DERRICK Intervirew with Celebrity Publicist Beatrice Davis

December 11, 2012

Beatrice

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 Beatrice Davis who is a former tour & road manager with over 24 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Worked with many celebrities from music and politics, to the sports industry. Married without children, Beatrice has worked for the past 12 years as an Entertainment Consultant. Her clients reach from the cosmetology to the fitness industry with her passions being travel, martial arts and volunteering for charities.

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

My dreams are like commodities… as I trade them as I move forward in life! I had a great career in the entertainment industry and the honor to work with many famous and talented people. Presently I continue consulting. Striving to lead to the next level and setting new goals are just a ballpark of my personal development. I have so much more to accomplish, but there a few dreams yet to be fulfilled. Some of those passions would be to travel around the world with my husband and enjoy what life has to offer. Some of the activities are scuba diving and learning how to play the piano! Clients are amazing to work with and some of the ones I presently work with are; International Norwegian Celebrity designer Geir Ness; Celebrity fitness trainer Christopher Sasha; former Sumo World Champ Emanuel Yarbrough and Academy of Mutual Interest in Motion Pictures. Helping others to achieve their goals fulfills my desire to successfully complete their projects.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My husband, friends and my clients! But most of all if my clients succeed and achieve their dreams it keeps encouraging me to push them further. Helping others and realizing I was able to make a difference in their life also encourages me.

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

Knowing myself and my limitations combined with worldwide experiences and understanding the nature of the business is what makes me stand out.

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

When I took the risk to move to the USA and start a new life by myself. Fear and worry set in. It took guts to take such risks; not knowing a single person or speaking the language was extremely challenging. Once I was on the plane to Chicago, I knew I was ready for my new life and work.

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

As a Buddhist I believe and live by the words of Buddha. I believe everybody can learn from his wisdom and apply his principals to improve their lives.

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

The power to succeed! Nothing is perfect in life and if you fail take the courage and realize you made a mistake. All you have to do get up and start over again.

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

Never give up and be persistent. Believing in yourself is half the battle. You are your own destiny and future. Stay on the path you choose and don’t look back, only forward. Never stop learning and be open-minded. Be respectful and courteous, because we all have to work together. Strive to improve yourself every day and to be a better person than you were yesterday.

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

Life is a never ending journey until it’s over. Treat life with respect, dignity and courtesy and life will treat you the same way. Share your knowledge and help the less fortunate. Make a difference every day no matter how small the difference is but most of all keep believing in yourself.

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DERRICK Interview with Harlem New York Public Servant Vincent Morgan

October 8, 2012

https://i1.wp.com/morgan4congress.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/VSM-Headshot-1-3x4.jpgEncouragement 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 Vincent Morgan who is a client of Beatrice Davis. Vincent Morgan is  a Public Servant from Harlem, New York and also a future Candidate for the New York City Council position that represents Harlem where they have The Schomburg CenterApollo Theatre and Sylvia’s Restaurant. Development is going on in Harlem but not much of it is shared.  There is a big disparity in Harlem between the have and the have nots.

What is your Dream?

My dream is to create  a community that will be a model for the world so that others can see how Whites, Blacks and Latinos can live together. I hope we build and continue to grow Harlem so that we all can benefit from it.

What Encourages you?

We have a lot of youth in our area and I talk to youth who have dropped out of High School like I did at 16. Youth are looking for people to follow and I’m Encouraged that each time I talk to youth they are open for dialogue when they are approached the right way. When have to invest in our generations starting at a young age.

What Resource do you have that makes you stand out or unique?

We have a lot of resources in our community neighborhoods that we don’t use. The community center in the middle of Harlem is not being used fully used. Programs are under utilized. I realize that we should maximize more of what we already have as a starting  point and bring it up to capacity and then start looking at deficits and other things that are needed.

When did you know you were Ready for what you are doing now?

Politics in this country is broken. I see people that talk  a good game but don’t put in the work to make things happen in the community.We need elected officials that have real world experience in life and business. We could bring in teachers and educators that know our needs to help fix our education problems. I want to be someone that changes the game

Can you name one Individual that we all should learn more about and why?

