If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of Emory Andrew Tate III. Better known as simply Emory Tate, this social media influencer and former kickboxer has made his way onto the lists of the world’s most famous people from humble beginnings growing up in Chicago, Illinois. Over time, he’s become a self-made millionaire through his own efforts, always staying true to himself and his roots along the way. You can learn more about how he does it all in our latest blog post about Emory Tate! Emory Andrew Tate III: A Social Media Influencer with a Unique Background Emory Andrew Tate III: A Social Media Influencer with a Unique Background My name is Emory . I was born in America, but I've always had a strong connection to Britain. My dad is British and I spent a lot of time there as a kid. I'm also a professional kickboxer. I started kickboxing when I was 17 and turned pro when I was 20. I retired from kickboxing last year, but I'm still involved in the sport as a coach and referee. These days, I'm focusing on my social media influence. I've been able to use my platform to connect with people all over the world and make a difference in their lives. Emory Andrew Tate III: A Social Media Influencer with a Unique Background The Story Behind My Name I was named after my grandfather, Emory Andrew Tate II. He was a very successful businessman, and my parents wanted me to have his name in hopes that I would follow in his footsteps. However, I took a different path altogether. I became a professional kickboxer and then later, a social media influencer. Though my career choices may be different than what my parents envisioned for me, I'm still making them proud. I started my career as a musician I always loved music, but I never thought of it as a career. It was something I did for fun, to relax, and to express myself. But when I was 19, I met a guy who changed my life. He introduced me to the world of professional music and showed me that it could be a viable career option. I spent the next year honing my skills and networking until I found an agent that would work with me. We landed a couple of small gigs in bars before we finally landed our first big gig playing at some local festival. After that, there were more opportunities coming in than we knew what to do with. It was only then that I realized how much potential this had in terms of making money--and so I took on this new endeavor full-time. My lifelong love of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) MMA has always been a huge part of my life. I started training when I was just a kid and fell in love with the sport immediately. I competed professionally for a few years and had some success, but ultimately decided to retire from fighting and focus on my other passion: social media. I studied it at college, got experience running my own business as an influencer management company, and eventually made the decision to go out on my own. I do all sorts of marketing consulting as well as influencer marketing campaigns for brands that want a unique take on their campaigns. And if you’re wondering about what happened to Mr. T., he’s still kicking around here and there; he's even helped me out with some business advice now and then! Emory Andrew Tate III: A Social Media Influencer with a Unique Background Am I done fighting? Emory Andrew Tate III is an American-British social media influencer and former professional kickboxer. He is also known for his work with Fight For Children, a charity that he is passionate about. Through this charity, Emory has helped raise awareness and funds for children in need. He has also been involved in various other charitable endeavors, such as visitations to schools and hospitals. His cause of helping the less fortunate became even more personal when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21. The feeling of gratitude from people who were helped by him when they were going through tough times motivated him to help others. I give back through Fight For Children I'm Emory Andrew Tate III, and I'm a social media influencer with a unique background. I was born in America, but I grew up in Britain. I've been inspired by their mission to help these kids and want to do whatever I can to help them achieve their dreams. Work hard and succeed in school You have to work hard to succeed in school. It's not going to be easy, but it'll be worth it. If you do that, then I guarantee that one day when your kids are looking back on your life, they'll know what an incredible parent they had. You are who you are – so be yourself! This is something that Emory Andrew Tate III knows all too well. He is an American-British social media influencer and former professional kickboxer. And he is also one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. In this interview, Emory opens up about his background, how to be true to yourself, and how we can use our creativity in any area of life. As an artist myself, I feel like I am constantly learning from Emory's creative endeavors; from songwriting to videography. His honesty and authenticity are refreshing in a world where some creatives are praised for being perfect or untouchable. If you have time for only one part of this interview make sure it's this last part about creativity because it is inspiring! After hearing him speak about creativity for 15 minutes straight, I was convinced that it was impossible not to love Emory Andrew Tate III. Emory Andrew Tate III: A Social Media Influencer with a Unique Background Q. & A. How did you get into social media? I actually started out as a professional kickboxer. I was born in America but moved to England when I was young, and that's where I began my career in kickboxing. After a few years, I decided to retire from competitive kickboxing and focus on my other passion: social media. I started out by making videos on YouTube, and eventually built up a following on other platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. It wasn't until about four months ago that I finally got sponsored for the first time. It feels really good to be able to live off of social media now; before, it was just something I did for fun.