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Gianna Martello Talks ‘Dance Moms’ and Abby Lee Dance Company


Gianna Martello is a world-renowned dance choreographer for the Abby Lee Dance Company, the studio central to the hit television show Dance Moms. The talented choreographer has been with the studio as an instructor for the past 11 years, and a part of the show for all six of its seasons. Martello’s choreography has won regional and national titles, and can also be seen in music videos by Todrick Hall, Kendall Vertes, Alexx Calise, and MackZ. We got the chance to sit down with Martello to talk about her love for dance and her experience being a part of Dance Moms.
Cliché: When did your love for dance begin?
Gianna Martello: I started dancing when I was 4 years old. I don’t think I ever stopped or ever thought of stopping. My love for dance probably didn’t really start until I was competing and training intensively. Once I got more involved with Abby Lee Dance Company, and our close-knit competition group formed, it became serious. We traveled to competitions, stayed in hotels, went on vacations—we did everything together. I loved the bond that we had and the drive we had to win…that’s what made me love it.
When and how did you begin choreographing for the ALDC?
I grew up dancing at the ALDC. Abby is known for teaching her techniques to her older, more serious students, and I was one of those students. I began teaching a mini company class when I was 16 and it actually had Nia and Maddie in the class. When I went to college, I’d come home on the weekends to assist Abby and teach. She began trusting me more and more, and I began teaching my own classes and setting my own pieces!
I’ve seen many of the incredible performances that you have choreographed on Dance Moms. How does it feel when one of your dances wins a national award?
Even though we’ve won time and time again, I still get SO excited when we win. It’s like everything we’re doing and all the time and hard work we put in is paying off. It just reminds me why I do what I do, and this is why I absolutely love what I do.

When people ask me what it’s like being on the show, I always say it’s like being on Survivor.

You’ve watched the ALDC dancers grow over the years. What has been the proudest moment for you as a dance instructor?
The ALDC dancers have accomplished so much and have done so much with their careers at such a young age. It blows my mind how positive and how motivated they stay. What I love so much is no matter what red carpet they walk or what movie they shoot, they always come back to class and train just as hard. They realize they are very fortunate but also still work so hard. It’s exciting for me to see them always eager to learn more and more.
What are some of the challenges that come along with filming a television show while trying to teach a dance routine?
There are so many! When people ask me what it’s like being on the show, I always say it’s like being on Survivor—getting through obstacles and jumping through hoops to meet a deadline and come out on top. We have about three days to create, costume, and perfect four routines. Since we follow child labor laws, we shoot very few hours a day. When Abby or the moms cause drama, that cuts into our rehearsal time, too. Pyramid takes almost an entire day to shoot, and traveling takes another day. We pretty much have the odds against us every week!
What is it like to work with Abby?
A whirlwind! Like I said before, I grew up with Abby, so I get her. I know what she’s going to say before she says it. She will be screaming at someone one minute, and the next minute, she’s telling me she likes my tennis shoes or asking me where we’re going for dinner. It’s so great that she trusts me the way that she does. She and I will bounce around ideas for the routines and then she lets me do my thing. She will come in and add her flare to it, but I already can read her mind and know what she’s going to want.
Dance Moms has already had six seasons and you’ve been a part of it since the beginning. What has been your favorite experience from being a part of the show this far?
I have literally been there since day ONE. It’s really cool going to award shows and doing all the fun stuff, but what’s so awesome is when we travel around the country and see that there are so many kids dancing because of Dance Moms. We went to Australia and had a convention center of 1200 students on the floor. Teaching a class that large was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Do you. Worry about yourself, but don’t forget where you came from!
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Gianna Martello Talks ‘Dance Moms’ and Abby Lee Dance Company: Photographed by Ryan West

Albums to be Excited for this Fall


Nothing gets me quite as excited as music does. Music is such an integral part of my life, and has been for as long as I can remember. I see music as a powerful way to connect us to others, inspire us, and make us feel like we’re not alone. New music always feels a little magical, kind of like Christmas morning. I’m especially excited for this fall because some of my favorite artists are releasing new albums. Here are some of the albums that I’m most looking forward to this fall.

