YouTube star Eva Gutowski talks 'Girls Night In' tour and rise to Internet fame
With more than four million YouTube subscribers, rising star vlogger (video blogger) Eva Gutowski -- aka "MyLifeAsEva" -- is tackling the Internet scene one hilarious parody video at a time. What makes Eva so unique, though, is that she's attracting fans from all over the world while staying completely true to herself. Eva found a way to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry by overcoming her doubts and showing the world that comedy on the Internet isn't exclusive to men.
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Now, Eva's putting faces to usernames with a national tour, Fullscreen Live's "Girls Night In." Together with fellow lifestyle, fashion and DIY vloggers Meredith Foster, Alisha Marie,Mia Stammer and Sierra Furtado as well as sensational singer/songwriter Andie Case, the young women take to the stage to prove that being yourself is so much better than aspiring to unrealistic ideals. The tour enables Eva and the gang to come face-to-face with their beloved fans for a fun scripted show interspersed with games, sketches, contests, musical performances, DIY and more.
While Eva's claim to fame started through her weekly vlogs complete with room decorating tips, Tumblr-inspired outfits and day-in-the-life videos, an additional passion of hers lies in humor and satirizing pop-culture. While her Insta-game is on point and many of her vlogs scream "#goals," she doesn't shy away from making fun of herself and her loyal Evanators (cutest fanbase name!) in order to shed light on the importance of going out and living the lifestyles people want rather than living vicariously through Pinterest images and Insta-glamour.
In case working with major brands like Roactiv, TRESemme, PacSun and Kohl's, becoming the new face of Wallflower Jeans and launching original series "How To Survive High School" (all under the age of 25!) isn't enough, Eva's first big production - satirical music video entitled "Literally, My Life," became the #1 hit on iTunes upon its release earlier this year. The song and music video both parody pop-culture by exposing young people's tendencies to make their lives seem different than they are for the purpose up upping their social media game. Through her unique and laugh-out-loud humor, Eva influences her fans by encouraging them to live for the adventure and not for the Insta.
We were lucky enough to sit down and chat with the star vlogger to discuss her favorite parts about being on tour, the motivating factors behind her immense success and of course her sensational Evanators!
How has the tour been for you so far?
It's been awesome! I never thought there would be so many people who would just want to see us hanging out with them. I was always the kid growing up who would invite my whole school to birthday parties and literally nobody would show up. So I've always had this fear that I would host something and nobody would come or nobody cared enough about little ole me to watch me or even come pay for tickets to see all of us doing amazing things. Seeing the house get filled up every night with these buzzing little kids who are so ready to just see us live is so exciting. It's a really amazing feeling. Other than that, just hanging out with the girls literally is like a huge sleepover 24/7. We stay up late editing videos and we share popcorn in our pajamas. We've gotten really close.
"Literally, My Life" is one of the funniest and most refreshing pop-culture satires I've seen. What inspired you to make the video?
I grew up on YouTube watching comedy channels and I had always wanted to do stuff like that but when I came back to YouTube as a college student, I just got really into beauty videos because that's what I saw a lot of girls doing on YouTube. At the time, I thought I had to just be like them and do what I saw other girls doing on YouTube. So I did beauty videos for a while, but I always found myself watching the comedy guys on YouTube. I thought to myself, "Why isn't there a girl out there doing this who's a cool, funny but kind of weird type of person?" I kind of realized that that girl was me and I just wasn't showing that side of myself. So I wanted to do a parody video and was thinking of an idea for it and realized that every time I posted a picture of my face in the morning without makeup people would be like "face goals!" or if I posted a picture of coffee they'd be like "coffee goals!" They would just slap on the word "goals" to everything. And then people would post these amazing pictures and videos on social media of people cliff diving or getting ice cream in converse and wearing cute clothes but nobody was actually living that lifestyle. It's very easy to live your life adventurously if you just focus on that instead of re-blogging everything you see on the Internet. I wanted to make a song that was funny and allowed us to make fun of ourselves for staying on the Internet for hours, but at the same time realize that it's really easy to live that lifestyle if you just go out and try to. People really related to it.
What made you choose YouTube for your platform to share your awesome ideas?
Growing up I was always very creative. I loved acting, singing, dancing and just entertaining people. I wanted to be an actress for the longest time, but I eventually realized that I didn't really love acting as much anymore. I just really loved talking to people as myself and entertaining them as myself. I decided that I wanted to go to college for broadcast journalism because I wanted to be the next Oprah Winfrey. Everyone totally doubted me and laughed in my face. It took me a while to say that I just have to go for it if I want something and I can't let people hold me back or it'll never happen. My goal was to work my way up and maybe someday, if I was lucky enough, I would get to inspire people as myself just doing what I love. Freshman year of college, my friends were all living in the dorms while I was living at home and commuting. I found myself getting really lonely and didn't know what to do with my spare time at night. I had this camera that my dad bought for my prom. I had always loved editing videos, so my dad suggested I start making videos with my camera. I started doing it just to get used to talking in front of a camera and I posted them on my YouTube page for my friends to see. Little did I know that my videos were getting thousands of views from people I didn't know. I realized there was a whole community of people on there so I started getting really into it and watching more channels. So then I just got really into the YouTube community and that's how it all started.
Aside from the tour, do you have any big projects coming up for fans to look forward to?
I just wrapped season one of "How To Survive High School," which is my first web series. There may be a season two coming soon...Jeremy might be coming back. That's definitely something I'm focused on right now and we're all working on developing all of my ideas for a lot of web shows, maybe real shows and just a lot of creative ideas coming about, scripted and non-scripted. Also, people seem to love "Literally, My Life" a lot so I'm working on new music for people to get excited about! Other than that, I'm just continuing to grow the bond with my Evanators!
Click through this slideshow to see awesome pics of the "Girls Night In" tour so far:
Watch this video to learn more about Eva's hilarious "Literally, My Life" music video:
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