If you're a super-fan of GloZell Green's YouTube channel, you may think you know a ton about her. And you probably do! After all, the star is so open and honest with her fans, we all feel like her family! But now, the YouTuber has penned her first book, Is You Okay?, and in each and every page of the memoir, you'll learn something unexpected about her life, family, and pathway to success.
TWIST caught up with GloZell, and asked her to not only dish the story behind the book (out now!) but share what she thinks what even the most dedicated fans will be surprised by. Check out our exclusive Q&A with her below.
What excited you the most about writing this book, and what scared you the most?
What excited me the most was finally answering questions about how I became one of the most recognizable faces on the Internet. Diving deep into relationships with my mother, sister and husband(S) is what scared me the most.
How is writing a different way of putting yourself out there than your videos and comedy?
It seemed more intimate. It wasn't only about being funny, it was about telling my truth, and sometimes that was hurtful. Even reminiscing about the good times brought up a lot for me, since some of those people in my life have since passed away and some of them I just don’t talk to anymore. I consider myself a tough, not overly emotional person, so the book experience and talking about the ups and downs of my life was very therapeutic.
What is some advice that you'd go back and tell your teenage self?
Don't get married at 19!
What would your teenage self be most impressed to hear about your career so far?
That I'm making a living doing what I want to do and that I created my own path—something that many others aspire to. I couldn't even dream of being a YouTuber like some kids do today, because social media and the Internet didn't exist back then!
What is something you're up to right now that future you is STILL going to be excited about?
Having a kid! We as women need to learn more about our reproductive systems and I think its important for us to do that from an early age.
A theme in your book is not worrying about your age or letting it be a measure for your successes - what's your advice for our teen readers who feel like they aren't sure what they'd like to do in their life yet? (Schoolwise, career-wise?)
If you don't know what you want to do, you might as well do what your parents want you to do. You'll figure it out quickly, whether you are miserable or having a great time.
Another great theme you touch on is lasting friendships. Do you have any advice for letting go of toxic friendships, and tips for fostering great ones?
To get rid of toxic friends, don't go through a big explanation, just cut them off. Off your phone and off your Facebook. These people know that they're toxic and they know why you're doing it. There’s no need to have a dramatic showdown— when you're done, you're done.
Personally, I'm always right when I give out advice but people don't always need advice. You don’t have to try and solve your friend’s problems, sometimes they just need you to shut up and listen. People have to go through what they have to go through in order to get to where they need to be. Get it? Got it? Good.
Have you ever followed someone's terrible advice that you thought was great at the time?
Yes. I’ve definitely followed terrible advice plenty of times. I didn't think it was good advice at the time, but I also didn't trust my own instincts. Mostly, I followed them because they were older, but I’ve learned that older doesn't always mean wiser.
What was your journey of developing your personal fashion sense like?
I use to dress in the latest styles and now I dress for comfort, but I need to find something in between. I don't need to try to be a high fashion model, but I also need to not dress like a green bum.
What's the best reaction you've ever gotten when meeting a fan?
The best reaction was a girl at UCLA who came up to me and told me she was once suicidal. She was searching for something to lift her spirits and she came across my videos and lived to tell the tale. Lately, when meeting my fans, I find myself crying along with them. I really can’t believe that I’m still in the game and that kids are still excited about seeing me. That brings me a lot of happiness. Earlier in my career, things were more one-sided. I just wanted to make people laugh and feel good, but now its truly turned around. My fans make me feel young, relevant and wanted! I’m so appreciative to all of them.
What do you think longtime fans will be the most surprised to learn in your book?
Most of my success was an accident! I think my fans will enjoy hearing about my crazy upbringing and how many of my mistakes actually turned out to be blessings in disguise.
What do you think of GloZell's stories? Are you excited to read more in her book? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.