She loves being a Youtuber. It allows her to create balance between three things she is most passionate about i.e., fashion, empowering others and her family.Meet ANJALEE SHARMA, our first guest of the series of WEAVING DREAMS*..
ANJALEE SHARMA is a proud army officer’s wife, a doting mother of two kids and a renowned Youtuber of India. With 2, 50,000+ YouTube subscribers (and counting), she enjoys all the privilege of being the YouTube verified handle. It is through this channel she is empowering thousands of people, especially women with tailoring and sewing skills.
“I love sewing and wearing fashionable clothes. And it is a deadly combination”, says Anjalee candidly, who views herself as sewing addict.
It was her passion for fashion that led her to modeling during her graduation days in Lucknow. But she did not pursue it for long! Because she was more interested in the creative process of making a dress. She married an Indian Army Officer in 2002. And with the birth of two children she dedicated herself to raising kids and being a home maker.
“My children are my world. So I wanted to be there when they needed me. So leaving the house for job was simply out of question”, says Anjalee.
The Humble Beginning..
With her husband’s posting, they shifted to Kota in 2011. And with kids in school and husband at office, now she had ample time for herself. So she enrolled herself for the Tailoring Course in Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) Vocational Training School in Kota. “This course changed my whole prospective towards tailoring and stitching”, says Anjalee.
With the better understanding of the technical nuances, she became more confident and passionate about the craft. So, she started experimenting with cuts and silhouettes. This was the time when she started searching for tailoring and stitching related YouTube videos.
“Back then, there were not many YouTube Channels catering to this segment. So there was a huge gap. And I thought of filling this gap and reaching out to people. So I decided to do videos on handy tips to enhance the cutting and stitching skills”, says Anjalee.
In 2013, she uploaded her first video with tips on How to measure and Cut Kurti. “I shot my first video with regular SONY digital camera. And edited it with simple video cutter”, laughs Anjalee, remembering about her first YouTube video.
This was the humble beginning of YouTube Channel, ANJALEE SHARMA.
Her very first video attracted many viewers and received rave reviews. Driven by the positive response Anjalee started uploading more videos. This led to the increase in the number of subscribers for her channel. And soon the videos started monitizing. Now she started earning from this channel.
“I never knew we could earn from YouTube Channel. So, the first payment came as a pleasant surprise”, she says. Now she started upgrading herself in terms of cameras and editing. “If someone is paying for my video content, I should give my best to my viewers”, reasons out Anjalee.
But earnings from the channel has never been a driving force for her. It is the love for her craft that motivates Anjalee to create quality content and share it with the world. “The comments I get for my videos, immensely motivates me. And knowing the fact that so many people are benefiting from my video content also inspires me”, says Anjalee. “I never forget the words of our PM Narendra Modi where he said, money is the bi-product. If you have the passion and dedication and are ready to share it with the world, money will come automatically. And we should always think of empowering others”, she adds.
With her sheer passion and dedication towards the craft and the medium, she joined YouTube Verified YouTuber club in 2016.
Today, as a YouTube Verified YouTuber she enjoys:
- A dedicated fan base
- A celebrity status
- Handsome monthly earnings
But more than these perks as a professional YouTuber, today Anjalee is living her dreams where:
- She is doing what she is passionate about i.e, sewing and tailoring.
- Empowering others with sewing and tailoring skills.
- Giving time and staying close to her children and family.
Anjalee Sharma’s future plan includes, starting her own clothing line. And right now she is working for it with equal passion.
*WEAVING DREAMS is a fortnight blog series initiated by DIGILOOM, where we celebrate extraordinary achievements of ordinary woman like YOU. To know about our other guests at Weaving Dreams CLICK HERE