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Interview with Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks

Sylvia Brooks is a vivacious jazz singer who captures her audience with her soothing lyrics.  Her love for music radiates from her soul as her angelic melodies are gently placed within the hearts of her fans. Born into a family of musical geniuses, Sylvia is holding strong to her families’ legacy and taking the world by storm with her latest project, The Arrangement.

Come along as I journey through the world of jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks.


Renisha Marie: Who is Sylvia Brooks?


Sylvia Brooks: It’s my belief that we are all here for a reason. I’ve spent my life being an artist and I’ve always been creative. It’s here, where I feel I have the power to make a difference in the world.


Renisha Marie: What projects are you currently working on?


Sylvia Brooks: My new CD, The Arrangement.


Renisha Marie: What inspired your third CD, The Arrangement?


Sylvia Brooks: I wanted to explore different musical styles. I didn’t want to be confined to one point of view. And I wanted to work with certain musicians, who’s work spoke to me. I wanted to make something I was proud of.


Renisha Marie: Describe your creative process.


Sylvia Brooks: It’s not something that is conscious. It reveals itself to you. When I started thinking about this project, I had conversations with a number of musicians that I respect. I wasn’t sure what type of album I wanted to make. I wanted to make a Brazilian Jazz album, I wanted to do a Big Band Swing album, I wanted to put some modern pop influences into the mix, and I loved Cuban-African rhythms. Then it dawned on me…I didn’t have to do one thing. Why not do it all. And that’s how Arrangement was born.


Renisha Marie: When did you realize music was your passion?


Sylvia Brooks: The day I was born. Probably even before that, because my parents were both very much musicians in their own rights.


Renisha Marie: Your father, Don Ippolito was an iconic pianist/arranger and your mother was a conservatory-trained opera singer; what was it like growing up in a household with musical geniuses?


Sylvia Brooks: Well, it was interesting. They are clearly two totally different art forms. I think over the last few years, classic influences have become more integrated into Jazz. But, when I was growing up, they were very different concepts. I struggle with the good and bad of both. I really felt more of a connection with Jazz. My father raised me listening to Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck. He traveled with Buddy Rich, and Stan Kenton. Musicians aren’t rich…It was a hard life.


Renisha Marie: What obstacles if any, did you have to overcome along your journey?


Sylvia Brooks: Trusting and knowing that what I understand is enough, and having the courage to believe in myself.


Renisha Marie: What motivates you?


Sylvia Brooks: Truth, passion, and feeling in my soul that this is what I am meant to be doing.


Renisha Marie: What advice if any, do you have for up-and-coming vocalist?


Sylvia Brooks: Stay true to yourself, and never give up. Have courage, and keep fighting. And always remember, it isn’t about the end of the game, it’s about the process, and how that changes you as a human being. If you don’t put yourself on the line, then you don’t have to deal with failure…in other words, don’t play it safe.


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Interview with Actor James Salsman

James Salsman is an actor whose star is steady rising. He’s an Army Veteran whose passion for acting took him beyond the front lines to Hollywood California. His vigor earned him a spot in front of the camera; his filmography consists of “Caliber,” “Givit Wednesday,” “Banana to Papaya,” and “Presence” to name a few.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with James about his acting career in addition to some of the obstacles he overcame in order to set his star ablaze.  Join me, as we take a glimpse into the life of actor James Salsman.


Renisha Marie: Who is James Salsman?


James Salsman: I am a person who has triumphed and overcame many road blocks in life. Someone who has pushed through while keeping a positive attitude which in turn has brought positive results.


Renisha Marie: What projects are you working on?


James Salsman: I currently have a lead role in a pilot being submitted to Hulu, Netflix, HBO and a few other big broad casting stations. I’m also the marketing Director for 1 Empire Production; a company whose strategy is to take over Los Angeles and revive 90’s Hip Hop while facilitating venues for A-listers in addition to disseminating our clothing Line, marketing our comedy skit show and producing block buster scripts.

Renisha Marie: What inspired your passion for acting?


James Salsman: I was bit by the acting bug when I was a child. However, growing up in Arkansas, I didn’t live in an area where I had access to mentors who could educate me on acting. It wasn’t until the Army stationed me in California that a friend invited me to be a back ground actor in a pilot; a military flash back scene. This filled a hole I had in my soul for years. I’m thankful for the time I invested in my military career, nevertheless, it wasn’t my passion.


Renisha Marie: You recently attended the Oscars, what was that experience like?


James Salsman: I’ve attended the Golden Globes two years in a row, the Emmy’s and a Red Carpet event for the Oscars. I have to tell you that seeing everyone earn an award  inspired me; I picture myself being up there.


Renisha Marie:  How do you manage a busy career and make time for your family?


