What’s Been Going On. BEMODEL And More.

Man oh man, things have been hectic, crazy, and slow all at the same time. So as some of you may know, I raised the $145,000 from three different investors back in January for BEMODEL.com. We started development and design in February, and it’s now almost the end of August, which marks almost 7 months of development and design. I estimated 6 months, so far, we are one month off track. Which is good news believe it or not. Considering all of the ups, downs, fixes, bugs, and changes, etc… I am going to be fixing a few more things on the site, such as bugs and a little re-design overhaul, we’re keeping the same design, just some big adjustments to it. I plan to start marketing BEMODEL in about a month. It’s been very stressful of course, getting this project going, it was a big overhaul with features such as dot-com hosting, with a fully implemented CMS to manage your dot-com website. A prints e-commerce section to handle transactions, so photographers can sell their work, and make money from it. Along with a whole new way of social networking and browsing casting calls. We noticed it was a bit complicated at first for the average user, so we are re-working a few things right now, sorry for the delay. That’s the scoop for BEMODEL so far. Wish me luck, and prepare for launch in about a month.

I was flown to Washington DC to give an hour presentation on my story in front of a few hundred people, and how I made money from CPM ads with high traffic websites, which is what BEMODEL is. If you don’t already know, I’ve netted/profitted roughly $2 million dollars from high traffic websites. I made a few pretty awesome connections from the event as well, and decided to give the affiliate marketing business a try. So I decided to work on affiliate product to launch in the dating niche, and made an awesome 3 joint venture connections for the product launch. I am going to be launch the product on September 14th. This should be a very big launch as well, got quite the JV connections on this launch, that is for sure. I am hoping to reach over 4 million people just for the day of launch.

So the plan is to begin marketing BEMODEL by the end of September, and launch my new product on Sep 14th. If everything goes well, everything should be pretty sweet! The numbers I am expecting to generate are pretty high, so let’s see how this affiliate marketing goes, and how BEMODEL goes with the launch. Wish me luck.

Here We Go! beModel!

Ok, so I’ve attached a few of the photos from my iPhone from the DC trip, nothing to special yet, I will get more photos soon! I did a public speech in Washington DC for the Underground Online Seminar 6 event, and it was incredible. I was so nervous at first, Yanik introduced me as Andrew Fashion, gave a small summary of how much money I’ve made off the internet, and I went on to the stage. There I am standing in front of 200 fucking people, 22 years old, 80% of the crowd easily over the age of 30-35 years old. I have never given a speech before in my life, and here I am telling everyone how I did it, and how you can do it too. A few minutes into my speech, I really started to losen up which was good, and I got into my story, and it wasn’t that bad! After my 40 minute speech, and taking questions for 5 minutes, everyone clapped, and when I got off of the stage, a lot of people came up to me! They all said great speech, amazing speech, moving story, etc… It was an incredible feeling knowing that my story was able to move people! I’ve raised $150k for a new company I am building, beModel.com, and we’re planning to launch May 1st. My projections are very high, and I am very confident we will be making some solid money right off launch! I am predicting anywhere from 10k – 50k/mo just off launch, which means we will be paying our investors off very quickly! I hope you are all as excited as I am, because beModel is about to break the Alexa top 1000 websites, over 300 million pageviews per month, over 250k uniques per day, and potentially up to $1M per month!

If anyone here has experience with product launches, website launches, or marketing, send me a comment or e-mail!

California Trip!

What a journey this was, a complete eye opener. Jamie Jones and myself flew to San Francisco to meet up with our designer / art director, who is taking on a huge project for us freelance, and the budget actually doubled, but is well worth it. San Francisco is amazing to say the least, not where I want to live, but definitely wouldn’t mind it at all, it’s so soothing, relaxing, peaceful, and at the same time alive. The place is gorgeous. The seafood is fucking incredible, gawddddd!!! Being there seriously made my heart feel so alive again, the environment, the people, the places, the seafood, the everything seriously sparked happiness inside of me. We met up with our designer that night and a buddy of mine Isa is in San Francisco, and joined the meeting as well. We met up around 10-11PM at Denny’s in downtown San Francisco, and it was such an amazing dinner. Absolutely eye opening, great conversation, and such life was in this quick pre-meetup, this wasn’t even our real meeting, and I could already feel the positive energy. The designer I selected to hire has got to be one of the most alive, smartest, driven people I have ever met in my life. You may have heard me say this stuff about people before, but I would hands down invest in this man myself with my last penny if I had to choose someone. I am 1000% confident in this guys abilities to bring beModel to another level for everyone. The ideas Jamie, myself, and Junior (our designer) were throwing around is just mind boggling. His intuitiveness is on another level, a different plateau than most could probably even fathom.

