Interview with Jon Bailey (@31jbay24)


Interview with Jon Bailey (@31jbay24)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Like so many, when Covid hit in 2020, and I was at home for a little over a month not working, my kids dared me to get on TikTok and start making videos. Well, I took that dare and ran with it. One night, my son and I bet who could get to 100 followers the fastest. I was at home alone one day and decided to make a video with a shirt I had. Made the video and didn’t think anything about it after that. Later that night, my daughter busted into my bedroom and was not happy. She said to me, “I’m mad at you!” I was like, “Why?” She informed me that I had gone viral on TikTok and had over 10k followers. I about died because I hadn’t looked at the video since I had posted it. Since then, I started having fun with the app and just being myself.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

Since being on TikTok, I have made thousands of friends and met my life’s love. Making all the new friends has been amazing but meeting Jessica, my life has changed. She is from Arkansas and lives 6 hours from where I live in Texas. This woman has treated me like no one ever has. Jessica supports everything that I do and is always there for me. We love making videos together and doing whatever comes to mind. We have created a joint account on TikTok called @iron_board_fun, and we do crazy silly stuff. Our followers love our craziness, and we just are being ourselves. She has changed my life over the past 2 years and has made life simpler. This is the woman I will spend the rest of my life with, and TikTok made that possible!!!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

My biggest thing is always to be yourself and never break. A lot of people get on the app and lose themselves. You can’t turn yourself into something that you are not. Being yourself is the most important part of living life. Everything becomes difficult when you start changing your life and being someone or something you’re not. Always be original, stand strong on who you are, and never let anyone break who you are.

None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

My girlfriend has been my biggest supporter since being on TikTok. Jessica has always been by my side and supported everything I do. The biggest thing that Jessica has done for me is she allows me to be myself. When we started dating, I expressed to her that this is who I am and will not stop being who I am. She told me that that was why she fell in love with me. The originality of being who I am, putting my kids and others before myself, Helping others that need it, and showing love to everyone. I will marry Jessica one day, and I can not wait for that day to come.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

How I have given back after starting on Tiktok, all income that has been earned on the app has been given back to the community in different ways. One of my favorites is giving it back to the people that wait on us at restaurants. Being able to add the extra 0’s on the end of a tip and seeing the joy from a waiter or waitress makes my heart happy.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Sometimes God allows what he hates To accomplish what he loves!” We all go through rough times, and some never seem to pull themselves out. This quote has helped me through the dark times in my life and has made me much stronger. God chooses his warriors and puts them through trials and tribulations to see how strong we are.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Readers can find me on all social media outlets. 31jbay24 on TikTok and instagram. Jon Bailey on Facebook.

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?

Remember to be yourself and not let anyone tell you that you can not do something. Speak your mind and live your life with no regrets!!!