James Salsman: Its not easy. It’s tough. I end up not having time and apologizing a lot while conveying to my family that everything will pay off in the end. Whenever I have time off I take my family out to dinner, a movie, or we’ll go to an amusement park.



Renisha Marie: What are some obstacles, if any, did you have to overcome along your acting journey?


James Salsman: When I first started acting I was still on active duty. Therefore, I put in the paperwork to come off active duty but was ridiculed and belittled by my Battalion Commander at the time. It was hard to find time to act while under contract with the Army.

Renisha Marie: What advice do you have for aspiring actors/actresses?


James Salsman: Start your acting resume and educate yourself on what agencies and talent managers to trust and use.


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Interview with Actor Christopher Rob Bowen

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Interview with actor Christopher Rob Bowen

Check out our interview with Christopher Rob Bowen! Find out what project’s he’s working on and receive priceless advice on how to make it in the entertainment industry. What are you waiting for? Click the link below to watch this sizzling interview, brought to you by, Renisha Marie TV.

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Exclusive Interview with Germmanii (VIDEO)



Exclusive Interview with Germmanii!

I had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing singer, songwriter and music producer Germmanii.  His passion for music is vivacious. In the interview we discussed his music; current projects, as well as took an in-depth look into the essence of Germmanii.  He also took us into his world of creative process. You don’t want to miss this interview which includes a performance by Germmanii! Watch the video below.

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Interview with Comedienne Grace Fraga; she’s doing BIG things in a real way!

Grace Fraga

Grace Fraga

Grace Fraga is an award-winning actress, comedienne, writer and producer. She has appeared on NBC, A&E, CBS, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, VH-1, Real TV, Univision, Galavision and Telemundo. Her guest starring roles include, “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” “Comedy Cage Match,” “FBI Files,” “Mystery ER,” “Killer Outbreaks,” “The First Time” and “North Mission Road.” Grace’s Spanish language credits include “No Me Hallo,” “Accesso Maximo” and “Amor o Mentira,” among others.

Grace is author of “Love at First Ex,” which is a helpful guide on “how to love and manage your exes.” This book is so fabulous, Grace was asked to be a guest on NBC’s “The Steve Harvey Show.” This multi-talented comedienne also created, executive produced and hosted a pilot for PBS. Grace is not just talking about it; she’s doing big things in a real way.

Grace is vibrant, full of fun and laughter and will have you laughing until your sides hurt. She’s a hot, white Latina with a lovable personality that will have you craving more of her funny antics. She’s performed stand-up at The Comedy Store, The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Ice House, The Comedy Zone, Harrah’s, and Laugh-A-Latte@Hot Java Coffeehouse.

I caught up with Grace at her recent perfomance at Laugh-A-Latte@Hot Java Coffeehouse, in Long Beach. Follow me as we journey through the world of comedienne Grace Fraga.

Renisha Marie: Who is Grace Fraga?

Grace Fraga: Grace Fraga is a white Latina with Neiman Marcus taste and a K-Mart budget. 

Renisha Marie: Tell the world about your book, “Love at First Ex.” 

Grace Fraga: I was a guest on “The Steve Harvey Show” in February of 2013. They had me as a “relationship coach” because of the book I wrote, “Love at First Ex”. It’s a guide on how to love and manage your Exes. The biggest mistake people make is to get rid of them. Don’t! This book will teach you how to use them as resources so that you can turn your life into a Fairy Tale: “Alice in Ex Wonderland.” I also got a development deal from PBS to shoot a pilot for a show. I’m creator, executive producer and host. 

Renisha Marie: When did you know comedy was what you wanted to do? 

Grace Fraga: When I realized how laughter lightens up the load. I love to have fun and laugh. Comedy is my passion. You can’t beat doing what you like and getting paid for it! 

Renisha Marie: Were you always funny? 

Grace Fraga: I was always the life of the party. I was shy, though, until the age of 16. Then fun heaven broke loose and voila! 

Grace Fraga

Grace Fraga

Renisha Marie: What was the best gig you ever performed? 

Grace Fraga: A recent private gig for a trucking association. I had two hot, single guys in the audience competing for my heart. 

Renisha Marie: Who is your favorite comedian of all time? 

Grace Fraga: Wanda Sykes. She’s a brilliant, natural comedian. 

Renisha Marie: Who is your biggest inspiration? 

Grace Fraga: My parents. They turned me into the hyperactive workaholic that I am today. 

Renisha Marie: Tell us about some qualities that a good comedian should have? 

Grace Fraga: Timing, timing, timing. The ability to CONNECT with the audience. 

Renisha Marie: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

Grace Fraga: Embrace the pause. 

Renisha Marie: What advice do you have for aspiring comedians? 

Grace Fraga: Work at your craft. Have passion for comedy. Never give up 

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