Thursday, April 2, 2009

Adriana Rubio Interview

Adriana Rubio & Tanya Vece. October of 2004.
Interview with Author Adriana Rubio.
5 years after her first Horse Chronicles Interview.
Where is she now!

By: Tanya Vece

TV: Tell us about the Layne movie and what is going on with the project?
AR: This biopic is being made in a very independent way. We are fully determined to do it. We won't allow any brainwashed Hollywood clown to make fun of Layne's story or put him only in a "junkie" spotlight. We spent enough time trying to explain what the movie is about. It was all in vain. We have sadly learned that for Hollywood Layne Staley is another overdosed rock star. They don’t want to show him differently or should we say…they don’t want people to see the real side of the story. We worked on many scripts’ drafts during the course of two long years, have talked with the main roles actors, producers, photographers , musician, etc. We are in the right way now.

TV: With my book I have run into critics who know nothing of the situation. They just judge. Have you run into these same challenges with the movie?
AR: I understand your situation which is not much different than mine. People judge and talk because the air is free. Whatever bullshit they talk about me or the movie it doesn’t bothers me, because I know what I’m doing and why.

TV: What do you think was Layne's most important message to you, when you were working with his family, and when he made the call to you?
AR: When I was working with his family I felt he was completely alone…no matter how many people visited him or talked to him, no matter how many letters or phone calls he might have received. He was alone and immensenly terrified inside his own persona. And I could proove it by myself when I got that phone call from him. There’s still a big misunderstanding of what happened to him. Even though he died of an “accidental” speedball overdose, that wasn’t the real end. During all of these years I couldn’t stop thinking why he called me three months before his death. And when Nancy withdrew support to thefirst book, she said: “She knows nothing”, so that made me think even more about his call. I did a lot of research and got the point. It is revealed in the movie.

TV: Some people think are books / projects about Layne are obsecure. You got tapes of Nancy helping you and then she retraced what she said. What are your feelings on this. I confronted Nancy with mine. Do you think she is prooving Layne's words about her right?
AR: My feeling on this is that Nancy saw herself reflected in the books as in a mirror and didn’t like what she saw: the truth. So that’s why she retraced what she said. It’s all taped…you know things like “I’ve been preparing for Lyane’s death for five years …”, “I am guilty to the degree that I’m guilty…”etc…But I am more focused on Layne’s words like when he wrote: “If this pen were a gun I could much more easily explain how I feel…” I have no doubts that Layne’s words about his own feelings involving her mother are absoultely true. Additionally, I have words from Liz on tape which at her request were not printed in the books, but they are still on tapes. And Liz’s words are pretty much the same Layne’s sentiments.

TV: How can people get involved with the Layne movie?
AR: People can get involved with the movie in many ways for: crowd scenes, tatoo services, experienced publicists, painters and musicians. They can send resumes and contact info at

TV: How much are you going to cover of Layne's life in the movie?
AR: The movie will cover the most crucial moments of Lyane’s life from childhood to adult. Lydia and you are not included in the script for this movie. Even though Layne left this world at the age of 34, he lived like 80 and you know this is true, so we had to work really hard on the parts selection.

TV: LATHAN MCKAY plays Layne and looks just like him. Has he had any strange or spooky occurrences while in the role?
AR: Lathan is a very good actor and is perfect for this role. Even though he looks like Layne, you can feel Layne’s presence in the studio coming out from him. And per your question, yes Lathan experienced a few strange things, but nothing scary. I should say very encouraging and positive.

TV: Are you planning on taking the finished film to any film festivals in the US?
AR:We have a lot of things on the table to discuss about. Film Festivals could be a possible thing to do. Not decided yet.

TV: Since the books and you working on the film any spooky occurrences?
AR: I have experienced lots of strange things, nothing scary. Encouraging and positive occurances.

