Singer, Songwriter Andy Grammer Preaches to Point Park Students About Passion and Perseverance Tuesday, November 5, 2019
"I was really inspired by how Andy wants us all to succeed and thrive. I really needed the push that he gave when he told us that we'll never get anywhere unless we start working now, and that now is the time to try new things and to fail and get back up again. I loved the power and drive that he gave us and the passion behind his voice."
During famous singer and songwriter Andy Grammer's recent visit to the Center for Media Innovation, he told Point Park University students, "Your purpose on earth is extremely unique and only yours. The idea that you can't do it is just BS."
After learning about his upcoming performance at the Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks, Pa., Point Park University's Public Relations Director Lou Corsaro invited Grammer to campus to offer career advice to students pursuing performance and entertainment management related careers.
"Do whatever it takes to make sure you are always inspired. Getting inspiration is like filling up your gas tank," Grammer said.
He added: "Your biggest strength is building your own fire and then waiting for others to come feel its warmth." Grammer also discussed his recent Pollstar article, "Guest Post: Andy Grammer's Open Letter To The Males Of The Touring World" and how he grew his music career from the ground up, performing in the streets of Santa Monica, Calif., for six years before landing his first major record deal.
After answering many questions from students, Grammer left the students with these two pieces of advice:
Student Reactions to Grammer's Advice
"The most inspiring part of Andy's speech was his continuous message of persevering and always finding ways to be of service to others. A part that really resonated with me was when he reminded everyone that the common misconception of all entertainers is when they make everything about themselves. He said he has never approached his career or life that way. Being in this business is all about being of service and creating memorable experiences and bringing joy and a helping hand to those around you. He also advised us to be a bit crazy when pursuing our dreams." — Bryana Appley, a junior SAEM major from Richland High School in Johnstown, Pa.
"I found Andy's humbleness the most inspiring. He literally went from being a street performer to selling out shows and has not let the fame go to his head. He gave real, honest, solid advice and was very helpful in giving insight into the industry. He was very interested in Point Park and really intrigued and impressed by how involved the students are in their fields." — Jenna Tarson, freshman SAEM major from Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.
"I was really inspired by how Andy wants us all to succeed and thrive. I really needed the push that he gave when he told us that we'll never get anywhere unless we start working now, and that now is the time to try new things and to fail and get back up again. I loved the power and drive that he gave us and the passion behind his voice." — Kylie Thomas, freshman journalism major from Struthers High School in Youngstown, Ohio
"The key message and advice that I took from Andy was to keep pushing forward in life no matter what." — Mya Lane, sophmore theatre arts major from Nazareth Prep High School in Emsworth, Pa.
"I loved everything about the Q&A with Andy Grammer! He was so upbeat and friendly, and it made me happy he was happy to be there. I hope to pursue a career in music marketing or tour management. I transferred to Point Park at the end of my junior year to get my degree in SAEM and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! The SAEM classes have taught me so much about the music business field. From working with real clients in Professor Paige Beal’s Marketing and Promotions class to having class at Stage AE with Professor Ed Traversari, the SAEM classes are beneficial because we always get real-life experience outside of the classroom. The faculty also help students land internships and volunteer opportunities. I've worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Carnegie Music Hall, Stage AE and so many others!" — Faith Williams, junior SAEM major from Penn Hills High School in Penn Hills, Pa.
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