Interview with Brenda Campbell of Make A Difference – Wisconsin

Hey everyone! Joshua here! If you are reading this, I hope you are having a positive and life changing day! As some of you know, I am working on a series entitled “Women Who Will Inspire You To #DoWhatYouDesire”! Today I had the opportunity to interview Brenda Campbell of Make A Difference – Wisconsin! Brenda helps empower youth between the ages of 16-18 with knowledge about finance! I am happy that she accepted my interview reqeust because I believe that money, credit, budgeting and financial literacy is something that most of us don’t understand. When I saw that she was making it a priority with Make A Difference and involving financial industry professionals in Wisconsin to help teach, I knew it was something that I wanted all of you to learn more about! I hope you all enjoy this is as much as I did!



Interview with Brenda Campbell of Make A Difference – Wisconsin

I would like to start off by saying welcome Brenda! How is everything going in your world?

It’s going very well. Thank you for having me and offering me the chance to share more about myself and the exciting work we’re doing at Make A Difference – Wisconsin.

I am grateful for you being part of my Women Who Will Inspire You To #DoWhatYouDesire series! Can you please tell me more about who you are? What would you tell a stranger who struck up a conversation with you …

I would tell them about a young woman who inspires me! Fefe is a freshman at DePaul University in Chicago. In high school, Fefe was like a lot of teenagers: working her first job, not saving and unsure about how to plan for her future. Her teacher brought one of our volunteers into their Milwaukee high school, and Fefe soaked up the information like a sponge. She said she learned how to budget, why she should save, what it means to have debt and loans, “important subjects that all teenagers need to know.” Most importantly, she put these good money habits into practice. Now living on her own and attending a prestigious university, Fefe said she uses this information every day to stay on top of her finances and to live her dreams.

That is the essence of what we do and what makes me so excited to go to work every day – we empower teens to take control of their financial futures.

Can you take me back to your childhood, you being in school, you know, growing up…what do you remember about it? How did it shape you into who you are today?

Growing up in north-central Wisconsin, I didn’t have a lot of exposure to the topics we teach. My parents were good savers, but we didn’t talk about where they put their money and why. We didn’t talk about investing. I am a first generation college grad and my parents were unable to help finance my education. Through trial and error (and many painful mistakes), I learned to budget, save and live independently. When I became a mother myself, I made it a priority to help my kids understand these concepts and put them into practice. For instance, with a lot of urging from mom, both of my kids opened a Roth IRA at teens with savings from their first part-time jobs. We all take our own paths, finances included, but it’s an incredible benefit to have someone who has been through it to help you along.

Can you tell me more about the organization you lead, Make A Difference – Wisconsin? What inspired its creation? What are some of the programs that you have implemented? What have been some of your biggest accomplishments?

We were founded in 2006 by Lloyd Levin, a local businessman who responded to a dying friend’s call to get involved in the lives of young people. From that initial interest, we’ve evolved into a nonprofit that has empowered more than 55,000 teenagers through nearly 800 volunteers at sites across Wisconsin and into Chicago. We have two primary programs: Money Sense shares financial fundamentals around budgeting, banking, saving and credit; in Money Coach, a select number of at-risk teens work with financial mentors throughout the school year on everything they’ll need to live independently.

Beyond the quantity of our lessons, I’m very proud of our quality, which we keep track of through regular surveys and evaluations. For instance, 81% of students in Money Sense use savings and money management tips they learned from the program. In Money Coach, 99% of teens continue to use a bank account and even two years out of the program, 93% of participants tell us they’re still tracking expenses. It’s clear that our lessons have become habits that these teens take with them into adulthood, leading to lifelong financial capability!

I know that you are very passionate about helping teens understand financial literacy. Can you tell us why there seems to be a severe lack of education for the youth about finances and how it works? What have you found to be the best methods of reversing the lack of knowledge and empowering teens with information?

There are a lot of underlying reasons. Many parents or guardians don’t feel comfortable talking about money with their kids. One study said parents feel more comfortable talking about sex or drugs than money! Parents, guardians and other family members may also not have the best track record with money. As for the schools, most states do not have a mandate to teach financial literacy. There are many other mandates and, of course, limited resources and time in the classroom. This leaves many teenagers in a position to find out for themselves, which can make it hard to establish good behaviors or even know the right questions to ask.

One thing teens don’t lack is the thirst to learn about money. It’s so relevant to their lives – they’re getting their first paychecks, preparing for college and careers. So, when you bring a mentor and basic lessons on money to their classroom, students truly respond. From what I’ve seen over the past decade in financial education, teens are ready to learn about money and eager to put it into practice. Teaching them around 11th and 12th grade, there is a “just-in-time” effect on their ability to learn about financial concepts and put them into practice right away. We just have to give them the chance.

I wanted to do these interviews after going to women’s empowerment conferences and meeting many entrepreneurial and powerful women at them. One thing they discussed is that women still are not on equal ground with men and that more men need to advocate for equality in gender. Can you tell me how men should advocate for equal treatment, equal wages and equal respect for women?

It’s about taking action and walking the walk. Men and women in power benefit when there are initiatives in place to enable women to be involved in leadership roles. I heard a great talk recently from Jonas Prising, chairman and CEO of Manpower. He was describing their successful model for expanding opportunities to everyone in the organization, particularly women. One part of the model involved reaching across department “silos” to give women exposure to P&L and operations. This is so critical given that the lack of operational experience is why so few women are seen in the top jobs. This is the type of thing that can happen on a broad scale and would work greatly toward inclusion.

In life, we all face greatness and heartaches in every avenue of life. Can you tell me what have been your biggest accomplishments? Biggest setbacks? How did you overcome them?

My biggest personal accomplishment is raising two children who have become responsible adults with a keen appreciation and commitment to social and racial justice and gender equality.

Professionally, I am very proud to lead an organization committed to our youth and giving them an opportunity to become financially capable. There have been many challenges along the way, but I have overcome them by being open to change, focusing on quality, measuring outcomes, carefully listening to stakeholders, taking some risks and staying true to the mission.

