westlifefan
06 February 2011 @ 09:17 pm
Writer's Block: Super Bowl XLV  
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Yes. I am watching the Superbowl this year despite my Indianapolis Colts not making it into the finals. Boo! But, I wish both teams luck as they are respectfully amazing in their own right. I am celebrating by watching the game with my sister and some chicken wings and whatever other snack food is appropriate!

Also, for those that aren't watching the Superbowl, might I interest you in reading my Newsvine piece, "And It's A Touchdown!: Ten of the Best Football Movies"? It ranges from films in the 1920s all the way to present day. Be sure to read it and let me know what are some of your personal favourites!



 
 
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westlifefan
06 February 2011 @ 09:04 pm
newsvine - And It's A Touchdown!: Ten of the Best Football Movies  
I haven't been here for a while and gosh dang, I miss it. I've been having a bit of a pre-mid-life career crisis but it's okay. It's nothing I can't handle. Well, nothing a bucket of chicken wings can't handle either, eh? Mmm, love them wings, yo! I'm also working on a new project and I'll dish the deets later. In the meantime, in honour of the Superbowl (too bad my Colts aren't in it! *whomp whomp*) check out my newly  published piece on ten of the best football movies, in my opinion, of course:



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And It's A Touchdown!: Ten Of The Best Football Movies
 

 
 

Superbowl Sunday is upon us and if you’re like me, the stakes are not too high tonight seeing as my team didn’t make it into the Superbowl this year but nevertheless, I still wear my Indianapolis Colts jersey with dignity and fragrance of chicken wings. Apparently the BBQ smell is hard to come out of clothes – who’d have thought?

Now, you might just enjoy football and all that it encompasses like me and enjoy watching some solid gridiron action or you might not. A few of my friends don’t understand the sport and at times find it nothing short of “boring”. Most times when I hear them utter such words, it’s almost blasphemy to me. Sports are sports; they’re meant to define and challenge organized competitions, embrace human contact and come together for a common goal with a tremendous heart. There is a beauty within any game in any sport and football has this sort of, “je ne sais quoi” regarding its attraction. However, not everyone needs to watch the Superbowl to see or understand football for more than its face value. Perhaps you’d prefer the more handsome, refined action from the green field with a heart-warming plot and a few laughs?

Instead of watching the Green Bay Packers fight it out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, tonight you might want to sit back and relax and watch a good old American film while still being in some sort of football mode.

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I really like the mix of movies I added in there: from the 1920s all the way to present day! Be sure to read on to see what made the list and let me know what some of your favourite football movies are too!
 
 
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westlifefan
20 December 2010 @ 06:22 pm
newsvine - the art of acting with rebecca kopec  

This interview has been in the works for quite some time and I'm really glad Becca ([livejournal.com profile] superbacca) and I got down to it and did it. Do check it out! I think she's just amazing and so sweet; definitely a face you will be seeing more of in the future!



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The Art of Acting with Rebecca Kopec



What is an actor? It’s a simple definition and very easily, one you can find in the dictionary but there’s a history behind it. It isn’t just a word to an actor. It’s an art form, rather a way of perceiving and articulating words found on paper to liberate the delicate emotions made up of raw passion and a brazen honesty within themselves. And all in order to make up for good storytelling.

One actor in particular with a great passion for the art of acting is, Rebecca Kopec. Hailing from a small family in New York, has a grounded attitude and a solid head on her shoulders. She’s a bubbly, no-nonsense, quick talking young woman and in the time we spoke, it’s evident that she’s a firm believer of working hard and waiting for her spotlight.

This month, Kopec can be seen in the cabaret production of My Story directed by Andrew Overcash, with all proceeds from the show going to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She’s amongst five other talented actors who are working hard to bring this production to life.

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westlifefan
17 December 2010 @ 12:28 am
newsvine - Andrew Overcash: Paying it forward with "My Story"  

I came upon Andrew Overcash through a good friend of mine. I was originally going to interview just Rebecca aka [livejournal.com profile] superbacca for her cabaret show, "My Story" but I decided to get some quotes from her director, Andrew. In addition to getting a quote from him, I wanted to dive further into the show that he so passionately put together and learn about his creativity process and his background. His story struck a chord with me and I figured, I need to write two pieces so nothing is taken away from the other. Last week if you had asked me, what I have planned this week in writing? I would never have guessed I'd write two pieces.

