Omar J. McCallop, Writer & Executive Producer
of Entrepreneur$ - The Reality Show & Founder
of O Ent. : 14th December 2004
Man Australia continues on it's quest to interview
many of the world's top entrepreneurs and reality
TV entities. In this amazing interview we achieve
both, with a young entertainment industry mogul commonly
referred to by one letter, one syllable, one symbol,
O. However his talents, skills, and everything about
him is anything but one dimensional, he is multi-faceted.
O someone that the world will be hearing a lot more
about...thanks in part to Media Man Australia. I present
you, The O Interview!
my educational background is Political Science and
Marketing. My business experience is Business Development
in the Entertainment Industry. I love doing what has
never been done before especially if it is in the
want to create things that have not existed before
me: things no one has done before!
are you passionate about?
mine and those that I love and Winning.
are you best known for?
some call it arguing, but I love a good intellectual
joust. Also finding a way to make projects happen.
In the words of the Great Don King, "I create
the money" where money did not exist before".
are your current plans?
that is a loaded question and a long list:
business development of EventsLeader & Entrepreneurs
- The Reality Show, The purchase & business development
of a movie studio and movie distribution channel,
a multi-TV show production deal from a major network
for the other shows I have written, Development of
North Carolina's first major record label and to complete
my two books and a movie about college.
is a reality show that I Co-wrote and Executive Produce.
got tired of the standard reality show that "entertains"
but gives nothing back to the viewers, the contestants
or the community.
Entrepreneurs - The Reality Show does all three while
entertaining the viewing audience. I coined a phased
and style of Reality Shows I call "conscience
reality". Conscience reality educates and entertains
at the same time. The viewer and the participant will
gain something from a Conscience Reality show that
will be valuable to him/her for a lifetime. Another
CR show I hope to produce is "Breaking the Glass
can read about the details of Entrepreneurs - The
Reality Show and meet the Contestants at
did you think up such an ingenious idea?
partner gave the short version so I will give the
have known Bob for a number of years now and we have
worked on a couple of projects together. Upon our
first meeting we hit if off pretty good because we
have like entrepreneurial minds (even though he would
say that I don't like anyone). We immediately knew
we would work well together. I had various projects
going on in the entertainment industry and Bob was
doing his thing in Real Estate. Well one day Bob called
me and was like O, I got this idea and I wanted to
know if you wanted to get involved. I said ok; let's
have lunch so
you can tell me about it. His exact words were that
he was stopping everything else in this life to do
this one thing, EventsLeader. He said that he was
consolidating his buildings, his other business interest,
EVERYTHING to focus on this great idea. After an hour
or so of him telling me about the idea and me trying
to shoot holes in it, I said, "I'm in, what's
our next move?" He had already started on the
business plan so I just joined in and we met daily
to work on this vision. For me, it had not come to
the point where I needed to give up my other endeavors.
I had written three television shows for which I was
trying to get production funds. They were "The
Agent", "Breaking the Glass Ceiling",
and "The Billionaire". I put "Breaking
the Glass Ceiling" down for a minute because
it is the most expensive one to get produced, so I
focused on the Agent and the Billionaire. I asked
Bob if would he like to be on TV and that I wrote
a show that would follow him around while he built
this Billion dollar company and show people how you
build a company from the ground up.
if you could watch the first year of Bill Gates building
Microsoft, WOW! Bob was like sure I would love it
plus it would be a good marketing tool for the company.
I said ok and went off to work on the show and acquire
everything I needed to produce "The Billionaire",
but I fell short of production money. Luckily Bob
called me back and was like O, let's call the show
and add contestants and challenges and so on. I thought
that was a great idea and I went back to my computer
to see if I could make it work on paper and I began
writing the treatment for Entrepreneurs - The Reality
importantly the project would be bankrolled via Bob/EventsLeader
and at the same time cut the company's startup overhead.
I have a funny story about the director, regarding
to the beginning of this show, but I am saving that
for my book!
is a strong team of people so important?
I could spend a book on this, the short and simple
version is that you cannot do everything yourself
and there is only one O and one Bob. My dad would
always say that something worth having is hard to
find and that saying holds true when it comes to a
strong team of people because they are hard to find,
which attest to their value.
is it important to give back to the community?
give back because I am a product of my community.