You are the leader of a very well respected and successful non-profit organization. How important is it for people and businesses to be involved in helping in our communities? Why do you think that many of us don’t realize the importance of investing in the youth?

I continually come back to the value of what our organization does in the community. One of the rewarding aspects of our mission comes from community partnerships. Our volunteers come from the business and professional world, but they may not have been in a high school since they graduated. Our education partners are vigorously involved in teaching youth, but may not get a lot of external support. We bring these two groups together in a really proximate way around shared financial futures. People are aware of the issues and they want to be able to do something about them. What we’ve done is create a unique opportunity for people to get involved and be part of the change. So, if you’re reading this out there and want to get involved – as a volunteer, as an educator, as a supporter, as a student – we want you to help lead this movement!

My mantra and brand is #DoWhatYouDesire – what does #DoWhatYouDesire stand for in your words? 

I love that! This means so much to me and I think often about whether I am doing what I desire. It boils down to this question I ask myself frequently: Am I living in a way that allows me to prioritize my time for the people and the causes that are most important to me?

How can we find out more about you and your organization? Facebook? Twitter? Website? Instagram? Snapchat?

We’re always looking for new people and organizations who share our passion for teen financial empowerment. You can find more from us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and YouTubeOur website is updated regularly with inspiring stories and insight on financial literacy trends. And if you are looking to join our movement of financially empowered teens – as a volunteer, in your school, as a supporter – please contact me directly at

Can you provide us some last words of wisdom or advice for a woman who has faced hardships, setbacks or loss? 

Regardless of the pain and challenge, my advice is to keep moving forward. Accept what has happened, and then plan and take action. Surround yourself with positive people who care about you and believe in you. One way to stay positive is by practicing gratitude. Take a few minutes every day to acknowledge who and what you are grateful for. And remember to be kind to yourself.


Brenda’s bio

Brenda Campbell has led Make A Difference – Wisconsin since its inception in 2006. Campbell has years of experience in program development, management and evaluation in the areas of financial literacy, education, workforce development and child welfare. She has been a regular source of insight on financial education to Wisconsin media and was honored as one of Milwaukee’s Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2010. Brenda’s ongoing passion for teen financial literacy comes from the powerful changes she has seen teenagers make in using financial savvy as adults.


Interview with Jenny Christian

Hello everyone!

My name is Joshua Scarver and I am the man behind the scenes here at #DoWhatYouDesire! Throughout my personal life and since the beginning of #DWYD aka #DoWhatYouDesire – I have always been supported by WOMEN. The people who have #DWYD tattooed on them are WOMEN, the people who have supported the #DWYD apparel are WOMEN and the people who have the overwhelming majority of supporting my Toy & Book Drive are WOMEN and WOMEN OWNED businesses. In my time of interacting with women from a diverse group of backgrounds, the one thing I have noticed and also have been told by women is that there are not many men who are advocating for them in the workplace and even in society in general. After realizing how much I am supported by women and after hearing countless stories of this lack of men, I have decided to dedicate my time and resources to seeking out women from all walks of life who want to tell their stories to the world via interviews. I have decided to name this “Interviews With Women Who Will Inspire You To #DoWhatYouDesire” – cheesy, maybe, but inspiring, YES!

My first interview is Jenny Marie Christian who has been featured here before! Since her last interview she has grown even more as a person and is inspiring more people than ever by just being herself and letting her natural talents shine through. I feel that Jenny Marie Christian and what she does in her life will inspire many young women and girls to pursue their talents and go all in on there calling, no matter what the obstacles are! I hope that you enjoy reading about her and take some time to learn about what she does and be inspired to #DoWhatYouDesire!



I would like to start off by saying welcome back Jenny! Its been awhile since we have last talked! How is everything going in your world?
Hiiiii!!!! Yeah it’s been a while, but that’s okay!!! I know you’ve been busy and still got my back!! Lol

I am grateful for you being apart of my 52 Women Who Will Inspire You To #DoWhatYouDesire! Can you please tell me more about who you are? What would you tell a stranger who struck up a conversation with you…

Well first thank you for considering me, it’s truly an honor that I appreciate to be selected.

Whenever some says “tell me about yourself”, I say “what specifically do you want to know”.. lol

I answer that way because oddly I get awkward when rambling about myself. I never want to sound boastful or self-absorbed.

A little about me, I’m an author, speaker, on air/ media personality, blogger, actress and most importantly an ambassador for Christ.

Can you take me back to your childhood, you being in school, you know, growing up…what do you remember about it? How did it shape you into what you are today?

My most memorable or impactful memories from childhood is mostly being with my parents. My life was quite sheltered and I was either with my mom or my dad at all times. Because of that I realized how both of my parents enjoyed what they did for a living. My father a blues singer, my mother a preschool teacher and Sunday school teacher, my stepfather a navy man and realtor.

What I realized early from them is that I wanted to do what I loved and I wanted to somehow have an impact on others.

Tell me more about your work with speaking, moderating & hosting events year! What have been some of the things that you have done? What are your future plans?

Well most of my work is in the field of radio and media correspondence because of that I’ve been blessed to be invited to speak at events to empower women, sit on panels for empowerment tours or promote my books. It’s rare that I host events because that’s not my thing. Thus far I’ve only moderated one panel discussion. However I expect much more in the near future. More books, more blogs, more acting, more shows and more speaking engagements.

I know that you are very passionate about religion & spirituality! Can you tell us more about how your faith has helped you in your journey in life? How do you keep faith in times of darkness?

I’m not necessarily passionate about religion per se, but I’m on fire and full of faith in God. My faith in Jesus and his plan for my life has been what’s holding me and pushing me to continue to succeed with joy and hope. More of my faith based writings and story can be found on my website

In times of frustration and distress I’ve learned to hope in God and trust in his plan for my life.

I wanted to do these interviews after going to women’s empowerment conferences and meeting many entrepreneurial and powerful women at them. One thing they discussed is that women still are not on equal ground with men and that more men need to advocate for equality in gender. Can you tell me how men should advocate for equal treatment, equal wages and equal respect for women?

There is a great deal of truth that men are often paid more, respected more and valued more. We’d need Men to first see a woman as an equal before they can effectively create a strategic and effective plan to advocate on our behalf to bring about true change and equality.

