Tom Speight [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! I am so damn excited to share this interview with you all today. We actually haven’t had a musician as an interview subject in quite some time! I don’t believe we have in 2019 at all, but don’t fact check me, I’m an old man and can be forgetful. And ironically enough, we have a man gracing our digital pages today who may very well be the best musician of 2019 in my opinion. It’s Tom Speight! Regular readers out there will probably recognize Tom’s name from last April when we covered his absolutely incredible new album Collide in our New Music Tuesday segment that you all know and love (you do, right? Please?). I stated it then, and the feeling still holds true: Tom has created the best album of 2019. I heard the record back in February, wrote about it in April, and here I am in June to tell you that it is STILL the best album of the year. I’d say “thus far”, but short of Tom Petty being reincarnated and dropping a few bangers, I can’t foresee anyone topping this incredible album.

Tom had an incredible journey to get to Collide getting made that makes the power of the album that much more impressive. After a bout of colitis nearly but the man in his deathbed, which would have all but driven me deep into depression, Tom managed to bounce back by creating one of the best collection of catchy folk-pop melodies I have ever heard. If you haven’t checked Collide yet, you are most definitely not living your best life, no matter what hashtag you are misusing on Instagram. And if you don’t check it out after reading this absolutely wonderful interview that we have for you all today, then you are simply a monster and cannot be trusted. Hell, I am going to put some videos up at the end of it, so you have ZERO excuses!

So Folks, please enjoy these words from the absolutely brilliant singer/songwriter and brilliant melody maker, the great Tom Speight!

 

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When did you first discover your passion for music? Was it an early childhood development? Or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

My first memory of being mesmerised with music was when I was a kid and remember being given 4 cassettes to listen to in my mums car while she went shopping by my sisters boyfriend at the time.. I said I wanted to listen to these albums.. I remember playing Oasis on repeat and just thinking I want to make music aswell… I was obsessed from that moment!

What was your very first paid gig you can remember doing in music? And did you learn anything from one of these early experiences that still sticks with you in your work today?

I think it was the 12 Bar in London which sadly has closed down now.. we sold it out and I remember thinking this is pretty crazy that you get paid for playing music in front of friends.. I think I’ve always tried to keep a personal connection to fans..so maybe that was the start because I try to treat them just like my friends.. I don’t think it’s healthy to have a huge barrier or remove yourself.. I think it’s good to be approachable and show you’re grateful to the people who come to your shows!

I understand the journey towards getting your album Collide out into the world has been a bit of a rough one, filled with numerous medical set backs and other challenges. I know you have probably gone over it a bit, but if you wouldn’t mind sharing some of your story with our readers?

It hasn’t been an easy ride but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.. it made the album what it is! I think from my experiences with bad health etc it has given my music hope & positive vibes that things do get better! Everyone has problems and struggles.. I’m certainly not a victim and I’m never going to let Crohns define me.. my main focus is to make music I love and that’s about it.. Music is my outlet to escape when things do get bad.. So I feel very lucky to have it in my life.

 

 

I have been continously telling our readers and just about anyone around me with a pulse, that Collide is the best album of 2019, and one of the best I have ever heard. With that, I am curious to know about your thoughts on album. Obviously you probably love it alot, but I am more curious to know what it is you believe sets this album apart from your previous work?

I think it’s my best work and I’m very proud of it but i think it’s just the start.. I have a lot more to give and I’ve learnt a lot from making the album! I really put everything into the album and tried my best… if people like it..it’s a bonus!

I am always curious to know about a songwriter’s processes, as it is something I personally couldn’t fathom doing. So with that, when you are working on a song, how do you know when you have completed one. Is there some sort of gut feeling you get (not literally, obviously) when you know you have nailed it? How do you know when you have reached all of your personal requirements for a song to be considered complete?

Definitely the gut feeling is key and just being a fan of music.. you know when it feels right and it doesn’t! I’m usually quite good at putting things to bed and signing it off.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m playing Glastonbury & touring the world! Come & say hello!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Fleabag the TV show!

 

 

Check out this video below for “Strangers Now”, and be sure to head on over to tomspeightmusic.com to catch Tom on tour!

 

 

Bronwen Hughes [Interview]

 

Hello, Folks! We have an absolutely wonderful interview to share with you all today. Today’s interview subject is an absolute mastermind in the world of the creative arts. The great Bronwen Hughes has put some incredible work out into the world for over 30 years, and continues to do so to this day. As I usually tend to do, I sought out to have Bronwen on the site to ask about one particular project that meant a lot to me over the years. And as it tends to happened, I then learned that this incredible director’s body of work is INSANE! In fact, her work is so incredibly diverse that the aforementioned project was actually a film I loved as a kid, Harriet the Spy, and it turns out that she has worked on two cohesive projects that I loved as adult, and would probably NEVER show to my kids, which would be the legendary series Breaking Bad and the legend in the making, Better Call Saul. I swear on my life, I never thought there would be a connection to my childhood crush Michelle Trachtenberg and the dad from Malcom In the Middle turning to selling meth. But alas, here we are! Hell, to throw in another curveball, I may even get a little respect from my mom because she directed the Sandra Bullock fronted romcom known as Forces of Nature 20 years ago. How you like me now, Mom?

