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Q&A × Keenan Te

By: Heather

Keenan Te started posting singing videos on TikTok a year and a half ago and has amassed over 1.6million followers. 2021 has been a hectic year for Keenan, with his last song Dependent being released in April. Dependent currently has over 50 million plays across platforms and flew to number 1 on Indonesia’s Viral 50 Spotify chart, as well as the Top 5 of many other countries across Asia.

We had the pleasure of corresponding with Keenan to learn about his inspiration, who he looks up to, and so much more. Read on to find out his answers!

What first got you into music?

Music has always been a big part of my life ever since I was young. There are videos of me when I was 1 or 2 years old singing and putting on ‘concerts’ for my family hahah. My parents played a big part of the start of my music journey, my dad taught me how to play piano and my mum taught me how to play guitar! It’s always been something I’ve been surrounded by.

Who inspired you to make music?

My parents have always been super supportive of me which I’m really grateful for. I remember watching Australian Idol for the first time when I was 2 and thinking I would love to be on a stage like that or do something like that in future, so singing has always been something I’ve wanted to do.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

The music I usually write are sad pop songs that are about real situations and feelings that I’ve gone through or experienced. I hate talking about my feelings and I’m really bad at it but for some reason putting them into a song comes naturally to me, so I love being able to do that.

What inspired you to write “Dependent”?

‘Dependent’ actually came to me in the middle of the night and it only took me around 20 minutes to finish writing! I had spent the day thinking about a past situation I had been through, where I couldn’t get over someone but also knew that they weren’t meant to be in my life anymore. I knew that the internal battle of wanting to move on but also not being able to was something that a lot of people would be able to relate to, so I sat down at the piano and kind of just sang whatever came to mind.

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind “I’m Done” and “Hello”?

I wrote ‘I’m Done’ right after I had an argument with someone, and it was just what I was feeling at the time. I wanted to write a song that people could vibe to but also scream their lungs out too right after a breakup or something like that.

I have a list of random lyric ideas in my phone, and there was one that said, ‘it’s the last time that I’ll say hello.’ I liked the idea of a breakup song about saying goodbye to someone being called ‘Hello’ hahah. I kinda built the song off that initial line.

How would you describe your experience on TikTok?

I love using TikTok and I am so grateful to have built a community on there! It actually started off as a joke, out of boredom one night right as the pandemic was beginning in 2020. I didn’t really understand how to use it at first but then just thought I’d upload a few singing videos, not expecting for anyone to see them. I remember waking up in the middle of that night because my phone was buzzing like crazy with notifications! I’ve been posting singing videos daily since that moment and it’s mind-blowing to me that over 1.6 million people follow me and want to hear me sing.  

What is your creative process like?

My creative process for writing songs always starts off at either the piano or guitar. I usually just sit and hit record on my phone, and then sing whatever melodies or lyrics that come to mind. It’s usually a whole lot of gibberish at the start but once I find a melody I like, I try to build off that and build the song around that. Sometimes it can take me as quickly as 15 minutes to finish writing a song, other times I let myself brainstorm over a few days. I

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

There are so many people I’d love to collaborate with. Definitely Olivia Rodrigo, I think we could write a cool duet together hahaha! I really like Clinton Kane’s songwriting as well, would be super cool to jump in the studio with him.

If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?

Justin Bieber. I’ve watched a lot of clips of his tour performances and stuff, and it just looks like so much fun!!

What is one message you would give your fans?

If you have a dream or goals that you want to achieve, don’t be afraid to put in the hard work and take risks to reach it!

What is the most useless talent you have?

I can type really fast. I’ve been able to since I was like 9 hahah

What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your music career?

If it wasn’t for my music career, I would probably be doing something marketing or business-related. I had started my business degree before any of my TikTok or songs had begun to gain traction, so that would probably be the industry I would be in if it wasn’t for my music career.

Outside of TikTok, where have you performed?

I’ve done some local performances here in Melbourne and was featured on Australian TV a few times too. I actually appeared on The Voice Australia in 2019 as well but that feels like an entirely different world and person hahaha. I’ve grown a lot since then and am really happy with how things are going right now.

How do you think the internet has impacted your career? The music business in general?

The internet and social media helped my career so much! Social media has been the way that new people discover me and my music and has helped me connect with fans all over the world, which I love. The music business as a whole has also changed heaps too since the introduction of social media, Tik Tok especially. There are more opportunities for singers now to get their music out there without having to spend heaps of money on advertisements and stuff like that.

