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MODEL & PHOTOGRAPHER ISSUE | MAY/JUNE, 2011

PORTFOLIO FUSION MAGAZINE FOR: MODELS | ACTORS/DIRECTORS | PHOTOGRAPHERS | DESIGNERS | MAKE-UP ARTISTS | MUSICIANS | ARTISTS | CHEFS/ HOSPITALITY | EVENT PLANNERS/ENTREPRENEURS

LONDON MODEL & STUDENT

MONICA WONG SHARES HER ARTISTIC MODELING TALENTS

CHICAGO PHOTOGRAPHERS

RACHEL HANEL

CHICAGO RED CARPET EVENT FOLLOW UP WITH THE CAST & CREW OF

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SARAH WORDEN

KENYAN MODEL GRACE WEYIME

INTERVIEWS BY RUTH OMANYA


D.I.N.K.S. PREMIERE

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FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEWS

irector Robert Alaniz and the cast of D.I.N.K.S share inside scoops on the making of D.I.N.K.S, A Comedy of Choice that premiered March 25th, 2011. Also inside are the follow-up interviews by Ruth Omanya, with the co-stars Deborah Craft and David Tibble, along with assistant director Sarajane Crowley and supporting role actors Jayson Bernard and Maura Locke Antas. Page

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D.I.N.K.S. Double Income, No Kids!

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PORTFOLIO FUSION MAGAZINE FOR: MODELS | ACTORS/DIRECTORS | PHOTOGRAPHERS | DESIGNERS | MAKE-UP ARTISTS | MUSICIANS | ARTISTS | CHEFS/ HOSPITALITY | EVENT PLANNERS/ENTREPRENEURS

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CONTRIBUTORS & IMAGE CREDITS MONICA WONG| SARAH WORDEN| RACHEL HANEL | EBBY WEYIME| ROBERT ALANIZ | SARAJANE CROWLEY | | DEBORAH CRAFT | DAVID TIBBLE | JAYSON BERNARD | MAURA LOCKE ANTAS |

ON THE FRONT COVER

INTERVIEWS BY RUTH OMANYA

MONICA WONG

IMAGES: | SARAH WORDEN | JOHN FARRAR| COURTESY EBBY WEYIME | RACHEL HANEL | SUE O’MARLEY

Image by John Farrar

| COURTESY ROBERT ALANIZ | COURTESY DEBORAH CRAFT | COURTESY SARAJANE CROWLEY | COURTESY JAYSON BERNARD | COURTESY DAVID TIBBLE | COURTESY MAURA LOCKE ANATAS

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In this Photo (Left to Right), Ruth Omanya, Robert Alaniz, and Corey O’Donnell

RUTH OMANYA ENTREPRENEUR | MODEL | ASPIRING ACTRESS WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PAGES/RUTHOMANYA IMAGE BY SUE O’MARLEY

EDITOR’S LETTER Dear Loyal Readers, As spring unfolds and summer is peeking in the horizon, our Chicago, London, and Kenyan models share their views about the industry as they experience it, while sharing informative food for thought and advice to aspiring models. Additionally, I’m especially excited to have shared some wonderful moments with the cast of D.I.N.K.S. at the Portage Theater during on the premiere night in March and shortly followed by intriguing & insightful experiences and interviews on the making of D.I.N.K.S.

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COVER GIRL MONICA WONG

LONDON MODEL AND STUDENT SHARE‟S HER WORK

AND EXPERIENCE.

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MODEL & student

MONICA WONG

MONICA SPEAKS FREELY I'm Monica Wong. I'm 20 years old. I‟m currently a full-time student at a university in London. I'm also a part-time model. I love living in London! I enjoy spending time with my friends, especially my best friends - Melissa, Kat, and Sanna. I love shopping - it‟s an addiction. I love food and I enjoy eating out. I eat a lot of food for a model - ha ha! I like clubbing and partying! I'm a typical student. I enjoy working as a team with professionals in the industry. I've enjoyed working with upcoming clothing designers and Illamasqua. I've been put forward for ASOS petite catwalk and I have a magazine shoot soon. It‟s all quite exciting!

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MODEL & student

MONICA WONG

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FROM FUN TO SUCCESS

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started modeling by opportunity. I was signed to an agency at 16 and I started doing small scale modeling jobs and a few TV jobs. Education has always come first during my pursuit of modeling. What inspired me to get into modeling properly was for me to make a way to pay for my student loan. Haha! I didn't really think I would become successful but with time, I started getting a lot of work. Presently, I'm happy that I can fit both modeling and school into my life!

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MODEL & student

MONICA WONG

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INTERVIEW BY

RUTH OMANYA RUTH: How old were you when you started modeling? MONICA: I was 16. RUTH: Who is your role model? MONICA: Eva Longoria RUTH: In three words, describe yourself. MONICA: Ambitious. Courageous. Funny. RUTH: In three words, describe your modeling work. MONICA: Creative, Unique, Style RUTH: Did anyone in particular influence or inspire you? MONICA: Myself. You are your biggest motivator. RUTH: What drives you? MONICA: Knowing that I will be happy with the results. RUTH: How is life as model in London?

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ADVICE TO ASPIRING

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MONICA: It’s great. I enjoy

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on't EVER! EVER pay for photos!!! I cannot emphasize this further. Models are supposed to make money. There is no point losing money for nothing. There are so many scams and bogus photo studios out there who will say

they have free photo shoots, promising work, and give no work. Some girls have paid from £300£1000 for photos that are not conformant with industry standard requirements and often times would not be used by genuine modeling agencies or anyone for that matter!

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it. I’m very lucky and grateful for it. RUTH: What is the most memorable experience in modeling and how did that experience change you?


MONICA: This question has taken me 10 minutes to think of since there are so many, but I’ve got it! This may sound weird, but it was last year (2010) on a stunning sunny day and the photographer threw water at me for the shoot. It was amazing because the scenery was beautiful, it was set by this cute small cottage by the woods and it was so peaceful and quiet. It changed me in the way that I want to find more places like that around the world. I want to find cottages and lovely little places. RUTH: What advice can you give to aspiring models? MONICA: Research the industry. Find out what the agency/client wants. In this industry you will get rejected - even Kate Moss gets turned down from projects. Keep trying. Don’t give up. Even if you feel like s**t... just keep going. RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth as a model? MONICA: I see myself, looking at my portfolio of endless shoots with shots of

RUTH: If you had to make

RUTH: What projects are

ASOS shoots, I will have a

a wish to model a famous

you currently working on?

lot of creative projects com-

name brand designer gear,

MONICA: Nothing at the

what would that be?

moment, as I have exams

be very grateful that I had

MONICA: My own prod-

so I’ve had to eliminate

such an amazing experience.

uct. That isn’t my aim but

any modeling assignments.

almost every idea I could think of and around the world. I will be very happy with the work I’ve done and

would be awesome!

ing up during summer (unique beauty shots) and I’ll be looking into creative/ art direction too.

