Saturday, December 3

Interview With Kari Ann Peniche

Revamp Decor
Josh Mitchell of Wicked Pissa Publicity referred us to Kari Ann Peniche, an interior designer in Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  Where were you born? 

Kari:  San Diego, California.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Kari:  Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the inspiration of Revamp D├ęcor?

Kari:  My husband, who is a talented developer, has been the inspiration behind Revamp Decor (which is now DAF House).  

It was... my involvement in his property development projects that led me toward my true calling as a designer,
and creator of artistic decor.  His constant encouragement and support that has given me the confidence to pursue this passion.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about interior design?

Kari:  What I love most is that, as a designer, I have a profound impact on people's lives through their environment. 

This is where they live, work, and play.  I enjoy listening to my clients' goals and learning who they are.   It is an art form of bringing these ideas and inspirations to life while creating a space that is aesthetically pleasing and enhances one’s quality of life.

La Libertad:  What inspires the look of your inventive chairs?

Kari:  Duality!  Duality of class in America, combining the grit of Al Capone with the glamor of Hollywood’s Golden Age; the rough-and-tumble nature of street cred elevated to American royalty by hustle, wit, and charm.  This philosophy is channeled into everything that is DAF House. 

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of your work?

Kari:  Knowing when to stop working!  I absolutely love what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work and I can get lost in anything and everything from the creating and designing to the sourcing of materials and products to the space planning and budget.

La Libertad:  What are your overall creative career goals?

Kari:  To continue creating artistic pieces that are not only unique but thought provoking, while improving interior spaces to reflect the heart, goals, and personality of my clients, and support the health, safety and well-being of the occupants.

La Libertad:  Who would be your ideal celebrity client?

Kari:  I believe all my clients are a celebrity, and they have all been ideal.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Kari:  My website: 


www.DAFHouse.com

an interview/recent article:  


bedroom.about.com/od/GeneralDecoratingTips/fl/Professional-Designers-Advice-on-Making-a-Bedroom-Special.htm

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Kari:  Change is possible no matter who you are, what you’ve done or how you live it starts with design. Design your environment, design your life.


Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Wednesday, November 9

Interview With Cynthia Bravo

Cynthia Bravo skipped the introductions and referrals, and went straight to giving us answers to our questions.

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Cynthia:  I was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico; the avocado capital of the world!

La Libertad:  When did you start Glix Entertainment?

Cynthia:  Glix Entertainment started in 2012.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the titles you are promoting at A.F.M. [American Film Market]?

Cynthia:  We are very excited about our current Line Up; we have a very diverse slate, with great talent attached, and genres that appeal to a large audience.

Hide in the Light is a horror film about an adventurous group of friends dare to break into the abandoned orphanage and quickly find themselves trapped and fighting against unnatural forces.

The Last Night Inn is a crime/thriller that reveals the inter-cutting stories of desperation, sex, and deceit, which takes place at a crappy L.A. motel in a night of coincidences, betrayals, and crime.

The Broken Legacy is a coming of age film that follows a lost screenwriter who recruits the help of an egotistical philosopher in order to attract the girl of his dreams while voluntarily testing a new drug at a research facility.

The Last Train is a drama inspired by true events that follows Anthony and Rain, strangers who have chosen this night to die, but when an argument prevents them from jumping in front of the same train they are forced to confront their demons and take a chance on love as wary partners on the road to hope.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Cynthia:  I love being on set and making things happen; I’m very hands-on.  I’m also very organized and very good with budgeting, so I take pride in being able to stretch every penny to maximize the production value. I try to keep busy and love meeting new people who share our passion for storytelling and expanding our network.

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Cynthia:  I’m also an actress, so when I’m not behind the cameras, you can definitely find me in front of the camera; and on my free time, I’m either reading the next project, or watching a new T.V. show.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Cynthia:  People.  Random people - anyone who’s passionate about their craft, no matter what it is - I find that inspiring and motivating.  I admire anyone who’s not afraid to take risks, and fights for what they believe in.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part about film-making?

Cynthia:  Not doing it.  Every production has it’s own challenges, but everything is possible; you have to just go for it.  Everyone knows it’s a tough industry, but every obstacle comes with a solution, you just have to find it, and keep moving.

