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Interview With Linda Yuen By Chris
Linda Yuen is a great singer songwriter who will go
1.How did you get into music?
I never really asked myself “how” because it’s always been
a part of who I am. It probably helped having a music
loving family. I’ve been surrounded by all kinds of music
since before I was born and I’m immensely grateful for
2.What were your major influnces?
Well, my theory is that the more influences you have, the
more unique the product of your musical imagination will
be. I know people who are heavily influenced by one or two
bands or artists, and usually their music sounds like what
they listen to. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad
thing, but we are the result of our influences and I never
thought there was any point in limiting the influences. I’m
getting too philosophical here, aren’t I? Anyway, anything
from classical to metal, really. Melody and/or groove is
paramount. I am more song oriented than artist oriented, if
you know what I mean.
3.What do you think of the idol format?
It does what it’s designed to do: to entertain. I would
love to say that I hate it, that the concept is sick, but I
have to admit I watch it occasionally for the entertainment
value. Idol-Linda 1-0, haha! Then again, the whole concepts
ends up biting itself in the arse because the audience want
the artists while they are on television. It’s really hard
for Idol winners to sell huge amounts of records (at least
in this part of Europe) and be taken seriously. Once
they’ve won, it’s like “The End”. We’re not that interested
4. Has there been much response about your music over
Yeah, I’m actually sending out signed photos now as a
result of it. I’ve got numerous business proposals and lots
of fans because of my website, it’s a great thing to see.
The Internet is really the best tool for musicians. I mean,
how did I end up on this website? The web makes the world a
5. Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
I don’t know. As long as I can make a living from music and
being respected for it, you won’t see me complaining.
6. What has been your best gig you have played so
That has got to be Immecke Open Air Festival in Germany.
Great crowd, the Germans are very enthusiastic! I heard
there were about 1400 people there, it sure sounded like
7. What do you think of file sharing and the mp3
mp3 format – genius. File sharing – well, I share my mp3
files, but I don’t share music that I don’t own because
it’s not mine to give. I don’t leave the record shop
without paying for the albums that I’ve chosen, because I
know that as an artist, I would hate to see fans telling me
that they love my work and then showing me the finger. I
think music should be paid for to show appreciation to the
creator. Remember, if you’re a fan of a band, you’re not
just a fan, you’re their employer. They play, you pay so
they can play more. That’s the way it works.
8. Would you come down to australia to play?
I would love to! I’ve travelled a lot in my life, but I’ve
never been to Australia yet.
9. Who would most like to record a song with?
Trevor Horn, the producer (if producers count)
10. What would we find on your stereo at the
Steely Dan, Michael Landau, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Thanks for your time any last words
Thanks for your time – I was honoured to be asked for this
interview. Do check out my website www.lindayuen.com and drop
me a line if you want to – I try my best to get back to
Make a stranger happy today!
Shleena Dunn is one smart beautiful girl who is studying Psychology.
But she also posted for Playboy October 2001 Girls Of SEC Edition
and in 2002 College Girls (Spring) Special Edition Magazine.
She is one cool smart girl so we had to feature her on Parx-e.
Interview With Shleena Dunn By Chris
1. How has your life changed since doing Playboy?
My life has not changed at all, except for when it came out in 2001; a lot of
guys were trying to holla at me.
2. Did you ever imagine being in Playboy?
Never in my life imagined it. Never thought of it.
3. How did your parents respond to you being in Playboy?
I just have a Mom and she was so proud. I think in the paragraph about me in
the issue it says that I did it to make my mom proud. It’s not like everyone
can be in Playboy.
4. Is it fun posing for Playboy and doing the photo shoots?
Yeah it makes me feel like a star! It took all day for my photo shoot and I was ready to go
when the day was over.
5. How have people responded when you tell them your in Playboy?
They usually say wow, but I don’t tell a lot of people, just the guys that I want to see
their reactions. A lot of girls like to mean and jealous but that is so stupid
I think. It’s the only drawback of having done the issue.
6. Would you ever like to travel overseas?
I would love to travel over seas.
