Lola Raie is an Actress who recently played the role of Talia in Cheaper by the Dozen. Raie is represented by Lisa Malcolm at Lynk PR.
Photo Credit: Amy Pogue
How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
My parents started me out in community plays to see if I really wanted to do it since I was only 4. I loved it! It was there that I was introduced to my first Manager and things just went from there.
What was the audition process like for “Cheaper by the Dozen”?
I auditioned via self tape, since that’s how most auditions are going ever since Covid. Since it was a supporting role, there wasn’t a chemistry read or callback.
When you found out you got the part, where were you and what was your reaction?
I was actually at the beach surfing when my agent sent the email asking if all the shoot dates worked for the hold . Then it was a few hours later when I got the final email saying I booked it!
How long did you film for and what was a typical day of filming like?
I was on set for 3 days of a month. A typical day was arriving to set at 7 or 8am, I had an early call time because my character had a very specific look. Makeup and hair took about an hour and a half to two hours. Then on set , if I wasn’t needed for filming I was in set school. When I was wrapped for the day, i would go back to makeup for them to remove all my makeup.
Talk about a huge ensemble cast, what was it like to work with so many kids and teens all at once?
It was a lot of fun! I met so many people, between the actors and P.As and just everyone that worked on set. Everyone was so nice. All the kids on set got along and were nice.
Tell us more about your character in “Cheaper by the Dozen”?
Talia is a slightly a goth/emo girl. She’s really sweet, but you would never no because of her image. She notices DJ, one of the Baker sons checking her out. At his birthday party, DJ really impresses her with his new style, and well, the rest is Comic Con history ( You need to watch the movie till the end credits to get it;))
Did you watch the original “Cheaper by the Dozen” in 2003? Are there any easter eggs from the original in this one?
I watched the first one a long time ago. It was funny and cute. This story line is unique and done different than the original. There really aren’t any Easter Eggs, at least that I saw.
Do you have a favorite memory from filming the film?
I really loved getting my hair and makeup done ! The artists that I got to have create my look were amazing! They really are so talented. I also liked when I got to dress like Black Widow for the end of the movie. The outfit was so cool.
Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to follow their dreams and do what you’re doing?
I would just say work hard and don’t give up. This industry is full of rejection, but the right things happen for YOU!
Erin Reese is a Singer/Songwriter and Actress from Florida. Reese is most known for her role as Bess in hit Brat TV series “Chicken Girls”.
Frudy.com had a chance to interview Erin Reese. Read on to find out the inspiration behind her new single and how she got cast on “Chicken Girls”.
Photo Credit: Jackson Young
How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
I started modeling at age 5, which lead to dance and acting lessons. Things just progressed naturally.
What was the first ever acting role that you ever booked?
I was 1 of 13 kids selected to be in the Dolly Parton’s NBC/TV movie Coat of Many colors and the sequel Christmas of Many Colors.
What was the casting process like for “Chicken Girls”?
Simple I guess, I owe it all to Billy LeBlanc we met at an event and he introduced me to the Brat executives. They were forming a story line for a rival dance group called “Power Surge.” Fans really liked it and the story line carried into four seasons and Chicken Girls The Movie.
What was your favorite part about filming the show?
I really enjoyed working with my friends, it didn’t seem like work at all. It truly was a great experience that I’m thankful for.
What inspired your new single “Church”?
My music tends to be Country/Pop but I am slowly merging into Christian music. I had an experience with someone who I thought was a close friend and things didn’t end well. We all question ourselves and sometimes fight the feelings of hate. My song “CHURCH” is about leaning on God to show you how to love the way he loves, leaning on him to let go and put it in his hands. The song is extra special to me and I hope in inspires listeners.
What was it like to film the music video?
My videography team is AMAZING! Austin, Leo and Jackson have become the brothers I always wanted but never had. They took my vision and made it come to life using my church Pastors Travis & Jenni O’Neal and my good friends supported me as the choir. Filming at my church Christ Fellowship was important to me, its my 2nd home.
What’s your favorite part about coming up with ideas for songs?
I love brainstorming with my writer/producing team. We talk about what is going on in life and just hit around ideas that we feel would inspire listeners and provide a good message.
Any advice you’d give to a teen your age who wants to be in this business?
It is a lot of work. There will be days you feel like giving up but if its important to you and your passionate you need to get back up and keep going.
What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
I got very motivated by seeing a lot of kids doing things in the industry, and I wanted to bring happiness to kids and families with my songs and dances.
