7 YouTubers That Are Actually Amazing At What They Do

7 YouTubers That Are Actually Amazing At What They Do

They'll have your emotions on a rollercoaster.
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I love YouTube. I’ve done a few articles related to YouTube before, "7 Videos to Watch When You're Having a Bad Day" and "9 TED Talks With Incredible Life Lessons," that I found. It’s a great place to go to be entertained if you’re broke and/or don’t feel like keeping up with the Kardashians. I spent a good portion of my time in high school on YouTube and there are certain channels that entertain and interest me more than others.

1. Tati Westwood

Tati’s videos are what introduced me to my love of makeup. She uses everything from the cheapest drugstore makeup to the most luxurious high-end products. She doesn’t discriminate between the two demographics and can make almost every product work. My favorite thing about her channel is that she makes it obvious that accurately informing her viewers on beauty products is more important to her than being on the “good side” of makeup brands.

2. Gabbie Hanna

I found Gabbie’s channel during high school while I was home sick for an extended period of time. Her videos are hilarious and relatable. She can turn a simple story about a craving for an apple into an eight-minute video. Gabbie was one of the YouTubers that made a smooth transition from Vine (RIP) to YouTube. The video that launched her channel was a rant about her “psycho” roommate. Her channel is well-known for its “Storytime” videos, but recently she has branched off from those into dance, videos of her singing, music videos, makeup videos and many other random videos. She released a poetry book in September (I bought it and highly recommend it!) I hope Gabbie continues to expand and do amazing things.

3. Grace Helbig

I found Grace’s channel through VlogBrothers when John went on paternity leave for a few weeks. I thought she was hilarious and subsequently started on a three-hour long binge of her channel. The non-systematic topics of Grace’s topics make me want to see the inside of her mind while also making me think that if I could see the inside of her mind I would be terrified.

4. Bella Fiori

Bella started out as a beauty channel and most of the content that she puts out is beauty/fashion related, but what made me subscribe were her “Mystery Mondays.” In these videos, she talks about missing people, unsolved murders, and unexplained events, like the Bermuda Triangle. She presents the evidence (or lack thereof) and the background information with great attention to detail due to “getting lost in research” as she has informed her audience before. Her makeup and fashion videos are still some of my favorites. She does neutral, everyday makeup and sometimes gray, creative makeup looks with bright colors.

5. VlogBrothers

This was the very first YouTube channel that I EVER subscribed to. Brothers John and Hank Green share this channel and “send” vlogs back and forth to each other. Whether they are explaining historical or currents events or doing a silly challenge they find a way to educate others. They like to keep things fast-paced, short, and concise. If John’s video is not under four minutes, then Hank gets to choose a challenge for him to do and vise-versa. In the haystack of channels on YouTube whose content is not contributing to the betterment of the human population, it is nice to have this channel whose main goal is to educate and entertain others.

6.IISuperwomanII

Superwoman, AKA Lilly Singh, is a Canadian YouTuber that has been posting videos on her channel since 2010. She became popular for her “Types of People” videos. During her time on YouTube, she has written a book, toured, and released a movie with YouTube Red of her tour, “A Trip to Unicorn Island.” Two years ago, she launched the #GirlLove campaign on social media to promote spreading love and not hate between women.

7. Jenna Marbles

Jenna Marbles is the OG female YouTuber. If you asked, she would probably be the inspiration for half of the female influencers right now. Famous because of her “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking.” Since then, she has accumulated over 17 million subscribers (right now she’s almost at 18 million.) She makes videos on everything from makeup challenges to different editions of “Jenna’s Ratchet Salon,” but she always finds a way to make whatever she is doing funny and entertaining.

There are probably a hundred more YouTube influencers that I could add, but I chose these channels, these people because they genuinely care and show interest in what they do, their audience, and how they have and could impact them.

Cover Image Credit: Gabbie Hanna

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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