Not All Advice is Created Equal

Meme_S1E3_1After Mhairi and I had released the first season of Feathers and Toast, and were in our experimental year where we were playing around with social media and attempting to build an audience, we began receiving a lot of advice from many diverse sources about what we needed to do to enhance the show and get our numbers up, some we listened to and some we did not, because as I said before “Not all advice is created equal.”

Now I am not saying this in order to give myself and others an excuse to just throw away any advice you get that is not to your liking, in fact, I think you should listen very carefully to all advice, particularly the advice that’s hard to hear, there are gifts in there, I am saying this because advice is something you need to treat with caution.

The thing is, it is the rare person that can step out of their own life experiences, needs and wants, and listen to yours purely and deeply in order to give you unbiased advice tailored just for you and what’s best for achieving your specific vision.

More times than not the advice you are going to get will be based on the advice givers view of how things work, or the brand of success they themselves are seeking, their personal area of expertise, or the style of entertainment they like the best.

All of this information is very valuable and should not be overlooked, its just that when listening to it, it needs to be placed in the right context, particularly when you are a creator at the early stages of your vision.

The early stages are a precarious time for content creators. You haven’t even worked out all the answers yourself yet and already there are opinions about the direction you should go, opinions that are often presented to you with great confidence, as if they are fact, at a time when you are anything but confident, and if you are not careful they can alter your vision in a direction you never intended for it to go which leads me to…

Industry Tip #12

When receiving advice regarding your content (particularly in the early stages) it is important to remember 4 things:

1) Always be grateful to those who take the time to give you solicited advice. (those who give you unsolicited advice, you can do whatever you want with them :) )

2) Always consider the source (what their personal experiences and biases are) so that the information they give you can remain in proper context.

3) Give yourself permission to trust your own gut. Regardless of the stature of the advice giver, if the advice given doesn’t jibe with the direction you feel you are going, give yourself permission to respectfully follow your own intuition.

4) If in following your own path, you discover that one of your former advice givers was right along, its okay and encouraged to admit that, readjust your course and become all the more grateful.

As some of you know, this particular topic became fodder for a good portion of Season 2 of Feathers and Toast as we delved into the age old battle between Art and commerce. But even earlier on it came into play with the clip I am about to show you that comes from our Holiday Tidbit series.

We had been given advice from a senior exec in the Youtube world who had suggested we needed to incorporate topics that were trending into our show, like twerking. Naturally the Tallulah side of Mhairi was like “twerking? Does he really expect me to twerk darling?”

But after much thought, we decided, yes, let’s have Tallulah twerk, but in her own Tallulah way. The result was our most viewed video to date. I guess that guy did have a point, particularly when it comes to increasing your views.


Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Dear Monday morning-ers,

Hope this finds you in the midst of all manner of springtime activities such as skipping and lamb spotting. If you are looking for a distraction from your seasonal shenanigans then look no further than the screening of Feathers and Toast at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Thursday May 21st at 9.30pm. For tickets and further information please click here

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Hope to see you there darling and in the meantime wishing you the freshest of Springtime Weeks.

Yours in Springtime feathers,

Tallulah


A Feathered Invitation

Dear 2015 Spring time springers,

Hope this finds you well; full to the brim of 2015 vim and vigor. I wanted to invite you to watch Feathers and Toast on the big screen at a screening at Hollyweb Fest on Friday March 27th, if you fancy popcorn and feathers you can buy tickets here. We’ll also be at the ISA Awards on April 1st, where darling, I am nominated for an award and will also be presenting. There will be a whole shebang following the awards which you are invited to, would love to shake a feathered tail feather with you darling. If you’d like to come details are all here

In April I shall begin a monthly residency with the wonderful Cabaret Versatile, so if Edith Piaf and cancan dancing is up your street we open on April 9th at the Riviera31, Sofitel Beverly Hills.

In the meantime sending you a basketful of spring feathers and good wishes for 2015,

Tallulah

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Season 2 Episode 8 Grande Finale

Dear weekend-ers,

Well darling, thank you so much for watching the season with us. I’m sorry to say that this is our finale episode. In the wise words of someone  “all good things must come to an end” here we are darling…until next time. We shall rise again and be back darling like a feathered phoenix from the kitchen ashes and things, but in the meantime please sit back and enjoy the last 5 minute episode of the season. In the meantime we shall continue on the upwards #trending ladder so please follow us on twitter @feathersntoast FB https://www.facebook.com/feathersandtoast  youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/feathersandtoast

Thank you so much for watching, Happy Holidays darling one and all!

Yours in finale feathers,

Tallulah

 

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Season 2 Episode 8 teaser

Dear December-ers,

Hope this finds you well and fireside with snowflakes and things swirling past windows. Well darling, here we are at the finale of season 2. This little teaser will bring a dash of heartwarming-ness to warm the cockles of your wintery hearts. Yes darling its true, one can rise above a flip flop as it happens.

 

Yours in season finale teaser feathers,

Tallulah

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Season 2 Episode 7

Dear Post Thanksgiving-ers,

Hope this finds you well and enjoying turkey sandwiches and plentiful slices of pie and such. Speaking of pie darling this weeks episode features the humble pie and the poached egg…as well as the return of Marge, the feathered cabaret dancer and the mime from Burbank.

Yours in humble pie feathers,

Tallulah

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Season 2 Episode 7 teaser

Dear Thanksgiving-ers,

Hope this finds you well and baking pies and things. I am so thankful for so many wonderful things this year, family, friends, feather boas and Lulu, Holster and the nominations of Outstanding actress from LA Web fest and also for Diego who received Outstanding Cinematographer nominations…and for you for watching the show. Thank you so much. Champagne and things shall be sent out accordingly.

Have a wonderfully feathered day of turkey and things and hope you enjoy this teaser for Saturdays episode.

Yours in Thanksgiving Day feathers,

Tallulah

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Season 2 Episode 6

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is it darling. The Left Handed Sandwich episode, which promises to rebalance your head and generally bring you into a calm, balanced state of mind. There’s a lot to be said for a little challenge when making a sandwich darling to be honest.

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Yours in balanced feathers,

Tallulah


Season 2 Episode 5 Teaser

Dear darling,

Brace yourself for a dramatic turn in events this week. All I’ll say is that there is an authentic sandwich recipe from the 1920s and there is a can of tomato soup…and there is, to be honest, quite a lot of dramatic sadness and things.

Yours in melodramatic feathers,

Tallulah

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Season 2 Episode 4 teaser darling

Dear November-ers,

Hope this finds you well and enjoying the fall leaves and such. This week I am afraid to say that I am ambushed totally caught unawares by a French scantily clad cancan dancer. If such an idea terrifies you then please proceed with this teaser with extreme caution.

Yours in neon feathered French feathers,

Tallulah

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