Chit Chatting with Forever in Your Mind

Written by: Jill Sheets

Recently I was blessed to be able to interview up and coming boy band Forever in Your Mind.  You may have seen the boys on “X Factor.” You may have also seen Ricky on hit show “Best Friends Whenever” or the excellent movie “Bigger Fatter Liar.” Continue to read on and learn more about the trio.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you all met?

Emery:  I’m Emery Kelly.  I love to adventure and I love long boarding. Liam is my cousin and I met Ricky on the “X Factor.”

Ricky : Well I’m Ricky, I’ve been singing ever since I remember and I met Emery “X Factor” 4 years ago, and later on Liam joined the group!

Liam: I’m Liam, I love video games and playing guitar… And Emery and I are cousins and I met Ricky because of Emery.

 

R: How did you come up with the name of your group?

Emery:  The name of the group came from “X Factor” but the first time we did something together was an NYC show in front of 20000 people

Ricky: (laughs) actually “Xfactor” came up with it

Liam: X Factor gave it to us

 

R: Tell our readers about your self-titled EP.

Emery:  Our Self-titled EP is a pop rock driven young and fun anthemic songs. We had a lot of fun creating that EP

Ricky: We actually wrote 3 of the 4 songs on this EP! I feel as an artist, you have to write your own music or else you aren’t as connected as you could be, you helped give birth to it (laughs)

Liam: That was our first ever EP we have ever put out. It also was the first anything we put out that we wrote on and we love that because it allowed people t to hear what we have to say through our music.

 

R: Tell us about your new singles “Smooth” and “Missing”!

Emery:  These two songs define who we are now and what we wanna be tomorrow. SMOOTH was made after a session by just singing random melodies and Liam was playing some crazy guitar licks. Missing was written by Liam and I and I had a lot of bottled up emotions that I just poured out and it became dark and personal

Ricky: Smooth and Missing! We were talking with the label, and they were really keen on trying new things, which is always fun! So we got to experiment with a new sound a little bit, and I know we’re all excited with the new direction we’re going in, and out popped these two jams (laughs).

Liam: Smooth and Missing are our two new singles where we went for a bit of a change in style. We basically wanted the music to be a bit older as we are also getting older but we love the songs and love the feedback everyone has been giving on them.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

Emery:   You can buy/listen on ITunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Shazam, and YouTube.

Ricky: On all streaming devices (laughs), apple music, Spotify, google play, anything that makes a tune.

Liam: People can get our music anywhere that sells it. Apple, Spotify, GooglePlay any online distributor of music.

 

R: You got to go on tour with Olivia Holt. What was that like?

Emery:  Touring with Olivia was amazing. We had such a great time traveling across the country with her. So many great and fun memories.

Ricky:  She’s such a sweetheart, the tour was such a fun experience. 10/10 would go on tour tomorrow if we could (laughs)

Liam: Going on tour was really amazing. We got to meet all of amazing fans, Olivia was awesome and it was overall a great experience and time.

 

R: You will be touring soon. Where are some of the places you will be at?

Emery:  I know that we have a show in New York in June but we will definitely have an shows during the weekends of the summer, I’m super excited.

Ricky: New York for sure (laughs), you can check all of our upcoming tour dates as well at foreverinyourmind.com

Liam: All upcoming shows are on our website foreverinyourmind.com

 

R: Ricky. I read that you also act. Tell our readers about some of the things you have been in? Is acting something you would like to continue?

Ricky: I dooooo. You might have seen me in my show on Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever, Bigger Fatter Liar. All of them are available to watch on Netflix.

 

R: Do you have any charities or causes that are close to your heart?

Emery:  Any charity or cause will always be close to my heart. I am always there to help.

Ricky: We’ve been involved in many LA food drives, going to hospitals to see the kids, even personally for me I give my clothes that don’t fit to my grandmother and she gives it to children in Mexico!

Liam: I love charities that are about little kids and improving life for them. They have so much life to live and whether it’s fighting diseases or giving to the ones who don’t have much I think it’s important to have just as many life opportunities for everyone else and to live their life to the fullest.

 

 

R: What are you future goals?

Emery:  To become the best person I can be and be the best actor/singer/songwriter/filmmaker etc.. out there!

Ricky: WORLD DOMINATION, (laughs) I’m kidding. Full album out for sure. Song on the radio. The things you probably would think of.

Liam: My future goals are to be able to have music out that is timeless and can help change peoples lives and inspire people.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

Emery: I ‘m an open book so I don’t really know (laughs)

Ricky: Love to surf, I was born in Puerto Rico, I’m the youngest of 3, I own a Tesla, and I just recently bought a French Bulldog.

Liam: I am an introvert, I total comic book nerd, I love Video Games, I’m a hopeless Romantic, and I love pizza (laughs)

 

R: Are you all single? What do you look for in a girlfriend?

Emery:  I’m a single Pringle (laughs)

Ricky: Single pringle (laughs). I only look for girls who can sing, jk )laughs) but I honestly just look for someone I can be myself around, no fake-ness.

