Aaron Fowler: What is much more meaningful and impactful is just being a good friend and really showing people around you that you care.

1. Introduce yourself(tell about yourself & who you are)

My name is Aaron Fowler and I currently live in Nashville, TN. I went to Middle Tennessee State University, and impulsively picked up my entire life in Maryland and moved here not knowing a soul. It was a great time, I loved it. I am a very social person, and I had no issue making friends. I grew up singing, but I’ve always been interested in starting new projects and watching them grow. I love the sense of accomplishment in saying, “I build this up!”

2. What inspired you to be a content creator I noticed you have a good following on Tiktok?

I’ve been on a stage my whole life so making content and being in a “public eye” is nothing new for me. I had a couple random videos go viral on TikTok before the pandemic, and kinda built a solid following of about 15k just off 3 or 4 videos with a couple million views. One random like Wednesday night, my friends and I were going to go out since none of us had jobs yet and were walking through Printer’s Alley when this new bar that just opened up had the bouncer pull us in and try to get us to go. We went in to check it out, and it was DEAD. They offered us a first round on them, and gave us a tour of the place, and told us to bring our friends, but it gave me an idea. I told them I had about 15k followers on TikTok and would make a video for them if they gave us free drinks for the rest of the night and a few free rounds of games, and the guy was hesitant but brought out their marketing director, and she agreed. I posted that video, it got 300,000 views, and I found my niche. I just kept hitting bars after that and showing them off, and the videos did so well because it was PEAK covid, when most things were closed all over the country. People were either in the comments REALLY happy I’m showing off where it was open, and others were in the comments ready to kill me for promoting bars during a pandemic. BUT any publicity is good publicity so I just ate it up. Honestly, I had my little sister go in the comments and pick fights with people just to boost my engagement. Good strategy. 🙂

3. What are some goals in life you are wanting to complete in life?

 My biggest and only real goal is to be happy. Life is entirely too short to do something you hate ad surround yourself with people who aren’t great. Obviously, part of being happy is being financially comfortable, but as long as I’m happy with my success and where I am, that’s all I want. I have no desire to like to rule the world or be the next Steve Jobs, because then working becomes my life. Not really that important in the grand scheme of things. I get most of my satisfaction from making a positive impact on people’s lives around me.

4. What are some words of wisdom you live by everyday? 

When I was like 8, I told my dad I was bored. He looked me straight in the face and said, “Boring people get bored, and nobody wants to be around a boring person.” I have never said that since.

5. What is a positive message you’d like to give to others around the world?

My positive message is just to let people around you know that you love them. Not necessarily through words, but through actions. Send messages when you do something that makes you think of someone. People love feeling special, and it’s so easy to just remind people that they are indeed special and making a positive impact in your life. The world can be a sucky place, be some good in it.

6. What are some mental struggles you went through in life and how did you overcome it? 

 I used to deal with awful anxiety. I never was scared on stages, but more or less whenever I was by myself. I grew up always surrounded by people (my dad is 1/11 & I have 2 siblings) and there was always someone around. But when I was by myself, my thoughts took over and I’d just think everyone secretly hates me or that I was going to randomly die and nobody would come to my funeral, just dumb stuff that made no sense. I had to work through a lot of that, especially when I was moving to a state where I didn’t know anyone. The first few weeks were hard, but I’ve been able to coach myself out of it, and now I LOVE spending time by myself. I use it as time to reflect, as opposed to just overthink and get nothing done. I got really lucky and was able to overcome my issues and reposition what was once a problem and turn it into something I look forward to.

7. What is one way you’d like to make an impact in the world?

 I believe making an impact on the world is dumb, but making an impact on an individual’s world is a much more important approach. I don’t need the world to know me (could be kinda fun, though). What is much more meaningful and impactful is just being a good friend and really showing people around you that you care. I love going out of my way, even for people I might not know, to make sure they’re doing alright. It is so easy to just make someone feel special and appreciated. I just want to make that impact on the world around me.

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