Chit Chat with Singer Sammi Rae Murciano

Written by:  Jill Sheets
16-year-old Singer/Song writer, Sammi Rae’s career, is taking off.  I can see this talented, Long Island, New York native, ending up with a long and amazing career. Continue reading on about her and her music, her influences and what advice she would give teens.  Don’t for to keep an eye on her as her career grows.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into the music business?

S: Hi my name is Sammi Rae Murciano, I am a 16-year-old singer / songwriter from Long Island, NY. I always loved to sing. I was in chorus and had a solo. Being in front of an audience and performing, was an amazing feeling. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

 

R: Tell us about your song “Reflection.”  

S:  Reflection is a very meaningful song that I wrote that looks back at my own personal life experiences. This song is about how I was bullied and all of the hardships I faced, but as a result, I overcame it and became stronger.

 

R: What current music are you working on music wise?  What about cover videos?

S: My single Reflection is out now on iTunes and Spotify. Also, I have two new original songs that are also a part of my EP that I will be releasing in the fall. I will also be releasing music videos for my new original songs. I recently released a cover and music video for Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa’s song Scared To Be Lonely which is on YouTube.

 

R: How do you come up with the ideas for the videos?

S: The way I come up with the ideas for my videos are by really connecting it with the song’s lyrics so that it can portray the message in the song.

 

R: I read that you also write your music.  What is the writing process?  Do you start with the words and how do you come up with the ideas for the songs?

S: When writing an original song, I think about the concept and meaning of the song. Sometimes it’s just in the moment and I write thoughts in my journal which I then turn into a song. A lot of my songs are based on my personal life experiences. They mean so much to me because I am able to express my feelings in a song and help others through difficult times with the message that these songs are portraying.

 

R: Do you have any up and coming plans on recording an album or EP?

S: I have my single “Reflection” out now on iTunes and Spotify. Along with that, I have an EP coming out this fall. This EP will show people a very difficult time in my life that I overcame. I want this EP to inspire others and help them through difficult times in their life.

 

R: Where can people hear or get your music?

S: People can hear my music on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. People can also hear me perform live at many different venues.

iTunes:  http://apple.co/2vD3rlC

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2uDvMuR

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66ZUFn9ZMCkKb5Ge6LPTKg

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

S: Someone who is a major influence to me is my mom. She is the most amazing and caring person. I am so thankful for her endless support. She is always there for me and I’m so lucky to have her in my life and know that I always have someone by my side. She has taught me so much but most importantly to never give up on my dreams. My musical influences are Beyoncé, Demi Lovato, James Arthur, Justin Bieber, Adele and many more.

 

R: What are five things you cannot live without?

S: Five things I can’t live without are my incredible family, my amazing dog Ziggy, music, singing, and my computer.

 

R:  What are your future goals?

S: My future goals are to release more original music, go on tour and perform all over the world. Another goal of mine is to be able to inspire others around the world that if you are passionate about something, you should always follow your dreams.

 

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

S: Five things people may not know about me would be that my name is Samantha Rachel but I go by Sammi Rae, I play basketball, I have two brothers, I performed at Foxwoods and it was an amazing experience, and I have a scar on my left arm.

 

R: It is not easy being a teenager today.  What advice would you give them in general?

S: Some advice I would give teenagers is to live your life to the fullest. Never let anyone bring you down or tell you that you can’t do something. Always follow your heart and never give up on your dreams. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything!

 

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?

S: I am on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I also have a YouTube channel and an official website.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sammi_murciano/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sammi_murciano?lang=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammi.murciano/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66ZUFn9ZMCkKb5Ge6LPTKg

Website: https://www.sammiraemurciano.com

 

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

S: I would like to say to my fans that I am so thankful for them and all of their support. I would love for them to continue this journey with me!

 

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

S: Thank you so much Relate Magazine!

 

Do You Have These Key Items In Your Closet?