In all seriousness Folks, I am so excited that Bronwen was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us and even considering gracing our digital pages today. Hughes gave some wonderful insight into the world of film and television, and actually presented some very compelling arguments to some questions that we have sort of asked in the past. Much like her body of work, Bronwen is incredible and fascinating. So please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Bronwen Hughes!

 

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When did you first discover your passion for the world of film and television? Was it an early aspiration you had since you were a child, or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

In fact, photography was my first passion, and I knew nothing about film.  My intention when it came time to choose a university was to study photojournalism — probably where my love of true stories comes from, and the process of exploring them.  But when I went to visit the country’s best school of journalism, it was a minus-40-degree January day in Ottawa, and I changed my mind.  The back up plan was a fine arts degree in film and photography.  By the end of the first year, film had its hooks in me.  I did the cliché film student thing, going to rep cinemas for double bills at least six times a week, and living on a diet of popcorn and falafel.  Heavenly times.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that you still incorporate into your work today?

Almost straight ouf of film school, I was signed to the largest production company in the country, and was directing by the age of 23.  My first professional directing job was a commercial for the launch of a romance novel. The actress was afraid of heights, and wouldn’t go to the top of the cliff.  The actor was late from an all-night rave, and arrived covered in mystery bruises.  The DP was an ancient fifty years old, and had no intention of doing things my way.  The agency creatives were doing their first spot, and thought we could achieve Doctor Zhivago on a one-day shoot… and the lesson I learned which rings true to this day is that the biggest skill a director requires by far is PEOPLE MANAGEMENT.  Shooting is like the gravy if you get that right.  P.S. it’s exhausting!

 

 

One of your earliest gigs as a director happens to be one of my favorite shows of all time, which would be the brilliant sketch comedy series The Kids in the Hall. I am curious to know how your experience was working on this extremely hilarious program, and what do you believe it is about the show that has earned such a legendary status in the world of comedy?

Kids in the Hall was one of those gigs which you think might just be fun, just because they are awesome, and it turned into my calling card in Hollywood.  Who knew?!  And here I was thinking it would be my deep, serious, ponderous arthouse pieces that would get an agent’s attention.  Ha!

I was lucky enough to come aboard the film parts of the Kids in the Hall show when they already had such a fantastic following.  I figured my job was to shoot each of the sketches as individual short films, whole in themselves, and to stylistically find a film language that suited that particular story.  One size did not fit all.  Scott’s Stairway to Heaven musical needed a different approach than Mark’s Daryl Science Experiment, which was not the same as the dark intrigue of the serial killer of Kevin’s Oom-Pah-Pah band.

I find K.I.T.H. fans all over the world when I travel — connections which have no logic, other than the sense that many of the sketches had a seed of some kind of universal human trauma, for which funny is the salve.  Funny people have been through some shite in life, it seems to me.

As for the ahead-of-the-curve nature of the show, the guys had to compete with each other to get their sketches chosen, which meant a constant state of invention and re-invention.  No resting on laurels.

Because I was such a fan of the film as a young kid, and it has been a film that I have passed down to my own children, I feel compelled to ask about your work on what I would consider to be one of the finest films geared towards kids to ever be made, which would be Harriet the Spy. So, I am curious to know how your experience was working on this film? Was it as much fun to create as it was for 11 year old Ron to watch back then?

I had one guiding philosphy in making Harriet the Spy, which was to take Harriet’s predicament as seriously in the filmmaking as it felt to Harriet herself.  I remember at about that age feeling like the world was weighing down on me hard, and so the tone of the film needed to be through Harriet’s own experience.  No condescending to kids.  No rolling the edges off.  Adults may look at Harriet’s problems as slight and insignificant, but the kids Harriet’s age — me at Harriet’s age — needed to be taken seriously.  And also it was incredibly important to show the way back to self-confidence, which is the point.

I took flack for not making it lighter.  But flack from adults, not kids.  Kids write me letters that prove they connected.  Hope your kids do, too.

 

 

Over the years, you have done a lot of work directing within the world of television, on a plethora of amazing shows. The world of television has evolved immensely over the last couple of decades, and appears to be in a bubble of sorts. With that in mind, I am curious to know what your thoughts are on the current status of television and its new found respect as the place for wonderful writing. With so many options available, is it a good time to work in the world of television, or do you think the business may be getting oversaturated with content, to the point where some projects will be short lived and ultimately ignored?

I just wrapped the Season 5 premiere of Better Call Saul for the same incredible writers and producers I worked with on Breaking Bad.  In that first season of that show, Vince and Peter were paving the way by showing just how addictive and electrifying the long-haul story could be.  Before that moment, I remember hearing from network execs that ‘we don’t do serial,’ and now of course shows like Saul and GOT and so many more are going deep.  I have been lucky to be a part of watching it all blow up, and I still get rabid fan mail for just a single episode of Walter White’s story.

