Raine, or iamraine on Twitter,is the co-founder of FilipinasNFT and Web3 Cebu. She is also the CEO of Bullrun Works which is a Web3 marketing agency.
💼 What were you doing before Web3?
Before Web3, I was an industrial engineer but quit the corporate world due to overwork. I usually work 12 hours a day and make a low salary.
So when the pandemic happened, I quit and became a freelancer as a social media manager and taught ESL to support my family and send my sister to college.
In January 2022, I got into NFTs and throughout the year I became involved in building Web3 communities such as FilipinasNFT and WEB3 Cebu.
🤔 How did you get into Web3?
I, along with my family, was hit by Typhoon Odette which resulted in losing our roof and damaging major parts of our house. Unfortunately, we also got scammed for over 100k the same month.
In order to help recover, I needed to find a new freelance gig so I had to move out for the first time to a place with internet and electricity, with only 100 pesos in my wallet. In my desperation, I applied to all available social media management jobs on Upwork, including NFT jobs, which I knew nothing about at the time.
Thankfully, on my second day of moving out, I closed my first premium client for an NFT project’s social media. This experience prompted me to learn more about the market and I immersed myself in different NFT communities. In February 2022, I co-founded FilipinasNFT, got involved in various communities and projects, and the rest, as they say, is history.
🚀 What was your first crypto or NFT project?
I was part of an international NFT project that aimed to make it a game-like experience. Unfortunately, due to market conditions, I only worked with them for two months.
🧠 How would you explain what you do to someone outside of Web3?
I would inform someone that I work as a freelance marketer for Web3 projects and explain the concept of Web3 to him/her. I would also highlight the benefits and opportunities that Web3 offers to pique their interest.
I believe, people would want to explore the market or industry once they see something valuable for them and that will add to their curiosity and learn Web3.
💡 Which creator or thought leader do you enjoy learning from?
I find learning from content creators such as Giu Comia and Prof Toff extremely valuable. They have become my coaches, imparting their wisdom and expertise in Web3 marketing and content creation. I also look up to passionate builders in Web3, especially those helping people in educating what this market is.
🥳 What is the biggest highlight of your career so far?
My career highlight is being able to expand my network that includes influential individuals in both Web2 and Web3, leading to opportunities such as acquiring clients, hosting, moderating events, and speaking engagements.
Currently, I’m building a marketing agency to help out many talents in Web3 get the opportunity they deserve.
📈 What tech or crypto trend are you watching this year?
AI and Metaverse are my most exciting trends, with ChatGPT and Bondee both becoming popular. The future is great for the tech industry!
🤝 What advice would you give someone starting out in Web3?
To navigate a new yet competitive market like Web3, you must be persistent and educate yourself continuously. Never stop learning and embrace challenges as opportunities for growth.
Build your network and provide value to others, and opportunities will come naturally. Lastly, DYOR (Do Your Own Research) for projects that you want to Involved with, or invest to.
🎤 If you could do a TEDtalk on any topic, what would it be?
If I could do a TED Talk, that will be “Planting Seeds for Success”
Success does not happen overnight, contrary to popular belief. It takes patience, persistence, and resilience. Success comes not from jumping on popular trends, but from learning, adding value, and expanding one’s network.
Failure is a part of the road to success, but perseverance is key to achieving success. Keep planting the seeds, then reap later. Build your foundation and never give up, as the sweetness of success comes after overcoming challenges.
🚨 What is the one thing you would bring if you were stuck on a deserted Island?
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