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Interview with Artist Armando Cabba

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Armando Cabba, a 28 year old Canadian artist and owner of his own gallery Atelier Cabba based in Paris. An artist on the rise gaining recognition for his portraits, Cabba is beginning to make his mark on the business front as a young artist who opened up his own independent space.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?


Just like how I got into art itself, this all kind of happened by chance. Around 2014, I was a bit lost after leaving the academy back in Florence in terms of where to go career wise. There was a feeling of being over saturated regarding school, so I continued to work independently which brought me to France. Setting up was not easy as it was in Italy. Finding a studio in Paris was beyond challenging for countless reasons. I was getting desperate to the point I almost renovated an old brothel just so I can have a place to create. After a solid 7 months of constant searching, I found the space I’m currently in.

Atelier Cabba was more of an idea to happen much later in my career and now I’m 2 years into it. Having a workspace to paint in is one thing, but operating a gallery at the same time is a new kind of game. The best way to describe it is seeing a dog walking itself on the street holding a leash in its mouth. All the responsibilities that happen behind the scenes are on me as opposed to being under gallery representation.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

 

I don’t have a story that stands out in specific, but it’s been interesting to see how the public has been reacting first hand. There’s been a solid engagement and relationship formed with me and the local community. I’m also not hard to miss roaming around covered in paint near Moulin Rouge in search of snacks while saying “hi” to everyone. Even though it’s a very lonely gig to paint, I don’t feel completely isolated. There’s also no middle man who will tell me what happened at the gallery that week. There’s no human filter between the artist and the public. Each day is completely unpredictable.

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

 

There are no such things as mistakes, only happy accidents. A funny happy accident I had was when I really ran out of patience with one visitor. It was an artist that came in and began to compliment all the work up in the gallery, but it turned real sour real quick. On many occasions I get lots of artists who try to drop off their portfolios. The deal is that if there’s a show, it has to be a collaboration where we work together on something instead of me just hanging up your work. He all of a sudden did a 180 in his attitude and went off on how I don’t know stuff about things when it comes to running a gallery.

After 5 minutes of grumpy Parisian rambling, I tossed him my keys and told him “You seem to know what’s up. You do it. I’m off to get a beer. Send me a postcard when you’re famous” I made my way next door and did what I said I was going to do. He came outside with a look of horror and told me I was crazy using the most poetic profane french I’ve ever heard.  That would be my major mistake considering it was a rare time I lost patience plus I didn’t take into consideration who this person could actually be. Also, this isn’t Canada. People in Paris do tend to steal things, so I ran a giant risk of him actually locking me out of my gallery. That would of been one hell of a hostage situation.

 

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

Atelier Cabba stands out because it’s one of the few spaces where the artist is present. You enter my world when you walk through the door. There’s a freedom for both me and visitors. Anyone can come in and see me working away and watch, ask questions, be creepy and stare while eating a sandwich erotically, etc. It’s nice to hear what people have to say directly and it brings me out of my usual mental flow. I have my regulars who come in to share stories or things they found. There’s a special bond and feeling of participation in my atelier. It’s all organic and not staged. When you step into most galleries, there’s a sterile inhuman feeling. A sense of “Should I actually be in here? Do I know enough to be here? Am I rich enough to be here?” You’re in this sacred space and you occasionally have the assistants who will look up from their desks to say hello. They also act like they are doing super serious work, but I’m pretty sure they’re playing the T-Rex game when the Google machine isn’t working. Things aren’t popping off in an empty gallery. You can’t fool me.

 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?


I would say to be careful regarding what people say. Being one of the rare individuals out there who both creates and operates a business, you get a buttload of criticism. Some of the advice is very helpful, and other times it feels very much like you’re dealing with a backseat driver. To all my artists, always beware of the any white middle aged bald man who wears atypical circular framed glasses and colourful pants. These guys always have some “strong” commentary and they’re everywhere. I’m convinced they’re some sort of a boss level of art critics and I haven’t figured out where they originate from or who is making them.