By sheer volume of content — the amount of practice writers and directors get while making stories for television or digital streaming on an episodic schedule — I think the creative flexing results in new visual language for both television and film.  Add the brave TV execs who demand to push the envelope every single week, and the way that a film now needs to be even better than that to hold its own… it all makes for a very exciting time.

Personally, I try to make all my directing decisions based on what a story requires.  Nothing to do with whether it’s going to end up on a big or a little screen.  I try to design an approach based on which visceral response I think we’re aiming for.  It’s all mixed up now in terms of how we watch — a home TV is bigger than an indie playhouse projection screen, and people watch epics on their phones.

 

 

I’ve become format agnostic — cinema, television, episodic, limited, streaming service, interactive, VR, AR…  I mean, you have to be!  The best thing about right now is that it is possible to develop a story for the length and format that suits it best… and that avenue will exist as a viable place to make it.  It used to be that my whole focus was writing and developing for films, which meant that novels, epics, life stories, everything had to be honed within an inch of its life to squash into under two hours.  But now, if it has meat on the bones and can run for 8 or 10 episodes, then you get to mine all of that richness and include it.

Which by the way doesn’t make it automatically easy to get greenlit in the new digital and television formats — the networks and streaming service bosses are inundate with choice, so only the very best, or very most commercially, potentially money-making get the go-ahead.  And also to note there is still rather average televsion out there, alongside the shining brilliance.  But at least there is a world of possibility right now that didn’t exist when film and television were almost antithetical.

Whilst scrolling through your IMDb credits, I noticed that in the world of film specifically, you have a very diverse set of projects that you have brought to the world. Films like Stander and The Journey Is the Destination are independently incredible, but on the surface are very different types of films. With that being said, I am curious to know what may be some sort of common ground you tend to go after when you’re picking a project you would like to work on? What does a project require in order to give you that good “gut feeling” that this should be brought out into the world?

If only I could pick and choose which of my film projects I got to make, and in what order!  If only I was the Goddess of Financing, or had a crystal ball of casting… If I was in charge of that, then you might find a more cohesive body of work.  Well, maybe not totally cohesive — I have a broad range of interests.  Plus I like to explore some new territory with each grand adventure.  I can fall in love with great characters in varying tones and genres.  But the one thing I believe is the ‘glue’ to the stories I am hoping to make — or actively pursuing — is that they tend to be true stories of extraordinary lives.  They also fall into the category of truth is stranger than fiction, ie. you can’t make this stuff up!

I love the process of having my eyes opened by true details you could never have imagined.  It’s like a treasure hunt to find all the players left in the world who can tell you what really happened.  I’ve become a pretty good interviewer.  I learned how to rob a bank from a convict in a Jo’burg prison, and how to kill a man with your bare hands from a Cold War operative.  I know the goings-on in a Dallas motel on a fateful day in 1963.  I also know the recipe for crystal meth because I had to film it.  To have the chance to meet the real-life subjects is like peeling back onion layers.  Like an archaeological dig of emotional experiences.  Best to discard the generic stuff of clichés, and delve into uniquely human kinds of crazy.

 

 

Of the existing films, the can’t make this up is definitely true of STANDER, my film of the bank robber in apartheid-era South Africa who turned out to be the Captain of Police.  It’s true of Dan Eldon, the subject of The Journey is the Destination, who traveled to 40-plus countries, published a book, started a charity, and became the youngest photojournalist for Reuters, all before the age of 22.

I’m working on two films about spies, one in Cuba and another who was a Romeo spy for the KGB.  I’m digging up dirt on Edward Teller in the Atomic Age.  I’m off to Havana on a musical about the last moments of corruption and glamour before the Revolution changed it all.  There is a limited series in the works which involves ten different people’s stories coalescing into the same historical event.

And then there are other projects which I just think are fascinating, and yet fit none of the above, so yeah… diverse.  But so very, very delicious to wake up to and work on every day.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

See above!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I’m obsessed with British comedians from the 1970’s.  I memorize their jokes word for word, usually in a Northern accent.  YouTube has a plethora.  Check out Colin Crompton’s back comb-over.  It’s a masterpiece.

 

Simone Miller [Interview]

 

Hello Folks, and happy Friday to you all! Today we have some wonderful words from an absolutely delightful actress on the rise, the great Simone Miller! She is a multi-faceted star in the making and can be found in the recently aired series Detention Adventure, that while not exactly be in my demographic (i.e. I’m OLD), but is a remarkably unique and fun story involving Alexander Graham Bell, an even deeper dive into world history, and, you guessed it…detention!

Simone is a wonderful young actress that I am certain we will be seeing a lot from in the years to come. She has some amazing projects on her plate already, which will be discussed in her answers below. So Folks, let’s waste no time and just get right into it. Please enjoy some amazing answers from the great Simone Miller! Enjoy!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of performance? 

