DERRICK Interview with Running Wild Films Co-Founder Travis Mills

November 28, 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 Travis Mills. After growing up in Ecuador and the Comoro Islands near Africa, he settled in Phoenix, AZ. His youthful interest in film turned into a lifelong passion and he has pursued directing through school and outside of it in his adult years. Travis has made more than 30 short films in Arizona and two full length movies.  Travis is a storyteller. Travis Mills is the Director/Co-Founder of Running Wild Films.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

My dream is to develop a local cinema here in Arizona that is supported by the community and also has an international audience online. These would be self-sustaining films, produced and released outside of Hollywood, and featuring local actors/crews, highlighting local businesses, and telling local stories. In the last two years, I believe that with Running Wild Films, my team and I have started to lay the foundation for a true local cinema in Arizona.

R is for Resource. What resource do you have that makes you stand out or unique?

Our resource to this community is that we are committed to staying here. In film, most everyone wants to leave for L.A. at some point. We are not interested in that; we are committed to this place. So we are a consistent and dedicated business for the community to rely on and support, and we offer experience to all ages and skill levels interested in working on movies.

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

After seeing the direction most filmmakers took out of film school and being somewhat disillusioned with the limitations of being a filmmaker, my partner Gus and I realized the potential for a different kind of movie-making and that we had the freedom to create something new and vital here. That was a little more than two years ago and our passion has grown more and more.

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

Gus Edwards is a person anyone would be lucky and honored to know. He is an incredible source of knowledge about film, but also a great voice of liberation. He sees what film could be and encourages his peers/students to break new ground.

C is for Continue. When things look bleak what makes you want to continue?

When we fail, and we value our failures as much as our successes, it is our passion for storytelling that keeps us going. I am not doing this because it is “fun”. I am making films because I have to, it’s an undeniable part of me that I am not willing to ignore. When things get tough, I remember that I have no choice, I must continue.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for others?

Dive in without any hesitation. My favorite filmmaker Werner Herzog said that making a movie is like jumping off a skyscraper. You must take the leap and then embrace the fall. It’s a disturbing image on the surface, but an inspiring one beneath it. I think you must fully embrace your vision in any creative effort and not look back.

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

To anyone, I encourage you to stay where you are. Look at the place around you, value its people, its places, its stories. As the world gets bigger with the internet, I believe that we can and should focus more on the places, people and things around us more.

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DERRICK Interview with Hustle University Founder Hotep

October 17, 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 Hotep a native of Long Island and a  Georgia resident since 1991. Hotep is the Founder of  Hustle University which he calls the HBCU for entrepreneurs focusing in areas of self help and entrepreneurship that can turn your Dreams to dollars, Ideas into income, Passion to profit, and Craft to cash.

I first met Hotep a few years ago at the Twinkie Awards that is produced by Letitia Owens.  I still get energized ever time I talk to Hotep and that is why I wanted to DERRICK Interview him.

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

My dream is for Hustle University to have a seat at the United Nations. When this happens we will effectively be able to broadcast the Hustlers Gospel to people all over the world. This makes it official that you have been brought to the table to make things happen and represent hustlers worldwide.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m encouraged by young people that are out there showing the commitment to make their own way. I’m encouraged by people that lead by example , people bold enough to live life on their own terms.

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

Combination of leadership of the civil rights movement,  intellect of the highest academic, swag of the Hip Hop generation and Culture and the business savvy of an entrepreneur. The mentality of a Hustler.

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

When I realized that people liked what I did but were more interested in learning  how I did it.

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

Marcus Garvey because he set the precedents and is the prototype for the Nation of Islam  and is the archetype for people like Malcolm X, Minister Louis Farrakhan and even President Barack Obama. People should learn more about Dr. Benjamin Mays  from Morehouse College as  he is the one that inspired  and influenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

I’m an optimistic opportunist and it is in my nature to see the world for what it can be and also to take advantage of the opportunity to make it so.

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

Here are the  Hustlers 10 Commandments.

1. Network is your networth 2. Image is everything 3. The early bird gets the worm 4. It’s Lonely AT THE TOP 5. Success is where opportunity meets preparation 6. Business is personal  7. Everything is negotiable Everything 8.It’s not what you or who you know its who knows you 9. It takes dough to make bread 10. Know and believe in thyself

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

It is good to have faith but faith without works is dead so get on your hustle.

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Today’s word is Commitment

August 14, 2012

Stick to your words so your actions will be valid. If you can’t display it don’t say it. When you commit you will be a hit.

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CINCO DE MAYO Is The Derricknym Of The Day

May 4, 2012

A Derricknym is an acronym with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement.

CINCO DE MAYO (Committing Inspires New Confidence Offering Divine Energy that Moves Away Your Obstacles).

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