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How Tattoo artist Daniel Silva took his talent to unimaginable heights

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Middle school days

At a young age, Daniel Silva  exhibited artistic talents. One of the oldest memories Daniel recollects from childhood was when he tried writing words in school- Oddly, he drew letters he was told to write.Daniel was often seen scribbling on book covers.

Not surprisingly, he was recognized for his unrivalled lettering in class. This accolade was a major confidence booster for him throughout his stay in middle school.Later on, Daniel developed an interest in Graffiti and Spray painting. 

High School trouble…

High School days are challenging times for juveniles, it’s also a period where they get to discover their purpose in life. Daniel became aware of who he was at a young age -He was an Artist! And he stuck with it.Tragedy struck in High school, Daniel’s parents divorced. The trauma he experienced during this period led him to a destructive path. Having no source of income at the time, Daniel took to the streets and got involved in the drug trade.

Things went south quickly, and Daniel ended up in Juvenile hall- He was given a 5-month sentence along with 6 months of house arrest.Once he was done serving the 5-month term, Daniel was set free and he began mastering new skills, Skateboard painting and Film making.Eventually, he founded a Skateboard painting venture. Basically, he bought blank skateboards, painted them, and sold the boards for profit.

Neglecting the fact that he had just gotten out of jail, Daniel got back into the drug trade and, this time, he used the income gained from drug sales to finance his new business.

All through high school, Daniel sold drugs to fund his business. Soon enough, the law caught up with him and, as an adult, he was sent to a penitentiary. 

A New Beginning.

After serving a year’s sentence, Daniel got out of prison and was forced to fend for himself.

His family cut off from him.

Daniel didn’t have a place to lay his head, He recalls that he slept in his friend’s garage.

In his words ” Life in prison was easier for him than life on the outside”. He also couldn’t get a job because of the tedious background checks run by firms.

After a lot of hustle,  he was able to raise enough money to buy tattoo equipment. Daniel already had the talent in him. All he had to do was to perfect his craft. He took to YouTube and watched tattooing tutorials. 

Some Time passed by and Daniel managed to convince a local piercing shop to let him work for them as a tattoo artist.

Spending each second of your day takes you closer to your goals….

Daniel worked at the piercing shop for a year. He recalls that he put in 15 hours of work every day in order to become better at his craft.

Daniel’s Consistency and Dedication landed him a chance to appear on Ink Master, A competition series featuring some of America’s top tattoo artists. He went head to head with two other talented artist, Douglas hardy and, Ryan Ashley Malarkey. 

He  emerged the winner of the competition

 A mentor to young artist in the industry…

Daniel had become the youngest ever tattoo artist to win Ink Master and this gave him a huge reputation lift.

Four years have gone by since then. Daniel’s portfolio has spanned different industries. He’s been able to tattoo rappers such as triple Redd, and Youtubers like the Dolan twins. Not to mention Mixed Martial Arts champion T.J Dillashaw.

Daniels career has been one heck of a journey. Right now, Daniel is on a mission to give back to society. 

We asked him a few questions and here’s what he had to say: 

If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?

It takes a lot of time and energy to be an artist. Stay true to becoming the best artist you can be and give every client the best experience possible. Your client’s happiness will outweigh any financial gain you achieve. 

What are the most exciting projects you are working on now? 

The Daniel Silva’s Tattoo University.

This will be the first-ever Tattoo tutorial course where you can you go from knowing absolutely nothing about the tattoo industry to becoming a master at tattoos and the Business structure behind it. 

This Will revolutionize the way people learn how to tattoo and allow further unique talents to be recognized in the tattoo industry. Ultimately bringing respect back to the tattoo industry.

 

Johnny Medina was once driven by a sport. Basketball was what he lived for, he dreamed of playing in the big league, but he had a career shortage as he tore his meniscus in his right knee. From fancy 360 dunks to not being able to play competitive at all. Johnny did not know what to do with his life. After working regular 9-5's for two years he then got into Sales & online marketing. In the First 3 months he became a 5 figure earner and is now a sales coach, consultant and expert in public relations.

