Interview with: Brittany Flickinger

You may know Brittany Flickinger from the winner of Paris Hilton's My New BFF, or as a model and musician.
Brittany grew up in a small town outside Boston and spent time in the city modeling (professional model at 18). She loved singing, and writing her own lyrics. Brittany landed a gig, but that failed due to poor circumstances and left her trapped. Then, Paris’ show came on and she soon found herself the winner. There was much controversy surrounding what happened to their friendship. Since then, she has established herself as a musician and furthered her career.You can find a longer biography here:

Sarah Velasco: Alot of us know you from the winner of Paris Hilton’s BFF show, what have you been doing since then?
Brittany Flickinger: I’ve been working on real substantial career stuff since then. Working with a lot of big producers like Mark Maxwell, Printz Board, Fernando Garribay, Michael Warren, Chuck Prada, Chuck Harmony, and most importantly Wes Quinonez and planning on signing shortly with a record label to be announced very soon. I’m also writing music for other big artists…traveling around to different countries..doing shows..i actually have a few songs in Holland with dj Carita La Nina for Nike over there and all their big marathon stuff going on. It’s called “top of the world” I’m her MC and i write the vocals to her tracks. it’s all really new but i’ve been crazy busy doing it.

Sarah Velasco: What or who inspires you when you write music?
Brittany Flickinger: That’s kind of a broad question…and an even broader answer…haha – i just write what im feeling…whatever sounds good to me and whoever i’m jamming with… i think of life experiences that i have that people can relate to and put a clever spin on them or make up funny sarcastic weird twisted bitchy scenarios and turn them into a song. just pretty much anything new and more exciting than most of the vanilla stuff that’s out there.

Sarah Velasco: Any advice to people who want to be apart of the industry?
Brittany Flickinger: dont go forward to the next step if you suck. For sureee keep trying at it. Just don’t do anything you’re not ready for yet or you’ll probably ruin it for yourself and everyone else. The industry is already financially shady as it is so be sure you’re good and unique so you’re not wasting your own time or anyone elses. And most importantly DON’T TRY TO BE LIKE AN ARTIST WHO’S ALREADY OUT THERE.

Sarah Velasco: Any mottos that you use in your life?
Brittany Flickinger: Yea…tons.. usually the ones on the inside of candy wrappers. and a few i made up myself.. “Be yourself, do whatever you want.” “you have your own life to live the way you want. Why would you selfishly try to control anyone else’s?” “Don’t tell me what to do or I’ll slap you in the teeth.” “I just barfed in my mouth cus i was trying to hold in too much rude stuff.” “Giving your lunch money to the mean fat kid that smells is a small price to pay for staying alive.

Sarah Velasco: Would you ever consider being on another reality TV show? If so, which one?
Brittany Flickinger: F*** reality tv. Two of my band members are on two different seasons of the real world (Cancun and the new one thats not out yet in New Orleans) and this happened AFTER i warned them to never do it…and they still did it. Perfect.

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your fashion style, and is it a reflection or inspired by your music?
Brittany Flickinger: I just take old tshirts from my friends and cut them up into tank tops and then layer them with like..a leather jacket or even a vest and just wear jeans and expensive jewelry…mix it up. best of both worlds. foash. – mostly inspired by having to be creative and still find a way to look hot and stylish while being poor

Sarah Velasco:What can you see yourself doing in the future?
Brittany Flickinger: I’m working on a pop project right now for myself called FLICK and then after that I’m going to move forward with my unreleased DJ project called YOUTH with my best friend in the whole world and love of my life Wes Quinones. He also sings for the band Rediscover (the band that Metro Station jacked all their style and song material from) and is my partner in crime in writing and producing music so check out his stuff too. He has a lot of beyond legit stuff going on. **hi loser! love you **


Article by: London Free Press

The Toronto violinist wins Rose Bowl

Sarah Velasco, 18, wins $1,500 and a chance to play with Orchestra London
Last Updated: April 18, 2011 7:54pm

