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You began your professional writing career as a journalist working for Esquire Magazine, Glamour, Harper's, and even Playboy. What was something you learned from this time that you still incorporate into your writing today?
My early career of writing feature journalism taught me some incredibly valuable lessons. Perhaps the most useful of all was to learn how to tell a story concisely. In journalism, you have a strictly limited word count, so you cannot indulge in dragging your story out or meandering into needless digressions A second lesson was how to zero in on a vivid detail or incident that can really make a story jump to life. And thirdly, to develop an ear for the way people actually talk and how much they can reveal themselves through what they say.
You have also worked on screenplays and as an executive producer during your time living in Los Angeles. What was it like to see your vision come to life on the screen?
As most people know, very few screenplays actually make it to the screen. So whenever I actually had something produced, it was thrilling. I was particularly amazed at how much an actor can add to a character just by an offhand gesture or using a throaty tone of voice. Once in a while, it was the opposite—I’d want to rush onto the set and say, “No, that’s not the way to play my character! She’s ballsy, not a shrinking violet.” But since I couldn’t do that, I had to learn to just let go and enjoy the ride.
With such a varied background, you decided to devote yourself to writing novels. What is it about this medium that has made it your priority?
For me, writing novels as opposed to journalism was inevitable, because I always had original stories in my head I was itching to get down in words. I liked writing screenplays, but movies are a collaborative affair. If you are fortunate enough to get something produced, many people will have been involved in what ultimately gets on screen. In a novel, although an editor may demand changes, you are really the sole writer, director and cameraman of your project. I love having that autonomy.
You focus on writing thrillers that captivate your readers. What can you tell us about the 'recipe' for crafting a truly engrossing read?
A recipe for crafting an engrossing read? Hmmm. I’d say the basic ingredient is a compelling main character who makes you care about them (even if you don’t like them!) and who keeps you guessing. Also, for a suspense story, you must constantly add the spice of pulling the rug out from under the reader, preferably just as they are sure they know where the story is heading. The kinds of twists that make a reader say, “I never saw that coming!” And an important ingredient is the cliff-hanger: those tasty dangling elements that make the reader constantly want to gobble up the next chapter.
Your newest novel, Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost, is a modern take on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. What were some of the elements that you took from the classic novel and what are the new twists you added that were all your own?
I did adapt a few of the most famous elements of the classic Jane Eyre for Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost: a young woman comes to an atmospheric estate, falls for the difficult but beguiling man who owns it, and discovers a secret about him involving a wife. But I’ve added many original twists, beginning with the fact that my Mr. Rochester is under suspicion of murdering his wife, and this creates a mystery Jane must solve-- even though it could likely prove him guilty. There’s also a ghost that may or may not be haunting Jane, as she attempts to prove or disprove his innocence. And there is the counterpoint voice from the past of Beatrice -- Mrs. Rochester -- who narrates a mad and twisty tale of what happened the day she was lost to the sea.
How did you get to know your protagonist Jane? Did anything about her character surprise you? Delight you? Make you wince? Make you smile?
My protagonist Jane continually surprised me. She had such a cheeky sense of humor, and an independent streak that I admired hugely. Sometimes when she had moments of terrible regret or indecision, she could make me wince a little, but if she didn’t have those moments, she wouldn’t have seemed human. I smiled frequently at her refusal to put up with Mr. Rochester’s moodiness; and at her touching scenes with Sophia, Rochester’s troubled teenaged daughter—Jane shows her great compassion but at the same time deftly keeps her in line.
The unforgettable Mr. Rochester—adored by millions of readers. How did you go about recreating one of the most iconic men in literature? Were you ever intimidated when considering how to write a modern version of such a beloved character?
Creating a modern version of the oh-so-iconic Mr. Rochester was probably my biggest challenge. He needed to be flawed without being a totally repellant jerk. And he could not even have the advantage of being handsome. I made him a tech entrepreneur because it seemed like a character who could display the necessary flamboyance and arrogance, as well as one who might be tempted to bending rules for his own benefit. And of course somebody capable of great passion—both for good and for bad!
In addition to being a very successful author, you are also a writing coach. What advice do you give to new writers looking to complete their first manuscript?
