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"I always have a different feeling when I perform in Asia"
Saturday, March 21, 2015
This post is part of our regular series of interviews with people across Asia-Pacific who’ve caught our eye, using the Internet to create, connect and grow. This week, we’re featuring
, a YouTube creator based in Canada who will be going on a world tour for the first time, starting with India
How would you describe your YouTube channel in one sentence?
Positive, feel-good comedy created for humans and unicorns alike.
How did it all start? Why did you choose YouTube as a medium?
I spontaneously posted my first YouTube video in 2010. Prior to YouTube I used to record funny audio skits but the thought of also recording my weird face excited me. I had no plans of becoming a ‘YouTuber’ when I uploaded for the first time. It was as simple as having an idea, recording myself and throwing it up on the internet.
How was the response back then?
The initial response to my videos was mixed. There was a group of people who were supportive and, of course, there was a group of people that disliked the idea of an outspoken Indian girl. Today I can confidently say that both groups still exist BUT the lovers outnumber the haters by a landslide. Either that, or I’ve just learned to focus on the positive *eats popcorn*.
Which ones are your personal favorite videos?
My favourite videos are the ones in which I get to collaborate with people I’m a fan of. For example,
my collaboration with Madhuri Dixit
is definitely an all time favourite. I grew up watching all of her movies and idolized her as a child. To act next to her in one of my videos was a dream come true. I mean c’mon it’s Madhuri-freaking-Dixit! *breathe*
YouTube FanFest gives you a chance to get off-screen and on-stage. What did it feel like to be on stage in front of fans for the first time?
I. LOVED. IT. As someone who creates YouTube videos, I’ve gotten used to interacting with people through comments, likes and tweets. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that all of those numbers represent real people. When I’m on stage and I can physically see people interacting with what I’m saying, the feeling is surreal.
Tell us about your fans in India and Asia — what's different about them?
My Indian/Asian fans have shown me nothing but support from the beginning. I’ve performed in a lot of countries in my lifetime and I can confidently say that the energy I receive from Asian audiences is one of a kind. All of my fans across the world are amazing, but I always have a different feeling when I perform in Asia. It’s almost as if they’ve all welcomed me into their family and instead of fans, they’re all my brothers and sisters.
You have big plans to tour and meet fans worldwide this year. What inspired the world tour idea and what are you hoping to achieve through it?
I’ve been performing at various different shows for many years now and I think I reached a point where I didn’t want to be a guest act on someone else’s show anymore. I’ve been craving the opportunity to put on my own show and bring my YouTube channel to life on stage. I’m hoping to achieve two goals:
1) I want to put on a great show. I want them to watch the show and say ‘wow, this girl deserves 5 million subscribers.’
2) I want to stay true to why I started making YouTube videos — to make people laugh and smile. My show will be the ultimate reminder that life is and always will be beautiful if you simply decide to live it that way.
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