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Jordan Fisher Interviewed ME at B93.7 Studios // ft. Radio Shorty

I meant to post this yesterday but my anxiety has been off the walls. YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE on B93.7’s website. I promise you it’s worth the listen & this article is worth the read.

As I headed into the B93.7 Studios I was crazy nervous (like always). Jordan Fisher was in Greenville, South Carolina and I was about to cover his private studio concert. I didn’t have time to pick up a friend so my jitters were the worst. I’m such a huge fan so I had to mentally give myself a professional pep talk. He’s starred on iCarly, Bones, The Thundermans, Teen Wolf, the list goes on. If you wanna watch a clip of him on iCarly, I’ll put the link to the video HERE.

Jordan & Radio Shorty

We all piled into the studio & everyone got settled. We all introduced ourselves and he was a total gentleman. As Shorty introduced me and my website, he invited Jordan to interview ME. The first question of the day what what I was majoring in & my future. I explained why I rejected my offer from UCLA, how I want to major in Communications/Marketing, and that I can see myself one day living in Atlanta. He was very supportive and encouraged me to explore LA. Although it’s a dream, I’m sticking to my plan. He’s still gave me some pretty bomb advice. Jump into whatever you want to do. He walked up to his parents and told them he fell in love with art. They were 100% supportive. My favorite piece of advice was: do what you love and money will come. The rest will come.

Jordan as “Doody” in Cast of Grease Live

Shorty brought up “Grease Live!” & Jordan talked about his pal Vanessa Hudgens. Her dad died like right before the air date for Grease. Everyone on set gave her their condolences and asked her if there was anything they could do to help. She said, “Just being here with you guys.” (Bet you didn’t know that one of Jordan’s favorite things in the world is Star Wars 😉

Jordan with CoStars of Teen Beach Movie

Jordan as “Seacat” in Teen Beach Movie

In the middle of the interview, Radio handed the interview over to me!! I was totally unprepared, but thankfully since I was such a fan, I already had some questions mustered up. As soon as I sat down he told me I had perfect teeth, so I had this goofy grin on the entire time. My first question was, “When I was on my way here I was thinking everyone kinda wants to be where you are right now, what legitimate advice do you have?” He talked about how if you do what you love and only worry about doing what you love then the financial things will come after. Do it because you love it. Don’t do it because you want the hollow things. If you keep working at it you will eventually find your success.

Jordan as "Holden" on Liv & Maddie

Jordan as “Holden” on Liv & Maddie

Then I asked, “In your transitioning process like for example you went from ABC’s Secret Life to to maybe a less mature like a disney channel show like when you did Liv and Maddie: is there like a mentality you have to have? Going from a more mature to a less mature aspect?” Jordan mentioned he’s worked on Liv and Maddie & Teen Wolf at the same time. He would do Liv and Maddie during the day & Teen Wolf during the night. He said, “As I’m growing I’m trying to stay away from the younger demographic. I’m aging and my music is more towards a more mature audience.”

Jordan on "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Jordan on “Secret Life of the American Teenager”

Last question, “What future projects do you have coming up?” (This was before Jordan’s EP actually released.) He said that the biggest thing so far is his album. His EP. Excitedly he stated,”Its done and I’m excited to share it with everyone. This radio tour and going all over the country to get people excited about what I’ve been working on for the last two years.” After my interview, the first thing Shorty said was, “Heck yeah. I think she did a better job than i did. I quit, I’m gonna let her have my job.” I swear guys, Radio Shorty’s the COOLEST dude.

After all the talking, we finally go to the singing! His hit “All About Us” was his way of introducing himself to the world. I’ll put the videos of him singing here: HERE and HERE.

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I’m going on tour?? // how to be truly happy :-)

One city after the next, hotel to hotel, getting to meet your fans all over America. The Jam Tour (also known as the Social Jam Tour) seemed like everything I wanted. It actually WAS everything I wanted. Especially getting to meet you guys. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of you randomly in North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. As much as I wanna travel to every city and every state FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, I can’t. I was emailing back and forth with the tour manager, Ann, who’s the sweetest woman. This opportunity was everything I’d dreamed of. The Jam Tour has featured stars such as: Taylor Caniff who now has his OWN tour, Sammy Wilk who now spends his weekends with the Kardashians, and LohAnthony who starred on Jimmy Kimmel. The tour was created for young people who got their start on social media whether they’re singing, dancing, or maybe it’s just their presence. Starting in October they’re hitting Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Nashville the list keeps going.

