Prime TImE Interview

September 21, 2020

with Entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz

Prime TImE Interview

September 17, 2020

with Author and Actress Aesha Waks

Life Skill Life School Episode 25

July 7, 2020

Essential Oils Boutique CEO Twanna Moore interviews with Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” on Episode 25 of Life Skill Life School. For more information about Twanna or Essential Oils Boutique please visit

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 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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Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 80

October 2, 2018

Today’s AUTISM Interview in Autism Parenting Magazine is with Teresa Dannaway who has an 8 year old son (Tyler) with autism and apraxia. Our AUTISM Interview is on page 69-70 and sadly after this AUTISM Interview was conducted her son Tyler passed away and here is a link to his obituary

Around 15 months, he started having seizures and GI issues. This is when he lost his speech (he had about 10 words before the seizures). My sister in law who has a Master’s Degree in Special Education suggested we start him on a gluten free dairy free diet. We started that right away and it was not very difficult to transition him since he had not been on solid foods that long. He has been on the gluten free dairy free diet ever since. We saw a huge difference when we took him off it for a week in preschool. In fact, the teachers begged us to put him back on the diet. He had become aggressive and extremely hyper when off the diet. Tyler was diagnosed with autism at 2 and a half years old. We were not shocked with the diagnosis because we had already suspicioned it. The hardest part we had was finding all the resources available to us (financial as well as therapeutic). This is primarily why I started a local support group. We meet once a month in person and I have a private Facebook group as well. Whenever I come across an autism event, I post it in my Facebook group. That is one way I try to share information. I also host guest speaker events. In fact, we just had one last week about flying with a child with autism. Another way I share information is through my job as Family Care Navigator. I speak to families who are just diagnosed and feel lost. Once you receive the diagnosis, you go through a grieving process because the life you had dreamed of after having a child is different now. There is a poem I like to share called “Welcome to Holland.” It helps explain the new world these recently diagnosed parents enter.

Visit for more information or use the link to the blog that explains what Issue 80 entails, so you can tweet it, share it, Google + it, etc.

DERRICK Interview with Global Business Leader Vijay Eswaran

November 29, 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 Vijay Eswaran who is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist and the author of the best-selling book In the Sphere of Silence. An economist by training, he is the founder of a multimillion-dollar global business, A well-known thought leader in Asia, he has written and spoken extensively about business, leadership, personal development, and life management. His new book Two Minutes from the Abyss published by Networking Times Press is now available as an eBook on Amazon.

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

My dreams of yesterday have been surpassed in many ways. I now yearn for dreams of today, which are of far greater significance to me. When I was in my teens, I dreamt of owning a Ferrari. I eventually got one (and it was a big deal at the time!), though getting in and out of it was more of a bother than it was worth! Comfort became a lot more important than speed.

Throughout my 20s, 30s, and 40s, my dreams have dramatically changed in essence, direction and depth. Earlier, my goals were materialistic in nature; today, I am focused more on spirituality and self-actualization.

I’ve come a long way in my life’s journey, and what I have achieved over the years is not as significant, when I look towards my dreams of today. At one point, making a billion dollars seemed an impossible goal. Not so much anymore. And with age and experience I have come to realize that there is only so much one can spend! What I now know is, whatever money you make in this lifetime it is never truly yours. You are merely a custodian of it before it moves on to someone else after you.

That’s why, today I dream of touching a billion hearts. Making a difference in the lives of a billion people and empowering them to live their life as they should. To its fullest potential.

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

I am a firm believer that education should focus only on helping an individual develop a vocation, rather than find an occupation. I spent years earning a college degree and training to be an economist and ended up working for others for a decade instead of following my heart to become an entrepreneur.

My education became somewhat of an anchor preventing me from leaving the security of the harbour. A part of me resisted the pull because I felt like I was abandoning all those years of hard work and investment I put into earning my educational qualification. I felt I had sacrificed so much to earn that degree and was obligated to put it to good use.

Today, I am still undecided as to whether my education served me in good stead or not. When I look at the top 10 richest men in the world and realize that most of them droped out of college, I am not so sure if my degree was of great use to me, or a great impediment.

