Switching from the desire to be a TV producer to a concert producer does not seem so far fetched. However, I continuously receive the question, “How did you decide to go into concert production?”
As noted, Concert Production had its place on the back burner for awhile. When I first got into the Broadcasting field, I thought I wanted to be an anchor. Then experiencing production with hands on experience, I thought to myself, “Man, I would love to be a part of this world.”
Well, long and boring story short- I just never really felt like I fit in. I had a passion for it, but it always seemed like my intelligence was questioned. When you care about your work, you want people to highly regard you for it not tear you down.
Whenever I went to the NKOTBSB tour last summer, my career choices changed that night instantaneously. Something deep inside was telling me, “this is where you belong.”
For many years, I have been a lover of concerts. Even though I haven’t been to many “big arena” shows, I still love attending any concert- from the local intimate scale to the big full fledged arena.
You know the moment that told me this is where I belonged? The very beginning of the show.
As soon as the house lights cut off, there’s this massive cacophony of screams. The nostalgic video montage of rehearsal photos took us back to a time when we first experienced the music of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys. Then it huge bold letters, N-K-O-T-B-S-B glided across the skyscraper-sized curtain concealing the identity of the long-awaited acts. The precision of the music hitting the timing perfectly with each graphic was astounding. It made the adrenaline rush that much more exciting. After an outstanding display of pyrotechnics, the moment us Blockheads and Backstreet Sisters have been waiting for arrived. That elation, that joy, and exciting energy is exactly why I’m going into this field.
But it’s not just about the hysteria and unified raging female hormones. In order to make your career something valuable, you have to take your passion and put it into purpose. Growing up in a family of 5, going to a big arena show was almost never an opportunity. If I wanted to go, I’d have to accept it as a birthday/Christmas gift. Which, why I would complain… However, I’ve only been able to experience one big arena show with my sisters. In years to come, I want to be able to share MANY big shows with them. It’s about giving special memories to not only my family, but my community and extending communities beyond my reach.
You know, Michael Buble, the famous Canadian crooner of standards said something at his Call Me Irresponsible Tour show that I will never forget.
“You know, you work hard. You save up your birthday money, your holiday money. So, this is my gift to you. Oklahoma, I’ll come back as many times as you’ll have me.”
That kind of sincerity really struck a chord within me. And you know what? He’s been back twice since he’s said that.
There’s nothing like the experience of seeing your favorite band/singer live. It’s even better when you share it with the people you care about greatly.
So, it may be an ambitious dream. But dreams were may to be worked for. With hard work, determination, passion, purpose and love I fully intend to make my dream a reality.