Liam: I actually am not single and have been in a relationship for 3 years and for me it’s all about personality and having chemistry.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

Emery:  A fan once asked me if she can touch my ear lobe. I said no (laughs).

Ricky: “Can you give me your shirt?” (and yes, they meant the one I was wearing).

Liam: I don’t really think I’ve been ask too many weird questions to be honest. I think that all questions are interesting.

 

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and / or youtube page?

Emery:  Our band is @officialfiym and you can find all our personals there.

Ricky: Realrickygarcia for IG/twitter and rickyrenegarcia for my snapchat.

Liam: We all have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and also Youtube. Everything is Either OfficialFIYM or FIYMOfficial and our website is http://foreverinyourmind.com

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

Emery:  I love you guys. Always make the right choice and be 100% you.

Ricky: Thank you for all the support. Love you always

Liam: We love you guys. You guys are the best and we wouldn’t be in this position without you guys.

 

R: Forever in Your Mind, thank you for the interview. It was an honor. Have a great day!

Ricky: It was an honor.  Have a great day.  Love you

 

Meet Author Ellen Langas

 

Ellen Langas is the author of the Girls Know How series of books that encourage tween readers to explore and pursue the careers of their dreams. Check out her website at www.girlsknowhow.com

 

R: How did Girls Know How get started? What gave you the idea for it?

E: When I was young, there were few female role models who held career leadership positions. I had trouble imagining myself in a variety of roles. Even though I was an honors student, my parents and teachers didn’t encourage me to explore careers.  Fortunately, a teacher saw my potential and encouraged me to consider career options and develop skills and attitudes that would serve me well in the workplace. As my career in marketing unfolded, I wanted to pay that encouragement forward. I realized how encouragement by just one person could change a life. When my daughters Stephanie and Veronica were young, they loved chapter books, and that’s when I realized that books would be an ideal way to introduce a variety of career opportunities in a fun way, creating characters and situations that girls could identify with.

 

R: Can you tell us about your books and/or give an example or summary of one of them in particular? What is the purpose of them? How do they inspire young girls?

E: The Girls Know How series encourages girls to explore and pursue the careers of their dreams. My latest book, Super Science Girls! explores the exciting world of science through the eyes of Sylvia and her best friend Kristen, who dream of winning the middle school science fair competition together. That is until Indra, the new “it” girl at school, tries to win Kristen’s friendship and undermine their plans. Sylvia finds herself on the outside looking in as Kristen gets swept up into Indra’s cool world of fashion and friends. She discovers that sometimes things aren’t what they seem, as she learns the rewards of perseverance, the meaning of friendship and that being true to oneself is more important than winning. In addition, the book introduces experiments, the scientific method, women in science, plus activities and Girls Want to Know interviews. Each book includes a character based on a real-life role model. In Super Science Girls, one of the characters is based on a young science enthusiast who started an online maker show at the age of eight! Other books in the series introduce journalism, construction, and teaching. Books can be ordered, and free activity sheets can be downloaded, at girlsknowhow.com.

 

R: What did you do prior to starting your company?

E: I’ve spent my entire career in the marketing and communications field, and am an entrepreneur at heart. I had the good fortune of working at QVC, Inc. during its start-up. I began as an on-air program host and later became an officer of the company. It was exciting to have a hand in building a company with a team. My experience there was the perfect springboard to start my own company, NouSoma Communications, a public relations and branding company. Among our wide variety of clients, we have attracted many companies and brands that share our philosophy of supporting girls and women to pursue their unique goals. Having my own company has given me the flexibility to develop Girls Know How, which is my passion.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

E: Through my company and book series, I hope to continue to provide inspiration, encouragement, and opportunity for girls and women to realize their dreams. For Girls Know How, I hope to expand our relationships with schools and organizations by providing career adventure workshops. I look forward to expanding my role as a youth career education advocate and writing more books for the series. I love to hear from girls to learn what careers they want to read and learn about next. I also hope to produce Girls Know How stories for video, TV or Internet. In my career, I look forward to learning more about digital technology innovations, and personally, I’d like to carve out a little more time for exercise and playing the piano.

 

R: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

E: I remember playing very creatively, setting up pretend restaurants, shops, and offices. I’m sure my mother cringed at the mess I would make, but I loved creating elaborate settings with whatever I could find. I could play for hours. I’m sure that was the beginning of my entrepreneurial spirit. I also loved to perform and organize home-spun shows. I think play is a wonderful way to spark imagination.

 

R: What advice do you have for the girls that are reading this article?

E: It’s never too early to consider what you want to pursue as a career. I recommend exploring whatever interests you.  Some tips include:

  • Read about fields that interest you. Interview or job-shadow people who work in the field and absorb as much as you can.
  • It’s important to start developing the skills that you will eventually need in the workplace. Good time management, communication, teamwork, leadership, and organizational skills will help you on the job and in every-day life.
  • There are plenty of ways you can develop skills at any age such as working at a part-time job, volunteering with a non-profit organization, taking a leadership role in a club, joining a sports team, helping with household chores, job-shadowing, and even starting your own entrepreneurial venture.

