Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gladise Jimenez Interview 2016 | La Isla del Encanto to Los Angeles

From La Isla del Encanto (Puerto Rico) to Los Angeles, Gladise Jimenez has made her mark on the entertainment industry. From modeling to breakthrough acting roles on "Bold & The Beautiful", "Tremors"& "Skin Wars", Jimenez is accomplished in the lime light. We took a moment to interview this Hollywood starlet!


What aspect of the entertainment industry is the best?


I can only speak from my personal experience, so that being said I believe that the best I've gotten from the entertainment industry is self confidence and a knowledge of how business works and how important it is to recognize yourself as a key player and a part of this big puzzle.  One MUST value themselves in order for others to do so as well but this must be done with humility, no one likes a bully ;)

 Which is the worst?

Weaving in and out of the wolves dressed as sheep...


What is something that most people don’t know about you that they should?

That I am HOMIE! I love to cook and I even have a sewing machine, ha!

What’s your favorite role that you’ve ever played?

Rosalita from the Tremors TV series for the SyFy channel was my favorite role.
 
 

Best & worst things about living in Los Angeles?

The best thing about living in Los Angeles, besides being able to go to the beach and snow sking on the same day, if you get up VERY EARLY, is all the amazing opportunities it has to offer.

The worst thing about Los Angeles is the TRAFFIC!!!!!!

What’s on the horizon for the end of the year & 2017?

By the end of 2017 I will be on a new TV Show ;)))))


What are your thoughts on the current presidential election?

LOL!!!!!!

What has Bob Gerholdt & Copymat Hollywood mean to you?

I've been with Bob and Copymat from the begging of my career, I won't say how long because I won't date myself, lol! But Copymat has been printing ALL of my photos, resumes, business cards and much more for more years than I care to admit ;). I've moved and lived all over but I've never found the need to go with someone else, that's how good and professional they are.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Vintage Music in 2016 - David Gasten Interview (Producer of: This is Vintage Now Compilation Series)

Being located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Ave, we have many interesting & accomplished customers coming into Copymat Hollywood daily. One of those customers is David Gasten, producer of the This is Vintage Now compilation series.. An enthusiast, expert & entrepreneur in vintage music, David is quickly becoming a key figure in current vintage culture. We linked up with him to discuss the vintage movement & his involvement in its recent resurgence. 
What is the Vintage Movement and how did you get into it?

The Vintage Movement is an interest in resurrecting the lifestyle and culture of the mid-century era, in particular the 1950’s and early 1960’s.  There has been a fascination with this period ever since it left us in the late 1960’s, starting with Sha Na Na at Woodstock.  It has taken a lot of twists and turns, but now it is centered in reviving and reliving the atmosphere of the time. My first connection with this period was in looking at anthologies of newspaper cartoons like Krazy Kat and Dick Tracy as a kid, but it was my love for silent movies and my involvement in the 1990’s swing revival that got me hooked and made me realize that this was for me.

Why the 1950’s? What makes this period so interesting to so many people?

The 1950’s in the US were a period that should have ended in a horrible, devastating Third World War against Russia and China. But instead, it became a period of unprecedented entrepreneurship that created an extraordinary amount of success and wealth. Young couples would commonly surpass their parents’ wealth in as little as three years, and even some of the lowest positions paid well enough to support a family. Many of the innovations that were created in the period—hi-fi, chain restaurants and motels, time saving machines like the dishwasher and the electric iron—are the basis of modern culture as we know it today. You look at the memorabilia of the period—movies, TV, music, magazines—and there is this optimism, this joie de vivre and “anything can happen” excitement that is contagious and makes people today want to relive those times. The Vintage Movement is pretty much the sum result of people looking at things today, saying, “Stop the postmodern world, I want to get off”, and looking to immerse themselves in a more optimistic period. And that is where Vintage music, culture, and events come in.

What role does your This is Vintage Now compilation series play in this?

The This is Vintage Now series exists to collect together in one place the best and most authentic musical artists who make 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s-style music. We select the best tracks from these artists, and assemble them together in a way where the songs flow from one track to the next and take the listener on a little journey. The goal is for the series to be a “depot” of sorts where people interested in this style can go to learn about all the best new artists, and also hear a few lesser known artists from the original period as well. We also want the series itself to be an escape portal that people can just immerse themselves in. 



