Its game time and Davon Gaskins is shooting the winning basket for his dreams. He is not giving up and he is aiming high. I am personally proud of his growth and excited that he will be graduating in May. As a young college athlete and entrepreneur Davon has many options and he choosing to succeed. According to the stats Davon is intelligent, hardworking, dedicated to his goals family, friends, and creative. So it was time to speak to the soon to be graduate about what’s going on in his world, so check out the interview below.
1.) The Mogul Girl : What have you learned from your college experience ?
Davon Gaskins : What have I learned from my college experience? I've learned that you can really work towards accomplishing your dreams, its kinda surreal to me. When I say accomplish dreams I acknowledge small dreams that make up the big picture. Honestly, I feel that its just the beginning for me and my team. So every small step means a lot and a I think people underestimate that. For example in May my childhood dream of being a college student athlete will be accomplished. The success around me brings me joy and seeing the people around me reach for their dreams helps me sleep at night. My brother Dre said he wanted to work on a yacht as a kid, and he achieved it and his big picture got even bigger. Dappa and Black were teammates of mine back in high school. They said they wanted to be rappers after 2 years in college. Behold by senior year they’re rocking the stage together at State College. Its truly amazing to witness people prosper. A long time friend of mine said she was going to be on the TV show Top Model back in the day, then one day I turn on the TV and there she is on the show and a fan favorite. Words can’t explain how it feels to go from competing against some guys growing up to seeing them on ESPN in the drafts talks. Even watching Meek Mill career grow from the streets of Philly to mainstream America is a pleasure. Overall, the main thing I’m taking from college is patience, and I want to continue to let the success around me motivate me so I can continue to progress.
2.) The Mogul Girl : What inspires you?
Davon Gaskins : What inspires me? My family and friends inspire me. They are my support system their belief in me in is what I treasure most. Without them I’d probably would’ve given up a long time ago to be honest. The young ones also inspire me because I want to set a good example, a clear cut example and not a jaded image of a role model. I always try to good and inspire others because I feel the world needs that from some people ya know. So I don’t mind walking that path.
3.) The Mogul Girl : If you could play one song for the rest of your life everyday , what would it be and why?
Davon Gaskins : Thats a good question. Off the top it would have to be “Too deep for the intro” by J.Cole off his “Friday Night Lights” Mixtape . Is letting the entire mixtape play through an option? Haha
4.) The Mogul Girl : How important are your goals?
Davon Gaskins : My goals are my primary focus if that answers your question. I’m at a point in my life where I just want to buckle down and begin to really apply my potential and its a blessing because my team has that same sense of urgency. So we’re focused on building an empire for our families. My goals are all I really live for honestly, when I think about it.
5.) The Mogul Girl : What's your dream job?
Davon Gaskins : My dream is to go on a journey. I want to help people and experience how truly amazing human culture is. I say human culture because I believe that there is one race and that’s the human race. I know it sounds a bit cliche but I would love to genuinely experience cultures from around the globe. Like for instance if I could spend a week in the “shoes” of random people from around the world, I would definitely do it in a heart beat.
6.) The Mogul Girl : Movies impact the minds of many. If you directed your own movie, what would the message be?
Davon Gaskins : If I directed my own movie it would be something raw, humorous, yet still thought provoking. The message would be probably something subliminally uplifting ya know haha. I hate to bore people lol.
7.) The Mogul Girl : So how does it feel to be young with options?
Davon Gaskins : Being young with options is truly a blessing and an opportunity. I just try to remain thankful for the path God has granted me. I know I have a mountain of accomplishments to reach but I’m learning to be thankful for the struggle cause it makes the sunny days even sunnier.
8.) The Mogul Girl : You are graduating in May , how do you feel?
Davon Gaskins : Graduation! I'm excited, wish Jonny was here to see this. We were at rock bottom together and got on track one after the other its tearing me up to lose my boy. I know he looked at me like a big bro and would be proud to see me walk across that stage just like back in high school when I went on prom. Jonny was an angel and I know he's watching over me & the team. So everything I do, I do for Johhny & Shaddy , because family comes first and my boyz deserve all that I receive . So graduation is good and all but its only sign that day two of my life is on the way.
9.) The Mogul Girl : Being from Philly what does the city mean to you?
