Many people find their spark late in life. They go through a mid-life crisis or two, and then something clicks for them. In Morgan Brown's case, that's not how the story goes. Morgan started creating content for her own YouTube page not long after beginning her first year of college and has continued to grow her following to new heights in record time. Read about how it all started for the YouTuber, and how she built a career off of just being, well, Morgan.
You’ve been on YouTube for a short time, however, you’ve been able to grow your following quickly. What do you credit your YouTube success to?
I would definitely say learning to be "unapologetically me." There was a time in my YouTube journey where I felt that I had to be like everyone else in order to be successful. As a result, I was creating content that I wasn’t passionate about and my audience could see that. Once I sat down and asked myself, “Girl, what are you doing?” I was able to realize that I wasn’t being authentic and genuine and if I wanted to be successful on this platform that is what I needed to do.
What made you want to start a YouTube channel, especially with your heavy workload at U Penn?
I actually started my YouTube channel technically a semester-ish before I got to Penn. So it was almost like I was already learning how to balance school, work, my personal life, and YouTube before I got thrown into everything. As far as what made me want to start, I have a background in public speaking and theatre so "performing," even in front of a camera, wasn’t a big deal for me. Plus, social media was my thing. I enjoyed posting on Instagram and already had a following so it was just natural to continue to grow my platform.
What have you learned about staying true to yourself during a time where many try to copy others in order to gain the same success?
Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling! I always have my planner on me. It helps me stay organized and keep my head clear. Also, I think the support of my followers helps. They keep me driven and inspired to keep creating content and to never fall off.
We are living in a time where many of our voices aren’t being heard and our rights as women are being compromised. What advice do you have for other young women trying to stand up for themselves?
Going through life with the mindset of “there’s a formula that I must follow in order to be successful because everyone else is doing it” is so wrong. I’ve learned that everyone has different paths and that is okay. Especially being at a place like Penn, specifically Wharton, you often feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing -- such as finding a job in banking, consulting, finance, etc. But for someone like me, who has absolutely no interest in those fields, you have to consistently remind yourself to stick to what you love; being true to you is what’s most important.
“... you have to consistently remind yourself to stick to what you love; being true to you is what’s most important."
What have you done to gain your self-confidence?
SPEAK OUT! Never allow anyone to take your voice. In today’s age, we are fortunate enough to have platforms for this. We must continue to use these platforms to connect with women from all across the world and get these conversations going in order to enact change.
Where do you find inspiration for your content and your own individuality?
You know what song gets me out of bed every morning? "Formation" by Beyoncé. The song I play when I’m in the bathroom? "Run the World" by Beyoncé. The song I play when I’m getting dressed? "Freakum Dress" by Beyoncé. She is the reason.
As everyone knows, I talk about Beyoncé a lot on my channel. Not only is she fabulous, but I use her to let my followers know when you position yourself as high as Beyoncé, nothing else below you matters. Do you think Beyoncé will sweat over spilled milk? Absolutely not.
I also find inspiration in my own every day, crazy life. Although very dramatic, my videos showcase the everyday stuff that we as girls go through. It also goes to show that “hey, you’re not alone. It happens to all of us.”
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
MISSBISH means to be unapologetically you.
Who is your MISSBISH?
My MISSBISH would be my mom. She has so much style, grace, confidence, and poise. Without her, I wouldn’t be half of the woman I am today.
Photos by: Ashika Kuruvilla