DERRICK Interview with Heroes Haven Creator Mario Simone

May 15, 2016

MarioEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Mario Simone who founded Gotham City Films in 2009, where he has written and directed films with A-list talent such as Jessica Biel, Slash, Tony Hawk and Hilary Duff. Simone’s original comic book, Heroes Haven, was published by Gotham City Films and is now available for purchase.

D is for Dream: What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved? 

I have vast dreams and big vision which include running a full service entertainment company, and building a publishing division that can help other independent artists achieve their unique voice. I hope for Heroes Haven to reach audiences worldwide and inspire them with the poetry and passion of its character’s journey.

E is for Education: What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I studied intensely at Jesuit schools, Fordham Prep and Fairfield University, where I ventured deep into philosophy and art/film making. And in my world travels, I studied many cultures and intriguing philosophy’s that pushed my artistic voice to great depths.

I was able to pull from these experiences, and it helped me create Heroes Haven, and in my daily life I’m able to continue my philosophical quest through my writing and other art forms.

R is for Resources: What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

My resolve and willingness to bring my vision to fruition; my courage to take the risks to overcome fears and rejection. The fact that I have built my own entertainment/production company and have the ability and knowledge to now expand that into a full “small-press” publishing company as well.

R is for Ready: When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Ever since I was a kid, I realized that I loved the arts and storytelling. I saw the world as paintings and wanted to experience life so I would have a better story to tell. I don’t know if we are ever really ready for what we are doing in any moment, but there are moments in life where we take the courage to jump into the abyss and face your fate.

I is for Individual: Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I always enjoyed the stylistic flair of Frank Miller’s interpretation of Batman; or director, Christopher Nolen and his translocation of the story to the film, “The Dark Night”; or even the late actor, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, where he pushed so far outside the normal constants of acting to create such a profound character.

C is for Challenges: What challenges have you had to overcome?

I arrived in LA with a backpack and $200 in my pocket and built a name for myself in the entertainment business as an author, producer, actor and director. Challenges were many along the way, and rejection and stumbles were a daily ritual. Perseverance and courage pushed me to achieve my vision.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Never give up – but even more importantly, be true to yourself, be honest with your work and your art.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Use your fears as a guide to see the path that will challenge you the most, and help you to live the life of your dreams.

Connect with Mario Simone on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Heroes Haven is now available on the official website and for pre-order on Amazon.


DERRICK Interview with Hip Hop Artist Chris Kelly AKA Cella

May 7, 2016

CellaEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Chris Kelley who was born and raised Nashville native with a heart for hip hop music and culture. Cella as they call him is 29 years old and still chasing his dream of a music career all while being a dad and attending Berklee College of Music online.

*D is for Dream*. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to make it in the hip hop and rap industry. My goals are made
weekly or monthly (small goals) to help me achieve the big goal known as
“the dream”. I have already made a name for myself in many cities across
the U.S. and also have a fan base in Africa, Ukraine, Turkey, Costa Rica,
and Japan that I made threw social networking and marketing myself.

*E is for Education*. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I already have an associates degree in business which has helped me market
myself a lot and has helped me to spend money wisely when it comes to my
music business choices. I am currently attending Berklee School of Music
Online. I am studying music production with the goals of remaining
independent like some of my biggest inspirations in the rap industry: Tech
N9ne, Rittz, Twizted Insane and all of Strange Music.

*R is for Resource*. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Well, I am a white guy in the hip hop industry for starters. Some may say that doesn’t make you stand out but I disagree. How many white rappers can you name that have blown up and been signed to major labels in the past 5 years? It is a shark tank for us and the fact that we are willing to jump into that pool of primarily African American sharks dominating the game says a lot about our character and drive. I’m not scared of anything including rejection and negative comments. I push on.

*R is for Ready*. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

When my dad first handed me a cassette player with the newest Master P album in it back in like 1995 or so. I knew immediately I would have something to do with this culture band industry and by age 13 was battle rapping and by age 21 had been offered free recording from many studios in Nashville and even some smaller independent record deals.

*I is for Individual*. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Highrolla Krush. He has been a mentor to me in the past few years and recorded my first album titled Deep Waters. He has taught me a lot and is an amazing producer. The dude has worked with Haystack, Jellyroll, Lil Wyte, 3 6 Mafia and many more big names. He cares about what he does and cares about others dreams too.

