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This is dedicated to anyone that’s been knocked down, but not out. The ones that fell to their knees, but rose back up. The ones that scratched and clawed, but never let go. The ones willing to admit their faults, move past their failures and improve...every...single...day. I hope these conversations encourage you to think critically, make you laugh hysterically, inspire you profoundly and remind you to practice gratitude...daily. My name is Iman Huschmand.Welcome to the conversation. Welcome to AWESOME People.

AWESOME People Unite & Conquer

    • Entrepreneurship

This is dedicated to anyone that’s been knocked down, but not out. The ones that fell to their knees, but rose back up. The ones that scratched and clawed, but never let go. The ones willing to admit their faults, move past their failures and improve...every...single...day. I hope these conversations encourage you to think critically, make you laugh hysterically, inspire you profoundly and remind you to practice gratitude...daily. My name is Iman Huschmand.Welcome to the conversation. Welcome to AWESOME People.

    #14 | Azin Mahoozi Shalan | Be True to Your Heart

    #14 | Azin Mahoozi Shalan | Be True to Your Heart

    In this episode of AWESOME People, Iman has a virtual chat with his long time friend Azin Mahoozi Shalan, the founder of Born2Dance studio. Recently, Azin publicly shared on her Facebook for the first time, the details and personal tragedy that she and her husband Rami experienced with the loss of their newborn son Morad. The talented dancers, entrepreneur and now mother to three children, candidly shares this heart wrenching story in an effort to raise awareness not just about depression, but specifically the challenges both mothers and their spouses experience when faced with these unexpected situations. In March, Azin and Rami were slated to open up a brand new 10,000 square foot studio for Born2Dance when COVID-19 hit, so she also discusses and shares their challenges from the perspective of small business owners combatting the pandemic. SHOW NOTESIntroduction of Azin Mahoozi [7:23]Growing up in Iran and America and pursuing a passion for dance to opening a Born to Dance studio [9:15]Inventing and patenting original dance routine and reverse engineering a dance routine for students [25:28]Azin opens up about the mid-pregnancy death of her son to subchorionic hematoma [36:33]Azin talks about upcoming plans and motivations for Born to Dance and Wish City and family life [54:13]Keeping the Born to Dance team connected and active during the Corona Virus Lockdown [1:02:37]Help those who are lessee fortunate [1:05:21] QUOTES“There is no way you can do anything to remind a mom of her lost child. They want to remember it. Just like you have a child, you celebrate their birthday every year. So as a mom that was expecting that, it’s all the hopes, the dreams, that are, you know, something shattered.” [39:55]“Reach out, not towards people who haven’t gone through it, towards people who have actually gone through it… As much as people have great intentions and they’re there for you, they just don’t know, and to me, one of the biggest things is that, I didn’t know. I have never gone through depression, so I didn’t know how I was going to act. You don’t know what kind of person you’re going to be when you have a personal loss.” [50:37]“Follow your passion, be true to yourself, be true to your heart… lend a helping hand to the ones who are less fortunate.” [1:05:22]

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #13 | Neema Naz | Taking a Break from Social Media and Being Healthy

