with Walter Simson
One day while I was in the middle of making a decidedly unconventional career change from international banking to the holy calling of advice-giving, I came across a free alternative paper that had this eye-catching headline: “How to be OUTRAGEOUSLY Successful in Acting.” As it happened, I had just done a commercial for the New York market that had been seen by a total of three people. (Backstory: The director wanted someone who was wearing a suit in his commercial. The casting agent only knew one person who owned a suit. Me.) Wow, I thought. That first commercial was easy. Maybe this free paper could help me finance my consulting career with quick, easy, and lucrative acting work.
I have been gratified to receive a number of inquiries. “Where’s your blog?” The truth is that I received an offer to write a business article for a print magazine, which would have caused a conflict. Then the offer … went nowhere. I have made an executive decision. To heck with quality journalism. I’m gonna keep writing for you guys. So I thought we could begin the summer with a review of the mixed economic picture.