Making others feel empowered is about fostering an environment of trust and recognition.

When you provide others with a platform to be recognised, it can help create new paths or just give others a sense of reward.

Our 2019 Rock Star Awards were held at the O2 Bournemouth during March, with an initiative to put the spotlight on a younger audience with incredible talent and resilience.

Let’s take a look at the experience, from the perspective of three of this years’ winners.

 

What It Truly Means To Be A Rock Star Winner

“It feels incredible to receive this recognition for the efforts I have put in,” says Oliver Cooper, this year’s Teaching Star winner. A 25 year old with a self-defined unwavering dedication to his pupils at Shaftsbury School, Oliver understands the importance of being a role model to others.

As someone who aims to overcome diversity, and has so far succeeded, Oliver became the mould of a perfect Rock Star Winner:

“I work hard like everyone else in this profession, but knowing what I am doing is being appreciated in the community is an amazing feeling. I gained a massive amount of respect after winning, making all the late nights and hours of work feel worthwhile.

“I don’t need applause for what I do, but the respect from those around me now is lovely.”

Tasha Clarke, winner of our Creative Star award, shares this strong mentality too.

From working a Saturday job in her mum’s Bridal shop, Tasha knew she wanted more, demonstrating the drive our Rock Star Winners all share:

“There is a lot of pressure for young people to figure out what they want in life, let alone do well. Winning this award was a lovely confirmation that things are heading in the right direction.

“Being noticed is a real honour, and representing Rock Star Awards was fantastic.”

Inspirational Star Tom Douris has a story nothing short of exceptional. Diagnosed with arthritis at the tender age of 8 in every joint in his body, life “sucked”. This predetermined disadvantage had affected his life for years, but at 8 years old the arthritis burned out. However it left lasting damage which resulted in two hip replacements before the age of 25. It’s fair to say that Tom has far succeeded his peer’s expectations in life:

“I feel like I have never been listened to or believed in throughout my life, but when I was nominated for this award it felt like I was given a voice.

“It’s given me hope in my future and the want to help others along the way. Even though I have had arthritis, there is still a massively bright light at the end of the tunnel.”

 

A Behind The Scenes Look At The Ceremony

The evening is always much more than a quick grab and dash. It is a celebration of success where all of our winners and nominees are treated with the upmost respect and given a star-studded reception they each deserve for their achievements:

“It is a really beautiful event in a wonderful venue. The atmosphere was full of energy too, and with everyone being in black tie it felt very professional,” explains Oliver.

“For someone who spends all their time working in a classroom, going to an event like that was so different. The efforts that had gone into it, especially with the vibrant and energetic community mural made the place look fantastic.”

Tom and Tasha agree: “It was an amazing experience getting to know everyone there, all the nominees and everyone’s stories about how they got where they are today. The evening couldn’t have gone any better, and winning the award couldn’t have meant more to me.

“Everything was fantastic, smiles lit up the room.”

 

Looking Into The Future

 Oliver has a clear vision of what it means to be a successful teacher, something he intends to push forward into his career: “To understand a pupil’s progression you need to understand the pupil. It’s about knowing what makes them tick.”

“As a newly qualified teacher I need to finish my induction period, but after that my main focus is to become a better teacher. There is still so much I can learn and I’m eager to enjoy those experiences.

“Having the award makes what I’m doing feel so worthwhile, and I am now in a position to push forward in my field. I am soon taking on older students, so I can teach the kids I’ve watched grow through school.”

“My life has become so much more than I ever imagined it could be at this age,” says Tasha.

“I’m making my first clients wedding dress which is an amazing thing to be able to say. By next year, I hope to be opening up my own store and taking it from there.”

For Tom, his obstacles have been anything but minor although this is no barrier for his mental strength. He’s storming through an Occupational Therapy degree at Bournemouth University:

“I want to network with people in the Bournemouth area and whizz through my business plan, to share ideas and support each other in the healthcare and therapy fields. I am looking to volunteer too, and help others with arthritis or similar muscular-skeletal conditions.”

 

Ensuring Success of Future Generations

 As someone who has produced exceptional work in their field of expertise, Oliver had some helpful words to offer to potential Rock Award nominees:

“If you’re thinking about these awards, I would encourage you to go for it. I was tentative about it at the start, but the guidance and support given to you by Rock Star Awards team throughout the process is priceless. It is an amazing thing for someone to do, no matter where you are in your career.”