In life, we all face greatness and heartaches in every avenue of life…can you tell me What have been your biggest accomplishments? Biggest setbacks? How did you overcome them?

My biggest accomplishments have yet to come. I’ve had some moments that have made me quite proud of myself, but the best has yet to come.

As far as how I deal with setbacks, it goes back to my faith and God. God doesn’t waste pain or pressured moments. Setbacks I look at as setups for comebacks. Every storm is positioning you perfectly for your purpose.

Is there anything else that people may not know you are passionate about that you’d like to let our readers know about?

My passion is to pour into people and love on people. I’m a hope dealer. As long as you have hope, you have enough to keep going. So everything I do and in every genre you’ll feel my passion to push others.

My mantra and brand is #DoWhatYouDesire – what does #DoWhatYouDesire stand for in your words? 

Do what feels right for your journey and your path.

How can we find out more about you and your books and your events? Facebook? Twitter? Website? Instagram? Snapchat?

IG|Twitter|Facebook @jennymchristian


Can you provide us some last words of wisdom or advice for a woman who has faced hardships, set backs or loss? 

Cast your cares, concerns, hurts, and frustration on God. He will fill every void. Heal every hurt and restore everything that was lost.

Interview with Corey Demon – Creator of Stolic Kidd


Good day Corey Demon! How is every thing in your world of fashion?

Whats going on Josh everything in my world of fashion is Just GREVYI. forever will be.

I always like to ask, what would you say to someone if they came up to you asked “What do you do?”

Man everytime someone come up ask me what I do I say everything. Lol! But seriously, I hate that question because 1. I do a lot and it can come off not serious about your craft or kinda of cocky. To answer your question WHAT DO YOU DO? I am an actor & a wardrobe stylist, that has his own clothing brand.


What inspired you to get into the fashion styling and modeling world?

Why do all men do things WOMEN!! A women told me i should model I tried it it work! Lbs! As far as styling it just happened. I was managing a artist and he needed a shoot so I styled it myself. I just fill the void. I can do things better than most people so I do it myself. But styling is a way of life for me, it wasn’t forced at all!

You are also an actor! I read that you work with Gill Hayes. Are there any movies or shows that you have been in?

Yes I am an actor and yes I am signed with them! They are a great agency!

You can find me on Chicago Fire episodes 415 and 416. I am also a few independent films and shorts.


Acting is much harder than people think, I was an extra on Empire and realized that it is something that you have to have passion and a great work ethic for. Can you tell us about your approach to acting? Is there anyone you study or find inspiration from?

My whole approach to acting is… DON’T ACT. To be real as possible! I haven’t got the opportunity to dive into a big role that makes me have to really break down and develop who that person is, but everyday I prepare myself. I people watch, study different mannerisms of people. My favorite actors are Sean Penn, Robert DeNiro and Denzel Washington.

Can you tell us about your work with PRSVR? How long did you work there as a creative director?

Prsvr was a platform that was given to me to learn, practice, sharpen and showcase All I can do! I was a creative director for 4 years!

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Explain to us, in your words, what is “Image” and how important is it in business and artistry?

To me Image is Perception! Its whatever people perceive it to be, but its the most important thing I believe when it comes to being a artist and having a business! Your image is like the sign on the building on Michigan Ave! The displays and mannequins in the window! Its the first thing people see or hear about you, its important because most people don’t know about you!

Do you think that we are all born with creativity? Or is it something that we can learn?

I feel God gives us all gifts some more than others. I feel in this age creativity is mass produced. its kind of a joke! I feel you can sharpen what you have already inside of you! What you do with that knowledge or how it comes out well that itself separates one from another!


You recently have started your own brand of clothing “Stolic”/Stolic Kidd” Can you tell us more about it and what it stands for? What type of clothes do you create?

Stolic – Stolic kidd is a brand I started 3 and half years ago! I started because I became aware of my influence in the world of fashion and was tired of making everyone else money!

STOLIC MEANS Sent to overachieve lead in Class I use kidd because its the most humble form a man can come as. So if you are a Humble sent messenger everyone will listen and pay attention! Its alot more to the name so be on the look out for videos and post at @stolickidd

I have a saying here “DO WHAT YOU DESIRE” or #DWYD. How does that apply to what you are doing with your fashion, acting and business pursuits and how you live your life?

#DWYD – This phrase is ME. Often I feel I do to much. There is a saying ‘jack of all trades master of none’, but I feel that does not apply to me! Each one of my crafts I put in countless of hours sharpening my tool! I feel I am the best and working towards being the best in all categories! In Gods time all will see! So I do what I desire to do no matter what people say or think.

How can we find out more about you and your work online? Facebook? Twitter? IG? Snapchat? Website?

instagram/twitter @corey_demon
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Do What You Desire featuring Dizon Dreams

