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Interview with Videographer @kybalionvfx

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We recently had the chance to interview the super talented west coast videographer / photographer @kybalionvfx to talk about his career and how he got to where he is today.


How did you get started?

I’ve been wanting to create art for as long as I can remember. I wanted to be good at drawing or sketching initially. The coolest thing in the world to me was looking at people’s in class doodles. Unfortunately for me no matter how many hours that I put into it, I couldn’t get the results I wanted. My hands just don’t hold that capability. For awhile, I wasn’t creating anything. Fast forward to my freshman year of high school. I took a digital photography class. Although I enjoyed it I wasn’t able to get the results I wanted. My friends were killing it, I was struggling to keep a C. I suppose I just kept trying because I enjoyed it more than anything. My work was kept private because it wasn’t anything I was proud of but after years of hard work I feel comfortable enough to share what I do with the world and operate a business.

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When did you decide that you wanted to become a creator?

I’d say looking at other creatives and their lifestyle really made me want to do it as a business or job. I like having the freedom, I like having the final call to do what I want to do. While watching photographers like 13th Witness just exploring the world and getting paid to do it, I thought maybe I can do something similar. As much as I love creation, I love the lifestyle that it offers. Every individual can literally choose their own worth and become who they want to be. It’s more difficult to do that in the real world, it’s more difficult to get your voice heard. For me, I always felt like I had a lot to say but nobody listened. When you get a little bit of recognition as a creator it’s easier to be heard. I love that part.

What gave you the courage to start a company, speak out, become a public figure?

Starting a company, speaking out and becoming who I am today was always scary for me. I don’t think I knew what I was doing. To this day there are times where I just feel lost and don’t really have much certainty in what I’m doing. There’s always that fear, am I good enough to start a company based on creating art? Would anybody pay me? The simple answer is, you don’t know until you try. Of course, when I first started the amount of times I got paid was absolutely rare. I just kept pushing and attempting to get better with the experiences that I was having. It was hard but I think if you really love what you do the courage translates itself through the passion you put in.

kybalionvfxTell use more about where you are from and your background?

I’m born into a Kashmiri-Punjabi immigrant family. I was born in Florida then moved to the Bay Area when I was in my early youth. Aside from a few years I spent in Iowa for college, I’ve pretty much been in the Bay Area for a large majority of my life.

What is one of your greatest accomplishment to date? Tell us about something that you are most proud of?

Oh man. I’d say there are special people I’ve gotten the chance to work with or that have posted my work which is always super awesome. However, I think in the raw sense that isn’t my biggest accomplishment although it may seem that way. For me back when tumblr was a thing I remember waking up one morning and seeing my photo get 60,000 reposts. It’s tumblr and it doesn’t mean much but I always felt unsure about the quality of what I do. I was just really happy to know that people were enjoying my work. It sounds silly but having people hit me up to ask me about my photography and gaining a following just by posting what I do was an awesome feeling. My mood changed from being like, man I don’t know if I can do this to maybe I can do this because people like it.

What was one of your most challenging moments and how did you overcome it?

Probably working with egos. They’ll be more. Here’s the issue in art sometimes. I’ve shot with a couple really talented and popular people. They’re superstars in the music world or sports world but I’ll get sniped for credits sometimes when whatever I did gets posted. That’s pretty disrespectful to me until I realize that this is like middle school all over again. Things are clique-based and judgemental. I’ve just realized that I have to do things at my own pace to get on the same equal level as them to get recognized. But yes, it’s always frustrating when your efforts go unnoticed by hundreds of thousands or in some cases millions of people.

Next, control freaks that you have to work with sometimes. I’ve known people that have never filmed anything that feel confident to direct without any notes. It’s difficult but sometimes you just gotta suck it up, do what you can and move on. Don’t work with these kinds of people once you realize those traits. The final project will never be good and it’ll take up days of unnecessary time to get there.

Does your family support you in your efforts? How?

My immediate family, sure. To a certain extent. There’s so many things they won’t know or understand so they’ve just accepted that I’m an adult and I know what I’m doing. I’ve always said they support by not asking me questions. A lot of what I’m doing is unconventional especially for immigrants.

Extended family doesn’t support. Aunties and some cousins only pretend to support or pretend to care when they’re caught talking trash. When they get caught they don’t apologize or consider the things that they said, they’re just scared of the platform I have to share things. They’re scared of the people I keep around. They have no choice but to act fake nice until they get caught again.

Who are your favorite people and/or role models, both business and personal?

Business wise I have to go with Jay-Z. What he’s done to stay on top of his game for that extent of time is unbelievable. To not only make timeless music but make solid investments and create a new image of rap music isn’t easy.

