TI Exclusive: Interview With Jilly Anais

R&B/Pop artist Jilly Anais has recently released her debut EP “The Juice” produced by LA Production duo The Invaders (Blake McGrath, Ashley Roberts, Josh Levi). The Houston native is currently residing in Los Angeles already working on new music along with some film and modeling projects as well.

TeenInfoNet got the opportunity to interview Jilly where she explained the message behind “The Juice”, her transition from Houston to Los Angeles and much more! Be sure to check out the interview and keep up with Jilly at JillyAnais.com!

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TI Exclusive: Interview With Jayne Ava

Canadian singer/songwriter, Jayne Ava, is ready to take on the US charts as she finishes her upcoming EP, March. From a young age, she threw herself into the world of musical theatre and attended a performing arts school from 6th grade on. After high school, Jayne moved to LA to pursue her dreams of writing and performing alternative-pop music. Her electric sound can be described as soulful, electric pop fueled by a large range of emotions.

TeenInfoNet sat down with the rising star for an exclusive interview where she explained to us her musical influences, inspirations behind her music, life in Los Angeles and much more! Be sure to check out the interview and learn more about Jayne Ava at JayneAva.com.

TI Exclusive: Interview With Mimi Kirkland

TeenInfoNet recently had the opportunity to interview upcoming actress Mimi Kirkland. Those of you who may not be familiar with the young actress may have seen her as Lily in Austin And Ally starring Ross Lynch and Laura Morano or on the hit blockbuster film Safe Haven alongside Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.

We sat down with Mimi in LA and talked about her role as Lily in Austin and Ally, her favorite onset and behind the scenes moments and many more.

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TI Exclusive: Interview With Ashley Brinton

With a newly released single and music video titled “You’ll know”, 13 year old singer/songwriter and actress Ashley Brinton is ready to take the world by storm. In just a year’s time, Brinton has launched an impressive acting career, landing high-profile roles in national television commercials, major motion pictures and music videos. Her latest video also features Disney Channel star Jake Short.

Ashley will make her big screen debut in the thriller Broken Vows, a psychological thriller starring Wes Bentley and Jaimie Alexander scheduled for release later this year, where she plays the role of Daisy, who is the flower girl and sister of the film’s bride-to-be. The South Florida native has also appeared in Animal Planet’s World of Dogs.

Ashley’s extraordinary vibrant stage presence, coupled with her lively “girl-next-door” personality have all enabled Brinton become one of the most sought after teens in the acting world. At a very young age, Ashley developed a love for acting. Inspired by her idol Natalie Portman, she played the role of Lucy in West Palm Beach’s prestigious BAK Middle School of the Arts’ production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Among many lead roles in the Boca Raton Theater Company’s productions throughout her early childhood, she landed the role of Christine in the Boca Raton Children’s Theater production of Phantom of the Opera, where she garnered the audiences’ acclaim for her flawless vocals and performance. It was crystal clear to her parents, her peers and her various audiences….this girl had a gift, and it was time to begin her professional training.

TeenInfoNet got an exclusive interview with the rising where she explained to us all about her new single, working with Jake Short, upcoming projects and much more! Be sure to check out the interview below and learn more about Ashley at AshleyBrinton.com.

-We love your new single “You’ll Know”, what was the message behind the song?

The song is about three boys who are trying to get my attention for all the wrong reasons. They are superficial. But I want a good, nice wholesome down to earth guy that I can relate to. That’s Jake. The song’s message is “you’ll know when it is right. You feel it in your heart. All for the right reasons.”

-How did you come up with the concept behind your music video? And how was it working with Jake Short?

The video’s concept came up when we wrote the lyrics for the song. The song has a swag that reminded me of a cool NYC vibe. Also, I wanted the video to be my own private love note to NYC, which I love! The video tells the rest of the story…

Working with Jake was amazing. He is the sweetest, most polite guy on the planet and is really funny. We had a blast working together, and I won’t forget this experience any time soon!

-You’re also a singer/songwriter and actress, which one came first?

Everyone thinks of me as an actress first, but songwriting was always my true passion. It came way before. However it’s hard to become public with it, so I’ve pursued acting to get in the public eye and then be able to make my music known.

