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World Of MAD


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World Of MAD


Welcome to the World of Mark Adam Douglass

I love the life I am creating for myself, alongside and with the love of my life, Jess.

The Multipotentialite

Mark is a multipotentialite, following multiple endeavours at once in order to lead a fulfilling life. 

This page is broken up into various areas of his life.

The Entrepreneur

Mark is fascinated by business, its structures, revenue models, marketing, and leadership. Bringing together his wide range of experience, he is helping to shape some interesting endeavours and helping to shape the life he wants.

The Educator

Mark is a highly experienced educator in a wide range of fields. At the age of 16 he began coaching gymnastics and acrobatics, leading into circus education and even managing a circus school years later. He studied mathematics and education at university, and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

 

The Writer

Mark has been fascinated by the written word since being a child, but was always told he was the math guy, so he couldn't be any good at writing. Over the last couple of years, he has worked hard to rectify that situation. Writing is now a major part of his daily life.

The Entertainer

Mark took his acrobatics skills into the circus world. He also fell in love with juggling, twirling,  and hooping, enjoying playing with his toys. Later he took to the world of magic, fascinated by the psychology of deception and misdirection as well as how magic exists in the mind of the viewer. His latest joy is in balloon sculptures and other creations.

The Lover

Mark is deeply in love with an amazing woman named Jess Geerligs. The two of them are engaged to be married, and look forward to their wedding in September 2014.

Mark can't wait to spend the rest of his life with Jess.

 
 
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Entrepreneur


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The Entrepreneur

I knew very early on that working for someone else wasn’t really for me, but it took me a long time to realise I was an entrepreneur.
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Kip McGrath Bateau Bay

Kip McGrath Bateau Bay is a tutoring franchise that Jess and Mark own. Both of us love working with children, and Mark is a highly experienced educator, and we both love building businesses, so we looked for the best business model to enable us to achieve many of our goals, and a Kip McGrath Franchise was it.

We absolutely love the business, and life, we are creating for ourselves.

JAM Digital: JAMD.co

JAM Digital is a website and digital services business that Jess and Mark run. It is still in startup, research and testing mode, and is slowly evolving and working out exactly what its direction will be.

If you would like to support us during this startup phase, and be rewarded with a crazy price for a website, then check out our website.

The Central Coast Collective, Inc: TheCC.Co

Mark and Jess went through a social enterprise course and saw a need for a new incorporated association to help visual and performing artists on the Central Coast in developing their businesses and careers.

It is only in its very early stages, but it is definitely going in an interesting direction.

 

Nat Harris Entertainment

Nat and Mark have been friends for a decade or more, and met through our shared passion for circus. Nat runs a circus performers agency, and whilst Nat is on maternity leave, Mark is looking after the business.

Mark enjoy helping with the daily operations as well as giving input into its future direction.

Speaker

Mark has lead a varied and interesting life, so has many stories and lessons to share about his journey so far. He can talk on a diverse range of topics.

His most recent talk is titled: 

The Life & Times of a Multipotentialite: How One Man Has Made a Career out of having Multiple Careers

Please get in touch if you would like Mark to talk at your next event.

Seth Godin Q & A

Mark is heavily influenced by the writings of Seth Godin, so he and Jess are excitedly awaiting Seth Godin's trip to Australia in September 2014. Mark and Jess honestly can't wait to be in a room with so many other lovers of Seth's work, and of course, the man himself.

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Educator


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The Educator

The more I learn, the more I teach. The more I teach, the more I learn.

Circus

Mark is a highly experienced circus educator. He started teaching gymnastics and acrobatics at the age of 16. At the age of 18 he picked up juggling, and very quickly began sharing his knowledge and skills with others.  

Mark went on to start the Sydney Juggling Convention which has a major educational focus. He worked at many fairs and festivals, including The Woodford Folk Festival where he looked after the circus training space. 

The highlight definitely has to be managing the circus at at C!RCA in Brisbane. 

