Brooke Lewis is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a highly respected life-coach, an author and an actress, having teamed up with Tasha-Guerrero-Castagna, the owner of TASH Cosmetics, she’s now added make up designer to her ever-growing and impressive resume. As, in her own words a “Glam Gal” and a long-time supporter and advocate of girl power, the ‘Profess Your Hot Mess’ make up and ‘Ms. Vampy Girl’ skin care lines aim to inspire and encourage women everywhere to feel good about themselves from the inside out. Here, Brooke chats with Thisisthelatest about the collaboration with TASH, her new book and the importance of following your heart. TITL: Hi Brooke, nice to chat with you again! You’re already an established actress, life coach, and author, so why did you feel now is the right time to branch out again and release your own make-up line ‘Profess Your Hot Mess’ with TASH Cosmetics?

Brooke Lewis: Thanks, and it is fabulous to be here! Many thanks for the awesome compliment! You know, you will hear me coach and also read in my Coaching From A Professed Hot Mess book that we never know how life leads us from point A to point Z, but we should embrace what “feels” good to us along the way! I have always been a Glam Gal with a love for makeup and hair products. I released my book with a bit of a buzz and Tasha Guerrero-Castagna, Owner of TASH Cosmetics, contacted me to tell me she was inspired by my positive messages for women and to share with me that, at times, she too, feels like a Hot Mess.

Tash also knew that I Glam Gal-out for red carpet events and, generously, offered to send me a “celebrity” gift set from her collection. I am blessed to receive many gifts, but when I received this one, there was something that felt different. TASH had packaged it with a beautiful, gracious note and ingredients list, telling me all their products were hypoallergenic. I have suffered from severe allergies and chemical sensitivity my entire life, so this was important to me. Then, I started trying on her loose powder eye shadows and felt like a kid again, playing with my favorite colors!

I was inspired, so I emailed Tasha to thank the company, and ended up on a two-hour call to brainstorm about branding me with my own celebrity line! This is something I had dreamed of years ago with my Ms. Vampy brand. I had been “in-talks” with another company for consideration, but it did not feel right! The moment Tasha and I connected, I knew we were a Beauty Diva match! We share the same goals, work ethic, loyalty and integrity! I am blessed to have partnered with a person and company I now consider a dear friend and we are lighting up lips everywhere with both our ‘Profess Your Hot Mess’ and ‘Ms. Vampy Girl’ lines of makeup and skin care. TITL: The line is focused on the goal to encourage women to feel good about themselves – how have you gone about that in terms of its creation?

BL: Cheers to Girl Power! It is very important to me that any brands I collaborate with or represent, stay true to my personal brand messages, as an actress, coach and author! I speak a lot about female empowerment and cultivating your inner beauty. I did my due diligence on TASH Cosmetics and Tasha and I had many lengthy conversations. I knew that she was also all about natural, healthy products and that everything was handmade. She was also about supporting hardworking women and making sure she kept her products at a price that would be affordable to most women. During our collaboration, and to coincide with my book, I created our brand message: “TASH Cosmetics and Brooke Lewis are committed to encouraging women to “feel good about themselves” and promote beauty from the inside out, as expressed in their mission statement, “Let’s stop trying to be “perfect” and get “pretty” from the inside out!”

mujeres viudas o madres solteras TITL: We live in such a beauty obsessed society, where make-up brands are constantly in competition with one another to draw in the biggest sales audience. How do you plan for this line to stand out and draw in a market?

BL: I LOVE this question for many reasons! When Tasha and I collaborated on our brands, we were very aware and humble about the fact that I am not an “A-list” actress and TASH Cosmetics is not a multi-million-dollar company, so it would be a challenge to expand quickly. We are two artists who are committed to the long haul and big picture! We also know that if one of my TV series in development gets picked up, it could change our brand expansion. But, the real answer is simple and something I coach and speak about often…we choose to commit to our truth and integrity! From my professional brand, career choices and messages to TASH Cosmetics’ unique way of creating its ingredients, we keep our own course and those who are meant to resonate with us and appreciate our products, will do so! Spiritual way of looking at things, huh?

follow TITL: How important is it to you that the TASH cosmetics doesn’t believe in animal testing and that they keep their products natural, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic?

BL: Again, having suffered severe allergies and chemical sensitivities my entire life, I was personally grateful to learn that TASH Cosmetics were hypoallergenic. I have dealt with acne as both a teen and adult, so I was elated when Tasha also suggested we create a skin care line for teens (our ‘Ms. Vampy Girl’) that would include products for acne prone skin, as I can so relate (Yes, girls, I, too, suffer from backne, so let’s own it and stop trying to be “perfect”, as I state in my book!). Now, sadly, I am super allergic to animals, but almost all my family and friends have them and I realize they love them like children, so I think it is fantastic that TASH supports “furry friends!”

new swedish dating site TITL: The line has been introduced to coincide with the release of your latest book Coaching From A Professed Hot Mess. For those who have yet to read it, how would you sum it up in terms of the advice/help it offers? 

