Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was going through a rough patch about 6 years ago, and a friend of mine took me in and introduced me to cigars.
I’ve always had the “deadmansink” (dead-mans-ink) name for about the last 15 years; I applied it for different ventures, mainly to do with construction.
My brother and I grew up drawing and creating things; our mother was very artistic…which passed on to us.
The new cigar social media was born, evolved, and grew.
I started off by combining my love for movies with creating movie/cigar themed memes.
I’ve always been “tech-y”, so I thoroughly enjoyed learning new tricks with apps on my phone, and eventually started creating characters of my logo.
I had the company name down, but the logo took some time; it’s a Spartan helmet/skull.
I quickly came up with my own rendition, then passed it on to my brother to “cartoon” it, and then had a digitized.
I’ve gone through some motions in finding my own cigar maker, and have since acquired a simplistic style/blend that I like, which has branched-off into two customer flavors using the same blend.
I’m always molding the business and growing.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting story is not just one, so I’ll share two.
One is that I have been able to interact with several A-listers / Movie / T.V. stars/personalities; being that I’m a movie-buff, this has been a real treat for me.
The other is the interaction with followers, their appreciation for my art and posts, and the select few that are die-hard responders.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I would recommend to appreciate what fans or followers that they have, and not focus on what others have or the amount they have. Focus on the one follower that is always there. Do it for them, and yourself, and you’ll be good.
Also, don’t be afraid to take a break; I’ve heard that one should post at least three times a day…that can get daunting but don’t be afraid to repost some of the old stuff – create and post a new idea, then throw out one or two blasts from the past.
Your fans will understand, and appreciate, personalizations of an account; so if you feel you need to take a break, just let your followers know or after the fact.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I thrive on feedback, and I cherish the opinions of my wife, brother, and closest friends. So, if I’m unsure of a post or idea, I bounce it off of my herd.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I recently was inspired by Covid-19 challenges. So, I posted that all proceeds until we reach a point of normality will go to a fund that will help those in need.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
I’m not a blamer or complainer. This quote speaks volumes on how one should be, and as I should be.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I’m mainly on Instagram, but I am on Facebook, Twitter, and have a Wix media group….all under the same handle of @deadmansink.