Today, we have with us for an interview Akshat Gupta, Founder of Teenpreneur( A Teen Entrepreneurship Blog) and Explicive Media( Six Figure Media Agency)
Here is what Akshat Gupta had to say to us –
“Awesome exchanging words with you over the phone today morning. I’d first like to thank you for taking the time to present this opportunity. More than anything for your publication, it is an honor for me to be under coverage at a publication like nwsppr. The questions you have curated are something that would come to anyone’s mind if they’ve been following my content on Instagram for even one month straight. And clearly, you have done some deep study on this as well 🙂 Kudos to that! And I’m glad you chose yourself to be the voice of the hundreds that are shy to ask or who already have, but haven’t got a detailed reply. Grateful for this.”
Q1. Who is Akshat Gupta in real life?
I’m an 18-year old aspiring Entrepreneur who loves getting his hands dirty into almost anything that makes his head turn. Apart from what I do as a passion(work) now, I had built several other interest and hobbies along the way- which not only have given me the headstart in a conversation between two but also have proven to be effective business/income streams too. I’ll talk about these passions a little later but if someone has to sum it up for me, I’m an obnoxious believer of the fact that action is everything. I have dropped out of college once due to the course not being up to my liking and literally heading to my second college tomorrow to withdraw myself back as I do not believe in where my college course education is taking me. This is surely about the course I have chosen again but also about my self-belief of the fact that ‘I am self-sufficient’. I have this mad urge to try myself out until I’m completely worn out before heading to college. As Casey Neistat says in one of his videos, “College is just one of the paths”. I stand by it as well. I feel my college education is more of a formal one and something I’ve seen individuals obtain even in their twenties.
It’s simply that I wanna boil everything up with the hot blood an eighteen-year-old has got. Too fancy to hear that? Well, Mehul has put together some excellent questions which expose me with no hedge and I can proudly say I have taken the change to scratch my own itch. Being 18 and having the leverage of the fact that you are so well ‘self-aware’ is a blessing and something I have built over time. My parents have been a great support system to what all I have done and accomplished but not too late, I realized I am actually alone in the process. I realized that for a few years, it’s okay to not be able to please everyone around you. If there is a happening only you can see or imagine, you better work on it yourself than wasting the 18-y/o hot blood explaining to everyone what you’re up to.
Getting back to the real question, I also speak Hindi (native), English, Tamil & well-versed in French. Well, I hate maths, although I calculate money faster than a few of my friends who are all toppers in maths. I love solving Rubik’s Cubes and have an official (in a real competition) solve of 19.0 seconds. I developed the interest in solving Rubik’s cubes after I saw two of my friends meddling and solving cubes in Grade 6. Of course, I used YouTube and learned 200+ algorithms that put me in the position of being able to solve Rubik’s cubes under a minute and at a time, just under 20-seconds. Right now, if I were given a cube, I’d solve it anywhere from 25-40 seconds of time (not that I remember all the algorithms but my muscle memory helps me remember the moves mostly). Crazy how badly I practiced it back then. Seeing this interest in me, my dad got me any cube I demanded (wasn’t so easy to convince him but maybe my excellent math scores back then convinced him, not really about the scores, but he got me everything I asked for, an extreme support). Currently, I have a 7×7, a 6×6, 5×5, a couple of 4x4s, three 3x3s, two 2x2s, also made a 1×1 just for the collection purpose out of a board game die, a snake puzzle, a Square-1 cube (google this shit ASAP), two Pyraminx (the triangle one), made a custom puzzle sticking two 3×3 cubes together (officially called as the siamese cube- literally called one of those two guys up to ask what that cube was called as I forgot. @sid_sriraman his IG) and a few others as well. All this in Grade 6 & 7. At this point, in 2018, I know to solve all 2×2 to 7×7 and maybe the Pyraminx but not all for sure. Anyway, apart from this, in Grade 7 I also got into rooting Android phones and flashing custom ROMs as I had a shitty phone and couldn’t run anything meaningful on it (this is a great story I need to tell on stage someday). I liked to sketch and paint, I don’t, now. One thing that has carried forward with me since the beginning is my love for music and photography. I have not taken any prior training to photography but I love it for some reason- being able to use my phone to show the people my perspective, I thought was a great idea and maybe that’s why Instagram as a platform blew up. A lot more to me, but this would do alright for this section 🙂 For anyone who’d love to pay keen interest about me and my past, my Instagram Story Highlights is your answer.
