DERRICK Interview with Blind Filmmaker Michael Schwartz

November 11, 2016

michaelschwartzEncouragement 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 Michael Schwartz who is a legally blind filmmaker and owner of Trailhead Productions brings fifteen years of experience in television news and production to the table, and you’ll see what that means all along the way. An award winning reporter, Michael knows television and works for you with the same dedication and ideals valued by the best in the business.   “We’re the storytellers, not the story.”  That means that at Trailhead, we never forget that you and your dreams are the stars of the show.

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

I’m a big believer in breaking through boundaries. Although I’ve been gradually losing my eyesight since I was thirteen years old, my dream was to pursue a career in visual storytelling, and I’ve never taken “no” for an answer. Through a career as a broadcast reporter and photographer, and now as a documentary filmmaker, I’ve seen firsthand that it’s possible to merge the worlds of visual storytelling and visual impairment. From my first job all the way through my current film. Following my own passions, though, cannot and should not be the end of the story. My dream is to change perceptions, raise expectations and make a difference in the world of inclusion for people with disabilities.

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

I went to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. What I loved so much about my education there is that no matter what your specific goals were, you had to learn everything about the business. It wasn’t good enough to want to be just an anchor, or a reporter, or a photographer, or any of the other jobs in journalism. You had to learn it all, and I had so many opportunities to learn skills that have benefited me throughout my career as a storyteller. Understanding what makes up a good picture, learning how to tell a concise story, understanding how to combine dozens of stories to build a newscast that makes sense… it’s all about crafting stories that make a difference.

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

The first resource actually doesn’t have anything to do with tools of the trade. It has to do with drive and resilience. The fact of the matter is that if you’re going to be a visual storyteller who’s visually impaired, there has to be an inner belief in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, nothing else matters.

I also rely on the twin pillars of of communication and partnership. While it’s easy to talk about the mechanics of how I do my job – working with the spatial and acoustic dynamics of an environment or a set to frame a shot, or shooting on a 4K camera to edit in a 1080 timeline, or not thinking of color itself as much as color profiles to use waveforms and vectorscopes to craft the mood and design of a shot, these are all just that” mechanics. They explain how do my job, but not why I do my job. I do my job because I get to work with a team of creative professions who share a creative vision. It’s what gets me up every morning in search of great stories to tell.

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

I think the key to realizing your dreams is that you shouldn’t wait until you feel you’re 100% ready. The truth is that day may never come. There will always be at least one unanswered question, one skill you could hone a little more, one step you may feel you’re not ready to take yet. Life is about leaps of faith. When I set out to start my own business, one based on a risky proposition and an uncertain outcome – staring a video production company even though I’m visually impaired – the one thing I had was a belief that I could succeed. Yes, you start a venture with as many resources as you can muster and your prepare as much as you can, but success is based on action, and action requires at least a certain amount of faith in yourself. Really, I knew I was ready because I believed in myself.

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

I can’t speak highly enough of my colleague and friend Maxwell Ivey. Max calls himself the Blind Blogger, but his life is about so much more than his blindness. It’s about always seeking self-improvement, expanding horizons and making a difference. Max knows how to start with a dream, use the resources he’s developed over the course of a lifetime of finding unique solutions to difficult challenges, learning new skills to help him achieve his goals and always looking to the future.

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

I believe that the challenge anyone with a dream has to overcome is facing down low expectations. What I’ve found is that people tend to rise to the expectations we set for them. As a creative artist – a filmmaker – who is visually impaired, I work every day not only to coordinate a creative vision with my team, but also to lead others to a world where there is no barrier to achievement. I direct and even shoot documentaries, and will continue to do this throughout and beyond the process of losing my eyesight. This is because there is a certain truism that we all have to come to accept, that pursuing one’s passion is the best starting point, because there are no barriers to accomplishment.

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

There is really one key to success. Set the bar high for yourself and for those who share your passions. This doesn’t mean you’ll never make a mistake. As they say, that’s why pencils have erasers. High expectations push you to challenge yourself, and it motivates you to constantly question your own assumptions… even the ones you don’t know you have. Expecting the highest level of performance from everyone you work with encourages you to pursue nothing short of excellence.

