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177 minutes | Dec 4, 2018
Episode 75: Evan Haskell
"Be completely present and conscious of what you're in." Evan Haskell is an entrepreneur, and Founder/CEO of the hospitality brand Urban Flat. But before building a multi-city, luxury housing company, Evan was class clown with a 2.3 gpa, with childhood dreams of being a firefighter.He grew up in the hills of LA, a privileged area, and a different city experience, where coyotes roamed the streets, and stargazing was an nightly ritual. In his house, it was always family first. His brothers are his greatest gift, and his father is his biggest role model.As a kid, Evan wasn't interested in the academic side of school, but rather sports and the social aspect. Moving from public school to private school was an uncomfortable challenge, and when it was time for college, Evan got rejected by almost every university he applied to. And although Evan was a star baseball player, a snowboarding accident threw a massive curveball in his path.But it wasn't until his first year playing college baseball that Evan was faced with the reality that he wasn't good enough, and his baseball career was fading fast. That's when he asks himself..."Do I stay here, or do I change my life right here, right now." Taking the first step to a whole new life, Evan forced himself to fall in love with learning, set goals of getting straight A's, and finding a way out."There's no one path."After transferring schools and graduating with a business degree from USC, then traveling Europe for two months, diving deep into self-discovery, Evan realized how free he was, and "life begins now."This is a story of taking control, and creating the life you want. This is about believing in yourself, making mistakes, and persevering through them. This is about pain, and surviving the throws of being an entrepreneur, while finding peace and balance. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Evan Haskell. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IG http://bit.ly/Anoush-IG http://bit.ly/Joe-IG https://www.instagram.com/ehaskillz SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YTFACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
259 minutes | Nov 27, 2018
Episode 74: Laci Jordan
"We all have an extraordinary set of skills. Discover how to use them, and bet on your magic." Laci is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer, creative director, and entrepreneur, who has worked with Disney, CAA, and brands like Nike, Jordan, and Hibbett Sports. But as young child growing up in Hunstville, Alabama, Laci has memories of crying to her mother saying, "why am I not creative?" However, it wasn't that Laci lacked creativity, but rather confidence to let it out.As an observant kid, from divorced parents, with four older brothers, Laci developed a strong sense of independence. Always focused on how to be successful, she often took on opportunities for "optics", knowing they would look good on her resume, and for the next steps in her life.However, it wasn't until the tragic event of her older brother getting murdered, that Laci's path would soon change forever. He was the one person in her life who inspired her to be creative, and his dream became hers. Attending University of Alabama, Laci studied criminal justice and political science, but it was an internship with the FBI that would re-introduce her to the creative world, and inspire her to go back to school to major in graphic design.Now, after traveling coast to coast, working with some of the most influential companies, and the biggest brands in the world, and being featured in Forbes, Laci will still admits she struggles with confidence - but it's her ability to be fearless, embrace her differences, have undeniable work ethic, and be relentless consistency that makes her stand out. Ladies and Gents, this is Laci Jordan. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IG http://bit.ly/Anoush-IG http://bit.ly/Joe-IG https://www.instagram.com/solacilikeSUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YTFACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
153 minutes | Nov 20, 2018
Episode 73: Chief Johnson
"Share your story, people need to hear your struggle." Born in West Virginia, raised in Colorado, Chief was from a military family, where learning to be resilient was a cornerstone of his upbringing. At a young age, he was a part of a music and dance group, with his father at the helm, leading like a drill sergeant. While other kids were playing sports and games, Chief and his group were practicing day and night, performing throughout the city, and winning competitions. However, paralleling this road was also that of hanging around gangsters, selling drugs, violence, and being one decision away from ruining his life. It was this tumultuous environment where Chief learned how to navigate - but music was home, a place where would always come back to among life's madness.As he got older, moving from Colorado to New Orleans, Atlanta and eventually LA, Chief was caught in the tornado of working job after job, hustling, making money, and pursuing music. But at the same time, when he once thought had it all, he was losing friends, connection with family, and most of all, losing himself.However, it was a destined trip to LA that turned operating in chaos into a beautiful journey. Connecting with people he was close to, and forming new bonds with people he was meeting, Chief began to grow within a strong community that was blossoming. Soon, from performing shows and throwing parties, to working in fashion and becoming a dominant marketing figure, the kid from Colorado was truly embedding in the fabric of the city.Now, as one of the most reputable marketing executives, working with some of the worlds biggest brands and artists, Chief's proven that life is not about limits, but rather navigating to the next chapter. “There’s no time clock. As long as you're working towards something, get there when you get there." Ladies and Gents, this is Chief Johnson. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IG http://bit.ly/Anoush-IG http://bit.ly/Joe-IG https://www.instagram.com/richhomiechiefSUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YTFACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
193 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
Episode 72: Davin Gentry
"When you're doing what you're supposed to, everything clicks." Davin is a designer, artist, and co-founder of the clothing brands Premium Co. and Diet Starts Monday. Raised by his mother in Madisonville, Kentucky, Davin grew up in a trailer park, and would often struggle with his identity. Dealing with issues of race and wealth, Davin would find himself escaping through worlds of skating, basketball, and drawing. But it wasn't until after high school, when he would fully tap into his creative side. Influenced by legendary painter, Bob Ross, Davin began to hand paint t-shirts and sell them to all the DJ crews, rappers and artists throughout the music scene. Gully Originals was born and would last for six years, as Davin committed to laying the foundation of his entrepreneur path. Soon expanding to graphic design, and creating mixtape covers, Davin was becoming one of the most sought out artists among the community, with his name and reputation spreading fast. His ability to evolve and continue to create would lead him to expand to jewelry, and soon combine forces with Tyler Hundley to organically create Premium Co., and later join together with John Geiger to form Diet Starts Monday.Davin believes in the long term of brand building, embracing the right and wrong decisions that lead you to where you need to be, and looking at life like a ladder, with every step as a step up. Focus on creating, and what you believe in, and whatever direction that takes you in...follow it. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Davin Gentry. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IG http://bit.ly/Anoush-IG http://bit.ly/Joe-IG https://www.instagram.com/davin_gentrySUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YTFACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
113 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
Episode 71: Willie B
“The moment I gain personal happiness is when I stop caring.” LYNWOOD STAND UP! This one’s for y’all. Enter Willie B aka The Ichiban Don. Willie grew up Lynwood, CA - a city with integrity and respect, but “you don’t take no shit!” Everyone knows each other, grows up together, but divided by two sides of gangs. But, Willie was someone who got along with everyone, a neutral character with a positive soul. Willie’s household built on the foundation of morals. His mother was from Mississippi, and his father from Cleveland, both hard workers who provided Willie with a good childhood and encouraged his artistic and creative endeavors - drawing and music. “Music and Art are the same. I see colors in every record.” Throughout high school, Willie gravitated and focused on all performing arts - from battle rapping to singing in choirs. Music would soon completely take over, as he finally “understood” it. But it wasn’t until college when Willie was introduced to the world of beat-making and production, drawn by the desire to create the perfect beat for his rapping style. After entering beat battles and crushing the competition, Willie knew there was something special. This new found passion, combined with unrelenting work ethic, while navigating the throws of the music industry, drove Willie to produce for Hip Hop greats like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, J. Cole, and remain a dominant force in the game. But if you ask him how he’s doing, he’ll give you a smile, and humbly say, “pretty good.” Ladies and Gents, this is Willie B. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IG http://bit.ly/Anoush-IG http://bit.ly/Joe-IG https://www.instagram.com/ichibandon SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YTFACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
203 minutes | Oct 30, 2018
Episode 70: Hommy Diaz
