A hugely talented and creative individual. Rachel Palumbo is perhaps best known for her work as a film director and her debut feature Sapere Aude is available now to view via Amazon Prime. However, she’s now made to the move into music world and has stepped behind the camera to work with rising talent MARG on the video for her single “Moving”. Inspired by Tom Ford and currently working on and writing new projects, Rachel spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about the one band she’d love to work with, her upcoming film Rocket Man and the advice she’d give those looking to follow in her footsteps.

TITL: As someone who is a part of several sectors of the creative and entertainment worlds, at what age did you first know you wanted to make being creative as you are a career path?

Rachel Palumbo: I always loved photography from a young age, but when I really started thinking that I wanted to get into film and pursue it as a career was when I was around 14 or 15 and I started created music videos and short films with my siblings. I had so much fun doing it that I found myself filming and editing for hours on end. I figured I wanted to be a part of telling stories and creating things by doing something that I loved and enjoyed. 

TITL: Which directors/actors and other creatives most encouraged and inspired you to pursue that path and would you say have most helped you get to where you are now?

RP: I’m creatively inspired by Tom Ford. I love his aesthetic and I think everything he makes is so elegant and beautiful. I especially loved that he transitioned from fashion into directing and that he carries his style so effortlessly across both mediums. It’s inspiring that he didn’t think he could only be one or the other, and did both so well. I also am inspired individually by so many creatives that pushed through and believed in themselves and their passions no matter what anyone told them. 

TITL: Your debut film Sapere Aude is on Amazon Prime. Given the advancements in technology, how do you feel about having your short film tied exclusively to a paid streaming service as opposed to releasing it online?

RP: I liked that Sapere Aude was a little more exclusive when it first came out. I see the pros and cons to both. But for us, it was exciting when we found it distribution online. It gave it a bit more significance for us to have it on a paid streaming service than uploading it online somewhere. 

TITL: What can you tell me about “Rocket Man” that’s coming to DirectTV soon?

RP: “Rocket Man” started in a coffee shop, with myself and friend/co-producer and actor Alex Cubis grabbing coffee and deciding we wanted to make something together. We wanted to deal with the topics of success and finding significance through what you do. Through Rocket Man, I wanted to explore what it is like when things don’t pan out in life exactly as we had planned or hoped. This film was so much fun to make and I had the privilege of working with such an amazing team who all helped create something beautiful. Directing this film made me fall more and more in love with directing and helped me realize that this really is where I want to be. 

TITL: You spent several years making films, so why have you decided that now is the right time to make the slight transition towards more of the music world?

RP: The first thing I ever made was a music video. I have always enjoyed the creativity and artistic freedom that music videos give you. Narrative films take a long time to make from start to finish and I like to keep myself busy creatively – one reason I also love photography so much. It just felt natural to be directing music videos to keep myself imaginative and creative.

TITL: How did you come across MARG, and how did the two of you find the collaborative process for the video you made together?

RP: MARG and I have been friends for a while now. I was always inspired by her fashion choices – I think that’s what we originally bonded over – and I loved her music and think she’s insanely talented. A couple months ago we were doing a photoshoot together and she was showing me her latest music and asked me if I wanted to direct one of her videos. We talked about what we wanted it to be like, sent each other our inspiration and both had the same vision for the song. She wanted to film it on a VHS camcorder and that was something I had been wanting to do for a while, so we got ourselves a Hi8 and the rest is history.

TITL: If you could direct a video or short for any musician from history, who would you choose and why?

RP: It would have to be The Eagles. I love their music and style and they are so insanely talented as musicians. I always get lost in their lyrics and I can only imagine how inspiring it would be to work and collaborate creatively with them. Besides, I would have loved to just hang out with them! 

TITL: Are there any other projects in the pipeline you can tell me about? 

RP: I just have a couple of projects we’re in the process of writing – but not far enough along yet!

TITL: Finally then, what advice would you give to someone looking to make their way in the creative entertainment world? What three traits would you say someone most needs to help ensure they stay focused and achieve their goals? What’s left for you achieve? 

