In 2007, Dilara won the Young Film Critic of the Year (sensory-impaired category) - founded by filmeducation x National Film Schools Week Award - and promoted the competition at the House of Commons during publicity campaigns. She went on to study a BA in Digital Film and Television at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD). During her university years, she volunteered for the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) and also wrote for Cochlear Implanted Children’s Society (CICS), British Association for the Teachers Of the Deaf (BATOD) and other publications. After extensive solo travels in Asia and Australasia, when she worked for Deaf Aotearoa and wrote for travel blogs to champion travelling with a disability, she moved to Bristol in 2018 to work at the BBC with See Hear, as a researcher. She now splits her time between Bristol and London.