Monday, September 20, 2021

Supermodel Lisa Bree Hoggarth opens Male Exclusive Model Agency

 

Lisa Bree Hoggarth spoke to The Numa Network who is based in Calgary, about the possibility of her opening and expanding an Australian division. Lisa said, “one minute I said to Taryn (at Numa) we should start an agency here” and then we were on a zoom call not long after discussing logistics. It’s said to be a career advancement and opportunistic place for male models to receive Lisa’s guidance and grooming, before they’re off on their own. Lisa intends to provide the models with her fashion label to wear, Michaelangelo’s Divas. “I want it to be a memorable experience with me and one that propels their career afterwards, One Italian model has just completed his first professional shoot, he was nervous he said, I’m his agent from afar for now”, said the Australian beauty. Hallways Are Runways Agency aka Sexsi Agency is a division of hallways are runways, and affiliated with The Numa Network. During the global pandemic in 2020 Lisa rushed in and said, “don’t shut the doors Fashion, I’m here on my hallway aka runway” and she bought online, supported designers and gained a worldwide following. This concept was Lisa’s break into the industry, during Melbourne’s four month pandemic.

Promoting a new model agency for men only: Instagram: @hallways_are_runways_agency
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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Interview with Thomas Fargnoli - Author of The Deacon: An Unexpected Life


According to Tom's new book, "The Deacon: An Unexpected Life," he had everything in life, a wife, children, grandchildren, healthy life, a great job, etc., but suddenly it was all snatched away. This book follows Tom as he deals with the loss of his wife, finds new love, and battles the dilemma of remaining in the denomination or starting a new life and remarrying. Check out the exclusive interview below.

Tom studied law enforcement and computer programming before becoming a magician and a deacon in the Catholic Church. In order to help others, he is turning the page to writing, normalizing suicide discussions, and becoming a voice for those who are facing the same challenges.

Can you tell us a bit about your book The Deacon: An Unexpected Life?

The Deacon – An Unexpected Life, represents my life over the last five years. I was happily married for 40 years and, studied to become a deacon for over 5 years, and enjoyed serving as a deacon for 5 years. It was my dream to be a deacon in my retirement. Life was good – wife, home, children, grandchildren, health, retirement, and an amazing ministry. But then, unimaginable tragedy and horror came to my family.

My wife, suddenly and tragically, took her own life. Grieving the loss of a spouse, or any loved one, is devastating but as I quickly learned, grieving is much more complex when it involves losing your loved one to suicide. Secondly, when a deacon loses his wife, he cannot pursue another loving relationship that could lead to marriage. I had to commit to a life of celibacy and, essentially, to a life alone. I made this commitment before I was ordained, but now, the reality of the rule was like cutting my arm off. I simply could not decide, and it drove me crazy. This battle went on for almost 2 years – I couldn’t decide. It drove me crazy –In fact, it landed me in the hospital for open-heart surgery.

My faith was truly being tested, but I managed to hold onto it. But with that decision, came something I never expected. Something worse than loneliness - Rejection - rejection from the church, from some priests, even from some of my brother deacons.

After publishing the book, I was amazed to see how many people were touched by my story and wrote letters to me. People who related to grieving and isolation, people who lost loved ones from suicide, people who struggled with surgery and recovery, people who have faced tough decisions, and people who have experienced rejection.

The subject of your book is very heavy. How do you hope people will benefit from reading it?

This book is my true story with a touch of fiction to make the story more moving. My goal was to make sure my story moved the reader in the way it moved me. In other words, I wanted the reader to feel my pain, my loneliness, my turmoil, and to relate to it. But I also wanted the reader to experience my faith and my hope and to help them see glimmers of light despite what darkness they may be going through in their lives.

My message is that it is important to focus on those glimmers of light and together with faith, it is possible to journey from the darkness to the light. In my book, I leave the pain and loneliness behind as I journey with God to find my peace and light. In so doing, I find love again and marry again. My wife, Dorothy, also lost her spouse tragically and suddenly. We are both convinced that God, as well as our late spouses, brought us together.

Would you say you learned anything from writing the book?


The most important thing I learned about writing this book is that I have a way to tap into other people’s feelings in a way that allows them to relate to my feelings, This book started out as a cathartic experience with a focus on expressing my feelings around loss and rejection, but as it evolved, the focus switched to helping others grasp and/or maintain faith and trust – trust in people and in God – and how to build on those relationships.

I intend to use this skill as I proceed with my writing.

Was there anything you found particularly challenging when writing the book?

Since this book was my true story, I found it relatively easy to write. Having said that, however, I found two main challenges. First, I had to relay my painful experiences in a way that the reader could experience them. That meant that I had to relive those unpleasant experiences before arriving in a peaceful and state. Second, since the subject matter included rather heavy content, in the beginning, I had to express it in such a way to move the reader through it – to carry him through the dark times in such a way that he can experience peace and light that I eventually experienced.

Do you have plans to write any more books?

Using my experience from The Deacon, yes, I am planning another book. The next book will be fictional, but with a similar purpose – helping move my readers to a place where they may discover peace and hope, despite their disbelief and discouragement. Interestingly, I see this story unfolding entirely in a tavern.

What three words would you use to describe this book?

Faith, Hope, and Courage

All proceeds of this book go to Suicide Awareness.

My book is available on Amazon and Barns & Noble.

On my website, www.thomasfargnoli.com, you will find more about me and more about my current book. In addition, I started a page of me performing some of my favorite magic tricks!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

DMV Nude Returns!

DMV Nude returns with the highest of the highbrow art coupled with live nude body painting, erotic photography, and cocktail party happening in a secret location near the District, Maryland, Virginia area. Proceeds of this event go towards the DMV International Film Festival. 

This event is sponsored by Jane365 Mobile App (Jane365.com) in partnership with DMV (District, Maryland, Virginia) International Film Festival (DMVIFF.org)  

Date and time Sat, September 25, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT 
Ticket Price: 
$50 for General public 
$40 for Content Creators 
$25 for Professional Photographers 

- Dress Attire: All BLACK
- NO Cameras with the exception of professional photographers participating in the event
- Enjoy Free Wine, infused foods (menu available online), music and conversation. 

