The Rocks Off Lesson of the Day: You can learn a lot from a boy band-er, if you put your mind to it.
If you've never taken life advice from the likes of a guy with a Gold album, a starring role in a sitcom, and a gaggle of Tween fans, here's your chance. Don't blow me off just yet; you might be surprised. And seriously, the more you know, right?
Logan Henderson, of Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush fame (go ask your daughter), was kind enough to sit down with us to wax poetic on what it's like to star in a show about a band that you actually record with in real life.
Yeah, Big Time Rush is one of those bands -- a recording group that has spun off from a TV show that is based around the group; think Hannah Montana -- and they have the attention of the entire Tween world. It's really important when you're 13, guys.
As confusing as that whole TV actor/boy band member/actual recording artist hybrid is, we learned quite a bit about life from Logan, and we'd like to share some of those lessons with you. We're caring like that.
Sure, it may be a tad bit unconventional to take advice from a guy starring in a show about the misadventures of a hockey-playing boy band member, but you'd be surprised at what you can learn when you keep an open mind.
Lesson #1: You don't need Beats to drown out the crying baby on the plane; you just need to surround yourself with overzealous tween fans for a few days, and you'll have an endless abundance of patience for that kind of stuff. Either that, or you'll have damaged your eardrums. Either or.
"I can still do normal things, it's not like walking down the street is impossible, it's just different. Sometimes it just takes more time and people want to take pictures and whatever. It's never really a burden, though. You just laugh as much as you can about it."
Lesson #2: That old, "Two's company; three's a crowd" adage is utter garbage. It's "The more the merrier" for the win, according to these guys.
"You've got three other guys who are affected by the choices you make, so you have to make sure everyone's on the same page with the same goals. Sometimes you want to do things differently from the other guys, but when it works out, it's awesome. It becomes four really good guys, not just good actors or singers, and we've worked a long time trying to get it right. Balance is interesting in a group of this size, because everyone's balance is different. Communication and the band being open become key. Going straight from filming to concerts can be hard work, but you learn to take it one day at a time."
Lesson #3: "Hurry up and wait" is a real thing, apparently.
"I moved out here five years ago when I was 18, and acting was my first priority, so that's that's what I was coming out here to do. This was one of the first audition I booked, and I'd never sung, not in any capacity like this, anyway. I was chosen, but we still had to search for the rest of the guys, and a lot of the actors who auditioned were just actors pretending to sing. It became a two year audition process, and the whole time we were trying to get the right fit. We were trying to get it right."
Lesson #4: It's okay to live in a bit of a make-believe world some days. (Just don't overdo it, please.)
"I try not to pay too much attention to the madness. To some extent, we're playing in a make-believe world, and fans that listen to the music that we write know us more as those characters. It's a cool thing, though. Even in that make-believe world, we write almost all of our music, and we get to dip our feet in."
Lesson #5: There are, in fact, some Dallas Cowboys fans left in this world.
"Receiving our gold album was something I'd always - well I'd never really dreamed of, but it was amazing. And you know, I grew up in Dallas, so to be able to go back to the Cowboy's stadium and sing the national anthem was awesome. I had gone there as a kid, and to be back home, on that field, was just amazing."
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