Category: youtube

Interview: Alix Ditto Au

Today we’re joined by Alix Ditto Au, also known as Acting NT. Alix is a phenomenal blogger and YouTuber, who has a couple webseries that comment on specific topics in popular culture. One is called “Autism Sins” and focuses on portrayals of Autism in media. The other is “Madness in Media” and it analyzes why some characters are labeled as mentally ill in various series. It’s clear they’re a very passionate and driven artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking part in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m creating radical explorations of art,
culture, and all the social dynamics in between. I always place my focus on
subjects that our society either doesn’t want to talk about, or misses the
point on. On my blog, I aim to push against dominant narratives by offering new
paradigms with new terminology. As radical people, we often have to build our
philosophical frameworks out of stone knives and bear skins. My RedBubble store
distills these new perspectives into short quips with the potential to turn heads
while putting the viewer at ease with humor.

My YouTube channel is where you will find
me most often these days. I currently maintain two series themes, with plans
for a third. The first is “Autism Sins”, a mashup of the nonsensical “Autism
Verbs” titling popularized by the notorious anti-Autistic hate group, and the
video format of CinemaSins. These snarky videos focus on fictional Autistic
characters and documentaries about Autistic people (and sometimes a hot mess
in-between cough Vaxxed cough).
Entries so far include The Good Doctor,
Atypical, Autism in Love, that one episode of House, that one episode of Arthur,
and the Sesame Street “See Amazing”
collection.

The second series theme is “Madness in
Media”, a more serious analysis of themes and characters that are often
considered mad, crazy, or mentally ill. This series kicked off with a
first-season recap of 13 Reasons Why,
and will soon be joined by a collection of cartoon episodes where the
characters are put into institutions.

What inspires you?

What inspired me to start blogging in the
first place 4 years ago was searching for resources to help explain disability
and especially neurodiversity, and finding that those resources simply don’t
exist. I realized that being on a radical frontier of amateur sociology meant
that if I wanted an article, video, quote or meme available for use by me and
my community, I had to create it myself. Often when I’m sitting in front of a
blank page, trying to organize my thoughts on a piece of art or news media, the
question I ask myself that gets the words flowing is “how did they miss the
point?” Our society makes a hundred assumptions, and I want to challenge the
first ten, not the last ten.

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

My artist identity certainly started
young. I’ve been a writer ever since I got my hands on a keyboard, a graphic
designer ever since I taught myself to play with GIMP, and a videographer from
the time some kids in my homeschool group wanted to make film reviews without
numerical scores. It just took a while to find exactly what I wanted to write
about. Through madness and neurodivergence, I found “my voice” as an artist. I
got a bite from the acting bug in high school, and while I don’t have the time
to pursue a career in television, making videos allows me to scratch that itch
by letting out the more performative aspects of myself.

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?

One thing that often bothers me in other
blends of comedy and criticism is a lack of follow-through. I feel as the
comedy part and the criticism part were written by two different people, and
the editor is simply switching back and forth. I prefer to develop content
holistically, with criticisms that set up the jokes, and jokes that double as
criticisms. I also draw from my improvisational acting background, by accepting
every comment as a foundation that becomes absolute truth as soon as it is
uttered.

An example of how this increases
follow-through is in my Atypical
video, when I point out that the main character Sam Gardner looks like Sheldon
Cooper from the Big Bang Theory
(because apparently that is now the default look of an Autistic character) and
refer to him as “Teen Sheldon” as if this story takes place between Young Sheldon and the Big Bang Theory. I then refer to him
exclusively as Teen Sheldon for not only the remainder of that video, but for
the entire series. Because That Is Him Name Now.

Callbacks aren’t inherently more funny or
more insightful, but they add an aesthetic quality that makes the audience feel
an air of importance, as each component is part of a greater whole.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Make mistakes, share your mistakes,
embarrass yourself, and fail.

I once came across an inspirational Tumblr
post for more paper-based artists, showing a pen filled with “bad art” fluid near
the tip and “good art” further back. The author explained that good art near
the tip oxidizes into bad art overnight, and that you need to get the bad art
out by drawing with it before you can access the good art.