What’s the first ever acting job that you booked?
It was a commercial for a Puppy Brand called Dry and Fluffy, and it was super fun because I got to play with a cute puppy.
What’s your process for coming up with new music?
First, my mom and I talk about what I want to sing about, and then she comes up with a concept for the song. We have a brainstorming session, and then we start to create the beats and the melody with the producers. Sometimes I don’t hear the music until it is ready to record, and it’s exciting because it is always something different and fun to sing.
How do you come up with ideas for your music videos?
We always do a brainstorming meeting with ideas and concepts for the song, and my mom creates the storyboards with the directors. The idea begins with the lyrics of the songs, and then we try to do things that are fun for kids to watch and dance along with.
What’s it like to film your music videos?
It is so long sometimes, but it is always fun; I play a lot with my friends on set, and we enjoy the work, but it is hard work, and I have to sing and dance like 300 times.
What’s the first ever video that you did that went viral and what was it like?
I was on vacation in North Carolina, and I was about to go skiing. I decided to do a TikTok before we left the cabin, and my mom posted it. It was a fantastic experience, the TikTok got more than 100 million views, and I got invited to be on The Ellen Show. It was a dream come true.
How do you come up with your content ideas for social media?
Each time I release a new song, my social media photo and covers change to adapt to the song’s mood. I like changes. It keeps things fun!
Any advice you’d give to a young person your age who wants to do what you do?
Just follow your dreams, do what you love and be yourself no matter what. Stay true to yourself always and work hard to conquer your dreams.
Joshua Turchin is a Singer/Songwriter and Host of The Early Late Show with Joshua Turchin. Turchin is represented by Key Elements PR.
Turchin is back at it again with another incredible single release. The Broadway Singer and Songwriter released on Friday a brand new single entitled “Does It Make You Feel Better”.
Frudy had a chance to interview Joshua Turchin about the track.
Read on to learn more about the song, what the inspiration was for it and what the music video might just look like!
What is your new song about?
My new song is about dealing with bullying, asking that age-old question of why it makes some people feel better to put other people down.
What inspired you to make this song?
Going into the first lockdown, I was experiencing some cyberbullying from a group of friends that I had previously worked with. It ended up getting really bad, but it made for a pretty cool song!
What was it like to record the song?
It was one of the most incredible writing experiences working with Victoria Shaw. She’s such an amazing songwriter. When we got to the recording studio, Victoria and I came up with some specific notes and things to work on, and from there we just taped for the next few hours. After we were done, we took notes and listened back to the finished product, sending it off to be mixed and mastered. Victoria Shaw and Rocco Fiorentino produced the single.
Is there a music video coming for the song?
The song was released April 2nd and the music video is still in production, but is being released soon! Make sure to follow me on all of my social media at @joshuaturchin for more updates, and subscribe to my YouTube channel for a first look!
My sister inspired me to get into acting. She had been an actress since she was 5 years old and when I turned 7 years old she suggested I start acting as well. I began taking classes and my teacher told me I was a natural which I thought was really cool. I was having fun playing the characters, working with other students and coaches and learning about the process. I started booking shortly after and now along with my other activities, acting has become a big part of my life and I love it.
What was the first ever role that you booked and what was it like filming it?
The first role I ever booked was a lead in “Her Infidelity”. It was a blast filming it because everyone was so welcoming and nice to me. Rachel Hunter played my mom and she was really awesome. It was the best experience for my first show and the cast and crew made my time on set very memorable and fun. I learned a lot about the filming process on set and the crew were so experienced and would always explain things to me. I also got to really enjoy going to the craft table for the treats!
What was the casting process like for When Calls the Heart?
The casting process for the show was great. I went out for my initial audition feeling good and after a little while I got a call back. I met with the director, Neill Fearnley and was pretty nervous but my nerves didn’t get the best of me. I came out feeling confident and hoping that I got cast in the role as all actors do. A few days later I got the call from my agent that I booked the show and I was super excited! My family and I started to watch the 1st and 2nd season of When Calls the Heart in order to prepare myself before I started filming and I was thrilled to become part of the show.
What was it like on your first day of set for the show?
My first day on set for When Calls the Heart was memorable. It was an early morning shoot though, around 7am (I had to get up at 5:30am) and I remember it was foggy and cold. I was really nervous because I didn’t want to mess up, even though I didn’t have a line and I only had a couple of scenes to film. My first scene was filming outside the church and I was stealing wood. It was a great day because I got to meet many of the main cast, executive producers and director and the crew. On that day I became familiarized with the set and my new surroundings and it was the beginning of a memorable time in my life.
