Smokey Glow, YouTube, Beauty Community, Beauty Guru, Commentary Channels, College

My Interview with YouTuber, Smokey Glow.

There are so many different communities on YouTube that I’m a fan of. Two of them are the drama/commentary Channels and the other is the beauty community (among many, many others). I had been casually watching a Beauty YouTuber/Commentary Channel called Smokey Glow for quite some time. I was in awe of her tell-it-like-it-is personality, yet she still knows how to be friendly, has killer makeup skills, and is willing to open up about her personal life. She showed me over time that she’s beautiful on both the inside and out. When I hit that “Subscribe” Button, I knew I was going to be a fan for life!

I can’t tell you how excited I was and still am that she agreed to do an interview with me! She was so sweet and personable. It was such a pleasure interviewing her and I hope to catch up in the future.

So, enough chit-chat, on to the interview!

1. I love your Youtube channel and have a blast watching it! What inspired you to start a channel?
Awe thank you so much! Honestly, I have no one in my life who loves makeup like I do.  I really loved the idea of starting a youtube channel because I was able to talk to people about new makeup releases and products.  I also have no one in my life who cares about youtube drama so that’s kind of why my channel became a hybrid of makeup and commentary.  I wanted to create a place where maybe 10-15 people would talk to me about things I was interested in and the fact that it has turned into something so much bigger is really exciting.  I love having people in my life who care about all this stuff and actually enjoy listening to me talk about it.
2. I know you’ve talked about your studies before, but could you remind us again what you’re studying and how is school going?
I am studying Social Work at a college in Rochester NY! I actually have been working the past year and a half to get my grades up so I could get accepted into the program, and now I will be starting classes at the end of August.  I’m going to be a junior in college this semester so I know that will come with an increased workload but it’s work I really enjoy.  Social work is something I am very passionate about and I love helping people.  Last semester I interned at the Center for Disability Rights and really enjoyed working in advocacy, but I think in the future I will be more focused on working with kids.  I am 99% sure I want to end up in a school setting but who knows!  College has always been something that I didn’t think I would be successful in but last semester I was able to maintain a 4.0 and I am really hoping to be able to do that again in the fall.
3. What are your plans after college is over? Do you plan to go to grad school or is it time for job hunting in your career field?
I am jumping right into grad school! My school has a program where if you do the 2-year social work program you can get your masters degree in a year! Once I am done with that I plan on finding work! The biggest appeal to working in a school is that I would be able to have summers off to volunteer.  The reason I realized I want to be in the helping field is because I spent 3 months in Nepal volunteering at a school.  The experience was so life-changing and I would love to keep traveling and volunteering in countries that need it as I grow older.
4. I love when you do GRWM’s and talk about the latest YouTube Gossip. Is there any topic on YouTube (or person) that you believe would be off limits? Why or why not?
I definitely think there are things you can’t talk about.  These topics can be really controversial and people are going to have strong opinions.  One of the number one things I try to stay away from is politics.  I live in the US and tensions are really high right now.  I never want to make anyone on my channel feel ostracized.  Another thing I don’t feel is acceptable is anything in regards to someone’s loss, whether it be a physical loss or an emotional one.  When Jaclyn Hill got divorced I saw a lot of people talking about it and trying to turn that into “tea” and it really grossed me out.  I felt the same when I saw people making videos about Nikki Tutorials brother passing away.  To profit from that in anyway is wrong in my opinion.  I really try to not cross the line of being a drama channel.  There are so many amazing drama channels out there that do what they do so well but that just isn’t me.  I think there is a real need for female creators in the commentary community and I would like to keep working on my content to fill that gap.
5. How’s your Project Pan coming? You probably mentioned it, so I’m sorry for bringing it up again, but what made you start? What’s your advice for people that have just gotten started, like me?
I haven’t updated anyone over the summer actually! I really wanted to just kind of do it and give an update in the fall! For some products it’s going really well, and for others it’s been kinda a fail.  I think the best advice I could give someone is to start small and have low expectations.  I really wanted to try and finish 18 products in 2018 and for me that was kinda an ambitious goal.  I’ve realized while I like trying to use up certain products I also really enjoy versatility.  I think I will definitely see pan by December, just not on everything I had initially hoped for.  The last advice I would give is to not get too discouraged if you don’t see pan! Project pans are supposed to fun, so don’t stress if everything doesn’t go as planned!
6. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers, both in the beauty community and outside the community?
In the beauty community, I have been loving James Charle’s content! I think he has some great ideas that will take him far! I also enjoy Raw Beauty Kristi, Tati, Spooky Lips and Fat Hips, Georgia Harris and Thomas Halbert.  Drama channels who I love are Petty Paige, DISHWASHINGLICKWID, Nosy Hausfrau and Peter Monn.  As far as other content goes, I really love David Dobriks vlogs they instantly stop my anxiety.  I have also obviously been loving all of Shane’s new content (who hasn’t), Casey Neigstat, Jenna Marbles and all other commentary channels like inabber, Eddy Burback, Drew Gooden and Danny Gonzalez.
7. Finally, where do you see yourself in the future, both professionally and personally? Do you plan to keep up with YouTube for years to come? I hope so!
I love creating content! No matter how stressed out I am filming and editing videos always makes me feel better.  I 100% do not see this as a career and I frankly don’t want it to be.  This is such a fun hobby and I don’t really ever want it to turn stressful! I Think I will keep making videos as long as I keep having things to say!  I love my channel and am so proud of it and am excited to see where it will go.  It is already 100X bigger than I thought it would get so anything that happens from here is just a huge bonus!
Thank you very much! You are such an inspiration, knowing the career field you want to get into. You are for sure a girl boss! I’m so proud to have been able to interview you and to be able to call myself a forever fan. I wish you the best of luck and blessing in everything you do. Also, I can’t wait to watch your Channel grow more and more, because I know it will!
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YouTube, Interview, Commentary Channels, Commentary, Logical, Natalie, Natlyczek