What is your favorite song to perform?

My favorite song right now to perform would be my recent song ‘Dependent’. There’s something that hits different when it comes to performing songs that I’ve written myself, compared to singing other people’s songs. But if I had to choose a song that isn’t mine, definitely ‘Jealous’ by Labrinth.

Which famous musicians do you admire?

I love how Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes turned their social media following into a full-blown music career. There are a lot of artists that have done the same, and it’s something that I admire, as I can relate in some way, but am still working on.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

The best advice that I’ve been given is that everything happens for a reason. I truly believe that both bad and good things help shape who you are as a person and can lead to better opportunities in the future.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I love that the internet is creating so many opportunities for independent singers and musicians, but I would love it to be even more accessible somehow!

Would you agree that it is important to learn, study and understand old music and music history?

Definitely, old music trends and sounds reappear in today’s music so it’s important to have an understanding of what music was like in the past. I also just find it so interesting to see what the music industry was like before I was born and see the culture and also who were the biggest stars at the time!

What’s next for you?

I have a few exciting projects in the works, and also a lot of songs coming out! My next single will be out next month so I’ve been working hard on that. I’ve been working really hard on these next few songs that are coming so I’m really keen for everyone to hear them.

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iHeartMedia Greenlights Storytime Podcast

IHEARTMEDIA GREENLIGHTS COLLAB’S “STORYTIME” PODCAST FOR FOUR MORE SEASONS

With 165M total followers, creators Spencer X, Culture Crash, DreaKnowsBest and more share entertaining and bizarre stories; bonus features added

iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcasting publisher globally, along with leading digital talent network and brand agency Collab, announced today that their Storytime podcast series has been greenlit for an incredible and unprecedented four more seasons. Featuring top creators from TikTok and YouTube, Storytime is the first podcast series to launch from iHeartMedia and Collab’s joint venture, a partnership that unites Collab’s roster of digital talent with iHeartMedia’s unparalleled podcasting expertise to co-produce an exciting new slate of podcasts.

Storytime features many of the most watched and loved digital content stars in a new format, wherein they will share their own interesting, bizarre and sometimes scary stories. New this season, Storytime will add listener-created content as a bonus feature. The added features will supplement the in-depth discussions between host Will McFadden, Collab’s Chief Creative Officer, and guests Spencer X, Culture Crash, DreaKnowsBest, Alex Meyers and more. Storytime has also added new bonus episodes to season one showcasing interesting stories submitted from listeners around the world. Storytime is available now on iHeartRadio and all major podcast platforms.

For many young listeners, today’s digital content stars are the biggest celebrities. “This series will take the energy, excitement and originality of these digital personalities and deliver it in one of the most loved, fastest growing mediums”, said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group. We’ve worked closely with Collab to develop a show that taps into the talent listeners love and brings a fresh new side of those personalities and their incredible stories to podcasting. We are excited to continue to bring Storytime for several more seasons.

“We could not be more excited to partner with iHeartMedia to bring this massive opportunity to Collab’s talent, in addition to many other amazing creators from around the world. Podcasts have become the next big frontier for Creators, so it was natural to partner with the largest podcast company in the world, to not only bring that opportunity to our talent, but supercharge it”, says Eric Jacks, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Producer of the podcast.

About the Storytime series, Collab Chief Creative Officer and series host Will McFadden said: “Who doesn’t love a good story?! Each episode of Storytime features beloved creators from YouTube, TikTok, Reddit and beyond sharing their most hilarious, horrifying and cringe inducing stories. The audience gets a rare view into the lives of some of the most watched, most loved creators on the planet. For example, when the MacFarlands’ told their story about getting rejected for Family Feud in Episode 8. That’s an incredible story you can’t hear anywhere else!”.

The initial 33 batch of creators signed have a combined social following of over 165 million fans. This list includes the following:

Spencer X (54.7M), Jon Klaasen (18M), Penguinz0 (12.2M), Daily Dose of Internet (11.5M), Elyssa Klaasen (10.2M), DreaKnowsBest (5.5M), Marlon Webb (4.2M), Eric Artell (4M), Tabbes (3.5M), BeerBongJohn (3.4M), Brady Smith (3M), GrannyCoy Bundy (2.7M), Lonnie Marts (2.7M), Zack Lugo (2.7M), Alex Meyers (2.5M), The McFarlands (2.4M), Matt & Abby Howard (2.4M), The Kaplan Twins (2M), Scrubs (1.6M), Wansee Entertainment (1.2M), The Human Fountains (1.1M), HeyParis (1.1M), Jason Horton (979K), Olivia Cara (712K), Jessica Lesaca (650K), Liya Hizkias (458K), Goblin (399K), Corey & Russ (383K), Culture Crash (209K), Zac Clejan (207K), Nyra Williams (66K), and Sin Cindy (34K).

