Monday, September 8, 2014

Interview with Liv Kirby

Australian actress, singer, dancer and model Liv Kirby was born in Queensland, Australia and recently she lives in the US. Her first experience in the arts was when she was 12 years old when she started stage and film classes at the National Theatre in the heart of Melbourne. From acting Liv then started exploring the world of dance and by the age of 15 she was dancing professionally. In 2012 Liv recieved her Diplomia of Modeling and Business of Modeling from the Model Academy and since has been involved in many photoshoots as well as had the opporunity to walk for L'Oreal. We have conducted a short interview with her.

What inspires you into this world of dance before the age of 14? How did you finally choose this dance genre/specialisation? 
It started as an after school thing once a week with one of my best friends, we wanted to do something and there was a little dance school everyone went to in our neighborhood so we began hip hop classes there. As soon as I started I loved it! I was horrible at it and it definitely wasn't a natural talent for me. Then the school closed down and I had just seen the musical Wicked and I fell in love with musical theatre and I moved to a dance school in the city and began working there to pay for my classes and I started doing 13 classes a week After school I would run to the train to get me into the city to make it to the first class of the night. Soon enough, I was improving and really getting the hang of it, I was then in classes that my teachers would take and I'd be dancing along side them. They were the people who inspired me the most, so it really made me work hard. I felt like I had to step up my game if I wanted to continue dancing with them.

At the World Hip Hop Championship, which was the most challenging or liberating move/technique to master? 
At most Hip Hop competitions you're dancing with a crew and I think that's even more challenging then dancing a solo, because you all rely on each other to put in the work so your crew can be the best it can be. So I think the hardest part about dancing at the Hip Hop Championships is synchronicity, allowing your crew to look as one, and making it effortless from every performer, that's a real talent within itself. When you see a crew dancing and each placement is so precise on each individual, it makes the whole picture incredible!

Martha Graham once said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul”, as a dancer from a young age, who do you think is the most soulful dancer? 
I have met so many soulful dancer in my life, from seeing them on stage in shows, to seeing the in classes. A dancer that really stands out to me is Judith Jamison, and her performance of Cry, choreographed by Alvin Ailey. Fortunately I had to study this dance in 12th grade so I really got to educate myself on the piece and the dance which made her performance even more powerful as I had the knowledge behind it all.

What advice would you give to another young dancer wanna-be? 
It would be to just stick to it. Dancing is something that takes a lot of time, you don't just wake up one day with a perfect extension and pointed toes, you really have to work at it and acknowledge that it is a process and allow that process to happen. I also believe it is very beneficial to train in as many styles of dance that you can, the more knowledgeable you have about dance overall impacts the quality you present overall

Other than dancing, what are your other hobbies and interests? 
I love singing and acting, I train in both those areas constantly. I love the arts and performing and will jump at any opportunity to perform, I also really love going to see shows. Traveling is something I also very much enjoy, there's so many places I want and hope I get to go too.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Maize Innovation

Kareem Maize is a 26 year old musician and information technology professional with a passion for learning new aspects of life everyday. He lives in Latrobe in Pennsylvania.

Which is the key life event that has shape your personal philosophy?
I found a spiritual teacher who helped me realize I could choose how I wanted this life to be for me ! - sorry if number was a bit vague.

What is your belief in life?
Anything is possible with the right belief system. Your dominant beliefs create your reality. Once you become aware of this you can change your own reality.

What is your opinion about time and patience, can one do without the other?
Time is our most valuable resource that we have so we should live life to the fullest and take as many risks as possible. Time can do without patience because I believe good things come to those who go out and make their dreams a reality.

How do you coach when someone is in deep emotional problems?
Help them to establish a reality where they can let go of their problems and essentially make them non existent by training their subconscious mind to let go of limiting beliefs. This includes writing down what they want , visualization , affirmations, and working with bi-nural beats.

