Everyone has a story, and we’d love to hear yours. Join the thousands of people who have shared their stories, and come see us to record your aha moment when the tour comes to town.
meet the crew
An Arkansas native living in L.A., Sam's love of film and sunshine brought her to California. She spends most of her days on film or TV sets, but also loves cooking, painting and dancing. She's excited to listen to all your aha moments inside our trailer this summer.
Born and raised in a small Texas town, Ashley now lives in N.Y.C but is usually circling the globe as a travel journalist. She loves discovering new cultures, foods, and getting to know new people. Ashley will be the first face you see outside our trailer, so stop on by.
Hailing from Sacramento, Brett is one of the original crew members. After spending a few years in Asia making short films and collecting drink koozies, he's back, ready to hit the road, and record your aha moments like a pro.
Our 34’ Airstream is beautiful, but it doesn’t drive itself. That’s where Gary comes in. Behind the wheel for his 5th year on tour, he's an expert in towing, auto maintenance and camo pants.
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Mutual of Omaha’s 2014 Aha Moment Tour Embarks On Its 5th Year
Everyday Americans Get Chance At Thirty Seconds of Fame
OMAHA, NE – April 14, 2014 – Mutual of Omaha is taking its popular Aha Moment Tour back on the road this summer, visiting 20 cities to collect real aha moments – life-changing moments of hope and inspiration – from real people across America.
Traveling more than 9,300 miles, four crewmembers will tour in a custom built 34-foot Airstream trailer designed as a mobile video recording studio. Participants who share their personal aha moments may be featured in a new 30-second television ad, which will begin airing in spring 2015.
In its four-year run to date, the tour has captured more than 4,000 people sharing their aha moments, with the videos shared socially and posted to the campaign website at http://www.mutualofomaha.com/aha. Each previous tour culminated in a month-long online public vote to determine which stories will be featured in Mutual of Omaha’s nationwide television advertising campaign. Over 50 commercials have been produced and aired since the campaign’s inception in 2009.
“Over the last four years, we have been deeply moved and inspired by the many aha moments people from coast to coast have shared,” said John Hildenbiddle, senior vice president of Brand Management and Public Relations for Mutual of Omaha. “As we begin our fifth Aha Moment Tour, we are excited to collect and share these special moments. Whether big or small, funny or sad, surprising or inspiring, each one is unique, deeply personal and worthy of recognition.”
The 2014 tour will kick off in Redding, Ca., on May 12 and will visit 20 cities in 20 states through mid August. The complete tour cities and schedule are as follows:
May 12-13: Redding, Ca.
May 19-20: Flagstaff, Ariz.
May 22-23: Lubbock, Texas
May 27-28: Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 2-3: Fayetteville, Ark.
June 9-10: Hattiesburg, Miss.
June 12-13: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
June 17-18: Albany, Ga.
June 23-24: Scranton, Pa.
June 26-27: Canton, Ohio
June 30-July 1: Bowling Green, Ky.
July 7-8: Decatur, Ill.
July 10-11: St. Cloud, Minn.
July 15-16: Grand Forks, N.D.
July 21-22: Great Falls, Mont.
July 24-25: Casper, Wyo.
July 29-30: Grand Junction, Colo.
August 4-5: Pocatello, Idaho
August 11-12: Walla Walla, Wash.
August 14-15: Bend, Ore.
Exact tour stop locations in each city can be found at http://www.ahamoment.com/tour, along with the ability to register for a time slot in advance of the stop. Or individuals may simply stop by the trailer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day to share their moment of inspiration, hope and catalytic change.
Mutual of Omaha kicked off its sponsorship of life’s aha moments with a national advertising campaign, a website devoted to aha moments and a robust online community via Facebook, Twitter and various other social networks. The stories collected over the coming months will also be shared at http://www.mutualofomaha.com/aha.
The Aha Moment campaign was created to support Mutual of Omaha’s mission to offer insurance, retirement, banking and investment products that can help people insure the possibilities that come with the life changes which often result from aha moments. For more information about Mutual of Omaha, visit http://www.mutualofomaha.com.
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About Mutual of Omaha
Mutual of Omaha, proud sponsor of life’s aha momentsSM, is a full-service, multi-line organization providing insurance, banking and financial products for individuals, businesses and groups throughout the United States. For more information about Mutual of Omaha, visit www.mutualofomaha.com.
Doing What They Love, For Better or Worse
Doing What They Love, For Better or Worse
By Nancy Colasurdo
“Why not see where your destinies lie?”
When 29-year-old Dominique James says this in our recent interview, I am instantly impressed with her. It’s a combination of the age and the wisdom, the belief in something greater.
In a 2010 aha moment tour video with her husband, Chance, she expresses what was going through her mind when both of them lost jobs due to the economy.
“Why are we doing things we’re not passionate about?” she said back then.
Now, four years later and five years into their photography/art business, she is explaining to me how a person in her 20s – two people in their 20s, actually – made the decision to go for what they love.
“As a 20-year-old you’re really naïve,” she says with a laugh. “And that’s good and bad. You also have rose-colored glasses.”
But after the lightness, what pours out is a story of a realization they didn’t like what they were doing anyway – she was an administrative assistant and he worked in screen printing — and the knowledge that neither wanted the mundane.
“Both of us are not 9 to 5 people,” Dominique says.
An early fork in the road. Early in life. Early in marriage. Oh, what to do?
“My wife definitely provided encouragement,” Chance says. “It was the timing. Either send out resumes or pursue work we’re good at. We knew we were going on faith.”
Dominique describes a success diagram that made an impact on her. One side showed an arrow going up, but then there was another one where the arrow went down and sideways and up and back down again. She understood that to be the real path to success.
“There’s so much in society telling us how we should do it and how we should feel doing it,” she says. “We figured it was now or never. It’s so easy to get caught up in that paycheck.”
Instead, here’s their reality. Chance, age 30, is a photographer/painter who does portraiture, weddings, commercial work, and commissions, but also sells his paintings. Dominique does freelance makeup, writing and art directing. They have a two-year-old named Major and a house they love in Fresno, Calif.
“[Entrepreneurship] can be difficult for sure,” Chance says. “There are days when we ask, ‘What are we going to do?’ But we also have the resolve that it will work out. I don’t think it’s for everybody. Some people thrive in structure.”
I tell Dominique that it is special to have a spouse on the same page, that sometimes only one person in a couple wants to take a shot while the other wants to play it safe.
“We’ve grown as a couple and as individuals,” she says. “Some days it’s a great ride and others not so much.”
Keeping it real.
In the 2010 video Dominique talks about “finding freedom” and being able to do what you love. I ask Chance about the freedom aspect now that he has more perspective.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” he says. “We have a lot of freedoms other people don’t have. But having clients is like having a thousand employers as opposed to one. But today I can be with my son and talking to you.”
The epitome of self-employed freedom.
This is how their destinies are playing out. And they like it.