I recently had the pleasure to interview CJ Boling. CJ Boling is a 15 year old YouTuber/Vlogger/Podcaster. He has over 200k subscribers on YouTube. Check out the insightful conversation we had below! I might add, this was one interview I was extremely excited about! Check it out!
1. Who is CJ Boling in real life?
In real life I’m pretty much the same person you see on vlogs, I’m just more tired in real life – I’m way more energetic when I’m vlogging. When I’m with my family I act stupid, funny, me and my brothers we mess around a lot and just be teenagers. Off-camera, I’m just a normal teenager. I don’t put on a fake persona when I’m on YouTube but if you see me on the streets, I’ll just be a normal teenager.
2. What do you aim to achieve with your YouTube career?
With my Youtube career, I’m trying to get to 1 million subscribers and have more of an influence but I mainly want to entertain and inspire people. I want to show people that anyone can do what they want. like I started YouTube when I was 10 years old and now 5 years later I’m at 200k subs and that’s pretty crazy. People say that I am not inspirational, but when you think about it, it kinda is inspirational because I started very young and I never gave up once and here I am.
3. Where do you see yourself in the future?
5 years down the line, when I’m 20 – I want to be living in California but it is expensive out there so I don’t know about all that but if not, I’d like to stay in Georgia, South Carolina and just make videos, content and have like a million or maybe 5 million subs, that’d be crazy! But in the future, I want to be smart and wealthy. I want people to know who I am and I want to have an influence. I want people to understand where I came from because in 5 years, my channel is going to be 10 years old and 10 years on YouTube is a huge accomplishment, so I basically want to be successful for my age and do well!
4. How has Gary Vaynerchuk changed your life and career?
If you guys don’t know, I went to a seminar back in the day, VidSummit in 2017 and it was pretty much a group of creators coming together, speaking and teaching on how to create content, Tips & Tricks, etc. So at a q&a with Gary and I asked him a question to which he said what do you want to do with your career? And I answered that I want to inspire and get 300 subscribers… ( Video Below) Since then my channel has grown to 200k subscribers and it’s still growing and I’ve made money off of youtube, it’s changed my life. I’ve been able to go to California, be able to visit my friends, being able to buy a bunch of stuff, and live well for a 15-year-old! He taught me how I don’t need to be 18 to get a job so I got my first job at 14 and I now have 2 jobs, so I think I’m doing pretty well!
check out the video here! – CJ Boling & Gary Vaynerchuk
5.What are your key takeaways from being a 15 year old Vlogger/Podcaster?
It’s really helped me find who I am, what my personality is. It’s helped me be more social and vocal with new people. Vlogging has made me not afraid of what people think of me because before I was kinda worried about people’s judgment but now I don’t care. if they are gonna judge me, I can flip it and use it to my advantage and grow! Podcasting was kinda weird because I don’t have a camera around and I’m just using my voice to do it but it is a new experience and its fun and I love it!
6.What would you say to others starting out in this field?
I would say don’t focus on the numbers because if you start focusing on the numbers, you’ve already lost. You have to focus on your passion because when you do, you will make better content and people are actually gonna watch you. Stay true to yourself and don’t do something you don’t stand for. Make content that makes you happy and doesn’t worry about anyone right now. Be consistent, upload frequently without burning yourself out.
7. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?
I’d like to say no matter how old you are, 4 or 40 or 80 – it’s never too early or late to start something, there is never a better time to start than the present so keep that in mind!
8. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?
If you’re reading this, don’t let anybody get to you, don’t care about anybody’s opinion unless it’s good. Haters only help you in the long run. You will make it if you keep your mind to it, no matter what. It could take a day or 10 years for you to get there, but anything is possible if you put your mind to it! It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I hope you liked this interview, make sure to follow Nwsppr & make sure to subscribe to my YouTube CJBoling, Instagram TheCJBoling, and TikTok CJBoling_ see you guys on my channel.
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SWATTREX Talks About Making It As A Music Artist
SWATTREX is an up and coming artist with a passion for creating music and becoming successful as an artist. He sat down with us to have a quick chat and share what it was like for him! Check it out!
