Dvon is an Atlanta based singer-songwriter. A self trained keyboardist and producer, Dvon delivers his own unique style of soul driven pop/rock reminiscent of artists like Prince and Lenny Kravitz on tracks like “Feels Like A Rollercoaster” and “Let’s Make It All About You”. “All This Love” and “Your Body Warm” showcase the R&B side of Dvon’s abilities while “I Will Show You Love” boasts late 70’s/early 80’s pop/disco influences that have helped him to surpass 400,000 online streams and 5000+ downloads.
In 1999, Dvon joined Pisces Kiss, a local pop/rock/cover band and performed local gigs with the lead singer Karsten Durand. After the band’s break-up, Dvon continued to write and record with Karsten and featured his vocals on the gospel inspired “Waiting” and the upbeat retro pop song “It’s Gonna Get Better”; a track recorded for the ‘It Get’s Better’ campaign to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
Dvon’s heart felt message of social equality also inspired tracks like “Not Like The Other Girls”, “End Of Days” and the protest song “Invisible Man”. He continues to write and record with local musicians and is currently working on his sixth music video project.
Welcome to the April 2017 issue of Shine on Hollywood Magazine! The boundless beauty of spring is in full effect in Hollywood and around the world, and as nature recovers from the rainy winter months, we bring to you with great satisfaction our Top Men Industry Professionals issue! There’s never shortage of talent in this town as we immerse you in the world of our featured guests, and bring you up close to some of the hardest working men in the industry, whose stories bring to light a different view of Hollywood, as we go beyond the camera flashes and right into the action.
This issue we feature Brazilian actor and humanitarian, Vinicius Machado. Vinicius grew up in a supporting environment, but with the family’s move to America came new challenges that would define his future. After a terrible automobile accident changed his dreams and life forever, Vinicius took the reigns of his destiny and reinvented himself on stage, after he discovered a passion for acting, which he used as an outlet for his inner conflict, and which has taken him from the school stage to the grand sets of Hollywood where he has appeared in some of the top shows on television. Having experienced bullying as an adolescent first hand, Vinicius now helps others with the channels available to him thanks to his hard work and his contribution to society.
We’re also introducing you to
, a man with many talents who continues to pursue his dream of being an action star. After leaving his home and family in Denmark to pursue his dream, Tomm got his start as a fitness model, but it wasn’t easy. Barely scraping by to make ends meet, and with a lot of patience, hard work, and a little help from new friends, Tomm became one of the most photographed model in the fitness industry. But when the grueling training regime started to take a toll on his body, he found new outlets and adventures in the martial arts, eventually becoming a world champion, even as he continues to live his dream as an actor and stuntman. Tomm volunteers his time in homeless shelters and helps kids by teaching them interpersonal skills.
Fyregod Zor dances with fire. But more than that, he captivates the imagination and has dazzled audiences at home and abroad with his phenomenal blazing performances. After suffering a near death experience, he journeyed to Los Angeles to find himself. He wandered through the concrete jungle in search of peace and purpose, and he found his calling at the Burning Man festival, where his imagination lit with fire amongst the flames of other fire dancers, and to which he is now a part of Zor teaches his marvelous abilities to those willing to learn; the skills he’s honed through years of hard work, and also leads men’s circles at festivals to help men reconnect with themselves and each other.
We encourage you to “Let Them be Your Motivation!”
SOHM remains a politics and gossip free publication with its focus on “Real People, Real Stories” from the arts and pop culture community who make a difference by giving back, and we are delighted to share their heartfelt stories with you. We will continue to provide the industry’s foremost creative meeting place with monthly showcases, news, opinions, analysis, and audience feedback. Next issue SOHM will feature the world of Top Women Industry Professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!
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This month we bring you Amber Patiño and her family. We first introduced Amber back in November of 2015, when she was barely starting out in the industry, with the support of her parents and her special needs sister, Nicole. Since then, Amber hasn’t wavered from pursuing her dreams and continues to strive, bringing back hard-earned advice and tips for young actors that want to take a shot at the entertainment industry. Don’t miss her advice.
In that November 2015 issue, SOHM also focused on Amber’s family, who plays a very important supporting role in her nascent talents, and has formed a circle around her called, Team Amber, to guide and motivate the young artist to her full potential. Experienced and aware beyond her years, Amber acknowledges the time and effort given by her friends and family. Now, Amber shares her achievement to date: landing a leading role in the family film titled, Jurassic School.
