1.) You’re so multi-talented, a skilled model, dancer, singer, photographer and actress. How do you find balance and the time to pursue your passions?
Well as you may know that acting, modelling and singing is my main… rest are hobbies. However a lot of my focus goes in acting.. so when that’s gone a bit quiet, I then do more modelling and photography.. in between that I may have the odd singing or dance project to do or a film… Singing however has been on hold for a few months with me on the lookout for a producer.. So I started writing songs with my writer friend, Danny Wheelhouse, who also checks my film scripts etc as well. Since I’ve found producers so will be working with them very soon for my singing.
They maybe times where I’m doing a lot of one thing like for example filming and not much time to do others.. But I have a diary that helps me keep track when it gets crazy lol.
2.) You started your film career in 2011 and to date have appeared in over 20 short films, movies and video projects. Where do you see your acting career in 5 years. What is your ultimate goal as an actress?
I started out just doing short films and networking and slowly built up… It’s been tough years, on and off. However I like to think in 5 years time I’ll be more further than I am now.. with far more acting credits and TV credits to show that will eventually create into show reel and doing what I love.
My aim goal as an actress is to show people what I’m made of, work hard and constantly progress to active where I’d like to be. Working with talented people and being part of amazing features and TV programmes, that to me would be amazing.. I just work hard and see what comes out of it.. I can’t honestly say where I’ll be, only where I’d like to be. But whatever happens ill always work hard to get there in doing what I love.
3.) Can you tell is about appearing at Dance Academy?
When I was younger I joined a dance class Academy spent about 5/6 years there… Learning different dance styles.. such as street dance, hip-hop, cheerleading, break-dance, bit of salsa, contemporary and more etc.. the last two years of my dancing there… I was then in a team called ‘Villians’ doing dance competitions came 3rd place once. I then got more older moved onto a group called ‘Fusion’ (adult team) Doing competitions, competition against other teams coming 3rd the first time and 2nd on a different occasion and 5th solo, earning medals and group trophy’s.. also did live shows to where we performed dances we learnt each year… then things moved on I went college which then had not a lot of time to do it anymore there.
4.) You’ve done a lot of musical theater. Tell us about your training and if you can remember, what performance was the most significant to you?
I studied Musical Theatre level 3 at college and did two main musical shows… one being ‘A slice of a Saturday Night’ & ‘Our House’ and other musical shows at college.. The main one for me that I really loved and most challenging was ‘Our House’ The dancing was fast and energetic all way through, none stop. found it the hardest I’ve done as well, but loved it and the music. outside of college I did ‘grease’ play when I was younger at school and started be in ‘Mamma Mia’ musical when I was attending Dance Academy.
5.) You have an affinity for horror movies and had makeup done for that genre as well. How did your love for horror movies come about? What horror projects have you worked on ?
I’ve always been an huge fan of horror, I find a lot of work goes into them, love all the SFX makeup too.. I remember watching a film Called ‘The Ring’ that set my love of, since I’ve been constantly watching them… I’ve learnt a lot from them as well. Most recent horror features I’ve done where: ‘Lead me to the Dark, under my skin’ .
6.) Giving back is beautiful. I loved finding out that you work with a company to help youth develop their creative talents. Tell us about that.
I spent few years in youth work sessions, volunteering, Its great experience helping young people, gain a better future by inspiring them to do well in what they love to do. doing activities with them and passing on what I know onto them in projects, youth was really awarding and enjoyed my time there, I’ve also presented award on awards night for some of the young people. I did youth work course level 2 and passed just before I left the groups.
7.) What is it about modelling that interests you? How did you start modelling?
When I was younger I could never see myself modelling, down to low confidence about myself, however I did a one off shoot, I really enjoyed it, after that I had six months out and I then saw a casting of a group shoot, I went to it and it kicked off from there. Think most thing I love about modelling is seeing what different looks I can pull off trying different themes, I can’t stick to one theme I get bored, Like to experience different styles far more fun and interesting, plus makes your portfolio more versatile. I also love modelling because I’ve meet some amazing talented photographers, models and Artists and pleasure working with different people… one the reasons I carried on in modelling was to improve my confidence as an actress too.
8.) Do you do photo shoots only or are you a runway model as well? What’s your dream modelling gig?
I’m however under the height limit for cat walking, but it’s never been style I really wanted to be honest. I would love to aim doing international modelling, featuring on stuff, commercials, Beauty looks, photo shoots, Magazines and Catalogues etc mainly what I’m interested in as a model.
