An A-Level student who started posting videos of herself lip-syncing to Katy Perry songs out of boredom, has revealed she's scrapping plans to go to university because she now earns up to £10,000 a day as an influencer.
Alicia Breuer, 17, who lives in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, explained that she was planning to study a psychology degree, when she began sharing short videos of herself on TikTok last June.
The teenager said her followers swiftly grew from 30,000 to 740,000 on the platform as well as 200,000 on Instagram, leading her to be snapped up by a leading digital talent manager that has helped her to earn between £1,000 to £10,000 a day.
She now earns more than her parents Frank and Tammy who are in their fifties and run an independent financial advice business
Tammy revealed she's giving Alicia her total backing, despite still being a student, saying: 'I see my job as keeping Alicia grounded a bit. She's very excited by what's happening, and so are we.'
Alicia who thanks lockdown for her success, revealed she briefly joined TikTok in March last year but had her account taken down after being hacked.
Alicia said: 'I re-joined last June, to give me something to do during the pandemic, because I wasn't going to school or going out and there was nothing to do when I wasn't studying for my A-levels.
'One or two of my videos went viral, so I thought, "I'll carry on making them", and the views turned into followers, after which brands started calling me.'
Jessica Henig, 31, who is the founder of digital talent manager unlockedbranding, teamed up with Alicia in July.
She has since had the opportunity to work with brands including Lancome, Urban Outfitters, Boohoo, Benefit, Fenty Beauty and Bershka.
Alicia continued: 'If I'm now able to make £10,000 some days, I'm going to focus on my videos more heavily when my last school year ends very soon - as there's no point in me going to university.
'But I don't think I would have even started again on TikTok if the pandemic hadn't come along and I'd have been going to school full-time.'
No one is as surprised as Alicia by the tremendous success of her new career, which she says had simple beginnings.
'The majority of my videos are lip syncing to music,' Alicia said