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Sports

‘NYC Point Gods’ Honors NYC Hoops In A Refreshing Way

With great anticipation, “NYC Point Gods” aired last Friday (July 29th), and New York City basketball supporters had their moment on center stage. The Showtime and Boardroom-produced documentary breaks down the Big Apple’s basketball scene of the 1980s and 1990s through the eyes of its greatest point guards– while also explaining why they’re “point gods” and their lasting impact on the sport.

With over 85 minutes of running time, “NYC Point Gods” provided a bit of everything. First, there was the energic and thoughtful narration of poet Joekenneth Mueseau. Then we heard entertaining testimonies from the likes of Stephen A. Smith and Fat Joe. And last but certainly not least, we heard from the players themselves, who were honest and relaxed while recounting their playing days and upbringings (Stephon Marbury, God Shammgod, Rod Strickland, and Kenny “The Jet” Smith were amongst those whose stories got told).

Even though documentaries about New York City basketball have and will continue to get made, this body of work by Showtime and Boardroom was different.

Instead of exploring if the city is still the epicenter of their sport or making another love story between it and music, “NYC Point Gods” simply spotlighted the people and circumstances most involved. And that, in turn, allowed for natural transitions into basketball-related conversations about music and fashion that rightfully changed the vibe of this documentary when necessary.

Since its release, viewers have applauded the documentary as it sparked feelings of nostalgia and appreciation.

“NYC Point Gods” is now available on the Showtime app and its supporting platforms.

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Sports

Richard Jefferson Entertains And Laughs With Fans During Refereeing Debut

Even as the dog days of summer settle in, there’s always a random spark that changes the monotony. As the NBA Summer League is five days away from concluding and having peaked in its on-court action and courtside cameos, Richard Jefferson’s sudden appearance as a referee was the talk of social media conversation Monday night.

After several sessions to prepare for his refereeing debut, the former NBA vet turned ESPN analyst officiated the second quarter of Monday’s matchup between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers– an ironic occurrence given Jefferson’s best playing days being with the ex-New Jersey Nets and his history of criticizing the Knicks.

“It’s been amazing because I love the game of basketball,” Jefferson said. “I like talking about the game of basketball, so now I get an opportunity to learn a whole new piece of the game. That’s like my dream, for a basketball junkie, to sit in there and see how the referees think, how they talk, how they act, how they work together as a team. That type of stuff to me is so beneficial.”

While Jefferson’s actual performance was far from perfect, it certainly was when it came to inspiring takes from our social media timelines.

And you’re doing your job if Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau is heckling you, right?

Lastly, was this right or wrong call by RJ?

In all seriousness, salute to Richard Jefferson for taking on this task and using it as a way to further educate himself and the fans on what it’s like to officiate at a high level.

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Sports

What Have We Learned From NBA Free Agency So Far?

As fireworks continue lighting up across the United States in honor of Independence Day, the NBA has witnessed its share of them. Since last Thursday, the 2022 NBA free agency has kept fans, media, and even players glued to their phones in great anticipation of what could be next.

Sparked by the evolving nature of player movement, the known and unknown worked together in creating the madness we experienced during free agency’s opening stretch. While fans knew of the likelihood that Jalen Brunson would sign with the New York Knicks, we were thrown a curveball upon the news of Rudy Gobert getting traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Even the broad daylight robbery of a trade done by the Boston Celtics with the Indiana Pacers threw us in for a loop.

As free agency’s opening week concludes in two days and the shift turns to the second wave of signings– while we’ll also wonder who gets traded first: Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant?– now is the perfect time to examine what has happened so far.

Here are our five biggest takeaways from the opening weekend of NBA free agency.

Why leave home when there’s a super-max deal?

Even with the combined desire by fans and media to see players leave their home teams, it’s becoming less of a reality given the introduction of super-max contracts. Fueled by incentives including All-Star and All-NBA selections, players are quickly putting pen to sheets near the end of their rookie or latest deal.

Within the first 48 hours of free agency, six super-max contracts were signed that totaled over one-point-two billion dollars (Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Nikola Jokic, Ja Morant, Darius Garland, and Zion Williamson).

