I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Reed was born and raised on the westside of South Bend, Indiana. He started creating YouTube videos in July of 2014. After spending a year watching tutorials, he began creating animated cartoons. At the end of 2015, he went through a really tough time in life, which left him sad and depressed. After months of being down, he decided to get back to animating. A month later, he landed in ICU in the hospital. At this time, he was gaining a small following on YouTube with 6,000 subscribers. After recuperating from multiple surgeries, he realized it was time to take his passion to another level. He began making YouTube videos again. In August of 2016, he collaborated with Ron Bush also known as RonboiTv on a cartoon called “Lil Ron Ron.” The video gained over 1 million views on Facebook. Today, Lil Ron Ron has a huge fan base and has over 100 million watchtime views on YouTube. Brandon has over 1,000,000 + subscribers on YouTube. He is the proud owner of Cartoon Connect, LLC and co-owner of Lil Ron Ron, LLC. He customizes sneakers, creates animations for individuals and companies. As a social media influencer, he does co-branding opportunities with various companies. Brandon is a single father with two kids and enjoys making a living off of his passion of animating.
Jean: Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory” of how you become a founder?
-A couple years back I was going through a really hard time in my life, Being a single father with two kids had gotten really hard. So I had to figure out a way to make sure that they were taken care of, so I started doing artwork and cartoons in my free time. I would ocassionally post them on the internet and get people who would ask me if I was selling them. So I started doing free lance artwork, after awhile of doing that I started posting animations on youtube. One of the cartoons that I animated ended up going viral on facebook. So I continued to make cartoons until it became my fulltime job.
Jean: What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
- The fact that I do so many different things like artwork, animations, and custom shoes.
Jean: Are you working on any exciting projects now?
- Yes, I am working on a motivational film on how I went from sleeping on the floor to having one million subscribers on YouTube.
Jean: Do you have a favorite book that made a deep impact on your life? Can you share a story?
- The book by Kevin Hart “ I can’t make this up.”
Jean: What are your “5 Lessons I Learned as a Twentysomething Founder” and why? Please share a story or example for each.
Never take the joy out of what you do.
Enhance your skills
Know your brand
Always have a plan B
Take time to learn
Jean: Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)
- Eric Thomas, The reason why is because when I was going through the hardest times in my life, hearing his motivational speechs helped me get through those hard times.
— Published on June 27, 2018