Teachers Who Make a Difference

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013

Teachers Who Make a Difference

On my last day of ninth grade, as I was walking out of the auditorium, my Theater teacher Mr. Bustilloz pulled me aside. “What do you want to do with your life, Karnavas?” I told him I thought I wanted to be a scientist or a doctor but I wasn’t really sure. Then he said something that I’ll never forget. “You were meant for the stage. Whatever you do with your life, I hope you make time to be onstage.” That was about fifteen years ago. The picture is from a couple weeks ago, the first time we had seen each other or talked since then. What a tremendous moment. I was so excited to tell him that I had never forgotten his advice and that I was spending as much time as I could performing onstage. ┬áIn fact, earlier that day I had performed onstage as AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse at my elementary school (post/video coming soon). My music career surprised him because he knew me before I started singing, which began two years later and in a different state. One of the things we talked about was tracing back to the moments in your life that ultimately led to the choices you made that got you to where you are today. I’ve thought about this some more over the past couple weeks, and here is what I have come up with for my music/live performance journey: Part One: Interest in music/sound 1)My earliest music memory is playing with the upright piano in our house, specifically pulling up the front swinging panel and playing the strings, or hitting the keys and watching the hammers move. But I never learned to play piano. I also remember recording Beatles songs off of the radio and onto cassettes. I would fall asleep with the recorder in my hand. 2)I wanted to play violin when I was 12 or 13, but my parents didn’t buy me one. I think that was because my older sisters had played in school band (alto sax and bassoon) but quickly abandoned the instruments, and I was playing a lot of soccer with no time for school band. So I invited a bunch of friends over for my birthday, they each gave me $10, and the next day I bought an acoustic guitar for $300 cash because I thought violins were really expensive since (A) my parents...

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