Actor and rapper Jovan Armand talks to TWK CEO Willie Pena about his start in the industry, his role in the smash hit movie SHAZAM! including SPOILERS and EASTER EGGS (they start at 4:09 and go until 5:35) and more in this fun interview with Teens Wanna Know. Jovan performs live April 24th at the Globe Theater in Downtown L.A. tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jovan-ar…
It’s prom season, and TWK hit @kaylynslevin Kaylyn Slevin’s first annual Sneaker Ball (to collect formal wear for disadvantaged youth) to find out the answer to: 1) Is it better to go with a date to prom, or a friend? and 2) If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy in order to make your prom LIT?
Interviews: Kaylyn Slevin, Tati McQuay, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Dylan Snyder, Lindsay Rienstra, Laron Hines, Casey Baer, Bryce Xavier, Gustavo Quiroz, Brooklyn Robinson, Sawyer Sharbino, Mason Coutinho, Jules Coutinho, Kelsey Leon, Paris Smith, Coco Quinn, Rihanna Quinn, Bryson Robinson, Brandin Stennis, Jalen Parker, Lexi Jayde (Alexis Jayde Burnett), Isabella Leon, Ava Kolker, Lexy Kolker, Gabe De Guzman, Connor Finnerty, Lofton Shaw, Pynk Le-Monade, Madison Deaver, Scarlette Palacios, Mya Angelise, Sofie Dossi, Merrick Hanna, Matt Sato, Greg Marks, William Lipton, Eden McCoy, Ashton Arbab, Charlie Townsend, Drew Gordon, Hunter Payton, Alabama Luella Barker, Noah Pugliano, Angelic, Angel Montero, Nia Sioux.
TWK interviewer Keira Pena talks to Maddie Ziegler @maddieziegler and Giacomo Gianniotti at the My Friend’s Place Gala 2019, a fundraising celebration to support youth homelessness prevention programs.
Gavin Magnus is an American actor, singer and YouTuber who has been called “the next Justin Bieber.” He is well known on social media and for his fun videos co-starring his girlfriend Piper Rockelle, with whom he filmed a video for his first single “Crushin.” (see embed below).
Following his stint on last year’s “Boys of Summer” tour, Gavin has signed his first record deal. You can also see him on several series including Dreamworks TV, and Nickelodeon’s Ninja Turtles: The Comeback.
We got the chance to catch up with Gavin about crazy fan experiences, pet peeves, and the best and worst part about working with Piper in our exclusive Q&A below!
Hi Gavin, nice to e-meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself before we start chatting about your music video and other projects.
Hi thanks for having me! I started acting at age eight; got a lead as a series regular on DreamWorks TV and then did many TV shows such as Minor Renovations and Hollywood Darlings. From there I started making music.
Thanks! Your music video “Crushin” with Piper Rockelle just came out a little while ago. Were you nervous to release it to the world, and are you happy with the feedback?
Oh gosh I was so nervous. You just don’t know the feedback until you see the comments, you know? I’m really happy with the feedback. We are almost at 3 million views in a month.
You were on the Boys of Summer Tour. What was the best part about doing that?
I miss the tour a lot. Yes, I miss touring; it was amazing. The friends I made were super cool too. It was my first time performing on stage in front of over 1,000 people and I was the youngest out there; so very intimidating at first. I fell in love with the energy of performing in front of fans. We toured 17 cities and it was so much fun seeing new places.
Any weird or crazy fan experiences yet? If so what were they?
Yes, there are so many, but I would say my favorite just happened the other day. A little girl about five years old chased me down the street with her mom yelling at her to slow down. She followed me into Hollywood Burgers. Then she came up to me and said “Are you Gavin Magnus from YouTube? I can’t believe you are real!”…and she asked for a pic. It was so cute and cool.
Do you really vacuum your hair every day? : )
HA HA sometimes it helps to get the perfect look.
Every young performer that puts themselves out in the world gets some shade thrown at them—how do you deal with that yourself?
Honestly, it doesn’t bother me. Even my mom is shocked, but I don’t let it bring me down.
What are your goals with music and acting—like where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well to be honest all my dreams are coming true. I see myself touring and acting. I see myself developing hair products too; that’s one of my goals.
Your girlfriend Piper is pretty popular online as well – what is the best part about working together on videos – and what is the worst?
The best part is we laugh constantly. We really don’t stop and she’s my best friend. The bad part is I never want to leave her house. (:
Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m really sensitive. I cry listening to sad songs. (:
Biggest pet peeve?
The song I most have on repeat on my playlist right now is _________ by ___________?
