Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 55

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 55

January 10, 2015

Actress – Kristina Anapau:

Kristina Anapau is an actress on the big and small screen. Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theatre. She graduated from high school at the age of 15 and, that same year, began her studies at The University of Hawaii. With dreams of pursuing a professional dance career, Anapau's life would soon take a fateful turn, as she was cast in Universal Television's, Escape from Atlantis (1997), landing her first professional starring role at the age of 16. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles where she continued to work steadily, both theatrically and commercially. At age 20, Kristina landed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and spent much of that year recording an album and opening for Destiny's Child on MTV's TRL Tour, but her true love and passion remained performing in film and television.

Anapau has trained and performed theatrically under the tutelage of The Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art in London, and on the ballet front with American Ballet Theater and The Joffrey Ballet in New York City.

She acted alongside Golden Globe winner Diane Venora and Greg German in ThinkFilm's independent feature, Self Medicated (2005), winner of over 35 international film awards. Anapau starred with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg in the Dimension Films' thriller, Cursed (2005), directed by Wes Craven, and shined as "Cassie Merteuil" in the Sony Pictures/Newmarket Films release, Cruel Intentions 3 (2004). She appeared in the films, Madison (2005), starring Jim Caviezel and Bruce Dern, as well as, the Lions Gate comedy, 100 Girls (2000).

Her television credits are impressive as Kristina has recurred and guest starred in many noteworthy productions, including: True Blood (2008), The Glades (2010), House M.D. (2004), Monk (2002), CSI: NY (2004), Without a Trace (2002), Once and Again (1999), General Hospital (1963) and Knight Rider (2008). She also starred opposite popular comedian, Dane Cook, in the Sony Television produced pilot, Cooked (2005).

Anapau is currently recurring on the hit HBO series, True Blood (2008), as the enchanting Maurella. She played "Galina" in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (2010), in which she acted opposite Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey. We will be seeing a lot of Anapau on the big screen in the coming months, with four features slated for release in 2013. Kristina recently completed the starring role in the feature film, Altergeist (2014), directed by Tedi Sarafian, and another starring role in the special ops action thriller, SEAL Patrol (2014). Anapau also co-produced and stars in the paranormal thriller, 5 Souls (2013), and plays opposite Tom Sizemore in, The Speak (2011).

In her spare time, Anapau enjoys writing, traveling, skiing, and horseback riding. She is a contributing editorial writer for The Stndrd Magazine and The Hollywood Film Journal. Anapau is a graduate of Skidmore College in New York and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Screenwriter – Mike Kravinsky:

Geographically Desirable is a comedy of Priorities, TV News and Sleep. Meet Nicole. She works the overnight shift at a TV news network in Washington, DC. Even though Nicole is sleepy most all the time, she really loves her job, to the exclusion of most other things. Don't give Nicole a plant; it won't survive! Nicole's uncle who lives in a small town dies suddenly. When she attends the funeral, Nicole discovers that he left her both his house and his dog. Responsibilities she didn't seek and doesn't want. Nicole decides to keep Charlie the dog, but sell the house. In the process of selling the house though, the people of this small quirky town grab her and won't let go in their kindness to her. Written by Mike Kravinsky.

Get Behind Me , NowStay There  Episode 54

Get Behind Me , NowStay There Episode 54

November 4, 2014

Musician – Kevin Lucas:

Kevin Lucas has won many awards as both a performer and producer. Early success included placing 2nd in the United States in concert hall style solo percussion at the collegiate level in 1997 through the 'Music Teachers National Association'.

Kevin is a former member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where the front line keyboard ensemble earned the 1994 DCI World Championship for Percussion Ensemble. Kevin won both the Illinois State University and the Southern Illinois University classical solo concerto contests and performed with both orchestras as a marimba soloist, having competed against internationally successful pianists and string players. Kevin has had equal success after moving to the 'pop' genre. The Kevin Lucas Orchestra was the 2008 New Music Weekly Magazine 'College Radio Breakthrough Artist of the Year'. In 2011, the Kevin Lucas Orchestra was one of the winners of the Billboard Magazine Songwriting Contest. KLO also won the 2009 People's Music Award in London in the 'Pop' category. In 2012, the Kevin Lucas Orchestra pop single "Here I Am' broke the 'Top 40' on the FMQB national radio chart, topping off at number 37?.

