At just 19-years-old, Kera Ariyel has quickly risen to stardom with a large following of 135K subscribers on her YouTube channel. The bright, loving young woman is adored by many for sharing her big transition to Germany! While sharing her life in a new country, Kera also juggles with being a full-time student. How does she do it? You’ll just have to find out yourself. Join Sheen Magazine as we got to know this YouTube sensation!
Can you tell the readers about yourself? What made you start your YouTube Channel?
My name is Kera Ariyel, I’m a 19-year-old from Mississippi currently living in Germany. I film videos about juggling being in college, getting accustomed to life in Germany, and traveling around the world. Trust me, it gets crazy sometimes! (laughs)
Almost three years ago, my dad told me, we were moving to Germany. I was devastated at the time and it was hard leaving my friends and family. When I first got here I was really lonely, most days I would just sit at home watching YouTube videos. After I started exploring more, I realized how there weren’t many channels that could relate to so many young people including myself living aboard, so I decided to start my own channel to share my experiences with others.
What is your holy grail makeup product?
Lip gloss! It’s a staple in my makeup kit because most days I like to go for a natural look or even no makeup at all. Lip gloss just gives me that effortless glam even on my most simple days. NYX is my favorite brand when it comes to lip gloss or lip products because there’s a variety of shades, the quality is amazing, and it’s affordable!
You showcase many fashion haul and try on haul videos on your YouTube. Do you have a favorite brand you’ve purchased from? Why is it your favorite?
It would definitely have to be Boohoo. I do a lot of online shopping! Mainly because I don’t have a car (laughs). Boohoo is the perfect place for me because they always have the trendiest clothes and is so affordable for my college budget, plus the site always has unbelievable sales going on.
Can you tell us about your experience in Germany?
Living in Germany has been hands down the greatest experience of my life! Never would I have thought moving across the world would change my life in the way that it did and I am forever grateful. At first, it was difficult getting accustomed to a different culture, especially with the language barrier but it was worth it. I’m so much more open-minded when it comes to cultures, food, traveling, and so much more. I definitely think I needed this experience to become the person I am today and I’m glad I can share my life with others around the world.
How has it been juggling college and staying consistent with your YouTube channel?
At first, it was really difficult and overwhelming. I had a hard time focusing on school and remaining consistent with my channel but I had to learn the value of time management. I knew both things were important to me but I couldn’t allow one to overshadow the other. It’s so important to prioritize your time and create an organized schedule to allow you to accomplish everything, so I did just that. After a while, I got the hang of it and now I can handle everything so much more efficiently.
Has YouTube taught you anything about yourself that you didn’t know beforehand?
YouTube has taught me that my voice is powerful so I must use it to encourage others, not to spread negativity or hate. When I started receiving messages and emails daily from supporters telling me that I’ve inspired them to travel or I’ve gotten them excited for college I realized just how important it is to set a good example when you are given a platform such as the one I’m building. Whether you like it or not, someone is looking up to you so you have to make sure that your influence is filled with empowerment and positivity in every way.
What can we expect to see from Kera Ariyel in the future?
So many things, this is only the beginning! One of the most important things to expect will definitely be quality content on my channel and more adventures around the world. I hope that my supporters continue to grow with me on this YouTube journey as I venture out into the world to see all that life has to offer.
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