Interview with TikTok Influencer, Kaylisa

Kaylisa is a 19-year-old , who is pursuing her dreams of being a social media influencer. She considers herself an activist: someone who speaks up for what is right. In the future she sees herself as a successful YouTuber and cosmetologist!

Interview by Aleena Kumandan

Alrighty then! Tell us about yourself!

My name is Kaylisa, I am 19 years old, I was raised in Wisconsin but now live in North Atl. I graduated class of 2019, and my goal in life is to be a social media influencer.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like making videos on Tiktok, I also write poetry.

Do your TikTok and your poetry ever crossover?

They haven’t, but I do plan on starting to put my writing out there, because a lot of my followers seem to face similar hardships as me, and maybe I can help them overcome those things.

How did you get started on TikTok?

My ex actually wanted me to get it, and I eventually was obsessed with Tiktok.

So how did you grow your account to where it is now?

I try to make videos people could relate too and I try to stay consistent in posting.

What was your first video that really blew up?

It was a video about how my dad adopted me.

Have you made any content about the situation in America right now? How do you feel about tiktok as a platform for people's voices to be heard?

I have made videos about the BLM movement,I think it’s very important for influencers to use their platform to educate others, and be a voice for people who may not have a platform.

You said earlier that your goal was to be an influencer. Is there anybody in particular you'd call an inspiration?

Sophiology, she’s a YouTuber and she always stays true to herself and I admire that about her.

Tiktok is a platform known for silencing people who speak out about controversial topics such LGBTQ+ rights and racism. Have you ever personally experienced a video of your being supressed because of that?

Yes, I have experienced that. Tiktok has taken down and shadowbanned me before for speaking out against racism and Situations in the LGBTQ+ community

Is there anything that all of your most popular videos all have in common?

Yeah, I noticed all my viral videos show my personality and who I am.

What makes a good influencer?

Personality, relatable content, and consistency but over all making sure you don’t forget who you are!

Do you have any advice for aspiring tiktokers/influencers?

Don’t try to blend in, stand out be yourself, And never give up on your goal!

Any final thoughts?

I hope that my platform can be used to help others and bring light to their day.

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