Opening Night with the Walter Collection and Naeem Khan: LAFW 2019

(All Photos by John Collazos)

The Opening Reception for LAFW 2019 (lafw.net) took place at The Petersen Museum on Wilshire Blvd. Friday, March 22 mixing classic cars and standout fashion. The Walter Collection and Naeem Khan NYC both featured gorgeous collections. Two different aesthetics with beautifully embellished gowns, jackets, and jumpsuits ruled the runway and made a new mark on the L.A. fashion scene.

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Walter Mendez and Ryan Patros, head the Walter Collection (waltercollection.com) and they created an enchanted garden vibe for the show from their fall and winter 2019 collection. They are L.A. based and bring so much beauty to the fashion scene. The collection consisted of textured cut-out gowns and garments with soft colors. The curve-hugging creations have graced the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Beyonce. The designs that came down the runway were celebrity worthy pieces, and it was thrilling to see couture up close! There were pieces embellished with embroidered beading and baby blue colored tulle that had an ultra-feminine ethereal effect. Bohemian brim hats (think Lady Gaga), oversized flowers, and headpieces for the hair added to the youthful vibe of the show.

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i-vGgGQfn-LNaeem Khan (naeemkhan.com) was a definite highlight and featured an edgier vibe as Khan showed their fall and winter runway collection that debuted at NYFW. He’s dressed countless celebrities for The Grammy’s Golden Globes, and the Oscars. It’s a beautiful collection heavy on texture and various rich prints. The collection had a 70’s rock-‘n-‘roll vibe to it, especially with the striped, sequined flare leg trousers and embroidered tops with metal-embellished fringe at the waist. Naeem Khan grew up in India, and it’s incredible to see how he blends a large part of the Indian culture of design with modern American fashion.
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The collection also featured garments full of feathers, trending fringe, and multi-color embroidery. Overall, tops, trousers, and jackets were the signature pieces of the collection, A standout piece was a floor-length silver metallic dress with a low-V (accented with a leather tie), and a stunning tiger-print floor-length cape completed with black tights and silver stilettos.
The opening reception was a night to remember. LAFW is becoming more of an exclusive event for established and emerging designers — this is the beauty of fashion. We are already thrilled for next year.

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Opening Night with the Walter Collection and Naeem Khan: LAFW 2019

(All Photos by John Collazos)

The Opening Reception for LAFW 2019 (lafw.net) took place at The Petersen Museum on Wilshire Blvd. Friday, March 22 mixing classic cars and standout fashion. The Walter Collection and Naeem Khan NYC both featured gorgeous collections. Two different aesthetics with beautifully embellished gowns, jackets, and jumpsuits ruled the runway and made a new mark on the L.A. fashion scene.

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Walter Mendez and Ryan Patros, head the Walter Collection (waltercollection.com) and they created an enchanted garden vibe for the show from their fall and winter 2019 collection. They are L.A. based and bring so much beauty to the fashion scene. The collection consisted of textured cut-out gowns and garments with soft colors. The curve-hugging creations have graced the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Beyonce. The designs that came down the runway were celebrity worthy pieces, and it was thrilling to see couture up close! There were pieces embellished with embroidered beading and baby blue colored tulle that had an ultra-feminine ethereal effect. Bohemian brim hats (think Lady Gaga), oversized flowers, and headpieces for the hair added to the youthful vibe of the show.

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i-vGgGQfn-LNaeem Khan (naeemkhan.com) was a definite highlight and featured an edgier vibe as Khan showed their fall and winter runway collection that debuted at NYFW. He’s dressed countless celebrities for The Grammy’s Golden Globes, and the Oscars. It’s a beautiful collection heavy on texture and various rich prints. The collection had a 70’s rock-‘n-‘roll vibe to it, especially with the striped, sequined flare leg trousers and embroidered tops with metal-embellished fringe at the waist. Naeem Khan grew up in India, and it’s incredible to see how he blends a large part of the Indian culture of design with modern American fashion.
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The collection also featured garments full of feathers, trending fringe, and multi-color embroidery. Overall, tops, trousers, and jackets were the signature pieces of the collection, A standout piece was a floor-length silver metallic dress with a low-V (accented with a leather tie), and a stunning tiger-print floor-length cape completed with black tights and silver stilettos.
The opening reception was a night to remember. LAFW is becoming more of an exclusive event for established and emerging designers — this is the beauty of fashion. We are already thrilled for next year.

https://www.instagram.com/john_collazos/

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Storytelling Through an Unfiltered Lens: Filmmaker Kelly Needleman

