It was years ago when I first came across Frendy’s work of both his levitation concept pictures (picture above) and the epic couch pictures he took with guests at the BAPE New York retail location he worked at (picture below). I had no idea what his story was or who exactly he was but I could tell this was someone who was serving his purpose in this world.
Fast forward down the road we share a mutual friend, Yusuf Mazni (Episode 5) of the podcast, and he had taken the time to write a blog post on his site featuring the episode which was a huge look for me. Not only was I brand new in the game but I was getting recognition from the guy I had been following from afar over the past few years! It didn’t make sense to me but it had happened. Weird instances like this remind you that when you put good into the world, it somehow makes it way back to you. Patience is what got me this podcast.
We sat down on the 20th floor of the Club Quarters Hotel World Trade Center looking down at the 9/11 memorial, tourists below walking around and the sun shining down on us on this sixty degree March day in New York City. The energy and vibes were already set high by the time I grabbed Frendy at the hotel lobby and the rest is history.
Super excited to be releasing this episode not only because of my respect for who Frendy is and what he represents to the world but also because I am checking off another milestone for the podcast with this being the 30th episode. I still can remember the very first one and what it felt to put it out to the world and I’m happy to say I still get that feeling, every tuesday night, excited and ready to go for the release of a new one on Wednesday.
Episode Takeaway: Take everything by the moment because when you do so, there is no such thing as time.
Who is Frendy Lemorin today?
Grew up in Haiti
Household filled with grandmother, mother, father, uncles and aunts
Very nurturing environment → led him to become empathetic
When he was seven, family moved to Miami and then to New York
Lived with his grandfather in Brooklyn
Only knew French at first and always was eager to read outloud when learning english in school
Values that his family taught him at a young age
Mother always let Frendy do what he wanted and had confidence that he would do the right thing
Father was a bike messenger then graduated to a taxi driver (bread winner)
Mother was going to school, became nursing aid with elderly care and eventually became a teacher
The world we live in today we can make nothing into something
Via social media, internet etc.. but it's on the person to figure it out
Went to Lafayette High School
Studied mostly computers but followed his passion with acting and entertainment
Volleyball and basketball team helped keep him straight after school
During Sophomore year of college put the pedal to the floor with acting
Fell in love with taking the mind chatter out of his head and fully embracing in the character - taught him the theme of commitment, sticking with something to get something out of it
Lost track of his core classes and fell short to graduate on time - financial aid wouldn’t pay the last two years and had to stop going to school
Left him depressed for a good year trying to figure himself out
After getting fired from previous job, applied to BAPE in New York for the third time
Got a call back shortly after to come in for an interview the next day.
You never know what to expect and have to always be optimistic at all times
Spent eight years at the location
Turned the second floor of the store into his own “office”
Personal relationships with customers made this hype for the spot
Enjoyed bringing happiness to the people that visited him
Whenever he meets someone new - always tries to leave them happy
Compliments them and makes them feel good
You just gotta be yourself and not try to be someone you're not
Wanted to move up in the company and work in the press relations but there was no opportunities for him and had to leave
Didn’t get recognition for the value he brought to the company
Message of his personal brand “Frndy Lmrn”
Always felt he had his own back - put his logo on a coach jacket
Wanted to give people who follow his blog and support his brand a way to help
He wants people to feel good when rocking his merch and feel happy
Building your own personal brand in 2017
There is no manual, just be you
Focus on what you really want to do
When you know who you are… the masses will eventually understand
Take everything by the moment and there's no such thing as time
Perceiving things as a benefit versus a loss
Every situation you will learn and elevate
How you feel during the day is how you’ll feel towards another person
Featured in “Business of being yourself” in Forbes Magazine 2015
When you think nobody's looking… there are people watching
Reminder to just keep going no matter what
His mother and father coming to America with nothing from Haiti inspires him
Even in his lowest points it pushes him to get through tough times
Utilize what you have to get what you want
You just have to do something to get what you want
Successful people schedules are tightly packed - we just see the limelight
Don’t lose sight of the work that goes on behind the scenes
Life is all about giving - you have to give yourself in order to get something
Be mindful of yourself. How can you inspire when you aren’t inspired yourself
To make the magic happen, you really have to know yourself
You can’t save anybody that doesn’t want to be saved
Ask Bobbbaaaay 1 Question: What's your ultimate goal?
Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see?
Cover of Forbes Magazine for the changes that Frendy has made on the world
Find Frendy on social media
Insta/Twitter : @FrendyLemorin
What 2-3 pieces of advice would you give to someone trying to find their own passion/purpose?
Know yourself - once you do that you’ll know your passion = more life
When you can do it without thinking twice about it and you’re happy that's your passion
What you’re meant to do vs what you want to do is the hardest part to get through