David Bowie revives his love story with Berlin in his first new album in a decade, out this month, and the city is returning his affections with fervent tributes to its adopted son. Bowie lived in the still war-ravaged, divided city for three years in the 1970s, when he was wearied by fame and trying…
Khalid Rivera is a young pop star who has been making a name for himself all over the place. He has performed in Duke Ellington’s 100th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall, sung the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden for the WNBA’s, NY Liberty, and is currently starring in two independent feature films, Poultrygeist and D 4 Delivery. Both films have been shown in numerous film festivals worldwide including Cannes Film Festival.
I had a chance to interview Khalid and would like to share that with you:
Q: Your new single ‘Enough is Enough‘ is a mix between a power ballad and a dance song. It is very reminiscent of Donna Summer (including the title). Did you write it? What is it about?
A: I did not write it. It does remind me of Donna Summer. Georgie Porgie wrote and produced this song but now that she has passed away, it has a new meaning. It’s about getting rid of all the negative people and energy from your life!
Q: You are a singer, dancer, and an actor. Which of the three is your first love?
A: I love singing first! Emotions come out of it. No better feeling!
A: I think they are entertaining but it seems that its about the competition only… Once the winner is revealed, they seem to not have a great career after. They can’t sell records and get dropped from their labels. It’s great for artists to get exposure but how long can it last?…
Q: Social Media has become a major tool for entertainers. How do you use your social sites? Do you see any negative sides to it?
A: Social media sites are a great way to interact with fans and announce news. Easy access. I see nothing negative about it.
Q: Speaking of Social Media, where can we find you online?
Q: Who are some of your influences in music? Acting? Dancing?
A: I love Prince, David Bowie, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Marc Anthony. Actors: Al Pacino, John Leguizamo, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett. Dancers not really sure can’t remember their names but I love to see works from Alvin Ailey and Mark Morris.
Q: Who would you like to work with on future projects?
A: I love would to work with Kylie Minogue, Pitbull, Tiesto, William Orbit, LMFAO to name a few. There are so many. Hard to narrow down.
Q: Your first two singles, ‘Every Nite‘ and ‘Salvation‘ were played in many clubs and radio stations worldwide and your single, ‘Who Do You Love‘ was on numerous video networks as well as being the #9 video of 2010 on LOGO. What does all of that mean to you?
A: It’s a great accomplishment for an indie artists. I hope people will notice this, show respect and take me more seriously. I’m very grateful. Makes me not wan to go give up.
“Enough Is Enough” has been doing really well on the charts as well. All about moving up that ladder of success.
Q: Do you have any advice for people who want to get into the business of entertainment?
A: Yes…. Follow your own instincts and do as much as you can on your own. People talk the talk but DON’T walk the walk. Save money for a strong promo/marketing campaign and take classes to improve your craft.
Q: What is the best career advice you have ever gotten? Who did it come from?
A: I’ve gotten so many. I was told by my acting coach, to approach the scene/material like I would say it. It’s not about trying to overact or be a completely different person that casting directors can’t believe it. They want to see who you are, how real you are and your personality.
Q: What’s up next for Khalid Rivera?
A: I’m performing at Make Music New York festival on June 21st, and will be coming out with another single within the next couple of months.
Mark Munroe is a singer-songwriter from Canada who is also an accomplished model as well as an actor. He was born and raised in the little town of Schomberg, Ontario, where he starred in musicals starting at age 5. As a model, he has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan Magazine and has starred in countless ad campaigns. On the music front, Mark fronted the internationally known band IM Munroe. Now, Mark is embarking on a solo career and ready to take the music industry by storm.
There is much more to Mark than the acting, modeling, and music. He is has also overcome personal challenges that could have prevented him from ever attempting all that he has. In his teens, Mark had gained weight but once he put his mind to it, he was able to shed 100 pounds. He also chose to come out publicly on his blog, which I am sure inspired countless people and helped others to feel less alone in their own struggles.
I have been wanting to interview Mark for a while now and I am very happy to bring this to you:
Q: Music has always been a part of your life. Did you always know you wanted to perform? Do you play any instruments?
A: Music has always been a huge part of my life, since I was a little boy who learned to play the piano, and sing in the church kids choir, and then when I was 12 recorded my first EP.
Even when I was a child I was already making plans to be an entertainer.
Q: You lost 100 pounds, how long ago was that? Do you have any advice for people who are going through similar struggles?
A: In my teenage years I gained a lot of weight, and by the time I was 19 I was so ready to shed the weight and start fresh. From the time I was 19 – 22 I spent all my extra energy in loosing the 85 pounds i needed to get to the weight that I wanted to be, well I smashed that and lost 100 pounds in the approximately 2 1/2 years.
The thing with weight is that for feeling good and being healthy it’s good to be a certain weight based on your size, gender etc, but at the end of the day, the greatest lesson that I learned from all of it, is that loving yourself in the good and bad is what really matters, for me being happy, it wasn’t ever about a number on a scale but a feeling inside.
As for the working out itself, you have to do your own homework and find what food, exercise, and activities work for you, cause if you don’t enjoy what your doing, you won’t stick with it, and you’ll gain the weight back.
My greatest advise for some loosing weight is FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU, and make sure that you can sustain it!