My Interview with YouTuber, Natalie AKA:Logical

Hi, Sarah DeArmond here, bringing you another one of my favorite YouTube Channels. I admit it, YouTube is everything to me. I tried it years ago but I wasn’t in the right head space for it. (I”ll never let myself live that down!) But, God had other plans. I’m much happier being a blogger/aspiring journalist while interviewing successful YouTubers. This brings me to who I am interviewing in this article:

Meet Natalie. AKA: Logical. There are many, many genres I like on YouTube and the Commentary-Style side happens to be one of them. Logical is one of the best. This woman has it all, beauty, brains, sense of humor, insight, and never talks down to her audience. Even in her Unpopular Opinion Videos, you may not agree with everything Natalie says, but she says it in a respectful way. Like I said, she really gets you thinking. I like that she’s able to be blunt and challenge you without insulting you. Again, the woman is very smart!

I was freaking out when she agreed to do this interview! Natalie was so professional and sweet. I can’t wait for you all to get to know her better. So, let’s get this party started!

 

1. I love commentary Channels like yours, Emma, Honest, Common Nobody, etc. What inspired you to start your channel, and how did you come up with the name?

For the longest time, I would always watch videos that had to do with controversial subjects, and would always have a lot to say about them. I would leave comments but I felt like I was never really able to let my voice be heard. That’s why I decided to give the whole commentary channel thing a try! Coming up with a name was very difficult for me. When I first started my channel, I knew I didn’t want my videos to be extremely biased and opinionated, and driven by feelings. I knew I wanted them to be from a “common sense”, or “logical” standpoint and I wanted to give everyone I talked about the benefit of the doubt. I wanted to present the facts and let people decide for themselves. And that’s where the name came from! 

2. Both of your Unpopular Opinions Videos were great. It’s OK if we don’t agree on everything, that’s why they’re called “Unpopular Opinions”! On your second one, you mentioned more controversial topics such as feminism and the number of genders there are. How was the overall response to both of the videos (especially the second one) and will you ever do a Part 3?

Surprisingly, I had a great response to my unpopular opinion videos. I was quite surprised as to how many people agreed with my opinions. I was expecting a lot of hate, and almost didn’t even upload the second one. But I decided that free speech is something that is diminishing nowadays and I wanted to be an example to people who have a different opinion that it’s okay to speak out even if you get backlash. And I will definitely be doing a part 3 — so keep a look out for that sometime soon!

3. I loved both of your Lele Pons videos, and it’s such a shame you had to take the first one down! Do you think you’ll take on more Instagram “Comedians”, like Piques?

Definitely. Many of these Instagram “comedians” started off on Vine, and there was a reason I deleted it years and years ago. I found all those skits/sketches that many of them do so unfunny and annoying — so I definitely think doing some sort of reaction and commentary to them would be interesting!

4. I have liked Cody Ko for a long time as well and I love that you gave him credit before he hit 1 million subscribers. Who are some other YouTubers you feel like are talented who don’t get the credit you feel like they deserve?

I love Noel Miller, I’m sure you’ve heard of him! He’s Cody’s good friend. I also really like Mikaela Long— although I don’t necessarily think she likes me… Jessii Vee and Hailey Reese, two fellow Canadian Youtubers, seem to have a pretty interesting lives full of paranormal stuff, which I love. Also HeyParis is pretty cool, and she happens to be from Toronto, like me. She has a wild life and I love her story times!

