Interview With General Hospital’s Ryan Carnes

 

Ryan Carnes is very dedicated actor and was originally from Pittsfield, Illinois. He attended Duke University to pursue art and music but he found his desire in acting so he made his choice to reside in Los Angeles to begin his acting at General Hospital as Lucas Jones in 2004-2005.  Ryan played in many films and television in 2005-2014 after that General Hospital wanted him to replay his character as Lucas Jones.  See my interview with Ryan below:

How did you get into acting? And what interest you in working for General Hospital as an actor?

I took a few theatre classes at Duke University because I needed arts credits. I ended up doing a play and realized that acting was much more fun than anything else I was doing in school.  So I took a leave of absence after my sophomore year and moved to LA to begin.

With respect to GH, it’s such a fast-paced medium, and I’m forced to get better as an actor.  I have to learn lines more quickly, make character choices more quickly, and be very direct able.

I know you left GH (General Hospital) in 2005, What made you want to return to the show?

My experience on the show back in ’04 and ’05 was such a positive one that when the show called me back in 2013 to ask if I would reprise my role as Lucas Jones, I didn’t hesitate.  I knew that it would be a lot of fun, and that it would be like working with family all over again.

What is your favourite role you ever played?

Probably Chris Walker a.k.a. The Phantom for the SYFY channel.  It’s so much fun to play a superhero!  And right up there with that is the lead role that I had in a film I just completed last fall.  It’s called False Memory Syndrome, and it’s in post-production right now.

What was it like working with Parry Shen (Brad Cooper)? What did you learn from your character?

It’s been great working with Parry.  He’s a really great guy, with a great sense of humour.  His mind works in certain ways that mine doesn’t, and so I think we make a great team.  When it comes to doing certain things for the fans, Parry is really thoughtful and creative.

Who are the actors you really like working with?

I love working with Laura Wright, Will DeVry, Kelly Monaco, Jackie Zeiman and they are like my family, really. I’m fortunate to get to work with extremely talented family members. Oh, Maurice Bernard and Anthony Geary because they are both so unpredictable and present to whatever is happening in the moment.

When and why did you start playing music?

It was pure instinct. I started banging on things in the house when I was 2 years old.  My parents had the wisdom to get me a toy drum set when I was 3.  From there, I fell in love and was off to the races.

What was the first tune(s) you ever learned?

Ha-ha!  This is quite funny, actually.  When I first began taking drum lessons on a full drum kit, my teacher taught me the theme song to Beverly Hills 90210.  The original version of the show.  So there I sat in the living room of my parents house, banging away to that song whenever the show came on.

Do you perform in public or do you do music just for fun?

Well, I do music for fun, definitely. Because for me, music IS fun and I also perform in public.  Whenever my band has shows.

Which famous musicians do you admire? And why?

There are a lot of musicians I admire. There are so many and many. From the deceased ones like Roy Orbison and John Bonham to guys like Eddie Vedder.  Eddie is my absolute favourite.  He’s such a talented man, a true artist, who started out angsty and restless and has grown into a deep man with a beautiful soul.   Well, I suppose he always WAS a deep man with a beautiful soul.  But, as humans, life is a journey, and we grow and learn, and we grow out of old behaviours and grow into new ones with new perspective and new understanding of life.

What are your advice for the beginners who want to be an actor or musician?

Work on your craft.  And keep working on it.  Do not let yourself be defined by other people’s careers or the opinions of those around you.  Figure out who you are, what you want to say, how you want to contribute to society, and the world around you, and go from there.  It may take a long time to figure out who you are.  I’m still trying to figure it out!  But I certainly know more who I am, what I stand for, what I want to say, and how I want to contribute to the world than I did when I was 15 and 20 years old.

Thank you Ryan Carnes for taking the moment for interview.

You can watch Ryan Carnes at General Hospital on Global or ABC and you can find his official twitter  @RyanCarnes1

By: Carolyn Bulsink

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Interview With Celebrity Makeup Artist – Lyrica Wafer

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Hello Fellas,

A celebrity makeup artist – Lyrica Wafer and I had a great chat and I have learned so much about her work and I am very delighted to be part of an interview with her. Lyrica Wafer has always grew her passion into talent, she even pursued into acting, dancing and makeup artistry. She began to get into an acting when she was in high school and worked on sets as well. After college she majored into makeup artistry and modelling. She found herself into makeup and realized her makeup is her passion which her creativity shows her work.

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You can see my interview with Lyrica below:

Carolyn: When did you become a celebrity makeup artist?

Lyrica: I became a celebrity make up artist officially when I did makeup for celebrity recording artist Adina Howard in February 2013 but I have been doing makeup for models and a lot of people in the industry since 2010.

Carolyn: What are your favourite makeup products and what makeup do you suggest us to use?

Lyrica: My favourite products to use are eyeshadows and Shany Cosmetics. I would recommend that to anyone.

Carolyn: Are there any skin care products that you love? Brand names?

Lyrica: Some skin care products I would recommend is the MAC skin care line and Clean & Clear where you can find at any drugstore

Carolyn:  I have seen a lot of your profolio work on make up and they are certainly very gorgeous! Do you have any secret beauty tips?

Lyrica : Aww, thank you. My secret beauty tips? Well, when you take your picture make sure you are in front of a window with a natural light and having great skin under your makeup makes a great make up application.

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Carolyn:  What are the other talents have you used other than makeup artistry?

Lyrica: Other talents other than make up is that I love to write poetry.

Carolyn: Who have you worked with? Any celebrities that we know of?

Lyrica: I’ve worked with Adina Howard, Giselle Grayson, Steve Boi, Mary Beryman, Mikey Koffman and many more!