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I always like to ask, what would you say to someone if they came up to you asked “What do you do?”
Every dream requires a dynamic team. Dizon Dreams helps brands and artists turn a creative vision into a game plan. We’re passionate about helping creatives reach the next level of success and do everything from PR to social media to events. We also host hip-hop dance parties in Los Angeles. 
Can you tell us about your work with your company Dizon Dreams? How long have you been in the business? Why did you create Dizon Dreams?
Dizon Dreams started back in 2015, it came out of a need. Living in Los Angeles, we recognized there’s so many dreamers, but not enough doers. Our mission with Dizon Dreams is to turn those creative dreams into a reality with action. This can be anything from launching a PR campaign, to increasing social media following and engagement to planning an album release party. We do what we love everyday and at the end of the day, that’s what life is all about. We’re passionate about working with the same people who have this winning mentality.
Can you take us into a day of your life? From when you wake up until you go to sleep…even if its only 4-5 hours of sleep!
There’s a saying that goes “I don’t have a 9-5, I have a ‘when I open my eyes- to when I close my eyes'” and we find this very true. To start the day, we begin with prayer, meditation, and a sense of gratitude. We’re thankful for the opportunity to be of value within our community and aim to reflect that in our actions and daily efforts. We usually schedule a morning meeting to highlight our client goals and schedule the day according to our agenda. 
Take us behind the scenes, into your world. What makes an event, a good event?
A good event is all about the energy of the crowd and the music. The best dance parties we’ve had have been when the DJs we’re playing good music and the crowd was full of life. We want everyone dancing at our parties. No wallflowers allowed, and nothing but positive vibes! 
Who are some of the people/organizations that you have worked with?
We’ve had great opportunities to work with some of my favorite brands: NIKE, Capitol Records, WB and hip-hop artists including Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige. Right now we’re working with The Pharcyde, HBK CJ, and Gaffer & Child.
Can you tell us how it is being a female business owner? Do you face any unique challenges or glass ceilings?
Being a female business owner is a challenge, but it’s about being a boss and having a positive attitude. People underestimate us, but there’s power in being underestimated. We enjoy going beyond what people expect of us. 
Are there any people and/or companies that you are inspired by? What makes them inspirational to you?
Diddy definitely inspires Dizon Dreams. He’s the ultimate hustler. Gary Vee is someone super inspirational as well. He builds brand equity and that’s what we believe it’s all about, giving and developing the value of a brand. 
I have a saying here “DO WHAT YOU DESIRE” or #DWYD. How does that apply to what you are doing with your fashion, acting and business pursuits and how you live your life?
Do what you desire is the foundation of creating a career you love. If you’re not using your talents to create and manifest a job you love, you’re playing yourself. And as our good friend DJ Khaled reminds us, don’t ever play yourself. There’s so many ways to can get paid to do what you love. It’s about focusing on what you want, finding your strengths and using your skills to help solve a problem. 
How can we find out more about you and your work online? Facebook? Twitter? IG? Snapchat? Website?
Follow us at @DizonDreams for a behind the scenes actions in Hollywood and our daily hustle. To learn more about what we do you can also visit
Are there any last words of wisdom or advice?
Do more than you talk. Surround yourself with a great team, and strive daily to improve your craft. Fuel your desire by your daily efforts because at the end of the day, the world goes to the doers. 
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Doing What You Desire with Chase N Cashe

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I would like to start off by asking, how is everything in the world of Chase N Cashe?

All is well I have no complaints because I am blessed and favored by the Universe. Putting the final touches on my next release “Cashe Rules 2” and continuing to shoot videos for songs off my latest drop “The Heir Up There 2” staying busy.

What would you say to someone who walked up to you on the street and asked, what do you do?

I tell people that I’m a musician and businessman because that gives a good sum of what I do on the daily. I do many things that fall under the umbrella of the music business. Above all I would say that I’m a Creator.

I like to ask people to take me back to their beginnings, their childhood, your “come up”! Can you tell me how you began in music?

My start in creating music came from an infatuation with music made by Mannie Fresh, Timbaland & Missy, and the Neptunes during the early and mid 2000’s. Growing up in New Orleans you are born with an ear for all types of music but when the digital production wave started to grow I found it very attractive. I was never into computers or anything technology based except for video games before I fell in love with making music. I became a fan of Jay-Z by listening to Juvenile “HA” remix and that’s what introduced me to NYC rap. Once I got a hold of classic NYC mixtapes I started feeling more involved with the culture.

Did you always picture yourself doing music and getting paid for your creativity?

Not at all because I wanted to be a professional basketball player like most kids growing up at the time because Sports was a huge thing to be involved with. I knew so many people who did music for a living when I was young that I didn’t think you could get paid for it. I always saw it as a hobby because in New Orleans people do music just because it’s around us all the time. I didn’t start seeing the money in music until shows like MTV Cribs and BET How I’m Living started showing my favorite artists lifestyle off the camera.

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Can you take us into your creative mind? What is your process, if there is any? Do you think creativity is taught or are we born creative?

My creative process starts with gathering as much influences as I can so I can study the details then trim the fat down. I like simplicity. Simplicity is profound to me. I tend to try new things all the time but my simplistic approach is what allows me to do it without alienating the person digesting my music. I think we are all born creative and it’s up to us to teach ourselves or find a mentor who can teach us enough at first to where we learn how to guide ourselves down the line as time passes. Everyone is a creative though. Fixing your own hamburger is creative. It’s all in how you look at it.

I am very big into reading and gaining knowledge from others wisdom. With that being said, can you tell us about your book, “Life is Good & Generous” ? What inspired you to become something like a hip-hop Tony Robbins?

My book “Life is Good & Generous” actually started off as #LifeInstructions tweets I used to do years back that I would see get retweeted periodically by my supporters. People used to tell me all the time to write a book but my idea of writing a book was the old way of penning one as an author. As a kid I always loved pop-out picture books so I took some ideas from that and combined it with the feel of twitter. It’s amazing how many people are supporting the book. When you open the book and see the layout it gives you the feel of when you first came across the tweet. You even get to see the date and photos of some of my supporters which can strike up some memories such as what you were doing the day you came across the tweet. The Tony Robbins comparison is very appreciated but I’m more along the lines of an Eric Thomas. I give out my experiences in a language that this young generation can grasp quickly because they’re used to using social media to gather influences. I just want the book to keep growing to where I can do in-store signings and much more.

You are a one of the deeper thinkers in the music world, can you tell us how you feel about the presidential election? Do you think voting is important?

I honestly don’t feel any type of way about it. I think voting is important if you find politics interesting. I personally don’t find politics interesting. I’ve never felt like the President of the Nation determined how well I would live. I do know the influence that comes with someone being in that position and I respect it entirely but am not moved by it. I pay attention to people like Elon Musk, Carl Icahn, & Dr. Claud Anderson, & other people who are into creativity & big business.

What are your plans for 2016? Are you currently working on anything that you can share?

I’m releasing the sequel to “Cashe Rules” this Spring / Summer and I have a whole lot of production coming out so just stay tuned to all my social media connects like Twitter, IG, & SnapChat. I always keep people up to date. I’m like my own CNN. It’s CNC TV.

We have a saying/mantra/way of life known as “Do What You Desire” aka #DWYD. How does that apply to what you are doing with your life and the legacy you are leaving behind?