*The Toronto violinist who has been crowned top soloist at the 2011 London Kiwanis music festival learned about the fest from one of the best.
Sarah Velasco, 18, and completing second year at the University of Toronto, has won the festival’s Rose Bowl.
The prize brings $1,500 and a chance to play with Orchestra London.
“I was surprised. I just wanted to play (well),” Velasco said Monday. “I get to play with Orchestra London now. I think that would be such a good opportunity.”
That part of the prize should put Velasco in the company of violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown, the orchestra’s associate concertmaster.
It would be fitting. Velasco learned about the Kiwanis fest from Brown, a Rose Bowl winner, too.
Previous winners also include such classical music stars as violinists Scott St. John and Jennifer Orchard, both with U.S.-tied careers, and pianist Angela Park.
Velasco’s performances of movements from concertos by Mozart and Tchaikovsky won the unanimous approval of the judges, it was announced.
Read the complete article here


Editor of Denimblog, Lorna Burford

Editor of DenimBlog, Lorna Burford has a passion for denim. In addition to being editor, she has her own blog and recently designed denim for a new company called Prima Jeans.

Sarah Velasco : How did you get this blog started? And why denim? Just because there are so many things out there, like bags, shoes, hats…
Lorna : DenimBlog actually doesn’t belong to me personally but it definitely feels like it’s my own. I have worked on it for about 2 years now. I was originally a moderator for the forum that is connected to DenimBlog and I loved helping everyone out that way. The owner then asked me to blog for DenimBlog which I did and loved and then things all lead on from there. Since I took over as editor I have really been working hard to grow the site and make it as good as possible. I hope it’s working :)
I think the reason why it’s denim is because denim is really very very important in the fashion world. Everyone wears it and everyone needs it. It’s the most versatile fabric and almost everyone lives in a pair of jeans. It’s nice to be able to share with people there is so much more to denim than just ‘a pair of jeans’ :)

Sarah Velasco: As editor, what types of things do you have to do?
Lorna : I have to do a lot actually. I have to look after the other writers, check every single post before it goes out, check it for spelling, grammar etc, schedule the days work, set up the contests and adverts for it on the side bar, post about the private sales and write a lot of content for the site, I help a tonne of people who email me everyday for jeans advice and there is a lot more than that still. But I do love every day of it :)

Sarah Velasco: Does it take many people or a team to launch this website? Or are you one of the only people that handle this?
Lorna : We do have a team. DenimBlog is pretty big now and we have a few people taking care of it. There is me, I write and I am the editor, there are 3 other writers as well as we have lots of content out each day, a manager/owner, a guy who deals with advertising etc :) I love working with all of them, they are so nice!

Sarah Velasco: Even though your website targets mostly designer denim, do you personally wear any denim that isn’t premier designer denim? (Ex: Hollister, Guess, etc)
Lorna : I actually don’t. The jeans I own are all premium jeans. I used to wear non premium jeans all the time before I got into designer denim but once I tried my first pair of Rock & Republic jeans I was hooked! There is just something about premium denim that you can’t ever leave behind. I don’t not wear cheaper jeans because they don’t cost enough money though, the reason being is it’s all about the fit and cheaper jeans really don’t fit me well at all. I do wear other denim items from non premium brands though, I have a Topshop denim vest, a Miss Selfridge denim dress and other little things. But with jeans I just can’t get any that fit right unless they are premium. If I found a pair that were under $50 and they fitted amazingly and looked really pretty then I wouldn’t think twice about buying them :)

Sarah Velasco: What things do you take into consideration before purchasing a pair of jeans? Do you have sort of a checklist that you run through?
Lorna : I always make sure they look good on the butt. If they don’t then I wont think about purchasing them at all. Denim for me is mainly about the fit, if they fit well in the legs and butt area then that’s wonderful. Then comes the wash, I have to like the wash otherwise I wont buy them either. I’m incredibly fussy when it comes to denim, haha!
I appreciate designer denim. However, there are many people that say ‘denim is denim’ and a 5$ pair of jeans is exactly the same as a 500$ pair of jeans.

