Lauren Fairweather
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You are such a creative inspiration for me, I was just wondering what is your strategy for writing a new song, for instance, do you come up with a topic to write about and then comprise lyrics and chords or do you just write what comes to mind no matter if it fits the theme, like on your Prince' Tale album? Also... Side inquiry... Are your eps ever going to be on iTunes?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 07/27/2015
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I actually made a video about this topic for my YouTube channel a while back! You might enjoy it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbRi3bS0...

As far as iTunes goes, I was pretty sure that all of my music is on iTunes at either https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/laure... or https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-m... - except for the Bathroom Acoustics EP by my band The Moaning Myrtles which was exclusive to the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club but is available in limited quantity in physical form at http://laurenfairweather.storenvy.com/pr...

Which EP were you looking for that you didn't find on iTunes? Was it that one or is another one missing for some reason?


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Dear Lauren ,

I L-O-V-E your Harry Potter DIY crafts, Geeky about Harry Potter, your music and etc. But I was think how to make own Harry Potter wand ? That would be so super Geeky!!!!!
Thanks,
Hannah


Lauren Fairweather responded on 06/03/2015
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You're in luck! That's actually already been done by loads of crafty channels on youtube. I'm not totally sure if I can offer anything new and interesting to that craft, so I'm not sure if I'll tackle it at some point, but here's a search I did that came up with all kinds of different ways to make wands: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_q...

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Hi Lauren, huge fan! Saw you a LeakyCon last year. I am an aspiring wrocker. So far I've only done covers, any tips for writing an original song for my music taste? this is one of my parodies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bjG2arbB7Y Thanks for the help and advice! --Lily


Lauren Fairweather responded on 05/26/2015
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Your voice is so lovely! What a great parody and performance.

I get asked this a lot, so I made a video for my youtube channel a while back talking about my songwriting process and some tips that help me. The biggest thing for me (and the toughest, honestly) is just letting myself write, even if it's bad, because you can't get better if you keep stopping every time you think something you're working on isn't good enough. You can always rewrite lyrics you don't like or adjust a melody that isn't quite there. And even if you end up tossing the song entirely, at least you've learned something and maybe your next try will be better.


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Have you seen Cabin in the Woods? What did you think of it? Apparently a lot of people weren't too crazy about it but I loved it so I was wondering what you thought as a fan of Joss Whedon


Lauren Fairweather responded on 05/18/2015
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It's one of my favorite movies of all time! I love horror movies so I really enjoyed the way it turned the tropes on its head while still keeping it pretty terrifying. The big ending scenes were a blast. Also, Fran Kranz is wonderful.

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Do you sell at local craft shows? If you do, what tips do you have for product presentation and greeting people?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/20/2015
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I occasionally do craft fairs, but I also end up treating the merch table at my concerts very much like a craft show. I'm not sure how much I can really help you in this little blurb, so I would like to do a video on this sometime! But here are some things off the top of my head:

-Keep the focus on your products... I've had people try to buy pieces of my displays instead of products and they were disappointed when I said no.
-Use height and various levels
-Extend your branding onto the table (choose a similar color scheme and theme, etc)
-Clear signage, easy to read, label things and prices for them. If you take credit cards, have a sign that says so!
-Leave space for people to see you behind the table! Makes it easier to interact if you don't have to climb around a big setup to help someone.
-I usually say hello and smile, then be quiet so people can look in peace. Some people like to chat, some don't, so leave space for them to do whichever makes them comfortable.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HARRY POTTER MOVIE?
MINE IS "THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS".


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/17/2015
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I prefer the books but I'd probably choose the Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie if I had to.

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Hi, I'm they guy who asked if you were still using the Sony nex 3n and i am looking to purchase this camera because I need a new camera really badly. And I only have one softbox...do you think I will need more to get the quality that you have?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/17/2015
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Unfortunately, the room I film in is very dark which isn't the best, haha. I've found that if I only have light coming from one direction, I get lots of shadows and while I'm lit kind of well from one side, the background looks super dark. So for me, I prefer to have all three (one from each side pointed at me and one pointing down on my head and my background). You should work with whatever you have though... it'll just look different! There are no rules when it comes to which technology you use to make youtube videos. People have been enormously successful just filming on a webcam with normal room lighting. Natural light from a window or two is still the best if you have access to it!

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Canada


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/13/2015
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I played two shows there in January! They were super fun. :)

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Hi Lauren! I just wanted to say thank you :) I absolutely love your music and you've inspired me so much. I'm a crafter and artist and huge Harry Potter fan as well and I just wanted to say thank you for how much your videos have helped me be more confident with my nerdy-ness and not feel so awkward about my love and appeciate for books and all things Harry Potter. Thank you :) Also, I was wondering if you had any positive things about GeekyCon/LeakyCon that I could share with my parents? It would be an absolute dream of mine to go but I'm only in high school and my parents aren't too sure about it. It seems like such a wonderful and amazing event to be able to attend! Sorry for bothering you with this, I just know that this is a very important event to you from your videos and was hoping you'd be able to share some positive things about it with me :) Thank you so much and I'm sorry again for bothering you!! Hope you have a good day!!! :)


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/11/2015
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Of course! GeekyCon&LeakyCon are, for me, a few days each year where I feel like I can be 100% myself. Their staff, guests, and attendees not only accept but celebrate the things that make us different. When I was younger, even my friends would tease me for liking books like Harry Potter. These conferences give me a place where I belong.

It's a safe and family friendly place with something for everyone to enjoy. A few years ago, my parents attended with my 14 year old sister. They had a great time!

If you're hoping to bring them along, the fact that they'd have the opportunity to see you in a place where you feel comfortable being yourself is really important. It's rare for teenagers to want to share the other side of who they are with their parents and this is such a great way for them to get to know who you've become. This is a positive thing that you can do together, that you're SO excited about.

Events like these helped me to become a much more confident and happy person.

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Hey Lauren. Where did you get your knittet sweater for your weasly sweater diy? I need one like that. Could you maybe send me a link of the store. That would be sooooo cool. I love your videos. Maike


Lauren Fairweather responded on 03/25/2015
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The solid-colored sweater I used as a base for my Weasley Sweater DIY was from American Eagle, but it might not be available anymore (I found it in their clearance section a few months ago). I designed the tutorial so you could use any solid colored sweater, even one you already own! You don't have to buy the same one I did to make your own Weasley Sweater. :)