I will say that Andrew is one solid guy. He's very sweet and has a big heart and I hope if anyone is in the Manhattan area on December 22, to definitely check out "My Story".

In the meantime, check out "My Article"! Heh! :)

See what I did there folks? Hahahahauhhhh. :\

PS: I'm really proud of this article. I can't believe how great it turned out in such a short amount of time. Didn't think I had it in me! :)


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Andrew Overcash - Paying it forward with "My Story"



There are very few directors in the industry who realize their true motives to direct and envision. Directing is an art that needs to feed from a feeling and articulate a particular emotion filled with passion and a desire; a compassion for the canvas of life. Andrew Overcash is one of those directors who understands the need to deliver and give back.

Overcash put his current show together for one reason: his brother.

“My brother was diagnosed with cancer when I was in eighth grade and after a four year battle with ups and downs, he did pass. During that time, St. Jude did so much for my family and my brother and even after his passing, they continued to stay in contact with us and be true blessings. My brother, even after finding out he was going to pass, always cared for others and never made anyone feel sorry for him so, from his constant caring for others and the amazing love my family received from St. Jude, I decided it was time to give back,” he says.

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My second piece, which is on Rebecca will be out in a few days!

 
 
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westlifefan
23 November 2010 @ 04:44 pm
newsvine - stacey vuduris: designing woman  
This was an interesting and fun article to write! Also, it was something out of my comfort zone as I've never written about interior designing (I have no clue of that whole dimension) and the whole home decor angle; it was good to try something new and at the same time, get to know a really lovely and warm woman who has such a great raw passion for her work. It is inspiring and she's just such a delight to talk to. She's very fun, down to earth and a great sense of humour. I present to you, my latest article:


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Stacey Vuduris: Designing Woman



Creativity isn’t just about creating but is rather the art of articulating a concept where your imagination peaks over the edge of an idea. Stacey Vuduris’ creativity sparks from self-trust. The key to designing and being bold in your work is to trust your instincts. Her instincts are sharp and inspiring and create way for a new path on the road to interior designing.

Stacey Vuduris is the mastermind behind Stacey Vuduris Interior Design, a company that from its inception in 2006 has brought forth confident and daring plans for those interested in designing or refurbishing their homes.

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westlifefan
12 November 2010 @ 03:22 pm
newsvine - flight of the pompadour: the return of conan o'brien  
I haven't published an article in months and believe it or not, this article was really hard to write. Sigh. I just found it all so foreign all of a sudden when writing. I literally stared at the blank screen for half an hour before diving into the first paragraph and I think I did an alright job with it. I don't think it was as good as my other Conan article but eh. Check it out and if you like it, be sure to click the little Facebook LIKE button on it because it's nice to know that it's...liked, lol.


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Flight of the Pompadour: The Return of Conan O'Brien



When in times of hopelessness, we feel like there’s nothing to look forward to; the days get longer and the whole world feels dark and dreary while storm clouds gather over our head as it rains and we realize, we’ve forgotten our umbrellas as we drag our feet along, holding onto the notion that times can be good again and hope can be restored and that people won’t drive too fast and splash us with gutter water.

For months on end, Conan O’Brien fans fell into a dark spot, missing their beloved “Coco” and wondering what the orange-haired, milk white glistening skinned comedian would have in store for us next.

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westlifefan
03 May 2010 @ 03:10 pm
newsvine - capturing the world, one frame at a time  
I finally finished it and was way too eager to wait for a Wednesday publication so I decided, I'll do it now. So check out my latest article on Brooke White's latest project with Summer Bellessa of Eliza magazine called The Girls with Glasses Show! The cool thing now about Newsvine is that they've got a Facebook LIKE button so if you like it, you just gotta click the little button! :)



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Capturing the World, One Frame at a Time



The late, great Jackie Kennedy once said, "I am a woman above everything else," and even after all these years, such words hold a great practicality and tenacity. With all that we do in life, who we become, we're women (well, some of us) -- first and foremost. We strive to live up to our potential and we're curious and hold onto the notion that all can be good in the world while hoping to make a difference. We cherish the gift of womanhood and from that, look within ourselves to see how far we can push the boundaries of what we know and strengthen our hearts and minds with life and the world and the people around us.

The two women from The Girls with Glasses Show are proving this with their smart talk show that aims to bring together not just intelligent insight but hilarity, discussions on fashion and entertainment, art and music and do it all in a trendy and chic way all while wearing glasses.