RP: I would say to stay true to yourself creatively, obviously be inspired by people but know what you like, stick by it and trust it. I got so distracted at times by trying to copy someone else’s style instead of just embracing my own. That’s what’s going to make you stand out and make you different from everyone else trying to do the same thing.

Three traits – passion, perseverance and positivity. You have to have passion about your goals and really want them enough, or else you’re going to give up when it gets hard. Perseverance because there are always going to be ups and downs. When you’re down just remember you can only go up from there – but you won’t get there if you don’t push through. And finally, positivity because life is just a journey – trust that journey. As soon as you realize that you’ll never really feel like you have “arrived” then you can enjoy life and the moment, because really, that’s all we have. 

I’ve SO MANY THINGS left to achieve, directing a feature, more music videos, and also creating a few brands.

Check out the video for MARG’s single “Moving” below and for more information on Rachel, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

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With a considerably impressive and varied resume of work to her name, Jamie Bernadette really loves what she does and that passion comes across in every project she takes on. Her latest film The Furnace, out on October 15th, will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced a loss in their life and ahead of its release later this month, Jamie spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about how she prepared for such a demanding, emotional role, her upcoming projects and her advice for aspiring actors and actresses.

TITL: You’ve been a part of the industry now for well over a decade, but was there any point in your younger years when you considered taking a different career path, or has it always been about acting for you? 

Jamie Bernadette: I grew up in a small town where the thing that most everyone did was get a 9-5 job and get married and have children. So, this definitely impacted me quite a bit and I found myself very confused about what I wanted to do with my life. I was about to get engaged and told the man I was dating not to buy the ring and left for Los Angeles four days later. So I was just about to enter into that life that most everyone in my town lived. I thought about being a dental hygienist, an airline stewardess, an editor at a publishing company. But, it was that day when my boyfriend and I drove back from the jewelry store where he almost bought that engagement ring that it all became very clear to me. I sat in his truck and thought that I would rather die than live this life. And that’s when I knew that something was very wrong about what I was doing. I have never regretted the choice that I made – leaving that all behind to act. He and I remain really good friends to this day.   

TITL: Can you remember the first thing you auditioned for?

JB: I am not really sure but it may have been a silent student film at The New York Film Academy which I booked. 

TITL: How do you find the audition process? Would you say you still feel nervous when making tapes and applying for roles?

JB: I used to be very nervous when I first started auditioning. Now I really sometimes only feel my nerves when it is for something that is very, very big like a series regular role on a TV show.

TITL: Your latest project The Furnace, is out this month. What is it about the premise/story of this film that drew you to the project and how does it differ from the many other works you’ve been a part of?

JB: This is the first faith-based drama that I have ever done. I loved that it was inspirational and does mention God but it doesn’t shove the concept down your throat. It is so well-written in such a way that all people can relate to the story, whether they believe in God or not. I also loved that it was a survival film, which is one of my favorite sub-genres. I love stories about people who are struggling to survive in nature.   

TITL: What preparations did you make for taking on such an emotionally demanding role?

JB: The preparation for emotionally demanding roles is life-long. I pull from my life experiences a lot of times to pull out that emotion when I’m acting. Regarding the physical aspect of this role, I did a lot of research about those who live with only one working lung and also looked into ultra-marathons and studied up on those. I normally run and work out but I began running longer distances when I booked this role to prepare myself for it. 

TITL: How did you find working with Oscar nominated director Darrell Roodt on the film? Was there much collaboration between the two of you? 

JB: Darrell is kind, warm, funny, down-to-earth, honest, and truthful. He is truly one of my most favorite people in the world. He is a very giving director and he really pays attention to the acting. He also is very energetic and enthusiastic. He really knows how to lead the crew. Darrell knows exactly what he wants and has a clear vision.  He knows when he has the shot he wants and moves on rather than doing take after take unnecessarily. Darrell was definitely open to collaboration and listened to my ideas.      

TITL: Do you have any particular standout memories or moments from the shoot? 

