Recently Us Weekly Magazine ran a feature story on green advice from many celebrities. The article entitled, What I Do to Be Green featured tips from celebrities like Cameron Diaz, the Jonas Brothers, Ashley Tisdale and Alanis Morrissette among others. These celebrities offered tips like getting hybrid vehicles, being aware of how much you consume, staying informed of the issues and changing to fluorescent light bulbs.

In the July issue of womens magazine Good Housekeeping, the magazine features an article on actress Julia Roberts and why being environmentally aware and responsible is important to her. The mother of three explains in Good Housekeeping, I love to feel Ive done one thing a day to educate myself and my children in making the world a better, stronger place to live in. The article also features other celebrity moms like Kate Hudson, Sheryl Crowe, Brooke Shields, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gayle King on why and how they live environmentally-friends lives. Actress Jennifer Aniston also talks about her showering habits and how taking short showers saves water.

Forbes Magazine, a business magazine, reports that many celebrities have recently decided to jump on the electrically-powered bandwagon and are driving green. Celebrities like Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Paris Hilton, Danny DeVito, Woody Harrelson, Rob Reiner, Will Ferrell, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney, the Jonas Brothers, Charlize Theron, Jay Leno, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.

In its August 2008 green issue, Vanity Fair Magazine names many celebrities as hard-working environmentalists in its article entitled Earth People. Some of the celebrities Vanity Fair magazine identified are Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Sam Waterston and Amber Valetta for their work to reverse wasteful dumping in the oceans. Movie star, heartthrob and longtime environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Global Defense Council and Global Green USA. DiCaprio promotes many green issues including awareness of global warming. Read more of Vanity Fairs green issue to see which environmentally-friendly celebrities made the list.

For the 2008 Elle Magazine green issue the magazine features a list of the Top 20 Green Celebs and how readers can live more environmentally-friendly just like their favorite stars. Topping Elle Magazines list of green celebrities is once again Leonardo DiCaprio. Others on the list include fashion designer Stella McCartney, actress Natalie Portman, musician Willie Nelson, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, actress Salma Hayek, actor Ed Begley Jr and actress Cameron Diaz. For a complete list of Elles top environmentalist celebrities read Elle Magazine.

Many music artists spend lots of money every year putting together their music packages to distribute their music. Not too many of them have ever heard of a virtual MPC beat machine that can help them in many ways save money on their projects. Most artists would be surprised at how simple it would be to start using music production software to make beats that would be perfect for their album or mixtape project. Following are some of the great benefits why any music artist in the hip hop or rap business would want to use a virtual MPC.

First thing artist should know is that making their own beats is not as hard as they may think. Many artists have a great ear for what they want and can easily tap out the sounds they like when they hear them. Many artists that are big in the music industry started out as artist and then became music producers for themselves and others. The rap artist Eminem is one artist that has made the transition from artist to music producer making beats for other rappers in the hip hop industry. If you never give it a try, then how would you ever know if you are good at making beats. This brings me to the next point, start making your own beats.

Next thing artist should know is the savings in making their own beats. The cost for production for high quality music can run an artist anywhere from $200 to $5000 depending on the music producer you choose to make your beats. This can kill any artist budget that is just starting out or even an artist that has been doing music for years. What artist need to know is that they can get the production software that the professionals use and have all the tools they need to make a great production for their demo, album or even mixtape. These days a virtual MPC can cost as low as $29.95 to download into your computer and you can be making hot beats right on your computer without the expense of a major recording studio.

Most artists think it may be too hard to start producing their own beats on a computer, but it is not as hard as you may think with a little practice. All over the Internet there are beat video tutorials that are provided by music producers all over the world. They teach and train you for free and give you many tips for mastering your music production skills. With a little persistence and trial and error, you can be making hot beats in no time. The only thing left for you to do is get started and find you a great beat machine to make banging beats. Simply do an online search for a virtual MPC and start to explore the many affordable options you will have to start making your own music production today.

