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.

I have an Affiliate Link for Gerard Cosmetics. If you use my link, I’ll make 20% off of what you buy. Thank you!


Interview, YouTube, DISHWASHINGLICKWID, Comedy

My Interview with YouTuber, DISHWASHINGLICKWID.

DISHWASHINGLICKWID is one of the funniest commenter-style YouTubers we have today! The girl not only truly understands comedy but also isn’t afraid to give you her opinion, and yet she still gives off a sense of humility at the same time. That’s rare, which is why we need her on this platform! She can have me rolling on the floor laughing one minute and the next, sitting there having an honest discussion with my husband about her final thoughts.

I’m so thrilled that she agreed to do this interview. I thoroughly enjoyed her answers and please, go give her a follow go Twitter and be sure to subscribe to her Channel. I don’t promote YouTubers I don’t like and I truly am a fan of hers!


Let’s begin the interview! Here we go!

1. First off, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover your channel! But, at least I found you and I’m now a subscriber for life! What inspired you to start a YouTube Channel and did you have any other ideas for your channel before it was officially launched?

I encountered youtube at only 9 years old and I was completely fascinated by the concept. I started making my own skits and rants on my sisters terrible webcam on her computer and would milk any occasion in which I could submit a video for a school project. I would vlog random family occasions, edit and send it to my family group chat, film random videos in school or make overdramatic documentary-style videos about the people in my class. In retrospect, me, sitting in class screaming interview questions across the classroom to my classmates or teacher definitely made me seem more unusual than I already am. However, high school was nearing to the end, and I was left with a creative passion that i had failed to pursue, instead of feeling regretful, I realized how easy it is to make a channel and decided to start vlogging- and that was the beginning of my youtube channel.

2. How do your family and friends feel about you doing YouTube? Were they surprised when you decided to start one?

My family and friends were surprised in the sense that it was about time that I finally decided to start the channel. It seemed like the natural progression for me to express my creativity. All my family and friends are really supportive and make the time to watch my videos when they probably have no interest in what i’m talking about. For the most part, I find watching myself really cringe, so my dad makes it a point to watch all my videos on the tv to embarrass me, which is an odd way to show support, but I appreciate it.

3. Which YouTubers would you say inspire you the most? Would you ever consider doing a collaboration with anyone?

The two youtubers which inspire me the most would have to be David Dobrik and Shane Dawson. David Dobrik is the pinnacle of taking a typical format, such as vlogs, and completely turning them into something funny, creative and unique. However, Shane Dawson is by far my favourite youtuber and a collab with him (or Trisha Paytas- I would LOVE to eat and cry on the kitchen floor) would probably put me into cardiac arrest from joy. Shane Dawson is such a foregrounding channel in the youtube community- and it’s almost crazy to say that I connect so deeply with someone whom I’ve never met, but I think that’s what makes Shane Dawson so likeable, the ability to be real and genuinely relatable which is why he resonates with so many people.

4. Whenever someone is a public figure, there will always be a slew of misconceptions about them. Are there any misconceptions about you that you’d like to address?

This may be quite unconventional but I feel like my youtube channel breaks down any inaccurate preconceived notions someone might have of me. If I were to walk down a street, people may assume things about me or have some sort of judgment about me and I will never be able to address those. However, my youtube channel is a place where I can express my personality, views and opinions, and aside from the occasional hate comment, my youtube comment section and dms is really positive and can feel like a warm hug after a really long day.

5. I loved your video about Kylie Jenner’s brushes! Judging by your videos, it seems like you have an interest in makeup. Do you have any particular brands that you’re a fan of?

Firstly, thank you so much! And as for my interest in makeup it began only late of last year and so I obviously have some learning to do, but a brand which never fails me is Kat Von D. I know everything in which I purchase from her brand is high quality and is exactly what I’m asking for. I love experimenting and trying out new products, but ever since I purchased her tattoo foundation, I’ve never bought another foundation since- it snatches my edges every time.

6. Speaking of beauty, (I promise I’m not kissing up here) but you have a beautiful complexion. Would you mind sharing with us your skincare routine?

As someone who gracefully came out of the womb as a vogue model, I’m offended that you would insinuate that I need a routine to maintain my beauty. That’s obviously a joke and my skin is one of the 7 wonders of the world because I’m always wondering what to do with it. But for the most part, African Black Soap and a witch hazel toner (I haven’t found a moisturiser I stand by yet) has really saved my skin, I obviously get hormonal acne here and there, but for the most part the more consistent I am with my routine, the better my skin appears (go figure).

7. In your personal life, what are your favorite TV shows, movies, books, and music? Are there any particular shows you like to binge watch that you’d recommend?

My favourite tv shows cycle between trashy reality tv (I think I’ve watched every season of Big Brother that has ever been made) and British comedies (for some reason British comedy is just funnier)- as for reading, I enjoy crime or horror books, mainly because I’m too scared to watch a show about it, and as for music not to be a typical ‘I wAs bORN in The WRonG GeneRATIon’ person- but I enjoy older music- MICHAEL JACKSON’S OFF THE WALL ALBUM IS A BOP, or music which as an ‘older vibe’- so anything from The 1975 or Neon Indian has me SHOOK.

8. A bit of a personal topic: we all have causes that we’re passionate about. Are there any that you’re particularly passionate about that you’d like to share?

I’m really sensitive and overdramatic so I get passionate over everything- but something I’m passionate about is self-acceptance, self-love and mental health. The world would be such a better place if people loved themselves, or if people were more open with their emotions. At the end of the day, there are so many people who feel down, whether its a mental illness or life circumstances, and I feel like if people were more open and vulnerable, it would normalize emotion and in turn make people feel better.

