Generally when we have a story about Chicago it’s not exactly a happy one. Thankfully we’re taking a break from gang shootings and political corruption. They’ll probably still be there tomorrow. This is a nice change of pace. A Chicago janitor is getting the opportunity of a lifetime…to star in an opera.
The moist feel goody part of this feel good story? It’s how hard he worked to get there…
Kyles’ journey to the international stage hasn’t been easy. In addition to working as a janitor at night, he said he has two more jobs during the day, in retail and vocal coaching. He works up to 90 hours a week.
He grew up on Chicago’s South Side where he has been singing since he was 8. He said his interest in opera “as a young, black guy” was met with stiff resistance from peers.
“I definitely got a bit of flak for being an opera singer,” he said. “You can imagine how those jokes went.”
Kyles is certainly having the last laugh as he prepares for the opportunity of a lifetime, and he wants to inspire others to never give up, no matter the obstacles they may face.
“I’m really hoping it not only benefits me, but encourages, inspires and motivates individuals who feel like giving up to keep pushing,” he said.
Notice what this guy isn’t doing? At least in the video? He isn’t bitching about how unfair it is he’s a janitor. He’s not complaining about his pay. He’s not whining to government to take money from someone to give to him while he pursues his dream. He doesn’t, in other words, sound like an ungrateful Millennial college student with far too much time — and debt — on his hands.
No, this guy wanted to sing in an opera. Which, let’s be honest, a tough gig to snag. Not many job openings for opera singers. He didn’t care. He took a job in demand, a janitor, and pursued his dream. And he’s getting there.
We need more men like Mr. Kyles, leading the way for entitled little brats who think they’re owed the world.