We had the good fortune of connecting with Amani Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amani, how do you think about risk?
I believe taking risks is crucial to having a successful life and career. As the saying goes …” Nothing ventured, nothing gained …” In the past, I have played it safe with no risks and was not able to fully succeed or be happy. It was only when I decided to take risks, say yes, and step outside of my comfort zone that I was able to really “level up” and gain some professional and personal success. I would not be in the position where I am right now if I did not adopt a risk-taking attitude.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a professional DJ who has traveled over the world to provide a musical experience for my clients. In the past year, I have added live-streaming to my skill set and it has been a game-changer. In a time when there were no events going on in person, I was able to quickly dive into the streaming world and built an amazing community. Whether it is me streaming live DJ sets, hosting one of my popular game shows, or hosting an introspective interview, my art comes to you in the form of music, laughter, and knowledge. I am also a part of a music production group (A Starter Jacket) and we produce original music and remixes for various artists.
The biggest lesson I have learned is that “we are not allowed to give up.” Whether it is learning some hard lessons at DJ school, learning how to play the piano at a “mature” age, or being responsible for teaching a class full of 25 college seniors for the first time ever in life, I learned to keep moving forward and it will get better with time. It was definitely not easy, but the hard times and lessons much any measure of success quite sweet. Oh, and a bonus lesson is that it is ok to ask for help. Be humble enough to recognize when a helping hand is needed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would first go to Uncle Bill’s Pancake House for some breakfast. After that, we would walk down the Strand and I would share the beach and my favorite homes in the South Bay. During this weeklong trip, we would venture up to the Hollywood Bowl for a concert, hit up Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles for a snack, and take a driving tour of downtown Los Angeles. As I am a music and DJ lover, we would also stop by The Dime on a Sunday night to catch one of my favorite DJs (DJ As Is). The Grammy Museum is a favorite and if we were in the amusement park mood, we would cruise by Six Flags.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have an amazing mastermind group that I meet with on a weekly basis that has been a tremendous benefit to me. They hold me accountable, call me out when I need to hear it, and celebrate my successes. My professional career would not be where it is today without my membership to Meeting Professionals International – Southern California Chapter. I have countless stories of how MPI has put my business on the map. I love to read and “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron is an amazing read. I recommend finding a friend and completing a chapter a week. Your view on creativity will change for sure. All of these combined “things” has led me to where I am today!
Photo Credit: Nicole Leone Photography, Heather Leyse Photography