Last year was full of highs and lows, as it was for many people, I think.
Fortunately, mine was mostly highs even with a number of surprises. The biggest surprise was striking out on my own as an entertainer.
For the past 5 years I have been touring the world as a Mentalist, entertaining audiences of all kinds. I employ my skills of psychological direction to keep people amazed for the 70 minutes I’m on stage.
In the fall of 2014 my agents let me know that they were refocusing their business towards printing materials and less on providing entertainers to their clients. Translation: I was suddenly a free agent!
This was terrifying. For the entire time I’ve been performing & speaking at colleges, I’ve had an agent handle the heavy lifting of promoting the show. I would get an email that a contract had come through, and that I needed to be at venue X on date Z. Without someone else selling my show, how was I going to book anything?!
I allowed myself a 24 hour freak out period where I got to stress out about this major change in my life without feeling any guilt about it. Once those 24 hours were up, I had to decide how I was going to interpret the news.
I chose to see it as an amazing opportunity to take control of my own destiny. After I thought about it, I remembered there’s no one more invested in my success than me, so I’ll be much more motivated to do business for myself than an agent is on my behalf.
Once I realized becoming a free agent was a wonderful opportunity, I got to work! I started emailing & calling people, updating all my materials, and began to be a lot less stressed.
As of right now, I have already booked 25% of the number of shows I had in 2014 for January and February of 2015. Amazing! I’m excited to continue the increased business, and performing in new cities and states in the near future!
One of my goals for 2014 was to become the host of an internet TV show. I’m happy to report I created “2 Minute Tours” where I share interesting places I get to see while I’m on the road. I produced 21 episodes last year, and looking forward to putting out more as the tour season starts back up soon. Here’s the most recent episode:
More Speaking Engagements
In addition to performing, I also tour the country as a speaker. I focus on motivation, memory development, self defense, and other topics that center on applying the fundamentals of human psychology for a specific purpose. A highlight of the speaking gigs was presenting at a young start-up in downtown Chicago called “AvantCredit.”
They have gone from a handful of people to 500 employees in 2 years. Impressive growth, and they’re obviously doing something right!
They had me come in for their “Lunch & Learn” series to talk about the fundamentals of motivation. They were a great group, and I appreciated getting to come in and share the ways I approach and understand motivation.
If you’re interested in getting motivated, yourself head over to SoMotivated.com and find some inspiration!
Last January I made a commitment to be motivated, and to constantly pursue success. A way to do that was to help others stay motivated, so I started SoMotivated.com.
I’m proud of the work I created, and the practice I had there will definitely come into play to this site. Based on the success and opportunities that have come my way as a result to my commitment to the SoMotivated brand, I have high hopes for this site.
I’ll be sharing a lot of the information I learned during my research for various articles on SoMotivated here, so you won’t be left behind if you only subscribe here.
When I wasn’t on the road I made a point to be more social. I had so many incredible experiences with all kinds of new people, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m excited to share with you guys how I approach being social from the standpoint of an outgoing introvert. The skills I’ve used to make friends and close deals can help anyone.
That’s not all that happened in 2014, but that’s all for this post.
I’m excited I achieved so much, and I’m looking forward to doing even more in 2015. Soon, I’ll be sharing the goals I’m setting for this year as well as more content explaining the goal of this website.
Goodbye 2014, hello 2015!