BL: The title sums it up perfectly… Coaching From A Professed Hot MessTips on Life, Love, Dating, Online Dating, Female Empowerment & LGBT Support from a Board Certified Life Coach, TV Dating Expert & Hot Mess. And, my favorite excerpt pulled from the pages: “Life can be crazy! So, in 2016, I chose to embrace my “crazy” and use my blessed and beautiful bedside table book to profess…”I am a HOT MESS!” Yup…I said it, rock it and OWN IT! Now, being an actress, life coach and dating expert in the public eye, some may think I am really “crazy” for sharing this with the world! I know some of you are thinking (and, judging!) that a Board Certified Life and Dating Coach, professional and working actress should not “air her dirty laundry.” Well, I cannot tell you how good it feels to be self-aware enough to admit and embrace my “flaws.” Along with my strengths, my flaws and weaknesses make me vulnerable, special and unique. I also believe that by sharing my HOT MESS quirks with you, it will support you in embracing your HOT MESS quirks, too! Let’s break the rules and stop chasing perfection. It gets tiring trying to be perfect all the time, doesn’t it?”

see TITL: With so many projects on the go, how do you find time to unwind and relax?

BL: Oh, that’s easy! My dear friend, Don Julio, always helps me to relax after a stressful day! But wait, “relax”? Didn’t we retire that concept in like 2009? Ha!

online dating too superficial TITL: Finally, what advice would you give to anyone looking to take a career path similar to yours? Is there any advice you wish you’d been told before you started out?

BL: RUN! Faster, faster! No, I’m only kidding. Honestly, there is nothing anyone could have advised about my crazy careers to prepare me for my journey because my journey is mine and everyone’s journey is different! The thing I am most proud of is that I have followed my heart and stayed true to myself and my commitments! I have had many life and career challenges and I have fought through my fears and never quit! My best bits of advice are found in all my brands:

“Be You…And, Be Fearless!” – Be You And Be Fearless Life Coach

“Let’s break the ‘rules’ and stop chasing “perfection.” It gets tiring trying to be “perfect” all the time, doesn’t it?” – Coaching From A Professed Hot Mess

“When faced with fear, dig deep inside, find your inner vamp, and Vamp It Out!” – Ms. Vampy’s Teen Tawk

XO Hot Mess, Brooke Lewis

To keep up to date with Brooke, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. Header photo credit: Birdie Thompson.

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Inspired by artists such as Kenny Chesney and having opened for Thomas Rhett, Cole Bradley has always had a passion and affinity for country music, and now, thanks to releases such as his new single “Happy Hour”, he’s well on his way to being a real star of the genre in his own right. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Cole to talk song-writing, dream shows, and his ambitions for the next six months and beyond.

go TITL: First of all, who exactly is Cole Bradley?

Cole Bradley: Great place to start! I am a country singer-songwriter from Calgary, Canada, who currently lives in Nashville, TN. I love to have a good time, live everyday like it’s my last and put out music that hopefully people can connect with.

naturist online dating TITL: When did you first realise you wanted to make music a career?

CB: I’ve always loved performing and songwriting but the moment I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in country music was when I was twelve years old. It was when I heard my first Kenny Chesney record and I was mesmerized by the way Kenny was able to make people feel through his songs. From that moment on, I wanted to be like Kenny and create music that everyday people could relate to. TITL: Which three artists or bands would you say you’ve been and are most influenced/inspired by?

CB: Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, and Darius Rucker would have to be the top three country artists that inspire me. The reason being is that their songs tell the best stories. Their music makes people feel something!

rencontre obama romney TITL: What impact do they have on the music you make?

CB: Obviously, Kenny’s beach influence has impacted me in my song writing but ultimately, these three artists make me want to write better songs and push myself to new heights. In my opinion, Brooks, Chesney, and Rucker set the bar when it comes to releasing new and interesting songs, so my hope is that one day I can be on their level.

TITL: Where or how do you most often find inspiration for your songs?

CB: My best inspiration comes from real life experiences. I need to live my songs! If I can “live” and experience different things every day, that’s where I’ll find inspiration and that creates the best songs.

TITL: Tell me a little about your new single “Happy Hour.” Where did the idea for the track come from?

CB: The idea came from my first year of university in Canada. Every Thursday night my friends and I would huddle into my dorm room and we would play a game called “Power Hour” where each of us would do a shot of beer each minute for 60 minutes straight. We had a ton of fun to say the least! In the end, the song is all about just enjoy a few drinks with your best pals and getting into some fun afterwards!

