Being a star isn't easy. Especially when your one of the busy guys of Big Time Rush. Though their road to success wasn't exactly a walk in the park (fame takes tons of dedication and hard work!), the boys found inspiration to get them through even the toughest of times. While posing for their feature cover on Parade Magazine (major kudos!), Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, Carlos Pena and James Maslow took a stroll down memory lane and chatted about some of their early influences. Check out what they had to say!
James: "I've had some amazing teachers who influenced my life in positive ways, and I'm grateful for them. But one of the most powerful motivations I've had was a specific teacher who basically told me I would never make it. I was always competitive and wanted to be the lead in the show we were doing, and she wanted someone else to do it. She came to me at one point and was like, 'Why do you want to do this? You're never going to be the lead in anything.' I just smiled at her and kind of plopped back, but it was a fire that burned inside. It made me realize it's often the people who tell you you can't do something who motivate you to do it bigger and better."
Carlos: "I had one drama teacher who was amazing, Ms. Perkins. She really tried to inspire me and get me going. But the real [inspirations] were my parents, who came from the Dominican Republic, got married, moved to Missouri, went to college, started a preschool, and kind of built a life from nothing and became very successful. Growing up with my dad, whenever I wanted to try something, he would let me try it but he wouldn't let me give up on it. If soccer was too tough and I said, 'I'm going to quit,' he'd be like, 'No, you're going to try everything and keep going at it.' He wouldn't force me to do it, but he'd be very inspiring. He would tell me stories about himself as a kid and how fortunate we were, and that really drove me to be the best that I could be."
Kendall: "I was home-schooled with a charter school program from sixth grade on. I didn't go to prom or any of that. So I had to self-motivate. I had to do all my own classes; if I didn't do the work, I would've failed. I had to go in and take tests every week, and I ended up with straight A's."
Logan: "With my school being in Texas, there was such a focus on things that were not what I wanted to do or what I enjoyed doing. It was kind of like, 'Oh, no,' if you didn't do football or sports in high school. I probably felt pretty alone, like, 'This is definite not the spot for me.' I was always a class clown, so I never had trouble fitting in; I just had trouble finding out where I really wanted to be. That's why...I moved out to L.A. and was kind of like, 'I'm just going to do this.' I didn't really have a plan B. It was always Plan A. And this is exactly where I'm supposed to be."
Whether it was an encouraging word, or the drive to exceed the expectations of others, one thing that these boys had in common was their desire to make it Big Time. And boy, did they do exactly that!