Meet-Up: #Samoht ... 8.8%


A little back story, I had the pleasure of interviewing Samoht via FaceTime over a year ago after discovering him on Instagram - if you want, you can view that interview HERE.

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Simply put, I knew the homie had talent after hearing a few of his songs on Soundcloud, but speaking to him allowed me to get an idea of his character and a little insight on who he is as an artist.  We planned to stay in touch since then and have maintained a banter consisting of jokes, encouragement, music, and other creative dopeness.

When it comes to artists that we discover - as fans of the music - you never know when the opportunity will present itself to actually meet them in person.

It is such a great feeling to have one of your favorite artists become one of your friends.

I'm truly grateful for these moments and experiences.

Here's a little of what we discussed while I was visiting in New York, check it out below:

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Sam Payrovi, Consortium ... 8.7%


Consortium Pop-Up NYC | 60 Grand St. | New York, NY

As some of you may know, I recently spent some time in New York seeing friends and family.  I was itching for a break, hoping to feel inspired and get the creative juices flowing again.

This is one of three interviews I did while visiting - I could feel myself trying to get reacquainted with being in front of a camera again.  For those of you who may not know, I used a GoPro to film all of my past interviews and recently upgraded my equipment in hopes to motivate myself and improve my content.

It felt so great to be back in a city I had not stepped foot in since I was probably 17 years old.  My experiences were incredible and I would not change anything about it for the world.  Things have a way of working themselves out when we least expect it and I could not be happier with how it turned out in the end.

First video back in a minute and It was entirely spurred of the moment.  Who knew that looking for a specific tattoo parlor would lead to my first video.

Consortium is a league of its own - I was immediately drawn to the look and feel of the place.  I mean, when you walk into a place - you see a bar cart with Makers Mark and Corona - dope tunes playing on SONOS wired throughout the place - you just gotta' love it!  The owner, Sam Payrovi, was nice enough to chat with me about the store and their products. I told him a little about what I was trying to do here while in the city creativity-wise and he was all for filming a few shots for my video.

So, enjoy as there are more videos to come and check out today's podcast episode as well, HERE!

Thank you, Sam! I really appreciated your time and learning what the #CTSM in Consortium really means!

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Value ... 7.8%

You don't have to convince anyone to give you a chance.

You don't have to beg for an apology.

You don't have to try to show people what they cannot seem to see.

You don't have to prove that you are worth it all and so much more.

It goes unsaid.

It will speak for itself.

It can be recognized, BUT if it is not appreciated, then it is NOT deserved.

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Confidence ... 7.6%

I truly believe I missed out on a multitude of things throughout my youth ...

... opportunities and experiences that would have shaped my life to be much different today.

Confidence was something that I lacked greatly.  From the ages of about nine to twenty, I struggled to find myself in the smallest of ways to even know where to start evolving as a young man.  Some days and nights I thought I would have it figured out.  I felt that I was in a good place only for a situation to arise and reality would immediately set in.

I gave up on myself.
I accepted outcomes I truly did not deserve.

Fear had taken complete control over my life.

No right amount of verbal affirmation will change you into who you wish to be, but it can start the process of your personal growth.

Accept the fact that no one can build you.

You can be provided with the tools, but learning how/when to use them is key.

Remove the doubt that changing years of habit is impossible.

Let your failures fuel your aspirations.

I am a walking example of someone who made a complete turnaround.

The acceptance of all of my regrets and full acknowledgement of personal letdowns over the years taught me valuable life lessons in the long run.  It took me over ten years to even view myself in the right light and I am still learning how to consistently inspire, motivate, and believe in myself at a higher level for growth/success.

I can admit that it is a never-ending process. 

I can admit that this part of life requires an infinite amount of work, but if you cannot choose to invest 100% effort into yourself ... 

... then what exactly are doing with your life?

Regardless of your circumstances, always believe that changes can be made.

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It's Time ... 7.1%

[ 12:35am : now playing : 'John Stockton Slow Drag' by Chris Zabriskie ]

Dear, You

It's time.

To pick up your pieces and carry on strong.

To mend what broken relationships you can.

To love those in full that you hold close.

To be not afraid of the future.

To strive and put forth your absolute best effort.

To focus on what you can control, nothing more.

To let all of your worries subside.

To love yourself, completely.

To be at peace with yourself once and for all.

To progress - continuously move forward.

I'm right there with you.

We are all on a journey.

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