Michael Malanga - filmmaker & actor

Our artist questionnaire with auteur Michael Malanga ...

Q: What is/are your media?
A: I hate saying i'm a writer but I do write all my own stuff. I direct as well but Acting is my baby. I really enjoy film, though I want to get back into doing theatre.  

Q: How did you get started in your current field?
A: I studied with an acting teacher named Arthur Mendoza from 2008-11, he really gave me the "tools" I needed to write, film and act, even though it was just an acting class. Then I got sidetracked by working a job until 2015. I only knew acting at that point but I jumped into writing and filming, self teaching myself with trial and error. Camera settings and lighting I learned online through Youtube. 

Q: How has your work evolved?
A: So when I first started I just tried to write and film things I thought were cool, or that other people would think were cool and enjoyed finding music to go with it. Whereas now 3 years later, I write and film things that draw emotion out of me, and have a lot of detail about the characters. I have a "step by step" process from beginning to end.  Everything I film or write is intentional and everything has a meaning.

Q: What is your goal for your work?
A: My goal for my work is just to make people feel what I feel when I am writing my pieces. When I write sometimes I can't stop crying, or smiling, or feeling shock. Then I feel so alive afterward. I want people to experience that same journey.  

Q: What projects are you most enjoying right now or most looking forward to next??
A: I'll be writing a new short film real soon so i'm really looking forward to that. Also directing a music video 

Q: How do your surroundings affect your work?
A: I have no distractions around me. I used to get bored, and felt like i was going crazy but what eventually happened was that I started to fully embrace my ideas, story writing, filming and acting. Now I can spend all day just working on the details

Q: How do your relationships influence your work?
A: I have no relationships, that's the problem. I have a lot of cats ... I'm kidding. My family is my biggest influence. They support me, believe in me and have always been there for me. It's that love that drives me to try and perform at the best of my ability. I also have a friend that really puts things into a different perspective when I talk to him. Their criticism always helps me. I am very open to it now which helps sharpen my tools even more. 

Q: What would you like people to take away from your work?
A: I want people to be able to look back on anything I write or film or act in and I want them to feel inspired by it. I want to give them a reference that they can look back to when they need help or feel lost or need motivation.

Q: What would you like to be doing ten years from now?
A: The same thing i'm doing now. Writing, acting, directing. I love it, it's my passion, it's all I like to talk about. I hope to be have a great impact on helping the homeless as well.

Q: What's your favorite aspect of the work you do?
A: My favorite aspect is trying to understand what makes "it" work. What elements are required to build a story? What makes a character interesting? What is the picture on the screen trying to tell us? I'm always trying to break things down so that I can put them back together in my own way. 

Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: I try not to take things too serious, or take things personal. We are all human, it's okay to be imperfect. I embrace my imperfections. And I don't judge myself as much as I used to, I became a lot happier after that, I hope others can learn to do the same. 

Q: What would you like your legacy to be?
A: I want my legacy to be a story of how I achieved what I wanted to in life. That its never too late to go for your dream. That no one really ever gave me chance, and that probably actually helped me even more, cause I decided to create my own opportunities. That the glitz and glamour of it all faded away, and what really drove me to want success was simply to just to put a smile on my families face. An average Joe story. That if I can do it, anyone can do it.

Look for Michael's work on his Youtube channel and connect with him on Instagram

Doubling down

Starting in Autumn, we will begin redoubling our efforts to offer a venue to nurture the genteel arts -- a place for live music, author workshops, Etsy trunk shows, performing arts classes, crafternoon teas, and oodles more.

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Creative Collaborative Workshops with Linde Clark

Creative Collaborative Workshops are arts events conducted in a social, multicultural, and educational environment with more than twenty arts and crafts techniques offered. All workshops include lunch and tea/beverage.

Linde has a fine arts degree with minors in art history, psychology, and child development. A 30-year veteran artist-designer-event producer, Linde is dedicated to her craft and to teaching others to find their creativity and inspiration.

Classes currently available include:
  • Metal Stamped Jewelry (Rescheduled for summer)
  • Infinity Tie Dye Workshop (Shibori style)
  • Quilling Workshop 
  • Repousse and Copper Jewelry Workshop 
  • Intuitive Paint Night 
  • Glass Etching 
  • Exotic Paper Bead Workshop
  • 3-D Paper Flowers Workshop 
  • Mokume Gane (Polymer Clay)
  • Vintage Decoupage 
  • Japanese Tea and Silk Mandala Painting
  • Card and Envelope Workshop
  • Resin Jewelry Workshop 
  • Asemic Mixed Media
  • Doll Pins
  • Mosaic Trays
  • Silk Painting
  • Textile Arts
  • Jewelry Design
  • Air-Dry Clay Creations
  • Polymer Clay Creations
  • Decoupage
  • Kirigami Paper Arts
  • Iced Tie Dye
  • Custom covers - (journals, scrapbooking, notebooks)

