Interview with YouTube star Motoki Maxted

Hey readers : D

Here I am with another wonderful interview post. This time I got the chance to talk to the YouTube star Motoki Maxted. I’m a huge fan of his channel, and I bet a lot of you guys are too (or will be in the very near future). Motoki is seventeen (the same age as me) but it’s quite hard to believe because he’s so much more mature and self-actualized than I am.
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(Konni: K, Motoki: M)

K: Why did you start making YouTube videos?

M: I watched Ryan Higa’s (nigahiga) videos for a couple of years and thought he was one of the coolest people ever. After finding him, I watched others like Kevin Wu (KevJumba) and Mitchell Davis (livelavalive) and loved everything about what they did. I’ve always been interested in anything TV/Film related so I tried out what they did in hopes that I could put a smile on anyone’s face that watched one.

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(image above: Nigahiga!)

K: When I first started my blog, people were making fun of it and telling me it was useless(Now they’re all super supportive!). Motoki, how did your family/friends react to your videos at first? Was everyone supportive?

M: My friends have always been pretty low-key supportive. Someone will once in awhile tell me they liked the latest video or ask when the new one coming out. My parents on the other side have never been that supportive. They don’t fully understand how it all works and always tell me to do other things instead. It kinda sucks cause it’s hard to explain to them how important it all is and how successful I am at it.

K:  How do you feel about being exposed(in terms of personal information/your face being known) online?

M: It’s pretty awesome, I’m not too much of an attention seeker but when it comes by itself, makes me feel cooler than I probably am haha.

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K:  What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever told you? : )

M: I don’t really get too many weird comments, some that stick out usually just talk about my eyebrows or lips in detail.

K: Have you ever been to South Korea? What’s your impression of Korea and why?

M: Sadly no. From what I’ve seen of South Korea, it’s hella hip and I would love to visit sometime. I used to watch some Korean shows and listen to Kpop so I already like a lot of things about Korean culture.

K: What do you think of the current fashion industry?

M: I’m really digging the way a lot of stores have started to make the transition into simplistic designs and that kinda resemble older styles.

K: Are you fashionable?

M: I try to be whenever I’m not too lazy to look good. Stores like H&M and Forever 21 are my favorite places to hit up.

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K: If you had to choose between having a job you’re passionate about but being totally broke and having a well-paying job and being a billionaire, what would your choice be?

M: I’d be a billionaire, save up, quit, then I could do the things I’m passionate about.

K: What are you scared of?

M: Rapists

K: What makes you cry?

M: Kim Jung Un.

K: If you weren’t born into the environment you’re in now, and you were born in a random place somewhere on this planet, what do you think you would have grown up to be by now?

M: Probably not, everything in my life led up to where I am now I’m am glad it did.

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Reader-submitted Question: What kind of women are you attracted to?

M: The ones that breath.

Reader-submitted Question: Are you a virgin?

M: Yup, I try to stay away from relationships ’cause they take up time I could be spending online lol.

That’s all for today! If you liked this interview, don’t forget to like, comment, and follow. To like or comment on this post, just click the title of this post, then scroll down. You’ll see the Comment box and Like button at the end of the post.

Here’s a big Thank You to Motoki for doing the interview. : ) Click here to check out his Facebook page.

Have an amazing day filled with happiness.

The 8 things I’ve learned during my 17 years of life so far

Hi readers,

Since the title basically explains this post, let’s begin!

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#1. Quit Facebook.

Facebook is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. It’s convenient and fun, yes, but it really doesn’t help. And despite what your instincts tell you, you don’t need it. Who cares whether the obnoxiously pretty, mean, popular girl in school looks good in her new duckface selfie or not? In fact, I’m going to quit right now.

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#2. Don’t keep trying to compete with the people around you; compete with yourself.

I was always a competitive person. Sometimes competition is good. In elementary school, I remember getting a nosebleed while doing long-distance running during a P.E. class because I was trying to outrun all the boys. I remember it as a proud moment. I tried my very, very best to prove to myself that I was just as fast as the boys, and I actually did outrun some of them. However, sometimes my competitiveness can get the best of me. For me, it used to be really nerve-wrecking when the kid next to me was studying something that I hadn’t yet looked over, or if the guy on the opposing team in a debate round sitting across me had more research papers on his table. But honestly, looking back at myself, it’s a stupid thing to do. It just made me more upset and panicky every time, until my nerves eventually got out of control and caused me to break down again and again. Now I know that the best way to complete a task at hand, whether it’s test preparation or getting ready for a street dance contest, is to just focus on yourself and cater to your own needs, not struggle to keep up with the other kids, because that won’t get you anywhere.

