3 Traits of Extremely Smart People

Written by Salina Jivani

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We’ve all come across someone who seems to be super-humanly smart. You know the one. That person who appears to have the power to predict the success of every decision. Everything they do seems to be exactly right, they overcome the most impossible of situations with ease, and, heck, even the way they talk or express themselves is nothing short of suave with a mix of genius. They have a good head on their shoulders and sometimes, just sometimes, you wish you could dissect their brain to see exactly what it’s made of (because likely it’s not what the rest of us mere mortals have in our own brains). Believe it or not, intelligent people do share certain qualities and traits that set them apart from the rest of the pack. Here’s a list of just three of the many characteristics you might notice in these wise owls.

They’re not know-it-alls

Intelligent people don’t pretend to know everything. In fact, they’ll probably be one of the very first to admit when they have no clue what’s going on. Instead of viewing their lack of knowledge about a subject or topic as a setback, they view it as an opportunity to brush up on a vaguely familiar topic or even about something that’s otherwise completely alien to them. This is what sets them above the rest—they continuously try to quench their thirst for information by acquiring more and more knowledge.

They’re funny

Think of what you’d expect and intelligent person to look like and your mind will probably conjure an image of a bespectacled person who is timid, robotic and has zero personality. But this stereotype is extremely off base—in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Intelligent people are usually extremely funny and have a great sense of humor. Think back to the person you admire for their brains, and it’s likely you’ll realize that they find humor in the slightest situations and possess a strong wit or a prominent funny bone.

They’re open to novel ideas

Smart people don’t limit themselves to only a specific set of ideas or beliefs. Their minds are broad and open to a myriad of thoughts and they’re all about exploring new thoughts or ideologies. Often, they consider different viewpoints and are open to weighing their options before deciding on a firm solution.

Going back to that person you believe to be highly intelligent. Observe what traits they have, pay attention to their behaviors and notice their outlook and perspectives on topics. Adopt their positive traits after careful analysis. By doing so, you’ll be embracing yet another trait of a highly intelligent person—embracing the best of traits from those around you and making them your own.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Beautiful Struggle

image1) How did the Beautiful Struggle movement begin?

Beautiful Struggle came from my own personal Life struggles with insecurities. I wanted to be able to offer Products to help women enhance there beauty and share a movement to stop insecurities!

2) What products and services do you offer you clients ?

Beautiful Struggle Offers Luxury Hair, EyeLash Extensions, Accessories and Custom T-Shirts

3) Tell us about your Women on the Rise Expo

Women on the Rise is a series of Expo’s that will tour the country inspiring and helping men and women achieve greater heights. It’s an event where people can share stories, provide exposure to their growing brands while support one another’s business endeavors. The event will travel to many locations throughout 2016 and 2018 with hopes of creating an annual expo.

4) Who or what inspires you the most to keep the beautiful struggle movement going ?

My Nieces and Nephews Inspire me the Most but My Purpose is to help all young adults with insecurities

5) What methods are you using to effectively market and brand your business.

I Mostly use Social Media because thats the GO TO now a days for people to shop and be apart of anything New.

6) What has been one of your biggest obstacles as an entrepreneur My biggest Obstacle is getting my brand across in a Positive and inspiring way that stands out from MOST!

7) How does someone go about being apart of the beautiful struggle movement ? beautifulstrugglelove.com visit the site. Also Beautiful Struggle offers a Distributor Program where you can be your Own Boss having a Luxury Hair Line. We will also have Distributor seminars on buying whole sale and becoming your own boss.

8) What is the biggest impact that you want your business/ movement to have on it’s followers. I want my followers to GET and BE inspired by knowing their worth with Beauty… I want to help and pull all women and men out of insecurities

9) What can we expect next from the Beautiful Struggle brand

Be expecting Multiple Sales through out the year of 2017! Follow My Social Media for all future Sales, giveaways, videos, and Movements

3 Ways to Brave the Cold Stylishly This Winter

Written by Salina Jivani

imageWith cold weather comes the overwhelming urge to cuddle up under the covers and hibernate till warmer weather resurfaces, bringing with it the sunny days of bikinis and halter tops. Unfortunately, most of us work, which means hiding under the covers for the next five months is simply out of the question.

But don’t worry. Even though the sexy season of summer is now behind us, you can still make the most of winter fashion by flaunting some happening styles that will keep you both toasty and en vogue.

