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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:)

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An Interview With Model Suzanne Stokes

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Suzanne Stokes is a model who has appeared in Playboy and on Frasier and The Howard Stern Show; here is a link to her website:

http://www.suzannestokes.com/

 

Q: How did you become involved with beauty pageants in the first place?

 

A: When I was really little my mom put me in a beauty pageant. I also did some modeling for some local newspapers and had taken a modeling class when I was young. I guess I would have to say my first bikini contest was just for fun. I was probably like 16 and I was at a bar in FT Lauderdale with my boyfriend and I entered a bikini contest just for fun.  I ended up winning 3rd place and some money which I was stoked.  Then I began modeling in Miami and I booked my first audition which was for a Ruffles commercial which I was so excited about. I was living on Chokoloskee Island at the time which was about an hour and a half away from Miami so my dad usually drove me to the castings at first which I am very thankful for.  I booked a Heineken commercial which was filmed in The Dominican Republic, and I met this other girl who was really cool and we began friends. When we were back In Miami, we decided to enter a Hawaiian Tropic contest at the

Cleavlander Hotel  on South Beach. I ended up winning first runner-up and I won some money but you had to go to the next contest in order to get the money so I continued on. It was a fun experience and I got to meet a lot of cool people. I ended up winning Miss Miami and the I won the Top 4 in the USA contest and then I won Most Photogenic in the International contest

Q:  What kind of day jobs have you had and what makes modeling better?

A: I must say that I have never really had a day job.  I was a first mate once on my dad’s airboat ride. I pulled the crab trap up to show the tourist and then I fed the raccoons and gators the marshmallows. They loved those things.   It was cute because the raccoons would come take them from your hand. I would just throw it to the gator though.

Q:  What is your favorite Hef story?

A: One time we were all riding in the limo coming home from the club and a bunch of us girls were hanging out the top of the limo and we got pulled over and I thought that was kinda funny.  I was thinking wow, who would actually give Hef a ticket.  Lol…. But luckily we got away with a warning and continued the fun back to the mansion. Hef is an amazing person.  He is fascinating and has lots of stories that are great.  He is very charming. It was lots of fun back in those days.

Q:  What was the Playboy experience like?

A: The Playboy experience was amazing for me. I had a really amazing time.

Q:  When you went on Howard Stern’s show you participated in something called the tickle post where you were chained to a post, naked and tickled by Mr. Stern. Did they tell you this was part of the show or did you find out when you got there?

A: I found out when I got there.  It was all just random.  At the end of the show, they came around and filmed us while they give us a quiz on random facts. Buffy and I got all the questions right but they didn’t end up showing that part. Lol

Q:  Your website says you are producing a reality show; what is it about?

A: I was a producer on this show called Guts and Glory. It is about the San Antonio Talons. Football

Q:  What is the strangest fan letter you have ever received?

A: I once got this package with locks of hair in it.  Kinda weird I thought.

Q:  What role did you play on Fraiser?

A: I played the Fantasy Plumber.

Q:  If you could change anything about Hollywood, what would it be and why?

A: Less traffic

Q:  What are some misconceptions about nude modeling?

A: Are there misconceptions?

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 Olivier Saint-Victor

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Olivier Saint-Victor is an actor who appears in the web-series Tyler Perry Mason; here is a link to his YouTube page:

www.youtube.com/OlivierSaintVictor

 

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: When I was young I would get into these crazy characters and have so much fun doing them. I also loved watching cartoons I thought they were cool. So I started going to acting classes to get better, to get knowledge on the art form and to be real serious.

Q: What is Tyler Perry Mason about?

A: It’s a black style procedural based off of the original procedural Perry Mason. It was a pilot I did with an associate from Tyler Perry. We went to the readings, shot the pilot and started shopping it. Then the orignal executive producer had to leave the show and an all new cast, crew came in. We taped a few shows then got some airplay on Pasadena T.V. and Padnet Long Beach.

Q:  What role do you play?

A: I played Detective Grayson the lead detective for the police department. It was good for me you know, I was just waiting to do a piece with action. You know something to get the adrenaline going real good.

Q:  How did you become involved with the show?

A: I went in for an audition at the producers house. He had me cold read for a detective then picked me that day. I told them I was excited to be able to work with them on the show.

Q: What is the best advice an acting coach ever gave you?

