Omar Nasr (@omarnasrmusic)

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Omar Nasr is an up and coming singer from the UAE. He has come a long way – starting with his first passion for mathematics and teaching. He has learned a lot over the years from both his career paths. Omar likes to listen to what his followers want from him and hence, he is growing every day. He is a hardworking individual who is constantly trying to be better than the day before.

When Omar was in school, he would have never expected to take on such a career path. He was a studious child with decent grades. His parents encouraged him to study harder and get admission to the best universities around. Being the obedient child that he was, he did not argue with them and complied with their wish.

He studied pure mathematics as he was quite good at it and was fond of it. After graduation, he began teaching the subject at the university level. He was considered to be a strict instructor but was well-respected as he knew the subject very well. However, Omar was not satisfied with his career and wished to pursue music.

Music had always been special to Omar. From an early age, he associated feeling happy with music. As he got older, he would use it to help him cope with tough days. He would often be heard singing along to some of his favorite songs. His close ones were amazed at how good of a voice he had. Sadly, he was never encouraged to pursue it as a career and did not feel the urge to. However, all this changed when realized he was not fulfilled with his teaching job and wished to enter the music industry.

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Omar was nervous and not too sure of himself when releasing his first song. He was aware that he had a good voice but was not sure how the public will respond to his music. Nevertheless, he released his song called, “Mostaheeli,” on YouTube and Anghami – a music streaming platform. His song was a complete hit in the Arab world. He had gained fame almost overnight. People enjoyed the upbeat energy from the song. The song stands at over 1.5 million views on YouTube today.

Given the huge success of his first song, he gained many followers on social media. People were excited to see what he would release next and kept encouraging him. Sometime later, he released the song, “Seeb Nafsak,” which is a fast, electronic tempo song. This was also another big hit for the new singer. People loved his singing and the feeling they got when listening to his songs. Omar is working on releasing even more music soon.

Currently, the successful artist has over 13k followers on Instagram alone. He also makes good use of other social media platforms such as Facebook with 40k followers and YouTube with 400k subscribers. People enjoy regularly checking his pages to see if he has released any new music. He has fans from not only the Arab region but all across the world.

Omar uses the Instagram platform for a variety of reasons. His main content is for the promotion of his latest releases. He regularly shares snippets of his songs, encouraging followers to listen to the full song. Omar uploads posters for his songs every few days. He also shares the progress of his work; recently he posted a photo showing him reaching 1 million streams on Anghami. He uses the highlights feature to post about his live performances, covers, and Q&As with his fans. Additionally, Omar likes to be real with his fans so posts from his day-to-day life too.

He is surely rising through the ranks to become a star in the region. Despite all odds, he has successfully managed to switch his career, shocking everyone, even his students, along the way. He is a hardworking individual and hopes to release new music soon. He hopes he can inspire other upcoming artists to pursue their dreams.

Interview with Warren Basking (@warrenbasking)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I’ve been singing and writing as long as I can remember. Once, I was in a High School production of Alice In Wonderland, and I played as the March Hare, I knew from that moment that I wanted to be an entertainer. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

My first “album” was a tribute to Todrick Hall, and when it was released I got to know a few of his fan pages, who are super sweet. They had helped me get Todrick’s attention, because I can remember that I was super anxious for him to see it. That was definitely a moment in my life I’ll never forget. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Stay on your grind! Don’t ever stop. I know there will be some days when it seems like you’re going nowhere or nobody cares to listen to you, but I promise that if you keep going, you’re going to reap what comes from it. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I’ve worked with so many producers who are amazingly talented. I am always reaching out to see what people have to offer. I remember working with one producer, his name was Mike Bulgakov. He had helped me with the “One In A Million Remix” and when he sent me the song back, I was just so amazed. Especially the producers from my most recent album “Showtime”. All amazing producers. When it comes to writing, that’s all me. Writing is like a breath of fresh air for me. My escape. Every song that is out there with my name on it, I’ve written. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Being an LGBTQ+ artist, I’m always trying to provide music for my community that speaks to them. Whether someone has low self-esteem or is just having a bad day, I want to make sure that my community knows they are AMAZING, and nobody can tell them otherwise. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“You just can’t let life happen to you, you have to make life happen.” – Idowu Koyenikan. You know, I used to always think if I sang a few songs on video, or danced for some people that one day someone would pick me up and sign me. That was never the case. Though it has worked out that way for a few, it just wasn’t for me. I knew that if this is what I really wanted, my head had to be in the right place, and I had to use my determination to make it happen. So, here I am. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

