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The SocialRay Podcast: Stories of Entrepreneurs & Influencers

The SocialRay Podcast: Stories of Entrepreneurs & Influencers

By Raymond Ahn
Welcome to The SocialRay Podcast where we share stories of social media influencers and entrepreneurs of how they overcame difficulties and hardships to build the success and influence they have today.

Learn the strategies, mindsets, and tools that have helped these influencers and entrepreneurs build massive brands and businesses using the power of social media.

And also learn how you can make an impact with your social media presence to make a positive, lasting difference in the world.

You can sign up for my emails on bitly.com/socialraytips and connect with me on Instagram.com/ray.ahn
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Nicholas Bayerle - Importance of Sharing Your Story & Building Your Personal Brand
In this episode, I talk with my mentor and friend Nicholas Bayerle who is the CEO of the Billion Dollar Brotherhood. He has gone from being 60 pounds overweight addicted to gaming everyday, being a broke carpet cleaner, and having no network to having built a seven figure business, losing weight to attract the woman of his dreams, and networking with some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. We talk about the importance of making your mess your message and connecting with your audience and potential customers with your true, authentic story. Nick said that his business blew up once he shared his authentic, vulnerable story and broke down crying in front of men and they invested into him. If you're not clear on your story and message, think about the mess and hardships that you've dealt with and how you can help others overcome those same struggles that you've been through. Nick has been able to speak on the stage with Russell Brunson and build a business helping men thrive in the main 3 areas of life: health, wealth, and relationships. Connect with Nick on Instagram and you can get his book The Modern Day Businessman where he shares his story and journey as an entrepreneur. Also if you're interested in the free webinar this Saturday at 11 AM PST about learning the 3 secrets to growth hacking your Instagram you can sign up for it clicking the link here and connect with me on Instagram.
27:32
October 23, 2020
Raymond Ahn - 3 Growth Hacks to Grow your Instagram
Hey guys in this episode, I talk about a webinar I'm hosting this Saturday at 11 AM PST to share 3 growth hacks to grow your Instagram. You can signup using this link and I"ll be sharing some of the secrets and tips that have helped me grow millions of followers and how you can build an influence, income, and impact using social media as well. If you've had a burning desire to make impact in the world and make money using  social media, this webinar will be perfect for you. Come check it out and look forward to seeing you there! Also if you sign up for my emails, you'll be getting notifications of that as well!
03:57
October 21, 2020
Sean Spector - The Life and Mindset of a Serial Entrepreneur
Before we start this episode, I want to let you guys know of a 90 day coaching program that I'll be hosting to help people build over 10k followers in the next 90 days using the strategies and techniques that I have learned from growing over a million followers on Instagram. If you're someone looking to build an online influence and have a vision larger than yourself, this program will be the perfect program for you. You'll learn the strategies, tips, and skills to help build your influence online, increase your engagement, and build a following that will be with you over time that you can inspire, sell to, and work with. You can sign up on this application form or signup for my webinar that will happen this Wednesday send me a DM if you're interested in joining @ray.ahn In this episode, I talk with my friend Sean Spector who is a serial entrepreneur and has been building businesses for over 20 years. He has had many ups and downs but now he's focused on building masterminds with small groups comprised of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and other business owners who gather together to help each other succeed and take their business to the next level. If you're interested in learning more then you can go checkout @theseanspector or send him a message to learn more about what he does. Sean also shares the mindsets of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Many times he said his friends and family would doubt and discourage him saying "Sean's just trying to live the dream" or make it seem like his dreams are unbelievable or too far off to achieve. But Sean says his turning point was when he surrounded himself with like-minded entrepreneurs who were also building their business and dream together. It really helps to be part of a community and support group that is focused on doing the same thing even when others around you might not understand and that's why it's so important to be part of a mastermind or small group where everyone is achieving their goals together and keeping each other accountable. If you aren't part of a mastermind or community, you can apply to be part of my coaching program where over 90 days you will have a support group and community helping you move forward with building your personal brand and online presence together.
43:44
October 4, 2020
Kelin Balian - Importance of Knowing Who You Are and Your Personal Contract
Hey guys, Before we start this episode I want to let you know of a special coaching program that I'm hosting that will help you build 10k followers in the next 90 days on Instagram. In this group online coaching program, you'll learn how to grow, build, and monetize your social media brand and presence and learn personally from me the steps that it takes to build a great online personal brand presence for you and your brand. You will be part of a private special Facebook group with other members looking to grow their personal brand and presence and will also have access to me and others in a weekly zoom call for 12 weeks. If you've been wanting to grow your presence online, build social credibility, and make more of an impact on others online through your coaching and services, then going online using social media is the way to go. Nowadays people go off by their "digital impression" of you before they even meet you for their "first impression" of who you are. Without building your digital impression and presence, you will not have a way of standing out from your other competitors and those who do the same thing you do. I will personally teach you how to create an amazing digital impression by making viral content; build a following; increase engagement; and create a community around your page so more people will want to work with you and your profile. If you're interested in learning more about this private online group coaching, just send a message to me @ray.ahn or fill out this application if you think you're ready to apply. - In this episode I talk with my fellow entrepreneur and friend Kelin Balian about the mindset shifts that need to take place as you begin to journey into entrepreneurship realm and also the different ways an entrepreneur vs an employee thinks about risk and reward relationships. Kelin compares entrepreneurs to people who are like motorcross riders who consistently go on these low and high jumps (referring to low and high moments in business as an entrepreneur) and though some may feel like how are they even completing one jump, entrepreneurs go on completing multiple jumps in their journey of building a business. Most of the times, entrepreneurs are built because they cannot fit into the status quo, they want to create a life of freedom for themselves and their families, and most importantly they want to be their own boss instead of having someone tell them what to do all the time. Entrepreneurs truly are a different breed of people in that they don't wait for payday for them to get paid but go out there and solve problems that in turn leads to creating more income and revenue. If you yourself are an entrepreneur or have been looking to dive into entrepreneurship, I'd highly suggest you to read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki or to start getting into self-development tapes and workshops by people like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, and Earl Nightingale. Also a big reason why I'm a fan of entrepreneurship is that you get to decide your fate and destiny instead of relying on someone else to give you a paycheck after you complete building their dreams. At the end of the day, it's all about becoming the best version of yourself whether it's through entrepreneurship or some other avenue of self-improvement and with Kelin we talk about the importance of establishing your own contract to yourself, basically a statement declaring who you are no matter how difficult or trying the situation or circumstance you're facing might seem. You can make an "I AM a ..(traits).. Leader" as a way to powerfully assert and declare who you are to yourself and the universe no matter what situation you may find yourself in. Please share and review this podcast!
42:19
September 25, 2020
Alex Lombard - Building Credible Influencers using Social Media
In this episode I talk with my friend Alex Lombard who is the founder of @visionwall on Instagram and has a 100 million follower network that he has used to grow accounts, build influencers, and create credible brands out of credible people online. He has helped numerous people build their personal brand on Instagram by growing their accounts, helping them go viral, and giving them the shoutouts they need to get the followers and exposure they need. We talk about the fundamentals of Instagram and what it takes to succeed on the platform starting with quality content, getting your content shouted out or shared on large niched accounts, and being consistent with your posts. Alex also talks about his journey of how he started building from 0 followers and was able to build hundreds of thousands of niched followers by posting relevant, unique content and having people find out about his content from posting consistently. He has taken his clients to hundreds of thousands of followers in growth and has helped them to get the exposure, following, and online credibility they want and need to present themselves better on social media and to make a greater impact with their business and their brand. If you're interested in learning more about building your personal brand and influence online, feel free to DM us on Instagram @ray.ahn and will send more you more info on the services that you need to grow your brand and business online.
