We talk with magician Julien Dauphin on how he started his unconventional career, and the tricks to his success.
Quitting your job and starting a whole new career is a daunting task, especially if your dream job is a little out of the ordinary. Unless you're on the seemingly straight forward path of doctor/lawyer/accountant, it's not always clear how to get into certain careers. Well, we're here to help.
We've been on the look out for people in a whole range of successful careers, from creative roles, to jobs you might not have even known existed. This week we're with magician Julien Dauphin, who destroys the image of the rabbit out of a hat, children's birthday party, performer, instead showing what an expert in his field can really achieve.
Julien has enchanted people all over the world, performing in casinos and theatres, and setting up his own magic school in LA. He also finds time to run a successful YouTube channel, drawing in over 40,000 subscribers with his impressive skills. We caught up with him to ask him questions on how he became a magician, the best part of his job, and his plans for the future.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do and how you got into it?
I started out with magic as a teenager, rehearsing magic tricks under my school desk to impress my class mates. I was about fourteen at the time and lived in the suburbs of Paris…
Later on I realised that I could make a living by performing, so I moved to Los Angeles where I started the only magic school in the world "Chavez studio of Magic”. Today I travel the world performing in theaters and casinos around the globe, and at the same time I create/film/edit one magic video per week for my 40.000 subscribers on YouTube.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
To be patient and not jump in to every role people ask you for. Don't hurry through important steps, and remember that everything that happens (good or bad) happens for a reason.
How important is social media to your brand?
It's very important and the base of all marketing that I do. It helps me get in direct contact with my fans and means I get instant feedback on my work.
How often do you attend industry events?
Before I would go to all kinds of premiers and galas, but now I only attend events are good for my brand and that I personally enjoy.
What’s the best part of your job?
To travel around the world performing, meeting people and being super social - in contrast of being totally alone, creating in my dark house outside of Stockholm.
What does day-to-day life involve?
Ten minutes of reflecting on the day, forty minutes gym training, one hour of book reading, one hour of online video educational training, three hours of practicing my art.
What advice would you give to someone who wants a career in magic or performing arts?
Today it's not enough to know your art. In my case this is things you need to know about.
1. Video editing
2. Filming and camera equipment
3. Art directing
4. Sense of business and being able to sell what ever you do.
5. A lot of self discipline to be your own boss.
What’s the biggest challenge you face when organising shows?
Probably the organisation of the all people, and being a performer as well as a creator. I've now removed my role as a producer.
Who's your go-to person for gaining inspiration/ motivation?
My manager Jesper Broström is an awesome businessman, understands the creative process and is a man of visions.
What are your plans for the next 12 months? Any major projects in the pipeline?
I will create and film 52 new episodes to my YouTube channel Julien Magic, as I'm trying to reach 500,000 subscribers. Unfortunately I'll have to cut down on my live performances, but I will still do about forty shows this year.