On all social media platforms, my username is the same. It is @warrenbasking. 

Warren Basking (@warrenbasking)

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In the world today, LGBTQ music has expanded throughout the spectrum of popular music. The music released in the past few years have acknowledged and accepted the LGBTQ community. Musicians who have been vocal about them through their music include Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Britney Spears among many others. The LGBT community has a great deal of support in the entertainment industry today, and efforts are still made to ensure their adequate representation in all fields

Among the group of aspiring LGBTQ musicians is Warren Basking. Warren Basking identifies as an LGBTQ Musician. With a very active musical career, Warren continues to grow as a musician ever passing day. Warren is a young and aspiring music writer, who is extremely skillful at composing musical compositions. An exceptional songwriter, Warren writes lyrics that are very well thought of.

Warren Basking had a love for music from a very young age. Singing and songwriting was something Warren actively participated in as a child. Warren’s first experience in production came from working on a play at High School. Warren successfully produced the play, which was based on ‘Alice in Wonderland’. In the play, Warren played the role of ‘March’. The experience gained from the project helped Warren develop a love for performing arts. Warren was sure about working as an entertainer in the future.

Warren Basking was inspired by the American singer, songwriter and director Todrick Hall was. Warren had respected his work immensely and hoped to follow his footsteps. The first alum that Warren Basking released was basically a tribute to Todrick Hall. After the album was released, it was noticed by many of Todrick Hall fans. His fans hugely appreciated Warren’s work, and it became very popular on multiple musical forums. Warren was highly unsure if the music would be noticed by Todrick Hall himself or not. However, dreams do come true. The song had gotten so popular, that it got Todrick Hall’s attention. The success of the album was a major breakthrough in Warren’s career. It was a moment in Warren’s life that will probably be remembered for the longest of times.

However, despite the album’s success, Warren chose to take the album down. Warren believed in being an independent artist. Of the album, Warren’s favorite song was titled ‘One In A Million’. The song is very close to the singer’s heart, and reminds Warren of the reasons behind the pursuit of music. One In A Million is a song that highlights all the love and support Warren has received throughout. Apart from its original version, two other versions were also created of the song: the acoustic version and the remix version.

Warren’s most recent album is titled “Her Majesty”. The album was released in multiple online music platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Sound cloud, YouTube, and iTunes. The album cover features the singer holding a silver crown embellished with maroon stones. The stones seem to be fit for a royal, hence the album name “Her Majesty”. The cover is extremely attractive, with a perfect balance of the colors maroon, white, and silver. The album has over 8 songs, all of which are distinct in their music and composition.

Warren Basking can be followed on all social media platforms as @warrenbasking. Warren has over 14.5 thousand Instagram followers, and actively engages with the followers. Warren’s posts, captions and ideas are loved and appreciated by hundreds of followers. His Instagram profile features the famous American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. Warren loves Mariah Carey’s voice and feels that it has the capacity to touch one’s soul.

Warren Basking is very vocal about LGBTQ rights on Instagram. Additionally, through Instagram posts, Warren educates followers about racism. The singer feels strongly about discrimination with respect to race and color. Just because a person has a different skin color, does not mean one has to fear for his or her lives.

Throughout the singer’s career, Warren has maintained a very serious attitude and worked towards achieving goals tirelessly. Warren advises followers to always pursue their dreams with hard work and dedication, instead of having fear slowing down their progress.