That metaphor applies just as well to any
artistic medium you can think of. You need to make a lot of things you won’t be
super proud of later before you get the hang of it and improve. You shouldn’t
be afraid of mistakes, because they’re not a sign of failure. Mistakes are an
inevitable and important part of the process, just as integral as things like
planning and editing.

Plus, let me tell
you as an actor, embarrassing yourself on purpose is actually not that
embarrassing. I dare say it’s kind of fun.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m part of a median system, so while
individually I think I would be completely asexual, my other half who I can
most closely describe as an aporagender demigirl lesbian bleeds through and the
overall result is gray ace. I originally got pointed to an asexual support
group on the advice that someone looking for a “low libido support group” will
fit right in. Now the way I usually explain it is that I have attraction but
not desire. I’m also considering adopting the label of fraysexual because I
seem to lean more towards allo the longer I’m not in a relationship.

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

My orientation tends not to come up much
in media analysis because there isn’t a lot of ace visibility or
representation. I’ve been lucky enough not to have anyone actively trying to
“cure” me, but have had allosexual (former) friends assume that my ace identity
means never ever ever and then accuse me of faking due to their own ignorance
of gray sexuality.

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

As with most of the minorities I belong
to, the idea that it’s a medical condition that needs to be cured. Some people
may lose their libido as a result of prescriptions drugs, but even in those
cases it’s perfectly acceptable to take on asexual identity and just live your
life with it.

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

Don’t worry if you don’t exactly match
every Asexuality 101 definition you read. Those are written for a general
allosexual audience, not for people who are questioning, and are incredibly
oversimplified. If you personally feel like you don’t perform sexual-ness the
way society expects you to, then you’re probably somewhere on the ace spectrum,
which is ace enough.

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

ActingNT.blogspot.com
RedBubble.com/people/ActingNT
YouTube.com/c/ActingNT.

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

Interview: Morwenna Greenleaf

Today we’re joined by Morwenna Greenleaf. Morwenna is a wonderful writer who specializes in poetry and fanfiction. She also dabbles in music, mostly song covers, and visual art. Morwenna takes inspiration from subjects that aren’t often talked about. It’s clear she’s a passionate 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 art is mostly written word, though I occasionally draw,
and sometimes post covers of songs on my YouTube channel, and I have had dance
lessons, though I don’t really showcase dancing and don’t really do much
anymore. I occasionally write poetry, but the majority is fanfiction written in
prose, usually with a theme of fantasy and they can cover really heavy, or not
commonly talked about, subjects.

What inspires you?

Well, I guess that events in my life have inspired my
stories, but also the stories of others. For example, I’ve always loved
watching crime shows with one of my personal favourites being Law and Order S.V.U. and I think that
inspires me, because they go into subjects such as rape, kidnapping, and human
trafficking. These subjects intrigue me, so I find myself researching them to
add into existing stories, or I piece together new stories featuring things
like them, which results in a lot of half-finished stories, some of which
aren’t yet published so the public can’t read them.

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

What got me interested? Well, I’m not sure. When I was
younger, I would always make up stories, whether they be epic sea battles with
phoenixes, all from a cluster of clouds, or fanfiction, before I realised it
was a thing. I always used to just insert myself into the shows/movies/books
and tweak the storyline slightly to involve myself. Drawing? I kind of just
slipped into it, like with the writing. I was always drawing over my books and
scraps of paper, pretty much anything I could find. Dancing, I think one day
when I was about three or four, I saw a ballet on TV, probably Swan Lake, and
fell in love. After about four years or so of pestering my mum, I ended up
doing four years of classical ballet classes, including character, and two
years of jazz classes. Singing has been a part of my life as long as I can
remember. I’d sing around the house as a child, and my dad started taking me to
karaoke at bars in town when I was about seven or eight, I think, and I’ve
recently turned eighteen, so that’s about ten years of karaoke.

