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"Rhythm with Views" Reality TV Show with Atticus Ray

November 02, 2023 Brad Weisman, Realtor
The Brad Weisman Show
"Rhythm with Views" Reality TV Show with Atticus Ray
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Strap in for a ride as we swing between hammer strikes and dancebeats with our extraordinary guest, Atticus Ray.  Not just your everyday house builder, Atticus also rules the stage as a percussion dancer, showcasing his versatile talents in the acclaimed Rhythm With Views show on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.  It's all about the blueprint - for both homes and dance routines - and Atticus shares how he brings these visions to life with the help of a fantastic team.  Stay tuned as he reveals exciting details about his upcoming stage show, American Thunder.

But that’s not all! Atticus, a long time advocate for getting kids involved in dance and music, has big plans to inspire the youth.  His forthcoming after-school program is set to provide a unique platform for children to explore their potential through the rhythm of dance.  You'll hear his innovative ideas for serving children who lack access to organized dance programs, and how he aims to use music and rhythm as tools to keep kids positively engaged.  Get ready to tap into an exhilarating world where dance and construction harmoniously collide! 
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Speaker 1:

Hello, this is Brad Wiseman. You're listening to Real Estate and you we are back with a very special guest, a very different guest. I think you guys are gonna be blown away by this show. We have a guy here that got in touch with me, of course, about Real Estate, but then, as we started looking at things and I started looking at his resume, he doesn't just do Real Estate, he also is a percussion dancer. So tap dancer, percussion dancer, whatever you wanna call that, and that's what he does. But he also builds houses. So we're gonna bring him on right now. His name is Atticus Ray Atticus. How are you?

Speaker 2:

doing man, man, I'm fantastic. How are you doing?

Speaker 1:

I'm doing great. I'm doing great now that I'm talking to you.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, well, yeah, I'm excited. I've been looking forward to this.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, me too. Me too, you know, I keep telling people they ask who's your next guest, who's your next guest? And I'm like you're not gonna believe this. I got this guy. That's like an amazing dancer. He's danced all over the world and I was looking at some of the stuff of where you've danced.

Speaker 2:

I mean you've danced at the Grand Ole Opry, I mean you've been at the Grand Ole Opry on tour opening for actually a classic Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and Ricky Skaggs, and they were doing the tour and so I had a chance to perform for that and that was really I was early in my career and you know just kind of actually a kid still, wow, and that just kind of opened my eyes up to you know, the possibilities, cause back then I was just a clogger, you know just.

Speaker 1:

I love the clogging thing. There's a place at Disney it's called I forget what it's called. My wife always remembered there's a place in Disney, at Disney World, and it's in Disney Springs and they do clogging. It's an Irish pub and they do clogging right on stage and they do it pretty much throughout the night and that's one of my favorite things to watch. It's so fun, it's so energizing. It is.

Speaker 2:

Even if you're not doing it, it just. It energizes the room and-.

Speaker 1:

No, God knows, you wouldn't want to see me do that, Just like you put clogs on me. It's not gonna be. It's not gonna go so well, Not gonna go so well, you might sell out. Yeah, I'll sell out, all right, and I'll break my leg or something. So let's go back. So you have this show. What really really piqued my interest was, you know, I guess somebody reached out to me and said, hey, this guy would be wanna be a good candidate for your podcast. I'm like all right, and I get a lot of that. So I'm like looking down through, I'm like, well, wait a minute, this guy dances and he builds homes, and you're also of a show that's on Amazon Prime and Apple TV called Rhythm With Views. Tell me about this. I mean, you're a builder. I mean, how do you go from? And we know you were dancing when you were young, but you go into building and now you're back into dancing and building together.

Speaker 2:

I, you know, my life was just several directions. I always felt like I was doing all these different things and trying to make it make sense. And I ran into the producer and director and we started talking and over a period of time, I actually started out with doing this as a musical, like a feature film, and we converted it into doing a reality show, Just because there was so much there we couldn't really bring it out, and just in a film or there would be a lot that we'd miss. And so as we started to bring it together though it was such a unique he kept saying it's such a unique. You know, life, You're doing these two crazy things, you know. And but as I started to look at it and we started to put it together, they're actually very similar, because when I do these dance productions, or whether I'm building homes, you sort of start from scratch. You know there's a blank slate and requires a vision, and then followed by a blueprint of some sort and your plans on paper, and then you get the people that you need to help, you know, do the production or build the home, and really they're very similar in that way. And and I had these two careers where I was. I was putting people together and talent to create things out of thin air, and and they're. They're two separate worlds, but very similar in the way that they function.