Personal, I’m a huge basketball fan and I’m 24 years old so I’d have to go with LeBron. I grew up watching him live up to every pressure and expectation that was set out for him. It’s inspiring to see the way he’s handled media not just recently but for his entire career. He’s a man that had it all at the age of 18 but continued to work hard and keep his image completely clean. That’s awesome to me.

What message would you send to inspire all the other creators out there who look up to you?

Work, work, work. It doesn’t seem like it does much initially but the more work you put in the more opportunities start to come your way. I’ll put it this way, if you’re unsure about an idea would you rather try it to get it out there and accept the results? Or would you be that person that has a couple drinks and talks about an idea that you’ve never put into action for years?

What do you understand about the video industry that other people don’t understand?

That people like to feel important. Sometimes I don’t have the best call but if someone explains it to me on why they feel like this is best then I can get behind that. I always try to practice that when I’m in charge so people don’t feel like they aren’t being heard. Good communication is key.

What’s next for you in your career/business?

Just going to keep grinding. Hard work creates certainty. I want to do more resourceful music videos.

What does Disrupt mean to you?

Not using your mouth, using your work to hurt some feelings and take what they won’t give you.

How can people connect with you on social media?

I’m on all social medias as @kybalionvfx

Thank you again for taking the time to chat with us.

Check out @kybalionvfx’s latest music video he directed, Jamal Jordan – Pay Attention below. Enjoy!

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Two UK Based Entrepreneurs Plan To Help 100’s Create Online Businesses

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Jay Parry and Louis Cooke are 2 young entrepreneurs based in the UK. Jay and Louis have been focusing on building drop-shipping brands via Instagram for the last 4-5 years. They focus heavily on automating without relying on paid advertising to build their businesses. Their streams of income are automated with their strategies for drop-shipping so they are now focusing on helping others achieve success with minimal budget and/or experience needed.

What’s your background story?

Jay & Louis: After years of being employed in jobs that we didn’t enjoy, hopping around different companies and just never being happy with that “9-5 life”, after seeing people we followed building companies and brands, we decided to embark on our own journeys. Just like many first time entrepreneurs, we both began with building clothing lines. These brands are where we discovered and learnt strategies that we would later apply to drop-shipping to stray away from having to pay for advertising like everyone else does. We have built multiple brands that are now established and essentially run themselves with a minimal amount of work.

What differentiates you from everyone else in your field?

Jay & Louis: We work completely differently to the traditional ‘Online Entrepreneurs’ in drop-shipping. We have 3 offices where we are now hiring in house staff to learn and grow with us and we do not pay a single £ on paid advertising. It would be hard to find any other people in our space that is doing anything similar. With our first member of staff, Chizolf (Charlie), joining us 1 month ago, we are now ready to scale even further and blow up. We love to create and build. We’re not naive when it comes to scaling, we know that we need to employ staff to be able to scale and allow us to have free time to focus on other parts of the business.

What are your accomplishments?

Jay & Louis: Since starting our personal brands, we have started to build a good community of young entrepreneurs on Instagram, as well as starting our own entrepreneurial Podcast that at its highest reach, hit #34 in the world for business. Combined we have helped over 100 people to create successful online stores with some reaching as much as 5 figures a month and heading towards a 6 figure year. We coach a huge range of people from 15 year old school students to 50 year olds in full time employment. With some of our 15 year old students even making more than their teachers.

What were the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you’ve learned?

Jay & Louis: We have learnt many lessons, the biggest being that without putting yourself into the most vulnerable and risky situations, you will never succeed. As cliché as it sounds, you will never find success within the comfort zone. “Regret Is Poison. Take Risks.”

We often hear stories that make it seem like someone was an overnight success when really there were setbacks and stumbles along the way. Why do you think it’s valuable to be candid about both failure and success?

Jay & Louis: There is literally no such thing as an overnight success, no matter how many people you see just blow up, there is so much hard work you don’t see behind the scenes. We owe our success to our failures. I think the best thing to do is own it, if you can own your failures and run with them, you are only going to learn from them and grow. People are very fast to jump on the bandwagon of any ‘guru’ promoting fast success, selling courses etc, we are hugely against it. We want everyone to know how hard it can actually be, the struggles they’ll actually experience. Otherwise the first issue and failure they come against, they get disheartened and quit. We are always as realistic as possible with people who come to us for guidance and support. If it was as easy as people make out, everyone would be doing it right?

Otherwise, follow and join in with the crazy journey we are on.

@alwaystakerisks   || @regretispoison

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Interview With Connor LaRocque President of LA Rock Enterprises

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Connor LaRocque, an expert at helping young adults and entrepreneurs become leaders, overcome fears, and distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace. Currently he is President of LA Roqk Enterprises, a multinational direct sales and consulting firm. The CEO of SocialRise Revenue Marketing Agency and he’s on the same speaker bureau as Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank (the Big Idea Speakers).

