DERRICK Interview with Indra Public Relations CEO MJ Pedone

December 14, 2012

MJPedoneEncouragement 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 MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.

MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.

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

My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with  entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most.  They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.

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

I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.

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

I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school.  I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.

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

I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.

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

Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation.  Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.

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

The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can.  Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.

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

 Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics.  Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody.  Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.

Visit MJ Pedone for more information.

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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.


DERRICK Interview with Animal Advocate and Child Actor Sean Martin

October 15, 2012

The #1 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 Sean Martin a 12-year-old actor with roles in various College Humor spoofs, television shows such as Team Toon and Redrum and starring as “Damaso” in the film Sin Dolor, which premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. television and starring as “Damaso” in the film Sin Dolor. He started “Kids Adopt a Shelter” to help animals with over 4,200 Facebook “likes,” 23 state representatives and over 55 shelter adopters. Martin won the 2012 Regional Kohl’s Cares Scholarship.

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

My dream goal is to help animals in every shelter, rescue and sanctuary on this planet.  I want all animals to be happy and not suffer. So far I have achieved 23 state representatives and over 55 shelter adopters.  “Kids Adopt A Shelter” has also gone worldwide with representatives in New Zealand and Canada.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Seeing animals suffering in shelters or anywhere encourages me to continue with my mission “To make sure every shelter, rescue and foster can keep animals comfortable while waiting to be adopted, with the help of fellow kids.”  I just want to see animals happy and healthy so they can be adopted into a loving home.

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

What makes me unique is that I am only 12 years old and have a worldwide organization.  I think my youth and passion is what gets people so excited to help out and be a part of “Kids Adopt A Shelter.”

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

I realized I was ready right after my dog named Moose passed away in December 2011.  Even though I did a small fundraiser around Halloween, I was ready to put bigger and better effort into it after he passed away.

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

One person others should learn about is fellow actor and animal advocate Lou Wegner.  Lou started Kids Against Animal Cruelty, which also helps animals and promotes the importance of adopting pets and spaying and neutering.

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

When things look bleak the happiness of dogs, cats and other animals makes me want to continue.

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

One major key to success is to put your whole heart into what you do.  You should give it everything you’ve got and not do things halfway.  People see when you truly believe in your cause, business or goal and they get inspired to help make it successful.

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

I want people to know the importance of spaying and neutering to prevent homeless animals.  Others should do whatever they can to help animals or  those less fortunate.  I think “Kids like me should learn the joy of giving back. We should stand up for animals that cannot stand up for themselves  because animals need a voice, and kids can be that voice.” It is important for all people to volunteer in general.  Even if you cannot donate money or items, one thing everyone can donate is their time.

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5 Things I Learned From For Better or Worse Star TASHA Smith

October 12, 2011

A few months ago I found an advertisement in the What U Need Is email newsletter for TSAW Tasha Smith Actor’s Workshop and immeidatley I discussed the opportunity over with my wife. I felt like this could be a tremendous boost for our daughter DeMya to see what the world of acting is really about and learn it from a seasoned actress. Tasha Smith has appeared in movies such as Daddy’s Little Girls, Long Shots, Jumping The Broom, Why Did I Get Married 1 and 2, Couples Retreat and currently co stars in the sitcom For Better or Worse with Michael Jai White.

Tasha Smith and Derrick Hayes at TSAW

TSAW was in Atlanta, GA on October 7th-9th, 2011 and people came from all over the United States, U.K. and Canada to learn from the best. My daughter received a priceless experience and I’m here to share the 5 Things I learned from Tasha Smith.

T is for Teacher. Just because you can  perform a craft well doesn’t mean you will be able to teach it well. Tasha Smith is a player and coach in the acting game. Whatever amount of money you spend to learn from her it will return to you ten times greater. The next TSAW won’t be until 2013 and I already envision lines being wrapped around the corner just to come learn from Tasha Smith who has the acting gift.

Tasha and Casting Director Wendy McKenzie at TSAW

A is for Available. I have been to many camps, programs and events that celebrities hosted and many did not make themselves available for pictures, questions and answers. Throughout the entire TSAW weekend Tasha Smith took pictures with everyone and allowed everyone to ask questions so they could have a more indepth look into the entertainment industry.

S is for Share. When you have success it could be easy for you to say I did it my way and my way is the only way. Tasha Smith is not like that as she constantly was sharing powerful resources. One book in particular that she expected every actor should have and read is  The Power Of The Actor by Ivana  Chubbuck.

H is for Help. Each student that attended the workshop was encouraged to turn in headshots with a bios. Tasha always stays in touch with Casting Directors and they keep her infromed as to what their needs are for various roles. This is a big help as it can open up doors for you in the future.

A is for Action. Tasha made it clear that you have to not only learn these tools at TSAW but practice them daily. In one heated session Tasha pulled out a bible and read James 1:22. where it says “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only”. Tasha’s goal for attendees when they leave TSAW is that they practice what was preached so that they will be prepared when the next audition comes.

The moral to this story is that we all need a Teacher whose Available to Share and Help us to take Action with our dreams.  Support Tasha Smith by purchasing a bottle of her new frangrance US  and tune in each Friday Night to watch Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse on TBS at 10:00 PM EST and 9:00PM CST.