Q2. What made you want to build a digital marketing company and where do you see yourself and Explicive Media in the future?
It was back in 2016 when I realized the power of the internet. Back then, now too, in fact, I had a keen interest in reading. I used to spend the majority of my weekends reading blog posts and websites like forbes.com and entrepreneur.com. As inspired as I was to help myself get a name, over a period of time I had that little teen itch of ‘earning little bucks’ so I could buy a few little things I want. I got to realize a very true fact that money is where is the attention is and attention is nothing but the number of eyeballs. Yes, the one you’re reading with right now. Yeah, that. I realized this not too early but pretty early because it’s never too late and searched for ways how I could maximize the attention’ and started making the list of places I saw people paid attention to. Sadly but profitable enough, the attention was towards social media and drama. People love drama. And most of them have their fingers and eyes glued to their Facebook feed or Instagram account. I then started noticing the fact that no one really paid attention to the superass expensive TV ADs that were playing. And it’s true! As the ADs start rolling on the TV, until we’re some 8- year old who’s all tired to pick up the TV remote, we change the channel! I soon started self-observing, seeing when I change the channel and seeing when I close the Facebook App on my phone. It was usually when I saw an uninteresting AD play on my feed. And that’s when I really started to think, what if there is a way to show these ADs to people who are actually interested in the product/service being advertised? And to my surprise, there was! That’s when I started experimenting on Facebook ADs by promoting various Affiliate products and articles that I had put on my tech blog. (Uh yes, I also did have a tech blog with thousands of readers and a YouTube channel with 40,000 views short of a Million. I discontinued it as I saw my interests change and an opportunity like social media marketing pop-up in my head) I posted in multiple Facebook groups all day about the services I could provide until Facebook blocked me for 24 hours or a week for posting too much. I used to DM at least a hundred people every day on Instagram & Facebook (combined) until I was blocked for another 24-hours. 4 to 5 months in and finally, I had got my first client who paid me $40 a week to manage his blog and market it. Then word of mouth played in, which got me a couple other clients and then snowballed into this becoming an amazing SIX FIGURE empire. Again, it took flat 5 months of dirty posting and dirty work to get my first ever client. And the hard work involved is something ONLY I know from the people around me. My parents judged me at the time but the first month of the snowball when I put close to INR 90,000 on the table, I could already see dad happy about how I was going to bring myself out in the future.
As for today, Explicive Media has clients across the globe. We serve clients in Miami (Wynwood, Florida), California, Italy and the Middle-East. I wish to make Explicive Media a full-fledged Agency, currently in the middle of the process to Trademark the sensitive details about the Agency. For now, I, as the Agency owner has spread my hands into Teenage Entrepreneurship on a whole as I see thriving messages and E-mail through my social media asking me how all this was possible and how they too can level up. More on that in the next answer. But as for the future is concerned, Explicive Media would run on auto-pilot for the year 2019 at least as I have a few amazing people work in the agency with me. I would be looking forward to having at least TWO BIG clients before June 2019 and four until the end of 2019.
Q3. From where did you get the idea of Teenpreneur?
Seeing my Instagram DMs crashing and everyone’s enthusiasm towards what I did, I took a good time out of my day to answer each and everyone who has ever messaged me. Every. Single. One of them. I have answered them all. I soon realized this was taking in a considerate amount of time from my work schedule and I have to do something about this. I knew two thing- one- I could not automate this process and two- I HAVE TO REPLY TO EVERYTHING I GET ASKED. Mainly, it was the repetitive questions that took my time and I knew I had to communicate in a mass way. That’s when I made use of the prior knowledge I had about ‘blogging’ and registered the domain name “Teenpreneur.co”. It was an instant hit as my blog posts solved real-life issues and gave real-life teen perspectives that the readers could very well relate to. That’s when I started communicating in mass. Although, the Instagram fam is still the strongest. My Instagram is @akshat.do and I love how people engage with my content over there as well. If you are new to me and my gram, I advise you to take the time and go through the story highlight on my Instagram profile termed as- ‘GRATITUDE’. Also, one called ‘Blog’ if you wish to know what kind of things go over at teenpreneur.co.
