Looking Back Presents Tiffany Apan
I just met Tiffany through the Festive Spirit Blog Hop hosted by Francis H. Powell. Right away, I was thrilled to see so many commonalities between us. Along with her musical passion, Tiffany is also familiar with my “neck of the woods” and, at once, we connected. In the few short weeks, I have come to think very highly of Tiffany and can not emphasize how much I am looking forward to working with her in 2016.
Here are three things I asked Tiffany about her year.
Oh a lot of things. This year I started work at a historical museum (http://depreciationlandsmuseum.org). It was befitting as much of what I write, and even a good deal of my music, is very much influenced by history. While at the museum, I received insights and access to information, along with hands on learning (how to cook on a hearth fireplace, write with a quill, spin yarn on a drop spindle and spinning wheel, blacksmithing, etc). I also learned a balance between work and life, and learned how to integrate my work at the museum in with everything else I do (music, writing, acting).
I would say that 2015 was a year of stepping stones. Many goals were fulfilled (or at least prepared for launch). I also met many amazing people through playing a couple festivals and my experiences at the museum. And even the internet provided me with some amazing new contacts! 🙂
2015 was a wonderfully productive year and it looks like 2016 is shaping up to be the same. I hope to maintain the connections I’ve made and also continue from where 2015 left off. I have much planned and you can follow my work at my website, blog, and some other social media:
Chapter 27 of “Descent” by Tiffany Apan… Coming Soon.
About Tiffany Apan
Tiffany Apan grew up among the thick forests of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was there she began honing artistic abilities and received much of her creative inspiration. Having been exposed to music since she was a child, she learned the guitar, violin, and accordian from her musician grandparents before taking up classical piano at age 9.
A misfit among her peers (she was the only one in her fifth grade writing class obsessed enough with Vikings and Norwegian mythology to write poems about them), Tiffany was highly active in the artistic community in Wilkes-Barre, PA, involving herself in all music, theater, visual arts, and writing. She began formal classical vocal training at age 12 and appeared in numerous musical theater and operatic productions. Eventually, she settled quite comfortably into a role as “that artsy kid in black” who sits in a coffee shop, drinking endless amounts of coffee and tea while writing furiously in a journal or sketchpad.
After graduating high school, she left the Northeastern PA ghosts for the Southeastern PA zombies (Pittsburgh). Upon the move, Tiffany became involved with the indie film scene, landing supporting roles in a couple films. Her real turning point as a vocalist, however, was being given the opportunity to portray the role of a Free Style Jazz Singer in the world premiere of Marta Effinger’s “Whispers Want to Holler.” During rehearsals, she was coached by Billy Harper who wrote the musical score for the production. Projects such as this also gave way to the release of her music with partner in crime, Jason English. Since then, she has gone on to act in several films and theater productions with starring and supporting roles, release music to critical acclaim, and receive accolades for her writing and producing.
Her 2008 debut album, Poet, is an eclectic blend of rock music (combining classical, folk, world, gothic, metal, and touches of pop). It received enthusiastic responses from music fans and also garnered some critical acclaim. Music from the album was featured on several compilation albums and in 2009, she was an American Finalist in The Best New Song in the World Contest with her acapella song, “Lost Little Girl.” Her songs have also been featured in films, and the music video for the adaptation of “Scarborough Fair” won in the Open Music Video Category at the 2010 International Indie Gathering Film Festival. In 2012, her screenplay, “Driving Nowhere” also won for Best Horror Short Script at the same festival.
While Tiffany enjoys the Pittsburgh area, Northeastern Pennsylvania is the place she considers “home”, and frequently travels up there for inspiration. The Appalachian Mountains serve as a backdrop for many of her stories, including “The Cemetery by the Lake” and “The Birthrite Series.”
Among other projects, she is currently working on her follow up to Poet. It will be released one song at a time and titled The Antiquity Project.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
-American Finalist in the Best New Song in the World Competition for song, “Lost Little Girl”
– 2010 International Indie Gathering Award for Best Music Video in the Open Category for Tiffany Apan’s “Scarborough Fair” Music Video
– 2012 International Indie Gathering Award for Best Horror Short Script for Screenplay, “Driving Nowhere”
– Nominated for a 2015 Shorty Award in the Blogger Category
Connect with Tiffany
Tiffany’s music projects are available at CDBaby
Tiffany’s filmwork is on IMDb
Tiffany on Goodreads
“Thank you to everyone and let’s make 2016 an even better year!” – Tiffany Apan
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