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An Interview with Brooke Mason; A Pioneer for Women in the Creative Industry

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Australian-born Brooke Mason is so much more than just a photographer. Unafraid and not intimidated by change and breaking the rules, she is everything the creative industry aspires to be. Brooke prides herself on running a creative agency with a single mission: to help women succeed. Already this year, Brooke Mason Creative became a Certified Woman Owned Business.

Since being in Los Angeles, Brooke has immersed herself in the entertainment world and has photographer known artists and actors for magazines like Glamor, InStyle, and Angeleno.

We sit down with Brooke to find out a little more about how she got to where she is today, what inspires her, and what she wants to do in the future.

What inspired you to become a photographer?

I was inspired by wanting to capture my environment, the way I saw things as an artist. I started at a very young age, so at the time, it wasn’t deep thoughts of a career. In fact, my parents are professional business people and being an artist was not a career path that they supported. It was just a passion that I never gave up on and the point I was making money and didn’t need to do other things, I realised, “Hey, this is my career!”.

How did you transition from being a photographer to owning a creative agency?

As a photographer I wasn’t just capturing images. I was hired to art direct, manage projects, castings and aligning with brands. It was 15 years of background that lead to this, however I did study communication at University.

My most memorable work experience was with one of the largest advertising agencies in Sydney, Australia. I was in awe of the complexities of how it ran. I naturally hung out with the creative department more than any other, however my 15 years years of directing on set as a photographer has given me the confidence to work as a team, art direct and have a project come to life. That’s the most exciting part of my job, seeing a seed of an idea come to fruition.

What does it take to be an entrepreneur?

Dedication! A lot of this is probably a natural inclination and I find people asking me if I’m scared about not having a regular paycheck or knowing how much is going to come in. Yes, it can be daunting, however, you have to be a risk taker and most entrepreneurs thrive on that. I like the pressure it brings, I thrive on the deadline and after some time you learn to overcome your own self doubts, fears and strive for your best. There is nothing else like it. I will say, I do work much longer hours and days than most of my friends who aren’t, but the reward for me is much higher.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced on your journey so far?

There are two main challenges that I faced in the past and continue to face from time to time.

One – not knowing when the phone will ring. You can be sailing high on a bunch of jobs

and then all of a sudden it’s quiet. It’s really hard not to have a freak-out.

Two – being a younger female is a male driven business world. As much as I’d like to say this doesn’t exist anymore and as fortunate as I am to live in such an open minded town, this is still very relevant and we as women are still not seen as; intelligent, capable and successful to our male peers.

What is your ultimate goal?

I believe in striving and moving forward with continual growth. I don’t have an ultimate goal,

but I am looking forward to growing my team and bringing in bigger projects for 2019. I already feel blessed with so much we have done this past year.

What motivates you in business?

I’m motivated by creating beautiful masterpieces, even if that’s just a stunning website, it’s awesome!

What are you most passionate about?

When it comes to life; Art, aesthetics and beauty. When it’s my work; I love to see people happy, pleasing our clients is my number one driving factor.

Do you have a secret to your success?

Focusing on being the best at what you do and being honest with yourself – if it’s not your

forte, being okay with finding someone else for that task. There is no ego in my business, we all collaborate and if there’s a better idea we run with that. “Ego’s” gets in peoples way, it stiffens your creativity, your success and your opportunities.

What are your proudest achievements?

It’s always one you haven’t had yet!

What differentiates you from your business peers?

Everyone has their unique talents and I adore some of the other creative agencies who do similar work to us. I guess the main difference I see is my background is heavily in art directing and visual curation so we are heavily focused on branding and the end result. We are small, so clients get to talk with all of us and we are all very engaged in every project that happens.

Do you have a motto that you stand by?

Being authentic. I make an effort to keep strong ethics, stay honest and be as real as I can.

What are the most important qualities that have been most beneficial on your journey?

Working hard is by far the most important thing when you have your own business. Sometimes you have to say no to fabulous social events, but keeping clients happy and delivering work on time is crucial.

What is the best advice you could give to someone starting out as an entrepreneur?

It’s important to have big goals and dreams so I wouldn’t want to ever squash those for somebody starting out. Be prepared to put in the work, turn down party offers from friends, stay up late into the evening fulfilling your dreams and up early to conquer the day.