What kind of music do you feature on the series?

Most of the music we had on This is Vintage Now Vol. 1 was vocal jazz, jump blues, and what is today called “bachelor pad music” or “space age pop”. We had the honor of being the first American entity to license the music of Dutch singer Caro Emerald, who has since become a sensation in the UK and Europe; she’s had a #1 album on the BBC charts and plays large venues like The Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Theater now.  We also had a hand in helping people discover the music of Beverly Kenney, an original 1950’s singer who is kind of like the Nick Drake of jazz; her version of  “Tea For Two” is one of her most popular songs now because we featured it on our compilation.

The upcoming album, This is Vintage Now Vol. 2: Happiness is a Way of Life, is a theme album about happiness; it’s a very relaxing record that sounds like you are getting lost in your thoughts at a mid-century modern resort hotel far away. The tiki scene has really taken flight since we released This is Vintage Now Vol. 1, so the album will feature a lot of great current exotica and tiki artists.  We will also be featuring recent material from the recently departed exotica legend Robert Drasnin and 50’s lady jazz vocalist Sue Raney, as well as a fantastic song from the English singer Purdy who has worked and toured with Jools Holland in the UK.  

Your first edition of This is Vintage Now came out in June 2011.  What has changed between then and now?

We were really making something out of nothing when This is Vintage Now Vol. 1 was first released. We first compiled This is Vintage Now Vol. 1 in 2010 when the UK was having a breakthrough year with the popularity of Vintage, but the interest was largely around fashion and lifestyle, and there was no Vintage Music per se.  There were artists doing the Vintage style (or trying to do the style) all over the world but none of them were talking to each other. So I tried to collect the best and most authentic material I could find and assemble it together in one place.  Since then, a scene has come together and has gotten a following.  This new audience is demanding more and more authenticity, so the artists are really being stuck to it to deliver. This has given us more material to work with, so future volumes of This is Vintage Now, including This is Vintage Now Vol. 2, will achieve an even more authentic mid-century experience.

What are some other things in Vintage that people should be checking out?

There’s so much, but here’s a small list.  There’s a TV show called Vintage America with Ginger that is based here in LA and has just filmed its first season—it’s going to be fantastic.  There is a new dance event here in Hollywood called The Panther Club that takes place at the Sassafras Saloon on Fountain and Vine—it’s packed with people and a whole lot of fun. There’s a lady jazz vocalist named Laura Ainsworth based in Dallas to watch out for. She is getting ready to release an album called New Vintage that is going to be her breakthrough; I’ve heard rough mixes of about half the album and I cannot believe how good it is.  There’s a jazz piano player in Long Beach named James Spencer that is the most prolific creative mind in all of Vintage; he is probably the only piano guy who knows how to get that old 50’s style piano sound across that you hear on old records. He is getting ready to release a box set of film noir recordings and is working on an ambitious 15-disc set called The Cocktail Piano Hour.   Also there’s some great radio podcasts like Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation out of Sydney, Australia and The Exotic Tiki Island Podcast with Tiki Brian that are a great way to keep up with all that’s going on.

And where can we find This is Vintage Now?


This is Vintage Now Vol. 1 is available on Spotify and on iTunes and Amazon MP3. You can read more about the artists on the album and about the Vintage scene in general on our website Thisisvintagenow.com.

This is Vintage Now Vol. 2
is not out yet; we are planning to release it on digital next year as early as we can, and then follow it with a party album called This is Vintage Now Vol. 3: Good Times, Good Tunes! Songs for When You’re Feeling Good.  We are also planning to release This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 as a deluxe Japanese-style mini-LP CD with exclusive content.  There is a wonderful Vintage magazine whose name I can’t mention yet that is planning to utilize the mini-LP CD as a subscription builder for their VIP subscriptions.



In the meantime you can listen to a preview from This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 right here:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Acid Alkaline pH Test: What is the Alkalinity & Acidity of 20 Popular Water Brands?