Put some respect on Brian Windhorst’s name

The long-time ESPN Insider was arguably the MVP this past weekend, given his memorable explanation behind the Utah Jazz’s way of thinking before they moved All-Star center Rudy Gobert.

All meme-worthy moments aside, Windhorst’s connecting of the dots between the Jazz suddenly moving Royce O’Neale and current team CEO Danny Ainge’s willingness to start from scratch painted a great picture of what would happen in Salt Lake City.

Productive veterans will always be paid

Even for a league that is getting younger, they will always pay productive veterans– even if it’s expensive. The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, two legitimate Eastern Conference competitors, both signed or resigned productive veterans, PJ Tucker and Bobby Portis, at a combined cost and commitment of $79 million over seven years.

You never know when the trade market will be active

Minus an on and off busy night from the Draft, there wasn’t much happening in the trade market before Kevin Durant’s sudden trade request last Thursday. But you still have to remember this: Even with a busy rumor mill, it doesn’t mean trades will happen right now.

In the case of KD, the Nets can let his situation play out longer due to four years remaining on his contract. Regarding a potential Kyrie Irving for Russell Westbrook trade, the hold-up can be over one thing. And if you’re the Jazz, you must be 100% certain you want to let go of All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell.

Who you got: Woj or Shams?

I’m more of a Woj guy but Shams is nice too *shrugs.

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Popular Culture

Andrew Callaghan Discusses The Creation of Channel 5 and His Best Piece of Advice

Even inside a crowded artist lounge at Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash in Chicago, it was hard not to recognize Andrew Callaghan. Standing at 6-foot-3 with curly, messy hair and wearing a tan brown suit, Callaghan was prepared to capture his next interview— likely another hit added to his ultra-successful Channel 5 media platform.

Over the past 14 months, Callaghan and his close friends and collaborators Nic Mosher and Evan Gilbert-Katz, have witnessed the massive success of Channel 5. First launched in April of 2021 following a publicized contract dispute, the trio has elevated their new YouTube-based platform with a style of journalism best defined by them— first-person storytelling aided by a wide range of humor and honesty from its participants that is hard to believe by those watching.

“What’s surreal about our success is the access we’re getting now,” Callaghan said. “I always had a deep interest in strange subcultures and general empathy towards groups, I’m not too familiar with. So being a journalist is the only way to be everywhere at one time.”

Whether you’ve followed Callaghan through Channel 5 or beforehand, there’s a clear sense of journalistic pride. After you look beyond the jokes and forms of madness within his content, which has attached 65+ million YouTube views and millions more via social media, Callaghan serves as the presenter of the environment he’s in without making himself the center of attraction. In a way, the Seattle, WA native is a savvy point guard who knows how to be efficient, control the pace, and make the right decisions.

As we continue living in this era of multi-media journalism where realism serves as its root, Callaghan and Channel 5 consistently raise the bar. Just before Callaghan and I spoke, he finished filming another interview and had nearby attendees’ attention, with their phones out taking pictures and videos of it. But regardless of his present and future fame, there’s a sound piece of advice Callaghan remembers.

“You have to keep doing what you’re doing. Even if certain friends don’t understand what you’re doing, you can always make new friends and create stronger bonds. You can’t hold onto everything all the time.”

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Sports Strength

Two of NYC’s Brightest Guards Introduce NIL Deals Back Home

Throughout its history, New York City has been a hotbed for innovation in art, sports, literature, entertainment and nearly every other field. With newly established NIL reform (short for name, image, and likeness) enabling youth athletes to be compensated for their acceptance of endorsements, it was only a matter of time before NYC became the stage for one of the biggest evolutions in modern sports history. And who’s leading the way? Two of the area’s most promising high school basketball stars.

Johnuel Flands and Ian Jackson, better known as “Boogie” and “Captain Jack,” are the first high school athletes in New York City history to sign NIL deals. The pair of five-star sophomores, who play for nationally top-25 ranked programs Archbishop Stepinac High School (White Plains, NY) and Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, NY), signed with the emerging social media platform, Spreadshop last week.

