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Talking Style with Adam Lupis

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Talk show host Adam Lupis shares his passion for the 80s and 90s eras on his YouTube show “The Up & Adam Show” where he interviews notable artists in the music, film and TV spaces. Some of Adam’s recent guests include singer AJA, actors Charles Baker (“Breaking Bad”) and Lillo Brancato Jr. (Sopranos), creator Butch Hartman (Cartoon Network’s “Fairly OddParents”), television host Carlos Bustamante (YTV, Canadian television), and horror host Dead Meat (4.4M subscribers) — and upcoming guests include Jesse Kove (Netflix’s “Cobra Kai”) and storied super villain Robert Davi (“Die Hard,” “James Bond: License to Kill,” and “The Goonies”).

Who were some fashion influences in your youth?

Ed Hardy was a big influence on my generation growing up. The bright, vibrant colours and the crazy designs always stood out to me. I still love the brand and I have a few pieces that I still wear today! I also admire Puma. Back in 2006, when Italy won the World Cup, I remember buying a whole Puma wardrobe. I think your sense of fashion plays a huge role in your character. I believe that when you look good, you feel good. 

When did you discover your personal style?

I think when I was exiting high school is when I discovered my personal style. Before that, I always followed the crowd and never thought for myself. Over time, I broke out of my shell and started to be more confident and expressive in how I dressed and acted around people. I have an old soul, so this plays a huge role in how I dress and act. I admire vintage clothing, bright colours and baggy clothes. However, I really do like looking sophisticated at times too, wearing a nice blazer with dress pants, or nice jeans and a clean pair of shined shoes! 

Who do you look to now for style inspiration?

I look to a lot of my favourite actors for style inspiration. I admire Johnny Depp’s style as it’s more edgy and “rocker”-esque. I play a lot of instruments and love rock music, so that’s why I love his style. I also look to Brad Pitt from the 90s, as he was very out there. I remember he did a fashion shoot in a pink dress — and even though I would never wear it, it inspired me to dress however I want. Style is like art — everyone has their own look and it means something different to them. 

Is there an item that you collect (like a sneaker collection)?

I collect watches. I have a vast collection of them ranging from Gucci to Burberry to Michael Kors to some local Toronto brands like “Maestro.” 

You’ve interviewed some great guests on your show, “The Up & Adam Show.” If you could have anyone on your show, who would it be (a few dream guests)?

I think one of my dream guests would have to be Sylvester Stallone. He is such an inspiration to me admin lupisbecause he is always true to who he is and never sold out. He took the biggest pay cut when he made “Rocky” just so he could star in it. It was one of the best decisions he made. That inspires me because it reminds me that sometimes you need to take one step back in order to go two steps forward. Another dream guest would have to be Brendan Fraser. He has starred in some of my all time favourite movies like “The Mummy,” “Airheads” and “Encino Man.” His presence on screen is amazing and makes me feel very comfortable. I know that sounds weird to say, but he comes off as such a friendly guy and I would love to just talk about life with him. I think he is a very interesting guy. 

James Corden has really changed the talk show game with his creative side. Do you ever study other talk show hosts?

Yes I do! I watch all the late night show hosts as they all bring something valuable to the table. I think the one thing I study is the overall format. I do love how the late night show hosts have a monologue and then it cuts to the interview. It’s very interactive and I’m a huge advocate for being personable with people. I want to be as relatable as possible to people because anyone can do what I do. Anything is possible. 

We noticed your show has a “Tonight Show” feel. Can you tell us about that?

Yes, I grew up watching “The Tonight Show” and I love how professional it looks. I want to have a similar vibe but make it my own. I’ve implemented monologues into my show and have also added different segments in each episode to bring some extra value to people. I also love how my show has the city landscape behind me, though I might update it and change it down the road. My main admiration for “The Tonight Show” is how big it is. It’s truly larger than life. I really want people to watch my show and take it seriously since my team and I have put so much hard work into it. 

Favorite quote? 

“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can — that’s what makes all the difference in your life”- Rocky Balboa. I love this quote because it’s a symbol of never giving up, no matter what obstacles you may come across. Life is going to throw you so many curveballs and do everything in its power to keep you from chasing your dreams, but it’s up to you if you want to go that “extra round.”

You’re based in Toronto. What would you recommend we do if we only had 1 day in the city?

I would recommend to visit some of the amazing restaurants. There are so many and I’m a huge food lover, even though I never gain any weight! [laughs] I also would recommend going to the Royal Ontario Museum and visiting the C.N Tower. 

For more information on “The Up & Adam Show,” please visit: https://linktr.ee/theupandadamshow.

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The Unlikely Return Of ZZ Top

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The unlikely return of ZZ Top. It’s hard to think of a band more uniquely American than ZZ Top. The subject matter of almost all of their songs is distinctly American. Their sound is American. Even the way they dress is American. They’ve been representing American rock music since the late 1960s – and they’re not done yet. After a break of almost a decade, the band is preparing to record and release its sixteenth studio album. According to founder member Billy Gibbons, “the last laugh is yet to be heard.”

Almost everybody reading this article will have heard of ZZ Top, even if they can’t name any of the band’s greatest hits. Allow us to refresh your memory if you’re struggling. ZZ Top is the band that gave us “Gimme All Your Lovin,” Sharp Dressed Man,” “Rough Boy,” and their unique cover of “Viva Las Vegas.” They’ve been around since 1969 and are well known for being “the band with the beards.” The irony of that statement has always been that the only member of ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard is the drummer, whose name is Frank Beard.

The unlikely return of ZZ TopThe band was prolific during its early years. ZZ Top’s first album, imaginatively and literally entitled “ZZ Top’s First Album,” was released in 1971. “Rio Grande Mud” came a year later, with “Tres Hombres” following the year after that. Then there was a two-year gap to “Fandango” in 1975 and a three-year gap between 1976’s “Tejas” and 1979’s “Deguello.” After that, things began to slow down. ZZ Top released only three albums in the 1980s and four in the 1990s. Since the turn of the century, they’ve released just two – “Mescalero” in 2003 and “La Futura” in 2012. All three of the band’s permanent members are now in their early 70s and could be forgiven for retiring. In fact, most fans probably assumed that they already had. Like the UK’s Rolling Stones, though, ZZ Top appears to want to carry on forever. Nine years on from “La Futura,” their as-yet-untitled sixteenth album should be with us before the end of 2021.

For Billy Gibbons, this will be the busiest year he’s had in decades. While the members of ZZ Top may not have recorded together in some time, all three of them have remained active in music to a greater or lesser degree. Gibbons is about to release a solo album called “Hardware,” for which he’s just released the single “My Lucky Card.” The album itself will be released through Concord on July 4th. It’s Gibbons’ third solo album, with his previous effort coming out in 2018 under the name “The Big Bad Blues.” This is the first time he’s attempted to release a solo album and a ZZ Top album within the same year. Quite how he intends to handle touring duties for the albums is unclear, although it’s entirely possible he could play songs from both recordings at the same performances. It’s to be assumed that the majority of ZZ Top’s fans will also buy Gibbons’ work.

We should perhaps have known something was going on with ZZ Top when new licensed products and merchandise began to appear earlier this year. Aside from the usual run of t-shirts, ZZ Top has decided to become the latest classic rock band to try their hand at releasing an official online slots game. From Alice Cooper to Jimi Hendrix and Megadeth, many of the band’s contemporaries have found that releasing “jukebox” games to online slots websites has turned into a lucrative side project. The official “ZZ Top – Roadside Riches” online slots game is currently scheduled to be released to slots sites like Rose Slots CA in mid-August 2021. We don’t have any significant detail about the slot this far ahead of its release, but if it’s anything like the slots we’ve seen from Guns n’ Roses and all the rest, it will be a feature-heavy attraction with high bonuses and a selection of the band’s greatest hits playing in the background to keep you spinning. It’s likely that virtual versions of the band will appear in the slot too. With revenue from recorded music lower than ever before because of the tiny fraction of profits bands receive from streaming, new ideas like this help to keep the bills paid.