Storytime is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network which is home to more than 750 original podcasts with over 253 million downloads each month. iHeartRadio Original Podcasts span every category from business, sports, spirituality and technology to entertainment, family, comedy and true crime and everything in between making iHeartRadio the largest publisher of podcast content in the world.

About Collab:

Collab is the most watched independent digital entertainment network, generating 25 Billion views every month across digital platforms. Founded in 2012, Collab has become a leader in building digital Creator careers. Collab is the number one TikTok Creator network and a top ten provider of content on YouTube.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia, Inc. [Nasdaq: IHRT] is the leading audio media company in America, reaching over 250 million people each month. It is number one in broadcast and streaming radio as well as podcasting and audio ad tech and includes three segments: The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group; the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group; and the Audio and Media Services Group.

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The growth guide to Instagram 

Is your business growth starting to slow down a bit and you’re struggling to get it up again? Have you ever thought about using Instagram as a part of your marketing strategy in order to grow your business?

Launched in 2010, Instagram has been around for a while, but is well known for being one of the most popular social media platforms to date. Instagram has a user base of over 1 billion people, many growth services such as Growthoid which help to organically gain followers, and more businesses and brands on top of that. Instagram has become very popular among the business community and a great way for brands to promote themselves and grow. Just having a profile isn’t enough though, and neither is just posting advertisements. There is a lot more that goes into social media marketing, and making use of a platform to grow isn’t easy but it is well worth the work. 

If you are new to Instagram then you might not know how to use the platform effectively. Here is a brief guide on how to grow on Instagram.

Have a good profile 

When it comes to social media, people tend to think that all that is important is the content you post, and all they want to do is advertise their brand or product as much as possible. While, yes, it is essentially about advertising, there is so much more that goes into the behind the scenes work in order to have a well-run and successful account, like starting off with a good profile.

It is so important to have a good and easily recognisable profile so that followers can quickly discover who you are and what’s your brand is about. Included in your profile should be a good username that is short, catchy, and at least the same or similar to your brands actual name. There should also be a profile picture that is your brands logo or something to do with your brand, and a good, well worded bio that include your location and website link. 

Post at the right time 

Contrary to some people’s beliefs, there is actually a wright and wrong time to post on Instagram. The general rule of thumb is that it is best to post in the evening when people are done with work and school for the day and have dome down time to spend on their phones. While this is a good baseline to follow, it changes from business to business, depending on their target audience, as well as their location and time zone. 

A great way to discover what the best time is for you to be posting, is by looking at analytics. By looking at different posts you can see which one did better at different times of the day, and which allowed you to get more followers. From there you can plan out a posting schedule to post at the most optimal time for your followers to see your content. 

Use reels 

Although a relatively new feature to the app, reels are quickly becoming one of the most used parts. Similar to TikTok, reels allow you to post short form videos that can be filmed, edited, and posted all from the same platform. It is a fantastic way to show off parts of your brand like the behind the scenes or meeting the teams, without tainting your actual grid or timeline with things that don’t match it. 

Partner with brands and influencers 

Although it may seem counterintuitive to be working with the competition or with other brands, it is actually very helpful and a great way to be introduced to a much larger audience. Partnering with other brands is a great way to collaborate and allows for you to support them while they return the favour and support you. You could even collaborate with brands that have products which may accompany yours. For example, if you are a company that sells sportswear, you may want to collaborate with a brand that sells protein powder. 

You could also enlist the help of influencer to grow your account. Influencer have massive followings that will listen to their every word. If you can get an influencer to speak well of your brand, you will be set for a while.

