Month: April 2018

Acting Across the Globe: an Interview with Gemma Karlsen

While Hollywood, the biggest movie industry center in the world, is an American product, every year some of the highest grossing and most awarded films to be produced in the United States feature foreign actors and actresses. Not only are most of these actors and actresses already acclaimed in their home country, but they debatably require more talent in order to penetrate the competitive niche that is Hollywood. Gemma Karlsen is one such actress making a name for herself in Europe, utilizing both her background in acting and her experiences traveling to propel her career to the next level....

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From Pen and Paper to the Big Screen: an interview with Vidhya Iyer

Hollywood, and more specifically the stories created, produced and written by those working largely within the famed Los Angeles suburb, have dazzled and mystified audiences for roughly a century. What appears to be a creative and cinematic mecca to most outside the industry is simultaneously one of the most competitive atmospheres currently in existence. Every year flocks of hopeful directors, actors and writers attempt to find a lucrative niche for themselves within the tightly sealed creative space that is Hollywood, but only the most ambitious and motivated succeed in doing so. Vidya Iyer is one such talented screenwriter who...

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Pioneering the New, Exciting World of Esports

335 million. That is the number of people around the world who stream and watch esports every year. That’s more than the entire population of the United States. Even though major esport audiences may not fill giant stadiums, likely indoors streaming via smart device or laptop, the numbers speak for themself. In just thirty years, the gaming industry has gone from being virtually nonexistent after the Atari-led crash of 1983 to one of the most exciting and promising industries around. While games have become incredibly realistic and consoles have evolved into full-fledged entertainment systems, one of the primary drivers...

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Wells Fargo back in the Hot Seat over Auto, Mortgage Abuses

Wells Fargo, the third largest bank in the United States, is facing a potential, record-breaking fine for consumer abuses. Reuters reports the bank is being targeted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for altering mortgage contracts without consumer consent and forcing drivers to buy auto insurance they didn’t need. The historic company is still reeling from the September 2016 scandal which revealed employees had fabricated 3.5 million bank accounts for customers without consent. The strict sales goals Wells Fargo inforced eventually landed it with a $100 million fine from the CFPB and another $85 million to other authorities,...

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Composing in the Visual and Digital Age: an interview with Vinicius Barbosa

From the live stage, to the recording studio, to the gaming console, the career opportunities for accomplished musicians and composers range greatly. What was once a role more defined and traditional has become more diverse yet equally as applicable in the digital age, but the competition for these jobs has remained just as cut throat. Vinicius Barbosa is one such composer who has combined his academic knowledge of music with an entrepreneurial spirit, creating opportunities for himself such as opening for world renowned band Franz Ferdinand in addition to composing for several video games. We had the opportunity to...

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