Kelly Needleman is a creative force and an inspiring one at that. He is an accomplished landscape photographer and an aspiring filmmaker. He’s motivated, only seventeen, and his work is stunning. He’s prepping to start filming his first feature this summer. “I feel grateful that I have found a passion for creating movies. People search their whole life to find what they are destined to do. I am self-taught in photography and film, but I know I have so much more to learn and I am looking forward to the journey ahead,” says Kelly Needleman. At such a young age, Kelly has already produced beautiful work in both photography and film and you rarely see someone his age with such a strong vision and work ethic.
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However, sometimes talented filmmakers see life through a lens — with the film playing in their mind — it’s part their daily creative process. Needleman is one. Kelly Needleman is a Director, Actor, Producer, Photographer, and Entrepreneur. He’s compelling in his calling to create films, especially in a culture where many teens are not sure what they want to do, especially with so many options. Kelly’s passion and discipline consist of filmmaking told through artistry, nature, and meaningful storytelling.
At a young age, Needleman had a creative eye. Growing up with his cousin, David Needleman, who is a professional photographer that shoots celebrities, influenced him to pick up a camera. Kelly was attracted to the beauty of nature and started taking images and time-lapses of landscapes. His strong ambition to create resulted in being published in various publications and awards, such as National Geographic and Canon. Actually, he’s been published 7 times in National Geographic YourShot. (https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1460193/#awards)
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His pictures became viral on social media resulting in a celebrity status following.
Needleman’s passion for landscape photography was a natural progression into the film industry. He formed his own company called Needleman Productions, where he showcases his movies. He has made numerous shorts and experimental films. Kelly has been recognized locally as a student filmmaker and has recently won a prestigious award (Best Young Director) for his documentary, MY IDENTITY, in the Hollywood International Independent Film Festival. His goal is to make beautiful movies by utilizing the natural elements of nature, fog, sea, and sunlight as tools in an outdoor studio.
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We were stunned when we saw his work. His photos are beautiful, enticing and eclectic all at once. It took me somewhere else, which is the point. When an artist evokes emotion or makes you leave your thoughts for a while; it’s real art. Needleman has a gift, and the only mistake would be if he did not utilize it to his full capacity. It’s incredibly inspiring when someone this young takes the risk and doesn’t hesitate. When Kelly had a minute, he spoke with Gemma.
How did you become interested in taking photos of nature?
My love for nature developed by exploring my surroundings in Northern California. I am fortunate to live in an area where beauty envelops the atmosphere. I started traveling with my family at a very young age and visited unbelievable locations such as Iceland and the Dolomites in Italy which inspired me to share my experiences through film and photography.
Do you sometimes feel like an “old soul?” Your vision is very mature.
Yes, I do feel I am an “old soul.” I feel grateful that I have found a passion for creating movies. People search their whole life to see what they are destined to do. I am self-taught in photography and film, but I know I have so much more to learn and I am looking forward to the journey ahead.
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What was the inspiration to transition into film?
I do love photography and always will — Yet, as a storyteller, I felt the medium of film was more engaging. A movie can create a mood, develop characters and share a point of you. It takes people out of their everyday life to experience something new. It can also make you a different place mentally, which is very powerful.
How did you find the process of screenwriting? Creatively Challenging?
Screenwriting was something entirely new for me. As a director and a visual person, the mood of the film was essential to me. I set the scene in my mind, and the dialog flowed from there. It comes with challenges of course, but I seem to thrive off of that.
Do you feel driven to create?
I do! I always like to try something new and authentic. It is easy to create something that already exists, but I strive to be as original as possible which fuels my ambition to be the best I can.
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Who are some of the directors that you admire?
I admire directors such as Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese for their mastery of storytelling. I appreciate when a director displays their style throughout the filmmaking process. I also respect the careers of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as student screenwriters/actors to directors.
How do you balance being an HS student, working in photography, and now, making films? (Not to mention, the business aspects)?
I thrive on the energy of always being busy. I am a very organized and disciplined person, but at times it does get a little bit crazy.
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I know you are working with Gigi Cesare on your upcoming film “Lost Visibility.” We covered her, and she’s so confident, talented, and fun.
Yes, I am incredibly excited to be working with Gigi for my upcoming feature. She is a very talented actress, and I love her passion for the film. She is a beautiful addition.
Can you please expand upon your upcoming feature film, “Lost Visibility?”
The logline for my feature film “Lost Visibility,” is: Maybe they were not as close as they thought they were. Three friends share intimate dreams that bring their secrets to reality. The film is in the genre of Psychological Thriller, Teen Drama, Mystery, and Horror. I am currently in pre-production and plan to shoot during early summer of 2019. The film will most likely be released at the end of 2019.
I also really enjoyed your short film, “Lucid Visions.” Again, visually, it’s gorgeous. Can you explain your personal experience?

“Lucid Visions” was a unique film for me because it exposed me to an exciting genre. I loved the concept of dream versus reality. This short film led me to the idea for my feature film.

You do act as well. How do you like acting?

Yes, I do act, and it’s an entirely different experience from directing. I feel being in front of the camera helps me connect and have a better understanding of the actors when directing a film. In my opinion, it’s essential to learn both aspects of acting and directing to create the best possible film.

Kelly Needleman has an extremely bright future ahead of him. We hope to report upon him again (Part 2) when his film is released. After graduating from High School, Kelly is planning on majoring in Film Production (specifically directing) and minoring in business around LA.
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Staying True to his Craft: Actor Spencer Trinwith Talks ​Upcoming Projects and “Wonder Woman 2”

The decision to pursue acting is always a brave one. Of course, many artists feel it is their life passion and must fulfill their dream. The fact is the industry consists of handling rejection, competition, and hard moments. However, certain artists learn to lean into the struggle (setbacks and all), and channel that energy to become even more passionate and determined. Sometimes, there is even an art to learning how to adapt. Such is the case with talented actor Spencer Trinwith, who always knew from an early age that he wanted to be an actor. Spencer is within his authentic element when working on a film set. He’s on the rise and applies a smart and insightful approach to his craft. Spencer has also experienced an enormous health challenge but tapped into other forms of creativity to stay focused. Trinwith knew acting was his life purpose and that would not change. “There is something so special about how collaborative acting is — all of these different parts moving in unison and working toward a similar goal. Not to mention, it’s darn fun,” said Trinwith.

