Young people are ambitious, forward-thinking, and hard working. As the world turns its attention to more causes and embraces even more creativity, young people are leading the way with their energetic personalities and new points of view. While respect doesn’t come easy, it can be earned at any age. CEO and live event producer Chris Yangello isn’t afraid to pave the way for other young people ready and willing to make an impact.
Born in King of Prussia, PA, Chris Yangello is well-known as America’s youngest live event producer at just 17 years old. Currently, the CEO of Forever*, a live-event production and digital music marketing company based outside Philadelphia, Chris hasn’t let his age deter him from his dreams. “Too many people think they are too young or too old to make a difference and follow their dreams,” says Chris. “That couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Chris knew early on that he wanted to work in music. “Music is my passion,” explains Chris. “The hip-hop scene, in particular, is incredibly inspiring to me, but I love the music community as a whole. After attending my first music festival, I knew I found my calling. I knew exactly where I wanted to make an impact.” Chris has worked with some of the biggest names in music through content capturing and creation, including Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Zedd, and countless others. Chris’s unique ability to see the potential in an event and execute it made him one of the most sought after producers in the industry.
“When you embrace your talents and work hard, age doesn’t matter,” explains Chris. “People want to see that you are dedicated, and it’s that dedication that makes an impact. Tenacity goes a long way.” Chris’s advice rings true to so many inspiring and hardworking young people out there, changing the way things are done. “Don’t give up, and don’t let anyone tell you you are too young,” says Chris.
Chris is a great example for young people and he extends his influence via social media through his Instagram @chrisyangello). A young man who wasn’t afraid to take on the music establishment, Chris believes that anyone can make an impact at any age. In fact, it’s better to start young. “Don’t wait until you think you are ready. If you’ve got the passion for it, you are ready now,” says Chris. If Chris Yangello has his say when it comes to making an impact, age is just a number.