Andrew Fashion

Andrew Fashion Interview: 18-Year-Old Makes $2.5M from MySpace

by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart

As a sixth-grader, Andrew Fashion and a pal figured out a way to transform their mechanical pencils into miniature rocket launchers.

Unlike most boys, they weren’t content merely using their invention to annoy teachers and fellow students. Instead, they started a business called Flaming Gold and handed out pieces of paper to their friends, advertizing their goods. It netted them a couple of dollars a day – until their school banned the pencils.

Fast forward to 2005. Andrew had dropped out of high school and was spending his time developing websites online. After months of just scraping by, Andrew hit it big with ad revenue from his website, He was pulling in $100,000+ checks every month. But after a few years of living the high life, the money stream from the site dried up and Andrew went from being a millionaire to being in debt.

Today, Andrew is working hard to launch Gypsee, a subscription-based adventure platform inspired by his passion for traveling. He’s also writing an autobiography that will detail his rise, fall, and resurgence. It is tentatively titled Young & Stupid.

The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).

Q: What drove you above and beyond, to entrepreneurship?

A: In the beginning, it was about having all the toys. I was really into skateboarding and technology, so I always wanted the newest computer, the newest iPod, etc. The best of the best. Now it comes down to the fact that I just really want to be successful, make a lot of money, and live life to the fullest. I also love to help people, so it’s kind of ‘all of the above’.

I don’t want to settle for a nine-to-five job. So, I’m constantly driven by the desire to do my own thing. I would rather end up living back at my mom’s house or at a friend’s house than get another job. That’s how stubborn I am.

Q: What challenges have you faced specifically because of your age? How has your age helped you to succeed?

A: My age has never gotten in the way. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s hard for people to take them as seriously because they’re younger. I’ve never had that problem because people see me being so persistent and professional that they say, “This kid is really serious.” I don’t ever mess around, so I’ve been able to talk to business owners and investors without them ever mentioning anything about my age.

It’s not always the old people who are wise. It’s the new age. It’s the vision. Younger people can see what’s going to happen and what needs to happen. So, I think a lot of older people actually like the fact that I’m young. Lately, they seem to believe everything I say.

Q: What is the single most important reason for your success?

I want to be known for something great and I want to be able to help people. I also try to stay as positive as I can. There is a movie called The Secret that I leave on loop almost every day. It’s about the law of attraction and being positive. So I’m always reminded that, “If you want it, you can have it.” That comes into play with the way I do business.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: Don’t give up. Carpe diem: seize the day, seize the opportunity. You’ve got to say that every single day. Make sure you never miss a moment and just go for it. Do it. Never give up. As simple as that sounds, that’s really it. Make it happen now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow is a loser’s excuse.

This is an abridged version from Andrew’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. Andrew is one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever talked to. He may have lost millions but I guarantee that he’ll make it all back. There’s no doubt. He has a sense of determination like I’ve never seen. If you think this was interesting, you should read the rest of the interview…

Andrew Fashion’s Top Quote

“Make it happen now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow is a loser’s excuse.”

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