Author (Model) – Francina “Ms. Caramel” Lucas:

You don't want to miss out . . . This fiction novel is about four women that are best friends and all have different lives. Denise, an office manager who loves her husband and she will never do anything to jeopardized their relationship. Keisha, an independent top real estate agent who has her own things and doesn't need a man for anything. Liz, a married woman and homemaker with three children. Tonya, a nurse who still lives with her mother and has a child name Alexis. Tonya does whatever she wants and doesn't care . . . Who is going to be in love with other man?

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 53

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 53

October 21, 2014

Canadian Country Music Star – Marshall Dane:

Marshall Dane’s infectious blend of country and rock is set to blaze a trail in the summer of 2014. Country by definition, but fueled by rock and roll and infected with a watermelon-sized helping of hope, love and salvation, Marshall’s the kind of guy you want to have on your side when the going gets tough in this world and his new album “One Of These Days” is set to be your alibi. Marshall Dane’s latest album – for which he was a CMAO nominee in several categories including Male Artist and Album Of The Year – and featuring the new single “One Of These Days”, puts life back in to the swing of things, driven by a swirling blast of fabulous melodies that gives you a country rush right from the get-go. Marshall Dane has been slowly bubbling up to this moment. With “Alcohol Abuse” now released to radio across Canada and the United States, 2014 promises to be the Year Of The Dane.

Musician - Karrie Pavish Anderson:

Galena, Alaska, a remote village on the Yukon River might seem an unlikely locale for a singer-songwriter with an active touring and recording career. Karrie Pavish Anderson flourishes in this remote locale accessible only by plane, an indigenous Athabascan community where resilience and fortitude are rooted in the frozen darkness of winter and the glorious arrival of the midnight sun.There are no Wal-Marts or Starbucks in Galena and no recording studios, so Karrie tracked her 2012 CD Once Blind in Los Angeles. Over a one-week span, a cast of empathic musicians and vocalists breathed life into the tracks. Strings, a gospel choir and rich acoustic instruments illuminate the richness of Karrie’s expressive voice and luminous song craft.With the release of that CD, Karrie performed shows in a variety of locales between Los Angeles and Seattle, then traveled east to Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ontario. The next leg of her tour took her to Louisiana and California before she headed back for shows in Alaska.On Karrie’s website is an area designated “World of Good,” which links to various endeavors that are committed to helping others. In 2012, the Alaska Governor’s Office posted the music video from Karrie’s single “Let Love In” on their Choose Respect: Breaking the Silence website to help end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 52

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 52

October 7, 2014

Award Winning Musical Producer – Michael Bihovksy

Michael Bihovksy is a New York City-based performer, composer, writer, and director. He is best known for the viral YouTube video One Grain More, a Les Miserables parody about food allergies written by Michael, in which he also plays the role of Jean Valjean. "One Grain More" won the "Best of Faux: Audience Award" and "Best Short" in the Faux Film Festival, and has been hailed as "the funniest nutrition video ever made!" and "... a must, must, must watch!" Michael grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where he began performing and playing piano at a very young age. In the years since, Michael has brought his trademark style and energy to such productions as RENT (Mark Cohen), Tick, Tick... Boom! (Jon), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Titanic (Bandmaster Wallace Hartley), and many others.

Michael has written the music, lyrics, and book for three musicals, including Fresh! (formerly The New Musical), a semi-autobiographical pop-rock musical which blends the craziness of the first-year college experience with the challenges of overcoming physical and emotional adversity. In 2010, Fresh! was selected as a finalist in the "Scene It! New York" competition, and presented Off-Broadway with Michael playing the role of himself (Michael). Michael's other musicals include Eclipse and Safe in Sound. Michael is also the composer for Blogologues, a New York City comedy show rated by CBS New York as one of "The 5 Best Things To Do In NYC Tonight," a "Weekend Pick" on NPR, and "The Best Indie Comedy in NYC" in The Village Voice's weekly series.

Michael is also a dramatic and comedic playwright and screenwriter. His most recent play, Without End, documents a uniquely spiritual and loving journey shared by a grandson and his grandparents. The play will premiere as a staged reading in December 2014 at the Seller Theatre in Buffalo, NY, as the closing event of the JCC Book and Arts Fair.

On screen, Michael has appeared in a number of acclaimed film projects, including the title role in Megillas Lester, a feature-length animation about a boy's misadventures on the Jewish holiday of Purim. Michael also starred "The Concert Guys," a comedy sketch co-written by Michael which aired at Lincoln Center in 2010.

