Kyle A. Ward is a multimedia project leader that is driven with entrepreneurial expertise and dedication. He is extremely passionate and always makes it a priority to keep extraordinary standards with every project detail. Here he talks about his achievements, especially in the dance gaming world, while in such a young age.
CelebrityDialogue: Brief us about your education.
Kyle: Let me start off by saying thank you for this interview!
I was one of the rare kids who really loved school. I loved the atmosphere, the people and following a similar routine with a goal to accomplish everyday day. During my senior year at Prairie High School I actually volunteered to take extra classes and stay after school - sometimes as a TA or assistant, because I enjoyed it so much. I specifically loved to read how-to, non fiction and tech manuals – which contributed to me 'thinking outside of the box' and creating my own path. Learning is something I highly enjoyed and I was very into music, video and entertainment. I knew from an early age that I wanted to participate with products that captivated people and took their attention.
It was this multimedia obsession that finally lead me to the Art Institute of Seattle where I received an Associate of applied Arts degree for video production. Like high school, I was very addicted to the school and participated in a lot of extra activities and made good friends with my instructors. I worked many side jobs in the field and quickly became connected with the video production industry in Seattle. I really loved the city too! The atmosphere of Seattle is very inspiring with media work.
CelebrityDialogue: Your first company?
Kyle: Fresh out of school, I worked for UWTV at the University of Washington running camera for live events. Soon after, I began to work with eln communications as a video technician. During my time at eln, I continued to learned a lot about video producing, live events and the dedication required for projects in the real world. I had the opportunity to work with “Best of Taste” productions (a international traveling cooking show) and later contribute to projects like “Conferon to Seattle” and Costco FSI. It was the Conferon project that actually contributed to the city of Seattle obtaining a huge trade show opportunity in 2005.
read the article here from the Seattle Times - http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20050822&slug=sellingofseattle22m
It was my drive and passion that actually got me the job at eln in the first place – and my superior at eln communications was very inspiring with his 'can do' attitude towards anything. I quickly learned a lot about working with clients (like Howard Schultz of Starbucks coffee) during live tv appearances and which contributed to delivering great production quality under tight timeliness. I really enjoyed my work there and it was a great opportunity that quickly introduced me to the professional media industry.
With my days were often occupied at eln, I additionally started to work nights for an independent gaming company Roxor Games. Roxor was producing a new dance game title called “In The Groove” and contacted me about the project. This opportunity is what lead me to my career of 'reaction based' video games. I had also produced music with the little spare time I had left – so this allowed me to further exploit my hobby of producing electronic dance music – which I had taught myself during school. Of course this was like a match made in heaven to me. Being able to combine fun, work and a hobby - what's not to like about that!
Cynthia Preston (born May 18, 1968) is a Canadian television and film actress. Preston was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Best known internationally for playing Faith Rosco on the American soap opera General Hospital from 2002 to 2005, and also for providing the voice of Zelda in The Legend of Zelda segments that aired as part of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show in 1989. She has also appeared in episodes of The Outer Limits, Total Recall 2070, Neon Rider, Street Legal, Katts and Dog, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Cynthia has also appeared in a number of films, including the role of Claire in Whale Music, Ursula in the Canadian cult-horror classic Pin, and Melissa Tyler in If Looks Could Kill - Teen Agent. Her most memorable television appearance has been In the 2013 flick "Carrie" Cynthia appears in the role of "Eleanor Snell".
CelebrityDialogue: Your famous character “Faith Rosco” in the American soap opera “General Hospital” won many hearts. Share your most memorable experiences connected to this program.
Cynthia: Playing Faith Rosco was a total joy. First of all, I tested for another character and didn't get the part. I was very disappointed, but then they called me and told me they were going to create a character for me! I had no idea what the character was going to be, but I was over-the-moon excited. I was pretty surprised when the character turned out to be a mob boss, psycho killer!
Playing Faith was a constant joy. I loved the cast and crew so much. I was shot on several occasions... and punched & slapped quite a few times by other women on the show - which was so much fun because I loved working with the stunt coordinator and doing the falls myself. It made me kind of want to be a stunt person as a side job :)
CelebrityDialogue: Is it creepy at all working in a horror film, like you did in “Carrie”?