5. You’ve done videos on VERY controversial people before. Such as John Kuckian and Onision. Do you think you’ll take on other controversial people such as (but not limited to) Amberlynn Reid, No Bullshit, Riley J. Dennis, Foodie Beauty, etc., or are these the types of people you would want to steer clear from?

I definitely would. I’m not sure when and on who I would talk about just yet, but it’s definitely something you can expect in the future. I need to figure a bunch of stuff out before I decide to make videos on more controversial people, and I think we all know why!

6. What do you see for yourself when it comes to your channel in the future? Is there anything you’d like to share with us? Also, do you have any other goals outside of YouTube you’ve set for yourself both professionally and personally that you don’t mind sharing?

I definitely want to branch out in terms of my content and talk about more controversial topics. I’ve done it in the past, with my Unpopular Opinions videos, but I would definitely love to do videos that are more in-depth that start conversations and debates. 

As for outside of YouTube, professionally I am currently studying Media Communications. I am not entirely sure what I want to do in this field, but screenwriting has always been an interest to me. Or just working in the film or television industry behind the scenes. 

I love writing very much, and even hope to write a fiction novel one day! 

 

Thank you so much, Natalie. I’ll keep my fingers crossed about you writing a novel because I know I would enjoy it (and so would your fans)!

Also, it was so much fun talking to you and I wish you nothing but the best both professionally and personally now and in the future. But I’m not worried one bit about you because I know you’ve got this!

You can subscribe to Natalie’s Channel, Logical, here and follow her on Twitter here.

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Zachary Michael, YouTube, LGBTQ, Keto, Weight Watchers, Amberlynn Reid, Commentary Channels

My Interview with YouTuber, Zachery Michael.

I love YouTube *reader pretends to be shocked!*. But seriously, I love people, and as an aspiring journalist, I love to interview a wide variety of people. And if those people include YouTubers, then that’s great!

Enter Zachary Michael. I started watching his videos through a recommendation courtesy of another great YouTuber named Michael Lawrence, and I quickly became a subscriber. Not too long ago I reached out to him for an interview and he was so sweet to accept! We talked through Skype and he was such a delight! (Just like his videos!)

Zach’s family loves that he does videos. He started doing them a little over a year ago, which is when he met his boyfriend. I asked what his boyfriend thinks and he loves it! His boyfriend is more on the technical side of film and television but is just as much as into YouTube as Zach is!

I found out that YouTube is more of a hobby to Zach than a full-time career, and that he’s at a crossroads right now in his personal and real-life career since he left his job at the college he worked at.

Speaking of the college, Zach is very much into social justice issues and helped advise a group in the LGBTQ Community on that campus. We talked about social justice issues and found we had a lot of common opinions.

Zach told me that minorities such as non-binary genders should have their feelings taken more seriously and I agreed with him. We also talked about the Kinsey Scale and how it says that very few people are completely gay or straight. Zach went on to tell me that his boyfriend is pansexual, and that while he is gay himself there have been some women and some transgender people that he has found attractive as well.

I went on to tell him that Jeffree Starr is technically pansexual but doesn’t like to put a label on it; and if he doesn’t want to label his sexuality, then that’s his choice. Zach agreed.

I asked about Zach being on Weight Watchers, his decision to go on the program and if he always struggled with weight loss. Zach told me that he was bullied as a kid for his weight and his “presumed” sexuality. When he hit puberty, his body grew and it stretched out, but he kept eating, and because of his great metabolism, nothing happened. Until college. That’s when Zach gained the weight back.

Originally, Zach went on the keto diet and lost weight right away. Some of it eventually came back, though. A friend suggested that he try out Weight Watchers. The weight has been coming off, just not as quickly as on keto. It’s a little frustrating for him, but he likes that it doesn’t eliminate anything and that he can eat almost anything and eat anywhere as long as tracks it.

We got on the subject of Youtuber Amberlynn and her girlfriend Becky. I asked Zach what he thought about their relationship (since he reacts to her Channel) and if he feels like she mistreats her. Zach told me that he likes to assume the best in people unless he sees it for himself. (That’s a good way to look at things, to be honest.) However, he did note that it concerned him that Amberlynn mentioned that she sometimes gets so hungry and angry that she’ll “blackout” around Becky until she gets what she wants. That concerns me, too.

I asked him if he would ever react to Youtuber Amy Slaton. He said that he’s not opposed to reacting to her or her sister, Tammy Slaton, but their videos are pretty long, at thirty minutes. But, he is open to the possibility.

Since he’s been in a loving relationship for a good amount of time, I asked him if he saw children and/or marriage in his future. Zach was a little surprised at first because he wasn’t expecting to be asked that question. I reassured him that he didn’t have to answer, but he kindly said that he’s not interested in kids. However, he is open to marriage if that’s how things play out.

