Lindsey Marie Whalen is one of those influencers who just understands how to create stalk-able pictures. One look at her Instagram and you’ll be sucked into the vortex of non-stop swiping, picture after picture, trying to figure out the secret recipe in creating colors blending into each other so flawlessly, picture after picture.
If you can’t get enough of Lindsey’s pictures, the best news of all is that these pictures sorta come to life through another platform. You can get a glimpse into Lindsey’s life through her YouTube page! All linked down below. Blogging Blondes is so happy to feature Lindsey as our Woman Wednesday of the month. From her amazing experience at the Disney College Program, to her talented pictures and fun-loving personality in her vlogs, Lindsey is definitely someone we want to showcase! Check out Lindsey’s advice, tips, and get to know a little bit about the girl behind the pictures and videos you’re stalking right now.
1. Can you you just give us a basic background, like what you do and are you still in college?
Hi, my name is Lindsey Marie Whalen and I am a senior, Studio Art Major, Graphic Design Minor attending college in Washington DC.
2. Why did you start making videos on YouTube?
I actually started making YouTube videos when I was a senior in high school and I made them purely to provide comedy to myself and to others. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college where my YouTube channel really started to thrive and I got many opportunities because of this growth on my YouTube and social media accounts. I will say though it is hard being a full time student and trying to be a full time YouTuber.
Honestly, there were multiple times that I had in college that were so hard, to the point of being so bullied that I almost dropped out, but because I had my YouTube outlet, and some kick ass friends I stayed.
I think the one thing that I love the most is that as I transitioned through life, thus far, my YouTube channel has transitioned along with myself, my interests and my aesthetic.
3. I’ve been watching so many YouTubers for years. Who are some of your favorites?
Well for starters, I really like to watch YouTubers that inspire me or have the same style//aesthetic as myself. My current hands down favorite YouTuber is Conan Gray; I could binge watch his videos all day, everyday on end. His style really fits hand in hand with mine, his music is so beautiful and inspired but above all I have so much respect for him. He is a senior in high school and has a rapidly growing YouTube channel, like what ?! So amazing, and so inspiring.
Some of the other YouTubers I watch religiously are Danielle Marie Carolan, Caitlin Bea, Sarah Belle, Sierra Schultzzie, Mr. Kate, and Krist Soup. All of these women are so empowering for their own unique reasons and empowerment on social media is such a huge draw.
4. Your pictures on Instagram are so beautiful! Please give some tips on creating that perfect picture.
Alright so I am low-key psycho about my Instagram, but I am so open in saying so, so I guess that’s okay?! I am a huge sucker for aesthetics, I guess because I am a studio artist / photographer my mind always goes to what could be aesthetically pleasing, or would it look better taken from a high angle or low (yes, I am “that girl” who will re-arrange the brunch table, and stand on the chair to get “that” shot)
But I actually have a secret//private Instagram that I post to first to make sure it fits well with my feed. Two of my best friends Kyle and Jacob were the two that inspired me to find an aesthetic or theme rather. They really embezzled the idea of a theme and I have had OCD about it ever since haha.
For my version of “the perfect picture”, I don’t know – is there such a thing? People joke around on twitter about how when they ask for a photo they ask for like 25 of them, not one and that is beyond true with my work. Like the other day I instagrammed some of my wildfox cotoure clothing. I took at least 46 pictures of them and edited about 15 of them and just used the one. Maybe that’s me being psycho about it, but I strive for perfection on Instagram, which, not gonna lie, at times is really stressful. But I constantly have to remind myself that it is just a social media app.
5. You’re making all these awesome YouTube videos, you take these gorgeous photos and you even do some writing, so I am dying to know if you could share some of your career goals?
Career Goals, yes, I have loads… literally. I have bounced back and forth SO many times but I think that I would love to venture into either Production or Event Planning. I know, two completely different things, but both things I am so very passionate about and have prior experience with.
I wouldn’t even be opposed to opening up a little boutique, with some fun stuff! I love little boutiques, so that is definitely something on my bucket list. Honestly, who know’s what I will be doing ten, or even five years from now; all I know is that I want to do something that makes me happy.
