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Meet Shawn Mitch of PayToPlay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shawn Mitch.

Hi Shawn, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
After my professional football career was cut short due to injuries, I decided to pursue business within the entertainment industry. I always have had a host personality, so I decided to start throwing events under the name PayToPlay. PayToPlay then blew up in different areas as the team around me grew. When it came to music, fashion and entertainment, PayToPlay is always. in the loop. I started in the suburbs at a skating rink and made my way downtown.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Not exactly. I had a fallout with my partner, which led to me losing a big crowd; however, I ended up building my crowd back up to what it was times 3.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about PayToPlay?
“What you put in, is what you get out,” is the motto that all PayToPlay projects consist of. PayToPlay brings together a community of people with the same general interest regarding, fashion, music and entertainment. Additionally, because of me being an author, the PayToPlay brand has the opportunity to reach out to assist and speak to children around the city of Chicago.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson that I’ve learned is to stay consistent and focus on myself and my craft. So many times, we as people get distracted and it throws us off of our path.


  • Modeling – $150/ hr
  • Verse – $1,000
  • Book – $30
  • Shirt – $30

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