Today we’d like to introduce you to Carole Anne Kaufman.
Carole, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I like to save things. Monrovia was missing a festival to commemorate the community and I decided to create the Monrovia Music Fest. It has grown over the last 4 years and is now one of the biggest music festivals in the San Gabriel Valley. Our mission is to bring communities together through music and that is what we are doing. 10 bands played, we had a world-champion whistler perform (myself!), food trucks, kid’s activities, a craft beer garden and craft vendors.
Now the whole community comes to Monrovia and we are putting Monrovia on the map for world-class fun.
My other endeavor is the Masters of Musical Whistling – we just produced the 2nd bi-annual event with 31 whistlers from over 7 countries. Our article in the Los Angeles Times was a well-earned feather in our cap and I am currently completing my master’s thesis at CSULA regarding whistling and sexism.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Ha! It is an organic process with a lot of bumps in the road. The most important thing is attitude and surrounding yourself with like-minded people. It is difficult to do the things that are most challenging and friends are a big help, especially if you can get them on the team. I am learning about the power of partnership, saying yes, and saying no. It is all a work in progress but one must mark the progress to survive. We grow every year, and get smarter and braver.
Asking for sponsorships, asking for money, claiming a and owning your contribution can be tough but need to happen to excel.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We bring communities together through music. Friendship, teamwork, passion and vision sets us apart. Money is not what drives us it is what fuels the fire.
We specialize in free or affordable entertainment that makes a difference.
What were you like growing up?
Funny gal, passionate person. Feminist. I went back to university at 40 years old and now completing my masters. I don’t believe in the box. I don’t see it. I am not restricted by others rules for their life. The desire to be great drives me. Compassion is the context I live in. I was a charming yet depressed teen and now I enjoy being as far away as possible from that and living what is possible.
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