A: There are many things you have to remember when acting. 1 main thing though that will help is to fully listen to the other actor, to concetrate.

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

A: I’m part owner of a medical clinic. If you want to go anywhere you can’t rely only on the fact that your going to support yourself from acting right from the start. Especially if your new to the industry. You’ll need steady funding to get started.

Q: What is your strangest on-set story?

A: There could be an interesting one from my new film The Lion Horn Of Christ that i’m starring in. It would be though on the set of Tyler Perry Mason. When we were shooting a scene at a public library. Some disgusting looking guy walked on set bothering the whole crew. One of our main actors at the time approached the guy. Both of them started arguing talking about going to the parking lot to have a fist fight. I was like I ahh I really want to film this scene, so I told them to back off. They did and I got to shoot some of my best work.

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

A: One that wrote a comic book superhero flick…or a romance movie. You learn a lot of good qualities, right life lessons and firm representaion watching superhero movies.

Q: What do you like about Hollywood?

A: I’m from here. Been going to the city since I was a teenager. It’s good for me because of the entertainment industry. I told myself I should be polite.

Q: What about it would you change?

A: If there is any problem sometimes I wise up and let it go and move on. You know…don’t let myself dwell so much on the negativity and bad feelings. I have to be honest with my self to become a better man and to be a better leader. Have faith. If there’s any change to be made i’d say look to the sun.

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 YouTuber Danisha Carter

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Danisha Carter is a singer, dancer and actress who is about to start her own YouTube channel; here is a link to her Twitter account:

 

Q: What inspired you to start making YouTube videos?

A: My favorite YouTuber in the world; Swoozie. There have always been the glitzy and glamorous YouTube videos that I liked, but Swoozie was funny and entertaining just being himself, telling stories about his life and including fun cartoons – he proved that you can entertain people without all the special effects. Ever since then I knew I wanted to make videos, I didn’t know specifically how yet – but I wanted to make them. When I figured out I wanted to make singing videos along with other creative ones, I knew that YouTube was a huge platform to really reach people in my own way, so that is what began my YouTube journey.

Q:  How does a YouTube Network, work?

A: A YouTube Network is like a record label with less money, haha. They sign popular YouTube talents to their “label” and you create underneath them and they pay you for it. Some networks are more hands-on than others, supporting you and promoting you, while others are just there to try and take money from you. I won’t say which labels do which, haha.

Q: Why should investors, invest in your network?

A: I miss represent myself when I say I want to start a YouTube netowrk because in reality it’s a channel, only because I’m not signing talent, even though I’ll have a lot of features.

Investors should invest in my channel for a few reasons. The first being, that YouTube and online entertainment is skyrocketing right now. Look at all the budding careers and profit (which is what investors are in for) that have already come from YouTubers just in the pat year, if they want in on that money now is the time to do it. Secondly, I have been doing and studying not only YouTube, but marketing for a long time and have seen how online entertainment works, and I have planned accordingly. I legitimately have every part of my channel outlined in a business plan even down to the timing of when different videos will be uploaded; investors that want to get involved with the online entertainment market will want to go in with a plan and I have that plan. Thirdly, I don’t want to say it’s fool-proof, but the way the channel is set up, there are very limited ways it could fail – I can’t really tell you why without giving things away.

Q:  What kinds of videos will your new channel offer?

A: My channel is going to be the ultimate variety, something for everyone. The main three features will be my singing videos, and two series called People of Vegas and Shops of Vegas. My singing videos are the main focus of the channel because I am a singer and plan to primarily use YouTube to showcase that. The Vegas features I was inspired to include when I moved to Vegas and really saw how crazy, exciting, extravagant and amazing this city is and there are so many people who don’t know that. Shops of Vegas will feature stores that are exclusively here, large hotels here, nightclubs etc. and People of Vegas will focus on the tourists and locals here that are more exciting than the people anywhere else. There will also be a Dance series on there similar to Dance Moms and local dance groups showing their talent, a lot of fashion videos – I’ve partnered with a few Fashion brands that want to get their look out there and it’ll be a great platform for it. A small series called Sundays With Brooke, that’s going to be all about kids in a funny way (similar to the AT&T commercials) and a few more sections focused on different creatives an entertainment.

