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Successful Performercast by Kris Sheppard | Successful Performer Cast | Weekly Interviews with Professional Entertainers | Show Business, Showbiz, Performer, Magic, Magician, Juggler, Comedian, Musician

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Successful Performercast by Kris Sheppard | Successful Performer Cast | Weekly Interviews with Professional Entertainers | Show Business, Showbiz, Performer, Magic, Magician, Juggler, Comedian, Musician

Successful Performercast by Kris Sheppard | Successful Performer Cast | Weekly Interviews with Professional Entertainers | Show Business, Showbiz, Performer, Magic, Magician, Juggler, Comedian, Musician

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The Successful Performercast is the show where I interview one full-time professional entertainer per week with the goal of inspiring and equipping those who are working to make the leap themselves. This is a show for all performers whether you’re a magician, a comedian, a juggler, or anything in between. You’ll hear and learn from the pros that are actually out there making a living doing what they love. I focus on questions designed to learn about each entertainer’s journey, struggles and victories while at the same time drawing out inspiration and tangible business advice that will help our listeners build their own businesses as entertainers.

Latest Episodes

Joe Monti - Great Advice on Show Business

In my final interview here in this chapter of Successful Performercast, I have Joe Monti who gives us some valuable advice when it comes to show business and shares some stores from his career that will have you at the edge of your seat. Joe Monti has done it all. He’s traveled the world with his magic, both performing and lecturing. He’s worked with Viacom, starting with the Cosby Show. He’s consulted for television on a number of shows & projects, including Criss Angel’s Mind Freak for three seasons, a lot of ghost and paranormal shows as well as other secret television projects. He was also the $50,000 winner on Simon Cowell’s successful prime time ABC hit American Inventor, which was seen by 14 million people. He’s a frequent featured performer at the world famous Hollywood Magic Castle, home of the Academy of Magical Arts, and has released two commercial products straight from his act on the market for working magicians. Joe has done so much to elevate the art of magic, i...

90 min2016 MAR 26
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Joe Monti - Great Advice on Show Business

Bill Gladwell - Stationary One Man Show

In this interview, Thought Reader Bill Gladwell who talks about the ins and outs of having his own stationary one-man, mentalism show and how he’s been able to make it a success. Bill is a performer who combines his unique skills of hypnosis, NLP, suggestion, psychology, directed awareness, and showmanship to create a fun interactive show that leaves an indelible impression on each of his audiences and has performed for a diverse list of clients from Honda to country music artist Rodney Atkins. He’s also a speaker and trainer teaching people how to develop and master strong social skills helping them win at life. For the last five years, Bill has pretty much stopped traveling in order to produce and perform in his own 75-minute mentalism show, Two Thought Minimum first in Gatlinburg Tenessee and then in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Finally, I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t mention his own podcast, “Hey! Look at Me!” where he interviews other entertainers that he comes ...

74 min2016 MAR 11
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Bill Gladwell - Stationary One Man Show

Al The Only - General Practice Magician

In this interview, Al The Only talks about how he's found success in being a "general practitioner" of magic. He also talks about how he came up with his brand of Al The Only. For over 35 years Al has traveled the country with his magic, performing for corporate clients doing their trade shows, conventions, business meetings, hospitality suites and holiday parties. This includes companies like Apple, General Motors, Coca Cola, AT&T, and McDonald’s. You may also remember him from “Ask The Only,” which was his column in the Magic Menu where he fielded questions about the business side of magic. Today he’s here to share his thoughts on show business with us. SuccessMantra Perception is everything. Don’t sweat the big stuff. You never know when you’re making a memory. Being a General Practitioner of Magic • Defining general practitioner as it applies to being a full-time magician. • Accomplishing the needs of his clients’ magical needs whatever they may be. • If the client ask...

