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.

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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.

Interview: Roberta “Iso” Singer

Today we’re joined by Roberta “Iso” Singer.  Roberta is a “Let’s Player” on YouTube.  She’s our first YouTuber on Asexual Artists, which is exciting.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m a YouTuber, I primarily work with Let’s Plays and have started working on some fun vlogging. I try to keep Iso Plays Games in line with either low cost gaming or retro games, also stuff that isn’t done a lot on YouTube. My primary gaming platform is PC and emulators.

What inspires you?

I’m heavily inspired by Markiplier, who’s a very positive individual and has motivated me to be creative with my commentary as well as to expand out to vlogging. Other YouTubers that got me inspired have been Pyschadelicsnake, someone I’ve been watching since he first started out on YouTube and the Game Grumps with their creative videos and editing have been a pretty big inspiration.

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

I’ve been interested in video work since high school after being a part of a TV show and learning how to film and edit. I’ve always wanted to work with some form of art, be it video editing or writing. I spend my Novembers participating in NaNoWriMo with the hopes of hitting something I’d like to rewrite for publishing.

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

My theme since high school has always been skulls, I got really into a specific brand of headphones due to their good sound quality and it’s sort of stuck with me for a very long time. I’ve changed the skull imagery a bit, but it’s still there with pretty much all of my videos. Even on my channel header!

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Just jump in and do it. I don’t care what medium you’re pursuing. Just do it. Take the breath and put yourself out there. That’s what I did when I jumped into YouTube and it’s a slow process but it’s worth it because you’re doing something you want to do and hopefully love!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’ve found I comfortably fit under straight asexual. I feel zero drive or sexual attraction, but I do find people to be pretty.

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

I thankfully have not encountered any prejudice or ignorance while doing things on YouTube. I have both my Tumblr and YouTube channel connected so that people have the opportunity to talk to me about it if it comes up. Which it doesn’t often.

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

That we’re cold unfeeling machines. Which isn’t true, asexuals can be really affectionate, but that’s all we really want or do, is affection!

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

There’s a post on Tumblr dealing with labels, “as any cat owner will tell you, getting in a box and being put in a box are two entirely different things.”

Don’t feel pressured to be a specific thing because someone says you are that thing, feel out what feels good to YOU. Because that’s who matters in this equation is you!

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

You can see my YouTube channel at https://www.YouTube.com/channel/UC6uKih1lQtlNlpiLSvtmxvg

You can also party with me on my Tumblr at
http://isotoperuption.tumblr.com

And I’m on Twitter as @isotoperuption

Both Tumblr and Twitter will have updates about new videos and projects I’m working on!


 

Thank you so much, Roberta, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.