Interview: NotAVampyre

Today we’re joined by NotAVampyre. NotAVampyre is a wonderful YouTuber who specializes in media analysis. She makes videos analyzing TV shows, films, and even musicals. Her videos vary in length and subject matter, but all are incredibly interesting. It’s clear she loves what she does. 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 video maker on YouTube where I create analysis content about movies, musicals, and television shows like Degrassi, Steven Universe, and Peter Pan. The type of video ranges from review to talking at length about one aspect that I found notable in a work.

What inspires you?

The things other artists create. They are the catalyst for what ends up in my videos, whether it be positive or negative. I’m also inspired by other video creators who paved the way for me to see YouTube as a viable place to start making art, and who helped me consider ways that I could further the genre of videos I make. I haven’t fully implemented the fruits of this consideration yet, but I hope they see daylight in the near future!

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

I’ve always wanted to create art, but I never found a medium that fit. Drawing was fun but I never wanted to practice, and poetry was a great outlet but relied too much on inspiration. But something clicked with YouTube analysis. I’ve always had deep thoughts about my favourite fiction stories, but as a shy introvert, I had nowhere to voice them. I also had no idea that other could be interested in these type of opinions until my friend showed me other people doing what I was already doing in my head. Talking at length about art and why I feel the way I do about it.

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’m still finding my style, so at the moment I do not, though it would be fun to have!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep looking for your style. If something doesn’t fit, don’t give up on your creativity. You will find a place tailor made to you skills and that need your personal touch that only you can give. Just don’t use it as an excuse to not practice though!

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m biromantic asexual. That’s actually really nice to say having gone 23 years of not knowing there was a name for how I felt. While not entirely sex repulsed, I don’t care much for it and truly could live without it.

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

Luckily, I haven’t encountered it in the comment section of my asexual related videos. I’m certain though that it exists on YouTube, but just not in the channels I subscribe to. If and when it does come up, I’d try to clear up misconceptions if the person is just honestly misinformed. Information and representation is key to ending ace prejudice.

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

That all asexuals don’t want sex, and therefore asexuality is not a sexual orientation. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be fore aces who love sex but are constantly told that it makes them not ace.

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

You’re not broken. It’s okay if you don’t fit in a clearly outlined box. People are often more complicated than that, and even those who seem secure in their labels are questioning. Explore yourself, and if a better descriptor comes along, welcome it. You weren’t lying. You were figuring yourself out.

I went 23 years thinking I was just a super mature probably straight girl, and discovering that I am asexual only re-contextualizes my past. Not invalidates it.

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

Most of my work can be found at youtube.com/notavampyre, but I’m hoping to start uploading videos to Tumblr as well.

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

Interview: PJ

Today we’re joined by PJ. PJ is a phenomenal actress and a singer/songwriter. She’s also a YouTuber and a former state title-holder for talent. PJ has recently finished filming her first film role, which is super exciting. When she’s not working on her art, PJ is also an asexual and autism self-advocate. She’s clearly a passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I do a variety of things. My strength is definitely music (singing and songwriting), but I also have a passion for acting, YouTube, and modeling. I just recently finished filming my first movie (sorry, no details can be shared yet)!

In music, my strength is opera (even though ironically, I don’t like singing it that often). I’ve also written a song about asexuality/aromanticism, but since I’m not with a record label yet, I can’t really share my music with the world. I have this huge vision that can’t be done without a little help. I hope to be signed one day!

What inspires you?

Coldplay. As an autistic person, they’re my obsessive interest. If it weren’t for me being exposed to Coldplay at such a young age, I wouldn’t be involved in music at all. At 5 years old, I was already mimicking Chris Martin’s recognizable vocals. It’s honestly how I learned to sing. Coldplay inspires me on a daily basis. They’re all I really listen to. Then again, I also really love Owl City. My music is kind of like a mix between the two.

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

I’ve wanted to be a singer-songwriter and actress for as long as I can remember. My interest in YouTube started a couple years after YouTube launched. My dad was also a professional drummer, so I suppose I got some of my musicality from him. I just always knew in my heart that I was meant to enter the entertainment field; even though it’s still a bit of a struggle for me.