What are the biggest challenges that you have faced as a female in the business world?

Not being taken seriously. I find the main challenge as a woman in this male-centric world is

that men think we may not be as capable or as intelligent. It’s a fine balance to prove yourself without doing it in a way that is forceful and contrived. It’s important to not give up and let prejudices get in your way.

Who do you most admire and why?

I’m inspired by strong powerful women! It wasn’t until leaving Australia and crossing over

into the workforce that I really saw a difference in culture. Though I adore the US and everything it has to offer when it comes to women in the workforce, Australia definitely has superior viewpoints on women. When I see these amazing women here breaking glass ceilings and succeeding, I am in true admiration.

How many employees do you have?

My team ranges depending on the projects we are doing and how many hands we need. But, on a regular basis, we are a small group of eight. On larger projects, we sometimes have upwards of 15 people.

If you had to choose another job, what would it be and why?

I have always been impressed with Doctors and how much knowledge they have. If I was to do school again, knowing what I know now, I might consider going to medical school and doing dermatology or some sort of surgery.

How do you spend your spare time?

I adore going hiking, being in nature, fishing and exploring new terrain. I’m also always up for trying anything new. I like a good movie as much as an adventure.

Do you have a favorite movie?

I adore movies from the 90’s! A few of my old time favorites are The Professional, Casino, Practical Magic and Federico Fellini’s films for the visuals.

Tell us a little about yourself?

These days, I’m a combination of an Aussie at heart and an American day to day. I’m proud to have grown up with my roots firmly planted in Australia, you can’t have an inflated ego living there and it keeps me grounded. My family also helps with that!

When I first lived in NYC, I was in awe of what an incredible country this is, a driven country with goals of exceeding your expectations. I’m proud to be both American and Australian now.

How would you describe your style?

I adore fashion and I like to stay up to date with trends, but only if they align with my taste. I’d say I’m a combination of 70’s glam, with a hint of menswear, I’m all about duality, I love femininity mixed with the strength of a tailored jacket. I’m certainly not afraid to choose bold colors, unusual shapes and design.

Keep up with Brooke’s beautiful photographs and busy life on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/brookemasonphoto/?hl=en). 

 

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Disrupt Magazine Anthony Delgado, is a Puerto Rican American software developer, businessman, activist and philanthropist. Delgado is also the host of the Disrupt Podcast where he interviews the most disruptive business owners, leaders and change makers in the world. Delgado is best known as the founder, and chief executive officer of The Disrupt Foundation, a social impact movement to grow Puerto Rico’s technology ecosystem and host of the semi-annual Disrupt Puerto Rico Conference. Delgado has also helped mentor thousands of students, all from the comfort of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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The diaspora is key in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico

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If it has ever been more than evident that Puerto Ricans who have left the island do not forget their homeland, it is just now during the emergency caused by Hurricane María passing through Puerto Rico.

Long and wide across the United States and the world, Puerto Ricans have activated their networks in spontaneous solidarity-based operations of collecting donations and sending aid to the Island. They are living proof that Puerto Rico is more than 3.5 million. of inhabitants of this small Caribbean archipelago.

Puerto Rico is present and active in every corner of the globe. Some more visible than others, that so-called diaspora has given glory to the country and put its name up. After the devastation caused by the powerful hurricane María, on September 21, the aid efforts of these thousands of Puerto Ricans living abroad are crucial drivers in the present struggle to rebuild the country.

Sports, art and entertainment celebrities have put their fame at the service of efforts to collect and bring aid for the victims. Among them, Jorge Posada, the former receiver of the New York Yankees in the majors, who has made at least three trips with supplies to distribute through the United for Puerto Rico initiative.

Like Jorge and his wife Laura, the stellar receiver Iván Rodríguez, recently exalted to the Baseball Hall of Fame, has brought more than a dozen containers with aid.

They are joined by Carlos Beltrán, Bernie Williams, Roberto Alomar, Carlos Arroyo, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Lin Manuel Miranda, Benicio del Toro, Jeniffer López, Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Nicky Jam, who have somehow attracted American attention and international towards the pressing needs in Puerto Rico after the scourge of the hurricane.

The list continues with many names that we did not hear before and so many others that we will not get to know, but that are equally committed to the common mission of raising Puerto Rico.

