It’s crazy because since I downloaded the app, it [has been over] a year, but when I really got into social media was late February [2020]. It’s still so surreal. I don’t want to say I’ve changed, it’s just so different going from being an athlete, growing up your whole life [with] one thing in mind—all I ever wanted to do was go pro. I believed I was on the right path and I had the opportunities coming and a virus hits, and makes us all stay inside. I didn’t realize what I was doing at the time, I didn’t realize that it [posting to TikTok] was going to make me a living.

A lot of kids are trying and working really hard to make something of themselves on YouTube or whatever platform it is. But then here I am just sitting at home, making 15-second videos, not taking much time at all, and then this all kind of falls right into my lap. I’m so grateful for it, but it’s just kind of funny how I didn’t really expect any of this to happen. I don’t want to say I didn’t want this to happen, but it was just so crazy that it did happen where it’s like, sometimes I don’t even feel like I deserve what I have right now.

I’ve definitely had to grow up and mature. I didn’t have the same upbringing as most of these guys, because when I was 15, I moved away from my home in Arizona. I moved away to Utah and I played for RSL, which is an MLS feeder team and residency Academy. Basically, I was going to college three years earlier and I had to really mature on my own. I think that helps a lot, especially in this business because I’m a lot more aware and mature with things that I do.