-Do you find it difficult writing music many of your fans can relate to being that you’re only 13?

No. Being 13 actually helps me write music that teenage girls can relate to. My music is real because it comes from personal experience. Every teen girl has the wrong guys that they have crushes on. “You’ll Know” is relatable because all of us girls want a down-to-earth guy who likes us for who we truly are. Someone we can be ourselves with.

-What has been the most difficult song for you to write or which one is the most personal to you?

In every song I write I share a little piece of myself, so they’re all personal.

-Is it harder filming show/movie or a music video? What are the main differenced?

Movies and music videos are a lot of fun to work on! TV shows and movies are exciting and challenging because you’re playing a part or a character different than yourself.

Working on my music video was even more exciting because I’m not playing a role or character. I can totally be myself. And because I get to perform what I’ve written, I could feel it and really get to express myself.

-We’ll also be seeing you on the big screen soon, can you tell us about your new film ‘Broken Vows’?

“Broken Vows” is an amazing psycho thriller. I don’t think my parents will let me see the final version. Lol Jamie Alexander and Wes Bentley rock. I was lucky to work with such professionals. My part of Daisy is small, but I’m happy. You have to start somewhere!

-It might be February already, but the year’s still new, what do you hope to accomplish in 2015?

2015 is gonna rock! I’ll be graduating from 8th grade and getting ready to go to high school. I’ll also be working on my EP which is so cool. During my downtime I’ll be playing with my dogs and I’m going to Maine this summer… where I just know I’ll be inspired to write so many new killer songs!

-Besides your new film, you’ll also working on an EP…what can fans expect to hear?

Expect to hear more songs from my heart with a variety of beats: from kick-back cool to downtown tempos.

-What’s the process like to record an EP? How do you choose which songs to put on and which ones to save for later?

It’s super fun to record because I get to spend hours and hours with some super cool people in the recording studio. I don’t consider it work because it’s way too much fun and I love singing. We record a lot of songs and then we listen to them and like I always say, “you’ll know” when the right song comes along. It comes from my heart.

-Do you have a message for all your friends, family and fans?

Live, love and laugh a lot. I thank my fans and family for believing in me and I won’t disappoint.

-Finally, can you share with us your social medias and also where people can find your music?

Website: ashleybrinton.com
Twitter: ashleybrinton1
Instagram: ashleybrinton
Facebook: ashleybrintonmusic
YouTube: AshleyBrintonMusic
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TI Exclusive: The Young Storytellers Foundation Final Glee Big Show

The Willows Community Center hosted the annual Young Storytellers event on February 22, 2015. The Young Storytellers is a foundation where kids team up with mentors and learn how to develop literacy through storytellers. The ten week program then concludes with a showcase including professional actors bringing each script to life.

This years actors included Harry Shum Jr., Mark Salling, Dot Marie Jones, Max Adler, Alex Newell, Chrissie Fit and was hosted by Ashley Fink and Curt Mega. Together they act, sang and danced their hearts out to the audience of proud parents and Gleeks. Later lucky fans and family members were able to meet the cast and young writers at the VIP after party. Check out our exclusive photos from the event down below and support the Young Storytellers Foundation by visiting YoungStoryTellers.com.

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TI Exclusive: ‘McFarland, USA’ World Premiere At The El Capitan Theatre

The world premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA,’ which is based on the true story of novice runners from McFarland, California, who despite tremendous odds, build a championship cross-country team under the direction os Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominately Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when hite starts to realize the boys’ exceptional sunning ability, things behind to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent- the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring clegacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American drew.

Niki Caro directs Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ with screenplay by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Grant Thomas, and story by Cleveland and Gilois. GOrdan Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing, with Mario Iscovich and Mary Martin serving as executive producers.

‘McFarland, USA’ is rated PG and releases on Feburary 20m 2015. For more information, please visit their website right HERE.

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TI Exclusive: Tinker Bell & The Lengend Of The Neverbeast Global Junket

Return to Pixie Hollow for the heartwarming and humorous adventure “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”! An ancient myth of a fabled creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature- massive and wondrous with glowing been eyes- is not welcome in Pixie Hollow-and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn, who sees a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior, must convince Think and her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the Neverbeast.

