The New Hollywood supports special events throughout the year.
We are thrilled to share with our community the official invitation for TNH's Elana (Pianko) Ginsburg's upcoming event:
National Women’s History Museum’s Women Making History brunch.
This fantastic event will honor three remarkable women:
2015 Emmy Nominated actress
Gale Anne Hurd
Academy Award® winning producer
Grammy Award winning song writer.
Leona Lewis and Maria Bello
It would be a huge honor to have you join us.
The Women Making History Brunch is an elegant event held on Saturday, September 19. The event recognizes a select group of women who have made a significant contribution to their field and serve as inspiration to women everywhere.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
10:30 am VIP Reception
11:30 am Brunch
Young philanthropists, influencers from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, and finance, Museum supporters, and more. Past guests and honorées include Sophia Bush, Geena Davis, Maria Bello, Paula Abdul, Kate Walsh, Maya Angelou, Annie Leibovitz, and Callie Khouri, among others.
More details and tax deductible tickets available here.
Sponsorship opportunities available here.
We hope that you can join us.
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*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of the “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.
The New Hollywood Amazing Men Series
TNH has highlighted several amazing men in our “Amazing Man Series.” If you didn’t get a chance to see our last one featuring Roger Wolfson, it is truly worth the read and a remarkable example of a man with a purpose!
Now onto our next feature: This man is unique as he is under 25 and we have yet to share a man of such youth! As curator of this blog, I am amazed at the kind of perspective that he brings at such a young age. It is a reminder that any person can be a teacher to us, no matter what age or experience. I am excited to share the wisdom of this Amazing Man, Austin Rising.
1. Who are you and what do you do? What is your personal mission statement if you have one and purpose?
I’m honored to be in support of an extraordinary group of women who move mountains as a hobby. It is my hope that the lessons I have learned in life, being a member of the entertainment industry, can further the exploits of those who read this blog on a regular basis. I attempted to accumulate the lessons I’ve learned in a funny (and hopefully informative) blog I dubbed, “The Turquoise Actor Lessons- Because I’m just a little past green”. My personal mission of creating courage and freedom through expression is not about any particular race, gender, or sexual orientation, but about humanity as a collective. My journey as a stage, screen and voice actor have given me plenty so far to pass along.
2. Who was/is the most profound male influence of your life and why?
Many of the tenants of my own personal creed started when I was young as I observed the most important and influential man in my life, my father- Michael Rising. He is a man of integrity. To me, that means when he says he will do something, he follows through, he puts his money where his mouth is. There was never a moment growing up where I was stranded somewhere and waiting for him to show up. He kept his cool when I was an idiot teenager and challenged his authority. He works his ass off to provide the best possible future for my mother, sister, and me. For these reasons he will always be my hero and model.
3. Who is the most influential woman in your life and why?
I’m lucky to have so many women in my life that influence me in the most profound ways and each of them provide me with lessons I could learn nowhere else. My mother, Elaine Rising, reminds me to never settle and to find joy in the journey. My sister, Carmen Rising is a great example of the possibility of healing past pain and creating beauty from it. Alexis Carra demonstrates to me the dichotomy of strength and playful child-like artistry needed for legendary greatness. My friend Andrea Savo teaches me to celebrate wins and to always give without expecting anything in return.
4. Do you have a personal motto/mantra? If so, can you share that?
“Build it well and they will come.”
When I look at all the actors I admire, they all have several important commonalities: work ethic, passion, and a sustainable craft. These are things that we can control in this business. We can’t control if we get a job, if we fit the bill, or if we will ever work professionally again. We can, however, control our enthusiasm for what we do and if we are honed and capable. These are the elements of a long and flourishing career in anything really.
I had a cognition about 6 months ago when I realized that nothing was going my way. No auditions, no interest from agents, absolutely nothing. When I confronted that, I realized it was because I wasn’t putting in the work the way I used to. I needed to work hard but also work smart. I’m not talking about sending out postcards once every twelve weeks or writing fifty emails to agents or any of that. What I needed to do, and what I did do, was get my ass in class and put my ego aside to do the work properly. Build my craft well. It took great humility to go back to basics and find a teacher that would give me a swift kick in the rear and not let me off the hook. I beat it into my brain that if I am good at what I do, they will find me. It takes tremendous will power to trust that on a daily basis especially when people don’t give you feedback after every audition and you’re not told why you didn’t get a job. It is up to you to objectively see where you are improving and lacking as well.