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Trinwith explained his desire to act as a career became very clear in High School. He expanded by emphasizing that he was not into academics. Spencer wanted to focus on the arts. He attended the University of North Carolina for the Arts and lived in DC for a while. He comes from actor parents and due to his innate interest in the arts combined with the family exposure to creative endeavors inspired his ambition even more. He was even named after Spencer Tracy. Trinwith has quite an impressive resume. He has appeared on television in “Law & Order: SUV” alongside special guest star, Sharon Stone as well as the television show “VEEP” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Hugh Laurie. Spencer’s professional theater credits are extensive. He played Norm in “Suicide, Incorporated” in Washington, DC to stellar reviews. He also starred in an adaptation of the Stanley Tucci film “Blind Date” titled “The Personals,” for the stage.

After a health setback at the age of 21 that left him viewing life from a different perspective, his mindset had to shift to keep him healthy and focused on healing as well as still inspired to accomplish his future goals. Spencer has made a full recovery and even worked on five films this past summer. He’s excited about his short film (about to hit the film festival circuit), Saved by Grace, which required intensive physical stuntwork. Spencer happily took on the challenge. He is also starring in Wonder Woman 2 1984, which is “set for July 5th, 2020 Warner Brothers worldwide release. His story is inspiring, and when he had a moment, the thoughtful and passionate actor took the time to speak with us.

Tell me a bit about your childhood. Your parents are involved in the acting world, correct? It’s always great to have that support.

It is wonderful! I get to have a scene study partner pretty much on call 24/7 between the two of them! I grew up in the Bay Area and Washinton, DC. My parents have always been incredibly supportive of me pursuing this career.

You recently went through a challenging time with degenerative disc disease. How did you stay so strong mentally? Did you feel there was a time that you might not be able to act again?

Music. Most of the time playing guitar would be too difficult for me. But I got into producing on my computer. I would spend hours while on bed rest. Sometimes days. I would compose music — everything: hip-hop beats, electronic, rock, metal, soundtrack, EVERYTHING. I have a gigantic catalog of music from my time before my surgery. I’m very proud that despite everything, I was still able to find a way to be creative. I never stopped creating!

You have had the opportunity to work on many film sets over the past summer. What was the film shoots like for Saved by Grace and Really Love?

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Saved by Grace was particularly exciting for me because I got to perform all of my stunts. From hand to hand combat, to falling out of trees. They had me doing just about everything, and I welcomed it! Mud and everything! I had a blast working on Really Love. My scene with Kofi Siriboe and Yootha Wong-Lou-Sing was virtually all improvised. It was such a fun give-and-take!

Regarding your acting process, you had mentioned that you try to approach from a simplistic approach versus “doing too much.” Can you elaborate?

Yes, the age-old actor dilemma of: “What do I do with my hands right now?” We can easily fall into the trap of feeling like “we are not doing enough” and because of that: we can run the risk overcompensating. Trying to push for a result. For me, I try to keep it to a few steps — Know what your character wants, commit to your character’s circumstances, listen to your acting partner, respond to your acting partner and your hands will follow after.

 

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I feel it’s a bit of a mutual attraction! I enjoy working on roles that are a far departure from myself, or extreme circumstances. To let my imagination run wild with the thought of “What If?” It’s certainly a rush and a difficult task. But I love it.

What does acting bring to you personally as well as your life?

I cannot live without it. There is something so special about how collaborative acting is — all of these different parts moving in unison and working toward a similar goal. Not to mention, it’s darn fun. When I was on bedrest, it was very isolating. Yet I did have a deep, burning desire for acting and knew that is where I belonged.

After living in DC, which is a gorgeous city, what do you think of L.A. now that you are after living and auditioning here?

DC And LA couldn’t be any more different! Both have a lot to offer. I will say though, the first time I ever flew into Los Angeles, (considering I have no family here or relation to this city), as soon as my plane touched down at LAX, I had this overwhelming sense of belonging. I knew this was going to be my home and when you are in a new home its best to create a network of friends and associations that make you honestly feel “at home.”

You have been working so much. Did you take a Thanksgiving break?

I did not spend Thanksgiving with my parents this year. I volunteered with “family” at Project Angel Food in Los Angeles, bright and early at 6 am on this holiday, prepping meals in their kitchen for those in need. It’s a fantastic charity in Los Angeles County which provides free meals for men and women too sick to shop and cook for themselves, and it’s been doing this for almost 30 years.

Everyone is super excited about WW2 1984! Can you please expand upon your character a bit?

Due to NDA (non-disclosure agreement), I can’t speak about my character or the film. However, I’m so excited for its release as I’ve been a lifelong fan of DC comics and characters!

On a final note, please click the link below to hear Spencer speak on a recent podcast from KTLA!

https://ktla.com/2018/11/26/spoken-dreams-spencer-trinwith-actor/


Gemma Magazine would like to thank Spencer Trinwith for joining us. We can’t wait to see all of his upcoming projects. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to do a followup. For now, Spencer is happily traveling due to nonstop work and living out of a suitcase. He would not have it any other way.