I love coaching new writers and watching them grow in their craft. It’s hard to whittle down the process to several pieces of advice, but here are a few. First of all, learn how to accept criticism—I don’t mean in order to blindly follow it, but to absorb it and come to your own decisions about how to use or reject it. The second is sheer perseverance. Don’t get discouraged at the first knot in your story—or the second, or the fourteenth! There is almost always a solution. And thirdly: revise, revise, revise. And if necessary, be ruthless in your revision. If a scene or a chunk of dialogue or a description isn’t working for your story, then out with it! This is often-given advice, but for a reason—it’s so valuable!
Pamela Shanteau is a renowned airbrush artists who's airbrush talent streams over multiple styles and surfaces. She is recognized among her peers and airbrush enthusiasts for your custom airbrush art. Her surfaces choices for her airbrush art include automotive and motorcycles and the body. It is her airbrush art on the motorcycles that has placed her in the ranks with other famous custom airbrush artists.
Her airbrush art has been featured in the 2006 Iwata, the RM 2006 and the 2007 Paint calendars. The 2006 and also the 2007 Signature Harley Davidson calendars have featured Shanteau's airbrush art. While these calendars show off a great deal of her talent they are by far not the only place where you can see this expert airbrush artist.
Magazines such as Hot Rod, Airbrush Action, AutoGraphics, Easy Rider, Mini-Truckin have featured Shanteau's airbrush art in their publications. These of course are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to publications that have featured her work.
Shanteau does not just create brilliant airbrush art, she also teaches others how to create the same high quality airbrush art that she herself creates. In February of 2002 she released the book, The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook. In this book she teaches the basics of airbrush art, airbrush types and how to set up an airbrush shop. The book covers such styles of airbrushing such as fingernails, automotive, t-shirts and even leather. In July of 2007 Shanteau released another book to help other artists learn the art of airbrushing. Her book titled, Custom Automotive & Motorcycle Airbrushing teaches never before seen techniques.
These techniques are her own exclusive techniques she created and she is sharing them with you.
Shanteau offers visual DVD and vhs tapes to help other learn how to create airbrush art on automotives and motorcycles. These videos show you step by step exactly how to do certain techniques to create specific looks. Her series teaches about airbrushing flames, murals and masking techniques and motorcycle gas taking airbrushing. Her videos will give you a more visual learning aid than you would get from the detailed directions in her books, so if you learn better from watching then the videos are your best bet when learning from Shanteau.
Pamela Shanteau also teaches workshops around the United States that offer a hands on learning experience for airbrush artists. Her workshops allow for students to learn her techniques and gain more knowledge while under her supervision. She is there to show you how to do airbrush art, help you quickly spot your mistakes and learn how to advance in your techniques.
Shanteau is truly a gifted airbrush artists and the chance to learn from her will greatly benefit any artist from beginner to advanced. Her styles and techniques are unique to her and she is openly offering to show them to others who truly want to learn airbrush art. She has given artists three great mediums in which to learn from her distinctive personal style. It is this distinctive style that has her ranked high in the airbrush art industry.
Said Bilani is using his considerable fortune and philanthropic status to fundamentally rethink humanitarianism while making philanthropy fashionable. Top Fashion magazine is proud to showcase this philanthropy power player in our Summer 2021 Cover Issue.
It’s a short drive from well-known Savannah, GA, but to the less well-known—it is America’s Favorite Island, a place not to be seen or heard, but a place to live loud in luxury. Consistently ranked one of the top Islands in the United States, Hilton Head has it all. From beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses to exceptional restaurants and high-energy water sports, this boot-shaped sea Island will satisfy even the most demanding summer checklist. Hilton Head Island was also voted #1 Island in the Continental U.S. and #2 Island in the World. Among other accolades, Mr. 23 “Michael Jordan” himself calls it home and frequents its golf courses every summer.
