A Few of My Favorite Things

So a lot of people ask me what I do when I am not doing the internet marketing, video and crowdfunding stuff. I’m lucky that my mom and my sister are my best friends and that they like the same kind of stuff that I like.

At home I love to read, watch old movies from the 50’s and 60’s, sew, knit, listen to music and play my cello. I am writing a book now and also learning more about editing images and graphics. Zanna does so much of my powerpoints and website stuff and I want to learn more so I can do it myself. She cooks too, the best food anyone has every tasted and I love when she tries new dishes. My family has to have a cookbook from every country and culture and we like to eat foods from around the world. Trying new things is very cool.  You can see some of the things Zanna has cooked here.

When we go out I like to go to places that are out of the way and hidden from the mainstream. We travel a lot and when we do, we take the back roads and my mom stops where ever we think looks cool, fun and interesting. We learn so much when doing this and we meet some really interesting people. It’s almost like geography and history in one. We’re not afraid to go to different kinds of places and when we do, there is always a pleasant surprise waiting to be uncovered. Our unscheduled “let’s just drive” adventures are always the best. My mom says we must drive over 25,000 miles a year. (I think it’s more). Because of my moms work with experts, sometimes we get invited to their guesthouse to stay while my mom works with them. We see so many places this way.  I love that my mom is an adventurer and that we can just pick up and go in a moment’s notice and that she’s taught me to do that. It is because of this that we can have the adventures that we have.

When we go to shows like the theater, symphonies or concerts I learn so much too. My mom said we were going to see Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’. Zanna was excited, but I didn’t know what it was so my mom ordered me a book that I read in one day. Finally I understand Shakespeare and who he is. The same thing happened when we went to see ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. Zanna plays guitar and violin and because of that my mom got us tickets to see 2CELLOS. Oh my gosh, that changed my life! I told my mom I wanted to play something too and within a couple of week Charles (what I named my beautiful instrument) and I met. Hearing their music and connecting with them on Twitter has inspired me to write a children’s book that I am working on now. It also is making me learn about people like Mozart, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Paganini and others.

I am grateful that I have parents who support my interests and bring these things into my life. The coolest thing is that my sister is my bestest friend because we like so much of the same stuff. Another thing I am super grateful for is that they totally supports my interests and hobbies. My mom does this for my sister Zanna and my brother Zachary too. She always has, and that is cool.

So those are a few of my favorite things, but my family is my favorite thing of all.

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Lots of pictures are on my moms facebook… you can see them!

Zynnia Speaking at JVZooMarketing Mayhem

I was so excited when Bryan Zimmerman from JVZoo told me I would be speaking at this event. I got to see all of my internet marketing friends and learn about new ways to make money online. JVZoo always throws an awesome party and at this event, they had Coolio come out and give us a private concert. There were awesome speakers and everyone learned so much.

I spoke about my How To Do Crowdfunding program and I was allowed to film it, so you can see it too!

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My best advice is to go to these event because you learn so much and meet people who can help you and want to work with you. Without events like this, the world would be a pretty boring place!

Thank you again to JVZoo’s Bryan Zimmerman and E. Brian Rose for giving me this awesome opportunity!

You can see all of the pictures here.

Click Here to put YOUR product on JVZoo and Make Money!

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*Special thanks also to my awesome mom, Kytka who always takes me to these places, and my awesome sister, Zanna who films, edits, blogs, creates, posts, and all of the other stuff that keeps me able just to shine. I love you both! 😉

The Coolest Marketing Event Ever

This was a LOT of fun. Obviously I want to thank Omar & Melinda Martin, John Thornhill and Dave Nicholson,for believing in me and asking me to come and speak at this awesome event. I had so much fun, especially at JVZoo’s 80’s party where my mom, my sister and I dressed up as the Robert Palmer girls. It was a lot of fun. We met lot’s of people and built friendships!

Here is a video of my speaking there. Special thanks to Tom Beal for giving me this quick on stage/off stage lesson!

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By the way, I officially launched my “How To Do Crowdfunding” product at this event and made over $3500 over the weekend thanks to JVZoo for making a simple platform where I could get affiliates and pages set up FAST!