To follow Spencer on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/spencer.trinwith.3

https://www.instagram.com/spencertrinwith/

 

Photos by Brian To / Styling by Victor Hugo Guevara

 

 

 

SACHIKA Shuts Down​ LAFW with “Black Sheep” Collection

To-Tam and To-Nya Sachika (twin sisters) (http://sachika.com) and fashion’s Yin and Yang, are a powerful fashion force who are beautiful, powerful, and elegant. Their authentic love for fashion (in both a creative and business manner) shines through in every endeavor that the fashionistas take on. The Sachika sisters started their business in 2009 and are just as inspired today. Through the years, I have covered the Sachika twins for various events, and three characteristics come to mind — passionate about fashion (in all capacities), an incredible work ethic, and their dominant mindset when it comes to achieving their goals. This is a beautiful combination, just like the two of them fusing their unique talents into one original company.

SACHIKA is a contemporary ready-to-wear fashion house established since 2009 by Identical Twin Fashion Designers To-Tam & To-Nya Sachika.  The brand has earned a secure place amongst the stars and influencers as it proudly celebrates and embraces all body types. SACHIKA is known to fabricate beautiful dresses that complement the female body. It has been featured included but not limited in publications such as Italian VOGUE, Forbes, ELLE Magazine, The Fader, Arise Magazine, Teen Vogue, Daily News, NY Times, Businessweek, Fashion Week Daily, and Style.com.

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How do To-Tam and To-Nya see the modern woman about fashion?
The Modern Woman is fierce, she’s independent, and she knows what she wants,” says To-Tam. “Designing is like creating the perfect balance between the imaginary mind and the reality of life,” says To-Nya. Their newest collection entitled “BLACK SHEEP” is a collection dedicated specifically to the working woman. She dares to be different and isn’t afraid to go after her dreams. FOR “BLACK SHEEP,” 
they used a combination of different fabrics such as vegan faux fur, satin, polished pontil, ruffled knit and stretched models. The collection as all black, focusing on various textures and silhouettes.

SACHIKA’s staple boutique is located in the trendy Mile-End of Montreal, and their atelier is located in Los Angeles,  where all the designs are created and confectioned. SACHIKA is currently available in Canada, USA & France. Black Sheep is not their first full collection. They have showcased numerous complete collections in the past during NYFW, LAFW as well as MWFW ( Midwest Fashion Week), Toronto Fashion Week, and Viet Fashion Week.

Recently, the Sachika twins debuted the ‘Black Sheep Collection” in Downtown LA at the US Bank Tower, at the Skyscape. It was an exciting show with a meaningful message. The “Black Sheep” collection represents the modern woman who wants to ” Stand Out ” as opposed to blending in within the workplace or when she goes out. The Black Sheep woman doesn’t follow the crowd, she leads the pack and carves her path. The message was important to both To-Tam and To-Nya, as they have carved their own path throughout many years of hard work.

After the show, Gemma Magazine sat down with the Sachika twins to discuss the exciting night and the details that went into it.

How would you describe the “Black Sheep Collection?”

The Black Sheep collection is a staple collection for today’s executive, high-corporate, working woman. We believe every piece in this collection is not only wearable and functional but very much needed for the modern woman who wants to ” Stand Out ” as opposed to blending in within the workplace or when she goes out. The Black Sheep woman doesn’t follow the crowd, she leads the pack, and in this case, she leads with poise, sensitivity, class, and purpose all while wearing outfits that command class and sophistication.

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What went into the creative process of casting, designing, and production?
It’s an immense amount of work.

As designers and businesswomen, we always try to work and get inspired by real-life situations. We delved into our past and childhood and remembered how we were still the misfit, the outcast, the rule breaker, the ones who dared to try something different. “The Black Sheep” concept came to us quickly as we realized it was also a path that many successful women had to go through in their journey. For this collection, our focus was a classic, apparel silhouette, important details, and functional and distinguished styles throughout the process. We also believe black is without a doubt, the most worn, as well as the most flattering color for women to wear.

Additionally, We wanted to remove the negative connotation behind the words “black sheep” and instead celebrate every woman’s boldness and uniqueness. Throughout the process of creation and production, we were immersed and inspired by the mission of this collection which was to encourage women to be assertive and to be different.

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“The Modern Woman is fierce, she’s independent, and she knows what she wants.” says To-Tam. “Designing is like creating the perfect balance between the imaginary mind and the reality of life,” says To-Nya.

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Is part of your mission/goal to inspire and empower women through fashion?

Thank you, Elisabeth, and absolutely! SACHIKA is so much more than a Designer Label. It is a movement for the Modern Ambitious Woman. At its core, SACHIKA’s real mission is to empower women.

How do you balance it all? Boutique owners, designing, and fashion shows (in addition to traveling a lot to build your brand)?

We are both obsessed with what we do. Seeing women’s faces light up when they wear our clothes because they feel amazing, sexy and powerful, is what truly keeps us going. We love the feeling of being able to put a smile on these women, and we want to continue to do so forever. How do we balance it all with so many things on our plate? By just enjoying the journey every day, always keeping each other in check, properly managing our time and by continually motivating each other.

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What do you both do to relax and take a break from the fashion industry?