Michael is a friend of mine, and I want to encourage you to support his new documentary series, “The Palette Project: Losing Sight, Maintaining A Vision.” He’s made it really easy to pledge with a micropayment of just $1 for the videos he’s posting on his Patreon feed. This is a great way to show your support, and you can make a difference by helping him make a difference. Plus, you get to see some pretty amazing videos of some pretty amazing people, and learn what it’s like to be a visually impaired filmmaker. – Maxwell Ivey

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DERRICK Hayes Interview with Music Mogul Preston “Prizzie” Reid

December 15, 2015

priz shot 2Encouragement 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 Preston ‘Prizzie” Reid who is an American mixing/recording engineer and record producer based in Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. As a native of Chicago, Prizzie was born the son of a musician and was introduced to music as well as electronics at a very young age. Preston spent his teenage years developing his skillset, soon partnering with Space Jam Jaye as a collaborative duo. Shortly after attending Columbia College Chicago, Prizzie set sights for the music scene in Los Angeles where he quickly gained a name for himself not only in music, but in film audio and scoring as well under CannonVision among many other film production companies. Since then he has been primarily working out of his private studio in Chicago along with remote studios throughout Atlanta where he has mixed and/or produced records for Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and several other genres for artists including Space Jam Jaye, T.I, Energe, Fetty Wap, Scotty ATL, Duru Tha King, Mykko Montana, Cam’ron, Cash Out, Gorilla Zoe, Ab Soul, Stuey Rock, Gucci Mane, Jerm 9V, Slide Dillinger, Zeus, Tim Stacks (W), 2 Chainz, Cap 1, Ronn Makk, Breezy Montana, Yo Gotti, GBE, various film credits and many other very talented artists and producers along with a variety of film credits.

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

My dream is simple. Inspire. That’s what helped me get to where i am so far. And what propels me to keep reaching. I think people can achieve great things as long as we keep the fire burning and inspiring each other.

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

Well, as far as music goes….I attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL. But as far as where I’ve actually developed, it’s a little tricky. I grew up heavily rooted in church. I mean every Sunday (and Wednesday). So as far as watching what music can do to people and how it can move people emotionally…that’s where i learned it. As far as having the “ear”, I think it was genetically passed down by my father who is a lifelong musician and exposed me to a ton of music early on in life. But as far as overall creativity, I think life and living through different experiences is the best teacher.

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

I think the fact that i was exposed to so many diverse situations throughout my childhood, naturally makes me versatile and adaptable. My favorite music ranges from modern hip-hop to Zedd to Ingrid Michaelson to The Fray to Hoobastank to Earth Wind & Fire to Jim Morrison to Frank Sinatra. I can’t get enough of music. I love it all.

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

Honestly, i don’t know if i was ever ready. I think it’s more so a matter of being ready to embrace whatever you are faced with and having an optimistic attitude.

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

Sounds crazy, but my Uncle Josef Cannon. He’s an actor living out in LA. He’s one of the craziest and most brutally honest people i know. But i think when you can get past his blunt approach, you’ll realize that there’s a method to his madness.

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

Where do i start?? Everyday is a challenge. I think what a lot of people may not realize is that following a dream can be an extremely lonely path at times. It’s like GPS’ing a location and realizing the only way to get there from where you are at is through a long dark dusty back road. To make it even more tough, sometimes the weather may be bad and you can’t see what’s in front of you nor do you have anyone else’s taillights to guide you. But you know that you just need to keep going. You know you’ll get there as long as you don’t stop.

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

I think to me at this point, the biggest key is to lead by example. Be brave and bold in what you want to do. I admire people like Ken Lewis, Miles Walker, Leslie Braithwate (i probably spelled that wrong) etc. I admire them not only for their skill set and ability, but more so for their mind and hustle. i’ve learned more from these people when in comes to taking care of business and doing good work. That you are a walking product and brand. At this point, almost EVERYBODY is good at what they do. We all have the same resources. I think what ultimately sets them apart is their sense of maniacal work ethic and professionalism.

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The DAILY Message for Monday June 15th, 2015

June 15, 2015

“I created the DERRICK Interview because a thousand words come after a PICTURE” (Provide Interviews of Celebrities To Uplift their Reality and Experiences)

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The 4 Way STOP

January 17, 2015

If you are looking for opportunities there is definitely traffic at the 4 Way STOP (Strategies That Offer Publicity).

  1. DERRICK Interview where you get to promote you and the things you do.   Please answer the questions that are on the link and send them back in with your promotional information. Also on the link you can see some of the other DERRICK Interviews that I have done. https://encouragementspeaker.wordpress.com/derrick-interview/
  2. Today’s Honoree is where you get to pay it forward and nominate others that deserve recognition. http://www.todayshonoree.com/
  3. Guest Blogging Opportunities are available if you have something to say that is positive, inspiring, motivating and uplifting. https://encouragementspeaker.wordpress.com/guest-blogging-opportunities/
  4. Three A’s with Amber Hayes is where the teen interviewer asks others questions through the words of Academics, Adversity and Advancement to promote you and what you do. https://encouragementspeaker.wordpress.com/three-as-with-amber-hayes/

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


The Dude That Helps St. Jude: The Richard Salgado Story

May 5, 2014

BigDaddy Presented to you by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In a split second your life can change. A few months ago I was faced with a decision and that was to reach out and say hello to someone in hopes that they would respond or not say anything and never know if there ever could have been a relationship.