"It's just water". This is the phrase we've all heard when getting into a, for lack of a better term, liquidy discussion. But, is all water equal? Apparently not. This test by Hollywood residents An0maly & Scotty The Kid shows differences in acidity between Propel Water, Sparkletts Water, Crystal Geyser Water, San Pelligrino, Hawaiian Water, Arrowhead Water, Artisan Water, Essentia Alkaline Water, Fiji Water, Smart Water, Dasani Water, Qure Alkaline Water, Kroger Water, Aquafina Water, Voss Water, Boxed Water, Evian Water, Trader Joes Water & Nestle Water.

 


The biggest find of the experiment was "Essentia"water claimed to be 9.5+ pH & above. The water was clocked in at a 7.5+.

What is the relation to alkalinity & the human body? Well, as this video states, the average human adult body is 50-65% water. We are water! It must have some effect on our body. Many holistic doctors & healers claim that keeping the body alkaline will keep you 100% healthy. Reason being, they say, is that no diseases can live in an alkaline human being. Some doctors & scientists say the opposite. Calling it an "alkaline myth", they argue that the body has a natural process to regulate acidity & alkalinity. They explain the stomach, skin & DNA on a human body are all acidic. 




We encourage you to do your own research & stop in to chat with us at Copymat Hollywood!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

History of the Hollywood Sign | Hike the Hollywood Hills with Copymat

Many have seen the iconic "Hollywood" sign, but very few know the origin. Today we'll take you on a hike through the history of the Hollywood Hills staple.


The legendary sign was created in 1925 & originally read "HOLLYWOODLAND", named after a new housing development in the hills. Real estate developers Woodruff and Shoults called their development "Hollywoodland"& the sign was means of advertisement. They contracted Crescent Sign Company to erect the sign. The company owner, Thomas Fisk Goff, designed the sign. The cost of the project was $21,000 (around $300,000 with current inflation). What a deal! The sign was covered in light bulbs (around 4,000) & flashed in segments of "HOLLY""WOOD"& "LAND" before lighting up entirely. Each letter was 30 feet (9.1 m) wide and 50 feet (15 m) high. Its intended life-span was a year & a half, but after the rise of American Cinema, it became an internationally recognized symbol. They decided to leave it in the hills where it continues to a landmark to the entire world.

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The sign reached its most deteriorated state in the 1970's
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How did a sign built to last 1.5 years end up lasting almost 100 years? Lot's of money & work. In the 1940's the signs caretaker, Albert Kothe, drove drunk & smashed his vehicle into the letter "H". He destroyed his Ford Model A car as well as the letter. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce started a contract with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to repair and rebuild. The contract stated "LAND"must be taken out, to reflect the Hollywood district as opposed to the Hollywoodland housing development. The Chamber decided not to replace the lightbulbs. The 1949 effort gave the sign new life, but the sign's unprotected wood and sheet metal structure continued to wear down.


In 1978, Hugh Hefner spearheaded a movement to restore the Hollywood sign back to glory. The new letters were 45 feet (14 m) tall and ranged from 31 to 39 feet (9.4 to 11.9 m) wide. Money for the project was raised by nine donors, each giving  $27,777.77 each. The new letters were made of steel & supported by steel columns on a concrete foundation.

Here is the list of donors:

 Now in 2016, the Hollywood letters still attract tourists & dreamers worldwide. The journey continues for perhaps the most famous city sign in the world.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Billy Mitchell: Legendary Musician & Community Leader


To say Billy Mitchell is a legendary musician would be an understatement. However, it's what he does separate from the black & white ivory keys that displays his true spirit. In these turbulent times of racial injustice, economic injustice & political corruption; it's no secret that budgets are being massively cut. Schools are disappearing. Music & arts programs have vanished into thin air. What has been priority & necessity to most human souls is being abolished in front of our very eyes. The people are looking for a leader to move the younger generation in the right direction. Look no further, than Billy Mitchell.


Billy Mitchell began his journey to leadership from 1960-1964 in college when he marched with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) for Black rights in Atlanta
  As the Founder and Director of SAPPA (Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy) for 13 years, Mr. Mitchell has brought free music competition and scholarship tutoring to the Los Angeles community.  With over 10 locations, at-risk inner city children are given access to music,  arts scholarships, & creative services to all ages. This is vital for the youth to have access to artistic resources. Not only is it a possible career path, but the arts play an extremely fundamental role in every person's life. To see more of the impact SAPPA is having on Los Angeles communities, view their full website here.


