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Jessica Megan, 25, from Portsmouth has 135,000 followers on Instagram. She works full time as a curve model, writer and influencer

Following large social media may seem like an easy way to make money quickly, but what does life as an influencer actually mean?

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In anticipation of the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards, FEMAIL spoke with several famous Insta figures to find out how to turn social media into a bona fide career and whether you can actually pay the bills.

Beth Sandland, 23, from London graduated in law and anthropology, but never had to embrace the 9-5 by turning her travel blog into a full-time income in just 18 months.

However, Jessica Megan, 25, from Portsmouth warns that there is more than just taking selfies and admits that she works day and night to find a balance between model, writer, and social media.

Jessica Megan, 25, from Portsmouth has 135,000 followers on Instagram. She works full time as a curve model, writer and influencer

Jessica Megan, 25, from Portsmouth has 135,000 followers on Instagram. She works full time as a curve model, writer and influencer

A day in the life of an influencer: nominees for the Cosmpolitan Influencer Awards explain how they have become successful

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Jessica Megan: & # 39; It's so much more than taking selfie & # 39;

Jessica Megan, 25, from Portsmouth has 135,000 followers on Instagram. She works full time as a curve model, writer and influencer.

She told Femail how she was there to become an influencer.

She said: & # 39; I collected more than 30,000 followers online before I told someone that I had a large number of followers.

& # 39; They pulled out their phone and said: & # 39; O you are one of those influencers. & # 39; I thought: & # 39; I'm sorry, what? & # 39; I had never heard the term before. It seemed a bit treacherous to me, isn't all marketing influential & # 39; & # 39;

Jessica Megan said there is more to be an influencer than just taking selfies, and admitted that she had to show a lot of resistance for her positive posts.

Jessica Megan said there is more to be an influencer than just taking selfies, and admitted that she had to show a lot of resistance for her positive posts.

Jessica Megan said there is more to be an influencer than just taking selfies, and admitted that she had to show a lot of resistance for her positive posts.

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& # 39; I model and manage my social media accounts side by side, usually all of my social media admin is done while traveling between meetings and photo sessions.

& # 39; I often work late into the night to make sure my accounts are up to date and my work is constantly updated. Much of what you see in my account is self-directed, stylized and edited. It takes a lot of work to constantly keep an archive with new content.

& # 39; I am a body-image activist, so I think that by using Instagram as a platform to shout from, people tend to notice and drop by. Using my platform in this way invites a lot of positivity, but also a lot of play.

& # 39; At least four hours of my day is devoted to social media and its maintenance.

& # 39; I wake up and go online immediately to check the demographic information and numbers for messages such as comments, likes and comments. I determine whether the figures are consistent with previous days or whether there has been an improvement.

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& # 39; If the numbers have dropped, this may have to do with a number of things, such as the image itself, the time of day, or algorithms that don't work to my advantage.

& # 39; Then I constantly check all day long to make sure I have not received any new work through my direct messages, to respond to followers and to answer questions. These hours are usually interwoven between jobs and meetings, but also & # 39; early in the morning until & # 39; late at night.

& # 39; Unfortunately it is incredibly addictive and I have to make sure that I keep looking and focus on external tasks instead of keeping my head in my phone and laptop.

& # 39; From the moment I receive the job, I start planning. Depending on when the brand wants the content to go live, this can vary from 24 hours to a week.

& # 39; From the moment I receive the job, I start planning. Depending on when the brand wants the content to go live, this can vary from 24 hours to a week & # 39 ;, Jessica said

& # 39; From the moment I receive the job, I start planning. Depending on when the brand wants the content to go live, this can vary from 24 hours to a week & # 39 ;, Jessica said

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& # 39; From the moment I receive the job, I start planning. Depending on when the brand wants the content to go live, this can vary from 24 hours to a week & # 39 ;, Jessica said

& # 39; My feed is reasonable & # 39; organic & # 39 ;, as most customers like to call it, so my social media are not as well coordinated as others. My stories and messages must reflect me and who I am. I try to be as real as possible, even though being through a screen itself is contradictory.

