Thursday, December 29, 2011

An introductory blogpost to Music's Underworld:) The blog is connected to the site:) Enjoy!
http://ping.fm/MuarZ

Monday, December 26, 2011

2012...

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is having a safe, relaxing, and happy holiday season.  I've been recharging the batteries as they say as well as devising a business plan for the new year. 

First, I wanted to start off by saying that the film "Fetish Dolls Die Laughing" is currently the number one viewed film on MaddyGTV.  The film is still able to be viewed there.  I would describe MaddyGTV as sort of a "USA Up All Night" for the internet (for those old enough to remember "USA Up All Night"..HA!).  Most of the content on there would have an R rating (I would label "Die Laughing" at about a mild-moderate R), so it ain't for the kiddies.  You can watch the film by going to the MaddyGTV Website and clicking on the FDDL movie poster (it's free to watch too, btw).  The film will be coming to DVD in the spring of 2012 through World Wide Mulitmedia.  I play the role of Darlene, a naive and annoyingly talkative wannabe model.  Pittsburgh based musician, Josh Loughery scored the film, and Jason English's song "Living Is Dying" is in the film.  He even has a cameo in the film performing the song.  The film was edited by David Dietz of zDiet3 Productions and he also has a small acting role in it.

There is also more in the film category coming in 2012.  The supernatural thriller, "The Farm" (by Ghost Walk Productions) is making it's way around the festival circuit (2nd Annual Independent Film Festival in California and Pandoracon in Cincinnati, OH).  Two songs from my debut album, POET ("Black Forest" and "Ghost-Persephone's Netherrealm Remix") is featured on the soundtrack.  You can find out more at The Farm Movie's Official Website including getting some cool Ghost Walk Productions Merchandise and "The Farm" DVD! 

Another film currently in post-production is the docu-drama, "Resolution: A Portrait of Amelia Earhart."  It was filmed, produced, and edited by zDiet3 Productions.  I play Rosemary (a student at Purdue University where Amelia gave lectures and taught at) and provided the Narration for it.  I don't have a release date as of yet, but as soon as I find out we will let you know:)

I'll also be shooting another film with Eerie Frequency Entertainment and Sound Video Productions (the companies who also put out "The Girl").  It is an apocalyptic film based on the hollow earth theory appropriately titled, "Hollow Earth."  Filming will begin in the spring of 2012.

And of course, there is my personal project, "Driving Nowhere."  We hope to have a small theatrical trailer (the first of three) for you sometime in the early spring.  You can follow the making of it at the Driving Nowhere Website .

Another thing I will be doing is revamping my music webzine.  While I will keep up the content from the original one, I'm also starting from scratch with this one.  One thing I'm passionate about is supporting and promoting independent art.  And one thing that really annoys me is the misconceptions about indie music, film, and all other forms of independent artists.  Somehow if you're an independent artist, you're either "not good enough" or "not driven enough" to 'make it.'  Honestly, some of the hardest working people in the industry are those in the indie world.  Yes, there are some turds in there (but there are also turds in Hollywood too) but there are many people in the indie world who have managed to have success in their field.  While I'm not expecting to change everyone's mind, I hope to maybe shed some light on the issue.  The webzine is Music's Underworld.  While the title is music related, it won't be confined to just music, but music will be the main focus and the first issue will be in January of 2012.  I'm also planning to start up a related radio talk show.  That probably won't come into fruition until the spring of 2012 since I'm in the process of "learning the ropes" of BlogTalkRadio, but you'll definitely be kept informed.

I'll also be continuing to write for the Rogue Cinema Webzine and I started doing book reviews for Horrornews.net .  I also plan to finally finish my poetry project, "Jagged Scars" this year and will inform you when there is to be a release date.

My official website, tiffanyapan.com will also be going through some revamping and we will be working to finish my second full length album.  We also have a couple shows coming soon in the CONCERTS AND APPEARANCES section of this web blog.

There is still time to get my holiday single featuring Chuck Owston, "She Waits Upon the Shore" as a free download until January 6 on CDBaby and Vibedeck.  My 2nd Living Room Sessions and Holiday EP is also available at CDBaby.

Of course we will always keep you informed as things progress.  You can also join the Mailing List for monthly news updates.

Thanks to those who have supported so far.  See you in 2012!
Tiff




Saturday, December 24, 2011

One of my FAVORITE gifts this year: a Henna Tattoo kit from my uncle. SWEET!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Have a Wonderful Holiday!

Last year's Christmas Eve LRS as I didn't have time to do one this year. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Still Time...

There is also still time to get the single, "She Waits Upon the Shore" free until Jan 6, 2012:


Tiffany Apan & Chuck Owston: She Waits Upon the Shore (feat. Chuck Owston)

Winter Sessions EP on CDBaby!

So, you sick of hearing Christmas Carols yet? Well then you'll love this: my Winter Sessions EP! :D


Tiffany Apan: A Winter Night

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Made the pot of coffee...now trying to muster up the drive to start writing and getting things done...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Yes, people still read physical books. Indie bookstores:)
http://ping.fm/0VqRh

Get the New Single FREE Until January

The new holiday single FREE for a limited time until January 6, 2012. It also features Chuck Owston.

Tiffany Apan & Chuck Owston, "She Waits Upon the Shore"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some updates at my blogsite:) New stuff will also be coming to my actual official website:)
http://ping.fm/pIEWb

A Few New Updates

My entire Winter Sessions EP is on Vibedeck as FB Like for download til Jan 2, 2012. Other retailers soon to follow and check out some of my other releases (more to go up soon):

Tiffany Apan on Vibedeck

AND some good news on the film front.  First, supernatural thriller, "The Farm" will be screening in March 2012 at the 2nd Annual Independent Film Festival in California.  Two songs from my album, POET is on the soundtrack and the film boasts an amazing cast.





For more info on the film and the event, check out The Farm Website .

The second is the movie "Fetish Dolls Die Laughing" which goes to DVD in March 2012 (there appears to be a March theme here).  It is a twisted horror/comedy/thriller and is currently playing on MaddyGTV.  The ratings for films playing on MaddyGTV typically range from a strong PG-13 to a strong R.  I'd rate Die Laughing at about a mild to moderate R so it ain't for the kiddies.  I play Darlene Jakes, a naive and painfully talkative wannabe model.  You can check it at MaddyGTV and check out the poster for the DVD cover:



Jason English has a song on the soundtrack and Ghost Estate's Josh Loughery scored the film.

Third Installment of Living Room Session Time Capsule:)

The 3rd Living Room Session & is about the death of King Arthur. We went medieval for this one:)





Find this and other songs at Vibedeck , CDBaby , Amazon , and iTunes.

Also take advantage of the FREE new holiday single for a limited time until January 6, 2012!


Tiffany Apan & Chuck Owston: She Waits Upon the Shore (feat. Chuck Owston)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Living Room Session Time Capsule Continues!

Second Living Room Session from last year in December and was the 1st Holiday single:)  Also available as FB Like for Download at Vibedeck

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Living Room Session Time Capsule: Crazy Man Michael

It's been a little over a year since I began my experimental Living Room Sessions and I'm going to show them in consecutive order each day cause I can:P Here is the very first one I did in November of 2010. It was the very first session, so please bear with my introductory rambling in the beginning:P 

Coventry Carol

One of the songs being released for the holidays and the newest Living Room Session installment:

Track number 3 for the Winter Sessions EP is now released:) Some of my other releases also on Vibedeck:)

Tiffany's Music Releases on Vibedeck

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Beginning of the Winter Sessions EP

Each of the four tracks from the Winter Sessions EP being released one at a time starting today:)  The first song is "What Child Is This" it also comes with the spoken intro before the song.  It was recorded live during the filming of the Living Room Session.  FB Like for download until January 1, 2012:) 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Holiday Single Available!

New single, "She Waits Upon the Shore" available as a free download until January 6:)


Tiffany Apan & Chuck Owston: She Waits Upon the Shore (feat. Chuck Owston)


 It's also available as a Facebook Like for Download at Vibedeck:

Tiffany on Vibedeck

Last year's Holiday single, "Greensleeves" is also available now as a FB Like for Download there too:)

And visit my Bandcamp Page and decide what YOU want to pay for the music.

Happy Holidays!

 Tiffany

Monday, December 5, 2011

A little article I wrote for Rogue. Watching the film "Tainted" again prompted this one:D
http://ping.fm/gvIrb

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Some of my releases on Vibedeck with some of them being available as a "facebook like" for download:)
http://ping.fm/lTahU

Free Single with Facebook Like


Offering last year's holiday single as a facebook like for download:) Go to the link, click FB LIKE FOR DOWNLOAD, and you should then get the download. Available this way through New Years:)



And some other releases now on Vibedeck:





More releases to be added soon:)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Press Release for New Releases

Press release for my holiday and winter seasonal digital single and EP:

Press Release for Holiday EP and Single

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"What Child Is This" Living Room Session!




New Living Room Session and song that will appear on the new Winter Sessions EP (which will be available free on facebook from Dec 16, 2011 to Jan 16, 2012).




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ah! Finished an article I've been working on since 2:00pm. Now, maybe I'll allow myself to eat and shower....

Monday, November 28, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Halloween Horror Expo 2011

A little behind the scenes action at the 2011 Halloween Horror Expo in Niles, OH:)

Driving Nowhere Day 3

Check a little behind the scenes video of Day 3 of "Driving Nowhere."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Silver Springs Films

These guys are doing DP work on "Driving Nowhere" & are using a song of mine in their film, "Devilution:

Silver Springs Films
Happy Turkey Day! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Winter Sessions EP and another free Christmas season single coming in early December? Yes indeed:)
I'm hoping the weather holds out so we can get the stock footage we need later on. Then that'll be another couple small scenes done.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Doing some brief filming of stock footage tomorrow evening for the film:)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Session for New EP: "She Waits Upon the Shore"

New Living Room Session and song for the Winter Night's Lullaby Winter Sessions EP!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tomorrow: workin on the holiday tunes to be available soon and I'll have a short scene in another music act's music video (as a gypsy).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Woo! Look at me on HorrorNews.net! I'll be writing for them too. More on that soon:D
http://ping.fm/F6Smu

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ebay store up again with new items and special deals:)
http://ping.fm/zZZvz

Monday, November 7, 2011

Next: I'll be bringing my love of reading into my work. More info on that soon:)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My review on the documentary "A Cult Influence" in the new issue of Rogue:
http://ping.fm/MsJGI

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Recorded a narration for a documetary last night and just ordered DVD copies of "The Girl" wholesale from the distributor:) Next shows...:)
Watching movies with friends. A much needed night off:)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another reason to get The Girl on DVD: the extras feature a short I'm in called Doll Nazis Must Die, a silly spoof on the killer doll genre!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New music for the holidays & photos to go with it:) PLUS an Every Day is Halloween sale. A lil Christmas, a lil Halloween..it's all good:)
New photos, old fliers, etc! http://ping.fm/yOeXq

New PHOTOS!

Hey all!  Check out some new editions in the PHOTOS section:)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween! You'll also soon be able to pick up a DVD copy of "The Girl" directly from me at shows and events:)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Horro Expo 2011 Events

While the Halloween Horror Expo will have many cool events, here are a few highlights that will feature yours truly:)

Saturday October 29

4:30 pm-  Lisa Neeld and the cast members of "The Girl" reunite for a panel discussion

6:45pm-   Musical Entertainmet (with my concert being part of it)

Sunday October 30

2pm- Indie Film Panel discussion featuring Len Kabasinski, Sal Lizard, Matt Jefferson, and Tiffany Apan.

For more info, visit the Halloween Horror Expo Events Page

Film DVD Releases, Screenings, and Music News

Hey all,

Here are some updates on upcoming Film Releases to DVD, Screenings, and Music News:

FILM DVD RELEASES

THE GIRL (Oct. 11, 2011)
Eerie Frequency Entertainment in association with Sound Video Production presents "The Girl" being released to DVD through Picturedactyl Distribution.  In this film, I play the role of Kara and two songs off of my debut full length album, "Poet" are featured on the film's soundtrack: "Whispers" and "Warrior."  The film is a horror thriller also starring Lisa Neeld, Debbie Rochon, Lonni Gary, Mark Cray, Scot Cummings, Robert Z'Dar, Conrad Brooks, Matt Jefferson, and many other talented people.  The film was edited by Emmy nominee, Holly Sechrist and I share the soundtrack with Samantha Newark (aka Jem/Jerricha of the 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms), Derrick Wray, and Gein and the Gravers.

For more info on "The Girl", visit http://www.thegirlmovie.com/

The film will be available at select retail stores soon, but you can currently purchase the film at the Picturdactly Store:  http://shop.picturedactyl.com/The-Girl-884501611299.htm

"The Girl" DVD will also be available at the Halloween Horror Expo on October 29 & 30, 2011 for a special price of $5.00!  Members of the cast and crew will also be there.  Visit http://www.halloweenhorrorexpo.com/ for more info.


SLASHERS GONE WILD  (Oct 14, 2011)
World Parody Productions presents a film along the lines of "Hostel" and the "Saw" movies with some comedic elements that also stars stage/film/daytime soap actress, Robyn Griggs.  It is being distributed through Maxim Media International and I play the part of Jessica Peters, an internet/computer hacker who stumbles upon much more than she bargained for...


For more info, visit http://www.worldparody.com/

The film is also available on Amazon and Family Video .


THE FARM short version (Oct 29, 2011)
Ghost Walk Productions present the supernatural thriller based on a true story, "The Farm."  This DVD, however, is the short or featurette version of what will be the feature length version.  The film is currently self distributed by Ghost Walk and stars Alana Kaniewski, John Chiara, Holly Neelie, Richard T. Phillis, Malik Ali, Janine Bowles Sarnowski, and Joel David Anger.  In this film, I'm featured on the soundtrack with the songs "Ghost (Persephone's Netherrealm Remix)" and "Black Forest."



For more information, visit the film's website at http://thefarmfilm.com/

The film is also available at the Ghost Walk merch store:  Ghost Walk Mercantile

The DVD can also be purchased at the film's premiere on October 29 at the haunted farm at which it was filmed.  Visit the website at the link abover for more info and the FILM SCREENINGS in this post below for more info:)


FETISH DOLLS DIE LAUGHING (Spring of 2012)
Kiss of Death Productions in association with zDiet3 Productions present a dark, twisted comedy thriller about an evil spirit that possesses a seedy photographer who lures models to their doom.  The film will be distributed by World Wide Mulitmedia and also stars Laura Romeo and Angelo Brunii.  I play the role of Darlene Jakes, a very naive and painfully talkative wannabe model.

More info will be given as time gets closer to the distribution date in the spring of 2012.


FILM SCREENINGS

THE GIRL
Clips from the film, "The Girl" will be played throughout the Halloween Horror Expo.  For more information on the events and screenings, visit the Halloween Horror Expo Events Page.

THE FARM
The short version of "The Farm" will be premiering at The Haunted Farm at 8pm on October 29.  The address is 5450 Old Millersport Road NE  Pleasantville, OH 42148.  Visit http://www.haunted-farm.com/ and http://thefarmfilm.com/ for more info on directions and the film.