“All Girls Are The Same” by Juice Wrld
My hair for sure. Gucci backpacks.
What’s the last movie or show you watched, and give me a review…but you can only use TWO WORDS for the review : )
Stranger Things. Scary, intense.
If you could pass a law everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be?
That they had to be kind to one another. That bullying was not allowed.
Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?
I was trying to be cool and someone called me out, one of the older boys on tour, before I had a real Gucci backpack and they were like “Gavin’s Gucci backpack is fake, look at the stitching” and I just turned red. I was trying to be cool.
What else are you working on or have coming up next?
Young stars came out to help raise funds for A Place Called Home @apch2830, a charity which helps kids in South Central L.A. with arts, education and wellness to help them develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives. Watch highlights, interviews, and bowling trivia! https://apch.org/
Featuring: G-Eazy, Jonathan Zeichner, Rachel Crow, Kaylyn Slevin, Ava Cantrell, Bryson Robinson, Brooklyn Robinson, Jaheem King, Joey Luthman, Connor Dean, Jillian Estell, Raquel Justice, Justin Tinucci, Paris Bravo, Savannah Liles, Ty James, KBeazy, Tanya Rad, Sisanie, Patty Rodriguez, Cisco Reyes, In Real Life, Hunter Payton, LIVVIA, Sean Ryan Petersen, Indiana Massara, Jules Coutinho, Mason Coutinho
If you love kawaii, anime, or just cuteness in general, try Chibi Art Class! Chibi means “short” in Japanese and these figures can be recognized by their small bodies, large heads, and exaggerated eyes (kinda like Funko Pop dolls, but not exactly). They are super cute, and made easy to draw with this 144 page paperback in which Yoai teaches you the art of chibi, step by adorable step. You don’t have to have a lot of experience or even fancy pencils/markers.
In this book, you’ll find:
Tutorials on recreating signature chibi features and props, including dreamy eyes, mini-skirts, vibrant hair, colorful bows, and boba cups.
Drawing, coloring, and shading instruction to create fully-formed versions of these vertically challenged, baby-faced characters and their kawaii little companions.
Several pages that allow you to create your own original characters and add your own color and shading to several colorless cuties.
About the author
Anny Zhou (aka Yoai) is a Toronto-based anime artist and student with active accounts on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Deviantart, and YouTube. She has a worldwide fan base, and her Instagram (yoahime), has over 450,000 followers and growing.
Social media and online communities are all fun and games, until they’re not. Though being called names online may seem like “no big deal,” that is one of the most common forms of online harassment.
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 59% of teens have been bullied or harassed online. In addition to name calling, spreading of rumors and receiving explicit images are two other common types of cyber bullying.
Though parents and teachers are good people to talk to about cyber bullying issues, it’s also important to know your rights and how to take charge of the situation. Below are a few different types of online harassment that you should know, and ways you can handle them. These tips and the infographic below provided by Panda Security.
When someone uses various platforms (ex. social media, email, instant messaging) to repeatedly harass you. Cyberstalking can be a federal offense, and may also have state-by-state laws. If someone is cyberstalking you, make sure to collect evidence to present to parents and/or authorities. You should also set your social media accounts to block accounts that are harassing you.
When a person uses your name or persona without your content and with the intent to harm. For example, if someone creates a fake social media account in your name to ruin your reputation. Report social media accounts that impersonate you immediately.
When someone creates a fake online identity for the purpose of starting a relationship and/or tempting you to meet up with them. You are especially at risk if you are on dating sites or apps. Be careful when talking to strangers online and do not provide them with too much personal information like where you live. Never meet them in person alone.
When your personal information is published online with the purpose of others harassing you. This is not illegal if your information is gathered from public accounts — be careful when you put too information like your email or phone number online. You should also Google your name to see what’s accessible to strangers and make sure your social accounts are private to avoid being spammed.
When someone makes controversial comments in order to provoke arguments or emotional responses. Trolling is not a crime and may just be a “joke.” However, trolling can also lead to hurt feelings and may start rumors — if you notice someone trolling your or a friend, do not respond. If their trolling is inappropriate, report them to the website.
In addition to understanding different forms of cyber bullying, you should also familiarize yourself with your school’s anti-bullying policies. At many schools, there are consequences for students who are cyber bullies, just like if someone where physically bullying you. Remember to document instances of bullying with screenshots, since the bully may decide to delete their comments later. And remember, being cyber bullied isn’t something to be embarrassed about! Parents and friends are there to support you and help you handle the situation so that it doesn’t happen to others.