Ryan Vezina • 30 • Las Vegas/New Hampshire
January 25. 2018 1:38PM
Performer in Recycled Percussion, Editor and Music Composer for the TV show “Chaos and Kindness”
Family: I have no children, two older sisters, an amazing dedicated mother, and a rockstar dad.
High school: Merrimack Valley
What is the best career advice you ever received?
“Have a backup plan,” because it motivated me even more NOT to have one and to put all my energy into the career I actually wanted.
Why did you choose your profession?
It kind of chose me. Mom said I used to make beats in the womb.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I look around me every day and see the labor, the courage and restlessness of parents, teachers, law enforcement, and I feel that I’ve been OVER-privileged as this musician kid growing up, and now, having some perspective on that, I appreciate the efforts of others more than ever and strive every day to be able to give back even a percentage of that.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Invest in Amazon. Think less about girls and more about goals.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
Squats and lunges.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Continuing to help others while also being able to entertain, perform, and make music.
What was your last major achievement?
Justin Spencer and I broke a world record for “fastest to perform a show in all 50 U.S. states,” and we did it in 12 days to raise $50,000 to provide toys and necessities for kids and families on Christmas.
Volunteer activities: I have been working side by side with Justin Spencer and an incredible team of people for several years, both in Las Vegas and on the East Coast as an active member of the Recycled Percussion Foundation. We have collected toys for thousands of children each holiday season, generated funds, food, clothing and necessities for homeless shelters, families and individuals in need, created the world’s largest anti-bullying sign comprised of kind messages from a quarter-of-a-million kids all over the world. Justin and I broke a world record for the most shows ever performed in one day in order to raise money to bring kids school shopping. I personally raised more than $10,000 for Save the Children foundation by giving drum lessons over the course of 6 months. Justin and I self-produce a television show called “Chaos and Kindness” on ABC which is based around doing kind acts for people facing adversity. I also travelled with Justin into the heart of the Texas floods on rescue and recovery missions.