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.

Visit Sean Martin for  more information

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DERRICK Interview with Comedian Rodney Perry

October 12, 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 Comedian Rodney Perry who was born in Chicago and raised in Monroe Louisiana. Rodney served his country for eight years as a member of the United States Navy. Serving two tours of duty took Rodney to New Orleans and to the Bay Area, which prepared him for the entertainment industry and for life. He would perform his duties as Yeoman Second Class by day and perform his sidesplitting comedy shows by night. Perry came to a crossroad in 1998, when he had to choose between continuing his Navy career or making Stand-Up Comedy a career. He chose the latter.

A few weeks ago I did a DERRICK Interview with Comedian Lav Luv and he mentioned that Rodney Perry was the person that others should learn more about. After Lav Luv gave me the opportunity I reached out to RP and now you are about to read my DERRICK Interview with Comedian Rodney Perry.

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

My dream was and is to be one of the world’s best comedians.  My brand is building, I have a national audience and Rodney Perry time is close at hand.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I am encouraged by my family.  They give me my drive.  They are my engine.  Without my family I am not sure if I would be as focused.

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

The core of what I do is to make people laugh, but my greater purpose is to lighten the collective burden.  When someone goes to see me I want them to walk away with a sense of fulfillment.

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

I had a teacher that would let me tell jokes at the end of class if I would shut up during the course of the day… That was in second grade.  I was born ready to do what I am doing now, and I just got ready to do what’s coming up next.  You must always prepare for your next big thing.

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

Dr. Farrah Gray is the first person who comes to mind.  I often site him when talking to my children.  He made is first Million Dollars as a teen.  Shoot for the stars!!

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

Winners win even when they lose.  I live in a perpetual state of WIN, so even when things aren’t going in my favor I am learning about that situation and myself.

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

Work Hard… There are no days off when you are the boss, Unless you say so.

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

I will leave you all with this… Find something you Love and do it to the best of your ability.  You will be happy, you will make money, and you will never regret your decision.

Check out Rodney Perry’s new show “Off The Chain” premiering on Bounce TV October 22nd, 2012 at 9:oo PM EST.


DERRICK Interview with Artist Liz Marotti

October 10, 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 Liz Marotti a New York Artist  that is trying to make it.  Liz creates because if she didn’t life would be meaningless. Her hope is to open peoples eyes to their own extreme emotions. Liz calls her art an emotional overload. Painting for her is a religious experience. This experience allows her to create a world that did not exist 5 minutes ago.

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

I want to be a world famous artist, who’s message encourages women to love themselves and to drop the emotional baggage that holds them back from the happiness that is rightfully theirs.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

People do. I sell my art over the internet, and in person at Union Square Park. When I am selling my work out doors, one of the things that makes me happy is when people who can not really afford my work, are so inspired by it that they look in the bottoms of their pockets for change, just so they can have a piece of what I do.

Then the letters that people send me. I once had one woman who was a Breast Cancer Survivor write to me, she said that she would love to see me create a breast Cancer Awareness painting. So I asked her to describe to me how it made her feel. She told me about her missing breast, how she felt like less of a woman because of it. That she knew her husband still loved her, but she did not feel as beautiful. So I created a painting called “War Scars” It was a woman with one breast on her chest and a scar in place of her other breast, with one hand extended to the heavens. My plan for that painting was, you can take my breast, but i will fight to defend what I have left. She loved it so much she immediately sent me the money for it, and I made a time lapse video of it on YouTube, and used my friend Timothy Dark’s music as the sound track and she even went on Itunes and purchased the song. I was so happy to have reached her like that. Those are the things that encourage me :)

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

Well, I guess my technique. My brush strokes hold all of the emotions that people see in my work. I am able to create movement in my work.
I love to learn, so I taught myself film editing, I am not the best at it because I am self taught. But it does come in handy. Then I am an artist that loves to collaborate with other artists, and I love to create circumstances where I can bring my friends along with me. I am fortunate enough to know some of the best talent in NYC. So when I am offered a space to do a gallery show, I not only bring my art work, but I bring my friends who are dancers and singers to preform for the show. So my shows are never just paintings and cheap wine. They are paintings, cheap wine, and entertainment. Too many of us forget that we are simply here to help one another and if I could give other artists a stage, I will.

