Introducing Champagne; A Local Artist Making Strides

Introducing Champagne; A Local Artist Making Strides

June 4th, 2017

You first met Che in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway, an impromptu interview and amble through the Neighborhood of the Arts.

An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!

Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 80 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.

For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews

Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc. 481A0521

I am from Rochester NY but was raised in Pleasantville NJ for a few years came back at 15. I went to Franklin and East for high school.  I attended Rochester Business Institute, MCC and Bryant and Stratton.

 What inspired you to be an artist? Early experiences worth sharing?

I love to read and write, just learn new things. I always kept a journal and would write really weird made up stories.

 received_152866681913270Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.

My life has been full of adversities, but most of all growing up in the foster care system, left me a sense of worthlessness.  When I obtained my first degree with god’s grace and the people and opportunities he placed in my life was the greatest feeling. As a mother of 8 children, this was very difficult for me but I had something that they could look up too.

What do you believe sets you apart from other artists?

I am different from others because this accomplishment is more than financial. I have a chance to start living my own dreams and teaching my children about ownership being a B.O.S.S. BUILDING YOUR OWN SUCCESS STORIES

Do you have other interests or hobbies?

I am currently also into acting and modeling.481A0487

 Any projects you have out or currently working on?

My book The Goddess of Lust, Love, and Infatuation.  I am also in a play ” Details in the Water” by playwright Grace Flores. I will be performing in Sanokfa Festival at the Mucc on August 24,25,26.

  Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I would like to be working on a movie for my books, like a series. I would like to have written several books or more by that time.received_152826535250618

What advice can you give to aspiring artists?

I would tell others to keep moving forward, even when you come to that dry place. Nobody will support your dreams like you will, so live your dreams and be happy.

 How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?

You can follow my career as long as you would like to follow me.  I love all my supporters and wouldn’t be anything without them.


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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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