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Mark Schulman

World Renowned Drummer for bands: P!NK, Cher, Velvet Revolver, Author and Keynote Speaker
Conquering Life's Stage Fright: Three Steps to Top Performance

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Biography

"World-class drummer for PINK, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Beyonce’ and others. Mark’s interactive, educational and business-valued program leaves audiences transformed, empowered and rocked!"

Keynotes:

1. Conquering Life’s Stage Fright: Three Steps To Top Performance
This presentation is like a rock show disguised as a keynote with live drumming, sticky powerful content, interactive drumming with the audience and even jam sessions with the C-Suite!  Everyone operates with some degree of risk…so there will be some degree of fear.  Mark addresses this issue by invigorating  his audiences with world-class entertainment, road stories and three core concepts that give his audiences the blueprint to confident peak performance in their professional and personal lives.


Focus:
Innovation, Performance, Communication, Sales, Leadership, Team Building, Breaking Through Barriers to Success.

2. Harnessing the Rhythm of Teams

An energetic, interactive and anecdotal presentation that gives audiences an experience of the evolution of collaboration through truly unique processes that feature rhythm, rock & roll and performance.

Focus: Individual and Team Top Performance, Sales/Presenting, Communication, Innovation

3. Your Customers and You Are the Band
Using the metaphor of music and stories of world-class performers, Mark guides his audience through entertaining interactive processes and sticky content (as only a rock & roll drummer can do) to give attendees a fresh outlook and experience of the relationship between company and customer.

Focus: Customer Service/Relations, Innovation, Communication, Sales/Presenting, Leadership, Individual and Team Top Performance

Born and raised in L.A., Mark Schulman became interested in pursuing music as a mere toddler.

At age 3, he witnessed the phenomenon of Beatlemania: "…I remember seeing a repeat of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show with my brother and my folks. I saw Ringo playing the drums and something resonated so deeply with me. Then I saw all the screaming girls, and at that moment, I thought to myself, ‘I want THAT!"

Mark has enjoyed an unprecedented career over the last 26 years as a first call drummer for world-class rock and pop artists. He has been voted ‘Top 3 Pop-Rock Drummers’ in the 2014 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll.

Having finished his third record breaking world tour with P!NK (featured in that new DVD, ‘The Truth About Love Tour’ as well as DVDs from her ‘I’m Not Dead’ and ‘Funhouse’ tours.), Mark has joined CHER for her ‘Dressed To Kill’ World Tour 2014.

Mark’s resume reads like a "Who’s Who" of international Rock n’ Roll royalty including acts such as FOREIGNER, SHERYL CROW, STEVIE NICKS, DESTINY’S CHILD, BILLY IDOL, CHER (Mark was drummer on the ‘Believe’ and ‘Farewell’ tours, two of the most-attended tours in music history), UDO LINDENBERG and EIKICHI YAZAWA. He has drummed with VELVET REVOLVER at Ozzfest and for crowds of 200,000 at Glastonbury Festival with SIMPLE MINDS.

Mark is the recipient of numerous Gold and Platinum discs and has appeared on nearly every American and European variety show on television including The Grammys, David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brian, Jon Stewart, American Idol, Paul O’ Grady, X-Factor, Wetten Das and more. Schulman is a classically trained cellist and as a teen, played with the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic. He played cello on the 2009/2010 P!NK tour!

He is also a music producer, trained audio engineer and studio co-owner of WEST TRIAD RECORDING STUDIO in Venice, California. As an active educator, Mark taught at the LOS ANGELES MUSIC ACADEMY and as one of the world’s most sought after drum clinicians hosting clinics in countries around the world. Mark produced his first DVD in his studio entitled, ‘A Day in the Recording Studio; A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Recording Great Drum Tracks for Drummers and All Musicians’ distributed by Hudson Music.

The MARK SCHULMAN SIGNATURE SNARE DRUM is the best selling signature product in the history of Gretsch. Music is not Mark’s only driving force; he was the Chairman of the board of directors of Create Now!, a non-profit organization founded in 1996, to help change troubled children’s lives through creative arts mentoring. A cancer survivor himself, Mark has also motivated children and teens through his work doing seminars with the RONALD McDONALD HOUSE and benefits for the TEENAGE CANCER TRUST in the UK.

