I feel like I always knew what YouTube was. But I think the first time I really turned to it, was because I wanted something from it, when I reached my final exams in school. I wanted to watch people who spoke English. So I found this guy from Minnesota, he was cute and funny and talked about things I liked. And before I knew I was sucked into the YouTube world.
Now, this cute guy from Minnesota, who is just one year older than me, has 5,6 million subscribers and a million other things he does. He lives in LA, has his own brand, is co-founder of a music label, had his clothing line in Urban outfitters and wrote 2 books.
The guy I am talking about is Connor Franta. It always fascinated me how many things he got done being just one year older than me. What have I done? Where are my finished projects that I can put out in the world?
But I think what always kept bringing me back to watching his videos was that he just does what feels right, what he wants to do. He quit college to move to LA and follow his dream of a YouTube career. He wrote books because he wanted to. He raises money for the Thirst Project, uses his popularity to do good. He developed his own brand, sells things he loves: Coffee, candles, clothes and music. He manages to live of what he loves to do. And I admire that.
Of course I know it’s not always bees and butterflies, especially if you put your life out in the internet. But he works through it, no matter what. And I also know, that it is quite a bit of work. He designed the clothes, the brand and everything and writing a book is not easy either. But he is passionate about everything he is doing and does it, even if it is hard.
I read his first book (soon ordering the second one as well) and the words he wrote got me, I understood. And I felt understood. I always related to him talking about social awkwardness, but when I read the book I really felt understood. I took it with me for a while, just to read certain chapters, whenever I had time.
He inspires me, motivates me to do whatever feels right, just by living his life and sharing parts of it with me.
He had his struggles in life, is basically just an average person like me and you but he does these amazing things. He worked hard enough for his success, that it now pays off and he has the freedom to do the things loves. Which is a thing I like about YouTube in general: you have so much freedom in what you do, so many possibilities, and if you work hard enough and reach people with what you do you can live from it and that is something I’ve always admired and wanted for my life and my career. I want to do what I love, what makes me happy. And Connor Franta is one of the people that inspire and motivate me to do exactly that. Thank you, Connor.
I study Graphic Design, so my job is basically to be creative within a certain context and rules. But because my urge to be creative goes beyond those rules I love everything creative I see, no matter the context or the rules. I am also a very visual person, so if there is something pretty, I will want it, I will click on it, it will get my immediate attention.
I have also felt my creativity disappear over the last years, because I was told and shown that it’s nothing you needed for where I’ve been: school. No one in my family is very interested in art or creativity, so they don’t really understand. I tell my grandparents I make flyers and magazines, because they can’t imagine anything they don’t know. And they have no clue what Graphic Design means. So they couldn’t really see or help me with my disappearing creativity while in school for economics, where no creativity is needed.
Luckily, it’s coming back. I left school, went to Texas, lived with a family that understands creativity and the struggles that come with it and I slowly made my way back to it. Now, in design school, I need to be creative and it’s hard. I hate that I lost the ability to just draw things without thinking about it and I being happy with it. Now, I mostly feel like it’s not enough. And that is why I related so much to the short film I am sharing today. I experienced exactly what the child does and I see how this happens to other children. And I do not agree with that. There need to be so many changes in the school systems and opportunities for the youngest generation, but that would be an hourlong discussion.
So watch the film and make sure to keep you and your loved ones colorful!