My 2020 Year In Review
Happy New Year! 🥳
What a year it's been. Boggles the mind just to review what's happened.
In my own life, it went something like this...
Jan: Not a care in the world. Flying all over, performing my Psychological Illusion Show on cruise ships in exotic ports of call. Enjoying life.
Feb: Recorded the final Digimon movie in LA after 20 years of starring in it.
March: Covid hit. Lost a year's worth of shows and speeches practically overnight! Became shocked, saddened, and sequestered. Bought toilet paper.
April: Started virtual schooling my kids. Taught my 7 year old how to use a computer. Surprised to find that my 9 year old already knows! Realize that teachers all need a raise.
May: Did my first virtual speech, for thousands of investment advisors all over the world, as a keynote speaker for the Million Dollar Round Table. A dream gig that I was supposed to fly to Dubai to present. Learn to do virtual presentations as a result. Like them a lot. Start building a video production studio.
June: Launched my online vocal communication skills bootcamp
July: Started running a monthly Zoom class where I teach voice over acting
August: Created a weekly vocal communication skills video training series
September: Started giving more virtual keynote speeches to big companies like Adobe. Cautiously optimistic about this new business model.
October: No gigs. Nothing. On what's usually one of the biggest months of the year. Start thinking about recreating my show for Zoom. Can't see a way to do it well. Know I have to figure it out anyway. Spend a lot of time experimenting with how to make online entertainment work as well as a live show. Frustrating, like being a beginner again, but I keep going.
Also, my new movie Digimon Kizuna got released on Amazon and iTunes. We become the 7th best selling movie on all of Amazon and crack the top 10 on iTunes as well. After 20 years, it's still a trip to see "Starring Joshua Seth" on the title. I give a lot of interviews. Feels like the end of an era.
November: The Zoom show is starting to come together! I can't believe it but it's actually starting to get good. I'm still struggling with the technical aspects of running it while I'm performing it, but I'm getting better every time. I keep doing virtual keynote speeches but am getting passionate about performing again.
December: Boom! The Zoom show is ready for prime time, and not a moment too soon. I book a dizzying amount of virtual corporate magic shows on Zoom with major companies like Citibank, Ford, and Conde Nast. The shows are great and so much fun to do! It ends up being one of my most profitable December's ever.
Here's To Growth and Renewal in 2021 🥳
In Shakespeare's Richard III, King Richard famously remarks, "Now is the winter of our discontent."
But winter soon turns to spring. And what may look bleak today will become renewed again tomorrow.
To update the analogy a bit, Peter Sellers said in the classic comedy Being There, "In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again."
In other words, to everything there is a season. This too shall pass.
So let's bid adieu to 2020 with the hope that 2021 will bring with it a new season of growth and renewal for us all.
I know I never could have anticipated the journey I've been on this year. So we would do well to remind ourselves that we do not know what the future will bring either, just that it is up to each of us to make the most of it. Whatever that may be.
- Joshua Seth
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