Q:  Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

A:  Definitely Swoozie, he’s hilarious and humble. Onision is my second one, he is extremely realistic and onest with his viewers and share a lot of the same views I do, everyone likes when people agree with them, right? haha. I also like a channel called Whatever, they do pranks and whatnot so that’s always really entertaining. Other than that, I don’t watch many YouTubers.

Q:  What kind of YouTube videos would you like to see less of?

A: Definitely beauty gurus, gaming, and corporation videos. Gaming videos are like, an easy success in YouTube but they don’t really represent what YouTube is about to me, and I love video games. Just my opinion. And I feel like too many people upload Beauty Guru videos not actually as professionals in make-up firstly, and secondly for what they hope will be quick fame as the next Bethany Mota – it’s over uploaded and over-bearing. I hate, hate, hate corporation pages though, channels like Vevo, Google, Music, generic channels that promote people that are already famous and run extremely long ads etc. could go on and on about why I dislike them.

Q: What drew you to Las Vegas?

A: Las Vegas is extremely cheap to live in ever since the recession. You can get a two bedroom condo here for $800 a month, a nice one too, whereas you can get a two bedroom condo in New York (where I’m from) for $2000 a month. The thinking was and is, that I can put almost all of my money towards making videos as opposed to over priced living expenses. Vegas is also warm, I was running from Winter. It’s also exciting, what ISN’T there to film here?

Q:  What is your weirdest Vegas story?

A: My weirdest Vegas story, there have been a few BUT I think the one that takes the cake would be when I walked into a couple having sex on an elevator. And yes, I got inside. Somehow in my mind, because I had already made eye contact with them, getting into the elevator seemed less awkward than not to me. i don’t know, but it was freeeeaky.

Q:  How would you describe your brand?

A: Real. There will be no smoke and mirrors with this channel. Everything, from the music features and collaborations, to the fashion brands, to the dances, to the tourists will be real and uncut. Just real people with real talent doing what they love, and not changing to impress.

Q:  What kind of a day job or income source do you have and how does it influence your videos?

A: I currently work at Tory Burch, until we start the channel. It influences me not only as a place to shoot for Shops of Vegas, but i meet so many new and different people there on a daily, which reminds me to learn from everyone and that everyone has a story to tell – you’ll see a lot of that in my videos.

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 Tino Orsini


 

 

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Tino Orsini is an Anglo-Italian actor who appears in the film After the World Ended; here is a link to his website:

http://www.tinoorsini.co.uk

Q: What is  about?

 

A:  After the World Ended is  multi-faceted story that takes place on an alternate future time line of Earth directed by Tony Sebastian Ukpo.

Q: What role do you play?

A: I play Elias who with his wife Aurora (Arinda Alexander)  help a young girl(Shuna Iijima)who stows away on a touring vessel bound for the restored natural borders of the abandoned surface cities of a once thriving metropolis to search for her family.

Q:  What makes it different from other science fiction movies?

A: its different to other Sci-Fi films in that it’s a drama and about human survival without necessarily all about special effects and such.its more an exploration of life in a world struggling to re-imagine itself,and the people who inhabit it.

Q: What is the biggest difference between acting for stage and acting for film?

A: the biggest difference I would say is that stage acting lends itself to a much broader performance in order to reach the audience whereas in film the camera is right up close on your face and so it’s much more subtle and less is more.

Q: To what theory of acting do you ascribe?

 

 

A: well,I don’t have a particular method per se,I have studied the Stanislavski approach and Meisner which I still try and use when creating a character but I think what it boils down to for me is bringing all of that knowledge and creating a truthful three-dimensional character within the realms of the story.

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

A:  I’ve done all sorts of day jobs including waiter,security,agent’s assistant and even delivered flowers.

They all teach me about different aspects of life which I bring to my work.

Q: What famous role would you like to attempt?

A: I would like to try Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’.

I played him at school and I love the complexity of this character.

Of course I would love to try the Shakespearean roles of Shylock and Lear when I’m older as they are a real challenge to do and I think actors need to be challenged in order to grow and evolve.

Q: You lived in Los Angeles for a while; what was the biggest culture shock you experienced?

 

A: I had always dreamed of going there as a teenager and when I landed there it took me a while to get use to the sheer vastness of it all.

Also the all year-round sunshine which was wonderful.

Q: What would you change about the British film industry?

