Mike impressed all of us with his positive attitude, his hard work and his dedication to his craft. Seeing him perform, solidified it for us: this man is going places!
Make sure you watch the video (above). I shot it during his performance. It’s longish at 30 seconds but definitely worth the wait to catch the audience reaction. This guy is the real deal and he’s connecting with audiences in a major way. Mike also gives a great interview because he has an authentic and powerful story.
Thrilled to have Mike join the Opinionator’s growing roster of Q&A talent.
Read on below.
How different was your life one year ago?
- It wasn’t significantly different than things are today, but life was calmer. I had a lot more free time to focus solely on writing and recording new music. Once I released my Resilience EP, things began to move at a faster pace.
What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?
- I’ll never ignore my instincts. I always try to do what makes sense and do the right thing.
What could you give a 15-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
- I believe I can easily give a presentation on how to build yourself back up when you’re feeling down and going through struggles.
Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
- I would love to have dinner with President Obama, Jay Z, and Oprah Winfrey.
What’s your hidden talent?
- I can solve a Rubik’s Cube fairly quickly.
What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
- From as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be involved with music, from producing to performing.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
- When I moved to Las Vegas in 2015, I didn’t know anyone here besides my sister, and I had no job and no place to live. It was just my son and I working on building a new beginning for ourselves.
What’s one thing about you that surprises people?
- People are surprised at how humble I am, and how appreciative I genuinely am of their support.
Who, or what, was your biggest teacher?
- I’ve learned the most from my mistakes and failures, and I’ve learned a lot of things simply by trial and error.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
- I would tell myself to trust my intuition. There were many times back then when I knew something wasn’t going to work out, but I wasted a lot of time on it anyway.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
- Nobody’s going to do it for me, so if I want something, I have to go and make it happen for myself.
If you had to choose only three adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose?
- I would describe myself as funny, caring, and focused.
Who are your role models or mentors?
- I would say, President Obama, Jay Z, and Bob Marley
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
- I think everyone should take a week to try some of the things they’ve been afraid to try before. That could be anything from traveling alone to performing at an open mic.
What did you have to give up to achieve your current level of success?
- I had to sacrifice the majority of my time to get to where I’m at today.