Sarah Velasco:What do you think differentiates them the most? How would you be able to explain it to someone who didn’t want to believe there was a difference?
Lorna: There is absolutely a difference. The main reason premium denim costs so much is because of a few reasons. The denim they use is of high quality and comes from countries like Japan or Italy where they make the denim really strong and the cotton has been grown differently. The denim in itself is a lot stronger, more sturdy and you can just feel the quality of it compared to a $5 jean where the denim is flimsy and will rip easily. Premium jeans are also mostly made in countries like Italy, USA, UK etc and they are made with care by individual people. The workers really take care over each jean to get the pockets symmetrical, the inseam lengths exact, the fit as consistent as possible, the rivets and buttons attached in the correct places, the stitching really neat etc. You often find on a $5 jean or lower end jeans that the pockets are not symmetrical, they don’t even care where the pocket placement is at all, the threads come loose and things like that. It’s the minor details.
Also the washes, most premium jeans are hand distressed so each pair is unique and you get an amazing distressed look and they are bleached by hand and sanded as well. The lower end jeans use machines to do all of this so they end up looking not very realistic. Also the most important thing with premium jeans is they care about the fit. They really do. They make sure the pocket placement is good so it fits the butt correctly and makes it look pert, Paige Premium and J Brand are experts in this area. They also make sure the thighs fit well so they are not too baggy and not too loose.
There is so much more that actually goes into the process of making designer jeans. Trust me, if you try on a really nice pair of designer jeans and then try on a cheap pair you really will notice the difference :)

Sarah Velasco: Would you ever consider launching a denim line of your own?
Lorna : Yes, 100%! This is my dream actually :) I definitely want to have my own denim brand in the future. I have already designed my own jean for a new company called Prima Jeans and I loved it! You can see them here and I have some things in the works with another brand right now. I’m so excited :) Hopefully things will work out in the near future. I’m really trying hard to make it possible. I already have my designs and brand name etc, I’m thinking about it all of the time.

Think quick:
Favorite brands: Paige, 7 For All Mankind, Diesel and Dylan George to name a few.
Favorite cutting: Super skinny jeans!
Denim is… So versatile and so important! I love it :)
Favorite celeb in denim: Ashley Tisdale!
Biggest denim faux pas: Denim and leather chaps.

View their website for all the denim updates regarding celebrities in denim, new trends to look out for, and informative reviews.


Trisha Hershberger

Trisha Hershberger: actress, petite model, voice over, and host currently lives in Los Angeles and does jobs for TV, film, theatre, and modeling.

Sarah Velasco: I read you are currently in California, and originally from Pennsylvania, what made you make this decision of living in L.A? Are there more opportunities you see in L.A then somewhere say, New York or Chicago?

Trisha Hershberger: There are absolutely more opportunities for Film and Television work in Los Angeles than anywhere else. New York is great for fashion, modeling, and theater. Of course, television and film work is available in other cities, but usually with less than union wages, so it’s harder to make a living, and much less of these jobs are available. If one is serious about pursuing a career in TV/Film, LA is the place to be! Plus, the weather is fantastic.

Sarah Velasco: What advice would you give to someone that wanted a career such as yourself, as an actress or petite model?
Trisha Hershberger: This career choice is extremely difficult and very subjective. First, decide this is what you really want to do and know that it is an EXTREMELY difficult road. Any art career means constantly seeking new employment, not knowing where your next check will come from or when, and being told no so many times most people start to believe it. You have to trust in yourself, want it more than anything, and constantly work to pursue your dream. Then you will be happy at whatever level of success you achieve.

Sarah Velasco: What or who inspires you?
Trisha Hershberger: Life is a wild ride in which everyone is pursuing “happiness”. Happiness is defined differently by everyone and I feel acting not only allows me a career I am happy doing, but it also allows others to experience joyful emotions when watching and experiencing it. The ability to make people laugh and cry and everything in between is a powerful thing and that power inspires me.

Sarah Velasco: Biggest challenge in the industry?
Trisha Hershberger: The biggest challenge in this industry is keeping positive. Everyone thinks their opinion is the only opinion and everyone has different opinions! It can be a messy cobweb to climb through but as long as a young performer stays true to themselves and keeps pushing ahead, good things will come.