What To Expect: 
*Nude Models 
*Live Nude Body Painting 
*Live Nude Photography sessions 
Event Social Media Hashtag: #DMVNude 

Sponsors: 
Event Email: Info@DMVIFF.org  

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Brain Dance: My Journey with Invisible Illness, Second Chances, and the Wonders of Applied Neuroscience


Diane Wilson, LCPC, BCN Board Certified in Neurofeedback Author of best selling book "Brain Dance"

It could happen to anyone. One afternoon coming home from the gym, Diane Wilson pulled to a stop at a red light. In an instant, her life changed in ways that could never be reversed. What unfolded was a vexing journey into a health care system with few insights or tools. Diane became a person with an invisible injury, that no one would talk about, that affected every second of her life and eventually birthed a new vocation, as an applied neuroscientist.

Brain Dance is a captivating, and touchingly candid true story. It traces Diane's journey through random and sometimes humorous events which shed light on how her brain kept her injury from her, the loss of focus, mobility and sense of self, an obsession of day-trading retirement funds, and finally holistic therapies-including a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, acupuncture, singing and neurofeedback. She chronicles the gift of recovery and her incredible journey to now help people around the world and make the most of their amazing brain. This book is for anyone who is curious about the brain, has had even a bump on the head or has felt totally lost in life and a need to start over.

Diane Grimard Wilson is a Chicago peak performance coach, licensed clinical professional counselor and has a board certification as a fellow in neurofeedback. She holds certifications in sound/music therapy and meditation teaching. Her first book, "Back in Control: How to Stay Sane Productive and Inspired in Your Career Transition" was a finalist for the prestigious Nautilus Book Awards and she is a former contributor to the Chicago Tribune. Her clients include physicians, leaders, executives and creatives. Diane is host of the "Genius: Sciencing Our Human Potential" podcast where she interviews leaders and other personalities for their human stories on resilience, change and coping with the global pandemic. Diane lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband, an environmental journalist.

MY READING ADDICTION INTERVIEW

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

My recent book is a medical memoir called Brain Dance. It’s about a concussion that changed my life. The message I most want people to grasp is that without permission or notice, your life can change. Your magnificent brain has a powerful influence on who you are and both brain injury and training can radically change your life circumstances. Brain awareness and health is so important. There are many tools to help your brain from music to neurofeedback.

Learning about the brain from a human story like mine can be like reading a novel that makes you laugh, learn and love others more.  

  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

It was hard to decide if I would write a prescriptive non-fiction (instructional, giving advice) book or memoir (focusing on the human story).

It took months to make this decision and I wrote and wrote trying both ways. It didn’t feel right to me to be inserting lessons while telling the story of my brain injury. Instead, I grew committed to bringing readers into my world to experience the injury, recovery, and new career with me.

In the end, I felt this was the book that would be of most service to my readers.

I am very grateful for this choice and everyone who helped. People tell me Brain Dance reads like a novel they can’t put down. They experience the pain, confusion, humor, insights and triumphs as it evolved. I added a chapter near the end on concussion treatment and resources. I will also create a workbook for peak performance training.

For concussion treatment advice, this is not the book I’d recommend. For inspiration, insight, light humor, compassion-building about concussion and developing your brain no matter who you are, this is your book.

  How many books have you written, and which is your favorite? I have written two books. The first was a career book called Back in Control. It’s on unemotional unemployment – the underbelly of emotions in transition. It’s designed to help readers increase resilience and make the most of planned and unplanned career changes.

My second book called Brain Dance is a memoir on a concussion, the checkered path to my full recovery and, in the process, becoming an applied neuroscientist, myself. I love both books but Brain Dance was about 10 times as complex and hard to write as Back in Control. I’m very proud of Brain Dance and hope it help many people.

Like Oliver Sacks, my inspiration, I want people to share a love for brain science, and how it can help us all.

  If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why? The main character of my memoir is me. If I were to cast me from Hollywood today I would choose Charlize Theron. We are both very tall and thin (prior to my pandemic 10), and have blond hair. She could grasp my character easily since she has a great acting range from the gritty movie Monster to some of the more glamorous roles. I would guess on a personal level she’s understated and yet brave, like me.

When did you begin writing? I started to keep a journal five days before my 16th birthday. In college, my major was psychology and I earned a Bachelor’s degree in science. In graduate school, my best friend was an amazing writer so I always thought of her as “the writer.”

Then into my career, I felt there was a gap in the resources on job transition. No one really talked about the underbelly of change. Many of my clients felt bad about the emotions they had of depression, sadness, despair and feeling crazy. So, I collected quotes from people in change on these issues and put them together with coaching tips to create my first book. I wanted people to feel empowered and not alone during job transition, to be able to manage the mental game of change.

    How long did it take to complete your first book? I spent 12 weeks in a class on how to write a book proposal. That included writing two chapters of the book I was proposing. Prior to that, I spent 16 months collecting the data I needed for the proposal.

My class ended in spring. Our teacher said we could take the summer off and pick up in the fall with another class she was teaching that would keep us moving on the book project. When we returned together in the fall, I had secured a book deal and finished writing the book. Over the summer, I wrote more than half of it in six weeks. It just came together and I enjoyed the writing. The publishing contract had a Labor Day deadline and I made it. Deadlines change everything.

    Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer? While not a writer, I was inspired by my Grandma Grimard. She took lessons and played the violin into her 90’s even though she was paralyzed on one side from a stroke. She was a role model of discipline and commitment, having art in your life and being an artist of whatever type.

My husband and I also have friend we have known over a period of years – Bob Thompson. He was a prolific wine writer, author of over 30 books. After spending many dinners with him talking about wine and foods, I somehow realized as much as I liked him, he was just human. And, if he could write books and sell them, maybe I could, too.  

  What is your favorite part of the writing process?

The feeling of flow, putting the pieces together, long afternoons and evenings just writing. I love long unbroken periods of writing.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Science reads like novel

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

My current work is writing on Brain Dance topics like sleep, stress, EMDR, neurofeedback, heart-rate variability and optimizing your brain. After working two years on the book, it’s a bit fun to write short things – blogs, articles, and interviews.

