I’m often asked if I ever get “star struck” when I meet people. To be honest, I can’t say that I do. I of course can recognize a respect I have for certain people, but I can’t say that I ever remember getting completely choked up and not knowing how to handle myself.… EXCEPT ONCE! I was backstage at the family value’s tour at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. I believe I was with my buddy @josiahcamp. I was 17 at the time, and funny enough this was also the very first time I ever met Till from @rammsteinofficial who has in more recent years become a very close friend. So I’m standing backstage, outside of @icecube‘s dressing room talking to Jesse when I turn around and BAM! @diddy is standing right in front of me. MOTHERFUCKING PUFF DADDY! I totally freaked out and lost all composure. I was absolutely OBSESSED with the “No Way Out” record at that time. To this day @lilkimthequeenbee‘s rap at the end of “It’s all about the Benjamins” is my all time favorite female rap performance. Anyway, so there he is, being totally cool with me while I’m exclaiming “OH MY GOD ITS PUFF DADDY HOLY SHIT PLEASE CAN I TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOU”… he was super rad and took a pic with me and shook my hand and then walked on into @icecube‘s dressing room…. 10 minutes later I remembered I was wearing a @fytnotoriousbig shirt underneath a sleeveless ADIDAS shirt and I was like OMG, HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THIS WHEN I TOOK A PICTURE WITH HIM! And I went over to the dressing room door way and showed him my shirt and gestured as politely as I could for one more photo, as seen here. Lol I am cringing at this whole experience now that I am recounting it. But holy fuck was I stoked to meet puff daddy. He was super fuckin cool and came out and took another pic with me and gave me a hug. The end 🤗 #diddy #pdiddy #puffdaddy #korn #icecube #limpbizkit #rammstein #familyvalues #notoriousbig #biggie
Some years ago, someone who I was just getting to know who has since become a very close friend said something to me that really got me thinking. What he said made me feel uncomfortable and uneasy, and there was a good reason for that. He was right. I was casually expressing my distaste for someone I was working with and he asked me simply why I didn’t like this person. I really thought about it and even though I had a million things I could say about about him, I felt silly saying any of them out laud. I think my final response was something like “trust me man, he just sucks I can’t even explain why he just drives me nuts”. And here was the kicker… He said to me “sometimes we see things in other people that we do not like about ourselves”. I was absolutely offended. I expressed sharply how I was nothing like this person who had been irking me for the better part of a couple of years. But something happened inside me. I found myself thinking about what he said every single time that I noticed myself become affected by this person. I committed to not reacting to my feelings and to just observe and to compare. I did this for the better part of the next year. Over this time I experienced one of my most valuable life lessons to date. Not only did I recognize things in this person that I did not like about myself, but I began realizing that I was also the only person who was so effected by them. It became quite obvious to me I was focusing on specific things that seemed amplified to me and it was because I was operating with the very worst version of all of these traits. I was able to approach this person and let them know of this huge revelation, and have a very sincere talk with them and this person has since become one of the closest friends I will ever have in my life. i believe we have both grown immensely from this experience and if I look back and really evaluate the whole thing, I can humbly say that this was 100% my own fault from the beginning. I am incredibly grateful for this experience, and that this person was put into my life to help me to grow and to even become one of my biggest allies and most trustworthy friends I have to this day (even though we no longer work together as closely as we did before). I am also grateful for my then new buddy who has grown into one of my very best friends who challenged me to take this look deep within myself. in life you have many people who you call friends who come and go. Some seem convenient to have around at times when you aren’t feeling at your best and they know just the right things to say to make you feel better about yourself, but its the people who say the things that are hard to hear and challenge you on such a deep level who are your true friends. These are the people I like to call your soul family. I’m sure that this will remain one of the biggest lessons I will have ever learned in my life on the day I die. to this day, when I find myself experiencing annoyance, insecurity, jealousy, or a number of other embarrassing and unsavory personality flaws, I remind myself of this lesson and I take a good look at myself and consider what I might need to re-evaluate and learn from these feelings to grow past them and keep on my path of enlightenment and personal evolution. The next time you find yourself bothered by how someone else is acting, remember, you can’t control other people. You can only control yourself. So what’s the point in being bothered by this person? Rather take a good hard look at yourself and consider that there may be something that the universe is showing you, some trait that has manifested itself inside you that you need to take a look at and fix about yourself. It is not easy to do but once you make it a habit I can guarantee you will open up your mind and create a whole new wonderful experience in life that will afford you the ability to grow like you never have before. Challenge yourself and lead with love.
Check out Richard Z. Kruspe and @mbossyou’s daughter Maxime in the new @emigrateofficial music video for “you are so beautiful”! *I’m in it too! 🤗* or should I say “Nancy” is 💁🏻♀️ . We filmed it at one of the locations where @robzombieofficial’s ‘Devil’s Rejects’ was filmed! Click the link in the bio on @emigrateofficial & you can see the video and check out the whole brand new record which was also released today! #emigrate #joeletz #rammstein #richardzkruspe #margauxbossieux
By now most people know I wasn’t a fan of cats and now it’s opposite and I think they are super quirky and weird and cute all at the same time. I even live with one and it scratches the shit out of my arm on the reg and I somehow translate that as him giving me affection.... anyway, some friends of mine are doing something really cool they have this new clever cat shirt brand called @closetohumanclothing and everytime you buy one they donate $1 to @luxepaws. they are also have a sale all weekend long! So support small businesses and buy a couple extra shirts and a couple of extra bucks will get sent over to this awesome cat rescue in Los Angeles! Throw some good karma out into the universe today people! #luxepaws #closetohuman
Ain’t no party like a Rammstein party cause a Rammstein party never stops! I’ll be taking the stage immediately following @rammsteinofficial to ring in the New Year with everyone in Puerto Vallarta, and then again 2 days later! Get there early to see my friends in @3teeth & stay late to party with me! #rammstein #3teeth #joeletz #letzparty #fucktheDJ