Cover Story: Taylor Dayne, Part I

Though her afternoon performance at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is technically over, leave it to Taylor Dayne to return for an encore. Already this day, the iconic singer with worldwide sales of more than 75 million albums and singles to her beloved name has changed wardrobe three times for a cover photo and

Cover Story: Taylor Dayne, Part II

Staying Power: Taylor estimates that she’s doing more than 70 shows a year, reaching new fans (and new generations of fans) with each show. “You don’t start your career and think, ‘What am I going to be saying in 35 years?’ You can’t even get past five years in this industry. “I’ve crossed paths with

Cover Story: Gustavo Cadile, Part 1

Sure, in another context the idea of Gustavo Cadile draped all over your favorite female celebrities in photo after photo might raise an eyebrow. But this is exactly why A-list actresses, award-winning singers, television hosts and multimedia moguls have sought him out for the past decade-plus. Because, in a flash, a red-carpet stroll can become

Cover story: Gustavo Cadile, Part 2

A getaway to South Florida after leaving college in Argentina left Gustavo Cadile smitten with the Magic City. He moved to Miami without knowing English and quickly found a job as a busboy at two hotel restaurants (one in Surfside, one on Miami Beach). One of his co-workers introduced Cadile to the manager of an

Visions of Rosana, Part 1

It’s one thing to suffer for your art, but how many painters are willing to bleed for it? Especially to the extent that Rosana Friederichs does. To be fair, the liquid is more accent than primary color. Still, the native of Brazil incorporates enough of her own blood into works she composes on Bristol paper

Visions of Rosana, Part 2

Twist of Fate: When Rosana Friederichs signed up for classes in 2019 to attend Miami International University of Art & Design, her intent was to pursue an interior design degree—which, similar to her move from fashion to prop styling, felt like a natural extension of the work she’d been doing. But a Western art history

She’s For Real, Part 1

Long before she gained reality renown under a different last name in Southern California, Victoria Steinmetz spent her formative years in Illinois handling the books for her father’s construction businesses. The self-described “math freak” took care of invoicing and receivables, manually inputting accounting figures for William Steinmetz’s multiple ventures, including Steinmetz Interiors in Elk Grove

She’s For Real, Part 2

Bad things happen to good people. Vicki Gunvalson has known this to be true since watching her father, who she adored, first display signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 59 (he would die eight years later, in 1997). At the time, in the late 1980s/early 1990s, life was crumbling around Gunvalson in ways she’d never

Pick-Up Styx, Part 2

When you joined Styx in 1999, you had a significant following in Canada as a solo artist. Was it a difficult decision to give that up for a globally renowned band that had a complicated recent history? On the one hand, you’re knocked out and flattered by the honor of joining a band with a

Pick-Up Styx, Part 1

Lawrence Gowan was 12, and two years into his keyboard training, when his parents finally purchased a family piano. As he sat on the bench and prepared to raise the roof on his Canadian home just outside of Toronto, his father asked him to slide over. “He riffed into about three hours of music,” Gowan

Cover Story: Wade Hallock

There always had been an undercurrent of momentum to Wade Allyn Hallock’s prodigious talent as a Miami-based interior designer, one that rivaled a game of telephone. This client told that friend. That friend became a client. And so on. Better still, Hallock purposely flew below the radar with an air-of-mystery approach that his increasingly exclusive

Heart of the Matter, Part 2

Can you imagine trying to start a rock career today in the current entertainment climate? That would be really hard. Today, there’s so little importance placed on originality. Everything is so image-oriented. It seems like there are 95,000 different genres that are all separate from each other, and you have to fit yourself into one.