Cassandra Pennington, 23, Los Angeles, was first scouted for modeling at the age of 15 in Los Angeles. She has since worked as a fashion, commercial, and glamour model in multiple markets. Travel and the creative process involved in materializing a client’s vision are her favorite aspects of modeling work. She is a graduate of UCLA. Some of the brands she has worked for include:
Addiction Lingerie, AT&T, Benefit Cosmetics, Burger King, Harem Swimwear, Jocio, L’Anza, Lisa Blue Swimwear, L’Jepotica, Maidenform, Neuma Beauty, Paul Mitchell, Planet Blue, Renault Formula One, Roar USA, Triumph, Wahb Beach Couture.
Mike Will Downey email@example.com or (310) 514-6820
Snapshot memories flash in your mind; linger as mementos of another time. A souvenir from when you felt inspired and free, this lost place is where you long to be. Possibility makes life worth living. Be free and rediscover amazing!
Seize the opportunity to regain balance through invigorating activities and themed music events. Mi Casa Holiday is your ticket to re-energize and re-awaken. Look forward to walking away feeling refreshed and reconnected.
Central booking – US: (916) 850-1976
MCH Mobile – text MICASA to 55469
MCH Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
JUMP N FUNK – PHILADELPHIA
ATTS – CHICAGO
CLASSIC MUSIC CO. – CHICAGO
KAZUKUTA – ANGOLA
FUNKBOX NYC – NYC
OPEN BAR MUSIC – NYC
YORUBA RECORDS – BRAZIL
TOTH – NYC
AMBASSADORS – LOS ANGELES
TRIBE RECORDS – LOS ANGELES
JULIUS THE MAD THINKER
ATTS – CHICAGO
UNITED MUSIC RECORDS – HONG KONG
NECTAR FLUYE HOUSE – MEXICO CITY
SOULEIL – SAN DIEGO
OYA SOUND – NYC
ONE – COSTA RICA
HITP – ATLANTA
AFRIQUE – NYC
HIGH ON SOUL – CHICAGO
THE LOVE NETWORK – MINNEAPOLIS
SUNDAE – PHILADELPHIA
SOLID GARAGE – TORONTO
GET OPEN – NYC
SOLIDS CREW – PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO
VINYL TRIBE – LOS ANGELES
MOSAIC – RALEIGH
UHURU AFRIKA – MALI
SUNDAY SCHOOL – ATLANTA
RESPECT THE GROOVE – CHICAGO
TOTH – NYC
NECTAR FLUYE HOUSE – MEXICO CITY
SOULEIL – SAN DIEGO
SUNDAE – PHILADELPHIA
K CIV STUDIOS – BOSTON
SOUL AFRO – HONG KONG
ATTS – CHICAGO
TOTH – NYC
MCH – NYC
URBAN MENTALITY – CHICAGO
MCH – BALTIMORE
5 MAGAZINE – PHILADELPHIA
SAPT – LOS ANGELES
HOUSE OF LOOM – OMAHA
UNITED MUSIC RECORDS – HONG KONG
Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Growing up where exposure to diversity was nurtured, Julius Spates and Jenn (Spates) Hurst cultivated open-minded perspectives. Throughout childhood, Jenn and Julius heard “imagine if” from their father, William, and “you have to have passion” from their mother, Carol. The belief that if you have the passion and are willing to work hard, anything is possible, planted the seed for Mi Casa Es Su Casa Holiday.
At the age of 17, Julius bet his cousin that he could throw a party and get 500 people to come. He threw his first party and over 600 people attended. After that, it was on and a slew of successful parties followed. In 1993, Julius used some of the money he raised from his parties to help send his sister on her senior trip. Thanks to Julius’ generosity, Jenn was able to travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This experience inspired Jenn so much that the following year she pursued a career with USA Student Travel, the same tour company that organized her school trip to Puerto Vallarta. In 1994, Jenn was hired as one of the youngest international tour operators in the companies history. Jenn has worked for USA student Travel, now International Student Tours (IS tours) for over 20 years, endlessly exploring her passion for travel and hospitality.
