DERRICK Interview with International Singer/Songwriter Estelle California

January 27, 2020

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 Estelle California who is a singer/songwriter that was born in France. She started playing the piano when she was 5 years old, then saxophone and opera training. Her current life is a far cry from her childhood growing up in France, where discrimination was everywhere. In 2013, Estelle moved to Oakland, CA, where she felt drawn to the diverse and respectful community. Estelle’s lyrics offer an overall message of hope and gratitude. For more information about Estelle California please go to www.estellecalifornia.com.

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

I dream big, there were always a voice in me announcing big things coming up, but before I would resist and be on the way with my small deprecating ego, but I worked on not giving it the wheel anymore, it got very small and now I work with this voice actively to create my vision. My goal is to make some social change, to rise people up to empower them and participate in a movement that changes the white supremacist mindset we have been raised in.

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

I guess that because I grew up with no TV or siblings I read a lot and that is part of why I express myself writing this way, also the music obviously, a lot of the academic teaching I had in music and school blocked me in many ways as I was never fitting the mold, and was pointed as not being the way I should be and so on, but when I got over it then I could use it a resourceful language J

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

I would just say different and we all are, we just should be taught to embrace our differences and to be proud of them, it is the only way to be happy and to stand out. So for me I would say that the journey to get where I am today, that shaped me in who am to serve my music and my purpose is kind of unique full of darkness and gave me a lot to shine and give back, this is what the resilience is all about. And I am very grateful for all of what brought me where I am today, even the worst, there is nothing else I would like to do.

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

I think I am still realizing it, in a way, I always knew it was my destiny, even if I would forget sometimes, since I was a kid I had an idea, and recently all the winding and painful roads that lead to now, became so coherent.

I still doubt of course but I just don’t spend time in the doubt anymore, I know its not about me and I have been trained to do this all my life in all the ways not only musically at all but also my own strength and commitment and all, but also probably I have been trained from many past lives as well to do this … and that empowers me.

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

There are so many, I met so many amazing people here in the Bay. But if I have to choose one it would be Geoffrey Pete, he has a building in Oakland with two venues, every Sunday evenings there is a jazz, blues concert with food and soulful people, my favorite evening of  the week. And Geoffrey is a spiritual teacher as well not even knowing it, but he feeds the homeless for each holiday and asks us to thank them for the opportunity to serve them…. I mean how can it get more beautiful and spiritual than this….

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

Oh My… you don’t want the list 🙂 I even had to do a brain training of two years to get out of the fight or flight reflex that was not letting my brain able to command my body anymore … its to say how the journey was long to imprint me this way this deep…. But as many abused people and kids I think I was almost always shining and forgetting also a lot. The brain copes by cutting away part of you history so you can survive, I had events in my life, I would forget for few years few times, and then they would come back to me with therapy or with my writings, when I have begun to write again as an adult around maybe 27 beginning to emerge from all the drama and trauma with therapy I realized how these texts I was receiving in few minutes at night or suddenly but with no will, were a truth I would have to hang on to. This is still how I receive my song in the same process of truth coming out of me and to me.

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

I think each journey is different but for me the only key and still now, is investing time and money in me as my personal growth, my healing, my spiritual research and practice which is all the same actually and the Key to my music and my purpose.

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

Maybe you already know it with what you read but I think that we never hear it enough, all what we have to go through, the darkness, makes us who we are, shapes us to do what we have to do and be in this life. We all learn through hard lessons and the harder they are the more light we have to give back and shine. There is no curse, all happens for you not to you, I had to repeat this one a lot believe me … J we all have something unique to give to shine, and the ones who puts us down are often threatened by our light, it’s a way for them to feel safer, it’s a confession of insecurity …nothing to do with us and our self worth.

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DERRICK Interview with International Artist and DJ Sabrina Terence

July 29, 2016

TerenceEncouragement 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 Sabrina Terence who is a contemporary abstract painter and DJ. She has lived in Germany Berlin, Miami and is currently for the past 9 years in Dubai U.A.E.  Her paintings are mostly acrylic and oel on canvas and her signature work consists of bright, bold colours, with very different effects and techniques.

She took her first painting lesson in 1998 after school back in Germany. Went to many Art Exhibitions worldwide, Art Basel, Art Berlin, Art Fair Singapore and many more.

Now intently focused as an abstract artist, Sabrina was inspired – the paintings were fresher and more sophisticated.

My paintings are about energy, color, and feelings. My work has a spiritual bent and is a result of continual exploration.  I believe that true art comes from within and color is central to my individual expression of my feelings. As well I combine my music with the Art I create , live on stage or in my studio.  My Paintings are sold worldwide, I am travelling all over the globe.