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Cynthia:  I’m from Mexico, so Spanish is my first language, and English is my second.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Cynthia:  Keep creating good content, and moving into bigger budgets.

La Libertad:  What projects are you currently working on?

Cynthia:  At the moment I have several projects under development.  “The Bone Box” is the next one in the pipeline and I’m very excited about it.  It has great cast attached, and it’s a fantastic horror script about a desperate grave robber who comes to believe that he’s being haunted by those he stole from.

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Cynthia:  At the moment we are focusing on A.F.M., and right after that we have A.F.I. [American Film Institute].

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Cynthia:  Our company website with more information about us and our upcoming projects:

www.glixentertainment.com

Our Non-Profit organization: 


www.glixforthearts.com

My personal IMdB link:

www.imdb.me/cynthiabravo

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Cynthia:  "If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!”

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, November 5

Interview With Joe Granato IV


Joe Granato IV
Joe Granato IV
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced us to Joe Granato IV as the "filmmaker" of the "documentary 'The New 8-bit Heroes,'" about a
"new game for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System."

The game and the film may be pre-ordered from:


www.TheNew8bitHeroes.com

Josh tells us that, "[u]pon a visit to his former home in Central New York, Granato discovered a box of sentimental artifacts. Among them were forgotten illustrations, designed by he and other eight-year-old neighborhood friends, of concepts for a video game for the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. After reveling in nostalgia, he decided... to realize those ambitions..." using "the same techniques" with "the same limitations that would have been employed in 1988 to make a new cartridge based game that would actually be playable on the now archaic hardware for which it was originally intended." 

With a "team of modern creatives," Joe embarked on a "journey into an esoteric subculture made up of devotees to this as an art form" - people  "who thrive on the art of limitation."

The film features Adam F. Goldberg (creator of ABC’s "The Goldbergs"), 
Piers Anthony (bestselling fantasy novelist and creator of Xanth), David Sardy (Grammy Award winning producer and composer of soundtracks for  Zombieland, Premium Rush, AND End of Watch), Howard Phillips (creator of Nintendo Power Magazine), Samuel Claiborn (Managing Editor, IGN [International Gaming News]), James Rolfe (Director, "Angry Video Game Nerd"), and David Markey (Director, 1991: The Year Punk Broke). 

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Joe:  I was born in central New York, and grew up in a little suburban town just outside of Utica.


La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?  
Joe:  I currently live in Sarasota, Florida. 
La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your new film "The New 8-bit Heroes"? 
Joe:  The New 8-bit Heroes follows a group of modern creatives
(successful comic illustrator, Simon and Schuster fantasy novelist, film score composer, et cetera) as they attempt to retrofit their skills to develop a brand new, cartridge based, hardware playable game for the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, all based on an eight-year-old's game idea illustrations from 1988.  Through that frame story, the film explores the impact of the formative creative experiences we have as kids, their importance in shaping our future identities, and the consequences of attempting to reintroduce them into our adult lives. 

The film's E.P. [Executive Producer] was Adam F. Goldberg, creator of ABC's "The Goldbergs," features prominent members in the game development world, and has been received incredibly well thus far.

The project has also led to the creation of development tools for the N.E.S. [Nintendo Entertainment System], which will allow the average person, even one with zero programming experience, to create real, cartridge based games for the N.E.S., which we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign for in the near future.


