Reya Paulos - Host, Viral Choreographer, Content Creator

 

It’s all about putting yourself out there and networking with a lot of people. If it means sliding into the DMs of anyone you see killing it in the game, someone you would want to collaborate with, sending your recent project, or spamming your instagram stories or feed, you gotta do what you got to do to share who you are. 

With social media not going anywhere anytime soon, chances are you'll be seeing a post from an influencer or content creator at least once a day. However, each one of them vary in the impact they bring - some are there to market different companies, while others are there to make a brand for themselves.
That brings us to this featured Influential Individual.
We've been following this content creator for some time now, and what drew us to her is how authentic she is with her followers. From her normal, daily adventures to events that she hosts, this influential never fails to entertain.  And speaking of entertain, she has already touched down with (social) media platforms, which only proves her reach to her audience.

Read on to learn more about Reya Paulos.

The basics: Who is Reya?  Where did you grow up and where do you currently reside?

I believe Reya is a simple Filipina-American that loves her family and the Filipino culture. I pop off from time to time with a Hella Reya persona. With that in mind, I am also a content creator, host, and viral tinikling choreographer.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was born in Hayward, CA, which is located in the heart of the Bay Area. However, I moved to Pleasanton, CA when I was five years old and have been here ever since.

It’s hard to imagine you having any spare time.  You seem like you’re always on the go! But when you do, what are some things you enjoy doing?

When I am not busy, I love spending time with my family. I look forward to simple family dinners where my family and I gather around the table and catch up with each other. When I spend time with my cousins, I enjoy vibing with them by singing along with the piano and creating funny content that will be cringy to look back at when we are older and probably have kids of our own.  With that in mind, I also love archiving old family photos and videos.

I also love being active and playing sports. I like going to the basketball courts to shoot some hoops. I recently picked up tennis after not playing for a long time and I enjoy going to the tennis courts with my dad.

Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished so far! We know you recently became a UCLA alumni (congratulations!). How did you juggle being in school and still work on everything else on your plate?

Thank You! It’s crazy how early decisions can make a huge impact in the future. 

For the first two years of college, I went to Chabot and Las Positas College in the East Bay Area. I was focused on my studies to the point where I maxed out my community college units before I transferred to UCLA. Hustling in community college allowed me to create a UCLA course load that was so relaxed and eventually led me to graduate early. Being in LA and devoting my time to school in the morning and early afternoon allowed me to explore different outlets in the entertainment space at night.

However, there would be times during the pandemic where I would log into class, but would get ready for a gig that would start 10 minutes after class ended. I would say the last two years of my undergraduate experience was pretty unconventional, but you gotta do what you got to do.   

 

Speaking of being a recent graduate, how have you already been involved with all these different (social) media platforms? Many out there are still trying to go viral with one, yet you’ve already been seen on NBC Bay Area, TFC and many others? That’s amazing!

It’s all about putting yourself out there and networking with a lot of people. If it means sliding into the DMs of anyone you see killing it in the game, someone you would want to collaborate with, sending your recent project, or spamming your instagram stories or feed, you gotta do what you got to do to share who you are. 

In addition to posting creative content that people enjoy, what has worked for me is sharing my aspirations in life- no matter how big or small it is. I can admit that I have overshared so much of what I want to pursue on my instagram feed or stories with a cute, “joke lang” type of tone. And showcasing my sense of humor and anything that is on my mind has gotten the attention of the right people, to the point where they would reach out with an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse.

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Have you come across certain family members or friends who don’t exactly understand the ‘career’ choices you’ve made so far? What, if any, are their objections and how do you overcome it?

People not understanding my life decisions started way before I gained all these eye-opening opportunities. For example, while my sister and older cousin were attending the top UCs,  it is so sad to share that some of my relatives, who would formulate comparisons, thought that I wasn’t going to be successful and that I was going to have a hard time transferring out of community college just because I decided to attend community college. As I was motivated to show people that the community college stigma is wrong, I wanted to prove to everyone that I am capable of doing amazing things. 

I got to thank the pandemic for allowing me to find the time to expand on my creativity at home. Taking the time for myself made me realize what I wanted to pursue. When it came to my decision to focus on the opportunities that brought me joy and stop the pursuit of a certain career path that I thought I was going to pursue after I graduated from UCLA, my parents were hesitant that I wanted to explore an unconventional route.

But when I was clear with my intentions, that opened up so many opportunities that were so out of the ordinary. That made me and my family realize that I am capable of doing this. I’m still exploring and learning the different aspects of the entertainment scene, but I know that the wide array of opportunities will motivate me to keep on learning and to expand on my skill sets.

If you could go back and change one thing, knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?

I wish I explored my options in high school, and not let the fear of people’s opinions hinder my decision to pursue what I wanted to do. I know that you asked for one thing, but these two coincide with each other.

I come from a family who is involved in STEM, particularly healthcare and engineering. While in high school, I thought that I should go into healthcare and I should pursue college courses that will lead me to get a job in the healthcare setting because that was what I was exposed to all my life. Especially while living in the Bay Area where they hype up health and working in the Silicon Valley all the time. I also thought if I pursued something different, I didn’t want to disappoint my family or get judged by other people. So I suppressed some of my feelings to focus on what I thought was best for my future.

But being in college and moving to LA for six months made me realize there is so much out there that you can pursue. The possibilities are endless. No matter how chaotic or relaxed the scene is, you really have to put yourself in situations to figure out what you love to do and what will make you happy in the long run. Even if it means going through trial and error.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? What’s the ultimate goal?

That question has always been a tough question for me to answer. If someone were to ask me that question when I was starting college, I would probably say something exotic, crazy, and sarcastic to get that worried look on their face for my own enjoyment.

Although I have gained some experience during the past two years, there’s so much that I am still trying to figure out. But I know in 5 years from now, I will be doing something that will bring unlimited joy to my life. 

Define a go-getter. 

Hella Reya. LOL just kidding.

A go-getter is someone that is bold enough to pursue whatever they put their heart and mind into. There may be ugly moments or people that won’t understand, but that doesn't stop them from their hustle. 

What (or who) is your greatest inspiration?

Influential people wise, Lucille Ball and Oprah because they changed the game for women and they showed many people that even though people thought you are less than what you truly are, you can overcome those opinions and do something impactful. I hope to be on their level someday.

But also my family is my greatest inspiration. Since it took a village to raise me, my siblings, and cousins, I have learned a lot from those who have supported me from day one. Both my Lolo (my mom’s father) and Tatay (my dad’s father) sacrificed so much to come to the United States to bring their families here. The women in my family (Lola, Nanay, Aunties) are so realistic and have kept me grounded. Although the women in my family have done their best to contain my bold personality, the uncles in my life have definitely filled the family with humor, which I give them mad props to because being around them had an effect on my goofy personality. 

My parents are a big inspiration in my life. They worked so hard to make sure my siblings and I are taken care of and supported me in all the stuff I want to pursue. Their own individual journey made me realize that anything is possible if you know what you want, put your mind to it, and don’t quit.

You’re talking to a group of admirers and people who find you as an inspiration.  What is the best advice you can give them about following their dreams?

Here is the thing I made up the first four letters of the ABCs

Advocate for yourself.

Be true to who you are.

Create your own unique story. 

Don’t give up.

Isn't she amazing? With everything Reya has accomplished so far, we have no doubt this is only the beginning of a successful journey for her. 

To see what she's up to on the daily, make sure to follow her on IG: @hellareya

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