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Deserves Got Nothing to Do With It: Talking C.R.A.P.P. With Charlie Midnight
About The Lecture:
C.R.A.P.P. - Collaboration, Relationships, Ambition, Passion and Persistence – the 5 Key Elements that have empowered Midnight in his journey and enabled him to sustain over 30 years of success in the Music and Entertainment Industry. These 5 Key Elements, which Midnight has drawn and defined from his personal experiences, have led to a career that has allowed Midnight to work with and for such a wide variety of music legends as James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker and Cher, as well as to forge ahead with a new generation of talented Artists such as Jamie Johnson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Hilary Duff.
It is Midnight's insight that will instill the tools that will guide and inspire: the tools to help overcome the pitfalls, setbacks, naysayers and self-doubts that might stymie someone in their pursuit of a career in the field about which they are most passionate.
These ideas are the culmination of conversations that Midnight has had as a mentor and a collaborator with hundreds of colleagues, as well as both struggling and successful artists throughout the years.
Midnight believes that “We are all on equal footing, deserving nothing more than the next person, and just as much as anyone else.”
If "Deserves Got Nothing To Do With It" then what does?
The lecture series addresses the question of how to maintain and sustain the journey towards achieving one's goals.
"Deserves Got Nothing To Do With It: Talking C.R.A.P.P. With Charlie Midnight “ offers the audience humorous but authentic and honest insights into the components needed to give someone the best chance of achieving success. Midnight’s lecture is colored with first hand vignettes of his experiences in the studio with music legends as well as accounts of his own personal, sometimes arduous struggle to reach his goals.
Although, Midnight declares he is not a motivational speaker, this lecture is sure to motivate, comfort and inspire.
From The Book (Coming Soon):
Strip away all the rationalizations and defenses built up by all the disappointments and go back to the beginning, return to the reason ‘why.’ Get the creative juices flowing and enter that transcendent state of mind that raises your consciousness, heightens your senses, takes you out of whatever darkness you might have been in and leads you to a place of light. It is a gift we are given to be able to love what we work at so much — what our talent allows us to do — that when we immerse ourselves in it we are lifted to a higher place that might be even described as bliss. For a while we forget that sometimes the process did not feel so good, that the struggle to create something with which we were satisfied, was often frustrating and left us with the feeling of being ‘less than.’ The struggle is important because each time you get through it and are not defeated it strengthens your belief in your own worthiness.
C.R.A.P.P. — COLLABORATION. RELATIONSHIPS. AMBITION. PASSION. PERSISTENCE: five elements that when combined with your talent will give you the best chance for ‘success’. And even though ‘deserve’s got nothing to do with it,' your success will be well deserved.
From Lecture Series Syracuse University Los Angeles
"...his lecture the other night was one of the most inspiring speeches I have heard in quite some time- and the emails and feedback he received from my students was absolute proof." - Bruce Perlmutter (Senior VP of Programming and Production for Revolt TV)
"Charlie, that ambition and drive and willingness to never stop until you get what you want is something I call a person's pilot light. When that pilot light gets ignited, there is no stopping the furnace from burning. I must say, you have poured gasoline all over my pilot light... I appreciate this fire you've toked in my belly. I know anything can be accomplished with a lot of 'C.R.A.P.P' " - JP Amato (Student, Syracuse University)
From Lecture Series: Clive Davis School NYU Spring 2013
"Thank you so much for coming in to talk to us! I know I speak for everyone when I say that your discussion really hit home for a group of people trying to break into the entertainment industry." - Tara McHugh (Student, Syracuse University)
"Thank YOU! Friday was wonderful -- informative, funny, and absolutely motivational...It was such a great way to end the year. Thank you thank you thank you." -Nikki Mirasola (Events Coordinator, NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music)
"Charlie! The group was BLOWN AWAY. No kidding -- one of the best presentations we have had in a long time! Thank you again!!" - Jeffrey Rabhan (Chair, NYU Tisch School of The Arts: Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music)