Speaker 1:

So it's incredible and I watched, I watched the teaser and then I watched your first episode, the teaser, and I'm watching this and you're dancing everywhere. You're dancing in, like you know there's a, there's a part in the first episode where you're going to get lumber, I think, or whatever, and you're at the desk and you're talking to this older gentleman and you go to get lumber. The next thing, you know, you open the door and you're in the back warehouse area. You're tap dance. You're doing your dance to the warehouse on top of lumber, on top of the tractor or the backhoe I think was there. You're doing everything. I mean, that's very unique. Most people don't dance there.

Speaker 2:

Well, I'm glad you noticed that, cause the director asked me to, you know, to really take dancing to a new level, like how can we do something different? And you know, as we were thinking, you know, dancing is typically done two-dimensionally, just on a flat stage, right, right, a flat environment. And I said, well, why don't we, why don't we take it out into the world, why don't we make the world the stage? And we just got real literal with that and those were not set up scenes and some kind of a movie thing. When you do a reality show, you, you get on site, you kind of scout it out, you have, you have a time there, yes, to set some things up, but the reality is that was all choreographed on site. It's awesome Working with, like, the high lows and the semi trucks, and I don't want to get too much away, but I mean it was. You know, we basically wanted to make the world the stage and take it into like a three-dimensional, you know, sort of aspect where you know, and I'm literally tapping on surfaces I do not recommend people to do if you're not knowing what they're doing, cause I mean it is very dangerous.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, Well, the one. I have to say this, the one that really gets me, and this is what's going to make people want to just check this out. You know, if I don't think anybody has ever seen anybody dance or tap dance in a creek or near a waterfall or on in water, I mean, did you have special shoes for that, or are you just?

Speaker 2:

using your regular shoes. Yeah, the taps that I had, we danced. It was a waterfall that came down and it had sort of like this shallow area where the water would be flowing over it and we decided, wow, that's almost like a stage right at the base of that waterfall and so we were doing some scenes near the river and we're like let's just take it to the next level. And so we took like a couple of million dollars worth of equipment out into the river and, you know, and everyone was real nervous and but it was, the shots turned out great, though. Yeah, it was all on site. I really can't stress that enough. You know there was. There was no movie magic, you know, going on it was. It was really when you do reality shows, you have to scout those sites out and then make it happen right on the spot.

Speaker 1:

So, yeah, it's reality. Well, it's real. It's what's happening at that moment, but it really is real.

Speaker 2:

And you know, but yeah, you'll, you'll see some fascinating things, and then and it goes into reality of my life, but then it goes into this sort of, you know, um, musical fantasy mode where you, you get a few minutes where you're, you're not watching, uh, you know, sort of reality TV anymore. You're, you're, you know, being fully entertained and really, like you said, it's something for everybody and it's totally unique. I mean, there's really nothing like it.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I love, I love. I thought it was really cool, very entertaining, very entertaining. It's very cool. So let's talk about you know you didn't always have it. This dancing didn't come easy for you. Um, I mean, I was reading about about you here and you you had some issues growing up or some challenges. I'd like to say growing up as from a kid. I mean you you had leg braces and things like that. So tell me a little bit about you know, the challenges you had growing up and becoming a dancer.

Speaker 2:

I had asthma and about 40% restriction and a lot of allergies and then also, like you mentioned, leg braces and corrective shoes. So you know, looking back, I probably wouldn't be a candidate that you would think of as being a world-class professional dancer, right, and especially, you know, getting to the point of even having my own show. So really, kind of coming from that, you know, when I got started, it was just simply, you know, I couldn't really do sports, I really couldn't do other things, and just literally, one step at a time, basically sort of solved my problem. You know, correct my problem. I just kept going and going and pushing myself. I learned to push myself and that, I think, really translated out into all my business and every other part of my life and just really the challenge of overcoming. You know, if you look back on your life, it's really a series of overcoming challenges and what you make of that, and so I really feel like that part of that led me to, you know, kind of never being a quitter, always finding a way. You know those types of things. But I lived it and so the dancing became a vehicle for me for other things. You know, beyond the dancing, I really didn't set out to do anything with dancing. I just kept doing dancing and-.

Speaker 1:

Because it was something you could do, and you could do it well. Yes. I mean you taught, you had your own dance school. I mean, you did all that.

Speaker 2:

Yes, I actually missed that, but you know you have to make choices with careers. But I am going to be getting back into online teaching and starting up sort of my studio online. It's very hard to run locations, but at one point I had 12 locations where I was driving all over and doing that and I sort of realized there's only so much of me to go around and I really wanted to move into this medium of TV or movies or something where we could capture, you know, the epitome of my work. You know, and capture it forever. Basically versus, you know, kind of burning my time up. You know, doing the classes. I loved them, I love doing that, but it's just not enough time in the day to do it all.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and in the first episode you're actually producing like a show within the show. I saw like you're actually there's a guy on the show on that first episode. So you do that also. You help produce shows for other people or to raise money or whatever you were doing.

