Singing Luna on the Rise

I had the pleasure of interviewing professional Singer, from Santa Barbara California the amazing Luna. Enjoy!

When & why did you first start singing?

I started singing in church. I’m really unsure of the age that I started singing, I might have been six. The reason why I started singing, I remember this woman she had come from another church to sing to us and I was completely just blown away by how her voice sounded and not only her voice but the feelings that she was giving me. I’m pretty sure that she was giving everybody else there. I remember just praying and begging and just asking God, “I want to be blessed with a talent like that, I want to be able to sing like her, if not at least be able to reach people with my voice and music”. I began singing around the house since I was very religious at that time, I was just singing a lot of gospel music by myself. I didn’t really want anybody else to hear me, I was always at home. One day my step-dad heard me and said that I sounded pretty good and since that compliment, I started singing at church.

Where would you most like to perform?
I haven’t really put much thought into where I would love to perform. Since I’m just starting out, I’m just seeing where the music takes me. I hope it does get to that point where music is my number one priority because I’d be extremely happy with that.
Who would you most like to open for? 
I would like to open for Lauryn Hill. I’d be really excited to open up for anybody that’s been extremely successful in the music business.
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing? 
I’d probably be a police officer by now. I’ve always wanted to be catching bad people but also helping people. I know that being a cop isn’t just about giving people tickets and arresting people I think to be a police officer, you have to be active within your community.
 
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
I think when I established myself in music, I would definitely want to venture out into rock because growing up I used to listen to a lot of like alternative rock metal because that genre means a lot to me.
Any final advice to your fans?
Advice? Don’t let any criticism or anything like that stop you from doing what you want to do. I’m also going to be blunt, you actually have to be serious about it. I probably wasted a lot of time just daydreaming about doing music and not really putting it into action. I feel if I would have stopped daydreaming I’d probably be where I want to be. Don’t waste any time! Start working on what you want to do. Work on your passion. Time doesn’t stop for anybody and you know in a blink of an eye, you can be 40 years old and be like f*** what the hell have I been doing?! where’d all the time go?

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Instagram: tu_diosa_Luna

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

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Fashion & Politics

It is visually obvious that fashion is inspired by politics. For example, when you stand up or support a cause, getting a shirt or some sort of memorabilia to represent it, is a must. You want everyone to see who you support. The people that don’t know what you are representing, will ask and this is a great way to recruit more believers. We see it all the time with all the recent protest going on, everyone that displays their believes on their body through clothing get taken as a serious believer. It takes a lot of courage to visually display your beliefs on your body verse just speaking them. It has a harsher effect.

Our bodies are incredible when attracting attention. Thats why it is incredible when you are bold enough to wear or display your thoughts on it.

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For Better, Not worse

For Better, Not Worse is a business of which its clothing is made in Los Angeles, California. The collection includes graphic tees, hoodies, sweatshirts, and Tanks. The clothing is made from jersey knit,     tri-blends and cotton. Each shirt has a positive affirmation across the front.

For Better, Not Worse has teamed up with Families in Transition (FIT) and the Pasadena Unified School District. Families in Transition, provides assistance to families in need.

Founder Patricc Reed states the companies goal is to donate a bag of groceries to a child in need. The companies plan is to disburse food four times annually. As the company grows the number of distributions will too. Ultimately Reed hopes to disburse food to cities nationwide on a weekly basis. June 4 was the most recent distribution of food, For Better, Not Worse planned on having more than 550 bags of food. Reed has made wholesale accounts available and so far has landed orders from Sodo and Dungarees.

The next step For Better, Not Worse is to create a new website, which Reed expects to be up an running in a few months.

For Better, Not Worse is a unique business that gives back to its community. I think that this business motto is genius. It gives the consumer the power of investing in a child that is in need of food, here in our own country. There is an abundance of organizations that donate to other countries in need, that we neglect to see that we have hundreds of children that go days with out eating in our own communities.

We need more types of businesses like this in the US. The company sells products that send a positive message to the consumer and the public by embellishing all its clothing with positive affirmations. It is a win win situation for both parties. The children that are in need of food, get the happiness of being cared for. They receive healthy food given to them by individuals that want to make a difference in their lives. They are also getting faith. Faith that there are people that will help, and hope for a better life.

The consumer gets the joy of knowing that they are helping a child that is in need of food. They are also getting a great shirt that has a positive message. This gives them the satisfaction of making a difference in their own community, and as the company grows it will be a satisfaction of helping our country fight hunger and doing our part as US citizens.

For Better, Not Worse has the potential of becoming a big business. A business for hope. An industry that helps its country make a difference, by feeding the hungry one shirt at a time.

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Daisy CS

 

“APPAREL WITH A PURPOSE- For Better, Not Worse: Apparel With a Purpose” By Sarah Wolfson | Thursday, May 19, 2016

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“Home” What does it mean?