I would be nothing with out the community that raised
me. It is a combination of my obligation to those
that supported me (a pay it forward, so to speak)
and my heart that compels me to do so. I feel sympathy
for those who do not have a value system that includes
the support of their community, for they are truly
missing a part of their being.
are your mentors, and why?
1) Cornel West, he is probably the smartest man on
the face of the earth, but still has the human touch.
2) My parents: are genuinely good people, too good
if you ask me. They are always taking in stray kids.
I wish they would just think about themselves and
rest sometimes, but they won't. They love to help
children, all children.
was been most supportive of your endeavors to date?
lot of people love and support me and it's a blessing
to be able to say that, but I would have to say my
Mom. There is nothing like a Mom. Entertainment is
a hard industry to explain, especially what I do.
It's not a 9-5 per se. You don't clock in and clock
out. On some projects I can make anywhere from 10k
- 100k, but it could be 6 months to a year before
my next project. There were people that love me that
thought that I just loafed around for 6-7 months at
a time and thought I was lazy, because it did not
look like I was working! But anyone that knows me
knows I go to bed late and get up early. I "work"
harder than anyone I know. The problem is that my
work just happens to be what I want to do, so others
have a hard time seeing it as work. Who says work,
can't be a passion. I do what I love and I do it when
the mood strikes me. It's hard for people; even ones
that love you, to understand the concept of doing
what you love or nothing at all!
can you disclose about the stage that things are at,
and the overseas expansion?
is great, but it's all happening faster than I expected.
The interest in the show is growing around the world.
In this and every thing I do, I employ the "Art
of War" & "The 36 Stratagems" (both
are great books you should pick them up). With this
show, no matter what happens, I have already won before
I even started!
sponsors and supporters are you chasing (that you
are comfortable to disclose)?
cannot release that information just yet!
is your preferred telecommunications supplier - Virgin,
Vodafone, British Telecom or other, and why?
is going to support "Entrepreneurs" The
Reality Show & O Ent.
is your definition of success?
if the people I love are happy then I am successful.
do you like best about golf?
is cool, I am more of a contact sport man myself,
basketball, football etc. I guess when I get a little
older I will play some golf; it seems to be an older
guy's sport because they cannot get hurt. I do understand
why people like it; it is rather relaxing to be out
on a beautiful course on a nice day. In my tournament,
people always want me to play but I usually just ride
around on the golf cart enjoying the day. The golf
cart is the best part of the whole event for me. I
have produced a number of golf tournaments, so I have
all of this free golf stuff that I never use, but
I am going to try to play more.
would you like to visit in Australia? (May I suggest
Airlie Beach and Proserpine - golf and yachts?)
problem is I am not much of a flyer, I had a bad experience.
I think all of Australia is beautiful. I would love
to have a premiere party for the cast and the crew
in Australia, but I would need a boat ride over!
1) I am not cocky, just confident!
2) I am smarter than you!
3) Do what has not been done!
4) There is only one way to go
5) Barbecue or Mildew!
you working on any other projects?
Two Books in stores 2005
Real Reality - The Making of a Reality Show &
Blind Vision - Vision for the Blind Mind
Working on the production of 3 TV shows (Breaking
the Glass Ceiling, LDL -Latin Dance Live, and Hazing
- A Frat Story), a movie (Title TBD) and some cameos
in both television & film
3) The only thing I don't really have my hands in
is Music & Magazines so I am working on that by
starting a record label with Veteran Super Producer
"Mark Sparks". Hopefully, I will be consulting
for a magazine "Unleashedmag.com"
and the publishing company to create the college version
of Maxim Magazine.
4) A3 Weekend for Charity - Athletes, Artist, &
5) Coming up with the premise for the second season
of "Entrepreneurs" The Reality show.
6) And the driving force behind the show, introducing
EventsLeader to the world as the Brand for "what
to do and where to go".
this sentence...If I could change the world I would.....?
(I know this question is a little out there, but think
all pain and suffering for all people, again Happiness
is the Key!
note: O, what an entrepreneur!
Ent Inc - www.OEntInc.com
- The Reality Show
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