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Meet Andra Gogan; The Multi-talented Vlogger and Two Time World Record Holder

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What were you doing when you were around ten years old? Most of us at that age still had no idea of how the world works. Many still had no dream of whom they wanted to become, and those who did, dreamt of what they wanted to be when they become adults. Most of the dreams do not come true. Even so, there are a few individuals that take a different path. At only 11 years of age, Alexandra Gabriela Valentina Gogan, famously known as Andra Gogan, was already breaking world records and achieving the unthinkable.

Gogan is a young woman with many talents, which she discovered at a young age. She is a singer, actor, vlogger, and can play the guitar. Incredibly, she has excelled in all those fields and is continuing to do so. Gogan is achieving what no one else of her age before her have achieved. Gogan is setting the pace for others coming after her.

Breaking Two World Records with Music

Gogan is a 21-year-old YouTube star from Buzau, Romania. She started singing at the age of three. Together with her brother,  Răzvan Gogan, with whom they share the same talent, they went on to do things that were not done before by anyone in the music industry. They appear not once, but twice in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2009, Gogan and her brother broke the record for the longest live concert held by a child. The show lasted for three hours and 20 minutes after she performed 55 songs continuously. Gogan also broke the world record for the most CDs released by a child. She had released a total of 16 albums.

The world record was confirmed on September 15 of that year. 

Some of her music compilations include, Hallelujah (2013), Beautiful Sick (2014), See you in September (2017), What a Boy (2017), And you can be popular (2017), Your Eyes Speak When You Don’t (2017), Whatever Happened (2018), You Break a Generation (2018), Dislike (2018), Heart on Insta (2018), Christmas with  you (2018) among others.

Apart from her brother, her father, Florin Gogan has also appeared on one of her Instagram posts.

Going into Acting

Apart from breaking the two world records, Gogan has achieved more in the field of acting. She, however, did not start in front of a camera. Gogan’s first started as a voice-over actor. One of the first projects she did of that kind was when she did voice-overs for the animation Rise of the Guardians in the year 2012. 

Later on, she became famous after dubbing live-action animation shows like Doctorița Plușica, Ferb, Phineas, Dog with a Blog, Violet, and Jake and the Pirates Nowhere for Disney, and Come on, Young Titans! For Cartoon Network. Also, she did commercials and other voice-overs for secondary characters for Disney Junior, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon.

Her most significant success though was when she did the Romanian version of the animated princess in Sofia the First, Ariel Winter did the English version of the same animation movie. Gogan and her brother also participated in the 2016 Romanians Got Talent, a reality contest television program done by the British company, Simco Limited and featured on PRO TV.

What She’s up to Now 

Her journey as a vlogger started in 2016 when she launched the mini-series, How to Become Popular at High School. The mini-series went on for four seasons, from 2016 to 2018. Since then, she has accumulated a total of 780,000 YouTube subscribers, millions of views, and almost 700,000 followers on Instagram.

Currently, Gogan is still making music with her brother, choreography, influencing and vlogging on her Tik Tok. She has an audience of over 1.5 Million viewers in TikTok and is planning a music concert scheduled for September this year, Tickets for the Chisinau concert.

In conclusion, Andra Gogan’s success speaks for itself. She has conquered the entertainment world at such a young age, which is nothing short of incredible. That, demonstrating that it is possible to achieve one’s dreams no matter the age. After all, it is just a number. Don’t let it come between you and your dreams.

 

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Judge Graham: The Man Behind Huge Digital Agency Exits

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Judge Graham. Judge is a veteran in the digital marketing space and has exited from multiple agencies for hundreds of millions of dollars. We talked about how he got started, his experience, and more. 

 

 

  • Hey Judge, what does your experience in the digital marketing space look like? 

 

 

Judge: After making a high 8-Figure exit from one of my agencies, I moved on to another agency and replicated my processes and helped sell that agency for a 9-Figure exit.

 

 

  • How did you position your agencies to sell?

 

 

Judge: A few pivotal things I teach on were key to positioning to sell. The first is recurring revenue. If your business isn’t generating recurring revenue, you won’t be able to sell it for a lot of money. The second is culture, I worked relentlessly to build a rock-solid culture in every business that I am involved with.