I want all girls to know that with hard work, perseverance and passion, they can achieve anything to which they set their minds.

 

Chit Chatting with Dancer and Choreographer Kristin McQuaid

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Kristin McQuaid is an actress, dancer, and choreographer. You may have seen her work on So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Moms, and she even got to dance on tour with singer Britney Spears. Read on and learn more about her, what she has acted in, and what five things people may not know about her.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got dancing. Was being a choreographer something you wanted to do as a child?

K: Well, I didn’t start dancing until I was eleven years old. I was playing soccer, but my younger sister danced and I thought I would try it out. When I try something new, I put 110% into it, so, as you can imagine, I was at the dance studio seven days a week trying to master the art of dance. Choreography didn’t come into my life until around the age of fifteen. I started choreographing group routines and winning awards, and something told me that was my calling.

 

R: What is your favorite type of dance and why?

K: Jazz! It’s so high-energy and fun to watch. Jazz also matches my personality. I am really outgoing, spunky, and energetic. Jazz dance is all that combined.

 

R: What is your process of creating a dance routine?

K: I never pre-choreograph anything. I never like my choreography when I do so. I like to live in the moment and let my mind and body speak to me right then and there. I feel that is when some of my best work comes to life. Music is my biggest inspiration, as well as life’s struggles and accomplishments.

 

R: What advice would you give someone who wanted to be a choreographer?

K: To take a risk. Show who YOU really are. I feel that is the hardest part about being a choreographer these days with social media and YouTube on the rise. Everyone is seeing what is working and they then bring that same thing to the table. Be unique. Everyone is created differently for a reason and we should all embrace those attributes.

 

R: You have worked with many talented entertainers. Who were they and what are your top five projects?

K:

  1. Hailee Payne, So You Think You Can Dance Season 11: I got to choreograph her solos for the season.
  2. Nia Sioux Frazer, Dance Moms: I choreographed a concept piece for her called “Shark” and also just completed a celebrity endorsement commercial for her.
  3. Dance Moms: I was a guest choreographer on Season 6.
  4. I danced for Britney Spears during her Onyx Hotel tour.
  5. I was in a music video with Prince. It was really cool to have worked with such a legend.

 

R: You are also an actress. How did you get your start in acting? Tell our readers about some of the things that you have been in.

K: I fell in love with acting through dance. I find they are very relatable in many ways. My big break into the acting business was on American Dreams on NBC. It was a show set in the 60s and I got to dance and act on the show! It was the best of both worlds for me. I was then seen in the feature film Beautiful starring Minnie Driver, several episodes of Days of our Lives, and the film Zombie Prom, produced by Wes Craven.

 

R: Do you have any upcoming projects that you can talk about?

K: I am going to be releasing a music video that I choreographed for a huge up and coming artist. I am so excited for everyone to see it! This artist is extremely talented and only thirteen years old!

 

R: Tell us about your clothing line Kraze. Do you have a website for your clothing line?

K: I started my own clothing line! I have my own spin on style and I wanted to share it with the world. I am all about being unique and being true to who you are. This line speaks that. All of my 2016/17 spring line is on sale now and my 2017 fall line is coming out soon!www.krazebykristin.com

 

R: How did you come up with the idea for the line?

K: I want people to feel they can express who they are with the clothes they wear. I feel my line lets you be YOU. Clothing speaks volumes and I want to improve the minds of those that feel trapped. I wanted to create a line that was comfortable to wear when just hanging out or even wear to dance class.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

K:

  1.    If I wasn’t a choreographer, I would be a marine biologist.
  2.    I am a HUGE animal lover!
  3.    My favorite color is yellow.
  4.    I am OBSESSED with the Titanic!
  5.    I love Hello Kitty.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

K: I definitely want to keep working on my craft. You can never stop learning and growing. I want to choreograph music videos for new artists, and work on more TV shows!

 

R: Do you have any charities or causes that are close to your heart? If so, tell us about them.

K: The ASPCA. With me being such a huge animal person, I knew that was the best charity for me to serve with and be a part of.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

K: “Has anyone ever told you that you look like the singer Pink?” (I get asked that all the time!)

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

K: Yes!

Instagram: @kristin_mcquaid

Twitter: @kristin_mcquaid

Facebook: Kristin McQuaid

Snapchat: @krazebykristin

YouTube: Kristin McQuaid

Website: www.KristinMcQuaid.com

 

R: Anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

K: I would love this world to turn into a happier place, so try and find the positive in everything you do. Some days might be tough, but there is still a positive in there somewhere. I would also just like to thank all of my fans for their continued love and support! You guys are awesome!

 

Picture source: Kelly Lee

 

Chit Chatting with Bryce Gheisar

Written by:  Jill Sheets

Picture source: Keith Munyan

Each interview is a blessing to me.  I love what I do. Recently, I got to do an interview with 12-year-old actor Bryce Gheisar. This talented young man started acting at the age of 8.  Continue to read on and learn more about him, his movies and shows and what his future goals are.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting?

