Actors & Actresses

Matt Cullen

August 14, 2015
Matt Cullen

In 2012, after graduating from Pace University in New York, best friends Matt Cullen and Troy LaPersonerie moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting careers. Seeking a creative outlet, they began filming short comedic videos under the moniker of The Webchat Boys. By August of 2014, however, the duo’s focus had shifted from creating short videos to scripting the first season of Raymond & Lane, a web series based on the offbeat lives of its creators. Having recently completed it’s second season, the series now boasts a strong following on YouTube and has featured guest stars such as Heather Matarazzo (Princess Diaries, Welcome to the Dollhouse), Danny Belrose (Portlandia) and Kelly Washington (Parks & Recreation, Jurassic World).

In April of 2015, Cullen and LaPersonerie were honored guests at the 2015 Los Angeles Webfest, an awards ceremony devoted to online series. Both were nominated in the Outstanding Lead Male Actor in a Comedy Series category, and cast member Samantha Purnell earned a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. READ MORE

Authors

Stuart Thaman

May 22, 2014

Author Stuart Thaman began writing at a young age, with tales of backyard bugs written in crayon. It was then that he developed a love of prose and, after graduating from Hillsdale College with a double major in politics and German, Stuart turned his attention to fiction. He began writing in earnest for the National Novel Writing Month competition and is currently the author of a pair of novels, Vatican Massacre — which hit #1 on Amazon’s religious fiction best-seller list — and The Goblin Wars Part One: Siege of Talonrend, the beginning of a series of fantasy novels that approach the classic conflict of man versus beast from a new perspective.

A resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thaman also teaches German for the Diocese of Covington in northern Kentucky.

Creatively-speaking, who has inspired you over the course of your life? READ MORE

Musicians

Richard Lynch

July 19, 2016
Richard Lynch

You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician as authentic as Richard Lynch, whose traditional country music fully embodies his hay-raising, farm-dwelling lifestyle. An all-American, blue collar country man, Lynch has poured his heart and soul into the countless chart-topping hits he and his band have produced. His music is 100% real country, evoking some of the great classics who influenced him, like Hank Williams and George Jones. For three decades and counting, Lynch has written, sung, and performed his songs with passion and dedication, building himself up into an independent country music sensation. While his musical roots are grounded in pure country, his songs also showcase elements of western swing, rockabilly, outlaw country, and hard driving honky-tonk.

Lynch, based in Waynesville, Ohio, released his first full-length album, The Last of a Dying Breed, in 2013, and was nominated as Best Male Country Artist by the Independent Country Music Association in 2014. His most recent album is 2015’s A Better Place, a 12-track production that garnered critical acclaim, particularly for its first single and title track. The album was named the Pure Country Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, while Lynch was declared Humanitarian of the Year, and his band named the Traditional Country Band of the Year. A Better Place was produced by renowned songwriter Billy Yates, and features the work of several talented musicians who have previously worked with artists including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire. READ MORE

Authors

Ryan Graudin

February 2, 2015
Ryan Graudin

Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, author Ryan Graudin grew up on a steady diet of fairy tales and music, and attended a high school that strongly encouraged creativity, often featuring cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there that Graudin decided to become a writer. After graduating from the College of Charleston in 2009 with a degree in Creative Writing, Graudin and her husband traveled the world, spending time in numerous countries including South Korea, New Zealand, Peru and Kenya.

In February of 2014, Graudin published her first novel, All That Glows, a clever, electric tale of forbidden love. She followed that up in November of 2014 with The Walled City, a dark, gritty and hauntingly-beautiful thriller in which three characters try desperately to escape from a lawless labyrinth. READ MORE

Actors & Actresses, Authors, Bloggers, Filmmakers

Christine Elise

October 1, 2015
Christine Elise Emily Valentine

On the evening of October 4, 1990, the FOX network aired the pilot episode of a show that would, over the course of its ten seasons and 296 episodes, expose viewers to a world of glitz and glamour while simultaneously redefining the concept of the modern serial drama. Beverly Hills, 90210 was the brainchild of acclaimed producers Aaron Spelling, Darren Star and Charles Rosin, and this week on Ten Minute Interviews, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic show’s debut.

There was no shortage of memorable characters on Beverly Hills, 90210, but perhaps none burned brighter than that of Emily Valentine, played by actress Christine Elise. The character of Emily arrived midway through the show’s second season, and immediately began making waves, flirting with both Dylan and Brandon and infuriating Brenda in the process. Though her relationship with Brandon blossomed into romance, Emily’s wild side soon became too much for him to handle. After she spiked his drink with the drug U4EA at an underground club, Brandon broke up with Emily. leading to a series of bitter interactions before Emily’s increasingly erratic behavior eventually led to her institutionalization. Though she would make a full recovery with the help of Prozac and appear in later seasons, Emily and Brandon never truly rekindled the fiery romance of their younger years. READ MORE