YouTube stars of 'Girls Night In' talk favorite tour moments and amazing fans
As YouTube vloggers (video bloggers) and musicians alike become exceedingly popular throughout the Internet and garner millions of subscribers, one exceptional group of talented female YouTube stars are putting faces to usernames with a national tour.
Introducing Fullscreen Live's "Girls Night In," an immersive, interactive tour featuring six brilliant, skilled and empowering YouTube stars as they come face-to-face with their beloved fans for a fun scripted show interspersed with games, sketches, contests, musical performances, DIY and more.
The tour centers on lifestyle, fashion and DIY vloggers Eva Gutowski, Meredith Foster, Alisha Marie, Mia Stammer and Sierra Furtado as well as sensational singer/songwriter Andie Case. Together, the young women prove that being yourself is so much better than aspiring to unrealistic ideals. By each bringing their own creative personalities and flair to the stage, the YouTube stars show that beauty comes in a plethora of shapes and sizes and that uniformity doesn't always make for the best #squadgoals. Together, they empower their young female fans while simultaneously bringing their Internet prowess to the offline world.
With over 12,000,000 YouTube subscribers between the six women, the tour has already made headlines as fans flock to meet the creative talents they admire from their screens on a daily basis. In between shows, the women continue to vlog and post on their social media channels to show just how much fun they're having together. The group has become blissfully close over the course of the tour and look forward to many more slumber parties to come.
We were lucky enough to sit down and chat with Eva, Meredith, Alisha, Mia, Andie and Sierra in NYC to discuss what they've learned throughout the tour so far, their favorite moments together and of course what they love most about their amazing fans.
Did you all know each other beforehand or did this bring you together for the first time?
Meredith: What's funny is I had never met them in person but I'd been watching all of their videos for a long time so I kind of knew them from an online sense. When I met them all I felt like I already knew them.
Eva: But it's so cool because even though we've all been watching each other and tweeting at each other online, getting to hang out together you find so much more about a person. They're the people we see on YouTube but there's also so much more to them. They're already funny on YouTube but they're so much more hilarious in real life. It's really cool to get to see all the layers of a person.
Alisha: I feel like we're really fortunate that we clicked so much with Andie and Meredith too. The other four of us probably knew each other the longest but we seriously feel like we all just clicked so much right away and it's awesome.
What's your favorite thing about being on this tour together?
Sierra: Just having this new experience. None of us have ever done anything like this before so it's so cool getting to do it together. We're such good friends and really get along so it's great.
Meredith: It's really such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us so I think just living in the moment and having fun and knowing that this is such a cool thing to do is amazing for us. We know that not a lot of people get to do what we're doing and we're all very grateful and appreciative to our viewers and the people on our team.
Andie: What's so cool too is it's not only an amazing experience for us but it's also so great to think about the kids that come out to our shows every night and what experiences we're bringing to them. A lot of them have never been to a show or concert or anything like that before. They're so young, some of them are only 5 or 6 years old and they're so excited. For many of them it's their first time getting to see someone they admire in person so it's feels really great to be a part of that.
Eva: You don't want to meet these people who aspire to be like you and just hug them and send them away. You need to give them something that'll empower them and help them strive to reach the goals that you have for yourself. It's really cool to be able to put on a show for them because even if someone isn't able to do a meet & greet or anything like that, we can still leave them with something inspiring and rewarding. That's what we all really love to do.
You all seem to have similar interests but utilize them so differently on your platforms. What have you guys learned from each other through this tour?
Eva: I think we've all learned that we are really similar but we're also really really different. When you just see a thumbnail in a title, the videos we make may all look pretty similar but we're all actually very different. Our fans all love us as a group but they love us individually too for different reasons, so it's really cool to show how unique we each are.
Alisha: We all bring something different to the table with our videos. We can all do the same video, but you'll get six very different videos because we have such different personalities. Everyone will still watch every single one and see such different perspectives and personalities and I think what we've learned this past year is to really grab onto our personalities more than anything as our "brand." That's who we are. We aren't the title of the video, that's not what makes us. People notice our little details and specific interests. It's so cute when everyone brings cat ears for Eva because they know she loves that or they'll bring scones for Mia. People notice the little things and it's awesome.
Mia: For me, being on this tour has definitely helped with getting more motivated to do videos. It's great to be with five other girls who are so passionate about what they do. Sometimes when I'm alone in an apartment I'll just push off editing a video and can be less motivated but then when I'm with all of my friends who do the same exact thing, it just helps me stay motivated and inspired.
Andie: I'm motivated to start vlogging now! I'll see these guys all just carry their cameras around and they're not afraid to whip the camera out, no makeup on, and be themselves. It's so inspiring and makes me want to do it because I was always afraid to let people see me do anything on the camera besides sing. It's awesome to see them do that. They literally don't care and it's awesome and helps me build confidence. I've definitely learned a lot from them.
The show is obviously super fun but also has more serious undertones about female empowerment. How would you say the tour spreads the messages you're trying to raise with regard to female empowerment?
Eva: The Internet can be really amazing but can also be dangerous to people's self-esteem. Especially these days. Growing up we had enough to deal with and we didn't have Instagram as a 13-year-old or 10-year-old. We didn't have Twitter, we didn't have photos of Kim Kardashian and girls looking like Kim Kardashian everywhere. Now, the media makes us think we have to have a really thin body and sleek, shiny hair and it can be really tasking on kids who are trying to just get comfortable in their own skin.
Andie: It's hard enough going through puberty without having people tell us all of these levels that you're supposed to be at.
Eva: The Internet just gets a really bad rep these days but on our tour, we're so accepting to how we look naturally and we all have different body types and faces and lifestyles and people are able to watch us all and latch onto somebody who they can relate to and who inspires them. And seeing all of us together as friends without trying to look the same or act the same or take the same Instagram photos is really empowering because it shows others that there are so many different types of people. People see that if we're able to become so loved on the Internet and have millions of subscribers out there who like what we do, then there are millions of people out there who might like what they do too.
Alisha: It's hard for me when people say things like "Oh my gosh, you're perfect, you're goals" and honestly I was so insecure growing up. These girls say we're their idols and that they look up to us so much and I think what I can tell them is that I've struggled with the same things they've struggled with and I've been there too. We're not cookie-cutter. We're just relatable girls who have been through everything our fans have. Of course, some of them have been through far worse things than we have, but we just want to show them that we're real and we're there for them. They'll send us letters saying we save their lives and that's just so emotional for us to realize that we have that role. Just seeing the impact we can make is really inspiring to us too.
Mia: Even to this day we still struggle with our appearances. You can see in the intro to my vlogs my hair will be like short and crispy or I'll have some acne and I'm just like "Good morning!" We're relatable and we just want to spread the word and show people that they're completely beautiful in their own skin.
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