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Brock Thompson Talks About His Entrepreneurial Journey & Music Career

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I heard Brock’s single on Spotify and found myself immediately hooked. At that moment, I decided to interview him! Here’s the conversation we had!

1. Who is Brock Thompson in real life?

I’m a person whose mind never shuts down. I’m constantly working to come up with new ways to make a better life for myself and the people around me. I believe mental, physical, spiritual, and financial health are all very important, and I spend a lot of time trying to keep it all in check. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I’m always trying.

2. Apart from music, what else do you do?

Like my dad, I’m an entrepreneur. We both have been self-employed nearly our entire lives. I own a lawn care business that I started 5 years ago, at age 15. I’m currently building an online used book store through Amazon, which is a lot of work, but a lot of fun all at the same time. Last but not least, in my spare time, I deliver food for Grubhub, which is a great gig for anyone with a little spare time. Like I mentioned on the first question, I stay busy.

3. How did your music career start?

I nervously performed a song in the 7th grade talent show, and the feeling of standing in front of a crowd was like none other. So right then I knew I’d spend my life working towards having that feeling on a daily basis. I still feel the same about it today as I did back then.


4. What was that one moment in your career that gave you a sense if accomplishment?

Performing at Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY. Many local artists could only dream of playing there one day, since it’s the largest venue in the city. I was very fortunate to have some good friends to help me get on that stage.

5. Which artists do you dream of collaborating with?

Brad Paisley is at the top of my list. I’ve taken a lot of my songwriting influence from him. I’m all about the silly, witty songs.

I also believe HARDY and I would mix well. He’s an incredibly talented writer who puts a lot of thought into the production of his songs.

6. Apart from country, which genre of music interests you?

I’m big on Americana, which is similar I know, but ever so different. I can also say that I’m probably responsible for half of Post Malone’s streams.

7.  Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?

If you’ve made it this far in the interview, y’all are amazing for spending your time supporting rising artists, and I’m here to say we all greatly appreciate it.
8. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?

Thank you for being a one-of-a-kind platform in giving a voice to rising artists like me.

Fans from Instagram asked:

What’s your favorite Johnny Cash song?
The first song I ever learned to play and sing was “Folsom Prison Blues”, but I’d have to say my favorite is “One Piece at a Time”.

What female artist would you like to do a duet with?
This is an easy one. I’d love to do a duet with Gabby Barrett. I believe she has one of the best voices in modern country music.

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John Hill On Skateboarding His Way To Success

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John Hill is a Professional Skateboarder, YouTuber & Content Creator. John has had massive success in his career all because of the work he has put in, and because of his love for what he does. John lives in New York City and has over 800k Subscribers on YouTube & more than 280k Followers on Instagram. Check out this amazing conversation we had!

1. Who is John Hill in real life?

Just a sk8er boi who is OBSESSED with building a peaceful life.  I’m an extremely analytical, goofy, slightly nihilistic, human who gets way too overly excited about anything in this world that strikes me as even the slightest bit unique.  I think if you asked others, they would say I’m a nice dude who works 24/7, and is eerily obsessed with skateboarding. 

2. How did your love for skateboarding begin?

I grew up in Columbia, SC as the only asian boi I knew, so I felt detached, and bored with the community, when all of a sudden… the demo disk for “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” appeared from the heavens.  The music and rebellious nature of skateboarding culture presented by the game captivated me.  It made me feel special in a community that seemed to reward mediocrity.  From there, I dreamed of living in this, culturally diverse paradise known as California.  I knew that I had to make a living riding a skateboard, so that I could do it forever.

3. How has living in New York City and working as a YouTuber/Content Creator helped change your life for the better?

Firstly, becoming a Youtuber/Content Creator worked best for fleshing out my judgmental tendencies.  I always thought of “Influencers” or sharing your voice, as narcissistic.  I knew that I couldn’t grow in the world of social media and business, if I remained unfairly critical of anything I couldn’t relate to, so I started a project that threw me in the depths of self promotion.  I mean, there are a ton of ways to answer this question.  Youtube helped me become a better speaker, build confidence, sharpen my skateboarding skills, meet AMAZING creators, build an audience that makes me feel worthy, collaborate with brands, and allow me to spend more time on creative hobbies such as skateboarding, creating content, illustrating, and designing.  

