Eddie Kim // Ep 74 // Korean-American Division I Student-Athlete Now Pro Sports Agent
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Our founder and owner, Eddie Kim grew up in Southern California. Growing up as a student-athlete, Eddie received a Division I swim scholarship to the United States Military Academy. He ultimately received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California while also completing USC’s Army ROTC program. Upon graduation, Eddie was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the California Army National Guard, serving as a Human Resources Officer. He finished serving in the rank of Captain in the US Army Reserve as a Career Management Officer.
Eddie has spent several years as a high school head swim coach, founder of USA Swimming non-profit program, and as a US Army officer. During this time he decided to continue his education, enrolling in graduate school at Central Michigan University. Eddie graduated in May 2019 where he received a Master’s degree in Administration in Leadership and Organizational Development. In March 2020, Eddie became a certified WNBPA agent for the WNBA, a FIBA Basketball agent, and a Major League Soccer agent.
Eddie founded Big Game Management Inc., in 2018. Since starting his own agency, Eddie has worked with various recording artists ranging from local rappers to Korean Pop and Hip-Hop stars, models, radio stations, Olympic Sports athletes and various film projects and owning his own apparel line. His commitment to excellence has put him in position to represent, guide and mentor artists, entertainers and athletes as they follow their dreams.
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Intro: (00:00:00) Hey guys, welcome to Asian Hustle Network Podcast, My name is Bryan.
And my name is Maggie
And we interview Asian entrepreneurs around the world to amplify their voices and empower Asians to pursue their dreams and goals.
We believe that each person has a message and a unique story from their entrepreneurial journey that they can share with all of us.
Maggie: (00:00:23) Hi, everyone. Welcome to the Asian hustle network podcast. Today, we have a very special guest and his name is Eddie Kim. Growing up as a student athlete in Southern California at he received a division one swim scholarship to the United States military Academy. He ultimately received his BA in political science from the university of Southern California, while also beginning us’ army ROTC program.Upon graduation. Eddie was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the California army national guard, serving as a human resources officer. He finished serving in the rank of captain in the us army reserve as a career management officer, Eddie founded big game management, Inc. In 2018, since starting his own agency.Eddie has worked with various recording artists ranging from local rappers to Korean pop and hip hop stars models. Radio stations, Olympic sports athletes, and a various film projects and owning his own apparel line. His commitment to excellence has put him in position to represent guide and mentor artists, entertainers, and athletes, as they follow their dreams. Eddie, welcome to the show.
Eddie: (00:01:32) Thank you. Thank you. Well, I’m just so excited to be here. Um, just love the work that you guys do. Uh, just giving a voice to Asian-Americans and I know there’s a lot of, uh, Young Asian-American parents or Asian American bachelors and bachelorettes like myself that are 30 plus. And you, we got the young, I know, uh, there’s a lot of young Asian Americans that are young entrepreneurs that are 21 and 22, one 21 to 25 age categories. So yeah.
Bryan: (00:02:02) Yeah, we’re super excited to have you here today. And you know, just reading that intro got me hive, dude. I know that’s a scary, it’s here more, but Eddie, Kim, the hustler, how did it all start?
Eddie: (00:02:17) So, man, it’s a, it’s a roller coaster ride. So born and raised in, uh, LA, uh, and orange County. So. I have a very, very typical mommy and dad falling in love story. So my father was a former Korean South Korean, uh, presence, body guard from 79 to 83. With that that’s during cold war time. That’s Russia during USSR times like communist Russia, North Korea, trying to unify South Korea and they’re coming to through gene. So my dad was on it all the time. So, um, after the army. My grandmother was the first female gynecologist doctor South Korea when Korea split. So she, she was the moneymaker of the household. Um, my grandfather served with general MacArthur during the Korean war or to fight. Um, and so being an army officer in the family, a us army officer specifically was a big deal and let alone. Getting into U S military Academy, of course was a huge blessing. And, uh, my grandmother, especially my, um, my father’s mother was very, very extremely proud. So my father, after his army commitment for South Korea, he, he ended up being a foreign exchange student at UC Riverside in 1980 in the early 1980s, he said, then, That was real cow town. Like Riverside now is nice. Then, you know, it’s getting, you know, city life, but back then he said it was real Calip town. And, um, he’s the first one that let me know what, uh, racism was like back in the early eighties for a foreign exchange student. Um, and my mom, my mother. What was occurring airline store, this one, Korean airlines first started opening and yes, they met on the airplane from lax to Seoul. Uh, I heard from both my parents that my mom liked on my dad, the first date, and my dad still waited for three hours and, you know, back then that was like payphone or house phone times. And, um, the second date, my mom’s flight got delayed and he still waited two hours, but I guess the second day, right.
Maggie: (00:04:40) He must’ve really wanted your mom.