FETISH DOLLS DIE LAUGHING
The film will be making it's premiere at the Killer Film Festival Online on October 29-Nov 2.  For more info, visit The Killer Film Fest Online Page .  Each time block opens at 5pm.


MUSIC NEWS

I will also be working on some new recordings with my good friend, Chuck Owston, for the Christmas and Winter Holidays.  Release dates to come soon.

One thing I do try to do for fans wishing to obtain recordings of my album, singles, and EPs is to make it as affordable as possible to do that.  While we do have our standard retail prices, I try to also offer merchandise at discounted prices as well.  This was my reasoning behind starting my ebay store for physical CDs and merch, but now (thanks to Bandcamp) I've found a way to also offer discounted digital downloads.  At my Bandcamp store, I am giving fans a chance to pay what they want to pay for the music with minimum payment for singles at twenty cents, EPs at $1.00 and full length albums at $2.00.  Pay the base minimum or "pay up" if you wish to.  Basically, you choose the price beginning with the base minimum:)

Visit my Bandcamp store at http://tiffanyapan.bandcamp.com/

I currently only have two of my releases there, but will be putting up my other ones there in the next 1-2 weeks:)

Thanks everyone and please continue to support independent art:)








Monday, October 24, 2011

My site is 16 on GothicScrybe Solemn Immortality Top 100. Our friends at Ghost Walk are #1:)
http://ping.fm/qhQ4a

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another film I'm in (a twisted dark comedy) will be making it's way to the Killer Film Festival in Somerville, MA in Nov. More info soon.
Trailer for "The Girl" which will be available on DVD at the Halloween Horror Expo:)
http://ping.fm/Z4b0c
A great way to start Halloween weekend:) And yes, we'll be here! Performing and one of the guests:)
http://ping.fm/OzPPy

Friday, October 21, 2011

Late night...going to go look at the "Driving Nowhere" footage.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Ghost Remix" from "The Farm" soundtrack free download until Nov 1! Happy Halloween!
http://ping.fm/EKMjD
Support independent art, people! 2 songs of mine are on the soundtrack and Oct 29 is the premiere screening:)
http://ping.fm/r996F

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 1 of Driving Nowhere Principle Photography

Day 1 of filming "Driving Nowhere"...

Driving Nowhere Photo Shoot

Publicity Photoshoot. YAAAAAAY!!!

Editing together behind the scenes footage of day 1 of "Driving Nowhere".

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Both the show Friday and shooting today went really well:) Very pleased:)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

"The Girl" will be available in select stores soon, but it's available here too!
http://ping.fm/66u4S
Just managed to iron out a kink for tomorrow's "Driving Nowhere" shoot. I can now breath a sigh of relief.

Friday, October 14, 2011

And for those out this way, don't forget our Halloween concert tonight at the Art Center in Butler, PA:)
Making part of the outfit for the Nikki character in "Driving Nowhere." She's 1970s punk, so her outfits is fun:) Filming Sunday!
Goodwill, an indie filmmaker's best friend.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Updates

Hi all,

I made some new updates in the RESUME section:)  More info on my new project, "Driving Nowhere" coming soon:)

Tiff
Exclusive Halloween 8x11 available til Nov 1 at a discouted price:)
http://ping.fm/ckv0j

Monday, October 10, 2011

De-toxing today after eating "tour food" yesterday. Planning Friday's show, and day 1 of filming "Driving Nowhere." :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Packing for the show in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this weekend. Another show next Friday and filming next sat or sunday!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

To those asking about the 2nd full lengther:May be doing something a little different from a traditional album release. Will explain soon:)
In addition to my reviews on the 3 films, check out a review on adocumentary I'm featured in:
http://ping.fm/dD75b
Oct issue of Rogue Cinema is up:) Scroll down for my reviews of A Thin Camel, Bicycle Day, & White Blossoms.
http://ping.fm/5dqR2

Friday, September 30, 2011

Taking photos of two locations for the film, finishing up two reviews for Rogue, and working on wardrobe with Heidi later. Yep, busy day!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Headed out to Cinema Wasteland in Strongsville, OH this weekend? Be sure to check out a screening of "Heavy Mental" (which I'm in)!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Celtic Harvest Festival tonight in White Oak:) I'll be doing a few originals and sitting in with Bonfire Night Acoustic!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Got some photos of a location for a scene in my film while out jogging. Yay for multitask!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Finishing up articles, a few errands, post office, and meeting tonight regarding a Halloween show and securing a location for my film:)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Sunday: Celtic Harvest Festival in White Oak, PA. I'll be doing some of my originals + sitting in w/ Bonfire Night Acoustic:)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Concert Updates

Hi all,

We have new concert and show updates, so check em out in the APPEARANCES and EVENTS section.  Also, check out some special Halloween merch in the SHOP FOR MERCH section:)

Tiff

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Watching Sanctuary. Need to proofread my 3 movie reviews for Rogue Cinema & the final draft to Driving Nowhere. Excited about fall shows:)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I bought a "WICKED" coffee mug at the show (feeding my afinity for coffee mugs) & it's all I've used so far for coffee & tea. Just sayin...
Just had a great rehearsal with Bonfire Night Acoustic for the Celtic Harvest Festival:) Looking forward to the show! :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wicked was AMAZING. As always, my brain is working overtime at analyzing stuff. I'm hoping to post a blog on the show and the story.
I can always find a surplus of my black sharpies but my silver ones always seem to get sucked into a vortex. The silver is what I use most.
Getting work done: writing, printing 8x11s, the post office, etc. THEN seeing "Wicked" tonight. Woohoo!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Celtic Harvest 20th Anniversary Concert

Kicking off our Fall shows with The Celtic Harvest 20th Anniversary Concert in White Oak (McKeesport), PA!

New Blip.fm Station

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to let you know of my little station at blip.fm.  It includes my own music, music from fellow indie artists and bands, and music from artists and bands that have been of influence to me over the years.  Feel free to check it out at the link below:)  I add a few new songs each day.  Hope everyone has an awesome day.  There will be more info soon on my film, "Driving Nowhere" (in pre-production) and films coming to DVD in October and more music I'll be recording.  Thanks for following and enjoy the very beginning of fall:)

Tiff



Tiffany Apan's Blip.fm Station

Monday, September 12, 2011

also just secured another Halloween concert:) More info will come soon!
Have two needed locations for "Driving Nowhere" pretty much secured and plan to scout out another potential one sometime next week:)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Take a moment today to remember those who lost their lives in a senseless tragedy 10 years ago today.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Also getting ready to record new music, fall concerts, & will be in the apocolyptic sci-fi film, "Hollow Earth." Film releases too! G'nite!
Pre-production & finishing final draft of "Driving Nowhere," meeting w/ one of the actresses Monday followed by a photo shoot.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

will be going to Office Max to buy lots of green poster board to make an ultra low-budget verion of a green screen. AW YEAH!
An interesting article from a useful website:
http://ping.fm/2u31m

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm on a roll with revising the final draft of "Driving Nowhere" but starting to wilt. To carry on w/ a caffeine jolt or sleep on it...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Working on revising the final draft after suggestions from Henry Tjernlund and Cameron Cloutier. Thanks guys and you will both get credit:)
PS- I'll also be doing a new vlog (I know it's been a while since I've done one of those) and an actual blogpost this week:)
I'll be typing the Sept Newsletter today. If you'd like to get in on it, do so at http://ping.fm/AlNUf

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hey all! Check my review on a really cool film at Rogue Cinema:)
http://ping.fm/StEpf