1. Who Is SWATTREX In Real Life?
In real life, I am just a normal guy who makes music in his bedroom studio. also, a BTech graduate, working on different multiple projects, also working with different artists for music collaboration. In my free time, I work on enhancing my skills in music production, watch tutorials on youtube, recently launched a new record Label ” F High Music ” with Ayush Sabat as an Indian premier label focusing on Hip-hop, trap, pop music, curating underground talented artist from around the globe.
2. Why did you decide to start music?
It’s really not a decision. From the time of higher studies, EDM and music festivals fascinated me so much, that created so much interest in making music like I started learning music from youtube during my graduation. Learned full music production, sound designing from youtube. and started creating music in my bedroom with just using a laptop and earphones. That’s how this all started.
3. What problems did you face in your career?
There were many different things that you will face when you start something different that society doesn’t normally do. So, sometimes my inner insecurities rise again and again that I will not be able to make it. Many thoughts like I should leave it. But at the same time, I got friends, family, and my people who always support me so much. I really want to say thank you so much to everyone who has supported me from the beginning.
4. What was that one moment in your career that gave you a sense of accomplishment?
When I performed my first college festival show. That was the first time I felt like I can do this. This is what I really want to do my whole life. That was one of the best moments of my life.
5. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?
SWATTREX – I just wanna say do what you want and give your 200% in that work. If you are perfect in your domain then no one can stop you and success will automatically come to you.
6. What is your creative process like for making music?
I always start with making the main melody of a song, then chords and creating the structure of the song in FL studio because a melody shows the main feeling, vibe of the song which can only be perfectly created when you put your soul and full focus in making that.
7. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?
SWATTREX – I just want to say thank you so much for giving me your precious time to read this and listening to my music. You guys really mean a lot to me and every artist you support <3
8. Is there something you would like to say to Nwsppr?
I just want to say thank so much to nwsppr team for connecting for this amazing interview and being so humble, you guys are amazing and hardworking. Just keep going like this with amazing work. You guys are awesome <3.
Ivy Sanchez Talks About Starting SANZNYC
Ivy Sanchez took the time out to talk about how she started her own clothing line – SANZNYC and shares her experience in the reselling, digital media space!
1. Who is Ivy Sanchez in real life?
I’m the owner of SANZ. NYC a clothing line and of IVY MEDIA a digital marketing agency that helps both new and established businesses get started on social media. I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States at the age of 7. I’m currently 25 years old used to live in New York and now living in New Jersey. I’m a digital creator and entrepreneur who absolutely loves to try new things. The closest people to me would describe me as shy but also outgoing, funny, sweet. I love to meet new friends and knowing their interests, you can find so much knowledge in a simple conversation with someone. One of the main things about me is that I’m always working 24/7! I literally never stop. No matter where I am, my laptop goes with me. My ideal vacation is a nice view, a relaxing environment, no interruptions on my work – and of course, SHOPPING. I’m also very organized. You won’t find me without a to-do list, that’s my best friend right there. I’m an Aquarius and very proud of it, I fit the zodiac sign’s description of loving to innovate and being a quick thinker. Super artistic, I’ll probably beat you at a game of music trivia. A hidden talent of mine is that I can tell what song is playing from 5 seconds of hearing it, more often than not haha. I’m also a really chill person and would rather have a more laid back approach to most things while being completely passionate and hardworking towards what matters.
2. Why did you decide to start sanznyc?
I wanted to start a clothing line since I was 17 years old when I had found a brand named Friend n Foe. They’re a clothing brand originally from London and I completely fell in love with their simplistic designs. I’m in love with minimalistic design and that’s what I try to show in my clothing and my personal style. I like to make designs that look pleasing to the eye. At that age, I was learning a lot about photoshop and design and I thought, man I could definitely do this. I ran up the numbers on potential profits and that convinced me. I started off originally with a brand named AIRPLANE//MODE NYC that became very popular within the eSports community. I wanted something a little more simple and a brand that had the potential to be larger – a company that would change as I changed and one night I came up with the name SANZ. NYC which is a play on my last name and I ran with it.