I had an amazing time and I got a standing ovation after my talk. THANK YOU AGAIN for those who came and for those who asked me to come and be a part of this awesome event!

You can see pictures of me at the event here.

You can see pictures of the 80’s party at the event here.

I love you guys!

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I Am Campaigning Again

This time to get my grandpa here… Go to my page at IndieGoGo and see what’s up…

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I Love My Grandpa!

My grandpa loved the scarf I knitted for him. I love him so much!

Martha (Wife of Joe Esposito) Passed Away Today

Life is precious. I know this and my family lives every day like it could be the last one because no one knows. Today, my special “Elvis” friend, Diamond Joe Esposito’s wife, Martha, passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer.

Just four days ago my Mama and I received this: “Martha, who has been facing cancer for several years, is bedridden in a hospital bed at home. She started getting weaker a few weeks ago and was having a lot of trouble eating. She has had significant weight loss over the past month, getting down to less than 80 pounds at this point. She is now on morphine to control her pain. Her friends are taking shifts spending the night on the couch next to her. Please keep her in your prayers, as she is declining by the day.” So we knew it was coming, but still it is so sad because she was really the sunshine in Joe’s life. You can see that in this picture. Family really is the most important thing in the world.

Please send your prayers to my friend Joe and his family. TCB

Freedom, Passion, Purpose Interview

I am excited to be on the receiving side on an interview. Dmitry is my new friend that I met at Yanik Silver’s Underground 8 Online Marketing Seminar. He was one of the other young entrepreneurs who was there.

Here is the interview:

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Dmitry is Inspiring and Educating Youth to create lives of Freedom, Passion, and Purpose through Entrepreneurship. Learn more about him at his website.

Thanks Dmitry, it was so cool to meet you and I hope we create something together to help youth everywhere! 🙂

Wrap Up of Underground 8

The seminar is closing but the spark has been created. From some of my notes, I wanted to share some of what I learned at Underground, I learned how to create apps, the importance of gamifying, different ways to incorporate social media into your blog and that you need email addresses and not fans, so your LIST is most important.

I learned that you never sell affiliates on the benefits but on the strength of the product itself. To make sure your give feedback to others and that it is so important to do research, especially on your competitors. Always to think about “what would google say”. Never to  listen to the small voice in your head that says “I cannot do it” because you can. You can never solve a “why to” problem with a “how to” solution.

I  learned that everything connects to SEO and how you name things for search engine optimization. A good lesson to stay on focus is to write down what you are doing every 15 minutes and you will see where you waste the most time. A team is always important, so build a superstar team. And finally, if you spend all of your time doing what everyone else is, you will never learn or create anything new.

Seeing all of my friends who were asking me about my newest adventures, I feel inspired to make more videos and blog posts. I realize that these kinds of events are like school for me and I really want to attend more events and I want to give back, so I am looking for a superstar team to help me reach even more children like me.

I got to see, listen to, learn from and meet some awesome people like Brendon BurchardMike FilsaimeRobert HirschMatt GallantShelby LarsonEwa WysockaChad MuretaDustin MaherNoah KaganGlen & Natalie LedwellBrian Horn, Noah St. JohnAJ Roberts, Greg Jerum and so many others.

I have to take this moment to share that the pictures you see are taken with my tablet. Zanna and my mom were not at this event, so no one was there to remind me to take pictures or to take them. Zanna rarely gets the credit, but she is the one behind everything I do. She records everything and is so awesome with the camera and the video. She and my mom really are the support team behind Zynnia TV and being at this event without them (and without the usual awesome pictures I can post and share) I really realize even more how important and special they are. THANK YOU ZANNA AND THANK YOU MAMA!

Thank goodness Joe got this nice picture of us.

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Wow! There are over 500 people here and so many of my friends from Awesomeness Fest! Vishen and several of the people from MindValley, Craig H and his boys, William Lee, Jim from Board Meetings, Sammy T, Juicy Geniuses, Landon Ray, Natalie and Glen LedwellAmish Shah, Jonathan Budd, Robert Hirsch,  and of course, Yanik Silver. It is so cool to re-connect with all of my friends and make new ones.

