The Social Media Corner: You Tube and Adrianna Thomas Pt. 2 (Interview)

Orlando native Adrianna Thomas was voted one of YouTube’s Best Hair Bloggers by BlackVoices.com.  She has done every hair style from Toya Wright (formally Toya Carter) inspired to creating her own bob. She started doing hair in the 8th grade. She learned how to do her own hair by practicing in her bedroom. Art has always been a part of her life and she believes hair and art link together naturally.

How did you come up with the idea to begin vlogging?

It’s funny because I was on YouTube in 2008 for a research project for high school college course psychology class.  I was supposed to be watching videos on color-ism in America and I actually made a video on it and later found Ateyaa (a well established makeup guru on YouTube) and I was so inspired and amazed by her videos on “hair”.  It was shocking because I would never think to go on YouTube for hair ideas.  So, I decided to make a video on a half wig that she reviewed and people found me from her page I believe, and it has been a wrap ever since.

Did you imagine yourself being as successful as you are?

Not at all, I honestly never really paid attention to the number of subscribers I had.  It never was important to me.  I noticed that I was becoming bigger than I realized when a subscriber wrote me saying that I was almost at 10,000 subscribers and I was like wow.  Then more people subscribed over time and I began doing giveaways and contest to show my appreciation but I don’t care about numbers I just want to help people and if they learn something I’m happy.

What opportunities have come your way because of your success and popularity via YouTube?

I get a lot of attention in the real life now, it’s weird. I’m trying to get used to being “that girl off YouTube” but it’s very odd.  I have been listed on several blog sites because of YouTube and I’ve also met some wonderful people.  I haven’t really taken any huge steps in with my YouTube channel because I’m focusing on school at the moment and I don’t like planning things out, so we’ll see what happens in the future.

How do you find time to go to school and continue to post videos?

I have always been a very busy person.  Growing up I was either in some type of organization, working or at step practice so it’s a natural gift being able to multi-task.  I never sleep, and I work better under pressure so I guess I enjoy a challenge and at the end of the day I feel good about myself for being able to handle different tasks at one time.

Have you had to deal with any craziness because you are well known to the You-Tube world?

Yes! People actually stop me to take pictures with them it’s crazy. One lady even told her kids to take a picture with me in the beauty supply store, I will never forget.  The strangest thing is that I never told anyone about me on YouTube, my mom even had to find out from somebody else. Now all her co-workers watch me and old high school teachers watch me, it’s crazy.

What is some of the best advice you have received?

I never have received any great advice because every day is a learning experience and I have gone through a lot in my young life.  I’m just blessed to be here today and if anything that I’ve learned, is that life is too short and I’m going to live life to the fullest.  So many close people I know were there one day and gone the next and that has motivated me to fulfill my dreams and strive for the best.

What are your future goals?

I want to graduate college and possibly work on my masters along with getting my cosmetology license.  I’m really interested in young girls and helping them with self-esteem and everyday life so maybe one day I can start my own non-profit girls’ camp because I believe my story can help so many young women who have gone through the same trials in life.  When I lost my father it really changed my life and I have also helped teens through my channel deal with losing loved ones and It was so uplifting hearing how much stronger they were after finding me because so many of them could relate to my story, I would love that more than anything else.

What advice would you give to those looking to start a YouTube channel?

I would tell them to have a strong back bone because it can get crazy.  Being yourself is very hard to do now days especially on YouTube so no matter what people say BE YOURSELF.  Luckily, I’m strong enough to handle the negativity from others because they don’t accept my personality or my “slang” talk, but I’m still here and pushing almost 68K subscribers.

How do you think social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube are changing the lives of ordinary people?

I think it is incredible! A lot of well known celebrities were discovered from social media sites.  It can be a bitter sweet situation but it’s definitely life changing.

  1. Hey. Just wanted to write a brief statement and inform you you that I undoubtedly concur with your specific posting. Totally spot on.

    • ktothej
    • March 14th, 2012

    Adrianna, if you can read this please stop posting those hood pics on facebook. If you are trying to start your brand then these immature pics will come back to haunt you. I suggest posting those on a personal page and keep your business brand page separate. fyi

    • Adrianna cannot read this post. But thank you for reading! Enjoy the other posts as well

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