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College Hacks Every Student Should Know

COLLEGE HACKS

The college experience often consists of living on a very tight budget, staying up late and struggling to make it that 8am class on time. With so many new aspects of adulthood to juggle, it’s important to learn some shortcuts to optimize your day. Whether you’re going to online college, living on campus or studying abroad, you can use a combination of these tips to make your life much easier.

Use Your Schedule as a Phone Background
How many times a day are you looking at your phone? It’s okay, I know you can’t count that high. Take advantage of your lock screen by setting a photo of your schedule as the background. No more wandering around, hungover from the night before, wondering what building you’re supposed to be in next.

Organize With Toilet Paper Rolls
There are tons of uses for toilet paper rolls! A couple of fan favorites include using them as a way to keep your cords organized. Or you can sit them upright for a nifty pencil holder. Worried about the decor? Grab some Washi tape or scrapbooking paper to upcycle them in a more hip way.


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Take Online Courses
Colleges aren’t the way they used to be. Now, you can easily access your courses and assignments online. Those who must work to pay for schooling should consider enrolling in some online courses, or an online program. Click here for more information about online programs available to busy students.

Rent Textbooks (or purchase online)
Textbooks costs thousands of dollars for you to use for maybe a year (if you’re lucky). For a struggling college student, this is an extra stress. You can save yourself the costly expense by renting your textbooks from sites and apps like Google Play, Amazon and Kindle. These rentals are available as a hardcopy and an e-book. If you must have a physical copy of the book, check out Amazon. They have Amazon Prime for students; which provides you with 2-day shipping and many other cool features at half the price of regular Prime.

Chew Gum to Trigger Memory
Whether you’re taking an online test or braving the stress of a classroom, it’s important to increase your memory abilities. One of my favorite tricks is to chew a memorable flavor of gum while studying for the test. Then, when the big day comes, chew the same piece of gum. Because taste is tied to memory, this hack can help you recall important information. Pass your tests and make your Mom proud.

There you have it! Some college hacks every student should know. Make sure to share this article with your friends so their lives can go smoother too!

Homework Tips for Teenagers

 

Even though there are very few teens in the world that enjoy doing homework, it still exists, teachers still assign it, and above all, it still needs to be done! It also seems that nowadays high school and college students have more homework than ever before, which makes them overwhelmed, especially when you take in mind all those extracurricular activities that are needed to achieve a solid academic career. On that note, I am willing to share with you some of the tips that really used to help me with my homework when I was a struggling teenager:

Make a timetable

Set aside a specific amount of time each day that you will devote to doing your work depending on the amount of homework for that day. Divide that time into 45-50 minute sessions with 10-minute brakes. Keep in mind that you are only human and It is very important to give your mind a rest.

Set the Mood

Make sure that you have everything that you need and then pick a quiet and isolated spot that is free from any distractions. If you can’t find that place in your home, good alternatives are public places such as public libraries and study rooms. Turn off your cell phones and gadgets and focus on your homework. Some kinds of music, like classical music or smooth jazz, can also help you with your concentration.


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Use writing service

In an emergency, you can find different kinds of writing services that have proven themselves as a capable homework helper for those students who need help in an emergency. These services offer 24-hour support for desperate students whether they are in need for someone to help them understand their homework or provide a template or “starter draft” to use in preparing the final work. Either way, a writing service it is a great option to save time and help you on your path to achieving academic greatness, as long as you don’t abuse the service and have it do your entire homework for you (which is called cheating and unethical).

Keep it organized

Keep your homework materials organized using the color-coding system with colored folders, stickers, highlighters and markers. For instance, you can use a specific color for each subject. Checklists are also a good way to keep things organized and to keep track of your progress.

Prioritize

Try to set your priorities and work on more difficult and valuable homework first, then you can move on to easier tasks that you can complete more quickly. In that way, you will have more time and energy to tackle your frightening algebra or science homework before you can rest your mind with other, less challenging assignments.

Steal some time

You will probably be surprised how much work can be done if you could just make yourself to use that “hidden” time that all of us encounter during the day. For instance, on that long bus ride home, you can place your headphones to cancel the noise and get on it. Also, if you have an hour or so to kill before your practice it is a perfect time to steal some minutes that can come in handy later on.


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If it gets too hard, ask for help

Sometimes homework can be too challenging for you to finish on your own, and in that case, do not hesitate to ask for help! The first and foremost person you need talk to is, of course, your teacher because he assigned it. You can also ask your parents, especially if it has something to do with their line of work. At the end, you can always turn to your friends and classmates or school organized study groups to give you that necessary geometry homework help.