69 min2016 MAR 4
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Al The Only - General Practice Magician

Steve Chezaday - Tips & Tricks from a Rockstar Magician

This week, I bring you an interview with Steve Chezaday who shares some advice and insights from his years performing full-time. Topics include dealing with clients, pricing, managing your money, and customizing and maintaining your props. There’s a lot insight to be gained from this chat. Chezaday is a magician who’s pretty much done it all from close up magic to grand illusion. His energetic show has taken him all over the country. He’s toured with Abbott’s Magic Festival and is also quite handy when it comes to building props and stage illusions. And he can do it all while rockin’ an air guitar! SuccessMantra Always be prepared. Always have your money work for you. Personalizing & Maintaining Show Props • Personalizing props. • Custom painting goes a long way. • Putting your own twist or spin on routines. • Constantly capturing your own ideas on paper so you don’t lose them. • Importance of quick reset. • Preparing and maintaining larger props. • Having protective ca...

76 min2016 FEB 26
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Steve Chezaday - Tips & Tricks from a Rockstar Magician

Angela Parrish - Multiple Streams of Income

This week I have singer/songwriter Angela Parrish who shares with us about the importance of having multiple streams of income and how she runs her business. She also talks about how she saved for and completely self-funded $20,000 to record her latest album, Faithful and Tall. Based out of Los Angeles, Angela creates her own brand of music, drawing inspiration from the likes of Carole King, Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy, Gregg Allman, and Alison Krauss. Her music has brought her great acclaim including second place for her song “The Couple Down the Hall” at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition, and having her song “Higher” selected as a finalist in the 2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. You may have heard her song “Different Tomorrow” which earned a primetime placement on CBS TV last summer. Thats not even mentioning her collaborating with top producers and musicians in the industry. SuccessMantra I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people ...

72 min2016 FEB 19
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Angela Parrish - Multiple Streams of Income

Fantastick Patrick - Juggling, TV, & Generosity

In this episode, Fantastick Patricktalks abouthis juggling career which includes performing on TV, dealing with fear & failure, and having amindset of giving. Fantastick Patrick is a juggler/comedian/unicycle wrangler/musician/curator of all things fun & awesome! He comes to us from Los Angeles yet travels around the country performing at fairs, festivals, and corporate shindigs. He’s also had multiple TV appearances on shows like The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Hell’s Kitchen, and the MTV Movie Awards. SuccessMantra He who tries to shine dims his own light. Performing on TV • Talks about what he did to get on TV to perform. • Tells the story on how he got on the Tonight Show. • How unpredictable things can be on set. • How different it is performing on TV rather than performing in a live show. • There’s multiple takes, so if you mess up, you can do it again. • There are decades where nothing happens and then there are weeks where decades happen. • How he uses his TV...

55 min2016 FEB 12
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Fantastick Patrick - Juggling, TV, & Generosity

Tom Ameen - Building a Career as a Musician

In this episode, Tom Ameen talks about how he's built a successful career as a classical pianist. Topics include restaurant gigs, getting private parties, and selling albums. He also talks about his new solo piano Star Wars album, which is awesome! Tom has played piano since he was 12 years old and studied under acclaimed pianist James Tannenbaum at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He’s gathered a wonderful following around Los Angeles which has afforded him many opportunities to collaborate with some top names like Grammy nominated artist Jim Brickman, performing on many of his albums. Tom even found himself performing as J.J. Abrams’ personal pianist. He’s recorded many albums with Canadian-based label Somerset Entertainment, some of which are Wal-Mart exclusives, others to be found at theme parks around the country. My favorites are his albums that he’s put out which contain music from the Disney theme parks, and these have charted on the Billboard Top 10! Probably the most ...

63 min2016 JAN 29
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Tom Ameen - Building a Career as a Musician

Bonus: How are Jay Alexander & Christian Cagigal Building the Fog City Magic Fest?