New York City is just more of the same, from what I gained from California.  I wanted to be in a new “energy” (don’t hate me for using that word).  I always moved a little fast and aggressively for California, and New York is exactly my speed.  It’s SO MUCH easier and quicker to create here.  You never sit in traffic, and every corner is a beautiful, unique backdrop.  It gave my YouTube channel a new rhythm that revitalized the audience, and myself.  I was able to meet creators who had different ambitions, and looked at “success” in ways that resonated deeper than building a large social media presence.  It’s the first city that truly felt like “home” for me. 

4. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life?

I’m going to answer this question based on the assumption we’re not talking about obtaining a career that absolutely requires a college degree.  I have a very divisive opinion on this, BUT it depends on what you mean by eduction.  I don’t see much value in traditional education beyond middle school.  I can say, personally, High School was a complete waste of time for me.  I learn at a faster rate, absorbing what interests me via online.  From my perspective, the careers with longevity (creating business, owning a piece of a brand, monetizing your craft) is best built with experience.  Freelancers are hired based on their portfolio of work, not their educational status.  I’m an advocate for not pursuing college. 


5. How did you start “Progress Daily” and what was your key takeaway starting”Progress Daily” as a business?

I had $1000 that I gained from my YouTube Adsense and thought “I could print 100 shirts at the local printing store, for $1000…LET’S DO IT!”.  Before that, I would write “progress daily” on my daily to do lists, to remind myself that improvement is key, no matter how little that improvement was at the end of the day.  I built a website, and fulfilled the orders myself, and used my YouTube channel as the marketing, and it worked.  The brand has been through ups and downs, but luckily today, is running stronger than ever.  My biggest take away is business requires attention, which I did not supply in the early stages.  The marketing was strong, but the vision, story, and products were lacking.  It’s easy to do what you think you “should” do, rather than what seems fun.  Put as much fun into your business as you can. 

6. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?

Don’t judge.  If you find yourself saying “yuck, this sucks, I just don’t get it” about some one else trying to create art, you’ve lost.  Business and growth are about empathy.  The more you try to understand and feel for your fellow human, the more you’ll find yourself stumbling on serendipity.  Build a YouTube channel and business around what you’re passionate about.  Every one can work hard, but the ones that remain are the ones who are having a blast doing it.  You need to start a business that you’re excited to wake up to.  

7. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?

Yes!  I could be wrong about EVERYTHING you’ve read so far.  I’m ok with being wrong, and learning from my mistakes.  In fact, I see every learning experience as a monumental moment for growth.  I’ve felt peace in life, focusing past the superficial version of success that clouds are human capability of happiness.  You’re just a speck in the universe that exists for a flicker of time.  If you have an hour left of life left, what are you going to focus on?  I’m just realizing how pretentious some of this must sound, haha, I still stand by it.  

8. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?

JOHN HILL – The fact that you post something every day blows my mind.  The website is clean, and I appreciate the effort.  I’d like to see video and audio added to the content you supply! This could’ve been a fun video/audio podcast, AND you can cut up a podcast into separate 10 minute talking points, so now you have 8 videos from one interview.  Sorry if I’m overstepping, I’m obsessive with my creator friends as well, always looking over what they can do, giving them video and growth ideas.  I feel like this is the strangest way to end an interview ever but I really appreciate your beautiful face and thank you for the love and curiosity. 

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Doing Good In Hollywood – Brad R Lambert Is Leading With Kindness

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I recently interviewed Brad R Lambert. Brad is a producer, talent manager & an international speaker. Brad has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Check out the conversation we had below!

1. Who is Brad Lambert in real life?

I’m a Producer, Talent Manager and INTL. Speaker in Los Angeles, CA. I work with the top Brands, Studios, Celebrities, Artists and Professionals in the Industry – Prominent collaboration partners include: Walt Disney StudiosMarvel StudiosWarner Bros. Pictures, Chris Hemsworth, Sony Pictures, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Universal PicturesGary Vaynerchuk and more. At the end of the day, I’m just a guy who is chasing my passions and attempting to live out my dreams, while adding value and assisting those around me in hopes that they find happiness and achieve their dreams too. 

