Since the age of 5 Sebastian Bejarano has been obsessing about money and leaving a presence in this world. He admired the thought of fame, glory and making his mother proud. As a young boy in Connecticut, he did not look up to the usual heroes like Superman or Batman. Instead idolized his mother’s boss who worked as a money manager. Adriana Acevedo, mother of Sebastian, recalls a very peculiar question her 5 year old son asked her boss one day, that made her realize that she did not have any typical son. “How rich are you, can you please tell me the amount in pieces of candy so I can understand.” This question left Adriana Acevedo and her boss shocked from the amount of interest young Sebastian had in money. “I have always wanted to be successful in life and make my mother proud.” Sebastian Bejarano said in an interview.
As Sebastian Bejarano grew he started finding out more about the internet and the online world, he immediately started thinking of ways to be successful and grow is online presence. “It was like nothing I have ever seen before.” Adriana Acevedo said. “He would always be researching and finding new ways to make money.” Sebastian Bejarano would spend hours on his phone, learning about social media and ways to monetize and make an income while being a student athlete at the same time. He started off at the age of 12 buying and selling Instagram accounts with 5,000-10,000 followers and reselling them for profit. He would purchase them and advertise them on snapchat or Instagram as a way to find people interested in his products.
On January 1st, 2018, Sebastian Bejarano started a meme page on Instagram named “@meccha.memes” which was his most popular account. “I made it as a way to share memes with friends, I didn’t expect to get this far.” Sebastian Bejarano said. @Meccha.memes eventually grew to 2.4M followers and raised the interest of many businessmen and celebrities. This young public figure would post memes every single day and monetize his page by posting advertisements for people who wanted to grow their account, online businesses, or artists such as Future and Tyler the Creator. Although it was time consuming, Sebastian made a rather surprising amount for a 17 year old – at one point up to $20,000 and month or more, he said. What Sebastian truly desired was to make those around him happy.
Sebastian Bejarano started gaining more fame and popularity and even was followed from well known celebrities such as Pewdiepie, YungGravy, BBNO$, Tfue and many more. He started to make his presence known as he always wanted and made many friendships with popular youtubers and artists along the way. “I always wanted to have enough power to make more people happy.” Sebastian said one afternoon outside of his house. “I wanted to have connections with everyone and make money while doing something that I enjoy”
Sebastian’s company was mostly aimed at teenagers and young adults with his memes and sense of humor. He would sell advertisements and make money to either reinvest into his business, the stock market, or for miscellaneous uses such as shoes or iphones. He lived a rather lavish and carefree lifestyle hanging out with friends and going to places such as the movie theater or trampoline parks such as Skyzone to have fun and spend some of his earnings.
“Having a meme account really made me more mature and grow up as a person,” Sebastian said. “I had to start paying taxes and work with accountants and constantly have to stress about people trying to hack into one of my accounts.”
On July 26, 2019, all of Sebastian’s dreams and hopes were smashed into pieces. He was in his room one day at around 6pm checking Instagram, when he saw a message saying he was logged out. @Meccha.memes had been deleted.
Sebastian was not worried, he figured it was mistake Instagram made. But then he realized something strange. All the other meme accounts and friends he grew close to such as @Grandmas.buttwhole and @Succccccccccc had also been disabled around the same exact time. It was an event he had never witnessed before and he had no idea what to do. When asked, he could only describe that event as “The Meme Purge.”
“Ever since that day it seems every has been really depressed and desperately searching for ways to get their accounts back.” Sebastian said. “What they don’t know is that it’s a waste of time. They need to learn that it is never coming back and move forward with another account or project and not waste any time trying to rekindle the past. It’s survival of the fittest. You either are strong enough to move forward and keep creating, or you stay with memories and don’t do anything about it.”
6 months later, Sebastian is still on the internet trying his hardest to make himself known. He made 3 more accounts with 342,000 followers, 256,000 followers and 98,000 followers. He has also became an online real estate agent, buying and selling almost anything he can get his hands on for more than 150% profit. He has wanted to become a YouTuber and make videos about feeding the homeless or doing good things for other people such as creators like Mr.Beast and Pewdipie who both gave a considerable amount to charities and other organizations. Needless to say, this young entrepreneur is far from done and still has a long way to go.