I am excited to hear from people who are reading Brain Dance and these will hopefully be a way to connect.

The mission of Brain Dance – brain health and awareness – is very important to me. I’ll be open and looking for ways to advance that mission.

Author Website/Blog: www.grimardwilson.com 
Goodreads Profile: Diane G. Wilson 
Facebook Profile: @braincoach333 
Twitter Account: @braincoach333 
Pinterest Account: braincoach333

Shaun Paul McGrath, Set To Film TV Series

With an irresistible charm his rugged Irish looks and dulcet tones, Shaun Paul McGrath is carving out his own little place in the wondrous world of indie cinema. Originally hailing from the town of Strabane in Northern Ireland, McGrath is known for playing intense characters who bring a unique blend of energy to the story and to the narrative. 

With his fervent steel gaze that pierces through those sharing the screen, a reminiscence from his days as an authoritarian stage hypnotist, McGrath exudes a committed and resolute demeanour whenever it is his turn to shine in the scene. With characters that are both stoic, strong men and vulnerable victims, McGrath expertly fills the screen with a weighty presence that is both hard to miss and difficult to ignore. As an audience you simply believe the character he portrays, he goes wherever the role demands, as one Director aptly put it, “He has a superlative understanding of the art and craft of acting and can evoke more with one small look in his eye than many actors can with their entire range”. Director, writer- K.Collins. Certainly an actor to look out for on our screens. One of McGrath’s most recent roles filmed internationally in the Bavarian region of South Germany, was that of the upcoming Irish artist Ben Benner, in the thriller, The Widow’s Moon. To be released later this year. It is in this role that McGrath is truly given a chance to shine. Playing the role of an aimless artist looking for international stardom. McGrath makes the role his own as he dives completely into the dark obsessive side of the character. He anchors the slow burn thriller through a performance that is both edgy, unnerving and sometimes downright scary. Played beautifully and softly alongside a strong German born co-star Hanni Bergesch. Both actors have a powerful onscreen chemistry that draws the audience inward, evoking a voyage of discovery for the viewer. The Widow’s Moon, has a storyline which will have the audience discussing, what is reality and when it has crossed that line. Beautifully portrayed by both leads in terms of the unfolding through line.

In Katharine Collins’s feature, A Dying Breed, McGrath plays the lead antagonist with fervour and resolve. He makes the viewers question his character morals to the depths of hell. With his mannerisms, facial movement and all-around status within the scenes, he makes his presence very notable when it’s his turn to shine. McGrath’s character Simon Collins, is an interesting deviation for a performer who has frequently played protagonists and at times we see softness yet a narcissistic side to his character. It had me questioning how much power does he really want within the four walls, and why does he not just take everything, including the females. This highlighted an excellent piece of writing by Collins. However, he brings the same energy here as he does to all of his roles, elevating the entire film in the process. Being a survival thriller, A Dying Breed needs a great villain and McGrath’s electrifying performance ensures a memorable antagonist for the audience to loathe or love. .A cast of several actors who produce a symbiotic performance to a simple tragic storyline.  

One of the most popular roles that put McGrath on the map was in the Turner Classic Award winning short film ‘Endgame’, based on the violence and civil disobedience in Northern Ireland. McGrath plays a family man, Martin, who finds himself caught up in an undercover war. Eventually kidnapped and tortured, it has him sincerely begging for his innocence and life. As the Times Film Critic Wendy Ide, put it, “A sucker punch of an ending, powerful and unsettling stuff. It was voted runner-up winner by a panel of judges including, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Dame Helen Mirren, Julian Fellowes, Gurinder Chadha. It was this confirmation that brought McGrath to the fore. There can be no qualm that he brings a level of earnestness to the role, and that his underplayed on screen presence helps elevate the entire story. As the film rests on his shoulders alone, McGrath gives a tour de force performance of a man out of his depth in the giving situation. With his character meeting a surprising end as the narrative simmers down, the most pertinent takeaway from the entire short is his own performance. It is not only nuanced but also has the required emotions to empathise with the character and the unique situation that he finds himself in.  

McGrath also had a memorable albeit brief role in the television series , The Invisibles. He played a alongside Warren Clarke and Anthony Head, two renowned actors of British Film and TV. With his suited clean cut persona, he held his own and dominated the scene as his character dictated. McGrath brings his character Hollins, to life with resolve as he beats the two protagonists to a pulp. He seems to be enjoying himself in the role as well. It was one of those roles that had me wanting to see his character return for retribution.  

McGrath is now set to star in a new television series that will surely lift him to the heights of being a household name. Carthago will be shooting in Columbia for three months this year. The TV series mixes suspense with wit. A modern take on a classic 1940s prison of war camp set in a remote jungle in Africa, making it an inescapable hell. Written by well-established Emmy Award film makers. Reshef Levi and Tomer Shani. It’s set to be a hit with viewers of this genre. McGrath plays the head officer in the camp, second in command, his character originally from Ireland is notorious among the prisoners for his cruelty. An anxiety ridden character who uses violence to command control over the camp, his character also suffers from PTSD. A role that McGrath can adapt and play with ease. This genre and style of the Inglorious Bastards meets The Great Escape, should prove to be another success for the team as the Israelis produce written shows which are winning over millions of viewers from around the world. Possessing an incredible ability to don wildly varying roles coupled with a look that is easy on the eyes, Shaun Paul McGrath is just getting started. As the streaming wars rev up and take over the world, we hope McGrath shows up in many future roles from the many hours of content sure to inundate our screens. 

From heist plots to action thrillers to slow burn dramas that put characters front and centre, McGrath has done it all with flying colors. With each role, he has challenged himself immensely only to emerge more nuanced and more refined, and to borrow a quote from one of his previous director comments, “you simply cannot keep your eyes off him when he’s on screen.” Shaun Paul McGrath is an actor who thankfully has finally returned to our screens, yet we feel he’s always been there. His style and on screen presence is recognizable and unforgettable. He is certainly destined to be alongside our greatest talent base. An actor of incredible range and with a plethora of shorts and feature length productions under his belt, he is ready to embark on his latest role as the lead antagonist in the new upcoming television series, Carthago, set to film this year. We anticipate to see much more of this talented Irishman in the near future. 

