Bobbi Kristina Tragedy

6 Feb
Credit People Magazine

Credit People Magazine

It was a very heart-wrenching 46th birthday for Bobby Brown, sitting in his daughter’s hospital room bedside as she lay in a medically induced coma following a traumatic incident.

Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina ( 21) was found unconscious lying face down in the bathtub of her suburban Georgia home she shares with husband Nick Gordon on January 31. According to reports, a friend of the couple Maxwell Lomas was visiting and had gone to find Bobbi when an Xfinity cable man at the had questions that Lomas was unsure on how to answer. Upon looking for Bobbi Kristina, he found her in her bathtub unconscious and called 911.

Currently, Bobbi Kristina remains in a coma at the Emory University Hospital while investigators try to sort out the facts-down to even if Bobbi Kristina and her husband Nick were legally married and how long she was unconscious. Police had been at her home just days before on January 23rd, however it is currently being regarded as unrelated.

Bobby Brown has spoken out regarding the tragedy, issuing a brief statement:”We continue to request privacy in this matter. Please allow for our family to deal with this matter and give Bobbi Kristina the love and support she needs at this time,” Brown says. On the matter of reports that it was foul play by the husband: “If we issued a statement every time the media published a false report regarding this matter, that’s all we would be doing 24 hours a day. This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place.”

Why Boston Had A Crazier Wednesday Than You

5 Feb
Credit Boston Duck Tours

Credit Boston Duck Tours

After the New England Patriots took home the trophy on Sunday, we all knew it was coming: Mayor Marty Walsh was, despite the massive amounts of snow, going to give us a parade. While he warned us with caution to stay off the snowbanks and try to take the T, Mayor Walsh must have known that Bostonians really weren’t that concerned with anything more than a glimpse of our champions.

Naturally, Gronk delivered nothing short of a fiesta as he shotgunned beers leaning out the window of his duck boat as a pre-game for twerking atop the glorious chariot in a minion hat. Hard to top? Not really. For once the party boy had competition with Julian Edelman, who was caught by Boston Duck Tours taking a bottle to the face before even hitting the rally route. Edelman even stripped off his handsome sweater and stole Gronk’s move to spike it, ignoring the snow altogether. You would think with all of this going on that Brady might join in the festivities and join the team, but fortunately for Gisele he was far too busy cuddling the best looking baby in all of Boston: his own. (Check out this adorable photo!)

Following the parade, us Bostonians managed to get a few hours off to eat, sleep and recover before we started to head out to Royale to party with Lil’ Jon (who almost seemed like he had no idea what to make of us). Can we blame him? There we were, plowing through snowbanks blaring “Turn Down For What” in the middle of the day. By night, girls were rocking skirts and stilettos with weather in the mid-twenties trying to grasp one last victory party via one of Boston’s hottest nightclubs-with, of course, a Patriots pin on somewhere (hey, Pats gear meant $10 entry). We impressed Lil’ Jon. That says something.

So, how was your casual Wednesday?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Latest Win: Emmalyn Cast As Lara in “Buying Boquets”!

24 Jan

The Emerson film, directed by Evan Yee is best described as the story of a “disillusioned ‘romantic’ trying to win back his ex-girlfriend by performing clichéd grand gestures of love”.  To help support this film, you can visit their Kickstarter campaign here: 

What’s New For 2015!

22 Jan
5

Emmalyn as “Jess” (Lost In Love: Quest For Silver Linings)

As some of you may know from my newsletter, 2015 for me started off with several fantastic accomplishments! The first was the wrapping of my most recently completed film, Lost In Love (Dir. Arsen Bortnik/Alex Pires). The dramedy, currently in post-production, features myself in the role of “Jess” and can be found on IMDB here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4311062/?ref_=nm_ov_bio_lk1.

10744141_10154693925140364_946725736_o

Emmalyn as “May” (Point Society)

In addition, I patiently await the release of Point Society (Dir. Jack Skyyler/Beth Konrad Brown) in which I played the role of “May”. This comic transformed to film is a dark, twisted thriller just bursting with talent and ready to hit the screens. This project is currently in post-production, and can be found on IMDB here: http://http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3524810/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1.

More recently, I’ve been thrilled to work with Chris Teebo Productions to shoot a commercial for Gracie Fitness. Located in Hyannis, MA, it was such a pleasure for me to be able to film right at home on Cape Cod-it’s not often I can call Mom and grab a coffee after a shoot!