Currently, I am also expanding to the merchandise lineup for the Teenpreneur audience as it has been in extreme crazy demand. The store and the stock are ready in place and would be available for shoppers in the US, UK, Australia, and France as early as the end of next week. For my folks in India, we are setting up with the legal compliances and the Merchandise can be bought for yourself as a Christmas Present! That’s a commitment. In fact, well before Christmas and the Tees are super high quality, extremely affordable, with the best possible print quality and a 3-4 day delivery promise. So watch out my Instagram (@akshat.do) for the updates!
Q4. How has your journey been so far with a six-figure SMMA?
For those of you who now know about my six-figure social media marketing agency (SMMA), Explicive Media, there will not be a lot flowing in terms of growth and it is currently on auto-pilot where I monitor things every now and then. Currently, my main focus is to stand Teenpreneur and hire skilled marketing experts whom I can appoint Explicive Media to. Looking at the question, tilting my head to the right, I see a great perspective of the question that you readers would love to know about. So let me talk a little about how my Six-Figure SMMA has helped me live a life that one could dream of- after having a job at 26. Although I have not been traveling International lately (looking forward to, in 2019 after I renew my Passport), I have been on a move within India. On an average, I travel every two-three months with Chennai and New Delhi (Noida) being my primary two cities. I had lived 8 years in Chennai- Grade 2 till Grade 9. In standard 10, I, along with my family moved to our two-story house in Noida where I live with my parents and my grandparents. Although we were a family who was doing well off, I always felt a hitch as I asked my parents for anything. At an early age itself, I felt the urge of buying things for me, myself and that’s when I started digging into various income streams. After I had a number of satisfied retainer clients on board, I was able to travel on my own expense, stay at 5-star hotels, book same day flights, shop brands (my favorite ones are H&M and Zara), paid my own bills and even pay 50% of my college fee along with gifting things to all the loved ones around me. The hard work and struggle does pay off intensely and not that it’s all about the ‘things’. Few people have even called me immature for wasting money on materialistic things but the fact that I had self-realized myself more than anything gave me an edge in my mind to outrun the critics. I realized that when I gifted myself with rewards, I just seemed to have worked harder. When I see my hard work materialize in front of me, it did slowly empty my account with a certain speed but the drive I had also filled it up with 6 times the speed it was getting empty at.
So yeah, I was well able to cope-up with my wishes and wants because of choosing a different ‘path’, which to a lot of “MATURE ADULTS” is still a pointless and a meaningless one. But hey, you tell me, do I really have the time for them critics or should I run after getting my Rolex?
I have seen Explicive Media fund everything. My other ventures, my interests, and most importantly, my self-respect and the belief in my self. My mission might not be to make Explicive Media the greatest SMMA on the planet but high goals with Teenpreneur to reach the maximum number of teens who’re starving for all this. It’s so easy and you get lucky once you start working like a mad-man and f*ck the naysayers in your mind. Simple.
Q5. What are your views on our conventional education system? Do you think it is necessary for everyone to go to college?
If there are any adults reading this who have forced their opinions on their child or someone else’s child of pursuing a degree that YOU think is good and without the child’s acceptance, get off, right now. I have immense respect for you and you being ‘elder’ to me but I simply might be a little more versed about what I think is good for my education and you, Mr. Adult/Elder or Ms/Mrs. Adult/Elder have ZERO audacity to choose my faith. I feel we teens should be left to die on our own swords than get some crap guidance from an elder who might know a little more about the courses available. It’s true, simply because one might have good knowledge about the variety of courses simply does not entitle them to enforce their opinions of the ‘right course’ on a child that they can later suppress by telling them that they need to respect and obey the elders. I am so against the current education system. I have stuffed down utter-crap through my throat my entire school life and as a matter of fact, I’ve had some super understanding parents who are okay with the fact that I wanna drop from college! Now that’s a blessing.
