Love Yourself and Welcome Haters – Saheli Debray

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I passed out my Bachelors in Technology (Electrical) in 2016 and started my career into blogging later that year. The Fashion Industry has always fascinated me and pushed me into fashion blogging. Undoubtedly, I loved my field of engineering as well and I used to enjoy my studies more than anything else. 

Unfortunately, that job could not satisfy my dream job and passion. Like other individuals, I wanted to do something out of the box to get the name and fame in the society. Since childhood, I was very creative and multi-tasking. Along with my studies in school, I used to sing, dance and develop some fashionable ideas.

2. When did you first decide that you wanted to create content and how did you start?

Talking about my journey that got its kick start at the end of 2016. Initially, I used to shoot myself randomly while experimenting with some creative fashionable ideas. And I was in love with these tasks, though I was studying hard for the job simultaneously. 

Unexpectedly, I used to feel contented when people or viewers started loving my posts. Gradually, I started growing in this field and build confidence in myself. 

2018 was my turning point when I with my friends got selected in Top 10 team of a contest organised by Ponds and I decided to give my blog a professional direction.

I have gained many audiences through that contest and started working on my page whole-heartedly. I, as an influencer, always preferred simple but classy looks that could be carried elegantly by my followers. Because I believe casually, people hesitate in carrying fusion. 

I was in the seventh heaven with my growth in this field. I was very passionate about music and dancing, but due to some personal grudges, I could not make my profession in the music industry. I still rehearse.

3. Is blogging and content creation a financially sustainable career?

I would say, Yes, obviously considering the focus and determination. To make blogging a stable career, there is a need to think positively, stay focussed and work determinately. Grabbing opportunities would definitely help you in getting favourable outcomes. 

I would say, the main focus should be on the quality of content rather than quantity because one can get the desired output with quality content. Further, keep working to get collaboration offers from different brands.

4. Who is your favourite creator and why?

I adore numerous content creators but considering the fashion bloggers, I adore ‘Thebohogirl’ from all my heart. She is such a great, positive and creative blogger who manages India, Western and Boho style altogether, so creatively. I definitely love the different styles of Indian Fashion.

5. How and where do you find inspiration to churn out content?

Before creating content, I try my best to bring something different to influence my viewers. And my passion for styling helps me getting some unique ideas anyhow. It does not stop here, I keep trying to improve the prevailing ideas.

6. What does your typical day look like?

My days look quite different since I have been into blogging. My whole day gets into shooting and editing. Whenever I get overburdened, I give myself a break for one or two days for chilling with friends and family. And of course, there are numerous other tasks at home.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I love reading detective fictions and Bomkesh Bakshi, Feluda always top my list of favourites.

8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future and aspiring creators?

I would ask aspiring creators to stay positive and confident, no matters what. Apart from these, learn to love yourself and welcome haters. I believe these are the 4 most important values to move forward in life. Further, if you are working wholeheartedly on any project, think about positive outcomes and ignore negatives to reach the height of success.

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