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"I don’t know if SAPPA would have developed to this point, had it not been for their professional input” Billy explained "Copymat is an example of how a business can help community organizations to develop." 
      on Bob Gerholdt: “I don’t even know how many years I’ve known Bob.. it’s been a long time; and he’s always been supportive of my music and the SAPPA program”

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Billy Mitchell is also an incredible & accomplished jazz musician himself. He was born in Tarrytown, NY, eventually attending high school in Buffalo & higher education at Morehouse College. In 1970, Mitchell found a home in Los Angeles to begin the next leg of his epic journey. To accompany his countless classic albums, he has performed live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Heineken World Music Festival, International Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks among many other venues. To see his full biography, click here. 

We are proud to have Billy Mitchell as a loyal customer of Copymat. We expect many great things from him in the near future! 
 



 


Monday, August 22, 2016

Meet Trade-Works Foundation: 2016 Interview!

At Copymat Hollywood, we are more than just a printing establishment. We are a staple in our community. When we see brilliance within our customers, we don't hesitate to act. Needless to say, we knew we had to share the story of Trade-Works Foundation on our blog. We reached out & conducted this insightful interview! Enjoy.





What exactly is Trade-Works Foundation? 

Inspiring love through action, Trade-Works Foundation connects dreamers with do-ers to cultivate economic opportunity and personal stability for under resourced youth.
We build on current skills while sparking interest in the trade industry.  Utilizing volunteer teams of trade industry experts, we promote self-sustainability through hands-on motivational workshops as well as supplying each attendee with the tools necessary to begin a career in their chosen trade. 

What gave you the inspiration to start Trade-Works?
I have spent several years researching and applying ways to help those in need around the world.  Through my travels abroad and service locally, I came to the realization that I could help others with my career path.  Utilizing the work I have done as a celebrity hairdresser my passion grew for sharing those skills with undeserved people around the world. I figured, If I could do this than I can pave a way for others to give back in their industry as well, thus bringing forth Trade-Works Foundation.
 
What are your goals for the next few years?
We are taking a team of hairdressers/barbers to Jamaica in late January 2017.  In 2018 our first USA site will be Trenton, NJ and our first Africa site will be Kampala, Uganda.  To pick our chosen trade we study the needs of each community as well as each location is chosen by relationships built with partnering groups,and schools. Our long-term goal is to create a thriving internship and scholarship program at each community we serve, providing job opportunities and business relationships. 
 
What has been the most rewarding experience you have had so far?
The reward comes when you are in a community that has been torn apart by poverty and you see first hand how your hard work, sweat and tears all paid off.  In life we don't always see harvest from seeds we sow but there are those glimpses of hope where I have seen smiles on their faces and my teachings applied, right there it becomes all worth it! 


What's your advice to anyone that wants to make a difference in the world or in their community?

Do it! And do it when your fire is burning strong.  It is very easy to get caught up in the day to day, we all can fall victim to that pattern, so I say take risks, and get involved.  There are so many non profits to partner with or even just person to person service, when showing kindness to others, nothing is too small. 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Trade Show Display Guide: Trade Show Booth Design, Table Covers & Beyond for Trade Conventions

Looking to present your company, business or product at a trade show this year? You've landed at the right spot. There will be many decisions made that will lead to success or failure. Attendance is only half the battle. The other half? Being prepared, of course! We'll let you in on the most important moves to make. Also, a few little secrets along the way.

Booth Design: Trade show booth design is extremely essential to trade show success! This is what draws in potential customers. Remember, there is a lot of competition at trade shows. You must stand out in order to bring out results. How can you do that? Quality printing. Start with a captivating table cover, retractable banner stands & any creative addition that will add to your presentation. You do not want to be a little, boring fish in the big trade show sea of companies. You want the most flavor! The coolest display! Attract people to your booth.




Exciting Staff: Whether it's you or any other employee at your company; make sure the customer service is excellent. Make people leave your booth saying "Wow, those are cool people!" not "Man, those guys (or girls) are boring!" Use your personality & energy to attract customers, not scare them away.

If you follow these simple suggestions & put your own twist on them, you will see an uptick in sales at your next trade show. Be prepared!