9. Finally, what plans do you have for yourself in the future for both your YouTube channel and personal life?

I definitely want to pursue my youtube channel further- as it’s definitely what I’m most passionate about at the moment. However, we all know that youtube is not the most stable. I also find importance in pursuing further education. Before leaving high school, I was quite close-minded in the sense of how I wanted my life to pan out, but at the moment I’m just riding the wave (or tsunami) of life- and if that means pursuing education or dropping out to be apart of a barbershop quartet, instead of being afraid of the unknowingness of the future, I’m instead excited.


Thank you very much! Once again, I love your answers and am so happy both as a fan and as an aspiring journalist that you agreed to do this interview. I’ll never forget this!

Subscribe to her Channel here! (FYI: At the end of her videos, she’ll say that you can “subscribe or not, “I don’t give a f**ck!” I love that and it gets me laughing every time!)

Interview, YouTube, Rachel Oates, Athetisim, Mike and Debbie Pearl

My Interview with YouTuber, Rachel Oates

When I announced on Facebook that I was going to do an article based on my interview with YouTuber Rachel Oates, some people were excited yet a little surprised. I’m a devout Christian and Rachel is a very outspoken Atheist. For those of you that have read my blog before (hi there!), you’ll know that I strive to reach out to different people (not just YouTubers) with a wide range of views and/or beliefs, but I need to connect with them on some level. If I don’t feel any connection whatsoever, then I don’t know what could be gained from having a conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I love being challenged, but if I know it’ll just be a long argument, then again, what’s the point?

Just like everyone else on this blog, I felt a connection with Rachel through her content. I found her to be an intellectual, funny, pretty and such a delight to watch. Yes, we disagree on some major things such as Religion, but I always felt like she’s been non-judgmental with her content. That’s important to me. This is another reason why I felt the need to reach out to her and interview her -that and I wanted to challenge myself and open up a dialogue with someone intelligent who had a different opinion.

I tried to do an interview with Rachel at one time with her a few months ago but wasn’t able to follow through because I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I was going through a difficult time. Not only did Rachel completely understand, but when we did the interview she made sure I was doing OK. I can’t tell you what that meant to me. Thank you, Rachel.

I asked Rachel how she got started on YouTube, and she told me that she never meant for it to be a full-time job. It was after she had graduated from college (or Uni, as they call it in the U.K.) and was working for a social marketing team that she started casually vlogging about makeup and fashion. Around this time her boyfriend, Dan told her that she could do this full-time. Unsure, she gave herself six months to see. Luckily, it worked out, because she ended up getting 40,000 subscribers! That right there, made her realize that she should be doing this full-time.

She told me it was around the six month testing period when she stopped doing her makeup and shopping vlogs. Rachel wanted to talk about atheism, critical thinking and making people laugh. I told her that as a Christian myself, I enjoy her content. I assured her that I’m not trying to convert her, but I felt that it was important to let her know that we’re not all homophobic like Girl Defined. (Watch one of her many excellent videos about that here.) We discussed the difference between what Paul said and what Jesus said. For instance, Paul talked about homosexuality, but Jesus never mentioned it, nor did he talk about premarital sex. Paul talked about a woman cutting her hair, but Jesus did not. Rachel understood completely where I was going and agreed. From there, she mentioned the rules about not eating shellfish and not wearing clothing with more than two pieces of fabric woven together. We happily agreed with each other that a lot of these “rules” are irrelevant!

I want Christians to know that when Rachel does her atheist videos, this isn’t coming from a place of hate. Rachel doesn’t come from a religious background and has always been a woman of science. Just like many people who are big into that field, Rachel wants proof there is a God, and she doesn’t see that there is one. I told her that I was on a podcast called Hope After Faith (Great Podcast!) in which I said that I believe that atheists go to Heaven as long as there’s no evil in their heart and they aren’t murdering anyone. I told Rachel that I don’t believe God has a book that He keeps and goes, “Oh, you didn’t do this little thing right here, you’re going to Hell!” Rachel agreed that many Christians do seem to disagree on what type of God they believe in and I told her that I was always taught to believe in a loving God. Rachel liked hearing that.

I mentioned her video in which a man who claims to be Christian justified staying in an abusive relationship because it’s “Biblical.” I told Rachel that I didn’t want to say too much because it’s still hard on me, but I thanked her for making her video, telling people like him to stop justifying abuse. I then told her about my friend that was in an abusive relationship and that it didn’t have a happy ending. Rachel said compassionately, “Sorry about your friend.” I thanked her. It was a very sweet moment. So Rachel, once again, thank you.

I then told her how much I love her video about the Pearls and her reviews on their books. One of the reasons why I won’t watch Fuller House is that Candace Cameron Bure uses Debi Pearl’s disciplinary guide on her children (which turned out to be the book I’m about to mention) and my response was, “Nope, nope, nope.” I asked her what got her into reviewing their books. She said that someone she knew suggested a book by Debi. As Rachel read one of Debi’s books, she did her research and couldn’t believe what she found on their website! This is where she found the horrifying book written by her husband, Mike Pearl, To Train Up a Child. That’s when Rachel knew she needed to review that book. (I highly recommend you watch the video. I warn you though, it’s intense.) I told her that I enjoyed her review. We talked about how awful their disciplining is and she said sincerely, “Those poor children.” I agreed and we went on to talk about the children who have died as a result of the Pearls’ advice! I’m glad there are wonderful people like Rachel out there calling them out.

I asked her what made atheism the route she felt like she needed to go. (I reassured her that I wasn’t trying to convert her.) Rachel was cool with the question and said that she didn’t grow up in a religious family or around religion and that she’s always been a person that feels like she needed proof of someone or something’s existence. That’s just who she is, and her boyfriend Dan has always been the same way.

