It is unsurprising that influencers also have a side job, which probably used to be their main job, that they are doing apart from influencing thousands on social media. But could a pharmacist be a fashion influencer? From laboratories and testing drugs to shooting outfit content, Salma Masrour is doing both at the same times, juggling between two professions, and doing it gracefully.
With more than 160.000 followers on Instagram, Salma shares her life, outfit choices, travels and more with her audience. Based in UK, she has followers from around the world, meaning her influence reaches far beyond the UK borders. We wanted to ask Salma how she handles both professions, and what her experiences are like on social media.
How did you decide to start becoming an influencer?
It all happened by accident as I started sharing my outfits and grew my audience gradually throughout the past 6 years. I saw more interest and started sharing more of my travel, beauty hacks and lifestyle.
You were working in the health sector before, do you wish to go back to it?
I’m still working in the health care sector, took a year off to pursue social media full time but will be back to work very soon.
How did being an influencer change you? Do you think you start to become a different person now that you are followed by thousands of people?
It made me more of a social butterfly which I absolutely love. I get to meet new people and make new connections every single day.
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Do you feel overwhelmed at times? Or do you feel obliged to post or be happy even though you are not feeling like it?
Absolutely. I think it is something we all struggle with as social media influencers. That’s why I tend to take regular breaks and come back when I’m feeling better. I like to share positivity on my page and that’s why I prefer to take breaks when I’m not feeling well and exhausted mentally.
How did Covid affect you? Did you lose any partnerships or did it affect your financial situation?
It definitely affected the marketing budgets for brands but I mostly missed events and travel campaigns.
If you could only dress from one brand, what would it be?
Of course it would be Chanel.
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If you could only travel to one destination for your whole life apart from the city you’re living in, where would it be?
It would probably be Paris, love the fashion, architecture and pastries.
What do you suggest people that want to be influencers? Would you tell them to go for it?
If you’ll be sharing something you’re passionate about, then definitely do it.
Do you get negative feedback from your followers? How do you deal with it?
Rarely, my audience are the best. In the rare occasion when I do receive negative comment, I ignore it.
Any last words you’d like to say to the reader?
Dream big, anything is possible.
A big thank you to Salma Masrour for chatting with us! If you’d like to follow her on Instagram, you can find her link in post above. Let us know who you would like to see under spotlight next on our social media, and we’ll make it happen!