HUMP Day Motivation! Meet Jim Hernandez!

Did you ever feel like you wanted more out of life? Did you ever feel like you had a story to tell that could help others?  Did you ever go against the norm and jump out on faith because YOU had faith in yourself?  If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then you’ve taken the first steps in discovering your power…the power to inspire, the power to motivate, the power to be GREAT!  I was at a point in my life, as you all know, where I began to crave success and I wanted so much more out of my LIFE!  Randomly one day, I did a search for John Starks because I thought he’d be a great person to interview.  For whatever reason, there wasn’t much current information on him, but I came across a photo.  A photo of him and a gentleman named, Jim Hernandez, at an event.  So, I sat for a minute and I pondered on this…hmmm, barely any information on one of the greatest NBA players for the Knicks, but this guy has a picture with him?  Who IS this guy?  I began reading things like “motivational speaker talks with youth…” and “Jim Hernandez speaks to high school class…” and then it started to click.  This wasn’t just a random person that I had come across, this was the person who was going to kick start my passion to continue on my journey with a purpose.

He has no clue (well, now he does), but he began to motivate me before I even had the chance to speak with him.  So, I knew what my next step had to be…to reach out and give him kudos for just merely having a presence in the world that is built on inspiring others…and that’s exactly what I did.  I also had the urge to share his success and passion with my readers!  So without further ado, I introduce to you, Jim Hernandez, motivational speaker/mogul in the making.  Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx, NY (no he’s not a distant relative lol), he spends his time traveling all around the United States encouraging and building up our youth.  He teaches them to think BIG and to consider sharing THEIR stories and one day becoming a motivational speaker as well.  With so many things discouraging our young people and the exposure that they get to violence and drugs and poverty, it is his goal to show them a different way!  Check out what he has to say to the Dreamworld:

Did your environment (neighborhood, school, family, etc.) give you the motivation to want more or did you possess an inner-desire?

It was a combination of it all.  My neighborhood, school, community, friends, all of my peers always looked up to the SAME  people.  We ALL admired rappers, actors and athletes.  But what was it about all the people that we admired that made them successful?  They learned how to manage and develop their talents.  I always knew there was more to life than working 9 to 5, putting money in a 401k and just growing old.  I didn’t only know this, I understood this and I WANTED MORE.  My family is a HUGE support system and always encourage me to go out and do my thing.  I get my drive from my mother and my personality from my father.

How does one go about discovering what their dream is?

A LOT of reading and surrounding yourself with positive, powerful, influential individuals.  You have to have a different state of mind which is different from everything you have done before which has NOT produced the results you have desired.  Understand that if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.  If you’re not growing, you’re declining.  You have to understand the only difference between winning and losing is taking the first step.  Take that step towards what you believe in.  This applies to any area of life, do not be afraid to fail.  Take risks: If you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.  There is a lesson in all that you do.  Invest time into yourself, invest time into your God-given talent and once you do that, then and only then will your PURPOSE present itself to you.

Has your success as a motivational speaker provided a life where you don’t need a traditional 9-5?

Yes it has.  I have had the blessing to live out my dream because I believed in myself and was not afraid to fail.  One of my favorite author’s, Tim Ferris, who wrote “The Four- hour Work Week” allowed me to look at life from a different perspective.  I call it the “What’s the worst that can happen” point of view.  If I leave my job  and things don’t work out what’s the worst that can happen?  I have to get another job, I may get evicted, things may not work out.  Whatever the “Worst case scenario” was it didn’t involve me getting killed or hurting someone else.  So … Why NOT take a leap of faith and that is exactly how I went about it.  I still have the resignation letter from the day I quit too.

What do you think contributes to your success, allowing your audience to trust your words?

I am not afraid to be myself and share my story.  I am very honest and transparent and allow that to pour out of me when I am on stage.  We ALL have unique stories and this is something that I realized at the age of 25 while on this journey.  I keep things SIMPLE.  My mantra is Be REAL. Be RELATABLE. Be READY.

What do you think is your God-given purpose in life?

I notice that when I speak, people listen.  It’s something that I realized early on.  People value my opinion and the advice I share with them.  When I first began searching for myself and my God-given talent, what I saw was that other people around me were inspired, others were motivated and encouraged to do the same thing.  That is when the LIGHT-BULB over my head went off.  I wanted to take that and enhance it, I want to share my story and my wisdom with more and more people.  My God-given purpose is to simply SPARK the imagination and creativity in the mind of as many people as possible till my job here on this earth is done.

What do you say to the young person in the audience who doesn’t think they can be successful or overcome their circumstances?

I would first ask them WHY do they think that they cannot be successful or overcome their circumstances.  It is not always about what you say to a person.  Also take the time out to listen.  Some people already KNOW what has to be done but just don’t believe in themselves enough to do it.  Sometimes it may be a lack of guidance, direction or maybe even a positive role model in their lives that is keeping them from reaching their potential.  Encouragement, support or even a listening ear will push a person just enough to help them embark on their journey thru LIFE.

