Brian was adopted when he was young and grew up in Ohio. He came to St. Louis to study audio production at Webster University, where he was friends with my sister. During his senior year he started creating full press kits, bios and 4 song demos for artists. He’d had past experience writing for magazines and doing interviews, so it really wasn't stretch for him. The idea, which became his company Royal Heir Entertainment, was that these artists would be prepared to enter the industry after Brian created this press kit for them.
What he learned pretty quickly was that many of these artists still didn't know what to do even after working with him. That’s when he started offering more marketing services. Eventually he was entrenched enough to even begin speaking at music conferences and teaching music business classes at a college near Detroit.
Brian has been lucky enough to tour Japan, Thailand and the Philippines as a rapper. “My ex was Japanese...well, she still is Japanese, I assume,” Brian began, telling me how the tour in Asia came about. He went to visit her and ended up booking himself an entire tour!
If he weren't involved in music, Brian says he wouldn't be happy. “I wouldn't be expressing what God instills in me through my gifts if I weren't doing this.”
This led us to a discussion on how people define happiness differently and for both of us a steady paycheck isn't enough to make us happy (it helps, though). We are both passionate about entrepreneurship and have a drive to succeed in that realm. “I would rather know I failed, than to look back at 50 or 40 and think man, look at the opportunity I had when I was 20.” I listen to a social media marketing podcast and during one episode I heard a quote that I read back to Brian, “I would rather deal with the ‘oh wells’ than the ‘what ifs’.”
You may be wondering if Brian has ever met his birth parents. Not yet. He’s been trying to get to Honduras for years, but travel advisories and his family’s concern have held him back. This is the next trip he’s planning, though. He educated me on Honduras, saying it’s the second poorest country, the infrastructure was seriously damaged with Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and 60 to 75% of the population is under 21. “To me, I see that as unlimited potential...there’s so much opportunity because it’s young people who have ideas. They don’t have any money, but that’s where creativity comes from, because you work with what you have.” Brian wants to eventually open a branch of his company in Honduras, but for now, he sponsors a young boy and girl to send them to college.
Apparently, flirting with girls gets you through some tough financial situations. Who knew? When he was studying in Thailand there were times when Brian had nothing more than $11 to his name, but he would flirt with girls and have drinks bought for him. I asked, “is that how it works in Thailand?” His answer: “That’s how it works with me everywhere. It worked today right?” True. I guess it did.
Naturally, Brian delved into the Law of Attraction next. He read ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ by Wallace D. Wattles and began giving specific examples of times that he had held the idea of something he wanted in his head and inexplicably it would come to fruition! For example, he had wanted to see his girlfriend (now ex) in Japan but didn't have money for a plane ticket, so her mom had surprised him and purchased his ticket.
Brian talked about the pyramids in great detail during our chat. He said the outside is made with limestone, which isn’t a great energy conductor, but the inside is made with granite which conducts energy very well. Based on the research he’s done, he says the pyramids were built as generators. Extensive reading led him to the conclusion that the stones were sonically cut. He drew me a picture to explain. (see the photo at the beginning of this post)
After pausing to watch a little girl nearby dance and sing, our conversation strayed to other topics. Brian talked about faith and doubt, lifestyle design and the placebo effect. “Yo, that was a Tic-tac. I gave you a Tic-tac and you’re healed.” We also touched on yoga. After he recommended a book about Hindu breathing exercises, I told him that I’m a mouth breather because when I wake up in the morning I have slobber all over the pillow.
The coffee chat ended by discussing sonic weapons and we both decided that death by music would be OK...depending on the song.
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