Tasha wants to instil the self-belief she has in young Rock Star hopefuls:

“To feel the gratitude from someone else just by being recognised is such a special experience. You should give it a go. Ignore the doubt in your head and just go for it, you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve.”

Tom also has some important words for those who desire to be more than they are today. Amidst what seemed at times endless obstacles, he has powered through the other side, achieving greatness incomparable to the expectations of others:

“The whole process has been unforgettable. I felt like I’d won just being listened to, the award was the icing on the cake.

“This award has really given young people like me a better name, to show there are young people who want to make a difference in life.”

Being a Rock Star is not just in your actions professionally, but in the person you are.

Despite the challenges you face in life, it is the way you overcome them that counts. The progress they made in such a short amount of time is what makes these three people exceptional.

A Look at the 2019 Rock Star Awards

Looking at the new and rising talent around all of us, provides a glimpse into the future.

Let us take a reflective look at how the 2019 Rock Star Awards have been progressing and what we have seen this year.

Individuals in a workforce and people in society are driving themselves to the limit to produce results day in day out, or just to live a happier life. No matter how long you have worked in a company, people deserve recognition. Even if no one has noticed yet.

 

 

Finding The Diamonds

“Every year the calibre and the diversity for Rock Star Award candidates is amazing,” believes our MD, Angela Piromalli. Talent is peaking its eager head up in many different places. A shift is appearing, with more people from different backgrounds than before are standing up and wanting to be counted.

The underlying principles of the Rock Star Awards has never changed, since it started in 2012. Not only do they bring attention to certain individuals, but they show companies the features that make a successful individual.

“Deserving people are now being recognised outside of the status quo. There’s no underlying agenda there. It’s exciting for the future.”

By looking at skills and talents that were previously glazed over in industry, more adaptable candidates are sought out. With this new way of seeing people, we’re finding diamonds under rough rocks.

 

More Than Just A Company Initiative

 

A major factor in the Rock Star Awards is not only giving someone the recognition, but supporting their trajectory towards success. It is not just a shindig at the end of March, the Rock Star Awards present genuine opportunities to grasp for the future.

Fleur Cook, our Marketing Manager explains, “This platform showcases the right talent and projects it both locally and nationally.

“It puts the spotlight on young people, which extends beyond the one night.”

All of those involved in the awards, both past and present, interact on a regular basis, keeping the network pulse thriving. It has created a web of interaction that expands far beyond the awards themselves, focusing on growth and development for the future.

“Not only are new candidates offered the chance to see the success of previous award winners, but they can build on their own and reach out to people in this new database of marketing gold. The awards have a longevity way beyond the ceremony itself.”

“They are way more than just a trophy.”

 

The Rising Talent

 

Helping both company and candidates, there are two sides to these awards. Stars tap into our mentality at Rise, and help with initiatives from a fresh set of eyes.

A new perspective and a pool of people to lean on is something both sides of the process benefit from, with each award winner bringing something new to the table. There’s no set formula for the “Rock Star Award Winners” either; some may have tougher backgrounds than others, but all know how to work hard and work together.

Angela says, “Everyone who is involved in the awards are overcoming obstacles. We want to give as many young people as we can the chance to tackle these.

“We believe in support, and that’s what these awards are offering people. It’s ongoing and it’s permanent, the Rock Star Awards are the starting point of it. Every person we have come into contact with has had something magic about them. That’s who we want to support and that’s who we want to grow alongside.”

 

Why It’s All Worth It

 

Having such an event represents a lot of organisation and time, but what you get back from it is in abundance.

“When people come up to you and thank you for the event, it makes it all worth it. Whether they’ve won or not, we have endless amounts of grateful people approach us.” Angela says proudly.

Some nominees have not been given this kind of opportunity before, and being able to give them that platform to be appreciated means more than words.

Angela knows that planning, preparing and partnering with everyone involved is no easy feat, and it is a rewarding, but challenging process, to co-ordinate the entirety of the project. Seeing the smiles at the event and knowing we have made a difference to people’s lives on that night makes it worth it.

Angela concludes, “Grouping together talent, recruitment and sponsors we have a unique chance to do something different. By getting more involved in future partnerships and discussions we are able to create this mega-hub of resources in different industries, forming the Rise super-team. This will become a contender not just in the South of England, but on wider level.”

 

20/20 Vision For The Future

 

2019 for us is about growth, but it doesn’t stop there.

We want to give young people the biggest platform possible to express and debut their well-deserving work, something we’ll work towards and make a reality.