Cynthia: As far as horror goes, most of my experience has been with comedy-horror, which is great fun, but with Carrie it was very creepy. As you will see, certain things happen in my scene with Julianne Moore that will make you cringe and groan. At least that's what we all did! Cast and crew alike, as soon as Kim called cut, we all groaned!! It will make your skin crawl!! I can't say what happens, but it's great!
CelebrityDialogue: What does your character “Eleanor Snell” portray in this film?
Cynthia: I'm Eleonor, Sue's Mom. The scenes I shot with my daughter, played by Gabriella Wilde, show my character to be a warm, nurturing mother (who happens to have great taste in clothes). I can't mention anything specific that happens. I'm sworn to secrecy.
Nathalie was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, to a Greek father and Colombian mother but her and her family moved to Italy all together when she was only a few months old. She eventually grew up to become a vibrant actress to grace the Italian cinema and television. Her destiny would take her to as far as Hollywood where she played "Roseline" in the 2013 film "Romeo & Juliet", directed by Carlo Carlei.
CelebrityDialogue: How did you end up in acting rather than following your father in pharmacy?
Nathalie: As a child I had always been very curious and fascinated by arts and sciences at the same time. I used to work as a child and teen model which I found fun and glamorous, but as soon as I began doing commercials I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I love this!’ It was more challenging and I loved expressing myself and going beyond my image giving a ‘yeah! I’m the hottest chick in the world’ look at the photographer’s camera.
So when I finished High School, I decided to apply to King’s College in London to study Pharmacy and to The National School of Cinema in Rome to study Acting too. What happened was that at the beginning, I got accepted to King’s College and got no answer from the National School of Cinema in Rome. So I just thought, ‘Ok if that’s what’s meant to be, that’s what meant to be'.
However after a whole month, when I was already doing my Pharmacy course with a scholarship, I finally received a late response from the National School of Cinema asking me to go to Rome for an audition! At that moment, I had a major break down, I was confused and scared about giving it a shot but then… I did. I went to Rome and did the audition. After a week, they told me I had passed it and that I was to come back for a monthly try out which then, I also passed. At that point I realized that acting was what I was supposed to do. It felt natural to me and I loved it.
CelebrityDialogue: Which was your first major break professionally?
Nathalie: My first major break was when I did the Italian teen movie called , “ Gli Ultimi della Classe” which made me win an ‘Italian Golden Globe’ as Best Up Coming Actress in 2008.
CelebrityDialogue: After working in Greece, Italy and USA, what subtle differences have you observed in the entertainment industries in each of these countries?
Nathalie: I realized that talent does not have a nation. Passionate and gifted artists are all over the world.
Jamee Natella, the Founder and Executive Producer of Blueyed Pictures talks to CelebrityDialogue.com about her company and projects. Jamee is the receipient of 2011 Telly Award (Bronze) for Toyota Scion "Take on the Machine" TVC in addition to WEBBY, FWA, CLIO and ADDY awards to her credit.
CelebrityDialogue: How did you start your career as a producer?
Jamee: I garnered most of my production knowledge from working at Warner Brothers, Touchstone and various commercial production companies.
It wasn't until 1995 when Rick Yorn asked me to help produce a short that Benicio Del Toro had written and Directed that I knew I could produce.
CelebrityDialogue: What’s the story behind the founding of “Blueyed Pictures (BLU)”?
Jamee: After attending the Venice Film Festival, I was offered a job to work at TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting system) where I stayed for a few years producing a local morning talk show. While I was there, I noticed a certain lack of western production knowledge and bilingual crews. I saw the need to implement a more western work ethic in the productions for foreign clients and to develop more confidence in the Japanese culture. I decided to leave TBS to create my own company that would deliver these standards to Advertising Agencies, Production Companies and PR firms. In 1998, I launched Blueyed Pictures in Tokyo. I opened the London office 6 years later, since many of my clients in Tokyo where British. The Los Angeles office came next when BBDO- West asked me to Partner with them. Blueyed would act as their "in house company". Partnering with BBDO put Blueyed Pictures on the map. Several years later, BBDO- West decided to restructure and close their LA office. - So, It was time for me to go solo again, and return to being independent.
Hence the birth of my third office, Blueyed LA. To this day, I still work closely with BBDO Worldwide.
