Cory Quintard started volunteer in 2014 and shortly after he moved to Nashville, quitting his part-time job to focus on music full time. In 2015, he recorded his first EP “The World Will Begin Again” which quickly crossed the 100,000 mark with follow up singles “Somebody’s Everything” and “Waking Up” also crossing the 100,000 mark the same year. All of this success resulted in album sales and a licensing deal with The Music Bed.
1. Who is Cory Quintard AKA Volunteer in real life?
Cory Quintard: I am a full-time artist dedicated to a life of growing in my craft of storytelling through music and writing. I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. I love dogs. I have been married to my wife Robyn for almost three years, and we live peacefully just outside of Nashville in Madison, TN. I am a child of the 90s and a huge fan of anything with a good story.
2. Who were your favourite artists while growing up?
Cory Quintard: As a kid, I loved everything from Elton John and Phil Collins to Hanson and NSYNC. I saw Dave Matthews Band three times. I also went through a hardcore phase in high school, where I listened to bands like Underoath and As Cities Burn. I loved Eminem, Blink 182, Outkast, and Death Cab for Cutie. I was all over the place.
3. At what point in your journey, did you realise that you have accomplished something? (Volunteer Music)
Cory Quintard: An artist’s life is full of highs and lows. Remember to enjoy the successes as they come because it’s easy to blow past them to get to the next big milestone. I am grateful every day that I get to do this for a living. I just want to stay true to myself and make the type of art I want to make.
4. Do you think one must have educational qualifications to do well in life?
Cory Quintard: I hope not because I don’t have many. I didn’t even finish college. Many people in my professional artistic community don’t have college degrees because most artists develop their craft by experience rather than in a classroom setting. However, I don’t want anyone without a medical license performing surgery on me or someone without an engineering degree building the bridge I drive on. It all depends on how you want to serve the world. I believe if you are eager and willing to learn new things, you will get far in life regardless of your calling.
5. What are your views on the future of live music?
Cory Quintard: I am an optimistic person. The connection we get from being in a crowd full of strangers, all connecting in our own ways with a work of art is spiritual and profound. Safety should be our priority, but in due time I believe we will be packing theatres and clubs again.
6. Which artists do you look forward to collaborating with?
Cory Quintard: My favourite artists right now are Gang of Youths, The National, and Haim, so if any of them want to work together, please let me know. I have felt a musical kinship with Andrew McMahon (Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate) since I was young, so it would be a treat to work with him.
7. Any tips for aspiring musicians?
Cory Quintard: Don’t follow trends. I have made that mistake before. Stay true to yourself. Don’t worry about breaking into the industry. Write music that moves you and write every single day until you are addicted to the process. The best way to get very good at writing songs is to finish a lot of them. All of them won’t be good, but that’s how you get better. Enjoy the process. You can’t always control the reception, but you can be happy creating and improving every single day.
Arooba Najaf Talks About Making It As A Video Editor
Today, we are in a conversation with Arooba Najaf. Arooba is a video editor who agreed to sit down with us and talk about how she started off her career as a video editor. Read on!
1. Who is Arooba Najaf in real life?
Arooba – Who am I? Personally, sometimes I ask myself the same question and think I am just a simple person making the world a better place. I’m just an ordinary girl from the Jersey Shore editing videos and always sharing the love of my pets. I would describe myself as an ambitious, humble, and caring person. With a story told through visuals. If you ever see me in person I am the girl who smiles and makes sure you leave with some wisdom and tend to listen then speak. I would say there are many words to describe me but I’ll let you decide on that.
2. Why did you decide to get into video editing as a profession?
Arooba – Personally, I was about to become a dental assistant and follow a path I didn’t settle in my heart. After editing some vlogs and just learning more I decided to take this full-on after university. You can say it was a literal huge leap of faith. I had 4 years of no luck or even clients and learned a lot from editors like Justin Odisho. I knew in my heart as well as my gut I had to do something creative so I took that leap as soon as a felt it. Working wasn’t for me and I felt like I needed to do something that kept me going.