To stay up to date with Warren’s music and endeavor’s, be sure to follow the singer and songwriter on all social media platforms as @warrenbasking.

Interview with Krysten Kinsey (@xoxo_lilmskrys)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Growing up I was always in the theater/acting/modeling world living in Miami. It was my passion and what I was extremely excited about. I always knew I wanted to be a light in this world and be a creator to uplift people with my gifts. A little further down the road, I became in love with fitness and spirituality. Being able to blend all my passions together while inspiring others has been so fulfilling and life-changing. I love how diverse social media is and how much it has grown! I connect with people all over the world and it’s amazing! I chose this specific career path because it’s what I absolutely love! I want to connect with people worldwide, help others become the best versions of themselves, inspire, and just brightening up people’s lives by being that light for people.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

It’s most definitely my traveling stories. I love traveling all over! Seeing beautiful parts of the world that I didn’t know even existed is so humbling and makes me so happy. I really can’t even put it into words. Working with different photographers and learning there different styles and techniques is very interested and different. I learn a lot every time I do a shoot. I have worked with a couple of idols of mine and I was screaming on the inside but I kept it professional. That will never get old to me. I love it!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

My first tip is to realize that you can manifest anything you put your mind to. I suggest having a journal and write down all your goals/dreams. Nothing is impossible. Stay consistent. Consistency is key! Don’t overwork your self and become overwhelmed. Remember it’s not a race it’s a lifestyle. I take a “Me” day one to two times a week. Go pamper yourself, relax, get a massage, mani/Pedi, go for a walk, disconnect from work, and connect to earth to keep your headspace calm and balanced. I always start my days off with motivational quotes, positive affirmations, and some inspiring photos or videos to start my day off just right. Even watching a silly YouTube video that will make you laugh is beneficial to start your day off just right.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I am so grateful for my mom. Who has taken me to cast calls, sets, my theater performances, shows, camps, photoshoots, singing lessons, even cheerleading, and soccer practice? She has been such an amazing mom and backbone. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive person to be by my side through it all. I look up to many different influencers. Katy Hearn is one I look up to so much. I relate to her on so many levels. She is a stunning fitness model and she is also a mommy of two like myself. I have watched how much she has grown and how much she has achieved from just being her self and staying consistent. It’s truly inspiring! Another person I am grateful for is Ralph Smart. I have watched his YouTube channel since 2008 and now we are actually friends. He has really kept me in a good headspace and has taught me so much knowledge it’s incredible how intelligent he is. From having a holistic approach to fear to manifest your reality and the secrets of the universe, he really feeds my soul with his content. I couldn’t be more grateful for finding Ralph on my journey.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I use my platform and my voice to always spread good vibes and positivity. The world really needs more love. I want to bring people together as much as I can. I don’t want any hate in the world. I wish everyone would come together, be happy, grow together, and learn from each other. I love giving back and connecting with new people. We are all connected at the end of the day. I want the best for everyone and I want to help as many people I can. I will continue to spread kindness and inspiration to make the world a better place.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama. Life is about the journey. One thing I heard that stuck with me is “Don’t take life so seriously.” I wasn’t always a happy go lucky type of kid but as I got older I made that change and it made such a ripple effect into my reality. I am a strong believer in positive, happy people who live longer, happy, healthier lives. So what’s the point in being so serious, grumpy, or negative all the time? I made that change and I did not regret it one bit!

“Fear is stupid.” Marilyn Monroe. I love this quote! I use to be so shy! I was taught fear is false evidence appearing real. I let go and came out of my shell and started turning my dreams into my reality.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

You can follow me on instagram @xoxo_lilmskrys.

