Name: Wilonda Previlon
Instagram: @imported_chocolate / @damisactivewear
Fohr profile: https://www.fohr.co/wilonda-previlon
Years of being an Influencer: 4 years
1. What does success as an influencer look like to you?
Success as an influencer to me is being able to have your audience fully engaged and being able to make a living as well.
2. Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I am honestly 50/50. When I am at home, I do not want to be constantly bothered because that is where I work. I rarely have people over (especially during the day) because I am in work mode. I just want to be alone so I can create dope content. But, when I am out, I definitely enjoy the company of others. I love to engage in conversations and am fascinated with hearing other people’s story/journey.
3. How do you try and stand out from other people with similar followings and niches? What makes you different?
I try to stand out from others with similar followings and niche by bringing a little piece of my culture and what makes me me. I am Haitian, so the Caribbean vibe is definitely something that makes people double look at my page.
4. Do you create content full-time? If so, how'd you get there? If not, how do you balance your other work?
Yes, I became a full-time creator August 2018. I honestly just made a plunge to go full-time. I had been making Youtube videos for 6 years now and I was beginning to make good liveable money on Instagram. I decided to put all my time and focus on my side hustles to grow my online presence.
5. Who do you look to for inspiration?
For inspiration I look to other Boss Babes. I basically only follow others who are killing it in their journey to success. It does not matter if I have more followers than them or vise versa, if I get inspired by your posts, I become obsessed with wanting you to succeed just as much as you do. I mean REAL posts. Not those who just show off what next luxury handbags they just bought. I mean when someone takes us behind the scenes of a project they are creating or a day in their life. Someone who shows the real journey in their industry. Those are my real inspirations. It does not matter whether they are male or female.
6. What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Compared to what my prior jobs, my current job is pretty laid back and easy. It is fun to be able to create awesome content from the comfort of my home that inspires others. If I had to say the “hardest” part of my job is staying creative. You don’t want your content to become stale and boring, so trying to come up with something new and exciting but that is also who you are is probably the hardest part of my job.
7. What’s your favorite image that you’ve ever taken?
My favorite image I have ever taken? Wow, I take a lot of images. Lol. I mean, that’s pretty much my job. Hmmm...I honestly don’t have a current favorite. If I post them, I love them.
8. Where is the influencer landscape headed—what would your job look like in 5 years?
The influencer landscape is only going up. I think there will be more rules and regulations on how we are able to conduct business, but I don't think it will stop anytime soon. In 5 years, my job will be more worldwide where I will be working with bigger brands, maybe some television appearances.
9. What has being an influencer done to your self image / self confidence?
Becoming an influencer has definitely given me more confidence in knowing I am enough. I am my true self on my platforms and seeing people appreciate that is an indication that I do not need to pretend to be someone else or do ridiculous things in order to be seen or appreciated.
10. If someone were starting out today, what advice would you give that person.
The best advice(s) I could give someone starting today is 1.) Be yourself and the people will follow 2.) Be consistent on your platforms or the people and the algorithm will become disengaged in your profile and you won't see growth.
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