Dr. Dre’s story looks great on paper, but despite his deserved success, he admits the road might have been less embarrassing had he been exposed to more business education.
“I always wondered how far I could have gone if the resources I needed in school had been available,” Dr. Dre reportedly said at the ceremony. “If I had learned more about the business world, I would have run away [an] a lot of time, money and above all, [made] many friendships.
Dr. Dre is confident that the performing arts center will facilitate the journey of emerging talent while providing students with the knowledge and resources to thrive in the real world.
“We wanted to equip students with the tools they needed to succeed in today’s world of music and we knew that meant producing a new type of program, which would focus on multidisciplinary and hands-on learning in emphasis on real-world projects,” said Dr. Dre. “We also wanted this program to be paired with knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers, because we know what a difference a good teacher can make in the life of a young. We were able to do that in our academy at USC. It was important for me to be able to offer this program in the same spirit in my hometown, here in Compton.