& # 39; I don't really see myself as an influencer, I just know that I am one. But I think it was probably when I hit 100,000 followers and I thought wow, that's the O2 arena multiplied by five times. That's a lot of people!

& # 39; I think my first paid job was two years ago with a vegan skin care brand. They were absolutely beautiful and it is still one of my favorite jobs so far. I think they paid me £ 325 for a post. I could not believe it!

& # 39; Being nominated for a Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards is without a doubt a highlight in my career.

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& # 39; I never thought blogging and social media would be the method by which I make money, but the world is constantly changing and the way of working evolves so quickly.

& # 39; Influencers get a lot of bad press because they are seen as narcissists and self-obsessed, but this is just new-age marketing.

& # 39; It is a different form of selling, not unlike posters, billboards and television commercials.

& # 39; We are entrepreneurs, make-up artists, CEO & # 39; s, stylists and chefs. Many people cook it up until & # 39; take selfie & # 39; but it's so much more than that & # 39;

Beth Sandland: it only took 18 months for Instagram to be my full-time income

Beth Sandland, 23, from London has 54.2k followers and works full-time as a traveler. She graduated with a Law & Anthropology degree from LSE.

& # 39; I absolutely became an influencer by accident! & # 39; she said.

& # 39; I started my blog while in college as a creative outlet and a place to document the struggles I experienced with my mental health; I thought it was writing, but I never expected anyone to read it.

& # 39; Photography was a big passion of mine and it naturally married my writing to create an adjacent Instagram account. I never intended to get a follower and really had no idea that blogging / influencing was even a career.

Beth Sandland, 23, from London has 54.2 k followers and works full time as a traveling influencer. She graduated with a Law & Anthropology degree from LSE

Beth Sandland, 23, from London has 54.2 k followers and works full time as a traveling influencer. She graduated with a Law & Anthropology degree from LSE

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Beth Sandland, 23, from London has 54.2 k followers and works full time as a traveling influencer. She graduated with a Law & Anthropology degree from LSE

& # 39; I started to delve more into the industry and found joy in connecting with like-minded individuals online. I started to see its value (in every respect) relatively early, but never expected it to be my career.

& # 39; I blog full time. I also write some trips; my blog is a great way to raise awareness.

& # 39; I noticed that by making contact and making contact with other bloggers I could feel part of something while at the same time slowly but surely growing a follower. Support from the industry is invaluable; I was incredibly grateful that I was seen by a much larger influencer that I really admired (and still do!) Who chose to recommend me to her audience.

& # 39; I create, take and edit all my own images and then structure them in a planning app.

& # 39; I noticed that by making contact and making contact with other bloggers I could feel part of something while at the same time slowly but surely growing a follower. Support from the industry is invaluable; I was incredibly grateful that I was seen by a much larger influencer that I really admired (and still do!) Who chose to recommend me to her audience. & # 39;
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& # 39; I noticed that by making contact and making contact with other bloggers I could feel part of something while at the same time slowly but surely growing a follower. Support from the industry is invaluable; I was incredibly grateful that I was seen by a much larger influencer that I really admired (and still do!) Who chose to recommend me to her audience. & # 39;

& # 39; I noticed that by making contact and making contact with other bloggers I could feel part of something while at the same time slowly but surely growing a follower. Support from the industry is invaluable; I was incredibly grateful that I was seen by a much larger influencer that I really admired (and still do!) Who chose to recommend me to her audience. & # 39;

& # 39; This ensures that I am aesthetically happy with my food, that there is a large variety and that I know what I will post next.

& # 39; I don't often intend to prescribe subtitles, because I'd rather just write what comes to mind when I'm ready to post!

& # 39; I am mostly active on Instagram stories all day long and like to use the feature to share my day; it is a valuable way to embed followers behind the scenes instead of being overpowered by just having a nice feed!

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& # 39; If I work with a brand, much more planning is needed; often there will be a short pitch, occasionally a storyboard and the copy will be written in advance.