While we can’t tell you anything specific about the band’s online slots game, is there anything we can tell you about the album? The answer to that question is “yes,” but sadly, not very much. In interviews, Gibbons has said that the recording process has already started. Most of the songs that will appear on it were originally written for “Hardware,” but Gibbons felt that they weren’t a good fit for his solo work and would sound better with the whole band. While he’s aiming for a late 2021 release and hasn’t experienced any issues with the process thus far, he’s not ruled out the possibility that it might slip into early 2022. Even if it does, that’s only a little over six months away. Having waited almost ten years for a new ZZ Top album, we’re sure fans won’t mind waiting a little longer to get the finished product.

The unlikely return of ZZ Top
Rock and roll was once thought to be a young person’s game, but that isn’t the case any longer. There’s a lack of high-profile rock bands coming through the ranks at the moment, so we still look to the stars of the past for entertainment. It’s apparent that so long as ZZ Top, The Who, the Rolling Stones, and Guns n’ Roses still feel able to set foot on a stage and entertain us, they’re going to keep doing so. You can add KISS to that list, too. The face-painted rockers have promised everyone that the tour they’re playing now will be the last one they ever do – but they’ve told us that before! From the Eagles to Aerosmith and even a version of the Beach Boys, the sounds of the 60s and 70s are still there to be experienced if you’re prepared to go out and find them. They can’t last forever, so enjoy them while you can!

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Shelby Surdam is a Rising Force

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Shelby Surdam is a rising force. Her youth is not a limitation on her already impressive resume of shows. From starring on “Believe Me” to the main role in “SKAM Austin”, an iteration of the SKAM series, she is a force to be reckoned with.

“Cruel Summer” is her latest project, a psychological thriller that centers on the problematic teenhood set in the ’90s where the drama lay bare and authentic, that is without social media. Shelby stars as Tenielle, a “queen bee” whose life is upended by the disappearance of her posse. Learn about her life on set and as an actress at large below. 

Photographer Credits: Anthony Chiang

What was your experience like filming for “Cruel Summer”?

 Everyone was phenomenal! To the writers, actors, crew, everyone is so talented. They are real pros and I felt really safe while filming during these times. It was a blessing to work on this project and I’m really grateful for the friends and the memories made along the way. It was a great time filming!

As Tenielle, how did you channel a “queen bee” persona? Were there any challenges you faced learning her character?

Well, I was homeschooled in high school, so it was a little bit of a challenge finding this “queen bee” persona but we have an amazing team of wardrobe, hair, and makeup that helped a lot as I think if you feel confident then it will show. That’s what being a “queen bee” is all about – having confidence. 

What was it like regressing back to your high school self for the role?

Well, being homeschooled I felt I never got a real high school experience and now I feel like I’ve had one! Especially since at that age I was very nerdy so I never thought I would be playing a popular girl. Playing Tenielle is so different, she’s very much a gossip who tells it like she sees or hears it. 

Photographer Credits: Anthony Chiang

Was there anything you learned from being on set?

There was a lot that I learned while being on set. I’m really just a watcher, just taking everything in. What was so great is that “Cruel Summer” is so women-driven. To the story, but also behind the scenes as well. Seeing Michell Purple, working with Jessica Biel and Tia Napolitano, our showrunner, they are all such hard-working women. We also had two women directors, Kellie Cryus and Alexis Ostrander, and seeing how they do it and taking directions from them was so cool. It was great to see and gave me hope that one day I can do that as well.  

How did you decide to become an actress?

There were a lot of things on why I decided to become an actress. I started in theatre when I was younger and transitioned into a film when I was a teen. With doing that, I found something that I loved doing, that I was really passionate about. It’s a bug I caught because I wanted to learn everything there was to learn and I had this huge curiosity. I know I haven’t learned everything and I don’t think I ever will, but that’s the beauty of it. Finding something you never knew.

What does being an actress mean to you?

Being an actress to me means you’re helping tell a story. The great part is doing the work and the research, all while having fun. There’s also the part where viewers might resonate with it in some way. I don’t know, there are lots of emotions being an actress and that’s why I love it. Because I can feel all of them and that’s okay.

What are the (unspoken) challenges in pursuing acting as a career and in the art itself?

I think everyone knows that there is gonna be a lot of rejection, but an unspoken challenge is that sometimes it does take time, even years, to get that gig or job. I know for me it didn’t come quickly. I went to acting classes, worked at restaurants as a host, and worked in fast food. And still, I don’t think I’ve yet “made it,” whatever “making it” means to you. But everyone’s journey is different and it’s good to remember that.

Who/what motivates you whenever you’re in an acting slump or block?

If you’re ever in a slump or block I think it’s a good idea to talk to friends or family about how you are feeling. That always helps me. Usually, I don’t want to do anything, so I’ll watch movies, TV shows, some comfort films and while watching, it helps me and inspires me. Films and TV shows make me feel less alone. Hopefully one day I can do the same in projects. 

What kind of projects do you hope to work on?

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I don’t want to put myself in a box genre-wise. For me, I just want to help tell stories that need to be told and matter.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

In five years I hope to still be acting. It will always be my number one passion. Hopefully, I get the opportunity to dip my toes and branch out into other avenues like directing and producing. I’m already writing! I’m writing with a great group of girls and I’m so proud of what we have right now. I would love to get something off the ground and see it come to life. 

If you were given the opportunity to create your own show (reality, drama, etc.), what would you create?

 If I was given the opportunity, I have two ideas. One is more fantasy: it was a book that my friend loved. It deals with life and death and wonders if the monster everyone says is real or is it really humans who are the monsters all along. I and a group of talented girls wrote a pilot for it already.  

The second is more reality-based and deals with being in your twenties.

So that the readers can get to know you better, here’re some fast facts for you to answer!

Favorite animal?

Favorite animals are seals. They’re like dogs of the sea.

Star sign (and do you believe in them)?

I’m a Leo sun. Yeah, why not? It’s fun but I definitely won’t dislike you just because of your star sign.

Favorite album?

Depending on the mood, some albums I like with no skips Rex Orange County “Pony”, Kacey Musgrave “Golden Hour”, and “Ungodly Hour” by Chloe x Halle, Dayglow has some new songs that I’ve been listening to lately! And of course, I like Taylor Swift. I could listen to her music from any album any day.

 Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

Tune in on Tuesdays on Freeform to watch Cruel Summer or the next day on Hulu!

This article has been lightly edited for clarity 
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An Interview with Film Director Yuchi Tian

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Speaking for Women Is Not Equal to Feminism

Yuchi Tian is an award-winning film director based in Los Angeles who graduated from the New York Film Academy. After she came to America, she realized the conflicts between Eastern and Western cultures and hopes to utilize her artistic expertise to speak for women. She said, I am willing to present female stories that may happen in reality from a female perspective, and I hope everyone can see women’s beauty in different aspects and hear their voices.

