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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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Meet Anton Ortigas; ​one of 2019s top travel photography artist.

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Anton lives in the corporate world; he breathes the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. He seems like your average yuppie: finished his MBA, works a day job, dabbles in photography… if only they were that. Instead his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Ateneo GSB is put to good use daily in his many roles: first, as one of the youngest Country Managers of an international company, second, as an owner of an f&b franchisor, and third, as a globetrotting Instagram influencer.

Anton is behind Cotecna Elite Philippines Inc., a leading third-party audit, training, testing, inspection, and certification (ATTIC) global provider dedicated to developing and employing Filipinos in different provinces so they can provide local companies with world-class assurance services. With a bustling professional workforce of more than 300 employees in the Philippines, Anton has certainly carved himself a top spot in a niche industry, and yet despite his success, you can still see him in action, always in pursuit of bettering himself and others around him. This is why they recently launched their capacity-building initiative The Cotecna Institute, a training facility providing technical and vocational education to further professionalize the industry. It also provides leadership and skills enhancement seminars available to the youth in partnership with various government agencies.

His passion for empowering people goes beyond the confines of skyscrapers and traffic jams, and this is seen in We The People Coffee and Tea Company, a homegrown farm-to-palate coffee shop with three branches in Manila that serves handcrafted specialty coffee made from locally sourced and roasted beans. It also features curated products from students and budding entrepreneurs, as well as art pieces from illustrators, writers, and photographers from metro south, including his pieces from his internet-famous IG @antonorts, with over 90,000 followers and counting. There you can see his travels around the globe, captured in their wonder with Anton’s unique take on lines, shapes, and colors. When asked how he can manage to find time to take such beautiful photos in his busy life, he answers: “Social media provides an escape – a means to find inspiration and breathing spaces in other realities.” It’s no wonder that he takes such poignant and inspired images.

Here are some questions I asked him:

How did you make a name for yourself in your industry?

By taking photos of unique things, creating moments through everyday life experiences

What obstacles did you face to get to where you are now? 

I was young when I started managing our family business. It was hard to improve our corporate culture in the beginning because more senior employees did not listen and were resistant to change.

How did you overcome these obstacles?

Lead by example and worked hard to get more clients. I implemented programs within the company that empowered our employees to make decisions and lead their teams independently. This infused in them a feeling of ownership and it leads to positive growth and unity amongst each other.

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Why forex traders need to know the name Tyler Espitia

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Tyler Espitia has created a great living trading Stocks & Forex. He has helped thousands of regular people working a 9-5 become highly profitable trading in the markets. Tyler is known for turning $5000 into over $250,000, trading & helping over 5000 people personally trade in only 2 years. The trader has helped hundreds of students quit their jobs, drop out of college, and change their lifestyle for the better. 

Throughout the years Tyler has become more of a “go-to” in his space. Many have begun to see great results when learning from Tyler. He has very affordable courses and alert rooms, in addition to that, he offers a FREE forex & stock Accelerator where he covers choosing your broker, what kind of trader you should be, what apps you need to get started, and more.

It wasn’t always easy for Tyler, he went from being homeless at the young age of 18. Going all out on his dreams of becoming a successful trader required some sacrifices to be made along the way. He dealt with a lot of loneliness when he first started trading and his entrepreneurial journey.

“I had to cut out anyone who wasn’t willing to grow, reach new levels, hit milestones in their life and who weren’t shooting for the same goals as me. The crazy thing was, it was pretty much my whole circle I had to cut off so it was pretty much just myself and my determination this whole process. Lots of people can’t stand being alone but it’s something you will have to endure as part of the journey.”

But by the age of 22 & mastering forex trading, he has been able to grow his Instagram account to over 48k followers, live a luxury lifestyle and has been able to buy himself a big house in a gated community along with a foreign car, all within a 4-year time span. 

To continue following his journey you can follow his Instagram account @tylertrades and Youtube channel here.

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Meet the forex trader disrupting the trading industry. This is Clint Fester.

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Clint Fester is a forex mentor & founder of FestX. An educational platform for learning how to trade in the forex market. Clint put together this platform himself after gaining extensive knowledge doing a local and two major international courses that completely changed his life.

Clint Fester was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He is 33 years young and is a full-time Forex Trader & Entrepreneur. He is the Husband of Simone Fester and a father to his 2 beautiful kids Kyro and Kourtney. He started his entrepreneurial journey in March of 2015. The start of 2018, having so much success in FX Trading, he started his mentorship 2-day course which started with just one student and rapidly grew only 2 months of operations. 6 months later Clint has a 100% success rate teaching all of his students.

He started trading back in Feb 2016, with all of his success and hard work in Forex Trading he launched his own company and brand FestX in June 2017. FestX soon became as successful as his trading career. He was able to bring in a student base with over 460 students in 12 different countries. As of January 2019, he achieved what many others could only dream of. He became a self-made millionaire.

It’s not easy making it in the trading field but unlike others, Fester hustled, stayed motivated and stayed consistent. Clint’s talent was recognized globally, as he would put out his analysis on pairs and called moves while trading days & sometimes even weeks before they happened! He then always followed up with a picture afterward to show everyone he IS result-driven. He now has a great following base of over 28k followers on Instagram.

Clint went from being known as a “normal” kid from a normal town to living an abnormal life because of his high-income skill, trading forex. 

It wasn’t always easy, when I spoke to Clint about his journey to becoming a millionaire, I asked “what are some obstacles you faced”, he remembers the struggle; “the money shortage, cash was running very low in the halfway mark of my career, this was getting tough”. On his journey to becoming a self-made millionaire, he had to make plenty of sacrifices, selling his Xbox, tv, PlayStation and even his car! “I just kept my cell phone and laptop as that was the 2 most important things I needed to make it”.

To learn more about Clint Fester and FestX follow him on Instagram here.

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