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Is having "Driving Nowhere" proofread by a couple other industry people. I'm excited about how it's going to turn out:)
One disadvantage to owning mainly black or dark colored clothes: when you can't find the shirt you want b/c everything is a big black heap.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Discounted merch on ebay:)
http://ping.fm/znG0R

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Planning a photo shoot. Will be half Halloween/gothic photos and half "normal" (if there is such a thing with me :P) promo pics:)
I think I'm FINALLY happy with how the "Driving Nowhere" screenplay is. YAY!
Hey all! Please note that today's show was moved to October 9 due to the hurricane. Thanks:)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Prayers for all our friends and family in the direct path of the hurricane. Please be safe!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The show for this Sunday was moved to Oct 9. I'll be rehearsing for Celtic Harvest with Jason and Chuck:) Couple more shows may be added.
Due to the hurricane, the P&P Festival has been moved to Oct 9. Looks like it'll be added to our Halloween shows:)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

We'll have a verdict on the P&P Festival in Wilkes-Barre tomorrow. It doesn't look promising, but we will keep you posted once we know.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

is keeping a close watch on Hurricane Irene...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN MERCH & SALES:)
http://ping.fm/KF7gH

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Yep, we are starting our Halloween sales:)  This is photo was taken by Rennaissance Woman Photography and was inspired by the movie, "From Hell" and the musical, "Jekyll & Hyde."  Please check the drop down menu for signing options and options to get the photo with my CDs (the "Poet" full length and the "Heart Song" EP) and special pricing.  Please note that this photo will only be available until November 1, 2011 when we bid Halloween farewell for another year.

* Also during the Halloween season, a copy of the new "Scarborough Fair Acoustic Version" single with ANY purchase including at my EBAY STORE.  Check the MERCH section:)





Signing Options
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

OH yeah, I still have to type up my August newsletter and I totally forgot to do July's due to being insanely busy that month. EPIC FAIL!!!
Must put last finishing touches on screenplay, must get setlists, checklists, tour book, merch, etc.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Planning to have the 1st pre-production meeting for 1 of the 2 shorts I wrote after the Pagan & Proud Festival Concert. I'm so excited!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Step outside the box. Don't be afraid of taking risks. Who wants a life of missed opportunities. :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Preview of what's to come in my writing for Rogue Cinema:)
http://ping.fm/0hcXz

In Rogue Cinema...

Hi all,

Some of you probably know that I am now one of the writers at Rogue Cinema .  Those who have read some of my blogposts and are on my Facebook Page most likely get the idea that my brain is constantly in ponder mode and always churning out some type of thought or stimulating a conversation in some way shape of form.  My first endeavors at the webzine include a review of the thriller, "Indemnity" and a short titled "Choices."  But I'll also be writing articles exploring some rather interesting topics (or at least I find them interesting).  Most likely it'll be one of these articles each month.  Here are the first three I'm planning on doing:

You Mean You Want to Make a Living???  Imagine That!

I got the idea for this article from several indie filmmakers/musicians/writers/actors/etc.  It appears that indie artists tend to get flack from fans for trying to (Heaven forbid) make a living at what we do.  Like there are those who seem to think that we just snap our fingers and our resources and projects are met.  What they don't realize is all the overhead and work that goes into our projects.  This article will explore and explain the work, time, and money involved in putting together an indie project.  It will also explore the attitude that some have that everything should just be "free"  and WHY such a thing is typically unrealistic and not feasible at all for the artist in question.

The Skewed Lines of Pornography

This is perhaps one of my favorite topics.  I always find it fascinating talking with movie-goers and hearing what a person considers to be "porn."  For some, porn is defined by things high in the eroticism factor, a XXX rating, and pretty much anything that a company like Vivid would put out or anything you would see at the AVNs.  For others, the threshold is a bit lower and then you have those (and I'm sure we've all met 'em) who would look at a Victoria Secret lingerie or pajama ad and call it porn.  My intention is to explore the dictionary definition of the words pornography and eroticism as I'm finding that the word porn seems to be thrown about and overused.  It seems that if someone doesn't understand a piece of work (this is particularly in film) and it depicts more violence or a scenario of a sexual nature that is more than they can handle, they seem to want to match the piece with the "P word"...sometimes rightfully so and sometimes not...but either way, people seem to love to throw the "P word" out there...

Sensationalism: When Hype is Valued Over Substance

I've gotten into many discussions on facebook with this topic.  How we as a general society went from valuing artistry in music and film to allowing hype from the media to define our tastes.  While hype has always been there, it seems to be a driving force now more than ever...

I'm looking forward to writing these and thank Duane Martin for the opportunity:)

AND while you're at it check me out as the my feature in this month's issue!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

On this week's agenda: finishing 2 screenplays, a review and article, learning a new song, finishing song, "Poseidon," updating websites...

Friday, August 12, 2011

RIP, Jani Lane

The music world and the world in general lost another great rocker.  The music of Lane, Dio, Mercury, and all the other greats who have passed on.  Keep rockin up there!



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Looking forward to my first writings for the Sept. issue of Rogue Cinema. Also, more new stuff in the music realm & new films releasing:)

Monday, August 8, 2011

While "Poseidon" will be a Nordic-Metal meets Enigma type song, I found a piano part for a more simplist version too. May release both:)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

LunaKafe does a nice review of the "Heart Song" EP:)
http://ping.fm/QLLjj
Tightening up the screeplay w/ an I Love Lucy marathon in the background. Need to look over the 2nd album's songs & arrangements tomorrow.

Discounted Merch on EBay:) Featured item:)

On ebay w/ other merch:) Only 2 left of the B&W Vampiress photo!


B&W Vampiress Photo in the 3 Photos and CD; only two of these photos left:)


Saturday, August 6, 2011

I'll be writing for the webzine, Rogue Cinema. More info to come:)
http://ping.fm/IXViX
I prefer truthseekers to trendsetters. I'd rather have knowledge than the latest design. Trends come and go, wisdom lasts forever.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Show on August 28 in Tunkhannock, PA!

We're playing here in August:) August 28th!


 

Off to the post office, working on writing (music and screenplay), web updates, etc.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rogue Cinema's August 2011 Issue!

I'm featured in the August issue of the webzine, Rogue Cinema as August's Sleepover Girl for the second time:)  The first was for November of 2009. Check it out:)

Tiffany Apan as Rogue Cinema's Sleepover Girl, Aug 2011

Stay tuned as I may be doing more with the webzine.  I also have plans to revamp my music webzine:)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I will live by doing what I believe in, not by what's expected of me.

Friday, July 29, 2011

In addition to "The Girl" & "Slashers" getting distribution, you may be seeing 2 more films I'm in on the festival & distribution circuit:)
And for merch at a cheaper price:) Bid or 'Buy It Now':)
http://ping.fm/nkZc1
Signing a bunch of photos & CDs over the weekend. Visit the web blog store:)
http://ping.fm/WVcUq

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I love when you're in the middle of updating a website and your computer freezes and nothing gets saved. :/

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Getting back to also finishing my two short screenplays:) It's been taking a while, but I want to make sure everything's right:)

RARE B&W PHOTO SIGNED!

Rare photo found while cleaning out the office is now up for grabs on Ebay:)  Check it out by CLICKING HERE 


Discounted merch on ebay:)
http://ping.fm/W84U7
Merch inventory....always fun. Sending out packages between tomorrow and Monday.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

With "Millie" (and "Charlie Brown") over, it's a bittersweet feeling. I miss everyone, but now I can also move onto my other projects.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

From tapping & singing showtunes in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" to watching Metal Mania on VH1 Classic. Variety is the spice of life...truly.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Last performances of "Thoroughly Modern Millie":
http://ping.fm/vgP9u
I'll miss theatre, but I'll be back:)
Theatre was part of my life again in Feb w/ "Charlie Brown" & then "Millie." Back to focus on film and music after this weekend.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Music on CDBaby!

