It's been a bit quiet here this past week. That's because I've been busy putting together the following:
The Tobolowsky Files will have three LIVE performances in Boston during November (11th, 12th, and 13th)! Then, in January, we'll be heading to Seattle for a performance at the historic Neptune Theater. It will be epic! Buy your tickets now!
I am beyond excited about this. There is nothing quite like seeing Stephen perform his stories live; I've seen it happen and the results are moving, powerful, even transformative.
More importantly, I can't escape the thought: this is how it begins. With a few, jam-packed shows at a cozy, intimate venue. If these go well, not only will it do much to spread the word of Stephen and of the show, but it will also demonstrate that we have a viable business model on our hands. Perhaps even viable enough for me to seriously consider a career change...
Stephen recently did a live interview for a packed house for Seattle public radio. Our show is apparently quite popular there. It is not popular in Boston, where pretty much nobody knows that it exists. In my mind, this presents a number of interesting challenges and questions for us:
- From state to state, how big is the podcast's reach? And how many of our listeners in each state are big enough fans that they are willing to spend money to see Stephen live?
- Given a situation where most people are not aware of the podcast, is Stephen's existing popularity as an actor sufficient enough such that people will come see his show even with no knowledge whatsoever of his storytelling abilities?
- Suppose people don't know about the podcast NOR do they know any of Stephen's work. What are ways to entice them to come?
Stephen already has a Facebook and Twitter page, and I've created a Facebook event for the live showing in Boston. In the weeks to come, we'll be playing around with some ways of selling the show that I hope will be effective. I look forward to sharing them with you.
I hope you'll join us in Boston or in Seattle. And if we sell out (or come close to selling out) both locations, you can expect there to be many more performances down the line.
Posted by David Chen Saturday, October 15, 2011 4:45 PM