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Get To Know Dancer/Choreographer Janelle Ginestra #KontrolMagExclusive

“Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it.” -Janelle Ginestra

Dance is a highly expressive, yet often overlooked, art form. Yet certain performers aim to make the passion and hard work of dance shine in spite of the naysayers. JANELLE GINESTRA is one of those dancers! Whether it’s taking time out for choreographing for your favorite artist, or bringing together dancers, she is the impressive balance between molding creativity with a mixture of finesse and emotion. Kontrol had the pleasure of discovering the start of her career into dance and more.

 “I started dancing at a very young age, like when I was two years old. Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it. It was never like my mom put me in it as a hobby, I told my mom at like almost 2 years old that it was what I wanted to do.”

To be passionate at such a very young age is simply amazing. Ginestra proves that she is not new to the art of dance and gives her definition on what dance means to her.

“Dance means everything! Doing it, creating it, watching it…just feels right for me. I think it’s one of the most beautiful freedoms of expression, and I think it’s amazing how we can use it to make music come to life.”

Janelle Ginestra has had the pleasure of bringing her passion and skill of dancing before a multitude of artist. You may remember her from the music video Anaconda by Nicki Minaj, where she had the joy of starring as one of the lead dancers in the video. I believe the world went crazy over this video and she shared with us her experience of how she came into the role.
Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra performs with Nicki Minaj in Anaconda.

“For me to get that video, it was like a small private call, and that process was not too hard to get. Once on the job you had to keep the job by having good work ethic, she (Nicki Minaj) had to be able to vibe with you, and of course every job is not like that. For Pink’s video I had to go audition with tons of people and fight people out for that job, so it’s just a trick of the trade. Sometimes it’s easy to get and sometimes it’s hard.”

For those young ladies out there aspiring to become professional dancers, Ginestra states that,

“I would give the advice to have your own identity. You don’t want to be a mock of somebody else because that person already exists. You want to have so much confidence, hunger, passion and the polish. You have to know that you are a stand out in the room and be realistic with yourself. If you’re not then you need to work you’re a$$ off to get there. If you are, then you need to keep believing in that and not mold to what other people try to make you.”

When speaking on whether she feels that the art of dance instills self-confidence? She adds that,
“I feel like any kind of person can dance; whether you are small, big, chunky, skinny, the most not attractive, attractive, it allows you to be a star in your own rights. You don’t have to be a certain way or look a certain way to be a dancer. You don’t have to move a certain way to be a star. There are like really cool contemporary people that you would never think would be a dancer but they get out and go do their thing. I think it allows you to feel confident in the person that you are and the way that you express. So if you feel nerdy at school but you walk into the dance room and you’re one of the most bad a$$ contemporary people, it allows you to shine where you may sometimes not in other areas of life.”
 These are very strong words of wisdom, proving that you can still rock the stage no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are from. This is why Janelle Ginestra is so powerful in her gift of dance. She knows what matters and as a choreographer aims to pull out that inner baddy who can slay the stage!

 

After just dropping a new popping dance video titled “I Like That’, we were curious to know what else she had in store for us this year.

Will and I are hoping to be choreographing a new movie that should be coming out soon. We are going to be doing music videos for some Chinese artists that will be coming over to the United States. We also just recently opened our new studio which is probably the biggest deal so we are going to try to make it the new amazing thing in LA where classes are held but with a different energy. We want to create something that we wish existed which is like a safe zone where people feel free to just have fun and dance.”

As you can see, dance is everything that Janelle Ginestra is made of and we are so happy to have had the pleasure to discover more about her world as a dancer!

 

Written & Interviewed By: Tanisha D. Davis

DISCOVER THE LIFE BEHIND THE MUSIC OF SINGER, NORMANI KORDEI

This exclusive interview was written and with our brand founder, Tanisha Davis and was conducted exclusively with Kontrol Magazine. It can be found featured on Kontrol Magazine’s site as well as in their print issue!

 

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Normani Kordei is a singer originally from Atlanta, Georgia who is a member of the girl group, Fifth Harmony.

