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Belinda Kerr

Belinda Kerr
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Interview With Belinda Kerr By Chris 22/1/07

Belinda Kerr is a great Australian golfer.

She some one who gonna along way with the golfing

She is making a name for herself along the way.

So naturally an interview was a must.

Belinda Kerr Website

1.What inspired you to play golf?

I would have to say it was the fact that whatever my older brother did, I had to do also…no two questions about it. Unless it was something physically impossible for a girl to do, I would do it.

2.Who were your idols growing up?

Probably my brother and all his friends. haha. I didn’t really have anyone in particular I idolised so to speak. I was always one to jump on the bandwagon on whoever was famous at the time!

3.What has been the highlight of playing golf so far?

Golf has taken me to many different places around the world, therefore, I have been able to experience different cultures along the way, for which I am truly grateful.

4.Was that a good learning experience?

Every time I go away it is a good learning experience, be it good or bad. Its always nice to take things away from different situations, it helps you grow as a person.

5.What has been your favourite tournament to play?

I am going to say the Australian Ladies Masters here on the Gold Coast where I live. It was my first major tournament I played in when I first turned pro, so I have plenty of memories of it. It is always nice to be competing in an environment where you are surrounded with the support of your family and friends.

6.How do you prepare for a tournament or a round of golf?

I don’t like to complicate golf any more than what it already is, so for me, I just do a lot of fine tuning with my coach, David Nable, a few weeks in advance and just work on a lot of short game.

7.Had any bad experiences playing golf yet?

One that comes to mind is a run in with a rules official at my first US Open qualifier in Arizona…I ended up being right and she was wrong! Ha!

8.What do you do to unwind after a tournament or a round of golf?

If there is not a tournament the following week, I will give myself a few days off just to go to the beach, relax and unwind…

9.What do you like to do when your not playing golf?

I absolutely love the movies so if I am not on the golf course or in the gym, the movies is where you will find me.

10.What are some of your favourite musical artists?

Oh, don’t start on music! I love music! I love PINK! She is awesome! U2 is another favourite and Rob Thomas also.


Doublethink

Doublethink
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Interview With Scott From Doublethink By Chris 21/1/07

The joys of the Internet is you find an awesome band.

This band happends to Doublethink and they play really good rock music.

So naturally an interview is a must.

So read on wait for the debut album to come out this year and check out their stuff.

Doublethink Website

1. How did you get into music?

My dad really. My mom got me into Bowie because she is a huge fan of his, but my dad got me into music as a true art form. Before he showed me what was up, I only thought of music as some sort of television commercial or something.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

When I was REALLY young my idols were Tears For Fears. Even as a kid I was in awe of how enormous they sounded. They just had this earth-shattering sound, everything was so loud. Not loud like Slayer loud, but just made to sound so huge. I immediately loved that as a kid and that hugeness is what I try and get with doublethink.

3. Who were your influences?

I get influenced by everything I listen to, but my biggest influence is the Smashing Pumpkins. By far my favorite band of all time, I’ve learned so much from listening to them. They are the blueprint for doublethink, that’s for sure.

4. What have responses been like to your EP “Feeler”?

“Feeler” has gone quite well. We recorded “Feeler” before we had played our first show together, so there’s an innocence on there which I’m not too happy about. I think the songs are very well written tunes but I don’t think the recording of them is as good as it should have been. Especially with the track “Raining Frogs”. That song is one of my favorites we do and it gets no justice on that EP. But if you’re looking for a place to start and get the idea of what we’re trying to do, “Feeler” is perfect.

5. What inspired you when recording the EP?

I don’t really remember, it was almost 2 years ago! I guess the fact that we needed product to sell people so they would know who we are inspired me.

6. Has the Internet helped with the bands music?

Oh, in a million different ways. When I was 15 or 16 years old the Internet still was not a totally universally accepted thing, and I was in a band then trying to promote and whatnot. When the Internet took off my whole life got easier and more efficient, and we’ve reached people through it that I never would have reached using the outlets I was using before.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

For the band, MySpace gets the word out. Nothing is going to get the word out like playing great shows and selling CD’s though, I think that’s a thing a lot of young bands aren’t thinking about. They’re like, “get on MySpace, create a buzz, get a deal.” That’s not the attitude to have, even in the slim chance that it works you end up playing on a stage in front of thousands of people and not being ready for it because you never did any of the work. MySpace is just a new tool in an old toolbox.

8. Who would the band most like to tour with?

The reunited Smashing Pumpkins, Silverchair, MUSE, Oasis, the Stereophonics, Coldplay. Mostly British bands! We’re a British band stuck in American skin. But hey, we’d tour with anyone. Shows are shows.