A quick story to prove this point further: A year ago I pounded on doors in the voice over world. I bugged the crap out of several agencies at the highest level in an attempt to get five minutes in a booth and a meeting. I succeeded with one agency and got my booth time. I sucked. I was very green and they told me that. It hurt, but I was very grateful for the honest feedback because I could use that to improve. They told me “go study for six months and then come back.” I did. I worked my ass off for six months and upon completing classes in animation and commercial copy, I called them again. They ignored me and wouldn’t see me again. That made me mad and also lit a fire under my ass. I decided that I was going to do whatever it takes to get the best bloody representation in the world. I kept working craft everyday as if I was training for a marathon. Then, through a series of serendipitous and highly fortuitous events, I secured booth time with one of the biggest agencies in the world. I didn’t have ten years of credits behind me, or six figures worth of national commercial residuals. It was all going to come down to my ability to deliver an excellent performance in the booth under pressure. So I hired a coach, I worked every kind of copy under the sun for at least two hours a day until my voice got fatigued, and I trained as if I was running a vocal marathon. I did every possible thing I knew how to do and control. I went into that meeting and did an excellent job. They signed me. I’ve since been able to have enormous and exciting opportunities because of them. It all came down to me being excellent at what I do and showing them.
5. What advice would you give to young men and women that you wish you would have received?
Never ever give up. No matter how horrible you feel or how terrible the road ahead looks for you, never quit. Don’t ever give up on yourself or your dreams. Fight. You are on the right path whether you know it or not. Bring yourself fully to what you love because we only have one shot at it and then it’s over and you will never get a second chance. EVER.
The greatest gift and the scariest thing I ever realized is that one day I’m going to die. I know not when, and I will never be here again. I will never get another chance at any of this. You may laugh at that and think, “duh, we are all going to die” but, when I truly comprehend the enormity of that statement and what that truly means, it brings an urgency to my life like I have never experienced. Ever since that realization, I haven’t been the same.
9. What is your definition of being a man versus being a boy?
Being a man is being tenacious, unashamedly passionate, courageous, living with an open heart even if it hurts like hell. To be my word is to be a man. Being a boy is living a dependent and self-centered existence, which is partly due to inexperience and innocence; being a boy is to not take responsibility for my actions or the affect I have on other people; being a boy is choosing based on fear, whereas men acknowledge they are afraid but act in spite of it.
10. What causes are you passionate about and why?
I’m especially passionate about ending domestic violence towards women and children. I’ve been with women who have shared with me their terrible experiences of sexual assault. It’s a subject that hits close to home for me and enrages me whenever I hear stories from women who have been sexually assaulted and damaged in some way shape or form. In furthering my aim of creating a world in which men respect and treat women with kindness no matter what, I work as a volunteer in a spiritual men’s training called Grace Revealed. We guide men in discovering how to create a balance between masculine and feminine energy. I’m also discovering a specific way of how to work with a particular blossoming women’s organization to bring this ideology to men across Southern California.
I also love kids. I used to be a Big Brother back in Albuquerque, NM and it was incredibly rewarding. I’m currently creating a way to take an improv group to children’s hospitals to perform little skits for terminally ill children.
11. What projects are you currently working on that you’re excited about? How can we support you?
I’m currently developing a couple of feature films that have to do with PTSD and racial prejudice. I feel a strong connection to our troops and shedding light on what really happens when they come home and what we as a nation need to do to support them. On the topic of racial prejudice, it is of course rampant in today’s world and the cause of the hundreds of police killings we hear about on a monthly basis. I’m aiming to hold a squeaky-clean mirror up to that and wake law enforcement up.
12. What other amazing men would you nominate and why?
I would nominate my friend Trevor Algatt as he consistently shows me what discipline looks like. He’s a compassionate and kind-hearted guy that truly embodies tenderness and strength. He’s never been proud or vain since I have known him. He’s not one to boast about his achievements or qualities and he has many admirable ones!
Austin works both in front of the camera and behind the microphone. In voiceover, he has worked for Disney, Realtime Associates, Galvin Preservation Associates, and several other companies for commercial, promo, ADR, animation, and narration work. The completion of his first audiobook, The Last Drop V.1 recently went to market at iTunes, Audible, and Amazon. In front of the camera, he can be seen on Better Call Saul (AMC), The Night Shift (NBC), and In Plain Sight (USA). Austin is an avid golfer, fisherman and dog lover. You can follow him on Twitter @Austin_Rising and find him on Facebook as well.
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs, and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.