However, often my most successful messages are & # 39; instant & # 39; grams! A rare breed now, I know, but I love when I can take a picture and share my thoughts at the same time without any planning.

& # 39; I started my blog while in college as a creative outlet and a place to document the struggles I experienced with my mental health; I thought it was writing-like, but never really expected anyone to read it, & Beth said

& # 39; I started my blog when I was in college as a creative outlet and a place to document the struggles I experienced with my mental health; I thought it was writing-like, but never really expected anyone to read it, & Beth said

& # 39; I started my blog when I was in college as a creative outlet and a place to document the struggles I experienced with my mental health; I thought it was writing-like, but never really expected anyone to read it, & Beth said

& # 39; I really love my online space and basically do so from a love of creativity and a passion for what I share, but I would totally lie if I say that it is not really that kind of recognition within to get the industry, really beautiful! & # 39; Beth added

& # 39; I really love my online space and basically do so from a love of creativity and a passion for what I share, but I would totally lie if I say that it is not really that kind of recognition within to get the industry, really beautiful! & # 39; Beth added

& # 39; I really love my online space and basically do so from a love of creativity and a passion for what I share, but I would totally lie if I say that it is not really that kind of recognition within to get the industry, really beautiful! & # 39; Beth added

& # 39; Frankly, I still don't like the term influencer! For me, & # 39; influence & # 39; a bi-product of the relationship I have built with my audience through the content I create and the words I write.

& # 39; I would rather inspire people, especially women who are afraid to travel and move away from their comfort zones. Measurably, I realized that I & # 39; influence & # 39; when people were buying things that I had recommended or visited places that I had shared.

& # 39; The moment I realized that my content was worth it and that I deserved to be paid – was when I started getting paid!

& # 39; I don't think it's right to base a specific follower on that; it is usually relatively easy to follow based on engagement, conversions and most importantly, feedback from followers. I started earning money for about a year and it became my full-time income after about 18 months.

& # 39; I really love my online space and basically do so from a love of creativity and a passion for what I share, but I would totally lie if I say that it is not really that kind of recognition within to get the industry, really beautiful! & # 39 ;.

Callie Thorpe: I want women to be brave, braver and happier with themselves

Callie Thorpe, 30, a digital creation originally from South Wales but now living in London has 214,000 followers on Instagram

Callie Thorpe, 30, a digital creation originally from South Wales but now living in London has 214,000 followers on Instagram

Callie Thorpe, 30, a digital creation originally from South Wales but now living in London has 214,000 followers on Instagram

Callie Thorpe, 30, a digital creation originally from South Wales but now living in London has 214,000 followers on Instagram.

She told Femail: “Becoming an influencer was completely coincidental, starting as an online diary on a journey to self-confidence and exploring fashion as a plus-size woman, who became much more than I could have ever imagined.

& # 39; Since I started my blog and social media channels, I have done everything from modeling plus size to brand shoots, panel-speaking, presenting, traveling and even being the first fashion columnist ever in the UK, a position I was in for a year. I even wrote for Cosmopolitan a few times!

& # 39; I do this completely full time, but recently I dug up another job I loved!

She told Femail: & # 39; Becoming an influencer was entirely coincidental, which began as an online diary on a journey to self-confidence and exploring fashion as a plus-sized woman who became much more than I could have ever imagined & # 39;

She told Femail: & # 39; Becoming an influencer was entirely coincidental, which began as an online diary on a journey to self-confidence and exploring fashion as a plus-sized woman who became much more than I could have ever imagined & # 39;

She told Femail: & # 39; Becoming an influencer was entirely coincidental, which began as an online diary on a journey to self-confidence and exploring fashion as a plus-sized woman who became much more than I could have ever imagined & # 39;

& # 39; I am such a & # 39; n people person who likes to be close to others. But at some point it felt like I had to make the leap and only focus on my creative passions in this career.

& # 39; I think my willingness to share and be honest helped me to create a great supportive community of women. I talk about all kinds of topics, fashion, travel, body image and life in general, the ups and downs because life is not just sunshine and rainbows.

