“I don’t believe in off-days or weekdays… You should be lucky that there’s work. You should be paranoid if there’s no work.”
Credits: PAKKEE TAN (harpersbazaar.com.sg)
Andrea Chong, You know her by her Instagram handle @dreachong. With over 300k followers, has made a great name out of her handle internationally at an extremely young age!
Let’s get to know her better through a summarised version of her interview with harpersbazaar.
You may be surprised that but Andrea never started out wanting to be a social media influencer.
I grew up wanting to be
“I grew up wanting to be a teacher. It all began with a hosting gig and modelling for online stores,” she says. “I started taking photos of my outfits, people started following me for what I was wearing, then it took over my life and became a career.”
It must not be easy to sustain a career as an influencer for so long. Let’s find out what’s the drive thats keeping her going for so many years.
My philosophy is…
I work hard, I don’t play at all. The opportunity cost of taking a break is too much. I’m young, I don’t believe in off-days or weekdays… You should be lucky that there’s work. You should be paranoid if there’s no work.
A typical day for me is…
Waking up at 5:30am and sleeping around 11pm. She says that she have no social life. Started working at 17, and that has always been her focus.
Andrea’s daily routine include sending her dad and boyfriend to work, do some shoots and spend the rest of the day replying emails, coming up with concepts or attending meetings.
I like to explore…
Unconventional travel destinations. I went on a safari in South Africa where I saw lions up close and tried zebra meat. I got to sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert, and I loved Chefchaouen in Morocco – it’s the blue version of Santorini.
With so much competition out in the influencer marketing sphere, how does she remain true and authentic?
I stay true to myself by…
Telling myself “I’m not doing the best that I can.” I set a very high standard for myself; I need to be better, be it when it comes to writing, shooting or creating content.
The goal is to…
Be behind the camera, working on the production and creation of content that I have control over. I also want to be a mum, I’d be a total soccer mum. I value family time a lot—I always make it a point to have at least one meal a day with my dad.
Here’s concluding with a motivational do what makes you happy from @dreachong!
What you love; do what makes you happy. But if you want to make it your career, be smart and savvy about it. Think about how you can make it profitable.