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Thread: Words of wisdom from Imagine Dragons tour manager Angie Warner.

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    Words of wisdom from Imagine Dragons tour manager Angie Warner.

    I found Angie Warner on Instagram. She has the awesome job of tour manager for Imagine Dragons! In 2013 she told Casey Graham 7 Leadership lessons from being backstage with Imagine Dragons.
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    Angie is the one that is almost invisible in her coat!

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    Angie took this picture. Her perspective from behind the scenes! Beautiful!

    1. It took 5 years to become an"overnight star"
    "They started in obscurity in 2008. They have invested the last 5 years playing crappy clubs and festivals; however, they kept pushing. The lesson is this...Dont give up. If you feel like you are playing crappy clubs in your life right now, keep playing...keep putting out new material...keep showing up every night!
    Obscurity is where your character is tested & formed. Keep going, your big break is right around the corner."
    2. It takes more than a frontman to be great.
    "Dan Reynolds put an eclectic band together. Dan is an amazing frontman but he built a crazy good band. Wayne is a mad scientist guitar player. Platzman is a film scoring percussionist. Ben is a rare bass player find.
    How diverse is your team? Do you have super talented people that do what you can't do? Learn from the Dragons and create diversity on the team."
    3. Don't wait till your product is perfect to sell it.
    "These guys created three EP's while in obscurity. This means they wrote & recorded songs & sold stuff before it was perfect of high quality. One of those EP's ended up in a major record producer's hands & that led to their breakthrough album.
    Get your products and services to market now. Sell something. Start when it's crappy. If you wait till you have it all together as a leader, you will never start, you rob the world of your gift."
    4. Be vulenrable with your tribe.
    "Dan Reynolds builds brand loyalty through tweeting, singing & talking about real stuff. At a recent concert I attended, he had 2 amazing moments of vulnerability with the crowd. One moment was about a friend of the band that recently died of cancer.m He told the story , dedicated a song to this kid & then he created a relatable moment with the crowd. He said, 'I know you may not be going through cancer but we all have doubts, fears, highs & lows.' In this moment thousands of people could relate with Dan & it created a memorable bond."
    5. They have an Angie.
    Casey says...
    " I met the nicest tour manager on earth, Angie Warner. Angie has been tour manager for some great acts like, Kanye West & Jay Z. She teamed me with class & gave us first class treatment for no reason.
    Angie is a great tour manager because she treats people great and runs a tight ship. She was willing to let me meet the band but she was looking out for their time and energy level the whole time. She could read them & knew when enough was enough. She is world class & maybe one day maybe I can interview her about how she manages the fan experience & band energy.
    Amazing person!
    6. Alex-da-Kid is a huge record producer that usually does hip hop records. He heard the band's EP & approached them about working together. This is an ODD pairing but it created the mega-hit album Night Visions. He took the rock band and added electronic magic. Together they went further faster.
    Are you willing to give up a little money and style preferences to hit it big time? Who could you partner with that isn't in your comfort zone that would take you to the next level? I would suggest paying leadership coaches that are very different from yourself. Diverse partners and coaches stretch us!

    7. "You think being in a big band is glorious? Think again. It is very hard work. They spend every day on a bus or airplane flying from city to city away from family and friends. If they did not absolutely LOVE what they do, they wouldn't make it over the long haul.
    Do you really love what you do? Really. Do you absolutely love waking up & doing what you do? If not, change your focus.
    I know learning leadership lessons from a band isn't the norm but I believe if you take these 7 lessons and apply them, you'll be better off for it.
    Alex-da-Kid, Imagine Dragons, & Angie...What you do is important.
    Keep creating culture & memorable moments for people.
    Your work matters!"
    Last edited by ringosmomma; 06-02-2016 at 08:39 PM.

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    Angie is such a great woman!!! She deserves her name of Mother of dragons ! She must be pretty strong to handle our guys so well and take care of herself at the same time. I respect her a lot! Plus, she is very close to this fandom😁...

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