Dylan Berry is a Music, Media Entrepreneur and Talk Show Host @ Soundcloud Radio on Dash.
1. What does thriving mean to you?
Living what you love to do and what you love to do, paying the bills
2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?
3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?
Juggling too many startup business ideas at once
4. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from the coronavirus experience?
True, honorable and loyal friends shine much brighter in an Apocalypse.
5. What was an embarrassing / painful moment you can share?
I tend to cry at Superbowl commercials, Michelle Obama speeches, my kids plays, speeches, dances, literally anything that moves me including toilet paper ads (that was embarrasing but come on, Charmin is so soft!).
6. What did you learn recently?
I learned that there is no reason to give graciously to those who never reciprocate and that in many cases people that don’t consider this, likely never will.
7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?
Funny you ask as I have evolved in so many ways since being 13 (ha ha. Jokes) but seriously, I am exactly the same fellow energy level wise and at the core heart of all I try to do, just had a hell of a lot less access and community around me to help execute my big ideas back then. It takes a village and a lifetime to build a strong familyhood in the Entertainment biz. 😉
8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?
When my wife Maria Wye Berry and David Keane launched a company called Wild Eyes Productions and gave me a shot at scoring their first Documentary called Killing Pablo with Mark Bowden (Author of Black Hawk Down). They really helped me quit the day job and make a go of it in music and I am forever grateful to them for that!
9. Is there a book(s) you have read multiple times or a resource you keep going back to?
This one is stupid really as it’s more like a coffee table quick jab I grabbed somewhere but “Damn Good Advice – for talented people” by the original Madmen character George Lois continues to inspire me to follow my gut, push back on the Devils Advocate in the room (the killer of all good creative ideas) no matter how powerful they may be and challenge myself and those I work with to not just get the job done, but make it a timeless capsule that is so good you can’t ignore your work stands the test of time. It is our legacy, NOT a frickin paycheck. This advice, though it created a lot more work for myself, was invaluable inspiration to do always seek to do great work. Can’t recommend it more.
10. What is your favourite quote or motto?
We are all in this thing together
11. What are your top VALUES?
Honesty, loyalty and respecting everyone no matter what the age, sex, race, disposition, education, sexual identification or otherwise. I believe that there is one human race and every variation of this human race is to be respected with compassion and with open ears.
12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?
http://www.smashhaus.com, I’m bringing it back! Only this time I am removing the middle-man and allowing media companies and top music makers worldwide to thrive by working directly with each other. It is a hand selected, ecosystem of only the best of the best quality creators in music and media. 🙂
13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?
Focus on building strong relationships, treat them like family, provide more value to those you work with then they do for you. Own your mistakes and never throw anyone else under the bus for YOUR mistakes. Truth is hard at times but is the only and always appropriate solution, non truth erodes all.
14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?
Welll, I actually have a podcast, radio show on Soundcloud Radio on Dash, ha ha. (Shame-less plug). But yeah, I would love to have Bono (U2) on. He has seen and done so much and continues to push the needle not only in the arts but in the betterment of the humans from an artistic perspective, one dear to my heart. Respect due. Bono, where you at buddy? Give a homey a call. 🙂
15. What are you thankful for?
First and foremost my Family, I love you all! My NoizSociety family, Those that I work with and that believe in me and those who have the courage to do big things despite opposed forces. My artists – Tre Wright, NATIIVE, Jay Ham…
16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?
Don’t EVER let anything or anyone define you! Only you decide. Anything is possible if you have the courage to make it so and only you can make it so, so get to work!
17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?
I had a great time in Denmark and Norway with my friend and biz partner Kristian Riis (NordicLA) and met a ton of new new friends out there. Very inspiring on all levels and I am so humbled and honored to learn about other ways of living (Denmark ranked #1 in Environmental Performance Index (most sustainable) and voted happiest country in the world. 😉 the U.S., the self proclaimed “greatest country in the world” is ranked 27th. I love my country but just saying, we have a lot to learn still and I was happy to do so on that trip.
18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?
Watching my son start high school in his underwear. I used to have nightmares about that he actually did it! Enter the “new normal”. Mic drop!
19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?
Helping everyone who asks with their ideas. Ha ha. I need to burn less bandwidth on other peoples rabbit hole dives cause I have so many of my own.
20. What rule should we be breaking?
Trying to please everyone. Everyone is not worth pleasing.
21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
Fly a jetpack on a tidal wave with Rihanna at the Grammies with all my friends.
22. There are 12 step programs for addiction recovery. If you had to come up with a program for THRIVING what would the steps be?
2. Qualify what you heard based on your experience
3. Learn what you don’t know from what you heard
4. Qualify the Macro opportunity
5. List your capabilities in executing the opportunity
6. List what you cannot deliver to the opportunity
7. Bring in people that round out your weaknesses in executing the opportunity
8. Drink a Side-Car
9.. Assess if the opportunity is high effort little reward or light effort high reward or somewhere in between.
10. Drink a Side-Car, decide if you want to proceed
11. Let your decision be a firm commitment in either direction, there are no light efforts 🙂
23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?
24. How can people connect with you?
My instagram is the best @dylanberryofficiaal
Linkedin works too https://www.linkedin.com/in/therealdylanberry