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Art and Playing at Carnegie Hall

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Art and Playing at Carnegie Hall

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” —Thomas Merton

    • • Host of Express Yourself! and uber volunteer, Brigitte Jia, was selected to play in an orchestra at Carnegie Hall. How did she get there? Yes, it is the old saying, “Practice, practice, practice,” Tune in to find out about art, ideas, and more.
    • What is art? Do you think of paintings, sculptures, animation, or museums? What about music, dance, acting, cooking, voice, gardening, speaking, writing, or martial arts?  Culinary arts and performing arts are definitely forms of art. Hosts Brigitte Jia and Joven Hundal notice the small things influence what we all consider as art. Brigitte also reads from her chapter, The Gift of Art, from the forthcoming book, Be the Star You Are!® for Boomers and Millennials.  Joven finds that history and art are connected.  Brigitte recounts her phenomenal and unique experiences playing violin with Davies Symphony, touring in the UK and Chicago, playing alongside Ariel Horowitz and Amos Yang, recording for Torchlight, playing at Carnegie Hall, and more exciting artistic adventures.

Appreciate art for what it is: creativity, skill, and expression.  Yes, Express Yourself!

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Screenwriting and Writing News By Cynthia Brian

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Screenwriting and Writing News By Cynthia Brian

 

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

That’s why the hosts and reporters of Express Yourself!™ are writing a new book, Be the Star You Are!® for Millennials scheduled for release later this year! In the meantime, the team are busy interviewing, reporting, and gathering life skills. This week hosts Asya Gonzalez and Katie Choo interview seventeen year old award winning actress and screenwriter, Mandalynn Carlson about her meteoric career, her screenplays, and what she’s learned working in show business. Katie Lyons joins the conversation to share her love of writing indicating that she’s been crafting stories since before she could write. The young ladies greatly admire writer JK Rowlings who rose from homelessness to being the most famous writer in the world. The message is to believe in your dreams, work hard, never give up, and write on!


Bio for Mandalynn Carlson
Mandalynn Carlson is an award-winning American teen actress, whose first professional film appearance was a supporting role in the 2011 action biopic “Machine Gun Preacher” with Gerard Butler. Leaving Michigan for Hollywood, Carlson has found success staring in dozens of independent films and television shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “CSI:NY”. Mandalynn is outspoken against bullying, having dealt with it during elementary and middle school. She started college at 15 years of age and maintains a 4.0 GPA in the film studies curriculum. A fantastic story-teller, Carlson is creating screenplays she hopes to produce and direct that deal with women and girls self-image and self-worth under her production company Smash The Glass Pictures. While she prefers to be in front of the camera, she maintains that she must always be creative and will pursue directing, to fill in gaps. Carlson cares about children and being a positive role model. www.MandalynnCarlson.com

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Happy Foods, Acting at Any Age, Health Insurance Denials By Cynthia Brian

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Happy Foods, Acting at Any Age, Health Insurance Denials By Cynthia Brian

 

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It’s party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

Can foods actually boost your feel good quotient? The answer is “YES” and we’ll talk about the best antidepressant edibles that will make you happy and healthy.

Have you always wanted to be on TV or in movies? What’s stopping you? Acting coach and author of The Business of Show Business will show you how getting on a set may be easier than ever at any age. The more “real person” you are the better!

What do you do when your insurance company denies your coverage? Know your rights and how to fight back.

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Cannabis Calling & Gaelic Green By Cynthia Brian

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If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It’s party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.


The good news is that spring is coming and with it an abundance of flowers and beauty. All you have to do is look around to witness the beautiful blossoms on pear and peach trees. St. Patrick’s Day is next week and Cynthia Brian is practicing her Gaelic and preparing her shamrock arrangements. Tune in for a bit of the Irish.