I asked how she and Dan met. It was a very lovely story! The two of them were in the same college as one another but didn’t know each other for a while. One night Rachel was in a dorm room at a party with her friends and Dan was there with his friends as well. Their groups were “party hopping” that evening and their groups kept winding up in the same places. What’s cute is that at first, Rachel thought Dan was kind of a jerk because he has a very distinguished accent and she thought he had a bit of an ego by the way that he talked to her. Turns out, Dan spent a lot of time in growing up Brazil, Singapore and India so he has a pretty strong accent in his voice when he talks that’s not very British, which might make him sound like he’s full of himself, but that’s just the power of what one’s accent can do! Anyway, as I was saying, the two of them kept bumping into each other all night, and they were the sober ones out of their group of friends. Dan and Rachel started talking and agreed that they didn’t want to be up all night partying. But, they ended up staying up until 6 A.M. watching Doctor Who clips on her phone because they found out they’re both fans of the series! Once 6 A.M. hit, someone approached them in the dorm room and asked why they were still there at 6. Rachel and Dan realized they had lost track of time, exchanged numbers and became best friends very quickly after that. A relationship didn’t happen right away. Dan had just gotten out of a relationship with a girl who hadn’t been good to him, so it was good that they took their time. It was three months into their friendship that they were dancing at a club when Dan looked at her and said, “I think I’m falling in love with you.” Rachel wanted to chat about it, they did and agreed to start dating. (I told you it was a lovely story!)

Speaking of Doctor Who, I freaked when I found out that they’re fans of the show! I told her that I have a thing for Peter Capaldi and that I’ve liked Billie Piper since I was a teen. Rachel said that she always liked her, too! I then shared with her that when my husband and I were dating, we were watching the premiere episode with Christoper Eccleston as the Doctor and I told him I was already a fan of Billie. My husband responded by saying, “You know who she is?!” (For those of you don’t know about Doctor Who, basically the series continued with Christopher Eccleston after it went on hiatus from 1989-2005.) Rachel and I talked about how much we loved Billie’s song, “Because We Want To”! (Ah, memories!)

I got to know some interesting tidbits about Rachel, like the fact that she’s a geek such as myself, that she likes DC more than Marvel, and that has more male friends than friends than female. I asked her if there was a specific reason why she preferred guys to girls. She said there wasn’t and that she actually has a group of girls that are close to her, but overall she just simply prefers guys over girls; nothing to it more than personal preference.

As for her future plans, she wants to continue with both her Channel and her photography -which is quite good, and that she wants to take more classes in photography so she can polish her skills more.

Oh, before we finish, I wanted to tell you all how she and Dan adopted their dog, Kyra. The two of them had traveled two trains over to the shelter for a dog and were left without one because they were told WHEN THEY GOT THERE they didn’t have the dog they wanted there anymore. Shortly after that, they were able to adopt Kyra from an animal shelter only forty-five minutes from their flat (known as an apartment to us Americans). Kyra is 5, and the two of them take such good care of her. The name of the shelter they adopted her from is named Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. While we were on the phone, there were times she talked to Kyra and at one point in time said, “Sorry, that’s my dog voice.” I said, “Oh no, I do that with Baxter!” She replied, “Good, it’s not just me!” (I love how much she and Dan love Kyra!)

We said our goodbyes and now I’m here, reflecting on the wonderful conversation. I’m so thankful and blessed I got a second chance to interview one of my favorite YouTubers whom I admire so much.

Rachel, you are not only beautiful on the inside and out, but you are smart, hilarious, and your love for both people and animals is endearing. May you be successful in whatever you do.

Please be sure to check out her Channel and here and subscribe while you’re at it, no matter what faith you are. Follow her on Twitter here, Instagram here, Facebook here and you can listen to her Podcast here.

Here is her merch store: (Pretty cute if you ask me!)

Here is her P.O. Box Address:

Rachel Oates
Unit 16588
PO Box 6945




Brodan White, HoorayPerfect, YouTube, Comedy, Podcast

My Interview with HoorayPerfect (Brodan White).

I don’t know if a lot of you know this, but I’m a 90’s kid, and the worst comedian to come out of that era was Adam Sandler. Now with social media, we have “Instagram Comedians.” Which is a whole different kind of cringe-worthy *ahem* humor in of itself? Thankfully, YouTube has given us genuine comedians as well. Let me proudly introduce you to Brodan White, who runs the Channel HoorayPerfect. My husband is the one who taught me what good comedy is, so I think I’ve got a pretty good eye for good, comedic humor. (Please excuse the humble bragging!) I hope by the time you get done reading this interview, you will get to know what a good person Brodan is and will become more interested in his Channel and even more importantly, click that subscribe button!


Now, onto the interview!
1. I am so happy I found your Channel and have no doubt it will gain more and more of a following than it already has! What inspired you to start YouTube and did you know in the beginning you wanted to go into comedy?

Thank you! I’ve always known I wanted to go into comedy. I initially had the idea of going to as many open-mic nights as I could to perform stand-up, and do that for years on end until I catch a break. But a few years ago I noticed how much time I was watching people on YouTube just making fun of others, or trends, or whatever it may have been. I distinctly remember thinking about how I could be doing a much better job than them at it. So I went to Google, brought up two random word generators, and it gave me “Hooray” and “Perfect.” Easily the dumbest name ever, but ironically it sounded kind of condescending. That was the birth of the channel.