While his sister found pleasure and purpose in her travel, Julius began his love affair with the art of DJing. In 1999, Julius gained world-wide recognition as a co-founder of the production group 3Degrees Global, and performed on the international DJ stage as Julius the Mad Thinker. Jenn frequently traveled to attend Julius’ gigs. Inspired by Julius’ DJ sets, she began envisioning the possibility of fusing music events with destinations. Jenn took Julius back to their childhood and reminded him that with their abilities and connections they could inspire their friends and families to come together and rediscover amazing.
Jenn Hurst and Julius Spates created Mi Casa Holiday in 2009 . They named their event Mi Casa Es Su Casa Holiday (MCH) because “my house is your house” embraced the culture of house music and the foundation of Jenn and Julius’ multicultural upbringing. Holiday is a simple reminder that taking time for yourself is mandatory. While considering many destinations, Julius met Nickodemus at the Mosaic Spring Music Festival. Nickodemus, a New York DJ/Producer who’d been performing in Playa Del Carmen for years, offered to connect Julius with his contacts in Playa. Jenn was very familiar with the Riviera Maya and had a longstanding friendship with the president of IS Tours, Bobby Voelz. The serendipity was undeniable and solidified that Playa Del Carmen, Mexico was the location for their event.
Julius enlisted the help of talented designer Adam Gibbons and journalist Brent Crampton to help sculpt the message of the event. Master strategist RC helped plan logistics and helped develop Jenn and Julius’ vision. Brad Hurst, Susanna Gomez, Keith Evan, AQuaBeaT, Hallex M, Abel Rogers, Sabo, Cher Carter, Tasha Guevara, Chasity Finley, Toyya Cole, Sabine, Max Pela, Eddy Plenty, Gerry Hartman, Anish Shah, Ramon Rawsoul, and many other loyal fans, dj’s, promoters, and friends supported and helped spread the word.
October 2009, fifty determined souls traveled to the white sandy beaches of Playa for what became an intimate affair with beats in paradise. While attendance has doubled every year Jenn and Julius are committed to preserving the magic experienced the first year and designed MCH to maintain a sense of intimacy regardless of growth. In five short years, friendships have forged, life partners have met, children have been born, and new communities have connected. MCH is a classic example of how a thought, that turned into a dream, can become reality. What started out as a simple bet in their teens, led to a moment where twenty years of passion, inspiration, and encouragement all came together.
We’d like to extend you the exclusive invite to attend this year’s event being held on the Four Season’s Pool Deck patio Monday, August 4th from 7pm-10pm. Doors will open at 6:45pm. All RSVP’s will get priority in line until we reach capacity on the pool deck, which will occur early. RSVP now to www.SapphireGQDenver.com, and skip the rest of the message or read on for more detail.
This year’s event will feature 10 of Colorado’s finest bar men and women as they battle it out for Colorado and to be crowned the Nation’s Most Imaginative Bartender. This year you will again have the opportunity to sample some of Colorado’s most imaginative cocktails, served by the industries most progressive bartenders and mixologists. To top it off we’ll have DJ Brian Howe on the 1’s & 2’s, The Sapphire Girls, and a crowd that rivals the best looking Friday and Saturday night crowds. Needless to say, this isn’t your typical bartender competition.
Oh, and we can’t forget about the importance of charity, we can have fun, but it’s better when we give back. With that we are asking for a suggested $10 donation at the door, all proceeds benefiting a Colorado Bartender’s Guild charity of choice.
So, you “Gin it to Win it?!” Ok, great, let’s do it again. RSVP’ing is simple, copy and paste this link www.SapphireGQDenver.com and enter you name and your +1’s and 2’s.Read more
You wanna be a king? Here is what it will take:
A king is…
Writing a screenplay is not easy. You will need discipline and you will need to learn the structure, character development and format. Not to worry, that is why I have condensed ten years of experience, hundreds of books and movies, into this article.