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LA Lakers Dominate NBA’s Social Media Rankings

LA Lakers Lead Social Media Rankings In NBA As Of March 2021 – Over 30M Followers

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most iconic American sports franchises in history. Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant are just some of the legendary names to have worn the famed purple and gold, making the Lakers one of, if not the most popular team in the NBA. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, as of March 2021, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the NBA’s Social Media rankings with the most followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Los Angeles Lakers Most Followed NBA Team On Social Media – Over 30M Followers

The Los Angeles Lakers are not only one of the most popular American sports franchises, but also one of the most successful. The Lakers have won the NBA world championship a record-tying 17 times since the NBA began. Ther most recent championship came from the improvised 2019-2020 season when they were led to victory over the Miami Heat by superstar Lebron James.

The Lakers’ sustained success over decades of basketball seasons has earned the team one of the most passionate fanbases, not only in the U.S., but also globally. This large fanbase is evident in the Lakers’ over 30M combined followers on Facebook and Twitter, making them the most followed NBA team on social media

The NBA and Social Media

The NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, and basketball has become a global game because of the league’s international reach. The league is also at the forefront when it comes to fan engagement and outreach, constantly seeking to expand the game beyond American shores.

In recent times, the NBA has also shown a willingness to innovate and adapt to current trends. When social media started to permeate the mainstream, the NBA was one of the first to embrace it and eventually harness its capabilities. As of March 2021, The NBA’s Facebook and Twitter Profiles had an estimated 72M followers combined. Notably, in 2020, the NBA brand was the third leading brand on Instagram based on user engagement in the US.

Bulls, Heat, Rockets, Warriors – 4 Next Most Followed Teams

The Chicago Bulls are the second most followed team on social media with 21.44M combined followers while their Eastern Conference Rivals, Miami Heat, was the next most followed team with 19.65M combined followers. The Houston Rockets, arguably the most popular NBA team in China, is the fourth most followed team with 18.52M followers. Former 2-time league MVP Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors round out the top 5 with 18.18M followers.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information at this website.

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What social media tools can do for your business?

Are you sick of being stuck with no growth on social media? Are you new to social media and looking to grow your business using it? 

Traditional marketing is long dead and far gone–TV advertising, newspaper ads, and road-side billboards are all outdated. Social media has now replaced all of that by making online marketing the norm when it comes to brand promotion. Currently, there are three different platforms that are dominating the social media space–Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok–and they all have their own unique qualities to offer each individual or business. 

If you are thinking about using social media to get your business up off the ground, here are a few tools that you might need to become even more successful.

Why should you use social media? 

Social media, while having been around for a long time in its various different forms, has become the most popular it has even been in the past 10 years or so. This is due the fact that so many more people now have access to mobile devices and Wi-Fi connection. This means that by marketing your brand on social media, your business has the potential to reach millions upon millions of people, if marketed in a desirable manner. Not only will you be able to reach a larger audience, but this audience can be international as well. 

Traditional marketing can tend to be quite pricy. However, social media marketing–unless you’re putting in a bit of extra cash to help you–can literally be completely free. Most social media sites require no sign-up or membership fee, and are completely free platforms. 

On social media it is easy to create brand awareness by following trends and seeing what other people are looking for, which will eventually contribute to the organic growth of your accounts and brand. One of the best benefits of social media marketing is that it can increase traffic to your website, which will ultimately put more money in your pocket. 

Which one is right for you?

There is a relatively large variety of social media platforms, although it is recommended to stick to the most popular ones. Having so many options doesn’t need to overwhelm you though, it’s all about knowing your target demographic and style. All social media platforms are unique and can have different, individual focuses dependent on your particular brand.

This mean that between platforms, the target demographic and and style of communication are completely different. For instance, Instagram is a place where the millennials hang out. Everyone has their own aesthetically pleasing feed to look at and every post is designed down to the very last detail, whereas TikTok is far more laid back and dominated by Gen Z kids. These short form videos can literally be anything you think of. Most of TikTok is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as Instagram, but it is more authentic and fun. 

All the different platforms require different kinds of interaction from both the brand owner and the followers, from commenting and liking, to following, and even direct messaging. With Instagram having over 900 million users, Twitter, with an average of 152 million, and TikTok reaching an insane number of just over 1 billion users, these platforms are the best social media option for business and brands to promote themselves as they are all relevant and very popular. 

Twesocial 

One of the most important things when it comes to twitter marketing, is expanding the amount of people your marketing reaches. This can be difficult because the number of brands making use of Twitter tools to promote their businesses is rising dramatically, and those who began earlier probably have an advantage. Twesocial is an organic Twitter marketing service that was launched in 2016 to help users grow their account with real Twitter followers, without too much effort and time wasted. 