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

When I was working for $10 an hour at a tile store, and I was Bored. I knew there had to be something better than this. So I Googled how to sell art in NYC. Found out what I needed to do to become a street artist legally. Quit my job, moved back home with my parents, and the rest is history.

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

I know so many people that others should learn about. Melissa Otero is one of my best friends, she is an amazing writer and vocalist. She has worked very hard to achieve her dreams and her music relates to people on a deep level. She is making a difference by really creating art and maintaining a great relationship with her audience. Plus she bought my art when she really could not afford it, and she supports other artists and I love her for it! Choomasi he is another amazing vocalist and writer. His voice is incredible, and he is beyond humble. That is what makes him so awesome, is he is awesome and doesn’t act like it. He is kind to all his fans and friends.

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

My Fans and Friends. They are the only reason I am able to create the way I do. It is with their support that I am able to do anything. I know I was called to do what I do. There is no other reason. No one would take the vow of poverty I took, if there wasn’t something bigger pushing me forward.

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

KINDNESS. Loving people and the people you are working for. Share your dreams with the world and the world will show you your destiny.
LET PEOPLE KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! People will love you, people will support you as long as they know you exist. SPIRITUALITY. It doesn’t matter what kind, as long as you believe there is something bigger than yourself, otherwise when things get dark, there is nothing to hold on too.

Visit Liz Marotti for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Coach Lorraine Esposito

October 9, 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 Lorraine Esposito who is a professional life and fitness coach and nationally recognized author of The Peacemaker Parent. She has been featured in broadcast, radio, print, and online media. Lorraine is also a coach training instructor and mentor coach for the world’s largest coach training organization.

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

a. My dream is to create a generation of people who can think for themselves and have the courage to do something about it.

b. My goal is to empower all people with greater personal influence.

c. I have achieved powerful influence personally which in turn has created leadership and courage in others, most importantly my two teenage sons.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

a. I’m encouraged by mistakes. Each time I goof, or my kids goof, I’m encouraged to find the perfection in the situation and to leverage the perfection for even greater wisdom and growth.

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

a. I am a unique resource. I’ve lived so many different lives, i.e. poor and obese in the mid-west, corporate manager in the north east, fitness expert all over, author, mother, teacher, mentor, and three-time business owner. I’ve learned AND experienced so many different things that I share common ground and understanding with practically everyone. This broad base of experience allows me to connect tools, information, and insight to the individuals that I serve.

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

a. I knew I was ready for my current venture because I had proven my ideas successful in a variety of ways. Personal victory wasn’t enough to give me the confidence to suggest and advise others, so I sought and received support from professionals. The blessings and support given early in my first shaky steps were essential to my courage to live into my passion.

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

a. There are two individuals I highly recommend people take time to explore: one is living and the other is not.

i. My living recommended person is Becky Blanton. The journey of her life is filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Becky’s life is a living demonstration of the power of courage, resiliency, and faith.

ii. The other person I highly recommend people get acquainted with is Leonardo da Vinci—not for his legacy of art (though amazing and wonderful) but for his 7 principles of living a meaningful life. His genius is most profoundly experienced by understanding his mind.

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

a. Continuing with my passion is not an option for me. I have identified the most important reason for living my life in pursuit of leadership: Without the ability to think for themselves, the next generation of leaders will destroy the planet. With clarity like that, falling down isn’t even noticed.

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

a. The most important key is the most difficult to find. The key is YOU—no one else can do what you do in the way it needs to be done. Often I’ll suggest to my players (as a coach I have players not clients) that they endorse their greatest weakness. By offering even the aspects of yourself that you wish to hide, you open a world of possibilities and opportunities. Our greatest strengths are found in our humanity.

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

a. One last thing to consider is that every adult is a role model for the kids that watch. Whether you are a parent, teacher, athletic coach, religious leader, or just an everyday guy or gal, there are kids watching what you do. Your deeds speak volumes and contribute to the creation of our planet’s legacy. Please, choose your actions wisely.

