Blake Banner shows us his Bold!
We caught up with Blake Banner at the beginning of the month. If you were listening to our Bold-Cast, you caught the amazing interview he had! He was astonishing! Well, Blake isn’t done yet! He transcribed his answers for us so now you can READ his thoughts on being bold!
Bold Magazine: Blake, we met via social media. How have you been doing with your account? Growth, etc.
Blake Banner: When it comes to growth, anything that is substantial and worth something takes time. So with that being said, the growth of my account has been slow but consistent and I think that’s how I would prefer it. Also the glamour indicators like followers and likes per post don’t always show the whole story. Just in the past 5 months I’ve become acquainted with so many other like minded individuals in the industry who want to collaborate and create. I find that to be a largely ignored marker for growth when it comes to anything related to social media.
Bold Magazine: What made you decide to start influencing?
Blake Banner: It wasn’t anything specific. My wife and I were tossing around the idea of me beginning to dabble in modeling because fashion has always been a passion of mine. We figured Social media would be a good proving ground of sorts to give it a shot. Fast forward a few months and things have really begun to take shape.
Bold Magazine: Do you model as well? For which brands?
Blake Banner: No brands as yet. I’ve done brand ambassador work for companies like Rebel Against Society (@RASClothing.co) though and the experience was awesome.
Bold Magazine: We’ve talked extensively about men’s mental health. Talk to me about what you think it means to be a man in 2019.
Blake Banner: There is no one right answer. Being a man in the world that we live in has drastically changed in recent years. Boys were previously instructed to show no emotions besides those society deemed as appropriate. Now we have generations of men who only show anger at every turn as opposed to allowing themselves to experience the full spectrum of human emotions, good and bad. Being a man has always been about handling your responsibilities, being a protector, and being a provider (not just financially). We now have a responsibility as men to do away with the archaic patriarchal propaganda and incorporate emotional intelligence, mental wellness and the uplifting of those, specifically women, who have been negatively impacted by the fragility of the male archetype and the refusal of men to address their own issues.
Bold Magazine: Your day job is fascinating. Can you tell us all about it?
Blake Banner: Being a therapist is always an adventure. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now and it still fascinates me how I can be dead tired but once that person enters my office and sits down in front of me im full of energy. I’ve always helped people and I’ve always done so with words. It was just a matter of putting the work in so that I could make a talent, a career. It has given me the opportunity to give back to my community in ways I would have never thought.
Bold Magazine: What’s the goal here? You’re building up a following. What do you plan on doing with it?
Blake Banner: I am nothing fancy. I am similar to most individuals you will come across on a daily basis. I think by not being “fancy” we all end up ignoring the fact that we don’t need to be extravagant or famous to do things that matter. I would hope that somebody would look at my regular ass self and see themselves to some degree. This may sound backwards, but you don’t need to be anyone special to be someone special. Anyone can go out and pursue something they want, become someone they want, achieve what they want as long as they are willing to put the time in. I just wanna be an example of that.
Bold Magazine: What does body positivity mean to you?
Blake Banner: Being unapologetic for your physical state of being. I don’t care what you look like but if you love it then thats dope. If you can’t stand it at times, that’s totally understandable. If you love how 96% of you looks but hate that last 4%, that’s ok. Whatever your current perception and reality of your body is you, nobody can tell you how to feel about it because it is your body and we have to accept it for what it is. Only once you accept the current state of things can any change be made, if that is what you want. And if you don’t want to change then that is absolutely fine because it’s nobody’s business but your own.
Bold Magazine: What are some of the challenges you face being a man in the influencing world?
Blake Banner: Being in plain view of the world. People can look and judge and make assumptions because it is human nature and it is unavoidable. The more “out there” I get, the more i have to be stoic within myself. Some people will love what you say, some people will think you ain’t shit. They are both right but I still have to do what I feel is best for me and those around me because that’s my charge in life.
Bold Magazine: What are next steps for you?
Blake Banner: Honestly I’m not to sure. I definitely want to do more in the realm of modeling and whatever comes along with that progression. As things pop up i just have to assess and adapt. That’s all anyone can do.
Bold Magazine: What makes you bold (beautiful, unique, you)?
Blake Banner: Absolutely nothing! I’m a regular dude with an instagram and a few ideas I feel driven enough to pursue. I guess this is full circle for me not being special making me special and the same for anyone else. We are all unique and that’s all you need. There is no shortcut or magic spell. Just get your regular ass out there, motivate yourself and impart that on others. Plain and simple.