2007. SEPTEMBER. UNC PEMBROKE. To be honest, I hated my dorm room. It was dark, old and I hated that my desk was right by the air conditioner. To be honest, I made that choice, to have my bed and desk by the air unit. Deep down I love control. When it comes to me, my choices, my future, I love the control. REWIND 4 years before this moment, I remember Laf telling me on the court "Win or Lose, make sure you have control and know you did everything in your power to succeed. Remember Win or Lose". At 13/14 I didn't understand what he meant, but today I got it! Alright back on track. The thing I love most about my short time in this dorm...it was here I realized my purpose, my gift, my path. At that desk, I realized my journey in life was to be a business man. Maybe it was in my DNA. At a young age, Pop instilled some serious responsibility in me with our family business that made me realize, that being a entrepreneur was in my future. At 18 I realized what I love doing most: Photography, Social Media & Sports (Basketball). A decade later, I own a photography business, I'm a proud Social Media Consultant and I run a Sports Podcast. But at this desk, I began to dream.
I knew nobody my age starting a business. All of our "dreams" were pretty standard and safe. Graduate High School, Pick a College, Select a Major, Graduate and Pray for Entry Level Job requiring a decade of experience. Did I want different? Somewhat. College for me was a requirement, but one I embraced. Money was always the motive in my book. It's something about being able to buy what I want, that I love! Creating a business was a way to buy nicer ish!
So here I am. It's a Saturday, my roommate is gone, notepad is blank and all I knew was, I wanted to get paid taking pictures. I didn't have a camera, I had a shot laptop and I was broke.I decided to work backwards. HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS to small steps of growth. One of my HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: APPAREL.
Clothing has always fascinated me. No way am I the best dresser. I don't have the amazing eye of creation. I cant go into Goodwill and walk out with a masterpiece.but like my other ventures, I know what looks good and what's ugly. Clothing has always fascinated me because I love seeing why people pick and choose certain brands. When a person buys or wear your clothing, they're choosing to pay to market your brand. With this in mind, creating merchandise was a top level goal to achieving my main goal...CREATING A BRAND, A LIFESTYLE.
Today Haiden, I introduce to you my first Chimeras Dream, male t-shirts! Are they for sale...No. I plan to simply give them out to men, who I feel inspire and motivate me. In return I pray they give their talents to world and never forget to dream!