My place that I want to go to is Ibiza off the coast of Spain. They got some
kick ass parties and great music. Amsterdam is the other place I would go over
7. What would you most like to do after finishing your degree?
Get a job. Get money. Get a new car. Get a man. Get a house. Get married. Be happy.
8. What are some your favorite TV shows going up?
David The Gnome, Rainbow Bright was cool, Popples.
I watched a lot of the old school Sesame Street.
Oh Fraggle Rock was the shit!
9. What’s your view on realty TV?
I see it everyday. I don’t need other people to act it out for me.
10. What are some of your favorite movies?
Legend, Labrynth, Forrest Gump,Dark Crystal, Wrong Turn, Whale Rider, Run Lola Run, Donnie Darko, Scary Movie 3.
I like a lot of movies.
11. What movies that you have seen recently you have really enjoyed?
Haven’t been to the theatre in years and I don’t know why. But I saw
12. What are some of your favourite musical artists?
Benny Benassi, Dimitri
From Paris, DJ Sneak, Obie Trice, Eminem, Daft Punk, modest mouse, the
strokes, Ween, The orb, kelis, ludacris, ceelo, outkast, kanye west, shania
twain, timo maas, Mark farina mushroom jazz, miles davis. I am in love with
music. I have to have it for everything and I listen to so many different
13. What would we find on your stereo at the moment?
Well I got my Winamp going while I am writing this email and it is Ian Pooley “house music”.
Its got a good hard beat to it. (*Dances in seat)
14. What is one thing you most like to do ever?
Most like to do ever?
Two extremes really. I love to chill in a good atmosphere with candles and music
and then again I really love a good party or a neat bar. Dance clubs every now
and then but not like I used to. I generally like to sit at mom’s house on the
couch and watch cable TV.
15. What your favorite thing to do when your not studying?
I love to be on the computer and listen to my music.
I catch myself looking at shoes a lot. cars too. I like to waste time.
Thanks to Shleena Dunn For kindly doing the interview. She Rocks
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Interview With Kelsey Simpkins By Chris
Kelsey Simpkins is girl who has graduated from college
with an English Degree.
Plus she has been in 2003 Girls Of Big 10 Issue Of
Well I wanted to know why she did it and more. So Read
Q. How has your life changed since doing
A. I first did the shoot back in April, so my fifteen or so
minutes of fame didn’t actually come until the end of
August, which by then it had become a sub-plot in my brain.
Playboy didn’t actually change my life; it just gave me a
little bit of buzz, if you will, and a lot of attention
that I was unprepared for. It has opened some doors for me
in the modeling business and I still get some flattering
emails from across the country, but otherwise, the most I
gained from the experience was how to handle myself better
in the midst of strange popularity. I always thought that
I’d write a really emotional poem or novel that would make
people remember my name, and I’m still looking forward to
doing that, but in hindsight, Playboy just reconfirmed my
notions about how much sex does sell.
Q. Why pose for in Playboy?
A. I used to live on Lucas St. in Iowa City, Iowa with
three of the best boys in the world. John, Luke and what I
like to call, the Tedimus. They’re great guys who spent a
lot of time humoring me, playing video games with me, and
over all being good friends. I ended up posing for Playboy
because I lot a bet to John and I don’t back out on
promises. I didn’t actually think that I would get
accepted, so I figured auditioning would be the end of it.
Sometimes things work out in funny…for the better. I
can’t reveal the bet, or the circumstances under which I
lost, but I will say this, Johnny boy has a set of lungs on
him that a girl my size can’t compete with…
Q. How did your parents respond to you being in
A. In my house the rule is at eighteen you are responsible
for what you do and the actions you take. Since it was the
October issue, I thought that I had until, at least, the
end of September to inform my parents about it, but I
learned a lot about early editions… I sent my
parents an email, since they’re busy people, telling them
that there was “something” I needed to discuss with them.
