Profiles in Performance are short profiles of individual performers. Each profile includes brief background information, a focus on the “passions and strengths” of the individual, and “Messages for Managers.”
When Billy Gilman, during his encore performance of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” (11/13/09), turned off his microphone, asked the guitarist accompanying him to “take it down” so that the second half of the song was really an a cappella performance, it demonstrated, beyond any doubt, several things.
First of all, and most important for the “Performance Project,” Billy demonstrated the passion for his role as an entertainer, a consummate professional (who just turned 21) who managed his voice, the music, the stage, and audience to close an energetic concert with an unavoidable standing ovation from the audience. Secondly, for anyone who wants to doubt that an eleven year old sensation with hits (“One Voice,” “Oklahoma”), translated into sales of over five million records, can become a powerfully talented performer at 21, this performance nailed the door closed on any doubts. And third, knowing part of the story in detail, this clearly enjoyable presentation of talent plus passion, plus years of hard work, demonstrate again how these messages apply to managers and leaders at all levels.
Like all of the performers and athletes we interviewed for this project, Billy Gilman’s career, his passion for singing, contains one of those almost magical “sparks.” In Billy’s case, it’s his grandmother, who…