For the next six months, Flands and Jackson will get paid four figures a month to sell merchandise on Spreadshop and make weekly posts about the platform on social media. In recent years, high school basketball players have become viable celebrities with massive social media followings, so it was only a matter of time until they began to cash in on their fame.

But for a development of this magnitude to happen in New York City is a game-changer. Since New York is the biggest market in all sports and entertainment, these deals have the potential to significantly impact the college basketball landscape. Namely, it could help keep New York’s best players in New York. .

For several years between the late 2000s and mid-2010s, the area watched an exodus of players leave home and go to school out of state for reasons relating to a lack of opportunity and safety. Yet with more schools, both private and public, greatly improving their situations, the talent level coming out of New York City and its surrounding levels is returning to what it was two and three decades ago. And the addition of NIL’s will serve as the cherry on top.

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Gaming Interviews

Inside The Screen With SoaR Toby

On this week’s episode of Inside the Screen, ONE37pm’s Aaron aka Don speaks with the social media intern at SoaR Gaming and General Manager for Motional, Toby Lewis.  SoaR Gaming is one of the world’s biggest gaming organizations, and they have built a solid foundation in the eSports and YouTube stages. Currently, they participate in gaming tournaments worldwide and make videos on YouTube that reach audiences all over. 

As for Motional, it is a Social media management and production company specializing in managing YouTube, Tiktok, and Instagram accounts within the Esports industry.

He also has a background in social media management with a wide range of skills ranging from graphic design to digital marketing and post-production.

The whole conversation between Don and Lewis gives some great insight into how Lewis was able to tap into this space in the first place.

“So, I was in the COD community messing around, I would say for about two years. Then I landed an opportunity with a premade logo, a company called ‘Logo Hive”, and I used to do the social media management with the company.  I also used to handle sellers and creators. So, that was pretty crazy for that to be my first opportunity,” said Lewis.

While Lewis is at SoaR, he is learning how to present himself on social media, and the art of interacting with different audiences.

“I’m learning a lot from the team over at SoaR. For example, they teach me how to present myself on social media, interacting with different audiences. Something the company has been building since 2013. SoaR used to be an old COD trick showing team, but now they have transitioned into a more entertainment-based organization,” Lewis shared.

“They have definitely done some big things in the past and will continue to do the same moving forward. Apart from SoaR, I work at Motional, and I am the general manager, which means I help out with communication [department], I run the social media, and I also edit for some clients.”

Being a general manager and controlling the business’s social media are difficult tasks by themselves, but together they are rigorous. However, Lewis does not see it that way at all.

“I don’t see any difference if you are young or old. Yes, you will have more expertise and knowledge if you are older. However, you are younger, and you are being trained by guys that are 20 or 21, and they have their knowledge. I do not have any issues with being in the position at a young age.”

Lewis’ long term goal is to transition into mainstream business, such as marketing agencies and big brands like Red Bull. He is currently living in the UK and would like to move to the states, ideally Texas, Atlanta, or Los Angeles.

Europe is the current hub for eSports, but with Lewis interested in relocating to either Texas, Atlanta, or Los Angeles, it is clear the industry is expanding into other markets. Don asked him if he could see Dallas being the next hub for the industry in the States.

“Yeah, I do think that, especially with the content creators. I have a lot of content creators from Texas blow up. So, I definitely see it being a hub for Esports in the future.”

Make sure you follow Toby Lewis’ journey on Instagram and Twitter.

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Careers Grind

Who Has the Most Followers On TikTok?

If you haven’t heard of Tik Tok, then where have you been all year. While some adults consider the viral dancing app a data stealing time waste, the top creators on the site have managed to rake in a massive following across platforms, leading to sponsorships, collabs, and serious dough for all parties involved. As for the creators with the most followers, this is the current list. 

