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Exclusive Interview With Mike Infante

Interview Mike Infante

Mike Infante is a rising star. He is a jack of all trades inspiring many around the world. Living with Cerebral palsy he doesn’t let anything stop him from doing anything he is making impacts all over California.  Infante is a wheelchair bodybuilder, Director, Actor, and a huge advocate for the disability community. He’s been in films such as “Sounds of the Streets”, “Mother”, “Exercise and Realize” alongside Stage credits such as ” White Christmas” ” Pandora” Legally Blonde the Musical, Dear Edwina, and many more. Aside from being a performer himself, he has done music videos for artists such as Hennybanga, Mulagang, S.Thugga, Ombe Manny, Katana, Shuggybo, Baby Zay, and many others. Infante has also been featured in Yahoo News, Los Angeles Tribune, Billboard, and many more. Mike hopes to inspire the younger generation of kids with disabilities to know they are not alone they can achieve anything hoping to pave the way for people with disabilities and even people without to show that anything is possible.

1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Mike Infante: Growing up with a disability I got picked on a lot and teased in school.  I always knew that I was different from everyone else in that way. As I got older I  liked trying new things and ventures such as theater. Before that I did sports but with theater, I fell in love with collaboration and being treated as an equal.  When I was 11 years old I wanted to be on TV shows such as Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, etc but it wasn’t for the fame it was deeper than that I wanted to see someone like me with a disability. Later on, I pursued other ventures such as Wheelchair bodybuilding and Directing music videos.  From that moment everything changed I knew that I wanted to make a change and be heard raising awareness for disabilities and changing the stigma behind people with disabilities that we can’t do anything but prove that we can.
2. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Mike Infante: The most interesting story that has happened to me in my career so far is reading messages on social media from fans, and families saying that I am a huge inspiration for their children anytime they see my videos or anything they look at me and they see a person like them in the same circumstances.  It gives them hope and reassurance that things will get better. I get messages from The UK,  Japan, Australia, and many other places. It’s very surprising to me how Social media platforms are a great tool and the amount of networking I never thought I would have people following me from different places all around the world. It is heartwarming the impact it makes on people.
3. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting?
Mike Infante: Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? I honestly can’t recall a funny mistake when I first started. I take every day as a blessing and just absorb new knowledge.
4. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Mike Infante: A project I’m working on right now is The Cerebral Palsy Warrior Documentary directed by Bay Area native Bailey Standley. Coming soon the movement is just getting started.
5. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like?
Mike Infante: Do you have any stories? I have met a lot of people in my life and they have become my best friends whether it be from the theater, bodybuilding, etc. At the end of the day, I want everyone to win and succeed. My best friend Seth taught me a lot when we were kids in a theater together. One of the things he told me that I will hold forever close to me in my heart is don’t ever listen to the hate or what people think about you, everyone is a star in their life in some shape or another the fight and journey are not done yet keep on pushing day by day the journey has just begun. Too much hate in this world spreads positivity and love, focus on your path and climb till you reach that goal.
6. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Mike Infante: Tips I would recommend to people is to remember to enjoy the process and the climb. Don’t forget why you started and network have fun meeting new people.
 7. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?
Mike Infante: Failure is an important thing but it is just a word of fear you can fail a thousand times but if you are able to learn from it that is very beneficial because life isn’t easy and whatever you are trying to pursue, understand life is a rollercoaster. But if we never fail, what’s the point or thrill of the drive for what we want? Use it as fuel to conquer your goals.
 8. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive?
Mike Infante: Kindly share a story or an example for each. I work out daily to get rid of stress and motivation to keep on fighting.
9. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Mike Infante: 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started is to enjoy the moments, the process, the hunger, and the drive knowing that day by day you are working towards a brighter day.
10. Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Mike Infante: My favorite quote is from the movie Rocky. “Eye of  The reason behind that is to me it means even when times get tough keep on fighting forward, focus on the goal and put your all into it. You are a fighter and the bell hasn’t rung yet.
11. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Mike Infante: I am grateful for my family and friends that have been with me from the very beginning and even till now I am very thankful for the support of my team and the people around me.  I’m just trying to see us all win and succeed
 12. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Mike Infante: The movement I am growing right now is the Cerebral Palsy Warrior movement. Let’s spread love and positivity and fight the good fight.
13. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
Mike Infante: A person I would love to meet with or work with someday is Slyvester Stallone. He inspired me in many ways by watching the “Rocky ” movies.
14 How can our readers follow you online?
Mike Infante: Thank you for your time it was a pleasure doing this interview people can follow me on Instagram @Mikeyyinfante. 
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Artist Spotlight

Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Billions Is Back To Take Over What’s Rightfully Hers.

Barbie Billions

One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Billions.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Billions is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.

At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.

 

She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.

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Check out Barbie Billions latest release on YouTube below:

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music? 

Barbie Billions – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Barbie Billions – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me. 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Barbie Billions – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? 

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Barbie Billions – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

Barbie Billions – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Barbie Billions – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Barbie Billions – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Barbie Billions – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Barbie Billions – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Barbie Billions – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!

How can our readers follow you online?

Barbie Billions – For more information about my music, you can all follow me on all social media platforms below:

Instagram – @barbiebillions__

Twitter – @barbiebillions__

Tik-Tok – @barbiebillions__

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Artist Spotlight

Know Self Is A Valid Standout For Pioneering His Musical Masterpiece Diverting Him Into A Viral Sensation

Know Self sounds like a valid standout for pioneering his musical masterpiece, diverting him into a viral sensation in a time when music can seem overcrowded, and everyone is always looking for super dope music to take in. To stand out as an artist, you must have a presence, commanding energy to you that everyone knows you’re the person they came to hear as soon as you speak on a track. That is a significant factor in standing out, and that’s what Known Self is all about.

This week we talked with Know Self, who was kind enough to share his journey through the music scenes. Who is Know Self? Sounds unfamiliar? How does he intend to carve a mark with his music? Check out the interview below and let us know your views in the comment section below.

Let’s start by introducing ourselves. You know the basics, like name, age, and where you’re from, as much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

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Know Self: My name is Jereme, and my stage name is Know Self. 

I’m 30 years old, was born in Burbank, California, and moved to Denver, Colorado, when I was 2. 

 

What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

Know Self: The best advice I’ve received is persistence is the key to success.

 

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

Know Self: I would not have taken all the no’s so personally If I knew then what I know now. 

What is still your biggest challenge?

Know Self: My biggest challenge today is getting my music to a more expanded audience. 

 

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

Know Self: When things get tough, I check out of the industry and go back to writing mode. Writing is my therapy to keep going in life and music.

 

If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?

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Know Self: I’d like to open for Brother Ali and go on tour with him if I could open for anyone. 

 

Please talk me through your creative process.

Know Self: I typically always write in my car in a beautiful nature spot. I park and listen to the beat repeatedly until something comes in. Sometimes I ask the higher power what to write about and will get inspiration quickly after that. If I get blocked, I move energy, get out of my car, and go for a walk. The rhymes usually begin to flow again at this point. I always write, then re-write and edit. I have multiple drafts typically. 

How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

Know Self: I find returning to “self” is the best way to maneuver stressful situations. Yoga, working out, getting in nature, and meditation are how I get back to balance when stress is high. I work, make music, and take care of a family now. It’s a lot to maintain. 

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What are you focusing your time on now?

Know Self: I just finished an album that will be releasing 11/11/22 called R.I.P. (Replenishing Inspiration Proper) 

I plan to play shows, and I have a baby girl on the way, due in February, which will fill my time. 

How do you currently feel about the state of “Your genre” in general?

Know Self: I feel like the hip-hop genre requires help, it’s lost a lot of its original elements, and my goal has always been to “bring it back,” interweaving conscious, heart-centered hip-hop into the mainstream.

 

How can our readers follow you online?

Know Self: The best way to follow me is on: Instagram| Facebook| Spotify

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