Eddie: (00:04:43) You know what? Uh, my dad called me like on, uh, I heard this story when I was like 11. Um, I think that’s when he felt like I was hitting puberty and I should know about girls and what not. So he told me like, when he met my mom, he already had like, Uh, an engagement possibly with another lady and, uh, it didn’t work out. So he was kinda like on the free market, but he’s like, you know, this is a traditional Korean family. So they’re turning, you know, my, my grandmother and grandfather is saying like, hurry up, let’s go. And by that time, my grandfather already has passed away from diabetes and high blood pressure. So. Uh, he knew time clock was ticking. Uh, he goes and, but he said he met my mom or he saw my mom at the, on the airplane on Korean airlines. And he’s like, I gotta get that lady. I gotta get that woman. And like, he was hell bent on making it happen. And then I heard he went through some hoops and troubles. So my dad has to hustle from, I think, so I think that will to win, that will to win, definitely comes from my father like that. He. That’s why he is a very successful businessman in Korea town. Um, but it’s even to this day, but yeah, he was, uh, so my dad has three older brothers, um, and my third one uncle, his wife used to be a Korean airline stewardess too, but she got out of the game after she got married and had my cousins. So somehow he got a hold of my aunt asking my. Describe my, describe my mother to my aunt somehow. And my mom, my aunt was like, maybe this girl or that girl ended up giving a number to my dad, but that number was the RA my mom’s best friend’s number. And then he was like, no, no, no, no. My, uh, the lady I’m looking for is, uh, Uh, sunny and he’s like, Oh, okay. I got you. And then that’s how the first day my mom flaked on happens. It’s like old school hunting. Yeah. Yeah. He, and when he said he wanted it, Oh, I’m pretty sure I know what, you know, what kind of a motivation he had. Um, and for my dad, it was like, So my grandfather did my grandfather and grandmother on my dad’s side was very, I would say very prominent. So Korea, uh, especially when the, you know, the country separated. Okay. And my father, all my uncle and my uncles were yeah. Dentists and doctors and stuff like that. But my dad was the youngest and kind of like the troublemaker, you know, um, He rang. He ran around with a tough crowd and just because my grandfather was a Congressman and my grandmother was a doctor, he got away with a lot of things during that time, but he was the one that said, Hey, I’m not going to go. So, um, through, through the route that all my brothers have gone through or my, what my parents want, I want to go to America. I want to do better for my children. I want to see what life is out there, or life is up. Um, so he ended up graduating Chapman. Uh, transfer. And that’s where I supposedly got conceived was in orange County at Chapman university, that area, um, and my mother, uh, so, and my mother is from, uh, South the Southern tip of South Korea, which is in Pusan. And my dad was born in Seoul. Um, So born and raised in Korea town up until my little sister was born, which was three. And that’s when my parents bought a house in the San Fernando Valley area in Northridge sometimes. Great high school. Yeah. That’s in Fullerton. I grew up in the eight one eight area in the Valley, which is 25, 30 minutes North of LA. Uh, endured the 1994 earthquake, which is crazy. Now that was crazy. I was seven years old or six or seven. I vividly remember the house shaking. I remember, um, the national guard then was helping out Korean markets or passing out the usage on the cups, cup, run onions and stuff like that out to people, um, and grew up, uh, went to a private Christian school. Good little kid. Uh, I had to give a big shout out to that. Private Christian school is a face at this school in church. Uh, they made you memorize like whole paragraphs of Bible verses at five years old, and you have to recite it in front of class and all, most 32 kids all used to like knock down the memorization. So I would say the academic level that I had at that school definitely prepared me for my further education opportunities and, um, And my religious, uh, yeah, I was very religious growing up when I was seven years old, before my athlete athlete times, I thought I was going to be an evangelist. I was telling my mom’s cousins or mom’s friends. Like if they were at my house, I would bring up the Bible reading, whatever the school was kind of, I wouldn’t say brainwashed, but drilling into our heads. I was doing the exact same thing. And. I am a loyal type of person. I’m, I’m loyal to a fault, to a point. So I know that, um, but uh, started swimming. Swimming came to me naturally. Uh, I heard when I was a little kid, you know, when babies hit the shower, some cry, some love it. Some don’t care. I was, uh, I was a baby that was crying when I was leaving the shower. I’m like, no, no, no. Let me be in the water a little bit longer. Like, what are you doing? I was that type of kid and, um, You know, it’s California, there’s pools, beaches, pool parties. Every little kid has a pool party for a birthday, at least once or twice, right in their lifetime. So I didn’t know how to swim, but I was still always try to jump in and I would do some Daredevil stuff too. My mom and dad, and you are okay. You keep an eye out. Uh, if you keep an eye out. I off on him at a pool for like a minute he’s jumping off of the ninth beat and he don’t even know how to swim and that I actually did that too. So that’s when my parents were like, okay, we got to teach him how to swim. Like he loves the water too much. He’s going to risk his life anyway. So let’s teach him how to swim. And, uh, the private Christian school, the schools owners, uh, it was a path, their own school. And then the wife was like the school administrator and then dad, uh, they’re a Viking family and they had like eight sons and one daughter. So they had a big family and the bottom two sons were like swim instructors for the summer swim program there. And I got to learn how to swim from them. Uh,
Bryan: (00:11:39) why you started your athlete days for swimming, and then you got into like, wow, like care, moral application and get into like the sports management side.