However, after my exams, I’m going to set up my

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RUTH: Where can fans connect with you? MONICA: Website: Monicawong.com. Facebook: Monica Wong Model. Twitter: Monicawong_ Blog: http:// smallgirltallworld.tumblr.com/

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PAGE 15 —17 MODEL BRITTANY FOLEY AGE: 18

FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER SARAH WORDEN

SHARES FREELY

IN THE BEGINNING...

The instant that camera clicks,

GOALS & AMBITIONS...

I began photographing with a

that moment is preserved for an-

I am a history major by education

class in high school, print, B&W,

yone to witness.

but really I’d like to be able to ex-

very old school, and have since I

pand my little company and be

graduated to my new digital. I

LIKES, DISLIKES, & CHAL-

haven’t stopped since and just

LENGES...

keep looking forward to new

What is difficult about being a

challenges!

photographer...nothing...actually

able to support myself doing something I love - photography.

it can be very difficult. From the

INSPIRATIONS...

PASSION...

mud and rain, to difficult loca-

Nature inspires me; my models

I just fell in love with capturing

tions, it can all be a little daunt-

inspire me. The energy surround-

moments on film, be it shots for

ing but what matters is how the

ing me inspires my shoots and

models expanding their portfoli-

pictures come out in the end, and

gives me ideas.

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MY LENS I work with a Nikon D5000 for most shoots but I also have my little Nikon Coolpix 100 for personal shots. CONNECT WITH ME www.katharineimages.info KatharineImages@yahoo.com

CONTINUED... SARAH WORDEN SHARES FREELY

CURRENT PROJECTS... I have every weekend booked through June with shoots ranging from models to children, weddings, and families. WHO I AM... I am a fun, outgoing person. I’m super easy to get along with on set and in any situation. I love meeting new people and being able to connect with them.

MY LIFE & FREE TIME... I am happily in a relationship of two years! My ideal man is athletic, funny, and intelligent, with goals and ambitions in life. It also doesn’t hurt if he is good looking! I’m currently working full-time as a nanny, covering the Speedway Friday nights and booked every weekend. But when I do have time I love to ride horses, go hiking or generally be lazy. 16

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APPRECIATIONS…. Anything that makes me dance around or that I can sing to. I love singing, but no one else seems to love my singing< FUTURE AT A GLANCE... Hmmm<ten years from now, wow I’ll be 31, hopefully with a family, still doing photography, and if not, doing a job I love waking up and going to every day.

ADVICE ... Just believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone put you down, but take constructive criticism and learn from all your mistakes. Also, never be too afraid to try a shoot, different environments or styles may be scary but just take the jump and try everything you may end up loving it! SPECIAL THANKS... I’d definitely like to thank my parents for financing me, buying me a camera, and also letting me use their property for many of my shoots. I’d also like to thank my boyfriend for coming with me, helping me edit, and just putting up with me. Lastly, I need to thank my models, families, children, and anyone else I have shot, because without them there would be no pictures.

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achel Hanel, a professional photographer in the Chicago area, studied photography at Columbia College in Chicago, and after graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2005 she made the decision to take her vision to the streets and studios of Chicago. While Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x;s eye for light and background in fine art can be considered her greatest assets, her talents do not stop there. Her easy going and playful directorial work with her models leaves the moment captured and a strong image encapsulated with every frame as evidenced in her website, along with her magazine work. She specializes in editorial fashion, beauty and advertising photography.

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have been a true artist since the day I entered this world, always looking around me noticing the things others didn't, seeing beauty others didn't. I suppose my painful childhood created a need for artistic release, and I took that talent and desire all the way with me to adulthood.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rachel Hanel

RUTH: How is life in Chicago as a professional photographer? RACHEL: Chicago has a lot of great opportunities to offer photographers. Many commercial and advertising jobs as well as a growing fashion industry. This is my city of choice! RUTH: Who or what inspired you to get into photography? RACHEL: I got my first camera when I was 12 and from that point on I knew that I wanted to be a photographer. Although I was an artist from a very young age, I always had trouble deciding which art I wanted to pursue. My grandfather was also a bit of a photography hobbyist, and some of his images from when I was a very small child really inspired me. RUTH: Describe your photography.

RUTH: In three words describe yourself. RACHEL: Multi-faceted, lighthearted, and driven.

INTERVIEW BY RUTH OMANYA

RUTH: Where can fans connect with you? RACHEL: http:// www.rhanelphotography.com is a good place to start. I also welcome all fans to connect with me via facebook at http:// www.facebook.com/ R.Hanel.Photography or twitter at http:// www.twitter.com/rhanel

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RUTH: Have you had an opportunity to photograph any musicians or bands? RACHEL: I have had the pleasure of working with many types of musicians, from opera singers, to guitar players, to punk bands. I enjoy photographing all sorts of people. The more unique the better! RUTH: What is your most memorable experience in your line of work? RACHEL: It is hard to pick just one! I've had many amazing experiences, and I've had the pleasure of working with some really great people in this industry. Each moment has its value. RUTH: What challenges do you face as a professional photographer, and how have you embraced those challenges?


I

am naturally a very visual person, so photography appealed to me in ways that other professions could never have never done. The ability to take something that is real and standing right in front of me and transform it into something breathtaking and magical has always drove my heart pounding. - Rachel Ha-

RACHEL: As with any profession, there are many challenges to overcome, especially in a situation where you own your own business. You have to be everything from the accountant to the computer tech, as well as the photographer of course. I've used my past experiences to push my business, and every day I'm poking and prodding myself into a better photographer and business woman.

maintained my own beliefs and dreamed of escape, knowing that if I could just be on my own I could make everything ok. I've used my childhood experiences to better myself, and in the end I believe it made me a stronger person all around. I know how to work hard for what I want, and to not let anyone push me around.

RUTH: If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind, would you share your painful childhood and how it affected you, and how you used that to turn it into an artistic release.

RACHEL: Never give up if this is what you really want to do! I attribute my success so far to my somewhat extreme stubbornness.

RACHEL: I had a very controlled and abusive environment as a child, being born into an extremely right-wing, religious, pastor's family. I was homeschooled until college and had a religious education that bordered on brain washing/conditioning. However, because of my extremely stubborn and independent personality, I

RUTH: What advice can you give aspiring photographers?

RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth in as a photographer? RACHEL: I hope that I can still be in Chicago based at that point, although I have considered relocating abroad. I hope to be even more detail oriented and confident in my work at that point. I

can't say that my goals are purely based on a 6 digit income; they are more personal growth oriented. I want to become a master of my art. I would also like to be able to focus more of my time on my art photography at some point. RUTH: If you had to make a wish to photograph a famous person, who would that be? RACHEL: I would love to photograph someone like Lady Gaga, or Elton John or someone with a larger than life personality.

CHICAGO PHOTOGRAPHER

RACHEL HANEL

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RUTH: What is new for you? Do you have any upcoming projects? RACHEL: I was just published in my first international fashion magazine. That was pretty exciting for me. I have more fashion editorials in the works as well as some big commercial/advertising photography projects coming up. I'm always working like crazy! The busier, the better as far as I'm concerned.

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ometimes it's the smallest of things that inspires us most, like the way a bit of light hits a strangers face while riding the "L" train, or a decrepit wall that has wonderful texture and color, or the way a model holds her head while sitting and waiting in wardrobe. These are the things that let me know I've chosen the right career.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rachel Hanel MODEL ISSUE | MAY / JUNE , 2011 | WWW.PORTFOLIOFUSIONMAGAZINE.COM

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EBBY WEYIME bby Weyime always wanted to

be a model for as long as she could remember. Standing at 1.76m with distinct African features, she is definitely a model to watch. In 2007 she decided to make her modelling dream come true. She has participated in many modelling competitions e.g. FACE OF AFRICA, FORD MODELS etc., and even though she did not get to the top she was never discouraged and she continued doing small time modelling in Kenya. She modelled in Kenyaâ&#x20AC;&#x;s biggest fashion show (FASHION FOR PEACE) but her big break came in November and December MODEL ISSUE | MAY / JUNE , 2011 | WWW.PORTFOLIOFUSIONMAGAZINE.COM

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when she was selected to represent Kenya at Swahili

RUTH: How old were you when you started modeling?

Fashion Week (Tanzania) and Mozambique Fashion

EBBY: I started modeling right after high school - I was 19.

Week (Maputo) respectively. She made a big impres-

RUTH: Who is your role model?

sion on the industry players, and they want her back

EBBY: Heidi Klum. Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x;t love her? She is a supermodel, a business mogul, and most importantly, a mum of FOUR! Who would have thought with that kind of a body?

this year too! Her future plans are to book international fashion shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. She

RUTH: In three words, describe yourself.

will also be featured in international magazines as

EBBY: Outspoken, confident, intelligent.

she is very photogenic (find her photos at www.ebbyweyime.com)

RUTH: In three words, describe your modeling work. EBBY: Fun, fearless, perfected.

Her role models include Giselle, Tyra Banks, Ajuma, Heidi Klum, and Oluchi.

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RUTH: Did anyone in particular influence or inspire you? EBBY: No one in particular. Modeling is something I knew I had within me. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x;t need any convincing, but Face of Africa in 2008 made me realize I can do it. There were auditions in Kenya and


even though I did not make it, I was part of the top 10. It was my first try and instead of demotivating me it actually fueled my fire! RUTH: What drives you? EBBY: My desire to succeed no matter what… RUTH: How is life as model in Kenya? EBBY: The modeling industry is really picking up. Fashion designers as well as models are born every other day to the industry which is a good and a bad thing. A good thing because now we have competition, real competition! A bad thing because models get desperate and accept any offer put on the table since if you don‟t accept their offer you are guaranteed that the next model will. They don‟t know their value and thus get exploited. I have been branded a diva on several occasions for rejecting offers that I deemed too low. I don‟t mean to be arrogant but if you accept a bad offer today, tomorrow it gets worse, and you will have no one but yourself to blame. RUTH: What is the most memorable experience in modeling, and how did that experience change you? EBBY: My most memorable experience was Mozambique fashion week in 2009. That has been also the highlight of my career so far. They only selected two models from Kenya and I was one of them, humbled does not even begin to explain how I felt. It changed me because it reaffirmed my worth.

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RUTH: What advice can you give aspiring models out there? EBBY: I will address models in Kenya as I have not lived in other countries. Modeling in Kenya does not pay, at least not yet. If you want to do it full-time I suggest you move to a country where you can actually make money out of it. Otherwise I will speak like your mum here GET AN EDUCATION! I can‟t stress this enough! It pains me to see some of my friends dropping out of school in the name of becoming full-time models in Kenya, and it really hurts!

RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth as a model? EBBY: Definitely rocking New York and Europe. I will be a face to reckon with, watch this space!

RUTH: If you had to make a wish to model a famous name brand designer gear, what would that be? EBBY: VICTORIA SECRETS. That would validate me. RUTH: What projects are you currently working on? EBBY: I am currently at a university, fourth year final semester - yahoo!! I am pursuing a degree in Public Relations and Marketing and will be graduating in June 2011. After that I will get into full-time modeling in other countries. RUTH: Where can fans connect with you? EBBY: My website www.ebbyweyime.com or My facebook page „Ebby Weyime‟

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well as mishaps, but overall, the determination to get the job done by some of the main crewmembers made up for most of the mistakes.

RUTH: What was the budget for making the film D.I.N.K.S.? ROBER ALANIZ: This is a low budget film. I don‟t like talking about the budgets of my films because I don‟t like judging a film by how much it cost to make. Films should be judged on their content, not on their cost. As a young moviegoer, I never cared what a film cost to make. All I cared about was whether I liked it or not.

RUTH: How did you go about funding the movie? RUTH: Please share the successes from the film D.I.N.K.S. before and after the premiere night on March 25th, 2011. ROBER ALANIZ: The audience reaction to the film was the biggest success for me. This was my first comedy as writer/director and I was very nervous going into a genre that I know is one of the hardest to be successful at. The out -loud laughter from the audience during the entire film let me know that I had accomplished what I had set out to do.

RUTH: What was your overall experience in working with the cast and crew of D.I.N.K.S? ROBER ALANIZ: It was a most enjoyable, yet most challenging experience. Many of the cast were stage actors and though they were very professional in their approach to bringing the characters to life, the transition from theater acting to screen acting was a difficult one at times and sometimes performances had to be “tweaked” in the editing room. The crew had their moments of great accomplishments as

ROBER ALANIZ: I am fortunate enough to have built a reputation as a filmmaker who finishes what he starts. I have five completed feature films and because of that, people usually come to me offering financial support for my next project, whatever it is. The Executive Producers of this film, Max Nayden, Dave Branigan, and William Wagoner are all believers in my talents as well as good friends. Max believes so much so that he has a saying that we live by as Producers: It‟s not “if”, it‟s “when”.