Regina Spektor – Remember Us to Life
I’ve loved Regina Spektor since her hit single “Fidelity” came out when I was in middle school. Since then, I’ve followed her music closely. What I really love about Regina Spektor is her unique voice and choices she makes with her songs. From an undeniable talent to off-the-wall sound effects to an intense piano focus, Spektor always brings something new to her music. Her songs are raw and heartfelt, often addressing heartbreaking topics and larger social issues.  
She started her career in 2004 with the album Soviet Kitsch and has been producing incredible work ever since. Each album Regina Spektor releases is better than the last. She is an artist that continually strives to make powerful music that people can truly connect to. That being said, I am unexplainably excited for her new album. It’s been four years since her last record, and I can only imagine the astounding work she will present us with this new album. It already looks promising with the release of her single, “Bleeding Heart,” with its pop-punk sound but deep, underlying message of isolation and exclusion. Remember Us to Life is out now.

Green Day – Revolution Radio
Just when we thought our favorite punk-rock band was gone forever, Green Day snuck back into the music scene. Without announcing it, Green Day regrouped to record a new album in complete secrecy. The band first formed in 1986, finding success in the ‘90s with songs such as “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and “Brain Stew.” However, it wasn’t until 2004 with their album American Idiot that the band really took off, winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album of the year. Since then, the band faded out of the limelight, eventually deciding to take a break in 2014. Now they’re back with their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, with anticipation from fans. For me, Green Day brings back all the memories from my punk/scene phase. I remember being in fifth and sixth grade rocking out to Green Day in my bedroom. Staying true to their sound and politically-charged songs, their new single “Bang Bang” brings back all those rocking out vibes that are staples of the band’s music. The album is out now.

Bruce Springsteen – Chapter and Verse
The Boss is back with a new album sure to blow us all away. The new album Chapter and Verse is being released as a companion piece to Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. Bruce Springsteen began his career in 1964 and has been changing the world of music ever since. With his iconic songs such as “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born in the USA,” and “Glory Days,” Bruce Springsteen is a legendary artist. I grew up listening to Springsteen and he’s always been one of my favorite artists. I’m really excited for his new music—not just because it’s Bruce Springsteen, but for the unique nature of this album. The new album is set with much anticipation because of its career-spanning compilation as well as the accompanying autobiography. The songs featured in Chapter and Verse were chosen by Springsteen to reflect the themes of the autobiography Born to Run. Both are out now.

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Albums to be Excited for this Fall: Featured image courtesy of @reginaspektor on Instagram

Loren North’s Stunning Video for “Feel It Out”


Loren North is an incredibly talented L.A.-based singer/songwriter. Her latest single, “Feel It Out,” is a beautifully poignant song about getting lost to find yourself. The artist just released a visually stunning music video to accompany the single. Here are some of the fascinating themes that can be seen throughout the video.  
North is wearing white throughout much of the song. In the beginning of the video, she is sitting on a large tree branch dressed in a flowing white dress, a tattoo of a cross clearly visible on her ankle. I thought the recurring theme of white clothing stood for purity in several aspects. It symbolizes the purity of starting over, of trying to find one’s true self. The white can also stand for the purity of being independent and possessing self-reliance. When North is standing with the man in the video, she is dressed in all black while he wears a white shirt, causing a stark contrast. Yet when there are shots of her alone, she’s in mostly or all white. This potentially could reflect that darkness exists in depending on others, while purity comes from independence. It’s interesting how white dresses and clothing can continue to be seen throughout the entire video; it’s strikingly beautiful.
Dark and Light
There’s the continual contrast between light and dark. The male figure that can be seen standing next to North in many of the shots is dressed in a white t-shirt, while North is dressed in all black. North can then be seen in another shot, lying on the ground wearing black with a white fur shawl lying on her shoulders. There’s then a scene with a gorgeous dark gray/purple/blue smoke engulfing North and the man in the video. This dark smoke seems to be consuming them, contrasted by the bright outdoor setting. Later, there is a light pink and yellow smoke that is much brighter. This lighter smoke can be seen only surrounding the man, who is wearing white. The continual contrast between light and dark is intriguing.
North seems detached from the male figure in much of the video. She is often seen standing next to him, but looking in the opposite direction from him. She is also seen alone and running–potentially from the male figure. The two are often just standing side by side, never embracing. The closest they get to any physical contact is when North lays her head on the male’s shoulder at one point. The man never shows any type of affection toward North in the video. This theme of detachment further shows the songs message of independence, and getting lost to find yourself.
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SEE Talks Her EP ‘Ties’ and Single ‘Potions’


