Go For It’s Aimee Garcia Talks About the New Film!
Saturday, 28 May 2011 04:15 | Written by Kristen Fogle
Go For It’s Aimee Garcia Talks About the New Film!
By Kristen Fogle
Cliq Magazine: Congrats on your movie being in theaters. What has the response to the film been so far?
Aimee Garcia: Thank you! It’s very exciting. We did this little indie a couple of years ago with no money, no big stars, and no studio. And now, Lionsgate picked it up for national distribution. Pretty cool. The response has been great! The New York Times gave us a rave review, and people really seem to enjoy the movie. Girls are walking out with mascara dripping, the guys are walking out ready to bust out dance moves, and hopefully they both walk out inspired to go after their dreams.
CM: I know some of you have appeared in other “dance films” in the past. How does this movie differ from other dance movies?
AG: Go For It is different from other dance movies because professional dancers are dancing and professional actors are acting. In some dance movies, they hire professional dancers who have never acted before. And in other dance films, you have professional actors who don’t do their own dances. But, in this movie, there are no body doubles. It has a raw-gritty quality to it because we shot the entire film in 18 days. So there’s not a glossy look to the film. The Beat Freaks were choreographing in the alley, I was practicing my dance routines on set in-between scenes, and the dancers only had a few takes and a few hours to do the big dance battles scenes. This isn’t a studio film where the dancers had breaks, studio space, and time to rehearse. This film is guerilla filmmaking. The dancers and actors are giving their souls to you guys...and you can see it.
CM: What are some dance moves in particular that we should look out for?
AG: There is a move in the final dance number where I leap out of camera; that’s because I actually messed up and the night before Rino (one of the film’s choreographers and one of the Beat Freaks) said, “If you mess up, mess up big and keep going, no one will know.” So, I did just that. I messed up, so I started doing my own ballet moves in the middle of a hip-hop routine. If you look closely, I do a grand-jete leap out of frame because the cameraman didn’t know I was gonna start doing my own moves.
CM: What was it like working with the Beat Freaks?
AG: Working with the Beat Freaks was AMAZING! At first it was intimidating, because I look up to them as dancers and performers, but they totally had my back and made the process so easy. I remember the night before I shot my final dance routine, I started freaking out that I wasn’t going to able to do it, and Rino said, ‘You got this!’ She gave me the confidence I needed. I couldn’t have done this without them.
CM: What was the dance training process like?
AG: It was intense. I started my career as a ballet dancer, so I had the dance in my muscles, but I hadn’t danced professionally for a while when I got the role in Go For It. I knew that I was going to do all my own dancing (no guy with a wig or body double). I also knew that we didn’t have the budget for re-shoots or training sessions, so I trained on my own time. I started taking hip-hop classes four to five times a week for eight months before we started shooting. I also trained with Alison Faulk and Rino Nakasone (from the Beat Freaks). I felt like a professional athlete. I changed my diet too; upped my protein and veggies and cut down on the carbs and chocolate (which was soooo hard because I LOVE chocolate!).
CM: What is some practical advice you have for college-aged dancers? For really inspired performers, how can you move beyond just continually practicing and take it to the next level?
AG: My advice would be to continue training and to study things outside of dance....take a Russian literature class, an opera class, maybe even a physics class. Everything is related, and I think the more you know, the better artist and dancer you’ll be. Maybe even choreograph a piece. At Northwestern, I remember I choreographed a Tango for the dance troupe I was in called Graffiti Dancers, and it gave me a different perspective on dance...and made me a better dancer. I am an actor, but I have degrees in Economics, Journalism, and French.
As for taking it to the next level, there are no short cuts. You have to continue practicing and continue inspiring yourself. But, you also don’t have to wait around for opportunities. Make your own! Put together a show, ask your teacher if you can sub a class to get teaching experience...start figuring out what company you’d like to dance for...The bottom line is, use you college time wisely. It’s the time in your life that you have resources and teachers all around you, take advantage of them.
CM: That’s amazing that you were a triple major! So you think getting that education helped you in the “real world” as far as achieving your acting and dancing dreams?
