The Mindbuzz

MB:197 with Flyboy Ink, Foo News Network Empowering Journeys: Honesty, Resilience, and Breaking Barriers

November 09, 2023 Mindbuzz Media Season 3 Episode 197
The Mindbuzz
MB:197 with Flyboy Ink, Foo News Network Empowering Journeys: Honesty, Resilience, and Breaking Barriers
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Fly Boy Ink is a tattoo artist and the creator behind Foo News Network, news and media. 

https://www.instagram.com/foo_news_network/
https://www.instagram.com/flyboy_ink/

Welcome to an episode filled with raw honesty, authentic experiences, and inspiring discussions with our guest, Flyboy Ink from Foo News Network. Brace yourself as we navigate through Flyboys exciting journey towards success, his upcoming performances, new singles, and the courage it took to share his unique ideas despite the fear of being judged. We marvel at his resilience and determination to keep pushing until he achieved his goals.

We're about to take you on an emotional journey as we explore personal experiences and the mindset required for success. We'll shine a spotlight on the power of self-belief, the necessity of admitting mistakes, and the importance of therapy within the Latino culture. We'll unpack how it's possible to break generational cycles of belief with conscious effort and self-improvement. 

Brace yourselves for an insightful conversation with Flyboy Ink, who shares his journey from his humble beginnings to his current success. Get ready to absorb his perspective on the importance of branding, fostering a positive mindset, and engaging with fans. We'll also discuss the challenges of fame, the pressures of internet scrutiny, and the transformative power of investing in oneself. This episode is a treasure trove of wisdom, so plug in your headphones and prepare to be inspired.

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Speaker 1:

Amber, I think the government's gonna shut down. What Hit the music Boom. What is up mind buzz universe. Welcome back to another Hot Cast Episode. Why is it so funny, especially after?

Speaker 2:

the cult video that I seen today that they call themselves Twin Flame Universe.

Speaker 1:

If you can minimize that to 30 seconds to tell the viewers and the listeners about that, go for it.

Speaker 2:

No, I can't. You know me you know me, I need to say detail. It's a cult that started Twin Flames. People were looking for their love and these people exploited them and, yeah, and they're called Twin Flame Universe.

Speaker 1:

Welcome to our cult, ladies and gentlemen.

Speaker 2:

That's what it feels like.

Speaker 1:

No, but welcome back to another exciting episode. It's gonna be really fun, but before we get into our guests tonight, we are gonna go ahead and it's going to be Amber with the Mike Grito Weekly.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, Boom, Alright. So this Friday Mike Grito will release the new single by the paranoia called Scanidero. What does that mean?

Speaker 1:

I don't know I'll look it up for you.

Speaker 2:

Thanks, Harleys. Sweetwater will be performing this weekend in Arizona, Saturday in Tucson and the Hotel Congress and Phoenix on Sunday at the rhythm room. Remember when I used to say Tuxon?

Speaker 1:

Tuscan Arizona.

Speaker 2:

It's because I was saying it in Spanish and Spanish is Tuxon and in English I thought I was doing something okay. Lastly, mike Grito was interviewed by Eddie from Social Primate. We had Eddie on the podcast a few weeks ago and he interviewed Oscar and Rob from Mike Grito. So yeah, go check that out, and that's it.

Speaker 1:

And I believe it dropped today, so I'll probably hit the link. I'll put the link down in the show description for that. Mike Grito interview with Eddie on this podcast. Yeah, so is that it?

Speaker 2:

Do we have anything going on? We don't.

Speaker 1:

No.

Speaker 2:

Not yet.

Speaker 1:

Just that right.

Speaker 2:

We have some things brewing for, hopefully next month.

Speaker 1:

Right, we do have yeah, we have some, a few things brewing and then also just email us or send us a DM if you want to, if you want to see something. We do have the open mic. We're thinking of doing an open mic in December.

Speaker 2:

Yeah.

Speaker 1:

Usually we just have the October one just to close it out, and then also I'm on the prowl for new venues. We want to, or I want to, do these open mics at different locations. Usually we're in the city of Paramount once a month on the last Thursday. I'm looking for different venues. So if you think that an open mic should be in your city or your community, reach out and I'll make it happen All right.

Speaker 1:

All right, all right, cool Thanks, amber, for the Mike Grito weekly and without further ado, our guest for this evening is Flyboy Inc from Foo News Network. What's up, man, what's?

Speaker 3:

cracking homie. What's going?

Speaker 1:

on dude.

Speaker 3:

Let me get in on this, because I see what you do and you're like so professional, I'm gonna follow suit.

Speaker 1:

Thanks for coming out and doing the podcast. I really appreciate it.

Speaker 3:

Thank you, brother. You're coming out of me, of course.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, we've been talking about this for a few weeks and I'm glad that we can finally nail something down. I think I rescheduled on you right.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, I see that I have like super short term memory. I thought that was like my first, I don't know, not that I'm pretty sure I had a good reason.

Speaker 1:

No, yeah.

Speaker 3:

You know I. It was a good reason for sure yeah, it was yeah so you know, at least, here we are. Yeah.

Speaker 1:

We're good dude, so you're a tattoo artist. You have this Foo News Network page. It's hitting off. It's crazy.

Speaker 3:

Crazy bro.

Speaker 1:

At first I came across your page. Chicano Hollywood. Johnny Moria was filming in Amber's family's coffee shop at Orchatharia in the city of Paramount. Oh yeah, that's right, I seen it and I seen you there. We were on set because they were doing an overnight shoot.

Speaker 3:

Yeah.

Speaker 1:

And both of us were there. Uh-huh, and that's where I seen you. I seen you in person Doing my thing, doing your thing, and I was like what is this? What is this guy doing?

Speaker 3:

right now. You know what's crazy. I don't know if you guys still have it, but I designed the little coffee bar on the chalk board for the whatever shoot they did.

Speaker 2:

Oh yeah, I seen the sign, you seen it, but they kept it.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, oh, okay, I thought you guys were going to keep it, but you want to do you one.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, that'd be cool. I'll do you one for your family, I'm not tripping. That's cool.

Speaker 3:

I'm going to show you a little full news right there on the corner. No, kidding, no kidding.

Speaker 2:

No, of course, that'd be really cool.

Speaker 1:

But I seen that and I was like what is this? What's going on? And then I was going through Chicano Hollywood's page, their stories, and then your thing popped up and I clicked on it right away and I was just fascinated about you. Know what you do on your page. Imagine how I feel.

Speaker 3:

You know what I'm saying, like I would have never thought I would even be, just even in the shadows, because basically, johnny gives me free not free, but he gives me full access. Like free range is what I was trying to say. And he said, you know, because I like to have permission on, like, hey, johnny, because I've gone in trouble before where somebody gives me access. And then, like I take full access because that's just my demeanor, bro, like you, give me an inch, I'm going to take the whole foot. Yeah, and, but not in a way, to where? But I guess it is in a way, because sometimes I made a little bit too out there. So I've learned.

Speaker 3:

So I've learned to ask permission now, like, and and I've learned that with Chicano Hollywood, with Johnny, and he said, look, you're here, do your thing, and just said we're getting your way. I was like you're filming, not me, like, let me tell you your way. But yeah, he gives me free range and I love that about him. He continues to invite me over and over and over and I just keep putting out reels from and whatever I can do to how elevate this movement he's got going on. Hey, food news approvals on that one homie.

Speaker 1:

You got the stamp of approval on that, like Johnny himself.

Speaker 3:

So, dude, they don't get no better than that, yeah.

Speaker 1:

So tell me how. How did you get into this In the food news, or yeah?

Speaker 2:

How? How would you summarize it For some of our listeners that maybe don't know who you are just yet? How would you summarize what you do? Well?

Speaker 3:

first of all, I'm the food news reporter, right Like I try not to leave anywhere without my mic, um, but what it is is like in a nutshell I used to watch this show on PBS when I was incarcerated.

Speaker 3:

That used to come on during lunchtime every day, money through Friday. It's a 30 minute episode called California's gold, with Hill Hauser, right, and the old Tennessee man, uh, which moved to California like in the seventies or something, and he just found love with the, the demo, you know, the, the, the geographical and the historical and the cultural, and he just found a little bit out of it, from reading down to San Diego Bay, bro, and everywhere in between, right From the Sierra to the oceans and just so. I used to watch this food for like 10 years, bro, cause that was my last, that was my last term was a 10 year term, and there you go and, um, and he, just so, he would every, he would always, uh, you know, just go talk to the locals and he do little in you know insights on what was going on, and he would always start to show the same way, like, hey, everybody, I'm Hill Hauser with food news. I mean, I'm food news, I'm with California's gold right.

Speaker 3:

And then he'd go into his little show and I just copy him. But I just say, mom, we're like, what's cracking food? We ain't care, homie with food news network. And then I just I take off and I spin it and I've gone to the point where I've gone pretty good at it. So you know, I like to comment style one. Take Jake, you know what I'm saying, cause I could pretty much get any like in one shot and I love that because it's took me a good. I just started this in July and you know we didn't know this year.

Speaker 1:

Oh, shoot no F, and where you serious July.

Speaker 3:

Whoa yeah, I had an epiphany Dang, so do you remember?

