Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog!! I hope you’re all doing well? Today’s post is an interview with the Dara Daniels. Dara is a teen content creator and also runs a youth organization known as BTSU- Black teens speak up.
I was thinking of posting something a little different and interesting today, and sometimes, listening from other people is just a great way to kickstart yourself. In this interview, we talked about all things content creation, advice, and her NGO. I hope you enjoy it!
HI DARA! WELCOME TO MY BLOG!! IT’S SO LOVELY TO HAVE YOU HERE. FIRST OF ALL, CAN YOU START BY INTRODUCING YOURSELF?
Hi. My name is Daraayo Daniels. I’m a believer in Christ, A content creator and an Entrepreneur. When I’m not working or schooling, I like to read, write, listen to music and on the occasion, catch up on my favorite TV shows.
BEING A CONTENT CREATOR IS NOT ALL THAT EASY, AND WE HAVE ALL GOT THAT TRICK UP OUR SLEEVES TO KEEP OURSELVES SANE. SO WHAT’S YOUR DAILY LIFE LIKE AS A CONTENT CREATOR?
My daily life as a content creator is pretty simple actually. I have scheduled posts and a theme I’m probably going for so I create content based on that. I also have to eat first cause I’m one of those people who can’t work on an empty stomach. I read, do some research and plan out what I want to put out there. I’m a very conscious individual and a perfectionist so I work very hard on the content I produce, I have this thought that if it isn’t good enough for me, then it isn’t good enough for anyone else.
AS A TEENAGER, NOT EVERYONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF YOU STARTING SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS AN NGO. WHAT BROUGHT ABOUT THE BIRTH OF YOUR ORGANIZATION AND CONTENT CREATION?
As for the birth of my NGO, that came about in June or so. 3 months after the pandemic started. We didn’t go into full force though until 7th of July when we started putting content out there and seeing that people were actually interested. To be honest, BTSU came about after I thought about how youth generally and young black creatives weren’t taken seriously enough. I felt that we should be evaluated based on the quality of our work and not our age. I also felt like we should be more politically aware and I took action by gathering a few trusted friends who I felt shared my passion at the time and we set it up.
For content creation, that wasn’t a decision I took overnight either. It took careful planning and preparation. I loved making videos and talking about things that were important to me so I started with my podcast at first then because I wanted to reach a larger audience, I started a YouTube channel and here I am now. I love creating content. Its a part of me now.
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN YOURSELF GROW AS A CONTENT CREATOR?
To be honest, growth is perceived on an individual scale for me. I believe I’ve grown over time. When I listen to my first podcast, I laugh at how nervous and inexperienced I sounded. I’m doing way better now. As for my YouTube channel, I just started that so I can’t really say. I think a particular thing I’ve done to evolve myself is to stop comparing myself to others and instead, carving a niche for myself. My own brand. My own identity. Also, I listen to uplifting messages, I create mood boards when I’m feeling creative and all sorts of other things to get me in the groove. Most importantly, I pray. I pray real hard everyday for God to continue to guide me and give me strength. Its the only thing that keeps me going.
WITH EVERYTHING THING THAT HAPPENED GLOBALLY LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR IS A TIME PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING AFRESH, TAKING DEEP BREATHS AND LETTING GO. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR WATCHWORD TO TAKE YOU THROUGH THIS YEAR?
My watchword this year is simple. “Let God Lead.” I know that when I do that, everything works together for my good.
WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO START CONTENT CREATION, OR ANYTHING AT ALL?
The only advice I can give for anyone who wants to go into content creation is “Be Yourself. No one can do you like You. Carve a niche for yourself. Be different. Have a positive mindset. Keep working very hard and never give up. Your goal is closer than you think. Most importantly and obvious, when you think about it, create “quality content.”
IS THERE ANY OTHER THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD BEFORE YOU GO?
The only other thing I’d like to add is go check out my podcast: Pillow Talk With Dara, Subscribe to my channel: Dara Daniels and Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @thedaradaniels
Thank you so much for having me. I’m honored.
And that’s it guys. I hope you enjoyed this post, because I definitely did. Don’t forget to comment. Will see you in my next post✌🏻
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