On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about building an audience around your creative passions with my guest, Lauren Fairweather.
Lauren Fairweather is a YouTube content creator, an Etsy seller, and an independent musician who runs all of her creative businesses from home. She’s also a YouTube NextUp winner and mom. Lauren has created videos for many companies including HGTV, SyFy, Simplicity, Intel, and Guitar Center and she recently starred in a video course for YouTube’s Creator Academy. When she can get out of the house, Lauren enjoys speaking on panels, selling her handmade work, and performing her original music at online video and nerd-themed conventions around the world.
Take a peek at Lauren’s YouTube channel trailer to get a feel for the kinds of videos she makes.
- Lauren’s video about what she’s learned in 12 years on YouTube
- the YouTube NextUp contest
- the YouTube Creator Academy courses, including Lauren’s course on working with sponsors
- Creativation, the trade show for the crafts industry put on by the Association for Creative Industries (formerly the Craft and Hobby Association)
- My interview with Vanessa Vargas Wilson, another craft YouTuber who won the NextUp contest
- Harry and the Potters, the band Lauren heard in high school that started her down the path to making music about books
Some of my favorite videos from Lauren’s YouTube channel are:
There are many more great videos to watch, whether you’re interested in handmade business tips or in finding a new craft project to do, so I recommend subscribing. That way you’ll get updates when new videos go live.
Lauren performing at Leaky Con, a conference for Harry Potter enthusiasts.
Lauren performs and speaks at gatherings for Harry Potter enthusiasts around the world.
Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, with Lauren at a Harry Potter conference where both were speaking and performing.
She also makes handmade toys to sell at her table when she performs, and on Etsy.
A selection of the plush toys Lauren makes to sell at shows and in her Etsy shop, Fairweather Friends.
As mentioned in the interview, Lauren has a PO Box where you can send samples of your products for a chance to be featured in an upcoming video. That address is:
Lauren Fairweather, PO Box 3521, Cranston, RI 02910, United States.
And, of course, I ask Lauren to recommend great stuff she’s enjoying right now. Lauren recommends:
Keep up with Lauren on Instagram to see what she up to day-to-day.
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