We had the good fortune of connecting with Dylan Washkowiak and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dylan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is something I had to learn to do naturally, as all of us. I was real passive growing up though, really shy. I was always scared to try new things. It changed in High School when I was moved from tight-end to the offensive line. I was hesitant being 5’11” 190 but it ended up paying off. I won All County & All Conference O-Line my last 2 years of High School. I realized that it was all about my mindset. I didn’t care if you weighed twice as much as me, I was not going to let you get to my quarter back. Being an offensive guard ended up being my favorite position in the game.

It was game over from there, I took a “Gap Year” after high school to figure out what I truly wanted out of life and ended up packing up all of my belongings and moving to Colorado with less than $100 to my name when I was 19 on a whim. All I had was an Idea, no plan of action really. Just a drive to find bigger and better opportunities. I was so scared and I didn’t know where it was going to take me. I just knew I had to leave my small town of less than 2,000 people.

It eventually led me to where i’m at now, running a 6-figure Marketing and Production agency with one of my best friends, Braxton who owned the agency for 5+ years before I started working with him. I met him the day I arrived in Colorado funny enough, so it’s safe to say that taking the risk of moving was very well worth it. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from him. “If there’s no risk, there’s no magic.”

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started producing beats in my room when I was 15. They were awful, but I had a lot of support from my Father. My Dad owned a studio growing up and played in a band, so I was always surrounded by music. I fiddled around with guitar and piano but my main passion was Hip-Hop. My brother and late Mother were big inspirations there

When I was 17, I started rapping and recording songs in my buddy’s basement. We spent 12-14 hours a day trying to figure it all out. He was already out of high school and I was doing a lot of online classes for college credits then. I just ended up not doing those, so I had more time to work on music. I had already decided that college wasn’t for me & I was going to try and make it one way or another. We ended up making an 11-track project called “Go Time”. It was released on May 15th, 2019. Shortly after that, my friend set music aside & I was left to focus on my own music.

So for the next year and a half, I was living with my parents fresh out of high school working a factory job at FedEx writing music every chance I could. Priorities unfortunately changed and I had to set music aside for awhile as I was trying to figure out how to navigate this world. I moved across the country in September of 2020 and found myself in Arizona by February of 2021

I’m 20 right now, and by no means am I close to where I know I can be with my music, but i’m so proud of the stuff i’ve made so far in my career and the relationships i’ve built. Now I’m surrounded by so many amazing artists and have a great team with me. I see no end near and I will always have a passion for creating music. It’s just a matter of building my personal brand and attracting my people. I’ll let the universe take that duty for me

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off, we’re taking a stop at my office. My buddy Braxton & Kaimon own a full creative studio where me & Braxton run the marketing agency out of. We have a Photo/Video Studio, Podcast Studio, as well as a Music Studio. There is always something going down at De La Rue Studios and it’s never a dull moment

For drinks and food, i’ll have to take them to one of my favorite restaurants in the area “Los Sombreros”. I gotta give them the Mexican food experience while down here.

Recreationally, I’d take them to a Diamondbacks game and of course, make a trip up to Sedona. My favorite bike is Devils Bridge

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Braxton Kilgo Kaimon Ontiveros
Nick Arapkiles
Michael Sheridan

Website: https://www.digicastmarketing.com/

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Image Credits
Hunter Stolba

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