Speaker 1:

that moment.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, how was my son?

Speaker 1:

Yeah.

Speaker 3:

Well, the thing is that I have been planning it cause I'm gonna like I'm divorced now. But when I came up with the concept or the idea like it was around last year when, like Mary was reigning for like four months straight, didn't want to stop Everybody was sick with that age lung virus or whatever, and everybody was coughing and, like I'm a cancer survivor, so when I get sick, I get sick for like a month, maybe two months, right, like I just can't shake it, like I lose weight, I just feel like shit. And so it was in that time that I had a lot of free time at my house. You know, I live alone, like I said in the board. So I just started.

Speaker 3:

I said you know what? I had already made the decision that I was going to become famous, right, I didn't know how or what, but I said I have a decision. So I got my my little notebook out and I said, how would I become famous? And I said, okay, well, I love the news, so fuck it, let's do food news. That was an easy title, right. And then I just jacked Fox News for their logo and put it in my own.

Speaker 3:

And I just remember, like the idea was already sitting with me for a couple of months. I just didn't know how to like put it out there. And so one day I was going to Sacramento with my son and I was driving and I was like I remember seeing like all the orchards out there, you know, like the almond orchards or whatever, and I was thinking like interstellar and I was like just let's go do something real quick, just pull out. And we didn't want to, but it's just humor me, right. And I did like I think it was my first food news like I want to be interstellar scene, I'm just running through almond trees and shit.

Speaker 3:

But that's the day I created food news. Like I told my son, you saw, I'm going to create something. And he's like what I said, food news? Like what is that? I said watch what you'll see. Cause I didn't even know how to tell him yet. Like I didn't know how I was going to do it at the time. Like I said, you know, it was just an idea and it ain't nothing today is nothing like what I even thought it would even grow into. But yeah, I mean, as a matter of fact, I was driving and I told my homeboy Pocos Perlocos and I shot him the Fox Newslog when I go, do me a favor, take the X out and just repeat the O and shoot it back to me. Fafu had it done like a minute and he sent it back. Boom, and that's the logo you see today. Shout out Pocos Perlocos on Instagram. That is wild dude.

Speaker 3:

And ever since then, like I remember that day I was on the freeway I got going to Sacramento going up to five and I was like in Merced or something and I just posted it and I just posted the logo on my page on on like, oh, I created the page while I was on the freeway and the low, I created everything on the freeway while I was driving.

Speaker 1:

Most things happen like that. Most good ideas happen in traffic.

Speaker 3:

I even I was just like I'm hitting the little dividers and shake the wheel kid. So my son's like you want to drive a fool? And I was like, yeah, I'm like, I'm all over the place as it is. So we pulled over, he took the wheel and I just I created everything. I made the email that made the the Instagram right there yeah. And I just put the logo because he had just sent it to me.

Speaker 3:

Like so I, I did everything right then and there within like 15 minutes, and then I put the first post and I will come in soon food news network and everybody, I put it on my page, like my both pages, I collabed it and then everybody was like the f**k is this.

Speaker 1:

Like what is it?

Speaker 3:

And I was like I don't know what to say, but I just knew that I'm the type of person that when I say, I usually say it before I even having an idea how I'm going to do it. That way. I've already put it out there that people call me out on my s**t that if you say you better do it or not, they're gonna be like six month there like who happened to that thing? You said you and do six months ago. And then I feel stupid and then like I don't, anyway, that's how I do it, so I say it, then I do it and then it just this one just happened to catch. Bro, I've brought out a lot of them, there's just none on cock. Like I have a brand, I have this, I have that, I have gimmicks, I have everything is just nothing I caught. And I just kept thinking like how am I gonna like what I got to do to Make something catch? And for some reason this shit cat caught and here we are so two things there.

Speaker 1:

First one that I Do want to talk about is how many other ideas can I have? How long of a? So what I'm saying is sometimes, when he first starts something and it doesn't go anywhere, like how many times that you keep trying and trying and trying to.

Speaker 3:

Well, I measure every single one of those of success right, and you know, like, because everything that I do, like, like I said, I didn't just jump in and be like a like, look at me, I'm doing the art show. Like, no, I planned I when I, I, I Promoted I, I do what I had to do to make it work. I, my homie's seen the effort that I was doing, so like they put in. And then next I had a venue, no longer just art show that I was gonna show, like I had the venue, I had the, the bartender, I had, you know, the Duffanix. Like I had all these things that have my brand American step child. Like I had everything.

Speaker 3:

It was just all my art and it was a success. You know, it was raining but it was still a success, you know. And then, like, that was a success. And then the next one was like, um, you know, just conquering the internet and I feel that I'm a successful in that, you know, and it just took, it took me to become serious to finally realize, like that you can't just pose, just to pose, you might get lucky if you just catch, you know, lightning in a bottle and then it just goes, you know, congratulations, but most of us don't gotta like that, that we would have to put in the hours, the effort, the you know we have to put in the work, like, like they say out there in Chicano, hollywood, and and I've demonstrated that and I think that, um, I Just needed something to catch and it's just the work ethic was. It has always been there.

Speaker 1:

They've noticed that since the beginning that I started this, just that finally this caught and yeah, yeah so, basically, this that got caught is so what I want to say and what I want to For people to realize is sometimes, when you start a project, Mm-hmm. It may not go as planned, mm-hmm, but you've. You've done something and you've figured a way on how not to do something. You same thing.

Speaker 3:

Yeah and you kept working at it and kept working at trying new things, trying my biggest hurdle- my biggest hurdle was getting my own, getting over what I would thought people might think about me, because you know I'm a tattoo artist, you know I've been making funny reels, bro, for years, but like I would just put some of my stories and not on my post, so they've gone, win 24 hours and then it's just gone. Yeah, and so that was my mistake. You know, okay, there's a lot of fun shit that let go, whatever, it doesn't matter, my brain doesn't stop, you know. So I just keep going, going. And then when I finally did decide to create something, I finally just started doing like voiceovers and then, like my family thought, or close friends of mine thought I was having a mental breakdown because I started posting like just from one day to the next, all of a sudden it was tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo or Art, art, art. To all of a sudden I'm doing a George Perez voiceover and it was good.

Speaker 3:

Really good, like I still have it and it still generates numbers. So that's when I knew, like you know, like there's something here and then and then, like I did a George Lopez one and I did a creeper Stroll, a fit creeper, when I just did all these people who kind of like I related to and like I realized then that there was a lot of people who related to me and or, if they didn't, if they didn't directly, they they remind me. I reminded them of their brother or their dad, or like I, you're, my, my dad, like they're dead dad or they're dead uncle, because there's a lot of fools out there who, tragically, were raised like me and probably were artistic like me, is just that they never had the opportunity. Like me, you know I'm saying, and so I think that I tapped into something I've.

Speaker 3:

Maybe that I didn't realize in the beginning, but I realized early on, bro, that there's a lot of people, especially women, like I'm not gonna lie, mostly women are the ones that open up to stuff like that with me Don't be like you, remind me of my brother who passed away and ten years ago and like, like Bro, it's just crazy. But I think eventually I felt like a sense of responsibility, kind of like cuz bro, I'll be the first one to like. I've clowned people on Instagram, bro. I threw like Hina's fighting. You know I put a funny song, the oh hell no or something like that.

Speaker 3:

You know I would make it like a fool's gone wild, because for a long time I supported fools gone wild. You know I was like since 2018. I was one of the very first supporters. Up until recently I found a star. I I started on following them because not because I hate them, I just feel like damn fool, like there's been a disconnect and I just don't feel like there's been any kind of anything to try to connect.

Speaker 3:

This are like when we're ready will reconnect right now, since I do my own shit now. Like like I I dub September 28 boundaries day for myself and that day I Realized that I will no longer give anybody that don't give me support, any kind of support. I don't care how big you are, how little you are, I'm sorry, but if you don't like share, repose or something, then I can't do it for you either and I can't follow you. So I am follow everybody and I start. And then I thought of something I said Let me see if any of these fools even follow each other. Like I just had like a little light bulb right, cuz I am food news at the Ross. I had that little investigators.

Speaker 1:

You gotta investigate, you gotta research, you gotta be everything on the internet.

Speaker 3:

I started going to all these different food pages, right, and I noticed that none of these foods follow with them, not everybody, with the exception of a few, but there's a lot of them and there's there's top three. There's a top three in everything that's weird.

Speaker 3:

I don't get it and I talked about just the other day and I'm not calling on it cuz I love, I love everybody I'm out of like. Sometimes I'm very passionate about something that I believe in or that I'm going through or whatever, but I have no hate towards anybody, you know. I'm saying sometimes I even say shit I don't even mean, because I'm human, you know, and and I'm not A better than anybody to say that I make mistakes. So if I ever offended anybody, or 70 to anybody that I offended, it was never my intention, you know. I did say maybe at the time it was, it isn't now. So if you have a forgiving heart, cool. If not, then get some therapy or something. You know, maybe this world will be better if we just all learn to forgive you when somebody can admit to their own mistakes. Right, moving on.