I do what I desire everyday so it fully applies to me. I desire to set good examples by doing what I love to do. What I love to do is create in the art realm. I’m blessed to have influence so I don’t take it lightly. I have a feeling I will big one of the biggest artists in this generation. I want to have a musical legacy that extends to my family because Bob Marley inspires me a ton. I’m here to make the best music I can so my family tree can live off of it and continue to operate a good standing respected business that can give back and contribute in the community.

How can we find out more about you and your creations online? Website? IG?

You can follow me on Twitter @ChaseNCashe and on Instagram @TheHeir. My SnapChat name is CNC504. You can watch all of my videos on YouTube by searching Chase N. Cashe. Subscribe to the CBR SoundCloud by visiting and you can get all the music from new to old. Every Saturday at 7PM PST and Sunday 9PM PST you can hear me on Dash Radio #TheCut Station with the “King of Kings” Podcast which is also available for free in the iTunes store. “The Heir Up There 2” is out now on and my artist BankSkee’s debut project “LuLu” is available on LiveMixtapes & SpinRilla. You can purchase the book “Life is Good & Generous” from

Are there any last words of wisdom or advice for your fans, supporters and those of us who are trying to “make it” in any creative field?

All the ones who “make it” are the ones who never quit. You don’t have to know it all to live your dream but you do have to give it your all. You gotta invest all the positive energy you can into your creations so people can feel you whether they pay for it or not.

Interview with Founder of Renaissance Collective, Creative Director and Social Entrepreneur, Steven Gonzalez Marin


I would like to start off by asking, how is everything in the world of Steven Gonzalez Marin?

Sensational! Very excited for the start of the new year. Many new projects on the horizon which will surely make it a year to remember.

What would you say to someone who walked up to on the street and asked, what is it that you do?

I come up with ideas and I bring incredibly talented people together to bring them to life. I always say I wasn’t blessed with any tangible talents, but I was able to recognize talent, and able to give it the direction and guidance it needs to ensure success. Which I suppose that is a talent of its own.


Can you take me back to your childhood, your “come up”, what inspired you take the path to become a creative director? Was there an “aha moment”? Did you always visualize or expect to live the life you are living now?

Well I graduated high school and I really had no idea what I was going to do. That last year was a struggle and I knew school just wasn’t what I was destined to do.

Last minute I decided to go on a vacation to West Palm Beach, Florida and I never left. I stayed there for a year, and that was the turning point in my life. The energy and atmosphere was just perfect. I meditated, read, wrote, and walked for at least 8 hours a day. I had the chance to really dig deep and figure out who I was and what I was destined to do.

From there I began taking the initial steps that have gotten me to where I am today. I ended up moving back to my home town to take the courses I felt I needed and eventually moved to NY where I officially started the company I had dreamed about in Florida, and also founded IMAGE Gallery with my partners.

I didn’t know how or what path I would take, and I surely didn’t think I’d be involved in some of the things I am involved in today, but I did however know that I would be in the position of working for myself and doing what I love sooner or later.


Can you tell us your perspective of what creativity is to you? Do you think everyone is “creative”? Do you think creativity is taught or are you born with it?

I’ve struggled with the concept of creativity. There was a span in my life where I didn’t think I was creative at all. I couldn’t come up with any ideas that I thought were worthy of anything really.

I just kept trying. I kept surrounding myself with creative people, I would come up with idea after idea, until some of them were actually pretty good. It has almost become like second nature.

I think creativity is a both a skill and a talent. Some people are born with it, some aren’t, but we all have it within. You just have to tap into it. And sometimes that means really digging deep, constantly, and failing numerous times. But its the repetition that makes your ideas great. Even if you were born creative, if you aren’t constantly doing things that stimulate your creativity then it won’t be nurtured and grow to reach its full potential.


Take us into your creative mind, what is your process? How do you approach creativity? Many creatives are known to lack business sense, how do you balance the two? Any suggestions for our readers?

My purpose is rather simple, I want to create cool stuff that makes a difference in the lives of many. It’s easy to come up with something that is cool, but how do you make something cool and impactful, inspiring and motivating? That’s always the challenge for me. I believe creatives shape the way the world thinks and functions, and it is our responsibility to use that creativity in a responsible way.

As for balancing creativity and business sense. That’s a tough one. Many creatives either don’t know anything about business or don’t want to know anything about business. I think that’s where the role of manager and creative director are so important. We are the ones who are able to find balance between the two. That’s what many companies don’t understand. The role of creative director is crucial, as we both understand artistry and business and find a way to make the two coexist. My advice would be find yourself a good manager, who believe in you.

You have worked on numerous projects, can you tell us about some your past projects? Future projects for 2016!?

That’s a loaded question. I’ve been working on my own projects as well as with other companies and brands since I was 16. My first venture was a music label, where I managed a bunch of musicians and producers. That was fun. But that was my first taste of being an entrepreneur.

Since then I have worked on projects for international clothing brands, artists, musicians, athletes, etc. Last year I had the opportunity to work with Kanye West, on producing his Season 2 showroom in NYC. That was pretty awesome as he is an inspiration for what I do.

2016 is looking to be a great year. I am opening up a second gallery here in Brooklyn. Working on a really awesome for NBA All star Weekend with my client, Andre Drummond who will be in the All Star game for the first time. But what I am most excited about is this is the year I really start branding myself and engaging people with my story as well as doing a lot of social awareness and charity work. It’s all about giving back while you are here.

Who are some of the companies and other artists/creatives that you have worked with and are currently working with? What is Renaissance Collective? And what is Image Gallery NYC?

Renaissance Collective a creative agency that I founded in 2014. It is actually my dream company. I had in in my mind since I was 18 and took 5 years to finally bring it into fruition. Now I have the opportunity to work with a roster of incredibly talented people and really cool companies that understand the value of creativity and culture.

IMAGE is an art gallery and studio my partner founded and brought me on board to pretty much run the show. An art gallery was never part of my plan, but I must say it has been a great opportunity as it’s opened up many others and has allowed me to work with artists from around the world. Check out the gallery at or @imagegallerynyc.

Now this question is a little different, can you tell us your most depressing moment in your career or even life if you are open to it, and how you worked to over come it?

