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Presented by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund, the Young Entrepreneur Series (YES!) is a podcast featuring in-depth interviews with young entrepreneurs and innovators from around the globe. In each episode, host Jacob O’Connor of the Venture Mentality podcast explores what motivates and inspires young entrepreneurs to start businesses, non-profits, and projects that make the world a better place. From musicians and movie directors to journalists and fashion designers, the YES! exists to tell the inspiring stories of young people pursuing entrepreneurial dreams.
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Young Entrepreneur Series (YES!) | Sophie Fazio
Sophie Fazio is a Brooklyn, New York based filmmaker, director, producer, and actor who has worked on set of shows including The Tonight Show, The Affair, and Vinyl. She developed a love for film while growing up in Tribeca attending the Tribeca Film Festival, and will soon release her latest film, Wilde Flowers. In episode three of YES! Sophie talks to host Jacob O’Connor about how getting her start in filmmaking, growing her network to land jobs on film sets, and creating her latest film in the pandemic. “A lot of the best advice I've had from some of my mentors has been to really try everything. Even if you're the best actor in the industry, there might still be a time where you have a few months off. Why wouldn't you want to try writing, or producing, or directing? I think making my own stuff, being an assistant, acting.... It's allowed me this sort of learning experience that I didn't really get in college.” Presented by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund, YES! (Young Entrepreneur Series) is an audio and video series featuring in-depth interviews with young entrepreneurs and innovators from around the globe.   Each week, host Jacob O’Connor, a former Hunter’s Fund grant winner and creator of the Venture Mentality podcast, explores what motivates and inspires young entrepreneurs to start businesses, non-profits, and projects that make the world a better place. From musicians and movie directors to journalists and fashion designers, YES! exists to tell the inspiring stories of young people pursuing entrepreneurial dreams, funded in part by Hunter’s Fund.  Also available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts on "Hunter's Fund". (https://anchor.fm/huntersfund)
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March 23, 2021
Young Entrepreneur Series (YES!) | Elevate & Motivate, LLC
17-year-old Anwar Karim may be young, but the high school student is already making major waves in the Washington D.C. area’s rap music scene. The young hip-hop artist launched his music production and merchandise company Elevate & Motivate in 2018 and hopes to use rap music and fashion to shine a light on racial injustice and engage young people in activism. In episode two of YES! Anwar talks to host Jacob O’Connor about the intersection of social justice and music, how he got his start in the music industry, how his song landed on local news, and how he’s learned to stay true to his sound. “By the time it’s all said and done, it would be a disservice if we didn’t give back,” Karim says. “I just want to give people more opportunities and try to bring more equity into the world.” Presented by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund, YES! (Young Entrepreneur Series) is a series featuring in-depth interviews with young entrepreneurs and innovators from around the globe. Each week, host Jacob O’Connor, a former Hunter’s Fund grant winner and creator of the Venture Mentality podcast, explores what motivates and inspires young entrepreneurs to start businesses, non-profits, and projects that make the world a better place. From musicians and movie directors to journalists and fashion designers, YES! exists to tell the inspiring stories of young people pursuing entrepreneurial dreams, funded in part by Hunter’s Fund. https://www.hunterwatson.org/
15:02
February 23, 2021
Young Entrepreneur Series (YES!) | Capricious Productions
Capricious Productions: https://www.capriciousmusic.com/ This week’s episode features Cassie Leachman and Matthew Farrelly, founders of the music production, artist management, and record label Capricious Productions. Cassie and Matthew were inspired to start Capricious Productions while studying at Syracuse University. Unlike large, corporate record labels, they are committed to transparency and offer custom contracts to artists that allow them greater freedom over their music and futures. “We try really hard to educate the artists that we work with on all of the pieces and parts of a recording contract,” Leachman says. “It’s really hard for artists, and really scary if you don’t know what you’re doing, so we try to make that process as helpful and as educational as possible.” On this week’s episode of the YES! Series, Cassie and Matthew share how they started their company, how to avoid predatory record label contracts, how professors and networking have helped their business succeed, how they scored their first client, and advice for people wanting to break into the music industry. “My advice to anyone who wants to get into the music or entertainment industry is to not be deterred by the amount of people who are going to tell you it's not plausible,” Leachman says. “I’ve heard the same pieces of advice so many times that it would be easier to quit and get an office job, but I really recommend that you don’t give yourself an out. Go and forge your own path with whatever things you want to do.” Presented by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund, YES! (Young Entrepreneur Series) is a series featuring in-depth interviews with young entrepreneurs and innovators from around the globe. Each week, host Jacob O’Connor, a former Hunter’s Fund grant winner and creator of the Venture Mentality podcast, explores what motivates and inspires young entrepreneurs to start businesses, non-profits, and projects that make the world a better place. From musicians and movie directors to journalists and fashion designers, YES! exists to tell the inspiring stories of young people pursuing entrepreneurial dreams, funded in part by Hunter’s Fund. https://www.hunterwatson.org/
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February 9, 2021