By Krystian von Speidel
4:50 PM EST, November 30, 2011
occupation: professional entertainer
found at: Wadsworth Atheneum's Aetna Theater (Hartford)
What was your earliest ambition?
It's always been music. I've been singing ever since I could remember. It was something I always wanted to do. I started singing at the age of three and I was already staying in pitch.
Do you consider having been the fourth-place finalist on season four of “American Idol” a blessing or a curse?
It's a blessing. No matter what I'm dealing with now, I'd much rather be in this position and deal with the things I'm dealing with now than before “Idol.” Before “Idol,” I was just singing in restaurants and clubs and waiting for my big break. “Idol” gave me my launching pad. For me to complain of having the stigma of being that guy from “Idol,” it gave me everything so I embrace it and I'm very grateful for it and consider it the biggest blessing. If I had to do it all over again I'd do it in a heartbeat. I'd tell anyone who's thinking of auditioning that it's absolutely worth it because it gives you everything if you make it. That was my lottery.
What's the significance and meaning of the tattoo on your forearm?
The characters mean “eternal peace” which is pretty much the key to my true happiness. As long as I have peace in my heart, I'll always be happy.
What's your biggest extravagance?
I indulge in sushi. I really indulge in having quiet time to myself.
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