We had the good fortune of connecting with Waseem X and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Waseem, why did you pursue a creative career?
I began pursuing a creative and artistic career because I love to create. I think everyone is a creative genius in their own way and it’s something people should embrace more often. There’s so many things that can be done when you tap into your creative capacity and manifest what’s in your mind. A lot of the great works we see today started in the minds of creative people and I hope day I can use my creativity to be impactful.
What should our readers know about your business?
As an artist and entrepreneur in the music industry I felt like the most important thing I can do is give back. I run a couple businesses already one in the fashion Industry and another in the holistic medicine field and my most recent startup, Star Icon, is focused on the music industry. It’s a platform that allows artists or bands to create their own custom online stores and sell directly to their customers. Star Icon is an exclusive invitation only platform that uses blockchain technology so artists have the option of selling their music and other digital products on the blockchain as NFTs and it’s completely decentralized and transparent. The development of the web app was not easy and I ran into a lot of technical issues because I had a lot to learn, especially since I was building it all by myself. My way of overcoming the issues I ran into was by being persistent and staying focused. The whole process helped me learn to be more patient and hopeful because even if there are some small setbacks the main focus is to keep moving forward until you reach your end goal. I want the world to know that if you really want something you have to make it happen. Nothing just falls out the sky into our laps. It takes time and hard work to be successful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a good friend of mind was visiting the area I would take them to my 2 favorite restaurants, Dog Haus and Jupiter Rings. I’m vegetarian so I like to eat at places that have vegetarian options and meat for those who aren’t vegetarian. After eating we’d go to Fashion Square in Scottsdale and shop. I like going to the mall and getting new outfits from stores like H&M. After shopping we’d probably visit some other friends and head out to a bar or event and enjoy a night out playing pool and catching up on old memories
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?
I dedicate my success to my friends, family and most importantly God. My two beautiful daughters Allanah and Damajha and their amazing mothers who see the best in me and keep me focused on the bigger picture are why I strive so hard to succeed and no matter what will continue to go further in everything I do everyday.