Welcome to our brand-new column focused on interviews to Influencers. We believe that sharing the experience of real Instagram celebrities will help other influencers to grow and brands to better understand how to communicate with them.
Our first interview is for Indonesia-based Instagram influencer Aurélie Alida Marie Moeremans. Please find some quick facts about @aureliealida and her full interview just below.
Describe your Instagram profile, what you post and why.
My Instagram profile is nothing too serious; I post a little bit of everything: selfies, behind the scenes, photos with friends and pets, my personal thoughts and views about social themes like animal abuse; sometimes I post funny videos I found on the net and other times I make make them myself using Dubsmash, Musical.ly or Snapchat.
When did you start your Instagram experience?
I think I installed Instagram for the first time in 2013.
Did you start with the purpose to make it into a job or did it start as a passion that became a job?
Instagram is not really a job to me. It’s more a way to be closer to my fans, a way to show who I really am.
How long did it take to you to make your first 10,000 followers?
It was actually really quick, only a few months; my pictures always made it to the “Top Posts” and hence my growth was really fast.
What camera/phone do you use to take your pictures?
I mostly use my iPhone 5s camera which I think is already really good for Instagram. The photo shoot pictures you see in my profile are of course taken with professional cameras and sometimes I use my Sony Nex 6; it’s a must have!
Do you use filters on a regular basis?
Usually I only make use if Instagram’s filters but when I’m not too lazy and I want to make a good edit, I use Snapseed that is quite simple and good!
Do you cultivate your Social Media presence in other Networks?
Yes I use Path and Facebook but that’s only for my close friends, I have a Facebook page but I rarely post there and it’s the same for Twitter. I only Tweeted a few times and 90% of my tweets are retweets.
What’s your favorite Social Network and why?
Instagram. Because it’s fun, simple, complete and most of my fans are more active on Instagram than on other social networks.
Which is the post that you like the most or are most proud of?
It was Christmas and that’s my favorite picture with the best parents a kid could have.
What kind of people do you follow on Instagram?
I follow 500+ people! Friends, celebs, Make-Up tutorial accounts, body goals accounts, funny videos accounts to tag friends when there’s a very funny video or even to repost it. I spend more time looking at others’ instagram posts than I should!
Is there an Instagram Influencer/celebrity in particular that you appreciate and that would like to mention?
@Hudabeauty! She’s very pretty, smart, friendly and her make up is simply gorgeous!
Have you ever bought followers or likes?
No why should I. I think it’s sad and useless. I prefer 12 real likes than 5679 fake likes!
What would you suggest to someone who wants to become an Instagram Influencer?
Post good quality pictures, be yourself, be interesting and make people wanna know more and more about you.
What do you think about the recent changes to the Instagram feed and the relevance that Videos are assuming?
The changes are okay to me and the fact that you can upload 60s videos is just awesome!
Please, share a personal experience related to your Instagram life.
My Instagram account has been hacked a few times, coincidentally when my posts started reaching the Top Posts and Popular Posts. After the account was hacked two times, I couldn’t make it to the pop page anymore; it was incredibly frustrating. The 3rd time it was hacked, the hacker deleted all my pictures and, honestly, I didn’t want to use Instagram anymore. But finally I changed my mind and here I am!
Popular Chips’ favorite pictures from @aureliealida’s Instagram account
Many thanks Aurélie for taking the time to describe your Instagram life to us and good luck!