Friday, May 10, 2019

Music


Jeannie

Photo Courtesy Of Jeannie

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I’m in Paris right now. I spent most of my life here. I haven’t always lived here.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Paris, but I move to Cameroon with my mom when I was still a baby. I’ spent eight years there then we moved back to France. We spent some years in the South then we came back to Paris.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The city, itself. I love wandering. I always fall in love with every little detail, every wall, window, street… Especially in the springtime.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I wanted to be a model. I always loved fashion. I used to do the catwalk in front of the TV when I wasn’t using the remote control as a mic to sing some Destiny’s Child’s song. Obviously, I always wanted to be on a stage.

WHY MUSIC?
Because music is my every mood. No matter how I feel, there’s always music in me, whether I’m in the mood to create it or just listen to it. It’s probably the only constancy in my life.

FIRST SONG EVER SUNG?
The first song I ever sung in front of people was "Fallin" by Alicia Keys. I was 10 or 11.

IS THERE A MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FALLS TO MOVE
YOU EMOTIONALLY?
The chorus of  "Lost & Found" by Lianne La Havas. I can feel every word of it. She gets me every time!

WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I watch and listent a lot. I’m like a sponge. The more I’m fed by the world, the more I feel like creating. The more I receive, the more I’m able to give back. I read a lot of lyrics and poems, listen to a lot of instrumentals, then I just hit the beat that fits my mood.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
All the women who never settled for less around me. I’m very thankful for them.

WHAT'S YOUR AESTHETIC?
I like to describe my style as minimalist with a little je ne sais quoi. The statement shoe or the statement pair of sunglasses. That’s how I like things. Simple but unexpected.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I’m also very minimalist (or just lazy) when it comes to beauty routine but one thing I’ve been using forever and will never change is the micellar water by Garnier. I use it for my morning routine and night routine.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Music, always. Actually, whether I’m working or not. On my days off, I like to set my mood with some afrobeats.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I like to dance! That’s my favorite work out and best way to unwind. I’m always down for a good party but I need my space so I can express myself.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Elise Hudson And Why She's Down With O.P.D. (Other People's Dogs)


Image Courtesy Of Netflix

Elise Hudson currently works and lives in New York City. This upcoming August will make it four years since she moved there. Hudson was borne and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. The preferred thing about her hometown is how the locals call it "The world’s biggest small town."

"It’s a rather large city and full of people, and yet you always tend to run into someone you know," says Hudson, and adds that her favourite aspect about New York is the amount of opportunity the city offers, and the amount of live theatre right at her fingertips.

Growing up, Hudsonwas focused on doing well in school, always a perfectionist, which has its pros and cons. She wanted to learn absolutely everything she could. A little before high school, Hudson started auditioning for plays and working with an acting coach, and her love of performing grew form there.

"They say that if you are thinking of being an actor, you must consider: Is there anything else at all that I could do that would make me totally happy? If the answer is yes, then do that, because the acting business is hard," says Hudson and explains how thespian became her raison d'être. "For me, if I was not pursuing acting, I know that I would be unhappy. For me, there is nothing so fulfilling as telling a story onstage or onscreen. Stories can magnify the world we live in and show us the truth, or they can distract us from the hard times by making us laugh. Both results are valid. Both are necessary."

She received her undergrad degree in Theatre from Boston College, and she has a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. She also trained in Oxford with the British American Drama Academy.

It was her manager who submitted her for a small one-episode role on "She’s Gotta Have It". Luckily she happened to book it. Although Hudson confesses she'd never seen the movie before auditioning for the show. But she's definitely a fan now. "The character is named Rachel, and she’s a woke white chic who is annoying good at West African dance, and it pretty with it, but occasionally she still says the wrong thing," say Hudson about Spike Lee's Netflix revival of his 80's classic.

Once she got on set, there was a lot of improv involved, and Lee (their director) and the writers enjoyed what she brought to the character enough to decide to write the character into more episodes. Her small dramatis personae grew to be Nola’s upstairs neighbour and one of her close friends explains Hudson and continues, "She likes to dance. In class, at a party, whenever. Or do you mean clothing-wise? She loves colours and a boho look. She probably shops at Free People and Madewell and vintage stores."

Marci Rodgers is responsible for the costumes on the show. "She’s incredible," proclaims Hudson and urges the enthusiastic to check out Rodger's website. Or, just Google her, because she’s everywhere. Hudson is partial however to some of the dresses for Rachel in Season 2, and can't declare a best-loved outfit. But she loves seeing the bright and bold outfits Rodgers puts Chyna Layne in for her character Shemekka.

When it comes to Hudson's own sense of style, she wants to be comfortable at all times. "Honestly? Elegant-Comfy I try to make it classy and elegant whenever possible. Think Madewell Jeans with a Portofino shirt from Express. Also, my favorite heels are a thick black heel from Cole Haan that you just can’t beat." Elegant. Comfortable. Occasionally, she'll appen a cool statement piece to edge it up. Currently, she has some bright earrings from Thailand that were a gift from her bestie Marina, that she keeps finding ways to work into her outfits. They have elephants on them (favourite animal). She's wearing them right now, actually.
When Hudson's isnt working, half of the job is finding the next job. She's auditioning/networking/seeing plays/meeting people. "You can’t just wait for the jobs to come to you. It’s a 24/7 job to be an actor, but it’s worth it." Also,she loves rock climbing, boxing, wandering the city, catching up on her favourite shows ("Game of Thrones", "Outlander" and "Jane the Virgin"), reading books (fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction), hanging with her incredible partner Josh, planning future vacations…You know. The norm.

