How do you define Influence?

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This is part of a series of articles which I wrote a few months back, now they’re finally seeing the light of day. 

 

“I honestly have no idea how to define influence,” says Jared Ipsen, event and communications manager for Zeal. “I guess it is having people care what you say, I think it can be pretty dangerous in this day and age because where is the line between “I’m telling you about this because I care” and “I’m telling you about this because I was paid to and am not disclosing that to you” Jared raises a relevant question. with the number of social influencers constantly multiplying. The lines are just getting blurrier between what is authentic influence and what is just advertisement.

“I’m telling you about this because I was paid to and am not disclosing that to you” Jared raises a relevant question. with the number of social influencers constantly multiplying. The lines are just getting blurrier between what is authentic influence and what is just advertisement.

Thankfully people who are truly influential, people like Jared aren’t Robin Thicke fans, meaning they don’t favour blurred lines. Despite not favouring the stylings of Robin Thicke, Jared finds a part of his identity within the music industry. Jared has been putting on shows since he was fifteen and he is the vocalist for Post-Hardcore band Barracks; the band Jared says is ”responsible for some of the best times in his life and they will either become “unreasonably famous and end up on a winery tour or fade into obscurity”

Jared’s humour might not suggest it, but Jared has a great aptitude for the music industry.

“I first got into putting on shows as a high schooler and I always wished there was somewhere that young artists could go and really be embraced rather than just put up with” “my main drive behind what I do, to give kids the opportunities I never had. I love being able to help provide a space where people can jam, write, record, put on shows, make their merchandise, and even just a place to hang out where you aren’t made to feel unworthy for being different.”

 

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Jared’s work allows aspiring creatives to take their art to the next level, by providing them with a space that encourages their creativity and provides young people with the tools they need for success, Jared says that being able to set young people up for success is what motivates him most.

For someone who doesn’t know how to define influence, Jared’s work to empower and facilitate creativity within youth through Zeal makes him influential and his character is something of significance. Jared is authentic, he is never without a seamless one liner and he speaks his mind, by having a character like this

Jared is an invaluable role model for young people he validates that you can choose to be adjacent from the often blurred lines of the mainstream. He himself says, “do what makes you feel good and don’t let anyone try and change that.”That is the advice he would give people and it is

That is the advice he would give people and it is a inarguable truth.

Jared Ipsen is a human, he is 25 and he is influential because he is authentic, unapologetically creative and he empowers youth to be the same way.

 

Jared was on The Spinoff – read his work

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