Can you share with our readers, what is your favourite quotation. If our readers would like to read more about you, where can they find you?
"Confidence is having certainty in an uncertain world" - Kareem Maize You can find me at my website and my facebook if you would like to get to know me more!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Crimson Highway

Crimson Highway is a post apocalyptic tale of friendship and trust. - Where a virus decimates everyone over 19. The project is in a fundraising phase on indiegogo at the moment.

Where do you draw inspirations from for your film project Crimson Highway? Which is your favourite character in the film?
The insiration has come from a wide variety of film types but utilising the genre of post apocalyptic anime adventure.

What is your rationale behind this perk idea at the point of designing your indiegogo project? Thirsty for a little more?
We use the term thirsty as much of the journey is set in the Australian desert :) the updates and character updates are there for followers of set characters and even anime characters to show their development.

Do you have a pre-shoot video to show?
We have pre shoot release but will use these when we get ten or more backers

What kind of challenges do you anticipate?
Challenges right now are funding, location for the first 2 scenes and we need to cast 2 more children.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Deflowered Lyric

JJ Staples is the author of "Deflowered Lyric". As she explains her purpose is more than writing. 

"This is a movement to save our children from sexual abuse. I want to educate children and adults about this once forbidden subject that seems to be continually swept under the rug."

Is "Deflowered Lyric" your first book and how did you decide to name 'Lyric' in the title?
Yes Deflowered Lyric is my first book. It lived in my spirit for years and I have finally given birth to my baby, life and my purpose. The name Lyric came about because I start each chapter with a poem.

I named my baby, life and purpose Deflowered Lyric because Deflowered means; “to take away the virginity. 2. To destroy the innocence, integrity, or beauty of: ravage. Lyric means: poetry or blank verse intended to be set to music and sung. Thus coming up with the premise of the novel where the characters, as children had their innocence stolen. Their feelings are described in poetry form with the hopes that one-day they will be able to sing about “How They Got Over.”

If the story of this book were chosen to be movie, whom would you offer the lead role to act as the main character? What is/are the reason(s) for choosing this actress?
"When" this book is chosen to be a movie, (Speaking those things as if they are) I would offer the role to Tisha Campbell because she revealed at 3 years old an older man raped her. She has survived and understands that in order to move past such a devastating episode, one must first expose it, which releases the shame, next understand it was nothing they did wrong, which frees them from being a victim to being victorious and finally allow God to reveal his purpose in the tragedy, and then they will be able to make sense of a senseless act and crime.

“You can no longer be a victim, you have to be victorious at this point. You can’t play the victim because at this point, I’m not saying this to put you down or anything. What I’m saying is that he is winning, and you are allowing him to win. You are making a conscious decision to harm yourself, to hurt yourself and allow this person to still have dominion over your life. You can’t do that anymore.” 
Tisha Campbell

What is your story behind writing, what inspired you to write this fictional story about sexual abuse?
As a child of 3 or 4 a child 9 years older than myself molested me. I believe I was commanded to write this fictional story as a part of my purpose. I chose to make the book fictional in an effort to reach not only those who had experiences but others who were not victims of molestation, rape or incest, in an effort for us all to band together and stop this atrocity from happening to our children.

Do you plan to write a series of books related to this genre? If not, which other genre(s) will you like to explore writing on?
I do plan to write a second book from Deflowered Lyric as the ending of the first book suggest that a second book needs to follow to close up some loose ends that Deflowered Lyric purposely left open. From there I will explore other genres as the mood hits. However, my aim to keep my writing signature the same, that is to start each chapter with a poem no matter the genre. Poetry is my real passion.

There are very powerful articles' of true-life stories (on your website); one was even about a woman leading to arson charges. How are you affected by this kind of non-fiction? What do you wish you could do?
This type of non-fiction confirms the need for me to walk in my purpose as another child has been victimized and a parent has retaliated. There is a character in Deflowered Lyric that experiences the type of response. She tells of what it cost her and how she turned this negative into a positive. It also brings about a sense of urgency for me to begin speaking, educating and holding our Politicians responsible for laws that assures victims and families safety first then justice without humiliation.

Because the author believes in Deflowered Lyric and wants to share the story, she is offering on a free digital versions for the next few days. (August 25th-29th)

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