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Danielle (Dani) Geddes is the founder and editor of her own magazine entitled Starbound, the owner of a design and promotional management business called Starbelle, a gymnastics instructor, singer, and actress. Can you believe she has accomplished all of this and she’s only 21?! Dani’s career in the entertainment industry began in a very intriguing way. In 2005 Geddes began representing young talent through use of online websites, working on a fan base for the talent. Geddes has worked with actors such as Jodelle Ferland, Jennifer Stone, Eden Wood and Sammi Hanratty. In our exclusive interview with the UK starlette, Dani talks her magazine, how she got her start in the industry and more!
D2D: How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
DG: At the age of 13 I took an exciting insight into the entertainment industry through website design more specifically with fan based promotion with young talent for the past 8 years I have developed my hobby into a business that is dedicated to supporting the young people in the industry! I was very blessed to have some wonderful people support me in turn as a professional through my projects working with fansites, without them I wouldn't be standing where I am today!
D2D: What is a day in your life?
DG: A day in my life... Wow, tough one I would start by saying my life is constantly in the fast lane. Remembering that the talent I work with is pretty much all on the other side of the world! In the morning once I've had my cup of tea (this is vital) I begin my work with my Australian clients! Updates, emails, design and what not... Come the afternoon my American clients wake and its time to get cracking with projects! Depending on who's doing what I will spend time designing, promoting and whilst doing it singing along to my extensive iTunes list! I never design in silence! Fact. Later in the afternoon I head to the gym for a workout session and swim. Exhausted in returning its back to the projects my evening is usually a lot of skyping and facetiming if it isn't with clients on projects it's just a check in with some friends on the other side of the world. Which is nice, it keeps me motivated to see I am making a difference someway, somehow to someone a million miles away. I usually work until around 3am sometimes 5 depending on work load it's difficult for me being in the UK and working with such a dramatic time difference but its something I've learned to get used to.
On a more toned down day I sometimes get the opportunity to spend the morning shopping with friends, or visiting family! I like to do photography projects and more recently I have gotten more. Involved with this, this can take a huge chunk out of my day. But it all depends on week rota at a time!
I do like to spend the odd evening being slightly normal and relaxing at a sensible hour it's the only time I get to tune into my fave tv shows including supernatural, criminal minds and desperate housewives! Of course with a cup of tea!
D2D: How did you develop Starbound Magazine?
DG: Starbound was inspired by a great friend of mine, she has twins in the entertainment industry and she's always wanted to help young people by providing a publication for those in the industry. Her time is scarce managing her girls and taking care of her duties as a professional so I began starbound with her best intentions in mind, developing it into an arm of Starbelle (my design and promotional management company) aiming at the young people of the industry and souly at the parents who have taken a step into the unknown!
D2D: What made you name your magazine Starbound?
DG: I feel the magazine represents more of the talent that are upcoming as opposed to superstars of right now, all are superstars in their own right but none get the recognition of the major celebrities of today. 'Starbound' represents the talent of today and tomorrow!
D2D: What is the message of your magazine?
DG: I've always made this clear to everyone I work with in association with starbound magazine, my magazine is not a gossip resource, full of red carpet and beauty advice, it's a resource in its own educational and entertaining right, just like picking up a how to guide in a store but prettier, more inviting and vitally aimed at the right audience. This is a publication to help highlight success these people work just as hard as any a list celebrity but almost never get the amount of recognition for hours, days, weeks, months and years of hard work. I am proud to give someone a chance out there to hold their work in form of a print ... Hold it high and say, I was recognized for this. For parents it's just as important it's a factual guide with real life experience from associated talent, agents, photographers and industry professionals and Hollywood talent who have experienced everything that the young people are just starting out with.
D2D: You are also a photographer. Do you ever photograph for the magazine?
DG: I'm a little mad when it comes to creative bursts! And thinking of a publication a month is hard, but thinking of how to invite your audience is harder, so I work by themes, some examples have been, dance, 4th July, summer of colour and when I grow up.
In the weeks I've had less challenging with projects I have given the opportunity to local talent to come and work with me on photoshoots to help me represent my themed ideas. I have been so fortunate that in this experience I have discovered some unbelievable talent right on home turf. It's exciting and honourable to work with them but useful that I can photograph and work in the way I have originally envisioned.
D2D: How did you learn about editing websites and magazines?
DG: Editing websites and designing is a form of a gift. Like a creative cell added to the brain!.The funniest thing is my parents and close family have no idea when it comes to computers and technology. How I obtained such a strange hobby and skill is something il will never know. Eight years ago, I saw young Chloe Grace Moretz in The Amityville Horror, amazed by her talent at such a young age made me curious, the power of google brought me to Chloe's fan site. I felt so invited that I visited everyday to see what was new in her life. I couldn't believe what she was doing at such a young age, I never saw it possible. Linked to the website was a number of others supporting the young stars of the generation. It was fun because you could have your work displayed on the websites and potentially felt you were doing something very real to help support them, I experimented with paint, and then picture it standard, I got creative and I loved making things it was like finger painting but easier.
Soon enough I found myself building my own website with my own pictures that grew and grew into style and design. I joined a friend I met through a community forum associated with the websites of the time and we began our first HtML website together for actress Ariel Gade. This was my first insight into the language of website design and I didn't blink an eye, it felt like I was reading a book. It was challenging at times but I always saw result. I thought about starting a magazine when I was 15, I'm so glad I waited to make it everything it could be and more, with the knowledge I learnt over the next few years.
