WE WON!!! WE WON!!! WE WON!!!!
Natalie is officially the first female singer in over 20 years to win Entertainer Of The Year for Campus Activities Magazine!
Thank you so so much to everyone that voted and all the sweet comments you sent in.
Thank you also to Ari and Jeff, the best agents in the world!
We can’t tell how much this means to everyone on Team Stovall. You guys are amazing!!
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Again.
Read the entire article at www.campusactivities.com
Micheal Burt, former champion college basketball coach, and an author of six books on motivation and harnessing your potential used Natalie as an example in a blog about achieving success and stardom. Evidently Micheal was at one of our recent Panama City Shows and enjoyed himself enough to write about it.
It’s well written with a lot of great advice… Great for anyone needing a little motivation today.
Thank you Coach for the kind words! Everyone can use a good halftime speech every once in a while.
You can check it out here or find the text below:
The Evolution of a Star
Saturday, 31 March 2012
From “Baby Acts to Big Acts”
By Coach Micheal Burt
This past week a friend and mentor of mine referred to me as a “baby act” on my way to becoming a “big act.” All big stars begin as little “baby stars” and it got me thinking about how baby acts become big acts.
While in Florida vacationing and eating dinner another “baby act” named Natalie Stovall was singing at Schooners on the beach.
It was obvious to me within minutes that she wouldn’t be a “baby act” for long. She had the talent, the presence, the passion, and the “it factor.” Millions of people dream of the day that they breakthrough to major stardom-some do but many never will. In my latest book Small Towns Big Dreams- Your Destiny has No City Limits I explore some key components of making this leap. If you’re in this boat take heed as any one of these could be the thunderbolt you’ve been looking for to experience the major breakthrough and if you’re out there climbing the ladder like Ms. Stovall, my good friends The Barefoot Renegades, or The Herrick Band, know this; there is no stardom if you give up, pack it in, and stop the pursuit. You could be just one performance away from getting that huge break you’ve been praying for.
Here are seven things you can do to go BIG TIME:
1. Be the real deal. You’ve got to possess both the “steak and the sizzle.” In TX they call it “All Hat and No Cattle” if you’re a pretender vs. the real thing. You can’t fake this. Either you have paid the price or you haven’t. It always shows up if you take short cuts.
2. Know and articulate your differential advantage. Your “free prize” that separates you comes from one place; your unique ability or your past experiences. There’s lots of talent in the world, know what you are better at than anybody in the world and sell that one thing to everybody in a consistent way.
3. A “no limits” mindset. There will be lots of people who line up to tell you you’re not good enough. Use it as the “emotional firepower” to keep on driving. There jealously is none of your business.
4. Intentional manifestation- Luck happens to those who intentionally design their lives. Constantly think of the top 3 things that could produce a breakthrough and do them. Think in terms of what is the ONE BIG thing I have to do for me to move to the next level and do it. Procrastination plays no role in the life of a future star. Urgency rules here.
5. Do two things really well. 1) Become a true person of interest. You do this by having a “point of view” (go to www.nataliestovall.com and look at about her), and be interesting. The opposite of interesting is sameness and this will get you know where. 2) Know how to build “engaged followers.” This happens in one way: Blow people’s minds when they see you live. Spend lots of time focused on your presentation. Make it fun for the audience. Help people come alive and they will be “turned on” to you and what you have to offer. Make your performances “the night of their lives.”
6. Build a team of people who “have your back.” Role definition is critical to this equation. There are stars and role players. When the role players start believing they’re the stars then you’ve got a problem. Everybody has to know their role and play their role. If you’re lousy at managing the ebb and flow of your team bring in an expert who knows how to do this. You be the talent, let them manage the group and somebody always has to manage the group.
7. Know you are a brand. Use as many strategies as you can to build, maintain, and protect your “reputational capital.” Have clear strategies to drive people in your door and control the customer experience from “end to end.” Teach your whole team how to do this as people become “passive” quickly and move on to somebody else if you’re not ringing their bell. You’re either a “nice to have” or a “must have.” Become the “must to have” and your fans and promoters will drive others in your door as well. Leverage their influence by being consistent and fresh vs. inconsistent and boring.
Practice these seven things and you’re on your way to moving from a “baby act” to a “big act.” Your star power will evolve quickly. Best of luck on the journey! I’ll be practicing these seven things right along beside you!
More info on this concept can be found in Coach Burt’s book Small Towns Big Dreams (www.smalltownsandbigdreams.com). Coach Burt has a program specifically designed for rising stars called “Coach to the Stars” where he works with super talented people to drive a serious brand, understand group dynamics, and experience a true breakthrough. Go to www.coachburt.com to learn more, or contact Coach at email@example.com.
For the second time in three years Natalie and the boys have been named “Band of the Year” by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA).
Natalie, the boys, and everyone at Team Stovall would like to thank Eric Lambert, our amazing agents Ari Nisman and Jeff Hyman, and of course, all the voting schools for making this happen for us again. We love you guys, we can’t say it enough.
We are very pleased to announce that Natalie has been nominated again for two Campus Activities Magazine awards. She is up for:
Female Performer Of The Year
Entertainer Of The Year
A female singer has never won Entertainer of the Year and we would love to make Natalie the first. So if you have a .edu or .mil email address please take a second to cast your votes for Natalie.
Click HERE to vote.
The University of South Carolina Upstate will host the 2012 Springfest Concert, featuring Josh Gracin, Chuck Wicks, and Natalie Stovall, on April 5 at the County University Soccer Stadium, located on USC Upstate’s campus. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for USC Upstate students/military (with ID) and $15 for general admission. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event for $15 for USC Upstate students/military (with ID) and $20 for general admission.
Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office located in the lobby of the Humanities & Performing Arts Center, or reserved for will call by calling (864) 503-5695 or go to the website at www.uscupstate.edu/springfest2012. The Box Office is open from 1 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A Michigan native, Josh Gracin auditioned for American Idol, placing fourth in season two. Following this, he released a self-titled album that spawned three top five singles. Since the release of his first album, Gracin has released another album and has worked with Disney on several songs.
Country music artist Chuck Wicks is best known for the hit song “Stealing Cinderella” released in 2007 which has been followed up with “All I Ever Wanted,” “Hold that Thought” and “Old School.”
Natalie Stovall, a Nashville native, has performed on a number of stages from Oprah and the Grand Ole Opry to the White House Correspondents Dinner. Stovall puts on quite a show with her alternating black and white fiddles.
For additional information contact the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Student Life Office at (864) 503-5122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.