If you haven’t heard of The Delphinator, where have you been? She is possibly one of the hottest personalities on Youtube right now, with a growing vlog following that spans in the hundreds of thousands. Fans tune in weekly to watch Delphine’s funny commentaries on the latest in movies and entertainment, with interviews with hot individuals here and there. You might have caught her chat with popular Big Brother Naija personalities already.
We recently got the opportunity to interview Delphine and learn more about her rise to success. Keep reading for some nuggets on how to build your brand especially if you are in the media space.
Hi Delphine! Please introduce yourself with a little background info. We’d love to know how the “Delphinator” nickname came about too.
You know those sort of people who are interested in many things and not sure exactly what to focus on? Yea, I was one of those people for the longest time but now I have some of it figured out. I’m a multilayered media mogul: content creator, YouTuber and red carpet host among other things. Before all of this, I trained as an architect, practised for 3years before I left architecture for media full time.
Everyone thinks TheDelphinator moniker comes from “The Terminator” in reference to my love for movies. Hehe. Although it helps the narrative, it has nothing to do with that. However, I was good at Physics in Secondary School and the “Motors and Generators” topic came pretty easily to me. So the nickname came from a mashup of my first name “Delphine” and “generator”.
You’re constantly creating content as the MMM (Multilayered Media Mogul), especially for your vlog. Surely you must burn out at some point, right? How do you stay inspired and innovative?
I don’t burn out because I pace myself. I plan ahead of time. As much as I can help it, I’m constantly filming so that even when I don’t have current content, I can always go back to my archives and piece together a story that can pass as a vlog post.
If you had to choose a favourite and least favourite of the many hats you wear – compere, tv host, vlogger, graphic designer – which would you choose and why?
Like I always say, I believe gifts/talents work in seasons. So I’ll list according to what’s “hottest” in my current season to the least hot.
Content creation (YouTubing), Redcarpet Hosting, Graphic Design, Event Compering.
Your personal branding game is so on point. Share your secret. How can a fellow lady boss successfully build a personal brand that’s true to self and authentic?
It’s really nothing complicated. I essentially just took time to sit and pen how I wanted people to view my brand. Note that I didn’t just fabricate words, the words “Creative, Playful and Whimsical” are actually true to who I am as an individual. I took a step further and modeled the graphic elements to suit the words I penned and Voila!
What are some major issue faced as a woman in media and how have you dealt/are dealing with them?
Thankfully, I haven’t experienced any form of gender discrimination on the job so I haven’t had to deal with that. But to anyone who has/is experiencing it, I’ll say make sure your work is flawless and excellent. Your work has to speak louder than your verbal cry against discrimination.
If you could be locked up in an elevator with three women from the past, present or future, who would they be and why?
Maya Angelou from the past because she had such a deep sense of self awareness that I aspire to have. Ava Duvernay from the present because she works without “Permission” she just STARTS, she just GETS UP and she just DOES!
As for the future…um… *strokes imaginary beard* I’m pretty sure I don’t know anyone from the future just yet. Hehe.
Apart from your phone, wallet and keys, what’s the one thing you can’t leave your house without? My earphones!!!
What’s next for you? Any projects in the works?
I’m currently working on an adaptation of my YouTube show for TV. So look out for that!
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