RUTH: In three words, describe what you thought of the premiere night of D.I.N.K.S. and would you say it was a success? ROBER ALANIZ: Stressful, suspenseful, and enjoyable. In all aspects, it was the most successful of all of my previous film premieres.

RUTH: How much did the film D.I.N.K.S gross on the opening weekend at the box office?

ROBER ALANIZ: Not another money question! LOL! I‟m not at liberty to say. Let‟s just say it helped pay for all the bills generated by the premiere and gave us money to continue to show the film at other venues. That was our goal and we reached it.

RUTH: Having watched the film myself, and with a little hint at the end of the movie, I couldn’t help but wonder if you plan on doing a sequel for D.I.N.K.S. Is there a possibility for a sequel to the movie? ROBER ALANIZ: It‟s so funny you should ask that. After seeing the final cut of the film, I knew it had great potential as a franchise. Recently, I was advised by a person in the media business to consider a D.I.N.K.s trilogy. So, even though it was never planned that way, I have begun work on treatments for two more films.

RUTH: How many more showings are scheduled for the movie, and where and when will these showings be? ROBER ALANIZ: D.I.N.K.s will be shown at the Peoria Theater in Peoria, Illinois on May 14th and then it will be back at the Portage Theater in Chicago for one show on Friday, June 3rd. We are also planning a showing in Austin, Texas in the fall.

RUTH: Did you receive the response you expected to evoke in the movie D.I.N.K.S? If so, please share. ROBER ALANIZ: I expected to get mixed reactions to the film due to its subject matter, and I definitely got it. Some people loved it and laughed through the whole film accepting it for what it is: a comedy. Others were offended by some of the humor, whether it was spoken or visual and a few of the family traditionalists were

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offended by its frankness about being a parent and it‟s “in your face” support of a childless lifestyle.

RUTH: Do you intend on getting the movie on any television networks or on DVD soon? If so, when and where should the general public expect this to happen?

RUTH: What are some of the challenges or obstacles if any that you face in getting the movie showed to the general public? ROBER ALANIZ: Promotion and advertising, getting the word out without the proper finances, you have to rely on word-of-mouth and that‟s what we‟re hoping for. So far, so good!

ROBER ALANIZ: We, the Producers, have no immediate plan to put the film on DVD, mostly because we are holding out for distribution opportunities and want to protect our property; intellectual and material. We‟re hoping to make it available on something like Netflix or one of those pay-per-view venues someday. But mostly, we‟d like to see it in a nationwide theatrical release first.

RUTH: As the owner of Sole Productions, have you considered partnering with other production companies to coproduce other movies? ROBER ALANIZ: I am definitely open to the idea.

RUTH: What are some of the challenges you face in owning your own production company? ROBER ALANIZ: The challenges are the same as any other small business, the biggest being having money to keep the business alive and kicking.

RUTH: If you had to redo anything about the making of the movie, what would that be and why? ROBER ALANIZ: Every film I make is a new learning process. I wouldn‟t redo anything.

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SARAJANE CROWLEY Sarajane Crowley is an aspiring young filmmaker whose main interest is directing. In September of 2009, she ran across a newspaper article about a film festival of Robert Alaniz's films at the Marcus Theaters in Orland Park, Illinois. Seeing how this was a great opportunity to actually experience the creation of a feature film, she seized the opportunity by contacting Sole Productions and set up an interview with Producer Robert Alaniz. Working her way from Production Assistant to Casting Director and finally landing her desired position as Assistant Director, Sarajane soon learned what it took to be a part of a seasoned feature film project. She hopes D.I.N.K.s is not her last film with Producer Robert Alaniz, but in the meantime will continue on to DePaul University in the Fall of 2011 to pursue a degree in film, hoping to one day become the director of her own films.

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SARAJANE SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN MAKING

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had a wonderful experience with my involvement in the making of D.I.N.K.s. When I first interviewed for the job as Production Assistant, I didn‟t really know what I was getting into. However, as it turned out, it was the greatest opportunity to gain experience in the film industry on a local level.

We made up fake situations these characters might experience, or how they would dress or interact with each other. It wasn‟t until February and March, though, that we started holding auditions. This was important because we were able to find actors to bring the characters of D.I.N.K.s to life!

Before auditions, the director/writer, Robert Alaniz, and I spent many months planning out the production schedule as well has adding things to the script. During this time, we also started getting things in motion by finding people to be our crew. Eventually I was promoted to Casting Director where the director and I sat down and analyzed each character.

With a month or two before we started filming, I became the Assistant Director. With this responsibility, I was able to actually help the director pick out shots and help him direct the actors! I loved every minute as Assistant Director because I was a huge part in making the actors become their characters in the film,

RUTH: Who or what inspired you to get into film directing?

RUTH: In three words, describe the type or genre of movies you intend on directing in the future.

SARAJANE: I have always had an interest in film and how movies were made. When I was ten years old, my father encouraged me to learn how to work a video camera and make my own little home videos with my friends. I did, and when I was eleven, he bought me editing software for the computer. Ever since then I have been producing, directing, and editing my own films and loving every minute of it. I‟ve learned so much since then.

RUTH: In three words, describe yourself.

SARAJANE: Determined, intelligent, and focused

SARAJANE: War films, drama, and action.

RUTH: How would you describe your experience as an assistant director on D.I.N.K.S.?

SARAJANE: Being the assistant director on D.I.N.K.s has been the most incredible experience for me. I was given the opportunity to learn hands-on what it is like to work on a feature length film before I even started into my film major at DePaul University. Everyone wants to be a part of a movie, big or small, because it just seems so great. Sometimes though, with

and for this reason, the director and I worked hand-in-hand in the making of D.I.N.K.s. I had a blast working on this film with Robert Alaniz and the cast and crew along with him. I‟ve gained so much knowledge and great memories from working on D.I.N.K.s, and I hope to see it succeed because I truly believe the subject matter of this film is completely relevant to today‟s society and today‟s people.

all the stress and problems that can happen on set, it is sort of an illusion, and people find out they are not cut out for the film industry. I, however, feel right at home. The real work to put a feature film together is more than what people think it is, but I enjoyed every part of the making of it. As assistant director, I am involved with every aspect in the making of the film. I do not think a text book could begin to describe the things that I learned and experienced working hands-on. Because the director appointed me as assistant director, I feel confident enough to know that I am cut out for this business and there is nowhere to move except forward.

RUTH: What drives you?

SARAJANE: The determination to succeed drives me. I enjoy challenges that come my way to prove that I can do something. I do not shy away from opportunities that will only enhance my knowledge of something or be good for me to experience. I guess you can call me a “go-getter” because I am always involved in something that will be beneficial to me in the future.

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RUTH: How is life in Illinois as an aspiring director?