Check my music on CDBaby:)

Discounted Merch on Ebay!

Check out some of my merch at a discounted price:

Tiffany's Ebay Store

Monday, July 18, 2011

iTunes

Hmmm...looks like Antarctica is currently my top song on iTunes:)

Tiffany Apan on iTunes

Saturday, July 16, 2011

LunaKafe Review of "Heart Song" EP

A very nice review on the "Heart Song" EP by Anna Stjarnell at LunaKafe. Thanks very much:)


http://lunakafe.com/moon182/uspa182.php

Friday, July 15, 2011

I'll be in next month's issue of Rogue Cinema:) Check out this month's issue and support independent art!
http://ping.fm/fv09k

Jagged Scars Project Promo Photos and New 8x11

We just added in 3 new photos into the PHOTOS section.  The photos were taken by Joe Andrusky and they are some of the promo photos being used for my "Jagged Scars Poetry Project."  One of the photos became a new 8x11 in the MERCHANDISE section and we also have it here below:)





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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Article on "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

Here is an article on "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the OSP Theater in Hickory, PA from July 15-17 and July 22-24:)  Be there!

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/shanstory/07-13-2011-Curtain-calls

Monday, July 11, 2011

When you wake up in the morning looking like a train wreck and you weren't even out partying the night before = Tech Week!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Millie" tech week/hellweek! Let the fun begin.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Artists Everywhere Should be Grateful to John Denver, Dee Snider, and Frank Zappa

In 1985, Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, and John Denver faced off with Al and Tipper Gore and the other goones and stepford wives of Captial Hill in defense of an artist's right to express themselves the way they see fit.  The goones and stepford wives were trying to basically step in and control lyrical content and take out what could be deemed as sexually explicit or violent.  What if these goones had won?  Can you imagine how different the entertainment world would be?  I doubt us indies would have been exempt from such a catastrophic fate.  Now, this would probably initially had gotten rid of the 2 Live Crews of the world (I LOVE 2 Live Crew) but would it have stopped there?  I'm sure if one really wanted to nit pick, they would find content that could be taken as "violent" or "dark" ("dark" usually translating to "evil" in the progressive minds of many an uptight, prudish person with a stick up their ass) in my own album, POET.  My friends of the bands Bonfire Night and Norsewind write songs about viking legends and other barbaric heathenistic cultures of old.  Would they have censored that?  In fact, many metal and progressive rock bands write similar content to that.  Would they have made record stores get rid of old Beatles, Led Zepplin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd records and other bands that they thought proposed 'questionable' behavior thus robbing future generations of being exposed to some great music?  Would the goth, punk, hip hop, and other subcultures actually be able to HAVE their subcultures?  Where would it have ended?  Or would it have ended at all?

Dee Snider, John Denver, and Frank Zappa will always be my heroes for putting their necks onto the chopping block for all of us artists.  I'll be damned if anyone is going to tell me how I can and cannot express myself artistically or personally.  Whether or not you are into their music, they did a wonderful thing for artists, musicians, filmmakers, etc everywhere.  Music fans should be grateful too.  A couple years ago, I got a taste of how uptight some self righteous people can be.  My song and music video for "Ashes to Dust" was rejected from a radio station because it was claimed to be promoting "evil and satanism" (their words) when it was the furthest thing from it!  The song and video represent me coming out of a very dark time in my life.  Apparantly, the same thing had been done to other artists whose music was outside the norm by the station in question.  Can you imagine if EVERY station (and not just commercial radio) had to comply with such things?

Now those who are familiar with the music of John Denver, you would think he would never have to face censorship, right?  You know, the guy who is famous for the song, "Take Me Home, Country Road" (a really good song)?  Wrong!  In his speech to the goones on Capital Hill, he mentions how his song, "Rocky Mountain High" was banned because some uptight morons decided the song promoted drug use and didn't even bother to really know what the song was actually about (it was about being up in the Rocky Mountains and getting the natural high of being in the mountains and with nature).  Now if John Denver was banned and censored, whose to say that your favorite artist wouldn't have been.  Who's to say that your favorite artist would even had been allowed to exist?  Take a moment to really think about how the music industry would be today had Al Gore, Tipper Gore, and the other goones and stepford wives of Capital Hill had been allowed to win their argument.  What if Denver, Zappa, and Snider hadn't stuck their necks onto the chopping block and offered their educated arguments to the senate?  Would music even be the same?

Please take a moment to listen to the speeches of these three artists.  Dee Snider, you are still doing an awesome job.  Frank Zappa and John Denver, the music world misses you.  You are in the presence of other musical greats with God given talents.  Always RIP and know that your efforts were not in vain.  There are still those of us fighting the fight of self expression  and will continue to do so should any of us have to face off with those trying to stifle us. 

More often then not, those trying to stifle us have no real clue on what the song is really about.  They just see that it's different from what they are used to and deem it as "bad."

John Denver's BRILLIANT speech


A Great Interview on the ordeal with Dee Snider.  The "Filthy Fifteen" consisted completey of bands I like.  HA!


Frank Zappa's speech before the senate and proved to be very articulate and educated.  He wiped the floor with the goones and stepford wives.






Zappa owned em!  "Not all parents want to keep their children totally ignorant" and "I think a buzz saw blade in between a guy's legs (on an album cover) is an indication that it's not good for little Johnny." BEAUTIFUL!


The John Denver song that got banned....??????

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fair thee well, Atlantis and the Space Shuttle Program...

Last space shuttle. Surreal. Once again our fine government cuts out useful programs in favor of stupid stuff no one wants. Great job.

Leopard 8x11 in Merchandise!

The popular Leopard photo (taken by photographer, Joe Andrusky) is now available as a signed or unsigned 8x11 in the MERCHANDISE section:)  The prices listed include the item and the shipping.  If you live outside of the USA and Canada, please send an email to tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com for shipping costs and I will maually send you an invoice for your purchase.  Be sure to check out other items in the MERCHANDISE section as we are always adding.  Thanks:)





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Thursday, July 7, 2011

I Wonder if You Can Beat This One...

Quote of the day from filmmaker Cameron Cloutier via Facebook :

"I always like it when actresses claim on their resume that making a grilled cheese sandwich is a "special skill."

Really? Seriously people?????
A couple new merch items:
http://ping.fm/aaqGj

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Antarctic Song Themed Site

A fan from Montreal mentioned the new EP on his site. You do have to scroll down a bit to see it and he primarily mentions the song, "Antarctica" as it is a site dedicated to songs and albums with the Antarctic theme.  It is a pretty cool site if you want to seek out songs based on the beautiful and mysterious continent:)


http://www.antarctic-circle.org/valmar.htm

Monday, July 4, 2011

"Into the Pit" on DVD!

Check out this awesome documentary I'm part of:) It's done relatively well at film festivals throughout the US and in Sydney, Australia. Click the link for the limited edition DVD:)




http://www.intothepitthemovie.com/html/DVD2.html
Spent the morning drinking coffee and watching the Twilight Zone on SyFy. Celebrate independence day by supporting independent art:)
Tomorrow's agenda: photo shoot for the "Jagged Scars Poetry Project" (an August release is planned) and then "Millie" rehearsal.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion: When Does It Get To Be Too Much?