There was a point in my life where I was actually homeless for quite some time. that was a hell of an experience. I made some moves in my life that might have been premature but I knew I needed to make in order to go where I needed to be. And it led to me not having a place to stay for while. It was definitely tough. But it was an experience that really built character, and put some things in perspective.

I just had to keep on working and fight through the depression. It’s life, but when you have that singular vision and that is the single most important thing in your life, everything else doesn’t matter. You really have to sacrifice in life to get what you want. Like really sacrifice. It’s all a part of the story though. I wouldn’t change a thing.

We have a saying/mantra/way of life known as “DO WHAT YOU DESIRE” or #DWYD. How does that apply to what you are doing in your life?

It applies perfectly. I left my comfortable job, home, and life all at once because I was miserable. I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do. Once I did that life got significantly harder, but I was able to breathe so much better. I was able to know that time was mine and I was able to do whatever I wanted to do with it. I am definitely still figuring it all out, BUT I can proudly and happily say I DO WHAT I DESIRE.

You guys can check out the agency page at, my personal Instagram, @renaissanceco as well as Facebook at Steven Gonzalez Marin.

Last words of advice: Never settle, never compromise. Do what you feel is right for yourself. And be selfish, but let your mission be selfless.

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Bklyn House Mural Project from Renaissance Collective on Vimeo.

Urban Natured: Dropout 2014 from Urban Natured on Vimeo.

Interview with Marnie Schneider, founder of Keep On Playing!

FullSizeRender (1)If a stranger walked up to you on the street and asked “What do you do?” what would be your response?

I run a foundation for youth athletics called Keep On Playing!

Can you take us back in the past and tell us the story of your life? What inspired you become who you are today? Was there a moment or moments in your life that shaped you to become the person you are today?

I have been very blessed and I have been able to be around and learn from amazing people from all walks of life who have inspired me to make a difference every day and to do what I say I’m going to do.  I have learned to listen to what people are telling you. Listening is a skill that takes discipline and patience but always adds value! If you want, I will send you my bio!


Tell us about your new foundation, Keep On Playing! What is it all about? How did you start it? What are your plans for it?

Keep On Playing is a family expression that is exactly what it says, in life no matter what to get anywhere you must keep on playing! I have learned that when you love what you do it’s play and fun in addition to that KOP is encouraging children not to give up. We work with community centers and rec centers with our PRO resources of MLB and NFL to get kids clinics, equipment, experiences at PRO games, motivational material and information on healthy ways to eat! I started KOP when I realized that just getting kids equipment was a handout and that felt like it was the end of the road. KOP is a FULL program to enhance everyones mind, body and spirit! The leaders at the rec centers love it and the kids and the teams we work with and the community leaders all recognize the importance of game and life changing moments when you Keep On Playing!


You are an advocate of sports and the value of team work and developing yourself, especially children. Can you tell our readers how these principles are and have improved the children that you have worked with?

Sports promote healthy minds bodies and spirits that teach you ow to play together participate and cooperate with each other all skills that we must have to function properly in the world and also give you coping skills and keep you away from bad habits!!! Team mates and coaches keep you safe!

Your grandfather was the late great Leonard Tose. Can you tell us more about your memories of him, his legacy with The Philadelphia Eagles and The Ronald McDonald. How important of an influence has he been on your life and your calling?

My grandfather would always say “what do we have to do to get it done!” In 40 years the Ronald McDonald House has had tremendous success and is the crown jewel in our family legacy! He was the owner that would write the BIG checks to the players, coaches and staff. He knew how how to motivate and inspire people and being around him was FUN! My Grandfather taught me that Civility is NOT a sign of weakness and that it is my role to help others and be a leader!


You recently wrote a book! Can you tell us more about it? What is your mission and goal for the book?

I wrote a children book called Football Frankie it’s about my experiences growing up in the world of Pro Football but teaches you about friendship and respect and LOVE!  My plan is to get it into every Ronald McDonald House and the proceeds will go to Keep On Playing!

You live a very fulfilled life, which is rare, so I’d like to ask you if you could share with me your greatest triumph and also, your lowest moment in life and how you overcame it! I ask this because I think we all need some inspiration to keep us playing in the game of life.

My oldest son had cancer – Neuroblastoma at 9 months old he had surgery to remove his tumor and did chemo and didn’t walk or talk till he was 5 and now he’s 16 and playing football  and he is a great kid who is a nice person and a good student and a great son, grandson and friend!

I look at low points this way. It is an opportunity to show myself what I am capable of. I try to not be reckless with other peoples feelings and using proper communication, because it is important to be able to stay away from drama and stress. I guess making the decision to end my marriage 8 years ago was a tough decision because I could have stayed. He is a nice guy but we were not a perfect fit.  I didn’t want to rob him of finding his ideal mate and I knew that mine was out there. I want the people I love to have the best life ever,  especially my kids because they only get one childhood. You can’t do childhood over, so that’s why it is so important to help kids all over who may not be as blessed as mine!

I have learned a lot from sports. The time out is the best thing ever. I even give myself a time out. I have an egg timer and I allow myself 2 minutes to regroup then I get back on the field and do what I have to do! That’s what I love about sports. It is the lessons we learn from watching the best play! They can’t dwell on a bad play or a missed call. They have to refocus and go do it!

I give people a lot of chances, maybe too many, but I want people to be patient with me too. I view everyone I encounter as someone’s sweet precious BABY.  When they were born into this world, their mother had dreams for them and they are on their own journey and I’m not better than anyone. I love meeting new people and learning about them and their life and what their triggers are. What makes them happy and then doing that to help them! Being able to make people laugh and smile and feel safe and comfortable is what makes me HAPPY!! Being a provider is a compliment and I am proud that I can provide for my kids and show them my definition of being a good person. Then they can go and create their own definition!

We have a mantra, a lifestyle called #DoWhatYouDesire aka #DWYD – can you tell us how this applies to your life and all of the amazing work that you do?

I desire to be a leader and create a legacy of making a difference.  Every thing I do has a breath of life and I have to make really solid decisions because people are donating to me and my foundation. I am so grateful for people, so I make sure that everything I desire is about making anyone who has helped me see the positive results!

