Ed Letter: June/July 2014

Exactly two years ago when I first became the new Editor in Chief of this magazine, I was putting this thing together at my kitchen table, collecting photographs from talented, generous photographers, and writing articles with a small group of friends at my university. Although I still sometimes work from my kitchen table, now I have a whole team backing me, lending their support, thoughts, and passions—and I couldn’t be more grateful. The day I launched my first issue, I had a small celebration at home—with a few drinks and a delicious cake—and I wished that, someday, this magazine would be where it is today.
To celebrate Cliché’s 5th birthday and the long-awaited arrival of summer, I wanted this issue to be about fun—because what is fun anyway, if not doing something you love, something that makes you happy? I’d be the first person to defend the idea that you can have fun all by yourself—by reading an exciting book, putting together new outfits, practicing new hairstyles and makeup tricks, and the list goes on! And for those who crave the warmth of company and laughter, head to the beach this summer, go traveling, and share some of your favorite music with someone special. I encourage everyone to just do what they love this summer, and just have fun.
The people I know will be having fun this summer include Ethan Thompson, former American Idol contestant, while he tours California to promote his debut EP (read my interview with him on pg. 134), our beautiful cover girls Serinda Swan (pg. 106) and Nicky Whelan (pg. 114) as they further their careers, and the ton of other musicians, actors, and artists we interviewed this issue. And we can’t forget our writers, who will reporting on their favorite summer findings and activities—both in this issue and on our blog—as well as soaking up some sun. More than anything, I hope this issue inspires you all to let loose and enjoy the summer.
And as far as anniversaries go… here’s to many more.

Megan Portorreal
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Ed Letter: June/July 2014 was originally published in the June/July issue of Cliché Magazine

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