Speaker 3:

But you know there's a top three in this game and everything. There's top three podcasters, there's top three singers, there's top three fools and and I made it a point to fucking be one of the top three and I feel I've done that and I don't know who, not saying I'm bigger than or better, or even I might have less followers, but in my, like I said in my own mind, I'm top three homie and like I, like I said, if you don't believe in yourself, they ain't nobody ever gonna see you top three. Yeah, so I'll, I would run Any conversation with anybody anytime, about any topic, whether it be political, artistic, whether it be about the weather. Homie, we talk about Whatever you want to talk about, because I feel that I've educated myself enough to that I will be able to hold conversations. So at least I I believe in the things that I say is probably my biggest point in this big old long ramp Is that at least I believe in, in my convictions and I believe in the things that I say and I stand by them and and and I'm not afraid to admit when I make mistakes. You know that's. I think that's one thing about me personally.

Speaker 3:

And Therapy I'm in therapy, you know nice, I'm an advocate for therapy. I have friends who are therapists, like not only just Um, you know my therapist, my actual therapist, but I have friends who, when my therapist ain't there, my friends are, bro. That keeps me so grounded, you know, even when life throws you a brick and it hits you dead on your forehead, I mean you just you don't know how to process the like. Sometimes you got to sit back and they just kind of like analyze or Just you know, count your blessings. And I'm all about counting my blessings because I know that if I wasn't doing food news, like what the hell would I be right now? I'm probably just still chasing that dream and I'm still chasing it, but at least I feel like I got better grip on it than I did, you know, last summer.

Speaker 2:

So what do you think? Kind of touching on the subject of like therapy, like did you have stereotypes of what you thought therapy was before you actually went? Like were you ever against it or was there ever something that you were like? No, because I mean I'm Speaking in in right, I can only speak for myself, but within my family, latino culture, if there's a lot of stigma behind going to therapy, it's like oh, I'm not crazy, you know, only crazy people go to therapy.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, very powerful statement in itself, just a lot yeah, and so was there any.

Speaker 2:

Did you face any of that before Going into therapy with yourself or with your family or anybody?

Speaker 3:

Well, yeah, obviously, being from a Mexican household, you know, we as children, always here's that local. That's what or anytime.

Speaker 3:

You even have a dream. Your parents stifled it because they hit you, was that local but put that limp. Your the quarter instead of you know dreaming about possibly being a scientist, or you know you're gonna work with your dad at the tire shop. You know you don't have time to be a scientist. That's local, you know. So you know that's something that that's just, that's a generational thing that has been passed down to our parents when their grandparents or I mean our grand, you know, and as you keep going down and and At some point that has to be a point where, if Obviously the cycle the in a break itself because it's been passed down, and you say to your kids I'm sure, so you have to be conscious enough to take the initiative to try to fix yourself so you don't tell your kids that that way, don't tell their kids that we break. We break the cycle like that.

Speaker 3:

And I learned all that through therapy. You know I'm saying like I'm. You know I was a product of the Los Angeles County foster care system at 10 years old and you know I was probably in there 10 months or so or a year or so and and that just led me to a Another path. But you know, in those times they didn't offer therapy until after the fact that you were released back to your custody of your parent. So you know you already messed up behavior issues already there, whatever.

Speaker 3:

So I did go through therapy as a kid but I didn't, like I said, I had already developed behavioral issues so I had no respect for any kind of authority, which you know. Let me down a whole another road in life that Even into the day I have a problem with authority there. I have viral videos on my page where you could tell that I'm like being told what to do, bro, and it's like maybe that's why I keep getting in trouble so much I don't know, but that's something I'm definitely working on today. Like I, I acknowledged my faults and that's the first thing is that if you can acknowledge your own false bro, then you're already halfway there.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, because you're showing awareness of something that a lot of people don't have that.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, like my memory, when I was married, bro, my ex-wife used to tell me that she wanted to go into therapy and I just kept saying yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, just to end the argument, but I never really had any indication on going whatsoever and I never did and look, I'm divorced. But it like that. That that's what I'm saying. Like man has a stigma of being this macho. You know, you like it's like some puncture to go over there and talk to another person, a professional right, yeah. And like I tell people, bro, like you can have, you can have a nice as body or a nice as car, a Ferrari, but you don't take care of that engine, homie, do you? Ain't gonna get far, dog Like. So it's the same thing.

Speaker 3:

Rather, when people want to fix on them, work on themselves, the first thing they do is gonna diet, or the first thing they do is, you know, the same physical. It's physical, superficial, and and it's the first thing that makes them feel better. But they really, really, really wanted to feel better. They go fix that engine first, right, you know, I'm saying then, then you could have the strength and the, the motivation and everything that comes with being a better person, releasing trauma. You know growth, you know elevate, like they teach in Chicano, hollywood, like all you see, and that's even a form of therapy, because you're around people who have done the work. It's not like it's so hard to be successful At least I'm seen in Hollywood. If you haven't done Some sort of work, like you're not gonna go over and just be like, hey, I'm the diamond in the rough, like 50 cent said in the song, and like they're gonna make you this.

Speaker 3:

Super badass actor. No, bro, they're gonna look at you and be like Like nah, bro, like you could tell you can see it. You know Talent only gets you so far. You gotta have everything comes with it. You know talent, and then you know skill or or or luck, and then you got people.

Speaker 1:

You know yeah, and then it takes just, and then worth ethic too.

Speaker 3:

Consistency can see, yes, you know saying these, bro, if I would just came over there right now. I just be like, hey, I'm food news with my fake Mike homie and I pull up to these elevate conferences. Do they let me up on stage? Is because no, yeah, but they've done seen food news enough now that they know enough about me and they know that at least I kind of you know Places like this and talk about things like that. And it's like either you are in this elevated trajectory or You're just still and like you're still main homie right here. And I refuse, dog, I've been right here all my life, homie. Like I Don't like it over here.

Speaker 1:

I felt so good coming out of that conference. You have no idea, man. Oh, I just something in my brain kind of like switched on to where I was. Like you know, we need to start working together. We need to start this community, this community. There's something because I always talk about it that it was so crazy what Johnny did. He got all the content creators, podcasters, influencers in one area.

Speaker 3:

That's very hard to do, very difficult at a point in my when food news first came out. It took off fast, bro, like at the time when, when we did the elevate conference, like I just it was already getting away from Excuse me I was already getting like a big, fat baby, and it's like I already knew I couldn't care this, even though I've been doing everything my size, with everything myself, bro. And it's like when I went in there, I was at that little point where I didn't know what the next step would be. Like what's the next step?

Speaker 3:

How did like I see, like do know, I seen let the there, I seen all these other influencers that I've been following for years, bro, and I remember when, like people like do know, when he was living at his mom's house, when he first came up and I'm like fool, and I talked to him and I asked him straight out like a Homie, look, I remember when you were in my position and like now he's got all these good things going on and I thought I'm there, I'm there, bro. So, like he guided me to the next step. And that's what these conferences do, bro they put the people that need to be in your face right there. Homie, he's got to go look from.

Speaker 1:

They're there, yeah you gotta do the work too when you're there. Oh, you're not just gonna stand in the corner and be like all do know is gonna come talk to me.

Speaker 3:

No, homie, I went over there and.

Speaker 3:

I, like I said I shoved my mic in, do know face and I'm not disrespectful way, but right like you're gonna see me, homie, because I have some very valid questions and I paid some money to be here. So I like you hear me, homie, not no, but you know it's like so much love, you know, and they answer every question. You know they, they take every picture. You know I'm saying there's, bro, I there's nothing bad I can say about these conferences, bro, if anything and you got to pay 50 bucks, 100 bucks to get into these conferences, very, very well.

Speaker 1:

It's an investment on yourself exactly on yourself. Yeah, yeah, cuz if you can't bet on yourself or invest in yourself, what do you think like? How do you think and how do you expect somebody else to do that for you? Nobody is gonna do it. You have to do it yourself.

Speaker 3:

I remember I did a song called lasonia Right and I reached out to the homie, mike meds, and I told him a homie, I need you to jump on this video. I didn't even I knew it was gonna be viral, but I needed him to jump on it with me. And I didn't know this food. He charged me. You know, usually he does this shit for free, but if I'm hitting you up I can't expect to ask for a handout right, and he charged me homes and it was pricey, but this food. He valued his work enough and I wanted his work enough that I paid it, and it was more than a thousand dollars. I'll tell you that much.

Speaker 1:

He's a very good artist bro, he does, he doesn't think it was gonna be that much.

Speaker 3:

Have you seen Mike med stuff. I'm like meds is super dope homie, but you know what, not to put his business out there like that, like how much he charged me, or if he charged you more it's charge you less, whatever dog. I'm just saying that I I Believe in myself enough that I dropped a thousand dollars when I only had like two thousand in my bank account, yeah, that I dropped a thousand on this shit just to, because I believe in myself that much and that shit.

Speaker 1:

They're still yeah it's still going and, and that's what it's an investment, yeah, and that's what it's all about.

Speaker 3:

That's what you kind of Hollywood is, bro. It's an investment on all of us.

Speaker 1:

You have the bet on yourself yourself. The most recent one he posted was with Kevin oh, it's those videos that you like to watch.

Speaker 2:

Yes, oh yeah, I know well, there's a funny.

Speaker 3:

There's a couple, the most recent one he did with he does like George Perez story, george Perez who's gone wild ones. He does like anybody viral, like you know anything, anything trending or weird or viral. Mike Mazz on that shit yeah it's an honor to work with that dude.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, he, he's awesome. His his work is is amazing. It's funny he has his own motif.

Speaker 3:

Yeah.

Speaker 1:

It's like style and art oh yeah, I got that right. Like if you say you look at like a Picasso or you look at a I don't know Da Vinci. Da Vinci, you can see this type of style.

Speaker 3:

Oh, like it's. It's rhythm recognizable, exactly like men's right there. Exact or brand is.

Speaker 1:

It's a fancy word for saying brand.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, he, he, he's very good what it does.

Speaker 1:

you could tell that's him exactly, yeah, but when that's what I'm saying like building, building a brand, when you see that that's.

Speaker 3:

He hit. That's like, that's his gimmick, exactly like. This is my gimmick, right, you know?

Speaker 1:

and then you have the, the, the Artwork on there that looks like fucks news.

Speaker 3:

I'm gonna tell you what I did, homie, is that I went and, like I said, when I made this plan, I said how does somebody get famous? So, first of all, you're gonna write a song or, you know, have viral video. So I just started making all these videos, hoping some of them might go like baby viral. It wasn't that crazy. But you know, 50,000 here, 30,000. That's good for me, that's good homie, you know. And then all of a sudden, like I just started making shirts and then I just started making sweaters, I started making hats for everything food news, you know, I got, I got, you know, like that's my weed.

Speaker 3:

You got food, weed like I got like I got stickers I give, I give stickers away everywhere I go, like you know you engage with me, get a sticker, you know I, cuz I do sell everything, you know. And it's like, yeah, you know, you have to, you have to brand yourself and now people hardly even charge me. Now this straight out, sent me like 10 free hat, food, news hats for free, just to tag them and I do and thank you. Or you know, hey, I'll send you a thousand stickers for 50 bucks, bro, just tag me, bro. That's like mad love.

Speaker 1:

Have you always been like this? Have you always been like growing up? Yeah joking and being this outgoing with other people, it has that.

Speaker 3:

My girl says that I act like this here and I, because she says I'm a goofball with her, so she's like we just laugh all the time and and then like I'm very, you see, I'm very animated, very hyper, but that's just me, brought me like that. So I was a kid, so you know especially drinking coffee, mcdonald's coffee, on top of that right now at 8 pm. Well, that's what I do instead of drinking more that low, I'd rather drink a coffee or something to get me wired up because I could hold conversation better.

Speaker 2:

Yeah do you think that, um, I know you said something earlier where you were saying like, like you didn't Really realize, like, like your full potential, right your full talent to your little older? Do you think, when you were younger, like if the opportunity would have been given to you or you would have been straight, maybe into the direction of Putting yourself more in that artistic like lane, do you think that things would have been a lot different for you? Or you think, like this is, this is the role that I was supposed to be and this is when it was supposed to happen.

Speaker 3:

Bro, if I were to apply myself I could have been successful a long time ago, because I want many awards for art. You know I've won. You know a lot of people throughout my life have always took interest in me because I am the way I am and I don't take myself that serious, especially with friends. People get the misconception of me because of how I look a lot of times and that's after I removed all my face tats, like I had a tear drop. My whole neck was blast, even though still is, but like my hands you see that I'm was gone.

Speaker 3:

Like I really worked on myself in this year to be as good I like I'm the best version that that I've ever been on myself, right. But even as a kid like I've always been like the best artistic kid in class, like the teacher used to have me do like the presentation drawing and then the whole class will follow my presentation, shit like that. So it's like I've always been artistic is just I never applied myself, you know, and I always thought that I had like ADD, like right away in the 90s, everything with ADD on TV, add, adhd.

Speaker 3:

They keep adding letters to the shit and it just got more and more serious and worse, and and I always just thought I had ADD, because I don't listen very good, like, like you know, I don't know if you probably could tell right here, but, um, I do listen. It's just that some of it just gets lost, you know, and like I catch pieces of what's important to me and that's what I pay attention to. And, like you know, even even Like I said, maybe my family says I'm not like this, you know, but I think I am, you know. It's just I lost my train of thought. What was the question again?

Speaker 2:

No, just if you think like, like, if you would have had, maybe like been straight into that. I did never apply myself yeah.

Speaker 3:

I had teachers. Um, I had this one teacher. She was my math teacher and I hated math. So, like I just drew and she would get mad at me. So one day she stopped making me do math work and just went on and bought me all this art stuff that my mom couldn't afford. She like that, so I'm like she. She went on and bought me all my shit and, like she said, since you're gonna be graded on drawing now says you don't want to do math, at least she's used my potential and maximized it to from from own benefit. And she even entered a contest one time for me and, like you know, I want for, like the eastern side of, like I could I grow up in Pomona, so like I want for our region.

Speaker 3:

When started stadium, like we met Tommy Lassort, we got a little plaque. You know like I had my little, my little crucito moment from blood and blood out at a young age because you know, out of, out of. You know there was like four or five regions in the county bro and for my whole region I won and it's like it was badass. I think I could take the whole thing, but I was very artistic. Still, still am. Was this middle school, high school, what was it? This was like, I think, like seven, six or seven grade, something like that, and a teacher did that for you my teacher, miss Morales.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, if we all had teachers like that there should be. There should honestly like in the education school system. There should be a point to where you analyze a child and build upon their strengths.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, she definitely seen that, that was my strength and she just, she just said okay, well, if you don't want to do math, then you're gonna be a good artist.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, and, and I am yeah and and I think a lot of times, like what you're saying, go like kind of like there should be this evaluation, because we're we're not all built the same our brains are not individual.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, our brains are not wired exactly the same as if you're really good at math, I'm really good at English, and it's like, and then you go on through school and you get discouraged because you're not excelling in certain areas and you think that there's something completely wrong with you, but that area that you are excelling is not being, you know, showcased enough and it's it's and that's just, that's just throughout everything.

Speaker 3:

And even to this day, I have people who take interest in me, like, like I said, like at this conference I'm personally invited from Johnny and Kihota studios, and like I didn't, I got, you know, have to pay for my ticket.

Speaker 3:

So it went from like, once upon a time having like get in here. Now they're like, hey, are you gonna be busy this Saturday, like, and so, like I said, there's still my teachers today, you know, because they see that, like they see what I was doing, I was moving in a whole another kind of crowd just a month ago and like I was getting kind of sucked into that, even though I didn't really realize it. I wasn't fully like emerging it. But you know, when you're getting, when you're getting, when you're getting involved in stuff that otherwise shouldn't even be going on, because maybe you put yourself in a position yourself, then it's like whoa, we need to reevaluate. So then these guys in Hollywood, bro, they came to when I was beat down last week, homie, and I couldn't. That's I think that's the reason why I had a reschedule with you, right, because I was beat down at the time.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I wanted you to say it. I wasn't gonna say it, I was like I was right, no, but yeah, it was, and, and that's why I was like I wanted you to say oh yeah, bro, I got.

Speaker 3:

I had a reschedule, a lot I had. I had a meeting with kihota studios the morning After I got, so Can you imagine bro, I couldn't even.

Speaker 3:

I couldn't even move and I'm looking for my phone. It's like food. My fingers hurt to move, you know. And finally I got my phone and first call I made was to louis and andres and I was like a homie. You know, I'm just giving you this as a courtesy, because you know I'm supposed to be there in 30 minutes. I'm letting you know right now I'm not gonna make it home. So if you get mad, spend stop. But like I'm sure you're about it later, I just hung up. I didn't want to hear that there is fuck. Oh, these are the CEOs, these are the CEOs of bucket kihota studios.

Speaker 3:

Home, yeah, and it's like the part, like the hell just happened, right now and it's like it makes my eyes water now that, like fans, bro, even though it the good thing was that everybody's seen what happened or whatever, and not to indulge in that too heavy.

Speaker 3:

But everything, what happened and like, they came to my defense and say you know what, bro, we're gonna get you out of that. We're gonna pull you over here with us. Now it's up to you. You wanted the fucking limelight. There you go, and, bro, I'm like jay. Now they're all hitting me with different things and I'm just like you know. And what's what I love about these guys is that not any one of them are fighting over me. I mean over who wants full access because they food these podcasters be trying to do that, or these, you know, whoever holds a position where they could pay you for your, your services or your, your algorithm or whatever. They want full. They want the full fucking access to what you got to him. Got me fucked up, yeah.

Speaker 1:

Like and they don't do that.

Speaker 3:

So what you're saying is some type of like, exclusivity with, with Well, yeah, some of these people say like, if you're gonna work, we'll hire you and we'll pay you good, but I don't want you working with any other podcasters.

Speaker 1:

Okay and I'm like so basically they want you to be exclusive, yeah okay, you want to be exclusive homie?

Speaker 3:

better put multiple zeros in my pocket. And I'll be exclusive all day, but until then. You want to share profits with me? I don't, I can. Why share profits with you when I gave my all my profits by myself?

Speaker 1:

Yeah, like. And I'm pretty sure you're in the Good position to do that. I know I am and I am right.

