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Conversations with Zylo Hefferan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zylo Hefferan.

Hi Zylo, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started acting as a young child and continued throughout high school. As a child growing up life was full of struggles, obstacles to overcome and reality of making it out of no way. Tv and music was my escape of reality and a glimpse to other people’s lives and emotions. I fell in love with entertainment immediately. Related and aspired all of the time and still do. I fueled that inspiration to get involved in acting young and managing artists at 18. I built a lot of relationships since I’m now 33. I’ve been consistent, persistent, genuine and passionate about everything I’ve done. That energy has always translated and transferred to the people I’ve worked with the industry. Throughout my 15 year journey, I didn’t know what I was great at until over the past couple of years to be honest. I was a Mr. Make It Happen type of individual and did it all. That really shaped me into what I manifested and put an extreme amount of hours into see where I’m at today. Today is no where near where I want to be but it is a positive affirmation I’m on the right path. I am a music video/documentary producer. I produce content, host, and created Contrast Uncut powered by Uncle Snoops Army and Bobby Dee Presents. My show is about praising personal success stories and the process of the journey.

I am an A&R that represents producers and my main job as an A&R is to get placement for the producers I represent and get them paid. I interviewed Bobby Dee in the first season of Contrast Uncut and after the interview he gave me his card, took a picture with me and said to call me if I need anything, I was the Post Malone of doing interviews, I am psychedelic and organically genuine. I went onto interview Azjah and Slim 400 that day and at the end of that day, I contacted Bobby Dee asking him to be apart of the show and present my show. He responded back and said I agree. He sent me two days later to be media on Valentine’s Day to interview the artist performing at Aguas Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. I was given the task to interview Next, 112, and Keith Sweat and spend the day created for love away from my wife and children. I was on the freeway with my wife’s blessing and showed up ready to work. I ended up bombing the interview with RL of next and the group did not come out of their dressing room. I had to convince now 112 manager I have an organically dope show that his artist would enjoy. He agreed and the interview went phenomenal, they gave me their catered food and drinks in appreciation. Then I went onto Keith Sweat, I walked up and he said no interview but I’ll take a picture with you and I settled. Well my interview with 112 somehow got corrupted on my phones audio and I was crushed with nothing to show for it. Shortly after covid takes over. I had to get ahead of the game and get on zoom and launch my show on audio and visual. That would be the move to change the course of my career. I built countless relationships and developed my name in the industry. At the start of season 2, Uncle Snoops Army got on board with the show and began to power the show.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I think nothing in life that is a challenge is going to be smooth. You have to work for it and learn through everything that happens each time you go to the set or the studio or backstage in my situation. Once you get going, it gets smoother but it’s still an uphill battle. I like to say the goal everyday is to progress daily. My biggest struggles with the show thus far have been a few things. First of all, Covid put an immediate halt to having access to artists being backstage at Bobby Dee Presents events. I had to reinvent my access points to guests on my show. At the beginning of my 2nd season, my laptop crashes and I did not have the funds to purchase a new one. My mother in law blessed me with a new laptop and I was able to start doing zoom interviews. Being an A&R, the studios were closed so for a long time, I could not pull up to the studio and work on getting placements. I had to get comfortable sending emails and texting beats.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a host, producer, and creator of Contrast Uncut. A show that is about praising personal success stories and the journey of the process. I’ve interviewed over 200 guests since I created the show December 2019. Some of the guests throughout my four seasons include Rhymefest, Krayzie Bone, JWhite did it, Suge J Knight, MC Magic, My Guy Mars, Freeway Rick Ross, B-Legit, Co-Founders of Until Freedom, Fatboy SSE, Cassidy, Trae the Truth, Sean Garrett, B-Real, Cipha Sounds, James DuBose, Marvin Gaye III, Rich Fresh, LT Hutton, Hana Ali, DeAnthony Melton, Estevan Oriol, Julian and Jaden Newman, Jim Ranger, and Charlie Stettler just to name just a few. What sets me apart from others is the idea to fill the void. My line of questioning is not the same as a normal interview and I have an approach to relate to the guest and build with them. When you watch the show, you will get the guests understanding on if the game chooses them or if they chose the game. What was their confirmations along the way to know that this is what they are supposed to do with their lives. I ask what is a normal 24 hours to get access to the viewers that it is not easy doing what you love but if you love any of it, you won’t care how much work and time into your sleepless dream.

What makes you happy?
My wife and children. My wife is my daily inspiration her sacrifice and hard work into keeping the family together as well as supporting me upon my endeavors. My children are greatest motivation. My son Trumuir and my daughter Zoë, they are miracle baby’s and extremely gifted. To provide for my wife and children and create a financial security is what makes me happy. From there, it all goes up.

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