Singer Josh Groban.
“Josh Groban was barely 10 when his parents ignited his love of musical theatre, needing only a VHS copy of “Sunday in the Park with George” and a ticket to “Cats.”
If only the kids at school had been so supportive.
“Something happens in that summer between sixth and seventh grades where kids all of a sudden grow way the hell up or not at all,” Groban reminisced during a recent interview in Toronto.
“You have in seventh grade this half and half of mini-adults who are kissing girls and trying cigarettes, and then you’ve got people who are still literally children. I was 13 going on 10, basically. I was shy and sensitive and was not playing on the football team, so yeah, it was hard for me to make friends.
Music thought to be the ticket.
“Music was my way of building confidence,” he added. “I made a lot of friends that way, but any time you stick your neck out and decide to be different, you’re going to have people who are going to respond to that.
“And usually if people see something they don’t understand or they’re not intelligent enough to understand, the first response is going to be negative.”
But thanks to the unwavering enthusiasm of his teachers and parents, Groban’s appreciation for musical theatre endured — and now, the Grammy nominee has celebrated his 25-year love affair with Broadway with the recently released “Stages.”
Already certified gold in Canada, the record finds the 34-year-old interpreting stage standards both broadly famous (“Over the Rainbow,” “Pure Imagination”) and not (“Finishing the Hat” from “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Anthem” from “Chess”).
Groban is hardly the first prospector to search for gold in “Rainbow,” and knowing that much of the planet was at least faintly familiar with certain selections only increased the pressure to deliver.”
Bethany Mota talks cyberbullying.
A You Tube phenom—whom President Obama once sought out to promote himself to young people—Bethany Mota describes her reaction to being cyberbullied on the Ellen Degeneres show. In a recent interview, as reported here, Mota talked about being bullied about her Mexican heritage and physical appearance:
“Bethany Mota has always been very open about her experiences being bullied in high school, and she recently opened up even more on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The YouTube star revealed that her “friends” started a Facebook page that’s sole purpose was to bash Bethany’s physical appearance.
“It was people that I actually knew and they made this Facebook page about me and it was my face and my name, but it was almost like I was making fun of myself. All the captions were about my physical appearance and just me making fun of who I was,” she said.
“This was when I was 12… and I had never experienced anything like it before so naturally I let it affect my self confidence and happiness about life. I kind of went into this form of depression and anxiety and all of these things that lasted for maybe a year. And there was a point in that time period where I thought, this is how my life is going to be, I just need to accept that I’m never going to be happy and i’m never going to love myself.”
Bethany found herself watching more and more YouTube videos as a form of “distraction” and eventually she found enough courage to post her own video. And the rest is history!
Bethany is such an inspiration to young adults everywhere! Not only did she endure brutal cyber bullying, but she rose about it and overcame all of her feelings of self hatred.”
Check out her appearance on Ellen and her performance on DWTS and me us know what you think in the comments. Does she inspire you?