In the (sometimes not so) great city of Los Angeles, there are tons of people saying they can do many a splendid and seemingly impossible things. Publicists promise, for a modest fee, the glare of the media spotlight to fame needy singers and actors. Directors promise a big budget movie will make big money at the box office. Friends who work with someone you need an “in” with help you out only to not help out in return. After too many years (10!) here in LA, I’ve grown to realize that this is just how this town works.
Over the weekend, my hope for humanity was restored when I did a favor for Jasmine Thompson. Jasmine Thompson is a 12-year-old singer/songwriter from London. She plays the piano and guitar, and dances. Jasmine’s crystal clear, haunting vocals have led her to gain early support from the likes of BBC R1, Jacks Gap and The Best Of YouTube. Jasmine’s recent covers have also caught the attention of artists such as Naughty Boy and Passenger. Her first radio play was in August 2013 on Edith Bowman’s BBC Radio 1 Review Show in which Jasmine won the weekly national online vote “This is my Jam”. I did what her manager asked of me, her manager did what I asked in return.
Perhaps it’s that they’re sooo far from LA that they actually behaved like humans and respected the return favor. Regardless, I’m now a fan for life, all because of a little human decency. Thanks Jasmine and manager for making my Monday a happy and hopeful one!