The Tragedy Academy
May 10, 2021

Special Guest: 'The Entertainment Guru' Mike Barker

Special Guest: 'The Entertainment Guru' Mike Barker

In today's episode, Jay is joined by 'The Entertainment Guru' Mike Barker, who has worked with top-notch celebrities. He is an entertainment sales, events, and media professional. He is also the author of a best-selling book – "4 Strategies to Personal Branding and Marketing Strategies."

In today's episode, Jay is joined by 'The Entertainment Guru' Mike Barker, who has worked with top-notch celebrities. He is an entertainment sales, events, and media professional. He is also the author of a best-selling book – "4 Strategies to Personal Branding and Marketing Strategies." 

Episode Highlights: 

  • 02:03: Mike talks about his career journey and how he took one responsibility after another in the entertainment industry.
  • 04:55: Jay talks about the importance of personal gratitude.
  • 06:00: Jay is impressed by what Mike's best-selling book has to offer. He points out how Mike talks about branding capabilities.
  • 08:10: Dream career means you are yourself, and you are authentic. If you don't have that intent, it isn't going to happen.
  • 09:31: To achieve anything written in the book, you have to fake it until you make it.
  • 10:06: In his book, Mike talks about the importance of finding purpose in life to succeed.
  • 10:44: Even if you don't have all the resources, your product must be an A-list.
  • 12:59: Mike talks about how he wanted to be a guidance counselor and later prompted him to change his career.
  • 13:26: Mike talks about how his high school guidance counselor dissuaded him from college or joining the army because he is black.
  • 14:21: Jay discusses the charity events and speaking engagements that Mike does. He points out that how vast majority of what Mike had achieved so far was just a preparation so that he can give it back to society.
  • 17:51: Mike talks about the systems designed for white people and the racial discriminations encountered. But he adds how it is essential not to get angry about it, instead use it to your advantage and be a better person.
  • 18:59: Jay urges listeners to be grateful for what they have done in the past, be it something good or bad.
  • 19:59: Jay is not an advocate for divorces, but he warns the listeners not to stay in a relationship that is not working.
  • 20:21: Mike agrees with Jay's opinion on the relationship and stresses that the same mentality should be followed in the case of friends.
  • 23:04: Jay points out the essential role struggles play to shape one's life and career.
  • 25:45: Because of the struggles faced by Mike, he now knows his strength. He points out how we put ourselves in insane mazes and go through the same mistakes repeatedly.
  • 27:29: Jay highlights how celebrities aren't given any empathy.
  • 28:50: When it comes to mental illness or mental health, Jay has found that a part of healing is to teach others.
  • 31:32: Jay talks about how he has healed himself by launching this podcast and talking about mental health.
  • 33:48: Mike talks about the struggles and challenges while writing and completing the "4 Strategies to Personal Branding and Marketing Strategies" book.
  • 35:22: Mike shares the importance of emotional discipline. It is not about stopping or controlling it but getting to the root and let it go.

3 Key Points:

  1. Jay discusses the best-selling book written by Mike. He is impressed how the book talks about achieving one's dream rather than pursuing what others want.
  2. Jay and Mike explain how branding is more about positively wearing a mask.
  3. Mike and Jay talk about the financial and life struggles they have faced while growing up. They share how they have learned from it and given their life a positive spin.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • "if people don't give you the roses, you got to give it to yourself" - Mike Barker.
  • "Gratitude and empathy are gateways to understand other people." – Jay.
  • "You have to eat, sleep and breathe, who you want to be." – Jay.
  • "Shape your life around the thing or purpose that is most important for you." – Jay.
  • "Gratitude is what you have to practice to get results." – Jay.
  • "Don't hate anyone, because of their success - Be Inspired!" – Mike Barker.
  • "Everybody should be a method actor for a year or two because that is how you understand other people's feelings." – Jay.
  • "At the end of the day, we all have issues; it just has to be fine-tuned if you want to have a successful life." - Mike Barker.

Resources Mentioned:

· Mike Barker: Website | The Carlos Ramer Scholarship Foundation | Instagram

Mike Barker Bio: 

With over 15 years of experience in the entertainment business, Mike Barker has worked with artists such as Janet Jackson, Ciara, Usher, Michael B. Jordan, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Cardi B, Meg The Stallion, The Game, Larry King, Tito Ortiz, Toni Braxton, Jill Scott, and Gene Simmons. Mr. Barker continues to partner with organizations like The Grammy Recording Academy, Dick Clark Productions with the Billboard Awards, American Music Awards, Krutchie Entertainment, BET, and Fox Networks as a Talent Relations and Production Manager for Radio Remote & Press Events. Mr. Barker resides in Los Angeles, CA, and also holds the position as an Account Manager & Sr. Licensing Rep for Motion Picture Licensing Corporation. This ‘Entertainment Guru’ holds a BA in Communication Studies from Long Beach State University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Redlands. He is the Founder & CEO of The Carlos Ramer Scholarship Foundation and serves the community as a motivational speaker to colleges and universities throughout Southern California.

#1 Amazon New Release & Bestselling Book 4 Strategies to Personal Branding & Marketing Yourself, currently available on Amazon.

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