“Take every negative, and outweigh it with a positive.” Born and raised in Queens, NY, Hommy grew up quickly, with a savviness that could only be learned from the streets. His parents immigrated from the Dominican Republic, and while Hommy was learning English by reading TV Guides, and immersed in the rich culture of his family, he also was exposed to the deep poverty of the country, making him truly grateful for all that he had. At an early age, Hommy started drawing, and began tapping into his creativity. But it wasn’t until he discovered the art of skateboarding, that his creativity would begin to blossom. From the graphics on the board, to the tricks, style, and fashion, Hommy’s identity was quickly being shaped, and so was his network. When it was time for college, Hommy decided to double down on the world of art, pursuing art school, and crafting his dream. This would soon become one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling times of Hommy’s life. He was the underdog, and no matter how many times he fell, he rose up again, learning that “art is about the learning experience, challenging yourself, and how you progress.” As he set off into the world, the young artist from Queens would soon embark on a journey that takes him from Apple to DC, and K-Swiss, while being guided by his imagination, influenced by skateboarding, and bonded by the power of networking, to become one of the most sought out and respected designers of the culture. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Hommy Diaz. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IG http://bit.ly/Anoush-IG http://bit.ly/Joe-IG https://www.instagram.com/hommydiazSUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YTFACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
212 minutes | Oct 23, 2018
Episode 69: Amelian Kashiro Hamilton
“Trust the timing of your life.” Amelian is a multi-disciplinary, wardrobe stylist, painter, artist, visionary, creative, and a true sartorialist. Her mother is from Japan, and her father is from East Oakland, and both met in Anchorage, Alaska where Amelian was born and raised. Although she would find herself battling to sometimes fit in, Amelian loved and embraced her mixed background, and always had a lot of pride in who she was. Her deep passion for the arts, guided her through school, as well as the tough times of moving, tumultuous relationships, financial struggles, and self-doubt and guilt. Art became her rock, her community, her identity, and her dream - something she would never quit. After going to college in Las Vegas, and experiencing a life beyond Alaska, Amelian found her way to LA to quickly dive into the world of fashion and style. There, she would experience the life she thought she dreamed of - working with some of the biggest entertainers, making good money, and establishing herself in the industry. But as she says, “Be careful what you wish for. Money isn’t happiness.” Although externally things were “good”, she struggled to find true happiness, and more importantly, struggled to find her true self. It was now time for the real journey to begin… We often need to experience pain and suffering to know what happiness feels like. So embrace it, separate money from your value and worth, take a step back, find yourself, and love yourself.Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Amelian Kashiro Hamilton. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IG http://bit.ly/Anoush-IG http://bit.ly/Joe-IG https://www.instagram.com/ameliankashiro SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YTFACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
179 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Episode 68: James Supreme
“You have to invest in yourself before anyone can look at your situation and offer help. That’s what separates people.” Born in Nyack, NY, with the same birthday as Kobe, James entered this world to do something great. His family is first generation Haitian, and James grew up in a diverse neighborhood, as a kid playing basketball, loving hip hop, and into girls, clothes, and his tight crew of friends. But at 14 years old, his life was turned upside down, as he would have to leave everything he knew, and move to Georgia. Challenged with making new friends, experiencing racism, adapting to a new culture, and battling depression, James had to look in the mirror and ask himself “Who am I? What made me, me?”. As he progressed into college at Georgia State, pursuing pharmacy, photography, marketing, and learning the “art of the finesse”, James’ quest of self discovery continued. Then in 5 minutes, his whole life would change once again. A last minute trip to OVO fest would soon turn into the next chapter of James’ career, and launch him through the wild journey of the music industry. But this was more than finding a career opportunity, this was finding a purpose.From tours with Drake, to managing Grammy nominated producers, and A&R at Universal Music Publishing, James is only now getting started. This is about working hard with integrity, and staying humble. This is about letting your purpose guide you. This is about connecting with people, and being grateful every step of the way. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is James Supreme. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IGhttp://bit.ly/Anoush-IGhttp://bit.ly/Joe-IGhttp://instagram.com/jamessupremeSUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCASThttp://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeItPodcastSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YT FACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
114 minutes | Oct 9, 2018
Episode 67: Danny "Topshelf Junior" Williams