People should learn more about themselves.  Most people don’t know who they are and who they can become. You can read a million books on others but if you don’t use it to better yourself no difference will be made.

When things are not optimistic what makes you want to Continue?

I have two small children and it is hard not to give up and make sure they have the little things like milk to the bigger things of seeing that they are in an environment that is safe so they will be proud of who they are and where they come from. My children remind me everyday about the power if God.

What Keys to success can you leave for others?

Key #1.  Figure out who you are, what inspires you, what  your skill set  is. Key #2. Figure out how you can use your skill set so that you can be closer to your dream. Key# 3. Don’t give up, even when the first step doesn’t work out for you.

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DERRICK Interview with Celebrity Trainer Christopher Sasha

October 3, 2012

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 Celebrity Trainer Christopher Sasha who is a Chicago native and client of my good friend Beatrice Davis. Sasha as they call him is currently working on a program to help reverse diabetes where it helps you learn how to reduce or eliminate medications through a healthier lifestyle. For more information please contact Christopher Sasha.

D is for Dream. What is your dream or what would you will like to achieve?

I’m focused on helping people believe in themselves. At the age of eight, I was bounced around from foster home to foster home after my mother had died. It seemed as though every time I started to make new friends at the myriad of elementary schools I attended during those foster home years, it was time for me to pack my clothes and move to a different foster home – and a different elementary school. I began isolating myself from the other kids at the schools, locking myself in my bedroom at the foster homes, and despising my life.

I developed a dangerously low level of self-worth, self-respect, and confidence because I felt as though I didn’t belong anywhere. And through my adolescent and young adulthood years I nurtured a negative tape recorder in my head that repeatedly whispered to me that I was not good enough for love, friendship, happiness, or anything that bonds the human race together. That negative tape recorder in my head soon became my best friend, which led me to acting out my detrimental beliefs about myself. I was in a self-destructive mode for most of my life. Some artists use music and lyrics to get their anger out, some comedians use jokes to release their anger. Me? I used the heavy bag and weights at the gym as a way to get rid of some of my anger in life. The gym was my refuge. I felt calmer and more at peace within after physically torturing my body with insane workout sessions that sometimes lasted four hours.

Through the years, my workouts in the gym embedded in me discipline, hard work, setting goals and achieving them, pushing myself beyond what I thought were my own capabilities, and believing in myself. The gym taught me how to believe in myself. Exercise and proper nutrition can alter your body both inside and out. Oftentimes, an amazing thing happens when a person looks better and feels better about him/herself. A feeling of self-worth and confidence are usually not far behind.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?

I’m a sucker for the underdog. When an underdog becomes a victor, I get an adrenaline rush that reinforces me to keep moving forward with my own challenging endeavors. Whenever I feel like I can’t accomplish a goal that I set for myself, I watch the movie Rocky IV. Compared to Drago (Russian fighter), Rocky is miniscule. It’s very symbolic for me because I associate myself as the underdog Rocky going against the mammoth boxer, Drago. Every time Rocky gets knocked down, he gets back up – and eventually triumphs the fight. And that exemplifies what makes one successful in life. There will always be obstacles to overcome in anything you try to accomplish. The difference between success and failure is the acceptance to keep getting up and moving forward.

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

My personal experiences and determination to be successful brings copious amounts of understanding with people who don’t believe in themselves. I’ve been in almost all walks of life from living in poverty-stricken governmental housing projects and jail to walking among financial giants. I’ve been emaciated and weak as well as borderline obese. I was basically illiterate at age 23 but turned that around when I put myself through prestigious DePaul University as an A-B student.

I was self-destructive most of my life because I had a negative belief that I was worthless and deserved misery. I changed that negative belief during the march I took to transform my physique. The transition from low self-esteem to self-confidence evolved through a sequence of baby steps. I can relate to peoples’ demons because I have lived with countless demons myself. I pushed myself and conquered my demons, and I can help others do the same.

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

Are any of us really ready for anything we do? Most of the time when I am standing before a significant crossroad and worried about what will happen to me if I make the wrong decision, I am forced into a particular direction. One way or another, good or bad, a choice is made for me.