La Libertad:  What do you love most about directing? 
Joe:  Directing film in general has always occurred to me as the best illustration of controlled chaos.  There are infinite variables that serve as the complex mechanism behind what is eventually a fairly simple sensory experience, comparatively.  I love how the output medium always hides the strings so well, and how the narrative can end up conveying so much more than the sum of its many complex parts.  For instance, we carved The New 8-bit Heroes out of seven terabytes of D.S.L.R. [Digital Single-Lens Reflex] footage captured over the span of two years, all without much of a road map.  Yet, in organizing the footage in post [post-production], a very distinct narrative emerged that seems obvious and inevitable.  The fact that the end product of such a convoluted process - the fact that any film can come across as having any semblance of sense is probably the most intriguing thing to me as a filmmaker, and makes it a really compelling method by which to tell a story. 
La Libertad:  How did you become interested in video games? 
Joe:  I’ve always been interested in gaming.  It’s almost redundant to say.  I grew up in the Eighties.  I think beating the Legend of Zelda was a rite of passage to enter the Third Grade.  But I was a little obsessed.  I was the quintessential Nintendo Kid.  I had every issue of Nintendo Power magazines; I had all the peripherals; I was the neighborhood guru.  In fact, the first time that I was ever called on the phone by a girl I had a crush on, it was to ask for my guidance in beating Zelda II.  But, unlike a lot of my friends, playing those early video games wasn’t a passive experience for me.  Exploring those pixelated worlds unlocked my creative ambition.  The games compelled me to make music, to draw, to write...  In the thirty years that followed, I became a novelist.  I became a filmmaker.  I became a musician.  I became a programmer.  And I honestly attribute a lot of my passion for these things to the experiences I had playing those early Nintendo games.   
La Libertad:  What inspires you? 
Joe:  What inspires me, besides the rather nebulous answers like life or travel or unexpected experiences?  Well, if I were to find a nexus at the center of my creative pursuits of various types of media, one thing that is a constant source of inspiration is the seemingly futile nature of the creative process.  I’ve often imagined Muse to be a sadist or a symbiotic parasite rather than a friend or creative guide, and I think some level of sarcastic analysis of that has permeated a lot of my work.  Case and [sic] point, The New 8-bit Heroes examines the insane and seemingly thankless culture of toiling for years to create new gaming experiences for consoles that have been obsolete for thirty years.  
La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of film making? 
Joe:  The hardest part of any creative project I’ve ever been involved with is relinquishing control and establishing a level of dependency on others.  It only takes being burned a few times in this way to exponentially increase how difficult it is to put that level of trust in others who, by nature, are probably not as invested in the project as you.  And yet, since not many films can be created alone, it’s a mandatory part of the process.  You, as a filmmaker, have to empathically compare the conviction and compulsion for something that may be relevant on a personal level while it’s incubating in the idea stage, and that can be very challenging.  And maintaining that interest and personal investment over the course of long form projects despite the complexities of daily life and all of the joyless, mundane parts of the process is always difficult as well.   
La Libertad:  Where have you traveled? 
Joe:  The New 8-bit Heroes took us to pretty much every pocket of the continental U.S., and a few stray sequences were also filmed internationally. 
La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals? 
Joe:  I’d like to continue to be as agile as I’ve been fortunate enough to be for the last few years.  I like the freedom to be able to express through different mediums, as the conventions of the mediums and the way projects are experienced serve very different creative purposes.  Some stories work best as prose, while others function better as interactive experiences.  Sometimes a three minute piano melody says more than a two hour, blockbuster film.  Sometimes the visual stimulus is transportive in a way that no other medium could hope to be.  So as far as career goals, I’d like to be in a position where I can continue to pursue any and all of these, dependent upon where "sadistic Muse" leads.   
La Libertad:  What projects are you working on next? 
Joe:  Actually, the next project is tangentially related to The New 8-bit Heroes documentary, and the Mystic Searches N.E.S. game that was created as part of it.  Over the course of the project, we were forced to develop tools to create our new N.E.S. game.  After showing them off, we found that many people were interested in these tools and have decided to make a suite of N.E.S. development tools that will be available to the public so that others can make their own cartridge based games without spending multiple years of primer getting used to the language syntax and the console’s limitations and all the prohibitive elements of working with
such an archaic system.
 
La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the details of the October 20th screening in Los Angeles?  
Joe:  We’re very happy to return to L.A. on our way up to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo.  The film will be playing at The Landmark Regent Theater at 1045 Broxton Avenue in Westwood.  Prior to the screening, we will be demoing parts of the game, the N.E.S. development tool, and having an informal meet and greet and Q and A, and this all will start around 7 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8. 
La Libertad:  What links would you like to share? 
Joe:  A lot of information can be found at our main site, which is


www.TheNew8bitHeroes.com

For Facebook users:


Facebook.com/TheNew8bitHeroes

And for Twitter:


https://twitter.com/new8bitheroes
La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?
Joe:  This project has been very involved.  It’s a game; it’s tools
Joe Granato IV
Joe Granato IV
developed to make the game; it’s a documentary about the process; it’s a documentary about a very esoteric interest.  But it really goes beyond that as a frame story.  I’d think that anyone who is a creative of any type, who has ever felt disenchanted or disappointed or frustrated with their art, would likely identify with the film.  Despite it being about creating a new video game for an obsolete system on the surface, that is really more at the core of what the film is about.