Interview with Jose Colmenares Velasco (@joecolmenaresv)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I became a social media consultant back in 2013. It all started when the company I used to work for, as a sales manager, went out of business. I was devastated and in the financial aspect, I was drowning. I remember that same day that I got the bad news I was on my iPhone, just browsing through it, thinking about my future and how my life was about to change. Pretty much preparing myself to return the new Honda Accord I had just gotten and said good-bye to my dream of finally buying a house. When I got a message from my little brother on WhatsApp. He said, “Hey how come you are still not on Instagram?”. Honestly, the last thing I could care about was some new social media platform, but I was so bored and stressed that I went ahead and created an account. I chose JoecolmenaresV as my username, as most people at work called me Joe instead of Jose. I can say it was love at first sight. I remember checking hashtags to find the funniest memes I had ever seen. I literally spent hours and hours just laughing and taking screenshots of everything I found funny. That night I came across the funniest account of all, the name was Queboleta, a Colombian memes account that at that time already had a little over 100,000 followers which were impressive, considering Instagram was still a new platform and most “big” accounts were far from those numbers. I was amazed by the quality of the content and the engagement it was getting. That’s exactly when I realized this is what I wanted to do: Grow Instagram accounts with funny videos and memes in order to eventually promote different products and services. I was not even sure what it was that I was going to sell, I just knew I would go for it. A few months later I already had two well-known meme accounts that I had grown myself with the help of Eduardo, the owner of Queboleta. I had tried to approach him many different ways which were hard since there were no direct messages at the moment, but one day I did. One thing led to another and we became partners. I named my two accounts Quejeso and Quebolas. This is how I ended up being a social media consultant after working as a sales manager for a carpet cleaning equipment distributor. I thank God every day this happened, I could not imagine my life without Colmenares Digital Corp, which is the name of my social media consulting firm.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Having built what some people referred to as an “Instagram Empire” by the year 2015, I had made good connections. Famous people would try to get a hold of me to help them promote their newly created IG accounts. One night I ended up being invited to the birthday party of the famous Puerto Rican singer Nicky Jam. I was new to this whole thing of hanging out with famous people and at first, I felt awkward at this party in a night club in Medellin, however after meeting Nicky and shaking hands I realized he was just a regular guy, like everyone else. Interestingly enough Nicky himself told me he was a big fan of my accounts and that he actually followed both of them. I felt really happy that someone like him would even know my accounts. We spent the evening chatting, and the center of our conversation was about him asking for advice on how to grow his social media followers more efficiently. This was an evening I will never forget. I have not talked to Nicky ever again after that night but it was truly very interesting.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Building a social media presence for any business takes a lot of time and effort. Things don’t really happen overnight. Being creative and always trying new things and techniques will make you different. I encourage all new consultants to watch all the videos on Youtube that they can, even pay for some tutorials and classes on sites like Udemy, this will help you gather ideas that eventually can be turned into unique approaches to offer services that will distinguish you. You are likely to fail several times until it happens. You can see it like this, each failure means you are one step closer to success.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Yes, his name is Eduardo Florez, whom I mentioned earlier, he believed in me from the beginning and saw my potential to even make me his partner. For a variety of reasons we parted ways but we are still close friends and are in constant communication. He now owns the famous memes account Moriderisa with more than 6.5 million followers.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

In the year 2014, I joined a few friends with the idea of creating an Instagram account that would show the world what was really happening in Venezuela, even help Venezuelans abroad and in the country understand the situation. It was a very helpful account in this regard, considering the censorship we have over there, where the media channels that speak the truth are shut down the next day. We opened this account named VenezuelaLucha to keep the World informed and at the same time help those in need. We were in contact with several charities that fed the poor, which sadly represent the majority of Venezuela’s population. Helping this non-for-profit organization and all the people that to this date still benefit from them, is by far the most gratifying feeling one can have as a social media influencer. In the year 2017, VenezuelaLucha already had millions of followers and I was covering myself the protests in Caracas, every day for 8 months, doing all I could to keep people informed, until one day I was threatened by one of the “leaders” of the dictatorship in Venezuela. I would either leave the country or be imprisoned. I really had no choice. With my luggage full of memories and nostalgia, I had to board a plane and leave everything behind.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I have learned that everything in life is temporary. Good things and bad things can come and go. If you think about it, everything really IS temporary. Point being, when you are struggling, never give up, and understand that maybe your time just hasn’t come yet. The storm will pass and you will see clearer after the rain is gone. It might sound cliche but it is a fact, at least it is for me, and for many people I know. On the other hand, if you are doing great and things just could not be better, always remember who you are, be proud of whom you have become but always with your feet on the ground. Never look at anyone over your shoulder, one day you may need something from this person. Be certain that if you have been kind to people when you are the top, they will help you when you are at the bottom. 