The 3rd Annual Spring Cannabis Business Expo is in its final day today held in San Diego, California. After the passing of Proposition 64, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers read like the “Who’s Who” in cannabis! Heather Brittany reports on the marijuana market

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The Gift of Acting by Cynthia Brian

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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.

Have you always been interested in the entertainment industry? Did you know that acting happy will change your emotions to being more cheerful?

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Asya Gonzalez and Brigitte Jia interview actor, producer, writer, and coach, Cynthia Brian, who offers strategies on avoiding scams and achieving success.  Her book, The Business of Show Business, A Comprehensive Career Guide for Actors and Models is available at the store and Cynthia is available as a private coach.

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Eric Pawlakos provides an upbeat look at the relationship between acting and health in Health Rap. Science has proven that if we act happy, we will become happy because our body chemicals change.

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Career Reporter, Katie Choo gives a first rate synopsis of what it takes to be an actor. All acting is reacting, so get real and start acting as the star you are.

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The Gift of Resilience by Cynthia Brian

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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.
Resilience is the key to a healthy life.

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Hosts Asya Gonzalez and Zahra Hasanian talk with Health App reporter, Alex Pawlakos who provides studies and tips on how to be more resilient. From a health standpoint, the better you handle the pressures and stresses of life, the better off you will be physically, mentally, and emotionally. To be resilient means to bounce back quickly. Our hosts interview Mary O’Connor, an actor who lost her ability to walk after a devastating injury in 2014. With her optimistic and determined struggle to regain her ability to walk, she is on a mission to encourage the entertainment industry to cast disabled actors in projects. Mary recently studied with James Franco and was part of an independent film she and her classmates created with Mr. Franco. Asya and Zahra read a humorous story from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS that illustrates the importance of recovering from mishaps and turning negatives into positives to move forward.
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After graduating from high school, Mary O’Connor moved from Massachusetts to Santa Barbara, California. She answered an ad for an open movie audition and snagged her first acting job in the feature film “The Bet.”. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in films. In 2014, she suffered a rare spinal cord stroke while surfing resulting in being paralyzed from the waist down. She has not let this derail her from her dream of being a working actress and continues to make incredible progress in her recovery. 
She talks about her story to inspire others and to bring awareness to the disappointing lack of representation of disabled individuals in the film and television industries. 
Mary now walks with a cane and is studying acting with James Franco at his Studio 4 School in Los Angeles.

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Dropping The Jitters

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April 6, 2016: Dropping the Jitters

Do you ever experience “stage fright” when faced with speaking in public, asking someone out or just plain talking with folks? Join Ariel and Shya Kane and their friends who are professional actors and singers as they discuss a transformational approach to remaining centered when it is time to perform. Tune in and strengthen the skill set of living in the moment, so that those pre-performance jitters can dissolve easily, no matter where you are, in theater, film, a concert or life itself.

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StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio Host Boasts Award Winning New Book

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Cynthia Brian, producer and host of the long running radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® airing on the Empowerment Channel of the Voice America Network every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT was honored with a Silver Award for her 2014 enhanced ebook, The Business of Show Business, in the Benjamin Franklin Book Competition sponsored by the Independent Book Publisher’s Association.  The book is the featured winner on the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards.  Listen to Cynthia on Wednesdays 4-5pm PT on Voice America Empowerment Channel  Or archived at Star Style Radio. 

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Since The Business of Show Business was first published as a pamphlet in 1984, it has become the bible for aspiring thespians and actors who want to understand the business side of the entertainment industry while avoiding the scams. The printed book is regularly witnessed on film sets in the bags and briefcases of talent and on the desks of agents. Although many books have been written on the techniques and methods of acting, few have addressed the critical knowledge of the trade essential for success. This 14th edition, an enhanced digital version with audio interviews and tips, provides users with the updated information they need quickly and easily at the touch of their fingertips in a conversational, uncomplicated manner. With the embedding of audio files, Cynthia Brian personalizes the eBook in a special way as a trusted coach and experienced guide by providing the reader/listener with connected inspiring and motivational messages dedicated to their success in the business of show business.

