Paul was born in Taos, New Mexico, and lived in Eastern Europe for two years from the age of 9. His family then moved to Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a year and a half. When Paul was 19, he moved to Los Angeles with the dream of becoming an actor.
After a year in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he left acting to become a youth soccer coach.
At 30 years old, he started his own business teaching children. Paul continues to work with children between the ages of 2 and 16. Paul has started a non-profit organization for underprivileged children. Recently he wrote and self-published a children’s book titled ‘The Magical Soccer Ball.’
Non-Profit: Better Today Better Tomorrow
The name of the book that Paul Ledoux recently published is “The Magical Soccer Ball.” There are many different inspiring factors. For 16 years, Paul has taught tons of kids soccer.
So, one day, he was just thinking about how these young kids he taught are now in their 20s or older. So, the book became getting morals and values down on paper, things that Paul wanted to share with the world.
This idea came to Paul randomly at 4 am in the morning. He woke up with this idea, rolled over, and wrote this story from beginning to end in his phone’s notes.
He put it away for a little bit of time, but during the pandemic, he had more free time, so he went back to this book idea.
He started researching how to publish a book. His mom’s friend had self-published in the past, so he reached out for suggestions and assistance. She recommended not messing with big-time publishers. It was all vanity. Instead, she strongly suggested that Paul self-publishes his book.
The idea is that every person has some sort of magic or passion inside of them. In Paul’s book, the main character’s best friend becomes this soccer ball and eventually begins to believe that it is a magic soccer ball.
However, the coach informs the main character that integrity, passion, drive, and all of the sacrifice are the character’s traits, not the ball. So, the moral is that everyone has that inside of them – just waiting to come out and flourish.
Paul had many positive teammates and coaches. He believes it’s just a culmination of being involved in sports. It instills that love and passion into your craft; in Paul’s case, it is soccer.
Paul had no brothers or sisters. He had step-siblings, but they seemed to find their way in and out of his life. He was often alone, outside with his dog, playing soccer by himself and practicing his skills. Despite a more lonely childhood,
Paul wouldn’t change it for the world. He’s proud of who he has become and how he was raised by his mother.
Paul’s coaches were like father figures to him, so that inspired how he chose to coach and lead his players.
It was trauma and pain, essentially. He had a breakup, and the fear of abandonment issues arose again. However, Paul wanted something to focus on to keep his mind busy, and he remembered the book idea.
This was his opportunity to focus 100% on getting this book created and published and start a nonprofit.
The main goal was to take action during this time. He also credits REM sleep for the book’s creation. He believes this is a very uninhibited creative stream of consciousness that allows creative-minded individuals to gather ideas.
Paul LeDoux had no idea how he wanted the book to look initially. He reached out to one of his clients to figure out how to get the book printed and asked another client about finding an illustrator who works for Disney.
The client suggested putting a post up at Art Center College. One artist that reached out was too expensive, but he found the perfect illustrator, and they sent the designs to the printing company.
Getting the book printed was what took the most amount of time. The printing process was long and stressful for Paul. The company took four months longer than expected, ordered the wrong number of books, made Paul pay for the difference, offered a refund, and then shorted him on the refund.
As of the recording of this episode, Paul is still waiting to finalize everything with the printing company. He has considered reaching out to the Better Business Bureau.
Later on, Paul had a book signing at Little Flower Bakery. He found that having his book stocked at local bookstores was pretty expensive, and he didn’t want to go the Amazon route.
So, he asked friends and clients he knew if they would like to buy the books at their stores or buy them wholesale, and Paul started having his books donated to children’s hospitals and to kids who could benefit from hearing the story.
Paul would love to see “The Magical Soccer Ball” turned into a screenplay. The game plan would be for the film to come out in 4 years when the World Cup is in the United States.
Paul also has ideas for a football and a baseball book, too. Now that he has done the self-publishing process once, he is confident he will be able to tackle it better going forward.