44:12
August 27, 2020
King Khieu - Growing to 1 Mill on TikTok and the Future of Social Media
In this episode I talk to King Khieu who has 1 million followers on TikTok and has amassed a following by filming quick, informational content on interesting topics such as the top 7 diseases in the world, the top 7 best intelligence agencies in the world, and other topics that cover world news and fascinating information. He shares how the TikTok algorithm works and how he has been able to go viral and reach millions of views on his videos and the exact way to break down the algorithm for TikTok. Even though it is going to be banned from the US, it will still be a major platform that will be in existence and is contributing to the fast growth of many upcoming influencers today. If you are interested in learning more of how TikTok works and how to grow it, send a message to King Khieu on Instagram or on TikTok and you can learn from his tactics of how he grew his following. Also if you're interested in growing your presence online using Instagram and social media, feel free to send me a DM for private or group coaching. Hope you learn a lot from this interview and send us both a message on how this episode has helped you and look forward to seeing you on the next episode. Checkout the full podcast on anchor.fm/socialray  Follow King Khieu at instagram.com/king_khieu Follow Ray Ahn at instagram.com/ray.ahn If you want to get the latest updates on social media and my tips signup at bitly.com/socialraytips
40:45
August 11, 2020
Roy Taylor - Making Millions off Social Media and Making Social Impact
In this episode I talked to my friend Roy Taylor who made money off of social media and now is focusing on working on an app called Millionaire Mindset that helps people have the mindset for success. Roy is in his mid 20's and has built several successful passive income businesses that have helped him to live an independent life. His goal is to help 100,000 entrepreneurs make an impact and he has been doing that through his app. Continue to follow Roy on his entrepreneurial journey @roytaylor and DM him for his app  Also this Saturday I'll be hosting a 0 to 10k webinar on how I've helped clients get from 0 to 10k followers in a month and the blueprint you need to be able to do that as well. Can join using this link: https://www.raymondbahn.com/0-10k-training
56:27
June 2, 2020
Kimchi Chow - Importance of Loving and Accepting Yourself as a Vietnamese Immigrant
In this episode I talk with life coach Kimchi Chow, a Vietnamese immigrant who has built a successful life helping others to get past their limiting beliefs and also help others achieve their full potential in life through her coaching. We talk about the importance of loving yourself, accepting yourself, and being content with who you are instead of always comparing yourself to others and always feeling like you have to perform for someone else. True fulfillment comes from doing what YOU want to do when you want it without any outside pressure from anyone else to go and do that thing. Kimchi has found her fulfillment helping people to overcome all the limiting beliefs they have in their mind and has a podcast called Asian Women of Power to help Asian women find their voice again so they can take back their power when they might have given it away. She is involved in several non-profit boards and is a strong advocate for first and second generation immigrants. She wants to transform the Asian culture to create equality for women at home and at work. Hope you are encouraged and blessed from this podcast episode with Kimchi Chow and see you on the next episode.
43:51
April 29, 2020
Leo Chan - Breaking into the Fashion Industry as an Asian American Influencer
In this episode I talk with Asian model and travel influencer Leo Chan who is one of the few Asians who has worked with prestigious brands like GQ Magazine, Chopard, Movado, Timberland, Bar III, and Perry Ellis on influencer campaigns. He has also traveled around the world for 5 months on a World Cruise project that took him and his girlfriend on board the Cunard Queen Elizabeth to 27 countries in 5 months! His passion is to open the door so more Asians can get into the fashion industry and he also has had the fortunate opportunity to work with brands like GQ Magazine, Hugo Boss, Audi and Movado on sponsored campaigns and continues to influence the fashion industry with his brand Levitate Style. Now he is focusing on building his personal brand and working to continue to work with the top brands as an Asian American influencer. He has been able to build his brand as an Asian influencer on Instagram and you can follow him @levitatestyle on Instagram and checkout his website levitatestyle.com Also if you're interested in building your personal brand and podcast, send me a DM @ray.ahn and I can share with you a special mastermind that I'm hosting to help people build their personal brand and podcast using the power of social media. 
39:54
April 11, 2020
Jorge Contreras - The Mindset that took me from Drug Dealing to Real Estate Deals
In this episode, I talk to Jorge Contreras who is a multifamily investor in 1200+ units and teaches people how to rent out Airbnb properties with no experience and money.  Jorge came from a background of drug dealing, gangs, and has seen his dad pass away from getting involved with the wrong kinds of activities. He did not want the repeat the same story as his dad so he began to separate himself from the wrong types of people who weren't being a positive influence to him and hung around with people who had a mentality to be better and achieve more with their life. Not everyone will want to rise up from their circumstances and be an example for others like Jorge was for his younger siblings and those in his community. But if you want a higher quality of life for yourself, you need to have the mindset to grow, surround yourself with people better and smarter than you, and continue to put in the work everyday to be a better version of yourself. Checkout the interview to learn the mindset and mentality Jorge had to rise above a circumstances of drug dealing and gangs to owning multiple real estate properties, raising a beautiful family, and contributing back to society. And follow him on Instagram @thejorgecontreras and me @ray.ahn
29:23
February 6, 2020
Edward Woo - Wooji Clothing the Rise of an Asian-American Clothing Empire
In this episode, I talk with my friend Edward Woo who founded his clothing company Wooji.us and is an Asian-American clothing brand that takes a lot of their inspiration from anime and Asian culture for their designs. Edward started his company by putting a couple grand on his credit card to start his clothing company and since then has been able to work with top influencers to represent his clothing brand. He grew up in an immigrant home family and he always had a desire to start his own company so he can make enough money to provide for his family, create an impact in culture, and make a positive difference in the world. Edward is in his early 20's and is just beginning his journey of exploring what he can create and produce to make an impact in Asian-American culture and society. I hope you learn from Edward's story that anybody can make it, all it takes is belief in yourself, the drive to go after what you desire, and to give 100% of your effort into the dreams and desires that God has placed in your heart. I believe that we are all capable of achieving great things and it just starts by you taking the first step to yourself, your ideas, and taking the leap to follow your dreams. Hope this interview with Edward encourages and blesses you. And remember to follow his Instagram @wooji.us and mine as @ray.ahn
43:42
November 27, 2019
Azeem Ali - Finding Your Confidence and Facing Your Fears
In this episode I talk with my friend Azeem who runs the Instagram page @foundconscious and how he was able to develop a following by posting content about things that not many people are aware about such as the rolling out of 5G, Neuralink, and how certain foods and habits can affect us. What I learned from my talk with Azeem is that he has had his own fair share of troubles with his own parents having health problems, being introverted during school, and battling with fear and depression. Azeem talks about how he had to overcome his fear of putting his face out, start speaking out for what he believes in, and to tackle his fears head-on if he were to live a life that is fulfilling, happy, and meaningful. Azeem and I are both in our 20's and have been proactively creating and designing the life that we want for ourselves, our families, and the world around us. I believe we are all capable of making a positive impact in the world, and the change starts with ourselves. We need to be willing to take responsibility for our lives, make the changes necessary to get there be it financially/emotionally/relationally/spiritually, and stop blaming other people like our parents for not having the life that we want to live. If Azeem never took the courageous step of coming out of his shell of being introverted, he would never have created @foundconscious and be able to impact the hundreds of thousands of lives that he's doing through social media. Just like Azeem and I, you are also capable of creating a great life for yourself, your family, and those around you but you have to be willing to make the necessary changes in your mindset, beliefs, values, and actions in order to create that life. I hope you are encouraged from this interview with Azeem, that you take action on what you hear, and that you apply the valuable lessons you learn into your life for your success and happiness. Send us a DM on Instagram @foundconscious and @ray.ahn on what you thought about this interview and leave a review on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever else you found this podcast so others can listen to it too. And you can signup for my emails to learn more on how to use Instagram for your business and grow your influence at bitly.com/socialraytips
57:06
August 23, 2019
Jason Wong (CEO of Wonghaus) - Making Millions as an Internet Child
In this episode I talk with my friend Jason Wong who is the CEO of Wonghaus Ventures and has built multiple companies at a young age. He has exited on several companies already, has learned how to make products go viral through influencer marketing, and from his Tumblr famous days has developed a network on social media that extends to hundreds of millions of followers. Jason talks about his journey as an entrepreneur and how he used to teach himself various things online because he had free time while his parents were busy working. During his time when he wasn't helping out with the family business, he spent time learning online, making Internet friends, and learning about American culture from the memes he saw and the media that was produced by Americans. When Jason immigrated to the states, he came with an understanding of America based on watching media like the TV show "Friends" and consuming social media content. And he eventually came out with his own product called the Holy Meme Bible which describes all the popular memes of the year and packaged it into a coloring book so kids can discover the popular memes that has shaped a lot of society's culture and trends. Jason is a genius at influencer marketing and has learned to master making products go viral through utilizing influencers and trends. He is a self-taught entrepreneur and his advice for those wanting to become an entrepreneur is to listen to your intuition, take risks even if it means failing, and never give up in the pursuit of your purpose and passion in life. Everyone has a gift and talent they can contribute to the world but it's up to you to find it. Thanks for listening and hope this podcast encouraged you and share with your friends & family if it has helped you & remember you can support this podcast to keep running with your donations via Anchor. You can follow Jason on Instagram @pug and me @ray.ahn. You can also sign up for my email list by clicking the link here.
