YouTuber Lilly Singh shares the secrets to her success in ‘How to be a Bawse’


YouTuber Lilly Singh shares the secrets to her success in ‘How to be a Bawse’
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Lilly Singh — AKA Superwoman — has earned her name.

The YouTube personality/comic/actor/writer has released her first book: How to be a Bawse, a humorous motivational guide to climbing the ladder of success. How to be a Bawse is a collection of wit and wisdom from Singh, 28, and it outlines her own journey while offering useful tips on working hard to be your best self.

The Scarborough native was busy working on an MA when she decided to focus on her YouTube channel and her videos. That was back in 2010; last year, Forbes put the award-winning Singh in the top three on a list of the highest paid YouTube stars.

She has 11 million-plus subscribers.

On the film front, A Trip To Unicorn Island (2016) is a documentary about Singh and her 2015 world tour, and she’s had roles in Bad Moms, Ice Age: Collision Course and Dr. Cabbie, among other movie and TV projects.

She was one of Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch in 2016.

Singh has been active with the charity ME to WE on an initiative (the #GirlLove Rafiki Bracelet) that helps girls in Kenya get an education.

She can also sing and dance and has extremely enviable hair.

We spoke to Singh when she visited Toronto to promote How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life.

How To Be A Bawse is hilarious. Did you write it or dictate it?

“I 100% wrote it! I’m really quite proud of it — I think my voice came though on the page. If anyone reads it, they’ll be like, ‘Yeah! That’s how she talks.’”

What’s been the best part of your success?

“People have asked me, ‘How do you define success?’ I never knew how to answer. When I started out I thought, ‘I’m guessing it’s going to be numbers,’ so I got to one million [followers] and then two million, and that was wonderful, so then I thought, ‘Is it money?’ and then I got to where I was good with money, and I thought, ‘That's still not as much fun as making people laugh or being on stage.’

So I’ve come to the conclusion that my definition of success is doing everything that will make little Lilly, who was 10 years old, shriek with excitement. That’s what’s driven me so far. Getting to be friends with Dwayne Johnson, getting to work with Selena Gomez, getting to travel to places I couldn’t have imagined as a young girl. You know, when you’re a little girl and you want to do all these things? Actually DOING these things — to me, that’s the most special.”

Your followers should find the book both entertaining and educational.

“I hope so! One of the best things my fans can tell me — of course, if they think a video is funny, that’s great, or if say they’re watching my videos with their mom, and that’s their bonding time — great! But the best compliment they can give me is, ‘Dude, you make me work hard! Because of you I work hard at something.’

To me, that’s really special to hear.”

Your book says you’re starting to work on a film career.

“I want to create film, I want to get involved in TV, I want to write scripts and maybe get into directing. I’ve made over 1,000 YouTube videos, so I think I know a thing or two about directing. I want to just make some good stuff, that’s higher and produced and elevated.”

Were your parents strict when you were growing up?

“They weren’t the strictest. There are some things they are more traditional…

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