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Cast of Paramount Film, Mighty Oak and Author Jo Giese

August 05, 2020

SAG/AFTRA member Cynthia Brian continues Wednesdays with Writers and Performers on StarStyle® giving authors, actors, artists, and entertainers who have had their live performances and events canceled due to Covid-19 a platform to shine. Find out how brilliant our world talent is right here on StarStyle®-Be the Star You 

 

MIGHTY OAK tells the story of Gina (Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars,” To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before), a band manager who struggles after losing her brother/lead singer (Levi Dylan, 12 Mighty Orphans) in a fatal car accident while traveling to a gig.  A decade later, Gina meets a 10-year-old music prodigy named Oak, played by newcomer Tommy Ragen, a real-life prodigy whose music inspired the screenplay.  Oak seems to possess the same qualities as Gina’s late brother, inspiring her to pull her life back together and try to reunite the band with Oak as its new front man. Directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer), guests to be interviewed by Cynthia Brian include Tommy Ragen (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock Broadway Musical), Rodney Hicks (Rent, Come From Away) Gianna Harris (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock Broadway Musical), and Ben Milliken (Bosch, Blue Crush  www.mightyoakthemovie.com

Official Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ba40pACGBZ0

 

At a turbulent time in America, when personal connections are fleeting and shared values rare, award-winning journalist and author Jo Giese offers uplifting lessons in old-fashioned civility in her memoir, Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother. The lessons are wisdom from a mother of the 20th century for a daughter in the 21st century. www.jogiese.com

Bio: Tommy Ragen

Tommy Ragen is a 12 year old musician, songwriter, producer, and actor. He has released three albums “9, Rocket, and Heart Emoji”. He played the lead role of “Oak” in the Paramount Pictures movie Mighty Oak. Mighty Oak features eight original songs co-written by Tommy and Caroline Corn. He was, also, a cast member on the First National Broadway Tour of The School Of Rock the Musical.

  www.mightyoakthemovie.com

Bio: Rodney Hicks

Rodney is a longtime New Yorker, originally from Philly who now resides in Colorado. He is an Award winning Black Gay Male Artist. His play FLAME BROiLED had its World Premiere at Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO in the Fall of 2019. The play was awarded the 2019 Eulipions Fund on behalf of The Denver Foundation. Previous versions of his plays MS. PEARL’S CABARET and JUST PRESS SAVE were a 2019 and 2018 Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference.,respectively. Rodney was last seen on Broadway as Bob & Others in Come From Away; Clarence Norris in The Scottsboro Boys, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar (2000 Revival) and the Original Cast of RENT. He currently has a supporting role in the newly released Paramount Studios film ‘Mighty Oak’ at Drive in’s and movie theaters. Rodney is a peace and love practitioner/meditator as well as a playwright and actor. www.rodneyhicks.net/ Follow on instagram: @rodneyhickshere Facebook: Rodney Hicks     

Bio: Gianna Harris

Gianna Harris is a 15 year old singer, musician, actor and dancer. She plays the guitar, piano, bass and ukulele. Gianna discovered her love for performing in 2015 and as an amateur she performed at MSG during the Knicks half-time show and Apollo Theater. Gianna's professional career started in March of 2016 when she got her first big role in Andrew Lloyd Weber's School of Rock on Broadway. In 2017 she graduated from Broadway and joined the touring company of School of Rock. Her most recent role is Emma Biggs in Mighty Oak. When Gianna is not acting she is either writing and recording music, reading or riding her skateboard. Her favorite color is lavender and her favorite dessert is choc chip cookies. Gianna is a huge advocate and voice for Mental Health Awareness and LQBTQ+ Equality. Insta: @thegiannaharris

 

Bio: Ben Milliken

Born in Manchester, England, Ben was raised in Bilgola Beach located on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Ben, then moved to Los Angeles where we quickly began landing roles in multiple film and television projects, including Universal's "Blue Crush 2". Most recently, Ben landed a role in season 5 of Amazon's hit show “Bosch”.   www.mightyoakthemovie.com

