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10 Years In Los Angeles: The First Big Milestone


Today is a very special day for me. Ten years ago today–December 4th, 2003–with a one-way ticket, $500, some clothes and a mission, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Although homeless and unemployed when I arrived, I hit the ground running towards the first few steps that have become an incredible journey of peaks and valleys. I’ve met some of the most amazing and douchiest people in the world, experienced some of the most awesome opportunities and depressing hardships, and have accomplished a few cool things along the way. It is far from over, far from peak, but this 10 year milestone is nothing short of awesome sauce!

#WineConversations: Positioning Your Best Interest Within The Scope Of Others’ Best Interest

Your passion is not limited by your capacity to dream; it’s only limited by your work ethic. The most amazing people don’t only dream big, they work hard…they work big. Truth be told, no one has your best interest in mind; they have only their’s. And sometimes — ultimately in consequence — your best interest falls inline with their motives. I help artists by giving advice, providing guidance and sometimes opening doors. That is in your best interest only because my best interest is proving that in some way I am a relevant music industry insider. It is no secret — when best interests align — the most amazing shit happens. The lesson here is to put yourself in the circles of those who have THEIR best interest in support of YOUR best interest. Otherwise, you’re just another talented yet ill supported aspiring artist hoping you’re the exception to the rule of success.

My Personal Hashtags

My Personal Hashtags

Often I start the day by posting on Twitter/Facebook the following hashtags: #RiseAndProgress #AspireAndInspire #StartupJunkie. The first (#RiseAndProgress) represents starting the day with a fresh pursuit of moving forward either on a specific project or in life or career in general. The second (#AspireAndInspire) represents my personal aspirations towards a material goal or enlightenment while giving back. I try to “give back” by creating internships for college students where I can share my experience and knowledge on special topics in music and marketing. And the last, but not least (#StartupJunkie) represents my entrepreneurial spirit.

Deferred Achievement: Entering the Era of Results

Today is the beginning of a new era in my life. An era when things begin to build as a result of years of laying the foundation. I’ll call it the “era of results.” The result of years of hard work, of failures and setbacks, of pushing forward, of going for “it”. The result of accumulated education (both street smarts and book smarts) applied to real situations with real consequences and real rewards. As much of a cliche as it is to say “never give up”, “take risks”, and “be aggressively ambitious,” this is what I’ve told myself since I first decided in my youth that I wanted to do something great with my life. Great people don’t stumble upon greatness; they sacrifice for it and dedicate themselves to the idea of greatness. Often they get off track; whether misguided, misinformed, or simply too spread thin trying to be great at several things at once. I’ve been all. But eventually these folks who actively pursue greatness will reach their “era of results” (or die leaving a legacy of profound ambition…the latter sucks, but contributes to awesome inspirational slogans).

Today I closed a deal to acquire the first national customer of my new music tech startup, ChazBo Music. It’s funny because just 4 months ago this company was my employer from where I was laid off. I could have been pissed (well, I was) and I could have ranted and attempted to publicly bash them and completely write them off in my book, but I believe that you shouldn’t burn bridges (even when a business relationship ends not in your favor).

A unique and ironic series of events has led to going from being laid-off to boasting a new venture in 4 months. Today, I enter the Era of Results.

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