AG: Absolutely! I think a college education makes you a more well-rounded person, and being a well-rounded person makes you a better artist.
I always knew I wanted to be a freelancer, so I know I would make money one month and then possibly make no money for the next three months. So my Economics degree helped me invest my money wisely and showed me how to save and make the dollar spread over the “famine” period. Journalism helped me to research. Last year, I played an ex-military helicopter pilot on NBC’s “Trauma.” I interviewed multiple helicopter pilots and Navy Seals. My research skills came in handy. I even blogged for the show, making me thankful I had a Journalism degree under my belt. But, one of the most important advantages of the college experience was the network of people. My last show, “Off The Map,” was created by a Northwestern alum, and my love interest on the show Zach Gilford also went to Northwestern. So it was nice working with people who had a common academic experience. In fact, there are so many Northwester alums in Hollywood that they call us the “Wildcat Mafia.”
CM: What’s coming up next for you that you’d like to promote?
AG: I actually just joined “Dexter” for season six. I will be Dexter’s nanny and Batista’s little sister. I am beyond excited!
For more on Aimee, visit www.aimee-garcia.com; her Twitter is @aimee_garcia
Beat Freaks talk about their involvement in Go For It! movie, and show us their favorite dance moves that you will see in the film.
Go For It! is an inspirational dance (or Hip Hop) drama follows Carmen, a young woman living in Chicago, who struggles to overcome her fears and follow her dream to be a dancer. SEE Go For It! IN THEATERS NOW!
Party like a Playboy with Howcast’s “Party Builders”
Thursday, 24 March 2011 03:53 | Written by Administrator
Party like a Playboy with Howcast’s “Party Builders”
With “Party Builders,” a new web series that celebrates the creative minds who plan and organize some of the most extravagant and successful parties in the country, you kind of can! The series gives a behind-the-scenes look into the production of Playboy’s The Nude as Muse party at Miami’s Art Basel, and is available exclusively on Howcast.com.
“Party Builders” is available for viewing today!
And for more Howcast videos, visit: www.howcast.com
The Next HSM Star
Saturday, 19 March 2011 00:10 | Written by Taylor Silva
The Next High School Musical Star-Cameron Goodman!
By: Taylor Silva
Cameron Goodman is living the life young girls around the nation dream about. By pursuing her dreams, Cameron is proving that you can accomplish anything you set your mind and heart to. Determination, humor and energy are what you need to succeed in the acting world, and Cameron has it all! She held her own co-starring in High School Musical 4 with Ashley Tisdale, has appeared in MTV’s “Disaster Date”, and is also appearing in a new series titled “Friends with Benefits”. Needless to say, this is not the last we will hear of Cameron Goodman-she is just getting starting!
This versatile young actress is taking Hollywood by storm as she shows she can handle anything-comedies, horrors, you name it. Growing up in Washington DC, acting was not something Cameron had thought much about pursuing as a career. However, this goes to show that anything is possible and when life gives you opportunities, take them!
Cameron took some time to answer some questions and share with us her passions and what she hopes to accomplish in the future. Something to look out for? Breakfast Burrito News, that’s for sure!
Cliq Magazine: Congratulations on your new movie High School Musical 4: Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure! What was your role in the film?
Cameron Goodman: So when we last saw Sharpay she was planning world domination (remember the "I want it all" sequence in HSM3?) well her first stop is Broadway and the biggest star around and Sharpay's own personal role model is Amber Lee Adams (me!). It's funny that Sharpay's own role model is a whole lot of what Sharpay would become were she to become famous and actually have it all. If you are into screen writing the Amber Lee is for sure Sharpay's own inner demon that she is going to have to overcome and defeat both externally and internally. Wooow I just pulled some major theater nerd terminology there....bored yet?
The wardrobe ladies, and the director and I pulled a lot of inspiration from Cruella Deville if she were a young modern diva actress.
CM: What was the experience like? Did you get along with your co-stars well?