TITL: Are there any tour dates/performances coming up?

CB: You bet! We have some shows planned for CMA Fest in Nashville this weekend. After that we have some real fun shows planned in Western Canada over the course of the summer as well as a few US dates that haven’t been announced just yet.

TITL: You’ve already opened shows for a number of country stars including Thomas Rhett, but if you could share a stage with three other bands or artists, living or dead, who would you pick and where would you play?

CB: Obviously, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks would have to be at the top of that list as they are my heroes! From the past, if I was a sixties kid I would want to hang with The Beatles – “Penny Lane” was one of the first songs I ever listened to and probably inspired my love for singing. Is there any band more legendary than them?

TITL: What has been the nicest thing someone has so far written or said about you, and what would be the ultimate compliment someone could give you?

CB: Wow, great question! I think some of the best compliments I have received are from people who have been following my career from the very start. Just to hear those people say that “you get better every time I hear you” or  “you’ve grown as an artist” is such an affirmation that I’m on track. The ultimate compliment someone could give me is that my songs helped them in a tough time or that one of my songs made them think of a special memory. For me, if someone tells me that they relate to my music and connect with it – that’s the ultimate compliment in my books.

TITL: Given that bands and artists today all but HAVE to be on social media, how do you feel about the power the likes of Twitter and other sites can and do have in terms of helping an artist grow their fan-base and keep themselves current? Do you think there’s such a thing as too much of a social media presence?

CB: Social media is a great platform for artists. It has never been easier to build a brand, release new music and build an audience. Social media engagement is huge in helping an artist grow their fan-base. If you can master the art of having great communication with your fans – I believe you will find success. It’s hard to say if there is such thing as “too much of a presence” but I believe if you have quality content and your personality shines through then I think you are doing the right thing.

TITL: Finally then, what does the rest of the year in store for you and where would you like to see yourself five years from now? What do you want to tick off your bucket list?

CB: For the rest of the year, my plan is to keep building my audience, touring in new markets and improving my craft. I think if I can keep improving on my live show, songwriting and in the studio as well as making new fans then I’ll be very happy. My main goal is to able to share my music with as many people as possible and if I can have a career in the next five years where I am still making a living playing music – then that’s a huge win in my books!

Check out Cole Bradley’s latest track “Happy Hour” below and for more information on him and his music, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.


With his “kamikaze pop” sound already having caught the attention of BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, Jack Angus Golightly, AKA Jango Flash, is slowly but surely making a name for himself, and his latest single “Perseid 45” is sure to have more music fans and critics alike talking. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Jango to talk song-writing inspiration and his big plans for the future.

TITL: Please introduce yourself if you would.

Jango Flash: Hi my names Jack, AKA “Tasty Daniels”, AKA “Ooo what’s in dem briefs”, AKA “Jango Flash”.

TITL: Where did the name Jango Flash come from?

JF: It was two nicknames which I ended up gluing together. All of my close friends call me “Jango” because it kinda acts as an Abbreviation of (J)ack (An)gus (Go)lightly, and when I worked in a kitchen, I used to get called “Flash” because of how fast I could chop onions. I feel like every artist at some stage has made a list of “cool” sounding words to put together, like I did. But I ended up hating the process of deciding on something that felt concrete, because it was always so over analysed and contrived. I guess that’s why some people have went back to using online generators for sourcing a name without much thought, or just adding 5 more letters in or around a word. If you’re looking for a good name, it’s usually right on your doorstep.

TITL: What would you say your artist unique selling point is?

JF: That’s a tricky one, I never really think about USP’s in music but I guess it would have to be my hands, apparently I’ve got lucky thumbs.

TITL: Which three artists or bands would you say you’ve been and are most influenced/inspired by? What impact do they have on the music you make?

JF: Damn, that’s tough. Subconsciously I guess I’m inspired by early 2000’s music like t.A.T.u. because they came about at a really weird time in my life. I remember seeing the music video for “All The Things She Said” on Kerrang! and just feeling so many different emotions. They have this wonderful ability of being able to take darker, guitar driven music and then re-purpose it in a huge girl band style, it’s bad ass! I think there’s something to be said about their influences and how they decided to express that in their music. Death Grips are another group I love. From the get go, they’ve had an entire fan-base in the palm of their hands because they are masters at toying with peoples expectations. They’ve got a powerful presence on and off stage, and I can admire that they still do everything them selves, they are essentially modern day punks. Them Things is the band I play drums in, and I’m influenced by everything that we do together. Everyone in Them Things is full of fire and we’re all pretty free thinkers. We’ve fought badly with each other in the past and equally seen each other through a lot as friends, so I find it hard to imagine not being with those guys.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “Perseid 45” and is there an EP or album in the works?

