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 Buy Black Podcast Host Gerald Jones

November 11, 2017

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 Gerald Jones who is a husband and father living the dream in Omaha, NE. Professionally, who has been serving our nation’s military for 17 years across two service branches (US Marine Corps Reserve & US Air National Guard) while creating a rewarding civilian career as a Training, Performance, and Management Consultant. When he’s not working you can find him at the nearest basketball court or golf course (depending on the season), but the thing he loves to do most is Help Other People Win by organizing and structuring their personal goals.

Gerald started the Buy Black Podcast with the Mission to Draw Consumers and Business Owners together to Ignite the Global Black Economy.  Through this platform our socially conscious listening community will connect with black business owners and their companies, learn about their products or services, and support Black-Owned Businesses by buying from them.  Each week Mr. Jones brings you a new, compelling interview with an entrepreneur who will share their story, teach us some useful business information, and share their number one piece of advice for the Buy Black community as a whole.

What is your (D) ream, goals or what have you achieved?

I’ve achieved a great deal in my life, all of which set me up to realize what my dream is.  As of today, I’m at the beginning of the path to achieve it.  My dream is to create a platform that has a global impact in changing the way that we, as human beings see and interact with each other.  In short, I want to make the word “tolerance” a thing of history.  I want to crack the very difficult psychological code that moves people from “tolerating” the differences that make us unique to actively loving and appreciating how those differences make our teams, our communities, and our societies stronger.  “Build strength through diversity” is one of my personal core values, and I plan to instill that value into as many people across the planet as I possibly can.  My first effort toward achieving that goal is devoted to rebuilding economic strength and independence in the Black community.  I have developed and plan to grow a communications platform that offers free marketing exposure to black business owners via my podcast and forthcoming black business directory online.  When I close my eyes, I envision this podcast with an audience over 100,000 and a business directory with as many or more monthly visits, both of which will provide free exposure and listing for black business owners, as well as a reliable place where consumers can come to patronize black businesses and support our greater community.

What is your (E) ducational background and how do you use it daily?

I have an Associate’s Degree in Intelligence Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Additionally, I am a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, Gold Certified in using the New World Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation, and an ICAgile Certified Professional.  While I continue to serve our nation’s intelligence analysis efforts, my passion and daily devotion is in training, process improvement, and business development.  In my traditional career as an associate in a major consulting firm, I use my Intelligence & Training backgrounds as well as by Business degree to provide performance consultation to U.S. military organizations, helping them streamline processes in order to allow their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines to spend more time and energy focused on their missions.  In my personal time, I am building the Buy Black Podcast from the ground up, establishing a foundation of valuable evergreen content that will continue to draw a larger audience over time.  As a one man show, I’m responsible for everything from book keeping to marketing…from booking guests to editing, producing, and publishing my audio tracks.

What (R) esources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

Throughout my life, I have ascribed to the philosophy that you should identify the things you love, the things you’re passionate about, and become an expert in them.  Since we all have different skills and different passions, it stands to reason that we will have different combinations of overlapping capabilities.  What has made me unique in the marketplace to this point has been my experiences.  Very few people have taken a path similar to mine in life, which means few people are qualified to provide the kind of education and consultation that I can.  I spent 8 years as an infantryman in the United States Marines.  Since leaving that branch, I have spent 9 years as an Air Force intelligence analyst.  As a civilian, I educated myself on Instructional Systems Design and Training Facilitation, using that Google knowledge and subsequent real-world experience to earn and become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).  What makes me stand out in any environment is that I can learn any system within a short period of time and identify ways to streamline and improve it to save resources while making a bigger impact.  It is how I landed by position as a performance consultant long before I had a Bachelor’s Degree.  It is that unique ability that I am using to build my podcast platform today.

When did you (R) ealize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Last year, in the summer of 2016, I had just finished by bachelor’s degree and was looking for my next project.  The CPLP tests were months away, so I had no immediate challenge ahead of me.  At that time, on July 5th & July 6th, I saw the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile murdered.  More than any previous tragedy of the kind, the deaths of those men affected me deeply, to the point of action.  I made up my mind then that I would have to do something that could impact the world beyond my family and small circle…so I began brainstorming.  Over the next 9 months I tried several small projects…doing Facebook live videos, posting motivational quotes and images to connect with people, but those things were too small scale.  In that period I had also begun listening to several business education podcasts, and I began to think about what kind of podcast I might be able to create.  Finally, in April 2017, I happened to reconnect with a friend from my childhood on Facebook.  When I went to her page, I saw that she did lots of research on black owned businesses and was posting articles about them on her page to help promote them, simply because that was her passion.  That was the final piece of the pie.  The idea for the Buy Black Podcast came to me and over the next two months I put everything in line to produce and publish the show to the world.  On July 5th, 2017, I went live with the first show.  I chose that date to honor Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Name at least one (I) ndividual in your network that others should learn about and why.

