They say, it’s good if the things happen according to your wish.And it’s even better if they don’t happen as you wanted them to happen.
Let me tell you a story of a girl.
The girl belonged to a normal Maharashtrian family.She was an average student as far as studies are concerned but a pro at arts and performance.Right from her childhood she had decided to become a radio jockey.Nothing, absolutely nothing changed her mind until she actually became a RJ.
It was not that she was under-prepared. She was so prepared for her RJ career that she used to record her voice samples in her Mom’s phone from as early as sixth standard.As soon as her college ended instead of planning vacations she was already visiting radio stations submitting her voice samples.She was even selected for internship is Fever 104 radio station.She joined there as an intern.
Today she is YouTuber with almost 1.9 M subscribers.They might be increasing as you read this blog.Meet Prajakta Koli aka Mostlysane.Her story is an amazing example of how one should not only rise from the failures but also kick it real hard that it never ever dares to show it’s face.
As I told earlier Prajakta Koli always wanted to be a RJ.She was completely focused and was very sure that this is it.But when she actually joined as RJ she didn’t enjoy her work much and couldn’t perform well as it did not provide her the creative freedom she wanted.The night show given to her was pulled off air.What could be more disheartening than realizing that you suck at one thing you always wanted to do! She was still working as RJ as she didn’t have plan B.She had never given a thought towards what she would do if RJ thing didn’t work out!
But when one door closes, the other opens and probably there is a reason why few things don’t work out.
I know it sounds too cliché and dramatic, but that’s how it is.
Once Hrithik Roshan visited their radio station for a movie promotion.Prajakta is a die heart Hrithik Roshan fan.She just wanted to have a fan moment with him.So she rushed to him and made a small video with him to post on her instagram.When this happened everyone just saw a crazy fan girl,but Sudeep Lahiri who is with a network called as One digital entertainment,who had come with Hrithik noticed a girl who had potential of making funny videos on YouTube.He approached her and asked her if she wanted to make videos on YouTube.Initially she was like, ‘WHAT??? NO!!’ This happened almost in 2014 and YouTube wasn’t a popular medium back then.So she thought who does that!But then Sudeep kept on insisting and she kept on ignoring.Until one day she decided to give it a try.And in February 2015 she started her channel called Mostlysane and put her first video on YouTube.When the video went live she could see the audience reaction.People were commenting on the videos, there were views, likes and dislikes. In-short, there was response that she could feel and see, unlike radio. And this excited her (or eggsited her, as she likes to say.) She was sure that YouTube is definitely her thing.
But was it a happily ever after ?There’s always one thing you need to put in your life to make it a fairy tale and that is immense hard work.And being a YouTuber too is neither a piece of cake.Everything might seem a fairy tale now, but it’s almost 3 years of hard work.It’s working on a bunch of creative ideas daily.It’s thinking about your content even on your vacations and never taking the audience for granted, it’s always expressing gratitude for the love you received, it’s responding to the messages and comments your audience give you, it’s never ever cheating on the content and keeping your words by bringing up the videos you promised to bring.
Today she is a full time YouTuber and India’s one of the top YouTubers in comedy space.She makes real talk videos, vlogs, comedy skits based on her daily observations. She has also used her channel to throw light on issues like body-shaming and cyber bullying.In fact she went ahead and made a song on body shaming.It’s called being shameless.Through it she has encouraged to accept our bodies as they are.She also enjoys blogging sometimes.
She was the recipient of the Viral Queen of the year 2018 award by the Indian WikiMedia.She was selected in the creators for change camp by Youtube. She was one of the four Youtubers to be selected to attend the townhall organized by Obama’s foundation held in Delhi, for young leaders in the country.Just to name few of her achievements.She is also invited at various events all over the country.
And there is no turning back now.Today, Prajakta Koli states proudly that joining YouTube was the best decision she had taken.She is here to stay and rule.Youtube is not only her profession now, but also something which gave her new level of self-confidence and helped her in discovering herself.She owes it all to her Dumdums, that is her followers and subscribers, her family, friends and her team.
Anyone who is looking forward to make a career in YouTube or if you are currently facing a hopeless situation,here you go.Nothing can be as inspiring as story of this simple girl, Prajakta Koli, who stepped into something which she had no idea about during a rough patch of her life and also excelled in it.
Cover pic courtesy : mostlysane instagram.