Vince SpadeaAt one time, a professional athlete's exciting career was over upon retirement. Gone were the screaming fans and adoration; in came a life of obscurity with a rare television appearance every few years. Former top ranked American tennis player Vince Spadea chose not to take the traditional path, opting for a new life as an entrepreneur. He is a rap artist, restauranteur, boutique acting/modeling agent and mentor to young tennis players. On the side, Spadea is planning to create a clothing line, selling a DVD series on Amazon and investor in Smart Renovations USA.
"My best advice for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur is to have passion for your idea or subject. Passion is an underrated term. There will be so many bumps in the road, that will make you want to quit. You will find yourself saying things like, 'We can't find investors. Our funding fell through at the last minute. We were dealing with dishonest people. Someone stole or is trying to steal our idea or patent. Our company
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Vince SpadeaAt one time, a professional athlete's exciting career was over upon retirement. Gone were the screaming fans and adoration; in came a life of obscurity with a rare television appearance every few years. Former top ranked American tennis player Vince Spadea chose not to take the traditional path, opting for a new life as an entrepreneur. He is a rap artist, restauranteur, boutique acting/modeling agent and mentor to young tennis players. On the side, Spadea is planning to create a clothing line, selling a DVD series on Amazon and investor in Smart Renovations USA.Read More »from Vince Spadea: From Pro Tennis to Entrepreneur
Carole PopeRead More »from The Papal Visit
"I used to be a graphic artist and worked in animation. I love nature, art, traveling, new and constant stimulus. I wrote an autobiography entitled Anti Diva that's going to be a film. What's different about me is my voice, my dark sense of humour, my outrage at all the crap that's going on which I try to articulate in my music. I love performing live and I think my audience gets that," Carole Pope says.
The singer says her music is a hodgepodge of reality. "My sound is a combination of alt rock, electronica, and pop with political and sexual lyrics. My sound has changed in respect to technological changes in recording. I've evolved as an artist but haven't lost my passion and am always true to myself. If I'm on a political tangent I'll write about government, the state of the world, being exploited by the system or sexual inequality. I also write about relationships but not normal nice love songs. I usually go to the dark side but with a sense of humour. I'm a huge fan of Bjork,
- Richárde | Shine Food – Thu, Jul 26, 2012 12:31 PM EDT
Guus Wickenhagen, the executive chef at Los Angeles' supperclub, among the few eateries with a cool lowercase name, says running the kitchen involves a foreign perspective.Read More »from LA Chef Guus Wickenhagen "Spills" Supperclub's Restaurant Success
Chef Guus Wickenhagen
"The unique aspect of supperclub is that our kitchen is a global one. Every two weeks our menu changes, which allows for a wide variety of flavors and cooking techniques. Through my travels of Thailand, Mexico, Europe, and America I have been fortunate to learn many cooking techniques, and a wide variety of "local" cuisine. My brother was a chef, and I followed in his footsteps. I had a lot of unfocused energy as a child, and cooking was an avenue that got me to steer that energy in one direction and calm me down. The focus needed for cooking, and the creativity expressed from a dish was enough to capture my attention, and even if you were cooking the same dish over and over, each time 100 percent of your focus needs to be on the food, because your working with fresh ingredients and the elements, which makes each
- Richárde | Work + Money – Mon, Jul 23, 2012 7:30 PM EDT
Whenever anyone is able to earn a living doing what they love, they become an example for everyone. Jason Dasey, a sports journalist whom I have known a few years, suddenly dawned on me as someone in the case of "why aren't you telling the world about him?!" From CNN International to BBC to his current role covering soccer, or as it is known outside of the USA, football, over in Asia, he gets paid to watch sports and talk about them. How many people do you know who would kill for that opportunity?Sports journalist Jason Dasey at workRead More »from Sports Journalist Jason Dasey as "Kardashian" Business Inspiration
If you don't have access to foreign television, you can just as easily download his iTunes podcast. If you aren't following my excitement just yet, he spreads out everywhere - TV, online, newspapers carrying his columns and the podcast - essentially employing a Kardashian business model of "being everywhere at once," minus the obnoxiousness, that is. In the media industry, I have been told often to choose one area and do it well, but Dasey is clear with that old method needing to be tossed
Kate Upton Can Daddy Dance: How Graphic is It? Nicole Russin, Aka. Richárde, Demonstrates It, Um, ClothedBy Richárde | Fashion – Sat, Jul 21, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
What was the big deal about Guess model Kate Upton's little dance in her Sports Illustrated cover outfit, dancing the night away? Was it the "hood" aspect on a white girl? The bikini, as big as a "dental floss string," some have said?Read More »from Kate Upton Can Daddy Dance: How Graphic is It? Nicole Russin, Aka. Richárde, Demonstrates It, Um, Clothed
Always the only girl in my school's class clown lineup, I demonstrate the ill perceived dance - or popular as the single file on your laptop, whichever - in full T-shirt and jeans, minus the background music. This is how Kate Upton would've rolled with it in 1949, my blokes. Yeah, I just called you blokes like I'm not from the Midwest for an added effect.
