Why I ♥ TaeYang ^_^

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I don’t know when I started to love Dong Young Bae aka TaeYang aka YoungBae. For those who don’t know who TaeYang is, he is a South Korean singer/dancer who is apart of a K-Pop group called Big Bang. TaeYang started training under YG Entertainment when he was 12 years old. He became a member of Big Bang in 2006. You may wonder how did I got into listening to K-Pop? I shall share how. I will also of how I became a fan of not only the group, but also TaeYang.
I started listening to Big Bang a year or so ago. I guess you can say that I am a newbie VIP. I still am. One of my favorite songs from them is Bad Boy. Of course I like Blue, Fantastic, Baby, Monster, HARU HARU, Tonight, Beautiful Hangover, and many others. But Bad Boy stuck out to me the most. Why? Pretty much the beat and the lyrics drew me in. But as I was watching the video for the thousandth time, I noticed one person from the other four that caught me eye.
I love GD (G-Dragon), T.O.P, Seungri, and Daesung. They are some really talented dudes. It was something about YoungBae. In my mind, I started to say to myself in Future’s voice from “Turn on the Lights”: “I think I love him.” And it wasn’t like “Oh I want to marry him and have his kids” kind of love. That would be strangely awkward and weird. Even stalker type behavior. But it was the kind of love I have for people that are talented. Like I would want to meet him someday. Talk about random stupid things or serious issues and laugh. Take some pictures to cherish this moment forever. I tend to daydream quite a bit. When that happens, I write my thoughts down. This is one of those moments.
YoungBae sings like an angel, raps like a beast, and dances with precision and skill. He also has a smile that shines as bright as the sun. His stage name TaeYang actually means sun. Whenever I look at pics of him smiling, I smile. His smile is infectious. So darn infectious. Sighs. He has a different style and swag (I shall only use this word once. I don’t even use it any more. It seemed fitting to use it.) that I have never seen before. Its funny, but whenever I see pictures or videos of him I kind of fangirl internally. There is only one other person I do that for. His name is Bruno Mars. TaeYang is the only other person that makes me feel that way.
Here are some facts about TaeYang that you may, may not, or already know about him:
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#1: Became ‘interested’ in music after hearing Brian McKnight’s first album when he was little.
#2: TaeYang has an older brother, Dong Hyun Bae. He’s an actor.
#3: He talks in his sleep.
#4: He has never had a girlfriend before.
#5: Known to be extremely shy and nervous around girls, has become better but still unable to speak or look at them.
#6: Dislikes when people make face judgements about them.
#7: Says if he weren’t a music artist, he’d be a Gag Man.
#8: His biggest conflict with GD was during trainee years and it was over a basketball game where he even grabbed GD by the collar because he was so mad.
#9:Chooses love over work.
#10:One of his favorite songs is ‘Frankie J – Don’t Wanna Try’.
#11: Always carries his ipod, bible, and English vocab cards in his backpack and sometimes energy drinks.
I know that TaeYang has put out one EP (Hot, 2008) and one album (Solar, 2010). YoungBae’s sound is R&B/Pop feel with those two albums. His second album Rise comes out on November 11th. His current album has more of an Hip-Hop vibe to it. Its been three years since YoungBae has put out any new music. I know that caused a lot of his fans to wait in anticipation. Biting their nails, pacing back and forth, maybe fidgeting a lot.  Waiting when new music was going to come out. I even wondered myself if he was going to come out with new stuff.
I can tell you some of my favorite songs from both Hot and Solar:
Only Look At Me (Look Only At Me)
Prayer
I’ll Be There
Wedding Dress
Where U At
Take It Slow
After You Sleep
I Need A Girl
Not to mention he covered songs I saw on YouTube like Frankie J’s “Don’t Wanna Try,” Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me,” and Beyonce’s song (Frank Ocean wrote for her) called, “I Love You.” Plus there is this dope dance he did on a Korean Variety Show called the “Sushi Dance” that is so cool. Some of TaeYang’s musical influences include Michael Jackson and Usher. I can see in some ways how he resemble Usher, but I think YoungBae is in a league all his own.
YoungBae recently released his first single off his second album Rise, called “RINGA LINGA” on November 8th 2013. Since its release it has topped the singles charts in Korea. The single became #1 in five countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Macao. When the Music Video (MV) was released on YouTube on November 10th, it got 1 million views within 13 hours of being released. His fans received his comeback really well.
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There maybe some people who may not like the video or his new style. I personally love it! You have to understand that music artists can’t just stay in one box all the time and just have one sound. Of course that’s what made you fall in love with them. But I respect music artists who keep evolving their sound. Challenging themselves to create something that they may be surprised would never come out from them. Is TaeYang’s sound different from the other two projects that he put out in the past? Yes. Artists who take their time to create something that not only they will be proud of but also their fans will be proud of. I really don’t think TaeYang is worried about the critics or even fans downplaying his new sound. I think he is just really excited about making music and putting it out there for the people to enjoy.
So why do I love TaeYang? Of course he is handsome and adorable. But I love him mainly because he is a talented individual who loves music and is dedicated in what he does. Music is more than just words, notes, and sounds. Its about creation and expression. Its about sharing your creative expressions to the world. I think his album Rise will do well. I am excited to hear his new music. New music always excites me. I will be a fan of TaeYang forever. How could I not be a fan of him? His smile yo. Sorry I am having flashbacks about his smile. I like guys with nice warm welcoming smiles.
So with that I will leave you with this quote:
Follow your heart, not your head. Follow your passion.
— TaeYang
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.
Sources:
TaeYang Sweeps ITunes…Also Topping 7 Major Music Charts in Korea (November 8, 2013) – http://www.yg-life.com/archives/24120?lang=en
TaeYang’s “Ringa Linga” Music Video Hits Over 1 Million YouTube Views in Less Than a Day (November 10, 2013) – http://www.soompi.com/2013/11/10/taeyangs-ringa-linga-music-video-hits-over-1-million-youtube-views-in-less-than-a-day/#.UoE-wfnBN14
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La Femme Nienke (Nikita)