Reward yourself

Motivate yourself by deciding on a reward for a job well done. It can be anything you like: a piece of your favorite candy, a new episode of a show that you like or an hour or two on your video game console. Either way, it should be something small but enjoyable. It is a great way to create an atmosphere where you feel that you practically get paid to do homework.

With a bit of help and good organization you will be on your way to use homework for what it was originally intended. To help you understand and learn the required material better and ultimately get a better grade!

 

Top Summer Beauty Trends of 2017

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Summer has always been the most exciting time of year when it comes to trying on the new beauty trends for the season. Warm, breezy days and turquoise waters, colorful gardens and lush lawns mean thinner, wispy fabrics to wrap our bodies in. Our makeup and hair can go wild and free for evening parties and get-togethers. Shades you didn’t think you could ever imagine start popping up in cosmetics, hair and fashion.

Here are our “Top Summer Beauty Trends of 2017”:

The Smudgy Eye – Sexy but Not Trying Hard

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Makeup artists are calling this one the smudgy eye, inspired by the look of cigarette ash. There’s nothing perfect about this sexy eye makeup either. In fact, messy is better, giving the illusion of a “late night into early morning” kind of vibe.

As Balmain’s makeup adviser recommended, forget the liquid liner, and pick up an eye pencil. Use your fingers to blend, smudge and “muck it up.”

Curly or Slick and Side-Parted–All Pretty

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You’ve got tons of options this summer. If you miss those 80s days of major volume and curls, then invest in a good curling wand and root-lifting hairspray.

Fashion Week also showed models wearing the slick and side-parted style, achieved by spraying on a dry oil mist.

For more hair-confidence, Allure Hair Building Fibers are an excellent, modern solution.


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Bold, Naughty Brows That Rock the Rainbow

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If you’re bored with your eyebrow shape, summer 2017 is bringing on the brow candy. Choose your shade from the rainbow, and live fearlessly.

This beauty trend might be best left for nights out, when self-expression doesn’t have to worry about the corporate world. Runway trends spotted dyed yellow brows and purple brows at Gucci and pink ones from China’s top designer, Lan Yu.

Bright Blush Sweeps More Than Cheekbones

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Accenting your cheekbones is one of the best things you can do, and following a tip from vintage 1980s high glam, don’t spare the blush. It’s a girly appeal with blush warming the cheeks and extending up into the temples and over the eyelids in a feminine wash of color. The blush bomb has arrived for summer.

Whether it’s your hair or makeup, it’s fun to experience the new beauty trends of summer 2017 and how they play against your favorite fashion pieces.

It’s time to get your colorful glam on, ladies!

Forever In Your Mind (FIYM) Perform Smooth on The Oh My Disney Show – Video & Interview

Pop band Forever in Your Mind, consisting of Liam Attridge (age 17), Ricky Garcia (age 18) and Emery Kelly (age 19), has released its latest single “Smooth” today, along with another, more serious track called “Missing.”

The L.A.-based trio is on a roll, having toured North America on the 2015 DigiTour alongside Demi Lovato. One of its members, Ricky, starred on the Disney Channel Original Series “Best Friends Whenever.” Emery also made appearances on Disney Channel shows such as “Dog With a Blog” and “Lab Rats.”

And today the three of them made an appearance on Disney’s new show called “The Oh My Disney Show” a talk show-style entertainment program headed by influencer Alexys Gabrielle.

We were granted access to the taping, and are happy to present some behind the scenes footage as well as an exclusive interveiw we got with the guys.You can see that here:

If you are unfamiliar with the band, here is some history provided by their publicist:

“In 2013, on a whim, then-15-year-old Emery signed up for the hit TV talent show, “X Factor.” He passed the first audition and headed for Los Angeles. Luckily for him, while waiting to perform for Simon Cowell, he met fellow competitor, San Antonio native Ricky Garcia.

“I started pursuing music at 10,” remembers Ricky, who grew up in a home filled with soul, R&B, hip-hop, country and pop music. “My parents were supportive. They knew I liked to sing and act.” How supportive? The Garcia family moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to get his career on track. Ricky entered several talent showcases, a strategy that paid off when he met artist manager Joby Harte, who connected Ricky with the Walt Disney Company. Joby is FIYM’s manager today.


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When Ricky and Emery met at “X Factor” they instantly became friends. Rather than compete as soloists, the two joined forces with a third hopeful to form a band, dubbed Forever In Your Mind by Simon Cowell. From there, the trio built a foundation, but in time it was clear a new third member was needed. That’s when Emery called his cousin back east.

By then, Liam had become a veteran stage performer, a trained singer and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, just what FIYM needed. “When someone asks you to come to L.A. and do this, no 15-year-old would say no,” Liam recalls. “I bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, and I’ve never left.”