If there’s one mistake that a lot of women and girls (and guys for that matter!) tend to make it’s that they have way too many clothes in their closet. They end up spending huge amounts of money on clothes that they stuff into their closet and never actually wear. Not only is this a total waste of money but it also ends up making it incredibly difficult for people to figure out what they actually want to wear! Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem: Streamline. Cut down on the things in your closet and stick with staples that you really need. With that in mind, here are a few key items that you should definitely hold onto.

Sundress

There is nothing quite so perfect for the warm weather than a sundress! Women’s sundresses are not only a great way to stay cool when the sun is out, but you also get to look seriously good while doing it. It’s the perfect girly look to really bring out your feminine side, whether you want a maxi dress for summer evenings or the classic white sundress for a day at the beach.

Boyfriend jeans

Look, we all love our skinny jeans, and no one is going to tell you to get rid of them. But you need to have more than one pair of pants! Especially around laundry day! Boyfriend jeans are coming into style in a big way. Mix them with a lumberjack shirt and some low-tops for that perfect, grungy nineties look. Whether you want to embrace your feminine side or let your inner punk out for a while, boyfriend jeans are the perfect way to do it.

Interview outfit

We all need that one outfit for going to interviews. Whether it’s for college, a job interview, or even just a formal event, sometimes you just need to look smart for a few hours. Even if the formal look isn’t your thing, it’s a good idea to get yourself something clean and sharp for when you really need to dress to impress. What you choose is up to you. It could be a white shirt and pencil skirt, or perhaps you’d rather go with a pants-and-blazer combo. Whatever you decide, make sure that it’s subtle and understated. There’s a time for bright colors and bold patterns, but a job interview certainly isn’t it.

LBD

Ah, the little black dress. Is there a single item in a woman’s wardrobe more legendary? After all, most women know exactly what it is just from those three simple letters. Whether you’re going for a night on the town with your girlfriends, or you’re getting ready for a hot date, everyone needs their little black dress to rely on in the evenings. Pair it with a pair of simple black pumps, the six-inch heel is optional, and you’re set for anything that the night can throw at you. You’ll be looking good and, most importantly of all, feeling great all night long!

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

 

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.

Interview with Amanda Collins

Living in Nashville, when someone says, “I just moved to the area to pursue music,” there’s an inside voice of the listener that responds, “You, along with everyone else.”  It is that common.  Nashville is to musicians what Hollywood is to actors.  One or two might “succeed” while thousands of others . . . “don’t.”

So when I first met Amanda, who is gifted with a rare genuineness and light that everyone is drawn to, I immediately felt protective of her. Like an idiot, I was thinking of the odds…

Until I heard her music.  I ate a big piece of humble pie, and then I had to apologize to God because doubting her is like doubting Him.  Her faith is the backbone of who she is:  her life choices and her leaps reflect this, and therefore, her lyrics are saturated with hope.  As talented as she is lovely, God has bestowed her with gifts that she is using for His glory, and it is absolutely awe-inspiring to witness.  The cynic in me says that there truly is nothing new under the sun, but Amanda’s voice is unique and fresh, and her approach is creative enough that she does anything but “blend in.”  Even if I didn’t know her personally and adore her, I’d say that the Christian genre specifically needs her desperately.  But because I do know her, I’d say that there’s an audience that needs her even more so.

You see, Amanda is a smart girl.  I’m sure she is very well aware of the odds, but she chose to ignore them and put her faith in God anyway.  That, my friends, is winning.  I apologized to her when asking her to do this interview, saying Relate’s reach isn’t that big, but sometimes, even if it is just one person who listens and is inspired, then that is enough.  That one person, me, has already been touched, but it is my sincere hope that a few more listen and are encouraged in much the same way.

Relate:  First memory of music:

Amanda:  When I was younger I used to steal my older brothers cd’s and listen to them in my free time. The Beautiful Letdown by Switchfoot was the first record to really make an impact on me. I can’t even number the amount of times I listened to that record. 