B: I’m 12. I was born in Plano, Texas. I got into acting when I was 8. I’ve always loved performing. After going to my first acting class, I thought it was really cool. I have always loved watching movies, and how movies come together. I actually paid for half of my first acting class. I would like to start back up in classes soon. I am going to go to some classes in July.

 

R: Tell us about the movie “Wonder” and your character Julian.

B: I actually read the book when I was in third grade. I remember really loving the story. It’s such a heartwarming story. It is about a boy that has a facial difference. A lot of people make fun of him and he has to overcome it. I play Julian the main bully. Julian is very selfish, and he really doesn’t think about other people. He really hurts others, but it doesn’t register with him how badly he is hurting them.  I give him a really tough time, and he overcomes that, and makes friends. He soon triumphs and makes a tons of friends at school.

 

R: What was the audition process like?

B: It is a funny story actually. I auditioned for this movie two years ago for the part of Augie when I was 8, and then I auditioned a second time two years later for the part of Jack Will, and they wanted me to audition for Julian. They really liked me as Julian, and I got the part. I was so excited to get to this part because I loved this book back in third grade.

 

R: Tell us about “Into the Who Knows!” and about your character Thomas.

B: It is a story about a kid named Thomas who is stuck in his imaginary world. He has an imaginary friend named Felix who is a fox. He has a hard time making real friends. His parents want him to grow up so they send him to summer camp. They want him to make friends, but he decides to go across the lake to a place called the Who Knows. His imagination ends up takes him on a roller coaster of adventures.

 

R: You play Ethan in “A Dog’s Purpose.” Tell us about the movie and your character.

B:  It’s about a dog that goes through multiple lives with different families. He learns through his different lives how to save people and how to love them as well. He saves all his owners by being their best friends, and being there for him. I play Ethan; an all American boy who is going through some rough times with his parents. His dad is an alcoholic, and his mom is worrying about his dad, and I really just need a best friend. It’s a great story about how I become best friends with my dog, and how he is there for me.

 

R: Do you have any up and coming projects that you would like to talk about?

B: I am on break right now. We just finished the second season of Walk the Prank. We are waiting to see if the third season will be picked up, so really excited for that.  I am enjoying my off time in Texas. I am also auditioning here and there for upcoming roles. I will be back to work in a couple months.

 

R: If they were to remake your favorite movie, which one would it be?  What character would you play and who would you like to play opposite of you?

B: Harry Potter is one of my favorites, I would want to play Harry. I have a good friend Matthew McCann. We have grown up in acting together, and we went to classes all the time together in Texas. It would be awesome if we could be in a project together. I would want him to play Ron. That would be fun.

 

R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

B: My mom always tells me “If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door” I have always loved that quote because it goes so well with acting. I went through tons of auditions, and this quote helped me get through them all.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

B:  My dad because he is so hardworking, I like the stories he tells me about how he used to get up very early and practice Tae Kwon Do. He worked hard and practiced all the time to become the best he could be at it.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

B: It has always been my dream to win an Academy Award, because I feel like that’s when you know you have worked really hard and you are successful actor.

 

R: Do you have any charities or causes that are close to your heart?  If so, tell us about them?

B: I am a part of Dallas Pets Alive. They are a no kill organization. They foster dogs until they can find a home for them. In Austin, you are not allowed to euthanize any dogs. Dallas is working to make the county a completely kill free zone. I am the organization’s first ambassador. I help out with raising money for them. I really want to do anything I can for animals and animals organizations. I also want to help out with children’s organizations more. In the upcoming months, I am going to be helping out at a local children’s hospital.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

B: One time when I was at Sky Zone and this little girl asked me if I was a billionaire.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

B: 1.My favorite food is pasta. 2. I was born in Plano, Texas 3. I enjoy doing all kinds or art and drawing. 4. Ever since I was younger I enjoyed doing martial arts. I am about to start an MMA class. 5. I quit competitive gymnastics to start acting full time, but I was doing for gymnastics for 4 years.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/ or YouTube page?

B: @Brycegheisar for all social media. I would like to have a website soon, but not yet.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

B: Tune into season 2 of “Walk the Prank.” Go check out “Wonder,” coming into theaters on November 17, and go get “A Dog’s Purpose” on DVD. Thank you so much for all of your support.

 

R: Bryce, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.

Chit Chatting with Clara Lukasiak

 

Written by Jill Sheets

 

Recently, I got to interview the adorable dancer Clara Lukasiak. Some of you may have seen her on the hit show Dance Moms. Not only does she dance, but she is adding actress to her resume. You will want to keep an eye out for her–I am sure that this is only the start. Read on and learn about her, her new show, and about her YouTube page.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into dancing.

C: I’m seven and a half years old. I have an older sister that dances, so I have been in a dance studio with her since I was born. I started my first lessons when I was two!

 

R: What is your favorite thing about dancing?

C: I love ballet!

 

R: You were on Dance Moms. What was it like?

C: It was really fun and I got to finally be a part of filming, but I don’t really remember because I was a baby.

 

R: Tell us about Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn and about your character, Lil’ Jill.

