My Biggest Dream …

Dream Chaser.

A term that was often used in my house growing up.  Chasing your dreams was not a something my siblings and I thought of doing. No.  It was something we did.  Growing up with parents who were both involved with Amway outside of their day jobs in one day hoping to own their own business- or at least have a new revenue stream from selling Amway products to their peers. Whether they considered themselves successful or not was beyond me (I was a very young little lad), but what their kids have picked up along their parents journey through Amway may prove to be more valuable than any amount of money that selling Amway products could provide.

Amway used this term Dream Chaser to get their followers, customers, and sales peoples FIRED UP!  Attending these events when I was a child was overwhelming to say the least.  I can remember the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida (the arena where the Orlando Magic NBA team plays) being packed full of thousands upon thousand of Amway distributors, customers, and leaders, just listening to people speak about their success stories.  While the events were completely over my head, I did pick up vital information about one important skill.  Especially in the area where my dreams are pushing me.

Sorry to be blunt, but I love music.  I love business.  I love entertaining.  But more importantly, I LOVE meeting and hanging out with people.  It was honestly one of the greatest days of my life when I figured out what I want to do.  While being an artists, performing in bands, composing, playing live shows, recording, and playing.listening to music is fun… It also needs a “business” behind the music.  Here is where I come in… or at least, dream of coming in.

Portland has a lush music scene.  It could perhaps be one of the most versatile music scenes in all of the country… but not too many people know this.  Portland has also, a lush website creation/development industry, a lush technology sector, and a lush graphic design and artistic design industry.  (I’m jumping around, but I promise I will tie it all in)  Nashville is a lush country music haven.  How was Nashville started?  How did Nashville become such a huge hub for country music?  Essentially, Nashville started with karaoke bars and other forms of live entertainment for people out on their way in the late 1800s.  From then on, in came the music men finding talent and taking talent to the next level.  Now we see Nashville as the country music capital of the world.

So what do I want to do?  I want to give Portland bands, musicians, fans, and my fellow Portlanders something for them to follow and love about Portland.

Rose City Studios is my business I am working on creating.  What is it?  It is a website- a music management connection, a marketing connection for bands, artists, composers, musicians, venues, and anyone wanting to see what’s happening with Portland music.  Maybe one day it is a bar?  Maybe one day it is a record label?  Maybe one day it becomes something I haven’t even thought of?!

But for now, what RCS does- is connect people in the Portland area with what is happening with their music scene.  People will be able to see interviews with touring acts like Tim McGraw or whomever else comes to town.  Thy will also be able to see what types of bands are playing at what venues in portland on a daily basis.  A magazine – Roce City Monthly (or something) will be sent out to subscribers which showcases the acts which came to town recently, along with which bands are making it big in town and which venues have which specials going on what night.  It’s incredible really what could come of Rose City Studios… I’ve began some work (but the website is far from done), check it out at


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