1:06:01
July 25, 2019
Anna DeGuzman - The Art of Creating Happiness & Joy through Cardistry Magic
In this episode, I talk with my good friend Anna DeGuzman who does cardistry magic and has performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. She is one of the few female magicians in the industry who has proved her talent and worth through her skills with cardistry in particular. She first got into cardistry by self-teaching herself through videos on YouTube and has become so skilled to the point she is doing private shows and will soon be performing on the main stages in the magic industry. Anna talks about her story growing up of having moved a lot as a kid and using magic as a way to make good use of her time and also make friends through it. We also talk about things you might not have known about her such as her favorite Filipino food, and how her travels have helped her see that we are not better than anyone else but that we all are human beings who should treat each other as such. Go checkout her Instagram @annadeguzman and her YouTube channel and me @ray.ahn and my YouTube channel Remember that we all started from nothing, and it's what we do with our circumstances, past, and opportunities today that shape and mold our destiny and who we will be in the future. Hope you are blessed by this episode and remember you can keep this podcast running by supporting us on Anchor.fm
42:06
July 2, 2019
Esa Fung - How to Turn Failures and Bullying into Positivity and Influence
In this episode, I talked with my friend Esa Fung who is 26 years old like me and started off on Vine making funny skits around Asian culture and mannerisms. He first blew up when he showed his mom a failed math test score and she went off on him and since then has found his niche in the Asian American market. He was part of the 1 million followers Viners club with popular influencers like King Bach, LeLe Pons, and others. Fortunately Esa was able to take his following onto other platforms like Instagram and YouTube so when Vine shut down he still had his remaining followers left. What most people might not know about Esa that he shared in this interview was how he used to be bullied a lot for being Asian but instead of letting these insults and hate get to him, he used them as ideas to create humorous content and skits around them. He mentioned that as someone involved in the social media space, he gets a lot of hate comments and negativity but he said the only way to get through it is if you have tough skin and keep persisting despite what other people may say or comment about you. As long as you know what you're doing is fulfilling and helping those around you in some shape or form, you shouldn't let other's opinions deflect you from your path in life. That part resonated with me because sometimes as someone who is trying to do something different and create content to help others, it can seem as if your work is not doing much or is not getting the kinds of numbers that you see other influencers and content creators getting. However it's in those times that you need to ask yourself why you started doing what you're doing in the first place, was it for the views and for people's praise or was it for something more meaningful than that. Hope you're able to take a bit of your time to listen to this interview with Esa not only so you can learn about social media and how to grow but also to ask yourself what it is you truly want to do with your life and whether you are making the necessary actions and commitments to making that a reality. Nothing worth having comes easy and it won't be easy for you to get off the well-worn path to do something different, but you have to trust in yourself and intuition to lead you down the path that you know to be right for you even if you might not have all the answers. Hope you enjoy this interview with Esa Fung and you can follow him on Instagram @esafung, on YouTube as EsaFungtastic, and on Twitter @esafung You can also find me on Instagram @ray.ahn, on YouTube, and signup for my emails to stay up to date on the latest updates, interviews, and advice on social media.
38:16
March 13, 2019
Terry Song - The Journey to a Million YouTube Subscribers and Staying True to Your Self
In this episode, I talk with my friend Terry Song who has built over 1.7 million subscribers as of this point and has done this all himself by posting reaction videos. Now he is posting content he is truly passionate about and putting out content that is his own original work such as animations that depict parts of his life and teach lessons to the viewers on the lessons Terry learned growing up. He gets real and vulnerable sharing about times when he was bullied and had to eat by himself at times because others wouldn't want him to be a part of their group, but he still shares these kinds of stories through animation to give hope, encouragement, and to let others know that there will be a better day if they just hold on. I was able to record this interview live at Terry's home and in his own studio where he records his own YouTube videos and you can checkout the interview through video on YouTube by clicking the link here. What I was most impressed from this interview was Terry's willingness to share about his life to people even the parts that may not seem so great but he does this so others viewing can know that they're not alone and that they can also overcome the challenges and difficulties that they are facing currently. Check Terry's YouTube as TerryTV on YouTube and on Instagram as @terrysongtv and me as @ray.ahn and send us a DM if this interview has helped you in anyway. Also please leave a review of this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or anywhere you found it. And you can signup for my email list by clicking the link here and you'll also get a free infographic sharing with you how you can increase your engagement on Instagram and where I'll be sharing with you some of the tips and advice that can help you boost your engagement from my over 2 years being in the Instagram space. Thanks so much for your support and for listening. I appreciate each and everyone of you and hope you know that I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think it was helping those of you out there looking to better yourself, find your purpose, and live out your true calling on Earth. Please don't hesitate to send me a DM on @ray.ahn would love to connect with you and see how I could support. Thank you again and hope you enjoy this interview with my friend and brother Terry Song.
35:06
January 18, 2019
Raymond Ahn - Truth About Entrepreneurship
In this episode I talk about my journey as an entrepreneur and also the realities of how it's not always easy and enjoyable. It's a short episode where I share my thoughts on how important it is to take a chance to pursue what you love while you have time and to also take steps to creating the life you want by taking action. It's different from my other episode since I'm the only one talking in it but hope it encourages you and helps push you towards the life you want to live and create for yourself.
06:59
November 3, 2018
Christian and Ladi - Tektonland the Future of On-Demand Printing
In this episode I talk with Christian (@christekton) and Ladi (@londoniangaga) about how they were able to scale their on-demand printing business Tektonland (@tektonland) within a year and work with influential celebrities, athletes, and influencers. They've been able to work with people like Drake's dad and others in the celebrity and influencer space because of how quickly they can deliver their on-demand products within 24 hours of sending the design they want printed on any clothing item. They are based out of LA and can print anything on-demand onto any clothing and color. They are disrupting the on-demand printing industry with how quickly and efficiently they are able to produce products for their clients. Also they don't just mass produce on-demand printing but can produce clothing even if it's just one piece so it's consumer-friendly. In this interview we talk about the importance of not giving up even when things seem rough, how the only person you need to compete against at the end of the day is yourself, and how success will come if you are patient and working hard and smart towards it. Hope you enjoy this interview with Christian and Ladi and check them out on Instagram @tektonland for more information about their services. And please leave a review of this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you found it and send me a DM @ray.ahn if you have any questions or want to chat further about Instagram, podcasting, or any other things you may be curious about.
49:07
October 27, 2018
Sarah Rav - Overcoming Anorexia as a Social Media Influencer
In thie episode I talk with Sarah Rav, a 20 year old medical student and social media influencer with a network of over 2 million followers in the food and fitness space. We talk about how she got into the social media space and how she was able to build such a massive following in such a short amount of time. We also talk about personal issues that Sarah had to overcome even in her journey as a medical student and social media influencer, issues that not many people share on social media because of what others might say or think about. She talks about how she had struggled with anorexia and at one point weighted 30 kilos. Her university had to even suspend her from attending school so she could attend once she had achieved a healthy weight. Eventually Sarah was able to get her mindset back on track and she shares how she was able to do that with the support of her close friends. She is open to sharing about her struggles and difficulties she overcame so others may be encouraged and can feel free to reach out to her for support. She has impacted and changed many people's lives and perspectives with her posts and vulnerable sharing and continues to do so with her personal instagram @sarahrav. Check out the full interview on the SocialRay podcast and hope you're inspired and empowered to share your own story to help others who might face similar issues. Also if you want to apply for my private and group Instagram coaching please message me on my Instagram @ray.ahn and I can send you more information on that.
35:01
October 19, 2018
Chef Kang - From Making Millions in Real Estate to Chef
In this episode, I talk with Chef Kang, a restaurant owner in Koreatown Los Angeles and his journey of how he went from making millions in real estate, living lavishly, and spending money like water to going broke from his gambling habits and realizing that something needed to be different in his life. Chef Kang shared personal things like the passing away of his sister which led him to realize he was becoming a person that he wasn't proud of and that he needed to make changes in his life if he wanted to live a happy, fulfilling life. From having gone broke from gambling to now running his own successful business in Koreatown, Chef Kang shares the lessons and insights he's gained from living life. He shares lessons like how in order for healing and change to begin, you need to blame yourself and not anyone else for the condition you are in today. He used to blame the fact that his father left him at a young age to cover the fact that he was destroying his life but once he began to blame himself for his condition and realize that his life was a result of the actions he decided, the healing process began and he began to take control of his life again. More than just learning about how to be an entrepreneur, this interview is about the life lessons and advice from someone who has been at the peak of success and to the depths of financial loss.  I hope you are able to take away some key life lessons from this interview and checkout Chef Kang's restaurant on Instagram @chefkangfoodrehab and me as @ray.ahn. Also you can book a free 15-30min call to talk about Instagram, podcasting, or anything you want. Link is in my bio and also here. calendly.com/socialrayPlease DM me on Instagram @ray.ahn to confirm that you've made the call and so I can send you the link to chat with me.
