Saturday, April 28, 2012

Artist Spotlight with @Vassy

A little backgound on Recording Artist Vassy (from her website)
Sometimes Vassy just needs to be Vassy. This doesn't get to happen all the time. Because when the native-Australian is serving as a successful songwriter for premier artists all over the globe, Vassy Karaglorgos has to be thinking about someone beside herself. However, for a musician with melodies constantly on her brain, and rhythms perpetually flowing through her body, this is not an easy task. Quite simply, the native-Australian, whose new album Beautiful Day is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping pop parade of giddy proportions, is a creator. And as Vassy says, "When you're a creator, you just gotta stay creating." Being an artist is who she is. "I've got things to give people," she says proudly.

Here is my TwitterView with Vassy

TeeJay: Good Morning how are you doing today?

Vassy: Good Morning  ...  Tweet Away!

TJ: So how are adjusting to America, is it much different than Australia?

V: Yes, I miss the beach, Australia is very beach orientated.

TJ: Are you excited about May 1st?

V: YES! I'm excited about my album official release May 1st at

TJ: In 140 characters or less, describe your new album to my audience.

V: Fizzy, clapping stomping-electric soulful pop, I write to inspire, the album is very uplifting!!!

TJ: Who were your major influences growing up?

V: Billie Holliday

TJ: What went through your mind when Victoria's Secret chose your song, or when the other big commercial names chose you?

V: I smiled :-) LOL!

TJ: What is your favorite track from your upcoming album? And why?

V: 'Could This Be Love'  It's my single!

TJ: Which artist(s) would you like to work with in the future?

V: Pink, Sting, Bono from U2, Shakira, Ok Go, so many!

TJ: So what do you think of the new wave of boy bands?

V: I'm not mad at it ;-)

TJ: Over 2 million views on . Which one of your videos is your favorite?

V: ummm I'd say is my favorite video (See bottom of Interview)

TJ: You have a very inspirational story about a choir teacher giving you some rough criticism.... What would you say to them now?

V: I'd tell them thanks for being an evil B!!!! Cause it made me more determined to prove everyone wrong!

TJ: On May 1st where can we scoop up your album?

V: My album will be all over iTunes and stores Amazon and so on I'll send u link

TJ: favorite: color, food, animal, celebrity, sport, song

V: green, passion fruit yogurt, dog, boxing, gypsy woman by crystal waters       oh forgot celebrity... Hmmmmm not sure??

TJ: Give me one interesting fact that even your most loyal fans don't know about you....yet!

V: I'm OCD! LOL!

TJ: Can we expect a tour to help promote the new album?

V: YES!!!

TJ: Anything else you would like to add?

V: yes go to to order my new album and to go check out

V: THANK YOU SO much for your support...its easier to talk than type it all....I'm just blessed to be in LA living my dreams..x

V: also exclusive offer only before album

And finally... My favorite @Vassy Video:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Awesome TwitterView with @ChrisRiggi

If you don't already know who Chris Riggi is, here is a refresher for you:

I recently caught up with Chris on Twitter and he agreed to do a TwitterView with me.... Here is a candid and FUN interview with the Co-Star of the upcoming ABC hit drama, 'Americana':

TeeJayToday: Thanks Chris... Remember there are no wrong answers, just be yourself and of course, PLUG everything you are working on!  How are you doing?

Chris Riggi: Reading a few scripts at the moment, just relaxing in the apt with the dogs. Yourself?

TJ:  I just wanted to throw this out there... You are a Virgo and so am I, you were born on 9/18 and me 9/19 We should have been brothers!

CR: Wow! That is close... very cool.

TJ:  Any great scripts coming up?   How was your visit with John Cusak?

CR: I love Indies, like 'To Redemption' because its like 5 people in a room who have PASSION, and we go all out with no ego, just trust!

CR: Well, I had a small part in "Adult World" with Emma Roberts and John, we worked the same days but I never officially met him until recently.

TJ: I saw!...I cant wait to see

CR: The Raven was sick! I love those types of movies.

TJ: How much longer till we can see ?

CR: is a winner for sure and the word is SOON!

TJ: Awesome.!.. I need a new show to watch... (

TJ: I see pictures of your dogs on Twitter, tell us about them.

CR: Stella is a chihuahua, named after Stella from 'A Streetcar Named Desire', and Tucci is a French Bulldog named after Stanley Tucci.

TJ: Let's talk about the movie that introduced you to me, Vampires Suck, what was your favorite thing about that movie, and let's not forget your abs.

CR: was a blast to work on. I enjoyed it all. The cast and crew,... esp the Directors were very kind and encouraging.

CR: When I read for the part, I brought my own spray bottle in (not in script), and it made it into the actual movie. (SEE CLIP AT TOP)

TJ: The Spray Bottle part made me laugh out loud in the theater (with everyone else!) and the teats! Cant forget the teats!