Securing the safety and security of top leaders of countries, celebrities and the rich and famous has never been easy as they are commonly the victims of terror threat, kidnapping and stalking. The nature of their jobs, the position they are into and the money attached to their names and positions pose as temptations to the public. Despite security measures, some well-planned schemes were almost successful, some others were not but a few crimes were really committed into action and proved to be successful for the perpetrators.

Managing celebrity security is the most difficult because of the nature of their profession as it require them to be always on the spotlight and be with a large crowd. They become more vulnerable to threats because of their lifestyles. Despite their status, many try to live as normal as possible like going shopping unaccompanied to the point of risking their lives. We hear over the radio, read on the papers and see on the television and the internet so much about paparazzis sticking their cameras in front of celebrities’ faces and stalking them for days just so to take a photo or two and how celebrities abhor being hounded in this obnoxious fashion. Paparazzi harassment, however, dims in comparison to kidnapping and death threats. Celebrities are always on guard to maintain their safety and of their families taking extraordinary security measures in place at all times to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Taking a kidnap threat seriously against Australian actor Russell Crowe in 2001, the FBI insisted on accompanying him to the Academy Awards just to protect him. The FBI later informed him that the threat came from the Al-Qaeda. It was so fortunate that the plot was discovered before it was really committed. What about those that were literally materialized into action?

In 1985, Julio Iglesias’ father, Julio Iglesias, Sr., was kidnapped by Basque terrorists and held captive for 2 weeks, repeatedly threatened with death but was later rescued by Spanish police unharmed on the day the ransom money was supposed to be release to the kidnappers. Although he was never harmed physically, he was badly traumatized by the incident.

Because of this, the need for security globally has increased. The forecasted expenditure allotted on security services alone, by 2012 is expected at $200 billion.

If it was possible for a digital artist to have heaven on earth, it would revolve around Cintiq 24 HD. Wacom’s new tablet Cintiq 24 HD priced at $2500 proves its worth with the state-of-the-art technology and impressive design used in it. It is the best drawing tool that any designer or artist can get. People who work in Photoshop, Manga Studio , Sketch Book Pro or painter with older Wacom models, this means a better finesse with a gentler touch at 24.1 in wide screen (1920×1200 pixels).

There’s a reason why these tablets are so much in demand- it is the easiest and best way to do a lot of drawing in a very less time with more fluency and efficiency. Wacom’s pressure sensitive tablet technology is overlaid by Cintiq on the tablet monitor that removes the cognitive dissonance of working on a tablet while looking at the screen. The Cintiq 24 HD has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It uses two button, wireless, battery-free pen with a rubber grip and a pressure sensitive eraser on the rear end. One of the most useful buttons is the one that calls the on-screen keyboard. A perfect combination of on screen keyboard, side function buttons, and the touch wheel makes it easier to forget physical key board.

Before making a purchase, make sure you have enough room to accommodate this classic yet huge drawing tablet. The flat footprint is 80 x 60cm and depth is 37cm when the screen is fully raised. Also unlike other 18 inch and 21 inch tablets, Cintiq 24 HD does not have a rotating pivot. However, it can be raised to the drawing board angle at any time. Cintiq 24 HD has a glass screen with anti-glare coating which gives a slight yet pleasant resistance to the pen. Calibration, however, can be a small issue like it has been in other Cintiq tablets. The user has to calibrate the cursor to match up with their line of sight as the cursor is a few millimeters below where the pen nib hits the glass. But after a couple of tries, the calibration gets excellent.

The Cintiq 24 HD is worth the money you spend, the space it takes because of the excellent quality of work you get. If you are a digital artist, it is a necessity to enjoy the flawless digital drawing experience.

Popular painter Sarah-Jane Szikora has announced that she is using her artistic abilities to help dementia patients.

The northern artist announced on her personal blog that she is currently involved in the initial stages of designing and refurbishing three dementia wards in Bradford teaching hospitals.

