By Kathryn Unterberger
We all need to pay bills, so no one can live without money. But what’s interesting about The Millennial Generation is its obsession with instant gratification and making loads of cash. Some people, however, focus less on ‘chasing the dollar’ and more on how gratifying their lives are at the end of the day. It takes a well-rounded individual to recognize there are more fulfilling things to be experienced in life, such as family, love, and genuine passion. Anthony Romano is the prime example of a person with a fulfilling life. He is a working musician, but he also is a family man. He lives every day with genuine happiness because he gets to live his life to the fullest in all aspects.
Romano was raised in Huntington, Long Island. His parents divorced by the time he was 11, but he learned to fend for himself. He kept himself busy by participating in several different sports, and then he started playing the guitar for the first time when he was a teenager; it was his form of “rebellion.”
That rebellion, as he called it, paid off. He began performing on stage a few short years after he picked up his first guitar, in the mid-80s when he was still a teenager, and his fans on Long Island started calling him “Rocking Acoustic.” Now in his fourth decade as a performer, Romano moonlights by teaching music to up-and-coming artists. Romano advises aspiring young musicians to be tenacious in their work, and that the combination of self-discipline, talent, and persistence makes an immense difference in an artist’s career.
Performing is still Romano’s passion, and he has a busy schedule, booking gigs months in advance. Even after all these years, he doesn’t rest on his laurels.
“No matter how awesome the crowd’s reaction is to my shows, I am never satisfied with my performance,” Romano admitted. “No matter how well I do, I believe there is always room for improvement. Satisfaction and complacency bring laziness.”
In his years as a performer, Romano has seen other artists come and go. He knows that he has been passed over for gigs on occasion because venues look to save money by booking “cheaper” entertainment. Most times, however, the venues go back to Romano when they realize that he is worth it. He doesn’t perform for the money, and by no means does he claim to be wealthy, but he does recognize his value, and so do his fans. Romano wants no more – and no less – than what he deserves for his time and effort.
Romano is in the process of launching his website, but he still prefers the intimacy of live auditions for potential clients. He loves the creative nature of being a musician. He has been writing since he was a teenager, and still does to this day. Being self-employed affords Romano the freedom to set his own schedule, which is important to him as a family man; he has been happily married for 16 years and has two teenage children.
Anthony Romano is a father, musician, instructor, and writer. His life is prosperous, because he is not consumed with greed. He does what he does because he has a passion for music, and he is passing on that passion to a new generation of artists.