Weird Al Yankovich struck me by surprise being featured on Roadtrip Nation. He has had an unusual music career making most of his money from parodies of billboard-breaking hits. Many don’t know that Al went to school to become an architect for four years before his music career took off, and it was not until his junior year of college that he started to realize his campus radio show gig brought him more happiness than designing architecture. However, he started his journey towards a career in architecture at the age of 12 and also started submitting songs to a local radio station at 13 years of age. His school counselor steered him towards architecture because excelled at art and math, but he realized in his third year of college that his “Weird Al” radio gimmick was gaining positive feedback from the audience and a couple of his parody songs from his first EP were becoming viral; Dr. Demento funded Al’s first EP of parody songs because some of his parody songs had become so popular. Lastly, Weird Al says “you have to know you went through life giving it your best shot; you don’t want to look back over you life with regret” (RTN, Milestone, Weird Al Yancovich).
He had difficulties at school because of dyslexia.
At age 20, he broke his neck and became paralyzed for the rest of his life.
A couple of years later, Pete started college with an art history class, using help from people who read and write for him because he couldn’t move his hands. He didn’t tell anyone in college he has dyslexia. His success with the first test inspired him, and Pete accomplished a degree in graphic design.
He applied for a job at Intel as a designer.
One of his biggest projects was redesigning the user interface for Stephen Hawkings’ computer that he used to speak.
For my report, I thought Craig Robinson would be a good selection. Craig Robinson is an actor, comedian, and former music teacher. I have been watching TV shows and movies with Craig before the age of 10. I have known that I wanted to go into the film industry before I knew how to multiply. Robinson likes to spread himself between interests and careers which I can relate to.
Craig started out as a music teacher after he finished college and quickly moved to comedy and acting, where he won a comedy festival and gained other kinds of recognition for his stand-up and comedy.
For my report, I selected the video editor and animator, Peter Szijarto. Like Peter, I was always drawn to film since I was a youngster, long, long ago. He worked a wide variety of jobs before finding his passion, which I can also identify with. Below is a screenshot that shows him and his milestones.
I am now working in the direction of video and video editing and I am having great fun doing so.