Ex: Tell us about a change you’ve seen in the digital blogging space since you started out your journey? How has this space evolved?
Varun: It has been a beautiful evolution, with people being a lot more thoughtful now about what goes up on one’s feed, both as a creator and as a viewer. It’s not just a creative space now but also a responsible one.
Ex: Can you give us an insight into social media platforms that only an Influencer can know?
Varun: I don’t think there’s any secret to these platforms, it’s all out there. That’s what makes it that easy or that difficult!
Ex: What would be your calling in a parallel universe? (Alternate career options)
Varun: An acoustic jazz sort of a musician maybe.
Ex: If you were stranded on an island, what are the 3 gadgets you’d take along?
Varun: A satellite phone, a lighter and Swiss knife. Yes I’ve thought this through, I’m a Bear Grylls fan!
Ex: A technology you wished you’d invented?
Varun: Internet! At least that’s how I’d know how to fix my everlasting internet issues, haha!
Ex: What’s been your favorite encounter with a fan so far? (DMs included!)
Varun: I’m not sure, I guess we are equally surprised to see each other. Nonetheless, it’s always exciting to bump into them! Social Media is known to expose vulnerabilities, with influencers being at the epicenter.
Ex: How do you deal with the dark side that comes with the medium?
Varun: It’s like having two sides of a coin, you can’t be expecting all love and no criticism. But that’s what keeps you grounded, that’s what brings the need to be responsible for your content. So I think one should always take things positively and constantly try to improve. Social media trolling is seeing an upward rise.
Ex: Do you think this only increases with the popularity of an Influencer? How does one tackle this situation?
Varun: Yes of course, popularity of a person is usually the main cause of spreading troll.
Ex: What does success mean to you?
Varun: I read a quote once, “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.”
Ex: Do you think Influencer Marketing is a fad? Where do you see this space in years to come?
Varun: I definitely don’t think it’s a fad. It’s the most descriptive and analytical form of marketing. It’s the platform that’ll get a brand most connected to their consumers, probably the best way to put their brand story across. If used the right way with the right people, this space can take you to places.