Frontman of the band British Convicts, Travis Cormier

Musician Travis Cormier

Musician Travis Cormier

Travis Cormier, is a Canadian Singer/Songwriter and frontman of American Rock band British Convicts. He recently sat down and spoke about his inspirations growing up and his plans for the future. Here is what he had to say:

How and when did you first get into playing music and performing?

When I was a young boy, music was in my blood. I always knew that’s what I wanted to do. I looked up and got inspired by so many of the great musicians. When I would watch them perform my eyes would light up. It pierced my soul. They were proof that my dream was possible. When I was about 10 years old, my friend Luc and I, would put on Bon Jovi and Kiss video’s and pretend to be them and even copy their every move. We would imagine that we were rockstars playing in front of thousands of people. When I was 12, I played my first performance with a band in front of hundreds of people. It was the greatest feeling in the world, and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a musician and entertainer.

Who were some of your biggest inspirations growing up?

One of my biggest inspirations growing up was Jon Bon Jovi. Not only do I love his music  but I find him to be a true leader, and a great role model. He has definitely inspired me to follow my dreams and believe in my vision, and to inspire other people.

What kind of training have you had, if any?

I have been working on developing and improving myself as a musician for years now. I started guitar lessons when I was about 9 years old, and vocal lessons at the age of 14. While I was taking private lessons, and also attending music classes in High School, I was also playing in bands, and gaining a lot of experience. After graduating High School I attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California where studied Vocal Performance. I got to work on vocal technique, and learn from some of the best vocal coaches in the industry. I will never stop learning and improving myself to become the best Performer that I can be.

What has been your favorite gig/collaboration so far?

My favorite gig was definitely playing Club Nokia, downtown Los Angeles. I have had the opportunity to play there multiple times, and got to meet some of the biggest rock legends that I’ve looked up to all my life. I also had the amazing opportunity to record in the studio with legendary producer Eddie Kramer. That was really a dream come true for me.

What type of music do you like writing and performing? 

I love songs that people can truly relate to. Songs that you listen to that can change the way you feel in a matter of seconds, that can inspire you, or even help you get through hard times in your life. I want my songs to mean something to someone. And I want to create a performance where people can get lost in the music and forget the world. It’s a night where they can forget their everyday lives, or forget their problems, and live in the moment. I want to give them an experience and a night to remember so that they can leave there feeling inspired.

What music projects do you have coming up?

I am currently working on my first solo album that I’m very exited for. I’ve been through a lot in the past couple years, and I will be pouring my heart and soul into this album. I want my fans to get to know me, the real me, in my own words.

What would be your ideal project/collaboration and why?

I would love to work with Dave Grohl. He is such a musical genius, and he seems like a very cool guy to work with. It would also be a huge dream come true for me to perform with Steven Tyler. He is one of my biggest idols and in my opinion, the greatest frontman of all time.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to release my music and then go on tour, and play as many shows as I can. My goal is to create a very unique experience when people come out to the show. I want them to leave feeling inspired and feeling like they got their money’s worth. No matter what, you just gotta keep moving forward.

What is your advice to aspiring performers?

Work Hard and Dram Big. If you can believe it, you can achieve it. Don’t be afraid of failure, take risks, and never give up. And one more thing, You REALLY gotta love what you do. Cause if you don’t, you would be crazy to go down that path.

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Talent, work ethic and determination- Actress Lisa Opara!

London actress Lisa Opara

London actress Lisa Opara

Performance is one of the most sought after and difficult jobs to attain in our entertainment driven society. It requires talent, work ethic, and determination: traits which South-Londoner Lisa Opara embodies to a T. Since her initiation into the acting world as Kat Slater in a production of Eastenders Lisa has gone on to perform in numerous films, music videos, and theatre performances; including The Body by Ten Cent Adventures, The Powder Room by DJ Films, Displaced Diegetic and Serious Money by director Greta Mendes, and her most recent production of Love and Information by Jamie Rocha Allan. As a graduate of the Identity Drama School for Advanced Professional Adults with multiple workshop certificates it’s no wonder Lisa is such a sought after actor.