This story begins on January 19th, 2014 when I realized that Richard Salgado was also Facebook friends with M.J. Pedone who is the CEO of Indra Public Relations. Previously M.J. had connected me with Richard that opened the door for our Exclusive DERRICK Interview.

Once I sent “Big Daddy” as he is called in the industry a friend invite networking as they call it for me would never be the same. After we became Facebook friends I thanked him for the past interview and asked for him to share the same opportunity with his current clients and that he could also nominate others that deserve recognition for my blog Today’s Honoree.

In life you will meet many people that are connected and resourceful but not many who will share their network in the way that Richard Salgado does. A few of the many people that he has nominated for Today’s Honoree are Celebrity Handbag Designer Anzhelika Steen Olsen, Jeweler Scott Kay and Hannah Andrusky-Hilburn who is the Author of “Living the Invisible Disability.”

I wanted to tell his story and help him like he has helped me so I took time out to share the news of Who, What, Where, When and Why Richard Salgado is “The Dude That Helps St. Jude.”

Who are you? I’m the CEO of Coastal Advisors, LLC Insurance Consultants and I have been in the insurance business for over 20 years. I have clients in various backgrounds which include Sports, Television, Media, Entertainment as well as business owners and families. I work with business owners on employee benefits, health insurance and many other forms of Insurance.

What are you planning to do? I’m hosting the 3rd Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and for the Health Humanitarian Aid Foundation to help build schools and hospitals in Ghana, Africa. Last but not least we are raising money for North Shore University Hospital, which is the hospital that saved my life when I had an Aneurysm.

Past guests of the Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic have been Michael Strahan, Current Co Host of Live with Kelly and Michael, Joe Buck, Fox Sports Commentator, Actor Singer Robert Davi, Adam Schefter of ESPN and Superbowl Winning Coach Brian Billick of Baltimore Ravens.

Where and when are you going to do it? The Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic will be held at the World Famous Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY on Monday June 23rd, 2014. The Golf will be played on the Cold Spring CC which surrounds the Oheka Castle. For more information on the Oheka Castle please go to www.oheka.com.

Why are you doing it? I want to give back because I know that I’m blessed to be alive after my surgery and it feels great to be a part of a special work place. I used to be the one that helped my clients put on fund raisers, help find sponsors and raise money for their events so I took it upon myself to start my own foundation, The Big Daddy Foundation. Once I Hired Bob Broderick of RTB Media, LLC. to run my events and provide public relations we were off and running. It has been a fun ride but it also comes with alot of work. This year we decided to support St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, HHAF and North Shore Hospital.

I’m going to visit the St. Jude Hospital in June before my event with two goals in mind. The first is to visit the hospital in hopes to bring some cheer to some of the kids that are in St Jude’s Care. The second goal I have is to make a video from St. Jude to ask for support and let everyone know that they are my new benefactor.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I hope that everyone can attend the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic. You can purchase a foursome, attend the VIP Celebrity Gala-Live Auction Dinner Party or just make a donation. All of these things can be done at www.bigdaddygolfclassic.com.

People can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and visit our insurance company websites at www.coastaladvisorsllc.com or www.youtube.com/bigdaddyinsures.

Thank you Derrick and I look forward to this story getting out there for everyone to read so they can support our efforts in helping the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Health Humanitarian Aid Foundation and the North Shore University Hospital.

Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.

 


DERRICK Interview with Marketing Specialist Sam Abbott

December 2, 2013

SamAbbottEncouragement 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 Sam Abbott who is a God-fearing, 25 year old from Columbus, Georgia. He is currently a Marketing Specialist at United Parcel Service (UPS) in Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, he utilizes market trends, historical data, and competitor information to set service rates and pioneer revenue-generating initiatives. He is an active duty Air Force veteran and current Logistics Plans Craftsman in the Air National Guard.

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

At 25, I have managed to earn three college degrees, which allowed me to pursue my chosen career path. I have proudly served my country, and had the ability to live in Europe for two years while doing so. This year I became a published author on Amazon and bought my first home, a condo in Downtown Atlanta. God has truly been good to me!NikeBrand

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

I have an Associate’s Degree in Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force; a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing & Business Administration from Auburn University; and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. I use the knowledge as well as analytical, decision-making and problem solving skills gained from these programs on a daily basis, both in personal and professional areas. No matter what a person’s career goals are, I believe education is vitally important.

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

I’m constantly learning new things and striving to reach the goals I set for myself. I have an inherent hunger for achievement and am able to remain focused on completing objectives. Regardless of obstacles, my determination does not waiver.

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

While earning my undergraduate degree, I realized I wanted to have the occupation I currently have. I knew I wanted a career in Marketing, and as I better understood the different facets of it and their characteristics, I knew I wanted to be more involved in the strategic aspects of the field. I have been in my current position for almost a year now, and have been able to use my existing skills and abilities, while continuing to learn from tasks, challenges and my peers.

