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Interview with Producer & Creative Director at Tak3-One Productions – Keishawn Blackstone

Keishawn Blackstone

Transformational leaders wear many hats illustrating their ability to listen, boost team members’ morale, and inspire a change of living. Such attributes revolve around the concept of an organization, educating businesses to achieve success, or empowering small business owners to reach the zenith of success.

However, the hats which are dedicated to the ‘individual level’ are rare. Transformational leaders understand that education must be disseminated at an individual level, and opportunities must be provided to those who do not have resources to create or build out their success.

Keishawn Blackstone, Producer & Creative Director at Tak3-One Productions is one such transformational leader who wears this hat. His mission is to build global unity through the Arts and Business principles of building influential individuals. Keishawn didn’t grow up with a silver spoon. He became his own innovator of light and seeks to change the world by bridging the gap from ‘Industry to Independent.’

What according to you makes one an admired leader? How do you integrate the same thought into your leadership?

What makes an admired leader is someone who is willing to put the team before self, someone who can lead on a path with integrity, leadership and character. I integrate this concept to how I live my lifestyle as a business owner and a mentor for many. My personal lifestyle flushes transparency to my business lifestyle. Structure and Execution of planned day to day tasks and operations.

What prompted the inception of Tak3-One Productions? What is the vision for the company?

The idea of Tak3-One Productions started with the fact of being a minority, talented individual who has been wanting to work for some of the world’s best production companies has become a game of who knows who instead of a building a person from inside out kind of business model for many production companies.

The lack of opportunities for many who say that they are for helping the next generation when in fact they do it out of fear and not spite has channeled me to wanting to make a difference not just in film but in business as a whole. Being a person with a gifted talent without a stage to stand on has only made me want to build a stage not just for me to stand on but for many generations to come.

The vision for tak3-One Productions is to build global unity through the Arts and business principle of building great leaders, figures, Models, mentors and business assets from inside and out. The product isn’t service, it’s what’s after service to build value opportunity to media and marketing relations.

Being the CEO of the company, what role do you play in the day-to-day proceedings of the company?

My team is very tight but well-rounded in skills and diversity. No, I do not have a team of a million people, the company runs off of relationships and value we bring to the client. Some days I may find myself doing heavy Brand Marketing, while others I may find myself defining strategic business expansion tactics to implement. One a normal Monday I may be in 6 zoom calls throughout the day, while on the computer working on a creative proposal for a new client when it comes to the marketing agency within Tak3-One Productions which is Jabarri Marketing Agency.

What has the journey been like for Keishawn Blackstone over the years?

The journey over the years has ranged from growing experiences, Long days sleepless nights, the innovation came from defining a product that can help people, but can be a place and system where people can build up and out with their brand, Some days i find myself doing 5 different things at once, there was no team at one point, I learned from experience, no fancy schools or tools just hardcore knowledge.

Looking back, what would you have done differently when starting out?

I have no regrets when it comes to looking back, if anything I would have told my younger self things are going to work and you have to keep fighting the fight.

What has been the biggest driving factor for you as a leader and entrepreneur?

I am driven by where I came from, I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon. My adversities have shaped me to strive for the stars and to accept that the road as an entrepreneur can be dark starting out but you are your own innovator of light and how much you want.

My ambition from within as a leader came from great school programs growing up such as JROTC, Pre Police Academy and Law and Government studies has made me a well-rounded leader. Knowing I am on a mission that is to show people that the impossible is possible is something that no one can take away.

Me wanting to help my family and those who supported me over the year is even more fuel as to why I do what I do as a leader, creative, entrepreneur, mentor and Philanthropist. When you lose it all in life twice you appreciate that material things don’t hold value over morals and ethics.

Being a young and successful entrepreneur, would be your advice for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs?

You are your biggest fear and your biggest fear is not trying out of spite or risk and gain. When in reality it will work if you plan, believe, and achieve. Things don’t happen overnight. Every steak is cooked to perfection and you have to be willing to stand in the kitchen to get your best meal prepared. Go for it and build your legacy not chase your goal because chasing will eventually lead to tiredness. You have a body, mind and heart, you are a machine and if you take care of it, it takes care of you, Absorb and be open to new experiences, that’s how you shape and structure your brand.

What is the process followed by Tak3-One Productions in ensuring optimal client satisfaction?

Our process is simple, we are working with the client in any production from start to finish, Clients from all over the world find satisfaction in our customer service and how we strategically help and plan clients marketing, production shoots and Media solutions. Our business thrives upon brands and upcoming brands helping them reach their max potential.

What has been the biggest roadblock during your journey? What has been your biggest learning?

My biggest roadblock on my journey is being underpaid for my talents and gifts as a production company. I have never had the resources as a production company to really flourish however I have learned that I am in charge of my own destiny as to how I want my businesses to thrive moving forward.

What is the future like for Tak3-One Productions? On a personal front, where do you see yourself standing in the coming years?

The future for Tak3-One Productions is very bright, we are aiming to be among the Times 100 Company of the year, partnered with many new starts to bring innovation to reality, and to acquire our own network to be a distributor for creatives. We also plan on bringing resources around the world to those in need, as well as establishing a non-profit organization that allows Film makers and creatives flourish and thrive in their perspective fields of work.

The goal is to be known as a global conglomerate to the point where many organizations back our company. We want to be a Public IPO allowing many to invest and learn stocks of how they can buy into Tak3-One Productions. I see myself on the cover of Times Magazine Man of the Year better yet, youngest man of the year to build a global conglomerate that is for humanity and scales beyond fortune 500 companies.

Finally, what do you think is the most important trait for a leader and why?

The most important trait for a leader is ambition, the power to do something rather than just talk about it.

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