Welcome one and all! In case you haven’t figured it out yet, you’ve stumbled on my website…and WHO am I? Do you even need to ask?
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That’s right! I’m Jason Torres, The Blogging Rapper! Some of you are looking at me like, “Is he for REAL?”
Yep. Pretty much.
So, Am I REALLY A Rapper?
Most of you may look at my name and think this whole thing is a gimmick – but in actuality, I’m a rap artist who writes and records his own music; in his own home studio; and performs it locally. I’ve been a rapper since 2004 when I was living in the Bronx of New York City.
As you may be able to tell – I’m not your typical rapper. If I had to classify my style of music, I would consider myself a conscious or positive rapper. I mostly rhyme about solutions to life’s problems, you know… make myself relatable with my audience. I identify things that afflict people, then give them hope within the content of the songs. I think that helps to give my life purpose.
Truth is – I LOVE it! I love doing what I do because it challenges people to see the brighter side of life. I feel like the media is full of negativity, and being able to perform and have people come to me to thank me for my music… That’s something I would love to do all day every day!
So, WHAT’S My Story? Get To The Juicy Stuff!
I was born and raised in the Bronx of New York City to two wonderful parents. I grew up Christian and I’ve been in ministry off and on for several years. In 2005, I met the woman of my DREAAAAMS and yep, you guessed it – in 2007, got married!
When I was in New York, I lived under my parent’s shelter, so life was easy and care free… The day I got married was without a doubt, the greatest day of my life (after accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior of course). Unfortunately though, once I became a married man, reality hit me like a ton of bricks!
My Job at LOWES
I held a job at Lowe’s for two years, which was a good job, but one day I was ending my shift with a bunch of co-workers and while waiting to exit the store, I asked some of them:
Do you think it’s possible to afford a house while working at this job? Even if I were to be promoted?
Their response was a firm and emphatic “Heck, no!”
It got me thinking…“How long will I be happy with a job like this?”
As I said earlier, I had a care-free life. I was one of those guys with his head up in the clouds – I used to believe I could be President if I wanted to!
Now, you may look at me like I must be immature or something, but I figured out that it’s people who dream that are the ones who live the life that most people consider a fantasy.
My Job As A Freelance Artist
Anyway, I left Lowe’s in favor of being a freelance artist, since I grew up drawing comic books and the like. I earned about maybe $100 or so…
My Job As An Undercover Fast Food Tester
Then I became an undercover fast food tester… Basically, I went to Whattaburger restaurants, ordered a meal, ate it, then got reimbursed and paid an extra $10 bucks a couple weeks later. I made about $200-300 per month.
At this point, the money I set aside before leaving Lowe’s was just about depleted and my wife had to get a job as a full-time nanny in order to take care of our bills… Being a proud husband, I knew I had to find an “actual job” again, so I started my search – that lasted for TWO years!
Unemployed For TWO Years – $30 Grand In Debt!
So the search for a job seemed endless. I managed to get a couple jobs as a graphic artist for my home church and for another church in Dallas… In fact, for a time, I worked for both simultaneously! That was pretty good money, but one thing I learned about employment in churches – NO job security! Once summer hit, attendance at both churches dropped, and with low attendance, there’s lower tithes and offerings coming in, which means I had to be let go… from both.
I was unemployed again.
It was then that I started my own web and graphic design company, called Red Stain Designs, where I was able to make some good money with a few clients. Problem was, I always lacked the skills to be assertive and while I have great people skills, things typically fell apart when it came to discussing money. Thankfully, I’m much better at this NOW… but when I first launched Red Stain, clients walked all over me! I reasoned that with the fact I just needed money and I was more afraid of losing their business and not make anything at all.
NOTE: I’m in a MUCH better position now, so don’t try to get one over on me if you seek me for some graphics 😉
Sure, I had some hit and misses… I made some money as I was desperately seeking a job, so it wasn’t all that bad. Problem was, I was still falling behind on rent and other bills.
I was getting turned down, job after job. McDonald’s wouldn’t even hire me! I’m a college graduate, so I suppose I was over-qualified for many of the jobs I applied for (I was just applying left and right, didn’t care where I worked).
Meanwhile, debt continued to climb. I started thinking, “There MUST be more to life than this! Even if I get a job… how far can I go with it?”
I started thinking back to when I was working at Lowe’s… I wanted a house… I wanted to afford a new car… I wanted a life of freedom. Would I always be a slave to a job? I didn’t want that…
Would I always be a slave to a job? I didn’t want that…
Still, as a husband and provider, I knew I had to get a job to take care of our finances.
That’s when it all changed…
Here’s Where My Life Changed!
I can just close my eyes and remember how it happened… I woke up one Saturday morning. My wife likes to sleep in. I went up to my home office to work on some budgeting and job hunting. I got a text on my iPhone… it was from my wife. It read:
What happened to our money?
I logged onto my bank’s website and saw we apparently over drafted when the bills went through. This happened a couple times before, but this time, I was especially discouraged. My wife came up to my office, sorrow on her face… she looked at me and asked:
What are we going to do?
I… I didn’t know what to tell her. I didn’t know what to do that I haven’t already done… It hurt me more than anything to see my wife so sad and not able to do anything about it.
I prayed, as I always have… I looked up at my computer screen and thought, I literally had nothing else but my computer and an internet connection. Somehow, I HAD to make money using these things…
… I mean, McDonald’s wouldn’t hire me.
… Every part time or freelance job I tried didn’t work out.
…There HAD to be something!
…and there WAS!
From $0 to $15,000!
I found a way to make money online for free.. and it worked like none of my other business ventures… to say this wasn’t the one thing that changed my life is a serious understatement! Going to bed and waking up to a Paypal iPhone message saying I made $200-300 became the highlight of my day every day!
Not only that, I learned to agree with guys like Zig Ziglar who says:
“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
I started to train myself to be more than just an online entrepreneur… but to also be a motivational leader, helping other people with similar stories to make a change in their life and earn money online just like myself. I am proud to say, I have successfully paved the way for several people to believe in themselves and make money.
THAT is the name of the game my friends… You don’t have to work 10-20 years to get out of your college loans… you don’t have to forever be in debt… In fact, if like you to dream – DREAM! Life is short, you MUST enjoy it while you can…
You MUST dream and make those dreams come true…
I know I am.