#3. Pain is in your head.

I’m mildly lactose-intolerant, and I love cereal, so yes, I know what pain feels like(almost). The most terrible thing that could happen to me at school is probably me needing to go to the toilet during class because the big bowl of milk I drank in the morning is churning all around my insides. It’s not only embarrassing to have to interrupt class because of your personal intestinal situation, it also  hurts in a way that makes you want to rip all your hair out and roll over on the floor. In the past, I used to start panicking and getting the sweats whenever I felt even a slight jiggle in my stomach. But through my 17 years of coping with my lactose-intolerance, I’ve learned that if I pretend that everything is fine, it actually is and will be fine. The brain can be tricked into thinking that the physical body is fine, and therefore getting rid of the pain. It was actually proved scientifically, so it’s legit, guys!

#4. Never quit school.

I’ve been attending super competitive, top-class  prep schools since middle school, and I know exactly how it feels to be squashed under a mound of excellent, bright kids who are smart and competitive. It’s tough, it really is, especially when you used to be the smartest kid around in primary school and suddenly you drop down to the bottom of the pile. I’ve wanted to change schools many, many times. Why didn’t I? Because I realized that it wouldn’t make any difference. These are the kids that I’m going to have to deal with in society, and I might as well start toughening up now. I just try to cope with my situation. This is all going to amount to something bigger one day(hopefully. maybe. maybe not).

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#5. Don’t diet.

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I try to diet, and I just end up eating more than I used to eat and gaining weight, not the other way around. I know that I will start eating a lot again tomorrow, so why go through the agony of trying to starve to look thinner? Besides, who cares if I don’t look like Miranda Kerr? I’m totally attractive the way I am(no.)

#6. Don’t plan out every single teenie-tiny detail of the day.

Come on, I know I’m not gonna do all these things at the right scheduled time. It’s just going to stress me out and make me feel worthless at the end of the day. I now just make a simple list of things to achieve, and try to work those into my day without stressing about being 10 minutes late for my ‘study Literature and have dinner at the same time’.

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#7. Turn off the TV.

A lot of teens my age seem to worship their TV sets, but I’ve never really been obsessed with television. But the thing is, when someone in the same room as me picks up the remote control and turns the TV on, you can’t help but sit and watch with them. It’s really hard to finish writing that business email with a turned-on TV in the room.  It’s like the TV is sucking all the energy and attention from the room.  It makes me waste time and feel stupid afterwards. Moreover, my personal opinion is that the television is going to die out soon. We have iPads, super-slim laptops, tablet pcs, Samsung Galaxy Note, etc. There are so many devices that are out there in the electronics market(or still being developed at this very moment) that we can watch videos on. Unlike the television, which requires you to abide by broadcasting schedules, the internet has billions of versions of what you’re trying to watch. You can watch the content at any time you please, at any place you want, and you can even skip some parts if it gets boring. Plus, the best thing is that you can watch your stuff individually so that YOU DON’T INTERRUPT THE WHOLE ROOM BY TURNING ON THE TV.

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#8. Avoid applying makeup unless it’s for a special occasion.

Not only does it ruin your natural complexion, but makeup can really make you look like you’re trying too hard sometimes. I’ve learned that it doesn’t necessarily improve my looks. Having makeup on can actually make you look less appealing than you would look without it. And if I’m gonna have to be judged because of my appearance, I want people to judge me based on how I really look. Plus, I think it’s a huge waste of time, energy, and money to spend on trying(and rarely succeeding) to look good. But keep in mind that I’m not AGAINST makeup. I just think we could all benefit from not overdoing it every day.

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http://startempathy.org/blog/2012/07/why-regularly-abled-students-are-competing-spots-special-ed-classrooms

http://livelighter.org/elimination-diet-woes/

http://bobdemoss.com/2009/12/12/why-i-dont-watch-tv-reason-437/

http://drprem.com/beauty/4-winter-beauty-mistakes-to-avoid/

Interview with Youtube star MaxNoSleeves(Max Weisz)!

Hey readers! : )

Guess what? I got the chance to interview one of my favorite YouTube stars, Max Weisz! A lot of you probably know him as ‘MaxNoSleeves’, which is the name of his widely popular YouTube channel. With more than 500,000 subscribers, his channel is one of the biggest ones out there-and possibly the funniest! Be sure to check it out after reading this interview. (Click here to go to his amazing YouTube channel. Also, his Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook pages are all full of fun). 

