DERRICK Interview with Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop Chart Singer Ed Roman

October 27, 2019

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  Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop chart singer, Ed Roman who is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres,
Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. Visit http://www.edroman.net for more information.

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

The Dream? Aboriginal communities consider the waking state actually a dream and when you are asleep… this is where we chase reality. Some believe that inside of our existence there is a theoretical construct or omnipotent program which predetermines despite the adage of yesteryear was “I think therefore I am” With that said I will ask you again…what is the dream?

The dream has always been to create something out of nothing that is bigger than myself. Other than moments that I have witnessed that are the exquisite manifestations of nature, I am continually humbled by my experience as a writer. The connections that I have made with people all over the world are the exact amplitude that I was hoping for as a human being. I find much of my existence extremely pedestrian and this allows my soul to cosmically connect to subtle energy that exists and flows through everything. It’s an eternal spring kind of thing.

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

I struggled immensely academically as a result of dyslexia. I was told at a very young age that I had a problem but I actually have come to understand and believe that it is actually a gift despite it creates social hindrances for me.

I receive the Music scholarship and award of achievement in high school and went on to college to study jazz performance and composition at Humber College. I spent a lot of time on the road which is a whole other kind of education. Things you don’t learn in school.

I also taught music for 25 years and was also head of music therapy at the Pine River Institute here in Canada for over four years. I know the things I was given as tools were nothing more than that. As a teacher I always considered myself a toolbox for my students. What was most important for me as a teacher was listening to what my students wanted to learn as far as mechanics were concerned. I would never tell them how to build their house but I would definitely show them the right tools. Those very same tools I use every day as far as construction is concerned when it comes to composition, lyric writing or just about anything that the musical moment dictates.

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

The relinquishment of the self. The abandoning of schedule and listening to what the music requires from me. This resource was not easy to come by as it is a result of many years of tenure and the ability to let go of my ego inside of the writing experience. When I was a young player so much of what I was concerned with was prowess. Being able to live up to the expectations of my idols. Those very same expectations also promoted the loss of self and the need to break away from what I love so much to find myself. When I am myself, it is when I pay attention to what’s happening in front of me in the very moment that it’s happening. It’s almost like captured improv that later is then fortified with conscious amendments. Being myself is the most difficult Hendrix said in an interview once.. ?? It’s hard enough just being myself every day.. This is what creates uniqueness. Usually it’s heavily criticized at first before it is excepted. It’s completely natural..

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

Fantastic question!! What’s absolutely amazing about this whole experience is that I’ve never been ready. The experience is what has been ready for me. It is in fact the experience that calls on me without my participation the experience is nothing and I am nothing. I do get ready for gigs. I get ready to practice. I get ready to perform.
I get ready to record and just about everything that I need to as far as the mechanics of things. But what I’m never ready for is how the experience is going to affect me or when it’s going to happen. For me, it is a profound and as I mentioned humbling experience which in many cases I still have trouble grasping and understanding its true gravity.
I know it’s there, I know it affects me and when I perform…people listen.. This all circumnavigates the same circular feature of the unprepared preparedness of this whole beautiful experience. Ready… steady… go!

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

Ed Roman. You didn’t say if it had to be musical so I’m gonna go with Animator Nelson Diaz. I worked with Nelson and his company based out of New York City There Be Dragons Creative Media on my latest project and video release “RED OMEN”. Nelson is a fantastic animator that borders lines on the fantasy of old World animation ideas and illustration that we fell in love with his children with a 21st century modern concept and flavour. If you’ve seen SpongeBob SquarePants, kung fu panda two, TED, things on Sesame Street and Teletoon that would be Nelson’s work. And absolutely fantastically creative mind.. it was a complete pleasure to be able to work with him and I will do so in the future.

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

Ed Roman. As I mentioned above I was labelled a dyslexic at a very young age. This was one of the worst things that could’ve happened to me. Not struggling with dyslexia but being labelled as such.. I had to work three and four  times harder than most kids in grade school and high school in order to achieve a C average. I was still told by my teachers that I was lazy. At a very young age when I was diagnosed they wanted to put me on Ridellan. Thanks to my mother who said no to that…she spent countless hours with me working on word power pronunciation reading and most of all put a guitar in my hand at a very young age. That was the most powerful weapon I had at my disposal to overcome my hurdles.. Music..

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

Ed Roman. Listen to what the moment dictates. Force not your opinion but listen to those around you and things will grow stronger than you had predicted.

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

I’d like to say thank you so kindly for having me today and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to speak with you.

Right now my main goal is to raise a great deal of money for facilitating programs for Dyslexia tutoring. Many of the tutoring programs that were developed in the United States have to be paid for out-of-pocket and are not endorsed by federal systems or integrated into early education. 56 nations around the world, other than Canada and the
United States, have adapted it into their programs with little to no effort. I’m hoping RED OMEN can open up a dialogue between ministries of education in order to foresee this simple step through.

