I had the pleasure of interviewing Actor, Writer, Social Media Influencers Young Ezee and Natalie Odell
A powerhouse of creativity, drive and passion, the dynamic duo actor/writer/producer team of Young Ezee and Natalie Odell has taken the internet by storm.
Millennial’s are obsessed with this pair as they have brought comedy, light and awareness to social issues within the millennial generation and the LGBTQ+ community.
Their fierce work ethic has given them the unique position to be a voice for young people worldwide. Their goal is to spread the message to be yourself and engage creativity has solidified them as major influencers in the industry.
Thank you so much for joining us! Let’s show everyone you’re a normal human being. What are your hobbies, favorite places to visit, pet peeves? Tell us about YOU when you’re not at the office.
“I find joy in organization. I am an avid user of calendars, schedules and have multiple journals where I engage in journaling my life. It allows me to look back and see where I can better myself.
“I grew up in a very spiritual home. My mother taught us about nature and energy and mediation. I use mediation daily to fuel my mind and stay focused.
“I love to travel. I plan an annual birthday trip every November. Some of my favorite places to visit are Mexico and the Caribbean. Europe, Africa and Asia are on my top destinations to visit in the near future. I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, discovering unfamiliar places, picking fruit and truly appreciating mother nature at its core. Don’t be fooled by my outdoorsy, go-hard attitude, I love all things opulent and have more than just an appreciation for the finer things in life.
“I read to expand my mind. My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, for obvious reasons — it’s awesome!!!”
I’ve always been an entertainer. Growing up in a very expressive household — my brother, sister and I developed the love of entertaining at an early age. Combining music and dance, my siblings and I were always drawn to the arts and knew it was our calling in life.
My biggest pet peeve is dishonesty. Lies, often will bring more trouble than anticipated.
“I am a California girl through and through. I love laughter. Not that fake haha, but that real, core-rocking laugh that comes from your soul. One of my greatest joy’s is to inspire people to laugh.
“I have always been fascinated with the film industry — how it works, how life and thoughts can be created and manifested into reality on screen. It’s mind blowing. I began writing, filming and acting in self-produced skits as a child and developed a thirst to learn and do more.
“I’m an adventurer. My top places to visit are Dubai, Italy, Paris and Hawaii. The globe is awaiting me.
“My biggest pet peeve is mean people. There is so much beauty in all things, and mean people just have blinders to beauty.”
Can you tell us something about you that few people know?
“I have been creating my own natural hair products since 2013. I found that I needed an individualized routine of multiple products for my hair for it to look its best. My only option at the time was to create my own regimen with my own products I knew were natural and good for the health of my hair. Now everyone wants to know what I use in my hair!”
“I love magic. I have always been drawn to magic and how the art of illusion works. For my birthday, Natalie hired the most awesome magician by the name of Johnny Wu! I like to practice doing magic tricks in my spare time, so I can hone my skills and keep myself sharp.”
Do you have any exciting projects going on right now?
“Yes! We are constantly writing, filming, editing, producing, you name it!
“The Scholarship — which is the 2nd most popular scripted web series on the Zeus Network. It is a hilarious look at sexuality and love. The Scholarship explores the story of a woman pretending to be a lesbian in high school in hopes to obtain an LGBTQ+ scholarship. We wrote, acted, filmed, edited and produced this ourselves. We had such a great time on this project that it catapulted us to do more.”
“Yes! We’re currently working on our reality show where FIVE seasons have been written already. There’s another series in the pipeline called the Car Chronicles. There’s just too many to name, but we’re constantly working on building our brand and staying connected to our fans.”
Many people say success correlates with the people you meet in your life. Can you describe two that most impacted your success and why.
“I would have to say my family first. They have been instrumental in my growth throughout my life. They are constantly feeding me with lessons, support, ideas. I couldn’t ask for a better family. They are truly my lifeline.
“The other person that has impacted my success is my best friend Ezee. She is the other half to the dynamic duo. The yin to my yang. We complement each other so well, from our personalities to our work ethic. She motivates me, and I her. When you find a great team, you gel and form a bond as strong as family. She is my family and I’m so thankful for her.”
“I contribute part of my success to my first ex-girlfriend. My relationship with her allowed me to know who I am. She motivated me to be myself and go after my dreams without judgement on myself or others. The heartbreak that resulted was a time of discovery to look at who I am.
“The other person that has impacted my career is Natalie. We are the same, yet different. We balance each other and keep each other in check. It is the most ideal business partnership/best friendship I have ever had. She was literally a gift that I asked for and our friendship has gone above and beyond anything I hoped for.”
Leaders always seem to find ways to overcome their weaknesses. Can you share one or two examples of how you work outside of your comfort zone to achieve success?
“The challenge for me is to get moving. Make the first move. The getting started bit is the hurdle that every actor, entertainer, influencer has to overcome. Don’t focus on being perfect. Perfection will come with practice. Just do more and engage daily to strive towards whatever goals you may have. Once momentum happens, then it becomes more fluid.”