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2. How did you start your journey in the entertainment industry?

Prior to moving to Los Angeles, I worked in the Sports Industry for almost 10 years while I was on the East Coast. When I moved to Los Angeles 5 years ago, I started out working with Robert Downey Jr. and his incredible team. After that, I spent the next 2 years managing digital marketing campaigns for Warner Bros. for their TV, Film & Catalog titles. Since then, I’ve been working for myself and trying to capitalize on the many opportunities that this industry provides. 

3. How did you land clients like Marvel, WB etc?

In business and in life, it’s all about providing value. Through my time out here in Los Angeles, I’ve built many relationships with people in the industry which leads you to many doors for potential opportunities. Once you’re at the door, it’s your job to provide the necessary value to open the door and acquire the opportunity. I was able to bring the necessary value and I was thorough and reliable in my execution, which allows me to come back and work with them further on future projects. Last year was special because I was able to work with Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios on the campaign for “Avengers: Endgame” and again with Marvel Studios with Sony Pictures on the campaign for “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. 

If you’re young in the industry, look for “openings” to add value. If you see a company, brand, celebrity etc. who is in need of something (PR, Marketing, Content, etc.), bring that value to the table and watch how many doors open for you. 

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EDITOR’S NOTE :- BRAD R LAMBERT RECENTLY SURPRISED A 3 TIMES CANCER SURVIVOR AND A HUGE SPIDER-MAN FAN BY TAKING MATEO COKA TO THE PREMIERE OF SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO OF HIM SURPRISING MATEO HERE.

4. Could you tell us more about how you took Mateo to the Spider-Man Far From Home premier?

BRAD R LAMBERT- I spoke at NC State University almost 2 years ago; While I was there a student connected me to her friend Mateo Coka, a 21 year old 3x cancer survivor (He fought cancer 3x in the first 10 years of his life) and the biggest Spider-Man fan I’ve ever met. I found out when hearing his story that Spider-Man helped get him through the darkest days of his life; Those stories, TV shows, films and characters brought him happiness and peace of mind when he needed it the most. 

(Not sure if this is relevant to the “experience” but it is part of the story)

We became friends and I essentially became a mentor for him and his career moving forward. I assisted in getting him an internship with Robert Downey Jr. and his production company that next summer, which meant he had to move to Los Angeles for a few months! He had his very own “Stark Internship”. 🙂 

With him in Los Angeles for the summer, the timing could not have been more perfect for what happened next. I was working with Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios on the marketing campaign for the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. Knowing Mateo was a massive fan, I was able to acquire an extra ticket to the World Premiere to take him. 

I wanted this to be a special “memorable” experience for him, so I was little creative in my way of telling him that he was going. I told him that Sony Pictures wanted me to do a reaction video to some exclusive, never-before-seen footage of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. Knowing he was a big fan, I asked Sony Pictures if he could join, they said yes. He was absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to potentially see seconds of new footage for the upcoming film. I rented out a small private theater room to view the “exclusive” footage, but in reality, none of this was real…it was just a cover story to reveal the fact that he was going to go to the World Premiere. 

The “exclusive” trailer began, and about 15-20 seconds in, it glitched out and the footage disappeared, as if the video was corrupt or broken. It then smashed-cut to a beautiful sky and birds chirping, panning down to me walking out of a building. I questioned what he was doing and that we didn’t “have time for this”, because he had to go back to his apartment to change, because we were going to the World Premiere that night. The reaction that followed was absolutely priceless, and the pure joy and emotion that was displayed was so heartwarming and wholesome. Mateo was crying, screaming and just completely overwhelmed. Later he revealed to me that it was the best night of his life. 

At the end of the day, we all need to be kind to one another. If you have the opportunity to do something nice for somebody else, just do it. You just may change a life…

5. What have you learned working in the industry, that can benefit someone who is just starting out?

You’re not “too big” for any job or opportunity. Starting out, your goal should be to provide as much value as possible, big or small, as often as you can. That will help you build relationships and your reputation, while learning and gaining experience in multiple areas. At the end of the day, if you’re always providing value and you’re reliable…you will always get the call.

6. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life? (Particularly in this industry)

I think gaining a degree is important, but it’s not for everyone. I never want to discourage entrepreneurship, so you have to do what’s best for you. If you’re able to get into the industry quicker (prior to graduating), that experience is so incredibly valuable and beyond anything a normal “education” could provide. I’m speaking from experience, as I took a year off from school to work full-time for a marketing agency and manage major clients all over the country. So to answer your question I think experience and talent is far more necessary than a degree, but if that’s the path you choose it is not a poor decision. 

7. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?

Lead with kindness, provide whatever value you can in as many situations as you can, build genuine relationships with others and IF you can do something nice for somebody else, do it. Not everything always has to be a transaction. 

8. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?

Follow more of my journey in Hollywood on Instagram – @bradrlambert 

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Jordan Royale Talks About How He Became A Successful Rapper & Actor

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I recently had the oppurtunity to interview Jordan Royale. Jordan is an Actor & Rapper from LA with over 3 Million streams on spotify. Check out Jordan here!Check out the conversation we had below.

1. WHO IS JORDAN ROYALE IN REAL LIFE?

Not quite sure how I’m supposed to answer this question haha. I’m always wrapped up in my work; recording songs, verses, calls back and forth between management and producers. I WAS doing a ton of acting work. I worked on 50 Cent’s ‘For Life,’ the entire first season when I lived in New York last year. Los Angeles announced that film and tv production work can continue, but I have yet to see acting work resume the way it was before Covid-19 spread like wildfire.

2.WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A CAREER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?

I started playing violin at the age of 5. Music has always fueled my soul. Everything I do, music MUST BE PLAYING haha. I recorded some songs in a dorm room in 2009 and it’s never been the same since.

3.WHAT PROBLEMS DID YOU FACE DURING YOUR CAREER?

I still face problems to this day, I think everyone does. So I wouldn’t necessarily say that problems just disappear when you reach a certain height on the totem pole. A personal hurdle that was the hardest for me, was accepting that people were always gonna talk, have something to say, and not understand my career path. I slowly was able to let that go. It was such a struggle for a long time. Honestly that can really be the thing that holds back a lot of artists, WORRYING TOO MUCH ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK. And by worrying about what people think, you are not only looking in the past, but you also can’t look ahead as you are too worried what’s behind you.

4.WHAT WAS THAT ONE MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER THAT GAVE YOU A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT?

JORDAN: Several answers I could give here…

When I was on America’s Got Talent.
When I created the Pornhub Anthem.
When I reached my first 100,000 on a song on Spotify
When I was on Hot 97 FM New York
When I was on Power 105.1 New York
When I was on Shade 45 Sirius XM
When I worked on ‘For Life’ and got to meet 50 Cent

5.WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT?

Answer will always be the same. Be yourself. Don’t try to create a character. You’ll get tired of putting on the clown outfit after a while. Build a team. Invest yourself. Learn about music marketing and start implementing it. If you can’t do it yourself, find someone who can. And always remember, no one in your circle is gonna work as hard as you are, so don’t wait around for Willy Wonka’s golden ticket to the chocolate factory.

6.DO YOU THINK AN EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION IS NECESSARY TO SUCCEED IN LIFE?

Not necessarily, but then again if I had a dollar for every time someone thought they knew everything and were dead wrong, I’d be a rich man. If I could redo it myself, I would’ve gone to school for music business. There’s also plenty of people out there that have degrees and are complete idiots. You can learn all the information in the world, but if you don’t learn how to apply that information, you’re no different than anyone else. As far as entrepreneurs are concerned, you have to stand out and do something different in marketing and product to succeed.

7.IS THERE SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO SAY TO OUR READERS?

Thanks for taking the time to check out my interview. If you’re an artist yourself, I wish you all the success in the world and I hope you never stop.

8.IS THERE SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO SAY TO NWSPPR?

JORDAN ROYALE: Thank you Nwsppr as well. This was quite a different approach to an interview and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish continued success for you guys too.

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