Many people see home and think of a place such as a house or some sort of sheltered area where people live. Home can have many meanings, depending on who you talk to. The solid definition of a “home” is : a family living together in one building, house, etc. It is also defined as a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary.

 

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Home to me, means a state of mind. Where you feel at peace being around people you love or care about. Whether it is family or friends, it really depends on how you look at things. I have resided and traveled to several different cities and states, and I always referred to home as being where I gathered at the end of the day to feel safe, relax, rest and decompress with my closest relative. Sometimes that was a house, a hotel room, a tent, an RV, a car or an apartment. I noticed when I would say “lets go home”, I meant lets go rest. Lets decompress from all the things we have done today and relax.cf08543b-fcbd-4c89-8543-a4988dd9cbdc

What does home mean to you?

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The American Dream

The concept behind the American dream, is that every US citizen has and opportunity to succeed. By being determined and working hard.

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In this piece Hollywood (night) by Mac George Prints, we have the world famous Hollywood sign. Many people believed that if they wanted to be taken seriously as an actor they had to move to California and go to Hollywood. The “town of the stars” is where actors fled to, in order to become world famous movie stars. In this image, the sky is full of twinkling stars. The bright lights from the city buildings illuminate the sky. The Modern house on the left signifies the fortune in Hollywood. The palm trees and the mountains give this image a since of relaxed and good living. The airplane in the sky gives the viewers a glimpse of the good life by signifying travel and prosperity.

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In this piece we see the “dream” family. A happily married couple with one daughter and one son. They seem to be having so much fun while barbecuing huge steaks and tons of hot dogs. The abundance of wealth and materialism are shown here in this image. This family has it all, happiness, tons of brand name equipment and they are prospering. This is the kind of image the media published to the world to promote the American Dream. The easy of having it all, happiness, wealth and an abundance of positions all available to Americans.

If I saw this image and I was living in another country, I too would strive and work as hard as I could to get here. Images like this were used to show people of what could be accomplished. These were used as inspiration to the audience. One thing they failed to mention was, if you work for it you will earn it. Many people expect to get here without any hard work or effort. Then they just complain about it being all lies.

What does the American Dream mean to you?

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10 Questions For the Dalai Lama

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I have been drawn to the history of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. I have learned that China violently took over Tibet and caused many buddhist to flee to India, where they are welcomed with open arms. The Chinese leadership has taken control of the buddhist religion and has band any remaining Tibetan to speak of the Dalai Lama. Many of the followers of the Dalai Lama, that remain in Tibet are violently beaten and tortured. The Dalai Lama is forbidden to be spoken of in Tibet. Chinese leadership has gone as far as to band all internet research on him. Since the Chinese has taken over Tibet, they have band all ancient Tibetan traditions and created new ones. Many of the sacred buddhist scriptures have been destroyed, along with several sacred temples by the Chinese. These events are being erased and hidden by the Chinese leadership. I encourage you to watch the documentary, called “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama” By Rick Ray. This is where I have become aware of such events.

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LA Acting at it’s Best!

I had the pleasure of interviewing professional Actor, from Stockton California the great Daniel Franco. This is the second part of our fabulous interview, enjoy!

Why do you think so many aspiring actors end up giving up on their dream? 
A. I think a big part of it is that no one realizes how hard and how much work it is to be a great actor. The best thing I have been told since I have been here is this. “If there is something else that you would rather do or would be happy doing go and do it. If this is what you truly want and would not be happy doing anything else you are cursed. It is great you found the thing that you want to do more then anything but it is not easy.” Another part people give up because of would be rejection. Mark Ruffalo was rejected 600 times before he got a role. I don’t think people these days can handle that much rejection without quitting. It’s an interesting dichotomy you have to play with. You have to be resilient and not take rejections personally but when filming you have to take everything personally.

Q. What are something’s actors do to maintain relax in an audition?
A. Everyone has his or her own thing so it’s different from person to person. For me whenever I go into an audition I tell my self three things. 1st You don’t have the job so don’t worry if you don’t get it, you cant lose something you don’t have. 2nd Don’t try to act what you think they want to see; they don’t even know what they want to see. Just be you in the given circumstance. 3rd Take a deep breath and relax, be calm but not casual.

Q. What are you auditioning for next? IMG_1565A. I am always running around
auditioning for everything I think I would like to work on. Most recently I am auditioning for the play Welcome Home Soldier it has been going on for over 25 years. I am also in a feature film called birds without feathers not sure when we should be finished wrapping that one as we are only about 1/3rd of the way done. I am also hoping to get a chance to audition for the Sons Of Anarchy spin off following the Mayan biker gang. Fingers and Toes crossed.

Q. Where do you see yourself in a few years? 
A. That’s a hard one to answer I haven’t put much thought into it. I am so focused on living in the present that it never comes up. I would obviously love to be an established and working actor but I don’t worry about it. What ever happens happens, right now I am like a paper in the wind, I don’t know where I might end up but I am enjoying the ride.