3. How did you start out as a video editor?
Arooba – Video editing was something I actually learned from watching YouTube and just taking my own pace on it. When I first started I had no clue and turned to Youtube to develop my knowledge. Was it easy? Nope, but I didn’t give up on making sure I learned every detail. As my vlogs grew and did some small gigs I got better and built on the craft. One of the key series that helped develop this skill was through the entrepreneur series and I wanted my videos to look and feel like Gary Vanerchuck videos. Through, patience and practice all the small details made sense.
4. What was that one moment in your career that gave you a sense of accomplishment?
Arooba – I honestly can’t choose one moment because every accomplishment to me matters in making the creative work matter. I’ve grown through every video and growing every day so I would say it keeps me humble for the skill and what every video brings along. Videos just tell the story but the creativity just makes it worthwhile.
5. What would you say to someone who is just starting out in your field?
Arooba – Personally, I would say to learn and just be patient with yourself. Being, creative isn’t easy but the years you put in will eventually pay off. There will be unexpected ups and downs and you never know will the work will take you. You just have to take it a step at a time, build relationships, and keep learning.
6. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?
Aron Cohen On How He Started LakersAllDayEveryday And Turned It Into A Career
Aron Cohen is the man behind the famous “Lakers All Day Everyday” Instagram account that has amassed over 200k followers and is followed by NBA players like Anthony Davis, Quin Cook, etc. Aron and I talked about how he originally became a Lakers fan (being a huge Lakers fan myself) and what made him start LADE. Here is the conversation we had!
Q1. Who is Aron Cohen in real life?
Aron- I’m a 21-year-old from Los Angeles just doing what I love and calling it work. When I was 13, I created @LakersAllDayEveryday on Instagram. 7 years later, it has gone from a hobby to a full-on career. Instagram has become my workplace and it’s led to me some great work opportunities with companies like Adidas, Bleacher Report, ESPN, and some others.
Q2. How did you grow to become a Lakers fan?
Aron- Kobe Bryant. He is the reason I’m a Laker fan and the reason why I started LakersAllDayEveryday. He gave me so much joy every single time he played and he made me fall in love with the sport of basketball. But more importantly, he taught me how to approach LIFE. His Mamba Mentality is the reason why I’ve been able to do what I’ve done at a young age. He taught me to keep my head down and just work my tail off.
I always used to say, if Kobe got traded or signed with another team, I would instantly become a fan of that team. My love for Kobe was always stronger than my love for the Lakers and it still is.
Q3. Why did you decide to start “Lakers All Day Everyday“?
Aron- I started LADE when I was 13 years old and created it because I wanted to share my passion with other Laker fans from around the world. I was so obsessed with the Lakers and thought it would be a good idea to create a place for Laker fans to unite and share their opinions. Fast forward to today and we have grown to over 230K followers! It’s an amazing community that I’m glad to be a part of.
Q4. What were your key takeaways from working at ESPN, BleacherrReport, Adidas?
Aron- One of the most important things I’ve learned is that networking never stops. You should always look to expand your network. Often times, once people land a job or internship, they think that they don’t need to network anymore and that is a huge mistake.
Once I got to each of these jobs, I knew that I was surrounded by the best of the best. I made sure to meet individually with each of my co-workers to hear about how they got to where they were and if they had any advice for me.
Being able to have these experiences taught me that if you really want something, you can work hard and eventually get it. Nothing was ever given to me. It’s easier said than done but it’s very true.
Q5. You have created countless pieces of content for social media, what would you say to someone who wants to start creating content in 2020?
Aron- My biggest piece of advice is to focus on bettering your content. Nowadays everyone just gets caught up with their follower count and they forget the most important key to growing: their actual content. If you don’t have good content, why would people follow your page? You need to put yourself in their shoes and give people a reason to follow you. Study accounts that are doing similar things to what you are trying to do and see what works for them. As you grow, you see what does well and what doesn’t with your specific audience. If you stay consistent and continue to make better content you will see the followers roll in. Guaranteed.
