We had the good fortune of connecting with James Taggart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I would argue that a life without taking risks is actually far more risky than one where opportunities are analyzed and then acted upon. I feel there is a bigger risk in stagnation, boredom, complacency, regret and limited quality of life if an individual has even a small yearning inside to expand in to entrepreneurial pursuits. The rewards are seemingly endless if one has great success. Even if one’s venture results in the societal description of a complete failure, there are a multitude of lessons to be learned and maybe most importantly of all, the individual will have no nagging internal angst later, wishing they had tried something. I would not suggest throwing caution to the wind and jumping in to simply anything for the sake of risk, but I feel strongly about moving in the direction of your passions. Each step can unfold the next possibility and the more steps you take, the more creative you get. The more creative you are, the more possibilities you recognize and this leads to a passion for life and creating and possibility thinking. This may be the sole difference between two fifty year old people. One has chosen a perceived safe path and is utterly bored with every aspect of life. The other is waking up energized at what they can potentially create.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I started this journey I had no clue of the opportunities available through impersonation work. I started with a very small concept and a “let’s try this so I have no regrets later” attitude. I have now worked in thirty-four states including Alaska, six countries in live impersonations and done videos for countless events on six continents. I have recently expanded my brand to include James Bond cruises out of St Augustine Florida. I purchased a Lagoon 380 sailboat last year and dubbed it H2 007. We do a two hour cruise highlighting the gorgeous downtown area and do plenty of photographs and videos of our guests drinking Vesper martinis with me in my tux. They are amazing fun and I will look to expand this in to an Airbnb experience as well. It has been a life long passion of mine to live full time on a sailboat and I will be making this happen in twenty-seven months as long as my son is in a great spot. This is what I mean when I discussed earlier about following your passion and creatively finding a way to tie in your business to enhance your quality of life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spot in the city is not in Orlando where I am based. My favorite spot is in the ocean sailing H2 007. We would do a run heading south out in the ocean ending in the extraordinary waters of the Bahamas. It is the perfect Bond destination as so many films have visited including Daniel Craig’s first, Casino Royale. We would take plenty of food and I would cook virtually every meal as cooking, and eating, are both enormous passions of mine.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Truly, there would not be enough space in this magazine for me to even begin thanking all of the individuals who have graciously helped me on this path, but if limited to one, then I have to go with my teacher of twenty-seven plus years, Tom Curtin, and his healing center the Martial Arts Center for Health. I began learning from Tom in 1993 after more than eighteen years of suffering from a debilitating back injury. I tried everything on the medical side multiple times with multiple professionals and the only experience I did not try was surgery. When I started at the Martial Arts Center for Health I was twenty-seven years old and it would take me ten to fifteen minutes to stand up straight out of bed. I would not lift anything heavier than five pounds and had given up all sports even though I had played tennis at the collegiate level. I was in a dark spot physically, mentally and emotionally. I had just completed ten weeks and ninety hours of therapy at a rehabilitation clinic yet was still waking up the same way and thoroughly limited. Twenty-two months after my start at the healing center was the last time I had back pain of any kind. I am completely unlimited physically and sometimes put my one hundred and thirty pound son on my shoulders as we wrestle. No one wants a James Bond who moves like an extremely old man so without Tom’s knowledge on how to heal and develop the body, none of this would be possible.
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