“There Is Such A Thrill In Hearing The Applause From The Audience:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Evan Brinkman

Evan Brinkman

Evan Brinkman is a man of many talents including tying neckwear. He pre-tied all of the The Daily Quarterly editor’s neck ties so now we just have to carefully slip them on and off. No more clip-ons!

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with young up and coming actor Evan Brinkman. This talented junior high school student spoke with us about his love of acting, his support system and his time working with Judd Apatow on his upcoming film “Trainwreck.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actor Evan Brinkman:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Evan Brinkman: Since the age of 6 years old I have participated in live theater, dance recitals and movies. I really have fun learning new character roles and interacting with other actors and there is such a thrill in hearing the applause from the audience. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment after a performance either on a live theater stage or in front of a movie camera.

TDQ: You’re from Orange Park, Florida. How long until you convince your parents to leave Florida for Hollywood?

EB: If the opportunity were to present itself that I needed to move to Hollywood for my acting career, then my family would be supportive. However, so many television shows and movies are filmed outside of Hollywood.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?

EB: To stay the same kid that I am and to not get a big head.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten?

EB: I don’t think I’ve had any yet.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

EB: My parents, who have been supportive and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Also my acting coach, Cindy Hogan, who is my mentor.

Evan Brinkman

If we have our notes correct this is an old picture of Evan Brinkman, right, and Judd Apatow, left, both apparent sufferers of Benjamin Button disease. Wait, I am being told this is a recent picture of Evan Brinkman, left, and Judd Apatow, right. Neither have Benjamin Button disease.

TDQ: You are featured in Judd Apatow’s upcoming film, “Trainwreck.” How many of his other movies have your parents allowed you to watch?

EB: I have only watched the food poisoning scene from “Bridesmaids” and the chest waxing scene from “40 Year-Old Virgin.”

TDQ: What can you tell us about your character in “Trainwreck?”

EB: My character’s name is Allister who is the nephew of Amy Schumer. Mike Birbiglia is my father and Brie Larson is my stepmom.

TDQ: What was your experience like working with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader and with Judd Apatow?

EB: I felt privileged to work along side them. Amy and Bill were hysterical and joked on and off camera. Judd also is very funny with a great sense of humor.

TDQ: What project are you working on right now?

EB: Finishing 7th grade at my public Jr. High School. Then this summer I have a lead role in an independent movie called “Castle in the Woods.” It films in Georgia during July.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

EB: Hopefully with a lead role in a television series and many more acting credits to my name.

Check out more about Evan at his Facebook page. Continue reading

“It Was The Finesse That It Required That Captivated Me:” A TDQ Q&A With Dr. Sergio Alvarez

Dr. Sergio Alvarez, M.D. in his "office".  We don't know how to work all of that equipment but he does.  M.D.?  What's that stand for?  Mega Dashing?  No, sorry.  We are being told "Doctor of Medicine."

Dr. Sergio Alvarez, M.D. in his “office”. We don’t know how to work all of that equipment but he does. M.D.? What’s that stand for? Mega Dashing? No, sorry. We are being told “Doctor of Medicine.”

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Sergio Alvarez. Dr. Alvarez spoke to us about his foundation, working with celebrity clients and injecting NHL players with Botox. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Dr. Sergio Alvarez:

The Daily Quarterly: How old were you when you knew you wanted to be in medicine?

Sergio Alvarez: After seeing my first open heart surgery at the age of 10, I knew then that there was nothing else I wanted to do than to be a surgeon. The ability to know what I wanted in a career at such a young age gave me the ability to focus and achieve my goals by the age of 32.

TDQ: What made you want to be a plastic surgeon?

SA: Plastic surgery got my attention during medical school due to the fact that it was not only the most competitive specialty to get into and the surgeons training me were revered as “the best,” but it was the ability to work on every part of the body and really focus on the “art form” that captured me. It was the finesse that it required that captivated me.

Dr. Alvarez may have better friends than you do but he is still a man of the people.  Interesting note:  The combination of Frankie Grande's and John Stamos' natural glow were able to defeat the festive lighting.  No, sorry.  We are being told it was Stamos alone.

