Interview: Charlie Ballou

Today we’re joined by Charlie Ballou. Charlie is a talented YouTuber who has her own channel, which she regularly posts videos on. She has been creating YouTube videos for over a year now and obviously enjoys it immensely. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I still think it is rather funny to see it called art, but for almost two years now, I have been posting videos to YouTube. Most of them are silly little things where I talk about details of my life, or tell a fun story, but, every once in a while I take a risk and speak about things that I feel are important, necessary even. I doubt my channel will ever become very popular or well known, but it is really fun to create content that could make someone smile!

What inspires you?

Lots of things inspire me! I look at the world around me and find motivations in as simple a thing as watching an ant pull something too large for its body, cats that are walking somewhere with some unknown purpose, or maybe the way my friend smiles when she looks at a text from her boyfriend. I especially enjoy seeing people smile. It is such a beautiful thing that I strive to give to everyone I possibly can!

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Uploading videos to YouTube was something I started doing because it seemed so much easier to share a link instead of figuring out how to send an email with a chopped up version of what I had filmed at theatre rehearsals. Eventually, I realized how much fun I was having doing it that I started to upload myself with friends, which turned into mini movies, and that morphed into the regular YouTube vlogging format. Did I think I would post videos to the same site that gave us Surprise Kitty and Charlie bit my finger? No, absolutely not. Is it still a fun activity? Yes!

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I really don’t have anything special I do for my videos, except that I always eat chocolate if I am editing. There is something about chocolate that makes you much less critical of yourself.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Inspiration is great, but if you lose it, that is fine. It is ok to get distracted and abandon a project. Never force yourself to create something you don’t believe in just because you feel like you need to. That is how I ended up creating the majority of my least favorite videos, and I really do wish I had gone where inspiration led me instead of just doing what I felt was a chore.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am pan-romantic. The way I describe it to people who don’t really get it is that I love everyone, but lust for none.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

My field is the internet, a breeding ground for intelligence and acceptance as well as hate, ignorance, and callousness. If I hadn’t managed to have some of that negativity directed towards me by now, it would be a miracle. I mostly receive positive feedback, but every once in awhile someone just goes out of their way to try and hurt you. The best thing to do is ignore it and move on.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

A lot of people tell me that I am just not experienced enough in sex, and don’t know how to handle it, but I can confidently say that’s not the issue here.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Relax, there is no need to rush. Just be who you are and you will eventually find yourself, and then you will finding yourself, over and over. That isn’t a bad thing, either.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Well, you can always go to YouTube and look up Charlieisnotahipster, or use the link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaVV_cFmjMViZPtXI0iPF2w

Hopefully I can make you smile!

Thank you, Charlie, for participating in this interview and this project. It is very much appreciated.

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