The following day Feb 6th, we had our meeting at Junior’s office, and his office is jaw dropping, he designed his office from scratch, his computer setup, his drive still amazes me every single day I continue to think about what we are getting into just makes me want to jump out of my chair with joy! Our budget went up, but for logical and purposely understandable reasons. We are bringing so much to the table with the new beModel for our customers, we are about to change the game this time, and for real this time. We now have the best art director in the world on our board of directors, along with an amazing web development team, along with the visions of Jamie and myself. I just happen to have been following this industry for almost four years now, so it’s safe to assume I know what needs to be done. After this amazing all day 12 hour meeting of brain storming, and boggling our minds, and number talk, Jamie and I enjoyed our last day in San Francisco. We were in San Fran from Feb 5th – 7th.

We then decided to take this time to relax and maybe do some traveling across California, why not right? Isa decided to come on our journey with us as well, since he lives in California anyways! Gave us time to think, brain storm, relax, and just all in all have a good time. We felt it was a good way to start the new year! We took the train immediately to Los Angeles, this was my first train ride ever, and it was FUCKING awesome. Trains have god damn outlets, why didn’t anyone tell me this before? I was tethering my iPhone to my MacBook Pro the entire 8 hour train ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I was geeking out, getting work done, emailing people, and webcamming with a sexy girl all at the same fucking time while on the train! I am going to try and make it a must that I take the train more often, it’s relaxing, convient, cheaper, and I can get work done on the go! It maybe be a little longer, but I don’t live by a strict schedule.

Jamie, Isa, and I arrived in LA, and immediately grabbed a cheap ass hotel in Hollywood, and walked the streets, and guess what happened, the night we arrived? We saw Ashton Kutcher walk across the street on the Valentines Day premier on Hollywood Blvd, no shit right? It was so full of life, people screaming and yelling “Ashton! Ashton! Ashton!” It was fucking incredible, he looked like such a god damn baller… There’s a little of my envy right there… Hah. To say the least, it was fucking awesome. Being in Hollywood makes me feel like something great is about to happen, literally, I feel like I am in the right place, I feel like I belong there, and I can’t fucking wait to get back. After that, we hit up The Grove mall, and god damn did I begin to feel nostalgic like crazy, this is the mall I went to every single day with Rose when I lived in downtown Los Angeles with her. I absolutely love The Grove, it is probably one of the most environmentally beautiful malls I have seen. It’s so god damn beautiful. We just looked around, and just inspired each other being in the place, talking what we are going to do, future plans, etc… A great feeling :)

After this, we took a bus to Anaheim, and then a taxi to Laguna Beach where we tried to find the cheapest hotel we could, luckily we found an affordable one… Yes in Laguna, we found a cheap one, haha, believe it or not! Laguna was incredible, because a buddy of mine (Kris) I have never met from Huntington Beach came and picked us up, and we went and played pool, grabbed some dinner, and had some drinks, it was pretty damn fun. Kris is the guy I met online 4 years ago who got me into the MySpace business, essentially getting me into the game of being uber rich :) thanks Kris, haha. He took Jamie, Isa, and I to the top of the world in Laguna Beach, and jesus hell was this amazing. So inspiring, so beautiful, the view was incredible, even though it was evening, just seeing the dark ocean only a few miles away, standing next to multi-multi-multi million dollar homes, including the famous Wave House which we also saw. Eye opening, jaw dropping, and breath taking… I can’t describe the emotions that have been flowing through me on this entire 6 day journey, it’s life changing for me, because this is where I belong :) Thanks Kris for showing us around!

After this, we took a train to San Diego, where I lived for about 6 months with my ex-girlfriend Rose. We saw Jamies friend, and picked her up from USD- University of San Diego. Holy shit, this college is amazing, and fucking huge, surprised I never went and looked at it before… We went to Fashion Valley Mall, which is right where I lived with her, definitely an overwhelming feeling, once again, insanely nostalgic. I saw Rubios where I ate every single fucking day with her, I saw Dlush where I would get a smoothie every single day, I even saw the MAC counter in Nordstroms she worked at… I miss San Diego so much… Reminds me of when things were so easy, so right, ugh, almost overwhelming thinking about how I have been starting over… I was with her for three god damn years, okay, enough reminiscing, haha. Anyways, I would much rather live in Hollywood or Beverly Hills anyways.

Overall, this trip has brought me even to a higher point, a deeper feeling of what needs to be done. I am going to speed up this process, I am going to make a shit load of money and get my ass back to where I belong, and make all of my investors uber-rich, including myself. Persevere, work hard, the money follows. I feel it all, I feel it coming. When I fix myself, and get back on my feet, and clear away my problems, true happiness will follow. Hopefully a beautiful ladys pops up along the way, I could use a pretty girl :)

Just a rant about the trip, I wrote this entire thing on the plane ride back in just a few minutes, not going to proofread either, just going to post right when I land, hope you enjoyed!

