Today we’d like to introduce you to Murray Swanby.
Hi Murray, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to LA from Montana. Didn’t know anyone here; I just knew I wanted to do bigger things with my life. After moving here, I started networking and growing my platform. Went into modeling and started working at the Abbey in weho. Slowly I built a name for myself and was scouted for a couple reality tv shows. I went on What Happens at The Abbey, Ex on The Beach on MTV, and currently on Men of West Hollywood! Life in LA has been amazing; I’m so happy to call this city my home. Through the pandemic, times were a little tough but I decided to use my downtime and dive into my passion project which is philanthropy… I started a global non-profit with a couple of my amazing friends… #InfluenceTheWorld 501.c3! We just hit our 1-year anniversary! And most recently brought food, supplies, and love to orphanages in Vietnam. During our week there, we helped around 1,100 kids and brought supplies to last 8 orphanages for about 6 months each 🙂 #Love
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?
There are always struggles… but it’s part of the journey. No one said… pack your car up and move to LA and have a perfect journey with no road bumps… but I’m happy for every struggle and everything it has taught me. Mostly… just stay focused on what you want in life… stay happy, and manifest your beautiful future
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Influence The World?
InfluenceTheWorld is a global non-profit I started with my friends Cory, Joe, and Eureka! Our goal is to harness the power and magnification of social media and use it to create good in the world. We focus on helping children around the world, and hopefully, all of our locations we visit will create a ripple effect of love and empathy. Also, we just want to get the younger generation active in giving back; gen z is a generation of love, millennials are a generation of change, and we pride ourselves in being a new-age charity. No suits and ties; we are just everyday humans that want to change the world. We are okay being a group of misfits and orphans ourselves; our group is full of beautiful humans on a very broad spectrum… and we just want to invite anyone and everyone to join us on our journeys!
What were you like growing up?
Haha I was a definitely a troublemaker with a little smile that would get me out of all the chaos I created lol. I grew up on a ranch, so I spent a lot of time in my own imagination. Being gay in Montana was a little rough; I think we all get bullied in school; if you’re meant for big things, people can see that you’re different… just embrace it, believe in yourself, and know that everything will get better. Once I got to LA, I found my chosen family, and I’ve never been happier. Self-love, inner Truth, and Happiness!
- Website: Murrayswanby.com
- Instagram: @MurraySwanbyLa
- Facebook: Facebook.com/murrayswanby
- Twitter: Twitter.com/murrayswanby