"RockStar Success Stories: Inspirational Stories of Success by Extraordinary 'RockStars'” features 49 stories by written by a wide range of successful people. Featured authors include Dean Cain (Superman), Derrick Hall (President & CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks), Glenn Morshower (Aaron Pierce form the hit TV Show, 24), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), and Craig Duswalt (professional speaker and author of six books).
Each author shares either a specific story or a period of time where something happened to them, or they were inspired to take action, and that event changed their lives forever. "RockStar Success Stories" helps regular people believe that anything is possible, and that anyone can become a RockStar in their business or in their daily life.
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About the Author
Craig Duswalt is a professional speaker, author, radio host and creator of Craig Duswalt MarketingHow to Achieve RockStar Status in Your Industry. His background includes touring with Guns N’ Roses, as Axl Rose’s personal assistant, and Air Supply, as the band’s personal assistant. Craig has written six books, and speaks to corporations, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and colleges on how to stand out from the competition. www.CraigDuswaltMarketing.com
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It was July 1983. I had just graduated collegeState University of New York at Oswego. I was a business major with a theatre minor, but I was very involved in theatre. I had starred in numerous college productions in my junior and senior years. Acting was in my blood forever.
My first job out of college was at the Westbury Music Fair in Long Island, New York. Westbury Music Fair was a 3,000-seat, in-the-round venue that housed plays and intimate concerts. I was a backstage runner, a gopher, the bottom man on the totem pole. When acts came into town, I would pick them up at the airport. Or, I would pick them up at their hotel, and bring them to the gig for sound check. And I always had to make sure they had what they needed backstage.
I only held this job for about a month, because I was about to meet someone who would change my life.
The Australian pop band, Air Supply, came to Westbury Music Fair to do two showsone on Friday night and one on Saturday night.
What I did not know at the time was that Air Supply had just fired their band assistant because of excessive drug use.
I worked the show on Friday night, getting drinks, supplying towels, etc. I met the two lead members of the band, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, as well as their security guard, Bob Street. Nothing special, just “Hi!” and some small talk. But I was working my butt off that night, running around for everyonebut always with a smile and a positive attitude.
The next day I found out my mom and her friend had tickets to see Air Supply that night. I wasn’t supposed to work that night but because my mom was going I asked my boss if I could come in again to work the second show.
Two weeks earlier, out of nowhere, knowing that Air Supply was coming to town, my mom said to me, “What if they ask you to go on tour with them, would you go?”
I said, “Who?”
“Air Supply, what if they ask you to tour with them?”
I said to my Mom, “And why would they do that? You’re crazy! Where do you come up with this stuff?”
I never gave it another thought.
I arrived at work about 2:00 p.m. to help get things ready for the Saturday night show. At about 5:00 p.m., Air Supply arrived to do a sound check. Once again, there were casual hellos from the band members. But Bob Street talked to me a little about my interests, and how I liked working at Westbury. About a half hour later Bob and the band went back to the hotel to rest before the show.
The concert was sold out.
As I got the backstage area ready, the excited crowd took their seats. About an hour later the warm-up band took the stage. I peeked out from behind the backstage curtain, and saw my mom and her friend in the audience.
Air Supply arrived through the Stage Door entrance. As the band members went to their dressing rooms, Bob Street pulled me aside and asked me how much I made working at Westbury. I told him about $150 a week. (Don’t laugh. Back in 1983, $150 a week wasn’t bad).
Bob said, “Do you want to quadruple that?”
So many things went through my mind at that moment, one of them being, “What the hell does he want me to do to make $600 a week?”
My mind went to some very dark places. But I was 21 years oldand I was thinking to myself, “Hell, whatever he says, I’ll do it.” I wouldn’t really, but that’s what I was thinking.
So I said, “Hell yeah… doing what?”
I was told that they needed a person to take care of the band and their backstage area while they were on the road. They liked the way I worked, they liked my positive attitude and they loved my energy, so they wanted to offer me a job to join them on their world tour.
I was in shock. I think I said, “When do I leave?”
Bob said, “Come to our hotel tomorrow to iron out the details with our tour manager, John Slattery.”
We shook hands and he went into a dressing room. I stood there dumbfounded, wondering what the hell just happened. Did I just get a job touring with one of the biggest pop bands in the world?
You bet I did.
Table of Contents
The Night that Changed My Life by Craig Duswalt
Enjoy Success But Always Keep Your Family a Top Priority! by James Malinchak
Workforce Reduction into Lemonade by Derrick Hall
Thoughts and Words by Natasha Duswalt
Man of Steel by Dean Cain
Relax! by Glenn Morshower
Five Days by Ernie Hudson
Tenacity by Larry Broughton
Letting GoA Life PhD from Mistakes University by Nick Lowery
From Passion to Acquisition: A $20 Million Rock Star by 30! by Nellie Akalp
As Seen on TV! Crash, Burn, Transcend! by Darren Kavinoky
How I Passed the Most Crucial Test of My Career by Hepsharat Amadi, M.D.
There Is Nothing Like a Dream to Create the FuturePart One by Richard Barrier
There is Nothing Like a Dream to Create the FuturePart Two by Richard Barrier
40-year Journey to Success – Persistence Wins the Day by Craig Batley
Awakening to My Destiny by Stephen C. Carpenter
Rock Bottom to RockStar by Sandra Champlain
The Bedrock Bookkeeping Success StoryThere Are No Coincidences by Joe DiChiara
How I Took Back My Life by Roger Anthony Dumadag
A RockStar Strategy through The Voice of God? by Maryann Ehmann
How I Overcame Fear to Achieve Success and Happiness by Linda Fleischmann
Visual Reality by Patricia Karen Gagic
Stand Up and Speak Up by Walt Grassl
Ready-Fire-Aim! by Sandra Hanesworth
How an Accident Can Be a Blessing in Disguise by Sheryl Hensel
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained by Roxi Bahar Hewertson
How Would You Like Your Coffee? by Dr. Deborah J. Hrivnak
Confidence, Courage, and CaringThe Adventure Story of Success in Helping Others by John Hrivnak
Free Falling by Deborah Kagan
Family Ties by Melody Keymer Harper
Kopf Brothers Crested Butte to Aspen Ski Race by Chris Kopf
And the Emmy Goes To. . .Change of Heart by Janie Lidey
I Believe Everyone Should Be a Real Estate Investor by Steve Love
Not only Surviving, but Thriving by Carey McLean
Learning to Flow Like a Black Belt by Melodee Meyer
IBSI’ve Been Silent by Karen O’Connor
Welcome to My “Snow Globe” by Deana Petrelli
Everything I Touch Turns to Success by Suzy Prudden
PhD RockStar in Progress by Denise Schickel
Turning a Penchant for Secrets into a Career By Judy Schriener
How Despair Inspired My Life’s Work by Susan Sheppard
A Life Re-Engineered by Alan Skidmore
A Mom’s Story of Success by Barbara Starley
Risk AND Reward by Karen Strauss
From Codependency to “Independency” by Scott Transue
It’s Never Too Late to Find Success, Happiness, or Your Soulmate by Cynthia Trevino
Three Strikes You’re Out! or Third Time’s a Charm? by Nellie T Williams
An Unlikely Purchase by Ross Wright
From Abuse Victim to Survivor and Thriver by Sharyn Yuloff