*C is for Challenges*. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I am still overcoming the biggest challenge of my life right now which is Anxiety. I was officially diagnosed with social anxiety and that put a skretching hault on my music for two years. It wasn’t until 6 months ago that I even started writing again and now I am excited to announce that my second full length album titled The Homecoming will be released this Summer.

*K is for Key*. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming
entrepreneurs and leaders?

I am not one to give advice on success because I haven’t even touched the surface of it yet. What I can say though is that if you have a dream the YOU have to chase it and YOU have to make it happen. No one and I mean no one will come along and place your dream in your lap in a nicely wrapped gift box. If you want something then go get it and don’t listen to the people who say you can’t.

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The DAILY Message for Friday June 19th, 2015

June 19, 2015

“Study art long enough and it will develop SCIENCE (Speaking Confidence Into Everything Now Creates Excellence).”

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DERRICK Interview with Daddy Everyday Author Delonso Barnes

September 30, 2013

DaddyEverydayEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Delonso Barnes, who is an author, filmmaker and marketing consultant based out of McDonough, Georgia, a city outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta and Thomas Edison State College in the fields of Music Entertainment Management and Marketing respectively. Barnes’ is a husband and father of two sons.

D is for Dream:  What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My ultimate dream has always been to make a living (at least equal to what I am making now) in entertainment, music in specifically. However, when I became a father in 2005, the focus moved to assisting others in realizing their dreams. I guess being a father figure to my son shifted my professional aspirations. Now, using my creativity and marketing know -how is how I want to make my living and make my dream a reality

E is for Education:  What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

My educational background consists of an AA in Music Entertainment Management from The Art Institute of Atlanta and a BSBA in Marketing from Thomas Edison State College. Life itself have educated me rather assisting bands in their marketing and promotional efforts or brainstorming with small business owners on strategizing their businesses.

R is for Resource: What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

My resources are truly at their highest when I’m passionate about the project. When I’m passionate, my creativity, dedication, previous experiences and business sense really shine. I can develop simple marketing plans for projects but when my heart is in it, my strategizing is on another level.

R is for Ready: When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Currently, I’m in the middle of marketing and promoting my first book entitled, Daddy Everyday. To be honest I wasn’t ready for this or even wanted to write it. The concept of writing a book about changing the negative perception of black fathers was placed on my heart from the Almighty and intensified by raising my two sons. In addition to Daddy Everyday, I’m in production of a documentary entitled, The East Atlanta Project, about the struggles and life of black hip-hop, punk and rock musicians performing in and out of Atlanta. Music is my roots and I have always been ready for this, just didn’t know my place. I actually had to stop production of the documentary because writing Daddy Everyday was my purpose and I couldn’t do anything else until it was written.

I is for Individual: Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

One individual in my network others should learn more about is Roy Cummings. His thirst for knowledge and then ability to turn that knowledge into know-how e.g. like photography, graphic design and communication , makes him a valuable asset to a network.

C is for Challenges: What challenges have you had to overcome?

The challenges I have experienced throughout my pursuit of happiness, happiness being working for myself, have been self-inflicted. Procrastination and fear have crippled my progress and focus. Only way to combat procrastination and fear is quite simple in theory, but can be complicated in execution. The solution is, take action. I simply started writing for the book and filming for the documentary. Then I reached out for a little assistance, which also forced accountability on my part. Once I got things rolling, my procrastination reduced, still around though. My fears have subsided and I’m courageous in my business dealings.

K is for Key: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Research, plan and do it. Regardless of what people say, do it. If you fail, pivot your plan and try again. If you are passionate about your business, don’t let anything derail your focus and dedication.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

If you are looking for motivation or inspiration, you don’t have to look no farther than the person in the mirror. Envision yourself living your dream and let that be your inspiration.

Visit Delonso for more information.


DERRICK Interview with International Pop Artist Dalal Bruchmann

February 28, 2013

DalalLaceEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Actress and Pop Artist Dalal Bruchmann who according to Hollywood Music Magazine is “A multitalented international rising star.” Influenced by Beethoven, Prince, Andrew Loyd Webber and Kylie Minogue, Dalal’s music has pushed her to the forefront of up and coming Pop artists. Her Debut Single “Taste the Night” reached #5 on the Billboard Breakout Charts, #7 on the UK Club Charts and #8 on the UK Pop Commercial Charts with a music video that premiered through AOL Music and gained over one million views.

