Straight from the showroom at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, we have one of the two entertainers that rocked America’s Got Talent and most recently, Shark Tank. You’ve seen him on TV, now we get to chat with him live!
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[01:09] – They’ve been doing shows for 20 years now
[02:23] – The did a lot of TV appearances in 2012
[03:25] – Raja’s area of expertise is in the general realm of entertainment
[04:46] – Share something we don’t know about your area of expertise that as Entrepreneurs, we probably should: Business is a big word in show business — it’s a business of promoting yourself and what you do
[06:29] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: Raja had a whole-summer engagement in Blackpool, England with Jarrett a few years ago. They met their producer in Edinburgh. When Raja and Jarrett got there, they found out the producer hadn’t promoted the show very well. There was no parade, they had a thin audiences and they were losing money. The producer didn’t allow Raja and Jarrett to end the show, so they came up with a plan to hire a truck and get their things to the airport. What they didn’t know was the owner of the company knew the producer
[09:54] – Life gives you surprises, but making it a positive experience is on you
[10:30] – Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment: Raja and Jarrett got booted out, but were given a chance to be on America’s Got Talent for the 2nd time because of the wild card. When they got back, they knew that was it. They needed to perform fresh new acts – so they came up with The Piano Vanish. They rehearsed it and they failed – their act was that night. They did the act again that night and it was a success!
[12:45] – “Shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you land amongst the stars”
[14:01] – Even if you’re afraid and get rejected, you have to find your strength within
[15:20] – Perseverance is what gets you to success
[15:32] – Raja shares a story about their experience on America’s Got Talent
[18:04] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “Fear and ignorance”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “You don’t need a manager, you need a good agent and a lawyer”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “The sense of discipline that I learned as a pianist”
- Share an internet resource, like Evernote, with Fire Nation – Musical America
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – The Tipping Point – “this book really spoke to my industry 100%”
[23:16] – “The power of human interaction is second to none”
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