As Ann asked me what cities I was interested in, my mind wandered to what I was ACTUALLY interested in. There’s so many goals I have, like teaching people about the bible. Traveling with my friends and my family. Getting to truly know myself. You get what you put into, so if I knew I wasn’t gonna put 100% into this tour then it wouldn’t be fair to myself to invest in it. As a new graduate I need to take time to expose & explore the world around me right now. It still sucks to see my friends I met online go on tour & getting to do all this cool stuff. Honestly, it was an honor to even be considered. But for future notice, if any of you guys ever wanna check it out I’ll put the link here.

I kinda just wanted to share my real life example for anyone who may be going through the same thing. Even though I don’t plan on spending my entire life in the same place, I know that the time will come but now’s just not that time. There’s gonna be so many things trying to distract you from what you want to do. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE. All this awesome stuff is gonna happen but if it’s doesn’t go along with what you see in your life & your future, you can’t go along with it. You were blessed with the opportunity to do what ever you put your mind to. I needed someone to tell me that, so hopefully I can be that person for someone else. You are amazing & you are truly one of a kind. It sucks doing life, but it sucks a little less to have things & people in your life that make you genuinely happy.

“YOU ARE NOT STUCK.” -unknown

The Time I Crushed Jesse McCartney’s Foot

2014 was the year I met Jesse McCartney. As I dragged my little brother along, my heart was beating at an agressive rate. Every 10 year old girl grew up with Jesse & the fact that I had the opportunity to see him live was insane. As we poured into the B93.7 Studio, I could feel the anticipation. My brother grumpily crossed his legs, upset that I pulled him away from his bed. Finally it was time & all cell phones were prepared for that first glimpse. As soon as he walked out my heart sunk. Jesse was old. His wrinkles painted his face, but his smile was just the same. He was no longer that heart breaking teenage boy from the J-14 posters on our walls. He was a grown man promoting his new album.

My Brother & I on TV

His girlfriend was parked in the corner of the room the entire time. I remember asking about her, and apparently she was some actress on some show. She looked annoyed & gloomy. To her I’m sure we were just a roomful of kids. But Jesse. He was just like everything I’d seen on TV & his music videos that I watched on repeat. He poured his heart into his songs & you could feel the energy he gave off.

As we formed a line for the meet & greet, my brother was just about fed up. I made sure we had everything ready to take our picture & go. When security gave the okay, we headed into the room. Words can’t explain how enchanting that moment was. I’d been imagining that moment for YEARS. He addressed us & thanked us for coming out. I headed for the right side of him, while my brother sluggishly stayed on the left. The photographer told us to lean in & in my starstruck state, I CRUSHED HIS FOOT. I’m not talking stepped on his foot, I had on combat boots. I could barely walk in them myself. All the weight on my body shifted his way. I could hear a sharp gasp in pain as his girlfriend & his publicist, startled, jumped up at the same time. Nonetheless, he still managed to take a great picture & I’ve never bolted out of a room so fast. We bumped into his guitarist on the way out & I made sure to grab a picture before we left. I don’t have it anymore because my phone got stolen in Myrtle Beach (which you can read about here if you haven’t already).

The only thing I thought about that entire day, was how I was probably the conversation of his night. I’m sure he didn’t expect to show up to a meet and greet & leave with a killer limp. Still, one of the most memorable meet and greets I’ve been to & I have no regrets 🙂 hopefully he still thinks I have a “Beautiful Soul”.

You can watch the entire performance here. In fact, the concert made it on Jesse’s official website here which was kinda cool. love you xx thanks for reading

Interview with UK/LA based Fashion Icon: Lucas

I’m super excited to introduce you guys to Lucas. I came across him on Instagram and we INSTANTLY clicked. Check out his blog ourvivids.com to see all the behind the scenes from his snapchat stories, photoshoots, and everything fashion! His style is absolutely dashing and every outfit seems to carry a touch of London. Not including the accent. Not only is Lucas an expert on style, he’s also an independent artist. You can check out his music here which, as you probably guessed, doesn’t end his list of talents. Not only is he in front of the camera, he’s also behind it. He has his “photographer” on his own resume and is taking social media by STORM. His Instagram is @enslucas but I’ll leave the link below!

