Mark Schulman

World-Renowned Drummer; Author; Motivator; Expert, The Secrets of Rockstar Performance
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• Mark is a celebrity drummer who has toured the world with the likes of P!NK, BILLY IDOL, STEVIE NICKS, FOREIGNER, and so many world class artists. • Imagine blending the transformative energy of Tony Robbins with the rhythmic genius of Ringo Starr and the charismatic showmanship of Bono. Mark Schulman is this exceptional hybrid. An ‘activational speaker’ whose presentations do more than motivate—they inspire action, insight, and connection. • With a drum set as his podium and a career’s worth of rock ‘n’ roll stories as his arsenal, Mark doesn’t just talk about peak performance and team synergy; he demonstrates it in an interactive ‘rock show disguised as a keynote’ that will leave your audience energized, empowered and ready to boost your bottom line.

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Mark’s Thoughts:
“When someone is a top performer in their field, or we see a team of top performers, people often refer to them as rockstars. But imagine what your team can learn about managing performance, energy, sustainability, and mental fitness from REAL rockstars?
As someone who has played with some of the greatest pop and rock stars in the world for 32 years as their drummer, I have analyzed and studied the band dynamic relentlessly. Rockstar performers all share traits that got us to the top and KEEP us there.”

What Makes Mark Different?
Mark’s ‘rock show disguised as a keynote’ combines the excitement and dynamics of rock ‘n’ roll with profound insights into personal and professional growth, making him an invaluable asset to any organization seeking to overcome these challenges and transform their culture, performance, and outcomes.

The highly energetic, engaging, and transformative nature of Mark Schulman’s keynotes literally sets the stage for something far beyond the conventional keynote speech. The emphasis on interaction and personal activation aligns perfectly with marketing, sales, and communication goals, positioning Mark’s sessions as must-have experiences for organizations looking to inspire and elevate their teams. If your client is looking for a keynote speaker who can provide an unforgettable, high-impact event, look no further. Audiences don’t just passively receive information; they participate in a transformational experience that enhances their professional and personal lives.

Mark’s journey from a classically trained cellist to the first-call drummer for the world’s top artists like P!NK,  Billy Idol, Stevie Nicks, Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Cher, and a host of other world-class artists showcases the immense power of attitude, transformation, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. With over 32 years of electrifying stages worldwide, he not only brings unparalleled energy to music but also translates this dynamism into motivational speaking, where he becomes the bridge between the pulsating heart of rock ‘n’ roll and transformative business and corporate leadership. As a cancer survivor, Mark's resilience and vitality infuse his keynotes, where he shares the secrets of rockstar performance, emphasizing attitude's role in driving extraordinary outcomes.

His published works, including Conquering Life’s Stage Fright and The Attitude Equation, extend his philosophy to all, laying out a blueprint for harnessing fear into confidence and transforming attitude into action.

As a passionate educator and advocate, Mark’s dedication extends off-stage through his work with Create Now! and the Teenage Cancer Trust, showcasing his commitment to using art for change. His unique approach to speaking combines these elements into a message that resonates deeply with corporate audiences, offering not just inspiration but practical tools for personal and professional development.


Mark Schulman grew up in Los Angeles and is a classically trained cellist. As a teen, he played with the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic. He later even played cello on the 2009/2010 P!NK tour.

During his unprecedented career over the last 32 years, Mark has been a first-call drummer for world-class rock and pop artists. He was voted Top 3 Pop-Rock Drummers” in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll in 2014 and was the featured cover artist in the May 2019 issue of Modern Drummer. Mark did four record-breaking world tours with P!NK over 15 years.

Marks resume reads like a Whos Who” of international rock nroll royalty, including acts such as Cher, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Beyonce, and so many other world-class artists.

He has drummed with Velvet Revolver at Ozzfest and for a crowd of 225,000 at Glastonbury Festival with Simple Minds. Mark has appeared on nearly every American, European, and Australian variety show including the Grammy Awards, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, American Idol, The Paul O'Grady Show, The X Factor, Wetten, dass..?, the ARIA Awards, and more.

Marks fan base extends way beyond the rock nroll stage. Fans of his other career, as a top motivational speaker, exist at companies and organizations hes spoken for, including American Express, Microsoft, IBM, DELL Cisco, Aveda, Kaiser, NCAA, SAP, and more. To date, Mark has performed over 2,000 keynotes, 1,000 music clinics, and for over a billion people.