Her sweet and humble personality adds to why she has remained such a successful performer in recent years. Kordei has been singing and dancing since the age of four and although she has had an early start in the field of music, she doesn’t allow that to steal away from her ability to remain humble in the midst of all the excitement and success. Kontrol truly enjoyed discovering more about the life of the young singer and was excited to find out that she will be appearing on the hit TV series, ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

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Dancing with the Stars has been an incredible experience. Honestly I feel like I have grown in the last three weeks. I really have the best partner and he has been really encouraging me, and allowing me to see the beauty in me and what I have to offer. Growing up, I didn’t really believe in myself the most, especially since I started out at such a young age. Having people judge you in every little thing you do, even as a teenager and experiencing life for itself can be tough. He’s helping me to realize that it’s okay to be vulnerable, like don’t keep it all to yourself, so I really thank him for that, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of the season with him. The cast has really become a family and learning all of the dances and genres has really been cool.”

normani kordei in kontrol magazine's women in music issue

The young singer has been very busy working between the show and on Fifth Harmony’s Global tour. “We just wrapped up our Asian tour, it was about a three week run and it was really amazing. We’re really grateful and blessed to be able to travel to these places that we would have never had the opportunity to see if it weren’t for each other. It’s just really great to be able to thank our fans in person because we talk to them a lot over social media. We have a real personal connection with them and we made a bunch of memories!”
Being part of such an amazing group comes with having the knowledge to know what it takes to remain successful. Normani shared with us what she felt has helped in making Fifth Harmony so successful thus far. “I just believe that everything happens for a reason, and I really do give credit to God and all the glory for five girls from different walks of life
coming together. It’s just been a journey and it’s cool to see the ups and downs that we have been through because it’s just part of our story. Whether it be good or bad, it just makes up all the parts that Fifth Harmony is.”
normani kordei in kontrol magazine's women in music issueYou can catch the rest of Normani’s amazing interview in Kontrol Magazine’s 8th Anniversary Issue, Women In Music, in Barnes & Noble nationwide this summer!

 

  

Get To Know Dancer/Choreographer Janelle Ginestra

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

“Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it.” -Janelle Ginestra

Dance is a highly expressive, yet often overlooked, art form. Yet certain performers aim to make the passion and hard work of dance shine in spite of the naysayers. JANELLE GINESTRA is one of those dancers! Whether it’s taking time out for choreographing for your favorite artist, or bringing together dancers, she is the impressive balance between molding creativity with a mixture of finesse and emotion. Kontrol had the pleasure of discovering the start of her career into dance and more.

 “I started dancing at a very young age, like when I was two years old. Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it. It was never like my mom put me in it as a hobby, I told my mom at like almost 2 years old that it was what I wanted to do.”

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

To be passionate at such a very young age is simply amazing. Ginestra proves that she is not new to the art of dance and gives her definition on what dance means to her.

“Dance means everything! Doing it, creating it, watching it…just feels right for me. I think it’s one of the most beautiful freedoms of expression, and I think it’s amazing how we can use it to make music come to life.”

Janelle Ginestra has had the pleasure of bringing her passion and skill of dancing before a multitude of artist. You may remember her from the music video Anaconda by Nicki Minaj, where she had the joy of starring as one of the lead dancers in the video. I believe the world went crazy over this video and she shared with us her experience of how she came into the role.
Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra performs with Nicki Minaj in Anaconda.

“For me to get that video, it was like a small private call, and that process was not too hard to get. Once on the job you had to keep the job by having good work ethic, she (Nicki Minaj) had to be able to vibe with you, and of course every job is not like that. For Pink’s video I had to go audition with tons of people and fight people out for that job, so it’s just a trick of the trade. Sometimes it’s easy to get and sometimes it’s hard.”

For those young ladies out there aspiring to become professional dancers, Ginestra states that,

“I would give the advice to have your own identity. You don’t want to be a mock of somebody else because that person already exists. You want to have so much confidence, hunger, passion and the polish. You have to know that you are a stand out in the room and be realistic with yourself. If you’re not then you need to work you’re a$$ off to get there. If you are, then you need to keep believing in that and not mold to what other people try to make you.”

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

 When speaking on whether she feels that the art of dance instills self-confidence? She adds that,

“I feel like any kind of person can dance; whether you are small, big, chunky, skinny, the most not attractive, attractive, it allows you to be a star in your own rights. You don’t have to be a certain way or look a certain way to be a dancer. You don’t have to move a certain way to be a star. There are like really cool contemporary people that you would never think would be a dancer but they get out and go do their thing. I think it allows you to feel confident in the person that you are and the way that you express. So if you feel nerdy at school but you walk into the dance room and you’re one of the most bad a$$ contemporary people, it allows you to shine where you may sometimes not in other areas of life.”
 These are very strong words of wisdom, proving that you can still rock the stage no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are from. This is why Janelle Ginestra is so powerful in her gift of dance. She knows what matters and as a choreographer aims to pull out that inner baddy who can slay the stage!