Hey Connor thanks so much for this interview! Can you tell us little about your story?

Connor LaRocque: I grew up overweight and was an uneasy, goofy type of kid. I played Hockey until I was 16 and then gave it up to join Muay Thai. Joining Muay Thai I found my passion. I competed at the Canadian nationals and lost a title fight to receive a silver medal. A big part of my story was that I was a C student in high school and didn’t get into university my first attempt. When I finally got in, I published two books (one bestseller), made honor role, and spoke to thousands of students on overcoming fear and being able to strategize for the future while completing my degree. I originally was planning on going to Law School, but instead took a risk and became an entrepreneur thanks to my brother. He got me to sell door to door with his company in minus 30 degrees weather which then launched my career as an entrepreneur.

As a entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, what differentiates you from everyone else in your field?

Connor LaRocque: At 25 years old, it’s rare to find someone whose accomplished what I have, but my true distinguishing factor is in my ability to build relationships and connect with people without looking for anything in return. I truly love helping people, it is the fire that fuels my heart and soul. I wouldn’t be doing this if it were just about the money. I walk into everyday wanting it to be hard; I want that workout to make me suffer, I want to go to work and completely exhaust myself because that’s how I am going to be better than I was yesterday.

What is your inspiration for what you do?

Connor LaRocque: Saying that I love helping people is too cliche and generic. The reason I do it isn’t for myself but to reach the newly discovered element of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs called “Self-Transcendence.” There is no better feeling than helping someone or giving something more of yourself. I always tell people if you’re having a bad day, go try and help someone in a worse situation than your own. Watch how you feel when you’re done.

Can you tell us what your books are about and what inspired you to write them?

  • Life is Motivation is about building a self-sustaining platform for the rest of your life and about asking strong questions to help discover yourself and try to reach a point of self-actualization.
  • Mindset is Everything is about the fact that luck is an illusion. If you study any “successful” individual, what you will discover is that the had the proper clarity, strategy, and a strong execution to achieve what the desire in their lives. It breaks down getting focused and clear on what you want, finding what your passion is, and then using that energy to completely change your life.
  • What inspired me to write the books was that I have always been a writer. I wanted a permanent outlet to showcase my thoughts which I hoped could help some people going through hard times. It was my way of giving back and having something I could call my own. All of my mentors had written books and I wanted to do the same.

What would you say to someone who came to you for advice about taking ‘the leap of faith’ into entrepreneurship?

Connor LaRocque: What gets you excited and fired up in the morning? That’s where you start! You can’t be doing it just to make money because your fulfillment will be hollow. It’s that passion that is going to allow you to push and grind when you don’t want to, not the money! You also need to have a strong clarity on “Why” you’re doing it because everyone is going to try and convince you otherwise so you need to be strong in your direction. When your Why is strong you will figure out the HOW.

What is one thing you wish you had known when you were starting out in your career?

Connor LaRocque: That you can actually create those moments that you visualize within your mind. Clarity and what you focus on are by far the most crucial aspect to the results you achieve.

Can you share the most interesting story that’s happened to you during your entrepreneurship journey?

Connor LaRocque: I worked one the biggest personal development conferences in North America at the Madison Square Garden all because of my red shoes! I met a gentleman who is now a dear friend named Conrad Greiner from Germany who referred me to this company. Next thing you know, I flew out to New York City, and got to meet the likes of Richard Branson, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Steve Forbes while working in a B2B Sales lead position at 23 years old off of Wall Street.

We often hear stories that make it seem like someone was an overnight success when really there were setbacks and stumbles along the way. Why do you think it’s valuable to be candid about both failure and success?

Connor LaRocque: It makes you human, helps you relate to people, and gives people hope when they need it the most. We all have gifts, talents, and abilities which distinguish us from one another, but at the end of the day, we all have a brain, body, breathe, and bleed. No one is immortal.

What is your personal definition of success?

Connor LaRocque: Being in alignment physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially. Living a life that is meant to serve others with no expectation of anything in return. It’s not just about having a big wallet, it’s about having a big heart that uses that wallet to make the world a better place.

What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?

Connor LaRocque: DM me on Facebook, Instagram (@laroqk) or LinkedIn. You can also email me at [email protected]

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Interview with Tetty Thomas

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In this featured interview, we take an in-depth look at latinos in tech, how to avoid social media anxiety, how to avoid burnout, dating in entrepreneurship and what it takes to date a boss.  Tetty Thomas is on a mission to make girls who code cool again and rewrite what it means to be a boss. On this episode of the Disrupt Podcast we talk to Tetty about everything from entrepreneurship, coding, latinos in tech and blasting female stereotypes. She shares what she has learned during her entrepreneurial journey and where she is going next. Follow Tetty on IG: @tettythomas

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