San Francisco teen finds success thanks to Boys
and Girls Club
Bay City News Service
February 12, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) -- San Francisco teenager Daniel Faddis
knows success doesn't come easily, but now he knows it can come
with work and a little help.
Faddis, 17, is a burgeoning record producer who says his music
has already been played on MTV. At an age when most youth are
still playing in the school band or thrashing their parents' garages
in teen rock groups, Faddis has started his own record label and
has sold tracks to MTV for use in at least three of the cable
Faddis credits his success not to rich parents or a lucky break.
Far from it. Growing up in the working-class Excelsior district
of San Francisco with an alcoholic mother and absent father and
brother, Faddis found sanctuary in the recording studio at the
Excelsior Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.
"I can honestly say that if it weren't for the club, I would
probably be gangbanging, flipping burgers at McDonalds or maybe
even in jail,'' Faddis wrote in the essay that recently won him
the club's Youth of the Year award.
Instead, however, Faddis attends high school, maintains a 3.6
grade point average, works as an intern at a local record label
and manages his own label, Foundation Unit Entertainment, according
to the San Francisco Unified School District.
"If you were to ever step foot in the Excelsior Clubhouse,
you would probably find me upstairs, on the second floor, in the
second door to the left with a big set of headphones on, minding
my own business, drifting away to the sounds of my orchestrated
melodies,'' Faddis wrote.
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