More than a Youtuber
Article from the Sun daily by Jessica Chua (posted on 1st Oct 2015)
IF you're a YouTube junkie, you may have come across this bubbly girl by the name of Jenn Chia. Her YouTube stint began in 2009 when she posted a video of herself singing and playing on the piano a song that she wrote.
Her YouTube channel "So I'm Jenn" has since grown into an archive of self-written songs, covers, skits and vlogs. Chia makes music from time to time by herself if not with her band KissKillMary.
Nonetheless, she prefers presenting her musical projects in front of a live audience, and focuses on creating entertaining skits for YouTube.
"I'm very passionate when it comes to creating ideas and more importantly, I'm very inspired by people. I like to connect with people in any way possible, especially through ideas.
"A lot of things that I talk about are very inspired by people's antics," said the 24-year-old.
This passion and interest gave Jenn the courage to quit her job and concentrate on YouTube full-time as a content creator.
Recently, she ventured into TV hosting after being recruited as the newest face of The 8TV Quickie.
What do you love about YouTube?
The way it connects people. If you have a voice for something, and you want to do YouTube, just put it out. You may get only five views but those five views are a big deal. You never know who'd be watching.
It was through my videos that I met Mark O'Dea which then led to 8TV.
Where do you find the strength, focus and balance in wearing so many hats?
There are days when I ask myself, "What are you doing?" It is very easy to feel demotivated. The characterdefining moment is how you bounce back from that. So for me, I always look in the mirror whenever I feel doubtful, and I think about the ultimate goal.
I try to get myself involved in everything and meet different people because you never know what can happen. And that kind of ignites something from within. I also learn to balance everything by taking some time off for short trips every now and then.
What is your recipe for creativity?
Don't limit yourself. When you have an idea for something, develop it a little bit more. Don't give yourself excuses about why the idea shouldn't be happening. When you do that, it curbs your creativity.
As a content creator, you've got to be able to envision ideas and have the audacity to execute them.
What message do you hope to speak through your work?
I want it to relate. I want people to know that they're not alone. For example, I'm an insecure person and I know that I'm not alone. I think having insecurities doesn't mean that you will fail in life.
It is how you work on your insecurities and find value in yourself. So my work is all about being with you and showing you that we can connect with the same
How do you deal with criticisms and haters?
I talk to people whose opinions I respect. Then I ask myself if I'm happy being who I am and doing what I do. I take a moment and accept the fact that there are people who hate you, and people who love and support you.
The moment you accept that and move on, that's when you can be yourself. I watch Gordon Ramsay a lot. When they have problems in the kitchen, Chef Ramsay always says, "Bounce back up!"
That shows how you handle problems. You bounce back up.
What is your personal advice to aspiring YouTubers and content creators?
Ask yourself, "What's the worst that can happen?"
That's something that I always ask myself. Be thick-skinned and just do it. I'm still alive, passionate and capable. So I'm just going to put myself out there.
At the end of the day, you want to satisfy yourself.