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Nienke (Nikita) Van de Haar, who resides in Amersfoot, Netherlands is a singer/songwriter with a unique sound of her own. About 10 years ago Nienke, put out her own album. All of the songs she wrote were Alternative Pop Ballads. As years passed, Nienke discovered a new style of music called “Symphonic Rock/Metal” where she performs with her band on stage at different entertainment venues. Not only Nienke loves to sing, but she also loves to dance. In February 2012, she became apart of the magical social networking site, “YouNow.” Since being apart of YouNow, she has broadcasted showing her singing and dancing talents live to the internet world. In fact she won a Karaoke contest and was also a runner-up in a dance contest. Both contests are held weekly on the site.
So this woman can write, sing, and do modern ballet. I interviewed Nienke about her love of music, dance, and Symphonic Rock/Metal.
Read and enjoy ^_^.

#1: When did you first fall in love with music and performing?

When I was 16 years old, I started taking singing lessons. Then I went to my first audition.

#2: Who are some of your most influential music artists you admire?

I started off listening to musicals like Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar. As the years passed, I listened to classical and pop. I love Hayley Westenra and Celtic Woman. I loved Symphonic Rock music artists like Within Temptation, Nightwish, and Epica. I admire Sharon den Adel the most. I hope to sing a duet  with her someday.

#3: Explain what Symphonic Rock Metal is and how does it differ from Alternative Pop Ballads. 

Symphonic Rock/Metal is a combination of rock music with a classical touch. So the sounds are more soft. Most off the time you can sing very high notes in the music. I love to do that! I written my own Alternative Pop Ballads. They are a combination from pop and classical sounds. But there is nothing rocking about it. That’s what I love from Symphonic Rock/Metal.

#4: What five words would describe your sound and why?

Emotional

Melodic

Heavy

Slow

Fast

These words grab my emotions for my sound in a melodic way. It gets pretty heavy in both slow and fast songs.

#5: Share five facts about yourself that your fans may be surprised to know.

1. I didn’t have a good time at school. No one understood me.
2. I love to do Reiki.
3. I have technical skills like setting up websites. My website that I have up
 (Studio Nikita Lumet) is for singing and therapy (reiki, quantum touch, regenesis touch).
4. I love Classical Ballet.
5. Every holiday, I go to the mountains to walk all day.

#6: If you could pick 10 songs to represent the “Soundtrack of your Life” what would they be and why?

I would say my whole album because the songs on there are all about my life. They describe my path of my life very well. Because I change styles, I would end with the rock version off of “The Phantom of the Opera” from Nightwish with that last very high note. It feels like I am up and running with my music.

#7:  What are some things that you truly admire from your dedicated fan base?

If people try to get me down, my fans make them leave. They support me so much. Even if they requested a song from a long time ago, if it isn’t the best they would love it. 

#8: You have participated in a few YouNow Contests. You are a finalist in the MTV Voices Street Caster Contest  (July 2013). You were not only the winner of the weekly Karaoke Contest but also a runner-up in the weekly Dance Contest. How was it like participating in each of these contests?

For the Karaoke Contest, I was nervous. I thought to myself, “What will people think of me? Will they like my style?” When I went on to broadcast, I was relaxed and enjoyed doing it. It was so much fun!  Of course my fans came in and supported me. 

In the dance contest, I thought I wouldn’t be in the final round. I was doing a mix of modern and classical ballet on pointes. I never expected to go on. I even took off my pointes and let it all go. So yes it was exciting to go in to the final round. Someone even said “She already won the dance contest” because the host wanted to call my name. I don’t think that mattered at all, but being a runner-up was perfect. Can’t them win all!

MTV Voices was amazing as well. Yet I think my first round was better, but I loved to talk so it was great. Out of all the contests I did, I loved the karaoke contest was the best because singing is truly where my heart belongs.

#9: Where do you see yourself 10 years in your career?

Performing on stage every week! I just made my own artist website (http://www.xsnienke.nl). I performed with my new entertainment management company and decided that I would go on under the stage name Nienke. They are handling in booking performances for me. So now I think my singing career has started! I even made an extra fan page on Facebook.