CelebrityDialogue: How is the film production climate in Japan different from that in Europe or the US?
Jamee: Japan has changed a lot since the late 80s when crews were not multi-lingual and English was not spoken as frequently.
Now the Japanese market is much more westernized. However, government still makes it a bit challenging to film on public proprieties like freeways and train tracks.
Soho in London, feels like a mini Hollywood now and has certainly become the hub for our industry. Europe has gotten much more friendlier towards welcoming production and incentives. The locations and stages in Europe are fantastic.
In Hollywood, I love how everything is catered to production and easily accessible 24/7 . I hope our new Mayor, Eric Garcetti can help create an incentive to keep filming in California.
When I travel and work , I see how much commerce is brought to one community just from one project we are working on. I only wish we could bring that back to LA. Create jobs for our home town. The birth place of Hollywood!
Susan Angelo has performed leading roles in over 100 Shakespeare, classical and contemporary plays in regional theaters and festivals throughout the USA, as well as in New York and Los Angeles, working with such actors as Holly Hunter, Amy Madigan, Forest Whitaker, James Avery, Roger Rees, Van Johnson and Lee Meriwether and garnering several Los Angeles Times Critics Awards, LA Weekly and DramaLogue Awards and nominated for Ovation Awards. Susan also has been part of television series, such as "Touch" and "Franklin & Bash" & Tom Cruise's film "Jack Reacher".
CelebrityDialogue: You have an MFA from George Washington University and California Institute of Arts. For aspiring theatrical actors, how important is it to get formal education in this realm?
Susan: I think training is essential for an actor. To be competitive in this field, and to be able to work in theatre, film, tv, voice-overs, commercials, etc. you really have to develop your skills and techniques. Learning to respect the text and understand what the scene is about and the author’s intent is paramount. Then, to be able to have your instrument tuned—vocally, physically, and emotionally is essential to be able to fulfill the author’s intent. There are lots of ways to get training, and I don’t know if you have to be in a formal BFA or MFA program to get it, but it does require a steady diet of daily discipline in voice, movement and text work—and those intensive programs offer that.
CelebrityDialogue: As a performer who has acted in countless Shakespeare and classical plays, you must have a very strong association with this category of theatre?
Susan: Well, theatre is the actor’s glorious medium. It’s the actor’s playground to get to do what we do—with no cutting or editing to craft a good performance. So, to sustain the story and life of a character for a 2-3 hour period of time is a challenge—it requires you to be in “good shape” – it’s like running a marathon. You have to learn how to pace yourself, how to reach the peaks and valleys and at the same time, allow yourself to discover and be surprised along the way. Theatre takes an incredible focus that I find hones my skills constantly. There’s always another challenge to overcome and it’s so exciting to play and experiment. Plus, there exists a dialogue with the audience that is thrilling. The audience becomes a character in the play and as an actor, you learn to share the story with them and include them…. play off their energy, and so each show is different, because each audience is different. You can watch a movie over and over again and while you may discern different things each time, or glean a slightly different perspective, the performances are static—they remain the same, viewing after viewing. But in the theatre, when a group of people gather together on a given night, that particular dynamic between actors and audience will never be duplicated. It’s a thrilling sort of magic.
CelebrityDialogue: What are some of best memories from your play “Anthony and Cleopatra”?
Susan: Wow,,,,there are so many. First of all, it’s a great, epic play, filled with huge emotions and the stakes are so high. Shakespeare uses elevated language and paints a broad landscape for the actors to live in. My experience was unique (and frightening!) because I was a last minute replacement for an actress who was originally slated to play the role and had to leave due to a family emergency after the first tech rehearsal. So, I had about 10 days to learn this role, which is insane! It’s a role that requires months of preparation, and I didn’t just have that. Having never played the role before, I plunged in—head first, feet first, every which way. And so my best memory was having to jump in, make bold choices and never look back or second guess myself. That turned out to be a huge lesson and gift for me both personally and as an artist. I learned to trust my instincts in a way that I had never done before—I simply didn’t have the luxury to do otherwise! And as a result, I felt that the cast and directors welcomed me with open arms and complete trust. It turned out to be one of the best acting experiences thus far in my career….and a great lesson in rising above fear!
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