Visit Lorraine Esposito for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Ghostwriter Becky Blanton

October 5, 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 Becky Blanton who is a full-time ghostwriter, one of the “invisible people” behind the scenes of people’s dreams. She first spoke about being invisible at Oxford University during her TED Global talk. The invisibility she referred to then was what it was like to be one of the “invisible homeless.”

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

In 2006 I was living in a 30-year Chevy van in a Walmart parking lot with my Rottweiler and house cat. In 2009 I was speaking at TED Global at Oxford University in England, courtesy of Dan Pink, a best selling author and former vice-presidential speech writer. That’s a big jump to make in three years! So I’m finally living the dream I thought I would be living when I first quit my job in 2006 and started to freelance and travel. The first time I jumped for the dream I missed and fell flat on my face. But I learned that jumping out to seize your dream isn’t a bad thing even if you fail the first time out. It can sometimes seem like the worst mistake you’ve ever made, but then God takes the lemons and makes lemonade out of them. He always has a plan for good. If I hadn’t risked, failed, risked, failed and yet kept helping others even when I was down, I’d never be where I am today. I’m certainly not rich, but I’m doing what I love.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

God. Definitely God. Most people think God and Christianity is about not sinning or at least not sinning more than your friends, and about going to church, being a goody-two-shoes and all that. I call BS on that. I believe in a relationship with my creator. He knows me, loves me, is a daily, hour-by-hour presence in my life, encouraging me, caring for me. It’s such a peace to have knowing he’s in control of what is happening with me. It’s weird and even stupid to people who don’t have that peace and that relationship, but if you have it, it’s awesome.

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

I have an ability to get inside people’s heads and tell their stories. I have a natural ability to recognize and duplicate speech and personality patterns. When I tell someone’s story for them, in a book or article, I write so it sounds like they’re telling the story, but with a smoother, more professional quality. People will tell them, “This is the best writing you’ve ever done. It sounds like you wrote it, but I know you can’t write that well!” It’s funny. They can’t figure it out. That’s the challenge I like and the ability I bring. It’s very difficult to do, so it’s a definite advantage. Most people who hire a ghostwriter don’t want people knowing or thinking they didn’t write something.

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

I was homeless and suicidal. A friend of mine called me (I did have a cellphone I won in a contest), and told me Tim Russert, the former Vice President of CBS News, was talking about me on CSPAN. There I was, living in a van in a Walmart parking lot and the most recognized and famous journalist of the last 20 years was talking about me on national television. He didn’t know I was homeless at the time. I had written an essay for his best selling book and he said it moved him so much that he decided to add an entire chapter to his book so he could include my essay. The essay was on forgiveness. When I heard that I went into a bookstore, found his book, read my essay and just stood there and wept. I wanted to scream, “Look! I’m a writer! I’m a writer!” but I didn’t. I felt it and thought it, but that was my breakthrough moment. I went back out and got in the van and just sobbed…”I’m a writer! I’m a writer!” I think realizing that I was not my circumstances was made me realize I was ready to write again.

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

Jesus Christ. I know people groan and roll their eyes when I say that, but the reason I say it is because he was the rebel of his time. He was willing to die for something he believed in, and he was willing to die for the people (all of humanity) he believed in and loved. He was homeless most of his adult life, yet more people throughout history know his name more than any other person. He achieved a following through his words, his stories, his parables and his actions. More than any other person in history he shows the power of story to change a person, and to change the world. I encourage people to learn about who Jesus was by reading about him, not by listening to what a church or any group says. Find out for yourself. He was amazing. He was a craftsman (carpenter), he healed thousands, cast out demons, walked on water, teleported, went back in time (meeting Moses and Enoch on the Mount of Transfiguration) and he warned us of the return of  the Nephilim, of forces and UFOs and just some amazing stuff – stuff that’s farther out there than anything you’d find in the movies Star Wars or the Matrix. He’s just incredible.

