Free Agent

You guys made my 2007 a very happy and productive one. The year marked an important personal turning point, from my previous 38 years in the business as an employee to a free agent. Some might think I was crazy to launch my own business at my tender age.

I have loved every minute of the past year, because of you and your talented and ambitious staffs. I love working with young people (and some of you oldsters as well). I love teaching in a Socratic style where self- discovery is the mode of learning. And, I love helping organize the creative process so it bears and sustains fruit. I’ve learned, the hard way, that anyone can have an idea. But few know what to do with that idea to make it work and make it last.

I hope to keep in touch and continue to work with you. Beyond the obvious “business benefit” of such continuing relationships, I feel passionately about helping to ensure that working with me leads to the result you want. It is no good to either of us if I am a 1-2 day wonder, parachuting into town, delivering high- minded profundities and then vanishing from sight. Success is in the execution of good ideas, and I think that working with your staff, showing them how to turn their plans into every day reality, is crucial. This can and should be done economically. The heavy lifting will be done by your staff. But, I’d like to be involved in helping continue to motivate them by showing them that quality is possible, every day, on every show.

Please let me know how I can continue to work with you. And, thank you sincerely for being the early adopters who helped me launch my new business. I greatly value our friendship.