I've invited back onto my show Jay Alexander and Christian Cagigal because they have been putting together a four-day festival of magic up in San Francisco called the Fog City Magic Fest and I wanted to get them on to talk to them about how they’re putting it together. They take us behind the scenes and talk about the nuts and bolts of how they'regoing about putting together this four-day festival of magic. Show Sponsors: ManageGigs:ManageGigshelps you keep track of all of your gigs online, without having to resort to spreadsheets.Click heretocheck them out andsign up for your free seven day trial! Audible:For Performercast Listeners, Audible is offering a free audiobook download anda free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.Click here to check it out! Fog City Magic Fest Here are some of the topics Jay and Christiantouch upon during this interview. • They talkabout the genesis of this project. • How they'remarketing and promoting it. • How they'v...

42 min2016 JAN 27
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Bonus: How are Jay Alexander & Christian Cagigal Building the Fog City Magic Fest?

Katie Marchese - Running a Magic Biz & Working with Her Husband

Last week I interviewed Mario the Magician. Katie is his wife and other half. She works with Mario as a team and handles all the business and marketing aspects of their business. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s essential for your spouse to be onboard and supportive of your entrepreneurial efforts, and this week, we’re diving into that very perspective! Show Sponsors: ManageGigs:ManageGigshelps you keep track of all of your gigs online, without having to resort to spreadsheets.Click heretocheck them out andsign up for your free seven day trial! Audible:For Performercast Listeners, Audible is offering a free audiobook download anda free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.Click here to check it out! Interview with Katie Marchese: SuccessMantra Define your normal. Katie’s Take on Their Business • How children change the dynamics of things, even in business. • Gives her take on how they built their business and took it full time. • Going f...

59 min2016 JAN 22
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Katie Marchese - Running a Magic Biz & Working with Her Husband

Mario the Magician - Generosity & Building His Own Props

In this episode,Mario the Magician talks about how he makes all of his own props. He also talks about generosity and gratefulness and how those play a part in his business. Mario is a magician who performs primarily on the East Coast entertaining children and their families. The thing that really makes him stand out is that he’s a creator and inventor, making all of his own props for his show including fun, educational robotics. He’s an advocate for the Maker Movement, STEAM/STEM educational initiatives, and can be seen on a recent episode of Sesame Street. He’s Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age. Show Sponsors: ManageGigs:ManageGigshelps you keep track of all of your gigs online, without having to resort to spreadsheets.Click heretocheck them out andsign up for your free seven day trial! Audible:For Performercast Listeners, Audible is offering a free audiobook download anda free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.Click here to c...

61 min2016 JAN 15
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Mario the Magician - Generosity & Building His Own Props

Latest Episodes

Joe Monti - Great Advice on Show Business

In my final interview here in this chapter of Successful Performercast, I have Joe Monti who gives us some valuable advice when it comes to show business and shares some stores from his career that will have you at the edge of your seat. Joe Monti has done it all. He’s traveled the world with his magic, both performing and lecturing. He’s worked with Viacom, starting with the Cosby Show. He’s consulted for television on a number of shows & projects, including Criss Angel’s Mind Freak for three seasons, a lot of ghost and paranormal shows as well as other secret television projects. He was also the $50,000 winner on Simon Cowell’s successful prime time ABC hit American Inventor, which was seen by 14 million people. He’s a frequent featured performer at the world famous Hollywood Magic Castle, home of the Academy of Magical Arts, and has released two commercial products straight from his act on the market for working magicians. Joe has done so much to elevate the art of magic, i...

90 min2016 MAR 26
Comments
Joe Monti - Great Advice on Show Business

Bill Gladwell - Stationary One Man Show

In this interview, Thought Reader Bill Gladwell who talks about the ins and outs of having his own stationary one-man, mentalism show and how he’s been able to make it a success. Bill is a performer who combines his unique skills of hypnosis, NLP, suggestion, psychology, directed awareness, and showmanship to create a fun interactive show that leaves an indelible impression on each of his audiences and has performed for a diverse list of clients from Honda to country music artist Rodney Atkins. He’s also a speaker and trainer teaching people how to develop and master strong social skills helping them win at life. For the last five years, Bill has pretty much stopped traveling in order to produce and perform in his own 75-minute mentalism show, Two Thought Minimum first in Gatlinburg Tenessee and then in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Finally, I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t mention his own podcast, “Hey! Look at Me!” where he interviews other entertainers that he comes ...