Breaking into the music scene, SEE is a multitalented up-and-coming singer/songwriter who just released her EP Ties. Here, we chat with her about her work, what inspires her, and the video for her song “Potions.”

Cliché: You just released your EP, Ties. Can you tell us a little bit about the EP and the process of making it?
SEE: The EP is a collection of songs that I’ve written about my experiences over the past few years. I would say the songs are a blend of alt-pop and rock. Some of them explore some louder electronic elements and others are more acoustic based. I worked on a few of the tracks first with Walt Dicristina, a producer out of New Jersey, and then went over to L.A. for a month and worked with Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Pete Yorn). The process was incredible and I learned and grew so much from working with both of them.
What inspired you to be a musician and when did you know this is what you wanted to do with your life?
I was always interested in music from a young age, but I realized I wanted to do it professionally when I was around 15. At the time, my goal was to be the drummer in a successful band, so obviously that has changed a bit, but definitely for the better.
You’ve taught yourself how to play the drums, guitar, piano, and bass. Do you have a favorite instrument that you most enjoy playing?
It would either be the drums or the guitar; it really depends on my mood. Recently, I’ve been focusing on the guitar a lot more because that’s what I use during my live shows, but I would love to try to incorporate playing the drums into my live shows once I’ve had some success.
Who or what influences you most as an artist?
Everything that I write about is based on real feelings and emotions that I’ve had, so I think the most influential thing for me is just the people that I’m surrounded by and how I relate to them. I’ve had a ton of different musical influences growing up, from Radiohead to Katy Perry, so it’s all a big jumble. Hopefully it makes my music a bit different from what everyone else is doing!

The “Potions” music video is absolutely beautiful. Can you talk about the process of making that video?
Thank you! The director and I both wanted to make a piece that showed an honest experience between two girls without it being focused on some sort of secretive or forbidden relationship. I was lucky to have one of my good friends featured in the video and although the editing process took a while, I think we got the video to a really good place. We’ve been getting a ton of good feedback so I couldn’t be happier.
What has been the most difficult part of your music career so far?
The most difficult thing has been trying to translate everything in my head, whether it be music or visuals, to an actual “thing” that people can listen to or look at. I have a lot of concrete ideas about how I want things to look, sound, and be marketed, and with every experience I’m getting better at explaining to people what I want.
What are you most excited for in the future regarding your music?
I’m just excited to keep growing my fan base and to release art that people can connect to. We have some new music videos in the works and I can’t wait to work on those and be able to explore the visual side of my music. I’m also stoked to start touring and traveling and perfecting my live show.
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Photographed by Catie Laffoon

McKail Seely Talks Her EP, ‘Ride of Life’


Singer/songwriter McKail Seely is bursting onto the music scene with her unique folk-rock vibe. Between her incredible voice and moving lyrics, she’s an artist to look out for. We got the chance to talk with her about her EP Ride of Life, as well as her journey into the music industry and what inspires her.