Hi all,

Well, first let me begin by letting you know that we did some more updating.  We added a couple new photos, some FAQs, and added my album, "Poet" in the merch section.  We will be adding link widgets to the digital releases in the Merch section in the near future as well.

That said, I wanted to write about something that has been burning at my brain ever since I got set up on MySpace a few years ago (back when it was 'the thing' to be on).  I'm sure everyone who has been on the social networking scene has been introduced at some point to the notorious 'friend collector.'  The friend collector comes in many shapes and sizes.  Some are your everyday average joes who like to play the popularity game for reasons only they know.  They don't really do anything extraordinary that needs to be promoted, they just like to rack up their friend count as much as they possibly can.  It's as though they attain some sort of self validation if they can get their friendcount of complete strangers over a certain amount.  They get a certain "OMG!  They added me!  They really like me!  Look at how many friends I have!" type of high.  They can then go about their day reassured of their cyber/virtual popularity.  They don't even necessarily plan to interact much (if at all) with those newfound "friends."  But their self esteem has been raised a few notches and thus they can now get through their day.  Who needs coffee, right?

Then there is the aspiring musician/band, filmmaker, etc who is trying to promote their work.  Now before people start to get all worked up (I can hear you all say, "but aren't you supposed to promote yourself and your work"), I will say that yes self promotion is an essential tool of being in the entertainment field.  In fact, SHAMELESS self promotion is an absolute necessity.  If you don't promote yourself, no one else will.  But, there is a certain finesse required to going about it.  There are certain rules and boundaries that MUST be respected, otherwise your whole campaign could fall apart and you end up doing yourself more harm than good. 

I know when I was on my myspace page more frequently, I would CONSTANTLY get bombarded with friends requests from other bands.  Some would even include messages saying, "You like Depeche Mode!  You HAVE to add us!" (uh, no...I don't have to do anything)  I would get messages and comments that included links to listen to and sometimes buy their music if they had a release (most of them did not) and telling me how I MUST come out to a show.  Now don't get me wrong.  I will clarify that I have no problem with supporting other bands, aspiring filmmakers, etc.  In fact, I'll gladly allow my friends to promote their projects on my pages (within reason).  What annoys the hell out of me (and many others I've talked to about the subject) is the self-entitlement and lack of boundaries that is often displayed.  Like the hapless non-artist friend collector, they get a certain sense of fullfillment in the fact that they have a new "fan."  They have been validated once more and their "fanbase" has grown.  They don't plan to network or interact with you at all except to flood your inbox and comments section with the same promotion spam over and over again.  It was due to this that I quit accepting friend requests from bands for a while on myspace.  While I felt bad about doing that, it was getting to be too much sorting through the spam to get to the messages from radio stations, reviewers, filmmakers, and other legitimate messages that I actually NEEDED to read and reply to.  In fact, there were a couple times when an important message that was sent to me ended up getting lost in the shuffle of spam and I would have the sender emailing me again wondering why they hadn't heard from me.  Not good.  All because said band/s just had to send out the same message about their gig at a  bar in buttfuck, ohio (or wherever else) about 10 times in one hour (no I am not exaggerating that number). 

Ok, I get it!  You want people to come to your show.  I can actually totally understand and empathize with that.  But really, 10 times in one hour???  All you did was turn me off to ever even checking out your stuff and leave me irritated that I need to waste precious time shuffling through your spam to get to the messages I actually NEED to read.  What is more, I'm certain that if you did it me, other people have recieved the spam treatment.  Thus, many probably ended up doing exactly what I ended up doing even though I felt a little bad about it:  blocking bands and musicians from sending friends requests (I've since lifted the ban, partially because I'm not on myspace as much anymore and because I do like to show love to others).  So there, you may have not only cost yourself some new fans, but also gave myself and other bands/musicians/filmmakers/etc who do our best to NOT spam a bad name thus costing us people who may have otherwise been into our music.  So congratulations.  Your brilliant business and promotion strategy paid off.  Way to go.

Another thing never ceased to irritate me was that when I would get messages practically demanding that I 'check them out' and 'become a fan' was that they would mention absolutely nada in acknowledgement to my work.  Nothing in regards to whether they checked it out, were planning to check it out, loved it, hated it, whatever.  Now looking at my page, MUSIC tracks are among the first things you see.  In fact, one of the songs automatically begins playing when one ventures onto the myspace page.  My bio, music, and acting credits are there too, so there is really no missing that I'm making music and acting and into artistic endeavors.  In demanding that I pay attention to you while you make no interest in interacting with me makes me feel used.  Like I'm just there as a pawn in your sophomoric popularity game.  This may not be your intention, but that is how it comes across.  Did you even bother to even skim my profile or were you just blindly sending out friends requests?

So how does one do the whole shameless self promotion thing without annoying the hell out of others and turning they off as a result?  Well, like I said there is a certain 'finesse' to it and while no one is perfect, abiding by these principles will save you from being an nuisance to others (and I'm sure you don't want to be viewed as a nuisance).

Here are some key principles I've found worked for me and other friends of mine in the entertainment field:

1.)  TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN OF YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE.  I know, I can hear it now, "but my music/film/style appeals to everyone!"  I have news for you.  No it doesn't.  No one's style appeals to "everyone."  There is always going to be someone who doesn't like or get what you do.  The nice thing about many music and media promotion sites (Reverbnation, Jango Airplay, and the like) is that many offer statistics so you can see who is into what you do from the general age range to the area.  Also, I'm sure you have influences.  Take a look at your influences and see who the general fanbase there is.  When you then get a general idea, instead of blindly sending out friends requests, how about taking the time to find those within your target and zero in on them.  A metal band would get alot furthur targeting Metallica fans then sending a blind request to someone who would typically listen to Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift and vice versa.  Maybe join a Metallica fan forum and instead of just instantly posting things about your band, make an effort to make friends in there.  Get to know everyone, start conversations, join conversations, etc while mentioning very little (if anything) about your band.  Once people have accepted you as a legtimate member of the forum, maybe find ways to subtly begin to work your band into the converstions (and the key word is SUBTLE).  Eventually, people would have already accepted you as a member of the forum they'll actually WANT to check out what you do.  See how that works?  Yes, it'll take more time but in the long run will pay off instead just going in there and posting screaming advertisements about your band.  Now will your fans surprise you sometimes?  Absolutely.  Last week my music was popular with Lady Gaga and Rihanna fans on Jango Airplay.  I also recently had a young girl who was a huge Justin Bieber fan join my 'Like' page on Facebook.  So yes, sometimes you will be surprised at who finds you and enjoys what you do.  But that doesn't mean you should just blindly send out mass requests to anyone with a social networking profile.  One very important thing to remember:  Building a fanbase takes time.  Time and alot of patience.

2.)  ONCE YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR GENERAL TARGET AUDIENCE, GET TO KNOW THEM.  I was reading an interview one time with filmmakers JimmyO and April Burril, creators of the popular "Chainsaw Sally" film and webseries and founders of Forbidden Pictures.  While the entire interview was good, one thing that really stood out for me was when JimmyO mentioned that he and April make it a point to make their fans their friends.  Ever since then, that is a principle that (other than the occaisonal nutjob) I do try to practice.  For some reason, fans within the indie field crave a real connection with their favorite band, actor, filmmaker, etc.  Perhaps it is because indie artists seem more attainable than the Hollywood superstar.  But whatever the reason may be, indie fans almost expect their favorite indie celeb to make themselves available and interact with them.  Despite that though, there are those in the indie field that still try and keep their fans at an arm's length.  I suppose such an action is fine if you're Steven Speilberg or Katy Perry, but I think one reason why indie fans are drawn to the indie world is because it's a chance for them to feel like they matter to the artist.  They're not just a number like they would be amongst a Hollywood celebrity.  But some do still try and maintain a 'rockstar mystique.'  Well guess what.  You don't impress anyone with that.  No one is going to believe that you're Ron Howard or Brad Pitt, so stop acting as though you are.  Take the time to talk to your fans online and answer their emails, comments, etc.  As your fanbase grows, will you get to everyone right away?  Of course not.  That would be unrealistic.  But setting aside a certain amount of time each day to interact with people will go a long way in the end.  As long as you make that effort, people will notice and appreciate even if you can't get to everyone right away.  People will be much more willing to support someone that way as opposed to someone who just sends out a mass spammail demanding that you add them and check out their stuff.  "But that's alot of work," I hear you say.  My reply is "ummm...yeah..."  Be prepared to do ALOT of work.  Be prepared for the longhaul.  If you don't want to do the work, you won't get anywhere.  Period.

