Meet Irena Hadzi Dordevic, Talented Production Designer

Irena Hadzi Dordevic is a talented production designer emerging from Serbia, currently working as an art director and production designer in the USA.

Growing up in a family of classical musicians, she was trained in different art forms from a young age playing the violin, drawing, dancing.

At the age of 17, after 3 year of highschool she chose to focus and pursue a career in design, enrolling in the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, department of Scenography. Since then she worked on more than dozen short films and theater plays as a designer before she decided in 2017 to enroll in MFA in Stage Design at prestigious Northwestern University and move to Chicago, USA.

Right after her thesis defense in 2021. Irena was hired to work as an art director on Sand Dollar Cove, a Hallmark feature film starring Chad Michael Murray.

After Sand Dollar Cove, Irena kept getting called back and earning credits as an art director in Taking the Reins, Hallmark fall feature and Next Stop Christmas, as an art coordinator - Hallmark Christmas feature, starring Christopher Lloyed and Lea Thompson - famous cast from Robert Zemeckis Back to the Future.

After spending a few months on locations in Connecticut, Irena decided to go back to Chicago, where her home base is at the moment and production design a feature mystery film Silent as the Grave, directed by Brad Podowski and Dan Gremley which is currently in post-production.

She is thrilled and excited to work in movies in the USA as she loves creating and building worlds for screen characters.

"I love working on films!, - Irena says, "The sense of community that exists within the art department is incredibly inspiring and motivating for me. I love to bounce ideas with my teammates and I love the pressure that movie deadlines have. Every time I work on a movie, I get a huge adrenaline rush that is hard to explain to someone not working in the industry and it is something that makes it worth it going back."

Irena also confessed: "Film as an art form for me is an absolutely essential form of escapism. The ability to be able to tune out for 2 to 3 hours and walk in someone else's shoes still feels like magic to me. As an art form it enables you to become someone else for a moment, learn from other people’s experiences in a most intimate way and gives you the ability to unplug from reality, which I consider a superpower especially now when we are still in a pandemic. I can’t imagine humanity going through covid without movies. I think our job is essential in a way that provides massive relief and comfort to so many people around the globe. I am grateful to be part of it."

Meta-Art Artist James Von Gordon Introduces A New Online Gallery

James Von Gordon is a US artist specializing in Meta-art creation, a new  form of art style. His new online gallery showcases stunning artworks with unparalleled technique and unique art style. This long-awaited gallery is addressed to worldwide audiences that can reach all levels of art lovers and welcome art collectors to purchase original art, prints, and merchandise from the artist.

Get to know all the tea about the gallery creation in our exclusive interview with James Von Gordon!

G: Hi, James! We are so excited for the big news! How are you doing today?
JG:
I’m excited to announce my new online gallery . As a painter, I have been selling art since I was a teenager. I hope that the worldwide audience from Dadaism into a new art movement and style containing beauty, you can see my latest artworks called Meta Art, and I’m looking forward to having my artworks hung on their walls, or put on hats, shirts, cup etc...

G: Oh, wow! We are so much looking forward to seeing all this beauty! How would you define your artistic style?
JG:
My painting themes focus on Meta-art creation. Meta-art style is an eclectic style of art combining the dimensional beauty of oil paint with the spectra versatility of acrylics, and brush, with the dimension quality of pallet knife, including pour, in the same artistic offering. This combined with vivid color contrast, but the painter must be able to conceptualize and actually  visualize past events and then faithfully recreate them, while staying faithful to science and history.

G: Your recent artworks reflect maturity in art and artistic versatility. You use diverse objects to make stunning artworks in various mediums. This is what Meta-art is, right?
JG:
Meta-Art, in its final construct, contains elements of Impressionistic-Surrealistic Fantasy, although presented in a Meta-Art Matrix. The presentation is to be a transcendental dynamic narrative of a harmonious paradigm shift toward a serene soul. I desire mankind to look at my art and think, imagine, and relax, and the answer to your question is yes, I do use all the mediums available to me in order to accomplish this including Oil and Acrylic in the same painting.

G: It’s so incredible! James, you are of a Spanish descent, you mentioned that you define yourself as a Spanish Basque. How did Spanish culture and art influence your way of creativity?

JG: I am an author, writer, historian, scientist, and I believe the Spanish cave art [Altamira] was accomplished by Homo-sapiens just like us today, and not Neanderthals. My history science book which I had to turn into a science fiction book "Aphina Vampire Nexus" so people would read it takes us back to the Basque, even before The Basque Christoper Columbus [toward the end of his life he went to live among the Basque, indicating he was most likely a Basque.] to the ancient Vedic wars depicted in Sanskrit [which I had to study] where space ships, lasers, cloaking devices, and atomic weapons were used. These wars between the Atlantean Basque [my people], and the Indian Dwarka were fought 1,000s of years ago. I simply took my ability to conceptualize abstract thinking and transferred it to art. The Spanish were conquerors, and had to visualize a new future, and my grandfather a Basque at 13 years came from Spain to Mexico and fought for Pancho Villa and after saving Pancho Villa, he was made a Sergeant at 13 years old and then came to the USA, and here I am still visualizing.  My picture I am finishing now is the Garden of Eden, and from science the sky was stabilize with a water barrier around it at creation, and pink or red because of the randomness of light waves they give an illusion of a shorter wavelength, make our skies look blue today. The snake had wings [as some reptiles have today] according the ancient book of "Adam and Eve," so my painting, hopefully will be like no other Edenic Painting including a pink sky and a snake with wings.

