PERSPECTIVE : The Art of ASKING After producing more than 1000 events over the past 3.5 yrs, I have come to this conclusion. 95% of our events would never happen if there wasn't someone from this team with a stand that the show will go on! This goes for just about everything that we do. It doesn't just happen. Last weekend, in Fort Lauderdale, we had an event at the Westfield Broward Mall on Saturday. Our normal event coordinator was going out of town and by Thursday, there was no one scheduled to perform. YIKES. The shot came across my bow. "We may have to cancel the show" These words land on me like death itself. Maybe I'm old school, but if we commit to an event, the show must go on. And it's our responsibility to exhaust every option before we raise the white flag. I fire off a message to the South Florida team for help. Early Friday morning, I receive a message from Erika Hedrick saying her family is available to run the mall event, but with only one performer - does it make more sense to cancel? My response to her was what I wrote at the top of this message. "I'm not convinced that we've exhausted all of our efforts to book performers for the stage. We literally have 60+ performers in South Florida that weren't called. What this takes, and this goes for any event, is someone with a say in the matter that the event will happen. Then I asked her if I could count on her and her family to make it happen?" You see, we're at a point now that if I'm not asking for members of this team to step up, there would be far less opportunities being created and far less opportunities actually happening. It's not humanly possible, or the design of the program, for me to do this alone. This is a COMMUNITY project. Erika accepted my request. She asked me for the contact information for the team and began making calls. By 5pm that night, she had 4 additional performers scheduled for the following day. And they raised more money on Saturday than most of the previous events at the mall. And that was simply not going to happen. I would like to share with you this Ted Talk by Amanda Palmer, successful musician, street performer, crowdfunder, and couch surfer. Listen to her story about the art of ASKING. In her words, " Don't make people pay for music. Let them." Take it one step further, Don't make people come to your performances. Let them. Consider that you could dramatically increase your success and accomplishment by simply being willing to face rejection and trust that the universe will provide. If you BELIEVE that it will, it usually does….but you have to to ASK in order to RECEIVE. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMj_P_6H69g
Making her humble beginnings in musical theater, being cast as a leading role in over 30 musical theatre productions, Torrey always knew that she wanted to be onstage. She entered a variety of singing contests starting at age thirteen, winning first place in competitions such as the National Key Club Talent Competition, Del Mar TV Idol, Search for Talent, and more. Torrey has also sang for a variety of different major venues. She won “Best Inspirational Singer” in 2009 at CityWalk in Los Angeles in a competition called “Hollywood’s Best New Talent”, has sang the National Anthem for the National Football League for over 50,000 people, the US Tennis Open, Girl Scouts of America, and the San Diego Polo Fields, performed at the San Diego and Los Angeles House of Blues, the San Diego Convention Center, the San Diego County Fair, and a variety of other venues in both San Diego and Los Angeles. In 2011 she was invited onto a National Anti-bullying tour, on both the East and the West Coast, where she got to perform at Boys and Girls Clubs, Summer Camps, and even Six Flags to talk to kids about ending bullying. Since the tour, Torrey has connected with schools in San Diego and talked to assemblies of children about the importance of speaking up and standing up for themselves when being bullied. Since the No Bully Tour, Torrey has become incredibly inspired, reaching out and working with charities such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Eating Disorder Association, Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, The Trevor Project, and Natural High. She created a charity music event for each of these charities, bringing them all together for a night of music in San Diego to raise money for their causes. She is also the proud holder of 2 Music Awards, a National Youth Arts award for her single, “Falling Again”, and a 2013 Indie Music Channel Award for Best Pop Song for her song, “Looking Glass”, which she wrote for anyone and everyone who has never believed in themselves. She is also the proud holder of the 2014 Best Teen Artist title and the Critic’s Choice Award for most Inspirational Artist of the Year in the Artist in Music Awards. As of 2014, she has worked with a variety of schools putting on No Bully assemblies, working with thousands of kids all the way down the coast of California anywhere from ages K-8 at schools including, but not limited to Joshua Cowell School, Carmel Valley Middle School, Balboa Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, Pacific Beach Middle School, and more. She tries to reach out to kids of all ages on a regular basis in hopes that one day, she could change some of their lives, and help them on their road to recovery.
A community of extraordinarily talented musicians that have come together, as a team, in cities around the world, to produce events that benefit children's charities.