Catharine Daddario

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Catharine Daddario is a woman of many talents. Besides being an incredible actress and skilled writer, she is also one of the happiest people you'll ever meet, with a bubbly personality you cannot seem to ever get enough of. Im grateful I recently got the chance to interview her, but also grateful Ive gotten to know her well outside of a professional relationship and can call her a good friend of mine. She's going places, and myself along with all her other supporters cannot be more thrilled with all the fantastic work she is doing. Read our interview below to learn more about Catharine and how she got to where she is now. 

 

1. When did you first begin acting and at what moment did you start to
think you wanted to become a professional actress?

I started acting in a local repertory company when I was in Middle School. I thought acting would help with my speech apraxia and public speaking for when I ultimately became a business woman like my mother. As soon as I started acting though, I realized acting was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 


2. Do you have a favorite role or character that you have ever played?

I don't have a favorite, but the first time I felt fully confident in my comedic abilities was in a teenage production of Chekhov's The Bear. I had so much fun with that script and it completely changed the way I envisioned my future career. I started to appreciate and work on comedy as well as drama, which made me a better actor and a funnier person.


3. What actor or actress would be your dream to act in a TV series or
movie with?

There are so many people I would love to work with! First of all, I think it would be so much fun to work with either of my siblings and do what I love with my family.

     If I have to choose one actor who I'm not related to, I have to say Amy Adams. She does a terrific job making characters original and specific, and she never seems to repeat a performance. I also appreciate her public persona as her kindness seems incredibly genuine. It feels strange to say I would like to work with someone so young but she has accomplished so much at her age for a reason and I would love to learn from her!


4. Who are your favorite actors and actresses in the business today?

This answer changes every few weeks because the list of shows I watch changes regularly. I watch a lot of cartoons and love some voice actors, but a few of the live action shows I'm watching right now are Westworld, VEEP, Barry, Jane the Virgin and Ozark. Those shows have made me currently obsessed with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gina Rodriguez, Bill Hader, Thandie Newton and Jason Bateman. These actors have incredible range and all can be hilarious or make me cry - or both at the same time! 


5. Whats one piece of advice you would give to anyone also trying to
pursue acting as a career?

The only important thing is to never quit. Acting is a job that you have to show up everyday to, despite not having an office or clear trajectory. You can always find a few minutes to look at a script or read a play, to submit to a project, or record yourself practicing and watch the video critically. Get good headshots. Make your own work and learn from your mistakes. Most importantly, once you book something, do what you do at any job: be kind and come prepared.


6. What are your favorite movies and tv shows of all time and why do
you love them so much?

Legally Blonde, Goodfellas and now Moonlight are the three that always spring to mind when I think about my favorite movies. Legally Blonde was my first experience with glamorous feminism. I was young when it came out, and the main character was a good inspiration for me, because even though she values her appearance she wasn't afraid of working hard. Even today I find myself trying to channel Elle Woods.

I can rewatch Goodfellas, and most of Scorsese's work, hundreds of times: they're just well directed, well acted movies that are so fun even when they're terrifying.

Moonlight really blew me away. It was one of those movies that sticks with you. Sometimes when I'm daydreaming, a scene from it will pop into my head. I suspect that for years I'll be thinking about that uncomfortably intimate wrestling scene, the beach scene, or the image of Naomie Harris standing, staring. It's the perfect combination of cinematography, acting and subject matter that is so important to put in front of mass audiences.


7. What does the rest of 2018 hold for you? Any big plans or projects
that you are working on?

I am most excited right now about a project my partner and I plan on pitching. I don't think even my friends realize how excited I am because I tend to stay extremely calm when talking about things I am a little bit nervous about.

I recently had a VR film at Cannes called ‘Wilde Eastern’ that was a crazy experience, playing to a camera that sees everything and performing film noir style! I’m also in a horror feature coming out at the end of the year called ‘Artifact’. It was a great experience for me, because of how positive and talented the small cast and crew were. I consider everyone I met on that set to be a good friend now.

I recently shot a feature called ‘Stronger than Pretty’ about a family that struggles with domestic violence that takes place in the 70s and 80s that I am proud to have been a part of. I am also shooting a short soon where I play a dead girl who becomes possessed by a demon. I am having a lot of fun scaring my boyfriend with my demon voice practice!

 

 

Follow her on Instagram @catdaddario

JJ Shurbet

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JJ Shurbet, also known as @scruffpuppie on Instagram is a teenage music artists from Wisconsin. He has over 64,000 subscribers on YouTube and has garnered over 1 million views on his chanel. Posting covers from popular artists such as Lil Peep, XXXTENTACION, and Bon Iver, his fans go crazy for his passionate and unique sound. 