Bio: Sean McNamara

Sean Patrick McNamara is an Irish-American writer, director and producer of the break out hit “Soul Surfer” (Tri-Star Pictures). “Spare Parts” from the Wired Magazine article “La Vida Robot” (Lionsgate), “The Moon and the Sun” (Paramount Pictures), “Raise Your Voice” (New Line Cinema), “Hoovey,” “Field Of Lost Shoes” and many more Feature Films and Television shows have been Helmed and produced by Sean. He is the director of Mighty Oak. www.mightyoakthemovie.com

Bio: Jo Giese

Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author, teacher, community activist, and former TV reporter. As a special correspondent, she was part of the Peabody Award–winning team at Marketplace, the most popular business program in America. At Marketplace she won an EMMA for Exceptional Radio Story from the National Women’s Political Caucus and a GRACIE from the Foundation of American Women in Radio. She has contributed to Ira Glass’s This American Life and is the author of A Woman’s Path (St. Martin’s Press) and The Good Food Compendium (Doubleday). She has written for many top publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, the LA Weekly, European Travel & Life, BARK, Montana Outdoors, and The Malibu Times. An intrepid and enthusiastic world traveler, Jo has visited more than 50 plus countries. She lives in Southern California and Bozeman, Montana, with her husband, Ed Warren. www.jogiese.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjogiese/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giesejo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jogiese7

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: 

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124732/cast-of-paramount-film-mighty-oak-and-author-jo-giese

Epic Vision Zone, Telecommuting, Tick Tick

July 29, 2020

Creative Intelligence Coach and Founder of Epic Vision Zone, Jane Applegath, joins Cynthia Brian to discuss how she brings role models to her summits to inspire others to become trailblazers. Jane says that by choosing creativity, we plant the seed for a new kind of trailblazer.  The more the ability to imagine solutions with novelty, the brighter our world becomes. Cynthia Brian was guest on the Epic Vision Vummit, https://vimeo.com/428857323/666eee51a8

 

 

For many months employees who used to report to company headquarters have been working from home. Will this be the new normal in this age of technology? 

According to a Gallup poll, 3 in 5 workers in the US who were doing their jobs from home want to continue to work remotely. How can you convince your boss that you’ll be productive? 

 

Do you know how to identify ticks? There are three types of ticks in the United States that bite humans. These bloodsuckers can cause serious diseases. Learn what protection to wear and how to check yourself. 

 

 

Bio: Jane Applegath

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Creative Intelligence Coach. Researcher. Founder- Epic Vision Zone where extraordinary role models inspire others to follow in their footsteps. In choosing creativity, we plant the seed for a new kind of trailblazer.  The more the ability to imagine solutions with relevance and novelty, the brighter our world becomes.

 

Jane teaches creative mastery and inspire others, mostly women, to share their influence and experience on the Epic Vision Zone, an online TV show featuring women (and men) who are re-imagining and re-inventing their lives, careers and businesses. They are the creatives, the disruptors, and the courageous entrepreneurs walking fully in their Epic Life Story. It’s not where do we go from here. It’s how far do we imagine we can go from wherever we are.   www.JaneApplegath.com

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124562/epic-vision-zone-telecommuting-tick-tick

Fatal Finale, Happiness, Garden Guardians

July 22, 2020

SAG/AFTRA member Cynthia Brian continues Wednesdays with Writers and Performers on StarStyle® giving authors, actors, artists, and entertainers who have had their live performances and events canceled due to Covid-19 a platform to shine. Find out how brilliant our world talent is right here on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

 

Kathleen Kalb, author of A FATAL FINALE, introduces swashbuckling Gilded Age opera singer Ella Shane, best described as part Beverly Sills, part Anne of Green Gables, and part Errol Flynn, as the first book in her new historical mystery series.

 

Are we wired for happiness? With civil unrest combined with the pandemic, loss of jobs, travel freezes, and an uncertain future, it may be challenging to see the rainbow at the end of the storm. Research indicates that happiness is wired in our genes and we may need that joy now. 