Being born in a middle-class family that taught me great values and do not discriminate, I learned that we are all equal in a way that we all deserve respect, regardless of your financial status, your skin color, race, or religion. We all deserve to have the same rights and most importantly, everyone deserves an opportunity. I could not be prouder of my mom Carmen Velasco and my dad Jose Colmenares (yep, I am really Jose Colmenares Jr). Despite all the obstacles they had in their lives raising me and my brothers, they always made sure we were fed, provided the best education possible, and always guided us in the right direction. If I feel lucky about one thing, that thing is having the family I have, that have always been there for me. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

On Instagram: instagram.com/joecolmenaresv and Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joecolmenaresv

Jose Colmenares Velasco (@joecolmenaresv)

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In 2013, Jose Colmenares Velasco worked for a company as a sales manager that later ran out of business. That is when he discovered Instagram through his younger brother and realized how fascinating it was. He decided to make his own account and since then he has been very successful in co-founding multiple pages, managing other famous social media influencers’ accounts, and being a social media consultant. His Instagram alone has over 76 hundred thousand followers and millions of followers on his other pages. 

If there is one thing that this generation of social media loves are ‘Memes’. It is an image, video, or a piece of text, typically humorous in nature that is rapidly shared by internet users. When Jose came across them on Instagram he found them very amusing. One particular page that caught his attention was by the name Queboleta, a Columbian meme page that at the time had over 100,000 followers. After going through similar pages, he came to a decision that this is what he will do, manage accounts by posting funny videos, and eventually promote and sell products on it. He contacted the owner of Queboleta and together they decided to launch two more pages by the name of Quejeso and Quebolas that were later named @eldiario and @venezuelalucha. They became very popular very fast and soon had over 4 million followers collectively.

He made an impact on more people than he expected because before he knew it, other famous Instagram celebrities started contacting him. Jose guided them through on how to run their accounts and promote their product. His previous experience in a marketing company gave him an advantage; he knew perfectly well how to manage their campaigns. He decided to start his company called Colmenares Digital Corp. His company ensures establishing profitable marketing social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with proper engagement with the audience. They offer services that help content creators to expand their reach to an even bigger audience by connecting advertising companies with them.

By 2015, his ‘Instagram Empire’ reached to even bigger connections. Many celebrities contacted him for his help in launching their Instagram page. One particular celebrity among them was Nicky Jam, a famous singer from Puerto Rica. Jose got invited to his birthday party where the singer told him how he followed both his accounts and was truly inspired by him. Later on that evening, Nicky Jam asked for his advice on how to grow his following and how he can run his account more efficiently. Jose gave him advice and realized that his company has grown so much over the years.

Up till now, his company has managed to launch campaigns for artists who want their music to instantly gain popularity in all social media platforms. These campaigns focus mainly on the genre, budget, and target audience. One of the very successful campaigns that he is proud of is about the very famous song named Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. He played a major role in making it go viral on all social media platforms and to this date it is the most-watched video on YouTube.

Before building his massive empire on social media he almost gave up on his dreams. After losing his earlier job, Jose felt like he was going backward. He had plans to buy his dream house, but little did he know there was something greater waiting for him. His vast knowledge about the marketing industry and his interest in managing social media accounts made him famous among other social media influencers. Without him and his company, many social media influencers wouldn’t know how to run their accounts. He builds accounts from scratch and gives them an audience to connect with. 

It is quite impressive to know how quickly he adjusted from being a sales manager to being a social media consultant. From almost giving up to getting back on his feet, it is truly inspiring for people who just lost their jobs and don’t know what to do with their life. They should learn from Jose that there is always something waiting for them. 

