Today we’re joined by Dawne. Dawne is a phenomenal YouTuber who has a channel about traveling. She has recently started it and hopes to help out those interested in traveling. She has excellent advice about traveling on a budget. She’s an amazingly enthusiastic and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My name is Dawne, pronouns she/her, and I am a YouTuber. I have a budget travel guide channel for the beginner and non-adventurous travelers. In my videos, I give realistic advice for those that cannot afford luxury vacations. I also try to help with travel anxiety, itinerary planning, and safety.
What inspires you?
I’ve always loved other cultures. I am in love with the world and with humans. To me, life isn’t something that you should punch in, work until you’re exhausted, then punch out. I love the look in people’s eyes when I talk about my trips. I love convincing them to jump off the deep end into an adventure they’d never considered trying before. People inspire me.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
When I used to watch travel videos, it was always someone who either traveled for work, or had funds to buy expensive gear and vacations. Many also gave travel advice based on an active and adventurous lifestyle. Most of the people I know don’t have a lot to invest towards traveling, and it can be scary to take that first step. I wanted to encourage my friends to go see more of the world, and it sort of blossomed into a travel channel.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Right now, I am still working on building my brand, so I don’t have much of a symbol right now. One feature, though, that I do include is that every tutorial “how-to” video of mine concludes with an optimistic pep talk. A sort of calming call to action – and that action is to get out and see the world.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t worry about becoming famous. If fame is all you are concerned with, you risk losing yourself in the process. Don’t ever give up your originality and enjoyment of the project you are invested in for an audience.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as a Demiromantic Asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
When traveling as an LGBT single woman, I have to be careful where I travel to and where I advise others to go. There have been times when I am researching a location to visit, only to find that not being in a relationship, or not traveling with a man can be looked down upon. Even dangerous. I just try to educate myself as much as possible before telling my audience to visit a location that could harm them.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it means I am antisocial, or just don’t want to be in a relationship. Since I am the only one of my friends and family that is not in a relationship, and I am the only one they know who is asexual, they often combine the two as one.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay not to be sure. There is no rule or requirement that you have to be a certain way or act a certain way to be asexual. You are literally the only one that matters when it comes to being comfortable with your orientation. Take the time you need or change your label every day – it doesn’t matter. You are you and that’s what is important.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
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Thank you, Dawne, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.