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

Hi David, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
There are definitely 3 big factors behind my success. My Family, My Faith, and reputation. These 3 things however I have learned really from 1 constant in my life. THE PEOPLE I SURROUND MYSELF WITH. So they are what I would say ultimately are the reason I have been able to find success. Since there are plenty of people in the world who won’t believe in you until everyone does, having a core group of people that support each other is key. From family and friends who may not understand your dreams of business, but still pick you up and celebrate you. To co-workers that are working towards a common goal and open enough to challenge each other to find a better way.

I try to surround myself with people that are successful in life. No that does not mean only in money, but the wealth of knowledge and inspiration that comes from being around a successful father, mother, friend, partner, co worker, entrepreneur, or overall just a great person is priceless. I have learned the value of balancing creative with work, work with friends & family, shoot even family with family! Gotten inspiration for a new idea for a song or new business from having dinner with our neighbors when our kids play together. Also keep your faith, everyone has failures, but look at failures as feedback.

So what is success to you? For me Success is having a beautiful, loving, supportive family and friends to inspire and come home to, as well as have a great career and create opportunities for others. I’m grateful to have had the success I have achieved so far, but so much more excited to see what can still be done!!

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.
The thing I am most proud of in my career is that I have been able to help so many people find their voice. But if I had to pick one it would be getting to work on a show called Majors & minors. It was only on 1 season on what was the HUB network. But the reason this is such proud and excited moment, was that we got to help mentor kids age 10-16. 10+ years later I get to see all of the people we mentored doing amazing amazing things in their life. To know that just by being a small part of their lives impacted them in a such a huge way is what this is all about for me.

I am also very excited about a new project we are starting. I am a part of a Non For Profit called C.A.M.M.O. (Center for American Military Music Opportunities), we are currently working towards building a Program in Music & Entertainment to “server those who served our country” where we will focus on partnering professionals and veterans in Music, Publishing, TV Film, live shows and live/studio sound so that in 5-10yrs time we will be majority operated by service members thru internships and hands on education.

One of the lessons that I learned along the way that I try to share and spread is, Nothing can replace feelings and emotions. I know 1000s of technically amazing singers. But being an amazing singer, musician, artist does not replace emotion.

Another lesson is something I had to learn the harder way. And that is “The only EGO should be the song”. What is best for the song, the music, the art. Egos must be fed. So feed the ART!!! This is really difficult because we want to feel heard, seen, important, and if we are doing it write we re pouring emotions into this. So when we get push back on a idea it can feel more personal than I think your collaborators indeed, and visa versa. Also serving the room vs forcing and idea are hard to balance. People can tell when you are just trying to add and idea to be heard or when you are ADDING value to the room by servicing what 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.
I’m a foodie and amusement park guy. So I would start by obv going to my fav food spots. In La my go to’s are Kiwami’s by Katsuya which is Chef Katsuya signature spo if you love sushi. Sage because you won’t believe its Vegan. Chi Spacca for out of this world meat. Jumpin Java for breakfast and dynamite coffee. And Tonys Tavern in Malibu of some of my favorite greek food.

Then of course we need to go to Universal studios, Disneyland, Malibu, Santa Monica Peer and hollywood to see the stars.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people to thank! But most importantly to my wife Daina for being exactly who she is, and my girls Layla & Liliana for being such incredible joys in my life!! I am forever grateful for the life we share!! Thank You! I Love You!

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