Introduction by Josh Mitchell and
William Mortensen Vaughan

Monday, July 11

Update: Justin Samuels

Wine Tasting cover
Wine Tasting cover
Justin Samuels granted us an interview in February, 2016.  Since then, he has started raising funds, via KickStarter, for his film, Wine TastingJustin tells us he intends to film late summer or early fall, 2016.

Justin's IMDb page:

www.imdb.com/name/nm3051701

For more information, and to make a donation, visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/2egcszw

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/689875946/wine-tasting

Monday, July 4

Update: Sarantos Melogia

Perfection From Every Angle cover
Perfection From Every Angle cover
On July 4th, 2016, Sarantos Melogia released his "Chicago summer dance song" titled “Perfection From Every Angle.”

He intends to release "the full music video" in mid-July.

See the Lyric Video at:


Listen to the audio version at:

 
Update by Sarantos Melogia and William Mortensen Vaughan


Wednesday, June 22

Update: Kitten Kay Sera

Kitten Kay Sera & Miss Kisses by FurJay
Kitten Kay Sera & Miss Kisses by FurJay
Kitten Kay Sera granted us an interview in February, 2015; now she is "tickled pink to announce the campaign launch for [her] new children's book," Miss Kisses:  The Pup Who Turned Pink.  The excellent and humorous illustrations, by FurJay, of Kitten and her dog, Miss Kisses, as well as a synopsis of the book, are at:

www.gofundme.com/misskisses

Update by William Mortensen Vaughan

Tuesday, June 21

Update: Adrian Voo

Jason Biggs and Adrian Voo
Jason Biggs and Adrian Voo
Adrian Voo granted us an interview in August, 2014.  Two years later, Adrian Voo is, according to David Cochrane of AdrianVoo.com, "set to to make his comedy debut" by "playing Best Man Da​n in... Amateur Night​."   

Jason Biggs, of American Pie fame, stars as Guy Carter, "an insecure, expectant father who unwittingly becomes a chauffeur for three charismatic call girls (Janet Montgomery, Ashley Tisdale, Bria L. Murphy).  

Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse (both known for writing Parental Guidance) wrote and directed Amateur Night.

Cinedigm will release Amateur Night in theaters and V.O.D. (Video on Demand) on August 12, 2016.
Amateur Night
Amateur Night





The official trailer is at:

youtube.com/watch?v=8XoKjRZx0AA

Adrian Voo also stars, as Adrian, in the upcoming film Little Bitches.

Press release by Robert Cochrane and William Mortensen Vaughan

Saturday, June 11

Interview With E.G. Daily

E.G. Daily
E.G. Daily
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced us to E.G. Daily, an actress formerly known as Elizabeth Ann Guttman.  Upon receiving our request for an interview, her response was, "Hi there! O.K., here we go!"

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

E.G.:  Los Angeles.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

E.G.:  Hollywood Hills.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your role in your latest film Mothers and Daughters.

E.G.:  It's a beautiful role!  "Mama Quinn" is the role.  It's just a powerful, heartfelt moment between a mother and her son.  Love this role!  It's what I'm about - being a mother.

La Libertad:  What was it like working with Rob Zombie on 31?

E.G.:  Both times... working with Rob was a blast!  He is a total artist, and everything he does is very detailed!  I love how crazy I get to be in Rob's movies!

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

E.G.:  I play music!  Spend time with friends, go to the movies, dinners...  Love animals!

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

E.G.:  Beautiful human acts of kindness...  Spirituality...  Nature...

La Libertad:  When did you realize you had a unique voice for cartoons?

E.G.:  When I was little girl - like eight.

La Libertad:  Tell us about your upcoming gig at the Whiskey.

