5 minutes with Louna Maroun
Louna Maroun is a super talented musician, beauty guru and entertainer. With over 140 thousand followers across her 3 YouTube channels, Louna has developed a passionate following of ‘Lounatixx’ across the globe that are completely smitten with her unique style and lovable personality.
Here is our Q&A with Louna Maroun, a proud member of the Boom Network.
What inspired you to start a YouTube channel?
Funnily enough it was actually a video I discovered via Myspace (lol) called “The Kings of Myspace” by PDFLo & Timothy DeLaghetto etc back in 2006. I didn’t actually know Youtube was a thing until I saw that video and it made me realise that I could upload my own stuff. (I actually only used it for sharing footage of my performances at music school to begin with)
When you look back at all of your videos to date is there a video in particular that you are specifically proud of?
I’m proud of the 80s themed video I did for AusOne in 2011, because I taught myself how to use After Effects and that was exciting! I’m also pretty proud of the Strawberry Cheesecake music video we did to help out our friend TezziToo for a Ben & Jerry’s competition at the time. It was the first major collab video our Melbourne Youtube community had done!
Do you have any special talents that your fans might not know about?
I like to fry up a nummy breakfast. Fried eggs & crispy bacon on toast, with avocado mash & diced tomato. Gahhdamn! Just ask Damie!
What are your pet peeves?
Close-mindedness & negativity.
What are you the most thankful for?
Youtube existing. It seriously has changed my life.
What would a typical day in your life include?
Sitting in bed scrolling through Tumblr. Nah but seriously… My day: breakfast in the afternoon, writing skits and/or songs, having some food, filming occasionally, eating, editing with a pile of snacks, and then sometimes I make myself look presentable and face the outside world. But mostly nomming.
What is the most common question you get asked about your videos?
You mean other than “How do you get your hair like that?” People just want to know what made me start posting vids and also if I could share some tips… but I say “NO! MY PRECIOUSSSS!” Not really. But seriously, I do.
What was it like when you first met some fans in real life?
I was both overwhelmed and excited. I couldn’t understand why someone would be so interested in meeting me based off of my online videos. It was surreal!
It’s no secret that most ladies have a product they struggle to use. What do you think is the most difficult product to use?
Hair removal wax, no contest. Eyeliner is a breeze compared to lathering yourself up in hot goo and ripping it off your own body. WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE A THING?
Was there another YouTuber that you followed closely before starting your own channel? Perhaps someone you feel inspired by?
I think for me, the kind of videos that got me started with skit style vlogs would be those of CommunityChannel. Natalie Tran is my hero. We were in a G+ hangout together once. I tried to play it cool but inside I was dying to ask her to have my babies.
What motivates you to create new content?
The excitement I get when I think of ideas and realise I can make them into an actual thing that exists in the world. Especially when I can pull together to Melb YT community and make a fun day of it. Then when I think of how my viewers might enjoy it, that really hits it home.
Do you have any tips for people who aspire to get be a vlogger?
NO! MY PRECIOUS! But seriously, as cliche as it sounds, just DO IT and be yourself! Talk about things you’re really into (or hate with a passion) and don’t be afraid to make a fool out of yourself. It’s more fun that way ^_^
How do you handle people who post negative comments on your videos? Any tips?
I’m sure most Youtubers would agree with me when I say just ignore them. Or if I can think of a humorous comeback I totally reply and be all SNAP!
If it’s a genuine criticism I don’t mind, because that’s constructive and will help me improve. But when it’s an unnecessary rude or derogatory comment, it doesn’t even get access to my brain.
“You shall not pass!”
What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a YouTuber?
When people send you heartfelt emails, or tell you amazing stories about how your videos have helped them in some way. That is the ultimate reward. If I can make someone smile and forget their troubles for those 3-5 minutes, then I that’s all I need to keep going.