Today we’d like to introduce you to Pozzie Mazerati.
Pozzie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My journey began in Fashion, graduating with my BFA in Fashion Design & Marketing from AIU. Shortly after graduating I was offered an Assistant Design position at Levi’s Strauss in New York City. Everything just fell into place, I was living in Brooklyn, NY working for an amazing brand yet something was still missing. I wanted more, I felt like there was something else I should be doing. I always knew I wanted to work for myself and own a clothing line but I also started to fall more in love with writing poems and songwriting around this time.
So, One day I went to work and I just quit… It was crazy! I remember waking up that morning and getting on the A train heading into Manhattan for work and thinking to myself I’m going to quit today. I told my friend whom I sat right across at work, “I’m quitting today.” and I remember her asking me “Why, what are you going to do for work?, Do you already have another job?” I remember just saying “I’m going to work for myself.” She didn’t say it but her facial expression said: “Girl you’re crazy!” And I thought to myself… crazy is going through the motions of life without living it.
And I just knew I owed myself more! And so I quit that day and my life changed forever, for the better. I felt empowered and even though I was nervous about what the future held, I knew I made the right decision to put my best efforts into ME. I would encourage everyone reading to just follow your heart, don’t succumb to fear of the uncertain or unfamiliar, take a chance, do more living! Why not?
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?
I have most certainly encountered my share of obstacles. I have experienced times in life where I had it all and I have also experienced losing it all. One of the lowest points in my life was probably when I had a fire at my place in Brooklyn, NY. I went from living in a beautiful brownstone to sleeping in my car. But I wouldn’t change any of it.
Those trials molded me into the woman I am and the one I am becoming. When we go through challenges it’s never meant to break us I believe it’s meant to strengthen us. The key is to stay encouraged and never give up! In the face of adversity push harder.
Please tell us about Rhythm & Remedy; Where Hip Hop Helps.
I live a lifestyle full of traveling, philanthropy, creating vibrant music and film with recent acting roles on Disney’s “Walk The Prank” and Emmy Award-winning show Transparent to name a few. In addition to my entertainment passion, I am Founder of Youth Empowerment Organization “Rhythm and Remedy; Where Hip Hop Helps,” where we provide creative based training programs in poverty-stricken areas in an effort to cultivate change through Music, Art & Education. I spent 2 years in Dakar, Senegal (West Africa) touring and performing while building a Music & Art Institution.
Being in Africa expanded my mind, enriched my heart and revealed so much to me. There was so much room for development and it reshaped my way of thinking and approaching an idea. I even launched a small business, “NoSquito Spray” an all natural mosquito and bug repellent that helped to create local jobs and aid in the eradication of Malaria. As I continue to expand these efforts with the strength of American leadership & support, I am currently working along with my partner for mass distribution of NoSquito Spray to start in 2019. Creatively I am looking forward to a few Film/TV Series Features and my upcoming musical project release “The Queen Addition” on July 10, 2018, which also happens to be my birthday. The reason this project is so special is because I’m paying homage to a few female emcees/queens that have inspired my music career and so many others.
A lot of times great artists aren’t celebrated until the organization of an award ceremony tribute or after their unfortunate passing. We need to honor our everyday successors while they are alive & breathing. I wanted to do this project because I felt it would highlight these great women and also showcase my versatility as an artist and just show how much I love doing what I do. I’m looking forward to sharing much more of myself through various creative platforms. The Queen Addition will be a free download available on www.pozziemusic.com. I invite you to check out the visuals Now Available on my website and stay tuned for Exclusive Video Releases from The Queen Addition.
For more details on my philanthropic work check out www.wherehiphophelps.org.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I have a few favorite childhood memories. One of them would probably be when I started my first business at the age of 10, selling snow cones outside of my grandmom’s home in Philly. Those humble beginnings and experiences created the initial spark in my passion for entrepreneurship.
- Website: www.pozziemusic.com
- Phone: 323-524-8104
- Email: BeingPozzie@icloud.com
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