I picked up my secret agent swag bag and I am ready to learn!

I am so happy and grateful to be here and I know I will learn so much that will help me to be a better person.

Thank you Yanik!

Arrival at Underground Online Seminar 8

I cannot believe that I am in Washington D.C. I am so lucky because my family supports everything I do, so getting here became a family road trip. We rented a car with a roomy back seat and the drive included lots of Elvis CD’s to keep us driving. This is the first time I will be at the Capital and I am excited to spend time in such a city.

I usually attend events with my mother and sister, but this time I will attend this one alone with my brother Zack. I am so used to my mom and sister being there, it will be different. Zack is very excited. I hope people will see the value of his Immersion Mastery and that they will help him turn it into a product because lots of people are asking for that. He is one of the coolest people I know. 🙂  I am excited and I already love Crystal City where the event is taking place. It was really cool to drive through several states within a matter of minutes while we were exploring the D.C. area. And yes, the pentagon is huge. I read on wikipedia that it has over 17 miles of corridors! That is a lot of hallway space.

So grateful to my host Yanik Silver and for being able to be here!

I’ll keep you posted!

Going to Underground 8

I just got the news that I am attending Yanik Silver’s Underground 8 Online Seminar. For those of you who do not know what this is, here is a bit from their website:

“The Underground Online Seminar® provides high-level Internet marketing information from real-world, in-the-trenches speakers quietly making their fortunes online. Topics covered include selling content, e-commerce, SEO, email marketing, blogging, Social media, CPA networks, domaining, mobile marketing and much more.

Not only does the content and unique experience make Underground® different but the top-notch attendees and presenters including Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, Mike Faith, CEO of Headsets.com (a $30M company), Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.com, Matt Mickiewicz, 99designs.com, Gary Vaynerchuk, Ted Leonsis, AOL Internet pioneer, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org and Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy.com among others. Each event attracts 400+ serious online entrepreneurs coming from all over the globe. They come because the Underground® has become the Can’t Miss event for learning, networking and deal-making.”

This is such an amazing honor and special event. I am very happy to have this special assignment.

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I met Yanik Silver in Maui at Awesomeness Fest 2011 and I am sooooooooo excited to hear that I will be going to Washington DC to represent the youngest entrepreneurs. What an honor and a joy! 😀

Elvis & Jesse

I was looking at some Elvis things on youtube after watching Elvis By the Presleys and I found this really cool four part movie which was even better than the DVD I watched because it went so deep into Elvis and his twin brother Jesse. I wanted to share the whole set here for all of my ETA and Elvis friends.

On January 8, 1935 Gladys Presley gave birth to twins. Jesse Garon, and Elvis Aron in a tiny shack in Tupelo Mississippi.  Jesse Garon was stillborn and announced dead at birth. Elvis Aron lived, and was happy and healthy.  Eye witness’s state in Elaine Dundy’s book “Elvis & Gladys” that Jesse was placed in a box on a table while Gladys gave birth to Elvis. Neighbors who came by to pay their respects, are unable to describe the deceased infant. It is unknown if Jesse and Elvis were identical twins or not. There is a historical discrepancy in print regarding his grave site. It is said that he was buried in an unmarked grave at Priceville Memorial Gardens, a Tupelo cemetary.  But, it is listed in some books that there is ‘no’ marker, and other books say there is a marker which is ‘un-marked’.

People who visit the the Priceville Cemetery, say that you can sense and feel Elvis’ loneliness each time he visited his twin brother Jesse Garon. Again, no one knows for sure the exact spot where he was buried, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Just knowing that Elvis would return here time and again, sadly until his fame would no longer allow him that privilege, is enough to make it an important stop in exploring who Elvis was and how he missed his twin, Jesse.

I’ve heard that Elvis suffered greatly throughout his life being a twin-less twin. The condition is heartbreaking and more or less, untreatable. Twins have a bond inside the womb that is irreplaceable when one twin dies, thus adding difficulty to the childhood of the surviving twin. This is likely to have contributed to a number or Elvis’s personality traits, strengths, weaknesses etc.