Krysten Kinsey (@xoxo_lilmskrys)

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Krysten Kinsey is a model and social media influencer based in the US. She enjoys posing in front of a camera and has been in the industry for a while now. She also enjoys taking photos of her everyday life to share with her fans on social media. She likes sharing her thoughts on social media and encouraging a fun-loving and light mood on her page.

Ever since Krysten was a young girl, she has enjoyed being in the spotlight. Throughout her school life, she had liked participating in activities and staying involved. Whenever she was asked what she wished to pursue when she grew up, she could never give a straight answer. She always jumped from career to career. As she got older, she would often be found taking photos of herself. Her loved ones encouraged her and supported her. Eventually, Krysten decided to pursue modeling as a career.

Krysten feels extremely confident when in front of the camera. She poses like a natural. She has collaborated with many other models and photographers. These individuals enjoy working with her as she creates a very friendly environment. Additionally, Krysten is extremely professional and knows when to get down to serious business. She has been a part of many photo shoots – each giving her the experience to learn from. She is perfecting her art as a model.

Krysten believes in leading a very healthy lifestyle. She is known for following a good diet, filled with nutrients and greens. More importantly, Krysten is a gym enthusiast and advocate. She has a physique that leaves her fans in awe. She has worked very hard to get the body she has. She often shares pictures of her updates of changes in her body due to different routines. She makes sure to encourage her followers to chase after a healthy lifestyle as it has helped a lot in dealing with body insecurities.

Currently, the young model has over 2.5k followers on Instagram alone. She is also active on other social media platforms. She makes sure to share photos and stories often as she wishes to build a more intimate relationship with her followers. She shares a variety of content with her followers which show updates on her latest project, progress with the gym, or just about life in general.

Krysten’s Instagram displays a variety of pictures of herself. She takes photos when she is outside as she appreciates the natural lighting. However, mostly her photos are taken inside as Krysten likes to practice her modeling poses. She receives feedback from fans and incorporates this feedback in her next photoshoots. Krysten also likes going swimming as she is often posting photos in her swimsuits. This also gives her the chance to showcase her skills to potential modeling agencies who may be interested in seeing her work. It serves as a portfolio.

In addition to her modeling pictures, Krysten also posts regular content to keep her page authentic. Krysten values realness in the influencers she is a fan of and strives to offer her fans the same. She showcases her personality by posting humorous content. This content is usually in the form of pictures with funny phrases on them like memes. Such content provides an insight into what she is like in person. Her followers highly appreciate this content.

Krysten is surely on the path of success. She spends each day striving for more and is constantly working on her next project. She enjoys spending time on social media to build a better bond with her fans. Krysten plans to keep posting content about herself and her photoshoots to further her modeling career.

Interview with Chanel Jeon (@chanelogy)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Young business owner, who owns 2 bubble tea stores in Chicago suburbs. Also, a lifestyle, travel, dog mom influencer.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

A lot of people think I am just a part-time worker when I am at my stores. And people get really surprised when I tell them I’m the owner.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

You’re not sure about your major? Career? You’re not the only one- Who knew I’d be doing my own business when I majored in Elementary Education?! I know one thing for sure, I’ve done what I’ve done so far—living and working abroad, traveling, and changing my career—because I am always open to new opportunities. It is not easy taking that leap of faith but I dare ask young women to do so because there is so much potential and so many good people alongside the bad who will be of helping hands. The world is still a beautiful place to have faith in so don’t be afraid of new challenges- be confident, believe in yourself, and be goal-driven. You will fail, you will have to move mountains along the way, but you will get there. In one way or another, you will get there. I promise.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My husband, Mervin, has always behind everything I do. He is my #1 supporter. Ever since I started my Instagram blogging, he’s been the photographer of a lot of the pictures. Back then, we were just dating, and after 4 years of dating, we got engaged and married.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Because I am a dog mom, I annually donate to local animal shelters in Chicago during Christmastime. It breaks my heart that there are so many pets that are still looking for a forever home.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“This, too, shall pass” – is my favorite quote. It applies to everything. You are going through some hardships? It will pass too. When I first started the business, it was definitely not easy since all I’ve done was teaching kids for five years. I didn’t know anything about business. But that, too, passed and I look at myself, thinking “wow, I made it this far already”.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The readers can follow me on Instagram “@chanelogy”.