  1. Charlie D’amelio @charlidamelio (74 million)
  2. Addison Rae @addisonre (52.3 million)
  3. Zach King @zachking (46 million)
  4. Loren Gray @lorengray (45.8 million)
  5. Tik Tok @tiktok (44.2 million)
  6. Riyaz @riyaz.14 (43.0 million)
  7. Spencer Knight @spencerx (39 million)
  8. Michael Le @justmaiko (35 million)
  9. BabyAriel @babyariel (34.4 million)
  10. Will Smith @willsmith (32.0 million)
  11. Faisal Shaikh @mr_faisu_07 (31.8 million)
  12. Dixie D’Amelio @dixiedamelio (31.1 million)
  13. Brent Rivera @brentrivera (30.9 million)
  14. Jason Derulo @jasonderulo (29.9 million)
  15. Arishafa Khan @_arishfakhan_ (28.4 million)
  16. Jannat Zubair Rahmani (28.0 million)
  17. Nisha Guragain @nishaguragain (28.0 million)
  18. Gil Croes @gilmhercroes (28.0 million)
  19. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (27.6 million)
  20. JoJo Siwa @jojosiwa (26.7 million)
1. Charli D’Amelio @charlidamelio

While not a household name, Charli D’Amelio’s fame has been a quick and incredible rise, the Tik Tok personality posted her first video in 2019 and has quickly become of its most famous stars. As of July 2020, the dancer was not only Tik Tok’s most-followed account but has been recognized by brands and news outlets alike as the most representative of the brand. D’Amelio is 16 years old, a part of generation-z, and by all accounts and purposes, she still desires to be a normal kid. And her fame has spread far beyond the app. She’s been invited to dance at the NBA All-Star game, starred in a Super Bowl Commercial and Tik Tok dance with the legendary Jennifer Lopez, and even been signed to famous talent agency UTA.

2. Addison Rae @addisonre

Second to D’Amelio is Addison Rae. A competitive dancer from childhood, Rae joined Tik Tok in 2019 and received over 80,000 likes on her first dance video. She was also an inaugural member of the Hype House, a communal living space for social media influencers to collaborate easier. In 2020, Rae debuted a Spotify podcast with her mother, called Mama Knows Best.

3. Zach King @zachking

While this Tik Tok star didn’t start on the app, his high profiles on social media sites like Instagram and Vine have made his star rise. Known for his “magical” filmmaking, King used film and CGI to edit his videos into magical illusions. While he got his start on Youtube, King’s transition from Vine to Tik Tok went even better for the creator, with King becoming the third most followed individual on the app.

4. Loren Gray @lorengray

Known for her signature, icy blond look, Loren Gray is the fourth highest followed tik tok personality. Gray first became popular on the app musically, where creators filmed themselves lipsyncing at high speeds to popular tunes. Using cross-platform growth on Instagram and Youtube, Gray quickly gained popularity in LA and beyond. Before Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae, she was the most followed person on Tik Tok.

5. Tik Tok @tiktok

It only makes sense that Tik Tok’s own support account is one of the highest followed. While the video app uses its own account to spread helpful tips and announcements, it also uses its incredibly large platform to highlight special events and creators. During quarantine, Tik Tok and its biggest users have hosted several virtual events, like Pride, Prom, Graduation, and more.

6. Riyaz Ali @riyaz.14

Riyaz Ali is an Indian media personality and entertainer known for his lip-syncing videos. Born in 2003, the 16-year-old has quickly risen in the ranks, not just as an entertainer, but as a fashion blogger as well. His videos average millions of views on every post.

7. Spencer Polanco Knight @spencerx

This Tik Tok star is a professional beatboxer, who uses his vocal skill to make specialty sounds and videos on the app. Before Tik Tok, he was featured in the top 20 of the American Beatbox Championship. Known as Spencer X, his frequent collaborations and public performances have made the musician go viral, propelling his fame to colossal levels.

8. Michael Le @justmaiko

This twenty-year-old is known for more than just his fly dance moves, but for his incredible fashion sense as well. As a viral choreography on Tik Tok, Michael Le is the eighth most popular Tik Tok creator. While not a household name, the dancer is a big part of the Tik Tok ecosystem. He’s even a part of the Shluv house, another viral content house making waves in LA.

9. BabyAriel @babyariel

​​​​​Another musically alum, Baby Ariel is a moniker for Ariel Rebecca Martin, a popular American singer, and social media personality. As one of musically top stars, Ariel was featured in publications like Forbes, People Magazine, GMA, and Time’s 2017 most influential people on the internet.

