If you are a fan of shaking to the beat, there is absolutely no way you haven’t seen at least one of Sonali Bahaduria’s videos on YouTube. Her channel LiveToDance With Sonali is a product of passion and hard work and has over 900k subscribers! Classic, hip-hop, Bollywood (and more!) routines regularly go up on this Puneri girl’s channel and she has over 154 million views!
Dance has always been the rock in her life and we caught up with her recently to know more about her career shift to dancing!
How did dancing happen to you? Was it by accident?
Dancing did not happen to me by accident! From a really young age, where television was the only source of entertainment, I started to learn dancing from the same. I would listen to the songs on radio and dance all the way to them. I always knew I wanted to be a dancer!
What made you start a YouTube channel? What enticed you about the digital medium?
It was all very random and I hadn’t given much thought to it. I was working as a software engineer but at the same time, I did not let go of dancing. Then it so happened that I decided to showcase my dance by uploading videos on YouTube and within a period of time the videos got viral. That is when I decided I wanted a career in this field and this led to the creation of my channel.
YouTube has given rise to an all new age of superstars are many women taking this opportunity?
Yes definitely. Numerous women have taken the advantage of this platform and are successful YouTubers at present.
After a while, I realized that I was willing to take a risk to switch my fields and that is when I decided to quit my job and make videos for YouTube. And well here I am today.
What has your success story been like? LiveToDance with Sonali has over 900k subscribers!
Well for the starters, I was a typical kid from a typical family who had to get into the rat race of engineering. I always knew that I wanted a career in dancing but ended up being a software engineer at Infosys. Here I have to give credits to the dancing team at Infosys, Crazy Legs, that kept me going hand in hand with my dancing. After a while, I realized that I was willing to take a risk to switch my fields and that is when I decided to quit my job and make videos for YouTube. And well here I am today.
Your advice to the entrepreneurs of today?
My piece of advice would be to follow your heart and take risks if that is what it takes to satiate the passion of your life.
What’s your life mantra?
Live and let live. Also, keep dancing.