Usually, when you wait around for an opportunity to find you, it can take some time and a lot of patience. This is why a lot of enterprising youngsters choose to create their own opportunity using the resources they have. Off late, many youngsters have turned to the internet to convert their passion into money-making initiatives. We speak to Subham Sharma who is pursuing his passion and making money online.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF
I completed B.Tech in Computer Science from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. Currently, I am working at UniKwan Innovations as a Motion Graphics Designer in Bangalore. Though an engineer by degree, because of my interest in videography, filmmaking and the like, I gravitated towards the field of Motion Design.
I have a YouTube Channel called ‘Denzong TV’ where you will find videos featuring interviews, dance, short films and more, all made by me. Believe me, I don’t even own a camera! The videos are mostly a result of mobile shots, sometimes I would borrow cameras and I put a lot of work on software. I also take up freelance video making work occasionally.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU START EARNING ONLINE?
Currently, I earn online from a platform called ‘Fiverr’. I started earning on Fiverr from 2016.
HOW MUCH DO YOU EARN IN A MONTH?
The money from an online platform is not always consistent but I do get 3-4 clients every month.
DO YOU THINK THAT THIS IS A GOOD WAY FOR YOUNGSTERS TO EARN THEIR OWN POCKET MONEY?
I would say that pursuing the passion is more important for youngsters than money. But if you are good at something, you can definitely try to make it as a source of your income and there are a lot of means to do that. Just try to showcase your talent and you will be recognized sooner or later. What can be better than earning through what interests you?
Since my childhood, I have come across lots of talented people but due to lack of technology advancement in Sikkim, they are still unknown to the world. Nowadays everyone one has a smartphone and internet connection. Today, you have the power in the tools in digital technology right in your pockets. So take the tools, take your ideas and create something that will inspire the world. Who knows, you can be the next online celebrity.
CAN THE REVENUE MODEL BE TRANSFORMED INTO SOMETHING BIGGER WITH BETTER RETURNS IN THE FUTURE?
Honestly, I am not thinking about such futuristic goals. At the moment I am just pursuing my passion and trying to get better at it each day. UniKwan Innovations hired me because of my portfolio and my YouTube channel ‘Denzong TV’ was my portfolio. In the near future, I plan to have my own camera through my online revenue.
DO YOU NEED TO HAVE A SPECIAL SKILL SET TO EARN MONEY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA?
Absolutely not! Social media these days is so easy to operate and understand. You will just have to recognize your talent and find a way to put it across online. I believe anyone can learn it, especially youngsters of this generation.
In future, I wish to start my own production company and produce social films/videos to try and make this world a better place.