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westlifefan
07 April 2010 @ 05:25 pm
newsvine - david cook gives back  
I love children and you all know that. I feel like, we owe them a push for a better life no matter where they live and what their economic status is. They are the future and it's our job to guide them. I've always wanted to be that person who can help out and then just, hug them and make them feel like work is being done to help them, you know? Like, I've dreamed of going over to Africa and lending a hand because it's necessary. Sure, there's debate that "fix what's in your own backyard first" but if we all thought about ourselves and not about others, not only would we have no friends but we'd lose that bit of humanity and love for another.

David Cook is one of my heroes. He works hard and his recent visit to Ethiopia for Idol Gives Back gave me reason to dive deeper into the education system in Ethiopia and discuss what's at hand with the girls and their lack of schooling and the UN Foundation making the most of what they can. I wrote an article and hope you all check it out...


David Cook Gives Back



It was Nelson Mandela who once said about education that it is the most powerful weapon in which you can use to change the world and from what life has taught us, it’s rather true. Education is a process to living and learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. Its aim should be to teach us rather how to think, than being told what to think and in toe, improve our minds as to enabling us to think for ourselves. It is a mandatory part of our civilization and a major part of education is encouragement.

Somebody who understands the value of education is season seven winner of American Idol, David Cook. Cook, whose interest in music began at a young age was singing in the second grade and was encouraged further by his music teacher, Ms. Gentry to carry on singing. She saw such potential in the young Cook and gave him a solo part in the school’s Christmas pageant. It was from that moment on – just a sheer push, that Cook realized his dreams of pursuing a career in singing. After winning the title of American Idol in May of 2008, Cook has gone on to selling more than 1.5 million records in the United States, giving him Platinum status.

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westlifefan
22 March 2010 @ 06:37 pm
newsvine - World Water Week is underway  

Water is such an important necessity and I feel, working for clean water is something we all should support because there's no sides in such a thing. I've always been a supporter of the Water.org foundation and I feel like, I had to do something and this week is World Water Week and I figured, I'd lend my voice, not just via Twitter but through my writing and pass on the good word of how this organization is working towards water sanitation and bringing about change in several countries.

Some of you may have noticed on Twitter, that my profile pic is tinted blue. It is due to the fact that I am showing my support and am lending my voice to this cause. More information regarding how to go about that is at my article.


World Water Week is underway



It has become a sad truth that water, one of the most essential ingredients to our life has evolved into one of the most basic needs that man has taken for granted. Man has become so blind in his quest for survival and power that water, along with other resources has now become a victim of his apathy.

With several countries struggling without clean water, thousands of children throughout the world succumb each day to entirely preventable diseases and illnesses. This week, marks World Water Week where the profile of water quality is raised by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to whole-heartedly engage in proactively addressing the depleting water quality around the world in hopes of tackling pollution prevention, clean up and restoration.

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westlifefan
21 March 2010 @ 09:02 pm
newsvine - a tale of two systems  

Sigh. I finished! I finally finished my health care article and gah! I am exhausted. I had to release it today on short notice because I realized, if I publish it tomorrow, the topic is obsolete; my angle and argument wouldn't mean the same thing but what I did was I re-worked it the angle and I'm really happy with it and what I wanted to say most about health care, without being completely biased and yeah. Phew! I am tired!

I do want to thank my friends here who believed that I could write this article and it was a very hard article to write but I managed to the best of my ability. Like, I said before it was definitely out of my comfort zone and I hope I articulated my thoughts and feelings regarding this matter to the best of my ability.

Special thanks to Elizabeth aka [livejournal.com profile] vintagevixen for getting me some info which helped me elaborate my thoughts further. Thanks babe! ;)

Without further adieu, I present you my very first non-entertainment/pop culture article! SHOCKER!! Tomorrow, I will be writing another article on very important cause that is near and dear to my heart. It's a cause that everyone is on the same page with. You've probably seen me tweeting about it for the last couple of days so perhaps, some of you have an inkling.

Oh! The funniest thing -- I wrote this article while still battling a sore throat. How ironic of me. Alas, the life of a writer...



A Tale of Two Systems



Last summer was quite the time of my life and I don’t mean that in a positive aspect. I have never experienced anything like last summer. It was an emotionally and physically draining period my family and I went through and I learned not just a lot about myself but about life on a grand scale. I once told a dear friend of mine that life’s challenges were not meant to paralyze us but rather push us in the direction of discovering who we are and what we stand for.

I believe standing up for proper and efficient health care should be a top priority.

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