Speaker 3:

You know I'm monetized, I know how I, I've learned the ins and outs of Instagram and tiktok and youtube and like, but I'm I, you, I didn't even know I was on youtube today. So somebody told my kid my, my, my home was kid Came and she's like you know, every month the school program, know who you are. And I'm like she's like a little girl, she's like 10. And then she's like, yeah, and I go from where she's like youtube, I go, I'm not even on youtube. She's like, yeah, you are. So I'm like, how? Where she's like just happy and fly boy, I typed it in. It's like and none of that I didn't put.

Speaker 3:

I didn't post, not one.

Speaker 1:

Isn't that crazy how people can do that and they have their. They have their own platform and they monetize on that. That's crazy.

Speaker 3:

Just to show you how like green I still am. That's something that simple Like a search engine, which is what Google is. Yeah, something that simple like one. I mean, I know enough to type in flybo on Google and everything comes up. That's fine, but like I don't know, I just never checked YouTube, bro, for some reason, and like how smart am I?

Speaker 2:

you figured like if you didn't put it up, I took a 10 year old to tell me this, bro, and I already knew the answer.

Speaker 3:

Just something get away from us. Like I said, you get lost in your own and your own fog and your own mind or whatever, I don't know. But something that simple and just got away from me and I guess now I'm on YouTube. Well, now you're on YouTube on my podcast too, especially today, yeah, especially today, especially like after anything that's been going on, and I'm sure you guys been seeing my face everywhere and how, how does that Take a toll on you like?

Speaker 1:

how does it feel, like mentally, physically?

Speaker 3:

How do the?

Speaker 3:

bruises take on the physical part. Besides the no, okay, like no, joking aside like, um, be careful, what you ask for and that's saying is so true, bro, because like it's not, I just asked for and they just gave it to me, like I worked for it, like like the Jenny 69, like, yeah, bro, she's getting a lot of slack this week over the incident that happened to her, but like I don't see that, I see her work ethic. I don't know what the heck, bro, I'm fooling you that I don't know. At least I'll be proud to say that I don't know what the hell happened on this one. But the thing is is, like, all I see is work ethic, consistency. I see the passion. You know I'm saying I see the the. She understands her demographic, she has her gimmick, she understands her audience, she targets her audience. Obviously she's monetized, she's this, she's that, she's Right. So Jenny figured it out early on in the game and you know she's an example to little girls out there. Whether you hate it, love it bro. Whether you hate it, love it bro.

Speaker 3:

Wouldn't you rather your daughter be like Jenny 69 and have, you know, owner home? You know, at a young age, you know, have a Business, a business, a clothing line, a this or that, where and any and not just Jenny, it could be any young woman who has who, who has made it her passion in life to succeed and has done that, and then for just somebody who maybe hasn't had that success, come and just kind of try to pull off, pull the rug from under you. It's, bro, it's just it's. It's upsetting.

Speaker 3:

It hurts me as a man, not just as a human being, but like as a influencer, as a content creator, as All these things. Because, bro, I understand, I just got beat up myself, so I ended. That's why I jumped in with the high enough because, like I just, bro, it's not fair, not for her, not for me, not for anybody, not for anybody. Yeah, and then, like you know, I got a lot of slack on on the internet right now because people are saying that they're trying to, they're trying to, they're trying to, they're trying to just spin, spin something out of nothing.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, you know saying which most people do on the internet, and I gotta remember it's the internet.

Speaker 3:

They're trying to spin it on me. They're trying to spin that same narrative now on to me and I said so I'm just being a nice guy hopping a young lady in an unfortunate situation and you're gonna turn feather me. Yeah, like damn, the internet is a cold. You know, it was crazy about me that you guys might hurt her feeling, but, bro, there's nothing you can do to me. Bro, that hasn't already been done.

Speaker 3:

When I said so, like I can't just sit back and it's unfortunate because and even then I would come on and be like okay, look, this is why you guys are. It's not like that. We got to change the narrative because you know you guys are following a false Idol or false narrative, it's all lies. Like you're following people who never been what they claim to be. As far as like, if you're gonna, I would rather you, you, um, educate the youngsters, because obviously some people my age just can't get it together, no more. There's just some people are stuck in their ways, right, but a person you would think who's been around could take that beautiful moment of the struggles of their life and kind of Put it in a way, so these children can get a valuable lesson, right? So that's what I do, like here.

Speaker 3:

Now, you know, I don't know if I make sense of the things that I'm saying, but sometimes I just feel like I give you the big, big diamond, shiny, right, and I tell him here and then, there, they're so unpolished, bro, that they just choose to see a big, fat rock and I'm just like, oh, you just missed the whole message. Like, come on, yeah. Like let's get it together, homie. And if you don't, read some books, educate yourself, get off of Instagram, get off of YouTube, go to school, you know, go to your church or talk to your religious leader to get into therapy. Like let's do these things. Go to these conferences that the Services utilize, these services, bro, get out of whatever position you're in in life. If you're not happy, you're not happy.

Speaker 1:

Make it better, yeah do some yoga, drink some water, feeling comfortable, you know sorry bro go on stage and get me going home make a fool of yourself.

Speaker 2:

Don't be sorry, don't be sorry.

Speaker 1:

This is what this is what we're here for. This is what we're we're here to do.

Speaker 3:

I'm relax.

Speaker 1:

Amber, you had something you wanted to say or ask.

Speaker 2:

No, I forgot.

Speaker 1:

He's going a million miles an hour.

Speaker 3:

We got a we got a jump on it we got a jump on it while you can know what, like I said, you know, um and I'll say this again, I think I says I'm very pocket Bro I believe that we're in a Chicano Renaissance right now and historically and I learned this from Johnny himself, you know, these are things that we learn, I didn't even grasp that concept before, but we are homey and and historically you know, the Renaissance was about culture and tradition and food and arts and you know, like just the overall arts, you know I'm saying and Painting and sculpture and you name it. You know, um Um Cathedral and just everything going up was just very flamboyant, very lavish, very everything right. And that's what we got right now in this Chicano movement that we got, whether you're Chicano or Honduras or Chappin or wherever the hell you're from, homie.

Speaker 1:

What's the Chappin?

Speaker 3:

What the mother what?

Speaker 1:

the mother okay.

Speaker 3:

I'm just saying like, like, whether you're Mexican, it doesn't matter. You know we all fall under the same umbrella, right? And it's not just strictly for Chicano, it's just for anybody. That's part of our, our heritage. That's trying to do they don't care whether you've been on parole, they don't care whether you don't do. They do care about that you're not on drugs and that I mean obviously you don't got some weird stuff going around.

Speaker 1:

You know I'm saying you ain't got some weird fetish or anything right like smelling feet. Okay at convention. See look at Amber he. Conferences okay, there you go, or when you're in a hotel, you're a hotel manager and yeah.

Speaker 3:

I mean there and suck somebody's toes. No, but it's, it's. They don't care about none of that. I'll, they'll. They care about it, like you said, your work ethic. Yeah, you know, you know that's it.

Speaker 1:

and then you want to create, you want to, you want to change something that's, or you want to jump in on this Chicano Renaissance that's happening. Like there's a I Say this a lot too there's, it's so accessible now, yeah, right, like if you have a phone, you can create a page, you can do whatever you want. Like there's this thing called model success, which basically what you did with a hoolhouser, right, you didn't necessarily copy him, but you modeled his success and you made it your own, right, yeah, you, you took his blueprint, his foundation, yeah, and you put it, I spun and I spun it and yeah, in a positive way right.

Speaker 3:

You know me, and I'm not even done with it, because I have a show right now that I'm working on called California's fools gold. Ooh, which is California's gold before fools, right? Yeah, obviously, and I'm gonna go pitch it to these fools on Saturday, nice, and why? What better place to go pitch an idea Then? At the conference, where all the big hits are gonna be at at the same time, on the same day, all working towards the same goal, and that's to make the next biggest thing. Yeah, and I think that California fools gold will be that because this man used to go up and down California, you know, and he's all white man, he just living in South, to white people. He would talk to anybody, but the majority was white people because he's all white man. So, like, obviously, why people can generate red, you know, gravitate towards him.

Speaker 3:

So me, being a fool, I could go up and down California too, homie, and I could have people like these companies fund the project and send me out with an audio team and a band and get a suspender, like they have the capacity to do that. But you think they're just gonna give it to any fool because I went and bought my first ticket. No, like. They need to see me at every show. They need to see me at every venue that they throw. They need to see me in between on the internet. They need to see me sharing their stuff. They need to see I need to see them sharing my stuff. That's how you know that you're making an impact, because they will share your things. They're not a bigger or above anybody. They will put you on if you're worth putting on.

Speaker 1:

And where does somebody begin to start doing that Like what's your, what's?

Speaker 3:

the basis of that. So the way I break it down is like this bro, the first thing you have to know is you have to know yourself. Like I said, you can come into the game confused, wondering what you want to do, because everybody on the earth has a God given talent. So, first of all, pinpoint your talent, whatever it is, whether it's cooking, baking, creating, whatever it may be pick your talent and then maximize on that. And if you don't know how to do that, let's just say you're a baker, right, and you make some awesome ass cookies. You're so original, your cookies are the best, but you just don't know how to get out there. So what I would do if it was me, I would get my cookies and I type in funny cookie videos on Tik Tok or something, and there's probably thousands of women who are out there making funny cookie videos, right? So I would pick the funniest ones that I think are funny and I'll just recreate them, whether exactly or Model success.

