We had the good fortune of connecting with Omar Cook and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omar, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my sense of purpose. I have had many different career opportunities spanning from professional football, collegiate football coaching, and working in the entertainment industry and each job I approach with the same mentality; how can I inspire and motivate the world? I never want my success to be just about me, but more about impacting the lives of others. My media company, 247 Live Culture, was created to showcase young Black millennials in a positive light through the media and it has grown and given numerous people opportunities to share their own success with the world.
Working in the entertainment industry has given me a larger platform to touch lives and tell stories that people can relate to. To get to the point that I’m at now, it has taken a lot of perseverance, overcoming obstacles, and rebranding myself time and time again. Success isn’t a one day journey, it’s a marathon like the late great Nipsey Hussle would say. I’ve always felt I was placed here on earth for a job that was bigger than me and my goal is to leave it a better place through my endeavors.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s hard to just put me in one box as I am person with many passions and various career endeavors. I am a multi award winning actor and filmmaker having won over 30 awards in film festivals across the world for short films that I have written, directed, and starred in such as “SKANDALOUZ”, “Deadly Thoughts”, and “Coke Boys”. I also star in the movies “God of Dreams” (Amazon Prime) and “Expunged: Test Case” (Tubi) with more upcoming. I also do sports stunts for tv shows and video games such as “All American” (The CW), “Bel Air” (Peacock), “Colin in Black & White” (Netflix), and the Madden video game series (Madden ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21, ’22, and ’23) where I work as a motion capture actor. I also founded 247 Live Culture Enterprises, LLC which encompasses my brands 247 Live Culture Magazine and 247LC Films. 247 Live Culture was created to showcase Black millennials in a positive light through the media reaches millions of people yearly through social media and through my website 247LiveCulture.com.
What sets me apart from others is my ability to hyper focus, and get things done. When I lock in in a goal or a task, it’s just about guaranteed that I will fulfill what I’m looking to accomplish. My mindset in believing that I can achieve anything has afforded me some great career opportunities. I have a lot of accolades under my name but what I’m most proud of is putting myself in a position to do what I want to do and to tell the stories I would like to tell. I enjoy using my platforms to help and inspire others.
To get to where I’m at today took a lot of late nights and early mornings, as well as isolation to focus on what I need to do. I’ve taken jobs in middle of nowhere places in states like Maine, Nebraska, Montana, Kentucky, and Mississippi all because I saw the opportunity attached to them. I spent a lot of time away from my friends and family to chase my goals and dreams and I am forever thankful for my experiences even though it wasn’t always easy being away on my own.
I’ve learned that in order for things to happen, I have to go make them happen for myself. I am a master manifestor and it’s important for me to write down everything I want to see happen in my life. I’ve also learned that adversity is just an opportunity to grow and bounce back even better than before. I want the world to know that anything is possible if you truly set your mind to it, and my work is reflective of that.
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.
Los Angeles is a city with endless places to go but some of my favorite places to eat are local Black owned restaurants such as Country Style Jamaican Restaurant, Dulans, and Woody’s Bar-B-Que. I also love fried fish so La Brea Seafood Market is definitely recommended.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have ran across a lot of successful people throughout my career and many great mentors but one person that I am extremely thankful for is my mother. She has been supportive in every single career endeavor I have decided to purse and her own personal success has been inspiring and motivating for me. My fathers have been instrumental in my journey as well, as they are great examples of successful Black men. It’s easier for me to obtain my goals with being able to see what success looks like on a daily basis. Growing up, I also had great mentors from my sports Coaches, and organizations such as ACES basketball and the 100 Black Men. There were great leaders that looked like me showing me the way and keeping me on the right track.