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An Interview With Artist Natalie Krystine

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Natalie Krystine is an artist; here is a link to her website:

www.nataliekrystine.com

 

Q:  When did you know you were an artist?

 

A: I honestly think that it wasn’t until about two years ago that I started thinking of myself as an artist.

But I’ve probably always been an artist. When I look back, art has always been a constant in my life. My mom used to do finger painting projects with me when I was a baby. And I began wanting to do my own artwork at about two years old. I wasn’t a child prodigy, so none of it was any good. My dad is actually really talented at drawing and would give me short art lessons as a child. My mom was more into crafts. She was always crafting or making something. Their interests in arts and crafts, paired with their constant encouragement, really helped me to pursue many different artistic endeavors over the years. I appreciate so many things because of them, and want to try so many different avenues of art. This is probably why it’s taken so long for me to adopt the label of “artist”.

 

Q: Who are some of your artistic influences?

 

A: I would have to say that I’ve been inspired by Diane Arbus, Frida Kahlo, Wayne Thiebaud, Ray Johnson, and David Hockney. I also really love Marcel Duchamp because he put a urinal in a museum. In general, I’m really inspired by artists that don’t sell out and just do the art they want to do. I think that there is a lot of bravery in expressing a part of you that may come off as weird to someone looking in.

 

Q: What do you hope to communicate through your art work?

 

A: If I’m doing commissioned artwork, I just try my best to communicate what I’ve been asked to do.

But when I get to do my own artwork, I find myself trying to express the nostalgia I feel about things, that are honestly, extremely normal and boring. In my general life, I tend to become interested in things that were small footnotes of an experience. The tiny details help me remember a bigger memory or emotion. It’s like a bookmark for me. I also feel color is extremely important to how I express my work. I find myself trying to mix colors until it matches the subject matter on an emotional and visually appealing level. I hope that other people enjoy my work and are able to project their own life experiences onto my pieces.

I also really want people to find humor in my projects. Most of my projects start off with me thinking something would be funny or ridiculous to make. If an idea doesn’t make me laugh or smile, I generally don’t pursue it further.

 

Q:  What made you choose acrylics?

A: I’ve only been painting with acrylics for about three years now. I was kind of bored one summer day, and remembered I had a box of acrylics at home. I’ve never taken painting lessons. But I knew acrylic paint is generally pretty easy to work with. I wanted to paint a very large portrait of my dog to the best of my abilities. I thought it would be funny to give it to my parents as a present. A month later, it was finished. My parents loved it. My mom put a gold, ornate frame around it and hung it up in the hallway. Other people saw it and started hiring me to paint their pets. Because of all this, I realized I really liked using acrylics. And I got a lot of practice from the commissions.

 

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

 

A: I work in an office as an inside salesperson. It’s a really normal Monday through Friday job. It allows me evenings and weekends to work on projects.

 

Q: What happens at one of your painting parties?

 

A: I come to your house with painting supplies and a project for all of us to do together. I stand in front of everyone and demonstrate the steps that we need to do in order to complete the project. Everyone gets to wear an apron. I also wear an apron. But mine is green with strawberry pockets, which indicates that I am the instructor. I walk around and help anyone that needs assistance. Sometimes people eat snacks and play music. I’ve mostly been hired to instruct children.

Being an art teacher was one of my first art-related dreams! I’m really happy that I get to experience that dream from time to time.

 

Q: One of the services you offer is “Bad Portraits,” how do you go about making them intentionally bad?

 

A: It has to be bad, but not so bad that you can’t recognize the subject of the portrait. I actually pay attention to what the person looks like. But I leave out most of the details. I think what helps this project is that I hate pencils. I only draw with pens.

I do want to add, that in addition to my dad giving me basic drawing lessons while growing up, I actually did take drawing classes in college. But… My drawing abilities have always been really mediocre. The “Bad Portraits” project is my way of poking fun at that and embracing my subpar abilities.

Q: What do you like about the San Francisco art scene?

A: It’s nice that it feels very open and welcoming. I’m actually really shy about sharing my art with other people, especially face-to-face. But any time I’ve done an art event in San Francisco, my nerves have been eased by how nice everyone is!

