You guys know I love nothing more than to showcase hot talent and this opportunity makes Me feel extra good because back when i was just starting out D.J. Rokkstarr took a chance at showcasing My talent on his radio station. It feels good to have a platform to share that love back with him. I’ve watched him over the years continue to reinvent, brand and market himself like no other D.J. in the Baltimore area. But honestly to call him a D.J. is almost an insult…he is so much more. Read on to find out more about him
City/State: Baltimore, MD
Company: RedZone Studio/True Illusion Media
1. You seem to be a Jack of off media trades, How did you get started in the business?
At age 14, I began my journey into the music industry as a local DJ spinning at high school parties throughout Baltimore city and county. I ventured in to music production at 17, creating music for likeminded artists. My love for music grew exponentially as I expanded my knowledge into the business side of the industry and launched my first entertainment company called BlackWax Entertainment.
2. You have a background in radio, what stations were you affiliated and what type shows were you on?
I’ve worked with many local stations such as 92Q, 93.9 WKYS, WPB Radio as wells owning an internet station of my own called X105.1 Radio.
3. What made you branch out on your own and start Redzone Studio?
From the time I began making my own mixtape to promote my music, other artists and DJs became very interested in where my custom materials came from. I then brought supply to the demand and created an avenue where they can boost their image in the local market and I could make money in the process.
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There are a lot of BLAZING photographers popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Instagram, Model Mayhem and Facebook, we are being treated to the beautiful works of artists we may have never even known existed. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming photographers that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of the greats………
Name: Cayne Clarke
Based In: Washington DC / Baltimore MD
Name of Company: Cayne Clarke Photography / NFLAVA Model Magazine
1. How long have you been perfecting your craft? I was first introduced to photography my sophomore year in college through a friend that was into photography
2. What were the influences that led you into Photography? What type of photography do you specialize in?
A good friend in college got me started with me very first Nikon camera. I think it was the opportunity to capture people in all kinds of ways. In college there were no shortage of girls who wanted to pose for us. You can say being around sexy young women and taking their pictures could be an influence as well. Another is definitely the digital age and the additional magic one can do with computer software.
My specialty is studio eye candy portraits. I used to also include urban in my definition but I have since grown to include much more than just the urban culture.
3. Growing up what did you see yourself doing for a living? Do you still plan on pursuing that at some point?
I didn’t really have a profession I targeted; I just wanted to go to college and major in Marketing and do something in that field. I did get my degree in marketing and advertising but I never got into the field. I work as an IT professional. I don’t believe I have any interest in doing marketing at this point in my life and career.
4. Are you strictly a photographer, or with the new technology available to us now that digital photography has taken over, have you gone into graphics at all?
Part of my specialty is using the digital image taken from the camera and transform it into something unique and special. So yes, I have also incorporated graphics into my photos as well as retouching techniques.
5. Were you a photographer before the digital age? Can you shoot with film: and if so, do you miss the old days of actually developing your film, and watching your work come to life in front of you?
I came into photography just as the DSLR’s were being introduced to the world. My buddy was a film guy and I used to watch him develop film. I never got into it. I can say I’m glad I am shooting in this era although I do have a respect for those who came up in the film age.
6. Do you shoot indoor or outdoor more often? Which do you prefer and why?
I mainly shoot indoor as I am studio photographer however, I do like shooting outdoors and it depends on the day; if it’s cloudy and dull I may go for some subtle black and white images; if it’s sunny I may go for more radiant and bright images. I prefer indoor studio because I get to control my environment from the lights, the props, and even the general space.
7. What is your ultimate goal? What would be your Dream Project?
My goal is to be able to make enough money from photography that I can be consistent with a great downtown loft studio. A dream project would be shooting for my own gallery showing.
8. Where can people see your work?
Besides Facebook and other social media you can Google my name or studio and plenty of my past work will be displayed. I also have a published magazine called NFLAVA Model Magazine as well as a hard book cover on sale on amazon of my black and white portraits. My website also displays my model portfolio work but some of my commercial pieces as well.
9. Have you ever been published? Do you own a publication?
You’re reading my mind. Yes. I own and manage NFLAVA Model Magazine, a magazine that I consider to be a useful stepping stool for many unsigned models looking for practice and exposure. I’ve also had my work published in several magazines by way of the Sexy Sapphire, a brilliant social media marketing guru. I’ve also had my photos appear in one major film, ATL. If you are familiar with the movie, some of my pictures were used as props in Uncle George’s room.
10. If someone wanted to hire or contact you for a session, how can they get in touch with you?
The 2 best ways to reach me for booking is through a Facebook message or send me a shoot request via my websites’ contact page – http://ibpstudios.com.
Name: Keshaun Hazel
1. How long have you been in the modeling game? What influenced your decision to start modeling?
I’ve been modeling for two years now ,and what influenced me to model was females was always asking me was I a model. When I said no they were like give it a try, and I’m actually good at it an can take great photos.
2. Were your family and friends supportive of your decision?
Of course they were ,they know when I set my mind on something I’m going to do my best at it.
3. What do you enjoy most about being a model? What do you least enjoy?
Being a model is great. You get to work on various projects and meet new an very talented photographers who are as gifted in doing what they do as you are. What I least enjoy is sometimes every photographer isn’t for you and being a male its hard to find good publications that wants males
4. What is your ultimate goal with your modeling?
My ultimate goal is as far as modeling is to get my face seen worldwide. Whether it be in a magazine, fashion show, website or even on television.
5. What style of modeling to you do? Photos, videos, runway,
The Style of modeling I do is print publication. Since I’m an Ink Model I like to get my images seen on printed on paper.
6. Have you been featured in any print publications? Any publications you’re specifically aiming for?
I have been Featured in Fenominal Magazine as there first ever male model and I have been featured in Xkluziv Magazine twice.
7. Im sure being a male model isn’t as easy as being a female model,do you have a hard time finding steady work or you working steadily?
I am not working steadily at the moment but it is very hard being a male in this industry. I have to work double what the females does or I have to work with a female just to get some steady work.
8. You might break some hearts here.Are you single,dating or attached.
Im currently engaged
9. Is modeling your longterm goal?Where do you see yourself in 5 years.
Honestly in 5 years I see myself with a good career like a Registered Nurse, and as far as modeling I wanna be working on some major projects.
10.Where can people check you out at?
Facebook- Conceited Hazel