Mason's Open Road
Goofy Idea On A Napkin (1:30)
Job As A Bottom Feeder (1:33)
Working With Partners (0:35)
Perseverance Attracts People (1:10)
Los Angeles, CA
Public Television: Season 1
advice, big picture, collaboration, encouragement, entertainment industry, expert, finding the right people, ideas, law school, partners, production company, teamwork, television, validation
- Followed his love of show business to L.A. with two goals: to date a wannabe-actress and to go to a movie premiere.
- He was working as a "bottom-feeder" at a production company when he came up with the idea of Slamball.
- Approached Mike Tollin, one of the producers at his company, and convinced him to get onboard.
- Tollin told him that rather than trying to invent a sport, he should try to get Slamball on TV and work backwards from there.
- As his idea gained traction, more and more people jumped to help him out; says that "validation" was a huge turning point.
- Eventually, they began building the Slamball courts-says everyone was showing up at 8 a.m. ready to work because they were so excited.
- It took 18 months to evolve his "goofy" idea from a doodle on the back of a napkin into a nationally broadcast sport.
- Says that while it can be difficult to not have a prior blueprint to follow, when you have a strange or new idea, you need to run with it.