“Everything I do is the business card for my next job.” Born and raised in LA, Danny grew up in the parallel of sports and creativity. He learned the value of strength, work ethic, and discipline from his mother, and discovered his passion for photography through old photos of her journey from Jamaica to the US. Music also played a major role in Danny’s household, and was first introduced to the industry through his older brother. This would soon lead Danny to the world of promotion, as he and his high school friends became a powerhouse crew working with the biggest artists and record labels that would come through LA. Danny’s relationships, money, and entrepreneurial spirit were growing. But it wasn’t until college, that he moved away from the comforts and certainty of LA, and into the fears and doubts of a new city. “LA raised me, the Bay made me.” It was this time period where Danny was alone, struggling not to get kicked out of school, challenging his talents, figuring out who he really was, and what journey it is that he's embarking on. It’s at this point where we have to fight for the person we truly want to be. Reconnecting with his creativity and passion, Danny let the ethos photography and film guide him. And now, it was game time, as Danny set out to be one of the music industry’s most sought out directors, filmmakers, and photographers, bringing visions and dreams to life. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Danny “Topshelf Junior" Williams. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IGhttp://bit.ly/Anoush-IGhttp://bit.ly/Joe-IGhttps://www.instagram.com/topshelfjuniorSUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YT FACEBOOK - @mamawemadeitpodhttps://mamawemadeit.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
136 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
Episode 66: Joe Weil
“The root of all suffering is desire.” From a suburb just outside St. Louis, Joe Weil was quickly on the path of exploring all his creative impulses, getting lost in stories of adventures and different worlds, and truly falling in love with art, and movies. But it wasn’t until a run for 8th grade student body president that “The Election” would be the start of Psycho Films, and his entrepreneurial journey as a filmmaker. Joe was often labeled as the “weird, artsy movie-making kid” but rather than fighting it, he fully embraced it, and used this ability to connect with people, while making full length feature films. It wasn’t until Joe moved to LA for college, where his skills, dedication, work ethic, and sense of self were tested against the best up and coming filmmakers in the world. And in true Joe Weil fashion, he used this as an opportunity to bring the best together, to form something bigger than them all. From being wild and fearless college kids, to building one of the freshest companies, making videos for some the greatest music artists in the world, all of Joe’s dreams were coming to fruition. But sometimes we have to ask ourselves, are we ready for it? Can we keep it up? And most importantly, who am I?? This is a story about discovering what you love and going all in for it. This is about never giving up, and suffering more than everyone else. This is about finding happiness by looking inward. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Joe Weil. #MamaWeMadeItFOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-IGhttp://bit.ly/Anoush-IGhttp://bit.ly/Joe-IGhttps://www.instagram.com/thehomiejoeweil SUBSCRIBE TO MAMA WE MADE IT! - http://bit.ly/MamaWeMadeIt-YT See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
158 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
Episode 65: DevanOnDeck
"Make the best of what's in front of you." The Town is once again in the building!! Oakland, CA, a young kid with fire engine red hair, rocking his mom's stylish jacket, dope sneakers, and a die-hard fan of 90s cartoons; enter Devan. His mother was a cosmetologist, who exposed Devan to the creative culture of style, fashion and art, while instilling confidence and teaching him the invaluable life lesson of being yourself. However, as kids, it can be tough to be yourself when others view you as an outcast. And for Devan, it was something that he would struggle with until high school. Moving to Georgia to live with his father, Devan was exposed to a different type of lifestyle and culture, and would discover new things about himself. From rapping, to customizing sneakers, his creative side began to flourish. He would soon move back to Oakland, bringing his style with him, and the once outcast was now accepted. His passion for sneakers guided him through school and college, but he realized the one thing that separated the "good" from the "great" was conviction. As he continued to challenge himself, while learning from those who inspired him, his creativity and new found conviction would lead him to a life changing opportunity with a tech giant in LA. But what we often think is the "big" opportunity may only be the stepping stone. And that stone can be fear and failure - only there for us to overcome it. For Devan, before he could become the leader video fashion content, and work with the biggest brands in the world, that step was necessary. This is a journey about reclaiming your value, and being open to a different story for yourself. This is about being your own guinea pig, and betting it all. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is DevanOnDeck. #MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG: @devanondeck@mamawemadeit@email@example.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
