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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