We had the good fortune of connecting with OtisOak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi OtisOak, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always been a free spirited person, I’ve never done well in controlled environments. It’s fair to say that i discovered my passion for business in elementary. I started a small business selling commodities pokemon cards, Dragon Ball Z pictures, YuGiOh sketches and cards. I use to make 20-50 dollars a day for about 2 years. 3rd grade and 4th grade, The school police officer slowed me down in 5th grade with some threats. I was contributing to his loss of sales, towards the end of the day he would sell candy, but kids did not have any more left after buying commodities from me. That feeling basically stuck with me, and from that moment i knew i wanted to make a living my way. Make my own schedule, and be as creative as i want to. 6th grade I started developing a lot of ideas, within those ideas i discovered that i had a passion for tech, arts and media. It became my life vision of becoming a renowned musician, that runs a fortune 500 company. I wanted to shift business culture and the way employees are treated and respected. All in all, I wanted to call the shots and show other shot callers how its supposed to be done. That was really my thought process going into a business mindset.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is a form of liberation, mental liberation to be exact, I like to give perspective. I really strive to create music that matters, true poetry. I create music in the hopes that whoever listens to it, will come out of it with a new lease on life. I really concentrate on those individuals that are fighting demons while at the same time chasing after visions.. It’s really a lot of layers to who am i, i’m always looking for new ways of thinking and feeling and that bleeds into my art. I’m really proud of the the work, i’m proud of the team that was designed we have a bright exciting future in the making. We all spent a lot of time trying to develop a system and an understanding of how to balance business and life. we only got to where we are today including my self through hours and hours of trying, failing, tweaking and repeating. It was very difficult, we just kept going and made sure that we never let a L ruin us or destroy the moral. Along the journey you start to realize that the most important lesson of them all, is embracing all the lessons and accepting that sacrifice is mandatory. If the world could take anything away from our brand, it’s think freely and keep your mind open to all things. When you think that way, you’ll be able to make nothing into something 90% of the time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m big on culture and individuality, when it comes to food its mandatory to find a Colombian, Jamaican, Brazilian, pretty much something exotic. I’m a huge thrill seeker, nothing beats a theme park or a arcade. if that’s not accessible then visiting monuments of a city, and historic places are next to the best. embracing those history vibes just connect you even further to the area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d liked to give a round of applause for my business partner Justin Walker, we’ve been building day by day stone by stone ever since college. Much love to my mother and My brother and my entire family to be honest, they took the time and energy to force me into the right direction. They could of watched me destroy myself, and left many words unsaid, along side that, I truly appreciate my team, I can’t name everyone but if they reading this they’ll know. And I gotta shout out to my general friends who also held me down when I had no where to sleep and no food to eat, those hard days of me only having a vision and a ton of ideas. They kept me from completely falling off the wagon when the tides got rough.