Cliché: When did you first know you wanted to be a singer/musician?
McKail Seely: While performing as a singer/dancer for a production team, a friend of mine would come to rehearsal with his guitar and sing songs that he wrote. That was what really inspired me to start up guitar lessons, and shortly after, I was writing my own material. I was about 13 years old at the time.
You have a very folk-rock vibe. Who or what inspired you to find your voice and identify with this style?
When I was starting out as a songwriter, I turned to Bob Dylan’s music to show me the ropes, but it wasn’t until I watched a documentary on Bob Dylan that I began to fall in love with folk. I admire the fact that it’s so simple, yet so impactful. Storytelling is such an important factor with folk music and I hope to continue that tradition. As for the rock aspect, I listened to bands such as DMB, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Counting Crows as a kid. I love the drive and grit that these bands brought out from time to time, especially within their vocals.
You moved from Salt Lake City to L.A. in 2012. What was the hardest part of leaving your hometown behind to begin this new journey?
That hardest part has definitely been living apart from my family. My family means the world to me and I’m not one for long phone conversations, so it can feel distant at times.

Be original, remember who you are, and remember why you aspired to be in the industry to begin with.

What’s the most exciting part of the success you’ve had so far?
The most exciting part has honestly been meeting incredible people within the industry and collaborating with some pretty cool cats. I was also able to open for the legendary Leon Russell and that indeed felt like a dream come true. Leon has worked with almost every legendary musician and isn’t too bad of one himself. [Winks]
What’s the most difficult part about trying to make it in the music industry?
The most difficult part would probably be gaining fans and, most importantly, keeping them. It seems to be more and more difficult these days to keep people’s attention, so therefore, artists have to work very hard on releasing content that keeps people entertained.
Do you have any projects you’re currently working on that you could tell us about?
In late 2015, I released a record called Ride of Life. I recorded four of the songs on the record with producer Zak Fox Jablow in Chicago. Most recently, I released a music video for the single “Last One” on YouTube.
What advice would you give to someone trying to make it in the music industry?
The one piece of advice I’d give is to be original, remember who you are, and remember why you aspired to be in the industry to begin with. It’s said many times before, but it’s important to stay true to yourself.
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Photographed by Ashley Maietta

‘We’re All Gonna Die’ Brings Out A New Dawes


Dawes is a band known for their folk-rock sound. The California band’s sound usually consists of a more banjo-focused, laid back vibe. However, the group has completely veered away from their traditional sound with their new album, We’re All Gonna Die. The band’s fifth album takes a stylistic detour, instead boasting a more R&B type sound with storytelling lyrics. This newly found upbeat, funky sound is taking Dawes in an exciting and new direction.

We’re All Gonna Die opens with the song, “One of Us,” where listeners are immediately made aware of Dawes’ new sound. The song draws on R&B, rock, and electronic sounds to create a fascinating, rock-out-in-your-car anthem. You can’t help but nod your head and sing along.
“Roll Tide” best exemplifies this new R&B sound that Dawes has taken on. The slow, smooth essence of this song is one that mirrors a very John Legend-type sound. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking song, talking about a desperate grasp to hold on to a losing love. “Your boy from Birmingham seems nice enough to me / But unqualified for you, and your heavy vibes.”
“Quitter” is another interesting song that shows this dramatic shift Dawes has taken with the album. This song is one of the most upbeat on the album, possessing a strong funk-rock vibe. It also has some of the most compelling lyrics of any of the songs. “Quit telling these girls your ideas about forever / When you only plan to know them for a night / Quit wasting my time because pretty soon you’ll find/ It’s the only thing of value that we own / You’re gonna have to quit everything / Until you find one thing you want.”
“When the Tequila Runs Out” is a much less serious song, poking fun at the party scene. It focuses on the events of a night at a party, describing different scenes throughout the night. One of the most amusing lines goes, “Then our host bust out of his bedroom, with his glasses slightly bent / He gets up on the diving board to tell us how he feels.“ And you can’t forget the catchy chorus that sounds through the entire song: “When the tequila runs out / We’ll be drinking champagne / When the tequila runs out / We’ll be feeling no pain.”
Dawes’ new album is something fresh and exciting. Be sure to check it out. You can stream it on Spotify.
And check out the music video for ‘When the Tequila Runs Out’ here:

