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PopRock Academy has a wide range of classes, lesson plans and training programs for students who have an interest in becoming actors, dancers and musicians. We have instructors who will help guide your children in achieving their goals. Our high quality training is designed to give your child the best chance for success in their chosen field of performance.
PopRock Academy welcomes you to the world of entertainment! We offer classes in singing, piano, guitar and drum lessons, songwriting, composition and audio production. Our instructors are members of the film and television industry who have worked on such shows as "Black Panther", "Shang-Chi", "Fresh Off the Boat", "Wish Dragon", "Turning Red", and more.
PopRock Academy is a performing arts school that caters to students with a passion for the arts. Our diverse curriculum includes instruction in acting, dance, music and voice coaching. We also help students prepare for their auditions by offering training in TV/Film, Commercials, Voice-Over and animation. PopRock Academy is located in Temple City, California and serves residents across the greater San Gabriel Valley area and online students.
PopRock Academy is a performing arts school that offers training for students who want to become actor, dancers and musicians from ages 3 to adults. We offer classes in t.v., film, commercial and voice over acting, ballet, hip hop dance, singing, piano, guitar, and drum lessons as well as songwriting and composition. We also help students prepare for their auditions by hosting local area performances for our students to participate.

treasureRecently in my creative writing class as one of my student was about to present their work for the week, he qualified their presentation before we started with an "it's not that good." From there, I immediately paused the class and gave one of my famous "Life Lessons from Paul Kwo" moments. I thought it would be a wonderful thing to share here with everyone as well, a lesson I had learned over the years being in the entertainment industry.

Many of us have probably heard the saying "One person's trash is another person's treasure." It is especially true in the world of creativity. Simply put, nobody knows what the next big thing is, only time will tell. Squid Game was rejected for 10 years until it became the biggest show of all time on Netflix. Stories after stories about rejections until something is accepted is the normal for the world of creation. So when I teach students in my classes, I have made it an effort to never discount anyone's ideas. Certainly some ideas have traditionally been "not so good." But every idea at some point was probably a "not so good idea" until it isn't anymore. Stan Lee talks often about when he first pitched Spiderman to his publisher, the response he got was that it was the worst idea ever. But now is the biggest superhero in the world. The truth is, you never know.

So my encouragement to all my students is keep going. Keep working on your ideas. If you like it, keep pursuing it. Keep developing it. Because if you like it, someone else out there probably does as well. You will find you audience somewhere if you keep working on it. The key is you have to work. If you put enough hours into it, continuously ask yourself hard questions, developing your idea. It will come to fruition in some way, shape or form. While some ideas by itself may ultimately end up in the annals lost to time, but the butterfly effect it has on your subsequent ideas are invaluable and will open up worlds of possibilities. And sometimes, just sometimes, that original idea after years laying dormant in the back of your mind, is reawaken to new life now that you have gained new experience, bringing a new perspective to your original thought.

Create on my friends!

Written by Paul Kwo

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