Recording Episode 4 was a ton of fun. We sat down with Mark Arcenal, designer extraordinare and creative responsible for launching brands such as Nike Sportswear, Illest, and Fatlace. Growing up in the bay area, his brands have influenced much of the local streetwear and import car scenes, respectively. When I was starting out, I visited his store Fatlace in Japantown in hopes of having them carry the Adapt line (I was unsuccessful, and frankly we wouldn’t have been worthy of the store at that time). But Mark has a deep and storied resume, and it showed throughout this episode.
I think one of the greatest attributes of what Mark does is his ability to surround himself in the activities and interests that he loves, while at the same time turning them into viable business ventures. I’m not sure you can have it better than that when it comes to keeping yourself inspired and stimulated, all the while bringing in the income necessary to put food on the table. This is a great example of the concept that in 2017, we can really create our own custom tailored future if we work hard enough at it. A traditional template is no longer necessary if you have the passion, drive, and skills to turn hobbies into businesses. Mark loves cars, so he buys and sells them. He loves toys and accessories, so he buys and sells those, too. And of course he loves clothing, so he has a couple of those brands as well.
The new era of what our careers should be is really up to us to decide for ourselves. And we won’t necessarily all succeed in the manner that Mark has. But the opportunity is certainly there for us if we want to grasp for it.