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POP INTERVIEW: Amy Lyndon, Actress and Hollywood Booking Coach

Responding to the VMAs backlash, Miley Cyrus told MTV “it was a calculated hot mess.” According to actress, acting coach and booking consultant Amy Lyndon, landing an audition in Hollywood is precisely like everything that happened at the 2013 awards show.

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Responding to the VMAs backlash, Miley Cyrus told MTV “it was a calculated hot mess.” According to actress, acting coach and booking consultant Amy Lyndon, landing an audition in Hollywood is precisely like everything that happened at the 2013 awards show.

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Does your booking system work for real life professions, like applying as a new lawyer at a prestigious firm?
Yes. When you interview for any job, one has the propensity to wonder what the interviewer/company is looking for in their candidate. If you truly believe that you are that special prize and do your research to understand where you believe you could fit into their company, then you can tailor your interview answers to suit their needs without them even knowing. Preparation is key.

What amount is self taught and what percentage of your lessons are learned from others in the acting field?
My “15 Guideline Map To Booking” Technique was inspired by Harry Mastrogeorge’s philosophy that the writer is the master of the universe – the story always comes first. I also studied with Stella Adler and I agreed with her teaching regarding the use of imagination – we are limited by our own experiences and that our imagination is endless. Both of their philosophies encompass a small fraction of my technique. The other 98% is taken from my own trial and error throughout the 20+ years working as an Actress and as a former Personal Manager in Hollywood. Believe me, I fell on my face more times than I can count.

A couple days ago, Miley Cyrus, who I just mentioned, was quoted as saying she didn’t want an “old Jewish man” guiding her career. Ignoring the anti-Semitic portion, she has a point. How do you change your advice so it retains a current pop culture/business value?
It’s not about being old or young. It’s about who has the capacity to take your career to the next level. When I was managing, it didn’t matter whether I was in a huge building in Beverly Hills or in a small office in a run down part of town. Your excitement regarding your client’s careers transfers over the phone. And in those days, it was over the fax machine. It doesn’t matter who or where you are if you work hard and smart to get your client opportunities.

Since you do career consultations, we should pretend you are advising some celebrities. How do you feel about Lindsay Lohan?
I feel bad for Lindsay Lohan because she wasn’t given a stable environment when she was first building her career. Actors are empathic artistic creatures and they pick up energy and it can oftentimes affect them on a deep personal level and hit their self-esteem in a negative way. During our consult I would advise her to detach herself from anyone or anything that was in the way of her dream. I would also help her rebuild her dream and encourage her to remember why she became an actress in the first place.

A model turned actress…like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who has to work on turning critics into fans? Picked apart for “Transformers 3,” she hasn’t acted since.
She should have been advised of all the issues regarding the public and press. She also should have coached with me on her script. Sometimes actors don’t ask for help. They think that just because they booked the job, they’ve got it all down. Actors need to consider that you are only as good as your last job. They always have to be at the very top of their game whenever they are in the public’s eye. Consider the big picture. A career is not a job. A career can span a lifetime.

Robert Pattinson? Can he outlast the teen idol, short lived career cliche?
Unfortunately Robert Pattinson is not Leonardo DiCaprio. As of right now it seems like he doesn’t have the chops to get to the next level. He has been given many chances to break out of that mold, but he’s not choosing the right projects. Maybe he should shoot an edgy drug and alcohol addicted character that is independent of a studio. He needs a role that moves his audience to a deeper visceral level.

Mischa Barton? Can she make a comeback?
I’m not so sure that this career is for her. She would need to find out what it means to be an artist first. The jury is still out on that one.

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Lee Daniels Speaks Out On The ‘Pain, Anger, Sadness And Frustration’ Surrounding The Jussie Smollett Scandal

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Although never mentioned by name, it’s clear that Empire creator, Lee Daniels, is still processing “the freaking roller coaster” Jussie Smollett has put him through.