I have written seven screenplays now, two television scripts, and two music video scripts. Only one of those films has made it to the big screen. Breaking into screenwriting often times requires persistence and focus and many, many years.
Story logic, character development and structure are paramount when writing a traditional script. Each film follows a six stage plot structure.
Robert McKee’s Story tells us that you must be good at the nuts and bolts of a scene. Each scene hinges upon the other scene and everything must continue to move forward. A good story is a detective story – the audience wants to know what is going to happen next? Keep them guessing. You never want to be predictable. Scenes need to turn on at least one value charged condition of a character’s life through action – reaction. Real truth is found in underlying meaning and real entertainment is when humans experience charged values and emotion.
The first thing you must do is determine your controlling idea which is the ultimate meaning expressed in one sentence. Next write your logline, which is your pitch to a producer or studio and summarizes your movie set-up, conflict, and resolution. The American Association of Screenwriters recommends you keep the logline to three sentences. For character-driven movies include identification, connection, potential crisis, and risk. There are plot-driven scripts in which you want to highlight complications in the logline.
Loglines should consist of the following:
* Reveal your star’s situation
* Reveal Important Complications
* Describe the action the star takes
* Describe the star’s crisis decision
* Hint at the climax – danger, showdown
* Hint at the star’s potential transformation
* Identify sizzle, sex, greed, humor danger, thrills, satisfaction
* Identify Genre
* Keep it to three sentences
* Use present tense
You can fill in a logline by replacing these “An interesting hero must accomplish a goal (x), despite extraordinary obstacles (y), because of emotionally compelling stakes (z).
Characters should go through raw identity, self awareness, self enlightenment, and self actualization. How your character chooses how they react to an event in your script is who they are. Reluctant heroes are always interesting if they only appear to care about themselves, but in clutch situations help others.
What is your hero’s everyday world like? What event, referred to as the inciting incident, changes everything? Is the event passive, disruptive, personal, or casually linked to your first act break? At what point in your hero’s life does your story begin? Time-wise, how far away is your story beginning from the inciting incident. Stack the odds against your hero. You can throw coincidence at your hero, but you can’t use coincidence to get them out of a situation.
Describe your hero. What is his or her profession? What is his overall goal? Who or what is stopping him from achieving it? What’s at stake if he fails?
Next you can write a treatments which is a story concept, plot, basic characters, and sometimes snippets of dialog of main characters. Typically a treatment is 30 pages or less and can be protected by law (see below below).
Character development is extremely important to a good script. One exercise you can do is talk to your characters and interview them. Where are they from? What do they do? What drives them consciously and subconsciously? Your protagonist doesn’t need to be sympathetic, but must be empathetic. Heroes should be given insurmountable obstacles as they pursue compelling objectives.
No aspect of characterization (age, race, IQ, speech, mannerisms, beliefs, personality) may undermine credibility of character. Actions must be believable. Positive and negative charges. Compare and contrast. Subplots should contradict the controlling idea. Put characters in situations which are rich with moral quandaries and elements of good drama.
You must make sure your script is in top form before you send it to someone. Beware, sending out unsolicited intellectual property (be it script, music, anything creative basically) is very difficult and risky. You can read other scripts at Drew’s Script-O-Rama.
The first step before showing anything to anyone is to protect your work. Register your Treatments, Loglines, and scripts with The United States Copyright Office, ProtectRite.com or WGAWest.com. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your idea is copyrightable – it’s not. Copyright will protect the literary or dramatic expression of an author’s idea but not the idea itself. A script is considered a literary expression of an idea.
Craig Mazin, author of The Artful Writer screenwriting blog will tell you that chain of title . The Writers Guild of America often times finds contributing writers to a project through arbitration. Participation isn’t defined by employment, rather by the contribution of intellectual property. Chain of Title can be very hard to prove, but the WGA helps determine screen credit on the basis of copyrightable contributions.