 

Grow a diversity of plants, eliminate pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides to attract beneficial insects, birds, spiders, reptiles, and numerous other guardians of our garden galaxy. Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian provides info on the basic needs for food, habitat, water, and shelter, so that you will enjoy increased outdoor amusement while learning an appreciation of nature.

 

 

Bio:

Kathleen Marple Kalb grew up in front of a microphone, and a keyboard. She’s now a weekend morning anchor at 1010 WINS New York, capping a career begun as a teenage DJ in Brookville, Pennsylvania. She worked her way up through newsrooms in Pittsburgh, Vermont and Connecticut, developing her skills and a deep and abiding distaste for snowstorms. While she wrote her first (thankfully unpublished) historical novel at age sixteen, fiction was firmly in the past until her son started kindergarten and she tried again. She, her husband the Professor, and their son the Imp, live in a Connecticut house owned by their cat. https://kathleenmarplekalb.com/

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124450/fatal-finale-happiness-garden-guardians

Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times, Embrace Abundance, After the Pandemic 

July 15, 2020

Rudyard Kipling once said that words are “the most powerful drug use by mankind”—the words by author Allen Klein (aka “Mr. Jollytologist”®) in his book  Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times are the prescription for a daily dose of positive inspiration you can live by in these challenging times. Words can warm our hearts and fire us up or calm us down when we are worried and stressed. Renew your spirit and find comfort in this lively conversation.

 

Abundance is not about acquiring a luxury house, a fancy car, expensive clothes, and a jet-set lifestyle. Abundance is about feeling that there is enough in life for everyone. The world is a place of emotional and spiritual plenty. Cynthia Brian shares The Gift of Abundance from Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference.

 

What will our world like post pandemic?  Will we be wearing masks everywhere, fixated on cleanliness, stop going to the theatre? What will be the new normal? There is no predicting what the future holds but staying home may still be the safe zone!

 

 

BIO: Allen Klein

Allen Klein is an award-winning author and speaker who shows audience’s worldwide how to use humor and positive thinking to deal with life’s not-so-funny stuff. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied Therapeutic Humor as well as a Toastmaster’s Communication and Leadership Award. In addition, he is also the  author of 31 books including 

The Healing Power of Humor, You Can’t Ruin My Day, Embracing Life After Loss, Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times, and The Lighten Up Book. And, he is a TEDx presenter on the power of intention. (http://tinyurl.com/z4hfsx5)                                                                                  

Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Klein is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.” www.allenklein.com

Listen at the Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124349/positive-thoughts-for-troubling-times-embrace-abundance-after-the-pandemic

TDimage Media, Pivot for the Planet, Adjusting our Attitude

July 08, 2020

Thiago Desouza recently interviewed Cynthia Brian about designing a life on his podcast, Business Access. (https://business-access-by-tdimage.simplecast.com/episodes/episode-4-cynthia-brian?t=0m0s) The company then created three short videos for Be the Star You Are!® charity. Impressed with Thiago’s dedication and authenticty, Cynthia Brian  interviews Thiago focusing on his unique company, TDimage, a digital services company that develops true partnerships with clients creating cost-efficient and effective digital, television, multi-platform media campaigns. 

  

This year will be a year like no other highlighted by the frightening health pandemic and sorrowful civil unrest. It’s time to listen, re-evaluate, and educate ourselves. Connecting with the natural world is one prescription for finding healing and balance. Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian is pivoting to her garden. What’s your planet pivot?

 

We have the choice of being positive or negative despite the circumstances. We can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we respond. Self-care, breathing, exercise and attitude adjustments go a long way to helping us be happier and healthier. Lifestyle coach Cynthia Brian shares a few tips to bring more balance into your daily life.