However, it is the gap year – I call it the year of ‘debunking school’ – that I found most educational. I spent a year travelling around Europe, which taught me how to live and adapt to different cultures and countries, it taught me empathy, and opened up the world to me and me to the world. It taught me three values that I carry with me until today – Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate.

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

I am a non-conformist by nature and therefore I have an instinctive need to think out of the box. I cannot walk into a room and simply agree with everything I hear. Many a time when I find my team is discussing and agreeing to go in a particular direction, in my mind I am already looking for another, usually opposite direction. This is not to cause chaos, but to provide a different perspective and ensure that a given situation or problem is being examined from all angles.

I prefer to think of myself as a contrarian, and a disruptor by nature. Many have called me a maverick. My life has been one of lifelong rebellion. Accepting the norm has just never worked for me.

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

I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur. I was 35 when I made the decision to give up full-time employment and dive head first into building my company. In my case it was not so much about being ready, but about making that decision.

And that is what I tell anyone who asks me for advice on preparing for entrepreneurship. You start by making a decision. And from there on it becomes a process of making a series of decisions that lead you to where you are meant to be. You rarely make right decisions at the start, but that’s part of the process. I prefer to work on making those decisions right.

If you wait for the right moment to do something, wait for the stars to align, for Venus and Jupiter to cross paths in the sky, you will keep waiting. I don’t think there is such a thing as being ready to begin something. I don’t think any of today’s successful leaders or entrepreneurs were ready to be where they are today. They made a decision and dove right into it.

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

There have been so many individuals who have guided me to where I am today, those who I consider my mentors.

My parents have been my greatest mentors. They have molded and guided me to think the way I do. My father instilled in me an important lesson when I was growing up: Service above self. I live my life by that credo.

There have been many others who appeared at various stages in my life who guided me through many ups and downs. Some of your finest mentors in life will come from the more unexpected places. Be open to them all. I have received wisdom from janitors and taxi drivers.

Know that you don’t always need to meet or know a person in order to learn from them or be influenced by them. Among the many great historical figures whose lives and lessons shaped my thoughts and my world, are Nelson Mandela whose life was his most powerful sermon to the world; Martin Luther King who filled me with so much passion and an abundance of fervour as to the equality of man; John F Kennedy who till today continues to inspire me with his brand of optimism and a flair for touching the hearts of those he spoke to, and Mother Teresa, whose abundance of love left a resounding wake in her path.

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

Every challenge I ever faced felt enormous at the time and left me the better for it afterwards. The ones that I have beaten have taught me what I know, and the ones that have beaten me have taught me what I do not know. Either way, I live for every challenge, for without them it is hardly worthwhile to do what I am doing now.

I have encountered far too many challenges to count. When I first started out as an entrepreneur it seemed as if nothing was going my way. I didn’t have anyone to guide me; no one in my family had any experience with entrepreneurship. I had no powerful connections, or external funding. No one believed I could achieve what I set out to do. But I know I wasn’t meant to waste my life making money for other people. I’m so grateful I found like-minded partners, and the support of my wife. We’ve faced many setbacks over the years and continue to do so till today but I believe that if I don’t face them head on, I’m no longer progressing in my life.

I see challenges as opportunity for growth and progress. In the eventuality there are no more challenges in the offing, then I find myself duty bound to create one— be it for myself or those who follow me!

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

If only there existed a secret key to success, someone would have found it by now. The real secret is that each person must find his own key. I think an important aspect that many young people obsessed with winning at all times don’t realize is that it is dangerous to be successful the very first time. If you have never failed, you will never understand the value of success. It’s better to fail before one succeeds because that is the best way to learn. The worst failure is to allow yourself to be trapped in success.

Success does not teach. The longer you stay in its clutches, the more you regress.

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

You life is your greatest gift. Live life well by embracing everything it has to offer. Welcome challenges with patience, and enthusiasm.

Success does not respond to wishes. It responds only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence, perseverance and patience. Success, like life responds in equal measure to your ability to respond to it. Respond infinitely, respond limitlessly.

