Madison Axford: The coolest and humblest YouTube star you will ever meet!
Girls and Guys I had the chance to interview YouTube star Madison Axford, exclusively for GAG. Madison is not the type to brag or boast, she is the most down to earth and friendly celebrity I have ever met! Starting out making make up and fashion videos in her parent’s house for fun, she has revolutionized the Madison Axford brand into something very cool. Here is the interview with Madison.
How old are you?
I am 19 years old.
What is your YouTube channel all about?
My YouTube channel started out only being about makeup, fashion, and life advice, but over the past three years it has become more about promoting confidence in young girls and boys. I tell them to stick up for themselves and to not take anyone's crap. I was bullied a bit in middle school and high school, and I quickly learned that life is too short to try to impress everyone. So, I decided to only impress me. At the end of the day, if I'm happy, then that is all that matters. I used my own bullying experiences to turn my channel into something that, in a way, now helps others, and that's my favorite part of it all.
How did you start?
I started because I used to watch YouTube videos all the time, and one day I asked myself why I wasn't doing it. I knew I could do it, I might not be good at it, but I could do it. And so I just started with my Mom's camcorder and I went from there.
What is it like to be YouTube famous!?
I never consider myself famous. People say it a lot though. They're like: you're like a celebrity! I laugh because I'm far from it. I may put makeup on and do funny videos, but I'm as real as they come. I never take anything for granted, and I always remember where I started. I started because I loved makeup and I wanted more friends, not because I wanted fame or money. And I think because I have a true love and passion for videography it was motivation to do it even before my numbers grew or I made revenue from my videos.
What are your biggest challenges?
The only challenges I currently face are time constraints. I am a full time college student, and my tiny apartment cannot house all the supplies and equipment needed to film a HD video. Therefore, I have to make many trips back to my parent’s house to film in my old bedroom. It's a great spot to film, but I can't often get there, due to college. Nevertheless, I am ecstatic that I am getting a degree in Communications.
What is the best part about what you do?
The best part about YouTube is being able to influence other people. I get comments all the time on my YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, from people saying I helped them stand up to their school bully, or I helped them love themselves and become more confident; and that is when I know I succeeded at what I am supposed to do.
What advice would you give to other people who want to become a YouTube star?
You cannot copy anyone else. There is no point in doing so. If you aren't original, you won't get views. People don't want to watch the same videos over and over again from different people. If you have something different to offer and bring to the table, take that idea and run with it. You never know what video will take off and go viral.
What is the coolest thing that has happened due to your massive success?
I have been able to meet people, communicate, and connect with people I didn't know before YouTube. I also feel like people who know me, personally, realize that social media is a real job. Before, people would laugh at the idea that you could make money off YouTube or Instagram, but you can. I am living proof, and so are millions of other people, and I feel like I am also more respected now.
What is your YouTube channel so others can follow you!:
My YouTube channel's original name was/is imthaaatgirl07, based off of my favorite number (7) and my favorite television show at the time (that girl). But now if you type my name, Madison Axford, into YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or any social media platform you will find me.
If you want awesome life advice, cool videos, and helpful tips, follow Madison Axford and subscribe to her channel for more!