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An Interview With Historical Romance Author Faye Hall

 

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Faye Hall is an Australian historical romance author; here is a link to her website:

 
http://www.faye-hall.com

 

 

Q: What motivated you to start writing?

 

A: I’ve always loved telling stories even as a child.  One day my mum suggested I write them down and so it began.

 

Q:  Why historical erotica?

 

A: I love history, but more so I love the passion of our ancestors that struggled through to make life what it is today.  Also we have this misconception that those in the past were very ‘hush hush’ about sex and I’d like to show a different side.

 

Q:  What was the Bountiful Burdekin?

 

A: It’s where I grew up.  It’s called the Bountiful Burdekin because there are quite a few townships all situated around the Burdekin river, one of the largest water systems in the world.  When the towns were first settled they were the hub of the north and many founding family still live here.  I wanted to show that history but in a more passionate way.

 

Q:  What made you chose it as a setting?

 

A:  As I said before I grew up there and I love the history of the town.  I also think it’s something away from the mainstream settings for most romances.

 

Q:  What is Shrouded Passions about?

 

A: It tells the story of two lovers torn apart when Lotte, the heroine, is shot and killed.  Devon, the hero, falls apart after her death and begs for just one more chance to be with her.  Lotte returns to him, having been saved from death by the tavern girls, but she is in disguise as she needs to stay hidden until she can prove who tried to kill her.

 

Q:  What makes the hero Devon Munroy a character worth reading about?

 

A:  I adore him as a character.  He’s so passionate and devoted to Lotte.  After her death he becomes the dark brooding hero that needs to punish himself for all the wrongs he’d done.

 

Q: What motivates the heroine, Lottie Higgins?

 

A: Lotte wants revenge.  She wants it to be known who shot her.  She also tired of hiding her identity and wants nothing more then to return to Devon and tell him she’s alive.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how do you draw from it in your writing?

 

A: Day job – I am a mother and a step mother.  We have a combined family of 9 children, 7 of which are currently still at home.  I do school runs.  I pack lunches.  I pay bills and run the household while my husband does shift work.  Not sure if I draw on my home life to help with my writing as such but I do find my writing an escape from the day to day chores.

 

Q:  What do you think is the most effective way to promote an Ebook?

 

A: I’m still to figure that out but I have enjoyed guest blogging and interviews.

 

Q:  What do you think Americans misunderstand about Australia?

 

A:  I always reckon Australian’s are seen a bit like ‘Crocodile Dundee’ with pet kangaroos and corked hats.  That’s also why I set my books in Australia, to show how rich and passionate our country’s history really is.

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 Willie Lee Page Smith

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Willie Lee Page Smith is an actor who appears in the series Judge Karen; here is a link to his Backstage page:

 https://www.backstage.com/williesmith/

 


Q:
 When did you know you were an actor?

A: The moment I knew I was an actor/entertainer was when my family use to have talent shows and I would get a thrill from doing it. Knowing that I can transform myself into another person/ character gives me so much excitement that I can’t explain into words

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

A: The type of day job I work for is lyft and deliv, which does not affect my career due to making my own schedule. I can come and go as I please.

Q: What is Judge Karen about?

A: Judge Karen Mills‑Francis, a former Miami‑Dade County judge, rules on small claims court cases in this  syndicated series

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Q:  What role do you play?

A:  The role on Judge Karen I played the character of Julius Sanders who was the plaintiff in the episode of Stiletto Kicked. Julius was more outspoken than his brother and also didn’t like his brother girlfriend. My character sued his brother girlfriend for kicking his car with a stiletto that caused damages..

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?

A:  The acting method I say that i use I called the Stanislavski’s system, also known as Stanislavski’s method. Basically I like to draw my own feelings and experiences to connect with the character they are portraying. It’s much easier for me to put my mindset of the character finding things in common in order to give a more genuine portrayal of the character I’m playing.

Q:  What makes you fameworthy?

A: What makes me fame worthy is that i put in the time and work to achieve 6 greatness. Also learning new styles and methods to perfect the craft. Also keeping my faith alive.

Q:  What is your oddest Hollywood story?

A:  As of right now I don’t have a weird Hollywood story yet. Lol

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

A:  The role I can nail is Curtis Taylor Jr from Dreamgirls and The Black Panther from the comic books.. Curtis Taylor Jr from Dreamgirls because I love musicals for one and he was the bad. For some strange reason I’m always casted as he bad guy. Playing a bad guy so much fun to play especially when you don’t act like that in real life. Also the The Black Panther because I love action movies and I’m an athletic person. With this role I will be able to put athletic skills to the test.

