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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

 



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