You’ve probably often heard the phrase “being an influencer is not a real and full-time job” it’s just uploading content to social media which requires no skills, not much effort and LITERALLY anyone can do it!
However, with the rise of the creator economy, quite a lot of influencers have made successful careers, which suggests that contrary to popular opinion, being an influencer should be considered a full time and “real” job.
What is an influencer? According to Merriam Webster, an influencer is “one who exerts influence: a person who inspires or guides the actions of others”. Hence an influencer is anyone who influences and helps to shape how other people think. This usually pertains to a specific field or niche area/industry that the influencer belongs to. People follow influencers for their opinion and what they have to say on topics that interest them. In today’s age when social media has such an integral role in our lives and most of us are unable to live without it, influencers’ viewpoints have increased value in our lives.Post the Pandemic and the changing nature of what a ‘job’ is, the idea of a ‘real job’ is no longer one that is extremely structured such as a rigid 9-5. The rise of alternative options such as working from home, remote work, freelance, etc. have given popularity to flexible structures of work schedules. Thus, considering the possibilities in all of these, being an influencer is very much plausible. So, whoever is planning out concepts, films, production, edits and is ready and willing to post content regularly to earn money (usually all on their own) can very well be considered self-employed and engaged in working full-time.
The main appeal of being an influencer is the fact that it can be an extremely lucrative job (depending on the individual’s following and brand affiliations/deals), and a person is likely to earn more money than they would at a more conventional job. You don’t need a certain degree or educational qualification to be an influencer either, literally anyone can do it.
Influencers have to build their brand and produce content all on their own. Hence, it takes as much time and effort as any other profession, or a more conventional job. They have to work hard to be consistent with their content and not only build/establish their audience but maintain it and actively try to grow their audience. Influencers have to keep evolving with trends to keep their content interesting and to keep their followers engaged. While working with brands, like a “regular job”, influencers have to meet deadlines and deliver their content according to brand requirements.
TikTok influencer Charli D a’melio became extremely popular in 2020, when her dance videos went viral and garnered huge following, reach and engagement on the platform. She now has her own clothing line, reality tv show, is currently on the dance competition show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and has done various brand endorsements for Dunkin Donuts and Takis to name a few. Hence being an influencer is now her full-time career.