When we look at the ways in which social media has allowed some to find their voice and share a glimpse of their lives, we really are able to connect with them and learn a thing or two along the way. As is the case with Dr.Syeda Urooj Fatima who is a successful content creator aside from being a committed dentist too. Her followers are treated to a wonderful digital window to fashion stories, lifestyle picks as well as real talk. Speaking to Social Diary, she shared more about her wondrous journey and what is she planning next:
SD: What was it about the digital world that attracted you the most?
Syeda: It wasn’t the digital world that had particularly attracted me to this business. When I started off, it was more so relating to me sharing my journey with my followers. That is what brought me to this platform which I think works beautifully bringing everyone together through a single podium that allows them to speak and connect in so many ways.
SD: Do you consider there should be a fine line between your professional persona and private life?
Syeda: Yes I definitely believe not everything needs to be shared on the internet. I also believe no matter how much a person believes they can share their life online, there is definitely some private part that needs to be solely yours to keep that the world will never know. People think our whole lives may be on display, but there’s a lot behind screens that they don’t know about.
SD: How important is it to have your family’s support to be able to create a digital presence for yourself?
Syeda: If I’m to be very honest, when I started my Instagram, I didn’t have much of my family support. And that led to major anxiety within me and also towards the hindrance of a lot of things till I was able to get them on board. So definitely your family’s nod of approval is really important in any element of life. Things just get easier and get aligned. It’s like a major burden gets off your chest, especially in the society that we live in.
SD: As a full-time dentist- how do you create a balance between both roles?
Syeda: I was lucky that I started my Instagram account while I was studying. Sure, in the beginning, it was hard to juggle my exams, and studies with my Instagram, but eventually it became second nature to me. You just get used to it and I found it completely normal to handle my dentistry with my role as a content creator.
SD: How do you handle any criticism thrown your way?
Syeda: Initially I would really get sad over it. And I would keep looking at the mean/harsh comments taking them to my heart. Now I take it as banter honestly because I read somewhere that you should not take criticism from people that you wouldn’t go to advise for. That makes a lot of sense to me now. Unless the criticism is coming from someone I think very highly of, or from someone I know well or who has my best interests at heart, I just don’t give a second thought to them at all. Just remember not all criticism is destructive. Some are really good for your growth. You just need to identify the worth of the source. Know where to lend your ear too.
SD: A major fashion campaign you had been part of and enjoyed?
Syeda: All of the Sapphire campaigns I had done were really memorable and I had a lot of fun. I also did a campaign for a mithai brand which was also really fun.
SD: Do you make use of your platform to shed light on important life aspects and issues?
Syeda: I definitely use my platform to highlight important life aspects. I make sure I don’t shy away from talking about anything that needs attention. This is why social media is so powerful. It’s my personal preference and defines my goals as a content creator.
IN A GLANCE
Your favorite fashion designer?
Ali Xeeshan and Donatella Versace
A major fashion look that is timeless?
Minimal cuts that compliment your silhouette are a timeless look
The one thing that is a mood killer?
When a person jokes about things they are ignorant about. That kind of approach just speaks volumes about you
Three things you have with you all the time?
My inhaler, lip and cheek tint, and a sanitizer
Which season is the best style statement?
Definitely Autumn and Winters
Morning Person or Late Nights Enthusiast
A definite Morning Person
Desi Wear or Western
Desi over Western any day
Losing my parents
I don’t have any specific regrets but I can recall times when I could have learned something but didn’t because of being too egoistic
Most Prized Possession
The bond I share with my siblings
Someone you wish to meet:
Elon Musk- I want to see if he’s really like the persona he has on Twitter
The best thing about your work
Versatility of it
The worst thing about your work
Versatility of it
Your favorite movie
Not a specific pick, but I do love Rang De Basanti and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
What people don’t know about you?
There’s plenty they don’t know
The craziest rumor you heard about yourself
When I was linked to a certain person and it was said I’ll be marrying him too!
Your dream destination
Norway- I’ve been obsessed with the Northern Lights since I was a kid!