TeenInfoNet was invited to a global junket for the new Disney film and were joined by director Steve Loter, producer Michael Wigert, animation supervisor Mike Greenholt, director and music production Brett Swain, instrumentalist and score production BLEU, and Once Upon A Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin.

The film, which took four years to complete, is based off director Steve Loter’s daughter. Loter explains he wanted to, “make a film for the whole family” and the main character, Fawn, is much like his daughter who “see’s the world with an open heart.” The voice of Fawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, also goes on to say. “Disney creates films with a lot of heart.”

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 3, 2015.

TI Exclusive: Interview With Curtis Harris

Curtis Harris, who currently stars on Nickelodeon’s “The Haunted Hathaways” has earned him a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth Children’s Program for this year’s 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

The show, which launched in 2013 follows a single mother and her two daughters, who move into a house occupied by three ghosts, Ray Preston and his two sons. Miles (played by Harris) and Louie. Miles is the definition of a “friendly ghost,” setting a great example for his younger brother, and for his good-natured, and thrilled that the Hathaways are there to stay. The two families solve their problems b using a blend of normal human ways, and ghost powers. The show is currently in its second season.

TeenInfoNet got an exclusive interview with Curtis to talk about his character Miles as well as his nomination for the NAACP!

Can you briefly tell us about “The Haunted Hathaways” for those who may not be too familiar with the show?

It all started when a family (The Hathaways) moved from New York, to a house in New Orleans, and they later find out that their house is occupied by a family of ghosts (The Prestons)! So there’s a lot of comedic interaction between the human family and the ghost family, whether it’s flying cats or pies in the faces. We find out there are a lot of things the two families can learn from each other.

Do you relate to your character, Miles Preston, in any way?

We both are very friendly, funny, have a good sense of style, and we are both constantly in a good mood. That’s me for sure

Your character tries to set a great example for his younger brother Louie, what advise would you give younger aspiring actors/actresses?

I would say never give up and to work hard, even on the little things. Also, not to just sit around and wait for everything. Be aggressive when it comes to following your dreams. You’re never too young to start now.

-How would you say “The Haunted Hathaways” is different from other shows that also involve ghosts?

Most ghosts shows on T.V. nowadays don’t seem to be all that kid friendly. So I guess what makes The Haunted Hathaways different; adults and kids can watch the show and enjoy it.

-Congratulations on being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth Children’s Program for the NAACP Image Awards, how does it feel?

I feel so humbled by this nomination. This means the world to me, because I don’t act to win awards, I just do it because I enjoy it more than anything else. So yeah, I’m definitely thankful to get recognized for my work, because I do put a lot of time and practice into being my best on screen.

-Your co-star, Amber Montana, is also nominated for the same category, are you both competitive people or is it all friendly competition?

It’s definitely a friendly competition, we are both really supportive of each other.

-Also being 13, how do you find time to work while still being a teenager?

I feel that at any age to be in the same award show with such talented people is an honor. To have this opportunity at only 13 years old is just beyond belief, and really an inspiration to strive to get better and better. The great thing about award shows are that they are every year, so you always have the opportunity to get nominated again for new work you may have done, and that motivates you to stay on top of your game.

-You’ve also worked along side many other notable actors, what are some things you’ve learned from working on these previous projects with them?

It doesn’t feel like work when you love your job, but when I’m not acting I hang out with my friends and play basketball and video games. Typical teenager stuff.

-What else can we expect from you coming up in 2015?

It’s early in the year, but I’m hoping to do some work in major feature films, and in sitcoms later this year. I feel like one of my strengths as an actor is the ability to play roles that are funny, as well as dramatic. It would be awesome to have the ability to showcase that this year.

-Where can people find/follow you on your social medias?

My Twitter and Instagram is @TheCurtisHarris. Follow me!

Photo Credit: Bobby Quillard

TI Exclusive: Trevor Jackson Dishes On Upcoming Movie ‘Sons 2 The Grave’

Actor, singer and dancer, Trevor Jackson, stars in new movie Sons 2 the Grave along with Justin Martin and Messiah Harris. Trevor stars as Marcus Jennings, an eighteen year old basketball phenomenon, who gets caught up in the wrong scene and has to come to a decision as to whether this is who he wants to be, or if he wants to change lives.

