I come from a small town in Washington State called Bremerton. I never had a stable home from the 7th to 12th grade. I would bounce around friends houses and some nights I would hop on the ferry to Seattle just to sleep there because I didn’t want anyone from my hometown to know I was homeless. My father (Wayne Ayers Sr.) left for Indiana when I was two years old after a divorce with my mother (Andrea Ayers). I was raised by my mother, however, around the end of 6th grade. my mother was diagnosed with sarcoidosis which caused her to miss a lot of time from work. We weren’t financially stable to keep a home due to her illness, so I stayed with friends during most of my high school days. After graduating from high school, I moved to Los Angeles to find new opportunities in life. I attended East Los Angeles College to study business. During weekends I would do videography on red carpets. Every event I worked, I made new connections in the industry. I then started WhereistheBuzz because I knew I could give the people what they want.
WhereistheBuzz is a online media publication. The publication is a go-to for fan news as it focuses on breaking news from Entertainers and Politics to Human Interest stories. It’s designed to target millennials and is rapidly growing. We cover red carpets, movie premieres, and concerts. We also cover real news in the world such as the slave trade in Libya, FCC destroying the Net Neutrality, and talk about how the Chicago police department needs to do their job because Chicago clearance rate was 25% last year. We try to break down everything, and it’s vital for us to give our viewers the truth.
What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture or to make significant changes in an existing business? How did the idea for your business come about?
It started from an instagram page I made content that people really started to enjoy. WhereistheBuzz became it's own little community on Instagram. Everybody from different parts on the planet would interact with each over our content.
What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?
Finding a team when most people go into a business they have multiple co-founders. I didn't have that all it was just me at first. I had to do everything by myself which was stressful and exhausting. Also I quit my bank teller job so months I didn't even if I was going to be able to afford to pay rent.
Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits?
How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?
Yeah, I didn't take it personal I just think your family and friends worry when you start something new in life. I just zoned them out and chased the dream. I think if you find something you love you need to lock in and chase it. I don't think I would do anything different honestly.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?
The people without the people WhereistheBuzz isn't buzzing. The people are most important. I call WhereistheBuzz the people's platform. They support it, love it, and believe in it which I'm so thankful for, it really means a lot when you can a positive impact on society.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?
I wish I would have known my worth. I think it's important to know your worth. I use to say yes to everything because I was just excited to pursue my dreams but sometimes people will try to take advantage of you. Jay-Z once said I rather be overrated then underpaid. I really believe in that concept now.
What advice would you give to an upcoming young and old entrepreneur locally and internationally?
Pursue what you love. If everybody tells you no then zone them out. Work smart and hard. Always be opened to new ideas and agendas for your company. Also be unselfish and it will take you far in life.