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

My biggest dream was always, traveling around the world, which I did and still doing. Then building a family besides my career. My last goal was becoming a well known dj in the region ( Middle East , Dubai) which I successfully achieved. My next goal is becoming a well known artist and painter.

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

I went to a school 🙂 honestly , if you arent a Doctor etc you just need to educate yourself via internet, I watch Youtube Videos to learn more about the world.

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

I am very creative since school, means I love colours and can combine them, so for example with my Art, there is many different styles not just one , some artist just paint the same style again and again. I am open format as we say in music, means flexible 🙂

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

You can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself nothing is impossible…

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

My mom.

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

Relationships due my career, distance from family etc.

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

The Key is not to give up and think positive which is not always easy , but even you fail , stand up and try again! Rom was not built in a day 🙂

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

YEs please have a look at my art, tell me what you think by visiting  http://www.artsabrina.com and please follow me on facebook >>> http://www.facebook.com/sabrinaterence where we now have 1.4 million fans since 2007.


DERRICK Interview with International Basketball Player Charles Smith-Perry

August 26, 2015

CSPEncouragement 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 Charles Smith-Perry who is an International Basketball Player who stands 6-0 at 185 pounds.  All CSP knows is how to beat the odds and now he has the ball in his hands with offers to play in China and France. From Columbus, Georgia to Providence, Rhode Island this is the type of story that will keep you smiling.

D is for Dream. As a young child evolving into a young man, I had dreams of being a doctor. I always felt that being a doctor would allow me to be mentally tough, as well as emotionally. However, my life turned into a sports tracker once I began becoming involved in the sports at the Boys & Girls Club and AAU basketball. From flag football, to baseball, running track and basketball, I easily chose basketball over the rest. Continuing with basketball into my high school years, I had been chosen to be a team captain, accumulating many awards and accommodations in both track and basketball.

Entering my senior year of high school, my mind was made up to attend the University of Tennessee to play college basketball, through a partial scholarship. However, my hope had been challenged as I had blew out and broke my entire left leg along with an Tibia/Fibula fracture. Schools told me I was no longer an interest of theirs, surgeons told me it’d be tough for me to pick up a basketball to compete ever again; however, God held my hand before and through the entire process of surgery and recovery.

Without rehab, I chose to attend a Div. II college that gave me an opportunity to showcase my skills and knowledge. With graduating with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration and concentration in Sports Management, I have had successes in leading the nation as the top 3-pt. percentage shooter in Div. II collegiate basketball worldwide. Named team captain for two years, I took on the role to guide, lead, and understand the process of becoming a better teammate, individual for myself and my family, and a better man altogether.

After graduation in May 2015, I declared to become a professional basketball player. Receiving offers from Nanjin Army (Team China) and Paris-Levallois Basket (France), these opportunities declare that all things are possible through Christ. Being told I was too small, I was too short, I was not good in certain skill departments, or that I don’t meet expectations, there were still an amount of teams that has shown me interest in a good amount of time. Tuesday, I’ll be participating with a PBL League basketball team named the Providence SkyChiefs. This will be my last professional work. Off of the court I have hosted basketball camps and spoke at church events and clinics as a guest speaker, about my testimony in both life and sports. One day I pray to open a center for young adults and kids that can provide learning and sports opportunities to the community, as well as start a scholarship fund to those that are less fortunate and have limited income.

E is for Education. I attended Fox Elementary School, Marshall Middle (before transferring over to Fort Middle School) and attended Northside High School in August of 2006. I graduated Northside High (Columbus) in 2010. I went on to further my education and receiving my degree from the Montreat College, in May of 2015, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and concentration in Sports Management. I have put my degree to use with becoming the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Youth Services Counselor for my originated homeland, Providence, Rhode Island. Here I am developing bonds and relationships with over 40+ young adults from high school ages up to 24 years old.

R is for Resource. I am a ambitious and passionate young man. Everything I do, I put my all into. The words “impossible” and “can’t” are words I never found accepting. Failure has never been an option because I know that all things can be accomplished through Christ, my Lord. My resources have allowed me to develop relationships with professional attorney’s, coaches, scouts, motivational speakers, doctors, nurses and professional players.

R is for Ready. I knew I became ready when I met my coaches and mentors, Marshall Otto, Lincoln Walters and Hub Powell, when I got to Montreat. These men placed so much into my life that added onto my spiritual growth, my financial growth and my personal life that without them, my dreams of playing professional basketball, coaching or mentoring, would not even be of this world. I wanted to give in so many times so often, yet I always remained humble enough to pick up my Bible and look for answers and direction when things seemed a little deranged.

I is for Individual. Another individual that inspired me, that has also known me for my entire life and in the same network, is Mr. Xavier Lane. “Zay”, an organizational worker, a leader, father and independent clothing line designer, has shown me so much guidance and lead way. Himself earning himself a championship ring at Jordan High School, Lane is the ideal role model for a man. God-fearing, a loving son and father, and a very hardworking and excelling young man, my hat goes off to him for instilling so much in me and sets great examples in which I followed him and he may not even realize that.