A: I would say since the huge amount of inward investment that we are experiencing it’s a sign that UK is the best place in the world to make films right now but digital needs to be embraced if cinema hopes to remain relevant for audiences in the future.

Q: If you had to become any character you have ever played for the rest of your life, who would it be?

A: I played Nat Miller in the theatre production of ‘Ah,Wilderness!’ In London and he was such a joy to play as he was such a kind hearted and understanding head of the family.

I would like to think if I ever have my own kids I would have his qualities as a father.

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 Ricky Dew

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Ricky Dew is a former boxer and an aspiring actor here is a link to his website:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6897300/

Q: Why did you quit boxing?

A:  Well, I stopped boxing because I seen 1st hand how messed up the business can be. My 2nd pro fight was in NYC on a cable network I won’t mention by name, but it airs a popular show with dragons on it. But I was offered a large amount of money to lose the fight. I knew at that point I wouldn’t be able to be apart of that business after this, because I didn’t want to pay that game. But I did take the money, and told my manager I was retiring right after. Also this is the 1st time I’ve ever stated on the record the real reason why I retied.

Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: Well, I went to New York in High School to film this reality show and the P.A. who was in charge of babysitting me told me I had star quality and needed to be on TV. Now nothing ever happened with her after I went home, but it stayed with me that I was a star and need to be seen. Entertaining people is something that brings me the most joy in life. Also I’m pretty damn good at it.

Q: What is Stewart and Paul about?

A:  Stewart and Paul is about 2 hands who get in all kinds of crazy shit. Think Ken &
Kel but the 2015 version. It was going to be released January 30th but got pushed back because of reasons not really detailed to be with the crew. But I have some really great project coming up soon Dead Weight is a crime drama that is really good, great cast. I’m really excited for people to see it, really bad ass.

Q:  What role do you play?

A:  Well in Stewart and Paul I played just a thug in the 1st episode. But I was going to come back in episode 3 and get a name and some insight into my life, it was a big twist. But like i said idk when or if that will be happening. But in Dead Weight which will be out soon I play Victor, I thug who is loyal to his brother but all about that cash. Think Dough Boy from Boyz in The Hood.

Q: What makes the series worth watching?

A: Whenever Stewart and Paul goes out it will be worth it because I’m in it, but Dead Weight is worth checking out because it is my really time being not kinda funny in a role, you don’t get to see any of the real me show in the character. Plus you get to see me early in my career and you will look back like I seen him when he first got started.
Q: What makes you fame-worthy?
A: I think I’m fame worthy because I have one of those reality show personalities that make you want to watch, but I also have a shit ton of talent that I think people will enjoy seeing on screen. I didn’t move here to be anything less than A list in Hollywood and I’m going to get there or die trying.

Q: What kind of day job or income source do you have and how does it help or hinder your acting?
A: Right now I work as a server to pay the bills. Having a job has made me miss out on lots of auditions. Which really bites but I’m trying to save up enough to the point I can quit my day job for a few months and do nothing but audition and film projects. Like I didn’t come here to give people food.

Q:  Who are some of your acting influences and why?
A: My favorite actor is Ryan Reynolds he is just so good to me. People give him lots of shit because he hasn’t had a hit in a while, but he is great in everything he is in even if the movie sucks. I’m really looking forward to him playing Deadpool which is my favorite comic book character. I have the Deadpool symbol tattooed on my bicep. I alway really like Jake Johnson from New Girl he plays Nick. I was kinda disappointed when I seen the show because I was like “thats how I would play an awkward character” but he is great. I really liked that movie he did Lets be Cops.
Q: What is the most realistic film about boxing you have ever seen?
A: Happy thing the only boxing movies I’ve ever enjoyed was Rocky. I’m way more of a MMA fan, like I never even would watch boxing for fun. But just fighting movies in general, the most real was Warrior starring Tom Hardy. That movie was perfect to be from the fights to the drama outside of the cage the acting, man that movie was great. Check it out idk if its still on Netflix but it is a great film, 4 stars!

Q: What is your strangest on set story?

A: The strangest story on set hmmmm thats a good question. I’ve seen a camera man lose his shit because an extra walked in the shot, when there was like minutes of sun light left that was some fun shit. But my strangest story would be I was being drove back to my car by a P.A. from set and she started coming on to me. Needless to say shit was really awkward when i seen her the next day on set. But it was a fun time in that car.

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