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Learn How This 25 year-old Entrepreneur Is Escaping the 9-5 Rat Race

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The demand for digital brand marketing continues to rise as everything business continues to shift to the technological world. Wayne Gethers, a kid who used to film high school basketball games from his iPhone, now uses his expertise videographer abilities to promote top high school, collegiate, and professional athletes nation-wide as well as the colleges and organizations they are a part of. While he mainly works with athletes, Gethers also provides his services to anyone in any industry that needs help promoting themselves or their brand.

 

Hey Wayne, thanks so much for the interview! Tell us about yourself and how you got into filming.

Wayne Gethers: Growing up, I loved basketball. My high school’s team was very good and I was just your average ball player. I also had several knee surgeries before high school even started, so going into my freshman year, I decided not to play. I still wanted to find another way to be involved so that’s when I turned to filming…. I thought doing film for the team was as close as I could get to basketball without actually having to play, so I decided to give it a go. I’ve been doing some sort of filming ever since…. I love helping others and filming allows me to do that in a unique and creative way. There is nothing more gratifying than receiving emails and text messages from the families of athletes I’ve filmed saying the video I made for their kid helped earn them a collegiate scholarship.

 

That’s awesome Wayne! Who have you been able to work with over the years?

Wayne Gethers: Over the years, I’ve personally worked with over 300 high school kids including Shareef O’neal, Geo Baker, and Kellan Grady, who now all play for UCLA, Rutgers University, and Davidson University, respectively. I also currently have my own production called LW Productions where I make highlight reels for any athlete trying to get his or her name out there…. I’ve worked with and filmed a number of NBA players, Trae Young, Bobby Portis, Moe Wagner, etc…, and WNBA players as well, Brittney Griner, Candace Parker, Skylar Diggins, and Maya Moore.

Wow! That’s quite the track record. What do you have in store for the future?

Wayne Gethers: Although working with top athletes around the world is a dream come true, I am actually looking to use skills behind the camera to help more than just athletes. This summer I am going to Atlanta to help film a WNBA documentary, but I also have a volleyball company and trucking company who want my help in promoting their brands. With all the experience I have filming and promoting top athletes and the major organizations they are a part of, I can provide anyone in any industry help in getting their name out there and getting noticed.

 

Is there anyone who are you are particularly grateful for and can you attribute some of your success to?

Wayne Gethers: There are two people – family friend, Geo Rodriguez, and close friend, Maurice Taylor. Early on in my career, it was tough finding work. Both Maurice and Geo not only hooked me up with two of my first serious filming jobs, but also drove me whenever and wherever I needed to go to film when I needed a ride. They were the only ones that truly believed in me at the time and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them in my corner.

 

What’s the biggest piece of advice you wish someone told you when you first started out as a videographer?

Wayne Gethers: Never get content. When I became one of the main filmers in the massachusetts, it got to my head a little and I didn’t try and improve. New editing techniques and different styles of filming started to emerge and people began to catch up to me because I wasn’t looking to improve. Fortunately, I was able to step up my game and not fall behind. Things are always changing and being improved, especially in the film industry. There is always more you can learn.

 

As an entrepreneur who has established himself, what are 5 tips you can offer up to the next generation of entrepreneurs?

 

Make sacrifices. Nothing is immediate.

You are going to have those late nights and those early mornings. Trust me they are worth it. Success doesn’t come overnight, and it won’t come at all if you’re not willing to make sacrifices.

Network wherever you go.

You never know who knows who in this world. Always be looking to connect with others and get your name out there.

Find your passion.

It’s not all about the money. As they say, “if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life.” Figure out what your passion is, work at it, and the results will come.

Be true to yourself.

You’re going to meet a lot of people in this world and they are all going to have their own opinions on what you should be doing with your life. Stay true to yourself and believe in whatever it is you want to achieve.

Enjoy the little things.

Work your a*s off, but remember not to get too caught up in everything. Remember to take a step back every once and a while and enjoy the people and things around you.

 

What’s the best way for people to get in touch with you?

Wayne Gethers: The best way for people to get in touch with me is via Instagram @lwproductions_ or via Twitter @lwproductions4

 

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Interview with 17-Year-Old Entrepreneur Sebastian “Sebas” Moftakhar

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The Vault Melrose Co-Founders Sebastian Moftakhar, 17, (left), and Rami Eadeh, 31, (right). Courtesy of Ben Norouzi.

Although most other 17-year-olds are satisfied with just focusing on school, Sebastian Moftakhar has already founded a retail storefront in one of the most prime locations in Los Angeles with his partner Rami Eadeh. The Vault Melrose is a sneaker store and recording studio located on Melrose Avenue, frequented by celebrity names like Swae Lee, Jake Paul, Madeintyo, SOB X RBE, YBN Cordae, Lil Mosey, and others. Moftakhar also throws parties and events in Los Angeles each generating 5-figure revenues with live performers under his brand “310.” I had the chance to interview him to learn his story and to share the strategies behind his success.

 

When did your entrepreneurial journey start?

I had always liked sneakers, but it was an expensive hobby to have. In the sixth grade, my parents told me that they wouldn’t fund my sneaker obsession any longer. The only route I had was to pay for my own sneakers. I figured out that every weekend high demand sneakers were selling out and reselling for more on the resale market. I saw that I could take advantage of this opportunity to make money to afford my own sneakers. I would buy three sneakers, then sell two of them and that profit would pay for me to keep the 3rd. I decided to scale this model and made a business out of it. I called it Snkrs Supply. I started selling rare sneakers and clothing to the other students at my school and in the area as well as celebrities and athletes. I became known as the “sneaker plug” and had every “hypebeast” coming to me for every release. I also sold on Facebook Groups and my website.