Speaker 3:

Put your own spin on it however you want, but get, and not only like limit yourself to one, but like do two or three. The thing is that once you make the decision that you're going to be an entrepreneur or a content creator or whatever Instagram personality, you can't just put a post every nine days and expect to be famous. If you're going to choose to put one post a day, keep it one post a day every day. If you're going to go, like me because you see how I'm very hyper, so I could be sitting there doing two, three, four reels a day, but I give you food two, three, four reels a day every day and that's why you say, damn, this food is all over my feed. Yeah, because I'm putting myself in your feed.

Speaker 3:

So that's what I'm saying, like how you call it model success. Pick something, figure it out. Even if you ain't good at it at the first time, try a different way and then eventually like anything. Now you're going to start getting better and better and then you learn editing and I don't go to editing that. I do everything on Instagram. You know, like it's not hard, it's not what I do. If you look at my videos, they're all edited the same.

Speaker 1:

It's really not that hard. My videos are all edited exactly the same. Instagram has put in the tools within the last, I want to say, six months of transitions and music. Utilize the music. All the good stuff.

Speaker 3:

Put your pictures to the beat, the rhythm of the beat, you know. Pick a song that's trendy or some related to your content. You know, use the gifts. You think they just I just got, bro.

Speaker 3:

I type in news on my gifts and they give me the breaking news logo. They give me the breaking news. They give me everything I could pick and choose. I just choose to use the same exact ones, because consistency, that's your brand. Repetitive, because you know, you think I like wearing fucking food news every day of my life. No, bro, and it's not the same sweater, it's all brand new shit. It's just that. You know I have to make enough for you food and enough for me, because if you're going to see me out there, then at least I want you to recognize when I walk in the room every single time, that at least you'll see me with the same blue hat, the same white shirt food news, food news, cool, walking with stickers given like get a gimmick, make a song who. I created lasagna and I've created more songs than I got a full news.

Speaker 1:

Wait, is that the song where you said some girl from Pomona?

Speaker 3:

Yeah, here's a little story about a high-nose sonia better at the club in the city of Pomona.

Speaker 1:

That's like what's on that lasagna? Okay, that's where it was.

Speaker 3:

Brilliant right.

Speaker 2:

Yeah.

Speaker 3:

So the most popular. And I sat there on a rainy day, I remember when I was taking, okay, so if I'm going to get famous, then I got to write a song, okay, so I'm sitting there thinking like like 50 cent in the club beat, you know like, nah, I'm sitting there like Dr Dre, nah, like that shit's all been done, yeah, done. They took it to the gills. So I said, okay, well, let me go to Spanish. But I don't, come on, we're going to do a corrido, like, come on, I'm a gangster, I'm not a paisa like that. Shout out to the paisa. You know what I mean? It's just I'm not. So it'd be funky of me to do something like that. I'd be faking the funk like they say homie and it's like so, okay, well, I said if I am going to do a Spanish song, I would do a cumbia. Fuck it, I would have more fun doing a cumbia than some fucking narco corrido and shit about mountain life, probably because I'm just that self-centered. But so I just I just wrote, okay, la la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Speaker 3:

So I Googled it. They had, they had a instrumental for it on YouTube. I said, cool, that's have to From right there. So then I just said, okay, while you say I'm going to call a sonia, because you know I'm my best friend and it's a sonia, my sister's name is Sonia and I just said it's easy, okay, so how would I start it? And then so what I did? I put, I put things in my headphones and I just was like the other story and I saudi, he's a little story about a high nine named Sonia. And then I just kinda, so when I sang it, I sang it listening to La Chona singing La Sonia, with the paper in front of me.

Speaker 3:

So I was like, you know, cuenta el en la historia like I would follow his tempo and actually know La Sonia was born and it just but like that was my gimmick right and through, it worked, you know, and you don't be afraid to fail at your first thought, and it's fine even if you don't come up with your next thought till tomorrow or even next week. Like, don't lose it, write it down. I have notebooks on my pad, full like every full news that I've done. I write them down Because, you know, in the beginning I wasn't as good as I am now. I used to fuck up a lot. And I go back to my notebooks and I'm just like fuck, I remember that day when I did that full news or when I said this and and a lot of those are viral now. And it's like, bro, I don't know, I made mics, I made this myself with these stickers.

Speaker 3:

You know, Like a fucking eight dollar mic from Amazon. You know what I'm saying? I just put a sticker around it. It's like it's nothing, but she don't even work, it's fake, it doesn't work, but it's the gimmick.

Speaker 3:

You know what I'm saying. That's my gimmick. And then, when that didn't work, I just made, I maximized on it. You know what I'm saying and find your gimmick. You know. Understand your demographic. Learn how to target your audience. Understand your algorithm. You know what I'm saying. People have the misconception that there's, you know, certain times of the day where you should pull. Oh, people are coming out of work at 3 pm, so I'm gonna post at 3 pm homie.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, it's basically, it's based on your audience when your audience is on the.

Speaker 3:

I'll tell you one thing, bro you could have posted your post 10 hours ago and I might not have even been on Instagram and it still comes up as soon as I because I'm one of your followers, I'm one of the people that the ones that are gonna get on their feet are the people who like, share, repost People.

Speaker 3:

Have you noticed? You have followers on Instagram and you probably haven't liked the picture of theirs or they haven't liked one of yours in five years. Do you ever see them? No, you guys still follow each other, but you never see each other. Why? Because you guys just you guys got a big void in between you that you just don't see each other. It's like you don't follow each other. The only people you see on your feet are the people that like either your shit, you like their shit, or the other people are like.

Speaker 2:

They're interacting with each other.

Speaker 3:

Yes, it's like a big fishnet. You know we're all connected, so don't think that because it's 4 am and you woke up with them sonnier than I, and you say, fuck it, you start going through your picture. I don't want to post it because I don't want to post it, homie, because your homie is gonna see it at 7 am when she wakes up. Yeah, trust me, she's not gonna miss it.

Speaker 1:

Just because you posted it three hours ago, she's still gonna see it, you said something very interesting about fails, and most people don't try things because they're afraid of failure. And how do you navigate that?

Speaker 3:

Well, like I said, when I first started doing this, I never used to post because I didn't want people to think of me a certain type of way, because I was trying to be funny or foolish or whatever. And that's exactly what happened, because when I started making these videos, people thought I was going through divorce. Like all of a sudden, I find myself living alone. Like you know, I'm navigating through that, let alone coming out of addiction, you know, because I was addicted to fentanyl when that's the reason why I got divorced, because I was taking over 10 fentanyl pills a day.

Speaker 2:

Wow.

Speaker 3:

That's a lot, oh my gosh, yeah. So that's how lost I was, that I had no choice but to do the work or I was either gonna end up back in prison or dead OD, or just a crack hit on the street. Because that's what happens, you know. And that's the day I sobered up when my ex left me. You know it's too bad that it took that, but at least I'm not sad about it, because at least for myself and my own sanity, it didn't matter whether while I was with her or after she left me. The thing is I'm sober now, 18 months in, you know and look at all this stuff.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, thank you. And it all started because, like I started going to therapy, I worked on myself. You know, if I would, you're not gonna get far in life, homie, holding down the same baggage that you got you in this mess to begin with. And that's where therapy comes in. You have to, you know, grow, release. You know learn how to just purge your trauma, bro, and just get it out.

Speaker 3:

And sometimes it doesn't people think that just because you talk about it today that you're cured when you leave the therapist out just because you magically let no, bro, sometimes you bring up these. You know old wounds, real deep wounds, and it takes two months of feeling like shit. You might cry every day because you just regurgitated this trauma in your life and you know you might not know how to process it until two months from now, but saying, consistent with your therapist and continuing. You know the, whatever path they got you on, you know it is very important to do everything your therapist tells you. And I mean I totally submit to my therapist, completely, 100%. And you know, and it worked and I feel like it's working. I just seen her last week after I got beat up, you know, and it's like I needed that.

Speaker 3:

You know, even even something that's traumatic is getting stomped out by 10 fools and then it being caught on video and everything Now is that came with that and the threats and the this and the that, and, like I have my own little Jenny 69 moment for a minute there. You know I'm saying this, so I like I understand what these. Just be prepared, bro, because with success or with fame comes a whole nother side, under belly, that people going to try to pull under your rug, and a lot of it is going to be false, 100% false. And those just spinning because there's nothing better for people to do but to try to tear you down, because they don't have the guts to do what you're doing. So they'd rather try to break down your wall because they're too weak or sorry to try to build the wrong or too scared, or whatever.

Speaker 1:

Don't want to do it.

Speaker 3:

You know I'm saying it falls under just at the end of the day. It doesn't matter what you're sitting, what your excuse is for not doing it is solid. It is an excuse whether you're scared, whether you're whatever homie, you know, lazy or I don't know. Get it together, get it together. That's my message, if anything. And all this.

Speaker 2:

What was your turning point into moving towards your sobriety, like what was there, like you don't have to go into detail, but just like in general.