Michael is also a prominent health activist. In addition to the many health advocacy themes that have appeared in his artistic work, Michael has also been a recurring contributor to the Stanford Medical Journal's SCOPE Project (see Advocacy and Activism). He has also directed and starred in a series of benefit concerts for Alex's Lemonade Stand, a Philadelphia-based charity dedicated to helping cure childhood cancer, as well as for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2009, with a major in musical theater performance and composition, and a minor in astrophysics and mythology. Michael also studied orchestration at Juilliard. He has studied voice and acting with many esteemed teachers, including Guy Stroman, Jack Lee, and Lisa Willson DeNolfo.

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 51

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 51

September 16, 2014

Award Winning Host - Kristyn Burtt:

Straight from the land of Jay Leno, Aerosmith, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon, it is Kristyn Burtt

Kristyn loves the versatility and variety her hosting career offers. She is the host of three shows: Hollywood Happy Hour, a live entertainment show, where she works alongside co-hosts Nelson Aspen and Bonnie Gillespie, The Vintage Vehicle Show, and her latest venture, network host at USN. She was thrilled to participate in the pilot episodes of The Arena with Jesse Ventura for MSNBC. It gave her the opportunity to battle it out with the former Governor in a topical news/political forum. She was also a network host for the home shopping channel, ShopNBC.

Kristyn is also an experienced spokesperson representing companies like Toyota, Napco, and Mattel. She can talk as fluently about engines as she does about Mary-Kate and Ashley dolls. She recently completed the John Madden Challenge with EA Sports in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and the national finals in Las Vegas. Kristyn is currently working with Hewlett Packard presenting their new product line for 2004.

In her youth, Kristyn logged many hours training to be a professional dancer. She studied at the Boston Ballet and trained in musical theatre at Stagedoor Manor. Her college years were spent in the Big Apple at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Dance.

Kristyn is also an experienced choreographer, most recently choreographing for a USC pilot and for the launch of Grey Goose Citron Vodka. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she loves to run the canyons, figure skate, and hang out with her fat cat, Beans.

Author - Cynthia White:

Cynthia White is an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Acting Coach. She has coached hundreds of professional actors and acting students all over the country and world through IndependentActor, a talent development and career coaching consultancy for Actors and Performing Artists. Her book on acting technique and creative career development, Your Castable Types®: Understanding How The Industry Perceives Your Talent Will Maximize Your Acting Success, is published by Smith & Kraus and available at bookstores in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, Israel and India as well as online retailers such as Your Castable Types® has been added to the permanent performing arts collection at thirty-nine college and university libraries including NYU, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Emerson, and UNC. IndependentActor has been profiled by WomenArts for an amazing 99% success rate with clients auditioning for graduate and undergraduate acting programs and is a past recipient of grant funding from The Women’s Venture Fund, Empire State Development Corp. and Seedco.

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 50

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 50

September 6, 2014

Hip Hop Duo – Santiago x The Natural:

Santiago x The Natural is an original alternative hip-hop duo comprised of producer/singer/songwriter Santiago and rapper/songwriter The Natural. They were named the Top Unsigned Artists by The Chicago Tribune, and their music has been featured on ESPN's First Take, Unite, Friday Night Fights, and the BCS National Championship game. Their single, “Warriors,” was adopted by professional and collegiate sports teams, including Notre Dame Football, and the Minnesota Swarm.

Prior to making their duo official in 2011, Santiago worked as an architect and The Natural, an attorney at law. Santiago, a Native American, is indigenous to Guam and Louisiana, where he spent most of his life. The Natural grew up on the south side of Chicago in the Ida B. Wells housing projects. They met as undergraduates at The University of Notre Dame.

Their combined efforts have catapulted them to share stages with Talib Kweli, Akon, Pusha T, Wyclef Jean, Mya, Cake, and other notable artists. They were recently tapped by Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) to be the main opening act for his upcoming Chicago show at The Metro.

Performer – Christina Linhardt:

Christina Linhardt has enjoyed an eclectic and versatile career as a concert singer, cross-over artist, actress, and dancer, working steadily throughout Southern California and Germany. She is most known for her "Classics to Cabaret" act (which was the headliner for the opening of the Grand Concert Hall Parksalle in Saxony, Germany), and her independently produced solo CDs, "Circus Sanctuary" and "Voodoo Princess" (both of which have "passed" into the Adult Contemporary commercial radio scene for holiday airplay). 