 

What businesses are you involved in today?

My time is split between running two businesses, the first being an event company called “310.” I host events and parties in Los Angeles bringing music artists to perform, and charging approximately $20 a ticket. We provide unforgettable and enjoyable experiences. I have a whole team of people helping with these events from a DJ to a professional security team to multiple different photographers.

Next, my partner Rami Eadeh and I created a sneaker reselling store within a music recording studio located at 7372 Melrose Ave and combined the popular cultures of both hip-hop and fashion into one community space located in the mecca of “The Culture.” We frequently network with artists and celebrities providing them with studio time and sneakers. It’s great that we found a way to combine these two worlds and I hope to create more joint experiences like this in the future.

What other activities are you involved in?

I had a big passion for basketball. I’m on the Varsity team at my school, and I dedicate a large portion of my life to it. I’m also News Editor and Business Manager of The Student Voice, my school’s newspaper, and President of both Entrepreneurship and UNICEF Clubs. I’m able to manage getting good grades in school, participating in extracurriculars, and running my businesses by having really good time-management skills and a lot of passion.

 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

People are often stuck in the trap of believing their goals are impossible or require too much work to achieve. They have a mindset where they think they will either succeed or fail. You have to have a growth mindset, where instead of worrying about failure, think about it as an opportunity to learn and grow. With this mindset, you take each failure you’ve had, examine and learn from it, then try again. Most entrepreneurs fail several times before they get it right. So take a chance and chase that seemingly impossible goal, the worst thing that can happen is you’ll learn something.

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From Broken Relationships To Whole Relationships

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I had a quick chat with Stefanos Sifandos who merges the best of eastern and western methodologies and philosophies to promote balance, sacredness and joy in life. Using integrative techniques and methods, Stefanos has created programs, models and systems to enhance the quality of your life, your intimate relationships and in essence bring you closer to your potential. He transforms you to become the better you. I asked him a few questions about success and here is what he had to say.

When was the first time you tasted success Stefanos?

I first tasted success when I chose to ‘do the work’. When I chose to get real with myself and realise that my life wasn’t where I wanted it to be. When I became willing to explore my painful past and committed to growth and to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. That commitment was my first taste of success.

Many individuals fail to “do the work” or even start so congrats! What is your end goal with this?

I feel successful in my service and business now. I simply want to continue to expand this. I want to continue to expand because I believe in my message, my service and that people want to be more connected, intimate and bonded in union. We are searching for deeper connection in relationship to self, to others and to ideas and purpose. I believe in the tools I offer people and truly believe it is my path to serve others in this way. My ‘end goal’ is to serve humanity and Earth at the highest possible levels – creating global systems that transform the way we govern ourselves and bring us greater evolutionary peace.

Thank you for taking the time to chat Stefanos! Do you have any words of wisdom for readers at home?

Whatever you do in life, be willing. Be willing to look at the tough stuff, be willing to venture in to the unknown, be willing to celebrate your wins, be willing to share, to be ‘wrong’ and be willing to believe in your dreams.

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Social Media Mogul in the Making: Julian Reeves

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I had the opportunity to talk to Julian Reeves who is a creative executive that transitioned from being a freelance video director to a software company Co-Founder. Growth X is built on the premise that content conglomerates like Google, YouTube, & Instagram can provide entrepreneurs with significant incomes – even more than mainstream corporate jobs. I asked him when he really tasted success for the first time and here is what he had to say:

When was the first time you tasted success Julian?

The first time I tasted success was when I started dropshipping in early 2018 right before it became super mainstream. After running a massively successful influencer campaign, I generated $10K in 48 hours from a women’s clothing store I had built a week prior. This was my first time making a dollar online and I’ve been hooked since. In terms of a way to make money with the least startup costs – ecommerce was in a world of its own. I knew from there I would become a millionaire from the internet.

That is amazing! Not many people have that drive like you do. So, why do you want to be successful and what’s your ultimate vision of success for yourself?

I want to be successful so that I can make my imprint on the world. If you look at all the major pieces of culture: Adidas, Gucci, Dell, Audi, Forbes, Bacardi, Fendi, Ferrari – all of these companies are someone’s last name. At this point in time I’m one of the only entrepreneurs with ambition in my family. My family has never seen massive entrepreneurial success before, and being that i’m living in one of the most progressive technological eras EVER – I want to be the one that leads the charge. My ultimate vision of success is financial freedom and time freedom. Not being a slave to the company i’m running, but consistently traveling and impacting different parts of the world. Creating a massive influencer network with the top athletes, musicians, politicians and business leaders and curating partnerships between uncommon entities.

Now what is your end goal Julian?  

My end goal is to own a venture capital (vc) firm that invests millions into numerous startups that are making changes in society. Beyond money, I know that children are the future. After I’ve reached my financial goals I want to buy my own island – similar to Tony Robbins and Kanye West and really create a new society. Natural foods, fresh water, removing the super toxic parts of American society and attempting to build my own utopia. I feel like that’s what legacy is in its truest sense. If I can leave an impact in the form of a new way of living and a new generation of people I’ll feel like my job is done.

Thank you so much for sharing your story Julian! I know this will motivate and inspire others. Do you have any last words of advice for others?

For anybody who wants to be the best at what they do, you have to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. You have to find who works the hardest and work even harder. The world is good for rewarding mediocrity and that’s why I constantly urge people to get uncomfortable. Do something everyday you hate doing. Wake up earlier, eat that salad, don’t look at social media for 12-24 hours. If you take anything from this, take risks. Get used to being uncomfortable and finding peace within that. Become obsessed with being the best and don’t compare your path to anyone else’s.

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