Jesse Garon’s remains were never moved to Memphis. To this day, he is still buried in an un (or no) marked grave in Tupelo. A headstone in his honor sits at Graceland. But, the memorial headstone is not placed next to his father, mother, brother, or grandmother.

From the video description: Many people do not know that Elvis Presley was born a twin. His brother died at birth, so Elvis is what is referred to as a “twinless twin”. Throughout his life, Elvis read over a thousand different books, encompassing a wide range of subjects related to philosophy, spiritual teachings and esoteric arts. Those close to him say he was always asking “why me” and searching for deeper meaning in life.

Watch the videos in order because they tell a story. The whole set is about 40 minutes.

Part One

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Part Two

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Part Three

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Part Four

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I love my sister and my brother and my mom. I cried when I watched this. It made me so sad to think about how alone he felt even when he was surrounded by a world full of people that loved him. This show reminded me how lucky we who have our families are and made me grateful for their love and support.

How did it make you feel?

Elvis Extravaganza 2012

This past weekend, I attended a really cool event at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The event is called the Elvis Extravaganza and it has been going on for at least 6 years at the fairgrounds. We saw and met about 30 ETA’s (Elvis Tribute Artists) and a lot of fans from all over the world.

It was really cool to listen to all of the stories of the fans too, remembering their special time when they saw or met Elvis. We got there at around 1pm and they had two one hour shows, at 3pm and at 6pm. We stayed in the theater the whole time. Who could leave with so many awesome Elvis fans around. They had vendors and I got some pins, a magazine, a purse and a t-shirt! But better, I got to meet people that worked with Elvis and knew so many cool things about him.  This wasn’t like any other event I have ever been too where people kind of stay to themselves. Not at all! The fans all loved to meet each other and share stories and make plans for future events.

The shows were awesome too. We got to see all kinds of Elvises. Short, tall, young, old, light, dark, thin and wide – they came in all shapes and sizes! But they all had one thing in common, their love for the King of Rock’n Roll. I was very lucky that I was invited to the special fans VIP party on both Saturday and Sunday night. So I had a chance to see them sing and perform even more (from 7 until about midnight!) and better yet – I got to interview not one, not two, not three but FIFTEEN of them!

I have to say, they were all so nice and friendly so they not only wear Elvis’ style clothes and costumes and perform the songs, but they also are living examples of how much he loved his fans and I felt like a special princess all night, both nights, what a treat!

All of the interviews are below, in alphabetical order because I could not choose a favorite – they were all so very special. So please CLICK EACH NAME BELOW to be taken to a video of their interview with me.

Alfie Silva
Bill Lindsey
Billy T. Elvis
Cody Wise
Craig Webster
David Youngblood
Doug Carter
Eric Bressi
GaryElvis Britt
Jason Baglio
Jerome Jackson
John Aaron McDade
Patrick Sebastian
Steven Gillis
Ted Torres

I also wanted to congratulate the winners, though I think they were ALL winners.

You can see almost 100 pictures from the event

at my FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM

Thanks guys – and remember to keep me posted on when I can see you again!

Steven Gillis Interview

Steven lives in Oviedo, Florida. He was so sweet and my grandma absolutely fell in love with his moves. He was the prettiest Elvis and the DJ even said something about eye candy and everyone knew it was Steven. The ladies all loved how he wiggled and flirted with them. Steven started listening to Elvis at an early age because his mother was a huge Elvis fan. (hmmm, that sounds familiar)  He remembers the day Elvis died. He was only seven years old and saw his mama crying. Steven prayed to God and told his Mom, he would be Elvis for her, she started to smile and gave him a big hug. Steven will never forget that day as long as he lives.

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“I enjoy entertaining people and giving them that feeling that Elvis would have given them when he was on stage. Elvis loved and adored his fans and if it were not for them, he would not be such a cultural Icon. I feel the same way with all my fans. Because if it were not for them, I would not be here today performing in his likeness. They are the best! As Elvis stated at the end of each show, “Until we meet again, may God bless you as he has blessed me, thank you and good night”. ~ Steven Gillis

Catch up with Steven on Facebook, on His Website and on Elvis Entertainer’s Network

Thank you Steven! I hope I see you again sometime.