Q:  What do you do to fight nerves during an audition?

A:  When at an audition I’m actually doing breathing exercises and praying.. I breathe to calm because I’m actually big ball of energy and energy can easily shoot down your audition.. One thing you don’t want to do is read to fast that casting director don’t know what your saying..

Q:  What is next for you?

A: I have a few projects coming up. I will be back in stage play, also have a few web series I will be staring in, and working on my music as well.

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 EN McNamara

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EN McNamara is the author of The Jamie Keller Mystery Series; here is a link to the Amazon page

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Jamie+Keller+mystery+series

 

 

 

Q:  What inspired you to start the Jamie Keller Mystery Series?

A: Reading the book, A Course in Miracles, radically shifted my way of thinking. Change your mind and you’ll change your world. I found it to be true and wished I’d learned the lessons earlier in life. This new way of thinking brought me from the clamorous San Francisco Bay Area to the forests of western Oregon, where I purchased ten acres of property, off-grid, with plans of starting my own lavender farm and business.

In 2004, when we first arrived in Oregon, we got turned on to mushroom hunting. The forest was just outside our door and it was an enjoyable way to make extra money. (Chanterelles can go for as much as eight bucks a pound.)

One afternoon, our new kittens, Schwartz and Isaiah, insisted on accompanying us on the hunt. They were like mini-mountain lions.

As we marveled over their prowess, later that evening, over a glass of vin (perhaps inspired by the wine), I decided to write a story calledThe Chanty Cat Mystery. I excitedly began jotting down my cast of characters (never mind I could hardly spell, and knew nothing about grammar), starting with a fourteen year old protagonist named Jamie Keller, who’s father has just been killed by a roadside bomb. From there the story wrote itself. I later changed the title to Off the Grid, but the cats remain in the story, playing an important role. The first draft took only thirty days to write, but forever to refine and edit.

Without laying it on too thick, I try to incorporate some of life’s lessons, while giving people something fun to read. Many of my fans are not young adults. The dedication to On the Brink is for my hundred year old aunt who’s always asking for the next story.

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Q:  What happens in On the Brink?

A: The story starts off on a high note, when Jamie, Jenny and Catherine get their first real paying gig. Excitement wanes as certain realities creep into the picture. All of the Keller siblings are curious about the mysterious someone, Mrs. Keller spends hours on the phone with, and are none too impressed when they meet him. Also, sweet little Jana has fallen in with a bad crowd and finds herself in trouble deep.

Q:  What makes Jamie a character worth reading about?

A: Jamie is a dichotomy, like most of us, which makes her relatable.

She can jump from generous to jealous at the drop of a hat. She’s a thinker and a stinker and a victim of instant karma who’s selfish tendencies tend to smack her in the butt. At times she is master at cloaking her emotions, while other times over-reacting to the point of ridiculousness. She’s curious and mostly honest. Being only fourteen she is creative, expressive, and oft’ times excessive.

Q:  What life experiences do you draw from in your work?

A: Write about what you know they said. So I did. Sibling dynamics we’re easy, being the fifth out of six kids, and the action takes place on a one-horse, off grid, farm in rural Oregon, which is – let’s say – all familiar. I made Jamie a musician because I know how it feels. And animals, always animals, because I am surrounded by them myself.

I turn to current events for fodder. The Iraq War was raging when I started Off the GridOver the Edge, explores the generational effects of meth. Gay Rights were foremost in the news when I wrote In the Groove, and I used the Drought in the West as an issue in On the Brink.

Under the Weather (expect summer release) revolves around issues of Medical rights/Right to Die and much, much more.

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?

A: They’ve changed along the way. In high school my sisters and I adored Lenora Mattingly Weber’s WW2 era Beany Malone Series. Currently? Let’s see. . . Ursula Hedgy, Joyce Maynard, and Anne Lamott come to mind, but I admire anyone who dares artistic expression.

I heard a writer interviewed on NPR, who suggested if you find your writing below your standards perhaps you should lower your standards. That statement gave me courage and I wish I could recall the source.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how do you use it in your writing?

A: I’m a lavender farmer with an online product store, Lord and Lady Lavender, so I work from home in the day, out in the yard (weeding, planting, scooping poop) or inside on my website.

A few nights out of the month we play gigs. My partner and I have an acoustic duet, called Moonglow. We play mostly the beautiful old songs from the Hit Parade era, but also Country, Bluegrass, and Rock&Roll. You can find us (moonglow the duet) on YouTube, singingScotch and Soda and a few other hits.