9.) Being so multi-talented and diverse I have to ask, if you could narrow it down to just one of your talents, which one would you focus on?
As much as I love Singing and Modelling and the rest, for me has to be acting, I love being on set and escaping into different characters… I find it more challenging and awarding. My acting really grow in passion once I started getting into the odd features, was great experience.
10.) Where can people find out more about you?
Name: Mecca verdell
Sapphire: When I met you I was introduced to you as Mecca but I’ve come to know you as M E C C A ~M O R P H O S IS. How did the name come about?
Mecca: I got the name from another nickname actually, “Meccaroni” and I wondered what other words I could play around with. So it went from Meccaroni…to Meccatron…then one day Meccamorphosis was born and it sound awesome to me so I stuck with it.
Sapphire: You perform as a part of DewMore Baltimore. Can you tell us about the program and how you got involved?
Mecca: Getting involved with DewMore had to be the best experience of my life so far. I came into the program through a club they had for western high school then started writing more and more. I was looking for an outlet since Western didn’t have a theater club at the time and poetry was a perfect blend of acting and writing. Now to be a writer is a career I hope to have.
Sapphire: How long have you been writing and performing poetry and spoken word? What influenced
Mecca: I’ve been writing for little over a year now, and I owe it all to my mentors at Dewmore Baltimore.
Sapphire: You’re not a Baltimore native but you’re making quite a name for yourself in the city. Where are you from and what was it like relocating here? Did you find it easy to assimilate?
Sapphire: I’m from New Jersey and I was just starting to have a footing there but right when things started to go right it went sour with family issues and such. So having a complete new start in Baltimore was a huge change for me. Especially with Baltimore being so other worldly but then again so am I in my own way. I awkwardly felt at home as soon as I started to meet the right people.
Sapphire: You recently hosted your own open mic event for the first time. How’d you pick the name
Ryhmin Noodles? What was it like to host your own event?
Mecca: Recently I started the first independent youth open mic, and it was the most stressful time of my life. I was worried but it was nice seeing my dreams come true. I called it “Rhymin noodles” after a verse by one of my favorite artist Chance the rapper. “I should rhyme, rhyme with ramen noodles.” Its was a good success for a first open mic and I owe to my poetry family, my parents, also the owners of Breaking Bread restaurant for letting me host the show at their establishment.
Sapphire: You’re a co-host on VVC Radio? What is your show about and when is it on?
Mecca: I started co-hosting on VVC online radio in November I believe. It was right after my first interview they asked me to join with Speak, the main host of the show. The show is called Speakeasy Poetry Radio. We talking about current events in music and poetry locally and nationally every Monday at 8 on VVCRadio.com
Sapphire: What inspires you? What topics do you find yourself compelled to write about?
Mecca: I write about everything, at least I try to. Because I don’t want to be limited at all. I wanna make poem on almost every topic in a new refreshing way.
Sapphire: Switching gears a little, you’re not just a spoken word artist/writer, you’re also an activist. You marched for justice for Freddie Gray and locked yourself in a government building
overnight in the name of justice. Were you arrested? What inspired you to get involved
Mecca: I got involved because my friends needed me to but I don’t like calling myself an activist just because I got arrested. It wasn’t solely for the cause even though I was in the moment. I did it because I wanted to make sure my friends were safe. And that they weren’t hurt in way. But now I’ve been more active ever since. I’m an ambassador at LBS (Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle) where I use art to give attention to different issues. I still feel like I cant call myself an activist. Not just yet.
Sapphire: What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
Mecca: I hope to push poetry to new limits as my writing grows. I don’t wanna give to much because I have such a big mouth, but I’m working on a poetry mix tape called “Unaprosegetic.” It talks on all social issues about blackness in a new way. But I’m also making this mix tape to kind of “scratch” black lives matter poems off my list. I also have a lot of projects coming up so stay tuned.
Sapphire: Where can people follow your work? Drop them links on us.
Mecca: As I always say “you can follow me everywhere but my house” @meccamorphosis on all social media.
Name:DeMarcus D. Moore
Hometown: Winnsboro, S.C.
Sapphire: How long have you been pursuing a career in acting and modeling?
DeMarcus: have been pursuing a modeling and acting career a little over a year.
Sapphire: Do you remember your first photo shoot? What about it made you realize you had to keep doing it?