Ted Torres interview

Ted lives in Orlando, Florida.  He is a singer, actor, songwriter, musician and one of the Top 5 tribute artists in the world! He acquired this title in Memphis Tennessee in August of 2011 at the Ultimate Elvis competition organized by Elvis Enterprises.

Among his accolades he has been named “Best vocalist” and received an award for it at “The Las Vegas Hilton” stage where Elvis himself performed for many years.Ted has also taken his act internationally by performing tours of Japan & Singapore. He has performed as part of a tour in Canada as well.Ted has won many major contests around the United States and has performed with many of Elvis’ original band members including D.J Fontana,The Jordanaires,The Sweet Inspirations and many more! I was happy he took some time to give me this interview!

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When you hear his clips on his website page (below) You will know why they say “his vocals are the closest to Elvis you will ever hear.”

Catch up with Ted on Facebook, on MySpace, on YouTube and on His Website

Thank you Ted! I hope I see you again some time soon!

Patrick Sebastian Interview

Patrick Sebastian was born in Kolcata, India and moved to England at age 12. From a young age Patrick was influenced by the charisma and vocal styling of the Legendary King both in his movies and his records. He wanted to be just like Elvis when he grew up or at least be able to perform on stage. When he turned of age, Patrick enlisted in the Navy to serve and travelled around quite a bit. Patrick’s singing career took off back in the early 1970’s when he returned home and became the lead singer of an English rock group at which time he performed a number of Elvis songs.

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Patrick’s performance captures the crowds of Elvis fans old & young alike and has performed in several countries including England & Australia as well as performances in Eastern Africa. Currently Patrick is living and performing out of the Orlando area under the moniker “Elvis, like it is” and is especially known for his G.I. Blues rendition in which he pays tribute to not only the king but to all men and women who have spent time in service to their country.

Catch up with Patrick on Facebook or on MySpace

Thank you Patrick! I hope I see you again sometime.

John Aaron McDade Interview

John Aaron is from Lakeland, Florida. We sat behind his mom during his show and that was really fun because we got to share in her excitement too. She is so proud of him, and she should be because he was really good. He came and talked to us and later was able to give me this interview. Enjoy!

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Catch up with John Aaron on Facebook or at this Website

Thank you John Aaron! I hope I see you again sometime.

Jerome Jackson Interview

Jerome was voted Best Look-a-Like at the 2012 Elvis Extravaganza. He is so nice and when he gets the microphone, he really knows how to use it. Also, when I walked around for the two days, he was always there, meeting and greeting the people, taking pictures and giving hugs. He was really, really nice.

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Jerome is a DJ and his facebook albums show almost everyone who’s who in country music. It is clear that he loves what he does and shares that love with everyone he meets.

Connect with Jerome on Facebook, see him on YouTube or at His Website.

Thank you Jerome! I hope I see you again sometime.

Jason Baglio Interview

I love Jason Baglio from Independence, Louisiana! He was so nice and he paid special attention to me (which I always love). He performed a young Elvis and even though I love all of the Elvis times, I think young Elvis is my favorite. Jason won the 2012 Elvis Extravaganza for Best Sound-a-Like and I am happy for him because he is a really nice man.

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Jason performs as an Elvis Tribute Artist full time and right now things in his entertainment career couldn’t be much better! He loves his wife Michelle and his Children Trace, Shilah, and Heidi unconditionally and could not image his life without them!

Catch up with Jason on Facebook or at His Website

Thank you Jason! I hope I see you again sometime.

GaryElvis Britt Interview

GaryElvis was born and raised in the Deep South in Mobile, Alabama and now lives on a farm with his wife in Plant City, Florida. He was really very nice and he gave a wonderful show.  GaryElvis travels to over 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada every year, performing and competing for Elvis fans. His specialty is singing the power ballads as well as the 70’s Vegas and touring years performances.