Yuchi TianTake her work, The Ray of Light, as an example. The film was shot in 2019. In this film, Yuchi conveys her thinking about women’s self-identity and self-consciousness. This work is adapted from a true story – the heroine’s mother died suddenly. She felt her spiritual support collapsed because her mother was the close one who encouraged her and accompanied her to learn piano from her young. She cried day and night, even avoiding touching the piano for a long time. However, her older sister gives her warm encouragement, and the girl has decided to start playing the piano again, even going to participate in a worldwide piano competition.

Yuchi hopes to convey that women will often burst out with incredible abilities when facing major changes and sufferings in life. An ordinary woman born in this world has her own talent. Clichi sat down with Yuchi to learn more about her work, thought process while directing and past inspirations that has helped her become talented and creative film director.

However, Yuchi believes that speaking for women does not mean that we have to stand on men’s opposite side. “I am not a person who advocates myself as a feminist. What I want to show is the inner strength of women,” she says.

C: What kinds of opportunities have inspired you to create works from a female perspective?

It’s because of a discussion with one of my professors in graduate school that inspired truly inspired me. I was told that film production is rooted in the process of understanding culture and sharpening social contradictions.  That there are fundamental differences in many basic concepts between the East and the West. Therefore, filming should start from the familiar culture to create work. 

C: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women directors

Credibility. I feel male directors are easier to convince people/staff than female directors. I always contribute more time to communicate with my staff.

Yuchi TianC: What film did you enjoy directing the most and why?

The Wasteland. It is my first short film that was shot entire setting outdoor. Weather, lighting, and even scheduling actors are harder to control when we work outside. I learned a lot from this project.

C: Are you currently working on any new projects?

Yes, I am working on a new commercial video and my featured film as well, which will be published next year.

C: Did you have any mentors growing up that inspired you to want to become a director?

The best mentor for me is my grandma. She is a storyteller. I love to listen to her telling stories since I was a little girl, and I read books to find out more interesting things to tell her as well. She always encourages me to meet new people and inspires my curiosity about this world. And also, my professors in my university help me a lot with filming projects.

C: How does it feel to not only be nominated for so many awards but to have won 11 of them?

It is very exciting and encourages me to keep pursuing my dream in this industry.

C: Which award has meant the most to you and why?

Answer: It is hard to tell which one is the most important. They all mean a lot to me. And I appreciate each one of them.

Yuchi Tian has won eight awards for her masterful filming projects and scored twelve additional nominations. She knows that film is where her heart, and will continue this career path with no doubt.

Email Contact: Vera Zhuang
Website:http://yuchitian.com/

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Ozzy Osbourne Goes Into the WWE Hall of Fame

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Did you that this year Ozzy Osbourne goes into the WWE Hall of Fame? When you look back over the long and storied career of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, it’s hard to know what’s real and what isn’t. There are thousands of myths and legends about Osbourne on the internet, and even the man himself isn’t really sure what happened and what didn’t.

If you’ve heard a few of the more common tales, allow us to dispel a couple of myths for you. Ozzy probably didn’t snort a line of ants at a party. However, the famous story about him biting the head off a bat is, unbelievably, true. It happened live on stage in Iowa in 1982. Ozzy swears he thought it was a rubber bat. It was as much a shock to him to find out it was a real bat as it was for the audience to watch him do it, and he had to be taken to hospital for emergency rabies shots. He insisted on finishing the Black Sabbath concert first, though. Accidentally decapitating a live mammal is, apparently, no reason to stop and rock and roll show.

Ozzy OsbourneAgainst this backdrop of snorted ants, decapitated bats, with a side serving of allegedly bringing a dead shark into a hotel room and a confirmed incident of him urinating on the Alamo while dressed in drag, this latest unlikely development in Ozzy’s long and storied life doesn’t sound all that unlikely. As of April 2021, the infamous “Lord of Darkness” is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. That’s WWE as in the professional wrestling company. For all the bizarre escapades that Ozzy has gone on, he’s never donned spandex and done battle in the middle of the squared circle. Why, then, has he been inducted into the world’s most prestigious wrestling hall of fame? Well, we have to travel quite a long way into the past to find an answer to that question.

The Hall of Fame ceremony is a traditional part of WWE’s WrestleMania week, which is the highlight of the wrestling year. The first-ever WrestleMania event was staged in 1985. This year’s WrestleMania is the 37th in the long-running series. Ozzy’s first involvement in WWE came at WrestleMania 2 in 1986, which saw him appear at ringside with legendary manager Captain Lou Albano. In true Ozzy style, he claims he has no memory of his appearance that night whatsoever. Many years later, at the peak of his reality show fame, he was brought back to appear on WWE SmackDown in 2007 and then again as the “special guest host” for WWE RAW in 2009. None of those appearances has involved Ozzy wrestling any of the company’s muscular, larger-than-life performers, but that’s not necessarily a prerequisite for entry to the Hall of Fame.

Ozzy OsbourneThe WWE Hall of Fame has a “celebrity wing,” which inducts star names who’ve appeared on WWE programming without necessarily doing any actual wrestling. It’s a good opportunity for WWE to court media attention by having a famous name on their pay-per-views and programming, and it’s often accepted as a genuine honour by the person being inducted, too. This year, for example, Star Trek legend William Shatner was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Past inductees have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Drew Carey, Mike Tyson, and even former President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. Trump was inducted in 2013 and accepted the honour in person, giving a speech at the ceremony. TV legend Mr T was inducted the following year. Ozzy is not the Hall’s first musical entrant. Snoop Dogg already has a Hall of Fame ring, as does Kid Rock.

The Hall of Fame ceremony was closed to the general public this year because of ongoing pandemic restrictions, and even with those restrictions in place, it was impossible for some inductees to attend. Shatner and Osbourne – perhaps because of their ages – were among the people who chose to stay at home. Instead of attending in person, Osbourne sent a short video that he filmed from a chair by the pool in his garden in Los Angeles, California. In the video, he thanked the fans, the company, WWE CEO Vince McMahon and Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, better known to fans as former wrestler Triple H. There have been rumours and stories in the press about the legendary rocker’s health in recent years, but he looked and sounded like he was in good spirits as he recorded the video.

The OsbournesWith a new reality TV show on the horizon, the chance to enter the Hall of Fame was a good chance for Osbourne himself to obtain some press coverage. With his music career slowly winding down, he’s found other ways to make both money and news in recent years. Aside from the new reality show and the wrestling accolade, Osbourne appeared in his own branded online slots attraction in 2020. The game, which was manufactured by NetEnt and can be found at online slots websites like Rose Slots for Ireland, contains a jukebox full of all his best-known hits and a number of bonus features that have thematic ties to his songs and his public persona. He (or, more likely, his management team) will have noted the success that fellow rock legends Guns n’ Roses, Motorhead, and Alice Cooper have had with online slots of their own and decided to follow suit. We haven’t played it, but we’re assured that it’s very good if you’re interested in such things.

While we’re waiting for the second season of “The Osbournes Want To Believe” to air, it’s rumoured that Ozzy’s slowly putting the finishing touches to another solo album. He’s retired from touring, and he’s no longer part of Black Sabbath, but he still loves making music. According to reports that first appeared in the press in December 2020, Osbourne has reached out to some famous names to appear on his as-yet-untitled album. Robert Trujillo of Metallica has played bass on some of the recordings, with Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters on drums. It will be a follow up to 2020’s “Ordinary Man,” which was hailed as Osbourne’s best album in years but is said to feature a drastic change in sound and approach from the music veteran. We’ll wait with bated breath to see what that sounds like, but in the meantime, we send our congratulations to the latest and most unlikely member of the WWE Hall of Fame!

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Get To Know Ethan William Childress, in Mixed-ish on ABC

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Today, I had the pleasure of  interviewing Ethan William Childress from the TV series, Mixed-ish on ABC. Here is the inside scoop.

SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

  1. How did you first know you wanted to act?

 My parents took on this audition for the chance to participate in this showcase put on by Adrian R’Mante. I went really to see what it was all about. But the minute I stepped into the room to perform, something just clicked in me and I was so anxious that night waiting to see if I got picked or not. It’s probably one of the times I was really nervous.

  1. When did your career take off once you began acting?

I am actually super blessed in that I was able to be cast in Mixed-ish within my first year of acting. My mom had me do background work just so I’d understand what it was like to be on set.  The expectation, the pace. Then I was able to do a couple of short films which were fun and a different experience.  I did go on a lot of auditions in that first year which because I still was living in Las Vegas all the time, meant a lot of road trips. When I got cast on Mixed-ish it really was a dream come true because it just doesn’t really happen like that for actors.

  1. In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?

Right now, I can only really play video games.  I play on my PC, online. I have a few friends that I play with.  Before Covid, I liked being able to go home and play soccer and flag football. I had to give up playing competitively when I was started acting so I miss it. But I’ll go play around with my friends when I can.  And I really like when we get into Nerf gun wars with my brothers and sister. There’s bullets flying everywhere as there’s no teams. We’re all 4 against each other.  I don’t enjoy having to clean up all the bullets when we’re done. And we never find them all. 

  1. What actors and or actresses do you look up to?

Daveed Diggs, Kevin Hart, Will Smith, Michael B Jordan, Dwayne Johnson. I think they’re all very accomplished in what they do and how versatile they are. I’ve also heard really great things about them from other people who have worked with them. I want to be the type of actor that people like to work with and people say nice things about me to other people.

  1. Can you give us a sneak peak into what this season of Mixed-ish will look like?

Well because of Covid things for the Johnson family look a little different. Like you won’t see any school scenes this season. I did think it was really great that they brought back Rainbow’s friends in a very unique way with the phone calls. All the kids are growing up so they are facing different challenges and have new experiences. Johan is of course having himself all kinds of new adventures like the whole skateboarding thing.

  1. Is there a memorable moment that you remembered happening while being on set of Mixed-ish?

 There have been a couple of scenes with Mykal-Michelle and Christina and myself that left the whole crew cracking up.  Like when we were filming tag for the Spades episode.  Anytime they allow Christina to go off script laughter is sure to follow.  Or one scene where they filmed the whole scene, it was like the perfect take and then someone noticed that Christina still had her face shield still on. It was a lot different this year though as we didn’t get to just hang out with everyone.

  1. What is your characters role on Mixed-ish?

I play Johan, Rainbow’s little brother. He’s a fun loving, adventurous kid. He can be a little gullible at times too. But he tends to see the best there is to see in things. 

  1. What do you have in common with your character, Johan Johnson on Mixed-ish?

I would say that we are both adventurous and like to have fun. We both don’t always get along with our siblings but family is everything so we will always be there for each other. And we’ve both been mistaken for being Mexican. My mom has a friend that when she’s with us, everyone thinks she’s my mom.

  1. What is a big challenge you might of had to overcome being an actor?

Getting in touch with certain emotions is a challenge for me. I’m still young so I don’t have all these life experiences to draw from.  But that’s why you have to take classes and work on being able to bring something to life whether you can relate to it or not.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS?

  1. Being a young actor like yourself, what will you hope to accomplish in the near future?

The next thing I’d like to experience is being in a feature film, to see how that differs from TV. I really want to be able to experience all aspects of being in front of the camera. And then as I get older I may like to start looking at the behind the camera stuff. But right now I’m really just enjoying what I am doing and still being a kid.

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Interview With New York Fashion Designer Ge Jiayue

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We’d love to share an interview with New York fashion designer Ge Jiayue – A discussion between fashion design and the topic of neuroscience degenerative diseases.

Hi, Jiayue, could you please tell us more about the concept behind Thesis Collection?

Yes, Thesis Collection is based on my thoughts about  neurodegenerative diseases.  During my junior year, I started to think about the relationships between memories, illusions and dreams, which brought me into the neuroscience world. Since then, every collection I did was inspired by neuroscience. And the concept of Thesis Collection represents the feeling of the patients who were diagnosed incurable neurodegenerative diseases through their last period of their life. With creating these garments. I would like to express the feeling like disconnection from the societies, disappearing of their normal life and contrast between previous life and life after diagnosing. At the same time, the ideas behind this concept represent that everyone has struggles in their life and people can not help with avoiding the struggles. We had no choice but to try to embrace and live through them. Decisions of life are not only us to make but only us who can alter.

Ge Jiayue

But how did you integrate the elements of  neurodegenerative diseases in your collection. We thought ‘disease’ is hard to express in fashion?

At first, it was really a struggle for me to bring the concept in Thesis collection. I started with reading articles about the disease. I did some experiments about mimicking how those patients move and live and think about the relationships between those movements and garments. Meanwhile, I researched about artists who were suffered from neurodegenerative diseases. From their work, I was inspired and I did some blind drawings of the garments and got shapes from that. I also did a few prints for my collection based on the degenerative neuron to have a more specific image of the concept.

Do any designers affect your creation? Could you tell us your work experience?

Definitely.  I serve as a designer assistant for Yara Flinn, and learned how to build up an independent fashion brand and strengthen her attitude in design. The experience established an important foundation for my knowledge of branding. Later, I entered the studio of German designer Melitta Baumeister in New York City and learned how to use advanced clothing materials to express unique artistic concepts in my work. At the same time, I have been inspired to apply my understanding of neuroscience in the design.

Please use two sentences to describe your design?

My designs are gloomy and aggressive. They appear layering and not focusing on showing the body shape.

What kinds of people will be your target customers?

Ge JiayueMy target customers can be aged from 18 to even 60. I don’t want to limit my customers to a certain group of people. I believe in people looking for their most comfortable styles on their own. I want my customers to create stories with my garments.

What’s your future plan within the next few years?

This year will be a fresh start. I would like to bring my ideas in front of people and in the next 3 years, I will work to help bring neuroscience topics into fashion. Hopefully, human beings will have a better understanding of ourselves by more people paying attention to our brain and studying about it.

What’s your suggestion for students who are pursuing fashion degrees?

Becoming an outstanding independent designer is the ultimate goal, but learning diverse and solid compulsory subjects in school is necessary. It is hard for every designer to find his/her own style at the beginning. The best way to find your way is to follow pioneers in the industry.

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What Do We Expect from Every Real Housewives Show?

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The Real Housewives franchise on BravoTV.com is watched by many for the lifestyles the ladies lead onscreen. The slice of life of some of the most elite socialites in the world is exciting and aspirational viewing. Each show may be wildly different, but there are some things we come to expect from all of them. So, what is a must for each season of Real Housewives that helps the viewer relate to the wealthy women?

Casino Trips

The Real Housewives frequently indulge in game nights or take trips to casino resorts. The New York and New Jersey ladies have visited nearby Atlantic City, while the Beverly Hills and most recently Salt Lake City wives descended on Las Vegas. While casino trips might not be on everyone’s radar, they are considered by many as a luxury trip away. Much the same as how the Real Housewives view them. Sharing the same exciting excursions helps ground the show in realism for the viewer.  

As CasinoWings.com shows through their vast range of online casino options, the industry has taken off in the online sphere. Many of the sites include live casino elements, which reflect the immersive experience that one could expect at a resort the housewives may attend. Indeed, the sheer number of sites competing in the market shows how popular the online casino industry has grown.