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 wish I did!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Here are my 10 rules for success:

1. Go for it and don’t hold anything back. Give it your all. Be confident in your work.
2. Listen to your heart/audience. I’m only here in this position because people kept telling me, “Hey, you’re really good. Have you ever thought about putting yourself out there?” If people believe in me, I’m not going to let them down. It was people encouraging me to be my best that got me this far.
3. As for the haters, just ignore them (which I know, can be difficult). Haters come and go. Followers stick around as long as you do.
4. Be your awesome self! If people don’t like that, too bad. They’re probably missing out on how wonderful you really are.
5. Reach out. Some connections are pretty important.
6. Keep perfecting your craft. Your work can ALWAYS use improvement; even if you think it doesn’t. I’ve surprised myself a lot. I always thought I was done, but then switched a few things up and-BAM! It was even better than before!
7. Keep persisting and working. If you’re having a writer’s/roadblock, don’t let that stop you from working on something else… and then coming back to that block when you’re ready!
8. Stay positive. I know this part is difficult as well, but trust me. It’s important.
9. Learn from your mistakes. Let’s be honest, you’re going to screw up at one point or another. The good news, however, is that the next time you come back, you’re going to be even stronger than you were before.
10. Strive to be YOUR best. I don’t aim for the #1 spot; I aim for the best I know I can be. The only thing I’m good at is being me. Don’t pay attention to what someone else is doing.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am heteroromantic asexual, and extremely sex-repulsed (apothisexual, if you want to get technical). Yet, I LOVE kissing, cuddling, etc. Just everything except sex (which makes me physically sick for some reason).

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

Luckily, no. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Some people praise me for figuring myself out at such a young age. I actually receive more prejudice and ignorance for my autism than my sexuality (and I’ve been openly asexual for years). I’ve been dealing with the autism stigma and stereotypes my whole life, so at this point, I’m pretty much immune to any hate. It doesn’t bother me at all. I actually think it’s quite hilarious.

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

“It’s just a phase.”

I first suspected I was asexual when I was 14, found the term at 17, and still identify this way at almost 21 years old. I don’t think it’s a phase if it lasts for several years.

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

Ask yourself, “Has this always been me?” I’ve had many things happen to me that further confirm that I’m asexual. Most of the time, I’ve just felt out of place. What was this “sexual attraction” that people kept talking about? Why do I only feel the need to hug, kiss, and cuddle someone? Instead of being “turned on”, why do I experience nausea? There were just too many things that lead to me finding asexuality.

If you’re struggling about coming out, I feel you. I was once there. If someone doesn’t like you because of your orientation, again, that’s too bad. Your orientation does not define you; you define it.

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

I highly encourage anyone who may have questions about asexuality to message me on my ace blog: at theapothisexualace. Other than that, my Instagram is at peytonjustine, my personal Tumblr is at peyton-justine, my YouTube channel is Clodplaye; named after my original Coldplay-themed Tumblr: at clodplaye and my Coldplay-themed Instagram: at clodplaye. Lastly, my Twitter is at Clodplaye as well. I have other social media accounts, but I don’t really post to them that often.

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

Interview: Emmy

Today we’re joined by Emmy. Emmy is a wonderful young YouTuber who enjoys making skits and vlogs. She’s very passionate about what she does, as you’ll soon read. 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 young YouTuber, who makes videos weekly. They are normally either skits or just me talking to the camera.

What inspires you?

The thought that one day I can make someone smile because of my videos

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

I have always wanted to be an artist and a friend of mine recommended that I try YouTube.

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?

At the end of my videos I always remind my viewers the keep smiling.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep trying even if no one believes and you, and always- always smile.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m biromantic and asexual.

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

No

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

People seem to think that it’s not a real identity,or that I’m doing it for attention. Asexuality is real.

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

You are valid, and you don’t need to label yourself right away. It’s perfectly okay to be questioning your identity for months and even years. Don’t let it stress you out. And there are many people in this world who are just like you.

