We had the good fortune of connecting with Oscar Emegano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oscar, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I believe that starting your own business is a means to financial freedom and overall a healthier way of living. You’re your own boss with have the creative freedom to do as you please. It’s also up to you if you succeed or fail. I’ve always been an independent person and never liked to work for anyone. My father even saw that in me at a young age playing soccer. He said to me, “you’re not a team player, you need to go and find a sport like golf, tennis or track.” But in doing so it opened up my mind to the possibilities of the world and what I needed to do to become successful. Ever since that day I have never looked back.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a real estate agent that has been in the business for about 5 years. I started out working with investors helping them find dilapidated homes so they could buy low, fix them up and sell high. It taught me a lot about the real estate business, I then realized that I wanted more. I didn’t want to be a bird dog, (a term used in real estate business which represents a person that finds properties for investors) and box myself in, I wanted to be the boss, and so I did!
Cliff note – Being a bird dog is tough! It’s one of the toughest routes to make your way into the industry. My ultimate goal is to become a developer so one would think becoming an agent only seemed logical as a first step. Wrong! My wife had to convince me to become an agent because I simply thought agents worked for investors and didn’t look at it as a steppingstone to reaching my ultimate goal. That is, until I watched a show on Bravo called Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. After watching the show, I instantly got excited with the thought of becoming an agent. That big time real estate agent that everyone reaches out to help buy or sell a home. The challenge for me was not so much the real estate business but more so my mentality. I am what you would call a serial entrepreneur. I love having multiple businesses so sometimes, I tend to lose focus on my true goal. Once I got a handle on that, it was sweet sailing. Despite all the adversity I have been through to get to where I am today, I have learned a few lessons and many successes. I learned to never give up, keep your eye on the prize because there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Consistency is key! But I am most proud of my consistency with Real Estate, the deals I’ve closed in my 2 years of being an agent and also all my wonderful clients that trusted me to help them with one of their biggest purchases of their lives.
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.
Wonderful, Los Angeles is very big city so they would have to first off, take a tour of the city. –
Hollywood Bowl Overlook
Universal City Overlook – 2 great places for a beautiful view of the city.
Food – Ubatuba Açaí – Studio City
Kinnara Thai food – Van Nuys
Galanga Thai food – West Hollywood
Dinos Chicken and Burgers – On Pico
Partea Boba – Van Nuys
Finally, interesting places – Downtown LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and The Valley. I believe seeing and visiting all these parts of LA will give you a great idea of who Los Angeles is. Yes Who!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh wow, there are so many people that deserve this shoutout.
Notably, my parents for pushing me to be the best businessman/individual that I could possibly be and just being kind; if you pay it forward, you shall receive it back 10 folds.
My high school basketball coach, Coach Hunt. He taught be the meaning of STANCE, Success Through Adversity with No Complaints or Excuses. I’ve been out of high school for we over a decade and still carry this acronym with me.
My AAU basketball coaches Charles Smith and Kacie Keeton, they taught me mental toughness and keep pushing even when you believe you have nothing else left in the tank. I took that and applied it to all aspects of my life.
My landscape boss Mike Thomas. He taught me to never judge a book by its cover. People can change and become a positive influence on your life. You just have to give them a chance.
Last but not least, my wife Josanta Gray Emegano. For the last 6 years she has pushed me to be a better person, businessman, friend and husband. Without her by my side I know I would be a completely different man today.
Emegano Estates Logo – Josanta Gray Emegano