In cities across the United States, unions, groups of friends, restaurant owners, municipal government officials, state, congressmen, have said theirs present. To mention a few, in Washington DC, the Puerto Rican community filled four trucks with some 78,000 pounds of supplies that will be integrated into the United for Puerto Rico campaign.

The nonprofit group Friends of Puerto Rico began a fundraising campaign that will benefit ten Boy’s & Girls Club centers on the Island. The Alejandro and Orlando Bravo brothers, who established the Bravo Family Foundation two years ago, based in California, they didn’t think twice to bring a plane loaded with provisions that they distributed personally.

In Pennsylvania, Puerto Rican student José Diego Toro launched a campaign on the GoFundMe.com portal to raise $ 10,000 to help victims. Soon other Puerto Rican students joined in more than a hundred universities in the United States, constituted under the name of Students for Puerto Rico. They had already exceeded $ 160,000. Only in that portal there are more than 30 campaigns in order to help the victims in Puerto Rico.

More Puerto Ricans have established dozens of known collection centers in Florida, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania. And even if they don’t all transcend, there must be a collection center in every state.

The extended hand of the diaspora has not limited itself to collecting, sending or bringing aid to the Island. Many groups have redoubled their lobbying to ensure that the federal government responds quickly, effectively and sustainably to the magnitude of the disaster and efforts. of reconstruction, just in the most serious period of fiscal precariousness that the country has had in decades.

To all of them, thank you. Today more than ever, Puerto Rico embraces them with pride.

This article was originally published by the Bravo Family Foundation.

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Max Karg Is Making A Killing By Marketing Exotic Vehicles

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Could you imagine getting paid to take pictures with luxury, vintage, and even exotic cars? Well, 21 year old Max Karg has managed to figure out exactly how to do so. 

Max runs a business that basically consists of him helping vehicle owners sell their vehicles faster, easier, and for top dollar through his marketing and advertising methods. Since most people aren’t experts in the space of automotive marketing, Max found his opportunity to take control of that market and absolutely dominate. To date, he’s managed to market millions of dollars worth of vehicles.

What’s pretty interesting about him is that he didn’t come from a wealthy family that had connections to fellow successful individuals, nor did he have any advantage of being taught business strategies at a young age. Instead, he was making minimum wage while working at a Dairy Queen, and he decided to buy a coworker’s car for $800. He washed it, detailed the interior, and cleaned the throttle body. A few weeks later, he sold that same car for $1,400, profiting $600. This is when he realized, “I made in a few weeks what it took me a few months to make working minimum wage. I should do this more.”

This then turned into him dabbling in other areas of the automotive industry, such as detailing cars, mechanical repair, and cosmetic repair. They all had their pros and cons, for they allowed Max to work with cars, but they also each came with a set of drawbacks and difficulties. He eventually landed on something that had no ceiling and required no shop or tools: automotive marketing. 

Max was able to combine his existing skill set of photography with his newly acquired skills such as copywriting, and paired them with his passion for cars to form a highly valuable service that he could be compensated well for.

From not being old enough to drive at all, to now getting paid to drive some of his dream cars, Max has come a long way in just a few years. This is the first year that he is legally allowed to buy a drink, and he already has more experience (and success) in business than most people ever get.

Knowing what’s possible when someone has the skill set and knowledge that Max has, he wants to share this golden opportunity with whoever is looking for that right “vehicle” to go all in on. Through his various social media channels (@maxckarg on Instagram), he will be sharing his best tips and kept secrets with those who want to follow a similar path as him.

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Showcasing The Human Side Of Entrepreneurs Through The Lens Of Hustle Hive TV

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Many people are intrigued by the daily routine of young and budding entrepreneurs. The curiosity of a lot of people is aroused by how young entrepreneurs deal with their daily lives. Plenty of individuals are asking how they started their business or the challenges they’re facing as young entrepreneurs. People want to learn the steps that they take, the habits that they’ve adopted or the things that they did in order to be successful in their business endeavors.

This is the goal of the Dickens brothers of California. Eriksen and Soren Dickens are the founders of Hustle Hive TV, which is an educational platform on YouTube that shares knowledge about the different facets of entrepreneurship. Through their lenses, they want to document the lives of young entrepreneurs and share it with a wide range of audiences to inspire others with similar mindsets. The content they produce hopes to humanize and humorize the entrepreneur lifestyle while adding educational value to the lives of others.   