JF: I’ll have a fully illustrated, four track E.P finished by the end of July time. I have a second single ready to release in June called “Deeper Thrill”, and two music videos in the works. The story behind “Perseid 45” came from a time when me and my partner took some duvets and deck chairs out into a field in Edinburgh and watched the Perseid meteor shower. I found it so strange to see that many in one night, it was pure magic. We had gone through a really rough time together when I wrote this song and I guess that was the first thing I thought about. It’s a blown out projection of extra terrestrial pondering, experiences shared and dark feelings of existentialism brought on by losing someone who you may have took for granted.

TITL: When it comes to song-writing, where or how would you say you most find your inspiration?

JF: Inspiration usually strikes me at the worst times, it sucks. I’ll be on public transport with a melody rattling around my head and I’ll have to pull out my phone to record it, but somehow play down looking like a fruit loop by casually whistling to myself. Sometimes it’s circumstantial, like I woke up one morning and my partner was humming something, so I was like “what is that” and she went “oh, it’s chamber of reflection by Mac Demarco” and I say “nah it’s not, it sounds nothing like that”. I loved it so much that I ran downstairs to record it and it ended up being the guitar hook in “Perseid 45.” In terms of writing lyrics, I write a hell of a lot… like every day. When my first MacBook broke I lost around 600 notes full of stories, lyrics, poems and ideas. I just keep writing down my thoughts until I’ve struck something that makes me feel good, or accurately conveys a particular emotion. Other times I’ll highlight a phrase that sticks out to me in a sentence. Maybe the person talking is a character I can live through for a while, and they can be the ones writing. I try and pay attention to oddities that throw me off kilter.

TITL: Which song, by another band or artist, do you wish you could have written, and why?

I’m sure I thought about this again last month, and it would probably be Carol King ‘s “Too Late.” Every time it comes on I just well up, because in it’s essence it’s so full of warmth and forgiveness, whilst ultimately saying “well I guess this is us then, bye”. It’s totally heart breaking in the best of ways, and it’s got to be one of my favourite songs in the world.

TITL: Are there any tour or performance plans you can tell me about? 

JF: I don’t actually have a band together yet, it’s all just me at the minute. I have a few close friends on standby who are whole-heartedly ready to play with me should I be called for duty. Hopefully this year I can play my first show, but for now I want to create a body of work I can be proud of.

TITL: Which venue in the world would you most like to play and which four bands or artists, living or dead, would you like to share the bill with? 

JF: Jesus. I’m not really au fait with venues, I’ve never been a big dreamer on where it is I’d like to play, I’m always just happy playing live in general. I’ve always been more into dive bars though, they seem to have more character than academies etc which usually feel like glorified sports halls with overpriced drinks. If I were to choose though, it would have been CBGB’s when that was still around. I watched a documentary all about that place, it’s a great shame that somewhere with such colourful history got shut down. As for the acts – The Doors, Trash Talk, Timber Timbre and Babylon Zoo. I’m ready to hire in for parties.

TITL: As someone who’s already caught the attention of BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, do you pay much attention to what the media says/writes about you, or are you more concerned with what your fans think? 

JF: I haven’t really had much written press until now with blogs starting to show interest in my work, plus my fans are still very much local at the moment. The thing I care about the most is how all of it is represented, I feel strongly about my work and it’s the only thing I really care about right now besides Them Things, my partner, my friends and my family. If those people are enjoying my music right now, I’m happy.

TITL: As a modern day artist in a technology obsessed world, how do you feel about the power the likes of Twitter and other sites can and do have in terms of helping an artist grow their fan-base and keep themselves current? Have you found using social media to be a help or a hindrance when it comes to your career?

JF: I think on the DL I don’t like the fact that artists almost have to use social media if they want to be counted. At the same time though I don’t see it doing any harm because it’s helping people to connect with one another in creative ways. Not to sound all TED X about it, but I think we’re going to see a lot of expansion on the platforms we’re using, and that will bring in new and exciting ways to promote content, so that excites me. As much as I’d sometimes love to scrap social media, I’m still guilty of sitting up and scrolling through spicy ass memes. If you want to make money in today’s world, here’s a tip… create top quality original memes, watermark them and build an empire, THEN become a musician.

TITL: Finally then, what’s your ultimate goal? What would you like people to remember you for in terms of your music and what would you like your legacy to be? 

JF: I have far too many crazy goals, but I’m trying to take this project one step at a time. I’d love to have my own podcast, direct videos, produce music for film and TV and write my own screenplays. Right now though the wheels are in motion, I’m happy making my own music and seeing where it takes me, I just need to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

Check out “Perseid 45” below and for more information on Jango Flash, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. You can also see Jango Flash live on June 8th in Newcastle, as support for Ty Segal & The Freedom Band.