As mentioned, my farm is the backdrop for The Jamie Keller Mystery Series. Jamie is a passionate musician, who experiences all of the highs and lows of the profession. Ouch!

Q:  Why do you think series books are so popular with young people?

A: I think for the same reasons they watch the same movie over and over. Familiarity is comforting.
Q:  What are you working on now?

A: I’m just wrapping up Under the Weather, book five. The story is figured and very close to done. I still have to draw the cover art and deal with the ever tedious task of editing, but I think it will be ready by July.

Q:  What are Lord and Lady Lavender Products?

A: Thanks for asking!

We specialize in lavender gift boxes for men and women; offering soaps, sprays, salts, lip balm, beeswax candles (we have three hives), and love potions. All are hand-crafted on our farm. We’re a small company so it’s more manageable than it sounds. We established in 2004 and grow a bit every year.
Q:  If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you pick and why?

A: I’d choose The Cat in the Hat, because he’s such an artful trouble maker. I received a set of Dr. Seuss books for my fifth birthday and remember loving them so.

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 Joshua Cintron

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Joshua Cintron is a blogger and the author of the book What to Expect When You Enroll in an Online Classes; here is a link to his website:

http://joshuacintron.com/

 

Q:  What inspired you to start your blog?

A: The blog you see on joshuacintron.com is born out of a desire to work from home as a freelance writer. I stumbled on writing after I became an instructor. I realized my talent stringing together words and thought, “Hey, why not offer my writing services to others?” After dabbling in content mills, I decided to start my own blog.

Q:  What is the overall theme of your blog?

A: No one particular theme exists. I tackle a myriad of subjects that peak my interest. Whether money, society, relationships or education, I construct blog posts to stimulate readers into thinking for themselves.

Q:  Your biography says that you are an online professor. On what subject are you a professor?

A: I teach college courses in the business and public administration or public policy subject area.

Q:  What is the biggest mistake people make when enrolling for online classes?

A: The biggest mistake I see students make enrolling in online classes is they view the classroom as a traditional course, where learning takes place in a classroom-centered environment. Online learning is student-centered, where discipline, time management and the ability to weather challenges of life are essential to survival. Online learning requires a revamping of the way many of us understand college.  I talk about this in my book, What to Expect When You Enroll in an Online Class available on Amazon.com.

Q:  What blog post of yours got the most hits and why do you think it was the most popular?

5 Life Changing Tips for Minorities. It strikes a chord with many minorities in that why do minorities continue to lag behind many others in terms of social-economic status? Is it what many fail to learn growing up? Is it a result of employing traditional mindsets of work versus education?

Q:  Who are some of your favorite bloggers?

A: Blog Tyrant and Make a Living Writing. As a freelance writer, competition is fierce and pay is low. Therefore, reading the two sites listed provide valuable information to continue my passion of writing.

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

A: I work for local enforcement in a budget capacity. I complete my writing at home, on the road, in the car or waiting in line. I am always creating content in my mind wherever I am at.

Q:  What do you like about living in California?

A: I like the perfect weather, ability to do a multitude of things, entertainment, the hustle and bustle of 10-million people in 30-40 square miles and visiting the mountains or beach in a minute’s notice.

Q:  What about it would you change?

A: Traffic, high cost of living, high real estate and grocery prices.

Q:  What trends in blogging annoy you?

A: I am annoyed at individuals who hide behind the cloak of obscurity of the Internet and degrade others for making a comment, opinion or observation on a topic. Be a man or woman and show your face. If one firmly believes his or her disposition, why not engage in healthy conversation?

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 Grant Patrizio

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Grant Patrizio is an aspiring actor who appears in Josh Mitchell’s new film Frankie Flutie; here is a link to his Backstage page:

https://www.backstage.com/grantpatrizio/ 

Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: Not only did I grow up watching a ton of cartoons and playing a ton of video games (falling in love with a huge variety of the characters,) I grew up with a mother and father who both wanted me to do VERY different things with my time when not in school.  My father was always one to get me into sports. He tried EVERYTHING – basketball, soccer, and baseball, to name the notable ones.  He even coached a team I was on in little league one season!  My mom, on the other hand, LOVED the fact that I enjoyed my time at Shakespeare camp and continued to push me in that direction.  Ultimately, once high school rolled around, I had made my decision and took the path of the actor.  Even though I was built like a football player back in the day and could have easily held my own on the field.

Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: It started with summer Shakespeare camps when I was five years old.  From there I was involved with school plays during middle school, high school and college, taking classes in high school and college respectively.  I’ve had some improv training, I’ve taken a few voice over classes, and am currently studying acting for Film and TV while taking a few more voice over classes on the side.  An actor should never stop training. Being a life long student is one of the things I love about being an Actor.  There’s always more to skills to learn and more tricks to add to your tool belt, so why not add those skills and tricks to your performance arsenal?  It can only make you better.

Q: What is Frankie Flutie about?

A: Frank Flutie is about a man (Frank) who wants to live out his dream of being a lexicographer and flex his creative muscle amidst the hustle and bustle of corporate America. The film takes him through major highs and lows, having Frank face the reality of a situation he unintentionally put himself in due to his self-driven rejection of the corporate world and, ultimately, his pride. While striving for his creativity, he ends up pushing away the people who support him the most, forcing him to come to grips with what he’s become.

Q: What role do you play?
A: I play Frank’s brother, Jaxson.

Q: How did you prepare for the role?
A: Honestly, the way I Jaxson’s character was inspired by similar reactions my father and brother had when they knew that I was serious about becoming an actor and moved to Los Angeles. Like Frank, I know they care a lot about me and want to see me succeed and stand proudly on my own two feet. Also like Frank, I’m a bit stubborn when it comes to letting my creativity be stifled, even by the most well-meaning of people. Using this knowledge of myself, my relationships with my family and Frank’s character and motives, I was able to get to that place of concerned compassion that Jaxson has for Frank throughout the film.

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your ability to pursue an acting career?
A: I don’t have just one day job.  I’m an on-call teller at a bank, I occasionally drive for Lyft and I pick up work through a temp agency.  The “actor’s struggle,” as it were. That’s really what it’s all about – struggling to find a way to support your ability to do the things you love.

Q: Frankie Flutie deals with a man who rejects corporate America for the life of an impoverished lexicographer. You are an artist who works in corporate America; do you feel the two things fundamentally conflict with one another?
A: On some level, sadly, the two are at fundamental odds with each other. Most jobs in corporate America adhere to a certain rigidness in their hours, payment structures, attendance and job requirements. While that’s a good thing in the way of job security, a decent living wage with the opportunity for advancement, and a predictable schedule, it fundamentally impedes on somebody’s chances of pursuing their creative passions.  When I worked at the Bank full-time, for example, I couldn’t go on more than one audition every two weeks. There would be some months where I couldn’t audition at all. I was grateful for the chances I had to audition, but I couldn’t take a last-second audition that I’d be a perfect fit for because I’d already gone on an audition on a different day that month. The lack of flexibility and work-life balance that these larger institutions impose will eventually back its artistically-inclined employees into a corner, forcing them to make a sacrifice that they, quite literally, can’t afford to make. If you sacrifice the art for the stability to support your art, what art are you supporting?  If you sacrifice the stability to hone your craft, you won’t be able to afford the ability to hone your craft not to mention more important things, like food.)

Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Mel Blanc, Robert Downey Jr., Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche, Charles Martinet and Robin Williams, to name a few.  All of them for the sheer variety of roles they’ve played across stage, film and voice-over.

Q: You played Dr. Lyman Sanderson in Harvey, how do you take a role that well known and make it your own?
A: At that point in my career, I had worked with the director on several other shows and he knew my ability to play characters with distinct, quirky, animated personalities that didn’t change throughout. He wanted me to take that skill I already had and use it to give Dr. Sanderson two distinct personalities. One of which was more realistic, relatable and vulnerable (especially around his assistant/crush, Nurse Kelly.)  The other being a professional, cold, emotionless boss who seems to not even possess the aforementioned vulnerability, almost like a caricature of the “head honcho” character archetype. Effectively, I made two versions of Dr. Sanderson that shared one body, and each Sanderson went through his own changes as the show progressed.  It was quite an undertaking, and I loved every second of it.

Q: You just got a phone call from your agent, you have two offers, but you can’t take them both. You can either take the role of a minister who is secretly an intellectual atheist or one of an alcoholic frat boy forced to do community service; which role do you take and why?
A: For the sake of challenging myself, I’d take the role of a minister who’s secretly an intellectual atheist.  It just sounds like a deeper, more compelling, more complex role, and it’d be something I’d genuinely want to try.  I’d have to get into the mindset of a religious person who actively defies the religion he preaches about, and the chance to delve that deep into a character’s psyche excites me as an actor.

