Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. I grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad until I was 18 and then I left to study in the United States (The University of Virginia – wahoowa!). I lived in the USA for 5 years before moving back to Trinidad.
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What’s my ethnicity?
I’m not too sure how to answer this one. I’m a Trinidadian first and foremost, or a Caribbean if we want to use that. My great grandparents on my mom’s side came to Trinidad from Madeira, Portugal. On my dad’s side, it’s unclear but it’s likely those ancestors came from Corsica, France or Northern Netherlands.
What languages do you speak?
English is my first language. That’s the language we speak in Trinidad and Tobago. I’m also conversational in Spanish and can say a few phrases in Arabic.
Where have you lived?
I lived in Port of Spain, Trinidad until I was 18.
I lived in Charlottesville, Virginia in the USA for University.
During university, I lived in Granada, Spain for 4 months and Amsterdam, Netherlands for 4 months.
After university, I lived in San Francisco, California for 1 year.
How old am I?
I was born in April, 1993. I’m 26 at the time of writing this but may be older by the time you’re reading this.
Where do I live?
Currently, I live in Trinidad and Tobago but that will likely change soon.
What happened to your brother?
In 2013, he was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, underwent surgery and was in remission.
In 2016, the cancer returned and had spread to other parts of his body.
In 2017, he passed away.
I wrote about this in depth here: Brother You’re Dying
What do you do?
I work as a Marketing Consultant to help businesses troubleshoot their marketing activities and identify opportunities to grow their business, reach new audiences, and build their brand. I devise strategies highlighting different marketing channels and tactics that they can implement in order to do this.
I also own a Marketing Agency that helps brands implement the marketing strategies that I create as a Marketing Consultant.
Simultaneously, I work as a blogger and influencer.
What inspired you to start Vlogging?
Honestly, it was the continuous feedback I got from different people for years telling me my personality was suited to it.
What really got me started was when I decided to try an exclusive and high-cost skin care treatment and decided to document the journey. Based on the response I got from that (on both the content and my personality) as well as how much I enjoyed doing it, I realized this was what I wanted to do.
What job did I do before becoming a blogger full time?
I’m flattered that people think I’m a full-time blogger, but I’m not there (yet).
After university, I got a job on the marketing team of an early-stage startup in San Francisco, California. There I developed my affinity for marketing and learned a wealth of skills and information. I worked there for 4 years.
In March 2019, I left that job and I now work as a marketing consultant, run my own marketing agency, and simultaneously work on my blog and influencer work.
How have I become successful at blogger/influencer life?
First of all, thank you for considering me as “successful” at blogger/influencer life. I feel like I have so much further to go.
For what I’ve been able to accomplish thus far, I would say that at the core of it are two approaches:
- Be as authentic as possible. I’m more or less the same person on social media as I am the person in real life. I think that not only makes it easier to do this, but it also creates a connection with people who follow me and engage with my content that is truly unique.
- Done is better than perfect. I am constantly fighting against comparing myself to others who take better pictures than me, have better equipment/resources, are prettier than me, have better bodies, make more money, have better connections and the list goes on… The thing is if you have a unique perspective and personality (back to #1), the quality of your content is not THAT big of a deal in the beginning. The resources, equipment, connections will come — just get yourself and your content out there.
Other things worth mentioning:
- I learned how to play on my own strengths and incorporate it into my content: what do people always ask me, what people do people take interest in in my life, what problems do I usually help people solve?
- I combined my experience as a professional marketer with my passion of being a blogger and influencer. Working as both a marketer and blogger/influencer has given me a really unique perspective to understand the dynamic from both sides and has made me better at each of the professions.
Advice for local YouTubers?
First of all, join the Caribbean Bloggers and Influencers Facebook group if you’re not a part of it.
Getting to know other local content creators, whether they’re YouTubers, bloggers, or influencers is a great way to meet like minded people, build a network, and learn from people doing something similar to you.
Second, go look at the content that YouTubers are creating and make your own or local version of it.
Mark Twain has a quote:
“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope…”
I love this quote because most of the content you see online is not the only version of it. It’s the same piece of content recreated, re-envisioned and done by different people, but that last part is what’s important.
So find what you enjoy watching and what you’d enjoy to create and create your own version.
For example, I love watching shopping hauls so I did a Trinidad Shopping Haul. I also love watching travel vlogs so I did a Tobago Staycation Vlog. Neither of the concepts of these two videos are unique but the experiences and content are very localized and unique because not many other people are creating this type of content from this perspective.
Do I still offer one on one sessions about becoming a blogger/influencer (or an Ask Me Anything session)?
Yes I do. My one and one sessions are 1hr long each and an opportunity to get as much information and advice as you’d like out of me. Each session is customized based on your needs and what you want to learn about. Learn more and sign up for your session here.
How am I so confident?
I have mixed feelings about being called confident and how people use that word, and I’ll write a post on that soon enough but in the meantime:
Honestly, I fake it til’ I make it.
That may seem like a cop out but I think there’s real bravery in doing something and being someone that you don’t think you’re worthy of (yet). My experience has been that the more I do something and act out that person I want to be (as scary and nerve racking as it is), the more I become what I’m pretending to be.
Eventually, I become that person who IS genuinely confident in that role because pretending turned to experience and experience turned to confidence.
What’s my workout and diet routine like?
My workout and diet routine varies greatly, which is probably why it doesn’t work most of the time (lol).
When it works best is when I’m doing the basics:
- Exercising at least 3 times a week. When I’m trying to cut back on spend, I like to use the Sweat with Kayla app, which is $20USD a month. When I have a goal to reach, like Carnival for example, I like to work with a personal trainer at the gym or do sessions at a local CrossFit gym called IGoneCrossfit.
- Track my food intake. I use an app called MyFitnessPal to track everything I eat and record my carb, sugar, protein intake etc. This helps a lot because you may THINK you’re not eating a lot or eating really well, but when you record it and review it, you may realize that certain foods may be preventing you from making progress.
- LOTS OF WATER
What’s on my bucket list?
The better question is what is NOT on my bucket list.
At the top of my list right now:
- Pack my bags and move around for a year or two while I work remotely and create content.
- Become a full time blogger.
- Start a product based business in the beauty/fashion industry.
Do you plan to live/stay in Trinidad?
As much as I love my home, my mind and soul is really to wander. I want to live in as many places as I can while I can.
Eventually, I’d like to come back and settle in Trinidad.
Why do you travel to Dubai so often?
Most of my family lives out there now so I go to visit them multiple times throughout the year.
What’s my favorite thing about Dubai?
Most of my family lives in Dubai, so spending time with them is definitely my favorite thing about being there.
Other than that, Dubai is a super diverse city and I personally really like being surrounded by people, practices and things that are different to me and what I’m accustomed to. It helps to broaden my perspective and understanding of how other people live their lives and challenge what I think is “normal” based on how I was raised.
Also, I have to admit that I also love the “extra-ness” and extravagance of it all.
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