Photo by: Kyle Ambroise
Ryan Halsa talks with HAZZE MEDIA about his career goals with social media, dealing with bullying, and combating cyberbullying.
Q: Introduce yourself! Who are you and what is your purpose as someone with a social media presence?
My name is Ryan Halsa some know me as the prince of Instagram reels, the new Charli Damelio, the biggest influencer on Instagram reels. My purpose on social media is to be the biggest influencer ever, I am on the path to being as big as Charli D'amelio in next two months as I am averaging over 1 million views per video and just hitting 1mil followers. I want to be the prince of Instagram and be one of the most followed on the platform. I am going to end cyberbullying and bring awareness to suicide prevention.
Q: What inspired you to start using your platform to combat cyberbullying?
We live in a world where bullying is the center and the creator of suicidal thoughts, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among kids, and some people do not make it out. I was bullied for making videos in high school which led to a very dark lonely point in my life where I got very low, I made it through, and I feel like I owe it to the kids that aren't here to make a difference and take a stand to this epidemic. After 7 years of failing on social media I finally made it and I want to help the kids that dm me they are suicidal, or the kids that are depressed, or the kids that are just getting bullied, I get over 100k DMS per day and some are very sad and hurt my heart to hear. Stories of kids that stopped hurting themselves because of my videos, or texts of people that are getting bullied... I hope I can help save people from the hurt and pain I went through as a kid.
Q: What is your favorite part about having the platform you have?
Being able to show kids that you can really do anything, we live in a world where everyone tells you nothing is impossible. But [a lot of people] believe not everything is probable. I am a beacon to show kids do whatever they love
Q: What projects do you have coming up that you want to share with us today?
The future of social media is on the rise, I am history in the making and I am so blessed to have this opportunity. I do not think people understand how big this rocket is about to enter Hollywood and enter the industry.
Q: If you could change anything about the experience you’ve had as someone with an online platform, what would it be?
I don't think I would change anything, as harsh as this industry is, and how much hurt it can bring a person it also has taught and made me learn many valuable lessons that I use day to day and I am much stronger because of it.
Q: What do you have to say to someone who has projects like yours in mind but doesn’t know how to get started?
Take it day by day and just focus on that next small thing or next small step and keep your head down and focused. If you do that I guarantee next time you lift your head up and look at what you have been doing you will realize you created something larger than you would know, also stay polite, and do not let people mistake your politeness for weakness.
Q: What is the hardest part about raising awareness of cyberbullying?
Getting influencers, not social media influencers but the real influencers. I am talking about teachers, parents, school counselors, and principals to put their egos down and listen because you cannot tell a kid his mental health isn't just as important as your physical health, especially the older adults that come from different time that didn’t believe in mental health. That it is real and your kids need to feel like they are in a safe environment to open up.
Q: What is your ultimate goal as an influencer?
To be the next best of the best, be a visionary. To live a life bigger than me, where my work and actions will live longer than me. If you want to break through and raise the bar when you get to the top you have to keep on climbing.