Meet Mathew Tamin
CEO/Founder of Tamin Studios
Mathew Tamins' Story
Well, the risk paid off big time, because if it wasn't for the risk my Dad too, my story would have been a lot different from what it is now. So let me share with you a bit about my journey as an entrepreneur and how I got here.
Believe it or not, but this is one of my very first office desk. A foot rest someone lend me, an outside deck chair someone lend me, and a bowl of ceral.
I sat by the door because since I couldn't afford internet, I had to get as close to my neigbor's free hot spot as possible. Sometimes, I'd sit there for 8hrs just to take advantage of their hot spot while it lasted.
First Business Ventures
I started college at 16, graduated at 20 with two degrees: Psychology and Music. As a teenager, I began teaching myself how to play the piano. Within a couple of year, I became good enough and started playing for my University's Jazz band; I played for churches, special events...pretty much wherever or when someone needed a pianist. Around that same time, at about 17 years old, I also joined an MLM (Multi-Level-Marketing) company and launched my first business selling just about everything online.
Unfortunately, after almost two years of being in that business, I decided to leave the MLM industry because it just wasn't working out as I'd hope.
After graduating college at 20, with help from my parents, I self published my first book called, Becoming a Vessel For God's Glory. I visited churches in the Newark, NJ area every week to sell my books. This is when I decided to create a website about my book so that I could connect with more people globally on a personal level.
Second Business Venture
I started college at 16, graduated at 20 with two degrees: Psychology and Music. As a teenager, I began teaching myself how to play the piano. Within a couple of year, I became good enough and started playing for my University's Jazz band; I played for churches, special events...pretty much wherever or whenever someone needed a pianist. Around that same time, at about 17 years old, I also joined an MLM marketing company and launched my first business selling just about anything.
After graduating college at 20, with help from my parents, I self published my first book called, Becoming a Vessel For God's Glory. I visited churches in the Newark, NJ area every week to sell my books. This is when I decided to create a website about for book so that I could connect with more people globally on a personal level.
That same year after publishing my first book, I was invited to a youth retreat as one of the speakers to talk about my book. This is where I met my future wife, Julie-ann. We met on November 4th, 2005, I proposed on December 23rd, 2005, and we got married on April 17th, 2017...yeah, in that order. We are blessed with four unique and amazing kids: Josie-ann, Josiah, Joshua, and Jeffrey.
Third Business Venture
As you can see from the screenshot, I offered just about every service an online business could use. While I don't advice entrepreneurs to that when starting out, I learned some of the most valuable lessons during that time. Because I offered almost 12 different major services, I spent 16hrs - 18hrs a day learning as much as I could in each industry.
I decided to sell Tamin Inc in 2012, five years it launched because it became too much for me to handle since I was literally a one man team.
After selling Tamin Inc, I realized how much my skill set had grown; especially when dealing with more technical things like web hosting servers, web design, marketing, etc.
Fourth Business Venture
In 2011, after being part of a church play, I wrote my first feature film screenplay called UNVEIL. It was an original screenplay I wrote that dealt with marriages but from a different perspective.
It took me about a couple of days to write the entire screenplay. I literally sat on my computer for two days just writing. I knew it had a very unique story line, something different.
After finishing the screenplay, I bought a Canon XL2 camcorder to shoot the movie. My wife and her sister helped me to create posters, flyers, etc. I went to local churches and handed them out.
The casting was extremely successful. Within a couple of week, I had 30 volunteered actors willing to be part of the film.
After a couple of months of preparing to film the movie, one day while doing screen test with the entire cast, the camera fell off the tripod and was immediately damages. My heart sank when that happened.
I was then faced with either buying a brand new camera and equipment, rent equipment, borrow it from someone or shutting down production. This was a very tough decision I had to make.
So, I took a couple of weeks exploring each option. I couldn't afford a new camera nor had the money to buy a new so those two were out of the question. I reached out to a friend who reached out to his friend to ask if I could borrow their production equipment...you know how that goes. It all fell through.
I was ultimately left with only one option and that was to shut down the entire production...which I did. It was painful, I cried a lot because I had invested so much time and money (all I had) to make that work but in the end, I decided to shut everything down.
I reached out to everyone involved and thanked them for their willingness to be part of my movie.
The Next Phase
As you've read, I tried multiple business ventures starting at 16 years old but didn't always succeed in all of them. However, that didn't stop me or discouraged me...it only made me work harder and wanted it more than before.
A few years ago, after failing, things started changing for me. Different doors started opening for my business. Not because I am special or had social connections but because I continued working hard and refused to give up.
The same drive and motivation my Dad had when he left Africa to pursue a new life in a country he knew no one, is that same drive that's inside of me...but only stronger.
I don't know who you are or what you've been through or are going through. But, one thing is for sure; if you keep fighting and don't give up, one day, things will begin to look up for you.
Finally, I want to share with you a few pictures how things changed in my business. I've had the opportunity to travel the world, shot documentaries, and live my dream. I've had the opportunity to train and work with fortune companies and entrepreneurs from 150+ countries.
Today, Tamin Studios, offers high end business services in video production, digital marketing, consulting, website design...and we're launching our own streaming platform like Nextflix called Platnin.
Whoever you are, where ever you are from, whatever you are going through, KEEP DREAMING and NEVER GIVE UP.