Disney movies definitely had a huge part in me wanting to pursue acting! I also love to sing and play guitar and ukulele. I knew that if I wanted to perform I would have to build my confidence level. So my parents enrolled me in an acting workshop with an agency and I was selected to join their roster which has really helped me with speaking in front of a large crowd and in front of adult industry executives!

I am very intrigued by a recent project you appeared in entitled Detention Adventure. Can you tell us a bit about this? What drew you to this project overall?

Detention Adventure is a CBC Gem original streamed program, about three nerds who purposefully get themselves thrown into detention, because there are said to be hidden tunnels that lead to Alexander Graham Bells hidden lab beneath the school. In detention the three friends meet Brett the school bully who is very underestimated, who ends up joining them on this adventure! I think what first drew me to this project and character was how different the audition process was. After I performed the scene as Raign, Joe (the director) then told me to perform it as an angry parent and after that a French prince…. it was definitely one of the most unique auditions I’ve ever been to and also one of my favorites.

 

 

I also understand that you have another project coming out soon known as The Clark Sisters. Can you tell us a bit about this project? What can we expect to see from you on this one? 

In this film I was cast as the young version of Dorinda Clark. You can expect to see me in an old night gown, very tired, annoyed and grumpy. It was such a great experience to work on a legendary movie!

If you were given the opportunity (possible in a few years or so) to appear in the biopic of any legendary figure in world history, who would it be? 

It is a dream of mine to play Rosa Parks! She is a leader of change, fearless, a great role model to all woman and people of color. If I could play her, it would be a truly humbling experience to tell her story.

I read in your bio that you are very active with the Jamaican Canadian Association. I am very curious to know what sort of work you have been doing with them? And can you tell us a bit more about this organization? 

This organization supports the Jamaican community here in Canada, and assists the people of Jamaica also! This organization is always up to help out one another for nothing in return like on our most recent project was when my father and I volunteered to help paint a church. We have actually painted this same church over the past few years as a large population congregate their and the people want to keep it in great condition! I have also given out school supplies and sweatshirts to those less fortunate in the community and have supported their charity events in the past.

What does the future hold for you? Anything else coming up that you would like to plug to our readers?

Well I always am working towards new projects that you can stay tuned to on my Instagram @simone.mcq. I hope to continue to perform professionally whether that be in acting or singing, for the rest of my life! I pray that my future is holding this for me!

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

I had to take a selfie for an editorial, and when I was looking at myself, I blurted out “I look like a stale cheeto” and just hearing myself say this made me smile and laugh, because of how ridiculous it sounded!

 

 

Jackie Fabulous [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! I am beyond excited to share some words from your wonderful guest today here at Trainwreck’d Society. It’s Jackie Fabulous! Jackie is a new favorite comedian of mine, but is one who has been killing it on the stage for quite a while now. I was casually listening to our dear friend Amy Miller’s podcast, Who’s Your God?, as I do each and every week, and I came across this absolute gem of a person who is just so damn funny and seemed to have just a real warm spirit around themselves. And by the end of the podcast she had with Amy and Steve, I was hooked. And then, as it tends to happen, I found myself going down a rabbit hole on YouTube. A “Fabulous rabbit hole” if you will. Yeah, I went there. Not a comedian, Folks, but I can throw some goddamn gold out there every once in a while.

After spending an abundance of time watching and enjoying what I could find of Jackie’s, I decided I would absolutely LOVE to ask her a few questions and to have her wonderful aura grace our digital pages. So, I had to hit her up! And damn it all if she wasn’t kind enough to share some responses with us here today! So Folks, please enjoy some words with a woman who is so great, her namesake says it all, the incredible Jackie Fabulous!

 

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When did you first discover that you were a hilarious human being, and that you wanted to make people laugh for a living? I understand you worked in law prior to breaking out in the comedy world? What inspired this transition?

I was always the funny girl in school. Not the class clown just someone who rather make the class laugh then pay attention to the lessons being taught.I went to law school and worked in a lot of law firms. And then realized boredom was making me want to eat staples for lunch. I was not happy and hated being in a cubicle in an office so I tried a comedy class after work and decided that was the way to go because I was finally good at something.

As a touring comedian, you have been all across the country, in what appears to be every damn city in the country! I always like to hear from comedians who are willing to play anywhere, and find out where they have found great audiences in places that some may not expect? So with that, what are some cities that you have had some wonderful experiences working in that people may not expect to be a great place for comedy?

Comedians tend to make fun of remote or far away locations where there’s not much going on seemingly. But I have found that the less there is to do in a town or city the better audiences are because they look you up online they see the advertisement for shows at a club in their hometown and they plan on it and they all come out in droves. El Paso, Texas, people make fun of it but they come out to a show every time. To be honest, if it’s a town where there are not a lotta black people I do really well. People kind of want to see something different they get tired of just going to see another white male comic.