Yet perhaps the most exciting recent event is the addition of my new talent manager Robert Capron to the team! Bob has been a fantastic mentor and guide for me in this short time we’ve known each other, and I look forward to investing in the growth of our partnership as I put effort forth to advance my acting career in 2015. One of my first steps was to enroll in Boston’s Improv Asylum classes under the instruction of Christine Cuddy, and let me tell you my Tuesday nights just got a whole lot funnier!

Of course, if you receive my newsletters, you already know all of this. To be included, please fill out the contact form under my CONTACT page and you will be submitted to the list (Newsletters are sent on a quarterly basis, and are a great way to stay up to date with what’s new in my world).

 

Who is Louie Bello?

12 Jan

louie1When I first came across Louie Bello on Facebook, I had no idea who this guy was. Sure, his name had a great ring to it and his profile picture looked like a pop star, but who really IS Louie Bello? In scouting for my next interview for my blog, I decided to find out. It was one of the better decisions I’ve made.

To get a feel for Bello’s musical talent, I would suggest that any newcomer to Louie Bello’s sound start by watching his latest music video, “Shotgun” (dir. by Ken Schmidt). Not only is it extremely well done in offering a carefree, Sunday-afternoon with the top down theme song, the track was also nominated for the 2013 Hollywood Music Media Award. When asked how that felt for him to be nominated for such a prestigious award, the handsome singer/songwriter was nothing if not humble. “They really made you feel nominated,” he explained, describing the feel of the red carpet and appreciation for his work all around.

Naturally, you’d think from watching the video that the song might be a love ballad about a past romance; a distant memory Bello was trying to recreate. Yet it goes to show just how talented Bello is when he casually described his whole inspiration for the song-the mere idea of someone calling “Shotgun”. “I remembered that from when we were kids,” he chuckled, thinking of the mere idea that has since become a masterpiece.

Small ideas sparking brilliant creative pieces is nothing new to the songwriter, however. Bello thought he struck gold when he signed a deal with Sony Records, writing for Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) and Aubrey Oday (Dannity Kane) several years ago. A friend was working with Kevin of the Backstreet Boys when he helped Louie in making the connection with Sony- one Bello now realizes was not necessary for his success. “I really thought I was going to have more things handed to me just by being signed,” he confessed, reflecting on what he’s learned over the years as a songwriter. “Then I realized, that wasn’t the case.” Despite his lesson, Bello insists the deal with Sony did not end with any bitter feelings, and the two have simply drifted apart over time.

Credit Dawn Kingston

Credit Dawn Kingston

For the moment, Bello explains he’s not exactly looking to jump into a new record deal after Sony. “At this point in my life, I’m in what I like to call the fan acquisition stage,” he explains. “Getting a record deal isn’t as important to me as my fan base.” The fan base that Bello has built is quite substantial-with nearly 2,000 likes on Facebook and 98,000 views on his “Chasing Rainbows” video, the singer/songwriter doesn’t let them ever leave his mind and knows that a strong fan base could be useful to him when the day comes for him to sign with the right label.

Despite the heartthrob image and killer talent, Louie also takes time out to offer his talents back to the community as Music Director for Sumner Elementary School in Boston. “I watched my father giving back to the community coaching youth hockey when I was a kid, and it made me want to do the same thing,” said Bello. He even decided to take his classes one step further by getting involved in Ernie Boch’s Music Drives Us program, assisting the Sumner Elementary School in becoming a two time recipient of awards resulting in a keyboard lab.

Yet the most important child in Louie Bello’s life would have to be his very own daughter. Seemingly on queue as I switched gears into asking how difficult it was to balance his personal and professional lives in such a demanding industry, a little girl’s voice was heard in the background. It became evident that Louie leads a busy life when I realized that throughout the duration of our phone interview, he had also been making mac and cheese with vegetables for his daughter. “It’s always about my two biggest passions,” he explains, of family and music. “It’s about balancing which meetings are important, and which ones you can kind of put off,” he says, with second phone ringing in the background. “Your family has to be very supportive of you-and I’m lucky, mine is. I wanted to support them by doing what I love.”

Bello says one thing he loves the most about being an artist is performing, and his connection with his fans. This might explain why, despite having a full-time job and a family to raise, the singer has miraculously found time to perform across the nation in California, New York, Florida, and all over New England this coming month (and that’s not even considered a tour). ” We tested different markets to see where we get the most bang for our buck to build off a fan base. The East Coast is my core fan base, so I may do a show in Philly or Washington D.C.. I love live shows more than anything.”

