Meet NEHRDIST, aka Zoë from the UK. Currently going to school, she spends her time working on design projects and studying, while also running her daily vlog Youtube channel! Her flow of life brings inspiration to us all!
“ I wouldn’t say I’m outrageously stylish or anything but I really do love fashion and how diverse it is. Some of my style icons are my best friends, there’s Iona who goes for a really cool, androgynous look and then there’s Moyo who looks classy even if she’s just running errands. ”
Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Zoë, 18 and from the UK, currently studying Art & Design in Switzerland before (hopefully) going to uni in London.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
One thing I really believe in is everything happening for a reason. The more I go through life the more I realise that every experience is valuable, even the “bad” ones. Sometimes things don’t go to plan but that often leads you to better opportunities. In terms of work, I just do my absolute best and work as hard as I can but try not to dwell on failure – it wastes time and you can learn an incredible amount from your mistakes. Some things just weren’t meant to be no matter how hard you try to make them happen, and the sooner you realise it the sooner you can get back on track.
How has fashion influenced your life? Could you tell us your personal meaning behind your style?
I wouldn’t say I’m outrageously stylish or anything but I really do love fashion and how diverse it is. Some of my style icons are my best friends, there’s Iona who goes for a really cool, androgynous look and then there’s Moyo who looks classy even if she’s just running errands. My style is kind of confusing I guess, sometimes I really feel like wearing skirts or dresses and doing my hair nicely, but a lot of the time I go for a more neutral/boyish look – pretty much all of my tops, sweatshirts and jackets have come from the men’s sections of various high street stores. There’s one thing that’s consistent though – whatever I wear is always black (with the occasional grey tee or denim blue pair of jeans). There isn’t a deep reason behind it, I just like the way it looks plus it means everything automatically matches.
What does success mean to you personally?
It’s when I achieve a goal and I’ve worked relentlessly to get there. But even if I don’t reach the goal, I’ll still feel like I’ve succeeded if I worked hard and became a better person as a result. I didn’t get the grades I wanted for my A Levels but I felt I succeeded in managing my time and keeping up the momentum throughout the exam period – I burned out a couple of times but I was happy with the way I studied even when it was the last thing I wanted to do.
Do you feel that internet culture has influenced your life? Do you feel that it would be a negative or positive thing?
Definitely. Aside from quoting memes every chance I can, I feel like the internet has had positive effects on my life, it’s super easy to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world and also a great platform for spreading creativity and positivity. As a bystander things are pretty calm but when I started actively contributing (via Tumblr, Instagram, etc.) I found I started to care too much about the number of followers I had and how people engaged with what I posted. It’s so easy to get sucked into the whole “followers” thing but if you take a break from social media you realise it doesn’t really mean anything. Like cool I have 20k followers on Instagram. And? I still have loads of homework due next week…!
Since you started Youtube vlogging, how have you noticed your life changing? Has anything shifted since you started?
In the beginning my videos were just kind of a visual aid for my Tumblr blog, people would ask questions and after a while I thought “these questions would be so much easier to answer in the form of a video” and that’s how it started. I made the channel yes, but didn’t expect much. As my channel grew I noticed I started to invest more time, and people would expect more frequent content. I enjoyed making videos but sometimes it got quite stressful alongside school and I felt like I was letting people down if I didn’t post every week. In the beginning my videos were very much based on what people wanted me to make, but as of late I’ve just been doing my own thing and that’s what’s making me happiest. Oh yeah and now people have started recognizing me on the streets. I’ve bumped into a handful of people that watch my videos, and others have apparently seen me but didn’t talk to me for some reason or other. Either way it’s so woah, it makes me feel like a cool person haha.
What are you going to school for? Will that replace doing Youtube in the future, or do you see yourself finding balance between your career and Youtube?
I’m doing a Foundation in Art & Design in Switzerland at the minute, I’ll finish there in January and then hopefully go to uni later next year. Between the course ending and uni starting I’d really like to do an internship at an art gallery in London – hopefully that’ll work out. Really I just want to get a degree and then start doing whatever, I’m planning to study Architecture but after that only God knows what I’ll be doing. I’ve thought about it a lot and I will definitely continue with the Youtube thing, but I’m not sure if I’d ever do it full time, especially with the nature of my channel – I wouldn’t have anything to make videos about!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Pretentious Art Student
Do you believe in having a muse for inspiration? Why or why not?
Yeah, why not! Sometimes you see people and suddenly floods of creativity come rushing through your front door, but I’m also inspired a lot by physical objects around me, as well as my own thoughts when I’ve been daydreaming for way too long. Recently I’ve been taking portraits of some of my friends for my blogspot blog (nehrdspot), in the beginning they were just meant to be images to accompany the writing that corresponded to them, but as it went on I realized that I found capturing snippets of their personality, emotions and character in the pictures was something that really interested me, so I think I’m going to continue with it, maybe in the future with people I’m not already friends with, then at some point do something cool with them.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
It’s such a typical GCSE/A Level Arty & Design approach but I really like mindmaps. Even if I don’t physically write one out (I usually do though) I just start with a keyword (if it’s something school related and we’ve been given a brief) and then let my mind wander. For personal projects they usually just start with a thought I had when I was on the train to London or something, and I’ll make a note on my phone because I forget them as quickly as they come into my mind. Then, I’ll come back to it in a few days/weeks, and if I still feel like it’s a good idea then I’ll pursue it and map out how I’m going to make it work, if not (which is usually how it turns out) then I just delete the note and pretend it never happened.
What’s a typical day for you?
Currently I’m doing a foundation course in art & design so I pretty much just go to school, come back, edit the day’s vlog (Vlogtober is going on right now), make some food, and crack on with school work and/or my uni applications. When I’m back home I’m in London pretty much more than I’m in my house, I see my friends, go to exhibitions, take pictures, repeat.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
Just get into university really (and then go). I’ll be over the moon if I get into the London unis I’m applying to (UCL and Central Saint Martins). I don’t have a specific number of subscribers/followers that I’m trying to get to but I’d like to get to a point where I’m uploading consistently and not cringing 2 weeks after I post a video. I’d also like to work on some of my own projects in the gap between finishing my course and (hopefully) starting uni.
Coffee or tea?
Tea. Coffee is nice though.
What makes you happy?
My friends, good music, anything clean-smelling
Any closing comments?
*dabs*. And thanks!