Q: What about it would you change?

 

A: I wish I was more involved in it. I’m trying to change that!

Q:  If you could do an acrylic painting of a famous person’s soul, who would you pick and what would it look like?

A: When I really think about it, I’m not incredibly creative nor inventive, so I’d probably just paint a portrait of an obscure Bay Area celebrity, like Jan Wahl, or someone from a commercial that I think is funny. I feel like I wouldn’t know much about them either… So I’d just paint the background with a really vibrant color that I like and be done with it.

 

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 Katherine Roberts

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Originally posted on Act.Land.

 

Katherine Roberts is an actress who appears in the film Assassin’s Apprentice; here is a link to her IMDB Page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6199153/

 

 

Q:  What is the Assassin’s Apprentice about?

 

A: The Assassin’s Apprentice is about an assassin Pete, played by Robert Picardo who trains his apprentice Kaylee, played by Tarah Page. The film follows her training and ultimately one last test which she decides to do her own way.

 

Q: What role do you play?

 

A: I play Tiffany, a woman on a date with a mob boss who witnesses a surprising scene while at the bar with Pete and Kaylee. (I don’t want to give too much away!)

 

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

 

A:  I watched Scarface and studied Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance. I also talked with the director and producers on what they expected from Tiffany’s character, then rehearsed with my scene partners.

 

Q: What is the biggest difference between you and the character of Tiffany?

 

A: Well, I am definitely not as forward. I am a very friendly person, but Tiffany is a man eater!

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

 

A:  I have always been intersted in acting, ever since I was young girl. I guess my affinity started when my parents would take me to the local theatre and I was amazed by the beauty and sadness storytelling could convey. I knew I wanted to be a story teller too.

 

Q: What is your strangest audition story?

 

A: I audition a lot for Latin American parts, which is great since I am mostly of Peruvian and Spanish decent, however I am not a native Spanish speaker, only conversational. I had to say a few lines in Spanish, which I did fine, but then was thrown a curve ball and had to talk in English with a Spanish accent, a la Sofia Vergara-let’s just say whatever what was coming out of my mouth sounded a mix between Italian and an accent you have never heard of. I was horriffied, as I’m sure the casting director was too. Let’s just say I didn’t book the job!

 

Q: What kind of day job or income source do you have and how does it affect your pursuit of acting?

 

A:  I make most of my money from commercials and print modeling. I have wonderful agents and work pretty consistantly. Keep an eye out for me in Wells Fargo’s nationwide. Also, on the side I like to dog sit and dog walk my neighbor’s dogs. I am a huge animal lover. I also am developing an app, and freelance write. I try to stay on top of everything and I like to think of myself as a go getter, so whatever I set my sights to I commit myself 100%

 

Q:  Have you ever had a disagreement with a director about how a role should be played? How did you deal with it?

 

A: No never. I value the director’s vision on every and all projects I have ever worked on. Even if I saw my character in another way, I always listen and take in whatever the director sees. Ultimately, I trust the director to guide the actors to their best performances

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

 

A:  I am currently watching Girlboss on Netflix, and I know I could have killed the main role of Sophia. I was living in San Francisco during the time NastyGal took off and was born and raised in the Bay Area. I love playing characters with quirky relatability and I definitely could have brought that. However, I love Britt Robertson’s take on the character and am a big fan of the show.

 

Q: What is the most realistic movie you have ever seen about Los Angeles?

 

A: I’m not sure about movie, but the episode of Sex in The City where the girls visit Los Angeles is pretty spot on! The healthy eating, meetings, premiere’s, and just overall LA vibe is pretty realistic; and hilarious.

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 Rapper Hiiigh Quality

Hiiighquality is a rapper who recently released the EP, PSA’s and Heartbreak; here is a link to his Soundcloud page:

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Q: What made you interested in music?

 

A: What made me interested in music was basically the surroundings growing up, hearing it, experiencing & relating to it then I also saw some of my older friends tapping into it.

 

Q:  What kinds of things inspire you to rap?

 

A: The kinds of things that inspire me to rap are original, amazing lyricists, & looking at all the things Ive been through & overcame because of the most highs within me.

