4 June 2021|Brand Story, Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder
In this addition to our popular Meet the Successful Founder series we caught up with the inspirational Jay Shephard to learn more about his entrepreneurship journey.
I was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas and have been creating music professionally for fourteen years. I deem myself to be a multi-genre artist, so therefore, my music is a mix of Dancehall, Reggae, R&B and Hip-hop, but I have generated music of all types.
In the past, I had a distribution deal with Sony, but have since been fortunate enough to establish my own company, Good Vybz Nation LLC, in 2018. The business operates in all areas of the entertainment industry with a specific focus on the music sector. Currently, I am the only artist signed to the company, but my team and I intend to collaborate in the future with diverse creative perspectives such as artists, producers, writers, photographers, videographers, models to name a few.
How did the idea come to you for the company?
I have always wanted to create a safe space for artists to networking and help each other in their career, but the business idea came as I was chilling and smoking with a friend of mine. At the that, I had just started listening to a lot of motivational speeches from Tony Robbins, Les Brown and Bob Proctor and watching their positive energy led me to naming my company Good Vybz. The ‘nation’ concept came from my desire to establish the brand as a union between artists, as I wish to encouraged others the way I was inspired.
How did you achieve awareness?
I achieved awareness during my search for God. I started off searching the Scriptures in the Bible and that search for God led me on a journey that took me into the beliefs of The Hebrew Israelites and the Teachings of Neville Goddard, Joseph Murphy and Napoleon Hill just to name a few. They all helped me gain awareness along this journey of life and inspired me to write my book “Take A Shot At Your Dreams “
How have you been able to gain funding and grow?
I am extremely fortunate to have the strong support of my loving mother who has invested tremendously in my business. In addition to her support, I have received investments from people that believe in me like my manager and a few friends that have helped me along the way. My mother however has always been my main source of funding. She believes in me that much and does her absolute best to aid me while I pursue my dreams, which is a blessing that I am eternally grateful for.
What are the key successes?
My biggest achievement thus far is certainly learning to master my mind to enable me to control my destiny through my words, beliefs and actions. These fundamental principles helped me land a distribution deal with Sony, get my song on a Billboard Album, record and create songs with industry professionals and network with some of the best in the Industry and Grammy Award Winning creatives.
What were/are the challenges and how have you overcome these?
The challenges I have faced were too numerous to name, but the biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome was mastering my mind. Destructive thoughts were the root of all problems and challenges I faced. I was able to overcome my mind through unlearning what I’ve been taught and reprogramming myself through meditation, affirmations, positive thinking and repetition.
What are your plans now/for the future?
My Plans now are to become the best version of myself, help others to do the same, create businesses that help global communities and society at large. I also plan to become a Multi- Billionaire, a Multi Grammy Award Winning Artist, A Motivational Speaker and a Spiritual/ Life Guide.
What would you like to share with others to encourage them to start their own entrepreneurship journey?
I would like to tell others that nothing happens overnight and the key to progression is perseverance. Additionally, as a spiritual person, I believe everything will be done unto as people speak and believe. So only speak that which you want to happen.
Can you share you top tips for entrepreneurial success?
1) Never Give Up
2) Be around What you want To become
3) Don’t Work Hard, Work Smart
4) Develop the Habit of Discipline
5) Have Faith And Never Doubt and you will be successful
Who are the 5 people who inspire you the most?
Napoleon Hill, Neville Goddard, Joseph Murphy, Bob Proctor and Jesus were all masters of the minds which the foundation to health, wealth and prosperity.
What are your favourite inspirational /motivational quotes?
“It is done unto every man as They believe”
“Life and Death are in The Power of The Tongue”
“I am the I am and so are you”
“It is What You Say It is and That’s How It Will be”
What are your social handles and website links so our readers can connect with you?
IG Twitter & FB: @Jayshephardmusic