Have I always wanted to be an artist? I think I have,
somewhere deep down. I love writing stories and singing, and have always, in
the back of my mind, wanted to do something artistic. True, it was always
performing, like singing/dancing/acting, but it’s all artistry anyway. I even
have the small amount of acting experience that comes from primary school
plays, hehehe. I love what I do, but I also have no clue exactly what I’m going
to do once I leave high school, because I also love things like science
(chemistry and physics), ancient history, and learning languages (I’m currently
monolingual, but who cares?).

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?

In most of my stories where I use an OC, her name is generally
Jessica McCarten, which is my real name outside of the internet. She’s
basically me, but with different hair and sometimes different backstories
depending on age, situation, and things like that, which are usually dependent
on the story. If she isn’t the protagonist, then she’ll usually appear as a
secondary character, but pretty close to the protagonist. Also, my profile pic
tends to be the same on all platforms except for Tumblr, and if there’s a
running obsession for another fandom or a certain type of music, it’s because
that’s most/all of what I’m listening to at that time, or obsessing over when
writing the parts of those stories.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Advice to young aspiring artists? Technically you could say
I’m one of them, *insert awkward/exhausted laughter here*. I would say to keep
doing whatever you’re doing and always, ALWAYS, look back over your old work to
see how you’ve changed, grown, and evolved. I personally hate doing this,
because my voice recorded, to me anyway, sounds terrible, and I cringe as I
read over things like my first story on Wattpad. However terrible you think you
were, always go back over your work, and you might find something better. Hell,
I’m still looking for a story I started in year 4 or 5 because I want to read
over it and build on it! The thing is, it doesn’t really matter. Just keep
practising and looking over your old work. Maybe if you’ve finished a story,
wait at least a year or so then, keeping the original, rewrite it, edit it, do
what you need to to make it fit your current style, or to correct grammar and
punctuation errors, because I can almost guarantee that you will have them, no
matter how much you think you don’t.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

At the moment, as it could change when I’m older and such, I
identify as asexual, but I am not aromantic. I still haven’t figured out my
romantic orientation, properly, but that doesn’t really matter.

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

No, I haven’t. However, this could be due to the fact that
aside from Tumblr and Quotev (my original platform) and about four people IRL,
I haven’t really come out, as I’ve been hesitant about it, and I’m not really
sure how people will react. The few people that I’ve come out to IRL have been
really nice about it, and not made a big deal. I have to admit though, that I
have a plan on coming out to my entire high school if a certain event I wish to
partake in (public speaking) occurs before I leave, a term afore the other
years. *Spoiler* If I do manage to, I’m doing a speech about asexuality, and
will hopefully have a homemade flag to show people before I wrap it around my shoulders.
As far as everyone that I haven’t come out to knows, I’m just a straight white
girl.

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

Well, probably that asexual people don’t like sex, or don’t
have sex. I know that this is true for possibly the majority of aces, but it’s
also false for a certain percentage of aces. This has come from people that
identify as bi/pan and do a subject that requires presentations on the LGBT+
community, though I’m not sure if any have included aces. As an eighteen year
old female ace, I have never understood how sexual attraction works, or had a
partner, romantic or otherwise aside from an occasional partner in
science/chemistry. However, I have always been intrigued and curious about what
the act of sex feels like, just never felt the attraction to anyone pertaining
to it. Whenever I’ve heard this one, I stay quiet and just get silently
annoyed/irritated/mildly mad, because I’ve learnt if I speak up about things
that I’m interested in/passionate for, I tend to receive a lot of shit from
people, and this is mostly to people I’ve known since year seven but haven’t
come out to as I don’t really consider them friends.

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

Do your research, read the stories of other aces, watch
videos on YouTube, whatever you need. I actually procrastinated for at least a
year before I decided Yes, okay, I think
I’ll identify as asexual now
. It doesn’t matter how long you take to figure
it out. Take your time, and remember that no-one other than you can tell you
who you are or what your sexual orientation is, and don’t feel bad if it
changes because sexuality is fluid. For example, here I am identifying as
asexual, when for all I know, I could be demi-sexual or grey-asexual, but I
haven’t explored anything that would let me know, so until anything changes, if
it does, I identify as asexual.