Well, no. I had to convince them, the hard way. Now that they have understood, I have to care less about anything but satisfying my parents with a damn degree. They completely understand and always did know that a degree is meaningless until it’s something I’d love to possess. There is no point getting a degree about something I hate. Here’s a funny incident, a few far relations around me asked me to take up BTech (Engineering) just because I have a YouTube channel that dealt with smartphones and sh*t. What the hell, guys? And when I told them I didn’t wanna do that, one of them simply said one thing- “Someone who doesn’t do engineering, is a donkey”. I couldn’t laugh harder in my head thinking about the fact that a 40ish year old just said that. Luckily and gratefully, my father stood by my always and defended when anyone would enforce the ‘engineer’ thing on me. He instantly used to say, “an engineer isn’t the only option to be successful” and I am so thankful he took the hits but right then, when I took the wrong choice, of course, my parents didn’t believe me after that and went seeking advice from the SAME personality who said I would be a donkey if I didn’t do BTech. Under enough pressure and convinced as I was (I hate myself for being emotionally weak at times), I had to take a stream that resonated with engineering and guess what, I was frustrated and didn’t go to college. The one person I’d always drop my cover to is my dad because that guy has been an intense support system and it’s about time he’d see who I really am from inside. It’s been a while since we’ve even spoken and soon or later, what I’m sure about is he’s gonna be a proud father. Talk soon, dad.
Q6. What were the problems you had to go through during this journey?
Critics and naysayers. I have pretty much dealt with the response to this question in my above answer. Something I’d like to mention here though is that it was hard for me to convince an Indian mindset about the opportunities. Especially realized that the people who say- “Stay Grounded”, are wrong. In fact, I have never been able to achieve jack-sh*t when I was grounded. Only when I pictured myself having a $20,000 Rolex was I even able to get up from the bed.
Loving the journey is in fact, been my mantra all this while. More than the things the journey and the process of getting to them are what I would preach on more than anything else. The dirt and then the sky is fun. First, you travel in local buses to get to the level where you wanna be and then take a ride home in a Porsche is what I’m a fan of. Grateful for all the challenges I have in my life. As a matter of fact, I have left an enormous sum of money on the table just because I didn’t have a bank account of my own and it was a pain in the arse to get the money withdrawn from other sources. So there were a few everyday life challenges every teenager goes through that I went through too. Actually, there are a lot many potential things you madly would want to know about me and my blog (teenpreneur.co) is the place to go. If you’re reading this and wish to talk to me and discuss with me about any sort of issues you may be going, I’d LOVE to get on a phone/skype call with you and help you out- from a teenager’s perspective.
Cheers to the problems in life! *cling*
Q7. What has been that one thing that gave you a sense of accomplishment
Haha, me having the honor to write this and present myself in front of this massive audience is what has given me the sense of accomplishment on a micro at the moment. I tend to enjoy little wins and celebrate all of them – making sure I don’t lose a lot of money. 😉
The main thing that has ever given me ANY sense of accomplishment is the support I have from the community on Instagram & my parents. I absolutely love every one of you and I work hard every day so I get the time to DM every single one of you who engages with my content. I have almost reached out to 70% of my follow and wish to do this more often. On the flip side, there are intense moments when I feel low about me not achieving enough taking into consideration the gut I have always had towards my caliber. I believe every day, that I can do so much if I allocated my time and so much if I allocated my time and set up priorities right. My younger brother is also someone who has always supported me and has made sure I feel well about what I am doing. Although he’s just thirteen, I’ve seen him act more mature than a combined state of maturity of adults I have been around.
Simply, I’m extremely grateful to be featured here and especially the words Mehul along with hundreds of others have conveyed to me. I’d love to talk to each and every single one of you reading this. Even if you have nothing to say or ask, just drop by and say hi! I will one hundred percent get back to you on my Instagram. My Instagram handle is @akshat.do, wish to see Y’all soon!
Q8. Is there something you wish to say to our readers?
1. Don’t gamble on your future.
2. Life is super long for you to try new things and super short to delay it by another second.
The list continues, DM me @akshat.do and ask me about it, you’ll have more value thrown on your faces. See you soon Teenpreneurs and Hustlers. 💪🏻
Luke Cervino On Why Working With A-List Athletes Helped Him Build His Agency
Today we sat down with Luke Cervino, founder of A1A Media. Luke has networked with some of the biggest A-List athletes in the industry like Ex NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins and how he started out with his career. Have a look at this conversation we had!
