Today we’d like to introduce you to Serena Lee.
Hi Serena, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I initially started my YouTube channel because I wanted to remember my college years. So as a freshman in college, I would just vlog and make short videos. I really liked how I could rewatch my YouTube videos and relive the memories. But I did get busy with school so I was not very consistent. However, when quarantine first started, a lot of my friends told me to seriously start YouTube. I took this as a sign that people actually enjoyed my videos and began to upload two videos every single week. Every week, I noticed my subscriber count increasing. Slowly I went from 100 to 900 subscribers. I was spending a lot of time editing, so I decided to post once every week to every other week. I also started to become a full-time teacher, so I didn’t have as much time as I did before. But then I posted a diet video called “The Jennie Diet (BlackPink)” and it got really popular. My subscriber count went up from 1k subscribers to 10k in a couple of weeks. Now, every time I upload, I get around 500 subscribers, but I have not been very consistent due to work. However, I love my YouTube subscribers who are so supportive, kind, and understanding, so I want to continue YouTube as my part-time job. I really enjoy video editing and I love to make new content. I especially love when my subscribers feel more productive or try my recipes. It pushes me to be more creative and more productive every day.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest challenge is balancing a full-time job as a teacher and creating content that I love and want to share. I want to be the best teacher for my students. I want to inspire them and make them love school. However, doing this at the same time with YouTube can be very difficult. Before I would invest hours on YouTube videos every single day. Now, I only have a select amount of time. There are many times that I feel disappointed that I can not upload the content I had imagined due to a lack of time.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
When I edit my videos, I try to be super creative. I spend a lot of time on my editing, even though I usually upload weekly. For example, I have a video where I dressed like characters in a popular K-Drama. For that intro, I tried to be different from the regular outfit videos. I made it seem as if it was a Netflix TV-Show.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I definitely think that I like to be organized, productive, and I love motivating my viewers. This pushes me everyday to work hard and try my best. Although it is very hard to film and edit my videos with a full-time job as a 5th-grade teacher, my subscribers and the community push me to be the best I can be. When I set my mind to something, I believe that I can achieve it. However, I do not assume that it will come easily. I know that I will have to work very hard, but my persistence, my creative mind, and my motivation keep me going. I am also super quirky. I am not able to show my viewers as much because I am still shy in the video, but I do think it comes out in my editing. I think this quality helps me to make my content enjoyable for the viewers.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/serena72lee/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvDAigtJL7vt5ZeckmnF3w