Today's Q&A is a special edition all about my personal business. I decided to open up for questions as a thank you for all of your support! I won't be able to reach everyone's questions but did my best to get as many in a possible. This is part one of the personal Q&A and the second half will be released next Friday, so stay tuned!
Be sure to check out the video for my full answers (and Ooby's lovely as always presence), but here are some choice nuggets, starting with the basics:
Q: My age?
A: I have answered this before but it has probably changed, I am 31 years old.
Q: My height?
A: Since I am a ‘bite sized’ vegan. I am 5 foot 1 inch, sometimes 1 and a half, very exciting.
Q: Why and when I went vegan?
Q: Do I want children?
A: No I don't want kids. People sometimes think that means I don't like kids. That is absolutely not true. I love kids and I make videos for kids because I think kids are phenomenal people and are very underestimated in their abilities. But, I am personally not going to have children. If I ever were to have children it would be through adoption.
Q: Do I have siblings?
A: I have one sister. She is almost two years older, but I grew up with a lot of foster brothers and sisters. Throughout my childhood there were probably about 30 kids in and out of my house. They would stay with us while their parents were either going through parenting school because they were abusive or unfit or they were awaiting adoption. I learned how to feed preemie babies when I was a kid and we had kids from all different areas, backgrounds, from really heart breaking stories. They were my family, as soon as they were in our home they were our family. We get to still keep in touch with a couple of them. Two of them in particular I have two little brothers that are actually, they're full grown now which is crazy. One of them is married and has a baby which is insane!
Q: missnectarina asked “How was your childhood, what was your favorite memory from it?”
A: A couple of you actually asked how my childhood was. It was not very good. As far as my favorite memory…(I have a ridiculously long pause in the video trying to think of something). I went to nature camp in North Carolina and we basically lived out in huts and then in the woods for weeks and I loved that. So that's a good childhood memory (took me a second).
Q: What do I do for fun or in my free time?
A: At this point I haven't had free time. I work all day every day on ‘Bite Size Vegan” I have probably gotten to the point now of working over 100 hours a week most of the time, probably all of the time, honestly, if I am going to be honest. I mean for some videos I work over 100 hours in 5 days so right now that’s what I do for fun, is this.
Q: That actually kind of links to a question looney vee asked “If you have been banging out videos non-stop for a very long time and I guess that's limiting your free time a bit do you plan to keep going or do you have a plan to sort of dilute the work load you end up with every week?”
A: It's a good question. I really don't know at this point. Something eventually is going to have to change because I literally have time for nothing but this. I have been meaning to put up E-Courses for about a year and my video production schedule is so tight that I don't even have the time for that.
Q: I got a couple questions about my heritage because in one video I said I don't identify as white.
A: So my background is a bit of a ‘Mutt' as many Americans tend to be. My Mother's side is Cajun so they're French and Cherokee Indian. She is from Slidell, Louisiana right outside New Orleans. So she grew up going to school with no shoes on in the bayou and very, very, very poor. My Father's side is “hillbilly” but originally from we think Irish and English, probably a mixture of Irish and Englis. My mother and my sister have kind of the olive skin tone of the Cherokee side and my sister got the Cherokee skin tone and the Irish features. I got the Cherokee features and the Irish skin so I am like, blindingly white.
Q: I was asked “Given my heritage, do people treat me differently around Thanksgiving or treat Thanksgiving differently because of that and because of me being vegan?”
A: Not really. No. Because most people don't really know my heritage because you can't really tell by looking at me. A lot of people think I am Eastern European though so, that happens.
Q: GlitterGeez asked a number of things but one was “Are you as sarcastic in real life as you are in some of your videos?”
A: I am actually more sarcastic in real life than I am in my videos. And I cuss a lot.
Q: oceanz4 asked “If you could have any superpower what would it be and why excluding making people vegan?”
A: So, If my superpower wasn't making people vegan which I tried in this video. I would probably want to be able to be invisible. Because then I could get into factory farms, get into animal testing facilities and not only document what was going on but I could get the animals out of there without being detected. It would just look like they were floating away which would be pretty hilarious. That would be a great superpower cause I could do direct action all over the place and successfully. Cause one of the greatest risks obviously of direct action is arrest which is not to say that that is like worrying for me but the problem with it is then you can't be effective when you are in prison, so, being invisible would be, I'd go for that. I'd go liberate the crap out of animals.
I just want to thank each and every one of you for watching, for supporting me, for liking, commenting, subscribing, any of those things to help me get the vegan message out to the best of my abilities. I really want to thank my patrons over on Patreon who are making it possible for me to continue this work. Because since I do work over 100 hours a week I have no ability to do anything else for income. So, you guys literally make this possible.
If you like the video do give it a like and if you're not subscribed I don't know why you watched this because you have no idea of who I am. But, I would love for you to subscribe if you want to get to know me more and actually get more education about veganisim, I don't talk about my business very much. Stay tuned to the channel for more Q&As and other helpful things!
My Vegan Story Q&A
My Vegan Story (extended)
My Vegan Kids Videos
Is Birth Control Vegan?
The Truth About Thanksgiving (RE: Native Americans)
Vegan Thanksgiving Playlist
The “Get To Know Emily” Playlist