<3
Andrew Fashion

Airports

Tomorrow is the day, the day I get to be free of Colorado for a few days. I can’t stand Colorado to be honest, I dislike it here, I miss Los Angeles. I use to live in Los Angeles, but I moved back because of money and relationship situations, and I am dying to get back there. Things are going great, life, business, and so on. My partner and I are going to San Francisco this Friday to wrap up the beModel design with one of the most talented designer / art directors I have ever met. I am so excited to see what he brings to the table for us. We have an amazing development team on board right now, and we nailed some killer shit down today, we are looking at about a 90 day turn around time for the new beModel, possibly shorter, possibly longer, but things are moving very smooth.

The reason I called this post Airports, is because I love airports, I absolutely love airports. Honestly, I’d love to be on standby, and be stuck at the airport, with my laptop, and just chilling at a terminal. I could probably spend weeks in an airport just eating airport food, starbucks, coffee, my laptop, and a pillow. I feel so free, I feel away from everyone. It’s like being at Starbucks writing, but a much more productive bigger version of it. Being in airports motivates me so much, I start to write the most awesomeness todo lists ever! I’m really excited to finally get out of here, hit the airport, get to SF to work on beModel, and possibly hit up LA for a few days to just relax and get away.

beModel is about to dominate the industry big time, I have some plans in store for this rebirth. Hope everyone is ready for this.

The Renovatio is coming.

PS. Stop looking Andrew… Seriously… Stop worrying about it… It’ll come to you when you’re ready for it. Focus Andrew! You don’t women right now.

Love Always,
Andrew Fashion

January Marks The Start Of Something Great

Today was the day everyone, after the entire month of busting our ass off coordinating the new website, the wireframing I have been constantly posting on my Facebook Status, the constant Starbucks meetings, and the endless brainstorming. We have finally lined up all of our phases, and the project is now in motion, and we actually recorded the entire day today of what went down. I will make sure to post it ASAP. The video below is not the filming we did today of all of our meetings. The video below is just me getting my tattoo.

Me Getting My Tatto
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um6Fg9TFYpg
Credits to Jamie Jones for cutting this video for me

We met with our development team we decided to hire for the new beModel. Essentially, we are now relying on these guys to bring us the baddest of bad websites, time to revamp beModel everyone! The team we hired is LiquidFire. You want to know the reason I hired LiquidFire? Why did I decided to give them the $50,000+ project? Check this out:

PHP/OOP – Design patterns, PEAR,
Easy
MySQL, Advanced queries for high traffic (hundreds of thousands of visitors a day)
A snap
Memcaching, caching in general
Over breakfast
Advanced AJAX skills (JavaScript and XML)
All day
HTML/XHTML/CSS (CSS Sprites)
Getty fancy with sprites? Sounds fun
Mobile browser experience (we need a full mobile browsing experience built)
Just did a mockup of a mobile site for the fastest growing IT firm the US for them to demo to Johnson & Johnson
Merchant account integration, paypal integration, CC processing, etc…
Done it all.
Experience with API’s such as Google Maps, Amazon, Paypal, Authorize.net, Facebook connect, Twitter connect
Yup, yup, yup, yup, yup
SMS Notifcations
How about a system that sends automated SMS’s on people in the systems birthday’s? That counts, yeah?
User based live chat- similar to Facebook
Boom, done

This was a reply to a craigslist ad I posted actually, and this was the email I received from him, and the bold being his responses. I found it amusing, humorous, and could just tell by his level of confidence he could handle the project. Obviously we had many interviews, and meetings before anything was ever finalized.

The reason the blog title is “January Marks The Start Of Something Great” is because today is the day we cut the check. We were actually able to cut the development time in half as well, and my partner Jamie Jones and I are actually flying to San Francisco to meet with our designer jR. I am extremely excited to finally get out there and get the design process started with probably one of the best UI designers, and most creative individuals I have met in my entire life.

January; The beginning of a stellar beginning
January was an absolutely stellar month. I have accomplished so much, and have met so many new people, positive people, amazing connections. January 2010 has opened the door to so many new opportunities. For example:

I have had my book idea for quite awhile sometime now, but you want to know what sparked me to take my book to another level, and really get it done? This guy right here is the reason that really ignited me. If you read this guys article on me, which he was inspired to write because of my Mixery Video Interview w/ Andrew Warner. I have been working on my book for awhile now, but YHP really kick started me, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard people who have wanted to hear an in depth story of my life, so it just got me going! So thank you YHP! When I go for something, I go big, I blow my phone book up and immediately start trying to connections, I immediately do research, I probably read 30 articles on how to get published and find an agent, and listened to maybe 10 YouTube videos. You think I am kidding? I’m definitely not. I’m a research bug. Here is where my book stands, I am getting published in brick and mortar stores nationwide, and my book will be available on Amazon. How did I do it, by constantly pushing, by not ever giving up, and blowing up my phone book :).

