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Roger's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Brooklyn, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

ROGER THOMAS

Music Director/Musician
Naturally 7

“I came to the conclusion very early that, whatever it is that I do, it should be something I would do for free.”

INTERESTS:

Music Numbers

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Hard Work Success Pressure Self-Reflection Choices Negativity Fear Individualism Focus Planning Failure Passion Desire Talent Hobbies & Pastimes Regrets

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

a capella, accomplishments, confusion, decision making process, harmony, Law Firm, loss, new experience, no faith, olympics, reality, repetition, reward, security, structure, teaching, tgif, the arts, time, unhappy

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He was an English and math major in school, and after college, he went to work for a law firm.
  • Noticed that every single week, his co-workers would come into work on Friday and say "TGIF!"
  • Being in an environment where people so clearly disliked what they did made him pledge to himself that he would find a job that he truly loved.
  • Around that time, he started an acapella group as a hobby; at that time, he didn't think there was any market for acapella music.
  • The group, Naturally 7, entered an acapella competition and won; more importantly, they learned that other groups were actually making money.
  • That realization prompted them to record their first album and put on their first live showcase.
  • After the showcase, they suddenly had 57 shows booked...but all of them still had "day jobs."
  • He says when it came time to make that decision, they knew they had to follow their hearts; no one wanted to look back and regret passing up their dream.

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