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Singer, songwriter Andy

Grammer talks perseverance

Photo by Tyler Polk

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During 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.

Derek Makin, senior sports, arts and entertainment

management major and director

of booking and talent for the University’s

student run record label, Pioneer Records,

introduced Grammer.

“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:

1. Always be of massive service to others.

2. Be relentless and go after what you want

like crazy.

Student Reactions to Grammer’s Advice:

“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 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.”

Photo by Tyler Polk

- Kylie Thomas

This article first appeared on Point Park

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University’s website.

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