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Creators with Influence Podcast, produced by the American Influencer Council – AIC, is hosted by Qianna Smith Bruneteau and Karston ‘Skinny’ Tannis. Creators with Influence celebrates a new generation of digital-first solopreneurs who are purpose-driven, inclusive, and multifaceted—removing the stigma of influencing starts by taking back the narrative. AKG by Harman powers Creators with Influence. AKG is a pioneer in professional audio recording technology.

Creators with Influence is hosted by Qianna Smith Bruneteau and Karston ‘Skinny’ Tannis, who are now in their second year as vodcasters. They are longtime friends turned creative collaborators and leading voices within the American Influencer Council – AIC.

It’s through a shared vision to amplify more small business stories, destigmatize influencing, and build and maintain goodwill for the career creator trade, that this endeavor transpired. As the sole U.S. trade association created by and for career creators, the AIC acts as a catalyst to accelerate a culture of innovation within the influencer marketing community while inspiring the next generation of solo entrepreneurs.

The show brings together visionaries, marketing leaders, and culture shapers to discuss the business of influencing, digital entrepreneurship, and the importance of being purpose-drivenListen to empowered stories that will hopefully leave you inspired, ready to act, and well-informed.

Meet Qianna Smith Bruneteau, co-host of Creators with Influence Podcast


Founder & Executive Director
American Influencer Council – AIC

“ Navigating the influencer marketing business landscape can be complex.  The creator economy is redefining digital labor and the value of social media custom content.”

Qianna is an award-winning digital marketer, business leader, and mentor. She is a champion for small businesses and advancing structures for lifelong learning within the creator community.

Under her leadership, the AIC won ‘Best Industry Initiative’ at the 2021 Influencer Marketing Awards. This award recognizes the impact of the Council’s contribution to the influencer marketing space in less than a year.

In prior roles, Qianna won ‘Best Celebrity/Influencer Campaign on Snapchat’ at the 10th Annual Shorty Awards for a campaign she crafted and negotiated in partnership with Snapchat Spectacles. 

At the 3rd Annual Social Good Shorty Awards, Qianna won ‘Best Use of Live-streaming Video’ and received Gold Distinction for ‘Best in Sports’ for a cross-country art court community project in collaboration with Chase.​ 

She made history brokering a deal and leading the execution between NASA and the US Open for the first tennis match in space during the 50th anniversary of the US Open. This out-of-the-world campaign earned her a Webby nomination for Best ‘Events & Live Streams’ at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards.

Meet Karston Tannis, co-host of the Creators with Influence Podcast.


Solopreneur & Multimedia Creator
Founding Member, American Influencer Council – AIC

“Creators with Influence uplifts the creators of today to empower creators of the future. This show is about the journey to success, with actionable takeaways.”
Known on social media as @SkinnyWasHere, Karston Tannis is an internationally recognized portrait photographer, videographer, and director who has built a digital media enterprise by redefining motion content. His images have appeared in the Washington PostBritish GQEsquire, and ABC News, amongst others. He has partnered with world-class luxury, hospitality, and travel brands such as Tiffany & Co., Golden Globes, W Hotels, Soho House, Cadillac, American Express, and more. With his authentic personal style and global perspective on culture, Karston is a sought-after lifestyle commentator covering everything from tech to film, to men’s fashion, and to mental health. Karston joined the AIC as a Founding Member to share industry knowledge, proactively support creators of color, and strengthen under-represented creative communities. He serves as co-chair of the Council’s Public Goodwill Committee. Cultivating public goodwill for career creators and influencer marketing professionals is part of the AIC mission. As a trade association, the Council accomplishes this through education and public service announcements.

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@americaninfluencercouncil Member Gabby Beckford @packslight is our honored guest for S2, EP 4. A business-savvy GenZ, Gabby has taken control over her personal and professional growth by being #solopreneur and touting herself as a full-time digital global nomad since January 2021.

#CreatorswithInfluence hosts @Qianna_Smith Bruneteau, and @Karston ‘Skinny’ Tannis @skinnywashere speak to Gabby about succeeding from anywhere.

Watch on YouTube and listen everywhere #podcasts are available Apple, Spotify, Anchor, iHeartRadio and more!

