On 25 February 2012, for my personal project, I organized a music concert as a fundraiser for Operation smile, an organization that facilitates surgeries for poor people with clefts. I named it “Xpressions” and at the end learnt some very valuable lessons.
I learnt that composing a song is very hard. Other than that I learnt a lot about composing and writing songs- from finding suitable chords to a melody to finding a suitable beat for a song to writing in a poetic manner, I have learnt so much.
I also learnt that organizing an event is harder. Also, I realized that composing a song is much easier than selling tickets! I learnt that people outside my school don’t welcome me with a smile and agree to buy two tickets without any hesitation, like my teachers do. Sometimes they say a straight no to your face and you have to accept it and move on.
I realized that I am not a good sales person. I might be a little good at advertising, but sales is just not my forte. I learnt that it is very hard to find celebrities and even harder to convince them to come to a fundraiser as a chief guest. Some of them are really nice though- I met Ehsaan and Loy two very famous music composers and found out that they were really nice people.
I learnt that community and service is not just about charity functions and fundraisers, but about being a responsible citizen and helping the community- in whichever way.
I also used a lot of skills to complete my project like time management, planning, organizing, collaboration, marketing etc. I have improved my selling skills. I learnt the skill of controlling air flow when singing.
My singing has improved- I sing louder and with more confidence on stage. I am not nervous on stage anymore. I am calm and cool- at least on stage. I practiced a lot- sometimes with my friend Samantha- whose personal project topic is vocal training to get rid of stage fright.
One thing which I couldn’t improve about myself was decreasing the amount stress that I have before something big- like a concert or examination or something like that. I was stressed out and I was coughing- something that happens to me when am stressed out.
I am very happy with my result. I made rupees one lakh 29 thousand which is not bad and sold a total of 239 tickets. Other than that, people were very happy with my concert and most of them enjoyed it.
If I were to do this project again in the future I would manage my time better than I did this time. I would start selling tickets much before the concert. I would advertise better- talk to people about it more; tell them why it’s so important. I would make sure that I sell all my tickets for the set price and reach my target.
|Welcome address by Apeksha Trivady|
|Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj - the Chief Guest of the evening|
|Kudos and applauds for the RBKIA performers|
|A dance performance by Kabir Arora|
|'Sau Saal Pahle Mujhe Tum Se Pyaar Tha' - by Dr. Vishwas Parlilar and Ms. Bhanumati Sharma.|
|Ashish Kanakia singing ENRIQUE IGLESIAS's 'Somebody's me'|
|IBDP1 band presenting 'Knights of Cydonia' - by Muse|
|And a big round of applause!|
|A medley of two songs: SMILE even though your heart is breaking' and 'What a wonderful world' - by Mr. James Paul|
|Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj - 'Sasuraal Genda phool'|
|Mr. Sanjay playing drums for Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj|
|Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj - 'Darling ankho se akhein char kanre do'|
|'Darling roko na, Mujhe pyaar karne do'|
|A very big 'Thank You' to all for supporting the event - by Ms. Edulbehram, Management Representative of RBKIA|