Thanks for sharing your story with us Robert. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Six years ago, I was homeless. Living out of the backseat of my car in Los Angeles. After situation after situation, even getting stranded in another country, I landed back in Miami. I lived in a hostel on ocean drive for two months, at the Decowalk Hotel surviving on $100 a week. I got a job at the Banana Republic and could afford my first room to rent. I then got a job as a video producer, which has been my passion since I was 15. After traveling the world, I could not believe I arrived here, broke no income and stuck. At this company, I learned how to sell and eventually built a multi-million dollar advertising agency while working there. This past November 2018, I went out on my own and started my production agency, Syslo Ventures. I am based in Miami, Sydney Australia, and Brisbane Australia. I live in Sunny Isles Beach and help clients around the world with communication in video, graphics, and web design. Apart from that company is also an advertising agency where I help companies, both small and clients with net worth’s of $300 Million or more, reach into the marketplace and grow their business.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. I moved from New Jersey, where I was born, to New York City, worked in the film industry as an intern, that failed dropped out of college, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico back in 2008. I lived there for five years, as the film industry came to New Mexico for Tax Incentives. I then went to China for a month, then moved to Los Angeles, where I wound up homeless sleeping in the back seat of my car. I then reached out for help and found a group based out of Trinidad and Tobago. I sold my car and bought a one-way flight to this Carribean island. Where I was working without food or pay, but happy to change my scene. I then got fired from the company I worked for as I called in sick and started knocking on doors to other ad agencies in Trinidad. Now, stranded on the streets and no money to return home, I linked up with a radioshack company there and started helping them promote. I then got enough money to return to the US, via this company and came to Miami. I lived in the Decowalk Hostel for about three months surviving on $100 a week before I got a job at the Banana Republic down in Lincoln Road. I wanted something more and landed a job as a video producer, my passion. I then learned the game of sales and built a multi-million dollar advertising department inside of this company. This past November, I then went out on my own to Start Syslo Ventures. My production and promotion company. I now have clients around the world, and help them communicate in the marketplace. I never forget how difficult it was for me when I had nothing, and could barely afford food. Showering at the bathhouses in Venice Beach, California. I lost everything and found a way to come back.