Chat with Tricia Mitchell

I had an amazing chat with Tricia Mitchell – an international model and TV host. She is down to earth and kind. It was great meeting her at the New York Motion Event last year.

My interview with Tricia below:

How long have you been a model?

I have been a fashion model for over ten years. I was discovered in Barbados at a young age and it kind of took off from there.

What interest you in becoming a tv host? What is your show called?

I love talking to people and being myself, and I have always had an interest in journalism. My show is about to go into production so mums the word right now.

What is your favourite place to eat?

Byblos Restaurant in Toronto, you can’t beat the Lamb.

I know you hosted events, are you going to be hosting events in the near future?

I hope so, it’s a lot of fun putting projects together.

Where do you like to travel for vacation?

I love going to Asia, totally fascinated by it. I also love Italy, Mexico and St.Barth.

What is your lifestyle like?

That depends on what I am doing. I am quite social, love going out, and at the same time, nothing beats my onsie, chilling and watching movies.

I know your schedule is tight and how do you manage to get things going?

Good question, I just do what I have to do. I try my best to make a schedule and stick to it.

Have you ever met any of your favourite celebrity?

Yes, Whoopi Goldberg is pretty amazing, and still waiting to meet Beyoncé.

Thank you, Tricia, for the opportunity to interview you!

You can check Tricia Mitchell’s website to know more about her on https://www.triciamitchellmedia.com and you can catch her show on YouTube or Facebook. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HMzrmIxbwZ4&feature=youtu.be

Follow Tricia Mitchell on Twitter @triciamitchell_ and tricia_mitchell_ on Instagram.

By: Carolyn Bulsink

Johnny Salib’s Taste In Being An Artist

  
Johnny Salib is an award winning actor, composer and theatre creator. He is also an artistic director for Sisyphean Productions known as a theatre company and runs a company called Queerdeer Media. Johnny appeared in some films/television roles and stage performance as well but very much into theatre production & music. I had the pleasure to interview Johnny Salib about his taste of music and being a true artist.

Carolyn: When did you first found your passion in being an artist?

JS: When I was younger I was really interested in writing and creating. I enjoyed manipulating words and creating pieces that would evoke emotions, whether it be for myself or for an audience. I started singing when I was around 9, writing music when I was around 13, and writing plays when I was around 20. So each step of my artistry was inspired at different times.

Carolyn: Can you describe how manipulate words are being used?

JS: Manipulating words to me would be making sure that sentences had a certain flow to them that’s smooth. More specifically to music. You have to fit a certain amount of syllables to a line and need to make sure that if you rhyme lyrics that the rhymes make sense and aren’t rhymes just for the sake of rhyming if that makes sense. I think manipulation is also using the right words. Some words are much more effective at conveying certain thoughts and you have to have to be very specific to make sure you’re giving off the right message with your work. For example, saying someone is unhappy versus distraught. They mean completely different things, but are often used as synonyms.

Carolyn: Amazing! I know you are multi-talented artist so which talents do you enjoy doing? IE: Singing, directing etc?

JS: Good question. I ask myself that every day. I’m fascinated with most art forms and have tried to dabble with as many as I can. I’d say the most common forms I use are music composition (incorporating voice, instrumentation and sound design) and theatre creation (including playwriting, directing and acting). I used to draw and paint a lot when I was younger though, but that sort of subsided when I went to college.

Carolyn: So you have some props for stage? 

JS: I don’t normally design props because I go about theatre in a simplistic manner, using as little as possible to allow the audiences imagination to do the work. Sometimes if a piece is bigger I hire on a designer to help me with that work.

Carolyn: Oh I understand. I was just reading your bio about your work, you must like Harry Potter and you got to play as Harry Potter. What was that like?
  

JS: Funny enough, at the time I never read a single Harry Potter book. I also have only seen the last two movies, so it’s really funny I was put into that role. Regardless, it was really interesting to me. I enjoyed the experience playing Harry Potter, especially because the story was a staple to so many around me. It was also exciting to me to dive into such a well known character without knowing anything and discovering his issues on my own without the influence of pop culture, media or my surroundings.

Carolyn: Can you tell me about best scene you ever played? How do you feel about that?

JS: Given the fact that it was a farce musical, I’d have to say the introduction of characters was the best I played. It’s hard to capture an audience’s attention and when doing this farce specifically comedic timing and character authenticity was important. I think I landed the character strongly, making sure to keep his serious characteristics while remaining goofy and comedic.

Carolyn: Absolutely! Have you ever played on television or film?