As a dancer Christina traveled solo into remote regions of Western and Southern Africa to absorb grass-roots customary rhythms and dances, often learning directly from local villagers. She was managing director of the Open Gate Theatre Ensemble, Eastern and Butoh influenced dances, utilizing an unusual form of puppetry. She currently performs ethnic dances professionally with the Gypsy Folk Ensemble. This was such a delight to do, hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 49

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 49

August 20, 2014

Producer – Franco Sama:

Independent feature film producer Franco Sama has a history in public speaking, public relations and a decade of independent film development, production and financing. Sama has Executive Produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) independent feature films including most recently, "Guns, Girls and Gambling" starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, and Dane Cook which is quickly becoming a cult favorite; this film was released into theaters on December of 2012, and in January 2013, acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures. Other films Sama has produced include; "Black Limousine" starring David Arquette, Vivica Fox and Bijou Phillips, "Tooth and Nail" starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, "The Penitent Man," starring Lance Henriksen and Andrew Keegan and "Paid," starring Corbin Bernsen and Tom Conti.

The Day One Band:

Day One was created by Georgia native Lucious ColdStone and Oklahoma Native Jim Dexter as an outlet for creating a unique blend of pop, rap, and rock music. They have a sound you’ve got to hear. Their new album Lion has just dropped. Give it a listen you'll be glad you did.

Get Beind Me , Now Stay There Episode 48

Get Beind Me , Now Stay There Episode 48

August 12, 2014

Writer – Ted Stern:

Since 1992, Ted’s been writing, drawing and designing his own comics, most notably Fuzz and Pluck. He’s also worked on King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, and Futurama to name a few. Listen to this great interview with Chrissy McIntyre in NYC.

Actor / Writer – Anthony Giordano:

Anthony Giordano is a writer, actor, and filmmaker. His play Drama Club has been done in over twenty states. His play Tap Dreams which has been reformed in England, Australia, and South Africa, was turned into a feature film by Giordanoworks. His young adult novel, Another Boring Summer...Again is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 47

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 47

July 14, 2014

Author – John C. Payne:

John C. Payne was born I Chicago but now lives in San Antonio Texas where he writes the thrilling trilogy "Three And Out", San Francisco "Apartment Manger", San Antonio "Psych Hospital", and "The Chicago Terminus ". We had a chance to sit down with him in San Antonio.  Mr. Payne was born in Chicago but moved to Wisconsin as a youth. He is a retired service member of the US Army and successfully operated three small businesses in the past. He loves to write and teach. John was an adjunct professor. 

Comedian Jan McInnis:

If you're looking for a fun keynote speaker with practical tips, then hire comedian and professional speaker Jan McInnis. Before setting foot on stage, McInnis spent 15 years as a marketing executive where she collected a ton of hilarious material for her keynotes! And now, for the past 18 plus years, McInnis’ keynotes have been a hit at hundreds of association and company conventions, fundraisers, employee retreats, banquets, and more, where she has left a trail of happy clients. McInnis is a veteran professional speaker and comedian who will make you laugh with hilarious humor while getting your message across. We had a blast with this interview.   

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There  Episode 46

Get Behind Me , Now Stay There Episode 46

June 16, 2014

Actor – Lt. Ricky Ryba:

I also had ambitions and a desire to serve my country, so my Mother told me that if I did not get accepted in to the US Naval Academy, we would move to Hollywood, and she would support my dream of becoming an Actor. Well, I was obviously accepted, and eventually chose to attend the US Naval Academy, and put my dream on hold. To satisfy my secret desire to act and perform, I tried out for, and made, the US Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, hosted pep rallies, acted in plays, and participated in talent competitions.

I graduated with a degree in Information Technology, and was commissioned as a US Naval Officer. I was stationed on two ships in Mayport, FL (USS John L Hall FFG-32 and USS Farragut DDG-99). I deployed overseas twice to over 20 countries. I transferred to Point Mugu, CA working at a Naval Satellite Operations Center and began chasing my dream of becoming an Actor. I am currently a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, but will end my contract with the military in June/July 2014.   My great passion in life, besides my family and friends, would be entertaining, being goofy, volunteering, photography, and living life to the fullest! 

HEAR Now Festival:

The 2014 HEAR Now Festival will be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared. In addition, the Festival will expose its audiences to recent developments in audio preservation by showcasing newly restored and archived award-winning audio dramas. The Festival will offer live and recorded programming at local theaters and other venues in Kansas City. HEAR Now will also offer moderated discussions and panels for conversations and the exchange of new ideas -- an immersive experience in all aspects of the art and craft of audio fiction and sound art story-telling.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2014 Hear Now Festival. We spoke with Sue Zizza and Robin Miles about the wonderful event. 

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