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Meet Richard Liang of FoodieJudge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Liang.

Richard, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Food is something in my DNA, I was born from a small restaurant owner in Ecuador who that time was hardly any Chinese in that country in general. My parent escapes from communism hardship and the pursuit of their dream. I immigrated here in L.A. (San Gabriel Valley) when I was a teenager. That time I had already spoken three languages (Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish).

I joined the U.S. Navy right after High School to see the world! It was only a couple year in the service, but I had learned and seen a lot. Been to combat zone area and support mission that was essential. After the service I had been really into food focus, I had launched a food blog site, very active in the Yelp community and try new and cool restaurant in my area. Meeting new foodie friend who shares my passion.

Instagram was a great platform to share food photo and now video, it had able to meet many cool but also hate to see some people in the industry who isn’t very friendly and just an industry that will like to mock you when you reach a certain level and become jealousy and spread gossip and rumors. This reminds me like High School when a certain group of students just dislike you and no matter what you do.

I wish these people grow up and perhaps my time in the military had able to overcome this drama. Some people in L.A. just very disrespectful to our troops and I remember that I receive nasty bully message and bully from an influencer during memorial day weekend, that weekend should remember those who die serving this country and he knows well that I was veteran and could care less about people who serve this great country.

Despite been heavy involved in the food industry but I also have a full-time day job with the federal government and yes I only those workers who has to work during the government shutdown that miss some paychecks. I had to work some interesting agency and included an agency that inspect our food safety. It really opens your eye that not everything label is true and some business like to put profit over health.

I also do some rideshare service and was interesting job experience, Pick up occasion some drunk rider but also some celebrities and I had made some cool friends. Lately, I had been active on Tik Tok, and I found some success in that platform. I am one of few top food creators in that app, and I had seen many other popular Instagram influencer struggles in that platform since it requires to change their style and audience there is very different.

It is very important to have something stand out content. I had a lot of fun in this app, and the app is reward creator who found success, they actually gonna sponsorship me a trip to New York recently and unlike Instagram is totally up to you to find brand deal and collaboration on your own. My next goal is YouTube and is definitely very challenging since the video ratio is opposite of Instagram and tik tok, but it has the biggest reward if success.

I had use camera for over a decade and been try many different brand and size and find out the best for me is now phone with good lighting set up, I would suggest for many new oncoming influencers invest high-end flagship phone with good camera and portable light this is excellent combo that will give you amazing result.

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing is easy and as I mentioned earlier. Despite meeting a lot of new cool people along the way, I also meet some not so good one. I hate to say to, but people general all are new to you, but once they become more popular, they less likely need you and I find this all the time it has happened.

You help them reach a certain level, and they forgot about you. I really don’t like people who don’t give credit for other people in this and without them, they just won’t able to get into the next level. I always remember those who help me when no one else and those are true friends.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with FoodieJudge – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I love help restaurant business to get exposures and as someone who grew up restaurant owner and know first hand how tough the industry it is. More than half of the new restaurant don’t survive the first year and thing ain’t getting better.

A lot of restaurants provided amazing food and great service but their lack of social media presence not able to reach a new audience. This is the area that I can help them. Great content is the key and also engagement with the audience.

What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is when I first time playing soccer and was so much fun and score first goal is something in my memory.

My all-time favorite childhood is the curry fish ball from the street of Macau. This is so good and perfect texture, and flavor also is very affordable.

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