Sometimes Plan B is the Correct One

  When I was young I wanted to be an NBA basketball player.  That was Plan A.  I also wanted to be a performer and entertainer, speaker and figure of influence, but I knew that was a long shot, since so few make a career of that. Looking back I have to laugh.  Making the NBA is way more improbable, but in my young mind it was the way I would go. Amazing to think that Plan B turned out to be the path for me. I have found that when someone either doesn’t have the natural talent for a
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What Percentage Should My Agent Get?

  If you are just starting out in the speaking or entertainment industry, I don’t recommend you try to get an agent right away.  The reason being is that most of the time it’s not affordable, and it’s more valuable for you to learn how to get work yourself, as it will serve you your entire career. Once you get to a level where you need an agent, or someone booking you and taking a percentage, the question often arises as to what they should take from the gross.  This blog post is merely a response to the questions as
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How to Land Gigs at Schools

  Here’s a Q&A for those interested in my suggestions for getting work as a speaker at schools, as right now is primetime to get these events!  If you’ve experienced something different please comment below.   As an introduction, I have spoken to hundreds of schools, (it feels like) thousands of assemblies, and in the hundreds of thousands of kids through the years.  It is a wonderful opportunity to influence the youth, and although I don’t do as much at schools anymore (focusing on keynote speaking for corporate events), here are some tips to making this type of gig work
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The Importance of Your Promo Video

  One of the most painful experiences for me has been filming video footage for the promotion of my speaking and performing.  Capture footage of me on stage?  No problem.  But stick a camera in my face and ask me what I want to say, and I freeze up so painfully you may not believe it. I don’t know if you can relate. I have devoted to making a new promotional video annually.  Bring the Pain!!!  And I have worked with some wonderful companies and individuals, whom I still recommend for certain aspects and shoots, since they have helped me
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What’s in Your Back Pocket?

  This past week acting as Emcee for Paparazzi (one of my favorite clients ever, 2,000 screaming women is always fun, although getting to the bathroom in less than an hour due to selfies can become frustrating in a good way…) in Las Vegas I was given instructions as to what was needed: Day 1 – 10 minutes to open the day, introduce the speakers, intro the Founders, and then do a quick 5 minute wrap up. Day 2 – Same as before. Day 3 – 10 minutes to open the day, introduce Fall Line Fashion Show, deliver my Keynote
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Bring It Even When You’re Tired

  If you’ve spent any time on stage you know the most important thing, other than preparation, is to BRING IT once you’re out there. Even after long travel days, sleepless hotel nights, all that’s happened to you no longer matters the second you are introduced. Here is a video where I share my thoughts before going on stage as Emcee for Paparazzi, over 2,000 screaming women at this event, glitter & jewelry everywhere, with as much energy as I bring, they bring it, too. How do you?     ~ jason   Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE
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