R:  Name one song you wish you had written and why:

A:  Superstition by Stevie Wonder. It has such a simple message and I just love Stevie. That song always gets me on my feet!


R:  Tell us about a favorite song of yours that you’ve written and your source of inspiration.

A:  I’m always very critical of my own writing, but if I had to pick it would be my song called You Know. I had a lot of crazy things going on in my life when I wrote that song. Many crossroads ahead of me and I was super stressed out. The message of the song is just to let go of all your worries. God has it under control. Even if you don’t know the future, it’s all gonna be ok. 


R:  Tell us about your latest single (did you help write it, how does it differ from other songs you’ve done, etc.)

A:  My latest single is called Flight, and I had an absolute blast recording the song. I wanted to step out and do something outside of my comfort zone. So I collaborated with a rapper. I came up with the idea and wrote the song all in one day. I wrote the music to the song, I wrote the lyrics to the hook, and then I left two open verses for the rapper friend of mine to work his magic! It was such a crazy and fun experience. It’s a synth/pop/rap song, needless to say it’s very different from anything I’ve done in the past. 


R:  If you could work with anyone in the music industry, who would it be and why?

A:  NEEDTOBREATHE hands down. Not even a question. I absolutely love love love their style of songwriting and performing. Plus, I kinda have a crush on the guitar player. 


R:  What made you decide you wanted to pursue music?

A:  I honestly don’t remember the exact date, but it just hit me one day. I was fresh out of high school and I remember sitting there one day, thinking about the future and what I was going to do with my life. I hadn’t been writing songs for very long at that point. Singing and writing music was a huge passion of mine and there was a point that I just knew I wanted to keep doing it.  


R:  What has been the best thing about moving to Nashville? What has been the hardest part about moving here?

A:  The best thing has been the PEOPLE! I haven’t been in Nashville for more than 8 months now but it already feels like home. People have been so kind and welcoming. I will forever be grateful for that. The music has been alright too!!

The hardest part has definitely been leaving family behind in New England. I miss my brother and sister in law so much! They are my best friends and I miss them like crazy. I’m glad they are only a short plane ride away. 


R:  How has your faith helped you the most?

A:  My faith is everything. God has been by my side through it all, it’s only because of Him that I’m able to do what I do and pursue my dream!

 

R:  What advice would you give your thirteen year old self?

A: I would tell myself to play piano a lot more! Take practicing more seriously. Work harder. Ignore the haters. Don’t give up. 


R:  What is your definition of success?

A:  Doing what you love to do. Doing what you feel called to do! Always doing your best at whatever you do. 


Just for fun-pick one in each pair:

-beach or the mountains

I love them both! but if I had to pick…beach!

-pizza or hamburgers and fries

Pizza!!

-high heels or boots
Boots!!


-shopping or hiking
Hiking!!


-book or movie

Movie

 

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/Collins-318414765028113 for more information and be sure to get her latest single “Flight.”  Like, right now.

 

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Chit Chatting with Actress Marlowe Peyton

Written By: Jill Sheets

I recently got to interview “Fresh off the Boat” actress Marlowe Peyton, who started to act at the young age of 4 years-old.  This 12-year-old also has many talents other than acting.  She loves to sing, write songs and she was able to teach herself how to play the piano by ear and there are much more.  Continue to read and learn more about her talents, about her and her animated show.  I have a feeling that we are going to hear more good things about this young lady in the future.  Keep your eyes and ears open.

 

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

M: I was four when I started acting. My sister had been acting for a couple of years and I thought it looked awesome. I asked my mom if I could act like my sister but she thought I was just wanting to be like my sister. A few weeks later we went into Merit’s managers’ office and I just asked her manager if I could act too and they said “Yes.”  I went to my first audition and booked it and I’ve been acting ever since.

 

R: Tell us about your show “Fresh Off The Boat” and about your character Reba?

