Then over a 6 month period, we were contacted by a bunch of people who followed us on Facebook, from across the US and even many from developing countries around the world, all wishing they could train with us and realize their dreams in this wonderful business. I knew they couldn’t afford to travel to Los Angeles, CA let alone pay for our class fees AND their training gear. Their dreams would go unfulfilled. And this REALLY affected me.
The breaking point came, when one woman literally contacted me EVERY month for 4 months straight to ask if we were teaching a tactical class yet. I always gave her the same “add you to the list” answer yet she knew she really needed the tactical movie handgun & revolver training to grow her career and the other tactical courses out there were just for personal defense and had nothing to with film & TV (there’s a WORLD of difference). Her annoying and undying persistence paid off! Lol! So we went ahead and scheduled some classes.
We limited the number of students because we didn’t want a huge deluge of students and as predicted the classes sold out quickly (though that meant many more were added to our ‘list’). Well everyone loved the classes! So much so that many asked if they could get VIDEOS of the training to use as a reference for later on. They didn’t want to forget the great lessons that they’d learned and the wealth of information that our instructors shared with them.
I realized that day that everything had changed for me. My stunt team and I could no longer simply chalk it up to being too busy to help other aspiring actors, stunt performers and content creators. We had to recreate our approach, our priorities, our thinking. It took me 6 months to put it all together.
Yet when I did…it all clicked! We got great results and feedback from a test group of students that loved the teaching strategy we’d innovated. They learned EXACTLY what they needed to know to grow their careers WHEN they needed it and more importantly were able to RETAIN what they’d learned for auditions, film & TV projects and their reels. All thanks to the unique teaching strategy & learning system we put together for them.