C: It was really fun to meet the cast because I’m a really big fan of the show. Lil’ Jill is a basketball superstar, but wanna know a secret? I didn’t really make all of those shots. TV magic!

 

R: What was the audition process like? How did you find out that you got the role?

C: I just went in a room with a casting director and they asked me to pretend that I was playing basketball. My manager called my mom and told her that I got the part!

 

R: Do you have any upcoming projects that you can talk about?

C: You will have to stay tuned!

 

R: If you could work with any five people, who would they be?

C: Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, Chloe Lukasiak, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, and Meg Ryan.

 

R: Tell us about your YouTube page “Clara’s World.” 

C: It’s super fun to make videos, and I like being in charge of making them.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far? 

C: I liked swinging on my swing set in my old neighborhood with my best friend, Caroline.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

C: My big sister, Chloe. I loved her Teen Choice Award acceptance speech, and she’s just really inspiring to me.

 

R: What has been the best advice that you have ever gotten? Who gave you that advice?

C: Always be yourself. I gave myself that piece of advice.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

C: I like things in order, I am a straight-A student, I have a blanket named “Plinky,” I have freckles, and I love Pinterest!

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

C: I want to sing and own a mall.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? What is your YouTube page?  

C: Instagram and Twitter: @realclarasworld

My YouTube is “Clara’s World.”

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

C: Thank you for all of your love and support!

 

 

Picture credit: Kenneth Dolin

 

Christina Grimmie Steps it Up in The Matchbreaker

 

Written by Jill Sheets

 

When Ethan, played by Wesley Elder, gets fired from his job, he is offered money by the parents of a girl whose boyfriend they do not approve of. They hire Ethan to break the young couple up, and soon, by word of mouth more parents who don’t approve of their child’s relationships contact him to break them up. Things get a little sticky when he falls in love with a client, Emily, played by the late singer Christina Grimmie. How is he going to keep his secret job away from the girl that he is falling for? What will happen if she finds out?

The cover was the first thing that I noticed about the movie. I kept flipping through films on Netflix, and as I kept coming across The Matchbreaker cover, I kept thinking, “that looks like Christina Grimmie!” But I kept telling myself that there was no way that it was her.  As I continued to flip through the movies, however, I finally decided to look and see what the film information was and who was in the movie. I was excited to see that it was her and I could not wait to watch it. So at first, I watched the movie because of her, but I am glad that I did because it was a great film. Christina Grimmie delivered an excellent performance not only when she sang, but when she was acting. This movie was well done and will keep your interest from the start. The acting from the entire cast was fantastic, along with the writing for the film. I do not usually laugh out loud when it comes to funny movies, but with The Matchbreaker, I did. Even if you are not a Christina Grimmie fan, you will love this touching romantic comedy.

 

Chit Chatting with Charlotte Mary Wen

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing a very talented actress and singer, Charlotte Mary Wen. She was the winner of the 2013 LA’s Next Great Stage Star Award, and that award was well deserved. She has acted not only on stage, but also in movies and TV shows. Read on about Charlotte, her upcoming projects, and find out who her biggest influence is.

 

R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting.

C: I grew up in San Diego playing on the beach, singing on kitchen tables, and putting on skits with my cousins. I think ever since I was little, the idea of “playing” and “creating” was a huge passion of mine. I started out in musical theatre in San Diego, then Los Angeles and New York City. I discovered a love and interest of TV and film when I got older, and now I’m in Los Angeles pursuing a career on the stage and screen!

 

R: Tell us about your TV movie Life on Mars and about your character Rebecca.

C: Life on Mars is about a young man trying to find his way – he’s a little lost in life and trying to find the balance between love and relationships and his career. Sounds kind of typical of young adults in Los Angeles! I play Rebecca, a snarky girl who shuts him down, but who hysterically does so by misusing idioms.

 

R: Can you tell us about the movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?

C: Oh my gosh! I can’t say much about the movie, but I will say you will love Melissa McCarthy’s performance. She is a dream and I loved working with her!

 

R: You are in the movie A Killer Walks Amongst Us. Tell us about the movie and about your character.

C: The death of a high school girl leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I play her best friend, Michelle.

 

R: You got to work with an incredible cast. What was it like working with Dominic Keating, Ashley Scott, and the rest of the cast? What was your favorite memory from that film?

C: The cast was so kind and professional. Everyone on set felt like a family. I loved filming my scene with Eva LaRue and Michael Welch – they exemplified ease on set that I aspire to achieve.


R: Do you have any other upcoming projects that you would like to talk about?

C: I’m excited to play Ali in Mamma Mia! at the Hollywood Bowl. I can’t believe I get to work with Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall and a stellar cast. I feel truly blessed.

 

R: What theater plays have you been in? Which ones were your favorite?

C: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), One Day: The Musical (Off-Broadway) and American Idiot (La Mirada) are some of my favorites, but I absolutely loved playing the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3DT).

 

R: What is the best thing about performing on stage?

C: I love the feeling of sharing an experience with a live audience. There is something beautiful about live theatre and every performance being different from the one before.

 

R: You also sing. Do you have any plans on recording an album?