What’s your favorite part about working on “When Calls the Heart”?
My favorite part about working on the show is the people. I spent many years working on that set and made such great friendships with all the cast. My character Cody had many awesome storylines and I was fortunate to work with all the cast as well as many other actors making special appearances.
Do you hang out with any of your cast members outside of set?
I mainly spent time with Jaiven Natt and Christian Michael Cooper (Robert and Timmy) outside of the set. I see Jaiven mostly these days but I do remember whenever the show premiered each year, we would get together for a party with the kid cast as well as their parents and we would watch the show and tweet with the fans. This was always lots of fun. We also had great weekends when we would go to the Awards shows, ie. Joey Awards here in Vancouver, and the YEA and Young Artist Academy Awards in L.A.
You recently starred in When Call the Heart’s spin-off Christmas film on GAC Family, what was that like to return to the Hope Valley set life?
I was really happy to return to film in that setting and type of genre again. The cast and crew were great to meet and work with and I got to see Morgan Kohan again because she had appeared in When Calls the Heart. The Hope Valley set is quite similar to Brookfield’s, except Hope Valley is a little bit bigger. Both towns have a great feel and are set back in the early 1900’s. I enjoyed putting on my old style clothes and especially loved the new poorboy hat I got to wear in the Christmas special of When Hope Calls.
Where did you film the movie?
We filmed in the small town of Powassen which is not far from North Bay, Ontario.
How many days did it take to film it and what was your typical filming schedule like?
It took 3 weeks to film the two Christmas episodes of When Hope Calls and I was on set for 10 of the 15 days. I filmed 3 or more days each week and on my off days I caught up on homework and tried to do something fun in my hotel like watching TV or playing some video games. My mom and I would also go for walks and we always enjoyed dinner or meeting up with our friends later in the evening. During the days on set it would start in the hair and makeup trailer, our wardrobe and then off to schooling on set with our tutors. All us kids would take turns in and out of tutoring depending on the filming schedule. Being older I would be on set for longer hours which I enjoyed. At lunch times we would visit with each other and the days would always end with a drive back to the hotel in the van with some of the other kid cast. I made some new friends on the set of When Hope Calls which I’m happy about.
Any advice you’d give to one your age interested in becoming an Actor/Actress?
Don’t give up. It’s a really hard business to be in, work hard and do some training, online acting classes are your friend right now especially during COVID. Don’t let a role you didn’t book hurt your feelings, you will get hundreds of auditions before you book something. It’s all about your mentality and keeping positive and working toward your goals. The right role will come and it’s a matter of time. Remember to enjoy the process and have fun.
The slap seen round the world which gives the Best Picture “Moonlight” mishap a run for its money, may go down as the Oscar’s most craziest moment in history.
Sources backstage thought it wasn’t real and a joke at first and then it set in.
Chris Rock was introducing the Best Documentary category at the Oscars, when he made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada and looking out for GI Jane2. A reference to her bald head which insiders comment is part of a medical condition Jada suffers from.
Either way, Smith walked up on stage while Rock was still talking and punched him.
ABC censored and cut the sound on what Smith said next to Rock angrily from his chair, “keep my wife’s name out of your f-ing mouth”!
Today we interview Singer Lilo Baier who’s recent songs “Better in Time” and “Real Friends” have been true gems to listen to and the accompanying music videos cinematically gorgeous. Baier is represented by Key Elements PR.
What inspired you to become a singer?
Somebody who inspired me to be a singer is Taylor Swift. I love every single one of her songs, I listen to them every day. She is such a powerful person, and singer. She started singing at a young age, and worked so hard all her life – I can really relate to that.
What’s your musical training process like?
I work weekly with my vocal coach from New York. I also used to sing at a performing academy where I had different singing classes all the time. I like to try out different styles, and classes! And of course I also learned from the 200 over performances I did since I was little.
What was the first ever song that you ever recorded?
My first song I ever recorded was a cover of “Part of Your World”, from The Little Mermaid, when I was around 9 years old. That was my all time favorite song, and I decided I wanted to record myself singing it. That was my first time in a vocal studio working on a project by myself!
What’s a typical recording session like?
A typical recording session is such a blast. We start off the day before noon. When I get to the studio, we work on some ideas. After finalizing what we want to record, we record the song in pieces. It’s always so much fun. We then take a bit of time to work on harmonies and different elements we want to add in besides the main vocals. We then listen to it , make some changes, and then it’s over!
