Performing, especially performing magic, is a collaboration between the show and the audience to create something unique, memorable and magical. But, success depends on much more than talent and presentation. The show is first and foremost. But there can be no show without the business.
With apologizes to the movie DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004), here are my Five D’s of [Performing] Entrepreneurship:
- Business is a daunting proposition. Performing is exhausting. Only a strong desire to succeed leads to success.
Drive is the manifestation of inspiration and desire.
- The commitment must be total. Dedication means making the tough decisions about investment of time, money and energy. It means giving up that weekly television show or missing the end of the game. It means making your own coffee or eating frozen pizza to save a buck. It means late nights and early mornings. It means the show is a top three priority.
- Let’s face it: there are bad days. Days when giving up seems the best choice. Honestly, maybe it is. But, success is the last action in a series of failures. At least once a day I have that “I give up moment.” Determination is the moment afterward. And by the way, determination depends on a great support system. My supporters are my family. Who talks you down and tells you that they believe in you? Find someone.
- Business is a process. Repeated. Regular. Refined. All aspects of the business process require faithful execution. The Smith and Elliot book mentioned below can help you with this.
- You have got to want it. And work on it. Every chance. And it needs to feel good.
I want to thank Elliott Smith and Ian Quick, whose must-read for the performing professional book Highway to Success: The Entertainer’s Roadmap to Business inspired and informed this list.
I keep a sign over my desk enumerating the Five D’s. It keeps me focused.
What’s on your list?