C: I love singing covers on my YouTube channel. I’ve never thought about doing an album, but I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to it in the future!

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

C: My younger sister, Janelle! She has incredible faith and dedication and I aspire to be more like her every day. She is a graphic designer for Universal Studios and an incredible hip hop dancer and choreographer. She’s also my go-to for encouragement and advice.

 

R: What are your future goals?

C: I love comedy and sitcom. I’d love to get deeper into funny content on TV, film, and new media. I also want to eventually coach young adults in performing arts.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

C:

  1. My two favorite cities are Barcelona and London
  2. I love pesto
  3. I once ate ten eggs for breakfast–yep, count ’em!
  4. My family has been in San Diego for five generations
  5. I have two dogs, one of which is 17 years old

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

C: I like this one! Hmm…I think my favorite is, “Why do you have such big feet?” It’s true. I have pretty big feet for my height, and it still baffles me. I think I was meant to be taller!

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

C: Yes! My official website is www.charlottemarywen.com. I’m on Instagram and Twitter as @charmarywen, and my YouTube channel is youtube.com/charlottemarywen.  I use Instagram and YouTube the most!

 

R: Is there anything you would like to add or say to your fans?

C: In this career, you go through lots of ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like the downs are outweighing the ups, but you need to keep at it and if there is nothing else you could imagine making you as happy, stick with it. The work doesn’t validate you, but knowing you are enough and you have something to say and share is all you need. Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy every moment!

 

Picture credits: Taili Song Roth, CBS Television, LA Stage Alliance, Isaac James

 

Chit Chatting with Madison Lintz

 

Written by Jill Sheets

I recently got to interview 18-year-old actress Madison Lintz. Some of you may have seen her as Sophia Peletier on The Walking Dead, or as Maddie on the show Bosch. Madison has a new movie coming out called Tell Me Your Name. Learn more about this film, about her, and what the strangest question she has been asked is.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start acting.

M: I’m from a family of actors, my mom being the first. She had to take me to set with her one day when I was six, and I knew right then that I wanted to be an actress, too.

 

R: Tell us about your movie Tell Me Your Name and about your character Hannah.

M: Hannah is a well-meaning friend who, during a DIY séance, unwittingly brings about a doorway to evil to her best friend. Séances are never a good idea! Don’t try them at home.

 

R: How did you prepare for your character?

M: The character was a little bit goth, a little bit spunky, but also popular, fun-loving, and kind. Hannah and I dress similarly, but that’s about it! I prefer having a small circle of close friends, and I’m not necessarily the most outgoing; I don’t prefer to be the center of attention. It was interesting to go outside of my comfort zone to play this character!

 

R: Tell us about your show Bosch and your character Maddie.

M: Bosch is a crime drama series on Amazon Prime. It’s based in Los Angeles around a tough cop, Harry Bosch, who struggles to attain justice amongst the most formidable cases. I play Harry Bosch’s daughter in the show, Maddie Bosch. My character definitely has an element of innocence to her.


R: You were on The Walking Dead. What was that like?

M: I absolutely loved my time on The Walking Dead! The cast and crew were so amazing and supportive–I have nothing but nice things to say about them. I was 10-12 years old when I did the series, so it was like summer camp, but with zombies.

 

R: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to talk about?

M: I’m moving out to Los Angeles at the end of July to shoot Season Four of Bosch!

 

R: If you could make your favorite book into a movie, which book would it be? What character would you play and who would play opposite you?

M: Most of my favorite books have been made into movies! (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Fifth Wave, I Am Number Four) There are so many other series that I’d like to see turned into good movies, like the Young Elite series, the Golden Son series, and so many others. I love to read!

 

R: What are your top five favorite movies and what are your top five shows?

M: Top five shows: Gilmore Girls, Game of Thrones, Vikings, Teen Wolf, and New Girl

Top five movies: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, How to Train Your Dragon, and Me, Earl, and The Dying Girl

 

R: What would your dream vacation be? Where would you go?

M: My dream vacation would be going to Europe, staying in a fancy flat, going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in theaters, then taking the studio tour at Leavsedon where Harry Potter was filmed…which is convenient, because that what my parents got me for my eighteenth birthday/graduation present!!!!!!!


R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

M: God is definitely my biggest influence. My goal in all that I do is to present myself in a way that represents him. I always hope that’s my biggest influence on how I treat others, especially.

 

R: What do you do in your spare time?

M: I go to the gym, hang out with my boyfriend and friends, play the violin, and I read non-stop!

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

M:

  1. I play the violin (going on 4 months)
  2. I may be in a show that shoots in all Los Angeles, but I’m actually based out of Alpharetta, Georgia
  3. I have two brothers and a sister, and they all act as well (so does my mother!)
  4. I’m 100% addicted to coffee
  5. I love Harry Potter, and literally slay at Harry Potter trivia–no one can beat me (except MAYBE my sister)

 

R: Other than one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

M: Someone has asked me to sign their arm so they could tattoo it! Nerve wracking.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

M:

Instagram: @madisonlintz

Twitter: @madison_lintz

To find out what me and my family are up to, visit my mom’s blog, lifeinthehoneywagon.com. Several of her posts include me being an absolute brat! Just kidding, but you should definitely check out her post titled “Sepulvatory”.