Twesocial will manage practically every aspect of your account from posting and posting times, hashtags, user interaction, and growing your follower base. Using a service like Twesocial can be very helpful when it comes to trying to get your brand account off the ground because initially it can be hard to be noticed in a sea of other content creators. Twesocial takes away all the hard work, only leaving you with the task of creating your own content. 

Task Ant

Instagram hashtags are such a prominent tool that should be used when social media marketing however, most people don’t really know how to use them correctly or which ones to use. Task Ant, launched in 2019, is a hashtag app that allows you to find the best hashtag for your content, as well as provide solutions to previous hashtag mistakes. 

Making use of an app like this can enable growth for your business by increasing your content’s engagement and reach. There are two different price options: the solo package for those looking to get started, and the growth package to maximize hashtag use. There is something for everybody.  

TokUpgrade

TikTok has quickly become one of the most popular social media platforms around, which also means that it might be a bit more difficult to get your content noticed. Much like Twesocial, TokUpgrade, launched in 2020, claims to increase profile views and visits through organic engagement. They can increase your engagement and target your audience to get real TikTok followers through a series of specific questions, as well as engage with your followers to keep them interested. 

Tok upgrade also comes with two different packages, the regular and the pro, which can either be paid weekly or monthly. It is important to note that this service is a little more costly than the others, but is definitely worth it in the long run as the potential for your brand’s growth is endless.

Instagram Likes

In this article, you’re going to find the main tricks on how to make your Insta content popular and thriving amongst all the other lookalike content.

The more users register in Instagram’s system, the harder the whole process of online promotion actually becomes. This social media platform is probably the most strict when it comes to new guidelines and rules and that’s the additional reason why developing your content might become a big problem. That’s why paid promo services are much-needed and the offer on the market of these services keeps on growing daily. Yet things are not that easy anyway: because of how huge this market is, there are lots of scammers and indecent promo-managers who use bots and other machinery to promote their clients’ accounts. A chance to buy Instagram likes can really affect your online life positively and further, we’re going to tell you how exactly it can happen.

Remember this: you shouldn’t be trying to fool the techs that work for Instagram, so therefore, you cannot use the services that exist because of bots. Unreal and inefficient likes that are actually no people but just empty pages will lead you nowhere. To get yourself popular on the platform and looking like an already successful vlogger you really need to pay attention to the services that exist because of the cooperation between real people. Finding an agency that sells such services can be hard. Most of the time the opportunity to wind the number of thumbs up works just because a company has a certain pool of fake pages that are able to follow their clients and create a visibly successful profile. 

If you choose to buy fake services, your money will be quickly spent and the results won’t be there, because any social media platform’s techs are currently trying to get rid of all the fake accounts that are present on their website. It happens because people are visiting social media looking for social interaction, and fake accounts are just littering the space, making it inhuman and unhappy. You have to hold on a second and spend some more time on finding a decent company that sells decent services: but do you have time and energy for that? We don’t think so: people who’re trying to create quality content are usually over the head busy and cannot find a spare minute to read a single review. 

That’s why we’re here: we want to give you a small clue on how you can make your life easier: skip the research and come to Soclikes.com as we are the company that cares for their clients at each step of online promotion. We have been on the market for social media promotion for years and we have totally figured out how to work quickly, efficiently and with no risks for our customers. 

Promotion with Soclikes; step by step guide. 

If you’re new and you don’t know much about online promotion, you can always ask for help in the chat on Soclikes.com. We’re trying to always stay online and help our customers as soon as possible. You can ask about something that’s bothering you, you can ask what packages are the best ones to combine with one another and you can also ask for an individually created package if you cannot find something that suits your needs quite right on the website. 

Usually, the delivery itself takes us several hours from the moment that you’ve created your order and have paid for it, but sometimes it can take a little bit longer and can last through 24-72 hours. It all depends on the size of the pack that you have chosen and on the amount of work that our managers are going through right now. In any case, there is no need to worry if a service isn’t coming your way at the same second that you’ve paid for the pack. It’s going to be here in the exact amount that you have chosen and your likes count is going to grow immensely right behind your eyes. And all the likes that you’re going to get will be coming from actual living people who have their own accounts on Instagram and who’re willing to cooperate with us as a promo company, 

Our workers are always here to fix everything as soon as possible and they are constantly active in chat on Soclikes.com. If talking in the chat isn’t quite for you, you can always use our support team email address that you’re able to find in the contacts section. We’re trying to give our clients maximum informational and technical support to make them comfortable while buying from us. We also have tons of paying options available: from MasterCard and Paypal to rarer such as cryptocurrency and some specific online wallets. 