#10:  Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?

If you live in The Netherlands, there is an event called “Back to the Wedding” and many more to come. 
I would like to thank Nienke for allowing me to interview her. She is the first person that I have interview outside the states!!!! Pretty darn cool. Much love and success to her. Make sure to check out her Facebook page and her website to check out her music. Follow her on Twitter as well.
If you would like to check out some of Nienke’s past broadcasts on YouNow here is her profile:
Follow Nienke on Twitter: @xsnienke 
 
Check out Nienke’s website:  http://www.xsnienke.nl
Check out and subscribe to Nienke’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/singernikita she has an amazing voice!
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^
Source: Nienke’s Bio – http://www.nikitalumet.eu/

Macho, Just Wants to Make You Laugh

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Meet Randy Nance. He goes by the name Macho. His goal is to make you laugh. His dream is to continue to make people laugh for years to come. The Saginaw, Michigan native traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada where he resides now, to pursue his dream. He is living in Vegas people. Of course I could give “The Hangover” run down  of things that may have happened. I do that a lot when I hear my friends go to visit Vegas. But I am pretty sure none of that stuff happened to Macho. I shall digress. Here’s a fun fact for you. Randy works as an On-Air Personality for Power 88.1 FM in Las Vegas. Pretty cool huh?
Read this awesome interview I did so you can get to know Macho and what his interpretation of bringing the funny is all about.

#1: Where did the nickname/stage name “Macho” came from?

My stage name is actually just MACHO. Facebook wouldn’t let me have just a first name so I rolled with it twice. The name derived from the wrestler Randy Savage. Friends from school called me Macho Man Randy Savage. The first part stuck.

#2: Who are you most influential comedians that fuel your passion of making people laugh?

I’m a fan of the art. So there’s a lot of comedians I look to. Rickey Smiley and Steve Harvey because they are both comedians that do radio as well. Just like me. I grew up in the Eddie Murphy era. I loved Redd Foxx and Robin Harris. Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Gary Owen and Corey Holcomb. Even the comedians I know personally here in Vegas like Anton Knight, Booya, Bobby Stauts, J. Reid and Donnie Johnson all have helped fuel my desire to be a great comedian. But the passion comes from working. God gave me that.

#3: When did you decide that pursing comedy was what you ultimately wanted to do?

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I was always a funny/silly person. People told me time after time I should do comedy. My response was “It takes more than being funny to be a comedian.” I still believe that to this day. But hosting live events like date auctions and step shows where I could interact with the crowd made me want to do comedy. May 6, 2011 was the beginning of my comedy career.

#4: Explain how the road to living your comedy dreams transitioned from Michigan (Your Home State) and to Las Vegas (Currently Reside).

If I never moved to Vegas, I don’t think I would have ever started. In Vegas there are so many venues and outlets for aspiring comics. If anyone has a comedic desire, this is a great place to start.

#5: What is your comedy based on?

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My comedy is purely based on funny. I’m somewhat animated and silly. I draw on life experiences for material and also things I think about that just don’t make sense to me.

#6:  Can you share what your every first comedy show was like?

My first show was horrible in my opinion. It was a benefit comedy show where the honoree didn’t even show up. There were 14 people there, all of which were my guests. I had no stage presence or energy. I was just standing there telling jokes. Looking back, I did almost everything wrong and was still marginally funny.

#7: Is there a certain kind of ritual or mode you get into before you hit the stage and perform your comedy?

The only repetitive ritual I go through before a show is prayer. That’s it. I try to mellow out because I’m always nervous. 

#8: What has been the most important piece of advice you have gotten that helps you keep things in perspective as you continue to pursue your dreams?

Anton Knight and Joe Clair gave me the best advice on doing comedy. Anton spoke to me about my confidence after a show I did that didn’t go great. Joe told me to always have a beginning, middle and end. He said, Know what you want to say and be funny, funny, funny.”

#9: Where do you see yourself in 10 years career wise?

10 years from now I’ll definitely be a touring comedian. I may not be a household name, but I’ll have a solid career doing what I love.

#10: Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?

I encourage everyone to keep up with me via Twitter, Instagram (@macho1macho), and check my YouTube Channel MachoMan808. Love y’all.

I would like to thank Randy aka Macho for allowing me to interview him. I really appreciate it. Much love, respect, and success to you. Make sure you follow him on Twitter @macho1macho as well as his Instagram (http://instagram.com/macho1macho).
Please check out and subscribe to Macho’s YouTube Channel:
If you still have dreams out there, it is never too late to pursue them. You just have to have the drive dedication to work hard and make things happen.
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.

