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Chatting with Blake McIver former child star and host of 'The People's Couch'

Brent McIver through the years
Brent McIver through the years
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Blake McIver has been around the business since 1993 and rose to acclaim in the television show “Star Search” and “Full House” from there he went onto the animated Disney movie “Tarzan” and then the television shows “Clueless” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Hey Arnold!” In addition to acting, Blake is a singer and has just finished recording his new cd, “The Time Manipulator”.

up close with Brent McIver
up close with Brent McIver
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Examiner sat down with Blake to speak with him regarding his new cd and what his hopes are for the future.

AL: Blake thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us and answer a few questions. You have just finished your new cd “The Time Manipulator”. When do you expect this will be released? And what is genre is it in? How long did it take you to put it together and are you planning on touring to promote it?

BM: “The Time Manipulator” (available now on iTunes!) is an extremely personal album. Each song represents a moment or a period of my life. The overarching theme of the album is empowerment. It took me quite a while to reconcile my unusual past and make way for my future. My hope is that the listener will be inspired to move forward on their own personal empowerment journey. It is definitely a pop album but it draws inspiration from styles as diverse as Classic Rock, Bossa Nova, Dance, and Gospel. But stay tuned. I’m already working on the next album and it is exclusively blues and soul!

AL: As a singer on your new cd, were you involved in writing the material as well as performing? And who do you see as role models or influences for your music?

BM: I did write all of the music and lyrics on the album which was exciting and challenging and wonderful and scary all at the same time. As a songwriter I would have to say my two biggest role models are Elton John and Carole King.

AL: You started out as a child actor in “Star Search” and then had great success on “Full House” with the Olsen twins. Do you still keep in touch with them or anyone else in the cast?

BM: Thanks to the beauty of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) we all get the chance to stay in touch and keep up with what everyone is doing.

AL: You have kept a rather low profile, and did not fall into many of the difficulties that so many child stars do. What do you think helped you along the way?

BM: I attribute that to my family and friends. I’ve had such a wonderful and supportive group around me my entire life and career and that’s what kept me from totally losing my mind. I’m still a little crazy. But I’d like to think I’m “fun crazy” and not the dangerous kind, ha ha!

AL: Aside from “Full House” you did a lot of voice over work, television shows, and a few movies, which of these mediums appeals to you the most?

BM: Each one holds a special place in my heart for different reasons. Whatever I’m doing in the moment is my “favorite” because I believe in throwing myself 100% into my work.

AL: You are hosting the Bravo show “The People’s Couch”; what is the focus of that and how do prep and approach each show?

BM: “The People’s Couch” is quite the laugh riot. I never imagined I could have so much fun on a reality show. My friends and couch-mates Scott Nevins, Emerson Collins, and I really did get together often to watch TV before the show came about. We used to joke that we needed our own show: ask and you shall receive!

AL: Now that it has been so long between “Star Search” and “Full House” have you had time to look back on it, and gain some perspective? Do you have any personal or professional goals for yourself?

BM: My biggest goal is to continue to make art that speaks to people and inspires them. That’s the point of all of this really. I want to use the gifts I’ve been given to affect positive change in the world even if that change is to just make someone laugh, or to think about something in a slightly new way.

AL: As a former child star and someone who can still speak to the youth of today, what message would you like to convey to them? How important do you think being a role model for young people is? And where do you see yourself in that?

BM: I don’t know that I would consider myself a role model. Perhaps I’m a cheerleader for inspiration and creativity. My message would be to look up from your phone once and a while. Make something with your hands that you can look at and know you created. And most importantly remember the indelible words of The Beatles: “In the end the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”

Thanks Blake for taking the time to speak with us. You can keep in touch with Blake by going to, Facebook, Twitter @Brent McIver Ewing, You can download or buy his latest cd “The Time Manipulator” on itunes or his website http://www.blakemciverofficial.com/