Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Pratt.
Hi Anthony, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My story dates back to my early childhood days growing up in South Central Los Angeles. I went to school in the Valley, most notably Parkman Jr. High (Now Woodland Hills Academy) and Taft High School. Living in South Central LA and attending school in the Valley were contrasting dynamics. Overall the experience created balance in my life. My senses became sharper while learning new perspectives in a world that seemed so far away from where I lived. Growing up in South Central taught wasn’t easy. I grew up in a household governed by my grandparents, Dave and Katie Pratt. Under their guidance, I was able to navigate around situations that threatened my future such as gangs and drugs.
My grandfather was a WWII veteran who inspired me on a daily basis to be a little better than I was the day prior. He taught me to keep moving forward and to never lose sight of my goals regardless of how challenging situations became. So I began to dream. Anthony “Ape” Pratt was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles – 32nd street to be exact – yet I never let the harsh realities of crime and gangs interfere with my dreams. My drive and determination have carried me far, from serving in the US Army to working in the mortgage business to now running an innovative and a full-service media and branding company with a team of fellow creatives. I dreamed often as a child growing up that I would one day run my own company but I wasn’t quite sure exactly what the company would actually do.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to building my own company wasn’t smooth. There were challenges. I’m a firm believer that the universe issues pop quizzes to us all to test if we’re still paying attention. I think the biggest challenge that I had to overcome was blocking out the disbelief that existed within my immediate circle. Sometimes being told that you can’t from those whom we trust the most can be deflating. After my grandfather passed, I felt as though I had lost my greatest supporter, cheerleader, and inspirational figure. No idea was ever too cockamamie. If I voiced aloud to him that I wanted to accomplish something, he would challenge me to figure out the steps it would take to achieve it. My grandfather was also quick to remind me that it wasn’t always going to come easy but if I really wanted it then to let no obstacle slow me.
So I chose not to allow it. I achieve and will continue to do so because someone once told me that I couldn’t. One of the biggest challenges I encountered was finding others who believed in my vision. A vision to create something unique that could improve the quality of life for those who were yearning for an opportunity. So many people come into our lives and say all the right things we need to hear but quickly fade once they realize it’s actually going to take some work to accomplish it. It took a few years but I learned how to spot energy vampires and to keep them away or rid your business circle of them because they literally can diminish your momentum.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Gorilla With A Pen is a company comprised of a collection of talented and knowledgeable individuals with backgrounds spanning media, brand development, production, entertainment, esports, and cosplay. Our team operates as an equal partnership working together to create opportunities that allow us to showcase our unique talents. What do you do, what do you specialize in / what are you known for? Whether it’s creating an esports tournament or brokering a unique situation that creates results for all involved, we thrive as a community. We partner with various outside entities to help bring ideas to life for our creative community. We are fortunate to work with some of the most forward-thinking professionals who have worked at some of the most well-known brands in the United States.
The pandemic has been an unfortunate situation for our society but it has also forced many of us to rethink our approach. We did just that at Gorilla With A Pen. We built a community comprised of some of the most unique creatives- cosplayers, esports gamers, former talent agency professionals, culinary professionals, business professionals, real estate agents all deciding to enter into a partnership together to create opportunities for our team as a collective. What do you want our readers to know about your brand, offerings, services. If you are a startup company, a musician, an entertainment professional, or someone completely different, if you feel as though you’re on an island… you don’t have to be alone. We’d love to learn about your goals and figure out how we can best accomplish them together.
In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
It’s tough to predict where things will be 5-10 years from now. At Gorilla With A Pen we ready ourselves for change and to be able to adjust to current trends. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that things can happen and if you are not prepared to adjust, you’ll fall behind.
- Our company can also be retained on a monthly basis ranging from $200 – $4,000 per month.
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