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Featured image courtesy of HUB

Summer Travel Playlist


For many of us, summer is the chance to take a break and get some traveling in. Whether you’re traveling around your own state, or traveling the world, it’s always nice to have a playlist prepared! This summer, I’m doing quite a bit of traveling, so I created my perfect summer travel playlist to get me through those long hours on the plane and on the road. I like to mix current popular songs with some of my classic favorites. Check it out, and maybe it’ll inspire you to make one, too. Have an incredible summer!

  1. One Dance – Drake, Wiz Kid, Kyla
  2. Misery – Gwen Stefani
  3. Work – Rihanna feat. Drake
  4. Cheap Thrills – Sia
  5. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
  6. What Kind of Man – Florence & The Machine
  7. Emmylou – First Aid Kit
  8. Hell No – Ingrid Michaelson
  9. Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
  10. Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
  11. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  12. Take It Easy – Eagles
  13. California – Joni Mitchell
  14. Let’s Dance – David Bowie  
  15. Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
  16. The Hills – The Weeknd
  17. Into You – Ariana Grande
  18. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
  19. Kill Em With Kindness – Selena Gomez
  20. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  21. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  22. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
  23. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  24. Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
  25. Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Leonard Wu Talks His Latest Role in ‘Marco Polo’


Leonard Wu is a talented actor with an impressive body of work both in film and television. He’s had roles in series such as Workaholics and Marco Polo, as well as appearances in the films 17 Again and Crush the Skull. Wu caught us up on his latest work, as well as what inspired him to be an actor, and why he loves acting. Make sure to catch him in season two of Marco Polo, which comes to Netflix on July 1. 

