Ashley Rivera Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Recommended by Lisa Slipp Pennsylvania Issue 15
How did you first start with Youtube? When I was 10, I randomly decided to buy a digital camera. I set my camera up on a cardboard box in front of my computer and put on music so that I could film lip sync videos. Honestly, I didn’t get many views at all, but that didn’t stop me from doing what I loved.
How did you become interested in starting a Youtube channel? Viral videos were floating around all over TV and the internet, and that’s how I discovered what Youtube was. I watched all sorts of videos and I figured if other people could make a viral video, then so could I.
Who are you favorite Youtubers and why? My top 2 favorite Youtubers are Liza Koshy and Joey Graceffa. Liza never fails to put a smile on my face and Joey Graceffa was one of the first Youtubers that I ever watched!
How long does it take you to film a video and edit? Typically, It takes about 1-2 hours to film my videos. As for editing, on average It takes me about 3-4 hours. Although It takes up a lot of my time and effort, it’s so worth It because I like to know that I’m making my viewers happy.
What is your favorite episode you’ve done so far and why? My favorites are when I filmed with DreamWorksTV for their series ‘RecordSetter Kids’. I had to take on different challenges to try to set a world record! You truly never know what opportunities could come your way.
What do you like best about being a Youtuber? One of the biggest perks, is the freedom. I choose what days and hours I want to work, and what content I make. Also, knowing that people enjoy what I create, encourages me to work harder.
When did you first start knowing that your channel was taking off? My channel blew up when I started making Rainbow Loom bracelet tutorial videos. In just 2 weeks, my videos were getting up to 1 million views. ‘Good Morning America’ contacted me to film a segment on their show on the topic of Rainbow Loom bracelets. I never knew my channel would take off like It did.
What advice would you give someone who is just starting out? Don’t compare yourself to others! There are other channels out there that are more successful than yours, but remember they started out where you are; no views, no subscribers, and no audience. Don’t let the haters get you down. Trust me, I’ve been made fun of, but you have to have a strong mindset. It takes time. You can’t expect your channel to instantly be successful. It took me about 2 years just to get only about 300 subscribers.
Do you plan on continuing to create Youtube videos? Of course! I honestly don’t think that I could ever stop making videos because Youtube is a huge part of my life.
Ashley was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.