Don’t hesitate and postpone — you’ll never know how great the online promo can work for you if you don’t try it. We have the widest variety of available options and you can always create a promo campaign that would consist of several packs: in our opinion, this method gives the quickest and the most astonishing results in the shortest time. 

Naz “ItsNastyNaz” Saleh

TikTok, a phone app allowing users to share fun videos of singing, dancing and skits, has taken the world by storm, and Naz “Itsnastynaz” Saleh is its megastar.

Saleh, or “Itsnastynaz” on TikTok, was a completely ordinary fast food worker yet a complete anomaly. He was born on April 27, 1997, in Bronx, New York, and raised by his Yemeni-descendant parents looking for a better life for their kids. When he turned 12, he started working 12 hours per day, seven days per week. Saleh hit rock bottom when excessive bullying made him drop out of high school, but things changed.

Saleh went from working in fast food to being a man who enjoys all luxuries of life, but what made Naz Saleh who he is today?

It all started when Saleh was watching a YouTube video and a Musical.ly ad popped up. He saw the famous Baby Ariel. The video made him laugh and think he could do it even better than she could if he gave it a try. That was the turning point in his life. He started performing more skits with his brother in his workplace. He became an overnight success when the third video he uploaded was viewed 5 million times, and it didn’t stop there. The video spread like wildfire and was featured on news channels internationally.

His audience skyrocketed to over 6 million followers. He was awarded the “Popular Creator” badge by TikTok after his videos broke the internet and were viewed between 100 million and 350 million times.

That’s when he quit his 84-hour-per-week job to focus full time on his TikTok career. He now sits at 13 million followers.

Saleh is now known as “The Most Generous Man in New York” after filming himself giving food and money to homeless people. His videos also caught the attention of the government, giving some of those homeless people the option to go to rehab. Many said goodbye to their previous lives and moved toward a path of happiness.

Following his quick ascent, Saleh signed deals with iconic brands such as What Do You Meme? and Fashion Nova. He even received sponsorship deals from apps on the Apple App Store. He went from working in fast food to making seven figures and driving luxury cars all in a day’s work.

Though he has found success on TikTok, life isn’t always easy for Saleh. He receives many hateful comments online.

When asked how he deals with hateful comments, Saleh said, “Receiving so much hate can be heart-breaking and really demotivating. It used to have really bad effects on my mindset and my happiness until I realized making skits, helping people and making others happy is my safe place, and no one can make me feel bad about that.”

He admits sudden fame can be a bit overwhelming, but Saleh tries to remain positive, using his power to spread as much love and happiness as he can.

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Making True Friends Online: Reality Or A Fairytale

Human beings are sociable creatures requiring communication in their daily lives. What happens, though, when all the communication transfers from an offline space to an online one? How do people meet each other then? And how is to make new friends nowadays? No need to state that the Internet has changed the way we interact and live. Our task in these conditions would be to adjust to what we have and find ways to connect even in the digital world.

Some online communication tools like social media are well-known to us as they enable connections within the circle of people we somehow know or have a general idea about. This is made through special features of interest sharing and mutual friends. Others tools like random cam chat present us with an opportunity to video chat with a complete stranger about whom we know nothing but that he or she is interested in communications just as we are.

Why Random Chat Takes Over The Digital Space

If you are new to the whole concept of cam chats, here are a few things for you to learn first. They enable us to meet people from all over the world in real time and have a video conversation with those. Apart from being free and easily accessible, some of these tools also have differentiation in terms of people purposes and interest. Whether you want to mee the love of your life or a couple of interesting people, random chat is the solution.

Below are a few explanatory statements regarding the ever-growing popularity of online communication sites bringing people from all over the world together:

worldwide availability: if there is something present all over the world other than air, it must be the Internet. Obviously, some regions have issues with the Internet connection but that is not an issue for the majority people on the Earth. Therefore, if you want to meet people of all backgrounds and cultures staying in your comfy bed or room, you may easily do this with the help of the Internet connection;

new and interesting people: if you feel tired of your closest surrounding of people or simply want to try something totally different, you are free to use cam chats. Given the fact that your speaking partner will most likely be from the different continent, there is no way you will have a boring and non-enriching conversation;

effortless access: besides being free, these chats do not require you to have special equipment or anything else. The only thing for you to do is to go online and be yourself. If you are really interested in having some fun and making new friends, you should simply behave naturally and be able to connect to the video platform.