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SARAJANE: Chicago is going to be the new L.A. or New York one day; I just hope I am one of the people who are able to bring Illinois to that level. I think being an aspiring director is hard in any state, but I feel as if I have a chance to succeed in Chicago because it is a larger, well-known city that has had movies shot here. I am not going to let living in the suburbs or Illinois stand in the way of becoming a director one day.

RUTH: Looking back at when you first started in the industry, how can you describe your growth as a director?

SARAJANE: Compared to what I know now, after the making of D.I.N.K.s, I knew very little when I first stepped into the industry! I have had tremendous growth in the directing field since being a part of a professional feature film with a real film director. He has been a great mentor because he knows that I aspire to be a big-time director one day, so he has always held me under his wing. He always gives me opportunities and shares his personal experiences so that I can learn from them. It is amazing to look back and realize how much I know now that I did not before.

RUTH: What was your most memorable experience during the making of D.I.N.K.S.?

SARAJANE: The most memorable experience I had in the making of D.I.N.K.s was, well, all of it. I enjoyed hiring the crew, auditioning actors to play the roles, filming, editing, and promoting. I do not think I could pick just one moment that was very memorable because this experience comes in a bundle package for me. I love learning so every step and experience was a new milestone in my education as a film director. 34

RUTH: Since the premiere of D.I.N.K.S. in March 25th, 2011, how has your life changed?

SARAJANE: While the March 25th premiere was fun, I think the moment it all changed my life was the fateful day I met the director, Robert Alaniz. Without him, I would never have been part of the Chicago premiere or the making of the film. However, I see a great future headed for D.I.N.K.s, so hopefully I will be able to be part of yet another feature film with him and gain even more experience and exposure as a director.

RUTH: What advice can you give aspiring film directors out there?

SARAJANE: My main advice is: take every opportunity that comes your way. If you find something that will be beneficial to your knowledge in the industry, do it for experience rather than money. You have to start somewhere, even if it is just student or short films. The more experience and credentials you have, the more likely it is you will be able to succeed in the film industry.

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RUTH: If you had to make a wish to direct a film starring a famous actor/actress, who would that actor/actress be?

SARAJANE: I would love to work with Johnny Depp. I think he is an incredible actor and can play more than just a drunken, disorderly pirate. Every movie I have seen with him has him act completely opposite than the movie before. I think having him in just the right movie would be so much fun because he really makes a movie fun to watch.

RUTH: What projects are you currently working on?

SARAJANE: I am still involved with D.I.N.K.s and plan to be involved with Sole Productions to hopefully work on another feature film soon. However, I am planning to direct a short film this summer to add to my portfolio, so that should be fun. I have already written the first draft of the script and am very excited to actually film it.

RUTH: Where can fans connect with you? RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth as a film director?

SARAJANE: I hope to see myself making films that many people are able to see. Like D.I.N.K.s, I would like to be a part of something bigger than just a student film or a short film. I want to make history and new progress in the film industry so I will always keep making films in the future. I can see myself being that person one day, but I will be lucky if I am that successful in 3-5 years!

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SARAJANE: If I have any fans, or any aspiring filmmakers who would like to talk to me, they can submit a post to D.I.N.K.s the Movie on Facebook addressed to me, or e-mail me personally at sjmcrowley@gmail.com. Also, I am most likely venturing out to most of the locations the film is being showed at, so if they attend those events, I will be available to answer any questions or just to chat about filmmaking!


VERY, SERENDIPITIOUS! DEBORAH CRAFT CO-STAR OF D.I.N.K.S

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eborah Craft has performed almost exclusively on the Chicago stage in the years since earning her BA in Theater and Television Arts and English at Valparaiso University. She is a founding ensemble member of the Piccolo Theatre in Evanston where she has been seen in the roles of Clarice (Servant of Two Masters), Sinbad (Sinbad), Rosencrantz (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), Dvornichek (Rough Crossing), and Rosetta in the original Piccolo play (Lust, Lies, and Marriage) among others. Deborah is also a collective member of LiveWire Chicago Theatre with whom she has performed as 6 characters (Wonder of the World), Gina (A/other Lover), and Martha (Soldiers: Recruitment). Deborah can also be seen in a local Luna carpet commercial and her voice can be heard on the History Channel's "Mega-Disaster: Hurricane". D.I.N.K.s is Deborah's first feature length film.

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was not supposed to be Rachel in DINKs. I had been originally cast as "Kyle's Mother" and was happy, for my first movie, to simply have the experience of being in front of the camera in a role that wasn't too involved or demanding. My goal was to observe and experience the process of film making so I could determine if it was something I wanted to continue doing as part of my acting career. A few weeks after I was cast, I was called by the director, Robert, who ultimately recast me as Rachel after things did not work out with the original actress. I was totally stunned by the opportunity. Of course, you don't turn that kind of offer down so I jumped in with two feet and had a grand time making DINKs. I certainly got a more detailed view of film making than I ever expected, but along the way I also made some great friends, wonderful connections, and had the experience of a lifetime.

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RUTH: Who or what inspired you to get into acting?

RUTH: Describe yourself in three words.

DEBORAH: My mom, in a round -about way, inspired me to get into acting. She was a teacher, and instead of letting us stay home unsupervised over the summer (she taught summer school as well) she made my brother, sister, and I sign up for a class. When I was in 4th grade I signed up for a musical review class. It was the training ground for the high school summer musical which I later joined. It was that first summer, though, when I was 9 that I was truly bitten by the acting bug.

DEBORAH: Funny, expressive, and perfectionist.

RUTH: In three words, describe the characters you play on theatre. DEBORAH: Energetic, innocent, and humorous. RUTH: How would you describe your experience as an actress in your first film, one where you are also a main character?