I highly recommend Michael Lent’s book Breakfast with Sharks – A Screenwriter’s Guide. He breaks down the process of paper to screen and offers many helpful hints including a resource guide which includes Hollywood Literary Sales, Screen Players, Movie Bytes, Who Represents, Writers Mind, Done Deals, The Hollywood Reporter,Script Savvy, Write Movies, Ain’t It Cool News, Hollywood Creative, Representation, and Distributors Directories.
You will need a good lawyer and an agent, because the problem with sending unsolicited material is this: most people in the position of choosing projects will not even open it. The reason is that if I as an producer or an agent (the two people you would be sending scripts to) have a movie deal about a bank heist in the works and they read someone else’s script about a bank heist they are instantly incriminating themselves as plagiarists. The question becomes which script came first is what the unsigned writer will undoubtedly ask?
It takes a lot of money to make a movie. One way to sell a script is to get it in the hands of someone with money who wants to enter into the Hollywood world. Convince this person that the movie appeals to a wide range of people and get him to sign over funding. Once the first domino falls in promising (in writing) money towards film production, each following domino tips much easier. Once you have funding to produce the film, you then have ammunition to go after distributors (a studio – who gets the film into theaters, television, or DVD).
Once you get enough money, the writer suddenly becomes the producer of the film, the people with the funding are the executive producers. The writer / producer then hires a ESTABLISHED FILM PRODUCER and a SOLID DIRECTOR and hands the project over to them. The writer protects his vision while handing over the nuts and bolts of the production to people who’ve done it before, thereby protecting the financial investment of the executive producer.
Keep in mind, when funding for a feature length film isn’t achievable, sometimes people will make trailers or short form versions of their films and submit them to festivals, which then can generate buzz to further the project to feature completion.
Keep in mind, probably thousands of scripts are sold to producers/studios/agents which never become movies. Typically on a mid-sized to major film, the writer selling a script will get a few hundred thousand for the script, & a few hundred thousand more should it actually go into “production” (meaning the movie gets made). Beyond that, tons of movies are made to sit on shelves because though produced, they never get released.
To simply sell the script first, move to LA or NYC. Then, package yourself as a successful Hollywood writer (Eurotrash clothes, eccentric neuroticism, various lies about what you’ve done professionally), then go to organization meetings (Producer’s Guild, Director’s Guild, or any of the other hundreds of independent filmmaker / writer organizations), then meet as many people as you can in positions of choosing. Go to their parties, become their friends.
In Los Angeles you will also want want to join The Office, a quiet workplace for writers and a great place to get your work done. Studying is important – The Dialogue series is a must watch, interviews by former New Line Cinema Executive Producer Mike De Luca include Sheldon Turner, Paul Hagis, and Jim Uhls. You can get these on Netflix as well. You can take Syd Field’s Screenwriting Workshop or UCLA Extension writing courses which are considered inexpensive. Personally, my homework sometimes consists of watching up to two or three movies a day and reading a lot of material – books, magazines, Web sites.
There are hundreds of script writing contests you can find online too, winning one of those will certainly add to your material’s worth. There are only two kinds of people in entertainment, beggars and choosers, guess where 99.9% of writers fall? Once you meet these people socially, THEN you can ask them to read your script. Now of course, this takes a gross amount of time and a disgusting amount of soul-selling and gut-wrenching “schmoozing” with people you really would rather not deal with. This is why entertainment is a wonderful industry.
The basic rule is, if it’s too easy to get the script in their hands, they aren’t important enough to be worth wasting your time on, meaning they aren’t in the position to make your movie a reality. Hollywood is an “old boys” club and quite honestly, unless you are geographically or financially positioned to gain access to these people, it isn’t going to happen.
Write something that a lot of people would like to see that you can make for about $10,000 to $500,000 dollars. This would mean a script set in VERY few locations and easily accessible locations, no special effects, small cast, a crew with a few seasoned professionals but mostly college interns, a concept able to be shot on digital video or 16mm film.
Think movies like Clerks, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Home Alone, Blair Witch Project, and Meet The Parents. Think about a movie that not only would someone want to see it in the theater, but would they would also want to watch it on DVD. Comedy and horror are both genres that are consistently sellable- straight drama is much more risky.