Gary C. Laney #1 Best Selling Author – The Power of Strategic Influence

 
The Power of Strategic Influence 10 Success Factors of Highly Influential Leaders 

Do you want to make a difference in life? To have positive influence over people? To create valuable personal and strategic relationships through business networking?  

This powerful, easy-to-read book reveals the secrets to building and using your personal influence to create success, build a great reputation, and become a highly influential leader, but also to give back by helping others succeed. Whether you’re a new arrival in a strange city or climbing the corporate ladder and haven’t gotten where you want to go, The Power of Strategic Influence teaches the Game-Changing Success Factors that will transform your life.  

What was your main drive to write this book? I have been wanting to write this particular book for at least 15 years. Covid gave me the excuse and time finally dive in and make it happen.

What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book? 
There are many things but if I had to choose three things I would say. 1. Accept life and the conditions of life as they come. Don’t blame others for mishaps, poor results, or tough times you experience. Accept responsibility for the outcome of each day of your life. 2. Attempt to learn what motivates you as early as possible. In other words, what is the reason, the purpose that drives you to do what you do, or dream of doing. Focus on the motivation and let your passion drive you. 3. Realize that life is about relationships, identifying relationships, developing relationships and maintaining relationships. The more quality types of relationships you have, the bigger the success you will enjoy.

Did you do much research when planning this book? 
For me it was a lifetime and a career of developing and teaching concepts about influence, about how to develop meaningful relationships and the magnitude of what that means if you tightly guard the special relationships you have. So, 35 years of research and a 3 month survey/research project I conducted prior to jumping into my book to validate my ideas and concepts.

Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it? I’ve had many influencers who inspired me but when it came right down to it, my family was my biggest motivation, especially a granddaughter, my wife and a daughter who started writing way before I did. I guess I was always nervous about the time commitment, and how involved I would have to be to write a book, but these special women in my life taught me that you don’t think too much about it, but just start writing. That got me started, and then the organization side of me kicked in, and finally the passion and excitement of actually experiencing the process and book itself. Most people I know say it takes two to three years to write a serious book. I did it I 8 months and even then felt like I was moving too slow. Once you catch the spirit of writing about things you believe in, the faster the process goes.

How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish? 
Again, initial thought was started 15 years earlier, but once I committed to do it, just eight months.

Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics? 
Yes, I hope to do a deep dive into several of the sections of my book in a next version.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Half that strong: Interview with Presley Tennant


Presley Tennant is a 19 year old emerging country singer songwriter performer. She was on the Voice, on team Kelly Clarkson and has performed with her in Las Vegas. She also performed with Tim McGraw, Cody Johnson, and more. Presley has performed the National Anthem for Seattle Seahawks, Texas Rangers and Nascar.  

Thank you for coming on All Indie Magazine to talk about yourself! 

AIM: Let’s start off with the biggest question of all. How did you feel when you were asked to perform a duet with none other than the legendary Kelly Clarkson? 

PT: It was a dream come true when I got to sing a duet with Kelly Clarkson. I’ve looked up to Kelly since I could remember so when she asked me, it was a moment I’ll never forget. 

AIM: Your trip to stardom is only just beginning and yet, you’ve already performed the national anthem for the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers, PLUS you’ve performed alongside Tim McGraw, Cody Johnson, and Mike Montgomery. Are you still on cloud 9 when you look back at this amazing journey? Tell us about these experiences and how did those fantasies become a reality for you? 

PT: I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the amazing people that I have met and worked with on my journey. Looking back at it always reminds me of why I love to do music. It’s an amazing feeling to know that my hard work results in people looking and reaching out to me and give me an opportunity to do what I love. I would 100% say that it was cloud 9 then and still on cloud 9 now! 

AIM: Let’s go back in time. Where did your inspiration and influence to become a music artist come from? 

PT: I wouldn’t necessarily say that there was one person who inspired or influenced me, but actually many different artists. I remember being so young and admiring how much passion artists have for music and that was something that really inspired me. As well as how music affects someone and how its portrayed and interpreted. Music is a powerful thing that definitely moved me and led me to where I am now. 

AIM: How do you come up with the material to write your songs? Are they personal experiences or are they made up stories or both? 


PT: I mainly write off of personal experiences but I do take lots on inspiration from whats around me and stories that I’ve heard and turn them into a song. Every once in awhile I’ll write a song about a made up situation but I find it easier to write when I’ve lived through it instead of trying to imagine a scenario. 

AIM: Since 2019, you’ve released six songs including your latest single “Bite the Bullet”. Of all the music you’ve released so far, what song or songs are you most proud of and why? 

PT: My favorite song that I’ve released would be “Half That Strong”. I originally wrote the song for my dad’s birthday last year to tell him thank you for everything that he has done and how much of a role model he is to me. I wouldn’t be able to do the things I love without him there. 

AIM: What has been your toughest challenges you’ve had to face as an independent artist? 

PT: I would say that my toughest challenge as an independent artist is honestly how young I am. A lot of people look at a 19 year old and don’t expect someone to do it for themselves and think that it’s probably a third-party pushing me to do music, but I LOVE every bit of what I do. They don’t expect a 19 year old independent artist to be as serious and professional as I am. 

AIM: For anyone aspiring to become a music artist, what is your best advice? 

PT: I would tell them to be completely authentic. Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel truly you. In order for everyone else to believe in you, you have to believe first. If you don’t think that way, then keep trying something new until you are happy because at the end of the day you should be happy with who you are as not only an artist but as a person. 

AIM: Most people can only imagine what it’s like to create something and perform it in front of a small crowd. What is it like to you when you perform in front of thousands or millions of people? How does it make you feel? 

PT: This might sound strange but I find it easier to perform in front of bigger crowds. Something about the energy is so much more inviting and I really get to let go and just have fun. 

AIM: What are a few of your favorite songs that you loved as a child and still love today? 