We both love traveling and discovering new things. Traveling inspires us to create. We also enjoy fitness and singing. You may catch us on stage at some random Karaoke bars in Ktown during the weekend lol. We are also major foodies, and we love to cook. Maybe one day, we will release a cookbook and have our cooking show 🙂

Do you feel you are the perfect combination for forming a business? You are family, as well as having business and creative talents.

We believe two things are essential: 1) having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish 2) having the right team. We are truly blessed to have each other as there is already a strong common ground and an unbreakable level of trust. We feel like God created us and made us identical Twins for this exact purpose. 🙂

What can we expect next from SACHIKA?

We intend on expanding our brand to overseas such as Europe and Asia. We also are working on developing and creating more designs for our men’s line TUXXMAN. You can also expect to see us continue to provide not only excellent designer wear but also a support system for all the modern ambitious women. Thank you for this interview!

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To follow the Sachika twins on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/sachikatwins/

https://www.facebook.com/sachikamontreal/

https://www.instagram.com/sachikatwins/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/sachika-inc/
Shoes: https://www.lilianashoes.com
HandBags: www.laudividni.com
Jewelry: www.melindamaria.com
Hosiery: www.beverlyhillshosiery.com
Makeup/Hair: www.mva.la

ALL Photos: @rays.o.lightwww.instagram.com/rays.o.light

Gemma Magazine would like to thank the Sachika Twins for taking the time to interview with us. We are excited to see what is upcoming, as they are always developing new concepts for their brand.

Gemma Magazine is an Online Magazine for Artists. We cover Fashion, Artists, Actors, and Creative Entrepreneurs from A Diverse Perspective. Our goal is to inspire through the power of artists!  

 

Blake Borders~Teen Actor Taking Risks and on the Rise

Blake Borders (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8767522/?ref_=nv_sr_1) is only sixteen and is fiercely following his passion. Blake has numerous acting credits to his name and has no plans on slowing down. He has starred in various shorts and has an upcoming feature film coming out. Blake is not your typical teen, but he’s doing what he’s passionate about — acting. Blake Borders has fully committed himself to his craft and is making his mark. Talented, warm, and smart, he has a clear vision and works passionately to fulfill his dream. Blake is based in Clovis, Ca but makes the commute to Los Angeles for auditions, premieres, and scene study intensives. He has an extremely healthy perspective on the industry and is authentic in his desire to act.

He is currently signed with LA Management (with Addison Witt as his Manager) and recently signed with Alicia Beekman as his Agent with Commercial Talent Agency. An integral aspect of Blake’s success has been the immense support from both of his parents.  Again, he’s only sixteen (and already passed the CHSPE Exam and his Driver’s test). After communicating with his mom, Heather Borders, it’s very inspiring to see her support. Recently Gemma Magazine had the fantastic opportunity to interview Blake, meet his family, and get to know him while he was in L.A. for an acting workshop.

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It’s so lovely to meet you finally! Thanks for joining. What sparked your interest in acting?
Thank you so much for having me. I have always known since a young age that I wanted to perform. I would make movies with my sister and the neighborhood kids. I starred in a 4th-grade play and felt comfortable on stage. I ended up loving theatre program and my Elementary school productions. My passion grew from there. I decided to take it further. There was a local agency up north that led to some great connections and that eventually resulted in me signing with LA Management, (under the guidance of Talent Manager Addison Witt). It helped tremendously with castings, workshops, and support. I’m genuinely grateful for Addison Witt’s support. He’s made the entire process so much easier.

What was it like going from the theater to real-life auditions?
Auditioning, at first, made me incredibly nervous and I had to work through it. For a while, it was very challenging. However, I knew how much I enjoyed acting. Now, I’ve been performing consistently for over 2 1/2 years and auditioning feels natural.

How does acting make you feel (as Blake Borders)?
Acting makes me feel great. I’m in my element, and I find it joyful. I get to step outside of myself. It’s so much fun to see the final product after putting in so much work. With dramatic pieces, in particular, even more so. You get to connect with people in a way that would not usually do so in a regular job or profession. I also find joy in seeing the reaction on people’s faces after a film screening to see how it affects them. It’s always nice when the work you have been a part of touches other

The Fringe of Existence is upcoming, which is a very dramatic piece. How did the shoot go? Also, can you please expand on the director, Felipe Cisneros.

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The Fringe of Existence

The Fringe of Existence was a fantastic experience. I play Harrison and the entire cast is great.  Jackie Dallas also stars in it. It’s very dramatic. It’s currently going through the film festival process. Yes, Felipe Cisneros directed the film, who had such a strong vision from the beginning and that helped the film launch. He’s wonderful at communicating what he wants to the cast. That made it so much easier. Felipe also won best directing and writing for the film.

 

Farewell Cherry Summit is another great short film you starred in. Currently, it is on Youtube. We enjoyed your character Ben as well as the chemistry between you and Emmy (played by Bree Leon).

That was also a great project. Again, I play a shy kid in his shell, and he’s nerdy. His friend convinces him to go to a party to break the shyness shell. Events at the party end up going south. Although, he does meet Emmy, who is moving out of town the following day. Our characters end up spending the rest of the evening hanging out. “It was nice because the shoot was tiny and intimate. Bree and I had a lot of time to talk and connect on set.” Our characters bond so well by the end of the film, and I feel having a smaller production allowed Bree and I to get to know each other, which translated well onscreen.

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Farewell Cherry Summit

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I know you come to LA for scene study intensives. What is that like?