Q6. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?
Aron- If you’re passionate about starting something, I encourage you to go for it! Stay dedicated, work on it every day, and be patient. Again, it’s all easier said than done but it’s a proven formula for success.
Q7. Is there something you would like to say to Nwsppr?
Aron- Thank you for taking the time to read the article! You can find me on Instagram @AronCohen
Bella Jaeger On Starting “New Age Digital PH”
Bella Jaeger is the founder of New Age Digital PH – an agency focusing on branding, creative production, social media management, photography, videography, etc! Bella was kind enough to take the time out and discuss with us about her journey. Read on!
1. Who is Bella Jaeger in real life?
Oh mann, I’m a very down to earth & restless person! Before the whole pandemic situation- I’d always get ready to plan some sort of out of town trip with my friends, I like to get the gang together! I’m bubbly, quite energetic at times (it’s the Sagittarius in me) and I love learning new ideas, I also love communicating with people, a social butterfly you may say. I also get easily bored so I always need to refresh my mind and find something interesting and fulfilling to do- Maybe that’s why I’m extremely hands-on with my agency because if I feel that I’m just laying down and staring into outer space then I’m useless. (lol) But to each his own! That’s just me 😉
2. What can you tell us about “New Age Digital PH”?
NAD is my baby! I founded New Age Digital last September 2019 and it’s been amazing ever since. Basically, we are a start-up agency here in the Philippines that provides Digital Marketing Services- from content creation to ads management, we’re on it. We’re a group of young, thriving individuals who all find beauty in social media rather than the bad. We make sure to help grow a brand’s digital presence and try to make it stronger and better. We recently launched our Youtube Channel called Nad Tv where we share and talk about our growing pains and also a few tips and tricks when it comes to our knowledge in the digital world.
3. What problems did you face in your career when you were starting?
Oh, lots and lots of problems! Of course, there are financial problems, then the hiring and firing problems. Finding the best people to fit into your team. Then, of course, thinking of the company’s brand colors and logos. Then come to the first few clients- making sure we keep them happy and renewing partnerships with us. Mainly, the pandemic is a big problem because of budget constraints in the company and also within the potential clients we were supposed to work with. A lot were in the F&B industry that’s why. I can’t say that I’ve perfected any of these problems yet because NAD is fairly new, we’ve only turned just 1. But it’s been fun- it’s fun to learn, to grow and I love what I do and I know I’m good at it so there are never problems, only solutions 😉
4. What is that one moment in your career that gave you a sense of accomplishment in your career?
Hmm, well if there’s a sense of accomplishment it’s certain that I’ve made it to this point of my career life at 27. Establishing New Age Digital and getting brands to trust us at such an early stage in our agency’s life is something I’m very proud of. You see, I started in 2015 as a freelance social media manager and eventually fell in love with the idea of marketing that I dug into it deeper. Creating my very own agency with my partners now and knowing that we are all so passionate about it and that we are all in one boat when it comes to constant decision making is something I am truly blessed and lucky to have. I find that very accomplishing.
5. What is something you wish you had known when you were starting?
I think it would mostly be more knowledge of managing a business. I mean I’ve always been an employee for 8 years of my working life- so to start an agency now and truly run it requires a lot of research and nothing really is by the book here, you see it comes from experience and learning. It also takes a lot of observation and in-depth decision making.
6. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?
Hello there readers! Hope you guys are all staying happy and keeping safe! My motto in life is to always to fall in love with the process, whatever it maybe don’t rush it! I know it’s cheesy, but if you haven’t found your passion yet- don’t worry IT WILL COME. Of course, you need to work for it- explore, find what your strengths are, more so your weaknesses, and put them into practice. See what you’re good at, do what you love and you are definitely going to rock at it! Everything will pay off as long as you work hard for it.
7. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?
BELLA JAEGER- Thank you so much for having me! More power to the Nwsppr team- you guys are great! And thank you so much for supporting individuals like me! Keep up the good energy!