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 Child of the Seventies Creator Michael Vaccaro

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Michael Vaccaro is the writer and star of the web-series Child of the 70’s; here is a link to his website:

http://www.theofficialchildofthe70s.com

Q: What is Child of the 70’s about?

A: Child of the ’70s follows “Carlo Perdente,” a total loser, whose life completely falls apart as he’s about to turn 40. He loses his survival job, his NYC rent-controlled apartment, and his hot boyfriend. His acting career is going nowhere, and his obnoxious and overbearing Italian family are forcing him to abandon his dreams of stardom and get “serious.” A chance encounter with his favorite 1970s TV star, “KiKi Lawrence,” changes everything for him.

Q: What inspired you to write it?

A: I’ve always had the idea in my head, pretty much. But when I realized that people were creating their own content on the web, I realized I could do that, too. I didn’t have to sit around anymore and try to get a meeting with a network in order to pitch an idea. When that hit me, it all took off. I began writing furiously, and it all sort-of poured out of me.
I was kind of sickened by how gay people were portrayed on TV. We were either “Jack,” the over-the-top, ridiculous fool, or “Will,” bland, sex-less and non-threatening. I wanted to write and portray a gay character who was funny and interesting and charming and edgy and flawed and real.

Q: Upon whom is your character based?

A: Me, of course! 🙂 But also, he’s a little bit “Rhoda Morgenstern.”

Q: You worked for Lainie Kazan as an assistant. What is your most memorable work story from that time?

A: Oh, brother…I could tell you stories! Ha! But, I’ll save all that.
Lainie Kazan is an amazing woman. She is literally the person who walks in and completely lights up the room. She is fun and gregarious and intelligent and tough. She had great stories about her life and career. She should absolutely write a book. I really enjoyed my time with her. But, it was also non-stop! From the second she woke up ’til the moment she went to bed, it was overwhelming. My head would literally spin. I couldn’t keep up.

Q: How has the gay culture changed since the seventies?

A: This is a difficult question. Clearly, we’ve come quite a long way, baby, and I’m very happy about the strides we’ve made, and the rights we’ve achieved, but in my view, we’ve been watered down, diluted. We’ve been homogenized, and I feel that we’ve lost what makes us special. We are not like everybody else. We are different. And I’m interested in celebrating those things that make us unique. We are also certainly less political. We’ve become complacent. Our values have changed. I sometimes miss the fight, I miss the anger, I despise the apathy. I treasure the thought that I came up, and out, in quite a difficult, yet magical time. Of course, there will be many people who will be angry at me for this response.

Q: There have been several recent hit films sent in the seventies including Inherent Vice and American Hustle, how realistic do you think these films were?

A: I haven’t seen Inherent Vice, but I thought American Hustle was sooooooooooooooooooooo ’70s, that it made me want to puke! Not everybody who lived in that decade had a perm and bell-bottoms and beaded curtains and bean-bag chairs! Not everyone painted their apartments mustard and orange. It was ridiculous. Insanely unrealistic and over-the-top. Unless the art director and the wardrobe department were trying to portray some kind of 1970s nightmare, then they totally succeeded.

Q: What was great about the seventies?

A: Best decade for movies, ever! Filmmakers and actors took risks, nothing was safe, nothing was taboo. They don’t make movies stars like that anymore. Great TV. Norman Lear changed everything. Fantastic music, amazing performers. A decade when you still had to be able to sing in order to be a singer! Fascinating politics. The destruction of the USA began the second Ronald Reagan took office. And also, it was fun! People danced and did drugs that weren’t made in somebody’s garage. And the sex! I had fantastic sex in many bathrooms of many clubs and bars! We weren’t afraid then. We weren’t weighed down by this pall of death and sadness that eventually took over.

Q: What are some things you don’t miss about that decade?

A: Living in The Bronx. Let me qualify that… I have very fond memories of that place, but I also have nightmares sometimes where I have to move back there!

Q: Do you think being openly gay helped or hurt you as an actor?

A: Both. It hurt in that I was always out, and that wasn’t as chic as it is now, so I lost out on a lot of opportunities. But it made me a better person, and that’s more important.

Q: If you could go to lunch with Walter Findlay or Dwayne Schneider who would you pick (why)?

A: Definitely Walter Findlay! First of all, he lives in upstate NY, and he could come down to the city for lunch. Dwayne lives in Indianapolis. Second, Walter and I could have a great discussion about his fascinating wife. Dwayne would just want to talk about chicks!

 

 

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