Carolyn: I’m curious, are you an actress as well and which famous celebrities do you really want to work with?

Lyrica: I have added before when I was in high school. I was on TV show called “7th Heaven” and a movie “Tears of the Sun” with Bruce Willis. I would really love to work with Dawn Richard, Danity Kane, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah,  and Tamar Braxton etc..

Carolyn: When your client comes to you to do their makeup, do you pick any ideas what their looks should be or does the client tell you what they want?

 Lyrica: I have always let my client tell me what they want. Most of the time they let me run free but I always like to see what style they are going for before I start.

Carolyn:  What are the most important aspects of being professional makeup?

Lyrica: The most important aspects go being a mua is sanitation and organization. Clean brushes and having organized kit is a must.

Carolyn: If anyone wants to be a makeup artist, what do you recommend him/or her to use and how to be successful?

 Lyrica: I would tell them to use the most affordable products they could get their hands on. Don’t spend too much money. Take the time and build your kit properly. I would recommend them to use drug store makeup and lots of pallets from Amazon. It could be useful, take advantage of social media, make sure to brand yourself well by making a website and investing in business cards

Carolyn: Thank you so much for allowing me to take the part of this interview!

Lyrica: Thank you for the interview

By: Carolyn Bulsink

 

 

My interview with Actor Brian Brummitt

Brian Brummitt has the talent and pursued into acting and he is inspiration to us. Brian Brummitt has been acting for 5 years and he has been acting for most of his life.  His appearance on TV series are Touched, The Office and How I Met Your Mother and he’s currently working on “Project Hollywood” as a supporting character. 

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I decided to interview him through Skype so here is my interview below:

Carolyn: I would like to thank you for allowing me to interview you and it is pleasure to meet you. So What made you want to be an actor? 

Brian: I think from a young age I wanted to dig more deeply into the truth of matters.

Carolyn:  How long have you been acting? 

Brian: I have been acting in L.A for the last five years, although I feel like I’ve been acting most of my life.

Carolyn: Have you ever played in a emotional scene and how do you feel?

Brian: Emotional scenes are challenging because it tests your ability to really make an intense situation become real in a created environment. I found playing characters allowed me to explore humanity in a way creatively that living a more structured lifestyle may not have permitted.

Carolyn: You were in 3 TV series – The Office, Touched and How I met your Mother? is this correct?

Brian: Yes, That is correct and Touched being the most recent.

Carolyn: What scenes did you play in each role?

 Brian: The Office – I was Angela’s boyfriend in Phillis wedding and that was a week long on location shoot.

Touched – Kiefer Sutherland was very cool. He was doing his role and directing the scene. It was my first opportunity to act opposite of a star like that. And it was surreal. The security guard role allowed the scene an objective as Kiefer needed to get into the building with authorization. So he crafts a way to make me think he is there to take a measurement in an office to deliver a painting.

See Brian’s clip on “Touched” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-BlF1MJfGs

How I met Your Mother – There was some featured bits. One was in the episode “The window”. It was a quick scene where Ted tries to meet this girl who is always in a relationship. And the moment when she becomes single (the window) he tries to meet her at her apartment. And I played a bit where I met him at the door to suggest she is already dating someone else.

Carolyn: This sounds funny so you act you dated her?  

Brian: This is correct. The actress name is Angela Garcia. The set was very welcoming and gracious for a such a small part.

Carolyn: What are the things most interest you in becoming an actor?

Brian: I must say that, I pursued the craft of acting in Los Angeles. There are opportunities to be placed on TV unlike anywhere else in the world. I feel like I am a constant student of the craft.

Carolyn: So you learned the different type of acting? Have you ever acted un a stunt episode?

Brian: I was paid for stunt work on a commercial for Guinness. We played a pretty tough game of basketball and the production company paid for that level of commitment.  I feel like dramatic stuff is more suitable for my personality. Although I recently played a character in a webseries called Project Hollywood. It was a stretch for me to place myself into the role of a Hollywood Producer of questionable moral etheric. But thats the character and the coaches always say “Don’t judge your character, just play them truthful”

That Series shot in 2012 and was brought to the internet in November of 2013. Recently, It was added to LAwebfest which is a film festival for web series in L.A so it will be cool to watch on the big screen.

Carolyn: Are you are a supporting producer?

Brian: I am a supporting character named David Dobson in Project Hollywood.

Carolyn: Where should the audience search your work? 

Brian: The internet. Thats where most everyone’s work is ending up, which is really cool because it allows for so many more opportunities.

Carolyn: What is your dream role on stage?

Brian: On Stage. I like Stanley from street car named Desire. And Matt McConaughey is gaining some really great recognition now too. Great actor.

Carolyn: Do you want to work with Matt McConaughey? 

Brian: I’d love to work with him. His show on true detective with woodt is epic television. On HBO I find myself trying up from the greats. Here is the link to a Q&A with him talking about which acting I found inspiring  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErT-I6-9Xf0

To be like that.. To be able to do what he does or any actor who has a mastery of theirt craft is truly a gift. I suspect if those that are reading this want to understand acting it would be a great resource. That is what I’d like to share for anyone wanting to be actors is that you must enjoy the process because the result. The “Movie Star” ambition is a false note in this business. The greats gets there because they love what they do then becomes lucky enough to be placed in an opportunity where people can enjoy the story that comes from it. As my career continue to unfold , I can only try my best to be as honest with myself as I can. To trust in the moment as it is happening and the rest in confidence thats it is enough for the  role I’m playing. A lot of actors starting out to “get it right”. And there is no right.

Carolyn: Thank you for your time and your patience to sit and answer all of my questions. 

By: Carolyn Busink