We had the good fortune of connecting with chris lawrence and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi chris, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
If I’m being honest, I feel like I didn’t really pursue it. I feel like I was sort of born to be a content creator or to work with digital content. When I look back on being a student, I was honestly so disinterested. I know that I wasn’t the smartest kid, but I would honestly just do enough to pass by as an average student. I remember when I made my first Youtube video, it felt like I just did something super cool, even though the only people that watched my videos were probably my mom. Years later, I discovered Twitch and I went live from my Xbox One at the time, and even though it was such a horrible quality stream (Like the game volume was SO loud) – I instantly knew that I found something that I enjoyed. Prior to streaming, I only watched creators on Twitch and it had never crossed my mind to stream myself. Being creative at first was a creative outlet that I loved while completing my degree, but now it’s such a large part of my day-to-day life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Creating Gaming content on the internet is cool, and I’ve certainly never had this level of success before in my life. I downplay it a lot, but in the past few months – I’ve received over 2 million views, which blows my mind. I’ve been a content creator for a long time, and I’ve had the privilege to study Digital Content Strategies and English in school, which really plays a large role in creating my content. What sets me apart as a creator, and what I encourage a lot of creators to do, is that I always want my content to tell a story, no matter how short it may be. I always try to keep the viewer in mind, because I understand that behind every view is a person, and I’m creating content for people. The platform is a factor also, but I think a lot about how people will understand my content on Tiktok/Reels/Youtube.

To be honest, I got to this point by reminding myself that I’m allowed to try new things in life. I had a hobby that I enjoyed, and I went into it with very few expectations. I never went into it expecting to be the most followed account on Twitch, or to be the only person who looks like me on the platform; because I moved to a new city right before a pandemic, I realized I didn’t know many people and I just wanted to make some new friends that had a similar interest. If you would have told me in 2020 that I was going to be where I am today- I wouldn’t have imagined it. I’m so honored to have built such an amazing community, it really is a testament to everything I’ve worked towards.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to shout out a few people. Firstly, my girlfriend Amanda (ItsAmandaWan) because she was the one who really pushed me to try something new when I mentioned that I wanted to start streaming on Twitch. I knew that I could do it, but she really encouraged me and a lot of what I’ve accomplished so far is because she believed in me and made sure that I knew she was in my corner. My friends Keda (Kedapalooza) and Chonki (chonkikage) for always being there to celebrate the highs, the lows, and the in-between in such a chaotic digital space. The authentic friendship that we’ve made over the past year has meant the world, and they are both so incredibly talent – it’s so inspiring.

Website: tiktok.com/@chrislaawrence

Instagram: instagram.com/chrislaawrence

Twitter: twitter.com/chrislaawrence

Youtube: youtube.com/chrislaawrence

Other: twitch.tv/chrislaawrence

Image Credits
Photo taken by: Nadia Zhang

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