At age 13, for instance, my father and I got into a fistfight and he kicked me out of his home. I dreamt of the day I would leave long before that day but didn’t have the strength. Immediately after I saw the back door to his house close behind me, I knew in my heart that I wasn’t supposed to be there. And that somewhere there was a better place for me at that particular time in my life. That day was the first time I realized that I was a fighter. I learned that I’m much stronger than I perceive myself to be, and the best way for me to do anything of significance is to dive into it and trust that I’m going to be okay.

Am I ready to be doing what I’m doing now? I don’t know. But I do know that I have the focus and determination to succeed to help others transform their beliefs about their self-worth by transforming their physiques.

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

Alfred Jones. He was a friend who died several years ago. He came to America in the 1960s not knowing a word of English (except the word “okay”), less than $100, and a determination to live the American dream. He eventually owned a small empire of rental properties with a net worth of over $10 million. He was successful, happily married, and a grandfather to five grandchildren. He would always tell me, “If I could do it, you can do it!”

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

This is an interesting question because I used to quit everything. If I didn’t succeed at something with the first try, I would quit. As I got older, I learned that the only way to success is through failure. The difference for me now than a few years ago is that I reflect on my failures so that I can learn from them. You’ve heard of Einstein’s definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I’ve learned to take different routes when I’m trying to reach a goal and fail. Sometimes I fail miserably many times for many years before I achieve my goal – it took me seven years to earn my finance degree from DePaul University. But I’ve acquired some powerful qualities during my troubled years. Embedded traits like determination, focus, perseverance, and discipline are what I apply when taking on laborious goals. I’m constantly reminded of the saying, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

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

Besides applying the facets I have already mentioned (discipline, focus, perseverance, and determination), I believe that one has to know WHY he/she wants to succeed in whatever it is he/she is trying to achieve. Willpower is not enough to get through obstacles that seem unattainable. Willpower is a great initial motivator. But it will slowly dissipate with each grueling obstacle that needs to be overcome. Knowing WHY the goal is important and truly believing in that reason will give tremendous strength to continue.

Also, VISUALIZE what it will be like when the goal is achieved. The greatest athletes utilize visualization before each game. Michael Jordan (regarded as the best basketball player of all time) used to visualize making the game winning shot in his mind hundreds of times before actually making the shot. Ask yourself… How will you emotionally feel when you accomplish the goal? What will others be saying when the goal is accomplished? How will you physically look when the goal is accomplished?

These answers will be compelling reasons to keep moving forward to attain the goal. Above all, you must believe in yourself! If you don’t believe in yourself, how could you believe you can succeed in anything?

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

I don’t believe in the word “Impossible.” I believe in the words “I’m Possible.” This world can be a dark, vile place. Believe me. I talk from first-hand experience. It can knock you down to the ground. And when it does, you have the choice to either let it keep you down or get up and keep moving forward. The only way to be happy and successful is to choose the latter.

Please support Christopher Sasha who is the Author of Transforming Your Lifestyle One Belief At a Time.


DERRICK Interview with Shannel The Sex CEO

August 20, 2012

I was in Downtown Atlanta to meet with Celebrity Publicist Beatrice Davis and her client Riders Needs at the Marriott and people were in town for different events. I met Nora Brucy who was in town for the Live It Up Conference. Others were in town for the Bronner Brothers Hair Show. I was about to leave to head back to Columbus, Georgia when out the corner of my eye I saw a lady standing up with a tank top on that read The SEX CEO. Shannel is a  New York City native and was in Georgia for the Super Sex Seminar. Life is about meeting new and exciting people and immediately I asked her if I could DERRICK Interview her.  

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is to be a sex educator that speaks on a national platform like Dr. Ruth.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

When women have that ah ha moment and realize that if they could just change one little thing in their repertoire it will make their relationships better.  

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

My team as well as my positive spirit. I’m blessed to get up everyday and get to do what I love to do.

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

I realized I was ready when my business took off on it’s own.

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

Andrew Morrison and he is the reason I’m doing what I do today. He is my Business Coach and he can be reached at Small Business Camp.

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

I want to continue when others want and request the information that I’m able to provide. They appreciate what I bring to the table.

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

The two keys I will leave you with are to learn to trust and get your skin in the game.

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