The past 3 Years have flown by. I am proud to say that being a part of DIME has been the most rewarding step in my career.
To my team – Our office dynamic is one like I’ve never experienced before. We truly have the “dream team”. I have laughed, cried, stressed and celebrated. I have shared moments with you all that I can’t imagine I ever could have in any other workplace. Elise, Sabrina, Jess, Karl, Drew, Neal, Natalie, Allye, Paul and Deanna… and our fam at DIME Online, DIME Denver and Original 1265… thank you for everything.
Kevin and Sarah – My “bosses” and mentors. When I first saw the DIME pop-up shop on Woodward, I knew I would do whatever it took to work there. You saw my determination and desire to make a positive change in the city, and gave me a shot. And a blanket to keep me warm (aka stop me from shaking from nerves during my interview). Thank you for 3 years worth of unforgettable memories.
To my seniors – Everyone of you has come so far. This is your chance to make an impression and get your foot in the door to the music industry. Don’t slow down. This is the beginning of the rest of your life.
Kiara – You are absolutely beautiful inside and out, and I cannot thank you enough for the love that you’ve shown me. You have worked your (expletive) off, networked to no end, and can still somehow manage to sing like Adele. You deserve every good thing that comes to you (which will be plentiful). Please don’t ever stop.
Edgar – You are one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever met. Please don’t think that it goes unnoticed. We see you putting in the hours at work to pay your own tuition, and still volunteering to be a stage hand and sell tickets at the Underground shows. Keep it up and it will take you far in this industry.
Ali – Watching you grow over the past few years has been amazingly entertaining. You’ve gone from a theater performer to a beautiful artist who can take on any genre when you hit the stage. I will always be one of your biggest fans. I can’t wait to see what happens after graduation!
Austin – Old reliable – our lone bass player. Thank you for always stepping up and jumping in on performances (and looking like the coolest kid in school even when the pressure was on).
Steve – I will never forget the day you came into the pop up shop with your mom and grandmother. They were so proud watching you audition for your future. They still are, sending us videos of you gigging on The Vans Warped Tour. Be proud of yourself. I am.
Ryan – Silent but deadly. You can play the guitar like it’s nobody’s business, and even though you have metal in your heart, you’ve stepped up countless times to play every genre possible and kept an open mind. I look forward to your Christmas songs every year and will be the first to purchase the full album.
Jimmy – You have a desire to learn that I admire so much. You are so humble, and do everything in your power to push your band mates and your own career forward. Anyone would be lucky to work with you, whether it be in social media, marketing or music.
Devin – Your songs (and mind) are truly one of a kind. You make me want to dance, and I can’t wait to see your name in lights, headlining EDM festivals across the country. Use your music to influence a positive change in the world, and nothing will be able to stop you.
Ian – You have an eye and ear for talent… Not to mention your amazing songwriting ability and the skills to play almost any instrument. You will do amazing work in sync, A&R, or wherever this path may lead you.
Jack – My big little brother. Thank you for creating some of my favorite music. I love watching you and the boys perform, whether it’s headlining at The Shelter or being the best wedding band I could have ever asked for. Keep pushing the band forward, and you will be the next Mumford & Sons. I will always have your back.
To all of our students and faculty – thank you for creating an inspiring place for me to work. Coming into your classes and just watching you perform truly was the best part of my day. You are such talented, wonderful people, and I hope you can see the positive impact you are making on Detroit and the music industry.
To the parents – thank you for taking a chance on us. We know that it can be emotional and nerve wracking sending your child to a brand new, non-traditional, school. But I can promise that this team will do everything in their power to help them succeed in their classes and in their future careers. Thank you for supporting your kids on this crazy journey, and for coming to all of our Student Performances. I loved being able to catch up in The Underground.
You all should be so proud of yourselves because I certainly am. I am proud to know you and consider you my friends.
Even though I won’t be in the office, you will still see me around. You can count on me being there for all of the fun stuff… Our parties, concerts, and graduation, where I will be crying like a baby in the back of the room, watching as the first graduating class walks across stage.