Recently, reward applications have become a trend in app stores as “side hustle” culture has grown. Unfortunately, a lot of these reward apps have a habit of feeling very “spammy”, and it is quite challenging to find one that not only offers a decent user experience but also has legitimate rewards. Fortunately for all of us side-hustlers, there is an app that’s actually worth its salt.
Current is one of the leading apps in the streaming space for the fact that they have found a way to reward consumers for simply streaming their favorite music. While there are ways to earn a bit faster by completing surveys or other small tasks, you can still earn up to $600 a year by just listening to music like you usually do. Completing any of the other tasks is completely optional.
This is awesome because rewards apps usually are constantly interfering with the experience of the user popping out ads at the most unpredictable and inconvenient moments. Pop up ads are perhaps one of the most annoying features an app can have, and Current is gloriously free of any of these. People don’t want to be forced to do something, and Current makes it so if a user engages with an ad, then they did so on purpose, not because they accidentally tapped the screen at the wrong time.
Current is an app that doesn’t require you to change anything in your lifestyle. The only thing that Current needs a user to do is to download the app and stream their music just as they always would. Nothing in their daily life changes besides the fact that they now earn rewards while streaming their music.
So just how does this work exactly?
Simple. First, a person needs to download the Current app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play. Next, they create an account within the app, and right after signing up, the user is given a digital wallet. This is where the rewards will stack up and be collected. Lastly, stream your favorite music through your favorite music platforms and begin earning rewards as you stream!
Stream culture has taken the world by storm. Forget cable and forget the radio. Now people have the ability to listen and watch what they want when they want. It’s no question why people have made such a giant shift to music/video streaming. Since it’s so new, there are many things that could be improved, and that’s just what Current has done.
Every Visionaries Dream Come True: How Media Agency Whiteout Is Bringing Together The Worlds Top Creative Artists From Around The World
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jamieson Murphy and Clint Hodnett, the founders of Whiteout, a media agency filled with some of the top visionaries in the world who all have a passion for creating visual stories that bring every brand and business to life. They started the company over a shared love of creating memories and stories that will last a lifetime.
The Whiteout team has taken their success from social media and rendered it to work closely with some of the world’s most respected brands. They have been able to stand out from everyone else because of their attention to detail, creative direction, and ability to develop amazing results for every single one of their client’s marketing campaigns. As a stacked team of over 200+ creators, the Whiteout team will always bring the vision of your company to life.
Both are from the Northeast, with Jamieson coming from Connecticut and Clint from Rhode Island. They currently live in Miami Florida where they get to travel and explore some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, producing digital imagery that speaks for itself.
Jamieson & Clint: We pride ourselves on never forcing creativity or inspiration at all, we seek it out and always go the extra mile for every business, brand or artist to showcase their product, hotel, festival, etc., that always leaves the viewer wanting to see more.
From A Dream to Over 200 Creators
Jamieson’s story is unlike most, he picked up a camera about 8 years ago after the death of his father in 2009. He used creative art as a source of expression and a way to deal with depression.
“A fellow visionary once said that art and depression go hand in hand… and I couldn’t agree more”
I don’t think that I would be in Miami or have ever picked up a camera if I didn’t go through such a traumatic experience at such a young age says, Jamieson. Taking that initial jump to chase a dream and go after a goal was frightening. He knew the risk that he was taking and how serious it was but he just couldn’t sit around in a small town in Connecticut. Fast forward two years and the risk was one of the best decisions he’s ever made!
How The Creation Of Whiteout Will Change Lives
Jamieson & Clint: There are so many influential and all-around amazing people in this world that need more recognition for their work and Whiteout is definitely going to change the lives of some of those individuals. We created Whiteout to show the world through our creative viewfinder. Whether it’s shooting a short promotional video for a real estate agent, short travel film for a 5-star hotel or a car commercial that the client never expected could be produced, Whiteout puts all of our young, creative minds together to make it possible for any brand or company.
Every creative in the world has a dream brand or company to work with and I know with the help through Whiteout we can make that happen. We can not only grow this agency into one of the top agencies in the world, all over the news, magazines, etc. but also help anyone along the way with jobs and making a huge impact on generations to come.
The Difference Between Whiteout and Everyone Else
There are so many “agencies” in the world today. Whiteoutes attention to detail and creativity separates them from everyone else. They always go the extra mile for every one of their clients and always brings a final product that leaves clients speechless.