G: We’ve seen you have not only the original art-pieces, but also prints and merch. Do you plan to extend you products to, for example, clothing line?

JG: Yes, I have more ideas, stay tuned!

G: If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?

JG: I don't recall any having visualized the past, and reproducing it, but I do like the vivid colors of Youg's art, and the beauty and originality of Afremov's art.

 

G: Thank you so much for the interview. Wishing you creative inspiration in 2022!

 

VonGordon’s new gallery and art shop are now available to enjoy on the www.metaartist.website. Anyone interested in Meta-art creation can also purchase artworks available in the art shop. The website is beautifully designed with easy navigation to provide the greatest art viewing and shopping experience. The Meta-art artworks are available in various media. Original artworks, prints, and various merchandise like hoodies, t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, phone cases, porcelain ornaments, and more. 

 

Be friends with VonGordon at facebook.com/jim.gordon.148553

New multi-media group empowers women

 

The woman of today is beyond what many a century ago would have thought of, and today’s woman continues to grow and thrive.  However, many suffer in silence, even to their own family.  A promising change is on the horizon.

 

There is always room for continued growth and advancement.  This is why WIN WIN Women is destined to be a boon to women across the world – one show at a time.

 

WIN WIN Women is a multi-media social and informational network.  A combination of website, app, television, international work, online education and local circles has plans to branch out and into 195 different nations.

 

Founder and CEO Paula Fellingham put it best.  She said, “we help women all over the world improve their lives.”

 

The network is planning thousands of different live programes on 50 different channels.  These are planning to run 24/7 along with plenty of events from local and regional to international with virtual meetings always a possibility.

 

There are courses planned along with a speaking and business development school, all geared to help determined women thrive and succeed in a 21st century world.

 

More information about WIN WIN Women is on the website.  Visit www.winwinwomen.com to learn more and to participate.

 

 

 

Hotpink: R&B cover star

We are so excited to present Hotpink, best styled artist of 2021, starring on our cover of "Rich&Beautiful" January issue.

Get an idea of Thomas Browne's creations on the Fashion fund, see the handpicked style ideas from runway to your closet. Skincare tips, stories, music - all this and much more in R&B January issue!

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Meet Rocky Wallace: cover star of "Cosmo Life" November

We met Rocky to for a fun blitz. Check this out!


“This record really has meant everything to me”. - Rocky confessed. “2020 was an incredibly difficult year for me, as it was for so many people. I was very out of shape mentally and struggled a lot with my mental health. To now be in a place where I feel rebuilt and stronger, more confident than I ever have is a huge accomplishment for me at this point. This ep is really a result and reflection of how I feel like I’ve kind of reinvented myself over the past year+. It’s fun, it’s light, it’s confident, it’s me.”

 

We met Rocky to ask all the tea behind the release and share it with you!

 

CL: Hi Rocky, we are happy to present you as a cover story in “Cosmo Life”. How are you doing?

RW: I am doing great! Thank you!

 

CL: We are so excited about your new EP, so are your fans. You confessed, that 2020 was difficult for you. What was the main trouble that made it hard?
RW:
There were a lot of aspects about last year that were really challenging. I was sort of forced to confront some things that I’d put off dealing with, and in dealing with those issues I sort of unraveled. But through that process I gained a lot of healing and strength that I didn’t have before.

 

CL: How did you manage to regain your energy? Can you share some of your top go-tos?

RW: THERAPY! I cannot stress this enough! I found a great therapist, who I still see, and that was the biggest game changer. I had a really hard time writing music last year. Everything I tried to write was so dark and bleak I  just struggled sharing any of it. So I worked to find new ways to be creative. I stared journaling, drawing, I created vision boards and started a side hustle and all of it brought my creativity back and the ideas started pouring out. 

 

CL: When it comes to energy and health, what is your favorite thing to get back to normal after hard work?

RW: For me it’s really quiet and stillness. When I’m anxious, there are these beautiful trails I like to walk and just meditate and quiet the voices in my head. 

 

CL: What are your favorite beauty products and SPA?
RW:
Oooo this one can take a while! More than anything, I am obsessed with skin care. So finding the right products and regimen that works for me has been great. I have sensitive, combination skin that is a little more on the oily side. I use an Elizabeth Arden toner, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine Solution eye serum, and an Elizabeth Arden moisturizer. I also start off skin icing with a solution I make myself!

CL: What is your favorite song from the EP?

RW: I really love all of these songs and my favorite song changes with the day but right now my favorite song is probably “What Are We Waiting For.” It’s so different than anything I’ve ever done before and I’m really loving the vibe.

 

CL: That’s exciting! It has a very bold vibe, so summer and beach, isn’t it? Speaking of which, what would be your first country you’ll visit when the restrictions are lifted?

RW: I’d love to go back to Italy! I have family there, so I’d love to see all my relatives!

 

CL: You worked with your co-writers and producers, Frankie Jason Turner, David Shelby, and Matt Geroux and tried to create a collection that’s light, energetic and fun. 

We think you more than accomplished the mission! Was working on the EP as much fun as the music?

RW: It was the most fun I’ve had working on a project! My team is a collection of the funniest humans alive so there was never a moment they didn’t have me laughing at something stupid. 

 

Read the full interview in "Cosmo Life" November issue!

Cosmo Chic August is out!

Summer is here! Get your beauty and fashion secrets with our latest pics. Scents, make up, clothing, beauty topical solutions and much more in our "Cosmo Chic" August issue!

Get your copy here!

Exclusive Interview with Author Lindsay Marcott

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!

Airbrush Art Expert-Pamela Shanteau

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.