We had the good fortune of connecting with Gavin Masumiya and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gavin, how does your business help the community?
FlowFam™ is about creating a sense of family amidst strangers, breaking down the barriers of color, class, age and other divisive labels to the inclusive human family. This is achieved through flow, the sharing of extemporaneous authentic self-expression partnered with the emotive power of music. In this sacred space, group flow is achieved – where judgment fades away, there is a rapt attention to the present moment, and everyone syncs together to create something that is greater than simply to sum of its parts. It is a magical experience. Initially starting off as an in-person experience for LA locals, through the blessing of the pandemic, FlowFam™ has been rebranded (from Flowmasters) into a virtual experience that has reached people across 10 countries so far including Ireland, Poland, Australia, Japan, Korea and Manipur. Many people wonder, how does simply talking to music transform people’s lives? Come and see for yourself.
“I will tell you this, this has been life changing. I was already living the life of my dreams. My two favorite things in the world are cannabis and vaporizers and I ran a cannabis vaporizer company. How could life be any better? It was hard for me to imagine until I went to FlowFam™ and I discovered how often I would silence my thoughts because I was worried what my investors would think, what my customers would think, what my relatives would think. With FlowFam™, I have been able to tap into a deeper part of myself where I could access my deepest truths. These truths were hidden because I felt that I had a certain responsibility to those that invested me but at the same time, I realized I began living my life for others and not myself. I never thought at the age of 43 I would randomly start freestyling and that it would positively impact me, but I can say this is LIFE CHANGING.”
– Seibo Shen, Serial Entrepreneur featured in Forbes and Business Insider
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
As a voracious practitioner and coach of raw and unleashed vocal self-expression, I am most excited about my latest coaching program, Find Your E.D.G.E., that is centered around helping minority voices open up the floodgates of their throat chakra – their ability to fully express themselves more than they have in their entire lives while integrating the building blocks of voice and public speaking. One factor that sets me apart is my unconventional method to voice, where I adamantly focus on the energy behind the words being spoken – which I call Energetic Release. My combined experience in public speaking, teaching, psychology, group facilitation, 1:1 coaching, and freestyle has equipped me with a unique skillset to effectively hold space and help soft-spoken minority voices. The journey has had many forks in the road. I grew up extremely shy and insecure, starting a year late, being made fun of for my big ears, and my mom even thought I had a speech impediment in my younger years. In addition, from being burnt out in social services for 8 years to finally making the leap 2 years ago to become a full-time mindset coach required a big change of mindset from the employee paradigm. To get to where I am today working with 1:1 clients, being a contributing author to an Amazon Bestseller Ignite Your Life for Men, and leading various group experiences, has involved investing over $90k in the past 7 years into my own personal transformation, with lots of trial and error, and deep introspection. The lessons I am taking with me are: 1) Keep your purpose in the frontline (obsessively remind yourself of that): to hold a safe and sacred space for marginalized voices to be empowered and heard. 2) Each step you take creates a feedback loop. Fall forward and you’ll learn tremendously. 3) To release is to receive. When you create safe spaces to let out your ‘release valve,’ whether it’s anger, jealousy, disappointment, love, excitement, etc – you receive powerful downloads and opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible by shoving things under the carpet. To release is to receive. 4) ‘Itadakimasu’ (ee-tah-dah-kee-mahs), which means, “Thank you for everything that it took to make this happen.” There are so many people, ancestors, love stories, experiences, disappointments that had to take place for this moment to be possible. This moment is truly sacred. Create from ‘itadakimasu.’
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?
Bike down Venice Beach, bring a mini boom box and freestyle on the boardwalk in front of everyone as a courageous stretch, stop to meditate at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades, and dine at Sugar Fish in Santa Monica, I don’t go out to many places actually haha but we would also visit Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey and although this isn’t in the city – we would go out of the city to Joshua Tree and immerse in a sacred plant medicine journey.
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?
There is a saying in Japanese that we say before we eat: “Itadakimasu” (ee-tah-dah-kee-mahs). The reverend at my grandfather’s memorial service said that it roughly means, “Thank you for everything that it took to make this happen. With that, I want to give a shoutout out to that Buddhist reverend. Shoutout to Michael for connecting with me at Toastmasters after a speech competition, where in addition to public speaking and coaching, we also shared a passion for freestyle rapping. That later molded the joined forces of JP, Crankin, and Big Arch which formed the OG Flowmasters, starting inside my apartment that we call “The Lab.” Shoutout to my Mom and Dad (Kim and Asao) for giving birth to this man right here for, without both of you coming together, I would not be here. Shoutout to my cousin, roomie, and bestie – Connor – for always believing in my abilities and vision and for your insatiable and relentless drive for a deeper understanding of the dot (inside joke). Shoutout to Arian for your unleashed passion and support to where you opened up the dopest venue in LA, The Midcity Arthouse, to host all of our events pre-quarantine. Shoutout to Seibo for believing in the vision soo much that you show up every week and then some to help facilitate these virtual transformational experiences – amidst the 3 companies, beautiful wife, and 2 lovely daughters you are raising. You are an inspiration for the man I want to be when I raise a family. Shoutout to FlowFam for being so generous of your listening and raw expression, regardless of how your week went – allowing others to connect to the human fabric we are collectively weaving each time we express our truth. And shoutout to the shy Asian boy I once was, who discounted his self-worth, feeling anti-stereotypically stupid in school, for that pain transmuted into a purpose and passion to hold a safe and sacred space for marginalized voices to be heard.
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