In 5 years, they see Whiteout as one of the top media agencies in the world. Jamieson and Clint, along with the whole team have the drive and ambition to make this happen. Jamieson says that Whiteout is going to be known globally. Though there may be obstacles and challenges along the way, with a team as solid as theirs, I doubt there is anything that can bring them down.
Adapting To The Digitalization Of The Music Industry
I was recently able to have a chat with Devain Doolaramani who has accumulated an extensive amount of experience through handling numerous projects in both the financial and marketing spheres. At the age of 16, he began to experiment with social media and ran a Facebook page which amassed over 200,000 likes and built an Instagram page that eventually amassed over 900,000 followers, both of which he monetized. He exhibits qualities of teamwork, dedication, hard work, skills and traits that he believes culminate into future success.
He currently manages 25M worth of influencers across TikTok and Instagram and has ran digital marketing campaigns for Sony, Warner, Atlantic, Universal and artists such as Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Oliver Tree, Nicky Romero and more.
When was the first time you tasted success Devain?
I think that the first time that I tasted success was when I was 16. I began to manage an Instagram with 800,000 followers and built it into a business. I think that managing that page gave me the mindset to keep on doing entrepreneurial things which is what I began to do. Through managing that page, I built relationships with companies and e-commerce businesses all around the world and individuals who were looking to get exposure.
Wow! 800,000 followers is a huge audience. So, why do you want to be successful and what’s your ultimate vision of success for yourself?
I want to be successful because I think that success allows you to help others create the world that you’re living in. My ultimate vision of success for myself is being comfortable in the position I am with the necessities I need. I think that success brings forth maturity and those who are successful are the ones with the most strategic minds when they were building their success. My end goal is to help those who want to achieve success and have the drive to achieve it do so.
Thank you so much for sharing your story Devain! Do you have any last words of advice for readers?
My advice would be to absolutely never give up and keep working towards your vision because anyone could do it.
Becoming A Successful Music Artist: 5 Tips On How To Survive In The Music Industry With A Certain Energy
I had the pleasure of interviewing Shain Romanowski, better known by stage name A Certain Energy, is a hip hop artist from Fort Wayne, Indiana and a U.S. Marine veteran. Here’s 5 Tips On How To Survive In The Music Industry he gave:
Branding yourself can take you a long ways when it comes to an image you want representing yourself. As a musical artist you would want people to know that image. Some people go about this with a logo, whereas others go with this by a tag on a beat. Think of it like this, you want something external representing you out in public that people would recognize. That they can use to differentiate yourself from the competition. This can become a long term promotional tool for you if executed properly at the same time.
Know your market.
This ties closely with branding. Once you know your brand you want to market yourself to the right demographics. For instance it wouldn’t make sense for a hip hop artist to market themselves into a alternative rock field. This just wouldn’t sell right. Lose more money that way. Come at it with a business approach. You are the product, and the product needs to connect with the people that they find more use for you with. That’s the way I see it.
Don’t burn bridges (unless it is vital).
In an industry as tough as ours we need to come at it from a team perspective. You don’t make it by yourself no matter how you “self-made” you think you are. There are connections you made that got you opportunities in the first place. The moment you burn that bridge you put a strain on the newly developed relationship you had gotten from the previous burned down bridge. I’m not saying bury your dignity away, but all it takes is a little respect towards the ones that already put their foot in the door to let you in (as long as you’re worth the time to open the door for).
If you know me personally I am a big advocate on basketball legend Kobe Bryant who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016. His belief was to always be better than the opponent from all angles. Always be faster than the opponent. Be more defensive. Be more aggressive. You want to want it more than the opponent in front of you. In music this is what you want to be. The more passion you have than the other guy would take you a long ways. You’re more willing to accept risks. You’re more willing to take what you can get, but strive for more in the process. This mentality is clearly an ambitious feat that not all people have. You can’t just force this onto someone. This comes from the heart within. Only you know if you truly desire the success in whichever field you strive for. In this case with musical arts.
Don’t be afraid of failure.
Failure is what either makes you or breaks you. Take failure more for advice instead of taking it to heart. I’ve seen plenty of people venture into a field expecting automatic success just because they have that As Seen On TV mindset seeing someone else accomplish something. Every story is different, so don’t come in thinking everything is going to be easy, set, and automatically golden right from the get go. Every victory you receive is earned. I would rather have it that way too since it would be a win-win either way. Why? Because you value more, and value is the most important thing in my opinion with human traits. What ever we value most to us always seems to have more leverage with any possible outcome.
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