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Jamar Rogers: Behind the Voice -- A POZ I AM Radio Transcript

Highlights From an Interview by Robert Breining and Jeromy Dunn

March 7, 2012

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On Dreams

Caller #2: If you come from a small town, and you have a really big dream: What would you say to somebody that thinks that they can't do it? Because they come from the middle of the country and . . .

Jamar Rogers: Move. Move ASAP. Move. I mean, really; what's stopping you? You cannot live your life based on fear. You cannot live your life based on what other people think about you. Because what will happen is, your life will fly by you and you realize you've accomplished nothing because you've been so concerned with being homesick, or being concerned with, "What will my family say?" Or, "What will happen if I fail?"

I really believe the only time you fail is if you never try. So, move.

Caller #2: Well, thank you for that. You're always inspiring. And I'm a big fan. I'll be watching every week. I'll vote for you every week. And I love you a lot.

Jamar Rogers: Much love right back at you. Thank you so much.

Jeromy Dunn: Now she's going to go order the U-Haul.


Jamar Rogers: I hope she does. You know, if I had listened to people when I told them I was going to move to New York, I would still be in Wisconsin. And I'm not crapping on Wisconsin. But I needed to get out of there to pursue my dream, and to pursue my passion. And nothing could stop me. I just really want other people to know it.

The words of other people and their opinions should never, ever stop you. At the end of the day, it's just their opinion.

Robert Breining: Jamar, your attitude, everything that you say: I just want to bottle it and drink it! You have that vibe that just sends out love and positive attitude energy to everybody. And it's truly amazing, just hearing you talk. Just talking to you can uplift me.

Jamar Rogers: Thank you so much. I promise you, I was not always like this. People did not like being around me. I was hateful and awful, and I had a bad attitude. I would steal from you. I was just not a good person.

But you know, there is such a joy that comes with putting other people's needs before your own -- and not in a weird, perverse way where you're in a lopsided relationship. But what I mean is giving back to people that are truly less fortunate than you. I know that's really clichéd to say. But when you take your mind and your focus and attention off of your own problems, off of yourself . . .

I tell you what: If you are single and if you want to be in a relationship so super bad, and you just want love, want love, want love, I dare you to go give love. Give love to someone that you wouldn't normally give love to, and watch the amount of love you'll get back in return. Mark my words.

Robert Breining: One of the things that we say here on POZIAM Radio is that our dreams are not infected. What you're doing, your story, is a prime example that your dreams are not infected.

Jamar Rogers: That's great.

Robert Breining: I just think that you are amazing. I look forward to one day meeting you and, I'm sure, listening to you sing.

Jamar Rogers: Right on!

Robert Breining: I can't wait to watch you on the show! We're voting every week. You can come back every week, on Monday, and do an interview to pump your fans up and get them ready; I don't care.

Jamar Rogers: I can't tell you how awesome this has been, just to actually talk to people and hear their voices back. It's so rewarding. I'm so humbled. Thank you so much, guys. Really.

Jeromy Dunn: Well, you know what? We've done nothing. You did it all: You came on. You talked about yourself. And I have got to say: You're a down-to-earth, really nice guy. And I can't wait to see where you go from here. And for someone who doesn't vote on shows, I'm actually going to be calling in and voting.

Jamar Rogers: Thank you!

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