This food blogger’s life will make you 100% jealous

Being your own boss and working with food for a living is many people’s dream.

Well, that’s exactly what Anna Barnett does. She’s a cook, food writer (including Vogue and Grazia) and social influencer.

But we wanted to find out if being an influencer is all it’s cracked up to be. We chatted to Anna while she was filming a new video with Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro (which you can watch at the top of the article) to chat about what a day in the life of an influencer is really like…

Yahoo: Did you always want to become an influencer?

I don’t actually think of myself as an influencer, but I always wanted to work in food and do something that I was passionate about. I didn’t ever think ‘I want to be an influencer’. It’s a bonus for sure.

Y: Well, with over 17k followers on Instagram, you are a social influencer! So how did you build you audience?

The one thing I did that I think always helps build up your following is collaborating with different people, writing for different places, working with different publications, interacting with people and being as open to that as possible.

Y: What would you say is the key to your success?

I just wanted to do something that makes me happy and is true to what I am passionate about. You can get so easily caught up in thinking about what is the right message, but for me, I’ve tried to stay true to what I want to post and not just follow the fads. I wanted to create and curate an Instagram that I’m happy with first and foremost.

Y: How do you decide which brands to partner with?

I work with brands that I can be creative with or can enjoy. It’s an extra bonus if I can get my dog involved too! I really love working with different people and meeting new people so I’m normally quite open to working with brands.

As long as it fits with my style and sites then I’m happy to collaborate.

Y: Why was the Philips partnership a good fit, for example?

I loved the concept! I liked the idea of doing a ‘day in the life of’ project, getting the dog involved. It was a really nice creative project to do and it was really enjoyable.

Working with food, it’s important to keep on top of all elements of health and oral health is no different.

Y: What does an average day look like for you, step-by-step?

Every day is so different so it’s so dependent on what jobs and projects I have on.

I usually post an image on Instagram as soon as I wake up. I’ve normally already created it night before so it’s just a case of putting it up. I’ll get up and pop next door to this really cute little coffee shop where I know everyone in there. I’ll take the dog with me, take my laptop and have coffee while I run through my emails and make sure I’m on top of everything.

Depending on what I’m doing, I’ll either stay at the coffee shop (I might even go to Shoreditch House to work if I need stronger wifi) and write articles and collate everything I need for that including editing the images and related stories.

Or I’ll be going to buy some ingredients and cook them to film and photograph. I try to do at least 2-3 days a week where I’m cooking and shooting stuff. At the moment we are trying to do a month of going vegan so I’ve been testing and re-approaching how I cook recipes which has been really interesting so far.

Ironically, it often gets to 3pm and I realize that I haven’t eaten! Once I get started and get stuck into emails and work I sometimes forget about that. I end up being starving and end up scrabbling something together from stuff I have in the fridge.

If it’s a day where I’m shooting with food then I will usually take time to sit down and eat the food I’ve made. What I cook is actually normally governed by what I fancy, what I’m in the mood for or what my husband’s requested!

In the evening I often go to food press events and gatherings or go out to restaurants to review them.

When I’m not doing that I’ll either try to be healthy and go for a run or go to the pub to see some friends and spend time with my husband. I like to swim, do yoga and run. I try to get at least a couple of those activities in every week. There will definitely be a dog walk involved everyday, so that helps me keep quite fit.

I also try to meditate everyday as life can be quite hectic.

Y: If you could give 3 pieces of advice to anyone wanting to become an influencer, what would you tell them?

1. Just go for it. Have confidence and get stuck in and give it a go. If you are passionate about something and want to succeed then you should absolutely just put yourself out there.

2. It’s a really good idea to try and do at least one thing a day that is working towards you end goal. Be proactive.

3. Get in touch with people. The great thing about Instagram and social media is that you can reach out and talk to people. I’ve met so many people that got in touch with me via social media or at events and everyone had amazing advice to offer.

Y: Would you do anything differently if you were start from scratch?

I would have started sooner. I spent five years juggling a full time job and this project at the same time. Trying to do the food projects and the pop-ups while having a full time job (that included lots of travel) was tough. I think I would have enjoyed the experience more if I’d just taken the punt sooner.

Y: Thanks so much for talking to us!

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