I'm just a Roadie in a Rock 'n Roll band

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

I've been a full-time REALTOR® for more than 12 years now, but prior to that, I worked in the IT field. I was a facilities manager, responsible for more than 500 computers for a software training company. I also worked as a computer technician and specialized in server-based Enterprise VOIP systems.


But I did learn a lot from it. I picked up a lot of the computer skills I still use and learned about communicating effectively through a company.




Before I cut my hair and took a job in computers, however, I worked in the Music Business.  I had LOTS of different jobs - I was a recording engineer in a recording and rehearsal studio, crew and lightman for local cover bands including The Nerds and acts like the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama (picture from backstage ), Don McLean, Mick Taylor (formerly of The Rolling Stones and pictured below), Julio Iglesias and many others. 

All of the work I did was behind the scenes, most of it local, but I did tour across the Country with a band called Pierce as their guitar technician and crew chief. Pierce, pictured below and in the featured image of this blog post, was signed to a label and released a couple of albums. We even shot an MTV video.

I drove across the Country several times with Pierce and remain close sith Billy (guitars) and Tommy (drums).  Our tour bus was a walkthrough 14 foot Ryder truck (pictured below with the band) with an overhead above the cab that held a mattess. We had another mattress behind the walkthrough door and a couch that was nailed to the floor. All of the equipment was stored in road cases behind the couch. Eventually we upgraded to a real bus. 




It was while working in the music biz that I learned skills that I use every day in the real estate biz. I learned how to keep my work organized, maintain accurate notes, and pay attention to detail. The music biz also taught me how to effectively deal with lots of different personalities in a positive way. 

While I miss some of the fun times from the good old days, I don't miss the travel, grueling work, time away from home and very long days and nights. Lots of great friends and memories were made and that helped to transform me into the person I am today. 


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AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Cool memories to keep, congratulations ..you definitely enjoy your 80s time. The best time in my opinion... Keep up with your enthusiasm, I can feel from your post... 

Oct 05, 2019 04:10 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - Wayne, a very good story.  Our past has make us who we are today.  I love the take aways.  Yes, you learned to organize and get it done and do it with many different personalities.  That is Real Estate but that is also life.

Oct 05, 2019 04:28 AM #11
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - What a unique and interesting background. I'll bet many of those stories make great conversations at the dinner table when someone brings up music or you think about your past. Obviously, you learned a lot behind the scenes!!! I can see how a lot of what you did transfers into the real estate business. As they say in show business, the show must go on! 

Oct 05, 2019 04:37 AM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That sounds exciting. I have a friend who was in an up and coming band when i was younger, they opened for some big bands who cme to New England. I used to travel with them on weekends, i didnt have a title or get paid, but i got in free. I helped out when they asked. I ate and drink for free and got to see some good bands from back stage. 

Oct 05, 2019 05:21 AM #13
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a great story! We learn things all along the way that help us as we get older. It sounds like you had a lot of fun as well!

Oct 05, 2019 05:33 AM #14
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

You did have an exciting life, but can see where the skills you learned would assist you in today's career! 

Oct 05, 2019 07:31 AM #16
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Wow, what an exciting first career!  Way more interesting than my early life.  It would be fun to hear even more of your stories!

Oct 05, 2019 07:41 AM #17
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great to have been in the music business but as you saw: competitive and cut throat.  Hmmm, is there a parallel here??  Thanks for relating!

Oct 05, 2019 08:15 AM #18
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Fascinating to hear about your prior life and what you did, we all come from such diverse backgrounds and yet we all end up helping others acheive their dreams and hopes.

Oct 05, 2019 08:44 AM #19
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Thanks for sharing your story Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl I love hearing peoples back stories.  

Oct 05, 2019 09:07 AM #20
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

We went down the same path! Music, IT and real estate. Seven years in the music biz was my college, I learned a lot more that I could have in an academic classroom.

Oct 05, 2019 11:07 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a fun and interesting read, Wayne. I had no idea of your diverse background, at least that prior to the IT career. What great learning experiences!


Oct 05, 2019 12:45 PM #22
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

WHAT!!!  Nobody got the play of words on that famous Moody Blues song???!!

Oct 05, 2019 01:16 PM #23
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Haha that's awesome! Roadies do the meaningful work! And as for Gazzari's, oh yeah! I mean, I have no recollection!

Oct 05, 2019 02:35 PM #24
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

WOW Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl what an awesome story.  I can see Wayne as a roadie and what a great tie in to a real estate career. Mr Detail....and a whole lot of fun too!

Oct 05, 2019 04:28 PM #25
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Really enjoyed your post about your life before real estate. Definitely you made some great connections and the skills of organization with working with many personalities surely prepared you for the challenges of real estate. Hoping to hear more down the road! Thanks for sharing with us Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl 

Oct 05, 2019 05:23 PM #26
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Most Realtors come from a different career and we all bring something to help us excel in this sales environment. I was an Engineer with Masters degree fir 15 yers before I decided to jump into to real estate investment and sales. My background helped me with solutions rather than focus on problems when they come up

Oct 06, 2019 04:18 AM #27
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Thanks for sharing, I am sure you've got some great stories from life on the road, and many of them not as glamorous as some would think.

And I am a big fan of 80's music.

Oct 06, 2019 04:31 PM #28
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Wow! what a great experience and you must have some stories you can't share on social media.....ha!

Thanks for sharing your journey........

Oct 08, 2019 02:36 AM #29
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

WOW love this, my son is trying to do this very thing right now   -he and a cpuple friends had a band in high school and they sold out several local venues, they all went away to college, and now he is in Portland OR trying to find his musical path, while working day to day in a bank. The life  lessons are invaluable. Thanks for sharing

Oct 09, 2019 05:21 AM #30
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