3.)  CHOOSE YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS WISELY.  Remember how I mentioned the band that sent out 10 spammails of the same message in one hour?  Well, in case you can't tell yet, that is an example of what NOT to do. Building an entertainment career is alot of trial and error and eventually, you do get a groove for what works and what doesn't.  But what you can do is look at things from the perspective of the consumer.  Do you like spams cramming your inbox and homepage?  Do you really want to hear about a gig in buttfuck, ohio 20 times or more a day (especially when you live nowhere near the area of the gig)?  Do you like being demanded at being orded to "add someone"?  Do you like screaming spam flooding your favorite fan forum?  Me neither.  Instead, learn about press releases whenever you have a tour, new release, etc.  Post links to those press releases on your site and send out no more than THREE bulletins in an entire day (although ONE usually suffices beautifully).  Send out a list of tourdates once a month to your mailing list and post links on your site and social networks as opposed to sending out 10 of the same spammail in one hour.  Sometimes less is more.  Remember "do unto others as you would have them do unto you?"  That should also apply to your artist to fan relationships.

Bottom line is, no one likes a spammer.  No one likes to be ordered around.  No one likes to be told that they "HAVE to add someone."  Even the most shameless self-promotion requires a certain amount of finesse.  A career in the entertainment field requires alot of time and patience as does building a fanbase.  Fans aren't going to flock to someone who appears desparate and a nuisance.  They will, however, flock to someone who is willing to treat them like a human being and with appreciation instead of just another number on their social network.  The odds of Tommy Mottola and Sony Music or Paramount Pictures coming knocking at your door because they see you managed to rack up over 5,000 "fans" on your social network site is highly unlikely.  So think about this.  Which would you prefer?  5,000 people who could care less about what you do and probably only added you either out of pity or because you managed to hound them enough or a few hundred honest to goodness fans who care about what you and enjoy it and are willing to share you with their friends thus making your TRUE fanbase grow...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Newly Revamped Web Blog:)

Hi all,

As you can see I did some rennovations to this web blog to hopefully make it a little more user friendly.  As I state in the blog's disclaimer above that this does not replace my official website, http://www.tiffanyapan.com/ but serves as a secondary site that allows me to not only keep you up to date on what is going on with me professionally, but also where I can rattle off the many thoughts, opinions, and stories that lurk deep within the dark abysses of my brain.  While I do and always will enjoy getting into 'round table topic discussions' on Facebook, it's difficult to really get into much detail due to the nature of the site.  The blog will simply pick up where I leave off there:)  And even with professional updates, it can be quite difficult keeping updates in sight on facebook, twitter, and other sites like it.   

I've also added other sections to this blog such as one for shows and appearance schedules, photos, links, and an FAQ section that is still under construction but will be up soon.  I even included a merchandise section.  A couple of my 8x11s are in there and more will be added soon.

I hope you like the newly revamped weblog and think of it as a slightly less formal version of my website;)  If you want something a little more formal, visit http://www.tiffanyapan.com/ and if you want something a little more random, stay right here (but feel free to visit the official site as well).

Thank you for visiting and please come back again an often:)

To my American friends and fans, Happy 4th of July!  To everyone else, have a lovely weekend.

Tiff

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New single now on CDBaby & has been delivered to iTunes, eMusic, and Tradbit:)
http://ping.fm/tPIL3

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Feeling like poop but making plans to revamp my website's blog...

Tiffany Apan, Joe Andrusky Shoot

I recently did a shoot with one of my favorite photogs, Joe Andrusky. Most of it had a bit of a retro theme.

Leopard

Another one from the Joe Andrusky shoot:)

A couple days left to obtain a promo copy of the Heart Song EP & only pay shipping. Either PM me or email us at tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Celtic Harvest 20th Anniversary Concert

I'll be one of many awesome performers at the Celtic Harvest 20th Anniversary Concert. I'll be performing some of my own songs with Jason English and will also be performing some traditionals with Chuck Owston:) The show takes place on September 24 at the Bryn Mawr Church of Christ in White Oak, PA.

The usual...getting work done before rehearsal.
New single featuring Chuck Owston on Bandcamp:)
http://ping.fm/PUtSS

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Late Summer/Fall 2011 Concerts

Hi all,

Just a quick rundown of some forthcoming events we will be playing at. We will give more details as the times approach closer:)

August 28- Pagan and Proud Festival
September 24- Celtic Harvest
October 15 & 16- Zombiefest 2011
October 29 & 30- Halloween Horror Expo

More info (dates, locations, etc) will be posted and you can also find info on many concert listing sites as well (songkick, pollstar, jambase, etc).
It's interesting to see my statements from the music distributor and see download habits and what songs people tend to download the most.
Discounted merch on ebay:)
http://ping.fm/37UQx
Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy! YAY!! Great thing to watch while getting work done:)

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Summer Single and Living Room Session

New summer single featuring Chuck Owston:)  It is a new version of Scarborough Fair using a more traditional sound and verses typically not used when covered by an artist.  The single is due out June 28 on Bandcamp and later on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and other retailers.



Friday, June 17, 2011

Writing up budget (personal and business) and to do lists. Fun stuff.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

If you want a promo copy of the "Heart Song" EP and only pay shipping (thru June 30), PM us on facebook or tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fact: if I'm ever in a film where I'm being chased by giant insects, no 'acting' would be needed on my part...
I will say that the Tony Awards is probably the only "mainstream" televised awards show that I have any interest in.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Halloween 8x11 ?

Possible candidate for a new Halloween 8x11 inspired by "Jekyll & Hyde" and the movie, "From Hell." What do you guys think? :)

New Poster!