As you can see, it may be nothing at all but what we suspect making the dance every so awfully viral, hmmm? Granted, I do modeling when I don't do my chef work, and I have done what is known as "beauty," basically the hair and makeup stuff you see. You may have taken my updo photo in for your wedding look. Who knows. All I know? I need to get a bikini on to make this work, sadly!
- Richárde | Shine Food – Fri, Jul 20, 2012 12:26 PM EDT
Hey, Yahoo! Shine friends! Have you ever wondered what a cookbook photo shoot is like? It's exactly like a magazine cover!Read More »from Inside a Cookbook Photo Shoot with Richárde Aka. Nicole Russin
For my fourth cookbook and my first cookbook in color, I knew Ostentatious Cupcakes had to look snazzy. I decorated plenty of shapes I felt were more unique than the typical cupcake delights. I mean, seriously. How many times have we seen the same things? I was inspired by a few local bakeries in the Chicago and St. Louis areas where I grew up. I never forgot the time I received a kitty cat design when I was 8. I tried my best to make a miniature version of the big kitty cat cake, for example, in my book.
My cupcake book is available on Amazon for your usual color cookbook price in print a la Miss Giada, but at a pretty discounted digital rate for just $3.99! But beyond promoting my cookbook like a pimp, I wanted everyone to see it is a lot like a Harper's Bazaar photo shoot with the sets, colors, decorations and the cupcake version of a bra adjustment: the fork
- Richárde | Fashion – Sun, Jul 8, 2012 11:44 PM EDT
Watching Boss - the hit Starz original series entering its second season on August 17 - no one would ever believe casting directors selected an unknown recent college graduate, much less one chosen on his first ever acting audition. But for the cinema aficionado Rotimi Akinosho, known just by his first name as an R&B artist, the role of ripped bad boy Darius Morrison was his destiny.Singer/Actor RotimiRead More »from Actor/Singer Rotimi on Working with "Boss" Kelsey Grammer
"I'm a movie fan. I love watching movies all day. I like the Rocky collection. I watched that at least 100 times in my life. I have a lot of vision," he explains, possibly one day working behind the camera besides leading roles.
"I play Kelsey Grammer's daughter's boyfriend. We have a unique story between us because we both need something from each other. Her father is the mayor. I can help her. It's a fantasy and a mayor that doesn't exist, but Kelsey does such a great job of keeping authority. The balance of politics and what happens in the streets is very accurate. The producers and director did a
Audio Insight - a group of guys from Woodbridge, NJ about 25 miles southwest of Manhattan - is a band all about "progressive rock, no doubt. Our future material has become more dynamic and more expressive of this complex style. Progressive isn't necessarily a sound as much as it's a way you present a certain sound," the members explain.Audio InsightRead More »from Audio Insight: Hold the Stain
Lead vocalist Anthony Celi adds that every song is inspired by a deeper message. "I'm very into philosophy and things of that nature, so everything I write about has depth behind it. Vocals and lyrics come along more or less sporadically and when I get ideas. Lyrics come from journal entries and poetry I write. We fuse so many different sounds that haven't been put together just yet, while still staying in the genre we aim to be in."
The band members say they have experienced highs and lows while starting out and one summer, discovered blood on bed sheets during their Mall of America area hotel stay. "The music industry is a business, period.
JES has appeared on the popular UK show "Top of The Pops" and finds her inspiration in music by Adele, Robyn, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and of course, Madonna. "Growing up in New York, Madonna was a huge inspiration for me, and I actually had a song submitted to her," she says.JESRead More »from JES: Living Color
"For me music is all about the connection between the artist and the fans.A great song is something that can transcend its genre or era and continue to touch listeners for years to come. I have a deep feeling of spirituality within me, and while I don't like to preach at all, everyday I am full of hope. It keeps me going in the tough times and helps me to find the beauty in the world. I try to use music as a force for good, to inspire and foster hope in my fans and bring us closer together."
"Working in the music business is hard work! It's 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and involves a lot of sacrifice and commitment, so it's important that you love it if you want to be a part of it. The Internet has
Nashville singer Plumb, a mother of three young children, loves black licorice, raising chickens, root beer soda and red wine. "I'd be the first Grammy nominated artist to say I got my dress from TJ Maxx and forgot to wear deodorant. That's for sure," she jokes.Singer/Songwriter PlumbRead More »from The Wild Plumb Tree
She is inspired by groups like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Neon Trees, Metric, The Cure and The People. After a career as a backup singer, Plumb was signed to a record label weeks after she almost quit music. "I once had a fan write me a note before a show telling me how a song I had written had changed her life and how she wanted to encourage me to keep writing and being an inspiration. She had no idea I had been in a really dark place with the music business and planned that show to be my last. I was offered the contract I have now three weeks later."
"I love to start with a story. True or made up, either way. I like to have a story in mind of what I want a listener to be inspired by or often times, what I need to get out of my