Pop Quiz, Monday with Jimmie Thomas, Principal at Curators of Hip Hop

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?

Jimmie Thomas

What is your job role?


Tell us about your company?

At Curators of Hip Hop, we use film to highlight and tell the stories of practitioners within the culture of Hip Hop.

At the Media Rhythm Institute, we teach kids the skills they’ll need to be successful in the music and entertainment industry.

What do you love most about your job?

I love hip hop and kids. My job/companies allow me to build both simultaneously

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?

I love what I do. The youth depends on us. I have a dope job that affords me to provide for my family as well.

How do your co-workers inspire you?

I love watching them grow. My business partners are professionals in their areas which encourages me to do the best in my area. They always find creative ways to make our company better.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?

By jumping in and assist in facilitating classes.

What are some of the challenges of your job?

At MRI its finding professionals in fields who can also teach young people.

At COHH is getting distribution for our documentaries.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?

So many lessons!
1. Planning leads to better execution
2. Define what a win looks like to you because not everything is going to go as planned

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?

In the film industry, you have to continue evolving. It’s an ever-growing industry

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Curators of Hip Hop www.thecohh.com @thecohh

Media Rhythm Institute www.mriprograms.org

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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