Dr. Alvarez may have better friends than you do but he is still a man of the people. Interesting note: The combination of Frankie Grande’s and John Stamos’ natural glow were able to defeat the festive lighting. No, sorry. We are being told it was Stamos alone.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

SA: I think the best advice I got was from my father… Do what you love and be the best you can be!

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

SA: The worst advice I got was that I should study chemistry or biology in college. This is a huge misconception. You can have a degree in anything you want as long as you take the pre-requisite courses for medical school, study something you enjoy and are passionate about!

TDQ: Who are your influences and role models?

SA: My family is a big part of my life. I have learned a lot from both my father and mother and look up to them immensely. I also cherish the time I get to spend with my brother and sister because, although we had the same upbringing, I continue to learn and grow from being around them.

TDQ: When you were toiling away in medical school, did you ever envision working with celebrities and being in such high demand to perform surgeries on them?

SA: Haha… I had no idea that my life would turn out this way. I knew long ago that I wanted to have my own practice and be the best that I could be, but I had no idea that it would snowball in such a way that would allow me to interact with people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

TDQ: Tell us about your work with The Alvarez Foundation…

SA: The Alvarez foundation was created through the hard work of both my father and mother and was an entity my siblings and I founded to channel the charitable donations my family is passionate about. We have donated to the arts, medical research and education. Our board meets on a semi annual basis and we review different interesting options to help people in need and projects we feel strongly about.

TDQ: What advice would you give young people who want to go into medicine, especially as a surgeon?

SA: The best advice I can give is to follow their passion. And if their passion is medicine and in specific plastic surgery, then don’t sweat the small stuff; because this is a long road that has a lot of ups and downs. You can’t always win, but if you want it bad enough, anything is possible!

TDQ: Tell us about your recent work with NHL players injecting them with Botox…

SA: Professional athletes are an entertaining bunch. I have had the pleasure of having them as friends and clients. I think my work with them has come from thinking outside the box; listening to their concerns about their work and looking for solutions, whether invasive or non-invasive.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself and your practice in five years from now?

SA: I am teaming up with a colleague from Spain, so that we can start developing an international clinic that satisfies our expectations of a high end, glamorous practice that provides the finest surgeons from all parts of the world. I would like to build an international brand that again brings the allure and glamour back to our field. I believe that beauty and vanity is a large part of every culture and crosses all borders.
Professionally, I would like to dedicate about three months out of the year traveling on mission trips. I would like to dedicate that time to donating my talents and abilities to those that are less fortunate. In specific, I would like to direct a foundation that treats people, specifically children, affected by war. Most people are unaware of this, but our specialty of plastic surgery was born from the atrocities of WWI.

Learn more about Dr. Alvarez and his practice at his website. Continue reading

TDQ Investigates: Is Jane Goodall The Latest Celebrity To Get Into Bed With “Big Whale?”

Jane Goodall

While a direct association between Goodall and whaling has been difficult to prove internet detectives have found this recent photo from Instagram user CaptainAyyy captioned “Fishing for the big one.”

We were afraid this would happen. It was only a matter of time.

The recent news of famed monkey scientist Jane Goodall jumping on the bandwagon and calling for SeaWorld to be closed down is just another example of a well-known celebrity, or spokesperson or athlete who say one thing about sea creatures and dolphins and the like, but who really are in the pockets of Big Whale.

And as anybody with a primate brain knows, Big Whale really wants every single whale currently residing at aquariums and water parks and the like to be released back into the wild, so they can be hunted down, Moby Dick-style, for their blubber and whale oil, like it’s 1850 again. It’s just another offshoot of the Illuminati.

But you loyal readers of The Daily Quarterly already know this.

Celebr-activists like Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney and Rosie O’Donnell are all famous pawns in Big Whale’s game, causing distractions in an effort to take our attention away from the real issue: Mind control and the brainwashing that is and has been running rampant in Hollywood.

Goodall and her ilk aren’t worried about the other animals SeaWorld takes care of and keeps off the streets and provides an education for. You think dolphins could last a week on their own out in the world? They need to be hand fed and taught to jump through literal hoops on a daily basis. And without kids on school field trips who buy shrimp to feed them, how will the sting rays eat on a daily basis? Is Jane going to provide them food every day? Of course not, she only deals with monkeys.

