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.
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.
Tell 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!
How To Work From Anywhere & Travel The World For Free: With Zach Benson
The life of an entrepreneur is a very hard and lonely road that most people often quit because of how hard and inconsistent it can be. Sure, there are a lot of successful entrepreneurs out there but there are even more that are barely getting by or some that are in massive debt. When it comes to social media it seems as if every entrepreneur and influencer is wealthy and happy but that’s not always true. It takes years of hard work and dedication for most entrepreneurs to even be able to hit the 6 figure mark.
To be able to work from anywhere using just a laptop and a phone is the goal every entrepreneur wants to reach, but most don’t have what it takes to reach that goal. Zach Benson is apart of the few entrepreneurs who do have what it takes and more. Benson is a full-time entrepreneur, world traveler, influencer, speaker, and investor. Growing up was a bit difficult for Benson because he had a speech impediment which was the reason why he couldn’t pronounce the letter “R” until he was in his twenties.
The kids Benson grew up with would always make fun of him for his speech impediment and especially because he looked different. He always felt left out and very different because he was born in Korea and was later adopted by his parents in Iowa, so of course none of the local kids understood his situation. Everything seemed to change for Benson once he found dance. In high school, one of Benson’s girlfriends gave him a “How To Breakdance” DVD and he watched it day and night while practicing.
In his college years, Benson was traveling and competing in dance competitions. He actually made it onto the popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. After all of that, he started teaching others how to dance and he was earning $1,000 an hour for it. Then, one day he hurt his back and the doctor told him he would probably never be able to dance again with his injury. Benson became depressed but he knew he had to do something, so Benson and his brother started growing Instagram accounts for money.
Then something quite random happened, he had an opportunity to invest his last $10,000 into an Instagram account. He made that choice to invest every last dollar of his and with the new account, he used it to grow his client’s accounts. With all of the money he was making with the new investment he kept buying accounts and assets.
Now, Benson is the founder of Assistagram, an Instagram growth, and marketing agency with an incredible network of 220 million followers. They specialize in the growth of Instagram accounts. He is currently working with some of the most famous brands and celebrities in the world: everyone from Ritz Carlton, Russell Brunson, etc. Benson also specializes in Instagram campaigns that are able to reach millions of people worldwide. He works with Tourism Boards and brings over destination influencers to different countries to create the most amazing content to share it and make that content go viral, which results in lots of exposure, growth and new customers.
In the past 3 years, Benson has received over 500 completely free nights at the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts. Luxury brands definitely see the ROI when it comes to Benson. Thousands of influencers, celebrities, and brands trust Benson with their campaigns and Instagram accounts because of the amazing results he is able to deliver in such a short amount of time. Benson is currently one of the best Instagram growth and marketing entrepreneurs in the world.
How To Boost Your Confidence At Any Moment With Bogdan Rosu
Many kids grow up with low self-esteem and low self-confidence. There are numerous reasons why kids have these doubts built up in their minds. Sometimes it can come from having distant parents or even from not having any friends at school. As time goes by they learn to be more confident, but some of those kids grow up and never really find the confidence that is deep down inside of them. Even some adults never find their confidence and it can also be caused by various reasons or experiences throughout their life, but the only thing that matters is that they get the help they need to restore their confidence.
Growing up, Bogdan Rosu was one of many children who had low self-confidence and it was always on and off. Rosu was from a small town in Romania in Eastern Europe. He had no friends at school which really hurt him mentally because all he wanted was friends and for people to like him. Finally, at one point he decided to stop trying so hard to make people like him and something unexpected happened, he made a few friends.
He realized that if you don’t try so hard and be yourself then people will naturally gravitate towards you. Everything seemed to be going well after that up until he hit college. Once he went to college he lost all confidence and started overthinking everything. The new environment was such a huge shift for him that he just lost all of his confidence because he didn’t know what all the new people around him would think of him.
