Hello people of the internet! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to discuss a beauty guru who has turned her amazing beauty/style skills, fun personality, and natural cantor into a very successful career. Weylie Hoang (known on YouTube as ilikeweylie) has successfully forged her own path by figuring out how to connect with her audience in such a way, that they cannot click away. Although it was not overnight, Weylie is a prime example of what dedication, passion, and a little humor can accomplish. If you haven’t ever heard of Weylie (what?!?) then you definitely need to continue reading, so you can discover how she captured the attention of the world with only a camera, personal knowledge about beauty/style/and life, and her humor. Trust me; you will be amazed at how much you want Weylie to be your new BFF.
Weylie Hoang was born in Oakland, CA in 1993. She stated in her ‘Draw My Life’ video (which you can see here Draw My Life | ilikeweylie – YouTube) that due to her parent’s busy work schedules, that she and her older sister was raised by her grandmother. Weylie has stated that she grew up in a house with several of her extended family members, and early on in her childhood, her family lost their businesses, and suffered financial crisis as a result. Due to their financial stress, Weylie’s parents constantly fought, and Weylie’s mother was physical abusive towards Weylie and her sister. Weylie also stated in the ‘Draw My Life Video’, that although her family continued to go on annual family vacations, her parent’s relationship continued to deteriorate, as well as Weylie and her mother’s relationship. Weylie has also stated that she experienced bullying throughout her elementary and middle school years, and as a result, attempted numerous times to commit suicide. Fortunately, Weylie has said that she and her mother now have a good relationship, due to the fact that Weylie wrote a letter stating why she hated her mother, and her mother found it and was then able to mend their relationship. Upon graduating from high school, Weylie attended FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising), and 1 year later moved to the FIDM campus in Los Angeles, CA.
On July 23rd, 2008, at the tender age of 15 years old, Weylie posted her first video on YouTube, and thus began a journey that would soon turn into a promising career (check out that first video here: Pink/Orange eyes tutorial | ilikeweylie). Weylie’s first video, shows her demonstrating how to masterfully apply a very cool pink/orange eye shadow look. Weylie continued regularly posting videos, and slowly gained a loyal fanbase. According to a 2013 interview with the videoink.com, Weylie began becoming widely known on YouTube in 2010 (here’s the link to that article For Weylie Hoang, Beauty Goes Beyond YouTube – VideoInk). As Weylie’s popularity grew, her videos began to become more diverse, and she began to not only post tutorials, reviews, and fashion hauls, but also tag videos, advice videos, and random videos of her speaking to her audience (definitely some of my favorite videos, because she is so HILARIOUS). Weylie’s rise to the top has not been an easy one, due to the vast amount of haters that she has experience on the internet. At one point, Weylie actually stopped making videos, and stated in one of her videos that although there were numerous other factors that led to her YouTube absence, the amount of hate she received was one reason. Weylie has stated that she ultimately hopes to launch her own beauty line, and as of the publication of her 2013 interview with Videolink, she is currently taking pre-orders for her first line of makeup brushes. Weylie has said that ideally she wants her products to be sold in stores such as Target, so her fans (who she says are mostly teenagers) can easily purchase the products.
So…go on admit it, you know you want to be besties with Weylie…yes you do…see its ok we all do! It’s obvious from her videos, that Weylie has been able to use her personality to make her channel completely relatable to the average viewer (in business this can be summed up in too words…pure genius). YouTube, and the Internet in general is definitely the future of media, and it’s individuals like Weylie that are at the forefront of this future. She is certainly a bright spot in the fashion/beauty industry, and I predict that her star will only continue to rise as she goes further on her career. Just as Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari used the popular reality shows ‘Laguna Beach’ and ‘The Hills’ to l propel them into the industry, many young aspiring fashion/beauty moguls now use YouTube as the “ground zero” of their careers. Michelle Phan and Bethany Mota are perfect examples of what a successful YouTube channel and loyal fans can accomplish. Besides having a vast knowledge of beauty and fashion, Weylie has proven that she is a great role model for the importance of continuing to follow your dreams despite where you come from or what you experience in life. I believe that due to the fact that Weylie has always been very honest with her audience, they have learned to trust her and thus she now shares an unbreakable bond with them. I truly believe that it is not a matter of “if”, but rather a question of “when” this ‘superstar of the web’ will use her channel for worldwide domination.
Keep in touch with Weylie!!!:
Twitter: Weylie (callmeweylie) on Twitter
Facebook: Ilikeweylie | Facebook
Instagram: weylie on Instagram
Weylie’s YouTube Channel where she and her boyfriend Wah Vlog: WahlieTV
Hello people of the internet!!! With Disney Channel’s announcement of their newest show ‘Girl Meets World’ (a spin-off show of the popular 90s hit ‘Boy Meets World’), I began to think about the “spin-off” trend in television. First in 2003 Nickelodeon premiered its spin-off of the beloved children’s show ‘Rugrats’, which was entitled ‘All Grown Up’ and remained on air until 2008. Then, in 2008 The CW premiered a new version of the 90s teen phenomenon ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, with a new cast of characters (however some of the actors from the original show guest stared on 90210). So, it’s apparent that “spin-off fever” has become very prevalent in Hollywood over the past few years. I think that this is because we become very emotionally invested in the characters from our favorite TV shows, that we begin to subconsciously think of them as real people, and thus we want to know all about their past and future (oh you know you start thinking of them as real people, don’t pretend like I’m the only one…I thought so). Although many great shows have had spin-offs (and occasionally prequels), I have made a list of 10 shows that I think deserve a chance to live again. If I’ve missed any shows, please let me know in the comments below!