To wrap things up, all the stories about making new friends online are not fairytales. Despite social media, there are also some decent instruments for you to meet the most unexpected nationalities and personalities online at no effort. Therefore, try to disperse all the myths around online communications and go for it!

The Shakes Debut Music Video

Hailing from the depths of Orange County, CA, Indie-alt collective The Shakes debut the official music video for “With Every Moment”.

The beautifully crafted video was shot and directed by Benny Gigliardi, who does justice for the track. Which stems from frontman and songwriter Sean Perry’s harrowing near-death experience, cited as the main influence for the EP. Benny, who is known for his work with up and coming artists such as Super Whatevr and Hearts and Lions, goes on to describe his process of bringing his vision into fruition:

“It was such a blessing and a pleasure to get to direct this video. I’ve known Sean and Cameron for a couple of years now and we’ve been talking about doing a video ever since we met and I’m so thankful we waited as long as we did. I didn’t necessarily have a storyline in mind for the video, I just wanted to create something visually stunning that would compliment the song and sell an 80’s vibe but also keep it original. Sometimes the best ideas come in the simplest ways, but you also have to be fearless with your approach. But if it doesn’t scare you, where’s the fun in that? It brought me joy to bring this song to life and I hope it does the same for all who see it. This is just the beginning for the Shakes and I’m honored to get to work with them and watch them grow.

The video, does indeed capture Perry’s unique sound which blends 80’s inspired grooves with infectious “Britpop” influenced lyrics and melodies. Comes right on the heels of the young collectives highly anticipated debut EP, released independently on July 23rd, 2018. The Shakes who have had a big year so far since their big break performance at The Troubadour, opening for The Strike earlier this year. Followed by many other key shows throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Upon the EP’s release, not only were loyal cult followers thrilled, but also a new segment of listeners across the country. Partly due to key, infectious tracks such as “Scumptious” immediately pulling over 200,000 plays through streaming with praise from a wide range of well established music blogs online. You can check out the full EP for yourself on all streaming platforms.

With support from larger artists within the scene, such as Francois Comtois of Young The Giant. Whom featured on their debut single “Somebody” last year. THE SHAKES, aim to be a new refreshing voice within the rock scene and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Already in the works on their next single “Six Feet Below”, coming early this fall.

You can view the cinematic video via youtube and IGTV on their instagram: @theshakesmusic which is cultivated with cinematic tones that are undeniably captivating.

Urszula Makowska

Photo by Leslie Moncada.

Fashion trends in 2018

Fashion and Social media influencer Urszula Makowska is a fashionable New Yorker with over 116k followers on Instagram. She was invited to almost every event of the New York Fashion Week. Urszula is influencing others with her fashion style and at this occasion, she had an interview that revealed what the fashion trends are of 2018, as seen at the NYFW.

As a fashion blogger, what were you looking forward to seeing in New York Fashion week?

The most exciting time of the year for bloggers is always fashion week. This time of the year is the busiest for us. We plan our outfits and the events we will attend in advance. We work hard to coordinate everything to perfection including travel and hotel stays.

Personally, I love fashion week. For me, it is extremely exciting. I am a fashion addict and I love to attend shows and presentations to view the upcoming trends for the next seasons. I love to see what designers have created for the upcoming seasons. It is all a work of art and a way to express yourself. Then I love to share the upcoming trends with my followers and readers. During this F/W 2018 New York Fashion Week, I was super excited to attend my shows since I officially received over 40 invitations, and this included some of the big designers from Badgley Mischka to BCBG Maxazria. I was extremely proud of myself to have the ability to attend my shows and presentations. It has shown me how far I came into my career as a blogger. I was also looking forward to not only attending the shows and events, but also seeing friends who were flying into New York City, networking, meeting other bloggers, and working together with photographers to take photos of my looks.

Why is it important for a fashion blogger to attend Fashion Week?

