Actor, producer and entrepreneur Romeo Miller
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Believe it or not, Romeo Miller’s first job as a child was selling yo-yos and Pokémon trading cards.

Yep, the actor-rapper-producer formerly known as Lil’ Romeo (who is also a child of hip-hop royalty) had a lil’ hustle growing up. Go figure.

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Now, decades later, Miller is at the helm of a hip-hop empire and is an entrepreneur through and through. The 27-year-old launched No-Limit Forever in 2010, following in the footsteps of his father, Master P., and has a clothing line called Rome Everything.

“When you’re a young entrepreneur, the main thing that you have to know is, if you don’t fail, you’re never going to be successful,” said Miller.

He also has a flourishing acting career. Miller stars in Growing Up Hip-Hop, a reality show with Angela Simmons that premieres on WE Tv on Oct. 13. Miller, who also executive-produces the project, wants the series to be a step above the standard reality TV. So he put what he describes as “inspiring young people” in front of the camera. “It’s not about catfighting; it’s not about hooking up with this person. This show is about kids actually chasing their dream,’” Miller told The Root for Food for Thought, a video series celebrating the ingenuity and accomplishments of celebrities and influencers of the African Diaspora. Fans can also catch Miller as Gram, the love interest of Tiana (Serayah), on Empire.

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We sat down with Miller to discuss entrepreneurship and his greatest failure and, of course, to share some “food for thought.”