Saturday, July 30, 2016

New Article

A Princess With Spirit?

TaraElla is back with a brand new concept - 'The Princess's Spirit'.

TaraElla has always been about unique ideas. Like her vision for self-made stars a few years back. Or her vision for a culture of 'adaptive' family values. But this time, the concept sounds less specific and less, well, tangible. 'The Princess's Spirit' is TaraElla's latest 'thing', and we recently asked her what exactly it is.

So what exactly is the Princess's Spirit?
The Princess's Spirit actually defies precise definition. Read my books and you will get it. It's also something that has been immortalized in countless fairytales. But some of the main pillars include being proud of who you are, being brave in the face of the world saying 'no' to you, never giving up on your vision and values, and helping those less fortunate around you.

Let's be more concrete here. Out of the celebrities out there, who has the Princess's Spirit, for example?
Well, anyone can have the Princess's Spirit, but nobody can specifically 'own' it. Celebrities who stand up for their values and causes, political and otherwise, celebrities who visit sick fans in hospital, celebrities who do fundraisers for free, these are all examples of acting out of the Princess's Spirit. But I can't, and I won't, put a specific name to your question.

You have been publishing quite a few new books under this theme. What's the deal here?
Originally The Princess's Spirit was meant to be the title of a new trilogy of fiction I am writing (editor's note: the first one has been published). But then, I prepared a few more non-fiction books around the concept so people can get to understand the concept more.

Will you be releasing any new music soon?
I am a musician and I will continue to release new music into the foreseeable future. As for when that will happen, I cannot tell you. I am busy with several projects at the moment, but I am hopeful I can get something out music-wise next year or so.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and TaraElla: We all like a bit of Reinvention

The TaraElla Show is back, a month earlier than expected! (And yes, I did complete that novel early. Go to the Books page to download your own copy, if you're interested in checking it out.)

I would like to re-open with an idea: reinvention. It's what you do when you want to keep things fresh and sustainable for the long run. It's what you should do when life feels stale.

Taylor Swift is arguably the queen of pop today. Yet I think she is also the queen of reinvention. I mean, if you've still got that Taylor album from 2009 (the name's Fearless, I think), take it out for a listen. You'll find that she sounds completely different nowadays. She also looks different too, by the way. And she's way more popular nowadays too. A reinvention success story.

Rising star Meghan Trainor appears to have had some reinvention in 2016 too. She looks nothing like she did in All About That Base nowadays, in my opinion. No, she is definitely much cooler nowadays.

You see, reinvention makes people cool and fresh. If you haven't reinvented yourself in some time, now's probably the time to consider it. Try on a new look, adopt a new attitude, and see where you can go from there! Life doesn't need to be stale, remember.

p.s. The TaraElla Show blog has also undergone some reinvention whilst we were away. You will see how things have changed in the coming weeks. I hope you'll enjoy the new format just as much.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Gift of Independent Cultural Creation

I am a proud independent cultural creator.

What does this mean? It means that, my works of culture, including my books, music and opinion articles, are not subject to the influence of third parties.

While I often describe the big business and mainstream media backed cultural creators as the 'elite', I only mean it on a financial sense, i.e. their careers have the backing of huge sums of money, which can often be useful. The flip side of that, however, is that their work is often not 'truly theirs' in a spiritual sense, i.e. it may not 100% represent the person they truly are, which, in my opinion, is a shame.

Imagine this. Big business, the mainstream media included, are mainly there to make money, because they are businesses. Therefore, for such businesses to support any cultural creator, they need to be able to reap profits in the end that outweigh the investment they make. Therefore, whenever there is big business backing, cultural creators are subject to the need to appeal to the largest possible amount of people. If they don't play the game, they wouldn't get the financial backing. This is why you rarely hear of mainstream media celebrities taking really controversial stances, for example. This is also why most major media celebrities tend to bow down to the 'fashion of the day' in everything, from their personality to their presentation to their cultural views.

I wouldn't be able to do this, personally. I am speaking from personal experience: I really don't appreciate having to have my cultural creation 'cut down to size' by people 'more powerful than myself'. I even wrote a whole short novel (Eastlands Dreaming) on how independent cultural creation is so much better than wokring for cultural overlords who want you to be 'fake'. I have learnt that, what I 'create', and how I portray myself to the world, has to be the real me. Luckily, nowadays you don't need big business backing to be part of the 'cultural scene'. People like me don't have to answer to cultural overlords. Hence, the world can 'connect' with the 'real me', unhindered by the opinions of a marketing department.