Today we’d like to introduce you to Myles Matthews.
Myles, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
During my birth there were complications. As a result of the complications, I obtained a brachial plexus injury, which resulted in nerve damage in my right arm. Growing up being an athlete, I never really got the same opportunities as other kids when it came being picked or even later down the road when it came to being recruited for college sports. Being a person who thrived on the football field in more ways than one, I always had a battle with not receiving proper exposure because coaches thought I had limitations. Through a long journey of being over looked, to bouncing from school to school, and then finally reaching my goal at Colorado State University-Pueblo of being a scholarship athlete I developed the idea of my business. The idea centered around creating a platform for emerging talents in all industries to help bridge the gap between them and the professional industry that they are trying to get in. This idea came to light because I never wanted anyone else to have a problem of being talented enough but not having a platform to be seen.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road to finally being able to launch my platform had its ups and downs. Like everyone we know there is always a struggle when it comes to life, whether it may be big or small. Personally overcoming the stereotype of having a brachial plexus injury was the hardest part. The battles came internally and from outside sources. The biggest battle was having to come to terms with my truth while trying to obtain a life long goal I set for myself. Once I began to have faith in my process and ability things started to go in motion. The process of getting to where I am now was a long one but worth it. There were plenty of times where I felt I was at rock bottom, but I knew I had to keep going for myself, people who looked up to me, and the brand that I wanted to develop.
Now that my media platform Next Big Thing: Faces of the Future has launched, this is a whole new process that will come with new challenges. I use what I have learned on my journey to achieving previous goals by implementing the principles into this process so that it can be the best brand possible. Being up and coming is always hard in the beginning, but building a good foundation is what makes things last longer. Anything worth having won’t come easy so when trials do come I just remember to stay consistent.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Next Big Thing: Faces of the Future – what should we know?
My business serves as a media and news platform that focusing on emerging talents and the culture surrounding them. The main goal of our platform is to put a spotlight on emerging talents, to help build their brands and serve as a springboard into the industry that they are trying to get into.
We specialize in discovering new musicians, brands, designers, and a variety of other avenues where gifted talents can be seen. We also share stories and news that can help educate or allow the up and coming individuals learn about the industry they want to get in. We believe that this is vital for people who want to be successful in whatever it is they may be pursuing.
The thing that makes me most proud, is that this platform allows people to connect with other gifted people who they may not have ever heard about before but can come to our platform and build connections. The connections they have the opportunity to make and the exposure they have the potential to reach can make their goals that more obtainable.
The team of creatives I have around me allows me to do what I do. Having brilliant minds surrounding me to bounce ideas off of makes the brand thrive even more.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family always serves a great support system. They are very encouraging and as a whole, we love to see each other reach the goals we set for ourselves. Also, the whole NBT team of freelance creatives play important roles that make everything that it is. Together, we make things what they are.
- Website: www.nbtfacesofthefuture.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nbt_theonepercent/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/nbtthefuture
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/n3xtbigthing34/
Black suit photo (Tobi Mustafa), Outside photo by the stop light ( Steven O’Malley), Faces of the Future photo (Tobi Mustafa)