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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!

 

 

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/Writer Kristen Doscher

 

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Kristen Doscher is an aspiring actress and writer who has authored two produced plays. She will be at this year’s Sundance Film Festival; here is a link to her website:

http://www.kristendoscher.com/

 

 

 

Q:  What made you interested in acting?

 

A: I can remember all the way back to my Kindergarten variety show. I was given the song “How Much is that Doggy in the Window” to sing in front of the entire school with my little toy dog. Then in 3rd and 4th grade, I think that is when the “performance bug” really kicked it. It was definitely not acting from the beginning, I just remember knowing that I had to be a performer of some sorts. So I had this dream in my head of being a “pop star.” I wanted to be on stage in Madison Square Garden dancing and singing in front of thousands of people. That to me was the ultimate dream, having all these people coming to watch little old me. All throughout elementary and middle school I was starting all girl singing groups and hoping to be the next 3LW. Slowly I realized that the dream of being on stage and really committing to this as a life goal and not just a hobby was mine and mine alone. I knew I had to go out there and pursue it. I remember one day I was sitting in my room and wondering how I could make this dream a reality and it was then that I sort of realized that there are other outlets for performers and that I wanted to try them all. So I did my research and signed up for my very first acting classes in New York City. My Dad pulled me out of school early once a week and rode the train in with me. When I got home every night, the only “homework” I was interested in doing was for the scenes we were assigned and it was a done deal from there on out.

 

Q: You wrote, produced and performed in two plays in New York, what were they and what where they about?

 

A: The first play that I had ever written premiered in The Strawberry One Act Festival and went all the way through to the finals with several nominations. The plot line is very true to the title ‘A Love Story’, as it explored the essence of love when it is fresh and new and love when it falters.

The second was a play called MOB which premiered in The Thespis Theatre Festival. MOB is the story of a young Italian American couple who breaks the break by sticking up diners (Pulp Fiction Style) all across NY State. Using different alias’ they stage fake proposals and enlist the help of a flash mob to ensure a substantial amount of hostages. But when these two unintelligent bandits turn against each other in a battle of love, money, and some pretty hip dance moves…who will win and who will make it out empty handed?

 

Q:  What inspired you to write them?

 

A: When I graduated from school and realized that from that point forward I wouldn’t always get to have a say in what roles I played, I kind of panicked. It was then that I realized how easily I could market myself the way I wanted to. I could write and create a whole world of my choosing and act along side actors of my choosing, in venues of my choosing. I think you catch my drift! The whole thought of it was very exciting and still is. I also think each play that I have written really spoke to where I was at that point in my life. When I wrote A Love Story I was in a relationship that I was terrified of loosing and the shear thought of it created a spark, an energy inside me and writing was the best way for me to express it. MOB on the other hand was my way of exploring characters with a heightened sense of reality. I really wanted to play on stage, like a kid with no boundaries, and that’s where MOB was born.

 

Q:  How did you go about getting them produced?

 

A: Getting them produced was surprisingly easy which isn’t always the case. If you are a new writer and you want to see your work up on stage in front of an audience, the easiest route to take is festivals. They provide you with a lot of the necessities and really help the process be as smooth as possible. I won’t sugar coat it though, as it can be difficult with the amount of people you have to deal with on a daily basis to get your show up and running. I also recommend using a crowd funding platform such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Especially if you plan to produce the show fully on your own in a venue of your choosing which is hopefully the next step for me and the cast of MOB. Taking it one step further.

 

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

 

A: Well this question is a bit of a doozy. It sounds a bit off the charts, but my day job tends to fluctuate and I always seem to make it work some how. There is the occasional paycheck from acting gigs here and there which is always nice and encouraging. Right now, I am working for a friend who owns a dog walking business. It really is pretty sweet. And it doesn’t feel like work which is nice! It allows me to pursue acting and make a schedule that works for me which is something every actor needs.

 

Q: What kind of training have you had?

 

A: I graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts which is a two year acting conservatory geared primarily towards theater training (which I loved!!). The Academy gives you a taste of a little bit of everything, which is nice in some aspects. Every time a new semester rolled around you were given a whole new set of teachers and a whole new perspective on acting, movement, voice and speech etc! This was great because it kind of allowed you to choose which methods worked for you.

