DERRICK Interview with Heroes Haven Creator Mario Simone

May 15, 2016

MarioEncouragement 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 Mario Simone who founded Gotham City Films in 2009, where he has written and directed films with A-list talent such as Jessica Biel, Slash, Tony Hawk and Hilary Duff. Simone’s original comic book, Heroes Haven, was published by Gotham City Films and is now available for purchase.

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

I have vast dreams and big vision which include running a full service entertainment company, and building a publishing division that can help other independent artists achieve their unique voice. I hope for Heroes Haven to reach audiences worldwide and inspire them with the poetry and passion of its character’s journey.

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

I studied intensely at Jesuit schools, Fordham Prep and Fairfield University, where I ventured deep into philosophy and art/film making. And in my world travels, I studied many cultures and intriguing philosophy’s that pushed my artistic voice to great depths.

I was able to pull from these experiences, and it helped me create Heroes Haven, and in my daily life I’m able to continue my philosophical quest through my writing and other art forms.

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

My resolve and willingness to bring my vision to fruition; my courage to take the risks to overcome fears and rejection. The fact that I have built my own entertainment/production company and have the ability and knowledge to now expand that into a full “small-press” publishing company as well.

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

Ever since I was a kid, I realized that I loved the arts and storytelling. I saw the world as paintings and wanted to experience life so I would have a better story to tell. I don’t know if we are ever really ready for what we are doing in any moment, but there are moments in life where we take the courage to jump into the abyss and face your fate.

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

I always enjoyed the stylistic flair of Frank Miller’s interpretation of Batman; or director, Christopher Nolen and his translocation of the story to the film, “The Dark Night”; or even the late actor, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, where he pushed so far outside the normal constants of acting to create such a profound character.

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

I arrived in LA with a backpack and $200 in my pocket and built a name for myself in the entertainment business as an author, producer, actor and director. Challenges were many along the way, and rejection and stumbles were a daily ritual. Perseverance and courage pushed me to achieve my vision.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Never give up – but even more importantly, be true to yourself, be honest with your work and your art.

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

Use your fears as a guide to see the path that will challenge you the most, and help you to live the life of your dreams.

Connect with Mario Simone on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Heroes Haven is now available on the official website and for pre-order on Amazon.

DERRICK Interview with The Weave Queen Satin Latimer

March 20, 2013

SatinEncouragement 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 Satin Latimer who is a licensed cross-trained hair stylist also known as The Weave Queen. Her specialty is the art of hair weaving as Satin is known for a flat to touch natural looking Sew in. Born in Chicago, IL  and raised in Memphis, TN Satin learned at a young age that her passion was style and beauty.  She prides herself in work ethic and priority to keep her clients happy.

D) My dream is to show young women that they do not have to settle for circumstances that have clogged their pathways. I try not to just follow my dreams but to catch them. I am a licensed hair stylist who has stepped out on faith and embarked on a journey to become a Celebrity hair stylist! I have styled 2 celebrities and a celebrity makeup-artist.

E) My faith and the fact that I won’t give up! I love what I do and I am always striving to perfect my skill. So my faith in God and myself keeps me encouraged to keep pushing.

R) I consider myself very hard working, dependent and humble enough to take constructive criticism and willing to learn. I have many hair techniques and visions that aren’t really being used in the industry.

R) I prayed on it for 3 months and i began to prepare for my journey. I began to network, build my brand. I knew I was ready when my work began to speak for itself thru pictures and on my clients.

I) Jim Rohn- I say him because personal development is a major part of growth! I listen to it everyday. You have to learn how to relate to people when your are in an industry dealing with a variety of personalities. You have to learn how to progress as a person in order to advance.

C) I look in the mirror and say to myself NO One can beat me up or steal my power to prevail unless I give it to them! I am a winner! what keeps me going is the fact that I believe in myself!

K) Key to success is start with a vision, then a plan and execute it. No matter how many no’s you get carry out the vision.

Visit The Weave Queen for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Youngest U.S. Magazine Publisher Savannah Britt

February 4, 2013

SavannahEncouragement 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 Savannah Britt who is the socialite turned entrepreneur who successfully founded Girlpez Magazine at age twelve. Now at 18 years old, Britt has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The Anderson Cooper Show, and Scholastic’s Ahora Magazine. She continues the magazine while launching a luxury swimwear line and a PR firm.

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

My dream is to inspire girls around the world, to show them that becoming an entrepreneur is possible to anyone who is willing to work. I have achieved so much as this age from being featured in Black Enterprise Magazine to becoming the Youngest Magazine Publisher in the U.S. But my dream continues, I am still trying to get my message to young girls out there.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My readers are what encourage me. They are the ones who send me their stories and insight, they are the ones who push me to put out my publication. I am motivated by their everyday struggles and problems whether it be dealing with anorexia or shopping on a budget, I feel like I am able to help them and that’s what encourages me.

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

I have a lot of industry friends and many of them I look to as resources. In addition, I have my family and friends that I look to for resources.