Chanel Jeon (@chanelogy)

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The business world is now seeing a rise in the number of women in leadership positions. Chanel Jeon is one such businesswoman who has made a name for herself in the business world. Chanel owns two bubble tea stores in Skokie and Niles, Illinois. She successfully opened a second location in 1.5 years of opening the first location. The first location was opened with the support of the Village of Skokie.

Chanel was born in South Korea but grew up in Chicago. She was able to experience two very different cultures. Soon, she decided to venture out into the world by studying abroad in Oxford where she had the experience of a lifetime that helped widen her horizons. This planted the seed in her love for traveling and eating. After graduating, she decided to travel to Asia and visited 14 different countries. She was a teacher by profession but soon decided to make a major career shift. After discussing it with her family, she started a bubble tea business in Skokie, Illinois, which was something she had always wanted to try. It was totally different from what she majored in and what she did for the past four years, but she never regretted her decision of switching to business. Being at the cross lines of major career shifts was not easy at all; especially, leaving a field she was familiar with and entering one in which she had little to no experience. It is still a learning process for Chanel and if there was one thing that gave her a strong confirmation in starting something new was due to the experiences she had while living abroad.

Chanel fell in love with bubble tea while traveling in Asia. Her love for bubble tea-inspired her to open a new store in Skokie called TeaRex, which specialized in bubble teas and waffles. She wanted to introduce her favorite beverage in the area and successfully managed to do so. For the purpose of opening a café, she was able to get a grant from The Skokie Village Board. Her café doesn’t only offer a variety of bubble tea but also offers various kinds of waffles. After the successful run of her café in Skokie, Chanel realized the potential of opening a business exclusive to bubble tea and waffles. Within the next 2 years, she was able to open another café in Niles, Illinois. Chanel hopes to turn her business into a chain of cafes around the country. Her café has been appreciated by the locals as she introduces them to a new beverage that is not only trendy but also very tasty. She has successfully made a name for herself in the business world as a woman in a leadership position.

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Apart from running a very successful business, Chanel is known to be the expert in amazing food and photography locations, among her friends and family. She loves sharing information about all the places she has been to and shares all the fantastic foods she has had in so many different countries with people who are intending to travel. A lot of people ask her for recommendations when they travel, especially to Asia. She has also made her own hashtags to sort out each country’s attraction and food pictures (e.g. #chanelogyxsingapore, #chanelogyxkorea). What sets her apart is that not only does she have pictures of food and amazing places, but she also includes footprints and relationships of people who’ve made traveling a breathtaking experience. Her brand is not only to get “pretty” pictures out into the world but that with each picture, there are stories, human relationships, and experiences beautifully recorded alongside these places. People can follow her on Instagram at @chanelogy.

Interview with Fadi Apueta (@fexfide)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

My favorite part of my career is traveling and exploring my expertise.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Started a company of tourism and showed growth and success within 3 years to be owning 23 offices worldwide and two Hotels.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Understand the cultures and know more language basics for better communication.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Ewelina Wijas met me by a coincidence and since then we started a career which was progressive and complete in terms of management and abilities since I a professional man in terms of managerial issues, and Mrs. Wijas completed the circle by having a wide connection to high personnel and by presenting the market segment needed.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Go green in my own hotels and promote Pilligrims programs at a lower rate for the elders.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Whatever it takes, by rich Pianna. Rich is a man who went after his goals and dreams and became an influencer to many who could participate in the achievement of physical and mental power. His idea was a team of athletes who represent 5% of the world population and create monsters in them to achieve their goals no matter what.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

By sharing my personal success to be motivating them into their own goals.