Interview with Donavan Epison Miller (@iampapadon)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Donavan Epison-Miller, (born February 3, 1998), stage name PAPA DON is an American artist, actor, writer, music marketer, and entrepreneur. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He first got the industry bug from performing in musical theater when he was six years old. It just spiraled from there. He has been in 2 TV shows as well such as 2 scenes in BOSS (Tv Series) with actress Sanaa Lathan, and he featured in Shameless (Tv Series) (Season 2, Episode 1) with William H.Macy. He worked as a promoter for some of the hottest 18+ clubs and events for 3 years in Miami Florida. To name a few: Heart Nightclub, The Hangar, and Club Space. 

Owner of Venciens Inc. He first started recording music in 2014. He got his musical and business-minded ways and interest from his mother. She has done musical theater for 16 years, sang background for numerous local artists in Chicago, has co-written some house music songs, performed in open mic poetry sets as a poet and singer, she has been a few TV shows i.e Chicago Fire, etc. Now shes an owner of a small pet service business in Miami Beach FL and she still dabbles in music as a singer for hire.

PAPA DON hopes to make an impact on his potential fans and love ones. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The most interesting story that happened to me since I started making music was being able to network with major artist like xxxtentacion for example, Although I and he never got the chance to fully get to know each other or make a song together, I still featured in his music video for Moonlight! 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

The tips I would give to my colleagues is to know how to market yourself, know how to do things yourself (Don’t always rely on people), and Always accept creative criticism in order to perfect yourself and grow!

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? 

My Mother is that particular person who I am grateful for helping me along my journey. Although she is long gone from the entertainment world, she still gives me pointers and helps me when I need help. I would always ask for her opinion because and she would keep it real with me just so I don’t make the same mistakes.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I make uplifting and fusion-based content. I like to make people feel good with my music rather it is on a dirty subject or a peaceful subject. With me being uplifting and versatile, I can bring something refreshing to the table. A lot of people with my relatable background need to be heard and I will give that voice. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“You just can’t let life happen to you, you have to make life happen.” is my life lesson quote because I’ve had many doubts (still do) about my journey, I have gone through failures and I am aware that I will always have wins and failures as long as I am alive, and most importantly I have to keep going and not be lazy even when I experienced a failure. Life is what you make of it, so just learn from your failures and do better. Don’t let the wins get to your head and always remain humble.

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