My Life Before Vine Growing up, I was always the joker of my group. I would do funny and dangerous stuff for a laugh, but deep down it was more about wanting people to like me. Even though I had friends, people bullied me and made me feel like I was ugly. (I wore braces on my teeth, and the only people who ever told me I was pretty were my mom and dad.) I felt really bad, so I decided to pull pranks and be â€œThe Funny Girlâ€ because at least that was something I could have. When I got my braces off, I began to feel pretty and stopped caring about what other people thought. How Videos Changed Everything My best friend introduced me to Vine, and making videos became a hobby. Soon, I was posting little skits because I was trying to get on the Popular page.
The day I made it, I got so many followers. Still, my success wasnâ€™t something that happened overnightâ€”it happened over years. It didnâ€™t sink in until I had my first meetup. All these people filled the streets, and they freaked out when they saw meâ€”so I was also freaking out! I thought to myself, Wow, all these people see my stuff and theyâ€™re fans?!? That was the craziest moment for me. My Surprising Inspiration Because Iâ€™m funny, people donâ€™t realize that Iâ€™m not always happy. I have low self-esteem, and Iâ€™ve suffered from depression. But I turn everything into humor because of that. If Iâ€™m feeling really sad about somethingâ€”like a breakup, or a guy rejecting meâ€”I make a video that makes fun of what happened. My videos are basically my journal.
My Creative Circle I like to include as many people as I can in my Vines because itâ€™s fun to work with others. My best friends Vale and Nana are in a lot of them, and I even film my mom. I also live in the same building as a lot of other Viners in Los Angeles, so I can wake up and find another person who can help me create a project. At the beginning, it took me four to six hours to make a single Vine, but now I have it down to an hour and a half. I never plan ahead of timeâ€”the ideas always come to me the day that I shoot them. That said, sometimes I feel pressure to perform. If I havenâ€™t posted for a few days, I know I have to create something really good for my fans. My Best Advice I think everything happens for a reason. I wasnâ€™t going to be a Viner, but I entered the app at the right moment and got where I am today. To be successful, you have to be yourselfâ€”nobody has done what you would do because nobody else is you. If you donâ€™t succeed, try again and again. Youâ€™re going to fall down, but get back up. Do whatever makes you happy and believe in yourself.