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GaryElvis has had numerous 1st place and top 10 finishes in most of his 200+ major U.S. and Canadian Elvis contests since July, 2000, make him one sought out, crowd pleasing entertainer. GaryElvis constantly works on his craft. He’s happy to be a Christian married man who anyone can count on to please all ages. He prides himself on being able to connect with all audiences and he connected with me quite well. 🙂

Catch up with GaryElvis on Facebook or at His Website

Thank you GaryElvis, I hope I see you again sometime.

Eric Bressi Interview

Eric is from Hudson Valley, New York. He has always loved listening to and watching Elvis Perform and trying to sound and act just like the king even as A child. Eric started portraying Elvis professionally around 1982 after getting married to his wife Ruth. The couple then moved to Las Vegas NV where Eric performed as a tribute artist for 7 years playing several major hotels on the strip as well as Freemont Street in Las Vegas!

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Eric was great with the microphone in his hands. He called me and my sister Zanna up on stage and made us take the Elvis oath… so now we are official. He has also had the great privilege of being an opening act for quite a few major recording artists, and the Fabulous Legends in Concert on the strip!

You can find Eric on Facebook and at His Website

Thank you Eric! I hope I see you again sometime.

Doug Carter Interview

Doug was raised on Elvis music and he loves the fun of playing Elvis. He’s been doing this for about 6 years. He did a good job at the fair and looked like he was having a great time.

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Unfortunately, Doug does not have a facebook or website at this time. If that changes and you hear about it first, please let me know so I can update this page.

Thank you Doug! I hope I see you again sometime.

David Youngblood Interview

David Youngblood is from Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife Bree seemed really shy, until they sang one of my very favorite songs from the film Viva Las Vegas entitled “The Lady Loves Me”, then I saw how playful and fun they were. Of course, you’ll understand when you watch the video and hear that he proposed in his Elvis suit. How cool is that?

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Until he gets himself a website, you can connect with Youngblood on Facebook.

Thank you Youngblood! I hope I see you again sometime.

Bill Lindsey Interview

Billy Lindsey was the winner of the 2012 Elvis Extravaganza.

He can be seen performing all around Tampa Bay, Florida

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Learn more about him here:  His Website   His Facebook

WINNER of The ELVIS Extravaganza at the Florida State Fair 2012

  • Overall Champion and Fan Favorite

WINNER of I’ll Remember You, Elvis contest at Live Oak Florida 1-28-2012

CROWNED KING of South Tampa by The Tampa Tribune 7-24-2011

WINNER of The International ELVIS Extravaganza Contest at the Florida State Fair 2009

  • Winning 3 out of 4 classes…Peoples Choice, Best Look a Like and Over All Champion!

WINNER of Fan Favorite at the ELVIS Extravaganza 2010

WINNER of Best Look a Like at the ELVIS Extravaganza 2011

Thank you Bill! I hope I see you again sometime.

Craig Webster Interview

Craig has been an Elvis fan since the age of four.  He was really nice. His first performance as Elvis was at age eight in his elementary school’s talent show.  In 1987 Craig performed his first professional appearance as Elvis for a benefit for The American Cancer Society at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Georgia.  He received a standing ovation and afterwards was inundated by audience members wanting to know where he was performing next.  Craig knew he had found his calling and has been thrilling audiences ever since.

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Learn about Craig’s Memories Of Elvis Show

Thank you Craig! I hope I see you again sometime.

Billy T Elvis Interview

Billy T Elvis hails from Plant City, Florida and he looked to me like he loved to sing and play. You know the expression “dance like no one is watching” – That is what Billy T reminded me of. He sings because he feels Elvis in his heart and soul. The other ETA’s said he has a heart of gold and I wish I would have had more time with him, but he had his own group of fans that kept him surrounded. 😉

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Billy T loves gospel music and he has been an Elvis fan his whole life.

You can learn more about Billy T Elvis on Facebook, and on his Website

Thank you Billy T! I hope I see you again sometime.