This winter’s fashion won’t disappoint you. Here are three must-haves that’ll keep you styling and comfy all at once.

Turtlenecks: They’re around pretty much every winter season, but this year turtlenecks are sporting a new style. Throw them on under one of your summer dresses and you’ll be in sync with this year’s winter trend. What better way to save on a winter wardrobe, cling on to the not-too-distant memory of summer and stay warm and snuggly throughout the winter months?

Leggings: These stretchy pants initially made their reappearance two seasons ago by Phoebe Philo, and it seems like they’re here to stay for a while. To the glee of many women who love the comfort and allure of these trendsetters, leggings are back again in the fashion books this winter. Throw them on under a dress or a long, baggy top and you’ve got a good mixture of comfort and style—a dream come true for any fashionista who wants to look amazing without freezing in the name of fashion.

Boots: We can’t forget the most important accessory of them all, right? And let’s just be honest, we all look forward to winter because of one reason and one reason only…boots! The highlight of winter, boots can transform even the sloppiest of outfits from an utter fail to a complete traffic stopper. There’s something completely sexy about strutting around in something that modestly covers the curves and contours of your feet while still managing to make your legs utterly irresistible, lean and taut. This winter season in particular, platform boots are all the rave…so don’t miss out!

Bonus: We couldn’t stop at three, so we thought we’d throw in number four—for fashion’s sake. A quick peek at fashion sites, and you’ll see that trench coats are a big must-have this winter. Stylish and most effective at keeping you warm all around, trench coats are most definitely a great investment, if not for the sake of style then certainly for the total warmth they’ll embody you in—from head to toe!

We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely rejoicing that the most popular fashion choices this season are all about making you look your best while keeping the frost bite at bay! Cheers to looking great and staying healthy this winter.

How to Snag The Best Black Friday Deals–Every Time!

Written by Salina Jivani

imageHoliday shopping is the best part of the holidays, except for the damage it can wreak on your pocketbook. But that’s why Black Friday and Cyber Monday exist—right? To help you save tons of money?

Hmm…not really.

Though it’s no secret great deals have a tendency of lurking around the corners this time of year, particularly because stores are eager to turn a profit and get in the black, many consumers mistakenly assume that every deal they stumble across during these sales are the absolute best of the entire year. And many retailers take advantage of this false pretense and disguise rip offs as amazing “deals.” To make sure you enjoy your holiday shopping while protecting your wallet, here are some tips to follow.

Make a list—check it twice

Every year after Black Friday, store return counters overflow with gifts and coveted door busters that just days ago people were playing tug-of-war over. Why does this happen? Because consumers get excited in the moment and end up buying things they never really needed…or even wanted.

To avoid this, make a list of exactly what items you want to purchase. And be specific. Hunting for a tablet? Think about what size, brand and specs you’re looking for. Activity tracker? What features and style do you want?

If you make a list and are specific about exactly what it is you want, you’ll be less likely to splurge on something you’re not very keen on buying, which will keep you from the dreadfully long return lines immediately following Black Friday.

Do your research

No, we don’t mean you need to write an entire research paper before you go shopping. But we do recommend you go online and read the reviews about the product you’re looking to purchase. By doing your research ahead of time and considering customer feedback on the item you’re interested in, you’re less likely to be disappointed or dissatisfied with your purchase—especially if you’ve wasted a ton of time standing in a long line to buy it.

Do a price comparison

Most people love the thrill of Black Friday shopping—fighting the crowds, the thrum of late-night joviality and holiday spirit all around. Oh, and of course the shopping! But in the excitement of it all, it’s easy to get distracted and get ripped off by one of those fake deals we mentioned earlier.

To avoid getting fooled, make sure you start your research early on—at least a few weeks before the actual sale date. Compare prices among different retailers—both online and in store. Sometimes online deals trump anything you can find at a store. But do be mindful of shipping costs, because sometimes they can be heavy and, ultimately, a deal breaker.

If you are doing the majority of your shopping at one store but find a particular item that’s cheaper at another store, find out if the first store has a price match program. Often, these retailers will price match if you can provide a circular or online ad showing the discounted price at one of their major competitors.