I would say Gerald Harris.  He and I grew up in the same town competing against each other in sports.  He is now the Student Engagement Coordinator at Duke University and is also becoming very active in the local political scene in Raleigh-Durham.  Remember the name, I predict it will be common in your household in the not too distant future.

What (C) hallenges have you had to overcome?

The toughest thing that I have had to overcome is my own personal growth as a human being and a man.  I have spent a great deal of my life looking at the world through the eyes of hegemonic patriarchy.  I have challenged myself to confront my subconsciously sexist views of women, homophobic and transphobic views, my religious views, my political views, everything.  After building a course on Analytic Tradecraft and Critical Thinking for the military, I spent so much time teaching people how to question their own views and biases that I became mired in doing the same to myself.  I went through a period of intense personal growth.  It was painful to look in the mirror and see who I really was, how I had previously viewed and treated people (even if only in my own mind), and determine to change the way I interacted with the world.  In the end, I came to one conclusion.  Jesus stated that the greatest commandments were to love God with everything that is of you and in you (paraphrasing), and to love your neighbor as yourself.  All of the laws and the prophets hang on those two commandments.  I made a decision to live my life actively loving other people in and on whatever walk of life is true to them, and to do everything in my power to help make their lives better, stronger, and fuller.  Since that time, challenges just haven’t seemed so challenging, and no matter what happens I am always content with the outcome.

What (K) eys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Everyone has their different keys and tips for what to do to be successful.  In my heart, I believe the absolute most important thing that anyone, be it a person or a business, needs to be successful is a Mission, a Vision, and a set of Core Values.  I believe people need to invest the time to identify those three things for their lives, write them down, post them where they can be seen, then proceed to live every moment in life adhering to those values, working in their mission, to make the vision become a reality.  Our Core Values are a statement of who we believe, in our best selves, that we want to be.  Our Mission is what we believe our purpose is in life…why we were put on this Earth.  Our Vision is the end game, the future that we want to create for ourselves, our families, and our communities.  All of these give us the “Why” of being on this planet, doing what we do.  I’ll leave the “how” and “what” tips to someone else.  For reference, my personal Core Values are a list of action statements.  I don’t believe in using cliché, abstract words to describe “values”.  No, your values must invoke ACTION in order for them to be real.  My Core Values Are:

  • Love People and Lead from Your Heart
  • Exhibit Ethical & Intellectual Integrity
  • Build Strength Through Diversity
  • Listen for Understanding
  • Practice Innovative Entrepreneurship
  • Model the Behaviors You Want to See in Others
  • Always Exceed Expectations

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The Weekend WOE (Word Of Encouragement) for Sunday

April 16, 2017

April 16th, 2017

“In TIME when you remove M it leaves you with TIE. M is for the Ministry, Marriage, Miracle, Mission, Marketing and Message that you can TIE up when you don’t use your TIME wisely.”

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#Derrick Hayes at www.DerrickHayes.com is an #Author and #MotivationalSpeaker for #Teams
 
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MLK Candlelight Vigil

December 11, 2016
flyer-for-mlk-candle-light-vigil-2017-1On Monday January 16th, 2017 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Presents … MLK Candlelight Vigil at 6:00 PM CST in the Student Union Ball Room that will feature a Keynote Presentation from Encouragement Speaker Derrick Headlines Hayes that will discuss these important points.
• Dr. Martin Luther King’s Message of Leadership Through Service
• The Values of Courage, Truth, Justice, compassion, unconditional love, forgiveness, nonviolence and service that so radiantly defined Dr. Kings Character and empowered his leadership.
• Unity (As in promoting unity amongst all ethnicities)
If you are an alumnus of or a current student at Tennessee State University please come out to support one of your own and if you have a program, meeting or event during or right after the MLK Weekend and you need motivation, encouragement or inspiration for your audience the only way to go is to give them a WOE (Word Of Encouragement).
For more information about Derrick Hayes or to book him please visit http://www.derrickhayes.com or email info@derrickhayes.com or call (706) 615-1662

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


Professional Development DAILY Message for Wednesday May 18th, 2016

May 17, 2016

“Help the ones you’re next to and earn something EXTRA (Empower your X-factors To Rise Above).”

Derrick Hayes is available to bring Professional Development programs and training opportunities to your upcoming meetings, conferences, and events. For more information please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


Professional Development DAILY Message for Tuesday May 17th, 2016

May 16, 2016

“When you try your dream can MULTIPLY (Move Up Ladders Through Innovative Positioning that Leaps You).”

Derrick Hayes is available to bring Professional Development programs and training opportunities to your upcoming meetings, conferences, and events. For more information please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.