 

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

 

A:  I actually have errand running and home cleaning gigs I participate in weekly, & it effects my music in a pretty positive way, as far as motivation.

 

Q: What kind of formal training have you had?

 

A: I haven’t had any formal training.

 

 

Q: Who are some of your influences?

 

 

A: Some of my influences are John Lennon, Bob Marley, Damien Marley,Steve Jobs, Ice Cube, Snoop dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Vince Staples, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky etc.

 

Q: Where do you record your music?

 

A: . I record my music inside of my home at the moment.

 

Q: What is Hydro about?

 

A: Hydro is basically kind of an alter ego, or nickname because lots of people call me that.

 

Q: What is the one thing you would change about the music industry?

 

A: The one thing I would change about the music industry is the evil actions.

 

Q: What have you done to promote your music?

 

A:  Ive strictly promoted online on social media, & also outside on the streets as well.

 

 

Q: If you could write a rap musical, what would the plot be?

 

 

A: If I could write a rap musical the plot would probably be A Kid trapped in his city with a vision, battling everyday obstacles who soon finds that life is much more bigger than his vision, which leads him to his purpose after all.

 

 

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 Cheyenne Hernandez

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

 

 

Cheyenne Hernandez is a Seattle based actress who appears in the film, The Cleaner and the Deadman and on the show Hawaii Five-0; here is a link to her IMDB page:

 

Q: What made you want to be an actor?

A: When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always a pirate. To this day! My brother and I watched “The Pirates of the Caribbean” when it first came out and I remember thinking, “Wow. Actors get to be Pirates. They get to be whatever they want! I want to be an actress!” My brother agreed with me and together we recreated our favorite movies around the house. We were assassins, pirates, cowboys… anything we could imagine. Life happened you know? I joined the Army and my brother was two weeks away from leaving for basic training when him and my other brother were killed by a drunk driver. At his funeral I made him a promise that I will die keeping. I will go on for all of us and I will live out our dreams. I auditioned for an agent and never looked back. With my Guardian Angels I feel as though I can do anything.

Q:  What is, The Cleaner and the Deadman about?

A: The Cleaner and the Deadman is about Two paid killers who are hired by the cartel to find a psycho drug scientist. The scientist escapes and the killers are faced with the all kinds of mayhem. There’s lots of action and what’s cool is that everyone involved truly has a passion for the arts!

Q: What role do you play?

 A: I play Liza Garrot. Liza is an undercover British spy affiliated with the two killers and she is a total warrior!

Q: How did you become involved with the project?

A: I made that promise to my brother Isaiah and  the agency still hadn’t sent me on any auditions. I felt as though I was letting Isaiah down and then a friend of mine told me about an ad requesting strongwilled women for a film. I had to be there THAT DAY and with only an hour left I almost didn’t make the audition. I didn’t have time to memorize the script so I did a cold read where I made myself cry and scream. I’ll never forget the directors face when he smiled and said I was exactly what they were looking for!

Q: Why do you think gangster movies are so popular?

A: I think gangster movies are popular because most people’s everyday lives don’t consist of scandal, shooting people, and deadly rivalry. I did say most! Watching movies that have that kind of plot gets people’s blood going. The more action-packed, the more adrenaline and it can be quite addicting.

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

A: I just finished up with my Army contract and am now focusing on school. I was a combat medic and I absolutely loved it! Being in the Army has influenced my acting a lot because I know what it’s like to feel like you would die for a complete stranger. I know what it feels like to lose a family member that does not share your blood. My work made sure that on a daily basis I was subjected to emotions ranging from ecstatic to petrified to enraged and because those emotions have touched my soul so regularly, I’ve learned to portray them through body language and facial expressions.

Q: Why Seattle and not LA or New York?

A: I’m actually going to school to be a dentist. I’d heard that Seattle had a great dental program along with an outstanding talent agency. I was living in Hawaii and once I fulfilled my dream of being in Hawaii 5-0 I decided I needed to try for Grey’s Anatomy too! As you can see, I’m a little impulsive.

Q: What role do you play on Hawaii Five-0?

A: I played Stacey Holden. At the beginning of the episode I’m this heartbroken girl who just lost her boyfriend but as the show goes on my real character comes out!

