Follow me: Barvina – 12 yo YouTube star

Maria Fitzgerald
Barvina (real name - Margarita) is the child of the coming future. Millions of kids and adults watch her life and travel on YouTube (the number of views of one video can reach 6 million), as well as watch new episodes of the series, raising important issues of first love, friendship, and loyalty. For Barvina, video blogging is not only a hobby but also a paid profession. The price for advertising on her channel started from $3000.
What others say:
Diana Gloster, Instagram influencer (139K followers), TV presenter

"The most active and large YouTube audience are teenagers. Quality installation, charismatic girl, top video topics. Plus I'm sure they make competent SEO-optimization for the channel. A perfect example of getting into the target audience, using the basic rules of content and video promotion".

Nastya Kamensky, famous ukrainian singer, the heroine of one of Barvin's videos:

"I am happy to get acquainted with such a talented child as Barvina. Her awareness and purposefulness subdued me. She knows what she wants to achieve, and most importantly - working on it. Being a very young girl, she can be an example for many adults. I want to say a few words of admiration to Barvin's parents. Their family has very kind and pleasant energy. And I believe that successful, happy and kind children grow in happy families".
What Barvina says:
I started the channel in 2015 when I was ten years old. We went with parents for the whole summer to the Dominican Republic. I had nothing to do, and I started watching YouTube. At that time, I was far from computer technology; it was all new to me. So at first, I was just looking at mathematical problems, I was studying. Then I saw that there are video bloggers and wanted to know more about this. I watched, understood and decided to become a video blogger. And my parents helped me in this.

I realized that I'm popular video blogger when people began to come to me on streets asking for autographs, take pictures. At first, I was lost and did not know what to say, but I was very pleased. This began to happen after 30,000 subscribers, after a year of channel management. I did not promote it; people started to subscribe by themselves.

Now there are a million subscribers on my channel and about 50 million views a month. I am called a TV channel, a radio, a comedian. Whatever! The main thing is not to be called Rita or Margot. I hate this. My name is Margarita. Or Barvina.

I do not have any favorite video bloggers; I do not follow anyone. I prefer to walk outside with friends. If I go to YouTube, I'm looking at the trends on the main page.

In addition to the school and YouTube, I'm engaged in cheerleading. It's dancing, gymnastics, and acrobatics. I tried many sports, but I stopped there. When I rest at home - I open Netflix and watch TV shows in English. The last ones that I liked were "Hannah Montana" and "Jesse."

I read different books, but recently I was impressed by two - "Miracle" Palacio and "Cyrus and the Secret of a Bubble" Bodo Schaefer. "Miracle" is about a boy who did not have a face. More precisely, it was, but ugly because of illness. He suffered 25 operations. The book tells how he lived with this and how his classmates treated him. And in "The Secret of a Bagel" a girl learns how to manage money. Very cool books!

For 12 years I visited 25 countries. I do not have a favorite - everywhere there is some zest. In Paris, I liked the Eiffel Tower and attractions, in Albania - roads and nature, in Thailand - lizards, palm trees. Everywhere there is something unusual.

When I watch my first video, I sometimes find it funny. But this does not mean that I do not like them. I understand what could be improved or done differently.

I do not have any unloved videos. This is my hobby, and I try very hard on it. I love my videos "Waiting vs. Reality" and soap operas.

I shoot the video myself when I go somewhere or do something. For example, I am going to a shopping mall or trying shoes - bam-s! - It is necessary to shoot. It's fast. And the show takes about six hours a week; we shoot a series in one day. I do not get tired of it; on the contrary, I like watching it afterward.

Some children envy me. I see it. They think it's effortless. But those with whom I communicate support me, and I know that they will never betray me. I already hacked a group in a Viber, and someone tried to get my phone number. It seemed to me that classmates understand that it is not necessary to give my number, but, alas, they doesn't.
I keep in touch with the fans. I try to respond to comments on Instagram and YouTube. But not always can, because there are too many of them. More chances to communicate with me in the comments on Facebook. There are not so many subscribers there. But personal messages on all social networks are closed.

When I moved to a new school, the children followed me and said: "Barvina, I do not believe that I met you." They even made me a poster! Many of them try to give me gifts: sweets, gum, bracelets. And one girl, meeting me, burst into tears. I was very confused because I did not know what the reason for her tears was. Then the girl said that she was crying with happiness. I was very pleased, and we hugged.

This article was originally made special for Buro 24/7 Ukraine