9. If you could work with anyone who would it be?

I’d really like to work with a producer who has the ability to push us to our limit while giving us the praise we deserve. Producers we work with either don’t push us, push us in the wrong direction, or let us do what we want but don’t praise us for it. We’ve just been producing ourselves now, because we can do it better than anyone we’ve tried.

10. Have you had much press about the EP?

Yes, a whole bunch. Radio shows, magazines, newspapers, and Internet zines ike this one. When our new album drops they’ll be tons more. We’re a press-friendly band.

11. What inspires the band when writing music?

Depends on the song really. We listen to tons of music from all different categories so we just use what we need for the song. If we’re writing a crazy heavy song, all our crazy heavy influences come out, and likewise for our soft ballads. You never know what you’re going to get with us.

12. What has been your favorite gig to date?

We played a show at a high school in New Hampshire in 2005, and for some reason it was just nuts. There’s never been energy at a show like that before or since. It’s weird, because we’ve opened for big names like Collective Soul, Nonpoint, and The Exit, but none of them compared to playing to 100 or so high school kids.

13. Has the band had much support from radio?

Not as much as we’d like, but there are 5 or so college stations that support us on a regular basis. Like I said before, with the new album being released this year things will go crazy.

14. What is on your stereo at the moment?

I’ve been on a total Stereophonics kick recently. I think Kelly Jones is just an awesome songwriter and a real rock and roll singer. He’s got that grit in his voice like Liam Gallagher does. Great stuff.

15. What are some of your favorite musical artists/bands?

The Pumpkins. Always the Pumpkins. I could list out all my favorites but we’d be here all day, and most of them no one would ever have heard of. So, the Pumpkins.

16. Have you had much response from labels?

We had interest from a major subsidiary label that unfortunately (or fortunately, rather) went under before we could sign anything. Since then we’ve raised a few indie’s eyebrows but I think everyone is waiting to hear what we can do with this new album coming out.

17 Any new releases in the pipeline?

Our debut full-length album will be released sometime this year. We’re excited!

18. What has been the career highlight so far?

There hasn’t been one. This album being put out will be it.

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Mackenzie Firgens

Mackenzie Firgens
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Interview With Mackenzie Firgens By Chris 18/1/07

After discovering her IMDB Page, I knew I wanted to help promote this actor.

She has starred in such films as Rent

and in the indie horror/thriller festival hit The Hamiltons.

I will be supporting her career and checking out the films she is in.

She gonna be a star

Mackenzie Firgens Website

Her IMDB Page

1. What made you want to be an actress?

I can’t really say that there was one defining moment… but my mother likes to tell the story of how she caught me at age 3 making faces in the mirror, after that she put me in classes as soon as possible.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

When I was a little girl I loved Mae West. For some unexplainable reason I was drawn to acting like her, imitating her voice and movements, and memorizing her lines. I was quite young and I didn’t really understand maybe all the subtleties of her suggestive banter. -but instinctual I loved her. Her wit, charm, and the sex appeal she commanded. She was a pioneer of her time. Oh, and Princess Leia, I have been her for Halloween 4 times.

3. Would you go overseas for a role in a film?

One of the most alluring and beautiful things about the filmmaking process for me, is that I am given an opportunity to explore new areas of the world while working. So yes! I love to travel and working overseas more often is something I have been looking forward to.

4. What was it like working on Rent?

RENT was a dream come true. I was a big fan of the play and I used to work at a stage theater where I got to see it over 50 times. I had always dreamed of playing Maureen, and when I found out Chris was directing it, I began hatching a plan to get him to cast me as Maureen. I had sleuthed out his business address and was planning on taking a postcard photo of me as the character and giving it to him, when I “bumped into him” on the street. ~Then of course I got the news that Idina would be reprising here role, so my hopes were a little dashed. I was determined to be in the film anyway I could, when I heard about the auditions in SF I was very upset b/c I hadn’t gotten one from my agent. I asked all my friends who were going out for them, where they were, what they had to do, where they found their sides… asking if I could borrow them. I knew the location and room number and I was gonna go and crash the auditions. Finally after two days of no scheduled auditions I called my agent and asked why she hadn’t gotten me in, somehow she didn’t get the breakdown and none the less I got the audition. I digress, so working on RENT was a dream come true. It was my first major studio film and I have to say that the crew and cast were all so wonderfully supportive and loving. I was on the set for 6 weeks and felt like I was living a dream everyday. I was working with my Broadway idols who were now my peers and they were all so kind and generous. In particular though Jesse and Adam. They are the most intelligent and thoughtful men you will ever meet. Adam is such a loving friend and devoted father and husband truly a beautiful caring human being. I was so thrilled to see these two be so thankful for all that they had been given and how much they gave back to fans and friends.

5. Was that a good learning experience?

Incredible learning experience because I had been on so many independent features and it was comforting to know that many of the same quirks and challenges of the indy scene were just the same on a big feature. The main difference is there are many more people to go through to get to the bottom of something on a studio feature, but all the highs and lows seemed to be almost identical.