Q: What makes the new show different from the original?

A: The personalities! Each character has a purpose and you can’t even compare the characters from the original to the new one because they are completely different! FUN FACT: Dennis Chun (Sgt Duke Lukea) is in the new Hawaii 5-0 and his father was in the original! I had the privilege of getting to know uncle Dennis on set and I have to say he is an amazing person. In the military you can tell a good leader by the way he is with his troops. The great leaders eat with their men. They get to know them and they help them out whenever possible. Dennis could have ate with all the other famous actors but he sat right next to another new actress and I. He got to know us and he answered all of our questions without a hint of annoyance. Little did he know that he had just became my role model!

Q: What makes you fameworthy?

A: I’m not! Every day is a blessing. Every breath is a gift from God and the fact that he’s not only let me live this long, but gone the extra mile and helped me get roles in movies, shows, and modeling is more than I could ever ask for! All I can do is continue being the best person I can and spreading his love. I will work my butt off to make my dreams come true and if it is his will, it will happen. I know I’m on the right path though and once I get to an elevated level in acting I plan on using that position to spread awareness about drunk driving. The loss of my brothers is a heartbreak that I hope to prevent other families from experiencing. I am the change I want to see in this world and I’m here to do good.

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 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 Talk Show Host Cuddy D

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Cuddy D is the host of The Cuddy D Show; here is a link to the show’s website:

http://www.thecuddydshow.com/

 

Q: What made you want to be a talk show host?

 

A: As a fan of television talk shows, I had grown tired of the same old format of one host monologue, one perspective.  This is why I created a show that offers multiple points

of view where our audience can perhaps relate to us better than other shows, where we say the things that people at home are thinking in their minds but don’t say, we

become their voice.  This is where my passion and desire to become a talk show host began.

 

Q: What is your background in entertainment?

 

A:  I am a fan of television, movies, sports, pop culture and music.

 

Q: What sort of topics do you discuss on your show?

 

A: Pop culture, news, politics, studies, and sports.

 

Q: How did you go about choosing your co-hosts?

 

A: My brother Jim “J-Dawg”.  The wit and genius of J-Dawg in the house, the master of hilarious one line quips, love and peace.  Vicki Lee- she might be the quietest one on the panel, but loves to throw in some witty zingers showing us her unique perspective on the topics, she packs a real punch.  Courtney- she is a singer songwriter, she also has years of public speaking under her belt, in the topic of sexual assault.  Courtney believes most anything can be overcome by humor!

 

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it effect the production of the show?

 

A: I work in the Utilities industry, and my other co-hosts all have day jobs as well, therefore, production of the show takes place in the evenings and weekends.

 

Q: Your website says you originally started filming the show in a basement and you now film it in a TC studio.  At what studio is the show filmed and what made you decide to

switch from the basement to the studio?

 

A: Currently, we film the show at a local cable Public Access television studio.  As our fan base continued to increase while filming the show in my basement studio, I felt it was time to move out of the basement and into an actual studio with larger space and upgraded equipment to increase the overall production of the show.

 

Q: I did not notice any advertising on the show, how are you able to pay for the production?

 

 A: Fortunately, the studio at the local Public Access cable network was free.  As far as other production costs of the show such as green screen, construction of our panel table on the set, lighting, microphones, website building, and graphics, have come out of my own pocket.

 

Q: What talk shows do you watch and what do you like about those shows?

 

A: I was inspired by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, The “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, and “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  I like the way they infuse their views on politics and pop culture, while inputting their humorous slants on the topics being discussed.

 

Q: What is the most successful thing you have done to promote your show?

 

 A: I have incorporated social media into the publicity for the show.  Also, Josh Mitchell at Wickid Pissa Publicity has been working tirelessly in assisting me bringing “The Cuddy D Show” to the forefront.

 

Q: If you could host any show for a night, which one would it be and why?

 

 A: If I could host any show for a night, it would be “The Daily Show”.  I would choose that show because their show and “The Cuddy D Show” follow similar formats.
 

 

 

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 Writer J.J. Hemmestad

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J.J. Hemmestad is the author of Visions of a Dream; here is a link to her website:

 

http://jhemmestad.wixsite.com/justine-j-hemmestad

 

Q: What is Visions of a Dream about?

