1. Be your own cheerleader
“I credit my success to an unwavering belief in myself. When I was a kid I wanted to be in a rock’n’roll band and be a wrestler. People told me I couldn’t do one, let alone both.
“I knew that as long as I believed in myself, it didn’t matter if I gave a shit what anyone else thought. When I meet people today who give off negative vibes, I stop paying attention to what they think or believe in.”
2 . Make time for your passions
“There’s going to be nights where you have to work until 2am. People say they don’t have the time to do what they want, but that’s bullshit. If you really want to do something, you keep going until the job is done and when the job is done you start another one.”
3. Don’t be afraid to lose
“I learned early on that if you want a job, no one’s going to pick up the phone and call you. You have to beat the bushes and call them.
“When I started wrestling, my dad said I had to sell myself, so I made a highlight tape – it was shit, but I sent it out and got a few jobs. You need to be prepared to be rejected, but you have to keep rolling with the punches if you really want to make it happen.”
4. Nurture new skills
“Why put yourself in a box? No one wants to just be a butcher, or a baker, or a candlestick-maker. There’s no reason why you can’t do all three.
“Fifteen years ago I started thinking about what I’d do when I retired from wrestling. I didn’t want to be Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. So I got the band going, I started a podcast, I do live speaking. I’ll never be out of a job, because I’ve diversified.”
5. If in doubt, be boring
“I have a broker and if I have a good month and I have some extra money, I send it to him and he invests it in the stock market. Whenever I try to invest in a wrestling company, or a new form of social media, it usually ends up with me losing everything. So I’ve limited my get-rich-quick schemes and now do it the old-fashioned way.”
Chris’s band Fozzy play Bloodstock Festival, 9-12 Aug; Judas is out now