So not only did January mark the month of me raising money for beModel, not only did it inspire me to finish my autobiography Young & Stupid: How I Made And Lost 2.5 Million Dollars (Feel free to visit my book website and subscribe to be notified when it’s available), but it marks the start of something amazing. I have been on my diet, I have been working out, I have been getting my game together more than ever. Hopefully I’ll meet a beautiful lady next :)

Well that’s really how January went for me, how did your first month of Twenty-Ten go?

Andrew Fashion

beModel Update

So, the wireframes are done, the phases are in line, the structure is almost complete. The only reason it took 3 weeks into the new year is because we had to make sure everything was perfect. I had to do wireframing on OmniGraffle, hundreds of legal papers were used for brainstorming, then of course standard TextEdit to just get everything written in phases. We’re finally just getting the development started this week now that a set budget and timeframe can be made, so time is not wasted anywhere. We have a clear path of what needs to be done, and in what order.

The next step is San Francisco, CA Feb 4th – 7th to meet with our designer next so he can pump out the new beModel design. The design process will be about one month, and the development process will probably be 4 – 6 months. I am trying to get it done quicker, but we’ll see.

beModel is going to be insanely amazing, and we’re literally about ready to dominate the industry. Right now we are getting are marketing plans and strategies in place, building the tools, figuring out what companies we are going to use, etc…

If anyone has any suggestions, let us know now! :)

What Have You Done So Far?

Wow, we’re already two weeks into the new year, things are moving quick apparently. This year is actually going great so far. I started my diet January 1st, and have been on it perfectly since, getting healthier, cleaning up the good ole body. Eating right is very important to me, especially because I am crazy about trying to be healthy and in shape. It’s a confident thing, a health thing, a feeling good thing. I also just started boot camp training, lol, P90X on Monday January 11th, and that’s seeming like it’s going to be amazing. So far the five days I have done it have been kicking my ass pretty damn good. Yoga is a bitch! It’s a 90 day course to get me insanely toned. I am also getting my blemishes fixed up, I have slight acne scarring (not tremendous or too bad at all), just want to fix up the light reddish scaring, so I’ve been seeing my dermatologist, and just finished my first laser appointment. Okay besides the healthy party of the new year, that’s just half of it. After taking care of myself, I can take care of business :), and since my health is basically starting to feel like autopilot, which is good :), I have been able to kick ass at working too.

I’ll be sure to post results of P90X from day 1, day 15, day 30, etc… Let’s hope it works good so you don’t just see my fat ass stomach :)

Now to take care of business. Somehow things just started to come together at the perfect time, and I closed a deal with two new investors right around the start of the new year! So I went into the new year with two new partners for beModel. It’s funny how perfectly I go into the new year with two new investors for beModel, along with all of my goals for personal achievement as well. It’s a perfect transition, because internally I am fixing me big time, and I mean big time. Changes are happening with me like crazy, realizations, fixes, mentally, everything in me is just growing and learning. At the same EXACT time, I am at the start of blowing beModel up like crazy.

So far in the first 15 days of the new year I have achieved 1) getting investors for beModel, 2) start my diet and stick to it, 3) start getting in crazy shape. Basically 3 of my major fricken goals for the beginning of the new year! Now all I have to do is 1) blow beModel up like crazy :), 2) read more books, 3) move to LA, 4) sell my house and buy a new one, 5) find a quality girlfriend.

So let me ask you, what have you got done so far? Did you set a new years resolution, or so you were going to make some changes for twenty-ten, because I sure did!

I mean I guess that’s my new years rant for now on how things are going, enjoy!

Andrew Fashion signing out, the year of The Renovatio.

beModel Phase Two

Okay, so finally we are getting some where delicious. The paperwork is done. Every one has signed, this is a six member LLC, backed by 4 investors, 3 technically, and of course the two founders Jamie and myself. We have finally raised enough money to get things going. For the last week or two, we have been wireframing, and flowcharting constantly, been in quite a few meetings, just getting things prepared.

I had the Articles of Incorporation written up for everyone to sign, a 31 page document stating how the company is structured, etc… It’s some intense stuff, let me tell you! Jamie and I fly to San Francisco next week to map out the site structure of the site. Jamie and I are just waiting for Christmas to be over, so we can finally get going!

Phase one was site mapping, flow charting, and the legal work. Now were on phase two, the design phase. beModel will be absolutely stunning looking when it’s done mid-to-end January. Get ready for the most innovative social networking platform for Models & Photographers!

Just wanted to keep you guys up to date, I will be posting a more lengthy blog soon!

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