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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

MEET THE ARTIST MEL THE PROPHET

Hello Mel The Prophet, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

Mel the Prophet- I first got into music in 2016. I used to freestyle with my friends and I was becoming really good and around that time I went to a NIpsey Hussle concert and an epiphany and was inspired to speak about my truth over music to inspire people how I was inspired by Nipsey  

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

Mel the Prophet- If I could describe my music in one word it would be, [ UNIQUE ] because , my music comes from real experiences while being witty and aggressive with intention to motivate the listener to view themselves and the world in a different perspective. 

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What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

Mel the Prophet- What I would say to aspiring artists who look up to my work is always be a learner and humble but always be honest with who you are before doing music, no matter what!

What quote or mantra do you live by?

Mel the Prophet- The mantra I live by is, if no one existed on the earth but you, how would you feel and what would you do and who would you be? ,,, now feel, do and be that with everyone existing on earth! 

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What is your hobby outside of music?

Mel the Prophet- My hobby outside of music is working out, reading and learning new ways to help others become more self aware.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Mel the Prophet- Where I see myself in 5 years is living on a ranch with multiple acres being a household name in music and the mental health industry providing value in creative ways to those who need help.

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Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

Mel the Prophet- What I have upcoming is a musical project, “SELF HELP” the self awareness guide and I’m also working on a RnB album 

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

Mel the Prophet- The inspiration behind my latest song, “Help 1 Self” (Mental Health Anthem) was experiencing the pandemic when a lot of people became afraid and aware of the fact their mental health was at stake.

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Mel the Prophet- The 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started: 

Expect no support from the people you want or expect support from. I was always a good person and a person who was “friends” with many people, not just around me or in my community but all around and thought I was going to get support from them because I was doing something good.

INVEST IN YOURSELF: Even though I did invest in myself, I was expecting others to invest in me because of the ideas I had and how beneficial they would be for others.

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FOCUS ON THE BIGGER PICTURE: As much as I thought I was focusing on the bigger picture, I actually wasn’t. I was rushing the process to become what I knew I am and I would attempt to force myself and my vision onto people without trusting the process of just doing the work day in and day out.

KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO!: Being a good person can be tiring when you’re attempting to help anyone and everyone. Some people do not align with your mission or purpose. I would give my hand out to anyone who asked for it and then be in a situation where the person or people would just attempt to take advantage of my kindness.

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FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE and not your ego 

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

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Mel the Prophet- Some tips for my colleagues not to burn out: 

1: SOLITUDE (spend time with yourself and your own thoughts).

2: Spend time in nature without technology . Nature is the essence of our being, being able to breathe in the air and listen to the natural habit of nature is a key element to self awareness to redirect your energy. 

3: SLEEP WELL + REST.

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4: Spend time with family and people you love doing things that are fun and not just work all the time .. finding the balance.

How can our readers follow you online?

Mel the Prophet- Readers can find me on ALL social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube,Tik Tok under @meltheprophet or Mel the Prophet my direct website is www.help1self.com

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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Rasta Man Jay

Hello Rasta Man Jay, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

Always stay focused and consistent on your goals,never give up no matter how hard life gets,also never let people bring you down.

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I Would be dropping music constantly and making my fans happy with new music every week so my audience is always listening.

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Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

When I was younger I always listened to great music from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa,Young Jeezy and many other artists from the early 2000s.

What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

I would say dropping different tracks constantly spitting lyrics from my struggle and pain in my life that is why I came a long way in the music industry.

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Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

Getting criticized about my rap flow and will people accept it which eventually my fans started supporting me from out of town.

What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

When I hit News Weekly, that was the best moment in my life. I started building my confidence again with my music.

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

Having 2 Daughters that count on me to win and I won’t let them down so they won’t have to struggle like I did.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

Wanting to prove people wrong that didn’t believe in me having a lot of non supporters and hate back in my hometown.

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Would you sign to a label?

Yes but it has to be a label that lets me own my music and doesn’t control my music and all my royalties.

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I just dropped my album with Distro Kid called Don’t Try to Be No One You Not and also has multiple songs and projects dropping this year so stay tuned.

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How can our readers follow you online?

Anyone can follow me from my instagram account @jholder051817 which already has an impressive following already from joining instagram within 1 year.

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