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Conversations with Ilias Anwar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ilias Anwar.

Hi Ilias, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
When The Clout Cloud was started back in 2017 the platform was originally focused on providing news to the male millennial generation covering topics like cryptocurrency, stocks, fashion, music, pop-culture, and sports. I noticed a transition and how people were finding news on social media and saw that there was a gap in the market for pages like this. Since then, The Clout Cloud has grown to nearly 108,000 followers and over 3,200 posts, while I was proven to be true with Instagram being filled with various pages to provide users with the news. I realized that I could leverage my platform to create a vehicle to do some of the things I have always dreamed of doing. Which then led me to make a seamless transition into being a full-time music video director, marketer, and manager.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The Clout Cloud had a huge amount of success since its beginning, but the COVID-19 outbreak had also caused things to change dramatically. Just before the COVID outbreak, due to the oversaturation of social media news outlets, the company’s direction was shifted towards throwing concerts in the Richmond and DC areas. As COVID-19 swept across the country and shutdowns began to take place, we were unable to throw events. Luckily, we were able to catch a big break by officially partnering with Grammy-nominated artist Pusha-T to throw our virtual festival known as “DMV Revamped”. At the same time, we were focusing on growing our social presence full force. Both of these things wouldn’t have been possible without my partners Joe and Phil. Which I credit a lot of my success to, to this day.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Creative Entrepreneur, Music Video Director, Event Coordinator, Manager, and Marketer.

How do you define success?
“Success” in my opinion is making money doing what you love and being able to put other people in a position to do the same.

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