[Breaking News][Streaming][Event] Ryan Andreas Not Going to Hollywood? Screw That! Let’s Take This Online!
America may have talent but the judges do NOT have good taste. (Bird Lady gets through with a mute squawker in the Vegas audition?! REALLY, Howie? Piers? Sharon? Le sigh)
After sailing through the first round of auditions, Ryan Andreas (Episode #4 guest of The CreativeLife podcast) was just eliminated from the reality competition, America’s Got Talent, on the first day of Vegas week! The dedicated Ryanation fans only got a small clip of his performance, and some random quotes from Ryan expressing his nerves.
Well, fear not, Ryanation: I’ll be hosting an exclusive post-elimination interview AND online/LIVE/streaming interactive show with Ryan Andreas. Let’s take this ONLINE and GLOBAL!:
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Attention all Asian Americans: When was the last time you broke past your “Tiger” parents’ expectations by going into the arts?
Well apparently, Cindy Chang had HER moment last night on national broadcast television on “America’s Got Talent.” But is this “breaking expectations of tough Asian parents” story real or just made for TV?
At a pint-sized 5’1”, 42-year-old Korean-American housewife Cindy Chang looked rather uncertain and unpolished. She came out snorting when she laughed, and full-of-nerves last night during this final leg of the “America’s Got Talent” auditions.
Then, the music cued and she opened her mouth. Out came a beautifully trained operatic voice. Three yeses later from judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel, and Cindy Chang was going to Vegas.
What’s her story? Cindy talked about how her parents didn’t know she was auditioning and how she “wanted to always be a singer but [her] parents said no.” Fighting back tears, Cindy said she only started to get voice lessons in her mid-twenties and felt late to the game. After impressing the judges and taking in the standing ovation, Cindy finally broke down and wept with gratitude.
I have to admit: she moved me. Seeing a nervous Asian American face grateful for the opportunity to share her artistic passion and being so well-received by an audience always inspires me. Knowing she can tell this story to a national American audience is even more heartening.
But after a quick search, turns out there’s a little controversy. Some folks are disputing Cindy’s claims of being the closet opera singer repressed by her parental expectations. She is represented by a Chicago-based talent agency, has a rather lengthy performing arts resume, and head shots sporting confident and well-coiffed versions of herself.
What’s my verdict? I say BOTH. Real and fake-ish (Puuuuuure speculation, people. But oh. It’s fun.)
I can see how for purposes of telling the story of “America’s Got Talent” Cindy played up the pressures of having disapproving Asian parents; One of the most satisfying elements of the show that keeps people coming back is seeing real talent come from unassuming “amateur” packages. (“She was so great and she didn’t even really know it!”) We want to feel like we, as part of the audience, are truly discovering talent-in-the-rough.
It may be true that her parents never really approved of her work, even as she built a rather lengthy resume. I have a number of friends in entertainment who are considered near the top of their game. But their parents didn’t really accept their work was “real” until they got written up in the Chicago Tribune or had their name appearing on credits of a broadcast television show as an Executive Producer.
So maybe beyond the credits that Cindy Chang already has, she hasn’t really gotten any other breaks. Maybe she has been a little down on the prospects of getting gigs in entertainment as a young-ish looking 42-year old Asian American woman. Then, yeah. I say…feel free to turn on the waterworks and a sense of catharsis that comes with being recognized for your talent, whether or not you are TRULY feeling the iron fist of your hard-ass Asian parents disapproval. More power to you, Cindy Chang.
See for yourself! What do YOU think?:
Next Wednesday, July 6th I’ll be hosting a LIVE, interactive show with Ryan Andreas of America’s Got Talent. We’ll be VIDEO streaming LIVE from Ustream.com so that everyone in the Ryanation can get their fix of Ryan Andreas LIVE and ONLINE.
We’ll be live-tweeting the show. Use #ryanation to talk about the upcoming online show AND to give Ryan the questions you are dying to ask and the song requests that you’d LOVE for him to take!
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Episode 4-Ryan Andreas
It’s not often you see television closeups of people moved to tears at the sound of a voice, but that was exactly what happened when Ryan Andreas took the stage. Ryan has had one heck of a ride. 15.6 million people watched him perform his music to a mesmerized panel of judges on NBC’s reality talent competition, America’s Got Talent just two weeks ago….
…Since then, the once reclusive musician’s fan base has sky-rocketed. Over 400,000 combined views of YouTube videos of his performance on the season premiere show*. Over 2,300 Facebook fans, radio station interviews and shows as far flung as Alaska (And apparently Egypt is not immune to “Ryan Fever”). Whether he faces victory or defeat as the show heads to Las Vegas for the next round of judgement, Ryan maintains that “the artist shall remain,” especially with the support of his growing fanbase.
With only one unforgettable television appearance, thousands of fan have been eager to learn more about Ryan Andreas. This podcast is your chance to hang out with Ryan in his home studio. Jenny sat down one-on-one with the musician of Dutch Indonesian heritage at his home near Ontario, California. They talk about the first time he knew he could sing, his struggles with drugs and depression, and how his music and the love of his girlfriend and caring friends has brought him the happiness he always wanted. And you’ll learn the artists that Ryan would want on his “ultimate playlist.” (Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but Clapton, Hendrix, and Springsteen are involved…)
Ryan gives shoutouts to his top fans. You’ll also hear, for the first time, the full version of “In the Arms of the Angel” performed LIVE on the podcast, and a bonus cover of “Devils and Dust” by Bruce Springsteen with Ryan on guitar.
RYAN QUOTES FROM THE PODCAST:
“It’s so motivating. What I hoped for as a kid was to be accepted by everybody and now it is coming in volumes. It’s very touching.” on gaining confidence and inspiration from fan feedback.
“It’s mind-blowing! You saw my bedroom and you’re in Croatia?!” on fans worldwide, viewing his self-produced videos.
Recorded in Ryan’s bedroom/home studio, June 12, 2011.
Episode 4 Community Sponsor: The Ryan Andreas Facebook fan site. Find all things #RyanFever, #Ryanation, and Ryan Andreas at http://www.facebook.com/ryanandreasfans
NOTE: * Correction: Previously stated 40,000
MUSIC: This episode features Ryan Andreas on keyboard, guitar and vocals performing cover songs.
And when you’re done listening to it…leave a comment at the end of this post, or on iTunes. Send me your feedback and comments! What did you like about the interview? What did you learn that you hadn’t thought about before? What was something that you wanted to learn more about the creative process? What question were you DYING for me to ask but I never did!?
Get ready for Episode 4! We shot this quick video after our hour long interview and live session in his home near Ontario, California today. Phew! So fun! And I don’t think Ryan sleeps he’s always making music nowadays or responding to fan comments and emails! (I guess I wouldn’t sleep either if all of a sudden over 15.6 million people saw me perform my passion at the premiere episode of one of the country’s hottest television competition shows, NBC’s America’s Got Talent!) It’s an exciting time for the Ryanation! Look out for the free audio podcast uploaded here soon! And while we are busy editing the audio podcast, enjoy this quick video shout!