PT: I don’t perform this song but I grew up listening to it and its still one of my favorite songs today and that’s “Don’t Take The Girl” by Tim McGraw. 

AIM: What can people look forward to from Presley Tennant in 2021 and beyond? More music releases? Music videos? A tour perhaps? 

PT: You can expect lots of new music this year! I’ve been writing and recording non-stop and I’m so excited for everyone to hear. I’m also performing on September 11th at Country Blend Festival in Mesa, Arizona so if anyone’s in the area, make sure to come on down!  

Thank you so much for talking with us Presley! We can’t wait to hear more from you and we wish for you to have the most amazing career! Perhaps one day soon, you will be behind the chair and calling the shots on The Voice alongside Kelly Clarkson! 

PT: Thank you so much! That really means a lot! Ahhh that would be a dream come true haha!

Find more of Presley Tennant:

https://www.presleytennant.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PresleyTennantOfficial

https://www.instagram.com/presleytennant/?hl=en

Friday, August 6, 2021

Developing your creative voice in a Film Industry with Eunicet Pamela

A Director of Photography

We’ve been following Eunicet Pamela’s career for the past year and we must say that it’s been growing exponentially in the past months. 

She came to Los Angeles in the fall of 2018 after working in Fulldome Productions, were she made 3 successful Documentaries that were screened in International Film Festival like Immersive Film Festival in Brazil, BRNO Film Festival in Czech Republic, People and the Environment Baikal Film Festival in Russia among others. Since then she got more into narrative films and started expanding her portfolio. She already did her first feature film that is expected to be released at the beginning of next year. 

Also, selected as one of 30 people of 7,000 applicants to be part of the Academy GOLD Production track, well known as The Academy Rising Program. We talked with her to know what drives her to this industry and what we expect to see of her work. 

Hi Eunicet, thank you for taking the time for this… Please tell us a little of your creative process in a project, what drives you to make certain creative choices I always want to bring something new to the table so I always try to keep track of the latest trends in technology, lighting and camera. But also coming with new ideas on how to frame, aspect ratios and camera movements. 

But first, I always read the script and talk with the Director to understand their vision and then I do my research. I always make collages that help me to show the Director how I visualize something, how I see the colors, textures and transitions. This technique has led me to get more creative. Sometimes, we spend too much time on the computer, what we need to do is go out there, see a museum, make some crafts or even just go for a walk. 

This is awesome! And which project you have had the most fun or enjoy more prepping? 

It was definitely “Cain Rose Up ''. I made this film last year but we prepped for 6 months at least. I must say that having that much time definitely helped so much because we had so much time to brainstorm every idea we had. It is a psychological thriller so I was looking for a very specific look and it took me a lot of research and time to figure out and mostly how I had to translate it to the camera and what tool me and my team would need. 

And what about the production of this film, how did it go? 

It was awesome! Definitely challenging, we had a big location that was Los Feliz Highschool, it was pretty big and we had a bunch of extras and big setups, but it was very rewarding because those scenes look amazing! 

We even dress a school classroom into a house Christmas dinner and honestly it’s one of my favorite scenes. 

Shooting this project was a lot of fun because the Director Amy Nigro and I worked so much on this and we became very close friends. The shooting went very smoothly and the whole crew had a great time too. 

That sounds great! What about other projects and what is up next? 

Currently I’m supervising the Color correction in some other films I made like The Tongue with the Director Jose Chavez. 

This one is very interesting because it’s an experimental film with some crazy elements! Also I’m in the Festival Circuit for “Cain Rose Up” that is going to be screened for the first time at the Catalina Film Festival for the first time on the big screen. At the same time I’m prepping for the next films I’m gonna do like “Loving Autumn” by Fernanda Belmar starring Vivianne Dietz. 

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Featuring Savannah Rae: Not just a "Typical Texas Girl"

Savannah Rae is an all-American country & pop rock singer-songwriter who proudly hails from San
Antonio, Texas. Born into a music and arts loving family, Savannah’s own journey to becoming a fast-rising entertainer and songwriter was inspired by a trip to an Evanescence concert in 2009.
 
Not long after that, at age 11, she was enrolled into vocal and guitar lessons at GRAMMY award winning Michael Morales’ Rockstar Academy. More recently Savannah has given performances in intimate venues around Texas, all the way to the main stage of the Texas State Fair in 2016 where she opened for Jason Aldean. She’s also made appearances on American Music Awards, and on NBC’s The Voice, along with being a brand ambassador for Boot Barn, Country Outfitter, C Force Water by Chuck Norris, and Miranda Lambert’s clothing line, Idyllwind.

Throughout 2021 Savannah will release a series of new songs that she wrote with iconic Nashville songwriters Britton Cameron, Holly Lamar, and country music icon Pam Tillis.
 
Interview with Savannah Rae:

AIM: First of all, it is a real honor and pleasure to speak to you on All Indie Magazine! How amazing was your experience to appear on American Music Awards and on NBC"s The Voice? SR: Appearing on the American Music Awards and The Voice with Demi Lovato was such an incredible and mind-blowing experience. Working with somebody of that caliber and of that talent that I grew up watching on tv, was a remarkable and full circle moment for me. I learned so many valuable lessons and really understood what production is like on that large of a scale. Absolutely blew my mind to think that millions of people saw those performances and I am so blessed to have been a part of it! 

 AIM: In all your adventures and getting to meet so many famous people, what person was your all time favorite meet up? 
SR: I met Amy Lee from Evanescence backstage after a concert and she was the sweetest person ever! From the moment I said hello, I could just tell she was such a genuine person. We talked about music and had a great time and even got a few pictures! 

AIM: So, let's go back to how it all started for you. When did music become the thing you wanted to pursue more than anything?
SR: I have to credit my parents for instilling a huge love for music within me. They introduced me to so many different types of music and various genres as I was growing up. When I was around 11 years old, they started taking me to concerts and I was enamored from the first one. However, I specifically remember when I decided I wanted to pursue music. Funnily enough, it was watching Amy Lee at an Evanescence concert. I just thought she was incredible and I told my mom that I wanted to be like her and give music a shot. My parents took me seriously and enrolled me into vocal and guitar lessons and after my first time performing on stage, I was sold. I decided then and there that music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

AIM: Does music run in your family? Who can you attribute your talent to?
SR: Apart from the sheer love and appreciation of music that runs in my family, I cannot think of anybody that is musically inclined. I think I'm the first of my family to pursue it on a level more than just singing in the car! My dad did pick up bass a few years ago, though.

