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':)
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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:
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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