1- Hello Pat, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a mix between an artist and an entrepreneur. I’m what you would call an “artistpreneur.” I’ve been an artist since day one creating my own comic books back in elementary school. I’m a jack-of-all-trades, a creative who speaks from the heart and is ready to make a strong impact on the world.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
My focus areas would be self-growth and stay intrinsically motivated. I say self-growth because people never stop growing mentally and spiritually and if I decide that I “know it all” then I will become stagnant. I’m comfortable in saying “I don’t know” or admitting when I’m ignorant to certain things but I’m open-minded enough to learn and develop.
Staying intrinsically motivated is important to me because I don’t think you can always depend on outside sources to motivate you to follow your goals and dreams. We live in a world where people will be negative and try to pull you down and discourage you from doing something that is different from “the norm.” Finding it within yourself to disregard popular opinion and the mediocre thought process of people who are comfortable being a follower is what can and will ultimately push you to succeed on your own terms.
3- How do you describe “PATV” in few words?
PATV means Powerful Artistic Truth Vision. A few descriptive words that come to mind would be creativity, innovation, and artistic excellence. When it comes to creativity the possibilities are endless and PATV is about exploring those possibilities through the services provided to its clients.
4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
Online. I’m able to market my brand enough to build a strong presence on the Internet. A strong presence is needed online and offline in order to really impact people’s lives but online is a great start. Once you have a marriage between creativity and marketing and you have a strong message associated with your brand, people will resonate with it.
5- What are some things that most people don’t know about your job?
A LOT! I think that people think artists and people in creative professions don’t have to work as hard or don’t have bills to pay like the rest of the world. Of course, there are people out there who respect the creative industry and don’t undermine talent, but there are people out there who are just ignorant to how much time and effort goes into creating quality art. An art career isn’t a traditional career so people that aren’t artistic tend to devalue the importance of a creative professional’s skills and talents. We still have to work just as hard as anyone in any other profession. We still have to be paid what we’re worth and we still have to make a living just like everyone else. Bottom-line is creative professionals work just as hard, if not harder than professionals in non-artistic careers.
6- The design world is very changing, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself being seen as a marketing genius, who never gave up on pushing the envelope when it comes to marketing my own brand along with others.
7- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working at PATV?
Right now, the biggest challenge is acquiring a consistent clientele of people who are always in need of creative services. That could be because the artistpreneur concept is fairly unique to a lot of people. I also think that when you only cater to individuals and small businesses, that will limit you. For that reason alone, I feel that branching out and working with individuals and businesses who aren’t limited by their budget will address this challenge.
8- What are you most excited about at the moment?
For starters, getting back in the studio and working on another album is exciting to me. Overall what I’m most excited about is the day I can be another creative who’s able to not only make a living but also financially prosper off of my talents. Creating a business that can generate wealth for my family is also something I’m really excited about and can’t wait to see unfold.
9- What can you tell to young who want to start a new adventure pursuing their dreams?
Start as early as possible. Don’t go to college and get yourself into student loan debt. If college is absolutely necessary for you to learn/acquire the knowledge needed to succeed in a career that absolutely requires having a degree, then, by all means, go to college. Don’t go to college just because that’s what’s the status quo pushes. Reject the status quo and do what you can at an early age to pursue your dreams and make them come true. If that means, starting your own business, then do that.
10- The last Word or final thoughts?
I appreciate the people who took the time to read this interview. I’d also like to thank the people who support me. PATV is more or less in its infancy stages and it will only continue to grow. For anyone who needs to take the branding and marketing of their project to the next level, go to the PATV website at patvdesign.com. If you’re a fan of hip hop music or you’d like to know more about me, you can go to my website PATUNIVERSE.com. Thank you for your time!