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Jacob Velazquez

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David Frangioni

Learn more about music prodigy Jacob Velazquez who shares his love for the drums with Modern Drummer publisher and mentor David Frangioni.

Jacob Velazquez

& mentor

David Frangioni

Learn more about music prodigy Jacob Velazquez who shares his love for the drums with Modern Drummer publisher and mentor David Frangioni.

Using Creative Outlets to Deal with Pressure of Life | David Frangioni

What do you do when the odds are completely against you?

He said, “Just after being introduced to the drums, I was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, which is a rare form of eye cancer … It required that in order to save my life, they had to remove my right eye … So, I’ve been blind in my right eye ever since … What they did is put a removable prosthetic in the socket, and in addition to that, when the surgeon was doing the operation to remove my eye, he made a mistake, and it happens sometimes in operations like this … and he clipped a muscle in my eye lid … So, I grew up … with my lid half-closed, without eyesight in my right eye, and a lot of hospital visits …”

How do you deal with adversity in life? Is it happening to you or for you?

He said, “… I had no awareness of just how deep that trauma was running. But, what I did … is I found music, I found drumming, I found collectables … I can’t tell you why because I’m 5, 6, 7, 8, years old … I just know that I found them in a way that was so important to me … They were such an important escape …”

What are the outlets that help escape from the pressures of life?

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:
On Outlets: What are the outlets that help escape from the pressures of daily life?
On Adversity: Is it happening to you or for you?
On Mentorship: Find people who will help you exceed your limitations
On Gratitude: Who or what are you grateful for in your life?

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