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1. I saw where you used the Newport Street Gallery in London as a style inspiration. Can you tell me more about your view on life imitating art?

Newport Street Gallery has been an inspiration mostly with it’s Jeff Koons exhibition which really inspired me mostly from a colouristic point of view. In my vision actually art imitates life. We should all aspire to turn our lives into a work of art where the dark sides intertwine with the bright notes and which we always regard as an unfinished work, still in need to be perfected.
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2. What or who got you into modeling?
I started doing photography at 15 years old and practicing photography with one of my best friends @lastminutecouture I found myself being behind and also in front of the camera. Then art school has offered me a context where I could model and then London. But modelling is not something I do on a regular basis even though I do have an agency and I collab with quite a big number of brands.

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3. Who’s your style inspiration?
My style inspiration would be Lucky Blue Smith who I really look up to . I am also very fond of the Old Hollywood style, I will always believe that in a previous life I lived in those times, having dinner at Cipriani’s in West Hollywood and driving a Chevy Malibu.
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4. Five of your favorite summer trends: go!
1. suede everything
2. white socks
3. highlights
4. turtlenecks on a rainy day
5. and obviously Stan Smiths

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5. What’s a typical day like for you?
A typical day can vary. I can sit all day and watch Orange is the New Black on television or I can have 300 things to do at once, from meetings with an agent, going to a casting, to meetings with a music producer I work close with or doing a photo shoot for a blogger .
I have branched out into several areas from fashion blogging, endorsing and photography to music and music production is a very important thing for me so obviously it gets a bit crowded sometimes.
I believe successful people wake up early and no matter when I go to bed I always wake up no later than 7 am usually 6:30.
A daily workout is always there and I never forget to play the guitar for at least 15 minutes.

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6. As an independent musician how would you describe your music to other people?
In one word : personal. Everything and anything you hear or will hear from me is created entirely by me from lyrics to melody.
I try to fight for my creative director role and it empowers me a lot to take an executive decision on my craft.

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7. What is it you want to say with your photographs & what advice do you have for someone that wants to go into photography?
With my photography I clearly search for my own edge. Unique or not it has to be your input and as long as you feel you’ve given your all in that creative process you’re already on the right track.
When it comes to photography after moving to London I realized how important team work is and how much I needed it.
One advice would be do it with passion, always pay attention to what others are telling you and try to always upstage yourself and not others. Basically be the best version of yourself.
YOU CAN FOLLOW LUCAS ON INSTAGRAM HERE AND KEEP UP WITH HIM ON SNAPCHAT: enslucas. Thanks for reading, much love xo

Sheen Magazine’s Legendary Weekend

During April 29th through May 1st, Sheen Magazine had their Legendary Weekend Event “Celebrating A Decade of Beauty Cultivation.” First off, I’d like to thank Sheen for letting me cover the event while being so accommodating to my aunt Ivy & I. I’d also like to thank Uber for getting us through Atlanta safely! If you don’t know what Uber is: download their safe app. No matter where you are, you can get a ride completely cashless. In fact, Joe Jones is an Uber driver in LA! Sign up with my invite code {mikaylah263ue} to get your first ride completely free!

Kim Chapman and Sammy Haynes

Ivy & I arrived to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis during the Women’s Panel. The popular hotel was packed! We pulled up to valet. Since there were so many people, the valet wasn’t able to accommodate us so we had to find a parking garage near the hotel. I’d done some research the night before and as it turns out, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 were filmed right in the middle of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Anyway, when we walked in the panel was being hosted by Kim Chapman. Mrs. Chapman is the sole publisher of Sheen Magazine. There were some truly inspiring panelists, my favorite being Mushiya. If you haven’t heard of her, I STRONGLY encourage you to look her up. I recorded her entire speech word for word. To paraphrase, she has a TV show called Cutting it in the Atl. She brought out how she started her salon “The Damn Salon” with a comb, a chair, and a goal. her goal was to make natural hair beautiful. As she cleverly put it, don’t waste your time having a dream when you should be having a GOAL. The fashion icon definitely made her mark. I promise you this, she left everyone in that room inspired.

