Teen TikTok star, 19, who has 5.1 million followers and earns a living working just three hours a day, reveals the dark side of ‘influencing’ – detailing her ‘depressing and lonely’ REAL life
- TikTok star Rory Eliza, 19, has over five million followers with daily videos
- Teenage social influencer only works three hours a day and makes four videos
- She complained that her friends were working during the day, which made her very lonely
A teenage TikTok star with more than five million followers says becoming an influencer has left her feeling lonely and depressed, despite only earning a living for three hours a day.
Rory Eliza is among a legion of wealthy social media entertainers who shoot multiple videos a day for the popular platform, which is owned by the Chinese ByteDance group.
In an interview for ABC, the 19-year-old influencer said her life was far from easy, despite being well paid and making good money.
A teenage TikTok star with more than five million followers has revealed that being an influencer is lonely and depressing, despite making a lot of money with little work
Eliza said her makeup, glamor and product recommendation videos gave her a “very, very decent” income from advertisers.
Her father Daniel said she could earn what takes him days in minutes, even though his daughter dropped out of school in Year 11 to become a TikTok personality.
Unlike hourly or salaried people, Eliza shoots four short videos a day from her bedroom, which leaves her with a lot of free time — like an athlete training only in the morning.
“That’s a good three hours into my day and then I have another eight hours and I’m like, ‘What the hell am I going to do for the rest of the day?'” she told the ABC’s Four Corners.
“I can’t call my friends up like, ‘yo, do you want to hang out?’ because they are at work.
“So it definitely gets lonely sometimes and sometimes when you read the hate comments and the stress load it can be so much for your body and you’re just overwhelmed and you’re lonely.
“So that can also creep into depression.”
Rory Eliza is among a legion of social media entertainers who shoot multiple videos a day for the popular platform, owned by the Chinese ByteDance group. In a deaf interview for the ABC (pictured), the 19-year-old influencer whined about the difficulty of making a lot of money working just three hours a day, as construction workers, taxi drivers and small business owners in Sydney have been banned from living in their homes. livelihoods as part of a strict lockdown
Eliza’s makeup, glamor and product recommendation videos make her a ‘very, very decent’ amount to live on, with her father Daniel noting that she can earn in minutes, which takes him days
Her father Daniel admitted that he was often jealous of his daughter, who has 5.1 million TikTok followers.
“It’s hard sometimes not to even be jealous because when you look at our lives, we get up and go to work and come home and she can make money that we spend days doing in minutes,” he said.
Eliza classified herself as a high-income earner, especially considering the number of hours she worked.
“I have a medium to high income in Australia, so yes, very, very decent,” she said.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz, 24, gained followers on TikTok for correctly predicting the daily numbers of Covid cases in NSW hours before Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced them, and addressed the crowd during Sydney’s anti-lockdown protest on Saturday
TikTok stars have risen to prominence over the past 18 months during the pandemic and have increased local visibility since the Sydney lockdown began on June 26.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz, 24, gained followers for correctly predicting the daily numbers of Covid cases in NSW hours before Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced them.
He used his profile to join 3,500 protesters who demonstrated in Sydney on Saturday against the Sydney lockdown, leading him to face criminal charges for disobeying a public health order.
TikTok’s ties to China are also controversial with federal Liberal MP Andrew Hastie last year calling for the platform to be banned in Australia over fears the company would be forced to share data with the Chinese Communist Party government.
Research by Roy Morgan estimates that 2.5 million Australians use TikTok.