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DEBORAH: D.I.N.K.s was an amazing experience for me. I had no intention when I started out auditioning for the film in being a lead of any kind - I just wanted to see what making a film was like. I wanted to see if film was something I was interested in pursuing. Robert, the cast and the crew were so open that it was easy to learn and work in a collaborative way. I discovered that film is something I want to continue working on and honing as a craft. RUTH: What drives you? DEBORAH: What drives me is the love of performing. I have no aspirations to fame and I'm too much of a realist to expect that acting will earn me millions of dollars. Where some would see these things as a negative, it just doesn't bother me at all (of course I don't think I'd turn it down if it came my way). I choose projects to work on that I think I'd enjoy. Sometimes I choose projects for the learning experience, sometimes to push myself and my skills, and sometimes just because I know it will be a joy. I simply have a drive to perform. The rush; that adrenaline high, when all the elements are working in concert and it feels effortless - this is what performing can be and why I continue to seek it out. RUTH: How is life in Illinois as an actress? DEBORAH: So far life in Illinois as an actress has been great. Chicago is a wonderful place to perform. It's so open to new kinds of stage theatre and new companies there's never a lack of stage work. I can't speak much to the film industry in Chicago, but if you just reflect on the big budget movies being shot in Chicago along with all the independent films and student films, it seems evident that film in Chicago is coming into its own. Then you consider all the voiceover and print opportunities 36

and the extremely talented pool of actors to work with...Chicago really is a great place to be an actress. RUTH: Looking back at when you first started in the industry, how can you describe your growth as an actor? DEBORAH: The biggest difference is in my own confidence level. I've grown comfortable, or at least more so, with being uncomfortable. It's difficult to tread uncharted waters, but as you do more, you learn more and that makes the job of acting that much easier. I've become more comfortable taking risks in my performance and really trying new choices in rehearsals. On the business end, I continue to grow and learn and step out into new arenas. RUTH: What was your most memorable experience during the making of D.I.N.K.S.? DEBORAH: It was all so memorable, I'm not sure I can pick just one moment. The scenes with Rachel's coworkers stand out because they were such a hoot to rehearse and film. Elizabeth "Missy", Rebecca, and Debbi are great women to have the chance to work with - they were open and willing to play, both in rehearsal and when the camera was really rolling. I did have a lot of fun with those scenes even though they were necessarily trimmed for the final cut. There's a lot of good material on the cutting room floor! RUTH: Since the premiere of D.I.N.K.S. in March 25th, 2011, how has your life changed as far as popularity is concerned? DEBORAH: So far the premiere hasn't translated into a boost of popularity, though I think that's

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more my own doing than the movie's. I am getting requests for interviews (like this one) and that's been very exciting for me, but at the same time I'm trying to keep myself low-key - trying not to let one successful project go to my head. RUTH: Did you have to do any research work for the character you played in the movie D.I.N.K.S.? DEBORAH: I have theater professors who will shake their heads at this answer, but no. Part of the reason I think I was cast in this role in the first place is because Rachel isn't really too far a stretch from me. My husband and I are DINKs and Rachel is a very normal person (kudos to Robert for being able to write a normal character - tougher than it sounds). I just went into the film aiming to be as natural and comfortable as possible. Hopefully that came across. RUTH: What advice can you give aspiring actors out there? DEBORAH: Be persistent and try new things. This is a tough industry, but if you want it go out and get it. Talent will only get you so far. Hard work alone won't get it done either. Be persistent and professional and you'll do just fine. If it ever stops being what you want it to be, change what you're doing. RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth as an actress? DEBORAH: In 3-5 years I hope to see my business sense much more honed. I hope to be working consistently in voiceover and film/ TV/print work and still doing stage shows when I find projects that speak to me.


RUTH: If you had to make a wish to co-star with a famous actor/actress in the future, who would that actor/actress be? DEBORAH: So many to choose from! This shifts for me depending on what I'm watching and immersed in at the time, so right now I'd have to say Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Sam Rockwell, Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Robin Williams...I could go on and on. RUTH: What projects are you currently working on? DEBORAH: Right now I'm working on my website. I'm trying to get that up and running and then see where the universe takes me. RUTH: Where can fans connect with you? DEBORAH: Hopefully in the next few days, but certainly by 5/1/2011, I'm reachable through www.deborah-craft.com

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avid Tibble grew up in the West Suburbs of Chicago, in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a proud graduate of St. Francis High School, as well as St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. Regionally, David has worked with several theaters around the country, including Diamond Circle Melodrama in Colorado and the National Theatre for Children in Minneapolis. Since moving back to Chicago in 1999, David has had the privilege of appearing on stage at many different theaters in the Chicagoland area, including the American Girl Theater, Drury Lane Oak Brook, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Second City, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Noble Fool, Pheasant Run, Light Opera Works, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Circle Theatre, and The Illinois Theatre Center. Although this is David’s first major role in a film, he has appeared in several independent films and student films, and has also been featured in commercials for Budweiser, Luna Carpet, Rogers and Hollands, The American Cancer Society, and The United States Armed Services. David would like to thank Robert and the entire production team on D.I.N.K.s for their hard work. He would also like to thank the cast, especially his fabulous co-star Deborah, for their constant professionalism and positive attitudes.

DAVID TIBBLE CO-STAR OF D.I.N.K.S.

He would like to thank all his many friends (too many to list – I’m not bragging, just EXTREMELY blessed!), and especially his coworkers at The Boston Consulting Group for their support and patience. And finally, David would like to thank his family for their un-wavering support, his nine brothers and sisters, his parents, and the love of his life, Michelle.

DAVID’S EXPERIENCE DURING THE MAKING OF D.I.N.K.S Working on D.I.N.K.s was a great learning experience. Coming from a background in theatre. I really had to focus on making the character of Richard Brooks believable and natural, versus "acting" for the stage. One of the biggest adjustments was shooting scenes out of sequence. In a play, your character is able to follow his arc throughout the story. However, when filming out of sequence, you may film the later scenes in the movie before the beginning scenes, so it's important to stay focused on the character, and where he is in his journey, and what he experienced directly beforehand.

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RUTH: In three words, describe the characters you play in both theatre and films.

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DAVID: Down to earth, caring, and authoritative.

RUTH: Who or what inspired you to get into acting? RUTH: What drives you?

DAVID: I wouldn’t say there was a specific person that inspired me to get into acting, but rather inspired me to get into performing. I originally wanted to be a rock star in a rock band. I grew up listening to Dennis DeYoung and Styx and loved singing and pretending to be in a band. During my freshman year in High School, my parents encouraged me to audition for the spring musical to meet people and make friends. I’ve been performing on stage ever since.

RUTH: In three words, describe yourself.

DAVID: Focused. Balanced. Witty.

RUTH: Do you find it challenging to juggle your acting career around your day job in consulting?

DAVID: It is a challenge at times, but not as much as it used to be. My day job is very supportive of my acting and supportive of the Arts in general. I am not able to do every project that comes my way, but it works out because I am at a point in my career where I do not have to do every project that comes my way. It’s more important for me to do a project that I am interested in and want to be a part of with people I enjoy working with. 38

DAVID: When I am on stage (or on set), it is the laughter of the audience. I love making people laugh. But I’m also driven by hard work and focus. Whether it’s stage, film, or the responsibilities at my day job or in my personal life, I really work hard and focus on the task at hand.

RUTH: How is life in Illinois as an actor?

DAVID: It’s tough. In the Chicagoland professional theatre world, there are only a handful of theaters where you could really make a decent living, and they tend to cast from the same talent pool. As far as film goes, I think it’s getting better. There’s a lot of commercial work here, and every week you hear of more and more projects coming to Illinois to shoot. But I’m relatively new to the film scene in Illinois, so I still have much to learn. But I can’t complain too much. I’ve kept busy and have been blessed with a moderate amount of success.

