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Conversations with the Inspiring Maddie Ramirez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maddie Ramirez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Maddie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Hi friends! I am going to tell you how I had the courage to start my YouTube channel! I grew up watching YouTube videos such as beauty channels to funny teen boy videos. It was something I always wanted to become, a “YouTuber”, but never committed to, due to school and extracurricular activities. Also, I was an extremely shy person, so I believed that I wouldn’t be as good enough to make people laugh or be exciting. And I didn’t know what videos would I create. Would they be good?

Fast forward to the age of twenty-two, it was summertime and I was feeling bored and not knowing truly what my passion was in life. I was studying Marketing at a top University and knew I had the tools and ideas to create something special. From the encouragement of my family, since they knew I loved social media, I bought my camera, went home, and started my YouTube channel, TheMaadLife.

To this day, TheMaadLife is continuing to grow with new ideas and new friends but has transitioned to a new platform, Instagram! My videos have slowed down but I began to create photos that are easier to engage with. My love for sharing my experiences shows through the photos and I continue to plan on inspiring others to do what makes them happy.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Some struggles along the way were the fear of not succeeding, understanding who my audience is, and balancing a full-time job with this hobby of mine (TheMaadLife). While I was still in school, it was very difficult to stay on top of creating videos for my YouTube channel. Instead of every other week, it turned into every month of posting a new video. After I noticed I wasn’t capturing a wide enough audience, I had to think of another outlet to share my videos and recommendations. A year later, from the encouragement of my mentors, I decided to move the TheMaadLife to Instagram. Here, I am able to reach more people who I believe will benefit from my page than ever before!

Since I was struggling to discover what my passion was, I found to believe interests are always changing in your life. I recommend writing a list of what you enjoy doing, what really makes your soul happy. Then, you can write your goals and aspirations from these interests. From there, do whatever you are scared of pursuing. Once you take that first step, your answers and dreams will just be on the other side of fear. You will be much happier that you said you did it!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
My brand is a place to come to for inspiration on what to do on the weekends with your friends in Los Angeles! From local restaurants to destinations for your next Instagram(IG) post, I share with you all of this and more. I cannot forget about sharing parts of who I am, so you will get to know me as a person as well from my photos to my videos from the TheMaadLife. I am proud of putting myself out online sharing things that make me happy. All while discovering/meeting others who share the same interests! There are A TON of similar accounts on IG sharing what Los Angeles has to offer. I think what sets me apart from others is my brand voice. Once you read a post of mine, you will instantly know that Maddie has written that and I share my honest opinion every time. Being honest shows the reader I am genuine and hopefully trusts me more as a brand.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Constant motivation and encouragement from my family always pushed me to strive for more. To this day, my friends and family are always visiting my social media pages to build up my success. They offer their advice and kind words to push me to want to offer exciting and informative content!

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