Years later, I delved into the music world. My buddy, NOTAR, asked me what I was doing over the summer. He informed me that he was going on a national tour with Counting Crows and needed a tour manager. I told him I knew a few and would inquire. He looked at me and said, “No, dumbass, I want you to be my tour manager.” I said, “Sure, just let me find out what the f–k that means first and I’ll get back to you.” After calling my buddy, Timmy Donnelly, who told me the lay of the land, I agreed to do it. I drove 12,000 miles in 60 days to go to 29 shows in 15 states, and got friendships for life and a s——d of fun.
I think what draws me to such a diverse lineup of work is … work! Anything worth doing to me requires meticulous planning, thinking, attention to detail and time. It’s a process and I enjoy building something from nothing. Especially for people I love and respect. These people have a vision and have worked their asses off to get there and if I can help them achieve their goals, then I dive in head first. If I can help, then why the hell wouldn’t I?
“Quitters never win, and winners never quit!”
DA MAN: Are you always busy, or do you still have time for hobbies and leisure?
Chris Tschupp: I’m always busy! There’s only one way to the top and that is to outwork everyone. I firmly believe that if you dedicate yourself to your craft and believe you will make it, then the universe will reward you with your dreams. Hard work always pays off. Quitters never win, and winners never quit!
I do find time or make time to enjoy life and unwind. I still go to the gym everyday to keep my body and mind in shape and sharp. Some of my greatest ideas come when I’m at the gym or out for a run. I carry a pen and post-it notes everywhere I go because in that fleeting moment of realization I need to write it down or it’s gone. During the warm months, I go to the beach with friends, drink some beers, play horseshoes and surf. And in the winter, I go to the mountains with my girl to snowboard, hike and breathe that fresh mountain air.
DA MAN: You’ve appeared on high-profile campaigns; you’ve appeared in (among others) “October Road” and “Life on Mars”; you’ve written screenplays and launched music careers. On a personal level, though, what has been your most satisfying and delightful accomplishment so far?
Chris Tschupp: Hmmm, my most satisfying accomplishment so far? That will take me back to when I was 18 years old. As an All‐American prep school hockey player, I was selected 125th overall by the Calgary Flames in the NHL draft. Being considered the 125th best 18‐year-old in the world is still mesmerizing, considering the millions of kids out there at the time. I will forever be grateful for that honor and cherish that day for the rest of my life. So much, that I wrote a film about it, so stay tuned everyone!
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