Episode 62 - Rome Green, Jr: Nothing Is Impossible With The Right Team

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Rome Green, Jr is one of five members in Dormtainment, a comedy collective group. He’s not just a comedian but an actor, writer, spiritual and energetic person living in Los Angeles. He recognizes the position he’s in and is extremely grateful for it as well as the fans who’ve supported him and the group over the years.

In Rome’s eyes being raised as a military child has worked out in his favor. Born in Heidelberg, Germany he spent two years there before moving to Massachusetts, then Panama and finally settling in North Carolina. Instead of being raised in one environment he had the chance to experience different cultures and it changed his perspective of the world.

It was the first day of college at the Art Institute of Atlanta when the Dormtainment crew first met. After failing with party promoting Rome and one of the guys made a video of them clowning around, uploaded to Facebook and saw tons of feedback so they kept going with it. Even with their original YouTube channel getting deleted after two years of work, hundreds of videos, tens of thousands of subscribers, they looked at the setback from a positive lense as an opportunity to rebrand and came back even stronger. As of today they have over 1 Million subscribers, their own podcast ‘Comedy Trap House’ and recently had YouTube Red pick up their new show “Snap!”.

In this episode Rome discusses showing up is what makes champions, everyone is born with the spirit of laughter, the difference between a gift and a talent, the best piece of advice he ever received was to never stop loving, the people who make it never stopped, helping one of his fans beat cancer, what his definition of success is, wanting to shift the way people look at themselves, know your why before you try to find your passion and nothing is impossible with the right team.

 

Podcast Outline (Time Markers for Audio Version)

  • Who is Rome Green, Jr today? (3:15)

    • Writer, actor, comedian, spiritual, energetic young man in Hollywood

  • Born in Heidelberg, Germany (4:30)

    • Spent the first two years of his life there before moving to Massachusetts, then to Panama and finally settling down in North Carolina

  • Benefits of being a military child (8:15)

    • Experiencing and learning about different cultures

    • Taught him the importance of being on time

  • Other interests as a kid (12:47)

    • Music played a huge role, his father was & still is a DJ (DJ Slice)

    • Played basketball, baseball, football and other sports

    • Was fascinated by storytelling and the art of creating something from nothing into something

  • Fit 16 Challenge that started by accident (15:45)

    • Walked 2 miles to the gym, worked out, then walked 2 miles back at 5am / 5 days a week

    • Go through the motions and showing up is what makes champions

  • Went to college at the Art Institute of Atlanta (23:19)

    • Visited Atlanta when he was a kid and was pulled in by the energy of the city

    • Wanted to do audio for Disney Pixar Sound Design and chose the school

  • Met his crew for “Dormtainment” on the first day of college (27:30)

    • First started as a group doing a party promotion - failed

    • The first video Rome and one of the guys made got hundreds of FaceBook comments, realized they might be onto something

  • Dormtainment LLC became an official business in March of 2009 (36:05)

    • Began uploading videos to YouTube and slow began learning how to make better content

    • First live show they did skits in front of 800+ people

  • 2 Years into their YouTube channel their account was deleted (41:35)

    • Had raised over 60,000+ subscribers, 200+ videos & over 1 million total channel views gone

    • Too many “flags” for copyright material and the YouTube whipped them clean

  • Rebranded and started back at 0 and began rebuilding a new channel back up (45:15)

    • Wrote a song / made a video for a song called “Straight Outta Dunwoody”. Fox News Atlanta picked it up and eventually NBC Today Show reached out and featured it as a segment.

    • Picked up an agent who is still their agent till this day

  • Released an album in 2012 “Broke & Famous” that charted on iTunes for three weeks (49:25)

    • Got their first million views on a video from their song “Ass On The Internet”

    • Took the group 9 years to hit 1 million subscribers on their YouTube Channel

  • Rome is very spiritual and practices gratitude daily (52:33)

    • Realizes how fortunate he is to be in the position that he’s currently is and recognizes it

    • Being appreciative of the followers and fans that’ve support the movement over the years

  • Individually the members can do their own thing and it all funnels back to Dormtainment (57:15)

    • YouTube Red picked up their show called “Snap!”

    • Movies and TV shows will always be by their production

  • People born with the ability to make people laugh or is it something they can work on (59:22)

    • Everyone is born with the spirit of laughter

    • Gift vs talent

  • Tons of room for content on Netflix, YouTube Red, HBO, Showtime, Amazon, Facebook  etc (62:45)

    • Get in where you fit in because there is room for everyone

  • The power of having a squad (64:30)

    • The greatest things get done together

  • Best piece of advice Rome ever received was from his grandmother (67:10)

    • Never stop loving

  • Helping one of Dormtainment’s fans get through cancer (71:45)

    • The material gave the fan a place to smile and laugh while going through a tough situation

  • Not wanting to be one of the “What if?” people (74:55)

    • Everyone that has kept going has made it

  • Sit down and have coffee with anyone alive today it be with Gary Vaynerchuk (78:23)

    • Second runner up would be with Pharrell

  • Definition of success (80:24)

    • It’s clay, you mold it to how you want it

  • Rome’s purpose (83:29)

    • To shift the way people look at themselves

  • Ask Bobbbaaay 1 question (89:10)

    • What is energy to you?

  • Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see in the picture? (94:34)

    • All of the guys in Dormtainment at their movie premier, tweets from people about how they’ve helped them and a lot of thank yous and his mother there

  • Where to find social media:

  • 2-3 pieces of advice for someone trying to find their passion/purpose (102:16)

    • Know your why before you try to find your passion

    • Stay away from distractions because it will keep you from learning what your passions are

    • Be in some silence by yourself and try to figure things out

    • What is it that you would continue to do even if someone wasn’t going to pay you for it

    • Regardless of how many people are following you, you can change that 1 person’s life