We had the good fortune of connecting with ZayQuan Graham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ZayQuan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
• I’ve always enjoyed creating things, my mind have always been filled with creative thoughts and exploring the unknown. It’s comes to me naturally. My mind has always been my canvas and i use it everyday.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
• So i am a professional roller skater who so happens to own his own team, my team is called Sk8 Mafia United we originated from Smyrna Georgia out of the skating rink Sparkle’s Smyrna. My Career revolves around entertainment, me and my team attend various skating events, video shoots, sponsor shoots, things of that sort. Im most proud about being able to take a group of strangers and just bringing them together as one creating a team of skaters that spreads positivity and inspiration towards the community and the culture. I got to where i am today because i didn’t give up im heavily persistent and I believe in the process more than the outcome and I stick to that everyday. And no this is not easy not one bit, i had to overcome none believers individuals who tried to destroy the image just dealing with the negativity of the outside world in which im serving. I’ve learned you cannot please everyone, the more you shed light on negativity the more of a distraction it takes away from the bigger picture in my case which is my team and our supporters, I’ve learned to just continue to trust the process regardless of who you may lose along the way. I want the world to know that Sk8 Mafia United is a roller skating team that thrives on positivity, inspiration, and unity we want to unite the community through this beautiful hobby of roller skating.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
• I would for sure invite them to Sparkles Smyrna and Cascade skating rinks these two rinks I’ve met some of the most interesting and exciting individuals. Some of the most entertaining spots in the state of georgia for sure.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
• Theirs so many individuals that a has inspired me on this journey, first off I gotta give credit to Jamal Alves he actually was the first skater to get me on the skate floor without him being in my ear on just getting out on the floor ion think i would be where im at. Don Julio the Founder and owner of the roller skating crew Gifted Gliders for making me wanna get better at skating, his energy and skate style is truly unmatched. Mario Foston a.k.a. DJ Yoga for influencing the Atlanta skate style and culture on me amongst other great Atlanta skaters such as Fiend, Mr. Man, Paul Johnson, Legend, Craig just to name a few. The 100 Black Men of America specifically the Atlanta Chapter Austell location for teaching me leadership. And most definitely my amazing and gifted team Sk8MafiaUnited Zion a.k.a. Pluto, Jada a.k.a. Rugrat, KJ a.k.a. Hat3d Kid, Raejon a.k.a. Rae, Nick a.k.a. Ghost, and Jaylen a.k.a. Drip, gotta give credit to this amazing team of skaters for believing in me to lead them for trusting my ideas and just being the greatest group of skaters I’ve had the privilege to skate along side.
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