Interview: NotAVampyre

Today we’re joined by NotAVampyre. NotAVampyre is a wonderful YouTuber who specializes in media analysis. She makes videos analyzing TV shows, films, and even musicals. Her videos vary in length and subject matter, but all are incredibly interesting. It’s clear she loves what she does. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a video maker on YouTube where I create analysis content
about movies, musicals, and television shows like Degrassi, Steven Universe,
and Peter Pan. The type of video
ranges from review to talking at length about one aspect that I found notable
in a work.

What inspires you?

The things other artists create. They are the catalyst for
what ends up in my videos, whether it be positive or negative. I’m also
inspired by other video creators who paved the way for me to see YouTube as a
viable place to start making art, and who helped me consider ways that I could
further the genre of videos I make. I haven’t fully implemented the fruits of
this consideration yet, but I hope they see daylight in the near future!

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always wanted to create art, but I never found a medium
that fit. Drawing was fun but I never wanted to practice, and poetry was a
great outlet but relied too much on inspiration. But something clicked with
YouTube analysis. I’ve always had deep thoughts about my favourite fiction
stories, but as a shy introvert, I had nowhere to voice them. I also had no
idea that other could be interested in these type of opinions until my friend
showed me other people doing what I was already doing in my head. Talking at
length about art and why I feel the way I do about it.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I’m still finding my style, so at the moment I do not,
though it would be fun to have!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep looking for your style. If something doesn’t fit, don’t
give up on your creativity. You will find a place tailor made to you skills and
that need your personal touch that only you can give. Just don’t use it as an
excuse to not practice though!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m biromantic asexual. That’s actually really nice to say
having gone 23 years of not knowing there was a name for how I felt. While not
entirely sex repulsed, I don’t care much for it and truly could live without
it.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Luckily, I haven’t encountered it in the comment section of
my asexual related videos. I’m certain though that it exists on YouTube, but
just not in the channels I subscribe to. If and when it does come up, I’d try
to clear up misconceptions if the person is just honestly misinformed.
Information and representation is key to ending ace prejudice.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That all asexuals don’t want sex, and therefore asexuality
is not a sexual orientation. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be fore
aces who love sex but are constantly told that it makes them not ace.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

You’re not broken. It’s okay if you don’t fit in a clearly
outlined box. People are often more complicated than that, and even those who
seem secure in their labels are questioning. Explore yourself, and if a better
descriptor comes along, welcome it. You weren’t lying. You were figuring
yourself out.

I went 23 years thinking I was just a super mature probably
straight girl, and discovering that I am asexual only re-contextualizes my
past. Not invalidates it.

Finally, where can people
find out more about your work?

Most of my work can be found at youtube.com/notavampyre, but I’m
hoping to start uploading videos to Tumblr as well.

Thank you, NotAVampyre, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.