After graduating, I dabbled in a few classes and tried out other conservatories until I stumbled upon Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre. I can finally say that I found a space and a coach that created the safest environment for me to truly play as an artist! MCS is based around Sanford Meisner’s technique of living and behaving, truthfully and fully in imaginary circumstances. The technique really taught me how to get off of myself and to create this world around my scene partner. I attribute a lot to Matt, my coach. I’ll be sticking with him for a while!

 

Q:  What do you hope to achieve at Sundance this year?

 

A: Well, there are a ton of things that I would hope to achieve but I really want to go in head first with out a plan. I sometimes feel like that is when the best and most unexpected things occur. I will say that a main focus of mine is meeting as many people as I can and building my roster of contacts. When I look back to my experience at the festival last year, the greatest thing I took away was the terrific and talented people I met. Most of them I am still in contact with and will be spending time with this year! If I come back home with a pocket full of business cards, then I would have done my job right!

 

Q: What made you want to transition from theater to film?

 

A: I’ve always wanted to act in films. Growing up, theater was never something I wanted to do. Once I went away to school and began my training, everything changed and I felt this electricity every time I was on stage. I remember thinking “wow, you cannot beat this feeling” and I fell in love with the theater.  I am glad that I got the training that I did and I will always go back to the theater to continue to grow as an artist and discover new things about myself. I only use the word transition because after graduating, theater has been the bulk of my work as an actress. I want to feed my on screen career and see if it grows. I feel I owe that to my 8 year old self.

 

Q: How do you approach creating a character?

 

A: I wouldn’t say that there is one set way that I approach a character. I think there are many different factors that go into it. First, I think it depends on the type of character I am playing. I like to look for the similarities and the differences between myself and the character and then start from there. I used to try and forget “me” all together and try to become this whole other person, but over the last few years I’ve grown to realize that the character is me. I am embodying another life and taking on their struggles and triumphs as my own. Second, I think it depends on the director that you are working with. Some directors are very organic. They just want you in front of the camera or in the rehearsal space, on your feet, doing your thing. And if they love it, GREAT! And if they don’t, then they will tweak it. And I think that works marvelously for some actors because it gives them complete freedom to play. Some directors like to work as an ensemble, discovering the characters as a unit. Why they all came together, etc. What makes them who they are. What brought them to this certain point in their life. How they move in their bodies. On the last play that I wrote I worked with this terrific director, Joanna Tomasz. She was the hands on type which is the kind of director that I love to work with. Like I said, some like the organic route but I like to be pushed and pulled in different directions. I like to see my character from other peoples point of view, whether I agree or not. It’s more fun that way! Joanna introduced myself and the other actors to the Labon Technique, which is based on the belief that by observing and analyzing a characters movements, whether they are conscious or unconscious, you can uncover their inner self. It is essentially a tool to help you build the characters personality through the movement of your body. I am a firm believer in physical work when creating a character!

 

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

 

A: I’m almost afraid to mention it but I think there is a bit of sensitivity with feminism and woman in the work place lately. I think it is a beautiful thing that so many people feel so passionately about it because it is something that is very important and needs to be voiced. I attended an event for New York Women in Film and Television last month, where Maggie Gyllenhaal gave a marvelous and to the point speech which covered her hopes and fears when it came to this sensitive topic. She ended it by saying that change only occurs as a result of revolution. We need the beautiful, young, and naive girls of this new generation to challenge our views and fight against the current. I thought that this was an awesome way of saying “let people have their own opinions” because in the end people are going to think the way they want to and behave the way they want to and the universe is going to unfold as it may as a result of that. I think women in the industry should continue fighting for their beliefs and if they feel there is an unfair advantage or an unfair amount of opportunities for women then they should absolutely continue this crusade. I can only hope that in the next year we see more of a change and more of an understanding when it comes to this topic. I do firmly believe that art needs a women’s heart and vulnerability to thrive!

