One of the fun things about the Charlotte Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Awards is the talent portion of the show. It's not enough to be the best and the brightest and get on the list; before you recieve the award, you have to showcase a "hidden talent."
I MC'd this year's award ceremony, so I had a front row seat. We had a singer (Keith Anderson), a tap dancer (Susanne Dixon) and a turkey caller (Jason James). Douglas Edwards showcased his beautiful photographs, Keith Taylor memorized the names of all the honorees in alphabetical order and Josh Beaver can imitate Star Wars characters.
There were some pretty slick videos:
Molly Grantham from WBTV can sing the 50 states (click here). (I'm so embarassed; that little red light behind Molly is me taping her with my Flip cam) The audio from on stage was pretty good, but the video wasn't. We used the sound on Charlotte's Morning News – you can listen to the segment here.
I hope to link up some new pictures and videos in the next few days. If you know an honoree, ask them to email me their stuff at firstname.lastname@example.org. I told the Business Journal they should set up a YouTube channel for this – but I think a few of the folks were happy to let their talent stay off the web!
I called this post Got Talent (2) because I wrote about this event in 2010 - a time long ago and far away when I, too, was under 40. These kids today…