Eddie: (00:11:48) So the athlete days came around at seven, uh, after the swim lessons, uh, it was time for me to level up from the swimming lessons time I’m seven years old, but all the neighboring club AAU type level teams were not accepting me. They’re like, he’s a, he’s a S. In a slow skinny, small Asian kid, you know, and. I’m seven years old. And they’re trying to put me with a five, six year olds, like five-year-olds and kindergarten kids. I’m like, I’m in second grade. Like, that’s this just, I, you know, major dishes, spec. Right. And I knew, I understood that I’m getting, you know, they see my mom and dad, typical, you know, I could only imagine what, especially then in the early nineties, what white parents, or, you know, white people would’ve thought about us then. Um, and I just went through that and luckily I got, uh, uh, passed on to another team that. Was a very small team at Cal state Northridge. And, uh, that’s where my journey started. Uh, I was a slowest kid on the team, of course, but. I had love for the game and I put, I didn’t have the talent or the size, but I love the game and the high work ethic. So I kind of my ladder up, up and up and up. And I got to a point where I was making junior Olympics, but I was a one trick pony. I was only good at one, one stroke. Oh, that’s my favorite. Okay. Okay. Um, yeah. Okay, perfect. Uh, so that led to. More opportunities. And my dad kind of got a whiff of, with of that. And that’s why I have major respect for the fall family LaVar, Tina, the ball hole ball brothers. I know what they went through. Um, I lived kind of a similar life to that, but it’s just, my father was kind of LaVar ball on steroids. You know, I had a tiger dad. And I know there’s a lot of tiger moms and dads kind of on the layout side. My mom was more on the laid off side of my dad. Yeah. It was on me 24 seven, especially at when I started becoming a big athlete. Um, I would say I started off slow. Once I started getting traction. Our teams started falling apart. Our little club team, I started falling apart in all the big top kids started, started picking their, uh, you know, picking their routes. I was the last one. Um, basically it was almost like a pecking order. Like the top four went off and then I was like next in line and my dad was gonna follow, uh, another Korean American older male. That one was kind of, you know, leading the way, uh, he wanted to go follow him and usually all my sports decisions, uh, my dad made him, but on that one on the most crucial time, I would say in my career, my mom made that decision. She was like, Screw it. I know you don’t want to drive to Koreatown, but you got to go to coach King at Morningstar swim club. Um, that’s the 1984, 1988 South Korean Olympic coach. You got to go there. I know it’s a dry from the Valley downtown or Korea town. Uh, four, four o’clock, five o’clock but you got to do it and it was probably the best decision. Um, that’s where. Brian Maggie. That’s where I went from one chick pony to just making it to junior Olympics, to winning now five gold medals at junior Olympic seven gold medal that like athletic to me, uh, major success. Uh, I was the number two, number two ranked, uh, swimmer in my age group in the year, 2000, uh, in junior high. And that’s where. I had the dreams of possibly getting a scholarship. Um, and I think my whole career as even being a swim coach right now, currently as a high school head coach and coaching at the B3 and junior college level, I think my son career led me into doing coaching and leading into becoming an agent also, uh, had a strong early career, but. This is what I heard all the time when I was like 12, 13, and I was winning all these gold medals. I had some haters, of course, you’re going to get haters. And when we used to walk around soon meets, uh, especially at finals where there’s, you know, uh, two-thirds of the meat is cut off for the evening when my dad and I would walk in, it was obvious. It was, it’s very obvious who you are, you know, cause everyone else was. Tall, big, tall and white. So, um, and the haters were most of the Caucasian people that, you know, their kids were getting second, third, fourth is six and they’d be like, Oh, you guys start early and I start off early when you guys plateau or we’re out before college. So I’ve heard that since I was 10. And it’s always been ingrained in my brain. That’s why I did extra practices, uh, ice train in the summertime. I would train five, six hours with my national level club team, but my father and I would put another extra two or three hours during that day. So I’ll be training eight, nine hours a day in the summertime. Um, and, uh, high school started off well, freshman year I started off while I was at CIF. I was. As far as it, I was on the, I was, I could have been on our high school, varsity, um, as a seventh grader. Uh, but when my swim career started moving up, my parents decided to move from the Valley to orange County because it’s the sum game still is orange County is the hub of Southern California. Like that’s where all the Olympians, all the division one recruits are at. So my parents always knew, even though we were with coach King and create lbs. The big fishes out there in orange County. So we did make that move. And I ended up going from a private Christian school where it was very diverse to parks, junior high it’s Daniels high school in Fullerton, where there’s now Korean chemistry teachers, you know, like we had Korean class as a real Korean IB.You take Korean sat, you would check that a seven 20 out of 800, even though my grade was crap because my teacher and I didn’t get along, she thought I was, she, uh, He didn’t like me too much, but she was a hater too.
