Brooks Crevoiserat leveraged his passion for streetwear to build a network with rappers such as Guna, Roddy Rich, Sheck Wes, and Don Toliver. I had the pleasure of interviewing Brooks to learn more about his story and how he has been able to create such a powerful network at such a young age. I also got to ask him some questions about success, failure, and hardships he’s had to face during his journey through entrepreneurship.
Hey Brooks! Could you give us a look into your background story?
Brooks: As a kid I always loved shoes, but after a while, I wanted to be able to buy them on my own without my parents. In order to do that I had to go to releases of these shoes and buy multiple pairs. By doing that I was able to sell all the pairs I received, while also being able to keep a pair, and make money. From there I just kept repeating the process.
Brooks: I went to high school in Los Angeles, which helped me make a lot of connections to athletes and rappers which helped me expand my audience. Now I sell to rappers such as Gunna, Roddy rich, and Don Toliver. On top of selling sneakers, I was also playing High School basketball at my school Sierra Canyon, where we are a top 10 basketball high school in the nation.
Awesome! You have had some great successes. How would you define success?
Brooks: I believe success is when you have reached a point of happiness in your life because you are content with what you do. I consider myself successful based on how much I have accomplished in this short period of my life.
Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?
Brooks: I have never felt like I needed to give up in my life because I know if you work hard enough at what you love you will eventually be able to succeed.
What techniques and methods do you use day to day to stay continuously motivated, focused and proactive when fear, hardships, and procrastination have the best of you?
Brooks: I keep myself motivated by telling myself to keep working harder every day because the harder you work, the more you will achieve in life. Throughout my entire life, selling sneakers has taught me a ton of lessons about hard work, and even fear. I have learned fear is just a negative thought put upon you to slow you down, but I try to never allow fear to get the best of me in any form. If you are fearful to approach someone you may never learn what a great opportunity you could have had offered to you if you were to just approach them.
If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?
Brooks: Have an idea that you would be happy doing, work hard, and network. Connections are currency and the more connections you make, the more you are worth. Most importantly you must work hard. If you cannot work hard at what you do, you will never be able to succeed.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?
Brooks: My parents have helped me throughout my entire life, and despite creating Crev Kicks completely on my own as a 15-year-old kid, my parents have always been supporting me no matter what the circumstances were. My dad will travel the country with me to sneaker conventions and help me run my booth while I go around and buy more shoes.
If you could travel back in time to before you started, what 3 tips would you give yourself and why?
- Work hard
- Even if you think you cant succeed, hard work will get you there eventually
- You are never too busy to try something
Which people in life inspire you the most? Why?
Brooks: My dad because I have seen him succeed throughout his life in business and whenever I ask him how he was able to turn something hopeless into something amazing he always tells me to work hard and I will get there one day.
What do you think makes your work stand out?
Brooks: What is impressive about my work is that I do all this sneaker stuff as an 18-year-old kid who just graduated high school, and was also doing all this on top of being apart of one of the best high school basketball teams in the nation.
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