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Behind the Scenes
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My name is Duane Chivon Ferguson and I am a man. A very good man. I was born in the hospital of Harlem in the borough of Manhattan. I was raised in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, twin islands north of Venezuela.

After 16 years of tropical bliss, I came to New York City to seek my fame and fortune. I fully intended to fulfill my goal of becoming a filmmaker. I got my first shot working with cameras at my alma-mater, Lehman College, located in the Bronx. At Lehman, I came into contact with Bronxnet, a local cable station. At Bronxnet I picked up my skills for directing, writing, producing, and editing. I became an all-around newshound. At Lehman I hung around those 'artsy' types. You know, art majors, theater majors and so forth. I developed a new appreciation for poetry and started writing more. When I was but a wee lad I wanted to be an actor almost as much as I wanted to be a filmmaker. When the opportunity came at Lehman to audition for a play, I couldn't resist. Seven plays later I was at a point where I thrived to become an actor, filmmaker, and the fliest producer of all time.

At that point I met an interesting young woman. She's an actress with the CityKids Foundation and the Positive Youth Troupe, two repertory companies. I figured that in order to hone my skills as a performer, I would join these companies.

I am currently into videography, acting, singing, writing, editing, directing, and performing; I eat, sleep and dream the arts. When does this young man find time to live? Well, whenever I am not involved in the aforementioned activities, this multi-talented and ever-so-humble child of the universe volunteers his time at the Toussaint Institute in Harlem, working with High School students.

Working on location with In the Mix is definitely interactive. A lot of people think that the talent on In the Mix just stays in front of the camera and does his or her own thing, that we rattle off what is given to us by the writers; that we stick to what we know: sitting in front of the camera and looking pretty. Not true. A lot of times, in collaboration with the producers and crew, the talent makes changes that makes the day go smoother. The energy of the cast and crew helps tremendously when it comes to doing 14 hour shoots. There are times when we grow exhausted, but instead of getting crabby, we tend to get really silly. I mean really silly. The hardest part of hosting In the Mix has got to be remembering our lines. Most of the time we get our lines the day of the shoot, and sometimes because of time constraints, we don't have that much time to rehearse. It's all point, shoot and go. It's not like 'get these lines or die....' The producers are lenient with us...we just have to make the best of the rehearsal time that we have.