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Published:December 27th, 2006 11:25 EST
Judy Piazza talks with Candice Cain, Teen Trend Magazine

Judy Piazza talks with Candice Cain, Teen Trend Magazine

By Nancy Lee Wolfe (HR Development/Content Manager)

Hi, Candice, it’s a pleasure to have you on the show.

Thank you so much.  I’m really excited to be with you.

You have a very interesting magazine.  Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Sure, I am the editor in chief and creator of Teen Trend magazine.  The magazine just came out in April of this year with a Prom Issue.  And I created the magazine as a wholesome alternative to, you know, the magazines that are out now that kind of emphasis promiscuity, disrespect and whatever else; and, this just gives kids – teenagers ages 12 to 18 -- an alternative to things that they can do.

What are some of the issues that you talk about in your magazine?

Well, our first issue, like I said, was the Prom Issue.  We did all different things you can do for Prom.  We had, oh, my goodness; this issue that’s coming up now is our Holiday Issue.  We had a Back-to-School Issue and then we just had our Sweet Sixteen Issue.  So, it’s a bi-monthly publication.

And next month – or, this month’s issue is going to have Hunter Gomez on the cover?

Yes, the December/January Issue is going to have teen-celebrity Hunter Gomez on the Cover.  Every issue we do something called “The Boy Next Door” or “The Girl Next Door” and we focus on a teen or young adult celebrity.  And Hunter is a real rising star so we put him on the cover and we did a great interview with him.

He is a very talented young man.

He really is.  And he has a heart of gold, too, with the Gomez Family Food Drive.

Linda Gomez has told me all about all the charities events that they cover and what they do and it’s just amazing.  They have such big hearts.

They really do and we’re huge supporters of that family.

What key quality do you believe that all successful people share?

I would say drive.  You know, drive is just a combination of everything – it is determination and wanting to achieve a goal and having the faith that they will be able to achieve it.

Well, I know you get to work with young people all the time and you’ve probably been asked this question a million times; but, if a young person were to approach you and say that they wanted to be a writer or an editor or have their own magazine, what advise would you give them?

Don’t give up!  Absolutely, 100% do not give up.  You have to be persistent.  Because (laughing) if you knew the things that I’ve done to get where I am – all the different jobs that I’ve had, all the different places I’ve lived – to finally come to the point where I have my magazine.  Don’t give up.

You’re going to have to start at the bottom.  Don’t expect to go straight to the top.  It takes a lot of hard work and persistence.

Well, I’m glad you said that because there are a lot of people who think that just things are handed to them on a silver platter and it’s not.  It takes hard work.

It really does.  It really does.  And, you know, find yourself a good support system, too.  My partner, Michelle, I would not be able to do this without her; my mother, Juliet and my husband, Craig.  These people are huge, huge support system.

So, don’t be afraid to ask for help either.  That’s something that I had to overcome.  I’m very independent and I like to do things myself.  And you realize that you can’t do everything yourself if you want to have a fantastic product.  So, rely on people and get them to help you.

What is something that someone has said to you that you always remember to pass on to others?

It goes back to the “never give up.”  That’s something -- that’s a message that I give to everybody.  My mother tells me this all the time – she’s told me that since I was very young, you know, not to give up, always to believe in myself.  Now my husband is saying the same thing and, you know, my family, because that’s the biggest.  Never give up.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

Sure, well, I’m 30 years old.  I just turned 30 in September.  I am a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, DC.  I was born and raised in Long Island, NY.  I went to Bellport Senior High School.  I have lived in 12 different states and, like, 36 different cities (laughing) including Alaska, California, Virginia, (laughing) I’ve lived all over the place.

I have one sister who I’m very, very close with.  And I’m extremely close with my mom.

I’m a former professional actress.  I was on TV shows like Deadwood, Malcolm In The Middle, ER and Providence and a bunch of movies.  And I’m a published playwright.

If a young person were to approach you and say that they wanted to be an actor what advise would you give them?

That’s a hard one. (laughing)  I never really wanted to be an actor.  I kind of fell into it, you know, it’s just something that’s been in my family and I wanted to be a politician and just happened to fall into the acting aspect.

Again, with acting, there’s a saying in Hollywood that says, “Actors come a dime a dozen.” which basically means that there are tons of people that want to be actors.  It is a very, very difficult industry to break into.

So, again.  Never give up.  You have to start at the bottom.  You’re not going to walk in and land a staring role in, you know, a block-buster movie.  You’re going to have to start small.  You’re going to have to get some training.  You know, just because you’re pretty or good looking or whatever doesn’t mean that a Director is going to look at you and say, “I need that person.”

You know, that’s the Hollywood Dream – and sometimes it comes true; but in reality, you need to have a fall-back plan.  You have to stay in school and get your education.  You know, good looks don’t last forever and if you need a fall-back plan, you have to have your education to fall back on.

Well, I’m glad you said that because education is the most important thing, isn’t it?

It really is and I don’t think young people realize that – how important it is later down the line.

Tying this into the magazine – in college I was a member – I did a lot of extra-curricular activities all throughout my life – in college I was a member of the GW Program Board and I worked on the corporate sponsorship so I knew how to get in touch with people.

When I went to the University of Alaska, I was the Features Editor of their newspaper called The Northern Light; so, I learned – I mean everything was through experience – I learned how to put together, you know, a features section.  And I translate that to the magazine.

Everything that I learned has culminated to this point.  You never know what you need.

Will you tell our listeners how they can find out more about you and your magazine?

Absolutely, they can go to www.teentrendmagazine.com.

There are all sorts of contests, there are bios, there are ways that you can contribute and be a part of the magazine.  We have an advice column that you can ask question to; we have a doctor who writes for that magazine who answers your health questions.  There are a lot of ways that people can get involved.  And I answer all of my Email.  (laughing)

Well, Candice, it’s been a pleasure to have you on the show today and I hope that you’ll come back.

I hope so, too.  Thank you so much for having me.

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