Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a YouTube sensation, or how ideas for YouTube videos are conceived? While in a YouTube spiral, as one does when they need a break from homework, we came across Hashtag Zoe. What caught our eye was her "Funny relatable videos to make you happy!" and what kept us watching was her happy-go-lucky, charismatic personality. We talked to her about what success means to her, the benefits of being your own boss rather than relying on the world of auditioning, and how an authentic voice can help shape social media in a positive way. Here's Hashtag Zoe:
Three bullet points to describe what you believe in:
· I believe that everyone should be kind to one another
· I believe that you should be your authentic self
· I believe that everyone deserves an equal chance in life
How did you begin creating YouTube videos?
When I was 13 years old, I was involved in traditional acting. I went to audition, after audition, without too much success. I guess I didn’t fit into the cookie cutter pre-teen mold at the time. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and started a Youtube channel. Now, hundreds of videos later, I’m now producing my own content and living my best life!
Can you tell us a bit of the process of conceiving a video idea and bringing it to life?
A lot of times my videos come from real life experiences or when I’m talking to someone about something funny and suddenly I’m opening my notes on my phone and writing down an idea! Next up, I go over my ideas with my team…and by my team I mean my momager! Once she’s on board, we plan out any props, locations, etc. that we need. Lastly we film the video, edit and release it to the world!
What advice can you give to teens on how to follow their dreams?
I know it sounds cliché, but don’t give up. In a world where everything is instant, I think a lot of people forget that success takes time and energy. Sure, there are people who go viral and succeed, but chances are, if you have a dream, it’s much larger than just a viral video or meme! Stick with it; even in the dark hours when you think no one is paying any attention to you.
What’s the difference between traditional acting and creating videos?
With acting you have to audition first. If you are lucky enough to be chosen for an acting job, there are lines someone else wants you to say and wardrobe someone else wants you to wear. In creating videos, I don’t have to audition, I don’t have to memorize lines, I can edit myself how I want to be seen and wear what I want. I do both, so I get the best of both worlds……#HannahMontana!
How do you stay on schedule and
not procrastinate when it comes
to creating content?
I have an enormous planner; Like an actual, physical planner. I write everything in it and I check it several times per day. Also, I have a content schedule of when videos and posts go up.
What are your thoughts on social media? How could it be used for good? What should kids realize about it?
Social media is both a blessing and a curse. I think it’s a good thing when there are positive role models online. However, there are apps to make someone look skinnier than they are and editing tools to only show people what they want to show. I prefer to show my followers who I really am. I truly believe that authenticity is one of the most important things that a content creator can serve their audiences.
Favorite piece of clothing.
My favorite piece of clothing is my black jogger cargo pants, because they essentially go with everything
Favorite makeup product you cannot live without... Mascara!
Favorite hobby and song
My favorite hobby is creating content and my favorite song currently is Enemies by Post Malone.
What is some advice you would give to your younger self?
Oh girl! If I could go back and give myself advice, I’d tell myself to not sweat the small stuff. You’ll know when something is worth your time and energy.
Is there anything else that you would like people to know? Where do people follow you and contact you with questions comments etc.?
I create content and live stream across all social media channels. Come follow my journey by following me @HashtagZoe everywhere: https://linktr.ee/hashtagzoe