Get That Life: How I Became A YouTube Sensation

"Never give up"

Most Popular

Anisha Dixit aka Rickshawali is a YouTube star with over 96,000 subscribers and 9.3+ million views! She is a pioneer in covering controversial topics such as sex, struggles of being a woman, relationships and more. Though her channel started by accident, she has become a huge sensation in India, due to her highly relatable videos. Her secret to success? "Never give up!"

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

I was born and raised in Germany, then moved to Switzerland after High School to complete my studies. I studied in Switzerland for a while, then moved to the US to finish my studies. After living in the US for a while, I made the decision to move to India for good and have lived here ever since! The result of country hopping has definitely given me a unique accent, which a lot of people often question me about. It is hard to have one specific accent when you grew up around the world, but I would not change my traveling experiences for anything as they have definitely shaped me into the woman I am today.

Most Popular

I have always had an outgoing personality, but my start on YouTube was a complete accident! In November of 2013, I was on a Ricksha on my way to meet a friend, and a thought occurred to me: "What if this Ricksha was a backdrop for something fun?!" So I took out my phone and started recording a video of myself in the Ricksha. Later, I realized that the cute Ricksha made for a perfect miniaturized studio with a great pink backdrop. The first video I posted my first  was "Ram Leela Movie Review" and to my surprise, people started watching, which encouraged me to making more videos! 

I realised I could use the medium of Youtube for anything I wanted to express. I felt the need to talk about certain issues which are considered 'taboo' in India, through which one of my most favourite videos came into life, a Musical about Periods. And yes, I sing in it, bathroom style! My audience really appreciated this attempt, which gave me the courage to speak about more issues like sex education or fairness creams. But apart from only talking about serious issues, I also started talking about lighter, daily struggles of being in a relationship and living in India. Being on the internet and putting yourself out there, leads to a lot of praise but also criticism. But to succeed, one must develop a thick skin and with time, you learn to brush off the hateful comments and focus on the positivity, which is far bigger than any negativity.

I felt the need to talk about certain issues which are considered 'taboo' in India.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Most Popular

I have such amazing subscribers who I lovingly call Ricksters! They give me power and love everyday which drives me to make better and even more entertaining videos. And for any haters out there, I just kill them with a sweet #LovePunch. Along with making my viewers laugh, my mission is to bring a sense of awareness to the topics on hand. I also want to help girls to grow their personality and grow as an individual to become more independent. That is also why most of my videos are targeted towards young women.

I also want to help girls to grow their personality and grow as an individual.

YouTube is still a fairly new concept in India, but it is growing at a very fast speed. There are not that many women on the internet yet but if you really believe in what you have to say, just do it and don't give any excuses! Come up with an idea, figure out the best way to execute it and just go for it! It is so rewarding to connect with people all around the world who share your interests and ideas. Don't think about the money or the fame, do it because you are genuinely passionate about a topic, and the rest will follow with time. 

Follow Anisha on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram

Get That Life is a weekly series that reveals how successful, talented, creative women got to where they are now. Check back each Friday for the latest interview.

What do you think?

Life
Share
This is Why Sleeping in Your Underwear isn't Bad for Your Vagina
You do you, girl
Life
Share
This Grandma's Make-up Tutorials are the Best Thing You Will Watch All Week
Grandma Lill we heart you.
Life
Share
11 Easy But Healthy Food Swaps to Make This Winter
Indulging doesn't have to leave you feeling bloated and sluggish
Life
Share
10 Foods You Should NEVER Eat in The Morning
If hunger strikes way before lunchtime, blame it on your breakfast.
Life
Share
These 3 Sneaky Foods Are the Secret to Reaching Your Weight Loss Goals
Count on Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien to find the cleverest ways to cut calories.
Life
Share
Eat These Protein-Rich Foods to Lose Weight FAST
You keep being told to eat more of it...here's how.
Life
Share
​9 Things You Don't Care About Once You're a Mom
Your house is a little messy. It's fine.
Life
Share
7 BEST Indian Food Combos For Every Health Problem
And they taste darn good, too!
Life
Share
20+ Brilliant Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Your Best Life
Bookmark these quotes for when you need a burst of inspiration.
Life
Share
This Could Explain Why Your Period is So Heavy
A new study could reveal a major reason why some women suffer more