The Mackay woman getting 28 million hits online
SHE'S got more than 28million hits on Periscope and more than 24,000 followers on Instagram thanks to her travel web series.
Sonia Carroll, a former Mackay resident, is the host of Aussie Periscope Girl, a production that focuses on showcasing destinations in Australia to the world online.
Part One: "Night Quarter" family entertainment and markets. Come and enjoy a full array of music, food and so much more. 🎷. Travel with Sonia Carroll and @VisitGoldCoast 🎟🎻 Location: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale. On every weekend 🎷🎭🎷 #NightQuarter #VisitGoldCoast #SeeAustralia #ThisIsQueensland 🎟🎟🎟 Part Two coming up.... @Queensland @Australia @NightQuarter #Entertainment #Improv
The actor said 16 months ago she signed up on Periscope, the live streaming social media platform.
"I thought this is a good way I can do my own travel show in live form," Ms Carroll said.
"I've been building up my community online and showing them around Australia.
"It's exciting, it shows that people like the content.
"I put so much effort and time into thinking what sort of show can I give my audience that they'll appreciate and enjoy."
She said she hopes to inspires others by creating the series on her phone.
"Mobile film quality is exceptionally high now and it made sense to take a chance and create something completely new," Ms Carroll said.
"To combine all my passions - to combine social media with my film and TV industry experience using the latest technology.
"This is the first series shot and created on an iPhone using live streaming periscope footage.
" It's exciting to create the first of its kind for anything in the world."
While she's travelled all over, including to Fiji, Queensland is still Ms Carroll's favourite place.
One of her first videos, made with an actor friend last year, was streamed out of Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island.
"That was really fun," she said.
"That was like a travel reality show, it was really interactive and comedic.
Gold Coast-based Ms Carroll has produced three films previously.
"It's always been something I've enjoyed - editing and creating films," she said.
"You have to be mindful when you are live that visually it looks good."
Ms Carroll said of her tips for filming with a phone is to always shoot in landscape mode.
"If you want to film in portrait mode it won't transition very well to a widescreen TV," she said.
"Really think about audio.
"The audience is very forgiving if the video quality isn't great but audiences are not generally forgiving if the audio quality is bad.
"So do a few tests, and be mindful of the wind, because it can throw your voice off."
Her ultimate goal is to become a travel host, either here or in the United States.
"I would like to do a series in Los Angeles," she said.
"Long-term I'd like to travel around all over, filming and doing live streaming and putting together a web series for each of those destinations.
"With drive, passion and personal vision the time is now to use that waiting time to actually create your own high-quality content with what is right in front of you."
You can view the episodes online via www.aussieperiscopegirl.com