Anna Šulcová is a star of social networks, watched by more than half a million people every day. She has been Youtubering for a couple of years now and collected several interesting awards. In 2018, for instance, she won the Czech Social Awards, and this May she will be competing against international performers in the Global Social Awards. Thanks to the internet, this 20-year-old beauty is making considerable amounts of money. In an interview with Luxury Prague Life, Anna disclosed what she likes to spend on, spoke about her love life and mentioned there are going to be major changes in her life soon…
Right now I'm going to LA, to the Coachella festival. That’s a secondary thing, though, I'm mainly going there to shoot swimsuit photos for Tezenis, a brand I collaborate with.
Quite a few, I’d say around twenty.
I do. Of course, at the beginning, I was happy for everything that came my way, during the first year. But now it’s a selection process, I rarely say yes.
Probably a fast food chain, although I like them myself and often eat there. But I know it's probably not something I should pass on to others.
I’m not really trying to separate it, because there are influencers who focus strictly on these issues. I leave it to them, I just point out a problem every now and then. I'm not trying to make it a huge thing, because I know people are very controversial nowadays, and it would be very controversial of me. Recently, I’ve been in an aquarium, for example, and I posted a picture of it on Instagram, so I wrote a little bit there, too. But I don’t want to get too deep into it, because it would result in a far too big discussion.
About 580,000 on Instagram, say 430,000 on Youtube, and on Facebook - I don't know, I don’t use that.
People don’t use that anymore. I mean some might, but probably not. Definitely not me...
How do you live? (laughs) That's strange, everything happens there. It’s the social network of the future!
I don't know, I'm not really targeting them at the older generation. I don't want to educate in my videos. Ever since the beginning, I've been claiming that Youtube was fun for me. I wanted to entertain other people, not to pass wisdom on them. On the other hand, I’ve just made a video about graduation that can be helpful for high school students. I graduated last year and it gave me horrible issues, of the psychical kind, because I had no idea what to do. So this could help someone else. But it’s really targeted mostly at the age group of about 15 - 22.
That’s not my thing, I don’t like it, I’ve actually never had any celebration. Clubs, parties... I’m not into that at all.
Not partying in a club. It would be more like going to the cinema, having a good dinner, something calm. People always think I'm a club-hopper, but it’s not like that at all.
Of course, that’s something I'm a bit afraid of, too, that they'll grow up and stop following me. On the other hand, I am starting a partnership with the helpline Linka Bezpečí, which is a slightly different thing, so I think that a couple of new people might be interested. It's different from my usual things. I will try to stick to what I’m doing, because, after all, that’s how I started, that’s how I gained all the followers. But at the same time I want there to be some added value.
Totally, especially in the Czech Republic. Interestingly enough, it used to be much worse at the beginning. When I started, people didn't really want to see me on the scene. But I told myself, "No, I'll stay, I'll keep shooting videos, I'll keep doing what I like." And it seem to have stopped over time.
Of course, I still have haters, it’s not like nothing ever happens. But it's on a much smaller scale. Moreover, I’m trying not to read the comments, but my mom, with whom I talk about everything, is much more upset about it than me, because she really reads it all. She always tells me: "Anička, look what this person wrote about you!" I haven't seen a constructive comment in a long while - nothing like "here is what you’re doing wrong, try to fix it." Rather, it’s one-word comments, cuss words.
I don't, I'm an only child.
Pretty much. Then again I'm a very sensitive person, I used to let them get to me, that’s why I stopped reading them.
You probably mean Adam. I hang out with guys much more than with girls, so I’m not 100 % sure. Adam is my best friend, we kind of started together on Youtube.
Between youtubers overall? That used to be much more common in the past, but it’s more and more about money, which also means more of a competitive attitude. But I don’t really talk to other youtubers - when we happen to meet at an event, of course, we greet each other and have a small talk. But I wouldn't go out for a coffee with them. With my best friend Adam, yeah, sure, we've been a great match since the beginning. I know there's no envy between us, no evil intentions, so we can make videos together, we talk all the time. He’s graduating now, so I’m helping him.
I'm at the University of Finance and Administration, Marketing Communications.
Yeah, but my mom will be moving now, she should be gone in about a month. (laughs) Which is a bit strange, I’m going to stay in our apartment and my mom and her boyfriend have recently bought a new apartment.
That’s been the plan, I’ve even suggested it to my mother. Originally I wanted to get an apartment somewhere in Prague, but in the end, my mum decided that she would move to a newer and bigger place. She’s always wanted a new apartment somewhere in Prague, so she's moving a little away from me. Just about three minutes by car.
I'm definitely going to miss her, but I think we need this, because we sometimes argue about nonsense. I don't cook much, but of course there are things I can prepare.
(laughs) Exactly, there are tutorials. But I’ve never been one of the people who need to eat warm meals, I prefer bread with ham. I always have, so this doesn’t really concern me.
A blog is a written version of a vlog. A vlog means taking a camera, making a video of yourself or anything else, putting it on Youtube and creating video content. A blog is in a written form, it’s like having a diary on the Internet.