Take the money, make the movie (be it feature length or shortform), put it on YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, MetaCafe, with your cell phone number at the end. If it’s that great a concept that someone can make money off of, the phone will ring.
When pitching a project in person, wear lots of deodorant. Forget “controlling” your sweat. You want to be able to strike a match off your pits. Know where you’re going. Get there early, but don’t go in early. Show up exactly at the time of your appointment. You’re going to wait regardless, but that’s irrelevant. Thinking too much about what you are going to say will throw a wrench in your pitch. Simply Variety or stare at the wall and laugh about how superior you are to the world. You’re not, but just do it. It helps.
In a pitch meeting, when offered a drink, accept water. Never soda. Just water. Don’t drink it yet. Wait until you start pitching. Then use it as a prop. When you get to a cliffhanger (drinks water) take a slug. Make ‘em wait. When you’re done pitching, stick around for a brief period of time to hear any immediate reactions, but not too long. You’ve got another pitch to get to right away…even if you don’t.
Now that you have a solid foundation, get busy writing and apply all the principles above. The next great writer is YOU.Read more
The inaugural South Park Music & Camping Festival, presented by Cannabis Network Radio & Channel 9.33, will take place on 4th of July Weekend (July 3 – 5, 2014) at the beautiful American Safari Ranch in Fairplay, Colorado. South Park Music Festival (SPMF) celebrates our rights and freedom of choice by honoring the legalization of cannabis in Colorado over the country’s Independence Day weekend.
SPMF holds true to the philosophy that diversity creates unity. After years of seeing specific niche type festivals, it was time to have a music festival that combined the likes of Woodstock, Ultra Music Festival, Bonnaroo and Coachella together to make the most inclusive Music Festival in decades, and never seen before in Colorado. SPMF is a true music-lover’s festival with a well-rounded lineup featuring a wide variety of music genres, offering something for everyone to enjoy. The final lineup includes Slightly Stoopid, Tech N9ne, Paper Diamond, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz, Heroes X Villains, The Flobots, Kottonmouth Kings, Blackalicious, Souls of Mischief, Alien Ant Farm and many more.
This three-day event combines an entire summer’s worth of activities into one all-inclusive weekend. SPMF is for people who love music, love cannabis and pays homage to the great State of Colorado and its citizens for allowing the true love of music and cannabis culture to come together in a one-of-a-kind experience. Festival-goers will enjoy three stages with state-of-the-art sound, lasers and lighting, a huge fireworks display that will rival any major city and some truly EPIC surprises. SPMF will also feature interactive live art installations, moon bounces, a full bar, entertainers, merchandise vendors, the very best in cannabis-related products and an amazing selection of food & drinks.
Along with multiple stages and the nation’s top musical acts, the festival will offer a variety of cannabis-curated workshops including presentations on the current state of recreational cannabis, instructional information on how to grow and purchase cannabis properly. The festival will also feature The Underground Cup, designed to reach out to the Colorado cannabis community and enable the talented independent, small growers and extract artists to be recognized in the mainstream cannabis industry. The goal is to bridge the gap between the BIG cannabis industry and “the little guys”. Cannabis is legal for everyone 21+ to consume, and medically available for patients 18+. All adults 21+ will be able to enjoy cannabis at the festival and all redcard holders 18+ will be able to consume for medicinal purposes. These guidelines will be strictly enforced by an onsite security team to ensure our complete compliance with the law.
As a thank you to the Colorado community for their support of cannabis legalization, South Park Music Festival is offering $50 Early Bird Weekend Passes (camping included). For those who want to camp in style or need to rent camping gear, South Park Music Festival is offering rentals on “glamping tents” and camping gear packages. VIP packages will also be available and include an exclusive front row area at the main stage and camping area, private VIP areas with private bars, food stations and tented areas. For information, lineup and ticketing information please visit the official South Park Music & Camping Festival website: www.southparkfest.com #SouthParkFestRead more
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