AIM: What music artists has had the most influence on your career?
SR: I find myself extremely influenced by George Strait, Miranda Lambert, and Koe Wetzel. George, as he is the king of country music and always will be in my book. I grew up listening to him and fun fact: I lived right down the street from him! Miranda Lambert, as she is everything I want to be as an artist! I respect her so much for always being so authentically Miranda. She is an incredible business woman and a true Texas girl, and has such great music. Koe, as he brings a new sound to country music and makes no apologies for who he is. He bridges the gap between rock and country that I hope to encapsulate myself in my music.

AIM: So, you're from San Antonio. It's such a beautiful and amazing city. How has this town been an influence on your career in music?
SR: Being from San Antonio has influenced my sound in many different aspects. Having George Strait basically be the king of Texas and right down the street from me, has given me a great appreciation for pure country music. When you think of Texas, you think of artists like him. Music like that comes from the very ground we walk on and is ingrained in us since birth. Must be something in the water! I'm also influenced by the Hispanic culture in SA. Being Mexican myself, I hope to bring a little of that flair in the coming records. Being from Texas is just a way of life and if you are from there or have lived there for a while, you know exactly what I'm talking about. It will always be a part of me no matter where I go!

AIM: Do you write your own songs? What's your writing process?
SR: Yes, I write my own songs! Every songwriting process is different for each song which definitely keeps things interesting. Sometimes I come up with the entire thing and take it to another writer or producer for some minor tweaks. At times I co-write with another person and we write something based off an idea one of us brings to the table. Occasionally, I'm given some music from my producer that I will write around. I'm so lucky to be able to work with such talented people! We all feed off of each other and always have so many different ideas floating around and various writing styles. It always keeps things fresh and new!

AIM: How about your recordings. Who have you worked with to record your music? Do you travel to a studio outside of Texas? 
SR: I have worked with many people in and outside of Texas. Most recently I have worked with Britton Cameron (Jon Pardi, Dillon Carmichael), Kelly Shoenfeld (Collin Raye, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans), Bill McDermott (George Strait, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride) and Jeff Huskins (Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Toby Keith). Working with producers of this caliber has helped me learn so much about the craft, and my music itself.

AIM: You recently released a trailer for your upcoming music video, "Typical Texas Girl" and it already has over 21 thousand views and growing. Tell us about this video. Who is your director and when can we all finally see the full video?
SR: Across all the platforms, the trailer has passed 174,000 views already! This blows my mind! Very excited to get the full video out there on Monday, August 9th, premiering on The Country Network. Without giving too much away, this video shows me working a farm and all the various aspects of it! I wanted to visually represent what I think of when I say, 'Typical Texas Girl". This was shot and directed by award winning cinematographer, J.B. Lawrence and was such a blast to film! Can't wait for everybody to see it.

AIM: You haven't released a whole lot of music. What has been the best part of your journey so far? 
SR: I have been professionally doing music since I was 12 years old, and I am 22 now. It has been a decade of pursuing this love of mine. In this time, I was finding my sound and finding who I was as an artist. I actually have a ton of music out there in different genres from rock, alternative, pop, even show tunes! I just love music in all forms. Throughout this decade, I was also growing up and my interests were constantly changing, hence all the different genres. I have always been a red dirt country girl at heart, it was just fun to experiment as those formative years of mine were the perfect time to explore. My favorite part of my journey so far is that in itself: the journey. While I still love all music, all that traveling around really helped me hone in on who I am as an artist and what that sounds like. I think I really landed on my true sound and the music that I want to make, while staying authentically myself.

AIM: Can you share some of your plans with us? What can we expect in the coming months?
SR: I hope to get back out on the road again! I had about 250 days out of 360 days of 2020 that I was supposed to be on the road that of course, got cancelled. However, I am itching to get back to touring as that is my favorite thing to do. I always say that if I could be on tour every single day, I totally would. While everybody is still a little hesitant, we're definitely getting some shows booked for the remainder of the year. In addition, I hope to continue writing all the time and getting into the studio as much as possible. I plan to release some more material before the end of the year.

AIM: When you're not creating new music, what is your favorite pastime?
SR: I love cooking, photography, diy'ing, thrifting, and netflix!

AIM: Give us your Top three all time favorite movies?
SR: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Warm Bodies!

AIM: Who are your top three favorite music artists of TODAY?
SR: Koe Wetzel, Carly Pearce, and Cody Johnson.

AIM: Name your top three ALL TIME favorite country artists?
SR: George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Clint Black

AIM: If you could open a major act or be on a festival circuit, who would you want to share the stage with?
SR: I would love to share the stage with anybody previously mentioned! I would die a happy woman if I ever got to share a stage with George. I also think that my style of music would mesh really well with Miranda and Koe.

AIM: Thank you so much for coming on All Indie Magazine. We can't wait for the release of your music video and see what happens next! SR: Thank you so much for having me and thank you so much for the support!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Shaun Paul mcGrath An Actor’s life

Irish actor Shaun Paul McGrath, with his fervent steel gaze that pierces through those sharing the
screen, a reminiscence from his days as an authoritarian stage hypnotist, McGrath exudes a committed and resolute demeanor whenever it is his turn to shine in the scene. With characters that are both stoic, strong men and vulnerable victims, McGrath expertly fills the screen with a weighty presence that is both hard to miss and difficult to ignore. As an audience you simply believe the character he portrays, he goes wherever the role demands, as one Director aptly put it, “He has a superlative understanding of the art and craft of acting and can evoke more with one small look in his eye than many actors can with their entire range”. Director, writer- K. Collins. 