    #13 | Neema Naz | Taking a Break from Social Media and Being Healthy

    On this episode of "AWESOME People", Iman has a virtual sit down with Neema Nazeri, better known as Neema Naz. Neema is an Iranian-Canadian comedian born and raised in Toronto. Growing up in such a diverse city, he is known for touching on many different cultures and backgrounds including his own, growing up in a Persian household. ⁣ ⁣ Neema’s likeable personality on and off stage will draw you in and instantly make you want to see more. His unique observations and stories about his family are both relatable and funny with a hint of nostalgia.⁣ ⁣ In this episode, the guys talked about his super raw video that he posted on social media explaining why he took a month off from social media after posting every day for months. It was a deep convo about mental health and Neema provided details of what let him to hit a wall, the effect his popularity growth had on him and what he's done since his hiatus to live a happier life. We also discussed how he was a kid growing up and recollects his first "stand up performance" at the age of 8. We capped it off with a game of rapid fire and final words from Neema. SHOW NOTES:Neema’s break and eventual return to social media [3:20]Neema talks about being Iranian [9:24]Neema talks about why he took his break [11:27]What it’s like to step back from social media [18:42]Neema’s recommendation for people on social media [21:00]People’s reactions to Neema’s social media break [23:29]Neema’s first comedic moment [26:10] Persian dads during quarantine [29:18]Parents reactions to Neema being a comedian [33:45]Neema’s role models [37:30] Neema’s favorite type of comedy [44:27]Why it’s important to make people laugh [45:29]Persian uber [47:33] Rapid fire questions [50:14]Neema’s content schedule [55:23]Neema’s health message [59:26] QUOTES:“I was running on no engine, just trying to go fast with no gas in the tank, and it was not going to be sustainable long term.” [12:24]“The whole point is that you’re comfortable with what you’re posting and when you want to post it. You have to be happy with what you’re doing.” [15:35]“Having a plan, having a schedule for your days going forward. And more than anything before that is having your personal life put together first before you worry about your career.” [21:35]“The biggest problem people have is striving for perfection, we have to strive for excellence.” [1:03:09] Follow Iman and Neema on IG: @imanhuschmand @neemanaz

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #12 | Amir K. | Finding A Personal Voice In Comedy and Knowing When it's Right

    #12 | Amir K. | Finding A Personal Voice In Comedy and Knowing When it's Right

    In this episode of "AWESOME People" Iman Huschmand had a virtual hangout with the talented and hilarious comedian, actor and writer Amir Kamyab, better known as Amir K. Known for his appearances on MADtv, Argo and comedy stores around the country and abroad, Amir continues to expand his diverse portfolio. Amir and Iman discuss a wide range of topics from his upbringing as an Iranian-American from Tehran to Los Angeles, his journey to becoming a comedian, his favorite comedian and the impact that Social Media has on him and millions of others, especially the youth. SHOW NOTES:Introduction of Amir K. [2:20]Amir’s new podcast “Salty Locks” and using it to supplement live performance during quarantine [5:12]Comedians and venues adapting to life in a lockdown [8:25]Amir’s early life and background [10:22]Finding your voice in comedy and being a loose-canon comedian in an unforgiving community [11:45]Family reaction and acceptance of going into comedy instead of other career routes [15:45]What Amir would do differently if he could go back in time knowing what he knows now about comedy and entertainment & how to handle hecklers [19:50]What comedian would you pay to see front row, alive or not? [22:45]Amir’s break into sketch comedy on MADtv and the opportunities it brought [24:14]The Iranian community vs Amir’s comedy [29:30]Rapid Fire Questions [37:10]Comedians sense of camaraderie and how the support each other as a family [41:00] Career bucket list and current aspirations [47:35]Closing Remarks: Just Do It [57:07] QUOTES:“I definitely think you are who you are, your personality is who you are. So, I probably would just be the funny guy over there (Iran).” [11:20]“The whole thing with stand up is trying to get to that voice that is really you, so when you go on stage they’re seeing exactly how you are.” [12:20]“I had that mentality for years, where I was like ‘Oh I’ve got to make my parents proud, they brought me here’ so let me do what they wanted which was to go to school, go to law school, do all that; I was planning that route. And as I got older, I’m like ‘F*ck’ you’ve only get one life, you only get one shot at this whole thing, and are you going to live it for somebody else? Or are you going to live it for yourself?” [16:25]“That’s where our culture I think sometimes is lacking, that thing of like hey man do what makes you happy instead of doing what makes people look at you and think your status is high” [19:20]“No-one’s going to make you do this sh*t. So, if you’re watching this and you want to get into stand-up, just get up and do it, and if you’re supposed to be ding this, you’ll do it.”[57:50] FOLLOW AMIR AND IMAN ON IG: @amircomedy @imanhuschmand

