Meet America’s Got Talent violinist who wants to inspire all other “weirds and freaks” / LGBTQ Nation

For Alex Rivers, America’s Got Talent seemed quite the hit. The young performer became a street performer after a little formal training as a violinist. But having the will to be an artist is what has helped Rivers understand who he is and what he wants out of life. Namely, he wants to proudly represent the LGBTQ community.

Although he lacks the foundation of a supportive family, Rivers has made a name for himself on the Las Vegas Strip playing covers of hit pop songs on his violin. Turns out he’s got what it takes after going through his America’s Got Talent hearing without any criticism. But it’s been a long road to get to where he is today.

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Speaking of growing up, Rivers explains why it was necessary for him to get involved with the violin.

“Growing up, I had no musical training until I became a teenager and got interested in music. But life was rough. My parents were separated and I was like the black sheep of the family. I was acting out a lot because I didn’t feel the support from them as a family. Being gay, I didn’t know how to handle it because I had no one to talk to. And I was victimized a lot. bullying because I was gay.

It turned out that the musical instrument Rivers fell in love with was his salvation and his ticket to a career.

“But then I found the violin and it really helped me find a community. I had something to do to get myself out of trouble and I was able to focus my creativity. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t found the violin. I loved everything and identified with it. After high school and working my way up the violin ladder, I decided to become a street performer and was worried about the way it would be, but people liked to see me play.

Rivers was performing on the Las Vegas Strip, an area that was constantly reminded America’s Got Talent. Billboards advertised the show everywhere, and passers-by listening to the young violinist encouraged him to try the show.

But that’s not to say performing on stage was an easy undertaking. Rivers was creatively challenged to provide an energetic show for the judges.

“I auditioned and felt really small on stage because everyone was so awesome and talented. Then when Simon Cowell asked me to perform a second song instead, I braced myself. J I spent all my time on it and it paid off, but it was one of the scariest moments. But it all melted away and I was able to play. I just imagined I was on the street trying to play and that helped me out.

And it turns out, Rivers’ mentality was the secret to succeeding in the competition. After performing in a sleek ensemble with some dance moves reminiscent of the days of the underground ballroom scene, Rivers received unanimous praise from the judges which carried her forward in the competition.

This experience was spellbinding for Rivers who never expected to succeed, let alone receive such enthusiastic applause from the audience and judges.

“It was weird at first, but incredibly empowering. I felt like I really deserved to be there. I expected a no from every judge and instead everyone said yes and I just fell to my knees. out of sheer surprise. It sounded like a fantasy.

It’s hard not to encourage the young performer. When he takes the stage, Rivers is bubbly and gregarious. Although nervous, he is clearly at ease on stage in front of a crowd. It turns out his queer identity and the violin made him such an outgoing individual.

“It’s funny you mention how bubbly I am because I’ve never really seen myself like that. I have to attribute a lot of that to finding myself in the violin. Like I said, if I hadn’t found the violin, I don’t know what I would have become. I’m a much happier person because of that.

“Also, it’s hard not to mention my queer identity. As a gay man, I feel like I want to be a role model for other LGBTQ people who come together. It is this desire to be a leader in my community that makes me a better and stronger person.

And Rivers has big ambitions for those inspired by him and his performance as a violinist.

“I try to represent all the weirdos and freaks and I hope I represent as many people who have been through the same things as me and have the same dreams. Always try to stand out and feel represented in your community .People inspire me in my community because we always celebrate who we are even with everything that’s going on.I want to represent those people and be accepted by the people I love in our community.I’m inspired every day and I hope I can be that source of inspiration for others.

Corina C. Butler