1. Who is Luke Cervino in real life?
Luke Cervino is the Founder of A1A Media. A digital/sports marketing agency. I grew up in New Jersey. Lived in South Florida for the past two years. Now back in New Jersey. I grew up playing basketball and football. I went on to play basketball in college at William Paterson University. I have been in the sports marketing industry for 5 years now. I was introduced to Kendrick Perkins through Kevin Garnett. Kendrick and I have been working together for the last 5 years. Kendrick is a client but I consider him family. A brother to me. I am 27 years old. Just turned 27 on September 2nd. Some of my hobbies include playing basketball, exercising, reading, collecting sports cards. I am the Founder of A1A Media. I am Kendrick Perkins Marketing Agent/Business Manager. Kendrick Perkins played 14 years in the NBA. Where he won an NBA Championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics. For Kendrick, we work together on Endorsement deals, Social media Accounts, Marketing, Business, and Brand Opportunities. At A1A Media we provide services such as Athlete/Influencer Campaigns, creating content, Driving traffic and ad campaigns, Marketing, and PR, and also Social Media/Instagram Growth. My Network is really important and I have a very big and powerful network.
2. Why did you decide to start a1a Media?
I have a vision at a young age to work with professional athletes and celebrities. I knew my very strong network would give me the opportunity to. So providing value has always been important to me to provided to my clients and myself. Marketing and networking is what I am very good at.
3. What are the key factors separating you from other media marketers?
I can get your product/brand into the handles of the best athletes in the world. Create creative content. I can get your product into the best athletes in the world. I provide an outlet for brands/businesses to put their trust into me, we work together on the brand’s vision and then create content with athletes and influencers who fit the brand. Then we market the content and drive sales for the brand. PR services. Having your article rank on google well. Growing your Instagram account organic.
4. What problems did you face during your journey? (Luke Cervino)
Some obstacles managing inbound leads and prioritizing the leads. Organization and creating a pattern and routine system is some advice I love to give. Find the best and most efficient system that works for you and stick to it. Consistent is key. Expanding my business bringing on more clients but still staying efficient in my work.
5. You have worked with A-List athletes like Kendrick Perkins, what would you say is your key takeaway from working with such big names?
Just be yourself. Be consistent. Find your passion and go attack your dreams. “Create a vision and never let the environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions” Tony Robbins. Experience… Try and Try and Try again. Track your success and failures. Research education yourself. Most importantly NETWORK. Network with good people and bring value to the table. Just be yourself. Don’t try to impress anyone or be someone you’re not. Work extremely hard. “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided” Tony Robbins
6. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?
Check out my website A1A Media
Come connect with me on Linkedin Luke Cervino Linkedin
Check out my Instagram Luke Cervino Instagram
7. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?
Thank you for the article! Appreciate your time! You guys have something great going on. Keep it up!
Ayush Sabat On Why Hard Work With A Smart Approach Is The Need Of The Hour
Ayush Sabat is an Indian influencer, producer & entrepreneur who started off by doing events during his high school then college and now is doing it on a professional basis. He has produced eight music videos till now with videos having combined views of 2 million on YouTube. He has worked with internationally acclaimed artists Krewella, Nucleya in the electronic music domain also with famous personalities like Suresh Raina, Sonu Sood, Ayushmann Khurana. He has collaborated with MGX Creative, a Los Angeles based creative agency and production company. Check out Ayush here!
1. Who is Ayush Sabat in Real Life?
Not very sure how to go about this but I am a 25-year-old person, who is into multiple things, still seeking the best among those for the future. So you can put me in the categories of producer, influencer & an entrepreneur. Right now it’s something like a jack of all trades and which I feel is fine. Certainly, it’s all about time management and balancing things. Thus, figuring out the best for me. I love helping people because I like doing it.
2. Why did you decide to start your career in the film industry?
Always had a fascination towards live events, music, and movies. In the year 2012, with few friends, I had organized a rock concert in the city, from then there was no looking back. As the years passed on, it was more of doing things professionally. Over the years, I had developed quite a few skills in event management, music videos overall management, direction, marketing, PR, and strategic planning.