 

 

Chit Chatting with Actress Abby Donnelly

 

Written by Jill Sheets

A few weeks ago, I was blessed to be able to interview young actress Abby Donnelly. Many of you may have seen her as Darbie on the Amazon series Just Add Magic. Read on about Abby, what her favorite shows are, what shows does she want to make a guest appearance on, and who her biggest influence is and why.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting.

A: When I was about nine, my best friend was acting and I thought it would be really fun to be able to act on some of my favorite shows, so that’s how I started!

 

R: You are in Just Add Magic. For those who have not yet seen the show, tell us a little bit about it and your character Darbie.

A: The show is about three best friends who find a magic cookbook. I play Darbie who loves cooking and eating. She goes on adventures with her friends and absolutely loves it.

 

R: What is your favorite episode that you have done so far and why?

A: In Season Two, there is an episode where we go back to the 1950s and it was so much fun to film! Seeing the transition from 2016 to 1950 is so cool.

 

R: If you could pick one thing from the magical cookbook to make what would it be?

A: I would make the Mind Peering Peppermints because it was super fun to film!

 

R: You made a guest appearance on American Horror Story. Tell us about the episode. Who did you play?

A: I played Peggy Cartwright, who was at school when she discovers a “monster.” Like anyone else would do, she screams and runs over to her teacher.

 

R: That show has many talented actress and actors. What was it like working with them and did any of them give you advice?

A: It was really great working with them! They were amazing because it was my first job and they were really welcoming.

 

R: If you can pick five shows to make a guest appearance on, which ones would they be?

A: Probably Agents of Shield, Stranger Things, Greys Anatomy, and The Flash.

 

R: What are some of your favorite shows?

A: I love Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 13 Reasons Why, and Survivor. 

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: My mom is my biggest inspiration. Her work ethic inspires me, because she works six days a week and never complains. She inspires me to be my best self.

 

R: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I like to box and do calligraphy.

 

R: I read that last year you went to the Say NO Bullying Festival. Tell us about it! 

A: Yes I did! It was so inspiring to meet other kids who have overcome bullying. We met a mom and her daughter, who was being bullied at her school because she liked to wear boy clothes. I thought it was very important to tell her that she should not change the way she looks and to keep being herself.

 

R: Speaking of bullying, what advice would you give to someone who is being bullied?

A: Do not let other people bring you down. Always stay true to yourself no matter what and make sure an adult knows what is going on.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

A: I box once a week, I’m starting to learn the ukulele, I am in a regular high school, I enjoy reading Shakespeare, and I love makeup!

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A:  I was once asked, “Can you drive a tractor?”

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their address? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

A: I am on Instagram @abigail.donnelly and my Twitter is @itsabbydonnelly

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A: Thank you so much for always supporting me and what I do! I love you guys!

 

Chit Chatting with Shana Schutte

 

Written by Jill Sheets


I was excited when I got Shana Schutte’s new book Two Minutes in the Bible for Women. Even with a busy schedule, I knew even I could take two minutes out of my day to go over a Bible lesson. Whenever I read it, it seems liked Shana is talking to me–not like someone who has a degree in civil engineering, but in a language that is not over my head. Read on and learn more about Shana’s new book, why it is important to give God thanks, and what her favorite verse is.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and about your new book Two Minutes in the Bible for Women.

S: If anyone reading this feels like they are unqualified for a particular task, I hope my life is an encouragement. I come from a little town in Southern Idaho. I have no formal education in journalism. I just learned how to write by practicing. I had a little dream in my heart to write books and when I started to move in that direction, God met my desires with circumstances that validated that was what He had for me to do.

The book is designed to encourage readers to get into God’s Word. One thing about it is that you can just read the devotional. Or, you can also look up extra scriptures at the end that are listed for reading and you can also think about the devotional by reflecting on how it applies to you.

All the topics are those for the feminine heart: faith, relationships, and purpose. I have written about waiting on God, trusting Him when life falls apart, and everything in between. It’s really just a book about dealing with life.

 

R: How did you come up with the idea for the book? How long did it take you to write this book?

S: That’s a common question. I wish I had an incredible story about how I was lying in bed one night and got the revelation to write a Two Minutes in the Bible book, but I didn’t come up with this wonderful idea. The Two Minute brand was actually developed by Boyd Bailey, who is the president of Wisdom Hunters. Boyd had already written several books under the Two Minute brand for Harvest House publishers, and he asked if I would be willing to write another for women. I immediately said, “Yes!” I love Wisdom Hunters and I highly respect Boyd, so it was an easy decision.

I didn’t sit down and focus on writing the book in a short period. I feel that devotionals are best written as one experiences life. That way, the words I share come from real-time lessons I am learning with Christ. So, all together, it took about a couple years to write the book.

 

R: Why is it important to give God thanks?

