Interview: YouTube Star Kamri McKnight

Kamri Noel McKnight has been a YouTube star for nearly a decade.

The 15-year-old social media icon has appeared on her family channel Cute Girls Hairstyles, on her sisters’ channel Brooklyn & Bailey, and now on her own channel – Kamri Noel, all while growing up to become an everyday teen who loves drawing, photography, fashion, Shawn Mendes, and more.

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Image: Terrah Jade Photo

Everly Mag talked to Kamri all about YouTube, social media, what it’s like having a big family – she’s one of 6 siblings –  and more!

Everly Mag: What’s the first YouTube video you ever remember filming?

Kamri: The first video I remember filming was The Waterfall Braid on my mom’s channel.  I was six or seven [years old] at the time.  A fun fact about this video is that I was actually the person who named the waterfall braid!  Our video was the first to show how to do this type of braid and I got to name it!

Everly Mag: What inspired you to start your own YouTube channel?

Kamri: YouTube has always been a family business, so when I turned 13 I was ready to create my own channel.  The viewers of our other two channels wanted to see more of my personality, so I decided to post lifestyle content.

Everly Mag: What are your favorite types of videos to post?

Kamri: My favorite videos to post are challenges, vlogs, and sketches because they are so fun to film and I often have my friends in them!

Everly Mag: Describe your family in 5 words.

Kamri: Hardworking, multitaskers, diverse, welcoming, and fun.

Everly Mag: What’s the best part about having a big family?  What’s the hardest part?

Kamri: The best part of having a big family is the ability to never be bored.  We always have things to do and places to be so there is never a dull moment in our house!  This busy [life] can sometimes be tiring, so it’s nice to take a weekend every once in awhile to relax.

Everly Mag: Describe your personality in 5 words.

Kamri: Observant.  I like to describe myself as observant because the first thing I do when I get to a situation is look at all the possible outcomes.  I blame all the spy books I used to read as a kid!

Indecisive.  The word part about being observant is that it takes me a great deal of time to make a decision.  I often overthink dilemmas and hate making major decisions because I feel like I’m going to pick the wrong option.

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Image: Kamri Noel McKnight

Creative.  As a kid I loved drawing and would enter art contests all the time.  Now, I have less time to draw, but I still love to sit down with my pencil and paper.  I also played piano and violin and now I play guitar and ukelele.

Independent.  I love the feeling of completing something that I have worked on by myself.  And, I’m a major supporter [of] female empowerment!

Ice cream.  Just, ice cream.

Everly Mag: What do you like to do with your free time and with your friends?  What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Kamri: I like to play my guitar, draw, or take pictures on my camera.  I’m not a major partier, so you would probably find me sitting on the floor strumming my guitar instead of out with my friends on the weekend.  When I do go out with my friends, I like to watch movies and go exploring near where we live.

One of the craziest things I have ever done is dyeing Bailey’s hair!  I had no idea what I was doing, but her hair looked pretty good!

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Image: Kamri Noel McKnight

Everly Mag: What advice do you have for teens who want to get started on YouTube?

Kamri: My best advice for teens who want to create YouTube videos is to be yourself!  People are looking to find real people [who] go through the same things they do.  Post lots of videos giving advice on things that normal teens struggle with and go through on a daily basis.

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Everly Mag: What have been the top 3 moments of your life so far?

Kamri: One of the top 3 moments of my life would be [going] on tour.  The whole experience was amazing, and I met some amazing people!  Another top moment would be hitting 1 million [followers] on Instagram.  I had worked really hard on growing my Instagram so it really meant a lot to be reaching that big milestone!

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Kamri meeting fans on tour in fall 2017.  Image: Kamri McKnight

The last top moment of my life is traveling.  I love having the opportunity to see so many different cultures.  Traveling has given me an open mind and allows me to see the world in a different perspective.

Everly Mag: What’s your favorite thing about posting YouTube videos?  What’s the biggest challenge?

Kamri: My favorite thing about posting YouTube videos is the positive environment that is created!  My fans love spreading kindness and always leave uplifting comments.  However, there are a few occasional comments that are negative.  Because I’ve been a public figure since I was 7, I’ve learned how to deal with hate and I know that my fans are always there to back me up!

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Image: Kamri Noel McKnight

Everly Mag: What can fans expect to see from you this year?  Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

Kamri: This year, my fans will continue to go through everything I experience [along] with me.  One event that they are particularly excited about is prom!

In five years, I hope to be going to college and continuing this social life that I am living.  I also wouldn’t mind the idea of trying out some acting jobs in movies or TV shows.

Everly Mag: Lastly, let’s learn about some of your favorites!  First up, favorite movie?

Kamri: My favorite movie is Mulan!  I love the message it sends and the music is amazing.

Favorite fashion item?

I really like retro styles and 80s clothes!  Some of my favorites are high top Converse, mom jeans, bombers, and neckerchiefs.  I also love new running sneakers.

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Kamri (R) with teen fashion blogger Vandy Jaidenn.  Image: Terrah Jade Photo

Favorite school subject?

I enjoy reading and writing so naturally English is one of my favorite classes, but I also love math!

Favorite food?

My favorite foods are mashed potatoes, chicken, and ice cream!  I also love fresh fruits like apples and strawberries.

Celebrity crush?

Shawn Mendes!

Favorite social media app?

Each social media [app] brings out another side of my personality.  YouTube is my professional side – as professional as I can get while smashing cupcakes in my face, eating weird bugs, or sticking my hand into a box with unknown contents!  Instagram brings out my artistic side.  I love drawing and photography so Instagram really highlights those aspects of my life.  Although both of these are fun, my favorite app would have to be Twitter!  Twitter shines a light on a fun side of me that most people don’t normally see.

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5 thoughts on “Interview: YouTube Star Kamri McKnight

  1. We ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️U so much Kamri keep up the great work.God bless you very much and your family.

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