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

People can find out more about my work by looking me up on
different platforms. My *main* email is crush.girl.101.at.high.school@gmail.com
because I made it in year nine when I was seriously crushing on a guy. My Quotev, Wattpad, Deviantart, and YouTube are
all under the name Morwenna Greenleaf, and I have a Facebook page by the name Morwenna
Greenleaf
, managed by my actual account, and you can message me through the
page. I also, obviously, have Tumblr
that people can feel free to message me on, and I have Instagram under my
actual name, though, like YouTube, I don’t really post often (at jess_mccarten). In fact,
you can message me on any of the sites, though there is a high chance that the
majority of videos on my YouTube may have their comments turned off, due to fuckheads
being, well, fuckheads. When it comes to any of them, I do requests for things,
songs, stories, whatever. Feel free to request some things, because, while I
procrastinate pretty much everything *Hello! Procrastinated my sexuality!*, if
I enjoy the request, I will, eventually, get around to fulfilling the request,
and, just feel free to talk to me. I can be really awkward, and drop a lot of
terrible, terrible, puns, jokes,
whatever the fuck I’m in the mood for, on you, and just be extremely weird in general.
Live long and prosper, aces, and remember, Barty Crouch Jr stopped drinking
because it was making him Moody! 😉

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

Interview: Audrey

Today we’re joined by Audrey. Audrey is a wonderful young filmmaker who is just starting out. She has just started posting her films on social media, including on YouTube. Audrey mostly makes films that fall into the comedy genre. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of her, 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.

I’m an aspiring film maker I guess
you could say. I’ve been making short films for a while, but I just started
posting some on YouTube and social media. I like making comedy short films the
most because they get a message across in an enjoyable way. I’m hoping to learn
more about professional film in college next year where I’m majoring in Film
Studies!

What inspires you?

Life itself really inspires me. It
sounds weird but many of my film ideas come from my experiences in life. I like
to put a funny spin on things because if you can’t laugh at life what’s the
point! Pinterest also inspires me. I love that app.

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

I actually started high school
thinking I was going to be either an Engineer or a Teacher! Needless to say,
that changed. I didn’t really realize that I wanted to become serious about
Film until last year. I had grown up around it, my dad taught a high school
Film class, but I never seriously thought of it for me. It’s when I started
making short films that I realized how much I loved it and would actually like
to take it to the next level.

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?

Not currently, but if I start to
make my YouTube channel more official, which I’d like to, then I’ll probably
start to develop an intro/outro that puts my name on my work.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Art doesn’t have to just be a
hobby. If you take what you do seriously, then you should focus on it. The
world needs more art and what you do is important. If you’re nervous about your
friends and family seeing your work, don’t be. They are almost always going to
be the most supportive people in your life. Also, social media is an amazing
platform for art. Use it to get your work out there. Even if you don’t think
it’s good, someone else will. And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire an upcoming
artist to focus on their own art!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I currently identify as
heteroromantic asexual. I say currently, because I’ve never felt a strong
connection for a boyfriend so I haven’t ruled out Demisexual in my future. But
for now, asexuality is the sexuality that I feel fits me.

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

Not really because I embrace my
sexuality so much. In fact, I’m even looking to do some skits about asexuality
because it’s so underrepresented in our media today.

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

That it’s just a phase. I’ve been
fortunate enough that no one has said it to my face, but it’s definitely been
implied when I tell people. When I told my mom she was very supportive. She
loves learning about sexuality and gender identity but I know she doesn’t fully
understand it so I don’t blame her. Even she implied that my sexuality might
change as I get older. Which could be true, but for the moment identifying as
asexual has made me understand more about myself and has given me an identity
and a group of people who I can relate to.

