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In 2010, Lilly Singh was given an ultimatum: In order to forgo graduate school, she had to prove her passion for creating videos on YouTube could be transformed into a career. And she did just that. Today, Singh is a leading content creator on YouTube, with her channel pushing 15 million subscribers and featuring notable guest collaborators including Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, and Michelle Obama. However, Singh’s list of accolades does not stop there. Singh is a NYT best-selling author for her book How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, she has been named one of TIME’s Most Influential People on the Internet and made Fast Company’s list of Most Creative People, and she started a production company, Unicorn Island, that is committed to bringing elevated storytelling to life with an emphasis on underrepresented voices. In 2019, Singh added another facet to her creative career: host and executive producer of her late-night talk show on NBC, A Little Late with Lilly Singh. As the only female host currently on late-night television, Singh is pushing the boundaries in her second season (which aired this January) through inspiring guests, comedic relief, and genuinely being herself.
Though Singh is a natural internet phenomenon and visionary, her internet career wasn’t always her initial path. Upon graduation, Singh intended to pursue a psychology career before she convinced her parents she could build a burgeoning business on YouTube. There’s no denying that Singh is a modern-day creative, successfully expressing herself across multiple platforms and learning every step of the way.