3. What problems did you face in your career?
There are hurdles time and again but it’s important to face it and overcome it. I was a sluggish, under-confident person but eventually tried balancing it for betterment. A person faces many difficulties but one must keep hustling and aim for the goals.
4. What was that one moment in your career that gave you a sense of accomplishment?
Last year when I (Ayush Sabat) got the opportunity to be a part of an International music video by Krewella and Nucleya. It was an amazing experience working with such biggies like the Krewella sisters, Karl Daniel Malikyar (MGX Creative founder and creative director for Marshmello). There I found that my skill is worthy of handling a big project
5. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?
What would you say to someone who is just starting out? I feel building good rapport and credibility is a very important investment in yourself, never stop learning new things, hard work with a smart approach is need of the hour for the day. Staying fit, confident, and updated is essential be it for any domain.
6. Which were some of the biggest events you were involved with?
Coming to biggest events its been quite a few. From where it all started (2012), the Rock concert which I had organized in the city is of course one of the highlights. ‘2016’, ‘2017’ my college fest ‘Riviera’, during Kumbh Mela (2019), 150 drone swarm show for a movie where I was involved for permission purpose from the administration, police, DGFT department.
7. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?
I think supporting each other is very important be it a morally, emotionally, or business point of view. What you give comes back. Also, keeping yourself self-motivated, calm, fit, and disciplined is the key. If you are in a position to help someone, then please do it without any motive.
8. Is there something you would like to say to Nwsppr?
AYUSH SABAT- Nwsppr will surely be becoming a big platform in the coming months with diversified content from different fields. I have come across some inspiring stories that they have featured and they are so interesting. Best wishes to them for upcoming projects and looking forward to reading articles in the coming days.
Check Out Ayush Sabat here!
You Should Have A Plan A, B, C, And Even D- Business Growth Tips From Tranquil Store Founder, Alec Delayno Martin
If you have been on the look-out for handy and practical tips that can help you run your business better, Alec Delayno Martin has a word or two for you.
Delayno has started and successfully scaled multiple businesses across the fashion, entertainment, real estate, and finance industries.
In June 2020, he created Tranquil Store, a US-based CBD company with a range of premium and quality products, from CBD Gummies to Vegan Granola bars.
Here is a quick run-down of his top tips for growing and running a business.
Have A Winning team
To successfully grow your business, you must have an unwavering commitment to excellence. Invest in developing services and products that are in high demand, and complement that with recruiting a winning team. The set-up of your team can make or break your business.
Alec Delayno Martin speaks of his team at Tranquil Store below;
“My team works around the clock to come up with new products to release to the world. We also put dedicated time and effort into coming up with solutions for anyone in need.
Our success depends on making consumers happy. Once consumers are giving us positive feedback, we see that we are climbing up the ladder.”
Don’t be afraid to be different
Many leaders come into a new industry, armed with innovative solutions for deep and pressing problems. However, they allow fear of being seen as too different or radical to stop them from chasing their bold ideas.
When Alec Delayno Martin decided to launch Tranquil Store, he noticed that many CBD companies did not have diversity in their product lines. There was a limited variety of products available in the market.
Hence, he decided to make Tranquil Store a one-stop-shop where everybody could find a product that would suit their lifestyle.
Tranquil Store offers a wide variety of products including, CBD Gummies, Vegan Granola bars, premium quality flower, several different Tincture flavors, soft gels, and Lollipops.
“Tranquil Store was started to help ourselves, friends, and now the world. Our products are available around the globe for everyone like us. We have something for everybody ”, the founder says.
Plan to Succeed
Entrepreneurship, in this age, has become synonymous with a public show of wealth and figures. Many people who desire this lifestyle descend into a panicked rush to launch a business as soon as possible. Then, they discover the sweaty and hard part of running a business that is rarely talked about or displayed; the failures and endless trials.
“Come up with a plan,” Delayno advises. “ You should have a plan A, B, C, and even D. Don’t rush into getting off the ground but don’t delay either. Try to execute your goals as much as possible. Do not be afraid to reach out for a helping hand.”