C is for Challenges. Adoption at an early age, growing up angry feeling as though people owed me something, overcoming being ineligible for sports twice in college, losses of childhood and close friends, failing classes from not being attentive and focused, gambling, fought in high school and once in college, which almost led to a tough ruling from the president of the college.

K is for Key. In everything and all that you do, put God first and constantly want to improve and build that bond with Christ. He is KEY, He is THE KEY to all success. Anything that you put your mind to, you can achieve. When setting goals, make sure that they are attainable, approachable, maintainable, clear, concise and worthwhile. And always dream big; nothing in this world is too big for you! There is no limit to success.

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DERRICK Interview with Internet Entrepreneur James Reynolds

June 25, 2015

JamesReynoldsEncouragement 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 James Reynolds who is the founder of Veravo which consists of two search engine marketing agencies; SEO Sherpa and Click Jam. He is also the host of the Traffic Jam Podcast. James is fanatical about all things search, social and content on the web, from his blog, to Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. He is a contributor to several leading publications including Entrepreneur Magazine and mentors startup companies in his free time.

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

I’m living my dream. I live in one of the world’s most inspiring cities (Dubai), travel a lot, work on a business I’m passionate about surrounded by an amazing team. None of this is by chance. I’ve focussed on designing a business that supports the lifestyle I want.

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

I am an art college dropout. I’m sorry to say that despite good grades at school my formal education is not that impressive, but it has never held me back.

For the past ten years I have read a lot. On average I read a book every other week, everything from out-and-out business books from authors like W. Edwards Deming and Jim Collins to self help like authors such as Anthony Robbins and Brian Tracy.

I put aside at least 30 minutes to one hour per day for learning.

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

Energy and an ability to energise others. These two traits help me lead, communicate and implement faster than most.

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

I think you need to know that you’ll never be truly ready. As entrepreneurs we require a certain amount of naivety and foolishness or we would never attempt anything new.

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

James Schramko. He has been a mentor to me for the past 5 years and is the smartest all round business person I know.

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

Being forced out of my job, having not been paid for 3 months and being owed over $100,000 in unpaid salaries and commission. At the same time attempting to launch a business in a field I had no experience in with a mountain of credit card debt and the threat of jail if I bounced a cheque for the 2 properties I was buying.

That was back in 2010, and 5 years on I have built that business to be the number one SEO agency in it’s market and I’m free from debt and stress.

Sometimes it requires you to hit rock bottom in order to bounce back high.

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

Persistence. Pure and simple, success requires a lot of hard work.

Say no far more than you say yes. Only say yes to the things that are most important. As Derek Sivers would say, it is either a “hell yes” or a no!

Sales. Without sales you have no business. The most successful entrepreneurs I know are also excellent sales people.

Visit James Reynolds for more information.


DERRRICK Interview with International Student Affairs Professional Sayed Omar

June 22, 2015

SayedOmarEncouragement 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 Sayed Omar, student life adviser for 10 years at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. I have been the adviser for student government for five years and later on adviser of student conferences and graduate student association on Campus. I have been certified as trainer from Dale carnegie training  , student life adviser from Association for  Promotions of Campus Activities APCA , student coach and staff development from National Association for Campus Activities NACA. I have been awarded by APCA conference 2013/14 adviser of the year and outstanding adviser who makes a difference in student life.

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

I believe , as student affairs professional and student organizations senior specialist, that each student on campus is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow , develop. and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially- Alexander Astin. It is my desire as a educator / adviser for more than 20 student organizations on campus is to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. I do believe that student should learn by planning, developing, learning by mistakes , and there are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, student should be trained, developed , maintained, alerted, and finally document and assessed student development.

When my role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students’ search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For all student conferences and graduate student associations should adjust , plan and take risk for organizing such events. Students have the free place for creativity and take risk either they continue in their event or not. More and above, students need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.

Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life and interests. Therefore, most of students I have advised have changed their majors and careers when they participate in student activities and discover their purpose in their lives. One way to take learning in a direction relevant to student interest is to invite student dialogue about the lessons they have learned during their life on campus and student organizations. In addition to that when students have ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.

One of the lessons that diversity  teaches our students is helping  students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through an open sharing of ideas and a judicious approach to discipline. When the voice of each student is heard, and environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves. Class meetings are one way to encourage such dialogue. I believe college students have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.

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

I graduated from faculty of law, have diploma in business administration, management, leadership education, and finally post graduate diploma in special education. My education backgrounds helped me at when I was the student government adviser to draft the student constitution and undergraduate and graduate student senate bylaws.  As an educator, my background helped me a lot in how to advise student leaders, planning and coaching student groups.