WTF Is In Your Closet — An Interview with Stylist Tara Aquilina
By Brianna Brown
The New Hollywood highlights men and women we feel are adding value and achieving their dreams. Our intention on showcasing them is to inspire everyone to Rise Higher, Shine Brighter and Give Back! Today we feature TNH veteran Tara Aquilina. I'm so thrilled to showcase her body of work as a stylist because not only is she a long time friend of mine—we've known each other for over a decade—but she has always had her pulse on the latest trends and known how to accentuate and beautify what is oblivious to me! I've learned so much from her and I'm thrilled to introduce you to my dear friend Tara Aquilina!
Tara Aquilina is a Los Angeles based Fashion Stylist and Image Consultant. She's a native New Yorker whose passion for fashion began at a young age—from countless hours beautifying Barbie, to attending FIT in New York City in her late teens. Tara’s travels throughout Europe influenced her own eclectic-sexy-rock-n-roll-chic style. She explored her love of fashion by styling friend after friend when they asked for advice. Finally, it dawned on her—she needed to make this her career path. Tara love creating looks, but the gratification of helping build one’s self esteem in an artistic manner has proven to be her biggest reward.
Tara has over 20 years of experience in the fashion world including retail, window dressing, styling customers, both high end and casual, and now her own business. She has worked as a creative director and producer for photo shoots. Tara has styled A-list actors for red carpet events, musicians for album covers, authors for publicity photos, clothing designers for up and coming lines, business entrepreneurs for new ventures and brides and bridesmaids. She has experience buying and pulling clothes from major fashion showrooms in Los Angeles, as well as choosing models for editorial shoots and creating unique editorial looks. Tara has worked with renowned international and local photographers and state of the art hair and make up artists.
Tara brings out the absolute best in her clients. She is a master at enhancing their personalities while preserving the essence of who they are.
"Fashion is the paint. Style is the painting." -Tara Aquilina
1. What are most you passionate about with styling?
The creativity. I love photo shoots, whether editorial or for independent artists. I love creating something from nothing. There have been times I have had zero budget and had to come up with 8-10 looks for an editorial shoot, head to toe. It is such a challenge and so rewarding when the final product (the photograph) turns out beautiful. It is my form of painting. That is my passion, my drive.
And I would say as far as being an image consultant and helping clients revamp their personal look, the passion there is seeing the confidence they exude after we work together. It really is a beautiful thing. I love the connections I make with my clients, watching them bloom simply makes me happy.
2. What are the top three tips every girl should know?
- Good shoes make an outfit, always and forever. If you're going to spend, spend on the shoes.
- Style isn't just about the clothes (designers) you wear, it is how you wear it. For example, if you feel like you hate your clothes and have nothing to wear and have someplace to be, instead of focusing on the obvious what shirts matches which pants, create a “look.” Ask yourself, "do I feel a little rock n roll tonight, demure, classic, wild, a certain era, etc?” And create an outfit from that place. It's a guaranteed confidence booster because you are projecting what you are feeling inside. Have fun with it and allow yourself to stand out!
in fact sexy. Don't be afraid to accentuate the sexy. But when you do, make sure there is balance in the outfit to avoid looking tacky. Sexy doesn't mean show it all!
4. What are three must-have Classic pieces every woman should own?
- a flattering and "current" pair of jeans (ideally jeans should be updated every year)
- a simple little black dress, of course! Because they tend to be timeless.
- a LEVI's jean jacket and/or a neutral (black, olive, tan, grey) motorcycle jacket
5. What has been your biggest trial and triumph in your styling career and how did you overcome it?
My biggest trial is believing in myself, but I wouldn't just limit this trial to my career as a stylist. I am a true to the word “artist.” Everything I do or have ever done has to do with creative expression. Fashion styling is a piece of the puzzle that happened organically out of trial and error. In the beginning of this journey, I had a hard time trusting my work was good enough to actually generate success. I think that is the struggle with most artists, finding the value in their work. And this self doubt would rear its head and limit my creative process, sometimes for months at a time, which left me feeling hopeless. But I fought the old beliefs I had of myself by working on my portfolio, doing anything and everything I could do (money or no money), to stay proactive. The more I did, the more I found myself surrounded by like-minded people in this industry who inspired me and who I inspired. Until eventually there was no question or doubt that I should be doing this for a living. I truly love what I do, it is a part of me that I am lucky enough to share with others. To date that is my biggest triumph.
6. What charity/cause are you most passionate about and why?
The charity I am most passionate about is The LAM Foundation, short for lymphangioleiomyomatosis, which is a progressive lung disease that usually strikes women during their childbearing years. Lymphangioleiomyomatosis is pronounced lim-fan-gee-o-ly-o-my-o-ma-to-sis. “Lymph” refers to the lymph vessels and “angio” refers to the blood vessels. “Leiomy” means smooth muscle, “oma” is a tumor, and “tosis,” refers to a disease condition." To learn more about it in depth please go to http://www.thelamfoundation.org.