I’m going to be 100% honest with you here…I am a new fan of yours. I actually learned how hilarious you were by your appearance on a podcast that I never miss an episode to, co-hosted by our friend and past guest Amy Miller, known as Who’s Your God?. Your appearance on this podcast was actually what made me feel like I needed to be 100 with you, and let you know this. I’ve since dug into just about every video I can find of you doing stand up. But, I have not yet had the chance to see you live. So with that in mind, would you be able to give a quick idea of what a live Jackie Fabulous show might entail? What can new fans expect to experience during a Jackie Fabulous set?

The biggest compliment I have ever gotten is that I ama relatable. I talk about what happens to me I don’t make anything up. I don’t have that kind of brain. If something happened to me that was embarrassing or sad or life-affirming I usually can bring it to the stage that very time it happens. I don’t believe in getting embarrassed about lessons to learn in life. And women in particular gravitate towards me because they get to finally hear another woman talk about what it’s like to be a woman at any age. My shows are honest and when I’m done audiences usually knows who I am. My goal is when I’m done performing I need for the audiences to understand what they just saw and want to get to know me and feel a little bit better about the fact that usually what has happened to me has happened to them in some capacity. And they can laugh at it.

 

 

I understand that you have a new book coming out soon in what is being called the Find Your Fabulous series. Would you be able to elaborate on the upcoming project? What can we expect to find in the new book?

I am writing my next book. It is about how I realized my parents were wrong about absolutely everything they ever taught me about being black from an immigrant family, a woman and an attractive woman at that. It’s about me learning that the rules don’t make sense and you can make your own rules and that you don’t have to do what everybody else has done to get your goals accomplished. The book is about how my parents raised me to be scared of everything and not to take risks and for whatever reason I did not grow up believing that they’re way was the best way. This book is about re-educating myself and Re-educating anyone whose mother told them they should be afraid of everything because they are a woman.

One of my favorite things that I have noticed that you do in your work as both a comedian and as a public speaker, of which the two seem to go hand in hand for you, is that you are a person who firmly believes in the empowerment of women. And in your line of work, that is no small feat, and I commend and thank you. I’ve got 3 daughters, and I will be damned if they feel as though they are beneath anybody, let alone some idiot who thinks he runs shit because he has a reproductive organ dangling outside of his body. With that in mind, I am curious to know about your thoughts in your current job when it comes to the inclusion of women? Are things improving for women in comedy? Or has the recent spike in attention simply began to fade into oblivion, and things are beginning to fade into the same old sort of nonsense that was occurring before the Twitter outrage?

I think things are changing permanently for the better. I don’t think this is a phase or it will go away. Too many women are angry entertainers and normal people. And the people who have the power or are influencers or have a voice are forcing those who don’t to create a voice. I spent a lot of my time obsessed with men and dating and relationships and sex only because I was trying to fill a void. And now with the transition happening where women are no longer being sought after as sex toys or just baby  makers I don’t think things will go back to the way they used to be. The outrage is too great.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

On May 28 I auditioned for America’s got talent and it will be televised on NBC at 8 PM. That is the biggest thing I’ve done in my career so far and hopefully it will not be the last.

I want and expect to get my own talk show. There’s a need for a new generation of talk show hosts like me who are real and look like other women in the world who aren’t already mega rich. And that is definitely me LOL.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I had a show last night in Vegas with a lot of women in the audience from Australia and they literally caused a stampede to get to me after the show to tell me that they were so happy to see a strong woman talk about real things and how much they are tired of men complaining about everything in  Comedy. I kissed them and hugged them all. Because they reminded me that money or no money, TV or no TV, I will never stop doing this.

 

Jackie is consistently on tour! Here are some dates you can find her at as of now, but be sure to check out her WEBSITE for future additions, as well as how to purchase tickets:

 

June 26th – 30th : Edmonton, Alberta, Canada @ Edmonton House of Comedy

July 3rd : Ontario, Canada @ Ontario Improv

July 7th : Los Angeles, CA @ Chocolate Sundaes at the Hollywood Laugh Factory

July 9th : Fairfield, IA @ Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

July 10th: Dubuque, IA @ Diamond Jo Casino

July 12th – 13th : Cedar Rapids, IA @ Penguin’s Comedy Club

July 14th – 17th : Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Atlantic City

July 18th : Ventura, CA @ Ventura Harbor

July 29th – August 4th : Las Vegas, NV @ Comedy Cellar Las Vegas

Aug 5th – 6th : Las Vegas, NV @ Women’s Leadership Conference

Aug 13th – 15th : Hermoas Beach, CA @ Comedy & Magic Club

Sep 4th – 8th : Bloomington, MN @ Minnesota House of Comedy

Sep 10th – 15th : Reno, NV @ Reno Laugh Factory

Sep 21st : Flagstaff, AZ @ Big Pine Festival

Oct 3rd – 5th : Calgary, Alberta, Canada @ Laugh Stop Calgary

Oct 9th – 13th : Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona House of Comedy

Jan 3rd – 4th, 2020: Washington D.C. @ D.C. Comedy Loft

Inés Efron [Interview]