JS: For short films, I commonly get casted as serious characters who are dealing with abuse or breakups, I’ve done a few stunt heavy-non speaking roles and a number of LGBT related films where I’m either gay or bisexual. More recently I’ve started doing comedy in short films as well, apparently I can be funny? As for TV Operas, CBC used to have a night-time segment that featured operas such as Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fluude” which I was part of.

Carolyn: Wow. Do you like doing stunts?

JS: I love doing stunts! I actually would love to do more. As soon as I have the time, I’m going to go back to school to get higher certifications for them!

Carolyn: Is it like doing stunts like Fear Factor show? Or are there any certain kind of stunt you would like doing?

JS: I personally like more of the “combat” stunts. ie. being punched and kicked. I really love getting the crap kicked out of me.

Carolyn: Interesting. I know you are a singer, what are your favourite lyrics?

JS: Favourite lyrics that aren’t mine: “Waking up is knowing who you really are.” – Amy Lee of Evanescence. Favourite lyrics of mine: “It’s not that I love you, it’s that I want to be loved by someone like you.”

Carolyn: What would you want people to know about you if interested in becoming an artist?

JS: I’d definitely encourage artists to make their own path, specifically if you are a creator. Don’t wait for someone to hand you a job, make the job. I’ve been independent for years and love it. Yes, there is a higher risk, especially financially, but it’s worth it. You have all the control, you make your schedules, and you get to choose who you work with.
 

 Carolyn: That is a phenomenal advice for others and I would like to
thank you for your time to have an interview with me. 

Find Johnny Salib on Twitter at @_JSMusic and if you are interested in knowing more about him please visit his website at http://www.johnnysalib.com

By: Carolyn Bulsink

My Day With TV Host Dyonne Lewis

Hello Fellas,

Just wanted to mention – I was being interviewed by TV Host Dyonne Lewis regarding to my life story.

She did ask me very interesting questions that I could answer her about my life – what I went through with my life as a multi-talented person and being an hearing impaired. I told her I am so glad that she’s wonderful interviewer and that she’s very patient person. We had an interesting conversation and this went on for hours and I felt like she wanted to know more and more.

Please standby for interview coming up on http://www.dyonnelewis.com – very soon!!!

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By: Carolyn Bulsink

My Exclusive Interview With Fashion Designer

Here is my exclusive interview with Fashion Designer’s Adria. She is very down on earth individual. I am very delighted to speak with her via email and she is just amazing at what she does in life as a fashion designer. She knew she wanted to be one at a very young age and sew clothes as a child. I’m amazed that she loves slippers and so do I. I liked the idea of keeping my feet warm, even though I should own one. As matter of fact, I never owned or purchased slippers – I am always on the go and always out. I am never in the house so I find myself seeing that she creates slippers and loved the quality of them.

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Carolyn: Can you tell me about yourself as a designer, how did you discover yourself into fashion industry?

Adria: I’ve always had a love of fashion! I learned to sew as a child & like to make my own additions to my clothes. I still make little additions to my clothes nowadays.

Technically I started out in the retail industry owning boutique locations. I got my feet wet in 2007 by designing for one of my vendors. It was such a great experience and I was invited to design whenever. Eventually, it became my occupation and I couldn’t have a better one!

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Ciccibella’s Wardhouse

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Carolyn: How does your clients treat you as a fashion designer?

Adria: I guess I don’t really run around saying I’m a/the designer. I think most are amazed at how hands on I am in so many facets of my business. The designing is by far my favorite part.

When I do talk about my designs I get many compliments. So many times they are duplicated…which is the sincerest form of flattery…I guess.

Carolyn: Your Logo name is so cute and it reminds me of Cinderella, What made you come up with that name Cicciabella?

Adria: Cicciabella is an Italian term of endearment for “pretty little one.” The original owners, the ones I designed for in 2007, are Italian. Such amazing sweet people that I adore!!

Carolyn: What are your favourite fabrics to work on?

Adria: I have to admit I love silk brocades and any lux fabric with just a hint of sparkle!

Of course we use a lot of suede’s and cotton blends for embroidery. Those might actually be my favorites because then it’s our design and nobody can duplicate exactly.

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Cicciabella at the Fashion Market

Carolyn: How long does it usually take you to construct a piece of a slipper?

Adria: Well, if I’ve made the drawing, bought the fabric and deliver it to the factory it’s a matter of days (sometimes hours). The entire process can take a while or be fast depending on how fast inspiration hits. Usually it happens pretty fast. I looove that part!

Carolyn: Do you travel and promote your products internationally or just in the single location?

Adria: I travel internationally to make the products but not to sell them.

We are wholesalers so we sell to many boutiques that retail our products. We do have interest overseas in our products but generally sell within the United States primarily due to shipping costs (our warehouse is in the states).