On how Hudson undwinds; "If I had a dog, the answer would be playing with my dog. Sadly, I don’t have my own yet. I seek out opportunities to meet other people’s dogs. Luckily, Brooklyn is full of them. A quick walk around my neighborhood allows me to pet lots of dogs and also make a stop at my local community garden with whatever book I’m currently reading."

Up next you can see her in a supporting guest star role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (episode 20x23 “Assumptions”) airing this Thursday, May 9, on NBC in the States. If you have Hulu, you can catch the show the next day. Following SVU, you’ll find out how "She’s Gotta Have It" multiple occasions. On Netflix, starting May 24.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Paris

Photographed By Karen Burgos

De tout coeur.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Bob Fosse

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Jasmine E. Redman (The 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur)

Photo Courtesy Of Jasmine E. Redman

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I live in London and I have always lived here.
 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED? 
In Croydon, and raised near Shirley.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
 I like all the shops and things to do.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS THUS FAR? 
I want to become a famous artist and have my own TV show were I create art.

WHY ART?
Art relaxes me and leaves me in my own zone.

HOW DID YOU AQCUIRE THE SKILL?
I think I was born with it. But, I have had help from an art teacher and mentor over the years to help me progress. My mum is good at art, too.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Merissa inspires me to create art I have never done before, like sculpture, but my process comes in different forms depending on my mood. I will get out my sketch pad and doodle.

WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED MEDIUM?
Making things using different materials. I do love drawing.

WHAT IS ADVENTUREVILLE?
It’s my business where I've created colouring books for children and adults alike.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My parents as they have shown me not to give up and to follow my dreams no matter what

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN YOUR
PERSONAL STYLE?
I enjoy fashion and would like to do some modelling but also listening to music

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
I like to play on my PS4, go travelling with my family as I love
seeing new places and experiencing new things.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I like to meditate or watch movies with my family.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Leather On Leather

Image Courtesy Of NBC

Nobody does it better than Eddie Murphy.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

"Cleo Was His Cleo. His Mother Was His Mother." Anna Terrazas On Clothing Alfonso Cuarón's Memories In "Roma"

Photo Courtesy Of Esperanto Film/Participant Media

I have a plethora of questions I want to ask Anna Terrazas. On "Roma". On "The Deuce", where I later, and to my dismay, am informed she won't be returning for the final season. She just had a baby.

"I'm in Mexico City. Let me know what day will be good for you."

"I'm in CET - Central European Time. Are you on Skype? Or, what's your number?"

"We can do it on Wednesday in the afternoon or Thursday morning. Maybe Skype will be good?"

"Your afternoon? There's an eight hours difference. My 8 a.m and your 4 p.m.?"

It ends up the reverse. Terrazas has to take her son to a doctor's appointment at 5 p.m.

She's on location shooting yet discloses nothing about the upcoming project. "Eh, what genre?" Alas, I'm given the Alfonso Cuarón treatment. Nada. She's glad to be home, however, in the city she was born, then raised in a tiny mountain enclosed town, an hour away from. Mexico is home, although she's lived, studied and worked elsewhere.

After an idyllic childhood, Terrazas moves to London and pursues a foundation in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins. In 2003,  at the Parsons School of Design, she's described as "dazzlingly talented", with observers ancipating what the future would hold for her.

"I start working for Bill Blass in fashion, then I decided I wasn't really evolving in fashion and I wanted to do something else," says Terrazas adding that she went back to Mexico and was offered a job designing for the theatre. Ensuing this event, she met a director and started doing commercials which eventually saw her return to New York where she landed work on "Rudo y Cursi" (2008).  "And that is sort of how I got into the film industry."

Later Terazzas discovered her love for motion pictures exceeded creating costumes for the theatre. The posterity aspect being more appealing. Albeit, she enjoys the process either way.

Sourcing pieces for "The Deuce" was an easier task than finding images reflecting day to day wear of the characters in "Roma". Terazzas also had to train her eye in order to transfer blue and red to the perfect shade of grey, while at the same portraying differences in the social class structure of 1960's Mexico. Certain levels of fashion could only be seen on the affluent as Terrazas remarks, "People couldn'the afford what was coming from the U.S. It was super expensive."

Arrestingly, there's one scene where Terrazas didn't worry about finding the appropriate attire. It occured when Cuarón focused the lense on the male antagonist stripped off his clothes demonstrating vigour. Why nude?

"Yeah, Fermín, I know. I guess to show the toughness of the guy. Who he is. I don't know. I actually never thought about that before. I have no idea why he decided to do that."

Be that as it may, Terrazas is impressed with what they accomplished. The movie. What it made her feel. She cried and went through the emotions as Cleo went through them. "It was shocking. I knew what it was about. Seeing it for the first time...It took me somewhere else. I was surprised."

What's more, it was tough doing the fIlm. Cuarón is a tough. Working with him means you have to give it your 150, challenge yourself, and bring in new ideas. "It's such a personal film for him. In that sense everything had to be exactly how he remembered things and that was beautiful trying to recreate his memory," recalls Terrazas of the director who sat her down, told her a story without ever showing her the script.