Better judgement and depleted cash reserves forced my hand to jump back into the corporate world. So, with God's help, I've decided to partner with a large consulting group up in San Francisco. Some of you may have remembered that I was making my way up to San Francisco a few times the past month or so (where I ran, almost literally, into Michael Chabon at SFO) to meet with their CxO for an interview. After a week of intense training (read, indoctrination), I have seen and gleaned that this corporate culture will be VERY metrics-based, micro-managed, and looking for one thing: viz., can you close a large deal. I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain, so we have agreed to take this business relationship on a test drive. I'll be reaching out to many (many) large Fortune 500 type companies (some that I've closed large seven-figure deals with) within the next 90 days to see how my new company (and bosses ... sounds weird after two years with none) might be able to help them. Btw, this new company is THE leader in like a dozen or so sectors, and have the reputation for sipping their own champagne. Yes, their accolades are deserved, but this will be a challenging new venture. But, one that has benefits (I've been hiding the teeth of a hobo the last two years) and a nice (very nice) salary. So, although I might be back in the black in terms of a paycheck, I'm still very much in debt with law school loans and several things are requiring a large wealth-creating event in my life. But, I'm trusting (always!) that hard work and a perspective change by yours truly will be rewarded and that God will bless, Dear Reader!
To square-up the circle regarding my company that I started with my business partner two years back, it is now up to 35 clients, and we met a few months ago with the top entertainment attorney in the country in our space. He asked us to consider pushing our clients over to him and we have to work out the details. Keep you in the loop on how that goes. I met two weeks ago with a very senior editor at one of Hollywood's top two publications in America who asked permission to interview me for an article about what we do and about who our representative clients are. If I told you the folks we signed, you would instantly recognize them, they've sold hundreds of millions of records. Anyway, not sure about the interview. I'm definitely trying to keep my head below the radar, but, oh, I dunno. Maybe it's time I just go for it.
So, Friday. I'm at SFO again, heading back to L.A., and in walking next to me to catch my flight at gate 69 at United was James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic). He was with a woman I didn't recognize, and I was surprised he was hopping on a United Airlines flight. (I guess even an almost-billionaire rides commercial!) Aboard the plane, I worked on a script that I dropped for almost two months as life crashed-in around me, and really found it so refreshing to write because I love the story I'm working, and where these characters are going. I will finish this before summer ends. Btw, the last two weeks my son has been in baseball playoffs. One of his teammate's grandfather always attended the games as well (we'd known each other for a few years), and he and I would constantly talk about the business. He was a President at Paramount for like 20 years, and a legend with a star on the walk of fame. He's retired and a really old-school cat with people asking (and paying) him for advice. Made watching (sometimes) boring baseball much more fun to watch. He asked me to consider raising some money for a vanity project of his. Not sure if that'll work out presently b/c one too many irons are definitely in the fire. Gotta focus on my new position and see how this goes. But, nice to be asked, you know?
Anyway, Father's Day is coming up, so I'm posting tomorrow my LuxeMont article for suggested purchases for the old man in your kid's life. (Don't judge me if they come across as very aspirational! LuxeMont and JustLuxe is very high-end afterall.)
Have a great week, y'all ...