The Ever so Ambitious, Mr. Daniel Trinh

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to share an epic tale. About a guy from New York with a dream. Now of course, we all have dreams. We all have aspirations of being something more bigger than ourselves. But if we don’t work hard to pursue our dreams they are just dreams. They continue to become figments of our imagination that remain in constant limbo. Daniel Trinh’s love and passion of acting of becoming an actor wasn’t just a dream. He made that dream come to life.
Since Daniel started his acting career in 2007, his body of work has gained him both national and international recognition. Daniel’s past film and TV works include: Lonely Joe (2009), a guest role on the IFC comedy sketch comedy television show, “The Whitest Kids U’ Know (2009),” a supporting role in Chino y Nacho ft. Don Omar music video for “Dentro de Mi (Within Me),” Real Men Wear Pink (2011), Won Tong Baby! (2012), Community Service: The Movie (2012) and a New York State public service announcement commercial just to name a few.
Daniel’s goals are not only to be recognized on a global level for his acting talent and win numerous awards, but to also break Asian stereotypes that are set in TV and movies. He wants to show he can play any role that is given to him and not be only defined by his ethnic background.
I talked with Daniel to learn more about his work ethic, goals, and much more. So take a journey with me if you will into a mind of a very dedicated and talented individual.
#1:  When did the acting bug bit you and you started to gain a strong interest in acting?
I always had an  interest in it, but I give the most credit when I was getting my masters degree (Daniel went to SUNY Albany in New York). I grew up very poor. So I’ve always kind of like worked really hard. Well basically I’ve always wanted to do it but I didn’t know anybody. Growing up poor, you know what I mean, its not the smartest thing to do when you got nothing to back you up. Like if I didn’t make it I can’t exactly rely on my parents or anything like that. So I kind of ignored it, but when I was trying to get my masters degree, I was struggling really bad. I was a good student. I wasn’t like the smartest guy but I did my homework. I did what I was supposed to do and I got decent grades overall.
My masters [degree program] was kicking me in the ass. I was like: “Oh my God! How the hell am I gonna make it through this?” And I was busting my ass for so long. When I was going to school, I was working and everything. So just picture yourself really trying to make it in life without resorting to stealing or drug dealing. You are trying to do it the right way. You are struggling. Then I can just remember going outside of my campus and looking out in front of the library going: “Oh my God!” you know? I put all this work in and I’m not going to be happy no matter what I do. So I busted my ass for years and years. Working, saving money, not doing anything stupid, and always being a mature guy about everything.  I knew that at the end of the day, I was still not going to be happy getting a job and basically trying to make a living just doing things that I don’t want to do.
 
I took a long look and I realized that I had this hidden passion. And despite where I came from, despite not having a lot, I didn’t want to make excuses about why I didn’t want to pursue my goals. I was just like: “You know what? Fuck it! I’m going to give it a shot!” Because I am not going to spend my whole life working my ass off, doing more work than anyone I know, just so that I can grow up and be unhappy. 
 
So I was like I am going to make it happen somehow. That’s when it really hit me. When I realized that dreams are worth fighting for. If you ever read my bio, I pretty much write: “Dreams are worth pursuing for and fighting for.” So I am living proof of that. 
#2:  Every actor has a process to get them into each character they do to bring out the best of the person he or she is trying to portray. What is the process you go into to completely immerse yourself into each character you present to the audience?
 
When I was little, I always had a fascination of trying to understand people. So I spent my life trying to figure out how people think as kind of like a defense mechanism. There is a long story in why I did that but basically I always wanted to understand how people think. So I kind of did my own psychological observation on how people react. As I got older and smarter, I discovered that this was in fact true. To a certain point people live by patterns. You know what I mean? You know how there are certain stereotypes and some of those stereotypes are basically true. I really focus on that. I try to pick a pattern. 
 
So whenever I am doing a character, they [casting director] tell me to describe a certain person, I try to picture somebody who that reminds me of. And I basically mimic that person to the best of my ability. I pick up body movements, the way they think, their goals in life, what they do day by day; their strengths and weaknesses. I really try to picture them in making myself the character, at the same time too, I also try to do a little something for the camera to make it look more appealing. So its a combination of mimicking somebody that I think fits the bill of what they are talking about and doing what I think looks good on camera. 
 
#3:  So far you have done commercial, comedic, and dramatic acting. Is there a particular kind of acting that is your favorite or do you hold all of them as great opportunities in showing your talent?
 
Well I do have preference. Ideally I like to do all of them because I want to be known as someone who is very versatile and be respected in my ability to portray different characters. You know a really good actor that can do what he can do. At the same time my biggest draw out of every category would be drama. Mainly because as you think about it, if I asked you who’s the best Asian drama male  actor, I guarantee you that the general public is not going to be able to name one easily. Because there really isn’t any. I want to fill that void. Its a role that you don’t typically see an Asian person do in unless if you are watching obviously oversea dramas which I’m not counting that. Its something that is unknown. Its something that is a great challenge if I really believe that I can do something. I can’t  think of a better goal to reach for than to be respected in that category. Its a way of showing diversity. Its a way to fight stereotypes. Its a way to give a new dimension to the word “Asian.” 
 
