10573201-lou-pearlmanLou Pearlman, American impresario of successful 1990s boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, was always a known name to me.

Just like Elvis Presley had Col. Tom Parker, all these current acts had Lou Pearlman. It was apparent that this man could turn dirt into gold.

The level at which I was, I had zero means to contact him. On May 21, 2008, Lou Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding. It occurred to me this was the best chance I had at reaching out to Lou. Although his name was and is a bit tarnished, it does not by any means discredit his legitimate skill set. A good analogy would be to use Mike Tyson, a boxing champion! He bit a man’s ear off once, however you would still take boxing advice from him, perhaps not his preference in delicacies.

Anyway, I then emailed many new reporters all around the country who had covered Lou’s story, in hopes of receiving a mailing address. I finally contacted Helen Huntley of the Tampa Bay Times, and she assisted me in getting a mailing address for Lou. I wrote a letter addressing my interest and what I felt was urgency. In the letter, I explained my awareness of his managing and promoting genius, and how I could certainly use his help and advice. He kindly replied and obliged my request. We had sent about thirty letters back and forth, and he gave me some solid advice.

In the summer 0f 2010 I had scheduled a trip to Memphis,Tn. My agenda for the trip was to see Graceland, Sun Studios, and other tourist attractions. I then also scheduled a professional recording session at Sun Studio. For later in the week I had set up an appointment with The Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana in Texas to sit with Lou and have a face to face meeting. I drove four hours from Memphis,TN to get there.

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Upon arrival you need to present a passport, a drivers license and a form if I remember correctly. They scan you down, check your pockets, and explain the rules. Once I was sat down, Lou was allowed to go through the courtyard and enter the cafeteria/visiting room. This particular institution also clearly for a higher grade of incarcerated individuals. From my understanding there were ex cops and things to that nature, people who may not be safe elsewhere. Everyone in this facility including inmates were very nice people, no one outspoken, a lot of families.

Lou and I had already been speaking for sometime so formalities were nonexistent. We got right to talking about things, went through the casual, and dove right into professional advice. He naturally told me his side of his story, which was of course welcomed. The man hands down has genuine gift for marketing and business. Whether he did or did not commit the crimes he is now incarcerated for, the man has skills. He told me a bunch of plays like a coach would tell his player. And from that day forth I still email him once every few weeks for updates and advice.

Some may consider him a tainted criminal, a ponzi schemer, or what have you. I however look past that, because it has nothing to do with me. Even if the convictions are 100% true, people make mistakes. I consider Lou a very close friend , and a true mentor to me. He has given me advice that has helped me day in and day out in my career thus far.