S1E6: Kostya Kimlat—Business Magician

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Kostya Kimlat is a magician based out of Orlando, Florida, and is one of the official magicians of the Orlando Magic basketball team. Listen in for a look into his business mind!

Favorite quote

There is no magic to magic. It’s all in the details. — Walt Disney

 

Going full time

Kostya shares how he took his passion full time and goes into the elements that need to be in place before you should quit your job.

 

Unique selling point

Being true to himself and his audience has helped him differentiate himself.

 

What would he have done different?

He would have trusted himself more and not let other people’s insecurities effect him.

 

Interesting story from the road

Imagine that you shipped large stage illusions for a show you and your team have been hired to perform in the Canary Islands. That shipment never arrived. What do you do? Listen to find out what Kostya did.

 

Other topics touched upon:

• How to correctly pronounce Kostya. It’s harder than you think! Or is it?

• Growing your business by investing in training, knowledge, people, and services.

• Letting others do what they’re good at (graphic design, accounting) so that you can do what you’re good at, performing. “Your willingness to spend should reflect your confidence to earn.”

• Talks about a day in the life, and how he knows he’s living a fulfilling life.

 

Parting advice:

Put down your ego. We’re all doing the same thing (performing), let’s get over ourselves, raise our standards and work hard.

 

Recommended books and resources:

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Resources:
The library and your local Chamber of Commerce.

 

Where can we find Kostya?

kostyamagic.com

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