They got the email, but days after they got the issue. My
dad is an avid subscriber and was flipping through the
pages of his new issue when he saw it. I suppose he grew a
few more gray hairs when that happened. I got a phone call
from my mother and they were a little shocked, since it was
really out of character for me to do something that
explicit. I’m a book nerd, not a model, so they were
confused. More importantly, the issue didn’t upset them,
but rather that I had failed to mention that I had pierced
my nipple. They were really supportive and helpful when it
came out since I got harassed by news people and a few
weirdoes, if you will. They accept that I make my own
decisions, and though they may not agree with them, they
are willing to try to understand them. God bless them for
Q. Was it fun doing the photo shoot?
A. Yes, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so pampered in my
whole life. I wasn’t really uncomfortable, considering the
situation…standing on my knees on a poker table for
six hours topless and smiling. They fluffed my hair,
brought me bottled water and removed ill positioned poker
chips when necessary; so overall the shoot was a good
experience. Plus, it was interesting to see the photos they
took as they did little retouching for the final
productions. They have some great make-up artists.
Q. How have people responded when you tell them you’re
A. Most people are either shocked or amused by it. A lot of
times, especially with people who know me, they are
intrigued that I would do something so candid. Others
congratulate me on my boldness, and then of course, when it
first came out, I dealt with some nasty stares here and
there. I would go to class and my name would get called and
then I would hear whispering and pointing for the first few
minutes; that eventually fizzled out, but it never really
bothered me. Most people don’t have a problem with it, and
even if they did, it wouldn’t be any of their business. I’m
a big girl and it’s my life. If I wanted an opinion about
it I would ask for it, sometimes I do, but mostly, I just
lock it away as a fond memory for when I’m eighty, sitting
on my porch in Nowhereville, petting my fifty cats, so that
I can flip back through the pages and go hey, I used to be
Q. Have you learned a lot doing your degree?
A. The University of Iowa is a great place to be an English
major. I have learned a lot, read a lot, and written a lot
during my three and a half years here. I hope to continue
my education, possibly with The University of Iowa. Some
really great writers have come out of the workshop here and
I intend to be a book worm/nerd for the rest of my life. If
Iowa has taught me anything, it’s that I am my own worst
critique, and that folks, is the best a writer can be;
never settle for your first draft, your fifth, or your one
hundredth, it can always get better. Sorry, I think I just
sounded like a Graduate student TA.
Q. What do you want to get out of your degree?
A. Mostly a certificate that says that I have completed it,
which I did this December.
Q. What would you most like to do after finishing your
A. Actually, it is finished and a good feeling at that.
I’ve spent the last couple of months bartending down at
Charlie’s in Coralville, Iowa. I like bartending and I’ve
been doing it for the last five years to pay my way through
college. I worked for Pearson for a while grading essays
from North Carolina, which was a great way to use my
degree. I’m actually off to Rockford, Illinois next to work
with the head of the theater department at a private school
that my brother in law teaches at. I will be helping write
and produce children’s plays, which to me, is cotton candy
and bubbles… Eventually, I’d like to work for a
publishing company since I don’t have any real desire to
teach. I’d like to proof manuscripts and do editing.
Someday, in the dreams of my future, I’d like to open and
run my own small publishing company with my friend Liz, and
published estranged literature, poems, prose, journal style
things, and the like. The future looks bright, if you
Q. What are some your favorite television
A. I don’t actually watch a lot of television. In fact, my
roommate and I don’t even own one. If I really had to
divulge my couch potato love it would be for “Family Guy,”
“Deadwood,” “Southpark,” and every once in a while I can’t
help wondering why Paris Hilton acts the way she does, but
I am enthralled when “The Simple Life,” is on down at the
Q. What’s your view on realty TV?
A. It sickens me, in a good way… Like I said, I
don’t really watch much television, and on the off chance
that I get the Discovery Channel or History
Channel…I’d learn about prehistoric man before ever
flipping over to a reality show. My only exception is that
my roommate and I once proposed making a satire of “The
Simple Life,” parodied “The Not So Simple Life,” starring
Liz Kuhne and Kelsey Simpkins as two struggling college
grads in the throng of life’s chaotic sense of humor. Or
something like that, but it could sell.
Q. What are some of your favorite movies?
A. Old and new? Some of my favorite classics are, “Reefer
Madness,” this 1936 cult propaganda film about the “evil”
found through smoking marijuana. I also like “The Hustler,”
with Paul Newman, back in his sexy days, and I’m a fan of
“The Princess Bride,” and old cartoons like “Tom and
Jerry.” As of recently, “Fight Club,” The Little Mermaid,”
(you’re laughing I know, but I’m serious), “Super
Troopers,” and so on.