Mark’s love for inspiring others is shared through his corporate seminars and his signature Drumming Recording Seminars. Mark also wears the hats of host, MC and keynote speaker, appearing on television, at live events and major corporate conventions for clients such as IBM, CISCO, AVEDA, and TEENAGE CANCER TRUST. Schulman’s writing/production credits include films, various international TV shows and commercials, radio jingles and interactive media projects for clients such as: McDONALD’S, MATTEL, IBM, BEN 10, SONY, ACURA, NOVALOGIC, NEUTROGENA, HONDA, THE DISNEY CHANNEL, NICKELODEON, SHOWTIME, USA NETWORK, COMEDY CENTRAL, COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION, NASHVILLE NETWORK, THE SOPRANOS, SCHOOL OF ROCK, SPEED and BEVERLY HILLS COP III.

ADJUNCT PROGRAM (Half Day and Full Day):

Interactive Songwriting and Performance
Mark breaks the entire group into small ‘bands,’ coaching everyone through rewriting lyrics to famous songs, and having each ‘band’ perform with their lyrics displayed for others to enjoy and support. Focus: Peak Performance, Team Building

"Have you or members of your team or family ever experienced considerable anxiety before giving a sales pitch, leading an office meeting, interviewing for a job, speaking publicly or doing any kind of presentation or performance? Have you or the people that you care about ever been in that defining moment in a presentation or any kind of communication when anxiety prevented you from performing at your best? What would it have been worth, or what would it be worth to you to be able to harness this anxiety and turn it into confidence…and be able to immediately empower others to do the same?!

"At the beginning of my career, I failed a very important audition because of severe anxiety. But then I made a promise to myself that I would learn how to harness and conquer this stage fright…and I did.

"25 years later, having performing for nearly a billion people throughout my career, I have enjoyed rich success as the drummer for some of the greatest musical artists in history including Pink, Foreigner, Cher, Billy Idol, Udo Lindenberg, Velvet Revolver, Dave Koz and many more.

"I have written a book called ‘Conquering Life’s Stage Fright: Three Steps To World Class.’ In my book I reveal simple concepts, stories and exercises you can immediately employ to turn your performance anxiety into confidence. As part of my content, I interviewed 50 top performers in all areas of life including CEOs such as Tony Hsieh from Zappos, sports figures such as Robbie Gould, kicker for the Chicago Bears, actor Jeremy Piven, sales guru of over a billion dollars in media, Mark Papia, master of managing adversity, Dr. Paul Stoltz and superstar drummer from The Police, Stewart Copeland. I share with you their stories, secrets and endorsements of my Nerve Breakers.

"During my specially-designed program, I show YOU how to transpose fears, doubts and tentative communication into clear and confident action to achieve personal peak performance and more effective interaction with your team. I offer to YOU- communication exercises and interactive team building programs that will give you an unforgettable experience and information that is easy to implement individually and collectively.

"We are all constantly tested by the need to confront performance fears either consciously or unconsciously. Leaders can use my philosophies and practices to empower themselves and to help others ‘step up and step through’ their fears and apprehensions into confidence. And because of the kinesthetic nature of my presentation, everyone’s retention of the information is elevated. I will leave you and your team informed, energized and empowered, and as a result, you will benefit personally and professionally.

"I can customize my presentation to accommodate an audience of 10 executives or a convention of 10,000. I present a stand-alone keynote or a full production with interactive video, live drumming performances, interactive drumming, group songwriting sessions and customized individual and group exercises.

"Be the Nerve Breaker for your organization by taking action and contacting me today!"

More About Interactive Songwriting and Performance
"The interactive songwriting and performance really enables people to immediately actualize the value of the Nerve Breakers on the spot. This program always turns out to be a highlight of any event. The initial reaction from the audience is always the same…doubt, fear and trepidation, but the transformation is always astounding! People break into groups, often times with people they do not know. The experience of creating something that pushes their comfort zones seems to bring out the best team building, cooperation and communication qualities in everyone.

"When they get to perform the song that they have created, it’s cathartic and joyful, and the support from the audience of their peers is impressive. The reward for me is to see how people not only embrace the process but become incredibly enthusiastic and break through their fears to victoriously perform their songs that they created. Attendees have told me that they never see their associates the same way again once they have shared in this type of creative and unique performance experience…"

Publications
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Video & Audio
  • PINK and MARK SCHULMAN, drumming on stage, making fun, Hamburg 2013
  • Conquering Life's Stage Fright with Mark Schulman
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