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Make your career intentions known! @MaryamIshtiaq joins season two, episode two of #CreatorswithInfluence #Podcast. In this episode, hosts @Qianna_Smith Bruneteau and Karston @skinnywashere Tannis talk with Maryam about motherhood, sharing seasons of her life with her community, managing creator burnout, making traditions through food @itsactuallyspicy, and where she sees her career heading —and yes, it includes a cookbook and starting her own café. Attention @foodnetwork @foodandwine @buzzfeedfood @eatingwell @sasquatchbooks @penguinrandomhouse let’s make dreams come true! 😌😅

Watch the full episode on YouTube and listen on Apple, @Spotify,, @amazonmusic, @iheartradio and everywhere podcasts are available.

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Supermodel, author, and CEO @iambeverlyjohnson kicks off Season 2 of #CreatorswithInfluence 🎙. Known as the face that changed it all in fashion, Beverly has graced over 500 magazine covers, 22 in the last two years. She was named one of the “20th Century’s 100 Most Influential People in the Fashion Industry” by the @nytimes and listed as @Oprah Winfrey’s “25 top legends.”

You don’t need to be a #fashion enthusiast to be captivated by Beverly’s storied career that spans five decades. Her entrepreneurial and #abundancemindset is equally noteworthy.

Here she talks about #NaomiSims’ influence and paying it forward for other top Black models.

Watch the episode on AIC’s @YouTube and
🎧everywhere #podcasts are available Apple Podcast, @amazonmusic, @iheartradio, @Spotify,, @audacy, and Google Podcasts.

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It’s #InternationalPodcastDay 🎧🎙! Happy Birthday to #CreatorswithInfluence #Podcast 🎂. Special shoutout to ALL the guests who made time to share knowledge with us.

The @americaninfluencercouncil is a lifelong learning engine. This programming strives to advance professional development through practical advice from noteworthy #entrepreneurs while encouraging creator-to-creator learning.

We have an incredible anniversary special/ launch of season 2 dropping in a few days. 🥳

🙌🏾 to our sound partner @akgaudio, collaborators @sohoworks @sohohouse @gansevoort. We appreciate you ♥️

Thank YOU for tuning in,
@Qianna_Smith Bruneteau &
Karston @SkinnywasHere Tannis

#podcastandchill #businesspodcast #influencermarketing #careercreators #creatoreconomy #smallbusinessowner #creativeentrepreneur #digitalmarketing

@creatorswithinfluence 🎙️🎧 Season 1 Flashback Continues… From Vine to Facebook to TikTok: Wesley @wuzgood Armstrong talks about being a video-first career creator, why you need a multichannel distribution strategy, and avoiding burnout by not focusing on what other creators are doing on Episode 6 of our #CreatorswithInfluence #Podcast. Wuz is a @Streamys nominated director and has shot over $1 million in co-branded entertainment for brands such as Lyft and T-Mobile. A talent both behind and in front of the lens, he serves up sound advice for building and thriving while doing what you love.

Watch on YouTube & listen👂🏾on Apple, @amazonmusic, @iheartradio, Google, @spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available.

@akgaudio by Harman powers the sound for Creators with Influence. #AKGbyHarmanPartner

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#CreatorswithInfluence Podcast S1, EP10 Our #ThisIsRamadan Takeover continues with guest @AliaKemet of @mccormickspice on connecting through food.

Summer is taking over the Creators with Influence Podcast to “spotlight GenZ and millennial creators who use their tech-savviness, entrepreneurial ingenuity, personal style, and diverse culture to reimagine what it means to be a modern Muslim,” she said.

Watch on @americaninfluencercouncil’s @YouTube channel and listen everywhere podcasts are available.

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@akgaudio by Harman powers the sound for Creators with Influence. The AKG Lyra Mic is a gifted product endorsed in this episode.

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Dr. Hina Cheema, MD of @StoryofStyle, joined AIC’s @SummerAlbarcha on #CreatorswithInfluence #Podcast. Listen to episode 9 for our #ThisIsRamadan takeover on @americaninfluencercouncil’s @YouTube channel and everywhere podcasts are available.