Speaker 2:

Yes, it's the concept. As you watch a reality show, you know from, let's say, the real estate side is very simple. You know you watch house get built or you watch a house get improved. So we're also bringing that concept into the production side of this. So, as you watch, these reality series unwind, we're going to be building an actual live stage show that will be then taking from television to the stage, which will allow people to have just another level of interaction, and this show is going to be it's called American Thunder. We're actually getting ready to release that Cool and it's going to be a tribute show, a patriotic tribute show to honor veterans, and it's going to be coming out here very soon. We've been doing a lot of the development and so you'll get to see some of that unfold, sort of on the reality show and also in real life. So it's going to be a real interesting concept to sort of have a show come out of a show and so you can watch a house get built, you can watch properties get developed and you can watch shows get made. That's awesome.

Speaker 1:

It's such a and it's funny how it all does blend together, kind of comes together, because you've got production in both things. You've got production in building a house, got production in dancing. So where is this? Give us a little teaser. Where's the next couple episodes going to go? I mean, we're you know, we saw the first one. Where does it go from here?

Speaker 2:

Well, right now we're actually getting ready to do our real life promotional tour where we'll be going out on our American Town tour and we're putting together we've already put together the band and the musicians. It's going to be the rhythm with views band, so you can come out and actually see myself perform with live musicians, and then you'll be seeing this American Thunder show get developed, also through the series. And then, as far as the real estate side of it, we're going to probably take those episodes by episode, I think by season two. We really want to be into a really large project, like maybe an entire subdivision being built, because we really, you know, a lot of focus has always been on the flipping of the homes, but, you know, nobody's really ever showed you that process from dirt up. You know, and and this isn't really a learn how to this is more of just a glimpse into, sure, what that life is like. Yeah, you're not going to learn. I mean, it's kind of a ridiculous statement to say you're going to watch, you know, a couple episodes and you're going to develop your own development. Yeah, so, uh, no, this is really a glimpse into not a learn how to type thing and um, and really just kind of, how crazy you know and fun my life can be doing these things, you know. So yeah, very cool.

Speaker 1:

Now, what about you have? Uh uh, wife, children, um, what else do you have on your personal side?

Speaker 2:

Well, we've got a wife of a 20 going on 27 years and, uh, and two boys that are healthy and growing up faster than I would like. Yeah, yeah, they're, they're, they're been wonderful and, you know, I've really been blessed with sort of you know, um, just so much. I mean looking back to where I've come to, not only with the family, but, uh, several years ago we relocated to outside of Nashville, uh, because the show was coming and this was going to be more of a center to what we're doing, and uh, just been so many blessings, honestly. So, um, life is good, but I, you know, I think, if you, uh, if you hang around dancers, you're going to see dancers are generally pretty happy people, are they usually in a good spirit? And, uh, I think you attract that kind of thing.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, you're typically sad. People don't dance so well.

Speaker 2:

Right, there's not out there on the dance floor.

Speaker 1:

The sad ones are usually the ones that are sitting back. They're not usually doing too much dancing, and if they are, it doesn't nobody's watching. Let's put it that way. Now, my dancing is sad, but I'm not sad, it's just the dancing is sad.

Speaker 2:

So many are happy when you do it Right.

Speaker 1:

So that's exactly right, exactly Right. So, uh, so, yeah, so, what, what else? What else do you see coming up in the future for you? I mean, this show is going on. You're going to be doing some tours with you know. Basically you had said before to me about going to schools and actually you know, promoting dance and and and as a positive thing. You know what, what? Tell me a little bit about that.

Speaker 2:

Our initiative is 1 million taps for 1 million kids. I started doing a lot of after school programs and giving back that way and the same thing I realized there would be. There's only so much of me, so, uh, our goal is to set it up so that I can, um, basically, you know, hand over a program that a school can use for their after school, and schools all over the country, all over the world, can have kids, you know, staying out of trouble off the street, you know, very affordably, just for a few dollars, and we can glue the taps on the bottom of their shoes. That's awesome, and you know and so that's really kind of my initiative. Uh, you know, amongst everything that I do, whether it's real estate or the show or the dancing, the performing, at the end of the day you know how do we give back? And ours is a million taps for a million kids, with the tap your potential message. So, uh, it's the program, tap your potential. We're going to have that after school, but it's also the message that you can tap your potential, you can overcome those things and, uh, you can strive to, you know, overcome your circumstances and your situation. Our big rollout that we're going to kind of organically do as we go out. We really want to make an impact. So, everywhere we go, every place we touch, we really want to make a difference.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, that's great. And you know, what I was going to say is is you know, I think anytime you can offer something else to a kid, an opportunity of some sort, sometimes it takes many, many things that you introduce to kids until they find that thing that gives them passion or creates passion, and then what that does is it helps push out the other bad things that you don't want them to get into, because now all of a sudden that passion takes up all of their time. So what a great idea to introduce tapping to, maybe because you know a lot of I'm just going to say guys, a lot of guys might not go into a dance studio to see if they like that, but if you bring it to them and they realize, wow, this is kind of fun to do the tap thing or the rhythm, rhythm thing, and now all of a sudden it takes them away from doing other things that aren't so good.