In the two years since, FIYM has been on a roll, acting in hit Disney shows and creating a string of thrill-ride cover videos, such as their remakes of “Cake By The Ocean, ” “Shake Your Booty,” and “Night Changes.” Over time, the band has matured as players, performers and songwriters. “Songwriting is another way to increase our creative ability and express how we feel,” Emery says. “When I write with Liam and Ricky, we’re like triangle. We come together and shoot a beam to the sky.”

Here is the FULL performance of the song here, plus an interview with Alexys Gabrielle on “The Oh My Disney Show”

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Meet Alison Fernandez from ‘Logan’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’

Alison Fernandez is living the dream of any young actress: regular bookings on notable TV shows and landing a role on a big blockbuster film. The 11-year-old is known for playing young Jane on Jane the Virgin and her recurring role on Law & Order: SVU. She also appeared opposite Hugh Jackman in the X-Men movie Logan and has also just been chosen as the new American Girl, an Amazon original, based off the American Girl Dolls.

If that weren’t enough, she is also involved in cheerleading gymnastics, and holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo!

Let’s find out a bit more about this young phenom — scroll down for our Q & A!

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Hi Alison! Tell our readers a little about yourself and your background.

My name is Alison Fernandez. I’m an 11-year-old actress born in Brooklyn NY. You may have seen me on a few hit TV shows like… Once Upon A Time, Jane The Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, Orange Is The New Black, Law and Order: SVU, Logan and a few others and some commercials. I love gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, dancing, singing, and cheerleading.

Great! You’ve recently played a part in the superhero movie “Logan.” Tell me about your role and what it was like meeting Hugh Jackman.

I played Delilah, which is the clone of an X-man named “Iceman” AKA Bobby. Delilah is one of Laura’s mutant friends that help fight in a war against the mercenaries hunting and killing all mutantkind. My superpower is the ability to create and manipulate Ice. I was very nervous the day I met Hugh Jackman. I have been watching him playing as Wolverine ever since I was little. Its funny because when I met him I became so happy I couldn’t stop giggling. Yes, it was so cool and he was very nice. We even had lunch together that day.

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What was the best part about the experience of filming that movie?

The best part was when I froze the Reaver’s arm and then shattered it into a million pieces. For me, that will always be an experience of a lifetime, plus getting to know all the cast and crew that help make this movie look so real. Without them, the crew, these movies could never be made.

You’ve earned roles on shows like Jane the Virgin, Once Upon a Time, and Law & Order:SVU. Pretty amazing stuff for an 11-year-old. But, if you could have any role (your dream role) what would it be and why?

“The Adventures of the Daughter of Tomb Raider and the Amazon Jungle.” I love acting, doing my own stunts, fight choreography, dance, sing, and parkour, so why not?

How do you handle your nervousness when you audition – any tips for other actors?

Ok yes, I find three things help me. I find the better that I prepare for the audition the less nervous I will be, I prepare at least two different ways that I will perform the audition, and I find exercising or jogging the morning of the audition often helps calm me.

You are also a martial artist right? Which style and how long have you been doing it?

Yes, I am currently a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do , and I have been doing it for 6 years.

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Do you still live in New York? If so, what do you like most about it? If not, where do you live and what do you like most about it?

I live in Los Angeles now. I love how I can experience the beach, hot days, and travel 45 minutes by car to enjoy the snow filled mountains to go skiing all in the same day!

What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on Once Upon A Time for the last two Episodes of season 6 and hoping for season seven in July. In the time I’m not filming I’ll be working hard in school for the remainder of my 6th grade school year. Plus working on my activities including getting better at TKD, dance, parkour, swimming, and singing.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

I love seafood, reading and binge watching TV Shows!

Favorite Youtuber and why?

Jared Gilmore from #OUAT, because I find his videos very very funny, it’s so cool how he pranks his family and goes on his sisters YouTube channels too.

Where can your fans follow you? (social media)

You can find me on Twitter as @tvalison, Instagram as tvalisononset, and Facebook as AlisonFernandezDotCom.

Can you please send a selfie of whatever it is you are doing now?

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From Pussycat to Politics: Kaya Jones Talks Trump, Death Threats, and the HueMan Race

We are in a strange political climate these days. Conventional news media attack nearly every move President Trump makes and seem to want to make him look as bad as possible. Many people who otherwise demand “tolerance” have been preaching nothing but intolerance for anyone who doesn’t share their worldview, going as far as physically attacking Trump supporters. In short, it has been sort of dangerous to publicly support Trump, because you might get criticized.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Hollywood, where liberals rule the roost and you can find the next anti-Trump message on any page of the Hollywood Reporter or your favorite celebrity Twitter account. A few celebrities, however, have shown the courage to speak out in support of our President and are seeing the benefits of going against the grain. For example, previously little-known singer Joy Villa (who is a woman of color and a Scientologist, aka quite diverse) made a splash and gained extensive media coverage by wearing her “Make America Great Again” dress at the 2017 Grammys.