 

 

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 Joshua Lander

 

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Joshua Lander is an aspiring actor who stars in the short film Panic; here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.joshualander.com/

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

 
A:  I became interested in acting when I was in college. I was originally a student pursuing medicine and had to take a theater course as a requirement for my degree. After only a couple days in the course, I soon fell in love with acting and how to tell stories. I decided it was something I should give a shot at. After about a year of going between acting classes and pre-med, I left college and moved to LA to make my passion of acting, a career.

 

Q: What is Panic about?

 

 

A:  Panic is a short thriller about a student at a local college who every day has been stalked by the same person on campus. Finally the stalker makes his move and things take a turn for the worst.

 

Q:  What role do you play in it?

 

 

A:  I played the role of the stalker himself. He doesn’t have a name and no one on campus knows who he is or where he is from. He only comes out at night. Think of him as a combination of a Ted Bundy type killer who deceives his victims and a snake. He has a stillness in his eyes and waits until the right moment to strike.

 

Q: How did you prepare for the role?

 

A: My preparation for the role began a couple weeks before day one of production. I spent every day during those two weeks writing about who I was and why I became a killer of the night. Writing has always been a huge part of my preparation process for any character and it helps me to open up my creative mind and generate ideas for the character I’m playing.

Q:  What kind of training have you had?

 

A:  When I initially moved to Los Angeles, I enrolled in an Intensive Conservatory program, taking six classes a week for three months. This gave me the opportunity to figure out who I was as an actor and what my strongest roles were. It also helped me develop preparation techniques for characters ranging from vocal technique to advanced Improvisation and more. After completing the program, I moved on to taking classes at a smaller, more one on one acting studio where I could challenge myself with unique roles and get feedback on how to enhance the choices made for the character. I continue to take these classes on a bi-weekly/weekly basis to keep my acting instrument as sharp as I can.

 

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

 

A:  I currently work at a bakery cafe to make ends meet. I work the minimum amount of hours I can to get by with bills and those sorts of things. I make sure I make as much time for my acting as I can. However sometimes due to certain situations, I may find myself having to work an extra shift or two. This can make things somewhat difficult and it can be hard to balance both acting and my day job at the same time. At the end of the day though, I always make time for something towards my acting career, whether it be writing a short story or watching an inspirational interview with a favorite actor. Those little things give me a boost to get through the next day.

 

Q:  Who are some of your acting influences and why?

 

A:  I admire many people in the movie industry and find all of them to have something unique to their work that inspires me in some way. However, my favorite actor and inspirational person that I admire the most, is Heath Ledger. I’ve always enjoyed his work as an actor. I admire how he was the type of actor to take his characters to great lengths and how with each character, he could portray an honest and truthful performance. He had such amazing talent and was truly a great person. I also admire Jared Leto for who he is as an actor. Like heath ledger, Jared Leto also immerses himself into the character and does amazing things on screen.

 

Q:  What has your biggest challenge been as an actor?

 

A:  I would say my biggest challenge as an actor so far has been letting go of the fear that sometimes comes along with me during an audition. Early on in my first auditions I found it extremely difficult to let go of that fear and just be free on the stage or in front of the camera and let the character come to life. It can be an extremely nerve wrecking and intimidating time during an audition. You have several unknown people gathered in a room watching your performance, and it can be very difficult to take the unique character you created while you were at home preparing for the audition to the audition itself. It almost feels like as soon as you enter that room, you realize that character is missing and the nervousness takes over. As each audition went by I felt it getting a little better each time. I always make the most I can out of each audition and I never think about it once it’s done. I just move on to see what’s next.

 

Q:  If you could change one thing about Hollywood what would it be?

 

A:  If I could change one thing about Hollywood, it would be to make more truthful and honest films. By truthful and honest, I mean films about family, friends, love, etc…We have so many films that revolve around action and destruction. Don’t get me wrong, I myself do love action and adventure films, I could watch the avengers over and over again but I think Hollywood could work on creating more stories about family, friends, love and those sorts of things. An example of this could be the recently released film “The Judge”, starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. This was my favorite movie of 2014. I haven’t seen a film like this in quite a long time and I think Hollywood needs more of this. This was a fantastic movie that made me laugh, cry and get angry. I felt connected to the characters and their story. Something I hadn’t experienced in a movie in quite a while.

 

Q:  What’s next for you?

 

A:  I am currently preparing for my upcoming short film ” I love you Jessica”, which is a film that I have written and will be directing, as well as acting in. It’s a story that I’ve been wanting to tell for sometime. It is a tragic love story between a younger man and woman and how the choices one of them makes, affects the other and how that choice and the consequence of that choice is something they have to live with for the rest of their life. Although it is a short film, I think the story told within that short period of time is very powerful and that the moral of the story is something that we can all understand and relate to.

 

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 Vinicius Machado

 

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is an actor who plays Nomar Arcielo who is a pedophile on the Starz show Power. Mr. Machado has appeared on many network shows including Cold Case and CSI Miami; here is a link to his IMDB page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1759256/

 

Q: When did you know you were an actor?

 

A: In my sophomore year in High School. I had to pick an elective to complete my classes for that year. I hated drawing and painting. So, I chose drama. I didn’t have a natural inclination for the stage or anything like that. I just wanted an easy grade. Well, one of the requirements for the class that year, was that I had to audition, for one of the school plays. So I auditioned for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I don’t remember specifically, what my monologue was entirely for my audition, but I do remember, that it had nothing to do with nothing. I took a sentence off a billboard sign and I wrote something about it. I just made it my own, I was actually trying not to get it. Well, I got it. I played one of the Athenian workers, Robin Starveling. Don’t know why I actually accepted the role. Didn’t fight it, didn’t put much effort behind it either. Leading up to performance night, I was oblivious to what was happening to me. I fell in love with the stage. The applauses came like gasoline, fueling my heart towards that world more and more with each clap. It was then, that I decided to move to that world permanently…I ended up being in almost every other play for the rest of my high school years.

 

Q:  How did you get your first big break?

 

A: Within the first month of being out here in Los Angeles. I got my manager and agent the first two weeks. One of my first few auditions was for Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide on Nickelodeon. It was a guest starring, possibly recurring role initially. I played Faymen Forchin, the exchange student from Brazil that becomes Jennifer Mozely’ love interest (played by Lindsey Shaw). The role recurred and became a regular on the show. I got a lot of recognition for it. Doors opened up for me immediately because of that, and I began working consistently for the next few years.

 

Q:  How did you prepare for the role of Nomar Arcielo on Power?

 

A: So I knew that Nomar was a pedophile. I initially wanted to stretch that, as far as I could in my head as I was thinking about preparation. I remember, watching all these pedophile confessions and documentaries and all. One of the things that intrigued me so much about these people, was the fact that they all had normal and in most cases, decent lives. They were family members, with children, good jobs, etc. Of course you have your extreme cases, but generally speaking, pedophiles are not on the surface, the monsters we know them to be. On the contrary. Most, are even sweet people to talk to. So I decided to dress Nomar that way. Externally pure and well suited for life. But, internally, he’s a frustrated man. A man with unsatisfied addictions, and desires. I also used the influence of specific music to help me grasp his mindset.

 

Q:  What makes the show controversial?

 

A: I think the title of the show, “POWER”, alone, is controversial. There’s a lot of things that make the show controversial. But, I think the two most important, which I must mention, are. One, the racial element of the main character’s story. This is a man of color, rising in a difficult world. A world filled with prejudice towards his person, culture, etc. Two, is the social class injustices every character in this series is experiencing, in one way or another. “He who has the gold, makes the rules” right? If that’s the case, then POWER, by definition, is reserved for the Elites alone. What implication does that have to a seemingly “free world”?

 

Q:  You’ve been on some major shows, what’s was your weirdest celebrity encounter?

 

A: I think meeting Lucy Liu on Southland. She was my favorite Angel, so meeting her was supposed to be love at first sight for me. Which it was. But, when I met her, she was sitting next to me for the table read. I turned to look at her and introduce myself and in between us, was her dog, the cutest chocolate lab I have ever seen. I’m a huge dog lover. I grew up with six (6) dogs. So meeting her was like being reconnected with my dogs. It was so weird. Indeed, it was love at first sight, for me and the dog.

 

Q:  What qualities do you think you have, that made you successful in Hollywood?

