MADE Magazine Global Impact Issue - Page 45

MADEXXXX MADEINC MADE: It seems like each of you have projects outside of Dormtainment. What does a typical week look like for you guys? Cameron: Usually Monday through Friday, we wake up around 10am and we all meet up to discuss the business for the day or the week. Sometimes it’s a skit. Sometimes it’s a project outside of Dormtainment. It may be the podcast for that day. It changes, that’s why we like it so Photo credit: Anthony Frazier II much. It’s always something new and creative, and it’s always on a week-by-week basis so we never know. I can’t tell you what I’ll be doing in two weeks because I never know. MADE: What are some of your habits, either individually or as a group, that have played a role in the group’s success? Cameron: As far as a group, we read a lot of books on different subjects like self- improvement, comedy books, business books. We watch almost everything that’s on TV that we find to be of quality like Atlanta, Insecure, Power, Curb Your Enthusiasm—everything. We listen to a lot of podcasts, we do a lot of research, so we’re fully submersed into this culture of comedy and trying to be the best we can be. MADE: That was actually my next question. What books have you read recently or what podcasts are you listening to for personal development? Cameron: The books I’ve read lately—the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, Kevin Hart’s book (I Can’t Make This Up), this is going to be funny, but Uncle Luke’s book (The Book of Luke: My Fight For Truth, Justice & Liberty City). I like to read a lot of autobiographies too. As far as podcasts, I listen to Brilliant idiots, I recently listened to two episodes of Oprah’s podcast, Super Soul Conversations and Joe Rogan’s podcast (The Joe Rogan Experience). Amanuel put me on to that. Rome: Another good podcast is NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz. I really like that one because everyone’s success story is the same. Well it’s not the same, but as far as them having to go through a certain struggle for a certain period of time. It’s just interesting to hear that. Amanuel: YouTube is the biggest source for information. I would say I go on YouTube every day and I’m watching something and learning something new. And it’s cool to see that you can learn just about anything on there. The other day, I was looking at what a quasar is, and then today I just typed in twerk videos. Cameron: I also read a lot of Medium articles. I love That’s an amazing site for information. MADE: We love Medium too! Ok, I’m going to switch gears a bit. How do you guys identify business opportunities and what metrics do you use to measure their viability? Cameron: I would say it has to make sense for our brand first. We’re not the type to just be money hungry to do anything. It has to make sense for the brand and that it satisfies our fan base. At this point, we like to do things we’re excited to do, and that will be our best work. We don’t like to do anything that we’re not necessarily excited about or in love with because those projects usually don’t get your full passion, | 45