RUTH: Looking back at when you first started in the industry, how can you describe your growth as an actor?

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DAVID: When I first started acting in Chicago, I took every job that came my way - which is good: you need to build your resume & build relationships when you are first starting out. But now that I’m older, I choose projects that excite me, people & companies I want to work with, etc. As far as my acting style goes, I’m trying to get back to focusing on being honest, in the moment, and natural. When I approach a character or role, I try to get back to the basics: what does this character want? I think I lost a lot of the basics of acting early on because I was focused on a paycheck or where my next job was coming from.

RUTH: What was your most memorable experience during the making of D.I.N.K.S.?

DAVID: I had a lot of fun shooting the “shower scene.” Believe me, it’s not as risqué as it sounds! There’s a scene in the movie where Richard Brooks’ water gets shut off in his house while he’s taking a shower. It was hilarious lathering up inbetween takes, making sure there was just enough soap on my face so that it LOOKED like I couldn’t see, but was still safe enough for me to stumble around the house!

RUTH: Since the premiere of D.I.N.K.S. on March 25th, 2011, how has your life changed as far as popularity is concerned?

DAVID: My life really hasn’t changed. I haven’t been stopped on the street or anything like that, but family, friends, and other people who have


seen the movie have approached me to tell me how impressed they are with my performance, the performances of my fellow actors, and the movie overall. That has been overwhelming and it feels good to be recognized for all the hard work the cast, crew, and production team put into “D.I.N.K.s.”

RUTH: Did you have to do any research work for “Richard Brooks’” character in the movie D.I.N.K.S.?

DAVID: I think there’s a lot of David Tibble in Richard Brooks, and that was one of the things that really drew me to the script. Whether or not you agree with the message of “D.I.N.K.s,” all of us at one point have been bothered or annoyed by someone or something. So when I needed to, I would draw on my own experiences to achieve what was needed for the character. As far as the style goes, I watched some Albert Brooks movies such as “Lost in America” to help me understand the style Robert (the director) was going for.

RUTH: Describe your experience working with director Robert Alaniz.

DAVID: It was great! Robert was always very prepared, organized, and respected our time on set. This was important to me as I had a little distance to drive each night, usually fighting rush hour from the city. What I really found helpful was the rehearsals we had for the scenes. Typically, you don’t get much rehearsal time for on-camera work. You show up the day

of, get your script changes, and go from there. However, since we had such limited time to shoot, we would rehearse the scenes several times prior to the shoot date, so that when we did show up on set, we already knew the feel of the scene, the emotions, the camera angles, etc. That way we could accomplish the shot in 3 or 4 takes versus 7 or 8. Ultimately, it allowed us to get ahead of schedule and use our time wisely.

RUTH: What advice can you give aspiring actors out there?

DAVID: Work hard and stay focused, but not too focused. Remember there’s a whole big world out there to experience. Music, sports, family, nature, relationships, travelling, etc. I think many artists get too wrapped up in their art and miss out on life. But I believe in order to really create art, you need to fully experience life. From Broadway to the Superbowl and everything in between.

RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth as an actor?

DAVID: Continuing to work on stage in projects that excite and inspire me and working more consistently on film and on-camera projects. I definitely still see myself in Chicago. I would rather be an advocate for bringing more film work to Illinois than move to one of the coasts.

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RUTH: If you had to make a wish to co-star with a famous actor/ actress in the future, which actor/actress would that be?

DAVID: I think it would be great to work with Will Smith. I’ve always really enjoyed his movies, plus I’ve always admired his integrity and graciousness. What really impresses me isn’t just an actor’s body of work, but how they conduct themselves off screen. He seems like a genuine & humble guy who’s grateful for the opportunities he’s been given.

RUTH: What projects are you currently working on?

DAVID: I just closed “Dirty Blonde” with Bohemian Theatre Ensemble at Theatre Wit, and recently shot a commercial for Life Storage. I decided to take this summer off to enjoy time with my family and friends, but I’m hoping to line up a project or two this fall/winter.

RUTH: Where can fans connect with you?

DAVID: They can check me out on Facebook, and I would love to hear from them! I have photos from past shows as well as my commercial clips and reel.

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Jayson Bernard has been entertaining in the Chicagoland area for the past 15 years now. A Student of some of the top Acting Schools and a Second City Alumni, Bernard has taken his talents to be one of the next up and coming Stand up comedians and film Actor. Film being his first love, writing has also captured Bernard's eye. He is currently writing a series of gay "soaps" in hopes that they will be picked up and shown to the world. With a few independent films under his belt Bernard hopes to hit the big screen VERY soon! But for now he is entertaining around the city in his one man stand up show premiering this summer.

JAYSON: Well, I started as an actor at Second City and other comedy outlets. I was very selfish. I didn't like Improv. because of sharing with other actors and even maybe making THEM look BETTER than me at times... I've grown, where as of now, I‟ll share...sometimes...No, really... I see the WHOLE picture now when on a project, not just my part.

RUTH: Who or what inspired you to get into acting?

RUTH: Since the premiere of D.I.N.K.S. in March 25th, 2011, how has your life changed as far as popularity is concerned?

JAYSON: I actually was inspired to act by a judge‟s panel... I entered a Model/Actor contest that took place in NYC and there was 500 men in my category. I went as a model, but we were ALL required to be in the other categories as well, such as "commercial", "Drama" and "Comedy"... I placed extremely low in the modeling categories but won in comedy, commercial, and second in Drama out of five hundred! Weee!!! All the judges said I should drop the modeling and act, so I took their advice. RUTH: In three words, describe yourself. JAYSON: Funny, Honest, and Friendly. RUTH: In three words, describe the characters you play on film or theatre. JAYSON: Colorful, Strong, and Bold. RUTH: Looking back at when you first started in the industry, how can you describe your growth as an actor?

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RUTH: What was your most memorable experience during the making of D.I.N.K.S.? JAYSON: The court room scene at the end! It was an ALL day event!!! Robert Alaniz had to do ALL the shots and pick up shots and close ups and EVERYTHING with ONE camera!!! It was so much fun to see that happen and to see it WAS possible! He did a great job!

JAYSON: The "D.I.N.K.'s" theatrical trailer, premier, all the buzz and promotional work I've done has opened quite a few doors for me. Directors and casting agents want to "see" your work...This gave them a front row seat to me, and I‟m truly grateful to Sole Productions for that! RUTH: Did you have to do any research work for the character you played in the movie D.I.N.K.S.? JAYSON: I did call a couple of friends that work for Aldermen's offices and such to ask what "Charles" may be or not be doing during meetings with the mayor...They all said the same thing...The assistants are always doing something...busy, busy, busy...So I tried to keep "Charles" like energy in motion...He is always doing something whether it be taking notes, reading, organizing, or planning... It also seems to look better on film if a character just isn‟t sitting there...


