Who Is Charlie Seymour Jr?
Charlie Seymour Jr
- I didn’t know I was waiting my whole life to become a Granddad and I want to help my kids and grandkids (and show others how to do it too).
- I’m grateful for what I have and want to share it.
- As a man of a certain age, I feel I’ve been bombarded with life changes so now I’m sharing so others can be prepared. I’m not old enough for these things to slam me / assault me as I get older (like Social Security, Medicare, retirement planning and investing, etc). Really… I swear I’m not! (Where did the time go!??)
- I’m a BOOMER (Baby Boomer) and NOT a Senior. I will NEVER be a Senior: that’s who my parents are. My daughter will never be a Boomer nor a Senior, she’ll always be a Gen X. So let’s use the distinction to our advantage: We’re BOOMERS!
- My grandson is a Spirited Child and I want to make life easier for him, my daughter and son-in-law, my granddaughter, my wife, and me.
- We need to preserve memories for future generations. “We’re creating the heirlooms of tomorrow, today!” I want to share stories of other great guys, so we’ll gather here to share stories, challenges, joys.
- Granddads need to be in video so that they will always be remembered by their families. I will encourage them and show them how – this is a huge part of legacy – our kids and grandkids deserve (and need) this!
- Granddads can do whatever they want, at any age. How can I help (new entrepreneurial businesses, take family trips, build their legacy, etc)?
- I need to solve problems for other Granddads before they even know they need to be solved – have them learn from my experiences.
“What you are doing is a priceless treasure.”
“I love that you are doing the videos with your grand kids (LessonsFromMyGrandson.com). It is a great idea. Sad to think my son, who followed grandpa around from the time he could walk till he died when he was 5, cannot remember him now. What you are doing is a priceless treasure.”
Kathleen Burke Jeffers
Springville, New York
“…the best quality video that I have ever seen”
“If I said this was the best quality video that I have ever seen, it would still be an understatement. Thank you for totally capturing the tenor and the message of the Swarthmore Charity Fun-Fair.”
“Thank you for such kind words Charlie Seymour Jr!!! When I first walked into your Small Business Meeting, it literally changed my view on our business, thank you!”
Bernard Katz Glass
“Got your video – it’s outstanding! I’m so impressed…”
Traffic Geyser, Main Street Marketing Machines, Instant Customer
“The man is brilliant…”
“I just heard Charlie Seymour Jr give an AMAZING talk. The man is brilliant, he’s a marketer; if you need help getting your business to the next level, you call him.”
“…a very happy client. And your never-ending flow of ideas related to getting our name out more enthusiastically has been nothing short of outstanding.”
David Hosbach, President
DSH Audio Visions,
“You also made it very easy for anyone to understand why video is a ‘Must’ for every entrepreneur.”
I totally enjoyed watching your video and listening to your weekly lessons sent via email.
Why did people applaud at the beginning and at the end? They applauded because your presentation was very engaging, very clear, and as always you are very funny, actually you are hilarious!!! 🙂
You also made it very easy for anyone to understand why video is a ‘Must’ for every entrepreneur.
Little did I know at 6 years old…
when appearing in my first main stage play and directing my first 3-camera video production at age 11 and directing my first 3-act play in 7th grade that I’d grow up to use these skills to help U.S. and Canadian clients tell their stories through online video marketing. Oh, sure – I have an MBA from Wharton and a multimillion-dollar, award-winning sales record, but it’s this early learning that sets me apart and on a road less traveled.
How does all this apply to my starting SpiritedGranddad.com? Let me continue and I’ll show you…
Having lost my Dad in 2012 and put my Mom in her community’s medical wing in 2013 within days of our second grandchild’s birth, I know time zooms on: let’s have fun while we work. I sure do!
My background includes creating video marketing campaigns that energize people to discover who you are (I’m often called the Video-Crazed MBA Marketer), becoming an award-winning video producer and #1 best-selling author, selling $247,368,657.97 in personal sales and more than $1 billion through my marketing leadership skills, and being named the Top Salesman in the Philadelphia area.
My passion runs deep. And that’s why I recently started Spirited Granddad after realizing that I had waited my whole life to become a granddad. Loving, caring men of a certain age need to stay involved with their kids and grandkids, tell their stories, keep their health protected, and build their finances for their retirements – Spirited Granddad is all about that!
And my passion is deeply connected to my family as seen in the videos at LessonsFromMyGrandson.com and the 5 generations of my family acting and directing in the same local theater (Barrymores don’t have that many generations!).
Who is Charlie Seymour Jr? First, I’m a husband, dad, and granddad. I’m a guy who knows in my heart how powerful video is and why YOU should be in it. But let’s say I bring more than creativity, family passions, sales and marketing successes, and my shiny-headed good looks to the table. I’m one of FIVE generations in my family to direct and act at the same local theater and my energy outside of my career has been directing “rip your heart out” big musicals like Sweeney Todd, Evita, Cabaret, West Side Story, Follies, A Chorus Line, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which I wrote with Neil Radisch), and more. I also directed at Torn Ticket (which I founded) at Tufts University and at the University of Pennsylvania’s venerable Mask & Wig Club.