Read on for our Fall 2018 Q&A with Linde:
  • What is/are your media? 
    • I don't have just one media. I experiment, teach and design in all elements. Whether it's jewelry, metals, clay, wax, inks, paints, paper, fabric and so much more.  
  • How did you get started in your current field? 
    • I've been a curious feline since the age of 5. I began a coloring career  at 5 which led to creating my own furniture and fashions from recyclables for my dolls and doll house. I was the eldest of 5, so trips to the store or receiving gifts were none existent.  I was forced to entertain myself, as my mother was very busy having babies. I began my art business, designing and teaching around 1997. It has evolved as the trends have changed and I've learned more techniques, explored new mediums, resources, visited festivals and museums, which opened the door to so many artistic opportunities, then finding a space to teach in a zen like atmosphere, inviting art enthusiasts to learn new skills. Moreover, developed the ability to create a business from my passions. 
  • How has your work evolved? 
    • Until I went to college in the 70's I was self taught. I went to two colleges (music and theatre arts)  before going to Moorpark College where I majored in fine art, interior design, psychology, child development and art history. There I learned technical aspects of art, drawing, painting, spatial perspectives, architecture and construction, so that gave me perspective skills, all the creative skills came naturally.   I was asked by the head of the Interior Design program to helm  and create the first Student Chapter Interior Design club on campus, thus making me the first President. The evolution came as I explored new materials, and experimented to see exactly what I connected with on a deeper level. As it turns out, I love so many mediums,  but my eclectic execution leads to an evolution that changes constantly. I have a passion for abstract painting using for one, the "fluid" method. My art is kinetic, created by my own energy. My collection is called, "Poetry in Paint". I was often praised for my ingenuity until the world caught on to my technique. Now the style has taken residency in a highly saturated capacity.  Albeit, once unique, now it's over done. But my passion remains.
  • What is your goal for your work? 
    • To be respected, admired, and known as a unique, creative stylist in many mediums.
  • What projects are you most enjoying right now? 
    • So many projects, however, Mokume Gane Jewelry:  A Japanese technique where by you fuse layers of polymer clay together creating a myriad of designs. Once sliced and baked, those designs can be made into components of jewelry, beads, buttons, and any embellishment your mind will take you too. 
  • What projects are you most looking forward to next? 
    • Encaustic Wax Fossils: Paleontology. Elements of the ancient world. Wax carved  Geodes and Mollusks. 
  • How do your surroundings affect your work? 
    • 100%. I need my materials neatly around me for inspiration. I need positive energy around me, whether it's my own company in silence, music I love or positive, loving people to teach. The bottom line is being in a visual atmosphere of nature which equates to success and loving energy. 
  • How do your relationships influence your work? 
    • They don't. I'm able to separate that part of my life. My art is therapy and my escape from negative behaviors around me.  I do not let one, influence the other.  I keep my circle small. Too many people result in too much chaos in one's life because I feel and love deeply. So I keep it to a minimum  in order to keep my emotions in check and in control. My son is my greatest creation and we have a bond that is undeniable. My best friend is like a sister, My family is a work in progress, and my small circle keeps me active and social. I love meeting new people, but my art and creating is where I'm happiest. People have their own agendas. New acquaintances are short lived most of the time. As long as my son, my family and best friends are well and happy I feel a sense of freedom and  peace. I love to write. I'm writing a book now called, The Internal Journal. So that is a release in another form of art that I have a passion for.  
  • What would you like people to take away from your work? 
    • That she's unique. Different, an out-of-the-box thinker, creator. Passionate. Her self expression is exhibited in the style of her creations. Her love of her medium is clearly defined by her expression in color and design. She is not afraid of not being perfect. A little askew. That's eclectic. That's me.
  • What would you like to be doing ten years from now? 
    • I hope to see the day where my son has children so I can be a grandmother. Teaching my grandchildren to be free to think and speak for themselves. Be independent. Show them a creative world of opportunity. Show them love. 
  • What's your favorite aspect of the work you do? 
    • Sharing and learning more every day.
  • What would you like people to know about you? 
    • To know me is to love me.
  • What would you like your legacy to be? 
    • That I was a loving mother, kind, grateful, compassionate, caring, loving, humanitarian, and loved my son more than life itself. My motto: Never say never. Believe in yourself. Think of others first.

Contact Linde via her Creative Collaborative Workshops group on Facebook or email her directly at Linde819 at aol dot com to book a class