Interview with King Kristina (@kristinamaione)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I had been told to make a youtube channel my entire life because I have such a big personality and I’m very opinionated. I started my Youtube a few years back after experiencing some very challenging setbacks. I really needed an outlet to express myself. At first, my content was kind of all over the place until I finally decided on my niche which was social and political commentary. My strong passion for social justice coupled with my university degree in philosophy was the perfect combination for my videos to go viral just as the pandemic was beginning. I have always had a love for speaking out against injustices while also educating people, making them laugh, and making them feel accepted and a part of a community. Doing youtube allows me fight for what I believe, educate people, make people laugh, and most importantly make people feel loved, seen, and accepted. That’s what brought me to Youtube, I knew I had an important voice and I’m so glad I get to share it every day!
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
I would say the most interesting thing that’s happened to me since I started Youtube is my minor feud with Kaitlin Bennett. I don’t even know if I should call it a feud, I made a few videos reacting to her content which was truly shocking and atrocious. She then tried to sue me and a bunch of other creator for copyright claims in order to get all our videos taken down. This is how I came into contact with Sam Collins, ImAllexx, and Philip DeFranco because we were all named in the lawsuit. Unfortunately for Kaitlin, copyright infringement in these cases are covered by the fair rights and fair dealings act which means we are allowed to use her content as long as we are adding to it. On the bright side, many of us named in the suit became friends and we all got to make funny videos about getting “sued”. But the biggest part of it for me was befriending Sam and Alex because they were two of my favourite Youtubers and I looked up to them so much and It was so cool getting to connect with them.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I would say a great tip for people in this industry to thrive and not burn out is to remember that your mental health matters and it’s okay to take breaks. I’ve taken long breaks when things became overwhelming or the comments got too toxic. That’s another tip, if you can, ignore the comment section as best you can. Constructive criticism is great but when the comments turn hurtful or toxic, remember it is okay to turn away. It’s also important to remind yourself of who matters in your life and that only those opinions should be important to you, not some random person living in a different country calling you names. Surround yourself with a good support system who will keep you in check and remind you of what you’re working towards.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I am incredibly grateful for all the help I’ve had along the way. Special mentions go out to Sam Collins, ImAllexx, and Samantha Lux. But mostly I’d like to thank my good friend Jimmy Snow formally know as “Mr. Atheist” on Youtube. He truly took me under his wing and helped me so much in building my platform into what it is today. He has been the greatest friend and mentor I could have asked for. He started off with just giving me advice and with time grew into family. He allowed me to come on his channel many times which allowed me to reach so many new viewers, he even created a weekly livestream show where we’d answer political questions and rant about fun topics. He also helped me create my Patreon and helped me fix up my channel. He has always been my biggest supporter and I can never thank him enough for everything he’s done. He is one of the strongest people I know and he truly has the biggest heart and I wish more people could see it.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
One of most rewarding parts about my success on Youtube is how many people I’ve helped. All I have ever wanted to do in this lifetime is help people, make them smile and laugh, and most importantly make them feel less alone. With the work i’ve done advocating for mental health and LGBTQ+ rights I think I’ve succeeded in doing that, which brings me so much joy. Knowing that just one life was changed or saved because of my videos is everything I could ever want. The greatest reward is hearing from people who feel like they want to keep fighting to be alive or feel less alone because of my content. If my content is that little momentary safe haven or comfort for people going through a hard time, that is so amazing to me. I am so grateful to have a platform where I can do good and reach people in such a positive way.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
I guess the quote I always use is “Tough times don’t last, tough people do” and it is just a reminded that whatever you are going through, it’s temporary and you can get through it and overcome it. My life has been anything but easy, for a 24 year old I have been through A LOT, more than any young person should have to go through. It feels unfair at times, and I also find myself feeling defeated at times when the hard times seem to drag on but I think it’s so important to remind yourself that tough times don’t last, tough people do and I’m tough. I’m one of the strongest people I know and I have survived this far in spite of everything that has happened to me and I will continue to survive no matter what.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My instagram is @KristinaMaione I post daily updates and stuff about my life there.
My youtube is Youtube.com/KristinaMaione this is where I post my social and political commentary.
My tiktok is https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMNP43B57/ I post shorter clips where I talk about social and political issues.
And you can find all my other social media linked under any video I have on Youtube. I have my Twitter, Cameo, Patreon, Discord, Podcast, and my photography/poetry instagrams linked underneath my youtube videos.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I’ve mentioned it already, but I am so beyond grateful for my Youtube channel and all the opportunities it has brought me. The community I’ve created online is BEYOND amazing, such wonderful, caring, supportive human beings who have been there for me through thick and thin. A special shoutout will always go out to my Patrons on Patreon because they are my most loyal supporter and have been there for me and my channel so much. I’ll never even be able to thank my patrons, my followers, my subscribers or anyone who has supported me along the way. But Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported me on this journey. I took some time off to deal with mental health issues but I’m coming back better than ever.