6. I know you took part of the Disney college program and a lot of our blog centers around internships. What was the experience like and do you have advice for students wanting to apply?
For anyone who is wanting to apply, I would say, just do it. I applied to this program on a whim at three in the morning and my acceptance came about two weeks later and really wasn’t something that I planned on doing. So this did shake up my “college plan”. if I’m going to be 100% honest my parents weren’t fully behind me on this but working for the Disney company was a dream that I have had since I was a little girl.
Being able to say that I lived out one of my childhood dreams is probably one of the greatest things that I have done in my 22 years thus far.
As for the experience, it is a lot of work. Imagine yourself as the “intern”, you are at the low-end of the totem pole. You work long hours and get given whatever shifts are open/available. You also do you have to work on holidays, which kind of was hard, but you build a family, so never once did I feel homesick or uneasy working there. I felt the most at home and the most like, well me. I think the best part about this program is that you are surrounded with people who share one love for the company and have a similar work ethic.
7. I saw your Netflix article on “The Lala” and I seriously love all those shows. I actually interned for NBC Bravo & Oxygen, and had to do a lot of work with “Below Deck” but I still have never watched it! So what is your current Netflix show and what’s your top favorite Netflix show?
Yes, my like inner quote is “namastay in bed (and watch netflix)”! I would have to say right now my current favorite Netflix show would be 13 Reasons Why. Now I know what everyone is probably thinking; wow this girl is so basic and just picks the next newest, and biggest show. Hahaa so maybe part of that is true, but the fact that this show displays problems that many teenagers and 20 something-year-old’s are facing just really spoke to me. In middle school I was bullied, I was that girl who ate lunch with the music teacher because she didn’t want to be judged or made fun of. Back then, social media just started on an upward trend so I was fortunate enough to dodge that bullet. I didn’t even have a myspace and I couldn’t get Facebook until I was 13 years old haha.
But kids, girls, boys, people in general can be so hurtful. I think that’s one of the most important things about the show is showing that your actions and your words really speak for themselves and define you. The show is really empowering and I highly recommend it for anyone in need of a Netflix binge watching session!
Another show that I got hooked on by my friend Alanna was the show Riverdale. The show is also an awesome show, but is more like a gossip girl esc show — The characters in the show are characters from the comic books like Archie, Betty, Veronica , Jug-Head and so on. The fact that the directors and producers had to creativity to make those comics into something more modern is just so amazing to me and it really makes me want to go more into the production industry.
8. If you had to start your YouTube channel all over again, what would you have done differently?
Funny you ask this, but my YouTube channel is currently undergoing some reconstruction. I have been working with my manager at StyleHaul to rebuild a stronger YouTube channel and community for younger girls // girls who are twenty something. So definitely stay tuned for some changes on heyitslindseyyy — Lindsey Marie Whalen
9. From New York to Washington to Florida, do you have a favorite place to live? Do they each give you different kinds of inspiration?
Hands down Florida. I truly love New York as that is where I grew up and will for sure settle down, but I can not bear the cold. Nope, just not for me!
Living in Orlando was the most unexpected, but by far the best year of my life. I can officially say that I have actually put my upcoming “adult” // post-grad life on pause and am moving back there to live with my best friend for a year. I don’t know 100% what I will be doing there yet, but I am so grateful for the opportunities and companies working with me to allow this to happen!
10. Since our blog focuses a lot on women empowerment, do you have a female role model that you look up to or that inspires you—maybe when you’re getting writer’s block?
I think my major female role model would have to be Norma Shearer. She was such a bad ass. She was a Hollywood star from 1920’s through the 1940’s. She constantly played a she played sexually liberated women and was quoted to always be the wild and free single girl. She took off on her career on her own, without a man’s help and my inner feminist loves that about her! Also, I can so relate to being the wild and free single girl, but wild in the sense that I am wild/crazy passionate for the things I do. Unlike my middle school years, now I don’t let people’s opinion of me bother me. What you see is what you get, and if you don’t like that, then move on and move over!
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