Hey guys! Welcome back to my… blog? Yeah, this is a little weird for me too.
For the past 5 years, I’ve shared my life on social media – sometimes a little too much. I started making YouTube videos when I was 17-years-old, primarily because I had way too much time on my hands in high school. What can I say? I wasn’t interested in university programs like Business Management, Sciences, or Engineering, so I didn’t have to take a bunch of time-consuming courses in Grade 12. I’m so thankful that I didn’t, because it led me to sharing my life to the world on YouTube.
During university, my YouTube channel grew. Suddenly, I wasn’t just making simply topical videos – I was creating higher quality content that I was so proud of. I was speaking on issues like HIV stigma, LGBT+ bullying, and body positivity. Not only that, I was receiving so many messages thanking me for being a voice for the LGBTQ+ community.
As my content began to grow and mature, I started to create content that was outside of my comfort zone. I would create men’s lifestyle and fashion content, and shoot little films while I travel. I began to play around with filming techniques, learn new editing software, and create higher quality content. As time went on and the media landscape shifted towards including influencers (I dislike that word, but we’ll move on), I signed with Bell Media, Canada’s largest media company. Like, WHAT?! Somehow I went from creating little vlogs during high school, to working alongside my country’s largest media corporation. With a mix of drive and, frankly, luck, I got here.
Needless to say, content creation has grown with me. I’ve seen so many people grow out of this kind of stuff, but I find myself more passionate than ever. I wake up every morning excited about what I’m going to create that day, or week, or month. I know that regardless of what happens to YouTube in the future, I’m going to continue to be creative and find an outlet for my thoughts.
Flash forward to today. As I’m writing this blog, it’s 10:34PM. The camera is stowed away, the batteries are charging, and my Mail App is off. I consider myself clocked-out of the job. As I sit on my couch in my pyjamas, with a hot cup of tea on my coffee table (doesn’t that make it a tea table??? so many questions), what happens next?
Welcome to The After Show. A blog for me to express my thoughts at the end of a hectic day. I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing, but I know that it feels right. Writing feels right. Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this. There’s more to come, so stay tuned.