DERRICK Interview with Heroes Haven Creator Mario Simone

May 15, 2016

MarioEncouragement 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 Mario Simone who founded Gotham City Films in 2009, where he has written and directed films with A-list talent such as Jessica Biel, Slash, Tony Hawk and Hilary Duff. Simone’s original comic book, Heroes Haven, was published by Gotham City Films and is now available for purchase.

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

I have vast dreams and big vision which include running a full service entertainment company, and building a publishing division that can help other independent artists achieve their unique voice. I hope for Heroes Haven to reach audiences worldwide and inspire them with the poetry and passion of its character’s journey.

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

I studied intensely at Jesuit schools, Fordham Prep and Fairfield University, where I ventured deep into philosophy and art/film making. And in my world travels, I studied many cultures and intriguing philosophy’s that pushed my artistic voice to great depths.

I was able to pull from these experiences, and it helped me create Heroes Haven, and in my daily life I’m able to continue my philosophical quest through my writing and other art forms.

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

My resolve and willingness to bring my vision to fruition; my courage to take the risks to overcome fears and rejection. The fact that I have built my own entertainment/production company and have the ability and knowledge to now expand that into a full “small-press” publishing company as well.

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

Ever since I was a kid, I realized that I loved the arts and storytelling. I saw the world as paintings and wanted to experience life so I would have a better story to tell. I don’t know if we are ever really ready for what we are doing in any moment, but there are moments in life where we take the courage to jump into the abyss and face your fate.

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

I always enjoyed the stylistic flair of Frank Miller’s interpretation of Batman; or director, Christopher Nolen and his translocation of the story to the film, “The Dark Night”; or even the late actor, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, where he pushed so far outside the normal constants of acting to create such a profound character.

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

I arrived in LA with a backpack and $200 in my pocket and built a name for myself in the entertainment business as an author, producer, actor and director. Challenges were many along the way, and rejection and stumbles were a daily ritual. Perseverance and courage pushed me to achieve my vision.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Never give up – but even more importantly, be true to yourself, be honest with your work and your art.

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

Use your fears as a guide to see the path that will challenge you the most, and help you to live the life of your dreams.

Connect with Mario Simone on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Heroes Haven is now available on the official website and for pre-order on Amazon.

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DERRICK Interview with Starter who handles Marketing for Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson

December 19, 2012

HudsonBrothersEncouragement 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 Starter who handles PR & Marketing for Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson. Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson were born in Mississippi in 1990 and 1992 the youngest of 8 boys to an awesome pair of God fearing parents, Roger and Brenda Hudson.  The family moved to Jonesboro, Ga in 1998 where the brothers quickly made a name for themselves as the funniest guys in their schools, dancing, joking, and rapping to bring each of their classrooms to uncontrollable amounts of laughter every day.  What they didn’t know was that during these years God was carefully helping them sharpen their skills as talented entertainers for something greater.

When they decided to make a video called ‘Rachet Girl Anthem’ on January 16th of 2012 they were unprepared for how much God was about to bless them when the video went viral from a few thousand views to more than 20 million views overnight.  Today Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson are touring internationally where their insatiable drive for making others laugh combined with their unique passion for their fans has made them a worldwide hip hop phenomenon.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

My dream is to take over the entertainment industry through honest and positive avenues.

E is for Encouragement. What encourages you?

My family encourages me to go hard, and make sure I do what I need to do to change the world.

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

Our resource is clean comedy that can be viewed and accepted by all age groups and types of people. What we do many can relate, but we do it positively.

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

When we started we had no idea it would take off like this so I wouldn’t say we were ready, we just hopped in, and we’re growing and learning everyday, full of new possibilities.

I is for Individual. Can you name at least one individual that we should learn more about and why?

An individual we think people should learn about is Jesus. Through God all things are possible and he can teach you how to go get it in anyway you choose….well positive ones any way.

C is for Continue. What makes you want to continue when things look bleak or are not optimistic?

We continue to press for greatness, to leave our mark. How we changed the game, our way, the right way.

K is for Keys. What keys to success can you leave for other entrepreneurs and experts?

Keys to success is to be yourself, and remain original. And don’t let nobody tell you what you can’t do. Remain positive.

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