Sarah Velasco: What sort of make up do you use on a daily basis? Does this vary if you’re going on something like a go-see?
Trisha Hershberger: I try to wear very little makeup normally: cover-up blemishes, eyeliner, blush and lip gloss are my staples. If I’m heading to a go see or audition, the casting people are usually very specific with what they are looking for. Usually I just go with my habitual makeup routine plus some mineral foundation to even my skin tone. However, if the job requires a more dramatic look, I may play up my eyes more with eyeshadow or fake lashes even. Sometimes, I might even use body makeup if its a swimsuit audition!

Sarah Velasco: What do you see yourself doing in the near future? Would you do another reality tv show? If so, which one?
Trisha Hershberger: I plan to continue working every opportunity I get! I love this business and if I can earn a decent living doing what I love, that’s all I could ever want. I would never do another reality show unless I was the Host! Haha My only experience with Reality TV was very shady. I was lied to every step of the way and not respected as a person. I feel that’s probably the way most reality television is run, so unless I’m the Host of the newest cooking show or something like that, I will always turn down reality tv.

Think Quick:
Favorite designer: I like everything from Bebe (almost everything)
I can’t leave my house without. My PDA phone
Most embarrassing moment - laughing so hard I literally peed myself
Favorite style icon – Selma Hayek is a short lady who always looks fantastic!

You can view Trisha Hershberger's website here

Interview with actress Ashley Madekwe

* Image from Ashley Madekwe's blog 

Ashley Madekwe was an actress on The Beautiful Life with Sara Paxton and Mischa Barton, and you may recognize her as Bambi in Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Aside from acting, she is also represented by IMG and is trained as a flamenco and period dancer.
Ashley also has a great sense of style and  love for fashion. On her blog, she puts together fabulous outfits with pieces that range from Louboutins, to American Apparel.
You can view an episode with Ashley as Marissa on The Beautiful Life here.

Sarah Velasco: What is your funniest/ most ridiculous memory/most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Ashley Madekwe: I’m an angel and never get into any trouble

Sarah Velasco: What are five things you can’t live without?
Ashley Madekwe: In this order…
* my boy
* our cat
*my passport
*Balenciaga weekend bag
*Shu Uemura cleansing oil.

Sarah Velasco: What’s your motto/advice you live by?
Ashley Madekwe: I always that find that listening to Barbra Streisand sing ”don’t rain on my parade” on full blast makes everything better! I like the idea of carrying on despite what anyone says.

Sarah Velasco: I read you were a singer in addition to being an actress! What are your favorite songs to sing at the bar? In the car? At karaoke?
Ashley Madekwe: Lady marmalade, the DreamGirls soundtrack and anything by Dizee Rascal.

Sarah Velasco: Ten years from now what will your fans be able to expect from you? Or rather, what do you see yourself doing in ten years from now?
Ashley Madekwe: I’ll still be acting for sure. I’d like to keep my blog going and hopefully branch out into putting my ideas into accessories. I’m working on something like that at the moment. Can’t say what it is yet though!

Sarah Velasco: Career and fashion wise, who has influenced you the most?
Ashley Madewke: I’m influenced by street style all the time. The kids in London who work their looks to the fullest and always look so pulled together, I’m in awe of them.
I’m inspired by actresses who have long, full and varied careers. Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith… I love everything that Daniel Day Lewis does. Who doesn’t!?

Sarah Velasco: How did you get started?
Ashley Madekwe: I took myself to acting classes from age 11 and I kept on training all the time. I went to the BRIT school followed by RADA. My first acting job was at 16. A film called ‘Storm Damage’. It’s still one of the projects that I’m most proud of.

Sarah Velasco: Any advice to people who want to be in the business?
Ashley Madekwe: Keep training, reading plays and seeing theater. Remember that it is a profession and so you should be a professional!

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your wardrobe and style?
Ashley Madekwe: Uncommitted and varied! I don’t stick to one look and love to try new things. I’m a fashion magpie! Always sidetracked by the next new thing.

Quick answers:
Favorite drink? Orange juice. No bits!
Fashion is…. Fun.. Or it should be!
If you were stranded on an island and could only take one piece of clothing with you it would be: Um…. A huge pashmina.
Worst trend? Crocs. Ugh.
Favorite actor/ actress Meryle Streep and Daniel Day Lewis
Funniest american world or saying: Douche bag