2. As evidenced in this great video, this Channel called “DWLF Game” tried to *ahem* give you tips about working out as well as…other things! You had a great response as well as showed that you don’t need “tips”! What was the overall reaction from your awesome response video? Did they ever respond (again) as well?

I think this will always be my all-time favorite video that I’ve created. People seemed to really get a kick out of it and it’s still stuck around as a talking point throughout the life of my channel. Pickup artists have always come off as narcissistic to me, so I was pretty harsh on them with my jokes. They did respond… quite angrily, with 6 response videos I think, which proved my point that they were egotistical. They couldn’t fathom the idea that somebody doesn’t think they’re cool, so they let their egos come out. I think being made fun of is a good thing. It takes people down a notch when they get a little bit too self-absorbed. I can’t believe people actually get bent out of shape over jokes about them. You’ve got an entire life to live. You can’t constantly allow yourself to be defensive. That sounds miserable. Just keep moving forward if you truly think you’re living properly.


3. As evidenced in the video I linked to above, I can tell you take health and fitness seriously. (I do, too, so I really respect that.) Is that why it bothers you when Instagram Fitness Models create these accounts and show off their bodies that no woman can live up to? (The video you did about it was great, by the way!)  

I think it’s tragic that so many of these ladies on Instagram are promoting the ridiculous detox teas or their little 8 week booty workout plans. Not a single one of them got their physiques by drinking tea. They’re making so much money by promoting this crap to women that are new to fitness and simply don’t know any better. The majority of them are just naturally athletic and photoshop their pictures. It’s not just women though, it’s men too. But I felt particularly sympathetic for women though because it seems like the female models push it a lot more. I’ve been lifting and taking diet seriously for 8 years now, so I know how difficult it is to progress. I’d rather people just workout for the sake of their health, and nobody promotes that, just the physical aspect. I’m probably going to make another video on this topic too. In my opinion I didn’t do it enough justice.


4. How much has your life changed (both professionally and personally) now versus when you first started uploading to YouTube?

I had social anxiety ever since I was a child. When I started posting to YouTube, it began to go away, almost completely. I wonder if it’s because I finally released all these thoughts I’ve had – perhaps I was fearful of giving my opinion my entire life. So that’s been an unexpected blessing. Also, only a few people who personally know me, know that I have a YouTube channel. And that’s hilarious to me. I’ve never posted anything YouTube related to anywhere other than YouTube. I refuse to talk about my channel in my personal life.

I’ve had a handful of popular YouTubers message me on Instagram, as well as a few other people with some sort of stature. So that’s been surprising. Job-related, I was once given a position where an employer offered me the most money I’ve ever been offered. It was practically a done deal until the morning of my first day. They called me and said that they did a Google search on me. They found my channel and told me to not come in. I literally laughed so hard about that and thought to myself, “I’m probably not meant for this 9-5 thing at this point.”


5. Are there any specific comedians and/or YouTubers (who may also be comedians) that inspire you and the type of comedy you do?

I respect so many comedians out there. Dave Chappelle is my favorite. I also really like Chris D’Elia and Theo Von. They’ve got such unique personalities. Those guys are one of a kind, and that’s what I strive to be. I’m a huge South Park fan too, so I love Trey Parker and Matt Stone. As for YouTubers, Ethan Klein (h3h3Productions) has always been my hero on there. Plus he practically paved the path for others like me within that same genre.


6. What tips would you give someone wanting to start a YouTube Channel?

It helps to have a purpose. For myself, I genuinely want to make people laugh and it feels natural to me. So definitely choose something you’re good at. Don’t mimic anybody. If another artist sounded too similar to Beyoncé, that person would never make it. We already have Beyoncé. We don’t need another one. That’s why you have to be different. Personally, I really didn’t see anyone on YouTube with that crude sense of humor, like South Park or Tosh.0 has. If they did, they didn’t show face, which is pretty cowardly in my opinion. I wanted to bring that type of humor to YouTube with a face behind it. I’d also say, keep in mind that creating a successful channel takes a ton of diligent work. You more than likely have to be a unidimensional person. I’m not even working to my full potential yet and it’s still mentally and emotionally exhausting. But worth it.


7. Looking ahead, just past 2018, what direction would you like to see for yourself both professionally and personally?

I’m going to be putting in a ridiculous amount of time towards YouTube for sure. I’ve been enjoying it so much lately. The channel grows every single day and I’ve received hundreds of encouraging messages from people on Instagram and Twitter, which tells me I’m doing something right. Meanwhile, I’m aiming to move to the LA area as soon as I can. I’d like to stay where I’m at now in St. Louis, but in order to progress and become more involved in stand-up comedy, it obviously helps to be near all the action. YouTube will of course help build me an audience, but I want to be considered a legit comedian.


Thank you very much Brodan! It was such a pleasure talking to you and I thought you were very sweet and thoughtful! I hope we can do a followup interview down the road as your Channels grows so we can catch up! I wish you the best of luck and will keep tuning into your Channel.

Please follow him on Twitter here, Instagram here, his Facebook here, his Snapchat here and you can listen to his Podcast here.


Panicked Antics, Interview, Youtube, Slay& Shade

My Interview Panicked Antics

As I do with many of my new favorite people I find on YouTube, I discovered our newest rising star, Panicked Antics under my “Recommended” page. What caught my eye was that she seemed to have an ongoing series called “Slay & Shade” in which she would talk about certain people on YouTube. I had to check this girl out!


Turns out, I was right to. The normal theme of her videos is that she’ll put on her makeup (sort of like a “Get Ready with Me”) and will talk about a particular YouTuber. I love makeup and I love gossip, so I was hooked right away!


