Bigg Boss’ Shalini Sathyanarayan’s take on being an Influencer

  • Author: Sayantan Rudra
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  • Updated Date : February 21, 2022

Influencer marketing as a marketing strategy has become widely popular in the recent past, worldwide. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a recession in the employment market and a boom in social media usage and traffic, more and more influencers are starting to project and take over the digital space with their content. And realizing this potential, brands have also started moving away from the traditional marketing methods to such social media influencers to reach their target audience and create authentic purchase intent and

Influencers across different social media like Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Trell, etc., create digital content on their respective fields of expertise, which include fashion, beauty, travel, food, luxury, tech, fitness, and so on. These influencers are followed by audiences who genuinely like their content and are hence loyal to them. It is this bond between the influencers and their audiences that makes them extremely valuable to brands. To get a better understanding of the work and efforts that goes into content creation and becoming an influencer, we had a chat with Bigg Boss fame Kannada television actress and influencer, Shalini Satyanarayan, who gave us an insight about her journey to becoming a social media influencer and much more!


Q: Tell us a little about yourself!

Shalini: I started my acting career when I was a 5 yrs old kid. I did a theatre play with one of the very big theatre personalities in Karnataka called Prema Karan and that was my first taste of going on stage and getting applause. After that, I was very clear that this is all I wanted to do though my mother and sister tried to change my mind quite a lot of times. I was determined to go down this road.

Q: How has social media helped you connect with your audience?

Shalini: I initially joined Facebook and 4 yrs ago I joined Instagram, which I had no clue about. It was during my time in Bigg Boss Kannada 4 that I received immense support from my audience through these social media platforms. So many people, especially women, were rooting for me and were genuinely happy for me as I progressed in the show, and that moved me.

Q: How long did it take to establish yourself as an influencer and how did you do it?

Shalini: I think my whole journey in my field has contributed directly to my success online. I did not appear on social media one fine day and people did not just start following me out of nowhere. My audiences follow me because they have seen my body of work throughout the years and know me and what I have to offer.

Q: What is the hardest thing you face as an influencer?

Shalini: The hardest part is to be relevant and to stand out because there’s a lot of noise on social media. To be successful as an influencer, it is necessary to stand out from the rest, and to stand out, one needs to have fresh, out of the box and relevant content. One might go viral with just a video or post, and get a lot of following and likes because of that video or post, but
to sustain that across all the videos and posts, one must have real talent and a stronghold on the content one is creating.

Q: How challenging has it been for you to balance your personal and professional life?

Shalini: My work calls for a lot of commitment and time, and since it cannot be boxed into the 9 to 5 time frame, it certainly gets to me. I have a loving family who supports me and my daughter, who I love spending time with, is very understanding when I am busy with work calls and messages and does not throw any tantrums when I get too busy. However, if I find myself being too busy on a given day, I ensure that I will be free during the next two days.

Q: What is the secret behind the success of your content in Kannada?

Shalini: Even though it has been 22 years since I first entered this field, I feel the reason why my content is successful is that I reinvent myself whenever it is required. I am not stagnant and I can identify what type of content will work and what will not with my audience and its relatability.

Q: How have your brand partnership campaigns been? Walk us through it.

Shalini: Frankly, I have not done a lot of brand endorsements, maybe one or two of them. I feel that brands are yet to see that I can be influential because my audience has faith in me and will listen to what I have to say about a product. And the products that I choose to endorse will also be of such quality and honesty.

Q: What are your thoughts on gender equality and inclusion? Do you think there is a gender bias in our industry?

Shalini: There is such a huge gender bias in our industry that it has come to a point where we just have to accept its existence. We must either equip ourselves to face it in the right way or let it negatively impact us. It has not been a cakewalk for me, all these years, facing and fighting gender inequality, pay inequality, and so on, but working hard and constantly fighting these kept me afloat and helped me build my career. If we are addressing gender bias, we need to start at the grassroots, which is our own homes. We do not talk enough about that, because we like to be a part of that discussion only at a much bigger scale. If charity begins at home, so does change!

Q: How do we deal with our prejudices and learn from them?

Shalini: We are very judgemental and very quick to criticize anyone and anything. I have also done that in the past, but it is important to realize our mistakes, rectify them, and evolve. That is the only way we can deal with these prejudices.

Q: How has COVID-19 affected your work and how have you coped?

Shalini: I am an artist and artists get paid only through their projects, but due to the pandemic, there have been quite a lot of cancellations in terms of the projects. We must accept the situation and go with the flow, just like we rejoice when we have continuous work. Alas! Everything cannot be rosy all the time. I do have my days when I feel low, but I do not let it impact me for a long time. Acceptance is the key.

Q: What does the future of the influencers’ industry look like?

Shalini: The future of this industry certainly looks bright in terms of viewership, considering how hooked people have become to social media lately. But it also depends on how socially responsible the present and upcoming influencers are and the kind of content they put out into the world.

Q: Lastly, do you have any advice for budding bloggers/influencers?

Shalini: To all the budding bloggers/ influencers, make sure you know your content and your audience. Start a blog or vlog with purpose and not on a whim, do your research well, have a plan, and then go online with it.

As Shalini mentioned, the future of the influencers’ industry certainly looks bright, despite the prevailing prejudices and pandemic! Know more about influencer marketing, influencers, and successful marketing campaigns at

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