I didn’t know if I dare asked with so much already on his plate, but just to give fans something to look forward to I thought I’d find out what’s in the works currently for the singer. Not only is Louie Bello scheduled to perform in the South By Southwest concert in March, but fans can keep an eye out for not one, but two more music videos for “Talk About It” and “Take The Money”.

Which Bride Did It Better: Kaley Cuoco vs. Lacey Chabert

3 Jan

Okay- I know what you’re thinking.  “Wait..Lacey Chabert is married? Like, Gretchen Weiners?”

Yes, it is the girl you think I’m talking about, and you probably heard nothing about it because she didn’t tell anyone unless they made the guest list. Smart move on her part for a quiet, intimate wedding-the complete opposite of the one her pal Kaley Cuoco just put on. Not only are there no photos of a wedding cake, location or star-studded guest list(minus Kaley Cuoco, perhaps returning the favor)..she hasn’t even told us who she married! The only hint came under a caption of a photo with her and her maid of honor, her sister Crissy. “I’m starting 2014 as a Mrs! Over the holidays, my best friend & love of my life…we became husband & wife!” At first, one might think the quiet, post-holidays marriage was planned to avoid stealing shine from Cuoco’s obviously lavish event-but to not even mention who the lucky man is certainly is raising some eyebrows.

Regardless, Chabert sure did seem to have a good time at Kaley Cuoco & Ryan Sweeting’s New Year’s Eve nuptials, posting pictures on Twitter about the event. “Congratulations dear @kaleycuoco 💗 last night was magical!!!!” Also in attendance at the Big Bang Theory star’s wedding were Ali Fedotowsky and her boyfriend Kevin Manno, who recently gushed details to Guliana Rancic. The ball, held at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in California, was a fire and ice theme (Revenge, anyone?) mixed with a princess fairytale. When asked about the cake, Ali lit up to Guiliana. “It was a chandelier—a chandelier hanging, just imagine,” she says of the upside-down cake hanging from the ceiling.

Now, on to the dress debate: the one photo we have from Chabert’s wedding is one of her in a white, sparkly strapless number. Cuoco? Bending the trend of a bride wearing white, the new Mrs. Sweeting wore a light pink gown to her wedding accented with a simple string of pearls. The groom donned an all black number, adding a flash of color with a bright red watch.

More details are likely to come flowing out within the next few weeks-personally, I’m really looking forward to finding out who that groom is!140102093526-kaley-cuoco-wedding-dance-story-top chabert

 

 

Selena Gomez Tour: CANCELLED

20 Dec

selenaSelena Gomez broke some pretty startling news last night for fans in Asia & Australia, cancelling a whopping thirteen shows from her “Stars Dance” tour and disappointing thousands worldwide. All sales will be refunded to fans for each of the cancelled shows.

“I need to spend some time on myself,” the starlet said, explaining that her fans are so important to her. “It has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.” Well said, Selena, well said.

This couldn’t have been an easy decision for the star, cancelling an entire leg of her first world tour that she had once been so excited about, equating it to a “giant rave”. However, after being in the midst of performing and meet & greets at Z100’s “Jingle Ball” in New York and L.A., the young star went makeup-less following her statement to a friend’s house in L.A.. Gomez definitely may have needed to blow off some steam, between the rumors of her dissing Beiber’s music video vixen and the disaster at her Dec. 6th show. During her L.A. performance, Gomez ran into sound issues on stage, causing her some pretty serious frustration (and embarrassment). “F***! Sorry, the sound isn’t working…I promise, a lot cooler people are going to come out tonight.” (Can’t help but wonder who’s getting fired for that one.)

Don’t expect this break to be any form of hiatus, though: Gomez still plans to continue to do appearances and other light work.

Hats off to the young Selena for knowing when to take a break!

How The Stars Are Spending NYE 2014

17 Dec

Still looking to lock in those New Year’s Eve plans? While I can’t help you pick the perfect bottle of champagne or find you that smokin’ hottie just in time for the ball drop, I can tell you where some of Hollywood’s most hard-core partiers will be ringing in the new year-if you’re brave enough to join them.