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

For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with students . In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.

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

Student affairs is not a job it is a life long learning. My background in education and more than 9 international conferences in the States either with the students or alone, I have realized it is time to transfer all my education to my students and staff who deeply need student affairs experience. It is a great opportunity to transfer and integrate with international student affairs professional and share knowledge and experience which for 10 years Iam doing my best either in my school or international meetings with my colleagues in student affairs.

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

Eric Lambert , CEP Association for Promotions of Campus Activities APCA. He has tried his best and his wife , Jessica, to establish student conference for educators and campus promotors.

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

University budget to attend international student conferences to integrate with student affairs professionals. Establish student leadership center to teach students soft skills and finally student affairs updated books and membership in international student affairs organizations such as NASPA, ACPA, APCA, etc. because the passion of the student affairs and student impact, I have invested most of my annual salary to travel and purchase books and membership.

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

I have drafted the student constitution , graduate association constitution, budget committee bylaws, student government elections rules and procedures, and finally student leadership university manual.

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DERRICK Interview with International Singer and Songwriter Liryks

May 25, 2015

LiryksEncouragement 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 Liryks, a singer and songwriter who was born in Israel and has the bilingual gift to be able to speak and sing in English and Hebrew. Early on, she developed a passion for music and she began writing poems at the age of 9. As a teenager she did some modeling and attended acting classes.

While clearly gifted as an artist, Liryks was also bright academically, and she wanted to explore this path and widen her perspectives. She attended TA University Law Faculty and graduated summa cum laude.

Liryks produced several music shows formats for a European TV channel, and this experience encouraged her to focus on her music career and to produce her first album as a singer-songwriter. This album is an expression of the musical styles and vibes she absorbed in her voyages around the world combined with her original style and her exceptional mastery of the written word. All the album songs were written and composed by Liryks.

The first single, IN THE BEGINNING, gives a new meaning to ancient words, and creates a rare combination between a modern bit and the language of the Bible. This single is the product of a great poetic sensitivity, a clear vision on life, a unique voice and a cool and accurate musical production.”

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

My dream is to live a meaningful life, full of love, creativity and awareness; I wish to sparkle as a unique singer-songwriter and to keep on developing my great career. I wish that my art and my songs will reach many more people around the world, touch their lives, influence, empower and inspire them. I want my art to bring love, spread joy, encourage self-reflection and offer comfort.

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

I mix my natural talents with my vast educational background. I love exploring new fields and learn new things. I never stop learning.

Besides being a musician and an artist, I went to university and got my degree. University education has given me the opportunity to think differently, to have a broader perspective. It also gave me practical tools to provide myself, to read the “small letters” and to manage the “business aspects” of being the chief producer/the one in charge of my career as a singer-songwriter and my own brand “Liryks”.

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

The resources that make me unique and stand out as a singer-songwriter are: Being creative, original, independent, cool and courageous in my way – in my art. I have a great belief and I am very sharp. I can be a pixie, pose for the camera, get serious, be funny, or sing electronic blues, but I’m always me.

Above all: I really do enjoy creating; I love the lyrics, the sounds and the music. I have my own deep truth to share, and I am sharing it in my own words, with my own voice and in my own original way.

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

I’ve always knew I was talented, I’ve always created, I ‘ve always knew I can reach the stars, but I’ve always done other things in other fields, that I was very good at. When I was ready to commit myself and focus on what is really important to me, it all summed up to becoming a singer-songwriter: my poems, my voice, my sense of style, my love.

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

I have a few names in mind, but taking into account the context of this interview, I name: Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. a neurologist, and psychiatrist who wrote the world-famous book entitled “Man’s Search for Meaning“. He believed that life never ceases to have meaning, even in suffering and death, life has potential meaning and that, therefore, even suffering is meaningful. Frankl believed that the meaning of life is found in every moment of living and that people are primarily driven by a striving to find meaning in one’s life.

I think his life story is inspiring and teaches us of the strength of the human spirit, and the importance of finding a meaning in our life.

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

One of the hardest challenges I have to overcome is: forgetting! I always have to remind myself as a singer – songwriter,(and we all have to remind ourselves as human beings): TO BE TRUE TO MY OWN NATURE; TO FOLLOW MY INNER TRUTH.

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

If you are ready to be reborn every day, you learn new things all the time. Believe, be creative, dare and stay natural.

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

My name is Liryks, I am a singer –songwriter, my music is aimed  to inspire others, and I am glad people feel it. I am dedicating this paragraph to thank all you people that listened, came, participate, shared and sent me great comments and touching e-mails.

Remember: You don’t have to have a reason for loving. LOVE! You don’t have to have a reason for believing – BELIEVE! Thank you for loving and believing.

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