But remember, you are as you THINK.  Many of us base what we THINK off of what we see, know and are taught to believe.  The young person in the audience would first have to be open to the message and let it into his heart and mind before any transformation can begin.

What are your long-term career goals?

Speaking to a million youths, bringing awareness to Motivational Speaking in urban communities allowing the youth to share their stories through public speaking, travel to as many places around the world as possible, create a financial life-style space for my family & myself and just continue to have as much fun as possible as I continue this journey.

What’s something funny/quirky about you that most don’t know?

I am a super-hero on my spare time. Shhhhhhhhhh …

We can all use an extra PUSH and sometimes all we have to do to get it is, LISTEN!  Thank you for joining the Dreamworld, I hope you got the inspiration you needed today!

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Spinning His Way to the TOP! DJ Omega

Through interviews and personal stories, my goal is to highlight individuals that are following their dream(s)/passion(s).  By understanding their journey, it may serve as an inspiration for the next person, thus creating a cycle of goals, hard work, and success!  It’s no surprise that Justin “DJ Omega” Gaines gets the spotlight for this Dreamworld interview.  If you don’t know about him, you’re missing out and I’m here to tell his story so that you can be on the lookout from this moment forward.    DJ Omega has taken the art of spinning and turned it into a lifestyle and I’m not talking about the iTunes DJ that plays music at a friend’s wedding, I’m talking about a true DJ with knowledge of the craft and its history!

His journey through the business began at the young age of 12 while walking through a mall when he saw a DJ performing; from there the rest is an amazing ride to the top.  Getting excited and thinking to himself how cool it was, he put the wheels in motion to make it happen.  Justin began getting advice from other DJ’s, saving his money from allowance and snagging around-the-way jobs until he was able to buy his first turn table.  He started booking gigs at the mall and skating rinks throughout the Philly and South Jersey area, perfecting his skills along the way.  He moved up to booking gigs at teen clubs in Philly, then working/interning at 103.9 for the next three years.  At the age of 17 he landed his own radio show, which aired on Saturday mornings with its intended audience being high school kids.  By the time college came around he moved on to one of Philly’s biggest radio stations, Power 99, and was a regular guest on NBC 10, which turned into a regular program for the next three years.

As if that isn’t enough excitement to last a lifetime, that was just the beginning for this star.  He began working with State Property and while in the studio, ran into Wale; from there, magic happened. Wale dropped his first album and began touring, bringing along DJ Omega for the next two and a half years.  He’s back to the hustle and grind where he started, DJing at clubs throughout the U.S. (Miami, Vegas, Philly, New York City to name a few).  He’s been featured in The Source Magazine, XXL and Complex and is launching his own snap back hat line with Wale, Mitchell & Ness, Meek Mill, Big Sean and Big K.R.I.T.  Here’s some of my interview with DJ Omega where he explains the feeling of so much success, how he landed some of the biggest gigs of his life and how he remains humble through it all.

Who are some of your inspirations?

Kid Capri, Jazzy Jeff, DJ A-Track and I also read a lot.  One of my favorites is the story of Malcom X since it relates to struggle.

How do you remain so humble in the midst of your success?

I’m very humble!  We all sh*t and bleed, nothing separates me from anyone else…I’m cool as hell, I follow my dreams and ambitions.

How do you maintain your drive and hustle?

I’ve been DJing since 12 and I had to step it up to mainstream.  This isn’t a phase, this is a career choice for me!  I could easily go to school, but it’s not for me…if it’s your passion, it doesn’t feel like work.  It was love at first site!  I looked in The Source and said “I’m going to be in this magazine one day…” and I did that!

What now?

I look towards the future.

What’s in your future?

Ownership, franchising…I’m a business minded individual…I want more residual income.

You do work on the East Coast and West Coast, would you ever move to the West?

Depends on the opportunity.

What’s your pet peeve about the industry?

DJ’s back then were known for their record collection. Now DJ’s bring their computer and push a button all night! It’s a slap in the face towards the culture…it’s easy for DJ’s now…they need to leave it to the professionals.

What do you think is your God-given purpose in life?

Self preservation and procreation.  I want to keep the good cycle growing.

Are your parents supportive?

I have the greatest parents in the world! They weren’t supportive at first, but they never hindered me from doing anything.  My mom used to drive me to clubs for work and I grew up in church.

What changed their minds?

Seeing me on TV and being on the radio…they knew I could really do it!

What advice can you offer others trying to do the same thing?

Practice! Everyone has music, but it’s your style that differentiates you from the pack.

Are you in a relationship now and are they hard to maintain with your success?

No girlfriend and absolutely!  A lot of girls can’t deal with the lifestyle.

