2014 The Year in Review

Jon Levine Live at the Improv Fort LauderdaleAs the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year it was. 2014 saw some big changes in my life; changes I’d argue were as big as the ones I saw in 2013.

In 2013, I’d left the company I’d been with for nearly six years to branch out on my own. It was a scary step, but one I’ve never regretted. After finding my stride and working with some great companies, I’ve determined that I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, want it any other way.

2014 saw another big change in career, or what could possibly become my career: I started doing standup comedy. From the second I stepped on the stage at my first comedy class, to the moment I was introduced at my first show, to hitting as many mic’s as a I can on a weekly basis, I honestly fell in love.

So, what does 2015 bring? Good things, I believe. I’ll be hosting my first ever show at the Improv in West Palm Beach. From never doing comedy in my life until April 2014 to hosting a show at the Improv in January 2015 is an amazing thing to think about and an opportunity that I’m truly thankful to have.

Another first will be my hosting of the Affiliate Summit West 2015 conference in Las Vegas. Again, born out of my venture into standup comedy (the owners of the conference saw the video of my first Improv performance and asked me to be the emcee), this could be a whole new step in my life.

Comedy has also brought me back to one of my first loves: radio. After doing a few shows with the extremely talented Dougie Almeida, he offered me the co-hosting spot on his weekly radio show, the Wake Up Late with Dougie show. Just being behind that microphone brought back so many great memories of my youth when I started as a DJ at WKPX.

Finally, I’ve partnered with my longtime friend Jacki Schechner to create the Healthy Dose podcast, based around her experience in the health care policy arena. While it’s just starting, we’re extremely excited about where it’s going.

This year has been a great one for me and I know that next year (and the years to come) will be as well. I’m looking forward to meeting the future head on and just seeing where this crazy ride goes.

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