50:00
October 11, 2018
Jnetics - From Homelessness to Celebrity Fitness Coach
In this episode I talk with Jay Williams, also known as Jnetics, who has built a successful fitness brand training and coaching movie directors, athletes, and celebrities like Antoine Fuqua the movie director of Training Day, Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker, Ali Woodson from the Temptations, and many more. He is a Michigan native who came to California to start a new life and with no money and had to live homeless for awhile living under pickup trucks, shielding himself with cardbox boxes from the cold winds at night, and didn't know how he was going to eat the next day. Jay talks about his story of how he remembers being called a bum and from since then has decided to never judge someone else because you never know what someone's going through or their story before you get to meet them. Now he has worked with many influential people and has transformed over 3000 lives with his 90 day Jnetics fitness program helping people lost weight and transform their physique and mindset. Many people call Jay Muscle Mentor because he not only coaches people on the proper ways to train and helps them overcome their limiting beliefs that get in the way of success both physically and in life. This has been one of the most powerful interviews I've done so far and you will see why as you listen to this interview and hear Jay's story and heart to want to help people. You can follow Jay at @jnetics on Instagram and me as @ray.ahn and also make sure to checkout his website jneticstrainingacademy.com to check out his gym in Southern California. And please leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you found this podcast if it has helped you so more people can hear
51:42
September 2, 2018
Joon Lee - Standing up as an Asian American in Comedy
In this episode I talk with Joon Lee, an Asian American YouTuber and Instagrammer who makes comedy skits based in Atlanta, Georgia. We talk about his journey of how he broke from the norm of Asian American paths of pursuing a law or doctoral degree and began to pursue creating comedy skits to make people laugh. He had his roots starting off doing comedy skits at church retreats and later on went to create Youtube and Instagram video content based around Asian American culture.  Joon didn't know how far his comedy skits would take him but he has slowly been building his influence online through his humorous content and topics. He has hosted at the Kcon event in New York and is also going to be a host at the Kcon event in LA.  We also talk about some of the insecurities Joon had in pursuing his dreams of becoming a comedian actor especially in the entertainment industry. However instead of being discouraged from the fact that there aren't many Asian actors in the space, he looks at it as an opportunity for him to shine in an area where not many Asians are prominently known. I hope you're inspired and encouraged by Joon's story to pursue your own dream, passion, and purpose in life whatever that might look like and to know that creating the life you want for yourself can be possible if you just take a chance on yourself and try. Checkout Joon on Instagram or Youtube as @joonleecomedy and me on Instagram as @ray.ahn. Also checkout my webinar that will be on how to grow your Instagram, value, and network this Saturday at 11am pst. Link to join is here. https://events.genndi.com/register/818182175026320159/0676312b65
55:20
July 26, 2018
Sean Kelly - Building of a Jersey Empire at 21 Years Old
Sean Kelly is the founder of Jersey Champs, the largest jersey selling store in North America, and he has revolutionized the jersey industry by selling jerseys to not just sports fans but also to music fans, entrepreneurs, and celebrities. Sean is a 21 year old entrepreneur and in two years has built Jersey Champs to over 1 million Instagram followers and has worked with musicians and influencers like Logic, Khalid, and Mark Cuban from Shark Tank. Sean has always had the entrepreneurial spirit in him even as a 5th grader selling candy to his peers and was suspended for selling his own candy at school. He has had a different way of thinking apart from the school system and left college as a sophomore to pursue building Jersey Champs full-time. Now he has a team and staff in charge of expanding and growing Jersey Champs at the young age of 21. Sean's life and business is an example and story that shows you that there are ways to build your dream life and business by educating yourself, taking massive action, and choosing to act even in the face of fear and uncertainty. Check out his story on the Socialray podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Soundcloud and follow him on Instagram as @seanmikekelly and @jerseychamps. Also I will be hosting a webinar teaching you how to build your Instagram, grow your network, and increase your influence online and you can sign up using the link below. https://events.genndi.com/channel/socialray
45:39
July 18, 2018
Cole Hatter - Building Your Dream Life before your Business
In this episode I interviewed Cole Hatter who is a speaker, investor, author, and the organizer of the entrepreneur event Thrive hosted every year. We chat about how many entrepreneurs focus so much on the money they forget to focus on their dream life. Cole recommends that you build your dream life and then build a business to support that because if you make enough money but don't have the time to enjoy time with your friends, family, and loved ones, then what is the point of having all the money in the world? We also talk about the importance of having the right mindset before going after the money and also how important it is to know how valuable it is to know yourself, know what your values are, and to know what contribution you want to make to the world before the money. Cole himself is a multimillionaire and he didn't organize Thrive for the money but for the mission of helping entrepreneurs make money and to make their money matter by using their money as a vehicle to live the life of their dreams and to give back to others. I hope you take away some nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to your life through this interview and that you checkout the Thrive conference which will be hosted this September. Check it out at attendthrive.com and you can use the code GRATITUDE for $100 for this event.  And I will be hosting coaching on Instagram on how to build out your profile, grow it, and to use social media to network with high-level influencers and entrepreneurs in your industry.  If you're interested please send me a message on Facebook at Raymond Ahn or on Instagram as @ray.ahn.  Thanks for listening and please leave a review on this podcast and share with those you think might benefit.
39:06
July 4, 2018
Raymond Ahn - Dropping out of Medical School to Pursue Entrepreneurship
In this episode, my friend Mark Metry who hosts the Humans 2.0 Podcast interviewed me about my journey in leaving medical school to pursue entrepreneurship. I share my struggles, mindsets, and why I left medical school to do online business and social media. Even though I didn't have all the answers or know if there was a sure path when I took the leap to leave med school, I just took a chance on myself, trusted in my intuition, and applied myself to learn no matter what it took. It has been two years since then, and I've networked and made friends with some of the biggest names in social media and entrepreneurship. I've learned how to build hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, start my own podcast with no previous experience, and launch my own e-commerce store from scratch. I'm not any more special than you, but what I did was take massive action since where I was wasn't where I wanted to be. I applied myself to learn despite not knowing anything because the desire to take hold of my life and live a free, fulfilling life was greater than the fear I had of not knowing what is out there. Though I'm nowhere near where I want to be, I can confidently say that I'm actively in the process of creating the life that I want for myself not just on the financial level but also in the personal, relational, emotional, and mental levels. Whether or not you want to be an entrepreneur or influencer, I hope my story and journey inspires and encourages you to keep searching, seeking, and pursuing what is your calling on Earth and to never give up in that pursuit.  P.S. You can download my free ebook on growing your Instagram at bitly.com/freeinstaebook and also connect with me on Instagram as @ray.ahn. I will also be doing a 3 month coaching program sharing with you how you can network with high level influencers, meet other like-minded entrepreneurs, and use social media to your advantage in the next few weeks so sign up for my ebook and I"ll send you info on that!
36:52
June 19, 2018
Jeet Banerjee - The Mindset of a Teenage Serial Entrepreneur
In this episode on the SocialRay podcast, I talk with my friend Jeet Banerjee who first started his entrepreneurial ventures as a teenager when his parents wouldn't give him money to use to hangout with his friends so he took matters into his own hands. As a 17 year old, he founded JB Media Force to build websites for businesses and got clients even though he was rejected many times by older businessmen who didn't take him seriously. He then moved on from that to found StatFuse which was a website that helped high school students calculate their chances of getting into the colleges of their choice based on the different algorithms and criteria of each college. Now in his early 20s, he has sold those businesses and has moved on to building other businesses such as Income Incubator which helps people turn their passion and talent into profit.  What was most notable for me in this interview with Jeet was his tenacity and unwillingness to give up even in the face of rejections and no's by people around them.  Even as a teenager, he didn't let the opinions of others stop him pursuing his dreams and passions, and this has led him to build multiple successful businesses, speak at Tedx, and inspire others to also turn their passions into profit. I hope you take action on what you hear from this interview and you can follow Jeet on Instagram as @thejeetbanerjee and check his website out Jeetbanerjee.com.  You can also follow me on Instagram as @ray.ahn and get my free ebook where I share my knowledge of how I grew over hundreds of thousands of followers at this link bitly.com/freeinstaebook. Thanks for taking the time to listen to this podcast and please leave us a review on iTunes if this has helped you in anyways. Also remember to share this podcast on Facebook or any other social media platform you may have if you think it may benefit others. Enjoy this episode with Jeet and see you on the next episode!
34:01
June 7, 2018
Mark Metry - Earning Six Figures as a Fifteen Year Old
In this episode I talk with my friend Mark Metry who is a 20 year old entrepreneur and is the CEO of a VR company called VU Dream as well as the host of an iTunes Top Charts podcast Humans 2.0.  And Mark's entrepreneurial journey began at the young age of 15 years old, when he made the world's number one Minecraft server (a game) with over 10 million users and 10,000 registered premium members. He made over 6 figures with this popular server and was making more money than his teachers were at 15 years old. We talk about how Mark could have let the success gone to his head and lead to destructive decisions. However, Mark had been suffering from depression, low self-esteem and self-worth, and felt like a loser inside even though on the outside he had all the money he could have wanted as a teenager. Mark's parents told him to always keep the future in mind, to not let the success get to his head, and to stay focused on doing what would give value to the world. Now at 20 years old, Mark is the founder of VU Dream, a VR company dedicated to helping people use VR for positive benefits such as helping cure mental illnesses and providing insights on life that could positively impact someone's life. He also hosts a top iTunes chart podcast called Humans 2.0, where he interviews successful CEOs, business owners, and authors. We also talk about the qualities of truly successful people which you will find out in the interview. Listen to the full interview on iTunes or Stitcher on the SocialRay podcast. And please leave us a review to help us reach more listeners.  You can follow Mark on Instagram as @markmetry or LinkedIn as Mark Metry. Also checkout his podcast Humans 2.0 where he also interviewed me on the show. You can follow me on Instagram as @ray.ahn, as Facebook and LinkedIn as Raymond Ahn, and subscribe to my podcast SocialRay. Also checkout my free ebook at bitly.com/freeinstaebook where I share my tips on how to grow your Instagram from my two years of experience of having grown over 600,000 followers and over 50,000 followers on my personal Instagram. And this way, we can also be in touch via email.