Bryan: (00:18:14) I really have to appreciate like your dad’s dedication to growing this ability. Uh, after you moved to orange County, knowing that that’s going to offer the best opportunity for you. Is there ready for you? Pretty unorthodox for an Asian family.
Maggie: (00:18:34) Yeah. And like your, your life for you. Like, I love every single part of it. Cause I feel like I really resonate with it. And just like before I get into that, like, I love that story with how your parents met. Your mother must be beautiful because every time I go to Korean airlines, all the studios are super beautiful, but just like, yeah, go ahead.
Eddie: (00:18:53) She’s uh, she’s over 60, but sometimes I get the, Oh, is that your older sister? I’ll be all my goodness. I remember that. Stacey’s mom’s house. Yeah. Oh yeah. Oh, you just put that it replaced Stacy with Eddie’s mom. And that was the one my mom came to practice that day. My mom rarely came to practice, especially when I got older. Thank the Lord. But when she. Oh, my goodness, the whole locker room best. That’s the one day in the locker room. I’m trying to get out of there ASAP because, and he’s mom shower, um, little kids too. Like the kids younger than me. Like my sister’s friends too. Like the older homeys to like my peer group. I’m like, Oh my goodness.
Maggie: (00:19:44) That’s so cool. But yeah, when I was growing up, I was, I was also going to church and I felt like I was being brainwashed too. You know, believing in, yeah, I’m still Christian, you know, I think like a lot of my identity and I was also doing swimming, like my mother, my father put me in swimming classes and I’m actually like shorter than five feet. So they will put me in like the baby classes or if I like upgraded to the more advanced levels, they would notice that I would be slower than the other people, because they’re a lot taller than I am. So they’re like, okay, you get a headstart or like, or you be the last person, because if I get a head start, they will eventually catch up and I’ll be kind of like blocking everyone else from going ahead. So they’re like, okay, Maggie, just. Let’s just stay in the back, you know, but I didn’t let that affect me cause I loved swimming, you know? And I, I love your mindset. I love that you actually took that experience and you like put in more hours, those more hours, you know, they went a long way and you saw that everyone else had that advantage physically, but you didn’t let that get in the way.
Bryan: (00:20:49) I want to hear about how this transfer over to big game management. TTN.
Eddie: (00:20:58) Uh, where this all started, I would say is, um, what, when I did get hurt during my STEM career, so high school started off well, but it didn’t end well, or the middle part was really tough because I did suffer an injury that affected me. And that’s when I knew when swimming was almost taken away from me. That’s when I knew like you gotta have a backup plan. Um, and then my own recruiting, my own college recruiting affected that. This has to change something has to change because this is what I was told. Um, by division one, recruiting coach, he said that my kind don’t belong in division one. We belong in a division three academic school where parents might even have the money to fund an Ivy league like, Hmm. Wow. That’s brutal. Yeah. And because I am under six foot, I am five. I say five 11, because army got me at five 11, like five, 10, three quarters. I just round that up. But, um, it was because I was that, you know, and that I have my trajectory of the career was I survived up to get to a college scholarship, but it was, it’s not what it was when I was in junior high. So, um, my some career ended early. And then, uh, that transitioned to coaching. I just felt like as a, as an athlete, I just didn’t finish my career. The way I wanted it to, um, on the last meet was at army Navy at the Naval Academy. And I, this that’s when I knew what mental health was all about. Um, I had a culture shock at West point, um, Born and raised in LA, like the sun comes up at five 30 and the sun goes down at eight o’clock, you know, New York city that’s, you know, you wake up or go to morning practice, two classes, 9:00 AM.And it still looks like it’s 5:00 AM. You know, in the wintertime, you know, negative seven windshield. It’s not my type of day, you know, and the nights and the day ends early too. So I did have some struggles. Um, and I was 17. I had a roommate that was 23. He went to Iraq twice. He had hair on his chest. I had no hair, you know, like I’m a little boy, you know, it was a major culture shock. Um, I learned a lot of lessons there. Um, I ended up taking a break from the swim team that ended up becoming a retirement, basically. I know a lot. I know a lot of college freshmen though, the freshmen 15. Well, I got the freshman 40. Uh, I lost my identity. I didn’t, I didn’t know who I was. Um, I was morning practice, afternoon, practice swim meets every weekend for the last 11 years every day. And I didn’t even have an off season because my dad said for onto the next comes from Brian, where I won five gold medals. Over the weekend I junior Olympics and junior Olympics ended on Sunday, Monday morning. I met practice preparing for it. That was summer junior Olympics preparing for spring junior Olympics. And my dad said, well, you would want on five gold medals. Well, you got to defend that. Now it’s time to shop print up your store for the next. And I was there at five 30 in the morning, the next morning, again, no breaks, no days off. Um, and that idea, uh, kept with me, um, But going back to that time at West