We had the pleasure of interviewing Feli fame who is an Independent Artist that has worked with multiple Fortune 500 Companies, Platinum and gold hiphop artist, very notable popular movie stars and is also the head of an Independent brand which is called “MNDS” (Music Notes & Dollar Signs)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? Thank you for sharing my Story, hopefully people that are from where I am from and have faced what I have faced see this and get inspired.
This Career path was something that I feel picked me, it was my calling and the only thing I have ever wanted to do. Music, Film etc. I put myself in the business, I hired myself, I pay myself and best of all I work for myself. So to answer your question what bought me to this career was me.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? My funniest mistake would be something I did that wasn’t funny back then, but I can laugh about it now. To make a long story short it would be me thinking that everybody was like me..you know helping others, keeping my word, Giving when I didn’t have anything left to give. I’ve always looked at the bigger picture, I never looked to get rewarded by people because I always figured my biggest reward would come from GOD. Others may not see the humor in it but theres plenty and thats because in order to be a good business man and entrepreneur you have to be able to laugh these things off and keep pushing yourself or else you will be caught up in wasting valuable time that you could have put toward running your business. The lesson I learned from it all was take your own advice and create your own destiny because there’s only one person in this world that has to live with the decisions you make and that person is you.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story? Music Notes and Dollar signs, MNDS first things first I made a company that other Fortune 500 companies believed in. They believed in it enough to work with me. When I actually take it for what it is which is a kid by the name “feli fame” created a brand that companies that are making hundreds of millions of dollars are interested In working with. That means something, and to me that means everything. Coors Light, LA Gear, MTV, BET, Sony RED / The orchard, Red Bull etc the list goes on and on. If the independence and drive I’ve had along the way alone doesn’t make my company stand out then standing out must have a new meaning.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? From my personal point of view I would tell colleagues, peers or even other artist to be aware. Be aware of who your in business with. Take things one day at a time because being consumed in your work 24/7 can blind you from things you probably would have seen had you given your self some time away. Working hard is great, but you can lose your sanity and more if your not mindful of the pressure you can put on yourself.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? Im actually surprised you made that statement “ none of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way” I can’t stress this enough. I see people that Brag about succeeding on they’re own as if the “key” players are not holding the “keys”. I think when it comes to that, people say they did it alone to sound cool. I know over 10 millionaires and all of which had some one open the door for them once they arrived at the door. What they did with it from there was on them. When it comes to me, for some odd reason no one wants that door to open for me. I’ve arrived at that door many times and its like when I get there nobody is home. so my only choice has always been to break in and what I mean by that is I’ve always had to open my own doors with little to no help. It’s always been that way for me. Im not an ungrateful person so I appreciate the other millionaire entrepreneurs such as 50 Cent, DJ Envy, DJ Drama, Ice Cube and others that have extended there hand to kinda help me out over the years. Even people that have helped me out of the kindness of there hearts because they truly believed in my purpose such as LS, Banks, Sinat, Jay, Boogs, J. Willis. But the fact of the matter is had the ones in position given me more opportunity I could have done more and I could have done what I set out to do faster. I would take opportunity over money any day. A proper introduction to the right person is free. I would love to help everyone around me out, they deserve it just as much as I do. when I become a multimillionaire everyone that has ever helped feli fame or MNDS will get taken care of. Even the ones that I didn’t name in this article just because thats where my heart is.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Absolutely, its still very early in the game for me and I’m still out here trying to give back and include people that might not ever get these opportunities. This is the reason I have this company. Its about more than just me, its about the artist that are on this label, the companies that weren’t afraid to book me or put me on the frontline to represent them. I’m bringing my goodness in the form of opportunity because thats one thing I feel that wasn’t given to me. I’m already attempting to donate to schools, put people that have dreams of becoming actors in my indie films. Im already off to a great start.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? I really don’t have any “life lesson Quotes” so I’m not going to pretend like I do. But I sure have had lots of life lessons that I was able to make quotes about. Too many to even name, life teaches me lessons everyday.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. I wish some one had told me when it comes to following your heart, theres a time and place for that.
when it comes to following your heart in business some times it can be dangerous not to mention costly because your acting out of passion at times. Too much of anything is bad for you, following your heart a little too much can take you down a road you never thought you would be traveling.
2. The importance of a strong team mentally. On and off the clock. When it comes to business. A team a faculty and all of the above. Your supporting cast is just as important to the company as you are. They are a reflection of you. They get seen more than you do. Not to mention these are the ones that are spreading your message to the world. Majority of the time all you get is a first impression, even if your not the one giving the impression.
3. A person that you look up to or even admire could be the person that views you as competition. Certain people shy away from people with potential because they feel you may be in position to take the spotlight away from them one day. So they will do things like give you bad advice or keep certain connections away from you. God forbid you win on a turf that they consider to be theres. You have to be aware 24/7
4. Cant do it alone, for a long time I had this idea of doing everything myself. Like it could be done. Let this be a news flash to anyone reading this.There will always be a gatekeeper some where along the way. Take the help, embrace it. Join forces. Do what you have to do to bring success closer to you. Its the way.
5. Your company is similar to a baby because its going to need just as much love and care. If you neglect it your going to pay the price.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂 That movement would be the one I’ve already started MNDS not only is it a business, but its also a movement, a statement within its self. Im going to change things for the better in all the locations I can touch. I would have said the world but I like to be more hands on with people so Lets touch the hearts of the masses one place at a time.
How can our readers follow you on social media? I use Instagram the most, So follow me on instagam @felifame
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!