When I reached out with my problem I found the very thing that I was labelled with, which was dyslexia, was my biggest gift of all. Sometimes we don’t realize that our greatest hindrances are our greatest strengths. The connection that I have made through the dyslexia society here in Canada “Whole Dyslexia” and the Davis dyslexia society in the United States are always looking for public support for these kinds of programs. I asked the public to follow along with the process over the next year as I will begin a public and corporate fundraising campaign. Along with the RED OMEN Video, Whole Dyslexia and the public’s help, I know we can bring about a positive change.

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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


The DAILY Message for Monday April 4th, 2016

April 3, 2016

“I hope this word helps you fly like a BIRD (Better Instruction Raises Dreams).”

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.


DERRICK Interview with Attendant CEO Alex Kruger

July 10, 2015

AlexKrugerEncouragement 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 Alex Kruger who is the Founder and CEO of Attendant where they have an amazing new software that is helping families ease through a difficult transition.

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

The goal, as a the CEO of a concierge service for people who are grieving, is simply to make as positive of an impact on the lives and experiences of our customers as possible. We know that the “death space” isn’t the most enjoyable topic to discuss, but having to deal with the death of a loved one is something we all go through at some point and it can be one of the most difficult times for people. Assisting people during those moments and knowing we made a difference is something we want to achieve. At this time we’ve successfully secured funding to help make this possible and are now building out partnerships and getting the word out there.

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

I went to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where I studied entrepreneurship and international studies. There are a lot of experiences from my university years that I can recall as being monumental in creating the person that I am today, but I would have to say that the most important lesson I gained is simply learning how to learn from people I encounter. I love hearing about people’s interests, talking about what they know, and seeing how they approach challenges. A huge part of my day is speaking with people and learning more about the families we’re working with and the business we’re part of. The classes helped me get there.

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

Our team really represents the strength of our company because we all share a goal of being that helpful force in families’ lives and we all understand the obstacles that we have to overcome to get there. A lot of our members have experience at other companies. Personally I’ve grown business development teams for two companies and I think our combined insight and experience really allows our ideas to be rich and creative.

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

I can say that no one ever feels perfectly ready for any huge or ambitious undertaking when the time comes. But I feel ready enough. Around 6 months ago I saw a need and a way to help people, and that was enough for me. Our whole team is on board with this. We really understand the importance of what we’re doing and how big of a problem we’re tackling.

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

I would have to say Mark Lawrence, the CEO and co-founder of SpotHero. When you talk about entrepreneurship, you’re really talking about bringing out the best out of the people you work with and I think Mark did that better than anyone I’ve seen. Mark’s genuineness when it comes to interacting with others, whether it be co-workers, partners, customers, or strangers is a prime example of good leadership.

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

A lot of challenges have to do with how we get our foot in the door and communicate who we are to people. Many people lack awareness of the importance of closing accounts and filing the paperwork so it’s difficult to sell them on what we do. Many are only interested in Social Security or Veteran Affairs benefits but what we want them to know is that benefits is only the tip of the post-death iceberg that needs to be handled. A lot of what we have to struggle with is educating our customers on the importance of making sure that everything from credit bureaus to social media gets modified to help protect the identities and estates of their loved ones.

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

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

Don’t let a lack of results discourage you. Entrepreneurship is a slow and often hectic process and success relies on your ability to stay true to what you believe in. Your business will not be going full speed ahead all the time so surrounding yourself with driven people who care about the vision and always reminding yourself of why you do what you do will keep you moving through the tougher moments.

Visit Alex Kruger for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Christian Rapper JT da Golden Child

October 5, 2014

JTEncouragement 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 Jayson Turner, also known as JT da Golden Child has been affiliated with Mo Serious for at least the past decade. Prior to committing to doing Christian rap, he was creating a buzz for his label Hard Head Records. Poetic Prophet would assist him in management of the label and business decisions.

Later on, he realized that the gift he was using to highlight the streets should be used to glorify Jesus Christ. It was that realization that led him to joining Mo Serious as an artist. His first project under MSE is Untold Stories. It’s the story of man from Mo City who dealt with adversity and through it all, found Christ and changed his life.

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

My dream and goal is to reach the world through entertainment and my music and encourage the masses to follow their dreams and always keep God first.

E is for Education. What is your Educational background?

I am a graduate of a historically black college.  I use my educational background in my music by my articulation as well as my word play. Due to my extensive vocabulary because of school and education I am able to play with words the way I do.  I also use my speech classes when I have speaking engagements.