 

Anyways, I occasionally get my moments where I really wonder if I’m actually doing well or if I do have talent. Just because I’m making money, does that translate it to me being talented? I also wonder that since I have this space, am I actually good at what I’m doing? Am I basic? Did I just get lucky? I forget that people aren’t me or have the same drive. What what I want to say is that it’s normal to have these questions and feelings, but it’s not easy to do that mental tightrope walk. Don’t let the words of others influence you to the point where your mind will devour itself.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

 

That person would have to be my dad. He’s supported my decision to be an artist the moment it happened. He wanted to be a singer, but my grandfather wouldn’t allow it. My father didn’t want me to go through the same thing, so he’s been my number one fan. As I was beginning to expose my work, I had a chip on my shoulder due to feeling I was stuck in his shadow. He’s such a big personality and character that you’d think he’s a figment of your imagination. I wanted to make my name stand out as opposed to being just “Traian’s son who paints”. I had a lot of success, but I also fell flat on my face sometimes. He knew what I was trying to prove and we sorted things out by finally talking like mature human beings. Once upon a time, he had the same rebel attitude with my grandfather and we all know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I realized it’s okay to ask for help and advice especially concerning the business end of things. Without him I don’t think I’d be where I am today at all. My level of talent in my work would probably be years behind and I’d be stuck in a slave like contract with god knows who. He’s been an inspiration to me and still is. I’m Armando Cabba because of him.

 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?  

 

As I’ve continued to grown along with my platform, I’ve been maintaining my values of giving back. I’ve opened the doors of Atelier Cabba to many different people not only for future collaborations, but as a safe space for all. People can be themselves and free. I’m quite outspoken on social and political issues, so it’s clear where me and my company stand.

There are tons of big ideas and plans for the future regarding positive actions for the world. It’s about timing. Right now I’m currently working with L’Atelier Des Arts who are hosting artist workshops and conferences in Bretagne to show the community all the possibilities of having a career in a creative field. It’s the early stages and I’m not doing it for the money. If I can help inspire one person in their life, it’s all worth it. I’ll be there in early January talking to and teaching people about portraits along with how I got started with Atelier Cabba.

 

My business is a reflection of myself. People who support Atelier Cabba know that Atelier Cabba supports them.

 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

 

“Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin


Put in the hours and effort to get a point where you’re satisfied and then push further beyond that. Once you adopt that idea, people will notice you. Some people will still say no, but at least they’ll look silly for doing so.

 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1. Beware of flimflam people. You don’t need a Rasputin character whispering ideas deep in your ear. These are the type of people that try to come in and make all these plans on a whim about money filled futures and dreams coming true when in reality they have their own agenda. They’re selling you ideas disguised as a new relationship. Lots of “We’re going to do this” and “We’re going to do that” get thrown around. The moment you agree to it, nothing ever happens or you get asked the unsurprising question of “Can you fund it all first?”. Don’t get taken for a ride or hang on to false words.


  1. Don’t be shy to ask for help and advice. I made the mistake to be my own coach at a young age like I knew how the world worked. I fell down many times during this whole journey because of my pride. Once I accepted I needed help, I asked for it and look where I’m at. Ask questions to people who know about business. Sure you might know how to create all sorts of custom oil mixes, but what do you know about gallery contract fine print at age 21?

    3. Be your number one fan. I had a lot of people look at me strange when I quit the academy. I had lots of people laugh at me when I said I wanted to be a world famous artist. I have my handful of friends who I know are there for me without a doubt, but you also cover your own back. Be your own cheerleader. Hype yourself up when no one is around. Don’t worry, it all balances out. All those people who didn’t take me seriously? They’re trying to take me out for dinner like I’m a fancy date. All those women who stood me up for portraits back in the day? They’re now in my DMs asking to spend time with me Paris so I can draw them like one of my french girls. Don’t let that crap get to your head as much it strokes your ego. The Universe balances itself out. Trust me.

  2. Roll with it. If some new project or idea gets thrown at you, sometimes it’s a good idea to just try it if you have nothing to lose. One of these ideas I rolled with involved a white pair of shoes. I was asked to paint them in 24 hours and now it’s become a thing eversince. Worst case scenario is that it doesn’t work and you know better for the future.

    5. If you can’t join them, beat them. I’ve wasted a lot of time trying to get the approval of people who didn’t matter at the end of the day. It’s normal to want to be part of something and now with everything I have, I’m happy it never worked out. Not because they’ve changed, but because I’ve surpassed them and my previous self. I just wanted to score touchdowns for them and here I am dancing in their end zones.