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Karen Eyo
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By: Tanya Vece

Just who is Karen Eyo? She best describes herself as follows:
My background is born in Liverpool, England Father Artius and Mother Josephine of African and English descent. 6 siblings. Left Liverpool in 1980 to embark on a journey to Canada and lived/worked for approximately 26 years as an artist/actress/poet. 5 years spent in New York, Brooklyn and Manhattan running Open Window Theater Company in Williamsburg. After overstaying welcome in NYC returned to Toronto, Canada. Ran first Marathon in Toronto have successfully completed 5 more in NYC, Ottawa, Liverpool, London and Paris. Published 2 poetry books Juliet is bleeding and Reflections. Presently living in London working as a Personal Trainer at BBC and Rolls Royce. Studying Remedial Sports Massage at LSSM one year diploma course to be successfully certified by November 2009. Still involved in the arts continue to go out on auditions/castings. I currently work with Juice Plus!

TV: How did you get into personal training?
KE: An opportunity arose when I was handed an application form given to me by Val Henney a gym instructor working out of SequinPark Gym in London. We were in training at the time for the London Marathon.The application was funding from 2012 Olympics to study Level 3 Personal Training Course. I applied and was accepted for Jan 2008 Course and graduated July 2008.

TV: Do you believe being an artist, or people who indulge in art in any form, plays a beneficial part in remaining healthy or the healing process, and why?
KE:Being an artist I understand the benefits of good health and how it contributes to lifestyle and well-being. To act, dance, perform and write takes great energy, endurance and stamina in contrast a great athlete who trains rigorously to win the gold is like to a great actor who wins an oscar. The ingredients we choose to put in our bodies (nutrition) prepares our bodies and minds towards a greater awareness and allows healing process and the will to live.

TV: What do you think is the biggest misconception of personal training and nutrition?
KE: I think the biggest misconception of personal training is price. There are people
who believe only celebrities, wealthy people and professional athletes have personal trainers when in fact personal trainers are affordable to everyone. I have clients from the age of 21 to 73. The majority of them have had a gym membership which they hardly used.Ting a trainer has resulted in more of a commitment to their fitness goals and achieving better results.

TV: Your books. Do you have any future plans to write another one? Juliet is Bleeding and Reflections are great titles. Any stories behind them?
KE: Yes I have future plans to write 12 more and a best selling novel.
Juliet is bleeding title came about while reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
I experienced a nose bleed and blood went all over the page and I blurted out Juliet is bleeding. That same night I went for a walk in Williamsburg and there was a film being shot the title was Romeo is bleeding. Hence I kept my title and published Juliet is bleeding one year later.
Reflections title is a reflection of my life as an art model. When I would sit for artists and sculptors I would write poetry. The stillness helped create a poetry in motion idea. The artists would give me drawings or I would salvage the ones they threw away in the garbage. When I designed the book I used the drawings as to illustrate the poetry. Reflections represents the art model as poet or vice versa.

TV: I have heard running a marathon is a life changing event. I understand there are tribes of Indians who run for 12 hours a day, some more, because of breathing patterns and the way they condition their brain to motivate their body. Do you believe once you have run a marathon the hard wiring in the brain is changed and allows one to lead a more positive life? What was it like after your first marathon?
KE: Your absolutely right in hearing running a marathon is a life changing event.
I like your piece of information regarding tribes of Indians. I do believe once you have run a marathon the hard wiring in the brain is changed and allows one to lead a more positive life. I have experienced that change. After my first marathon I was on a runners high for months.. I had friends and family come out to show their support as well as complete strangers cheering you on. The energy is priceless, and when you cross the finish line there is a unsurpassable joy and spirit which gives you a higher awareness. I experienced the runners high big time on my first marathon that is why I continue and look forward to my next one.

TV: You work with Juice Plus. How can my American readers reach you?
KE: Juice Plus is a food supplement of dried fruits and vegetable juices and pulp and vitamins.
To order they can visit my website

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