While Panicked Antics and I don’t like/dislike all the same people on YouTube, that’s OK. There are plenty of people that I’m a fan of, who I’ve featured on my blog that I’ve haven’t 100% agreed with. The point was that I felt a connection with her.


I asked her if she wanted to do an interview and she was quite lovely when we talked about the idea. As the date approached, I was looking more and more forward to it. I was very impressed with the person I was talking to through email (even more than I had been through YouTube)!


Right off the bat, she was as sweet as she could be! I loved how her dog joined her on the couch while we talked on Skype! She told me that she and her husband adopted him from a shelter. That’s beautiful. My husband and I did that with our son/dog, too. We talked some about her husband. They have been married nine years. They first met at a birthday party when she was still with her ex-boyfriend (now best friend). She admitted there was an instant attraction between her and her future husband, but she was unavailable at that time. Later, when she was single, her ex that he suggested they go see a local metal band with some friends; one her future husband happened to be in. After the show, the two exchanged numbers and they’ve been together ever since!


I asked her how she became vegan. (She talks about that some on her Channel.) She told me that her brother gave her a book about veganism when she was a teen and she was horrified about what was happening to animals, and it changed her. I told her that I admired her lifestyle. She admitted that she feels like some vegans are too militant. I told her that I feel that some Christians (I’m one, by the way) are too militant as well.


We went on to talk about the hypocrisies within both the Atheist and Christian communities. I told her that I feel like certain Christians are too homophobic and that people within the LGBTQIA Community do go to Heaven. In fact, I have family members that are gay and are Christians. She said that I’m her “kind of Christian!” (Love her!)


I asked her what made her come up with “Slay & Shade”. She said that “Slay” could be her doing her makeup and “Shade” could her be her talking about YouTubers. (That’s why we love her Channel!)


On to the subject of makeup and what she likes. She told me that she likes cruelty-free. When it comes to her skincare routine she likes cleansing oil, and at times she likes to use Micellar Water. She’s used Pacifica, but is turning away from that and is looking for some more general face washes.


We talked about the lack of shade ranges out there and that she really got me thinking about what she’s said about Tarte and Wet n’ Wild. She also mentioned Sunday Riley and Pacifica don’t have wide shade ranges and neither does Lancome’. Again, she really got me thinking. So, thank you for that. (Seriously, thank you. We need to demand more shade ranges. I sincerely thank you for getting me out of my comfort zone.)


I noticed she was wearing a Shane Dawson shirt. Turns out, we’re both huge Shane Dawson and Ryland Adams fans! We love them as a couple and it was such a delight seeing her wear Shane’s cute hoodie! (I adore Shane, but I’m a pretty big Ryland fangirl, I must confess!)


I asked her what her most popular videos have been. She said it would either have to be John Kuckian (watch it here) or Lucia Tepper. I told her that her Lucia Tepper one was great. (It really was! Have a look here.) I told her how much I enjoyed her one on SSSniperwolf, as well. We agreed that she’s beautiful and a good gamer. We also agreed that instead of bullying other female gamers, she could bring them together, but it might be too late for that. We also suspect that her boyfriend might be a bad influence on her. (It’s really heartbreaking because she’s clearly too talented, and as we said, too beautiful to be behaving that way and to tolerate having a boyfriend that puts down other women and shames them.) I then told her about how my husband is a big gamer and how I’m more of a casual one, but we welcome female gamers in the community, so it’s heartbreaking to see SSSniperwolf act the way she does. She agreed.


We talked about a few things we sort of disagreed on. I’m a big Here for the Tea fan, while she sort of is. (She did a Slay & Shade on her, too. No, I wasn’t offended. We can agree to disagree.) We talked about the Drama Channel “Fighting” that was going on during that time and I told her what I saw from “my” end. I was impressed to see how open she was to hear what I had to say.


At the same time, she told me how Petty Paige sang a song for her and her husband’s anniversary. I have to admit, that’s pretty sweet! I told her that although I’m not a fan (at least, not anymore), I’ll recommend certain videos of hers if I feel like the occasion calls for it. (For instance, someone didn’t know who a certain controversial YouTuber was, so I told them that even though I’m not a Petty Paige fan, that she did a great video on that person.) When I told Panicked Antics that, I loved how well she took to that and said that she liked my approach!


Note: Since this interview, more “drama has gone down between her and Here for the Tea and she has now been blocked by HFTT. Although I’m a fan of HFTT’s, I respectfully disagree with her decision.

On another note, HFTT & Petty Paige have since made amends. Since then, HFTT has taken a break from YouTube for personal reasons. On that note, I am praying for her and wishing her the best. Now, back to the interview!


I asked if she ever heard back from anyone she spotlit in her videos. The first was her Peter Monn video. What happened was Peter Direct Messaged her on Twitter and said that she not only gave him a lot to think about but she also inspired him to start doing his rant style videos while he’s driving again! Talk about class!


The next was her “Rants in PJ’s Rants” video that she sometimes does instead of “Slay & Shade.” This time it was about the beauty guru Thomas Halbert. Those of us who know who he knows that he’s talented, but will also block people in a minute, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he took what she said to heart and applied some of her advice to his videos. She messaged him not too long afterward and asked him if he was angry about the video and he thought the video was very constructive.


Note: Thomas now has us both blocked due to his giveaway scandal. To see the video that started it all. click here. To see my interview with GadgetBeast30, click here. To see Panicked Antics’ video on the subject, click here.