M: Fresh Off The Boat, is about a Taiwanese family in America during the 1990s. My character Reba is in love with their oldest son Eddie Huang. She’s a student at Abraham Lincoln Middle School with Eddie and his younger brother Emery. Reba’s a self-possessed, confident girl who runs the school paper, audio-visual department, makes the schools morning announcements and plays sousaphone in the school band. Fun fact: Reba also loves to sing and has sung twice on the show so far.

 

R: What has been your favorite episode so far?

M: Well, that’s an impossible question to answer! The writers on Fresh Off The Boat give me some amazing material. I’d have to choose between, singing, doing a Polish accent, playing the sousaphone or running the school paper! I can’t pick! (laughs).

R: Tell us about “The Nerd Posse” and about your character Aria Crunch.

M: The Nerd Posse is a show that wants you to know, “It’s weird NOT to be weird!” The posse consists of comic nerds, YouTubers, inventors, anime lovers and hackers. My character, Aria Crunch is the daughter of Carson Crunch played by Andrew Bowen (who is absolutely hilarious!!) my crazy, off-beat dad who has created a Nerdtopia for us! Aria is unique, quirky, constantly cosplaying and vlogging which has, sometimes made it difficult for her to fit in. I love this character and I can’t wait for you to meet the whole Nerd Posse! Follow @thenerdpossetv for updates and news!
R: What was it like working with Benjamin Stockham, Emma Rayne Lyle and the rest of the cast?

M: FREAKING THE BEST! Ben Stockham and I have been best friends for years. Interesting fact – Ben and I had a joint Gravity Falls birthday party a couple of years ago! Getting the chance to work with him was an awesome experience. Emma and I have been close friends for a really long time as well and I adore her. Everyone on this pilot Ben, Emma, Jacob Hopkins, Zoe Fowler, Izzy Eggerling and the rest of the cast are so talented and SUPER nice, we had the best time hanging out every day.  I look forward to working with the whole cast again!

 

R: If they were going to make your favorite book into a movie, which one would it be?  What character would you play and who would play opposite to you? 

M: Okay I’m about to go into dreamland here! (laughs) Since my favorite show “Gravity Falls” is over, I am reading the books that are out based on the show. Right now I’m reading – “Gravity Falls: Dipper and Mabel and the Curse of the Time Pirates’ Treasure!.” How cool would a live action “Gravity Falls” movie be??? Kind of amazing right? So if I get to cast myself, (laughs) I would want to play Mabel, Ben Stockham as Dipper, Danny Devito as Grunkle Stan and Josh Gad as Soos. That would be the best thing to ever happen!

 

R: I read that you are creating your own animated show.  Is that true?  If so, tell us about it.

M: Yes it is true, I’ve been developing it for the last 2 years, it’s called “Parker Bubblegum.” I was trying to fall asleep one night and an image flashed in my mind of this girl, and I had to get out of bed and start drawing her immediately, that girl is now known as Parker. I have been obsessed with creating the world she lives in ever since. I have illustrated and created all the characters, developed the story and late last year I got the chance to direct the amazing voice actors I have involved in the project.

 

R: I read that you also sing.  Is recording music something you want to do in the future?

M: Yes, definitely! I have worked as a session singer in the past and I taught myself how to play piano by ear.  Since then I’ve been writing a lot of instrumental music, mostly for my show “Parker Bubblegum.” Each character has a theme song and I listen to those songs when I’m illustrating or writing storylines. Music and singing are a really important part of my life.

R:  What is your favorite genre of music to sing? Who are some of your favorite singers and/or bands?

M: Oddly enough, I don’t think my music taste has a genre! My favorite artist is GHOST (AKA Spud-P) I also love many different styles of music from producers that work with Japanese Vocaloids, A-tonal electronic music, electro swing, my playlist is pretty odd and eclectic.

R: Who has been your biggest influence in your life, so far and why?