Carolyn: What are some of your favourite clothing stores? Or an online clothing store?

Adria: Mmm. Mmm Mmm! I’m a huge sucker for Robert Rodriquez clothing. I don’t suggest you look right now because it will hurt your wallet like it does mine! 😉

Carolyn: Where do you like to shop to purchase fashion patterns?

Adria: There are several favorite fabric markets that I go to in Shanghai. I typically travel there twice a year and spend many days perusing ALL the fabrics.

Carolyn: Are you going to promote different products in the future than just slippers itself?

Adria: Cicciabella has eye masks, bags, socks and some other items. For sure our main item is indoor/outdoor slippers. I’m sure we will venture to try new things as we are struck by inspiration.

You can check Adria’s work at www.cicciabella.com/gallery and you could even shop online on her website!

By: Carolyn Bulsink

 

 

All About New York City ‘s Singer Natalie Gelman

Hi everyone,

I would like to introduce you to Singer Natalie Gelman. She is a very talented singer and loved one of her songs “Laugh So Hard, You Cry” melted my heart and it reminds me of an extreme love. I’m going to provide one of her song for you all to listen/read her song “Laugh So Hard, You Cry”

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 I have also interviewed her and she is extremely down to earth, and very friendly when I chat with her so you can see my interview below:

So you are originally from NYC and when did you create your first debut?

I am, born and raised, which everyone always says is rare. My first album came out in 2006 – it was self-titled and features 9 songs. It was recorded with friends over about half a year.

which lyrics are most popular that fans love?

That’s so hard to say. I have people request songs that were on the releases I put out before my debut – some of the first songs I ever wrote. I see flaws in them but I think there’s something to be said for the purity of them that connects with people. On my new record, Most the While has a lot of lyrics people gravitate to as well as Long Stemmed Roses. Both of those are about an inner strength in an experience of love that is not always perfect or healthy but more real. I think the new songs I’m writing are really connecting too. There’s a song called Some People and another called The Answer that are simple and honest. Lyrics are so important to me and I work really hard on them – making sure I’m being clear and saying exactly what I mean to. It seems to be working on these new ones because people have been asking about them at my live shows. 

There are two lyrics that I love “Laugh So Hard You Cry” and Most The While”, Can you describe what these lyrics express about?

Thank you! I was really excited about both of those when I wrote them. Laugh So Hard You Cry, is about life… the ups and downs and self-commitment to keep doing whatever it takes to live a full life. I think as we go through life and get our hearts broken – by lovers, our families or even ourselves as dreams or expectations fall short – we get chips on our shoulders and broken hearts that prevent us from going back at it with an open heart the next day so we don’t have to go through it again and be hurt. But you have to keep open to possibilities – closing your self off to experiences in life is self-sabotage. Some of the lyrics I’m most proud of in all my work are in that song: “Life goes round with or without all the things we care about, maybe there’s really nothing to figure out.” Both bridges have some powerful lyrics about that point too with lyric repetition driving it home in the song: “Give your love away for all your days but you don’t know if things will stay ‘til you turn grey and all that’s left of your heart is ashes and stone” and “Cry away your tears ‘til all your fears have come and gone and you can say it will be okay when all is said and done”  As you can see I’m great at writing run-on sentences… I like how it leaves the lyric more open to interpretation for whatever the listener needs it to be. I wrote Most the While about how I sometimes feel on the road and doing what I do. It’s extremely fulfilling most days and I can’t imagine doing anything else but it’s made for some serious isolation and over the years I’ve become even more independent then I was growing up which I’m not always sure is a good thing.  I wrote that song completely as therapy and cried for hours writing it… I was in a strange place in a relationship I was in at the time too – starting to wonder if it was really going where I had originally thought it was. I think that found it’s way into the song in a way as I look back now. So many people think it’s just a love song and maybe in a way it was or maybe that’s just what then need it to be. I dedicate Most the While at a lot of my shows to anyone doing something against the grain. It’s not always popular and you don’t always have the support of family to do the right thing because they aren’t sure what you’re doing and it challenges their way of life and their identity. That clouded my judgment while also deepening my dependence on things I wasn’t sure were healthy for me anymore. When I had a sudden awareness of the rose colored glasses… I wrote Most the While. I think it’s my peace with my dependence on the vice of my art and what I’ve chosen to do with my life for better or worse.

How many time have you gone on the tour around the world? 

I’m constantly touring – been playing shows since the early 2000’s and a fulltime musician which really means fulltime touring musician since 2009. I haven’t done many shows abroad – when I have they have always been part of my travels or study abroad. I’m actually planning my first real overseas tour for next year and hoping to branch into Canada and Mexico soon too.

