Colleen Ballinger, also known as her alter ego Miranda Sings, is a classically trained vocalist, actress and comedian who started her career performing at Disneyland. Since her video “Free Voice Lesson” went viral in 2009, Colleen has worked her way to the top ranking of digital stars and even landed her own scripted show, “@hatersbackoff.” Over the years she’s built a fanbase aka “Mirfandas” who attend her live tours and stay up late watching her bingeworthy online content.
After meeting one of her “Mirfandas” on tour who was fighting cancer, she created a @gofundme campaign to raise money and awareness to fight childhood cancer. She’s a creator who has harnessed her following for a greater good and we can’t wait to see what she gets into next Help us show Colleen some love by checking out her channel, PsychoSoprano (link in bio) by @colleen#regram
@dulcecandy is a vet who appreciates her past experiences in the military because they still impact her on a daily basis: “Discipline and determination are skills that I learned and have carried over from when I was serving in the army that are instilled now in the foundation of how I live and work.” She takes that determination she learned as an Army mechanic full-force into whatever she puts her mind to, whether it be publishing her own book or moderating a panel for Beautycon.
Keep doing you, Dulce! Check out Dulce’s channel at youtube.com/DulceCandy87 #VeteransDay
On #VeteransDay, @JesseWelle reflects on his time in the service: “At some points in my life, I actually really miss being in the military, especially the friendships I made.” Jesse says that his time as a serviceman “definitely made [him] stronger and more motivated.” When he has to upload a vlog every single day, the dedication and time management he picked up in training really comes in handy. He wants to highlight current soldiers for their service, though: “I don’t see myself as a hero—those are the veterans who served and are still serving. I’m glad there’s a day we can appreciate the people who made the ultimate sacrifice.” 19 (left) to 35 (right) has been a huge change for Jesse, and we can’t wait to see what comes next for him.
Check out Jesse’s channel at youtube.com/PrankvsPrank
You might know @missylynn from her fun-filled vlogs. You might know her from her incredible fashion and makeup looks. What you may not know is that she’s an Air Force veteran.
Missy is passionate about the difficult transition some vets face when they return to civilian life: According to her, one of the best ways to help vets on their return from service is to “offer to listen and be an advocate for mental stress & pain that we endure throughout time. Find programs to donate to to help assist Veterans to ensure an easier transition back into civilian life, even if it’s just volunteering your time.” #VeteransDay is all about supporting vets, and we couldn’t be prouder to have Missy as part of our community.
Check out Missy’s channel at youtube.com/MissyLynn
Meet @nickbarefitness. For #VeteransDay, we want to show you a look into the lives of vets on YouTube.
After transitioning out of active duty, Nick founded his own business centered around fitness and wellness. "My time spent in the military provided me a great appreciation for the selfless service that this amazing country is blessed with. The lessons and values I learned in the Army have directly influenced the way I run my businesses and create content online every single day." Thank you for everything, Nick. You are an inspiration.
Check out Nick's channel at youtube.com/barelifenutrition
This #VeteransDay, we want to say thank you to those who’ve served their country and shared their stories with the world. We've put together a video featuring a bunch of inspiring veteran creators and over the next two days we'll be profiling a number of them here on Instagram. Check out the link in our bio to watch the video.
We want to give some to two creators who aren’t afraid to show their inner nerd: with charming personalities, eccentric humor and videos that encompass cultural moments through their lenses, we just can’t get enough of their truly authentic selves.
Chef, filmmaker, and YouTube creator Andrew Rea (@bingingwithbabish) has a passion for teaching and experimenting in the kitchen, but today he’s celebrating his late friend Garmt van Soest.
Garmt was an early fan of Andrew’s channel and reached out to him when he only had a few thousand subscribers to offer content ideas and inspiring words of encouragement. He even gave Andrew the idea for the Big Kahuna Burger episode from Pulp Fiction. During this time Garmt was also suffering from ALS and never stopped fighting to raise awareness and reach people from all over the globe who were losing hope.
So in honor of Garmt, Andrew was inspired to create the hot pepper challenge. The rules are easy: eat a hot pepper and then nominate three of your friends to do the same. Andrew hopes that this challenge will help raise funds and awareness for the ALS Association and share his dear friend’s message of strength and hope.
Hit the link in our bio to see how you can join in!
A big thanks to Jesse and Casey for letting us share a behind the scenes look into the making of “Halloween Levitating Star Wars Speeder Costume” on our Story this weekend. Click the link in our bio for the full video.
We’re proud and honored to present @amani with @storycorps' inaugural Courage Award. Her commitment to raising awareness and advocating for social justice against islamophobia after the 9/11 attacks has given courage and hope to countless people within her community. As a #CreatorsforChange fellow she continues to use her platform and voice to speak up for those who can’t and strives to counter social change. We applaud you, Amani. Keep fighting the good fight!
When Chris from Special Books By Special Kids graduated from college, he didn’t know what he wanted to do. It took a few years and a Master’s in special education for him to realize that he could find a unique connection with people living with diagnoses. Now he travels the world, talking to all kinds of kids and adults with uncommon situations, sharing their stories with the goal to promote inclusion and diversity. Thank you Chris for sharing so many of these incredible lives with us! If you’d like to meet some of the special people he has interviewed, hit the link in our bio. by @specialbooksbyspecialkids