The casino backdrop in the show provides one rife with drama already. As the tension is high naturally, the cast members are inclined to indulge in drama with one another. The setting provides a perfect destination for secrets to be revealed and long-standing feuds to come to a head, such as the confrontation between Jen Shah and Whitney, Heather, Meredith, and Lisa in Salt Lake City’s premiere season.  

Business Launches

The Real Housewives wouldn’t be the Real Housewives if we didn’t see a business take off during the show. Some of these businesses existed beforehand, such as Heather Thomson’s Yummie, but many of the most popular ones from Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl to LVP’s Villa Blanca and SUR were conceived on the show.

Research from the blog at Hubspot.com indicates that 99.9% of American businesses are ‘small businesses’, reflecting the entrepreneurial nature people have. 79% of these small businesses operate as one-person shows.  

Entrepreneurial spirit is something that many people can relate to. By seeing stars go through similar predicaments onscreen, it helps us relate to them. It also gives us faith in our own business ventures. They may have a larger platform than we do at home, but that doesn’t mean the show’s focus on business doesn’t inspire. Plus, many of the businesses face catastrophe, such as Sonja Morgan’s numerous ventures. What did happen to that toaster oven?

The Real Housewives is avidly watched by millions each week as we flit from city to state to see different groups of women navigate life. As longstanding viewers (the show began airing with Orange County in 2006), we come to expect certain things from the show to help us digest the drama and keep up with the Joneses. These include casino trips and business launches, both of which reflect some element of our own lives.   

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Youtube Media Magnate Khaled Mazeedi Rewrites The Rules For Life, In His Contrarian Playbook ‘The Glitch’

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Cliché sat down with Khaled Mazeedi to garner insight into his writing style, experiences and to learn more about the sophisticated, creative and controversial celebrity writer. This is one interview you’ll definitely want to read.

“What you are about to read will change your life. Proceed with caution.”

The ominous warning from author Khaled Mazeedi ends with the catchphrase, “you will understand one day.” Of all the celebrity writers out there, Khaled Mazeedi is one of the most resplendent, and certainly one of the most controversial. A man of many facades, Mazeedi does not define who he is by what people have labeled him as. Defacto CEO, business mogul, style icon – or not, his plumage is outrageous, fearless, and full of contradictions; mad but coordinated, crazy but cool.

After all, it takes something unique, almost bizarre, to be lionized – and polarized – by everyone, and there is no doubt that Mazeedi seems to enjoy the attention. A man who came into a role of influence within an unbelievably short time frame -began posting on social media in 2017. Mazeedi says “ A lion does not fear, he is effective, strikes when he needs, that is his truth, and soon, I shall reveal my truth.” Some consider his sartorial ensembles to be nothing more than plumage for the sake of plumage, that his dandyism and persona are utterly out of control and verging on the vulgar and the fictitious. Yet Mazeedi still pulls off a style reference and public image reminiscent of many vintage icons that we have admired in the past – luminaries such as Cary Grant and Howard Hughes, to name but a few.

It will be unsurprising to learn that Mazeedi considers the rules of life, to which we all subscribe – the rules of business, of influence, of dress, and anything else – are simply a construct of societal reality. In his world, these rules can be bent, influenced, and if needed, manipulated.

In his latest chameleonic incarnation, Mazeedi is an author, publishing one of the most controversial books of the decade, The Glitch, a contrarian playbook to the game of life, and how to cheat a rigged world to become successful.

Mazeedi considers avoiding exaggeration to be one of the most important things about style, but he exaggerates in everything else. Mazeedi says, through performances, we constantly negotiate and renegotiate our identity. Fashion is, without a doubt, one of those performances whereby individuals can do such a thing. Take, for example, an article quoted by Fashion Week Daily, a prominent New York-based fashion magazine, that said Mazeedi “is a man who, by all accounts, somehow exceeds the impossible reputation that precedes him.”

The two-year-old brand Swipemint is his mastermind. A man who has an eye for luxury, he has democratized access to premium metal credit cards. His perfume powerhouse, Long Story Short, stems from his olfactory sense, as the creative director and expert nose designing and producing bespoke fragrances. Rather than conforming to statements, Mazeedi makes statements, a polarising figure redefining the meaning and relevance of luxury in the modern world. With a voice this powerful, opinions about Mazeedi greatly vary.

To some, he is a brash charlatan, a publicity-seeking fop with all the bravery of influence and eloquent dress but none of the elegance of restraint. He earned his colossal wealth, not from the traditional route of a rent-seeking aristocracy, but a massive early bet on the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Fame soon followed, making his life public to a bevy of loyal followers on YouTube, and amassing over 3.4 million subscribers.

His antics made him a recipient of multiple digital media awards that include; Arab Creator of the Year, Mr. Aficionado, and Influencer of the Year from several award organizations.

When opinions about him are this diverse, this polarizing, some might refer to Mazeedi as a modern icon, but he could perhaps be called a renegade or a maverick; an arabesque Evander Wall. Nothing to him is off-limits, and nothing about him is predictable or conventional. His book, The Glitch, is simply the manifestation of everything Mazeedi has learned in a most unconventional life. An experimental book that Mazeedi asserts will be a wake-up call to every one of its readers. We had to know more.

Cliche: Strangely, this interview has been postponed several times. That made us want to do it even more.

Mazeedi: “Indeed. Very appropriate, might you say?”

Cliche: I was surprised when I heard you are publishing [The Glitch], that in addition to being a sort of how-to manual to glitch life, could this be a kind of a Khaled Mazeedi coming-of-age story?

Mazeedi: “Yes, the project has been brewing for quite some time.”

Cliche: If I read it right, you start with nothing after a short-lived football career, you learn that the societal construct in which all of us take part is an illusion, you teach yourself all of these techniques to improve your life and become successful, and then, you decide you want to share it with the world. Is that a fair summary?

Mazeedi: “Yes, that sums it up precisely. I think more people will hear about The Glitch when released, and it will change the way they approach their life. It is a book that is also very philosophical. Many of the ideas – and ideologies – are a modern and western form of ancient stoic philosophies. The best way I can explain it is with an example. When you see roasted meat and other dishes in front of you, if you look more deeply, you realize that it is the charred flesh of a dead fish, a dead bird, and a dead cow; that purple robes are sheep wool dyed with shellfish blood. Once we strip everything down into its essence, it becomes pointless. As humans, we have this need to imbue everything with meaning. The same goes for identity as well; Countries, borders, race, and people. Identification is human nature, and the feeling or thought of belonging to something or being a part of a tribe is a genetic predisposition, a human need. We must think about why our parents name us, and we name our cities, rivers, and even brands, so we can identify with these things, places, and people that give us a sense of belonging.”

“Part of what the book talks about is why we latch onto things, and that if you pierce through them, to see things for what they are, you can understand our need to identify and find meaning in everything. Armed with this knowledge, you can reinvent yourself and your identity into whatever you want when you realize that all identities are manufactured from nothing. It is more sincere to remanufacture your own identity than have someone else impose your identity. That is what we need to do—all through our lives when things lay claim to our trust—to lay them bare and see how meaningless they are, to cast away the legend that encircles them.”

Cliche: What is the biggest takeaway in your book?

Mazeedi: “The biggest takeaway is that there is always a way to get where you want to if you are willing to make a sacrifice to get there. If you have been dealt a tough hand in life, it is even more of a reason to make sacrifices- as long as you know how to find the cracks. In the book, I also reveal several of these, what I refer to as glitches.”