From heist plots to action thrillers to slow burn dramas that put characters front and center, McGrath has done it all with flying colours. With each role, he has challenged himself immensely only to emerge more nuanced and more refined, “you simply cannot keep your eyes off him when he’s on screen”. Shaun Paul McGrath is an actor who thankfully, has finally returned to our screens, yet we feel he’s always been there, his style and on screen persona is recognizable and unforgettable. An actor of incredible range who can reinvent a character. With a plethora of shorts and feature length productions under his belt, he is now ready to embark on his latest role as the lead antagonist in a new upcoming TV series, set to film this year. When a script needs a great villain McGrath’s electrifying performance ensures a memorable antagonist for the audience to loathe or love. We anticipate to see much more of this talented Irishman in the near future.


Q : Your background, education, acting passion. Tell us a little bit about yourself

A : I come from a small border town called Strabane which borders the beautiful County Donegal, in the North of Ireland. Performing and being on stage was always a personal passion which really started from being a magician. Performing magic for family and friends and onwards to being a professional comedy stage hypnotist. I was able to combine both the magic and mind reading side into the act. I recall a friend of mine many years ago as we lined up to buy the newly introduced National Lottery in Ireland saying “you’re a hypnotist mind reader, surely you should know the lottery numbers”. Laughs Shaun. So throwing off the stigma of someone possessing, in their minds, a ‘special power’ was a daily occurrence, in a fun way. At school the PE teacher thought it would be more educational and more fun, to have me hypnotize class members and have a hypnosis show for the period. Pupils running around the assembly hall clucking like chickens and crying because they thought they had lost their belly buttons, would have been more in line with the drama department. It was actually the same teacher who got me my first professional paid gig as a Hypnotist, in the local golf club entertainments night. My first at aged 16. I remember getting paid three times the average weekly wage, for a two hour performance. So after that, education was now not on my agenda, I thought this is a better easier way to make money. Was it the correct decision? Maybe at the time but not when you consider down the line, and the future having no fall back.

Q: Was education a driving force to study acting at University?

I grew up in an era whereby, expressing yourself was frowned upon. Whilst attending an all-boys secondary school, being taught poetry may have been fun for some of the class, but it wasn’t for me! The teacher loved my poetry, unfortunately, and she enjoyed reading them out to the class to my detriment. She actually was able to get a number of them published, something the class never found out about, which thankfully help keep my reputation as a ‘hard-nosed hypnotist stroke boxer’! Laughs Shaun Paul. They jokingly named me ‘Poemy’ McGrath. Laughs Shaun Paul.

So for me at aged 15/16 I wanted to act, but drama back then wasn’t seen as something cool, certainly not as its viewed today. I really wanted to attend the after school drama club, which took place in the old dark dim assembly hall. The perfect place, I thought, as I would not be seen in full light from a passing peers. So I needed an excuse to stay late as none of my peers would accept my reason for staying after 3.15, was for extra study classes. Back then it was cool to have no school bag. Laughs Shaun. So I pretended it was detention. Anyhow, I was very nervous about doing this, as believe it or not, I was a very shy teenager, until I got on stage, something I could never really understand to this day… So I get to the double doors of the old assembly hall, it had two porthole style windows and peeped a look in…There was about 10 people there, not the ‘cool’ kids, prancing about like ballet dancers. So I mustered up the courage, pushed the door about an inch open, it creaked I freaked they all looked, and I shyly apologized as I backed away pretending I had ended up in the wrong hall.


I feel that was one of the worse decisions I made, as it took me another 15 years before I went and studied and trained as an actor at University. In those 15 years I had filled the void, being on stage as a hypnotist and entertainer performing around the UK and Ireland, attending radio interviews around the country. If anything, it give me a good grounding in life, in terms of experience and knowing about myself, which has helped me tremendously today as an actor. The world of acting requires you to dip into your reservoir of life’s experience, to help bring to life the role that you play. I remember asking my professor at university Gerry McCarthy, a wonderful charismatic old school, Eaton graduate professor, what’s the best book to read concerning acting skills?.. He said, “Go to the cafeteria and people watch… try and work out who they are, their relationships... analyze their body language “. As a school teacher myself, teaching drama, I use the same quote.

From leaving school at an early age and returning to education later in life and becoming a secondary school drama teacher, it has made me appreciate the decisions I have made in life’s journey of discovery, both in body and mind. My passion for acting has never wilted nor has my passion for passing on the skills to those who wish to learn about acting. More importantly, it’s the joy I get from seeing the person they become in the process of understanding themselves through the process of acting, no matter what age. That for me encompasses all the angles for my passion for acting.

Q : Your most successful project?

A :For me success is not about awards, although it’s part of the process of what ‘success’ means. Success can come from any budget production, but for me as long as the audience are touched emotionally, spiritually, even if they hate your character, you have affected them in some way and you have done your job properly. If reverence comes from this process in the form of awards, so be it … but it’s not the be all and end all for me. I’ll leave that to the materialistic film world of measuring success.

Q : Any upcoming projects?

A : I have a number of projects taking place, The Widow’s Moon, a feature which was shot entirely in the South of Germany is currently in post-production in USA. It’s a film about Ben Benner and his wife, played by the talented Hanni Bergesch, The couple are based in a remote farmhouse neighboring a village in the Bavarian hills. Ben an upcoming Irish international artist, integrates into the village. He is accepted and well respected alongside his German wife. After a while things don’t seem real, when both their good friend and Psychiatrist, Dr Gunther, played by J. David Hinze, reinforces for the audience, that thin line between art and nature, reality and illusion. From here as a viewer you begin to solve a puzzle or begin the journey of solving who is controlling who, or if anyone is being controlled, for that matter. I think the audience will stay hooked as the arch of the story evolves and completes. Finally their questions are answered at the end, possibly they will gather more questions due to the themes and issues, which is a positive thing. Such to the testament of the writing and directing by, Werner Schumann. The camera work cinematography by Elias Trad is mostly handheld, it captures and evokes a voyeuristic suspense feel for the audience, a style that has totally complimented the genre and style of the film.