The Dickens brothers are known for producing documentary films like “Dirty Toes” and “Magic in the Lane”, both documentaries about entrepreneurs who’ve overcome adversity in their lives to get where they are today. The brothers are drawn to making films about young, hustling entrepreneurs because it’s so relevant to who they are. 

“Telling stories through documentary-style filmmaking is our greatest passion. We have been making films since we were 10 years-old. So, now, we want to tell the stories of young entrepreneurs and show the highs and lows that they encounter every day to reach their goals and become successful,” Soren Dickens explains. 

The Dickens Brothers

Eriksen and Soren grew up in the so-called Cowboy Capital of the World – Oakdale, California. It is a small, cowboy town located in the Central Valley of California. 

Since they were 10 years old, they have been fascinated with making films. They started

making home movies using their mother’s VHS recorder and even made their own costumes and props. This love for filmmaking persuaded them to establish their own production company in 2016, called Platinum Peek, while both were still in college at California Polytechnic State University. A year later, they established Peek Wedding Films, a brand that specializes in unique wedding videography.

Founding of Hustle Hive TV

Eriksen explained that as business-minded filmmakers, they are always looking for interesting people to tell stories about and so they looked around them and found the perfect people. The brothers currently live in San Luis Obispo and have immersed themselves within a broad network of young entrepreneurs on similar paths.   

“As young entrepreneurs, we realized that our lifestyle is quite unique compared to most people. Up until this point, all of us had been relatively quiet about our ventures—working hard but working in the dark,” says Eriksen.

They reflected and realized, why not share the successes and challenges that they, and so many other budding entrepreneurs face on a daily basis? “We realized that a central part of being able to retain knowledge, is being able to share knowledge—to educate others,” he added. This reality became the laying foundation for Hustle Hive TV. 

Who is a Hustler?

As defined in the dictionary, a hustler is an enterprising person determined to succeed. They are hard-working people who know how to get around problems and make money. This best describes Eriksen and Soren and their peers. They are a group of normal guys living in San Luis Obispo, California pursuing different goals, but with the same intensity and drive. 

“The cool thing about Hustle Hive,” Eriksen Dickens says, “is that you’re able to get so many different perspectives. Because there’s a handful of us involved, one day you might get tips on app marketing, the next day you might learn something about filmmaking. One day you might learn about the importance of keeping a healthy mind as an entrepreneur, and then the next day you’ll learn about real estate investing. But the underlying theme in all this is centered around what makes us human. At the end of the day, we’re human beings and face adversity like everyone else. By showing this, I think it demystifies the whole entrepreneurial lifestyle and makes it more obtainable for people.”   

Inside the Hustle Hive, they have content creators, app developers, sales professionals, market insiders and serial entrepreneurs who have created several streams of income.

Brett Foreman, the founder of the San Luis Obispo based mobile app called Kick-it-Points and a co-star on Hustle Hive TV, says of the platform: “Not only has it helped grow my business within the community, Hustle Hive TV has allowed us to educate both businesses and young entrepreneurs looking to learn more about digital advertising.”  

What do they do?

Eriksen explained that they peek into the daily lives of young entrepreneurs who experience the highs, the lows and everything in between. “It’s not always sunshine and rainbows on the road to complete financial freedom! There are bumps along the road and sometimes you encounter detours, so we want to show that despite the circumstances, these young entrepreneurs continue to push forward until they reach their goal,” he continued.

Soren added that they will show the behind the scenes of the lives of entrepreneurs which will cover their struggles, successes, and everything that they have been facing in the past several years. “We are going to show it through reality content, value-driven content and a little bit of entertainment,” he noted.

In a nutshell

The Dickens brothers are not only using filmmaking as a platform to tell stories, they’re also utilizing the medium to inspire young entrepreneurs to continue moving towards their dream of financial freedom. Starting a business is not easy. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication, but with that persistence, it is obtainable. This is why they established this educational platform—to inspire young and budding entrepreneurs to not give up on their dreams.

To learn more about the lives of young entrepreneurs, please follow the Dickens brothers on Instagram at @hustlerhousetv, @sorendickens, @eriksenwdickens, and @platinumpeek.

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