Intense! But also so inspiring and informative to keep building my craft. My teacher is amazing. She has this manner of looking for the best in everyone but she also tells you what you need to hear without sugar coating it, which produces success for others. I also do Improv classes in LA for 8-week sessions.

What can you tell us about Shards, which recently wrapped?

Shards is a horror film and my character’s name is Peter. I love horror films. Unfortunately, I can’t say too much since we recently wrapped the film. Again, it was such a great experience with the cast members and the director.

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How excited are you about the feature film coming out called The Adventure of TP Man and Flusher?

Super happy! My character is ‘The Granddaddy’. It will be premiering December 2018. I play a mob boss with 1980’s clothing and a New York accent. This film is directed, written, and produced by Griffin Loch (who is 14). Griffen is amazing, and this film is his second feature film and focuses upon the tragic epidemic of teen suicide. It tells a true story of deep depression, laughter, love, and friendship.

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Is memorizing lines somewhat easy for you?

I have to say it comes pretty naturally which is a gift. I’m able to read through a script quite quickly and get a good take on the character. From an actor’s perspective, this is extremely helpful. When you can memorize fast, it allows you to form the role within your head and play it out. If I look at the script too much, it’s not beneficial for me.

Do you think that you get typecast a lot as “the boy next door?”
Sometimes. I understand that it might be what many casting directors see initially. However, I’m incredibly outgoing and not a shy person. I enjoy each character that I take on. I must say that I am so blessed by working with such great directors and people on every film I have been a part of.

How do you feel about the support you have received from your mom?

Incredibly grateful! She is the ultimate “momager.” My mom takes care of the entire business side (emails, castings, scheduling, driving) so that I can entirely focus on the creative elements — auditions and preparing myself for filming. If I did not have my mom’s support, I would not be able to do what I do.

Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be on a network TV series, acting in films, and bringing people together through my work. My dream would be to have a sustainable career from acting. I’ve learned that in this business, you can’t let yourself get overwhelmed where you end up crashing. You have to be remarkably calm and keep moving forward with a strong support system.

“My dream is to bring joy to people through my films and bring people together through my work.” Blake Borders

The very first film that you starred in Say You Will is on Amazon. It’s a feature, and it also gives you the opportunity to see how far you have come.
It’s exhilarating. Say You Will is my very first film had the privilege of working on two years ago. It is out on Amazon and iTunes. It is a fantastic coming of age story. I can’t thank Nick Naveda (Director), Nancy Taylor, and Taylor Grabowsky (Producers) enough for the excellent opportunity that I was given.

We have covered a lot of your work. However, it would be amiss not to mention The Choice, a short you filmed with Director Glenn Spillman of Cellar 13 Films  (cellar13films.com) about a teen boy that chooses to be different in terms of discovering his identity. What was the experience like?

The message is powerful and important.  Glenn Spillman also plays my dad in the short. It’s about a teen boy that chooses to be different. The film has received a lot of exposure. At first, I was very unsure because I had never done anything like this before. However, Glenn Spillman was so encouraging and helpful. Glenn has been supportive during this journey.


Blake Borders has a lot to look forward to, and we can’t wait to watch his growth as an artist (even though he never quite stops). He’s very inspiring by following his passion and having fun while doing so. To follow Blake on social media

https://www.facebook.com/blake.borders.904

https://www.instagram.com/blake.borders/


Lastly, on behalf of Gemma Magazine I would like to thank Blake Borders for the insightful interview, Glenn Spillman, who made the introduction, and Heather Borders for being so incredibly helpful during this process.

 

DORIS BERGMAN’S NINTH ANNUAL STYLE LOUNGE & PARTY, HONORING TELEVISION’S BIGGEST NIGHT, #Emmys2018

Glamour, Giving Back, and Style took place on Thursday, September 13, at Fig & Olive – THE Hollywood Hotspot on Melrose Place. The newly renovated venue opened its doors to Bergman’s Style Lounge and Party – in celebration of the upcoming 70th Annual Emmy® Awards. Over 100 of Hollywood’s most excellent turned out to celebrate and honor the television industry’s Emmy® Nominated actors, former Emmy® winners, presenters, stylists, and industry VIPs. This highly anticipated invitation-only event, hosted by Green Horizon and presented by Precious Vodka.

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Doris Bergman hosts the chicest events in the city, and once again, she did not disappoint. The Style Lounge and Party featured an incredible array of fashion for him and her including couture gowns, grooming products, the finest in beauty, skin & hair care, stunning jewelry collections, gorgeous accessories, fashion-forward luggage, Napa Valley wines, premium luxury coffee, innovative teeth whitening, chic chapeaus, fabulous fragrance, everything for the pampered baby, gourmet cuisine, unique spirits, delectable sweets and much more!

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A new vendor this year was Green Horizon (www.greenhorizen.com). The Utah based company is so lovely and helpful. I sampled the calming CBD oil and it was quite relaxing. The sponsors were highly informative. The founder of Horizon, Jeannie Carlson, had a vision of Greatness: A desire to make real change in the world. They offer great products and are changing the world to a healthier place.