 

Photo Credit: L.A. Times

Photo Credit: L.A. Times

Miley Cyrus: Hopefully, the panty-dropping, joint-lighting “We Can’t Stop” singer won’t bring a wrecking ball to New York’s biggest event of the year! The 21-year-old saw a great opportunity and snagged it when Ryan Seacrest asked her to perform for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2014, saying, “Ok, I’m in.” The pop star immediately cancelled her previously booked event in Miami, trading palm trees for street lights at the most well-known NYE party there is. Also in attendance for the big bash: Anderson Cooper & Kathy Griffin will team up once again to present CNN’s New Year’s Eve.

Cooper Hefner: Heir to the Playboy throne, any event surrounding Cooper Hefner is sure to be worth the ticket price! This year, Cooper Hefner is going back to an old favorite annual event at the Playboy Club London. The Mayfair event cost? $243 US dollars ($150 pounds) to enter his bash at the Baroque lounge,  and a cheap $97 lets you into the neighboring Salvatore’s Bar at the Club. Both events are open to both members and non-members, so feel free to cough up the cash and drop in.

Paris Hilton- Almost the queen of having a good time, it’s pretty much a guarantee that wherever Paris goes, the party will be. This year, the heiress has chosen HYDE Bellagio in Las Vegas as the place to be for the ball drop. The venue promises that, for $250, not only will you get to witness Paris’ renowned DJing skills at work, but also other celebrity drop-ins and the best views for Vegas’ annual firework show. 

Demi Lovato- The pop star seems to be skipping out on the states this year, instead performing at Queen Victoria Park of Niagra Falls in Canada. She will be singing alongside Serena Ryder and the Sam Robert’s band for the outdoor celebration. Don’t expect the event to be as lavish as most A-lister’s, though-admission to this party has the best price around. It’s FREE! nye-lineup

Bruno Mars- Here’s to hoping Bruno Mars doesn’t take his own music too seriously! The “Marry You” singer won’t be far from Paris Hilton this year for a performance of his own at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (note: one of my personal favorite places on Earth). Tickets, starting at $150, grant access to The Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan.

So, how do your plans stack up against those of the stars? It’s still not too late to book that last minute flight and join them!

 

 

Get to Know Early Adopted

12 Dec

mikeWhen Mike Dunphy (aka “Early Adopted”) walked into Marc Anthony’s of Wareham for an interview with us, he didn’t look any different from any other regular at the well-known pizza joint. “What’s up, how are you?” he asked, shaking my hand with a confident and bright smile. Down to earth, outgoing and friendly, the rap artist was far from the norm: he wasn’t self-obsessed, wasn’t flashy, but definitely wasn’t camera shy. The minute that record light came on and he started talking about his passion, it was easy to see there was more to Mike than just being another Wareham kid in Marc Anthony’s.

I sat down with Mike for a good forty-five minutes, picking his brain. Take a look at what’s inside..

 

Emmalyn: So Mike, tell me where your stage name, Early Adopted, came from.

Mike: Early Adopted is actually just a spinoff of the term early adopter, which is a trendsetter. It’s pertaining to being ahead of the curve in terms of music.

You grew up in Wareham. What was it like for you having such a big dream in such a small town?

I don’t know if I ever really thought about it. I think just my drive I had..a lot of kids stopped doing it and I just really kinda fell in love with it. And I don’t know if that matters where you’re from, I’d probably be doing it wherever I was at. It started as a fun thing, and people started to catch on and actually enjoy what I was making so I kept doing it. There’s nothing too exciting going on around here.

Have you received a lot of criticism for choosing to take this on as a career?

Yeah, more from my mom (laughs). Criticism, yeah, I think when anyone tries to do something out of the ordinary it’s inevitable that people are going to talk about that. I don’t know if it’s a sense of jealousy that those people didn’t pursue something that they really loved or wanted to do and were nervous to do it. A lot of it is indirect I’d say, I feel like I have a good intuition of what people are saying behind my back, and it’s okay; I’ve accepted that. I’m really happy where I’m at now in my life and especially with the music, it’s really progressing. I was told that if you’re doing the right thing as an artist and being creative, people are going to talk about you. It’s a good sign of progression.

Your latest album, No Thank You Myla, is coming out on December 14th. What was your inspiration behind the name of that album?

