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Persistence Pays Off with Aaron Tolson

Episode Summary –

We need to fail to succeed. If we take those failing moments and learn from them, we can accomplish so much.

For every roadblock you hit, you need to figure out what is wrong, what you are not doing right, and what is needed.

Success never comes easily, and there are a lot of hurdles that you need to overcome to achieve success. Your determination and persistence is the key to overcoming them.

In this episode, Aaron Tolson talks about how to earn a living as a professional performer. He expounds on what it takes to be a professional performer today and the importance of failure in achieving success.


Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:

[02:28] Aaron shares his background story and how he started his career as a dancer.
[04:07] How important is it for artists to have a catalog of diverse talents?
[12:25] As an artist, why is it essential to develop the never give up attitude to be successful? How Aaron handles his failing moments.
[15:15] One of the most memorable performances or projects that Aaron has worked on.
[19:37] The greatest skill sets Aaron possesses that have truly contributed to his overall success throughout his career.
[23:01] What can students do to get the most out of their college education in theatre and dance
[31:12] What are some of the greatest challenges students face, and how can they work through those during their transition period between college and theatre and get into doing what they want to do? What are some of those steps, or what can they do?
[36:35] What are some of the ways that Aaron engages with his fan base to continue growing his followers?
[43:30] What does working from your happy place mean to Aaron?
[46:28] Aaron’s advice to young people who are trying to make it in the arts.


About Aaron Tolson –

Aaron Tolson is a professional tap dancer who is currently a professor at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

He is the co-director of The Intensive, director of Speaking In Taps and a spokesperson for SoDanca. Additional credits include: Imagine Tap and Riverdance on Broadway and Radio City Music Hall.


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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.


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