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

Hi Marcus, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Honestly, I’ve learned that a consistent work ethic beats anything but on top of that learning the details of dreams. I ask other creators do they have the fire not just when they’re woke but when they’re sleep or daydreaming. I want to make my career the “performance” to the script of dreams that I’ve been gathering details of all these years. I’ve been fortunate to be around family and friends who encourage me to keep on going. It started off really ugly and trash in the beginning but that consistency and paying close attention to detail has got me to a place where it’s enjoyable. As long as I’m remaining a student, I’m always growing. And even when teaching or giving game, you learn twice. So in conclusion, the most important lesson was making what you love an hourly/daily lesson. Schooling yourself whilst letting go of pride really clears a lot up for you.

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.
As a music artist you deal with a plethora of other artists who call themselves unique and want to stand out so I don’t feel I’m unique, I just think my perspective is slightly different but it all leads to the same perspective or it might not, idk. Lol I got to where I am professionally today by studying all these different creatives in and out of the subject I create in. You take little tips and tricks from your favorite creators and you morph them into your own and I feel I’m most proud of that. Influence drives everything. It was definitely difficult, still is but now I’m at a place where the difficulty drives you. You almost have to make what comes your way benefit you. I’ve learned when and when not to take things personal during this journey. I think I want the world to know that I practice and I prepare for every accomplishment and that my patience is great but still a work in progress.

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?
I would definitely take them to El Matador beach. It’s not completely quiet but the vibe of the beach is definitely peaceful. You rent a beach house for a day or two with no television. The perfect place to create in peace. Literally any taco truck in LA is fine with me. You come from partying at Poppy or something and you’re responsibly tipsy, you will find a taco truck posted to satisfy you and give you that grease to ease the alcohol in your body. Other than that, I’m in the house, chilling staying out the way.

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?
First off, my parents. You can even throw in godparents. My parents divorced when I was younger but they still managed to keep me and my sibling’s dreams ahead of their own. It really makes me look forward to parenting one day. They were critical in ways that would keep me lifted and sometimes even break me down but for them to maintain the balance of love throughout the years is greatly appreciated. I had a couple close friends who in high school were also creative. We built a bond that was so honest and genuine that nothing could tear us apart. We don’t talk much due to us living in different areas of the world but it’s always going to be love and laughter when we link. I met some real cool people while in college. It was a group of about 8 or 9 of us. Enjoying life many miles from home; adulting, struggling and experimenting what we’d learned in our young adult lives. Being introduced to them brought out the creative rebel in me and for that I love them forever. We made mistakes and dealt with them. I think that alone is what I’m grateful for. Any dance team or basketball team I’ve been on throughout the years taught me the power of unity. Seeing the close friends my parents/grandparents gives me hope that relationships/friendships can last as long as we want them to. Friends who have been put into bad situations or worse give me the ability to steer where I’m going or who I’m with. Having famous and successful relatives give me that familiarity with the feeling of accomplishment. Family and friends who allow me to express my feelings bad or good. It all makes up what I am today and so on.

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Tristan Gramling

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