When you are 6 years old, a YouTube video of you playing “Piano Man” goes viral.
You perform live on the “Today Show.” You’re one of only 14 people worldwide — and the youngest — to receive a “Genius of Autism” award. Then you win it again.
The Huffington Post names you 1 of 20 “Child Prodigies.”
You help Yoko Ono flip the switch to light the Empire State Building blue for World Autism Awareness Day.
You’re on NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’s “Early Show.” You sing the national anthem in front of 25,000 fans at Red Bull Arena.
What do you do for an encore?
If you’re Ethan Walmark, you follow Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Billy Joel and Elton John at the 1st-ever Autism Awareness Gala Fundraiser at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
And you bring down the house.
The 12-year-old Coleytown Middle School student/piano prodigy did that last week. He performed 4 songs, closing with “You are the Sunshine of My Life.” Ethan dedicated it to his sister Eliza, who was in the audience.
So if you’re Ethan Walmark, what will you do next?
“Finish 6th grade,” he says.
Click below for a YouTube video of Ethan’s set: