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 Cedric Nettles who is the founder of SageRage Productions. Cedric is the author of ‘Torrential Waters’ and has a passion for creating other positive and hard hitting stories. His first film was a documentary on his alma mater which was the first black school to be accredited by the state Department of Education in South Carolina called ‘Mayo High School: 105 Years of Golden Heritage.”
Cedric served as an communications specialist and paratrooper for elite military intelligence unit. Later he was appointed squad leader for signal intelligence unit for the 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum NY.
He spent 6 years working behind the scenes for WPDE/WWMB Florence/Myrtle Beach. Cedric has acted in independent films and commercials, modeled, as well as consulted on other projects. He attended the University of South Carolina for Broadcast Journalism. He is a native of Darlington,SC.
D is for Dream. What is your dream?
My dream is to be a world class author and film producer. I just don’t want to make stories, I want to make a statement. I care about the messages I put out there, and I have a SINCERE passion for what I do. And for the people helping me do it. Not for ego, but for the message and the artistic way I voice that message.The resources are catching up to the dream, so look out! (:
E for Encouragement. What encourages you?
What encourages me is my Lord & Savior who gets me through life’s storms in order to make me stronger without ever compromising on my sense of ethics. You can’t stop what is for you, so that keeps me encourage.
R is for Resources. What resources do you bring to the table that make you stand out or unique?
The resources I bring to the table is being humbled in life threatening situations in youth. Humility is a resource because it helps me appreciate the many people that have helped me along the way. I maintain a high sense of humility to help ensure I never hurt another human being as I make my ascent to higher ground.I think that is a unique trait I have been told I had.
R is for Ready. When did you know you were ready for what you are doing now?
This is very simple. Every possible resource I dreamed of as a 17-year-old are trickling in now. Can’t stop it even if I tried. It is incredible. ‘I knew.’ So I knew my calling is kicking in at this stage in my life…And you know what? I am glad. It took the hard years to make sure I had the character to handle it.
I is for Individual. What individual do you think we should know more about and why?
My mother is the one person that comes to mind. She says to me to this day ‘Do the right thing, and things will fall into place.” It is hard, and that doesn’t mean you will get that treatment from others, but I always got 10 fold of whatever I put out there. ALWAYS CAME BACK.So why not do good in the first place. (:
C is for Continue. What makes you want to continue when things look bleak or optimistic?
I think right now at this stage of my life, I had to learn to take my eyes off myself and place it on other people. Again it humbles you when you try to uplift other people around you. Then you realize how blessed you really are.
K is for Keys. What keys to success can you leave for others?
Erasing the possibility of quitting. The word ‘quit’ should be a vulgar one to you. Run your race and don’t fall in the snare of comparing yourself to others running a different race. Take whatever time you need to get there…Don’t stop! If people really knew what is buried inside me and others they would be stunned. You think they are going to stop the pot shots after they find out?? Nope. People will criticize you for what they think of you, not what they know of you. You look me in the eye you see, passion,long-suffering, and faith. When I see that look in others, I already know where they are going. Get that look and never surrender your dreams,peace, and ideas to anyone.
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