Sarah-Jane said she hopes that her personal experience of dementia through her mother’s illness will help other people who are affected by the condition.

She wrote in her blog: “Through art, I can also use the experience and hopefully turn it into something positive for others. We must always strive to see the brighter side of life amidst the darkness of living. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.”

The artist is spending less time on producing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints so that she can fully concentrate her efforts on the design and refurbishment project.

Sarah-Jane has called for further investment from potential donors as the scheme is mainly funded by charity and only receives a small amount from the NHS.

She added on her blog: “So what we lack in funds, we must try and make up for in creativity!”

Sarah-Jane recently told the arts and culture journal Fally rag that she hopes that her light-hearted and humorous prints of giant gingerbread man and confectionary characters provide people with happiness.

She told the publication: “The world doesn’t owe you happiness; you must earn it. Get on that journey of self-discovery and change something. Art helped me to be happy, so hopefully by offering my results, I can pass a little bit of that on.”

Sarah-Jane said that she wanted to inspire human warmth and connection through her irreverent artwork as she does not want to add to the despair that some people already experience.

“The world has seen enough misery without Tracy Emin’s dirty knickers thrown in,” she told Fally rag.

Life drawing classes at the Cleveland College of Art inspired Szikora’s passion for illustrating the human body, which she has now evolved to create extreme comedy figures.

People interested in viewing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints will be pleased to know that the artist said that she will soon be revealing the dates of some gallery events taking place in July.

The artist also said on her blog that she had the pleasure of going to an exhibition in Newcastle which displayed Fabian Perez prints.

Sarah-Jane Szikora prints have been displayed in Harrods, Selfridges and several important exhibitions across the United Kingdom.

There are plenty of celebrities who have had cosmetic surgery. Maybe some of your favorite personalities may have gone under the knife too. If they wont admit it through the words that come out of their mouth, the difference in their appearance tells everything. Some of the most famous people in the world of politics, movies or even sports have their own stories and reasons why they decided to have a cosmetic surgery. Here are some of the lists of the celebrities who considered having a cosmetic surgery:

Madonna the queen of pop who was very popular in 1980s for her music, concerts, and movies had several reports of undergoing a cosmetic surgery. A face lift, nose job, chin fix, jaw reduction, and filling injections are few surgical procedures she has had. Her nose also trimmed down a few notches compared before. Her figure remains as natural looking as it always has. Her side initially tried to deny the procedures but the results were hard to cover up.

Marilyn Monroe is an oldie and she has been gone for quite sometime, but she had rhinoplasty surgery sometime between being a brunette and becoming a blonde. She was considered one of the most beautiful women who ever walked the earth. Whats relieving is she may not have achieved the title without some nose and chin work.

Michael Jackson the King of Pop, had a few cheek implants, some jaw redesigning, a lot of nose jobs and some permanent skin lightening techniques. He began investing in nose job during his teen years. He shocked the world when he underwent skin lightening cosmetic surgery for his whole body.

Pamela Anderson is quite obvious with the breast implants and it has been rumored that she has had some work done on her face as well.

Hillary Clinton the wife of former President Bill Clinton has allegedly undergone several cosmetic surgeries. The politician has had eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing, filling injections, and neck lifts based on unconfirmed results. Repots also say that Clinton spent a huge sum of money investing in cosmetic procedures to enhance her appearance.

Nicole Kidman nose changed completely. Her surgery is more on the rumor side of things, but she has changed in the past fifteen years or so. She has gotten older, but she is still beautiful.

Victoria Beckham the wife of English soccer icon is still gorgeous although she has had some work done. She reportedly underwent breast implants and lip augmentation. It is quite obvious that she is different from what she used to be.

There are more celebrities who underwent plastic surgeries. The most beautiful faces in the world during the past and present may not be as natural as you think. It seems that more celebrities take the risk just to look better than the rest.