53:01
May 16, 2018
Andy Nguyen (Founder of Afters Ice Cream)- Uncovering your Superpower
In this interview, I talk with Andy Nguyen one of the founders of Afters ice cream, known for their unique ice cream flavors and the signature Milky Bun. Andy is a serial entrepreneur who has many different businesses primarily in the food industry. We talk about Andy's journey into entrepreneurship and the food business and how he wasn't always the business minded person he was today. Quite the opposite, Andy was a rebel, misfit, and got kicked out of school at a young age. Also as an Asian American, Andy was trying to figure out what he wanted apart from the traditional path of studying to become a doctor or lawyer. He had different ideas of what he wanted to do and become and stumbled onto the clothing industry where he met upcoming artists and musicians like Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, and others.  He built a successful clothing line, worked with many people in the entertainment industry, and eventually left to get started in the food industry when he thought of opening an ice cream shop Afters Ice Cream with novelty flavors like Jasmine iced tea flavor, cookie dough, and others.  Afters ice cream has been served at Coachella, all across Southern California, and his ice cream flavors have gone viral because of their unique flavor and their Milky Buns, which are two hot donuts sandwiched with a cold ice cream filling inside. I hope you enjoy this episode with Andy and you can stay in touch with him on his Instagram @andythenguyen and me as @ray.ahn. You can also follow Afters @aftersicecream. Also you can signup to receive my free ebook on growing your Instagram at bitly.com/freeinstaebook. This ebook details the ways I grew over 600,000 followers on Instagram and some tips I've learned along the way.
34:30
May 9, 2018
Frank Wu - The Building of an International Wireless Phone Company Bezalel
In this episode I talk with Frank Wu, the founder of Bezalel a wireless phone charging company. A Taiwanese immigrant with on prior knowledge of how to start a business, Frank started off on kickstarter and raised over $100,000 on their first time. Frank sold the wireless phone chargers quickly and soon went international with his products. Now his products are sold in retail stores around the world in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. He shares his journey of expanding from a Kickstarter product to an international business. Though Frank had no experience in business, he shared how he felt called to build an international business so he can help others by providing jobs, feeding families, and making the world a better place by doing so. Frank's motivation comes not from money but from a desire to help people and make a positive impact in the world. However he also knows that money is like oxygen to a business so he has been working on his business so that it will keep growing and expanding. Find his products at bezalel.co and check them out on Instagram as @bezalelpower. I hope Frank's story inspires and encourages you to know that no matter where you're from, what you have or don't have, you can become successful if you stay true to your passion, your calling, and what matters most to you. Follow Frank at @frankkwu on Instagram as me as @ray.ahn.
32:25
April 18, 2018
Tenzotea Founders Steve and Rob - The Rise of a Green Tea Empire
In this episode, I chat with Steve and Robbie who are in their early 20's building a green tea empire called Tenzotea. They source the highest quality grade green tea and matcha from Japan to sell in the US. Now they are featured in over 120 locations and cafes and have established themselves as a popular drink in cafes across Southern California. With nothing but a vision to start a successful business and follow his heart, Steve left college studying at UCLA and with his friend Robbie woke up at 5:30AM and worked late into the night on their business everyday for a year. It seemed like nothing was happening even though they were putting in the work and no cafes seemed to want their drink. Until one day, after around a year of working they finally landed a deal with one of the major cafes in the area and from there on they expanded to other cafes. Now many popular cafes feature the Tenzotea drinks in their area.  Steve and Robbie plan to expand their business further and help the world by providing the healthy benefits that green tea can provide. Unlike soda and other unhealthy drinks, green tea matcha has many antioxidants and health benefits that lead to healthier living and is also a delicious choice for a drink. Listen to the advice, wisdom, and experience of Steve and Robbie on their journey to building a successful business in their early 20's and I hope their story encourages you on your own path in life. Listen to the full interview on the SocialRay podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. Connect with Tenzotea as @tenzotea, Steve as @sodellicious, Robbie as @robbie_page, and me as @ray.ahn. You can also add me on Facebook as Raymond Ahn and join my Facebook group here.
37:51
April 7, 2018
Raymond Ahn - How I Grew Over 600,000 Followers on Instagram
My friends Tasha and Vivien, from the Acethegram Podcast and FB group, interviewed me on this episode where I share my experience of having grown over 600,000 followers on Instagram. I talk about the tips, strategies, and advice that I've learned over the years from learning Instagram personally from experience and my own growth.  I've been able to network with very big names in the social media and entrepreneurship space, and I share how I was able to do that. I share some of the ways and methods you can reach out to influencers and those who you feel are unapproachable. And I do my best to give the value that would support you on your journey and business. Remember to checkout Tasha and Vivien's Podcast called Acethegram and their Facebook group "Instagram Growth and Engagement."  Also you can join my Facebook group by sending me a DM on Instagram at @ray.ahn or signing up for my emails at bitly.com/socialrayemailsignup Thanks guys and please remember to leave a review if this podcast was valuable to you in anyway and share with those who you think may benefit from hearing. See you on the next episode!
36:18
March 29, 2018
Zach Benson - Staying at 5 Star Hotels for Free Using Instagram
What if you could just use your Instagram to stay at five star hotels that usually cost $2000 a night for free? This sounds like a dream but it's reality for Zach Benson, a 31 year old entrepreneur who has built his social media agency company, traveled to over 50 countries teaching dance and social media, been on a TV dance show, and has even given a Tedx talk. But he was not always the confident Zach he is today. He used to struggle pronouncing the letter "R" as a young student from Korea and was told by a teacher he would never overcome his speech impediment. For Zach, this devastated him and his self-confidence as a young student until he regained his confidence through his passion of dancing. He has used his dance skills to travel around the world teaching dance and has even been on TV dance shows. He has also gotten into the world of social media and has formed a network of over 10 million followers in the travel niche which he uses to stay in five star hotels and resorts for free in exchange for promotions and social media services. Zach run his own social media agency and has several courses about to launch teaching people how to travel around the world like he did using Instagram and teaching dance. Zach's commitment to never give up despite the circumstances has inspired me and hope that it will inspire you to continue on your path in life. Listen to the full interview on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud as the SocialRay Podcast, and remember to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes (iPhone) or Stitcher (for android). You can connect with him at @tribeinfluencer or with me as @ray.ahn on Instagram. Also if you want to stay up to date with the latest interviews and social media tips, sign up for my emails at bitly.com/socialrayemailsignup
38:24
March 26, 2018
Shane Gregoire - Building a Six Figure Business at 18
I talk with Shane Gregoire, a young entrepreneur and sound engineer, who started off at 15 years old putting out youtube tutorial videos of making different types of beats and sounds. Even though in high school his peers would make fun of him at his early videos of being different, weird, or just pointless, Shane kept to his path and passion of doing what he loves of sharing his sound engineering tutorial videos. Now his Youtube channel Rocket Powered Sound has over 50k subscribers, and he has built a six figure business selling different types of beats and sounds.  He never knew his passion would lead into a full-time business, but now he knows his path in life and decided to go all into his business instead of pursuing the traditional school route of going to college. He has self-educated himself through mentors, online courses, and by reading books like "Sell or Be Sold", "How to Win Friends and Influence People", "Managing Oneself" and "Expert Secrets." You can connect with Shane on Instagram as @shanegregoire and with me as @ray.ahn. Also if you want to join my private membership group where I teach on social media, making money online, and have influencers come and teach you can sign up for my emails at bitly.com/socialrayemailsignup or DM me on Instagram as @ray.ahn to join. Thanks for listening and please take a minute to leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. Also share this podcast with your friends and family if this has been valuable to you, and I will see you on the next episode!
