We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Hook and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
That it is work booking shows. Money is spent to advertise and get phone to ring. Then when calls do come, the person just wants a price. Many other hypnotist will undercut the price, just to get the gigs. Some people think the hypnotist just puts a spell over people and they magically get shows booked. A lot more goes into it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Hypnosis is a unique entertainment. Some believe it some don’t. I do the entertainment, and let those watching decide for themselves. I started very young, at the age of 17. Consider this, back in 1987, most stage hypnotist were middle aged white guys in their 40’s and older. My challenge back then was getting people to believe I could do it. The answer I found was being persistent, and staying focused on the goal and end result.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are many places to take them. Coronado, Balboa Park, Julian, Pacific Beach. All great areas of San Diego and all different. It’s best for visitors to see how dynamic San Diego is, and not just show them downtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Many of my credits go to books and speakers that I found helpful on my journey. Books from Napoleon Hill and OG Mandino. Speakers include Earl Nightingale and Tony Robbins. Also my parents were supportive, but gave advice that entertainment is a tough business, and if that’s what I wanted, they would be there for me in tough times.