Offstage, Mark is passionate about teaching and helping others. He was the chairman of Create Now!, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to help change troubled children's lives through creative arts mentoring. A cancer survivor himself, Mark has also motivated children and teens through his work doing seminars with the Ronald McDonald House and benefits for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the U.K.

An active educator, Mark taught at the Los Angeles Music Academy and is one of the worlds most sought-after drum clinicians, hosting clinics around the world. Mark produced his first instructional DVD in his studio, A Day in the Recording Studio; A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Recording Great Drum Tracks for Drummers and All Musicians distributed by Hudson Music. The Mark Schulman Signature Snare Drum is one of the best-selling signature products in the history of GRETSCH.

Mark's first book, Conquering Lifes Stage Fright, shows people how to harness doubt, fear, and anxiety as it relates to any performance or presentation and transform that into clarity, capability, and confidence. Mark has finished his second book, The Attitude Equation, which lays out a powerful path to happiness and achievement: Attitude x Behavior = Consequence. Mark and his writing partner Dr. Jim Samuels have interviewed rockstar performers across all industries about how ATTITUDE has driven BEHAVIOR to produce world-class CONSEQUENCES in their lives. The book is slated for release in April 2024.

In May 2023, Mark became a judge and coach for an all-new original music competition television show called BANDED. The show redefines the build-a-band” concept and pairs up-and-coming artists with top coaches. Besides judging, Mark will coach one of the rock outfits.

Mark is also a music producer, trained audio engineer, and studio co-owner of West Triad Recording Studio in Venice, California.   

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Passion and Purpose

HACKING THE ROCKSTAR ATTITUDE: Igniting Your Inner Rockstar for a Mental and Emotional Edge in Work and in Life.

Unleash the electrifying power of a rock concert in your professional realm with "HACKING THE ROCKSTAR ATTITUDE." This keynote goes beyond traditional motivational speeches, merging riveting band tales, live drumming, and interactive experiences to forge a potent formula for mastering life's rhythms. Discover how to harness the indomitable spirit of rock legends to amplify employee engagement, teamwork, and innovation. Learn to navigate life's unpredictabilities with poise, transforming your attitude to fuel positive outcomes across any business landscape.


  • Master the Art of Engagement: Uncover the secret sauce behind the mesmerizing pull of world-class performances and how to apply it to spark unparalleled engagement within your team.
  • Attitude Transformation: Equip yourself with immediate, actionable strategies to reshape your perspective and turn challenges into triumphs, channeling rock 'n' roll's audacious confidence.
  • Elevate Everyday Moments: Adopt the mindset that no moment is too small for greatness, ensuring meticulous attention to detail and a profound impact on every action you take.
  • Amplify Performance and Confidence: Learn and implement pre-show rituals of rock icons to elevate your presence and effectiveness, both personally and professionally.
  • Achieve Harmonious Team Dynamics: Gain insights into fostering a collaborative environment that mirrors the cohesive and dynamic essence of a world-class band, driving everyone to their peak performance.

HACKING THE ROCKSTAR BRAIN: Intersecting Rock and Roll with Simple Neuroscience To Elevate Confidence and Swagger for World-Class Performance

Step into the groundbreaking fusion of rock's electrifying aura and cutting-edge neuroscience with "HACKING THE ROCKSTAR BRAIN." In this trailblazing collaboration, Mark Schulman, celebrated drummer for music royalty such as P!nk and Billy Idol, teams up with neuroperformance guru Heather Crider to catapult your mental agility, creativity, and performance to stratospheric heights. This dynamic duo delivers a powerhouse presentation that melds thrilling drum sequences with revolutionary brain optimization techniques.

Prepare to embark on an unparalleled journey that not only bridges diverse worlds but also turbocharges your creative engines, supercharges your motivation, and fine-tunes your team's synchronicity and performance. This unforgettable experience, rich in engaging narratives, interactive segments, and actionable insights, captivates as much as it enlightens.

Mark and Heather blend expertise and fun to unlock the secrets of a rockstar mindset and peak neurological fitness. This enthralling journey not only inspires but equips you to transform your professional landscape. Embrace Connection, Communication, & Collaboration for breakthroughs and immediate results in an interactive and entertaining experience.


