Tucker Leary from Boston owns a 5 million follower network of pages on Instagram, manages rap artists social media, and is most known for “making people famous.” I had the pleasure to interview him, here’s how it went:
When did you decide to start building a 5 million follower network?
Tucker: I always wanted to make money doing something I loved, so I started an Instagram page of football highlights at 11 years old. Since then, I have been able to grow one of my accounts to 409,000 real active followers in 5 days. I’ve grown @thutmose rap carrier to where it is now, along with helping many others start an Instagram Carrer. Another big accomplishment is when I did over $40k in a month drop shipping.
That’s amazing Tucker. What have you done to differentiate yourself from everyone else in your field?
Tucker: One thing I do is see where people’s weak spots are, then I take advantage of it. For example, I use physiological methods like certain color ways on my posts, certain amount of words, certain hidden images etc. When I capitalize on these, it disadvantages others in my field and makes me one of the top dogs.
What would would you say to someone looking to jump into entrepreneurship?
Tucker: The one piece of advice I would give someone would be that nothing in this world that is worth working for happens overnight! I started Instagram when I was 11 years old, and it’s taken 5 years for me to build my 5mil network. Now that I’m here I look back and see all the times I almost quit, but just kept grinding.
What have been the biggest lessons you learned over the last 5 years?
Tucker: To keep my head down and stay in my own lane, not let others opinions differ how you do you, take risks.
After learning that what is your personal definition of success?
Tucker: My definition of success would be able to live freely with no money struggles, and to make sure my mom never has to worry about anything financially.
What is one thing you wished you knew when you started?
Tucker: I wish I knew that the internet isn’t always good to you. For example, when I started Instagram 3 days after my birthday. I had an amazon gift card, an iTunes gift card and some Starbucks gift cards. I used those instead of PayPal to buy shutouts and I got scammed on every deal.
What do you think has been that best advice you have ever received?
Tucker: Don’t listen to what others say about you.
What do you think has been the biggest challenge?
Tucker: The biggest challenge was when I got sim hacked. The hacker took all my Instagram accounts, my money in my bank etc.
Tucker: My biggest reward was when I did my first $10,000 account deal when I was 14.
What was the most interesting story that’s happened to you?
Tucker: The most interesting thing to happen to me is when I was out to dinner with my brother one night. There was this guy in our community known as the “god”. He was the best of the best, had all the connections, and had a huge Instagram account etc. I had seen a picture of him a long time ago and was standing in line to get a seat. This guy walks in and it was him, the “god”. After that I introduced myself, and we got lunch the next day. A couple months later I was visiting his apartment in LA.
What are two thing you wish someone told you when you first started?
Tucker: Two things I wish someone told me when I started is that success doesn’t happen overnight, and that your network is your net worth.
Is there anyone that inspires you?
Tucker: Two people that very much inspire is me include my business partner (Cristian) @cristian on Instagram and my good friend (Dylan) @trippin on Instagram. Cristian has helped me gain multiple connections, and brought me into the real business world out in Los Angles CA,. Dylan has helped me learn the ins and outs of how to really gain an account to its max, how to run a successful page and how to talk to real business men and women.
Tucker: One person who really helped me to get to where I am is Shane Howard, @showoff on Instagram.
A lesson I learned from them is to take risks, without risks there is no reward and I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Awesome story and advice! What’s the best way for someone to reach out to you?
Tucker: The best way for someone to reach me is by Instagram dm, my Instagram is @Tuckerrs
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