Digital media sensation, Shahveer Jafry, speaks to Mehek Raza Rizvi about life off and on camera
When you first started vlogging, did you think of taking it up as a full-time career?
I started making comedy videos as a hobby and I would still call it one. Iâ€™m lucky to be doing what I love. I believe digital media is going to get even bigger in the future, so itâ€™s definitely a sustainable career choice.
What was your breakout moment?
I have a few good videos, however, Iâ€™m still waiting for a â€œbreakout moment.â€
Tell us about the â€œWolf Crew.â€ How did the idea of building a team occur to you?
Itâ€™s true when they say youâ€™re only as good as your team. I learnt at a young age that itâ€™s important to surround yourself with individuals who can help you grow and achieve the goals youâ€™ve set out for yourself. I wouldnâ€™t be where I am without the energy my team adds to my videos.
â€œI learnt at a young age that itâ€™s important to surround yourself with individuals who can help you grow and achieve the goals youâ€™ve set out for yourselfâ€
Why do some of the recurring faces suddenly go missing from your vlogs?
Iâ€™ve generally been very lucky with the people who Iâ€™ve worked with, including the ones that arenâ€™t part of the team anymore. Sometimes, however, you find your goals and paths differ. That being said, behind the scenes, we all remain good friends.
You conceptualise, record and edit your videos yourself. How much time goes into the production of each video? Run us through the creative process.
Each video takes a few days to shoot and a full day to edit. I wake up everyday not knowing what Iâ€™ll be vlogging that day. I tend to go with the flow.
Youâ€™re based in Canada but your main audience is Pakistani. Do you think of that as a limitation?
I donâ€™t think of it as a limitation at all, because my audience enjoys watching a Pakistani staying true to his desi roots while living in Canada. However, personally I do find making videos in Pakistan a lot more fulfilling.
Most of your audience consists of teenagers and youâ€™ve spoken of them as your biggest asset. Whatâ€™s the key to remaining relatable?
Having a younger audience is a blessing since they grow up with you. You end up becoming a part of their daily lives. I try my best to make family-friendly content, with a lot of energy to keep my self relatable to the younger audience.
â€œMy audience enjoys watching a Pakistani staying true to his desi roots while living in Canadaâ€
Despite the recent drama surrounding Pakistani YouTubers, youâ€™ve managed to stay fairly calm. What are your thoughts on that?
Iâ€™ve realised over time that reacting to drama only drags you down. I try to stay away from it.
â€œMama Jafryâ€ seems to have become a brand in itself through your vlogs. Tell us about your relationship with your mother.
I featured Mama Jafry in one of my vlogs and people absolutely loved her. Like every mother and son, we share a special bond. She keeps me humble and grounded, yet motivates me to dream big.
What is Shahveer Jafry like behind the camera?
Exactly as he is infront of the camera, except much slimmer. Everytime someone meets me in person, they tell me Iâ€™m much slimmer than they had expected.
â€œ If my dreams come true, people will see me in cinemas for sureâ€
Is it true that youâ€™ll be moving to Pakistan soon?
Yes, itâ€™s true and Iâ€™m looking forward to it.
Where do you hope to take your career in the coming years? Is acting on the cards?
Contributing towards the growth and betterment of the Pakistani film industry is the goal. If my dreams come true, people will see me in cinemas for sure.
Short & Sweet
Funniest crew member?
Which crew member offers the best advice?
The one crew member who always messes up a script
Which crew member are you closest to?
All of them
A habit of yours that annoys your team?
Iâ€™m a perfectionist
Describe the following crew members in one word:
Rooh: Model material
Ali bhai: Gumshuda
Whatâ€™s your relationship status?
Forever single. I think Iâ€™ll die single too
Your biggest strength?
Photography: Aadil at Guddu Shani
Project management: Batool at Guddu Shani
Hair & Makeup for western look: Toni & Guy
Hair & Makeup for eastern look: Tooba at Guddu Shani
Styling for Shahveer, Rooh & Sunny: Shamail Butt
Styling for Fatima & Aniqa: Mehek Raza Rizvi
Wardrobe: MANGO, Zuria Dor & Bareeze Man