By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY Ryan West
- Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Youtube personality Katie Wilson talks exclusively about her podcast Kingdom Geek, collaborating with Black Nerd (Andre Meadows), and the Pokemon Go Craze. Also Katie tries to explain the difference between a geek, and nerd.
You've made a name for yourself as a very popular Youtube personality. Can you tell us how you got started in the vlogging craze?
I was getting cast as an actress for large YouTube sketches/parodies and was gaining subscribers from those. I loved the idea of sharing my geeky passions with an audience so I started making videos. YouTube was also a great outlet for me to produce my own content to act and sing in.
Your friend, Andre Meadows, is also a pretty well known Youtuber who talks about pop culture topics. Why did you start collaborate with Andre (aka "Black Nerd")?
I love working with Andre! We have a great chemistry that's extremely hard to come by which makes collaborating with him so easy! We really are like a ying & yang.
Kingdom Geek is an interesting podcast which, features some pretty amazing celebrity guests. Can you tell us some more about Kingdom Geek?
Kingdom Geek explores pop culture and nerdy topics with geeks of all kinds! With special celebrity guests, crazy games, and fun debates, Andre and I try to create an inviting atmosphere, no matter what level of geekdom you are, with open discussions, friendly conversations and a lot of laughs. Whether you're noob or expert, medieval or future, retro or millennial, Team Cap or Team Iron Man, everyone is welcome to the Kingdom!
The Lindsey Stirling spoof which, has over 200k views, is one my favorite videos. How did you come up with the idea, and did you hear from Lindsey?
I've been a big fan of Lindsey from the beginning of her YouTube career. I love the way she incorporates her music with beautiful cinematography and I wanted to make a video in a similar way. Since I don't play any instruments I thought it would be hilarious to play a kazoo! Turned out to be a really funny video! Lindsey did see it, and she loved it!
We often talk with teenagers who are looking to break into the business. What advice would you give teenagers who are interested making Youtube videos?
Don't try to do what everyone else is doing. Create videos on topics that you are truly passionate about and your audience will find you.
At just 26 years old, you've accomplished quite a bit in the entertainment business. How do you prepare for an audition in front of casting directors?
I always want to be prepared as possible. I make sure I've memorized my lines, am comfortable with them and have my headshot/resume ready to go. I think learning to relax in an audition is very important and takes experience to master. A good piece of advice I was given is to "care less." When you want something so bad, you tend to obsess over it and it could possibly mess you up in an audition. So I always try to minimize the audition in my head, and it helps me to relax and not be nervous. That can prove to be difficult especially when auditioning for one of your favorite shows! OH! Also, give yourself time to find parking! Last thing you want to be is frantic about being late before auditioning.
You're also a heavy gamer on Youtube having done the hilarious Pokemon parody, "Don't Mess With Pikachu". What did you think of the whole Pokemon Go craze?
I love Pokemon Go... I'm still playing it! 6 year old Katie would've died to know that this game would exist in the future! Kids are so lucky these days!
I've always wondered what the difference is between a geek and a nerd. Can you explain the difference between the two?
Honestly I have no clue! Call me a geek or a nerd... I don't mind! Haha!