point, I, I lost who I was. I gained 40 pounds and I was eating and that’s when I realized I’m a major fat ass because eating my feelings, I’m eating like extra large pizzas, like with all the toppings all at once, because I’m missing home, I’m not swimming anymore. I’m just, I’m just a cadet and it just didn’t feel right. I had. How was the, I was the number one recruited position player at West point going into the recruiting class. You know, I had other scholarship offers from rank schools and I’m not doing it anymore. I’m no longer. I look at myself. Okay. This is when I, you know, I was in trouble second semester at West point. My uniform is based off of my athlete, based 153 pounds, 9% body fat eight pack. I look like Goku, but a skinnier version, you know, and, and I gained 40 pounds and my button buzzed during class because I gained so much weight. I was like, Oh my gosh. Like I was like, I was like doing this the whole time, keep the buttons in together. So the captain or the major that was teaching our class or a Lieutenant Colonel, didn’t see that I got. I became a little fat ass, you know, like a little Buddha looking kid. And I was just like, man, that, this that’s when I knew I was in, um, I was, uh, I was struggling a little bit and um, my swim coaches all ended up getting, let go, uh, the swim team I have, I’m going to be proud to say that something was up. The biggest show will makers. The guys shouldn’t do that last point when I was getting recruited biggest troublemakers on campus, that’s more than the football players, but I could tell you that they had some shenanigans going on, but, uh, due to that, uh, I, I thought, I felt like it was the best start over, you know, the recruiting coach that recruited me ended up moving on and stuff like that. So I started over in. Decided what to do. I was kind lost, uh, but kind of had a footing of what I wanted to do, but this time around, I didn’t want, and this is what I’ve heard a lot over the years when I take it, my scholarship, or when I did win a gold medal. I mean, it’d be like dead it’s because that’s because nobody gave me, I always felt like I got this credited from my own blood, sweat, and tears, like. There’s other kids that are super talented, but they aren’t, they’re trying to cheat the practice. They’re trying to, they’re being lazy at practice. I’m there working my butt off for, for the coaching staff and for our workouts. Like people always discredit that they no it’s because your dad is watching me. No, maybe I like to work hard, like, and we’re going to come to practice for a few hours. I’m a book, all like we paying for this, you know, like I want to get better. So I’m going to work hard. I know the, I know the formula, like let’s put in work and. But when it came back and my dad was very strict, um, signing on to West point was the reason why my mom and that was my mom too. My mom was pressuring me too. She was like, realistically it’s this was Edward chemists, 17 years old. And my mom and dad were not a part of it. I would’ve gone to a UC and most likely UC San Diego probably lived there a metal hopper Korean girl, and make a couple babies and never come back to LA. And, um, and we leave condo for the rest of our lives. That was kind of wasn’t too bad, not too bad life, you know? Right. Diego, maybe coach there and, you know, whatnot. Uh, I knew my mom and dad always knew that I wanted to do something crazy like that. So. Uh, when my recruiting signing day was not like ESPN, like, well, we had the Korea times on the Korean newspaper and I think radio crew was there and they had all my little offers and I was a little, uh, I had like my own mindset growing up, like as a high school kid, even though I was like a very loyal and obedient son. To my mother and father, I kind of had that like, Ooh, I’m Danny, I’m an adult. Now I’m going to do whatever I want. I’m going to flip the script on me, my mom and pops. So in front of them with all the cameras, I actually picked out, like I had, I had my hand up for another, you know, another school like, Oh, I’m going to go for the UC right here. And I’ll never forget like that. Dad kind of held my hand. He’s like, just came up to talk to me. He said, Dad’s been super strict and had that leash on you super tight throughout your whole life. I never went to no school dance. I never went to prom. I was always training during those school dance. I was always competing during those froms and whatnot. Even if we didn’t have a competition, I was still training, um, for what’s down three weeks from now. Uh, Never wants to know friends, birthday parties. I have morning practice the next morning. There’s no more, there’s no sleep overs. None of that. It was all about the game. I’m trying to get a scholarship and he helped. He told me if you sign, and if you go to the school that dad wants you to go to and mom wants you to go to and you see my mama, like dad will let go of the leash. You could be, you could be an adult. You could be the man you want to be. And I was like, all right, let’s go give me that to West point signature area. I’m fucking better. I can now right there. And when I did come back, it was the same speech. He told me, he said, remember what dad told you, you came here West point, you lost your scholarship. You lost all that free education. New earned you on yourself. You’re on your own too. Dad got other things to do that. Dad. Now I washed my hands with you. I have my, I have my dreams to go pursue now and I was on my own and I respected that. Like he let me be, and that’s when I knew Brian, but that’s when I knew I was like, I’m gonna