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

I realized I was ready at age twelve, when I started the magazine. I had been writing children’s book reviews for a newspaper and after the newspaper folded I was left unemployed but hungry too. I knew I was ready to expand my brand and begin my own publication.

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

One individual I feel others should learn about would be Oprah Winfrey. And I know it’s hard to say “learn about” Oprah because what’s there not to know about Oprah, but it extends far behind the surface Oprah. I think others should “learn from” Oprah, how one woman has been able to mold a brand, shape it and make money from it. She has attacked every avenue possible from hosting a talk show to owning a network to owning a publication to owning her own school for girls in Africa. She has managed to make a name for herself in so many ways which is a huge part of the idea of branding.

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

Seeing the end goal is what makes me want to continue. Failure is just a stop along the way. Seeing success is what pushes me.

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

Several keys to success would be planning, executing, and branding. I really stress that entrepreneurs plan what they want and where they see their company going. That means having a business plan that makes sense. In addition, executing is a big portion. This means doing what you say you will do. And lastly, branding is important. Making a brand for yourself is important, especially having an online presence.

Visit Savannah Britt for more information.

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.

Visit Travis Mills for more information.

RYAN SEACREST Is The Daily Derricknym

May 30, 2012

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

RYAN SEACREST (Realize Your Abilities Now to Speak Energized And Create Resources where Everyone Shares Talent).

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Lindsay Lohan Meet Lindsey LOWHAND

April 24, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

I have never met Lindsay Lohan but I know a lady named Lindsey LOWHAND that always reaches down to pick others up. Her name is LOWHAND because she helps run a counseling shelter to help the Lost, Obese, Widowed, Homeless, Addicted, ones with Nightmares, and the Desperate. These are all issues that are close to home with Lindsey.

The Lost. In life you can have it all together so it seems. One day you’re on top and the next the bottom drops from underneath. A great thing about being lost is that you can be found. Lindsey was lost but found her purpose through programs like the shelter she helps run.

The Obese. Before Lindsey found her calling she was overweight. With low self esteem she never gave herself a chance. Lindsey kept saying she was going to change by eating right and exercising. Lindsey had thoughts of working out but first she had to learn to work in.

The Widowed. Matters became worse for Lindsey when she lost the love of her life for over 20 years. They met in High School and never missed a day apart. Lindsey became lonely holding on to her thoughts of never loving anyone else.

The Homeless. After paying for everything for a year without her husband’s help Lindsey started falling behind on the bills. Their house went into foreclosure and Lindsey had nowhere to go.

The Addicts. When Lindsey realized she had no door to turn a key into the street life swarmed her up. Lindsey experimented with every drug that could get her through the day. The alcohol and drugs that Lindsey consumed held her captive in her own life.

The Nightmares. The wear and tear of being homeless and addicted weighed heavy on Lindsey’s mind. Lindsey would be in and out of shelters and it started to lose her mind. Lindsey would wake up in the middle of the night in cold sweats. Lindsey started to think she was someone else.

The Desperate. When Lindsey started to lose her mind life was not something she appreciated. Lindsey hit rock bottom. Lindsey was desperate and willing to do whatever it took to survive. If it meant going through you that is what Lindsay was willing to do.

Lindsey woke up one morning and realized she was on the streets, on drugs, and onto nothing but trouble. She looked up at a building and it read OFF for Only For the Faithful with the scripture Mark 9:23 “All things are possible for the one that believes”

Lindsey was down near an underpass and tried to get to her feet but fell down. The next thing she knew someone walked and reached down with a LOWHAND and helped her to her feet.

After entering the OFF Program Lindsey was able to get OFF drugs and OFF the streets. Lindsey kept her vow to help those that were just like her.

Remember this. The one you give a high five to today maybe the one you have to give a LOWHAND to tomorrow.

Dear Lindsay Lohan:

I love you. Because of you, what you do, and what you have been through people around the world will look at their lives differently and make changes. Thank you for inspiring me.

Welcome To Los Angeles, California

April 24, 2012

Marla Martenson would like to welcome you to Los Angeles, California

Some people might think of La La Land as shallow, but if you just look a little deeper, you will see that Los Angeles really is the City of Angels. The temperature is mild year round.

It’s warm in the winter, while people back east or in the midwest are shoveling snow, you can enjoy a poolside cocktail while catching a few rays.

Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education. The entire Los Angeles area itself has been recognized as the most diverse of the nation’s largest cities. Los Angeles is also a city where enlightenment happens.

If you are searching for a spiritual path, you can explore  all types of spirituality from Buddhism, Kabbalah, Science of Mind, to Baha’i.

Los Angeles is also famous for its diverse culinary creativity and sheer variety of dining experiences. Whatever your taste buds may crave, there’s something delicious waiting for you on every corner. If you have the creative bug, come to Los Angeles and try your hand at acting, music, screenwriting, or whatever your heart desires.

Los Angeles is a place where dreams really do come true.