“The world has this idea, that power is something that only involves world leaders and influential people, and that power is some unattainable realm of human endeavor. However, every person is angling for power and influence, even in the simplest things they do in life. We have immense individual power as human beings. The outcomes of our lives are the cumulative results of all the decisions we have made over time. The only thing stopping you from success is your limiting beliefs. Your brain can be re-wired to have fewer limiting beliefs, and as a result, have fewer fears and more confidence in pushing boundaries, achieving success.”

“There is a reason why the cover of the book is a reflection of a broken mirror. The idea is that you can reinvent yourself, what you think about yourself, your identity, your limitations, breaking the shackles that hinder and restrain, so that you can achieve incredible things in your life. Constructs like power, fame, and seduction can be understood, deconstructed, and repurposed for your benefit. But in doing so, you will figure out that all of these changes are irrelevant within the bigger picture of life, which is that we will leave this world behind and our identities with it.”  

Cliche: How can The Glitch be used in the course of life today, and what is the philosophy behind it?

Mazeedi: “The philosophy is about helping people in their daily lives, overcoming the fear of death, understanding your purpose, and finding an appropriate path to follow in life. We often think about how to maintain our dignity, reputation and still achieve great things. It’s a tough ball to juggle. The core principle is understanding that we follow a genetic code and protocol, that we live our lives answering our DNA. We are, in a way, predestined. What if you can scientifically understand that your nature is what drives you to do the things you do and that you can trick your DNA to do something entirely different.”

“Ultimately, we are deeply rooted with a desire and need to be respected and loved, and we want to identify ourselves with things that give us these emotions/reference points. The people of this world are so attached to fame, money, power, and respect. Each of us has had our beliefs, outlook, and perception molded by our individual experiences, upbringing, and social conditioning. The beautiful part is that, yes, we are all unique, but we are not bound to these characteristics, beliefs, and ideas.”

“What if I told you that it’s possible to reprogram your beliefs and start a whole new perception from scratch. I describe the world we live in as almost like The Matrix. I believe we are vessels, a complex computer with physical and mental capabilities that are limited; physical limits in what our bodies are capable of doing, and computing limitations in how much our brains can process. The mind-boggling part is that if we are vessels or players, then there has to be a stage to play and that the world and life have to be a game. I believe that anything that has limitations is a temporary state of being.”

“Indeed, one fact that is a certainty is that we all must die. That is a universal understanding. But what happens after makes me believe that we are in some matrix or game. On a metaphysical level, the law of conservation states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Our physical matter indeed dies, but our spirit and soul cannot be diminished and has to go somewhere. Perhaps, the next level?”

Cliche: Wow, those words have deep meaning and philosophy. What do some chapters cover, and how do you show people how to glitch certain parts of life?

Mazeedi: “Good question. In the book, some chapters show you how to become famous. Other chapters show how to make a sizable income from launching a business. I prefer not to go into details, but I must say people have this misconception that you need to be lucky, have a team, or have lots of help to do great things. The funny part is you don’t even need to leave your bedroom. With the power of the Internet, everything you need is already in your hands.”

Cliche: Thank you for taking the time, Khaled.

Mazeedi: “The pleasure, I assure you, has been mine.”

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Rachel Kove: Life is Messy, Deal with It

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Rachel Kove is the CEO and co-founder of Transformational Solutions — a Los Angeles-based, trauma-informed, life-coaching company that helps provide people with sustainable solutions to self-destructive habits and to ultimately find their true purpose.

What’s your motto (in life/work)? 

My motto is: Life is messy. Learn how to become exceptional at dealing with the mess. If you become skilled at facing the challenges, it’s impossible to fail. I am also a strong believer in the power of vulnerability. If we can all learn to be more vulnerable, we would be able to connect more easily with one another and have more meaningful and authentic relationships.

What’s your work-from-home uniform?

If I am not on a Zoom meeting, sweatpants and a sweatshirt. If I am on a zoom meeting, sweatpants and a casual T-shirt with a leather jacket.

Is there a piece in your closet that makes you feel powerful (whether it be a blazer or pair of shoes)?

I wear my combat boots almost daily. When I wear them, I feel powerful, confident, and sexy. It makes me feel like no one can mess with me.

Take us through your morning routine.

Morning is my favorite part of the day. It’s my “me” time. It’s the time I intentionally create to connect with me and the Universe/God. It’s my “hour of power time” (which I adopted from one of my favorite mentors, Tony Robbins). It’s the peace before the storm (a.k.a. before my toddler wakes up). Being a mom, a business owner, and a life coach requires an immense amount of energy. Morning is when I fuel my tank. I have to make sure my cup is full before I am able to offer anything to my son, clients, or anyone else in my life. I have a meditation table that I sit in front of every morning. On it are items that represent and symbolize qualities that I want to embody throughout my day: wisdom, strength, love, letting go, power, and peace. I am also an avid journal writer, and journal for about thirty minutes. I then do my affirmations and write down everything I am currently manifesting in my life. I meditate anywhere from 5-30 minutes. And then I say my prayers and gratitude list for the day.

When things get stressful, what calms you down?

Rachel KoveI know where I am at emotionally by how I respond to stress. I read this book that says, “Stress results from the accumulated pressure of our repressed and suppressed feelings. The pressure seeks relief, and so external events only trigger what we have been holding down, both consciously and unconsciously.” So, for me, I calm down by making sure I make my emotional, physical, and mental health my number one priority. I feel and express my feelings so that they don’t get stuck in my body. Emotion is energy in motion, so we all need to find healthy ways to release that energy so it doesn’t get built up in our bodies and accumulate into stress. The truth is, I don’t get that stressed if I am taking care of myself exceptionally. Meditation is also a huge part of how I regulate my nervous system. Breathing is our body’s natural way of dealing with stress, and yet so many people forget this. Singing and exercise is another way I deal with stress. Being creative and pursuing my passions makes everything more meaningful and purposeful, so it doesn’t feel as much of a burden. 

How do you balance being a mom, CEO and life coach?

I have superb selfcare routines. I make “me” the most important person in my life. If I don’t have me and I am not taking care of myself, I am not able to show up effectively for the rest of my life. I am not able to be a present mom or a leader at Transformational Solutions. I value time. I am not someone that says, “I don’t have time for this.” I make time for the things in my life that are important to me. I am also not one of those CEOs that works 24 hours a day. I don’t judge those people, but I also don’t know how anyone can have a balanced life working 24 hours a day. I need my sleep. I crave my connections with my friends and loved ones. I thrive on them. I talk to my best friend at least two times a day. Yes, I have a lot of responsibilities, but I choose to have that. I strongly believe that if you take care of “you,” one can be present to how much is actually available in this present moment. And when we are present, balance is 100 percent attainable. 

What have you learned from your dad (Martin Kove, “The Karate Kid,” “Cobra Kai”), when it comes to mastering business?

I have learned a lot from him about how to achieve goals. I have always looked up to him and how hard he works. He’s taught me to never give up on my dreams. That if someone doesn’t like something I have, it’s their loss. My dad is one of the most tenacious and persistent people I have ever met. He told me this story that has always stuck with me. When he was in his twenties living in New York, for an entire year he would call this producer in Hollywood and ask him to put him in a movie. And for an entire year, this producer said, “No.” But my dad was persistent and kept calling. After a year of what some would perceive as rejection, my dad flew out to Los Angeles and this producer put him in one of his first movies. Persistence is key to any success. Action plus consistency equal results. My dad has taught me how to be tough and that nothing is impossible. And that if I want something, I have to go after it — because no one is going to do it for me. And by the way, if you haven’t watched Cobra Kai, you need to. I am able to be objective since acting is one of my other passions, and this show is brilliant! And so inspirational. And I am so proud of everyone who is a part of it.

