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Meet Martha Rollins of Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty/Boston Comedy Project in Real Estate

Today we’d like to introduce you to Martha Rollins.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As an Emerson grad the fact that I work in real estate with a side of comedy makes perfect sense. Effective communication and performance are my strongholds as well as my comfort zone. Growing up I thought I would live a life in the theater. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but what did I know? I was young! As it turns out I”ve worked in a variety of settings but all have tapped into my same roots – professional puppeteer, health food store employee, artist-in-residence at hospitals and schools, owner of Martha Made It hat company, Realtor, Founder of Boston Comedy Project and let’s not forget mother to 3 amazing daughters. That last one requires lots of communication and performance.

Now that my daughters are mostly grown (youngest is in 11th grade) I feel a life shift happening. I”m not sure what the next chapter will hold but the prospects are exciting. I continue in my real estate career along with producing and performing stand-up comedy under my Boston Comedy Project brand but I’ve been writing about being in my 50’s and trying to spread my wings in new ways.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
After I had my 3rd child I decided to stop working and be home with the kids. Although this was a great decision for our family I struggled personally because I felt like I wasn’t contributing beyond school pickups/drop-offs, doctor and dentist appointments, play dates, laundry and grocery shopping. I couldn’t figure out a way to feel great about being a mom and feel relevant in other ways in my life. I know this is common for moms with young children. Everyone handles it differently and even though I wouldn’t change my decision to stay home for those 5 years it was tough on me and my identity.

Starting a real estate career in my 40’s and eventually jumping into stand up comedy after 50 has been a life changer.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty / Boston Comedy Project – what should we know?
At Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty I’m known for doing it all. Most agents prefer to stick to rentals or sales but I’ve always done both. My renters turn into buyers and then sellers. My buyers turn into sellers when they decide to buy something new. And the landlords I work with often are looking for other investment properties or are ready to sell what they own. It’s a model that works for me and is primarily focused on referrals from my previous clients.

Boston Comedy Project has a mission to support women in comedy. My shows are usually in or around Boston and the lineups are 99% female. Nothing against male comics but I’m committed to creating a supportive atmosphere for women in comedy. The truth is there are a ton of hilarious women out there who need a platform!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I’ve learned so much from so many people in real estate it’s impossible to name names. I never had a specific mentor when I started, I asked a million questions to a million people and went to a lot of training. Real estate agents are their own boss which is one of the things that appeals to me the most. I have a great manager now who has been incredibly helpful – Jon Ufland.

In comedy, I’ve turned to Jane Condon a number of times to get her opinion when I’m stuck on something. She’s been in the business a long time and is one of the most supportive and open people I know.

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