YouTube mogul, Hayley Segar is this weeks Women Wednesday inspiration. This blonde bombshell started her career on YouTube at the age of 12 and has grown up amongst thousands of viewers. She took the opportunity as a stepping stone to her career and has been unstoppable ever since. We admire the drive she has to chase her dreams and strength to stay true to who she is.
Describe yourself in four words:
Tenacious, social, creative…hustler!
What is one thing your subscribers don’t know about you?
One thing my subscribers don’t know about me is that I’ve been to a total of eight schools in my life. I still get jittery when someone says “new girl”. I’ll actually respond to someone calling me that. My fourteen year-old self would never believe I’m saying this, but I am glad I had the opportunity to have such a diverse background in terms of schooling. I got cultured, that’s for sure!
Do you believe that your YouTube channel opened other career doors for you? Where do you think you would be now if you hadn’t taken a chance and made your YouTube channel?
I credit the existence of my YouTube channel for most everything in my life. Though I have shifted focus throughout the years with work, school, etc., YouTube has remained a constant and without a doubt shaped my world and opened doors. Of course, I am the one behind my channel, so it’s extremely rewarding to see my persistence and effort pay off in the form of getting opportunities. In the last few years, I have done some things I have always dreamed of doing (sounds cliche but it’s true), like Seventeen Magazine, being on TV, going to New York Fashion Week, working with companies I have long respected…the list goes on. I feel incredibly fortunate
If someone walked up to you asking for your best life advice and you only had a few minutes to give your best tip, what would it be?
One of the best quotes I’ve ever heard is, “confidence is not, ‘they will like me’. Confidence is, ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t'”. I have always had this mentality even prior to hearing this quote, but this statement allowed me to attach a mantra to what I had always referred to as my “self-esteem”. I feel like many people can’t take their own advice, so any words I’d pass on to someone else I’d want to make sure I myself adhere to completely. I feel as though it is incredibly important to achieve this sense of security in yourself, especially for women.
If you could have dinner with any celebrity and ask one question to them, who would it be and what would you ask?
Kanye West…I don’t have any specific questions for him, I just want to experience first-hand how his mind works over some Yeezy-approved dishes at Mr. Chow. Say what you want, but the man has a brilliant schtick.
Since you share your life on YouTube, you have dealt with a lot of comments and criticisms. Talk about how that has shaped you and what has been the most valuable lesson about self-love that you learned throughout the years?
Being on YouTube/going through some of middle school and all of high school with a YouTube channel tied to my name definitely allowed me to develop a pretty thick skin. I am thankful I’ve been through what I have, both online and in real life, because I feel equipped to handle anything in terms of conflict and criticism. That being said, in recent years, I have received almost solely positive comments and feedback on my channel. Every time I read and respond to comments, I think, they’re so nice to me. It’s definitely something I appreciate, so…thanks guys!
I definitely believe that women can have it all! I’m a libra, so I always attribute my constant striving for balance between all areas of my life to that. I go to school full-time, work, and of course, have a YouTube channel. My YouTube duties go beyond just filming, editing, and responding to emails (though any content creator could tell you this is a full-time job in itself), but I also travel to NYC often for shoots or events. I am a firm believer that balance does not come without a little compromise, so sometimes, I do need to put a hold on YouTube-related work to devote my time to school for a couple of days. It’s all about prioritizing and time management!
If you had to do YouTube all over again, what would you have done differently?
I was twelve when I started my channel…therefore there were some definite, uh, adolescent things I did on my channel that make me cringe now (don’t talk about boys by name in a live stream, little Hayley! Amongst other things). I just wish I had separated my YouTube from my personal life a bit more when I was younger, but I know it taught me a valuable lesson. Now, I am incredibly discerning in terms of the content that I put out there versus what I want to keep private.
How did you get involved with Prom Girl?
PromGirl.com is the online authority for all things prom/homecoming/pageant, etc. I was attending an event that PromGirl was hosting, a private screening of Disney’s Prom (side note: this is a completely underrated Disney movie, it is so cute!). After the movie, I remember one of the PromGirl higher-ups coming up to me and saying, “you’re very PromGirl”. I was fifteen at the time. They reached out to me to do a shoot a couple months later, and the rest is history! I have been a brand ambassador ever since, shooting videos for their YouTube channel, content for their website, appearing in a full-page ad in Seventeen Magazine alongside my sisters, emceeing their fashion show, and more. As an added bonus, I had the best prom dresses! I feel like they have seen me grow up…some members of the PG team were even at my high school graduation party! I am almost twenty-one and still a PromGirl…it’s truly the best.