We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Cantu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, how do you think about risk?
I don’t really ever see a risk as a “RISK”. I see risks as a very calculated challenge that I need to get my head around, which means, understand it in its entirety, and strategize so I can plan and prepare for all possible outcomes. Once I am able to do that, I feel comfortable moving forward.
Risks and the way I approach risks have played a very important role in my life, if not the most important. Taking risks has taken me to places and opportunities in the world I would not have otherwise been brave enough to travel to. It has also helped me reach the top of my career at a very young age which, in turn, prepared and allowed me to do what I love and am passionate about; opening a business, Rockstars of Tomorrow Music Academy in Frisco.
Risks are definitely not something to fear but to prepare for!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Rockstars of Tomorrow Music Academy is definitely one of a kind! Way more than just music lessons. Our methods focus on keeping our students motivated by teaching them through their favorite songs and goals, everything that made them want to be musicians in the first place. Early in the process, we introduce them to live performance opportunities and artist development which all takes place in our very own performance theater and recording studio. Our students continually grow as we teach them through the music they love in creative spaces that inspire. We teach theory, stage presence and exciting things like songwriting and production. There’s really nothing like this all under one roof.
We are proud to bring a high level of music education to the DFW area that is developing a new generation of musicians who will lead the charge to the next national music scene and pride ourselves in having professional coaches that are local to the area, some being famous for their contributions to music!!
My career and journey to success took many twists and turns, leaving me with life lessons that I still use today. I quickly learned that there is always a solution, making me very resourceful and the “Go-To Girl” for many companies and bosses. My hunger and eagerness got me through many challenges. Take life as it comes with open eyes and ears ready to learn. In retrospect, every opportunity and challenge throughout my career prepared me for this latest venture with Rockstars of Tomorrow Music Academy. The lessons that helped me the most were to keep happiness as my compass, planning makes you fearless, acceptance keeps you moving forward, a grateful mindset opens up opportunities, humbleness keeps you safe, and most importantly your voice is key, and your boundaries are sacred.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since I moved here during the pandemic, I am just now re-learning this town. Here are some of my fav’s so far.
Great Harvest Bakery Cafe – Apple bacon grilled cheese and the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.
Kona Cafe : Lavender latte is a dream!
JT Theodores: everything is yum
Rare Books Bar: Good drinks and music
Lower greenville! Feels a little like Main Street of Santa Monica in Los Angeles. I don’t go as much since my favorite cafe closed there. I don’t even remember the name but the decor was so awesome!
Monkey King Noodle Triple heart the soup dumplings!
Bowen House – ambiance, food ,and drinks are amazing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I love this question! The person that deserves a shout out the most is my mother, Carmen Torres! She has been my mentor since a very young age, even before I even realized that is what she was for me.
Carmen was a single mother of 3 (1 being handicap) the majority of my life. She was a young mother and my parents divorced when I was 5yrs old. Being the observant person I am, her hard work raising us was never unnoticed. I watched her fight for my brother’s life fearlessly, hold down 2 jobs, go to college, and establish a career, all with a focus and driven mindset.
When I think of the life lessons that shaped me, they are always the lessons that she instilled in me. The earliest lesson she taught me, which I still use today was… Think twice about what you say and do because you’re the only one who will suffer the consequences. We were also never allowed to ask if we could go anywhere or do something unless we had all the details. You want to go to the movies, what movie, which theater, what time, how will you get there, when will you be home, how will you get home, how are you paying for it. She would turn us away if we did not have all the information!
Needless to say, those life lessons still help shape the decisions I make. She’s not always happy with my decisions but she always supports them. Reminding me that I can always come home if it doesn’t work out, so if that’s the worst that can happen, then everything is worth trying! She always encouraged us to fly, with a very calculated path made up of strategic and detailed planning, of course, but to fly nonetheless!
I also have to give a shout out to Michael Anderson, founder of Rockstars of Tomorrow Music Academy, for continuously trusting and believing in me with his creation. I could not have moved forward with owning one of his franchises without all his help, encouragement, lessons, and him just being his funny humble self. THANK YOU for being on this journey with me.
The Rockstars families, instructors and staff of the Frisco and Inland Empire locations. They make what Rockstars of Tomorrow is today, tomorrow, and forever! Our instructors who saw Rockstars’ vision and the Inland Empire staff and families who guided and stepped in to help us grow! Forever THANK YOU, it means the world to us!
Especially the FRISCO Families who gave us a chance and have stuck with us! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!! You are the reason our stage continues to ROCK!!
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