 

After just dropping a new popping dance video titled “I Like That’, we were curious to know what else she had in store for us this year.

Will and I are hoping to be choreographing a new movie that should be coming out soon. We are going to be doing music videos for some Chinese artists that will be coming over to the United States. We also just recently opened our new studio which is probably the biggest deal so we are going to try to make it the new amazing thing in LA where classes are held but with a different energy. We want to create something that we wish existed which is like a safe zone where people feel free to just have fun and dance.”

As you can see, dance is everything that Janelle Ginestra is made of and we are so happy to have had the pleasure to discover more about her world as a dancer!

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

Nakeisha Turk of ‘Kicking & Screaming’ Gives Her Take On The Show!

Nakeisha Turk of 'Kicking & Screaming' sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine.

“I was like wait what….because I didn’t realize how extreme it was going to be, so I was in shock.” -Nakeisha Turk

Fox’s ‘Kicking & Screaming’ star Nakeisha Turk is a professional NBA cheerleader who delights in all things girly; from shopping, beauty and more. However she discovered that there was nothing girly about the jungles of Fiji, where Turk found herself dropped off, kicking and screaming, along with other cast members of the show. Turk was one of ten paired with ten survivalists in the Fox’s new reality show. At the end of the show, the winning pair receive a prize of 500,000. The eight week series premiered on March 9. Kontrol had the pleasure of getting some scoop on what the experience was like for her.

Nakeisha Turk sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine.

So how does a professional NBA cheerleader end up on a show like, ‘Kicking & Screaming’? Well Nakeisha states that the experience was definitely a huge difference for her because she enjoys the glitz and glam of life, while the jungles of Fiji were the exact opposite.

“I was actually found on Instagram by a casting agent, and the reason she was able to find me is because she discovered me in this magazine called Jezebel. She felt I had a cool back story and lifestyle, so that’s how she found me. I was then told about this show and what it entailed, and at first I was like no until she told me about how I would have a partner and we could win 500,000, and then I was like okay I’m interested.” She stated while laughing.

Nakeisha Turk sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine

I mean who wouldn’t want to participate in the chances to win that amount of money. They can fly me out today for the show!  Being dropped off in a jungle, has to be the wildest experience ever so we could only imagine what hit her mind when she landed along with others.

“I was like wait what, because I didn’t realize how extreme it was going to be so I was in shock.” -Nakeisha Turk

 So after being dropped off in the middle of a jungle, I’m sure you all are wondering what some of her daily activities consisted of right?

Image result for nakeisha turk“We slept on the ground literally, and our day consisted of mainly trying to find food, because you have to have food. We were looking for plants and we had our partners who were very experienced on what was edible and what was not. We looked for berries, and mainly anything that we could eat. That was most of the day, and we were always trying to find sticks and wood to keep our fire burning because our fire was the only source we had for making food and even staying warm. Sometimes we would have challenges and that was how you could get eliminated.”-Nakeisha Turk

 

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Turk also shared that she had a really good partner to help through the experience.

“My partner was awesome, he was a sniper in Bagdad and he was part of the group who found Saddam Hussein. We bumped heads at times on the show, simply because he was so military and I was so girly.

However we managed to work together and do what we needed to do to survive”.

 After experiencing the jungles of Fiji, Nakeisha felt that there was nothing she could not do in life, if she applied herself.  She expressed that she was able to walk away from the experience with a very important life lesson, which we all could honestly take and apply to our daily lives.

“I really came back realizing just how lucky we all are. When you don’t have things, it’s like man I really need that. When I was focus on just surviving, I came back not really tripping on the little things. You come back with the mindset of like, if it’s not contributing to my success or to me personally, then it really doesn’t matter.”

We could definitely relate to that mindset, because we take so much for granted and we don’t realize until it’s gone, just how valuable it is.  Nakeisha added, 

“We are all so blessed and I feel a lot stronger as a person. I know now that I can take on anything. A lot of us say no to things and we’re really picky about what we want to eat, you know because we can be…but when you don’t have that option, you do what you have to do. So I feel tougher, and more confident in myself because I got the experience to do something that only twenty people in this world could say they did and survived it. I got to be on an awesome show, in an awesome country, so I’m very grateful for everything.”