I will definitely vlog. But I'm also going to be putting photos on Instagram and I’ll always write something underneath.
I often say I'm on 24/7, which is true. I'm not working 24/7, but I have to check what others are doing, I'm on the phone all the time.
I don't reply to everything. It’s not possible to read all the comments below my videos, there are usually hundreds of them, that wouldn’t work, but on Instagram I try to read everything. But as soon as I see a hate comment, I stop. Then two days later, I’m at it again, it's a vicious circle of sorts. When I go out with a friend whom I haven't seen for ages, though, I'm obviously not on the phone.
In December, we had the Czech Social Awards, where I was nominated in the Go Global category. I won, so I get to go to the world awards - the Global Social Awards. The event will be held in Prague on May 29th and I will represent the Czech Republic in the category of Inspiration and Influence.
It is a big thing. Probably the biggest one that’s ever happened to me, and I'm really proud of myself.
We'll see. There will be influencers from all over the world, of course, so I will gain new contacts, try to meet people. It will be interesting, it’s gonna be huge. Karolina Kurková will be the host and I’m looking forward to the musical performances of Nico Santos and Alma or to Lisa and Lena. I'm a little scared because I don't know what to expect. After all, it’s the world awards…
Yep, they do.
Of course, young people recognize me all the time. It happens daily, especially in the mall, but also on the street. They always want to take a picture and then they walk off.
No, when they come to me, I don't mind. But there are people who stand nearby and take pictures of me secretly, which is unpleasant. But when they come to me, I'm glad because they're usually really nice and they always motivate me to start doing something again.
(laughs) I guess I am. On the other hand, with everything I’m doing, I don't know if anyone would fit into my life. I think I would become very lazy and that I would only focus on him. And then I’d get nothing done.
I do. I used to dance competitively for about seven years, which I totally loved.
Streetdance. I was under Yemi’s tutelage, that was awesome. But I ended just before graduation, because I thought I couldn't handle it. I guess I could have found the time, but... I was simply nervous about that graduation. Later, I tried going to the gym. Right now I'm thinking of taking dance lessons. Just for fun, without any competitive ambitions.
On traveling and for concerts. That's my passion, I love it.
It is true that, being only 20, I’ve already been to a lot of places, but my dream is to visit every continent. I was very surprised by Asia, because I had initially been afraid of going - it is a completely different world. Plus, I went with a friend, just the two of us, so it was a real adventure. I‘d like to mention seeing the great Buddha in Hong Kong, where we had to go by cable car over the city and the mountains, which was breathtaking and I will never forget it.
My scariest experience was the fake terrorist attack at a festival in New York. I really thought I'd die there. And if I were to mention the most stressful situation, it would probably be a lost wallet in Italy, when I didn't know how was I going to get home. But in the end, everything worked out. One needs to leave their comfort zone every now and then.
I don't want to give any numbers, but it was probably my trip to America in 2017, when we traveled along the West Coast and New York.
J ustin was - and still is - my inspiration in never letting go of my dreams. Maybe it's a cliché, but his story of a boy who used to play on the street and became a great star really helped me. That's why I'm trying to convey the idea of "Never Give Up On Your Dreams" to others now, and I receive messages from people saying how much it has helped them and how they are fulfilling their dreams every day. They write to me about their sports achievements, school, personal life - and that makes me happy.
Justin taught me this, and I'm glad that I can "teach" other people the same now. Of course, I love his music, even though I must admit that his style was more to my taste in his beginnings, but I will keep supporting him on his journey. It is worth mentioning that watching his interviews and translating his songs helped me incredibly with my English. And people still ask me how is it that I can speak English so well. I didn’t learn it at school, but by watching dozens of interviews with my favorite artists.
This may sound strange, but I’ve already met everyone I wanted to meet. Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, a lot of my favorite American youtubers… I'd like to keep meeting them over and over again. (laughs)
People can meet me at various events, I don’t determine the price.
I don't even know what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow, so I can't make an educated guess what's going to happen with Youtube in a few years. I hope it lasts for as long as possible, and I will try to keep making videos. I am in college, I’ve just finished my first semester, I’m taking a break and I’m going to resume my studies in October. I'm studying marketing, but I'm not sure if it's really what I’d like to be doing for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I am only 20 and have many years to decide.
I’m flying to Canada at the end of summer, but I don't have any other plans yet.
You know what, I have no clue. If I were to set up a channel now, I’d probably use my whole name. At that time, I had the ambition to shoot in English, so maybe that’s why "Sulc".
Soon, Prague will experience the world's biggest social event. World-famous social network names are heading to the capital for the Global Social Awards, where, for the first time in history, inspiring personalities will be rewarded on an international scale. More than 40 world influencers and personalities connected with digital platforms or social networks will come to Prague. A three-day program including Meet & Greet (May 27), the GLOSA Talks Conference (May 28), as well as the gala evening (May 29) is prepared for fans and experts. The evening will be hosted by Czech supermodel Karolína Kurková and world music stars such as Alma, Alice Merton and others will arrive. Tickets for the pre-party and meetings with influencers or the gala evening itself are also available.