CG: As cliché as it sounds Ashley and I got along royally! We totally have the same sense of humor yet both are very work minded. After doing scenes I would often consult with her for ideas/thoughts/advice and after work hours Ashley was teaching me all these work out techniques and stuff. I'm not very knowledgeable about workouts and quads' and cardio' so she was always laughing at my ignorance. I have admired her work for a long time and so it was really neat getting to learn directly from her! She's a great boss and friend!
CM: Have you seen the previous HSMs?
CG: HAVE I?? Are you joking me? I am like the number one biggest fan of the franchise. I have the songs on my ipod! When HSM1 came out I was going through some really hard family problems and I was really depressed when this random TV movie came on in my living room and for two hours I was so happy and uplifted! The film was so positive and quirky, bright and optimistic, with such a great cast of players I couldn't believe how awesome it was. I kept telling my friends it was great and then a few weeks later it started to spread and became a huge sensation. I really wasn't shocked! I always thought Ashley and Zac were the standouts in the cast- they really made the film for me and watching Sharpay, I could tell that Ashley had created a lot of the humor and character herself.
Last year I went to film school at Colombia to study screen writing and I remember my class was giving accounts of their favorite films- all very dark and enigmatic films- things I had never heard of, and when I said High School Musical the class literally went silent. I think it's incredible that a few months later I was working on the next one! Hah. I love that story. :) Can you quote an emoticon smiley face?
CM: I also hear that you are starring in a new series called “Friends with Benefits”, what is the show about? Who is your character in the series? How do you like the cast?
CG: Yes! Friends with Benefits! When you do pilots you never know if they are going to go. Last year I filmed three different pilots and this one actually went! I knew when I read the script that it would. It's very funny! I play a rather uptight anal younger sister of the lead boy. My getting married spurs him into a quarter life crisis and that's where the show picks up. He's realizing that he needs to grow up and actually find a real girl friend. The cast is great- all very talented comedians!
CM: How is filming a movie different than filming a television series?
CG: It's not all that different actually! The tone of the set seems very dependent on the lead actor and the director. If the lead actor is positive and happy and extroverted it will spread to everyone. Usually on comedy sets, everyone is a comedian. The electrics, and gaffs and PAs will all be silly with you. That's the perfect kind of energy you need though to create! Everyone should be in a good mood. And there needs to be a ton of coffee and red bull. That's crucial too.
CM: I read that you grew up in Washington DC, how does that lifestyle compare with the lifestyle of a “Hollywood/New York” actress?
CG: I absolutely love that question! It's the polar opposite actually! Many of my friends and relatives were very mystified when I stopped interning/working on Capitol Hill to become an actress. They definitely didn't think it was a wise choice. Washington DC is very academically focused. The most popular kids in my school were the smartest kids- the ones who could out debate your pants off. Most of my friends went to Ivy's and got SAT scores that would make you cringe. In contrast, being beautiful or handsome was less important. I'm not saying it wasn't important because a hot lacrosse guy could still get a prom date- but a hot, smart lacrosse guy-well, he would be going to everyone's proms. It took a while to adjust to LA and I still sometimes feel out of place because everyone is really only interested in the industry, and domestic and international affairs are hardly ever hot topics at bars or parties. The most impressive thing about LA that other cities like DC lack, though, is this incredibly youthful environment. Because everyone out here is pursuing their childhood dream, everyone stays so young at heart. No one ever is very morose or beaten down by work. You meet older folks out here that seem like teenagers still. I think that is a real blessing in a lot of ways!
CM: Have you always known you wanted to be an actress? What sparked your passion for acting?
CG: I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer, actually! I was in debate society in high school and college and interned all over capital hill starting from age 12! Where I grew up everyone became a doctor, lawyer, banker or politician! I fell in love with acting literally in kindergarten when I was a sugar plum fairy and I'd been in every school play, but professional acting and Hollywood was as real to me as fairytales. Then when I was in college someone invited me to watch the filming of American Pie 4. There were a bunch of kids my age all making a living doing acting! Can you imagine? All of the leads were my age and so I kept asking them how they got into this profession. The lead guy Jason Earles (Hannah Montana) told me that he'd gotten into his car, driven out here and just started acting! The lead girl (Ariel Kebble) told me that she'd finished high school, gotten into her car, drove out here and started acting. The next thing I knew I had gotten into my car and driven out here! I realized that I didn't want to be 50 and wonder what would have happened if I'd only given myself the chance to do something l loved!
