Tianna Epps: The YouTuber
After the lunch bell rings a heard of students flood the H-patio and cafeteria, the perfect participants for Junior Tiana Epps’s YouTube channel.
With 181 subscribers and over two thousand views ‘Dreadhead.t3’continues to create videos for not only students at school but “something that anyone can find entertaining,” she said. Epps’s videos consist of public interviews similar to the Worldstarhiphop channel on YouTube, and pranks she does on her friends.
Epps’s YouTube channel began after she realized how much she enjoyed watching her favorite YouTubers. “I loved watching people like Funny mike, Jazz and the but, Funny mike is really who inspired me and motivated me to start my channel,” she said.
Between the homework load, basketball practice, and her part-time job at Home Depot, having the time to film and upload videos have always stressful for Epps. “I get mentally drained a lot. I just have so much on my mind that making videos is the last thing I think about,” she said.
On the rare occasion that Epps’s schedule is clear, she and her best friend head over to the International mall to shoot videos. Usually, Epps films her videos at school but she prefers to switch up the scenery.
But before all of that comes the challenge of collecting video ideas. Epps has a well thought out system when it comes to making videos with her best friend, Sophomore Auden Fisher. “We start by looking through YouTube and getting an idea of what trends are popping,” she said. “Then I text my Auden the idea I have and based on the ones we come up with together we choose a location.” Trends like “what’s is something you haven’t told your homeboy or homegirl” do well on her channel. Epps mentioned when she arrives at the mall walking around is the fastest way to get people to get into her videos. “Some people come up to us and ask if they can get in the videos when they see us recording,” she said. “Other people might just ask what we are recording for and subscribe to the channel.”
Once Epps has enough footage, she makes sure she edits the same day. “The editing part is easy for the most part but posting is the hardest part,” she said. Epps mentioned uploading on YouTube takes at least two hours but she didn’t know that at first.
Other than her friends at school and the strangers she meets at the mall, Epps’s family are her biggest supporters. “Even before I took YouTube seriously my family have been my biggest supporters,” she said. Since the passing of her grandfather, her grandmother continued to teach her more about the life ahead. “My grandma keeps me going” she said. “She taught me no matter how hard life is you have to keep a smile on your face and give it all you got.”
There are some things Epps would have wanted to know getting into YouTube, but if she were to give someone else advice it would be “don’t try to be someone you’re not, be yourself and go with the flow,” she said. “At the beginning, I wanted to be so much like the YouTubers making millions from their videos but, I learned that I have to take baby steps to get there.”