I’m also an Award-Winning Video Producer and Still Photographer; Theater Director, Producer, Actor, Coach; Long-time Glazer-Kennedy Student and Marketer; Speaker, Storyteller, Featured Guest in Webinars and Meetups including at The Wharton Club of NY; and oh, yes (as I said): I have an MBA from Wharton. But the thread running through all these varied interests and activities can be summed up as this: I use online marketing with my passion for storytelling that calls people to action.
Even at an early age…
I created stories for people that others wanted to watch. I received my first camera (Brownie: remember them?) at age four and went on to become a professional photographer. I began my video career at age 11 at the side of Robert J. Kerr, the DuPont scientist (and community-theater director) who was a leading specialist in the creation of video tape at a time when a “home machine” weighed 37 pounds and you had to wind the tape from reel to reel. I started directing 3-camera video recordings at age 11 and now regularly have up to five cameras running at the same time – videos are entertainment plus great information: THAT’S how to get people to watch you!
And videos are the only way that your voice, your movement, your looks can be captured for generations to come. (I know that I have several photos of my Dad and even an MP3 audio recording of him speaking to his great grandchildren… but NOTHING beats video for building your legacy so your family will remember you, your voice, how much you loved them!)
I’ve had a rich life and know how to get the most from you when creating videos. I appeared in my first main-stage production at age six and directed my first three-act play in 7th grade. I performed in at least one play or musical a year through my college years, founding the student-musical-theater group, Torn Ticket, at Tufts University in 1971, for which I received an Alumni Service Citation. I then started my own Video and Still-Photography Business in 2000, creating several award-winning, feature-length videos in addition to the Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, Family Portrait, and Theater photography I became so well known for.
What really drove my consulting business? I specialize in documentary-style videos – they range from 90-minute stories about a Habitat for Humanity house-building project, high school senior class, state championship football team, or a local band to 5-minute shorts that paint a profile of a local business person. Creative storytelling on video has flipped me upside down to show that I “see the world in a different way,” had us ready to Shave Larry’s Head, put a dream sequence into an iPad-case-demonstration video for PLUSMotif, put my audience into the fire and molten-lead crystal for world-famous crystal designer Peter Yenawine and others of our most popular videos. Clearly this different viewpoint works for YOUR story too.
And I’m known for many on-location interviews where I am able to draw out clients’ expertise, warmth, and personality, elevating their status for the viewing public. You don’t get “the same look that everyone else gets” – you get a unique, well-crafted story that tells people why they should work with you. And if you need a short Welcome Video for your website, I know how to create that as well.
A Boomer Myself…
I studied the habits of my generation leading to the insight that, “We’ve gone from Success To Significance in what drives us. We have the things and now want to be sure to leave our mark ON the world (and on at least one other person IN this world). We need to get our stories out, to profit others and ourselves.” I live my life that way and want to help you too.
And that led to Spirited Granddad – what I have done for business people needs to be done for Granddads. We need to tell our stories and video is the best way to do it. Please don’t get me wrong: this site is NOT all about video – it’s about three things (as explained in About Us): Caring For You/Your Health, Celebrating Your Grandkids/Family, Building Your Finances/Retirement. I’m an expert in one way to Celebrate Your Grandkids/Family and will bring other people in to help us with everything else!
Lucky guy that I am, I have two beautiful, talented, and grown daughters (Stacie and Liz), a son-in-law (Chris), a grandson (Beckett), and granddaughter (Isabel) who enrich my life in everything they do. I live outside of Philadelphia in Wallingford, PA USA with my wife, Pam, 5 computers, 8 cameras, and grandkids often running around!!
Follow Up And Connect With Me
The easiest thing to do is drop me a short email using our Contact Form, let me know you’ve been throughout our website, and then suggest a few times when you’ll be available to chat by phone (if that’s what you want to do).
We’re looking for experts to help our Spirited Granddads and we’re looking for Granddads who want to share in our special kind of spirit.
Ask Me About Some Of These Quotes From Me
“Little did I know I was waiting my whole life to become a Granddad.”
“Remember: Which is better? Looking back to say, “I’m glad I did that” or “I wish I had done that”? You decide. Now is the time.”
“Lessons From My Grandson – Everyone along your life’s path can teach you something important when you listen, watch, understand.”
“We’re creating the heirlooms of tomorrow, today.” ©
“Remember: Negative words like “don’t” and “not” aren’t held by the brain. BE positive and PURSUE the positive: you’ll be successful.”
“Lessons From My Grandson – Give your little ones room to grow, experience new things in their own way. They are different from you!”
“If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. It’s not!”
“Remember: Today being a good day does not depend on the weather, your mood, or anyone else. It’s up to you!”
“Lessons From My Grandson – Laugh every day. Many times a day.”
“Remember: Change is the natural process of life. If not, you’d still be drinking mother’s milk! Accept it. Make it work.”
“Prepare for success and always move forward – it gets easier with each step.”
“Remember: Sharpen the saw. Take time to know what you are doing and where you are going before you head out.”
“Lessons From My Grandson – Every mistake or misstep gets you closer to where you want to go when you listen and readjust.”
“Remember: You can never be everything to everyone nor liked by everyone. Be yourself and attract like-thinking people to you!”