I was surprised to hear when she said that the one video she regrets was her Thrift Thick one. I asked why that was because I liked it. Although she stands by what she says, she said that Thrift Thick (Cassie) “looks like she smells like cat piss.” Panicked Antics admitted that it was a comment she originally read about Cassie that was quoting, but she felt horrible about it. Afterward, she tried to reach out to her and say that the “cat piss” comment was something she regretted/regrets. Cassie has her blocked, but she was able to find a way to reach out to her. Sadly, she never heard back. So, Cassie, if you’re out there, the woman I talked to is no bully and I can tell you in with 100% confidence that she’s sorry and feels horrible about that comment.


I asked her about who she likes to watch and she mentioned people such as iNabber. I also found out like me, she’s a fan of true crime TV shows and the I.D. Channel. I asked her if she had heard about the woman who survived Ted Bundy. Her eyes opened wide and she said, “NO!” I told her as soon as she gets a P.O. Box, I’ll send her the book. (I’m keeping that promise, by the way!)


I told her that I have empathy for those that have addictions because addiction (mainly alcoholism) runs in my family, so I gently asked her about both her drinking (which she’s openly talked about) and how she’s been since her grandmother died. She took care of her grandmother in hospice care in her and her husband’s home for the last six years of her grandmother’s life, so they knew the end was near. But it was still very hard on her. She admitted that maybe she didn’t fully prepare (to be fair to Panicked Antics, there’s no way to fully prepare), but her death was truly hard on her and quite depressing.


I got to hear a lot of sweet stories about their closeness, and how when she was growing up she and her grandmother would go on a “hunt” to see who could find the lowest priced cosmetic in a certain store. She also told me that she knows that if her grandmother were to find out that she (Panicked Antics) was so depressed over her death, she wouldn’t be happy about that or want it whatsoever.


This brings me to her drinking. I learned that like me, alcoholism runs in her family. Not only were her grandparents on her Dad’s side alcoholics, but so was her Dad. She told me that as a kid, she would find empty beer cans. Her Father would come home drunk. Her parents would fight over it, and all this turned her brother and sister away from drinking. She said that one would think it would do the same for her, but it didn’t. She went on to tell me that, while she doesn’t drink daily when she does drink she’ll “crush a six-pack.” Her husband asked how he could help and if he should give her the sort of tough love approach. Fortunately, they’re learning what does and doesn’t work and she’s getting it under control. She’s also learning that she can never go back to being a casual drinker. I’m very proud of her and am rooting for her. I believe in her and I know that she will be successful in her journey to sobriety, and anything she puts her mind to because she’s just that driven and smart! (I’m not kissing butt, I mean what I say when I say it!)


I asked her about the future of her Channel and she talked about her plans to edit more and do content with her husband (such as him reacting to beauty guru’s). Sounds amazing! As far as her personal life goes, she wants to keep working in hospice, and she and her husband want to move into a bigger house.


I want to encourage you all to not only tune into her Channel (here’s the link, once again), but to subscribe and follow her on Twitter. (She told me that she doesn’t really keep up with her subscribers, but knows that she’s almost at 1,000! I have a feeling she’ll be going way beyond that!)


Since this video, she has surpassed that! Congratulations!


Panicked Antics, it was such a pleasure talking to you. I found you to be quite enjoyable and you were such a doll! You truly are beautiful on the inside and out! Remeber, you can do anything you put your mind to, just never stop being you because you’re perfect as you are.


Oh, before I go. If she ever comes out with merch, her first shirt should say, “No, No, No!” I think it’s adorable when she does that! (Like in her awesome Lucia Tepper video)!


I wanted to add something. Recently, Panicked Antics came under fire for her response to a MannyMUA video about the death of his dog. Sadly, a lot of people misunderstood where she was coming from and called her names like “sociopath” and “bipolar.” As someone who has Bipolar, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD, these responses bother me. I can honestly say that I consider Panicked Antics to be a friend of mine and on top of that, I also consider myself an activist for many causes, including mental health. So, when people say this kind of stuff to her, it hurts me deeply.


If you have a problem with the way she is dealing with mental health, why not open a discussion with her instead of calling her names? It may not always feel good to do the right thing when you feel so strongly about something in the heat of the moment, but you end up making yourself look bad by saying mean and hurtful things that you can’t take back. On top of that, you’re being hypocritical.


She has now set the video to private and made a followup video. Please give it a watch and keep an open heart this time. Thank you.

Beau-Tea With Ashlee, YouTube, Interview

My Interview with YouTuber Beau-Tea With Ashlee.

I recently got to know a gorgeous, fun and takes-no-prisoners YouTuber named Ashlee Mayorga, but you may know her as Beau-Tea with Ashlee, in which she will either do a chit-chat with her viewers, a GRWM, (Get Reay With Me) or a Spa Night, but we always end up “sipping up tea” together, Whether we talk about what’s going on with YouTube, shady businesses, her personal life, nothing is off the table with this brave beauty-and that’s one of the many things I love about her!

Below is our interview! As always, I hope you hop over to her Channel and subscribe because you I have no doubt you will adore you as much as I do!

Update: As of May 28th, 2018, Ashlee uploaded a video entitled “The End.” You can watch it here (and I encourage you to.) Let me assure you the video has NOTHING to do with her pregnancy, but something very difficult she’s going through. But, Ashlee is a queen and I know she will get through this by the Grace of God, the love of her friend and family, the love she had for herself and her own baby, she’ll come out victorious. So, in addition to subscribing to her Channel (don’t do it out of sympathy, do it because you connect with her and enjoy her content), be sure to show her some love.

Ashlee, you have my full support. As I told you before, you are beautiful on the inside and out and I have no doubt you will make an excellent mother.

Now, onto the interview!

1. Congratulations on the pregnancy! How are you doing?

Thank you so much! Baby L and I are doing great!

2. I recently discovered your Channel and love it! You’re very beautiful, smart and entertaining. What inspired you to start one?