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

My YouTube channel.

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

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.

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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: Void

Today we’re joined by Void. Void is a versatile artist, but her first love is poetry. She’s got the passion of a writer and she also dabbles in painting. Aside from that, she maintains a YouTube channel. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I am a writer mostly; I work with poetry as my main type. I also maintain a YouTube channel along with painting. I really want to find a way to combine these mediums into something great. My writing and art is mainly eldritch because I’m tired of creepy things not getting love they deserve.

What inspires you?

My inspiration will come from completely random places; I mostly get ideas when I am alone in a dark room, in a state between consciousness and sleep. That sharpness of late night when things are both fuzzy and clear is normally where I find my thoughts. I have to be alone and I can’t have any unnatural sound in order to get ideas. That sounds extremely cliché; an artist in isolation walking around at night but it’s true and kind of funny. Lately I have been in such a creative rut that I have been taking prompts on my blog.

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

I’ve always been in love with art, my teacher in kindergarten would show us Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Of course, I clung to Van Gogh, so he’s kind of been everlasting in my life. I always would draw as often as I could as a child and I never wanted to be an academic, but I could never take art classes in school because I am a learning disabled student who was forced into certain classes. Because of this I grew an attachment toward poetry, I could write in class while pretending to work and not have the teacher know. My mother always believed I had a gift with words so I stuck with what I knew. I wish I could work more on my painting but with school and work it is almost impossible to have time.

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 always try to include something purple or something from the night. Usually I work with making galaxies and night sky paintings so it isn’t that hard. If I don’t I include this small star like signature in the painting, I think it makes it look like magic.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t stop. Ever. This will just make it harder for you when you begin to create again. I have had periods where I would stop for years at a time, start again, and have my work be crap. It is difficult to create in everyday life, but if you even doodle in your notebook like I do it’ll help. I also recommend keeping a small notebook with you at all times to write down ideas and what not. And if you get an idea while you are half asleep and you think “I’ll remember it in the morning” write it down. You will not remember in the morning and you will hate yourself. Not saying that has happened to me or anything but you know I’ve heard it is a thing… I recommend keeping eyeliner by your bed or in your bag, it easily writes on skin so you can save your ideas and it washes off a lot easier than sharpie. Also this didn’t happen to me either, I didn’t spend weeks with a gengar doodle on my wrist and had to hide it, no not at all…

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I probably am more on the sex-repulsed side but I have never been in a situation where I have had to know for sure. I am hetero-romantic. Probably.

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

In the field no, I try to keep my orientation out of my work and school in case someone decides to act rash. I don’t hide it, but it is not a major part of what I do. I am ace and that is part of me, an important part of me, but it normally doesn’t help or hinder what I do. I have the hardest time writing love poetry though. I luckily have not gotten any hatred or threats from the online community, but I’m kind of scared I will.

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

That we can’t love. It is true that aromantic asexuals exist but it is not all of us. I’m not out to my family, when I tried to tell my sister that I thought I might be she responded with “no you aren’t you’ve had crushes before,”. I can only imagine the misconceptions my old fashion, conservative parents will have. I try to avoid those kind of issues.

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

It is not a big deal if you don’t know your orientations. I still don’t know everything about my orientations and I am 19. My advice is to just not think about it, overthinking will kill you. It is totally fine to find someone attractive, that doesn’t mean you are attracted them. Fall for whom you fall for and let the pieces rest where they fall. Life is not black and white, there are shades of everything.

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

Voidvoyance.tumblr.com under the tagged “mine”

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfahembPobWcbAg-xU6u1nA

https://twitter.com/voidvoyance

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

Interview: Daeris

Today we’re joined by Daeris.  Daeris is an incredibly talented digital artist and a gaming YouTuber.  Their goal is to be a game designer and if their art is anything to go by, that goal is easily achievable.  Expect to see a lot more from Daeris in the future.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I am a digital artist and a gaming YouTuber. I honestly don’t know how to describe my digital art. It’s sort of realistic with some anime/cartoon elements thrown in. I still consider myself a beginner so I’m nowhere near as good as I want to be, but I’m improving a lot! My ultimate goal is to be a game designer. Specifically a level or character designer.