74 min2016 MAR 11
Comments
Bill Gladwell - Stationary One Man Show

Al The Only - General Practice Magician

In this interview, Al The Only talks about how he's found success in being a "general practitioner" of magic. He also talks about how he came up with his brand of Al The Only. For over 35 years Al has traveled the country with his magic, performing for corporate clients doing their trade shows, conventions, business meetings, hospitality suites and holiday parties. This includes companies like Apple, General Motors, Coca Cola, AT&T, and McDonald’s. You may also remember him from “Ask The Only,” which was his column in the Magic Menu where he fielded questions about the business side of magic. Today he’s here to share his thoughts on show business with us. SuccessMantra Perception is everything. Don’t sweat the big stuff. You never know when you’re making a memory. Being a General Practitioner of Magic • Defining general practitioner as it applies to being a full-time magician. • Accomplishing the needs of his clients’ magical needs whatever they may be. • If the client ask...

69 min2016 MAR 4
Comments
Al The Only - General Practice Magician

Steve Chezaday - Tips & Tricks from a Rockstar Magician

This week, I bring you an interview with Steve Chezaday who shares some advice and insights from his years performing full-time. Topics include dealing with clients, pricing, managing your money, and customizing and maintaining your props. There’s a lot insight to be gained from this chat. Chezaday is a magician who’s pretty much done it all from close up magic to grand illusion. His energetic show has taken him all over the country. He’s toured with Abbott’s Magic Festival and is also quite handy when it comes to building props and stage illusions. And he can do it all while rockin’ an air guitar! SuccessMantra Always be prepared. Always have your money work for you. Personalizing & Maintaining Show Props • Personalizing props. • Custom painting goes a long way. • Putting your own twist or spin on routines. • Constantly capturing your own ideas on paper so you don’t lose them. • Importance of quick reset. • Preparing and maintaining larger props. • Having protective ca...

76 min2016 FEB 26
Comments
Steve Chezaday - Tips & Tricks from a Rockstar Magician

Angela Parrish - Multiple Streams of Income

This week I have singer/songwriter Angela Parrish who shares with us about the importance of having multiple streams of income and how she runs her business. She also talks about how she saved for and completely self-funded $20,000 to record her latest album, Faithful and Tall. Based out of Los Angeles, Angela creates her own brand of music, drawing inspiration from the likes of Carole King, Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy, Gregg Allman, and Alison Krauss. Her music has brought her great acclaim including second place for her song “The Couple Down the Hall” at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition, and having her song “Higher” selected as a finalist in the 2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. You may have heard her song “Different Tomorrow” which earned a primetime placement on CBS TV last summer. Thats not even mentioning her collaborating with top producers and musicians in the industry. SuccessMantra I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people ...

72 min2016 FEB 19
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Angela Parrish - Multiple Streams of Income

Fantastick Patrick - Juggling, TV, & Generosity

In this episode, Fantastick Patricktalks abouthis juggling career which includes performing on TV, dealing with fear & failure, and having amindset of giving. Fantastick Patrick is a juggler/comedian/unicycle wrangler/musician/curator of all things fun & awesome! He comes to us from Los Angeles yet travels around the country performing at fairs, festivals, and corporate shindigs. He’s also had multiple TV appearances on shows like The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Hell’s Kitchen, and the MTV Movie Awards. SuccessMantra He who tries to shine dims his own light. Performing on TV • Talks about what he did to get on TV to perform. • Tells the story on how he got on the Tonight Show. • How unpredictable things can be on set. • How different it is performing on TV rather than performing in a live show. • There’s multiple takes, so if you mess up, you can do it again. • There are decades where nothing happens and then there are weeks where decades happen. • How he uses his TV...