That holds really dear to me because its like I’m always about showing people that its not about where you come from, its not about what people think you are, its about how you define yourself. I just want to be treated like an equal person. So the drama thing really draws me. If you think about an Asian male role typically its martial arts or comedy. Its not anything else. So drama is like  that one category no one hits. I really want to do my best to be that person who really spearheads it. That’s why drama means so much to me. It shows people that I can act. Drama acting it takes a lot of talent. It can also break stereotypes. It is a tougher goal to reach. So its a combination of many reasons why I prefer drama. 
 
#4:  Do you have a role so far in your acting career  that you would consider a memorable piece of work?
 
Yes.  I believe it was my first film and acting role ever (Daniel played a Deputy in the Drama/Horror/Mystery film “Lonely Joe” in 2009).  This would be my biggest accomplishment that I would never forget.  
 
 
The reason being I wasn’t really expecting to be able to get a film role starting my first year of acting. I started my acting career in 2007. Lonely Joe was a film that I really didn’t think was a big budget — well its not a big budget film. But for a indie film it had a good budget. I didn’t think something like that existed only a couple of hours away from me. 
 
When I applied for it, I was learning the business, and then I discovered what the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) was. That movie was done under the the Screen Actors Guild. It was a union film. So it was kind of a big deal. It didn’t have a lot of famous people. It had a couple people who had worked on bigger projects. The role itself had some Asian people in it, but there was only one Asian role. There was no speaking line and the rest of them were like extras.  If you are a real actor, eventually extra roles aren’t considered real acting roles. They really are just more like a supplement for your income or just to get the experience. But a real actor doesn’t go extra anymore. 
 
I was thinking: “Okay ,well I was probably going to get the Asian role” because I don’t think they were going to give me any other role. I remember auditioning and really kind of impressing the people there for whatever reason. The one that I really wanted to get was the lead role. At the time I knew I wasn’t going to get it, because I felt like they were going to get someone famous and a girl. That’s what ended up happening. The person was more famous , she was female, and she was attractive. 
 
I wanted to get a role that wasn’t Asian. Not that I’m ashamed of being Asian. But its just kind of like: “Oh you got the role because you were Asian.” I really wanted to show off my skills. Some people would be happy getting any role but they don’t care why. I wanted to do it the respectable way. I wanted to be like I did it, I got it because I am a talented guy and I worked my ass off. I remember going to the first audition it was this improv and I made an impression. They called me back and I did the second audition. The role I believe basically implied that it was a deputy role. The way I saw it I felt it was a white guy that was like a younger cop kind of deal pulling over the main actor. The word “deputy” kind of implied that you are from a small town. So it would make sense to me to be a white guy. It made sense that somebody would be in their 20’s or early 30’s. Maybe even middle-age. If you think about it a cop can be anybody. But for a deputy or a sheriff you typically think white guy. 
 
In the audition, there was a bunch of older white guys reading for that part. What made it even more challenging, they came from the area that typically had deputies or something along that line. So these guys had the right look and age for it. And here’s this one guy, who is an Asian guy, auditioning for the same role. I honestly didn’t think I could get it.  I seen them act and I talked to them.  I really deep down was like: “I don’t think they are going to pull it off. I really don’t think they have the skills to pull it off.” I read it and its like to me you really had to be a asshole. I’ve gotten pulled over enough [by police] to know how to be an asshole. I’m just like, I don’t think these guys can be assholes. They were giving bad acting. They were just overdoing it or they weren’t giving that fear that I felt the role needed.
 
When I auditioned for it I was just like: “You know what? I can’t change their mind, but I am going to give them the best damn performance ever!” And I went in there, I did my thing, thinking, “I’m probably going to get the Asian role.” But I know for a fact that I was the best out of all those guys. I was fighting hard to get the white role because I wanted to say, “Look, I’m so talented that I am going to be able to break their mind and make them hire an Asian guy for a white guy’s role.” Not saying I have anything against white guys, but you know its just something respectable of getting a role that they didn’t originally want your race to play. 
 
I got nervous for a while. I was going through all sorts of emotion. And then I got the phone call saying, “Yeah, you got the role.” I got an email to confirm it. I was just so happy because it was a paying role, my first film role—I want to say its my first acting role, and I got a white guy’s role that I beat everybody who had a better look. I went in there, did what I had to do, and ended up getting that role. It was such a wonderful experience because I worked on a legitimate film set. Its something that I hold dear to me. It wasn’t a comedy. I got to play more of a dramatic role. It wasn’t the most dramatic role possible but I played it straight. I wasn’t doing a lot per se, but you could see the performance on the subtleties of what I did. And everyone who watched that clip was impressed. Its very touching to know that people were impressed by watching that two minute clip. 
 