“Working in this industry is tough. People aren’t open to all, but I’ve learned to put my pride aside above all and conquer my fear. I had a big fear of rejection. I soon realized that rejection is a way to perfect your craft — whatever it is that you do. Conquer your fears and go for the goal.”
The concept of mind over matter has been around for years. A contemporary description of this is having mental toughness. Can you give us an example (or two) of obstacles you’ve overcome by getting your mind in the right place (some might call this reframing the situation).
For The Scholarship, we dove into this project with full force and completed the script in three days. Meditation and lots of coffee contributed but, I have learned to meditate to clear my mind and get focused. Meditation is necessary to keeping my balance. The more you practice, the better you get.”
“My answer is a testament to how positive people can feed you with life-sustaining advice. I had an expression issue in my teens that carried over into my early 20s and it was Natalie who got me into journaling and writing down my thoughts, my day, my hopes, fears, aspirations, goals. It all goes into my journal so that I can cleanse my mind and start fresh each day.”
What are your “3 Lessons I Learned from My Most Memorable Failure”
“Be honest. It does more harm than good by being dishonest.
“Trust your gut. In business it’s not always clear what path you should choose, so if it doesn’t feel right, it most likely isn’t for you.
“Live your life in the light and steer clear of dark distractions that can throw you off your game.”
“Don’t procrastinate. By prioritizing and executing your to-do’s, you can accomplish all things.
“Value time. There was a point in my life when I didn’t care if I was late or not. The value of time came with maturity and I value time higher than most things. If you are on time, you are late. Stay three steps ahead and you’ll see your path clearer.
“Nurture relationships. I’ve learned the importance of nurturing relationships. Much like you nurture your family relationships, your business relationships should be nurtured too. Keep connections clean and tight and they will last a lifetime.”
What unfiltered advice can you give aspiring stars regarding how to avoid common mis-fires in starting their career?
“We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Do more each day to reach your goals and don’t let others stop you.”
“Consistency. Be consistent in your craft. You don’t have the be the best, but if you are consistent you will be successful. The story of the turtle and the hare applies.”
What is the best lesson you learned from your worst boss?
“I learned to be cautious of how you treat people, no matter who they are. You never know what the future holds.”
“In order to control your own destiny, you must be your own boss. I learned that at an early age and worked hard to be a manager at a top retail establishment. That test showed me that I can do anything if I put my mind to it and not be under the confines of a boss.”
What is one “efficiency hack” you use consistently in your life to keep your time and mind free to focus on your strengths and passions?
“I like schedules. I stick to my schedule and it makes my life more efficient. It’s easy for artists to get entranced with their craft. Keeping schedules and sticking to them is my best efficiency hack.”
“Prepare yourself for the week. I value my time and that of others, so I like to be prepared and ready at all times. By planning ahead and being flexible according to my priorities has been the best way for me to stay efficient.”
All actors or musicians have sleepless nights. We have a term we use with our clients called the “2 a.m. moment.” It’s when you’re wide awake and thinking not-so-positive thoughts about your business choices and future. Can you describe a 2 a.m. moment (or moments) you’ve had and how you overcame the challenges.
“In those 2 a.m. moments, although they are few and far between, I tend to weigh my options.
Do I want to work and do what I love or be broke and have to rely on others for my happiness? The answer always comes easily.”
“I’m usually working at 2 a.m. because my mind is an unlimited catalogue of material. But in those moments that I question my career path or my business choices, I like to tackle those thoughts when my mind is clear, and I can analyze my next moves. Tackling decisions when you are distraught never leads to productivity.”
Nobody likes to fail, and we sure don’t like to admit we failed. Can you describe a moment when you confided your most closely-held business issues/problems to someone close to you, and how the conversation(s) helped you work through the issue?
“Keeping a circle of people that you trust for advice is vital. I use my trusted advisors as a sounding board to bounce ideas, problems and strategies off of.”
“This ties into the fear of rejection or failure that I had in my less mature years. It was overcoming the fears and venting problems to those that could relate and lend support.”
What’s on the drawing board for your next venture?
“What’s next is we are building out our brand and we are currently filming our reality show which is so exciting! Forget the sky, there is no limit! Our fans will dive into our personal lives with the reality show that is sure to bring lots of laughs!”
“We strive to stay consistent every day. There are so many projects in the pipeline that are being worked on, along with our own personal brands, that only triumphs and victories are to come!”
What did we miss? Feel free to share any other thoughts or advice on overcoming failure, initiatives you’re currently supporting, any other relevant information you would like to share with the readers.
“I am committed to spreading the message about social issues working among the LGBTQ+ communities. Strategic alliances with nonprofit organizations that support similar causes are what is in the near future. I would like to start fundraising and be able to actually give out LGBTQ+ scholarships to deserving young people in efforts to further their education.”
“I am actively involved in supporting young entrepreneurs and helping them reach their goals. It is a dream of mine to be able to be a motivational speaker and influence people in a positive way. We are currently putting together a college tour around the U.S. to engage with our fans and spread love and light in a positive way.”
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Originally published at medium.com