change. I’m gonna, I’m gonna be who I want to be. And that’s where that’s when I knew one day, the end goal is to be a pro sports agent. I just did it and when it was going to be, and at that time there was a show called, uh, entourage on HBO that was super popular in pop culture. I’m Moby. Honestly, I was going to USC at the time I was living and I was coaching swimming at the time I was coaching at a junior college and I was, uh, coaching clubs, swimming, no matter what we were doing on Sunday nights, uh, Eight 30, you all send a group text. Remember when that was a slight up phone, you know, you get depressed seven, eight, nine, a couple of times to get a key, you know, so we would all miss a group, text messages saying nine 11 to the pet. And then entourage period, that’s it. So whether you’re on a day, whether you’re on a family dinner, whatever, eight 30 minute roles, everyone, all the roommates, we all jammed to the house that we all head down to LA, whether you’re from orange County or from Dallas. And we all head down to LA to watch we get there around like nine, nine 30 is to catch true blood and get ready, you know, get all the snacks and popcorn already, you know, and the beer and whatnot ready. And you watch entourage and. For me, I would watch entourage. Then the next morning I would have to go to army PT at USC. ] So, uh, yeah, entourages. Uh, that’s when I knew I was like,I know I could do that life, but I got some duties to do like army. Um, I knew you had to have an education, uh, preferably a law degree or something equivalent to it. Um, and. A movie that a movie that I want to think movies and TV kind of helped me build this idea. Jerry Maguire, my mom and dad loved Cuba, Gooding and Tom cruise like them too. And so I’m six, seven years old going to the theaters, watching Jerry Maguire. I know it’s the a, I know it’s a sports movie, but I’m like, As a six, seven year old, I kind of understood what Tom cruise was supposed to do. Totally understood. You were present watching that movie on my huh. I know what he’s exactly what he’s doing. And I think I did get interviewed at radio Korea when I was 10 years old and they asked me what I wanted to do. And I did tell them, even though I’m, even though I want to be an Olympian, which I did have a shot at with the South Korean Olympic team. Uh, but I said, even though I’m a superstar as if, even if I become a superstar athlete, I want to record that myself and all my homeboys when I, when we go to them on the business table. That’s I think that does come from my dad’s side. Um, and the sports agents though, hold the whole sports thing. My dad’s best friends, a lot of uncles, you know, dad’s best friend, that’s close friends, childhood friends, high school friends, they’re all volleyball players and basketball players for the Korean national team. So there were always six, four, six, five. I do that at my house, playing little toys and playing ball and stuff like that. And when I got a little older and they would come. I’ll I’ll we had a little, uh, house court on them and these guys are 40, 45 at the time. I’m just throwing out. I don’t care. Let me throw you another one. I got a better one and I’m thinking I’m Nick van Exel, throwing El leaps to buy, to be back or whatever, you know? Yeah. So I’m a born and raised a Laker fan too. Um, Oh, my mother got to meet chick Kern, rest in heaven and his wife, Margie. Uh, As typical as it sounds when I was at, when I was one, two, three years old, my mother was working at a dry cleaner, and lo and behold, two Kern walks in, drops his dry cleaner, and then they actually sent a letter like the chicken and his wife actually said the letter to my mom was saying that how beautiful she was and thank you and whatnot, and that she should be going to beauty, beauty pageants. She did enter, she did enter one when I was in second grade. It’s like right before my swim seat right before my swim career started jumping off, uh, misses Korea. So like months. Hey, she got third because, um, uh, during the Sims two competition, she was the only one who wore a one piece. My mom, my mom, conditional as hell. My mom, my mom is strict. Um, Morally strict and high value lady. Um, and that’s where I think a lot of the, my sister, my little sisters, uh, and that’s the one thing I do have to think of with my parents, unlike, because my mother, my father had to grow up with a doctor as a mother for others as doctor’s intent is he didn’t want that for us. He always said, You guys do what you guys want to do, like be the best at it and do your best and Jesus Christ, daddy. So when I said the army officer thing was kind of, I had to kind of do it. It was kind of for them, the army officer ship. I won’t be honest with you. The only reason why the 10 years, one of the only four, but the reason why I did 10 was because it was for, it was for mom and pops, but. Everything else right now, this is off. This is what I’ve been wanting to do since I was 10 years old. That morning start swim club team that I, uh, that I signed for with coach King, the 1984 88 Olympic coach. That was defunct since year 2000. When we combined with another team, I remade it in 2017. Wow to bring it back because I wanted to do that since I was 10, uh, Colby line. Um, my mother is, uh, now a fashion apparel, um, owner. She’s a wholesale owners and, uh, That fashion sense where I want to be interested in fashion comes from my mom, I believe. Um, definitely. And she is a plus, I didn’t realize she was the plug for the longest time I was going through other people. And then everyone was like, do you know who your mom is?
