I enjoy talking with exciting people that have great life stories! This time I had the chance to chat with Michael Nova, a musician and entrepreneur, founder of Nova Music Productions that manages to juggle his passion for music with his job.
Down below you can read an interview in which we can find out more about Michael’s life and learn some important lessons. Check it out!
Tell me briefly about your background.
I started the company Nova Music Productions Inc. to offer one-stop shop services to musicians like myself who needed printing, manufacturing or other services provided, but it took many years to become established. I had to rent office facility by the hour to meet with clients and promoted by word-of-mouth and placing flyers all over New York City.
Basically 24/7 hustle!
I ended up being interviewed in the New York Times as an innovator because of what I was offering to musicians, which almost no one was doing at that time.
Eventually I was able to build up the business to begin serving companies outside of the music industry and that’s when things really took off for the business.
Eventually, from that, I created Nova Custom Printing, where I now serve corporate and small business clients. Some of my clients are Google, American Express, Fox-TV, the U.S. government, JP Morgan Chase Bank, the New York Philharmonic, the United Way, and many, many, more. I’m thankful that all my hard work over the years is paying off.
What is your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
I’ve gone through incredible difficulties but now I’m blessed to have a successful business with loyal clients. If there’s something that can be difficult at times, it’s juggling the business with my music career, along with the nonprofit site, www.RiseUpEight.org, and doing them all daily. I’ve been able to do it but at times it gets to be a bit too much. You have to look after your health most importantly, so I’ve learned to take a break when things get too stressful. That’s been my greatest learning through this process. Take care of your health first!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
The people I interview on rise up eight. Some people have been through tremendous difficulty and yet they don’t give up so it inspires me to do the same. Don’t give up! Also, looking back on all the setbacks that I’ve had and knowing that I was able to recover from all of them is inspiring. Knowing this gives you tremendous strength so that when you go up against your next challenge, you’ll have confidence that you can get through it just because of what you’ve been through before. Learn from your mistakes and setbacks. That’s what life is all about.
What’s the best advice you have ever received?
I would say the best advice I’ve ever received is to make sure that you value each client and your relationship with them. Treat them as you would have them treat you, with respect and make sure that each client is 100% satisfied, and if not, do what you can to make it so.
What do you do in your spare time?
What spare time? LOL!
How do you motivate yourself to keep going?
Again, the website rise up eight keeps me grounded and constantly reminds me that I should never give up. People do miraculous things every day and usually don’t hear about them, because that’s just their life.
How would you explain what you do to a 10 year old?
I make T-shirts, stickers, posters, postcards, and all kinds of cool printing stuff for companies all over the world!
Tell us more about your project: X: THC
X: THC is my music group. We named it as an acronym for the music and film multimedia project, X: The Human Condition. I presented it to entertainment industry people but was told it was impossible, but because I believed in it so much and felt it was my mission in life, I invested my own money into it. It took us over 12 years to put X: The Human Condition together with the help of hundreds of crew members, actors and staff who either worked for free or reduced rates to be a part of a positive project with the message NEVER GIVE UP.
But things were about to get stranger. For some strange reason which only became apparent later on, during production, I became severely ill and nearly lost my vision permanently after a misdiagnosis by a prominent New York physician. Thankfully, I got a second opinion and we were able to save my vision at the last moment. Not only that but I was able to cure myself of kidney disease through diet and nutrition.
Miracles happened. Eventually, the project was released to rave reviews from all over the world and we were able to donate a large portion of the profits to charity. We really made a difference in the world and continue to do so. All of these setbacks and coming back from them led me to create the website www.RiseUpEight.org where I now interview people from all over the world about how they never gave up, overcoming adversity to succeed in the entertainment industry.
We are now at work to release a new album in 2018 and a documentary film covering everything that happened. It’s been an incredible roller coaster ride, but the reasons for it are now clear, to make a difference to others, proving that the impossible is achievable.
I would say the best advice I’ve ever received is to make sure that you value each client and your relationship with them.
This is probably my favorite quote in the whole interview!
Hope you enjoyed reading this article and also found some inspiration and motivation for your future projects! Let me know in the comments section below if you liked this type of article and if you’d like to see more of this kind.