And what about the penguins? What about the penguins?

In typical Big Whale form, just like many other “celebrities,” The Jane Goodall Institution did not immediately respond to a request for comment. And that, sadly, is telling in and of itself.

You are now informed. Go and do likewise. Continue reading

“Humiliated” Matt Damon Admits He Had An Ancestor Who Once Owned An Edsel

Matt Damon's Edsel Owning Relative

An unidentified Edsel Owning Relative of public figure Matt Damon.

Los Angeles—A “mortified, humiliated and distraught” Matt Damon admitted yesterday that he asked producers of the History Channel show “Top Gear” to edit out the discovery that one of his distant ancestors owned an Edsel.

The revelation came to light last week after e-mails about Damon’s shame were published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, which obtained tens of thousands of emails and private documents retrieved when Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked last year.

The Oscar-winning writer received backlash for supposedly wanting to conceal the information.

“I didn’t want any television show about cars to include a guy in my family who owned an Edsel. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth,” the actor wrote in a statement released yesterday.

He said he spoke with show producers and lobbied them to take out his scandalous family history.

“They agreed with me on the Edsel ownership issue but made other choices I disagreed with,” Damon said. “In the end, it’s their show and I knew that going in. I’m proud to have participated nonetheless.”

Damon is never specifically named in the email exchange between Sony executives. Other celebrities who’ve appeared on the series include Kal Penn, Buzz Aldrin and Ty Burrell.

Damon wrote that the show is not a news program and that creators must also “respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family, friends and automobile lovers.”

Still, he said, he was regretful about censoring his story — and that the interest in what happened shows people still want to talk about Edsel ownership. “I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion,” he wrote. “While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s automotive history is being talked about.” Continue reading

“Always Remember Where You Came From:” A TDQ Q&A With Galvanized Souls

Galvanized Souls

Galvanized Souls over a galvanized metal background. This illustrator is positive no one has thought of that before.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Galvanized Soul, an alternative rock band from Southern California. They are made up of Chris Traylor, Matt DeMartini, Zakk Silveira and Kevin Cogen. The group spoke to us about their influences, how they came together and about their anti-bullying hit, “Carry On.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Galvanized Soul:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite band growing up?

Chris Traylor: Collective Soul, Avenge Sevenfold, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, A Day To Remember and Failure.
Matt DeMartini: Growing up my parents would always play Collective Soul so I would say that they were one of my favorite bands growing up.
Zakk Silveira: I never had a favorite band growing up, but now I do and it is Thrice. Kevin Cogen: KISS, Beach Boys, Beatles!

TDQ: What was your favorite album growing up?
CT: “Dosage” album by Collective Soul.
MD: I’ve been through so many favorite bands that I can’t choose haha!
ZS: I also never had a favorite album growing up, but my favorite album now is white pony-deftones.
KC: “Destroyer” by KISS.
TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CT: Guitar Hero was one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to be in music/Show business, and the idea of seeing all kinds of people going to your shows and cheering for you to play music for them just seems like the best job to have!
MD: As a kid I always loved the ambiance of concerts but had bad experiences being in the crowd since I was so small and the only other place to be at a concert other than the crowd is on stage!
ZS: I have always loved music and I have always felt music is the best way to express your self, which is why I do it.
KC: I’ve always wanted to inspire and entertain others. It’s what I’ve always wanted.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
CT: You are the person who is most responsible for your success.
MD: The best advice I’ve ever gotten was when we were playing a show at the Whisky A Go Go. Since we were one of the first bands to play, the stage was cluttered with the other later band’s gear. But while we were setting up, a member of a later band saw how cramped the stage was and helped clear it up as much as he could and said to us, “Always remember where you came from.”
ZS: The best advice that I have ever gotten was to always stand up for yourself because if you believe in you and feel that it is how you want to be, then don’t let anyone change you because your opinion in your look, personality, or art is the only opinion that matters because soon people will always relate with you in the end.
KC: Someone once told me to, “Stay true to yourself.” And that advice has only led me in the best of directions! Continue reading