Chit Chatting with Actress and Singer Tinsel Korey
Written by: Jill Sheets
Picture credit Eye Behold Photography
You may recognize Tinsel Korey from the Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse and (soon) Breaking Dawn, where she plays Emily. But, there is more to Tinsel and she met with us to talk about her music and inspirations.
R: How did you get into the entertainment industry?
T: Well I was one of those kids that was always putting on skits or singing, doing something creative. As a teenager I started off doing commercials, and from there I moved into film & TV. I think doing the commercials 1st was a great way for me to understand camera angles and how lighting works. As far as music, well its walked on the path with me, and is finally going to have its time in the spotlight.
R: Tell us about your new album.
T: I have all the songs ready to be recorded professionally. I just need someone with lots of money to help make that a reality.
R: Tell us about your new single “Letter.”
T: It’s actually my first released song. I’m really excited about it, and very proud. I composed the lyrics and music. Stevie Salas who has worked with Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart produced the song. And we got some really great musicians to play on it. Marcos Curiel from POD, Mark Schulman who was PINK’s drummer on the last tour & Shea Chambers who’s sung with Michael Jackson.
R: How did you come up with the idea for that song?
T: My friend was going through a domestic violence situation. When I found out I was shocked and saddened. The song is really about knowing when to let go of a relationship that just isn’t working anymore.
R: Where can people get your music?
T: I know for sure it’s on iTunes & Amazon and other digital music media outlets.
R: You are also in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. What is it like working with the Twilight cast?
T: We’re like a family. Well the wolf pack. What you see on screen is how we are off screen, it makes the working process, well not like work at all. (laughs) I rarely see the vamps, but the ones I’ve met have been cool. Kristen is just lovely as well.
R: If you could work with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
T: Eminem for music. I think he is a musical genius who says what’s on his mind, and doesn’t conform to what people say he should be. For acting I’d love to work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt again. I was in a movie called “The Lookout” with him. But our characters didn’t interact with each other a lot. And I remember watching him work during filming and thought he was just brilliant.
R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?
T: My acting teacher in Vancouver Nancy Sivak said: Trust that who you are is enough.
R: What advice would you give girls in general?
T: Understand that each one of them has a gift that is unique to them. They might not know its there yet, or what it is, but they each have one. That there is a reason that they are on this earth, and to not get discouraged by people who put them down or judge. To always “Believe in Dreams”.
R: I read that you travel across North America teaching Native American youths acting and music. Tell us about it?
T: Basically I go to different reservations that don’t have arts programs already in there communities and do little workshops. For example, on the Quileute Nation (the nation that the Twilight wolfpack is a part of) I spent a couple days with their kids and taught acting workshops. We had an hour session for each day, and did acting exercises with each class. I worked with kids from KG to High school. The younger kids we mainly played games, and then older ones we did scenes and even used TV scripts. The program is not supposed to be about them wanting to pursue acting as a career. Its more a way of utilizing art to help express themselves.
R: Do you have any other charities that are close to your heart? If so, tell us about them.
T: Over the Christmas holiday I went to helped out at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Arizona. It was really shocking to me to find out how many people go hungry in the US, it’s in the millions. I made a little video about my experience and what I learned to help spread awareness.
R: What are five things people do not know about you?
1. I’ve been doing music longer then acting. Acting just ended up being the thing taking off, because music is in my opinion, is a hard industry to break in to.
2. I like to drink pickle juice. I just started doing it recently, but I love it. (laughs) Its probably gross to most, but I betcha they haven’t tried it .
3. I want to be a director someday
4. I make an awesome beef chili
5. I’m a complete dork, who loves Fantasy movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings & plays video games.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
T: (laughs). Would you rather have no knees or no elbows?
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their address? Do you have an official website? If so, what is the address?
T: (laughs) I have a lot!
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
T: Say? No. Just send them a big energy hug.
R: Tinsel, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.
T: Thank you .