M: Definitely Alex Hirsch! He is my all-time hero for many reasons. His show Gravity Falls had a HUGE effect on my life and has inspired me to perfect my drawing skills, write interesting stories, and learn how to animate, which has all led to me creating my own show. So, Mr. Hirsch thank you for being such an inspiration.

 

R:  What are some of your hobbies or what you like to do when you are not filming?

M: Besides illustrating, I also love to watch Youtube, some of my favorite Youtubers are Matthias, Zylbrad and Knitting Giant Beanies. Memes I’m obsessed with meme’s and often spam my friends in our group texts, I also love to play Overwatch!

 

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

M:

  1. You can sometimes see me on my sister Merit Leighton’s Youtube channel KawaiiHappii.
  2. My friends are everything to me I love them dearly.
  3. I had a heart defect in the womb, but my mom prayed over me and it was gone when I was born.  
  4. I’m super into the new Nintendo Switch, and Breath Of The Wild is slowing taking over my brain.
  5. I have a quite a dandy Tracer and Mei impression from Overwatch.

 

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

M: I can’t recall any actually, but one of my best friends got asked the most random question at school, “Have you ever frozen your arm?” (laughs)…so I don’t think I can top that.

 

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

M:  @marlowepeyton on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Website: marlowepeyton.com

 

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

M: Let me leave you with a quote that the very wise Alex Hirsch once said to me. “You can do it!”

 

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

Chit Chatting with Actress Sarah Grey

Written by:  Jill Sheets

“Allison Taylor Creative”

Recently I had the honor of interviewing up and coming actress Sarah Grey.  This talented young actress is in the movie “Power Rangers,” which opens on March 24th. Continue to read on about her, what people may not know about her and her hidden talent.

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

S: Well, I grew up on Vancouver Island B.C and initially wanted to be a singer! I didn’t really comprehend that acting could be a job when I was young, so it wasn’t on my radar. I fell into an acting class by a random series of events, and immediately fell in love with it. I have always had a strong curiosity for people. I think my love of performing and interest in people is the mix that got me hooked!

 

R:  Tell us about your TV movie “Story of a Girl” and about your character Caitlin Spinelli?

S: This film is based on Sara Zarr’s award winning novel “Story of a Girl”. It’s a powerful coming of age story, following the character “Deanna” who, at 16 is still dealing with the ramifications of a video with her and an older boy, that was leaked when she was only 13 years old. My character, Caitlin, is a popular cheerleader at school who takes pleasure in insulting Deanna, and receiving attention. Our director, Kyra Sedgwick, was absolutely lovely, as well as the rest of the cast. It was always good vibes on set! It made it challenging to play such a mean girl.

 

R: You are also in “Power Rangers” and “Last Night in Suburbia.”  Tell us the movies and your character.

S: “Last night in Suburbia” is an ensemble comedy about a group of friends spending their last fun night together, before they jet off to their various cities for College. All the while being followed around by a hilariously terrible undercover cop. I play “Hailey” who is dating “Spencer”.. another member of the friend group. They are kind of like the married couple of the group because they’ve been together since the beginning of highschool. They all get into a bunch of shenanigans but the movie can be quite touching and relatable at times. 

I also appear in “Power Rangers” which hits theatres this month (March 24th)! This film is based on the Power Rangers franchise that I think many of us have heard of/seen. I play the role of Amanda, another popular cheerleader type. ( I know it seems like a trend but I swear it’s just the two, laughs)

 

Picture source:  Allison Taylor Creative

R: What was it like being a Power Ranger? Did you have to do your own stunts? What was the hardest part when filming this movie?

S: It was fantastic being in Power Rangers. I was very excited because I would watch the T.V show with my sister when I was young (the odd time I actually woke up early on a school day). I didn’t have to worry about any major stunts. I think the hardest part was, again, having to be mean to the sweet Naomi Scott who plays the pink ranger. Playing a mean girl does not come naturally, which is a good thing I guess!

 

R: Our readers can also catch you on “Legends of Tomorrow.”  For those who have not seen then show yet, tell them a little bit about it and your character. 

