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Episode 13 – A Musician Whose Passion Is Supporting Musicians – With Mike Epstein



At some point in life, we all question who we want to be in the future and what it would take to achieve it.

In this episode of Yield of Dreams, Charlie Epstein sits down with his nephew, Mike Epstein, president at Epstein & Company. Mike reveals how music, drumming, and jazz guided him to determine his future. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • When Mike realized that music was speaking to him 
  • Mike’s cruise ship work experience and how it gave him 13 years of luck  
  • The difference between artist management and booking 
  • When Mike realized it was time to go on his own and start his own business
  • And more!

Listen today to find out how Mike discovered who he wanted to be and how music contributed to his success!

Resources: Charlie Epstein | Epstein Financial | Mike Epstein | Epstein & Company | National Independent Talent Organization  | National Independent Venue Association


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Episode 12 – From New Orleans to the Rest of the World – With Guest Delfeayo Marsalis



According to many, Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the best musical trombonists of his generation. He is a top jazz composer and producer and comes from a family who has earned the nation’s highest jazz honor.

In this episode, Charlie Epstein sits down with the one and only Delfeayo Marsalis. Today, Delfeayo reviews and reflects on his musical journey and discusses how his trajectory and values have shaped him into the individual he is today.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How has it been to learn from the “the best” of the jazz industry: Delfeayo’s experience 
  • How Delfeayo got his start in the music and trombone world 
  • Why financial security may be one of a performer’s main concerns 
  • Why family and mental health are so important to Delfeayo  
  • And more!

Tune in to find out everything you need to know about Delfeayo Marsalis’ journey as a trombonist, jazz composer, and producer!

Resources: Charlie Epstein | Epstein Financial | Delfeayo Marsalis | Facebook | Instagram | Otter | No Cell Phone Day


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Episode 11 – From War Settings To Country Music Stages – With Guest Keni Thomas



Keni Thomas is an American country music singer, author, speaker and former United States Army Ranger.

In this episode, Charlie Epstein is joined by Keni Thomas. Keni reviews and reflects on his journey as an army veteran, and as an author and speaker, explaining how his passion and purpose lead him to the American country music industry.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Keni’s experience in the Battle of Mogadishu
  • Why Keni refers to the army as a “family business” 
  • The three potential choices one can make when looking to solve a problem 
  • How Keni overcame his “survivor’s guilt” 
  • How Keni broke into the music industry 
  • Charlie and Keni’s take on fear and faith  
  • And more!

Tune in to discover more about Keni’s journey from the army to the music industry!

Resources: Charlie Epstein | Epstein Financial | Keni Thomas