#5: What is the most important thing you’ve learned as an actor that will help you as you continue your career? I know you talked about having a strong work ethic which is one of them but is there another additional thing or—
 
I learned — Well— I don’t know — I can’t say as an actor per se, but as a person who is trying to pursue their dreams and goals I’ve learned through life that: 
 
A. If someone doesn’t have a passion towards something, don’t expect their best work. It sickens me when everyone says: “Well I work — I did my best.” I really hate when people say that because I guarantee you most of the people who say it have not done their best. They try. I’m not saying they didn’t try but to say “your best,” saying that’s what you are capable of? That is a very strong word. I think people really underestimate that. What I’ve learned is you can’t do your best unless your heart is in the game. You have to treat yourself like your life is secondary compared to your goals. That’s what I honestly believe in. If your heart is in the game, that goal is more important to you than your life.  That really helps me understand how people think. This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in life. So usually when someone says, “Oh hey! We should work together!” or “I need you to help me out,” I look for that. If their heart is not in the game, I question how well the project is going to turn out because they are not fighting for it. They are not willing to take a bullet for it. And that tells me something about the end product. 
 
I also learned that life isn’t always the way people portray it to be. There are a lot of images and perceptions. What I learned that about life is pretty much not what you see, but what makes sense. I don’t fall for image anymore. I don’t fall for the bullshit. I see it for what it is. By doing that I take a lot of drama out of my life.  I learned that sometimes you have to see things for what it is and not for what you want it to be. You have to really understand how to look at things in an objective way and not in an emotional way. Those are some things I have learned from my experiences in life that I will never forget. 
 
#6:  Name five facts about you that people are surprised to know. 
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#1: I grew up with a really hard life in a very unhappy environment.  If you met me in person, I am really down to earth. People would be surprised that growing up in an unhappy environment in the past effects me now. 
 
#2: I am a sucker for cuteness. But I think people know that already. I prefer a small puppy versus a big dog or kitten over a cat. When I see a baby, I always have to stare at the baby. I think they are adorable. I’m not a very — what do you call it? You know a lot of guys like to show like they want a pitbull and stuff like that. I don’t want that. I prefer cute over machoness.  I am a guy but at the same time I am not a wimp. I can be a very tough guy but I have kind of like a split personality. If I am working out or taking care of business, I am a fierce warrior. But when I’m like being myself, I am a silly guy. I like cute little things. I go awwww a lot. I really do that in real life.
 
#3: I am a big thinker. I am really good at thinking of the bigger picture. I don’t usually show my smartness a lot. When there is a situation and stuff, I can think in a calm way to figure out the best strategy of handling a situation. Like if we were in a bank and the bank got robbed, I be focusing on how to take the bank robber down. That’s just the way I think. I wouldn’t be like the kind of guy that would get scared — I mean I would experience fear obviously. But I wouldn’t let that control me. So I would always try to handle the situation and eliminate the issue. I’m a problem solver kind of guy. You rob a bank, I am going to try to take you down! When there is an issue, I will be in leader mode more than being a follower. 
 
#4: I am a sucker for food. I eat a lot. People who ever seen me eat, I eat a lot. I prefer healthier foods, but I’m a big food person. You could put some amazing meal in front of me, I am going to eat seconds and thirds. I don’t have a sweet tooth. Another thing is that I don’t drink at all. I don’t have any urge to drink alcohol. I find it kind of a waste.
 
#5: I only took one acting class during my whole life. I got an A in the class. Everything that I learn about acting comes from  mimicking and self-study.  I did not go to school for acting in any way shape or form. 
 
#7:  Who are some of your favorite actors (old or new) that you are a fan of or want to work with in the near future?
 
Hugh Laurie. The way he portrays House is just amazing. And he’s British so the accent thing really impresses me. Hugh Laurie is definitely a strong actor that I feel like I wish I could perform at his level.  Ever since House came on, his performance got him recognized quite a bit. He’s good at what he does. He’s played the role that I want too. I would have loved to play House. I am good at what I do, but I got to say, do you think I can perform at his level as House? I don’t think so. I would do a good job, but I would not be the best guy. If I lost to him to an audition, I would respect that. 
 
Tony Shaloub. He plays Monk and I thought his performance was really good on that show. 
 
Tony Shaloub and Hugh Laurie would be two actors that I would love to work with. I like their performances, they are good at what they do, and to work with them I’m hoping some of that talent rubs off on me. 
 
#8: What inspires or motivates you to keep pursuing your dream?
 
I value my goals more than I value my own life. That’s pretty much it. So this isn’t a hobby. This isn’t something that I decided to do for fun. This is something that if I don’t accomplish it my life it has no meaning. 
 
#9: Where do you see yourself in 10 years in your acting career?
 
Winning awards, making a difference in society, and showing people that hard work pays off as long as you put your heart and soul into it. Making some really amazing changes by breaking down stereotypical breakdowns like all that crap about Asian people. Really just trying to help people see reality versus what they want to believe in. Within in 10 years, I would like to produce my movie that I want to show the world. I am currently writing still and it will take forever for me to finish. I would either like to start producing or have the script written down by then. I will do every single thing on set. This is a passion film. I’m still writing the story on it. It will have a AMBW (Asian Man/Black Woman) storyline to it. The movie is about what I learned about life. Its about life basically. Stories that I have heard about other people. What makes us strong, what makes us weak, the bullshit that we go through, the system versus what should be done, political, and religious. Its a very well thought out film. When you watch it you understand what life is all about. That’s the goal that I am trying to reach before I die. So in 10 years, I would like to at least finish the script for it or I would like to at least have the movie produced. Realistically, I think I am going to be an old man when I finish it. 
 