Another celebrity who is not shy about her support for President Trump is Kaya Jones (originally Chrystal Neria), former member of chart-busting The Pussycat Dolls. Here you can see a picture of Kaya rocking a MAGA shirt (from her Instagram).

‪Love this 🙏🏼🇺🇸❤thank you! #march4trump #MAGA

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We got the chance to ask Kaya a few questions about her views on Trump, the backlash, and what she is working on. But first, a brief history.

She began her career in show business as a classically trained violinist, who at age 13 signed with R. Kelly on a development deal. This culminated in a stint with the Pussycat Dolls, followed by a solo career in which she has worked with Britney Spears, Mick Jagger, D12, R. Kelly, Dada Life, Eminem, Katy Perry according to her bio.

Singles she has released include “Hollywood Doll” and “Take It Off,” and she has also released four albums and EPs: ‘Confessions of a Hollywood Doll’, ‘Kaya’, ‘Rise Of The Phoenix,’ & her current album ‘The Chrystal Neria Album,’ with an EDM sound. She is also a DJ, performing with acts such as Calvin Harris and the Backstreet Boys in Las Vegas recently.

Kaya runs a record label called HueMan Race Records, which “was created to change the way artists are treated, create fair compensation percentages, and was designed to give artists more creative freedom.”

Now onto our Q & A!

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Hi Kaya, nice to e-meet you! Tell our teen readers a little about your history to get them up to speed.
I’m Kaya Jones. I’m an EDM recording artist, formerly with world famous Pussycat Dolls. I DJ as well. I write and produce all of my own music. I own a clothing line, Hollywood Doll and a record label called Hueman Race Records. That’s just a little bit about me.

You’ve recently gone public with your support for President Donald Trump, a rare thing in Hollywood. What do you like about what he is doing so far?
His focus on jobs for Americans is pretty amazing thus far.

What do you wish he did better at?
Nothing. I have full confidence in our President.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about him?
That he is a racist or sexist.

You mentioned on Instagram that Joy Villa gave you the courage to wear a Trump shirt, which you previously never wore for fear of being attacked. Can you elaborate on why you felt fearful?
When I would post things on my social media and talk to friends about the candidates, I was never able to finish my thoughts because all of my friends shut me down or dismissed me so I stopped talking about him. And then I posted the night that he won the election, and was brutally attacked for my statement, “The country has spoken” so it was clear to me that my statement had backlash, nevermind a T-Shirt.

Has anyone criticized you or insulted you for being a Trump supporter? If so, how did you handle it?
Yes. I’ve received death threats. But more than 90% of my feedback is incredibly positive. The letters and emails I’ve received saying, “I’m age 13, 14, (or) 12 LGBT conservative, thank you for talking for me” has encouraged me to continue to talk about it.

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You went from being homeless at one point, to being a successful recording artist and businesswoman. What has helped you overcome your challenges most?
God, first and foremost. I put my full trust and my faith in him. And I keep my eye on my dreams and I never let go of my dreams, no matter what. If you let it go, there is always someone better, prettier, more talented, and if you get scared, you’ll lose your moment. You have to jump for it. If the door to your dreams won’t open, kick it down!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Bad smells!! I hate something that smells bad. It has to smell yummy! Or it has to smell amazing. Smell is a BIG pet peeve.

Who has had the biggest impact on your life, and why?
My dog Kimba. He was my first dog as an adult, being alone and independent and my first real responsibility of taking care of something that is only 7 lbs. He is my best friend and he’s made me a better person.

What’s been the weirdest or funniest thing to happen to you in show biz so far?
MTV Asia Awards: My pants splitting in the first 30 seconds of the act on stage and having to hold my pants up (making sure no one could see anything!) while performing for the next 2.5 minutes.

What’s your proudest achievement?
I’ll let you know in a year, I’m currently working on it.


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Tell me about your entrepreneurial endeavors, such as Hollywood Doll and your record label.
Hollywood Doll is a brand for young girls that is full of fashion, accessories, and candy! We’ve now expanded to adults, male and female. And we have a shop in Hollywood. Hueman Race Records is my baby and we are now launching Hueman Race Productions because we are now building shows as well as signing artists. And both websites are coming soon so please stay tuned and check them out.

If you could go back in time and give your teenage self just ONE piece of advice, what would it be?
Love yourself way more than you do. Love yourself and take your time. Slow down. Enjoy this time. You’re a kid for a second and an adult forever.

