TikTok’s For You podcast series, starring host Brittany Broski, continues with Episode 3 featuring musical artist and TikTok superstar Loren Gray. One of the most high-profile creators on the platform, Broski uses her charm and experience to connect with other prominent creators on the app to discuss their personal TikTok journeys. These conversations serve as a way for audiences to learn more about their favorite TikTok leaders, while also providing a learning board for inspiring creators.
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TikTok’s ‘For You’ Series Continues With Special Guest Loren Gray
This week’s episode highlights a very special conversation between Broski and Gray as they discuss her rapid rise to fame. Signed to Virgin and Capitol Records, Gray currently has over 51 million followers on TikTok, making her one of the most-followed individuals on the platform. With songs like ‘Queen’ and ‘Alone’ netting her millions of views on YouTube, Gray has quickly gained the respect of her industry peers, working with Captain Cuts, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, Saweetie, and countless others.
Like many musicians, Gray uses TikTok not just to promote her latest releases, but also as a means to connect with fans and showcase her personality. Her latest video is a hilarious duet with fellow content creator Alana Clem, as Clem ‘rants’ about how ‘rude’ Gray is, while Gray nonchalantly goes about making her lunch. Other videos show the artist (who is also a beauty influencer) creating different ‘looks of the day,’ giving helpful makeup and hair tips to her viewers.
Below is a snippet from Broski and Gray’s conversation. A new episode of For You will debut every Wednesday at 5:30pm PST/ 8:30pm EST on TikTok LIVE. You can also catch it on all major podcast platforms such as Apple, Spotify, Google.
Broski: It’s interesting that you touched on 2014-2015. The sense of social responsibility that creators had didn’t exist. It was very much a different time—it was so free, but it was still a form of escape. Do you find that was a reason why you started posting videos?
Gray: So right before I started social media I had gone through some of the hardest things that I have ever gone through in my life. I started posting on Musical.ly by accident, and began gaining all these followers on Instagram. I realized I had been featured, and it was really cool in the beginning—it still is. It was a form of escape because people watched my videos and cared about what I had to say. They didn’t know anything about me, but they were really nice to me and I guess I didn’t really have that. It definitely does mess with the brain a little bit. I was always live streaming because I was doing online school at that time and craving human interaction
Broski: Can we talk about this for a second? I feel this immense pressure to not only share what I like, but I think that we also have this responsibility put on us to educate. Sometimes I feel like, do we have to educate? Do you have any thoughts on the role of a creator?
Gray: I think it is really difficult to navigate because I do obviously feel a responsibility to educate as a person with a platform, but it is also tough because people put so much pressure on creators and forget that we are also people who are trying to learn as well and figure out what’s the best standpoint to take. I am an 18-year-old girl! I’m in college and trying to learn too! I feel that people have such high expectations, and it is dangerous waters because it’s either you say something and get attacked, or you don’t say anything and get attacked. It is really difficult to navigate, and people need to realize that we are a one-man show. We don’t have a big production team that can tell us what to say. We have to figure it out ourselves—sometimes we get these things wrong and we are not quick enough. We’re all just trying to learn!