Breakaway Daily Interview with Liv Kirby

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Liv Kirby is only 20, but she has already had an impressive start to her career. Moving from Australia to New York in order to pursue her Boradway dreams, Kirby has already been involved in various theatre productions including Legally Blonde and Carrie the Musical. 

Liv has had the opportunity to walk for L’Oreal on runways, and professionally competed at dance events (including representing Australia at Randy Jackson’s Hip Hop International dance competition in Las Vegas.) Liv can also be seen in a number of Australian commercials as well as TV series pilots. 

Liv is quadruple threat, an actor, singer, dancer and model. Her first experience in the performing arts was when she was 12 years old and began stage and film classes at the National Theatre in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Since then she has eleborated on her training through various programs and academy’s in modeling, acting and dance. These include the legendary Broadway Dance Center in New York, Margie Haber Studios (Halle Berry, Sophia Bush, Brad Pitt) in Hollywood, and now the New York Film Academy.

You have already danced with many artists including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Icona Pop, and The Wanted. What was that like?

It was an incredible experience! It was so different then dancing in a musical or showcasing at an event. For the performances I did with the artists, the rehearsal process was very quick. We only had 2 days and a total of 6 hours of rehearsals to put together the choreography, and then for some of them the first time we put everything together with the artist was the actual performance, other times we would get a run-through at sound check. But overall it was definitely a memorable and fun experience.

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Breakaway Daily Interview with Pianist Sky Ladd

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Sky Ladd has all the fixings of what makes a great performer; a superstar name, drive and raw talent. Sky Ladd (and that is his real name by the way) lives in San Diego and has traveled all over the world as a pianist, including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. Sky has a B.A. in Classical Performance, was the winner of the Humboldt Concerto/Aria Competition and the recipient of the 1995 Bach competition. When Sky Ladd is not sharing the stage with the likes Jason Mraz, he can be found in the classroom as a music teacher and performing all over southern California delighting audiences with his artistry. 

Were you always fascinated with the piano or did you consider other instruments?

The piano didn’t hold any fascination for me until one majestically arrived in our home, when I was around 12. I say majestically because that is what it felt like to me: this behemoth of an instrument, laboriously moved by several large men into our country home, cajoled into a corner by the television. But it was an old and dilapidated piano with most of the key covers missing and the wood exposed; a loan from a family friend. My family was too poor to buy a piano so we were grateful for anything. My sister is the one who the piano was intended for, and she did take lessons, but eventually I sort of commandeered it.

My first instruments were the trumpet in the school band and the acoustic guitar. I still play both, but with no real goals in mind other than as perhaps timbres in my own songs someday.

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Yours truly dancing on the “Live with Kelly and Michael” talk show! Just happened to record myself grooving to music one day (Rixton’s “Me and My Broken Heart”), heard about the contest and said “should I or should’t I?” Decided to go for it and submitted my video…Was shocked and hysterical when I won! Never had an inkling that I would be picked to be on air! Unbelievable and surreal! LOL! When I am not making a fool of myself on television you can find me right here on Breakaway Daily.

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Breakaway Daily Interviews Mathew C. Martino

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A man of many talents, Mathew C. Martino is a Zimbabwe-born English actor, best selling author, film producer, pilot, and entrepreneur who currently lives in London. He takes some time away from his busy schedule to talk to me about his passion for flying, his favorite part about being a film producer, and his plans for the future.

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Check out the video for the band Rebel Coast's hit We Are The Brave featuring New Brunswick's own Klye McVea!

Breakaway Daily Interview with Rap/Hip Hop Artist KJ Da Youngstar

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Juggling University and a budding rap career is just a normal day in the life of KJ Da Youngstar. 

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JBLiving.com Exclusive Interview with Entrepreneur & Fashion Designer Simon Cobb

Simon Cobb talks Three Dreams, the sacrifices of hard work and what else he has in store for us.

Obviously now the name Simon Cobb needs no introduction in the online fashion world, from his hugely popular menswear store Menswear Exchange to the invention of his clothing Stock Exchange, and to top it all of recently being acknowledged as one of the top 50 fashion icons in the UK it makes sense that I would take the opportunity to conduct an interview with the man himself.

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Up until now Simon has been very secretive about the details of his upcoming Three Dreams and ARLO projects so it was a great opportunity to get some highly sought after new info on the projects.  You can find the full interview below:

Last time you were in the PR cycle you slated Three Dreams for a September 2014 release, is this still on the cards?

Um, you know what it just might be… I’m floating between September and October right now, there’s a lot of work still to be done to get the brand ready for launch but myself and my team are working very hard behind the scenes to get Three Dreams ready.  One thing’s for sure and that’s that we won’t be launching until the product is perfect, I’m a perfectionist and I’d rather get the product right and push back the launch than meet our deadlines but put to market an inferior product.

