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Meet Michael Gamez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Gamez.

Hi Michael, 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?
Hamburger is my partner, Paul, and I’s first pet together. We both wanted a way to document and remember his growth from a puppy. We decided to just post photos on Instagram, but that led to so much more. Hamburger’s Instagram account has allowed me to connect with pet parents all over the world! We’ve come to love and even meet (in real life) some of our Instagram friends! We have had the opportunity to collaborate with brands such as Bark! and Banfield Pet Hospital. So many people love Hamburger and receive so much joy from seeing him on Instagram and now Tik Tok! That’s more than I could have ever asked for. We’ve grown a following and people love seeing his famous “jazz leg kick!” What started out as a photo album essentially has now turned into so much more!

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?
As we have grown our social media presence, our goal has been to always be relatable and let pet parents know they are not alone in the struggle of being a pet parent! It’s been difficult breaking into the pet parent world because it is heavily dominated by cis-gender women (dog mom’s) and there are little to no representation of dog parents who look like me – gay and Latinx. At times it has felt we have had to try 10x harder to ‘fit in’ and be recognized. I used to get sad when I would see other accounts post content directly towards dog moms. However, I used that as fuel to build an inclusive platform where we recognize dog parents of all genders. We’re often pitted against followers with tens and hundreds of thousands of followers, but I learned we can have impact no matter the size of our following. I create content with Hamburger not to attract more followers but, to make people smile and help them get through their day.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Hamburger and I create relatable pet parent content and create laughable moments out of everyday pet parent struggles. We specialize in creating reels and TikToks based on trends and organic content that I capture while living my day to day with Hamburger! I am most proud of the impact we have had on those with and without pets. Hearing people say, “Hammy got me through a tough moment” or “You make me feel so seen as a pet parent” are all I can ask for when it comes to being a content creator. All of the opportunities we have been given through our platform has been nice, but it doesn’t amount to the feeling of making a connect with someone. While it’s not uncommon for pets to have two same-sex parents, it’s not as common to see these types of families depicted on social media. This sets us apart from others because the pet influencer community is heavily dominated by cis-gender women and heterosexual couples.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Hamburger actually enjoys the camera and knows when it’s time to ‘work!’ We never push him into a stressful situation and we give him so much love after he poses for a stunning photo or sits still for a funny reel. While we sometimes create content based on trends a lot of what we are known for such as the ‘jazz leg kick’ or when he sunbathes and looks like Edward Cullen when he shines in the sunlight.

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Image Credits
Green sweater – Drew Ganyer (@drewhganyer) Blue sweater kneeling – Xiaopan Xue (@xiaopanxuephoto) French fries – Color for Breakfast (@colorforbreakfast)

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