Fashion week is extremely important for any fashion blogger and fashion influencer. Now-in-days, we bloggers and influencers hold the power to influencing and generating sales. We dominate the market and this directly means that we always have to be on top of the upcoming trends. Followers and readers look up to us as having the knowledge of our niche and market. They know us as the experts for getting style inspiration or simply buying what we are wearing or using. Fashion week allows us to keep up with the upcoming trends. We are able to see what products will be hot for the next season and how they can be styled. We are able to see the new trends before anyone else and we are able to introduce these new innovations to our followers and readers.

Aside from that, attending fashion week is also important to us in terms of networking. By attending these events, we are meeting people constantly. These people may be bloggers, editors, or photographers. We have the ability to form a relationship and partner together in the future. I know I personally have met a lot of people this season and I created strong friendships with them. We are always working together and supporting one another. At the end of the day, this only benefits you.

What was your best event so far from NYFW and why?

The best event from NYFW for me was going backstage with Aveda for Tibi. I personally love Tibi and have always wanted to attend one of their shows. Tibi’s fashion shows are extremely popular. A lot of bloggers always want to attend Tibi’s show. Luckily, I was able to go backstage with Aveda since I have a strong relationship with Aveda as one of their influencers. I was able to see the full on hair trends, hair tips, hair inspirations, makeup trends, makeup inspirations, and looks beforehand. I was extremely happy to see everything beforehand, but to learn a lot myself. I was happy to network and see my Aveda family.

Which look was your favorite look that you wore to NYFW?

One of my favorite looks for the shows was the classic Chanel themed look I went for from the S/S 2018 show. I bought a cute classic Zara dress and jacket that looked similar to the Chanel vibes from their S/S 2018 show. I layered a lilac turtleneck under the dress and paired it off with Kanye West Tubular shoes.

Photo by Yiyu Chen.

Which fashion trends are going to be popular this year according to NYFW?

There are a lot of upcoming trends that I saw during the F/W 2018/2019 shows that I am looking forward to.

Currently plaid is in, but don’t worry, it is not leaving anywhere anytime soon. For the upcoming seasons, we will see plaid like never before. It will be bolder than ever. We will be making statements in plaid. Plaid in saturated hues such as hot pink will be hotter than ever. During NYFW plenty of designers showcased plaid suits in hot pink and they were incredible.

Regarding outerwear, puffers, fur, and trench coats will be in trend. They will be more dramatic than ever. They will catch anyone’s eyes. We saw puffers on the runway in bright hues and extremely oversized. That is how we will see them in the fall and winter. Fur jackets were seen in bright colors from yellow to red. Trench coats were seen in leopard prints everywhere during NYFW.

One new trend that was introduced the new crop top silhouette. This top is a part bathing suit, part sports bra, and part strapless bra with underwire. It was seen a lot on the runway and will be extremely popular.

In terms of color trends, red and hot pink will be the hottest colors of the season. We saw bright pink everywhere on the runway from tops to shoes. We also saw red dominate from head to toe. The most exciting part is that the combination of pink and red will be extremely popular. Most designers used a combination of both of their pieces.

What is your personal favorite trend from NYFW?

One of my personal favorite trends will be tea length floral dresses. During the shows, these dresses were paired with cute booties. I am a big fan of booties and floral prints. I find this trend to be extremely chic, but casual. It is perfect for any person to easily put together for any occasion.

Photo by Curtis Pan.

About Urszula

Urszula Makowska is a growing social media influencer, full-time fashion blogger, and actress born and raised in the heart of New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn, she attended dance class for five years and completed her certificate in acting. As an actress, she is best known for my role on MTV’s show CatfishSeason 5B Episode 1: Lucas & Many. Since the episode aired, MTV filmed a follow up with Urszula Makowska in February of 2017, adding the footage to the original episode.

Urszulala formerly launched as Fash Fab in 2012 by Urszula in the early development of her fashion career. Strictly, blogging about fashion at the time, she shared her daily fashion inspirations, outfits, and tips with viewers with the hope of inspiring them with her taste. Through her blog, she has affiliated and partnered with major brands such as Aveda, NYLON, Amika, Christian Dior, LA MER, I SAW IT FIRST, Cartier, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Daniel Wellington, and many other brands.

What was once known as Fash Fab, soon became re-branded to Urszulala. The blog took a step into the darker side of fashion. The darker and edgier look has grown the blog’s popularity. The bold eyebrows and cat eyes are her signature look. Furthermore, the blog has expanded into beauty, lifestyle, and travel that has inspired others.

Urszula has been featured on

Elle, MTV, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and many other publications.