We’re back with another Influencer Interview today – this time with our very own local influencer 🥳 I’m incredibly stoked to share this interview with my favourite local influencer, Fauzi from The Smart Local!
The Smart Local (TSL)
The Smart Local is a Singaporean YouTube Channel with lots of fun and engaging content ranging from travel content (TSL Travels) to games (TSL Plays) and even short films.
Fauzi Aziz (@mynameisfauzi)
Fauzi is one of the hosts on TSL and he is well-loved for his humour and sassiness. He appears in many TSL videos and also hosts his own segment on TSL called Word On The Street, where he takes to the street to interview passers-by and ask for their opinion on topics like Asian Representation in Western Movies.
You can find some statistics about @mynameisfauzi below.
Full Name: Fauzi Aziz
Country: Singapore 🇸🇬
Avg. Likes: 1,742
Avg. Video Views: 8,070
Now that you know a little more about Fauzi and TSL, let me take you through the 10 interesting things about @mynameisfauzi!
Who Are Your Influencer Crushes?
Since I’m all about gender equality, I’ll give you one male and one female. For male, I love, love, love, Danil Palma (@whathebronte) because he is perfection in every single way. The funniest thing is that we know each other and I often tell him this every time. Haha!
For female, nobody does it like Preeti Nair (@preetipls). She’s someone I really respect because she knows her branding, sticks with it and makes it work. I’ve been a fan of hers since she started out and having worked with her before, I can only say how she is one of the most hard-working people in the industry today.
What Is Your Favourite Snack Food?
When it comes to snacks, I am all about the savoury. And no other savoury snacks compare to the good ol’ potato chip. And they MUST be CRINKLE-CUT because I find them more crispy, flavourful (I might be wrong but I think the flavouring is all in the ridges…) and 10/10 more satisfying. And right now, I am OBSESSED with the Chitato Indomie Flavoured Chip, which used to only be available in Indonesia but now, you can get them at any good FairPrice supermarket.
(I can’t believe this is my first time hearing of this because I LOVEEEEE both potato chips and Indomie so thanks Fauzi I am definitely going to try this tonight. And it might just become my new obsession too 😍😋)
What Is Your Favourite TV Series Of The Moment?
I just finished watching the second season of Aggretsuko, a Sanrio anime on Netflix. You might think the show is cute and all because Sanrio is also the home of Hello Kitty but it couldn’t be further from the truth. I mean, it is cute and all but it’s super relatable because it details the main character’s navigation through adulthood. And yes, adulting is hard.
What Are Your Top 3 Travel Destinations?
1. New York City (i.e. where I’m typing this now) because there’s so much happening all the damn time and I love it! I literally attended a guerilla fashion show in the middle of a park yesterday.
And as a musical theatre buff, Broadway is always where I end up to see how talented people are (and how untalented I am lol).
2. Bangkok because it’s all about the “took lae dee” (cheap and good in Thai) life. And Thai cuisine is my favourite cuisine in the world.
3. Anywhere in Japan! I’ve had the pleasure of going to 5 cities in Japan for both work and leisure and I swear going into this country feels like going to the future. A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR AUTOMATIC TOILET SEATS!
What Is The Best Moment Or Collaboration In Your Influencer Career?
This year, I was fortunate enough to work on a couple of campaigns with Munah Bagharib (@munahbagharib). And the reason I even mentioned it (no, it’s not to name-drop), is because we’ve known each other since our time together in NUS and at that point, I would never have imagined myself being in this industry, much less working with her. So, being able to collaborate with her on campaigns for New Balance and Singapore Kindness Movement was almost a full-circle moment for me.
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Can you believe that @munahbagharib and I have known each other for over 8 years and we’ve never properly worked with each until now? But I guess good things come to those who wait because working with her in collaboration with @newbalancesg for their new #997H Campaign has us WERKING IT like never before! SWIPE TO SEE MY INNER TOP MODEL COME OUT! And that’s not all because we’ll be taking on different challenges as we push each other and ourselves to re-imagine our crafts in both our stories over the next couple of days. And when it comes to the both of us, you know things are going to get INTERESTING… Can’t wait for you guys to see what we get up to! 📷: @jaydenation #FearlesslyIndependent #ReimagineYourCraft
Singapore Kindness Movement:
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When’s you’ve been friends with @munahbagharib for so long, you’ll learn to never question her quirky way of teaching you how to be a better person! I mean, who would hold a Batam Bag with her foot? And what even is a Batam Bag?! But yes, it’s all done with good intentions so everyone get out there and take her advice to heart – it’s easy to be environmentally-conscious! P.S. Please tell Munah that you want a full version of the Batam Bag song! SWIPE TO SEE A PREVIEW OF IT! 😂 #SGCares #BeGreaterSG @kindnesssg
When Did You Start Being Serious About Becoming A Full-time Influencer?
To be honest, I don’t even consider myself a full-time influencer. I got my start on The Smart Local’s YouTube Channel, where people started finding me “funny” even though I was just being myself. But long story short, I never set out to be one and today, it’s really only about 10% of what I do. The other 90% involves me working behind-the-scenes with my team as well as different clients for the company.
Which App Or Software Do You Use For Editing Your IG Posts?
When I am not fortunate enough to have my photos taken and edited for me (#blessed to have a team to support me), I usually use my phone to take photos and edit them with VSCO. I also have a VSCO subscription to access all the filters but I only ever use one – A8. And at this point, the Gen-Z kids would say, “weird flex, but ok…”
(And just in case some of you are wondering what “flex” is… watch this video below.)
What Do You Do To Make You Feel Better When You’ve Had a Bad Day or Feel Down?
Honestly, nothing feels better than taking yourself out of whatever situation that’s making you feel down and doing something for yourself. #SelfCare y’all!
So, whether it is eating a tub of Ben & Jerry’s or just nua-ing, just forget about the thing that is distressing you and focus on yourself. Personally, I like sleeping a bad day away because when I wake up, I feel re-energised to take on any challenge.
What Is A #SocialMovement That You Follow/Support?
After watching the docu-film, Blue, #BYOSingapore because single-use plastic everything is affecting our planet as we speak. Now, I carry my own reusable bottle, cup, straw and bags everywhere I go.
1 Thing People Would Never Guess About You
That I am a self-proclaimed CRAZY CAT LADY! Not only do I have 6 cats at home that I miss so much when I’m away, I literally booked an Airbnb for this trip because the host has a cat. MEOW!
And lastly, some words for your fans/readers out there who are looking to be an influencer!
Never desire to be an “influencer” because you want the benefits (i.e. the free stuff) but because you have a unique point of view and you want to create content that will express that point of view. And in the words of drag queen, Bianca Del Rio – “beauty fades, dumb is forever.” This just means that looks only get you so far in this industry but substance is what will give you your longevity.
With that, it means that we’ve come to the end of this interview segment with Fauzi.
But hang on! I would like to say a HUGE thanks to Fauzi, this funny, SUPER real (aka down-to-earth) person, for taking time out to do this interview with me while he was enjoying his time in New York City!
If you are keen to see more Influencer Interviews, you can check out this article with Beauty Influencer @roseandben.