If you could redo ONE embarrassing thing in your life so far, what would it be? : )
When I was 13 and signed my first record deal with R Kelly. For the audition I sang, “I Will Survive” and “Amazing Grace” and he asked me to sing, “Bills” by Destiny’s Child and I butchered it and the audition was over! I jumped up and said, “I can sing Celine Dion!” and I sang Celine and got the job! If I could do it over again, I would have just jumped straight to singing Celine and saved myself some heartache.

What are you working on next?
Currently working on a new album. Focusing on a DJ World Tour with DJ Brynn Taylor and creating an EDM show in Vegas.

Where can all your fans follow you? (social media)
Follow me and stay in touch at twitter @kayajones, Instagram @kayajones, Facebook KayasMusic.

Can you please send a selfie of whatever it is you are doing now?

 

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Q & A with Natalie K – From Red Carpet Interviewer to Singer-Songwriter

If you have either walked a red carpet in Los Angeles in the past few years, or reported from one, chances are you have run into Natalie Kalamdaryan. We certainly have on several occasions, so were surprised to discover she has shifted gears from interviewing the likes of Ariana Grande, Zac Efron and Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner to focus exclusively on music (and school) since the last time we spoke.

In her own words: “For three years, I kept writing and recording music. As soon as a song would be ready for release, I’d find something wrong with it and would want to spend more time working on it.” It wasn’t until her senior year of college at California Lutheran University, that Natalie knew what song would be her next single. “I was in my Freedom of Communication class and the professor was lecturing and the hook just came to me. I immediately left class and recorded it into my phone and at that point I knew “Man Up” was going to be my single.”

So now, following up on her 2012 EP Star Krossed, 22-year-old Natalie K is ready to release “Man Up,” which updates her musical direction to a more mature sound. We asked Natalie a few questions about both past and present work, and you can read our exclusive interview below.

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Hi Natalie! Before we start talking about your new single, tell our readers a little about yourself and your background.

Hi! Thanks so much for taking time to speak with me. Well my name is Natalie and I am a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. I recently just graduated from California Lutheran University as a double major with B.As in both Music Production and Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. I’ve been singing and writing songs my whole life and am currently gearing up to release my new single “Man Up” in April along with an EP later this year.

Thanks! Okay let’s get into your new song. It’s called “Man Up.” What’s it about and what inspired you to write it?

The song is about a situation I think a lot of us girls can relate to. Where you meet a guy and you have a connection, but he just won’t take the next step. It’s what you want to say, but might be scared to.

I wrote “Man Up” during my last semester of college about a situation I had been going through and it’s what I wanted to say to a guy I knew I wasn’t going to see after graduation.

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When will it be released?
It will be out everywhere (iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and more) April 21st!

How would you say your sound has evolved compared with your first EP Star Krossed?

I think I’m finally in a place where I’ve found my sound and message as an artist. I was 15 when I started writing Star Krossed and although I’m really proud of that EP, it was a learning experience more than anything. It was my first time in a recording studio, my first time recording original music, and my first time being “Natalie K” the artist. Going from writing songs in your bedroom for fun, to recording an actual EP that’s going to be out for everyone to hear is a huge transition.

But now, I’m 22 and although I’m still singing pop music, the content is definitely a lot more mature then it was when I was 15. I’ve actually experienced the stuff I’m writing about. I also know my way around a studio now, I have 7 more years of songs, experience, and a Music Production degree that’s allowed me to find my voice and confidence. Although I wrote all the songs on Star Krossed too, I think I definitely have a lot more input now when it comes to production because I actually understand how things work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back and forth over the past few years figuring out what type of artist I wanted to be. I’ve had songs be mixed and ready to be released and have just decided last minute I didn’t want to put them out because the sound wasn’t right or the production wasn’t where I wanted it to be.

Now, I finally feel like I’ve figured that out and found a balance of the type of music I want to make. That might still change and evolve in the future, but I’m really happy with where I’m at right now.

Many people in Los Angeles know you as a red carpet interviewer, with your own Youtube Channel and website called Natalie Interviews. What led to the shift towards music?

It’s funny because a lot of people got to know who I was through Natalie Interviews and I am so incredibly thankful for that amazing experience in my life. But the truth is, I’ve always been a singer, songwriter and musician. I started playing the piano when I was 6 and have been singing my whole life, so for me it was never a transition because I’ve never not been doing music. I think professionally though, the transition to do music full-time was to wait until I had finished school. Even though I’ve been wanting to be a recording artist since I was 12, it was extremely important for my parents to ensure I had a normal childhood. They were always supportive of me doing music but wanted me to finish my schooling before focusing on it completely. So as soon as I graduated college, I knew that music was what I was going to be doing full-time.

