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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!

Aspec & Arospec YouTube List Part 2!

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!

10 bi+ YouTubers to binge watch during #BiWeek

10 bi+ YouTubers to binge watch during #BiWeek:

fuckyeahbiguys:

From viral coming out videos to relationship advice, YouTube has been an online space for LGBTQ expression, identity, and community since its launch in 2005. This #BiWeek, GLAAD is highlighting ten of our favorite bisexual+ YouTubers.