3. What problems did you face when you were creating your clothing line?
One of the usual problems that I’ve always faced when creating a clothing line is deciding the launching process. I had such a hard time the first time around, deciding when, how, the amount of drops I would do, etc., with SANZ. I decided to release the stress of the process and just go all out without overthinking. It ended up being a complete success. Again, I’m very organized so I designed a few pieces, around 3 logo designs overall, and threw them out as my first collection. Another problem was the marketing, with my first brand I did not understand how I was going to get the word out. I watched a bunch of Gary Vaynerchuk videos and my mind opened up to many possibilities that worked quite well for me.
4. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their clothing line?
Start it off as a side hustle, DON’T STRESS IT. It’s supposed to be fun! You can start with as much as $500 only, go below that price even. Write out all costs and gains, and the difference of that as your profit. I would say make a few designs, I recommend the website canva.com. Show them to your friends on Instagram, run a poll, see what they like better! The most important advice would be to make sure they understand that marketing is a big part of it, write out all the ways in which you can market the brand, it will look different for a lot of people. One of the things that worked for me was building up my Instagram following first, connecting with my audience, and building myself up as a brand before I threw out any projects. Now any project that I do, I know that I’ve got a pretty good handful of people backing me up and supporting me. You get to make new friends, connections that can help you in the future. Bring value to your audience and the best way to do that is to always connect, seek their opinions, and give them what they need.
5. You have had experience in the reselling business & the digital media space, what would you say are a few qualities one needs to have to succeed in that niche?
I think a lot of what has to do with business and working with customers has to be, knowing your reason ‘why’ you’re doing it. I hate it when people say that but your ‘why’ has to be what motivates you and it can always change over time. You have to be motivated. When it comes to dealing with customers, remember that you’re there to bring them value – it will make you feel confident in your business when you realize that you’re helping others and you’re important to them.
6. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?
Ivy Sanchez- There are obstacles that might happen in any work you do and setbacks, and sometimes it can be enough to stop you in your tracks. Try to be patient when that happens, take a step back and continue on a little more. “Don’t do nothing unless your heart’s in it.” I never do anything unless I’m excited to try it out and see what comes of it. But also, don’t be afraid to change your mind. There’s strength in knowing when to quit and knowing when something doesn’t feel right to you. My best strategy for finding out what I love was writing out all projects that I’ve always wanted to try and trying each one out fully for 6 months. I also love the idea of 80% of the results coming from 20% of the work. I only keep the projects that I’m happy with and that gives me the most results in terms of profit. You want to work SMART and HARD at what gives you a great return on investment. Keep it pushing and always find time to enjoy life and be thankful. It works wonders for your success.
7. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?
Ivy Sanchez- Thank you so much for having me. I am insanely flattered with your consideration. The website and the concept is perfect and absolutely filled with so many talented people and tons of great advice to learn from. This is gonna be amazing! Wishing you all the best and let’s keep in contact.
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Dustin Lee Talks About Working With Gary Vaynerchuk
Dustin Lee is a videographer and content creator working for GaryVee and Team GaryVee. He has worked on various social projects and created the Instagram account @costanzagrams. He has also been the subject of admiration from countless GaryVee fans including me! He was kind enough to take some time out and do this interview!
1. Who is Dustin Lee in real life?
I’m a 35-year-old BMX enthusiast, Muay Thai enthusiast, car enthusiast, and huge Seinfeld fan.
2. How did your job at VaynerMedia?
I applied like a regular Joe Schmo, got rejected, then luckily got a callback 6 months after I applied asking if I was still interested. My only leverage was that I built a fairly large Instagram account show casing that I understood Instagram (@costanzagrams)
3. What has your experience been like working for Gary Vaynerchuk?
Everyday is something new, we’re always adapting, speed speed speed, and learning new things that I didn’t go to school for.
4. What are your views on the current outlook of trading cards?
It’s very interesting and fluctuates all the time. Its really like an unregulated stock market
5. You’ve been biking for a while, what is something that biking taught you?
I learned a lot of the tricks I do are very mentally challenging and really “in my head”. And also learned to work smarter, not winging it.
6. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?
Work hard, but do your best to be patient. I understand it’s easier said than done. But it’s the only practical advice that can actually lead somewhere. Have faith and keep going.