Tourette Syndrome Talk-Own It

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Own It

I’ve written in my book and on this blog before about being embarrassed by the tics from my Tourette Syndrome. I think the unwanted attention that movement and vocal tics draw from others are what adds insult to injury. Think of it like this…I already can’t control some of my movements or vocalizations, and now someone wants to point at me and laugh because of them.

But I don’t bring this up because I want to discuss that it’s not fair to have Tourette Syndrome. I’ve already made the point (in another #TouretteTalk article) that life isn’t fair. Besides, thinking about how unfair it is to have Tourette Syndrome (or any other difficult disorder, illness, malady, etc.) puts me in a mindset of feeling like a victim. And let me tell you something…

I am not a victim. Nor will I allow myself to think that way.

You see I firmly believe that…

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Booking Agent Secrets - Timing

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Booking Agent Secrets - Timing

Timing is everything. It’s really that simple. When you are trying to get an entertainment director or booking agent to hire you, reaching out to them at the perfect time will probably get you booked.

I hate to admit this, but I know I didn’t book some good acts in the past because I wasn’t in the booking mindset when they sent me their promotional and performance materials.

The entertainer in me says, “OMG! That sucks!” And if I’m being honest, yeah - it does.

The entertainment director in me simply knows that…

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#MotivationMonday - Will This Make Me Stronger?

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#MotivationMonday - Will This Make Me Stronger?

Hey There and Happy Monday! In today’s #MotivationMonday I take on two interesting questions…

  • Will facing my challenges make me stronger in the future?

  • Will I be able to handle things better as the challenges come along?

A few thoughts on these questions…

No matter what challenge you are dealing with, you have the opportunity to allow the challenge define you, or you can choose to define yourself. Don’t ever let the challenge define you. You are much more than the difficulties that you may deal with in this life.

Momentum is one of my favorite things. I believe the power of momentum…

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Don't Miss the Forest

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Don't Miss the Forest

I’m wrapping up the Introduction from my book “You Can Do the Impossible, Too!” in today’s #TouretteTalk. Just sharing these blog articles over the last few weeks has helped me gain a new perspective on living with Tourette Syndrome and any other “impossible challenge” that you and I may be dealing with.

As you read the book excerpt below, please keep in mind the simple idea of “missing the forest because of the trees.” It’s very easy to get caught up in the things that are right in front of you, including the immense difficulties that you may be dealing with. When someone makes fun of you and hurts your feelings, I want you to remember that this too shall pass.

I know how difficult it can be to live with uncontrollable tics. I know how easy it is to get lost in self-defeating inner-talk. I know how depressing it can be to not see any end in sight to your pain and frustration.

I honestly don’t have an answer that will make magically cure you. What I can offer you is this…I type these words today thinking of you. I am standing firmly in your corner cheering loudly as you live the adventure of life.

I may not know you personally, but…

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Booking Agent Secrets - Get Referred

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Booking Agent Secrets - Get Referred

I was going through some notes, trying to figure out what I should share next, and I kept coming back to this. As I thought about it more and more, I realized how powerful this technique is for entertainers to use in getting hired.

This one technique has worked on me numerous times. I booked entertainers for House of Cards and on every single tour that I have ever produced because of this one tip. If I’m being honest, this is a SUPER TIP - and when used correctly, can magically flip the switch and create tons of new work opportunities.

If you are an entertainer and you want to work an entertainment venue or start building a SOLID relationship with a booking agent, get someone, who has already proved to be a good fit at the venue, or that has worked with the agent and done a great job for him or her, to refer you with a glowing (and honest) recommendation.

There is an old business adage that says, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” That has never proved to be more true than in this situation. And we are going to use that piece of knowledge to our advantage…

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#MotivationMonday - How to get motivated to get started

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#MotivationMonday - How to get motivated to get started

Hey There! It’s Monday morning and it’s time for some #MotivationMonday!

In today’s video I share my thoughts on a question that was submitted from a friend. The inquirer asked, “How do I get motivated so I can ‘make a move’ and get started.”

As I thought about how to answer this question, I realized that when we are inspired by an idea we often get an initial burst of energy. The key to getting past the inspiration and actually turning an idea into reality comes in what you do next.

In today’s video I discuss…

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Get In the Ring

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Get In the Ring

In today’s #TouretteTalk I continue to share an excerpt from the Introduction of my book “You Can Do the Impossible, Too!” As I outlined in last week’s article, I’m getting more and more comfortable getting vulnerable and raw with the world about living with Tourette Syndrome.

Interestingly enough, what I find happening is that as I share about living with TS, I also get more and more power over it. What was embarrassing in the past is becoming a source of strength.

Ideas are coming to me on how to empower other people living with Tourette’s, autism, depression, mental health disorders, and more. In fact, if you have ever felt ashamed or like an outcast, I want to be someone who empowers you and helps you realize what special gifts you bring to the world.

I guess we will all see how that manifests itself here on my blog. In the meantime, I hope today’s book excerpt gives you encouragement.

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Booking Agent Secrets - Email

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Booking Agent Secrets - Email

Never in my wildest dreams did I realize how poorly I (and other entertainers) was using email to contact Entertainment Directors, until I became one. Holy smokes! Most entertainers do a terrible job of using email.

As the former Entertainment Director of House of Cards in Nashville, TN, here is what a majority of emails looked like when they arrived in my inbox.

“Hi Jason. I’ve got XX (number of) years of experience in front of audiences and I’ve performed at the Magic Castle. Here’s my website -www.theirwebaddresshere.com. Thanks! -XYZ Magician”

Do you really think that’s a good way to contact a booking agent or entertainment director for the first time? The correct answer is no, and let’s break down why.

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#MotivationMonday - Will Others See Me as a Failure?

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#MotivationMonday - Will Others See Me as a Failure?

Hey There! It’s #MotivationMonday time and I’m wondering what you are going to do this week that is going to be awesome. Have you thought about it?

I’m here again this Monday morning to answer another question that was submitted to me about success, motivation, and overcoming obstacles. This one goes to a very deep, honest place. Here is what the submitter wanted to know…

Will others see me as a failure if I am unable to reach my goals?

I’m honored that people feel comfortable enough with me and trust my opinion enough to ask me questions like this. I also love that the person who submitted this question is willing to face some inner fear and ask anyway.

The way I see it, there are two things to consider…

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Shirt & Tie

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Book Excerpt-Shirt & Tie

One of the things that’s been on my mind recently is getting more vulnerable, open, and raw about what it is like to live with Tourette Syndrome. For years, I was embarrassed by the twitches and vocalizations that drew unwanted attention my way. It took me well into my mid to upper-thirties until I was willing to discuss the neurological condition that I have lived with my entire life.

I’m still jotting down ideas and outlining how I want to share my thoughts, but I’ve decided that now is the time to start sharing…even if I don’t have it completely figured out.

I hope that by sharing my insights as someone who has lived with Tourette Syndrome for over forty years, other people living with Tourette’s or dealing with any challenge that feels “impossible” to overcome, can find hope, inspiration, and comfort knowing they are not alone.

Please know this, if you are frustrated, scared, depressed, or feel paralyzed by your current situation, I stand firmly with you as someone who has “been there.”

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