& # 39; I am not afraid to speak on topics that are important to me, such as fashion / blogging inclusiveness (or lack of) body image problems, cyberbullying and mental health, it is important for me to use my platform as a positive way.

& # 39; Daily I try to answer as many DMs as I can, then I usually have meetings in the city with brands on upcoming projects. If I have a campaign that I am working on, I will take pictures with my photographer. Then there is the general maintenance of my e-mails and writing blog posts.

& # 39;More than often I try and let what I feel or what I think guide me in the direction of what I want to write. I like to speak from the heart.

& # 39; I am not afraid to speak on topics that are important to me, such as fashion / blogging inclusiveness (or lack of) body image problems, cyberbullying and mental health, it is important for me to use my platform as a positive path & Callie said

& # 39; I am not afraid to speak on topics that are important to me, such as fashion / blogging inclusiveness (or lack of) body image problems, cyberbullying and mental health, it is important for me to use my platform as a positive path & Callie said

& # 39; I am not afraid to speak on topics that are important to me, such as fashion / blogging inclusiveness (or lack of) body image problems, cyberbullying and mental health, it is important for me to use my platform as a positive path & Callie said

& # 39; For collaborations I usually have a creative vision in mind, how I want the images to look, but I'm just trying to go with that flow.

& # 39; I use the term influencer light because my message is much more about female empowerment and encourages others to find out what they are about and what they love instead of & # 39; to be influenced in that respect.

& # 39; But if I have to describe myself this way, I strongly believe in the message & # 39; influence with purpose & # 39 ;.

& # 39; When I influence others, it is more courageous, courageous, and happier in itself and lives on their own terms, regardless of their shape or size.

& # 39; Every day I try to answer as many DM & # 39; s as I can, then I usually have meetings in the city with brands on upcoming projects. If I have a campaign that I am working on, I will take pictures with my photographer. Then there is the general maintenance of my e-mails and writing blog posts & # 39;

& # 39; Every day I try to answer as many DM & # 39; s as I can, then I usually have meetings in the city with brands on upcoming projects. If I have a campaign that I am working on, I will take pictures with my photographer. Then there is the general maintenance of my e-mails and writing blog posts & # 39;

& # 39; Every day I try to answer as many DM & # 39; s as I can, then I usually have meetings in the city with brands on upcoming projects. If I have a campaign that I am working on, I will take pictures with my photographer. Then there is the general maintenance of my e-mails and writing blog posts & # 39;

& # 39; Ultimately, I don't want people to leave my page, wishing they can be more or have more, but instead feel inspired and screwed up.

& # 39; I remember that one of my first ever paid collaborations was a photo shoot I did with Evans seven years ago and that I was so overwhelmed and grateful for such a great chance that I had never done anything like this before .

& # 39; I now have a management team that helps work with the right brands and partners that match my message. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the possibilities I have.

Zanna Van Dijk: & # 39; Building a next one takes time & # 39;

Zanna Van Dijk, 26 from London, has 271,000 Instagram followers. She tells Femail that she built an Instagram that intentionally followed.

Zanna Van Dijk, 26 from London, has 271,000 Instagram followers. She tells Femail that she built an Instagram that intentionally followed.

Zanna Van Dijk, 26 from London, has 271,000 Instagram followers. She tells Femail that she built an Instagram that intentionally followed.

Zanna Van Dijk, 26, from London, boasted 271,000 Instagram followers. She tells Femail that she built an Instagram that intentionally followed.

& # 39; It was quite intentional, by accident! I started my Instagram page out of sheer interest in fitness, but as soon as it started to grow, I realized it could get a little bigger.

& # 39; At that moment, I consciously started pushing it, with the intention of one day making it part of my career. Seven years later I am working on this as my full-time job!

& # 39; I produce one blog post per week, two YouTube videos & # 39; s per week, biweekly newsletter and daily posts on other platforms. I am also a co-founder and operator of Stay Wild Swim, a sustainable swimwear brand, and run an eco-conscious support group called the Living Consciously Crew.

