Here’s how to become an influencer, according to five social media stars
They explain what it takes to break into the biz
Commuting into the office or stuck behind your desk, you’ve probably had at least one daydream in the past week alone about packing in the day job and living the seemingly easy-peasy, filled-with-freebies life of an influencer. Change your Instagram bio to and wait for the gifts and invitations to roll in. Taste testing at the finest restaurants around and jetting off to the Maldives to review a new hotel in exchange for a few Instagram snaps doesn’t sound so hard, right? But some of the most successful influencers in the UAE are keen to demolish the myth – making money from your social media feed is more than a few perfectly shot pictures or a funny video; weeks of creative energy can go into a four-minute clip. But the good news is, with a great idea and a bit of grit and perseverance, it can be done. Before you let the aspiring influencer in you unleash, heed the advice that the best in the business – from using the skills you already have to standing out in a busy market – have to share.