It’s always fun to ask this question; if not an actor, what line of work do you think you would be in?
A. I think if it wasn’t for my love of acting constantly pulling me I would have probably stayed in the military and did 20 years. It at one point was a possibility but I just couldn’t suppress this feeling inside me that needed to be out here doing what I love acting.

Thank you for your time Daniel. Any final message to the fans?
Follow your dreams and don’t let fear stop you from doing something amazing.

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Instagram: dfranco209
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I want to be a man who is truthful and who won’t let pride get in the way of my ripping myself open to my partner and saying, ‘Here I am. This is me.’ I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point in his life when he can be completely vulnerable.
Dwayne Johnson

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Best Actor in LA

I had the pleasure of interviewing professional Actor, from Stockton California the great Daniel Franco. He is currently working on auditioning for the Sons Of Anarchy. We discuss his exciting passion for acting from beginning to the present, and the many great opportunities the future has in store for him.

Tell me about yourself…
Well I’m 26 years old, and an only child of a single mother. I am currently in college for film production and astrophysics, although I might take a break from school for my acting. I’m also currently attending Playhouse West School and Repertory Theater learning the Meisner technique of acting. I am also involved in their comedy improve program as well as their film production program. Prior to moving out to LA to pursue my passion in acting, I served 6 years in the United States Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. I am currently in the Air Force Reserves doing the same job, which I still love.

When did you first know you wanted to become an actor? 
I would have to say at a very young age, although I didn’t know it at the time. When I was little I would love to put on shows for my mother and my cousin Joe who lived with us. Being an only child there was a lot of times where I was alone, so I would come up with funny skits. Sometimes they made sense and sometimes they didn’t. A lot of times they would mimic the world around me and I would impersonate my uncle, his friends, and there shenanigans. Either way my mother loved them and laughed. I think seeing that and the way I could affect people with my little performances really hit me and I wanted to do it on a larger scale.

What has been the hardest part of your career? 
So far the hardest part of my career was committing to this path and not letting outside influences tell me otherwise. I knew I wanted this but was hesitant so I would think of backup plans. It was as if I was always one foot in the door one foot out. I finally decided to commit and make it this or nothing and that’s when I noticed a change in my work and getting callbacks.

 

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What do you enjoy most about acting? 
There is so much about acting that I love but if I really had to narrow it down to one, I would say the chance to be vulnerable. So much of our life and up bringing we are taught to not show our emotions. When we are angry it is not okay to lash out at someone and show it. You would be told you are throwing a tantrum, but yet so many of us want to but we suppress it. If we are sad, depressed, or hurt we are told to suck it up or dry those tears. I know times are changing but growing up as a male this is what I was told from the male figures in my life. Joining the military did not help with this either since they tend to do the same. Acting allows an outlet for me. The best way I can put it is that I am actually not acting, when you see me going through something it is my true genuine emotion that I am feeling and releasing. You are actually seeing me, all my problems, sorrows, and how I would handle them in the imaginary circumstances put in front of me. What everyone hides from the world I am opening up for you to see and allowing my self to be vulnerable. It’s scary but liberating at the same time.

Do you prefer acting for film or for the theatre? 
At this point I am not sure what I prefer more they are 2 completely different things. In theatre it keeps me true to my technique and what I am learning. That is to stay focused on your partner and have a true experience. If you do this audience will disappear and it will feel as if it is just you and your partner. This is something I try to bring to my film work as well. The thing I do really like about film is that you can do a take again maybe you weren’t to happy with how it went and you feel you can bring more to it you get that chance. I can reexamine my train of though or where I am coming from emotionally and go at it again. I can’t really say right now which one I prefer.

If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?
Michael Pena, Gary Olderman, Michael Pena is someone who’s career I would like to emulate in a way. The fact that he is a Hispanic actor who does not allow him self be type casted is amazing. You see him on screen and you don’t think oh he’s Mexican, you see a person in the role he is portraying. Whether he is an FBI agent in Shooter or an astronaut in The Martian, that’s what you see and not his race. Gary Olderman is another great actor I look up to, his range and versatility is amazing. He is one of those actors that you never really hear too much about but is in everything. He is someone I consider a true actors actor. The third one is hard it is a tie for me between Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, and Johnny Depp. They are all actors I want to work with to get the chance to learn from their greatness.

All these are such great answers! I am dying to hear more. I will be continuing our interview tomorrow, so stay tuned! 

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Daisy CS

 

My goal was never to be the loudest or the craziest. It was to be the most entertaining.

Dwayne Johnson

 

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J.K. Rowling’s Top 10 Rules For Success 

I love J.K.Rowling! I am currently working on a book, and I watch this video every day before I began to write. She is an amazing person and an amazing entrepreneur, I learn so much from her! I hope you enjoy this quick inspirational video!

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