He knew he needed help once again and started reading Personal Development books. That is when he realized that with all of his years of experience in Martial Arts he could create a Personal Development Program through Martial Arts. Rosu saw the many principles in Martial Arts that were also in Personal Development books and courses.
He began to see how similar the two actually were so that is why he was able to create a very unique Martial Arts program that not only helps others learn Martial Arts but to also help them become mentally strong and gain self-confidence. He was able to help thousands of people train while gaining they gained self-confidence. Through his book, e-books, courses, programs, and seminars he has helped thousands of people become their strongest and most self-confident version of themselves.
Now, Rosu mainly focuses on helping people gain confidence through his YouTube channel and his online coaching program. He is able to help others overcome the one thing that he struggled with his whole life and his success rates are incredible. He is also one of the best Confidence Coaches in the world and he is also an Author, Public Speaker, and YouTuber. He is an inspiration to many young entrepreneurs and his story shows that no matter where you come from you can create your own tools to become successful. Now individuals don’t have to struggle with low self-confidence anymore, they can go out and get help so that they can live a full and happy life.
An Interview with Entrepreneur & Visionary, Isaac Mashman
Isaac Mashman is a 19 year old entrepreneur, and visionary from Jacksonville, Florida who decided overnight to pack his suitcase and move to Bakersfield, California in July of 2019. Because of his past, Isaac has come to understand the value of hard work, but also knows that there was more to life than struggle. He was first introduced to entrepreneurship at the age of 17 as a senior in high school and has since worked on a clothing line, spent a year in network marketing and is currently running and operating his companies, Mashman Media and Mashman Coaching & Consulting. Isaac is also the host of The Hustler’s Choice Podcast, which was started to help people take their hustles and lives to unprecedented levels. Aiming for tremendous heights, he doesn’t see a limit to what can be accomplished, or what legacy can be left behind and is determined to have a monumental impact on the world.
Where do you see yourself? What’s your dream?
When I first started out in entrepreneurship, and building my brand, I was absolutely clueless as to what direction I was heading in. After being in the game for a couple of years, and having the (small) experiences I have, I now realize that the most important thing in life is being able to impact others and have a positive influence.
In the next several years I will be traveling all around the world speaking on stages, running successful 7-figure plus companies, and living the life of my dreams. My dream is to have all around complete freedom in every area of life, and to be able to help whomever I want, whenever I want.
A life entirely on my own terms.
What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
At first it was the money. Growing up my family did not have a lot of money, and seeing my mom struggle as much as she did hurt me, but also made me realize that that was not the position I wanted to be in. The opportunities in today’s world and the overall concept of running companies without limitations appealed to me. I know that with hard work and continual growth as a man, son, entrepreneur and leader I will be able to retire her, and help the rest of my immediate family.
Although that is still one of the key driving forces behind getting started, the thought of inspiring people from all walks of life, employing others and helping the economy in the process makes me want to work even harder.
It’s difficult to narrow down just one driving force!
How do you market your business, and which tactics have been most successful?
Currently all of my business is done through word-of-mouth, local networking or direct messaging. Since I’m in the very beginning stages of Mashman Media, I am currently focusing on establishing credibility in the marketplace and getting the business out to more people. I don’t see the point of spending money on advertisements just yet, but could potentially do so in the future.
Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
This is something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, and the only formula I can come up with is work, consistency and self development. I view success as the same thing as getting a six pack. Everyone knows how to get a six pack, yet they still go around looking for some secret diet pill. In reality plus or minus some things, all it takes is hard work, dedication and eating healthy. See the parallel?
What is the best advice you can give to aspiring entrepreneurs (or our readers)?
Surround yourself with good, positive and trustworthy influences. Do as much self development as you can, and do not be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone. As cliché as it may sound, the most growth that you could ever experience happens away from your comfort zone. There are so many things I could and want to say, but my other word of advice would be to follow your heart.
If you had a magic stick, which are the three things you would change in the world?
I would get rid of poverty on an international level.
I would provide 100% renewable energy, and focus on environmental improvements.
I would end hate in general.
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