This week, we sat down with Shannae Ingleton Smith, also known as @torontoshay on the pod and she dropped key after key throughout our conversation. I’ve known Shannae for years and have seen her make the transition from OG blogger, to Corporate, to full-time influencer, back to Corporate and now she is the co-founder of boutique influencer agency, Kensington Grey. An agency that prides itself on being rooted in diversity, yes this was before BLM was #trending. Throughout A Conversation with Shannae Ingleton Smith aka Toronto Shay on How to Become an Influencer, Shannae shares her journey of how she went from freelance blogger to sales at Rogers, to Maclean’s Mag, to starting her own business with her hubby, all within the past decade.
Shannae lets all of us in on what it takes to cultivate your community, whether you have 500 or 50,000 followers. She is totally transparent about rates, partnerships, and how to set yourself apart when negotiating for that bread, Cowes! Shannae shares how the mistakes she has made have always put her exactly where she needed to be.
Shannae’s collaborative spirit and willingness to share all information for someone else to get ahead is beyond admirable. She has always endorsed this idea of sharing contacts and information that we’re used to others keeping to themselves and it’s something we love to see. Shannae’s energy will motivate you like no other, whether you’re looking to become an influencer or grow your business account’s following.
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