Find something that you love and do what you're passionate about. Start by practicing and perfecting what you do. As long as you are doing what you love and it makes you happy, then hopefully your parents will see the joy it brings you. I think the biggest key for being successful is working hard, staying determined, and never giving up. So keep at it and remember to have fun along the way.
Jenna, I can see how you are conflicted and it is hard because people can be very rude. If you know what you love, go for it and do that. There are always gonna be haters and people that will make fun of you, I get it too! But you can't let them stand in the way of your dreams and what you love. If you want to post videos be proud and confident and show them that you are happy with what your doing. It can be scary, especially starting out, but if you remember WHY you want to make videos and focus on the POSITIVE comments and views that should matter more. And above anything else, do it for YOU, and forget everyone else. Side-note: if you're too scared to post videos maybe you find a way to be on the other side, to help film or create videos with others. :) Good luck!
From: Samantha Gray
It takes time, and practice. The more you do it the more comfortable and confident you'll become. When I had my first performance I was so shaky and nervous. I freaked out about every little thing and every little mistake. After the fact I would beat myself up over lyric slips or things that NO ONE ELSE NOTICED, haha. The sooner you learn to just go up and have fun, the better. Take a deep breathe and just do what you love, I promise it gets easier. As far as criticism, everyone these days is a critic, you will NEVER please them all and that's just how it is. So take the good with the bad and realize you can't make everyone happy. Listen to the love and shut out the noise of the criticism. If only ONE person love you, then do it for them. If you love it, then do it for you! ;)
I don't think your goal should be "to be famous". It has to start with a passion and love for whatever it is you want to do. When people see that they are drawn to it or are inspired by it or entertained & thats where it starts. You need to do what you love and share the video with who you can. If its genuine and people like it, they will share it on their own. Most importantly, it won't happen overnight. Everything takes time to grow and it takes a lot of patience, determination, and hard work. There's no quick answer or easy way to "fame". You gotta just work for what you love & the harder you work the luckier you'll become. :) Here are a few pointers for helping videos do better: -Make sure to have a clear title as to what the video's about. -Post consistently so your audience keeps coming back! -Tag the video with common phrases or things people might search so people can find your video. -Try to have a clean/polished area so it looks nice. -Make sure to have fun and enjoy what you are doing. If you have fun, the people watching are more likely to have fun. -Do it for the passion and because you love it, not for the "fame".
It's tough for anyone to live in California as it is so expensive. I lived with my grandpa when I needed to be in LA, so I got really lucky. My advice would be to save up so you know you have money to pay rent/essentials for a few months. I would also try to get a few friends to room with you so you don't have to pay rent all on your own. If you have a job now, sometimes you can ask to be transferred to a new area which would give you some safety for having a job there. I think the biggest help is splitting the cost with friends though! Good luck!
To be honest you need to just ignore it. I know it is easier said than done, but it's true. You just gotta do you and realize that half the people online are little 12 year olds with no filter. They don't think or care about feelings and you shouldn't feel hurt for one second because of them. I've always tried to focus on the positive. For every negative comment realize there's also positive comments. Generally speaking people are rude because they are insecure of themselves or jealous. I always say fight back with love. I'll respond to haters by saying "Thanks for the comment, I'll work on it :)" or something ending with a smiley face and they usually respond apologetic. They hide behind a username and say mean things, but they probably don't mean it, or are in a bad mood, or a million different other reasons, but you are amazing, so DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Don't let the haters get in the way. If you have fun and love it, that's all that matters. Keep it up!! :)