I’m like my mom, my mom works hard. Question Mark. Oh, your mom is the wholesaler wholesale. Oh, my mom is a plug. Oh, okay. Is that how, uh, you know, Uh, been able to help my mom and work from my mom, uh, throughout this even, even to this day. And, um, so yeah, that’s what, uh, how all of it led to becoming this. And I felt like after everything was set, I didn’t want to be a part of in the music game. I did want to see what, you know, management and the entertainment side would look like. And once I felt like everything was ready. I did dabble into sports through management first American football, CFL XFL, especially when ex NFL is coming or what is actually happening now going to rehab. And again, soon with the rock being an owner, but that idea I realized in the music business, if you’re, if you’re a major stars manager, you could get into the big doors any day that those doors, those doors will open up any day for you.
Bryan: (00:37:58) That’s awesome. Now let’s talk about like, who are you managing right now?
Eddie: (00:38:04) Uh, so right now, so I got 15 male players and six female players. Um, so my female players are in Brazil. I have an Asian American young lady Taiwanese American played at UC Davis. She’s a new she’s in England right now. Uh, their season is resuming again, post, uh, uh, They shut down for a little bit because of the various issues and UK kind of in Canada, some players in Armenia right now, uh, players in Germany, uh, Latvia, um, um, the crazy thing about him, he’s a former army guy too. He actually served, played college ball and then went into the G league. So he, a little bit older than all of his peers, but a crazy combination that we have out there.
Bryan: (00:38:51) Um, Out of curiosity, man, like you’re doing all these cool things, apparel, sports management on like what’s next, you know, I know you have a brand called onto the next problem is your next spring will be like, what’s next?
Eddie: (00:39:03) Um, what I really so far we’ve expanded the brand where we do have pro coaches that work for us, you know, pro coaches in Czech Republic. We also have an NBA trainer that works for us. Um, I do have several interns. Uh, from Pepperdine university of Oregon, um, And I actually signed my two, uh, first two soccer players today because I’m a major league soccer agent too. So yes. Uh, real bro. Yeah, I, I actually had a couple more calls I could have scheduled, but I was like, nah, I gotta get ready for agent hustle network. I got, this is Showtime. Hey yo. I said, uh, y’all got 10 tomorrow, 10:00 AM Pacific and Pacific that’s reschedule, but I’m one to 17 year olds. Um, we’ve gone then, but he’s a live with Canada. Uh, very talented, very skilled. Um, I know there’s a lot of young Asian American, uh, parents out there and getting a dual citizenship passport for, uh, an Asian American student athlete is such a key factor and getting it at such a younger age, you know, under age of five is so much easier when you are 22 and in your second semester, In your last year of eligibility, where you’re now scrambling to get a dual citizenship and sometimes with certain Asian countries, uh, for a male, you have to serve, you got to serve in the arms. If you’re trying to get one, you know? Um, so that’s something I’ve been kind of going with, uh, kinda trying to help my players maneuver because I do have a. Half African-American and half Thailand, um, a female player. She played in Pepperdine university. She’s very, her coaching staff told me she’s the point God to shit. And they’re like, Eddie take care of our girl. That’s our point, God, like that is a killer. And she is, um, but her thing is pilot national team is interested. And having her represent, but she, she needs to get her, you know, dual citizenship and our father is tight tie and a Thai citizen. So now we’re going through with that route. Um, staying with the Taiwanese American girl, she’s her dream is to play for the Taiwanese national team and for her, if she was a male, definitely a lot harder because she’s gonna have to serve in the army for the Taiwan. The Taiwan, uh, Taiwan army, but because she’s female, she only needs to stay there for a year, lived there for a year because her father is still a Taiwanese passport holder, even though her mom’s a us citizen. So it’s something to, it’s something, uh, you know, Asian American parents. It’s something I would try to do too. Um, if we had the opportunity and I’m very familiar with this because, uh, The 2004 Olympic games as the last one, probably South Korea was going to let, if your father and mother was still a citizen, that even if you’re born in another country, yeah. You’ll be able to compete or at least try out for team. And I got that opportunity because my mother is a U S citizen, but my father is still a Korean passport holder and a green card holder here. So, um, I was able to try out and still get looked at for the Korean national deal. Um, it’s just that they wanted me to delay a year of school. And that means another year under mom and dad’s roof. And that’s not, that’s not how my plan is, you know, I’m trying to kind of live my life, you know, get out of mom and dad’s shadow. So, uh, yeah, that’s something like,
