Backstage Pass: Charlie Jacks

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The music industry is filled with people who have great talent, but there is only a select few that can engage people, and make them feel the music. One of the few people who can do such things is Charlie Jacks. She is a UK music superstar, and has a massive following in Japan (and soon to be US) with six number one albums, and nine singles at the top of the Japanese iTunes charts. Charlie took time out of her busy schedule to tell me about her music career, achieving goals, and what inspires and motivates her.

Justin Marroquin: How did you get interested in music?

Charlie Jacks: I’ve always been a bit of an entertainer. I loved singing in school and my mum noticed how much I danced around the house singing as a kid, so she put me in classical music lessons. I think it really kicked in at a Chinese restaurant. We went for a family meal and there was a performer singing with a piano and mic this particular time. My family managed to persuade me(with a $8 bribe) to go and ask if I could sing. I sung “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. It was the silence of the room and the applause after that—made me want more. The feeling that you can acquire someone’s emotions with your voice, and impact them just a little really moved me. And that my friends is where it began.

JM: Where do you seek inspiration and motivation to write songs?

CJ: My motivation is simple—literally, life. If it makes me emotionally happy, sad, hurt, angry, I write about it. The same with my friends; if I see something I can relate to, it’s a beautiful thing to be able to capture in words and replay as a song. I find if people can relate to your story, they want to listen.

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JM: What do you enjoy more: writing songs or performing?

CJ: Performing songs I’ve written. It’s a beautiful moment when you see someone join into a song you’ve written.

JM: Do you set goals? If so, describe how you go about doing it.

CJ: This is tricky. My goal when I started music (in Japan) was only ever to release one single, that turned into six and nine albums. Now I have the same goal, but in the UK and US.

JM: How do you handle negativity?

CJ: IGNORE it. How does negativity ever benefit anyone? It doesn’t, so the best option—cut it out.

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JM: Do you have any plans to come to America?

CJ: Yes, I do all of my writing and recording in the states. I’ll be back soon to start the new EP.

JM: What is the best part about the music industry?

CJ: Achieving goals—meeting and working with creative people. Two creative people in the same room is a recipe for magic.

JM: What’s the worst part about the music industry?

CJ: There a huge amount of no’s. You have to be thick-skinned and willing to be turned away a lot to survive the industry. But if you are persistent and believe in yourself enough, you’ll get there.

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JM: How do you want to be remembered?

CJ: I just want to make a little impact on some people’s lives. “That song helped me through hard times” or “That song reminds me of summer” that kinda thing.

JM: What is one piece of advice that has helped you in your life?

CJ: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

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Follow Charlie on Twitter: twitter.com/charlietoons

Like her page on Facebook: facebook.com/OfficialCharlieJacks

See her photos on Instagram: instagram.com/charliejacks

Read her Tumblr: charliejacks.tumblr.com

Listen to her music on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/charlie-jacks

Check out her website: charliejacks.com

It’s Always Sunny In London: April Summers

April Summers 1There are girls in this world that will leave you speechless. April Summers is that girl. Actress. Model. TV Presenter. Playboy Playmate. April is lighting up the UK with her beauty, and she plans to do the same here in the US. Without a doubt, I think April will not only have the UK and US speechless, but the rest of the world as well.

Justin Marroquin: How does it feel to be a Playboy Playmate?

April Summers: Fantastic! It is a real joy to have been given the title of a Playmate.

JM: Did you always envision being part of Playboy?

AS: Oh yes, very much so. Playboy had always been my inspiration for modeling. I used to buy everything from clothes to jewelry with the Playboy logo on them! I have always admired Playboy for celebrating beautiful, and curvaceous women at their best and keeping the ideal women form in focus. None of this skinny clothes horse Vogue rubbish. The only reason fashion models are all skinny and flat chested, are because the designers for the clothing lines are all gay, so therefore they want the models to look more like men, with no womanly shape to them.

DSC_6258JM: Who do you admire and look up to?

AS: I admire quite a few talented people, but I don’t look up to anyone.

JM: What type of action did you take when you decided that you wanted to be a model?

AS: I had a friend take some studio shots of me for the fun of it, and then we put them on a social modeling network, then before I knew it, I was lucky enough to have been selected for my first professional shoot. I was only 16 when I started to model, and the first job I had was for an online boutique selling rock ‘n’ roll type of clothing.

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AS: The hardest setbacks are always the ones you give and manifest yourself. I believe only you can hold you back from whatever it is your heart truly desires to do.

JM: How do you deal with negativity?

AS: The only way to deal with negativity in this industry, is to brush it straight off. People will always be out there to have something negative to say. The truth is, if they have any negative response to you, it can only be to do with the fact that is a reflection on how they feel towards themselves. Positive people only have positive things to say, so the rest isn’t worth even listening to.

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AS: I do indeed. One must always set goals so they have a point to work towards and work out the mini goals you must set yourself in order to reach the bigger ones.

JM: What do you do to get through a tough day?

AS: I whistle while I work.

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JM: Any plans on coming to the US for modeling, TV, or movies?

AS: Yes, I will be making my first visit to the Playboy mansion this fall, so I am very much looking forward to meeting other lovely Playmates, and of course the man himself ‘Sir Hugh Hefner’ oh, and his new bride. With regards to work, I will explore all my options for TV and film while I’m out there.

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JM: If you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?

AS: Always follow your heart. As dreams really do come true.

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Follow April on Twitter: twitter.com/april_summerz

Like her page on Facebook: facebook.com/aprilsummersuk