Nothing makes me feel more beautiful than when I get my hair done, nails done, lashes, and have a fresh tan! Those are the things I feel bring out the “sparkle”. These are little extra and simple things that can make a woman feel so good about what she sees in the mirror!

We often use the term “Influencers” to describe people with significant social media followings on platforms like Instagram, Twitter TikTok, Youtube, Linkedin and Facebook. Influencers have become today’s media titans, sought after for everything from product placements to timely trends. What’s the difference between influence and impact? Fans and followers? Sizzle versus staying power?

In this interview series, called, “How To Cultivate Community In A Click to Connect World” we are talking to influencers about how they define success and what we all need to discover about the true nature of influence. As a part of this series I had the pleasure of interviewing Sara Cheeky.

Sara Cheeky is an expert content creator, Only Fans model, and soon to be published model. With a desire to be able to stay at home with her four children, her following on Tik Tok, and Instagram led her to her success on Only Fans — quickly becoming part of the top one percent on the platform. Ms. Cheeky has participated in the Maxim Cover Girl Competition, and was one of the finalists. Sports is one of her passions, and Cheeky has the best SEC picking percentages in the sports industry. She’s a hot mom, who loves sports, beer, chicken wings, and wearing daisy dukes.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! I have always been extremely driven and true to myself. I absolutely love to dance and grew up being in competitive dance and on dance teams. When TikTok became our main pastime because of the pandemic, I began to realize it was a fantastic platform to be myself and share my videos with friends and family! I had no idea it was going to change my entire life, but it did. After creating my very first TikTok, I grew my Instagram and Twitter and attracted thousands of subscribers on OnlyFans. I am now a published cover model and social media influencer, and I cover SEC football predictions for Egotastic Sports.

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

I credit my success entirely to my following. They have been extremely amazing through all my trials and tribulations. Even when I was banned from TikTok and Instagram multiple times, my fans continued to seek me out and follow me! It really has been one heck of a year! And it’s taken a lot of determination to keep going after being kicked down several times. I have the most incredible dad. He really ingrained several important lesson in me, including the importance of hard work, doing my best, and never giving up. I never saw him be lazy, do anything halfway, or be unkind to a single person. He would always say, “Don’t be lazy. If you’re going to do something, then do it!” Then, he would always throw in a story about Michael Jordan or Larry Bird!

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

I’m not a very regretful person because I believe we truly learn and get better from mistakes. I do think I could have made a couple decisions differently regarding my career. I remember one time when I attended a photo shoot in Aruba. When I made the decision to go, I thought this was going to be a huge deal! While I was there, I met some incredible people and some really talented photographers. I was rebuilding my Instagram at the time, and this was my first ever shoot collaboration with models in the industry. It didn’t take long for me to realize I was only there to be one of the models who paid for the bigger model to be there. What I had first though would be an equal collaboration was definitely not. Based on my followers and the number of likes I get for each picture, I was surprised to be treated so badly in that work environment. Needless to say, I left early. That was not something I wanted to be a part of, and I didn’t want to align myself with people who treated others that way. Big mistake! They tried to affect my social media and threaten my growth. But like I said to them, I may be a little tiger now, but one day my roar will be loud!

Can you share with our readers some of the strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

I don’t really have any tips on how to build a following. When I started growing my own following, I decided the best thing I could give my fans and followers was myself. What you see is what you get. I’m always 100% genuine about who I am, what I like, and how I act.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart. You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self-care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

I have an insanely demanding schedule. Because I am so driven and want this so badly, I often pile the most I can on my plate! I work out with a personal trainer. I get so much out of working out. It challenges me, helps me focus on myself, and takes my mind off work. A lot of the normal self-care routines I did prior to social media success are now a part of my job and maintaining my image.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

I thoroughly enjoy doing as much as I can for my loved ones. When I am gone, I want to leave something behind for my family and friends. I believe the most important thing I can leave them is the time and memories I spent with them, and the moments I was there when they needed me. That is what makes my heart thrive!

Can you share five ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

Nothing makes me feel more beautiful than when I get my hair done, nails done, lashes, and have a fresh tan! Those are the things I feel bring out the “sparkle”. These are little extra and simple things that can make a woman feel so good about what she sees in the mirror!

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

I always go back to the story of Michael Jordan. He was so talented and extremely dedicated in his desire to achieve his dreams. This is the lesson my dad preached to me, and it’s the lesson that I passed on to my own kids. Being successful is all about wanting something so much that you are willing to keep going even when experiencing failure or rejection.

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

So, for or my husband’s birthday, I took him to the spa for a couples’ massage. I might have had ulterior motives to possibly have some fun in the shower afterwards with him. He is the funniest person I’ve ever met and of course was cracking jokes the whole time instead of relaxing! After the massage, we ended up having to go to separate locker rooms for the showers. So…big fail to my original motive!

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

I would like to inspire people to accept others exactly the way they are. Too often in the world today, people try to force their beliefs or values onto other people. I am a fan of people living life and making choices the way they want — whether the choices involve sex, politics, or anything else. Just because you don’t understand why or you think it is wrong, it is not up to you. You are not their judge.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

If I had the opportunity to meet someone for lunch in the sports world, it would be Butch Jones and here is why: I so desperately want to ask him how in the world he didn’t win the SEC East in 2016 with that roster!

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Your readers can follow me on Instagram @thesarablake, Twitter @saracheeky1, TikTok @thesaracheeky, and OnlyFans @saracheeky.

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!