Jesse Paul Smith: Breaking Through The Noise To Succeed In Entertainment
What are some sacrifices you’ve made to get to where you are?
To be able to afford to attend conferences, buy coaching programs, and invest in business mentors, I’ve given up a lot of vacations and new toys. I’ve also given up a lot of my time over the years. In my 20’s, I stayed home to practice dancing while my friends were out partying.
It’s a trade-off — you sacrifice small things now to enjoy finer things later on.
What has surprised you most about running your own business?
I don’t think I really understood how challenging it was to stay innovative enough to break through all the noise. I’ve always been able to get traction on something, but running your own business takes a new level of commitment and more work if you really want to stand out from the crowd.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Getting signed as a dancer with MSA without any training or guidance, and working with celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Channing Tatum. It was a huge milestone in my career and gave me the opportunity to hone my skills and really find my passion.