10. Will Smith @willsmith

Yes, you read that right. The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and residential bad boy has found a new on screen home in Tik Tok. When not starring in Hollywood blockbusters, Smith uses the app to post behind the scenes looks at his life, home, and family.

11. Faisal Shaikh @mr_faisu_07

This Indian model is known for his viral comedy and lip syncing videos. The actor is known to post up to 6 videos a day, each of them drawing millions of views in minutes.

12. Dixie D’Amelio @dixiedamelio

No you’re not seeing double. Two of the top twenty Tik Tok stars are related. While Dixie D’Amelio was first known as Charlie D’Amelio older sister, this 18 year old is a star in her own right. In 2020, she released a single titled, Be Happy, detailing her struggles with mental health,  which had its own viral moment on Tik Tok.

13. Brent Rivera @brentrivera

This American Viner has fully taken on the mantle of continual Tik Tok star. Known for his unique brand of short clip comey, he ranks at number 13 of Tik Tok’s top followed stars. Not one to be just about jokes, Rivera is also known for his creation of Amp Studios, a talent incubator meant to create the next viral social media stars.

14. Jason Derulo @jasonderulo

While it took the novel coronavirus outbreak for this singer to truly commit to Tik Tok, Jason Derulo has accepted the challenge. Constantly praised for his innovative if incredibly professional shot clips, the singer has gotten more than his fair share of viral moments on the app. His single Savage Love, went viral for its Tik Tok dance challenge, shooting it to the top of the charts.

15. Arishfa Khan @_arishfakhan_

This popular Indian actor has spent her entire life preparing for this role. A child actress who has been in the industry for over 9 years, Khan has since developed her online presence to include fashion, beauty, and music. Her recent songs collaborate with other fellow Indian Tik Tok stars, and rake in the views. Her latest hit Yaara, has over 200 million views on Youtube alone.

16. Jannat Zubair Rahmani

17. Nisha Guragain @nishaguragain

This model and influencer is a rising star on Indian tik tok. Her appearance in several popular Hindi songs skyrocketed her fame, raising her platform to number 17 in Tik Tok’s ranks.

18. Gilmher Croes @gilmhercroes

This Aruban model is known for his striking blonde hair and charming Tik Tok Videos. With over 28 million followers, his lipsyncing videos are certified toppers on the for you page.

19. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

This famous wrestler has more than defeated the new challenger of Tik Tok. More than just another social media app to post updates, The Rock uses his Tik Tok to uplift other viral videos on the app, and feature his daughters in clips sure to bring a smile to your face.

20. JoJo Siwa @jojosiwa

Last but certainly not least, JoJo Siwa is one of the most popular American celebrities on Tik Tok today. Not only does she have a Nickelodeon empire, but the growing teen uses her social media presence to constantly spread her wacky brand of comedy around. A recent Tik Tok of Siwa participating in the Wipe trend out of her signature style went viral, even trending across social media platforms.

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Culture News

TikTok Talks: Candy Ken On What Drives Him to Create and How He Uses TikTok to Educate His Audience

Using TikTok as a means of educating an audience might not be the first thing you think of when discussing the platform but more creators are using it to do just that while having a lot of fun of course. 

One of those creators is Candy Ken, who in addition to his usual content, has been using TikTok as a means to educate his audience, especially when it comes to social issues. He sat down with ONE37pm’s Omari White on the latest episode of TikTok Talks, to discuss his creative process, what it was like moving to the United States and how he got started on TikTok.

Lately, he has been posting videos on his page documenting his activity at the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Given that the audience on TikTok tends to skew towards the younger generation, educating people, especially when it comes to social issues and awareness, is especially important.

“Everything that has to do with [Black Lives Matter] and to push for education, it’s not just about trends, it’s more about etiquette. Everybody is so young…especially like me, I’ve only been in America for two years and it’s important to first educate myself before saying anything or doing anything. I think TikTok has a very important role in educating young kids that maybe have not gone through 1992 or seen what’s going on” Candy Ken said.