& # 39; I produce one blog post per week, two YouTube videos & # 39; s per week, biweekly newsletter and daily posts on other platforms. I am also a co-founder and operator of Stay Wild Swim, a sustainable swimwear brand, and run an eco-conscious support group called the Living Consciously Crew & Zanna said

& # 39; I produce one blog post per week, two YouTube videos & # 39; s per week, biweekly newsletter and daily posts on other platforms. I am also a co-founder and operator of Stay Wild Swim, a sustainable swimwear brand, and run an eco-conscious support group called the Living Consciously Crew & Zanna said

& # 39; I produce one blog post per week, two YouTube videos & # 39; s per week, biweekly newsletter and daily posts on other platforms. I am also a co-founder and operator of Stay Wild Swim, a sustainable swimwear brand, and run an eco-conscious support group called the Living Consciously Crew & Zanna said

& # 39; I also have my own products – reusable water bottles and durable jumpers / clothing, I support various ocean charities and I retreat to different countries every few months, from Kenya to Sri Lanka! It is quite busy – understatement of the year!

& # 39; Building a social media next takes time, time and time.

& # 39; I am an old school blogger, I am now eight years old, so I have been a slow and steady grower. Consistency is the key.

& # 39; I'm pretty strict with myself. I have disabled all notifications and am not trying to spend much time scrolling. & # 39;

& # 39; I produce one blog post per week, two YouTube videos & # 39; s per week, biweekly newsletter and daily posts on other platforms. I also led co-founder and operator of Stay Wild Swim, a sustainable brand for swimwear, and an eco-conscious support group called the Living Consciously Crew & Zanna continued

& # 39; I produce one blog post per week, two YouTube videos & # 39; s per week, biweekly newsletter and daily posts on other platforms. I also led co-founder and operator of Stay Wild Swim, a sustainable brand for swimwear, and an eco-conscious support group called the Living Consciously Crew & Zanna continued

& # 39; I produce one blog post per week, two YouTube videos & # 39; s per week, biweekly newsletter and daily posts on other platforms. I also led co-founder and operator of Stay Wild Swim, a sustainable brand for swimwear, and an eco-conscious support group called the Living Consciously Crew & Zanna continued

& # 39; Not a lot of planning goes in a post. I am more of a girl catching and posting. I respond to what happened that day, a comment I received or a message I received. I keep things current and relevant, but above all authentic & # 39;

& # 39; Not a lot of planning goes in a post. I am more of a girl catching and posting. I respond to what happened that day, a comment I received or a message I received. I keep things current and relevant, but above all authentic & # 39;

& # 39; Not a lot of planning goes in a post. I am more of a girl catching and posting. I respond to what happened that day, a comment I received or a message I received. I keep things current and relevant, but above all authentic & # 39;

& # 39; I tend to go on social media, post my content and leave – most of the time, because let's have it, sometimes you get bored and enjoy browsing!

& # 39; I post stories all day long, maybe one tweet a day, one main feed post on Instagram a day, and then I try to give time to respond to comments every day.

& # 39; I also respond to every DM I get, which maybe takes 20-30 minutes a day, because I think that's super important.

& # 39; Not a lot of planning goes in a post. I am more of a girl catching and posting. I respond to what happened that day, a comment I received or a message I received. I keep things current and relevant, but above all authentic.

& # 39; I started to see myself as an influencer two years ago when I started doing this full-time and was able to quit my part-time personal training job!

& # 39; I got my first paid job about four years ago, I remember that I was so excited and also had a serious imposter syndrome!

Sisters: Ailbhe Keane and Izzy Keane: We do a big photo shoot every few weeks

Sisters Ailbhe, 26, (right) and Izzy, 22 (left) from Galway in Ireland, have 44,000 followers on the page they run together, Izzy Wheels, brand that makes stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs.

Sisters Ailbhe, 26, (right) and Izzy, 22 (left) from Galway in Ireland, have 44,000 followers on the page they run together, Izzy Wheels, brand that makes stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs.