#10:  Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming projects to look out for?

I am in talks with a person about doing behind the scenes work on a major movie. The movie has to get funded first, but basically I am going to be a Production Supervisor on it. Its actually the guy that I got the Lonely Joe film role from. I developed a relationship with him. I helped him out with some of the aspects of the project. He wants someone he can count on. Someone who knows what he’s doing. A person that knows how to get the job done. He contacted me about getting involved. As soon as the film is done, I am going to be working on a major movie that will have a big budget. So this is going to be like a really big break for me. If the movie does well, it will be like a trilogy. Most likely I will be involved in working on the trilogy. So that’s something in the works. I don’t know when its going to land, but I really believe that the film is going to get funded at some point. And I am definitely going to get a role in that film. That will definitely get me closer to that goal to get my name out there more.  
I would like to thank Daniel for allowing me to interview him. It was a pleasure. I wish him much love, success, and happiness in the future. Dreams can’t run unless you put them into motion people. If you have a strong mindset and the willpower you can do anything you want to do. I need to take mental notes of what I just typed right now. I have dreams you know. I want to put into action. I just have to stay consistent with it.
If you want to check out Daniel’s acting work, here is the link to his YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/jackiedan7 (Please Subscribe)
Hope y’all enjoyed this interview. I know I did.
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^
Source: Daniel Trinh’s “IMDb Profile” http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2869091/

Brittney Parker, Keeping the Visionista Movement Alive

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Meet Brittney Parker. Model. Mentor. Vlogger. Actress. Wife. Mother. Visionista. For those of you who don’t know what a “Visionista” is Brittney defines it as the “act of power sensing with the eyes, mind, and heart. A driven woman with ambition, talent, and skill. All with a strut in her step.” I guess if I put myself in this category I would call myself a “Nerdy Visionista.”

This California native (now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada) has been working hard for years achieving her own dreams while inspiring others to do so. Her YouTube Channel “MissParker TV” has over 7,600 subscribers.  Her Facebook page of the same name has over 700 likes. Oh I almost forgot, she has over 2,100 followers on her Twitter as well. How does this beautiful, strong, and ambitious woman does it?
Brittney took some time from her busy schedule to share about how her Visionista movement began and how she’s maintained it as I interviewed her.

#1:  Explain to the readers out there what MissParkerTV is all about.  What makes it unique than the many other YouTube channels that are out there?

MissParkerTV is everything I’ve ever wanted to capture. It’s unique because with the all the talent on Youtube, I have many opportunities to share who I am through MissParkerTV. Though, it’s a small portion of who I really am. I have not shared the rest of me yet.

#2:  What do you think is the most important thing that you feel all women should possess and feel good about?

All women should feel good about what God gave them. Talents, gifts, and the privilege to be a woman. We sometimes overlook those simple yet complex things.

#3:  You are a mother of a 5 year-old boy. How do you balance your motherly duties as well as  your entertainment career?

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Geeze. Where do I start? My boy is a talented individual and I think that’s where I hone my balancing skills. I say that because I taught him to understand that mommy has to work. He understands that my work is getting in front of the camera, or writing an article. But as a 5 year old — patience is not a virtue and he wants to play. It’s funny because there are times when all he wants me to do is watch him play a skateboarding game, so I can check out his cool tricks and I have my computer or phone. He tells me, “Mommy, no phones!” It’s a rule now for sure. And I’m okay with that.

#4:  MissParkerTV has become extremely successful on YouTube since you started the channel about a year ago (If I am not mistaken).  What are some of the most memorable vlog posts you have done (past or present)?

Oh man, I was just watching some of my videos a few days ago. I realized how much I’ve grown and how much of a slightly different direction things have gone. Some of my most memorable videos would be the ones I made with my good friend, Deshawn Raw and hosting Kendrick Lamar’s show.

#5: You are a woman of many talents. You are a model, mentor, radio host, event planner, interviewer, vlogger, blogger, actress, and dancer. Out those nine talents that you can do extremely well, which four do you feel stand out to you in representing who you are?

This is a good question because I’ve struggled with this. I can definitely say that acting, dancing and blogging really hold me in another place.

#6:  You are also an AMBW spokesperson. For those that don’t know what AMBW means, could you explain the acronym and also share what your spokesperson duties consist of.

Alright, so to those that don’t know, AMBW means Asian Men, Black Women. I don’t know if I’d called myself a spokesperson. LOL. I mean, I have this underlying desire to really see the world flourish and people date who they want to date. But for me, I’ve created awareness to other black women who’ve wanted to take a dip in that water. Now, I’m happily married, my husband is Filipino and I guess you could say we both advocates but in a very indirect way.

#7:  List 5 random facts you haven’t shared that your fans may be surprised to know.

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Five random facts, here we go.

