Paksy, the union turned it down. They said no. They said, “She doesn't play an instrument. You have to be a member of the AFM [American Federation of Musicians] to be a contractor. “No, we're not letting her in.”
Almost every tradition has afterlife beliefs because they like to imagine that “you” go on, whether it's your soul or your consciousness. There's a whole theory that religion exists because we're so concerned about dying that we created religion to assuage our death anxiety.
The world is in tension right now between what some call the 'yellow vest' activists fighting for equality/world well-being (think protests in France) and what some say are those that want to keep things as they are (not believing in climate change for instance). Are we moving toward a democratized way of being, or are we driving forward elitism? More and more I see youth choosing to make a difference and getting recognized for positive change that they are spreading through web and mobile platform work.
When I was the senior broadcast producer at 20/20, long before the #Metoo movement, correspondent John Ferrugia then the lead investigative reporter at Denver’s KMGH-TV uncovered sexual assaults of female cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. With additional reporting, John brought the local story to 20/20 to reach a larger national audience. The outcry from the story initiated Congressional hearings and a leadership change at the Academy. Also there are now sex assault officers/teams on most U.S. military bases around the world as well as at all the service academies.
impactmania's interviews have been featured at the UN, cited by international media, U.S. Consulate, and many other organizations. Our interview with the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Media was already cited in a report by the Harvard Business School and now is also part of a book published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing!
Sometimes they’re educated, sometimes they’re not, but they’re all human beings with lives and stories. Nobody leaves his or her country unless there’s a reason to. You don’t do it just because the US is the best country in the world. You do it because there’s something that’s making you leave.
That’s only possible because the orchestra is managing itself. They love trying out new things. They love being experimental. They love going new ways. They don’t care about industry standards. That’s not their world. Their world’s the creative world.