Part of it is because the name Myla to me is a nice name. The album is loosely based on a relationship that I’ve had with a woman, and Myla is not that girl. Myla is a 2 year old that the woman that I’m speaking of was a nanny for. She was a really sweet little girl, and I used to go visit them in the city when she was working nannying. My friend, the woman I’m talking about was very nice and soft spoken and she used to always say to Myla if she was misbehaving, “No thank you, Myla”. As in, “Don’t do that.” I guess in short the album title at least is a tribute to that way of thinking and positivity rather than when people yell at kids. It became something that we would say, and I thought it was catchy.

So how do you think that this album is different than Let’s Be Honest or Chilling Will Kill You?

I tried to make this album like my first one, Let’s Be Honest in terms of production. It’s got a real 90’s, east coast basement type feel with the production and beats. I feel like people for whatever reason responded better to that album, so I tried to take it back to that. When that first album came out, I feel like maybe I couldn’t even rap or wasn’t anywhere near where I’m at now.  As far as subject matter goes, some of the songs I wrote for Chilling Will Kill You but I wanted to wait on it. There’s a lot of stuff that’s on the new ablum that was during a very hard time in my life, so there’s a lot of real, maybe darker songs. The album is actually pretty dark overall. The difference there too is that I recorded this all in my house- Let’s Be Honest I went to the studio, and since then I’ve learned that you don’t have to do that if you know what you’re doing. I do it all in my house now, and it’s the same quality. I have an engineer that mixes everything. It’s more organic, you’re not rushed-I’m in my bedroom in basketball shorts and I can drink a coffee with my shoes off and take my time to do it, rather than when I’m in a studio, I’m like, I paid $60 bucks for this and I’m rushing, I’ve gotta get out of there. So it’s definitely more of an organic feel.

You said some of the songs on this album are a little bit darker. Is there any specific song on this album that means the most to you?

They all mean a great deal to me. I tried to explain to someone the other day there’s no real concept to the album, other than the realationship loosely tied in.  It took over two years to make this album, and had a surplus of songs that I cut out. That was the first time that’s ever happened, and I really hand chose everything to make sure that it’s appropriate for this. Whatever has happened in the past two years of my life, I’d like to think that it’s all encompassed in this project. There is one song that stands out in my mind, it was probably the hardest song for me to make because it just became okay for me to talk about. And it’s not going to sound as serious to anyone as what it was to me, but there’s a song on there called “The Lottery” where I thought that I won the lottery off of scratch tickets, and I didn’t. That was the last song I wrote because it was so hard to do because of the range of emotions. You think you’re at the top of the world, then it’s just gone not to mention the embarrassment you feel.

What kind of major struggles have you run into in the production of this album?

Just recording an album alone is tedious. But I think I tried this time around to really not rush it. I’ve made mistakes in the past where I rushed the project and set a release date where it’s not even ready yet. It’s funny, I think I’ll always run into problems. I tried to set it five months in advance where I thought it was ready. Two days ago, it still wasn’t ready. I think a part of that has to do with just me being an artist. Anyone that makes art knows that whether it’s subconscious or not, letting it go and putting it out in the universe, finding that balance of is it really ready, is it time to let it go is a constant struggle. You always run into snags when you’re working with other people and engineers, you’re working on other poeples’ schedules sometimes but you know I’d like to think that I learned from my mistakes in the past. This one went relatively smoothly.

For example, you had some of your fan merchandise stolen.

Yeah, I just did a show. That was tough because I didn’t get paid for the show-which is fine, they were friends of mine and I was thankful enough to even be there. But I just got my T-shirts, I’d never even had T-shirts before and I had two designs and I was pumped and I put them out. It’s my fault, I should have been sitting there or had somebody sit there, but yeah I came back after my set and no one was at the merch table and someone just took a cd and the two t-shirts.

Were you flattered by it, or more disappointed?

I wasn’t furious but I was a little mad at first. Then I thought about it and I was like well if they wear it, that’s cool. It’s just no one has those t-shirts yet, so I wonder if I see him should I approach him? Just be like, “Hey man, you owe me 10 bucks”..or just shake their hand, I don’t know which one I would do. I guess it is flattering a little bit.

Switching gears here, I want to talk a little more about your first tour coming up in January. You funded the whole thing through Kickstarter. How did you come up with the idea to use that?

