Hollywood, Calif. – It’s Hollywood’s biggest night. Names like Denzel Washington, Anne Hathaway and Steve Siebold will walk down the red carpet at this weekend’s 85th Annual Academy Awards. Steve who? Steve Siebold, a local author and speaker who recently caught the eye of a big-name Hollywood director.
“I had just walked off the set after finishing a television interview for my book How Rich People Think, and my iPhone rings,” recalls Siebold. “The guy on the other end said, ‘Hi, my name is Kieth Merrill. I’m a Hollywood director, and I’d like to meet you’. I had already agreed to give a speech in L.A. a few weeks later, so we scheduled a meeting.”
Siebold researched Merrill before their meeting and learned he won an Academy Award in 1973. He has worked with some of the most famous stars ever, including Jimmy Stewart and Robert Redford. The two men hit it off, and Siebold agreed to coach Merrill with his public speaking skills. What came next totally threw Siebold for a loop.
“I was at lunch with my wife and my phone rings, and it was Merrill calling,” Siebold says. “He said, ‘I can bring one guest to the Oscars. Would you like to go?’ I was shocked. I’ve been traveling the country doing a media tour and book signings, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine anything like this happening.”
Bruce Serbin, president of Serbin Media, Inc., says it’s more proof of the power of the media.
“It’s exactly for this reason why I encourage my clients to never turn down interviews be it in a small TV market, small blog or even a podcast,” says Serbin. “The reality is it only takes one person for your message to resonate with to create something life-changing like this, and you never know who is in the audience.”
Siebold says before this, his friends would call him a celebrity because of the amount of television coverage he receives as an author (www.steveontv.com). Now they are really playing it up.
“It’s been fun,” laughs Siebold. “I was in the right place at the right time. I’m looking forward to mingling with the biggest stars in the world.”