D2D: Why should people read Starbound?
DG: Starbound is a resource to not only showcase some incredible talent that you may have never of heard of, but its an open opportunity to get involved, to showcase yourself, others and even industry professionals. It's a reliable resource with some fantastic information from a variety of sources around the world, and its perfect for the young generation to learn and be inspired.
D2D: Who would you love to be on the cover?
DG: There's a few faces I have always wanted to feature, to name a few: Chloe Moretz, Willow Shields, Bailee Madison, Bella Thorne, Jennette Mccurdy, Sammi Hanratty
And of course I'd love to feature male talent like Brandon Meyer
D2D: What can someone expect from an issue of Starbound?
DG: Guidance, inspiration and fun
D2D: Who has been on the cover of Starbound?
DG: We are so lucky to have had some wonderful talent feat the cover of the magazine, so far it includes, Mia Diaz, Jodelle Ferland, Madison Leisle, Sophia Lucia, Savannah Outen and Eden Wood
D2D: Where do you see Starbound in 5 years?
DG: It's important to know I don't have aspirations for Starbound like a Vogue of the future as its message is very different, my prime audience is the online audience and digital technology. I hope for it to be a continued necessity of learning about this industry, something that is credible and widely known as a successful and reliable resource for young talent everywhere
D2D: Who is on the cover of the current issue of Starbound?
DG: Eden Wood (The Little Rascals) graces the July issue cover! Her story is one in a million from being a reality star of the pageant circuit to a hard working young actress. We are honoured to showcase her journey and fill our issue with some incredible people and summer fun!
D2D: Can you tell us who will be featured in an upcoming issue of Starbound?
DG: Now now, we all like to be pleasantly surprised. I like to make sure variety is key to include talent from the big stars to the rising, I will say that our autumn issue promises to be different with starring not one but 5 young and talented people on our cover with a special insight to everything unmissable and upcoming it's something I wanted to focus on since May and its finally coming to life this month which is really exciting!
D2D: What advice do you have for people trying to get into the industry?
DG: My advice, to the young people first off; Got a dream? Embrace it! This industry will really be a roller coaster, as you grow inside of it a lot of twists a lot of turns but, if you work hard enough you will be rewarded in some extraordinary opportunities. Be brave, be confident and show the world what you've got!
To the parents, this industry is not about red carpets and paparazzi that's included in the small print of signing into this industry but what needs to be realized is there is a good few years of long days; hours, auditions, letdowns and callbacks. A lot of learning curves and a lot of maintenance in even the smallest areas that you can think of. A lot of promises and a lot of decision making, but my advice is to be headstrong, be the manager of your child's career direction, work hard and have availability in places, time zones and moments you may never expect. Keep motivated, stay loyal and don't be afraid, the time will reward you.
D2D: You have met a lot of people in the public eye. Has there been anyone that you’ve been star struck by?
DG: Star struck, it's funny because the first time I ever met a celebrity was one I have followed for many years doing the website and fandom. When I first got in touch on Skype with Jodelle Ferland, it was the most nerve wracking, exciting, and emotional experience to date! Overwhelmed by her grounded heart and her sincere thanks for my many hours of time dedicated to her career was simply sensational. The day I met Jennifer Stone and Rachel Fox was nerve wracking as well. These two again were very much 90% of my life in working magic online for their career appearance. I met Rachel at Universal studios on a trip to LA with college and I remember seeing her walk into the restaurant with her mother. I was truly blown away I couldn't believe it that she was really standing there and I was there too. Later that day I got a text from Jennifer that said she was in the lobby, the excitement came like Christmas Day. I honestly thought what if, she thinks I'm mad? Or weird? Ugh!!! I casually went down to meet Jennifer and her incredible mother. I was shaken with excitement and emotion I was greeted by the friendliest gesture and it felt like we had known each other for years. I can honestly say star struck is more emotion and its good to feel so accomplished in such an out of this world scenario for someone like me. At the end of the day I'm just a girl with a hobby, a skill that came from thin air. Over the other side of the world, who managed to meet two of the people I had been supporting in internet form for five years, all the way in Los Angeles, on a very normal Sunday afternoon. That date still lies with me everyday of my life, it opened doors and made me realize how much I can honestly mean to a person's life. By simply, a website, creativity and genuine support!
D2D: Where can people purchase the magazine?
DG: Starbound is distributed via magcloud.com as its prime purpose is to deliver to the online audience and digital distribution. You'll find all our issues online to buy in PDF form or delivered in print to your door.
D2D: What else are you working on?
DG: Right now, I am working with a client on her first appearance in the UK we are organizing a special event this month and are preparing for a string of tv and press opportunities for the UK tour. Getting ready for a new term of teaching gymnastics with a local school, I am also preparing for another trip back out to Los Angeles next month where I get to reconnect with some old faces and attend some magazine related events and have an exciting opportunity with my photography and work with some incredible young talent. I'm very excited to take a trip until late November and then prepare for Pilot Season in Los Angeles in January 2014!!
D2D: Where can your fans reach you online? (Social Networks)
DG: I am online social media on Facebook
If you join my journey I can promise you some crazy experiences I love to showcase my work, I love to showcase incredible talent and I love to share my experiences and help inspire a generation!
Buy the latest issue of the StarBound Magazine Here!!