My family was personally touched by this disease years ago, before there was any knowledge of it. My aunt, Dawn Matteson Kleps, died from LAM at the age of 35. I spent my childhood watching this once vibrant, talented beautiful woman shrink into a disabled bedridden shell of herself who had to live off oxygen tanks. It killed her years before she passed away. It was, and still is, one of the most tragic events of my life. But through her death, our family met the Byrnes family, Sue and Fran and daughter Andrea. Due to Andrea's diagnosis of LAM, her parents started the Foundation in 1995, a year after her diagnosis. Because of them, the foundation has become worldwide, providing research, clinical trials, support and a better lifestyle for these women. My aunt would have lived a longer, fuller and healthier life if the foundation existed back then. Seeing how far LAM has come in 20 years is amazing, I can only imagine what the next 20 years will bring. I have hope and faith that a cure is near. We just need to keep spreading the word and awareness in support of our fellow sisters and in memory of my aunt.
One fun way we are doing that is through the "DARE TO DANCE" campaign. Dare to Dance Campaign is a way to raise the much needed awareness for LAM. Similar to the ice bucket challenge, you videotape yourself or someone else dancing, dare someone else to dance and then post it on your social media outlets. A demo tape will be made and sent out urging people to make their own video. Finally, on a certain week, we will launch the campaign by posting our videos. Join our Dare to Dance Facebook page or contact me or Andrea Byrnes on Facebook.
7. Who has been one of your biggest inspirations? And why?
Tara’s styling services include:
· Image consulting, including coming to your home to assist with thinning out both clothing and accessories that do not serve you
· Revamping personal style
· Personal shopping
· Shopping consultant
· Styling actors for events (red carpet, PR events, any photographed or filmed appearances)
· Styling for photo shoots (musicians, clothing designers, actors, business entrepreneurs, bloggers)
· Styling for editorials
. Producing photo shoots
“I met Tara in an improvisational class, over a decade ago, and we have been dear friends ever since. She is a true artist, constantly creating and utilizes her artistic flair with the same style of magic that she once did as an improv artist. Creating something from nothing while collaborating with the people/fabrics/setting to create something beautiful, sensual and positive. I’ve worked with Tara as a personal shopper, she has dressed me for multiple red carpet events and I assure you that she is an absolute pro and more importantly a blast to hang out with!” -Brianna Brown, actress
"Tara has her finger on the pulse of what's hot now and works with you to bring out the best version of your own style.” -Erin Cottrell, actress
“What I love about Tara is she pushes me to think outside of my fashion box, while at the same time bringing out my personality. It’s the perfect balance of stepping out of my comfort zone and learning how to grow, truly expressing myself. I always feel confident and fabulous! Plus, she really helped me to let go of clothing that I was holding on to because I didn’t know what to buy! I feel organized and sexy!”- Alexis Carra, actress
"I finally feel like I can dress myself! I had a closet full of outdated and ill fitting clothes. Tara helped me clean it out (which felt so good) and kept only the clothes that looked good and fit me well. We restocked my wardrobe with quality basics. Who knew I had been buying jeans wrong for years?? This was a huge confidence booster. I highly recommend Tara. Because sometimes you need that person to ask you: 'When was the last time you wore that? 1997?" -Beth Navarro, writer
"I have always been drawn to Tara Aquilina's keen sense of personal style. She totally brings that to her work and having her on set with me for a Pal Jody Clothing shoot was such a Godsend. The photographer, client and I all really appreciated her fast and thoughtful eye, which kept things flowing and looking great. She just knows what works! And get her into your closets 'cause she can put things together that you NEVER thought were meant to be. I have brand new outfit options out of my own closet! Tara is a rockstar chick with a rockin' sense of style.” - Kavi Ladnier, actress & mother
"Tara Aquilina is a supremely talented, versatile, and skillful artist, with a fabulous sense of style. Her playful spirit is a charming fusion of confidence and fun, and her presence on set is a delight. I need a stylist who’s easy-going, patient, and unflappable, and I found all that in Tara. Her professionalism is invaluable, and I look forward to working with her again.” - Daniel Reichert, photographer
"Tara gets it. She has an innate ability to see a person and know exactly what to do and how to make them shine. She understands fashion, she's creative and knows how to nudge her clients out of their comfort zones to try something new, and create a new stylized look that raises their vibration and allows them to be who they are and shine out in the world.” -Jeff Fasano, photographer
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs, and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.