Today we’d like to introduce you to Bradley King.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
From as early as I can remember, I have always suffered from mental illnesses. Back when I was a child, I can remember the feeling of anxiety, panic disorder, and feeling so overwhelmed by the world. I grew up this way and always had a hard time finding my place in life. At a young age, I found myself getting into hard drugs to help me cope with my way of thinking.
From the age of 12-16, I put myself down a very dark path. Hanging out with people who were significantly older than me and doing things, I should not have been doing. I used everything from marijuana to cocaine to massive amounts of hallucinogens just to feel somewhat normal and hear silence in my head. By the age of 16, I was sexually raped by a 40-year-old man and found myself living in mass depression. I was bulimic as well and slowly falling down a path that would have to lead me to an early death. Luckily, after multiple different occurrences happening my parents decided to force me into a rehabilitation center. On May 29th, 2007, I was introduced to a new way of life. I ended up going back to the center on May 30th, 2007 and stayed completely clean off of all substances for 7 1/2 years. At the end of my sobriety journey, I was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I was speaking all over the country, being 23 years old with over seven years of sobriety, I had a story to share. I sponsored multiple men and was very active in the rooms. But I found myself with long term sobriety but more depressed than ever. At this time, the people I surrounded myself with did not recommend any medication to assist with mental illnesses. I spent over seven years battling my mental health, completely sober. I was miserable and at a worse spot than ever before. I left the rooms to try and find a solution and got on medication and slowly started to feel a bit better, but I was not feeling great still.
A good friend of mine at the time noticed I was struggling and asked me if I ever considered using medical cannabis. I advised I could never go back to that, I remembered how it was when I was 16. She then educated me on the medicinal facts and how far it has gone in the medical cannabis world. I was intrigued to try something like this. At the time, I just finished Life Coaching training and found myself feeling more open than ever. I kept using cannabis and found a remedy that worked for me. A current client of mine at the time knew I was using cannabis and asked me one day if I would be interested in smoking together during our session. I was very open to the idea, and since then, I became Bradley King the Cannabis Coach. I have been able to incorporate cannabis into my sessions with my clients and it has allowed me to create a Coaching Client relationship like no other. I do still offer non-cannabis sessions (which I have a few clients who do this.), but a majority of my sessions will include Cannabis of some sort if they desire.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Going on this journey of becoming who I really am and what I want to accomplish in life has been a struggle for sure. As soon as I started incorporating Cannabis into my sessions, things started to get better but starting my own business at the time was really hard. I did not know what went into marketing yourself and what it took to really get consistent clientele. In 2017, I was working full time at a corporation and still was trying to start a successful business and was not sure what I was doing wrong and why I could not get my business up and going. Then at the time, I decided to reach out to a Business Coach that I knew personally and I learned so much from them about social media and online marketing. I then decided to create a social media page on Instagram and my first user name, you ready, was @dabbingpapa! I hate admitting that, but my ultimate goal at first was to create comedy and see if that would attract clients.
At the time, it did not do well. I was not able to only do comedy online and get the clients I was needing, so I ended up changing my approach in early 2018 and became @cannabis_coach. I decided to switch up my posting approach and started talking about my mental illnesses more. I stopped sugar coacting and trying to live that “perfect social media life” and just started to be authentically who I am. I talked about my panic disorder and how much it affected me one day, but would show my following that you can still keep on going, even when it got tough. Things just slowly started to blossom and the feedback was incredible. People really respected my story and when I shared to the world about me being sexually assaulted when I was a teenager, things really started to change. I spoke with hundreds of men and I was able to help and show them that they were not alone was an incredible experience. I started working with a marketing team and continued to work on getting my message out there and showing the world I was also a Life Coach. Life Coaching is a hard profession at times because it is not covered by any insurance programs.
This means you have to get clients who can either commit to monthly payments or can pay a decent lump sum of money to you every month. This has always been the struggle is finding that financial balance, especially this year. Things really started to pick up and at the end of 2019 and I was able to be fully self-employed. Then, the pandemic hit, and this has been nothing but a roller coaster since. Social media sponsorships and merch sales come in from time to time, but things have slowed down tremendously. Right now though, I always just keep looking for my next avenue, my next adventure. Luckily, I have used this year to really reflect on what I want in life, and I have made the decision to go back to school next year to become a Child Psychologist. Life is always throwing curveballs at us, but I believe it’s important we look at those curves, recognize/understand them, and do all that we can to resolve them. But at the same time, understanding there is only so much we can do and we have to continue to take care of ourselves. I have to accept the fact that I think and feel differently sometimes than most, and that can be hard.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
CC Life Coaching is a coaching program like no other. I specialize in many different types of areas and am a personal cheerleader for all my clients. I believe life gets really busy and sometimes we need that person to help kick us into gear. I specialize in Confidence Building, Parenting, Nutritional, Career Change, Finding your spiritual path, and much more. I am able to really assist with multiples areas of your life and help guide you down the path that fits your needs. What sets me apart from others is I am not just here to help guide you, I am here to stand alongside you the entire way. I believe in communication between sessions as well and am always having different phone calls and conversations throughout the weeks.
Sometimes we need more than one session a week, sometimes things come up that we need to talk about quickly, and I have learned to love that aspect, it has helped me build some seriously strong relationships. What I want people to know is that if you’re struggling with something in your life, reach out to a coach and see if they can help you. Therapists analyze their client’s past as a tool for understanding present behaviors, whereas life coaches simply identify and describe current problematic behaviors so the client can work to modify them. Coaching is much more focused on the future and has helped me to move forward in such a positive way in my life. Granted, I did go to counseling for almost two years when I started to deal with my sexual trauma but found it to be extremely beneficial to continue coaching during and afterward. 2020 has been such an interesting year, but I am so proud of how far I have grown brand-wise.
In February, I decided to join TikTok and the feedback from that has also been incredible. I started getting more clients, selling more merch, and getting my message out to a whole new audience. I also started to really dive back into Comedy, and it has allowed me to TRULY be Bradley King online! I have done acting for years and I feel out of it in my mid-20s, so TikTok was really refreshing to create that kind of content. I was able to be my silly self and educational at the same time. I believe the world needs to understand the medicinal aspects 100%, which is why my son and I are always on social media talking about how beautiful this plant is, but I also think we need to laugh at some of the funny “stoner references” every now and then. We’ve all taken way too big of hits at times, so why not make a comedy skit about it? It’s important that the world stops looking at Cannabis with such black and white eyes and they start to view it as an opportunity to explore yourself differently. It’s a different type of medicine than anything I’ve ever taken in Pill form.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I think continuing to just be who you are and to not let anyone discourage you from your dreams. Always be authentic and don’t be scared of throwing yourself out there. You want to look at every moment as a brand new opportunity, a brand new day to succeed. Be realistic with what you can accomplish daily, and give it all you got. We need our rest days for sure, but we won’t get anywhere in life just sitting around!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.cclifecoaching.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/cannabis_coach
- Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/CannabisCoach
- Other: www.tiktok.com/@bradleyking_
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