Lisa Schwartz: the Top 5 Things I’ve Learned from Being a YouTuber

Lisa Schwartz, who many of you may know better as the YouTube sensation Lisbug, lives a very interesting life. Her previous life as a party princess for kid’s parties set the stage for her current role as a YouTube sensation.

Her humorous approach to making YouTube videos has successfully helped her garner a following of over 300,000 subscribers to her Lisbug channel. Most tune in every week to see what Lisa is up to – from discussing Perfect Partners to How to Internet Date. Top5 was curious to find out what she’s learned from being a YouTube sensation.

5 You Never Know Where A Little Laughter Can Lead You

“I always loved comedy. I’ve been watching Seinfeld with my family on repeat for as long as I can remember. But, I didn’t ever realize it’s what I wanted to do. Yet, as I started making videos on YouTube, I began to understand that I get to make people laugh for a living. And not through the words that someone else had written for me. Through my own. Never fancied myself a writer, or a director, or an editor, or producer. Yet somehow I have become of all them. And all because I enjoyed knowing that people were laughing, responding to my material. The highest compliment is having a friend share one of my videos on Facebook. Because, for at least those three minutes, I know I am making someone happy. And YouTube has become the only platform that allows me and so many others to do this, and so easily. And as time passes, I realize this ‘little platform’ that was once just for cat videos, is becoming a place where people are making big moves. Web series are being picked up for TV shows. YouTube stars are being offered movie roles.”

4 You Can’t Hide

“I didn’t really realize how public my life would become. I just assumed I’d make funny videos and call it a day. But quickly I found out that the audience demands more. A connection that required me to open up about my life, share my ‘secrets’. The biggest stars on YouTube became such because their audience could identify with them. The “icon” looks right into camera, speaks with honesty, and instantly makes you feel like their friend. So this is what I set out to do. I lead by example, and quickly my family, friends, even relationship was out in the open. When I meet fans on the street, I am always surprised by their ability to know where I was coming from, or who I was with. Then I remember, I just updated my social media. Of course they know. But the concept that someone actually reads my posts, sees my pictures, or even cares, is still mind blowing. And sometimes overwhelming. But I continue to do it, in hopes that I can somehow connect with people all over the world. That maybe they’ll find something poignant from what I said, to hold on to, to make a difference. And because of that, I am so happy to share. Even if that means updating the tweens on what my boyfriend and I do on an hourly basis. Their fascination never ceases to amaze me. And for the record, most the time we are eating frozen yogurt and watching ‘Cupcake Wars’.”

3 Kids Can Be Really Mean

“I don’t envy any child growing up in this day and age. Kids are brutal. And the Internet makes it even easier for them to unleash their inner demon. Behind a screen, with no repercussions, kids can say some pretty nasty things. Call it trolling, bullying, or straight up harassing, it happens all the time. I can’t tell you the number of times I have read a nasty comment aimed towards me or someone in my video. And what’s worse, kids attack each other via the comments. The comments are usually unjustified, misspelled, and certainly lacking correct grammar. And yet, they sting. So what I have learned is to put it all in perspective. Most likely, the comment is coming from a 12 year old. If any 12 year old came up to me and called me ugly to my face, I’d laugh. So why does it hurt when I read it? Keep in mind; these kids are simply looking for attention. On many occasions, I’ll combat a negative comment with an overly sweet comment. Within seconds, I’ll receive an apology and/or the original nasty comment will be erased. I’m not suggesting you counter all ugly comments, but just knowing that that is the reaction you’ll receive, is somewhat comforting. Lastly, remember, ‘haters’ are still paying your bills. They come back. They always come back. And with every mean click, I get one more penny in the bank.”

2 You Can’t Make A Viral Video

“It’s true. No matter how hard you try to figure it out, there is no formula. Did David’s dad know that millions of people would get a kick out of his kid after the dentist? Doubtful. And if you think anyone thought Harlem Shake would actually be a ‘thing’, you’d be lying. There is no predicting it, and it’s frustrating. So, my only advice is keep doing what you think is funny. Document every embarrassing experience. Don’t be afraid to be an idiot. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll get yourself a viral video. If not, at least you’ll have a humbling experience. And material your friends can use to make fun of you for years. What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet. FOREVER! Why do we do this to ourselves again?”

1 Being A YouTuber Is Way Better Than Being A Birthday Party Princess

“For years I worked as a birthday party princess to make ends meet. I put up with snotty nosed children complaining that their balloon cat looked like a balloon dog. When in fact, it was really a balloon sword (I only took the time to learn that one). I was working paycheck to paycheck, hoping to get my big break. Then one day, I auditioned for The Fine Bros., who were shooting a pilot for Comedy Central. I booked the job and quickly learned what YouTube was. And, more importantly, how YouTube could become a real job. So, contrary to my dad’s belief that I should be a lawyer, and in spite of my college education, I went for it. And here I am now, paying my bills by making silly videos from the comfort of my own home. And most the time, without pants on. Shh. Don’t tell anyone.”

“Good s#!t is happening. And it’s because people are watching this material that came from the heart. Not from a need to make money. Not from a need for fame. Material that comes from a need to make people laugh. YouTube has taught me, if you follow your passion, and work hard, a girl from Tarzana who sits in front of her camera cracking fart jokes may just end up working with Matt Damon.”
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