Meet singer/songwriter Curt Yagi. Smart, savvy and posessing a 24 karat heart, Curt has one heck of a day job. Making music is one thing, and teaching others to do it, too, can be a tidy living, but as the Executive Director of ROCK, a San Francisco-area nonprofit, Curt really is in the business of changing lives. And, through ROCK, he's done a little changing himself.
"I spent over a decade in the corporate sector," says Curt. As a consultant with a BS from UC Davis in Computer Science, he was involved in the "dot-com times", and he even worked for a collection agency. It wasn't until he joined ROCK, first as a volunteer 1998, that he truly found his calling.
One can imagine that heading up an organization that provides opportunities for at-risk kids would be good for the soul. For Curt, who had previously played in a few bands where other musicians took center stage, a rather unintended side-effect occured. Suddenly thrust into the spotlight, he decided to take a leap of faith and strike out on his own, going solo.
"After all, if you can gain the trust and attention of 50 elementary school kids, performing at a gig is nothing," says Curt. "I really only started to write and sing about a year and a half ago after realizing that I could handle being the center of attention on stage. I don’t think I’d be where I am at now in my music career were it not for my job."
Ah. I love a good day job.