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Interview with Katrel Kelly

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Hip-Hop Recording Artist and Entrepreneur Katrel Kelly. He has successfully release four independent albums and is one of the original founders of SKE Records. He is now back working on a new album titled “September” as well as created a new music label and space company called GalacticOnes.  

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

Sure, Music and Entrepreneurship has always been something that I loved. As a kid, my grandfather would play all the old school music during family reunion trips. The platters, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson just to name a few. My mom and dad put me on to classic artist as well, so I knew right away what great music sound like. As far as hip hop, 2pac was my main guy. Then came Jay-Z and Mase. I’ve been creating music on a professional level since 2007, before that I was really trying to figure things out. I started an Entertainment Company in 2007 with Quinton Hatfield called Street Knowledge Entertainment which was the beginning platform for me to release music on. Just recently in 2018 I stepped down from Street Knowledge and started a new music label and space company called GalacticOnes.

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

Well, the story for GalacticOnes is still growing but let it be known that legendary things are already happening. As far as my tenure at SKE, I would have to say my label meeting with Def Jam Records in 2004. It’s was the most exciting thing that could ever happen to any up and coming artist. I met with Lenny S, We are talking about a guy who work side by side with Jay-Z for more than 20 years. It was scary, I let him listen to a few cuts from my third project Inspired By Greatness and he loved it. He gave me great advice and explained to me what I really needed to do to get ahead. We were supposed to have a round table with Akon’s Brother Bu and The Dream but it never happened. Lenny is over at RocNation right now, hopefully we can get back in the meeting room one day. Last year someone from Def Jam wanted to revisit the situation, so I will let the world know as new information becomes available.

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?

That’s a great question. I have a mistake but it’s not a funny one. My mistake was not embracing my ideas and pushing harder at the time when the Internet was really becoming super important for musicians. I had ideas in my mind to create companies like what Spotify is today, even YouTube. I could have at least been a Vimeo. My mind is just constantly thinking and creating to the point I have time for nothing or a focus. So the change in that would be is to focus and go hard on one thing, as well as push the idea of it and grow it.

What do you think makes your company stand out?  

GalacticOnes is kind of a unique company because we aren’t just a music or entertainment company. We are also a space company, we are involved in space exploration, technology and research at the same time. My membership and contribution to the Planetary Society will give us the direction on how I can combine Music and Space. It’s a strange passion of mine outside of music when it comes to space. I feel like we aren’t the only ones here in this universe and I want to be a part of the discoveries. I want to be a part of discovering the new technology, the new possibilities of sustaining life on another planet. I want my team to be a part of this excitement.

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

The key is have a great team, no one can do this alone. Entrepreneurship is very hard and it never gets easier. It has to be a place from love first, that’s my motto. Your team is there to help you push through when times get rough. Also, never stop learning. Keep growing and protect your peace.

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?

Of course, Quinton Hatfield and I started the music journey together. He invested a lot of time, energy as well as finances in my music career. We have been through alot, and we made money together. He is a very intelligent person and I wish nothing but success for him. I love my brother and hopefully we can do good business again in the future.

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

I have had so much success but I still have a long way to go. I have visions of doing great things for world. I will say this, building SKE was task but I provided a platform and outlet for alot of artist. SKE Records had about 7-8 artist on it at one time.I was putting everyone on without the proper knowledge of running a label at that capacity. It was a place of love where I gave my platforms to people.  VisionBoard Films, SKE Studios were platforms I have invested in and gave people a home. I plan to do it again with GalacticOnes, just in a more Galactic Way.

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

Yes I do, Steve Jobs said “ Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become”. I have started many ventures,  a lot of them was to make money and not what the heart wanted. I follow my heart and intuition on business ventures now. It has to be from a place of love always.

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.

Let’s take it back to when I first decided to get into business. I would have to say that number one would be to save money. When I had a few other profitable ventures, I was young and had money rolling in. I was spending it as quickly as I got it. I don’t feel that bad about it because I was able to travel and enjoy things I never thought I would ever have the means of doing. Save money because you are going to need it in business when times get rough that’s for sure.

Guidance would be next, I never had the proper guidance, and I was pretty much doing my own thing and taking life head on. If I had that I think I would have probably been well off. Guidance or mentorship will help you avoid mistakes and pitfalls.

Never take a break, I took a break and I am now playing catch up. Never stop, Sacrifice and keep pushing. When I took a break from doing music, I lost so much time and opportunity. Life get in the away, sometimes we just got to move it out to get things done.

Get a team of people that are smarter than you, It just makes no sense to get people that are on the same level or have the same experience. Get someone that is great at what they do and pay them. It’s the only way to evolve any business.

Focus on one thing. As I said before, my mind would just create things while I sleep. I had too much on my plate. Focus hard on one thing and grow it.

