On Casting Frontier’s 27th episode of The Curve, Burgandi and Govind are back for Part 2 of their interview with Canadian actor, influencer, and epic battle rapper Corey Charron. Charron shares how he followed his passion to rap and, in doing so, he blew up on social media; this resulted in him becoming both an influencer and now an actor. 

He starred on Nick Cannon’s sketch comedy and improv series Wild ‘N Out on MTV, and he appeared in the 2017 feature film Bodied produced by the rapper that inspired him to become a rapper in the first place: Eminem. The film won the Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award before Youtube Red acquired exclusive streaming rights with a limited theatrical release. Bodied was released for DVD and Blu-ray in September this year.

Charron discusses what it’s like being an influencer and having companies seek him out to represent their products. Initially, he built up a popular Instagram account, but it was not verified. A  verified badge, which appears as a check next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile, is important if individuals want opportunities to earn money and gain exposure by promoting various products and services. It means Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity, or global brand it represents. Indeed, Charron applied seven times and was denied—but his eighth attempt proved to be a charm.

This year since becoming verified, Charron landed a commercial spot for Foot Locker and Nike followed up with a few promotional posts on Instagram. More recently, Charron was contacted by a popular fast food franchise and invited to freestyle rap about a new food product they’re launching.

When Govind asks Charron for any advice he could share with those who are trying to brand themselves on social media, Charron answers:

“One of the main tips I could give is, as you said, it’s very hard to get verified. There’s some people I know who have a million followers who are not verified. The one thing I’ve learned from someone in the industry, which is not even well-known on Google, but they will not accept your verification if you have a link in your bio. So a lot of people didn’t know that on their bio, they’ll have a link promoting their Youtube or something, and they will disqualify that if you have a link in your bio.”

With all the creative and barbed insults Charron is used to slinging at his steady flow of competitors, it’s interesting to note how he modestly forgot to mention that attaining a verification badge also requires that the person be well-known and highly searched. And, in his case, have loads of talent! There’s a lot of hard work poured into maintaining such a profile too. Presently, Charron’s Instagram has almost 600 posts.

But for those who are not yet attracting 123 thousand followers, if your account doesn’t have a verified badge, there are other ways to let people know you’re authentic. For the time being, as the Instagram website says, you can link to your Instagram account from your official website, Facebook Page, YouTube or Twitter account.

Make sure to catch Rum Nitty vs Charron’s upcoming rap battle in Oakland, Live on PPV November 23rd and 24th on King of the Dot presents Town Bidness.   https://kotdtv.com

And watch Part 1 of Charron’s interview on The Curve  here.

Casting Frontier’s YouTube series The Curve is hosted by Burgandi Phoenix and Govind Kumar. Stay ahead of the curve by joining us for more valuable insights and tips from a wide assortment of industry insiders.