You’ve been very secretive up to this point, is there any more info you can provide us what to expect from Three Dreams?

I can’t give everything away but I can confirm on full launch there will be a capsule collection of printed leather jackets, leather trousers, snapbacks, beanies, logo crew sweatshirts and t-shirts.  Alongside this we are working on 3 all over print designs and an online exclusive sweatshirt inspired by Kanye West.

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[The Menswear Exchange Inspired Range has proved to be a massive hit with customers, providing Celebrity fashion at affordable prices.]

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Don’t miss the new era of Original British Drama on BBC Two: Peaky Blinders Series 2, The Fall Series 2, One Child and Banished. 

Find out what really matters in life in this wonderful and poignant short film “The Other Side.” 

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We’ve reached a point in cinema where zombie comedies are as prevalent and worn out a genre as the straight horror incarnations of the creatures that made them famous in the first place. Zombies are everywhere, whether it’s on TV with The Walking Dead and In the Flesh or in films like World War Z and Zombieland. Even the rom-zom-com subgenre that boomed with the endlessly watchable Shaun of the Dead has seen plenty come in its footsteps, most recently being last year’s Warm Bodies. You can’t escape the undead in pop culture these days, so Life After Beth had an uphill battle in trying to make itself stand out. An independent film screened at Sundance and unlikely to gain a lot of traction among the general populace the way that something like Shaun was able to break out with, Life After Beth is the directorial debut of Jeff Baena (who also wrote it, with his only previous writing credit being I Heart Huckabees) which stars Aubrey Plaza as a young woman who returns to life, much to the surprise of her boyfriend played by Dane DeHaan. 

For all of its obstacles, some which it overcomes and some that it doesn’t, Baena’s first movie actually does manage to feel unique among the many other entries in this somewhat stale niche genre. Instead of following the traditional beats of a zombie outbreak or placing us after the fall of humanity, Baena centers everything in a small little community and builds the story from the relationship between Beth (Plaza) and Zach (DeHaan) outward. When Beth returns to life, she initially seems completely normal. There’s no rotting flesh, no hunger for human brains; rather she speaks coherently and is quite confused as to why everyone is acting so weird around her and why her parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) won’t let her go outside. Over the course of the movie she begins to devolve into a creature more similar to those we’ve seen plenty of times in the past, but it’s a slow progression that allows Zach an opportunity to try and work out the problems that he wasn’t able to before Beth succumbed to a deadly snake bite. 

You see, the two had recently broken up and Beth’s passing left Zach shattered, wearing her ugly oversized scarf along with his all black clothing in the middle of summer, sitting by his pool wasting life away. Beth’s return gives him new meaning and he doesn’t want to let this time with her go to waste. The same can be said for her parents, who suffocate her with affection, but what no one seems to really grasp is the fact that this young woman just came back from the dead and they do their best to ignore all the signs that the world is falling apart around them. Baena cheekily includes little hints at things that will develop later on in the film, creating an active universe in the background of this more intimate story of a relationship facing a unique rough patch. There are clever jokes throughout Life After Beth and the cast ably delivers the material, with Reilly and Shannon in particular stealing their scenes. As for the leads, DeHaan continues to be one of the few actors of his age group to genuinely excite me and his unique persona is perfect for something this quintessentially odd, while Plaza is convincing through all the stages of her character’s evolution. 

What really sets Life After Beth apart from others of its kind is the way that Baena refuses to play by the rules and seemingly makes up his own as the film goes along. There’s a rambling sensation throughout that makes it feel like it was written on the fly but those little nods allow it to tie itself around nicely in the final act. This niche genre is hard to fully engage in at times (Shaun aside), feeling a bit try-hard and at this point it has grown a little stale, but Baena gives it a new verve that puts it into a tonal area separate from just about anything I’ve ever seen before. That makes it sound more monumental than it actually is, as it’s a very light and inconsequential journey, but it was a tough movie for me to really place, which came with its share of positives and negatives. It took me a while to adjust to Life After Beth's peculiar rhythm but once I did I found it thoroughly enjoyable while at the same time never fully committing to a sincere appreciation for it. Perhaps it leaves things a bit too distant, a bit too removed from a proper structure or anything concrete enough to generate a moving story but at the very least Baena has created a movie that stands out in a crowded market by being substantially more odd.

I also want to mention the production design and wardrope of this film because I really liked the vintage vibe they were going for, that is also a throwback to a lot of the classic zombie films. The attention to detail with the house design, the records, the wayfarer sunglasses, and the cars. 

If you enjoy Zombie films I would recommend seeing My Boyfriend’s Back (1993) that features Philip Seymour Hoffman before he made it big, and that follows a similar zombie premise.