I started watching YouTube almost a decade ago. My seemingly innocent obsession with YouTube during my latter years of high school could very well have played a role in my trajectory of video art. None the less, as a video artist and writer, I find solace with many of the creatives on this platform. They have inspired me, reenergized me, and challenge me to continuously strive for truth in creating. Veterans like Evelyn from the Internets, Casey Neistat, JacksGap, Shameless Maya have been fixtures. Newly found creators like Dan Mace, Dale Roossein or family based creators like MazeLee, and Beleaf In Fatherhood are incredibly stimulating in their work. Without many of these artists, and this platform as a whole, I would not be the artist I am today, but more importantly, I would not have the space I am currently seeking to create, to hold myself accountable and challenge myself to create.
I am seeking a space to connect with other like-minded artist, practice and hone my creative skills, and keep myself accountable to doing consistent work. Additionally, I am excited to be a part of a conversation on YouTube that’s often dominated by one kind of artist. The technology and creative space on YouTube still has a ways to go in defying the norms of these same industries that exist outside of YouTube. In short, Black women such as myself are non existent as exclusive providers of knowledge in the creative tech community of YouTube.
I say all of that to say, hi. I’m Kim. You may know me as the author of this blog, or a video artist on and offline. YouTube and my blog will serve as a platform for me navigating my creative process.