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  • 58. "Keep Creating" From Videographer to Viral: Director Hitman - I Will Not Lose - Episode #0058

    In this episode, we sit down with Angel "Director Hitman" Ojea, a veteran videographer and cinematographer with over 20 years of experience. As the host of Uncommon Grounds Podcast and a board member of Movement Moves Media, Angel has successfully transitioned into a content creator on social media. Together, we explore the concept of creating content at an older age and whether there's an age limit to creativity.Angel shares his insights on what it truly takes to go viral and the hard work that follows. We discuss the importance of supporting others' endeavors, even before they perfect their craft. Our conversation delves into the evolution of video from horizontal to vertical formats and how this shift impacts filming techniques.We also touch on the media production for the Lehigh Valley Hip Hop Awards, the potential impact of growing up with social media dopamine addiction, and the critical aspects of time management as we age. Additionally, we discuss the role of AI as a tool for creators, rather than a replacement, and share Angel's reaction to the impressive SORA demo videos.Join us for a genuine and insightful conversation between two creatives, as we shift our mindset from the costs of investing in tools to the opportunity costs of not doing so. This episode is packed with valuable advice and inspiration for creators of all ages. Tune in and get inspired!

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  • 57. The Real Grind: Don Dolla 500 on Happiness, Hustle, and Hip-Hop - I Will Not Lose Podcast - #0057

    In this episode, I sit down with Don Dolla 500, widely regarded as one of the best rappers in the Allentown area, to explore what success truly means to him. We dive into the idea that success isn't just about money, but about finding moments of reflection and happiness. Don shares his thoughts on the unseen hard work behind the scenes and the transition from the pre-internet music era to today's digital age. We also discuss how the structure of music has evolved over the years.I ask Don what he would do if Taylor Swift or Drake called him for a feature, sparking an interesting conversation about potential collaborations and opportunities in the music industry. We delve into the influence of rap on culture, not just in terms of glorifying crime but also as a powerful documentation of real-life experiences. We compare the "I Will Not Lose" attitude with the everyday grind of people struggling to better their situations. Tune in for an insightful discussion on resilience, adaptation, and the real meaning of success in the world of hip-hop.
  • 56. Voice of Change: Ron Speakman's Fight for the Voiceless - I Will Not Lose Podcast - #0056

    Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of Ron Speakman, host of the "FedUp with Ron Speakman" podcast. With over 40,000 organic downloads, Ron shares his inspiring story of overcoming a challenging upbringing, working with adjudicated youth, and retiring from the US Postal Service. Learn how he turned adversity into advocacy, giving a voice to Federal employees facing toxic workplaces, retaliation, and injury claims. Discover how Ron's resilience and determination shaped his mission to stand up for those who feel unheard. Tune in for an episode filled with insights, inspiration, and the power of not giving up.
  • 55. Strength Through Struggle: The AMP Legacy - I Will Not Lose Podcast - #0055

    In this deeply moving episode of "I Will Not Lose," we're honored to feature Barbara DiLeo, the resilient force behind AMP Clothing, a brand born from the indomitable spirit of her late son, Marcus DiLeo. Diagnosed with Idiopathic Severe Aplastic Anemia in 2017 and tragically passing away in November 2019, Marcus's legacy is far from forgotten. In 2018, amidst his battle, Marcus established AMP Clothing, embodying the philosophy of "Any Means Possible" (AMP) – a testament to living life with purpose, passion, and perseverance.Barbara, alongside her daughter, has taken up the mantle to not just keep Marcus's memory alive but to propel his vision into a lifestyle that inspires others to face life's adversities with courage and resolve. The AMP brand transcends clothing; it's a beacon of hope and resilience, a community rallying cry for those who dare to dream and fight against all odds.Join us as Barbara shares the emotional journey of her family, the inspiration behind AMP Clothing, and how the ethos of "Any Means Possible" continues to guide and uplift lives. We'll also delve into the upcoming birthday celebration and pop-up shop event on April 28th at the Fullerton Memorial Athletic Association, a tribute to Marcus's life and the vibrant legacy he's left behind. It's a story of loss, love, and the unyielding belief in the power of the human spirit to overcome – a narrative that encapsulates the essence of "I Will Not Lose."Event Tickets:
  • 54. Kwesa The Artist: From Street-Life To Spiritual Sounds - I Will Not Lose Podcast - #0054

    Join us in this enlightening episode as we sit down with Kwesa The Artist, an award-winning videographer and Christian rapper. Kwesa shares his remarkable journey, from his upbringing in gang culture to his transformative shift towards creating uplifting Christ-centered content. We delve into his creative process, exploring how he crafts authentic music and videos that resonate with audiences. Kwesa also discusses his latest AI-assisted music video nomination, highlighting the importance of staying true to one's artistic vision amidst the pressures of algorithmic trends. Tune in for a captivating conversation about faith, creativity, and personal growth.
  • 53. Mastering the Art: The Journey of Alani J - I Will Not Lose Podcast - #0053

    Join us in this inspiring episode as we sit down with Alani J, the world's fastest caricature artist, as he unveils the secrets behind his remarkable success. From honing his craft with intention to leveraging social media to build a massive following, Alani shares invaluable insights into the power of practice and its application in various facets of life, including martial arts and business. Get ready to be motivated and empowered by his incredible journey!
  • 51. From Activism to Advocacy: Insights with Michael Frassetto - I Will Not Lose Podcast - #0051

    Join us for an insightful conversation with Michael Frassetto, a prominent community activist, non-profit owner, and event planner known for his significant contributions to the Lehigh Valley hip-hop scene. With 18 years of activism under his belt, Michael shares his journey, highlighting the challenges and triumphs along the way. We delve into his role in organizing the Lehigh Valley Hip Hop Awards 2023 and his plans to elevate Reggaefest into one of the largest free reggae events globally. From discussing strategies for future events to addressing the pressing issue of underfunding in the creative industry, Michael offers valuable insights and perspectives. Tune in as we celebrate the local talents and voices that shape the vibrant cultural landscape of the Lehigh Valley. 🎤🌟 #CommunityActivism #MusicIndustry #LocalTalent