 

Bio: Thiago Desouza

Thiago Desouza is a CEO and Creative Director with a decade of successful experience in lifestyle and industrial marketing and production projects. Specializing in creative solutions that creates opportunity and growth for various businesses and professionals. A strong believer in the power of positive communication in the workplace, Thiago is truly focused on long term relationships with his clientele and business partners. He believes that his vast experience in video production, storytelling and academic studies in Motion Picture and Television, have developed uniqueness in providing results when it comes to his clients. Every client has their own story to tell no matter what platform it’s seen on. Thiago enjoys family time whether it’s a simple walk to a crazy adventure for new experiences. www.tdimagenow.com/

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124210/tdimage-media-pivot-for-the-planet-adjusting-our-attitude

Fox Goes Hunting, Managing Anxiety, Organizing and Decluttering

July 01, 2020

As part of our Operation Disaster Relief Outreach Program, StarStyle® continues to feature Wednesdays with Writers  celebrating new authors who have had their personal appearances canceled because of Covid-19.

Wednesdays with Writers continues with Paty Jager’s newest novel, Fox Goes Hunting. While teaching a tracking class at a Search and Rescue conference in Iceland, Oregon State Trooper Gabriel Hawke discovers the body of the young man who volunteered to be tracked in a boiling mud pool.

 

It’s challenging to stay healthy and manage our stress especially during these very difficult times. We don’t have control and that is scary. Gain a few tips to keep up upbeat, positive, and well.

 

Having sheltered at home for months, many people found solace in purging, decluttering, and organizing. But in a pandemic, where do you dispose of your unwanted stuff, whether it be valuable or junk? We’ll look at ways to efficiently clean and shine as well as ways to sell, consign, or get rid of what you don’t want. 

 

Bio: Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 44 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it. This is what Books a Plenty Book Reviews has to say about the Gabriel Hawke series: "The blend of nature tracking, clues, and the animals makes for a fascinating mystery that is hard to put down." Website: http://www.patyjager.net

Blog: https://writingintothesunset.net/

FB Page:  https://www.facebook.com/PatyJagerAuthor/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paty-Jager/e/B002I7M0VK

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/patyjag/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/patyjag

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager

Newsletter- Mystery: https://bit.ly/2IhmWcm

Bookbub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/paty-jager

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124087/fox-goes-hunting-managing-anxiety-organizing-and-decluttering

The Same Moon, Mental Health with Covid-19, Polio & Covid-19

June 24, 2020

The Same Moon, Mental Health with Covid-19, Polio & Covid-19

 

Sometimes you have to run far, far away to find your way home.

Recently wed—and quickly divorced—twenty-four-year-old Sarah Coomber escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. What she finds when she gets there is far from what she expected, but it just might be exactly what she needs. Cynthia Brian interviews Sarah about her memoir, The Same Moon.

 

Many of us have sheltered-in-place for more than three months. People are dealing with social isolation, anxiety about health, and financial worries. What have been the mental and emotional effects of living with the threat of Covid-19. Go ahead and share your sadness about what you miss. It will unburden and free you.

 

The media compares the Covid-19 crisis to the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918. A Time Magazine article linked it more to the the beginning of the 1916 polio epidemic that preferred the hot months of summer to inflict its havoc. A vaccine wasn’t successful for polio until 39 years later in 1955. Hopefully we don’t have to wait that long for a Covid-19 vaccine. 

 

Bio Sarah Coomber:

Sarah Coomber grew up on the Minnesota/North Dakota border, where she was fascinated by the stories of local refugees, international students and her grandfather, who spent years in Tanzania.

 

She writes of her own cross-cultural adventures, including The Same Moon, her memoir of Japan. She also has shared the stories of hundreds of other people in her work as a newspaper reporter, public relations professional and science writer.

 

Sarah earned her MA in mass communication from the University of Minnesota and MFA in creative nonfiction from Eastern Washington University. She has taught English in Japan and writing at the college level, and currently teaches yoga, integrating prayer, meditation and movement.

 

Sarah lives with her husband, son and the family pets in Washington state, where the topography and climate remind her of her other hometown across the ocean. https://sarahcoomber.com/

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124085/the-same-moon-mental-health-with-covid-19-polio-and-covid-19

Aloha Shirt, Victory Gardens, Home Maintenance

June 17, 2020

Nothing says summer gathering chic and casual than wearing an aloha shirt. The precise origins are unknown, but commercial success began with celebrities wearing this Hawaiian fashion in the 1930’s. We can all use a little aloha. Wear yours today.

