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

Update: Melissa Cantatore

Melissa Cantatore
Melissa Cantatore
Melissa Cantatore granted us an interview, which we published in March, 2015.  Recently, she informed us that the first five episodes of her web series are available on her website.

Interview: Dhruv Bali

Dhruv Bali
Dhruv Bali
Dhruv Bali introduced himself to us as an "actor/model living in Los Angeles," and as "a client of Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity."

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Dhruv:  I was born in Jaipur, India.  It's also called "the Pink City of India."

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Dhruv:  Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about acting?

Dhruv:  What I love most about acting is being able to play someone else, and tell a story from someone else’s perspective.  Taking on a new set of beliefs, ideologies, physical, and emotional attributes just to be able to play a different character is so much fun!

The other thing I love about acting is the whole process of making a film or a play where, every time you do a new project, the people involved become your new family.  Being on stage or in front of the camera is the most exhilarating feeling I can ever feel; that’s when I feel the most alive.

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

Dhruv:  My latest project is the feature film The Mirror Game, a psychological thriller; think Fight Club meets the Perfect Murder meets Primal Fear.  It’s a Hollywood/Bollywood collaboration in which I play the lead antagonist.


It was truly a dream role as I get to play the bad guy in a good guy exterior.  It's an amazing written script.

La Libertad:  What inspires your performances?

Dhruv:  The character’s objective/what they are fighting for, is usually a major part of what inspires my performance.  Any given character in the script, usually, if fighting to satisfy a need/a desire...  Just like in real life, we have needs and desires, finding what my character's real need is, and then trying my best to make it come true by using different tactics is what inspires me the most.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part about auditioning?

Dhruv:  The hardest part about auditions is trying to stay true to the character, and listening to your reader, and trusting that you have done your homework.  A lot of things can go wrong or be completely different from what you imagined them to be.  During that time, one has to remind themselves that all that matters is what your character's objective [is], and where the scene is taking place, and not focusing on what’s going on in the room, but what’s going on in the scene, and your relationship with the other characters.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Dhruv:  I am an avid traveler, being born and brought up in Jaipur and New Delhi, India; I then moved to Pennsylvania State University and the University of San Francisco for college.  So I lived in Pennsylvania and San Francisco, respectively.  I have also traveled to New York, Texas, Miami, and Nebraska in America; Bangkok [and] Singapore in Asia; and Spain, Italy, France, and Amsterdam in Europe.


La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Dhruv:  I would love to be working in feature films full time, and also book a television show which gets picked up for consecutive seasons, like the past hit shows "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," or "Game of Thrones."

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

Dhruv:  I recently completed filming the new Cisco commercial and a music video for an upcoming hip hop/house music duo.  I am also in talks for signing another feature film, which will be shot in N.Y.C. [New York City].

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

Dhruv: 
Dhruv Bali
Dhruv Bali


www.dhruvbaliactor.com
 

www.instagram.com/dhruvbali21
 

www.facebook.com/dhruvbali21
 

www.youtube.com/channel/UCtXNylUre_pouamQIFfJbdQ

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

Dhruv:  You can subscribe to my YouTube channel for fitness, comedy, and motivational videos.


I would love to leave your readers with two of my favorite quotes:


“He who says he can and he who says he can't are both usually right.”


“You miss one hundred percent of [the] chances you don’t take.”


Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Model Pictorial: Summer Crosley









      Model:  Summer Crosley
Photography:  MB Productions
   Wardrobe:  Indah Clothing

Update: Sarantos Melogia

Hero Falls by Sarantos Melogia
June 6, 2016, Sarantos Melogia released his new movie soundtrack song, “Hero Falls.”  He dressed up as a super hero for the full music video version.

Lyric video:
 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyfxDEjt-kw

SoundCloud audio track:
 

soundcloud.com/sarantos-melogia/hero-falls

Update by Sarantos Melogia and William Mortensen Vaughan