Felipe Del Pozo The Man Who Has Seen It All, Did It All & Gave It All
Once upon a time I was an up and coming blogger trying to carve his way in the business and I met a man name Felipe Del Pozo. Little did I know, this would led to me discovering an hidden gift that I didn’t know I had until that encounter
At the time, I was 3 years in this passion project and even though I had some kind of success, I was on the verge of giving up.
I felt invisible and not appreciated for what I thought I was bringing to the table.
They say it’s always at those tipping points that an entrepreneur reach his final destination.
They also say it appears in different forms: a huge opportunity, a recognition or maybe some kind of a sign from the Almighty (which I was looking for at that point).
Blame it on technology or being a kid raised on the internet, fast forward today, I feel like this sign came to me in the form of a simple email.
Indeed, here was this man, Felipe Del Pozo, doing what he’s been doing for what seem like two lifetimes; empowering people & making a change.
You think you can’t read people’s emotions through a text or an email but believe me when I say this.
When he emailed me the very first time to invite me to a major event with key players in my field; I knew deep in my heart that my life was about to change.
I didn’t know how and when but I knew something was coming (I had ”Feel It The Air” playing in my car the day we met so I guess so)
Why me? Why my platform? All those doubts burning in my soul.
He managed to push them all away with a genuine handshake and a smile.
A handshake and a smile can take you far in life if you let them; I now know this by experience.
With his guidance and confidence; I’ve found myself working with incredible people and even more incredible projects.
Through it all, this Yoda-Like figure made me push myself and tap into my inner creativity like I never thought I could.
I’d like to think that I paint pictures with words.
In painting to you who Felipe is, it’s hard because it seems to me like he’s still a piece in progress much like I am.
He still jump into new challenges. still build bridges and most of all he still reinvent himself.
I pay attention to what people say but most of all I measure a man from his actions.
Felipe to me personifies a successful man, si! Perhaps beyond the criteria that you and I have.
Successful at his career, si señor! A great Pr, es la verdad! Working on HUGE projects, mucho!
Above all that and my broken Spanish, Felipe is successful at LIFE.
They can teach you how to do a job.
They can teach you how to build relationships;
Perhaps, how to be happy & passionate is an art that only a handful of people master (I.e for 50 years straight).
”El hermano” is now turning 50 today and I still wait for him to drop this book titled ”50 Is The New 20”.
To be honest, I sometimes myself find it hard to keep up with the guy.
The same hunger, same energy, focus and creativity.
All he needs is a sip of Guru, a fruit and he’s back at it.
Even though I felt very privileged to have him as a mentor, I’ve realized one crucial thing about his character.
Although his career sends him in the limelight with notable celebrities, corporations and this even beyond Canada.
Felipe is motivated by something deeper than accolades. He’s driven by giving it all back.
Whether its throughout his commitment to bring light to upcoming creators and bloggers.
Through charity, advice or simply giving his time to causes that touches him.
Here’s a man who has climb the mountain but made sure to carry as much people with him.
Even at a time where it should be all about celebrating and reaping the benefits; he STILL find a place where giving back is the focal point.
50 years on god’s green earth, 30 years of career and two lifetimes worth of life changing experiences & milestones and here we are.
Celebrating a one helluva career & becoming the media personality of the year by HRI Mag.
It’s time for Felipe to hit the mark with a bang.
on the 21st of February, inside the Rosewood pub & restaurant, Felipe is once again doing what he does best: bringing people together.
Names like Annie Dufresne, Ève Salvail, Jonas and a multitude of artists are all coming for the celebration.
Great laughter and warm moments are on the menu in reflection of this hermanito we’re celebrating.
in partnership with Les Barbares with a special activation, Tanium Wines for the best wine selection of off-shelves gems and most of all a part of the proceeds are going to Amnistie internationale.
Ain’t no party like a Felipe party; it took me 27 years to know that and now here’s your turn.
As a final word, Feliz Navidad to Felipe Del Pozo el hermano that I never knew I needed the most.
Myraï Lavoie Is Taking The Fashion World By Storm With The Glitch Fashion Show
Myraï Lavoie Is Creating Her Own Universe And You’re Invited
What I appreciate the most about my work is the fact that I get to meet great minds & humans with a powerful story and this time around, I got to cross path with the talented Myraï Lavoie.