It’s about being inspired, and giving young people a chance on every level.

You can go on and achieve great things, and the Rock Star Awards can and will give others that leg up. This is our promise to the communities we work within.

Whilst career highs and glorified success are the things many people aspire to, finding your path in the career circuit is not always the easiest task.

There is no magic formula to success, no matter how much we all crave for there to be an easy route. But finding your footing early on can, and will propel you forward before you know it.

But how do you do this? How can I make my mark now whilst I’m still young? Is it as easy as ABC?

Luckily this is more than just a pipe dream. Knowing how important it is to get a head start in this competitive race, Angela Piromalli, MD of Rock is providing young, savvy individuals the perfect chance to put their foot in the door through our Rock Star awards.

 

A Push In The Right Direction

A gateway into the career world, the Rock Star awards round up the best young talent in Dorset. Since 2012, the awards themselves celebrate and round people into incredible young stars. Dorset companies also take interest in the Rock Star awards, and keep an eye on those involved to see where they go next.

The Rock Star awards have given many the boost they need to kick-start their careers into new, exciting directions. Offering a supportive hand to people wanting to succeed, Angela highlights how the awards nurture talent and provides the groundworks to grow outside of the Rise family, whilst acting as supportive roots. Angela said,

“The awards are just the start. It’s the first big showcase, but then it is the lifelong journey for all of us together.”

On a personal note, Angela’s creation instils self-belief that people lacked beforehand:

“We all limit ourselves, and to get that pat on the back and be recognised externally, you see people lift up. Every single person has gone on to what they want to do.”

The awards offer a backbone for people to lean on and work with in their endeavours, providing endless support in any means necessary. Angela sees these people as more than a business relationship:

“They are like my children. They are part of my Rise family now, and I take as much responsibility and pride in them as I do for my team internally and the clients I work with.”

For Angela, the Rock award winners are more than passing individuals, they are her greatest achievements,

“To see them grow and be part of their journey is the best feeling.”

 

Growing Together, Not Falling Apart 

After winning the awards, people do not just disappear.

Keeping in touch is fundamental to our relationship with the Rock Stars, and is organic on both ends. Everyone is part of the family.

No one amplifies this message more than Crispin Hutton. Winner of our Media Star of the Future award in 2015, Crispin propelled himself at the age of 16 to achieve the career goals he had always dreamed of, founding Thin Reel Media, based in Poole, a videography company.

Fresh faced and with an outstanding drive, Crispin stood out against his older counterparts. His background in the British Film Institute Film Academy spurred his creative flow and led to his nomination for the award. Just one example of the various backgrounds nominees can come from.

With natural talent and the determination to succeed, Crispin acknowledges his Rise beginnings when discussing his achievements. The awards marked his first recognition within the industry, a big feat for any young person.

“I was never very academic, so to be recognised for these kind of awards from leaders within the industry was fantastic.”

Since he has won the award, Crispin has achieved everything he set out to do with the help of Rise, knowing exactly what he wanted. Angela remembers how determined he was, “He took it with both hands and made it happen.”

 

Building Connections

Whilst every individual has achieved of their own accord, the Rock Star awards have helped facilitate success for many including Crispin. Branching out from his Rise roots, he was then able to turn something he loved into a fully-fledged career.

On a company level, Crispin’s career only grew after his Rise relationship was cemented.

“I was in Sixth Form when I won the award, so then I went freelance which just secured that this is what I want to do.”

Crispin told us the recognition he received allowed him to secure his path, alongside handing him a pool of potential employers and clients to work with. Spotting people in meetings who were, years earlier, attendees of the awards event just demonstrates the grand scale of the award’s impact.

Operating near the Rise family by continuing to work in Dorset, Crispin believes the skillsets people can offer on the coast are invaluable:

“It’s a great launch path for business here, with a supportive community and healthy competition. If I ever have any issues I always feel there is someone to knock on the door of and ask for help.”

 

Let’s Conclude

It is hard to get into your career at such a young age. Facing the reality of a fresh new career can be daunting.

Getting in the right frame of mind as early as possible will set you up for success, and these awards offer a fantastic gateway into the world you want to be in. In the words of Crispin,

“We are a generation with a tremendous amount of opportunity, but a lack of focus sometimes.

“The awards are a vessel to get you on the right path.”

To discover more about the Rock Awards, from award categories, to sponsorship, to dates then get in touch with Fleur at fleur.cook@letsrise.co.uk