Visit for more information about Vijay Eswaran and if you are an entrepreneur, expert or celebrity and you are looking for a way to promote you and the things you do then contact us for a DERRICK Interview.

Derrick Hayes is also known to the world as the “enTIEtainer” as he tells stories through neck ties to empower others to greatness.  Book the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting, emailing or by calling (706) 615-1662




DERRICK Interview with Street Lotto the President of OOOG Brand

July 15, 2015

StreetLottoEncouragement 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 Street Lotto who is the President of the OOOG Brand. The meaning of OOOG is wisdom acquired through life experience, struggle, endurance, and set backs. A OOOG has stayed the course through all it’s up and downs never giving up on his/her dreams, passions, or goals. A OOOG is one that is a shining example to those ahead of them, beside them, and the ones to come. Three times GREAT, Three times a GENIUS, Three times GRAND. To be labeled as a Triple OG means you’ve earned the RESPECT to represent the OOOG Brand‼️

Born in Cincinnati, now residing in Atlanta, Lotto sought opportunity to better himself and focus on a career in music, overcoming the obstacles of the drug trade in his native city. “Money was never the focus for me, only a means.

Through the years, Lotto has aligned himself with well established brands like Coca- Cola, Apple Inc., Snoop Dogg, and 98 Degrees!  Including going on tour with multi- platinum artists streaming from The Nappy Roots to Jeff Timmons (founding member of 98 Degrees). On the list of accomplishments also includes his collaboration with Ted Talk’s “TED X”. In celebration of 1 billion visits to the company’s site (, Lotto penned and performed  “TRANSCEND”, the theme song for the well attended convention. Scoring even bigger, he was featured along with Dallas Austin, and Too $hort, on the billboard nominated mobile app Zooz Beat made available on iPhone receiving over 1.6 million downloads.


Though in Atlanta, Lotto has always been compared to and inspired by west coast hip hop. At points, he recalls spending months at a time on the west coast, submerged in it’s culture. “I don’t know why, I just always got love from the west. The music was comfortable to me. I guess that’s why they took to me”, he explained. “Collaborating with Cali veterans like Daz Dillinger and Bay area artists Mistah FAB and Turf Talk inspired me to do something different. “My new project is produced totally by DJ POOH protégé, west coast producer, TWEEK BEATZ whose credits include: Snoop Dogg, Keisha Cole, Glasses Malone, Jim Jones, Crooked I, and Suga Free, to name a few. I just wondered what it would sound like if somebody from over here, fused sounds with somebody over there?”

The new single “#GO”, is from the full length album Levi’s And Chucks, produced by Tweek Beatz.  Why Levi’s And Chucks? Both brands are synonymous with classic American culture, appealing, but not limited to, black and white, but EVERY race, creed, and color within the make up of our society, current and future. They will forever be a mainstay in our society,  just like the material from this LP. Classic. Original. Timeless….

My dream has always been to not only be a major artist with a voice that effects change, but also a business mogul that would inspire people that grew up in places like where I (originally) come from, Cincinnati, Ohio.

E is for Education: What is your background in Education?

I finished High School and 2 years of college before I entered the “real” world. I didn’t finish college. To tell you the truth, I really had no desire to finish school. I was there to continue my football career. But, once I figured out that ship had sailed, I wanted to sell enough weed to buy a dope crib with a dope ride and a dope chick to complete the cipher! (laughs). I eventually came back home and did just that. I started to also get into making the music that was the soundtrack to my lifestyle at that point. That lead me into wanting to take music further. But there was no real music scene in Cincinnati, so I moved to the A! Over the last decade and a half, I’ve been traveling the states performing, getting deals, losing them, making money, losing it, all in efforts to figure out how to brand myself to the masses. I guess you can say, I’ve put my 10,000 hours in! (laughs) Over time, I’ve just figured out how to give people something dope, yet honest, and inspirational. What I have figured out in music, comedy, and branding- nothing beats truth nor purpose and both are heavily applied to the OOOG Brand!

OOOGBrandR is for Resource: What makes you stand out or unique?