What’s your process for coming up with new ideas for songs?
The process for coming up with ideas takes a while. I have a journal where I write down potential song ideas and topics that are important to me. When coming up with a new song, I look through it and choose a topic I want to write about.
What was it like to record your latest single?
Recording my latest single was such an amazing experience. I got to sing about something that was really important to me and that I wanted to share! It took a while and a lot of hard work for my EP to finally come out, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Tell us more about your music video from concept to completion?
My latest music video was “Better in Time”. This song is about how things may not always be great, but believing in yourself and your dreams, things will get better. I wanted to do a music video that was very clean, and calming. We found a perfect place to film it. It had a lot of nature and golden lighting. When we got to the set, we explored all the different rooms and chose where we were going to record each part in. I loved the experience!
Some advice you’d give to a teen your age who wants to become a singer?
Some advice I would give is definitely to NEVER give up. No matter what. There are going to be a lot of no’s and rejections, but pushing through and believing in yourself is key.
Andre Robinson stars in the new Disney + remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. Frudy had a chance to interview Andre on what it was like film the movie and how his acting career got started. Robinson is repped by CESD Talent Agency and Key Elements PR.
What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
When I was six years old, my mom quit her job to become a homemaker. Her friend, who managed children, encouraged her to put me in the entertainment industry and she decided to give it a try.
What was the first ever role that you booked?
I booked was a movie entitled Kumba! It was my first voiceover job as a baby meerkat in the film.
What’s your favorite part about acting?
I’ve done theatrical and a variety of voiceover acting and my absolute favorite is getting behind the mic and becoming an animated character with voiceover. It’s thrilling!
What was the audition process like for Cheaper by the Dozen?
The initial audition went very well and I had two callbacks that included a lot of improv. Interestingly enough, I didn’t get coached for this audition, but I was taking an improv class, which really helped me.
What was a typical day on set like and how long did you film for?
Every day was exhilarating. Since we filmed during Covid, the day started with a “Covid check-in” then hair, makeup, wardrobe, and then to either set or school. It was focused, fast-paced, and exciting. Most days were full 8-hour days, but a few days, less.
Tell us more about the character you played in the film?
My character is DJ. He’s loveable, super smart, and nerdy. Comic books and superheroes totally excite him. Although his biological father is rich and popular, he’s drawn to his stepfather who relates to him
Do you have a favorite memory from set?
My favorite memory was the first few days on set when the entire cast bonded when we had to learn a hip-hop dance. It was hilarious!
What was it like working with such a large ensemble cast?
I had a blast! Sometimes it felt chaotic (in a good way) when we were all in the same scene–including the dogs!
What was it like for you to be a part of a the film which has a huge legacy and is a memorable classic?
Words can’t explain how grateful I am to be a part of this legacy that began as a novel in 1948 and the first movie in 1950! Incredibly each remake reflects its current era which makes it more memorable. I’m truly honored that Disney entrusted me with a role in such a remarkable classic film.
Any advice you’d give to a teen your age who wants to become an actor?
Go for it! And, DON’T GIVE UP no matter what. Enter the industry knowing that there’s a lot of rejection, but it’s not personal. There’s also a lot of rewards. If it’s your passion, pursue it and don’t let anyone discourage you.
Kickstarter is the home for indie filmmakers who are looking to raise money to get their projects made from family, friends and fans alike.
The latest fundraiser from the platform is for a found footage horror film entitled “Shelby Oaks“.
The campaign for the film launched March 1st and was seeking a goal of $250,000.
As of March 21st, they have raised $650,000 and counting.
The film is directed by first-time director Chris Stuckmann who also wrote the script.
Here’s a synopsis of the film from the Kickstarter:
Shot as a traditional feature, but with some elements of found footage, Shelby Oaks is a horror film about missing paranormal investigators (the paranormal paranoids), the dark legacy they uncovered, and the far-reaching effects their investigation has as Mia searches for her sister Riley, the lead paranormal investigator, 12 years later.
As Mia uncovers new and disturbing leads related to Riley’s disappearance, she uncovers evidence of a hidden supernatural evil dating all the way back to her and Riley’s childhood.
The poster art looks pretty epic too! And you can get your own poster, blu-ray, t-shirt and/or even a Producer credit could be yours based on your package tier. Packages start out at just $25.
According to Deadline.com, production will take place in Cleveland, Ohio with AMP International handling world sales for the picture.