After the women’s panel came the men’s panel. Between the two, this one had the most celebrities. I had the priveledge of sitting front row. “What a Man Wants” was hosted by Sammi Haynes the editor & chief of Sheen. The panelists consisted of Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners, Beauty and the Beast, Madea Goes to Jail, Diary of a Mad Black Women, etc), T.W. Dawson (motivational speaker, author), Pastor Adrian Davis, Tre Chapman (Chapman Founder Chair as well as Mrs. Chapman’s son) and Andre Braxton (Braxton Family Values, author). When I saw the pictures of the panelists I did an instant double take. I KNEW TRE CHAPMAN. I work at Banana Republic where he and his gorgeous girlfriend are two of our favorite customers. I had planned to go up to him after his panel, but I was surprised to see him appear right beside me! “You work at Banana Republic right?” I couldn’t believe he’d never brought up that his mother owned a magazine, but I realized that I never brought up I was a blogger. I’m always nervous when covering events, but the fact that I knew a familiar face settled my stomach. After the men’s panel I got to meet the rest of the panelists. All the women seemed to make a beeline for Christian Hayes. The highlight of that panel was after my selfie with Mr. Braxton. He asked for one of my business cards. While my aunt & I mingled, I received a few business cards myself. The creator of Lyne Cosmetics from lynecosmetics.com was so intriguing. She makes her own cosmetics and hires her own models. Her products have made celebrity appearances on Nickelodeon, participated in Ryan Seacreast giveaways, and were featured in the Water Mercedes Benz Fashion Show. A portion of each purchase is donated to end violence against women. Then, the CEO of Wrighteous Entertainment offered me his card. He manages not only his daughter, but many young actors/singers in the Atlanta area. Last but not least, Nelson-Merritt Productions. They’re an incredible photography & videography business that I encourage everyone to look in to. Especially since it’s wedding/graduation season.

The Men’s Panel

We called an Uber & headed to Lenox Square since we had a few hours before the Black Tie Gala started. The shopping mall was packed, but we managed to find everything we needed. I picked up a few graduation gifts & Ivy threw herself into the clothes. As I walked into Urban Outfitters, I checked my phone to find multiple text messages from a friend in Atlanta. I had known Beyonce was in the area because she had a concert at the Philips Arena the next day. Thanks to her, I discovered that it was rumored Beyonce was in Lenox at that exact moment. So I did what any fan would do. I got on Twitter… & as it turned out, the term “Lenox” was trending #1 worldwide because of the superstar. I still don’t know for sure if Beyonce was there while I was, but the fact that we shared the same city that day made all the difference.

As we Ubered back to the hotel, our driver passed the hotel drop off spot twice. I was so frustrated because the Gala was supposed to be the main event. Thankfully when we got to the red carpet, none of the honorees had arrived yet. I quickly found a spot in the mob of press. I was probably the only one who wasn’t from the Atlanta area. As the honorees started arriving, the commotion started getting bigger. Security was perched at each door while pressed workers rushed to get everyone in their seats. The honorees & special guests were Kelly Price (six time Grammy nominated singer), Margaret Avery (American actress & singer), Judge Glenda Hatchett (featured on The Tyra Banks Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CNN, etc), Renee Lawless (Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots), Angela Robinson (Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots, Law and Order: SVU), Cocoa Brown (Ted 2, The People v. O.J. Simpson, Breaking Bad, The Single Moms Club, ER, Austin & Ally, The Arsenio Hall Show, etc), Towanda Braxton (Braxton Family Values, The Wendy Williams Show, BET Awards 2001, etc), Joseline Hernandez (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, BET Awards 2015), Jasmine Burke (Saints & Sinners, Ride Along, TVD, Meet the Browns, etc), and many more. The neat thing is, a couple days before the event, Margaret Avery commented on my Instagram picture. We had a small conversation, so when she arrived at the end of the red carpet I was so pumped to tell her who I was. Unfortunately, her manager whisked her away.