¡Hola a todos! Hoy tenemos una entrevista absolutamente increíble con una actriz aún más increíble. ¡Es Inés Efron! Debo comenzar diciendo que desde que empecé este pequeño sitio hace casi 8 años (¡el próximo mes!), Efron ha sido alguien que siempre había soñado tener en el sitio desde el principio. Como veremos más adelante, apareció en una brillante película independiente que realmente me llamó la atención en la época en que estaba creando Trainwreck’d Society. Se llama XXY, y es una película absolutamente perfecta por muchas razones, a las que sin duda nos referiremos en esta entrevista. Y como puede adivinar, la película funciona muy bien gracias en gran parte a la actuación de Efron. Estoy muy emocionada de que esta actriz absolutamente brillante esté presente en nuestras páginas digitales.

Ah, y si no te has dado cuenta, esta es nuestra primera publicación que se hará completamente en español. Nos gusta que nuestro huésped se sienta cómodo aquí en Trainwreck’d Society, por lo que pensamos que sería genial completar esto en la lengua nativa de Efron. Tenga en cuenta que si algo suena incomprensible, es totalmente culpa mía, y no hay culpa en ella. Incluso después de vivir en el sur de España durante 3 años, todavía confío en que Google traduzca para mí. Una vez más, cualquier cosa incorrecta está en mí! ¡Así que comencemos esto! ¡Disfrutar!

 

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¿Cuándo descubriste tu pasión por el mundo de la actuación? ¿Cuándo te diste cuenta de que este era el mundo en el que querías vivir? ¿Fue una ambición muy temprana tuya?

Descubrí mi entusiasmo por la actuación en las clases de Nora Moseinco, una gran maestra Argentina de actuación. Yo tenía 16 años y esperaba ese dia de la semana para ir a las clases, ahí todo era juego e investigación en la libertad creativa. La actuación era un vehículo para tener un encuentro muy honesto con uno mismo, y poder observar todas las ideas que se generan sobre las cosas del mundo y sobre uno mismo.
En ese momento estaba por terminar la escuela y tenía que decidir qué carrera iba a estudiar, ahí fue que me inscribí en el conservatorio de arte dramática, donde no dure mucho, y luego volví a desarrollar mi formación con Nora Moseinco y algunas otras actividades que también nutrían mi formación actoral.

Ha pasado más de una década desde que le diste al mundo tu impresionante actuación como Alex en la película XXY, aclamada por la crítica, que sigue siendo una de las mejores actuaciones que he visto en mi vida. Tengo curiosidad por saber qué es exactamente lo que te atrajo a este papel? ¿Qué te hizo querer tener un personaje tan complejo?

El personaje de Alex de algún modo me era familiar, desde mi infancia siempre tuve muchos pensamientos acerca de lo femenino y lo masculino, me enojaba bastante todo lo que se daba por sentado, los estereotipos de lo que era ser niña, tenía un espíritu bastante rebelde. Y durante mi adolescencia eso se encendió con mucha fuerza, fue un momento en que realmente no sabia de que se trataba ser mujer. Como podía, trataba de correrme de los canones sociales, no quería dar nada por sentado. Por eso cuando recibi el guion de XXY, encontré que era posible para mi ponerle el cuerpo a Alex, su incomodidad con la vida era algo familiar para mi.

XXY fue verdaderamente un revolucionario y realmente tiene éxito en el tema que importa más de lo que actualmente está en el punto de mira de los cambios sociales más que en 2007. Como el cerebro detrás de darle vida al personaje de Lucia Puenzo, lo que crees personalmente es especial sobre la película ¿Y qué lo hace relevante para el clima de cambio y el progreso de hoy en día que estamos viendo (aunque lentamente) en todo el mundo?

Lo que yo creo que es interesante es que la película trae la posibilidad de abrirnos a un pensamiento que no define, que no pretende encasillar la realidad de acuerdo a las experiencias que hemos vivido y a nuestro condicionamiento cultural y de crianza. Y eso es algo que como humanos tenemos que estar siempre manteniendo latente en nuestras mentes, es una especie de atención que tenemos que tener con la realidad, que muy fácil se nos olvida. Y esto es aplicable a todas las cosas del mundo que damos por sentado, que pre juzgamos. No definir la realidad de acuerdo a nuestras creencias es un ejercicio diario que va a durar toda nuestra vida

 

 

Un par de años después de XXY, aparecerías en otra película de Puenzo titulada The Fish Child. Siempre tengo curiosidad por saber, desde una perspectiva de actuación, ¿qué hace un buen director en una película? En su opinión personal, ¿cuáles son algunos de los fundamentos más importantes que un director debe tener desde la perspectiva de un artista?

Lo mas interesante es que el director haya pasado por algún tipo de experiencia relacionada a la actuación, con esto me refiero a que hayan experimentado por si mismos lo que es actuar. Porque si no se les puede volver algo muy ajeno, algo a lo que le tienen demasiado respeto y por lo tanto se acercan al actor con solemnidad o un extremo cuidado.