S:”Legends of Tomorrow” is a DC Comic Series, that follows a team of time-travelling heroes and villains trying to prevent an apocalypse from happening. My character “Stargirl” shows up in season 2 with her “ Justice Society of America” squad. The two teams eventually start working together for the sake of good against evil. It is a blast to play a Superhero. The stunts were so much fun, and I can die happy now that I’ve flown- even if it was on wires. You can catch Stargirl in Episodes 1,2 and 12 of season 2.

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

S: I’d love to travel for filming. Everything I’ve shot has been near or in Vancouver, which is nice and convenient, but I’d really like to see more of the world, and be earning an income while I’m at it! I’d also really like to be a lead on a T.V series. Writing for T.V is better than ever.

 

R: Do you have any hidden talents?

S: I can do the moonwalk.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

S: I have many favorite memories and inside jokes from filming “Last Night In Suburbia”. We would crack each other up constantly. Mackenzie Cardwell and I would improv rap songs on set. I’m still friends and keep in touch with many people from that cast.

 

R: Name five people you would like to work with.

S: Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore,  Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, and Kevin Spacey.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

S: I would have to go with my entire family. I can’t pick just one person! If it weren’t for them I don’t know if I’d be pursuing this career. They instilled in me the desire to follow my passion. I have an extremely inspiring, supportive family that has led by example.

 

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

S: I have an extreme love of hot sauce that is teetering on the line between delicious and dangerous. In elementary school, I could do a series of back walk overs that made me look like a slinky, so that’s what everyone started calling me, including teachers. Friends and their families still call me slinky to this day.  I play guitar and sing. I went on stage and did an impression of Cher for my moms 50th Birthday. I played Sandy in Grease in my first and only theatre production at the age of 13.

 

R: It is not easy being a teenager.  What advice would you give them in general?

S: Try to love yourself more and care less about what others think. Knowing who you are is overrated, people are constantly growing and changing anyway. Try new things, do more of what makes you happy, and believe in yourself! 

 

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

S: It must be this one because I don’t think I have one!

 

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

S: Yes! 

Instagram @ sarah_grey8

Twitter      @sarah_grey8

 

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

S: Thank you for your support and love. I deeply appreciate it. 

 

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

S: Thanks for having me! Xo

No More Fear: Nailing Your Future Career

Entering the adult world of jobs and responsibilities is scary. It’s overwhelming, and you’ve no idea where to begin. The most comforting thing to remember is that everyone’s been there, and it’s much easier to handle than you’re currently envisioning in your head. Everybody stumbles and feels their way around at first, but that’s all part of the learning curve.

Whether you’re studying at college and worrying about the future or you’ve just graduated and you’re wondering what on earth you’re supposed to do next, there’s no rush. It’s better to think carefully about the path you should take to the career of your dreams rather than simply grab the first thing which comes along. If that doesn’t help and you’ve still no idea where to begin, here are some tips that might help you nail that career of yours wherever it’s years in the future or something you want today.

Get all the experience you can.

There’s a horrible cycle in a lot of industries whereby people can only stand a chance of being hired if they have experience in that particular job role, but experience in that particular job role could only ever possibly be gained through being hired in the first place. In this brutal, competitive world of business, you’ve got to learn to dig deep and chase opportunities wherever they may be. Whilst you’re young and you have it all ahead of you, you should be chasing all manner of volunteering and work experience opportunities.

Working for free may not be an option for you in the future, but whilst you have no financial responsibilities and you’re struggling to get hired in jobs related to your dream industry, you should be taking up all the opportunities for a good dose of work experience that you can get. If you want to work in media, get a volunteering job in your local radio station; if you want to be a writer one day, apply for some administrative experience for your local newspaper. Whilst there may not be many jobs available for the inexperienced in your industry of choice, there are always roles available for a motivated, eager individual willing to work for free. That’s just the way the world works.