Speaker 3:

You know what really really got me. It hurt losing my wife right, and I'm glad like not no more, obviously, because I've worked through that. Then I'm kind of I'm so glad that you know I've had a chance in my life where I could kind of vent your off on my own. You know as sad as it sounds, you know, but it's just. You know, what really pissed me off was that, aside from her, my dealer was Charging me like four times which she was getting them for. So she was, you know, getting them for like three dollars a piece and she was getting in between like for like $11-$12 each. So can you imagine over, and I used to buy like ten a day.

Speaker 2:

Oh sure.

Speaker 3:

So over five years, four years or whatever the amount of time that I was on fentanyl, like you imagine how many thousands and thousands and thousands of dollar I gave this high now. But I paid her mortgage. I probably, I probably bought all her clothes and and supplied her habit, and that hurt me even more than losing my lady dog.

Speaker 1:

Damn.

Speaker 3:

I want her, bro, because nothing hurts more than, I mean, yeah, losing my hand on her, but she left me, I didn't leave her, so Handle, yeah, but dog, that's my money. You took not as personal like.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, you know saying and it took a lot of me to learn how to just say that's your fault, stupid, like you, messed up, you got, you got work like a rib homie. You know saying it. And and that was my bad, and I had to swallow that pill. That was the last pill I ever swallowed, homie, and that was the hardest one I had to swallow Cuz I added it up and it was like who I could have back. A mean old down payment on the house, damn mean old down payment on the house. Or you know, that's a lot of money a brandy suburban paid off. Or you know saying like it's a lot of money. I can. I'm thinking that's just. That's not even my habit, that's just what she got me for.

Speaker 1:

So it was, it was hers, and then on top of that was also yours too.

Speaker 3:

I Just lost everything. I lost my wife, I lost my money, I lost my family, I lost my home, I own Mount house, you know, and I just I said like fuck, so okay. So you lost everything, like food wasn't egg you yourself, you already lost yourself. When you lose, neck your life, your freedom, like that, was only two things left because I had already done, lost everything else. So that was my point. I'll say you know what that's it like and I never touched it again.

Speaker 3:

I went, I checked myself into NA. I still didn't withdraw, you know, still in withdrawal. I was in therapy. Yet that was my therapy.

Speaker 3:

Na was my therapy for the first, like two, three months, and they gave me the, the tool and I states over and they gave me the tools needed just to keep saying no. But I went every day, twice a day, for three months. Also, I didn't just go once a week or what. No, I went every day, twice a day and I worked everything that I had around that, because that was the most important thing at the time. You know, like my wife was, I didn't call her like I, I see it fool, it was over.

Speaker 3:

Like how? Even? Not even cuz I didn't love the high nuts just cuz the, the amount of disrespect that I poured on her just in the lies and the in the just over and just drug abuse. I just felt like I could never be her husband again because she just didn't value me, respect me. She was ashamed of me, I was ashamed of myself, you know, and I lost everything behind, including her love. So I was just like, ah, it took me a while to finally realize that, fuck, you really fucking lost everything behind this shit, and that's why I think I still so, because I don't want to lose anymore.

Speaker 1:

You know, like yeah, you already know what that feels like, and it's hard.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, and only that the withdrawal is heavy, bro. Yeah, physically Fennel is, and I've been addicted to heroin before and I withdraw heroin and and it fentanyl by far the worst. The worst any heroin addiction by, because it's a synthetic opioid. And these foods, you know fentanyl, fentanyl.

Speaker 1:

It's synthetic. Synthetic I mean, it withdraws heavy.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, from, but the the stronger you go up, and there's no stronger than fentanyl.

Speaker 1:

I've never seen it or I've never felt it personally, but I've seen it in you see people in downtown LA that are twitching around and they're like their arms.

Speaker 3:

They're twitching over their heads and they're jerking and that's, that's fentanyl withdrawal right there Were you, were you functioning, like, did you? Yeah, yeah, by my house never was once laid on my on my mortgage payment bought a Harley. But remember this is also during you know the better times economically. You know COVID came in everybody's getting you know stimulus checks and then everybody's getting child relief check. There was getting PPP loan, so money was out there. Yeah and it's like People. You remember, people were just blowing it, bro, and I was.

Speaker 3:

I was just like shoot it the same and and the more money I made, the bigger my habit came, you got, and it just got to the point where it just like I said, just eight, oh, it just ate me up inside out. I was numb on everything. Like I should know emotion. Like I didn't care if my hand left me or not, like I was just, like I was just waiting for it. Honestly, I just didn't want to be the bad guy. I rather she dumped me. That way, nobody would hate me if I just left. You know, I mean, and that's coward as shit Like, but that's how addict thinks homie. Like they don't take no kind of accountability or Responsibility at the moment, you know, because how could they? Like you can't fault them for that, because they're not in the capacity to do that.

Speaker 1:

Is it because they're thinking of their, their addiction, first, before anything else? Yeah, first.

Speaker 3:

Opiate withdraws heavy. Any withdraws heavy, right. So obviously I, rather my mind is gonna keep. She gonna be mad at me whether I'm withdrawing or whether I go pick up, so doesn't matter. At this point I'd rather feel good and have a yelling me then feel like shit and how are you all at me?

Speaker 3:

You understand the thing so and then at that point, once she loses respect for you, then you start losing respect for yourself. You know, you come home from work and you guys like no longer even kiss each other on the cheek anymore, it's more like a hug, or hey, you know I'm home, oh good, and then like whatever, and and then eventually she doesn't even care where. You come home early, late and I, just the divide gets bigger and bigger and the addiction gets Stronger and stronger and actually, you know, until that ribbon breaks, homie, and then y'all still you lost out on me, and then she's in another fool's arms and if you can handle that, feed me a key game high. I couldn't handle that and that's why I lost. But I can handle. Now I'm not tripping, but you know her got you Because my first wife was.

Speaker 3:

I lost the drug abuse and I was fortunate to have a second wife and they're both good, high enough, and I lost her to behind the same. So like that's why I said fuck that I lost to already. I refuse to if, if God ever blessed me to have another wife, because I'm not down on marriage. I just made a mistake. I don't hate love just because two hyenas left me like that was my dog yeah but you also have a whole different outlook on life now.

Speaker 3:

What do you do? That's because I'm a two times divorce. Right, I'm a cancer survivor. You know I've had a broken back, like I've been in prison 18 years in my life. I like so many Things have happened to me that I should have been messed up in the head or washed up living in the river somewhere, like with mental Problems. But I refuse to bribe her voices before. I remember when I used to go on a sick one. I used to hear like like people would just like um, whispering to me, like like looking at you, no tension, like stuff like that, and I really heard. I used to look in the closet like the fuck's in there Tripping, but I also knew that I was on drugs.

Speaker 3:

Yeah and then I was, and then, but I don't hear that shit no more Because I don't do drugs. I never heard it. I only did that show when I was doing meth for a minute. But then, you know, when I went, when I went to prison, I got into heroin and then I got out and then I'm a cancer survivor. So that went from morphine obviously your cancer, right, you go to morphine, to norco's, to tremid dolls, to Now I'm a tattoo artist, you know, following my regiment. But eventually, like you know, I just started buying norco on street. I just became more and more and more to finally that didn't do shit.

Speaker 3:

So somebody introduced me to fentanyl and it was like Whoa, like any dolphins Heading, you know, I'm saying but I didn't die because my, my, my tolerance is so high that I could handle 10 pills a day. But, bro, people take half of one and die because you don't have that tolerance problem, I like my whole life. So I built that. I built that tolerance. It was like you know, why are you taking no 10, 13? Before I took 10 of 13, plus three morphine, plus, plus like six norco's, plus like four, five like my. Whoo Knows what the how my insides look, like it's like one of the that's freaking crazy in one day.

Speaker 3:

That's one day, that's crazy over 15, 20, 19, 25 pills a day, bro. There's people that just I had seen a corner.

Speaker 2:

I had seen a case of a like two friends and one of the girls Was overdosing on fentanyl and the other one try to give her mouth to mouth and she died, and she died. What the fuck? Yeah, yeah, it's, it's a little body there.

Speaker 3:

Little bodies ain't equipped for that. It's like. It's like giving a youngsters his first beer and he gets fucking smashed. Or or his first shot at the key line. He has wasted so same. There's a quick for that.

Speaker 1:

So the girl tried was giving her mouth to mouth and the fentanyl got into her system and she, oh dude, it's possible. She, you know, she could have been very young, very thin, very whatever, maybe yeah. Immune disorders.

Speaker 3:

It could have been anything right. But whatever her circumstance, but that triggered it, yeah, triggered her Cardiac arrest or something.

Speaker 3:

but thank goodness, bro, I'm sober today and like, and that's why I'm such a big like believer in, like, doing the work to become the best version of yourself At least, for in my case, I don't go back to that, yeah, and that way you don't go back to whatever it is that holds you down and like so we all got something, bro. Yeah, everybody has that one thing that we should like. Fuck, if I could just get rid of that, bro, I know I could just. And for me was drugs, you know. And next is alcohol, and I had a dream since, um, since I got drunk, you know same. Oh, no, I did on my birthday, if he did. But like, just to, whatever, are you a Scorpio? Yeah, sunday is my birthday, I knew it.