CM: Do you have any other passions? Singing, dancing, modeling, fashion, or is acting the career you want to stick with for your lifetime?
CG: I absolutely love the production side of the business. My girl friend Lauren Mayhew and I started shooting, directing and editing a young person's news show called Breakfast Burrito News and putting it up on YouTube! The news should be fast and fun, not lame and long! We summarize everything you need to know in case you weren't paying attention during your Korean history lesson, so that you can understand why missiles going off in North Korea might actually be interesting and important! Once we started making the show- I realized immediately how much I loved editing and directing and writing jokes for other actors! We have lots of segments for all the types of news- a Bikini News flash covering celeb gossip, the Sports Rap summarizes the sports news in rap form-fashion news in the Sweet Trends-vestite section from Drag Queen Meagan Brooks! We wanted to cover it all! You can see our enormous learning curve on BreakfastBurritoNews.com. You can tell how different the last episode is from the first! It's a lot to learn! We are on our 8th episode and we had Rebel Entertainment pick up the show. We will be going out with them to try to sell it this month actually! Wish us luck! Let me know if you'd like to be on our show! :)
CM: I saw in a previous interview that you are very interested in doing comedic roles, will we be seeing you in any comedies in the near future?
CG: Well Disaster Date on MTV is on all the time! I play a ton of very cookie characters from a dumpster diving hippy who harvests her own rainwater to a huge nerd who thinks she's fabulous to a girl stunted in her infancy. People set their friends up on dates with us and we wreak havoc in order to create the worst date ever! I really do love playing incredibly crazy characters. If anyone has any new suggestions definitely post them on my facebook!
CM: What is next for you and your career?
CG: Great Question! If I had a genie and three wishes I would like to go forward with one of my writing projects. I have gotten really close to selling them in the past, and have come to realize what an incredible accomplishment it is for those who have done it! In the mean time, I think the most important thing you can do is get involved with charities and I encourage everyone to find something they care about and get involved- not in a half assed way! If the charity you are involved in isn't giving you anything fun to do- go to charityfinder.com and find something that you really can get involved in. Believe me- if you're going through something hard, it's way better than therapy! As for my career plans- you know what they say...If you want to make God laugh...tell him your plans!
Tamra Barney—The O.C. Housewife Opens Up!
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:00 | Written by Kristen Fogle
Tamra Barney—The O.C. Housewife Opens Up!
By Kristen Fogle
Tamra Barney, of The Real Housewives of Orange County, is no stranger to drama. And we can’t wait to see more! With season six premiering on March 6, we are eagerly anticipating what’s new with her and all of her other lovely lady counterparts. But because we need some Housewives before the episodes premiere, Tamra sat down to discuss what’s new and give Cliq a quick fix.
Cliq Magazine: Professionally, what's changed since the last season? Any new doors opened?
Tamra Barney: I am still working in real estate and specializing in short sales with my partner Marcos Prolo (www.Berringtonproperties.com). I also have gotten a few endorsements deals and was asked to be the face of Ambe Skin care line. I shot a video for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers about divorce. I am currently writing a book on divorce, it will be more of a how to, a step by step with my personality. I will also have a few experts in the field like a divorce attorney and therapist adding their professional legal advice.
CM: How are things with Simon?
TB: Things are much better now, a year later. There was a lot of pain and anger that we both experienced after the separation. We have both moved on and are trying to be the best parents we can be.
CM: Good to hear. What about your relations with the other ladies? What about Gretchen?
TB: I am in such a great place in my life that I think you will see a new me this season. I went into the season with an open mind and a soft heart. However, things never go as planned. I have no bad feelings about Gretchen; I actually think she is a very fun girl to be around. We had our ups and downs this season…you will have to watch to see what happens.