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

If you think you might be asexual
or somewhere on the ace scale, go with it. If you feel differently in the
future there’s no problem with that. But for me, finding an identity has made
me much happier and I feel like I belong. Many people don’t know what
asexuality is and because of that, student can feel out of place and like
there’s something wrong with them because they don’t feel sexual attraction.
That’s why I really feel we need more representation in the media. The way I
figured out I might be asexual was through a Cosmopolitan article interviewing
a couple asexual women. Little things like that can do wonders for confused
individuals like me who had never heard of asexuality. But if the media won’t
represent us then it’s our job to spread the word.

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

You can check out my YouTube
channel here!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzHaJ97rA4U_tlVnXIEiC4A

(The channel name is audreylee but
there are several people by that name on YouTube)

Also check out my Tumblr: audgelee. I’ll
be posting a bunch of ace jokes and anecdotes that hopefully some of you guys
can relate to!

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

Hi! I saw that you were making posts about as…

Hi! I saw that you were making posts about asexual youtubers. If you ever do a third post, would you consider adding Muffinmon Gaming to the list? They're relatively new to youtubing, but they're very nice and funny and play off each other very well. One is aroace and the other is gray-ace/demisexual.

I’m probably not going to put together another list for a long time…but thank you for sharing this channel!

Muffinmon Gaming 

Interview: PJ

Today we’re joined by PJ. PJ is a phenomenal actress and a singer/songwriter. She’s also a YouTuber and a former state title-holder for talent. PJ has recently finished filming her first film role, which is super exciting. When she’s not working on her art, PJ is also an asexual and autism self-advocate. She’s clearly a passionate and talented 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.

I do a variety of things. My strength is definitely music
(singing and songwriting), but I also have a passion for acting, YouTube, and
modeling. I just recently finished filming my first movie (sorry, no details
can be shared yet)!

In music, my strength is opera (even though ironically, I
don’t like singing it that often). I’ve also written a song about
asexuality/aromanticism, but since I’m not with a record label yet, I can’t really
share my music with the world. I have this huge vision that can’t be done
without a little help. I hope to be signed one day!

What inspires you?

Coldplay. As an autistic person, they’re my obsessive
interest. If it weren’t for me being exposed to Coldplay at such a young age, I
wouldn’t be involved in music at all. At 5 years old, I was already mimicking
Chris Martin’s recognizable vocals. It’s honestly how I learned to sing.
Coldplay inspires me on a daily basis. They’re all I really listen to. Then
again, I also really love Owl City. My music is kind of like a mix between the
two.

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

I’ve wanted to be a singer-songwriter and actress for as
long as I can remember. My interest in YouTube started a couple years after
YouTube launched. My dad was also a professional drummer, so I suppose I got
some of my musicality from him. I just always knew in my heart that I was meant
to enter the entertainment field; even though it’s still a bit of a struggle
for me.

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 wish I did!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Here are my 10 rules for success:

1. Go for it and don’t hold anything back. Give it your all.
Be confident in your work.
2. Listen to your heart/audience. I’m only here in this position because people
kept telling me, “Hey, you’re really good. Have you ever thought about putting
yourself out there?” If people believe in me, I’m not going to let them down.
It was people encouraging me to be my best that got me this far.
3. As for the haters, just ignore them (which I know, can be difficult). Haters
come and go. Followers stick around as long as you do.
4. Be your awesome self! If people don’t like that, too bad. They’re probably
missing out on how wonderful you really are.
5. Reach out. Some connections are pretty important.
6. Keep perfecting your craft. Your work can ALWAYS use improvement; even if
you think it doesn’t. I’ve surprised myself a lot. I always thought I was done,
but then switched a few things up and-BAM! It was even better than before!
7. Keep persisting and working. If you’re having a writer’s/roadblock, don’t
let that stop you from working on something else… and then coming back to that
block when you’re ready!
8. Stay positive. I know this part is difficult as well, but trust me. It’s
important.
9. Learn from your mistakes. Let’s be honest, you’re going to screw up at one
point or another. The good news, however, is that the next time you come back,
you’re going to be even stronger than you were before.
10. Strive to be YOUR best. I don’t aim for the #1 spot; I aim for the best I
know I can be. The only thing I’m good at is being me. Don’t pay attention to
what someone else is doing.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am heteroromantic asexual, and extremely sex-repulsed
(apothisexual, if you want to get technical). Yet, I LOVE kissing, cuddling,
etc. Just everything except sex (which makes me physically sick for some
reason).