From sunrise to sunset, we cherished every moment on this magical Island! It was a delight to follow our cover star, Said Bilani, around Hilton Head, from the Harbour Town Marina to the famous Sea Pines Resort to Coligny Beach to learn first-hand how philanthropy doesn’t always have to be reduced to dreary imagery but could comprise luxury. A morning jog on Coligny, an afternoon doorless helicopter ride over the Calibogue Sound, a sunset dolphin yacht to the Harbour Town Lighthouse (the site of our photoshoot), and interspersed throughout the day; putting around Hilton Head’s luscious green links, delivering a virtual commencement speech to 2021 graduates, and communicating over phone seemingly every other minute with his staff, partners, and assistants, through it all, Said not only defined philanthropy but redefined it, amalgamating it with luxury and Top Fashion.
Through the jet-set, we found the time to sit and sometimes jog with Said as he answered some of our most pressing questions for our Special Edition Summer 2021 Issue.
Read an exclusive interview with Said in the "Top Fashion" summer special!
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Meet Amir Shah, the executive producer and star of the web series “Are you Amir Shah?” Season 2, Episode 4. This episode has a stardom of cast: features the Ikki twins from MTV's “A double shot at love”, Egyptian influencer and actress Yasmeen Scarab, acclaimed French actress Nathalie Boyer. Last year Nathalie was nominated as a critics choice pick “La nuee”, french psychological horror thriller on the Cannes Film Festival.
Series “Are you Amir Shah?” has won trophies for best web series from film festivals in Chile, Singapore, India, Bhutan, Gangtok and is currently nominated for a Jean Luc Goddard award from Krimson Horyzon International film festival in India. And many more nominations and awards are currently ongoing!
We met Amir to ask him all the juicy details about his success.
Read exclusive interview with Amir in "Cosmo Chic" July issue!
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The facets of music and its ever-evolving nature have given rise to a new breed of artists and musicians. Jantoin TheDon is a leader in the new school of contemporary artists and he is constantly pushing the envelope and reinventing himself and his sound. He is a self-taught multi-talented recording artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and entrepreneur born and raised in Detroit, MI. Jantoin TheDon is making music that is driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, comfort, and express himself in an innovative and creative way.
Born Jantoin Thompson, he previously went by the moniker of Jay Money and later rebranded as Jantoin TheDon. He is the embodiment of originality and uses his experiences and musical acumen to create an amalgamated and original sound. Jantoin TheDon has had a vast array of musical influences however he accredits the pivotal influences and inspiration in his life to a group from his hometown known as Rock Bottom Entertainment as well as giants such as 2 Pac, DMX, and Jay Z. This all culminates in Jantoin TheDon producing a musical experience that is enjoyable, easy going but also authentic and grounded in reality. It is music that is relatable to people and infused with positive energy to allow for an immersive experience. His overarching ambition is to tell his story and inspire those who resonate and relate to his music and to create something different unique and memorable. He wants to be successful and provide his two amazing daughters with the life they deserve.
We are happy to feature Jantoin on the cover of “Cosmo Life” and ask him all the questions you always wanted to know.
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TR-Gang is a talented DJ/Producer from Bangkok, Thailand. His music is hype and gritty with an electronic charm. Let's learn some more about TR and his career.
TR-Gang is influenced by classic EDM artists like Skrillex, DJ Snake, and DJ Soda. He likes how these artist create their music in new and creative ways. You can hear this same charm in TR's music. With his song "Hard" you can see the influence that hard EDM has had on him. Go checkout this song below.
Learning how to produce music professionally can be a daunting task, but TR learned how to do it by himself. He would watch YouTube tutorials to learn different techniques and eventually mastered his craft. In addition to his international influences, TR found that local DJ's like Queen Rana in Thailand really helped him formulate his sound. He actually began making music as a joke, but it ended up turning into something real.
-Signed: Blanco y Negro Music (spian)
-Signed: Jaywork (Italy)
--Signed: D.o.M (USA)
--Signed: Seven Hip-hop (USA)
-Signed Future House Radio
-Top 10 indie Alliance UK radio show
-Win vote Trust the Doc UK radio show
-Top 1 Spinning record talent pool
-Top 1,2 VIRPP genre Dustep
-Burn TR-Gang ft.Bindi the first
-Coco TR-Gang ft.Kandi bard
-Dream TR-Gang ft.Tim moyo
-Lit TR-Gang ft. Honey B Sweet&Slim spitta