Cody Wise Interview

Cody comes from Southeast Louisiana. He is tall, tall like Elvis (okay, a little taller) and I like him because of his happy energy, his nice singing, his cute pink jacket and his contagious smile. In fact, I don’t think I ever saw him not smile, not even for a moment during the entire weekend!  Cody was the youngest ETA at the contest and he looked like he was having awesome fun.

The 2012 Elvii Awards announced that Cody was the winner of the 2012 Horizon Award! Congratulations Cody!

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In just a few months of performing, Cody is becoming a well known ETA throughout the South, doing shows in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, hoping to expand his tribute show throughout the nation. Cody will also be featured in the much anticipated upcoming book “Next Generation Kings” to be released in August. Cody loves what he does and considers himself a fan first and entertainer second. He enjoys paying tribute to who he calls “The greatest entertainer to ever live” and believes it is a true blessing and honor.

To learn more about Cody, follow him on Facebook and see his adorable photos of him and his lady!

Thank you Cody! I hope I see you again sometime.

Alfie Silva Interview

Alfie is from Melbourne, Florida and he has the most incredible voice. When he sang, everyone got very quiet and my grandma cried. After the song ended, there was a moment of silence and then everyone cheered so loud. He is much more than an Elvis Tribute Artist, he is a singer (and a very, very good one too!). I could listen to him sing all day!

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Learn more about Alfie

Alfie owns a hair salon and also makes Elvis wigs for ETA’s.

  • Alfie’s Wigs
  • Alfie is a Paul Mitchell National Educator and has a hair salon in historic downtown Melbourne, FL.Dead Sexy Hair
  • And he takes some very cool Retro Style Photos too.

Thank you Alfie! I hope I see you again sometime.

Elvis Sighted 4 Times!

Before you start reading, I wanted to let you know that a lot of times when there is a long post like this, my sister Zanna helps me with the writing (ok, ok – I talk and she writes and edits as she writes). So I wanted to make sure that Zanna gets the credit.

My mom knows we love our movie days with old shows. My favorites are Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Danny Kaye and Zanna loves Gene Kelly. But most of all I Love Lucy and I especially love Elvis. We don’t watch any new tv and we don’t have cable but that is fine because I like the colors and the music and the stories in the older shows anyway. We have almost every Elvis movie and sometimes at night we pop corn and watch. It’s fun to see everyone singing and dancing and being happy in those movies. I see real people like this at events, like when I went to Maui to Awesomeness Fest. But I don’t see so many other people dancing or even walking with a skip in their step. I wish more people would. That is what I try to do, make people happy and remember just to have fun.

Because January is the month of Elvis’ birthday, many theaters played Elvis movies and many shows were available. My mom surprised me and my sister and we got 1 month of Classic Film Series to see Elvis on the big screen. We have the movies, but it was fun to go out and we learned so much on the way.

Week One: Viva Las Vegas

This week we took my brother Zachary. He likes to support what I like even if her has seen or heard it before and I love that about him. We found out that the theater we go to is haunted. It has a very long history too. There is a whole chapter in a book you can read about it here.  I want to read the whole book, so I put it on my wish list.

The theater is said to have been haunted by 3 different spirits. The first was an aged man with a goatee dressed is a blue coat and a fisherman’s hat. The owner himself reported sightings of “The Captain” as many at the theater refer to him. The second is a previous manager of the old theater. It is said that this spirit, Bill, was robbed and killed in the balcony by drunken tourists because he was believed to be a homosexual. The third is a young girl, believed to be between the ages of 9 and 12. She has been described as a friendly spirit who watches over the theater and all within it. There have been numerous reports of alarms going off in the middle of the night when no one had come near the theater at all, chandeliers swinging during and after performances, and “mists” or “orbs” showing up in random pictures taken at the theater. ~ Haunted Florida

Zanna took a picture from the balcony and it had 2 orbs and a shadowy outline of what looked like a person sitting in the chair.

 

There was a team of ghost hunters that went there are they got lots of pictures better than ours and people who know about it all added and wrote things too. So read this page, it’s really cool and so are the pictures.

