My name is Marc. And I develop world-class personal brands for world-class people who build world-class companies.
I’m pretty sure I already told you that on the homepage, but I figured it was worth repeating. You know. Just in case you weren’t paying attention or something.
Anyway, this is the “About” page, so I should probably tell you my story.
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I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and started my professional journey with the impossible dream of one day performing on Broadway. In other words, I moved back in with my Mom.
Now, I get that going to college for music doesn’t really make sense given my current career path, however, when you are a broke musician living in the spare bedroom of your Mom’s house, you will go to extraordinary lengths to get what you want.
And that’s exactly what I did.
About two years and one restraining order later, I found myself on stage with the Tony Award Winning Broadway Show Rent. And for the next ten years, I performed in the first and second national tour as well as the New York production.
I had actually done the impossible.
So, how does a kid who is pretty much fresh out of college get one of the most prestigious gigs in the world? Especially when there were thousands of other musicians out there who were better and had more experience?
I made a name for myself.
I didn’t call it personal branding at the time. But that’s exactly what it was. I had positioned myself in such a way that I could not be ignored.
Years later, I started a marketing firm using that same tenacity and found myself working with companies like Nike, American Express, Travel+Leisure Magazine, Berkshire Hathaway, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and a few hundred other companies.
Business was good. But I was not.
As much as I enjoyed the marketing aspect of what I did, I really didn’t enjoy who I did it for. I had dreams and aspirations of making a difference in the world and yet here I was helping Pepsi sell a few more cans of soda and the local plumber unclog a few more toilets.
So, I left.
Just so we’re all on the same page here, when I say that I left, I really do mean that I left. I didn’t sell my share of the company. I didn’t go through a big merger. I walked away. I was unhappy enough and unfulfilled enough that after fifteen years in business, I left my own company with nothing in return. Nada. Zilch. Zero.
That was also the moment that I fell in love with my work again.
Now, I get to play with some of the brightest people in the world and help them do just what I did while living at my Mom’s house. I get to help them do the impossible through my work with LoudMouse, my keynote speeches, my live workshops, my online programs and my blog.
Not bad for a kid who went to college to play bass in a David Bowie cover band.
The best part of what I do is getting to connect with people. Please be one of those people and find me online and say hi!
Thanks! I really appreciate you stopping by and hanging with me! Let me know how I can return the favor someday…