Creator Profile: Christine Nguyen, YouTuber and Freelance Creative - Los Angeles
Hi Christine! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Christine Mai Nguyen; my Vietnamese name is Ú which translates to “borderline obese”. I was a chubby baby. Currently in Los Angeles; I have a love of plants, ceramics, and cameras.
What lead you to begin YouTubing and how long have you done it for?
I was in film school and students were loading their projects on this hot new platform called ‘YouTube’ so that’s what got me into it. At first it was just for school but then I got sucked into the world of beauty reviews and it just consumed me.
Other than YouTube, you work as a freelance creative. Could you tell us a little bit more about what you do and what your favorite kind of freelance day looks like?
I create digital content such as designing email blasts, Instagram scheduling, and just started ecom photography. I’m learning as I go, but I thoroughly enjoy it so it's nice that I get to do these things on my own time.
How do you come up with your video content? Do you schedule it all out or do ideas come more naturally and then you post?
Sometimes I’ll sit down and brainstorm but often times, that’s a bit too calculated and difficult to execute. A lot of ideas come from the people watching my YouTube which is amazing.
You have a few different video series, do you have a favorite type of video to shoot?
My favorite videos to shoot are definitely Apartment Tours with my friends and “A Brief Conversation” which are short interviews with inspiring people.
How do you connect with your viewers and community?
I read all my comments and do my best to respond. I know I’m very fortunate to be in the position I am in so I try not to take advantage and pay my dues.
What are some of your favorite plants?
I have a couple Heartless Philodendrons I love because they grow really fast and are great for small spaces. They’re hanging plants so they drape gracefully and are not hard to take care of.
What are some of your short term goals?
I’d like to travel more; booked some flights within the U.S. this summer because I haven’t really traveled around much in this country and there is so much to see.
Do you have creative aspirations for a long term basis?
In all honestly, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in terms of my career. I’d like to always be learning and challenged creatively — financial stability is nice too but that comes second. I’ve spent my entire life saving money at several 9 to 5 jobs and for the first time in my life, I’m doing things that add value to my life and still saving which I’m grateful for.
What is your favorite aspect of sharing parts of your life through video?
I like the idea of looking back in a couple years and seeing what had changed — what I thought was important at the time, things I enjoyed, etc.
What are some brands that you are excited about that we should know of?
In terms of beauty, I’m always enthralled by everything Glossier launches. When it comes to clothing, check out LACAUSA — ethically made in Los Angeles, perfect for Spring and Summer (or year-round if you’re in Los Angeles).
Why do you think it’s important to shop small and support local makers?
Small businesses have more character and to me, I’d rather know exactly who I’m supporting financially as well. I think in big corporations, so much money is spent on paying every single soul along the way that sometimes the people who put in the most effort and time don’t get paid what they deserve.
What makes you passionate about the work that you do?
It comes in waves — I’d be lying if I said I’m passionate about everything I produce. Sometimes I’m excited by positive feedback and other times I get really discouraged by the negative things. The truth about what I do is that I don’t have just one person to answer to — being on YouTube means my subscriber count to me is the amount of bosses I have so when someone says “this video sucks” I take it to heart. Some days are better than others.
At The Glossary, we believe in women working together and helping one another. Why do you think it is important for women to support other women?
Hmmm, I’ve always been under the impression that women (especially on YouTube) always support one another. It’s important to share experiences and learn from each other. I don’t know where I’d be with out my mom, my sisters, and my friends — I can tell you I’d be a completely different person.
What creative women do you find inspiring?
Sisilia Piring is very inspirational to me; she’s a phenomenal photographer who shares all her camera secrets and yet has an eye like no other. Even if I shell out the money to buy all her equipment, I would never dream of getting “the shot” cause she’s just that talented.
Rachel Nguyen is one of the most creative people I have ever met. Everything she does motivates me to get off my ass and do something with my time.
Caitlin Shannahan (she’s my best friend) impresses me everyday; she’s so smart, funny, creative and stylish.
What are you looking forward to in the coming months?
I booked a few flights so I’m excited to travel.
What do you wish more people knew about you?
I love chick flicks — I’m kind of emotional in that way.
How do you manage a work/life balance?
In all honestly, I’m not doing such a good job with that. I started freelancing almost a year ago so I’m really learning as I go. Definitely not an expert when it comes to balance but I’m working on it.
What are some of your favorite places in LA?
Highland Park all the way; I moved here about two years ago and am falling more and more in love everyday.