How would you like your son to think of you (e.g. kind, funny)?

I want my son to think of me as human. I want to teach him to be okay with being human. To know that we are complex creatures. To see me as kind, loving, non-judgmental and emotionally available. I want him to see me as strong, powerful, and above all, present and silly. Someone who loves life and loves people.

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The D’Ambrosio Twins: A Q&A With Disney’s Iconic Twin Stars Bianca & Chiara

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D’Amrosio Twins. Photo credits: LastingLegacy PR

Disney’s iconic twin stars, The D’Ambrosio Twins, have been acting alongside one another for as long as they can remember. As actresses, singers, and and best friends, Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio have extensive experience in television, film, and music, and are most well-known for their roles as Frankie and Reagan on 19-time Emmy Award-winning series “The Bay” and for starring in its spinoff series “yA.” Additionally, they have been recognized for their performances in “See Dad Run,” “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn,” “Diary of a Future President,” and, most recently, Disney Plus’ new film, “To the Beat!: Back 2 School,” the sequel to the hit teen comedy, “To the Beat!” 

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with the twins about their prolific career paths and numerous professional milestones at such a young age. In this candid conversation, the twins reflect upon their journey to stardom as both independent actresses and partners in crime and share their most memorable experiences and lessons with their fans. 

You’ve both been acting since the age of 3, when you were cast in the role of Summer Newman on CBS’ The Young and Restless. Please tell us about your experiences on a mainstream television channel at such a young age. Do you have any distinct or formative memories? 

BIANCA: I was three years old when I started working on “the Young and the Restless.” I can’t remember much, but I do have memories of bonding with my on-screen parents playing Disney cards and eating candy!

CHIARA: Because I was so young on “the Young and the Restless,” I can’t remember a lot. I do remember fond memories of Michelle Stafford coming to our dressing room to see us before going to set. She would hold my hand and walk me to set sometimes.  

On both The Young and Restless in 2008 and Parks and Recreation in 2009, you shared the role of Summer Newman and Lennon Parham’s daughter, respectively. What was it like to take turns playing the role? 

BIANCA: It was fun! Chiara and I got to work together and experience everything at the same time. 

CHIARA: Switching places with my sister while on set was super fun because we always got to hang out with each other and practice our lines with each other.  

What was the best part of being cast together as twins from an early age? Did it ever cause confusion on set, or did it ever create any tension between you as independent actresses? 

BIANCA: It never caused tension between us. We have always loved being cast together because we get to do what we love together. A lot of people got us confused on set, so we would just have fun with it. 

CHIARA: Being cast together as twins has always been a blast. We get to work together in scenes and make life-long memories together. I don’t think that us being known as twins caused tension for us to book projects independently. I was lucky to work on Disney Plus’ show “Diary of a Future President” last year while Bianca worked on a film. We are happy for each other! 

When did you start making music? Please tell us about your breakthrough song “Let Your Light Shine.”

Bianca & Chiara D’Ambrosio. Photo credits: LastingLegacy PR

BIANCA: We started making original music when we were seven. I love to play instruments and wanted to try singing for a change. I ended up loving it and combined my love for playing instruments with singing to create “Let Your Light Shine.” I knew that I wanted our first song to touch on the topic of bullying since we experienced that back in school, so after talking with our parents, we created the song!

CHIARA: We started making music by releasing our debut song “Let Your Light Shine.” We had been bullied at school when we were younger, so we wanted to create music to encourage others to tell someone when they are experiencing bullying. Our song reached a lot of people, and that’s when we realized how our music can inspire others.

Please tell us about the process of creating your first album, “Got You Covered.” What was the source of inspiration behind your album?

BIANCA: “Got You Covered” was a cover album we did to music hits from the 80s, 90s, and even 70s. My parents raised me listening to older music, and I developed a love for songs created in those eras. My sister and I wanted to do something fun with our music and decided to use our parents influence’ on us to create “Got You Covered.”

What is the best part of being twin actresses? 

BIANCA: For me, working with my sister is an amazing experience. She is my best friend and I love that we get to work and do what we love together. Having those memories together on set is something I will remember forever.

CHIARA: I think the best part of being twin actresses is that I have someone who can experience the highs and lows of the entertainment industry with me, and I always have someone to talk to.

How do you differ as actresses and singers? 

CHIARA: We differ as actresses because Bianca enjoys drama and single-camera comedy roles, while I love comedic roles. We differ as singers because Bianca’s voice is higher than mine. Bianca loves the piano and guitar, while I love the drums.

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What is your single favorite memory from your career thus far, independently or as twins? 

BIANCA: There are so many incredible memories that it’s hard to choose just one. I would have to say one of my fondest memories was back in early March of this year when we got to see ourselves on the big screen! We got to watch ourselves surrounded by our family, friends, and the rest of the cast and crew. It was a memory I will never forget. 

CHIARA   I have many favorite memories from my career as an independent actress and as a twin actress. My favorite memory so far in my career was when we wrapped filming yA and I shared a moment of celebration with my sister that has stuck with me since last year. We were so proud of each other and it was a magical experience.

You’ve both had quite a diverse array of experiences as actresses. What is your favorite character you’ve played?

BIANCA: That’s a tough one! I’m so grateful for every experience I’ve had, and It’s so hard to choose one. I would have to say it’s a tie between my character on “yA,” Frankie Sanders, and Donna from the upcoming film, “Slapface.” Donna and Frankie are two completely different characters who I loved equally. Frankie is the spunky twin who hides her feelings and puts her sister before herself. Donna is a mean girl who only cares for her sister and her best friend, Moriah. It’s a tie between those two!

CHIARA: Any opportunity I get to play someone else is surreal. My favorite character I’ve played so far is Regan Sanders from yA. Playing Regan was a wild ride. She is so similar yet so different from me as a person, so it was amazing to step into her shoes.

What’s the one biggest piece of advice you’d give to a fan looking to pursue acting and music? 

BIANCA: To never give up. I know it sounds cliché, but it is so true! Giving up just puts you one step further away from achieving your dream. 

CHIARA: My advice to a fan looking to pursue a career in the entertainment industry is to never give up hope. Sign up for classes or audition for school plays so that you get an experience of working on set. If this is something you really want to do, then go for it and don’t let anyone stop you

What’s next for you both?

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BIANCA: Right before quarantine, I had the chance to work with Justin Long, Judy Greer, and Melanie Lynskey on a comedy movie called “Lady of The Manor” which will be premiering next year. Chiara’s and my new show called “yA”, which is a spinoff of “The Bay,” will also premiere next year. 

CHIARA: We finished filming yA last fall and are looking forward to the release. We are also going to be in a few episodes of “The Bay” coming up, so stay tuned if you want to see a little bit of our characters Frankie and Regan Sanders.

BIANCA AND CHIARA: Thank you so much for the interview. Happy Holidays!  

xoxo, B & C 

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A Chat with Mary Kate Wiles – Her Path to Digital Fame

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Actress, producer, and creative Mary Kate Wiles is no stranger to digital fame. Over the past decade Wiles has been featured in a number of successful web series. Wiles stared in the groundbreaking Emmy award winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012), Squaresville (2012), and now Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye (2020). Additionally, Wiles is a member of “Shipwrecked Comedy”, a Los Angeles based comedy production group. And, gifted with a divine voice for storytelling, Wiles produces a Podcast series, Anne of Green Gables, that features the classic tales of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Wiles does it all – but she knows all too well the hustle it takes to make it as an actress. In this interview, she discusses her background in english literature, her beauty routine, what she wishes she knew earlier, and how Quibi quickly failed to follow YouTube as a web series platform.