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

Luckily, no. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Some people
praise me for figuring myself out at such a young age. I actually receive more
prejudice and ignorance for my autism than my sexuality (and I’ve been openly
asexual for years). I’ve been dealing with the autism stigma and stereotypes my
whole life, so at this point, I’m pretty much immune to any hate. It doesn’t
bother me at all. I actually think it’s quite hilarious.

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

“It’s just a phase.”

I first suspected I was asexual when I was 14, found the
term at 17, and still identify this way at almost 21 years old. I don’t think
it’s a phase if it lasts for several years.

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

Ask yourself, “Has this always been me?” I’ve had many
things happen to me that further confirm that I’m asexual. Most of the time,
I’ve just felt out of place. What was this “sexual attraction” that people kept
talking about? Why do I only feel the need to hug, kiss, and cuddle someone?
Instead of being “turned on”, why do I experience nausea? There were just too
many things that lead to me finding asexuality.

If you’re struggling about coming out, I feel you. I was
once there. If someone doesn’t like you because of your orientation, again,
that’s too bad. Your orientation does not define you; you define it.

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

I highly encourage anyone who may have questions about
asexuality to message me on my ace blog: at theapothisexualace. Other
than that, my Instagram is at peytonjustine,
my personal Tumblr is at peyton-justine,
my YouTube channel is Clodplaye;
named after my original Coldplay-themed Tumblr: at clodplaye and my Coldplay-themed
Instagram: at clodplaye.
Lastly, my Twitter is at Clodplaye
as well. I have other social media accounts, but I don’t really post to them
that often.

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

Aspec & Arospec YouTube List Part 2!

asexual-society:

Apparently there are a lot more ace youtubers that I missed on the last list

The descriptions for each channel are pretty much just copied and pasted from their channel descriptions. Unless they didn’t have a description, in which case I just wrote ‘vlogger’.

Please note: All the content of the channels below may or may not reflect the views or opinions of this blog or it’s moderators. Nor is all of it safe for work or free of problematic elements. Please use your own discretion. 

Note 2: If your favorite youtuber is not on this list, feel free to add on! 

Enjoy!

Interview: M. Rubio

Today we’re joined by M. Rubio. M. is a wonderful student filmmaker who specializes in short films. His films fall into a variety of genres: comedy, horror, drama, and even surrealism. When he’s not working on films, M. is writing, mostly nonfiction essays. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. My thanks him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

Well, I make short films and I write a lot. I guess category
wise, I would be considered a student filmmaker. The stuff I publish are
usually nonfiction essays about my life or thoughts. In terms of short films, I
post occasionally, sometime random stuff, on my YouTube Channel. I intend to
release a four-episode miniseries sometimes this summer though.

In terms of the art itself, the stuff leans towards awkward,
dry, and self-aware comedy. Occasionally I lean to some drama or just pure
surrealist comedy, it mostly depends on my mood or if I am assigned to make
something that requires that tone.

My personal favorite work so far is this short where I put a
voice over to a college horror film. This film is pretty much my style in a
nutshell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ioj8HpSc6k&ab_channel=CannonBlasterakaM.Rubio

What inspires you?

Depends on what you mean specifically. In terms of the stuff
I make, I am inspired by the things around me. I have a very Seinfeld mindset
in that I write and film what I know.

In terms of inspiration in general. I admire people that have
a strong moral ground or are amazingly creative. Bonus points if you are both.
Examples include Jim Henson, Fred Rogers, Hayao Miyazaki, Fumito Ueda, and
Lemony Snicket.

