It’s that time of year!
I have started working on the birthday site and now need your submissions for Alexz’s birthday! For those that have done this in the past you can probably skip to the email address: birthday[@]alexz.net
Once your submission has been added to the site I’ll email you back to let you know.
I normally receive submissions in 3 major categories:
Message: This is just a simple message, as short or as long as you want it to be, wishing Alexz a happy birthday. The length is whatever you’re comfortable with. I don’t usually spellcheck or check for grammatical issues. I simply copy/paste your submission into the site.
Video: Self explanatory. I’ve had some great videos over the years. What you should do is upload it to Youtube and label it as Unlisted, that way it won’t show up in Youtube’s search results. Send me the URL of the video and I’ll use the Embed code to put the video onto the site.
Graphic: There’s a lot of talented graphic designers out there and I get a handful of pictures wishing Alexz happy birthday every year or so. You can attach this to the email or send me the URL. I usually save the picture and upload it to my own space. It will be resized to fit inside the post but also linked to its own address so Alexz can see the full picture if she clicks on it.
You can do any or all of these
Have fun with this! On the day of her birthday I’ll tweet and email her the website so she can see all the birthday wishes!
Here is another article discussing Alexz’s role on “Blue”. This goes more in depth about Alexz’s music career, being a musician, and why she picked to play the role of Satya.
Canadian singer Alexz Johnson playing L.A. musician in digital drama
By: Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – She’s won a Gemini Award, released several albums and been on a slew of series, but when Alexz Johnson signed on to play a Los Angeles musician on the digital drama “Blue,” she felt like she was back at square one.
“On Venice Beach, there’s an episode where I’m performing a cover song … and they plugged my amp in and they just had me play on the street,” said the British Columbia native. “They hid the cameras so people couldn’t see that it’s a film set, so I had to just pretend that I was busking.”
“I was hoping a friend wouldn’t walk by or something and go, ‘Alex, wow, things aren’t going well!’” she added with a laugh.
The singer-songwriter-actress rose to fame playing a teenaged music competition winner on the Canadian series “Instant Star” that ran from 2004-08. She earned three Gemini nominations for the part, winning one.
She joined “Blue” for its third season, which recently started streaming along with the first two seasons on CTV EXTEND at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app.
Her hippy character is dating the sister of Blue (Julia Stiles), a single mom who secretly works as an upscale escort. The sister is played by Stiles’ real-life sibling, Jane O’Hara.
“It’s the first bi(sexual) character I’ve played, and I took that pretty seriously,” said Johnson, 27, by phone from Vancouver. “She’s definitely got some issues. There’s stuff about her that we don’t really know.”
The enigmatic nature of her character leaves a lot to be explored, and Johnson is hoping to return next season.
“It’s just fun playing a character that’s so different from anything I’ve played and also just so different from me,” she said. “It was really challenging and I wanted it to be super authentic.
“It’s kind of scary sometimes going to unknown territory, and there’s a responsibility working with such amazing actors that I really took it on and it was a blast.”
“Blue” is from Emmy-nominated director and screenwriter Rodrigo Garcia, who helmed the 2011 film “Albert Nobbs” and developed the HBO drama “In Treatment.”
Johnson, who calls herself “a musician first and foremost,” said she got the part after Garcia saw her perform with a band in Los Angeles and met with her for coffee to ask her to be on the show.
She relished the chance to contribute songs to the soundtrack, like she did on “Instant Star.”
The short shoot also fit in well with her touring schedule, and she was intrigued by the idea of working in what she calls “the new wave of TV.”
Being in the burgeoning world of web TV and taking on a very different character are but a couple of the fresh starts Johnson has had lately.
Now living in Brooklyn, she’s found support amongst other musicians, the “broke, talented people who are willing to do favours,” she said with a laugh.
Johnson also recently signed with United Talent Agency and is putting the finishing touches on a new album she hopes to release this fall.
She describes it as “kind of like folk-soul, definitely some pop elements, but just a more independent feel.”
“My influences are much more throwback, Fleetwood Mac and Annie Lennox and Kate Bush and stuff like that,” said Johnson.
“So it’s quite eclectic, I hope, but very different than anything I’ve played from ‘Instant Star.’”
Johnson pledge-funded the album and raised enough money to record at New York’s Avatar Studios with producer David Kahne, who’s worked with artists including Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Lana Del Rey.
“I’m super proud of it,” said Johnson, noting she and her management team are trying to figure out the best way to distribute the album.
“I feel like signing a major deal, which I’ve done in the past, isn’t really the be all and end all anymore. I feel like it’s more about having control and building a fanbase authentically. So for me it’s just touring, playing. It’s just going to take time, and I’m totally fine with that.”
This is yet another article talking about the rise of digital television shows over the traditional way it has been viewed, either through the basic cable networks or other more premium avenues. I’ve taken out Alexz’s portions. For the full article go to the Source link.
Digital original series like ‘Blue’ and ‘Guidestones’ picking up steam
By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
Canadian actress Alexz Johnson, who plays a musician in season 3 of “Blue” that recently went online, liked that the series offered a new acting challenge and the chance to be a part of a burgeoning genre.
“I think it’s going to take a bit of time for it to really catch on, but I think it really is the future of TV,” she says. “No one in my life really has cable.”
Then there’s the challenge of writing shorter episodes in a way that doesn’t compromise the story — not to mention the stigma still attached to web TV.
“All you’ve got to do is say ‘web series,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, run for the hills,’ right?” Ferguson says with a laugh.
Johnson, who played the lead on the CTV series “Instant Star,” has experienced that.
“I don’t think people realize how cool it is yet,” she says. “I think people are like, ‘Oh, really? You’ve been the lead of this and this, you’re doing a digital series?’”
Going digital also offers a unique creative freedom.
“As actors, we have so much freedom on set, because there’s no huge network watching every move that you make,” says Johnson, who is also a singer-songwriter and contributed three songs to “Blue.”
Notes Ferguson: “You hit the beats in the way you want to hit them. It’s extremely exciting to be able to do that.”
Alexz posted this video of her performing “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” at The Mod Club in Toronto, Canada. This song will be featured on Alexz’s new album which you can pledge on by going here:
Let ‘Em Eat Cake