    • 59 min
    #11 | Haleh Gianni | How to Thrive During a Pandemic

    #11 | Haleh Gianni | How to Thrive During a Pandemic

    On this episode of "AWESOME People" Iman Huschmand has a virtual sit down with Haleh Gianni. Haleh is the the founder of 505 Living, LLC, and a certified Life and Relationship Coach. With over a decade in practice, she has helped her clients understand their natural behavior, perception, tolerance, and communication styles so that they can live a more authentic life. In this episode, Haleh talks about fear and anxiety during quarantine, making the best of these precarious times, using self awareness to mend troublesome relationships during lockdown, mamba mentality and on a personal note, following her dreams. Her unique approach to coaching and personal development has made lasting positive changes in people's lives as she believes that human nature is distinct in each person, and that understanding these unique attributes can lead to fulfilling decisions, stronger relationships, and meaningful accomplishments in life. Haleh has a very diverse personal and professional background. Her childhood consist of living in Iran, Turkey, and the U.S. She was born in Iran and officially settled in Los Angeles with her family, where she finished grade school. She later moved to Atlanta, GA to attend GSU and now resides in San Diego, CA. She is a master trainer in an advanced human assessment instrument through The Y.O.U. Institute, where she is currently an active Board Member, serving as the Vice President of Global Outreach. Today, she helps people to gain self-mastery that naturally enhances every area of their lives. She also works with professional organizations such as CNN, Several Large Financial Firms, Law Firms, and Mid-size businesses to create better leadership teams and synergistic performance. SHOW NOTES:Appreciating the moon [4:33]Dealing with coronavirus as a businesswoman [5:35]What it’s like being a life coach during a pandemic [7:25]What a life coach is [8:46]Family in quarantine [9:58]Why Haleh became a life coach [11:50]What it’s like to change careers [15:40]How coronavirus is affecting people’s mental health [19:34]How to stay physically and mentally healthy during a pandemic [29:00]Kobe Bryant as an inspiration [35:01]Positive vs. negative thinking [38:06]How to be successful during coronavirus [43:28]What to take away from this situation [50:20]Dance party [53:26]Haleh’s personal message [56:57] QUOTES:“That’s how you know that you have that self awareness, in that you can check in with yourself.” [7:57]“The quality of our relationships do dictate the quality of the life that we live.” [9:49]“I needed the person that I am for someone else, back then, and I couldn’t find that person. So I committed myself to being that.” [18:08]“But now they’re realizing that the psychological and emotional impact that this is having on people is starting to surface.” [20:58]“Just look at your own personal present moment and the impact and what has been. Not what could become, but what has been and what is.” [45:00]"Tap into what the opportunities present themselves, but make sure that whatever you gain, your goals or things you want to attain, are actually meaningful to you. They have to be personal. They can’t just be to satisfy somebody else.” [48:34] Follow Iman and Haleh on IG:Iman: @imanhuschmandHaleh: @505living_

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #10 | Sareh Nouri | Having Resiliency as a Business Owner and Doing Things All The Way

    #10 | Sareh Nouri | Having Resiliency as a Business Owner and Doing Things All The Way