We caught up with Trevor in an exclusive interview where he gave us the scoop about the new film along with new music and more upcoming projects! Check out the interview below and be sure to follow Sons 2 the Grave right HERE!

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TI Exclusive: Dalal Bruchmann Talks “Suddenly” Remix, Life In Los Angeles and Upcoming Album

Singer/songwriter, actress, model and special effects artist, Dalal Bruchmann, is taking the world by storm. Not only did she recently unveil a remix of her single “Suddenly” but she is currently residing in Los Angeles finishing up her debut album. Check out our exclusive interview with the Austria-Native and be sure to listen to “Suddenly” right HERE!

-What is it like to hear a remix of your song “suddenly”? Does it sound like a completely new song? Does it still express the same emotions?

~ It’s always interesting to hear a new take on your song! I think the initial idea is still there, the concept as well, but the vibe changes a little with the framework of the Remix.

-When you first recorded “suddenly”, what did you imagine it sounding like?

~ I did imagine it to sound like what it eventually turned out to be. I started humming the chorus in a shower in Boston and we finished the song the next day in the studio.
I wanted it to sound mysterious, romantic and sexy ….

-Singer/songwriter, actress, model and special effects artist, which one came first?

~ I think music came first, then came the acting and modeling and the interest and fascination with everything “behind the scenes” was always there. 🙂

-You’ve worked on many projects such as 90210 and Sonny with a Chance, but behind the scenes, what’s the main difference between being behind the camera and in front of the camera?

~It’s a completely different process I think. At least for me. The only connection is the final product, but the approach is different and the post involvement with the product sometimes as well.

-What are some of the differences between being back home in Austria , New York, and now Los Angeles?

~ It’s like 3 different worlds. Even the East Coast and the West Coast differ in their pace and their feel. Not to mention Austria. The air is different, the people …but most of all it’s the feel you get.

-Now that you’re finishing up your debut album in LA, can you tell us about your process? How do you choose each songs to put on and which one to release as singles?

~It’s an interesting process and I think for every artist a little different. There are projects that come in between your plan like Superman that was written for a documentary that will be released this year.
I also released a half German half English winter song (cover of Anastasia’s Once upon a December) last December…
As for the Album it’s a pretty selective process…. There are so many songs we have written and that we are still currently writing on or recording or finishing up but at the end the Album needs to tell a coherent story so some songs even though they are great or dear to you might not make the final cut!

-What helps you while you’re writing music and which song was the most personal or difficult to write?

~I like it when it’s quiet.. That when I hear the music best. In the studio, the beach, late at night in my apartment, after a good meal lol! I’m also always inspired when I’m working with other musicians in the studio, violinists, cellists, sax player, drummers…. That’s always great fun and really inspirational!
Which song was the most personal….hmmm I have a connection to all of the song and different memories, good and bad I connect with them… But there is a song I wrote called Take on the world, and one that’s called I will be here that are both very personal.

-Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve written songs that have been too personal to release or that you just weren’t ready to yet?

~I think the personal moments that are depicted in songs are the ones that best resonate with people. Also, writing it is kind of medicinal and cleansing in a way …
I don’t think I’d have any problem sharing those personal feelings with the world.
It’s also hard to find the line between personal and too personal :/

-You have been on a long journey between musicals, to awards, and going to different schools, what would you say was the biggest challenge for you?

~ Keeping the rhythm up and keeping up with the rhythm.
I’m passionate about many things and I’d like to do everything 100 %, sometimes you forget yourself in the process and the main reason why you are passionate about something gets left behind. That can sometimes get challenging.

-Do you have any advice for people who wish to join the entertainment industry?

~I think the path is different for every artist! The only thing I would say is, don’t make compromises, stick to your choices and priorities!

-What else can we expect from you coming up?

~ I have a music video and a acoustic version of Superman coming out. I’m having a lot of up coming shows on the west coast and East coast. Another Single and music video, a few behind the scenes moments of my work, the Album and more. I’m currently also working on a movie score so…yay

-Lastly can you share with us your social medias and where we can find your music?
My official website is www.dalalmusic.com
Facebook, also dalalmusic
Twitter also dalalmusic
Instagram also dalalmusic

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