Speaker 2:

But you know what like.

Speaker 3:

I, I don't my plan. I'm not saying I'm sober, but if I could tackle next the alcohol, bro, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, bro, that's like the last thing, I think. That is really like Holding me back from just being the absolute best. It'll be unstoppable. I think so, bro.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, well you're, you're already unstoppable.

Speaker 3:

Now I can only imagine that's what I'm saying, like a lot of things come with that.

Speaker 3:

You know, sometimes, you, I don't drink every day. I'm just saying like when I do drink, I would drink excessive. Then I'm getting beat up, then I'm down for a week and like a lot of things come with it for me, yeah, and so, um. So you know, I made a conscious decision that you know I'm gonna try to work on that, you know it's. But it all starts like you said. You have to have a conscious decision and try to Be in a better version of yourself. So, absolutely, yeah, and look at the positives. Right, it's hard for me, bro. Yeah, because I'm, I'm an emotional creature, you know. I'm saying and, and when I get done wrong, you're human. Yeah, but I be, I think I'm. I still have a lot of processing, like you might. The worst version of you is probably still Way better than Than what I got going on. You know, I'm saying like that's how deep my trauma goes and I'm still like I haven't really, bro, I've only scratched the surface. There's still so much more that I gotta get out. But you can't attack everything in one big, like a fucking the oils. Yeah, I'm still. You know I'm saying like it's not gonna come out like that.

Speaker 3:

Right, you have to pick certain Points in your life where you know that you're traumatized, because it is whether it be a family member, a job, a boss or relationship or accident or whatever traumatic event in your eyes that Just doesn't let you move forward, trust me, for you know what it is, and if you sit there and lie to yourself, that's on you. You know, saying like you can lie to the world, but you can't lie to yourself, homie. So the first thing you got to just be honest with yourself and when you could sit there and admit which are the real problems, or the top three problems, like we said, you know, work on those first before you try to work on what your baby daddy did to you 10 years ago or what happened to you, whatever. Like you gotta pick, you gotta. You gotta pick and choose your battles, homie, because you can't fight all your demons. All I was you'll lose.

Speaker 3:

Then you're back in relapse and you're back in this and you're back in that and you're drinking again, you're out on the street or whatever it is that got you in this mess in the first place. Get yourself to a point where you could work on one issue at a time. Once you work on that and you feel that you got a grip on that, then talk to your therapist saying, okay, you know, like I feel good because you don't know it, trust me, bricewood, in my divorce I used to. I used to ride around with a ball in my gut, especially when I was passed by my old house, that I knew that was a problem, especially when I was passed by my old house that I knew that we lived together and it's like I'm the freeway, I'd pass that shit every day and I would get this ball and I was my therapist.

Speaker 3:

It took me months, bro, but one day I was passing by and I just had a ball no more and I was just like, huh, oh, but it took me that and it, and I hated that because, like you feel, even when you will talk about it, like I could talk about it today, there's no ball. Like back then I would even bring it up and I'm already like, oh, here it comes and it's just, it's, it's a downer, you know. So be prepared. At least if you're gonna go this therapy route, be prepared, go through some emotional, emotional roller coaster, for sure, at the very least, and then hopefully you know you don't relapse, because that's a very possibility too. You know, I'm saying like, when you bring out these emotions, give yourself the tools you need to stay on the right track, because it's real easy to Easy, easy, easy to fall back into those emotions and then just get even deeper in the hole. So you don't want to do that, yeah.

Speaker 2:

Well, I just think, and I want to tell you like it's Very inspirational to hear you, you know, say, like you said, you just scratched the surface of what your life was. But you know, like us, like if you would have never told us those things, like we see you and we see you is this happy person and the goofy person.

Speaker 2:

I am this person that you know and and it just it makes you really really just think like, because I think we, whenever we feel down or something happening to us, we always feel like why is it only happening to me, right?

Speaker 2:

And we take it so personal, we take the things that life throws at us so personal and we we Absorb it as like, oh, it only happens to me. But then when you start opening up and you start having these conversations with people that you know, maybe you don't know, or people that you do or like you, that you know you go viral on these videos, and then it just makes you really realize like we're just human and everyone's just trying to Live life the best that we can and we Mess up, but we get back up and you keep going and I think Perseverance for you is like the theme around to your life. It's like you've persevered through so many things and you just keep getting better every time.

Speaker 3:

But you know what it's not like. I don't cry along the way. Yeah, I cried on the lives, I cried out podcasts and it's so. It'd be like, you know, obviously I want to shut the camera off or just get up and compose myself, but then I just like, nah, homie, I'm sitting here talking about releasing trauma. You know, letting go of your, of your. You know just letting letting it out.

Speaker 3:

And For me to get emotional and then just run away From the people who are, it's probably, sitting there, like it just doesn't make no sense to me. So I, you know something like emotional. I try not to, but when it comes, I, I can't stop it. You know what I mean. And, um, I just feel like, at the end of the day, I just try to put the best possible message for anybody like me or um, but it's not easy for, like, I'm telling you be ready to go through it because, um, and just be strong. You know, support yourself with family, get a good support system. Um, hobbies, exercise is another important thing. Um, like, fix yourself inside out, bro, and then get to these conferences. Like, there's this. It's just, it's a stepping, it's like ladder, you know, it's the levels to this shit, it's levels.

Speaker 3:

There's no way there's no way I could have came over the kicking addiction yeah, sweating and shit, or Thinking people are talking about me, or like you have to really come to terms with, like you have to humble yourself. You know you have to, um, understand, like, what's going on around you. Uh, just everything. Understand yourself, you know, um, just get a grip. Get a grip, homie. And once you get a grip, then you can really come out and make a real difference in your community and start local. You don't have to go to Hollywood. Start local, be your local, um hood community celebrity. You know saying like, go to your tour drives in your own community, go volunteer at and where you live. Like you don't have to go all the way to downtown LA or go here, go.

Speaker 3:

The beautiful thing about the internet is you, you could just go anywhere and make a nice video. It doesn't have to be because whether when you're inside they don't know whether you're in downtown LA or in downtown riverside, like it doesn't matter at that point. You know, just as long as you're giving a positive insight, there's room for growth. You know, then I think people really gravitate towards that and it resonates with a lot of people because there's so many people just like you after. They're just tired of living in the same Whatever. And obviously, if you inspire somebody, they could be just like you or they could be complete opposite of you, but the message is the same homie, hard work, yeah, hard work.

Speaker 1:

That's it dedication, hard work, and those things will never go out of style, right? And?

Speaker 3:

anything and everything. It doesn't have to be just just in Fix yourself homie.

Speaker 1:

I guarantee you'll be a lot happier in life. Flyboy, thanks for coming out and doing the podcast.

Speaker 3:

Man, thank you guys for having me man Appreciate it, buddy. Thanks, man.

Speaker 1:

Go ahead and make sure you food. Tell us when we can find you.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, so you guys could follow me at flyboy ink on instagram. Um, you guys could see me A full news network also. I got shaggy apparently tapping flyboy ink on youtube and there I am. So, um, tick, tock, all that. I'm pretty sure every platform, just if you guys see me in the street, say what's up, homie, make sure you guys fix yourselves. And then you want to be my friend? You got to fix yourself, dog. If not, we really can't be friends. We could be instagram friends, but that's about as far as it goes. So don't be my homie, dog, fix yourself.

Speaker 1:

Yeah all the links to flyboy ink will be down in the show description. If you're listening on spotify and youtube, it will be down. Their food news networks links will be Down in the show description, bro. This was awesome. Thank you, bro. It's so create and this is what I love, because people, we get the people on the internet and we get to see Just what you've created on the page. Yeah, and stories like this. Somebody may be inspired from your trials and and your, your life, bro.

Speaker 3:

Thank you, it's very inspiring. Yeah, definitely gives a different insight into my lifestyle. People say, like I said, I'm different here than I'm different at home. So I don't know homie, but that's. I guess there's flyboy ink and there's food news. So, so best of both worlds. I don't know who you got right now, but Thank you, homie.

Speaker 1:

Oh, this was fucking awesome. Uh, amber, do we have anything to close out?

Speaker 2:

No no.

Speaker 1:

Well, just follow us on instagram, if you're. If you're not following us, there you go. This song is a lot longer than I expected. We haven't done a podcast episode in like nine days really and and, but I just I appreciate your time, bro. Thank you guys for having me. Man, thanks for coming out.

Speaker 3:

And then you have your thing on saturday to write the yeah, I'll be out there at the um, at the training day conference, but you, kind of Hollywood, keep up the studio. So if you put my come say what's up the food news dog, I'll be there, homie, so Boom.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, peace and love. See you, guys on the next one.

Foo News Network and Twin Flame Cult
Overcoming Challenges in Pursuing Success
Discovering Creativity and Connecting With Others
Belief in Oneself and Therapy's Power
The Power of Artistic Potential
Fame's Impact and Internet Scrutiny
Chicano Renaissance and Content Creation
The Turning Point in Overcoming Addiction
Navigating Trauma and Overcoming Challenges
Overcoming Trauma, Making Positive Impact