OSWEGO – Gary Carpentier, an Oswego graduate and former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, paid students a visit as part of Leighton’s Exploration Friday series.
Carpentier inspired students with stories of his personal journey that led him to The Voice and offered some insight to where his life’s journey might take him next.
He encouraged students to always put forth their best efforts in order to be “better and better and better.”
His message was one of perseverance.
“I never give up,” he told the students.
Despite being let go from The Voice, with 26 million people watching and listening to him sing, he feels like he was a winner because “…every performance, every song is an opportunity to improve.”
He keeps on going and keeps getting better.
He says he is living a life he loves and is able to make his dreams come true.
He feels that regardless of his past successes and failures, this moment in time is just the beginning – he is going to have to work harder to keep growing and growing because music is his life.
He says he feels lucky because “…I am loving what I do and I get to do it each and every day.”
He encouraged the students to make goals, and work hard to achieve those goals.
Perseverance is a mindset that will keep those goals within reach during difficult times, he explained.
There will be difficult times. Be ready. Be brave and persevere! he said.