The city has been quiet fashion wise over the years and as platform that mostly talked about fashion in its inception, we’ve felt it the most over here.
There would be sparks of hope here and there but besides Festival De Mode & Design, not a lot of things really stood out.
When I heard about ”The Glitch” it’s like I knew what it was about without nothing what it was about.
I mean good branding is good branding but it was more so who’s behind the good branding this time around. I had the chance to work with Myraï Lavoie in the past and one thing I can is : there’s a method to her madness.
Every artist has an eye and that eye is shaped by our views of the world and life experiences. Myraï had an interesting life.
One where being different is actually the move. One where if you don’t fit somewhere, you don’t try to get in the mold, you bend it.
For all the lack of support or misunderstand she got in Montreal, she found a place to be creative working or being in room with the likes of Paris Hilton & P. Diddy to name a few.
What she’s learned from coming out of her shell and experiencing the world she’s about the share it with us with her own fashion called ”The Glitch” tonight.
”The Glitch” is exactly what I thought it was going to be. A standout experience and experience and something you’ve never seen before just like its creator.
The 50th Anniversary Of Les Grands Explorateurs Presents A Touching Documentary Exploring Africa And Its Wonders
An Amazing Story by Amazing Creators!
Les Grands Explorateurs Is Celebrating Africa In A Real Way!
Curiosity has to be the most incredible human quality there is and Les Grands Explorateurs has been putting it on the forefront for the past 50 years!
We are now entering an era where we want to know more about what is going on on the other side of the world.
How people are living, their culture and what is their reality compared to ours.
Sometimes the depiction of such reality is either unfair or made to look down at somebody. Other times, filmmakers have the challenge to depict a reality in a way to uplift what other cultures are bringing to the table.
Milan Bihlmann and Muammer Yilmaz are two filmmakers who know where they stand when it comes to that.
”Rêves D’Afrique” is the epidemy of that. The two filmmakers decided to go to 7 countries in Africa to not only paint the picture for the world but to give the good people out there something we forget to give one another : ”a piece of yourself’.
Armed with a backpack, film gear and true altruism, the duo spread love and good deeds wherever they could throughout their trip.
Watch The Trailer
Les Grands Explorateurs being this platform to uncover the world made the right choice by adding this beautiful piece to their program.
Up until November 1st, you still have the chance to see the beautiful piece in theater and then online starting November 2nd.
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais: An Unlikely Journey For An Unlikely Unique Success Story
A Change Is Coming…Finally?
I grew up in the 90’s and although we can only realize it now but seeing people like Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais striving in a space where not a lot of us do is what was missing this whole time.
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The thing about representation is that you won’t know you need it until you need it. As most of us were just looking at society, we didn’t see ourselves but also normalized it.
I think Isabelle saw something that we couldn’t see in ourselves. The truth is not at the extreme it’s right in the middle. The intersection between being different but also a part of the ecosystem was what she saw.
Representation is not about doing what’s right because it’s right but more so because it needs to be done.
Starting her career in the public sector wasn’t a thrill anymore. Then she did some soul searching and probably came to the conclusion we all come to at some point in our existence:
Life Is A Joke
For her it was literal though. She figured out that humor and the business around it was her calling so what was the first step? Becoming a comedian herself and teach a thing or two to Dave Chappelle?
What about producing your own show with up and coming artists? Well, for Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais the start of this new chapter was simple as getting a non-paid internship.
Just For Laughs became her new home and with that started her mission to be at the forefront of what the landscape in comedy was to become.
Through thick and thin, work and dedication, intuition and know-how, she pulled through and the big way too!
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais became the director of ZooFest. With her pulse on the scene, she fought and pushed for upcoming talents that are more than just tanned.
We’re seeing more BIPOCs getting a chance on stage and I would like to believe that this is just the beginning.
Speaking of ZooFest, if you want to see for yourself how this festival has grown in diversity and get a good kick out of it. You still have the opportunity to do so tomorrow as the last day of the celebration
With french performers like Lenny M’Bunga, AZ, Marine Ella, Meryem Benoua, Ayoub Marceau & Hugo.
Live podcasting will also be a part of the last run of the show. In the corner of Jeanne-Mance & Maisonneuve, you can can get a good view, a good potential date, you get to see greatness in all shapes, size or color AND of course a good laugh!
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