It’s been over 2 years since I decided I wanted to become a entrepreneur. I knew Icouldn’t work for a company gaining only a minimal percentage of it’s net worth. I want to build my own, and share it with individuals who share the same drive as I do. Out of the midst of my sophomore year depression, my professor said I had a on camera personality, and let me rent out a Canon T3i rebel for some time. Though I enjoyed the compliment, I wanted to be behind the camera. Ever since that moment I feel in love with the art that a DSLR creates. During that time I called my self selling weed, I was smoking more money than I was making. My brother Phillip Osborn (IG @philgodart) and I shared the same drive of wanting to create our own wave.
Out of the midst of my failed attempt to sale weed, came the urge to make money legally. Because I am not built for the risk factor that comes with dealing. I damn sure was no kingpin, but Trapping has been a popular term since early 2000’s hip hop. The day I came to the reality that dealing wasn’t my calling, I stated I wanted to be a Legal Trapper.
Just like the light bulb that appears over cartoon characters head, the idea of turning Legal Trapping into a business venture consumed my mental. I began taking the camera with me everywhere, and during that time I linked up with the Premature Millionaires (IG: @prematuremillionaireco). They encouraged, and mentored me on how I can make Legal Trapping more than just a term I randomly came up with. From that day forward, I deemed my self Legal Trap Mack, founder of Legal Trapping Production Company. I wanted to tell, and create stories about those of us in this world who have to fight to make it in this life, by becoming more than what society picture us as.
What began as a hobby soon turned into a passion, and I was getting recognized for my work throughout my school, and home town. As the years progressed, I got stuck. I wasn’t creating as much content because I couldn’t think of any. Then I started thinking I wouldn’t make it to the professional level with my company name being Legal Trapping Productions, because not everyone knows what Trapping means. I eventually stopped using the name, and changed my business title to D.Mackin Creations. That’s where I have been for about 6 months now. Still, I was not creating the content I wanted as I was when started off filming and photographing.
I took a 3 month hiatus from making any film productions, and focused on fine tuning my photography skills while I was studying in England. During that time I was gathering footage for my first full length documentary, called OUTLOOK. I wanted to share my perspective of trekking through Europe as a black male from a low income, single parent, American household. This is where I am at now. I have three months worth of footage to sort through, to create a story that I hope inspires others like me to experience life outside of their home country.
I began feeling like D.Mackin Creations was too narcissistic, I looked to change my company name once again. I was leaning towards Outlook Enterprises, because I wanted others to join the team and help create any form of art through their perspective. But I became skeptic of the name. It was not until yesterday, when I was going through my trunk looking for a photo that I came across a letter from the IRS. It was addressed to Damon Mackin of Legal Trapping Production Company. In that moment I started reminiscing of all the trails and tribulations I went through to start working towards becoming a entrepreneur. I was looking for something that was right in front of my face.
I realized that making any company buzz is a daunting task, and it was up to me to make people feel what my company produces, even if they do not relate to the meaning behind it. Just like the Premature Millionaire Company has done.
There is no more searching for something that has already been found. I took sometime off to enhance my skills, and develop relationships all over the map. The vision has been there, I just overlooked it. Legal Trapping Productions is what made me start taking my hobby seriously, and gained me the opportunities that I have been blessed to experience. It does not matter if my business grows, or crashes, Legal Trapping Productions will be the name behind all the content I present to the masses.
Rest In Peace to the self doubt that made me second guess all of my blessings. It’s a new beginning. What is worth It won’t come easy, and I am built for this challenge because my life has been nothing but adversity. Be on the look out for OUTLOOK, Coming May 2018. As well as the metamorphosis of the Legal Trapping brand. If you have a dream, chase it, and if it fails that’s when you replace it. Don’t give up on things or people that don’t give up on you. Life is what you make it, no matter where you come from.
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer