Ayden Mekus is a part-time actor, model, social media influencer, full-time teenager, and loves playing sports. His main message is having “positive vibes while spreading kindness.”
Acting is Ayden’s true passion, and he thinks it is a very cool thing to do. He loves to continually practice honing his craft because he likes the concept of playing different, diverse characters other than himself. As an actor, Ayden connects and networks with experienced entertainers, actors, and even directors. Being exposed to different perspectives in the entertainment industry bolsters his passion for the arts and commitment to being an entertainer. Ayden claims he has made more friends through acting than any other means of social gatherings.
Everyone has a unique story that led them to where they are today. Ayden has an extraordinary story as a survivor of severe bullying. Ayden was bullied throughout middle school and during that time, he felt alone and isolated. Lacking direction, he didn’t know what to do with his life and substantially felt like a nobody. This sparked his journey in pursuing acting and modeling. Ayden’s very encouraging parents suggested taking modeling and acting classes to move his mind away from the hardships he was experiencing. At first, he didn’t see a purpose in these classes, but as time progressed, so did he personally and theatrically. He developed a strong interest in acting and decided to pursue a career in it. It gave him a new meaning in his path and brightened his life.
Acting allowed Ayden to transform into someone he never thought he could become. Acting wasn’t only a career choice for Ayden, but a chance to find his true self. It boosted his confidence and made him a stronger person. After becoming an actor and model, Ayden enrolled in homeschooling. This was one of the biggest changes he had to learn to adapt to. This change happened because it was difficult to maintain a work-school-life balance being an actor while attending public school. He was missing too many of his classes. He even tried charter school at one point, but it didn’t work out. Homeschooling was the best decision for him. It can be difficult to juggle several roles, but Ayden is living proof it is possible. He is grateful for his parents’ support, and they have played a huge role in his lifestyle. He is even beginning to explore the music industry. He is taking vocal lessons and experimenting with his voice, acoustics, and a wide range of sounds.
“Be a buddy and not a bully.” Ayden recalls the difficult memories of being bullied in middle school. He would never want anyone to experience what he did. He decided to amplify his message through social media. He is currently thriving with an impressive audience of over ten million followers on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Ayden mentions how much he appreciates the overwhelming, positive support he receives daily. Social media was Ayden’s medium to impact a mass audience from various parts of the world with his philosophy to spread positive, powerful messages. He wants to create an impact in people’s lives even if it just affects one person’s life. Changing the life of one person is enough to positively shift the world like a ripple effect. It is important to keep spreading positivity no matter how small. As the world frequently faces dark times, it is refreshing to witness lightful voices like Ayden igniting the world with hope.
Ayden’s final message for the PositiveVibes Magazine audience is to “continue doing the things you love and disregard the bullies. You’re amazing and learn to know your own worth. Keep working hard and persevering because, at the end of the day, you love the things you love.”
Written by Dansel De Luna and Zane Landin