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Any plans to resume interviewing at some point in the future?

At this point, I don’t really see myself doing Natalie Interviews again. It was such a huge part of my life for 5 years and taught me so much about the entertainment industry and how everything works. I honestly had the greatest time doing Natalie Interviews and am so thankful for that experience. I do think that chapter has closed though and I’m just so focused on music. At the same time, I don’t want to say that I’d never do anything like that again. I have a huge passion for entertainment and pop culture, and I graduated college with a B.A in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism, so who knows what the future holds!

Who was your favorite/most memorable interview and why?

I have two. The first would have to be my interview with Zac Efron. I was a HUGE High School Musical and Zac Efron fan. I actually used to get made fun of in middle school because of how much I loved him. So to get to interview him was kind of a full-circle moment. I was actually on vacation when I got the confirmation from his publicist that we’d be doing the interview and I remember jumping up and down on the bed in the hotel room freaking out that it was going to happen. I was literally on a tropical island counting down until I’d get to go home so I could interview him. It was actually a such good interview too and we had an amazing conversation about his life and career.

The second is my interview with Brian May from Queen. That was another pinch-me moment. I grew up listening to Queen because of my dad, and they’re one of my favorite bands of all time. Getting to interview a living rock legend about music was one of the coolest things I’ve done. We talked production and how he was able to do things manually on Queen records that were near impossible at the time. Things that we can now do with the press of a button on any recording software. It was just incredible.

Which interview was your worst and why?

I’ve definitely had some interesting experiences on red carpets! But I wouldn’t say any of them have been the worst interview just because every experience was so different and educating. I would say looking back at some of the first interviews I did, I was so awkward on camera and didn’t really know what I was doing, so it was a “learn by doing” process and I definitely got a lot better at interviewing over the years!

What are you working on next?

I’m working on so many different projects at the moment! I’m always writing music and am currently in the studio working on a new single, which I’m hoping to release a little later this year. I’ll also be launching my music website later this month, which I’m so stoked about. I’ve been doing a lot of acting as well and just finished a project with the talented Reza Derakshani called “Black Water.” Other than that, I’m writing music for other artists and projects.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

I think people would be surprised to know that I love to cook and actually make the best Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Not even kidding, one of the best.

Where can your fans follow you? (social media)

They can follow me on Instagram @nataliekmusic, “Like” me on Facebook at Facebook.com/nataliekmusic and check out my music website www.nataliekmusic.com when it launches this month!

Selfie time!

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Meet Ashleigh Ross – Kids Choice #Famous Award Winner, Model & Dancer

What can top having more than 500,000 Instagram followers, a burgeoning acting career, plus talent as a singer and dancer? How about winning a prize at Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards in front of millions of viewers?

Ashleigh Ross is rising social media star from Australia who recently won the #Famous award at this year’s Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. Apart from her social media fame, she is also an actress, dancer and singer known for her recurring guest role as ’Scout’ on ABC-AUS’s “Dance Academy” as well as appearances on “Spirited”, “My Place” and “A Place to Call Home.”

We got the chance to ask Ashleigh a few questions so you can get acquainted. Scroll for the interview!

Photo: Alex Kruk
Photo: Alex Kruk

 

Hi Ashleigh, nice to e-meet you! Tell our readers a little about yourself.
Hey! Nice to e-meet you too! Haha. A little bit about me, I’m a seventeen-year-old actress/dancer from Sydney, Australia, and I’m currently out here living in LA.

You recently won a Kids Choice Award. Congrats! What was it for?
Yes! It was for a category called #Famous! I still can’t believe I was even nominated for the award!

How did you feel when your name was announced as the winner?
I was so shocked. I had butterflies leading up to it, and as soon as it was announced, they all kinda exploded inside of me, haha! I was so incredibly excited!

Where do you keep the trophy?
I’m currently living in LA, but when I get home I’m going to keep it in my room!

Is it heavy?
Yes!! When I first held it, I couldn’t believe how heavy it was! I was trying to take a selfie with it, and I couldn’t hold it with one hand!!

What was the best part about the whole KCA experience (apart from winning)?
Going to the awards was a dream come true. The show was incredible! I was secretly fan-girling the whole time I was on the orange carpet!

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Photo: Sarah Marzukie

Who did you fangirl most over?
Ellen DeGeneres and Zendaya! I absolutely love those two!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
I have so many pet peeves!! One of my biggest ones is when my sister sings the wrong lyrics to a song on purpose just to annoy me! Haha.