    In this episode of AWESOME People, Iman Huschmand had the opportunity to catch up his long time friend, and talented fashion designer, Sareh Nouri. The Virginia native has spent the majority of the past decade creating some of the most beautiful bridal gowns and sashes, and growing her fashion house Sareh Nouri New York. Her brand is now in the most iconic stores around the world and in this episode, she reflects not only on her upbringing, family and career journey, but what her and her team have done during the Corona Virus period to help health professionals in New York and New Jersey. SHOW NOTES:Introduction of Sareh Nouri [2:10]Being a parent of two during a stay-at-home situation [6:03]Early life and the story of Sareh’s love affair with design and bridal gowns/weddings [7:00]Keeping up with the times and continuing to create fresh unique wedding gown designs [12:35]Taking a leap of faith and creating goals [14:00]How the Pandemic has affected the bridal gown industry and the wedding industry as a whole [16:15]Advice to her past self and challenges for up and coming designers [26:40]Sareh’s favorite department stores that picked up her design lines (ah-ha moments) [32:00]Ensuring your brand is represented the right way and the importance of staying involved in the process [36:10]Juggling life at home with life as an entrepreneur while staying mentally and physically healthy [38:45]Closing remarks and what it takes to be a business owner [43:45] QUOTES:“I think what helped me [get designs picked up by stores] better than any school, was to work with the brides one on one.” [11:43]“I’m the brides designer. I do create unique pieces, but they’re not too out of the box; they’re for the bride.” [13:33]“From the very beginning I said to my husband ‘If I do this, I’m going to do this all the way, I’m not going to make this a hobby’ Either I do it, or I don’t do it […] from the beginning I set myself up with goals.” [14:23]“In the beginning, I did everything by myself. You have to take baby steps. You can’t just go in and get a loan or spend all of your personal money. You have to do baby steps, and you have to do it yourself.” [27:36]“The most challenging thing is finding the right talent. Finding the right talent is extremely important. Meaning, good dress makers, good cutters, good pattern makers, good managers, good sales people […]” [30:55]“What I’m really proud of, is that I was able to keep manufacturing here in the United States., and I planned doing that. Made in the USA, that is so important for me. I have to have an eye on my production, I have to be able to have control over my production, and I want to offer jobs here […]” [38:00]“I’m a very resilient person. I think that’s the personality you have to have if you want to have a business. You have to have thick skin and you can’t take anything personally […] you have to ask questions, and you have to ask for help.” [44:22] FOLLOW IMAN AND SAREH ON IG: @imanhuschmand @sarehnouri

    • 48 min
    #9 | Alibi of TM Bax | Alibi and TM Bax's Interesting Rise in the Persian Music Scene

    #9 | Alibi of TM Bax | Alibi and TM Bax's Interesting Rise in the Persian Music Scene

    In this episode of “AWESOME People” Iman Huschmand has a candid conversation with Alibi Rafeon, from the Persian Pop Group TM Bax. Alibi talks about growing up in the "ghetto" of Denmark, his relationship with his TM Bax brothers and what he hates the most! Please note that the original video was flagged by Sony Music due to the Danish version of “Boale” that was played, therefore that section has been removed. SHOW NOTES:Introduction of Alibi of TM Bax [3:31]Alibi explains the introverted and extraverted versions of himself [5:04]Finding his passion for music [6:19]Growing up in Denmark as a Persian immigrant and how it influenced TM Bax’s music [9:13]Studio life and producing music [20:00]Song writing inspirations [23:04]TM Bax’s relationship dynamic as a music group [25:26]New Persian music and the urban scene [28:00]Iman asks Alibi which musicians influenced him the most while growing up [32:00]Iman and Alibi talk about Corona Virus [35:58]Alibi expresses his frustrations with social media [42:13]Making Persian dance music cool again and hints at future plans for TM Bax [44:28] QUOTES:“I’ve always been a friend of a piano or keyboard.” [6:43]“When you live in a neighborhood like that, one thing you don’t want to do is to stick out, to be different. You want to be like the rest of the group. You want to be accepted” [16:44]“I want to teach my kids: Don’t lie to yourself. Find your inner self. Find your passion. Don’t fake who you are. Cause I was tryna make my momma proud.” [18:49]“We were one of the influencers of underground Persian music… I would call it the internet artist, we came with this big wave.” “I want to make Persian dance music cool” [44:33] FOLLOW IMAN AND ALIBI ON SOCIAL MEDIA:IG: @alibirafeon, @tmbaxofficialIG: @imanhuschmandFB: @ihuschmand

    • 52 min

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