Q. Which of your characters do you most relate to? Do you take roles where the character is a lot like you, or do you prefer characters that are very different from you?

A. Oh wow. Well, in the past few years I feel like I’ve gotten used to playing characters that are very stylized – characters who have a very distinct voice, or accent, or way of carrying themselves which is very different from mine, and that’s made playing characters that are closer to me – like Artemis in Wayward Guide, who is fairly like me in voice and mannerisms – a lot more uncomfortable in some ways. I’ve found I have to trust myself and my instincts more when I don’t have a super character-y character to hide behind. But as far as which of my characters I relate to most, probably Zelda from Squaresville. She’s a teen and she just so desperately wants to get out of her town and do something big with her life, and that was very much me when I was a teen as well. She also holds everyone around her to an impossibly high standard, and I am kind of guilty of that, too. 

Q. How did your formal education at USC prepare you for your acting endeavors? Do you think it is a path more aspiring actors / actresses should consider?

A. I definitely wouldn’t change it – my time at USC was invaluable just in terms of the growing and learning and practicing my craft (as silly as that sounds) that I did. I do wish I had learned more about the actual business of acting – the day-to-day real life things you experience as an actor. Getting representation, working side jobs, doing taxes – all that. I didn’t really learn any of that in school and I think I would have benefited a lot if I had been able to learn those things ahead of time rather than spend the first few years of my career figuring them out on my own. But I think college is hugely important and I am glad I went to USC – I had a blast and I made connections with other alumni and professors that will last a lifetime. And I also studied English Literature and in a lot of ways I think that helped me become a better actor just as much as acting classes did. 

Q. Is there something that you know now that you wish you knew earlier in your acting career?

A. A lot of things, haha. Like I hinted at before, I wish someone had walked me through the whole process with agents and managers. I’m so, so happy with my agent now, but I spent a lot of time with agents who weren’t really doing anything for me and I didn’t realize that I could demand better from them. I wish I had had that confidence.

Q. Who has been the biggest motivator of your acting career?

A. This is sooooo cheesy, but…me. You can’t keep doing this career if you don’t get up every single day and want it. And there have been a lot of times for me that were really, really difficult. But at the end of the day, I keep going, because there’s nothing else I want to do with my life. Don’t get me wrong, I have a ton of support around me and I’m so thankful. My dad is a creative soul and I think he’s proud of me for embarking on this as a career. My mom took a little more time to warm up to the idea, but now she’s very supportive. And for the past (nearly) seven years my partner Sean has supported me and I have supported him, and we get a lot of joy out of helping each other succeed. But yeah, when it all comes down to it, it’s up to you. You’re the one who has to want it the most.  

Q. What is your beauty routine? What are the products that you cannot live without?

A. Oooh. Well, I love makeup and I always have. I used to experiment with a ton of looks, but now I’ve kind of settled into a routine. I’m a big fan of L’Oreal True Match foundation.  I love Maybelline’s Age Rewind Concealer, and I always always always have to fill in my brows with a Rimmel brow pencil, because my hair is naturally blonde and my eyebrows are too. I’m constantly trying out different skin products, but CeraVe moisturizer has been my best friend recently.

As for my beauty routine, if I have to see people I will put on a full face of makeup. I always have – my features are very light and I feel like I disappear without makeup. If I’m in a hurry I whittle it down to just concealer, eyebrow pencil, mascara and lip balm. But most days I do the whole thing. It’s also, like, part of my routine – listening to the news while I put makeup on, getting ready for my day. I also do masks a couple times a week and steam my face at home. Trying to use this at-home time during the pandemic to nurture my skin as much as possible!

Q. In your new Podcast, Anne of Green Gables, you read the classic tales of Lucy Maud Montgomery. How did you come up with the idea to start this podcast? 

A. Yeah! Well, this idea was born out of my Patreon – I have a Patreon (and have had for over six years), which is a way that people who like my work can support me as an actor and also become a part of my community. Since I’m not a writer and it’s very hard to creating “acting” work in a vaccuum without other filmmaking artists, it’s been a challenge for me to figure out what sort of thing I can offer as a perk. Musicians can write songs; artists can draw – there’s only so many monologues one can do. So, considering that a lot of the work I’ve done has been based on classic literature – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party – I started to think about that and realized that I could read a book, and bring in other actor friends to read the different characters, and add sound effects, etc. And classic literature is in the public domain so it’s all fair game. My patrons actually voted on Anne of Green Gables – I gave them a few different books to choose from – and I’m so glad they did. It’s been such a fun project and I’ve so enjoyed experiencing the story again in this way. 

Q. The Lizzie Bennet DiariesSquaresville, and Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye have garnered lots of views. How do you think YouTube has evolved as a format for episodic TV?

A. You know, when Quibi was announced it kept being advertised as “quick bites” and this revolutionary way of storytelling, myself and all the digital creators I know just had to roll our eyes because, come on. We’ve been doing this for YEARS. The internet has made our attention spans very short! And I think digital storytellers have found ways of telling some truly compelling narratives over a series of short episodes. That said, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is actually the longest adaptation of Pride & Prejudice ever made at over eight hours long – but told over many, many five minute episodes. I think it’s clear that digital storytelling is having an impact and traditional networks are starting to realize and try and copy this format. My only hope is that they would – instead of trying to do it themselves – start hiring some of these YouTube writers/creators that have been making content in the digital space for the past ten years, because we understand it. We’ve proved it over and over again – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries won an Emmy, for goodness sakes! Felicia Day, like, pioneered webseries with The Guild! And she recently tweeted that Quibi wouldn’t even take a meeting with her. I just thought that was the stupidest thing. Lots of cool and engaging stories are being told via YouTube series and I hope traditional networks – or digital networks like Amazon and Netflix – will take more notice. 

Q. In these different YouTube projects that you have been a part of, how much creative control were you given? Was the creative process fluid or traditional? 

A. I mean, it’s a case by case basis, but I have found that no matter the project, if I have a good relationship with the director/writer/creator, it just inherently becomes collaborative. I took that a step further with Shipwrecked Comedy when I came on as a producer for Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party – and have gone on to produce many projects with them. But even with projects that I wasn’t producing on, like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I think when you’re all in the trenches together creating low-budget narratives, it just can’t help but become collaborative. Or maybe it is for me because I care so much, haha. I may be just an actor, but I want to do everything I can to help make the project the best it can be. And I have wonderful collaborative creator friends who are kind enough to let me chime in every now and again.

Q. You’ve tackled Theater, YouTube series, Podcasts, Production; what would you like to do next? 

A. Oh man. Well, I wouldn’t say no to more steady TV work. And I’ve really loved recording the podcast for Wayward Guide – I’d love to do more VO/audio acting in the future. And Shipwrecked has a lot of big ideas for big budget series – I hope we get to make them someday. 

Q. Do you have any upcoming projects that you can tell us about? Where should we look forward to seeing you?

A. We haven’t announced what it is yet, but Shipwrecked had plans to do another big multi-episode series this year, but of course the pandemic put that on hold. But we’re still planning on crowdfunding in early 2021 and hopefully will be able to shoot and start releasing next year as well. It’ll be a return to our roots in some ways, but also something new and completely different than anything we’ve done before, and I’m very excited about it. Other than that, I’ll be continuing to release Anne of Green Gables episodes for the foreseeable future. And just waiting for the next big adventure! 

Be sure to check out Mary Kate’s Instagram, YouTube, and Webpage to keep up with her ongoing and upcoming projects! 

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