Well folks, you guys asked for it:) New poster:) Just deciding on a size for it:)

Coffee with Chocolate Almond Breeze is the BOMB :D

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sent out the 1st packages of promo CDs of the new EP. If you want one and only pay shipping til June 30, email tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com
Tarnius featured album of the day: Tiffany Apan - Poet
http://ping.fm/Jb4kv

Thursday, June 9, 2011

News for the Month of June

Hi everyone,


Hope you all are enjoying being on the verge of the first day of summer and surviving the heat. With summer will come a new summer single! At the end of June, we will be releasing "Scarborough Fair (Acoustic Version)" featuring my good friend, Chuck Owston. Those of you who have heard music from my first full length album, "Poet," know that I did a gothic celtic/rock version of the song. I had always wanted to redo the song in a more acoustic setting with a more dark folk sound to it, PLUS using some of the verses from the old traditional song that are almost never used when artists do adaptations of it. So it will basically be a fresh approach to the song plus a new edition to my Living Room Sessions series:) The song will be available digitally via Bandcamp and later will be on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and other major retailers. I am in fact, set up on Bandcamp now and you can visit the page at

http://tiffanyapan.bandcamp.com/

As for future living room sessions, I will be doing a rather humerous Russian folk song and I'm toying with the idea of doing a little something with that popular sea shanty, "Drunken Sailor." :) Stay tuned:)

Speaking of releases, I sent out a message about a week ago about the First Month of Summer Special we have going on. Promo copies of my new EP, "Heart Song: The Living Room Sessions EP" are available through the month of June and all you have to do is pay shipping (which for most people, would only be a couple bucks). We may even throw in a special free gift as well. If interested, you may either reply to this email or email us at tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com with your request and we will arrange furthur details:) To hear samples of the EP, visit

http://www.cdbaby.com/tiffanyapan3


If you want other merchandise items at a discount price, you may also visit my ebay store. All items are personally approved and endorsed by me, so any money is going straight to the artist to help with the costs of future projects:) Visit the ebay store at

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=Tiffany+Apan+&_sacat=See-All-Categories

I have also set up my POETIC ELEMENTS store at Etsy. Once again, merchandise and things are available here including my original artwork and prints of my original artwork. As on ebay, all items are personally approved and endorsed by me and all money goes toward helping the artist:)


http://www.etsy.com/shop/tiffanyapanstore?ref=pr_shop_more


We also have some concerts coming up later in the summer and into the fall and I'm playing the role of Muzzy van Hossemere in a theater production of the musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in July. We will post you with details of those soon.

On the film and soundtrack front, the film, "The Girl" will be having it's DVD release on September 13, 2011. Jason and I play the roles of Chuck and Kara in this film and two songs from the album, POET are on the soundtrack. The film gained distribution with Picutredactyl Distribution, LLC. It will be available at select retail stores. For more info on "The Girl" film, visit

http://www.thegirlmovie.com/

The movie is now also listed on IMDB:) Check it out and hit "Like" in support of the film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1871403/

Also, feel free to visit my page there as well:) Clicking on "Like" in support is always appreciated:)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2366218/


I've also been cast in the new apacolyptic thriller, "Hollow Earth" with Eerie Frequency Entertainment (same team that made "The Girl") starring Sierra Holmes (those of you who watched the second season of VH1's "Scream Queens" may remember Sierra). It is set to begin film in late summer of 2011 and continue into the winter of 2012. We will keep you posted on furthur developments.


I'm also involved with the Ghost Walk Productions film, "The Farm" which is currently in production. Two songs from POET are on the soundtrack (the "Ghost remix" and "Black Forest") and will also be on the film's soundtrack CD. I'm also helping them with raising funds for the film. Even with just donating $1, you are helping with feeding the cast and crew, equipment maintenance, and more. Plus, you can get some cool items including your name in the credits. For more information, visit "The Farm" movie's official website:

http://thefarmfilm.com/

and their indiegogo page:

http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Farm-5


Plus, stay tuned for my own indiegogo page for my second full length album "Elements" giving you guys also opportunity to be part of the process:)


Finally, I don't know how many people do Yahoo groups anymore, but I've resurrected the concept of me having one. It will be more for photo shoots and such (as I have way too many photos to post on my profiles and websites) but music and film projects can also be discussed there as well. Just another place to support my artistic endeavors:) To join, visit


http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/tiffanyapangroup/


Well, that's all for now:) Thanks as always:)

Tiffany





Check out "The Farm" movie's snazzy new website:)

http://thefarmfilm.com
Support independent art! This is a great film, with great filmmakers and a great cast:)

http://ping.fm/SA0Xa
Typing up my June newsletter, then need to start a new press release, quick workout, post office, and rehearsal. Maybe new blog post later.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Helping Raise Money for "The Farm" on Indiegogo

If you like me, my musical releases, and supernatural thrillers, please check out the indiegogo fundraiser page for "The Farm." Two songs of mine will be featured on the soundtrack and I'm helping them out with raising funds to do things like feed the cast and crew (we actors have to eat too ,you know!). Even just donating $1 will help:)


http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Farm-5

The Groucho Marx brows are starting to creep their way back to my face. Time for the waxing chair again...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Just had my voice session for "Millie." Now getting some packages together for the post office...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Here are some video clips of the rehearsals for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" in which I played Sally:)  The show took place at OSP Theater in Hickory, PA during May 2011.  It was alot of fun and I have some wonderful memories from that show.  Fortunatly, I was able to capture some of it on camera:)






Saturday, June 4, 2011

"That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic never gets old. Especially listening to the guys bicker about what should make the Top 5 List:D
Coffee time!!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tiffany Apan "Dark Skies" 8x11 Photo

Back by popular demand:) Check out the "Dark Skies" photo and other merch priced lower than the normal retail price on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tiffany-Apan-Signed-Dark-Skies-8x11-Photo-/300563923393?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45fb0181c1

New Summer Single Coming at the End of June

My new single, "Scarborough Fair (Acoustic Version)" featuring Chuck Owston will be released at the end of June on Bandcamp and the CDBaby, iTunes, Nokia, Thumbplay, AmazonMP3, and other major retailers soon after:)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Promo copy of "Heart Song" EP available thru June and only pay shipping:) If you would like one send an email to tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Recording, recording, recording...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Set up at bandcamp. The new single will be released there and everywhere else (CDBaby, iTunes, etc.) :)
http://ping.fm/dIUGY

Friday, May 27, 2011

If you want a promo copy of the "Heart Song" EP available thru the month of June & only pay shipping, email me at tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com
What a day...blah...

New Music for the Summer!

Hello everyone,

Summer is almost here and with that, there will be new musical releases.  A little while back, I mentioned that I was toying with the idea of doing a different version of "Scarborough Fair."  As some of you know, we did a gothic/celtic rock version of the song on my first full length album, "Poet."  The thing is that when I was first setting out to cover the song on the album, the original intention was to do a dark, acoustic folk version of the song, but it obviously ended up taking a different turn in the end.  I still wanted to do the original idea of what I had in mind for the song, and with my Living Room Sessions, I figured this would be a good time to do it.  So there will soon be a new Living Room Session on my YouTube Channel and the new version of "Scarborough Fair" will be released as a summer single digitally via Bandcamp's distribution.  Normally, I use CDBaby as far as distribution goes but I'd like to try Bandcamp with some of my smaller releases since I've also heard good things about them.  Like CDBaby, Bandcamp also distributes to iTunes and other major digital retailers.  I may offer some limited physical copies during the month after it's release like I did with the "Greensleeves" single this passed Christmas.  I will be joined by Chuck Owston again on this one:)

And while on the subject of limited physical releases, we do plan to do a limited run of physical CD copies of the first Living Room Sessions EP, "Heart Song."  But since I've been getting requests for some physical copies already, we are going to do a limited time offer of promo copies of the EP throughout the month of June.  The only cost would be shipping which for many people would only be a few bucks.  Just a little Beginning of Summer Special that we are running:D  Please note though that these are promo copies and come in sleeves as opposed to fully packaged jewel cases that the actual later limited run will be in.

If you would like a copy of the promo CD for the "Heart Song" EP, please shoot me an email saying so at the address tiffanyapanmusic@gmail.com and I will get back to you on the cost of shipping and payment method.  I normally accept paypal, but if you do not have paypal, we can arrange another form of payment.

I'll also be working on a song in Russian, but more on that later:)

Have a wonderful holiday weekend,
Tiffany

My merch on ebay:) I'll be mailing out items from the last round today:)
http://ping.fm/lNPqT

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New summer single to be released with new Living Room Session...AND I'll be working on a song in Russian...:D
It's almost photo shoot time! HOORAY!!!