Aurora -- An Aurora High School graduate recently got to rub shoulders with some big-name stars.
Katie Holupka, 27, who now lives in the Stow/Hudson area, met the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter at the studio for "The Dr. Phil Show."
Holupka graduated from Aurora High School in 2004, attended Ohio University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications (minoring in management and sociology) in 2008.
Holupka moved to Los Angeles for four years to pursue the field of music management. While there, she worked for various music acts.
"All the while, I was hoping to gain experience toward working for the Backstreet Boys management company some day," she said.
The Backstreet Boys are the best selling boy band of all time and are still making music 20 years after they first got together.
"They put their hearts and souls into what they do, which is why they've withstood the test of time," said Holupka. "They inspire me to do what makes me feel alive because that's what they preach and the example they set -- that dreams aren't out of reach and if you want it badly enough and commit to keep working at it, anything can happen."
Holupka said she has loved the Backstreet Boys since she was 13 years old.
"Aside from my innate passion for music, they are a large reason why I went into this field in the first place," she said. "They are the spark that ignited the flame of passion for me to be in the industry and inspire me on all levels -- creatively, personally and professionally."
According to Holupka, the Backstreet Boys have fought to take creative control of their careers and hand-pick all the people they hire.
"I realized that in order to even have a chance to reach my dream of working for them, I'd have to pitch myself straight to them," said Holupka.
It was at that point she developed her own website to reach out to the Backstreet Boys -- www.bsbshouldhireme.com.
Two days after Holupka launched her website, "The Dr. Phil Show" contacted her. Nick Carter was scheduled to be on the show to promote his new book -- "Facing The Music and Living to Tell About It" -- and they wanted to have Holupka on to help him launch it.
"The book is about him overcoming his addiction and I told him how he has helped me overcome my own struggles," said Holupka, who believes this has been a huge step forward in pursuing her dream of working for the Backstreet Boys.
Prior to Holupka and Carter's segment, Dr. Phil and Carter were on air trying to help a family sort out some issues about addiction. This segment ended up running over, and unfortunately Holupka did not get to do her segment with Carter, though she did get to talk with him backstage.
There is no specific position Holupka wants to get with the Backstreet Boys. She feels as though her experience with Dr. Phil in Los Angeles is a step forward in pursuing her dream.
"When playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, you spin the person around blindfolded before they set off in a direction they think is right," said Holupka. "Doing what I've done, I feel like I was that person -- blind-folded,walking around with my arm outstretched trying to hit something desirable. My website has succeeded in giving me that direction, so now I'm at least walking the right way."
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