So I am currently on a trip to Nashville. If you want to read more about all the fun I have been having here, jump on over to my personal blog, Yukon Girl in the World. I would totally live in Nashville if I could, and being here means that I have been coming across tons of new (to me), young, local musicians that are absolutely amazing. Seriously, the talent average around here is off the charts. Since I have found myself fangirling hard over newly discovered acts in the past couple days, I thought I would share with you some steps for being a true fangirl.
It’s easy to fangirl over someone like Taylor Swift, or a group like One Direction. Their stuff is EVERYWHERE. What takes a little more skill is fangirling over someone that is not as well known. For the purposes of this post, I would like to use Ben Rue as an example. Hopefully he doesn’t read this and get insanely creeped out because he is not used to having fans this nuts, but that is a risk I am willing to take on my quest to share my fangirl secrets with all of you.
I saw Ben perform the other night at The Listening Room Cafe here in Nashville. Every song he sang resonated with me, and I had to hold back tears during one in particular. Basically that night he gained a big fan – and I will be eagerly awaiting and hoping for the release of that specific song, since it doesn’t seem to be out anywhere. This inspired me to find out as much as I could about him to fuel my fangirl status. Keep on reading for my tips with this illustrative example!
The first step to becoming acquainted with any of your favourite actors/musicians/artists/celebrities is finding their website. I always think that their website can tell a story about how serious they actually are and how likely they are to become successful. If the person that you are fangirling over is already super famous, this will be quite easy. Sometimes the random artists you encounter in bars here in Nashville, though, don’t even have websites (or at least not good ones).
In this case, I found Ben’s website at BenRueMusic.com. I was quite impressed with the look and feel of his page – it is obvious that it was professionally made and that he is taking this website thing seriously. I like that. So I decided it was worth continuing to find out more about this artist as he might actually be worth following – you don’t want to put all your fangirl energy into someone who might not be able to live up to your hopes, dreams, and expectations!
2) Social Media
Finding someone’s social media accounts is a great way to get a feel for them as a person, as well as for their fans. In addition, if their accounts are hard to find you have to assume they are not serious about their career and that it is unlikely they will ever be actually famous, and unlikely that you will ever hear that song you loved on the radio. Even if they don’t post too often but their accounts are easy to find, that still probably means they are at least trying. It’s really not that hard to make sure that your fans can find you on whatever medium they choose.
Ben Rue, luckily, was easy to find:
And happily, he has a handful of posts on each in recent weeks. Perfect! I proceeded to scroll through each of his accounts to get a feel for what he is up to (and whether I can expect to hear that song again anytime soon – no luck on that so far, it seems, but I will keep my eyes peeled).
3) Google Search
Now that you’ve found all the “official” information about your new favourite person/musician/artist/model/whatever, it’s time to check out what else is out there. Do a Google Search and scroll through the pages to see if there is anything of interest.
With Ben, I found out that he auditioned for the X-Factor – and got through! I want nothing more than to know what Simon Cowell had to say about him. Simon Cowell’s word is law in my mind.
4) Further Google Search
Pursue more information on anything you found interesting from the previous search.
Obviously, I wanted to find a video of his X-Factor audition. I haven’t had any luck yet, so please let me know if you know where I can find one or any further information on this audition. I am interested. Extremely so.
5) Watch ALL the Videos
This one applies especially to musicians. I love nothing more than to troll Youtube for videos of the new artist that I just found.
Ben has a VEVO channel, in fact – which in my mind seems like a sign that he is totally going places. I’m not sure why this belief exists for me but let’s talk about it for a minute. What does one have to do to get a VEVO channel? Is it difficult? Could I just write a song, perform it poorly, make a video, and somehow get a VEVO channel? I’m very interested in this.
Anyways, Ben has a VEVO Channel and an actual music video. Which is awesome. And aside from his official channel, there are a ton of other videos of performances and appearances that I am still working my way through – so exciting!
6) Search Their Friends
So this is where being a fangirl can get a little creepy. That being said, it’s always interesting to see what the people close to your new favourite artist have to say. It gives you a bit more of a glimpse inside what they are all about. I’m not saying stalk down the social media accounts of their entire family, but taking a look at the feeds of a few friends, family members, or industry connections can be enlightening and a lot of fun!
Now, because Ben follows thousands of people on Twitter, it was tough to identify who he might actually know. I’ll have to look into this one further.
7) Start a Pinterest Board
A secret one, probably. Or a public one, if you’re willing to put your full fangirl-ness out there. Use the board to collect your favourite information, pictures and links about the object of your affections.
I didn’t do this for Ben, which I am happy about now that I am reading it back and realizing how creepy it sounds. I swear I’ve never done this for any celebrity………
8) Put Lyrics (or Quotes) on Photos
This is a My Fangirl Life favourite when it comes to musical acts. We love creating lyric photos for all of our favourite artists! All our friends and fans can share them on those creepy Pinterest boards they’ve started. Here are some examples from previous posts:
And here are a couple examples I created for Ben’s song “I Can’t Wait (Be My Wife)” enjoy!
Alright, I’m going to stop now with the fangirl tips before things get too crazy. Suffice to say, you can successfully kill several hours learning about just one artist. Multiply that by the number of new artists I have found while here in Nashville and I am set to go down the internet rabbit hole for at least a few weeks now.
Maybe it’s not necessary to do all of these things for whoever you want to fangirl over, but at least it can get you started! And don’t worry, Ben, if you’re reading this – I’m Canadian so it is highly unlikely I will ever have the chance to see you perform live again.