Darbie Kim Estrebilla is more than a content creator behind the viral videos in the UAE that tackle relationships, self-love, and motivation. As a full-time content creator and a mentor, he helps aspiring vloggers, video content creators, and business owners who want to live a life on their own terms by generating a monetization structure around their passion or business by teaching them his proven steps of video content creation through Rtd Vlogging Academy and Rtd Creations.
“I would love to think that in the current position I am in right now, I am very blessed. Blessed to excel at my chosen field, blessed that it comes with very good pay, and blessed because I am also able to reach a lot of people and help them recover from heartbreak and depression,” he said, pertaining to his Facebook page Real Talk Darbs which has now over 500,000 followers as of this writing.
Estrebilla added that the feeling of fulfillment will not amount to any money and fame when he received a message from a follower who stopped planning on killing herself after watching one of his podcasts about self-love. “That feeling of fulfillment will not amount to any money and fame when I received that message. This is why I do this, everything else is just a bonus,” the Filipino entrepreneur said.
Life in Dubai
The content creator arrived in the UAE in 2012 with only P2,000 in his pockets and a bag full of dreams. His first overseas job was as a customer service representative. After working as a customer service representative for three years, he rose through the ranks–promoted as a sales executive and eventually got promoted in the position of key accounts sales executive. “I was in the corporate world for almost eight years and I’m glad I was able to escape the rate race. I am happy to be living a life on my own terms,” he said.
While in Dubai, he also worked as an illusionist for various hotels in the emirate to earn extra cash. His hard-earned money was used to enroll himself in driving school.
When he was only starting his overseas journey, he recalled coming to a point when buying a AED20 biryani was his only choice after his entire monthly budget got ruined. He also remembers making sure to sleep before 8pm because he needed that much strength to go to his workplace.
“I remember being frustrated one time telling myself ‘3 years na ako dito, wala pa din akong ipon?’ But I kept the faith. Put my head down, worked for a couple of more years. I was patient. Looking back at it right now, with God’s love and guidance, I am happy I didn’t quit and went home. I cherish those struggles,” he said, adding that those experiences molded him to be the man he is today.
“My soul belongs to Dubai.” These, according to Estrebilla, were the words he uttered after arriving in Dubai last March after being in the Philippines for the last six months.
“Dubai reminds me how the world in terms of technology and opportunity. Honestly, with the work that I have now, it is way convenient to work in the Philippines because most of my followers are there but I told myself, I still have a lot of things to do here and so I decided to still make Dubai my home base,” Estrebilla added.
The content creator said Dubai will always be his home, however, when asked about his plans after his overseas life, he said that he plans to have a base in Manila as well so whenever he has projects, he can fly back and forth wherever an opportunity presents.
He advised his fellow Filipinos abroad to be optimistic and to keep on moving.
“Your current situation doesn’t define your entire future. It may seem like you are going nowhere now but trust me, be optimistic and keep moving. I’m not telling everyone to be “always positive” you can’t tell a drowning man “hey! Be positive, you’ll be ok!!” That’s insensitive. Instead, I advise you to be optimistic. Optimism, like knowing that you are in a dark tunnel, but you know that there is light at the end of it. That optimism that there’s light at the end of it, is what keeps you moving despite everything around you is dark. If you haven’t found the light yet, know that it’s still not the end. Reach the light, my friends. Godspeed!” he further added.
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