Book Review- Breaking In: The Formula for Success in Entertainment by Evan Farmer

As evidenced by my creation of this blog, I love being involved in all things country music. Country Music Television is practically the only channel I watch on TV, so of course I’m a big fan of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown host, Evan Farmer. I came insanely close to meeting him in downtown Nashville before the Miranda Lambert concert last month… I’ll say something sooner the next time I spot him in Merchants!

I wasn’t aware that he had written a book until I saw it in his Twitter description a few days after my almost-encounter with him, but I knew immediately that I had to read it. He’s been one of my favorite hosts on both While You Were Out and Top 20 Countdown, so I scurried over to Amazon and had that puppy shipped to my house the next day!

The book, Breaking In: The Formula for Success in Entertainment, is written for anyone who has dreams of making a career and a life for themselves in the entertainment industry. Personally, I’m chasing dreams on the business side of the country music industry rather than the performing side, but I still found the book to be packed full of helpful information, personal anecdotes, challenges, and advice that directly applied to my own journey toward my aspirations.

The thing that I’ve most taken away from Breaking In is that true success—in anything, not just the entertainment industry—requires not simply a certain mindset, but rather a certain all-encompassing lifestyle. It requires taking control of your vocabulary, your perceptions, your thoughts, your emotions, and your interactions with every situation and every person in your life. Farmer repeatedly asserts that you have to be solidly rooted in who you are, what you truly want, and what you believe in—things that are so easily lost in some people’s quest for fame and fortune in today’s world of hype-seekers.

The book also touches on the efficient organizational and life management habits that every successful person must have, and seeing as how I go bonkers for anything of that sort, I was particularly fond of that section. He even shared some tips for staying in control of your finances once you reach the successful place you’re aiming for.

It took me about three days’ time to read it, and as I finished it, a re-energized flow of motivation and drive was running through my veins. By means of conversationally written Breaking In, Evan Farmer succeeded in inspiring me to take some immediate action toward my own dreams of working in Nashville, and I’ll most likely read the book again so I can fully soak in everything he has to say.

For more information about Evan Farmer and Breaking In: The Formula for Success in Entertainment, mosey on over to these places:

Breaking In: The Formula for Success in Entertainment on Amazon.com

Evan Farmer on Twitter

Evan Farmer on Facebook

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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Congratulations to Hunter Hayes!

According to several sources that I’ve seen on Twitter this morning, Hunter Hayes‘ “Wanted” has been certified gold today! I saw Hunter perform on the CMT Music Awards about year ago, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. I had the privilege of seeing him perform live and meeting him in Atlanta in November, and I could tell he carried an attitude of humility despite the loads of talent he demonstrates daily. I’ll also be seeing him on Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away Tour in Atlanta in December, and I know the entire audience will love the unforgettable treat of his performance. I love that he sings AND plays all the instruments on his album, and his writing skills are also showcased on it. He’s a package deal of talent, and I know he’ll continue to accomplish incredible things! To celebrate his accomplishment, find out for yourself why the song deserves this honor and watch the music video!

Congratulations again, Hunter!

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

Show Review- Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night Tour

I saw the Own the Night tour twice:

1. Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia on March 3rd, 2012

2. Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Georgia on June 22nd, 2012

Thompson Square was the first act to take the stage. I’ll admit that I don’t know much of their music other than the handful of songs that are played on the radio most often. Even so, I enjoyed their short set. Keifer and Shawna have this really entertaining energy that I would attribute to their real-life marriage. They didn’t use any crazy special effects, and quite honestly, they didn’t need them. Their performance of “Glass” during both shows was incredible. Their show almost had a pop feel to it, but lyrically, there’s no doubt they’re rooted in country music. The only complaint I have against their time was that it wasn’t long enough! I love Thompson Square’s style, and it would’ve been great to hear more than just the four or five songs they did.

March 3rd, 2012 at the Columbus Civic Center

June 22nd, 2012 at the Gwinnett Arena

Next up was Darius Rucker. I was really surprised by how long his set was. He sang several of his own songs (I didn’t realize how many hits he’d had until then!), and he also sang a Hootie and the Blowfish number. His visual effects were slightly corny, but not enough to take away from his music. He was dancing the whole time and you could tell he was pouring his all into making it a lively show. He succeeded. He had me dancing around the whole time and singing along to most everything. My favorite song that he did was probably “This,” mainly because that song rings true in my life right now! He was pretty laidback, but definitely not sloppy. I just got the impression that he wanted the audience to see him as a normal guy—he came out in jeans, a t-shirt, and a baseball cap. It’s nice to see artists who aren’t all into the glam factor—they just want to perform. And that he did, very well indeed. I won’t say what the song was, but his last number was a bit random for a country concert. It went on for a LONG time, and I was relieved when it was over. I will say that it was slightly out of context, but I’m sure some folks loved it. I wasn’t really one of them…

March 3rd, 2012 at the Columbus Civic Center

June 22nd, 2012 at the Gwinnett Arena

Lady Antebellum, as expected, was SWEET! I sat down for maybe two songs the entire time. They were all over the stage, and I danced until I was exhausted! Their lights and effects were more intense than their opening acts, obviously. They were really good about getting the audience involved just by singing, waving their cell phones, etc. They’ve got a great energy with the full band, but even when they stripped it down to an acoustic portion, they still sounded incredible. For me, the highlight of the entire show was their performance of “Hello World.” If you’ve ever seen the music video for that song, it’s really powerful, but their live performance gave me chills. I don’t want to say too much, but simply put, it was amazing. Their entire set was obviously very well thought out. This is a bit of a random thing to notice, but I thought the camera crew did a really great job throughout showing all of the members of the band equally—Charles, Hillary, and Dave, but also the rest of the instrumentalists. Lady A brought out the other two acts to end the show, and with that much talent on one stage, they certainly served up some great music together! Their encore was “Need You Now,” and that was a close second for my own favorite number of their show.

March 3rd, 2012 at the Columbus Civic Center

June 22nd, 2012 at the Gwinnett Arena

I definitely left the show as a happy fan. The June 22nd show was on my 19th birthday, and being the social media freak that I am, I tweeted at all three acts ALL WEEK prior in hopes they would sing to me. It didn’t happen, but quite honestly, I didn’t care because I loved the show anyway. It was definitely worth it to go to that concert, and I would certainly go and see all of them perform live again if the opportunity arises… actually, I already did!!! 🙂

Ellis and I rocked out the whole night. Heck yes!

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

Welcome to my adventure!

If you’re reading this, you’ve stumbled upon my newest project somehow, and I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m a college student who’s completely in love with country music and the entire industry surrounding it, so this blog will showcase what I’m up to and what I find in my quest to explore country music as fully as I can.

To be quite honest, I don’t have a mission statement for this adventure yet, but I’m hoping that as I write about my obsession with country music, a purpose and a solid plan will become apparent to me. For now, stay tuned while I post everything that weighs on my heart… in relation to country music, of course!

If you want to stay updated with whatever this adventure evolves into, follow me on Twitter… @talktwangytome! I can’t wait to see what happens!

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie