YouTube has become so much more than a haven for cat videos and vortex of personal vlogs. Web personalities have garnered widespread fame — not to mention legitimate careers — from broadcasting their personal brand on the Web using the site. Last night I got to meet two of my favorites: Hannah Hart from My Drunk Kitchen and Grace Helbig from Daily Grace. And might I say, these Web-celebs were much cooler and more approachable than any Hollywood star… but that didn’t stop me from being totally stoked!
If you’ve never seen My Drunk Kitchen, here’s my favorite — warning, drunk girl cooking. Pretty much all the curse words are used, so NSFW. But you can expect lots of brilliant punning, references to Taylor Swift, and a pretty non-stop parade of pop-culture references.
I was super nervous/trying to be cool about going to a meetup that Hannah announced on her Tumblr because you know, you’re going to something where it’s a bunch of strangers all there to meet a celebrity. And then you get there and you realize everyone there is just as awkward as you are, and furthermore that the people you’re there to see are putting themselves on the Internet being drunk, disorderly or just plain ridiculous, so there’s literally nothing to lose.
Turns out they’re both super nice, Hannah’s a big hugger, and they both remembered my name and told me my outfit was cute and called me and my boyfriend “The Cute Hipster Couple” all night. There were high fives, new friends were made in the fan circles. I talked to Grace for a while about her career, and I was both surprised and pleased to find out that making YouTube videos pays her bills. She does some improv comedy and acting here and there in New York, but she gets a steady paycheck from making a web series. That’s what I call an entrepreneur of the future.
So for all you ladies and gents out there who are wondering what your future looks like, I’ll give you the advice they gave me, “Go out there and make stuff!” It can only help you.
For more of their youtube series here are the links:
Are you a fan of these ladies? Do you have a favorite YouTube personality?