What was initially a lazy browse on the App Store turned out to be the foundation of junior Annie Nguyen’s internet fame. Nguyen started creating short music videos on the popular social media platform Musical.ly back in Dec. 2015. Almost two years later, Nguyen finds herself with over 43,000 followers online and a passion for sharing positive songs to her young audience.
Nguyen’s interest for Musical.ly started when she saw other people making videos on the app. From there, she started recording herself lip syncing to popular songs. Eventually, her account grew into what it is now.
“I didn’t really care about followers at first. I just wanted to [create videos] for fun,” Nguyen said. “I don’t know how, but thousands of people liked it; I was confused but it started from there.”
It was not until one year later when Nguyen decided to take Musical.ly more seriously because she had gained thousands of followers within the first two to three days from when she posted her first video. Nguyen decided to focus on creating upbeat content for her audience.
“I try doing songs that are positive, not with cursing,” Nguyen said. “I try to stay away from that because my viewers are very young.
One of Nguyen’s favorite parts about creating videos on Musical.ly, besides promoting positivity, is being able to collaborate with both friends and strangers on the app.
“I met so many new people on there,” Nguyen said. “It was really fun getting to interact with other people and getting to know their culture, like by working with content creators through emails. We make up different kinds of events that are coming up like trending hashtags and meet and greets.”
Although Nguyen’s passion for sharing positive music inspires her to continue to post videos, the feedback she receives from her fans greatly contributes to her consistent video making as well. Nguyen plans to continue posting videos if she hits over one million hearts and gets verified on Musical.ly. Until then, she is going to try to continue to post videos and grow her account until she reaches her goal.
“Seeing the positivity—people seeing [my videos] and commenting on them; It encourages me to do more and to keep doing it,” Nguyen said. “Even though [creators] get hate, which I rarely do, I don’t really care and I just leave that aside and keep doing what I do. It got me to where I am so it doesn’t really matter.”
Even though some of Nguyen’s videos can take up to three days to make, she wants aspiring content creators to “be very patient with followers; even if [they] get little amounts of likes,” because she believes that seeing the final product is worth all of the hard work.