Most if not all of the special guests were located in Atlanta, although Sheen Magazine is located in Fountain Inn. The entire Gala was amazing. Under the dim of the lights and the shimmer of the dresses, I felt like I was under the stars. I’ll leave Sheen’s website here. They have events like fashion shows so often & I definitely encourage you guys to check them out. Until next time Atlanta!

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel

 

TBT: Bieber’s ‘Believe Tour’ & why you should pay $2000 for a selfie

To be honest, 40% of the concert was screaming. On the other hand, the other 60% were some of the best moments of my life. Not just because Justin flew over us with angel wings made of guitars. Not just because we made accidental eye contact. It was because as much as most people don’t wanna admit, THE KID HAS TALENT. From what I remember, Hot Chelle Rae & Cody Simpson did some breathtaking performances. If anyone deserved to open for Justin it was them. As I jumped up & down in my wrinkled Bieber shirt perfectly in sync with the crowd, I got a glance at this girl’s wrist. Her bracelet had the words “VIP” engraved. She told me she was meeting the star after the concert. I’d begged & begged my mom for meet and greet tickets but she said I was too young to appreciate it. Although she was right, that’s one of my biggest regrets. Not jumping at the opportunity!

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In 2013 it was $500 to meet Justin. The price increased to $2000, the cost of a small car. Let’s be honest. Biebs is just gonna keep getting better and better. In another three years the price is just gonna get higher and higher. I mean hey, it’s $10,000 to meet Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas. There are three different VIP experiences: $375 for the “Where Are You Now” VIP #Purpose Experience, $925 for the “I’ll Show You” VIP #Purpose Experience, and $2,000 for the Ultimate #Purpose Experience. You COULD pay $925 for a group photo but there’s a high chance you’ll be that one girl on the end who doesn’t even get to touch him…but don’t loose hope! You can always buy normal seats for hundreds of dollars less. Don’t wait too late. He starts his 58-date North America tour in Seattle on March 9, 2016. And for those of you still hating on Justin solely because he sounds like a girl, you should go and love yourself <3

 

TBT: The Big Ticket Fest

Two weeks. It took me a little over two weeks to collect my thoughts. I know I promised I would update you guys later that night but how do you describe something so indescribable?

First off, the Big Ticket Fest is an annual music festival usually featuring alternative music. I hadn’t heard about it until two of my friends invited me to grab a ticket and tag along. We all planned on getting VIP tickets which added up to $111.00 each. A small price for an experience so great. (Plus general admission was sold out.) ANYWAY, the six hour drive to Jacksonville, Florida was nothing compared to the line that awaited us. It was a two minute walk just to get to the back, carefully dodging the unofficial t-shirt sellers. Helpful hint: always wait until the end of a concert outside the venue to get your shirts. By the end of the night the shirts were five bucks while everyone else was buying them for $45 inside. When the line finally started moving, we were able to head through the VIP entrance. 

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There’s wasn’t much difference between general admission and VIP but if we didn’t have the VIP tickets we would’ve never gotten as close to the stage as we did. Out of 65,000 people we ended up FIFTH ROW. This meant that if we were to leave our spot, there’s no way we were getting back. To be straight up: we were in the front of a mosh pit. No food, no bathroom, no water. If you were fortunate enough to have someone from the back of the festival send you a drink via security guard, it wouldn’t be long before the bathroom started calling your name. The guy behind you sneezed? You’re gonna wanna shower when you get back to your hotel.

As a non-smoker, standing in the mosh pit took some getting used to. Eventually I had to flat out cover my nose with my jacket. A smoke between shows was a regular thing with most of the older fans. Definitely some of the nicest people I’ve ever met though. Underneath all the black leather jackets and the neon North Face’s, we were all there together as a whole. So many different kinds of people in one place for one thing. If there’s anything I learned it’s that music really does bring people together. You never really feel what that means until you’re surrounded by it. (No pun intended.)

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I decided that instead of attempting to describe how incredible the music was, I’ll let it speak for itself. Lola Rising. BØRN. Coleman Hell. Saint Motel. Robert Delong. PVRIS. X Ambassadors. Mutemath. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Glass Animals. The Neighbourhood. Walk the Moon. Of Monsters and Men. Twenty One Pilots. ‘Nough said. DEFINITELY think about going next year, you won’t regret it. Check out some clips herehere and here.