Today we’d like to introduce you to Eli Vazquez.
Eli, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It really came down to when I hit a major wall in my life. I was working at BuzzFeed video, and I found myself stuck in the rat race. I was unhealthy, unproductive and bogged down by student debt. I felt trapped which led to me suffering from bouts of depression and eventually my first panic attack. It was during this time that I knew I was down a deep hole of self-hate and I needed a change. It wasn’t until I read my first self-help book where I found my second obsession in life besides video producing, personal development.
It was during this time I was in a constant state of learning self-love principles which eventually led to me to create #SelfHype on social media where I used it as a form of therapy to share empowerment and positivity. It now generates thousands of impression a day and led me to work with brands and travel across the country sharing how to unapologetically love yourself in the digital age.
I now know my mission statement in life. That it doesn’t matter what color you are, how much money you come from or what you believe in. As long as you are consistent and authentic, you can be whatever you want in life. That is why I created So Hype Media, a production company and digital agency focused on producing, marketing and consulting. We are now looking to create a So Hype music and motivational festival highlighting successful POC’s and creating the space of accessible entrepreneurship.
Has it been a smooth road?
Per the first question, no major growth in your life comes from something positive. It is all struggle, failure, and fear. Every major turning point moment in my life came from those things and just recently learned to not only accept it but appreciate it. Scary is good. Go towards it, believe in yourself and take big action.
Another obstacle that I had was the infamous imposter syndrome. That seems to leak in from time to time as the meeting and opportunities get bigger. Through the years I learned that my differences are my strengths. I wear my Chicago slang and curls on my head as a superpower.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with So Hype Media – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I think we should all make massive goals for ourselves so I want “Eli Vazquez” to be synonymous to the new age woke entrepreneurship. An accessible success to prove that you can wear a beanie, create forward-thinking content and do it in a massively successful way.
That is why So Hype Media is different. It is a collective of artists from all backgrounds with the same initiative. Our base is creating an authentic human connection with digital media. If that teaching, producing or inspiring. We are present. We have already proved that with clients such as AT&T, Conair and many more.
So Hype Media aside, people know me as the brown dude on BuzzFeed videos. I have produced over 250+ million views across all social platforms and been able to launch multiple digital series. It has been a wild ride where I have been able to learn digital entertainment as it was learning itself. I now work with Pero Like where I create digital videos for the Latinx space.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
First off I am from Chicago so that being said the public transportation is not where it should be in a city that is so spread out. Overall, the beauty of southern California outweighs LA in itself, so it is seemingly a concrete brick in the middle of oasis.
Yet, what I love about the concrete brick is that it attracts the most driven, inspiring people you can ever meet. The locals have also built such a beautiful culture of such indulging realism, and the constant traffic makes it a frustrating sense of comradery of dreams.
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