I told him that my dachshund is my child. Zach said that he wants a dog as well and that people get the misconception that because he has worked at a college he must want kids, but that’s not necessarily true. I told him that I always felt like people told me because I’m a woman I must have kids, but I’m meant to be a fur mommy.

As far as the future of Zach’s Channel, there will most likely be more Sims videos since those had good reactions. Zach is also interested in ASMR, but his main audience didn’t like him doing it on his Channel, so he’s thinking about starting a second ASMR Channel. I say, go for it!

Zach is also interested in doing reality TV and would love to pursue it. Again, I say, go for it! I wouldn’t mind doing it, myself!

Overall, Zach was so much fun to talk to and was such a kind person, just like in his videos. I wish him nothing but the best in the future both professionally and personally and I thank him for letting me interview him. Love you, Zach!

You can follow him on Twitter here and please subscribe to his Channel here.

YouTube, Emma, WorthlessRants, Commentary Channels, Instagram

My Interview with the YouTube Commentary Channel: Emma

There’s a great Commentary Channel I discovered on YouTube called Emma. I find her to be both hilarious and refreshingly honest. I love to watch her videos and just nod along thinking, “Yup, couldn’t have said it better myself.” I had to get to know her better, so as an aspiring journalist, I emailed her on Instagram and asked her for an interview. She was very sweet and accepted. I had a blast getting to know her and so will the rest of you! Take it away Emma!
 
1. What made you decide to start doing YouTube and ultimately decide on focusing on commentary-style videos?
My first video was late July and this was when John Kuckian was being talked about and I watched his apology and just kind of decided to make a video. I was previously thinking about making videos because I was playing around with iMovie (I know, cringe). But I was messing around with it and I had a lot of fun.
 
2. Your focus is on YouTubers and I love that! Will there be any videos that focus on A-List Celebrities? 
If my subscribers would want a celebrity, I’d be more than happy to do that. Most of my videos are requested and I enjoy doing them because they’re on Youtube’s I wouldn’t think to make a video on.
 
3. Are there going to be any “heavier” or more “controversial” subjects you’ll eventually focus on? Such as GlitterForever17 and/or Nina Unrated?
I haven’t heard about “heavy controversy” with Glitterforever17, but if that video would want to be seen by my subscribers and they would like my thoughts on it, I’d be more than happy to make that video. But I would like to do videos with more solid information instead of jokingly saying someone is annoying. haha.
4. Are there any YouTubers or subjects that think are “too much” and don’t want to do videos on? Is there a limit as to how far you’ll go when talking about someone or who you’ll talk about? 
In my opinion, nothing is too much. The internet is a no mans land. In my opinion, you can talk about anything, whether it’s offensive or not. I am a very honest person in real life and truly believe that there is no need to sugarcoat anything. I would do a video on any YouTuber, my subscribers just need to tell me who they want me to do a video on.
5. Do you think once you hit a certain subscriber count you’ll do a video in which we get to know a little know more about you?
I would definitely make a video or go live and tell a little bit about myself. I suppose I haven’t really done a video on myself or really talk about myself I definitely believe most of my subscribers, don’t necessarily subscribe for me but just the videos I make and they’re not really interested in me. Which isn’t bad, but I guess if it’s requested, I would do it. I have mentioned that I do live in Florida and that’s pretty much all I’ve spoken about myself.
 
6. How do your family and friends feel about your Channel?
Only 1 of my friends knows about my channel and my family. My family thinks it’s great that I’m able to do something I genuinely enjoy because I’m very interested in film. My family also thinks it’s that I’ve reached almost 20 thousand subscribers, who I’m incredibly thankful for each one.
7. Are there any YouTubers that you’re a fan of and that also inspire you as well as your Channel?
I am a big fan of Emma Chamberlain, not sure if it’s because we have the same name but she’s very enjoyable to watch and I also love David Dobrik; he’s funny and each video is fun to watch and both of them definitely inspire me.
 
Editor’s Note: This interview took place BEFORE the Emma Chamerlain controversy, just to be clear. I mean WAY before then!
8. Finally, where do you see yourself looking ahead? Where do you see your Channel going as well as your personal life?
I hopefully can see my channel continuing to grow, as I’m still trying to find a proper schedule to post because I’ve been inconsistent due to me being busy with my personal life. But I know I’ll eventually get it together and be able to post more frequently as far as for my personal life, it’s going by quite fast. As soon as I finish a video and post, time goes by so fast when I’m doing other things, I realize it’s been a week and I need to post another video, so I definitely need to fix that.
Thank you very much, Emma! I think it’s great that you don’t take any of your success for granted and the fact that your subscribers mean so much to you says a lot about your character. Be sure to follow her on Instagram here and once again, subscribe to her here.