I also make your typical, cliche Let’s Play videos on YouTube! I don’t have a specific genre of game I stick to, I usually play whatever I feel like playing, but the horror genre comes up a lot. I’m currently doing a playthrough of Outlast, as was voted on by some of my viewers. As far as style of commentary, I try to get immersed into the game and give it the respect that it deserves, so it’s sort of serious with a few silly/bad jokes thrown in. Oh, and puns. Always the puns. But other than that I’d say my full playthroughs, at least, are rather chill.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by quite a few things.

Digital art I get inspired by random things I see in my everyday life, TV shows, movies, music, books, you name it. Though the thing that inspires me the most would be art from other artists, especially my “art-senpais”. Seeing other people’s art that is better than mine inspires me to get better at my own art.

My YouTube, on the other hand, has more of a personal inspiration to it. If you watch other YouTubers you’ve probably seen at one point or another that they tend to get messages from people saying they’ve saved their life and such. This strikes a chord with me as I, myself, suffer from depression and anxiety and watching other people play and enjoy games has helped me through many rough days and because of that I want to be able to do the same for others as well. I’m not saying I feel like I have to be super popular in order to help, cause I don’t want to be all that popular, but my inspiration to make videos comes from the hope that maybe someone going through a rough time will somehow stumble across my videos and maybe enjoy it enough to forget their troubles, if even for a second. That even if all my videos produce is a small chuckle, then I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal.

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

As a kid I’ve always loved drawing and generally anything considered an art. I drew your usual horses, cats, wolves etc. up until middle school. I don’t remember why I stopped drawing once I got to middle school, I think it was because I got tired of everyone asking me to draw them something. Then when I was in high school I started trying out digital art. With a mouse. Yeah that was a time in my life. About a year or two ago I got my first tablet and well, here we are. If I remember correctly, yes I’ve always wanted to be some sort of an artist.

I got interested in doing YouTube like I said above, by enjoying other people’s playthroughs and being inspired to entertain and help people myself.

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?

I don’t think I have much of a signature in my digital art. I guess eyes are a consistent thing I put a lot of effort into. Because for me, eyes hold a lot of information about a person and that’s something I find important to try to convey in my art.

I guess a sort of signature I have in my YouTube videos would be random, short “post-commentaries” of text that I edit in every now and then that are like a half-second long. For example, in my Outlast playthrough I predicted that the game was going to implement the push carts into chase scenes which later turned out to be true, so I edited in “yes” after I made my prediction.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t give up. People are going to try to do anything they can to try to tear you down. Don’t you dare let them. It’s tough to start out in anything, especially art forms, so random negative comments are going to hurt, but if you enjoy doing what you’re doing don’t let anyone stop you because one day it will all pay off.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as Grey-Polyromantic/Quiroromantic Asexual and I also identify as Agender.
I’m still trying to figure out my romantic orientation.

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

In my field, no, not yet, but in real life yes, from both friends and family not believing that my identity is real. I handle it by either cutting that person from my life or just shrugging it off with sarcastic comments, depending on the severity of their ignorance.

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

We are plants, lol. That and that we can’t love. Both of which are untrue, unless of course you happen to be plantkin with a lack of the chemicals needed to feel love, in which case, you go plant-buddy!

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

I have to say, living in a society that revolves around and worships sex is incredibly difficult especially if you are unconfident of your orientation. Just remember you do not need a sexual or romantic relationship in order to be fulfilled in life, no matter what society says. All you need to be happy is whatever makes you happy.

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

You can find my art here:

-DeviantART: http://tacomasky.deviantart.com/

-Tumblr: http://captaindaeris.tumblr.com/ (this is also my personal tumblr so if you just want my art, then I recommend my DA. I try not to post porn, gore, horror, etc, but if for whatever reason I do, I usually tag it. This is also where I post updates about my YouTube.)

And you can find my videos here:

YouTube Channel (warning: I do curse in my videos) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7e5w5fToDP-5L_zAiegKOg

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