Today, we are interviewing an award-winning filmmaker, director Dan Mace. He is the only African director who has won two silver screen awards at the 2016 Young Director Awards in Cannes. He has a youtube channel Dan Mace which has nearly 2 lakh subscribers and over 3.4 million views. He also works with youtuber/vlogger Casey Neistat and runs the new and upcoming series 368 alongside him.
Q1. Who is Dan Mace in real life?
Real life? What is that.. haha. I guess you referring to my life off of youtube? I’d say I try not define myself by titles like ‘Film Director’, ‘Surfer’ or ‘free thinker’; etc. I’d say I’m different to my childhood dream. I live by the day but plan by the year. I don’t ever try, I just do. I am living in New York City at the moment working on something that will cause a big impact in the world of new age branding and content development. It’s pretty much my focus at the moment. I feel like the poster child for ‘boring dude’ – I don’t drink alcohol or party and I get excited by things like building a blanket fort
with my girlfriend. But in saying all of that I fucking love my life and wouldn’t change a thing. I’m stoked.
Q2. What are your hobbies besides filmmaking?
Surfing is probably my favorite past time hobby, but I go through waves (See what I did there… twice) I play the piano which I become obsessed with at times and then if I pick up a book that interests me Ill binge it in one sitting.
Q3. What has been that one thing that gave you a sense of accomplishment in your
Finding out why I need to continue making films. It’s never about the views, money or awards. For me, the only way to make sense of an internal problem is to make a film about it. It helps me transcend through the burdens of my conscious mind.
Q4. How did you meet Casey Neistat and what has been your experience working with
Him? Casey is a true hardcore dude. I have never met someone with so much drive. I know you see it on the vlog,
but outside of that in all aspects of his life, he is just superhuman. He is an incredible father and husband and then at the same time is able to gym like a madman, run like Usain Bolt and edit through the night. If I could bottle Caseys ‘vibe’ and sell
it to people to consume id be a billionaire. We met through having similar interests and decided to work together.
Q5. Where do you see yourself and 368 in the future?
Like I said. One day at a time, but hopefully playing a significant role.
Q6. Would you like to say something to our readers?
I can’t tell you what to do, but maybe tell you what not to do as I have failed many times. Stop thinking about doing something, it’s those thoughts that make it increasingly hard to go out and do it in the first place.
HOW CHRIS SARCHET BELLS’ SHUTDOWN EVENT IS DISPENSING RELIEF ACROSS THE COUNTRY AMIDST THE PANDEMIC
The past decade has seen an immense influence of music in our day to day lives. Music has also been tagged as a universal language as it captures the attention of any audience, no matter how strange the singer or the beat appears to be. It appears that Chris Sarchet Bell is fluent in the language of this activity as he orchestrates it as the brain instrument in capturing the trust and attention of the teenage fan base across the United Kingdom.
While most event brands in the country invest in over 18s because they are trying to promote a more exclusive environment where clients have more disposable income and unofficially overprice their drinks, Shutdown is dragging its attention towards the attention of the minors.
The brand is as unique as its motivation and Chris Sarchet Bell is redefining what it means to have fun and enjoy the moment in the country. Since the past year where many event establishments were ravished because of the limitation on social excitement, Shutdown is coming out of this hurdle, stronger and better.
The Journey to the top
As Chris boldly restates concerning how the journey to stardom has been so far amidst the torrent of negativity and bias that his brand has attracted, he states ‘Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done and never give up’. After losing his father at a young age, Chris found his pleasures in music and nightlife entertainment.
He established his brand in his hometown, Burnley, in 2014 where his target of business was the over 18s. After gathering enough experience in his nightlife establishment, Shutdown took a turnover in its interest and started to organize shows for the U18s across the country. Because of the stigma of adult themes that are normally attached to raves, Shutdown had to take innovative steps in redefining its position on entertainment so as to garner the trust and permission of the police and parents in the society alike.
Now a homegrown name in the country, Shutdown has toured from as high up as Scotland to as far down as Newquay hosting some of the most talked-about events in the area. With the colourful party and foam parties, it has also invited celebrity guests to attract attention.
Into the spotlight of Shutdown
Shutdown has garnered worldwide fame on social media and their phone lines are buzzing with requests from enthusiastic clients across the country yearning for a taste of the fun and excitement that they bring to any city. Their high demand has earned them the UK’s largest leading U18s brand within the first two years of their establishment.
Chris had a tough time growing up and he has experienced first-hand the intense competition of the nightlife business. He advises to “take a step back and assess a situation before jumping into it and to also not take on too much at one given time”.
Jon Reyes On Becoming A Successful Scooter Rider & Content Creator
1. Who is Jon Reyes in real life?
1- I’m a Razor Scooter Era Survivor haha. Just a city kid trying to chase my ” 7 year old self ” dreams of being a professional in action sports. Most people know me as “easy’ or in my eyes content with not needing much to be happy.
