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She ditched her law school plans for a YouTube career: Amanda Ensing Interview

She ditched her law school plans for a YouTube career: Amanda Ensing Interview

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Amanda Ensing Show Notes!

Below are some of my favorite quotes from my interview with Amanda. Please note that some of the language has been edited to make out easier to read. Enjoy!

Describe your channel:

So everyday is a little bit different. It’s kind of like running your own business. I am someone who likes to do their own schedule. I usually film twice a week, I try to get  two videos up a week. A lot of alone time. I love this job more than anything but its definitely a lot of time sitting by myself, by my computer because it usually takes me 7 hours editing a video.

I love to edit.

I became obsessed with trying new products. The last year of a half in college I was always in class on my computer reading product reviews, looking up YouTube videos, not paying attention at all and I thought, it would be fun to record a video.

The hardest thing with a channel is getting people to watch your video. Especially now, it’s so saturated, there are so many people trying to do it.  It’s really hard to get noticed. I started using Instagram a lot. Now, instagram is so much bigger. I posted a lot on instagram. I tried to make friends. I just wanted to talk to other people who liked makeup as much as I did. I always commented on people that I loved and people that I admired. I used instagram, I used pinterest. I tried to use as many social media outlets as I could to get my name out there to get my work out there.

There were not that many people when I started on instagram posting makeup pictures. Why can’t I do YouTube and post stuff on instagram. I started commenting on their pictures. Not just liking. I really wanted people to know me. I thought that if people saw my work they would like me and we could be friends. I would just comment on their stuff, on their YouTube videos and try to get noticed. I just wanted to start a friendship with them and network and meet other people doing what I wanted to do.

I always wanted to blog. I always wanted a fashion blog and I didn’t really know how to go about it. Im this girl in Tennessee nobody is going to care about me so I kept my school route. For YouTube, I did it for fun, but I was serious about doing it. I found a passion for makeup. I had never really been passionate about anything except for makeup. I did it for fun but I wanted to do it 100% if I was going to do it. Once I got into it, I wanted it to happen because I loved it so much and I wanted to do it as long as I could.

Beauty Bonus Round:

What are your Holy Grail Items?

Bite Beauty Rambutan Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Heat Wave: Highlighting Powder

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

What are your top favorite tech tools?

iphone

Canon rebel T4I

What is your best tip for increasing subscriber base?

Consistency.

Who is your beauty vlogger inspiration?

Casey Holmes, We are the same but not really the same. I love her. Our friendship is off of YouTube. We dont talk about work a whole lot. We met from YouTube. She’s in the south too. She’s actually going to come visit me next week. We hang out a lot. I get a lot of inspiration just because she just gets me. She’s my best friend which is weird because I have so many friends in real life.

What do you wish you knew when you first started?

Standing your ground more. I wish I knew more about the business side. People were getting paid to do things that I was doing for free because I didn’t know people made money. That would have helped me do it a little quicker.

What would you tell someone who is just starting their channel?

Stay true to yourself. You can get caught up in what everyone else is doing. You don’t want to get caught being anyone else. Don’t let anyone else doing YouTube influence you because you want to stand out.

Amanda Ensing Channel Stats:

Started channel Spring of 2012

Subscribers: 333k

Video Views: 13.4 million

To visit Amanda and her channel head over here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBeautyBox1211/featured

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