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. 🙂

It would definitely be a movement of love and building positive energy specifically. Something that can help us improve our soul and just want to do good for people and the world we live in. It would be a non-profit. I am actually working on one now called GalacticDreams.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @iamkatrel, make sure you all check out my new single called “More Love” by Katrel Kelly. It’s available on all music streaming sites. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon and Google Play. September Album coming soon real soon. Yes, and check out “Like Me” from my artist Shell Boog. It’s on all music platforms I mentioned as well

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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Kevin Sacchi – The Young Social Media Superstar

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Born in 1999, in the city of Crema in Italy, Kevin Sacchi has attained success faster than many of his contemporary counterparts. From being bullied as a child to being awarded the Italian Martial Artist in the year 2015, he has come a long way in overcoming his fears, fighting back and making an impact. He was always fascinated by the crazy world of entertainment and as a result, he worked as a stuntman in many movies. That bought him closer to understand the industry and soon he decided to become a brand himself. He began by opening accounts on Instagram, 21. Buttons and Triller and started posting his pics and in no time he was a social media sensation. Followed by more than 1.1 million fans worldwide he is loved and revered by his fans.

Kevin Sacchi – The Little Steps to Success

Born to Italian parents, Enrico Sacchi and Barbara Dondoni, Kevin belongs to a simple family with basic Italian principles. He has a younger sibling named Derek Sacchi. His parents are freelancers and that his how perhaps the idea of doing things by himself to make money was not too alien to him. His computer science degree helped him with the required knowledge to set him up professionally in the social networking space and his Informatics School lessons helped him to learn his basic lessons in digital marketing. He initially set up his YouTube channel and posted some videos which he had to archive owing to some reasons better known to him.

But he never quit trying and he rose to instant fame when he embraced the fantastic world of the social network. He became very popular and was soon placed amongst the top few Influencers in the country. Along with his fan base on Instagram, he gained a lot of fans on other platforms such as 21. Buttons and Triller. Owing to his massive success and popularity, Triller declared him as the official ambassador for Triller in Italy. Currently, he is, in fact, one of the high ranking Triller users worldwide. His glaring and immense popularity is only increasing every day.

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Kevin Sacchi – The Commendable Work

Kevin is currently engaged in a lot of projects involving brand and social media management. His popularity makes him one of the most in-demand brand influencers and managers in Italy. His current projects involve managing the branding and image of several big companies, brands, restaurants, shops, etc. His meticulous way of planning and proven resourcefulness makes him one of the best in the business. Apart from this, he has been involved in projects with renowned brands such as Adidas, Nike, Rolex, and Supreme and the list is unending. With every passing day, his scope and areas of work are only getting bigger and better.

Kevin Sacchi – Outstanding Accomplishments

You are never too old to find success. Kevin’s success story proves that you are never too young either. With many feathers to his cap, he has achieved quite a lot for a boy of his age. Kevin had learned and mastered martial arts and was named “The Italian Martial Artist” for the year 2015. He has been constantly working hard with his clients being involved in various projects and finally, the real ones came through this year, i.e. in the year 2019. He was conferred with “The Best Italian Social Media Manager” award for his exemplary and impeccable social media management record. One unique and the first of its kind award to his name that he received this year is “The first INKFLUENCER in the World” award. 

Apart from all that he has appeared in many publications which included the Italian magazine Panini. He has made a couple of YouTube videos to his credit that was directed by Fabio Rovazzi. His best accomplishment is the fact that despite being involved with so much work he still finds time to come on social media and be amidst his fans. 

But for Kevin, given his perseverance and hard work, this is just the beginning of a massive success story in the making. 

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Achieving Success And Overcoming Obstacles In The Modern Entrepreneurial Industry; The Rio Osorio Way!

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As Entrepreneurs, we face obstacles and setbacks that seem impossible to overcome. The good thing about this is that each time, we often come out better off in the end than we were at the start. Yes, I won’t lie. Entrepreneurship is totally different from what society portrays. 

Every day, entrepreneurs are subjugated by their fears, inconsistencies, and losses; but what most individuals tend to forget is that failure is the condiment of their success. 

Amongst these entrepreneurs is brand strategist Rio Osorio. Widely Known as The Hustle Mentor, Rio is an entrepreneur who’s risen above his failures by putting in outrageous amounts of hard work to perfect his craft, and building long-lasting relationships with partners by providing more value than he receives. 

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to discuss entrepreneurship with Rio; he reveals the principles he applied to attain his level of success. These principles transformed his life and can change yours too.

Principles of Business Success

1.Loyalty

Loyalty is something that’s lacking in the entrepreneurial society today. Rio explains that a lot of entrepreneurs chase cheques, are selfish and don’t bother about the end goals of their clients.

Most successful businesses today are obsessed with making sure their customers achieve their goals. Essentially, they put the customer first before any other thing! This is a mantra that shouldn’t be overlooked when running a business.

2.Continuous learning 

They say that the average CEO reads a total of 54 books every year. This habit might seem overkill, but I guarantee you it’s not. Business owners have to observe this habit to flow with current industry trends.