 

 

  • Was selling your agency always the goal? 

 

 

Judge: It was always the original goal to make an exit from my agencies. When starting, your positioning is much different if your ultimate goal is to sell.

 

 

  • What shifts have you seen in digital marketing?

 

 

Judge: I tell all my consulting and mentorship clients this today. In 2019, digital marketing has progressed so much, that we live in the best time to start an agency. The marketplace has become much more educated, and the software has become much easier to use.

 

 

  • What would you tell an agency owner just starting out?

 

 

Judge: Find a good mentor, and position your agency to sell. 

 

 

  • If you were to start an agency today, what steps would you take to secure another big acquisition? 

 

 

Judge: The same process I took in the past, build recurring revenue and a great culture and stop selling tactics, sell revenue.

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Meet the Girl behind One of Instagrams Most Prominent Photography Pages; Giulia Woergartner

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Giulia Woergartner is a travel and commercial photographer, based in northern Italy. Growing up in the heart of the Italian Alps, Giulia was surrounded by beauty, which helped shape her love for natural beauty and photography. Because of this, the Dolomites were the earliest subjects of her pictures, an opportunity many photographers can only dream of.

With her yellow jacket and a camera in her hand, she is always chasing the adventure and exploring beautiful corners of this world. Giulia is also very passionate about the environment, the protection and conservation of our planet.

Here are a few questions I asked her:

 

What is it exactly you do?

 

I am an artist working as a full-time photographer and filmmaker. My main audience is on Instagram and that is also where part of my income is coming from. As an outdoor photographer, I travel around the world working for lifestyle, outdoor and tourism companies, creating content but also promoting their services or products on my Instagram.

 

Why did you choose Photography?

 

Photography has been a doorway to appreciate the place I live in and sparked the curiosity to see the world. The love for photography has developed alongside my interest in the environment and the outdoor. I love having access to the memories I’ve lived through my photographs. Photographs are very powerful, they keep the memories forever even if things have changed over time. 

 

What is traveling the world as a photographer like?

 

Traveling around the world, meeting different people and getting to know different cultures is a dream of many. Traveling always brings a lot of challenges and puts you into uncomfortable situations sometimes, this could be a facing a flat tire on a road trip or losing your passport one day before leaving the country. However, I am grateful for making a living out of something I love and I wake up every day full of energy, ready for the next adventure! 

 

Best tips for someone looking to start their photography journey?

 

Go shoot as much as you can! I think with everything you need to put in the work and practice. So many people don’t want to put in the work because they just see the results of others without thinking about the path they have to take to get there. In our fast-paced society, I feel like no one has the patience anymore, good things take time and sometimes you just need a little bit of luck, dedication, and self-awareness to move closer to your goals.

 

What are your core principles?

 

Creativity, Curiosity, and Impact

 

What makes your work different than others? 

 

I was very fortunate to attend an art high school where very early, I developed a close understanding of colors, shape, and composition. My understanding of detail and the way I see subjects has advanced very quickly because of my wide knowledge of art in general. I think in photography there is more to than just going out and taking a photograph, somehow you always let a part of you into the pictures that can express emotions and it can be interpreted differently by any viewer and that is the great thing about art. I like to see myself as an artist rather than a photographer. 

 

What are your future plans?

 

One thing that I am definitely not is someone who is thinking too much about the future or projecting it. I like to live life one step at a time and I do not plan or think more than 1-2 months ahead. Life has a weird way of always trying to change the plans you are making and so I just stopped swimming against the current and just go with the flow. Of course, I have dreams and visions I’d like to accomplish but I prefer thinking about how to get there “one step at a time”! 

For now, I am road tripping on the West Coast of the USA, visiting serval national parks and beautiful landscapes I’ve been wanting to see since I was a little child. The best thing about living in an age where we share so much about ourselves on social media is that you can be a part of everyone’s story. So if you want to know what is next, you know where you can follow my adventures!

To keep up with Giulia’s journey you can follow her Instagram here.

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