You’re so kind, thank you. To be quite honest, I’ve always had a love for being on camera. Even at a young age, I thrived when the camera was on me. I always asked family members to record me dancing or singing, and they always did (or they at least acted like they were, just to get me to shut up about I participated in my elementary school’s tv news program as the “entertainment specialist”, I mean, wherever there was a camera, I had to be there. Then YouTube came along, and it opened up a whole new world for content creators like myself, people who have a passion for something and they wanted the platform to talk about those passions. I had been binge-watching beauty videos for about a month, and something about those videos inspired me. So one day, I was bored and decided to sit down and film my first video on my old laptop. The rest is history.

3. You made a very good video a while back about your PCOSI’m sorry you have it, by the way. How has it affected you since your diagnosis, how do you treat it and how has it affect your pregnancy so far. because I know you feared not becoming a Mom because of it?

While that PCOS video was hard for me to make, I knew that I wanted to use my platform to talk about it. It stinks having it, but I don’t let it get the best of me. The only thing it’s affected in my life is my eating habits. I have to be super careful about what I eat, and of course how MUCH I eat. When you have PCOS, the daunting task of losing weight becomes SO MUCH MORE of a hassle. It’s very hard to lose weight, but it isn’t impossible. As far as treatment, I’ve been on a daily regimen of Metformin (750 mg) 2 times a day. That, along with my new eating habits have definitely made a difference in my diagnosis, and I haven’t had any cysts grow in a little over 8 months. As far as the pregnancy, because of the PCOS, and because of my 2 previous miscarriages, I am considered to be a high-risk pregnancy. Because of that, I have to see doc more often than other women who haven’t had to deal with these issues. However, that doesn’t bother me for 2 reasons: 1.) Baby Larchemallow (our nickname for nugget) is constantly checked in on. One of the scariest things about being pregnant is the waiting periods between doc visits. I hate not knowing if everything is okay. Because of the PCOS, I don’t have to worry about that.  And 2.) I get to see our miracle every visit. That in and of itself makes the entire ordeal worth it.

4. Are there any misconceptions about you that you’d like to clear up?

That’s a really good question! The only thing that comes to mind is the fact that people love to leave hate comments on my videos ( fat, ugly, stupid…etc the comments that are pure bullying) thinking it bothers me. That seems to be a BIG misconception. Comments like that don’t bother me at all. If anything, they make me feel sorry for the person posting those comments, sorry they wasted minutes of their life trying to offend me, and it was all for nothing. You could be using that time to visit family, or read a book, or doing something that makes you happy since you obviously aren’t very happy. It’s sad, really. I’m a very strong person mentally, and I am 1000% comfortable in my own skin. I know who I am and what I am about, and I make sure that shows in my content. I welcome those nasty comments because 1.)that’s engagement, so thank you for that! And 2.) I would much rather you send me those kinds of comments and let ME absorb that hatred if it meant keeping you from saying those things to someone who perhaps can’t handle that sort of thing. Saying things like that to the wrong person can have catastrophic consequences. You need to have thick skin to be able to handle social media trolls. It shouldn’t be like that, but unfortunately, it is. It can be a VERY toxic place

5. I have found your videos exposing Younique to be very brave and that’s how I initially discovered you. (You can find them here and here.) I quickly became a fan because of you’re “take no prisoners attitude” about it. I forget, what made you decide to start speaking out? Have you seen the other videos on YouTube where former consultants have spoken out as well?

In the words of the great Mantis I “kick names and take ass” (Infinity Wars reference…thought it fit quite perfectly lol). To be honest, I had gotten so tired of the constant DMs from the Younique Presenters asking me if I’d like to try their “LIFE CHANGING” 3D mascara out. I mean, I was blocking SO MANY PEOPLE EVERY SINGLE DAY because of it. I had posted about my experience using their mascara a long time ago, thinking it would ward them off, but no. They push, and push, and push until they make that sale. It got to the point where I had dealt with enough of their crap, and I started digging deeper into the company. From that research, my videos were “born”. I did watch a few videos from ex-presenters, and have gotten the opportunity to speak to ex presenters through email…and all of them have the same stories to tell. Terrible treatment, questionable selling tactics, being told to keep quiet about the obviously flawed products in order to make sales, false marketing….the list goes on. Younique isn’t the only company guilty of these things, and because of that, I intend to research and expose all the MLM’s (or ANY brand for that matter) that are guilty of any of the aforementioned issues.

6. Would you ever like to do any collaborations with any YouTubers and if so, who would they be?

I’d love to do collabs! I think they can be fun if done correctly and with the right person.  I absolutely love Meghan Hughes and would love to work with her on a video. I just love her “vibe” and admire her for the person she is. Not to mention, her taste in music is impeccable.

7. I know you’re in the middle of moving and if you’ve covered this already, I’m sorry I’ve forgotten, but, do you plan to be a stay at home mom or eventually go back to work? If you want to go back to work eventually, what career do you have in mind?

I haven’t really given that any thought. I’m kind of just “going with the flow” at the moment. If I were to do anything after the baby gets here, I’d probably stick to filming my YT videos. If I were to go back to work, I’d definitely go back to doing makeup for events. I can make my own hours and I don’t have to worry about a crazy boss hounding down on me to get things done. I can work at my own pace. But as of right now, I’m relaxing and enjoying the pregnancy. Whatever feels right when it’s time, will happen.

8. 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for you! What are some goals you have for your Channel as well as your personal life?

