So, for the past few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how to describe what my YouTube channel, and the newly named “suzieTV" episodes are going to be like. It’s been so difficult! Every “How to Start a YouTube Channel” video and article out there has been telling me that I need to have some sort of theme. A focus. But I am not a “themed” or “focused” person! I am interested in SO MANY THINGS!!
I read somewhere once, (and it instantly made me feel so much better about my fragmented interests,) that the whole concept of specialization is a fairly new one, introduced during the industrial revolution as a way of making the population more efficient, and thus, making more money from them. Before that though, people generally lived very broad-skilled lives. Everyone did their own baking and washing and shoe repair and dressmaking. They all knew how to mend fence posts and milk cows. Grow gardens, farm, build furniture and houses, and were, pretty much, self sufficient!
I completely understand and prefer this approach to life! I mean, I know I do have an “area of specialization”, clustered around the apparel/textile industry (which I ADORE), but, I am also intensely interested in local and Canadian history, and in my own family’s history! I love urban planning and re-development, and would love to get into urban property development somewhere down the line, while simultaneously being fascinated with the idea of building a stone cottage in the woods and raising sheep to produce my own wool! I want to learn how to bake the perfect loaf of bread and how to produce the best fashion show anyone’s ever seen! I want to understand the basics of computer coding, AND how to execute the perfect row of box pleats on a curved and slanted seam. And I want to write a dressmaking textbook. AND a novel.
And I don’t understand why I have to choose one thing or the other in order to be marketable! People are intelligent. They understand that a person is more than their job, and that every experience changes them, and every day you wake up a slightly different person than you were yesterday.
So I think that that’s the premise behind the YouTube Channel (and eventually this blog as well, there’s a name change in the works :-D). It’s going to encompass... ALL of me! Whatever I’m working on, whoever I meet, whatever I discover, and whatever major changes come my way. Much more like a diary.
I’m hoping that using video will help in reminding the world that I am, in fact, a person. Not just a style blog, not just a clothing brand, and not just some account you’re following on twitter. A person, a human, changes. They are who they’ve been created to be, but they evolve, try things, and just as often, if not more, that it works, things you try fail! And that’s just fine!
Life is so interesting! And no one can know for sure where they’ll end up (good thing it’s about the journey!). So I’ve made the decision to actively open myself up to my own humanity, (cheesy, and slightly self important as that sounds haha!) rather than limit myself to some narrow definition of “what I do”.
I hope you’ll enjoy coming along as much as I’ll enjoy sharing!
From ALL of me, to ALL of you,
P.S., Here’s the latest YouTube update!