Today’s Show Recap

Thanks for listening to Makin’ It. On this week’s episode, we talk about secret stories from Hollywood, the TV Titans roundtable and the future of TV, our next profile in the Makin’ It Success Stories featuring Jackie Chan, and, finally, on Makin’ It or Breakin’ It, we discuss John McAfee’s presidential bid. Let us know what you think of the show in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

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Tommy, Todd and Brittany start the show talking about the book “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency.” This book features several secret stories from Hollywood. One of particular interest is when David Letterman dared the son of Michael Ovitz, a co-creator of Creative Arts Agency (CAA), $100 to drink a bottle of Tabasco sauce resulting the son to vomit on Letterman’s airplane. Another secret was the Sylvester Stallone was initially offered the role in “Beverly Hills Cop” as it parodied his tough-guy image. Another secret was how Goldie Hawn wanted to be in “Thelma and Louise,” but Ridley Scott didn’t feel she was right for the part.

Many actors are visionaries and entrepreneurs these days and have figured out how to navigate their craft. What’s important to note about the CAA is that it was started by five men from William Morris, and it eventually became the eminent agency in Hollywood. CAA is a prime example of entrepreneurship, and the book is a collection of their history. What do you think of Hollywood secrets? Would you rather know what goes on behind the scenes or just enjoy the programming? Let us know in the comments section.

Next up, a recent article in the “Hollywood Reporter” talked about the TV Titans’ Roundtable, and how television chiefs, such as HBO, Netflix, and A&E, sparred over the future of television. Binge-watching television is becoming the new norm for most people over watching basic cable, with Netflix changing the game. It used to be that there wasn’t enough content for people to watch. Now, with there being an ample supply, the TV Titans are always on the lookout for quality content. Studios are getting smarter about how they spend their money to procure quality shows. In their eyes, more isn’t necessarily better, but better is certainly better. What do you think about how the way we watch television is changing? What do you think of binge-watching versus watching basic cable? Let us know in the comments section.

OMG Fact of the Week:

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

In the next segment of the show, Tommy, Todd and Brittany do another installation in the Makin It Success Story Profile Series. This week, they feature Jackie Chan. Chan Kong-sang, or Jackie Chan, is a legendary movie maker known all over the world for his comedy and martial arts and how he married the two to be a great performer. Being extremely popular in Asia and not being recognized in the United States until age 50, Chan has been known for movies such as “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon,” but Chan is also a great entrepreneur.

Chan was born in Hong Kong to refugees and had a very modest upbringing. He failed his first year of school and was a cook as his first job. When his parents moved to Australia, Chan stayed behind and learned martial arts. With his martial arts skills, Chan became a stunt man, using his own comedic martial arts style with the influences of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. People said he would become the next Bruce Lee, but Chan decided he was going to pave his own way by being himself and introducing his comedic martial arts form.

Chan worked hard for his success, realizing talent wasn’t enough to make it. Chan has actually been known to do a stunt repeatedly until he considers it perfect, and in one instance, repeating the stunt 2,900 times before he felt it was right. Chan certainly sets his own standards, which is one of the reasons he is so successful. With his daring stunts and perfectionism, Chan has been injured innumerable times. And, even though he has to have downtime to heal, Chan still keeps making movies.

But Chan isn’t just a martial artist and a performer. He is also a director, writer, producer, cinematographer, singer, and stunt coordinator. A fun fact is that when Chan is working with other stunt men and directing them, he uses his grunts to guide them. As a singer, Chan has 20 albums. But Chan didn’t stop there. He has his own clothing and accessory lines.

So, how does Chan manage his empire? Chan has maintained that his primary focus has been his movies and everything else falls into place from there. Chan is a true blown entrepreneur with an attitude of not waiting for things to be handed to him. As he did not come from money, he proved himself successful time and time again by having a bootstrapping mentality.

Another important fact to learn from Chan’s story is to find a niche, like Chan did by performing and doing his own stunts. He became a two-for-the-price-of-one performer and carved a position for himself with his comedic martial arts. He doesn’t blindly go in doing what everyone else is doing either. He found what made him valuable, and he did it. Chan is a primary example of a person giving himself permission to be all he can be. He never quit, and he persevered with an internal fortitude. While Chan is a true rags to riches story, he is also an inspiration to others, and that is a big part of our purpose in life. What do you think of Jackie Chan? Let us know in the comments section.

Finally, Tommy, Todd and Brittany end up the show with the Makin’ It or Breakin’ It segment. Featuring John McAfee’s bid to run for president. The antivirus mogul actually announced his bid for the presidency last year, but this year, he’s running as a libertarian. McAfee received emails asking him to run, and he obliged. But is McAfee a good enough role model to become president? Recently, McAfee was a fugitive. He owned a home in Belize, and his neighbor was murdered. When the authorities came to question him, McAfee fled. However, McAfee is no longer listed as a fugitive, but he has received a DUI recently in Tennessee. McAfee’s platform as a libertarian candidate would be to privatize or abandon the TSA, the FBI, Social Security, and the IRS. Do you think McAfee would make a good president? Do you think an ex-fugitive should be allowed to run for president? Let us know in the comments section?

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Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs:

Order Tommy’s new book, The Way of the Rich at,, and

To learn more about “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency,” click here.

To learn more about Jackie Chan, click here.

To learn more about John McAfee, click here and here.

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