Q. What movies that you have seen recently have you
A. Few, as my days are really busy post graduation. I did
see “Ocean’s Twelve,” a while back, but I was impressed
Q. What are some of your favorite musical
A. I wish I had time to answer this question fully, but I’d
start to ramble… I’m a fan of some rap, “Eminem,”
“D12,” “Dre,” “Snoop,” the basics. I like the new
“Killer’s” album a lot, “Ben Folds Five,” “White Stripes,”
classic “Lynyrd Skynyrd,” and “Black Eyed Peas,” and so
Q. What would we find on Kelsey Simpkins stereo at the
A. The new “Postal Service,” album. It’s phenomenal and has
an interesting story behind how the album was made. Look it
Q. Would you ever like to travel overseas?
A. I actually have done a lot of traveling overseas, here
and there, but I hope to continue building on that. I’ve
spent time in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, Europe, and
I spent this summer in Crete, a Greek island off the coast
of Greece. I went to a creativity workshop and did some
writing and dreaming sunbathing by the Aegean Sea. It was
Q. What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not
A. Ah, studying! Well, since graduation I don’t do a whole
lot of than anymore, but I have time to read more and every
once in a while I’ll try something informative, but I had
to read a novel by Hunter S. Thompson in honor of his
recent death, and then I’ve been stockpiling David Sedaris
and Denis Johnson novels lately. I miss the idea of school,
but not of studying.
Thanks for your time and if you have any last
Just to return the thanks and genuine interest in the
fading glory of Playboy…
Be good, be honest, be spontaneous, and be well.
Thanks To Kelsey Simpkins for doing the
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Interview With Petra Yared By Chris
Petra Yared is one of my favourite Australian
She was great in the movies Blurred and Muggers.
She also in the great tv series MDA
And I wanted to know more.
1.How did you get into acting?
I got into acting through doing drama workshops for fun
when i was 9 years old at The National Theatre in St.
Kilda. I was asked to audition for a short film and got the
2. What has been your favourite role you have played to
I’ve loved playing so many of the roles I’ve done. Alicia,
the psychopath murderer on “Halifax F.P.” was a great role.
I also had a ball on “Blurred” playing the drunk schoolies
week slurry, Yolanda.
3. Who is your favourite actor/actress?
Not sure who my number one would be but I love Cate
Blanchett, Francis McDormand and Toni Collete to name a
4. Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
Not sure but I would like it to be with my first two
children and partner wherever it is. I’d like to be in a
position to be travelling to act when I want to and at home
when I don’t!
5. Who would you most like to work with?
A toss up between the actresses listed above and a few of
my top ten “spunks”…Hugh Grant, Johnny Depp, Ben
6. what are your favourite bands or artists?
I have no idea musically. I’m one of those people who likes
a song but wouldn’t have a clue who sings it!
7. What do you think of australian idol and popstars
I’ve never seen Popstars but must admit I did get a bit
into Australian Idol last time, particularly towards the
8. What would we find on Petra stereo at
As I said, my musical knowledge is remarkably lame! In my
cd player you’d most likely find some cheesy compilation of
eighties music carefully put together by my sister who is
reknowned for her bad taste in music!
9. Will we see another series of MDA?
I don’t think so although we’ve never officially been given
the word. It’s a shame. The people who watched it seem to
have really loved it and it catered to an audience who
otherwise don’t watch tv.
10. Who do you enjoy working with the most?
I love working in this industry because i get to work with
so many wonderful, creative, eccentric, funny people. I
truly can’t give you a favourite although the cast of MDA
was pretty special.
11. What will see you in next?
I don’t know! I’ve just shot a couple of episodes of
“Secret Life of Us” but don’t know when they’ll go to air
so it might be something before then. I’ll let you
12. What are your favourite movies?
I can never think of any when I’m asked this question! I
think “Fargo” was a pretty amazing film. Recently I thought
“Love, actually” and “Kill Bill” were great but i’m not
sure if they’ll stay with me as “favourites”…we’ll
Special thanks to Jillian Bowen and of course Petra
Yared for this interview.