By Sally Chun
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A: I wanted to get into fashion school so badly, and as a creative outlet I tried blogging. I then realized I'm terrible at writing, and my friend that was doing makeup tutorials on YouTube suggested I start a channel. I remember asking her, "Who does fashion videos?"
A: I think it's more of a personal insecurity for me. I constantly waffle between being defensive about not being taken seriously as a creator, to being completely embarrassed and thinking my career is a joke.
A: Maybe my Growing Up Chinese video. It was my first time having my parents involved in my process. I don't let them watch my YouTube videos (the embarrassment thing). They know about it (even the sex stuff), but they respect my privacy.
Q: It is a beautiful video. Seeing you walk down memory lane and describe your experience growing up was truly heartwarming.
A: Gah thank you! The name was gut instinct. It's not the most intersectional friendly name. Our Girl Wha?! series on YouTube was doing well, and many people were asking to turn it into a podcast. All it took was for us to get better audio equipment.
A: The women around me. They kick my ass.
A: Oh this is hard too! I guess the most thrilling was a current season MaxMara coat that was $3500. I got it for $40.
A: I've had a hard time managing content for the channel, the podcast, and freelancing this year. I want to be able to make regular podcast episodes because I am so passionate about it, but it's not financially sustainable.
A: Absolutely listen to your gut more. I was a horny, emotional, and happy child. If I had listened to my instincts a bit more, I feel like I would not have chosen the safe decisions so much. I just needed to find the right outlet and the right people to express myself.
If I had listened to my instincts a bit more, I feel like I would not have chosen the safe decisions so much. I just needed to find the right outlet and the right people to express myself.