Nakeisha truly went through an amazing, and challenging experience that not only helped her view life different but showed her she could take on whatever the world tossed her way. Be sure to check Nakeisha Turk out on this season of, ‘Kicking & Screaming’, and remember that you can survive anything even if you’re just a girly girl!

Nakeisha Turk sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine
Nakeisha Turk

Jeremy Hassell Talks Life Before the Fame & More!

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JEREMY HASSELL

This handsome delightful charmer has not only mastered the gift of capturing hearts through media, but has proven himself to be the definition of never giving up on your dreams. Surviving the busy lifestyle of New York is a struggle for anyone who doesn’t have the connections needed for success. Hassell knew at a young age that anything you wished to obtain meant hard work, dedication towards what you desire, and preparation. Jeremy Hassell gained this level of determination from his big brother who he stated taught him the drive he needed to obtain anything that he put his mind to.

“I remember trying out for the basketball team and I didn’t make the team. I was sitting at home playing video games and my brother walks in. I tell him that I didn’t make the team. He states it’s because you were not good enough. My brother made me practice 365 days on my basketball skills and the following year I made the team.”

Hassell amazingly crazy personality, led to a female friend in London suggesting that he should be on television. The beautiful woman as Hassell called her advised him to submit a tape to MTV. It was after going through a casting for the Real World, that Jeremy realized although he didn’t make the cut, this was definitely something he wanted to make a career out of.

He knew that in order to obtain the career he desired, meant utilizing a strategy that would place him right in front of the producers of MTV!

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JEREMY HASSELL

“I started waiting tables, and I said let me get a job at a restaurant where I know all the MTV Producers go too, so they’ll see me and I’ll be in their mind.”

Well the strategy worked because Hassell later received a call from MTV asking him to come in for a special. The special to his surprise consisted of his first interview with the well-known Pop Star, Madonna!

Despite the few opportunities here and there to work on set when needed, Hassell continued to wait tables while planning a way to fully be able to live out his dream.

Jeremy was determined to grab the attention of MTV, so he began hosting every event in New York City for free to get his name out there. This proved that if you truly want something bad enough, then you will do what it takes to obtain it.

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“I realized that in order to be great, you have to put the work in”, stated Hassell during the interview.

 His determination created a buzz throughout New York City!

That buzz led to him gaining a regular spot on the television network known as FUSE. The exposure on set with FUSE, unbeknownst to Hassell was being viewed by producers at MTV! This led to him being offered his own show on MTV 2!

 

It’s not easy getting on the road to success and Hassell shared some very positive advice about the entertainment industry.

“If you choose to do entertainment or if the entertainment world chooses you; you have to accept all that comes with it. You’re not always going to get exactly what you want. But, what you will get if you go after it, is the experience to become the best version of yourself through all the highs and lows.”

Hassell went on to say that by telling his life journey and experiences, he wants to show people that it’s possible!

“Whatever you want is possible but it’s all about how you go about it.”

The determination he showcases is an inspiration to all who refuse to give up on their dreams. His experience has made him all the more grateful and delightful to all who encounter him.

“Every day I still wake up and thank God for the opportunities I have been given.”

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JEREMY HASSELL

Jeremy Hassell has mastered the art of his craft by making the world talk freely about themselves in a fun and unpredictable environment. He has interviewed everyone from Lady Gaga, Madonna, Donald Trump, Naomi Campbell, P. Diddy and more!

 

With his electric personality, amazing energy and ability to brighten up any situation, there is nothing he can’t achieve! You can hang out with Jeremy Hassell every Wednesday at 9 pm est. as he talks with some of your favorite celebrities LIVE at www.omgossip.tv for the latest hot topics. Jeremy is so excited to be working with http://www.thevcc.tv/ (THE VIDEO CALL CENTER) on new and exciting content that will change broadcast entertainment!

 

Follow @jeremy_hassell on Twitter & Instagram for social media updates & behind the scenes. His mission is simply to enjoy every moment and bring you along for the ride!

http://www.jeremyhassell.com/

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#KontrolKonversations: Southern Belle Turned Hollywood Darling, Ms. Taylor Spreitler

Photo Credit: Steven Fischer
Taylor Spreitler, Photo Credit: STEVE FISCHER

“I would like to just be known for making people laugh, helping people escape their everyday lives” -Taylor Spreitler 

Taylor Spreitler is a talented young actress/model who is staying positive and exploring new ventures in her acting career. Spreitler has been quite busy this year with her role on the hit television comedy, “Kevin Can Wait” and now looks forward to her role in the upcoming horror film, “Amityville: The Awakening”. The young actress who was pretty much laidback during the interview, displayed her southern charm by telling us that she is simply into making others laugh and enjoying life! You can definitely tell that she is calm and confident about her career and making sure to enjoy every moment without stressing.

