Since launching her YouTube channel in 2009, Claudia Sulewski has taken the digital world by storm.
At the age of 1, the then beauty Vlogger was nominated in 2015 as the host of Tin Vogue’s official YouTube channel. Since then, he has transformed into acting.
Suleuski recently landed his biggest acting role in the play-director James Morosini’s “I Love My Dad” starring Patton Oswalt and Lil Rail Hawari. Oswalt’s character disguises himself as an online unemployed Get the details of her depressed, isolated son’s life. Things start to turn around when her son (played by Morosini) falls for unemployment and wants to meet in person. The film is set to premiere next year.
As the lines between digital, social and traditional themed media become blurred, more content creators are entering the mainstream of Hollywood. Influential as Addison Roy, who recently starred in Netflix’s gender-swapping remake “His All That” and signed a film deal with the streaming giant; Jojo Siva, whose movie “The J Team” premiered at Paramount Plus earlier this month and who will appear on “Dancing with the Stars” with fellow YouTuber Olivia Z; And Charlie and Dixie de Amelio, who have their own Hulu reality series, has jumped in Hollywood.
In an interview with Diversity, Sulewski opened his mouth about his YouTube roots, acting transformation and what it means for the creator economy.
How did you land in the digital space?
I stumbled upon the Creator space on YouTube in 2009 when I was 1 year old. No one turned it into a career; It certainly felt like this wicked hobby that I kept secret for so long.
How did it lead to acting?
I’ve always had a lot of respect for art and craft, and I somehow felt, “Who am I? This YouTube digital internet girl who spent her hours in the theater when I was young or editing videos to take any classes. I booked my first Hulu series. I was very lucky for that [“The Commute”] I came back in 2015, and that’s when I got hit with the acting bug. When it came to “I love my dad”, I felt really ready, and I really felt, “Okay I got it, I earned it, I’m excited for it and I want to be proud of it, and it was all that. Of things. “
Is it true that you got the role the day before?
What was going on in your mind?
Girl, I think I’ve turned black. My first feeling was, “I’m shocked, I can’t believe it. Oh my God, my dog will think I’m dead, I’m leaving for six weeks. I think it was just a combination of shock, excitement, sadness and realizing, “Oh my God, I need to pack.”
What was it like for digital makers to give up control and freedom?
I think because I’ve been doing YouTube for so long, I forget how much creative control I have in each case. I think that’s what made me so interested in acting – you have to give up that kind of process and trust the team around you.
“I Love My Dad” addresses mental health issues and you talk a lot about mental health on your channel. How is your journey so far?
It’s very, of course, scary, but really rewarding. Feedback and comments clearly start such an intimate conversation in my community. There is something sexy about being close and weak.
What does the transition from digital to film look like?
I’m always trying to keep up with the flow of asons in my life. My feeling is that it will not convert the switch immediately.
How do you know yourself in this industry?
I think the word is storyteller. I think it’s my own personal intimate story or story that I can share through someone else’s eyes and writing, I see it. Each single platform is just a tool, so how you use it is up to you.
Are you in a relationship with musician Phineas, the digital world, the world of acting, and now the world of music? Any matches? The difference?
Having such a partner with music is really fun because we have a lot about the creative process that feels the same. I see him producing and it looks exactly like my editing process. It’s fun and exciting to date someone who is so different, but somehow has the same kind of language.
What advice do you have for those who want to do it in this industry?
Being true to yourself and your message and what you believe in and your values - it will set you apart the most. You can certainly be someone else’s second best version, but you can also be your best version. It’s all about continuity. I think this is the truth that has disciplined me in every single way: continuity teaches you how to work, your patterns and habits, and how deeply you want to get into your work.