Well, I’ve seen a lot of my friends that are musicians have done it and they’ve been successful, but it was kind of out of desperation in a way. There’s no way I could tour without these peoples’ help, there’s no way I could have pressed a thousand copies of this album by myself and now all those things have happened. The first album I had to work at a grocery store for six months to come up with it at $8 an hour, paying rent, you know everyone’s got bills and we try to do this and it’s all out of pocket. Sometimes people need help, and I definitely needed help. The hardest part was getting over the fact that you are essentially begging people for money. You talk about criticism, there’s criticism there, people were saying, “Mike’s asking for money, what?” Some people don’t like that, but I had to get over that obstacle of just overcoming that thought process and then the fact of maybe failing. I didn’t really even think or know that it was going to get funded. Luckily it did, and I’m super thankful and can’t help but be inspired by how many kids that I don’t know wanted this to happen across the country.

To me, having done this on my own from day one, it’s crazy. I have the internet to thank for that to an extent. It’s really just a matter of people hearing the music, which is one of the hardest things to do. It got to a point that enough kids heard it and wanted to make the tour happen. I’m 100% grateful and I can’t thank people enough that put their money, the money that they go to work for, for me to go see them. It’s happening, and I can’t wait. I’ve never been anywhere, so if anything it’s a cool road trip for me and my friends.

Is there any one place you’re particularly excited to go?

Austin, TX. From what I’ve heard, it’s supposed to be the coolest city ever and there’s a lot going on there. They have South By Southwest there, and there’s just a lot of culture there. I was told it’s really not like (the rest of) Texas, it’s this secluded hub of culture and art. We routed it weird too so we could go down there, it’s me being maybe selfish, but Austin is somewhere I’m really looking forward to seeing.

What is your means for transportation on this tour?

We’re taking a 1983 Chevy Shasta, which is like a big-a** Winnebego. That’s the plan, my friend Mike Balzarini (he goes by Defiance) -he’s in my group Loud Neighbors- he acquired this beautiful vehicle from a family member. He gave it to me for super cheap, because he’s involved in music to such a high degree that he just wanted to help in any way he could so without him doing that I don’t know what we would have done. To rent a van for a month is three grand at it’s cheapest, and not to say that I haven’t put some money into this Winnebego. I think it will make it, I drove it the other day and it’s old, but it’s good too because we’ll save money in hotels and sleep in that thing. As far as I know the shower works..I mean it’s old but it’s crazy, really big it’s like a straight up Mack truck.

So “Loud Neighbors” is very supportive of this tour.

Yeah, absolutely. If they could, those guys would come with me but you know it’s not easy to walk away from-everyone has jobs and obligations. I’m lucky enough at my life in this time that I don’t have obligations to that degree, I can go. Will I be able to go do that, I don’t know, in a couple years? Maybe not. So, yeah they’re 100% supportive and if they could, they would come.  Anything that I do, reflects them and comes back to them to a degree because we’re always going to make music together. Wether or not it’s every day, they’re my best friends, I grew up with those guys. If I do good, then everybody does good, the team does good. I’m just the one going out there representing for everybody.

 Now there was one person who wasn’t very supportive. What happened with Trevwar?

Well, I’m booking this tour all on my own and I don’t really know what I’m doing, I’m just kind of emailing. I’ve got a few leads and friends that are helping me, but there was this kid named Trevwar in particular, and he just wasn’t too big into helping me. Apparently he only helps people that are in punk rock bands. Which is fine, if he doesn’t want to help that’s okay..a lot of people aren’t gonna wanna help me, but I think it was funny that he said punk rock bands because in my eyes, music is supposed to be a community, encompassed. It was just funny because a lot of punk rock kids maybe even like my stuff more than the hip hop kids do. He just doesn’t like rap music, which is fine, a lot of people don’t. But yeah, shout out to Trevwar, whatever. I wish him the best of luck, hopefully he ends up happier later on but he’s not happy right now. I don’t know why.

You had mentioned online that you couldn’t imagine what it would be like planning a tour without the internet, without Soundcloud or any of the sites that had helped you thus far. Do you think that you would be where you are right now without those things?

The internet is something that really is still so new, I haven’t figured out the maximum capabilities of the internet because it’s that powerful. I’d like to think that talent wise, I’d stand alone or with those that deserve that recognition. But, the internet is just something that if you’re not on it, you’re gonna have a really hard time I think. I’m the type of dude where I used to get mad at stuff like that. ‘Nah, this shouldn’t matter. YouTube views shouldn’t matter.’ But do they? I mean, they look at YouTube views now that if you’ve got a million then you’ve pretty much won a Grammy or something. A part of it is just kinda changing with the times and playing ball. The internet is really important in music these days, and I’m not ignorant to the fact that you have to have a presence there to maybe be seen at all.

