Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Kaitlyn.
Hi Amber, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up involved in many different facets of media and creation because I was fascinated by so many things – from theatre to filmmaking and photography, makeup, and special effects. The practices became a major part of my life throughout high school with the availability of so many artistic courses and extracurriculars, so it was only natural that after graduating it would develop into more serious endeavors. Now, I function as an artist, YouTuber, and content creator (outside of my day job working in events).
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s always going to be struggles in getting to where you want to be, no matter who you are. (Although naturally, some will have vastly different experiences than others.) While I do have a lot of life experience that could be considered “struggles”, some of my most notable have been coming from a lower-class economic background and dealing with a variety of mental and physical health comorbidities. It’s incredibly difficult trying to exist and thrive when it seems like your own body is trying to sabotage you, and even more so when you lack accessibility to adequate and caring professionals who can help manage and maintain your conditions – an experience an, unfortunately, increasing amount of individuals are facing.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an artist and activist, primarily working through forms of content creation, including running a YouTube channel. While I try to keep my audience and content varied, I have a particular affinity towards makeup, fashion, books, horror, music, and DIY, with a special interest in prioritizing independent and queer projects. A lot of my background comes in handy within my work (from being a varsity theatre crew member to winning costume contests, working with a mortician on special effects makeup for an anti-drunk driving program, and helping run an LGBTQIA+ focused club). I have had the incredible opportunity of working directly with authors and publishers on book reviews and themed content, as well as a variety of indie, horror-themed, and queer-focused makeup companies. I believe that my unique combination of experience and representation sets me apart from other creators (which isn’t to say that there’s not enough space for all of us to thrive!) – as a plus-sized, queer, impoverished, chronically ill individual, who presents very alternatively with makeup, piercings, and tattoos, a lot of individuals find me to have an interesting perspective on the entertainment and education I try to provide.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I don’t believe in any one particular quality making for success, but an individual’s experience and drive, overall.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatisloveistheweapon/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AmberKaitlyn