JB: Oh, there are so many. Shooting in this film was one of the best experiences of my life. I remember when we shot the end of the film, a lot of the crew were crying their eyes out and standing up and applauding as well. There were a lot of emotional days like that on this set. I think the film touches anyone who has experienced any type of heavy loss in their life, which is most people. 

TITL: If you had to sell this film to an audience in a few words – give them one reason to go and see it – what would you say? 

JB: If you have ever suffered from any type of heartache in your life and felt that it was difficult to go on, see this film. 

TITL: You’ve got several projects in the pipeline for the coming year or so, is there anything you can share about a couple of them?

JB: I’m attached to about nineteen films as an actress and I am also producing three feature films that I haven’t announced or spoken of publicly. One is a true story, a military drama. The second one is an abuse story. The third is a psychological horror.

TITL: The life of an actor/actress can be extremely demanding, so what do you do to unwind after a hectic period of filming? 

JB: Sleep, sit in the sun with my dog, and eat popcorn if I am at home. Sometimes I take a trip, usually to tropical destinations.  Travelling and photography are two of my hobbies. 

TITL: What advice would you give for actors and actresses just starting out? Have you ever been given a piece of advice that you still reflect on, and which three traits might you say someone needs to make it in such a cut-throat and demanding business? 

JB: Don’t believe the negativity that you hear and do not make that your reality. Do not go into agreement with it.  This is very, very important. You create your own reality. I had a seasoned actress, Alisha Seaton, tell me early on in my career that there is a fine line between over-acting and under-acting and that you have to find that fine line in between those two. I still think about that one and believe it is true. The three traits someone needs to make it in this business are hard-working, persistent, and brave. And I do want to make a comment about kindness. Kindness goes a long way. No one likes a diva.    

TITL: Finally then, with a decade + in the industry behind you already, what would you like to see happen for you in the next ten years? What goals and ambitions do you want to achieve and, many years from now, what would you most like people to say when looking back on your work and what you brought to the entertainment world?

JB: I would like to be a series regular on a TV show and book work at that level and on the level of big films on a regular basis. I would love if I am able to give performances that move people and tell stories that change people’s lives. I also want to have several poetry books released in the next ten years. 

Check out the trailer for The Furnace below and to keep up to date with Jamie, you can follow her on Twitter.


The 2019 MTV EMA nominations are finally here and the competition is hot! Ariana Grande is once again a top contender with nods in a whopping 7 categories (7 nominations? “7 Rings”? This might be her lucky number!). We also have some new faces leading the nominations this year: Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish. These two did not come to play at their first EMAs, each with 6 nominations. Mendes Army, fear not: seasoned EMA veteran Shawn Mendes is right up there with them, also having 6 nominations!

As always, the awards will go to the artists who get the most votes and it’s up to the fans to vote for their favourites on mtvema.com and through social media!

We’ll find out who the EMA winners are one month from now! The 2019 MTV EMA will be broadcasted live around the globe on 3 November from the FIBES Conference and Exhibition Center in Seville.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Taylor Swift

Alessia Cara
Avril Lavigne
Carly Rae Jepsen
Johnny Orlando
Shawn Mendes

Ariana Grande – 7 rings
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

Ariana Grande
J Balvin
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
ROSALÍA & J Balvin – Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Taylor Swift – ME! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco

BTS & Halsey – Boy With Luv
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)
Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
ROSALÍA & J Balvin – Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita
The Chainsmokers & Bebe Rexha – Call You Mine

Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X

Ariana Grande
Becky G
Camila Cabello
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Ariana Grande
Ed Sheeran
Travis Scott

Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Liam Gallagher
Panic! At The Disco
The 1975

21 Savage
Cardi B
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott

FKA Twigs
Lana Del Rey
twenty one pilots
Vampire Weekend

Calvin Harris
DJ Snake
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

J Balvin
Lil Nas X

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Jade Bird
Juice WRLD
Kiana Ledé
Lewis Capaldi

Bebe Rexha – Isle of MTV Malta 2019
Hailee Steinfeld – Isle of MTV Malta 2018
Muse – Bilbao, Spain 2018
The 1975 – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019
twenty one pilots – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019