Welcome back to another episode of The Business Mentor Podcast. Today, Jay interviews Britains Got Talent contestant, entrepreneur and professional magician with over 500,000 social media followers, Luca Gallone.
Jay has mentored Luca for over four years and since they met through Jay’s work with the Prince’s Trust he’s been able to merge his passion and profession and turn his hobby into a fully-fledged business. Jay and Luca discuss the value of mentoring and the value in seeking out the support, knowledge and guidance a mentor can give you.
- It all started back when Luca was about 8-years old. Jay was Luca’s Prince’s Trust mentor and what started as a hobby, with the right mentorship it became a business. With Jay’s help, Luca has grown his influence and now travels the world merging his passion and profession. Luca has hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views and it’s because of mentoring he’s been able to achieve it and all at 22 years of age.
- Marketing is not always about taking ideas from someone in your industry. It’s about knowing business fundamentals and accountability. A mentor has all the experience that you need to make your business successful. Your mentor has been there and done it and they can draw from their experience so you don’t make the costly mistakes they once did.
- Getting a mentor is an investment in time and an investment in money. But you can’t view it as an investment, you need to view it as an essential part of your journey. Mentoring helps people in business with fundamental in creating cashflow, no matter what niche or industry you’re in.
“I get to live the dream and perform all over the world for big brands”
“With Jay’s help, I was able to turn my hobby into a proper business.”
“What I wanted to do was give something back and see If I could transfer my recruitment and mentoring skills.”
“Accountability really pushed me on and I got some phenomenal results.”
“The easiest person to lie to is yourself”
“The Prince’s Trust has 55,000 entrepreneurs going through there doors every year.”
ABOUT THE HOST
Jay Dhillon is a serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist based in the UK with a proven track record of growing businesses from start-up to success- and helping others do the same. From humble beginnings, Jay grew his first business from 0-500 employees and three locations, racking up sales of over £30 million – all without any investment other than a small amount of savings. The business went on to acquire major clients such as Landrover, Jaguar, Toyota and New Look, to name a few.
Its huge success inevitably brought about outside interest and at the age 33 Jay eventually sold the company to a London investment firm in Doyen Resources. Today, Jay owns several businesses in different sectors and helps entrepreneurs achieve success.
A calling to give back and help others led to Jay being chosen for the highly-coveted role as a Prince’s Trust mentor, where his achievements were marked by a personal invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Charles.
After helping several young entrepreneurs to success as a mentor for the Trust, Jay’s burning desire to bring his wisdom and knowledge to a wider audience ultimately triggered the concept of The Business Mentor Podcast.
Jay feels that anyone can achieve success in business with the right advice and mentoring and is now sharing his knowledge with his growing audience via his podcast.
In the UK alone 95% of business fail within the first five years and Jay’s aim is to reduce that number.
Backed with the hard-earned knowledge and experience from his time in business, The Business Mentor Podcast will share Jay’s personal business lessons as well those of other successful entrepreneur guests who share their wisdom and secrets on the show.
ABOUT THE GUEST
From the moment Luca’s Uncle Bruno plucked a coin from behind his ear at age 6, he has been fascinated by the art of magic to a point of obsession. After begging his mum for a magic set for Christmas, Luca was soon hooked on the magic pill and, little did his parents know at the time, they’d sparked a lifelong passion. Getting his hands on every magic book and trick he could, Luca soon began to build up an impeccable sleight-of-hand skillset at a very early age.
After two years of performing at private parties and weddings whilst at school and sixth form, Luca took the leap of fate into pursuing his dreams. With the help of the Prince’s Trust – the same organisation who helped Dynamo start – Luca launched his business as a magician aged just 18. His work ethic, talent and instantly likeable persona helped him quickly establish himself as one of the hottest properties in the industry.
With his magic already taking him around the world, Luca was headhunted to audition for Britain’s Got Talent 2015. He took his close-up act to the Birmingham Hippodrome, where he received an ovation from the 2,000 strong crowd and four yes votes from the celebrity judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
Since his success on the show, Luca’s career has roared from strength-to-strength and now he regularly performs for celebrities and top end corporate clients, being their trusted magician of choice.