Sisters Ailbhe, 26, (right) and Izzy, 22 (left) from Galway in Ireland, have 44,000 followers on the page they run together, Izzy Wheels, brand that makes stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs.

Sisters Ailbhe, 26, and Izzy, 22, from Galway in Ireland, have 44,000 followers on the page they run together, Izzy Wheels, a brand that makes stylish wheel cover caps.

They told Femail: & # 39; Our motto is: & # 39; If you can't get up, stand out! & # 39 ;. We work with artists from all over the world to create hubcaps that convert medical devices into fashion and self-expression.

The couple have collaborated with 60 designers who sell the designs in 35 provinces.

Ailbhe has a degree in Visual Communications from the National College of Art and Design Dublin, while Izzy is currently studying a degree in Sociology, Politics and French in NUIG.

They told Femail: & # 39; Our motto is: "If you can't get up, stand out!". We work with artists from all over the world to create hubcaps that convert medical devices into fashion and self-expression.

They told Femail: & # 39; Our motto is: "If you can't get up, stand out!". We work with artists from all over the world to create hubcaps that convert medical devices into fashion and self-expression.

They told Femail: & # 39; Our motto is: & # 39; If you can't get up, stand out! & # 39 ;. We work with artists from all over the world to create hubcaps that convert medical devices into fashion and self-expression.

Ailbhe, added: & # 39; We still don't really see ourselves as influencers. Izzy Wheels started as a passion project for me when I was in the art academy in my final year. I made a series of colorful hubcaps for my sister's wheelchair, so that she could combine her chair with her outfits and express her personality.

& # 39; I created an Instagram account and uploaded small funny videos from Izzy that model the designs. The page went completely viral and a video we made was viewed 3 million times in one day and viewed 16 million times in a week. It all happened very organically and we could never have planned that it would be such a success.

& # 39; I work full time on Izzy Wheels. We work with artists and fashion designers from all over the world to create our designs and have had more than a thousand applications to date.

& # 39; I spend most of my time supervising the collections, creating beautiful content for our social channels, making photo shoots, sending emails and managing orders. Customer experience is very important to us, so a huge amount of time, care and love go towards fulfilling every order.

& # 39; We have been very authentic with our content from the outset and have not attempted to copy someone else's style. Having a background in art and design was really useful because I understand how to visually build a brand.

& # 39; I work full time on Izzy Wheels. We work with artists and fashion designers from around the world to create our designs and have had more than a thousand applications & # 39;

& # 39; I work full time on Izzy Wheels. We work with artists and fashion designers from around the world to create our designs and have had more than a thousand applications & # 39;

& # 39; I work full time on Izzy Wheels. We work with artists and fashion designers from around the world to create our designs and have had more than a thousand applications & # 39;

& # 39; We try a large photo shoot every few weeks and build a photo archive. We can then slowly distribute the photos & videos & # 39; s in the coming weeks.

& # 39; I am very picky about what our feed looks like as a whole, so I try to make sure that our posts on Instagram complement each other in terms of color scheme.

'Ik gebruik een app genaamd Planoly waarmee je je foto's kunt bestellen voordat je ze plaatst en het is zo'n tijdsbesparing. Op Facebook delen we meer verhalen van onze klanten, dus we hoeven niet zo specifiek te zijn van de startvolgorde.

'We zien onszelf nog steeds niet echt als beïnvloeders, sterker nog, dat woord maakt ons een beetje bang! Ik zou ons meer willen omschrijven als gepassioneerde ontwerpers die een loyale aanhang hebben opgebouwd door te doen waar we van houden.

'We krijgen veel verzoeken van merken met betrekking tot goedkeuringen, maar we beschermen heel goed ons persoonlijke merk en willen onze missie niet afzwakken door andere producten te veel te promoten. Als een merk ons ​​benadert waarvan we vinden dat het echt een compliment is voor wat we doen, werken we graag met ze samen, maar we zijn erg selectief. & # 39;

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