And make sure you don’t limit your price comparisons to only before Black Friday. Once you make your purchase, it’s likely that some stores will drop their pricing, making it possible for you to get an even better deal—or at least have the store you purchased from price match the lower price from their competitor.

While you’re out snagging incredible deals on Black Friday—don’t forget, Cyber Monday is just around the corner. So if you didn’t find what you were looking for over the weekend, you could still have another shot at a great bargain!

3 Movies You Won’t Want to Miss This Holiday Season

Written by Salina Jivani

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The best part of the holidays is indulging in decadent meals and spending valuable time with loved ones, whether that means playing family games or cozying up to a good movie. And like any year, 2016 comes with its own share of flicks you won’t want to miss this holiday season. Here are a few you’ll want to keep on your radar as the year comes to a close.

Almost Christmas: Released November 11*

A fun, laughter-filled Christmas comedy, Almost Christmas is about a retired man who invites his four children home for the holidays after having lost the love of his life just the year prior. He hopes his children’s company will make the holiday complete, but finds that Christmas isn’t nearly as joyous as he’d hoped. His children are constantly at each other’s throats and their bickering is endless, making for an entertaining and stress-induced holiday season.

If you’re looking to tucker in with a hilarious movie with just the right tinge of holiday spirit, you’ll want to make sure you carve some time out for Almost Christmas.

Office Christmas Party: Releases December 9*

You’ve probably seen the ads for this movie—and if you haven’t, words don’t do the trailer justice! Imagine work politics clashing with the most happening holiday party of the year. What do you have? Office Christmas Party!

When a CEO threatens to close down the branch where her party-animal brother works, she knows no good will come out of it. But little does she expect he’ll go to extraordinary lengths to save his job and those of his coworkers.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, this is sure to be a movie that leaves you rolling on the floor and feeling very much like you just crashed the best holiday bash of the year.

Moana: Releases November 23*

Okay, so I lied. This one isn’t holiday related, but who can say no to a sweet Disney princess movie? And this one’s the first one about a Polynesian princess! Made by the same people who created “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Aladdin,” Moana is a perfect pick if you’ve got little kids who’ll be home for Thanksgiving break, which is when this movie is scheduled to release.

*All release dates are tentative and subject to change.
Whatever it is you decide to do over the holidays and however you decide to celebrate or relax, we at VEU wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday season!

The Simple Secret To a Slimmer Waistline

Written By Salina Jivani

Slim waistWe live in a society that’s fixated on calories, from food packaging crammed with nutritional facts

where calorie takes the lead to large light-up menus at fast food restaurants where calories counts compete for space among the smorgasbord of pictures and pricing.

And it’s this fixation that’s got us all going stir crazy over every morsel of anything we put in our mouth. I’ll say I’m equally, if not more, guilty than anyone out there.

But perhaps my story’s a little different than everyone else’s. Until my late teens, I never paid any attention to food and had a naturally slender figure of 125 pounds on my 5’ 7” frame. But my lack of interest in meals cost me to lose a lot of weight and people soon started asking me if I was anorexic—which to me was a huge insult that called for immediate action.

So I went to the local Walmart, bought several bags of fun size chocolates and started stuffing face.

The weigh scale didn’t budge. So I ate more and more and more until I felt absolutely sick. But alas, I’d gained five pounds—and the compliments began. I remember the feeling of elation. Of feeling like if a little bit of weight got me this much attention, more would make me feel and look even better.

So I ate more and more and more, until I’d gained 15 pounds. By then, my unhealthy eating habits were second nature. Chocolates took the place of meals and fast food options began to be the healthiest picks of my day.

Soon, I found that where I fit comfortably into my clothes before, I was now struggling. And then came the reality check: a picture of me and my boyfriend where I actually looked heavier and bigger than him! Being that he was no small guy, I found this utterly embarrassing. Even my dad, who never commented on my weight, mentioned in passing to my mom that I’d seemed to have stacked on a bit of meat.

And there I was back at square one again, listening to people, being hurt by their opinions and wanting to ignite immediate change in my body. So I went on a diet and started counting calories. And I did for the next 10 years.

Until 2016. That’s when I decided I needed to make a lifestyle change, and not stick to a process that made me feel like I was constantly ball-and-chained.