My resources include my network. Through being hungry in this business for years, you encounter alot of influential people behind those doors. Some say YES , and some say NO. One thing that I picked up is, just because they said NO doesn’t mean somewhere down the line I can’t get a yes out of them. See, some people will never  change, thank GOD, circumstances do! So what happens is, now, most of them not only ride for me, but they open new doors that weren’t there before. The moral to the story- KEEP PUSHIN’!!!

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

You just know. Things start happening and you don’t have to ask questions anymore. You know the answers, and feel God’s favor surrounding you like a force field.

I is for Individual: Name one individual that others should learn more about and why?

The source! G-O-D! People should really get to know Him. I grew up with my dad, so I knew him, and could with certainty trust all he said he would do for me- because I knew him. Others weren’t as fortunate. They didn’t grow up with a father around, so they learned to trust themselves more. Even if dad was half there, he wasn’t all the way there. So if you don’t really know the man, how could you really trust him? The same principle applies to knowing the Lord. I know men, that are now grown, that want to find and meet their father just to learn more about themselves. Imagine if you find the Father God Himself, you’d learn ALL about yourself and untapped potential, feel me? To know HIM is to know yourself. You will know His will, then discover your purpose!

C is for Challenges: What challenges have you faced along the way?

Challenges- I’ve had to overcome the obstacles of the game like anyone else that stayed the course. Having to learn, people are NOT what they SAY, they ARE what they DO! Most people will tell you your dreams are impossible- and they ARE- for THEM! It isn’t their purpose to do what you do, so they don’t have the vision to see what you see. I learned not to get caught up in what didn’t work before. That was them- THIS IS ME! I expect to win. Maybe it doesn’t happen right away, but it will in HIS time. And 10 times out of 10, if it don’t happen, it wasn’t for me, and I’m good with that. I also learned that nobody is going to work harder for your dream than YOU, regardless of what they may tell you or make it look like. You get out what you put in.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for others?

One sure fire way of not achieving your dream is to quit!

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DERRICK Interview with Credit Repair Expert Candis Johnson

June 19, 2015

CandisJohnsonEncouragement 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 Candis Johnson who is a Credit Repair Expert with United Credit Education Services. Candis is a female entrepreneur from Cleveland, Ohio who got started with her business in January of 2015. She strives to help others, be a positive role model and encourage and advocate for our youth. As a professional woman of many hats her purpose is to bring awareness to society about the importance of how enhancing your thought process and maintaining an excellent credit score can open many doors.

D is for Dream: What is your Dream?

My dreams and goals in life are to help bring awareness and educate communities across the U.S. on how to become financial and debt free.

E is for Education: How important is Education in what you do?

Growing up as a teenager I didn’t care for high school. I then received my GED and some college experience, along with extensive credit expertise training. I use my educational tools to educate the public about the importance of having excellent credit and how it affects your everyday life.

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

The services that my company provides helps entrepreneurs build a positive credit score and helps individuals and families manage their life affairs.

R is for Ready: When did you know you Ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I could help make a difference after being a client. I then made an investment to set a strong foundation for my family that don’t support our passion. We still strive and push for greatness to continue our mission for anyone entrepreneurs that have dreams or plans to pursue entrepreneurship.

I is for Individual: Name an Individual that others should learn more about and why?

Had it not been for Daniel Cottingham presenting a business opportunity to me, I don’t know where I would be today.

C is for Challenge: What Challenges have you faced along the way?

Although there are people who reject us at times, family and friends that don’t support our passion. We continue on our mission to strive and push for greatness.

K is for Keys to success: What Keys to success can you leave for others?

To anyone that have dreams and plans to achieve entrepreneurship and becoming leaders, continue to speak in existence. Continue to pray, strive, live with high ambition and stay strong.

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Words Of Encouragement for Journalists

August 18, 2014

JasmineBarnesBy Jasmine C. Barnes

I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was about 12 years old. It’s the only thing that I ever imagined myself doing. Over the years, I’ve heard things like, “It’s not a stable industry, you won’t make a lot of money as a journalist, you need a backup plan in case it doesn’t work,” and the list goes on. Don’t let these words discourage you. If journalism is your passion, I’m here to tell your dreams are possible. Here are some things I’ve learned.