Everyone wants to be in the entertainment business. Everyone! Everyone encounters disappointment, rejection, and roadblocks. Everyone!

Everyone, that is, except those who employ the services of a coach, have access to an experienced mentor, or read The Business of Show Business: a Comprehensive Career Guide for Actors and Models. With decades of experience in all phases of the entertainment industry including acting, modeling, producing, writing, directing, coaching, and casting; Cynthia brings her unique qualifications, enthusiasm, and straight forward knowledge of the industry to those who are truly interested in pursuing a life in front of the camera or microphone. She is a recognized expert assisting talent, especially young people, enter the acting and modeling profession the right way while avoiding the scams.

Readers will learn what kinds of jobs are out there, how to talk the talk, walk the walk, everything about the unions, agents, casting directors, how to write an acting resume, other avenues to Hollywood and most of all how to avoid the scams. Listen to audio interviews, reviews, and advice that will help you make informed decisions with this 14th edition enhanced audio Ebook of The Business of Show Business.

For parents of children who want to work as an actor or model, this book is an invaluable tool. Jam-packed with all the rules, regulations, do’s and don’ts, Cynthia’s sound advice will help families make an informed decision on how to proceed with caution and integrity.

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A special feature of this 14th edition enhanced eBook is the original song written for specifically for Cynthia Brian by the legendary crooner, Frankie Laine. Frankie was a guest on Cynthia’s newly launched radio show, Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® in 1998 and mentioned that at one time he was known as the “king of theme songs”. Cynthia suggested he write a theme song for her new program. He responded by inviting her to meet with him and his producer in San Diego. They became friends and Frankie decided to write and perform three songs for Cynthia’s TV and radio shows including Be the Star You Are!®, The Business of Show Business, and Starstyle® Live Your Dreams. Frankie bestowed these three songs as gifts to Cynthia Brian.

The Foreword was penned by the perennial mega bestselling author and business guru of What Color is Your Parachute?, Richard Nelson Bolles. Mr. Bolles regards Cynthia Brian as a first class coach for the media industry with The Business of Show Business as the best advice book available on the subject.

The 14th edition enhanced audio version of The Business of Show Business is the ultimate guide for getting into and profiting from the entertainment industry. As make-up artist, Denise Johnson says, “This book is your toolbox for success!” Anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in this field will find this book the best investment ever made. Now everyone can have a mentor and personal coach with The Business of Show Business, 14th Edition, Enhanced Audio eBook.

“Gravity” – A Thrilling Mix of “Matrix” Meets “Inception”

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“Gravity” – A Thrilling Mix of “Matrix” Meets “Inception”

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Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, “Gravity” is the highly charged story about a medical engineer and an astronaut who work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Be aware that it’s rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O thinks the film is “a life time experience that everyone must see!” KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B finds the film to be “a suspenseful, visually enchanting and wonderfully acted film.” See both their reviews below.  

 

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A movie with such a title that is about the scary and dark void called “space,” you’d expect to be thrilling. Well, I have to tell you this movie is beyond thrilling. This film is a perfect combination of “Matrix” and “Inception” and will pump your adrenaline to a maximum level! “Gravity” is a life time experience that everyone must see! If you add to the mix that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in it as main characters, it just doesn’t get better than that!

Since this movie has so many genres, it’s hard to tell its main one. This movie has adventure, comedy, sorrow, suspense, thrilling scenes, intense scary scenes and so much more! The main one out of all these fantastic genres is definitely suspense. You walk in feeling bored and tired and you walk out feeling like Ryan Stone in the movie. (Sandra Bullock)

The thrilling adventure begins when a young medical engineer named Ryan Stone goes up in space to help with installations for the Hubble Telescope. It seems like a casual spacewalk, but when she gets stranded away from her ship, “Explorer,” she needs to get back to Earth by hitching a ride on a different station. If you want to find out how and if she and her co-worker,  Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) make it back to Earth alive, you have to watch the film.

