One year ago I made a decision that would change my life in more ways than I could ever imagine. I made a decision to enter a competition and learn to become a Magician from scratch.
One day I was scrolling through twitter and happened to see a post from Jaime Staples advertising his “My Ultimate Sweat” Contest. The premise of the competition was to come up with a Goal you’ve always wanted to achieve and spend the next 3 months working towards it.
The winner of the competitions would be flown to The Bahamas to play in the PSPC $25,000 tournament.
I knew from the moment that I saw the competition that I had to enter as this combined two of my greatest passions in life; Poker and Winning competitions.
I'm not joking - I'm super competitive and I LOVE winning!
I once got a tattoo in order to win a competition, but thats a story for another time.
My initial instinct was to try and get as muscular as possible in that time, however after talking with my personal trainer I determined that there would be a limit to how far I could push my progress in just 3 months. So I set my gaze towards more creative endeavours I had always wanted to pursue. After much deliberation I had decided I was going become a Magician and preform on stage in 3 months time. The reason I decided upon this was because I had actually been interested in magic as a child but never really pursued it.
I can honestly say I had no idea how big of an undertaking this project was going to be. I got sucked in to the Magic community BIG TIME. In fact I got so invested in the project I decided to quit my job so I could dedicate more time to it.
I was lucky to be living in Melbourne because it turns out they have a great community of magicians.
In total I committed over 450 hours across 86 days and documented the entire process over on my Youtube page “Brandon Learns Magic” . It was an incredible process and I’m honestly so glad I went out and made it happen. If you want to see more you can check it out here.
My mindset shifted dramatically from “just trying to win” to “wanting to excel in this goal I had set myself. I think this is what really allowed me to dedicate so much effort towards this.
Once it was done and the dust had settled I have a very vivid memory of going to bed one night thinking “well I’m unemployed and rent is coming up, starting tomorrow I need to find a new job”.
I woke up the next morning and see a Twitter message from Jaime Staples saying he wanted to talk but it wasn’t in relation to the competition.
I was intrigued to say the least. So I get on the phone with Jaime and he tells me that he really loved the quality of the videos and given the fact I was now jobless “did I want to work for him”.
I was speechless and told him I needed to think about it for a moment. So I called my family and they all urged me to take the opportunity. So I called back Jaime and said “Yes, Im in. When do you want me to start?”. He told me he was in Reno and wanted me to come out immediately.
I was nervous but also beyond excited by the opportunity so I told him I would be there in 4 days.
I’m not sure if you have ever tried to move your life overseas on 4 days notice, however it is stressful as f#ck! So I got my act together sold everything I had and said my goodbyes. Within 4 days I was standing in Reno Airport pinching myself thinking “is this actually happening - did I really do this?”.
While I was nervous to meet Jaime at first it turns out he was a great guy who was basically the same person I knew from the Twitch streams. It was like meeting up with an old friend rather than meeting a complete stranger. After Run It Up Reno was over we headed to the UK and and began shooting regular videos and making all sorts of content. Working as Jaime’s full time videographer was a great opportunity and I’m so glad I took the leap. The thing that made the job particularly enjoyable was all the different countries I got to see including; Paris, UK, USA, Bahamas, Prague to name a few. Having the opportunity to live in London was honestly one of the coolest experiences of my life. It was such an exciting city and really reminded me of home.
It was in London where my journey would take a significant turn. It was 2am one night and I was fast asleep and I hear a knock on my door, “Brando, I just got off the phone with Bill and I have a pretty exciting opportunity for you”, half asleep I respond with “whats that, what did he say to you?” “well he’s looking for Producer for the Thirst Lounge and I think you would be perfect for the Job”. I sat up and thought about it for a moment and said to Jaime that its sounded great however I needed to think about it for a second and I would discuss with him in the morning.
I was kind of in shock. I knew it would be a great opportunity and one that I could really develop in, however I was conscious of the fact that if left the job then Jaime would in turn loose myself. After talking with him at length he made it clear that he wants only the best for his friends and employees and ultimately if that would be detrimental to him he would still go that route. This always stuck with me and to this day I thank Jaime for putting me forward for this job.
So after an interview with Bill it was very swiftly decided that I would now be the Producer of the Thirst Lounge. What a rollercoaster ride this was turning out to be! So rather than 4 days to pack my bags, on this occasion I got 3 and I was on a flight to the Virgin Islands. I had somehow gone from being unemployed wondering what I was going to do with my life to working for Bill Perkins and being a Producer for The Thirst Lounge.
Since I’ve joined the project a-lot has happened and I have grown a lot professionally and personally. I feel very privileged to be a part of this team and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done so far. With that being said we still have a long way to go and I can’t wait for the next chapter in this crazy thing we call life.
If you are thinking of taking the next step towards your dreams, I urge you to take the leap and go for it 100%. I recognise that I may be an outlier and I don’t advise anyone quit there job on a whim unless they are financially stable and ready to fully commit. Thats my biggest piece of advice, save your money so you have the freedom to do what you want to do when the time is right.
In my next blog post I will be going in to more depth regarding my experiences on the project so far and why it has been so impactful on my life.
Thanks for reading, Until next time.