1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – In my first journalism class at Temple, my professor told me, “You are a journalist. That means you ask questions and question answers.” That’s something that I never forgot. It’s ok to not know something. It’s ok to ask questions. That’s the only way you learn.

2. Get a mentor – Mentors work wonders. Especially for journalism majors. They provide guidance, advice, and are a constant reminder that your dreams are possible. They’ve been where you are after all. They can teach you things that apply in and out of the classroom. Building a mentor-mentee relationship is one of the greatest things you can do.

3. Get involved – As a journalism major, one of the best things you can do is get involved on your campus. That’s what college is for. Writing for your campus newspaper or working for the campus radio station looks great on a resume. It also allows you to build your portfolio and develop your skills as a journalist. These things will come in very handy later on. It also helps to know a group of like-minded individuals that understand the ups and downs of being a journalism major.

4. Take advantage of internships and network – Internships are extremely valuable to journalism majors. They give you a taste of what to expect in the real world. Internships are another opportunity to build your resume and add to your skills. Internships also allow you to make connections (network) with professionals in the industry. These same professionals could be a great help in the future. So, take advantage of every opportunity. You never know where one simple conversation may lead.

5. Stick with it no matter what – Between newspaper and project deadlines, unreliable sources, computer malfunctions, equipment malfunctions etc., you can get overwhelmed. There will be many times as a journalism major that you will want to quit. I’ve been there. However, don’t quit. Why? Because someone is depending on you to tell a story. That’s what it all boils down to. It’s our job to give a voice to those who feel voiceless. You can’t do that if you give up, so don’t.

The bottom line is simple: Go after your dreams full force, no matter what the obstacles may be. Hopefully the advice I’ve given can help you. I’m rooting for you. Good luck fellow journalists.

Jasmine C. Barnes is a  Senior at Temple University majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Jasmine Barnes is from Brooklyn New York and loves to tell stories and hopes to get paid for it one day as a journalist. As of today her bragging rights are that she has been published twice in Motivos magazine.

DERRICK Interview with Branding and Artist Management Expert Diana Schweinbeck

January 17, 2013

Diana SchweinbeckEncouragement 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 Diana Schweinbeck  who is a 22 year old CEO based out of Atlanta, GA. Starting in the music industry in 2009, with an entertainment company called FYF Entertainment, Diana figured out that she wanted to pursue her career within the music industry. While juggling the entertainment industry, Diana succeeded to complete her bachelor’s in Business Management at
Georgia State University in May 2012.

Diana started off in the industry doing publicist, branding, and exposure work. After building her relationships and connections, she branched off into her own company, Schweinbeck LLC. Her company specializes in branding, exposure, and management.

It is said that Diana Schweinbeck is one to know within this industry, and her brand is growing at a tremendous pace. Also, Diana throws a monthly industry mixer that supports the upcoming artists of Atlanta. Her mixers consist of strictly industry and the exposure they have are very beneficial.

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

My dream is to be happy and successful. I have achieved my dream but not to the full extent.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My family encourages me. They have taught me everything I know to this date and I appreciate them greatly.

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

I am very personable. I can go anywhere and I am bound to meet new people that will somehow benefit me.

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

I realized I was ready to take the steps I needed in life to succeed after graduating high school. Entering into college at 18 years old and living on my own taught me that I was ready to take the necessary steps I needed to be all that I could be.

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

I have a good friend named Rittz who is now an artist under Strange Music. I got the pleasure to see him start at the bottom and make his way to the top while staying humble. Many musicians can learn from him and see how much he put into his music and how his outcome came about. He has an album coming out soon also, so make sure you check him out, tell him Schweinbeck sent you 😉

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

I just know deep down that I must go on. Failure happens to the best of us, we can take failure and learn from it.

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

Work hard. If you want something you have to go out and find a way to get it. Never let someone or something come in the way.

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

You can do anything you want in this life! You just have to believe in yourself. Others do not need to believe in you, so do not get discouraged if they don’t. In the end, you will succeed regardless of what others think.

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