Most martial artists are in excellent health and wonderful shape. Yet to find out how a martial artist can increase their kicking speed one must look to the simple facts of conditioning. It is pushing yourself to get to the next level in your kicking and that means pushing your body as well.

While it may seem crazy the first way to speed up the kicks is to slow down the body. One important aspect of martial arts is the need for long, lean and powerful muscles. To achieve that place an individual must stretch. Unfortunately that seems to be the part of a workout that gets overlooked. Doing stretching properly is even more important since it is to relax and release the muscles not shorten them in pain.

Warmth is the crucial aspect to stretching. Getting up and stretching first thing is not the most effective way to help your body. After a night of sleep and little movement your muscles are tight and slow. Taking a hot bath or shower is a wonderful way to wake up the muscles warmly and get them ready for stretching. Once you are warm start moving to allow the blood to begin flowing throughout the body and relaxing your muscles.

To kick higher you have to get stronger. Do this by adding extra weights to your legs during the day to push your normal activity to the next level. However, do not start kicking when you first put the weights on. Let your muscles get used to them. Just wearing them doing your normal activities is building up your muscle tone. When you feel like you are used to wearing them then you can start with low kicks to let your legs learn the new movement.

Finding a target to kick at is a great way of developing your mind and body connection. Hang something six inches higher than you can actually kick and try to reach the object. This will motivate you to reach the item and will allow your eyes to see and the mind to understand that it has to do more.

When you are used to the ankle weights try kicking with them on after proper warm up and stretching. This pushes your strength to the brink.

Then have someone video record your kick and see if you are wasting any movements. Are you taking too many steps to set up? Are you adding an extra step that not only is taking away from your speed by telling your opponent what you plan to do? Watch the tape and see where you can economize your movements to create a smoother, faster kicking process.

Once you have seen some progress with the weight on take it off to see how much easier it is to kick faster and higher. Your foot will feel light and you will see the amazing difference these steps made to how a martial artist can increase their kicking speed.

Finding the perfect voice for your project can seem like an overwhelming task. The voice talent must be able to convey the correct emotion for the script, sound authoritative and knowledgeable, communicate and pronunciate clearly, and fit the subject and audience. Here are three steps to help you find the right voice-over actor or actress for your project.

Determine your needs.
Before you begin listening to demos and sifting through resumes, determine what exactly youll need from the talent. Do you need to find local talent that you can communicate with face to face, or can you hire someone that works remotely? Both options have their pros and cons. Some producers prefer to sit in on recording sessions so they can give notes and make suggestions. This can be especially beneficial if youre dealing with a highly technical or scientific script that contains hard to pronounce words or acronyms. However, attending recording sessions can lead to scheduling problems and giving too many notes can increase session time and costs. Many VO artists prefer to work remotely and deliver files over the Internet. Remote work is typically less expensive and has a faster turnaround, but carries the risk of getting reads you are unhappy with or that must be redone because of errors.

Consider the audience and subject.
As you begin your search for the right voice-over actress or actor think about the message you are trying to convey and the audience that will be listening. Do you need a fun and bubbly voice, or a stern and serious voice? Would a caring, tender voice send the wrong message? How about a distinguished, scholarly sounding voice? A voice-over actor that is perfect for a law enforcement training video is probably not going to be the best voice to narrate a childrens book, and differences like this should definitely be considered. Think about dialect and accent too. Sometimes the right accent or dialect can add a sense of familiarity or relateability with your particular audience, other times an accent might seem less approachable or trustworthy.

Listen to demos.
Once you have an idea of the type of voice youre seeking start listening to voice-over talent demos. Well regarded and professional VO actors and actresses will certainly have a variety of high quality material to show. Listen in to the demo material and evaluate the subtle qualities of each narrators voice. Do they speak clearly and are the easy to understand? How is the pace of their read? Is it too fast or slow? Does their pace match the subject matter?

By breaking down the process into easy steps finding the perfect voice can be easy, and having the right voice for your production will help you better connect with your audience and convey your message.