Cliché: You attended UCLA and received a BA in English. What made you decide to go into the acting field?
Leonard Wu: It’s kind of a strange thing. Acting is something that I had always wanted to do since as far back as I can remember. But growing up in D.C., it was just unheard of among my peers, and so it wasn’t something I really explored. As a teenager, I studied and performed Chinese Opera, and though I wasn’t keen on the singing/speaking roles, the martial arts and acrobatic aspects of it completely fascinated me. That was about the extent of it for me in terms of performing, but it really whet my appetite, and when I graduated high school, it was a pivotal moment where I said to myself, “Okay, I’m gonna get out of D.C. and head to Los Angeles to take a crack at this acting thing.” I think I kind of blindsided my parents with that, but they were supportive and told me to at least major in something that had some semblance of a practical application. So I majored in English, and every single opportunity I got, every free moment I had, I spent it learning and performing on stage productions all over campus.
You have a very diverse body of work featuring both television and film. Is there one you prefer over the other?
I think if you had asked me five years ago where I’d prefer to be working, I would have said “film” without skipping a beat. It’s amazing to see how much the industry has evolved and changed over that time. With the recent renaissance that has happened in TV, it’s just such an exciting space to be in and explore. Basic cable and premium channel shows have really pushed the boundaries in terms of what can be offered, and as a result, there is something for everybody, and at such a high caliber. So for the moment, I’m loving working in the TV arena.
Do you have any projects in the works right now?
I’m currently developing some TV projects, in more of a producing/writing capacity. They’re still in their infancy, but being behind the camera is something that excites me as much as being in front of.
What is your favorite part of being an actor?
This is a tough one. There is so much I love about being an actor, but if I had to pick one thing right now, it would be the characters that I’ve gotten to immerse myself in. It’s always fun to play something that is so far removed from who you are in everyday life, and really explore different aspects of yourself.
Can you tell us a little about your character Orus on Marco Polo?
Orus is a fierce and loyal warrior intent on bringing long-held traditions back to the people of Mongolia. We filmed in Hungary, Slovakia, and Malaysia, and I had to train heavily for the role. Martial arts, weaponry, horseback riding… the whole nine yards. I was very fortunate to be working with stunt coordinator Brett Chan and his amazing Hitz International Stunt Team. They were an integral part of helping me shape Orus.
Your most recent film was Crush the Skull. What experience working on that film did you enjoy most?
My role in Crush the Skull was just a cameo, but I was working with family, so it was an absolute joy to be on set. I had worked with Viet Nguyen (the director/writer) and Chris Dinh (actor/writer) on previous online projects such as Ninja Say What?!, which completely blew up and went viral, and we all had such a great time together that we were always looking for opportunities to collaborate. Fast forward a few years later and Viet and Chris are kicking ass and making their feature debut, and they asked us to come out and play again. I said, “Yes,” with no hesitation. The day we shot, it was like good ol’ times with the buddies. My scene was with Jerry Ying (also in Ninja Say What?!) and Chris, and we were sitting in the back of a car, just riding along this bumpy dirt road in the middle of nowhere, improvising for like three hours straight. I think that’s the thing I love most about being directed by Viet. He’s this master editor, so he’s cutting in his head as he’s filming, so when he knows he’s got what he needs, he lets you just go insane and do whatever. And, for me, I don’t get a whole lot of opportunities to improv in general, so I love it.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to become an actor?
I think a lot of aspiring actors come into this town with a romantic notion of how they’re going to find success and fame. I totally get it; I think that a part of you always has to maintain that romantic notion, but it has to be tempered with pragmatism. Everyone loves an underdog story about the actress who had $15 left in her pocket when she got that huge role that changed her life forever. But those stories are few and far between, and the reality of it is, living in squalor isn’t particularly fun. So I have a pretty practical approach in terms of how I handle being an actor: if you can’t afford to eat or put a roof over your head, you’re not gonna be able to subsist and you’ll have no choice but to quit acting. If you’re able to do those two things, then you can keep fighting. The rest of it honestly is just details. Success may not happen in a month, a year, or 10 years, but if you are able to survive and continue to maintain a discipline in regards to how you approach acting, then you’ll find yourself making progress.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My acting coach Stan Kirsch has said this to me on a numerous occasions: “Do not ride the highs and lows that come with success.” At the end of the day, I try to always remember that in order to help me stay even keeled. It’s a good way to keep this industry from driving you nuts.
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Leonard Wu Talks His Latest Role in ‘Marco Polo’: Photographed by Quavondo

Christina Moses Discusses Her Role in ‘Containment’


Christina Moses is not only a tremendously successful actress, but she’s also inspirational. After overcoming an innate shyness she’s had since she was little, she decided to pursue acting professionally. Now, she’s starring in the new CW series Containment and the new film How We Met, which premiered at the Dances With Films Festival on June 11. Here, we chat with Moses about her passions, what sparked her love for acting, and the best advice she was ever given.

