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Life & Work with Christine Bingham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Bingham.

Hi Christine, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Being a content creator was never something I aimed to do growing up, like most people after I graduated high school, I went straight to college. I had my entire life planned, I was going to major in Apparel Design and Merchandising then after four years of school, I was going to pursue a career as a buyer, but God had other plans.

On September 14, 2016 (my junior year of college), my life changed forever. I was on my way to school, driving up the 405 to Northridge like I did everyday and I got into a huge car accident. That car accident not only resulted in my car being totaled but I was severely injured as well. I had broken my foot, I had an open compound fracture on my ankle, my knee was dislocated, several ribs were broken, I had a C2 spine fracture and three of my front teeth were knocked out. I spent six weeks in the hospital where I was in and out of surgery to repair my ankle so that I could walk again. The only thing that kept my spirits up during that time were my family (who never left my side) and watching my favorite influencers on YouTube. Watching YouTubers like Jackie Aina and Arnell Armon are the reason I decided to start my own channel. I figured that If they could make me feel as good as I felt watching them and forget about everything that was going on for those 15/20 mins their video was on, then I wanted to do the same for people as well. After being discharged from the hospital, I began extensive physical therapy while still pursuing my degree. I didn’t let my physical state stop me, I emailed professors who allowed me to FaceTime into classes and emailed my homework, my dad transported me in my wheelchair to campus to take exams and I did that for a couple of months until the semester ended. At the beginning of the spring semester (senior year) I was ready to go back to campus on my walker were slowly walked from class to class until I was strong enough to upgrade to a cane and then walk on my own.

In May 2018, I finally graduated and was able to walk across the stage on my own! As soon as I graduated, I hit the ground running applying to jobs but nothing was coming through, I knew I wanted to start a YouTube channel but it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. I remember praying and asking God to lead me to my purpose and he literally closed every door except one. I took my love for fashion and my heart for wanting to make others feel good and started my channel! I have designed my channel to be a safe space where people can come and get fashion inspo and confidence tips as well. My accident left me with so many scars and for a while, I wondered why this had to happen to me but now I see why. I had a bigger purpose than just getting a degree and being a buyer, I truly believe my purpose is to reach and connect to women through my YouTube channel and Instagram. My channel has been growing like crazy ever since I started and I truly want to thank my parents because without them I couldn’t have done any of this, my siblings, my friends, supporters, and most importantly God.

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?
Being a content creator definitely has not been the easiest job. YouTube has its ups and downs when it comes to viewership and constantly coming up with new ideas that keep my audience interested. I go through period where I have a creative block and I don’t want to film or post anything but I’m constantly having to push through and eventually, it becomes easier.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a social media influencer/content creator on Instagram and YouTube. My channel is centered around fashion, beauty and lifestyle and I make a lot of videos about confidence and body positivity. I think what sets me apart from others is my story and my passion for what I do. Even when I feel like giving up, I keep pushing because I believe that this is a big part of my calling. I also think my style sets me apart from others because I don’t let my size stop me from wearing what I want.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I’ve learned so much over the past year. The most important thing I’ve learned is to give your loved ones their flowers while they are here. As we’ve all seen and experienced, life is too short and it can be taken away at any time so celebrating and spending time with my family and friends any chance that I get has been my biggest takeaway.

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