Friday, September 9, 2011

Countdown: 1777 days left

Blog members: 15
Facebook friends: 188
# of "Likes" of Claudie Larouche's Page on Facebook: 12
Youtube video views: 215
Myspace friends: 2


Yes I know!! I am the worst blogger ever!! Well as I said in my last post I have decided to write a message every Friday, but last Friday I drove to Montreal and I spent the weekend in Jonquière, which means I didn't have time to blog, and then I was too lazy for the rest of the week hehe. Bad me, I promise I won't do it too often, you will have your weekly blog post from now on!

So the biggest news is that my workplace is organizing many activities as part of GCWCC (Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campain). One of these activities is called "CFIA got talent" and I registered to participate. I have to decide which song I will perform, one that I wrote or a cover... any suggestions are more than welcome :)

When I sent an e-mail to register to CFIA got talent, the guy who is organizing it also asked me if I was interested in performing at a BBQ they are organizing a few days later. The BBQ is only for CFIA employees but there is usually quite a good amount of people who show up so that's really good! I've been asked to play 3 songs, I hope I will manage to win some more fans then! Again if you have good song suggestions I'm ready to take them!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Countdown: 1792 days left


Blog members: 15
Facebook friends: 185
# of "Likes" of Claudie Larouche's Page on Facebook: 12
Youtube video views: 215
Myspace friends: 2


Hello!

No I did not forget you guys!! I apologize for not keeping my promise of writing every day, I decided it was too much work. So instead I'm going to reduce the frequency to once a week, every Friday night (or Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule). Hope you will forgive me!

And the thing is I don't have that many amazing news to share with you today, except maybe one... On Thursday I attended the Laugh Out Proud night in Yuk Yuk's club, it's a comedy night for the gay pride week. The person who was hosting the night (Martha Chaves) is a south american comedian that I saw perform a few months ago, she is really really cool. I actually got to exchange a few words with her and when I came back home, I managed to find her on Facebook. So I sent her a message to say she did a great job and this morning I had a Facebook friendship request from her, too cool!!!

Yes I know I get excited with silly things but when you know famous people, you have more chances of becoming famous yourself right? So it's a step in the right direction! And that lady is actually really awesome that'd be nice if I could manage to be her friend in real life too :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Countdown: 1799 days left


Blog members: 15
Facebook friends: 184
# of "Likes" of Claudie Larouche's Page on Facebook: 12
Youtube video views: 214
Myspace friends: 2


Yahoo!! Somebody listened to me and clicked on Play next to my second song on Myspace!! Whoever you are, you're awesome and I love you, thank you!! :) It makes me feel much better now that I have a total of 2 plays on Myspace haha. Better than 1, better than 0. Gotta see the bright side of things of course!

Very important day today, as I mentionned yesterday, because we're now 1799 days to my deadline. I'm a last minute kind of person so I'm sure I'm going to become famous only when there's about 3-4 days left. One of my friends was asking me to actually define what "famous" is for me. Good question... I think I will call it a success the day I have 1 000 000 views on Youtube AND once I have been interviewed by at least a major newspaper/periodic, a major radio station or a major TV channel. I don't want to count my success with number of songs sold on iTunes or something similar because I don't want to sell my music. It's free, go ahead, take it. Which reminds me, I don't think I've set up Myspace to enable users to download mp3 of my songs, that will need to be arranged, remind me in a few weeks if I still haven't done it ok?

Today I've been invited to a fast-breaking dinner by a Turkish family (we're in the middle of Ramadan in case you guys didn't know, hmmm maybe I should write a song about Ramadan sometime!) I don't know the family at all but I left my e-mail address at a Turkish cooking class a few weeks ago so I'm assuming they're part of the same group of people. Anyways I'm really looking forward to it (it's 7 o'clock right now, I've been asked to be there at 7:45). Maybe I will manage to convince them to come to my concert in October who knows!

Have a great weekend everyone, talk to you next week!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Countdown: 1800 days left


Blog members: 15
Facebook friends: 184
# of "Likes" of Claudie Larouche's Page on Facebook: 12
Youtube video views: 213
Myspace friends: 2


Well quite a milestone tomorrow, I'm going to be starting the 1700s days left for me to become famous!! A bit scary because the progress is really not so quick right now, unfortunately. I've set up a Myspace account forever ago and I only have one play... Whoever it is decided that my second song was not worth a listen haha :( So can someone please pretend they are interested and go here, then click on the little Play button on my second song so that it has more than 0 play? That will make me feel much better! Thank you!