 

A: Definitely my versatility with the languages i speak. I speak fluently Portuguese, Spanish and a little bit of English. lol. Also, my Brazilian complexity, which gives me universal appeal, which has afforded me the look to be diverse in casting.

 

Q:  If acting didn’t work out what was your back up plan?

 

A: A Sales Entrepreneur. I love selling, I’m good at it. I used to sell things on Ebay for a living at one point of my life. I’ve sold everything you can imagine, literally. I’ve sold things on the streets too. I used to load up my car with things to sell, I would find a hot spot, park, open the car doors and begin making money. That was obviously before I was introduced to Ebay.

 

Q:  What do you miss about Brazil?

 

A: I miss my family. I come from a big family.  I’ve lost a lot of family members within the past few years, some way before their time. Which has made me realize how important it is to enjoy the people you love while you have them because we never know. I miss them all. There’s nothing more important to me today, then spending time with my family.

 

Q:  What character from literature would you most like to play?

 

A: The Infamous, young, Emperor Nero! For many different reasons.

 

Q:  What would you change about Hollywood?

 

A: I plan on finding ways to open up more doors for Actors and Artists of color like myself. My goal is to change the way we are perceived for casting. To no longer be a minority, or a stereotype, but an Actor, known and accepted for our talent, not our skin color. That’s my goal at least.

 

 
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 Spoken Director Stacy Lightner

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Stacy Lightner is the writer/director and producer of the film Spoken who has appeared on the web-series Stupid Hype; here is a link to her IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5837440/

Q: What is Spoken about?

A: Spoken is a film about a group of individuals who are struggling to find balance in their rocky relationships. The lead character Mya struggles with whether or not to walk away from a relationship with an unfaithful partner while her best friend tries to mend her marriage after suffering a tremendous loss.

Q: What life experiences did you draw from when creating it?

A: Spoken is definitely based on a number of experiences I’ve dealt with in life. All of my projects have pieces of me in them. The feelings these group of characters have and the situations they face, I too have dealt with. I’ve been in a relationship where my partner was not committed and I had to decide whether or not to stay in a relationship because I’d invested so much time in it and because I was committed to making it work or to walk away and start anew. I’ve also suffered the same loss that the married couple in this film is dealing with. (I don’t want to give too much of the film away) When I create I draw from all of my life experiences, the good as well as the situations and experiences that may be hard to deal with or talk about.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in producing it?

A: I honestly cannot say I faced many challenges making this film. Spoken is a passion project, I financed it out of pocket and I’m extremely proud of it. If I had to name a challenge while producing this film it has to be the challenge of balancing a 9-5 and devoting enough time to the project. Spoken was shot on the weekends and once on set it was an amazing experience. I was blessed to work with an extremely talented group of actors who love what they do as well as an extremely talented crew that taught me a lot. The challenge occurred after the film had wrapped. That challenge was wanting and needing to be in the studio on the weekdays working on post production. At the time I was working about 60-65 hours a week and working with my editor on post production only on the weekends. I believe this was a small challenge and I was blessed not to be faced with many challenges.

Q: How did you obtain funding for it?

A: Spoken was financed out of pocket. As I mentioned I was working about 60-65 hours a week while shooting the film and although it was my desire to be in a position to devote all day every day to the making of the film I’m grateful for my day job because without it I would not have had the finances to produce this project.

Q: What is Stupid Hype about?

A: Stupid Hype is a web series created by Hart of Dixie’s actor Wilson Bethel. Wilson Bethel stars in this comedy which is set in the 90’s. He plays the character Hype (which later becomes Stupid Hype) It’s about an ex break dancer who decides to become a rapper. The series follows his life as he battles the hottest rapper currently on the scene while trying to win the heart of the woman he loves.

Q: What role do you play?

A: In the series there’s a battle night where Hype must prove himself as a rapper. I was present during the battle first as someone who laughed and booed Hype but later cheered for him as he rose to the occasion and proved himself as a rapper.

Q: What is the oddest thing you have seen someone do to promote themselves?