142 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
Episode 64: Asher Roth
"Our relationships, our friendships with our family members, and our friends...those are our real assets." Morrisville, PA, a middle-class suburb that gave Asher a diverse experience, and humble upbringing. Growing up with two influential older sisters, and loving, supportive parents, Asher has a deep appreciation for family (just listen to "Family Man"). As a kid, he was someone who could naturally bridge social gaps, and simply got along with everyone. But when he was faced with a new environment in middle school, he found himself struggling with anxiety, which would play a pivotal role in how he views life. Entering high school, during a time when Hip-Hop was booming, Asher's confidence grew as he began rapping with friends for fun. But he never expected, nor even meant for it to become a career- and more so, an identity. As he would soon be plucked from college, and thrown directly into mainstream, the aspiring elementary school teacher found himself on top of the music industry. But did he really belong here? Did he deserve this? Battling with who he really was, and who he was becoming, Asher started questioning himself, and more importantly, listening to himself. Sometimes we let things happen to us, even if it doesn't feel good. And in order to find what we're looking for, we may have to get lost. But that's why they call it the "quest" for happiness. This is a story about finding your "why" in order to find yourself. This is about what you're willing to sacrifice to do "you". This is about no such thing as starting over...just get started. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Asher Roth. #MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG @asherroth@mamawemadeit@firstname.lastname@example.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
152 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
Episode 63: Itika Oldwine
"Risk it all, bet it all, because you're going to land on your feet." Itika was born in the projects in Richmond, CA, surrounded by working-class families who wanted to better themselves and help one another. However, she spent her early years growing up in an upper-middle class suburb outside of Richmond, where she was shown a new world of possibility. But it wasn't until she moved back to Richmond to live with her grandparents (shot out to Big Mama!) that the culture shock set in. From that point on, the focus was getting out of Richmond...and the only way was through education and college. Itika was never ashamed of being smart and studious, and embraced its coolness. With her thirst for knowledge, and driven by immense curiosity, Itika would soon conquer her initial dream, and move to LA to become a UCLA Bruin (winter Bruin to be exact). She got outta Richmond...so what happens next? With only blank pages to fill, Itika's quest to discover one's self would begin. From Perry Mason aspirations, to working for Oprah, and becoming a thriving entrepreneur, only now is when Itika is truly showing up to the world. This is a story of overcoming adversity, focusing on what you believe in, treating people well, and most importantly, respecting yourself. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Itika Oldwine. #MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG @itikaoldwine @oldvineflorals@mamawemadeit@email@example.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
110 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
Episode 62: Keith Leak Jr.
"The dream does not stop." Born in Middletown, OH, Keith came into this world "blessed" - just ask his strong, supportive mother who would guide his hand while drawing at the age of 1. Keith's father was a minister and a musician, and even tho they kept a religious household, both his parents always allowed and encouraged Keith to experience life to the fullest. His love for drawing became his life, spending his time getting lost in portraits, and mastering his own style and craft. But as he entered high school, his hunger for being challenged grew, and soon found a new, humbling path in acting. With the driving support of his parents, the family moved from small town to big city in Cincinnati, so Keith could go to performing arts school. It was here where his evolution took place, uncovering new skills and talents, while finding his true self. It would be this foundation, that would set the stage (pun intended) for a young kid from Ohio to conquer dreams in LA. This is a story about taking control and creating your own work. This is about the power of bringing community together, to be better and greater. This is about being scared, but believing in yourself anyway. "Think it, say it, pray on it, believe it, act on it." Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Keith Leak Jr. #MamaWeMadeItConnect! IG: @keithleakjr@mamawemadeit@firstname.lastname@example.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
207 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Episode 61: MdotforMayor