43:22
March 21, 2018
Collin McLelland - Pursuing your Path in Life
In this episode, I talk with Collin McLelland a serial entrepreneur involved in the social media space, oil industry, and now cryptocurrency field. He left school because he was self-aware that he wasn't living a fulfilling life pursuing what he wanted and instead went and pursued different ventures that were more in align with his gifts and talents. Now he runs several different businesses and is continuing to pursue the fields and businesses that interest him. He is an example of someone living life on his own terms and this is because he decided to live that kind of life. Even though there were others who discouraged him and thought he would never make it, Collin kept true to his own path and has found success doing so. I hope his story inspires you to be true to yourself and pursue your own path in life no matter what anyone else says. Connect with him on Instagram (@collin_mclelland) and Linkedin as Collin McLelland as well as with me on Instagram (@ray.ahn) and LinkedIn as Raymond Ahn. Also sign up to get the latest interviews with influencers and entrepreneurs and also to get social media tips and resources. I'm coming with an ebook on Instagram growth so you can find out more about that by signing up at bitly.com/socialraysignup or by messaging me on Instagram @ray.ahn. Thanks for listening and see you on the next episode!
37:14
March 13, 2018
Vince Wang - Building a 7 Figure Ecommerce Business at 19 Years Old
In this episode, I talk with entrepreneur Vince Wang (@vince_wang_ceo) who has built multiple ecommerce stores self-teaching himself online. He has generated over $500k in one month (his best month) from his ecommerce business at 19 years old. But he didn't always start off so well. He came from a difficult background of having gone through his parents' divorce at 15 years old and his family was going through bankruptcy. He was living with his mom and sister with only $24 in their bank account. These hardships and desperate situation led Vince to find anything that would generate money and focused more on different ventures than school. He even ventured into real estate, finding random jobs, and doing whatever he could do generate the income to sustain him and his family. He went out as a teenager finding clients to do marketing for to make money and eventually he stumbled onto ecommerce, which he has crushed since then. I hope Vince's story inspires and empowers you to see that anything is possible if you decide to make a change to your life and if you're willing to put in the work necessary to get there. He even has retired his mom because he was able to generate enough money to do so. You can follow Vince on Instagram as @vince_wang_ceo and me as @ray.ahn. You can also add me on Raymond Ahn on Facebook and if this interview has helped you in anyway, please leave us a review on iTunes. Thanks for listening and we will see you on the next episode!
30:43
February 28, 2018
Raymond Ahn - My Journey into Entrepreneurship
In this episode, my friend Vipul, the founder of the Know Your Legacy Podcast, interviews me and I share my story of how I got into entrepreneurship. I share how I came from a background in healthcare studying to become a doctor to doing social media and online business. I had no idea where I would end up, but by following my intuition and trusting that there was something out there that was bigger and better for me, I was able to grow over hundreds of thousands of followers, build my ecommerce business and podcast, build a powerful network of influencers, and am still on my journey of creating the life and business that I want for myself. I hope this interview gives you a better understanding of my journey and that it encourages you to follow your own heart in what you are meant to do on this earth. I'm not saying that you have to leave your job and get into entrepreneurship, but find what it is that your heart is really calling you towards and if you're not living a fulfilled, happy life take some time to evaluate the way you're living your life. We aren't meant to just pay our bills and exist, but we have life so we can live it to the fullest and live it with no regrets. I hope this interview encourages and gives you insight on what's possible for your life. And you can add Vipul on Instagram as @knowyourlegacy and me on instagram as @ray.ahn and Facebook as Raymond Ahn. Feel free to DM Vipul or me on Instagram and let us know what you thought about this interview or if you have any questions! Would love to hear from you!
31:58
February 21, 2018
Billionaire PA - Believing in Your Dreams even when Nobody Else Does
In this awesome interview with speaker and author Billionaire PA, we talk about how important it is to believe in yourself and your vision even if nobody else does because at the end of the day, you are the only one who is going to care the most about your vision and make it come to life. Billionaire PA's own story is an inspiring one where he was incarcerated over 15 times before turning 21. But he had a turning point when he was living out of his trunk and reprogrammed his mind with positive beliefs and quotes that he wrote over and over so his brain and spirit would believe in the positive affirmations and beliefs that would attract positive results and things to his life. Now he travels around the world, has reached over millions of lives with his speaking and books, and is on his journey to impacting over a billion lives in his lifetime. Hope you're encouraged to pursue your own dreams and passions as you hear this interview, and you can follow him on Instagram as @billionairepa and me as @ray.ahn. I'm also on Facebook as Raymond Ahn. 
46:11
February 15, 2018
Peter J Bone - Why I Started @achievetheimpossible (980k plus followers) on Instagram
In this episode I talk to Peter J Bone, the founder of the Instagram account @achievetheimpossible, and talk about his journey of having grown almost a million followers on Instagram. He started off with a simple desire, to inspire and empower others to believe they can achieve their dreams, goals, and purpose in life even though it may look or feel impossible. He started off with a simple experience teaching a four year old kid how to write his name though in the eyes of the four year old kid writing his own name by himself seemed impossible. Peter shares how the look on the kid's face when he was able to write his name by himself was precious, invaluable, and that's when he knew he wanted to show others that what they may think is impossible is definitely possible and achievable. A lot of times we face doubt, self-criticism, and don't give ourselves permission to believe in our dreams and passions. But Peter's story and his life shows that it is definitely possible to follow after your dreams and passions and that doing so is the truly fulfilling way to live life. Hope you are encouraged and empowered to follow your own dreams and passions in life and you can follow Peter at @peterjbone and @achievetheimpossible on and me as @ray.ahn on Instagram. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
33:00
February 1, 2018
John Chow - $0 to $40k a month through Blogging
In this episode, I talk with og internet marketer and blogger John Chow who was one of the first to start blogging and make money online during the dotcom boom. He had humble beginnings, having grown up in rural China in a small fishing village, and moved to Vancouver with his family at a young age. He learned how to use the Internet, how to write online with his own blog, and has made six figures just by blogging alone. He has gone from making $0 to over $40k a month from his blogging. He is one of the most sought after experts in blogging due to his long years of expertise in the field and has helped many make money from his own teachings. We talk about John's journey and how he was able to take control of his own life by building his own business from blogging and I hope you are encouraged and inspired to follow the dreams and passions you have for your own life just as John has done. You can reach him on Instagram as @johnchowdotcom or on his blog at johnchow.com. Also you can follow me on Instagram as @ray.ahn or add me on Facebook as Raymond Ahn. Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy this interview with John.
36:04
January 24, 2018
Mark Brazil and Jeff Cole (founders of Ikonick)- Using Instagram and Influencers to Build a Brand
In this episode, I talk with Mark Brazil and Jeff Cole who are the founders of Ikonick, the leader in canvas art print, and share their story of how they were able to build their brand using Instagram and influencers. You might have seen their canvas artwork @ikonick on Instagram which depicts themes of making money, hustling, and staying in the grind. We talk about the founders' backgrounds of how they got into entrepreneurship and what led them on their journey of building their own business and brand together. Now they are well-known on Instagram and their iconic artwork makes them stand out. I hope you enjoy this interview and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. Also you can follow on Instagram the founders Mark (@markbrazil) and Jeff (@cole) as well as their brand @ikonick. You can also follow me on Instagram as @ray.ahn. Thanks for listening and see you on the next episode.
30:39
December 7, 2017
Walid Halty - Building of a Multimillion Dollar Solar Company by Age 22
In this episode I talk with entrepreneur Walid Halty who has sold several million dollar generating companies by his early 20's and is now building a multimillion dollar solar company by the name of Dvinci. Having grown up in the projects of Morocco, Walid moved to the States and started his own journey into entrepreneurship and business. He learned the skills and knowledge needed to know how to run a successful business as he took several companies and grew their sales team to generate millions of dollars in revenue. He took the knowledge and skills he learned to build his own successful solar energy company Dvinci. I hope you are inspired from Walid's story to take action and pursue your own dreams and passions in life. And if you want to connect with him further add him on Instagram as @walidhalty and you can connect with me as well on Instagram as @ray.ahn
26:21
November 22, 2017
Gil Antolin - Traveling to the Most Luxurious Places using Instagram
In this interview, I talk with social media influencer Gil Antolin who is the founder of the 2 million plus followed Instagram page @luxuryworldtraveler and has used his social media presence to travel around the world to the most luxurious places. He has been able to get hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of hotel stays, food, and experiences all from utilizing his social media. Gil shares his story of how he got into social media and transitioned out of real estate to do social media full-time.
37:31
November 11, 2017
Johnathan Yu (Seouljyu) - Being a Voice in the Asian American Community as a Social Media Influencer
In this episode, I interview Asian American social media influencer Jonathan Yu who creates funny content and humor based videos of Asian and Asian American culture. He shares his story of how he was able to become an influencer in his space and what it took from him to do that. His videos on social media on Instagram and Youtube share the culture and struggles about Asian Americans to educate and entertain others about Asian culture.