 

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement  that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

 

I never really thought about starting a movement. Does that mean I have to go chanting “Make Art Great Again”? There are so many more important movements and issues that need more exposure. Their voices need to be heard and I’m more concerned with helping them than my personal vain goals like one day watching Jeff Koons choke on a balloon. Sure, I want to open up the art world to more undiscovered talent and to have people feel again, but there are more important things we need to support in my opinion. I don’t talk about my art a lot in person. When I do, I tend to segway into other topics like mental health and toxic masculinity. People are going through some real struggles and need a lot more than just a “Thoughts and Prayers” tweet. We need to hear from them directly and not my version of it. I don’t suffer from the white savior complex. I don’t believe everything will be resolved the moment I’m involved in it. These issues are about them, not me. They live it every single day and if Atelier Cabba can provide any help, I’m all in.

 

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Best way would be to follow me on instagram @armandocabba. To see my full portfolio along with all the other social media nonsense, check out my site http://www.armando-cabba.com

 

If you’re ever in Paris, stop by the in person. Atelier Cabba is located at 3 Rue Vintimille in the 9eme.

 

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

 

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Interview with Raul Villacis – The Edge

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Raul Villacis from The Edge. Raul has started a global wave of male re-empowerment. As an entrepreneur and a man who believes in the power of family, Raul knows the difficulties men face as they try to find balance in being business leaders, family men and role models. He knows what it’s like to pursue balance while trying to find strategies to boost life to the next level. His determination and drive are fueled by an overwhelming desire to bring about tangible change. After years of research and personal experience, Raul has developed a unique and powerful approach to help individuals create balance, find purpose and infuse creativity into their lives. His highly successful professional development brand, “The Next Level Experience” focuses on helping entrepreneurs, CEOs and celebrities devise a system to regain the balance in their lives and create success in any economy. Raul is a highly successful entrepreneur with over fourteen years of business experience. As the CEO of minority-owned and operated, ARG Advisors, a real estate firm based in Connecticut and New York, he led the company to consistently market and sell over $100 million per year in distressed real estate. His acumen working with top financial institutions caused the Wall Street Journal to dub ARG as “One of the Nation’s Top Real Estate Firms”. Raul can relate to business owners and companies because of his own success keeping ARG strong and profitable through the financial meltdown. Raul has also co-authored books with Steve Forbes and Brian Tracy. He believes The EDGE stems from having the capacity to execute while others sit on the sidelines and wait. Learn how you can get the EDGE at www.TheNextLevelExperience.com

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Interview with Anastasiia Dashynska

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Anastasiia Dashynska. (Two university degrees, A number of international certificates (including  PsychologyWorld, InternationalNLP), Scientific articles on coaching and psychology; the author of self-coaching diaries)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

  1. Coaching services are becoming more and more popular in the last decade, and accordingly, coaching does not stand still as a direction. Now there are over 500 species. This is not to mention the number of people offering their services. At the same time, most of them are people thanks to a rather narrow arsenal of tools obtained by a coach in the learning process. However, most importantly, it works.
    It turns out that having the right tools everyone can be a coach. Therefore, I had an idea to offer people something they need to achieve results without resorting to the services of a coach.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

The best job is to do what you love – in this case, this definition will be one of the most correct. Initially, I developed methods “for personal use”, depending on the problems, interesting and relevant to my loved ones. Accordingly, I rechecked each element, the logical connection of questions and their impact on the perception of customers or friends. They turned out to be effective, but the process took a long time. So, there was a situation when there was a choice between creating a method and direct consultation. And then, there was an interesting story-one of my client (and a friend part-time), learning that I cannot give her time, said, “Give mnesvoi records on the topic I need, and I’ll try to work myself.” Oddly enough, it turned out to be no less effective than the classic work in a bunch of coach-client.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

This is quite interesting: Since my audience speaks different languages, I came to a rather original decision – to lead one page, but in Russian and English at the same time. This is a very unusual decision, because to communicate and distribute attention to 2 so different key groups is a kind of challenge. But now I understand that this step was too desperate – English-speaking subscribers of the page regularly received notifications about new posts in Russian, the same happened with Russian-speaking. This made a fuss and did not give the expected results. That OK, I had to go on cardinal step – to remove this fan-page and open two new. Conclusion? Do not mix what is not comparable to each other.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