CM: We will! Who from the other Housewives series would you most be interested in meeting?
TB: I have actually met most of them. Beverly Hills being new, I have not met Camille, Kyle and Kim. I am sure I will meet them soon.
CM: What can you tell us about new housewives on the show?
TB: I can’t really say much…only that I really like them both. Fernanda has been my friend for a few years. Peggy is a friend of Alexis and we really hit it off. My boyfriend and I spend a lot of time doing things with Peggy and her husband.
CM: Why else should we watch this upcoming sixth season?
TB: Why shouldn't you watch this upcoming season?! There have been a lot of changes this season for me and everyone else. I really do think it is going to be our juiciest season yet.
Raspin Stuwart: He does what he does
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 20:37 | Written by Taylor Silva
Raspin Stuwart: He does what he does
By: Taylor Silva
Raspin Stuwart proves that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Raspin first began his career in the magazine business in which he succeeded in for 28 years. Always having a passion for music, Raspin moved on from the magazine industry to focus on what makes him truly happy: singing and song-writing.
His unique, personal, and soul-full music is what sets Raspin apart from others trying to make it in the music industry today. Raspin writes honestly, sings from his heart, and strives to connect with his fans with every performance.
Raspin is down to earth, easy-going, and a refreshing addition to the up and coming stars of music today. We can expect to see great things in the future from Raspin Stuwart.
Cliq Magazine: Congratulations on your new album “We do what we do” and all of its success! So after 28 years of running a publishing empire and producing two Los Angeles monthlies, what made you decide to give that up to focus on your real passion of music?
Raspin Stuwart: Because that was what I was born to do. I started out in that business and I came out here from Chicago to do music and then I got side tracked into the magazine business and 28 years went by and I never stopped thinking about it…you know you think about it every day of your life so it must mean you are supposed to do that.
CM: Right. Did you find it difficult to make it in the music industry?
RS: Well you know I just started about a year ago and it’s going very good! You know, I got my Starbucks deal, I’m playing all over the place and building a great fan base. No, it’s actually been really a fun journey and it still is.
CM: That’s awesome! I love that you do not stick to one type of music genre, do you have a personal favorite?
RS: Yeah, it’s called mine. (laughs) It’s basically whatever comes out when I write a song. I’ve never been somebody to do one type of thing. I came out of folk, but then for some reason I got into a jazzy-blue thing, and then kind of a pop thing. But I think the vocals are what carries it through.
CM: What do you find yourself mostly writing about?
RS: Life. More spiritual stuff, questions that I ask myself in life.
CM: What was it like to hear that Starbucks wanted to feature you in their store?
RS: That was pretty cool! I sent my stuff to them and they called and asked a couple questions and the next thing I know they said, “Well we are going to send you a contract and we’ll start playing your music nationwide.” And it was really exciting because that doesn’t happen to a lot of artists.
CM: Do you find that this has helped your success and popularity?
RS: Yes I do actually to tell you the truth because it is such a big company and they have thousands of stores across the country!
CM: Do you think you would have been more successful if you had started out in the music industry 28 years ago, or do you think that everything happens for a reason and this is what was meant to be?
RS: I think that everything is in divine order and that no flower will blossom before its time and everything is perfect just the way it is.
CM: That is so true. So I see that you have done many shows and are doing many more in the future, where is your favorite venue to perform?
RS: You know I actually like this place in Canoga Park called the Guitar Merchant and Molly Malones in Hollywood because you can really touch the audience when you are there. I think it is very important to relate to the audience when you are on stage.
CM: That is definitely important. What advice could you give readers who want to make it in the entertainment industry but are not sure how or are having a rough start?
RS: Just start! Don’t take no for an answer. Just go and do it and have a good time because it has to be the going not the getting there that is good.
CM: Do you have any last comments or statements to make about yourself or to your fans?
RS: Come see me sing and download my records at www.raspin.com. We have new t-shirts of “We do what we do” and “smoke the hookah”. I am going to be in San Francisco in the beginning of March and I’m also looking to go to San Diego.