The application.

Your CV is crucial here. You’ve likely built up more experience than you realise over the years, and your qualifications are worth a whole lot to an employer who’s looking for fresh-faced graduates. This is all new to you, so you might want to start with a resume builder to help you put all your experience together in a coherent and employer-friendly format. There’s an art to painting your experience in a good light, even if you don’t think you have much. Helping family members when they were ill, volunteering at a local charity and working hard night after night on essay after essay to get your degree: these are all things which impress an employer. Don’t undersell yourself.

Don’t apply for any and every job.

As a young person who is panicking and just wants any job at all, it’s tempting to choose the first “okay” opportunity which comes along. Don’t do this. If you know which career you want to pursue, you need to work hard and pursue it. It may not happen at first, but nothing good in life every does. You need to dig deep or you might end up in a career you hate.

Interview with Mason Ashley

It’s been several dry months for me, musically wise.  I’m listening and absorbing, but there hasn’t been much interest in writing about any of it.  So, the second an email piques my interest, I’m all over it, quick, before I lose the motivation.  Fortunately, though, I love “Paper Planes” so much, I am as excited to share this with you now as I was three weeks ago when I first heard Mason.  Straight up great lyrics and lovely voice with no flash and no gimmicks because there isn’t any needed.  Seriously, it’s so refreshing.  And this interview hints at a sense of humor that made me smile; I am as eager to share her responses as I am to tell everyone about her music.  Read on. And then go listen. I’m sure you’ll feel the same.

 

Relate:  First memory of music:

Mason:  I grew up watching the VH1 Top 20 Video countdown every Saturday since I was really little. I used to dance around the living room and reenact music videos and sing along with every song my parents would play in the house. The first song I wrote was on a hotel notepad when I was seven years old about being late for school…. I was homeschooled at the time. 

 

R:  Name one song you wish you had written and why?

M:  “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan is a song I always wish I’d written. It is the greatest break up song of all time in my opinion. It totally encapsulates the feelings at the end of a relationship. Each verse takes you through the different emotions; the “who cares” somewhat sarcastic attitude, the feeling of giving up, and the hint of sadness in the last verse. It’s genius. 

 

R:  Favorite song of yours that you have written and what makes it special to you?

M:  I think my favorite song I’ve written is the title track of my new EP, “Strangers”. That song title was in my phone notes for about two years and I just never found lyrics that lived up to the title until last summer. The song just kind of poured out of me and it has some of my favorite and most personal lines in it. It’s about a very complicated relationship I was in last year that taught me a lot about myself and how I deal with different situations. “Strangers” is special to me because it is the song I had always wanted to write and it ended up exactly the way I wanted it to in production. It captures the feeling of getting to know someone, losing them, and realizing maybe you never really knew them at all… and in the end you end up exactly how you started: strangers. 

 

R:  I’ve read that you have traveled a lot. How has meeting new people and seeing different places helped you become a better songwriter and musician?

M:  I always get very inspired when I travel. Something about seeing parts of the world I’ve never seen before for the first time makes me want to capture that feeling in lyrics. Meeting new people is the same kind of inspiration for me.. it’s a reminder of how unique everyone is and how everyone has their own story. 

 

R:  Have you ever been afraid to share a song and did you get over that fear?  If so, how?  And if not, do you think you will always have songs that you keep to yourself?

M:  When I first started writing, I was terrified to share any of my songs. When I started performing my songs, I would hide all my feelings in metaphors in my lyrics to make sure nobody knew how I was feeling. I had been writing a few years when I finally realized that all the songs by other artists that I loved were songs that told a brutally honest story. From then on, I felt confident being honest in my writing…it’s much easier.  

 

R:  What goal do you have for yourself that is so big that it frightens you?

M:  My biggest, most terrifying goal is probably to have my song in a movie. It is a dream of mine and if it happened, I think I would freak out. 

 

R:  Best advice that you have ever been given?

