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Instagram Influencer Cemo Basen Shares How His Dreams Kept Him Going

Dreams have this amazing power to keep people alive and striving for more regardless of the roadblocks life throws their way. Cemo Basen is a testament to how dreams work, and his story is truly one worth telling. 

Cemo Basen was born and raised in the slums of Pakistan. He grew up not only with financial hardships but also surrounded by people who ridiculed his dream and talent. But he never allowed his situation to define and limit his trajectory, constantly pushing forward and dreaming even bigger with every criticism. Finally, bringing nothing but a dream with him, he moved to the United States to pursue his lifelong aspiration of becoming an actor. Amid the poverty, Cemo was inspired by Hollywood icon Johnny Depp and his excellent portrayal of his role in Pirates of the Caribbean, igniting a fire inside the dreamer’s heart to earn the spotlight someday and cement his name in Hollywood. 

Moving to the United States brought out the survivor in Cemo as he had to face many challenges, especially making ends meet. He was homeless for months and had friends discouraging him, but he never stopped dreaming. Focused on his goal of being an actor, Cemo marched forward and grabbed every opportunity he could to make it to Hollywood. 

But life had other plans for Cemo and led him to another remarkable journey as a social media influencer, embracing one of the most unexpected turns in his career. Today, he enthusiastically shares his lifestyle with over 2.1 million followers on Instagram he calls family.

In addition, he also started a series called Raising an Influencer, which was streamed on Fox5dc. Cemo was also a contestant on Mr. DC 2021. The influencer has also been walking the ramps, working with many brands as a model.

“I started making videos on Instagram but never thought that I would become an influencer,” shared Cemo. A huge part of his transition came during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most people stuck at home, Cemo wanted to find ways to connect with others despite being isolated and making Instagram videos became his avenue. Soon enough, he gained the love and affection of millions of followers. “For two years, I’ve never looked back and made content every day,” the influencer added.

Cemo creates videos that inspire and uplift his audience to pursue what makes them happy and live life to the fullest. He never holds back in showcasing his authentic self to his viewers, and he learned that his followers love him the way he is. The 33-year-old is thriving to empower his viewers to not be afraid of being themselves and, more importantly, to dream big regardless of what others say. 

“I am proud of what I have achieved until now as an influencer, but still, the best is yet to come,” Cemo said. There’s still a long way to go for Cemo to steal the spotlight in Hollywood, but with the amount of dedication he is putting into his dream, there’s no doubt that he will become a household name, not only as an influencer but as the actor he was always born to be. 

Pianist Taking Twitter by Storm and Wooing Audiences with His Catchy Covers

Everyone has experienced having an earworm that they can’t get out of their heads. When it comes to this, James Luctamar knows what is needed to get people hooked to a tune. Profoundly creative and innately musical, James is an artist in the most real sense. A pianist best known for his catchy renditions to some of the greatest hits, the highly charismatic musician has turned into an internet sensation.

In 2017, James went viral after posting a piano cover of a mashup combining the hits “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi (featuring Daddy Yankee) and “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller). The cover video took off on Twitter and ended up getting over 4 million collective views over time.

Today James videos have received over 10 million impressions and engagements. His most popular cover has received over 134,000 likes and 72,400 retweets on Twitter. James’s musical style married the classical stylings of the piano with the modern sounds of hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, and gospel tracks that newer generations listen to today. James admits that he has fallen in love with all musical genres and enjoys playing a wide variety of hits from different eras and industries. His approach to recreating songs on the piano is unique and innovative. He can take the most tender and romantic love song and adds a funk to it that makes the melody danceable, and vice versa. 

A native of Westchester, New York, James started playing the piano when he was 11 years old. At a young age, his talent was evident. More than his musicality and rhythm, he could also dissect songs and notes entirely by ear. That way, he picked up on a lot of great hits and was able to replay it merely by listening masterfully.

Later on, James developed a sound of his own and decided to put his personality into hits and classics. He found a knack for using Twitter and decided that would be the social platform where he would start. It didn’t take long for the artist to go viral, having Twitter followers falling in love with his approach to music and having them clamor for more.

As a real musician by heart, James hopes that his music will inspire not just the general audience but also musicians as well. He hopes that his passion for music would be contagious and that he would be able to inspire more and more musicians to grow in their craft. Because he mostly works on covers, he finds ways to appeal to more technical audiences who follow the pianist for his skills as well. 

So what does the future hold for James? The artist hopes that the sky will be his limit. While the piano is his first true love, James feels drawn to other instruments as well. He has a passion for drums and looks to master the magic of playing it as well. In all that, he remains steadfast in sticking to his strengths. The artist plans to continue blending dynamic styles and create musical masterpieces that will directly speak to his audiences.

With James’s unmistakable gift, it’s not unlikely that Twitter and the whole digital world will be hearing more from the artist in the foreseeable future. 

To follow James Luctamar and his music, check out his Instagram and Twitter.