29:49
October 25, 2017
Randall Pich - Finding Your Passion and Staying True to Yourself
In this episode I talk to LiveFit Apparel (Instagram @live_fit_apparel) CEO Randall Pich, who has built an international fitness apparel brand through social media and branding. LiveFit is one of the most well-known fitness lifestyle apparel brands and from day one, Randall has done business with integrity and honesty. He has built a loyal following to his brand through social media and brand ambassadors. He also knows the importance of using visuals and social media to reach this generation of millennials who are always on their phones. Learn how he built his international fitness apparel brand and also the lessons learned along the way to his success. You can follow Randall on Youtube as Randall Pich as well as on Instagram as @randall_pich. You can also reach out to me via Facebook as Raymond Ahn or on Instagram as @ray.ahn. Thanks guys for listening and hope you take action on what you learn from this interview. Music Creds: Instrumental produced by Chuki www.youtube.com/user/CHUKImusic
11:22
October 9, 2017
Jeff Lambert - The Future of Cryptocurrency
In this episode I talk with cryptocurrency analyst Jeff Lambert who is a full-time cryptocurrency trader. He left his 9 to 5 job to pursue trading cryptocurrency full-time and has a return of nearly over 1200% his investment. He teaches cyrptocurrency to his students in his academy and private group at academy.jeffinko.guru and with our coupon SOCIALRAY you can get a special discount from $197/mo to $97/mo for life if you take action and get it before the month of October ends. Cryptocurrency is the future of trading and doing business and if you're not in it already, this is a great episode for you. Also for those investing in crypto, you will learn some coins that Jeff recommends and what to look for when investing in cryptocurrency. I hope you learn a lot from this episode and remember to leave us a review on iTunes, Stitcher, and to subscribe for new episodes. And feel free to reach out to me on Facebook as Raymond Ahn or Instagram as @ray.ahn.
38:04
October 5, 2017
Joel Brown - Realizing Your Full Potential and Greatness Within
I talk with Joel Brown the founder of the number one motivation and success website addicted2success.com. We talk about his journey of having turned his passion of writing about success and self-development into a full-time business to where he was able to quit his 9 to 5 job forever because he was earning more than he was being paid at work. We talk about how at first he was driven by the desire for money and success but later realized he was searching for freedom more than anything. Joel shares his experience of having gone from chasing money and material possessions to wanting something more in life such as impacting people's lives and living for God. We talk about how the most important trait of an entrepreneur is to stay genuine and true to yourself even when nobody else seems to approve or follow you. I hope you're encouraged and challenged to take steps towards your own passion and dreams as you listen to this interview and remember you can find Joel at @iamjoelbrown and me as @ray.ahn on Instagram. And subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and leave a review if this has helped you.
48:33
September 15, 2017
Joel Brown - Realizing Your Full Potential and Greatness Within
I talk with Joel Brown the founder of the number one motivation and success website addicted2success.com. We talk about his journey of having turned his passion of writing about success and self-development into a full-time business to where he was able to quit his 9 to 5 job forever because he was earning more than he was being paid at work. We talk about how at first he was driven by the desire for money and success but later realized he was searching for freedom more than anything. Joel shares his experience of having gone from chasing money and material possessions to wanting something more in life such as impacting people's lives and living for God. We talk about how the most important trait of an entrepreneur is to stay genuine and true to yourself even when nobody else seems to approve or follow you. I hope you're encouraged and challenged to take steps towards your own passion and dreams as you listen to this interview and remember you can find Joel at @iamjoelbrown and me as @ray.ahn on Instagram. And subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and leave a review if this has helped you.
48:33
September 15, 2017
Anna Clendening - The Secret to An Influencer's Success
In this interview I talk with Anna Clendening who is a musician, artist, and social media influencer. She started gaining social media fame as a Viner creating funny and musical pieces which later turned into full length youtube videos as she went further into pursuing a career as a musician. She was even on America's Got Talent in 2014 and her video went viral. She has over 400,000 subscribers on Youtube, over 400,000 followers on Instagram, and over 100,000 followers on Twitter. She talks about the behind-the-scenes life of being an influencer and what it takes to succeed as an influencer in this space. I hope you enjoy this interview, remember to subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher, leave us a review, and remember you can connect with Anna and myself over social media (Instagram @annaclendening, @ray.ahn)
41:21
September 4, 2017
Jaiden Gross - How to Attract the Clients You Want
I interviewed my friend Jaiden Gross who is one of Tai Lopez' star students of the social media marketing agency course. I was able to talk about how he approached clients to take on for his business and learned that the way he approaches them is different from most people. You will learn how to stand out from others in the way you approach your clients and learn how Jaiden was able to get the respect and trust of his clients over even the top marketing agencies he was competing against when he had less experience in working with clients than his competitors. I hope you enjoy this interview, subscribe, and leave us a review. Thanks and remember you can reach out to Jaiden at @jaidengrossofficial and me at @ray.ahn on Instagram.
50:18
August 31, 2017
Nicholas Bayerle - The Mindset to Elevate You to Success
In this interview, I talk to my friend Nicholas Bayerle who has built a business with his wife Amanda Bayerle coaching and supporting other entrepreneurs live a healthy, fit lifestyle not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. They both have had their own transformation journeys of having overcome being overweight and coming out of a financially difficult situation. Nick shares his story of how he used to be a carpet cleaner but always had a deeper desire to do something great and big with his life and never settled for less despite his circumstances. I hope you enjoy this interview, take action, and have the courage to follow your own dream and passion. You can find him on Instagram as @nicholasbayerle and Facebook as Nicholas Bayerle. You can also connect with me on Instagram as @ray.ahn and on Facebook and LinkedIn as Raymond Ahn.
41:47
August 25, 2017
Nicholas Bayerle - The Mindset to Elevate You to Success
In this interview, I talk to my friend Nicholas Bayerle who has built a business with his wife Amanda Bayerle coaching and supporting other entrepreneurs live a healthy, fit lifestyle not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. They both have had their own transformation journeys of having overcome being overweight and coming out of a financially difficult situation. Nick shares his story of how he used to be a carpet cleaner but always had a deeper desire to do something great and big with his life and never settled for less despite his circumstances. I hope you enjoy this interview, take action, and have the courage to follow your own dream and passion. You can find him on Instagram as @nicholasbayerle and Facebook as Nicholas Bayerle. You can also connect with me on Instagram as @ray.ahn and on Facebook and LinkedIn as Raymond Ahn.
41:47
August 25, 2017
Importance of Branding and Monetizing on Social Media
In this interview, I talk with Tim Karsliyev who runs the 1 million followed Instagram page @dailydose and has worked closely with other influencers like Jason Stone @millionaire_mentor, @agentsteven, Joe Duncan of @before5am, and many other prominent figures in the entrepreneur, success, and lifestyle space on Instagram. He shares his story of how he got into social media and his journey in how he was able to build a successful business and making invaluable connections through social media. Please subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and leave us a review. Also feel free to connect with Tim through Instagram @dailydose and myself @ray.ahn or on Facebook as Tim Karsliyev or myself as Raymond Ahn.
30:55
August 22, 2017
Tim Karsliyev - Importance of Branding and Monetizing on Social Media
In this interview, I talk with Tim Karsliyev who runs the 1 million followed Instagram page @dailydose and has worked closely with other influencers like Jason Stone @millionaire_mentor, @agentsteven, Joe Duncan of @before5am, and many other prominent figures in the entrepreneur, success, and lifestyle space on Instagram. He shares his story of how he got into social media and his journey in how he was able to build a successful business and making invaluable connections through social media. Also checkout the page @impactbillions that Tim was talking about in the interview. Please subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and leave us a review. Also feel free to connect with Tim through Instagram @dailydose and myself @ray.ahn or on Facebook as Tim Karsliyev or myself as Raymond Ahn.
30:55
August 22, 2017
Joost Janssen - Turning Adversity and Pain into Achievement and Passion
In this episode, I talk to former Navy SEAL Joost Jansen who has been in several life-threatening situations but is now working as an entrepreneur in his multiple businesses and investments. I hope you learn from Joost's story that the challenges and adversities you face in life can be overcome and be a fuel for you to live a life that makes a difference and impact in the world. Please subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud and you can find me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat and Joost on FB.
48:05
July 26, 2017
Joost Janssen - Turning Adversity and Pain into Achievement and Passion
In this episode, I talk to former Navy SEAL Joost Jansen who has been in several life-threatening situations but is now working as an entrepreneur in his multiple businesses and investments. I hope you learn from Joost's story that the challenges and adversities you face in life can be overcome and be a fuel for you to live a life that makes a difference and impact in the world. Please subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud and you can find me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat and Joost on FB.
48:05
July 26, 2017
Adam Jordan - Growth Hacking Your Personal Branding on Social Media
In this interview with Adam on social media, I talk about how he was able to growth hack his personal Instagram brand by converting a generic themed men's fashion page he has built up over time to his own page. He was able to leverage his personal page to work with businesses, work deals, and make valuable networks and connections via social media with people he otherwise wouldn't have had access to. In this next generation of digital marketing, personal branding will be key and social media is a great tool to help for that. Social media marketing is the new way of catching people's attention and businesses know that. The businesses that fail to utilize social media marketing and social media influencers will miss out on marketing to the next generation. Learn more on how you can growth hack your personal brand and learn how you can use social media to your advantage. Remember to subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher links are in the bio.