Not much news today, so maybe I'll share with you something that I really want to try... Most of the time, people find it cute when you make a special effort to learn something in their language... So I want to record a few videos of myself playing songs in other languages and the plan is that everyone will find it really cute that a French Canadian sings in their language so they will forward the videos to all their friends and that will get me more famousness points. Right now I'm trying to learn the Chinese song Mo Li Hua. I'll keep you guys posted, I'm pretty sure I can improve my Youtube video plays using that method but we'll see. :) Not sure it will make me famous but it's not like I have anything to lose anyways!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Countdown: 1801 days left

Blog members: 15
Facebook friends: 185
# of "Likes" of Claudie Larouche's Page on Facebook: 12
Youtube video views: 213
Myspace friends: 2


We had a beautiful day here in Ottawa today, I hope it was the same for everyone regardless of where you are! I'm happy because I was really lucky today! People often leave free books in my apartment building, mostly love novels (which I don't usually pick up) but today someone left a synonym/antonym dictionnary that will be sooooo useful when I write lyrics! That's really cool and I can't wait to start using it! Maybe I'll bring all my lyrics writing gears to Starbucks one of these days and have a songwriting marathon with myself! Actually I'll let you guys know through my blog when I go, maybe someone will want to join me and drink a coffee with me while we work on our stuff, or we can even work together who knows! Anyways right now my schedule is pretty tight so it won't be for right away but stay tuned!

Today I mentionned to two of my colleagues that all the profits of my October concert would go to the Ten Oaks Project, an organization who works with young homosexuals. One of my colleagues totally refused to go to the concert, because she doesn't want to encourage the cause I picked... I kept my cool but it really really frustrates me, especially because I'm somewhat close to that person at work and I was quite offended by her reaction, it hurt my feelings! I can't believe there are still people in a big city like Ottawa who are so closed-minded... It's not like we decide to be gay you know... Anyways I don't want to get started but I can see how mentalities still need to change, and little events like this one convince me even more to organize concerts that help organizations like the Ten Oaks Project. I really wish we could be in a world where we are all equal regardless of our sexual orientation.

On these words, have a great evening everyone!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Countdown: 1802 days left


Blog members: 15
Facebook friends: 185
# of "Likes" of Claudie Larouche's Page on Facebook: 12
Youtube video views: 213
Myspace friends: 2


Short post today as it is getting late. More news regarding the concert, Ten Oaks Project has confirmed that I can use their name in the promotion of my fundraiser concert to take place in October. Here's the message I sent them last year, I used a similar one this year but I don't have it anymore because I sent it through their website (I should have kept a copy somewhere...) Anyways feel free to use a similar approach if you ever have to contact a non-profit organization:

Good morning, 
I am sending this message because I would like to organize a fundraiser for the Ten Oak Project and I would like to check with you if it is ok for me to use your name in the advertisement of the event. The fundraiser will be a variety show concert at the University of Ottawa (Freiman Hall) and it will happen on December 18. The show will be free but with a suggested donation of 5$ per person. If you are interested, all the profits will go to your organization. I will take care of everything, you do not need to be involved if you do not wish to be. If you need more details about my project or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail at [...] or by phone at [...] (cell phone). French is my first language but I can speak English as well. Thank you and have a nice day!
I'm very happy that this is confirmed because we're one step closer to being able to start advertising! One of my friends who work for RCMP has informed me that they are interested in putting up an advertisement for the event in a youth newsletter, something like that... It's looking like we will have a LOT of people this year so I'm quite excited about it. Maybe I'll get one or two addicted to my blog :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Countdown: 1803 days left

Blog members: 15
Facebook friends: 185
# of "Likes" of Claudie Larouche's Page on Facebook: 12
Youtube video views: 213
Myspace friends: 2

Over the weekend I sent a few e-mails to finish up the number of performers for the upcoming concert, and also sent an e-mail to the organization I want to give the money to. I really hope it works out with them! I'd say the schedule for the evening is 75% completed now, I'm only waiting on a few people to confirm they can participate.

I know I'm talking a lot about the concert, but I want to make sure everyone who wants to do something similar realizes the amount of work it represents. I also want everyone to realize that this is something that is achievable by normal human beings. I'm not superwoman, I'm just a girl with a day job who's trying to get closer to her crazy dream. Everyone has one, make sure you follow yours!