Inspired by Paulina Porizkova’s commentary that there are no other famous women on the Internet her age, untouched by plastic surgery. Women her age are “invisible.”
He refreshed again. He sighed.
“OK, I have one like and one dislike. Five views. No subscribers.”
“C’mon, Kevin. Let’s work on the rainforest. Check it later.” Lily moved on to the sloths. Sloths are so cute, she thought.
Kevin felt sick to his stomach. He felt humiliated, sad, and out of control. His heart was beating out of his little chest – he had to do something. But what?
As he molded the toucans, his mind was on his channel. Why don’t people like me?
“What now? Want to work on our rainforest project?” Lily asked.
“Um, OK,” Kevin said distractedly.
As Lily worked on the insects, Kevin refreshed his YouTube page. Lily could see Kevin was stressed. He was turning red.
“Look! Look! I have 4 views!”
Lily looked at his screen. Indeed, there were four views. Kevin refreshed.
“What? One dislike?! A thumbs down?”
Lily went back to her insect-making. “Our video was great. Ignore the dislikes.”
“Ignore? How can I ignore that? I don’t even have any likes!” Kevin wondered how the other three views garnered no reaction.
In his kitchen, Kevin nervously moved furniture and set his phone against a bowl on the counter.
“So I thought you could go to the refrigerator and take the cake out. I’ll come by and say, ‘Wait! Don’t you want a better snack?’ and I’ll hand you some carrots.”
“OK,” Lily waited for her cue.
“I’ll ask Lily. I bet she’ll be in my videos with me.”
Kevin walked home with his tail between his legs. His dream of being loved by thousands or hundreds of people was fading. He was tired of being ordinary.
He wanted to be special.
Kevin scrolled Anastasia’s account. She was in lots of videos with her dad. Who can I have in my videos? Carlos? Minji? Lily? I’ll ask them. They’ll be so excited!
And all you have to do is create silly videos? Easy!
Some of her videos are 5-minutes and some are 22 minutes long. Piece of cake!
Kevin was dumb-founded.
I’m not as cute as her. She has bows in her hair. She’s five. My mom thinks I’m cute, but nobody else does…
Kevin watched her video.
She’s talking about eating healthy food. That’s easy. I can do that. This is kind of dumb, though. People really like this?
I have to pick a brand name…the name of my channel…and I can’t create an account without it!
Kevin realized he didn’t even know what his channel would be about. His little chameleon heart beat fast. He felt an urgency with unknown origin.
When Kevin got home, he didn’t start his homework, he searched on the internet: “How to start your own YouTube channel.”
This was his result:
- Sign into YouTube and click on the user icon at the top right of the screen.
- Click on the gear icon to get to your account’s YouTube Settings.
- Click on Create a new channel.
- Then choose “Use a business or other name”
- Add your Brand name and click create.
Kevin felt scared and excited at the same time.
Kevin watched Jesse’s 15 videos. They were short and focused on Jesse playing video games with friends or Jesse talking about a video game.
They weren’t that interesting to Kevin because he didn’t play any video games.
But 552 subscribers!
Kevin wanted subscribers. He imagined so many people admiring him. All the kids at school would surround him in awe. He’d be popular.