We had the good fortune of connecting with Joe Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joe, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I am a digital content creator in print and motion pictures. I create content that is positive and try to motivate and inspire others. Also I have a literary agency where I place creatives’ works for distribution (print and film) that they may get a chance to achieve their dreams and reach the masses with their message.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the President of Joe Young Entertainment. A multi-media company that creates digital content. We create content for print and TV streaming channels. I think we set ourselves from other multi-media companies because we are small but produce quality content. Also we have a literary agency that helps others achieve their dreams. I am empathetic and sympathetic for the Artist as I know the business and creative side. I know the value of the artist and how to protect them especially emerging artists. We also do arts workshops for children in school on line and on ground.
It was not easy, I started off as a cartoonist in the 80’s and a single parent at the time. Being an African-American cartoonist was rare and I had no mentors in the field so I learned alot the hard way mistakes. But I always got up when I fell, and it made me a stronger artist and businessman. The mistakes were more valuable than the victories helped me to succeed. The key is always looking for the silver lining in tough situations– there’s always a silver lining.
I want people to look at me an “average joe” who put himself in great situations and achieves his dreams. The biggest lesson I learned is success is a marathon. Don’t compromise your art you really care about that is personal under any condition and the rest will take care of itself. It took alot of hits to truly understand this.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In LA I would take them to Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Mom, Lillie Mae Young who passed early in 1988. She was my inspiration and rock, who told me and encouraged me to pursue a life in the Arts–when others thought it wasn’t possible. She’s the angel on shoulder.
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