But with this decision to put an end to my religious counting habits came consequences. It didn’t take long for my weigh scale to begin an outrageously slow ascent, fooling me into thinking it wasn’t real “weight” that I was gaining. Perhaps just water retention or that extra salt I’d ingested through that family-size bag of potato chips I’d indulged in. But I was wrong. Soon, I’d put on 10 pounds.

But this time around (after more than a decade of calorie counting) I knew that I was under NO circumstances ever going to resort to calorie counting again. I was tired of being imprisoned to my calorie counting app. I was tired of feeling like a prisoner in my own kitchen. And I was tired of not relishing food just because some stupid number limited me from enjoying it.

So as the weight wheedled its way back up on my hips and thighs, a newfound resolve cemented itself into my brain. I wasn’t going to count calories anymore, but at the same time, I was not going to starve myself. Something about this thought sparked a realization in my mind. I’d become so focused on calories and stuffing my face during binges, I’d forgotten how to eat.

What do I mean?

Well, the secret to weight loss for a lot of us dieters is actually quite simple if we stop focusing on calorie counting. In fact, it’s as simple as…eating when we’re hungry.

What?

Wait, don’t give up on me yet. Hang tight just a second.

I know you’ve heard it a million times, but in all reality, if you’re overweight or obese, it’s likely to do with your eating habits.

Remember when mommy used to sit you down on that dinner table and force you to eat every bite of your chicken before you were allowed to take your tush off that chair? Yeah, well, it’s likely her good intentions, no matter how noble they were, that taught you to suppress, at a young age, the hunger and fullness signals our bodies naturally emit.

And it’s a vicious habit that’s hard to beat.

In the past week, I’ve been listening—actually listening—to my tummy. Gauging it for signs of hunger, before actually taking a bite of food. And I’ll say it’s already helped me lose two pounds!

Simple tricks to determining hunger

If you’re not sure you’re eating when you’re hungry (or don’t even know what that means anymore) here are some simple :

1) Close your eyes and focus on your tummy. Does it feel empty or full?

2) If you think it’s empty, drink a glass of water and wait five minutes.

3) If you still feel a rumbling or emptiness—you’re ready to eat!

Other rules to keep in mind

Remember that just because you’re hungry doesn’t give you a free ticket to pigging out until you feel like puking! Keep reminding yourself that you’re no longer restricting calories or any types of food and that you can eat anytime you’re hungry. This really was key for me. Once I understood that restriction was off the table, it was easier to focus on my tummy and how much food I really needed to feel satiated.

If you feel you’ll go overboard, here are some things you can try:

1) Always start with a healthy meal. Don’t reach for the sweets when you hear the rumble!

2) Use a small plate and break your portions up with healthy helpings of veggies and leafy greens. Then leave enough space (about the size of your fist) for an entrée of your choice.

3) Eat slowly! Don’t engulf your food. Savor every bite.

4) Give yourself twenty minutes after you eat to determine if you need more. That’s about how long it takes for your tummy to know whether it’s full.

5) Reach for fruits first when the sweet tooth kicks in, but if that doesn’t cut it for you don’t stop yourself from enjoying dessert.

6) Remember to continue listening for signals from your tummy that say: That’s enough!

Like any new practice, this may take some time. Give yourself a week to a few weeks to get into the swing of things. Just trust in the tummy and you won’t go wrong!

13th & Joan Publishing Founder Ardre Orie Launches US Book Tour for VH1’s Amina Buddafly

imageTell our audience about 13th & Joan?

13th & Joan is a multi media publishing company that creates words and images to change the world. Our book publishing arm is becoming a household name in the hearts and minds of many and we are just getting started.

What compelled you to start 13th & Joan?

I started 13th & Joan because I wanted to create media that feeds our souls and tells our stories. I believe that every face has a story and every person deserves to be heard. 13th & Joan has helped many to achieve their goal of becoming an author and I couldn’t be more proud than to be a small part of their journey and their dreams!

What’s next for 13th & Joan?

We are in the process of expanding our Author Coaching Services to accommodate more clients. It is sheer joy to watch people who dare to dream achieve their goal of becoming an author. We are also in the process of ghostwriting some amazing books for some household names. Lastly, we are preparing to launch a US Book Tour for client Amina Pankey. The world knows her as Amina Buddafly from VH1’s Love and Hip Hop New York.

Tell us more about the tour for Amina. What can her fans and followers expect?