Lee Daniels took to Instagram on Wednesday night to speak out about the Jussie Smollett scandal. The caption to the video states that Lee was “in [his] feelings last week,” alluding to the further developments surrounding the case. In the video, after brushing his teeth, Lee takes a moment to address the fact that Jussie is still appearing in new episodes of the hit show because they were filmed prior to “the incident.” In the wake of the allegations, the show has released a statement confirming the fact that Jussie has been written out of the last two episodes of the season. Lee’s pain and frustration stems from something deeper than character arcs as he told his followers “this is not what the show was made for. This show was made to bring America together to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.”

On January 29th, Jussie made claims that he was the victim to a racially-motivated attack. After an extensive investigation, Chicago police believe that the alleged attack was fake. Since being charged, Jussie has pleaded not guilty on 16 felony counts for allegedly making false statements to police. Jussie also denies claims that he faked the ordeal due to his dissatisfaction with his salary. No word on whether Jussie will return to Empire next season as of yet.

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LISTEN: Lizzo And Missy Elliott’s ‘Tempo’ Serves Bass By The Pound

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Lizzo must have taken a page right out of Missy Elliott’s book because she definitely put her thang down, flipped it and reversed it with this new single!

One of music’s brightest, new stars has joined forces with a certified music legend to create a hot new single that will have everyone body-rollin’ at the club. Yes, Lizzo has been blowing up after the release of her two consecutive hits “Juice” and “Cuz I Love You,” and it seems she has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. The third single off of her upcoming album, Cuz I Love You, is entitled “Tempo” and features the one and only Missy Elliot.  Lizzo told Travis Mills on Apple Music Beats I that she first heard Missy’s verse via text message.

“She sent me a memoji of herself singing her verse, thats how I got the verse. I got a memoji of Missy like smiling and then she just started rapping, and I was like, ‘OMG what the hell’ so I had to hook it up to my speaker system. But it wasn’t even the actual track, it was like her going along in her studio.”

So Lizzo has Missy Elliott’s phone number?!? Jealous. The new single’s heavy bass will definitely make you want to move those hips. Crank up the volume…unless you’re in an office or library or something because the song is kinda NSFW…and click below to hear “Tempo”

Cuz I Love You drops on April 19th.

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The ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Just Dropped And It’s Surprisingly Deep

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The first Toy Story was all “You. Are. A. Toy!” But Toy Story 4  is like “Am I though?”

The first, full trailer for the highly anticipated sequel just dropped and of course it looks amazing. When we last saw Woody, Buzz and the gang, they had found a new home with Bonnie, the little girl who lived next door to their original owner, Andy. We thought the franchise was done. The torch had officially been passed. What more story was left for these toys? Well, it seems like the geniuses over at Disney/Pixar are taking these toys to infinity and beyond.

In the upcoming sequel, Bonnie has made a toy out of a spork and that toy becomes the most important to her. The spork, known as Forky, has an existential crisis and doesn’t know why he is alive. Same spork, same. As he runs away he tells Woody and the gang that he is “not a toy. [He] was made for soup, salad, maybe chili and then the trash.”  Of course Woody needs to bring Forky back to Bonnie because he can’t bare to see her sad so he and Buzz go on a journey to find Forky and that’s when the plot thickens! Woody finds his old flame, Bo Peep, inside of an antiques shop and reconnects with her. But this Bo ain’t the same no mo. She is fierce! She turned her hoop skirt into a cape and is kicking toy booty! Bo Peep has found happiness living at an amusement park which makes Woody wonder if he could be happy with “the lost toy life.”

Will Woody go back to Bonnie? Will Bo go back to Woody? Will Forky ever be happy as a toy? Does true happiness even exist?! I didn’t think this animated film would raise such weighted questions!

The highly anticipated film hits theaters on June 21st and I am sure it will be a blockbuster hit! Take a look at the full trailer below!

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