We are also in pre- production for Carthago, which is a new 3X10 TV series. Shooting in Columbia. It’s a story about a British concentration camp set in the African jungle, time period is set in the 1940s, and my character Archie McDonald is the camp commander, second in charge to Lord Davidson. MacDonald an Irish character is renowned by the prisoners for his torture techniques. The storyline has many moments of humor and will have the audience laughing at the most inappropriate time, if there’s such a thing. They will also root for the detainees escape plans, squirming whilst they are captured. Different character connections and relationships are made amongst the international prisoners, producing entertaining sub-arch storylines. The well written scripts harbor a retro cursive style and humor, which will entertain and make the audience smile throughout. It’s written by an Emmy Award winning Israeli team, Reshef Levi and Tomer Shani. This type of genre is very popular, so it should hopefully have a positive following.

Q : What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your acting career so far ? A : I think getting back into acting after many years away from it. I decided to devote time to my Theatre school business, which took my undivided attention for several years. I was working with kids aged from 5 to 18. We had heavy choreography, movement and acting productions, It was a great creative time and it was a difficult decision to pass on the business, but if I hadn’t I would be in the position I am today. Life is like stepping stones, some you skip over and some you stand on for a number of years. It’s all positive, but I believe all decisions in life are meant to be, and we are guided to our correct destiny in work and life as we follow these decisions.

Q : What’s your goal in life you want to achieve next?

A : My next goal is to build upon the interest that I have acquired since returning to the industry. I have a new agent, The Bohemia Group, which are based in Los Angeles, and I have a wonderful manager Alex Surer, who is my guardian angel for all decisions. To be honest the industry is fraught with confines, which is ruining the creative industry. I would like to work with directors who are not frightened to take chances in the telling of their story, regardless of the budget or constraints of the people at the top telling them, you must cast ABC and do this and cut that! Too many great scripts are not made or cut or pre cast, because of too much control from those holding the purse strings. Some of our recent industry films have broken free from these constraints and restrictions, and with the help of well-known actors they have helped produce these creative projects, with the actor’s fee being invested back into the film budget. Being part of these projects is what the creative industry needs, and those which I feel happy and enthused to part of and contribute to.

Q : What motivates you to do your best work as an actor?

A : I like an actor’s director, the director who is more concerned with capturing the truth in the scene, the one who lets the camera roll and when he shouts ‘cut’ he keeps it rolling, all in the off chance of capturing more ‘magic’. Many top directors work many times with the same actors, because they have reached that synergetic stage of creativity, they basically produce the result easily, that they both desire. I like the director who pushes you mentally and physically to get the best moment of magic in your ‘purgatory’ or ‘heaven’ like world, yet still harbors that sensitivity to help you achieve the appropriate action and communication needed for that scene. This is a common debate amongst actors, most directors have different styles, they all like to work in their own way that suits them, and all styles of directing are valid, I like all types of cheese but my favorite is chosen first! Laughs Shaun Paul.

Q : Did you choose this industry, as a career, or as a hobby?

A : If you love what you are doing and getting paid then it’s a career. Most people start off acting as a hobby because the money is less important than the credit. We have many low budget film makers’ and productions out there, needing creative people to accept a lower fee or expenses only, to help benefit the film. Certainly for the actor at this point, it’s a hobby, but a good hobby. A hungry tired over worked cast and crew will not produce the desired result, but a creative well feed, well slept, happy cast and crew can produce magic. Even more so if the dynamic of the group is so, that they all believe they are truly witnessing the making of something special. Such will be the positive group dynamics that will have everyone, carry on to the end of the late night shooting schedule. Only when your focus puller falls asleep, do you know you’ve truly pushed the team! Laughs Shaun Paul.

Q : Your favorite actor ?

A : It has to be Daniel Day Lewis, I came across him whilst I was watching an Irish film. There was a scene on a ship whereby his mate sneaked up behind him and startled him, Lewis turned round and in a Northern Ireland accent mumbled in a perfect dulcet tone, with the correct combination of expletives’, well who is this Irish actor I thought?. He’s definitely from the North I thought. It was the most perfect Irish accent articulation I’ve heard to date. Little did I know at the time, I was witnessing a master technician smudging and exposing the ‘truth’, hence my obsession begun with the on screen technique of a truthful naturalistic acting style. Which by far, when you view his performance is only the tip of the iceberg, in terms of preparation for the truth. So finding the truth for me is an obsession which I enjoy, like a cat who plays with the mouse, I have fun and don’t lock myself away like Daniel, but that works for him and is evident in his final performance.

When I made Endgame, I played Martin, a kindly school teacher, who was in fact a double agent. There was a scene whereby I was being chased. I had to find a hiding place within an old abandoned house. Of course the scene started with me running into the house being chased. So I decided the only way to truly get my heart racing in these upcoming close-ups, was to run on the spot in the garden before the take, which I did but then I see a length of old Aerial flex, I twisted it around each hand to make the suitable length, as an ex-boxer, I was well versed on skipping, I continued skipping until Darren the first AD called me on set. To this day I’m proud of those scenes as I was truly shattered! The sweat on my forehead and breathing was real. In the torture knee drilling scene, I used screws nails hidden in my shoes and I’d push down hard on my foot when my knee was being drilled. This help give me the desired reaction and helped my performance in the scene, in my opinion. I also recall falling out with one actor who refused to really slap me in the scene, when I specifically asked him to do it. Once again a slap to an experienced s boxer is nothing, but truth in that moment was achievable, if all concerned are willing and all feel safe to help acquire it. I’m limited only by how much truth the other actor and director will be comfortable with. Daniel Day Lewis is a wonderful exponent of that style.

Q : Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time?

A : I like to play guitar and sing. From Irish folk style to modern ballads and pop. I have my own studio whereby I shut away the world for a few hours and sing my heart out. It’s just like acting for me. The lyrics tell a story and as a singer you need emotion to communicate it. It’s such a cathartic release, and it can actually help change your mood for the better. I also like a game of squash or Tennis. If I have more time I like a game of golf. At the end of the night what better way to relax than catching a well written and acted Netflix show. The likes of the now iconic Breaking Bad, or Prison break, both top quality well-written and acted shows.

Q : How can people find you and follow you online?

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