Jakob Kasimir Hellrig, aka Candy Ken, was born in Austria and has attended school in both Germany and the United States. After starting his career as a rapper and model, Candy Ken embarked on a new career path on social media where his audience embraced his style of content creation. Combining a masculine appearance with a feminized pop culture aesthetic, he started crushing it on TikTok after getting started on the platform. And despite saying that Instagram is “for the Boomers,” he has a sizable audience there as well, with over 219,000 followers.

In his interview with ONE37pm, he had some sage advice for people who are just starting and trying to build a following. “Be yourself. I love seeing all these people embracing themselves. TikTok is a beautiful platform for people who are different and who don’t fit the norm.” No one should try to emulate anyone else, and it is essential to stay true to yourself.

Candy Ken certainly has a bright future ahead of him as an influencer and probably a whole lot more, given his reach and personality. His interview is a part of TikTok Talks series and we’ll be featuring more discussions with other TikTok influencers, so stay tuned to ONE37pm for more!

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Culture News

TikTok Talks: Kailey Maurer Explains Her Creative Process and Best Content Strategies

Introducing TikTok Talks, a brand new series from ONE37pm in which we highlight up and coming influencers that are crushing it on TikTok. Whether it be showing off their dope dance moves or cracking us up with funny videos, these TikTokers are absolutely dominating the platform. Kailey Maurer is one of those influencers. 

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Maurer is a gymnast at heart that incorporates all of her skills into making her TikToks and social content. In fact, she was so skilled that she earned a spot on the USA Gymnastics team in 2014. Her abilities have made her a fan favorite on TikTok and she has amassed over 2.7 million followers on the platform. 

Maurer sat down with ONE37pm’s Omari White to talk all about her creative process, what goes into making a great TikTok video as well as a little talk about favorite breakfast cereals.

Maurer first got started on the app after her friends told her about it, she had been an avid Musical.ly user prior to its eventual merging with TikTok. “I was just super passionate about and my gymnastics videos. And they started doing pretty well and I was having a lot of fun making them. So, uh, and then when the app transitioned from musically a tech talk, of course, I continued up with it as I was having so much fun. And it’s awesome” Maurer elaborated.

Given the fact that she has amassed such a large following on TikTok, it’s clear that she has cooked up a great recipe for how to make great content. If you’re just starting out on the platform and want to grow your audience in a major way, Maurer says the best way to go about it is to follow your passions and be as consistent in your creation as you can. She explains: “I would say like, be as consistent as you can with your posts and when you’re posting do something you, you love and that your passionate about don’t just try to do what you think is going to work. You want to put yourself into it because people want to connect with you as a person. You don’t want to try to replicate somebody else. Cause it’s not going to translate.”

Since TikTok is all about duets and collaborations, Omari then asks Kailey about who she’d love to create a video with in the future. “Simone Biles. That would be really fun…She is so talented and amazing and it would be fun to just like our talents are different since she’s an artistic gymnast and I’m an Acrobat, but I think it’d be really fun to put like some sort of creative concept together with her.” Given the fact that they are both incredible gymnasts, this feels like the perfect matchup to create some fantastic content.

It wasn’t all business though. Omari and Kailey close out the interview by talking through the tough questions like: “What’s your favorite cereal?” and “who’s your favorite cartoon character?” 

Spoiler alert: She’s a big fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Spongebob.

Kailey Maurer’s interview was just one of the first entries in our TikTok Talks series, which will be ongoing and will introduce you all to some true up and comers and names to keep your eye on as you’re causing through your feed. 

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Culture Movies/TV

TikTok Talks: Dominic Toliver Believes the Key to Building a Following Is Consistency

With 9.6 million followers on TikTok, Dominic Toliver knows a thing or two about growing his brand on social media. ONE37pm’s Omari White recently caught up with the 26-year-old creator, and he shared everything from the key to building a following on TikTok to his dream of collaborating with Will Smith.

In case you’re not already familiar with Dominic, allow us to introduce him a bit. The newly married social media star is famously known for his comedic TikTok videos, which he creates alongside his wife, Isabella (Bella) Kunst. The couple, who recently announced they’re expecting their first child together, also post tons of vlog-style content over on their shared YouTube channel, Dom&Bella.