 

1. When did you start playing the guitar and singing?

I have been singing almost all my life, music has always been apart of my life, and I have been playing guitar for almost ten years

 

2. Have you always loved performing for others?

Performing for other people is how I got into music. My first time performing was for some goofy talent show and I loved seeing people’s faces so much, honestly I just love making people happy

 

3. Who are your 3 biggest personal musical influences?

3 of my biggest musical inspirations would include Sam Ray, Mac Demarco, and Kevin Abstract. Their music always speaks to me in different ways, with the way Mac Demarco sounds, and the way Sam Ray and Kevin Abstract write

 

4. If you could collaborate on an album with anyone who would be your dream artist to do so with?

If I could collab with anyone it would definitely be Teen Suicide (or american pleasure club). I love the lofi-punk rock style of music they have and I always will, I strive to make music like that.

 

5. When did you start uploading videos to youtube and what has been the best part about doing so?

I started uploading YouTube videos when I was about nine years old (2010), and my favorite part of YouTube is seeing people’s comments, the uplifting ones specifically. It always makes me happy to know I am making people happy with my music.

 

6. Are you working on any new original music and if so when can we all expect to hear it?

I am working on an album that will most likely beout this summer, and it will consist of about 8-9 songs, and it will be on bandcamp for around 5 dollars :)

Anna McNaught

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Anna is an incredibly talented Graphic Designer and Photographer out of Los Angeles. Her pictures are truly magical and create images that blur reality and the supernatural. Read my interview with Anna below, to learn more about her and the amazing work she does. 

 

1. When did you first start getting serious about photography and know that you had a passion for it?

I've been serious about photography for most of my life but the real passion came in college.  I grew up with a family of artists so I was surrounded by art from a young age.  I started painting and playing around with a camera as far back and elementary school.  In highschool, I became very interested in graphic design and decided to go to Savannah College of Art and Design.  I took a photography class while I was at SCAD and really fell in love the idea of going outside with my camera and capturing the world around me.  As much as I love sitting at my computer and editing there was something so intriguing about walking around the city and recording everyday life. It wasn't until a few years ago that I started combining my love for graphic design and photography into my surreal creations.


2. What types of photos do you like taking the most and why?

I enjoy taking photos that I can turn into something else.  Mainly landscape shots and shots with people. From these pieces, I can create a whole different world in photoshop.


3. Where do you draw creativity and inspiration from when editing and taking photos?

I pull inspiration from dreams, nature, books, movies, and studying the works of great artists.  Most of my ideas come right as I'm falling asleep. 


4. Do you have a favorite photo you have ever taken, favorite subject you have ever shot, or favorite location to photograph and why?

My favorite photo I've ever taken is my self-portrait where I'm coming out of the frame.  I took this in Joshua tree on the side of the road totally on a whim.  It was the first shot that got me interested in this type of work and has a lot of emotional meaning behind it.


5. What would be your biggest piece of advice to people looking to start doing photography or people looking to get better at photography?

My biggest piece of advice for people looking to get into photography is, practice as much as you can, study the art of others and why something works or doesn't work, and come learn from my blog, The Liked Photo! haha :)


6. What are your plans for 2018 and do you have anything cool planned that you want to share?

SO many plans for 2018! I'm launching an Instagram and photo course online, quitting my job to go fulltime freelance, traveling to Scotland, getting MARRIED!!! and lots lots more so stay tuned :D

 

Follow her on Instagram @annamcnaughty

Avstin James

Avstin James is a 20 year old music producer and DJ from Vancouver who has become very well known for his Hip Hop/ EDM mashups. He has 66k subscribers on Youtube and has millions of plays on Soundcloud. Check out my interview with Avstin below to learn more about his life and how he got his start!

 

1. When did you first start making beats and when did that turn into making mashups? 

I first started making mashups in the 11th grade in my math class, Poetic Cherokee (Kendrick Lamar X Cherokee), now working with ableton on original tracks and remixes.

 

2. What was the first mashup you made, and how have you evolved both as a DJ and fan of music since then? 

First mashup was Poetic Cherokee (Kendrick Lamar X Cherokee) made in my 11th grade math class. Moved onto a program called mixx and have crafted many mashups on there. Now im working with ableton to make all my music, including my mashups.

 

3. Who are top 3 favorite music artists in the industry today and what about them stand out to you?

Louis the child - It looks like they truly love what theyre doing. From the studio to the stage you can tell these dudes are having fun.

Post malone - This guy is so cool. I love everything he puts out and through watching his interviews, he seems so geniune and creative.

Flume - Production king. I love all his music and what he's about.

 

4. What is your favorite part about performing live and where would be your dream venue or festival to perform at? 

When you play a song or drop and you look out in the crowd and see all the reactions. Its cool to see something that started in your room played out to a big group of people. My dream festival would be coachella or pemberton in my hometown. I really love the vibe of what they put on and would love to play for crowds like that.

 

5. What other artist would be your dream to collaborate and work with on a joint album and why? 

Dream collaboration would have to be chance the rapper. Being in the studio with this man would be a highlight of my life.

 

Follow him on Instagram @avstinjames for more!