It hasn’t been easy for the Patiño family. The four members left the south and headed west to give Amber’s talents a chance, after winning a prominent talent contest. Amber’s skills shined through and the family made the journey across, to find out if dreams do come true. This is where we catch up with the Patiños, and bring to you, our loyal readers, a rare behind-the-scene look at Hollywood, and the business of child stars—and its effect on the family as a unit.
Amber’s mother, Lindsay Patiño, supports Amber 100% on artistic talents. While her father, William “Bill” Patiño, knows first hand the sacrifices parents make for their children in support of their dreams and aspirations. William left a comfortable life, with a lower cost of living, to help his daughter as best as he can. Yet, reality reminds them that following dreams takes time, money and effort. We interview Bill and get his take on how the move to Hollywood has affected his family because SOHM is committed to bringing you real stories from real people—in this case, the role of parents and their children.
Welcome to the March 2017 issue of Shine on Hollywood Magazine! As we say goodbye to the frosty winter season and welcome the boundless beauty of spring, we bring to you with great satisfaction our special edition of Top Asian Industry Professionals issue! There’s never shortage of talent in this town as we immerse you in the world of celebrity fashion design, and bring you up close to some of the hardest working designers in the industry, whose allure go beyond the camera flashes.
This issue we feature top fashion designer André Soriano. During his teens, André left the political upheaval in his native Philippines and immigrated to the US with his mother and siblings. Grasping the boundless opportunities that his new adoptive home offered, André used the resources at his disposal to achieve his dream of becoming a professional designer. His hard work paid off when he was invited to participate in a reality television show called Styled to Rock. Now working alongside the top talent in Hollywood, André is able to enjoy the fruits of his labor, while still giving back to the San Diego community, never forgetting the turn of fortune provided by the opportunities in America.
We’re also going to introduce you to contemporary still life and landscape artist, Charisse Abellana. Another artist hailing from the Philippines, Charisse’s roots taught her the closeness and value of family and extended families, while her life in America taught her the strength of the individual, and the prospect that comes with freedom of expression as an artist. Using oils, watercolor, charcoal, ink on paper and mixed media in work, she uses the thick, bold strokes a palette knife provides to convey her emotions in the compositions unique to her work. Charisse’s paintings have been auctioned, using the profits to help the underprivileged.
At the age of six, Kiki Wang took the first steps in her career as a fashion designer by sewing together outfits for her baby dolls. Even at that fledgling age, her illustrations were also admired and collected by her young peers, and the impression awoke a passion for design in the young girl. Kiki immersed herself in school and strove in her studies. But she never lost sight of her dream, and after finishing her formal education in finance, she continued to pursue a career in fashion design by taking more classes at a local school. After finding success as an entrepreneur, she took the next bold step and moved to the US to continue her studies in design. She went on to found the fashion label CSP. Since then, her designs have gleamed through red carpets here and abroad.
We encourage you to “Let Them be Your Motivation!”
SOHM remains a politics and gossip free publication with its focus on “Real People, Real Stories” from the arts and pop culture community who make a difference by giving back, and we are delighted to share their heartfelt stories with you. We will continue to provide the industry’s foremost creative meeting place with monthly showcases, news, opinions, analysis, and audience feedback. Next issue SOHM will feature the world of Top Men Industry Professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!
Mackadenice‘s (MD) music is a prime and dominant influence in his life’s pursuit of the hip hop industry which has been a source of exhilaration for him over the years. As a native of the State of Virginia, born November 11, 1985 in Alexandria, Virginia, his musical influences were surrounded by notorious talents such as Timberland, Pharrel Williams, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Missy Elliot. Nurtured and raised by his mother, he lived in a fatherless household. The minute details that he does recall concerning his father are that he possessed considerable musical gifts and is of Italian decent. The lack of a father-son relationship in his life still lingers on and continues to affect him in ways that is only felt by him. The genesis of “MD” came when he discovered his musical gifts displaying tuneful and lyrical talents at a young age by performing in various shows when he was growing up and also while serving in the military. The one outstanding accomplishment that resonates the most was his performance in the Youth Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Project when he was 16 years of age. Upon graduating high school, “MD” explored the need to serve on a more elevated level.