The most added new independent artist 2011 on radio was born on Walpurgis Night, the Night that celebrates the coming of Spring. Dalal’s passion for acting, singing and modeling began in Austria, following a long a line of Artists, Composers and Musician. Dalal is a direct descendant of Franz Seraph von Bruchmann, lyricist for world-renowned composer Franz Schubert, and her mother, Maria Harmony, a painter and actress in the Shakespeare Theatre.

Dalal currently resides in New York City, where she began her musical career in the United States, writing and recording her Debut Single “Taste the Night” with Producer Michael Grant (Crazy Possessive, Body Shots).

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My Dream is to create music that the world loves listening to. My goal is to create Art that resonates with people… that moves them 🙂 I think I’ve gotten so far as to accumulate the right ingredients to achieve what I’ve set out to do.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Beautiful stories that inspire me and that encourage me to do what I love doing. Bad experiences that I came out of stronger that encouraged me to work harder, be better, act wiser… Great experiences that made me happy and have left me wanting to go further. Recognition. Whether it is through friends, family, fans …. A good word at the end of the day.Dalal

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I grew up with classical music, learning violin and piano and toured with orchestras throughout Europe, Egypt, Turkey… I’ve also written for Gospel choirs and studied Musical Theater, 3D Animation and Editing.

My love for the cinematic world also plays an important role when it comes to writing music and creating my live shows. I think my background, the way I grew up and the environment I was exposed to makes for an interesting mixture that is reflected in my work.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I remember that I’ve always wanted to do what I do now. Music, Performing and the Arts in general always made me feel like I’ve come home. But I remember being on this road for a while, when I came to a point where I was on my way to turning my weakness into a possibility and honing the gift of my strength; when I was eager to take the next step and faster in my decision to accept the next challenge… I knew I was ready… and I wasn’t afraid.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

For me personally, it would be my Mother, I’ve never seen a stronger person in my life. Her work ethic and her attitude towards and her trust in life is incomparable to anything I’ve ever come across.

Also, I’ve just finished reading “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, so another answer would be Abraham Lincoln. It is simply amazing how he intentionally surrounded himself with people that were against him and ended up being loved and respected by those, who were his opponents or even enemies. That’s what I call a victory in every way. I think his strategic genius should be known to the whole world.

Also, I just revisited the story of Dan Millman, which I’ve found incredibly inspiring. He took 0% and turned it into 100%

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

It depends on the consequence of the failure how hard and long that process of finding your path again is and living it well. But my family and everyone that believes in me makes me wanna go onward and upward again. 🙂

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Oi! I really actually think it is a key-chain full of keys! 🙂 There are very many ways to succeed. I believe in making fast decisions. Trust your gut, do it! Cause if you end up having made the wrong decision you are just as fast in righting the wrong decision and getting back on track.

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DERRICK Interview with Magician Mitch Williams

December 6, 2012

MagicianMitchWilliamsEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Magician Mitch Williams  who is an international award winning magician and sleight of hand artist, an inspirational speaker, and an authority on creativity, personal transformation, and peak performance.  His newly released book, A Call to Magic – the Artful Science of Transforming Self and World, reflects his belief that we all have untapped “magic” within us.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

My dream is to inspire people with fun, uplifting, thoughtful programs combining magic with encouraging themes such as creativity, peak performance, and/or personal transformation.  My mission is to spread the word, in fun, uplifting ways, that YOU have untapped magic within you that can help you to be all that you can be.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m encouraged by inspiration of all kinds from a variety of sources, and by seeing people respond to my work by being uplifted and inspired.

R is for Resource. What resource do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I’m an expert entertainer, performing artist, and speaker (if I do say so myself!), which allows me to present my message in amazing, often awe inspiring, and very memorable ways.  I’ve also spent the majority of my life studying the principles of top achievers and self transformation, and have developed a philosophy of using “real magic” for success in life.  My experience performing magic also provides crucial lessons in the power of the experience of wonder, and of our ability to transform our perceptions of the world around us.

R is for Ready. When did you know you were ready for what you are doing now?

Several years ago, I realized that my diverse interests in magic and performing; self help, peak performance, and personal development; artistic expression and creativity; the martial arts and other physical movement disciplines; and eastern philosophies were all aspects of one unified personal passion, purpose, and mission:  that of sharing the experience of MAGIC with others in a variety of ways.  Over time I have integrated these skills and interests into a form that I can share to inspire and encourage others.

