Hello CreatorHealth Family! We've come across a lovely YouTuber by the name of Te-Erika who is just a sweetheart and humble person inside out! Te-Erika is a mental health advocate, providing weekly content about her personal journey as she overcomes day to day hurdles. Te-Erika not only records videos to teach people how to embrace their daily struggles but is also a blogger with a Marriage and Family Counseling Major!
When first starting, Te-Erika explained her experiences and hesitation in getting into the world of YouTube, and since then has flourished as a content creator providing valuable content which can only be learned through many years of personal growth experience.
Becoming a content creator and an influential member in the Mental Health community, Te-Erika has learned to become a voice for those who are struggling by implementing real life concepts in her strategies.
We had the chance to interview Te-Erika and were blown away to see how much she's grown throughout the years through her own life experiences and how she's impacting lives including ours by her positivity which radiates from her personality!
Make sure to follow Te-Erika journey on YouTube, you won't be disappointed!
1. When did you start your YouTube channel? What inspired you to create videos?
I created my YouTube channel 10 years ago in 2007. My first video was a mind mapping video when I was learning about the law of attraction. I saw others had created videos attempting to manifest a soul mate and I wanted to try it. It took 8 hours to create my first video because I had no idea what I was doing.
I have been a blogger since 2003 and developed a following. One of my followers harassed me for more than a year to get on YouTube and share my personality there. She said- We need you.
I didn't see the value in it or why my voice would be important. When I began graduate school studying Marriage/Family Counseling I wanted to share about what I was learning so I started making videos explaining the mental health concepts I was learning about. I decided to explain them in a real life way using my own life issues as examples.
2. How has YouTube helped you learn more about yourself?
I am much more introspective and analytical because I am always thinking of ways to teach mental health strategies. Every time I am feeling mentally exhausted I dig deep to find a solution so that I can teach it to others.
3. You're an exceptional storyteller. What is your process for creating a storyline?
I share whatever is happening in my life even if it makes me look bad or like a fool. Life goes that way sometimes. Sometimes I give myself challenges that I have to meet on camera- like the one I am doing now- moving to a new city with less than $200 and surviving it. I make videos about it all.
4. Who are your inspirations on YouTube? How have these channels helped you better understand your mental health journey?
I love Hodgetwins. They have really come a long way business wise. They are touring as comedians, they have merchandise and a huge following. I have set up online stores and branded myself professionally, but I don't do comedy or entertainment or beauty so I am not as big as they are. I do have more than 1,000 videos posted and many more to come. YouTube is a lifestyle for me now. It's my best friend. When I have something important to share I turn to my YouTube channel first.