10) Sister Sister
The thing that I always liked about this comedy, was how the characters dealt with real life issues, along with the primary storyline of two twin sisters who meet unexpectedly after being separated at birth. This show catapulted Tia & Tamera Mowry into superstardom, which led them to star in numerous other projects both separately and together. I think that it would be very interesting to see how the characters developed as they grew up, and how they ended up relating to one another as adults.
From 2001-2004, the world was reintroduced to country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, as the kind hearted and wise doctor ‘Clint Cassidy’ on ‘Doc’. On the show, Cyrus’ character dealt with personal, moral, and ethical issues; as well as the common politics found in the professional world. The show was full of complex relationships, interesting twists, and very relatable characters, so I think that it would be really interesting to see where their lives led them.
This show was a HUGE hit for Disney Channel in the early 2000s, and become a very successful franchise which included: clothing, fashion accessories, toys, a movie, and numerous other products, which became very profitable for the Disney Corporation. This show also launched the career of Hilary Duff, and quickly made the young girl a household name. The show ended at the end of the summer, right before the main characters where going to enter high school. The success of this show paved the way for numerous other young actresses to have successful careers in music, fashion, etc.
This long running family drama revolved around the lives of the Camden family. The Camden family was a typical middle class family, who dealt with real life issues and triumphs in the town of Glen Oak, California. The father character on the show Eric Camden, (who was portrayed by Stephen Collins) was a protestant minister, whose large heart often placed him and his family in interesting situations. This show explored various social, economical, and ethical themes, which evolved over the years to keep in tune with our ever changing society. I think that the plot lines and character development were so impressive, that a spin-off of this show would have success for a numerous amount of years, and would grow with a generation the way 7th Heaven did.
This show (which starred comedian/actor George Lopez), showed the reality of a middle-class Hispanic family living in California. As the majority of the shows on this list do, this show explored real-life issues however; it also explored the plight of what working class individuals go through, when they move up the cooperate ladder. Although this show was not extremely popular when it originally aired, its ratings have done extremely well in syndication. I believe that due to how popular the show has become since its original run ended, along with the growing popularity of George Lopez, (due to his involvement with the Disney ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ franchise), that this would be the perfect time for a spin-off to happen. George Lopez now has voice recognition credibility, so even if some people don’t know how he is, they will recognize his voice, and be attracted to the sitcom.
5) Home Improvement
‘Home Improvement’ was a family sitcom, (which starred actor Tim Allen), which revolved around the lives of a man named Tim (who was the host of a home improvement show, where he also sold tools for a fictional tool company called ‘Binford Tools’),his family, his best friend, and his neighbor. Tim was a very cocky man, whose pride often got his family into crazy situations. This sitcom made a large amount of the cast into household names, and led to numerous other projects during, and after the show originally aired. I think that a spin-off of this show would do very well, due to the original team’s excellent casting choices and witty scripts.
This long running situational comedy starred (and was co-created by) comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who portrayed a comedian named Jerry on the show (talk about life imitating art). Jerry had three close friends on the show: George ( his best friend, whose extreme penny pitching ways and jealously of others, often got him into extremely uncomfortable situations), Elaine (his ex-girlfriend who is often too honest for her own good), and Kramer (Jerry’s eccentric neighbor, who often slid through Jerry’s door as his way of entrance, and was very abrasive of Jerry’s personal space). I believe that this show was so popular, because it resonated with the general public due to its dry and subtle humor. This show presented a model of comedy that had not previously been explored, and thus opened a new market in television, that has continued to be used ever since.
This highly acclaimed show, consisted of an ensemble cast, who portrayed 6 friends living in New York City, who dealt with the ups and downs of adult life. The characters had numerous entanglements among each other, which often were the cause of several interesting situations. Ever since the show ended its original run, fans of the show have asked for its return, so I think that it’s easy to see why a spin-off of the show would be a huge success. This show also launched the careers of all of the cast members, although some have had more fruitful careers than others, all 6 members of the cast have had career opportunities because of the show’s popularity. Although this show did have a short lived spin-off, I believe that the show’s continued popularity, would make a second spin-off a profitable investment.
There is no question that this family comedy has had amazing success in syndication, and thus certainly warrants a spin-off. This show revolved around the life of single father Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), who asks for the aid of his best friend (Joey) and brother-in-law (Jesse) , in raising his three daughters, once his wife passes away. Joey and Jesse soon become pseudo fathers to the girls, and continue to become essential members of the family for the shows entire run. This show starred John Stamos and Bob Saget, who were already successful entertainers in their own right, and launched the careers of the various other cast members, most notably, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (who portrayed the youngest daughter Michelle).
1)The Cosby Show
Now we’ve reached #1 on our list!!! Although many of the other shows mentioned on this list could have easily been #1, I chose this show because of its ability to transcend through the decades, and remain relevant. This sitcom starred famous comedian and all around entertainer Bill Cosby, as a good natured New York doctor named Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable, who had a tendency to exaggerate, and tell tall tells. The cast was rounded out with Cliff’s wife Claire (a successful attorney), and his 5 children. The show dealt with more intense and difficult topics as the children on the show grew up however, the show was essentially a family sitcom, so the topics never got too out of control. The Cosby Show has continued to be a syndication success even though it has been two decades since the show went of air. Although this show has already had a spin-off (called ‘A Different World’, which aired form 1987-1993), I believe that the original show has been off air long enough to warrant a second spin-off. Additionally, this new spin-off would be much more successful than A Different World, because it would not be in direct competition with The Cosby Show, like A Different World was.
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