I is for Individual. Can you name at least one individual that others should learn more about and why?

I think people should learn more about Albert Einstein.  He’s known mainly as a scientist and for having developed the theory of Relativity.  But he was really much more.  He was a true philosopher, a world citizen, a humanitarian, and gave a great deal of thought to not only the nature of the universe, but also mankind’s place within it.  His writings have inspired me greatly, and I quote him regularly in my work.

C is for Continue. When things look bleak or not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

When I’m discouraged, the biggest factor that keeps me moving is realizing the positive impact that I can have on others, even when I don’t realize it.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for other experts and entrepreneurs?

First, keeping an open mind and an attitude of curious exploration and discovery.  Our perceptions of the world around us are never completely accurate, and they can undergo dramatic transformations.  Our beliefs about the world are based on those imperfect perceptions, and when we think they reflect absolute reality, we’re in big trouble.  We need to be ever open to learning and growing and expanding our perspective.  Secondly, the power of the experience of wonder.  When we find ourselves in awe–of anything–it is the source of all inspiration, aspiration, and discovery.

Visit Magician Mitch Williams for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Designer Steph Calvert

October 18, 2012

The #1 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Steph Calvert who is the owner of Hearts and Laserbeams an Art and Design studio that offers everything from t-shirt illustrations to web design to logos and branding. 12 years of professional design experience, art seen worldwide, and friendly customer service combine to create projects that resonate with clients and their customers.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is for my art and design business to help everyone get to where they’re going with their own businesses, while still giving me the creative freedom that makes me so happy. I want my own personal art to touch others and make their days a little brighter, and I’m always looking for way to broaden that audience. I’ve got some great style guides of cartoon characters that are just chomping at the bit to be put into action with some licensing deals!

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

The increasingly positive feedback I receive from friends, family and clients is such great encouragement! It’s also extremely fulfilling to see a progression in my design work. Designs I completed 10 years ago still look great, but the things I’m designing, coding and creating today are just so much better thanks to the experience and continued education under my belt.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

There’s lots of artists and illustrators out there, there’s lots of print graphic designers. There’s lots of folks that can build a WordPress site. But the truth is there’s NOT a lot of creatives that can do all of that, and do it well. I’ve got a dozen years of professional work experience in a wide variety of art, graphic design and web design, and have worked with large corporations like OshKosh B’Gosh and Kohl’s as well as small indie brands like Sweet Perversion .

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

My past full time permanent art and design positions have all prepared me to be the best self employed graphic designer I can possibly be. Couple that with my extensive customer service background working retail before that, and you get an illustrator and designer that is easy to work with, understands the needs of the customer, and communicates well.  All of my past career pieces fit the “become self employed” puzzle when I came back from maternity leave after having my son Phil. The job had changed drastically while I was out, and it was immediately clear that it was just not going to work. Rather than stay in a suddenly-stressful job and let that negatively affect my family and our newborn, I emailed everyone I could think of to see what freelance work was out there. Three days after I returned from maternity leave, I was self employed. It was the right move, at the right time. Two years later, business is still going like gangbusters and shows no signs of slowing. Clients are ecstatic with my work, and I absolutely love what I do.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I know I have to keep it to one, but I’m naming two! Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson are the ladies behind Craftcation Conference.  They’re amazing creative powerhouses, and have been super supportive of my journey to self-employed success. Also, I am constantly and consistently amazed by the work coming from Remy Holwick. The progress she’s made in launching her fashion line is nothing short of inspiring.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic  what makes you want to continue?

I keep going because there’s no other choice. Number one, there’s bills to be paid. If I stop doing what I’m doing, I can’t do my part to support my family anymore. Then Phil has to go to daycare, I have to get a job in an office, most of that check goes to pay for daycare, and we’re screwed. But more  importantly – I have to create. I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon when I was little. When things look bad, step away from the project. But then come back to it, and push yourself forward. You’ll get through it, and the truth is everything is going to be okay.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Be grateful for everything you have, and where you’re at in life. Don’t spend your time wallowing in how much something in the past sucked. That bad stuff made you stronger and you have to be at least a little grateful for that, too. While I’m obviously not at any of my past jobs anymore, I’ve gotten something great from all of them, and they’ve all contributed to the designer I am today.

Visit Steph Calvert for more information