S: Many people see gratitude as being kind of a fluffy thing, sort of like cotton candy. They think it’s a feel-good practice that is nice to do if you want to be a nice Christian. But gratitude is a whole lot more than that. It’s actually protection for the human heart. When you’re feeling down about life and the enemy of your soul starts to beat you up with negative thoughts, gratitude raises you above the trouble to His perspective. It guards your heart against despair.

 

R: This is hard for me to do, but how can one let go of fear and worry by trusting God?

S:  This is a moment-by-moment thing, but I believe one powerful thing to do is to look forward to what God is going to do with anticipation. When you look forward with anticipation and faith, then the worry of the moment vanishes. If we are focused on what bad could happen, worry overtakes us. But when we choose belief, even though our emotions might be saying otherwise, it makes life a whole lot easier.

 

R: How can one practice gratitude?

S: You can practice gratitude by telling God out loud what you are grateful for. You can practice gratitude by telling others that you thankful for them. You can make it a daily habit to notice the beauty around you. And, when things don’t go the way you’d like them to, you can “reframe” what happened to you by asking yourself, “What good has come out of this situation? How have I learned? How have I grown? How can God change me for good because of what happened to me?”

 

R: What can one do to achieve their calling? How does one know what their calling is?

S: Sometimes people think of a calling as one thing they do in their life. And they think that a calling is something that only happens at one particular point in time. However, a calling is like a journey. If you aren’t doing what you believe is your calling right now, a good thing to remember is that there is preparation time before you will complete a particular task. And the preparation is as important as the actual calling. God is always at work in our lives. I think remembering this is good because it will prevent you from experiencing sadness or despair if you feel like you haven’t “arrived.”

We can have multiple callings in our lives: to be a good friend, to serve at church in the choir, to be a teacher. We may do those all at once, or at different seasons.

All of God’s kids can use their gifts to glorify God. One way to know what God has called you to do is to look at the intersection of your passions and your talents or God-given abilities. If you like to do something and you are pretty good at it (or at least you have the seeds of the gift that you can grow), then you might have a calling in a particular area.

 

R: What do you want people to take away from this book?

S: My hope is that women and young women who read the book will become more encouraged to spend time in the Bible. Sometimes, we feel like we have to spend lots of time in the Bible, and then when we can’t we feel guilty. But no one has to spend an hour in the Bible every day. If you can, great. But God isn’t grading us. It’s nice to take the pressure off and spend just two minutes a day with Jesus. God can speak to our hearts in a second.

 

R: What is Beyond Imagination?

S: Beyond Imagination is an organization I founded in 2008 that is dedicated to helping people with everyday life through biblical truths. Through Beyond Imagination, I do speaking, I write blogs and devotionals, and I have had a nationwide radio platform.

 

R: Tell us about Blueprint for Life and Wisdom Hunters.

S: Blueprint for Life is an organization based in Atlanta that helps people discover and live out their calling. It was founded by Mike Kendrick, and I wrote devotionals for them for a couple years. Wisdom Hunters is dedicated to improving biblical literacy. I have been writing for them for a couple years as well. Both organizations publish daily devotionals and can be found online at blueprintforlife.com and wisdomhunters.com.

 

R: What is your favorite verse and why?

S: I don’t really have a favorite verse, as so many of them have been so impactful to me over the years, but I particularly love Isaiah 61:1-3.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

When I was in my early twenties on the way back from a young adult retreat, the Lord gave this passage to me while on a bus. I sensed that He was revealing to me that I would spend my life working with Him to bind up the brokenhearted. For a long time that didn’t make sense to me, but a few years ago, I looked back and realized that’s exactly what I have spent my adult life doing—and continue to do through the words He gives me.

 

R: Tell us about your blog and about some of the topics you talk about.

S: I have been blogging and writing devotionals regularly for five years. I didn’t sit down and decide ahead of time that I would write about particular topics. However, the topics I write about are generally about faith, purpose, and relationships.

I usually write from the things that God is teaching me through life, or what I am learning through the Bible. I have always thought that the most powerful lessons we can share with others are those that we have experienced ourselves. So, I try to be a funnel and be pretty transparent.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about you other book.

S: I have written several other books: Betrayed by God? Making Sense of Your Expectations. It’s about dealing with the disappointment we all face when life doesn’t turn out how we would like. I’ve written 30 Days of Hope, which is another devotional inspired from the blogs on my website. I’ve also contributed to several God Hearts Me devotionals for tweens and have ghost-written a couple books for a good friend who lives in Georgia. One was self-published, The Fulfillment Factor, which is about finding fulfillment through discovering and living out a calling God has for your life, and also Blueprint for Life, which is the same idea, published with Harper Collins.

 

R: What are you currently working on?

S: I actually just started creating new content for singles over age thirty. I am working on an online course for that group as well as a new website. We will see where God takes me. There are over fifty percent single adults in the U.S. for the first time in history, and many of them want to marry and are hurting. I didn’t marry until I was forty-six, so I understand that pain of being an older single, so I want to encourage that group.

 

R: Where can people get your books?

S: They can get them at shanaschutte.com.

 

R: Shana, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

S: You are so welcome. It was my pleasure.