Cliché: You grew up around the entertainment industry. Was there a definitive moment when you knew that you wanted to be an actress?
Christina Moses: I didn’t know what being an actress meant exactly. My father was an acting teacher, writer, and director. I would watch his classes and rehearsal, and then perform them at home. But it wasn’t until junior high that I developed a love for the craft of acting. It took me awhile to convince myself I could go for it and achieve an acting career because I always had a love of academics, but after college, when I was living in New York doing theater, I started to pursue it.
I read that you used to be shy in front of the camera. How did you overcome that?
I was shy in general. I wasn’t comfortable until I knew you. In eighth grade, the general shyness left. I realized I had a much bigger personality that I was just hiding. I knew it wasn’t who I really was. I broke out of my shell and each new challenge helped me overcome that shyness.
You have a lead role in the series Containment. What’s it been like working on this show?
The whole thing is really exciting. The pilot was really exciting. Our director, David Nutter, and Julie Plec lead with heart and are really great with people and connecting people. They assembled an incredible team of actors and crew. Everyone liked the show, idea, and concept. The whole cast was just really genuinely excited, so that was cool to be in that buzz and environment. It’s a family relationship. It’s cool to be a part of a story that highlights the flaws and the virtues of humanity. This epidemic brings out the best and the worst in people.
You are also in the film How We Met. How does working on a film differ from working on a television show? Is there one you prefer over the other?
TV is usually shot on an 8-day schedule, but we shot our show on a 7-day schedule. A 7-day schedule is really fast, so you have to learn to keep up with that pace. Typically with film you have more time, but since How We Met was a low budget indie film, we shot up to 20 pages a day sometimes, which is nuts! But I love to tell a good story, period.
How do you prepare for a new role? Are there certain things you do to prepare yourself to start a new project?
I make sure I really connect to it with my heart. I do research and make up my own relationship to the character and the story. I pull from myself and how I relate to it. It’s an ongoing process. I definitely allow myself to live in the unknown as much as possible. It’s nice to discover what’s happening in the moment.
You’re passionate about creating pathways for female projects in the entertainment industry. In what ways do you believe the entertainment industry must change to be more inclusive of women?
There needs to be more female writers from all classes and backgrounds. We’re so culturally diverse, but that isn’t always represented. In general, we just need more female writers and directors. Female roles are also often in service of men. We need a more diverse representation of women. Bridesmaids was big because it showed women can be funny, too. It’s all about changing the current social conversation, and Bridesmaids is an example of that.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Fail. Be able to fail. Go ahead and give it your all and fall on your face. Discover your talent and your passion and go for it. Never be afraid to fail, because failure connects us to each other.
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Christina Moses Discusses Her Role in ‘Containment’: Photographed by Quavondo, Makeup by Chechel Joson at Dew Beauty Agency

‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Doesn’t Disappoint


A Netflix Original, BoJack Horseman is an animated series that focuses on the life of BoJack, a washed up actor who found fame starring in a ’90s sitcom. This often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking series takes its viewers through a whirlwind of scenarios as we experience the life of BoJack Horseman. Season 3 of the series was just released and is already receiving praise. Here are some of the best moments of season 3, streaming on Netflix now.


2007 Throwback
Who doesn’t love a good throwback? An important episode, this flashback to 2007 let us see how BoJack and Princess Carolyn’s romantic relationship formed and gave us a backstory on “The BoJack Horseman Show” and why it failed. While learning these backstories, we got the chance to laugh at cheesy 2007 trends that seem like they were cool just yesterday, while simultaneously making us feel incredibly old. Either way, it was a hilarious walk down memory lane.


The New BoJack
After getting his act together in season 2, BoJack lands his dream role as Secretariat. As BoJack is gaining his success back, we see his struggles with fame and truly finding happiness. In season 3, we learn that BoJack may be nominated for an Oscar for his role. We get to see BoJack as what Princess Carolyn refers to as “a bonafide movie star.” He’s surrounded by admirers, partying and having a great time. However, we also see BoJack learn the hard way that people, and fame, are fickle.


A comedy that deals with social issues
BoJack Horseman uses its dark humor and satire to actually address larger social issues. Season 3 continues this theme when in Episode 3 SeaWorld is put on blast. The show takes a twist on the SeaWorld controversy by comparing going to SeaWorld to going to the strip club. Throwing money at abused animals to watch them perform is used to address the issues with throwing money at women to perform.


Poking fun at Hollywood
BoJack Horseman is a show always poking fun at Hollywood. Season 3 doesn’t disappoint. Between Mr. Peanutbutter’s obnoxious and delusional thinking that he’s a star, to the flashy Academy parties and snobby Oscar voters, we get to laugh a little at some of the over-the-top Hollywood ways.


Complex Characters that keep getting more complex
The best part about season 3 is that we get to delve deeper into the complexities of many of the characters, and continue to learn more about them. It may be an emotional ride seeing the backstories of many of the characters, but it’s a great one.
BoJack Horseman is a series not to miss, and season 3 surely doesn’t disappoint. Check out the trailer below.