But Dominic didn’t skyrocket to TikTok stardom overnight. In fact, he started gaining popularity on Vine and musical.ly (R.I.P.). And while fans know Dominic best for his social media content, he’s also pursuing acting. You might even recognize him from starring in Taylor Swift’s official music video for “The Man.” He’s got quite a lot of accomplishments under his belt. So without further ado, let’s hear from Dominic about the secrets behind his success.

ONE37pm: What’s your favorite filter on the TikTok app?

Dominic: What’s my favorite filter? Ah man, probably the beauty filter. It takes out my acne [laughs]. Yeah, definitely the beauty filter. There’s a lot of other filters on there that I use, just like the funny filters, the wavy filter—I like the clone filter. So there’s a lot of cool filters you can use on there.

ONE37pm: What was the driving moment that made you create a TikTok account?

Dominic: I was on musical.ly. And then, I guess TikTok and musical.ly merged, and it became TikTok. I had quite a bit of a following on musical.ly, so from there, I was like, ‘Dang, this is kind of new. This is different. And it’s more raw.’ So, you know, before, I did these kind of like little lip sync acting [videos]. And then, from there, TikTok allowed you to do more original content. You can express your creativity… I used to do Vine back in the day, and so all my friends said, ‘Yo, hop on it.’ And we just started playing with it. I collaborated with them. And then a couple videos went viral. So I just fell in love with it, man. And just started pushing out more and more content. 

ONE37pm: I was looking at a couple of your TikToks, and I saw you got busy to the Hip Hop Harry trending sound…

Dominic: I love that sound, man! Every trend that I see on TikTok, you know like, I look at it, but I twist it—and I just try to make it like ‘me’ and just make it how I would perceive it. You know what I mean? So just put it out there and see what the people think. And hey, it’s always a good outcome.

ONE37pm: Do you use TikTok to discover new music? If so, what songs have you discovered?

Dominic: Man, I think just about any song that you hear on the radio now—I feel like most of them came from TikTok. And the reason why know this is because I worked with a few artists that put their song on TikTok and then us influencers on TikTok, we basically make up a dance or just do a comedy theme around their music—and then from there, it’ll just blow up. You know what I mean? So… a lot of music that I listen to now actually came from TikTok. And then, a week later I will hear it on the radio—I’m like, ‘Are you serious? Hey, I did a song to this!’ And it’ll end up on Apple Music on the Top 100. I think it’s a really cool platform to hear music or just like trending things.

ONE37pm: If you could pick anyone to do a Tiktok collaboration with, who would it be and why?

Dominic: Man, that’s tough. If it will happen, and if I can make it happen, the person that I would collaborate with is most definitely Will Smith. He’s on the platform. He entered the platform I would say about, maybe about a year ago. And man, this guy is just like amazing. You know, he has his own team and his videos are just rock solid. So if I could collaborate with him, that would be amazing, and the reason why is because he’s one of my role models. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always looked up to him. And that’s the reason why I’m doing the things I am doing today. I’m a pursuing actor, and ever since I got involved with social media, I’ve just been doing my own thing.

ONE37pm: For all those trying to get started on TikTok, what advice would you give to them?

Dominic: Don’t stop. I would say don’t ever stop. Keep pushing. I think consistency is key. And don’t worry about numbers. I am a victim of that. I was always worried about numbers, and if it didn’t get a certain amount of numbers, I would leave. I would just quit everything. I’m impatient. If I don’t receive the numbers, then I’ll stop. Don’t go that route. The more you push, the more content you push, you’re going to get seen regardless—whether it’s 10 people, 100 people, 100,000 people. So that’s one thing I’ve noticed as I was growing and growing. You just gotta be consistent. Push out the content. You’re going to get noticed. I think if you imagine it—think it, dream it, make it reality—you can make things happen.

Something tells us this is only the beginning for Dominic. Be sure to check out his dope content all across TikTok (@dominictoliver) and Instagram (@dominic_toliver).

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