, with an accent, and emotional. I obviously left out scenes where I didn’t have much screen time.

 

Q:  What is your oddest Chicago story?

 

A: The only thing I can really think of is back in High School I joined a girl for a protest and the protestors shut down Lake Shore Drive. We were on the road walking through cars. Not necessarily odd, but definitely memorable.

 

Q:  What famous role could you have nailed?

 

A: I love Denzel Washington in Training Day. I would love to attempt to portray Alonzo in that movie. I don’t think I would do as well as Denzel, but I would love to try. I’m drawn to characters that have extremes. He was very angry and had moments of high intensity emotion in that film. I love that. I love extremes. Playing an every day person is fine, but I like the extreme roles that challenge me to go deeper and pull out intense emotions. I feel that those are also the most memorable roles. I want to make great film that’s memorable and will be remembered for decades.

An Interview With Actress Carlotta Montanari

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Carlotta Montanari is an actress who appears in the film Being American; here is a link to her IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3652766/

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: It started as a game for me. It was my favorite game as a child, I would record me and my best friend with a VHS camera while doing recitals, poetry, and creating acting contests to show our families. However in the city where I’m from, Riccione, there are not that many theaters or acting schools. But it just so happened that a local friend who was acting in Rome at that time, saw me while I was filming a commercial by the beach and told me that a great teacher from Rome was having a acting seminar in Tuscany and everything started there. It was an incredible connection and I took to it immediately.  My journey started there, with her, Beatrice Bracco who will always have my gratitude for giving me my first wings.

Q: What kind of training have you had?

A:  I see actors like athletes. Training is important to keep your your skill set sharp. I’ve trained with many teachers both in Italy and here in Los Angeles. They all gave me so much, not just in acting, but real life lessons that I will take with me forever. Stanislavsky, Meisner, Strasberg are my base and inspiration as actor and an “aware” human being.

Q: What is the main difference between the film industry in America and the film industry in Italy?

A:  I think in Italy we have so much history in the art of making movies and I am deeply in love and have huge admiration for the art and craft of the old Italian movies and the filmmakers. I think today the difference is on two levels, production process and the quality of the performances. My work ethic is closer to the American way and I see Italy as America’s closest competition in making quality TV shows. Besides TV was my first home as TV host and writer.

Q: What is Being American about?

A:  Being American is about an American family that has to do an emergency airplane landing and by mistake lands in Iraq, the enemy territory during the war. The find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and they are facing the cruelty and the sad reality of the real human conflict.  It’s a story written and directed by Fatmir Doga that speaks about humanity.

Q: What role do you play?

 

A:  I play the role of Karen, Tom’s girlfriend who was played by Lorenzo Lamas.

Q: What makes Karen an interesting character?

A:  Karen was a simple character with not much pretense and she is very understanding. I guess her simplicity and honest love for Tom is the best way to describe her.
Q: What was the most challenging audition you ever went on?

A: The most challenging audition? Believe it or not the more challenging ones are the ones where the character is extremely similar to myself.  I am not sure why.  Maybe because I can be very shy at times and those are the moments where I feel more vulnerable. And when I have a complex character to work on I find myself better able to relate and get into the head of that character.

Q:  What kinds of day jobs have you had and how have they influenced your acting?

A: I have been working since I was in high school. I’m from a tourist area by the sea so that’s what most students do during the summer break: they go to work! So I did different odd jobs growing up such as bartender, waiter, lifeguard, swim and fitness instructor and horseback riding teacher for kids. On the side I was modeling, graduated and worked as graphic designer too.

I loved every job and each gave me something and a real sense of being practical and the reality of life. How did this influence acting? I believe acting is richer when you have experienced many different things including adversity as it brings a great complexity to the performance.

Q: What do you miss most about Italy?

 

A: I miss my Family, my friends, and I would say I also miss also the change of seasons. I love the California sunshine but I love winters too..they make me feel cozy and inspire me. I miss the Italian gelato, food also, I cook a lot and I cook principally Italian..but still I do miss it!!

 

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

 

A: The films that inspire me are written very well and are masterpieces! And when a film is so great, any artist will wish they could have played a role in that film!-

So, yes, in my heart I was an Erin Brockovich, and Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, and Alice Harford in Eyes Wide Shut. Strong roles, complex personalities and the characters are very driven. Plus I am a dreamer and that’s what movies are about!

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