A. Maintaining a brand as a social media influencer isn't a regular 9-to-5 job. Depending on the size of your audience and the type of content you produce, you can spend anywhere from two hours a day like Phillip Miner, a queer art curator, to eight like Ngyuen creating and assembling material.
But this line of work isn't for everyone. Miner said if you're looking to really "make it big," pursuing the life of a social media influencer may leave you feeling "unhappy and unfulfilled." Do it for you, he said, and be aware that the road to success isn't an easy one.
Protecting your mental health, Infante said, is more important than any platform growth you could have. Nguyen advised against getting into it with people in the comments and maintaining work-life boundaries so you don't become consumed by bad actors spewing negativity and hate.
And if you do manage to grow your audience, Nguyen said, really sit down and evaluate your "why." A larger audience also means more people will be interacting with you, in ways good and bad. She also suggests having an ultimate goal in mind to keep you grounded and guided in your creative process. ____
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