TJ: I think you should make a YouTube video of a an AB Workout... It could go VIRAL!  Do you have any tips for us?

CR: Eat clean, organic, and eat often. I have since become a vegetarian. But stay away from artificial foods and sugars.

TJ: I need to do that, maybe we could work on a YT video together, you tell me what to do and I do it and film it! 

CR: I literally would have photos of Ryan Reynolds and Jason Statham lying around for motivation, and it helped. Did the same for

CR: Best tip I can give is to allow yourself a semi-cheat day. But ask around, do research and stay strong.

TJ: I wish I had the body of Ryan Reynolds..... or YOU!

CR: BJ Britt and Charlie Weber were ripped when they showed up to set, so I had some friendly competition 4

TJ: Everyone had amazing bodies in that movie! Made me rethink that buttered popcorn and soda I was having as I watched it in the theater! LOL

CR: In all honestly vegan/vegetarian is the way to go.

TJ: I'm going to go Vegetarian, (Thanks to you) but I need to get all of the bad stuff out of the house first.

CR: If its in the house, you will eat it. So get it out! ha...

TJ: What is the craziest fan moment you have had?

CR: No crazy fan moments for me. Mine are laid back, chill and people I could sit in a bar and shoot the $#*&! with.

TJ: That's amazing! My fans recognize me from my show, but never remember my name, plus they usually are "under the influence" when they see me!

TJ: If you ever come to Texas, we have got to get together and shoot the $#*&!

CR: When I come to Texas, soon hopefully, we can do this face to face my friend.

TJ: Rapid Fire! Your Favorite Book, Color, Food, Animal, Sport, Celebrity, Song...

CR: "True and False"- Mamet,  color- 6pm blue or olive green,  food- anything w/o meat,  sport- WWE,  Celeb- you,  song- "Don't Stop Believin'"-Journey

TJ: I have a fan question for you, wants to know if you have ever kissed a guy for a role?

CR: I have not yet, but a role is a role. I would do it in a heartbeat if it's in the script and the actor was on the level about it.  Leave your Ego at the door.

TJ: I agree! Are you currently in a relationship?  What do you look for in a relationship?

CR: I am in a relationship. I look for loyalty and kindness most of all. YOU MUST LOVE DOGS, Cusack ha!

CR: In a relationship you have to find COMMONALITY or else it wont work.  That is why actors get together so often on set.

CR: Being funny is not an issue, everyone can be funny, humor is everywhere, dark or light. My gal is hilarious and we have a blast.

TJ: That is Awesome! You better put a ring on her finger!

CR: I am not getting married anytime soon, I have thought about it many times, its my romantic side, I have to hush those thoughts ha!

TJ: Is she an actress, do we know her?  Tell us about her.

CR: I would never say never about dating an actress, its tempting of coarse, but I love a woman who can cook. Food is love baby!

CR: Baking is fine too!

TJ: That's my problem I think....I'm addicted to great food!

TJ: So what do you like to do in your down time?

CR: Down time, I like to be with my family, dogs and friends. I love to cook, read and be around people. I do have a man-cave I retreat to tho.

CR: , just feel like plugging it more, ha

TJ: Give us a synopsis of @AmericanaABC.

CR: A legendary fashion designer - his life, his job and his family.

TJ: I'm already a fan because you are in it and I am ready to delve into this show!

CR: Fan wise, we need to mention the beautiful and talented


CR: She will hate this but, the Director told Ashley "I could film this whole show with you, me and the camera guy" that is how good she is.

TJ: She is Amazing and Beautiful, and of course, my favorite in the Twilight Saga.

TJ: What is one interesting fact that your fans don't already know about you?

CR: I took creative writing in high school, true but boring. I am a fantastic kisser!

CR: Hahahaha!

TJ: haha.... We will have to ask your GF if that is true!

TJ: Thanks for the Great TwitterView Chris! 

CR: Much love man, anything you need don't hesitate to contact direct.

People to follow on Twitter: @ChrisRiggi, @AmericanaABC, , , , , @TeeJayToday

On Facebook: Chris Riggi & TeeJay Today

For more information about 'Americana' and when you can watch it, please visit and follow them on twitter @AmericanaABC

Just FYI: Chris Riggi is one of the most sincere and down to Earth American Actors that I have had the privilege of interviewing.  I think he is undervalued and I expect GREAT things from him in the future.  He has played his roles perfectly in the past on the sets of: To Redemption, Gossip Girl, and Vampires Suck.  I am excited that we will be seeing a lot of Chris in the future with all of the films in post-production.  You can see a full list of everything Chris is working on at

Check out this quick clip of Chris and a commercial Chris did for Kleenex.