Web Series Creator and Star Talks to Students at Fort Valley State University

2:00 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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Issa Rae, the creator and star of the YouTube web series 'Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl' talked to students at Fort Valley State University Wednesday evening.

Her web series has over 20 million views and she has 125,000 YouTube subscribers. Rae just signed a deal with HBO to create and star in her own series.

She said she created the show because she wanted to see a character more like her.

"There is a certain representation of what it is to be a black woman that has been defined by mainstream right now via reality television and very limited TV shows, and I just want to represent outside of that," said Rae.

In order to pay for her web series, she asked fans for help. According to her website, her Kickstarter campaign raised nearly double their $30,000 goal in just 30 days.

She talked to students about her story and how she turned a hobby into a career.

"If I can do it, and I am the worst procrastinator in the world, if I can find a way to turn my hobby into a career, turn my passion into something that's - I am currently making my living off of my passion - if I can do it, you can do it," said Rae.

And for some students, her journey from YouTube to HBO is an inspiration.

"She went through something as small as YouTube to make and change it into this big, broad... It expanded somewhere that people didn't know that YouTube could go," said Deja Simon. 

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