Kontrol had the opportunity to sit down and get to know more about Taylor Spreitler and what the actress has in store for the upcoming year.

It’s not often that any young woman can say they had the chance to star on the popular soap opera “Days of Our Lives”. For many of us who sat home and watched the soaps with our parents and grandparents, it was about the closest we would ever get to the actual set. We asked Taylor what the experience was like for her to star on such a popular television series.

“It was great, the fans were amazing! We would have these huge Days of Our Lives events where people would come that had started watching it with their grandparents and that was something that would last for generations. It was awesome!”      

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Taylor Spreitler, Days Of Our Lives

 

The multi-talented actress has definitely had a promising year and we were curious to know what projects fans could be sure to keep up with her in for the upcoming year.

“Well, ‘Kevin Can Wait’ is airing now up until early next year….I also have a movie called ‘Amityville the Awakening’ that is coming out in January.

In the comedy television series, ‘Kevin Can Wait’, Taylor plays the daughter (Kendra Gable) of Actor/Comedian Kevin James. The show is about (Kevin Gable), a newly retired police officer who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. The show airs every Monday on the CBS network at 8/7c.

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ airs Mondays 8/7c on CBS

Horror fans all over can definitely get excited about Taylor’s upcoming role in the seventeenth installment of the Amityville saga, “Amityville: The Awakening”.

The movie depicts that when some footage dating back to 1976 is discovered, the case of the haunted house in Amityville is reopened. The film is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2017. Spreitler who plays a friend to the character Bella in the movie briefly expounded on the excitement of working on the set of the popular horror film.

“It was a lot of fun, I got to work with amazing people so it wasn’t really like work. I had a lot of fun shooting it and I’m just excited for people to be able to see it finally!”

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Amityville: The Awakening film slated to hit theaters Jan 6, 2017

With the actress starring in hit television series, we know that mainly every actor/actress has definitely made a list of some ideal actors who they would love to work beside. Spreitler happily responded, “I’ve been lucky on the show, ‘Kevin Can Wait’, with the people that I’ve worked with like Kevin James and Ray Romano. I’ve been pretty lucky to work with a lot of people who are on my list.”

While staying busy with her role on the television series and movie sets, Taylor states that her role on ‘Kevin Can Wait’ has definitely aided in her growth as an actress.

“Just doing comedies helped me out a lot, working with comedy geniuses, like right now Stand-up comedians such as, Kevin James, Gary Valentine, and Chris Roach…like I work with great amazing people so I feel like I’m constantly learning and that’s what I love about my job. You’re kind of always evolving.”

Taylor Spreitler, Photo Credit: Steven Fischer
Taylor Spreitler, Photo Credit: STEVE FISCHER

Being such an accomplished young actress, the media is always looking for ways to shine either some good light or bad light and Taylor expressed how it felt to be in the spotlight.

“The positives are that we are given this voice and this amazing platform where we can project things that we care about and things that are close to us…we have a broader reach. Everything you do in your personal life is out there for people to judge so that’s probably the hard part. Like my friends and I who grew up in this industry…We are kids and we make mistakes just as other kids but because we are broadcasted out there…we get scrutinized a lot for it.”

Those are areas that can often be tough for any actor who is working hard to keep the fans happy as well as build a prominent career for themselves.

Taylor shared with us that if she had the opportunity to change some things about this world then it would simply be to remove bullying from society. Whether you are an actor, a student or just a regular person trying to improve your life, Spreitler feels that bullying others is just not a cool thing to do.

“I mean I just wish people would accept people for their differences…just be nice.”

Spreitler went on to add that if she was ever to be remembered for anything in her acting career then it would simply be making people just laugh.

“I would like to just be known for making people laugh, helping people escape their everyday lives and just be able to sit down and laugh a little bit from something I did.”

Taylor Spreitler at the Lupas LA’s Orange Ball

Taylor Spreitler is definitely a promoter of positivity in her life and the lives of others. Outside of acting she is truly the display of a bright young lady who is focus, believes in laughter for the occasion and has a very promising career ahead of her.

Be sure to keep up with the amazing Taylor Spreitler on the television series ‘Kevin Can Wait’ and catch her in the upcoming movie ‘Amityville: The Awakening‘ which releases on January 6, 2017.

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