55 min2016 FEB 12
Comments
Fantastick Patrick - Juggling, TV, & Generosity

Tom Ameen - Building a Career as a Musician

In this episode, Tom Ameen talks about how he's built a successful career as a classical pianist. Topics include restaurant gigs, getting private parties, and selling albums. He also talks about his new solo piano Star Wars album, which is awesome! Tom has played piano since he was 12 years old and studied under acclaimed pianist James Tannenbaum at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He’s gathered a wonderful following around Los Angeles which has afforded him many opportunities to collaborate with some top names like Grammy nominated artist Jim Brickman, performing on many of his albums. Tom even found himself performing as J.J. Abrams’ personal pianist. He’s recorded many albums with Canadian-based label Somerset Entertainment, some of which are Wal-Mart exclusives, others to be found at theme parks around the country. My favorites are his albums that he’s put out which contain music from the Disney theme parks, and these have charted on the Billboard Top 10! Probably the most ...

63 min2016 JAN 29
Comments
Tom Ameen - Building a Career as a Musician

Bonus: How are Jay Alexander & Christian Cagigal Building the Fog City Magic Fest?

I've invited back onto my show Jay Alexander and Christian Cagigal because they have been putting together a four-day festival of magic up in San Francisco called the Fog City Magic Fest and I wanted to get them on to talk to them about how they’re putting it together. They take us behind the scenes and talk about the nuts and bolts of how they'regoing about putting together this four-day festival of magic. Show Sponsors: ManageGigs:ManageGigshelps you keep track of all of your gigs online, without having to resort to spreadsheets.Click heretocheck them out andsign up for your free seven day trial! Audible:For Performercast Listeners, Audible is offering a free audiobook download anda free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.Click here to check it out! Fog City Magic Fest Here are some of the topics Jay and Christiantouch upon during this interview. • They talkabout the genesis of this project. • How they'remarketing and promoting it. • How they'v...

42 min2016 JAN 27
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Bonus: How are Jay Alexander & Christian Cagigal Building the Fog City Magic Fest?

Katie Marchese - Running a Magic Biz & Working with Her Husband

Last week I interviewed Mario the Magician. Katie is his wife and other half. She works with Mario as a team and handles all the business and marketing aspects of their business. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s essential for your spouse to be onboard and supportive of your entrepreneurial efforts, and this week, we’re diving into that very perspective! Show Sponsors: ManageGigs:ManageGigshelps you keep track of all of your gigs online, without having to resort to spreadsheets.Click heretocheck them out andsign up for your free seven day trial! Audible:For Performercast Listeners, Audible is offering a free audiobook download anda free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.Click here to check it out! Interview with Katie Marchese: SuccessMantra Define your normal. Katie’s Take on Their Business • How children change the dynamics of things, even in business. • Gives her take on how they built their business and took it full time. • Going f...

59 min2016 JAN 22
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Katie Marchese - Running a Magic Biz & Working with Her Husband

Mario the Magician - Generosity & Building His Own Props

In this episode,Mario the Magician talks about how he makes all of his own props. He also talks about generosity and gratefulness and how those play a part in his business. Mario is a magician who performs primarily on the East Coast entertaining children and their families. The thing that really makes him stand out is that he’s a creator and inventor, making all of his own props for his show including fun, educational robotics. He’s an advocate for the Maker Movement, STEAM/STEM educational initiatives, and can be seen on a recent episode of Sesame Street. He’s Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age. Show Sponsors: ManageGigs:ManageGigshelps you keep track of all of your gigs online, without having to resort to spreadsheets.Click heretocheck them out andsign up for your free seven day trial! Audible:For Performercast Listeners, Audible is offering a free audiobook download anda free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.Click here to c...

61 min2016 JAN 15
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Mario the Magician - Generosity & Building His Own Props
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