They say Hollywood is where dreams come true and Fireball Tim Lawrence is completely sure of that.
From a very young age, Fireball (yes, that’s his real name!) was interested in drawing cars and creating rare automotive alterations by adding cannons or bizarre objects to his rides. At the time, he dreamed of becoming a test driver for General Motors. But what he didn’t know was that destiny had another exciting and wacky ride in store for him.
While still an art student in college, Fireball got the opportunity to jump head first into the Hollywood scene and landed a gig designing none other than Batman’s car!
From there, Fireball went on to create other designs for movies such as Jurassic Park, Son of the Mask and Gone in 60 seconds, park attractions as one of Disney World’s Imagineers and even hosted a few TV shows.
Today, Fireball is working hard on the development of his personal brand Fireball Tim, which has led him to explore numerous other opportunities in life such as publishing children’s books and hosting the First World Class Automotive Film and Arts Festival this year.
With a paper named The Fireball Tim Wackadoodle we just knew we had to hear his story!
How did you get into designing cars?
I grew up in a family of seven and my parents always bought me two things –toy cars and art supplies – it’s all I ever wanted, I loved to play with cars and I loved to draw.
My parents named me Fireball Tim Lawrence when I was born and when I was young I remember not really feeling that I lived up to the name. But once I made it to college it all came together when I was a studying art and landed on a project to design the Batmobile for Batman, the movie.
From that day on I realized my passion was car design and Hollywood combined; both were fast and exciting and went hand in hand.
You have designed cars for about 400 films, can you share your favorites?
I don’t have a favorite as I love anything with 4 wheels, but I do love to design themes. Cars in movies are exactly like the characters in film – they have personality and you have to develop it just like you would a screen character.
I like them all, from Batman’s Batmobile to the exotics for Iron Man, but one car that I really enjoyed was the MINI from Speed Channel’s Street Tuner Challenge. A 650hp Mini Cooper S Cop Car. 70 Sponsors and 1 billion viewers. That was a blast! (It’s the featured image)
You also have written 2 children’s books based on cars, What inspired you to write for children?
We’re all children. It’s just that some of us have forgotten how to act like one. I’ve had men of 70 buy the book for themselves and moms buy two copies because they wanted their own. As I mentioned on a recent post in my blog… Kids exist in the world of the wondrous. They look at everything like it’s new and fresh. They like to explore, have fun and exist in the moment.
Creating wacky cars is spontaneous and fresh. You can turn anything into a car, so the world is my inspiration – from a rock to a lobster to an avocado. It makes me appreciate everything about our world and how completely awesome it is. That’s the world’s gift to me and the feeling of gratitude I have is overwhelming. It doesn’t get any better.
It took two years to complete the book “Fireball Tim’s BIG Book of Wacky Rides”, the book is now worldwide and inspiring kids to come up with their own wacky rides. That re-inspires me to do it again, and I am! I’m just so grateful and excited to be doing what I love.
You have created an inspiring and interesting story about hollywood and cars, Why is “story-telling” important when building a brand?
Everyone wants to be inspired. Inspiring stories plant good thoughts in the minds of people. Negative news plant fear. Good stories and fun cultivate a positive mindset. It’s the most important thing in the world… because it brings everything together. It’s what I want to give to the world.
You describe your brand, “Fireball Tim” as an outlet to inspire others by sharing Hollywood news and car news, why did you choose these topics?
Very simple. I chose what I love and what inspired ME… and then decided to share it. I chose Hollywood because that’s the world I’m in. I chose CARS because I love to drive and love to design them.
For example, my Paper.li publication, Fireball Tim Wackadoodle includes ENTERTAINMENT (with our kooky episodes), positive philosophy that helps people achieve what they want in their every day lives and “all things funny”. Unlike most news channels, you won’t find any negative news coming out of the WACKADOODLE.
I don’t post car crashes, or negativity or violence. I write for a number of news outlets but my only rule is that our attitude stays positive.
What is the most important thing to consider when creating your personal brand?
The most important thing to consider is continuity. This is crucial among design components, your philosophy and your projections. Your audience needs to know what to expect from you, although broad enough to allow you to be unique and spontaneous. Lay those ground rules early as you build, then you’ll have a solid base for growth. But, you have to GET INTO IT. Get excited
Can you share 3 important steps you have to follow when creating your personal brand?
- It’s important to know what you want and what you’re trying to achieve (What does your brand stand for? What does it mean to you?)
- Get to know your audience. (Who are they? What exactly are they looking for?)
- Take the first step, no more, no less… and the next will be revealed. Do one thing at a time to the best of your ability. Make it count, then move on, but don’t try to do a bunch of things at the same time or they’ll suffer. The seed of the next step is in the success of the first.
Do you have any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I am pitching two TV shows and waiting to see if we can launch them and also, in August I am hosting the First World Class Automotive Film and Arts Festival at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Out of curiousity, What’s your favorite car?
The one with four wheels – but if I had to choose one, I would say the Tesla – the most technologically advanced vehicle ever built – pure green and stunning design.