GLEB SAVCHENKO WITH TITLE SPONSOR GREEN HORIZEN

GLEB SAVCHENKO WITH TITLE SPONSOR GREEN HORIZEN

 

MICHAEL IRBY WITH PRESENTING SPONSOR PRECIOUS VODKA

MICHAEL IRBY WITH PRESENTING SPONSOR PRECIOUS VODKA

Precious Vodka always adds a splash of fun. (http://preciousvodka.com/)
Precious Vodka combines style and quality taste. It’s considered a classy vodka company who takes pride in all business aspects. The company was founded in 2010 with the goal of giving consumers a unique, high-end experience. Produced by one of the oldest distilleries in the eastern European region, Jewel Lines introduced the world’s most Precious Vodka. Initially launched in Europe and Australia to rave reviews, it is now in over 40 countries worldwide, Precious Vodka has achieved elite status. In 2016 Precious Vodka was recognized as one of the best Vodka’s in the world, winning a gold medal in the 2016 ‘San Francisco World Spirit Competition.’

 

In beauty news, Heather Marianna is an actress and spokesperson initially known for creating Beauty Kitchen, (https://beautykitchen.net), a show that teaches women how to create fantastic spa products in their very own kitchens. She now creates natural organic products of her own that are loved all over the world. The Emmy gift boxes provided by Beauty Kitchen were incredible!

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Beauty Kitchen

Nicole Freiss started the beautiful apparel company Lollies and Lace Couture Baby Clothing, which was new to the Doris Bergman Style Longe Soiree this year (lolliesandlaceboutique.com)with sweet treats of clothing and accessories for your little girl. Her presentation brought out your inner child. Sizes range from 6 months to 8 years and select fabrics that are soft and not constricting. She has studied the latest trends and patterns to come up with unique designs. “I learned as a mother what fabrics are easy to maintain and wash without doing a lot of ironing or maintenance,” said Nicole. Overall, the look is modest, yet playful and fun.

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Actress Kelsey Scott with Lollies and Lace Founder Nicole Freiss

A signature statement and always gorgeous look is Twisted Silver Jewelry. (https://twisted-silver.com/shop/ ). They were back with their gorgeous jewels. Deb Mitchell has created an incredible company with Bracelets, Brass Jewelry, Mixed Metals and much more! The creativity never stops at this table.

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Deb Mitchell (Founder of Twisted Silver) and Diego Valdez (Influencer )

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Also back with many sweet blessings was the Jewelry company, My Saint, My Hero. Their bracelets always give off good vibes. (https://mysaintmyhero.com)

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My Saint, My Hero

PortoVino, (https://porto-vino.com/products/portovino-crossbody-bag), made a strong statement at the #Emmy18 Style Lounge! They have a strong commitment to exceptional quality, cool designs, excellent service and to help you celebrate life! The handbag company also prides themselves on offering their customers the best quality and service possible.

DIEGO TINOCO WITH VIP SPONSOR PORTO VINO

DIEGO TINOCO WITH VIP SPONSOR PORTO VINO

SÜNDER ( https://www.sunderusa.com) is an award-winning premium mixer. The beverage consists of exotic fruits, and their blend provides an extra hint of sweetness with a touch of bitterness. Sourced from all natural ingredients with no caffeine or taurine. Sunder’s refreshing carbonated beverages are perfect to drink over ice or with your preferred cocktail.

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Sunder Mixers

With the September heat in LA, it’s essential to stay hydrated and Hint Water (https://www.drinkhint.com) always helps. Hint water- a delicious, unsweetened flavored water is still refreshing and healthy. Hint started by taking boring old water and making it delicious without sugar or sweeteners.

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John Brotherton with Hint Water

Sue Wong Fashion always makes a statement, and it was lovely to see her again. (https://www.suewong.com). Her designs are compelling, romantic, and poetic. Sue Wong understands this power. In her outlook, her vision, and her designs, she honors the goddess force — the universal feminine energy that allows women to transcend their time and place.

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Sue Wong Fashion

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Sue Wong

Nourish Modern Wellness Skincare (nourishmodernwellness.com) was informative and inspiring. Hosted by Nourish Modern Wellness founder, Dr. Orie Achonwa, Orie has a passion for plant-based nutrition and beauty that began in her formative years. Her company has grown tremendously and is now focusing on the consumer health market, creating products that encourage people to take healthcare into their own hands.

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Nourish Skincare Line

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Dr. Orie Achonwa (2nd from left) with her Nourish Products

Chef John from Emporium Thai (https://www.ethaicuisine.com) and VIP Sponsor, offer the most refreshing and decadent iced tea. One of my favorite stops for sure. Emporium Thai was voted one of the 100 best Thai Restaurants in the US. Family-owned and operated, they have shared the beautiful flavors of authentic Thai food with our customers since 2000. Its authentic cuisine and cooking are in the genes!

KELLY JENRETTE WITH VIP SPONSOR EMPORIUM THAI

KELLY JENRETTE WITH VIP SPONSOR EMPORIUM THAI

Mobile White (https://beamingwhite.com/business/supplies/mobile-teeth-whitening-system) Mobile White’s mission is to enable teeth whitening professionals to provide the most effective teeth whitening products and services for a reasonable cost.

MICHAEL CAMPION WITH VIP SPONSOR MOBILE WHITE

MICHAEL CAMPION WITH VIP SPONSOR MOBILE WHITE

Kamshield, (https://kamshielddirect.com), was a great vendor. Kamshield LLC is a woman-owned company founded by Kameron Miller. Kameron’s interest in online security stemmed from her experience of being hacked several years ago. Wanting to find a solution and prevent others from enduring the same violation, Kameron saw her vision for online security come to life with the Kamshield Webcam Cove.

