Social Media has the power to change the fate of individuals overnight. With greater access to faster internet services, platforms like apps, blogs and YouTube channels have now become the best avenues to receive and share entertainment and education. Apart from this, these avenues also enable you to showcase your talents to a wider audience. A simple thumbs up on Facebook, an additional view on YouTube and a trending hash-tag on Instagram could be worth more to these rising stars today than monetary endorsements.
Here are six Pakistanis who embraced the courage to follow their passions and dreams, which eventually helped them move past conformity
1. Zaid Ali T
Zaid is a Pakistani-Canadian YouTuber. His videos are particularly famous for striking a chord with desis living abroad. His official Facebook page has over 5.5 million likes. Additionally, he has worked in commercials and has been called to perform on-stage for high profile events like Hum Style Awards in 2016.
2. Syed Shafat Ali
This youngster from Peshawar has demonstrated exceptional acting and singing skills. Known as the king of mimicry, he has earned ire and applause from across the country for his political impersonations. He will make his acting debut in 2018 in 'Parwaz Hai Junoon', a Momina Duraid production.
3. Rabbiya Abdullah
Rabbiya is the owner and designer of brand Blood Orange, Pakistan's pioneer luxury sleep-wear and lounge-wear label. Her fashion philosophy was to create the most comfortable lounge-wear that can be worn to the red carpet event as well as in the confines of your home. She initially concentrated on basic silhouettes, but now her “must-have” night wear range includes myriad of classy silk pyjamas set at an affordable price range.
4. Ehsan Imam
Ehsan's app ‘Marham’ is redefining health-care access in Pakistan. Admittedly, medicine will always have some degree of asymmetric information since the patient has little medical knowledge. However, Imam has taken a pivotal step to reduce the asymmetric nature of this relationship. A tragic personal incident compelled him to develop this app that allows users to look for doctors, book appointment, leave feedback and read pertinent health articles on blog section. This app is functional in 12 major cities, has been downloaded by 30,000 people and has been used by 10,000 people for scheduling appointments with doctors.
5. Madiha Hamid
Madiha’s innovative entrepreneurial venture in the form of "Chefling Tales" has earned her a lot of recognition. She empowers women across the country by enabling them to sell their food on Chefling Kitchen (an app) that links them to a variety of food aficionados. Although it is a fairly recent venture, its Facebook page has 65k likes. As opposed to a multitude of other food bloggers, Chefling Tales does not just aspire to celebrate Pakistan’s love for food. It celebrates its cultural and geographical diversity through food tales that hail from every corner of the country.
6. Zaryab Khan
Zaryab, popularly known as the ‘smartphone guy’ earns upto $630 per day through advertisements on his tech Youtube channel XEETECHCARE. He gets his hands on latest phones and does phone reviews and comparisons on demand. His Youtube channel boasts 606k subscribers and is viewed by 420k people at an average every day.
We have recently come across inspirational stories of individuals being shared on multiple social media platforms. If you have a similar story of how you followed your passion and turned your dreams into reality we would like to hear more about it. Share your stories in the comments section below and we will make sure to get in touch with you!