Where can we find out more about you, your Keep On Playing Foundation and your book!? Website? Facebook? Twitter? 

All of the above!

Finally, are there any final words of wisdom or life advice that you’d like to share with the readers?

Joshua I think that being open to making new friends and accepting people for who they are and loving what makes them happy is the best way to love yourself first! The Golden Rule is always the best! DO unto Others as you would have them do unto YOU!

I am SOOOOO thankful that you find me interesting enough to want to feature me Joshua!! You are very special and smart and I believe IN YOU!

Interview with Suicide Intervention Coach Arielle Caputo


If a stranger walked up to you on the street and asked “What do you do?” what would be your response?

I often say “I’m in the business of being happy.” And people often laugh and then I say I am a suicide intervention coach and also work at a film studio for the time being.

Can you tell us about how you got involved in charitable work? I read your story on the Huffington Post, but I want to hear it from your words, your feelings and your life. What were your influences to pursue it?

2013 was a rough year; I was extremely depressed and crying all the time. One day after crying non stop, I sat down and started thinking about it all. And all of a sudden a thought shocked me: I have been crying non stop; in the grocery store, class, the library, in my car, on the bus… and not one person ever stopped and said “Miss are you ok?”  I was shocked. But more importantly I was like oh my, how many people did I pass by and I had no clue they were crying? It was that moment, I said, “Ok, enough is enough.” I feel like I am screaming on the top of my lungs for help, yet no one seems to hear me. I am looking for someone to lean on, someone to hold my hand, someone’s shoulder to cry on. That is it, from this point on I am going to be that person for everyone and anyone who needs it. We always hear, If you want love then spread love. Or put love and good out and it will always come back. So I purposed in my heart to do one random good deed a day. Then I started posting my IG videos hoping to encourage others. If you go back to the first few video posts, I am literally crying. I then went and got Suicide Certified so I could be properly trained on how to respond and help others. I had found my happiness, my inner peace and my passion in life. I wanted to show others that is it possible and the how to. So I wrote, “Love You.Me.We. Read more to find out my story.

You are advocate for Suicide Prevention, especially for teenagers. I know that you experienced your own bouts with love, loss, loneliness and inner turmoil. What was the one spark that happened inside of you that caused you to change your life?

One day enough was enough. I was done crying. I was done feeling this way, poor me. And I started my Instagram thinking I couldn’t be the only one feeling this way. And I started receiving a bombardment of suicidal posts, DMs, comments, messages…and was like wow you have to call the hotline and many people kept saying nooo we want to talk to you, we know you, they are a cold stranger on the other end of the phone. So I said you know what I am going to get suicide certified. And there happened to be a program near me that fit my hours and budget and I got suicide certified right away. And then that led to me wanting to start my own support group.


I read that you began with a simple Instagram post, a video, then that simple video spread to many others who have felt like you. What was your reaction, to the reaction? What did you do next?  

It was over whelming. I started with 20 followers in September, by January I had 1k by June I had 10k. I realized I was on to something. Now my day doesn’t feel complete unless I’ve started it by making my 15 sec motivational power thoughts.

You created a beautiful and inspirational website, Dream Endlessly, Actively Pursue. Can you please tell us more about it? What is all on there?

So when I decided I was going to find self love, and to discover happiness… I would look for books, podcasts, websites I could go to every day to help me get my mind set in the right direction. I found a couple. But nothing I really liked. So that was the goal of my site to create a go to place to offer a pick-me-up and or help you get motivated for the day. I also started doing a lot of charity events and had a lot of people wanting to help so my website allows people to see all the upcoming events and how they can participate.

You also authored a book! “Love You. Me. We: Your Daily Year-Long Journey to Happiness” Can you tell us more about that? How did you even find time to create your own book?

I started January of 2014 and my goal was to release to the world on June 18th, which I did!!! I just started. I basically disappeared from the world for 6 months and set aside time every single day to work on it. It was a book of love that’s for sure. I kept saying someone should write a book about this… and one of my good friends had just finished his and was like do it! It’s easy. So he guided me through it and I self published through Amazon and hosted a huge book release June of 18th in Los Angeles, CA. Definitely one of the greatest feelings in the world receiving that first copy in the mail after all the hard work and labor poured into it.

I personally believe the people who have felt the most “pain” are the ones who fight past it and inspire many. Can you tell us your greatest setbacks? Can you tell us your greatest achievements? Can you tell us how they shaped the person that you look at in the mirror today?

Ahaha no actually. I am a firm believer in things that don’t make you feel good we do not need to talk about. I don’t need to relieve the pain nor does any one else. Life is about feeling good not telling sad tales to convince people we have been through hard times.

In short I have been homeless, I have gone through a painful car accident so I know physical pain with herniated disks, fractured feet, dislocated pelvis, 2nd degree burns…

I have hit rock bottom. Where you feel helpless, hopeless. I felt ugly and unattractive. I Hid from all mirrors and cameras.

All those “hard times” or “setbacks” are what create empathy. I’ve been there I understand. I’ve hit rock bottom. But I’m also not there any more J so I’ve seen what it takes to come out and how easy you can change your life around. Sometimes life is a catapult pulls us (what seems to be backwards) only to shoot us that much further to our goals!

We have a mantra, “Do What You Desire” or simply #DWYD, how does that apply to you and your lifestyle?

Oh definitely agree! Do what makes you FEEL good. Feeling good is the key to manifestation. Feeling good inspires action. Do what ever you can every day to help you feel good. Listen to good music, eat your favorite food, do things you love.

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Are there any last words of encouragement that you’d like to give our readers?

Garbage in garbage out. Same goes for happiness and positivity in happiness and positivity out. You have to constantly fill up your environment, mind, home, work place with positivity. Happiness is something we choose everyday. Just like yesterdays shower doesn’t work for today. Read good books, listen to motivational podcasts as you are getting ready for the day. Set alarm clocks on your smart phone with positive reminders. There are lots of little new healthy habits you can incorporate that will help you along your transformation.

Are there any shout outs that you would like to give?!