Staying conscious of what’s happening in the corporate world is crucial to running a thriving business and setting the standard for excellence in your field.

Continuous learning, as some might call it, has given Rio a competitive edge in business, and he shares that this is one of the key factors contributing to his success in business.

3. Mentorship

Starting a business is a daunting task for many. You’ll face opposition from loved ones, pressure from the competition, time restraints, and a host of other obstacles.

At the start of his entrepreneurial journey, Rio faced most of these challenges. He overcame them by seeking out mentors who guided him through every one of those problems. 

Not only is this an easier alternative to figuring things out yourself, but it’s also a way to shorten the path to success.  Don’t get me wrong, the road to success is treacherous, but having the right people to hold your hand can make the journey less challenging.

Try not to be the smartest person in the room- Michael Dell of Dell Technologies.

Handling the Stress of Being an Entrepreneur

1.Disconnect

There are some days when we feel like our world is coming down on us, and for those of us whose businesses operate mostly online, the effect of this is triple-fold.

The endless messages from clients, problems sprouting from every corner, and the need to over-deliver can be overwhelming. When you notice your stress levels picking up, Rio recommends you take some time off work; you could call it a work detox. 

Start by switching off your phone and any other device that might bring in disturbances from clients and team members. This will significantly reduce your stress levels, and in a day or two, you would be back to your healthy self.

2.Friends and family

Mental health is another overlooked aspect of entrepreneurship. We often engross ourselves with work and forget that human beings are social animals; we can’t stay alone forever. 

Rio shares with us that spending time with our loved ones is also a great way to disconnect from all the noise. Little things like hanging out with friends, going to a baseball game, or even watching a movie can mean the difference between you having a mental breaking or building a successful business.

Facing Fears

Uncertainty is a common trait all entrepreneurs possess. We see ourselves asking questions like, ” What if the client doesn’t accept my offer?”Are my services not good enough? Should I fire this team member? Will I break even this quarter?

The questions are endless, and we often find ourselves getting caught up in answering them. This uncertainty is the primary reason most individuals don’t venture into entrepreneurship. 

Why would you leave a secure job to start a business you’re not sure would see the light of day? After years of being in the business, Rio affirms that there is nothing as rewarding as being an entrepreneur. 

Yes! The tasks at hand might seem impossible, and your efforts might look silly, but if you’re willing to put in an ample amount of work and provide enough value to your clients, you’ll uncover an endless stream of income no 9-5 job can guarantee.

At the end of our discussion, Rio spoke about the chances he didn’t take when he was younger; he shared a few words of advice to anyone who’s just starting their journey.

This is what he said;

Entrepreneurship requires you to do things that would make you feel uncomfortable. You’ll have to learn to leave your comfort zone.

I understand your fears, but you have to realize that you’ll miss every shot you don’t take. So instead of sitting and whining about the opportunities you missed, I suggest you do it scared, deal with the fear and go for it! 

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Achieving Success As a Student Entrepreneur, The Robert Carpenter Way.

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Robert Carpenter is a San Diego State University senior who’s set his sights on transforming the online educational system.

In this article, Robert shares insight on how he’s overcome obstacles, handled stress and sparked motivation for his cause.

Overcoming Obstacles.

Students are put in a lot of stressful conditions – tests, project deadlines, and lots of late nights. Most of these obstacles can cause a student to give up along the way.

Robert faces these problems too, and he’s come up with a few ways to help you out with them.

The first would be seeking help. Look for students who are more conversant with a subject than you are and provide value to them. Help them out with school work, work with them on projects, and make friends with them.

Eventually, they will help you out with whatever challenges your facing in a particular course or subject. 

The second thing Robert recommends is adequate planning. If you draw up plans to achieve your goals, they’ll be much easier to accomplish. 

With this in mind, you can section your day, for example, early mornings will be for self-development, the day will be for schoolwork, and the evenings will be for study.

Robert uses this technique and has achieved great success with them. He’s more focused and gets his work done faster.

Avoiding burnout & Sparking Motivation

Burnout is something all students go through. Burnout is a state of physical and mental fatigue caused by presenting our bodies with too much workload. 

Seldomly, Robert experiences burnout. When he does experience it, he takes a long break and uses that time to reflect on his goals in life. This helps puts things into perspective and gives him a sudden burst of motivation to complete whatever task he set out to do.

Grooming Successful habits

What’s the one thing that most successful people do? They improve themselves in various aspects of their lives. 

According to Robert, students who are striving for success should take self-development seriously. Every day, Robert ensures that he spends at least 3 hours, perfecting his math skills. 

Robert explains that consistency is critical, take, for example, someone who wants to run a marathon. A single day at the tracks won’t increase his or her stamina. Actual transformations come from multiple days, weeks, or months of hard work, consistency, and training. 

The same can be said for students, if you spend time on perfecting your craft, you’re guaranteed success.

In recent times, Robert plans to launch his education platform with his fellow teammates and transform the current online learning platform. 

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