The movie has so much adventure and so many impressive and clear graphics, it’s hard not to like it! You feel like you are right there, experiencing whatever the main characters experience. The acting is amazing and there is deep meaning behind it – what would you do, if you were alone in the deepest and darkest part of this entire universe, with nobody but yourself? What would your thoughts be? Would you be able to remain hopeful or just give up and let Space take you? The camera work is the best I’ve ever seen. Alfonso Cuarón, I give you standing ovation for directing this masterpiece. 

My favorite scene is when Ryan is stuck in a damaged escape pod with no fuel. She thinks she’s stranded. Before she decides to give up and loose hope of returning to Earth, she starts to see Matt. Matt gets in when she does not have her helmet on and shows her that she can get back. As soon as his statement is over, he’s gone. She hallucinated him but the plan worked!  It’s a very interesting and important scene in the movie and that’s why I like it.

The movie is rated PG-13 and I honestly think it is appropriate for age 12 to 18. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and it is showing in theaters everywhere right now. I may be wrong, but I predict Oscar nominations for the cast and director of “Gravity.” Let’s see what happens in 2014!

 

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By Keefer B, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
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“Gravity” is a suspenseful, visually enchanting and wonderfully acted film. The plot focuses on Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) after a disaster happens in space and leaves her stranded. Her goal is to get to a Chinese space station to fly back to Earth before she runs out of time, oxygen and hope.

I love the visual and 3D effects. Space is infinite and “Gravity” shows that beautifully. When you see Dr. Stone drifting off into space you feel the vastness. Many 3D artists like to over use this technology by throwing floating stuff at us or making you think you can reach out and touch them. This is an excepted gimmick but if that’s all it accomplishes, it can get old. This movie has objects floating into the audience, but the items bring you into the actors environment making you feel like you’re with them. 

Visual effects drive the structure of the film, but the heart of the film is Sandra Bullock. This movie is pretty much a one women show. The camera is never off her. Having just one character on screen for most of the film is risky. Through this film Ryan becomes a 3 dimensional character. She captures the audience’s attention and heart. Bullock’s abilities allow this to be a cohesive narrative. Her performance is superb. How Bullock gets herself into this series of emotional states are beyond me. To carry an entire film, put yourself in the physical positions, while pulling off these scenes is revolutionary. That’s why she’s my favorite character in this film.

My favorite scene is the ending. Not to give it away, but this scene is stunning. The pacing, the camera angles are just exquisite. Tension builds and you never know what’s going to happen. I love it when a film keeps you in the shadows until the very end. “Gravity” knows when to be suspenseful and to take breaks for the character to breath, literally.

The moral is, “Never lose hope.” Ryan gets close to reaching home, but her only way to get there is destroyed. Ryan thinks the only way out is to be with her deceased daughter, but learns that “when you come this far you can’t just throw it all away.”

I recommend this for ages 13 to 18. There are intense scenes and fowl language that are inappropriate for younger kids. Teens and adults can enjoy the visual effects and the intense space action.

KIDSFIRST! Coming Attractions is a weekly radio show hosted by eighteen KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, ages 7 to 16. These critics win a spot as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic through a national competition held annually. They review new films and DVDs, attend Red Carpet events and premieres and interview talent on and off the Red Carpet. KIDS FIRST!, a program of the 22-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, is the country’s most valued source for reviews of children’s media. As a national, nonprofit organization, KIDS FIRST! teaches children critical viewing skills and engages them as jurors to evaluate, rate and review films, DVDs, TV shows, music, games and apps.  – See more at: https://blog.voiceamerica.com/2013/09/03/dear-dumb-diary-movie-review-by-kids-first-coming-attractions/#sthash.YmDJs7Wn.dpuf
 

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