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#1: Your passions are writing, speaking, and teaching. When did you decide in some way that was the path what you wanted to go into?
#2: What inspires you to allow yourself to put your thoughts and words on paper?
I’m the ultimate introvert. I kind of do my own thing. I don’t like small talk and I can definitely explain how I’m feeling when I write it down. I just love to write and read!
#3: Who are some of the most inspirational people in your life that you admire?
I would definitely say my Mom, my grandmother, and my first lady Erica Glenn.
#4: You have a YouTube Channel (KiaraJ007) that has over 1200 subscribers. Can you share what your channel is about? What makes it special than the many other channels that are out there?
You have a YouTube Channel (KiaraJ007) that has over 1200 subscribers. Can you share what your channel is about? Really? It has that many? LOL My channel is basically just about my natural hair journey, I decided to stop putting relaxers in my hair in 2010. I make videos showing how to do different styles, product reviews, and I even vlog about the struggles I’ve had with my hair!
#5: Share five facts about you that people may be surprised to know.
#6: Your writing was featured in your college yearly literary arts magazine called, “Fishladder: A Student Journal of Art and Writing.” The poem you wrote entitled, “Last Week (An Elegy for Shane)” was published in the magazine. Can you share what the poem was about and also how you became involved in being a part of that particular publication?
This was such an awesome accomplishment for me. A campus wide email was sent out about the upcoming publication and told students to submit work to be review. I decided to send in 5 poems and this one got chosen! This poem was about a friend of mine Shane Welch who passed away while playing basketball on campus he had a enlarged heart. It was crazy because he had just expressed that he’d had a romantic interest in me a few days earlier. Then he was gone that quickly. It was just really a lot for me to deal with so this poem was a way for me get those feelings out. I’m glad I was able to share it with others! He was such a awesome person I’m glad I was able to know him!
#7: What are some of your favorite books you have read that you would suggest readers of this to check out?
Wow! I could list tons but a few: The Good Life by Trip Lee, The Circle Maker, Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and The Hunger Games series LOL.
#8: You were recently inducted into Delta Lambda Christian Sorority. Tell me a little bit about your sorority. How much it means being in an organization of a lifelong sisterhood?
Yes! DLG is a Christian organization of women our main focuses are Souls, Study, Service & Sisterhood. Our goal is empower women through God’s love so that they are able to go out into the world and empower other women. It means so much to be apart of DLG. I’ve literally gained sisters who I can talk with about anything, who continue to build me up in Christ, have hearts for impacting the world, and being about Kingdom Business!
#9: If you would pick ten songs to represent the “Soundtrack of your Life” what would they be and why?
#10: After you complete your Master’s degree program, what are your future career plans?
Well as I mentioned earlier, I may be putting my master’s degree on hold to go back an get my teaching certificate! But I know God has called me to the field of Education so I know that my career will have something to do with that! But stay tuned!
#2: When did music became your first love, especially Hip-Hop?
#3: Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
Michael Jackson being the first. He just knew how to create something that wasn’t yet created in the music world. I’ve been inspired by his music, era, and just his drive to be the best that he could be. Always competing with the old you.
#4: While reading your brief bio, it stated that you “listened to everything from Run DMC to Def Leopard.” Based on your wide range of musical influences, how does that translate in terms of defining your own sound?
#5: What was the very first rhyme you wrote as you were an up and coming lyricist?
Don’t Really remember the first rap I wrote, but I do remember people telling me after I did it, that I had something special. That it may take people years to catch on but thats just because you ahead of your time. LOL
#6: Share five facts about you that your fans may be surprised to know.
#7: What are some things that you appreciate about your loyal fan base?
#8: What do you think is harder for a lyricist to master: Freestyling or Storytelling? Why?
#9: Where do you see yourself in your career 10 years from now?
Hopefully, still making music, and creating something new. Either if its me working with an artist, or just producing new records For myself or other artists.
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#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?
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?
#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?
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?
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.