I am excited to oversee the planning and execution of Amina’s book tour because I believe in thinking outside of the box. I want to ensure that each book signing is an experience for her fans and followers. She had an idea to do an acoustic perforance at each stop and I think that it will be a great way for people to connect with her on a deeper level. Far too often, we are consumed with the images of people that we see on tv and we don’t really know them or their stories. It is awesome to watch Amina prepare to tell the world exactly who she is. She is uber talented and she has so much to offer through her story and through her music. Her book and this tour is yet another opportunity for her to shine.

How has it been working with Amina? Is she like what you see on tv?

Amina is a joy to work with because she is genuine. I have not watched the show in depth but I have had the privilege of working with her as a person. There are so many people who pretend but she is a real woman, working to follow her dreams and to raise her beautiful babies. I relate to her as a working mother who knows exactly what she had to offer the world. Not to mention, she can really sing!

How did the US Tour come about?
As we began to round out the completion of the publishing process, we discussed next steps. This is something that I do with all of my clients to ensure that they have a strategy after the book is completed. Amina and I began to brainstorm and dream together and determined that this partnership would be a natural progression for her book as well as 13th & Joan.
What cities can we expect the tour to visit?
We have received so many requests for Amina already and we hadn’t even made the official announcement but we have strategized to make appearances in Atlanta, Miami, DC, NY, LA, Dallas, New Orleans and Las Vegas.

What can readers expect?
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth (laughs).

You work so hard, what do you want the world to know about your work?
I believe that every face has a story and we all deserve to be listened to and valued for our stories. I acquired the nickname “Queen of Storytelling” because I will do whatever it takes to ensure that others have a way to leave a piece of themselves with the world. Our stories live on long after we depart this earth. To me, that is building legacy. We all deserve such an opportunity.
To connect with Ardre Orie, follow her social media @iamardreorie

To connect with 13th & Joan, follow them @13thandjoan

To book Amina, visit www.13thandjoan.com/aminabuddafly

Saving Your Newborn’s Cord Blood: Is it Worth the Investment ?

Written by Salina Jivani

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I remember when I was pregnant for the first time and a friend of mine asked me if I was planning on saving my baby’s cord blood. My response: What’s that?

Of course as a soon-to-be mother, I felt compelled to Google and learn ounce of information I could get my hands on to make sure I was making the best choice for my baby.

For those of you who are expecting or plan to start families in the future or even if you already have children of your own and want to learn a little about this concept, here’s some good information to know. Plus, if you know the decision of whether you should save your child’s blood cord is one that looms in the near future, we’ll share important facts that will help you make an educated decision.

First, let’s start with the basics.

What is cord blood?

Quite literally, cord blood is as its name suggests—blood taken from the umbilical cord of a newborn. This blood is known for its richness in hematopoietic stem cells, which are what cells are before they become blood cells. Because of how fresh these cells are, they can be used in successfully treating certain diseases like leukemia, sickle cell anemia and lymphoma and repairing important body components like tissues, vessels and organs.

The beauty of blood cord is that its benefits aren’t specific to only the person whom it comes from—it can be taken from anyone and benefit anyone at any time—in infanthood or adulthood.

Why parents choose to save cord blood

Many parents choose to save their baby’s blood cord as insurance in the unfortunate event their child develops a serious disease. The thought is that if a health emergency ever occurs in their child’s future, or perhaps in that of another family member’s, the blood cord serves as a security net to help cure the disease better than any other alternative.

What other options do I have ?

You can either save your baby’s blood cord in a blood bank for your family’s use or you can choose to donate it to a public blood cord bank where it will be available for other people who may need it.

If you decide to save your child’s blood cord and store it in a prmivate bank, there is a monthly cost associated with this choice—and it comes with a hefty price tag.

On average, most private banks charge a one-time fee of between $1,500 – $2,000, plus an annual fee of $100 – $300.

The pros and cons of saving cord blood

Of course as a parent, we want to make the best possible decisions for our kids, and like with any other major decision in life, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of saving blood cord for private use so you can decide whether it’s a good option for you and your family.

Pros:

· Assurance for your family’s future health in the event of specific diseases

· Can be used to benefit anyone in the family

· Can be life-saving

Cons:

· Heavy price

 

Entrepreneur Spotlight: London Author and Historian, Dan Jones

Interviewed by Maria Rochelle

imageMy latest interview is with Dan Jones of London, England. He’s a historian as well as an author of four books. His second book “The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England” was published in 2012 and it became a New York Times bestseller. He’s also a TV presenter of “The Secrets of Great British Castles” as well as the writer for the show which is on Netflix.