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

One of the main resources I use is my versatility. I am able to adapt to any environment. Therefore with my music my subject matter and content do not change but my delivery does.

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

I knew I wanted to be an entertainer at an early age.  I have been rapping since I was in the 8th grade. I didn’t switch to gospel until a year ago because I realized my gift was needed in that arena.

JTGoldenChildI is for Individual. Name at least one person in your network that you feel others should learn about and why?

One individual I think people need to learn about is Marcus Parker. He has a tremendous story and he is also the true definition of hard work and dedication paying off.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you or do you face in your journey?

One of the main challenges I had growing was not having my father in the home with me and having to deal with a step father who did not like me.

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

The main key I would like to leave is simply put God first in everything that you do. When you do that you are guaranteed to succeed.

Visit JT da Golden Child for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Business Consultant Ja War

September 7, 2014

JaWarEncouragement 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 JAWAR who is a Keynote Motivational Speaking Expert, Author & Business Consultant. He speaks and consults on personal achievement & self-motivation, self-publishing your own book, social media & internet marketing and the music business.

JAWAR has authored and published over 20+ paperback, audio and ebooks including the How to Self-Publish for Profit, the Twitter Resource Book and the Music Industry Connection Book Series while maintaining over 60+ websites, blogs and social networking profiles.

As a keynote motivational speaking expert and panelist JAWAR has spoken and appeared in over 100 conferences, workshops, seminars, radio shows and publications.

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

I’m going to help over 1,000,000 people be happy, healthy and wealthy using the three step success system of “THINK, PLAN, EXECUTE!” while creating and leaving a legacy of generational wealth.

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

My educational background is a combination of formal mis-education, street knowledge, knowledge of self, personal research and intuitive vibrations.

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

The resource of intuition, combined with a burning desire to achieve whatever goal is set allows me to show and prove my divine resourcefulness.

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

Myself was made ready through circumstances and conditions, yet at the end of the day all the glory goes to God. Like most intelligent people, I realize I’m a work in progress, so ready is relative.

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

People should learn about Ty Cohen, because he continues to use his mind and burning desire to create that which he desires, has great humility and seeks to help others achieve their financial and personal goals should they have the burning desire to do so. Tell him JAWAR sent you.

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

I’ve had to overcome a severe speech impediment as a child. I’ve gone on to become a motivational speaker. I’ve also had to overcome being homeless … I’m no longer homeless.

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

Be true to yourself, follow your intuition, create a definite purpose, write out your specific daily activities and get them done. Focus on working ON your business and not necessarily IN your business.

Of course, you’ll want to employ the three step success system of “THINK, PLAN, EXECUTE!” to get started visit http://www.FocusYourMotivation.com/


DERRICK Interview with Sports Agent Deryk Gilmore

September 3, 2014

DGEncouragement 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 Deryk Gilmore who is certified contract advisor for Priority Sports. Prior to joining the Priority team, Deryk was involved with college athletics for over 11 years working in football as a Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Football Operations in both the Big Ten and Pac Ten conferences. A New York native, Gilmore lettered and played defensive tackle for the Penn State Nittany Lions, a member of the 1986 National Championship Team.

After graduating from college, Gilmore went on to the University of Illinois where he began his work in football evaluating and recruiting the top high school players in the country. Developing unique strategies to market high school prospects, Gilmore helped the Illini recruit players that would take Illinois to the first major bowl game in 10 years. Deryk was then hired by the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks to a top 10 recruiting class in football and top 5 class in basketball, their highest ranked classes in the program’s history.

Gilmore, known for his creative marketing strategies has been featured in a number of sports publications. Deryk has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Agribusiness Management and an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Camille, live in Atlanta, GA, with their sons Dantae’ and Deion.  Deryk and his wife, Camille, were recently profiled in Essence Magazine.

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

My goal is to have an impact on the community and leave a legacy.

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

I have an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing- they are used daily to coordinate my business and to promote my players.

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

My background in football is unique in that I have a great understanding of the game on and off the field and have worked so many years with athletes so as a player, administrator, agent and advocate there is not a problem that I have not encountered.

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

I prayed on it when I moved to Atlanta and know that I was directed to leave coaching and work with young men on a different level.

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

Ryan Goldin (GATA Training) and Lyle Henley (D1 Sports)  are two of the best trainers no one has heard of and where players should be working to get better.

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

I think a lot of times African Americans will feel more comfortable with white agents which is surprising.  Despite your pedigree and background they feel that somehow you can’t help them.  It can be disappointing.

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

The nuns in school used to say ask God for everything but don’t pray if you haven’t studied.  I think you need to put God first, trust in him and then outwork everyone and anyone.  Your hunger to win should be unmatched.

Visit Deryk Gilmore for more information.