E.G.:  I love playing the Whisky; I've been playing the [Sunset]  strip for decades!  Feel like home!  So much fun!  Great crowd, and headlining with Missing Persons - totally 'Eightie's!  Fun!  Looking forward to it, July 22nd!

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

E.G.:  To continue to make art - every form of it, and find new and more forms!  [smiles]

La Libertad:  What other projects are you working on?


E.G.:  I'm writing a lot of new music!  My daughters are singers as well, and I am working on helping them manifest there desires!

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

E.G.:
 
You can find the [links] on my website!
E.G. Daily
E.G. Daily


www.egdaily.com
 

twitter.com/realegdaily
 
instagram.com/realegdaily
 

vine.co/RealEgDaily
 

facebook.com/eg.daily

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

E.G.:  Check out my music on iTunes - so much beautiful stuff!







[itunes.apple.com/us/artist/e.g.-daily/id203946323]
 

I have a Voice Over Seminar available on Amazon for digital download.  It's called "E.G. Daily Up Close and Personal Voiceover Seminar."

And also "A one woman autobiographical musical"; it's also available on Amazon, called, "Listen Closely."



Thanks so much! [hugs, hearts, and balloons]


Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Interview With Juston Graber

Juston Graber
Juston Graber
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced us to Juston Roy Graber as "an L.A.-based, non-union actor, represented by Margaret Guiraud at Midwest TalentJosh tells us that Juston "studies at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) – pursuing a Bachelor of Arts [Degree] in Theatre with an Acting Emphasis," and "polishing various acting techniques, including [Sanford] Meisner, Uta Hagen, and [Anton Pavlovich] Chekhov, under the guidance of actor Jeremiah O'Brian

"Juston has also [been taking] classes with... Kathleen Dunn-Muzingo, who has coached for various television series, including 'The Last Ship,' 'How to Get Away with Murder,' as well as recognizable films such as Marvel's
The Avengers.

"Additionally," Josh tells us, "Juston was cast [as
Elroy] in a New Works play," titled The Vending Machine, written by Rebin Zangana, and directed by Edward Padilla."  Elroy is, according to Josh, "a father figure who hopes and dreams for his son's success and happiness – something that Elroy has not, nor will ever obtain."
 

Furthermore, Josh claims that Juston "has donated various amounts of money towards independent projects, including... 'The Convicted'":

vimeo.com/135644476

and the feature film Range 15.

According to Josh, Juston graduated from high school in 2003, then joined the United States Army, which deployed him four times in eight years, in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  Juston held the rank of Staff Sergeant (Pay Grade E-6), and
served as a Squad Leader.

Juston is known for his role as Dale Grayden in "
By the Book" (2012), as well as his lead and supporting roles in "Padlock" (2014), and
Beyond the Call of Duty (2016).


La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Juston:  Buffalo, New York, which is why I don't watch football.  Ugh, come on, Bills Four Super Bowls in a row - lost!

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Juston:  Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about acting?

Juston:  After all of the preparation that is required – building a character, generating background information, script analysis, research, imagery, object work, et cetera – throwing all of it away to live truthfully within the moment is what I love most about acting.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your latest project?

Juston:  I was cast in a play at U.S.C. [University of Southern California's] School of Dramatic Arts [titled], "The Vending Machine," written by M.F.A. [Master of Fine Arts] writer Rebin Zangana.  The play was a part of U.S.C.'s New Works festival, which allows M.F.A. students, along with the B.F.A. [Bachelor of Fine Arts], B.A. [Bachelor of Arts], and M.F.A. actors, to work with reputable directors.  The school brought in Actor/Director Edward Padilla to direct the play.  We had an ensemble of eight actors, all playing very significant roles that centered on a vending machine at a motel.  It was a coming-of-age "dramedy," where each character experiences some kind of growth by the end.  


I played the role of Elroy, a father with an eating disorder, who hopes and dreams for his son's success.  This role required extensive research on pancreatitis, which was what Eddie and I agreed to be my physical impairment for the character; in addition to wearing a fat-suit, the research I did allowed me to connect with Elroy both physically and psychologically.  There was an emotional scene towards the end of the play that I was able to reach by imbuing one of the objects (a "Number One Soccer Dad" pin) that the Properties Master, Marissa DeMore made for the character.  I truly love the collaboration aspect involved within each of these storytelling mediums – Theater, Film, and Television; there is a sense of gratification when it all comes together.
  