You do have quite a presence, as you have quite a few music videos out there. Is there any one in particular that was the most fun for you to shoot?

Probably the Ralphy Mae video, because that was me and my friends kinda wiling out and there happened to be a camera there. That was the most stress free one because we were literally just partying, if you will. Usually now when I do a video it’s more structured, it’s kind of tedious and that one was just “Oh, we have all this footage, let’s just put it together”. That was the most fun.

 One last question before we go, what song on this album do you plan to do the next music video for?

We’re actually filming a couple right now. I’m going to try to get a couple out before the tour. There’s a song I did with Chris Campbell, who is in a band called Vanna, he’s an amazing drummer and he did live drums on a song. We’re definitely going to do a video for that one, there’s a few others that I really think should be made into videos and I’m going to try to do that. I also have the Florence video coming out from the Let’s Be Honest record, and it’s cool that people want that to come out but it’s taking longer than expected just because that one’s really important to me. So I’m really making sure that one’s right, but definitely expect a few new videos off the new album hopefully before I leave for the tour.

 

Early Adopted’s album, “No Thank You, Myla” drops just in time for Christmas on December 14th, and he will be hosting a release party at Michael’s in Plymouth this Saturday to celebrate. Get all the details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/723840604310621/

 

 

Importance of “Free Work”

20 Jun

These days, I hear more and more from actors and photographers alike one very discouraging phrase: “I don’t do free work.”  Well, good for you. But just so you know, when I turn my head away after saying, “I get it, you’re past that point”, I am secretly thinking to myself: you have no idea what you’re missing. Secretly, I think you’re a fool.

After graduating modeling school and being halfway through college, I had said that myself for awhile, too. I turned down free projects and built myself up to be more than I was under the “fake it til you make it” slogan. I turned down a ton of work, not just because I didn’t like the idea but even if I thought it was a cool project, I said no just because it wasn’t paid and came back with the comment,  “This sounds great..let me know if this comes up with a budget.” Little did I know, I was kicking myself in the butt.

For the past 10 months I’ve lived in an apartment with friends here in Boston, I have watched my roommates with other professions paying their dues to their bosses and companies they aspire to work for by gaining attention doing “free work”. The more I watched it pay off, the more I thought to myself: what if I humbled myself a little and applied that concept to my own career? I began auditioning for non-paid or low pay roles, from music videos to company videos and student films. They would pay for my gas, offer me food and credit of the DVD. It seemed like I was getting nothing, and it was stressful trying to work a paying job and work my schedule around non-paid films that I’m driving all across New England for. It challenged my commitment to my career, and sometimes only half of the footage would come out good enough for my reel. At first, I thought I was making a mistake-but then, I noticed something as I scrolled through my inbox. That “something” was a network.

All of a sudden, I knew a ton of filmmakers that were recommending me to other people for other projects, some of them paid and some unpaid. I met crew that I’d seen on other sets that were willing to recommend me as an actress to filmmakers they knew-from school, work, etc. I met film students that knew other film students or graduates that were holding a casting call, and got me and audition. I met photographers that were willing to shoot free head shots for me that have a ton of talent, but didn’t know where to look for good models. I started running into the same people everywhere, and they were happy to see me every time and were willing to work with my schedule so I could make the money I needed to get by while helping their vision come to life. As you all well know in this industry-it’s all about who you know. I choose to know as many people as I can..everyone knows somebody that will pay you, or will offer you exposure that will get you paid work.

Unless you can survive on your craft now without working any other job, it doesn’t matter how talented you are. It doesn’t matter how full your portfolio is, how great your reel is, or what agency you’re signed with. It doesn’t matter how many people you already know, because the industry constantly changes with people coming and going. At every stage of your career, you should be meeting new people and making a positive reputation for yourself. Sure, you can say “no” to that student filmmaker now because they won’t pay you, or to that actress that wants free head shots. But what if that filmmaker puts that film in a festival that is seen by award-winning other directors? You weren’t seen by that director, because you didn’t pay your dues and do free work. What if that actress some day makes it big? She won’t want to pay you when she has money if you turned her down when she didn’t.

Yes, we all want paid work. Yes, most of us have worked hard enough and are good enough to deserve it. But no, if you “don’t do free work”, you won’t connect with other aspiring creative professionals. After all, we all start somewhere-who knows where who you’re talking to will end up?