Your names/a little about yourself ?
Hi! I'm kelsey! I'm a comedian, development producer at BuzzFeed, and overall badass bitch.
What do you do?
I like to make content in many forms that speak to women like me - loud, unapologetic, always learning and growing.
Why did you get into that?
I started making youtube videos after I dropped out of THREE colleges. I always have known what I wanted to do in life and felt I was wasting my time trying to earn a degree to do something that was already available to do to me! But! Go to college if it matters to you!!!
What's your story?
Once upon a time in 1990... just kidding.
I grew up on the east coast always interested in media and film. I did TV productions in high school and went to college for Broadcast Journalism. Half way through, however, YouTube started to become popular and I was fascinated by the idea of connecting with so many people in a real way that I could control. I didn't need a degree or agent or manager to start building a community of like-minded people. I moved to NYC and stayed in school honing my skills - learning the ins and outs of camera work. Taught myself how to edit on iMovie. The works. I moved out to LA because I hated the snow and made my first youtube video that got over 2 million hits in a week! This opened so many doors to start collaborating with other creators, eventually meet a manager, start making money for doing what I loved!
What struggles have you over come and how?
I stayed in school despite knowing I had zero intention of finishing. I stayed as long as I did because I thought it was what I was "supposed" to do. It's what everyone else was doing! Plus, college seems so fun in the movies! I learned a lot and am greatful for the time I went but I left once I felt I was learning things that I could also learn on Youtube. I'd tell people thinking about skipping college to really think about it. Weigh out your pros and cons. Have a back up plan!
How has your role of a woman pushed you forward or held you back?
I've certainly had experiences, like most women, in the workplace where I felt like I was under the mercy of a man controlling my career. However, I feel very lucky that I was able to recognize that early on and check-in with myself when Iexperienced imposter syndrome. I have made it a point to surround myself with women in any way I can. From my team managing my career, to people I work on projects with; I completely see it as a blessing now - being a woman. I recognize that I am lucky in this regard. So I try to use my privilege now to help lift and amplify other women's voices any way that I can!
How do you use your platform to inspire other women?
My co-worker and I just started a podcast called AdultSh1t on BuzzFeed that has an audience of 95% women! Thats a crazy high stat! We are so proud of the content and the audience we've developed. We listen to our fans, we answer their questions and try to talk about taboo subjects that help women become more comfortable and confident with themselves.
How do you stay positive and focused?
I have depression and anxiety and for years I was on many different meds. For me, learning how to meditate and stay mindful has helped me more than any medication I've been on. I completely believe at one point in my life I needed those medications to function as a human and would never speak negatively for anyone who uses medication for their mental health, however, these days I use apps on my phone to meditate, go to acupuncture, and read self-help books to learn more about how and why my brain works the way it does!
Any words of advice for future girl bosses following in your footsteps?
Believe in yourself. You have to be your own cheerleader and know how fucking awesome you are. Know you are human and you'll make mistakes. You don't need to have it all figured out. Do the research, put in the work and be kind to others <3