There are many supportive people. Nick with @epicgood. Tony with Seven Seas Tea LLC, there is @faithhopeloveproject … I could write a looooong list lol.

Where can we find out more about you and what you do? Websites? IG? Twitter? FaceBook?

My Instagram’s and websites are where you can find me!



Interview With Life Coach Allynn Taylor from


Good day Allynn Taylor! How is everything going in your world?

All is well! I hope the same for you.

I always like to ask, what would you say to a stranger if they came up to you and asked, “What do you do?”

If a stranger came up to me and asked that question, I would tell them I’m a certified life coach. I essentially help people who are ready to be pro-active about creating the life they would love to live.

Can you tell me what inspired you to create your own life coaching business? Like, what happened in your life’s story that led you down the path you are on now?

When I was a freshman at Hampton University, a friend of mine put on a DVD called “The Secret”, which talked about the law of attraction. From there, I discovered my cousin Nikkita had the same DVD. She fully immersed herself into being a positive and optimistic individual, which really inspired me to practice the same. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Hampton, I decided I wanted a career where I could not only truly enjoy what I do and but have a sense of purpose. I began to think about all of the elements that could be the perfect fit for me and decided life coaching would be the ideal career. For a while, I searched to find the perfect institution to take my life coaching certification and discovered The Life Purpose Institute. I graduated from there with a certification in life and career coaching and now have my company “Sip Of Posititivitea”.

I have been a subscriber to your “Positivitea” texts for almost 2 years now. I must admit that I am definitely a fan of them! They are a very good way to reflect and apply the knowledge that you send! How long have you been doing these texts? Also, what have been other people’s reactions to them?

I really appreciate the fact you’ve been on my list this long and actually still enjoy them. I try to make things fresh although a subject can be repeated and I’m glad its working. LOL. I’ve been sending my motivational texts for 3 years now. I started with just 5 people and now there are over 600 people on my list, which is so AMAZING! Every day I get messages from people telling me how much they appreciate me sending them out to them, which really makes me feel, so appreciated! I encourage everyone to let me know if they love the message of the day!

In your words Allynn Taylor, what is a life coach? How can you, help someone who is 1000 miles away or just down the block?

Many people have an idea or a dream they want to fulfill, but they don’t know how to move towards that, – they may have blocks or issues they need to get around to make those dreams and ideas into fruition. A life coach is a companion who helps you be pro-active with the things you want to achieve; cheers you on while making it happen and helps pick you up when you may feel overwhelmed or doubtful. If someone were to be interested in becoming my client and so happened to be miles away, we have our good friend technology and could use Face Time or Skype!

What is the best way to remain positively motivated while being realistic about life and what we may be going through?

The way to remain positive is to be honest and patient with your self. We know in reality things may take a while to change because it’s a process, but we also know the way to keep stress levels down is to be positive and optimistic in the midst of the storm. Having faith and trusting the process is the easiest way to keep positive and remain sane. Also, learning to let go and have no expectations of the outcomes of our reality will also make things easier.

Do you think, with the usage of social media and us literally being able to filter out lives to the public, that we have more “competition” on social media? Like who is living the best or who is traveling where? Does that help to contribute to all of the depressive/neurotic and “pill popping”, overly medicated society that is coming up now?

I believe comparing yourself to others has been present way before social media. Although it’s a display of every day or even every minute of other peoples lives, we have to realize everyone has their own path that they’re supposed to be on. I believe social media isn’t the reason why people are becoming depressive, but it could help reveal internal feelings that have been buried inside of a person for a while.

Random Question, but I can imagine you are well read, so what has been the most influential book in your life?

I love love love LOVE “The Game of Life and How To Play It”. After reading that book, it really put life into perspective for me. I began to really understand the law of attraction, the law of karma and other types of spiritual laws to help create the life I wanted. The book is by Florence Scovel Shinn and can be found online or on Amazon.

We have a mantra here, “DO WHAT YOU DESIRE” or #DWYD. How does that apply to what you have and are doing with life coaching and “Sip of Positivitea” mantra?

It applies in many ways with Sip Of Positivitea! Doing what you desire is something I want all my clients and the entire world to have the opportunity to do! My purpose is to help people to obtain and maintain the life they want to live and have a sense of purpose!

How can we find out more about you and “Sip of Positivitea” online? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Website?

You can view my website at!

My motivational texts can be found at and!

Are there any last words of wisdom or advice you’d like to give any of our readers?

I would like to tell everyone to trust the process and yourself. Have faith and confidence in all that you do. Be kind and patient with yourself, all is well.

#DWYD 4th Annual Toy And Book Drive

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#DWYD aka #DOWHATYOUDESIRE and Joshua Scarver are collecting toys and books on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee and The Child Protection Center

The toys and books are being collected for possible abused and mistreated children. The reason I am collecting the toys for these children is because it hits home for some of the things I’ve seen in the past and how it affects the children for the rest of their lives. No child should be mistreated or abused in any shape, form or fashion. Also, due to the nature of what The Child Protection Center specializes in, (in terms of physical/sexual abuse) I think that many people don’t want to discuss or address that aspect of our worlds issues. I feel that it is one of my missions to help bring some light to what these children need. That is the reason why I, Joshua Scarver and #DoWhatYouDesire collect the toys and books every year. Its not much, but its the least I can do.

Last year we collected over 550 toys and books within 30 days! This time our goal is to collect 1000 Toys this time – under the hashtag – #1000ToysAndBooksDWYD – so far we have over 150!

Finally this year we have many 3 new places that are helping to collect the toys! All the locations are listed on the flier and will be listed below as well!


Spitfires on State
5019 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI

Lids & Clips
1401 South 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI

Frenz Garden Center
505 North Main Street
Thiensville, WI


KRS Hair Studios
832 East Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI

Parallel Employment Group
569 West Lincoln Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Special thank you to our sponsors

Joshua Scarver – Brand Consultant & Strategist

#DoWhatYouDesire – #DWYD

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

For all other questions, to schedule a pick up please contact Joshua Scarver at or 414-745-6233

You can mail toys & books to

PO BOX 170722
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Thank you all once again!

PS. The last day to donate at drop off locations is December 22nd but you can donate year round!