Speaker 2:

And these are kids. I mean, you know, majority of these kids are not in sports. Right, you know, about five percent of kids actually are in any kind of organized sports program. These kids are not going to be in a dance studio. Typically. They're not going to be able to afford those fees, yeah, and so these are really kids that don't have a lot. And it's been amazing that, you know, you put a little few pieces of metal on the bottom of their tennis shoes. We glue them on their tennis shoes, so out of here tennis shoes to keep it cheap, you know, and inexpensive for them as a program. But also, you know, kids grow out of their shoes like crazy. So, you know, rip the taps off, glue them on the next ones, you know, and, but more importantly, we want to remove those obstacles to actually them doing.

Speaker 1:

I love that. I think that's an awesome idea. I really do. I didn't know you could glue taps to the bottom of sneakers. My daughter probably never told me that because she's buying taps, tap shoes, like you know, every six months because of her feet growing.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, and you know, if you want to do more, you know you could. Probably. It's probably limited what you can do in it, but you know the thing, the thing about it too is to watch how just a few dollars like literally changes their life.

Speaker 1:

Absolutely.

Speaker 2:

You put a t-shirt on and you teach them a few moves, yeah, and that moment in time will last their whole life type.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, yeah, look what it did for you.

Speaker 2:

They'll remember it for the rest of their life, absolutely. I constantly have people that you know are full grown, with kids that are coming up and saying I was a kid. I mean, this cycle is now, yeah, through times over, and I just really want to take that and sort of give back. You know, we actually went up on top of the mountain and filmed an entire library series where I'm actually on the top of the mountain and you're overlooking, like this huge, you know valley, 300 foot up in the air, and so when they get their taps and stuff, they'll get a 400 step library and access to learning all these steps and they can do a 30 day tap, your potential challenge. We'll also roll out, when we go on tour and email with you know, a new step saying here's how you learn how, and it'll take them through the first 30 days of dancing. So I love that.

Speaker 1:

That, to me, is really awesome. That's giving back and that's changing people's lives through through music and through rhythm, which, to me, like you said I've been I was a music my whole life and I was started, I was a drummer and then I went into singing and then I was doing a bunch of stuff with singing. That has stuck with me my whole life and it has it has made me who I am today.

Speaker 2:

And how does this relate? The two worlds again, you know it's ironic how do this relate? Well, it's like the dancing is such a people business, yes, and people it's so, you know, contact oriented. But when you think about real estate, real estate is a people business because you know houses don't buy themselves. You know people live in them, people get them. So the people is where the houses are at, the people are where the real estate's at, and really having this people magnet, you know, has really put me in a position to just, you know, I've never really had to go looking for deals. I'm always running into people. It's just really worked well, it's awesome and I never really thought about it until after. you know the television show, kind of you know, you start thinking about it and started looking at your, you know how they all correlate and everything and I was like, wow, you know what. What an interesting combination where one one attracts the other and works together well. So you know, the dancing is fun and exciting, you know. But the real estate's practical, there's. They're just really complimenting each other well and at the end of the day, it's all about people. That's right, all connections.

Speaker 1:

Absolutely so fun. So thank you so much for coming on the show today. Atticus Ray, tell me again what's that? Oh, time goes real fast, it's amazing, so yeah, so tell me again. Like, where do we see the show? How do we get to see the show, the teaser and the first episode?

Speaker 2:

Okay, you can go to Amazon prime. You can go to Apple TV plus. It's on also on Google play and we're we're organizing some other streaming platforms or setting up contracts with them. You can go to my official Atticus Ray official Atticus Ray link tree, so, and they'll have all the links there to get you where you need to go. Awesome, and just remember rhythm with views as V, like the rhythm for the dancing, and views for the houses, and we just want to encourage you to go check it out and, you know, really walk away with you know, something that in today's world to say is totally unique, totally different. It's really hard to find. So we just want to encourage you to go check that out.

Speaker 1:

Awesome man. Thank you so much. There you have it. Atticus Ray, thanks for coming on the show. I really appreciate it. We'll talk to you soon, all right. All right, there you go. If you got to see the show, have to see the show. It is really, really cool. It's called rhythm with views. It is on all the places he talked about. It is really cool. He does dancing in all different areas. It'll blow your mind. You just got to see it. So that's about it. We will talk to you real soon and we'll see you again next Thursday at 7pm.

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