Mathematics

Mark was a gifted mathematician from a young age, attending an academically selective school, mostly based on his math skills. 

He went on to study mathematics at university, then finished off by doing a teaching degree. 

Since then he has taught at high schools, lectured at university, and tutored in various settings at primary, high school and university levels.

Writing

Although writing is a relatively new pursuit, Mark enjoys sharing his passion, knowledge and skills with writing. Mark is much more interested in the artistic process as it applies to writing. Having pursued various artistic endeavours in the past, as well as mentoring other artists in similar and completely different fields, Mark has a wealth of knowledge about how to create and ship your art to the world.

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The Writer

My world changed once I gave myself permission to write and share it with the world.
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Blogs

Mark began developing his writing skills through blogging, after being inspired by the words of Seth Godin.

He currently writes regularly for two blogs: his own personal blog, here on this website, and for Minimalist Couple, a blog he writes with his fiancé.

Daily Thoughts

Every day Mark challenges himself to write and publish a piece of writing. It is part of his philosophy around challenging yourself creatively on a daily basis. Mark has managed to continue this every day writing practice for over a year, without fail (except during recovery time from a surgery).

Minimalist Couple

Through minimalism, Mark has found the space, both physically and mentally, to be the most creative version of himself, ever. With his fiancé, Jess, they share their journey of simplifying life together.

We are also helping The Minimalists with their world tour when they visit Sydney.

 
 

Books

Mark loves stories.

He is fascinated by the stories of other people, but also stories based on fictional worlds. Mark has released two books so far and is working on many more.

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Entertainer


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Entertainer


The Entertainer

A Man Of Many Tricks
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A Boy Who Likes To Play With His Toys

Juggler

Mark is a very experienced juggler. His specialty is that he has none: he is very proficient in almost every traditional and non-traditional juggling prop.

As a soloist, he particularly loves balls and hat juggling. In groups, he loves to pass clubs and rings.

Twirler

Mark used to merely dabble in the twirling arts until he met two great men: Rob Thorburn and Matt Terry. They changed his perspective, and he has been hooked on the twirling arts, particularly poi and staff, ever since.

Hula Hooper

When Mark started Hula Hooping, he fell in love instantly, and found himself spending hours upon hours adapting techniques from other apparatuses from juggling and twirling, as well as creating lots of new ideas along the way.

 

Magician

Mark has worked as a roving magician and a children's magician. Whilst he has retired his children's magic show, he still loves to dazzle with card tricks and other great roving magic fun.

Balloon Twister

For many years, balloon twisting was simply an aside for Mark, but of late he has taken a deeper interest in this art form.

Mark has moved beyond the basics, exploring intricate and fascinating sculptures.

Acrobat

For Mark, acrobatics was his first step into the entertainment world. Unfortunately due to physical reasons he has had to retire from performing acrobatics, but he still finds himself teaching it to many great acrobats of the future.

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Lover


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The Lover

I am deeply in love with an amazing, awe-inspiring woman: Jess.
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Wedding

The marriage of Mark and Jess is planned for September 2014. We will be getting married on the sand at Soldiers Beach, followed by a reception in the beautiful surf club. 

Mark looks forward to spending the rest of his life with Jess, a true inspiration in his life.

 

JHG Art

Jess is a painter and photographer.

Her painting is abstract, focussed on colour and texture. One of her mini-missions is to break through people's apprehension to touch paintings.

She is also a photographer, capturing the beauty of the world around her. She shares Mark's philosophy in daily creative challenges by publishing a photo every day.

Check out her work here

Minimalist Couple

Before finding minimalism, Mark and Jess were lost and drowning in stuff. Jess was an aspirational artist, always wanting to do art, but being blocked by something. 

As the two of them decluttered their stuff and their mind, both of them found a creative freedom they have never experienced before. 

Jess and Mark write at Minimalist Couple in order to share their journey of simplifying life together.

We are also helping The Minimalists with their world tour when they visit Sydney.