"The quicker you grow to love the struggle, the easier it is." Pasadena, CA, a young Mdot grew up loving all things creative. His bedroom walls were completely covered with pics from magazines like the Source, XXL. Moving around every year after 10 years old, leaving friends as soon as he made them, and discovering new ways to survive socially, Mdot's only real place to find his identity was through the hip-hop culture. This creative space was a place for him to also escape the realities of gang violence and poverty that encompassed his neighborhood. However, as he was entering high school, Mdot was given a unique opportunity to witness wealth and abundance, and for the first time, see a world of possibility. This would become the most pivotal moment in his life. Always knowing that he would seek a path driven by his creativity, he was fueled by his entrepreneurial spirit, and resourceful abilities, to push through the barriers of his harsh environment, and thrive. "I grew up around lions and tigers and bears, and maneuvered through it without ever becoming one." This is a story about resilience, survival, and the power of the creative mind. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is MdotforMayor. #MamaWeMadeItConnect! IG: @mdotformayor@mamawemadeit@email@example.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
189 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
Episode 60: Super Duper Jesus Araujo
“Be as cool as you can be, to as many people as you can, because that’s what you would hope would happen to you.” Let the story of Jesus begin. It was a beautiful day in Oxnard, CA when José and Maria met at church, with a destiny to bring their first son into this world. Raised by his immigrant parents, Jesus was taught to be great at everything he did, and more importantly, respectfully represent for his family and culture. He spent his youth actively in church on one side, and falling in love with sports on the other. But it wasn’t until he was inspired by deep emotional effect that soccer had on this father, that this sport would soon become his life. It taught him everything from discipline, work ethic, and teamwork, to embracing yourself, and pushing your own limits to reach greatness. With dreams of being a world class goalie, Jesus went all in. But there often comes a time, when we’re so focused on one thing, that we don’t give ourselves the chance to discover something new. For Jesus, that moment came, and he needed something more. But what? He knew life as “Jesus The Goalie”, but who was just “Jesus”? His mission would change, and now it was about re-discovering who Jesus really was. Tapping into new passions like creative writing, journalism, media, and music, Jesus was on sensory overload with the world at his fingertips. But with so much changing, there was one thing that remained strong through it all; his squad. It would be this extraordinary group of friends that allowed Jesus to be the good person he is, evolve with all his talents, believe in something bigger, and seek to change the world. And together, they did. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Jesus Araujo. #MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG: @superduper_jesus@mamawemadeit@anoushmoin@getrauschy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
203 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
Episode 59: Brandon "Eazee" Banks
"Anything culture is always going to be about consistency and longevity." Welcome to the Crenshaw District, home of some of LA's most creative and influential people who push #theculture forward daily. Enter Brandon Banks, a young child with a big imagination, who instantly fell in love with drawing as soon as he picked up a pencil. His fascination with art was nurtured by his mother - a teacher who pushed him to do the things he loved, and at the same time instilled work ethic, and taught him to stay curious. As art continued to guide his journey, he went from loving cartoons and comic books, to magazines like Slam and XXL - infatuated with the details in covers and ads. But how do you turn that into a career? At that time, there were few courses you could take, and no photoshop to download. However, despite not having the tools, Brandon realized that graphic design was the of the future...and the money (let's be real). Out of college, the economy was horrible, and there were very little job opportunities - especially for artists. That's when it was time for Brandon to take control of his life, and make his own opportunities. This entrepreneurial mentality would lead him to the epicenter of the creative culture that was forming throughout LA. From throwing events, making shirts, posters, and album covers, to developing eazeest.com, one of the most revelatory blogs that became a foundation for the "New West" to stand on, Brandon was an integral piece of something bigger than all of us. But when you're living for your passion, and guided by blind faith, the realities of life can set in, and you're faced with challenging choices. Do you stay broke doing what you love? When do you pivot and where do you go? This is a story about taking life into your own hands, and living for something you truly believe in. This is about fighting for your art. Simply put, this is about doing it for the culture. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Brandon "Eazee" Banks. #MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG @eazeetho@mamawemadeit@firstname.lastname@example.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
110 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
Episode 58: Justice Baiden
