Dimitrios Seymour is a young entrepreneur making an impact in Canada. He is the president of DMG Management Group, a boutique-style entertainment management agency, with ventures integrating entertainment, fashion, music, sports and endorsements. Dimitrios has been steadily growing the firm across the globe, with any of his models gracing runways in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Shanghai and Mumbai, to name a few, while his actors have appeared on several big and small screens across Canada…
1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I’m the President of a management agency called Dimitrios Management Group (DMG). We have divisions representing models, actors, musicians and athletes.
2. What was the inspiration for your career route?
I was fascinated in my early childhood with how one of the largest management agencies in the world branded and represented two of my favourite athletes. Being exposed to the entertainment industry as a child, I was only familiar to their entity as a fashion agency. But it was through learning that they in fact had an A-list roster of athletes, actors, models, directors, etc. that I had this pressing desire to build a company that can do the same and eventually rival them.
3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Hiring my first two teammates. The amazing thing about what I’m privileged to do is there is achieving milestones every day. I’m a firm believer that you can’t help a roster full of talent realize their dreams and attain new heights in their career alone. We really have a great team.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
5 years: Expanding internationally, having a base in the United States.
10 years: Running one of the top five management agencies in the world.
20 years: Running the world’s top sports and entertainment agency and evaluating the prospect of potentially starting a family.
5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Be a sponge and be open-minded to learning from anyone or any situation.
Learn about your industry, learn about your competitors, and learn about yourself. And, most important, if you’re in a meeting or casual group setting, put the phone and distractions away and give people your time and respect.
6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
There are many causes very important to me. I support charities relating to breast cancer survivors, having had family touched by the illness. I also work with charities supporting positive body images in media. We represent models, but we encourage them to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
7. What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Typically, players in this industry tend to be older, so having a younger face can be a challenge when you want to be taken seriously.
I overcome this by pushing myself to deliver great service and not perpetuate any of the negative stereotypes. If you deliver great work, the focus remains on that.
8. What does the word notable mean to you?
Being notable means being noteworthy.
Everyone has a personal legacy to fulfill during their lifetime. It’s also very humbling to see the impact your contribution can make to someone’s journey both personally and professionally. I take pride in creating a notable brand that can continue long after I’m gone.
1. Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
The brunch buffet at Soho House Toronto offers quality and value. But if I want to bring someone to a place that is comfortable and feels like home, there’s this amazing little place on Danforth called Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant. Their vegan plate is a 10 and the hospitality is even better.
2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
Most visited website: a service for retrieving audition scripts for my actors, or eurobasket.com.
Most played song: ‘The Feels’ by Maurice Moore.
4. What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
I’ve very proud of my heritage. My father is from Turks & Caicos and my mother is Greek, so I love visiting both countries. I’m also in Los Angeles a fair bit, so the next country I plan on visiting might be the USA.
5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?
I actually had to Google what FOMO meant.
I haven’t experienced FOMO; I’ve had to eliminate a lot of distractions and isolate myself to an extent to get to where I am, so I’m good with accepting that other people’s lives go on without me.
6. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
7. What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
I wish I spent less money on take out, but the thought of preparing food to cook is stressful.
I would love to spend more money on building the business and continuing to build a team. There can never be too much reinvestment.
8. And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Success to me is when your passion and purpose align to create something of value.