M:  Growing up in church with my pastor being my grandfather, I always have great advice. One of my favorite pieces of advice is actually something my grandpa said about God and how He is in everything in our lives, even the rough times. “He’s the designer of the storm. He doesn’t just get you through it… He is in it.” Those words always calm me down and remind me that there is a plan for my life better than I could ever design for myself. 

 

R:  When you aren’t singing or writing music, what do you like to do?

M:   I’m in cosmetology school right now so when I’m not doing something music related I’m normally doing someone’s hair. I’m a coffee-addict so I’m also usually found in a coffee shop after or before school. And I’ve also started doing a lot of yoga lately. 

 

R:  Tell us about something that has made you laugh in the last twenty-four hours.

M:  Well… I was watching The Office earlier (for the billionth time) and laughing with every episode I watched. 

 

R:  Name one song on your iPod that your friends would be surprised you own.

M:  I normally have pop, rap, or indie music playing when my friends are with me so I think they’d be most surprised at the amount of Jackson 5 songs I have on my phone.. They are probably my guilty pleasure band. 

 

R:  Just for fun-choose one:  Beach or the mountains?

M:  Beach BY the mountains. 

 

R:  T-shirts and jeans or sweaters and skirts?

M:   T-shirts and jeans.

 

R:  Taylor Swift or Beyonce?

M:  T-swizzle.

 

R:  Pizza or Cheeseburgers and fries?

M:   Pizza! (Barbecue chicken pizza specifically)

 

R:  Chocolate or potato chips?

M:  Chocolate chips all the way.

 

For more information about Mason, please visit:  http://www.masonashley.com/

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

 

Applying With Loaded Dice: Increasing Your Chances Of Getting That Job

Getting out there and finding your first step towards the career you’ve always wanted is a daunting thing. The jobs market is competitive right now, not to mention evolving with the importance that the online world can play in it nowadays. But you don’t have to just roll the dice like everyone else. Instead, spend a little more time loading those dice and improving your chances with the tips below.

Search every day

It can easy to treat the job search as a project that you whittle away at now and then. However, a better approach is to treat it like something of a job itself. Set yourself a schedule, get dressed and ‘ready’ for work, then spend some hours every day searching or improving your prospects. That might be through creating a LinkedIn profile, updating your CV, or reaching out to an employer. Work at it every day. Even if you’re on the go, there are plenty of apps that can make it a lot easier.

Meet more people

How you represent yourself is one thing, but how others can represent you can be even more helpful. The majority of employers will fast-track applicants who have received a referral from an existing employee or business partner, for instance. However, the right industry ties are important, too. Besides networking, using industry specific recruitment agencies like Portfolio Payroll can ensure that the jobs coming your way are relevant to the skills you want to provide.

Practice makes perfect

As well as spending plenty of time on searching for a job, you should start practicing how you’re actually going to represent yourself if you get an interview. The first impression matters. Ensure that you always have the appropriate attire for the meeting ready to go. Watch your body language and learn how to project yourself with confidence. It’s a good idea to even prepare some questions of your own in your head for when you’re asked for one.

Do your research

Choosing the best questions for the interview will largely depend on how much research you’ve done leading up to said interview. Businesses have needs and cultures of their own and the better you understand them, the better you can tailor your approach to fit those circumstances. It’s a good idea to give your CV the same treatment. Having different versions prepared for different employers might seem like extra work, but that extra work will be noticed and appreciated.

Make sure your public profile isn’t tripping you up

Just as the online world makes it easier to apply, to research, and to network, it also makes it easier to sabotage yourself. One of the most common ways that is done is through social media. If you’re not setting up the proper privacy settings, then any information you put up there could be available to potential employers. Have you considered what they might be looking at and what they might consider unprofessional?

Stay proactive and stay hopeful. Be willing to hop into a business at a lower position if it’s the industry you truly want to work in. Keep at it long enough and your perseverance will separate you from the rest of the dice-rollers out there.