It’s crazy to even contemplate this question because I almost never made it into this world. The doctors canceled my parents to abort me for fear of complications and thankfully my dad said no we’re having this kid so you see I’ve been in underdog since even before I was born so it’s no surprise why I always vote for the little guy which is me. But I began my journey as an entrepreneur back in 2004 as an Editorial Photographer.
That’s one thing that was always important is sleep so definitely yes and I attribute that to my organizational skills and ability to commit to compartmentalize my days. As an award-winning photographer, top 100 best music interview podcaster, Best selling Author, touring vocalist and VoiceOver artist… it is an indispensable skill to take stock of your time and manage it wisely in order to leverage your career and scale.
Put your ego in your pocket and become a sponge with respect to knowledge. You never negate investing in your self whether it be courses, master classes and above all mentors. For me being acutely aware of the value of my inner circle and making sure you are never the smartest person in the room is a nonnegotiable.
That was the easiest part I just catered to my inner passions. I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember and my parents always instilled the value of pursuing the things that afforded me elation and fulfillment in life so that’s exactly what I did. It just so happens that I was a multi faceted artist which at times was frustrating because my integrity level to deliver an amazing product and exceed expectations was always at the forefront and juggling multiple projects at times was a hardship but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
At times it was difficult because I was learning things on my own and in those days information was not as accessible as it is today. I perpetually encountered situation where I couldn’t find the answers that I was seeking and as we all know you have to spend money to make money and when you’re in college that is a luxury that can be an arduous task to come by.
Finances were always part of the issue because as an entertainer equipment is of the essence and at the time being a vocalist and photographer was double the expenditure and the burden of having to pay for a university added to the deficit.
Principally to wake up feeling happy and healthy and not having to debate having enough money to take my family out for dinner. I want to inspire 1 billion people globally to not only embrace their true identities as creators to educate them about the illusion of fear and how we as humans allow our brains to deter us from achieving our personal power by entertaining our limiting beliefs. The brain doesn’t know the difference between fear and excitement and I want to be that liaison that bridges that gap of understanding to uplift my ecosystem of artists globally.
Unfortunately no. I was bullied since I was in grammar school for being different, for painting my nails, for listening to loud music and banging pencils on my desk. The teachers actually called me mentally retarded and advised my parents to consider therapy. I dealt with so much jealousy with my counterparts who couldn’t stand the fact that I was born to succeed and excel in whatever task I was committed to. It was always difficult to get support especially when no one wants to see you win.
I can certainly tell you a few things that I would love to accomplish one being earning a Grammy or two for my musical passions, selling out my own tour and being able to buy a small beach home for my wife, daughter and mom from the success.