For all of you picked last to be on a team, or are not one of “the cool kids”, or harassed and/or bullied, or "all of the above", I can relate to how you feel and dedicate my efforts to you. I was the nerd who was into video games and computers before it was as "cool" as it is today ... I was the guy at the school dance that was off to the side and was rarely asked to dance ... I was the guy being teased for how short I was compared to others in my school ... and I was the guy with the acne.
Today I work in the technology space. I am not a singer or a performer but I had once imagined when I was younger that it might be fun to be in a "boy band". As you will discover, I had an opportunity to try something and step outside of my "comfort zone". After leaving this site, I hope you will feel encouraged to go out there and try to do something positive that not even you think you would have ever done! Please also feel free to check out our "RESOURCES" section for supportive sites.
I am my own worst critic (and perhaps you are to), and while I am very well aware of all the mistakes I made during my Queen tribute performance (that you may or may have not watched yet), as much heartache as it is, laughing it off like I do in the last song is sometimes the best medicine. Take it from me - keep the faith, stay positive, and hope that the person(s) trying to hurt you get the hug, love, and support they may be seeking. As I tell members of my family, who have also experienced being harassed and bullied, I encourage all of you to try your best to not allow those who try to hurt you succeed in controlling how you feel or prevent you from making your dreams come true. It is our choice, not theirs - and with that said, it is up to you to make smart and wise decisions. :)
To give you an idea of what was involved in preparing for my Queen tribute performance:
While my performance won "Best Act", that was not my motivation for taking part. My goal was to engage with the audience and provide a fantastic experience that we were all part of. I felt that if I could for one second make the crowd feel the magic I feel when watching Queen perform at Live Aid, then it would well be worth my effort. The experience was amazing. I'm not sure if I'll ever have an opportunity to perform like this again (though would love to), so I hope you enjoy the performance as much as I enjoyed performing.
Please take a moment to share this site with friends and family and I appeal to you to post your positive messages both online (Instagram | TikTok | Twitter | YouTube) and offline, and let's end bullying together!
Special thanks to...
Bob Geldof & Midge Ure: For bringing the world together for Live Aid in 1985.
Queen: For the music, energy, and performances that bring people together.
The Live Aid Crowd: For a magical response that makes us wish we were there.
James Corden: For providing inspiration that motivated me to do something like this.