By Curtis Gaines III
One of the main sources of entertainment for high school students is the Internet, primarily YouTube. With YouTube, students are given the opportunity to watch whatever they are interested in viewing. Many people have taken advantage of the website to promote their skills and talents, including at least one HHS student.
Junior Iris Ocasio began her YouTube career in January of 2016. Her channel, Inspo by Iris, focuses on makeup tutorials. In only four months, Ocasio is closing in on 50 subscribers and as of March 30, her most watched video has 310 views.
Ocasio has always liked doing makeup. Her mother studied cosmetology in college and Ocasio plans on turning her YouTube venture into a professional career.
“Makeup is a form of art,” Ocasio said. “My main goal is to inspire others to see make-up as a tool for self-expression.”
Her goal is also to have between 100 and 150 subscribers by the end of the year and over a 1,000 after college.
Ocasio records her YouTube videos in her room. She started by using makeup that belongs to her mother, but is slowly starting to build her own collection. She also uses less expensive makeup to be more relatable and more accessible to her subscribers.
“Not all makeup has to be $50,” Ocasio said. “The importance of make-up is that the quality is good, not just the name on the product or the price tag.”
The channel has also been a challenge for Ocasio. Besides being a YouTuber, Ocasio is a honor roll student and helped film the spring musical, “Into the Woods”. Because of the demands of her academic workload, Ocasio is only releasing one video a week, but she is careful to remain consistent.
“It’s crucial to upload constantly for your channel to be successful,” Ocasio said.
Ocasio’s show “Inspo by Iris” can be found on Youtube.