Name: Jeffrey LaFrance (Mr. Nazdaq Brixx)
Profession: CEO and founder of Mediaboy Agency Inc., songwriter, producer, consultant, and manager
One Word That Describes You: Consistent
What does being one of the BEMM 100 Men of Distinction mean to you?
It’s so much. As far as being a black man who is making a positive difference in the community in a major way, being a game changer in your field, and just being recognized for the hard work and accomplishments I have made these past couple of years.
What are some examples of how you turned struggle into success?
I had a voice issue and I couldn’t record any music for a year, but I still was able to write, produce, consult, and advise indie artists. Also, my father had a medical issue, so I had to help him a lot, and still manage to do music and get on to major music blogs and magazines, like The Source and Hip Hop Weekly. And did I mention I still performed and produced? Before I became a CEO, I was a manager and learned the business aspect of the music industry from behind the scenes, including learning how manage all different types of artists.
What is an important quality you look for in your relationships with others?
What are some immediate projects you are working on?
I’m working on couple projects for a few indie artists. Also, I’m working on an EP and an album, as well as executive producing for a new artist that I manage and consult. My business partner, Christopher O’Bryan, and I are working on a book and video project coming out late this year, early next year.
What is the best advice you ever received?
To never stop working, even when you become successful. Never get too comfortable.
What is some advice you have for other men who want to make a difference?
Stay focused, never let anyone say you can’t become successful, and always work hard for what you want in life.
How do you prep for an important business meeting and/or event?
I will prepare two weeks before the business meeting. I like to memorize what I’m going to talk about in the meeting.
As a busy Modern Man, how do you unwind on vacation?
Please—I need a vacation! It’s been a long time since I had a good vacation. On vacation, I just like to relax and kick my feet back.
If you could travel and stay anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Paris, because of the culture. It is so different, from the food to the people that reside there.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Live your life, because you only live once. I’m from The Bronx, born and raised, of Haitian and Montserratian descent. My company, Mediaboy Agency Inc., is a reputable digital music marketing and production company. I attended Central Connecticut State University and was stock broker trainee before becoming CEO of Mediaboy.
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