Oct 10th 2016 by Sookning • 14 Questions • 169 Points
Hey guys. We're assuming most of you didn't watch us on X Factor, but we'll make a long story short.
We were both going to college and making music in Florida when we saw an ad for a Simon Cowell singing competition. We never thought about making it on the show, or the repercussions, but we thought if we sent in a video that some producer would see it and hook us up with someone to work with in LA. (The naive logic of kids who knew NOTHING about the business.) Months later we get a phone call to audition in person, and eventually we find ourselves in LA. Simon Cowell becomes our mentor and we stumble our way through being on live television (FYI: it's not as fun as it sounds) and end up winning the whole thing. Us = "WTF?!"
Prior to being on the show, we had never written music together, so we also stumbled our way through putting an album out. We were signed to Columbia Records and Syco Records, had an army of people telling us what to do, had huge photo shoots, music videos, we played the Today Show, Radio City, went on two tours with Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer & Rachel Platten.... and then no one talked to us for 3+ months. We found out we were dropped through a text message to someone we had just met who had a friend at one of the labels.
So we got dropped by our labels, agency, lost our publishing deal, and our manager all at once. After having some significant, not mind blowing but significant, success. We spent some time thinking and now we have new management that rule, but we're doing everything else independently now. We just released an EP to get music out while we work on a full length.
You can buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/as-seen-on-tv/id1138118582
Or listen for free on Spotify cause we're good with people streaming our music.
Ask us whatever you want! Proof: https://twitter.com/AlexandSierra/status/784091326006427648
EDIT @ 11:55am PST: We're starting rehearsal now, but we'll come back to this and answer more questions during our breaks!
Who is this guy Rorschach and why does he keep drawing pictures of my parents fighting?
What is the biggest misconception about X Factor and do you regret doing it?
I know right? He was a psychiatrist in the early 1900s. The idea is that people can project all their fears, thoughts, ideas, feelings onto these ambiguous images. It's a form of tabula rasa (a blank slate).
The biggest misconception is probably that the artists on the show have any control at all. There were people deciding what our make up looked like, what clothes we had to wear, what songs we were singing. There is also HEAVY editing and nudges by the producers during pre-filmed interviews to say certain things. We were pretty lucky that we were on the show at an age where it was difficult to force us to do anything at all haha, and it helped that Simon REALLY loved us at the time.
Ya know, parts of us regret doing it. There are those who will NEVER see us as real artists who write our own music. Some people will always see us as a cheesy couple who went on a reality singing competition. But it was an amazing learning experience, we made a lot of friends and connections, got exposure we would've never received, and when we're 80 we can brag about that time we won a TV show. :)
I am a patient who has been seeing a psychologist/counsellor and a psychiatrist. Due to personal issues, I need to see a female mental health professional, although I am a male. Based on my finding, there are mostly female psychologists/counsellors and hardly any female psychiatrists. I notice this phenomenon. Why is that so? Is it a global phenomenon?
will you release your old covers again?
Hi Happy G8, the first psychiatrists/psychologists were male. Like most other fields, psychology and psychiatry were dominated by men. In some areas of psychology, it is more evenly split now with slight male majority e.g. Cognitive Psychology, Quantitative Psychology. Clinical Psychology does seem to be more female dominated. In my PhD class at McGill of 8 students, 7 were females (poor Dan!). I teach a MA class in counseling in Malaysia (15 students - 3 males). So it does seem to be a global phenomenon. Females have been found to be more relational and empathetic and thus I think they gravitate towards a field that provides opportunities for them to express these characteristics.
That's basically what "As Seen On TV" is. This is our final nod to the X-factor days! :)
how long does it take for one to enter psychology school? I've heard that you've to take up a lot of degrees to even major in psychology. Give or take, how many years is that?
Have you ever edited your own Wikipedia page?
Hi castleTerr. You can start majoring in Psychology once you start your BA/BSc. To be a clinical psychologist in Malaysia, you need a MA. So that's (4 (BA) +2 years (MA)). To be a clinical psychologist in the West, you need a PhD = 4 + 2 + 6 (PhD). Yikes! It's long but I really enjoyed my time as a graduate student!
HAHA a few years ago, yes! Can't remember, but some stuff in the personal information section was soOoOo off, it was laughable. Now we tend not to look ourselves up on google/wikipedia etc... not a good move. Haha.
Well, this is helpful for me but it doesn't mean I would necessarily arrive at the truth. If it's a solitary incident, I'm inclined to go clarify with the person; if it happens many times, maybe there's an underlying feeling of insecurity that I need to address in myself, or a larger issue in the friendship it would also be helpful to work out?
Yes, that's a good point Jennsmer. If it is a solitary incident, do clarify. If it happens over and over again (reassurance seeking where you ask your friend: "Are you angry? Are you sure?"), then reassurance seeking behaviour will strain the relationship. In that case, training yourself to think the best of the person and choosing a more adaptive interpretation is very helpful!
I have a few questions. Since your focus is in self-regulation and motivation, I assume it can be applied to many psychopathies.
What is your treatment approach for disorders like binge eating and for those who have trouble with impulse control? How is it different than the mainstay treatments of these disorders? Could you describe what a typical session of yours would look like with your clients?
Hey! I would use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat individuals with binge eating disorders and impulse control. I tend to take an eclectic approach to therapy. I take a client-centered approach and work with the client to come up with a treatment plan that he/she is comfortable with and agrees with. Having said that, I do believe in using treatments that are empirically based. So I wouldn't use hypotherapy to treat Binge Eating Disorder for example. I would probably use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). A typical session looks like : My client and I discussing what happened over the week, going over homework (if there is any), and talking about whatever issues are relevant/important to my client.
I was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) when I was a child. I was medicated through school and college. I stopped taking my medication for a while but recently started taking it again. I've noticed that my symptoms are worse on the days when I forget to take my medication. Is this normal, and how concerned should I be about depression and my ADD?
I am assuming you are referring to medication for ADD? Any medication prescribed for long-term chronic use can have this effect- i.e., you feel worsening symptoms when you stop the medication. This does not mean that you're addicted to the drug. Rather, from a pharmacological point of view, your body has adjusted itself to this "new normal". Hence, on days where you miss a dose, you may feel worse than before you started. Talk to your psychiatrist about your mood and other symptoms you are experiencing, make sure that the medication is at the right dosage, and seek psychotherapy. Psychologists can help you with your depression and also provide ways of coping better with ADD to help you function at your optimal level.
What is one thing everyone should do to improve their mental health?
Hi, I am a fan of gratitude exercises. The research shows that these exercises are really helpful. 1. Write down 3 good things that happened you and why they happened. E.g. Event: My boyfriend bought me a chocolate cake. Because: he cared about me and was trying to cheer me up on a bad day. 2. Write a letter to someone to whom you are grateful to. Be very specific about what you are grateful about and thank the person.