Our New Year’s resolution, which we’ll fulfill right now, is to introduce Jackie’s admirers to one of the best Jackie Evancho fan sites, Jackie Evancho Fans Hispanoamerica:
The website’s creator, Ana Ausfeld, from Paraguay, sent me a lovely note explaining how she came to know about Jackie, why she started a Facebook page, and the policy she follows in conducting the page.
Two years ago she got to know Jackie via YouTube. It was by chance one hot Sunday in February when she had nothing to do. She was jumping from one YouTube video to another and came across the video of Jackie singing O Mio Babbino Caro on America’s Got Talent.
From then on she’s been enchanted by Jackie’s magical talent.
In March of this year, she decided to create a fan page and a Twitter account (JackieEvanchoFansLAT @JackieEFansLAT). Why? Because wherever she looked she could get no information, photos or videos of Jackie in Spanish.
She created the page, then, so that Spanish-speaking fans could have updates about Jackie in Spanish. At first the page was solely in Spanish, but because more and more fans from various countries joined, she made the page bilingual. Now all her posts are in English and Spanish.
Besides Ana, the page is maintained by her good friend and great Jackie fan, Sergio Barroso of Spain.
Each has their own set of responsibilities . Sergio publishes the Jackie Tweets and their translation into Spanish. Ana undertakes Spanish translations of articles. She publishes translated transcripts of Jackie interviews, and of course the latest information, videos, photos, indeed everything that has to do with Jackie. Ana customizes the photo cover, which she changes from time to time.
Ana and Sergio’s goal is every day to grow Jackie’s fan base in Latin America and Spain. That they are doing post after post. As Ana writes, “there is still much work to do, because in my region the style of music Jackie sings is not very popular”. But with the help of Ana’s website, Spanish speakers are gradually getting to know and appreciate Jackie’s wonderful talent.
Ana’s policy is to ensure that everything on the website respects Jackie, her family and her career. Every post’s content is carefully selected with Jackie’s reputation in mind. As Ana put it, the “fan page is basically informative”. She doesn’t publish just for the sake of publishing. “Everything we do,” Ana writes, “is planned and thoroughly thought [through].”
One thing in particular that Ana wrote to me resonates, I think, with all who wish Jackie well: “we think she deserves the best, the most honest and sincere, because that way it also shares with us the art and talent of her”.
Ana’s sole aim is to put Jackie first. She isn’t seeking attention for herself. She does what she does because she admires Jackie, enough to spend the many hours it takes to keep the site up and running.
As Ana put it, “Normally I would not say I’m the creator of this fan page, because I simply do not want to mix my name with what is the page, to separate things and manage the site for what it is”. “All this,” Ana told me, she does so that every day Jackie will become better known “in every corner of the world”. Ana’s last words: “the world needs more artists like her”.
O Si Sic Omnes!