Mason's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Destination Unknown

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 1

  • ON DVD:

MASON GORDON

Creator
Slamball

“This is your time, this is your platform, this is your stage to succeed.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Conflict Desire Determination Perseverance Struggle Support & Encouragement Failure Community Exploration

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

advice, big picture, collaboration, compliments, encouragement, Entertainment, entertainment industry, expert, finding the right people, ideas, law school, partners, production company, rejection, stupid, teamwork, television, thinking out of the box, validation, vision

BIOGRAPHY:

  • 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.

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