DeMarcus: Yes, I remember my first photo shoot it was with my agency FFS. That day I was thinking wow I like this. I thought to myself I can be getting paid to do this something I already love doing at that moment I knew I really wanted to pursue acting and modeling.
Sapphire: You’ve done quite a few fashion shows. What do you enjoy most about ripping the runway? What do you like least about walking in fashion shows?
DeMarcus: The thing I enjoy most about ripping the runway is actually being the center of attention know all eyes are on me as I am modeling the attire on the runway. The thing I like least about fashion shows at this point in my career I am fairly new so I have not being doing good a posing on the runway to get good pictures. But I am working on that.
Sapphire: Why acting? I see you’ve been an extra in a movie, have you secured any other movie or tv roles?
DeMarcus: I would say acting is really my passion. I’ve always wanted to do acting, the idea of portraying different characters and being on different sets and traveling different places is very entertaining. I have yet to secure another acting role. Its a work in progress though.
Sapphire: What is your ultimate goal as an entertainer?
DeMarcus: One of my ultimate goals as a entertainer is to some day land a main role on hit successful tv show that goes on for multiple seasons. That’s just one of my goals.
Sapphire: Do you have any other talents you are hiding?
DeMarcus: Sadly no I am not that talented, although I have been told I should be a comedian.
Sapphire: Have you ever considered moving to New York or LA to pursue your passions? Would you relocate to chase your dream?
DeMarcus: I would like to get a little more local experience and training that way I will be ready when I relocate.
Sapphire: To date, what has been your most memorable gig?
DeMarcus: To date I would have to say my most memorable gig would be working with the South Carolina film Institute as a movie extra under the direction of the director Terri. This was memorable because cause it was my first time being on a movie set and getting on set experience.
Sapphire: Do you find it harder to get gigs as a male model?
DeMarcus: I don’t feel its harder getting gigs a male. I honestly feel that it depends on the determination of the individual pursuing .
Sapphire: Where can people follow your career?
DeMarcus: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009225659574&fref=ts
Patrick: I am fully digital particularly for the convenience. I get quicker results and turnaround and the software allows me to manipulate the data in the file artistically. It allows me the easy opportunity to present my clients with an artistic jaw dropping image.
Patrick: I am not sure how to answer this because beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. I don’t set out to to shoot the amazing imagery but while out something has to catch my eye and then the hunt is on. Have you ever been out; saw something that grabbed you and said to yourself ” Dam I wish I had my camera with me”. Every now and the I will grab Baby ( his camera), turn off the phone and go for a long walk with her butt just to be together.
Patrick: It was great working with him. This was before the movies and during “In Living Color”. I had auditioned for the show but of course he was funnier. Very talented and funny. Great at improv as well. It was so relaxing in the green room he was literally getting a hair cut. I learned a lot watching him.
Patrick: I posted an image one day and got a lot of comments on it. I can’t remember which image but for some reason people felt emotional about the picture. The image aroused an emotion but no two comments had the same reaction. One of the comments said that my work seemed to have a healing quality like I was ‘The Camera Whisperer.’
Patrick: I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Lindi, Tanzania this past August with Stepping Together on a health mission. They were a team of doctors providing from cervical cancer screenings. This mission happened around the week of the biggest celebration in the district called “Nane Nane” meaning 8/8. Most of the people are farmers and they bring in their crop and meeting with others who are producing in the region. It was an amazing festival. Seeing the culture and differences from my world opened my eyes. There was very little electricity and the use of the bathroom was different. You were hard pressed to find a toilet bowl. They have a hole in the ground. That is a whole other story. I saw the kids having creative fun like our kids. Instead of a Wilson soccer ball they have taken plastic bags wrapped in tape. They played like it was the world cup.
Patrick: I got into radio in my 20’s as a way to keep my instrument strong. It afforded me the opportunity to keep my improv sharp and my acting tuned. These tools make for good voice acting and what a lot of advertisers are looking for. I would love to do an animated film.
Patrick: None that I know of.
When I first noticed this model it was through the photos of a photographer I had once shot with. I was mesmerized by her beauty and style. She was young and though she was in a world full of models, she stood out. I silently followed and watched this young beauty for the last year and became a fan.
Watching the model, designer, stylist, singer turned fashion blogger I was constantly amazed at the versatility and drive this young lady possessed. I was so excited when I approached her to interview her for London LeBlanc Magazine and she happily agreed. The interview will be available in print and digital format January 13th.