There are no secrets and special stories here – just what I do really helps people, respectively, is in demand. But if in the case of coaching consultations requires a record, the agreed time and a considerable amount of money, when working with my self-coaching diaries, this process is simplified – a person just buy it and print. Then he can return to its use at the moment when he sees fit. Another important issue is the price – its purchase is much cheaper than a live coaching session. The last factor is very low competition. I monitor what is currently on the market of such services and I can say with confidence that today, I do not see competition. In addition, coaching services – is not only the business organization, but primarily a specialist, around which the business is built.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

If there is a huge competition in coaching, this is a self-coaching area that is not yet clear enough. But I’m sure there will be many more authors. I think it is worth paying attention to the fact that with the cooperation of the coach with the client, one can control the course of the conversation, feel the state and humor of the person and undermine it. In self-coaching, there is no such possibility and we must assume that usually the client does not understand the psychology and standard tools, therefore, all the achievements should be max simple and at the same time, effective enough for everyone, and for zmogl himself to find the answer he is looking for.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

There are number of common stereotypes; one of them comes down to the fact that a person must act according to a certain given scenario: born, learned, then he must work according to the profession he has received and do what he has learned. It does not matter if he chose this path himself and whether it was true (my diary was just dedicated to this “false goals” so, about the same scenario was assumed for me. Therefore, given the fact that I am a journalist by my first education, I was predicted to have a career in this field. Not all my developments have arisen out of nowhere. All of us are dependent on the environment one way or another. In my case, I can say that those who were around me treated the project rather skeptically or simply indifferent. Only one friend of mine believed in – actually, a rather problematic person, on whom, were “tested” new tools in the first place. In addition, he, understanding that “it works,” showed interest and fully helped.  Now, trying to answer on this question, I cannot say unequivocally that more helped those who supported and gave faith or those who were indifferent and thereby aroused excitement and a desire to show something. In any case, I am grateful for both.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?  

Understanding yourself is very helpful. Any psychologist will tell you this. The paradox is that people actually do it very rarely (most often when an urgent need arises). Why?

Usually there is no time for this or no apparent need, so many go around for their problems or agree to much less than they deserve. Another problem is that not everyone is willing to share their goals, plans or feelings with someone else. Therefore, self-coaching is the most obvious solution. Namely, the self-coaching diaries that I create become the tool that helps to find answers with ease. So, the search for answers becomes available for everyone. Moreover, my practice shows that people sometimes look for such unexpected solutions that it completely changes their lives. In turn changes in each individual at least a little, but can change the world around.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

«No one can understand you better than you». By acting as a personal coach, I concluded that most people sincerely believe that someone else can solve their internal problems. They come to specialists hopefully that they will find answers and solutions instead of them. However, it is apparently that outside help cannot be as effective as the conclusions reached by self. In addition, the most important answers are hidden in the man; only he has to find the time and energy to talk to himself “heart to heart”. Only for this, you need the right tools on which I focused my attention.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  1. People need simplicity.

I have a number of scientific articles that analyze certain psychological problems in detail from a scientific point of view. All this is quite understandable for specialists, but a person who has not encountered psychology is unlikely to be able to understand all the details. Accordingly, it is not necessary to show many nuances, you just need to create a “track” that leads to the result step by step. In my case, these are chains of consecutive questions, which are simple and intuitive; everyone gets to the depths of his subconscious and finds the necessary answers in response to them

  1. Do not take on too much.

Initially, it seems that the organization of the process will be simple – there are a number of understandable actions that you just need to regularly perform. However, the more actively the project develops, the more tasks appear, and all this needs to be kept on memo.

  1. The more tasks, the more detailed the organization is.

In continuation of the previous topic, it becomes a question of organization. It is almost impossible to keep a large amount of parts in mind and it takes a lot of energy, so there is a need to separate tasks into subtasks and systematize them. By the way, when I faced this problem myself, I created a self-coaching diary…

  1. Separation of duties

Even if you are superman, you will not be able to do everything. In addition, to find the right people at the last moment is very difficult, so you should think about it in advance and find like-minded people.