After joining the Military in 2004, “MD” aspired to be a part of something bigger than himself and contribute his military service to his country. Painstakingly believing that it was a privilege to fight for his country, “MD” would eventually learn that this decision would result in being the ultimate sacrifice with a huge price tag. After serving one tour of duty in Norfolk, Virginia, “MD” decided it was time to make a serious endeavor within his career which eventually resulted in a transfer to Manama, Bahrain in 2008. This decision led to the birthing and creation of the third part of “Cerberus, Ven-Roc”. While in Bahrain, he established himself in the entertainment arena by performing in local contests and live shows such as the esteemed Red House Hiphop Festival in 2009.
This venue landed “MD’s” picture in the Gulf Weekly. Subsequently, he was fortunate enough to network with Italian Director/Producer Pierro Ali Passatore. Mr. Passatore has since become a valued and promising asset to” MD’s” team. As the state-of-the-art in his profession, he is prominent for his noteworthy and distinguished talents as an actor, editor and director. Preeminently, he proceeded to collaborate with “MD” on multiple tracks, including the 2015 single “What Now – A Journey Into the Mind of a Soldier.”
After the release of “MD’s” first two mixtapes in 2009, “World Tour” and “Katching Seazon”, this marked the start of his legacy. These mixtapes provide you with a taste of “MD” aka Ven-Roc’s origin and exploits while serving overseas. However, through all the ladies and late nights, “MD” still had his military obligations first and foremost. Throughout his 3 years in Bahrain, “MD” was sent to war-torn areas and experienced things that would in turn mold him into the man he is today. In an effort to build a relationship with his only son whom he recently determined that he had fathered, “MD” decided to return to the States in 2010. Not returning home as the same man he was when he left, his music became a source of therapy, giving him a mental outlet and the ability to portray his military lifestyle and experiences as well as the difficulties faced with his return to the States. Struggling with the adaption of the familiar yet new environment and being deterred from the main reason for his return, “MD” found himself in constant battles with depression, anger and confusion. MD would not let this chain of events take him away from his passion and he would go on to release “Real As it Gets: The Mixtape”, “S.N.S. EP”, and the 3-volume series “O.T.H.” between 2010 and 2013. Each mixtape transmits to the listener a little more of “MD’s” life–another slice of his story. As “MD” prepared to separate from the military in early 2012, he was unceasingly being tried and tested by the mother of his son. After unsurpassed suffering from parental alienation from the time it was discovered that he was a father, he still compassionately and diligently continues to fight to build a relationship with his son….
Taking away the opportunity to be what he longed for as a child has put a dark hole in his heart that only his son can fill. In the same year “MD” separated from the military, he came upon some alarming yet awakening news. Unknowingly, “MD” had been battling cancer for a number years, having experienced intense symptoms since 2007. While trying to digest the news of his cancer, “MD” also discovered he was impaired with a new syndrome of mental instability that plagues many veterans once they are no longer on active duty known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After years of doctors’ appointments, copious amounts of pills and surgeries, “MD” has made it through his battle with cancer yet still suffers from the debilitating side effects of PTSD and the pharmaceuticals he has been required to take throughout his treatment. Although stricken by life and its unknowns, “MD” continually manages to turn these series of shortfalls and medical conditions into fuel.
Having had a chance to work with the likes of Ryan West and Just Blaze at Stadium Red Studios, his first official single was released in 2014. The single entitled “Someday” featuring I4NI artist David Ray and is an inspiring single displaying “MD’s” ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ attitude. Coupled with the release of his 9th project, I.D.G.A.F. We still had to do it…, he puts together one of his greatest collections to date. This unpredictable, high intensity mixtape will be one to remember as “MD”” continues to tell his story every step of the way.
Now in 2016 “MD’s” odd intensity style and lyrical delivery continues to bring you his stories of pain, pleasure, love and reality. On the verge of completing his tenth project, “MD” turned a couple tracks for an online contest into what will be his first official album entitled “The Contestants.” Slated to be released at the end of 2016, “The Contestants” has turned out to be a compilation of songs that will open your eyes to what a man is capable of doing when given a proper cause. In an effort to establish himself on an international level, “MD” traveled to Italy for 35 days to once again work with Piero. This trip was a monumental moment for “MD” as he stepped out of his comfort zone and laid it all on the line.