2018 is gonna be “lit” as the kids As far as goals for my channel, obviously growth is a huge goal I want to work on. And I’ve been doing great so far. I plan on continuing to make content that both myself and my audience will enjoy. That’s ultimately what it’s all about. Personal goals? Just to be the best mom I can be to my miracle. I’ve been waiting for this moment for as long as I can remember, and I cannot wait to watch my lil one grow into the person they’re supposed to be.

 Thank you, Ashlee! It was a blast getting to know you and I have no doubt you will be an excellent Mom! Once again, please subscribe to her Channel and you can follow her on Twitter here, Instagram here and Facebook here.

Interview, YouTube, Agnostic Plague Doctor

My Interview with Agnostic Plaque Doctor

I first heard of Agnostic Plague Doctor when his video In Defense of Boogie popped up in my recommended feed. I was very impressed with the way he challenged No BS’ Video about Boogie2988 and how intelligent Agnostic Plaque Doctor came across. All of his points were very profound and it wasn’t him just going, “You bully!”

I will say it until I’m blue in the face, I’m a YouTube fanatic. That’s why you see me interviewing so many YouTubers. Also, I like interviewing people that have differing points of view from me. (Which I’ve said over and over as well.) But, believe it or not, it takes a lot for me to hit that subscribe button. I know it seems like I’ll do it on a whim, but it really does take a lot. So, it took me several months before I became a subscriber to Agnostic Plaque Doctor. I can say that now I’m a subscriber, there’s no going back!

I recently reached out to him for an interview and he couldn’t have been nicer! I was thrilled! But it’s really not a surprise, though. When you watch his Q&A’s, you see how good he is to his fans. Even though he can be very opinionated in his videos, he truly has a heart of gold.

We talked through Skype and he was very friendly. Right away I was ready to get started with the interview and was ecstatic because his enthusiasm was magnetic! I’ll admit, I was surprised that he’s younger than I thought! I don’t want to say his age because that’s HIS business, but I thought he was in his upper thirties! But, he told me he gets that a lot, so I’m not the only one who thought that.

I asked him the usual, how he got started? He said that he watched Youtube for many years and watched Armoured Skeptic and he’s the one that really inspired him to start YouTube and his character as well.

I remembered that in one of his Q&A’s, someone asked him about being an “anti-SJW Channel” and he specified (nicely) in that video that he isn’t one. I asked him where people may get that impression from? He said that it’s most likely because he’s done some very specific videos on some very popular SJW’s that have gotten some attention and that’s why people have probably made that assumption. That’s when he went on to tell me that he’s not a specific anti-anything Channel, rather than a skeptic voicing his opinion. Although, he did tell me he’s enjoying making the occasional comedy video here and there lately! (I’m enjoying it too!)

I was delighted to hear that in spite of the fact that he has a few anti-SJW videos, Agnostic Plague Doctor still has some friends from the SJW group! In fact, even though he’s made it clear in his videos that he’s atheist/agnostic, he’s all about being friends and having open conversations with people of different faiths.

From his videos, I could tell that he’s not a Liberal or a Conservative, so I asked him if he’s a Centrist? He said that he is and I respect that 100%.

I asked him if he’s going to do any collabs with any YouTubers? He said that he has some in the works and he asked respectfully if he could keep that under wraps? I told him that was perfectly fine, but I can tell you all that I’m very much looking forward to it!

I thought his views on Religion were quite interesting. As you all know, I’m a devout Christian-but, not your stereotypical one. I asked him what led him to become Agnostic? This is where he told me that church and religion was never forced on him and that he really went with friends, but religion and the Bible never really clicked with him. It was his sister that introduced him to atheist/skeptic videos on YouTube and it led him to be Atheist/Agnostic. (By the way, his family’s supportive!)

Agnostic Plaque Doctor is supportive of the foundation of religion and he says that he believes that a lot of good can and has come from it. I told him that although I am a Christian, it’s hard for my husband and me to find a good church because a lot of them don’t focus on the teachings of JESUS but on a “us vs. them” mentality and how we’ve had to resort to studying the Bible at home. Agnostic Plaque Doctor agreed and said, “That’s what the Bible originally said to do!” (He was referring to the verser wherever two or three or gathered then you have a church. The actual verse can be found here. I do want to point out he’s right, though.)

We had a serious talk about how he feels about churches being tax exempted. Now, he’s cool that there are several churches, but he told me he feels instead of having so many churches, there could be more hospitals and libraries that people could get more resources from. I told him it was funny that he mentioned libraries because my husband is a librarian and how vital his library has been to the community since so many people don’t have access have to the internet and people can also use the library to look for jobs. Agnostic Plaque Doctor agreed completely!

I asked him what his goal is for the future? Agnostic Plaque Doctor told me that he’s thinking about going to college eventually and furthering his education. Also, he’s thinking about pursuing a career in film, either behind the camera or in front. In fact, he has some acting experience!

As far as his fans go, Agnostic Plaque Doctor loves them and they mean a lot to him! It’s important to him that they know that when he does Q&A’s, there’s no such thing as a stupid question, because HE’S been “that fan” that’s felt like he’s had a stupid question, so he doesn’t want others to feel that way. He also told me how much he loves his fan art and how he hates not being able to showcase it all!

He told me that people will contact him thinking of him as a celebrity, but he says he’s “just a dude with a computer.” That’s awesome that’s managed to stay so down to earth and still treasure his fans so much with all the success he’s had and will continue to have!

Overall, I got to know a wonderful person and I had an amazing time talking to him! I can see his name rising in the Skeptic Community and as smart as he is, I know he’ll succeed with whatever he sets his mind to!

Thank you, Agnostic Plaque Doctor, for giving me this opportunity. I’ll never forget it and I’ll always treasure our interview!

You can find his Channel, once again, here, his Twitter here, Facebook here and Patreon here.