"Understand where you fit in." Welcome to LoveRenaissance, or as the tat on Justice's wrist says: LVRN. Growing up in Atlanta, Justice was influenced by his ambitious, hard-working, immigrant father from Ghana, and his strong mother, who instilled the importance of family in Justice early on. However, Justice was always a dreamer, and as he would balance the two worlds of work and family, he never fell into the structured mentality that his parents wanted for him. "Am I going to live the life I want to live, or am I going to live for someone else?" Looking up to people like Jordan, Puffy...and Muggsy Bogues, Justice pushed his own boundaries to understand himself, and discover what his passions were. Starting with basketball and then finding music, from being an artist to an executive, the journey became about pivots. He began managing artists, but more so, building a team. And it was this collective of wildly talented, enterprising, creative, young go-getters that would soon become one of the most dynamic and impactful squads to emerge in the music industry. This is a story about looking at the process from start to finish. This is about checking your ego, and putting yourself in a position of real influence. This is about showing the world your "why". Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Justice Baiden. #MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG: @justicewearscoolpants@mamawemadeit@email@example.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
140 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
Episode 57: David Sabastian
“The only thing holding you back, is your own fear of not being good enough.” Los Angeles, CA. Welcome to the School of Unconventional Thought, where we teach people how to use imagination and throw away self doubt. Born on April 7th, at 7am, on the 7th floor of the hospital, David stepped into this world as the Bible dropped from his mother’s hand and landed on the story of “David & Goliath.” David was a loner, wandering his own mind, getting lost in comics and drawing. He gets his fast, abstract style from his father, but it was his mother who put the paint brush in his hand, giving him the tools to become an artist. David never connected with school, and spent his elementary years in the principal’s office or getting kicked out. Hard to believe for someone who skipped 3 grades, but David was guided much farther by his imagination than academics. It wasn’t until he was a teen that it was time to leave school, and start fulfilling his romanticized vision of life. Driven by the values of creating and materializing, David found himself diving deep into the fashion industry, moving through its peaks and valleys. From being homeless to hustling, it was never about money, but about opportunity. David embraced his wild adventures of chasing opportunity, and along that path, tapped in to what he truly desired; music. This is a story of no erasers, and no mistakes. This is about never being too late, when the world doesn’t hand you a silver plate. This is about waking up tomorrow, and just being happy to breathe. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is David Sabastian.#MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG: @davidsabastiananti@mamawemadeit@firstname.lastname@example.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
147 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
Episode 56: Cole Walliser
“Be nice, and be good to work with.” From a small corner of Richmond, Vancouver, Cole grew up among the outdoors, charged with creativity and adventure. He came from a supportive family, where his mother instilled trust that he’d always make the right decision. Being biracial, Chinese and white, Cole struggled with feeling alienated. But as he got older, he embraced both his cultures as it gave him a greater ability to connect with others. Cole expressed himself through breakdancing, and skateboarding; two art forms that require relentless dedication and drive. But it was skateboarding that made him realize he could do something different and find success at it. As he continued to excel, with sponsorships and acclaim, he suddenly faced a tragic moment that completely flipped his world upside down. And from there, everything stopped as he was faced with a choice; to live his life upset and angry, or use this moment for good. Entering college, with a blank canvas, Cole was drawn to a new found love in film. Enamored with how movies made him feel, and obsessed with understanding how they affected people, Cole realized this new passion could be a career, and decided to go all-in. With dreams of becoming a filmmaker, LA was his next and only stop…except after visa problems, border patrol, and being stranded in the middle of the California desert…but when we want something bad enough, we do whatever it takes to get it. So before we tell you about working with Miley, P!nk, Katy, and Britney, and before becoming one of the most trusted and sought out directors in LA, Cole only had work ethic, a dream, and 3 years to make it. This is about betting it all on yourself, staying focused, and asking “what am I doing to stand out?” Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Cole Walliser. #MamaWeMadeItConnect!IG: @colione@mamawemadeit@email@example.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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