What do you literally see yourself in 5 years?

I actually try not to think that far ahead anymore. I’ve always been so future focused and goal oriented and I’m trying to do something different.  Still, I’m working really hard day to day and always enjoy looking back and seeing how far I’ve come in even just a few months to a year. I would love to be touring still and have songs out that people really love. I would like to get some other people singing my songs too and of course having grown up in NYC it’s one of my dreams to play Madison Square Garden one day!

Who is your favourite musician/singer?

I have a few. My favorite is Patty Griffin. She is a very under-appreciated artist and songwriter. Paulo Nutuni and Bruno Mars are other favorites. It’s a dream of mine to cowrite a song with any of them.

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Where are your favourite spot to sing? Indoor or outdoor? 

I love playing House of Blues venues – always really nice to work with the team at those venues. They have a great vibe going with the folk art and atmosphere they create. I’ve done some backstage videos at them that are up on Youtube. Besides that traditional venue my favorite place to sing lately is actually a house concert. It’s such a nice way to connect with people and share songs in an intimate setting.

On the appearance on any festivals, What song did you sing for many fans?

The most people I’ve sung in front of has been the National Anthem in front of about 17,000 people. I grew up singing opera and classical music which I performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC – I’m not sure how many that famous venue seats but it was a packed house and I had a solo with my choir there at age 12 and again 16. For my own music I think the most people I’ve performed in front of at any given time is 1200.

There are millions of people watching/listening to your music and wanting to be like you, what do you advise them to do?

That’s really flattering. I think the best advice I have is to do your best everyday and not be your own enemy. We get in our own way a lot, especially creative times. I’m guilty of this myself! Even by taking on more then I can do well I’m setting myself up to feel bad when I can’t get to ‘complete’. If you are choosing to be an artist or do something creative in life I think it’s really important to find some kind of support system and develop a way of getting past the critics and useless advice. I don’t have a thick skin but I have a way of wrapping my head around most critiques and thoughtless comments so I can just move on and get on with the next thing. I listen to see if there is some validity or if I’ve heard something like that before and decide if I want to act on it or put that comment in the back of my mind as something I may want to work on. Most of the time critiques are thoughtless and about the critic and their audience – not you and your art. So, even if it’s hurt my feelings I’ve learned to think through it by asking myself if it’s really going to matter in a while or change what I’m doing. If the answer is no, that won’t matter in 5 years, months, weeks or days then it’s not even worth 5 minutes of my time to worry about it.

Thank you Natalie for taking your time and your consideration to answer all!  We will leave you with an video and lyrics on my next post and enjoy yourself!

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

 

Looking Back At Carolyn’s Media Highlights in 2013

Fellas,

This year of 2013 soon to be over in a couple of days and I would like to share my work I have done in 2013.  I wish you all have a very happy new year and I want to send my warm blessing for whatever you do in 2014.  I will be working closely with media more often in he new year!

Happy New Year!!!!

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My interview with Canadian celebrity Theresa Longo back in Oct.

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Red Carpet with Evening With The Stars

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My interview with an artist Richard Blunt

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An Evening With The Stars With DTEFLON and An Emmy Winning Award’s Jeff Branson

 

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Model Zlatina Tileva’s Modelling interview Below:

1) When did you find yourself being in the modelling industry?  On and off. It’s been a couple of years.

2) What are things you love about modelling?  The people I get to meet, the stories we get to share, the clothes I get to wear, the food we get to eat!

3) If you got into acting audition, would you go for acting or just modelling? I would definitely do both – so fun!

4) I hear you were on Global News about your modelling, What is it all about? Zlatina was doing a modelling and her designer was being interviewed by Rosey Edeh.

5) What are the most memorable moment in your career? All the people that I’ve met with whom I’m now friends with. 

6) How do you feel when you did your first photo shoot or fashion show? I was super excited!

7 If you were not modelling, what are other profession would you be doing? Hmmm… I have never thought about that. I never had a plan B. I stuck with plan A and I find sometimes you just have to in order for it to manifest into reality! 

 How do you cope under the pressure of being a model?  I stay true to myself – if I do that then there’s no pressure.

9) What beauty tips do you swear by?  I like using natural products!

10) If anyone who wants to be a model, what should they do to achieve this?  If you want it, do it! 

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Interview with Alicia Lara posted on Carolyn’s Entertainment Page on Facebook

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Interview with Stayce Branche posted on Carolyn Entertainment Page on Facebook

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Carolyn’s Photoshoot #1

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Photoshoot #2

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My Fav friend Danielle

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Interview with Stacy-Ann will be posted on here very soon!

Enjoy!

Happy 2014!

By: Carolyn Bulsink