Episode 27 - Marc Provenzano: Everyone Makes Mistakes At Some Point In Their Life

Episode 27: You don’t have to be the best at something, you just have to be ready to outwork whoever is. What started out as an internship at  Kiss 108- Boston’s #1 Hit Music Station- soon became everything Marc ever wanted. He was patient & passed out demos to every station in New England that was within driving distance from his hometown of Somerville, MA. Eventually his hustle & positive mindset of “I will be the best” led him to his current position of Promotion Director of iHeartMedia of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as well as being on the air. Losing was never an option. It has simply been the burning fire inside of him that has allowed him to continuously get up after falling down. We discuss the importance of being honest with people, bumping into Jay-Z & Lebron James at Fenway Park, understanding that everyone will make mistakes, perspective on sacrifices not being a sacrifice if it benefits you & less talking... more listening on this week's episode.

Podcast Outline:

  • Who is Marc Provenzano?

  • Attended Suffolk University with intentions to go into sports

  • Started interning for Kiss 108 while in college

    • Ran errands, got coffee, hung up pictures & did intern work

    • Then for second internship started doing production & commercials

    • Didn’t talk - just listened during his first weeks of his internship

  • Marc was hustling hard for six months  working as the street teamer for Kiss, worked at Fenway & was a club promoter

  • Got his first opportunity on the air December 8, 2012 at Gypsy Bar in Boston 10pm

  • Started passing his “demos” to every station & getting feedback

    • Got an offer to work nights at Z107 from 7pm to midnight

    • Tried replicating what other Djs were doing & wasn’t doing well

  • Production Director for 6 months & now had an offer to be a Promotion Director

  • Bumps into Jay-Z & Lebron James at Fenway Park

  • You don't have to be the best but you can outwork the person who is the best

  • Flying back from Vegas in red eye from iHeart Radio event to Boston to work

    • Missed flight - everyone screws up, you will learn your lessons. Don't make the same mistake twice

  • Was up to get promotion coordinator position at Kiss 108 but came in second place

    • All three bosses were honest with him & he was fine with the outcome

  • Complacency is a disease

    • Wakes up everyday just to prove everyone else is wrong

    • Always wants to be the first person in & last one to leave

  • Parents were very open to Marc doing whatever he wanted growing up

  • Father was a bus driver at the airport, mother worked at the registry

    • Both very intelligent & great work ethic

  • Grew up in Somerville, MA with his family in the same house

  • Marc’s uncle wanted him to become a firefighter but his mother always stood up for him to chase after his own dreams

  • When you lose - your best wasn’t good enough…. But how many times can you get up & find a way to win

  • “I don't need someone to thank me to know I did a good job”

  • Responsibility of doing things for the people around you

  • Be the best at what you’re doing & if not… find something else to do

  • People think they deserve their dream job & aren’t willing to put in the work

    • Marc has always been willing to go the extra mile for any opportunity

  • Was 6 credits short from graduating college & never went back

  • Even when you find your passion, know that someone around the corner is ready to outwork you

  • Hearing people’s opinions should only fire you up more regardless if it's good or bad

  • Is a sacrifice really a sacrifice if it is helping you

  • Let the anger inside you motivate you

  • Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see?

    • A group of people validating that Marc is a good guy

    • People that have helped him out & that he’s helped out

  • Ask Bobbbaaaay 1 question: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

  • Continue to move forward every single day

  • Where to find Marc on social media?

  • What 2-3 pieces of advice would you give to someone trying to find their passion/purpose?

    • Be open to anything & see what interests you

    • Find the ways to get involved with it

    • Then find the ways to execute it

  • “The world kinda just keeps going & it figures itself out”