Now you’re kind of into gaming and stuff — is there any plans to add a gaming channel?
I don’t know if I would go into a gaming channel because I know the gaming world on YouTube is very passionate and very intense, and I would say I love to game but I’m almost hesitant to even call myself a “gamer,” ‘cause I know a lot of girls who really get called out like, “How can you call yourself a gamer? I’m a gamer.” So I’m a little scared about the gaming thing, but I do love games. My MMO of choice is “Guild Wars.” I love “Sim City.” I really love tons of iPhone games, I get probably more into my iPhone games than even my husband does. I don’t do a lot of shooter games, but I don’t really have any qualms with making a fool of myself playing them in front of people, so if collaborations come up in the future, I’ve thought about that and I’ve also thought about integrating some of that into my second channel, which is just sort of a catch-all channel that has like vlogs and travel videos and non-beauty favorites and hopefully also some gaming stuff in the future.
Now are the makeup channels as passionate as the gaming channels? Is there a lot of cattiness between the makeup gurus and the beauty gurus?
Well let me ask you, is there cattiness in the gaming channels? Are they catty? Do they have like [makes meowing noise] catfights?
They might. I don’t know! I don’t know if it is quite as in-depth as that, but have you ever have makeup girls come on and they’re like, “Your channel sucks. Our channel is better”?
You know I haven’t really had a personal issue with that, but I think any field where there is a lot of competitiveness and anytime your popularity is really up there for everyone to see, it’s hard, because I think jealousy exists and competitiveness exists. But like I said, the way I try to think of it is one person’s success doesn’t indicate somebody else’s failure, so you just have to focus on what you’re doing, be really in tune with why you’re even doing it in the first place. If you’re doing it for the wrong reasons maybe you should second guess why you’re doing it in the first place, but I mean I love what I do and I just try and let it go. I mean everybody knows that trolls exist on the internet; they are just a fact of life. But I think maybe it’s my design background — it doesn’t really faze me that much. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, and just because somebody says something about you, doesn’t mean that that really is who you are at all. I mean you show such a small percentage of your life out into the world anyway, and anybody can just judge anything they want. So I think if you have a really strong sense of self and you know who you are and why you’re doing what you’re doing, it doesn’t really matter what other people say. And honestly, I’ve always felt like I don’t get as much as much hate as other people do, which again is just a huge blessing. I can’t say anything but “thank you” for that instead of “why me” for the haters.
Now you used to play violin and piano, correct?
I did way back in the day. I was like 12.
So you don’t keep up with that anymore?
No, but I love music. I am such an accomplished karaoke singer, and I’m also a professional “turn the music up really loud in the car singing along and harmonizing.” I should probably be a recording artist that is never recorded.
I’m a professional shower singer.
I’ll have to watch you perform sometime.
It’s awesome [laughs].