Davon Gaskins : Philly to me is the city of tough love, I'm grateful for everything I learned & experienced growing up in North Philly. You gotta have tough skin in Philly, and if you don't, the people around you will surely help you develop that. However, at the end of the day I think all the hate in my city is just misplaced love. I feel we're progressing though honestly the "Brotherly Love" is slowly coming back to my city.
10.) The Mogul Girl : Life teaches us many things and it also makes us happy. What currently makes you happy?
Davon Gaskins : Currently productivity and time spent with family & friends brings me the most happiness at this point in life.
11.) The Mogul Girl : Is there anything you want The Mogul Minute readers to know about Davon Gaskins?
Davon Gaskins : I want the readers to know that with every fiber of my being, I want the best for everyone. I also want to say sorry to the people I annoy with the positivity. Look at it this way; its not too many people out here willing to get on your nerves because they want the best for you. So when you find that keep it, and keep it close. Thanks for all the love & support from the people & the mogul minute!
Currently Davon is campaigning for his dream job to help the youth in Africa . Which I think is phenomenal . He could really use your support. Click here to vote !!
Davon lost a close brother and a friend in December of 2014. Jonathan Rosado 22, a coach for Legacy Youth Tennis was murdered. You can read more about his story (here) .My heart and prayers go out to Davon, Jonathan’s family and friends. From reading his story its truly sad that someone took his life. I hope that justice is served.
Dorothea Lange Once Said “The Camera Is An Instrument That Teaches People How To See Without A Camera". Cecile Boko A Beautiful Teen From Paris Is Bringing Her Images To Life. I Discovered Her Photography And I Think She's Absolutely Amazing. I Would Love To Shoot With Her One Day. So America , Philadelphia, And World Roll Out The Red Carpet For Cecile Boko. Cecile Is Definitely Mogul Approved And I Just Had To Interview Her, So Check It Out Below.
1. What Made You Want To Get Into Photography?
Actually Its Thanks To A Friend's Advice. I Did A Bit Of Photography But I Never Really Considered Taking It To Higher Levels. However My Friend Enocouraged Me To Get Serious About It And Pursue It As A Career.
2.Who Are Some Photographers You Admire?
David Olkarny , Troy Jensen , And Robert Doisneau.
3.You're From Paris, What Do You Love The Most About It?
There's So Many Things That I Love About Paris! I Love The Fact That There's A Variety Of Cultures. I Also Love The Soul And Atmospheres Of Different Locations Which Make For Beautiful Pictures.
4.What Do You Do For Fun?
Photography Is What I Do For Fun Now! I'm So Dedicated To Taking Pictures At This Point. Photography Is My Passion, My Hobby , My Work. I Have To Stay True So One Day I Can Be Pro.
5.What Is Your Dream Shoot( In Other Words What Or Who Would You Love To Take Pics Of The Most) ?
I Would Really Love To Take Pictures Of Kendall And Kylie Jenner.
6.If You Could Meet Any Celebrity Who Would It Be And Why?
I Would Like To Meet The Kardashian's , Amber Rose , Wiz Khalifa, And Beyonce (She's The Best).
7.Have You Been To The USA? What Did You Like About It ?
Yes I've Visited The USA. I Like American People, They're Lovely. I Like The American Way Of Life , USA Is The Dream.
8.How Does It Feel To Be Featured And Interviewed For The Mogul Minute?
Its A Big Opportunity For Me. I'm Thankful That My Pictures Can Be Shared And Seen Through The USA Because Its A Big Country And Also The World Not Just France.
9.What Do You Want The Mogul Minute Viewers To Know About You?
I Want The Mogul Minute Viewers To Know That I'm 17 And I Live In Paris. I've Been A Photographer For Three Years And I Would Love To Be A Professional Photographer In The USA.
9.When You're Picking Models For Shoots What Do You Look For?
It All Depends On What Look I Would Like To Project In The Shoot. Most Of The Time My Models Are Unique And Release A Special Type Of Beauty.
10.Since You Started Taking Pictures What's One Of Your Most Memorable Moments?
Every Moment Has Been Memorable Since I Started. Each Event , Snap Of The Camera, Different Model, And Location Has All Played A Significant Part Of Who I Am Today.
11. What Advice Would You Give To Others That May Want To Get Into Photography?
The Advice I'd Give To Others Is To Always Believe In Yourself. Giving Up Is Not An Option. Even If Sometimes You Lose Control Don't Quit Keep Going. Remember You Have To Work Hard To Have What You Want That's The Secret.
Check Out Behind The Scenes Of One Of Cecile Boko's Shoots.
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