A: I have to say the oddest thing I’ve seen someone do to promote themselves would be going on a reality show that presents them in an unflattering way. Doing a reality show may not seem odd and it certainly doesn’t have to be however I find it odd when up and coming artists whose work is unknown go on certain types of shows to promote themselves as serious artists but act in a manner that might hurt their chances of actually finding work.

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

A: I am the building operations specialist for a bank. I usually work from 7am – 4pm, however I sometimes work much longer hours. My day job affects my filmmaking because most of my time is committed to my day job, but it also helps me finance my filmmaking.

Q: Who are some of your filmmaking influences?

A: I am definitely a lover of films. A few of my influences are Spike Lee, Tyler Perry and Robert Rodriguez.

Q: What would I change about the film industry?

A: I would open more doors for more artists who have a harder time breaking in. I would focus more on assisting and developing up and coming talent. I’d level the playing fields.

 


 

 

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 Alycia Dean

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Alycia Dean is an aspiring actress who appears in the short film Vintage Vehicle and in the pilot of Super Zeros ; here is a link to her website:

http://www.alyciadean.com/

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: When I was in middle school, my mom took me to see a local production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. I remember being enamored by the entire thing and thinking ‘I want to be up there’. I ended up joining that same local theatre group, and the rest is history. I fell in love with acting and the art of performing.

Q: What is Vintage Vehicle about?

A: Vintage Vehicle is a short, 6 minute flick about an action movie-star that buys his old car back to impress a girl. I think the cuteness and quirkiness of it is great.

Q: How did you become involved with the project?

A: I applied on Backstage, and Josh contacted me shortly after. He said he watched my reel and thought I could bring a great energy to the role of Cindy. Josh and I met several times after that to go through the script and throw out ideas for the film. Josh is a great guy and has been a joy to work with.

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

A: Well, I am your classic cliché! I’m working evening shifts as a waitress at the moment. I keep my days open for auditioning and filming. It’s hard to find the right balance, but I think I’m finally getting it down.

Q:  What is Super Zeros about?

A: Super Zeros is a comedy pilot about ex superheroes who are looking for a new roommate (that’s me!). It’s very much ‘X-men’ meets Zooey Deschanel’s ‘New Girl’. When my character, Jen shows up, she figures out pretty quickly that her roomies are the infamous ‘Triple Threat Trio’ and gets star-struck in her quirky, Jen-ish way. Jen was a great character to play, and I had a lot of fun shooting the pilot.

Q: What role do you play?

A: I tend to go out for the ‘girl-next-door’ roles a lot. Although, I have also noticed a trend in getting called in for the ‘mean girl’ type too. Both are fun to play in their own way!

Q: What is your strangest Los Angeles story?

A: Hmm, I don’t know that I have one that sticks out in particular. Los Angeles is just a weird place in general! I have to say that it’s always weird running into or meeting celebrities. Sometimes I forget I’m in LA until I see a Kardashian or one of the ‘Big Bang Theory’ actors out and about. Oh, and earthquakes are weird too! I hate them!

Q: What character from literature would you most like to play?

A: That’s such a great question, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not much of a book-worm. I remember reading ‘The Hunger Games’ before there was ever the idea of a movie coming out about them. I wanted to be Katniss so badly! But, let’s be real, Jennifer Lawrence was definitely born to be Ms. Everdeen!

Q: What makes you fameworthy?

A: I don’t really know what makes me “Fameworthy” per-say. To be honest, I think ‘fame’ is kind of an ugly word. But I do know what’s going to make me successful in this industry, and that’s my persistence and positive attitude. From my experiences on set so far, every person I’ve worked with has told me what a great energy I have when I’m working. I’ve been told that goes a long way in this town. I also know that I am never going to give this dream up. When people ask me ‘What are you going to do if acting doesn’t work out?’, I don’t have an answer for them. It’s a silly question to me.

Q: If you could change one thing about Hollywood what would it be?

A: I wish Hollywood was located in West Virginia! Okay, okay, there’s definitely more things that I would change, but I miss my family every single day! I love acting, and I know this is where I have to be to make my dreams a reality. But, living without my family around has been the hardest part out of everything. I hope that one day I can afford to move them all out here with me. Then I would really be living the dream.

 

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