Today we’d like to introduce you to Maximillian A.M.
Maximillian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey has lead me to a position where my primary purpose is to support creatives.
It all started in Fall 2010 when I began my music career as an artist in East LA. Thankfully, I found mentors who took me under their wing from a studio in Whittier, CA. They introduced me to the music industry and taught me the inner workings of music production and networking. As I developed my skills and relationships within the industry, I traversed through roles as a studio engineer and producer, an on-air radio DJ, and even an event promoter. During this period of my life, I gained a huge affinity for the creative as a person as well as the communities in which these people gather to create and support each other.
By Spring 2015, events in my personal life made me anxious about money and income. My music career wasn’t bringing in the dollars like I needed, so I transitioned into the tech industry to secure a stable job. I completed a coding bootcamp in Culver City and accepted a fantastic job offer with a Los Angeles data company in Spring 2016.
My tech career was a huge learning period for me. For one, I experienced the day-to-day of corporate America. Most importantly, I learned the inner workings of technology and platforms like social media and streaming services- as programs and algorithms. I grasped that technology is fast-paced and the platforms are ever-evolving. As creatives and content creators, we rely on these platforms to promote our brands and products to our audiences. In order to keep up and get ahead, constant self-education and curiosity is vital. Awareness of this side of the creative world became a huge boon to my transition back into my creative career.
I took this new information and began to share it with my networks throughout the creative fields in LA. I was out in the streets every night; attending live music shows in Hollywood, networking events in West LA and rooftop soirees in Downtown. Soon my networking was boiling over into my ultimate career. In Fall 2019, I quit my cushy tech job and established my own consultation and production agency, MXI MEDIA. In this capacity, I support my clients by injecting their operation with knowledge of contemporary technology, modern digital marketing and social branding. Together we collaborate to kickstart their venture by improving the quality of their work, attracting as many eyes as possible and strategically selling their products and services.
In order to satisfy the diverse needs of my clients, I leverage my large network of peers and collaborators. I have a valuable rolex of creators, photographers, videographers, models, stylists, make-up artists, writers, actors, programmers, designers, etc. We work together on projects like photoshoots, film shoots, music production and more. I understand that networking and nurturing relationships within all creative fields is our ticket to holistically complete projects in this modern age. In Summer 2020, I opened a creative workspace in Huntington Park where these relationships will spark and bloom.
This is where we are now.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Struggles are inevitable.
As a music artist, my career never took off. First because I was young and didn’t understand what it took to make it happen. And second because I don’t believe that was my ultimate path in the first place. My challenges inform my purpose. Whether it’s being scammed for $2,000 on a client invoice never paid when I first started my business, or having my car break down in 2019 and deciding to live 100% public transportation. I take my L’s as lessons and adapt to live resiliently.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MXI Media– what should we know?
As founder and key-operator of MXI MEDIA, I support creatives and entrepreneurs in their new ventures. I help artists identify their career goals and shed light on how to reverse-engineer efficiently and effectively. I teach small business owners how to use social media to their benefit in order to attract attention, drive traffic and close sales. I educate my audience on the importance of living authentically and how to generate income through your daily actions. I inspire and motivate my network and peers to reach higher and meet their goals and even lend a helping hand where I can. I’m building my personal brand as a sincere and generous producer and consultant in Los Angeles.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My success is a result of my self-esteem and support system.
As long as I continue to believe that I can accomplish any task I set my mind to, I will have the resources to reach my goals. I approach each situation with gratitude, appreciation and open-mindedness. I am generous with my energy and give positive reinforcement wherever I can, whether that’s giving advice or helping a stranger move furniture. Contributing to my environment is my favorite thing to do.
I would not be where I am today without my support system. My parents have been there for me since day one, allowing me to make my own choices (and mistakes) since childhood. I have taken risks and have grown into a man unafraid of failure, thanks to the safety that is my parents. I will always have a couch to crash on it my career falls apart. So I risk it all everyday, to reach heights that no one can imagine.
- Strategic Consultation / Creative Direction: $100 per hour (as of July 2020; subject to change)
- Address: 7209 Seville Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
- Website: www.mxi.media
- Phone: 5625675442
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maximillian.a.m/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maximillian.a.m.1/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/maximillian_a_m
Photographers: Sage Causie, Veneko Raw, Mattie True. Models: Maximillian A.M., Danielle Danea, Stephen Leap.