I remember so clearly the first time I laid eyes on Prince Poppycock. It was at Michael Schmidt’s birthday party, somewhere on Santa Monica Boulevard, and it was love at first sight. He was not performing, not even in costume, but his beauty and magic were palpable. I knew right away that he was a special person, someone I would like to know better.
I am a connoisseur of people and a lover of creativity, so the first time I saw Prince Poppycock perform live in a Jer Ber Jones show, I was completely enthralled. There he was, in all of his beauty, displaying his unique humor and wit. After the show I was out in the crowd and one of Poppycock’s friends started talking to me. He said that Poppycock was considering doing some coaching with me. I thought that was odd since I didn’t recall ever meeting him. That’s how quick I am on my feet! I didn’t realize that Prince Poppycock and my beautiful friend John were one in the same (duh T.C!) What I did know was that I was absolutely enchanted with both of them.
This all sounds incredibly mushy and lovey-dovey, but let me assure you that I am NOT easily impressed! I meet a lot of incredibly talented people all the time and the ones who stand out are few and far between. So you can imagine my excitement and surprise when John walked through the door at Camp Courage. My heart really did skip a beat! By now I had figured out that John and his stage persona Prince Poppycock are the same. I already had an artist crush on him and I was thrilled at the opportunity to be his life coach.
Getting to know John has been a joy. In spite of his mega talent he is humble, authentic, compassionate, sensitive, funny, smart, an awesome person who cares deeply about his standards of performance and about what people take away with them from each performance. He is careful to deliver EVERY time. This is a guy who has paid his dues, done his due-diligence, a guy who deserves all the successes in the world. I know that he will be a great steward of his fame and success because John is a good person.
I have coached Prince Poppycock while he has been performing on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and not once has he ever mentioned the cash prize. I didn’t even know that he was poised to win a million dollars until this past Tuesday when I finally watched the show from beginning to end. From the start John has only spoken of the performance and of his commitment to delivering for his fans. As his friend and his coach I am absolutely elated for him. I feel like a proud stage Mom and the growing excitement is palpable.
My prediction: my client, Prince Poppycock, is going to WIN America’s Got Talent!