You have traveled all over the world. Which city is your favorite and why?
Paris and New York! They are my two favourite cities in the entire world!! They are both just so beautiful. I cried the first time I went to Paris!!

What’s the biggest difference, good or bad, between American teens and Australian teens you have observed?
American teens are so much more confident, which I absolutely love!! Teens here will just walk up to you on the street and start a conversation with you about anything!! And then boom, you’ve made a new friend! I feel like Aussie teens are a little more shy, including me!

What are you most proud of achieving as a dancer as of now (a difficult move mastered, a new place explored, meeting a celebrity, etc.)?
I think now it has to be winning a Kid’s Choice Award! It was honestly a dream come true!!

Which dancer around your age do you most admire and why?
There are so many incredible dancers around my age! I honestly don’t know how I could pick just one, but definitely someone who I admire is Maddie Ziegler. She is one of the most talented, down to earth and kindest people I’ve ever met. She’s so inspiring.


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Who is your favorite YouTuber and why?
My favourite YouTuber is David Dobrik! He is absolutely hilarious!

If you could redo ONE embarrassing thing in your life so far, what would it be? : )
Omg! I do something embarrassing literally every single day of my life! I always trip or fall when someone’s watching or filming me, so I would love to not do that anymore! Haha.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.
Something some people might not know about me is that I used to be a competitive horseback rider!! After a couple of years, I had to stop because I realised I was allergic to horses!

What are you working on next (as a dancer, actress, etc.)?
Being in LA is so amazing. There are opportunities around every corner!! I’m taking a bunch of classes and going on a bunch of auditions, which are really exciting and fun!!

Anything else you’d like to promote or announce to our audience?
Only that I love them!

Where can all your fans follow you? (social media)
People can follow me on either my Instagram – @ashleighmareeross or my twitter – @ashleighmross 😊

Okay bye! But before you go can you send us a quick selfie of wherever you are at?

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Maluma Concert and VIP Meet and Greet Review and Set List – Los Angeles

The 23-year-old Colombian Reggaeton singer, songwriter and record producer Maluma added to his sold out concert dates with stop in Los Angeles California on March 26th. Nothing to be too surprised of — after all, he sold out every city on his first official US tour, a total of 14 cities!

I was lucky to get to see Maluma perform this night, and even splurged for the VIP Meet and Greet package. If you are a Maluma fan, I bet you’d love to know how he is in concert. Well, I am about to tell you all about the experience, from meeting him to his entire show! Keep scrolling to read all the details.

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Just before the concert he took time to meet and great some of his fans, including me. He took pictures with each person and even signed a poster for the lucky ones to take back home in a Maluma “goodie bag.”

My first complaint is about his security team. They were completely over the top. They did not let any of his fans take pictures with their own phones, but made them use only the photo service they had in the location. The pictures may be of a better quality, but in this day and age of instant gratification and fast turnaround this is not a good option for the tons of young followers that the singer has. The photos were promised to be available online to download at full resolution within three days. THREE DAYS! That’s a lifetime to a teenage girl. (in truth, they ended up going live in a day and a half, not too bad).

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The second complaint is that you got to spend very little time with Maluma, it was like getting fast food — they rushed you through.

The third complaint is the extremely long wait to start the concert, which was a whole hour late.

Despite the minor meet and greet problems and the slow start, I must admit he rocked the show! His energy and charisma was contagious, and he knew how to work the crowd.  He asked several times jokingly about how many women in the crowd were single: “El 90% de las mujeres son solteras esta noche, no lo puedo creer.” (90% of the women are single tonight, I can’t believe it). To which all the women started screaming!

“Y yo, soltero tambien.” (and I’m single too). All this with a very mischievous grin, getting the audience riled up.

Here is his concert set list, in case you missed it. Let me tell you — the crowd was totally into Maluma and got him to do two encores. No complaints about that. 🙂

Here are some video highlights from that night!:

MALUMA MARCH 26 2017 LOS ANGELES SET LIST

“NADIE SABE” (INTRO) 
“Nadie sabe
lo que he pasado
He trabajado fuerte
mi lugar me lo he ganado
Todos dicen que por mi imagen
he pegado
No hay soberbia
Miren los resultados (BIS)
Existe el que te admira y el que no también, pero lo negativo lo dejo en el reten
Con mi conciencia limpia porque siempre hago el bien y con Dios de la mano yo sigo en este tren
Ponte en mis zapatos y no me critiques y si vas a hacerlo, quiero que me expliques
Soy con quien sueña tu novia, no puedes negarlo por mi te derrites
Siempre la paso bien, viviendo en un hotel
Millones de fanáticos, que más puedo merecer”

BORRO CASSETTE

SIN CONTRATO


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LA CURIOSIDAD

CHANTAJE (Shakira pre-recorded vocals)