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Kamshield.com

Buywine (buywine.com)is always one of my Style Lounge faves. The wines are truly delicious. Lihjt with a smooth finish. The company is so knowledgeable and passionate. The creation of BuyWine.com was conceived out of necessity that we all have a longing for wine and a thirst for knowledge, but do not always know where to look. Not only did the innovative company set out to build a complete worldwide directory of vineyards and wineries, but they also listened to their customer. BuyWine.com also features hotels and restaurants, which helps complete your travel needs.

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BuyWine Founder Alma Callan (M) with Kelsey Scott

Goldinger’s Print Tees (https://www.goldingersbrand.com/pages/about)
The Third Generation Authentic Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Apparel features the coolest t-shirts. Their Mission is Creating Cool Premium Collectible Quality Apparel. Simultaneously, the company strives to adhere to highest disciplined printing, design, fabrics & fit. All apparel is created with passion & integrity with the most top skilled Craftspeople “BUILT TO LAST & MADE To WEAR.”

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Lou Ferrigno checking out t-shirts

Let’s Cake specializes in setting up “Do-It-Yourself” Cake or Cupcake Decorating Stations. It provides an activity as well as a way to send your guests home with something special. Peronally, I hd a blast at this table. Let’s Cake (https://www.letscakeevents.com/)

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Let’s Cake

Diamond Veneer – (http://diamondveneer.com) features beautiful jewelry with a flawless finish. Diamond Veneer introduces using the revolutionary process of treating Cubic zirconia with a veneer of carbon diamond particles, crystallizing around the entire
stone resulting in a flawless “G” color on the diamond color scale. The durability of the CZ as a real diamond at a fraction of the cost.

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Mind In Sole Insole Foot Massage always is a relaxing effect. (https://www.mindinsole.com) – Partnering the long-standing tradition of ancient medicines with scientifically proven innovative technologies, MindInsole brings you holistic and natural solutions to everyday problems

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Michele Weaver with MINDINSOLE

In the spirit of giving back, (and one the most poignant) of the event), is ‘Wednesday’s Child.’ Guests & sponsors made monetary donations and donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 13-18) for a Pre-Holiday Gift Drive benefiting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ — a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine. ‘Wednesday’s Child’ highlights ‘harder to place’ young adults in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. “In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, Dr. William Wong. Bergman always invites at least two foster children to join in on the festivities and experience what it feels like to receive the VIP treatment, http://www.foxla.com/wednesdays-child

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Miles Tagtmyer supporting “Wednesday’s Child”

Emmy’s Hope Dog Accessories (https://prettyfluffy.com/trends-shopping/editors-picks/emmy-inspired-dog-accessories) were on hand for all the pet lovers featuring the best of pet accessories.
Other exciting vendors gracing the Style Lounge for #Emmys2018 were Rhonda Sheer Aah Bras (rhondashear.com), as well as Rock Your Hair (https://www.rockyourhair.com) with their fabulous hair products.
Zangu Language App (http://www.zanguapp.com) which is so much for kids. ZANGU helps children master pronunciation through a series of creative challenges and an engaging storyline.

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Emmy’s Hope Dog Accessories

Bitmar Streaming was present. (https://bitmar.com/about.htm) – BitMar Networks is the firm behind the BitMar streaming platform. In essence, BitMar is a streaming portal; that connects you to millions of movies, TV shows, channels, games, music and more (from different sources, throughout the Web.)


2018 Emmy Nominees Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lee Garlington (“Broken”), Miles Tagtmeyer (“Broken”), Melvin Jackson, Jr. (“This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours”), Naomi Grossman (“Control Alt Delete”),Sam Sokolov (Executive Producer “Genius: Picasso”), Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas (Casting Directors for “Handmaid’s Tale” & “Barry”) joined Former Emmy Winners Kim Estes (Best Actor “Dicks” 2017), Patrika Darbo (Best Actress “Acting Dead” 2016, Former Emmy Nominees Kelsey Scott and Khandi Alexander, Grammy Winning Bonnie & Anita Pointer (“Pointer Sisters”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Hulk”), Michael Irby (“Mayans M.C.”), Michael Campion (“Fuller House”), Gleb Savchenko (“Dancing With The Stars”), Diego Tinoco (“On My Block”), Joely Fisher, Khandi Alexander, John Brotherton (“Fuller House”), Matt Cedeno (“Power”), Lisa Vidal (“Being Mary Jane”), Michele Weaver (“Love Is”), to name a few, who were among the cadre of celebrities and industry VIPS who were treated to the best of the best!

Subscriptions; Filam Luxury Coffee; Junkless Granola Bars (https://junklessfoods.com); “Shark Tank” Winning BeatBox Portable Party Punch (https://beatboxbeverages.com); Planet Beauty (planetbeauty.com); Popsockets phone accessories (https://www.popsockets.com); The Hollywood Trinity (thehollywoodtrinity.com) and Popcornopolis (popcornopolis.com)

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VIP Gift Bags were provided by Emmy’s Hope and Kam Shield.

The Doris Bergman Style Lounge and Party 2018 was a wonderful way to celebrate the Emmy’s and it was an honor to attend. Gemma Magazine can’t wait to attend next year!