EP. 027 - DRAMA

EP. 027 - DRAMA

UNLOCKER. ACTIVATOR. SKATEBOARDER.

DRAMA

'CREATIVE DESTRUCTION'

Age: 32

Location: Los Angeles

IG: @drama

Drama is the CEO/Founder of Young & Reckless and creator of the Short Story Long podcast and the co-creator of the Group Chat podcast.
 
My desire for mastery evolved out of a passion for skateboarding. It’s a solitary sport. One that’s all about personal progress. There’s no team. No coach. Just you and the board. As a kid in Ohio, I’d shovel just enough snow to clear the pavement so I could practice one trick for five hours. The conditions didn’t bother me. The weather didn’t faze me. When you’re truly passionate about something, you enter a sort of meditative state that gives you the ability to hyper-focus. It’s my love for skateboarding that drove me to Los Angeles.
 
When I moved here, my biggest dream was to work in a skate shop and live in a studio apartment. I was raised in an environment in which achievement wasn’t spoken about. You just followed the mold of whatever you were told to do. The life expectancy for men who live in communities like mine are decreasing due to an addiction to pain pills. It’s not a drug problem, it’s a purpose problem. Drugs and gangs are the offspring of a lack of purpose, a lack of passion. When a young person has no framework for the future, it’s easy to fall into a dark space. When you lack a vision of who you could become, you stay stuck in who you are.
 
 
I live to unlock the passion in others. Those who have been forgotten by the system. I want to create connections that make people think, If he ran a mile, I can run a mile. If she wrote a business plan, I can write a business plan. We hold too much potential to just allow it to wither away. When we stop thinking better possibilities are available to us, we get destructive. So what I’m saying is, I live to unlock creativity.
 


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