Interview: Dawne

Today we’re joined by Dawne. Dawne is a phenomenal YouTuber who has a channel about traveling. She has recently started it and hopes to help out those interested in traveling. She has excellent advice about traveling on a budget. She’s an amazingly enthusiastic and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

My name is Dawne, pronouns she/her, and I am a YouTuber. I
have a budget travel guide channel for the beginner and non-adventurous
travelers. In my videos, I give realistic advice for those that cannot afford
luxury vacations. I also try to help with travel anxiety, itinerary planning,
and safety.

What inspires you?

I’ve always loved other cultures. I am in love with the
world and with humans. To me, life isn’t something that you should punch in,
work until you’re exhausted, then punch out. I love the look in people’s eyes
when I talk about my trips. I love convincing them to jump off the deep end
into an adventure they’d never considered trying before. People inspire me.

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

When I used to watch travel videos, it was always someone
who either traveled for work, or had funds to buy expensive gear and vacations.
Many also gave travel advice based on an active and adventurous lifestyle. Most
of the people I know don’t have a lot to invest towards traveling, and it can
be scary to take that first step. I wanted to encourage my friends to go see
more of the world, and it sort of blossomed into a travel channel.

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?

Right now, I am still working on building my brand, so I
don’t have much of a symbol right now. One feature, though, that I do include
is that every tutorial “how-to” video of mine concludes with an
optimistic pep talk. A sort of calming call to action – and that action is to
get out and see the world.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t worry about becoming famous. If fame is all you are
concerned with, you risk losing yourself in the process. Don’t ever give up
your originality and enjoyment of the project you are invested in for an
audience.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as a Demiromantic Asexual.

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

When traveling as an LGBT single woman, I have to be careful
where I travel to and where I advise others to go. There have been times when I
am researching a location to visit, only to find that not being in a
relationship, or not traveling with a man can be looked down upon. Even
dangerous. I just try to educate myself as much as possible before telling my
audience to visit a location that could harm them.

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

That it means I am antisocial, or just don’t want to be in a
relationship. Since I am the only one of my friends and family that is not in a
relationship, and I am the only one they know who is asexual, they often
combine the two as one.

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

It’s okay not to be sure. There is no rule or requirement
that you have to be a certain way or act a certain way to be asexual. You are
literally the only one that matters when it comes to being comfortable with
your orientation. Take the time you need or change your label every day – it
doesn’t matter. You are you and that’s what is important.

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Ouh9NmQQzN-00-nl7Ljsw
Tumblr: at dawneofanewday
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dawneofanewday

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