  1. The subtleties of the language

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amounts of good to the people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

It seems to me that what I am doing now is precisely that movement.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

https://www.facebook.com/Anastasiia.Dashynska/

https://dashynska.online/en/main

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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Interview With Tal Maimon The CEO That’s Disrupting The Luxury Rental Business In L.A.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing 33-year-old Tal Maimon, CEO of Maimon Luxury Rentals and Concierge services. He currently lives in Los Angeles taking over the luxury rental business. I wanted to learn more about this business and the lessons he had for entrepreneurs who might be interested as well. Here’s what he had to say:

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you give us a look into your background story and how you got started in the Luxury Rental Business?

Tal: At age 23 I completed my service in the Israeli Navy and decided to move to united states. I worked as a waiter for the first year and slowly began to set my sights on a position that was more financially stable. After that I worked in construction to gradually build my knowledge on how to build a home, from cost of materials and goods to financing. I really enjoyed my work however, I had always felt that my interest’s were in real-estate. During my work in construction I took the opportunity to invest in a solar company which I am currently a partner at. By this time in my life I was also a nightclub owner and partner in a production company.

The lessons I have learned during this process have played a huge role in my success. The people I have met along the way have been so inspirational and have really shown me that with dedication and hard work anything is possible.

It’s sort of full circle for me that I’ve ended up where I am today. Growing up my father was in real estate and I remember him always pushing us to pursue a career in real estate as well. In 2017 I decided to take the initiative and combine all the connections I have made over the years with clients, realtors and homeowners and provide a luxury service for high end clientele. By 2018 it was apparent that I needed to expand my business since the demand for this specific kind of luxury services was high. I got in touch with every homeowner I knew and slowly started to expand my listings. It’s been a fast growth but that’s not to say that hard work hasn’t been done. On the contrary I have spent countless hours going over details and contracts with both home owners and the clients to insure all parties are satisfied. Every job, lesson and hardship I have had has fully prepared me for the position I currently have. I really enjoy what I do and that to me is a blessing in itself.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company? 

Tal: Once I had an individual contact me regarding a birthday for their 75 year old grandmother. They had given me the list of the attendees and what I assumed was the correct number of guests. It sounded like a great gathering with friends and loved ones. We also had a mutual friend so to me it sounded like a great deal and I agreed not to take a big deposit. I knew that both the homeowners and the clients would be happy with the services that I was providing. 

So, I went ahead and verified the booking and received the payment and all was well. Little to my knowledge the house I had just rented out was being used for a party of 100+ people who were parked all over, blocking homes and driveways, and creating an overall disturbance, not to mention breaching a contract they had signed. Needless to say I was left to deal with the aftermath of police officers, tow trucks, not to mention all the damage that was done. That day I learned a very important lesson. To protect myself, homeowners and clients because at the end of the day, this business works best with long term relationships and commitments.

What inspired you to go after the luxury renting Industry?

Tal: I wasn’t born into a luxurious life style but growing up I always knew that I wanted to have more. It just so happened that my father’s advice along with my connections gave me a perfect platform to launch Maimons Group.

What has been the biggest challenge and, on the flip side, the biggest reward of starting the Maimons Group?

Tal: The biggest challenge was transitioning from nightlife to luxury services. Of course, it’s a completely different clientele and of course, we all know how much doubt there is with starting a new business. But I truly believe that if you aim for perfection and set high standards for your own performance, then you will succeed

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?

Tal: Adrian, who has been my friend for over 10 years was the one who introduced me to this market and really showed me the ins and out of what it takes to have a successful rental company business. It is because of him that I used my connections in the city and applied it to this business. An I am immensely thankful for him. It’s a blessing to be around people who support you and help you to reach your end goals.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Tal: The best advice would have to be the one my father gave me. I remember his words vividly.

“Pick your partners wisely, everything is good when its good and everything is bad when is bad. to get in to partnership or a relationship is easy, to finish them is where it gets hard and ugly.”

What were the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you learned from your experience with Maimons Group?

  1. The biggest lesson for me has been to deal with homeowners and clients directly. This way you’re minimizing misunderstandings and you’re also building a connection that will essentially bring you returning clients.
  2. Always make sure to have the payment and deposit before the client checks in. In this way you’re protecting the homeowners and yourself. So many people in this city bypass this very basic step and end up with damaged property and extended stays that will never be paid for. My goal has always been to protect the homeowner and provide a nice experience for the client.

What’s the best way for our readers to find you?

 

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