Ayden Mekus: Creating content and doing good
Ayden Mekus is a talented young content creator who’s gained millions of followers on TikTok and YouTube because of his work. Mekus is dedicated to doing good with all his work, and he regularly speaks against bullying in his videos. He’s also started his own clothing line “Be a Buddy not a Bully”.
Mekus has been working with Dar Mann Studios for several years, filming motivational videos and spreading a message of positivity. We caught Mekus between videos and talked with him about the work he’s doing, the messages he’s sharing, and what the future has in store for him.
Give us a breakdown of a day in the life of a content creator.
I’m still doing a lot of growing and a lot of learning, but I know I’m doing exactly what I should be doing with my life.
I create YouTube Videos and content for all my other social media platforms like Tiktok, Instagram and all my Motivational Message. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. My goal everyday is to complete 3 important tasks that I can feel accomplished. Everyday is different, but my purpose is the same. I’m always trying to make a difference in not only my life but others around me.
How did you first get interested in creating videos for YouTube?
I got involved with a group of friends and we filmed together and at first I was a little shy, as it was out of my comfort zone, but quickly realized I loved it. I do a lot of acting and short films and decided to expand.
Who are some of your favorite YouTubers to watch?
Mr. Beast is one of my favorites.
He has attention grabbing videos that pop and are exciting. What I love most is he gives back and donates so much. I love watching those videos where he’s making a difference.
That’s my ultimate goal someday. I’m doing it on a smaller scale right now.
What’s something you feel most people don’t understand about creating a good YouTube video?
It takes a-lot of time and preparation to even do a simple video. Being focused and following it through to the end even when things don’t go right.
Where do you find inspiration for your videos?
I usually look for what’s currently trending and how I live my life and what makes me happy. If I would watch it, then hopefully my audience would too. I’ve been doing some life lesson videos and interviewing videos lately too.
What’s been the most challenging part of growing your social media presence?
Having enough time to spend on each platform and responding to fans and people that watch me. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day and I never want to disappoint. So that sometimes stresses me out.
How has TikTok impacted the work that you do?
It allows me to be free to be creative whether it’s by myself, or with friends. Dancing, funny POV’s and I’m able to teach many more followers. It’s fun and easy to use.
Has creating content on TikTok changed the way that you create content for other platforms?
It allows me to elevate on Instagram for sure with reels and think outside the box.
Tell us about your work with DharMann Studios.
I’ve been working with DharMann Studios for almost 3 years and love every minute. Our Morals and Values are aligned with what I stand for. I really enjoy bringing to life these life lesson stories. I play several different characters and that pushes my acting abilities.
What’s been the most enjoyable part of working with Dar Mann?
Other then the many different roles I play from bully to nerd to nice guy, I would have to say the impact it has made on many people including so many you g kids. They recognize me and are so appreciative that we are bringing awareness to things that happen in life and how we can make a positive impact.
What are some items on your acting bucket list?
I would love to have an opportunity to be in a movie like Outerbanks or The wild. I even have enjoyed The series All American.
Do you have a five year plan?
I definitely have strong goals but I would say they are for the next 2 years. I get in my head sometimes and when I think too far ahead it kinda overwhelms me. I’m trying to get better at enjoying moments and being present and being grateful for what is in front of me.
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you’re currently working on?
I’m always working on my acting and doing auditions. I’ve recently teamed up with Ca Kids Belong Charity. We want California to become one of our country’s most “Foster Friendly” states by raising awareness and providing supportive communities around foster families and kids in foster care.
Talk to us about your interest in making music.
I absolutely love music, it’s like therapy for me. I am currently taking voice lessons and soon my girlfriend Jaime Adler and I will have an Original Song. So stay tuned!
Do you see yourself releasing an album sometime in the future?
Releasing several songs yes and as I said will have an original very soon released.
Who are some of your favorite musical artists?
I like all music genres. But a few of my favorites are Kid Laroi And Rod Wave.
What advice would you give to someone who’s just getting started on YouTube?
If you really are passionate about it, stick with it, be consistent and try to be as creative as possible. But most importantly stay true to who you are and your message.
What would you say is your personal mission as an artist and content creator?
Being able to produce content that makes a positive impact on someone’s life in a good way. Making a difference and showing the youth that kindness is the new cool. Not veering from my purpose even if it takes longer and always doing the right thing.