 

We are living through a frightening, complicated international crisis. If we have learned any lesson from history, it is that we can win the victory when we work together with empathy, caring, and intelligence. It’s time to plant a Victory Garden in every household, urban, suburban, and rural. Growing even a portion of our own food will help us be healthier while creating a more sustainable lifestyle. Goddess Gardener shows you a simple way to get started.

 

With the warmer days, it’s time for a home tune-up. What maintenance needs to be done on your house? Fix doors, windows, decks, etc? Get a list so that you can start working to improve your home for all seasons. 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/123916/aloha-shirt-victory-gardens-home-maintenance

 

 

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Saving the Light at Chartres, Reading Love, Prepping for College Admissions

June 10, 2020

Wednesdays with Writers continue with author Victor Pollak and his book, Saving the Light at Chartres: How the Great Cathedral and its Stained-Glass Treasures Were Rescued during World War II . The book describes the rescue of the cathedral’s famous stained-glass windows as the war began and the career of Welborn B. Griffith, Jr., the DSC-awarded American Army Colonel who is credited with having saved the cathedral in August 1944 a few hours before his death, a courageous man little known to Americans but honored annually by the citizens of Chartres.

 

A mission of Be the Star You Are!® charity is to increase literacy and encourage the love of books. What a perfect time to start a family book club and involve the kids in a pastime that will benefit them forever. Cynthia Brian provides a few tips on how to make reading fun and reads the chapter, The Gift of Reading from Be the Star You Are! for Teens.

 

With the impact of Covid-19, young people are confused on how the admission process will be. Counselors are confused, there are online testing glitches, and it’s challenging to plan. We have o stay optimistic and keep conducting online research to keep informed. 

 

Bio: Victor A. Pollak, an attorney in private practice for more than thirty years, has received continuing professional recognition. He was born in Illinois to a father who had emigrated from Austria in 1938 and a mother who had grown up in Detroit as one of seven daughters of Hungarian immigrants. As a boy in the 1950s, Pollak lived for a year in Vienna with his parents, brother and sister.  He graduated from Antioch College, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Pacific University (MFA in Writing). He has traveled widely in Europe, including France. As a lawyer in Chicago, he also co-chaired a practice group that opened American law offices in Eastern Europe, including Warsaw (1990) and Prague (1991). He divides his time between Tucson and Salt Lake City. http://victorpollak.net

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victor-pollak-2aa14b/

Twitter: @VictorPollak

Amazon author’s page: https://www.amazon.com/author/victorpollak

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/123790/saving-the-light-at-chartres-reading-love-prepping-for-college-admissions

Embracing the Magic Within, Family Garden Activities, Preparing for a New Job

June 03, 2020

Wednesdays with Writers continues with Embracing the Magic Within, an empowering book written to remind us of the power we each behold by author Shelly Wilson. Through positivity, inspiration, words of wisdom and personal stories, Shelly aims to assist us with acknowledging this magical energy, so that we can create and truly live a life we love.

 

For the foreseeable future, we are all grounded, but we don’t have to endure a perpetual Groundhog Day. Expand the quality of daily living by proposing the joys of gardening and being one with nature to your children, teens, and community. Go outside, meander, and explore with gardening activities suggested by Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian. 

 

When the pandemic ends, workers will be seeking new jobs or even new careers. Many previous jobs will now be telecommuting and digital work will be the norm. Find out what skills you can gain now to be ready for the new workforce. 

 

BIO: Shelly Wilson is an author, intuitive medium and conscious creator who is passionate about helping people wake up to their greatness. She supports others as they navigate their own journey into consciousness to experience aliveness. She offers private sessions, intuitive coaching, small business coaching, Reiki sessions and teaches workshops. Shelly’s books, 28 Days to a New YOU, Connect to the YOU Within and Journey into Consciousness, are available in paperback and eBook. She is also the creator of Journey into Consciousness: Cards of Empowerment. Shelly’s newest book, Embracing the Magic Within, and accompanying Clarity Cards are now available. www.ShellyRWilson.com

 

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/123663/embracing-the-magic-within-family-garden-activities-preparing-for-a-new-job

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