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

I’ve failed so many times in my life and almost every time I’ve really blown it bad I’ve thought about ending it all. But I didn’t. I get a lot of hope and encouragement by trusting that God does have a plan for my life, and that nothing is an accident. NOTHING. I remind myself that I am NOT my circumstances. Things may happen TO me, but they do not define who I am. I have learned to stay focused on my core values of giving, trusting, loving and preserving. The story I think about all the time is about this rock climber who set out to solo climb a huge peak. She would have been the first female to achieve this really difficult climb. Near the end of the day she was exhausted, bloody, tired, out of water and finally decided she wasn’t going to be able to finish the climb. So she radioed for a helicopter pickup and they came and got her off the side of this mountain. As they lifted off and up she looked  down and saw she was only 50 yards from the top of the mountain! 50 yards! Another 30 minutes or so and she would have reached the summit. She begged them to put her back on the mountain, but it was too late. She gave up just before she would have reached her goal. I know in my life I’ve just hung in there, inch-by-inch and reached a goal I thought was out-of-reach simply because I didn’t give up. That’s hope. When you lose hope you lose everything. So I tell people to just get through the next minute, or hour, or day and the rest of the journey will fall in place. Look at how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go.

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

Talent won’t get you where you want to go. Perseverance will. That’s why the world is full of extremely talented, gifted people who are working dead-end jobs, or who are broke and miserable. They have the talent and skills, but not the perseverance. It’s the self-discipline to keep going, keep plugging, keep doing that is what makes people succeed. You don’t achieve success by being good. You achieve success by slogging through the bad times, the hard times, the tough times and the poor and broke times. You just keep going no-matter what. If you don’t have a personal faith in God, you’d better find something to believe in, family, life, children or your passion, and focus on that when times get tough. If you don’t persist you won’t succeed, I don’t care who you are. You have to have hope in something or someone outside yourself.

Remember that you are NOT your circumstances. You may drive an old beater car, not be able to afford to eat out, even on McDonalds’ dollar menu. You may have to scrounge in the couch for change to buy groceries, but that’s just where you are, not who you are. Remind yourself that “God don’t make no junk.” And believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself I guarantee you no one else will.

Finally, keep a gratitude journal. Write down 5 things every day that you’re grateful for. You can’t repeat them. That means you have to find something every day…like, you’re grateful you’re alive, you’re grateful you have shoes to wear, you’re grateful you can walk…by the time you find five things a day to be grateful for at the end of a year you’ll feel like a billionaire. Gratitude is God, and life’s secret weapon to dispelling depression, fear, anger and hopelessness. Be grateful and watch your fortunes, your  attitude and your life begin to change.

Visit Becky Blanton for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Publicist LaTanya O’Kelly

September 25, 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, entrepeneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Publicist LaTanya O’Kelly who created the O’Kelly Factor to assist individuals, companies, and organizations in all genres with much needed exposure, by providing each client with a personalized unique “out of the box” campaign, utilizing a combination of traditional and social media along with some surprises thrown in. Our clients range from artists to production companies, and are in several markets nationally.

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

To create a firm in which people will trust and know that I can do what I say I can do regarding their brand.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m encouraged daily by those who under some of the most stressful situations continue to press on.  Just when I think I can’t I look over and see that they DID and so that encourages me to go on.

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

My drive, determination and willingness to reach out to those people, places and things that you wouldn’t expect. To take something so traditional and add “The O’Kelly Factor” twist.

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

When I took a client to an event and they were received and recognized based on the campaign that I had created for them,the smile and the response that my client had made me realize that I was not only ready but born for this.

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

Linda Scott, because the fashion/modeling industry is changing no longer are just interested in standard size fashion models the all women are beautiful and Linda Scott & 1426inc is doing something about it.

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

Just when I think I want to quit or give up, it never fails I get a call. Either someone inquirying about my services or someone responding to a request or something that I pitched for my clients and I realize I can’t give up now.

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

1) Be true to your brand! 2) If it doesn’t feel right then it’s probably not right for you! 3) Trust your gut 4) Everything that looks good on paper may not be in real time be prepared for EVERYTHING!

Visit  LaTanya O’Kelly for more information.


Today’s word is Will

January 2, 2012

When you think it’s over and you can’t go on any longer a way opens out of no way. Inside you is the extra power. Where there’s a way there’s a will.

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