Brittney Kay: Mukbang with Waitress Turned YouTube Beauty Guru
The online beauty community has vastly grown into a large army of makeup and skincare enthusiasts led by a variety of influencers who share new trends across the internet.
Brittney Kay is a Dallas-based social media influencer who is widely known for her makeup tutorials and storytimes on YouTube. She is well-known in the beauty community and on other platforms for sharing her outfit and makeup looks with her 104k fans, aka her “lovebugs” on Instagram, as well as to her 67k “lovebugs” on Twitter.
Prior to filming this interview, we originally met Brittney at her 21st birthday party, where she sent out an open invitation to all of her friends and supporters to celebrate, so we decided to shoot our shot and go! Both Brittney and her family made all of her lovebugs who came to the party feel included and welcomed during the entire occasion.
Fast forward to 2020, we got the chance to sit down with Brittney and talk on a more personal level. What better way to do that than over a basket of hot wings from Hooters? Check out the full video above of our mukbang-style interview to get all the tea on her journey from being a former Hooters girl to now accomplishing her dream of being a social media beauty influencer.
We've outlined a few highlights below:
Q: How did you make the transition from working at Hooters full-time to now working YouTube full-time?
A: It was something I was considering for a long time but decided to take the leap after I realized I was becoming unhappy with waitressing. It was really my fiance, Nate Ontiveros (@NateGawd), that pushed me towards starting my YouTube channel. With him and close friends continuously encouraging me to pursue sharing my makeup tutorials with the world, I quit my job and continued to share my passion online with my devoted supporters/ lovebugs. I thought that if it doesn’t work out, I can always go back to waitressing, but I owe it to myself to at least try.
Q: How do you think that you balance YouTube into your daily life, especially with recently having a child?
A: It’s a lot harder than I anticipated originally because it’s a balance of trying to capture the experience and also being present in the moment with who you are surrounded by. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment of something and forget to record that experience because you don’t want to miss out on it. The key is to stay on a consistent schedule and to plan your filming days in advance so you are fully prepared to keep track and capture every moment of the event while still being able to have fun and stay in the moment.
Q: Since starting YouTube, do you think that it is easier to make friends since you have that platform/community?
A: I feel that it’s harder because I never know what someone’s genuine intent is. I have made a lot of friends who have supported me since starting my YouTube channel but I've had situations in the past that made me feel like people were only trying to get close to me to gain followers and clout. It's important to me to gain quality friends over quantity and to surround myself around people who have my best interest in mind.
Q: Do you ever think that you would be good friends with any of your lovebugs?
A: Despite those who have tried to gain clout through my platforms, I still remain optimistic about finding quality friends who genuinely want the best for me. I still remain in contact with almost every lovebug that I have grown a connection with in the past. Once I had the opportunity to connect with their personalities, it was easier for me to open up and get closer to those who continued to support me.
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