An Interview With Edward Sylvan

Find your sound. There are so many successful singers who never write their own music, so this is 100% opinion. But, I personally feel like if you really want to be an artist and think you have something then find your sound. I’ve written over 1000 songs and love almost all of them, but watching and listening to them over time is still crazy. Find your “thing” that is amazing and that is you — it ain’t gonna find you, you gotta build it and spend hours/years (just like every profession) working towards that authenticity that your listener desires.

As…


An Interview With Edward Sylvan

I wish someone told me not to be shy when singing in the studio and to try anything vocally. It’s all about trial and error. Early on in my recording days, I was super nervous and stayed in my little box for whatever reasons. As time went on I learned nobody cares if you mess up and just give it all you got. You might create something super dope when reaching outside your comfort zone.

As a part of our series about music stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jaida Aneese.

Jaida was born in Canton, Ohio. Her…


You can do it. It took me a few years just to believe that a little kid from nowhere Michigan could be a radio personality or a musician or a writer. But, I learned you really can do it. Not everyone is going to be successful at it. But in the case of my books, the purpose and content of the writing don’t change if 10 people, 1,000 people or 100,000 people read it. So be bold and do what you love, anyway.

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An Interview With Edward Sylvan

…I also want to remind others that our humanity is not about what we can do, but about who we are. As a society, we put a high value on efficiency and achievement, but our children remind us that our humanity can get lost in that shuffle. These qualities are not strengths in Lukas’ life, others will always be more efficient or more successful, but he points to qualities that I believe we are quick to neglect: celebrating the smaller things in life, learning the power of delayed gratification, and forgiveness.

As part of my series about “authors who are…


An Interview With Edward Sylvan

Know your sound, I mean really know your sound. I wasted a lot of time trying to play EVERYTHING when all I needed was to focus on a particular sound. And when I mean sound, that doesn’t necessarily mean a certain genre — it can be a group of genres that compliment each other.

As a part of our series about music stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Luis del Carmen.

Luis del Carmen is a San Francisco-based techno DJ and producer currently living in Manila. His style of music can be best described as dark, cinematic melodies…


Discipline- It’s important to find a routine and be consistent. When you are in sports, you have team practices, training, etc. Find your version of that in business. Discipline instills confidence and confidence breeds success.

As a part of our series about the work ethic lessons we can learn from professional athletes, I had the pleasure of interviewing Fernando Alvarez.

Fernando Alvarez carried over the passion, tenacity, and grit he learned on the baseball field to the insurance industry. With those qualities at the cornerstone of JAG’s business model, Fernando along with his two partners, have created an atypical model…


An Interview With Edward Sylvan

Be nice to yourself. Don’t listen to slander from haters…they are very bored and sad people. There are far too many examples of instances when this sentence applies. Another thing to know is that: True friends celebrate each other’s wins — someone only reveling in your misery in the pretense of being supportive but then never congratulates you when good things happen — is not a friend.

Have fun with what you do; explore and experience the deepest depths of things, and play with them.

As a part of our series about music stars, I had the distinct pleasure of…


An Interview With Edward Sylvan

You will need to put in the work, to get the music in front of people’s faces and in their ears. Work hard and praise yourself. Share your music with the world and sacrifice what you can if you want to succeed. Make the most of your creations. Put in the work and be proud of your creations. They are yours. Well done to you.

As a part of our series about rising music stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Daniel Angelus.

Daniel Angelus is a British-born award-winning singer, songwriter, and music producer — who creates, since 2007…


An Interview With Edward Sylvan

It’s okay to promote your work.

I’m not a salesperson by any stretch of the imagination. The idea of promoting something I made has always felt a little gross to me, and while part of that is a valid disdain for consumerism and the industry at large, another part of it has to do with the fact that I consistently undervalue myself and my skills. I wish earlier in life I had received and internalized the message that my work and my voice are worthy of being heard.

As a part of our series about music stars who are making…


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People are trying to help you. We have all heard directors complain about the studio, the producers, investors, etc. They are trying to help you. They may not have the best solution, they may not get what you are trying to do, but they are trying to help you and help the movie. Listen to them. Collaborate. Try to understand where their note is coming from. Really listen to their perspective and hear them out. You can always push back and disagree, but try try try try try to see it from their perspective. They ARE trying to help you.

Edward Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group

Specializing in acquiring, producing and distributing films about equality, diversity and other thought provoking subjects

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