RUTH: What advice can you give aspiring actors out there?

I had a wonderful experience throughout the entire making of the film D.I.N.K.s. This was my third time working with filmmaker Robert Alaniz, and each project never ceases to amaze me. The amount of time and effort that the cast and crew put in contributes to the overall quality of the films. Having previously played a boy crazy teenager and a mentally abused stepdaughter, my role in D.I.N.K.s of a newlywed activist was a new experience for me. Robert does an amazing job as a director of helping the actor interpret each role’s purpose in the script. Overall, I had an amazing time filming D.I.N.K.s and I am grateful to the cast and crew for enriching my experience.

JAYSON: GO FOR IT!!! My biggest set backs are in my mind. If you want to give it a shot, DO IT! RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth as an actor? JAYSON: Well, I hopefully see myself as a successful, PAID, happy actor... RUTH: If you had to make a wish to co-star with a famous actor/ actress in the future, who would that actor/actress be? JAYSON: That is a hard one! I look up to SO many people... but I‟m on a Tina Fey kick right now. LOVE HER!!! Write me on 30 rock Tina!!!! RUTH: What projects are you currently working on? JAYSON: I‟m currently auditioning for several sitcoms and comedy films...I just wrapped a pilot that {fingers crossed} will be picked up very soon! I also did a short (12 min movie) comedy that will be released this summer at film festivals here in Chicago. I‟m also now finally finishing up writing a sitcom pilot called “Taylor & Taylor” which I will start pitching to logo this summer. RUTH: Where can fans connect with you? JAYSON: Please follow me on twitter @MrJayBernard also Facebook Jayson Bernard and www.jaysonbernard.com

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aura Locke Antas was born to Craig and Sarah Antas on July 7th, 1992 near Chicago, Illinois. Acting in her first theater production at the age of 6, Maura has since been a part of numerous performances around Chicago, and continues to increase the number.

Her latest role was Dinah Lord in The Albright Theatre Company's Production of "The Philadelphia Story". Maura acted in her first independent film "Bitterblue" with Sole Productions in 2006, and went on to play two more roles in Sole Production's films, "The Vision", and "D.I.N.K.s", which premiered in Chicago in March 2011. She can also be seen in Ron Howard's "The Dilemma", Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion", and in an episode of Fox TV Network's "The Chicago Code". Both productions and the TV series are set to premiere in 2011. Maura was a part of the R.Ed.I. Arts and Education Foundation for two years, which is a traveling prevention theater troupe that reaches out to teens her own age and inspires them to make the right choices in life. Maura's training includes the Acting Studio Chicago where she participated in an audition-only intensive program with some of Chicagoland's professionals. It also includes Northwestern University's Cherubs Program for Acting On-Camera, a three week long intensive with concentrations within the film business. Maura has a background with training under the guidance of some of Chicago's finest acting coaches through the productions she has been a part of. Maura is now undergoing rigorous training and studying B.F.A. Acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University.

RUTH: Who or what inspired you to get into acting? MAURA: When I was younger, my mom used to always take my older sisters to different theatre auditions. I was six years old when my mom dragged me along to one of their auditions and convinced me to join them on the stage. I got the role, and fell in love with the art. After many more auditions and performances, I realized that I loved acting more than anything else I had ever done and knew it was what I wanted to pursue. RUTH: In three words, describe yourself. MAURA: Driven, Spontaneous, Outgoing. RUTH: In three words, describe the characters you play both on theatre and films. MAURA: Versatile, committed, unique. RUTH: What drives you? MAURA: My passion for the arts and my desire to achieve my goals drives me in my acting career. Setting personal and professional goals motivates me to succeed in the business. RUTH: How is life in Illinois as an actor? MAURA: Illinois is often undermined for its potential in being a prime film market. The market for independent features throughout Illinois is vast and plentiful and does not receive enough credit.

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RUTH: Looking back at when you first started in the industry, how would you describe your growth as an actor? MAURA: My most significant time of growth as an actor was when I made the adjustment from theatre to film. The principles of the two different art forms are significantly different, and acquiring both skills is vital to success in the acting business. RUTH: What was your most memorable experience during the making of D.I.N.K.S.? MAURA: My most memorable experience during the making of D.I.N.K.S. was probably the filming of the D.I.N.K.S. rally which “Sierra” (the character I played) speaks at the rally. This was the first time in which I acted in an On-Camera scene in front of a large group of people. The extras were awesome and greatly contributed to the overall scene which also helped me with my personal performance! RUTH: Since the premiere of D.I.N.K.S. in March 25th, 2011, how has your life changed as far as popularity is concerned? MAURA: My popularity has increased as the popularity of D.I.N.K.s has increased. The more publicity that the movie receives and the larger the audience, the more attention the actors receive as well. RUTH: Did you have to do any research work for “newlywed activist” character you played in the movie D.I.N.K.S.? MAURA: Instead of researching my character, I related my role of Sierra to people in my real life that resemble her. The real life connection makes the role become personalized and alive. RUTH: What advice can you give aspiring actors out there? MAURA: The advice I would give aspiring actors out there is to not give up and stay true to yourself. If acting is your passion, you have to invest yourself 110% and drive yourself forward, regardless of what others think, say, or do. Most importantly, you have to stay true to yourself. Not only is it important to be true for the sake of your self being, but also the sake of your talent that you stay true to each role you are in. When you are true to yourself, the truth becomes alive to the audience.

IN THIS PHOTO (CENTER) DIRECTOR ROBERT ALANIZ AND WIFE CAROL (RIGHT), WITH ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SARAJANE CROWLEY(LEFT)

PAGE 42-44 THE CAST OF D.I.N.K.S ON THE PREMIERE NIGHT AT PORTRAGE THEATRE -CHICAGO RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth as an actor? MAURA: In 3-5 years from now, I would ideally see myself in Los Angeles pursuing acting on-camera work. Hopefully I will also be back in Chicago every once in a while to do additional work.

RUTH: What projects are you currently working on? MAURA: I am currently attending the Theatre School at DePaul University studying BFA acting. I will hopefully be interning with a film company this summer as well as auditioning. RUTH: Where can fans connect with you?

RUTH: If you had to make a wish to co-star with a famous actor/ actress in the future, who would that actor/actress be?

MAURA: Fans can connect with me through IMDB (www.imdb.com/name/ nm2994775).

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