Today we’d like to introduce you to Damon Harvin.
Hi Damon, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Born and raised in South Central LA. Both my mother and father had significant impact on me growing up in completely different ways.
– My mother embedded the importance of belief, faith, religion and God.
– My father stressed the significance of pride, culture, tradition and music.
Their influence helped me navigate through the turmoil in my city. Everything I was taught groomed a true understanding of the plight we as minorities face every day – the circumstances and situations we can’t control. But, it also taught me to look in the mirror- how not to use what’s out of my control as an excuse or deflection. To recognize the power and influence, I have as an individual. This is what lead me to starting my own business named “BeeHealthy”. I stress the importance of physical, mental and spiritual health through poetry, modeling, acting, personal training and more. Our culture has so many negative influences and sadly, we’re so immersed with negativity we’ve actually been conditioned to love and mimic these influences.
I’m here to break that cycle.
I’m here to make generosity “cool”.
I’m here to make love “cool”.
I’m here to make positive purpose the new wave.
I want to change the idea that we should love and give behind closed doors but loudly disrespect and boast.
That logic is completely backwards.
My Bee Healthy movement is a loud demonstration of positivity, with hopes other adults and kids will follow. I believe this is how we – the minority truly change our circumstances.
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?
It’s been very tough! Like I mentioned before – we are so immersed with negativity we’ve actually found comfort in it to an extent. Certain elements to our culture, music and way of thinking are actually extremely detrimental to us but we love it no matter how harmful. It gets tough trying to get your people to change their ways when they respond with excuses or deflections. There’s also a grey area because I come from the same turmoil, I love the same culture, I love the same music, so it can be hypocritical at times.
Balance is key.- this is what I want my people to take from me.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a business owner, writer, model, actor and fitness trainer. I’m most proud of my poetry. That’s my escape. That’s where I truly live. But I love everything I do- it all correlates to a bigger picture/purpose.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @damonharvin_