Bryan: (00:42:48) what is what’s next for 2021
Eddie: (00:42:51) So, uh, I’ve been with, uh, while watching some college games, you know, uh, I got a lot of deep meaty, two cats, uh, and some division one players, but I have those stories where they might’ve not have been a scholarship player, but they’re now getting, being a professional basketball player, getting the minute that they didn’t get in college this year. However, I’m picking a new approach. I’m trying to expand. I’m trying to get the high level players. Um, Brian, one of my goals, uh, and I, I. Maggie. I hope you’re familiar with this, but I want to find a sensation. I want to find a 17, 18 year old sensation for all three of us. No school is needed, but school’s overrated at the same time. It was always going to be there. Your athletic career is not, I could be being an ex athlete. I could tell you that athletic career is not going to be there for your life. Father time is undefeated, um, except for Tom Brady and LeBron, everyone, except for them, most athletes, 99% of athletes. By the time we’ll get you injuries, we’ll get you. And, uh, for example, for a sport like soccer, you could be a sensation at 17. You know, you could be a professional millionaire at 17 years old, you know, basketball, screw the NCAA. That’s that’s the, that’s a big Pedro ship right there. Screw them, make you a million dollars as 18 year old pro make a million out overseas. Put that money aside like lamella ball did and then get drafted. You’ll always have my school always be there for you. That will never go. So, um, that, uh, soccer, um, I’m also studying to be a Canadian football league agent. Wow. So getting in the realm of football. Yes. Um, I’m a sportsman at the end of the day. Uh, sports is my thing I love to do. And it’s, it’s. It’s my core. I love music being an okay. Being a sports agent. I say being an ex athlete, when you win a race that you weren’t supposed to win an unexpected relay, win. You can’t even eat dinner. All you can think about is that adrenaline rush and replaying that moment over and over only one minute, but you just don’t hear me play it over and over. And you go to bed at three, four, five in the morning and you’re like, Oh man, I didn’t go to sleep today. I haven’t felt that feeling since I stopped swimming. I, since I stopped being an athlete, I haven’t felt that being a certain coach. I had my first, I had my high school’s first undefeated season in over 50 years. Um, and gave me an itch, gave me a part of that feeling, not there being an army officer, serving the country, getting paid well because of everyone’s tax dollars. It was fun. It was cool, but it didn’t give me the same feeling. Being in the music business. Same, love it, love it to be a part of it. Love to help, but it didn’t. I have passion for it, but. The passion that I had as an athlete was different. I, I was dedicated everything. I was, I wanted to say as an athlete, I was a very, very disciplined athlete and I kind of bring, I want to say life comes full circle for me. Uh, all my lessons as a swim coach, all my lessons as an army officer, all my lessons as ex athlete and. All my lessons, learning, going through higher education in America, learning what corporate America looks like helped me become this agent that I am in. Um, I’m going to give a shout out to one of my players, my player T he be like, man, you were born to do this. Mr. Ed, you were born to do this. That’s all he tells me you were born to through this. Like I’ve talked to Pitsa agents before you and. You you, it, you, it, you know, you’re the one. And, um, he, he always loves it. The fact that I could relate to the younger generation really well. Um, and I want to level up to the NBA NFL major league baseball, like level up from the FIBA and a CFL live up to NBA, NFL, and major league soccer and WPA.
Bryan: (00:47:17) The dedication to like graph and we are at the top of the hour, man, and freaking enjoy this podcast and your story, bro.
Eddie: (00:47:25) Thank you. Thank you a lot here. And then, uh, Hey, anytime you guys need me back on, um, I’ll have more new updates as time goes on because for me it is Homeland Homeland. Asia’s. Uh, kids and Asian American kids, we grew up a little differently. We do go with different experiences and I feel like my life story could definitely help out. And, uh, then I want to say health as well, because for the first time in the 15, 16 years, that freshmen 40, I gained I’ve at least lost 25 of it. Right. Journey in
Bryan: (00:48:02) relation to our listeners, find out more about you and reach out to you, man.
Eddie: (00:48:05) Um, My personality at wallets Edwards and, uh, of course, uh, the gay management at big game, D I G G a M E uh, MGMT. Um, you can find us on YouTube. You’ll find our YouTube channel. We’ll have my shoe on boxing and collabing with my, uh, who breeds that want to shoe on box or my model that I want to show on box with me or comment. And, uh, and you’ll see, highlight tapes on there still.
Bryan: (00:48:37) Well, a new mass. I appreciate that. Appreciate you coming into the show today, man. Thank you.
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