  • Collaborative Synergy: Build highly synergistic teams through the principles of empathy and mutual respect, boosting innovation and efficiency.
  • Inspirational Influence: Explore how compassion and collaboration can become your most powerful tools for inspiring you and leading your team to greatness.
  • Creativity Explosion: Ignite a surge of creativity, reshaping your approach to challenges and seizing opportunities with innovative solutions.
  • Peak Performance: Unveil elite performers' strategies for sustaining top-tier excellence, even under intense pressure.
  • Mental Edge: Equip yourself with on-the-spot, neuroscience-backed tools to boost mental resilience and overall well-being.

This unparalleled presentation bridges diverse worlds in a thrilling convergence of expertise and fun, guaranteeing an unforgettable journey that entertains as much as it enlightens.

Create YOUR  World-Class Band: Master Team Performance with Real Rockstar Edge

Dive deep into the unparalleled teamwork and dynamism of rock bands with "Create YOUR World-Class Band." Mark Schulman, with 32 years on stage alongside music legends, offers a unique glimpse into the world of rockstar performance. Leveraging his extensive experience touring and performing in close-knit settings, Mark provides fresh insights and actionable strategies for enhancing team communication, dynamics, and performance. This keynote invites you to step behind the scenes of legendary bands, applying their secrets of engagement, collaboration, and innovation to your team, transforming everyday work into a stage for world-class performance.


  • Rockstar Communication and Collaboration: Harness the power of deep collaboration and open communication practiced by the worlds top bands to strengthen your teams cohesion and productivity.
  • Command the Stage: Equip your team with the confidence and skills to take center stage in your industry, leveraging rockstar charisma and presence to stand out and excel.
  • Galvanize Cohesion and Creativity: Draw on the dynamic interplay and collective creativity that fuel a rock band’s success to introduce practical tools that significantly boost your team's cohesion, fostering an environment where creativity and innovation flourish
  • Cultivate a Culture of Excellence and Innovation: Adopt the mindset and work ethic of real rockstars to foster an environment where innovation thrives and every team member is empowered to excel in their role in the band!

Mark's approach transcends traditional team building, offering a high-energy, music-infused experience that equips your team with the tools for lasting success and harmony. Get ready for a journey into team building that has been reserved for the rockstar bands. Now it's your chance to not only look behind the curtain but to perform as a team on YOUR stage like a world-class band!

The Team Performance Experience (Add on Workshop)

Are you ready to take the stage and unleash your inner rock star? Welcome to "The Team Performance Experience," where team building meets rock and roll in the most exhilarating way possible. Dive into this dynamic workshop with Mark, who masterfully turns participants into spontaneous bandmates. You'll be grouped randomly and given the unique challenge of rewriting the lyrics to a famous song, infusing your collective work and life experiences with a dash of humor and irony. Then, it's showtime! Each group performs their reimagined song, lyrics displayed for all to share in the fun and creativity. This isn't just about music; it's about unleashing innovation, fostering deep connections, and celebrating the power of collaboration in a truly unforgettable band experience.


  • Harmony in Diversity: Discover the strength in diversity as you collaborate with colleagues from different backgrounds, creating a unified masterpiece that celebrates each unique contribution.
  • Creative Synergy: Unlock your team's creative potential through the power of music and storytelling, driving home the importance of innovation and flexibility in problem-solving.
  • Lasting Bonds of Camaraderie: Experience the transformative power of shared success, forging indelible bonds of camaraderie and trust that resonate beyond the workshop, into the workplace, and beyond.

This workshop is the ultimate add-on for any of the main speeches and promises not just a burst of creative fun but a profound transformation in team dynamics, showcasing how joy, creativity, and a shared goal can turn a group of individuals into a cohesive, unstoppable force.

All-Star Royal Jam: Electrify Your Event with Rock Legends

Your own private Rock nRoll dream team. Dive into the heart of rock nroll with the All-Star Royal Jam, a once-in-a-lifetime ensemble of iconic musicians crafting an electrifying synergy on stage.

This isn't just another performance; it's a full-blown rock odyssey that transforms any event into an unforgettable experience. With the unique opportunity for attendees to jam alongside these legends, coupled with a dynamic multi-media backdrop, the All-Star Royal Jam delivers a supercharged spectacle that will leave your employees, clients, and colleagues in awe.

Even if a headliner is touring with the likes of SPRINGSTEEN or P!NK, worry not—ASRJ boasts an impressive roster of guest vocalists and instrumentalists from celebrated bands to ensure the show's magic remains undiminished. Prepare for an event that transcends the ordinary, creating memories and moments of musical alchemy that will be talked about for years to come.

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