We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcus Paul and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marcus, what principle do you value most?
Gratefulness! That means the most to me because always being thankful for what you have, and knowing that you could’ve not had it or knowing that most people don’t have it, is very important. It keeps you grounded and humble and is very vital for success!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others is that I am able to play multiple instruments live and in-studio, compose, arrange, produce, engineer, teach, write. I am also breaking into music corporate as well. I got to that by always seeking wisdom from my mentors, and always trying to learn something new. That has made me very well-rounded, I am excited about new opportunities I have in the film world with composing music for some shows, and also releases I have with major artists on some major labels. Also I am getting businesses off of the ground. Like I said before, I got to where I am today by always asking questions, being fun to work with, humble and always grateful. While perfecting my craft everyday. It certainly wasn’t easy because I’ve gotten a lot of no’s but I stayed joyful, persistent and kept on pushing forward. I learned that you have to trust yourself and your craft, and BE READY when someone wants to take a chance on you!

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Since I am from LA, the beach is a must. I would take them to eat at places The Serving Spoon, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Philippe’s French Dip, and then get dessert at Harriet’s Cheesecake. The Grove on Fairfax and 3rd is an absolute must, because it’s a beautiful Outdoor plaza location with beautiful people, amazing stores and the biggest Farmers Market we have. Also the Santa Monica Pier is very nice and a place you have to go to as well. Also Kenneth Kahn Park is a really nice park to have events and parties at.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out my church, Crusade Christian Faith Center, because they have greatly contributed to who I am as a person, which is the reason for my success. I’m successful not only because I’m good at what I do, but because people have poured into me and made me a good person. Also I want to shout out Sadie Green, who was by my side in college when I was trying to find myself and my musical sound. When I was frustrated with classes at USC and music, she kept encouraging me, which kept me on track. I owe A LOT to her, she’s a queen!

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