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Mikhail Tank Wins a Guinness World Record and Continues Being a Renaissance Man

Mikhail Tank becomes Guinness World Record Holder for Longest Title of a Music Single, but that's not all he does...

Studio City resident Mikhail Tank released a music single last October. It won him an accolade he always wanted—the Guinness World Record for "Longest Title for a Music Single."

The 44-word single refers to his personal philosophy about setting people free from anything and anyone that holds them back in life and is entitled: "Simplify When You Get Crowded Inside, Certain Ones Prefer to Drink Your Energy, Falling Right into The Hands of Time, Release Those Who Deprive, Throw Away Ties That Bind, Just Simplify, No Need to Overextend Yourself, When They Just Rely on Your Time. No."

The soft-spoken man who exudes spirituality, found out last week that his single will be considered the longest music title, and that the half-century old category will now be "rested" or retired.

So which came first the song title or the desire to break the Guinness World Record? As a small child, Tank decided that setting a goal of breaking the Guinness World Record would bring him both self esteem and the kind of accomplishment that would fuel his life forward.

"Insecurities can make people stronger," he said. "I believe in using your flaws to fuel your life forward. I want to help people who are letting others hold them back by coming from a basic place of vulnerability. That's how I want to share my philosophy of life."

Why is sharing his personal philosophy so important?

He explained: "People idolize other people and externals in life. They become sheep instead of looking inward. My job is to help free people by helping them to look inward. It's about helping you be you."

He does this through Darksoul, an original performance art stage play, which Tank described as taking a flashlight to ones inner cobwebs. Addressing that process is explained as Darksoul.

Tank arrived in the United States from St. Petersburg, Russia at the age of 8. At 13, during the angst-filled, teenage years Tank derived strength, solace and inspiration from listening to singer, songwriter Tori Amos's song Icicle and set goals that even he would surpass. After meeting Amos years later, he would record and re-release the song in 2007.

Tank gets his message out to the world by producing and directing, and now he is co-directing his second film My Pretty Pony based on a short story by best-selling author, Stephen King, through King's Dollar Baby Films. He is also an author, actor (acting with Isabella Rossellini in  the ABC-TV show Alias) and a documentary film producer.

In 2004,  Studio City beckoned to Tank and he moved in the area of Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue.

"I came for the work, art and relaxation," he said. "It's a lovely area. I love the winter here. It's not too close to the water, and it's not too close to the hills but close enough to everything else."

He spends a lot of time at his favorite haunt, the on Tujunga. "I love all the shops on Tujunga. I think it's my favorite street."

Studio City has a closer connection to Tank's heart. In 2004 and 2005 he produced and directed the documentary Believe, Smile and Love about the first synagogue in Studio City.

Congregation , the little white chapel on Moorpark, was built in 1958 and founded by Rabbi Meier Schimmel, who Tank interviewed for the film.

"He was my spiritual mentor and was amazing!" Tank said.

The rabbi's protege' and long-time friend of Tank's, Rabbi Aaron Benson, co--produced the documentary. Believe, Smile and Love premiered on JLTV in 2007.

Also, Tank released a collection of his audio performance art work titled, REMASTERED via Itunes and through Amazon Worldwide. He also recently premiered the documentary, For the Special Ones: The Importance of Creativity through his website www.MikhailTank.com.

What are his dreams for the future?

Tank paused and thought for a moment then answered, "I'd love to build a theater and do performance art to help people face their truths. There's a laugh that comes from facing ones truth."

He said he draws his inspiration from a surprising place:  "From silence. The beauty is it can be anywhere."

Dan Levin April 24, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Continue the great work, Mikhail!
Cathy Baker April 24, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Wow. I loved this article. I feel inspired to face my truth and to simplify. The writer did a great job pulling me into the story. Now Tank needs to build his theater so I can sign up for my first performance art class. Well done!
Veeravat Tae April 24, 2011 at 04:23 PM
A true inspiration, I learned a lot form this article.
Barry Stewart April 24, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Barry Stewart This is a well written and interesting article about a truly creative man. His philosophy of using one's vulnerabilities to pursue success is certainly a good one and worth using. I'd like to know more about how he continues to pursue his ideas.
John Kalvin Briscoe April 24, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Great article. Mikhail's combination of humility and drive is something to look up to!
Sam and Steve April 24, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Who would have though that behind such quirky award as "Longest Title for a Music Single" there was such a deep and spiritual man. (Also not to hard on the eyes.) Thanks for the article! You never know what you will learn clicking around the pacth!
lynne barry April 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Lynne Barry What an interesting article and very well written.
Ryan Basica April 25, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Inspirational article and perfect for a Sunday read. I like how Tank took the challenges of his childhood and turned them into positives. Hope Tank gets his theater opened soon.
Amber April 25, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Wonderful read enjoyed in thoroughly. Well done!
fatia April 25, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Very interesting artical and very well written. Hope he gets his theater soon. He is unique and spciall person with lots of positive energy . well Done.
Amy Hatkoff April 25, 2011 at 02:57 AM
What a well written, succinct and inspiring article. It flows so well...and provides so much interesting information...Great story..beautifully told!!
Amanda Anne April 25, 2011 at 06:14 AM
What an interesting story about an inspirational man. Thanks for sharing Tanks story with us!
James Clarke April 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM
Through Principality Productions he also directed an excellent version of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" starring Edgar (as The Raven) and masterfully read by Michael Springthorpe. On Vimeo I believe. James Clarke
freddie hancock April 25, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Feel the writer must have special talent for bringing the inner inspiration of Tank so identifiable and acceptable to the reader...so now that his inner has become outer will be interested to see where he goes.
Ruthie Hansen April 25, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Enjoyed reading this article and learned something I new nothing about. Thanks to Robin for taking time to serach this out and writing about it. Well done.................Ruthie Hansen I am enjoying receiving the Patch on Line...................
chris ward April 25, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Jennifer Dudley Arbaugh You painted a picture of a person I would like to meet. That is the best compliment a person can give a writer. His life philosophy is one I appreciate and I adore his last name TANK!!! Will steal it for our next labrador retriever.... Keep contributing to this on line PATCH... it is great fun and interesting. Just like you....
Noe Gold April 27, 2011 at 03:58 PM
So many things about Studio City I didn,t know before reading this! Give this. Writer a raise -- ha ha, I know that's not gonna happen, right?

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