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

While in graduate school, I worked on campus at Kennesaw State University as a Business Operations Assistant in the Information Technology Services department. I really looked up to my director there, McCree Lake. He was young, very intelligent, and driven. McCree was one of those rare managers who served as an inspiring mentor for the whole staff. His high level of technical expertise and interpersonal skills were reflected in the department’s success. These qualities were most notably depicted in his ability to motivate a team to care about its project and be invested in the project’s success. McCree’s positive attitude and the respect others had for him were palpable. It was truly a privilege working under such leadership!

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

I’ve faced many challenges in my life, but I always challenged myself to evolve through them. I view each one as an opportunity to learn and grow in a way that will help me in the future.I keep my faith in God and remember that He has a plan for me.

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

The key to success is God’s grace. No matter how much money I earn or what connections I make, I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish my goals without His help.

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

It’s important to utilize the resources you have to accomplish your goals. Make a plan that details the steps you will take, and recruit the help of someone close to hold you accountable if needed. Never assume you’re dreaming too big.

Social Media Contact Info

LinkedIn: Samontini Abbott

Facebook: Sam Abbott

Twitter: @samontini

Instagram: @samontini

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DERRICK Interview with Stewart Harding of Exposure 4 All

September 4, 2013

StewartHardingEncouragement 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 Stewart Harding who says “We’ve got the whole world in our hands!’ HMRC registered online marketer promoting your business to his 400,000 followers and a once semi-professional musician looking to get back on the road again, preferably before he has to charge a battery on a mobility scooter to get to gigs.

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

My goal when I was 7 was to be a professional footballer, but I was of slight build and never had the strength on the ball I needed when I was growing up to make it professionally, I didn’t feel. When I was 11 I found that when I was coached at snooker I had a talent for it that many kids my age didn’t and as a result I was asked to appear on a live Cable TV chat show about possibly being a snooker star of the future when I was 13. I kept improving until I was 16 and practiced religiously for long periods of time, but never quite reached the standard required. Since then I’ve been looking to get into music and in 2004 started a band. I later played solo at several different venues up until the end of 2008.  My goal was always just to be self-sufficient, working for myself and I’m pleased to say that I’ve achieved that goal through my online marketing business Exposure4All. Now the challenged is to keep things this way.

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

I passed 8 of my GCSEs when I was 16 and passed both of the A-levels I took at age 18. Ironically my worst grade came in computers which is what I now use unaided for my living. I therefore always think back with a weary smile to the only time I asked my teacher for help during the two year course when I said ”miss, this computer doesn’t seem to be working” and she replied ”try plugging it in.” I guess I’ve had the last laugh here. 🙂 I can honestly say that most of what I learned at school has been of no use to me whatsoever and if I had my time again I wouldn’t have stayed on at school from the age of 16-18 to do my A-levels, however I do think my early years at school up to about the age of 7 are of use to me now, with regards to my mathematics skills and my relatively wide vocabulary, as the former has helped me with things like book keeping and the latter has helped me get my point across on many occasions, when I might otherwise not have been able to.

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

The only thing I can think of that makes me stand out in a world of businesses is that I can immediately spot what a business is doing wrong if someone shows me a failing one and think that I could increase their takings overnight by just doing the basics properly and keeping things simple.

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

Nearly a year ago when I was unemployed and on the governments back to work scheme I said to my Back To Work Adviser ”I want to go self employed, I cannot do this anymore.” He replied ”why don’t you wait another month?” I said ”no, I cannot stand in that office, signing things to get handouts from the tax payer, alongside people, many of which have no intention of working. I need to give this online marketing thing a go. I need to take the risk that it might not make any money, but that it might also make a lot. If you don’t take risks in life you never get anywhere.” Nearly 10 months on and I’m still self-employed and my business is till growing.

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

Lewis Clay. He’s a very talented musician and released a single recently and donated all of the proceeds to Cancer Research. He also flies all around Europe playing football in stadiums for free to raise money for charities, so I think that kind of mantra deserves people’s respect and admiration.

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

I was heavily berated and put down by my father as a child and refused to let him hear me play my guitar due to the criticism that would always follow. If I was playing my guitar and I heard him come through the front door I used to simply stop playing. That didn’t help when I was trying to gain the confidence to gig, especially solo, but I believe you make your own destiny and can’t blame others for you doing or not doing something. Things like this don’t help, but they should only influence your future, not determine it and hopefully influence it in a positive way.

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

Treat everyone as a potential customer and accept that most things have already been done, so don’t try and reinvent the wheel, just try and come up with a clever variation on a theme and most of all, don’t give up. ”You only fail when you stop.”

Visit Exposure 4 All for more information.