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Here goes! (K: Konni, M: Max)

K: Hi Max! Tell us about your YouTube channel and your videos. Why did you start making videos?

M: My YouTube channel is called MaxNoSleeves, because I never wear sleeves, although I started wearing no sleeves long before I started making videos. I make funny silly videos, things that make me laugh.  I started because it’s so much f**king fun.

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(a GIF from Max’s videos! : D )

K: Give us a dose of your daily life as a YouTube star. What’s your everyday routine like? Are you always busy and sleep-deprived, or do you tend to just lay back and take it easy?

M: It’s hard because you’re completely on your own; so if you want something done, it’s on you.  I do have an enormous range of freedom in my daily life and I appreciate that greatly, so I go through spurts of extreme productivity and total freedom. That being said, I post a video EVERY Tuesday, so I have to stay somewhat on track.  In a perfect world, I start thinking about my video Sunday evening, write/film/edit on Monday, make finishing touches Tuesday morning, and post. I have a running list of video ideas I want to do, but I usually go with whatever I’m feeling excited about that week. Aaaand if we’re being honest I’m on schedule probably 20% of the time. The rest of the week I get to do a bunch of cool stuff though, I’m pretty lucky.

 

K: Are you fashionable?

M: Extremely. But I’m going to go with my own definition of fashionable.

 

K: Why do you cut the sleeves off all your shirts? Was it your idea to do so?

M: I started because I was playing a lot of Beer Pong and the sleeve was restricting my shot.  Then I started doing it all the time because I was just more comfortable in my own skin.

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K: Is fashion an important contributing factor in being a successful YouTube star?

M: I think a person’s personal style is a very cool way for them to distinguish themselves and be an individual.  I used to have an office job, and as funny as it sounds, it was a big moment for me to ditch the business attire (I wore the same thing everyone else wore) and start wearing whatever I wanted.  In my opinion, fashion should be personal; a reflection of self.  Haha I feel like I’m getting way too deep here – I just like wearing sleeveless tshirts.

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K: What’s the nicest thing a fan has ever said to you?

M: I did a video called “Take Moments,” which was about taking a second to center yourself when you felt like your life was spinning a little out of control.  Probably one of my only serious videos, but I was dealing with some family issues and I just had to get the idea out of my head.  I didn’t think it would really go anywhere, but I got an enormously positive reaction to that video from people saying it helped them in ways I couldn’t have imagined.  It was awesome.

(Click HERE to watch Max’s video “Take Moments”- I’ve watched it and I can guarantee that it will make you feel better on a rainy day when things just aren’t going well.)

 

K: In contrast, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard?

M: Haha, well it is the Internet, so people can be very mean, but I try not to let those things bother me.  I remember someone once wrote, “I’ve watched every one of your videos, and they all suck,” which at first felt was really mean, but the more I thought about it, I really appreciated that the dude watched all my videos.  There was another dude who would routinely comment the meanest s**t I’ve ever heard on every video I put up. Week after week this guy would top his last comment in terms of venom and malice… and then one week he was gone! And to tell you the truth I was really worried about him.  Was he ok? Was he having health problems?  But he’s back now, so it’s all good.

(K: Wow, that’s the best response to hate comments that I’ve ever seen. Respect.)

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K: What do you think of the current fashion industry?

M: Most of my knowledge of the fashion industry is shaped off of Zoolander.  Is Mugatu still doing the Derelicte campaign?

 

K: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

M: Oh jeez… I’ve done a lot of crazy stuff. When I was in high school I moved to Kunming, China for 2 months, alone.  I didn’t speak a word of Chinese, but I had some family there and I figured it out.  That was pretty crazy.

 

K: Many of us would LOVE to be YouTube-famous, but tell us, what’s the downside of being a YouTube star?

M: I mean, your life is definitely out there for the Internet to see, but to be honest, it’s pretty much the best job ever. There’s always something to complain about if you’re looking to complain – I just try to appreciate what’s going on.

 

K: I dare you to make a Wrecking Ball parody video.

M: Haha… I dunno I’ll throw it on the list.

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Annnd that’s a wrap!

I had so, so much fun talking to Max and getting to know him, and I hope you guys did too! He’s a really fun guy and an amazing, warmhearted person, too. I’m a huge fan of his videos, so, Max-if you’re reading this, please keep making videos : ) Your hilarious videos make so many people(including me!) smile when they’re feeling down. Thanks for making this world a brighter place.

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