Was there anyone in particular who inspired you to become an historian or was there an event that you read about?

I had a great teacher at school, who got me hooked on Tudor history and then sent me off to Cambridge, where I specialized in medieval history. A brilliant set of teachers there – Helen Castor, David Starkey, Christine Carpenter, Jonathan Riley-Smith, Christopher Clark and others – kept the fires stoked, and I seem to be still studying history now, two decades later.

I’m excited that there is going to be a second season of your show, what exciting castles will we get to see?

The full run will be Edinburgh, Cardiff, York, Lancaster, Leeds and Arundel – I think in that order. They’re all magnificent, and making the shows was a real pleasure.

Of the two who do prefer, Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

Stones. Come on.

Tell me three fun facts about you….

I have a perfect 100% record in boxing matches: fought one, won one, and retired unbeaten.

I have DJ-ed at the legendary London nightclub Ministry of Sound. (It was under-18s night, and the set was at about 9pm. But still.)

I have a tattoo of St Edmund, king of East Anglia, being martyred by the Vikings in 869AD. They tied him to a tree, shot him full of arrows and chopped his head off. A wolf found the head the woods, and miraculously led people to the site by crying in a human voice, ‘Hic! Hic! Hic!’ This was a talking wolf that could speak Latin. You know the type. The wolf and the head don’t feature in my tattoo, and even the Vikings are out of fame, as it were. But still, Edmund’s there, prickled with arrows like a porcupine and looking bloody displeased about it.

Who is your favorite King of the Middle Ages and why?

Apart from St Edmund the Martyr, you mean? Henry V. The perfect medieval king, who managed to balance foreign aggression with judicious government at home, and died at the right moment before it all started going wrong, ensuring that he left an appropriately heroic legacy.

I enjoy sharing motivational quotes with my readers do you have one that you would like to share?

To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it
go,
to let it go.

(Mary Oliver, ‘In Blackwater Woods’)

Is there a particular individual in history that you would like to meet?

I’m writing about Saladin at the moment. He seems to have made quite an impression on the people around him, and he certainly made his mark on the middle east… so right now I’d take a meeting with him.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you take with you?

‘Escaping Desert Islands For Dummies’

Are you currently writing any more books?

My new book, about the Templars, is coming out next autumn. That’s what I’m working on right now, and I’m loving every moment of it. It’s the most amazing story of medieval supermen: the Templars were like the Navy S.E.A.L.S with a sideline in international banking. And of course their downfall – tried for heresy on trumped-up charges at the instigation of a truly diabolical king of France – is pure drama. It’s a dream subject for me and for my narrative style. I’m looking forward to you all reading the book in 2017!

If you want to learn more about Dan Jones, please follow him on his social media.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/danjoneshistorian/?fref=ts
Twitter:https://twitter.com/dgjones

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Grammy Nominated Music Producer James Worthy

image.jpegFor those who don’t you, give us a little but of your background

My name is James Worthy and I’m a record producer, songwriter, actor, and CEO. Been in the industry roughly going on 7 years now. Worked with pretty much any artist you can think of.

 When did you first realize that you wanted to get into music production?

Just being around music and different genre’s it made me interested in finding out how music was actually crafted. Once I studied it, I fell in love with it.

 How did you go about building up your clientele and getting celebrity clients?

Networking, relationships, creativity, and humbleness. There is enough success for everyone. I’m well respected because I never let the fame take over me.

 What have been some of the biggest obstacles on your musical journey so far?

People not believing and understanding the type of music I make. Even coming into the industry early on it was tough to break in, because of stereotype’s of what you should be doing verses what you feel is right.

What can someone expect from a James Worthy production/ beat?

Expect creativity, soul, and melody.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences ?

Michael Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Quincy Jones.

What sets you apart From other producers in your field ?

I make what I feel instead of what is  needed. I do all genre’s of music so my mind is worldly enough to experiment.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Inspiring others, a grammy nomination, and doing what I love.

 Where do you see yourself being or doing in the next year?

Having another #1 record, winning a grammy, working with many new talents, and expanding into other entertainment ventures.