1. I used to be a mail lady.  Yes drove and delivered mail.

2. I’m obsessed with big butts. It’s just a thing I have, don’t judge me. LOL

3. I think I’m boring.

4. I have alter egos and I can’t wait to introduce them to you guys.

5. I have 3 last names, well actually 4 now that I’m married.

I think that’s random enough. LOL

#8: What are five things currently that you are totally obsessed with and why?

1. Shoes because I’m turning 25 and I think I’m having a quarter life crisis. I just want lots of heels.

2. Ciara’s ‘Body Party’ I love anything sampled.

3. Business, lately I’ve been adding on to the MissParker brand and helping others brand themselves.

4. Writing — I cannot tell you why but you will be in for a treat!

5. I’m currently reading this book called ‘Poor Little Bitch Girl’ it’s a total mess and I love it.

#9:  Where do you see yourself in your career 10 years down the line?

Completely expanding my brand. There are no limits on what God can do. What I’m doing now, is definitely going to get me there.

#10: Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?

First, I’d like to say, these are not my fans but their my friends. My VISIONISTAS! I am so happy to call them that! I have been writing — a lot. And I want them to be surprised.

I would like to thank Brittney for allowing me to interview her. She is truly an inspiration for young women everywhere. I think there is a little Visionista in all of us. I love the fact that she supports and encourages other women in the entertainment industry. If there is one thing that is needed among women nowadays is unity. Not only for women in the entertainment industry, but all women around the world. Much love, respect, and success to you Miss. Parker.
If you would like to subscribe to Brittney’s YouTube Channel to check out her videos here’s the link to do so : http://www.youtube.com/user/MissParkerTV
You can also like her MissParkerTV Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/MissParkerTV
Follow her on Twitter: @heyMissPaarker
She also has a blog on WordPress that you can check out as well :http://www.brittneyparker.com/
Stay classy, Homies and Visionistas ^_^

The Amazing World of AznInvazn

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This adorable guy is Maxwell Yi. He goes by the name of AznInvazn (Asian Invasion). Maxwell is a 17-year-old aspiring DJ and Music Producer. Maxwell who was born in Los Angeles and currently resides in Texas has been studying music for about 10 years. So he began studying music at 7 years old. In my personal opinion, he is a freakin musical prodigy. So from his musical training he has produced and done Electronic Dance Music (EDM) remixes for many independent artists. So what does the AznInvazn wants? He wants you to party rock to the music he gloriously creates for your listening pleasure.

Want to know how Maxwell got his DJ name of AznInvazn? He shares the epic story of how of his stage name came to be:

“I actually got my stage name from my friend, Jaron. I was asking him what my stage name should be and he, at the time, would keep saying stuff like, Asian Domination or Asian Persuasion or Asian Invasion. He kept saying, “DUDE, do Asian Invasion!!” I figured, why the hell not since I couldn’t think of anything else, plus it’s so ridiculous that hopefully it’ll stick in people’s heads.”

So I can only guess that when Maxwell becomes successful, his friend Jaron shall be known as the one who said “DUDE do AznInvazn!” Which could simply be translated as: “DUDE your stage name should totally be AznInvazn!”

I asked Maxwell aka AznInvazn some questions so that people who have never heard of him can get to know him and fans of him to get to know more about him. Here we go!

#1: When did you first fall in love with music that transitioned you into becoming a DJ?

It’s a funny story actually. I use to hate DJing, let alone the idea of DJing. I hated Electronic music (What I referred to as “Techno”). It wasn’t until high school that I became interested in EDM (Electric Dance Music). People kept talking about this guy named deadmau5, and I figured I’d listen to his stuff since people kept talking about him. I came across Strobe, and I fell in love with EDM and eventually started to get in the habit of DJing seriously (I started DJing as a whole when I came across a featured YouTube video entitled “How to DJ with Virtual DJ”).

#2: How is your mixing style differs from other DJ’s that you have heard or seen?

To be honest, I don’t think my “mixing style” differs that much. I mean, every DJ plays tracks and transitions in between with the exception of various effects and samples thrown in. If there’s one way I would categorize myself apart from other DJs, I would say it’s the kind of music I mix, but even that isn’t all that different from other DJs. It’s all EDM in the end. What REALLY differs is the music I produce, considering the fact that it’s music that I wrote (With the exception of remixes and edits)

#3: Who are some of your musical influences that are important in helping shape your career?

My influences from the EDM realm include deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, and Zedd. In terms of my influences all together, there are way too many to list.

#4: Just like any other genre of music, do you believe Djing is a musical art form that the majority of people tend to misunderstand?

Nope. What art is there in button pushing? I think the art and talent lies inside the production of a track. By that, I mean the writing of the melodies, harmonies, chord progression, designing sounds, placement of the sounds, mastering and EQing, etc. Anyone can push buttons and slide a crossfader, but the “talented” ones can write the music they mix.

#5: What is one question people ask you about Djing that irritates you the most? Why?

“What kind of equipment do you use?” See, I don’t have a problem answering that question if I get interviewed and what not, but when other ‘beginners’ ask me that repeatedly, then it’s just like stfu. Its not that I have anything against ‘beginners’ since I’ve been there before. It just gets annoying sometimes.

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