What do you look for in a partner?

Ambitions. They have to have something going for themselves. They would have to have their own life outside of the union and bond.  It allows you to miss the person.

Where have you traveled (outside of the U.S.) doing what you love?

London, Paris, Japan, Switzerland, Amsterdam

Who are some artists that you have you worked with?

Kevin Michael, Wale, State Property, Beanie Sigel, Killa Mike, Big Boi, Kevin McCall (works with Chris Brown), to name a few.

How do you reach out to big artists; is it all about who you know?

It’s all about who you know and the relationships you build. And musical directors…once artists reach a certain level of prestige, they like musical directors.

So in regards to your hat deal, how did that happen?

I sat with the President and CFO of Mitchell & Ness to pitch the concept and idea for the program and they backed the idea.  It’s going to be $50-$100 per hat and 50 hats per artist will be sold; it will be limited edition.

When will you be able to sit back and say to yourself, “I made it!”?

When I have grandchildren and I’m in a rocking chair (lol). I will just tell them to look on my Facebook page (lol).

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell that DJ Omega is a package deal: humor, drive, fortitude and most of all the skills to make a name for himself.  I’m a fan of his work and have been for quite some time, but as you can see I’m not the only one taking notice.  Keep it up and thank you for visiting the Dreamworld!

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Scooter Smiff…He’s on His Rise to the Top!

If there’s one thing I harbor a slight regret for, it’s waiting so long to follow my dreams.  One piece of advice I would offer is to start young and dream big.  With this in mind, it’s no coincidence that I wanted to snag a moment of Scooter Smiff’s time…such a young talent with a world of promise.  Born Jermaine Smith, in Baltimore, MD, Scooter Smiff brings a lot to the table.  He can dance, rap and act and his talents have been noticed by some big name industry moguls.  At the age of 5 he wowed the crowd with his performance on Showtime at the Apollo, showcasing his dancing and rapping abilities to the world.  Continuing on his success train, he played the role of “Daniel” on Season 3 of the hit show, Lost and joined Tom Arnold in the film, Gardens of the Night.

One of his biggest opportunities came when, super star, Chris Brown brought Scooter Smiff along to perform on the Grammy’s with him.  He was signed to Brown’s independent label, CBE Records, having the opportunity to work along side one of the people he looked up to.  Scooter Smiff landed it big time when he toured with Chris Brown during his “Up Close and Personal Tour” and was featured in videos such as Wall to Wall and Kiss Kiss. Now 16 and no longer signed to CBE Records, he has released a solo mixtape, First Period, with collaborations such as Mario and Wale.  How does he process his success? Is he still able to enjoy being a teenager?  What was it like working with Chris Brown?  Scooter Smiff answers all of the above and more; take a look at what he has to say about his success thus far!

1. You’re an amazing dancer, rapper, actor; if you had to choose, which would be your ultimate career choice?

I always say that I’m a dancer first and foremost. Thats how I started and thats what I really love to do but I think my ultimate career choice would be acting. I’ve acted  in the past and its something that I would love to get better at.

2. You performed with Chris Brown at the Grammy’s, how were you able to digest such a monumental moment in your career?

I was so young but it was still crazy. We did the Grammy’s, Oprah, The Today Show, & Good Morning America, which was my favorite. I am really grateful for that time I had with Chris because I saw so much.

3. How is your business relationship with CB, present day?

It’s good, Chris is like my big bro. I’m so happy to see everything going great for him now because he’s a big inspiration for me.

4. What was your motivation/inspiration for “First Period”?

My determination to get back into the game and show everybody what I was capable of. That kept me focused and inspired to get in the studio and work.

5. If you had to pick your favorite track from the mixtape, which one would it be?

That’s a hard one. If I had to chose though I would say it would be a tie between “Could Be” & “Stop It”.

“Could Be” Ft Mario

“Stop It” Ft. Lil Twist

6. How do you balance the success of your career and still being able to enjoy your teenage years?

My team makes sure I still get to be a teen and do regular teenage things while working and on the road. I keep a really good balance between the two.

7. How is your “sound” different from other rappers, i.e. what makes you unique?

I think my voice and flow are very unique. Also I don’t curse or talk about anything out of my age range in my raps.

8. What advice can you offer other young artists on their journey to the top?

I would say just to stay focused and get yourself out there. If I would have never done that talent contest at the Apollo I wouldn’t be where I am now.

9. What’s one fun/quirky thing about you that your fans may not know already?

Haha I love to eat cookie dough.  Before I get into the studio to record or write I gotta have Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

He’s down to earth with so much more to accomplish and he’s already experienced more than most artists in the beginning stages of their careers.  If there’s one thing Scooter Smiff has shown the Dreamworld, it’s that you can dream as big as you want to…the sky is the limit.  Let his story be the reason why you put goals into action!