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Meet Roger Kirtz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roger Kirtz.

Roger, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. My father owned a very small piece of the Cleveland Cavaliers; this was in the 1970’s … A very different time in the sports world economically and otherwise, so from a young age, I was around professional athletes. They would come to the house for dinner and from time to time take me in the backyard and shoot the ball around with me. Needless to say, competitive sports was in my blood from a young age.

I played three different high school sports, with tennis being the one I excelled at the most. I was a highly ranked junior player that went on to play college tennis at Tulane University before an injury, at which point I ran college track for two years.

While being a serious and focused athlete in high school, I would say that I was a somewhat typical teenager in that I was “figuring things out” in life.  Parents divorce at 14, new schools, socialization, girls and academics.

I had a 1000 different thoughts running through my head at all times. I was able to learn from those years that those thoughts don’t stop once you step onto the playing field. I was very physically talented. But like many, my mind was all over the place when I played… so were my results.

When my playing days were over, the mental side of competition was always something that hindered me and fascinated me at the same time. I knew getting a strong handle on the mental side of performance would be my future.

After completing my Masters program in Psychology I began my training at IMG academy in Florida. It’s the biggest sports performance center in the world. Those that know it simply call it ” The Factory”.  There model was you trained for your sport. Then you trained with physical trainers to be physically tough. Then you trained your mind to be mentally tough.  The experience was incredible! I worked with the top athletes from every sport around the world. I got recruited to come to UCLA when my training ended to work with the men’s tennis team. From there I worked with several different teams including 2 NBA D-League teams. Both made playoffs. 1 hadn’t ever been to the playoffs in their 1 year existence previously.  In addition to working with several different athletes. I worked with a surfer who was not on tour at the time, but the following year she won the US Open of surf in Huntington.

A friend of mine who is a talent agent at RPM asked if I thought this could work for actors? I did a small workshop and within 2 months all of those actors booked jobs. Things have snowballed from there It’s  been really great working with actors.

It’s the exact same pre-performance methods that I use with athletes that clears the mind, rids nerves and anxiousness. It’s been very successful and really fun!

Some pretty notable actors have come through my office prior to auditions or shooting scenes in high profile movies or lead roles in network episodic.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think anytime you set out to achieve something in a non traditional path that there are always challenges, primarily because the pathways haven’t been laid out for you to just “follow the heard”. But if you really know what’s important to you and you’re mentally prepared and willing to  experience setbacks and hardships. Particularly time. The timeline for success isn’t on your timeline necessarily. Which can be excruciating at times. Especially for someone like myself who is extremely driven to make things happen now. My favorite phrase is- “Strategic Patience”

The biggest obstacle for me has been this pre-existing thought that if you see a Sports psychologist or a mental skills coach that there must be something wrong with you. That it’s a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Kobe Bryant’s and Kevin Durant’s are the ones who have asked me the most questions because they want to know what they don’t already know as they realize that, that is how they will get better.  Curiosity is definitely high up on my talent code algorithm.

I’ll fill you in on a little secret… there’s no such thing as sports psychology. There is only the ability two clear negative thoughts and self-doubt in anything you do and to have a strong positive mindset that will allow you to be at your best.

It’s just that We see athletes have to perform under the bright lights or “when it counts.”

That’s why this Training has been so successful with actors as well. Because to perform an audition or perform on a set or stage requires the same ability to clear negative thoughts and self-doubt while simultaneously reducing heart rate and getting rid of nervousness so that your talent can shine.

But again this is a new idea for many who wouldn’t connect working with a Sports psychologist in order to performing well as an actor, writer or really any field because a strong mind/ mental health is an essential key to being successful at anything …,But It’s catching on quickly! I love all my clients but particularly like working with actors because they are really curious and willing to learn.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
When I first meet with a client, what I’m most interested in is there goals. What are they hoping to accomplish and more importantly, what are they hoping that I can help them with? From there I want to learn about their mindset and their thought process that has lead them to this mindset. Then the work begins!

It’s amazing to work together with someone where you form a goal together and really set your focus on what it’s going to take to get there. When that moment comes, there is truly no better feeling in the world. To know that you helped put someone in a position to achieve some pretty lofty heights, and to know that quite possibly they don’t happen without your guidance is amazing.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I just finished writing a book titled Perform! How to shine when the lights are brightest.

Its my method that I use with all of my athletes and actors to get their minds right for being at their best when it counts.

Let’s face it, everybody has to perform in their walk of life in one way or another.

It’s uncharted territory for me, the writing of it and now figuring out how to market it?!

The methods have been super successful and I really wanted to make something like this book that could be accessible to everyone! Not everyone can afford the private training and I understand that.

This book allows me to really try to put mental health and positive mind set training to the fore front of people’s priorities.

We shall see… at least that’s my goal!

 

Contact Info:

  • Website: Rogerkirtz.com
  • Phone: 310-270-3183
  • Email: rogerkirtz@gmail.com

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