Week Two: Jailhouse Rock

This week we too my grandma. She loves Elvis very much and is sad that she never had a chance to see him live. My mom took her to see Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, but never Elvis. 🙁 We also went to the Clearwater Aquarium, home of the famous dolphin Winter. You can learn all about Winter by watching this movie, Dolphin Tale, a true story about courage, ingenuity, and never giving up. What I like most about this story is that people can come together and make a difference if they do not give up. Jailhouse Rock was great on the big screen and my grandma cried (a good movie cry).

Week Three: Clambake

This week we took our friend Bernie. Bernie is a really good friend of our family. He is one of the nicest people I know. He just bought a new kangen water machine and he has been bringing us alkaline water. It has been giving us all so much energy!

Bernie was a teenager at the time of Elvis and he remembers things that look like this; the cars, the clothes, the girls hair styles. Our favorite part is the ending when they are driving in Florida but you see the mountains behind them. Where do such mountains exist here? LOL  Luckily I have been to Hollywood too, so I recognize the Malibu hills in the background. As we were leaving the theater, the manager was talking to us about the history of the theater and we met several ladies that were a part of the Elvis fan club. They were surprised to see me and my sister there, but my mom quickly told them that we are fans too and that the week before we were 3 generations of Elvis fans at the theater. The ladies seemed to like that and they shared some of their stories. It was fun to take Bernie, and we showed him the aquarium on our way out of downtown and now he is going to take his grandson there.

Week Four: King Creole

This is the only Elvis movie I have not seen before. Our final day at the cinema ended up being a NO GO 🙁 So, sadly I have to report that I have still NOT seen King Creole. I put it on my WISH LIST and hope that it will come sometime as a surprise package in the mail. I manifest that way a lot and good things always happen.

I love the movies, especially on the big screen and in an old theater (a cool one with some history and old people with a lot of stories!) My mom says my grandma used to pull her out of schools sometimes to go to the movies and my mom loves old movies. My mom made a funny video about this at her site.  I know she got it from her mom and now, I love old movies too. Some of my friends think that black and white or even silent movies are weird or boring. But I like them. I do like the color ones more, but it’s all good. They made things different back then. The actors had to sing and dance and everything was so colorful.  My sister spends a lot of time behind the camera and editing and now I understand why. It’s art and I am grateful that this art is alive in my family.

More on Elvis events coming soon.

Ultimate Elvis Birthday

Never found a four leaf clover to bring good luck to me
No rabbit’s foot no lucky star no magic wishing tree
But I got lucky, yes I got lucky
When I found you, oh yeah!

~ Elvis, I Got Lucky

Yes, I got lucky AGAIN. Not only did I have 4 weeks of Elvis at the movie theater, but I also got to see two live Elvis shows just days in between each other. Last Thursday we saw Elvis Lives! which you can read about at this link. And then today, we saw Elvis – Ultimate Elvis Birthday which featured 2 Elvis tribute artists. Here is what they say about the show:

The “King of Rock and Roll” returns! Once again, “Elvis” will be in the house. This show brings us the best of both worlds: Scot Bruce as the young Elvis that rocked the music world with swiveling hips and bedroom eyes, and Mike Albert, the glitzy, charismatic, polished Las Vegas professional. The Big “E” Band re-creates the authentic Elvis sound for this rock ‘n’ roll afternoon. From Love Me Tender and Are You Lonesome Tonight? to All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock and It’s Now or Never, Elvis left an indelible mark on American popular music. Starring Scot Bruce, Mike Albert, and the Big “E” Band.

This time we took my grandmother and my brother and the Elvis’ stayed after the show to meet people, give hugs and sign autographs. They were both so very nice and again, it looked sold out with so many dedicated Elvis fans. People stood up many times and they made a tribute to the veterans. My mom and grandma cried again, but they were happy tears. This time I also saw more children too. From 1-100, everyone loves the King of Rock’n Roll! And I love Elvis too. It was a very good show and it’s so cool to see so many different Elvises, all of them have something special. 🙂

Here is more about today’s tribute artists, Mike Albert and Scot Bruce.

It’s been an amazing month of Elvis and I am so grateful that my family likes the things I like. Thank you Mama, and thank you all you Elvises, for keeping the King’s music alive.

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