Hi, I'm Gavin Masumiya - vocal confidence coach and founder of FlowFam.

Growing up, I was the shy Asian boy with the blue braces and parted down hair who looked like a nerd but actually started a year late. Unlike the stereotypical Asian, school was hard for me. I was not the overachiever. I did not get a 4.0 GPA. I was the middle child who always felt incompetent in the classroom and inferior to my older sister and younger brother.

To make matters worse, whenever I would raise my hand in class, I would get the answer wrong so that only made me more of a hermit. 

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At the ripe age of 12, I found a seed a hope. Through pure accident, while flipping through the channels at my Grandmas house, across the airwaves came the sound of hiphop. This was not the calm music I heard my parent’s play. The hard hitting beat and the sick lyrics and the way the hiphop artists carried themselves was like nothing I’d seen. I was hooked! 

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These performers were able to express themselves with such bravado that stretched beyond their impoverished situation. It gave me hope that I too could be more confident and speak up. I didn’t want to be a rapper. I just wanted a way to confidently express myself. 

I started listening to Montell Jordan, “This is how we do it!” and I would practice being cool like Montell. For months I would receipt and practice in the little secret room. In that room, practicing my hiphop, I started to find my voice by trying on other people’s flavor of confidence. 

After months of practice, I got enough confidence to show off my mad hiphop skills at school. Joey, one of the popular kids in school immediately said I sucked. Jeremy from a neighboring school said I was trash. My heart was crushed. After this failed attempt at sharing my voice, I was done. Back to my room I went. 

What does that do to an already shy insecure boy? The story I grabbed at this time in my life was that since my voice was rejected my voice had no place in this world. 

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Then, I met this girl named Ariana in 9th grade. She played on the soccer team with a Kool aid smile where you could see her entire front and bottom teeth. She started asking me questions about my Japanese lineage, would talk about the soccer team, and she never stopped talking. 

As uncomfortable and annoying it sometimes was - I started opening up more to her. It wasn’t a romantic attraction - she was just this encouraging figure who started validating my voice. She was the first person I could remember who made me feel like my voice actually mattered.

Fast forward 12 years, I moved to Japan to soul search and learn more about my heritage. While I loved my time in Japan, I discovered something bigger that change the trajectory of my life forever. A friend invited me to a thing called Toastmasters. I thought it was the coolest thing…here are people who want to practice communication AFTER work. It was my kind of weird. 

I went back to the US and joined Toastmasters. I dove head first. I competed internationally two times and people came asking me to help them find their voice. WHAT?!? 

It was then that I realized I was no longer that shy asian kid who failed at every attempt at vocal expression he tried. The seeds planted in those early days of hiphop, my talks with Ariana, and my hard work in Toastmasters had sprouted and I was now someone who knew how important it is to publicly express your unique voice.

It was then that I realized I was no longer that shy asian kid who failed at every attempt at vocal expression he tried. The seeds planted in those early days of hiphop, my talks with Ariana, and my hard work in Toastmasters had sprouted and I was now someone who knew how important it is to publicly express your unique voice.

I am now on a mission to help aspiring content creators who long to bring their voice to the world.

I founded a movement called FlowFam, a safe and sacred space where people access their creative potential, deepest truths, and experience human connection unlike anywhere else - using the emotive power of music.  

FlowFam has touched the lives of people from 18 different countries, from children as young as 10 to 71 years of age. 

Thanks to people like Montell Jordan, Ariana and all the people I worked with at Toastmasters, I am on a mission to be Ariana’s for the world - empowering people with the creative tools to unleash their voices in the world with confidence and impact.

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