Ajai Nagar, popularly known as CarryMinati, talks about roasting, handling criticism online, etc.
Ajay Nagar (better known as CarryMinati) started making videos for YouTube at the age of 10. He used to stream games before making tracks on whatever he found strange on the internet. At the age of 21, he has over 27.2 million subscribers on YouTube, the highest in South Asia. The rapid growth in India’s YouTube users over the past decade, which includes millions of Gen Z users, fueled Ajay’s growth. Last year, he was listed in Time magazine’s ‘Next Generation Leaders’ for 2019.
Ajay recently collaborated with music duo Salim and Suleman Merchant for a new music video titled ‘Date Karle’, which was released on November 2. The YouTuber talks about roasting, handling online criticism, and more.
CarryMinati YouTube Earning and Stats:
|Total Video uploads||174+|
|Video views||2.44 billion+|
|Last 30 Days views||44.6M|
|Estimated Monthly earnings||Rs. 16+ Lakhs (approx)|
|Estimated Yearly earnings||Rs. 3+ Crores (approx)|
He started his career at the age of just 10 by posting videos on YouTube. Initially he used to imitate Indian actor Sunny Deol. He launched his YouTube channel Addicted A1 in 2014, in which he used to upload recorded videos of game footage and videos covering his reactions to the same. He then changed the name of the channel to CarryMinati, which currently has 16 million subscribers with 113.81 crore views. CarryMinati also has another YouTube channel, Carrie Is Live, which she started in early 2017, which has 4.63 million subscribers with 462.8 million views.
|Real Name||Ajey Nagar|
|Net Worth||Rs. 25 Crores|
|Subscribers:||31 million (CarryMinati); 9.3 million (CarryIsLive)|
|Total views:||2.44 billion (CarryMinati)|
|Date of Birth||12th June 1999|
|Height in CM||165 CM|
Can you explain your process of making videos?
I make my videos from scratch. I edit, write and perform myself. I don’t have a team for content creation, but I do have a team that helps me create graphic work, thumbnails, static posts, etc. I wouldn’t say there’s a fixed schedule because my stuff is more improvised. It generally takes three to four weeks to evaluate a topic’s relevance to executing the entire video if there is no skit involved.
Since most of what you do involves the internet and social media, do you feel overwhelmed with the amount of content you consume?
I sometimes feel overwhelmed because I am absorbing a lot of material at once. I usually take short breaks when this happens.
Criticism online can be unfiltered and harsh. How do you deal with that?
I believe that everyone should be genuine and honest with themselves. When you’re real with yourself, you feel more confident, it doesn’t make you immune to criticism, but at least you can learn to accept the fact that everyone has a right to their own opinion and then It doesn’t have such a serious impact. . You need to remember the criticism you get for your material and the character you play doesn’t define you as a person. I try not to take it personally either.
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While roasting someone, are you cautious of being politically correct?
Most of the time, I go with the flow without being alert at all. However, I try to be as careful as possible to not intentionally hurt anyone’s feelings. At the end of this, we all have to understand that roasting is roasting and my intention is not malicious. This is pure entertainment and is meant for a good laugh. You can’t always be politically correct and the day you start finding logic in entertainment, you defeat the concept of finding escapism within entertainment.
Most of the people or characters I roast are fine with it because they understand it’s done in good taste. However, many times the audience starts trolling the roasted person. Then trouble ensues. When the Internet explodes, no one can control it!
What is art according to you? Do you consider yourself an artist?
I want to see myself as an artist and I have always crept into the idea of being abstract and misinterpreted. Anything that can create a sense of emotion and passion is an art to me.
Is being a YouTuber a sustainable career option today?
I wouldn’t say it’s entirely sustainable as the platform evolves constantly. Other means of promotion are emerging and your content needs to be adaptable and change frequently; Otherwise, there is a feeling of stagnation. You need to be careful about what you do and how you are going to do it. If you do YouTube for the money and not the passion to create, you won’t be able to do it for long.