49:14
July 3, 2017
Adam Jordan - Growth Hacking Your Personal Branding on Social Media
In this interview with Adam on social media, I talk about how he was able to growth hack his personal Instagram brand by converting a generic themed men's fashion page he has built up over time to his own page. He was able to leverage his personal page to work with businesses, work deals, and make valuable networks and connections via social media with people he otherwise wouldn't have had access to. In this next generation of digital marketing, personal branding will be key and social media is a great tool to help for that. Social media marketing is the new way of catching people's attention and businesses know that. The businesses that fail to utilize social media marketing and social media influencers will miss out on marketing to the next generation. Learn more on how you can growth hack your personal brand and learn how you can use social media to your advantage. Remember to subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher links are in the bio.
49:14
May 28, 2017
Nathan Chan - Building a Digital Magazine with over 1 Million Instagram Followers
In this interview, I talk with Nathan Chan the founder of the digital magazine Foundr where he shares advice and insights from successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, and more. We talk about how he was able to build a successful media and content producing company and some of the ways he has used social media to grow his business. He also goes into detail on how important social media is for e-commerce and the steps he'd take to go about using social media for e-commerce businesses. Please share this link if this has helped you and remember you can find me on Facebook as Raymond Ahn or snapchat as social.ray
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May 8, 2017
Zach Benson - How I turned my Passion of Dance and Travel into my Business
Zach Benson is a traveler, dancer, and entrepreneur who loves helping people and has turned his passion of traveling and dancing into a business. He has several Instagram pages and has used them to travel round the world, teach at dance studios, and has done business with companies and even tourism boards. We talk about how he was able to get started into social media, how to approach companies and businesses with social media consulting, and how he was able to build a business from little to no experience by just doing it himself. He also runs his agency assistagram.com where you can utilize his Instagram management services. Email benson.zach@gmail.com and mention you were referred from SocialRay Podcast to receive a discount and promo on your account!
41:19
April 26, 2017
Gil Antolin - Traveling to the World's Most Luxurious Places using Instagram
In this interview I talk with Gil Antolin the owner of the 2.5 million followed Instagram page @luxuryworldtraveler. He has turned his passion of traveling the world to build a massive Instagram following and is now traveling the world helping hotels and travel brands market and do their content creation with his team. He has a network of other travel pages and influencers part of the Luxuryworldtraveler brand and is passionate about helping people travel and follow their passions.
1:01:21
April 19, 2017
Preston Smiles - How Staying True to Yourself can Change the World
In this episode I talk to Preston Smiles the leader of the LoveMob and the LovesVoice Movement where he helps people find their true potential and true self and live out their passion in the world. He has multiple six figure businesses and talks about how he turned his passion in helping people become more focused on helping one another and spreading love and positivity in the world into a sustainable business. His story inspired me to see how you can do what you love and still make money if you really desire to do that. I hope you learn a lot from this interview and checkout more about Preston at his website prestonsmiles.com and share this podcast with your friends and family on Facebook or other social media outlets.
49:15
April 12, 2017
Navid Bk - How to Brand and Build a 400,000 Subscribed YouTube Channel Absolute Motivation
In this interview with Navid, the owner of the 400,000 subscribed YouTube Channel Absolute Motivation, we talk about how important branding and creating a movement around your business is rather than just trying to sell a product or service. We also talk about how he was able to build a following of over 400,000 subscribers from nothing and was able to inspire and motivate millions of people with the videos he has created. One video has even reached 5 million views and we chat about what that was like. To find out more about Navid, checkout his Youtube Channel Absolute Motivation and to reach out to me add me on Snapchat as Social.Ray or feel free to add me on Facebook as Raymond Ahn
52:27
March 28, 2017
Ruben Chavez - Growing to 2.7 Million Instagram Followers by Being Passionate about What You Love
In this episode, I interview Ruben Chavez who runs the currently 2.7 million follower page instagram.com/thinkgrowprosper on Instagram. His page is one of the largest inspirational and self-development quote pages on Instagram and he shares his story of how he first got into the social media game. What started out as a way to share his notes from the books he read became a widely loved and shared quotes page on Instagram known for its simple yet meaningful quotes and captions. We talk about things like how to succeed on social media, what type of topics or niches you should be focusing on, and how to know what to post for your social media. I hope you take a lot away from this interview and share this with your friends and family if this has helped you in anyway. Remember to leave us a review and subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher too so you stay up to date on our latest episodes! Thanks and enjoy!
42:59
March 21, 2017
Joel Brown - How to Build a Business that Matters and Impacts People
In this episode, I talk to Joel Brown the founder of the #1 motivation site in the world called addicted2success.com. We talk about how he was able to build a site that has over 100 million website views and over 50 million unique website visits and he has over 2 million plus social media followers. We also talk about how to cross promote on social media and how to utilize social media best to market and promote your content. Joel has also been deep into self development and has interviewed people like Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Tim Ferris, and others well-known in the self-development space. I hope you learn a lot, take away a lot from this interview, and share this interview with anyone who might be able to benefit from it!
51:45
March 16, 2017
Randall Pich - The Building of an International Fitness Lifestyle Brand LiveFit with Social Media
In this interview, I talk to Randall Pich CEO of LiveFit the internationally known fitness lifestyle apparel brand. We talk about how Randall was able to turn $300 into a million dollar business and the struggles, advice, and lessons he's learned along the way. We talk about how to work with influencers and what he looks for when he wants to work with people via social media. We also dive deep into what it takes to be successful, the traits and qualities of an entrepreneur that will help you succeed, and how important it is to have the right mindset when trying to build a business. I hope you learn a lot from this interview and take action and remember to leave us a review and share with your friends if this has helped you in anyway!
38:25
March 2, 2017
Eric Nghiem - Building a 1.6 Million Women's Fashion Youtube Channel
In this interview, I talk to Eric who helps his wife Ann run the 1.6 million subscribed women's fashion Youtube channel Anneorshine. We talk about what it's like running a big youtube channel and some of the ways they were able to grow the channel. You can checkout Ann's channel at www.youtube.com/user/anneorshine and Instagram at www.instagram.com/annlestyle. Also Eric runs his own business helping social media influencers with their taxes which you can checkout at www.dynamic.tax.
50:02
February 18, 2017
Devin Ohanian - Driving Instagram Traffic to Reach the Top Charts on Apple Apps Store
In this interview, I talk with Devin who runs the art Instagram page @thednalife as well as other pages that drive traffic to his apps like @gifxapp and @photocandyapp. He was able to leverage Instagram to drive a lot of traffic that pushed his apps to the top charts of Apple and was able to build a community around art that helped him grow much quicker than if he had grown by himself. We talk about the power of building a community around your niche and collaborating to help grow your account faster. We also talk about the ways Devin was able to leverage his Instagram to network with other like-minded individuals and artists. I hope you enjoy this interview, learn a lot, and take action. Also please make sure to leave us a review and share with your friends if this episode was helpful to you in any way. Thank you!
41:05
February 15, 2017
Arian Ney - How to Work with Influencers and Brands the Right Way
NOTE: Arian renamed his Instagram page from @valuable_dollar to @arian_ney In this episode I talk to Arian who runs a men's fashion page and has worked with big brands like Montblanc and Dom Perignon. We talk about the importance of being professional and the proper way to work with businesses and brands as an influencer. Also we talk about how businesses should recognize which types of influencers to work with and what to look for in an influencer. We also go over hashtag strategies that will help you for Instagram and the importance of coming up with your own original content.
34:14
December 9, 2016
Joe Duncan - Building a 600k Plus Instagram Tribe by Being Authentic and Genuine
I talk to Joe Duncan who runs the entrepreneur, success, and motivational page @before5am on Instagram with over half a million followers. He shares how important it is to connect with your audience, develop that connection through social media with your tribe, and engage with your loyal fans who support you. He shares how he was able to build a following and later business through social media and the opportunities social media provides for you in order to have
49:01
December 9, 2016
Benny Esco - Finding Your Passion and Reaching 1 Billion People with Social Media
In this interview I talk to Benny Esco who runs the Globalshift Movement which reaches over 1 million people on social media. He also runs his own page @bennyesco11 on instagram and periscopes (bennyesco) and snapchats (bennyesco11) often to his followers. He talks about how he was able to get out of having taken part in gang violence to getting into self-development after watching the movie The Secret. He describes how social media was a platform for him to share his passion and his voice so that he could make a difference in the world. I hope after listening to this interview you will take the time to think about what your passions are, how you can use them to make an impact on the world, and utilize social media to share your message to make a positive impact on as many people as possible.
40:50
December 9, 2016
Raymond Ahn - Intro to SocialRay
An Introduction to who I am and why I started this podcast
02:47
December 9, 2016