2. How did you start your Sccooter Riding career?
Born and raised in NYC, when those razor scooters were a “thing” (for a summer) I was hooked on just pushing around and jumping off curbs. Simple fun has always been an addiction for me and this was/is exactly that. I knew I would be riding a scooter for eternity, just never thought of it actually becoming a big sport.
3. What problems did you face while you were just starting?
Ah man, I was the only “Scooter Kid” for the longest. In school, in the neighborhood, and at the skate spots. At the time you’re supposed to roll up with a skateboard if you wanted to be “cool”. Years ago the world never understood anything new and different, now creativity is an asset to most successful stories. I was the perfect example of an outcast.
4. What was your inspiration behind “Ride NYC”?
Fun, pure effortless fun. When I started YouTube I was all about getting the right idea, getting the perfect footage. The first RideNYC was led from a conversation with my buddies about just pushing around the city at night, turn on the GoPro, and just post whatever happens.
5. You’ve successfully grown your YouTube channel to 300k+ subscribers, what was your mindset like getting to that point? YT – JON REYES
My incentive was to document my journey being a professional so I could have something to look back on years from now. YouTube has such an awesome connection with it’s audience, it helped me appreciate everyone who’s supported me over the years and I think that’s what made my channel successful.
6. What are your key takeaways as a professional Scooter Rider/YouTuber?
It’s definitely a blessing to turn something I’m addicted to and love into a career. It’s still a ton of work that will probably never stop, but all that earns me more time to ride off camera, which is why I’m grateful
7. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life?
School is designed to learn a skill that can’t be taught in the real world. It all depends on what you’re trying to do. Most of the successful people I know now grew from self awareness and a creative mindset. Success is happiness, and if you can learn something from school to help you work toward being happy then go for it.
8. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?
If you have a job or a path in life already, awesome….. but never delete the dreams you had when you were a kid because that is your fuel. Take risks and do everything in your power to be happy. In the end that will tell a better story.
9. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?
JON REYES – You guys are great, so much energy, and everything is clean. I love how you guys support anybody and anything that contributes to moving forward…and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story. This is just the beginning, I’ve got so much more i’ll need to do! 🛴
Managing A Remote Team During The Covid-19 Pandemic: With Entrepreneur Landon Murie
In today’s society, running a successful digital marketing firm can prove a little difficult. With the ongoing pandemic and the devastating state of the economy, most entrepreneurs in the digital marketing industry will definitely find it hard to keep their agencies afloat due to the absence of key staff and team members. A week ago, I got the chance to speak with digital marketing expert Landon Murie. Landon is the founder of Goodjuju, a marketing and SEO agency that helps property management companies gain more online exposure so they can get more clients and grow.
During the interview, Landon discussed ways by which business can stay afloat during this period with a not so new concept known as Remote working, and successfully manage a team.
The Covid Pandemic has brought to light the importance of remote working, how has your company adjusted to this modern way of completing projects?
To say the least, my company, Goodjuju is built on the foundation of remote working. So far, I’ve been able to scale my marketing agency, which is situated in the U.S, internationally. All my clients are property managers in America and so far they’ve not had any reason to complain.
My team is composed of remote workers from around the world and this has helped us adjust quite perfectly to the changes brought about by the pandemic. Our operations were virtually uninterrupted and we’ve continued to run things the same way we did before.
This is why I always counsel agency founders on the importance of imbibing remote working to their business models. You’ll never know when the next global/economic shift might happen.
Awesome! Usually Coordinating Small Teams At Work Is Difficult, How Are You Able To Manage Such A Diverse Team Who Haven’t Even Met Each Other Physically?
To be honest, I’ve struggled a lot with this. When I created Goodjuju, I didn’t bring on team members at first. Due to this, I forgot to create adequate systems. When I finally brought some team members onboard, It was chaos. Over time, I learned that the only way to manage our remote team members was to utilize expertly created systems, and processes.
Eventually, we were able to create a good system and track everything with a project management software called “Clickup.” We still use this system to date and it’s kept us on track so far.
Based On Your Personal Experience As An Entrepreneur, What Should Anyone Striving To Run A Successful Team Do?
Well, in light of this topic, the first thing I think anyone striving to run a successful team should do is to be part of one. When you are part of a team, you’ll notice how things are done and which aspects need improvement the most. You’ll also know what it feels like to be a team member.
After this here are a few other things I suggest;
1- Create teachable systems/processes people can follow
2- Don’t micromanage people. “Trust, but verify”
3- Keep in touch as best as possible (chat/app)
4- Make sure you and team aligned on vision/goals
5- Create a motivational environment with incentives
Apply all of these, and you’ll be well on your way!