A: My story begins after Alexander the Great is king and as he takes his army to conquer the Persian King Darius III in Asia Minor in order to liberate the people from his oppressive rule.While there, he begins a spiritual journey that takes him through the universe of his mind, and answers as well as questions are revealed to him through his closest, most intense relationships (one with his closest officer Hephastion, and one with a Persian girl named Baphomet, who is fictional). He was inclusive of all people, and immersed himself in each culture he liberated, dressing like them, worshiping their god in their temples, and allowing them the freedom to retain their beliefs. He believed that each religion ultimately worshiped the same god. The end rift with his Army came when they insisted on spreading the Macedonian/Greek culture and were offended that he adapted to other cultures; and they mutinied.

 

Q: What made you interested in Alexander the Great?

A: I watched an A&E Biography about Alexander in the 90’s and I found his perseverance and persistence so familiar that I began to research him (especially through Arrian). In one of his battles he was hacked on the head with a cleaver that split his helmet in two, but he persisted.

 

Q: What made you start writing in the first place?

A: Writing was and is therapy for me. In 1990 (I was 19) my car was hit by a city bus – I sustained a severe brain injury, was in a coma, paralyzed, and the doctors thought that I would never recover. Within months I was walking again though and my husband and I eventually had seven kids (when the doctors told us we wouldn’t be able to). Reading was especially hard for me to learn again. In addition to my injuries I had severe PTSD and writing helped me cope. I used to have several stories going at one time, but my Alexander the Great story was the one I gained the most from. After my TBI I was essentially personality-less and the traits that I admired in someone I found myself adapting, which was the case with Alexander.

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

A: I’m a mother of seven kids, so I had to write through any turmoil and amount of noise. I learned to have intense focus, which was also something that was not supposed to have been possible with my severe brain injury. Sometimes I got up very early in the morning to write, too. Now three of my kids are adults and I only have four at home and I have a good routine I stick with. I’m also on disability due to my brain injury and my husband works full time.

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters from literature?

A: My ultimate favorite characters are Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights because they have to fight through so much and though their love gets warped in the end, it extends beyond death. I also love Frankenstein by Mary Shelley because people freak out so much when they see the creature and he’s banished, which is therapeutic to read because I felt very much like that after my accident.

 

Q: What have you done to promote your book?

A: I’ve hired a publicist, who has gotten many interviews; it’s a new thing for me but I’m very glad I did it. I was interviewed last year by a newspaper for my novella, Truth be Told, and I found that publicity is the most effective tool to gain readers.

 

Q: What made you chose Turtle Shell Publishing?

A: I spent 20 years writing, but only a few years trying to get published (split into different time periods), and I often felt belittled or taken advantage of by the publishing world. I knew I wanted to have a small publishing home which was run by a woman, which is exactly what I found with Turtle Shell Publishing. I can also talk to her about how exactly I would like my books to appear and my oldest son Bradley Hemmestad has the freedom to create the cover art for my books (Truth be Told was also published through Turtle Shell, formally Faith by Grace Publishing).

 

Q: What makes your writing style unique?

A: I write what I feel, from my heart, and I write in the sense of the story that I’m telling, so my writing styles shift because I want to be faithful to the characters and the story itself.

 

Q: What is the oddest piece of advice anyone has given you about writing?

A: No one has ever really given me advice because I’ve been writing on my own, not connected to people who may otherwise advise me. But I’ve taken many writing courses through the Iowa Writer’s Workshop (I’ve earned a BLS from The University of Iowa and am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Literature through Northern Arizona University), and what I’ve learned about writing has been invaluable.

 

Q:  If Alexander The Great could meet Donald Trump, what advice do you think he would give him?

A: Great question! I think Alexander would give the advice that he lived himself, which is that sincere, pure interest in a culture other than your own overcomes any fear of that culture. Also, he would advise Trump to think less about his pride and how favorably he’s seen as a leader and find his center (the source of his inspiration), and let that be his guide. Alexander knew his spiritual core and was willing to learn even greater wisdom than what he thought he had. He was never stagnant in his beliefs, but he was always evolving.

 

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