Por otro lado para mi es muy importante en el rol del director estar guiando al actor con respecto a en que momento del relato sucede cada escena, entender bien que sucedía antes de casa situación. Porque si no muchas veces, por mas que el actor haga el ejercicio de recordar el guion y que parte está actuando en cada escena, el director siempre trae una mirada mas objetiva y global. Los actores solo necesitamos que las cosas no se nos pongan muy personales, ahí el director puede acompañar en el entendimiento de que es lo que se está contando en cada escena. No perder nunca de vista el relato en su totalidad.

Siempre logras elegir algunos personajes muy únicos y esclarecedores para retratar. Teniendo esto en cuenta, ¿qué es lo que normalmente buscas al decidir qué personajes quieres asumir? ¿Qué tipo de conexión con los personajes está buscando cuando elige su próximo proyecto?

Cuando elijo un personaje primero trato de identificar si realmente yo podría ponerle el cuerpo. Si el personaje atraviesa una situación que es demasiado ajena a mi vida, a veces me doy cuenta que no puedo personificar emociones que son tan desconocidas para mi. Que son cosas que por mi madurez emocional o por el entorno en el que vivo aun desconozco.

La otra cosa a la que estoy muy atenta es a que la pelcula cuente algo que no sea dañino para quien la observe. Que no sea una pelicula que traiga dolor al mundo.

¿Qué es lo que el futuro tiene para ti? ¿Algo que te gustaría conectar a nuestros lectores?

Continuo estudiando la vida y el mundo.

¿Qué fue lo último que te hizo sonreír?

Mi gato mirando la television.

Rachel Redleaf [Interview]

Happy Friday, Folks! And welcome back to another wonderful interview to close out the week. Today we have some words from the brilliant Rachel Redleaf! Rachel is an incredible actress that I discovered on one of my favorite television series that is streaming these days, the Netflix Original Series Atypical. She has been fantastic on this program, and I was inspired to reach out and learn a bit more about her, and some of the other work that she has done. And wouldn’t you know it, she is just a damn gem of a person and gave some wonderful answers for you all today.

Next month, Rachel will actually be appearing in a film that I am so incredibly excited to check out, which is the 9th film from legendary director Quentin Tarantino entitled Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Rachel will talk about it below, but I promise you all, no spoilers! She will also appear in a new Miranda July project coming out soon that I am also very excited about.

Rachel is an amazing actress, and an even more amazing person. We are so honored to have her grace our digital pages today. So without further babbling, please enjoy some words from the wonderful Rachel Redleaf!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of the performing arts? Was it an aspiration you have had since your youth, or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I’ve wanted to perform for as long as I can remember. I did my first show, Wizard of Oz, when I was 4 at Desert Stages Theater in Scottsdale, AZ and I never looked back. I got interested in film more recently and decided to study it in college and here I am:)

You have had a reoccurring role in one of my favorite series of the modern age, the Netflix Original Series Atypical. You are so wonderful on this program. I am curious to know what your experience has been like working on this project? It’s such a heartwarming and inspiring show. Have you had any sort of inspiring moments whilst working on this show that are memorable and have impacted your career thus far?

The entire cast is so amazing to work with. This show is what jumpstarted my career and it continues to impact my life, not only with fans and further auditions, but with meaning and friendships. 

I understand you are set to appear in the Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. I am also very curious to know about this experience. I know you can’t expose much about the film itself, but what was it like to work on a project of this magnitude, and working under the guise of a legend like QT?

It was like dream. I still can’t believe it’s real. Working with Quentin was so life changing. He cares so much about everyone on his sets and his passion shines through and it’s so inspiring. I’m honored to have gotten to work with him and on such an amazing film.

 

 

You also have another project coming out at some point in the near future that was directed by another legendary director, the great Miranda July. Would you be able to tell our readers a little bit about what they should expect from this film?

It’s a heist film with lots of heart and I get to play a pregnant lady with an agenda which was definitely a new and exciting experience! I also had my first onscreen kiss. 

If you were given the opportunity to portray any famous or renowned person in American history, who would it be?

Bette Midler! I’ve always been compared to her and I think it’s the biggest compliment ever because she is my hero and I would love to portray her or even CC Bloom in Beaches The Musical someday!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like our readers to know about? And how can they stay in touch with you via the Internet?

Well I absolutely love musical theater so I hope that you can see me on Broadway one day. Check out my website for updates http://www.rachelredleaf.com or my Instagram @rachelredleaf

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

Making my graduation cap with my best friend Kennedy!

Adam Croasdell [Interview]

 

Hey there Folks! Oh, do we have a damn fine interview to share with you all today! We have a very special interview with an amazing actor of both on screen as well as a gifted voice over talent. it’s Adam Croasdell! Adam may be most recognizable as the man who portrayed the intriguing character Eccarius in the hit AMC series Preacher that I personally cannot get enough of! We have had some folks from the show on here at TWS before who were absolutely wonderful, and Adam Croasdell is definitely a continuation of that.