The ranks of individuals in our society with ADHD is expanding. ADHD is not limited to a specific region, how much money a family has, how involved the parents are or what type of education they have received. The basic symptoms are not caused by foods or environment but the symptoms can all increase in severity because of these things.

From all walks of society there are many famous people with ADHD who have been able to deal with the disorder and overcome it in many areas. Often many famous people who may have ADHD but never get it diagnosed because of their celebrity status has more leeway in what behavior is acceptable. Many more famous people probably have ADHD but will not be diagnosed although they display all the classic symptoms of having the disorder.

For those who have been diagnosed with ADHD and need to see the light at the end of the tunnel, will be relieved to know that many famous people with ADHD have good lives and good careers. They were able to succeed and are still managing their ADHD symptoms through various means.

Famous People with ADHD, still living include: Jim Carrey, Prince Charles, Cher, Ann Bancroft, Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams and more. The list goes on and on. Most of these famous people are a bit older. Most young celebrities keep their medical conditions private but Lindsay Lohan would also be a pretty good bet for being ADHD and she is a good example of what famous people with ADHD look like when they don’t get help or some type of treatment. They end up in and out of prison, sharing the same fate as those children and young adults from poorer neighborhoods.

Some very notable people with ADHD from our history books include some of the most well known names like; Albert Einstein, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Ernest Hemingway, John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, Abraham Lincoln, Sir Issac Newton, John D. Rockefeller, Babe Ruth, etc… Many of these were able to turn their weaknesses into strengths and use the knowledge of how their ADHD effected them so they could get the best outcome for themselves with the tools they had to work with.

Knowing that these famous people with ADHD were able to deal with their disorder and succeed, long before the adhd medication now widely available today was ever invented.

Learn more about ADHD Medication before you create your ADHD treatment plan for yourself or your child. The author worked in the healthcare industry dealing with ADHD and other disorders for the past 8 years.

Oprah Winfrey As one of the most successful talk-show hosts in the world, there is no question that Oprah needs to maintain her physical appearance for her millions of audiences. Known as one of those celebrities who are constantly battling weight gain, she has recently toned up her figure and has never looked figure in age 50 by combining a regular exercise regime and diet plan. Oprah works out five days a week, spending 30 minutes on the threadmill and doing free weights. Her eating plan consists of legumes, fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables, chicken and dairy products that are lowfat. She limits her consumption of white sugar and flour. Oprah also credits her trim figure to her habit of not eating anything after seven in the evening.

4. Gwyneth Paltrow A lot of people may find it hard to believe that the perpetually slim Academy award-winning actress actually needs to diet. Gwyneth actually follows a healthy eating plan that resembles Oprah’s, avoiding sugar and white flour. She usually follows a macrobiotic diet, eating foods like vegetables, brown rice, and lean meat. She also eliminated dairy from her diet, and does yoga everyday.

5. Madonna The pop star known as the Material Girl has always flaunted a body that is to die for, and has become a true fitness paragon over the years. She keeps herself in tip-top shape by having Ashtanga Yoga, and follows a strict diet that mostly shuns junk foods. She adopted a macrobiotic eating plan that includes organic foods rich in lean protein.

6. Claudia Schiffer The bodacious German supermodel eats salad and steamed vegetables for dinner and eats only fruits before the afternoon. While on locations, she prefers to eat black grapes and drinks tomato juice and herbal tea.

7. Christie Brinkley Long-time supermodel maintains her all-American good looks by being a vegetarian. She does not keep junk foods of any kind inside her home to make sure that she does not eat them when cravings occur. She snacks on sweet potatoes in place of candy bars, and she adopts a liquid juice diet when she needs to slim down fast.

Celebrities are just like ordinary people. They need to maintain their figures just like anyone else, and there is more pressure on their part since they are constantly in the public eye. Ordinary folks can have celebrity-like bodies, too, and by following these diet and fitness plans, they can also look like red-carpet worthy.

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