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Why You Should Be Watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


As usual, Tina Fey has done it again! The comedian certainly hasn’t disappointed with her second sitcom. The 30 Rock writer tells the story of Kimmy, a woman who was held underground in a bunker for fifteen years. The show travels through Kimmy’s exciting and hilarious adventures as she makes a new life for herself in New York City.
Here are some of our favorite reasons you should check out this Netflix Original Show.



Kimmy’s Lightheartedness
One of the best aspects of this show is how Kimmy constantly reminds us of the importance of staying young at heart. Because she was captured and locked in a bunker as an adolescent, she has a very child-like view of the world. She enjoys the simple things in life and always tries to keep a positive attitude. As adults, we tend to get caught up in work or school or just the hectic schedule of our lives. Yet, Kimmy reminds us to slow down and enjoy life a little bit more.

Titus Andromedon
Titus is one of the most hilarious characters on television. His quick wit and abundance of sass has you laughing to the point of tears nearly every episode. As a struggling actor, he is constantly getting himself in outrageous situations, playing ridiculous characters, and stealing the spotlight from other characters. He is, in my opinion, the most entertaining character in the show.

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Tina Fey’s Guest Appearances
Tina Fey makes the occasional guest appearance as different characters on the show. Every time she does, it is absolutely hilarious, of course!

The Theme Song
This theme song will stay stuck in your head for days, but you won’t be complaining. It’s one of the catchiest television theme songs that could be a hit in and of itself. I mean, who doesn’t love the line, “Females are strong as Hell?”


Constant Pop Culture References and Social Commentary
Every episode is jam-packed full of pop culture references sure to make you laugh hysterically. At the same time, the show makes puns at our current society, most specifically technology. It’s a show that can keep you laughing while also bringing important issues to light. 
Be sure to watch season 1 and 2, both available on Netflix! Don’t worry, it’s okay to binge.
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Tony Cavalero Channels His Inner Child in ‘School of Rock’


Tony Cavalero is a fun-loving actor with a wide array of work in both television as well as his own improvisational group in LA. Here, he talked to us about the actors who have inspired him, as well as inside information about his role in the new TV series, School of Rock, which is based off the hit film.

Cliché: Growing up, School of Rock was one of my favorite movies. How does it feel getting to turn this movie into a television series
Tony Cavalero: Um, kind of like the first time I ate a Cinnabon…. Incredible and super tasty! It’s also one of my favorite movies. I feel like it’s the perfect film to turn into a TV show. Parents and their kids will both love it together!
Do you find you have a lot in common with your character, Dewey Finn, or are you pretty different from him in real life?
I don’t think I could be more like any other character! I love working with kids because I’m a big kid at heart. Some of the parents say that I am the biggest kid on the set. Dewey is passionate, loyal, and goofy as can be, just like me.
What has been the best experience, thus far, working on School of Rock?
Literally every single part has been amazing, but if I had to single out something, it would be getting to work with all of my cast mates! These kids are incredibly talented, kind, and funny. I can’t wait for the world to see it.
What are you most looking forward to for the series?
For everyone to see how much fun we had making the show! I really think it shows in each episode.
You’ve been in countless other films and TV shows. Is there one role that has stood out to you as a favorite?
Definitely playing Dewey in School of Rock is the best. I also loved playing Billy in the web series Robin Banks and the Bank Roberts. My wife and I do a live sketch comedy show called TONANNIE that is one of my favorite things to do as well.
Who is your biggest acting inspiration? How have they helped shape the actor you’ve become?
I would say both Jack Black and Chris Farley are my biggest comedy influences. Their physical comedy and emotional connection to characters is so inspirational. These two actors are hilarious, but they also make you really care for the characters they play. Tony likey!
If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting out in acting, what would it be?
Be persistent and be a nice person!
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