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Jonathan Tilley is a personal brand strategist who helps creative people and independent businesses shine online and share their talent with the world. He develops and delivers online courses that teach creatives about branding and marketing in an entertaining way - perfect for how the creative mind works.

Date Launched: January 2010
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Team Size: 7
Press Contact: info@jonathantilley.com


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ABOUT




 

SHORT BIO:

Jonathan Tilley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and moved to NYC the next day. Expecting to be performing on Broadway by the weekend, when Monday rolled around he needed to find a job fast.

“Marketing” and “networking” felt gross. So he flipped the switch and made It’s not about you, it’s all about them his mantra. Being kind to people was Jonathan’s marketing strategy and he started booking more gigs immediately.

A touring production of 42nd Street brought Jonathan to Germany in 1999 and that’s when he traded in his love of American cheeseburgers for German schnitzel. For 8 years straight Jonathan performed in the German productions of Dance of the Vampires, Cats, another production of 42nd Street, and was Dance Captain of Mamma Mia!

When he turned 30 Jonathan traded in his dancing shoes for a microphone transitioning into the voice over industry. He has voiced thousands of business narrations, e-learning modules, and commercials for clients like Red Bull, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Google, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Bosch, Philips, WWF, and Unicef. And 97% of the scripts he’s read had the same underlying message: It’s not about you, it’s all about them.

Jonathan was onto something.

In 2008 the internet was coming of age and it felt logical for him to explore. So Jonathan created his own website for his voice over business. Friends immediately asked who did it. He shrugged it off and say, “oh uh I did”. And that’s when he started side gigging as a designer. It felt great helping his friends make their online presence all about them. He learned everything he could about web design, social media, and online marketing. And he unknowingly started to build a business helping people build their brand online.

Jump cut to today: Personal Brand Strategist to hundreds of personal brands, his team who he endearingly calls #TeamTilley support his artistic goals, and they love working with creative people and independent companies all over the world.

Jonathan fills a very specific niche - his company is bigger than a solo freelance designer who is overwhelmed with more than 5 clients but his company is smaller than big time agencies that are pitching to the Forbes 500 List. The people he loves working with are the rock and roll photographer in San Francisco, the non-franchised ice cream shop in Venice, the independent film festival in Berlin, the wacky tech start up in Toronto, the musical theatre star in Vienna, and the Disney voice over artist in Florida.

He treats his clients to the online presence they deserve. After all, making it all about you is what he do best.

And Jonathan wouldn’t want it any other way.

LONG BIO: 

Jonathan Tilley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and moved to NYC the next day. Expecting to be performing on Broadway by the weekend, when Monday rolled around he needed to find a job fast.

“Marketing” and “networking” felt gross. So he flipped the switch and made It’s not about you, it’s all about them his mantra. Being kind to people was Jonathan’s marketing strategy and he started booking more gigs immediately.

A touring production of 42nd Street brought Jonathan to Germany in 1999 and that’s when he traded in his love of American cheeseburgers for German schnitzel. For 8 years straight Jonathan performed in the German productions of Dance of the Vampires, Cats, another production of 42nd Street, and was Dance Captain of Mamma Mia!

When he turned 30 Jonathan traded in his dancing shoes for a microphone transitioning into the voice over industry. He has voiced thousands of business narrations, e-learning modules, and commercials for clients like Red Bull, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Google, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Bosch, Philips, WWF, and Unicef. And 97% of the scripts he’s read had the same underlying message: It’s not about you, it’s all about them.

Jonathan was onto something.

In 2008 the internet was coming of age and it felt logical for him to explore. So Jonathan created his own website for his voice over business. Friends immediately asked who did it. He shrugged it off and say, “oh uh I did”. And that’s when he started side gigging as a designer. It felt great helping his friends make their online presence all about them. He learned everything he could about web design, social media, and online marketing. And he unknowingly started to build a business helping people build their brand online.

In 2010 he began coaching fellow creatives on the business side of show business turning his knowledge into online courses like League Of List Builders - the creative person’s marketing plan to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to - and My Content Calendar - how to build your brand on Instagram 1 day at a time.

And after 2 years of gathering over 2000 pieces of research on what success and failure feel like, in 2017 he released his book Embrace The F Word: Failure to the world. 

Jonathan’s TEDx Talk “What Creativity Is Trying To Tell You” has inspired hundreds of thousands of creatives to turn their thoughts into things. He knows how the creative mind works. That’s why he loves what he does as a personal brand strategist who helps creative people shine online and share their talent with the world. 

Jump cut to today: Personal Brand Strategist to hundreds of personal brands, his team who he endearingly calls #TeamTilley support his artistic goals, and they love working with creative people and independent companies all over the world.

Jonathan fills a very specific niche - his company is bigger than a solo freelance designer who is overwhelmed with more than 5 clients but his company is smaller than big time agencies that are pitching to the Forbes 500 List. The people he loves working with are the rock and roll photographer in San Francisco, the non-franchised ice cream shop in Venice, the independent film festival in Berlin, the wacky tech start up in Toronto, the musical theatre star in Vienna, and the Disney voice over artist in Florida.

He treats his clients to the online presence they deserve. After all, making it all about you is what he do best.

And Jonathan wouldn’t want it any other way.

7 random things Jonathan loves: fake leather jackets, growing ornamental grasses in his garden, white wine spritzers on hot summer days, building a community of crazy creatives, Laderach chocolate bark, anything Brene Brown has created, and French bulldogs. 


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MEDIA ASSETS




HEAD SHOTS

 
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Photo by Pam Stukenborg

 

Self-Portraits

 

LOGOS

 

SPEAKING




TEDx TALK: WHAT CREATIVITY IS TRYING TO TELL YOU

 

SPEAKING CLIENTS

 

ONLINE COURSES




 
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LEAGUE OF LIST BUILDERS

The creative person’s marketing plan
to know exactly what to say, when to say it,
and who to say it to.

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MY CONTENT CALENDAR

An online course AND a 16 month planner
that builds your brand on Instagram 1 day at a time.

 

BOOK




 
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EMBRACE THE F WORD: FAILURE

Your creative journey has been covered with royal rejection, marred with maddening mistakes, and smeared with deep devastation. What's left underneath the heartache is your inner artist waiting patiently to finally get what it wants.

Learn how to embrace failure with laughter, grit, and self-awareness to guide you and your inner artist to where you were born to be.  

Understand why failure is necessary for your creative process so you can lovingly learn from your mistakes, achieve success faster, and finally enjoy the journey with your inner artist along the way.

 


SOCIAL MEDIA




 

Creative Circle Facebook Group - over 3,000 creatives who tune in every Wednesday for a free Facebook Live class where they learn about branding and marketing from Jonathan

Instagram - over 10,000 engaged followers who enjoy Jonathan’s feed, stories, and IGTV where he gives away free marketing advice specifically for the creative person’s business model


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