Dr. Hina is a Dallas-based obstetrician-gynecologist who is passionate about social justice advocacy. In this episode, she discusses advancing women’s rights through healthcare.

In a study by @Gallup, the @americanprogress found that “a network of misinformation experts actively promotes Islamophobia in America. The promotion of Islamophobia creates both prejudice and discrimination among the general population.”

Developing cross-group friendships, cultivating awareness about the biases of groups outside your own encounter, and building empathy for others are ways to reduce stereotypes and encourage inclusion.

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@akgaudio by Harman powers the sound for Creators with Influence. The AKG Lyra Mic is a gifted product endorsed in this episode.

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#americaninfluencercouncil #creatorsforchange

India 🇮🇳 ➡️ ✈️🗽that moment when… your podcast guest shows up in #IRL. @nikitaupadhyay welcome to NYC! ♥️
@skinnywashere we missed you. 🎙

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The countdown is on for season 2 of @creatorswithinfluence & we’re thrilled to add @iheartradio as a new distribution channel!!! Hosts @qianna_smith Bruneteau, AIC Founder, and @skinnywashere, co-chair of our Public Goodwill committee, want to hear from you!

Tag a creator or influencer marketing professional in the comments you feel has an inspiring career journey and incredible knowledge to share on the show🎙.

Stay tuned for more details on season 2 as we gear up for production. 👩🏾‍💻👨🏾‍💻📹📸🎙

#creatorswithinfluence #podcastersofinstagram #podcaster #podcasthost #podcastandchill #businesspodcast #creatoreconomy #audioshow

#creatorswithinfluence live podcast sound off 🔊 hear from co-host & AIC’s @skinnywashere, Venable`s Alex Megaris @alexmegaris, and @whalar’s @marindadiane.

Episode 7 delivered some of our favorite soundbites from season 1.

Listen everywhere podcasts are available #applepodcasts, #googlepodcasts #spotify #audacy #anchor & watch on @americaninfluencercouncil’s @youtube.

📍@sohoworks Dumbo

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Happy Birthday to #CreatorwithInfluence co-host @skinnywashere. “Life isn`t a rehearsal, the camera`s always rolling.“ 🎂📸

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From Vine to TikTok: Wesley @wuzgood Armstrong talks about the ‘Evolution of Influencing’ on Season 1, Episode 6 of #CreatorswithInfluence #Podcast, produced by the @AmericanInfluencerCouncil.

A graduate of Sony TV’s Diverse Directors Program, Wuz Good has extensively shadowed directors on hit shows such as ‘New Girl’ starring Zooey Deschanel and directed over $1 million in co-branded entertainment for brands such as Lyft and T-Mobile.

@akgaudio by Harman powers the sound for Creators with Influence. The AKG Lyra Mic is a gifted product endorsed in this episode. #AKGbyHarmanPartner

#metaverse #creatorgrams #contentcreator #thoughtleader #creatorsforchange #blackvoices #bipocmakers #entrepreneurlife #podcasts #podcaster

Beauty creator @NikitaUpadhyay, author of “Roots to Radiance: Wholesome Beauty Solutions for the Millennial Life,” talks about consumer transparency and why she stays away from gimmicks.

#CreatorswithInfluence is produced by the @americaninfluencercouncil, sound is powered by @akgaudio, and was filmed at the @gansevoort NYC.

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Meet @nikitaupadhyay, the beauty guru is on episode 5 of #CreatorswithInfluence.

She is the former digital head of Cosmopolitan India, a website she grew organically from 9 million to 80 million visitors in two years, bestselling author of “Roots to Radiance: Wholesome Beauty Solutions for the Millennial Life,” and honoree of @forbesunder30 Pan Asia ‘Media, Marketing, Advertising’ list.

She talks about leaning into her experiences to launch purpose-driven business ventures.

Produced by the @americaninfluencercouncil.

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@Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh, 23, could be dubbed the voice of the people amongst GenZ and millennial Muslims. He’s purpose-driven and on a course to create a more inclusive news, entertainment and publishing space via the @muslim.

Tune in to EP 4 everywhere podcasts are available and via

#genz #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship #muslim #instamuslim #culturegram #inclusionmatters #createdtocreate #inclusiveleadership #creatorgrams

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