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Speedy Morman is a Syracuse University graduate, currently working at Complex as a editorial producer.
TA: What’s your current hustle?
S: I'm an Editorial Producer at Complex.
TA: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?
S: Admittedly, no; my first love was basketball. But when I was around 11 years old, I realized that this was something I wanted to do.
TA: Who gave you the most memorable career advice?
S: My most memorable career advice came from the Bible. Philippians 4:13
TA: What was your first “big job?”
S: To other people's standards, Complex would probably be my first "big job." But to me, my first "big job" was the one that did the most for me. During the summer of my Sophomore year in college, I was a grocery bagger at a popular wholesale warehouse. It was, bar none, the worst job I ever had in my life. But it taught me that in order to get where you want to go, you have to do things you don't want to do.
TA: Did you ever think you wouldn't make it to this point in your career?
S: I can't say that I didn't expect to be here. I tell people often, that you may only get one genuine shot at what you want. So in the words of DJ Khaled, "Be Ready!" I worked extremely hard on my own time, so that I'd be prepared when my opportunity arose.
TA: If you could tell your younger self one thing about work ethic, what would it be?
S: I'd probably just reassure myself that hard work is worth it. Remember, the credits only show after the movie is over.
TA: What inspires you most?
S: The simple answer is, my family—I have dreams of taking care of all the finances for my relatives. But you know what? As shallow as this sounds, I'm really inspired by this girl that lived near me during my freshman year of college. After returning from Christmas break, a bunch of us were discussing gifts we'd gotten and given for the holidays. I had a great Christmas, per usual. But shorty told me that she and her brother had each gotten a boat. I don't even like boats, but I couldn't believe there were people I knew personally that were that wealthy. That sh*t is still inspiring.
TA: What has been the best moment in your career so far?
S: Man. I truly can't choose one. Every moment I get paid to do what I love, is the best moment of my career.
TA: What are you still looking to achieve?
S: There are maybe one million more things I'm looking to achieve. Ain't nobody got time to read my personal goals, haha.
S: Here are three random thoughts that, to me, hold a lot of meaning. Interpret them as you wish:
Not many people get one chance. Even fewer get more than one. If you're fortunate enough to get one yourself, make the most of it.
Don't use your one question, asking if you can ask a question.
In most cases, the sooner you plant the seed, the sooner the tree will grow. Get to work!
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