La Libertad:  What inspires your performances?

Juston:  I believe that inspiration changes from time to time.  It really depends on the type of performance I am doing.  I often get cast to play the "bad guy," due to my dark hair and eyes.  The message of the overall story is what I find inspiring me to act in these roles because, without them, the stories would not work; nor would there be a strong message.  It is important to keep an open and objective mind; there is where I find my utmost inspiration to perform.

La Libertad: What is the hardest part about auditioning?

Juston:  I do still have trouble with cold reads because you are not given enough time to really dive into the work and the characters' state of mind.  That is something I need to really work on.

I have found that auditioning has become easier and easier each year.  The nerves still come from time to time, but I have learned to channel them into whatever energy I need for the scene.

I attended a seminar with Chris Game, and I learned that auditioning really comes down to being prepared and giving the Casting Directors a menu to choose from.  When they ask, "Can you do that again?" they do not want to see you play the part the exact same way; they want to see something new, and trust that you have thought of different ways to portray the character.

Bryan Cranston was recently brought to our school and said something about auditioning that I have been implementing since hearing his words.  I cannot quote him verbatim, but he [said] something to the effect [that] treating every audition not as an audition, but as an opportunity to act.  Do your homework, and share what you have come up with; then leave it at that.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Juston:  Well, I joined the Army when I was seventeen.  I've been up and down the East Coast for training, including New York, Georgia, and North Carolina.  My first duty station was at Fort Campbell (101st Airborne Division) with Charlie Company, Third Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, also known as the "Rakkasans" [Japanese for "falling down umbrella men," after they parachuted into Japan during World War II].  After two deployments (Sinjar and Samarra, Iraq), I moved (Permanent Change of Station) to Fort Drum, New York, and was assigned to the Headquarters Support Company of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (yes, Headquarters AND Headquarters, I know, sounds weird), Tenth Mountain [Light Infantry] Division.  I was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, and once more, to Kandahar, Afghanistan.


I separated from the Army in 2012, and moved back home to Buffalo for a year, then started school in Savannah, Georgia, at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  I then made the move to Los Angeles, in April 2014, as I transferred to the University of Southern California.  There are many great places to be for acting:  New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, et cetera, but I choose Los Angeles for many reasons.  You can't beat the weather here, for one.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Juston:  My number one career goal is to remain humble, no matter how successful I become.

La Libertad:  What new projects do you have in "the pipeline"?

Juston:  I have recently been picked up to be featured in a Breezeway Productions film [titled] 46 Bay, written and directed by Alex Helisek, that explores hazing within a fraternity environment, and what pledges go through in order to join a frat house [fraternity].

I am also working on various student projects, on the side, that continue to challenge and hone my craft as an artist.  I will be playing a guest-star role in "The Stakeout," written by Matt Nordstrom, a Marine Veteran and U.S.C. Business major.

Additionally, fellow actor, Casey Dunn and I co-founded an improvisation troupe called prettyNOTbad Comedy Squad where we perform free improv [improvisation] and sketch shows on U.S.C.'s campus, at E.F. [Edward Francis] Hutton Park.  I [am including] the... shared social media links, so next fall semester, if anybody wants to come, you are totally welcome to watch and have a good time.  


We try to have a guest improviser at least once a month from the surrounding L.A. improv spots, including [the] Upright Citizen's Brigade, Second City, and [the] Groundlings.  We have had Johnny "ThreeNutz" [Jenkinson], Cody Ziglar, and Rob Gentile come to coach and perform with our troupe so far.

La Libertad:  What social media links would you like to share?
Juston Graber
Juston Graber


Juston:

www.instagram.com/justonrgraber

www.twitter.com/JustonRGraber

www.facebook.com/pretty-NOT-bad-Comedy-Squad-551036811731369

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to share with our readers?

Juston:  Aspire indefinitely.


Introduction by Josh Mitchell and William Mortensen Vaughan