6. What have been some of your favorite roles to play?

Darlene Hamilton in “the hamiltons” due out on DVD March 27th was the most fun so far because it was my first opportunity to play the villain. I was basically hell on wheels in the most polite way that a refined Gothic girl can be. Hope in “Revolution Summer” was the character I felt the closest to. She is a young woman caught between her ideals and dreams of a better world; while faced with the reality of this modern age of government that may not represent its people, war, drugs and the lure of escapism lifestyles.

7. What are some of your favourite movies?

Ok don’t laugh! …and in no particular order Star Wars Far From Heaven The Matrix Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original) Crash Amelie Moulin Rouge Time Bandits What the Bleep Baraka

8. What movies you have seen lately you have really enjoyed?

I just saw “Pan’s Labyrinth” which I enjoyed very much. I am an admirer of mystic realism which I feel that this film really encapsulates. I love films that take the fantasy world of our imaginations and mix them into our everyday reality.

9. Who have you enjoyed working with?

I feel blessed to have worked with everyone on each film I have been cast in. I learn something new from each person be it the gaffer who is interested in the same poetry as me, or the costume designer who is interested in helping me learn to race a 6 speed. The people who I have enjoyed the most though, are the stars, the names I have worked with. Ultimately they have taught me in so many ways how to be and not to be in this business and being exposed to such strong personalties has helped me to grow as a human, and give more.

10. Have you had any bad experiences as an actor yet?

Maybe not bad, but I always partake to people that acting in films is about ignoring the elements. I did a scene where it was fall and I was dressed in a light jacket and skirt, yet I was standing in 2 feet of snow. I guess that could be considered a “bad” moment for my legs, cause it was extremely cold!

11. Are tools like Imdb good for your acting career?

I love imdb. I remember when I discovered Imdb pro I was on the Internet for a whole weekend researching everything I could get my hands on. All the top actresses quoted asking prices, who represented whom, checking out everyone star meter, finding old friends. Its a brilliant tool for anyone in the film making industry.

12. Has the Internet helped with your acting career?

I somehow have always been lucky to run with the “tech/nerd” circle and be in the know a bit just from my friends. So I have had a website before most actors did and it has been one of the most useful tools of my career. I am about to launch version 4.0 of mackenziefirgens.com and have been doing research examining many of the other sites out there. The internet has allowed me the opportunity to connect with people who enjoy my work and also people who are looking for a bit of help. I love helping other actors. Sometimes I wish I would have had someone to show me the ropes when I started sleuthing on the Internet, but another part of me adores researching things and finding new sites for casting or whatever. Stumbleupon is a brilliant invention for learning about new things and sources. (talk about a weekend lost on the computer).

13. What was working on The Hamiltons like?

More fun than a barrel of monkeys! Seriously though the Butcher Brothers are wonderful guys and a blast to work with. I was actually on another film with Lori Petty at the same time, so I was bouncing back and forth between sets. I adored making “the hamiltons” those are all my guys, we bonded really well and had lots of fun becoming a twisted little family.

14. Did you gain a lot from working on the film?

I actually lost a lot of sleep, we shot it in two weeks. Plus I was on the other film at the time, sometimes I wonder how I actually remembered any lines. I think I worked 16 days in a row without a break.

15. Do you enjoy those kinda movies or is their another genre you enjoy more?

Well, im big huge Si-Fi geek. I love the stuff and I am dying to be the bad ass chick who kicks some butt in an alternate universe, ala Milla in “5th Element” or “Resident Evil”.

16. What have you got lined up next?

I just wrapped a feature called “My Movie Girl” my first real comedy, though its romantic in a twisted Woody Allen way. Then also a slew of films are hitting the festival circuit “The Pink Conspiracy” with Mercedes McNab and the google funded film “Broken Arrows” with Lori Petty.

17. What’s in your stereo at the moment?

Scissors For Lefty!!! http://www.myspace.com/scissorsforlefty I met them at a party and they rock my little world right now!

18. What are some of your favourite music artists/bands?

Im a big electronic music fan, but I love so much music. My parents were musicians and I sing too, so I have a wide range that I listen to. Here are some favs: Faithless, Chem Bros., Bjork, Journey (anything from the
70’s or 80’s), Air, Swing Music, Beatles, Ladytron, Madonna, The Lovemakers, Manu Chao oh yeah and did I mention Scissors For Lefty!

19. Did Groove help with kick starting your career as an actor?

Yes yes yes! If I am ever blessed enough to win an award for my work Greg Harrison is the first man I am going to thank. ~Plus I fell in love with electronic music cause of him.

20. Who would you most like to work with?

Baz Luhrmann, Terry Gilliam, Tony Scott, Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, Jack Nicholson and Mr. Speilberg.