Of all of the accomplishments, accolades, awards, and acknowledgments that I have received thus far... my *greatest* accomplishments are the relationships that I have developed and people I have 'collected' on the way.
One particular relationship that changed the way I looked at myself and my brand is that with San Francisco-based photographer Akoni Lamparilya. This gentleman (who is now a close friend and principal member of my creative team) saw very early on that I had the potential to push myself. He encouraged me to be the face of my brand, to curate my life with teams to support my vision, and continues to be a sounding board and voice of reason as I grow my business and brand. He has a cult following of both fans and fellow creatives who
If I can offer a takeaway from my experience in creating THE MARRIN PROJECT -- it would be to listen (both humbly with open ears, sans ego) to people who encourage you to push yourself. Be receptive to people who challenge you to step into becoming the best version of yourself. Be receptive to
HUGE thank you to Akoni and the dream team that put this experience together.
You all truly made me feel like a million bucks that day, and were the catalyst to an uncountable amount of projects and