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Singer, songwriter AndyGrammer talks perseverancePhoto by Tyler PolkEventsDuring singer and songwriter AndyGrammer’s recent visit to the Center forMedia Innovation, he told Point Park Universitystudents, “Your purpose on earth isextremely unique and only yours. The ideathat you can’t do it is just BS.”After learning about his upcoming performanceat the Roxian Theatre in McKeesRocks, Pa., Point Park University’s PublicRelations Director Lou Corsaro invitedGrammer to campus to offer career adviceto students pursuing performance and entertainmentmanagement related careers.Derek Makin, senior sports, arts and entertainmentmanagement major and directorof booking and talent for the University’sstudent run record label, Pioneer Records,introduced Grammer.“Do whatever it takes to make sure you arealways inspired. Getting inspiration is likefilling up your gas tank,” Grammer said.He added: “Your biggest strength is buildingyour own fire and then waiting forothers to come feel its warmth.” Grammeralso discussed his recent Pollstar article,“Guest Post: Andy Grammer’s Open LetterTo The Males Of The Touring World” andhow he grew his music career from theground up, performing in the streets ofSanta Monica, Calif., for six years beforelanding his first major record deal.After answering many questions fromstudents, Grammer left the students withthese two pieces of advice:1. Always be of massive service to others.2. Be relentless and go after what you wantlike crazy.Student Reactions to Grammer’s Advice:“I found Andy’s humbleness the most inspiring.He literally went from being a streetperformer to selling out shows and has notlet the fame go to his head. He gave real,honest, solid advice and was very helpful ingiving insight into the industry. He was veryinterested in Point Park and really intriguedand impressed by how involved the studentsare in their fields.”— Jenna Tarson, freshman SAEM major fromBaldwin High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.“I was really inspired by how Andy wants usall to succeed and thrive. I really needed thepush that he gave when he told us that we’llnever get anywhere unless we start workingnow, and that now is the time to try newthings and to fail and get back up again. Iloved the power and drive that he gave usand the passion behind his voice.”— Kylie Thomas, freshman journalism majorfrom Struthers High School in Youngstown,Ohio“The key message and advice that I tookfrom Andy was to keep pushing forward inlife no matter what.”— Mya Lane, sophmore theatre arts majorfrom Nazareth Prep High School in Emsworth,Pa.“ I was really inspired by howAndy wants us all to succeedand thrive. I really neededthe push that he gave whenhe told us that we’ll neverget anywhere unless we startworking now, and that nowis the time to try new thingsand to fail and get back upagain. I loved the power anddrive that he gave us and thepassion behind his voice.”Photo by Tyler Polk- Kylie ThomasThis article first appeared on Point Park50 51University’s website.