We had the good fortune of connecting with Emeroy Bernardo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emeroy, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Being a parent, I think the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of impact on my son is allowing him to communicate how he feels honestly without feeling judged and also without me being a doormat. I think the best way he can become the person I see him to be is the be the example for him.
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 run 3 businesses, The one the brings in the most revenue is Vision Paradox, my social media agency. I think what sets us apart from others is that I genuinely care about the people in the company who do the work. I believe that if I take care of people they’ll produce good work for our clients. I’m proud that we’re managing to survive the pandemic even though we lost one of our biggest clients last March. We picked up some more clients and managed to keep going. I’m proud that the entire team works remotely and still gets their shit done. I’m proud that one of our projects with a client got picked up by Rock The Vote last year. I’m excited that we’re producing more original content for ourselves. My other business Temper Tantrum is my dance company. What sets us apart is that my main focus for this company is to build a platform that focuses on paying dancers at a rate they deserve without diluting quality of work or their passion. I know from personal experience that sometimes when you start getting paid for your passion, the drive can go away because of complacency or obligations instead of doing it for pure enjoyment. I’m proud that we were able to get our Kickstarter of $12,000 fully funded which paid for 2 dance short films and paid the dancers a fair rate. I’m proud that we were able to release 2 dance shorts in the first quarter of 2021. My 3rd business would be my personal brand (f that’s considered a business). My personal brand bring in revenue from my online courses, Patreon, and my Youtube. What I’m most proud of is the community I’ve built around my brand and that I was able to leverage that attention to support Temper Tantrum in with their Kickstarter. Overall: Was it easy? No. There would be days I ask if I’m doing the right thing. What I do to overcome the challenges? First I slow down. It can be easy to react when you’re triggered or when shit hits the fan. But the more you force the issue the more you push away your desired result. So like I said, I slow down — take a time out. And that can look different depending on the challenge. Sometimes I need 5-10 minutes by myself, other times I need a nap or an entire day off. There’s a famous quote that I love from Leonardo Da Vinci about problems. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” Once I’ve cleared my head, I write and list things I know I can influence or control. For example, in 2019 my business was going through a rough patch in terms of clients. Instead of freaking out about what could happen, I acknowledged it’s possibility but primarily focused on emailing new prospects every single day. Lessons I’ve learned along the way. 1. Leaders are there to be of service to their team and their clients and not just bark orders around. 2. Vision dictates the action. Without vision, you’re just wandering. 3. Take time to know the people your working with. 4. 99% is a bitch, but 100% is easy. Take responsibility for everything. Ownership is much more empowering than shifting blame. 5. Take time for yourself. Learn the value of walking away and taking a break. Take care of your health. Get enough sleep. 6. Sleep is the ultimate unlock of productivity. What do I want the world to know? That I cared.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Yeah. I’m not the best at “spots” in the city but here you go. This is what I would probably do pre-COVID. 1. Take them to the LA dance scene. This could be: + Going to the Federal with some of the members of Temper Tantrum while we get down. + Sunday Sessions at Grand Park for some dope house music. + Carnival or Club Jete to show them industry dance events. 2. Hiking. Because nature. 3. Client meetings. Just because they’re here for vacation doesn’t mean I’m necessarily taking time off. 4. Disneyland. Because obvious. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom. Who was a shining example of hard work and perseverance against all odds. My girlfriend. Who’s been my rock and support whenever I’ve faced hardships in both my business and personal life. My son’s mom. She’s been the best example of a mother for our son. Even though things turned out differently, we’ve become better parents. My son. He’s a spark of joy and wonder in my life and I hope my actions one day inspire him in his journey of life.
Bryan Nuval, DX Rusuello