What is most evident when watching Ms. Opara perform is her ability to portray two or more vastly different characters simultaneously. Take for instance her triple roles of Durkfield, Melissa, and Grevett in Caryll Churchill’s Serious Money. Aside from the different genders, the characters also display varying personality traits. The first is morose, the second superficial, and the third impatient. If these skills were not impressive enough Lisa is also capable of portraying a plethora of accents (Uk Cockney, Scouse, African, General American, Welsh, and Australian), song-writing and singing, and composing poetry on and off stage. Currently, she is looking to complete her poetry collection and further pursue her passion for song-writing while continuing to search for roles which push the boundaries of her immaculate acting limits.

The extraordinary talent and drive of actor Aditya Lohia

Nepal's Aditya Lohia

Nepal’s Aditya Lohia

Few people maneuver the acting industry successfully. One of them is Aditya Lohia, a Nepali born actor who lives and resides in Los Angeles. Aditya is successful, having played several short films and plays and worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest names.

He has worked with Samantha Kelly in the movie Greed and Laura Proenza in Angie’s Late Again. He also starred in A Lonely Journey and Food for Friends with the International Academy of Film and TV. In theatre, he has worked with Nathan Zebedo in Curious Savage, Mike Grenham in Escape from Happiness among others.

Aditya Lohia is passionate about art and performance. As a young child, he would mimic visitors to entertain his family. However, as he grew up, he picked interest in playing cricket and although he thought he would pursue the game, his childhood passion for acting came back.

It came back after attending a summer workshop in the Philippines and ever since, he has never turned back. Afterwards, he joined the International Academy of Film and TV for a five-month workshop which helped grow his acting skills. Aditya’s acting skills were perfected during a two-year conservatory at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting, which surprisingly, is the alma mater of Robert Deniro, whom Aditya looks up to and hopes to costar with in future.

Apart from Robert Deniro, Aditya derives inspiration from Leonardo Dicaprio, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Currently, his fans should expect to see more of him in films and TV shows, an interest he has recently picked up. He is supposed to play the lead in a couple of upcoming films and also an interesting character in an unnamed web series. A TV show where Aditya features is already in the works. As he continues to brush shoulders with the industry’s giants in LA, we will see more of Aditya.

As an individual, Aditya Lohia lives by the principle of hard work and patience. He can express himself fluently in Nepalese, Hindi and American English with a standard American accent. Apart from acting, Aditya enjoys soccer, playing guitar, swimming, field hockey, cricket and karate.

Demi Mann to star in “Astral Princess” and “Emergency LA”

The beautiful Demi Mann

The beautiful Demi Mann

When an actress has raw talent beyond her acting skills and a certain presence she exudes when she’s in character, then you know a star is present. Demi Mann is an established actress and a natural born star. She’s from London, England and had been performing since she could walk. She loved acting so much and only felt content when on stage, performing in school plays and at home for her family. She loved to be in the spotlight, showcase her talent, and express herself through her craft. Demi enjoyed watching movies and going to the Cinema as a child. She studies actors and tried to mimic what she saw. Demi’s many inspirations were Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, and Steven Spielberg. In more recent years, Demi loves Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix, and Penelope Cruz. Demi trained at prestigious schools and with well renowned teachers and coaches. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts during the summer. Demi learned the Uta Hagen, Stanislavski, and Meisner methods. She also attended The John Roan Secondary School in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, specialising in drama and performing arts. Demi also had the pleasure of working alongside Ken Lerner for scene studies. Demi had taken all of her extensive training and used it to showcase her very obvious acting talent. She starred in films, TV commercials, and various plays. Demi will be starring in a Major TV show called Emergency LA, where she plays the lead role of Helen Dorsey and a Feature Film Astral Princess also playing the lead role. Demi has many projects and roles to play coming up for her this year. 2015 is going to be a very busy year for Demi and will be the chance for her to open more doors and impress more people with her acting skills.