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

The turning point was watching Roger Ebert’s commentary on Citizen Kane. Citizen Kane is great, but the commentary adds a whole new layer
for me. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of storytelling. I watched it
when I was a junior in high school, and I thought film was simply pointing a
camera at something. The Roger Ebert commentary completely changed that.

I always wanted to be a story teller of some kind (I always
had an active imagination), and that commentary convinced me that the film
medium is the one I should pursue is film.

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?

Not really. I guess there was always a layer of
self-awareness, awkwardness, or dryness to my work, but there was never a
unique signature of some kind.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

It is okay if you don’t know everything or aren’t good at
everything. No artist is an expert on their craft. You don’t have to be
perfect, you just have to be good and strive to be better. That was a hurdle
that I wished I learned early in my life. Art can be an intimidating field to
get into.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as hetero demisexual.

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

No prejudice, but tons of ignorance. Thankfully, it wasn’t
the toxic ignorance. But almost everyone I talked to about my sexuality, I had
to explain to them what asexuality/demisexuality was. This is not a problem for
me, since I love explaining my asexuality. It never gets tedious. Mainly
because, I love seeing the light bulbs light up when I do explain it.

That said, I am particular with who I come out to out of
fear of prejudice. I live in the South, so certain people have a more hostile
ignorance. You can usually tell which ones are which just by having a five minute
conversation with them.

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

That asexuals are all frigid. One of common things I have to
clear up are the fact that asexuals can be sex positive. I have to explain that
there are a variety of spectrums with asexuality, and with sexuality in
general. Not only is allosexual/asexual a spectrum, but how we view sex is also
a spectrum.

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

Sexuality is an identity and identity is very fluid. That
said, there are a lot of people, some of those people aggressive and toxic,
that don’t know it or don’t believe it. There will be times where YOU have to
clear up misconceptions. With that, you have to be an expert on sexuality.

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

There is my YouTube channel, which I put all of my stuff on.
Give it a look: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCha-tfYIjwdzylWfcz1BDGw?&ab_channel=CannonBlasterakaM.Rubio

I also blog on occasion. I usually put it on this site: https://themrubio.blogspot.com/

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

Aspec & Arospec YouTube List Part 2!

asexual-society:

Apparently there are a lot more ace youtubers that I missed on the last list

The descriptions for each channel are pretty much just copied and pasted from their channel descriptions. Unless they didn’t have a description, in which case I just wrote ‘vlogger’.

Please note: All the content of the channels below may or may not reflect the views or opinions of this blog or it’s moderators. Nor is all of it safe for work or free of problematic elements. Please use your own discretion. 

Note 2: If your favorite youtuber is not on this list, feel free to add on! 

Enjoy!

Asexual/A-Spec YouTube List!

asexual-society:

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I think we can all agree that it’s nice to see yourself and people like you in media. It’s also great to hear the experiences and knowledge of others. So, here’s a big ass list of YouTube a-specs! 

The descriptions for each channel are pretty much just copied and pasted from their channel descriptions. Unless they didn’t have a description, in which case I just wrote ‘vlogger’.

Please note: All the content of the channels below might or might not reflect the views or opinions of this blog or it’s moderators. Nor is all of it safe for work or free of problematic elements. Please use your own desecration. Enjoy!

En Español 

Archive channels:

  • Asexual Media Archives: An archive channel, collecting all things asexual. Features videos in different languages, including Spanish, Finnish, and German
  • Aces Wild: Aces Wild is a YouTube Channel reporting on news and updates within the Asexual Community, along with informational videos and the occasional joke; Tumblr, Twitter

Aspec & Arospec YouTube List Part 2!

asexual-society:

Apparently there are a lot more ace youtubers that I missed on the last list

The descriptions for each channel are pretty much just copied and pasted from their channel descriptions. Unless they didn’t have a description, in which case I just wrote ‘vlogger’.

Please note: All the content of the channels below may or may not reflect the views or opinions of this blog or it’s moderators. Nor is all of it safe for work or free of problematic elements. Please use your own desecration. 

Note 2: If your favorite youtuber is not on this list, feel free to add on! 

Enjoy!