Discover Gabriel M Padilla
The name Gabriel M Padilla might not stand out to those over 45, but his name would certainly ring a bell to hundreds of thousands of millennials. Those that are familiar know him as a former aspiring model from a small town in rural Southern Oregon who boldly transitioned his career into a full-time social media gig in Los Angeles.
Throughout his life, Gabriel M Padilla proved that being responsive to the changing world is one way to succeed. At only 18 years old, Gabriel bravely moved to LA from Grants Pass, Oregon to pursue his dreams of a modeling career. When he noticed the rising trend of social media, Gabriel was quick to adapt as his instincts told him it was going to take over the modeling industry. There was no better time for his transition to occur.
Currently, Gabriel M Padilla is the co-founder of Model Citizen, a subscription box which aims to provide life-saving PPE to the hands of as many people as possible. Also, he has over 300,000 followers across his Instagram handles @GabrielMPadilla and @WithRoxy, an account dedicated to the adventures he co-manages with his girlfriend Monica Landén, and their stunning Husky-German Shepherd mix dog Roxy.
According to Gabriel, he was able to gain an edge on Instagram by being truly genuine with his interests. For instance, most men influencer accounts don’t go beyond menswear or fitness. Similarly, most pet influencers are 99.9% comedic and do not provide an in-depth portrayal of life with a dog. As for Gabriel, he was successfully able to combine his interests in order to create a genuine depiction of his focus. He effectively represents travel, fitness, menswear fashion, lifestyle, and having a dog all as a social media influencer!
3 Instagram Tips to Young Creatives by Gabriel M Padilla
- Be Authentic
When you’re in the beginning stages of exploring a particularly unique career or opportunity, it is not surprising that all of a sudden, many of the people around you feel the need to express their own comments and concerns. People love to make hasty judgments. Gabriel advises to allow your own vision of success to guide you. As much as possible, do not listen to the unqualified opinions of others as it will only serve as a distraction and hinder your goals.
- Accept Failure
Everyone fails in life. It’s a natural phenomenon and in no way indicates the end of your world. Besides, Gabriel insists that just because you have failed, it does not signify you are not on the right path! According to Gabriel, failure suggests that not all your ideas may come to life, some may work, and some may not – you just need a few or even just one idea to work to make it through! So, do not be too quick to give up. If Gabriel would have given up so quickly on his modeling career, he wouldn’t be anywhere close to where he is today. The idea to make the daring transition into social media has boosted his career to far higher levels.
- Say Yes
Pay close attention to the opportunities that come your way because they might not always remain within your reach for long. Gabriel strongly encourages aspiring young creatives to say yes to every potential opportunity that life presents you with! Do not allow the fear of not being prepared to become an obstacle to what you are capable of. In Gabriel’s words, “I never imagined my life turning to modeling or social media, but I always say yes when opportunities come my way, and that’s always worked out for me”.
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