In the meantime you can take some time to get to know this young fashionista on the rise by checking out her fashion blog or following her on social networking sites. She has some great ideas for Valentines Day and much more. Check out some of her other fashion blogs at http://sevnetwork.com/author/junglebarbiejulia/
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1.) Tell us Sicxfive, how did you start rapping and how long have you been perfecting your craft?
I started rapping from a base of poetry. I was always good with words and wordplay and loved the power of word usage.
In High School I was more the ghost writer and didn’t want the spot light. As I embraced my gifts I then started to enter open Mics and contest and freestyle on military bases. Once I got the good response that I received it just motivated me to go further.
2.) Who were/are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest influence musically were Biggie, Tupac, JayZ, Wu Tang, Outkast, NWA, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder.
Currently I check for some new acts like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Weezy, 2Chainz, A$ap, etc…
3.) You were what we call and “army brat” growing up. Did your fathers military career encourage you to enlist yourself?
Coming from where I came from, inner city Philadelphia, I didn’t see many options coming out of school. I didn’t understand how I could afford to go to college coming from a poverty stricken household. I knew my parents couldn’t afford it and they never took the time to explain how I could go to college. So I looked at the military as my escape and chance to not fit the statistics.
4.) What is it like as an artist to be stationed so far overseas where your passion of making music can not be easily fulfilled?
It’s painful….I really love the creative experience of writing and getting in the booth. I enjoy finding the right feel and voice to fit the track. I enjoy music..the good and the bad.
5.) What do you think of the state of mainstream hip hop and rap today?
I think the current state of hip hop is on a downturn. It’s not lyrically appealing to me on the whole. Yes there are some who are outstanding but the majority are not groundbreaking and won’t be around 2 years from now. And for the record I like some non-lyrical rap also.
6.) You rap with a level of consciousness not displayed by many artist today. Do you think not rapping about the stereotypical street life will help boost or deter your mainstream appeal?
I just try to rap about my reality. I am from the streets, the hood, the ghetto. I was raised around drug dealers, drug users, robbers, gangs and gangsters, pimps. The whole gambit. But I don’t lie about my stats. I totally fine being who and what I am and letting the fans know that there is more to the hood and streets than pure ignorance.
It may hurt my sales and it may be a tougher road but it’s my truth.
7.) I see you write poetry as well. Do you ever plan to release a poetry project?
I actually had someone contact me about doing it and I was surprised by it. I mean I am open to sharing my personal thoughts and ideas and verses but it will have t be in the right way. But in the near future I may release a concept I have that I think would really move the needle.
8.) What advice would you give to someone trying to get started in the music industry?
Believe in you.
Be ready to work.
Trust in your mental ear.
Listen to ya engineers and producers.
Get rid of all yes men around you.
9.) Any upcoming projects or events we should look out for?
Currently looking to release 3-4 new singles in lead up to my project in 2016.
10.) Where can people find more of you?
You can reach me on social media under
@sicxfive – Instagram, Tumblr, Vine
@sicx_five – Twitter
You know how you see someone on the internet all the time, you admire their work, you love to see them shine but never think you will meet them. I was so excited to find out that Demont Pinder would be painting live at Afram this year.
You’ve seen his work all over but may not know who he is. He has a sweet job as the art director for Raheem Devaughn but he uses his talent in so many other ways. He does the historic Howard Theater and so much more.
Check out some of his work below
At Afram he was offering fans and new comers the opportunity to be a part of one of his paintings. You know I had to grab a brush and join in. He had outlined a very intricate piece and people had a chance to grab a paint brush and be a part of one of his masterpieces. I did this black part lol
Don’t take My word for it. Check him out online
I’m the first to say you can find talent in all places but I was shocked to find it flowing from My own womb. I entered My son into this poetry writing/spoken word program for the summer with the Maya Baraka Institute directed and ran by various National poetry slam winners and contestants. The program is for youths age 13-20 and focuses on spoken word and the creative arts with an afro-centric flair.
We were invited to their first performance last week which was in the format of an open mic which was also open to the public sponsored by the Maya Baraka program along with Dew More Baltimore. The open mic was hosted by the youths of the program and many of them blessed us with their talents from singing, to poetry and rapping. I recorded quite a few of the performances but no where near all of them nor did I capture what I think were some of the best performances.
Hopefully you will enjoy a peek into what you missed. These talented teens and young adults blew Me away.
I have a few more videos from the event and will be continuing to upload them to youtube at http://www.tinyurl.com/sapphiresyoutube.com