Months ago, when my book first came out, Gery Deer, from Ohio, wrote me one of my first real “fan” letters. Here’s how he started his note:
I have been a ‘slash’ as you call it my entire life. I have always had multiple interests and had more than one ‘job’ or ‘business’ running at a time. I wanted to thank you for putting down into words what describes my lifestyle. I have always bumped heads with ‘normal’ people and folks who believe that your occupation is who and what you are – period. To them, I’ve always seemed like someone with NO focus since I was capable of many.
What I loved about his note is that he included links to various URLs that helped explain the different things he spends his time on: an entertainment and talent referral agency, a computer consultancy (“supposed to be the breadwinner but is falling behind”), his whip artistry studio, the family band, and his freelance writing. It was all nicely explained in his online bio describing him as a writer/speaker/entertainer/consultant.
Of course, the part that got me most interested was the whip artistry. It’s also what ties it all together, so to speak (as you’ll see if you look at the different sites.) Though I have never encountered anyone who made their living (or even part of it) doing this kind of work, I resisted writing about it because I just couldn’t really envision it. That is until Gery sent me this spot from the Cincinnati local news where he demonstrates his whip thing. You have to watch it for yourself to get the full effect. Sit back and enjoy.