VENTE PA’ CA(Ricky Martin pre-recorded vocals)
He repeated La Curiosidad and then asked one of the guys working with him to find him a “mamacita” who he could serenade. He sang to her, and there even was a little kiss action, but somehow I don’t think she minded. But anyway, come on pretty boy, let’s be a little more careful out there with the kissing. Germs, ya know. 😉

ME LLEVO

LA TEMPERATURA

“CHANTAJE” a second time

LA BICICLETA REMIX(Carlos Vives and Shakira pre-recorded vocals)
At what we thought was the end of the concert he thanked everyone for supporting him, as well as thanking God for everything. He and his band left the stage.

No one moved and he returned for an encore. He sang the following three songs acapella, including the Cosculluela rapping part:

PRETEXTOS

UNA AVENTURA

UN POLVO

At this time his band returned to the stage and backed Maluma for the next two songs:

GYAL YOU A PARTY ANIMAL(Charly Black pre-recorded vocals) 

CARNAVAL

He left once more, but a second encore was needed as NO ONE, seriously no one was leaving the arena.

After screaming “Pretty Boy Dirty Boy” by the audience as guided by one of the band members, Maluma came out and sang his last song of the night wearing a red robe with black prints and matching red pants that allowed us see his well-formed abs. Girls went wild screaming. His song of choice? One of the songs that has created a bit of controversy around the singer.

CUATRO BABYS

Over all the concert was on point.

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Maluma gave props and introduced all his band members and backup singers, and he kept the energy high always. The dancers did an amazing job and Maluma did show us both sides: his pretty boy and his dirty boy as well.

Highly recommend going to see him next time he’s in town.


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5 Ways to Avoid Stress as a Teenager

by Gianella Ghiglino

They say your teen years are the best years of your life. You are young, carefree, and have all the energy in the world. However, they forget to mention all the stress with school, hormones, crushes, and peer pressure. I, however, will say your teen years are for the most part pretty cool but only when you learn how to deal with everything going on. Stress is something we can all tackle and these five ways may help you make life a little easier.

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Don’t give into pressure from others

Boys, do not pressure girls into doing anything they don’t want. ‘No’ means No and that is final. Vice versa with the boys, you do not need to prove anything to anyone and if you don’t want to do something, that is okay. Ladies, don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to because if he truly cares about you he will respect your decision.

Avoid drugs at all costs

Say no to drugs, including marijuana and prescription pills. As repetitive as this message may seem, too many of us still ignore it. It doesn’t matter if every pop and rap star smokes marijuana and the fact that it is becoming legal in many states — it alters and fogs your thinking, and often leads to other drug use. If your friends are smoking, and offer you some, just say ‘No I’m good.’ It isn’t rude to decline and if they pressure you to try it just simply say ‘I’m not into it.’ You do need to go into a rant about why it is morally wrong (they are not going to listen to you, trust me): just be calm, cool and say ‘No.’ And then try to leave, because hanging around high people is pretty much just annoying — just like hanging around very drunk people.

Focus on your education

If you find yourself in the situation in which your friends want you to ditch school with them, advise them that your value your education. I am not going to say missing one day of school is going to destroy your chances of get into college, because it won’t. I will say, however, that you should not let your friends interfere with your schoolwork and trying to get the highest grades possible. Real friends want you to succeed and do well, and you have plenty of time to party later. Ask your friends how they are doing in school, show interest in their success and they will do the same. If not, find new friends.


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Accept your looks

Looks, looks and more looks. High school is definitely the place where your peers will judge every aspect of your physical appearance. Guess what! Everyone has something they are insecure about. Even the prettiest girls and hottest guys feel pressured to be attractive, and they are often made to feel like their looks are the only thing that validate them. No one is confident every single hour of the day. Embrace your body, acne, crooked teeth, frizzy hair. You will become so beautiful the minute you start believing that you are — it will manifest in a confident attitude which people love. Its okay to have off days but always know you are fire.

Be productive and get stuff DONE

Procrastination leads to stress. It forces you to ignore responsibilities. This is something that will haunt you for the rest of your life if you don’t get a handle on it early. I know it would be so much more fun to go play a sport with your friends, play video games, go shopping, binge on Netflix shows — but if you have homework or other responsibilities, just get them done. Study, exercise, or do your chores first and you will enjoy all your activities more after, without all that stress. When you get the stuff that needs to be done out of the way, you will feel accomplished and it will actually raise your self esteem. The more you do, the better you will feel about yourself. Have a planner, set alarms and get responsibilities done first so that when you’re on that millionth episode on Netflix you wont have to think about your homework that still needs to be done.