AND not only did Adam have a regular appearance on one of my favorite shows on television right now, he also happens to be a part of the latest installment of the video game franchise that is the absolute best available. Regular readers out there will know exactly which one I am talking about. But, for any new readers out there, I am obviously talking about the Fallout franchise! That’s right, Folks, Adam is the man who voiced the robot Modus, and other various characters as well, that we all know and love in the latest installment of the franchise, Fallout 76.

And these are just TWO of the amazing projects that Adam has worked on. He’s also held reoccurring roles in shows like Reign, Castlevania, and more. He’s also worked within other well known video game franchises like Halo, Final Fantasy, Middle-Earth, and more. Seriously Folks, the man has done it all, and we are so excited that he is with us here today!

So without further babbling, let’s just get right into it. Here are some amazing words from the brilliant Mr. Adam Croasdell!!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of acting? Was it something you were always interested in even as a youth? Or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I always wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger, but when I asked myself why, I realised it was because I had seen them in films and on TV. Then I realised that I could still be an astronaut if I became an actor. Unfortunately Matt Damon keeps getting my parts…

What was your very first paid gig as a performer? And where there any sort of lessons learned from that very first job that still affects your work today?

My first paid gig as an actor was for a well respected 4-part mini series that I shot in South Africa. I played the young lover of an older woman caught in the throes of a midlife crisis. We had a shower scene together, and the day before it was due to be shot I was pretty nervous. The actress – a consummate professional – calmly assured me that it was going to be a closed set and that it was all going to be fine. The next day, comforted by this, I arrived on set only to have her pull me aside, wild-eyed, and say, “I don’t think I can do this! I don’t think I can do this!” Sets are funny places. I’ve learnt to expect anything.

 

 

You worked on several episodes of one of my favorite shows currently on the air, which would be AMC’s Preacher. I truly enjoy this show so much. I am curious to know what drew you to this project, and how it was to work on some a truly unique program? Was there anything that set it apart from the plethora of other work that you have done?

I really enjoyed working on Preacher. I was drawn to it for many reasons. The idea of playing a vampire in New Orleans was exciting to me. I lived in the French Quarter while I was there and often walked around at night, getting a feel for the place and understanding – sometimes viscerally – what had inspired Ann Rice to pen her vampire novels there. Of course, working with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin was also a big draw. Being in a series produced by these guys was always going to be an exceptional experience. And of course, I had a lot of fun acting with Joe Gilgun. What set it apart from other work I’ve done was the immersion in the dark, humorous world of the graphic novels that it originated from. Preacher keeps very close to the source material and I got to do all kinds of cool things as a result; flying, transforming into animals, mesmerising people, as well as having some very kick-ass fights. The set was a very creative one, and we were working in a city where, fittingly, anything goes.

Beyond the world of onscreen acting, you have also had a very successful career in the world of voice over acting. Specifically, you have worked on some of the finest video games to ever be released, including several gigs in the immensly popular world of the Final Fantasy franchise. But, one franchise that you worked on is not only our favorite video game franchises, but one of the best series of ANYTHING ever, in our humbled opinion. And that would be the Fallout franchise. And you have done some work on the latest installment, Fallout 76. How did you come to work in the world of Bethesda? And somewhat similar to the previous question, what drew you to work in the Fallout world? And was there anything about it that set itself apart from the other VO work you have done?

Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some great video game franchises. My first one was the lead in Dead Island: Riptide – as the Australian mercenary, John Morgan. I’ve also voiced the dwarf, Torvin, in the Middle Earth franchise, and Ignis Scientia in Final Fantasy XV. With Fallout 76, I auditioned without knowing what it was. The project had a codename at that point. When I got the part and they told me what the franchise was, I was very excited to find out it was Fallout. It has such a great fanbase and it was great to finally be a part of Bethesda. MODUS is such a cool character to me. Who wouldn’t want to play a psychotic Artificial Intelligence bent on world domination who also has the hots for a geostationary satellite?

 

 

The Fallout fandom is a pretty specific but very obessive culture. I know this, because I am a part of that fandom. We’ve featured several folks who have done VO work in the franchise, and we always like to ask how the fan interaction is for them in regards to Fallout specifically? So how has that been for you? Any sort of interactions with FO fans since 76 was released?

The fans have been great on social media, creating GIFS of MODUS and telling me how much they enjoy the game. It’s always great seeing how much the fans enjoy these games.

If you were handed the oppurtunity to portray any legendary figure in American history, who would it be? 

I think Edgar Allan Poe and Nikola Tesla. Both were geniuses, and both tortured and misunderstood. Their contributions to the worlds of culture and science can’t be overestimated. On the subject of ‘Tesla’, I’d also like to play Elon Musk when the time comes. But his story is still being written. Three fascinating minds and personalities.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

There are several things in the works right now, but I can’t talk about them yet.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Seth Rogen wiping out down the stairs in his movie, Long Shot. It was laugh out loud funny.